When FAS Director Alison Hunte told the media that the Magnum Tonic Wine Reggae Beach Party caters to a walk-up crowd, she was not lying. She made the comment last week at the site visit for the Digicel Reggae on the Hill, when FAS Promotions Inc. Director Al Gilkes called the Beach Party the slow runner when it comes to sales, but as crowd size at the Pirate’s Cove venue started to grow in the late evening yesterday, Sunday, April 22, 2018, it was obvious that Hunte was right.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson welcomed his third daughter into the world, sharing a tender moment to social media on Monday. Johnson, who named his daughter Tiana Gia Johnson, said the experience has given him utmost respect for mothers and their strength and courage in bringing new life into the world. "Skin to skin. Our mana.Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world." "Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar." "I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there." The 'Rampage' starurged fathers to stand by their women and support them during labour, saying the experience was a 'life changer'. "Word to the wise gentlemen, it’s critical to be by your lady’s head when she’s delivering, being as supportive as you can…holding hands, holding legs, whatever you can do. But, if you really want to understand the single most powerful and primal moment life will ever offer - watch your child being born." "It’s a life changer and the respect and admiration you have for a woman, will forever be boundless. "And to my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia - like I did when your two older sisters Simone Alexandra and Jasmine Lia were born, you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life." "Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear.Oh and one more thing…you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck," he said.

If you were to be attacked at this very moment, would you know how to respond? In Trinidad and Tobago, there are a high number of women getting attacked, raped, robbed, and in some instances, killed. Tonya Pierre-Gopaul is a self-defence instructor with over 35 years of martial arts training and 15 in self-defence training, and currently runs a special training for women. The training, she says, is based on five major principles: think, yell,run, fight, and tell. Shestopped by our studio to demonstrate some simple yet effective ways women can defend themselves, including how unassuming items in your handbag can be used as a weapon in a dangerous situation. She also shared 10 additional self-defence for women: 1. Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong about a situation or person, it probably is. Act on your gut feeling; make an excuse and end the conversation with the person that is making you feel uncomfortable or leave the party as soon as you see signs of trouble. 2. Check your surroundings before exiting your car or house, entering an ATM, etc. Vigilance is not paranoia, it's pro-active self-defence. 3. Small violations lead to bigger violations. Set vet verbal and physical boundaries to stop the small violations early. 4. Sometimes you can just leave a bad relationship. In more complex and potentially volatile situations, you need to make a careful to leave. 5. Just say no. No is a full sentence. It does require qualification or explanation. Worrying about how he will feel? Your safety is more important. Be aware of ploys being used to gain your trust or sympathy. These are tactics used by particularly nefarious people who plan how they can take advantage of your good nature. 6. Learn some fighting skills: Practice so your body learns how to react. Practice so you know how those grabs and holds feel beforeyou feel them for the first time in a real attack. Get familiar with how to use your elbows and knees to strike. Practice so you know that have options and you CAN fight back. 7. Consider your weapons of opportunity. Everyday household items can be used as weapons against the attacker. Do a scan of your bedroom, living room, handbag, and car. Identify some of these weapons and how you can use them. 8. Assess what is really worth fighting for. If it's your wallet or jewellerythe attacker is after, it's probably best to cooperate and give it to them. 9. Avoid going tocrime scene #2. Research says that your chances of escape are higher if you make your stand a the first location than wherever they want to take you to. 10. If you have been attacked, remember that you are not to blame. Only the perpetrator is responsible for his actions. Get the help you need. Tell someone you trust; for most, talking about it helps with the healing process. Tonya hosts martial arts classes in Snow Tiger Combat Systems at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays 5.30- 6.30 pm. If you'd like to contact her for details on self-defence classessend an email toworthdefendingtt@gmail.com 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

A young girl reads privately at the 2018 staging of Kingston Book Fair in March.

