Rebel Wilson

Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson lost movie roles because she was portrayed as a liar in a series of magazine articles, an Australian court has heard. Ms Wilson is suing publisher Bauer Media over eight articles published by its magazines in 2015. The Supreme Court of Victoria heard the pieces alleged she had lied about her name, age and upbringing in Australia. Her "world collapsed" after their publication, her lawyer said. Bauer denies the articles were defamatory. The Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids actor, who is seeking unspecified damages, is expected to testify during the case in Melbourne. 'Such nastiness' Opening her case, Ms Wilson's lawyer, Dr Matthew Collins, QC, told the six-woman jury that Bauer Media "tore down an Australian star to sell magazines". "She thought she had never been hit with such nastiness," he said. "It should have been the high point of her career. She should have been going from meeting to meeting to discuss future roles. In fact the phone stopped ringing." Dr Collins said Ms Wilson was subsequently sacked from two films, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3. In defending the articles, a lawyer for Bauer Media told the jury that the articles were substantially true, trivial, and unlikely to cause Ms Wilson harm. Georgina Schoff, QC, said actors often lied about their age. "They were not nasty articles," she said. The articles appeared in magazines including Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly. 'I won't be intimated' Ms Wilson told media outside court that it was traumatic to relive the saga. "You might have seen me crying already today just in the opening statements," she said. "I won't be intimated and I am here ready to tell my side of the story."

Huma section for Baje International's 2017 Kadooment band, 'This Is The Life'.

By Rosemary Forde With nearly 20 years in Kadooment,BajeInternational is celebrating life this year. "This is our 19th band this year and it's an absolute blessing to be here for the 19th year. The road this year is going to be crazy! We've put so much work and we've listened to so much negative and positive feedback," said band leader Richard Haynes. "You can expect breakfast partying, a full lunch, quality service, lots of runners, special cocktails, premium drinks… but also you can expect the very best DJs, the very best vibe and just a representation of Barbados, what we represent in terms of being the very best carnival on earth. We're doing our very best to represent Barbados and fly the flag high." This year the band features eight sections under the theme ‘This Is the Life’, celebrating the everlasting spirit of The Phoenix – a mythical bird that “soared in glory, crashed in fire and rose again from the ashes to survive." "Every year we try to find a theme that can be very creative but also with a positive vibe for Barbados. We chose the Phoenix because the Pheonix's message is about no matter what hurdles you have in life, it’s about being able to just overcome hurdles and aspire to greatness. Because the phoenix has so many different cultural origins we chose that theme," added Haynes. The band's eight sections are Phoenix, Bennu, Anka (Hosted by Mixx Nutz), Raven, Huma, Garuda, Fire Bird, This Is The Life (Shannon Harris section) which all have various interpretations of the phoenix including Egyptian, Arabian, African, Persian, East Indian, Native American. Baje model and reigning Miss Barbados Universe Shannon Harris has deepened her role with the band this year, hosting the title section entitled "This Is The Life". Haynes professed that is has been a pleasure having her involved at a higher level now. "We're so proud to have worked with Shannon over the last five years and to have her now be Miss Barbados Universe. Having a section is just an elevation of our partnership and we are so proud having her involved. Her section I believe will sell very, very well." Firebird frontline section modelled by Leah Marville. Indeed, This Is The Life and The Fire Bird sections, with their bright, vibrant colours, garnered the biggest crowd reaction at the April 29 band launch. Since the launch the Fire Bird section has sold out in frontline, monokini, backline as well as male options. Also sold out it the Raven female section, hosted by ACE International who has partnered with Baje for the second year, as well as Anka female costumes. Baje International isalsocollaborating with key partners such as Mix Nutz and King Bubba FM to hosts events such as the May 20th SunDance and Illuminate on June 4.

The Indian surgical team were led by Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar.

