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Amidst the catastrophic damage caused by flooding in parts of South and Central Trinidad, some daring citizens decided to keep their spirits up by engaging in what some might call 'flood Olympics". A series of videos showed citizens engaged in various dangerous feats involving diving, rowing, and even what could be referred to as 'flood water tubing' during the heavy deluge which occurred earlier this week. See the video below: Some condemned their foolhardy actions, while others supported the fun. Chica Emery:"This right here is why women live longer." Mike Martinez: "This reason why I love Trinidad... Yall always fond the brighter side of things... We will raise again... Stay strong folks." Lincoln Douglas II:"Greatest country in the western hemisphere. Who say otherwise should eat a bad goat roti and choke on a bone#redwhiteandblack." Lionel de Freitas: "So if there was a piece of steel or bamboo in the water, the show would have been different .You dont fool around in murky waters....Well at least he made a smart entry into the water by the feet. Break foot better than a popped neck. Talent scout , please enroll him for the Diving events at the next Olympic." Rachel Lalite:"We have a real nice spirit in this country we always take things light but guys be careful...its not safe because of the bacteria and the murky view." The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service cautioned citizens to keep away from flooded areas and to preserve the safety of lives and property wherever possible.


Facebook is giving users another reason to linger on their timelines. The popular social media site is getting into the food delivery service. The social-media giant says ordering food for takeout or delivery is complicated andit promises to help save time by bringing existing food-delivery services into its app and partnering with some restaurants directly. Of course, using Facebook to order food might prompt users to spend more time perusing their news feeds — and seeing ads. US Facebook users can order from local restaurants and big chains. Most people who order food already have accounts set up with individual restaurants and delivery apps, however. Facebook will have to persuade them to start the process inside its app instead of using GrubHub, UberEats, Amazon or niche delivery services like Caviar.

Avinash Persuad, Chairman of Intelligence Capital Ltd, U.K.
(PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

If the Government of Barbados wishes to improve the ease of doing business and, by extension, its global competitiveness they will have to spend significant amounts to correct its inefficiencies. Thisfrom Professor Avinash Persuad, Chairman of Intelligence Capital Ltd during his address at the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) conference on Thursday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Persaud, who works developing public policy and finance strategies,told attendees if Barbados isto be considered a successful international business domicile, the ofgovernance would have tobe revamped and he noted such quality “does not come cheap”. He said while many have suggested performance reviews and pay adjustments as a means to improving public sector performance, the key was to ensure the best professionals are selected to work as civil servants. “You cannot beat productivity out of people. Thereare no easy answers. Good government requires a civil service where high professional standards apply all of the time and where these professionals are better rewarded and respected.” Persuad said it was time for persons to stop viewing the public sector as a last resort or alternative employment choice but rather as a place where only the best professionals are employed. He addedalthough Barbados is not well positioned on global indices for measuring competitiveness in areas such as cost of doing business and crime, this does not spell doom for investment prospects and can be improved by commitment fromall stakeholders. Persuad also said with the focus of the international business sector changing from a tax-based one to more service-oriented, this was an opportunity to grow and advance the sector.


In this Thursday, March 2, 2017 file photo, U.S singer Solange Knowles, left, and french actress Isabelle Huppert, right, look on prior to the show for Chloe's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 ready to wear fashion collection presented in Paris.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Britain's Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine. Knowles — who had released a song called "Don't Touch My Hair" — complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo. The magazine article featured the singer talking about her experiences spending time at her mother's salon as a child. She also discussed braiding's importance to her and praised it as "its own art form." The magazine said in a statement Saturday that the photo was altered for "layout purposes" but it was sorry for the offense caused. The statement said: "Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange."

