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In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event held at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park during New York Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him. West wrote, "So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the first suspect - So cut the tough talk." West alleged Drake was behind audience members rushing the stage and splashing fellow rapper Pusha T with liquid during a concert in Toronto in November. Drake did not post a response. An email seeking comment was sent to a Drake representative. The rappers have had an ongoing feud this year, but West had apologised to Drake in September.

A new study that analysed four years' worth of films found that female-led movies have consistently outperformed those in which men get top billing. The studyanalysed the 350 top-grossing films worldwide released between January 2014 and December 2017. Researchers found that in films with small, medium and large budgets, all averaged better global grosses when a woman was listed as the lead star. Conducted by the talent agency Creative Artists Agency and the tech company shift7, the study found that films that passed the Bechdel test do better, too. The Bechdel test, an invention of the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, rates whether a movie features two female characters having a conversation about something other than a man. Researchers found every $1 billion film at the box office — including films like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," ''Jurassic World" and "Beauty and the Beast" — passed the Bechdel test. Among films that cost more than $100 million to make, the ones that passed the Bechdel test grossed on average $618 million worldwide, while those that didn't averaged $413 million. "Women comprise half the box office, yet there has been an assumption in the industry that female-led films led were generally less successful," CAA agent Christy Haubegger, who participated in the research, said in a statement. "We found that the data does not support that assumption." For budget data and determining lead actor, researchers depended on data from the Nielsen's box-office data collection company Gracenote. Gracenote's Studio System defines a "female lead" as a woman who is listed first in official press materials. Of the 350 films studied, 105 qualified as female-led and 245 registered as male-led. The greatest gap was in larger budgeted films. In movies with a budget greater than $100 million, there were 75 male-led films and 19 female-led films. The study was conceived through a group that formed through the gender equality initiative Time's Up, including Amy Pascal, former chairman of Sony Pictures.Earlier researchby academics has chronicledsimilar rates of inequalityin top-grossing Hollywood releases, andthe financial benefits of inclusion. "This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company's bottom line," said Lisa Borders, Time's Up president and chief executive. "As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results."

Earlier today Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith appealed to members of the pubic to come forward with any information regarding the location of the now widely reportedorgy party, Sex Island. But, law enforcement can breathe easy as after a week of speculation that the drug-fuelled sex partywould be hosted at a private island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, the true location of the event has been revealed. [related node_id='dc357678-2134-4542-9d5d-a3726eca1657'] Sex Island, is in fact, being held at a five-star hotel resort with a private beach on the northern coast of Margarita. According to an article from The Sun, the sexy getaway takes place at the Isla Margarita, a popular tourist resort island off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. Isla Margarita has nearly half a million inhabitants and is home to the capital city of Venezuela’s Nueva Esparta state, La Asuncion, where prostitution is legal. According to the article, the luxury hotel shown in Sex Island’s promotional photos and videos is the Hesperia, part of Spanish hotel chain NH Group which has 348 hotels in 28 countries. The five-star hotel is equipped with a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, and a private beach. The four-day eventbegins on Friday and ends next Monday.

The Antiguan Island Girls have begun their historic row across the Atlantic. The four women,Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanueland Kevinia Francis, the skipper, left Antigua to begin their rowing adventure as part of theTalisker Whisky Ocean Challenge, the premier ocean rowing event in the world. The race, which begantoday in La Gomora, Canary Islands will end in Harbour Bay, Antigua. The women, the first all-female Caribbean team and all black team to compete in the event, are hoping to break the current record of 34 days set by a Chinese team. They are estimated to complete the challenge on February 5. As of writing the girls are in 20th position out of 28 teams and 13th in the fours. The Talisker Whisky Ocean challenge is said to be one of the most gruelling rowing competitions with participants expected to burn a combined total of 750,000 calories.