In the first surgery of its kind in India, a mother has donated her uterus to her 21-year-old daughter. The 43-year-old offered to undergo the procedure so that her daughter, who was born without a uterus, can experience childbirth. The uterus, or womb, transplant took place in the city of Pune in southwest India, Thursday. The surgery was performed by a team of doctors at Pune's Galaxy Care Hospital and led by the hospital's medical director, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar. "The patients are fine. The surgery took nine and a half hours in total," he said. "The procedure is difficult because multiple large arteries are to be joined there, and veins that are small and short," said Puntambekar. "It is technically very tough." The patient will have to wait a year before trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), giving her body enough time to heal and adjust to the new uterus. According to Dr. Mats Brännström, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sweden's University of Gothenburg, only six babies have ever been delivered from a uterus transplant -- two from the same mother. Brännström led the team that first successfully performed the procedure in 2014, when -- after 11 unsuccessful attempts worldwide by their team and others -- a healthy baby was born in Sweden. All five babies delivered since have been the result of surgeries performed by the Swedish team. Doubts about childbirth It remains to be seen whether India's first transplant will result in a birth. "We are responsible for the patient and fulfilling their dreams of becoming a mother, which was impossible for them until now," Puntambekar said, adding that he was aware of the "responsibility on his shoulders," but was feeling "relaxed and confident." Successful uterus transplants are rare because of the complexity of the procedure involved: this was the first attempt at the pioneering surgery in India and only the 30th attempt in the world. Attempts have also taken place in the United States, Brazil, Sweden, China, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, said Brännström. New way to conceive In a condition known as absolute uterine infertility, an absent, removed or diseased uterus can render a woman infertile. It affects one in 500 women of fertile age, or about 1.5 million women globally. Uterus transplants could be a way for women with absolute uterine infertility to conceive, rather than having to adopt or opt for surrogacy. The process of a uterus transplant begins with IVF, where the eggs are removed from the patient, fertilized with sperm and then the resulting embryos are frozen. The uterus is then removed from the donor and transplanted into the recipient. The embryos are implanted in the uterus usually about a year after the transplant takes place to ensure the body doesn't reject the new uterus. Finally, the patient is monitored for pregnancy. Typically, the donated uteruswould then be removedonce the number of desired children have been born, so that the recipient is not in continuous need of immunosuppressive drugs, therefore minimizing their risk of long-term side-effects and their body's rejection of the new uterus. The surgery could, in the future, be used not just on women with an absent or diseased uterus but also on transgender women who wish to give birth. However Brännström feels the procedure still needs more research before it can become more readily available. "It will be at least 3-5 years before this will become a clinical procedure. We need more data from clinical trials."

Parents and caregivers are being advised to hold off on the juice for children under the age of six. In its May 2017 report on Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that babies should not be given juice untilthey are six months old if necessary. Children between the ages of one and six should be encouraged to eat whole fruit instead of juice, the report said. “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendsthat human milk be the only nutrient fed to infants until approximately six months of age.For mothers who cannot breastfeed or who choose not to breastfeed, a prepared infant formula can be used as a complete source of nutrition. No additional nutrients are needed,” the organisation recommended. “There is no nutritional indication to give fruit juice to infants younger than six months. Offering juice before solid foods are introduced into the diet could risk having juice replace human milk or infant formula in the diet, which can result in reduced intakes of protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc.Malnutrition and short stature in children have been associated with excessive consumption of juice.” The AAP said when juice is medically indicated for an infant older than six months, it is prudent to give the juice to the infant in a cup. “Dental caries have also been associated with juice consumption. Prolonged exposure of the teeth to the sugars in juice is a major contributing factor to dental caries. Recommendations from the AAP and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry state that juice should be offered to toddlers in a cup, not a bottle, and that infants not be put to bed with a bottle in their mouth,” the report said. For children over one year, the report said most issues relevant to juice intake for infants are also relevant for toddlers and young children. “Fruit juice and fruit drinks are easily over consumed by toddlers and young children because they taste good. In addition, they are conveniently packaged or can be placed in a bottle or transportable covered cup and carried around during the day. Because juice is viewed as nutritious, limits on consumption are not usually set by parents. Toddlers and young children can be encouraged to consume whole fruit instead of juice. Like soda, it can contribute to energy imbalance,” the AAP said. The report added that high intakes of juice can contribute to diarrhoea, over nutrition or under-nutrition, and the development of dental caries. The dilution of juice with water does not necessarily decrease the dental health risks.

