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Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy remains upbeat despite being fired as captain of the St. Lucia Stars due to their dismal showing in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League where they have racked up six straight losses.

In a post on his Instagram account on Thursday, August 17, Sammy not only announced his sacking, but thanked everyone for their support and rallied his teammates to “finish on a high”.

The post read: “I will always stand up for my team win or lose. The good leader take more than his share of the blame and less than his share of the credit. It was a pleasure leading you St Lucia Zouks and Stars. Massive thank u to all the players, staff, fans and supporters especially my sweet St Lucia. Now let’s finish on a high.”

Shane Watson has been appointed captain for the remainder of the season while Marlon Samuels has been named vice-captain.

“After six successive defeats in the 2017 season, the time is right to make a switch in leadership and incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” the franchise said in a statement on Thursday (August 17).

“The Stars management would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Sammy for his contribution as captain this season and throughout the last four editions of Hero CPL,” it added.

 

Sammy, who led Windies to two World T20 titles, however, remains in the Stars’ squad for the ongoing edition of the domestic T20 league.

The son of legendary singer Natalie Cole was found dead Monday night, and he was only 39 ... TMZ has learned.

Robert Yancy's body was found in his San Fernando Valley apartment when a friend who hadn't heard from him in a few days checked up on him.

Family members tell us ... authorities contacted them at 2:30 AM Tuesday and said Robert died of a heart attack. Law enforcement tells us, pending an autopsy, they have listed it as death from natural causes, but that can change once the autopsy and toxicology tests are completed.

The family tells us authorities were clear to them, drugs were not involved. As you know, Natalie famously fought drug addiction throughout her adult life until her 2015 death. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Family members say Robert -- the grandson of Nat King Cole -- had never abused drugs and was "turning his life around." He worked in the music industry.

Daniel Craig says he is coming back as James Bond.

The actor was asked whether he will play the secret agent again during his appearance on US chat show The Late Show.

"Yes," Daniel Craig told host Stephen Colbert, before standing up to shake his hand.

The actor, who has played 007 in the past four Bond films, has until now refused to say whether he will do it again.

But on the show he revealed he's known for a "couple of months".

"We've been discussing it, we've just been trying to figure things out," he said. "I always wanted to, I needed a break."

The next Bond film, the 25th in the series, is due out in November 2019.

He said it will be his last outing as the spy.

""I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait."

The 49-year-old was still refusing to confirm speculation about it as late as Tuesday.

"No decision has been made," he told Boston radio station Magic 106.7.

"I know they're desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision just yet."

In 2015 he caused controversy for saying he'd "rather slash [his] wrists" than make a fifth Bond film, a statement for which he later apologised.

Daniel Craig is the seventh actor to play James Bond on film.

Scottish star Sean Connery first took on the role in 1962 and played him seven times, ending with Never Say Never Again in 1983.

Roger Moore matched that total, between 1973 and 1985.

David Niven and George Lazenby each played him once during the 1960s, while two films were released with Timothy Dalton in the lead role, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Daniel succeeded Pierce Brosnan as Bond and made his debut in Casino Royale in 2006.

He has since played the spy in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

 

When a downward-spiralling Elvis Presley died 40 years ago on 16 August 1977, a cynical music industry insider was overheard to remark that it was a "smart career move".

Apocryphal tale or not, death has given a lucrative boost to the selling power of not just Elvis, but also Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and a host of other music legends.

It has also enabled a number of entrepreneurial fans of the artists in question to make a good living from selling memorabilia and other things connected to their idols.

Elvis's legacy and monetary worth remain immensely strong in particular - according to Forbes' list of top earning dead stars he earned $27m (£21m) in 2016, and sold one million albums.

Aged just 42 when he died of a heart attack, the singer's notorious love of unhealthy food could not have helped. His favourite sandwich was said to consist of two slices of fried bread, with crispy bacon and fried bananas, smothered in jam and peanut butter.

Graceland sold 11,000 such sandwiches to visitors last year - but it was not Graceland, Memphis, Elvis' former home, rather Graceland Randers in Denmark.

