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C H E F E T T E One word, eight letters and Drake caused a stir in Barbados as he promoted the island's fast-food restaurant chain- Chefette Restaurants Ltd. With Chefette itself being heavy in the public's eye over the past few months as it adjusted to the COVID-19 protocols and this month launched for the first time ever its own delivery service, this added endorsement is pure icing on the cake. The photo meme is a man and woman set in Shakespeare times and the man says: "Are you single?" And the woman replies: "I'm album". His caption was simply:😎 CHEFFETE View this post on Instagram 😎 CHEFFETE A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:26pm PDT The Social Media Manager for Chefette replied via Instagram with "Nuff respect". Meanwhile, in the comments, Rihanna's bestie Melissa @mdollas11 sent Drake her Chefette order: "A chicken n potato roti, a breast snack and a regular mauby plzzzzz 😢😢" And Rihanna's brother Rorrey Fenty @gallest commented:"@ilovechefettechef it up 👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳" DJ Spade also commented: "😂😂😂😂😂 Cheffete real real ting food mash up" During COVID-19 lockdown DJ Spade broke the internet with his Instagram Live jam session and Rihanna and Drake were caught exchanging comments in the live feed. Drake's post on Instagram has garnered almost 1.5 million likes. Drake's plane was in Barbados on Sunday (July 12) when Barbados reopened to commercialize travel. He was also spotted Sunday night in St Lawrence Gap in Barbados.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Bryshere Y. Gray arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gray has been arrested in Arizona on accusations of abusing his wife, police said. The Goodyear Police Department said 26-year-old Gray was booked into jail Saturday, July 11, 2020, KPNX-TV reported. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“Empire” actor Bryshere Gray has been arrested in Arizona on accusations of abusing his wife, police said. The Goodyear Police Department said 26-year-old Bryshere Gray was booked into jail Saturday, KPNX-TV reported. The woman had visible injuries when she flagged someone down to ask for help near Gray's home in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, saying her husband had assaulted her, police said. She told emergency responders that Gray had strangled her, and she was taken to a hospital, authorities said. Gray refused to leave his home when police arrived but was arrested after SWAT and crisis negotiators responded, police said. Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on the Chicago-based TV show, was pulled over in Chicago in 2019 after authorities said a temporary license plate didn’t match the 2014 Rolls Royce he was driving. He was arrested on a misdemeanour registration charge and ticketed. “Empire,” which ran for six seasons on Fox, aired its series finale in April.


Twins Dominique George (left) and Ava George

One of the busiest moms in the Caribbean since COVID-19 has two reasons to celebrate. St Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar-George's twins both placed in the top 5 in St Lucia's Common Entrance Examination results for 2020. "When I did the exam I felt a bit nervous but I tried my best and I got what I needed." So said Dominique George, the top performer in St Lucia in this year’s Common Entrance Examination. Dominique George Dominique,a student of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary, scored 98.22%, granting him a spot at the St Mary's College. Over two thousand students wrote the Common Entrance Exam on June 29, 2020. "When I found out I topped the island I was surprised, very surprised, shocked but overall happy," Dominique told Loop News Monday. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the island were closed prematurely ahead of the Easter holidays and remained closed for several months whichaffectedlearning, however, Dominique says he was not worried. "My parents and teachers ensured that I had the education that I needed." His twin sister, Ava George, also of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School, came fourth on the island, registering a score of 96.11% to secure a spot at the St Joseph's Convent. Ava George Mother of the two students, Dr Sharon Belmar-George says she is extremely pleased with the performance of her children. "They were both committed and hard-working and I'm so pleased they got the results they wanted... I was concerned a bit because to manage a student in class is different from online, I know they lost that opportunity for class learning due to the pandemic. I was also concerned that I was not able to be there as much as a would have liked to in preparation for the exam but they had a good network of family support to ensure that they did not miss out." The school's principal Mrs Ethelene Leonce expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of the over one hundred students who wrote the exam. PrincipalEthelene Leonce "This year was a very trying year for the students and I am really, really pleased with the student's performance overall, I think the teachers did a phenomenal job under the circumstances. My students were very worried because they missed quite a bit of time and not all students were able to participate in the e-learning or the homeschooling; some of them did not have the devices or Internet access, so we had to be making copies and sending home, so it was a little difficult." Dominique had a few words of encouragement to fellow students. "To pass Common Entrance you must be determined and wanting to go that extra mile."

