A screenshot from the viral video in question.

The Barbados Port Inc. quickly put to bed rumours that a video showing vehicle rims being stolen in a port setting was shot in the local Bridgetown Port. The almost two-minute-long video was making rounds on social media and was being shared via WhatsApp like wildfire. However, the team at the Port work speedily to out the blaze. Video caption:The Port video that has been circulating on social media In the video, employees wearing hard hats and high-visibility vests can be seen hastily removing the wheels - rims and tyres from what appears to be a silver vehicle. They jack up the vehicle and work to not only replace the rims with 'standards', but they also roll the evidence away and out of sight as fast as they worked.The vehicle was parked between two others and next to a container. The employees were constantly looking around as they made away with the items but they did not see the person in the car adjacent to them filming covertly. The statementissued by the Barbados Port Inc. read: "Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has been made aware of a video circulating on social media platforms which features persons removing wheels from vehicles amidst a backdrop ofcargo containers. "This is not a local video, but more importantly, does not depict the plant of the Port of Bridgetown." Seeking to assure Barbadians that the video is from beyond our shores, the Barbados Port Inc. communications stressed that "all BPI employees wear the required company branded uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE) while in Port and on duty." In the face of such nefarious activities, Port Inc. went on toassure"all importers that we remain committed to the highest standards of service and security protocols at all levels of our operation."

US dollars (FILE)

One United States dollar (USD) has different values in Caribbean countries. Some countries have a powerful dollar still in 2019, while others are not so fortunate. Thistweet with 214likes in five hours, is a stark reminder that not all island dollars are equal. Check the list below to learn how much one US dollaris worth in each territory. For every US dollar you would get: Anguilla -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 Antigua and Barbuda - Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 Barbados - Barbados/Bajan Dollar (BBD) - $2.02 Dominica -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 Grenada -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 Guyana - Guyanese Dollar (GY) - $208.62 Jamaica - Jamaican Dollar (JMD) - $136.07 Montserrat -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC/XCD) - $2.70 Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD) - $6.77 St Kitts and Nevis -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 St Lucia -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 St Vincent and the Grenadines -Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) - $2.70 Note: Google's Exchange intra-day data may be provided by ICE Data Services. The conversion rates apply for October 11, 2019.


Tobago-born actors WInston Duke and Dominique Jackson are raising their stock with new TV roles.

Two Tobago actors are continuing to fly high as they grabheadlineswith the announcement of new television shows in which they will be appearing. Winston Duke and Dominique Jackson will both be appearing in new shows on screens in the near future. Duke, who broke out with his role as M'baku in the 'Black Panther' and Avengers movies and in the Jordan Peele thriller 'Us', willplay the lead in Apple TV's basketball-themed drama seriesSwagger. Swagger is inspired by the experiences of NBA star Kevin Durant andexplores the world of youth basketball, the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, as well as opportunism and corruption. Duke will play a former star player who finds a second act as a youth basketball coach. Duke will also soon be seen alongsideMark WahlberginPeter Berg‘s Boston-set crime dramaWonderland. In other news, Pose star Dominique Jackson has been announced as part of the recurring cast in the third season of American Gods. Jackson will play Ms. World, an incarnation of Mr. World. Shejoins the previously announced third season additions Marilyn Manson as Johan Wengren, Blythe Danner as Demeter, Herizen Guardiola as Oshun and new series regular Ashley Reyes. Jackson, a Trans modelwho currently stars in the hit series Pose as diva House Mother Elektra Abundance, was born in Tobago and migrated to the United States in 1990 to escape a sexually abusive situation. She is the author of the book "The Transsexual from Tobago".

Tobago-born actors WInston Duke and Dominique Jackson are raising their stock with new TV roles.

Two Tobago actors are continuing to fly high as they grabheadlineswith the announcement of new television shows in which they will be appearing. Winston Duke and Dominique Jackson will both be appearing in new shows on screens in the near future. Duke, who broke out with his role as M'baku in the 'Black Panther' and Avengers movies and in the Jordan Peele thriller 'Us', willplay the lead in Apple TV's basketball-themed drama seriesSwagger. Swagger is inspired by the experiences of NBA star Kevin Durant andexplores the world of youth basketball, the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, as well as opportunism and corruption. Duke will play a former star player who finds a second act as a youth basketball coach. Duke will also soon be seen alongsideMark WahlberginPeter Berg‘s Boston-set crime dramaWonderland. In other news, Pose star Dominique Jackson has been announced as part of the recurring cast in the third season of American Gods. Jackson will play Ms. World, an incarnation of Mr. World. Shejoins the previously announced third season additions Marilyn Manson as Johan Wengren, Blythe Danner as Demeter, Herizen Guardiola as Oshun and new series regular Ashley Reyes. Jackson, a Trans modelwho currently stars in the hit series Pose as diva House Mother Elektra Abundance, was born in Tobago and migrated to the United States in 1990 to escape a sexually abusive situation. She is the author of the book "The Transsexual from Tobago".


