In this February 23, 2016, file photo, actress Naya Rivera attends Vanity Fair and FIAT Celebration of Young Hollywood in West Hollywood, Calif. Authorities say former “Glee” star Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake.

Authorities say former “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department late Wednesday confirmed that Rivera, 33, is the person being searched for in the waters of Lake Piru, which is approximately 56 miles (90 kilometres) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. KNBC reported late Wednesday that Rivera rented a pontoon boat at the Lake Piru reservoir Wednesday and that her young son was found on the boat wearing a life vest. Rivera’s identification was found on the boat. Sheriff’s officials launched a boat and helicopter search Wednesday afternoon, but that had been suspended by nighttime. The search will continue early Thursday. “We’re going on the belief that she did go in the water and we have not been able to locate her. So this may well be a case of drowning,” Captain Eric Buschow said during a news conference. Rivera’s 4-year-old son is from a marriage with actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple finalized their divorce in June 2018 after nearly four years of marriage. She called her young son “my greatest success, and I will never do any better than him” in her 2016 memoir “Sorry Not Sorry.” The actress was engaged to rapper Big Sean in 2013, but their relationship ended a year later. The pair met on Twitter and collaborated musically, with the rapper appearing on Rivera’s debut single “Sorry.” Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader in the musical-comedy “Glee” that aired on Fox from 2009 until 2015. She appeared in 113 episodes of the series and dated co-star Mark Salling, who killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Skip Marley performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on April 13, 2018, from left, Stephen Marley performs during the "Catch A Fire Tour 2015" stop in Huntington, N.Y. on Sept. 1, 2015 and Cedella Marley speaks at the Marley Brunch with Marley Family Members in West Hollywood, Calif. on Jan. 24, 2020. The family of reggae legend Bob Marley are covering his song “One Love” to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. (AP Photo)

Bob Marley’s Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley and her son, Skip Marley, have joined forces to produce a new version of “One Love,” which will be released July 17 and will also include special guest appearances from other musicians. A music video will also be released that day. “Daddy wrote this song like 40 years ago, a long, long time. It just feels like right now in the world we need to have some different type of unity happening. Not just lip service, but real action,” Cedella Marley, 52, said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “I think we’re going to bring this song to a generation that needs to know we do care. We do care about what happens. We’re going to do a nudge and push and a shove and hopefully, the message will resonate.” Bob Marley & The Wailers released “One Love” in 1977. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36. All proceeds from the new version of “One Love,” released by Tuff Gong International and Amplified Music, will supportReimagine, UNICEF’s global campaign for coronavirus relief efforts focused on helping and aiding children around the world. “(The) song is very special because of (its) message. It’s a song of equality. One love meaning love for everyone, for all humanity. It doesn’t matter the colour, creed or social status or anything like that. It’s appreciating the human family. ‘One heart, let’s get together and feel all right,’” eight-time Grammy winner Stephen Marley said. “It’s a very important statement for my family.” Jewellery brand Pandora says it will match every dollar raised from “One Love,” giving up to $1 million. Cedella Marley said they recorded the song at her house in Miami and they received Rita Marley’s blessing. “My mom, she came in and she listened, and she gave us a thumbs up and that seal of approval is priceless.” Skip Marley, the 24-year-old rising star who has collaborated with Katy Perry and Major Lazer, said recording the song reminded him of his first-ever studio session. “The first time I was ever in a studio recording, we were recording ‘One Love.’ Actually, you remember, mom?” he said, looking to Cedella Marley. “Yeah, it’s in my book,” the three-time Grammy winner said, referring to herchildren's book called “One Love.” “I remember that was my first time I was able to sing on the mic,” Skip Marley added. “It’s just bringing me back. It’s just a mommy-son thing.” Skip Marley recently made history by becoming the first Jamaican artist to top Billboard’s adult R&B songs chart. He achieved the feat with the tune“Slow Down,”featuring R&B superstar H.E.R., and he will release an album in August. “He put in the hard work,” Cedella Marley said. “He’s very disciplined. He loves what he does. His voice now can reach a different generation than my voice. I think we have to use the vessels that are in front of us, sometimes, to get our message across.” “Still working. Still putting in the hard work,” Skip Marley added. “We no stop working.” Cedella Marley said she’s happy to see her son keep the family name active, and it’s important to her to keep her father’s legacy alive. “It’s something that I actually enjoy. I’ve been doing it since I was like 13. It’s something that I’ve grown to love. I go into each day thinking, ‘How can Daddy’s voice bring about something? How can I make him more relevant today than he was yesterday?’” she said. “I always come up with some really cool ideas.”


