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LONDON — Almost 400 years after the first English ship arrived on its golden shores, the former British colony of Barbados woke up Tuesday as a republic.

The tiny Caribbean nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in a spectacular ceremony that began late Monday, breaking its ties with the British royal family — and with it, one of the island’s last remaining imperial bonds to the United Kingdom. 

The event was held 55 years to the day since Barbados gained full independence but kept the monarch in the ceremonial role. 

At the strike of midnight local time, the new republic was born to the cheers of local crowds. The moment was marked by a 21 gun salute and the playing of the Barbadian national anthem.

Leading national figures, including Prime Minister Mia Mottley, swore allegiance to Barbados in front of the new president at the ceremony, which lasted for several hours.

She later announced that pop star Rihanna would be named a national hero by President Mason. The artist and businesswoman, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named an ambassador by her home country in 2018.

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation," Ms Mottley said, in reference to one of Rihanna's songs.

A dazzling display of fireworks, dance and music was followed the Prime Minister Mia Mottley declaring singer Rihanna — a Barbadian native as well as a global star — a national hero.

Pop superstar Rihanna watched from the crowd during the presidential inauguration. Toby Melville / Pool via Reuters

Sandra Mason, a Barbadian who had served as the island’s governor general — or queen’s representative — was sworn in as the country’s first president. She was elected to the figurehead post by Parliament last month, but Mottley will continue to run the country.  

“It is a monumental step,” Kristina Hinds, a senior lecturer in political science at the University of the West Indies in eastern Barbados, said on a Zoom call from her home in Wanstead, north of the capital, Bridgetown ahead of the ceremony. “I think it is part of the evolution of our independence, and it is certainly long overdue.”

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, was in attendance as Barbados celebrated ending its formal links with his 95-year-old mother. Elizabeth is queen of 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica.

Charles gave a speech saying the creation of the republic "offers a new beginning,” while his mother sent the island her "warmest good wishes" in a statement.

“From the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery which forever stains our history, people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude,” he said

His presence may signal the royal family’s desire to maintain strong bonds with the island, which will remain in the Commonwealth — a voluntary association of 54 states that includes many former British colonies and which the queen has championed throughout her life. 

Prince Charles' speech sought to highlight the continuing friendship of the two nations in spite of Barbados' move to become a republic.Reuters

But to Hinds, Charles’ presence is symbolically “a bit odd.” “It’s problematic for those among us who believe that the British monarchy, as important as it has been for Barbados historically in positive ways, has also caused serious harm to the country,” she said.

In the 17th century, Barbados was claimed by the British and turned into a lucrative colony using the labor of hundreds of thousands of people brought over as slaves from Africa. It became a major hub for the production of sugar, an increasingly crucial commodity that helped enrich British slave owners. 

“A result of the desire for the production of sugar, which was catering for a growing sweet tooth back in England — white consumer lifestyles built on the back of black exploitation and slave labor,” said Christopher Prior, associate professor in colonial and postcolonial history at U.K.’s University of Southampton. 

The island’s present day population of about 287,000 is comprised mostly of the descendants of people brought over as slaves from Africa to work in the plantations. 

'Not personal'

Despite this history, there remains a level of respect for the monarchy and Britain in general, especially among the island’s older population, Hinds said. Many places in Barbados are named after the queen or her ancestors, and a lion’s share of the country’s tourists come from the U.K., she added. The island is often referred to as “little England.”

Still, several people in Barbados welcomed their country’s move to sever ties with its old imperial rulers. 

“For Barbadians, this is not something personal against the queen, it is about our national pride and governance,” René Holder-McClean-Ramirez, 45, an LGBTQ community advocate and consultant, said on the phone from his home in Bridgetown. 

“As we grow and develop as an independent nation, having a foreign head of state just is not necessary or practical,” he said. 

For Ronnie Yearwood, an attorney from Bridgetown, the positive feeling of the move is combined with regret that the government pushed ahead without consulting the public on the type of republic they would want.

Barbados first pursued the idea of republicanism in the late 1970s and in 2008 proposed to hold a referendum on the issue, but the date was pushed back indefinitely. 

The decision to remove the queen as head of state was announced in 2020 but with little consultation about the transition, Yearwood said. 

“There is a lot of disappointment,” Yearwood, 42, said. “It could have been a beautiful moment for all Barbadians.”

NBC News reached out to both the prime minister’s office and Mason, but was not granted interviews. 


'Global conversation'

Barbados’ decision to ditch the queen follows a wave of protests across the world inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. A more forthright evaluation of Britain’s imperial past has helped drive an effort to bring down symbols of racism and colonialism from Cambridge to the Caribbean.

“It’s a local manifestation of a very global conversation that’s being had about the legacy of the British empire and its colonial exploitation,” Prior said.

“Barbados’ move is another element of our decolonizing moments.” 

So could the change stirring on the beaches of Barbados mark the start of a wave of realms cutting ties with the royal family?

“When the queen eventually passes away, there is going to be an emergence of further conversations, particularly in places like Australia, about whether they want to have Charles as their head of state,” Prior said.

“I don’t want to suggest there’s any inevitability, but I think it’s extremely likely that the issue of republicanism is not going to be going away anytime soon.”

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The Evolution of Jamaican Music – REGGAE


Part II: The Evolution of Jamaican Music: From Revivalism to Reggae

In the late 1960s, Jamaica was blessed with a variety of talented musicians and singers who experimented with and blended different beats of music and recorded their musical renditions at local recording studios like Dynamic Sounds and Treasure Isle.

So, while rocksteady, with its smooth rhythmic beat and melodious lyrics and sound, took over from the more pulsating and energetic sound of ska in 1967, by 1969 another new energetic beat was already replaying the rocksteady genre. The new beat would become the phenomenal genre of reggae.

