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The Mighty Bit Bit took away the Junior Monarch title in the 6 to 10 category.

For the first time in the history of the Junior Calypso Monarch competition, 19 contestants battled it out to see who would wear the crown in one of the three categories up for grabs – the 6 to 10, 11 to 14 and 15 to 18 category. [related node_id='04b0835b-36e0-4a1d-a5e3-56ecdbc0ebdc'] Close to 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, when the result were read out on stage at the Wildey Gymnasium, Quon went home with a smile on his face, having successfully defendedthe title he first won last year. Performing the Water Street Boys penned composition, Smart, he beatDe Overcomer’s Lastand Yahandjewho was third, singingMy Reality. In the 11 to 14 age group, it wasQueen Shontaeasking toStop De Violencethat copped her the crown. Xaviwho sung Reduce, Reuse, Recyclewas second and Mhizz Khibabaand Her Story, third. The Mighty Bit Bit with hisDe Style OfOld Calypso,took top honoursin the new 6 to 10 category, whileDee JaysingingMy Time was second and Riyah B’s Indiscipline was third.

Buju Banton performs at Reggae Sumfest 2019 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Veteran entertainers Beres Hammond and Buju Banton brought the curtain down on Reggae Sumfest 2019 with sterling performances on Sunday morning at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James. Reggae crooner Beres wooed and won the crowd with love ballads in an hour, while Banton won the hearts of the masses at the facility and probably hundreds of thousands more that watched the live streaming, with his catalogue that stretches back to the early 1990s. Both electrified the crowd but were just a part of the well put together Sumfest entertainment package for Festival Night Two, with the tens of thousands that gathered for the event staying deep into Sunday morning, until Banton, the last act, performed a major part of his one-and-a-half-hour set. With the show beginning closer to the advertised time than Festival Night One, the promoters Downsound Entertainment possibly prevented a repeat of the previous morning, when police pulled the plug before the two scheduled closing acts - rising deejays Chronic Law and Squash 6ix Boss - graced the stage. The transitions from artistes as well as band changes were very smooth with a tight schedule that included Dalton Harris, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo, all former Digicel Rising Stars winners, who have kept themselves in the entertainment spotlight. All three had the ladies screaming and delivered with well put together sets, although Martin claimed on stage that his performance time was shortened. Christopher Martin Another top performance came from Protoje who got help from some of his singing friends inswaying the crowd into his corner with loud appreciative cheers.The conscious reggae toaster's45-minuteset includedcollaborations with JesseRoyal, Sevana, Lila Ike, Agent Sasco and international superstar Chronixx. In his set, Beres was irresistible to the ladies as he toyed with them throughout the more-than-20 song performance that included hits stretching back approximately five decades. The appreciated audience sang and danced to tunes such as 'Every Time I Think Of Saying Goodbye', 'Can't Stop A Man', 'Come Back Home', 'One Dance' and 'Step Aside', which turned up the decibel level of the venue that erupted with the blowing of vuvuzelas. Beres Hammond He also delivered with 'I Wish', 'I Feel Good', 'She Loves Me Now', 'Double Trouble', 'Putting Up A Resistance', 'Many Tried', 'Sweet Life', 'Tempted To Touch' and 'Full Attention', all of which had the ladies in a tizzy. The expected start of Banton's performance was greeted with the areas in front of the stage swelling to the fullest for the night and the entertainer, who in December last yearwas released from prison in the United States, did not disappoint. Banton had songs for everybody, as he delivered for the ladies songs such as 'Only Man', 'Sha La La' and 'Champion' but also drew on his conscious melodies with 'Destiny', 'Not An Easy Road', 'Close One Yesterday', 'Give I Strength' and 'Hills and Valleys'. Buju Banton Buju also left the audience to sing to their hearts' content in some of the songs. The most notable was after taking off his shoes before the start of 'Untold Stories' as he said it is about to let him fall, Banton sat on a speaker on stage and uttered the first few notes of the song and allowed the crowd to sing until the second verse. Meanwhile, Harris used the occasion to relive some moments in his X Factor win last year in England, and also usedsongs to 'clarify' some controersial events that took place during the course of the competition. He delivered new songs of his own that enticed the audience but got arguably the loudest cheers of the nightwith his cover of Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing', which was used also unleashed duringX Factor. In between opening with his version of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' and closing with the National Anthem, Virgo had two guest performers - Agent Sasco and Tisha, a girlhe said he saw on YouTube singing one of his songs. Both were a hit with the crowd but it was Tisha's performance of a song about "dutty men" troubling girls whoare "more than two times their daughter in age", that really ignited the gathering. Romain Virgo Martin appeared to complainabout time docked from his set, but he scored with the audience through songs such as 'Big Deal', 'Paper Loving', 'Don't Let Me Cheat On My Girlfriend' and 'Mama'. Etana and Jah9 also delivered solid sets, with early acts Jovexx and Faice and Dre Zee also impressing.


