In this Sept. 30, 2015, photo, South Korean pop star and actress Sulli poses during the K-Beauty Close-Up event in Seoul, South Korea. News reports on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, say Sulli has been found dead at her home south of Seoul. (Jang Se-young/Newsis via AP)

South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said. The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn't answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department. Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note. "The investigation is ongoing and we won't make presumptions about the cause of death," said Kim, adding that security camera footage at Sulli's home showed no signs of an intrusion. In a statement sent to reporters, SM Entertainment, Sulli's agency, said her death was "very hard to believe and sorrowful." Sulli's legal name is Choi Jin-ri. She began her singing career in 2009 as a member of the girl band "f(x)" and also acted in numerous television dramas and movies. She was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare among female entertainers in deeply conservative South Korea. She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.

CEO at the National Cultural Foundation Carol Roberts Reifer and Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells talks about the NIFCA upgrades.

There are more events on the NIFCA 2019 calendar and more venues are being utilised. Barbadians and tourists alike willhave more opportunities to engage with the work of Barbados' creatives this year, as pieces entered into the NIFCA competition will go on showcase in several public spaces andat least four new events have been added to give performers more exposure. [related node_id='38c827e3-55b2-4205-b5d9-6ea7c179ab10'] Sharing this good news was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Carol Roberts-Reifer. She made it known that exhibits in the NIFCA Visual Arts category will no longer only be situated at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), but this toss the pieces will go into spaces where the average Bajan can peruse and enjoy the culture as expressed with paints, charcoal, photography or craft. NIFCA works will be hung and placed throughout all the floors of the Supreme Court. They will be staged at the Northern Business Centre in Speightstown. Pieces will be on display in post offices and libraries. In Bridgetown, through a partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) works will also be exhibited in the Mutal Building at Lower Broad Street. Roberts-Reifer, therefore, encouraged persons to "be immersedin the art as they go about their daily activities"because NIFCA ismeeting them where they are at. Additionally, some pieces will be recorded and displayed on the screens in the bus terminals andsupermarkets. Chief Cultural Officer at the NCF, Andrea Wells also made mention of the additional Dance Battle event which will offer more exposure and another set of prize money for the island's dancers. Three other events have been added to the NIFCA 2019 card as well and there is much excitement around these additions because they pay tribute posthumously to some outstanding Barbadian talents. The three events will be in tribute of Richild Springer (Dance on December 4), Janice Millington (Music on December 6) and Andrea Gollop-Greenidge (Theatre on December 8). The Dance and Music nights will be staged at the Frank Collymore Hall, while the Theatre treat will be in Queen's Park at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre. A Richild Springer scholarship of $10,000 has also been created for any creative who wins using the Barbadian vernacular. The funds will be used to help heor shefurther his or her studies. NIFCA 2019 was launched officially today, October 12, 2019.


A sea of pink in Warrens for the 2019 Walk for the Cure.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk sees thousands coming out in their pink T-shirts in Barbados. But why do they turn up? Why are more and more people joining the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Walk for the Cure which sees funds raised for the Barbados Breast Screening Programme? Here's why some people walk, watch:

Students after sitting the 11-plus at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School (FILE)

