Tailgate: Lights Up will feature Grenadian soca star Mr Killa

They did it once before safely and successfully in a pandemic, now four months later, they are hoping to do it even better. On Sunday, December 6, Nouvelle Entertainment is looking to host the second edition of their branded Tailgate fete. The first successful one was held in August. In the midst of COVID-19,Nouvellebelieves it hasjust what it takes to draw patrons while adhering to the currentstringent protocols. In speaking to Loop News Marketing and Communications Specialist with Nouvelle Entertainment De Carla Applewhaite stated that the response to their upcoming show has been encouraging. “The response to Tailgate has been very good, as with the initial installation. From the time we did the first one, persons have been asking when we are doing it again,” she shared. In relation to established COVID-19 protocols, the premise on which a tailgate fete is based revolves around partying in ‘crews’, so social distance protocols are basically built into its model. It is a fete with a difference as patrons arrive and party with their friends, in and around the environs of their vehicles.The spacious, open-air venue where it will be held also lends well to the adherence of the protocols and the mandatory sanitization stations, temperature checks and masks-wearing will be in play. Headliner Mr Killa, who had to be flown in early and quarantinedin adherence to Barbados’ Travel Protocols, promises to deliver his usual high-energy set. “He is very excited to perform again and perform outside of Grenada. He is very pleased to be with us at Tailgate,” Applewhaite said. In addition to the “Run Wid it” star, the show will feature live entertainment sets from Peter Ram, Mole and Faith, as well as a line-up of the island’s hottest DJs. Tailgate: Lights Up is set forBushy Park. Planning partners of the event comprise members from Aura, Bad Rep Festival, Chocolate Army, Colorz Entertainment, Gimme Soca, Limerz Inc, Rise Barbados and UV Vibe. On the cusp of the Christmas season, Tailgate: Lights Up is being packaged asa gift from Nouvelle Entertainment.

Comedian Majah Hype broke his silence, taking to Instagram Live to defend himself against allegations from his ex.

Majah Hype has declared that he is not a woman beater, days after his former fiancée accused him of being violent towards her. “I still have love for Kirby today,” he said, breaking his silence via Instagramto address the allegations from Latisha Kirby. “I have no reason for that. I am not a woman beater and I never thought about being a woman beater,” the comedian said. Stating that he loved Kirby and wanted the best for her, Majah Hype denied all of his ex’s allegations. In fact, he claimed he was the victim. “I warning every man out there, don’t allow women to hit you, don’t let women subject you to being abused,” he said, stating that he was ashamed as a man. He said he never cheated on her and admitted to having one “sexual experience” with another woman. While admitting that he did go through Kirby’s old phone because he was suspicious of her suspicions of him, he denied leaking any sex tape. “I know Kirby has a son, no way in the world would I release any video of her in a compromising position, not only would it make her look bad, it makes me look bad,” he said. Turning the tables on Kirby, Majah showed screenshots of conversations and images found on her phone, including one with a popular soca artiste, claiming he has to tell his truths. Criticising Kirby for airing her issues on Instagram, he asked: “What was your real motive? To get followers? If you were healing you would take the real actions to heal. Counselling and therapy is healing, that is what I am gonna get,” he said. He ended his live with a reading of Psalm 23.

Laboratory studies show that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) neutralize the virus that causes COVID-19 by 99.9 per cent, according to Colgate-Palmolive Company. The studies are part of a Colgate research programme that includes clinical studies among infected people to assess the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of the virus in the mouth, potentially slowing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In the laboratory studies -- the first to include toothpaste -- Colgate Total and Meridol toothpastes neutralized 99.9 per centof the virus after two minutes of contact. Colgate Plax and Colgate Total mouthwashes were similarly effective after 30 seconds. The studies, completed in October, were conducted in partnership with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s (NJMS) Public Health Research Institute and Regional Biosafety Laboratories. The results suggest that some toothpastes and mouthwashes may help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by temporarily reducing the amount of virus in the mouth. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re at the early stages of our clinical investigations, but our preliminary laboratory and clinical results are very promising,” said DrMaria Ryan, Colgate’s Chief Clinical Officer. “While brushing and rinsing are not a treatment or a way to fully protect an individual from infection, they may help to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the virus, supplementing the benefit we get from wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.” DrDavid Alland, Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, who led the Rutgers NJMS study along with colleagues Drs. Pradeep Kumar and Riccardo Russo, said: “Given that saliva can contain amounts of virus that are comparable to that found in the nose and throat, it seems likely that SARS-CoV-2 virus originating in the mouth contributes to disease transmission, especially in persons with asymptomatic COVID-19, who are not coughing. This suggests that reducing virus in the mouth could help prevent transmission during the time that oral care products are active.” Concurrent to the laboratory study, Colgate sponsored a clinical study involving some 50 hospitalized subjects with COVID-19. This study demonstrated the ability of Colgate Total (with CPC and zinc), Colgate Peroxyl, and Colgate PerioGard mouthwashes to substantially reduce the amount of the virus in the mouth temporarily. The researchers plan to share their findings in December. Additional Colgate-supported clinical research studies on toothpaste and mouthwashes are in early stages at Rutgers, the Albert Einstein Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, with some 260 people with COVID-19 participating in these studies. “Colgate is collaborating with numerous investigators throughout the globe to conduct clinical research to explore the potential of oral care products to reduce oral viral loads as a risk reduction strategy,” DrRyan said. “We think oral care has a role to play in fighting the global pandemic, alongside other preventive measures.” DrMark Wolff, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania said: “With this pandemic, the more we understand about the virus, the more effective we can be in fighting it, so I am excited to see the impressive research program Colgate has undertaken. We need to continue to take the precautions recommended by health authorities, and with these studies, we may demonstrate an additional way to address the transmission of disease among people in close contact, particularly in dental practice. That would be an important advance.” Colgate said it is committed to leading in science and to ensuring that its products address health challenges and meet consumers’ needs.

