Sluice gate in Worthing (FILE)

For safety reasons, one of Barbados' South coast beaches will be kept closed. TheMinistry of the Environment and Natural Beautification has issued a statement to advise the publicthat during the...


Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty and Sonita Alexander.

Dr. Sonita Alexander is saying 'Goodbye to Miss' and stepping into her forever today as she gets married Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty may not have shut Grand Kadooment down for Crop Over 2018, but she definitely showed up for one of her best friends Sonita. It's no secret that Sonita and Rihanna have an "I'll fly around the World to be by your side for big moments" kind of friendship. Publicly on Rih's Instagram, Sonita was most recently seen on set during one of Rih's Savage x Fenty photo shoots when she dropped her new Savage line earlier this year. In one of Rihanna's photos from backstage of a Savage x Fenty shoot you could see Sonita. Rihanna caption the image: "When yo BFF @sonitalex decides to come back from "push up bra fitting" just in time for a @savagexfenty photobomb" Now, Rihanna is on islandto watch Sonitasay her wedding vows. [image_gallery] Rihanna posted two snaps to her Instgramstory. The first snap showed Rihanna in a bridesmaid silk robe shimmying next to Sonita in a matching silk 'Mrs. Walker' robe. It was captioned "#walkingintoforever". In the second snap, Rihanna and Sonita side by side, with Rihanna making a kissy face and Sonita smiling brightly. Rihanna and Sonita attended The Combermere School inBarbados together. Three days ago, Sonita posted photos from her bridal shower with a caption saying "Happy!". The hashtag for the nuptials is #walkingintoforever as she marries Raymond Walker. Sonita is a Family Physician byprofession, but many also knowher from the more fun, promoter side of life, as a partof event committees such as WeTing and Sundown. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Nicki Minaj looks stunning as she gave us a preview of hercover for theSeptemberissue ofVogueArabia. The Chun-Li rapper shared the images on her Instagramon Thursday, revealing not one but two cover shots for the magazine. One image features her looking regal as ever draped in a lavish gown with the caption: "Music's bad girl is fashion's latest muse." In the other, she encapsulates the epitome of fashion powerhouse. [image_gallery] “The fashion industry has been successfully collaborating with rap artists because they appeal to young luxury consumers and globalinfluence. In 2018, we’re not just obsessing over their lyrics, we’re taking their style notes, too,” explains editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut ofVogueArabia’s 17th cover. “For us, Nicki Minaj embodies everything that makes the industry crossover a success. She’s the author and producer of most of her material, is a platinum-selling rapper, a successful businesswoman with clothing, fragrance, and beverage lines, and has appeared onTime’s100 most influential people list. Put simply, she’s the ultimate girl boss.” In an exclusive interview with Arnaut, Minaj talks about quitting social media, healing heartbreak, and bouncing back stronger than ever to reclaim her crown. “I think anybody who says they don’t care about horrible things being said about them or lies being spread about them are not being truthful,” says Minaj. “I’m a human being and of course it bothers me when I read lies or horrendous things about myself…I took time to create something for my fans that I knew was going to be perfection.” Minaj'sVogue Arabiacover follows the release of her long-awaited fourth studio albumQueen. The album features guest appearances from artistThe project features guest appearances from the likes ofEminem, Swae Lee, Foxy Brown,Ariana Grande,Lil Wayne, and more. It is available to stream across all platforms. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty and Sonita Alexander.

Dr. Sonita Alexander is saying 'Goodbye to Miss' and stepping into her forever today as she gets married Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty may not have shut Grand Kadooment down for Crop Over 2018, but she definitely showed up for one of her best friends Sonita. It's no secret that Sonita and Rihanna have an "I'll fly around the World to be by your side for big moments" kind of friendship. Publicly on Rih's Instagram, Sonita was most recently seen on set during one of Rih's Savage x Fenty photo shoots when she dropped her new Savage line earlier this year. In one of Rihanna's photos from backstage of a Savage x Fenty shoot you could see Sonita. Rihanna caption the image: "When yo BFF @sonitalex decides to come back from "push up bra fitting" just in time for a @savagexfenty photobomb" Now, Rihanna is on islandto watch Sonitasay her wedding vows. [image_gallery] Rihanna posted two snaps to her Instgramstory. The first snap showed Rihanna in a bridesmaid silk robe shimmying next to Sonita in a matching silk 'Mrs. Walker' robe. It was captioned "#walkingintoforever". In the second snap, Rihanna and Sonita side by side, with Rihanna making a kissy face and Sonita smiling brightly. Rihanna and Sonita attended The Combermere School inBarbados together. Three days ago, Sonita posted photos from her bridal shower with a caption saying "Happy!". The hashtag for the nuptials is #walkingintoforever as she marries Raymond Walker. Sonita is a Family Physician byprofession, but many also knowher from the more fun, promoter side of life, as a partof event committees such as WeTing and Sundown. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Tanzania Barrett and Mama 'Queen Ifrica'

