Barbadian superstar Rihanna at Grand Kadooment 2017.

The sweetest summer festival has been known to attract personalities from around the world, who want to soak up pulsating soca tunes, forget about their stresses and have a good time. This was true for Crop Over 2017, as international sports stars, billionaireheiresses, fashion models, among others joined Barbadian superstar Rihanna on the road Monday. Speaking of RiRi, she was no doubt aneye-catcherat this year's festival. Adorned in a sparkly ensemble withturquoise,green, and pink feathers, her costume caught the eye of the media all over the world, includingVogue Magazine which spoke to its designer from the Aura Experience band,Lauren Austin. Rihanna's partner on the road during Grand Kadooment 2015, Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, was also back for Crop Over this year. Before taking to the streets this time around, he was spotted having a fun day at the beach and at the1Love Concert at the Concorde Experience. He and headliner at that concert, Machel Montano, were among those enjoying Kadooment Day. Also present for this year's celebrations was the man whose jaw-dropping mugshot did not only have women all over the world wanting to frame the photo of hismesmerisingeyes on theirwalls,but took him from the prison walls to the catwalk. Jeremy Meeks - who continues to bebetter known on social media as #prisonbae - has not just been taking in the Crop Over festival after jumping withKrave the Bandon Monday. He continues to be seen around the island stroking his stuff on the beaches' runway. Speaking of Meeks, 26-year-old billionaireheiressChloe Green was right by his side throughout the trip.The socialite who was on Season 3 of the UK reality show 'Made in Chelsea,' is the daughter of businessmanSir Philip Green. The two who have been very open about their romance in recent weeks, have beenproudly exploring the island andwere spotted togetheron Monday. These were just some of the personalities from around the world,regionand Barbados we saw at Grand Kadooment 2017. Take a look at the gallery to see who else we spotted. [image_gallery]

Members of the Iza Vybe band.

Iza Vybe the band was hands down the highlight of the night last Thursdayas Elevate Events, Booze Cruise and Jus Jay Events combined to host Lifted Crop Over under the theme 'Elementz' - Steel, Riddim, Fiyah. Heavy rains threatened the Southern Pit area of the Bushy Park race track, but patrons who braved the weather did not regret their decision to come out. The Iza Vybe band had the party rocking, as they seemed to have a beat for each tune and hyped up the crowd during and between DJ sets. Their stage was elevated at certain points of the night, which brought more attention and excitement to their performance. "The venue was not super muddy and even with the rain falling every now and then I still had a splendid time. I really like what they did with the band this year. I don't know the name of the band but they really brought a different feel to the event I think is always needed. They hyped up the crowd from start to finish. Good job to those fellows and to the promoters. I look forward to seeing what you'll be bringing next year,"said one patron. Another individual described the event as "organised" and "on point", adding,"I love the idea of the elevating stage and the band joining in with the DJs and performers. I haven't seen anything like this in a while. I can't really find anything bad to say except the rain that has nothing to do with the promoters." DJs Puffy, Payou, Shep Beats and Konata, Bubbles and Evolution, Vibenation and performers Nikita, Stabby, Marzville also kept the crowd entertained until the event's 1:00 a.m. finish.

A headache a day feels like the order in these last few weeks.

Parents and guardians in Barbados don’t realize how much they love to see their children in their uniforms going off to school for six straight hours Monday to Friday, until it’s vacation time. The children in nursery, primary and secondary school got eight weeks leave and with two weeks or so left, parents are counting down the days, hours and minutes. Some parents are at their wit’s end now with camps closing and loved ones turning down requests to ‘Hold he for half hour fuh muh’ cause they know your 30 minutes is nothing short of two days now. Here are 16 things you may hear a parentyelling as you walk by a Bajan house between now and when school restarts in September. 1. It ain’t time fuh school to start back yet? 2. I aint know how teachers does do this day in and day out! 3. ‘You aint want to go outside and run bout.’ By the last days, gone are the days of worrying about cars in the streets and tumbles and falls. Some guardians just want the kids out of sight, out of mind. 4. ‘Go and turn on de TV and watch something or get de tablet.’ Parents love technology by the last days. Everything comes full circle. 5. ‘Mummy I want to go to de sea!’ Mother: You aint tired uh de beach? 6. Child opens the refrigerator door for the millionth time. Granny: You think something gine grow in dey? 7. Aunt looks at nephew who has gained some weight since last week. Aunt: I hope them new school uniforms can fit you, ‘cause you getting big like a bus! You don't stop eat? You always stuffing you face ting! [related node_id='21b9b001-53a7-48ec-86b8-0c9d4f783cfa'] 8. Grandfather looks up at grandson: Wuh you shoot up in de air like a gaulin. 9. Big sister: I sick and tired uh de noise in muh head. Hush nuh! 10. Mother: Mummy, mummy, mummy, don’t call my name again! Child: But you ain’t name mummy. Mother: Fix it Jesus. Don’t say mummy again for the next hour. *Silence followed by a scream AHHHHHHHHHHHHH* Mother: Do NOT holler for mummy! 11. Father: You bedtime aint gone? Child: I don’t have school tomorrow! Father: I think it is time you get back into going to bed at your bedtime. Practice makes perfect. 12. Mother: Pack your bag. You waan go by you farr or you grandmudda? I can’t tek dis hay today soul. 13. *Ahhh choo* Mother: No no. Don’t come getting sick now you ready to guh back into school. 14. Grandmother: Stop running cause you ain’t brekking nuh bones now. You would wear back a cast. School fuh you bright and early as dem gates open. 15. Mother: Child you mekking me talk too much 16. Every adult in the house, the community and the country who deals with a school-aged child: What duh does give wunna vacation for? Some parents are feverishly looking around for a camp for these last few weeks just to avoid a stint in HMP Dodds and keep their criminal records free of charges. What are your neighbours yelling?

