The Dominican Republic has the number one YouTuber in the Caribbean. According to data from Top Dollar Financial Insights Hub, El Flaco WTF has 4.27 million subscribers, making it the top YouTube channel in the region. Jamaican YouTuber Yanrique is in second-place with 785,000 subscribers while Barbados’ Brilliant News is third with 580,000 subscribers. Cuba’s LifePles follows with 538,000 subscribers while Trinidad and Tobago’s Certified Sampson rounds up the top five with 241,000 subscribers. Top Dollar compiled the top YouTubers in every country in the world using statistical websitesSocialBladeandVidoolyto find out which YouTuber has the most subscribers. To calculate each channels earnings, they usedBanner Tagto find the average daily views for each channel and estimated how much it was earning using a site calledNoxinfluencer, which estimates earnings based on views and subscribers. The region’s popular YouTubers create content spanning a range of genres from gaming to food. El Flaco WTF is a social media sensation who started his channel in 2015 in which he gives lively and entertaining commentary on videos and events. According to Top Dollar, he earns US$54,018 a month. Yanrique Wright, an online gaming personality, is said to earn US$50,266.20 a month while Barbados’ Brilliant News, which is said to be located in Barbados, is a quirky talk show about things on the Internet. It is hosted by the Gutierrez Brothers. Brilliant News earns an estimated US$158.5 K monthly. Top Dollar said from their research the most popular YouTuber in the United States is a six-year-old Russian-American girl namedAnastasia Radzinskaya, who is estimated to earn $7.7 million a month from her videos. Swedish gamer PewDiePie aka Felix Kjellberg has the most overall subscribers on the video platform, netting 105 million total subscribers, earning him approximately $1.16 million a month. Here are the top YouTubers in the Caribbean Dominican Republic: El Flaco WTF 4.27 million subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $54,018 Jamaican: Yanrique 785K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $50,266.20 Barbados: Brilliant News 580k subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $158.5 K Cuba: LifePles 538K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $70,728.90 Trinidad and Tobago: Certified Sampson 241k subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $19,381.50 Haiti: Komedyen Lakay Official 197 K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $4, 290.90 The Bahamas: Crypto Beadles 92.7 K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $2401.80 St Vincent and the Grenadines: The Motivator 2 48.1 K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $60.30 St Kitts and Nevis: Dr Mungli 33.5K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $873.00 St Lucia: The Dating Guru: 28.0K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $31.50 Dominica: Chanel Raphael 23.5K subscribers, estimated monthly earnings: $1880.40 Grenada: Laura Forde: 23.2K, estimated monthly earnings: $610.50

The first vid of Usain Bolt and Baby Olympia Bolt surfaced on social media today. (Photos: via Instagram)

Now that Baby Bolt has been introduced to the world (there’s even an Instagram page in her honour) prepare to see social media posts aplenty with the tot. In under five hours since it’s been shared on Usain Bolt’s Instagram account, this short clip of Baby Bolt and Daddy Bolt has racked up close to a quarter million views. In the vid, captioned ‘Convos before Daddy goes to work’ Baby Bolt, who Usain jokingly calls ‘Cheeks’, is heard cooing as he tries to understand what the fuss was about. Mommy Bolt Kasi Bennett, was behind the lens, and can be overheard laughing as the two engaged in ‘conversation’. Less than a month ago, in July, Bennett and Bolt shared images of their two-month-old baby girl Olympia Lightning Bolt, following a photo shoot starring baby and mom was shared on their respective Instagram pages.


