The Ultimate Rejects

Usain Bolt is known for his boundless energy and excited participation in Trinidad Carnival. The decorated athlete is now taking his Carnival involvement deeper by contributing his vocals to the remix of 'Energy to Burn' by Ultimate Rejects. Bolt’s feature was the brainchild of MX Prime, lead vocalist of Ultimate Rejects, the group which swept the Road March in 2017 with ‘Full Extreme’. “I was working on writing the song and putting it together and I had Usain in mind from inception. I was thinking about how I could get this icon, this living legend, one of the top 20 recognisable men on the planet,” he said. Prime said he thought of Bolt because he is an energetic, vibrant person who lights up a room. “I say if I do a music video who would be the person to epitomise energy to burn, I found nobody else but him. I put it in my mind then out of my mind. So we put out the song and it is doing well on the radio, it’s getting played, DJs like it. “I came home two Wednesdays ago and I open my phone and I saw a picture of Usain Bolt running in the streets of Jamaica with a 100 or so school children running behind him and it hit me. I say Max you need to get his guy on this record, just by this image. I watching the folks on the side of the road smiling, I said I feel I have to go after this dream of acquiring Usain Bolt’s presence on the track,” he said. Prime sent a voice note explaining his vision to Jamaican DJ ZJ Sparks who comes to Trinidad every Carnival. She forwarded it to Bolt’s manager and in less than half an hour Prime was on the phone speaking to him. “That is God! I was speaking to him for about five and seven minutes, because he already heard my voice note, he wanted to hear from me and I explained the vision I had, and the possibilities. He said while Bolt is not an artiste, he is in entertainment and he has the confidence to do things like that.” Bolt’s vocals were recorded in a week much to Prime’s delight. “They put faith in us and whatever comes out of it, we know that we have entered a different realm in terms of professionalism and brands we working with. We are working with a top class brand in sports,” he said. Reflecting on his vision coming to life, Prime said it is an inspirational story to show people that they should never give up on their dreams. “When you think about something hard and long enough, no matter how daunting the task, or how lofty the dream you must have belief.”

It appears two "Bad Boys" were too good for one "Dolittle" at the box office. "Bad Boys for Life" starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence brought in $59 million in the U.S. and Canada to score a No. 1 debut entering the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The action-packed, buddy comedy returned for the franchise's third installment after a 17-year hiatus with popular demand to outlast "Dolittle," starring Robert Downey Jr., which opened at second with a mediocre $22.5 million. Sony Pictures predicted that "Bad Boys" will make around $68 million over the four-day weekend. The film exceeded expectations, building momentum with favourable reviews including an A Cinema Score and a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "It's a great brand with two terrific stars, a beloved franchise and it feels like summertime in January," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. He said it was a smart move by Sony Pictures to release the film during January, an unusual month for blockbusters releases but it ultimately "reaped huge benefits." "Dolittle" barely topped the World War I film "1917," which claimed the top spot last week. The Sam Mendes-directed war film continues to hold strong with $22.1 million this weekend after going from 11 screens in its first weeks to more than 3,600. The Oscar-nominated epic wartime film has gained popularity after it won Golden Globes for best director and drama film a couple weeks ago. Saturday night, it won an award for theatrical motion picture at the Producers Guild Awards, which has gone on to win best picture Oscar 21 out of 30 times, including the past two years. "'1917' is really taking a lot of the oxygen and taking on a life of its own since the Oscar nominations and all of these awards," Dergarabedian said. "If you haven't seen '1917,' you're totally out of the loop for awards season." Along with "Bad Boys," Sony Pictures has two other films in the top 10 at the domestic box office including Oscar-contender "Little Women" and "Jumanji: The Next Level," which crossed $700 million worldwide. In another blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" topped $1 billion globally after five weeks. The Disney's film focusing on the final chapter of the Luke Skywalker saga has also earned more than $492 million domestically. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. "Bad Boys for Life," $59.1 million, ($38.6 million international). 2. "Dolittle," $22.5 million, ($17.2 million international). 3. "1917," $22.1 million, ($26.1 million international). 4. "Jumanji: The Next Level," $9.5 million, ($17 million international). 5. "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," $8.3 million, ($10.9 million international). 6. "Just Mercy," $6 million, ($1.3 million international). 7. "Little Women," $5.9 million, ($6.2 million international). 8. "Knives Out," $4.3 million, ($3.1 million international). 9. "Like A Boss," $3.8 million. 10. "Frozen 2," $3.7 million, ($12 million international).


