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Edwin Yearwood will be in the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop finals.

De Big Show tent will dominate the lineup for the finals of the Courtesy/Mount Gay Pic-O-De-Crop competition. After some six hours of kaisoon Friday night, the Pic-O-De-Crop judges have selected ten finalists who will return to Kensington Oval to meet reigning monarch Aziza at the finals on August 5. They are: Colin Spencer (All Stars) Donella (All Stars) Adrian Clarke (De Big Show) Chrystal(De Big Show) Classic(De Big Show) Edwin(De Big Show) iWeb(De Big Show) Smokey Burke (Gladiators) Observer (House of Soca) Sir Ruel (House of Soca) There is no reserve as there was a tie, so 10 calypsonians have advanced. The Judges sending them onto the finals were Washbrook Bayne (Chief Judge), Clyde Cadogan, Alfred Taylor, Leslie Lett, Litchfield Nurse, Pearson Bellamy, Shellaine Bourne, and Dr Victor Agard. [image_gallery]

'Go down pun de pole, pun de pole'

Wondering how to up de ting in de party? Well, look no further for some good, fun, crazy suggestions. Loop's not sending you to snatch anyone’s ice bowl or cooler and hold it as collateral to get a dance. We’re not sending you toanyone demanind ‘Give it to me’ and we are not sending you to call for ‘strong rum no chaser’. We are giving you tasks that will be fun and not hazardous to your health. Get your friends to take pics orrecord video and tag #LoopNewsBB on social media to share the vibes. 1. Pose in de fete when ‘Full Extreme’ by Ultimate Rejects plays. FREEZE… you no business! 2. Run to the bar and try to get a refill when Faith’s track ‘Refill’ plays. That means you have less than five mins, so move, move, moooooove! 3. Let someone take a photo of your back when it's bent like a Pringle, and don’t tip over. 4. Jump and wave as soon as Fadda Fox’s track starts…from start to finish! 5. Run in the opposite direction when the crowd moves for ‘Palance’. 6. Dance with an umbrella when RPB sings ‘Hold on to something! Hold on to anything!” 7. Find a tent pole or a real skinny person and shake what your momma gave you when you hear Hypasounds aka The Kid sing “Go down pun de pole, pun de pole!” 8. Don’t warn the people outside of your crew, then start ‘shaking, shaking,’ and shake till you shackle out! 9. Well if yuh gonna shackle out, could as well hit the ground as soon as Sanctuary’s 2017 hit starts and beg your friends ‘PICK ME UP!’ 10. Alright now ‘shooooow me you’s a top rider’ and start ‘Bubbaling’ like you is de ‘Baddist’, no ‘Mavis’. When you are done you may need a few minutes of rehab to cool down in the fete but you will have laughs and footage to share. Have a safe Crop Over 2017! By the way, how many Crop Over 2017 songs did you spot in this artitle, list the titles and singers in the comments.

If you love Twix and dark chocolate, get ready to rejoice. Twix has introduced a new dark chocolate cookie bar for those who love dark chocolate. The bar was announced via Twitter and they’re urging those who are lucky enough to nab a duo of Twix Dark bars to share where they#FoundNewTWIX. We hear that TWIX Dark are in high demand. They may not be easy to find, but now it's like a treasure hunt! Share where you #FoundNewTWIX. pic.twitter.com/xevNhy7RZF — TWIX® (@twix) June 20, 2017 Twix is also re-releasing two older faves, Twix Peanut Butter (available in September) and Twix White (coming in November, just in time for the holiday season). According toElite Daily, Twix Brand Director Allison Miazga-Bedrick explained the expanded range in a statement. She said: "The dark chocolate, peanut butter and white chocolate categories are some of the largest and fastest growing partitions in our industry.We not only wanted to give Twix fans more flavour options to choose from but all chocolate lovers more ways to enjoy our product."

Super centenarian, Millicent Yearwood, celebrated her 110th birthday on July 20, 2017.