There are many different types ofevent promoters in the Caribbean entertainment business nowadays - some good and some bad. Whether you are a patron, bartender, deejay, door operator or sponsor, you may have met your share of these promoters. What do we mean? Here are the 12 types we have come across in our years: 1. The Strictly Business Promoter This promoter is all about making a dollar. He/she does not fancy giving out passes or discounts so you better not miss that early-bird discount, if offered because they seldom do. It doesn't matter if you miss it by a day or even a few hours for whatever reason, 'Early bird DONE!'. Sometimes when looking for an apology, they simply give you the response "Sorry, it's stricly business". Not many people fancy this type of promoter because they may come across as rude at times but they do respect them. [related node_id='0419c1aa-9ac8-4bfa-a8b1-5f0762b1b520'] 2. The Professional Promoter This promoter is not to be confused with the "strictly business" type promoter. Professional promoters do what they have to do to pull offa successful event without being rude or pushy. They are understanding but cannot be used or pushed around. They are organized, straight forward, smooth and precise. They make promises and keep them. If for whatever reason they can't keep up their end of the bargain they always inform you in a timely fashion, apologize and make up for it. For these many reasons their events usually go smoothly. 3. The Multitasker This promoter is simply genius! Events are their calling and most times their only source of income. They are great at planning and it reflects in their events which come off with little to no hiccups. Because of this obvious talent, you can guarantee that this promoter will have an event almost every weekend and sometimes have a weekly series under his or herbelt. They are simply taking over the event industry. 4.The Behind The Scenes Promoter You may see them advertising an event but they never say "this is my event". Sometimes it may be due to the fact that they have a 9-5 which clashes with the lifestyle or in other instances the person may simply just not want to be in the spotlight. Whatever it is this, promoter knows how to play his/her cards right to make people attend their event. This promoter often uses another person(s) as the face of their event, and on the night of the event theyare usually seen mingling in the crowd as if they were just any other patron. 5.The Pop-Up Promoter No one knows how these promoters do it but they somehow get the job done. These promoters plan events and start advertising them days before the date. Somehow they manage to grab a modest crowd assometimes they are popular persons within the entertainment industry or veterans in the game. [related node_id='8c9ec7e6-f22c-49b8-8199-0b282cba9c3b'] 6. The Antisocial-Until-the-Time-is-Right Promoter We all know a few of these promoters. These are the ones that pass you in public all year round and as soon as it's time for his/her event they start greeting you. Some of them even decide to persistently contact you on social media trying to get you to buy tickets. As soon as you give-in, the cycle starts all over again. That is,they go back to not knowing you until their next event approaches. "BRB" equals "Hear you next Crop Over" in this promoter'sbooks. 7. The "Let's work together" Promoter If you work in the entertainment industry then you have met a fair share of these promoters. These are the promoters that use the word "exposure" as a way to gain free services. They try to get the setup, lighting, decorating, DJs, performers, photographers and whoever else he/she can get to offer their services for F-R-E-E. They do not like paying for anything and always lookfor a way to cut costs. Needless to say, these promoters walk away with the bag at the end of their event! 8. The Supportive Promoter This promoter believes in forging meaningful and long-lasting business relationships. If you also do events they will be purchasing tickets and showing up to your event. If they live in your neighbourhood they will be spending money with your business. The supportive promoter also has a good support system because of how they do business. 9.The Overly Friendly Promoter This promoter is downright messy. You may see their event full but that is merely because they give out passes and discounts like water. During the event, they fraternize with the patrons, staff, DJs, promotional girls and almost everyone else. They are hardly on top of what is going on and sometimes because of this, theremay be discrepancies with the execution of their event, and you may even hear rumours of discrepancies in monies earned and distributed afterwards too. 10. The Fraud The name says it all. This promoter is the worst of them all. They always have events coming up but they never happen and even if it does you should be prepared for disappointment. You seldom get what was advertised, and furthermore, don't be expecting any form of reimbursements ever. These promoters sometimes advertise events that are not even theirs. Stay far away from these promoters! But how do you spot them? Sometimes, someone else learned the lesson firsthand and drops crumbs for others to see and take heed. Inthe news, you may see an ad saying 'XYZ' is no longer affiliated with 'ABC' and cannot conduct business or collect monies on their behalf. 'Pick sense' as granny used to say. 11. The Micromanager These promoters try to be on top of everything that is going on with their event. Throughout the night they move to different points of the party to supervise their workers. They move from the door, to the bar, to the food stalls, to the stage and back around the event which continues until the end of the night. Luckily this routine works to their advantage... most of the time. 12. The Newbie The name simply speaks for itself. These are the promoters that are new to doing events and are still grasping what is needed in the industry. Sometimes they are lucky and their events come off without a flaw and other times they take a big loss because they are still growing a following. Either way, newbies learn a huge lesson in loyalty. What type of promoter are you, or which do you prefer?

