IFC Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean, Georgina Baker receiving a token of appreciation from Tourism Minister, Kerrie Symmonds.

Government has signed an agreementwith the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group,for major expansion and refurbishment of the Grantley Adams International Airpor...

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing girl. She is 16-year old Whitney Mary Rock of Edgecumbe Tenantry, St. Phillip who left the home of her aunt Karen Weir of the same addr...


Shenseea

Jamaican deejay Shenseea's fast-rising career just got another boost with the entertainersigninga historic deal with American music powerhouseInterscope Records. Interscope is partnering with Jamaican producer Rvssian's own Rich Immigrants imprint in the deal which has already spawned the single 'Blessed'featuring rapper Tyga, and accompanying video which was released earlier this week. “Interscope always strives to work with artistes that can move culture on a global scale. Shenseea is already doing that,” Interscope’s EVP Joie Manda reportedly said, adding “She represents Jamaica in a loud and truly authentic voice. We couldn’t be any more pleased to partner with her and Rvssian. Many artistes go to Jamaica to learn culture, Shenseea teaches it.” The self-proclaimed 'princess of dancehall' shot onto the music scene in 2017 with the hit single 'Loodie' featuring Vybz Kartel, and has emerged as one of the genre'smost marketable artistes. She has also demonstrated her crossover appeal with collaborations with pop star Christina Aguilera and soca standoutNailah Blackman. Shenseea is reportedly the first Jamaican dancehall act to eversign with Interscope, whichis home to a number of global superstars including Lady Gaga, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre, Selena Gomez and Maroon 5.

Walshy Fire has used his platform as a member of Major Lazer and as a producer and international DJ to gather artists from Africa and the Caribbean for ABENG, a first-of-its-kind album bridging the two regions, out June 7on Mad Decent. The project was inspired by the Jamaican-born, Miami-based DJ/producer’s roots in the Caribbean dancehall scene, and his recent travels across Africa. The title, ABENG, refers to a horn instrument brought over from Ghana to Jamaica, used by slaves to communicate across long distances. As the MC for Major Lazer and a globe-traveling DJ, Walshy has regularly toured Africa over the last five years —travels which have allowed him to fulfill his dream of bridging the divide between the regions and the broader African Diaspora. ABENG brings together some of the biggest names in Afrobeats/Afropop with top reggae, dancehall and soca artists from the Caribbean for unique pairings like the lead single “No Negative Vibes” featuring Runtown (Nigeria) and Alkaline (Jamaica), and a remix of Walshy’s debut single, “Bend Down Pause” featuring Wizkid (Nigeria), Runtown and Machel Montano (Trinidad). “No Negative Vibes” is available today, through all streaming platforms.


Grenada Exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show and Grenada Team

A celebration of its famous Spicemas has givenGrenadaits 15th Gold Medal at the recent RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The exhibit, named ‘A Carnival of Exotic Tropical Blooms’ brings to 15 the number of Gold Medals awarded to Grenada in 21 years of exhibiting at the Show, with five being awarded in as many consecutive years to lead designer Catherine John and her extended team of volunteers. A release from the Grenada Tourism Authority said this year, Catherine and the Show team brought Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean to life with an exuberant representation of the colourful outfits worn by revelers at the islands’ annual ‘Spicemas’ carnival celebrations in August every year. Catherine’s acclaimed design is inspired by a carnival float, an intrinsic part of the cultural heritage of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Interpreted through a lavish display of heliconias, bromeliads, orchids, gingers and tropical ferns, complemented by the islands’ scented spices and verdant foliage, the carnival theme is exemplified by a steel pan and masque, the release detailed. Catherine said: “A Carnival of Exotic Tropical Blooms’ is inspired by our islands’ annual celebrations, cornerstones of our culture and an especially memorable time for visitors to come to Grenada. The first modern Caribbean carnival originated in the late eighteenthcentury, brought to the region by the French, and while Carriacou has kept its Carnival at its original time - before Lent - Grenada is one of the few islands to hold carnival celebrations after the Lenten season. Seeing Grenada at Carnival is to experience our islands at their very best as it’s a time when we celebrate everything that makes them so special all year round.” The blooms, greenery and spices were grown in Grenada and arranged to Catherine’s design ahead of Monday,May 20 when the display enthralled VIP Press Day visitors including Grenadian born Dr Johnson Beharry VC - recipient of the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, and prominent guests including TV chef Ainsley Harriott, whose recent ITV One series ‘Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen’ highlighted the culinary delights of Grenada. Patricia Maher, CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), said: “We’re proud to support ‘A Carnival of Exotic Blooms’ and we commend Catherine and her team for once again providing visitors to the world’s premier flower show with an authentic taste of our islands. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an unmatched opportunity to entice visitors to our islands where they are very welcome to join us in celebrating one of our annual carnivals.” The RHS Chelsea Flower Show remains open to the public until Saturday, May 25. For more information on Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean and ‘Spicemas Carnival’ (August 12 and 13) visit www.PureGrenada.com or search for @DiscoverGrenada on social platforms.

