Carnival Monday and Tuesday is almost here and already the fetes are in full swing. Some of you are deep into your diets as you ready your body for the road but do you have the stamina to endure two days of jumping, wining and storming the Savannah stage? If the answer is no, the good news is that you do have a few more weeks to get your body ready thanks to a number of aerobic programmes across the country. We compiled a list to help you out. SokaFit An indigenousfitness system that incorporates Soca music and moves designed from our cultural traditions, Sokafit is a fun, dynamic fitness system that will keep your blood flowing and wake up your wining muscles. Classes are held in Port-of-Spain, San Fernando, Central and Tobago. Visit www.sokafit.com for schedules and contact info. Digicel Burn Digicel's annual Carnival Burn is back every Mondayat the Paddock area of the Queen's Park Savannah. Patrons are invited to the free event where they can burn off some of those Christmas calories, tone some muscles andsweat with the energetic instructors from Alfonso Sport and Fitness. Supported by Blue Waters, this Burn brings you face to face with soca stars and past and present party favourites belted out by resident DJ Dwayne.You can look forward to#pumpinwithDigicel on January 15, 22 and 29 from 5 pm to 6 pm. Part EE Anyone who follows Fay-Ann Lyons on Instagram knows she is a fitness buff. Now, under herfitness brand, AzaFit, Lyons is sharing her fitness regimen with the country. Part EE (Party, Entertainment, Exercise) brings the elements of Carnival into fitness. The outdoor session, which takes place on Saturday afternoons, sees a big truck leading fitness enthusiasts and fans up Chancellor Hill where Lyons and other instructors take everyone through an aerobic routine. On Thursdays, Part EE moves indoors at Limitless Gym in Long Circular Mall. Part EE is free. OJO Fit As part of its Carnival promotion, the Trinidad and Tobago Radio Network (TTRN) known popularly as OJO, after the station's app, holds a weekly fitness session called OJO Fit. Featured in this burn are instructors from SokaFitas well as soca stars and OJO DJs. The workouts are free and will take place on the following days: Tuesday, January 23,Thursday, January 25,Tuesday, January 30 andThursday, February 1. Hott 93 Carnival Burn 2018 Movietowne carpark in Port-of-Spain comes alive every Tuesday and Thursday as an experienced Fitness Centre Team and all of Hott 93’s DJs and personalities take patrons through a free burn. The event includesgiveaways anda Challenge Trophy for Best and Biggest Corporate Team and guaranteed super prizes for Mr and Ms Burn, including two airline tickets each to any JetBlue destination in the US, and much more. Bermudez Biscuit Company Every Monday and Wednesday, employees of Bermudezhead to Aranguez Savannah for a Carnival Burn session. The workouts begin at 5 and are open to the public as well.

The staging of this year’s National Schools’ Soca Monarch is in doubt. Peter Scoon, head of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) which stages the International Soca Monarch as well as the School’s Soca Monarch competitions, said he has not been given any money for the junior show. Scoon said last year he was only given $30,000 to produce the show but received nothing for 2018 as the Ministry said it does not have any money. “We make no money from it, we take no money from it. The schools sell tickets and keep the money for development. All the money that received was spent on production. I got $30,000 last year...this year we got zero not one dollar,” he said. Scoon said he is in conversation with the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to see if they would take over the competition. On the issue of prize money for the competition which has not been paid, Scoon said he has no money to pay. Parents of children who competed in the finals have formed a lobby group to advocate for payments. Enrico Camejo, whose two sons, Sergio and Stefan, copped the Secondary and Primary schools titles, told Loop that the prize structure was never announced in 2017 and there was no contract. He said in 2016 the first prize was $30,000 for the junior show and $40,000 for the seniors. Camejo said the lack of payment for the youngsters set them back as they weren’t able to do any recordings. “Sergio have a song coming out Monday all due to the kindness and sincerity of the people in the business, we have no money to re-invest. I am sure is not only me, every other finalist would have put out money for wardrobe, dancers, pyrotechnics. Real money would have been spent and it’s a total loss because nothing was paid. It is a blatant disregard for the children of our future who supposed to be flying the flag in the future. What we saying, what we doing them? I had to take loans, take money out my pocket to pay dancers and so on,” he said. Camejo said the parents have formed a Facebook group called Parents and Guardians of School Soca Artistes to work together to get the monies owed to their children.


A 29-year-old woman is reportedly assisting police officers in their investigation into thedeath of a 31-year-old Las Lomas man. DianandDookie of Madras Settlement, Las Lomas #1, was killed around 6 pm today. According to police reports, Dookie and the woman began arguing when things got heated and he was allegedly stabbed once in the chest. He was taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility where he died while undergoing treatment. This story will be updated once more information becomes available.

The son of notorious gang leader and convicted murderer Nankissoon "Dole Chadee" Boodram is currently hospitalized nursing a gunshot wound to the back. According to reports, 36-year-old former attorney Sharma Boodram of Pascal Road, Piparo, was shot at 3 am today. Boodram, now a farmer, was arrested back in 2015 for gun possession and 14 rounds of ammunition along with Venezuelan national Ramon Small de Jesus. Boodram was charged separately for one gramme of marijuana. Jesus pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison while Boodram pleaded not guilty and was placed on $200,000 bail. Boodram's father, Dole Chadee,was hung on June 4, 1999, at the age of 47 after he was found guilty of ordering the murders of Hamilton Baboolal, his sister, Monica and their parents.


Loop has launched an exciting and refreshingly honest bi-weekly series which focuses on one of our own – Laura Dowrich-Phillips - as she powers her way through theSokafitBodymorph Challenge. Over 12 weeks, Laura will wine, weight-lift and portion control her way towards her goal of achieving a healthier body and mind, and you’re invited along for the journey. Weights are hard, Sokafit is a challenge, but even more daunting than the two combined is the dreaded meal plan. Check out Episode 3 to hear what Laura found out she has to leave off her fete menu this Carnival.

Waking up with an erection is a good barometer of the state of aman's health. And now there is a new app designed tohelp men take care of themselves by tracking their morning erections. The Morning Glory app launched in the Apple store on January 17. "One of the best indicators of a guy’s overall health is whether or not he wakes up with an erection. If you wake up with morning wood it means your blood flow and hormones are working properly, and that you’re at a lower risk for things like diabetes, heart diseases, or other chronic diseases," the makers of the app said on their website. According to Steven Lamm, MD, author of the book The Hardness Factor, the best measure of a man's health is an erection. "Erections are complex. Your hormones need to be released on-demand, your nervous system has to release the relevant signals, your brain and your body need to be in sync, and your heart has to pump six times the normal blood flow. So if you’re experiencing a diminished erection, it’s often the first sign of a far more serious condition that could be brewing. Think of ED (Erectile Dysfunction) as the man’s equivalent to a car’s check engine light," the site explained. The app works by asking men every morning if they woke up with "morning wood". Depending on your response, you'll receive a corresponding GIF. Every morning thereafter, you'll log your morning erections in a handy erection calendar, and unlock various erection facts(like, for example, that morning wood has little to do with having to pee). Three morning erections in a row amount to a "boner streak," and a confetti party. This app wasbuilt by Roman, the men’s health company tackling erectile dysfunction. Roman provides online diagnosis and delivery of medication right to your door.


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January 20, 2018

NAMDEVCO Farmer's Market - Trinidad

Get down to your local farmer's market for great deals on locally grown produce.

Namdevco Farmers' Markets have produce, fresh, fresh, fresh from the field to you.

Come meet your farmer this weekend at Farmers' Markets across Trinidad.

 

Listing of Namdevco Farmers' Markets across Trinidad:

Every Saturday 6am – noon

Chaguanas – MALF Head Office, Endeavour

Diego Martin – End St. Lucien Rd, Patna Village

 

Every Sunday 6am – noon

Debe – Southern Wholesale Market

Macoya – Norris Deonarine Northern Wholesale Market

 

Every Other Friday

San Fernando – City Square Harris Promenade (11am – 5pm)

Friday 19th January and Every Other Friday

Rio Claro – Koskeros Panyard (7am – 1pm)

Friday 26th January and Every Other Friday

 

Every Other Saturday 6am - noon

Queen’s Park Savannah – Paved Area East of Grand Stand

Saturday 20th January and Every Other Saturday

Santa Cruz – San Juan North Secondary School, Basketball Court

Saturday 27th January and Every Other Saturday