Barbados PM Mia Mottley Proposes Museum To Honor Rihanna, The Nation's Famous Daughter

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley is one shrewd woman. Rihanna supported her candidacy to become Prime Minister in 2018, then joining forces with Motley as Cultural Ambassador for Barbados in September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley at United Nations September 2018.

PM Motley has raised her own international profile significantly since becoming leader of her country. AOC featured yesterday her role in activating a deliberate, fast-track move towards 100% renewable fuels by 2030. Barbados is joined by Jamaica in the lead and also Dominica in a major drive towards sustainability, now fueled with the activism, money and connections of Richard Branson, who has launched a program throughout the Caribbean post Hurricane Maria.

Now Barbados Prime Minister wants to open a museum celebrating Rihanna and her Work, Work, Work, Work, Work.

Mottley revealed in London that conversations are already underway between Rihanna’s manager brother and the Barbados government on honoring the Caribbean island’s most famous daughter born Robyn Rihanna Fenty , according to The Voice.

Anybody who could go from Rihanna’s humble beginnings to become “the most successful woman entertainer in the entire globe, in my view deserves to be recognized in her life as a living legend of Barbados as well,” Mottley said.

Rihanna is everywhere right now, becoming the first woman of color to launch a brand with luxury group LVMH with the debut of her fashion label FENTY in May.  Her song about Work, Work, Work, Work is the reference for the opening paragraph of her interview.

The backdrop of Rihanna’s global success across so many fields seems enhanced by the history of her own country of Barbados. AOC published last night an article from The Conversation J.M. Opal, Associate Professor of History and Chair, History and Classical Studies, McGill University in Toronto.

Professor Opal reminds us that instead of exploding into violent retribution when the British Empire abolished slavery in the 1830s, Barbados — “Ground Zero for American slavery and racism, a Caribbean concentration camp in which hundreds of thousands of people of African descent were tortured to make white planters very rich” — became one of the most stable, hard-working democracies in the Caribbean.

That success has continued after gaining freedom from British rule in 1967. And it’s clearly in the DNA of Barbados’ most famous daughter Rihanna and its still young in tenure Prime Minister Mia Mottley. This is a duo to watch!

Walmart Expands Volkeswagen Group Electric Car Charging Locations From 120 To 300

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Electrify America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkeswagen Group of America, is investing $2 billion over a 10 year period in zero emission vehicle infrastructure, education and access. A major partner is the initiative is Walmart, which has now opened 120 charging stations at Walmart stores in the US.

On Monday, Electrify America and Walmart announced that the are expanding their relationship in an initiative that will make Walmart one of the largest retail hosts of EV charging stations across the US.

Plans are to add 180 additional locations. Every installation site is equipped with regular 150 kW stations as well as ultra-fast 350 kW stations that can charge vehicles at a rate of 20 miles per minute.

Most electric charging infrastructure—and most electric vehicles—are located on the coasts, writes Curbed. Walmarts tend to be located in states or areas within states where EV adoption is low. This sounds counter-intuitive but the initiative can help to influence consumer buying behavior in more ways than one. Walmart isn’t commonly associated with environmental initiatives, which is a reflection of elitist thinking about the company.

The lack of reliable charging stations is believed to be a detriment to sales. Not knowing where charging stations are located, coupled with not having access to an at-home charging unit is a deterrent to drivers who worry about “range anxiety” and a dead battery.

The Walmart initiative is part of the company’s ambitious sustainability plan. In December 2017, Luna Atamian interviewed Katherine Neebe, Director of Sustainability at Walmart.

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Sainsbury's Supermarket Launches 'Meat-Free Butchers' Pop-up For World Meat-Free Week

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London’s Sainsbury’s supermarket is launching its first vegan pop-up MEAT-FREE BUTCHERS, serving sausages, mince, fillets, burgers and other delicacies not derived from animals.

The pop-up will be located at the chain’s Bethnal Green branch from June 21 to 23, honoring World Meat-Free Week (website). Sainsbury staff will serve 20 animal-free products including BBQ-pulled jackfruit, chorizo-style Shroomdogs, meatless bacon, veggie ribz and Moroccan vegbabs .

Each purchase will be weighed and wrapped, creating a traditional butcher experience, complete with cooking demonstrations and recipe-sharing.

In other sustainability news, Sainsbury’s has unveiled plans to end the use of difficult-to-recycle, dark-colored plastics across fresh foods by the end of 2019 and all fresh foods by March 2019. Black plastic trays will be replaced with recyclable alternatives by years-end, with black ready-meal trays replaced over the summer.