A study shows that limited screen time reverses sleep disorder in teens.

Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers, according to findings to be presented in Lyon, at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019. The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain's clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality. The lack of sleep doesn't just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed. In this collaborative study between the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, researchers investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home. Those who had more than fourhours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than onehour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss. The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users. Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week. Dr Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Amsterdam UMC says, "Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group. Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light. Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens" Dr Stenvers and his colleagues are now interested in whether the relationship between reduced screen time and improved sleep has longer-lasting effects, and whether the same effects can be detected in adults. "Sleep disturbances start with minor symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but in the long-term, we know that sleep loss is associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. If we can introduce simple measures now to tackle this issue, we can avoid greater health problems in years to come," he said.


This undated photo provided by Coca-Cola shows a can of New Coke, which was originally launched in the summer of 1985. New Coke is making a comeback as part of Coca-Cola's partnership with the Netflix drama “Stranger Things.” The companies announced the venture on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Season 3 of “Stranger Things” will be set in the summer of 1985. (Coca-Cola via AP)

Coca-Cola drinkers will get a chance to relive one of the company's darker chapters as New Coke makes a comeback under a partnership with the Netflix drama "Stranger Things," the companies announced Tuesday. Season 3 of the show will take place in the summer of 1985, when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke. New Coke was considered one of the biggest marketing blunders of all time and the new version was dropped after 79 days, though sales of the original Coca-Cola rebounded. "The summer of 1985 did in fact change everything for us with the introduction of New Coke, which was also arguably one of the biggest pop culture moments of that year," said Oana Vlad, director of Coca-Cola Trademark, Coca-Cola North America. Workers had to retrieve the New Coke recipe from the safe for the "Stranger Things" partnership. "All told, everything took about six months and was top secret," said Peter Shoemaker, director of sparkling category commercialisation. Workers also had to recreate the logo and the slightly different Coke red for the cans from more than 30 years ago. "The partnership with Coke gives Netflix the opportunity to reach a massive audience via one of the most recognisable brands in the world in a deeply authentic way," said Netflix Head of Global Partner Marketing Barry Smyth. Beginning Thursday, Coca-Cola will release a limited number of cans of New Coke as part of a "Stranger Things" package. An "upside-down" Stranger Things-inspired vending machine will also pop up in select cities this summer to dispense free cans of New Coke for a limited time.

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley is pleased and thankful that Barbados has been removed from the European Union (EU) list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. Mottley made the comments followingthe announcement madeby the Council of the EU, and as she addressed a press briefing at Government Headquarters, following the exit of the IMF Mission. Explaining the significance of the removal for Barbados, the Prime Minister said: “It means insurance companies that could have left us will now not do so because they will not be prohibited from doing business in Europe, [as would have been the case] as a result of the blacklist. “This has tangible meaning for us as we go forward. It does not mean that the battle is over because we live in a world where persons will want to continue to extract every competitive advantage that they can.” She added that the imposition of rules and bureaucracy would act as a non-tariff barrier to keep some countries uncompetitive. Mottley said the world was evolving and expressed the view that within the next 20 or 30 years, corporation taxes might not exist in the same way because they were too difficult for governments to track. She opined that governments would tax transactions and assets. “Estonia does not have corporation taxes at all; they tax dividends and…in this battle, you are going to see an evolution in how governments relate to companies and what they can tax because of the ease with which companies can move,” she stated. She noted that the island’s international business sector had evolved over the last 40 years to respond to the changing world. “We had foreign sales corporations in the early 80’s and early 90’s that no longer exist; we had international business companies up until December last year. We have had so many different iterations of vehicles that changed because of the changing environment in the world. Our ability to be nimble, flexible but always sound on the core principles to be a well regulated but competitive jurisdiction, is what will make Barbados different,” she stressed. Mottley thanked all involved, including the Minister of International Business and Industry, Ronald Toppin, and his team, as well as Ministry of Finance officials for working so diligently to ensure Barbados was removed from the blacklist.