Lynette Eastmond, Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP)

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Fenty Beauty 40 shades highlighted on TIME's 25 Best Invetions of 2017 list.

Move over sliced bread; you’re not the hottest invention anymore! Back in September Rihanna created and launched a makeup line – Fenty Beauty, that even TIME Magazine believes is one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017. Fenty Beauty, with its 40 shades and diverse models, as well as exceptional price scale, has made the cut and sits pretty on TIME’s annual unranked list for 2017. Learning that she had been included in the list, on her Instagram, Rihanna said: “I'm honored and I have to send love to everyone who's supported this brand in the 2months that we've been here! Glory to the Most High.” She posted a video along with the caption on her badgalriri IG page as well, which in six days garnered over one million views, 1 392 998 views to be exact. RiRisat down with TIME following the announcement and had much to say. Asserting that she has 100 percent involvement in the development process alongside parent company Kendo, Rihanna says that creating 40 shades was not a gimmick, it was strategic to ensure that more women can access the “secret weapon” that is makeup. “I’ve had my makeup done thousands of time, and when it comes to foundation, you just never know how it’s going to turn out. I think foundation should look like great skin, so it was important to me that the Pro Filt’r foundation had a soft matte finish because you want a dewy look, but never shiny! It was also important that every woman felt included in this brand. We are all so different, with our own unique skin tones, so we started with the 40 foundation shades out the gate.” Asked, what were the most important factors that she considered while creating Fenty Beauty, the Barbadian-beauty said, “Texture”. Surprised by the “emotional connection at women are having with the products and the brand as a whole,” Rihanna said she can’t get over the fact that for some beauties this is the first time they have ever discovered their shade of foundation at the counter. And she had a surprise of her own. Considering how the Galaxy Collection has taken off like a rocket, and how glittery and bold some of the creations in Fenty Beauty are *HINT HINT – Trophy Wife highlighter*, it’s amazing to note that Ri’s favourite product of all released so far is – Gloss Bomb. “I’m obsessed with Gloss Bomb. It never gets old. Everything about it from the XXL wand, the texture, scent and feel.” However, she added, “But funny enough, some of my favorite products aren’t even out yet.” Fenty Beauty is chilling on TIME’s Best Inventions list for the year next to products such as Halo Top ice cream – no more than 360 calories in one pint; eSight 3 – glasses which give sight to the legally blind; Apple iPhone X; the Nike Pro Hijab; Bempu - a light-­up temperature­-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist and it sounds an alarm while flashing orange if babies are too cold; and the Willow Pump – a portable, wearable breast pump, to name a few of the twenty-five. And today, November 23, 2017, Rihanna finally drops the newest member of the Fenty Beauty family -stunna lip paint in shade#UNCENSORED. #stunna 💋 don't laugh at my tutorial skillz 🤷🏽‍♀️ @fentybeauty A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Nov 11, 2017 at 12:19pm PST