What's for lunch? Here's a healthy lunch option for those trying to limit their caloric intake while maintaining a healthy diet. Healthy Chick Salad This quick and easy classic and healthy chicken salad recipe courtesy Shuangy's Kitchen Sink is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Equal parts crunchy, creamy, and satisfying, it has no added sugar, gluten or dairy and is Whole30 friendly! Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 cups Chicken (can use rotisserie chicken) 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped apples 1/4 cup walnuts (roughly chopped) Salt Pepper to Taste 1/2 tsp paprika 2 - 3 tbsp dried cranberries 1 tbsp chopped dill (optional) 1/2 lemon juiced Instructions Cook the chicken breast in the oven using my favourite oven-roasted chicken recipe, or use leftover rotisserie chicken (take out the bone). Pull the chicken into thick pieces or roughly chop into cubes. In a big mixing bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix well until everything is combined and lightly covered by the mayo. For best results, cover and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to ensure the flavour soak in. Serve with tomato, avocado, and lettuce on your favourite toasted bread or crackers. Enjoy!

Frozen chicken (FILE)

Adulting is hard but some of Barbados' youth and young adults are truly keeping the Bajan culture alive as they grow older. Not sure if you're becoming another version of your mother, father, or grandparents, take a look in the mirror truly or check out the examples below. If more than six of the scenarios apply to you, then you are one of Barbados' next generation of Bajans. 1. Changing cushion covers Do you know about taking the cushions to an upholstery person and getting covers, even changing the "chairbacks" for the dining set chairs? Is this one of your Christmas chores? Do you consider the chair covers when buying or choosing curtains? [related node_id='ea874cf1-6d30-4932-94ba-94df68338369'] 2. 'Tek yuh feet out de chair' Are you now asking people who come over to your home not to put their feet up in your chairs? Are you cringing inside when the person or child drops their knee(s) in the chair before they sit? 3. Pigtail Is rice and peas, rice and peas if you do not boil the peas with a piece of pigtail or "salt meat" first? 4. Put up de food Are you very concerned about the food on the stove that was cooked today? Are you getting up at 5 pm and packing food into containers and putting it into the fridge because you don't want it to "go off"? 5. Frozen chicken Do you feel joy when you call your child to tell him or her, "Tek down de chicken out de freezer and put it in de sink"? Better yet, do you secretly hope that he or sheforgets to complete this chore just so you can share licks like peas when you get home? 6. Lights on/off "Come and hit this light switch fuh me!" Saying this gives you a thrill?Or do you yell, "Who leff on dese lights and nobody ain't in hay?When it ain't de light um is de fan or de TV." 7. 'Are you standing up?' If you ask this question in your house and do not even care if the answer is 'no', so then you still ask the favour like, "Come and pass me this remote", you are for sure becoming a Bajan adult. 8. Water If you are asking everyone 'going in the fridge' to, "Bring me uhglass uh water as yuh in de kitchen!" or yelling, "Who left this pipe dripping? Shut off depipe nuh!" or worse yet, have you started timing showers, "Nobody don't need nuh half hour tuh bade! You wasting water ting. You don't pay nuh bills in hay" 9. Asking obvious questions Calls friend's house, "Part you is? You home?" ... Sees Fabianin de supermarket, "Wuh wuh you doing in hay?" ... Hears Mary say she does not know Janice's second son, yet you ask, "Seriously?Mary you ain't know Janice last boy? He dark and tall not red like de first wun. You KNOW HE! I mean Janice last boy, de second wun, cause she only got de two uh dem. You ain't know she last child, de lil boy?" 10. Throwing people down memory lane Oh geez, last time I saw you you were... Please don't stop being Bajan. It is people like you who keep our culture thriving.Thank you!


