This cover image released by Penguin Young Readers shows "The Desolations of Devil's Acre" by Ransom Riggs, the final installment of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, releasing February 23. Photo: Penguin Young Readers via AP

We'll soon be saying farewell to peculiars, non-peculiars and ymbrynes: Ransom Riggs has written his final tale of "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children." Penguin Young Readers announced Tuesday that "The Desolations of Devil's Acre" will come out February 23, again featuring young Jacob Portman and the pipe-smoking headmistress Alma LeFay Peregrine. "'The Desolations of Devil's Acre' was many years in the making," Riggs said in a statement about his sixth Peregrine novel. "I spent a decade in this world, building and tending to these characters, and it's a bittersweet thing to finally bid them goodbye. I'm going to miss them. But I've tried to give them the send-off that they, and the readers who've stayed with me all this time, deserve." Since its debut in 2011, the Peregrine series has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into more than 40 languages. The first book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," was adapted by director Tim Burton into a 2016 feature film starring Eva Green, Samuel L Jackson and Asa Butterfield, among others.

This Sunday, June 23, 2019, file photo shows Offset arriving at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

A passenger in a car driven by Migos rapper Offset was arrested in Beverly Hills, California Saturday evening on charges of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm in public, police said. The Beverly Hills Police Department tweeted that 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar is being held on a $35,000 bail. Offset live-streamed himself being questioned by police on his Instagram account. The video has since been deleted and he was later released. Police said they received information from a passerby about a person who pointed a weapon at him from a vehicle, which patrol units stopped and investigated. Officials added that reports that Offset had been arrested were inaccurate.


Masks have become a necessary way of life around the world. To curb the spread of COVID-19, adults and children two years and over are required to wear face coverings in public spaces. Masks are unfamiliar and may be scary to some children. As a result, for many parents, getting a child to wear a face mask and leave it on may feel like a challenge. Children are active and tend to be fidgety and wearing a mask can be an uncomfortable adjustment for them. However, it only takes practice to get your child into the habit of wearing a mask in public. Educate your child Start by educating your child about COVID-19 and why face masks are important. Use age-appropriate language to bring across the message so they understand how serious it is. You can say something like “This virus is making a lot of people sick, so doctors are saying it’s best to wear a mask when we’re around other people. The mask helps keep your body safe.” You can also provide them with a timer to help them understand how long they have to wear the mask – for example until you get home or in the car so kids can anticipate when to take the mask off. Normalize face masks through playtime Give your child a mask for their favorite doll orteddy bear andencourage them to draw masks on characters in coloring books. Also, have them practice putting the mask on their doll or teddy bear and have them practice wearing the mask with the toy to normalize the situation. While they play, listen to what your child is saying to have an idea of how well they understand what the mask is for. Make mask-wearing fun for your child Younger children may be particularly hesitant to wear a mask because it is foreign to them and covers their face. Select a fabric that is soft and breathable. Avoid scratchy materials or those that trap heat. Purchase masks that feature your child’s favorite color, animal or cartoon character. You can also provide options and let them choose which mask they prefer as this may help them feel more invested and willing to wear the selected mask. Practice wearing a mask Introducing something new to your child involves practising to help them become familiar with the change. Have them practice putting on the mask and wearing it for short periods around the house. Give your child an incentive Celebrate mastering each step with a motivator, like cheers, high-fives, thumbs-up or playing a favourite song. Preferably, the motivator can be something that is specific to celebrating milestones related to the mask, not a reward that occurs on a regular basis. Model healthy behaviour – Wear your own mask One of the best ways to get your child to wear their mask is by wearing yours. Children normally will watch how you talk about and react to wearing a face mask and will follow your lead. While wearing a mask can be an adjustment, try to use positive language and reinforce why wearing a face mask is helpful for your family and for others in the community. Focusing on the things you can control and thinking positively can go a long way in reducing anxiety about COVID-19. Stay safe!