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There is no definitive account of where the name reggae originated from. One account is that it emerged from a 1968 single, “Do the Reggay” by the group Toots and the Maytals. Another account claims the late reggae icon Bob Marley said the word reggae came from a Spanish term for “the king’s music.” This could have some accuracy as in Latin the word regi means “to the king.”

Whatever the source of the name, the fact is that within a short time the new genre reggae became king on Jamaica’s musical scene.

Reggae had a distinctive sound, heavy on the beat of the guitar and piano (or keyboard), and a collaboration of the traditional Jamaican musical genres of mento, ska, and American jazz and rhythm and blues.

Like its predecessor, ska, reggae when played immediately summoned people to the dance floor. In Jamaica, reggae had a similar effect on the local population as calypso had on the population of Trinidad. 

And if one wasn’t dancing to reggae, the new genre, like calypso, evoked great satisfaction as the lyrics in several reggae songs performed by artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, the Third World Band, and others, were strong social commentaries that served to motivate people who were then marginalized, giving hope for their upward social mobility.

Somehow, reggae attracted singers, men and women, who were affiliated, or yearned to be affiliated to the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica, which created a societal conundrum in the late 1960s to early 1970s, as some uptown Jamaicans tended to turn up their noses, not so much at the music, but the artists rendering the sound, but the music grew to so much in popularity that the societal biases was eventually removed.9832443867?profile=RESIZE_584x

There is little doubt that the music and lyrics of reggae orchestrated change in the Jamaican society in the 1970s—something quickly identified by the emerging populist leaders like Michael Manley and Edward Seaga in the 1970s.  Manley came to power in 1972, riding on the rhythm of a popular reggae hit, “Better Must Come” by Delroy Wilson, which he chose as the People National Party’s campaign song, and for later campaigns, the hit, “My Leader Born Ya” boasting his Jamaican roots compared to his rival Seaga’s U.S. birth. Also, in the mid-1970s, when political violence threatened to destabilize the country, Manley turned to reggae for a solution and sought Bob Marley and several other reggae artists to perform in the legendary Peace Concert held at the National Stadium in Kingston.

And, Seaga who had a keen understanding of Jamaican music and musicians, and the impact of the music on the lives of impoverished Jamaicans, used reggae and other forms of traditional Jamaican music to bind him and his politics to the Jamaican working class.

Although reggae has had great singers like Marley, Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Issacs, Dennis Brown, among others, it also produced great musicians. These included bass guitarists like Carlton Barrett from Bob Marley and the WailersLloyd Brevett from The SkatalitesLloyd Knibb from The SkatalitesWinston Grennan, Sly Dunbar,  Anthony “Benbow” Creary from The Upsetters, and from Ritchie Daley of Third World. Several reggae sounds also featured organ shuffle sound mastered by keyboard artists like Jackie Mittoo and Winston Wright.

Emergence in Jamaica 

Reggae began to take over from ska in the late 1960s with hits like Larry And Alvin’s “Nanny Goat.” the Beltones’ “No More Heartaches,” and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “People Funny Bwoy.” But, the music had also spread overseas with the legendary English group The Beatles recording the hit “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” with a distinct reggae beat.

The Wailers, with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, grew in popularity, and emerged from the rocksteady era in association with Lee Perry’s studio artistry with early reggae hits like “Duppy Conqueror” and “Small Axe.” The Wailers remained strong on the Jamaican reggae scene and in collaboration with Englishman Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, broke reggae firmly on the international scene with the first reggae album “Catch A Fire” in 1972. The Wailers went on to release more great hits like “Put it On,” “Get Up, Stand Up” and  “I Shot The Sheriff,” which was also covered by British singer Eric Clapton. In 1974 the group produced another classic album, Natty Dread, released in 1975, featuring hits like “Talking Blues,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “Rebel Music.”

The group split in 1975, with Tosh going solo, and became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers, with the background harmony provided by the female trio—The I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths). 

Tosh became a legend in his own night with hits like “Buckingham Palace,” “Legalize It” and “Momma Africa,” while Marley rose to iconic reggae status with hit after hit including, “Crazy Baldhead,” “Who The Cap Fit,” “War,” “One Love,” “Redemption Song,” “Exodus,” and later shortly before his death in 1981, reggae love songs like “Waiting in Vain,” and “Is This Love.”

There are too many outstanding reggae artists to include in this limited space, but special mention must be made of the Third World Band that emerged in the mid-1970s with a distinctive, very professional reggae sound produced by a talented group including, Ritchie Daley, Steven “Cat” Coore, Michael “Ibo” Cooper, Irvin “Carrot: Jarett, Willie Stewart (renowned drummer now stationed in South Florida), and vocalist Bunny Rugs. The groups many hits like, “Now That We’ve Found Love,” “96 Degrees In The Shade,” and “Try Jah Love” were intensely popular in Jamaica and globally. The band is still playing currently.

International popularity

 One of the reasons for the lasting popularity of the genre is its influence internationally. Several international artists had Reggae hits. These artists included  First Three Dog Night’s cover of the Maytones’ hit “Black and White in” 1972; Johnny Nash’s hit, “I Can See Clearly Now” and Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion” also in 1972. 

Reggae’s international influence would spread in 1973 onwards with the movie “The Harder They Come” starring Jamaican singer turned actor Jimmy Cliff. The movie was shown in theaters around the world, introducing Jamaican culture, specifically reggae.

Over the years, reggae has grown in popularity in countries like Japan, England, Germany, the U.S., and several African countries, and spawned a hybrid sound called reggaeton with the Latin beat in Latin America.