Jamaica recorded two new COVID-19-related deaths within the last 24 hours into Sunday afternoon. One of the deceased is a 64-year-old male from Clarendon, and the other is a 73-year-old female from St Thomas. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths is now 12 (1.3 per cent). At the same time, 11 new samples, including the twopersons who have died from the virus, have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 within the same 24-hour period. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica now stands at 894. The newly confirmed cases include seven females and four males, with ages ranging from 13 to 73 years. Two of the new cases were imported, the individuals having arrived recently on flights from the United States and the Dominica Republic; two are contacts of confirmed cases, and seven are currently under investigation. The new cases were recorded in St Catherine (two), Clarendon (three), St James (one), St Ann (one) St Mary (one), St Thomas (two) and Kingston and St Andrew (one). Jamaica now has 90 (10.1 per cent) active cases under observation, with two moderately ill patients. There is no critically ill case at present. Recoveries remain at 743 (83.1 per cent), while 49 (5.5 per cent) cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica consists of 340 imported cases; 248 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 26 cases are under investigation. Some 506 (57 per cent) of all the confirmed cases are females, and there are 388 (43 per cent) males. They range in age from two months to 87 years. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reminding the public to remain vigilant in the practice of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the frequent washing of hands with soap and water; maintaining the prescribed six-foot physical distance from others; and wearing a mask when in public spaces. Persons coming into the country are reminded that they must comply with quarantine orders to help to protect their own health and the health of others. For further information, contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness via phone at 888- ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683) or email at covid19@moh.gov.jm

President, Dr Irfaan Ali speaking at his swearing in ceremony on August 2.

“Today is about celebrating democracy.” This was the message from Dr Irfaan Ali as he gave his first address as the ninth Executive President of Guyana. “I want to thank our international partners, our regional partners, all the other political parties and members of the Guyanese community, who committed themselves and cemented their work in service for country and in protection of our democracy,” Ali stated at his swearing in ceremony at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Sunday (August 2). It’s been a long wait for Ali as the country’s disputed election results has been the subject of legal challenges. “We are in this together we are not separated by class, ethnicity, religion or political persuasion,” Ali stated as he promised to serve every Guyanese. He appointed a transition team that includes Mark Phillips (Prime Minister), Bharrat Jagdeo (Vice President), Mohabir Anil Nandlall (Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs) Gail Teixeira (Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance). Jagdeo, who served as Guyana’s sixth President, will lead the team. The full cabinet will be unveiled next week. The Government will be taking steps to protect state assets to ensure evidence of corruption is not lost. President David Granger was absent at the swearing in but Ali said an invite was sent.


In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an interview in London. Bachchan was discharged from a Mumbai hospital on Sunday after undergoing two weeks of treatment for the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was discharged from a Mumbai hospital on Sunday after undergoing three weeks of treatment for the coronavirus. His actor son, Abhishek Bachchan, who is still in the Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital with the virus, said in a tweet that his father has tested negative and will rest at home. Both were hospitalised on July 11. Abhishek Bachchan's wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their 8-year-old daughter, who both also contracted the virus, left the hospital last week after recovering. The elder Bachchan, 77, has acted in more than 200 Indian films over the past five decades. He is also a former politician and television host. The Bachchans are often called Bollywood's first family. Amitabh Bachchan's wife, Jaya, is also an actress and a one-time member of Parliament. She was not hit by the coronavirus.

Popcaan's birthday post on his Instagram.

Despite the setbacks of 2020, Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan, did not let anything stop him from celebrating his 32nd birthday in true unruly style. Popcaan, whose real name is Andre Sutherland, spent his birthday week in Barbados alongside the head of the OVO team, Drake.Popcaan signed to Drake’s record label back in 2018 and released his first album under the label in 2019. The two have been close friends since then. Here is a timeline recap of how Popcaan spent his birthday in Bim. July 19- Popcaan posts a photo of himself on his birthday. Later that day, the dancehall artiste posted a video of him and Canadian rapper Drakeposing with the Bajan flag for the camera. In the video Drake wished Popcaan a happy birthday saying “More life to de Gud! Woiii Yoiii!”. He also posted another image to his social media of a friend who recently passed away according to Buzz Caribbean. July 20- Popcaan is seen with Drake and Rihanna’s brother Rorrey. He posted a photo of them on Instagram with the caption “pull up over bim wid ehh new trim..!!!” {Photo: Popcaan IG} July 22- Popcaan and Drake have a yacht party. Posted up with a wine glass in his hand, Drake’s right-hand man Chubbs and fellow dancehall artiste Unruly Cuzz in the background, the ‘Risky’ singer is seen on a yacht as he continued to celebrate his birthday week in Barbados. {Photo: Popcaan IG} July 23- Popcaan and Drake take an afternoon swim in the pool. In his Instagram story, Popcaan focuses the camera to Drake and another male who are seen swimming in a pool. He asks in the video “Ywoooo, who dis? Trouble?” to which Drake responds, “Gully God”. From the looks of it, Popcaan thoroughly enjoyed his birthday celebrations in Barbados andhopefullyhe does not wait until his next birthday to return.