Escape to Last Man Peak, a beloved Jamaican novel, is being made into a movie. The book, written by Jean D’Costa and published by Longman Caribbean in 1975, tells the story of a group of children who escape from an orphanage to find refuge in a place called Last Man Peak during an epidemic on the island. Through their journey, they have many adventures including finding two other children along the way and dodging a group called the Dancers who believe the blood of a child would protect them from contracting the disease. The book contains some eerie similarities to our current pandemic. In the first chapter, for instance, the eldest boy of the group, Jimmy, tells the children: “Remember what they said on the radio when the stations used to come on and Matron told us again: if people mix a lot it easier for them to catch the sickness. They should stay at home. Out in the country. And big people get it more than us.” “It seems serendipitous,” says Tanya Batson-Savage, on the perfect timing of the project. Batson-Savage, an author, playwright and filmmaker, and her business partner Analisa Chapman are founders of Have a Bawl Productions and are the producers of the movie. She says the similarities of the COVID-19 situation and the book are really a credit to D’Costa’s research. “She had explained that when she was putting the book together she had spoken to people up at UWI to see what if there was going to be a disease that would be cataclysmic, that would cause an apocalyptic type thing, what kind of disease would it be? They explained it would be something of the flu variety, easily transmitted and these would be the elements. Basically, we are living so much in this time right now and that makes it feels like serendipity, that we are right to be pursuing this at this time. It makes the moment feel like it’s perfect,” she says. Both women met D’Costa, who they described as “unfiltered and amazing”, and got her blessing to adapt her book for the big screen. Tanya Batson-Savage The women began their journey towards making the film several years ago. In fact, before either of them began making inroads into filmmaking they spoke about turning the book into a movie. “It is a story that made that kind of impression on you, you wanted to see those characters come to life, you want to see them on the big screen, it is such a wonderful cast and it reflects us,” says Batson-Savage. Chapman adds: “From so young it had such an impact and influence, you could see yourself on that journey, we could see ourselves as those kids when we were reading and the story has just resonated throughout our adult life and obviously when we were in a position to make progress to that goal we definitely went for it.” And while there were many others who believed Escape to Last Man Peak was tailor-made for the big screen, Batson-Savage and Chapman were the first to really pursue it. Chapman, who is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Attorney and President of the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), says the process to get the rights was a long, complicated one. “It was a pretty involved process because it wasn’t just simply a matter of oh, let’s call the publishing company and get the rights. The book has been around since in the 70s and had gone through various different publishing companies and in the big scheme of the bigger companies as it keeps getting eaten up by different publishing companies, it falls lower and lower in their catalogue. It was about finding out first of all who owns the rights. It was a five-year process in just identifying that and then we had to have them locate it within their catalogue and negotiate the rights. It was a labour of love,” she explains. This week, Escape to Last Man Peak moved one step closer to development with the appointment of Nile Saulter as Director. Saulter, the brother of acclaimed Jamaican filmmaker Storm Saulter (Sprinter, Better Mus Come), will be embarking on his first feature-length film with this project. The women said they always had Saulter in mind for the project. “We were first introduced to his work at the Flashpoint Film festival in Negril and we saw a short film that he did and it really resonated with us cause it was set in this dystopic kind of setting and we said hey, this will be an interesting filmmaker, what about this guy to direct Peak and we have been following his work from 2006 onwards,” explains Chapman. “He has a very keen sense of story, a very good eye, he is also a cinematographer in his own right and he has a passion for this story, for the book, for this project and all of those seem to align at the right moment and he was the perfect fit.” Analisa Chapman Saulter tells Loop News that with the pandemic, turning the book into a movie seemed extra poignant. “It made all the sense in the world, it’s kinda like one of those things you don’t want to give up,” he says of the opportunity to direct the film. Given the popularity of the book in Jamaica, Saulter said there is some pressure but he believes there is more of an added advantage that there is such a connection to it. He says the fact that the book has also been used in schools throughout the Caribbean also gives him joy. “To me, it is something that is an added bonus. I love that is has been read regionally and it is known across the region. I am all about regional unity and connectivity and in my mind’s eye that is a positive element of the future.” The producers are also buoyed by the regional appeal of the book. “As the world reckons with the legacy of racism and colonialism…as it continues to build on that legacy one of the touchstones have been the need for more diverse storytelling and as Caribbean people, that message is kind of so yuh just a learn dat? Because we are a diverse people, as different as we are is one of the things we bear in mind,” says Batson-Savage giving kudos to D’Acosta for including a Chinese girl, an albino boy and a white baby in the story. “This racial diversity is a thing all Caribbean people understand and it is a part of what the children have to come to terms with and have to deal with because while they are building their family, they’re constructing a family, they also have issues to contend with, they have things to deal with because they are not perfect, no family is.” “Any family that is perfect would have come straight out of TV in the 1970s and that is not what we are used to. So there are all of those elements that Caribbean people can see and identify with. It is perfectly fine to have a very Jamaican story that a Trinidadian, or a Bajan or a St Lucian can identify with. I remember when I read Miguel Street in High School, I swear my mind used to hit pon my road because the characters speak to us and the experiences speak to us even though it is set in one of our islands.” Nile Saulter, filmmaker and Director of Escape to Last Man Peak Describing the movie as one that will be family-friendly, the women say it will have fun and serious elements in it. Batson-Savage says: “It will have elements of some amount of action, some elements of fun. It is likkle pickney who are in an adult world that is in many times your enemy. It deals with some serious things but you retain your childhood. It is not about the loss of childhood; that is not what Last Man Peak was. It is a movie that brings about hope and the world right now needs hope and to have a movie that in many ways mirrors so much of what we are doing, the message is about hope and resilience and coming up, literally at the peak. It makes it a beautiful moment to be doing this film.” Filming of Escape to Last Man Peak is expected to be completed by 2022. Chapman says that 2021 will be about finalising the pre-production, the film development process, and casting with filming in 2022. She says at the moment they are securing financing. The film is now in the second round of CineMart, a co-production film market in Rotterdam. She says: ”We will know the outcome of that in December but once we advance we will have the opportunity to interact with international co-producers and financiers and that will be something that will be ongoing throughout.”