A powerful indication of the international influence of reggae was that in 1985 the Grammy Awards introduced the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album category.

In February 2008, then-Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding sanctioned February as Reggae Month in Jamaica, and in February 2008 the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica also staged its first Reggae Academy Awards.

In November 2018, remarkably, the genre was added to the UNESCO‘s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, recognizing that reggae’s “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love, and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual.”

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Kingston 21, Abu Dhabi's latest Jamaican restaurant


Former Jamaica Observer editorial assistant Kesian Bennett has always been a quick thinker. These days, she puts her wit on the table at her newly established Kingston 21 restaurant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. After moving to the forward-thinking cultural heart of the UAE in 2018 with her commercial lawyer partner, the St Catherine native longed for the culinary traditions of home. Finding none, Bennett forged her path to becoming a restaurateur of the first Jamaican restaurant in Abu Dhabi during a pandemic.

The restaurant's name pays direct homage to the district of Jamaica's capital city Kingston. With 20 postal codes attributed to the city, Kingston 21 is the 21st code to visit, a play on the concept. Since opening her establishment in April 2021, Bennett has stayed close to her agricultural roots, choosing fresh ingredients where possible and working with her chefs to create fusion dishes. Cooking is nothing new.


“I came from a single-parent home. I learned to cook from an early age by watching my mum. Growing up in a small household, you get to interact with the cooking process,” Bennett shares.

“She kept a consistent hand in her culinary passions into adulthood. The menu doesn't hide spices, nor does it deny accessible flavours. Like the Jamdown Jerk Beetroot. The dish was created with vegans in mind. Marinated in jerk seasoning and sautéed, the cooking method coaxes flavour out of the humble beet. It has already become a best-seller, and some patrons even say it tastes like meat. Slowly smoked on the grill to capture the ancient techniques of the Arawak and Taino tribes, Bennett allows history to talk to us on a single plate.

But that's not the only crowd-pleaser. The Portland Grilled Lobster takes patrons on a seaside journey to Portland, home of the best Jamaican Jerk seafood. Golden from the basting of garlic jerk butter, white lobster meat soaks in this buttery combination. The result is a mouthful of sweet and salty tenderness. Deep Fried Mac & Cheese

With the restaurant overlooking a canal, water views are enviable. Just like the views around the island. Travels around the archipelago region remind Bennett of home. The Saadiyat island, for example, can easily be mistaken for Negril's Seven Mile beach. Silky white sands framed by architectural mastery are also a reminder of Bennett's Jamaica. Showcasing authentic ingredients from her home country is important. Abu Dhabi doesn't have proper Jamaican coffee, and there's where Kingston 21 has started to offer patrons something different.9780754291?profile=RESIZE_400x

“We are working towards branding our Jamaican coffee and offering it online as well as in supermarkets in Abu Dhabi. Both locals and expats love it,” she informs. With the pandemic providing ample opportunities for pivoting, her venue is also available for event hire and can offer tailored catering packages to businesses. Today, Bennett's journey is a far cry from proofreading and editing educational supplements. Instead of working with books, she's working with soul food. In an entire city, here stands a woman whose confidence is her strength and whose menu is from the soul of her country.

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— Bridgett Leslie is an internal auditor by day and a media correspondent by night. She is passionate about Caribbean flavours and the community around this culinary cuisine. She is currently finishing her undergraduate studies in Gastronomy at Le Cordon Bleu.

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Jamaica is traditionally described as the “land of wood and water,” but that description would be more accurate, as the “the land of wood, water and music.”

Music, and dance, have been a part of Jamaica’s history dating back to slavery—serving as expressions of faith, hope, resistance, love, romance, and national pride. Over the years, Jamaican music has evolved from its traditional roots that included gospel, pocomania, quadrill, dinki mini, and Zion revival music. Influenced by the African culture from which enslaved people in Jamaica originated, the music throughout the early years featured heavy use of drums, and wind instruments like bamboo flutes.

As the slaves grew emboldened to seek emancipation from the British colonial masters, and influenced by visiting Christian evangelists, Revivalism grew into not just an appeal to a higher power, but into a movement characterized by passionate, pulsating revival music and dance.

The Revival ritual involves singing, drumming, dancing, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and groaning along with the use of prayers to invite spiritual possession. It also includes music and songs from orthodox religion. Revivalism still exists in Jamaica, found chiefly in the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth and St. Ann.

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After emancipation in the 1860s, another genre of music evolved out of, and side by side with, Revivalism. This genre was called mento—a fusion of African and British influences, which was played liberally during the plantation period providing much-needed entertainment and relief for mostly rural Jamaicans toiling under colonialism.

Rhythms of Mento

Mento music placed a strong emphasis on a rhythm created by the combination of drums, banjo guitars, flutes, and horns.  

Mento is described as having a “performance mode with a rhythmic impulse, with a response type of singing that is African in origin, while the scale patterns, harmonic concepts, and verse and chorus song types are British.” But, when performed, it was quintessentially Jamaican.

Mento is regarded in some circles as the Jamaican equivalent to calypso. While some of the songs were aired regularly, others were banned as they were thought to be too sexually explicit. Mento was first recorded by artistes such as Lord Flea and Lord Fly and ‘Sugar Belly’ Walker. In the 1960s and early 70s, one of Jamaica’s more popular dance bands, Carlos Malcolm and the Troubadours, featured mento heavily in its repertoire. Among the band’s greatest hits was ‘Rukumbine’ a distinctively mento song with sexual overtones.