Chairman of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) Dr. Asquith Thompson

Despite the atmosphere of uncertaintylooming, employees in the Energy sector have been told to look for the silver lining. This message came from Chairman of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) Dr. Asquith Thompson as he lauded staff for their work throughout the year, emphasizing that the efforts have been so positive that there has been nothing in either print or electronic media that has said otherwise. He said while he is unsure what the future holds, since Barbados is going through a rough time with its restructuring programmes, he is optimistic that the future will be better, and he called on employees to stay positive and to continue to show professionalism as they serve the people of Barbados. “As we look forward to the New Year, I cannot tell you with any certainty what if will bring. In fact, no one can. As all of us are aware, Barbados is going through a testing period with sacrifices required from all of us. What I can assure you, based on the lessons of history, is that tough times never last.” His audience comprised staff from three institutions in a setting that did not augur for work, but for drinks food and fellowship as they took part in their annual Christmas luncheon. It was The Clifton Hall Great House in St. John that was the venue for the luncheon of The National Petroleum Corporation (NPC), The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and The Barbados National Oil Company Group (BNOCL) on Friday, December 14, 2018. Also addressing yesterday’s luncheon was Chairman of BNOCL Alex McDonald, who called on those present to stay focused and to look forward to a bright future. Adding his words to the occasion was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Jehu Wiltshire, who filled in for Minister Wilfred Abrahams, who could not attend to give the feature address. Wiltshire said they are working through the many challenges to ensure that the sector functions even better. He hinted that the restructuring of the Barbados Water Authority along with the fixing of the issues on the South Coast can help some of the hiccups they are facing. ​​

Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorised access to photos that could, in theory, include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn't yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind. It's not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users, as well as how frequently these slipups are recurring. The bug is the latest in a series of privacy lapses that continue to crop up, despite Facebook's repeated pledges to batten down its hatches and do a better job preventing unauthorised access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information its users intend to share only with friends and family. In general, when people grant permission for a third-party app to access their photos, they are sharing all the photos on their Facebook page, regardless of privacy settings meant to limit a photo to small circles such as family. The bug potentially gave developers access to even more photos, such as those shared on separate Marketplace and Facebook Stories features, as well as photos that weren't actually posted. Facebook said the users' photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September. The company said the bug has been fixed. The company declined to say how many of the affected users are from Europe, where stricter privacy laws took effect in May and could subject companies to fines. Facebook said it has notified the Irish Data Protection Commission of the breach. The problem comes in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world's biggest social network. Revelations that the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million users led to congressional hearings and changes in what sorts of data Facebook lets outside developers access. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. This bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May. With each breakdown, Facebook risks losing credibility with both its audience and the advertisers whose spending generates most of the company's revenue. "It's like they keep getting these chinks in the armor that is causing this trust deficit," said Michael Priem, CEO of Modern Impact, which places ads for a variety of major brands. Although Facebook doesn't appear to be losing a lot of users, Priem said some advertisers have been seeing data indicating that people are spending less time on the social network. That's raising concerns about whether the privacy breakdowns and problems with misinformation being spread on the services are taking a toll. But it's difficult to know how much Facebook's recent wave of headaches has been affecting the service because its growth, particularly among younger people, had been slowing even before the problems began to crop up, said Nate Elliott, an analyst with the research firm Nineteen Insights. Advertisers are unlikely to curtail their spending significantly as long as Facebook is able to maintain the current size of its audience, Elliott said. So far there has been little evidence a significant percentage of the users are worried enough about privacy to get off the service. "Even if people don't trust Facebook, as long as the value that the service provides is worth more than the cost of the privacy violations, then that may be a trade-off most people are willing to make," Elliott said. On Thursday, to counter the bad rap it's gotten around privacy, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" to talk to users about their settings and whatever else may be on their mind. Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan gave Facebook's work on privacy a "B'' when asked by a reporter for a grade. By 2019, she said she hopes the improvements will result in an "A." Privacy experts might call it grade inflation. In any case, the company has its work cut out before it makes the top grade. The company has had to increase how much it spends on privacy and security, which put a dent in its bottom line and in August contributed to a stock price plunge.