Billy Porter accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for "Pose" at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humourous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glorious moment: Billy Porter's win as best actor in a drama for "Pose," the first openly gay actor to win the award. But Porter's speech wasn't the only knock-your-socks-off moment. Michelle Williams gave the audience an eloquent and impassioned lesson on the importance of equal pay for women, especially women of color. And Patricia Arquette paid tearful tribute to her late transgender sister, issuing a rousing call for better treatment of transgender people. Some key moments of Emmys 2019: PHOEBE RULES If you didn't know Phoebe Waller-Bridge before, well, you certainly do now. First, the British writer-actress of "Fleabag" won for writing on a comedy series, telling the crowd that she found writing "really hard and painful" — but that she did it for the awards. She got to repeat the joke when she won best actress in a comedy, a huge upset over prohibitive favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the last season of "Veep." And then Waller-Bridge, 34, made it up to the stage yet again when her show won for outstanding comedy series, again besting "Veep." "This is getting ridiculous!" she exulted. In true Britspeak, she called her show's journey to success "absolutely mental." She was pretty entertaining when she presented an award with funnyman Bill Hader, too — all in all, a massive night, as the Brits would say. Jharrel Jerome accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for "When They See Us" A MEMORY BOTH POWERFUL AND EMPOWERING Alex Borstein, winning her second consecutive Emmy for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," started out in predictably humourous mode, making a racy underwear joke. Then she made a dramatic pivot to a poignant and harrowing memory about her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, who during the war had been in line "to be shot into a pit." She said her grandmother had asked a guard, "What happens if I step out of line?" and the guard had replied that he didn't have the heart to shoot her, "but somebody will." She did — and they didn't. "And for that, I am here," Borstein said. "And for that, my children are here." "So step out of line, ladies!" she told the crowd, to cheers. FAR FROM THE BRONX When Jharrel Jerome won his Emmy for "When They See Us," he said he felt like he "should just be back home in the Bronx right now chilling, waiting for my mom's cooking or something." But, said the 21-year-old, "I'm here in front of my inspirations." He thanked, of course, director Ava DuVernay, and his "beautiful mother," who actively cheered him on from the audience. But he saved his most important thanks "for the men we know as the Exonerated Five." And all five stood up and cheered from their seats: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, the man Jerome played onscreen. The four-part Netflix series tells story of the Central Park Five, black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn't commit. Michelle Williams accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for "Fosse/Verdon A SISTER REMEMBERED When Patricia Arquette won an Oscar in 2015, she made a plea for pay equality. On this Emmy night, rights for transgender people was on her mind, and for a very personal reason. Accepting her award for "The Act," Arquette said she was still in mourning over the death of her sister, Alexis Arquette, who died at age of 47 in 2016. Alexis, who was transgender, died from a heart attack and battled HIV for 29 years, according to her death certificate. "I'm so sad that I lost my sister Alexis, and that trans people are still being persecuted," she said. "Let's get rid of this bias that we have everywhere. They're human beings and let's give them jobs." In the audience, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox stood and cheered. Cox was carrying a purse that bore a message: "Oct. 8, Title VII, Supreme Court," it said, referring to an upcoming court decision on workplace discrimination and LGBTQ rights. PASSIONATE ABOUT EQUAL PAY It was actress Michelle Williams who raised the flag for equal pay, with an eloquent speech that was one of the most effective of the night. Accepting the award for "Fosse/Verdon," she called the honour "an acknowledgment of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feel safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they'll be heard." She explained that when she'd needed anything to help her better play dancer Gwen Verdon — more dance classes, more voice lessons, a different wig — she heard "yes," not "no," even though they cost money. She also thanked the FX network and Fox 21 studios "for paying me equally, because they understood that when you put value into a person it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value." "And then where do they put that value? They put it into their work," she continued, pointing out that a woman of color makes 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart. So when that woman "tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her," Williams said. "Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it." The remarks won cheers not only in the room but on social media. "Michelle Williams just took us to the church of women's equality," wrote actress Kerry Washington on Twitter. LOVE, Y'ALL! It was obvious that it was Billy Porter's night the moment he sauntered into the Emmy Awards in a huge, lopsided black cowboy hat, a sparkling striped black-and-silver suit, and platform shoes. Porter has emerged as a huge red carpet star of late. But this time, the "Pose" actor matched his carpet prowess with a huge Emmy victory, becoming the first openly gay actor to win best actor in a drama. "The category is love, y'all!" he crowed to the audience upon arriving onstage. He then met the historical moment by quoting James Baldwin. "It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had a right to be here," went the powerful quote. "I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right!" As he did years ago when his won his Tony, Porter paid tribute to his mother, Clorinda, saying "there's no stronger, more resilient woman who has graced this earth." He also thanked his show's co-creator, Ryan Murphy: "Ryan Murphy, you saw me! You believed in us." He added that "We as artists are the people that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don't ever stop doing that."