In the 1950s and early 60s, the music in Jamaica took on a more populist form. Sound system like Dule Reid and Coxones emerged and played to large enthusiastic audiences and dancers at venues like the Silver Slipper Club in Cross Roads, and Chocomo Lawn on North Street in Kingston. But like music played on local radio Station RJR, and then JBC from 1959, it was mainly foreign in origin.

In the late 1950s, more young Jamaicans emerged as singers and musicians and began recording their music. Around this time a young politician of Lebanese descent, Edward Seaga, who developed a keen interest in Jamaican music and artists, established a modern recording studio that released early recordings of ‘blues’ artists like Higgs and Wilson and the Blues Busters, and a new, extremely popular band, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. In 1962, Seaga sold the company to Byron Lee, who renamed it Dynamic Sounds which would grow in influence to the development of Jamaican music to be regarded as Jamaica’s Motown.    

The explosion of singers, musicians and recording studios in Jamaica in the late 50s produced a new Jamaican musical genre – Ska. 

The birth of Ska

Ska, a combined musical element of mento and calypso with some infusion of American jazz and rhythm and blues, featuring a strong bass line with upbeat rhythms from guitar, saxophone and even the piano, or keyboard. 

In the early 1960s ska was insanely popular and was the dominant music genre for Jamaicans of all classes. The music was definitely made for dancing. Bands like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and the Skatalities, pulled large crowds wherever they played. One of the more popular clubs to dance the ska was the Glass Bucket Club on Half-Way-Tree Road in St. Andrew, where Jamaicans, including many overseas visitors, came to dance the ska; bending low, swinging their arms upwards and downwards, side by side, backwards and forward, while lifting their legs bent at the knees alternatively to the beat.

Traditional ska bands like the Skatalites featured bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, horns with sax, trombone and trumpet being most common. Individual members of the Skatalites like Don Drummond on trombone, and Jackie Mittoo on keyboards stood out as outstanding ska artists.

The lyrics of ska were often about the prevailing socio-economic commentaries of the less privileged in the society at the time. Popular songs of the ska era included Count Ossie’s “Oh Carolina,” Prince Buster’s “It’s Burke Law” and Desmond Keer and the Aces, “Shanty Town.”

The music and dance were so popular that two Jamaican dancers, Ronnie Nassralla, who died recently, and his partner Jeanette Phillips were invited to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, along with acclaimed Jamaican musicians, where they performed this new Jamaican dance to great acclaim.

Ska hits popularized by Jamaican artists like Prince Buster, Stranger Cole, Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker, and Deryck Morgan got heavy airplay on Jamaican radio. When JBC-TV went live in 1963, some local entertainment programs featured ska bands and dancers.

Ska gradually gained popularity overseas, especially in Jamaican diaspora communities in the U.S., UK and Canada. It was the first real exposure of Jamaican music to the rest of the world.

Without a doubt, ska set a musical standard for genres that followed it such as rocksteady, reggae and dancehall. With ska, Jamaican music secured its niche, replacing American rock and roll and R&B as the main attraction at Jamaican clubs and house parties. 

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Mapped: The World’s Fastest (and Slowest) Internet Speeds

How quickly did this page load for you?

The answer depends on the device you’re using, and where in the world you’re located. Average internet speeds vary wildly from country to country.

Which countries have the fastest internet connection? Using data from the Speedtest Global Index™, this map ranks the fastest (and slowest) internet speeds worldwide, comparing both fixed broadband and mobile.

What Factors Affect Internet Speed?

Before diving in, it’s important to understand the key factors that impact a country’s internet speed. Generally speaking, internet speed depends on:

  1. Infrastructure or the type of cabling (copper or fiber-optic) that a country’s utilizing to support their internet service. Typically, the newer the infrastructure, the faster the connection.
  2. Proximity/connection to submarine cables is important, as these massive undersea fiber-optic cables transmit about 97% of the world’s communication data.
  3. The size of a country, since landmass affects how much it costs to upgrade infrastructure. The smaller the country, the cheaper it is to upgrade cabling.
  4. Investment makes a difference, or how much a country’s government prioritizes internet accessibility.

Of course, other factors may influence a country’s internet speed too, such as government regulation and intentional bandwidth throttling, which is the case in countries like Turkmenistan.

Ranked: Fixed Broadband Internet Speeds

The Speedtest Global Index uses data from hundreds of millions of people, in more than 190 countries, to measure both fixed broadband and mobile connections.

When it comes to the fastest fixed broadband, Singapore comes in first place, with a download speed of 262.2 mbps—more than double the global average.

Size could be a factor in Singapore’s speedy internet, as it’s one of the smallest
and also densest countries in the world. With a landmass of just 280 square miles, it’s around the same size as Austin, Texas.

The country’s government has also prioritized investment in digital infrastructure, especially in recent years. In 2020, the Singaporean government promised to invest $2.52 billion towards digital innovation, with a portion dedicated to upgrading the country’s telecom infrastructure.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Cuba has the slowest fixed broadband, with a speed of 3.46 mbps. Along with poor government funding, Cuba also has limited access to submarine cables. While most countries are connected to several, Cuba is only connected to one.

Ranked: Mobile Internet Speeds

Mobile internet uses cell towers to wirelessly transmit internet to your phone. Because of this extra element, the ranking for mobile internet speeds varies from fixed broadband.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is first on the list, with a download speed of 195.5 mbps. Not only is mobile data fast in the UAE, it’s also relatively cheap, compared to other countries on the ranking. The average cost of 1 GB of data in the UAE is around $3.78, while in South Korea (#2 on the list) it’s $10.94.

The Future is 5G

Innovation and new technologies are changing the digital landscape, and things like 5G networks are becoming more mainstream across the globe.

Because of the rapidly changing nature of this industry, the data behind this ranking is updated monthly to provide the latest look at internet speeds across the globe.

