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Rihanna gives back big to Barbados
(Barbados Nation) Barbadians will now benefit directly from the successes of Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna.                        

It is in the form of donations from the Clara Lionel Foundation named for her grandparents the late Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, of three pieces of equipment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) worth more than BDS$3.5 million.

The presentation was made outside the radiotherapy, which was renamed The Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine earlier today.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Rihanna said the Clara Lionel Foundation was committed to donating the pieces of equipment and she thanked Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James and his staff for facilitating the donation and dedicating the department in her grandmother’s memory.

“This was my way of giving back to Barbados in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program. I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados this was all done to save lives or at least extend it. I thank you all for being a part of it. Thank you. I’m really excited about it,” Rihanna said. 

Morgan Heritage wins the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album
The royal family of reggae – Morgan Heritage wins the 2016 Grammy for Best Reggae Album, at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This is the first nomination and win for Morgan Heritage.

Their Billboard chart-topping ‘Strictly Roots’ album took top prize over fellow reggae contenders; Jah Cure - The Cure. Barrington Levy - Acousticalevy. Luciano - Zion Awake. Rocky Dawuni - Branches of The Same Tree.

Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, namely Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mr Mojo”. Congratulations Morgan Heritage.

By Brian Kool.  

Trinidad & Tobago named happiest Country in the Caribbean

Ever wonder why Trinis are so happy? Well, it’s nt just because of Carnival and Callaloo. According to the World Happiness Report from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network released on September 8th, the destination ranked highest in happiness in the Caribbean and 31st in the world.

This isn’t surprising however. With its vibrant lifestyle, dynamic mix of culture, booming business center, strong government and, of course, Carnival, which is the largest cultural festival in the Caribbean, there’s no surprise that the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago leads the way in happiness in the Caribbean.

According to the study there were six key variables factored into its conclusions: “Real GDP per capital, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.”

The destination’s bourgeoning culinary scene and numerous festivals, combined with local steel pan music and world-renowned beaches, bring out the happiness in both locals and visitors alike. Whether sampling street food on “The Avenue” [Ariapita Avenue], moving to the music at cultural and food festivals, getting a taste of adventure in the mountains of Trinidad or unwinding on Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, Trinbagonians have plenty of reasons to smile.

In addition, with 15 public holidays last year, Trinidad and Tobago is among the top ten countries in the world for the number of public holidays. Who wouldn’t want a few extra days off from work/school per year?. 
By Kimberly Wilson. 

Grammy, Best Reggae Album

2018 / Damian Marley: Stony Hill

2017 / Ziggy Marley: Ziggy Marley

2016 / Morgan Heritage: Strictly Roots

2015 / Ziggy Marley: Fly Rasta            

2014 / Ziggy Marley: Ziggy Marley in Concert

2013 / Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth
2012 / Stephen Marley: The Revelation part 1
2011 / Buju Banton: Before the dawn
2010 / Stephen Marley: Mind control
2009 / Burning Spear: Jah is real
2008 / Stephen Marley: Mind control
2007 / Ziggy Marley: Love is my religion
2006 / Damian Marley: Welcome to Jamrock

2005 / Toots & The Maytals: True love
2004 / Sean Paul: Dutty Rock
2003 / Lee Scratch Perry: Jamaican E.T
2002 / Steph & Dam Marley: Halfway tree
2001 / Beenie Man: Art of life 
2000 / Burning Spear: Calling Rastafari
1999 / Sly & Robbie: Friends
1998 / Ziggy Marley: Fallen is Babylon
1997 / Bunny Wailer: Hall of fame
1996 / Shaggy: Boombastic
1995 / Bunny Wailer: Crucial roots classics
1994 / Inner Circle: Bad boys
1993 / Shabba Ranks: X-tra naked
1992 / Shabba Ranks: As raw as ever
1991 / Bunny Wailer: Time will tell
1990 / Ziggy Marley: One bright day
1989 / Ziggy Marley: Conscious Party
1988 / Peter Tosh: No nuclear war
1987 / Steal Pulse: Babylon the bandit
1986 / Jimmy Cliff: Cliff hanger
1985 / Black Uhuru: Anthem


Other nominees in the category for Best Reggae Album were Devin Di Dakta & J.L. for Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae for Her; J Boog for Rose Petals; Raging Fyah for Everlasting; Rebelution for their album Falling into Place; and SOJA for SOJA: Live in Virginia.
By Brian Kool.

Ziggy Marley wins the 2017 Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
​Marley won the prestigious award for his self titled album "Ziggy Marley". It was his seventh Grammy for Best Reggae Album and bragging rights for the most wins in this category.