Sir Anthony Bryan (Source: Barbados Advocate IG)

Sir Anthony T Bryan has passed away. He was the publisher of The Barbados Advocate and owner of Barbados Broadcasting Service Ltd. The Barbados Advocate is the oldest newspaper in Barbados. According to the Barbados Advocate Instagram's page:'Sir Anthony Bryan KA, CHB, GCM, JP,passed away this afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.' In the National Honours for Independence Day 2017, as Barbados marked its51st anniversary of independence, Sir Anthony received the accolade of Knight of StAndrew for his exceptional contribution to publishing, broadcasting and business, presenting a positive, balanced, credible view of Barbados. Sir Anthony was a businessman and a family man. He spoke of God and even gifted staff members with what he called 'The Secret to Life' - a Bible. After theannouncement of his knighthood in November 2017, at a small celebratory ceremony, speaking to how he achieved his success, Sir Anthony is quoted as saying: "I always ask God, in everything I go to do, to give me a sign that I may know that You are with me. If I don’t get that sign – I do not start.” View this post on Instagram Sir Anthony Bryan, KA, CHB, GCM, JP, publisher of the Barbados Advocate and owner of Barbados Broadcasting Service Ltd. , passed away this afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Barbados Advocate extends sincere condolences to his immediate family. #BarbadosAdvocate A post shared by The Barbados Advocate (@barbadosadvocate) on Jun 5, 2020 at 12:34pm PDT Sir Anthony also received the Gold Crown of Merit in 2001 and the Companion of Honour in 2016.

This May 27, 2020 photo show elephants pulling a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant who died after suffering injuries, in Velliyar River, Palakkad district of Kerala state, India. (AP Photo/Rajesh U Krishna)

Indian police on Friday arrested a man accused of causing the death of a pregnant elephant that died after biting a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers that exploded in its mouth. The 15-year-old elephant was unable to eat after the injury and died in a river in Pallakad in southern Kerala state on May 27, state forest officer Surendra Kumar said. Details of the suspect were not immediately available. The state forest department announced the arrest and said it is investigating whether he was a poacher or a farmer who wanted to kill the elephant to prevent it from damaging crops. "Bait bombs" made from food stuffed with explosives are common in India, particularly in southern states, and are used mostly to hunt wild boars for meat. The elephant's death caused outrage among animal rights activists. Maneka Gandhi, a former minister from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, described the death as shocking and demanded a severe punishment for those responsible. A shrinking habitat and a rise in the number of wild elephants in the past 15 years have led to hungry elephants entering villages, where they sometimes damage crops and attack residents.


Christopher Ellis

Still reveling in the success of his "Still Go A Dance" single that celebrated the love of music and culture, soulful crooner Christopher Ellis once again teamed up with multi-Grammy producer Damian Marley this time on a touching lover's rock ballad titled “Flame Against The Wind”. "This one is very personal and deep," says Christopher who chose to let the meaningful lyrics of the song speak for itself. "How can the two of us still be in love.. and manage to maintain.. When Sometimes it flicker and dim...Thru thicker and thin...Our love will never go out.." Produced by Damian Robert Nesta Marley and co-written by Christopher himself, and Jr Gong, “Flame Against The Wind” cadence and melody will undoubtedly strike a chord with the listeners with its soulful music and touching lyrics. Like a Flame against the wind Burning in doubt yes Like a Flame against the wind Fighting the darkness Like a Flame against the wind We’ll be against all the odds yes Along with the Rocksteady sound ingrained in his genetic code, Christopher has successfully and expertly discovered and nurtured his own sound that still evokes yesteryear feelings but fits the times. “Music is my passion, and though Reggae/Rocksteady is where I was born, I just want to make music! and I very much look forward to making music of all genres, for people all over the world.” Released on May 29by Ghetto Youths International, Christopher Ellis “Flame Against The Wind” is available on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets including itunes.

