'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.

Pan Pun De Sand 2017 (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

Pannists from as young as eight years old hit the big stage at Pan Pun De Sand on Sunday, entertaining the thousands that came to Brandon’s Beach and showing that Barbados' talent pool is huge and growing. If the young pannists who could barely see over their steel pans were any indication of the future of steel pan, it is in good hands. There were big smiles and lots of energy from even the smallest of the lot throughout the evening which kicked off around 3:00 pm with the energy remaining high until around 9:00 pm. Massy Pan Pun De Sand was divided into various segments including, the Pan in de Yard which saw The Combermere School Steel Orchestra up front and centre; the Bajan Gems segment which was commanded by the Aceworx Community Steel Orchestra, while DJ Daddy Biggz had an energetic session. Then the Cave Shepherd modelling captivated most of the audience. As the models strutted their stuff, those whose eyes were not glued to the stagewere dipping their hands into personal coolers or collecting burgers, hot dogs, pigtails, chicken, sushi and more from the numerous food vendors whose tents and stalls lined the beach. [image_gallery] By the time the Tribute to Adrian ‘Boo’ Husbands (Let Music Play) segment commenced just after 5:30 pm, the sun was starting to set, umbrellas started to close and even more people descended on the beach. Some who were splashing around in the sea or picnicking, packed up and joined the massive audience as well. The Daryll Jordan Secondary Steel Orchestra got major support from the spectators. They were joined on stage by Biggie Irie as he rendered his 2017 song ‘Rehab’ and he beckoned the crowd to "give it up for them". A sweet treat came when the spotlight was on Dwight Callender. The solo pannist was stationed by the DJ booth and he, along with his surprise guests of Riddim Tribe dancers, ’Pick Me Up’ singer Sanctuary and the 'orange-hair songbird' Nikita, rocked both stages. Callender wowed the crowd when he quickly moved from his station to the main stage with his pan around his neck so there was no break in the vibes. DJ duo Hutchy and Sizz had the crowd pumped up when they dropped some old Krosfyah and other hits from throughout the years, with Hutchy admitting he was pleasantly surprised by the huge reception they received from the crowd of all ages. The evening climaxed with the Pandemic section featuring Mosaic. David ‘ZigE’ Walcott had his pannists out on deck in uniform and well-rehearsed as they performed with an infectious spirit. When the Mosaic Junior Steel pannists ran on stage, they were bright-eyed and grinning wide as they made their debut after two months of training, taking the occasion to the ‘Full Extreme’. The older Mosaic pannists returned and they ended the incident-free, vibes-filled night and weekend of pan for Crop Over 2017 on a musical high.

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.

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."

(L-R) Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Anne Reid; BPSA Chairman, Charles Herbert; President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Eddy Abed; Former Executive Director of the Barbados Employers Confederation, Tony Walcott; Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Rudy Grant.

Two months after the May 30 budget was delivered, someare still agitating for an audience with the Stuart led administration - this time it is theBarbados Private Sector Association (BPSA). The BPSA held an urgent members'meeting today at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center to discussconcerns with the measures whichhave been implemented. Chairman of the BPSA, Charles Herbert gave the media updates on the meeting which saw over 200 members convenefor nearly three hours. He said the private sector players all agree that the budgetary measures will have a “disastrous effect” on the economy and they are keen on having dialogue with the Social Partnership to decide on a medium term fiscal strategy. He also said the labour movement has shown interest in having discussions and the BPSA has their fingers crossed that they can have an early meeting date before the scheduleddate of August 18. He said one of the major concerns expressed by members at the meeting was the slow pace of the Social Partnership dialogue and while they recognise that they cannot force Government into taking action, they will ensure that their concerns are made clear. “We fully recognise that the elected government has the right to make policy but we’re going to make sure that they know our opinions because we feel in a time of austerity and difficult measures it is very important that the measures in place have the broad support of the general population.” Herbert said members spent time going through the Fiscal Deficit Committee recommendations which came out of the Social Partnership meeting earlier this year, none of which were considered by Government in compiling the May budget. One of the key points out of the recommendation which was not mentioned in the Budget, Herbert noted, was the need to refinance government’s foreign debt - a situation which he said is a “threat that will bite first” and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. He said the BPSA wants to put forward policies which will have “broad consensus” and the recommendations coming out of the Fiscal Deficit Committee will form the basis of such policies. President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Eddy Abed, said while the private sector understood the need for austerity, the measures outlined by the Minister of Finance were impractical. “The reality is that if you start to talk about repealing taxes you have to figure out a way to replace it, so until we have a consensus with all parties in the Social Partnership, then this is in fact the way forward. We recognise that there must be austerity but in thatthere must be growth. Nothing in the recent budget provides for growth. It gives us the pain but sadly I don’t think we will achieve what we are looking for in the next financial year." Herbert said while the Prime Minister has admitted that dialogue is essential at this time, he said they are yet to receive confirmation on a meeting date but they will be “intensifying activities” in anticipation of the talks.