If You Only Knew is the title of Sevana's new release. (Photos: Contributed)

From rummaging through Puma showrooms in Dubai to sourcing Ankara print trousers in farmer’s markets in Dakar, Senegal, reggae singer Sevana and director Yoram Savion brought an intercontinental fusion with the much-anticipated If You Only Knew (IYOK) music video. Black Love and undying commitment is the message behind this new release, shot in parts in Jamaica and Senegal. The 20-something crooner is among the acts championing the reggae revivalist movement and member of the Protoje-led In.Digg.Nation Collective. She is headstrong and going places – her name literally translates to ‘bright star’. LISTEN TO THE TRACK VIA YOUTUBE HERE IYOK is one of six tracks from Sevana’s sophomore EP Be Somebody, and, much like the first – a self-titled preview – IYOK is set to deliver another soulful performance. Loop Lifestyle checks in with Sevana to see just how far she’d go for the one she loves. FYI: Distance varies not her commitment. Where was the video shot? 90% in Senegal last December by director Yoram Savion, while on a work trip – filming for a short film. ‘The premise for the video was to show me using several methods of transport: walking, by car, on a bike, and a boat to emphasize the meaning of the song 'if you only knew how far I'd go for you,' she says. Who are the members of your glam squad? ‘There was no glam squad…no stylists, no make-up artist, no set director, just me and Savion’. ‘We wanted to show off Senegal. I did it all myself’. Her head wraps and printed pants were bought in the markets, and ‘we wrapped in literally a couple hours’. Puma is a recurring brand in IYOK, talk to us about that relationship... ‘It’s not a Puma ad,’ contrary to the belief of fans online. ‘Me and Puma great!’ The Magic crooner performed at Sole DXB (December 5-7) in Dubai with Protoje and Lila Iké last December and shot IYOK days later. ‘Puma [apparel] was literally all I had on me at the time’ she told Loop Lifestyle. Plus, having shot an ad campaign previously for the brand with filmmaker Nile Saulter, it’s, therefore, no surprise that the singer would have a lot of Puma merch on hand. Fun fact: Before visuals for IYOK were released, Sevana’s team informed the reps at Puma of the upcoming video and shared images. They loved it and agreed to provide full support with social media endorsements. What's one thing you hate about public transportation? ‘It’s unsafe, unreliable, and so many people get kidnapped…I don’t think we have a very functional [method of] public transportation,’ which, she believes, would make public transportation more appealing. What's your favourite look from the video? The firstlook: blue head-wrap then the look with the yellow head wrap. I tried to play it a bit monochromatic where the sports bra matched the head wrap and pants. ‘At one point, we were on the highway…I was on the back of the bike and Yo was literally hanging out of a moving car to get the shots.’ Any on/off cam or onstage performance rituals? ‘A lot of it is just mental preparation, knowing that I have to perform, making sure that I’m fed and hydrated.’ ‘My confidence is grounded in knowing that this a huge part of my purpose, keeping the energy light and positive. And, even if the energy is heavy, I try to channel into the performance.’ What’s your sign? I’m a Scorpio, born November 21. Who are two people you'd love to know better? After a brief pause… ‘that would be my mother and father’. Sevana’s reasons are simple, there’s a lot to learn from her mother, who she describes as ‘somewhat secretive’. And, her father would provide insight and a sense of self/understanding as she wasn’t raised by him – though the two have nurtured a stronger bond over the years. How far would you go for the one you love? To the ends of the earth, there is no limit…genuinely! What's one thing only a close friend/crew member would know about Sevana? ‘Mi nuh know…ask Shanice’ she said. Sevana’s assistant Shanice Mitchell described her boss as ‘extremely strong-willed…anything she can think of, whatever it is she wants, is exactly what’s gonna happen’. Relationship deal breakers? ‘Dishonesty. That’s it! Also, have a real sense of direction and how to manage yourself financially.’ A candidate who’s funny, tall, and has a ‘nice mouth’, she added, is less likely to be overlooked. Dating no-nos...? Don’t be distracted from me. I should be your focus, I should have your attention. Don’t be rude and be a gentleman. What's one thing readers/viewers should know about IYOK? It’s a really special and honest song [that] I wrote almost immediately when I heard the beat. Who's your biggest inspiration? I’m gonna give you two: Maya Angelou and Nina Simone. Especially Nina Simone because she was a dark-skinned woman [making waves] in a time when racism was so staunch. Sevana admires Simone for her personality and ‘her being herself’. ‘Mi love har! Mi love Nina Simone…it’s incredible to watch her perform and [exude] confidence.’


