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.

Roger Moore's family says former James Bond star has died. He was 90 years old. A statement on his Twitter accountsays the Unicef ambassador and author passed away in Switzerland after a 'short but brave' battle with cancer. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone." "The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kep him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall." "Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people." The family said Sir Moore will be given a private funeral in Monaco. Sir Moore was the third actor to play the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985 and Simon Templar in The Saint between 1962 and 1969. Moore became a tax exile from the United Kingdom in 1978, originally to Switzerland, and divided his year between his three homes; an apartment in Monte Carlo, Monaco, a chalet in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and a home in the south of France. Moore became a resident of Monaco, having been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Monaco by Prince Albert II for his efforts in internationally promoting and publicising the principality. In 1999, Moore was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)and advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) on 14 June 2003. The citation on the knighthood was for Moore's charity work which has dominated his public life for more than a decade. Moore said that the citation "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting... I was proud because I received it on behalf of UNICEF as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years". On 11 October 2008, three days before he turned 81, Moore was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on television and in film. In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On 21 November 2012, Moore was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire, for his outstanding contributions to the UK film and television industry for over 50 years, in particular film and television productions in the County of Hertfordshire.

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.

Ingrid Persaud.

Trinidadian author Ingrid Persaud is the regional winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story prize for her story The Sweet Sop. Persaud was among the names of regional winners announced on Monday. The overall winner will be announced in Singapore on June 30. Persaud follows countryman Lance Dowrich who won the regional prize last year. A writer and artist, Persaud currently resides in Barbados. According to her bio, she came to writing and fine art having first pursued a successful legal career that included teaching and scholarship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in the United States and King’s College London. Her creative work has been widely exhibited and her writing featured in several magazines. Her debut novel,If I Never Went Home(2014) was highly praised. Other regional winners are Nat Newman (The Pacific), Anushka Jasraj(Asia),Akwaeke Emezi (Africa), and Tracey Fells, Canada and Europe. The five outstanding stories were successful in a year of fierce competition when the Prize received a record 6,000 entries from across the Commonwealth. “It speaks to the high quality of the shortlisted stories that the judges’ decisions were rarely straightforward – and it speaks to the high quality of the winners that none of the judges left the conversation unsatisfied by the choices we ended up with. These are engaging and moving stories that honour and understand the potential of the short story form to burrow in on intimate stories and also to give you vast canvases painted with precise strokes. They also reveal the extent to which human concerns cross borders while the ways in which those concerns are played out are always individual and specific," saidKamila Shamsie, Chair, 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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...