This image released by Netflix shows writer and comedian Sarah Cooper who will star in the Netflix variety special “Everything's Fine," debuting this fall. (Netflix via AP)

Jamaican-born comedian Sarah Cooper, known for her impressions of US President Donald Trump,has landed her own comedy specialon Netflix. It's a majorcareer move for the comedianwho has been dubbed the “Trump Whisperer” for her viral political satire videos impersonating the 45th US president. 'Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine' will debut this fall on Netflix in aspecial segment which promises a “variety special full of vignettes dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, class, and other light subjects.” The streaming service said Cooper is working with heavyweight talent on the special: Maya Rudolph is the executive producer and Nastasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black") is directing. In her early Trump satiric video, “How to Medical,”an expressive Cooper silentlymouthed along to the president's musings about the possibilities of sunlight and disinfectant as coronavirus antidotes. It has been viewed more than 20 million times. Cooper's comedic how-to books include “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” and “How to be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.” Cooper, 42, wasborn in Jamaica in 1977. Shemoved withher familyto Rockville, Maryland in 1980. Additional reporting by the AP

As we continue our celebration of World Youth Day, we introduce you to Lizra Fabien, the Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce. Born and raised in Dominica, she describes herself as a wanderlust by blood and nature lover at heart. She believes that every Caribbean national has a responsibility to contribute to the development and sustainability of the region. It’s a philosophy that’s at the foundation of all her undertakings. Lizra began her university studies at the Andrew University extension campus at the University of the Southern Caribbean in Maracas Valley, Trinidad and Tobago and completed her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. After working in her family business for a few years, she left everyone and everything she knew and moved to China where she pursued the International Masters of Business at Tongji University. She toldLoop Caribbean: “I served as the first Chairperson of the Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce, a network of 21 national Chambers of Commerce in the Caribbean. I continue to support now as the Immediate Past Chair. I continue on this path to support the Private Sector locally and regionally as I am a patriot. I love Dominica and the Caribbean region, and as such, I believe that as nationals and regionals, we have a duty to make our country and Caribbean region a better place.” Launch of CARICHAM, Barbados. April 2019. Lizra said she’s long dreamed of travelling the world and increasing her knowledge and skillset so she would be better equipped to help build her community and by extension her country. “My love for travel grew as a young girl while reading the National Geographic Magazines or just paging to marvel at the pictures before I could understand the text. This also amplified seeing my parents explore the unknown to countries I read of in books. At that tiny age, I would call to the planes as they passed over our house to land at the then Melville Hall airport and say to them, "plane, plane, come for me, I want to go to ..." while calling a random place from my marvels of the National Geographic Magazine.” While studying in China, Lizra explored the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Lizra in Teotihuacan, Mexico She said those trips whet her appetite and deepened her resolve to see and experience as much of the world as she possibly could. “I learned so much about others and myself that I encourage and support my family and friends decisions to explore as far and often as possible. I began conceptualizing a travel brand which could be of benefit across the region but with the demands of my day job, I did not pursue as intensely as I would have desired. Over the years, I have discovered a gap that exists coupled with my open experiences have been building my new brand called The Progressive Mind.” Lizra said because she was blessed with great role models and an unwavering support system, her dreams of giving back to her beloved Dominica are already being realised. Lizra in Gulfoss, Iceland “As a young girl, I was blessed with great role models and a good support system. The adults around nurtured us in several ways. One of my most enjoyable communities was that of the Pathfinder Club where we explored nature and did outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, cooking in the outdoors, first-aid. We also learned how to be a better corporate citizen through our understanding of interpersonal relationships and outreach activities. Based on the impact this has had on my life, I now support the pathfinder club as the leader of my local church and island coordinator of Dominica. Through this ministry annually, together with my local and national teams, we support over 100 children ages 10 to 16.” Recognizing that community goes way beyond where she lives, Lizra is always on the hunt for new ways to add value to the lives of the people in her network. “There have been moments when I felt like changing careers to pursue my passion for travelling the world and spend a few months in a different country before moving to the next. This I have not yet pursued because I believe in my purpose and value that is being created where I am at this moment. I would still encourage others to live their dreams of such a life if they felt that this is what they need to do at the moment.” Shortly after Lizra joined the Chamber, Dominica was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Lizra said those were exceptionally trying times. Emerald Pool, Dominica (Photo credit:johnandersonphoto] Like countless others, she was directly affected by the hurricane, but even so, she found purpose and some semblance of joy in contributing to the islands recovery efforts. “After Hurricane Maria when I returned to the capital for work 7 days later, initially, I had nowhere to stay, however, a colleague housed me for a couple of weeks then some friends at a couple of locations for another two weeks. I prayed earnestly that I needed somewhere to stay on a longer-term basis. Little did I know that my prayers were already being answered. Through a mutual friend, I got connected to someone who allowed me to house-sit for five months. This is during one of the greatest challenging times of our history in Dominica. We lacked the comfort we often took for granted. Overcoming took a lot of mental courage and personal sacrifice. It also required that we work together to in all ways possible to overcome collectively.” Lizra said after that experience she’s learnt invaluable lessons from every experience and encounter. “As a result of the dynamic experience received due to my work locally, regionally and internationally, I knew that God ordained by path for this very moment,” she explained. The young, dynamic Dominican was recently appointed to the board of Global Arise, the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction. Lizra with her graduating class in Shangai, China Lizra epitomizes resilience. Despite the challenges she’s encountered along the way she remains focused on her commitment to contributing to solutions that help improve the lives of others. “My biggest dream for the young people of Dominica is that we will all become part of the solution for the real, progressive and vibrant Dominica we wish to see. #DominicaIsARealPlace! One where all progress and we care about people, the country more than divisiveness, politics or the latest fad. The youth of Dominica are brilliant, creative, progressive! We excel locally and internationally. We can be the change we wish to see in Dominica and impact the world. By no means will this pursuit be easy; however, we must keep focused and work together,” she said. Lizra Fabien Asked what’s next, Lizra said only time will tell. For now, she remains focused on building The Progressive Mind, a platform she created to offer solutions to issues plaguing professionals and entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and help them in their quest to harness their potential. She said she will be forever grateful for her family, friends and international community who collectively nurtured, supported and guided her. Lizra said to date the biggest life lesson she’s learned to date is “It’s not how you start but how you finish.” She said: “Now is always the best timefor a change in perspective and actions. We may not be where we want to be at this moment but our future can change with the consistent thoughts we dwell on and the habitual decisions that we make.