In this June 15, 2017, file photo, music mogul Berry Gordy accepts his award at the 48th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, in New York.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The Motown mogul who launched the careers of numerous stars like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson has announced his retirement. The Detroit Free PressreportsBerry Gordy said he had "come full circle" at a 60th-anniversary event for Motown Records on Sunday. The 89-year-old Detroit native built Motown Records into a hit-making music, film and television empire that shattered racial barriers and introduced the world at large to the sounds of R&B, soul and funk. Gordy sold the record label in 1988, but remained active, developing a musical and staying involved with the Motown Museum's $50 million expansion campaign. Speaking about retirement, Gordy said he has "dreamed about it, talked about it, threatened it" for years. Director Lee Daniels also presented Gordy with the Motown Legacy honour.


Steve Weber died after proposing to his girlfriend under water at a resort in Tanzania.

An American man who proposed to his girlfriend underwater drowned before he heard her say yes. Kenesha Antoine, the distraught girlfriend, posted the tragic news on Facebook. “You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” Wenever got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable. I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together,” she posted. Antoine’s boyfriend Steven Weber Jr, proposed to her underwater at the Manta Resort in Tanzania where they were vacationing. The couple was staying in one of the underwater rooms. Weber proposed by swimming underwater and holding a handwritten note against the bedroom windows, according to a video Antoine posted Friday on Facebook, before presenting a ring. The note, which Weber had placed inside a transparent plastic bag, read, "I can't hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you. BUT...Everything I love about you I love more EVERY DAY! "Will you please be my WIFE," the note continued. "Marry me??? International reports said the resort confirmed in a statement that a guest had died. The chief executive of the resort, Matthew Saus, reportedly said a male guest tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room. The accident is currently under investigation by the local Zanzibar police authority. Antoine wrote: “Just a couple days before you died, you said to me, ‘I’ve seen a few cancer patients on this trip, and it dawned on me that this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that people want to experience before they die. And here we are in the prime of our lives doing this. We are so blessed.’ “Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next... I love you so much, and I always will.💔”

As a matter of urgency, the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs intends to start discussions on how to address the increasing number of Barbadians suffering with dementia. An estimated 4,000 people on the island suffer from the debilitating diseases and the numbers being diagnosed areon the increase. There is also the concern about the age at which some people are presenting with dementia symptoms- some in their early 40’s. Here are some signs of early onset dementia: -Memory loss -Difficulty planning or solving problems -Difficulty with familiar tasks -Confusion about time or place -Difficulty understanding visual information -Problems with speaking or writing -Forgetting where everyday items are -Poor decision-making -Withdrawal from socializing -Personality or mood changes If you recognize a relative or friend may be suffering with any of the above symptoms, consult a medical professional.


The first Peer-to-Peer Lending company in the Caribbean, Carilend Caribbean Holdings Limited, has announced that Victoria Mutual Investments Limited and Kailash Pardasani, the owner of Promotech Inc., and the HP Store Barbados, has acquired a stake in the business. Victoria Mutual Investments Limited (VMIL) of Jamaica acquired a 30 per cent stake. VMIL is an 80 per cent owned subsidiary of the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) the largest building society in Jamaica, with a further minority stake was acquired by Kailash Pardasani. Carilend is the first of its kind in the region, providing a fully integrated end-to-end online lending experience via its state-of-the-art electronic exchange platform. Its first success was the introduction of a Peer-to-Peer Lending service in Barbados. Peer-to-Peer Lending is a billion-dollar industry in the UK, US and Canada which was successfully introduced to Barbados in 2017. It connects people who have money to lend with people who want to borrow money in a secure online marketplace. Two seasoned executives, Mark Linehan and Mark Young, founded Carilend in 2015. Young, the CEO of the business, has a 25-year track record as a regional senior executive with Barclays and CIBC in the Caribbean. [image_gallery] Young said, “this partnership between Victoria Mutual Investments Limited and Carilend is the first step in expanding Carilend’s fintech capabilities across the region. “We aim to deliver the same convenience, ease, speed and great rates for borrowers and investors that we have already delivered in Barbados. We look forward to launching our fintech platform in Jamaica later this year and further expanding in the Caribbean in 2020.” “VMIL was attracted to this unique investment opportunity due to the value of the emerging technology which has the potential in other areas of finance with the ability to scale within the Caribbean. This certainly represents a long-term investment for our shareholders,” said CEO of VMIL, Rez Burchenson. The partnership between VMIL and Carilend draws on the similarities of the Peer-to-Peer Lending concept of Lenders and Borrowers helping each other and the mutual society model of members helping members. It represents the perfect match of a new agile fintech with a storied financial institution that has a clear vision for the future. Commenting on the transaction, Kailash Pardasani said, "As a Techpreneur I am excited to invest in Carilend given the disruptive potential their platform has to deliver, bringing exciting change across the Caribbean. The impact they have already had in Barbados prompted me first to be a client and now an investor in the business." In its first two years of operation in Barbados, Carilend has approved over 1 200 loans for over BB$19,000,000 for Barbadian consumers. It is currently paying its Lenders average returns of 8.15 per cent on loans in their portfolios. Carilend reported Lenders investing in all sizes and from all walks of life in amounts ranging from BB$2,500 to in excess of BB$900,000.

