Leigh just recently released her self-titled EP which has been making waves locally and internationally.

Barbadian singer and songwriter, Leigh Phillips will be the local representative forClub One NewReleases Canadian TV series. She received the news just days ago that she will be representing the country on Season 5 of the show which has created a platform thatshowcases musical performances, exclusive interviews and the song writing process. Upon receiving word that she has beenselected Leigh said, “I am so excited and grateful to be chosen out of so many talented artists! I can’t wait to represent Barbados, make new connections, expand the reach of my brand and learn from the experience. Performing outside of Barbados, and getting the opportunity to create something special with another band, is definitely going to be one of the highlights of 2018 for me!” Each season a select few musicians are chosen from Canada and the Caribbean to take part in international musical fusion. Organizers worked with Anies Jordan of the Association of Music Entrepreneurs to identify the local artists to be considered to represent Barbados. As part of the qualifying process, each artist had to perform two original songs and conduct an interview about their musical journey with the producers. There was a week-long voting period, and the results were announced on December 12, 2017. Leigh performed her self-penned tracks “Burn” and “45” from her debut EP “Leigh” which was released on September 21, 2017. As the chosen representative, Leigh will be traveling with her band to Trinidad and Newfoundland, Canada, in March and April 2018 to perform as a part of the show. Artists are paired together and asked to write and perform new original pieces of music by fusing their own styles together to create something completely unique. She is following in the footsteps of fellow Honey Jam alum, Adaeze, who represented Barbados on Season 4 of the show. Kirk Brown and 2Mile Hill have also participated in years past. Leigh has been featured in She Caribbean Magazine, LIAT’s Zing Magazine, Gine On Magazine, The Grenadian Voice Newspaper, and several local newspapers in Barbados. Leigh just performed as a guest at the November Honey Jam show, has been performing at The Grapevine in Lanterns Mall, at Norman Centre as a part of their Christmas entertainment, and will be at the Dome Mall on December 18th as a part of their Five Nights of Christmas show.

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. The deal gives Disney film businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. On the television side, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family." 21st Century Fox shareholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each share they own. The transaction also includes approximately $13.7 billion in debt. Robert Iger will continue as chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. through the end of 2021. Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders. That Rupert Murdoch and his sons were willing to sell off much of the business that has been built up over decades came as a shock to the entertainment industry. The entertainment business is going through big changes. TV doesn't have a monopoly on home entertainment anymore. There's Netflix, which is spending up to $8 billion on programming next year. Amazon is building its own library, having splashed out on global TV rights to "Lord of the Rings." Facebook, Google and Apple are also investing in video. As consumers spend more time online, TV's share of U.S. ad spending is shrinking. Advertisers are following consumer attention to the internet, where Google and Facebook win the vast majority of advertisers' dollars. "We've been talking about cord cutting for the better part of a decade. But now it's real," USC Annenberg communications professor Chris Smith said. The media companies have to compete with the internet giants for consumers' attention — and the younger generations pay more attention to YouTube, Facebook and other "platforms" than traditional TV, Smith said. To combat this trend, Disney is launching new ESPN- and Disney-branded streaming services over the next couple of years. It could beef them up with some of the assets it's acquiring from Fox, making them exclusive to its services and sharpening its ability to compete with Netflix for consumer dollars. "The core underlying driver for this deal in our opinion is the impending battle royale for content and streaming services vs. the Netflix machine," GBH analyst Daniel Ives wrote. Not everyone thinks this is a good bet by Disney, though. Rich Greenfield, a longtime Disney critic, thinks the deal is a bad idea that ties Disney to older TV-distribution systems — cable and satellite TV — rather than helping it look toward the future. He also notes that regulators may not like the idea of combining two major movie studios. The Justice Department surprised many in the industry and on Wall Street when it sued to block another media megamerger, AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, in November. ___ MURDOCH FAMILY TAKES A BOW Rupert Murdoch built 21st Century Fox and News Corp. out of an inheritance from his father in Australia. He bought a string of papers there, in the U.K. and the U.S., building an influential platform for his views. He expanded into TV and movies, launching the Fox network and Fox News and changing the face of American news and entertainment. "Rupert has spent many, many years assembling the components of his empire," said NYU business professor Samuel Craig, who specializes in the entertainment industry. Rupert Murdoch has ostensibly already handed the reins over to a new generation at Fox. His son James is CEO, while his other son, Lachlan, like Rupert, has the title of executive chairman. The Murdoch empire has already been divided. After a phone-hacking newspaper scandal in the U.K., News Corp. was split off into a separate company for the publishing and newspaper businesses, which include the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun and The Times in the U.K., and book publisher HarperCollins. Now Fox is also being split up as the company sets itself up to deal with the growing power of the tech industry. "The Murdochs realize they don't have the same kind of leverage Disney has, the same kind of brand power," Smith said. It would be harder to launch a Fox-branded streaming service that attracts lots of the new generation of consumers, for example. Smith said that makes it a great time to sell off the entertainment business. Fox is also selling to Disney its substantial overseas operations. It is offloading its 39 percent stake in European satellite-TV and broadcaster Sky after running into regulatory roadblocks in the U.K. trying to take over the rest of the company, in part because of how Fox handled the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News. Disney is also acquiring Star India, a major media company with dozens of sports and entertainment channels. Fox will be left with the live events, news and sports, that are key parts of the traditional TV bundle. There is speculation that the Murdochs would want to recombine what's the slimmed-down Fox with News Corp. ___ MIGHTIER MOUSE It's not clear what Disney will want or be able to include from Fox in its own upcoming services. But it's possible to make some educated guesses. The Disney-branded service, expected in 2019, will have classic and upcoming movies from the studio, shows from Disney Channel, and the "Star Wars" and Marvel movies. Disney will also win majority control of Hulu, both its live-TV service and the older service with a big library of TV shows. Disney could continue to add movies and TV shows from Fox's library to its services, making them more attractive compared with Netflix's offerings. The combined libraries of the Disney and Fox movie and TV studios could have more titles than Netflix, Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar said. Buying Fox's FX networks will add edgy TV shows that complement Disney's long list of kid-friendly series and films, he said. Greenfield, however, notes that a lot of programming wouldn't be immediately available to Disney. Fox movies are exclusive to HBO through 2022, for example. Disney also plans an ESPN Plus service for next year. It isn't a duplicate of the ESPN TV network, but it will stream tennis matches along with major-league baseball, hockey and soccer games, as well as college sports. It might be able to add more sports if Disney buys Fox's 22 local sports networks — cable channels that show popular sports in the viewer's region. Disney also owns Marvel, but not all the Marvel characters. It's made movies starring Thor, Doctor Strange and Captain America and the Avengers crew. But the X-Men are at Fox. Bringing them home under one roof could mean movies with more of the characters together.