The start time for Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) weekend fixtures have changed. The afternoon matches on Saturday and Sunday will now start at 2:15pm local time The entire 33-match season will be played in Trinidad & Tobago, with all matches taking place across two stadiums in that country. The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will host 23 games, including the semi-finals and final, and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will have 10 matches. Brian Lara Cricket Academy Tuesday 18 August, 10am Trinbago Knight Riders v Guyana Amazon Warriors Tuesday 18 August, 5:30pm Barbados Tridents v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Wednesday 19 August, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs v St Lucia Zouks Wednesday 19 August, 5:30pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Thursday 20 August, 10am St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents Thursday 20 August, 5:30pm Trinbago Knight Riders v Jamaica Tallawahs Saturday 22 August, 10am St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v St Lucia Zouks Saturday 22 August, 2:15pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs Sunday 23 August, 10am Trinbago Knight Riders v Barbados Tridents Sunday 23 August, 2:15pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks Queen’s Park Oval Tuesday 25 August, 10am St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Barbados Tridents Tuesday 25 August, 5:30pm Jamaica Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors Wednesday 26 August 10am St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders Wednesday 26 August, 5:30pm Barbados Tridents v Jamaica Tallawahs Thursday 27 August, 10am St Lucia Zouks v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Thursday 27 August, 5:30pm Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders Saturday 29 August, 10am Barbados Tridents v Trinbago Knight Riders Saturday 29 August, 2:15pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs Sunday 30 August, 10am Barbados Tridents v St Lucia Zouks Sunday 30 August, 2:15pm St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Jamaica Tallawahs Brian Lara Cricket Academy Tuesday 1 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs v Trinbago Knight Riders Tuesday 1 September, 5:30am Guyana Amazon Warriors v Barbados Tridents Wednesday 2 September, 10am Trinbago Knight Riders v St Kitts Patriots Wednesday 2 September, 5:30pm St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors Thursday 3 September, 10am Jamaica Tallawahs v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Thursday 3 September, 5:30pm Barbados Tridents v Guyana Amazon Warriors Saturday 5 September, 10am Trinbago Knight Riders v St Lucia Zouks Saturday 5 September, 2:15pm Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents Sunday 6 September, 10am St Kitts & Nevis Patriots v Trinbago Knight Riders Sunday 6 September, 2:15pm St Lucia Zouks v Jamaica Tallawahs Tuesday 8 September, TBC Semi final 1 (1st v 4th) Tuesday 8 September, TBC Semi final 2 (2nd vs 3rd) Thursday 10 September, TBC Final

Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan bats during the second day of the second cricket Test match against England, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Glyn Kirk/Pool via AP).