The tourist attraction in northern Denmark is owned by Danish-born super-fan Henrik Knudsen, 53, who built a copy of the original Graceland mansion to keep the rock 'n' roller's legend alive in Scandinavia.

"I was 13 when he died, and I couldn't say it was a shock, as I wasn't that deep into him at the time, but what I recognised was this was something big," says Henrik, an honorary citizen of Memphis, who has visited Graceland in the US some 100 times.

"This could have been royalty. This could have been a president."

After establishing a successful Elvis fan club, his Danish replica of Graceland opened in 2011.

It cost £2.8m to build the house, with museum in the basement, a function room, merchandise store, and a diner, but within six years Henrik had made enough money to pay back his investors.

Yet with success came a lawsuit from Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate body created by the Elvis Presley Trust to manage worldwide licensing of Elvis-related products and ventures, for infringement of the Graceland trademark.

In December 2015 Graceland Randers was renamed Memphis Mansions, and Henrik declines to discuss the legal aspects.

Another Elvis fanatic who makes a living from his hero is London-based Sid Shaw, the owner of website Elvisly Yours, which sells Elvis-related memorabilia and products to fans in more than 50 countries.

Over the years he has sold mugs, costume jewellery, magazines, books, posters, badges, t-shirts, plates, magnets, Elvis sunglasses and tapestries, among others.

'I first heard Elvis on Radio Luxembourg. And that was the only place you could hear pop music [at the time]," says Sid, now 71.

"Elvis came on and was totally different to anything else, so I became a fan then."

Sid started making busts of Elvis in 1977, the year of his death, and in 1978 set up a fan club.

"In those days, the Elvis Presley estate didn't have a trademark, so I applied for the trademark 'Elvis', and I was told you can't get it because it is generic," he recalls. "So I applied for the next best thing which is 'Elvisly Yours'... and I got it."

The phrase Elvisly Yours is the way Elvis fans around the world sign their letters.

Sid says to protect himself legally he has acquired a further 38 trade marks in the UK and Europe.

At the other end of the online memorabilia scale, eBay says current demand for material related to the King has seen 12 Elvis-related items sold every hour over the last three months, covering everything from mugs to masks.

And there are nearly 70,000 current listings for Elvis memorabilia on the site.

While Elvis fans are mainly of the same generation that grew up with him, others - such as reggae legend Bob Marley - have more cross-generational appeal. In Marley's case he has also become synonymous with Jamaica, helping boost tourism there.

"Bob Marley is more than a native son, he is an icon," says Jamaica's director of tourism Paul Pennicook.

The Marley legacy is overseen by The Bob Marley Group (Jamaica), which is owned by his family, and includes the Bob Marley Museum.

Located in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, the museum was formerly Marley's home, and was purchased in 1975. It was transformed into a museum after his 1981 death, and attracts more than 36,000 visitors a year.

Entry costs are $25 per adult, $12 per child aged four to 12 years, and $5 per student with valid Jamaican school ID.

Meanwhile, products on sale related to the reggae icon include Marley Coffee, Stir It Up music turntables, and One Love ice-cream.

Once a star dies, original memorabilia associated with them tends to climb in price.

Katherine Schofield, head of the entertainment department at UK auction house Bonhams, says: "We tend to see a knee-jerk reaction in the market following the death of a collectible artists.

"It takes a bit longer for the market to settle, and we can then see more accurately if prices look likely to stay higher."

Since David Bowie's death in January 2016 she says there have been high prices for items related to the trend-setting musician, and "high quality lots coming on to the market".

Truffle Shuffle, a firm which produces images on t-shirts, has also noted that death can boost sales.

"When Bowie died, just like with his music, sales of merchandise tripled, with fans looking to get something to remind them of a cultural icon," says Claire Wood, head buyer at TruffleShuffle.com.

Meanwhile, Australian street artist Jimmy C (aka James Cochrane), sold limited edition prints of a Bowie wall mural in Brixton, London, he had created in 2013.

The 44-year-old sold about 120 prints for £180 each with 20% going to Cancer Research UK.

"The print is connected to my artwork as much as it is to Bowie, or to be more specific, the artwork was a personal interpretation of Bowie," he says.

