Combination of photos by Marlon Reid.

Dancehall music was the winner on the opening night of performances atReggae Sumfest 2019 inside Catherine Hall inMontego Bay, St James,in spite of the police drawing down the shutters on the event prematurely. The police of the Jamaica Constabulary say the event was called to a halt after the performance of Jahvillani about 8:30 Friday morning. The closing time for the event was 6:00 amand they had no other choice but to enforce the law after a two and a half hour extension. In addition, the police cited profanity used by at least one act who had performed after the sun had come up. The event closure left a bitter taste in the mouths of fans of scheduled closing acts, Chronic Law and Montego Bay's ownSquash 6ix Boss, who didn't get the chance toutter a syllable on stage. Many of the fans claimed they only attended the event to see them perform. Munga Honorable That hiccup aside, Reggae Sumfest Festival Night One was a good look for dancehall artistes. The performances all around were worth going miles to see and it would prove a difficult task to select a particular entertainer who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the lineup. The eccentric Munga Honorable set a blistering early pace. Neatly attired in a shining gold outfit, the artiste gave a performance worthy of praise. Backed up by his five member strong ‘Fire Choir’, Munga stuck to his task of giving the patrons their money’s worth and set the right plot for those who would take the stage after him to follow. His hits 'Nah Mad', 'Bad From Me Born' and 'Stars' were well received. Then came Spragga Benz. Spragga Benz If Munga was hot, then the audience would be given no cooling down period. The artiste, who hails from the community of Dunkirk in East Kingston, was in no mood to be bested and he reeled off his catalogue of dancehall anthems, which included 'We Nuh Like', 'She Nuh Ready Yet' and 'Coulda Deal'. It seemed as if the tempo could get no higher but in reality things were just warming up. The introduction of the ‘Energy God’ Elephant Man was just what the doctor ordered. ‘Ele’, as he is affectionately known, brought back the glory days when dancehall was nice again and carried the audience through their paces in his dancehall gym as they 'Signalled the Plane', did the 'Gully Creepa' and 'Willy Bounced' among other moves. When he finished he barely resembled the man who was adorned in the outfit of a Roman Tribune as sweat soaked his garments to his body. He also received a well deserved encore which was demanded by the crowd. Agent Sasco has always managed to keep his image clear of controversy or anything negative that the dancehall culture has embraced and has gained a lot of respect from the public for it. That love and admiration that he has attracted was all too evident inside Catherine Hall as the audience saluted him for his principled musical stance. He too was not to be outdone and the vuvuzelas kept blaring throughout his well presented set. Spice No one can deny that Spice is among the top tier of females in the dancehall and the self declared 'Queen of the Dancehall' wentall out to provethat her doubters will be found tohave been on the wrong side of dancehall history. Choreography is one of her strong points and some patrons stood in bewilderment as Spice’s team brought out a jerk chicken pan, a sound system speaker box, a vendor box with lollipops and other condiments reminiscent of a dance in progress upon her introduction by MC Miss Kitty. Their questions were soon answered when Spice sprung into action from inside the speaker box and immediately launched into her sexually laced lyrics extolling the virtues of her most intimate body part. She also scored well with her comedic lyrics in which she stated that she was being sought after by most of Jamaica’s top male artistes. Then it was time for the double whopper of Bounty Killer and Beenie Man in combination. That brought the house down. After being fierce rivals for decades, the show of unity was a heartwarming sight which was welcomed by Catherine Hall’s eager throng. None of the two missed a beat as they reeled off their many hits in quick succession. Beenie Man and Bounty Killer on stage together. Bounty Killer probably summed it up perfectly when he uttered: “This is not Beenie and Bounty, This is Moses and Rodney. We used to war for 20 years and see we hear now in love and unity. Ghetto people, we can settle our differences.” So exhilarating was the concert up to that point that the audience must have welcomed the band change so they could catch their breaths. The darling of reggae, Koffee performs at Sumfest. Under normal circumstances, a 19-year-old artiste with just over a year's experience would be daunted by the task of taking the stage after the train that was blazed by two veterans, but not Koffee. She revelled in the warmth that was extended to her by the patrons and gave off her best to come out smelling like roses. Even though she did only four songs, it was enough to keep the audience well satisfied as they waited for headliner Chronixx. Selassie’s soldier did not disappoint. He displayed a calm, confident demeanour throughout his 75 minute set in which he stamped his class as one of Jamaica’s premier modern reggae performers. Chronixx delved into every topic and is living proof that the ears and brains of dancehall fans are ready to willingly accept uplifting message music without even flinching. Chronixx (right) with dad, fellow reggae singer Chronicle. He was the master of his students and Chronixx taught with aplomb. He had them 'Skanking Sweet'while he taught them to trust while being uncertain and not to do anything just for the 'likes'. Dexta Dapps is the modern day sex symbol of Jamaican popular entertainment and he had many wondering what it is about why the females drool at the very mention of his name. Many of the females inside Catherine Hall were seen salivating at the artiste as he stripped himself of jacket and shirt and performed bare chested in the early morning Montego Bay sun. He was truly a man in his element. Dexta Daps Govana also performed excellently and his set was further boosted with the surprise injection of 4th Genna stablemate Aidonia, who entered the stage wearing a black cloth face mask. Both proceeded to tear down the house. Shane E and Jahvillani continued in the same vein before the strong arm of the law saw it fit to exercise its proper authority and bring an end to what must be hailed as one of the betterdancehall-themedshowsheld on Jamaican soil in recent years.

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?


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.