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Some of the attendees at the 2017 Caribbean Startup Summit

The high unemployment rate is creating a new type of entrepreneur and they need all the help they can get because entrepreneurship was not their first choice. Sharing this belief was the Founder and Executive Director of TEN Habitat, Selwyn Cambridge. He told Loop News: “The current economic conditions are forcing individuals to choose entrepreneurship as a response to unemployment or under employment. And we do expect that this is likely to continue. However, what is more important to note is that, with this trend we are now dealing with a crop of aspiring entrepreneurs who have chosen entrepreneurship not by design but by default and with that brings a new set of challenges around cultivated mindsets and expectations. These persons sometimes are seeking to create a job for themselves more so than build an enterprise with the potential to scale.” However,TEN Habitat is ready to provide necessary support according to Cambridge. He said that looking at the needs and demands of the new entrepreneurtheir unique style of entrepreneur intervention is becoming even more critical. “When desperation hits, individuals tend to make poor business choices facilitated by the need for expediency and they need help in channeling their fears and hopes to make more realistic, evidence based choices. At TEN Habitat we place very special emphasis on helping individuals address the early transition hurdles of moving from employee to entrepreneur and then employer. It is not always easy to make this a smooth transition but a very necessary one if they are to succeed. Our approach is designed to be able to address more and more of this reality.” TEN Habitat is a non-profit setup to develop ideas and businesses into investor-ready ventures and create a community around entrepreneurs. But he said that they do not leave the entrepreneurs to fend for themselves after the initial consultation and talks because contrary to the myths, being your own boss is not a walk in the park. He insisted: “We also run a co-working space and innovation hub in Bridgetown Barbados which serves as a home for entrepreneurs to connect, learn and build viable ventures with the support of in-house mentors and access to a global community. The core meaning behind the Habitat is to function just like a natural habitat found in nature--we wanted to create an interconnected system that allowed for the nurturing of ideas into viable ventures.” Cambridge said that they may not be well-known but he is pleased by the inroads that they are making and have made in the past couple of months. Since it relaunched in 2016, TEN Habitat has been able to assist upwards of 150 entrepreneurs who have either benefited from attending their two startup summits, bootcamps, workshops and Hybrid Accelerator program. “We opened our co-working space and innovation hub just four months ago and have already been able to assist 40 startups refine their business ideas, restructure their business models and accelerate growth in their sales.” And he added that the hope os for those who benefit or who have successfully been navigating the entrepreneurship waters to share their knowledge and experience to keep other entrepreneurs afloat. “We want to help entrepreneurs build viable ventures that are capable of attracting funding through either equity investment, crowdfunding or traditional debt financing. To do this we strongly believe in the power of community and exposing startups to a new way of thinking and co-creating. I call it learning by osmosis. Put a bunch of aspiring entrepreneurs together with seasoned and globally focused entrepreneurs and you help them cultivate a new way of thinking and looking at their business. We aim to do that for all startups.” To the end, TEN Habitat has also established partnerships with other global startup ecosystems and groups in Waterloo Canada, Silicon Valley, Africa and the U.K.

(L-R) Stephen Lubin, Chief Executive Officer of CRS Music, Laurence Malpass, Head of Sync with Music Gateway; Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley; Sean Mulligan, VP Creative-Entertainment One and Executive Director Barbados Coalition of Service Industries.

Barbadian artists have made leaps and bounds in the area of protecting and understanding intellectual property rights, now it is time to use that intellectual property to make money from the international market. Such was the view expressed by Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, during an address at the Conduits to Commerce Workshop hosted by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI), the Cultural Industries Development Authority (CIDA) and CRS Music. The aim of theworkshop, which was well attended by many local musicians, is to provide information on music synchronization licensing. Lashley told the gathering that lucrative streams of income can be generated over long periods through content which is synced with advertising campaigns, film, TV and digital media. He added awareness of the sync industry is crucial for local professionals to capture a part of the billion dollar industry. “I should also point out that there is also a need for us to shift from Protecting our Intellectual Property to monetizing our intellectual property. The Synch market provides one such opportunity where artistes can develop residual income on works already released, while developing new works for current consumption and/or performance.” He said a pressing issue was the lack of understanding of the industry and its inter-sectoral linkages which was limiting the money being gained from the industry. "The truth is the music publishing industry in the Caribbean is stillbeing developed. As a result, the vast majority of content holders, content creators and musicians in the Caribbean are not represented by any music publishers. Therefore, musicians in the Caribbean are unable to fully exploit their intellectual property beyond performance income and mechanical royalties." He said if local professionals in the industry can bridge the gap between holding intellectual property and making it marketable, export opportunities will increase greatly. This, he added, will benefit the country’s foreign exchange prospects and also increase artists income. The workshop included presentations from two international music synchronization professionals, Laurence Malpass, Head of Sync at Music Gateway in England and Sean Mulligan, Vice President of Creative-Entertainment One in Los Angeles, USA.