Shatta Wale

A reggae album featuring the first African dancehall and reggae singer as the headliner will drop this week. The album, Tropical House Crusie to Jamaica: The Reggae Collector’s Edition, features Ghanaian dancehall and reggae singer Shatta Wale. Produced by Contractor Music Group from Jamaica, the album alsofeaturesa list of top-selling artistes from Jamaica such asCapleton, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Elephant Man, Don Yute, Mojo Morgan, Wayne Wonder, Singing Melody, Peetah Morgan, Tommy Lee Sparta, SkilliBeng, Voicemail and Royce Da59. The release date for the 25-track album is June 5. Executive producer Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards says the album is a high-intensity reggae vibe that is sure to captivate reggae lovers around the globe. The first staging of the album twoyears ago hit number one for four weeks straight on Billboard’s Number One album, then spent another nine weeks on Billboard’s Top 10. “I am very thankful to the reggae fans of Africa, in particular Ghana.We made Shatta Wale, the artist from Ghana as the face of the project to open up the African market and the decision has paid off," Edwards says. Shatta Wale, real nameCharles Nii Armah Mensah,isa Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. Waleis well known for his performance in Beyoncé’s Lion King Album launched last year. He’s also known as the African Dancehall King and says this album is one of the highlights of his career, solidifying the bridge that reggae joins between Africa and the Caribbean. "I feel so honoured getting fans from all over the world, especially the Caribbean cause that is one of the greatest places that I want to live. I tell peopleI have a blood when it comes to the Caribbean, I believe my destinationis to be one of thoseartistes who have blown up inthe world coming from the Caribbean. I believe people from the Caribbean are my brothers and sisters and I have that connection with them. Me having fans from the Caribbean makes me feel so honoured," he says. Wale notes that Africa is open and receptive to reggae music and he’s excited about the album’s launch. Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica: the Reggae Collective Editionwas producedby a collective that includes Contractor Music Group, Golden Child Records, Beatbopper Records, and Kohanim Records.


Demonstrators protest Thursday, June 4, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Paris police ban George Floyd anti-racism protest on Saturday. — Twitter blocks Trump campaign video featuring George Floyd. — Islamic State group says protests, pandemic will weaken the West — South Africa's ruling party launches Black Friday campaign. — NFL stars send a passionate video about racial inequality. PARIS — Police have banned a planned protest against police violence in Paris on Saturday because of health measures restricting gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. A protest decrying systemic racism and calling for justice for Floyd and other victims of police brutality was planned to take place outside the US Embassy. But on Friday, Police Prefect Didier Lallement said such protests "are not authorized" because virus safety measures "prohibit any gathering, in the public space, of more than 10 people." He issued an order banning the Floyd demonstration and another protest planned for the same day. Lallement said: "in addition to the disturbances to public order that these rallies can generate ... the health risks they could cause remain significant." France has had over 29,000 people die in the pandemic. ___ BEIRUT — The Islamic State group says protests across the United States and the repercussions of the coronavirus on Western countries will weaken these nations and divert their attention from Muslim countries. The comments published Friday in an editorial in the extremist group's online weekly newspaper al-Nabaa were its first on protests in America after last week's death of African American George Floyd while a policeman put a knee to his neck. Al-Nabaa said protests have been occurring in the US since it was founded, but this year "coincide with the negative effects of the pandemic on the country's economy." Al-Nabaa said the pandemic will weaken "infidel states." In recent weeks, the militants have taken advantage of the pandemic to launch deadly attacks in their former self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. The group that once controlled large parts of Iraq and Syria used these territories to launch attacks worldwide that killed hundreds of people since declaring their so-called caliphate in 2014. —- Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the US president, one of its most widely followed users. The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that said, "This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner." The video was still up on President Donald Trump's YouTube channel and includes pictures of Floyd, whose death sparked widespread protests, at the start. "Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives," Twitter said in a statement. The three minute and 45-second clip is a montage of photos and videos of peaceful marches and police officers hugging protesters interspersed with some scenes of burning buildings and vandalism, set to gentle piano music and Trump speaking. It's the latest action that Twitter has taken against Trump, who has threatened to retaliate against social media companies. ___ COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A member of Finland's populist party has been expelled from its parliamentary group in response to a series of racist social media posts by the lawmaker — the latest one was on George Floyd. The opposition Finns Party decided Thursday to expel Ano Turtiainen from the group. He has since conceded it was racist, deleted the tweet and apologized to the party that was formerly known as the True Finns, according to Finnish broadcaster YLE. "This time that was not enough. The decision was unanimous," spokesman Ville Tavio said of the apology and the decision to expel Turtiainen, according to YLE. Parliament speaker Matti Vanhanen described the tweet, showing a doctored image of Floyd being arrested with a pink head and the words "Pink Floyd," as "shocking and simply wrong from the standpoint from universal human values." Turtiainen's exit means meant the Finns Party is no longer the largest group in the country's parliament. —- JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa's ruling party says it is launching a "Black Friday" campaign in response to the "heinous murder" of George Floyd and "institutionalized racism" in the US, at home, in China and "wherever it rears its ugly head." A statement by the African National Congress says President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday evening will address the launch of the campaign that calls on people to wear black on Fridays in solidarity. The campaign is also meant to highlight "deaths by citizens at the hands of security forces" in South Africa, which remains one of the world's most unequal countries a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid. "The demon of racism remains a blight on the soul of our nation," the ANC statement says. ___ SYDNEY — Thousands gathered in Australia's capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd's death was not unique to the United States. The Canberra rally that attracted 2,000 demonstrators comes before larger rallies are planned for Australia's most populous cities on Saturday, with authorities concerned about maintaining social distancing. Police were on Friday seeking a court order banning a rally in Australia's largest city, Sydney, because of the pandemic risk. A state government leader urged demonstrators not to attend a rally in Melbourne, the country's second-largest city. Matilda House, an elder of the Ngambri-Ngunnawal family group who are the traditional owners of the Canberra region, said: "Australians have to understand that what's been going on the United States has been happening here for a long time." Australia had to move beyond a colonial attitude "that blacks are only here to be walked on, trodden on and murdered," House said in the first speech of the rally. —- NEW YORK — Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality. The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. Thomas, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver who has led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: "It's been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered." The players then take turns asking the question, "What if I was George Floyd?" The players then name several of the black men and women who have recently been killed, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner. The video closes with the players insisting they "will not be silenced." They also demand the NFL state that it condemns "racism and the systemic oppression of black people. ...We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. ...We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter." ___ BUFFALO, NY— A police commissioner has suspended two officers following video that shows a Buffalo officer appearing to shove a man who walked up to police. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square on Thursday night. The station reports two medics treated the unidentified man. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that the man was hospitalized and stable, but his exact condition wasn't immediately known. WIVB-TV reports that Buffalo police initially said in a statement a person "was injured when he tripped & fell." But Captain Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Later Thursday, news outlets reported that Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers without pay. New York Attorney General Letitia James's office has tweeted that they're aware of the video. ___ NEW YORK -- Protesters stayed on the streets of New York City after curfew for another day Thursday, spurred by the death of George Floyd. Actions by the protesters included gathering at Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza, the site where police used batons against demonstrators who were out past the city-imposed curfew a night earlier. Protesters continued past the 8 pmcurfew Thursday, even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to deflect criticism over harsh tactics from police enforcing it. Thousands of protesters were out after curfew, and so were police. At some locations, officials watched, but didn't immediately move in. At other spots, they made orderly arrests without the batons and riot gear, like a night earlier.

Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the US president, one of its most widely followed users. The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that said, "This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner." The video was still up on President Donald Trump's YouTube channel and includes pictures of Floyd, whose death sparked widespread protests, at the start. "Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives," Twitter said in a statement. It did not say who made the complaint. The three minute and 45-second clip is a montage of photos and videos of peaceful marches and police officers hugging protesters interspersed with some scenes of burning buildings and vandalism, set to gentle piano music and Trump speaking. Last month, Twitter placed fact-check warnings on two tweets from Trump's own account that called mail-in ballots "fraudulent" and predicted problems with the November US elections. Under the tweets, there is now a link reading "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" that guides users to a Twitter "moments" page with fact checks and news stories about Trump's unsubstantiated claims. It also demoted and placed a stronger warning on a third Trump tweet about Minneapolis protests that read, in part, that: "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter said that the tweet had violated the platform's rules by glorifying violence. Trump responded by threatening to retaliate against social media companies. Last year, Twitter also removed a Trump tweet that featured a doctored Nickelback music video clip that took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, after receiving copyright complaints.


Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho.

Jadon Sancho has called the German Football League (DFL) an "absolute joke" after he was fined for violating social distancing protocols. Sancho and Borussia Dortmund team-mate Manuel Akanji were both sanctioned financially after images emerged of them having haircuts at home without wearing face masks. As such, they flouted the coronavirus protocols in place in Germany, which have been a key pillar in the Bundesliga being able to resume action ahead of its European counterparts. Sancho and Akanji have five days to register an appeal. Shortly after the news of his punishment was announced by the league, Sancho tweeted: "Absolute Joke DFL!" The England international avoided a suspension – at least initially – and is currently free to play in Dortmund's home game against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, fresh from a hat-trick in last weekend's 6-1 demolition of Paderborn. Sancho has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for next season, with Manchester United widely viewedas the front-runners for his signature.