Jamaica Finance Minister Audley Shaw says regulators should ensure that capital markets are providing long-term investment tools with appropriate yield for the working age population to be able to afford living expenses after retirement.

Jamaica's Minister of Finance Audley Shaw has challenged that country's Financial Services Commission (FSC),as well as regional and international securities regulators to become more responsive to change in society and the wider global economy. Shaw noted that Jamaica grapples with the promotion of financial inclusion and the continued increase in the retired age population. He said regulators should ensure that capital markets are providing long-term investment tools with appropriate yield for the working age population to be able to afford living expenses after retirement. The number of retirees will continue to increase, resulting in a higher dependency ration which could lead to social problems and a fiscal burden to the governments, Shaw said. “There should therefore be more diversity of financial products to satisfy savers’ needs such as a broader range of asset classes for mutual funds,” he added. The minister also stressed that the authorities should promote financial literacy and educate citizens to realise the importance and necessity of saving and investments as well as the available options for investments, including equity participation that will best suit their needs, especially in the medium and long term. Speaking at the official opening of the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), last week Shaw said in Jamaica and other emerging markets, securities regulators must expand their role and scope of work. Minister Shaw said the new challenge was to enhance capital access for small and medium-sized enterprises and strategic sectors. He called onregulators to consider that in moving toward such a goal, it was vital to improve the mobilisation of financial resources by making the process more convenient and cost-effective while maintaining appropriate investor protection. He questioned whether mobile money platforms could play a significant role in broadening access to capital markets. Minister Shaw pledged Jamaica's commitment to pursuing a range of initiatives to deepen the financial sector and expand the suite of financial services here. These will include amending the Insurance Act to facilitate the creation of a microinsurance legislative framework and the enacting of Micro - Credit Bill to provide for the licensing and regulation of privately owned money lending institutions. Shaw also noted that domestic investments of some $36 billion dollars are expected following on a regulatory decision to reduce the Minimum Capital Test for insurance companies for a period of two years. The FSC, after research and analysis, moved the statutory minimum from 250 percent to 150 percent. The insurance companies are required to pursue local investment and growth initiatives and to provide details of these to the FSC. The public session of the IOSCO 2017 Conference was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last week.

Piarco International Airport in Trinidad.

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has advised it will be conducting a full-scale emergency drill at the Piarco International Airport onWednesday, May 24, 2017. In a release, the Authority said the purpose of the exercise is to "test and evaluate the preparedness of the Authority and relevant stakeholders to respond in the event of an incident at the Piarco International Airport". As a result, the Authority said there will be an interruption in vehicular traffic flow to and from the airport "to facilitate easy access by emergency response agencies". The authority said the police will be controlling and directing traffic accordingly. The Authority added that the exercise is being done in compliance with Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation regulations to ensure that the highest level of safety and security measures are in place at the airport. The Authority said passengers are asked to communicate with their respective airlines to confirm flight times during this period.


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May 22, 2017

Israeli Film Festival

The Embassy of Israel to Barbados presents the inaugural Israeli Film Festival.

May 22 
6:00 PM 

The Women’s Balcony (Rated G) Synopsis: a drama-comedy on tradition and women’s power set in Jerusalem
9:00 PM 
Zero Motivation (Rated RSynopsis: a dark comedy on human relations in the Israeli military

May 23
6:00 PM
Zero Motivation (Rated R)
9:00 PM 
The Women’s Balcony (Rated G)

Doors open 30 minutes before the above programmes.

Admission is free but seating is limited; please arrive early.

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June 04, 2017


King Bubba in association with SLAM 101.1 FM & Baje International

Hosted by: Majah Hype

Performances by:
Ricardo Drue
Sekon Sta
Peter Ram
Lil Rick

DJs & Radio personalities:
Riggo Suave
Scratch Master
Barrie Hype
Crown Prince

and more...