In a Media Release on Wednesday afternoon (14th April 2021), the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) said it has taken note of media reports of yesterday and today, in which the relatives of a patient alleged a correlation between the administration of the COVID-19 Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine shot and a thrombus (blood clot), experienced by the patient.
A 60-year-old man from Princes Town is now fighting for his life after receiving the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last week. The man, a retired Health Inspector, is suffering from partial paralysis resulting from several blood clots and his family is blaming the vaccine he took last week.
The SWRHA advised that following a preliminary clinical investigation of the circumstances, “there is no evidence the patient's condition is linked to the vaccine. Any report to the contrary, is therefore inaccurate and greatly misleading.”
The SWRHA further stated, “However, consistent with our general protocol, the Authority has shared the information with the patient's next of kin and will continue to provide excellent medical care. The SWRHA continues to invite our valued patients and clients to contact our Customer Care Centre at 87-SWRHA (877-9742), for any matter in relations to healthcare.”
DMX has died six (6) days after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was 50. The Grammy-nominated star, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday morning (9th April 2021).
His family released the following statement to People:
We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.
A statement from the Hospital in New York where DMX died said, "White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest."
DMX was hospitalized in grave condition on 2nd April 2021 after suffering a heart attack at his home around 11pm. TMZ had reported that his heart attack was triggered by a drug overdose. Upon being admitted to White Plains Hospital in New York, his health was so critical that he was resuscitated and placed on life support. He was reportedly deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes.
In a statement released after news of DMX's hospitalization broke, a rep for DMX told TMZ, "Last night Earl 'DMX' Simmons was rushed to the Hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer."
"The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl," he continued. "Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is re-assuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need."
A prayer vigil was held on Monday evening (5th April 2021) in his honor outside of the New York Hospital where he remained on life support following the heart attack he suffered last week.
The ceremony, which began at 5pm, was hosted by the Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation just outside of the White Plains Hospital. Hundreds of the star's loved ones, fans and supporters rallied together in celebration of his life and music legacy.
On Wednesday (7th April 2021), DMX remained on life support as he was still in a coma, five (5) days after he was admitted at White Plains Hospital. Throughout the day, the late rap icon underwent a series of tests that revealed his level of brain function and activity following his heart attack and ultimately determined his family's decision regarding his life support.
DMX, who rose to fame in the '90s, has been open about his battle with substance abuse after the star said he was introduced to drugs by an adult who he looked up to "like an older brother" when he was a child.
Speaking during his November 2020 appearance on People's Party with Talib Kweli, DMX said the following while holding back tears:
I loved this guy like an older brother, I didn't have any brothers. I would beat box and he would rap, then he suggested one time, 'Why don't you write a couple rhymes and I'll beat box for you?' That's where my first rhyme came to me.
In 2017, DMX canceled a series of planned performances to re-enter a rehabilitation facility. He returned to rehab in 2019, shortly after he was released from prison on tax evasion charges.
In 2000, DMX won the American Music Award (AMA) for favorite artist in the hip-hop rap category. He was nominated for the AMA award once more in 2001. The hitmaker has been nominated for five (5) MTV Video Music Awards, including best breakthrough video.
DMX has earned three (3) Grammy Award nominations over the course of his decades-long career, including best rap solo performance for his smash hit song "Party Up (Up in Here)" and best rap album for his fan-favorite "...And Then There Was X" — both nominations came in 2000. In 2001, he was up for the Grammy Award for best rap solo performance for "Who We Be."
DMX has also appeared in fifteen (15) films, including Belly, Fast and Fierce: Death Race and Romeo Must Die — the latter alongside Jet Li and fellow hitmaker Aaliyah (who died in 2001 at age 22). The star has also made several TV appearances, including guest starring roles in South Park, Moesha, Half and Half, Fresh Off the Boat and Eve.
DMX is survived by his fifteen (15) children.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2021 Oscars on Monday (15th March 2021) after the 93rd annual award show was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The nominees in all twenty-three (23) categories were announced by none other than Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra during a global live stream. The Academy announced last month that this year a total of 366 feature films were eligible for Best Picture, which is up from 344 in 2020.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday 25th April 2021 and will be televised live on ABC starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
See the full list of nominees in all twenty-three (23) categories below.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject
Best International Feature Film
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Production Design
Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Song
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The 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday night (14th March 2021) and it was indeed a big night for women. Trevor Noah hosted the broadcast — with performances from Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles and more.
Beyoncé broke the record for most Grammy wins for a female artist, Taylor Swift became only the fourth artist and first woman to win Album of the Year for a third time. H.E.R won Song of the Year for “I Can’t Breathe,” Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for “Everything I Wanted” and Megan Thee Stallion became the first woman rapper to win Best New Artist this century.
A majority of the winners were revealed in the premiere ceremony, which was hosted by Jhené Aiko.
See the full list of winners below:
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Best Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
Best Alternative Music Album
Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Progressive R&B Album:
Best R&B Album
Best Rap Performance:
Best Melodic Rap Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
Best New Age Album
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Best Roots Gospel Album
Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best American Roots Performance
Best American Roots Song
Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album
Best Reggae Album
Best Global Music Album
Best Children’s Music Album
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Best Comedy Album
Best Musical Theater Album
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Best Instrumental Composition
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Best Album Notes
Best Historical Album
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
Best Classical Compendium
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Best Music Video
Best Music Film
Spotify announced today (Monday 22nd February 2021) that it is expanding its music/audio streaming subscription service in 80+ new markets around the World, including Trinidad and Tobago and several other Caribbean countries.
As part of our ongoing commitment to building a truly borderless audio ecosystem—connecting creators, listeners, and content—Spotify is embarking on a sweeping expansion that will introduce the World’s most popular audio streaming subscription service available to more than a billion people in 80+ new markets around the World, and add 36 languages to our platform. These moves represent Spotify’s broadest market expansion to date.
Spotify believes this expansion will help ensure that sounds and stories that once remained local can reach a global audience.
Spotify also said today, “Our dedication to international artists and listeners is unwavering. Working closely with local creators and partners, we’ll deliver a Spotify experience that meets the unique needs of each market, with scaled language translations and specialized payment formats. These 80+ markets represent more than 1 Billion people—potential Spotify listeners who have yet to tap into the power of our platform.”
The existing rich music cultures in each of these markets will now be able to reach Spotify’s global audience. “All this untapped music energy and access to our innovative creator tools will help propel artists to new heights and empower them to turn their passion into a profession.”
As Spotify enters new markets, they hope to accelerate the discovery of more genres like K-Pop, Reggaeton, and Amapiano that have earned a place in the global music arena.
By reaching even more countries across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America, we’re giving millions of new creators the opportunity to create, discover, and build a career in audio creation—and giving a billion new fans the opportunity to hear it.
Over time, the company aims to introduce the following offerings in each region:
Below is a listing of the new markets in alphabetical order:
*Some exceptions may apply. See local guidelines for offerings in your region.
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