Mr Killa (FILE)

The government of Grenada says it stands behindsocasensation Hollis“MrKilla”Mapp and hisdecision not to defend his title at theInternationalSocaMonarch(ISM) finals in Trinidad and Tobago. The issue was addressed during a Post Cabinet media briefing in Grenada today, Tuesday,February 18. Minister of YouthDevelopment Kate Lewis said: “We know he has done an outstanding job at last year’s InternationalSocaMonarch.Hehas been one ofour most outstandingartistes. "Webelievethatwhenever he makes a decision, hemakes itin his best interest and the best interest of our country, and wewillsupporthim and his decision taken.” MinisterLewissaidGrenada hopesits other artistes Skinny Bantonas well asLuni Spark and Electrifywill bring home the crown in thecompetition'sgroovy andpowersocacategoriesrespectively. She says the Division of Culture as customary, provides support once Grenada’s artistes get into the final of the competition. CultureMinisterNorlandCox will be present at the InternationalSocaMonarch final on February21toprovide further support forGrenada’s artistes. “I wish them all the best andhope that theycan bring thecrownhome as we know they have theabilityto do so,”said Minister Lewis.

Model Kendall Jenner wears a creation by designer Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2020 fashion week runway show in London, Monday, February 17, 2020. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Kendall Jenner and fellow supermodels unveiled Burberry's new season designs at London Fashion Week on Monday, a collection that spanned everything from classic and ladylike to sexy, preppy and street-smart. That approach — showcasing designs tailored to diverse tastes — may now be particularly important to the luxury heritage fashion brand, which has recently reported a significant dent in its business in China, a key market, due to the virus outbreak. The signature Burberry check was ubiquitous. A three-piece women's suit consisted of a cropped waistcoat, patchwork blazer, skin tight trousers and ankle boots, all in variations of the check. Elsewhere, there were nods to punk, such as deconstructed shirts in pink, red and lilac. Design chief Riccardo Tisci also presented some sexier, sassy looks, from high-shine black vinyl to slinky dresses that hugged the body and featured strategic cut-outs. Jenner strutted in a checkered bustier, layered under a semi-sheer white skirt and white boots. The beige trench coat — an item synonymous with the brand since founder Thomas Burberry first designed it in weather-proof gabardine fabric more than a century ago — featured, of course. Some came softly draped in a timeless feminine style; others were much more flamboyant, featuring furry arms and collars. One such head-turning outfit saw a shimmering bright lime catsuit paired with a matching coat with fluffy fur trim. The catwalk show, which drew celebrities including Cate Blanchett to its front row, is one of the glitziest highlights of London Fashion Week. Burberry will be hoping it goes some ways to boost business. The brand, which gets some 40 percentof its revenue from Chinese consumers shopping globally, has had to shut 24 of 64 stores in China as a result of the virus outbreak.


A spoonful of honey. (Photo: iStock)

Honey is known as the nectar of the gods and has botanical connections due to the fact that it is the end product of the pollen of flowering plants and trees that are harnessed by bees. The sweet-flavouredsubstance has been used for treating a variety of aliments for more than 5,000 years due to its wound healing and anti-bacterial agents. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO)recognises honeyas a natural cough remedy -honey mixed with lime juice and garlic has been a staple in many Caribbean homes. Honey has also been known to decrease the deleterious effects ofdiarrhea. It promotesincreasedpotassiumand water intake, which is particularly helpful when experiencing the condition. Consuming honeyis also known to counter acid reflux which is the upward flow of stomach acid and undigested food by lining the esophagus and stomach. What's more is that the sweet flavour of honey makes it an great alternative for sugar in the diet. Added sugar in the diet provides excesscalorieswith no nutritional benefit, and this can lead toincreasedbody weightwhich comes with anincreased riskofhigh blood pressureanddiabetes. Honey can be added to food and beverages to sweeten the taste without the negative health impact of added sugars. However, since honey is still a sweetener, it is important to remain mindful of how much honey being is used. Other illnesses, ailments, and injuries that honey is said to be effective for includestress, weakness, sleep disturbance, vision problems, halitosis (bad breath), teething pain,asthma,hiccups, stomach ulcers, vomiting,bedwettingand frequent urination, high blood pressure,obesity,jaundice,hangoverrelief,eczemaand dermatitis andarthritis. While not all uses of honey are confirmed as effective, trying it as treatment will not make conditions any worse or cause harm. However, some doctors warn that honey must not be ingested by children less than 12 months old due to the risk of a type of food poisoning known as botulism. Overall, honey is another amazing natural produce. Sweeten your life today with honey!

Rakenzie Pierre-Calendar holding the Love Walk and Health Fair photo frame.