David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family" and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer, died Tuesday at age 67. Cassidy, who announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with dementia, died surrounded by his family, a family statement released by publicist JoAnn Geffen said. No further details were immediately available, but Geffen said on Saturday that Cassidy was in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hospital suffering from organ failure. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," the statement said. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years." "The Partridge Family" aired from 1970-74 and was a fictional variation of the '60s performers the Cowsills, intended at first as a vehicle for Shirley Jones, the Oscar winning actress and Cassidy's stepmother. Jones played Shirley Partridge, a widow with five children with whom she forms a popular act that travels on a psychedelic bus. The cast also featured Cassidy as eldest son and family heartthrob Keith Partridge; Susan Dey, later of "L.A. Law" fame, as sibling Laurie Partridge and Danny Bonaduce as sibling Danny Partridge. It was an era for singing families — the Osmonds, the Jacksons. "The Partridge Family" never cracked the top 10 in TV ratings, but the recordings under their name, mostly featuring Cassidy, Jones and session players, produced real-life musical hits and made Cassidy a real-life musical superstar. The Partridges' best known song, "I Think I Love You," spent three weeks on top of the Billboard chart at a time when other hit singles included James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "The Tears of a Clown." The group also reached the top 10 with "I'll Meet You Halfway" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted" and Cassidy had a solo hit with "Cherish." "In two years, David Cassidy has swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of millions of American girls," Rolling Stone magazine noted in 1972. "Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to mention several millions of teen magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photo albums." Cassidy's appeal faded after the show went off the air, although he continued to tour, record and act over the next 40 years, his albums including "Romance" and the awkwardly titled "Didn't You Used To Be?" He had a hit with "I Write the Songs" before Barry Manilow's chart-topping version and success overseas with "The Last Kiss," featuring backing vocals from Cassidy admirer George Michael. He made occasional stage and television appearances, including an Emmy-nominated performance on "Police Story." Meanwhile, "The Partridge Family" remained popular in re-runs and Cassidy, who kept his dark bangs and boyish appearance well into middle age, frequently turned up for reunions and spoke often about his early success. "So many people come up to me and talk to me about the impact it (the show) had," he told Arsenio Hall in 1990. Even while "The Partridge Family" was still in primetime, Cassidy worried that he was mistaken for the wholesome character he played. He posed naked for Rolling Stone in 1972, when he confided that he had dropped acid as a teenager and smoked pot in front of the magazine's reporter as he watched an episode of "The Partridge Family" and mocked his own acting. Cassidy maintained an exhausting schedule during the show's run, filming during the week and performing live shows over the weekend, but had plenty of time to indulge himself. In the memoir "Could It Be Forever," he wrote of his prolific sex life and of rejecting Dey's advances because she lacked the "slutty aspect of a female that I always found so attractive." Cassidy would endure personal and financial troubles. He was married and divorced three times, battled alcoholism, was arrested for drunk driving and in 2015 filed for bankruptcy. Cassidy had two children, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy, with whom he acknowledged having a distant relationship. "I wasn't her father. I was her biological father but I didn't raise her," he told People magazine in 2017. "She has a completely different life." Cassidy himself was estranged from his father. Born in New York City in 1950, he was the son of actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward and half-brother of entertainer Shaun Cassidy. David Cassidy's parents split up when he was 5 and he would long express regret about Jack Cassidy, who soon married Shirley Jones, being mostly absent from his life. David Cassidy stayed with his mother and by the early 1960s had moved to Los Angeles. Kicked out of high school for truancy, David Cassidy dreamed of becoming an actor and had made appearances on "Bonanza," ''Ironside" and other programs before producers at ABC television asked him to audition for "The Partridge Family," unaware that he could sing and intending at first to have him mime songs to someone else's voice. Cassidy, who only learned during tryouts that Jones would play his mother, worried that Keith Partridge would be a "real comedown" from his previous roles. "I mean, how much could an actor do with a line like, 'Hi, Mom, I'm home from school,' or 'Please pass the milk?'" he wrote in his memoir. "I didn't see how it could do much for me. After all, I wasn't the star of it. Shirley had top billing; I was just one of the kids."


Fenty Beauty 40 shades highlighted on TIME's 25 Best Invetions of 2017 list.

