Disclaimer: Thisarticle provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Hot days may be great for some but it can spell trouble for eczema sufferers as the dry air and increased temperatures can take a toll on your skin often causing a vicious flare-up. The hot air can easily irritate and dry out your epidermis, resulting in sensitive skin that’s more prone to redness, flaking and inflammation. Hence, it is important to take care of your eczema-prone skin in hot weather. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the weather while preventing a flare-up. Stay hydrated Dehydration is not good news for any of your bodily functions including your skin. Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins from your body. If you do not consume an adequate supply of water, these toxins will linger which can upset and irritate your delicate skin. Also keep in mind you will be more prone to sweating on a hot day which can cause you to lose valuable electrolytes such as zinc and vitamin D, which are crucial for the health of your skin. Try to keep a bottle of water on you at all times and, if you are going to be drinking alcohol, always order water so you can keep yourself hydrated. Avoid going outside at certain times Schedule your activities in the early mornings or late evenings when the sun isn’t hot. Going out between 10am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak will expose your skin to UV radiation and sunburn. Moisturize your skin Skin that’s dry and prone to cracking and flaking, such as eczema-prone skin, needs plenty of hydration and one way you can do that is by picking an ultra-nourishing moisturizer and applying it to your skin throughout the day.Opt for organic moisturizers such as aloe vera gel, coconut oil or Aveeno moisturizing lotion that are completely free from artificial fragrances and chemicals. Wear loose clothing Tight clothing can agitate your skin so its important to wear loose clothing on a hot day. Tight clothing can sometimes increase your body temperature, making you more prone to flare-ups. Instead, wear breathable fabrics and avoid dark colors and synthetic material – not only will synthetic material irritate your skin, dark clothing can also attract more sunlight making you more susceptible to UV radiation. Keep your skin cool Keep your skin cool to prevent irritation and inflammation. You can store your lotions and gels for your skin in the fridge so they are cool when applied to your skin. You can also make your own cold compress using a towel dipped in cool water, or infused with cucumber, to help ease any itchiness or discomfort – just make sure you don’t apply this compress to broken skin. Choose a natural or organic sunscreen If you are going to be in the sun, ensure you apply sunscreen to protect your skin against UV radiation. However, just like your moisturizer, the type of sunscreen you choose can go a long way towards influencing your symptoms. Some sunscreens can contain harmful ingredients that could potentially upset your skin as well as your endocrine system, with chemicals like oxybenzone being particular culprits to watch out for. Neutrogena SPF 60 Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion and Aveeno Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Baby Sunscreen are among some of the best sunscreens for eczema prone skin. In cases where you do experience an eczema flare-up, here are a few natural remedies to help ease up your symptoms. -Take an oatmeal bath -Add apple cider vinegar to your warm bath water -Apply virgin coconut oil or eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree oil (ensure you dilute both before applying) or sunflower oil to skin -Aloe vera can be applied to help soothe and heal skin - Use calendula cream or oil on the skin

COVID-19 changed the world forever. Schools were temporarily shut down, forcing students into the eerie reality of attending classes in their living rooms with little or no advance warning. Although some students have thrived in the remote setting, somecontinue to struggle. This article explores the pros and cons of distance learning in the COVID era. One of the main challenges of remote learning is ensuring students have all the necessary equipment that they need to attend their classes. Under normal circumstances, students would commute to school in order to have access to teaching in person. However, with remote learning, internet, electronic devices and a good learning environment are essential for students to access their classes virtually. Not to mention knowing how to utilize those devices or use the learning applications. We live in a modern age of technology so one would assume that every student owns or can use a device but unfortunately many students do not have that luxury and, in that case, transitioning them to learn virtually can be difficult. Every child has learning differences ranging from reading, to speech, to understanding. As a result, most students have difficulties working on their own. In most cases during the virtual classes it may be difficult to grasp concepts because of the lack of in-person hands-on experience from teachers. Students can become overwhelmed with assignments they have no clue how to complete and because of the physical absence of teachers, it may take days to get assistance since teachers themselves have their hands full. The entire transition from learning in classrooms to learning virtually has been a game of catch-up from day one. Students are constantly trying to keep up with the multitude of assignments from their various subjects which leaves them mentally exhausted, stressed and demotivated. And the distractions are real, especially for younger kids. Imagine trying to attend classes in an environment with a television or a game playing in the background. You will never fully focus when something you love is airing on TV. Despite all of the uncertainty, frustration, and mixed emotions, some good things have come out of virtual learning. Students get to sleep in and save money on commuting. They can manage their own deadlines for assignments and work at their own pace. Above all, not having formal tests is a stress relief because students would normally stress over grades post distance learning. These are tough times for teachers, parents, and students alike, but it is important to remember that they are all doing the best that they can, given that we are living under a global coronavirus pandemic.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the signing of two bilateral agreements in Guyana. Photo Department of Public Information.

