Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.

Ashanti is joined by Ja Rule on stage.


Caribbean artistes featured prominently and rose to the occasion to showcase their talent during last weekend’s Roots and Soul music festival in St Lucia.

Jamaica’s Beenie Man, the undisputed king of dancehall, stole the show on both nights of the musical showcase at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, even though his appearance at the finale on Sunday was just a cameo one with American pop and R&B singer Ashanti as she did a duo with rapper Ja Rule.

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The North/East Pan Spektakula, originally scheduled for tomorrow has been shifted to Labour Day, June 19 at the same time and place, 7 p.m. at the Arima Velodrome from 7 p.m.

The world will tomorrow mark International Albinism Awareness Day—a special day reserved for increasing awareness about albinism and ending discrimination. This year’s theme, “Still Standing Strong”, acknowledges that the albinism community continues to remain united despite the challen­ges they encounter—and those challenges are many.

The first ever celebration of the United Nations World Food Safety Day, marked globally on June 7, aimed to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe.

Sheldon Blackman has carved out his slice of paradise in the reclusive hills of Oslo, Norway. Blackman, son of the late soca inventor Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman), owns, lives and farms half an acre of the sloping mountain side in the Norwegian Svart Skog—Black Forrest.