In this March 6, 2018 file photo, Billy McFarland, the promoter of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges in New York. More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other "minor assets" are available for purchase, courtesy the U.S. Marshals Service from Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

More than three years after the highly publicized Fyre Festival famously fizzled out in the Bahamas, merchandise and other “minor assets” are up for sale — courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service. In a release Thursday, the U.S. Marshals announced that 126 items from the festival will be auctioned off, with proceeds going toward the victims of Billy McFarland. McFarland acknowledged defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 Fyre Festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the scam. He was sentenced to six years in prison in October 2018. Now 28, he's serving his sentence at a low-security prison in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Prisons. “This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio of the Southern District of New York said in the release. The festival billed as an ultra-luxurious event and “the cultural experience of the decade,” was supposed to take place over two spring 2017 weekends on the Bahamian island of Exuma. Models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski had promoted it on social media. Customers who paid $1,200 to over $100,000 hoping to see Blink-182 and the hip-hop act Migos arrived to learn musical acts were cancelled. Their luxury accommodations and gourmet food consisted of leaky white tents and packaged food, prompting attendees to lash out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud. Among the mementoes of that festival are sweatpants, shirts and tokens emblazoned with “a conspiracy to change the entertainment world.” As of Saturday, the lots ranged from $10 — the minimum bid for sets of two wristbands — to $300 for a baseball cap bearing the festival logo that had received 20 bids since the auction opened Thursday. At 36 bids, the most popular lot was an aqua blue hoodie featuring the flag of the Bahamas on the back and sleeves patterned with the logo. The auction, run by Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan, ends Aug. 13.

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Surplustesting kits in the Cayman Islands will be used in Zimbabwe to support the country with it's testing needs as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. The ELMA Relief Foundation (‘ELMA’), a private foundation focused on supporting relief efforts in countries around the world facing humanitarian crises, has paid US $1,100,000 to the Cayman Islands Government as full reimbursement for the cost of 50,000 PCR tests surplus to its needs. ELMA has donated these test kits to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (“CHAI”) for use in Zimbabwe, which is one of the most resource-constrained countries in Africa facing an urgent shortage of such test kits as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. Zimbabwe has 3,169 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 67 deaths, according the US Embassy in Zimbabwe. As the number of cases grow, there have beenconcerns around the availability of healthcare workers as many have been withdrawing their labour, seeking higher salaries and better personal protective equipment in light of unfavorable work conditions during the crisis. President Mnangagwa said that health workers should put the nation first in the fight to contain Covid-19, yesterday, whileassuring them that Government was attending to their grievances. In April,health professionals in Zimbabwe sounded the alarm over the country's limited capacity to test people for the virus, warning that a lack of critical equipment and infrastructure shortages may result in many cases going undetected. The operation to move the kits from frozen storage in George Town to Southern Africa was coordinated by ELMA, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority and the Governor’s Office in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands Government originally sourced 200,000 kits at the beginning of the pandemic to ensure that Cayman had the ability to test large numbers and became one of the top three countries in the world for COVID testing per capita. The kits provided under the arrangement with ELMA leaves Cayman with sufficient supplies going forward. Governor Martyn Roper said: “I am very grateful to the ELMA Relief Foundation for organizing this initiative. We purchased an excess of COVID tests to ensure Cayman’s resilience at a crucial point in the pandemic. Our options in terms of testing have now expanded and it is great that our surplus kits will be going to assist with COVID response in Africa”. Premier Alden McLaughlin commented: “I am delighted that these vital supplies will be going to support vulnerable communities in Africa and that Cayman was able to play a part in that as well as supporting other Caribbean countries. Our stocks of COVID testing supplies remain robust and we continue to look at innovative solutions to help us navigate through this crisis”