This image released by Lionsgate Entertainment shows Tyler Perry as Madea in "Tyler Perry's Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween." (Chip Bergman/Lionsgate Entertainment via AP)

It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry. Perry's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new openers including the disaster epic "Geostorm," the firefighter drama "Only the Brave" and the crime thriller "The Snowman." Made for a reported $25 million, Perry's film drew a mostly older and female audience, who gave it an A- CinemaScore. "Boo 2!" did a little less business than the first film, which opened to $28.5 million just last year. "Given that it's a sequel, its performance is at the higher end of our expectations," said David Spitz, who heads up domestic distribution for Lionsgate. The studio expects the film to hold well into next weekend due to increased interest because of Halloween, but it will also face some competition with the horror pic "Jigsaw." But a slight drop for a sequel hardly compares to the catastrophe of "Geostorm," a long-delayed $120 million disaster epic starring Gerard Butler that only managed to open to $13.3 million from North American theaters. A co-production between Skydance Media and Warner Bros. Pictures, "Geostorm" marks the directorial debut of "Independence Day" producer Dean Devlin. The film was shot back in late 2014 and lousy test screenings resulted in $15 million of reshoots, pushing back the release over a year and a half. But the reshoots didn't seem to help the final product, which has been widely panned by critics and shunned overall by audiences. Those who did turn out gave it a B- CinemaScore. Another possibly too-timely film, "Only the Brave," about the Granite Mountain Hotshots who took on the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, also failed to attract sufficient audiences this weekend. The Sony film starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly opened in fifth place with $6 million. At $38 million, the production budget was more reasonable than "Geostorm," however. But despite good reviews, it opened behind two holdovers — the horror pic "Happy Death Day" which landed in third place with $9.4 million and "Blade Runner 2049" which took in $7.2 million in its third weekend in theaters. Universal and Working Title's "The Snowman," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Jo Nesbo book, also failed to make a splash. The critically derided pic debuted in eighth place with $3.4 million from 1,812 theaters. The director, Thomas Alfredson has been widely acknowledging the film's shortcomings and confusing plot in the press, saying that they did not have time to shoot the entire script. Audiences gave it a deathly D CinemaScore. Things looked a little brighter for the limited releases this weekend. Both playing in four theaters, the Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," took in $114,585 and "Wonderstruck," starring Julianne Moore," earned $68,762. "As great as September was, October has been really scary," said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore. Theatrical exhibitors and studio distribution heads are gathering in Miami Beach, Florida this week for the ShowEast Film Expo to discuss the state of movie going and it couldn't come at a better time, when old truisms about what works and what doesn't work at the box office are being challenged weekly. Dergarabedian said even releasing a quality film isn't a sure path to success anymore. "Even well-reviewed movies like 'American Made,' 'Only the Brave' and 'Blade Runner 2049' are having trouble gaining traction," Dergarabedian said. The industry will be looking to the big event films, like "Thor: Ragnarok," out Nov. 3, "Justice League" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to get the year back to even. "Trying to figure out audiences and what they want is the key to the future. Audiences are voting with their presence or absence at the movie theater," Dergarabedian said. "They're staying away now, but that might change in two weeks." 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. "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween," $21.7 million. 2. "Geostorm," $13.3 million ($36.4 million international). 3. "Happy Death Day," $9.4 million ($6.5 million international). 4. "Blade Runner 2049," $7.2 million ($14.3 million international). 5. "Only the Brave," $6 million. 6. "The Foreigner," $5.5 million ($2.7 million international). 7. "It," $3.5 million ($12.8 million international). 8. "The Snowman," $3.4 million ($6.6 million international). 9. "American Made," $3.2 million ($2.7 million international). 10. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," $3 million ($48.7 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore: 1. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," $48.7 million. 2. "Geostorm," $36.4 million. 3. "Never Say Die," $15 million. 4. "Blade Runner 2049," $14.3 million. 5. "It," $12.8 million. 6. "Bad Genius," $7.6 million. 7. "The Outlaws," $6.8 million. 8. "The Snowman," $6.6 million. 9. "Happy Death Day," $6.5 million. 10. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," $4.7 million.


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