The US Government will spend US$5million to assist Venezuelan migrants in Guyana. This was revealed by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo today after he signed two bilateral agreements in Georgetown. In an address following the signing, Pompeo said: “The United States has now allocated $5 million to help Venezuelans in Guyana who have had to flee from Venezuela to Guyana to escape the horrors and brutality of the Maduro regime. I trust that that cooperation will continue and I want to express my personal appreciation for Guyana’s hosting the Venezuelans that have crossed inside of your country.” The Guyanese Government had been reluctant to disclose if Venezuela would have been a talking point during the secretary of state’s visit. It was the US State Department that confirmed Venezuela’s political and migrant crisis would have been on the agenda. During his address, Pompeo noted “the need for democracy in Venezuela and an end to the illegitimate Maduro regime – the man who’s denying that very democracy that the Guyanese people so love.” He thanked the Guyanese Government for standing with the US against the Maduro regime. Pompeo gave a further comment on Venezuela in an interview with Guyana’s National Communications Network (NCN). He said that his trip to Guyana was not to antagonise Venezuela but rather to “congratulate the Guyanese people on the enormous success they had in holding a democratic election and a peaceful transition to power.” He added: “We want this for the people of Venezuela as well. We want them to have the very same chance to have a free, fair election, for the rule of law, for democracy, and for human rights in Venezuela.” “We watch people fleeing – fleeing into Guyana, fleeing into Colombia, fleeing into Peru, Ecuador, people having to flee from Maduro and his brutal regime. We very much want that to change. That’s why we came down here today, to help make sure that the new leadership here in Guyana understood that the United States was a friendly nation with good intentions for them. Pompeo departs Guyana later today and he will head to Boa Vista, Brazil.

Photo: National Hurricane Centre

Large swells from Hurricane Teddy are spreading across much of the Western Atlantic Ocean and increasing rip current threat. The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said these swells are affecting the Lesser Antilles and the north-eastern coast of South America and they should spread westward to the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the east coast of the United States by the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. While there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, NHC said interest in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Teddy and watches may be required the island later today or tonight. At 11am AST, the centre of Teddy was located about 885 miles (1420 km) southeast of Bermuda. Teddy is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days, followed by a turn toward the north by early next week. On the forecast track, Teddy will be approaching Bermuda late on Sunday or Monday. Teddy is a category four hurricane with maximum sustained winds that are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. (Photo: National Hurricane Centre) Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km). Some fluctuations in strength are expected during the next day and a weakening trend is forecast to begin late this weekend.


Photos via Josh Butler's Facebook page

Josh ‘White Chocolate’ Butler has been in the hot seat since he claimed to have paved the way for black people to make wining a profession. TheUK national had been embraced in Saint Lucia for his dancing prior to his comments on a YouTube Black Lives MatterRound Tablethis week. Persons from across the Caribbean have since expressed their anger towards Butler’s statement with many electing to ‘cancel’ him from our culture, but the plot thickens from there. [related node_id='824bbe20-40be-4f3b-8245-dd5acef7afaf'] Yesterday (September 17),Fiona Compton went live onInstagram account @knowyourcaribbeanto speak on an incident involving White Chocolate and former StLucian designer, Kimberly Solana Mathurin, also known as 8ttava. It was alleged that White Chocolate stole the t-shirt design 'I’m only here for the Dennery Segment'from8ttava and sold it as his own and that when the designer came out publicly with proof that White Chocolate stole her work, the StLucian public turned on her. “She spoke to him personally about it and he ignored her. She spoke to his StLucian friends about it and they did nothing. When she came out publicly with the time stamp on her photograph, to say hey I'm the designer of the shirt, St Lucians ripped her to shreds. Our own people. They said she was jealous, that she should be thankful that he’s wearing her design, they ripped her to shreds. She stopped designing, she gave up and he continued wearing and selling the shirts,” Compton said. She went on to say that White Chocolate has been telling people he is from StLucia but was born and raised in England. “White Chocolate has had a StLucian girlfriend, telling people he is from Dennery. I think all of us collectively are responsible. We cannot say that it’s White Chocolate’s fault. He wouldn’t have a platform if we didn’t give it to him,” said Compton. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 🇱🇨Fiona Compton 🇱🇨 (@fiona758) on Sep 18, 2020 at 4:57am PDT 8ttava has since released a statement on the incident saying, "I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. I haven’t created art or jewelry for years since the situation and I probably never will again so this is not about me trying to get back into the race ya’ll; “mwen las”. However, I want to say thank you at least one more time to the people who supported me from day one and for those who stood up for me during “T-Shirt Gate.” Read the full statement below: An effortto reach Butler for comment on the matter was futile.