How does 110 years on earth feel? The best person to answer that question would be Millicent Yearwood, Barbados’ lone super-centenarian who celebrated the momentous milestone on July 20, 2017. The sight of a centenarian often leads people to wonder ‘how did they live so long’ and certainly the questions burns ever more for someone at one century and ten. Loop had the opportunity to sit with Yearwood, her family and friends at her Fitts Village, St. James home to wish her the happiest of birthdays and to learn some secrets on how to live such a long and prosperous life. Yearwood’s physical health is relatively good considering her age – she can walk, with assistance usually from her 17-year-old great-granddaughter, Rayanne Archer; she sees well and can still hold a tune, with gospel songs being her genre of choice. Her hearing and speech, however, are severely impaired but she remains quite alert and attentive. Unlike many of her era, Yearwood did not have many children, having just one daughter at 40 years old. The now 70-year-old Mavis Small-Raper entertained the gathering with stories from the past and recounted the fondest memories of ‘Mum’. Born in 1907, Yearwood took up a job which was common at the time, a plantation labourer, and spent most of her working years on Mount Wilton plantation and Lion Castle plantation in St. Thomas. She was also a hawker in Bridgetown, known for selling the best “ground food” as she plied her trade from Nelson Street, The City on Fridays and Saturdays. Yearwood was born in Maynard’s Tenantry in St. Joseph and she gladly traversed the distance every day to and from work by foot – one of the factors which perhaps contributed to her long life. When she was in her prime, her daughter said, Yearwood’s day would usually start around 3 a.m. at which time she would wake to prepare herself for work. When cane season was in, Yearwood worked right alongside the men, cutting, bundling and piling cane onto the truck, though one would never have guessed all this strength could rest in such a small statured woman. Small-Raper explained her mother never received any formal schooling and to this day Yearwood is unable to read or write. But because of her work there is no one who can calculate money as well as she can, a point which Small-Raper noted as she looked dotingly on her mother. Millicent’s dedication to the Christian faith has held fast for as long as her life and up to present day she is a devout member of the Church of God in Welchman Hall, St. Thomas where she did janitorial work. [related node_id='6f8780df-810a-4143-944b-8722bbf1ccd8'] As it relates to eating habits, Small-Raper said her mother’s diet consists of “whatever the plantation used to grow” adding her mother was never sold on rice or pasta dishes. She said she remembers fondly cou-cou and steam fish was the dish of choice her mother liked to prepare along with others such as sweet potatoes. Bush medicine was the popular remedy at the time and Small-Raper recalled her mother regularly used cerasee bush and others to treat illnesses. Yearwood’s only ailment, her daughter said, was arthritis and affirmed her belief that her mother’s use of bush medicine has benefited her greatly. Diet was not the only thing Yearwood was strict about, as her daughter recalled discipline was a key element of their household growing up and also in the care of her seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She described her mother, the longest-living relative of six siblings, as a “strong woman” who still possessed a good singing voice. Yearwood proved her right when she delivered a rendition of ‘Trust and Obey’ and ‘How Sweet the Name of Jesus’. Yearwood’s achievement as a super-centenarian will be recorded in the department of Gerontology in Los Angeles, USA along with Barbados’ two other super-centenarians, Emily Clarke and James Sisnett, who died in 2013 at 110 years old and 113 years old respectively. Members of the National Committee on Ageing present a gift to 110-year-old Millicent Yearwood on her amazing milestone birthday, as family members look on.

Several businesses have indicated they will close on Monday to allow employees to participate in a joint union-private sector march.

The Barbados Employers Confederation (BEC) has issued guidelines to managers on how to treat Monday’s march, announced as ajoint action by the trade unions and the private sector to pressGovernment for dialogue. General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), Toni Moore, on Friday issued a call to Barbadians to come out and show their support for the unions' and private sector’s requests for talks, which they said have so far gone unanswered. A march has been planned for 10 a.m. on Monday, July 24, starting at Queen’s Park. “This March is a united effort for us all to show our commitment towards achieving what is best for Barbados,” said Moore, who was joined byrepresentatives of other trade unions and private sector groupings, includingPresident of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Charles Herbert. [related node_id='f5583e78-ff1a-4ed3-a510-c90a69aa9a23'] Among other things, the BEC bulletin reminded management not to discipline any staff member for being a part of the march once they are a member of a recognised trade union or staff association. It also advised management to indicate to staff absent from work to attendthe march that they may not be compensated for the time away from work, noting that the decision to pay was at the company’s discretion since “compensation for work is based on the execution of the task”. However, at least one business house has signalled to its employees that they are fully supportive of them answering the joint trade union and private sector call to march on Monday. A copy of an internal memo from Douglas Armstrong, CEO of Automotive Art, has been shared on social media. In it, Armstrong called on employees to participate in the march, urging them to do so “for the love of your country, and the future of your children”. The memo read, in part: “Automotive Art fully endorses the initiative of the BPSA in this regard, and as a consequence will be closing its operations accordingly. “As a result, staff are advised that they will be relieved of their duties with full pay on the day of the March and are encouraged to join the protest march in uniform… “It is everyone’s responsibility to make their respective voices hear, and send a message to Government that they must engage its social partners in order to develop a sustainable path forward for the country.” Reports are that companies in the Williams Industries Group will also support staff participation in the march by opening at midday on Monday. Speaking on Friday at a press briefing to announce the march, President of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Charles Herbert, noted that the march was to show Government that both the trade unions and the employers had the backing of the wider public. He added, “The common frustration that both of us [trade unions and private sector] have is the inability to engage the government dialogue. Once we establish dialogue, the unions would have some issues that are different from the private sector and the private sector would have some that are different from the unions. So there’s no saying that either of us is compromising our independence – what our joint call is the three parties need to sit together in our tripartite relationship and talk about our problems which have now become urgent for both of us.”

The Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation are launching an investment guide for the sweet potato sector in the Caribbean. In a release, the organisations state that the guide highlights the investment potential in the CARIFORUM region's growing agribusiness sector, with increasing global demand for tubers, added value of cultivating the crop, and the governments' efforts to promote production and value addition. "The investment guide draws attention to the ease of doing business in the Caribbean due to a common language, strong financial institutions, and an established credit information sharing across the region. Moreover, Caribbean governments are determined to increase agricultural production, weather conditions are good, and soil quality allows for the production of up to three crops per year. This demonstrates the favourable conditions for agricultural investment in the region," the release said. The organisations state that sweet potatoes are a good candidate for investment thanks to increasing global demand, good relationships with major export markets, and a strong tradition of growing the crop across Caribbean countries. FAST President and CEO Noemí Perez said, "This guide provides practical information to financial services providers (FSPs) that wish to invest in the sweet potato sector in the Caribbean. FAST hopes that, with the right information, more and more FSPs can tailor their financial products and services to the growing demand in the agricultural sector." Three different streams are explored in the investment guide: the macroeconomic profile of the Caribbean, the sweet potato value chain, and the creation of a favourable environment for investment. Caribbean governments wish to diversify their economies away from traditional sectors such as tourism, rum, banana and sugar. Diversification into sweet potato will take advantage of the region's well-established agricultural production systems and robust trade relationships with global importers of sweet potatoes. The release said the sweet potato value chain is similar to those of other commodities, where producers respond to demand and go through various stages before exporting their product. The entire process usually takes five to six months. The guide identifies a specific type of sweet potato in which has a high demand among consumers and the added benefit of a shorter production cycle, which allows production of up to three crops annually. Increased demand for sweet potatoes from the EU, UK, and US markets provides an excellent investment opportunity for the Caribbean farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises. To reap the benefits of the growing demand, farmers need to obtain financing to improve production capacity and acquire necessary inputs. CTA Director Michael Hailu added, "Access to finance is one of the critical challenges that small-scale producers across the Caribbean and other regions where we work face in modernising their operations and reap greater benefit from farming. We hope the investment guide will help in attracting badly needed finances to the regions' promising sweet potato sector."


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July 23, 2017

Soca On De Hill

Top acts from Barbados and the Caribbean including:

Edwin Yearwood
Kirk Brown
2017 Bashment Soca King Stiffy
Lil Rick
Red Plastic Bag
Fadda Fox
Peter Ram
Patrice Roberts
Ultimate Rejects
Ricky T
Skinny Fabulous