Christmas Morning in the Park 2019 (FILE)

COVID-19 has taken a lot from persons all 2020 and it's not stopping its trend in December, not even for the Holidays. Like the traditional Scrooge, COVID-19 is just bah humbug! Here are 10 things that are up in the airthis year because of COVID-19: 1. Last-minute shopping Who wants to be a part of crowds now? 2. Gift giving With so many people being laid-off or made redundant as businesses closed or restructured to manage the negative impact of COVID-19, not many have the funds to buy gifts even if they have the will and thought. 3. Midnight mass/5:30 am service Some churches are actually asking parishioners and members of the congregation to RSVP if they are attending Christmas services so that social distancing protocols can be met and managed. In a country where churches usually overflow with once-a-yearvisitors on Christmas day or night, it's looking a little shaky for some this year. [image_gallery] 4. Christmas Morning in Queen's Park No one is talking about it but it's heavy on the minds of those who live for and love this annual tradition. Will we be meeting in Queen's Park this year? 5. Carols by Candlelight This annual fundraiser that sees strangers and friends sitting on blankets strewn across the lawns of Ilaro Court and sharing candlelight while singing will take a whole new look this year. It's moving to the Globe Drive-In and families will be in cars. This is not looking likethe year when you'll make a new Carols by Candlelight friend at all. Video caption: Carols by Candlelight 2017 6. Christmas brunch/lunch/dinner Will the family be gathering at one home this year? This is the biggest topic in some family chats all now. 7. The home makeover The home looks forward to a new coat of paint or some new curtains and mats and maybe some new appliances, but in a lot of homes this year, it will be a lackadaisical pick down and put back up with nothing new, just most old things shined to look brand new. 8. The Christmas Glow-Up Some people pamper themselves this month, not just their houses. But a lot of hair salons, hairdressers, nail techs, brow and lash technicians still have spaces in December and that speaks volumes about the impact of COVID-19 even on the psyche of some women. 9. Groceries Packed fridges and cupboards overstuffed with items happen in some homes but once a year and it's not looking like that tradition will be on this year. Some paycheques are now NIS unemployment cheques and others have had their incomeslashed by 10 per cent or more or less. 10. Lights and decorations Driving around Barbados during the Yuletide in years beforeyou would see lots of lights twinkling at night or see the inflatedsantas, large candy canes or moving reindeer. But who knows how many you will see this year as people think about the utility bills that come in January. So yes, it's shaping up to be a real wait-and-see atmosphere this Christmas due to COVID-19, but one thing we at Loop will urge is for everyone to stay safe and smile, because from you have life you have at least one beautiful gift from God that should be appreciated and cherished.

