Dexta Daps

Popular dancehall artiste Dexta Daps has been arrested. The details surrounding his arrest are sketchy but a video of the 'Morning Love’ singer's arrest surfaced on social media on Wednesday evening. The video shows a throng of residents following behind the cops as they lead him to a waiting jeep. The video appears to have been shotin the singer's Seaview Gardens, St Andrew stomping grounds. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), confirmed to Loop News that the singer had been held but the details of his arrest had not yet been established. "We will know the circumstancessurrounding his arrest in a few," she told Loop News. The entertainer is being held at the Hunt’s Bay police station. Loop News understands that the artiste has retained the services ofQueen's Counsel Peter Champagnie. This is not the singer's first brush with the law. In 2015, Dexta Daps, whose given name is Louis Grandison, was charged following a scuffleat the Sangster International Airportwith a group of police officers, videos of which went viral on social media. He was charged with assault occasioning grevious bodily harm, resisting arrest, and using indecent language. He was later freed of all charges in November 2015.

FILE - In this January 28, 2018, file photo, Pink performs "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. Pink says she had COVID-19 and is donating $500,000 each to two emergency funds. In a pair of tweets posted April 3, 2020, the singer says she tested positive after she and her three-year-old son started displaying symptoms two weeks ago. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said on April 3, also announcing that she is donating USD $500,000 each to two emergency funds. In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician. Her family had already been sheltering at home and continued to do so, she said. They were tested again "just a few days ago," and were negative. The Grammy Award-winning artistbehind eight studio albums and hits like "Get the Party Started," "What About Us," "Raise Your Glass" and "Just Give Me a Reason" calledfor free and widespread testing. "It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible," she wrote. "This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities." She announced she's donating onemillion dollars across two coronavirus-related relief funds, with $500,000 each going to the Temple University Hospital Fund in Philadelphia and the COVID-19 response fund run by the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles. The Temple University donation honours the singer born Alecia Moore's mother, Judy Moore, who worked at the hospital's cardiomyopathy and heart transplant centre for nearly two decades, she said. She called health care workers "heroes" and ended her post with an appeal to the public. "These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home," she wrote. "Please. Stay. Home."

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In these turbulent times ofCOVID-19, many persons are trying to boost their immune systems, cleanse their bodies and generallyconsume healthier foods which can give them a fighting chance to ward off not just the deadly coronavirus but any other health condition that can slow the body down. One well-known food provided by nature’s bounty is the aloe vera plant, commonly known as'single bible' or 'sinkle bible' in Jamaica. [related node_id='a1315328-25d3-4ef7-aeca-3fc6ed3e2e6c'] That the aloe vera is a “wonder plant” is not in doubt, as ithas been used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments. The aloe is a genus that contains more than 500 species of flowering succulent plants. The aloe plant is known to expel mucus from the body and has been used as a home remedy for colds and influenza for centuries. The gel and juice that is contained within the leaves have a great effect in fighting against the agents that assist in forming mucus in the throat, intestines, stomach and other sections of the anatomy. It is even known to effectively cure conjunctivitis, known as ‘pink eye’. Just one drop in each eye has been used to cure the condition in just 24 hours. A study published inGeneral Dentistryreported that aloe verain tooth gels is as effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities. The researchers compared the germ-fighting ability of an aloe veratooth gel with two popular brands of toothpaste. They found that the gel was just as goodand, in some cases, even better than the commercial kinds of toothpaste at controlling cavity-causing oral bacteria. The authors explained that aloelatex contains anthraquinones, compounds that actively heal and reduce pain through natural anti-inflammatory effects. The plant is also known to be very effective in easing the debilitating effects of constipation. The gel and juice start to repel the substances that may cause blockages and makes for easier passing of stool that was previously proving to be a tantamount task for those who suffer from the condition. The plant is also a very good home remedy for cuts and burns and has been used to treat those injuries in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America and of course the Caribbean region for years. The aloe vera plant extract has also been used in a variety of skin, hair and other cosmetic items and is widely sought after by the manufacturers of these products. Most recently, with the shortage of hand sanitisers due to the panic buying associated with the coronavirus, the aloe vera has been touted as an effective component of homemade hand sanitisers when mixed with alcohol and citrus juice. The aloe vera has always been touted as a wonder plant and it can do no harm to stick to your botanical roots and cleanse the body from inside out with the 'single bible'. After all, the Bible says, what is bitter to the mouth is sweet to the belly.