Move over sliced bread; you’re not the hottest invention anymore! Back in September Rihanna created and launched a makeup line – Fenty Beauty, that even TIME Magazine believes is one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2017. Fenty Beauty, with its 40 shades and diverse models, as well as exceptional price scale, has made the cut and sits pretty on TIME’s annual unranked list for 2017. Learning that she had been included in the list, on her Instagram, Rihanna said: “I'm honored and I have to send love to everyone who's supported this brand in the 2months that we've been here! Glory to the Most High.” She posted a video along with the caption on her badgalriri IG page as well, which in six days garnered over one million views, 1 392 998 views to be exact. RiRisat down with TIME following the announcement and had much to say. Asserting that she has 100 percent involvement in the development process alongside parent company Kendo, Rihanna says that creating 40 shades was not a gimmick, it was strategic to ensure that more women can access the “secret weapon” that is makeup. “I’ve had my makeup done thousands of time, and when it comes to foundation, you just never know how it’s going to turn out. I think foundation should look like great skin, so it was important to me that the Pro Filt’r foundation had a soft matte finish because you want a dewy look, but never shiny! It was also important that every woman felt included in this brand. We are all so different, with our own unique skin tones, so we started with the 40 foundation shades out the gate.” Asked, what were the most important factors that she considered while creating Fenty Beauty, the Barbadian-beauty said, “Texture”. Surprised by the “emotional connection at women are having with the products and the brand as a whole,” Rihanna said she can’t get over the fact that for some beauties this is the first time they have ever discovered their shade of foundation at the counter. And she had a surprise of her own. Considering how the Galaxy Collection has taken off like a rocket, and how glittery and bold some of the creations in Fenty Beauty are *HINT HINT – Trophy Wife highlighter*, it’s amazing to note that Ri’s favourite product of all released so far is – Gloss Bomb. “I’m obsessed with Gloss Bomb. It never gets old. Everything about it from the XXL wand, the texture, scent and feel.” However, she added, “But funny enough, some of my favorite products aren’t even out yet.” Fenty Beauty is chilling on TIME’s Best Inventions list for the year next to products such as Halo Top ice cream – no more than 360 calories in one pint; eSight 3 – glasses which give sight to the legally blind; Apple iPhone X; the Nike Pro Hijab; Bempu - a light-­up temperature­-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist and it sounds an alarm while flashing orange if babies are too cold; and the Willow Pump – a portable, wearable breast pump, to name a few of the twenty-five. And today, November 23, 2017, Rihanna finally drops the newest member of the Fenty Beauty family -stunna lip paint in shade#UNCENSORED. #stunna 💋 don't laugh at my tutorial skillz 🤷🏽‍♀️ @fentybeauty A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Nov 11, 2017 at 12:19pm PST

In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia.

A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $60,000 for the good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaignearlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate 95 and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last $20. McClure said she didn't have any money to repay him at the time but returned to the road several times to give him cash, clothes and food. After a few visits, she started the fundraiser with the hopes of using the money toward housing and other expenses for the 34-year-old Bobbitt. "I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day," she wrote on the fundraising page. "Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him." Donations have poured in, and the fundraiser has shattered its goal of raising $10,000 for Bobbitt. About 2,000 people had given to the campaign by Wednesday evening.


Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving and will be finding some surprises: toys and TVs at J.C. Penney, Barbies at Best Buy, kitchen appliances like wine refrigerators at B.J.'s. As the holiday shopping season officially kicked off Thursday, retailers are counting on a lift from a better economy. But they're also looking beyond economic data and mapping out ways to pick up sales from other retailers as Amazon expands its reach. That can mean opening earlier than rivals on the holidays or even jumping into new product categories. The fight for market share comes as analysts at Bain say Amazon is expected to take half of the holiday season's sales growth. And Amazon is the top destination for people to begin holiday shopping, according to a September study by market research firm NPD Group. "The retailers are in survival mode. It's about stealing each other's market share," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD. "Amazon is the Grinch. They're stealing the growth." Abi and Sush Gyawali — both 27-year-old biology graduate students at the University of Missouri — were among hundreds of people who lined up outside J.C. Penney in Columbia, Missouri, before the store opened at 2 p.m. Thursday. Abi Gyawali normally shops online on Amazon or BestBuy for Cyber Monday, where he said he finds some of the best deals. But he said the couple wanted to check out the scene at the local mall Thursday before friends came over later to share a meal. "It's good," he said. "At least people are not as crazy as they behave in big cities." With the jobless rate at a 17-year-low of 4.1 percent and consumer confidence stronger than a year ago, analysts project healthy sales increases for November and December. The National Retail Federation trade group expects sales for that period to at least match last year's rise of 3.6 percent and estimates online spending and other non-store sales will rise 11 to 15 percent. Amazon is expected to be a big beneficiary as it cements loyalty among its Prime members and moves into new services and private-label merchandise. The company has introduced more than 20 such brands in the past two years in clothing, electronics, groceries and more, says Bain. That leaves stores looking at rivals to see where they can pick up sales. There are extra dollars up for grabs this year, after thousands of store locations have closed and several retailers including Gymboree and Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection. Greg Foran, CEO of Walmart's U.S. division, said that the retail giant's holiday shopping season appeared to be off to a good start. It got things going in the first minutes of Thursday with an online sales event that featured a range of deals from toys to TVs to slow cookers and Google Home mini gadgets. "We are in good shape," Foran told The Associated Press. "We have a bit of momentum and we had a good kickoff online, and with a bit of luck we are going to have a good 24 hours and be ship shape for the weekend, and go from here to the 25th of December." Target CEO Brian Cornell recently noted that up to $60 billion in consumer spending will be up for the taking in the next few years, and said the chain has been picking up market share in such areas as clothing. The Thanksgiving weekend, when stores go all-out to attract shoppers, can be an indication of how well they'll do through the season. About 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. It expects Black Friday to remain the busiest day, with about 115 million people planning to shop then. Stores like Macy's, Target and Kohl's are set to open Thursday evening as they try to woo early shoppers. Walmart starts deals in its stores at 6 p.m. J.C. Penney opened its doors at 2 p.m., an hour earlier than last year and at least three hours ahead of its department store rivals. Judy St. Antoine, 60, of St. Petersburg, Florida, said she arrived at the JC Penney in her city about 10 minutes before the store's 2 p.m. opening. There were already two lines of a couple hundred people each, waiting to get inside. Mary Bergeron, 62, of Tampa, bought an oil-less fryer, a waffle maker and a steamer at JC Penney, and was headed back for more. "It's a tradition. We come here every year," she said, adding that she'd eaten turkey at noon. "It's crazy, there are so many people and it gets tense. It's fun." Some retailers are using the weekend to test new product areas before committing to them year-round: Penney has TVs and consumer electronics like game consoles as doorbusters for Thanksgiving and Black Friday only. Penney has also added year-round toy shops and increased its selection of work pants as an apparent move to grab market share from Sears, after last year going back to selling major appliances. Penney's Senior Vice President James Starke called these moves "market share plays." Both Walmart and Target have been expanding their exclusive toys offerings. Walmart is throwing parties in its stores including ones where kids can play with new toys. Best Buy created its first toy booklet for the holidays. And in its Black Friday ad, the chain features Barbies among smart TVs and other electronics. Chris Baldwin, CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, says it is offering more toys and clothes. In clothing, it's offering key national brands in areas like casual athletic wear amid rampant store closures. And he says clothing sales are up by at least 10 percent as people don't go to the mall as much. "There's no question that consumer spending has started to tick up and confidence is a little bit better, which is terrific, but we are also seeing some benefit from other retailers," he said.