To contribute to economic growth and recovery efforts, Microsoft commissioned FrontierView, a global market intelligence and advisory firm for multinationals, to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on industries in different Caribbean countries. The “Roadmap to Economic Recovery: The Caribbean” details how new technologies can help governments, businesses, and citizens to accelerate recovery and emerge stronger from the pandemic and achieve higher income levels. Economic recovery in key sectors As a region, it is likely to take several years for the Caribbean’s economy to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. However, it is important to note that there will be significant differences between industries. Among those with faster recovery times are construction (infrastructure projects), the pharmaceutical industry, medical technology equipment, and agriculture with pre-pandemic income levels reached during the first quarter of 2021. By contrast, retail, manufacturing, extractives, construction (residential and commercial), and hospitality and tourism would not recover this level of income during 2021. "The health emergency took digital transformation to a whole new level, condensing years of technological progress over a period of months. Now, as Caribbean governments, businesses, and citizens adapt to a new normal, technological capabilities such as cloud, artificial intelligence, and process automation will be critical to increasing their resilience to face new scenarios and accelerating their recovery to a sustained growth phase," emphasized Herbert Lewy, general manager of Microsoft Caribbean. Investment in technology accelerates operational growth FrontierView's study identified technology investments that would accelerate the recovery of 14 sectors, including the government, according to their current needs and investment profiles: - Transformative investments: highlights companies that entered the pandemic with a strong financial position, were not as heavily impacted, or perhaps even accelerated their sales during the pandemic. This robustness will enable them to pursue much more ambitious digital transformation plans. Here we have the IT and telecom, health (pharmaceutical and medical equipment), financial services, and utility sectors. The technologies that stand out are: i. Remote collaboration, process migration, and customer interaction solutions to new online platforms. ii. End-to-end digitalization of the supply chain and automation of industrial processes. iii Creation of own platforms for e-commerce and strengthen data platforms and the use of AI for personalized customer targeting. - Productivity solutions: companies in this group were heavily impacted by COVID-19 or were in less favourable financial positions. These companies will focus more on finding process efficiencies and accelerating their sales during the recovery phase. Industries impacted include agriculture, construction, mining, manufacturing, and retail (non-durable). The technologies that stand out are: i Demand and revenue predictive analytics tools. ii Penetration of online channels such as e-commerce, online marketplaces, and omnichannel strategy creation. iii. Data collection and analysis platforms to generate information for decision making. - Cash generation solutions: companies in this category are in the most delicate position, having been most aggressively impacted by the pandemic. They should prioritize investments that help them protect or generate cash flow to ensure their commercial and financial viability. Industries in this bucket include retail (durable goods), restaurants/leisure, hospitality/tourism, and oil & gas. The technologies that stand out are i. Virtual agents and e-payment solutions. ii. Tools to manage the project lifecycle and demand forecasting based on predictive metrics. iii. Digital tools for portfolio management and sales effectiveness. - Cost-conscious transformation: this category applies solely to the public sector, as governments have taken a major hit during the pandemic, but they still have a strong capacity and willingness to invest. Despite plunging revenues and a slow recovery ahead, governments can more easily finance bold transformative investments by tapping into debt, public savings, and fostering public-private partnerships (PPPs); however, these must be cost-conscious and effective actions to preserve fiscal credibility and strengthen the recovery. The technologies that stand out are: i. Healthcare procurement solutions and digital tools, including telehealth, to expand access to health resources at a lower cost. ii. Digital tax solutions that modernize the system, reduce fraud, curb evasion, and promote formality. iii. Digital platforms to promote remote access to government services; citizen support through AI-powered chatbots. Access the full report To access the complete report that analyzes the response, technologies used in response to COVID-19 and technological investments to accelerate economic recovery in various sectors of the Dominican Republic, you can access the document through the following link or in this address: https://aka.ms/RoadToEconomicRecoveryCaribbean

Wellness Nurse Roseanna Springer

With plans afoot to get more Barbadians, especially Sagicor Health customers, to make healthier choices through the new Healthier Nation Initiative and partnership, Wellness Nurse Roseanna Springerwants Barbadians to focus on their health statistics. "During my last few years working in primary health care I have noticed the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within our Barbadian community, and the numbers are quite alarming." Speaking at the HNI virtual launch via Zoom, she said: "Barbadians are struggling and they're fighting to control their numbers, whether it be the weight you see on the scale, whether it be their blood pressure or their blood sugars. "And what makes it more worrisome is that the average person is not even aware of their numbers or the impacts that these numbers have on their health." Furthermore she spoke about some of the trends that she is seeing far too often while doing screenings of Sagicor clients and while out in the general public. "On the Barbadian landscape we get a lot of cases of High Blood Pressure, especially people who don't know that their blood pressures are within the ranges that they are. We get a lot of people who are overweight and in the obese category with regard to their body mass index (BMI) and high cholesterols and also high blood sugars as it relates to NCDs." Stressing herconcern, Springer added: "As a Wellness Nurse seeing these numbers daily in my duties I support any initiative that advocate health and wellness. . . "So we here at Sagicor believe it is part of our corporate duty to our community to get the message across to promote health and wellness in the fight against these non-communicable diseases." Therefore, she said that she is happy to see the introduction of the HNI which will connect Barbadians with healthier choices for less especially in these financial times. She said that this is very timely and will "help mitigate costs for Barbadians at this time." Sagicor is partnering with the HNI locally and Sagicor clients will get a sticker in the mail to affix to their CariCare card to access the discounts and benefits on offer fromthe slew of businesses signed on with HNI. To date, there are 58 businesses on board - established and small/medium-sized businesses.