This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Tom Holland in a scene from "Spider-Man: Far From Home." (Jay Maidment/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP)

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1. Fresh counterprograming like the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy "Stuber" barely made a dent in the web-slinger's earnings. Studios on Sunday estimate that the "Spider-Man" sequel added $45.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $274.5 million. "Toy Story 4" landed in second place with $20.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. But the original newcomers struggled. "Crawl," a thriller from Paramount Pictures, debuted in third with an estimated $12 million. And "Stuber" got off to a bumpy start as well with an estimated $8 million from over 3,000 North American locations. The R-rated Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista film cost a reported $16 million to produce. It's the latest Fox film to be released by Disney.

(left) Super Cat and (right) Shaggy

Dancehall superstar Super Catreportedly 'dissed' fellow entertainer Shaggy in a video circulating on social media. The video, believed to befilmed at a dancehall session in Brooklyn, New York shows Super Cat taking the microphone from the emcee after that he would launchan expletive-laced tirade against Shaggy. “Shaggy, how come you a talk 'bout you a reggae embassy? Hey, we no need no ambassador... Reggae no need no b*#* c**##%ambassador,” said Super Cat, with a glass in hand. Nervous titters of laughter spread like a wave through the audience, some wondering if this was part of an elaborate act. Singer Yami Bolo, who perhaps suspected different, attempted to intervene and grab the microphone, only to get a tongue-lashing and a thinly-veiled promise of violence for his efforts. “Hey Yami, you fi b*### c**%##t learn. Shut up before mi lick out yuh ears drum. You see Tenor Saw dead, a should a you dead... Go siddung!” said Super Cat. Laughter erupted. Super Cat, whose given name is William Maragh, hails from the tough community of Cockburn Pen. He first made his name as a clash deejay, facing off with heavyweights Shabba Ranks and Ninja Man at the now-defunct Boxing Day stage show, Sting. One can only guess what Super Cat was intimating when he made the Tenor Saw reference. Shaggy could not be reached for comment. Super Cat is known for a number of hit singles in the early 1990s, including Boops, Don Dada and Dem No Worry We, with Heavy D. In 1992 he was featured on the remix of Kriss Kross'smash hit Jump.


FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, an elderly couple walks past the Berlaymont building, the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found. People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and good habits, researchers reported Sunday. Regardless of how much genetic risk someone had, a good diet, adequate exercise, limiting alcohol and not smoking made dementia less likely. "I consider that good news," said John Haaga of the U.S. National Institute on Aging, one of the study's many sponsors. "No one can guarantee you'll escape this awful disease" but you can tip the odds in your favor with clean living, he said. Results were discussed at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles and published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 50 million people have dementia, andAlzheimer'sdisease is the most common type. Genes and lifestyle contribute to many diseases, but researchers only recently have had the tools and information to do large studies to see how much each factor matters. One suchstudya few years ago found that healthy living could help overcome genetic risk for heart disease. Now researchers have shown the same to be true for dementia. Dr. Elzbieta Kuzma and colleagues at the University of Exeter Medical School in England used the UK Biobank to study nearly 200,000 people 60 or older with no signs or symptoms of dementia at the start. Their genetic risk was classified as high, medium or low based on dozens of mutations known to affect dementia. They also were grouped by lifestyle factors. After about eight years of study, 1.8% of those with high genetic risk and poor lifestyles had developed dementia versus 0.6% of folks with low genetic risk and healthy habits. Among those with the highest genetic risk, just over 1% of those with favorable lifestyles developed dementia compared to nearly 2% of those with poor lifestyles. One limitation: Researchers only had information on mutations affecting people of European ancestry, so it's not known whether the same is true for other racial or ethnic groups. The results should give encouragement to people who fear that gene mutations alone determine their destiny, said Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a genetics expert at Massachusetts General Hospital. Less than 5% of the ones tied to Alzheimer's are "fully penetrant," meaning that they guarantee you'll get the disease, he said. "That means that with 95% of the mutations, your lifestyle will make a difference," Tanzi said. "Don't be too worried about your genetics. Spend more time being mindful of living a healthy life." One previous study in Sweden and Finland rigorously tested the effect of a healthy lifestyle by assigning one group to follow one and included a comparison group that did not. It concluded that healthy habits could help prevent mental decline. The Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring a similar study under way now in the United States. Healthy living also is the focus of new dementia preventionguidelinesthat the World Health Organization released in February.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley replaces his signature on a photo he shot of the La Soufrière volcano eruption in 1972.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reminisced his time as a volcanologist when he paid a visit to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) on Friday, where he was invited to replace his faded signature on a now-famous photo he took of the eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano in St Vincent in 1979. As his original signature had since faded, the SRC invited him to sign the photograph again. During his visit, he chatted with old colleagues and met and interacted with some enthusiastic young professionals. Seated in a low-flying aircraft on April 17, 1979, Rowleycaptured the iconic shot – one of several of the powerful eruptions of La Soufrière, which has the distinction of being the youngest volcanic centre on St. Vincent. According to the SRC, during the past 4000 years the volcano has had an average of one explosive eruption every 100 years. It occupies the northernmost third of the island and is considered to be the only volcano that is likely to erupt in the future. In a Facebook post on Friday, Rowley recalled that he was part of a team involved in reconnaissance work when the eruptions occurred. The image in question, which now hangs in the entrance of UWI's Seismic Research Centre was featured on the cover of the American Association for the Advancement of Science magazine in 1982. The caption on the photo as it appeared in the 1982 magazine reads as follows: Tier of smooth skirt clouds rims eruption column (about 2 kilometers in diameter) from Soufriere Volcano, St. Vincent, West Indies, 17 April 1979. The turbulent column, produced by the most powerful explosion of the 1979 activity, was observed to rise at an average velocity of 50 meters per second to an altitude of about 18 to 20 kilometers. The rising column apparently entrained and deformed preexisting subhorizontal layers of moist and less-moist air from lower altitudes and carried them to levels where the moist layers condensed to form the visible skirt clouds. See page 1105. [Photographed by K. C. Rowley, University of West Indies, from a low-flying as craft piloted by Duncan Richardson] The Prime Minister holds a BSc. Geology (First Class Honours), Geography (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; and an MSc in Volcanic Stratigraphy, UWI, St. Augustine. He is a Volcanologist who obtained his Doctorate in Geology, specialising in Geochemistry. Rowley, who first entered politics in 1981 when he contested the Tobago West seat, was a Research Assistant at the SRC where he held the positions of Research Fellow and later Head of the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.