Mohammad Rizwan scored a gritty, unbeaten half-century to guide Pakistan past 200 against an increasingly frustrated England before bad light at the Rose Bowl brought an early end to the second day of the second Test on Friday. The teams went off the field before tea because of the gloom, with Pakistan on 215-8, and reappeared for only another nine balls, during which Stuart Broad took his third wicket of the innings and the tourists moved to 223-9. The umpires took another metrereading and took the players off again — for good this time. Rizwan will return on Saturday on 60, the wicketkeeper's second-highest Test score, alongside Naseem Shah (1). England looked all set on wrapping up the Pakistan innings, which resumed on Friday on 126-5, after star batsman Babar Azam (47) edged behind a brilliant ball from Broad that seamed and squared up Babar. That made the score 158-6 and two more wickets fell for 18 runs, with Yasir Shah (5) flashing at a delivery from Jimmy Anderson and edging to give wicketkeeper Jos Buttler another catch. Shaheen Afridi (0) was run out by Dom Sibley at the non-striker's end after a mix-up. England's seam bowling unraveled in the final half-hour before the enforced tea, with the field set by captain Joe Root perhaps too negative under threatening skies and with two lower-order batsmen in the middle. On occasions, there were five or six out near the boundary as Root spread the field. Anderson has the best bowling figures, with 3-48. Broad had 3-56. The tourists trail 1-0 in the three-match series after losing the first match by three wickets in Manchester. Another victory for England will clinch a first Test series against Pakistan in 10 years, and a second series of this pandemic-affected summer having already beaten the West Indies.


In an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the USVirgin Islands is closing its doors once again to leisure visitors, effective Wednesday, August 19, for a period of at least one month. Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced Thursday that the Territory will revert to the “Stay-at-Home” (Orange alert) phase of its COVID-19 response, for the next two weeks, at which time it will be reevaluated. According to the Territory’s chief executive, on Monday, August 17,all non-essential businesses and churches are ordered to cease operations and the public, including non-essential public sector workers, are ordered to stay at home. Effective immediately, hotels, villas, Airbnb accommodations, guest houses, temporary vacation housing and charter vessels and similar businesses have been ordered not to accept or book any new reservations for 30 days. From next Wednesday accommodations providers are barred from admitting or checking-in any guests for 30 days unless the order is lifted sooner. Reservations may only be accepted for business travelers, flight crews, emergency personnel, and government workers with written authorization from the relevant government agency they are visiting. Virgin Islanders in the Territory and abroad are encouraged to travel only for urgent matters to help limit the contagion inand out of the US Virgin Islands. Beginning Monday, August 17 and lasting until August 31 unless lifted earlier, all restaurants in the Territory can offer only takeout, delivery or drive-thru service. All bars, nightclubs and cabarets are to remain closed as long as the Territory remains in a State of Emergency. “When we announced our COVID-19 alert system in May, I indicated at that time that we would retreat … to a more cautious state of alert if conditions warranted. Unfortunately, we have arrived at that point this week,” Governor Bryan said during a press conference Thursday afternoon. “The recent infiltration of the virus into our residential institutions that house vulnerable members of our population creates an alarming level of risk,” the Governor said. “This adds to the stress of the ongoing pandemic response that seemingly has no end in sight and is wearing out our health care and public safety infrastructure.” St. Thomas residents who recently tested positive at a seniors’ residential facility have been reported to be asymptomatic or displaying only mild symptoms. As of Thursday, there were 682 positive cases, 197 of which were active and 476 recovered. Nine deaths have been reported since the start of the pandemic. There has been a miraculous recovery of note - a visiting patient, who was sick and stranded at sea while working aboard a cargo ship. The Filipino sailor, who spent five weeks in a medically-induced coma, underwent 12 weeks of treatment at the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital’s COVID-19 unit before being repatriated to his native Philippines COVID-free. “We appreciate the concerns of our tourism partners and stakeholders, however, with the recent spike in cases we are seeing, especially in the St. Thomas-St. John district, we must reset, take stock, safeguard human life, and prepare for restarting our tourism economy at a later date,” said Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, as he spoke about the difficult but necessary decision. Visitors or residents who have tourism-related inquiries are asked to emailinfo@usviupdate.comor call the department's toll-free number at (800) 372-USVI (8784).

Sans-Souci palace- Haiti
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If you want tovisita cultural heritage sitesteepedin history, thenNational History Parkin Haiti is another place to explore on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean. It was inscribed onUNESCO’sWorld Heritage List in 1982. According toUNESCOthe sitecomprises Haitian monuments including the Palace of Sans Souciand its annex buildings, the Ramierssiteand the Citadel. They serve as symbols of liberty being the first monuments to be constructed by slaves who had gained their freedom. For Haitians they represent the first monuments of their independence. TheCitadelwas constructed as a fortress to protect Haiti which hadstruggled against the colonists forits independence in 1804. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/UnyJzSDkISY.jpg?itok=p2NydMnb","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnyJzSDkISY","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} Video of The Citadelfrom YouTube/Haitian Creole Tour It was built in the event of a French invasion. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti. Haitian revolutionary, the first King of Haiti -Henri Christopheor Henry Ilived inSans Souci Palacewhich also forms part of National History Park. Itwas constructed in 1831and was his mainroyalresidence. According to UNESCO,National History Park is an eminent example of a type of structure illustrating the historical situation in Haiti at the dawn of itsindependence. In April 2020, concerns were raised afterafireaffectedthe historicMilot Church inside the National History Park. Thechurchwas one of the first buildings constructed when Haiti declared its Independence. The preservation of this World Heritage Site in the Caribbean remainsimperative.