Shirts being offered on sale at Kanye West's online store after the US rapper's performance at Emancipation Park on Friday.

Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange plans to speak to Kanye West’s handlers about merchandise bearing Jamaican emblems and symbols being sold atthe US rapper’sonline store. “The Minister is aware of the issue and will be speaking to Kanye’s team about it. She is at a Cabinet retreat now but will address the matter later today,” a source told Loop News reporter Claude Mills on Saturday morning. Through his website, the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapperis selling shirts with Jamaican emblems for up to US$200. The shirts sport images of the Jamaican Hummingbird, the city of Kingston logo, the Jamaican flag and the coat of arms. Also on offer are 'City of Kingston Sunday Service' caps forUS$40. It follows West's pop up 'Sunday Service'performance in Jamaicaon Friday. It is unclear whether Jamaica is benefiting financially from the sales of the merchandise. West, who gave his life to Christ in April of this year, reportedly shelled out US$1 million to host the concert at Emancipation Park in New Kingston.

Kanye West enjoying the vibe at his Sunday Service inside the Emancipation Park in Kingston on Friday. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Kanye West rocked Emancipation Park with his unique style of gospel Friday, entertaining the hundredswho flocked to the New Kingston venue for the pop up 'Sunday Service' concert. West delivered a commanding performance and stamped his class as an entertainer from the moment his choir opened with 'Prince of Peace'to the strains of Damion ‘Junior Gong’ Marley’s 'Welcome to Jamrock'. He then segued into 'I Am Blessed' as he proceeded to rock the venue with his worship and praise. By the time he ended his set with his hit 'Jesus Walks' the audience was truly satisfied. West performed for close to two hours with his harmonious choir providing excellent accompaniment. He seemed to be hiding from the spotlight and only came to centre stage three times for brief solo stints. Kanye West is a true entertainer and he came and conquered Emancipation Park with his modern gospel music. It appeared early on as if the crowds would not turn up, but by the time the first note sounded, the section of the venue where the show was being held was almost crammed. The US rapper has reportedly spent US$1 million to host the free concert which drewa large turnout to Emancipation Park. The event went incident free for the most part as a large contingent of police officers were present to keep order. A senior member of West's choirpaid tribute to the Jamaican authorities for welcoming themwith open arms. “I just want to thank Jamaica for the open door they gave us. I want to thank the Government, the police and the people of Kingston,” he said. He also paid tribute to the vibe that theyexperienced in the nation’s capital and the fare. ”There ain’t no patties like the patties in Jamaica,” he said as the audience erupted in appreciation.


Marriott Hotel name may be seen more around Barbados

Seven hotels in Barbados may soon fall under the Marriott brand. Marriott is completing the stepsto sweep up its competitor, Elegant Hotels Group in a multimillion-dollar acquisition. There already is a Courtyard by Marriott in Hastings, Barbados, whose parent is Marriott International Inc., but Courtyard by Marriott is a no frills, no bells and whistles style of hoteldesigned for business travellers. With this purchase of the Elegant Hotels Group, Marriott International Inc. will be gaining a chunk of the all-inclusive pie that it has its eyes set upon. In a press release on their website today, October 18, 2019, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced that 'the company has reached an agreement with the board of Elegant Hotels Group plc (LON: EHG; “Elegant”) on the terms of a recommended all cash offer for Elegant. Under the terms of the offer, each Elegant shareholder would be entitled to receive 110 pence per Elegant share or roughly BBD $2.86. The offer values the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Elegant at approximately £100.8 million (USD$130.1 million based on £1:$1.29).' That is about BBD $262 million. The statement explained: 'The offer price implies an enterprise value for Elegant of approximately $199.0 million based on Elegant’s total net debt of $68.9 million as at March 31, 2019 as set out in Elegant’s most recent half-year report for the six months ended March 31, 2019.' In Barbados, Elegant owns and operates seven hotels with 588 rooms and a beachfront restaurant, with six of theproperties located along the west coast of Barbados - the “Platinum Coast.” The majority of Elegant properties are operated as all-inclusive resorts and this is the direction that Marriott wants to move in presently. President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International,Arne Sorenson said in the release:“There is a strong and growing consumer demand for premium and luxury properties in the all-inclusive category. “The addition of the Elegant portfolio will help us further jump start our expansion in the all-inclusive space, while providing more choices on the breathtaking island of Barbados for our 133 million Marriott Bonvoy members.” According to Marriott International's News page: 'Following the acquisition, Marriott intends to carry out renovations to the hotels in the Elegant portfolio. Upon completion of the planned property renovations, Marriott intends to operate all the Elegant hotels as all-inclusive resorts under one or more of Marriott’s collection brands. In keeping with Marriott’s asset-light strategy, over time, Marriott also intends to market the Elegant hotels for sale subject to long-term management agreements under which Marriott would continue to manage the hotels. 'In August, Marriott launched an all-inclusive platform with the goal of growing a worldwide portfolio of resorts in popular vacation segments by leveraging the company's operational and development expertise, its Marriott Bonvoy travel program with roughly 133 million members, and its iconic hotel brands. 'Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfaction or waiver of the offer conditions set out in the offer announcement, including approval by Elegant shareholders. 'This announcement should be read in conjunction with the full text of the announcement of the offer for Elegant which will be available shortly on the Marriott website at www.marriott.com/investor.'

FILE - In this September 13, 2019, file photo the logo for Union Pacific appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Union Pacific Corp. reports financial results October 17. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Falling shipments of energy, industrial and agricultural products cut into profit and revenue at Union Pacific during the third quarter. The railroad on Thursday posted net income of $1.56 billion, or $2.22 per share, which is 7 cents less than Wall Street was expecting, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. Revenue slid seven percentto $5.52 billion, which also is short of projections. The earnings report from Union Pacific Corporation, based in Oklahoma, Nebraska, comes a day after the Florida railroad CSX reported falling profits and revenue as signs of a slowing global economy grow.


The public are asked to make note of the following events that may affect traffic over the weekend. October 19 In order to facilitate a static function hosted by the National Museum on Saturday, 19 October, Goring Avenue will be closed between South Church Street and Louise Llewellyn Way, from 5:00AM to 11:59PM. October 20 The United Against Bullying Foundation is hosting their second annual “Be A Hero” 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, 20 October at 6:00AM. The event begins at Heroes Square in George Town and participants will travel onto North Church Street and continue north along West Bay Road up to the Grand Cayman Marriott Resort, before returning to Heroes Square. The event is expected to be completed by 9:30AM. No roads will be closed but residents are advised to exercise caution if travelling in these areas on Sunday morning.

If you visited Camana Bay today you would have seen workers excitedly setting up stalls and tables, in preparation for the seventh annual Shopper's Night Out. The event takes place tonight, Thursday, 17 October, at the Camana Bay Town Centre. This lively three-hour shopping event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and sees participating shops and restaurants satisfying bargain-hunters with discounts of up to 50% off. Hurley’s Media will be broadcasting live on-site and tunes will be spun by VJ Mars, helping to keep the energy going all night long. Shoppers can participate in the Shop & Win raffle – for every CI$25 spent during the evening, participants will be entered to win a range of prizes, including sunset sails for two, restaurant gift vouchers and more. It is the perfect way to get that Christmas shopping list crossed off early, or to just treat yourself at more than 15 Camana Bay outlets.