FaceApp is displayed on an iPhone Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in New York. The popular app is under fire for privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane).

Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves. People raised fears on Twitter and other social media sites that on iPhones, FaceApp would be able to see and upload all your photos, including screenshots with sensitive financial or health information or photos of kids with the names of their schools in the background. That's not actually true, but the fearserves as a good reminder to think twice before downloading new apps. Even large, mainstream apps routinely collect user data. But many trendy-at-the-moment apps are guilty of mining user data as a primary purpose. Some personality quizzes on Facebook and similar services collect user information as a business, opening people up to breachessuch as in the Cambridge Analyticascandal. On Wednesday, the ranking Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, wrote in a letter to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission that he's concerned FaceApp could pose "national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens." The New York Democrat is asking the two agencies to assess the situation. As for FaceApp, the app grabs a photo only if you specifically select it to see your face change, security researcher and Guardian Firewall CEO Will Strafach said. The confusion comes from an iPhone feature that shows your photo library within the app. It is an Apple feature that lets you select a specific photo, but doesn't give the app full access to the library, even though it may appear that way. You have the option of granting access to your entire photo library, but even then, there is no evidence the app is uploading anything other than the photo selected. "I'm always looking for privacy concerns," said Strafach, who used a network analyzer tool to track what was happening. "When it's not happening, it's not happening." There's a version of FaceApp for Android, but those phones don't tap photo libraries the same way. That's not to say the app isn't free of problems, Strafach said. Among other things, photos get sent to the cloud for processing in both the iPhone and Android versions, exposing them to hacking and other problems. FaceApp does not explicitly tell users that the photos are being sent to the cloud. Some apps try to limit exposure by doing the processing on the devices themselves, not in the cloud. FaceApp's privacy policy also says it is using data from the app to serve targeted ads and to develop new products and features. It says it does not sell data to third party apps, but lists many exceptions including one that allows it to share data after removing information that identifies users. FaceApp, which is developed in Russia by Wireless Lab, has had surges of viral popularity before. The app also allows people to swap their genders or add facial hair or makeup. Wireless Lab told technology news site TechCrunch that it may store users' photos in the cloud, but "most" are deleted after 48 hours. It said no user data is transferred to Russia. The company has not responded to questions from The Associated Press. It told TechCrunch that users can request to have their data deleted. Even with those admissions, Strafach urged people to resist the pull of the app. He said the app should have been upfront and told users it was processing photos in the cloud rather than on phones. "Bottom line is they were handling sensitive data and they handled it cavalierly and that's just not cool," he said.