Adam Stewart (left) and Gaston Browne

CEO of Sandals Resorts, Adam Stewart has come out swinging, declaring that the Prime Minister of Antigua Gaston Browne continues to ‘ bad mind’ the Caribbean resort chain Sandals. Speaking with Antigua Observer’s radio host ‘Serpent’, Stewart said: “In my country we have a word for what the Prime Minister Gaston Browne is doing – we call it ‘ bad mind’. The Prime Minister is bad minding Sandals. He is playing politics and it looks like he is already campaigning for re-election.” Stewart’s remark follows claims made by the Antiguan Prime Minister that Sandals Antigua Grande is not paying its due taxes and does not help the local economy. Calling for greater transparency, the Sandals Resorts CEO threw down the gauntlet suggesting that Sandals would gladly open its books for the Sandals Antigua Grande provided everyone gets to see what concessions were granted to other investors. “In Antigua, Sandals employs more local people than any other private sector employer. It earns more foreign exchange than any other company on the island. We are a tried and proven Caribbean brand and the only Superbrand to come out of the Caribbean. “If the Prime Minister is being so honest and this is not a vendetta against Sandals and transparency is the order of the day, then open up the books Mr Prime Minister and show us everybody else’s incentives. After all, he keeps saying his accusations are not about Sandals. I would like him to tell us all how Sandals Antigua Grande has not performed and not brought significant benefits to the country.” Stewart went on to point out that SandalsAntigua Grande leaves an annual EC$96 million footprint across Antigua and has the highest occupancy rates of any hotel on the island. It stays open all year round and Sandals promotes the country of Antigua in a tourism capacity more so than the government of Antigua. “To be successful you look to have good partners and we are partners with the people and government of Antigua in promoting this wonderful island,” said Stewart. Sandals Antigua Grande is currently undergoing a repair and refurbishment exercise with the resort expected to be reopened for this Christmas season. Stewart drew attention to the fact that all the materials used for this endeavor were purchased in Antigua and that this is a normal practice for Sandals. “We believe in supporting local industries and businesses because it brings communities together and it is more efficient to do so,” explained the CEO of Sandals. To reiterate this approach to doing business across the Caribbean and more specifically Antigua, Adam Stewart relayed that In Antigua, Sandals spend about EC$5 million on laundry, beach cleanup and other ancillary services. Then there is around EC$3 million a year on security; EC$44 million a year on payroll and EC$15 million per year on purchases ( fruit and vegetables, etc). “ We are a Caribbean-led brand that looks out for Caribbean economies so these assertions that Sandals is trying to impose import substitutions and that we don’t support the local economy – tell me Mr Prime Minister, what more can we be doing? The Prime Minister has said that we could be buying more Antiguan rum – he is mistaken. Your vendor who we also buy water and spirits from knows that we do.” Adam Stewart doesn’t accept Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s contention that Sandals benefited at the expense of the country from a EC$100 million tax write off. Still speaking with “Serpent",Stewart added: I ‘don’t accept this so-called write off claim because Sandals Resorts paid to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda the sum we were legally and contractually due to pay. Those sums were never in arrears, were paid on time, were audited and the returns filed every year. “Granting concessions are not unique to Antigua; they are utilized globally. Apple gets concessions so too does Google in the countries they have operations in. We were given these concessions by the Bird administration. By building the Mediterranean Village we moved from a 300 –staffed resort to a 637 staffed resort.. The Sandals Resorts International CEO lamented that Prime Minister Gaston Browne has yet to find a progressive manner in which to come forward and have a discussion on these vexing matters with Sandals. “Surely the Prime Minister isn’t saying that Sandals shouldn’t have any concessions at all because his continuing unsubstantiated claims feels like we are getting the shakedown,” said Sandals’s top executive.


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December 10, 2017

Santa's Wonderland

On Sunday December 10th Hidden Paradise Events presents Santa's Wonderland!! Come enjoy the amazing atmosphere of Christmas Music, Presents, Free Christmas Treats, Christmas Decorations & much More 🎁☃. There will be Loads of Activities and Games for both Adults & Kids . Admission: Kids: 4 - 12 years $5 Adults: $20 (Includes $4 off first Atv or Dirt Bike Ride) Petrea Gardens Trents Tenantry Road Location: https://goo.gl/maps/uLhmC2KQw2L2 Our Featured Activities include: ( Price range $2 - $10 ) * ATV Riding * Dirt Bike Riding * Zorb Battle Balls * Walking On Water Bubble Ball * Boat Rides * Laser Gun Tag * Jumping Tents (Ages 3 & Up ) * Crossbow Target * Face Painting * Henna Art * Fish Feeding & More!! We will also be giving Christmas Presents to kids Ages 4 - 12 in our FREE hourly Christmas Raffle 🎁☃❄ . To give you an even better experience we will have a Garden Spa on board to provide relaxing treatments & services 💆. Food, Snacks & Drinks will also be on sale both Local and Halal Foods 🍜🍔🍝 . We haven't forgotten about your Christmas shopping for the kids. We will be having affordable Toys and Gifts on sale! Don't let this final event for the year miss you. 🎄