Atatiana Jefferson

A black woman was fatally shot by a white Fort Worth, Texasofficer inside her home early Saturday after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, authorities said. The shooting occurred after a neighbour called the police non-emergency line to report that the front door to the home was open, according to theFort Worth Star-Telegram. In body camera video released by police, two officers search the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, "Put your hands up, show me your hands." One shot is then fired through a window. Police said in astatementthat the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified her as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson. The officer does not identify himself as police in the video. Police said the officer, who's been on the force since April 2018, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Officials have not released the officer's name. In the statement, police said the responding officers saw a person near the window inside the home. The officer fired the single shot after "perceiving a threat," the statement said. The bodycam video also included images of a gun inside the residence, but it's unclear if the firearm was found near the woman. Neighbour James Smith, who initially called police, told the Star-Telegram he was just trying to be a good neighbour. "I'm shaken. I'm mad. I'm upset. And I feel it's partly my fault," Smith said. "If I had never dialled the police department, she'd still be alive." Smith said Jefferson and her 8-year-old nephew typically lived with an older woman, who's been in the hospital. "It makes you not want to call the police department," the neighbour said. Local activists held apress conferenceSaturday, asking the city to hold the officer who fired the shot accountable. Pastor B.R. Daniels Jr. said he wants the police department to stop what he called "shooting first, asking questions later." "We want a review of policy, procedures. How do you storm a house, kill a young lady, with an 8-year-old minor in the house, who could have been killed himself," Daniels said. Authorities said the bodycam footage was released soon after the shooting to provide transparency, but any video taken inside the house could not be distributed due to state law. The shooting comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer wassentencedto 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbour inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean's apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean's. Guyger, 31, was convicted of murder for Jean's September 2018 death.

In this January 30, 2017, file photo, Fox News Channel chief news anchor Shepard Smith appears on the set of "Shepard Smith Reporting" in New York. Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Trump, says he is leaving the network. He has worked at Fox News Channel since the network started in 1996. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on an outlet dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday. Smith, who had signed a contract extension last spring, said that he had asked the network to let him out of his deal and it had agreed. "Even in our currently polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive," he said. His departure comes one day after Attorney General William Barr met privately with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, founder of Fox News, although Smith's representatives cautioned against conflating the two events. Trump has been increasingly critical of personalities on Fox News that he views as disloyal. On Thursday, the president cited Smith and Fox analysts Andrew Napolitano and Donna Brazile in a tweet that said, "Fox News doesn't deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be." Neil Cavuto, who anchors the broadcast following Smith's, looked shocked after the announcement. "Whoa," Cavuto said. "Like you, I'm a little stunned." Smith was one of Fox News Channel's original hires in 1996, and was a particular favorite of Roger Ailes, the former Fox chairman who was ousted in 2016 following misconduct charges and died the following spring. While he often angered many of Fox's conservative viewers, Smith's work was most prominently cited by the network when it received criticism for being too partisan. On his afternoon newscast, Smith had frequently given tough reports debunking statements made by Trump and his supporters — even the Fox News opinion hosts that rule the network's prime-time lineup. Two weeks ago, Smith clashed with Tucker Carlson that started when Napolitano, speaking on Smith's program, said that it was a crime for Trump to solicit aid for his campaign from a foreign government, in this case Ukraine. Later that night, Carlson asked his own analyst, Joseph diGenova, about that and he called Napolitano a fool. The next day, Smith said that "attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments, on our air, in our work home, is repugnant." In an interview with Time magazine in March 2018, Smith said that "they don't really have any rules on the opinion side. "They can say whatever they want," he said. "Some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining. I get that. I don't work there. I wouldn't work there." On a broadcast in July, Smith called out Trump over his "misleading and xenophobic eruption" of criticism aimed at a group of Democratic congresswoman who are minorities, saying the president's remarks were part of a pattern of distraction and division. "The news department (at Fox) has just taken a huge hit with the loss of Shep," said Carl Cameron, a longtime former reporter at Fox. "For journalists like Chris Wallace and Bret Baier, it's going to get even harder." Smith, 55, said he is not retiring, although his agreement with Fox will forbid him from working elsewhere "at least in the near future." Fox said that a news broadcast would continue in its 3 pmET hour with rotating substitute anchors.


