Lead Pipe on stage in Trinidad (IG image)

Born Osvaldo Reid, but known to many names including Porgie and Lead Pipe, now the 27-year-old entertainer has changed up his look. The dreadlocsare gone. Despite some people wishing, hoping and begging him to not make the switch, dropping a photo of his new haircut on his Instagram page last week, he said: "So For The Ppl That Said Leave My Locs On My Head I'm Sorry To Disappoint Yall But Some Change Is Good#NewMe#LeadPipeDe Big Cutoff!!!" To paraphrase, French fashion designer and a businesswoman, 'Coco' Chanel is quoted as saying, "A person who cuts his/her hair is about to change his/her life." The change came one day after Lead Pipe shared his newest track with Saddisproduced at Creek Productions be Simon Pipe, titled My Life (High Life). Don't ever try to box in Lead Pipe, because together with Saddis, he keeps flipping the script and writing new lines. This new song has a totally different vibe and feel in relation to previous productions by the dynamic duo. According to Lead Pipe, it is "Music For The World To Listen To." At present Lead Pipe is in Trinidad, doing what he loves - performing on stage. 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

Dalton Harris and Olatunji Yearwood are repping the Caribbean today in the X Factor Live shows

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have enjoyed friendly and not so friendly rivalries throughout their histories. From culture to KFC, the islands have long jostled to claim bragging rights over the other. Now, thanks to the X Factor, the islands are set to battle again but on the world stage as contestants from T&T and Jamaica have found themselves in the judges’ favour. As X Factor heads into the Live Shows today, Caribbean eyes will be on Olatunji Yearwood, a soca singer from T&T and Dalton Harris, a soulful singer from Jamaica. Who will come out on top, who will reign supreme? We are closely following the show to find out but below we will tell you who the performers are and look at their chances to make it to the top and bring glory to the Caribbean. Olatunji Yearwood Who is he? Soca singer from T&T Nickname: Ola Claim to fame: In 2015 he won the last Groovy Soca Monarch competition at the International Soca Monarch show. Back Story:His father is Edward Yearwood, a well-known composer and motherMairoon Ali, a Trinidadian actress, radio personality and teacher. He established himself as a soca and calypso talent early on when he entered and won multiple talent shows while still in his teens, including the National Junior Calypso Monarch competition. Heshot to global fame when he won Trinidad's famous Soca Groovy Monarch/International Soca Monarchin 2015, performing his blockbuster single 'Ola'.He is the very last International Groovy Soca Monarch champion, as the competition's format was changed in 2016 to exclude that category. Trademark: His favourite saying is ‘Tadow’ Why he is liked: As his mentor Ayda Field said at the judges House, Ola brings something new to the competition. He is singing a genre that is not yet mainstream and certainly different to anything on the show. He is also a showman, he has the moves and the charisma to go along with his music. What might work against him: Ola is up against a good batch of singers and he might need to show that he can sing and that he can sing other genres besides soca. Dalton Harris Who is he? Soulful and emotional singer Claim to fame:In 2010, Dalton, at 16, became the youngest winner of the Jamaica edition of Digicel Rising. Back Story: Dalton has had a difficult life. Living on his own since the age of 15, he dropped out of school following his Digicel Rising Stars win and was living in abject poverty. Music promoter and producer Donovan Germain, the CEO of Penthouse Records, took the young singer under his wings, got him back into school and put his life back on track. Harris aced his CSEC exams and told the Jamaica Observer in 2013 that he was the first male in his family of 22 brothers and sisters between hismother and father, to go that far with education. Trademark: His remarkable voice and his ability to hit high notes Why he is liked: Dalton is passionate and gives raw emotion when he sings. He has a story to tell and that fuels his song choices. He isn’t afraid to tackle big songs and arrange them in ways that have blown the judges away. What might work against him: Dalton has to show versatility in his performances and surprise the judges and audience with something other than a big, emotional song. X Factor Live Shows begin today. Those in the UK will be able to vote for their favourite performers via testing, calling from a landline or mobile or through The X Factor app. Showtime is 8.25 pm UK time, 4.25 TT time and 3.25 J’ca time.