Primary school students see at least one secondary school during their seven years of schooling and that is usually on the day of the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination, commonly known as the 11-plus. Through this series, Loop Lifestyle is hoping that students can see that all schools have unique differences and cultures but great memories are made at all, some great people learned at each and best of all they can attend and add their names and memories to the pot for future generations as well. Here are some facts and storiesabout this week's schools: [related node_id='1e18b212-9416-49bd-bd4b-57db41d1f0ef'] 1. Christ Church Foundation School In the Major Barker era they had the one-foot rule. Students in relationships there at that time for sure remembered this rule. Former Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart and Soca Queen Alison Hinds attended CCFS. Like how many schools have “To be a pilgrim”, at Foundation, even if you don’t know the words to the whole school song, together the whole student body would sing the last line, “And together we’ll succeed!” If you went CCFS, youshouldknow Herbert the guard. Herbert is to Foundation, what Mr Maughn is to QC. Note: The school’s cross-country at the end of the first term saw children running or walkingthrough the Christ Church cemetery and then out on to the road. It was a student-day out practically because, by the time you’re done, it was lunch and time to go home and sleep. 2. Lester Vaughan Secondary School It’s one of the newer schools, and if you like Queen’s College’s design, some things about Lester Vaughan will look very familiar. Look at the roundabout and the front by the offices especially, and the hall. When the St. Leonard’s Girls school closed, students who had not yet graduated were moved in October of 1997, to the Lester Vaughan School. Lead Pipe and Walkes who both enjoyed a stellar Crop Over 2019, are old scholars of LVSS. Professional jockey, multiple Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner Jalon Samuels went there too. 3. Parkinson Memorial School Veteran calypsonian, and multiple crown and monarch winner Edwin Yearwood attended this school. Under the tutelage of now Retired Principal Jeff Broomes the school got a tie. He said he wanted to raise school pride. Students used to enjoy the Broome cakes. If you don't want the canteen food, you can get food and drinks from behind the bus stop. If you know, you know. There are unofficial school buses - the minivans that come from town straight to Parkinson and go from Parkinson back to town packed like a barrel sent from over and away...to the MAX! 4. St. Leonard’s Boys It’s the only all-boys public secondary school. In 1952, the school was relocated from its original site on Baxters' Road. They had a headmaster known as Sheriff. It now has a sixth form with a burgundy tie and the school is fairly big.Did you know the former St. Leonard’s Girls’ School buildingunderwent renovations and isnow occupied by the St. Leonard’s Boys’ School? Note: School starts at 8.00am and ends just after 2.00pm, so they are out early like students of The St. Michael School. They can get home before many others even finish school. 5. Coleridge and Parry School Yuh aint went CP if yuh aint know the backtrack to get to Speightstown fast. However, thought the walk across the school gap was a killer most evenings, many memories were made on that trek. If you went there, you know bout Ms Barker chicken necks and gizzards from the canteen before and after school, or buying pizza from Zoomer on evenings. Cawmere got the breezeway, CP got the tunnels at lunchtime. Alwin Adams, a principal had the alias Gonk man, while the Deputy Principal who was known as Short man used to have studentsrunning when he was coming down the corridors. Note: The views from the fourth form block and by the canons by the principal’s office are and will always be amazing. Having a rough day? Go there! Editor's note: If your school has not been covered yet, please feel free to email us at loopnewsbb@trend.media or message us on Instagram or Facebook and tell us some fun facts about your school.


Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland

A liquor licence should not take three months to be approved. Recognising the downfall to businesses due to this prolonged process, the Minister in charge of Commerce is on the job to see licences returned within one full week. Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherlandsays the government is taking steps not only to speed upthe time it takes for persons to get liquorlicences but also to reduce the backlogs in the system. Addressing the opening of a consultation on changes to the Liquor Licences Act, he noted that draft legislation had been prepared to repeal and replace the Liquor Licences Act Cap. 182 with the Liquor Licences Bill, 2019 and the Liquor Licences (Fees) Regulations, 2019. Sutherland said the idea is to modernize the liquor licence regime and move administrative responsibility of liquor licences from the Magistracy to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under the Ministry. He also revealed that a Liquor Licensing Authority would be established to police the new legislation to ensure that business and commerce is conducted "civilly". The minister told several stakeholders drawn from the public and private sector that when his ministry was doing its mapping and background research they found that business was held up regarding the sale of liquor. “It took too long for those small shops and retailers to have a liquor licence approved for the sale of liquor whether on the export market or locally. "We mapped the process and we found that we had some 1,000 liquor licenses waiting to be approved in the Magistrate’s court. They were not approved by the Magistrate.They were approved by a Clerk in the Magistracy jurisdiction. This is way too long and it took as long as three months to get a licence approved. "Those small shops and the small business people suffered and those manufacturers and other retailers whether it is in the hotel industry, restaurants . . . we saw the need to address it,” Sutherland said. He noted that currently, the entire process seamlessly takes 21 days from submitting the application to approval. However, once the remodelled legislation is completed and enactedthe time for approval would move to seven days. The minister noted that a key aim of today’s consultation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre was to update stakeholders on the several initiatives that should soon be introduced under the new regime.

François Baltus-Languedoc is the new CEO of the Martinique Tourist Board

The Martinique Tourism Authority hasappointed François Baltus-Languedoc as CEO effectiveSeptember 25. François Baltus-Languedoc’s missionat the helm of the Martinique Tourism Authority will be to devise and implement innovative strategies to develop the appeal of the destination, both in terms of promotion towards international markets, as well as to advance the tourism offer in Martinique. Eager to take on this new challenge, Baltus-Languedoc said: “I am proud to represent a region that is dear to my heart and that I deeply love." “Martinique has so much to offer and it is an honour for me to contribute to the development of this beautiful destination thanks to my new position.” Having held a variety of management positions within prestigious international group* during his 25 years in the travel and international hospitality industries, Baltus-Languedoc has many assets to succeed in this new challenge among them expertise in tourism strategy, experience in business tourism, and in-depth knowledge of the prospecting markets (North America and Europe) and potential markets (Latin America, South East Asia) of the Martinique Tourism Authority Karine Mousseau, Tourism Commissioner of Martinique said:"With his skills and international experience, I am convinced, that along with the teams of the Martinique Tourism Authority and both the public and private sector professionals, Baltus-Languedoc will be able to fashion an innovative and imaginative strategy to advance Martinique’s travel industry." The new CEO will meet the industry in Montreal and New York in late October.