The Maria Holder Nursery School atOldbury is ensuring that their studentsare living healthy lives. This is why they hosted a Love Walk and Health Fair. This school is seeking to cultivate healthy citizens from the ages of three years old and four years old, and curb the prevalence of Diabetes, Obesity and other non-communicable diseases which are a cause for concern in Barbados. The Principal of the school, Sharon Knight, along with the Event Coordinator, Caisha Greaves, held their annualLove Walk and Health Fairin the Gemswick, Oldbury and Rock Hall, St Philip area. This year, however, the school teamed up with the We' Gatherin committee to execute thisevent. Greaves toldLoop Newsthat this is "not the only way the school is teaching love to our students". They make sure that the children show love daily during their time at school. The school distributes tokens to parents and recently visited a retirement home taking donations of hampers and handmade gifts for the residents. Though, July is the allotted month for the St. Philip We' Gatherin activities officially, since the young students will be on their summer vacation break, theydecided to have this collaboration to mark Valentine's instead. The event was not limited to the students of the school but also sawthe parents of students, students for other schools in St. Philipand for the first timethis year - the community. This walk and health fair is the school's way of promoting a healthy lifestyle for children and parents. During the course of the day, there was a CPR demonstration for parents hosted by the Barbados Red Cross, anaerobics session, a football tutorial hosted by Kick Start, a self-defence demonstration and a first-aid demonstration. Those who attended the health fair were also given the opportunity to buy vegetables, fruits and natural products while havingfree health checks and breast examinations. Additionally, the school provided an information booth where attendees were exposed to healthy recipes that can be used for themselves and for the children. "Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it." -Naval Ravikant


Amazon retail

One Senator is striving to put to bed fears about the supposed new Amaxon Tax, as local Amazon shoppers got up in arms on social media. Firstof all, the 'W' in Amazon W Service stands for Web, not World, as portrayed in another section of the media today. Many Barbadians were and still are puzzled by the rumors surrounding the government's proposed "Amazon Tax", even hours after some persons in economics have tried to right the wrong. Bajans had already been informed of the impending legislation which sought to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchases made from online international retailers such as Amazon and Ali Baba. Some Barbadians were unsure as to whetherthe legislation would affect regular online customers of Amazon in the coming days. Meanwhile, it wasreported earlier in another section of the media that retail giant Amazon had supposedly informed itscustomers that effective March 1, 202, "Amazon World Service (AWS)" would begin to charge VATat a rate of 17.5% to Barbadian customers. This was allegedly conveyed in an email correspondence showcasing that Amazon's new policies for Bajan customers were actively following the Barbadian legislation. The particular mediumalso reported that tax-compliant invoices were set to be issued to Barbadian customers from April 1 of this year and customers whose records indicate that their Billing Address or contact address is in Barbados are the ones who had received this email notification. In the hours sincethe story dropped, many Barbadians took to criticizing the move as another undue tax on the public by this new administration. Some immediately questioned the validity of the claim that the coming policy would affect Barbadians who are regular online shoppers of Amazon. However,on further investigation, it was noted that the reported story claimed that "Amazon World Service" had sent out the notice, but in contacting Amazon's tech response team, customers were told that the legislation was specific to users of "Amazon Web Services" and not on consumer products. Attempts to get direct clarification from members of the Ministry of Finance for comment came to no avail up to news time. But Senator Dr Crystal Haynes took toFacebook to attempt to clear up any misinformation that may have been spread to the public. In response to a direct question on the matter on her post, she emphatically stated that what was posted by the media house which "broke the story"was "not consistent with the policy or legislation." She went on answering many questions as well as attempting to reassure others by detailing how overseas purchases are in fact taxed for customers who intend to use them on Barbadian soil or ship them to Barbados and are taxed via customs. "To be clear, VAT is ONLY applied on goods and services consumed or accessed locally... Additionally, once VAT is paid upfront for your online purchase you will have an electronic copy of your receipt which reflects that your payment has already been made. You will not be charged VAT again on arrival of the goods unless a charge is due in relation to shipping cost or something unrelated to the actual transaction made for the purchase," the Senator said.

The Caribbean is a place like no other. It is diverse in every aspect we can imagine, including in business. In our region, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are an essential component of the economic ecosystemand, in some cases, they represent its backbone. So much sothat, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),they represent 99 percent of businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean and 67 percent of employment. However, MSMEs do not have an easy path when trying to progress in the business world. According to a study that evaluated MSME’s in the Caribbean,only 48% of them have access to financial servicesand therefore have a limited ability to perform traditional business processes like managing cash flow and risks, etc. At the same time, many of them cannot provide the kind of information that the traditional banking sector requires, and the diverse industries they are in do not support conventional business categorization. So the reality is that when facing thesetype of disadvantages, it becomes challenging for a company to grow or to keep track of their daily activities. But the good news is that the financial ecosystem in the Caribbean is changing, and its evolution could ultimately help MSMEs. Currently, Fintech or Financial technology is developing at an accelerating pace in the region, andits growth translates into new services for all. With this scenario, MSMEs and the population they are involved in are the first that can benefit. Fintech can be impactful when reducing costs, and it can foster financial inclusion. Indeed, some 46% of fintech startups in the region seek to help under-banked consumers and/or small and medium enterprises*. At the same time, it can help MSMEs to succeed in a competitive financial sector, amplifying their options and helping them meet the requirements they need to enter theindustry. The rise of Fintech and, therefore, the expansion of digital financial services has developed mobile money services, which have opened an entirely new realm for MSMEs. “There are many cases in the region that are in development and others that are consolidated. We have the example of MonCash in Haiti, whereperson-to-person payments have unleashed numerous possibilities for the population. So much sothat today, it facilitates transactions that represented 11% of the country’s GDP,” revealedDiego Todeschini, General Manager of Global Payments for Digicel Financial Services. Fintech companies are growing in a continually evolving region that does not necessarily have the infrastructure to support a traditional financial system. Therefore, they must invest their time in helping MSMEs gather the requirements they need to continue towards a path to success. Fintech could help them gain financial stability, help with financial integrity, offer protection from cyber risk, and provide consumer and data protection*. *Source: IMF Working Paper: Fintech in Latin America and the Caribbean: Stocktaking


This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"