The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out November 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office. The publication date for the second volume has not yet been determined. “I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in ‘A Promised Land’ I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made; and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still," Obama said in a statement Thursday. “In the book, I’ve also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows. And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody — a task that won’t depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens.” Obama's book, like his previous ones, will be released by Crown, a division of Penguin Random House. The 768-page book is the most anticipated presidential memoir in memory, as much or more because of the quality of the writing than for any possible revelations. He has been called the most literary president since Abraham Lincoln and has already written two highly praised, million-selling books: “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” both of which have been cited as aiding his campaign in 2008 and making him the country's first Black president. Even with a substantial list price of $45, “A Promised Land” is virtually guaranteed to sell millions of copies and has an announced first printing of 3 million. Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt likened the enthusiasm for Obama's book, which seems well-positioned to become the best-selling presidential memoir in history, to the final volume of J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” series. “This will be a book of rare consequence,” Daunt said in a statement. "That it will sell as no other book has done since July 21, 2007, is immensely cheering to booksellers.” “'Dreams from My Father' introduced us to a little known US Senator and to a writer of poetic grace. The Audacity of Hope gave a thrilling vision to his ambitions for political office. A Promised Land now offers us a grand, lyrical narrative of his Presidency. This will be a book of rare consequence. But “A Promised Land” will face challenges far different from most presidential memoirs, and even from former first lady Michelle Obama's blockbuster book, “Becoming,” which came out two years ago and has sold more than 10 million copies. Because of the pandemic, the former president will likely be unable to match Michelle Obama's spectacular, all-star arena tour. Barack Obama also may find his memoir coming out at a time when the Nov. 3 election is still undecided and the country far more preoccupied with who the next president will be than with events of the past. Obama has taken longer than most recent presidents to complete his memoir, with the first volume coming nearly four years after the end of his second term. (George W. Bush’s “Decision Points,” a single volume, arrived within two years). He has been writing during unusual times, even before the pandemic spread earlier this year. His successor in the White House, Donald Trump, has attacked and upended achievements of the Obama administration ranging from the Iran nuclear treaty to “Obamacare.” Whether Trump or Obama's vice president, Joe Biden, wins the election may well determine Obama's legacy and will shape how the book is read. Obama is not the first president to publish more than one volume of memoirs; Dwight Eisenhower also wrote two. But he had been expected to write just one when Penguin Random House first announced, in February 2017, a multimillion joint publication deal with Barack and Michelle Obama. On Thursday, Crown Publisher David Drake cited the scale of Obama's ambition to write a book that captures the experiences of being president and offers an inspiring story for young people. “As his writing progressed and the scope of the memoirs continued to grow, he ultimately decided to write two volumes,” Drake said. The November release will be welcomed not only by Obama readers but by booksellers and fellow publishers who anticipate that the massive demand for “A Promised Land” will raise sales for everyone during the holiday season. Its popularity may also present another complication: The publishing industry has struggled with chronic printing shortages in the U.S. over the past two years, leading to frequent delays. Drake said that Crown had taken several measures to minimize disruption, from printing one-third of the copies in Germany to arrange for a US plant that had been scheduled to close in October to remain open for two additional months. “The president’s book should not impact the U.S. print market more significantly than other major bestsellers of late,” Drake said.