This means the bar is gradually raising when it comes to internet speed, as faster, stronger internet connections become the norm. And countries that aren’t equipped to handle these souped-up networks will lag behind even further.

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Michael Holding is set to bring to a close one of the most distinguished modern broadcasting careers when he hangs up his mic at the end of this season, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. 

Holding has been part of Sky Sports commentary team for over two decades now, a role he has fulfilled with at least as much distinction as his playing career. Holding is widely regarded as one of the game's greatest pace bowlers, playing 60 Tests and 102 ODIs for West Indies from 1975 to 1987, and becoming an integral part of the all-conquering West Indies' sides of the era. 

He began his commentary career in 1988 in the Caribbean, and quickly brought the same grace to the commentary box as his run-up during his playing days, an approach so smooth it earned him the nickname of 'Whispering Death'. But Holding, 66, never held back from expressing some forthright opinions on the game, not least that he wouldn't commentate in domestic T20 leagues because he thought it wasn't cricket.

Modern viewers would have seen another side of Holding last year. Having been keenly aware that the significance of the West Indian teams he played for went far beyond the field of play, the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd last year, became a moment for Holding's voice to be heard loud and clear once again. His eloquent, heartfelt and personal piece to Sky's cameras on racism and inequality became one of the broadcast highlights of year, eventually winning two broadcast awards in the UK.

Holding won the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit and the channel, the best Sport Programme award. The RTS said Holding "captured the mood of the event perfectly, bringing a personal perspective to bear on a moment of huge significance" when talking about Floyd's murder and the movement it sparked. 

That led, this year, to his acclaimed book, 'Why We Kneel, How We Rise' dealing with racism in sport.

Holding was unafraid to show the emotion that he did in that piece of programming. Pakistani fans and viewers will remember his broadcast in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010, a summer in which he was commentating and admiring the skills of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. The pair were found to have been involved in spot-fixing during the Lord's Test. Holding, who had been on air during one of Amir's bigger no-balls, needed a moment to compose himself when he talked of the sadness of a talented 18-year-old bowler getting dragged into fixing.

That combination of insight, empathy and the gravitas of a celebrated career meant that Holding was one of those rare ex-players who was on air even when the national team he represented wasn't playing. He was part of the panel for England's recent Test series against India, but had already indicated last year that he was near the end of his broadcasting career.

"I am not too sure how much further than 2020 I will be going with commentary. I cannot see myself going much further down the road at my age. I am 66 years old now, I am not 36, 46 or 56," Holding was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India on a radio talk show.


"I told (Sky) that I could not commit to more than a year at a time. If this year gets totally destroyed, I might have to think about 2021 because I can't just walk away from Sky, a company that has done so much good for me."

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What to wear to a wedding? - Wear a Suit!

Fall weddings are getting increasingly famous—which implies that there's a decent possibility that you must go to one some time or another soon. Yet, dressing for a fall wedding has an alternate arrangement of necessities than a late spring one does. For a certain something, you don't need to stress over remaining cool. More significant, in any case, is that you have the chance to infuse a bit of season-explicit style into your 3 piece dress. Regardless of whether it's with shading, texture, design, or basically how you set up everything, here are the five keys to looking extraordinary for your following fall wedding.


Tossing on your best all-day suit for each wedding you get welcomed to is one approach to traverse the wedding season. The other, better way is to think about the objective, what will glance great in pictures, and the clothing regulation, which the lady and the lucky man truly need you to follow. Trust us. In view of that, we've acquired each wedding situation conceivable, and addressed the feared, 'what to wear' question for each, here:


What to wear to a seashore wedding:

Pack your lightweight suit (available at Monark) and toss on a shirt in a comparable texture. Free the tie, keep the best two shirt buttons open and wear shut shoes (this is as yet a proper occasion). On the off chance that you don't claim a mid-year suit, your go-to naval force suit ought to do the work. Simply wear it with a tropical printed shirt inside. The point is to hit the perfect balance between loose and formal. What's more, the work's great, since come on, you're getting an occasion out of this.


What to wear to a colder time of year wedding:

It may appear to be a dim suit in a heavier texture (read: wool, corduroy, tweed) is the best way to go. Be that as it may, see Tom Ford's assertion making jacquard coats. Or then again Gaurav Gupta's decorated ones. On the off chance that that feels excessively unnecessary, settle on strange shadings like olive green and cocoa earthy colored that will assist you with standing apart without dominating the lucky man, or more regrettable, the lady.


What to wear for a no-clothing regulation wedding:

The nice energy implies you can Sweaters Online Pakistan on the suit (congrats!) inside and out. Attempt a couple of chinos with a polo shirt, overcoat, and loafers. Or then again just take cues from Shahid Kapoor and attempt a jacket with a printed shirt, chinos, and kickass shoes.


What to wear to an open-air wedding

The picture might contain David Beckham Clothing Apparel Tie Accessories Accessory Human Person Coat Suit and Overcoat. You realize the wedding will transform into an evening of revelry. So this is the ideal event to explore different avenues regarding that designed suit you've been significance to attempt. On the off chance that you've never gone past the standard passage, start with a suit like Shahid Kapoor's leaf-designed one from Dhruv Kapoor. Wear it with a team neck tee inside and shoes. Or on the other hand, go full Ranveer Singh and rock a three-piece flower suit.


What to wear to a dark tie wedding after-party

The standards are sure about this one: A well-honed tuxedo (with dark pinnacle lapel), dress shirt, and tie with any sort of dark dress shoes. No special cases. Be that as it may, the dark tie doesn't really mean a dark tux. You can select to go with an intense hued supper coat like Ayushmann Khurrana here. A tux in velvet ought to likewise get the job done.