(Photo credits: Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue)

Ahead of the Holidays, yet another puppy has to bark its praises to the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue team for providing a warm, loving home. The Rescue Crew has been out and about making daring and caring rescues and Snowflake's sad tale had a happy ending thanks to their resources and expertise. According to TheDodo.com, in an article published yesterday, December 14, 2017, after school had ended at an institution inDetroit, Michigan earlier this week, a janitor, who was cleaning the building made a quick decision that may have saved a puppy's life. Having heard a knock on one of the doors to the school, the janitor looked out a window and saw a boy running off. It was thejanitor who found the box and saw the handwritten note. The note read: “Sorry it didn’t have a home, and it was cold so were[sic] going to give it to you. “Please do let it go find it a new home. Thank you.” Inside of the box was a small black puppy with a white patch on its chest. Knowing that one teacher as the school is a big dog lover, the janitor without hesitation contacted her and she along with her son named the puppy - Snowflake. The teacher then contactedDetroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, a Detroit-based organization that helps injured, sick and homeless dogsand she arranged for rescuers to take Snowflake into their care. “She was so cute,” Theresa Sumpter, founder and director of Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. “I guess this child had wanted a better life or a home for the puppy. We’ve never been able to make contact with him, but it looked like he was trying to take care of the puppy. “In the box was a blanket for the puppy,” Sumpter added. “There was some dog food and some slices of lunch meat. He actually poked holes in the box so the puppy could breathe.” Snowflake was abround seven and a half weeks old when rescued and very timid. She stayed in her cardboard box along with a blanket in the initial days. Removed from the box eventually, she was dewormed and vaccinated by a vet and went into foster care. Sumpter said that placing the rescued dogs into foster care at first is aprecautionary step in case owners decide to come forward when the news of the dog's rescue goes on the Internet. Without abackstory they do not hastily put dogs up for adoption. There is ahold. Until an owner comes forward or she hits the adoption list, Snowflake is out the box and enjoying a festive life at her foster home, along with the other dogs already living there. (Photo credits: Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue)

Sizzler

Chefette celebrated its 45th birthday yesterday and in true Bajan-style customers were all about the ‘f-word’ – FREE! [related node_id='fde6f956-5c80-4fe5-809c-8b7544989d44'] The 45th anniversary specials, which Chefette offered for one day only have Bajans anxiously looking forward to when the fast-food restaurant hits the big 5-0 in 2022! (Mark your calendar now) But what other specials make the hearts of some Bajans sing the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus? 1. Wing Dings Or is it the sauce? 2. Tenders Four or eight? What about a dozen? 3. Sizzler Oh to have this special as a permanent fixture on the menu or at least a Chicken Sandwich Pack like a Burger Pack! 4. Pizza Special The only thing better than the buy one whole pizza get one 50 percent off would be a buy one get one free. #HintHintforthebig50 5. $9.95 menu Food and a drink for under $10 in this post-NSRL economy is a win for many. 6. Mix & Match Value Menu Also known as the Two for $15. Meet a stranger and put together, so as some people say, ‘Everybody could eat uh food!’ ‘Pssssst, my friend you buying a roti? ‘Caaaause yuh see, we could both spend seven fiddee! Wuh you bout?’ How do you hope Chefette celebrates its 50th? Comment and tell us!