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The world may be fighting the coronaviruspandemicbut this does not mean the celebration of Easter has been cancelled. In fact, the faithful will be able toobserveGood Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday church services safelyfromtheir homes as most churches have opted to either stream mass online orutilisetelevisionand radio. Here is a list ofsomeCaribbean countries where churches have made adjustmentsdue to COVID-19: Dominica The Diocese of Roseau in Dominicahas set out guidelines to enhanceparticipation during the SacredTriduum. Good Friday and Easter Sunday mass are being streamed on the Dominica Catholic Radio Facebook pageand theDiocese of Roseau Facebook pageas well as on radio and television. Grenada TheDiocese of St George’sin GrenadahasassuredEaster church serviceswillreach into the homes of Grenadians. Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will be live streamed from the Cathedral of Immaculate Conceptionvia its Facebook page. St Vincent and the Grenadines The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingstown has provided a live stream of all Holy Week activities leading up to Easter Sunday which could be followed. Guyana Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday mass will be live-streamed from the Bishop’s Chapelon Catholic media Guyana’sFacebook page. Sint Maarten The Saint Martin of Tours’Parish in Sint Maartensays even though circumstancespreventparishioners from physically uniting around an altar to celebrate the sacrament, it doesnot prevent them from prayer. The celebration of Easter vigil at the Cathedral in Willemstad will be televised from Curacaoon April 11 and the church plans to haveEaster Sunday mass on its Facebook Pageon April 12.

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will push the global economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, with the world's poorest countries suffering the most. This was revealed by the Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) onThursday (April 9). “We anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Thursday in remarks previewing next week’s virtual meetings of the 189-nation IMF and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. [related node_id='11a94e9f-147a-4110-8976-ac67e69d912a'] She said that the IMF will release an updated world economic forecast on Tuesday that will show just how quickly the coronavirus outbreak has turned what had been expected to be a solid year of growth into a deep downturn. Just three months ago, the IMF was forecasting that 160 nations would enjoy positive income growth on a per capita basis. Now the expectation is that over 170 nations will have negative per capita income growth this year. Emerging markets and low-income nations across Africa, Latin America and much of Asia are at high risk, she said. “With weak health systems to begin with, many face the dreadful challenge of fighting the virus in densely populated cities and poverty-stricken slums, where social distancing is hardly an option,” Georgieva said. Investors have grown fearful of leaving their money in emerging economies that could be hit hard by a global recession. As a result, capital outflows from emerging-market countries have totalled more than $100 billion over the last two months, more than three times larger than the same period at the start of the global financial crisis, Georgieva noted. In addition, countries that depend on exporting commodities have taken a double blow because of the steep fall in commodity prices. Georgieva said there was no question that 2020 will be an “exceptionally difficult” year. She said if the pandemic fades in the second half of the year, allowing the gradual lifting of containment measures and the reopening of the global economy, the IMF is forecasting a partial recovery in 2021. “I stress there is tremendous uncertainty around the outlook,” she said. “It could get worse depending on many variable factors, including the duration of the pandemic.” She said that she and World Bank President David Malpass will pursue at next week’s virtual meetings an agreement to adopt a standstill on debt payments over the next year by the world’s poorest nations, freeing up money they can use for critical health needs. She also said that the IMF is prepared to commit its $1 trillion in lending capacity to providing support to nations that need help dealing with the pandemic. “We are responding to an unprecedented number of calls for emergency financing from over 90 countries so far,” she said. The IMF’s executive board has agreed to double the loan levels it will provide from its emergency facilities that she said should allow the IMF to provide around $100 billion in financing to low-income countries.

Persons lined up all around St Thomas Post Office on April 8. (FILE)

Worried about the vulnerable senior citizens in Barbados, the Government has made some amendments and accommodations to help pensioners speedily and comfortablycash their cheques at the island's post offices. Witnessing the long lineswhen post offices reopened yesterday (April 8), the Acting Prime Minister expressed concern about the large numbers of elderly persons gathering outsidepost offices to cash their pension cheques. Addressing the nation in a televised update today, she said: "I too am concerned about the number of pensioners that have been queuing on the streets. We would have made arrangements yesterday [Wednesday] to extend the opening hours for the post offices. Many of the post offices accommodated persons beyond the closing times yesterday and we do appropriate them for their concern to the elderly, but the numbers were simply quite large and as a consequence, we extended the orders to be able to accommodate those persons today," she reiterated. Furthermore, she outlined new steps being taken at the post offices, with the exception of the closed airport branch. She explained: "We have instituted a system where we have additional workers on staff to be able to meet the demand. "We have also ensured that at specific locations where it could be accommodated that we have taken the opportunity to erect some tents because we know of course the sun is very hot and we want to ensure that persons are comfortable, while they are practising physical distancing and waiting to be able to be tended by the post office." The additional provisions are being putinto placeat the post offices because the elderly population are an at-risk group for COVID-19, and Bradshaw once moreurged seniorsto partake in social distancing as they conducted business.