No water, no problem, tips for dry gardening, recycling water. (iStock photo)

Despite this being the hurricane season, some parts of the Caribbeanregion are still experiencing drought conditions. Therefore,Loop Lifestyle put on our thinking caps and thought ‘What are some ways in which we can maintain a beautiful garden without while conserving water?’ Implementing water recycling and dry gardening measures, of course! There are two key things to understand here, gardens can strive without water and recycled water is just as good – maybe even better for plants than tap water. Water recycling can extend water supplies, improve water quality, reduce discharge and disposal costs of wastewater, and save energy. Dry gardening – aka dry farming, when done on a grander scale – is a strategy for gardening where rainfall and irrigation water is in short supply. Longtime farmer Jenny Rose Carey would likely recommend both practices in a heartbeat; her plants haven’t been watered in six years. The ultimate goal here is to reduce and reuse – by-products include lowering your water consumption, keeping your garden alive, ‘save the planet’ and, in a way, help out the efforts of the NWC. Sidebar: If you love gardening but don’t think you’re the type to invest time and care into your plants/crops; save yourself the hassle and hire a professional gardener, plantsman, or landscaper. No water, no problem! Some best practices you can implement include… 1. Installing a water tank/water butt Invest in a water tank/water butt – you want to collect and conserve as much water as possible daily. 2. Greywater harvesting Greywater harvesting involves saving and reusing water from your washing machine, bathtub or shower. This practice is only recommended, however, when natural or organic cleaning products are used – those that are typically paraben-free, low in sodium, making them safer for the planet and the soil. 3. Mulch like your plant's lives depended on it! Mulching helps to replace plant nutrients lost from fallen leaves, blossoms, or cuttings. Mulching also reduces weeds and helps with moisture retention. 4. Long live perennials. Perennials are plants that typically live longer than two years (‘per’ and ‘ennial’ literally translate to ‘through the years’). Essentially, perennials are great for the long haul. Some Jamaican perennials include lantanas, roses, jungle geraniums, and a host of other tropical flowering plants. 5. Place a bucket in the shower. Stand in the bucket or pan while you shower to collect water and store it accordingly to water plants. 6. Re-use water from old drinking water bottles. You know those bottles in the side of your car or around the house that have been there for lord knows how long…pour them all into one and use it to water plants. Also, try to break the habit of leaving half-empty plastic bottles anywhere opt for reusable bottles instead. Small steps! 7. Use a designated rain barrel to collect water from the roof whenever it rains. 8. Re-use your pasta/vegetable wash water. Instead of letting it down the kitchen sink, set the water aside to cool then use it to water plants. Old wives’ tale has it that throwing rice water at the root of a somewhat dormant tree encourages growth and crop production. Try it! 9. Scatter ice in the garden. Be it from your refrigerator or leftovers from a drink you just had; toss your ice in the garden every once in a while. 10. From sun up to sundown. Water plants in the morning or in the evening to prevent evaporation during peak sun hours. 11. Give your plants room to grow. The key to getting more out of your garden while watering less seems to be adding extra space for each plant’s root system, according to thesurvivalgardener.com. If plants are placed too closely together, they’ll compete for water, leaving the soil parched; nobody wants that. 12. Keep competitive weeds at bay. This is encouraged by watering plants at the root zone and/or installing a drip system – one more reason to consult a professional. 13. And, finally, group your plants according to their water needs. Planting is no joke, do your research on the plants you grow or dream of growing to eliminate constant competing for water and nutrients.

Video chat clip from YouTube of The Jetsons

Who knew that The Jetsons had it right all along? Videoconferencing seems to be here to stay, from Google classrooms to Zoom Fetes.COVID-19 has sure made video calls and conference calls a way of life and business now. You may not become a Zoom Professional overnight but these tips can help you get moderately better if you are still getting the hang of things. Here are 8 things to look nice on camera from in your home: 1. Upgrade your webcam. If your camera lens looks like it is wrapped in clingwrap you may need to get a new webcam. A quick upgrade can be the easiest way to improve your video call quality without breaking the bank. You can find cheap an easy 4K quality webcams at relatively decent prices with ease now. 2. Use a Digital Camera If the webcamoption doesn't work then try an actual camera. Digital cameras are also very accessible and easy to use, with the only downside being the use of expensive capture cards. But the image you’ll get from using a DSLR with an appropriate lens is hard to beat. [related node_id='3d290d5a-79af-4eb2-b68f-e5e552fc0014'] 3. Use your smartphone instead If you don’t have a webcam or a camera, your smartphone may be an even better replacement for both. Most smartphones can allow you to to do sharp autofocus, white balance in real-time, and have colour correction adjustments. Also,they are perfect for people of allskin tones. You can try apps such asEpocCam to turn your smartphone into a makeshift webcam. 4. Lights! Even with a great camera, your lighting can make all the difference. You don't need a studio set up for your lighting, just make sure your light sources are positioned well. Do not back windows or sit right in front of them since these will leave you under or overexposed. Try sitting at an angle towards the light or bouncing lamp lights against wall surfaces to get softer fill effects like a pro. 5. Mic check 1, 2! Either a headset microphone or a dedicated professional microphone will give you better sound quality and help eliminate background noise. Putting your mic on a stand or desk-mounted arm will get it closer to your mouth and help alleviate any shaking or other noises. 6. Wired is better than wireless As reliable as your wireless internet connection may be, having a wired connection for video calls will definitely improve things. This may mean purchasing an external hub with ethernet connectivity so you can plug into your modem or router. 7. Perfection is not necessary Try avoiding the urge to look perfect and getting everything just right. Looking too good on camera might make you the odd one out. Most of us are still adjusting to this whole video conferencing life so not everyone has a studio-quality setup. So as much as you want to look your best youmight make it uncomfortable for others if you show up like Michael Bay. (In case you're unsure who he is, think Transformers, Bad Boys, Armageddon. Heis an American film director and producer, and that's the point. You do not need to bring anOscar-winning production.) 8. Be aware Lastly, just try to read the room and see when you can be relaxed and when it is necessary for the more formal, more professional settings. Good luck!