An “energy revolution” is on the horizon, which will see a merger and rebranding of government’s fossil fuel companies into a national renewable energy company. Word of this came from Energy Minister, Wilfred Abrahams during a press conference to update the public on the Barbados National Terminal Company LimitedPipeline Maintenance Project. The Minister told members of the media the shift is part of government’s planto transition to 100 percent fossil fuel free nation by 2030. “The BNOC [Barbados National Oil Company Limited] and the related companies are quickly transitioning to energy companies, so you will see a rebranding of what are our oil and gas companies now, to being energy companies which also trade in renewable energy, which are into solar photo-voltaic, which are looking at the wind and exploring ocean tech. So the shift is not just with the Ministry, we are doing everything across the spectrum of our related companies to ensure the buy-in.Very soon Barbados National Oil Company will not be Barbados National Oil Company. All the associated companies will probably fall under the umbrella of Barbados National Energy Company or a name that similarly reflect its commitment to energy as opposed to oil and gas.” He said government has already begun rolling outits renewable energy goals with the replacement of streetlightswith LED lights across the island. He also said the BNOC isgiving ordinary Barbadians the opportunity to invest in solar energy through the placement of panels on rooftops. Minister Abrahams said it was no secret that the cost of electric vehicles was a major deterrent for those who wished to get on board with the switch to clean energy.He made a call for students at the various tertiary institutions around the island to find ways to transform gas and diesel vehicles into electric vehicles. “People keep thinking that we have to scrap all the vehicles that we have currently and buy brand new electric vehicles. Why not think instead that this is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to figure out how to convert vehicles. “If we get a series of garages or mechanics in Barbados that crack how it is to efficiently, effectively and cheaply convert a fossil fuel vehicle into an electric vehicle, then the possibilities are endless. Barbados would be the startup and the rest of the world would be their market.”

The two suspects in the recent spate of ATM attacks.

Stressing thatRepublic Bank was not the sole bank hit by financial scammers in a recent spate of digital attacks, Republic is promising to speedily resolve issues. In a statement issued yesterday, Republic Bank stated that it is among local financial institutions, presently supplyinginformation and data to assist the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) with their ongoing investigation of ATM skimming activities, which have affected customers of several local commercial Banks. [related node_id='4d765fde-7a1c-41e6-8755-cf92befe412f'] Images of two suspectswere released by the RBPF on Thursday afternoon and Republic Bank will continue to render any assistance necessary to law enforcement. And they asserted: "We appreciate that this process may cause some inconvenience to any affected customers, and we are making every effort to bring speedy resolution in cases where our customers have been affected." The statement further reiterated that this breach has affected several financial institutions, not only Republic Bank, and to date, there is no evidence that our systems have been uniquely compromised. And for persons impacted, who were questioning why they must make a personal report to the nearest police station, the Bank said: "We also remind all Republic Bank customers of the directive byThe Barbados Bankers Association (TBBA) to report any breach detected on your accountsto your respective financial institutions. We are assured that the RBPF is doing all in its power tobring the perpetrators to justice and join the call for all members of the public to share anyinformation that they may have."