Photo showing one of the suites.

One hotelier has taken the risk and invested millions of dollars in Barbados to transform and rebrand ahead of the 2017 Winter season. Bougainvillea Beach Resort is now ‘Bougainvillea Barbados’. The multi-million dollar renovation project has sought to cover all bases as contractors and owners worked to not only change the look and feel of the hotel but the experience and atmosphere as well. The family-owned beachfront resort includes a recreation ofindoor and outdoor spaces. The suites have new furniture and soft furnishings, fixtures, fittings, lighting and bathrooms which create a totally new aesthetic and ambiance which are more in line with the expectations of today’s generation of luxury travellers. Recognising that the millennial traveller is becoming one of the popular demographics, Bougainvillea Barbados is promising to be different. Sales and Marketing Manager, Bougainvillea Barbados, Jamal Griffith in a press release today said that clients will notice the difference from the front desk. "Our lobby offers a redesigned arrival experience in an inviting setting. As always, these developments are our response to guest feedback and market trends, as we anticipate the wishes of our valued guests. "Our design team headed by Dagny Bain of dB Interiors collaborated with Michael Gomes of Architectural firm - Michael Gomes Associatesto create a locally-inspired yet modern, international design.This new design vision weaves together a soothing, natural colour palette with rich elements from nature to create an immediate and lasting impression." Rebranded Bougainvillea Barbados, the island has playeda big role in the newdesign. "dB Interiors’design concepts were inspired by modern Barbadian culture and the island’s lush landscape to create a tranquil oasis... Thoughtful design touches including luxurious comfortable sofas, hand-crafted mango wood tables and historical photos pay homage to the colourful culture inherent to Barbados," he explained. The extensive renovations for thehotel’s public spaces include a reimagined lobby, new guest services and concierge areas, a guest hospitality room,an exclusive grouparrival lounge, as well as a luxurious spa and wellness center. Guests will arrive via a landscaped porte-cochere at the front of the resort.The new pool deck even features a swim-up pool bar. Working with local farmers and building on the farm to table nutritious concept, the hotel will offer not only Asia-Pacific inspired cuisine, but a taste of Barbados too, with a Bajan buffet breakfast. The now reopened Bougainvillea Barbados is appealing to tourists while seeking to continue to boost the Barbados economy as it commits to continuing to workwith locals at almost every level.

Tourism officials greeting passengers as they disembarked. (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

Virgin Atlantic’s Commercial Manager Andre Bello has highlighted the need and urgency for the Heathrow flight to be added to their flight plan, not only to Barbados' product. [related node_id='d1b6ddbc-1bba-43da-88fe-360120a1d60b'] He told the media at the ceremony for the inaugural flight to Barbados on Tuesday that this newest addition allows Virgin Atlantic to provide for each passenger’s unique needs and ensure that passengers have as many choices as possible. “Being in the airline business they’re two things I have to do, one is to be on time and the second is to really recognise what is important. I look around at the crew and when I travel I tend to look in the aircraft and see everyone who is on board and I think a little bit about what their stories are because very often we have different reasons for the flight." [image_gallery] Reminding that in Barbados they’re fortunate to still have a walk-in contact centre, he disclosed, "I get to hear some of those stories. Stories of people who are going for medical treatment, people who are going for a vacation, people who are going to get married and people who are going to see family and friends. "Ultimately what we look at, what we try to do here with Virgin Atlantic is to have people facilitate those stories and one way that we do that is always to give choice." Therefore he added, "As much as we’re happy to add the additional capacity through the winter season, what we’re really really proud of is that people here and from the UK have a choice of three airports from the UK London, Gatwick, Manchester and now Heathrow.” With this flight included Virgin Atlantic steps up to a whopping 13 flights at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) weekly. Smiling delightfully, he shared, “I even forgot that when I was talking about the eleven flights a week that we have coming off, that we have also two additional traffic flights which means we’ll have as many as thirteen flights on the ground per week. "That ’s very frightening for me because as we develop as an airline our own reason for being is to actually serve our customers, to understand that they each have unique needs and we try to provide whether it be Wi-Fi on board or the airport that they choose to fly from, as much choices as possible.” Singling out the UK as one target market, Tourism Minister Sealy outlined the government’s plan for Barbados. He said the aim is to continue seeing incremental growth in this area, with the help of the Heathrow flight. “The truth is the United Kingdom market is our most important market, our largest source market. We’re unique in the Caribbean in that regard, we’re the only Caribbean destinationthat actually gets more Britians [sic] than Americans and even though they are challenges in the UK market we still continue to be very encouraged by what we are seeing." He further stated that it has been the deliberate strategy of this government to see that this market continues to record incremental growth "and that is why the Heathrow flight is so important.”


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