What is dressy relaxed?

At the point when the clothing standard says dressy relaxed, your couple companion needs their wedding pictures to look as though it were gone for a magazine. A suit in a striking tone like Varun Dhawan's here should place you in the running for the best-dressed visitor. Wear it with a turtleneck in coordinating with shading and to crank the volume up an indent, utilize a handkerchief. Likewise bound to be a victor (however in a more subtle way) is a windowpane-designed suit.



Since you're totally up to speed with wedding clothing regulations, you can get past the season a ton without any problem. Without a doubt, you actually need to stress over different things like tracking down the right gift and the odds of running into an ex. Be that as it may, hello, you realize you'll be solid.

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Lipsticks in abundance! How would I pick the best for me? Purchasing lipstick is regularly a monotonous and mistaking task for some ladies. We go through hours in the corrective cosmetics products online shopping in Pakistan, attempting to track down the ideal shade by taking a stab at the analyzer lipsticks. An off-base decision will kill the buzz of the look. For such countless individuals picking lipstick is more experimentation than science.

The selection of lipsticks relies upon many components including, The complexion – a similar lipstick shade would not suit reasonable, medium, and more obscure cleaned tones. Lipsticks are accessible in stains, gleams, mattes, etc. They will all go on as an alternate hue. Hence, it's crucial to evaluate the surface of the lipstick.

Best Lipstick Shades For Fair Skin

Following are the top lipstick tones for lighter-looking ladies.

Rich Red:

Red is an extremely well-known shading and looks incredible on a light complexion. It gives a striking, running hope to light complexion ladies with pinkish or blushing tones. You need to try different things with the texture. Stains, for example, Revlon nibbled lipsticks are exceptionally famous nowadays. Indeed, even divas have been seen brandishing red lipstick such as Huda icon lipstick. This one will be one of my #1 lipstick that conceals reasonable Indian skin. It is a more pinkish form and is ideal for a night out. In case you are going for somewhat less oomph than rich red, this is an ideal tone for you.


It is an energetic shading and suits young ladies the most. On occasion, it is a great idea to get bold and look past the ordinary tones. Orange has been the in-pattern shading this year. For a spotless look pair it with bare eyes. Assuming you need to raise the stakes you can add on goth eye cosmetics. Even though I should caution you, if not worn with the right outfit it might end up being a disaster. So on account of orange lipstick toning it down would be best. You can fetch an excellent range of orange lipsticks at Shop Some.


This is an incredible shading for ordinary wear. You can wear it to the office and smooth on some lip shine for a party look. It's ideally suited for summers. Pair this look with bare eyes for a new summery look. It isn't on the bolder side however can in any case make your lips look pretty. Here is another lipstick for light complexion and is additionally useful for a regular look. The shading isn't excessively striking; it would make your eyes stick out. It additionally gives you a characteristic look. These shades likewise are known to suit Indian ladies, particularly the individuals who have a light complexion.

A couple of tips on picking the right shade that works for you

At any point contemplated how to pick lipstick for your complexion rather than exactly what ends up looking great on the store racks? There are in a real sense a large number of various shades of lipsticks so I realize it's difficult to single out only a couple! I'm constantly attracted to particular shades however I've discovered that regardless of the amount I like a specific tone, it can absolutely clean me out or simply be a terrible match! On the off chance that you also might want to sort out some way to pick the most complimenting and charming lipsticks for your mouth, continue to peruse!


The principal tip I needed to specify before continuing to picking lipstick as per complexion is to likewise think about the state of your lips. Some broad standards apply to certain lip shapes like more obscure shadings making lips look more modest and lighter and more splendid tones causing lips to seem greater. So observe whether you need to highlight or limit your lip shape before you begin narrowing down lip tones so it will not be as overpowering!


At the point when you're currently choosing lip tones by complexion, recall that you're most likely not simply going to have one lipstick for each event. You will need a lip tone for consistently, evenings out, formal events, etc. To wear a lip tone consistently, pick a lipstick that is a couple of moves forward from your regular lip tone. Regardless of whether you convey a huge load of lip items in your pack, having that one lipstick that you can generally rely on to look extraordinary is an unquestionable requirement!

Light complexion

When picking the right lipstick for light appearances, ordinarily implies picking lighter shades of lipstick like nudes, pinks, or light tans. Cool conditioned ladies ought to go for bare or a delicate mocha tone and warm ladies should search for naked peach or pale pinks. I realize that there will be times when you'll need to shake a dim lip and you'll look astounding. Nonetheless, as a rule, nudes and beiges are all around complimenting and those tones function admirably to light up a reasonable appearance!

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Sherika Jackson, Briana Williams, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah
Fri, August 6, 2021, 11:26 AM

By Mitch Phillips

TOKYO (Reuters) - Fuelled by the three individual 100 metre medallists, Jamaica surged to an emphatic win in the women's 4x100m relay on Friday, posting a national record 41.02 seconds to finish well clear of the United States and Britain.

Elaine Thompson-Herah, who now has all three available sprint golds at Tokyo, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson delivered again, after Briana Williams had done her job on the opening leg.-


It was Jamaica's first gold in the event since 2004, after back to back silvers behind the U.S. in London and Rio.

There had been talk of a world record but all the leading teams had some stuttering changeovers, and no doubt some nervous waits. But by the time the men's race had come and gone and the lights were out in the stadium, there were no official notifications of any appeals and the medallists were safe to celebrate.

"I was just excited for the team to come out here and put on a show," said Thompson-Herah, who claimed back-to-back sprint doubles earlier in the week. "The feeling is surreal to capture three golds and we got a national record."