Ronaldo in action for Brazil.

Jose Mourinho says Brazil icon Ronaldo is the best player he has ever seen. The Portuguese was an assistant coach to Bobby Robson during the striker's stunning 1996-97 season with Barcelona when he scored 47 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions. Ronaldo went on to enjoy goal-laden spells at Inter and Real Madrid and fired Brazil to a fifth World Cup triumph in 2002 before hanging up his boots in 2011. Mourinho coached Cristiano Ronaldo for three years at Madrid and has watched Barca forward Lionel Messi throughout his career, with the two players considered to be among the greatest of all time. But while conceding the pair have sustained their brilliance over longer periods, Mourinho - who has been out of a job since his departure from Manchester United in December - says no-one can touch Ronaldo for pure "talent and skill". When asked by LiveScore who the best player he had seen was, Mourinho said: "Ronaldo. "Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have had longer careers; they have remained at the top every day for 15 years. However, if we are talking strictly about talent and skill, nobody surpasses Ronaldo. "When he was at Barcelona with Bobby Robson, I realised that he was the best player I'd ever seen take to the field. Injuries killed a career that could have been even more incredible, but the talent that that 19-year-old boy had was something incredible. "In 1997, Barcelona played against PSG in Rotterdam and Ronaldo's goal, 1-0. Awesome."

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates with the Kenyan flag after breaking the historic two hour barrier for a marathon in Vienna, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.  (Jed Leicester/The INEOS 1:59 Challenge via AP)

Eliud Kipchoge sent shockwaves through the world of sport by becoming the first athlete to break the two-hour barrier for a marathon, although it will not count as a record. The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge on Saturday, an event set up for the attempt. Kipchoge, who compared his attempt earlier to a man landing on the moon, twice punched his chest in celebration and smiled when he finished. "That was the best moment of my life," he said before adding that he trained four-and-a-half months for his extraordinary race against the clock. "The pressure was very big on my shoulders. I got a phone call from the President of Kenya." Starting at 8:15 am, Kipchoge was supported by 36 pacemakers who accompanied him in alternating groups, one of the reasons the IAAF governing body will not ratify the time as a world record. The groups were also helped by a pace car with a laser beam, projecting the ideal position on the road, and they received drinks handed over by cyclists and other runners to prevent them from having to slow down. "It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister," Kipchoge said in reference to the late Briton's first sub four-minute mile in 1954. "I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours and I can tell people that no human is limited. I expect more people all over the world to run under two hours after today." Kipchoge pointed out his mission went beyond athletics. "We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world," he said. "The positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport." Kipchoge was cheered by spectators along the course in Prater Park and there were celebrations in his home country before he had even finished. "Hearty congratulations, Eliud Kipchoge," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement. "You've done it, you've made history and made Kenya proud. Your win today will inspire future generations to dream big and aspire to greatness. We celebrate you and wish you God's blessings." Hundreds of joyous Kenyans brought traffic to a standstill in the middle of the capital, Nairobi, as they gathered to watch the end of the run on a large screen. People pumped their fists, clapped and fell to their knees as Kipchoge cruised to the finish line. In Kenya's running mecca of Eldoret, called the home of champions, hundreds of people burst on to the streets in celebration. "We should line up the entire road from the airport to Nairobi. Receive him like the hero he is," prominent activist Boniface Mwangi said on Twitter. Running at an average pace of 2:50 minutes per kilometer (4:33.5 minutes per mile), Kipchoge was 11 seconds ahead of schedule halfway through his run. He then maintained his tempo until the pacemakers left him for the final 500 meters, where he sped up. "I was really calm, I was just trying to maintain the pace," said Kipchoge, adding he was never in doubt about breaking the barrier. "For me, it was not 50-50, it was 90 percent." Jim Ratcliffe, founder of the chemicals company backing the attempt, exchanged high-fives with Kipchoge after the finish. "He even accelerated in the final kilometer, he is superhuman," Ratcliffe said. "I can't believe he's done it. He did the first half in less than an hour and then he's just done that again." Organizers said normal anti-doping regulations were in place and that Kipchoge and all the pacemakers were being tested in and out of the competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). The team behind the event "has ensured all athletes involved in the project are undergoing extensive intelligence-led testing that has been pioneered by the partnership between Abbott World Marathon Majors and the AIU," they said in a statement to The Associated Press. The Prater Park in the Austrian capital offered long straights, protected from the wind by high trees, for most of the 9.6-kilometer course, which Kipchoge completed more than 4 times. It was his second attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier, after missing out by 26 seconds at a similar event on the Formula One track in Monza, Italy, in May 2017. Kipchoge, who took Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and has won 10 of his 11 marathons, holds the official world record of 2:01:39 since shattering the previous best mark by 78 seconds in Berlin last year. In near-perfect circumstances at the meticulously planned attempt, Kipchoge shaved almost two minutes off that time. Long-time coach and mentor, Patrick Sang, a former Olympic and world steeplechase silver medalist, said it was "really exciting." "I am happy for him and what he has achieved. He has inspired all of us that we can stretch our limits and that we can do more than we think we can do," Sang added. Under Sang's guidance, Kipchoge won gold in the 5000 meters at the world championship in 2003, the start of a distinguished track career which includes Olympic bronze and silver medals from 2004 and 2008. After missing out on qualification for the 2012 London Olympics on the track, Kipchoge switched to the marathon and has since been pushing the boundaries of the discipline.