In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, former NBA player Michael Jordan reacts while speaking during a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organisations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of “ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.” “Black lives matter,” the statement said. “This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of black people.” Jordan, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great, is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The Jordan Brand is a subsidiary of Nike, the shoe giant that earlier Friday committed $40 million over the next four years to support the black community. Jordan also released a statement Monday on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police. “I am deeply saddened, truly pained, and plain angry,” Jordan said. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage, and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of colour in our country. We have had enough.” Floyd was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.


President of the Principals Association, Valerie St Helen-Henry

For the first time since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of St Lucia's students returned to school physically today, June 3, 2020. Grade 6 and Form 5 students across the island returned to school asPresident of the Principals Association, Valerie St Helen-Henry, described the day as a fantastic one. St Helen-Henry, who is also Principal of the Ave Maria Primary School, spoke about the new context of physical learning, saying thatprincipals and teachers will have to find innovative ways to engage students in activities which require physical movements. “It’s going to be difficult for the students. You have to constantly remind them to stay a good distance from each other, they want to engage in conversations. We cannot stop that, but kids will be kids, we have to do the constant reminding. In regard to the physical education classes, this is something that has to be really planned and again it depends on the size of the classes.” As it relates to exams, St Helen-Henry stated that the students are prepared: “From the primary school standpoint, the students go to a secondary school to write the exam… It’s just a matter of reducing the numbers in the classroom. The students are prepared. They are being prepared virtually, given packages, the teachers have gone all out.” Secondary school students will follow similar protocols and will be given multiple choice exams which will be corrected via machine. Some of the new protocols which were implemented for the reopening include: Persons entering the school compound, including students and teachers, must wear a mask Persons must sanitize upon entry Students must occupy the same seat Students must line up six feet apart when going to the washroom and washing hands Washing and sanitizing hands regularly Janitors must clean surfaces Parents are also advised to remain outside of the school compound to prevent contamination and over-crowding. In addition, all students must attend school with their lunch as the sale of food is prohibited at schools.

Peter Ivey II and Peter Ivey III

by Peter "PJ" Ivey III If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you have probably heard about George Floyd. Mr Floyd was a regular black man in Minneapolis, up until May 25, when tragic events occurred. He was confronted by two store workers, who claimed that he had used a fake bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. They decided to call the police. Soon, the first police car arrived, with two officers inside. Mr Floyd was handcuffed and, in the process of being taken to a police car, George Floyd fell to the ground. Eventually, another two police officers arrived. Despite telling the officers multiple times that he couldn’t breathe, he was held face down, with pressure being placed on his neck, back, and legs. Once again, Mr Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. While he was pinned down, his mouth started to bleed. Despite at least sixteen calls to say he couldn’t breathe, one police officer continued to knee him in his neck. A little later, he was heard crying for his mother. After minutes, Mr Floyd was unconscious, but the officer’s knees were still on him. Medical assistance arrived and he was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead. An independent autopsy says Floyd died of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." The officer with his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck was arrested for murder and manslaughter. My name is Peter “PJ” Ivey III. I am 9-years old and I live in Brooklyn New York. This is my opinion about what happened to Mr Floyd and how it has made me feel as a black boy in America. George Floyd’s death was in no way deserved. I’m shocked that four police officers used such extreme force on a black man for just a fake bill. That wasn't the right way to respond to such a minor crime, and I’m glad all four officers were removed. George Floyd’s death has caused a lot of backlash from the community, and many people thought it was an act of racism. This has caused people to protest in violent ways. Police are supposed to protect people and be kind and they should never hurt or kill people who aren’t armed. To prevent people from getting hurt or scared, I think that there are some basic things that officers can do to be kind to others. Officers should use a soft tone while approaching people and they should never yank people instead of asking them to come. They should always take people seriously when they say that they are hurt or can’t breathe and they should never apply force to someone’s neck. Officers should never aim a gun at anyone unless they absolutely have to. No arrest should end fatally. So far, I have mentioned how most of the community felt, including some of the white community. But there’s a different way that I alone feel. As a young black kid, I’m truly very scared for the future, not only with George Floyd, but also with the protests. If police officers can treat a black man who committed a minor crime with this much force, to result in his death, what’s in store for the rest of the black community, both guilty and innocent? What could happen to me when I grow up? How can I trust the police to protect me? From torching police cars to chanting on top of buildings, the current protesters are my second biggest fear. These protests are very dangerous. And the police are responding with their own weapons, even tear gas. From where I can see, this is going to escalate very violently… This is how I feel about George Floyd’s death. It was very unreasonable and wrong, but so is how the community is responding. Violence is never the answer. I don’t want anything like this to happen again. Together, in a peaceful way, we can bring #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.