In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, Amy Locane enters the courtroom to be sentenced in Somerville, New Jersey.  (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool, File

A former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal 2010 drunken-driving crash in New Jersey is headed back behind bars after a judge agreed with prosecutors Thursday that her initial sentence was too lenient. Saying Amy Locane still refuses to fully acknowledge her culpability in the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and severely injured Seeman's husband, state Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski sentenced her to eight years in state prison. Factoring in the more than two years she's already served, she will be in prison for more than four years before she's eligible for parole, her attorney, James Wronko, said. Locane apologized to the Seeman family in a brief statement. She was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody by court deputies after the proceeding in state court in Somerville. It was a startling development in a case that has bounced around the New Jersey court system for nearly a decade and has now featured four sentencings in front of three judges, plus numerous appeals. Locane — who acted in 13 episodes of the popular 1990s Fox series and has also appeared in several movies — was convicted on several counts including vehicular manslaughter, and faced a sentencing range of five to 10 years on the most serious count. The state initially sought a seven-year sentence, but a trial judge sentenced her to three years in 2013. An appeals court ruled he misapplied the law, but at a resentencing, the same judge declined to give her additional time. Last year, a different judge sentenced her to five years, but an appeals court ruled he didn't follow guidelines it had set and ordered yet another sentencing. Wronko had argued unsuccessfully that sentencing her again would violate double jeopardy protections since she had already completed her initial sentence and parole term. According to witnesses, Locane had consumed several drinks before she headed home on the night of the accident and slammed into the Seemans' car as it turned into their driveway in Montgomery Township, near Princeton. The actress contended a third motorist, whose car Locane had bumped into at a traffic light minutes earlier, distracted her by honking at and chasing her. Locane wasn't indicted for drunken driving, but a state expert testified her blood alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit and that she was driving roughly 53 mph (85 kph) in a 35-mph (56-km) zone at the time of the crash. Fred Seeman, who nearly died from his injuries suffered in the crash, attended Thursday's proceeding and said Locane's shifting of blame "shows contempt for this court and the jury that rendered the verdict.” The judge took a similar view and said Locane's past alcohol abuse makes her a risk for reoffending. “You made a conscious decision to drink that day and continued to drink, recognizing at the onset that you needed a ride but didn’t obtain one," Borkowski said. "If you hadn’t gotten behind the wheel of your vehicle on this night, the incident never would have happened.” Wronko called the sentence “outrageous. She has always taken full responsibility," and criticized the judge for not taking into account Locane's current sobriety and her work counselling others against alcohol abuse. Locane has 45 days to appeal her sentence. Wronko said he is waiting to see if the state Supreme Court decides to hear his appeal on the double jeopardy question.

In this February 9, 2020 file photo, Greta Gerwig, right, talks to Jerry Harris on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday, Sept. 17 on child pornography charges. (AP Photo/John Locher File)

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex. According to the complaint, Harris admitted during an interview after FBI agents raided his home in the Chicago suburb of Naperville on Monday that he had asked one of the teens to send him photographs and videos of his penis and buttocks on Snapchat. He also admitted that he repeatedly asked the teen, identified only as Minor 1, between December 2018 and March of this year for such photographs and videos. Further, according to the complaint, Harris admitted to requesting and receiving on Snapchat child pornography from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.” Harris, who was taken into custody on Thursday, will remain in jail until at least Monday after a judge ordered him to return for a detention hearing on Monday morning. The boy’s mother told the newspaper that both of her sons had spoken to the FBI, and the lawsuit alleges that she also reported the allegations to Fort Worth police, the FBI and others. The complaint contends that the mother contacted authorities after she saw messages from Harris on one of her son’s cellphones. Prosecutors said they recovered several text messages between Harris and the boys, as well as Harris' admission that he had solicited pornographic images and videos from the boys and had sent explicit images of himself. Harris, 21, was the breakout star of the show that followed the cheerleading team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as it sought a national title. Harris did not respond for comment from USA Today, and attempts by The Associated Press to find a phone number for Harris have not been successful. In interviews with USA Today at their Texas home, the boys — who are now 14 years old — described a pattern of harassment both online and at cheer competitions, which began when they were 13 and Harris was 19. They said it continued for over a year. Besides accusing Harris of sexual misconduct, the lawsuit alleges that cheer organizations failed to protect the boys. The organizations named in the lawsuit are U.S. All-Star Federation, which governs competitive cheerleading; Varsity Spirit, which puts on competitions; and the Cheer Athletics, a chain of gyms. A Varsity official in August 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas said the organization had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris, USA TODAY reported. Cheer Athletics owner Angela Rogers told the newspaper that Harris hasn’t been affiliated with the gym since March 1. Rogers told the newspaper that she learned of the allegations against him in mid-May and reported them to police. “Cheer” was an instant success when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging “mat talk.” Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”