Lead Pipe on stage in Trinidad (IG image)

Born Osvaldo Reid, but known to many names including Porgie and Lead Pipe, now the 27-year-old entertainer has changed up his look. The dreadlocsare gone. Despite some people wishing, hoping and begging him to not make the switch, dropping a photo of his new haircut on his Instagram page last week, he said: "So For The Ppl That Said Leave My Locs On My Head I'm Sorry To Disappoint Yall But Some Change Is Good#NewMe#LeadPipeDe Big Cutoff!!!" To paraphrase, French fashion designer and a businesswoman, 'Coco' Chanel is quoted as saying, "A person who cuts his/her hair is about to change his/her life." The change came one day after Lead Pipe shared his newest track with Saddisproduced at Creek Productions be Simon Pipe, titled My Life (High Life). Don't ever try to box in Lead Pipe, because together with Saddis, he keeps flipping the script and writing new lines. This new song has a totally different vibe and feel in relation to previous productions by the dynamic duo. According to Lead Pipe, it is "Music For The World To Listen To." At present Lead Pipe is in Trinidad, doing what he loves - performing on stage. 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

Ursula Caddle-Sobers was the talk of the town in Pie Corner last week.

Rihanna hasa Drive and Ursula Caddle-Sobers got one too. "Is me and Rihanna!" No one could say it better than the 104-year-old guest of honour Ursula Caddle-Sobers, who now boasts very proudly about her Ursula Caddle-Sobers Drive in St. Lucy, Barbados. Recalling theconversationbetween her mother and brother which led to Rihanna Drive coming up, Mary Rock told Loop Lifestylethat after the Road Naming Ceremony on Saturday, October 13, and her 104th birthday on Sunday, October 14, her son Martin Sobers who came in from the United States said to her, "Mama de road named after yuh. Yuh got de road. "She said to him, 'I ain't nuh mule, nor nuh donkey. I's a horse. I travelling. I travelling and de rest gotta catch up wid me. I's de queen uh de area now man'. "So he say, wuh queen yuh talking bout? "She say, 'Is Rihanna and me. Rihanna got a road and Ursula Caddle got a road." "So he asked she, wuh you know bout Rihanna? You ain't know nuttin bout Rihanna." To which his mum quickly replied with her favourite phrase, "Yuh tink I's a ninkumpoop?" Mary broke down with laughter sharing the exchange. The Bajan superstar, Rihanna is also known as the Clapback Queen, andfrom the likes of Granny Ursula, she seems to be just as sharp with her mind and tongue too. They just may have more in common that their Drives. Laughing, her daughter said she could tell many stories of her mum's quick wit. [related node_id='7fe11c52-3498-43ec-b3d8-0e2087768320'] She shared, "She's something else. The other day a ladycame, one of our cousins but one that we never really knew, but she came to look for her. Mamasay, 'Wait...wuh youlook sweet enough'. She say, yeah? Mama say, "You gota husband?' She say, yeah. She say, 'Listen to me, listen to me carefully, yuh got he tie wid a rope?' She laugh. She say, 'Wuh if yuh got he tie wid a rope, untie he, caw yuh would never know when he left. Tie he wid a chain so thatwhen he movingyuh gine hear ching-a-ling-ling-ling. De girl breakdown. "I say, Mama wuh you talking tuh much. She say, 'No,I only talks to who I like!' Do wuh I tell you, don't mind she, caw you pretty, he wuh guh long and look fuh other girls and you would hear ching-a-ling-ling-ling." Ursula may be the oldest person in the most Northern parish ofthis island but there's no pulling a fast one on her at all. Here are 10 things you may not know about this spunky 104-year-old woman. 1) She is not on any medication at all. 2) She had six children - Sinclair Sobers, Elfreda Springer, Roosevelt Sobers (deceased), Martin Sobers, Adanthea Sobers, and Mary Rock. 3)She has 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 4)"She's not miserable or fretful. She's nice and cool. And I'm not saying this cause she's my mum," said Mary. 5) She loves pork - pigtail with green pea rice, leg ham, pork, BBQ pigtails. "And I give her them all!" 6) She used to work in agriculture and she did needlework for herchildren. 7) She born and raised in St. Lucy. She was born in Back Sage Alley and then she moved closer to the bus route and the the main road to Harmony, and now she lives on Ursula Caddle-Sobers Drive. "I'm sooooo happy for her!" 8) "From the time that Peter [Phillips] was canvassing, he said when he held the meeting up by us [Pie Corner, St. Lucy], when he gets in he will name the road after her, cause she's the oldest person in St. Lucy and I really didn't think he would. I just thought he did it for notice because he's very young in that area and he knows that Pie Corner was DLP. So I figured he just used it for so, but he goes to church with me. He goes to my church Bennett Temple in Pie Corner." 9) She walks around at home. "She still moves around by herself and she feeds herself." On the day of the naming ceremony, Mary asked them to use a wheelchair. 10) Oh and what's her favourite thing to say? "She says all now, yuh think I's a ninkumpoop?" Happy birthday again, Ursula Caddle-Sobers! 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