Fraser-Pryce, who took silver in the 100m but managed only fourth in the 200m, added: "We are so grateful to win this gold medal for Jamaica on national independence day. For two years we have been unimpressive, so to get it back today is special."

Britain's women had set a national record in qualifying fastest for the final and though they were not quite as slick, they were well worth their second successive bronze.

"I saw quite a few people, I was like ‘oh time to move’," said Dina Asher-Smith, who ran a superb third leg. "But I'm one of the best sprint athletes in the world and I just needed to keep it coming round the bend and make sure I came into Daryll Neita like a train."

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by Toby Davis)

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What's hot in the world of women's fashion?

The Stylish Kurti Designs in Pakistan 2021 for women – as we as a whole realize how much Kurtis significance in an upscale ladies life. Accordingly, today we are going to share new plans of winter kurtis by driving style originator in the year 2021. Moreover, present-day winter Kurtis plans and style is an eastern reflection pleasantly encased in current plans. This polished Kurtis will give you an in-vogue remarkable look in no time flat.

In the style market, we can see that a huge assortment of new dresses with various tones and alluring plans catch your eye. All things considered, in this post, we will accumulate some incredible and current style Kurti plans. You would like these outfits for your closet. Moreover, Kurtis can be picked anytime, or you can wear them with churi pajamas to give you a snappy look with a western viewpoint. Besides, Kurtis can be worn with Patiala salwar or tights too.

Kurtis styles for Winter.

How about we look down this page and investigate these most recent winter Kurti plans for women. All dresses are gathered from Mohagni's official site or from nearby makers too. These Kurtis styles are ideal to wear during the winter season of 2021.

Winter Kurti Fashion Guide Best discretionary Kurti Colors to Wear in Winter

Here we have probably the best winter Kurtis that will give you a lovely standpoint. Charming choker neck style is ideal, and we energetically prescribed Kurti shading to wear in the colder time of year. Since everybody in the winter season needs to get more daylight, these colder times of year Kurti plans can upgrade your closet. This Kurtis can get worn with a multi-mix of your decisions. Regardless of whether it is your proper gathering or need to wear for any open-air movement. It's the ideal decision for you if you are wearing these women dresses as a young lady or a wonderful gentlewoman.

Designer Kurti Designs for Winter Season 2021

Along these lines, young ladies we should begin with stunning and driving design architect Kurtis styles found in this year 2021. Here we have adorable young ladies wearing special styles of Kurti with extravagant dupatta plans by well-known originators. Pakistani originator has been delivering lovely cool Kurti plans for easygoing wear or formal wear. The most effective method to style Kurti This Winter 2021.

Here we have some best tips for styling Kurti styles and designs that can be attempted at this moment!

Kurti with Palazzo Pants: Thus, young ladies, if you have a long Kurti, you can wear it with erupted palazzo pants and can shake this colder time of year. Kurti with Slim Pants: Moreover, young ladies on the off chance that you have beautiful thin pants, you can combine thin fit pants with Kurti. Or then again you can likewise wear a Kurti with the coordinating with a shade of thin fit gasp to look more appealing and current. Typically this is sort of suitable for the mid-year season.

Kurti with Slim Pants: besides, young ladies assuming you have brilliant thin pants, you can match fit pants with a Kurti. Or then again you can likewise wear a Kurti with the coordinating with the shade of best-fit gasp to look more alluring and current. Regularly this fits for the mid-year season.

Midsection Belt with Kurti: it's for those young ladies who need to make a fantasy of a slimmer abdomen. For what reason don't attempt belts to fold over your Kurti.

Conveying a Dupatta with Kurti: Lastly, Muslims young ladies need to wear a dupatta with Kurti. It is an alternative, and you can do it assuming you need to. So, if you like to carry a dupatta or want to look silky and bold, Kurti would be an ultimate option to pair up with a dupatta.


You can choose different shades willingly. You will discover appealing shadings, yellow, blue, red, purple, white, green, and so on in design markets. The lovely suites are brightened with boundaries and sleeves. These are delightful inventive prints for ladies. Today I have the assortment of the multitude of lovely details of the new Mohagni  Winter extravagance assortment 2021 through this post. You should see these astonishing pictures for the best one. Through these pictures, you can undoubtedly get excellent driving design brand dresses at a rebate cost. The main materials Mohagni as of late presented his colder time of year assortment 2021 for ladies. Shop online Midwinter assortment 2021 at reasonable costs.

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Highlighter has gotten fantastically the mainstream in the previous few years, adding a different classification to composition cosmetics. It's intended to give your face a dewy, new gleam, yet a few highlighters veer shimmering and can make it appear as though you've pretty recently spread sparkle all over. 

The key is to search for one that has a super-fine miniature gleam so you can assemble your shine—toning it down would be the ideal methodology is key here. We want you to read this post to the bottom line - so you can grab the best online cosmetics shopping in Pakistan. We have also covered you in this sphere. So, read along with us!

3 Types of Highlighters 

Highlighters come in cream, powder, and fluid equations:

  • Cream highlighters will in general be the most reasonable looking since you apply it with your fingers and it liquefies onto the skin. 
  • Powder and fluid highlighters will in general sit on top—that is not something awful, it simply implies that it's more perceptible (which may be the thing you're going for, particularly in case you're get captured). 
  • Shimmery bronzers work extraordinary as a highlighter, applied sparingly on the high marks of the face or simply on the cheekbones—not as an all-over shading. 

Remember that items named highlighter are by and large utilized for focusing on a particular region while items marked illuminator (or luminizer) will, in general, be more buildable and get intended to give you shining skin all over.  – you can buy them from Shop Some at any time.  