Jamaica and West Indies Twenty20 star Andre Russell.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) returns this weekend, with the creme de la creme ofthe sport in the United Arab Emirates for the marquee Twenty20 competition of franchise cricket. Mumbai Indians, the defending champions, face Chennai Super Kings in Saturday's curtain-raiser, which is a repeat of the 2019 final. Here, we take a look at the players who should light up the tournament. VIRAT KOHLI (Royal Challengers Bangalore) No man has more IPL runs than RCB captain Kohli, whose 5,412 have been accrued at an average of 37.84 across his 117 matches. Key Stat:India superstar Kohli is the only batsman in the history of T20 internationals to average more than 50 (50.80) among those with a minimum of 20 innings. MS DHONI (Chennai Super Kings) He may have retired from international duty, but Chennai skipper Dhoni is not calling time on his IPL career just yet. You feel the 'finisher' will want to end with a flourish. Key Stat:Dhoni has made the most runs as a captain (4,142) among the eight skippers. Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith is the only man to have a better win percentage (65.5 per cent) than Dhoni's 59.8 per cent too. JASPRIT BUMRAH (Mumbai Indians) Player of the match in the 2019 final, it was Bumrah's 2-14 that proved pivotal to Mumbai's success. The seamer has mastered the art of death bowling. Key stat:No one bowled more balls at the death (overs 17-20) than Bumrah's 172 deliveriesin 2019. He had an economy of just 7.7 during that period. ANDRE RUSSELL (Kolkata Knight Riders) West Indian all-rounder Russell is abox office drawfor Kolkata Knight Riders having averaged 56.7with the bat last year. Key stat:Russell made510 runs in 2019, of which85.5 per cent were made from boundaries. That was the biggest percentage for those to have made at least 20 runs. ROHIT SHARMA (Mumbai Indians) A record four-time winner of the IPL as Mumbai captain, Rohit made 52 fours last season- the most of his 12-year IPL career. Key stat:Rohit is 102 runs away from becoming the third batsman to reach 5,000 IPL runs after Kohli and Suresh Raina. DAVID WARNER (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Last season Warner wonthe Orange Cap - awarded to the IPL's leading run-scorer - for a record third time after amassing 692 runs, 99 more than anyone else in the tournament. Key stat:Warner has now accumulated at least600 runs in three separate campaigns. Chris Gayle (also three) is the only other batsman to have done so more than once. DEEPAK CHAHAR (Chennai Super Kings) Chahar had a breakthrough campaign with the Super Kings last year, claiming 22 wickets - a figure only South African duo Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada could better. Key stat:The seamer bowled 64.3 overs in 2019 and 49 per cent of his deliveries were dot balls - the highest figure among those who bowled at least 10 overs. KAGISO RABADA (Delhi Capitals) The Proteas quick made his mark in the IPL last season when he took 25 wickets in the Capitals' run to the semi-finals. Key stat:Of those who bowled at least 10 overs, Rabada had the best average (14.72) while heand international team-mate Tahir were the only two bowlers to have more than one four-wicket haul.

Naomi Osaka at the 2020 US Open.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka will miss the French Open due to a hamstring injury. The Japanese star claimed her third grand slam title with a win over Victoria Azarenka in the final in New York on Saturday. Osaka had her left leg heavily strapped during the tournament and the 22-year-old confirmed she would miss the French Open, with the main draw due to start on September 27. "Hey guys, first and foremost thank [sic] so much for all the support over the last three weeks. I couldn't have done it without you!" she posted on Twitter. "Unfortunately I won't be able to play the French Open this year. My hamstring is still sore so I wouldn't have enough time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time. I wish the organisers and players all the best." Osaka's best result at Roland Garros has been reaching the third round three times, including in 2019.