Buju Banton 'Long walk to Freedom' Tour flyer for Barbados.

April 2019 will be different for reggae lovers and dancehall fans in Barbados as the Buju Banton concert will replace the Reggae on the Hill aspect of theannual Reggae Festival this toss. Word comes from the hosts of the Reggae Festival, Fas7star. In a press release issued today, Thursday, January 17, 2019, it was stated that "on Saturday, April 27, 2019, Fas7star will host the eagerly anticipated Buju Banton ‘Long Walk to Freedom Tour’ in Barbados at Kensington Oval. "This concert will replace the FAS Promotions’ annual Reggae on the Hill, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 28, at the Farley Hill National Park. "This decision was taken after the initial contract date for Buju Banton was changed from April 6 to April 27, making it impossible for two such large events to be staged on consecutive days with the requirement for back-to-back production. Any inconvenience to patrons is regretted." However, the reggae enthusiasts will stay get their dose of Reggae Beach Party and Vintage Reggae as usual. "The two other signature events of the annual Barbados Reggae Festival will be staged as usual. These are the Reggae Beach Party at Pirate’s Cove on Sunday, April 28, and the Vintage Reggae Show and Dance at the Oval on Tuesday, April 30, the night before May Day holiday." Accompanying Buju are three other revered Caribbean acts, Jamaica’s Wayne Wonder and Spragga Benz and Barbados’ Buggy Nhakente. The Magnum Xplosion Reggae Beach Party features Sizzla Kalonji and Busy Signal with top local artistes and DJs. Headlining the Vintage Reggae Show and Dance are Barrington Levy, Cutty Ranks, Mikey Spice, George Nooks and Barbados’ Splash Band and Lil Rick.

A Florida-based company featured on the television show "Project Runway All Stars" is kicking off a new line of leather accessories as part of an effort to help survivors of human trafficking. Contestants on the fashion design competition show worked with Jacksonville-based Rethreaded on Wednesday night's episode. Designers were tasked with creating a look for modern-day air travel with upcycled materials provided by Southwest Airlines. Items included coffee cups, peanut packets, seat belts,and aircraft seat leather. Episode winner Irina Shabayeva consulted the women of Rethreaded on the production of the new accessories, which will be sold on the company'swebsite. Rethreaded was started in 2012 to provide a safe and supportive environment for victims of trauma and exploitation. It gives career opportunities to women coming out of human trafficking.


Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a walkabout of Hamilton Square as part of a visit to a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen's death, in Birkenhead, northwest England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (Charlotte Graham/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have apparently chosen not to learn the gender of the baby they are expecting this spring. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, told schoolchildren during a visit to Birkenhead on Monday that she doesn't know whether she is carrying a boy or a girl. Kitty Dudley, 9, said after meeting the couple: "I asked her if she was having a girl or a boy and she said she didn't know." The meeting happened when Meghan talked to a number of children at St. Anne's Catholic Primary School in the town, which is 210 miles (340 kilometres) northwest of London. Meghan also told one of the children that she is six months pregnant and expects to give birth at the end of April or in early May.

What's for lunch? Try this comforting Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy courtesy Best Recipe Box: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy Servings: 4 servings Calories: 480 kcal Ingredients For the steak: 1 pound ground beef 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 1 large egg 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt lots fresh ground black pepper , or to taste 1 Tablespoon cooking oil , for searing beef patties For the Mushroom Gravy 2 tablespoons butter 8 ounces mushrooms , sliced 1 medium onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup flour 3 cups broth (beef, chicken or vegetable) Salt and black pepper to taste Directions 1. In large bowl mix together all the steak ingredients (beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic salt, mustard powder, salt, and black pepper). Shape into 4 oval patties. 2. Heat large pan over medium-high heat and then add oil. Brown both sides of patties (about 1 minute per side) and then remove from the pan. 3. Keep same pan and beef juices over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until onions are golden and excess mushroom liquid evaporates, about 5-10 minutes. 4. Add garlic and butter. Cook for about 1 minute. 5. Stir in the flour, cooking and stirring to remove lumps. Add about 1/2 - 1 cup of beef stock, whisking until incorporated. 6. Pour in the remaining broth and whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste (the saltiness and flavors will concentrate some when it reduces down). 7. Reduce heat to medium, stirring often, simmer until the gravy starts to thicken, about 5-10 minutes. Add salisbury steak patties back into the gravy and cook until the steak patties are cooked to your preferred doneness (usually about 5-10 minutes), stirring the gravy occasionally around the steaks. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper, if desired. Enjoy! Serve the steaks topped with the mushroom sauce. They are excellent over rice, pasta or mashed potatoes!


Trend Media CEO, Aileen Corrigan

Digital media sales house, Trend Media Group has entered into amemorandum of understanding with Muse 360 Integrated Limited for the acquisition ofa 10 per cent stake in Muse'scontent creation, aggregation and distribution subsidiary. The MOU between the two companies was signed on Monday, January 14, 2019,according to a news release on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Established in 2014, Trend Media is a pan-Caribbean digital media sales house that is headquartered in Jamaica. The company - which recently copped the Alternative Media of the Year award from the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica- attracts and engages valuable audiences across the region through its multi-platform media business. Museis a portfolio company of listed firm SSL Venture Capital Jamaica. Its services spancreative development, project management, design, film production, photography, radio production and events management.

Thirty-five fire officers including the Chief Fire Officer and the Deputy Chief Fire Officer are on the scene of a fire in St. Lucy currently. The blazeis at Mount Gay Rum Distillery, St. Lucy. Barbados Fire Service receivedthe call at 2:18 pm today, Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Along with the 35 personnel, there are five trucks dispatched from Arch Hall Fire Station and the Bridgetown Fire Station. Included in the response are two water tenders. The rum still at theSt Lucy-based Mount Gay Distilleries was recently recommissionedat the 315-year-old rum maker.French cognac maker, Rémy Cointreau, owns Mount Gay Distilleries.