Instructions to Apply Highlighter 

When applying powder highlighter, it's ideal to utilize a fan brush to clean the powder onto the spaces of your face that you need to get glowy. For fluid and cream highlighter, apply spots of highlighter all over and mix with a finger or a cosmetics wipe. 

Where to Apply Highlighter on Your Face 

Where to apply a highlighter relies upon your face shape and facial highlights. Apply highlighter to the high marks of your face, or anyplace off of which light normally mirrors: the highest points of your cheekbones, the temple bone, the focal point of your jawline, the cupid's bow, the focal point of your brow, the tip of your nose, and now and again even on the scaffold of the nose. Cosmetics craftsman Bobbi Brown will here and there spot a smidgen in the internal corner of each eye. Examination with applying highlighter to various regions until you track down the right - highlighter position for your face. 

Instructions to Find the Best Highlighter 

The best highlighter recipe for you will rely upon the remainder of your face cosmetics schedule since adhering to one item surface forestalls hardening. Skin type will likely direct your item pick: Liquid equations are by and large liked by those with dry skin or develop skin since the item will not stack up in barely recognizable differences. Pick a highlighter to conceal that supplements your normal skin tone and hint for a more regular sparkle.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette

It feels SO since a long time ago we originally made the Huda beauty highlighter price in Pakistan and grabbed Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette. Yet, we use it every day. Every range incorporates three super pigmented highlighters as our Melted Strobe equation, a velvety highlighter that melts into the skin. Our fave approach to utilize the Melted Strobe is to shower a delight blender with a setting splash, touch it in the strobe and afterward press it into our skin for the most astounding radiant gleam. 

Fenty Beauty Highlighter

Utilize the three powders across your cheeks. And the highpoints of your face to fabricate a 3D impact and a sound-formed flush. Pink Sands is ideal for reasonable for medium skin tones, Golden Sands turns out flawlessly for medium and tan skin tones, and Bronze Sands is ideal for tan to rich skin tones. The Fenty Highlighter Duo is the The cream-powder half and half skim onto the skin within a real sense of zero exertion, leaving your cosmetics looking lit AF. You might be a little stunned when you first see the shades. However, they decipher flawlessly onto the skins.

Need to Learn More About Makeup and Beauty? 

Regardless of whether you realize a become flushed brush from a bronzer brush or are searching for tips on bringing allure into your day-by-day schedule, exploring the magnificence business takes information, ability, and viable experience. Nobody feels comfortable around a cosmetics sack better compared to Huda Beauty, the cosmetics craftsman who constructed a profession and a multi-million dollar brand with one straightforward way of thinking: Be what your identity is...

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Summer is right around the corner. Everybody wants to be as comfortable as possible in this scorching heat. Mothers usually have to think for two instead of one. Consider your worries taken care of. We’re here to fill you in on the best comfortable and stylish clothes for your babies this summer. The typical rule of thumb to remember is to dress your baby in one extra layer of clothing than what you feel comfortable in.


Singlets are probably the most preferred choice of clothing for the little ones in hot weather. Not only are they comfortable but they’re light and breezy. Letting the air easily reach those tiny arms and legs. Some singlets come in onesie types which cover the diaper area as well. But for tank tops, you can pair some cute shorts, or a skirt to go with. Otherwise you can even leave on the vest with just the nappy. If you’re going out in the sun, remember to use the appropriate amount of sunscreen on your baby.



Most parents only think of rompers as a sleeping suit or casual wear. But rompers can also be worn outside in the heat. Short sleeved or sleeveless rompers are probably the perfect outfit for your baby. They cover the diaper and serve the purpose of a shirt for the torso area. You can find some incredible baby rompers in Pakistan. Our pick for you would be Cocobee. Cocobee is an online website highly popular for their baby bodysuits and rompers. Their collection is absolutely jaw dropping. 


Ever heard of skorts? They’re a mixture of skirts and shorts. Skorts are super in fashion nowadays. They’re a good balance between shorts and skirts. So if you can’t decide whether to style your baby in shorts or a skirt, skorts are the right way to go. 


Babies wear

When you think of summer, you think of dresses. Dresses are flowy, breezy and light. A perfect fit to be worn in the burning hot sun. Also, the cuteness dresses add to your baby’s look is a whole other level. Dresses are easy to wear as well, so your child will rarely be fussy when dressed in an adorable little beach or summer dress.


While most of us get done with the clothing part easily, some of us struggle on footwear. You don’t want your child’s feet feeling suffocated or too warm in a pair of shoes. For summer, our suggestion would be a pair of eye-catching sandals. Simple, comfortable and modish!


 Add some fun, pretty accessories to your baby’s look. Hats are such a charming little accessory to include. They’re also a must have in the sun. If you’re having a baby’s day out on the beach perhaps, a hat will come in handy to block the heat directly on your kid’s face.  Bows and ribbons are my personal favorite, they’re so chic! If you’re looking for a less casual and fancier look, simply add a belt. A belt can be worn in so many different ways. On a dress, on shorts, on skirts, and what not? Don’t just worry about the clothes, worry about your kids’ accessories too! In all seriousness, if you’re styling your kid’s outfit, do it the right way.

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Sean Paul is one of the biggest Jamaican Dancehall international sensations. Having scored hit records and collaborations with icons across musical genres, he has cemented himself as one of the greatest exports from Jamaica. Having a career spanning decades, Sean Paul continues to reinvent himself and give the world music that becomes household bangers.

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Beres Hammond - Love From a Distance

Beres Hammond performed in a live virtual concert from Harmony House studos in Kingston, Jamaica. A virtuoso performane from the Reggae Icon you will watch over and over again. Beres performed hit after hit and had had some special guests who underscored the richness of Jamaican music. I watched it live and it was simply on fire!!!!!!

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