n this May 19, 2016, file photo, a Thomas Cook plane takes off from England. Veteran British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed after failing to secure rescue funding, and travel bookings for its more than 600,000 global vacationers were canceled early Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (Tim Goode/PA via AP, File)

(AP) Hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded across the world Monday after British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed, immediately halting almost all its flights and hotel services and laying off all its employees. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed Thomas Cook, a 178-year-old company that helped create the package tour industry, had ceased trading. It said the firm's four airlines will be grounded, and its 21,000 employees in 16 countries — including 9000 in the U.K. — will lose their jobs. The collapse of the firm will have sweeping effects across the entire European and North African tourism industry and elsewhere, as hotels worried about being paid and confirmed bookings for high-season winter resorts were suddenly in doubt. Overall, about 600,000 people were travelling with the company as of Sunday, though it was unclear how many of them would be left stranded, as some travel subsidiaries were in talks with local authorities to continue operating. The British government said it was taking charge of getting the firm's 150,000 U.K.-based customers back home from vacation spots across the globe, the largest repatriation effort in the country's peacetime history. The process began Monday and officials warned of delays. A stream of reports Monday morning gave some sense of the extent of the travel chaos: some 50,000 Thomas Cook travelers were stranded in Greece; up to 30,000 stuck in Spain's Canary Islands; 21,000 in Turkey and 15,000 in Cyprus alone. An estimated onemillion future Thomas Cook travelers also found their bookings for upcoming holidays canceled. Many are likely to receive refunds under travel insurance plans. The company, which began in 1841 with a one-day train excursion in England and now has business in 16 countries, has been struggling financially for years due to competition from budget airlines and the ease of booking low-cost accommodations through the internet. Thomas Cook also still owned almost 600 travel shops on major streets in Britain as well as 200 hotels, adding real estate costs to its crushing debt burden. "The growing popularity of the pick-and-mix type of travel that allows consumers to book their holiday packages separately, as well as new kids on the block like Airbnb, has seen the travel industry change beyond all recognition in the past decade, as consumers book travel, accommodation, and car hire independently," said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets. Things got worse this year, with the company blaming a slowdown in bookings on the uncertainty over Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union. A drop in the pound made it more expensive for British vacationers to travel abroad. Terror attacks in recent years in some markets like Egypt and Tunis also hurt its business, as did heat waves in Northern Europe. The company had said Friday it was seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million) to avoid going bust and held talks over the weekend with shareholders and creditors in an attempt to stave off collapse. CEO Peter Fankhauser said in a statement read outside the company's offices before dawn Monday that he deeply regrets the shutdown. "Despite huge efforts over a number of months and further intense negotiations in recent days, we have not been able to secure a deal to save our business," he said. "I know that this outcome will be devastating to many people and will cause a lot of anxiety, stress and disruption." Britain's aviation authority said it had arranged an aircraft fleet for the complex repatriation effort, which is expected to last two weeks. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said dozens of charter planes, from as far as Malaysia, had been hired to fly customers home free of charge. He said hundreds of people were staffing call centers and airport operations centers. Julie Robsson, a 58-year-old retiree from Yorkshire, was among those waiting Monday on the Spanish island of Mallorca for a replacement flight to Manchester, England. She said while was satisfied with the information she received from British authorities, the Thomas Cook representative had not appeared at her group's hotel since the first rumors of financial difficulties emerged last week. "I'm quite sad because it's an old company. The prices were all reasonable. The planes were clean," Robsson said. Unions representing Thomas Cook workers reacted with anger. "The staff have been stabbed in the back without a second's thought," said Brian Strutton, head of the British Airline Pilots' Association. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, traveling to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, said the government was right not to bail out the company, arguing that travel firms should do more to ensure they don't collapse. He said bailing out Thomas Cook would have established "a moral hazard" because other firms might later expect the same treatment. "We need to look at ways in which tour operators one way or another can protect themselves from such bankruptcies in future," Johnson said. Most of Thomas Cook's British customers are protected by the government-run travel insurance program, which makes sure vacationers can get home if a British-based tour operator fails while they are abroad. An earlier repatriation exercise following the 2017 collapse of Monarch Airlines cost the British government about 60 million pounds ($75 million). Thomas Cook's collapse is a huge blow to many companies in vacation resorts that have long relied on it for business. Spain's Canary Islands, for example, are a favoured year-round destination for Northern Europeans that is likely to take a hit to its high-season winter bookings. The association of hotels said it fears the economic impact and the Spanish government was holding meetings with regional authorities to assess the likely damage to local economies. In Tunisia, the TAP news agency said the tourism minister intervened after reports emerged that some Thomas Cook tourists in Hammamet were locked into one hotel and "being held hostage" as the hotel demanded they pay extra, for fear that Thomas Cook would not pay its debts. The government said Thomas Cook clients would not be prevented from leaving the country.