"I believe it is legitimate for me to sell decent quality prints of my own artwork."

But be warned, estates are always on the look-out for anything that crosses from homage into copyright infringement.

"Our action against piracy is an ongoing one," says the Bob Marley Foundation. "We continue to encourage the public to do the right thing and report any illegal use of the image of the reggae icon."

US pop singer Taylor Swift has won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said grabbed her bottom during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013.

The case has grabbed headlines for the star's bold testimony in court, and emphasis that she wanted to fight the case not just for herself but for all women who are victimised.

Here are four reasons why it's significant.

1. It highlighted the underreporting of sexual assault

The 2013 incident only became public in 2015 when radio personality David Mueller- who lost his job after Ms Swift's team reported the groping claim to his radio station - filed a defamation lawsuit against Ms Swift.

With the incident out in the open, Ms Swift filed a countersuit alleging sexual assault - which she has just won.

In court, Taylor Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, said she did not go to police when her daughter first told her she had been groped because: "I did not want this event to define her life."

"I did not want her to have to live through the endless memes and gifs that tabloid media and internet trolls decided to come up with - doctoring the pictures… and making her relive this awful moment over and over again," she said.

Ms Swift's lawyer said the star had wanted to keep the situation "discreet and quiet and confidential".

But by not reporting the alleged groping to authorities in the first place, the pop superstar was responding in the same way that thousands of women do every year.

According to RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organisation in the United States, two out of three sexual assaults in the country go unreported.

The top three reasons for people not doing so are fearing retaliation, not believing the police will help and considering it to be a "personal matter".

Taylor Swift's reasons for not going to the police, as told by her mother, who is part of her management team, are revealing. The case highlights how some victims fear being ridiculed, not being believed or not being taken seriously after reporting an alleged sexual assault.

2. She refused to back down

The trial showed how some defence lawyers try to undermine the credibility of an alleged victim.

But some of the most potent moments occurred when Taylor Swift refused to let that happen.

At one point, rejecting an accusation that she had misidentified Mueller, she said: "I'm not going to allow you or your client to say I am to blame."

When asked why a photo taken at the time of the alleged incident does not show the front of her skirt ruffled, she bluntly responded: "Because my ass is located on the back of my body."

At another moment, she said: "I know exactly who did this. It is not alleged. It is a fact.

"You can ask me a million questions about it and I'm never going to say anything different."

Her testimony drew praise, with Slate magazine's Christina Cauterucci describing it as "sharp, gutsy and satisfying".

"For young fans of Swift's, hearing a beloved artist speak candidly about the emotional damage of sexual assault and stand up to a courtroom of men trying to prove her wrong could be a formative moment for their developing ideas of gender, sex, and accountability," she wrote.

3. It's being seen as a bigger victory

Taylor Swift only asked for a symbolic $1 (77p) in damages from Mr Mueller and has now pledged to donate to organisations that help defend sexual assault victims.

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," she said in a statement following the verdict.

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard."

Her lawyer Douglas Baldridge said she asked only for $1 because she did not want to bankrupt Mr Mueller, but rather use the case to send a message to all women that "they will decide what will be tolerated with their body".

Ms Swift is being praised for inspiring other women to speak out about groping, even if they might not have the advantages she has in terms of wealth, fame and public support.

Ten-year-old fan Vega Zaringlee, who attended the trial, told the New York Times that she wanted to thank Ms Swift for standing up for women.

"I now know what honest people talking about a situation that victimised them sound like," she said.

4. In this case the celebrity was the alleged victim, not the alleged perpetrator

We are used to seeing high-profile cases of alleged sexual assault of abuse involving celebrities, but they are often the accused, rather than the accuser.

Of course Taylor Swift is far from the first female pop star to make such allegations.

In fact, she gave $250,000 (£193,000) to the singer Kesha in 2016 to help her pay legal fees in cases against her former producer, whom she accused of sexual assault.

Some brand strategists have suggested that with the civil case, Taylor Swift has been not only trying to empower ordinary women that she doesn't know, but also music industry colleagues.