Barbados senior men's team forward Hallam Hope

Despite the dark shadows casted over domestic sports by the COVID-19 virus, there has been a ray of sunshine beaming in the local football fraternity. Along with advancing to League B in the Concacaf Nations League, the national senior men’s team can boast of having European competition winners in their camp, with the likes of Thierry Gale, Nick Blackman and Hallam Hope all tasting success for their clubs. After five years of professional football, Hope captured his first career title, as he helped Swindon Town win the Sky Bet English Football League Two title. The former Everton FC graduate, joined Swindon Town in January after a three-year spell with Carlisle United, where he converted 25 times in 104 matches. [related node_id='3a3173e4-cba8-4816-8bde-69f7ee18364c'] A move Hope labeled as delayed, ashe hadexpected to transfer in last summer’s transfer window but a breakdown in negotiations prevented the 26-year-old forward from finalizingthe move. Hope stated there was some disappointment as he believed his time had expired at Carlisle and he needed a new challenge, plus Swindon’s playing style was very attractive and he can identify with their philosophy. Swindon Town returned for their man in January and Hope repaid their confidence with two goals in his first two home games against Port Vale and Exeter respectively. Hope said he wasvery pleased about the move and impressed with the quality of the environment. “We have a big squad of quality players at Swindon and the manager changes the team around quite often; he uses everyone. The training is of a high quality and that’s always going to be good for me”, said Hope. Just like his club debut for Swindon, Hope bagged two goals for the Tridents in his first outing back in 2018 versus Guyana in a 2-2 draw in Georgetown. Since then he has gone onto add two more goals, one of which helped Barbados defeat the Cayman Islands and advance to League B of the Concacaf Nations League. Hope labeled that goal as one of the most important ones in his career, since it not only earned his team the victory but it was in front the home crowd which included his family. Barbados face Guyana in their opening Concacaf Gold Cup qualifier, on a date to be announced and Hope is confident that his team can do the job and progress to the next round. “I feel really confident, I think we have a great player from overseas in Nick Blackman that we didn’t have in the game we drew with Guyana and I’m looking forward to it [the game]. Every time I come back to Barbados the boys have always improved quite significantly from the previous game. Coach Latapy has had a big effect, the training is a lot more organized and professional, so things are looking up at the moment for Barbados football”, Hope said. Hope extended congratulations to his European-based teammates and indicated that they will be bringing their experience, professionalism and winning mentality to the Tridents in an effort to reach the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores his side's second goal during the FA Cup final  against Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London, England, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Adam Davy/Pool via AP).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clinched a record-extending 14th FA Cup for Arsenal on Saturday, scoring twice in a 2-1 victory against Chelsea at an empty Wembley Stadium. Christian Pulisic had become the first American man to score in an FA Cup final but his fifth-minute opener was canceled out by Aubameyang's penalty in the 28th minute after he was dragged down by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. A year into this pandemic-disrupted, longest-ever English season, Azpilicueta hobbled off injured in tears before halftime. Pulisic only lasted a minute after the break before also pulling up with an apparent hamstring injury. With Chelsea unsettled by the injuries, Arsenal took control and Aubameyang chipped goalkeeper Willy Caballero from close range in the 67th. It not only sealed Arsenal's fourth FA Cup in seven seasons. but a place in the Europa League, having only finished eighth in the Premier League. Chelsea's hopes of forcing the game into extra time were dealt a blow when Mateo Kovacic received a second yellow card in the 73rd after softly catching Granit Xhaka. Chelsea finished with nine men in stoppage time when Pedro was forced off with a shoulder injury.