Chairman and Founder of Chefette Restaurants Limited, Sir Assad John Haloute as he made his impassioned contribution to Thursday evening's townhall meeting at the Accra Beach Resort

Tempers flared and voices were raised late Thursday evening, into the night as hundreds turned out to the Accra Beach Hotel and Resort for a town hall meeting on the proposed re-development of the Blue Horizon Hotel in Rockley Christ Church. [related node_id='731ceca2-44b6-4d1a-bae6-dadf4c7c3b91'] Chief among them speaking out in opposition the multimillion-dollar projects which proposes to demolish the decade old hotel property and rebuild a new ultra modern facility, and also construct a beach club facility on waterside was Chairman and Founder of Chefette Restaurants Limited, Sir Assad John Haloute. “You are behaving like it is a done deal . . . It ain’t done yet. I think [you] are very boldfaced . . . the way they’re behaving, if they don’t get [to build the beach club] they won’t build the hotel. Then doan build the *******hotel then,” he told the developers, which includes Bjorn Bjerkham of JADA Limited to throngs of applause. Hosted by developers, Blue Tourism Inc., the largest of the conference rooms at Accrawas packed with little to no breathing room for a standing room only audience which included Minister of Transport and Works, and Member of Parliament for the constituency - Christ Church WestDr William Duguid, Member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency - Christ Church SouthRalph Thorne, Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs, Senator Lucille Moe, Opposition LeaderBishop Joseph Atherley, Barbados’ CARICOM Ambassador and Pan AfricanistDavid Comissiong, cultural ambassadorAnthony 'Mighty Gabby’Carter, officials from the Town and Country Development Planning Office, residents and business owners from in and around the areas surrounding the hotel.

How much is too much for streaming video? A dramatic slowdown in worldwide growth at Netflix — including the first quarterly drop in its U.S. subscribers since 2011 — is raising questions about just how much are people willing to pay for streaming services. Especially with a host of new ones from Disney, Apple and others on their way. A recent price increaseseems to have spookedNetflix subscribers. The company lost 126,000 subscribers in the U.S., less than 1% of its 60.1 million paid U.S. subscriptions, during the April-June period. Its most popular plan rose from $11 to $13 in a U.S. price hikeannounced in Januaryand rolled out for many subscribers during the second quarter. Worldwide, the service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers, far below Netflix's forecast of 5 million. "Netflix raising prices prompted people to think about whether they were getting value for money," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said. While people are willing to shell out for several services to meet their streaming needs, he said, they're also willing to cancel if they're not using it enough, just as they would with a gym membership or a subscription to the New Yorker magazine. Streaming services preparing to compete with Netflix appear to be taking note. Disney Plus, set to debut in November, will already be cheaper than Netflix at $8 a month, though Disney Plus will also have a smaller video library. Hulu has cut prices to $6 from $8 for its main, ad-supported service. Services from Apple, due out this year, and WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal, out in 2020, don't have announced prices yet, although the NBCUniversal service will be free and ad-supported for traditional cable TV subscribers. Of course, even if these individual services are cheaper than Netflix, it's not clear how many consumers will be willing to pay for. One way to make a service appealing is not through better prices but through exclusive shows and deep libraries, including shows that Netflix will be losing. Netflix's two most popular shows, "Friends" and "The Office," will be departing in the coming months for rival services. Group M analyst Brian Weiser said that for now, other services shouldn't be overly concerned by a weak quarter or two at Netflix. He said streaming content consumption is still growing rapidly, so the overall market has plenty of room for competitors. And the streaming arena is a growth area in the much bigger and more mature entertainment industry. "I don't think it follows that if Netflix has an underperforming quarter that tells you about others," he said. Some analysts also believe Netflix's trouble is temporary. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham said the subscriber numbers will likely hit the stock in the short term — the stock was down 11% in midday trading Thursday — but overall the company's growth remains on track, particularly overseas. "We still see a strong content strategy and room to add large numbers of international subscriptions as key strengths going forward," he wrote in a note to investors. Similarly, Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak said investors shouldn't make a "mountain out of a molehill," with the most recent quarterly figures. The spring quarter is typically sluggish for the streaming service, and Netflix acknowledged a weak content slate could have been partly responsible for the drop. It expects to regain some momentum this summer, projecting that it will add 7 million subscribers from July through September. The optimism stems in part from the immense popularity of "Stranger Things," whose third season attracted record viewership after its July 4 release. Netflix has said it welcomes the competition. It ended June with 151.6 million worldwide subscribers, far more than a current crop of video streaming rivals that includes Amazon and Hulu.