It’s hard to believe, but we’re already two decades into the 21st century, and although there are things that may not be as we predicted, there are many that have surprised us. As always, technology has been one of the biggest drivers of change, and one of the biggest changes of the 21st century is that tech has become more accessible and familiar to all of us. Every new year brings new trends and things to watch, and 2020 will be no different. So as we embark on this exciting new decade, here are some of the top tech trends in the financial sector we think will be game-changers for the Caribbean in 2020. A key player in the financial sector One of the industries that will benefit the most from using technology in 2020 is the financial industry. With mobile internet penetration in Latin America and the Caribbean expected to hit 66% in 2025, the number of people who manage their lives at the touch of a phone screen will grow. And as the years go by, we will start to see how the Caribbean shapes into an even more innovative region. Jamaica announced the launch of its very own e-commerce platform; Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago scored 67.9 and 67.4 points, respectivelyin the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index - above countries with 70 times their population size; and the Bahamas as well as the Cayman Islands are part of the Fintech Ibero-American organization. We are seeing how technology is starting to shape how we are as a region, and our participation in the financial sector. Start-ups and Financial Technology players will be essential during the years to comeas digital payments and transfers, financial inclusion, and providing service to the unbanked become crucial for the economic growth of the region. Traditional bank institutions will have to find a way to work with them to create new business models which will help reach new segments while enabling customers to process all their transactions most conveniently. Technology will start to democratize One of the most significant breakthroughs of 2020 will be that all the technology trends we’ve been reading about for years will most likely become tangible. The technological democratization is near, and the adoption of services like electronic or virtual wallets, and digital payments are some of the proof. E-wallets provide a fast, secure, low-cost method to use, store, and send money, while facilitating day-to-day transactions for individuals. At the same time, they offer the user and the institution a more convenient and secure platform than a debit card. They also create a connectivity that allows the institutions to send valuable information like balances and alerts. We already have several examples in the Caribbean, like Digicel MyCash and MyCash Jamaica, a virtual solution created by Digicel in partnership with Sagicor Bank and Mastercard that provides a virtual bank account and prepaid card that allows anyone in Jamaica to receive money transfers from the United States, acquire top-ups, and make any purchases online and in retail. Blockchain will change the game According to PwC, 13 Blockchain companies got over $365 million in funding in the past year alone. Although we read a lot about this technology and the many ways in which it works, 57% of the people confessed that they are unsure or unlikely to respond to this trend. However, for some territories, this might not be the case. In 2019, many organizations in the Caribbean were already looking into Blockchain for the benefits it could bring: The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the Barbados-based fintech company, Bitt Inc. (Bitt) signed a contract to conduct a Blockchain-issued Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) In Trinidad and Tobago, there is a Blockchain system to track and trace the quality of cocoa. The project is being developed and tried by Bioversity International with the support of their partner, AgUnity. For 2020, Blockchain will be a game-changer, as we will see how all of the current projects come to life and traditional financial institutions start evaluating how some of its capabilities such as fraud protection and authenticity confirmation help them. What does it all mean? Technology is one of the main factors that determines the pace of our generation and we are adopting new technology features faster than ever before. It took more than 60 years for most of the population to adopt the telephone, but within 10 years, most had access to mobile phones. It has been years of discovery, trial, and error, but now we are starting to see a new face of technology: a more human one that facilitates tasks in areas that have been filled with tons of processes. From now on, technology most likely will be at the service of the people to improve their day-to-day lives; and 2020 might be the first year when we will see it very vividly.

Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth. That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which foresees world economic growth accelerating from 2.9 per cent last year to 3.3 per centin 2020 and 3.4 per centin 2021. The international economy is receiving a significant boost - 0.5 percentage point of growth last year and this year - from central banks’ low-rate policies, the lending organization says in a global outlook report out Monday. The USFederal Reserve, for instance, cut rates three times last year and expects to keep rates low for the foreseeable future. And an interim trade deal signed last week by the United States and China — the world’s two biggest economies — is expected to add 0.2 percentage point to global growth this year by lowering tariffs and improving business confidence. The global economy is rebounding from some temporary stumbles, including a lull in the launch of new technology products and new emissions standards that disrupted car production. Still, the IMF warns that the global economy continues to face an array of risks, including the possibility that trade tensions will escalate again. And many countries aren't benefiting from the modest upswing in growth. Presenting the report at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said that after a slowdown in 2019 there should be "a moderate pickup in global growth this year and next.” "We already see some tentative signs of stabilization,” she said. “But we have not reached a turning point yet.” Even in the United States, the IMF foresees growth slowing from 2.3 per centin 2019 to two per centthis year and 1.7 per cent in 2021, partly because the boost that the economy received from President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts has been fading. China's economy will also continue to decelerate, the IMF predicts — from 6.1 per centlast year to six per centin 2020 and 5.8 per centnext year. Though China's economy will likely benefit from the truce with the United States, Beijing continues to manage a difficult transition away from speedy economic growth based on often-wasteful and debt-fueled investments to slower but steadier growth built on spending by the country’s growing middle class. Likewise, Japan’s economic growth, hobbled by an ageing workforce, is expected to decelerate from one per centlast year to 0.7 per centthis year to 0.5 per centnext year. Collective growth in the 19 countries that use the euro currency is expected to gradually pick up: 1.2 per cent in 2019, 1.3 per cent in 2020 and 1.4 per cent in 2021. The IMF’s global forecast is slightly bleaker than the previous one it issued in October, mainly because of an expected sharp slowdown in India: The world’s seventh-biggest economy is expected to grow 5.8 per centthis year, down from the seven per cent the IMF had expected in October, and 6.5 per cent in 2021, down from a previously forecast 7.4 per cent. In addition, problems in the financial sector have reduced credit, crimping consumer spending in India.


This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"