Monday (April 23) is World Book Day, but sadly, book reading is in decline across the world. There are those who place the blame for this squarely at the feet of social media and digital technologies, but it may be fairer to say these modern advancements are displacing and at times replacing book reading and it’s this displacement which should be the cause for concern. Book reading has lost significant ground in the world’s most advanced country, the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts’ 2004 report titled ‘Reading at Risk’ revealed that only 46 per cent of the population read literature, down from 54 per cent in 1992, and from 57 per cent in 1982. According to the agency, in 2015, 43 per cent of adults read at least one work of literature in the previous year. The 2015 data show that women (50%) are significantly more likely to read literature than men (36%). Whites (50%) are considerably more likely to read literature than blacks (29%) or Hispanics (29%). A 2016 Pew Research Center survey revealed that a quarter of American adults say they haven’t read a book in a whole or in part of the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. Many observers and professional scholars cite the rapid penetration of the Internet as overshadowing the culture of book reading. When asked what would you say to young people in this age of social media? actor Denzel Washington said: “Turn it off. It is hard for young people now because they are addicted. The social media and the Internet are tools, so we should use them. God has blessed us with free will; now it is free will magnified, free will on steroids.” A 2016 Nielsen report calculated that the average American devotes more than 10 hours per day to consuming media – including radio, TV and all electronic devices. That constitutes 65 per cent of waking hours, leaving little time for the concentration required to read books. Across the world it was discovered that women tend to read more than men, with about 77 per cent of women reading a book in 2015, compared with 67 per cent of American men. In Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Head of Arts at the Directorate of Information and Culture, Taza Gul Resha, acknowledges that not many people in his country are inclined towards reading now. He said that efforts are under way to encourage the youth there towards reading. Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer survey from Nielsen Book Research found the proportion of toddlers in the United Kingdom who are being read to everyday has dropped by a fifth over the last five years, warning that the decline is a significant threat to child development. The UK newspaper, the Guardian, said, “ The publisher Egmont, which co-funded the research, said the decline correlated with an increase of almost a fifth in the proportion of toddlers watching online video content daily, and warned that the “steep decline” in reading to young children “signalled a significant threat to child development with potential long-term social impact”. Film director Steven Spielberg said: “Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers”. India leads the way in countries that read the most, followed by a number of developing countries. Below is an outline of the countries that read the most: Countries That Read The Most (Hours Spent Reading Per Person Per Week) 1. India - 10.42 2. Thailand – 09.24 3. China – 08.00 4. Philippines –07.36 5. Egypt – 07.30 6. Czech Republic – 07.24 7. Russia -07.06 8. Sweden – 06.54 9. France – 06.54 10. Hungary – 06.48 Canada came in at 21, with a time of 05.48 hours The US is at 23 at 05.18 hours, and the UK at 26, with a time of 05.18. (Source: NOP World Culture Source Index) Business Insider took a closer look at the reading habits of a number of successful people, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Here’s what it found. Most of them have a ‘ five-hour rule” – they set aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) for deliberate learning . Bill Gates reads 50 books a year Mark Zuckerberg reads one book every two weeks Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day Arthur Blank reads for two hours a day. When asked about the secret of his success, Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books, and said: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.“ For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Sheena Brereton busy at work.

To borrow the slogan ‘for us, by us’, this encapsulates what Sheena Brereton, a woman in tech in Barbados wants from young girls coming up on island, and throughout the region. Recognising how important technology is, especially app developmentin 2018, Brereton says that with more tech-savvy young girls in school working towards getting into the technological field, it could mean apps and technology better designed and tailored to the needs of female users. Chatting with Loopahead of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Girls in ICT Day on Thursday, Manager at Tropical Computers, Sheena Brereton said: “I think that women working in the field can develop apps and programs geared towards women specifically, because most of the programmers, and developers are men, and their thinking is going to be towards the perspective of a man, whereas women will come now and make it more user-friendly. We may also look at bringing in features that cater to women and make it easier and more accessible for women.” From the day's activities scheduled for April 26, she said: “We believe that they [the girls] should recognisein a field that is really dominated by men, because men tend to gravitate towards technology than women, that they too can make a stand and a difference in the actual IT world, ‘cause it’s a growing field and women are actually developing in the world more. So they should see themselves moving forward in this field.” And she pointed out that others, like herself, are already making a way for girls coming into ICT. With a chuckle, she said, “We head lots of departments in technology. We are getting down and dirty in the field. We are no longer limited to just selling the items. We are actually taking part in the practical side of it as well – building systems, dealing with networks and stuff like that.” She said the myth that tech is a man’s world, is being busted. “It’s not a field for men alone anymore. Women now have a role to play in technology.” This is the second year for thehackathon and once again Tropical Computers is on board. Why did they sign back on with the initiative? She said, “We strongly believe that women should actually play a greater role in the IT world, so that’s one of the reasons that we decided to go with it again. Women are a force to be reckoned with; no longer are we stuck in the homes, we are getting into the field of technology and so forth.” Last year there was a smaller number of participants but with a projected figure of over 800 girls from five Caribbean territories to “hack”, Tropical Computers has not only re-signed, they have increased their contribution as well. They're providing more laptops and equipment to ensure a successful second edition of thehackathon. Girls in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will come together for the immersive experience in technology in celebration of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Girls in ICT Day, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Woman-led SheLeadsIT and Change Makers Development Ltd. are staging the second edition, under the theme #SafeGirlsSafeFuture.

In this July 19, 2010, file photo, a sign is seen outside the Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee. (AP Photo).

Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its summer internship program. Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. And the best part? They'll keep their bikes at the end of the 12-week internship. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker says it will teach the interns how to ride, compensate them for their work and travels, and let them keep their motorcycles. Harley-Davidson says it's looking for those that have the ability to create content on the fly, are creative and have the talent to take great photos and fun videos. Applicants must be 18 years or older and looking to pursue a career in social media.


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