Laborie Boys' Primary School students

Fire officers attached to the Vieux Fort Fire Station celebrated “Fire Prevention Week” with a number of activities in the south of the island aimed at sensitizing the public on the importance of fire prevention. On Tuesday, the officers held an open day at the fire station for primary schools in the south of the island and on Wednesday they held another for commercial houses. Today, Thursday, October 10, 2019, the officers are holding a community outreach program in Grace, Vieux-Fort. The students had their knowledge broadened on some of the equipment used in firefighting and how and when they are used. They were also given tips on how to prevent house fires. The event was held under the theme: “Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your escape.” “Fire Prevention Week” is usually held during the week of the 6th in the month of October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. According to the Fire Prevention Officer in charge of the South, Owen Cazaubon, the activities which they held will go a long way in making the homes of residents, and by extension Saint Lucia a safer place. “The intention is to start at the grassroots level so we can change the attitudes of our young people as it relates to fire prevention. If we are successful in doing so, then we are heading for a better and safer Saint Lucia,” Cazaubon told Loop News in an interview. He said what the students learnt from them could be passed on to other members of their communities which could result in lives being saved in the event of a fire. In a brief interview with Loop News, Ermine Francis, a teacher of the Laborie Boys’ Primary School, said the students learnt quite a lot at the open day and were very excited by what they saw. “It is important that the students learn about fire safety in case there is a fire at their homes because on many occasions some of them are at their homes alone or with family members younger than them and sometimes with elderly persons, who may not be able to help themselves,” she said.

The United Workers Party is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its stalwarts of the Soufriere constituency, Mr Gaspard Charlemagne B.E.M. We extend our deepest condolences to the Charlemagne family and by extension the people of Soufriere on their loss. MrCharlemagne was a devoted educator. He was born in the town of Soufriere on October 19, 1940. His early schooling was at the Soufriere Boys Primary School where he later became a school teacher at the age of 16. He pursued Teacher’s Training Education at Endiston College, Barbados, and was later awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship that enabled him to achieve a Diploma in Education at Shoreditch College University of London. His passion for education saw him also achieving a Bachelor of Education Degree from University of the West Indies. His career in the field of education saw him serving as Chief Education Officer, curriculum officer for Social Studies, Principal of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School and Junior Minister of Education from 2006-2010. MrCharlemagne also had a passion for politics and community work. The two saw him serving in many community groups and organisations and becoming a candidate for the United Workers Party in the 2006 general elections. Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to become the parliamentary representative of Soufriere, he was made a Senator by then Prime Minister Sir John Compton and served as Junior Minister of Education and Culture. The United Workers Party has lost a great soul and he will surely be missed by all.