Mama 'QueenIfrica'is pleased as punch over her daughter's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations results. Ventrice Morgan, stage name Queen Ifrica, may not be a fan of Snap Chat, but when her 15-year-old daughter Tanzania Barrett caught her on camera while out for a drive today, she indulged her because Tanzania got great CSEC grades. Sharing Tanzania's impromptu snap on her own Instagram, Queen Ifrica wrotethe caption: "She know mi nuh duh dah summu deh*smile emojis* my Daughter Tanzania is Crazy But she got 8 out of 8 Csec with 5 Distinctions!!!!!!!!!!!!!#Galbrite*smile emoji*" Loop contacted Queen Ifrica and she revealed that her daughter wrote Theatre Arts, French, Art, Mathematics, English A, English B, Principles of Business and Clothing Textiles and Fashion. Tanzania hopes to study Performing Arts at the university level next. Asked about her reaction when she got back her grades, Queen Ifrica said: "Before seeing the results she was scared and did not want to look... but then she saw her results and was very excited and happy." In the car, you could see that all the CSEC anxiety was gone from Tanzania now. The mother-daughter duo were all smiles and laughs in the short clip. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


Sugar cane (FILE)

There is a new board at the Barbados Agricultural Credit Trust Limited (BACT). The board has been named and it will be chaired by Member of Parliament Gline Clarke, J.P., and his deputy will be Senator Lynette Holder. The other members are: Elridge Dixon, Marcel Murrell, Marcia Toppin, Anthony Reece, Clement Lashley, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security or nominee. The appointments took effect on August 13, 2018, and will be for a period of three years. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Erup advertised costume on the left; costume received by a customer on the right.

Complaints lodged against ERUP with the management team are being dealt with in the order in which they were received. This assurance has been given by ERUP the Band's General Manager, Brian Layne. Responding to an email from Loop News, ERUPThe Band Inc. said that they wish "to express sincere apologies to those masqueraders who would have suffered any form of inconvenience for Grand Kadooment 2018. "The Directors, Management Team and Associates are working assiduously to bring resolution to every complaint and/or query, which was formally lodged with us." And Layne went further as to state, "You [disappointed customers] are assured, your correspondences are being handled with priority in the order from which they were received; the process is not as quick as one would appreciate, since each case is being resolved individually. We truly appreciate your patience on this premise." [related node_id='abd2dc77-605c-4928-b814-e531567cd7b2'] Noting that this is not the first time that ERUPhas had to deal with a slew of complaints and irate customers following a Grand Kadooment, as it most recently happened two years ago and since they stressed that they would focus on the customer first and foremost. Now, with many relaying horror stories and complaints to Loop,Layne went on to explain, "Looking back on the band’s annual journey, which began with an exciting launch of five sections – the band pressed ahead with its plans to climax with a memorable experience on the road. "The band, has faced its share of challenges over the years, but has continued to strive to ensure ALL our customers enjoy the climax of the Crop Over Season in Barbados. On this note, we acknowledge the distress caused during our costume delivery segment and are saddened that some of our masqueraders had such displeasing experiences. "ERUP never intends to provide sub-par products or services to its members and stands by its principles of excellence to ensure all members affected receive a satisfactory resolution." Asked what procedure persons interested in being reimbursed,refunded or who wish to file a complaint must follow, Layne reiterated, "in order to service your request efficiently, please direct ALL correspondence to erupthebandbarbados@gmail.com so a member of our team can attend to it in the most efficient manner." And he added, "ERUP remains committed to its clientele and look forward to working past this upset to serve you better." Prior to this correspondence, ERUP also apologised via their Instagram page the day after Grand Kadooment, Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop