Rene 'Unda dawg' Reid

Rene Ried may be called 'Unda dawg' but he is not the underdog in his first International Bashment Soca Monarch Finals. [related node_id='09a1f6ae-69d7-46a6-b2a3-bbe3a1de9380'] When you look at the odds, he's got a very favourable shot at the crown. He has been consistent in the music department these last couple of years especially, his song is getting a good response from deejays and feters, but there are two other factors that people must add into the mix. Unda dawg is on one of the most popular and successful bashment soca riddims for Crop Over 2019 - the V Neck Riddim, and not only was it produced from his home studio Kennel Productions, but it was also produced by his dad Ricky 'Hypa dawg' Reid. And if that's not enough, Unda dawg has dreamt of the day when he would go toe to toewith his dad. So, withHypa dawg beingthe reigning International Bashment Soca Monarch then dreams will be coming true on July 6 at Pirate's Cove when the Finals happen. Speaking with Loop about how he feels having gotten through to the Finals after five days of voting, Unda dawg said: "I am honestly overwhelmed and excited, feels like my inside is ready to explode. This is by far my greatest accomplishment since Ifirst touch the scene in 2008. I never managed to reach to the final stage, only made semi-finals on several occasions throughout the years but Ialways told myself Iain't giving up and now here come 2019 and I did it -so proud of myself. "And when I say I did it, I actually mean we did it 'cause without the help of my fans, family, friends, supporters even strangers, I wouldn't have been able to get this far. So a big, huge 'Thank you' goes out to everyone who supported and still supporting. Maximum respect!" Singing that there is "no time for no mediocre" you can only expect the best from Unda dawg on the Finals stage. He said, "Competition? Well it's quite still new to me since I never competed on the final stage but the stage and performing under pressure isn't. I had a lot of practice over the years and on some grand stages with some of the best from Barbados. On that night I want to 'wow' the audience withsomething fresh, something newsince I am a newcomer to the competition. Aiming to make de gyal dem 'ben' ova' when they hear his bashment soca, he admitted, "I have nothing to lose so it's going to get my best shot,'cause my dreams have finally come to reality - going up against my dad for the gold and I am so honoured and blessed to be there." {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/RDKBM8HqTl0.jpg?itok=frOfhCuO","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDKBM8HqTl0","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]} In to the biggest bashment soca competition and going up against persons from Guyana, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Barbados, but also persons riding the same riddim as him, Unda dawg said that he expected the competition on his dad's riddim to be fierce from the get-go, so he has no fears on that front at all. For him, it's all about how it goes down Finals' night. "Well, I knew from the very start that people would love the riddim cause it's very unique and I dont mind other people on the riddim in the competition.On that night we will see who is the best on the V Neck riddim!"

Scamp the Tramp rests after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa won an appearance with Scamp on the "Today" show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter — and bragging rights. Scamp, an adopted street dog, beat out 18 other contestants who showed off their droopy tongues, bowed legs and other strange attributes. Organizers say the contest isn't just skin-deep. It's also about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. ___ 10:21 a.m. Things are starting to get ugly in the picturesque California town of Petaluma. Indeed, the place will go to the dogs when the winner of what's being billed as the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is announced Friday night. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes are going nose-to-nose in the annual competition. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. First they'll walk the red carpet and preen for adoring fans at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in the heart of Northern California wine country. The winner gets $1,500, a trophy the size of a Rottweiler, and a future appearance on the "Today" show. Publicist Cindy Gentry says the competition is about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs.


Scamp the Tramp rests after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa won an appearance with Scamp on the "Today" show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter — and bragging rights. Scamp, an adopted street dog, beat out 18 other contestants who showed off their droopy tongues, bowed legs and other strange attributes. Organizers say the contest isn't just skin-deep. It's also about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. ___ 10:21 a.m. Things are starting to get ugly in the picturesque California town of Petaluma. Indeed, the place will go to the dogs when the winner of what's being billed as the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is announced Friday night. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes are going nose-to-nose in the annual competition. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. First they'll walk the red carpet and preen for adoring fans at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in the heart of Northern California wine country. The winner gets $1,500, a trophy the size of a Rottweiler, and a future appearance on the "Today" show. Publicist Cindy Gentry says the competition is about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs.

(left) Melanie Arthur has been promoted to Assistant Butler
and Stacia Brathwaite (right) has joined the team as Public Relations Coordinator.

SANDALS Barbados Resort and Spa has announced the promotion of Melanie Arthur to Assistant Butler Manager and the appointment of Stacia Brathwaite to the post of Public Relations Coordinator. This is in keeping with Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) commitment to attracting local talent as well as the upward mobility and development of team members. Arthur, who has been with the company since 2015, began her journey at Sandals Barbados as a Front Desk Agent. With the opening of Sandals Royal Barbados, she saw an opportunity for further growth within the organization and was quick to apply for the post of Butler Coordinator. She explained, “I always saw Sandals in advertisements and the company appeared to focus on service, which is what I am all about. Therefore, from the time I heard about the Sandals development in Barbados I immediately wanted to be a part of the company. “Transitioning from the Front Desk to the Butler Department was new to me and I just submerged myself in the job. From there I was promoted to Butler Supervisor and I continued to push. I wanted to learn, to grow; and now here I am - Assistant Butler Manager.” Arthur admits that her drive to ascend in the company came largely due to the encouragement of fellow team members and the opportunities the company offers for cross-training in various departments and internal promotion. Brathwaite, a trained journalist, having spent over seven years with Starcom Network Inc., also has two years of experience working with several businesses across the island in the role of Media/PR Consultant. Joining Sandals Barbados is not her first stint in the hospitality sector, having served as a Guest Service Agent attached to the Sales Department, then the local PR Coordinator with one of the island’s oldest resorts. In addition, she has several years of training in Customer Service, having previously been attached to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Inc., and Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Ltd. On her appointment Brathwaite said she was thrilled to be a part of the Sandals family and added, “I was first introduced to the group as a journalist when Sandals International Resorts purchased the then Couples Resort. “Having visited a few of the properties across the Caribbean as a journalist, as well as following the development of Sandals Barbados on the island, I was impressed not only with the products and level of service offered to the guests, but also with the opportunities available to the staff. I am pleased to join the Sandals team and I look forward to being an integral part of the SRI’s further growth in Barbados.” Speaking about Arthur’s promotion, General Manager Ramel Sobrino said, “Melanie is one of the young professionals here on the resort who is dedicated to ensuring that guests and team members have an exceptional experience with Sandals. Her commitment to service excellence is one of her many attributes and I look forward to her continued growth within the company.” In welcoming Brathwaite to the team he said, “Sandals is always in search of new talent. Stacia brings with her a love for the industry and a passion for excellence. We look forward to working with her and we are sure that she will have an exciting journey with the company.”


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David Parks - Managing Director, Caribbean East, Scotiabank assists customer, Roger Thomas as he used one of the newly installed next generation ATMs - Intelligent Deposit Machines (IDMs) at the Warrens branch.

Customers using the ATMs at two branches of Scotiabank have been met with some new features and upgraded machines as the company launched its Intelligent Deposit Machines (IDMs). In a press release issued recently, Scotiabank stated that the bank continues to adopt leading-edge technology to improve its customer experience, with the introduction of next-generation ATMs at the Warrens and Haggatt Hall Branches. Scotiabank is the first bank to launch these IDMslocally, giving Barbadians access to additional features and convenience. “We’re very excited to have these devices in Barbados. ATMs are a very important channel for us” indicated David Parks - Managing Director, Caribbean East, Scotiabank. “We aspire to be the Bank that provides the very best digital and overall customer experience. Our goal is to surpass our customers’ expectations, and our continued investment in new technology, such as these next-generation ATMs helps us achieve that.” Some key features of these next-generation ATMs include: Fresh User Interface: Touch screen capability and improved screen flows Envelope-Free Deposits: Cash notes and/or cheques are imaged and presented back to the customer for confirmation. There’s also an option to include images of cheques deposited on ATM receipts. Paperless Bill Payments: Pay bills without a bill payment voucher! Select from the list of payees already set up on Scotia OnLine or Telescotia. Chatting with customers who interfaced with the new technology, Scotiabank received some positive feedback from Roger Thomas. Thomas, whowas operating the new IDM at the Warrens Branch, said: “These new ATMs are very fast and efficient. The touch screen is easier to use and being able to quickly pay a bill while I’m at the ATM is a real convenience for me. I am also impressed with the ability of the machine to print the cheques being deposited on the receipt." According to Scotiabank, the ATM remains an essential part of the banking automation landscape all over the world and is a critical part of today’s societies. The introduction of IDMs by Scotiabank leverages the best technology which provides customers with an enhanced experience and the ability to conduct transactions in a much simpler and more efficient way.