Pure Ocean Rum & Tings

At Pure Ocean Restaurant, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort for the inaugural Barbados Food & Rum Festival, it will be nothing but rum and tings, treats and sweets, sampling and savouring tomorrow. From 7:00 pm onSaturday, October 20, 2018, locals and tourists who consider themselves foodies and rum connoisseurs will get to enjoy all that Pure Ocean has in store. One of the 19 stops on the Gourmet Safari being held tomorrow, General Manager of Divi Southwinds, Alvin Jemmott said that 'Rum & Tings' has elements which will set it apart from the rest. He promised, "It's got quite a variety of different stations. Some of the things you're going to find there are things like: 1) octopus 2) pigtails 3) smoked meats 4) mixologists using only rum-based products 5) Slow Foods (organic)." Praising the Rum & Food Festival which is replacing the Food, Rum and Wine Festival, Jemmott said that this activity will continue to push the Barbados brand in the right direction because "Barbados is already known as the culinary capital with so many good restaurants and great chefs across the island." The Festival runs from October 18 - 21, 2018.

Clients shared their praise and feedback with Sagicor on a comment board.

Insurance company Sagicor Life Inc once againput its customers first. This year,the company went the extra mile to show its clients just how much they are appreciated. The company’s Customer Experience team hosted a Customer Service Week with activities, competitions, gifts and kind words for both clients and employees. Clients were treated to prizes in a spin-the-wheel giveaway, a photo-booth, cupcakes and hand-written thank you notes from the Sagicor team. Clients were also given the opportunity to share words of praise for the Sagicor team, and their service, by leaving a note on a mounted comment board in the office. Fun activities extended to social media where Facebook fan Kimmele Jn-Pierre won a kit of Sagicor gift items. Employees were also included in the fun activities, sharing words of gratitude with their colleagues by placing brightly coloured Post-it notes at each other’s workstations. Later in the week, they participated in a company-wide treasure hunt. At Sagicor Life Inc, customer service is paramount as the nature of the business revolves around providing financial solutions for a wide cross-section of clients. Cynthia Blackman, Manager – Customer Experience, expressed her gratitude on behalf of her team and the management and employees of the company. “Although we are appreciative every day of the year that our clients have chosen Sagicor as their insurance provider, we thought it was important to take the time to make sure they know how much we appreciate them. We are pleased that we could put smiles on the faces of our customers and we will continue to work hard, each day, to create memorable experiences which surpass their expectations.” During the summer, the Customer Experience team also hosted a fun-day for the children of clients. Activities included a visit to a local animal sanctuary, painting and lunch at King George V Memorial Park.