"Taylor is aware that her defiance in fighting against these allegations - not only made toward her but other artists and colleagues - will achieve global visibility around sexual assault issues that, in many cases, go unreported and ignored and are marginalised," PR strategist Marvet Britto told NBC News.

 

Rhinestone Cowboy singer Glen Campbell has died at the age of 81 after "a long and courageous battle" with Alzheimer's disease, his family said.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather," their statement said.

The legendary guitarist announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011.

A self-taught prodigy, he rose from an impoverished childhood in Arkansas to sell 45 million records.

Campbell made his name in the music business as one of the top session guitarists in Los Angeles, working for producers like Phil Spector and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

He played on hundreds of tracks including Daydream Believer by The Monkees, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra and Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley.

But Campbell always wanted to make it under his own name.

After a string of flops, in 1967 he finally found his distinctive country pop sound with hits like Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix.

The peak of Glen Campbell's career was in 1975 when he topped the charts around the world with Rhinestone Cowboy.

 

Usain Bolt had his farewell party spoiled when Justin Gatlin beat him in the 100 meters at the world championships.

 

In a tight finish, Bolt was punished for his slow start and Gatlin held him off at the line in 9.92 seconds. American sprinter Christian Coleman took silver in 9.94 seconds and Bolt took bronze in 9.95.

 

Because of his doping past, Gatlin was booed in London even after the race.

 

 

Nathaniel Glover, aka The Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, is being questioned in connection with the deadly stabbing of a homeless man in Midtown, law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York.

Glover was taken into custody in the Bronx on Tuesday and is currently being questioned at the 13th Precinct in Manhattan. He is expected to be officially charged around 8 p.m., sources said.

The homeless man, identified as 55-year-old John Jolly, was stabbed in the chest near Third Avenue and East 44th Street shortly before midnight on Monday, according to sources. 

Jolly was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, sources said, adding that Jolly had been staying at a homeless shelter in the Bowery. 

 

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five formed in the Bronx in the late 70s. They're most known for their influential 1982 rap song, "The Message." The group broke up in the late 1980s. 

 

 

 

The stage is set for the 2017 Courtesy Mount Gay Pic-o-De-Crop final. 

The eleven finalists drew for positions of the Kensington Oval show piece at the Mount Gay Visitor Centre Wednesday afternoon. 

After more than 20 years out of the competition, Edwin Yearwood will open the show at position number 1.

Chrystal Cummins Beckles Holder drew number 2.

Two time monarch Adrian Clarke is at number 3 and competing for the first time since 2015 is Observer at number 4.

Sir Ruel comes at 5 and Donella 6.

2015 King Classic will appear at number 7 and he's expecting keen competition.

The sweet singing Colin Spencer will be at 8 and Aziza will be defending her title from position number 9.

She says she has been making sure she is in good form for the show down.

Smokey Burke will be at number 10 in his first final since 2012.

Iweb, who won back to back titles in 2013 and 2014 will close out the show at number 11.

If Mariah Carey‘s life didn’t already seem like something straight out of a Hollywood writers’ room, it’s about to: according to Deadline, the singer will be getting her own scripted fictional drama series based on the events of her life. Carey is slated to produce the yet-unnamed series alongside her friend Brett Ratner, Golden Globe nominee Stella Bulochnikov (Boss), Teri Weinberg (Ugly Betty) and John Cheng (Horrible Bosses).

Nina Colman (Mahogany) will write the series, which will follow a 16-year-old bi-racial singer-songwriter living in New York City who battles a “difficult childhood” to become a worldwide music star. The series will begin in 1986 and follow the girl’s ascendance to fame.

Carey’s no stranger to biographical works — she recently toplined and executive-produced the docu-series Mariah’s World for E!. The show covered the day-to-day experience of being Mariah, while her newer series will glamorize the singer’s story. She has plenty of content to work off of, having risen from obscurity to gain five consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one hits between 1990 and 1991. To date, she has had 17 songs hit number one on that chart, and 23 have charted in the top five alone.

This year, Carey started 2017 with a botched performance on New Years’ Day during the New Years’ Rockin’ Eve concert. She continued with some messy filming for The House, but has garnered high hopes for her upcoming summer tour with Lionel Richie.

 

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