Video chat clip from YouTube of The Jetsons

Who knew that The Jetsons had it right all along? Videoconferencing seems to be here to stay, from Google classrooms to Zoom Fetes.COVID-19 has sure made video calls and conference calls a way of life and business now. You may not become a Zoom Professional overnight but these tips can help you get moderately better if you are still getting the hang of things. Here are 8 things to look nice on camera from in your home: 1. Upgrade your webcam. If your camera lens looks like it is wrapped in clingwrap you may need to get a new webcam. A quick upgrade can be the easiest way to improve your video call quality without breaking the bank. You can find cheap an easy 4K quality webcams at relatively decent prices with ease now. 2. Use a Digital Camera If the webcamoption doesn't work then try an actual camera. Digital cameras are also very accessible and easy to use, with the only downside being the use of expensive capture cards. But the image you’ll get from using a DSLR with an appropriate lens is hard to beat. [related node_id='3d290d5a-79af-4eb2-b68f-e5e552fc0014'] 3. Use your smartphone instead If you don’t have a webcam or a camera, your smartphone may be an even better replacement for both. Most smartphones can allow you to to do sharp autofocus, white balance in real-time, and have colour correction adjustments. Also,they are perfect for people of allskin tones. You can try apps such asEpocCam to turn your smartphone into a makeshift webcam. 4. Lights! Even with a great camera, your lighting can make all the difference. You don't need a studio set up for your lighting, just make sure your light sources are positioned well. Do not back windows or sit right in front of them since these will leave you under or overexposed. Try sitting at an angle towards the light or bouncing lamp lights against wall surfaces to get softer fill effects like a pro. 5. Mic check 1, 2! Either a headset microphone or a dedicated professional microphone will give you better sound quality and help eliminate background noise. Putting your mic on a stand or desk-mounted arm will get it closer to your mouth and help alleviate any shaking or other noises. 6. Wired is better than wireless As reliable as your wireless internet connection may be, having a wired connection for video calls will definitely improve things. This may mean purchasing an external hub with ethernet connectivity so you can plug into your modem or router. 7. Perfection is not necessary Try avoiding the urge to look perfect and getting everything just right. Looking too good on camera might make you the odd one out. Most of us are still adjusting to this whole video conferencing life so not everyone has a studio-quality setup. So as much as you want to look your best youmight make it uncomfortable for others if you show up like Michael Bay. (In case you're unsure who he is, think Transformers, Bad Boys, Armageddon. Heis an American film director and producer, and that's the point. You do not need to bring anOscar-winning production.) 8. Be aware Lastly, just try to read the room and see when you can be relaxed and when it is necessary for the more formal, more professional settings. Good luck!

The World Bankhasapproved US$20 million for the Trinidad and Tobago COVID-19 Emergency Response Project to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. Tahseen Sayed, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean said: “This new World Bank project will support Trinidad and Tobago’s response to COVID-19, focusing on the health sector.It will assist in providing critical medical supplies and equipment and will strengthen the capacity of the health sector.” The World Bank states theproject will support the Trinidad and Tobago government’s National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. The Plan focuses on the identification and treatment of patients tominimisethe spread of the infection and severity of cases. World Bank financing will support procurement of key medical supplies needed for testing and diagnosis, inputs for infection prevention and control in health facilities, and personal protective equipment for staff. It will also support the health system to better manage future infections and provide training on appropriate clinical care and safe waste disposal. Financing for this project is from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as part of theCOVID-19 Fast-Track Facilityoffered to help countries worldwide face the impacts of this pandemic.