Image via TT Central Bank.

The new polymer $5, $10 and $20 notes will be in circulation in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) from as early as next week. The T&TCentral Bank in a virtual launch today (October 27) confirmed the notes will be issued to commercial banks from next Monday. The new notes will co-circulate with the existing cotton-based notes. [related node_id='3cc3ebaa-784e-4581-895d-de4469f68667'] All notes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender until at least the end of 2021, when a decision will be taken on the demonetisation of the cotton-based notes. The new polymer notes have improved durability, strong security and defined tactile features which allow for improved access for the visually impaired. The changeover to polymer notes follows the introduction of the $100 note in December 2019. All denominations in the new suite of polymer notes share similarities: national flag, Coat of Arms, the same birds on the cotton-based notes, similar themes as the cotton notes, the Central Bank building and the same colours as the cotton notes. Changes could soon be coming to the coins in circulation, as T&T Central Bank Governor Dr Alvin Hilaire said a study will be carried out in November to determine whether the five-cent piece should be taken out of circulation. The one-cent coin has already been taken out of circulation, which Hilaire said has led to significant cost savings. The $1 and $50 polymer will come into circulation in January 2021. The T&T Central Bank will host Know Your Money sessions to familiarise the public with the features of the new notes. The first will be held at 10 am on Friday.

In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, October 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died. He was 78. A Samsung statement said Lee died on Sunday with his family members, including his son and de facto company chief Lee Jae-yong, by his side. Lee Kun-Hee had been hospitalized since May 2014 after suffering a heart attack and the younger Lee has run Samsung, the biggest company in South Korea. “All of us at Samsung will cherish his memory and are grateful for the journey we shared with him,” the Samsung statement said. “Our deepest sympathies are with his family, relatives and those nearest. His legacy will be everlasting.” Lee Kun-hee inherited control from his father and during his nearly 30 years of leadership, Samsung Electronics Co. became a global brand and the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips. Samsung sells Galaxy phones while also making the screens and microchips that power its rivals, Apple’s iPhones and Google Android phones. Samsung helped make the nation’s economy, Asia’s fourth-largest. Its businesses encompass shipbuilding, life insurance, construction, hotels, amusement park operation and more. Samsung Electronics alone accounts for 20% of the market capital on South Korea’s main stock market. Lee leaves behind immense wealth, with Forbes estimating his fortune at $16 billion as of January 2017. His death comes during a complex time for Samsung. When he was hospitalized, Samsung’s once-lucrative mobile business faced threats from upstart makers in China and other emerging markets. Pressure was high to innovate its traditionally strong hardware business, to reform a stifling hierarchical culture and to improve its corporate governance and transparency. Samsung was ensnared in the 2016-17 corruption scandal that led to then-President Park Geun-Hye's impeachment and imprisonment. Its executives, including the younger Lee, were investigated by prosecutors who believed Samsung executives bribed Park to secure the government’s backing for a smooth leadership transition from father to son. In a previous scandal, Lee Kun-Hee was convicted in 2008 for illegal share dealings, tax evasion and bribery designed to pass his wealth and corporate control to his three children. The late Lee was a stern, terse leader who focused on big-picture strategies, leaving details and daily management to executives. His near-absolute authority allowed the company to make bold decisions in the fast-changing technology industry, such as shelling out billions to build new production lines for memory chips and display panels even as the 2008 global financial crisis unfolded. Those risky moves fueled Samsung’s rise. Lee was born January 9, 1942, in the southeastern city of Daegu during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. His father Lee Byung-chull had founded an export business there in 1938 and following the 1950-53 Korean War, he rebuilt the company into an electronics and home appliance manufacturer and the country’s first major trading company. Lee Byung-chull was often called one of the fathers of modern industrial South Korea. Lee Kun-Hee was the third son and his inheritance of his father’s businesses bucked the tradition of family wealth going to the eldest. One of Lee Kun-Hee's brothers sued for a bigger part of Samsung but lost the case. When Lee Kun-Hee inherited control from his father in 1987, Samsung was relying on Japanese technology to produce TVs and was making its first steps into exporting microwaves and refrigerators. The company was expanding its semiconductor factories after entering the business in 1974 by acquiring a near-bankrupt firm. A decisive moment came in 1993. Lee Kun-Hee made sweeping changes to Samsung after a two-month trip abroad convinced him the company needed to improve the quality of its products. In a speech to Samsung executives, he famously urged, “Let’s change everything except our wives and children.” Not all his moves succeeded. A notable failure was the group’s expansion into the auto industry in the 1990s, in part driven by Lee Kun-Hee’s passion for luxury cars.