The first Victoria's Secret store is now open at Gulf City Mall. Photo via Facebook, Gulf City Mall.

Following a minor delay in its opening, Victoria’s Secret is now ready for business at Gulf City Mall, La Romaine. The first outlet in Trinidad and Tobago which was initially expected to open its doors in April following the opening of Bath and Body Works, was formally opened on Friday morning to an eager crowd of mostly female shoppers. Group Marketing Manager Gervais Dattoo told Loop News there was an overwhelmingly positive response from mall patrons who lined the red carpet ahead of the 10 am opening. Pictured: Gervais Dattoo. Photo courtesy Gervais Dattoo. He reported that customers were adhering to COVID-19 guidelines by wearing masks and physically distancing. Staff is also wearing masks and following sanitisation protocols as set out by the Ministry of health. No more than 10 customers are allowed into the store at any given time. Dattoo said preparing the store and training the staff for its opening was done a bit differently in light of the closure of borders due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. He explained that under normal circumstances brand representatives go to new markets and oversee the training of staff and setting up the store, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, everything was done virtually. “Due to the pandemic and borders being closed, our operations team worked tirelessly to put the store together with the brand’s virtual guidance.” He said the brand conveyed that it is proud of the local team. For shoppers who are yet to visit the store, Dattoo said they can expect to see signature scents like Bombshell, Tease, Rush and more. As with Bath and Body Works, in-store bundles are available on body care items. Customers have the option to purchase one item (single units are priced at $150), or purchase three items (mix and match) and enjoy savings. Customers can mix and matchcore fragrances with body mists and body lotions priced at three for $295. Eau de parfum 50 ml sizes start at $400 while 100 ml are priced $600 and up. The bundle prices are comparable to those offered Bath and Body, which offers mix and match options at three for $275 for 8 oz sizes. Victoria’s Secret fragrance mists come in 8.4 oz sizes. [image_gallery] The new outlet carries a range of accessories including knapsacks, passport holders, wallets, handbags and sleep accessories, including masks which comes in pouches. From Monday to Thursday the store is open from 10 am – 6 pm, from 10 am to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Sundays. These times are subject to change, based on the rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions. As of now, there are no plans to open up any additional outlets. First Retail Incorporated which operates the franchise will assess the response from customers before any decision is made on opening more stores. First Retail is responsible for opening 30 fashion franchises and regional stores in Trinidad and Barbados, including ALDO, Skechers and Aeropostale. As for what’s next, First Retail will soon introduce Portuguese women’s accessories brand Parfois at the Falls at West Mall later on in year. The store will be the first in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Gulf City Mall Public Relations Officer Sarah Ragoonath told Loop News it was no surprise that the largest shopping mall in South Trinidad was chosen as the location for the first Victoria’s Secret outlet in Trinidad. “We have over 30 years in mall operations experience so we’re ecstatic that they’re here. We were not surprised that Victoria’s Secret chose Gulf City Mall over the other malls.” Ragoonath said Victoria’s Secret fit perfectly into its new location. “It’s now a woman’s dream to shop as the stores are strategically lined up – perfect for shopping.” The spanking new Victoria’s Secret location is next to the Bath and Body Works outlet opened at the mall in March. Ragoonath said even with the obvious economic impact COVID-19 has had, one would be heartened to see the constant flow of shoppers in and out of the retail stores. To show the mall’s appreciation a live virtual event is being hosted on Facebook and Instagram at 8 pm. Customers have a chance to win prizes from most of the mall’s stores.

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Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has advised that all passengers are required to wear face masks. In a statement on Friday, it said this requirement is compulsory. "We require all customers to wear a face mask/covering throughout their entire journey at all Caribbean Airlines touch-points from check-in at the airport, departure gate areas, jet-bridges and on-board the aircraft for the duration of the flight." [related node_id='ee43da06-66b7-4edc-b527-e5b4af602146'] CAL further warned that customers will be denied boarding if they fail to comply. "This requirement is compulsory. Refusal to comply, shall result in customers being denied boarding by the airline; except in the case of children under the age of 2 years, or adults who have a medical condition which prevents them from using a mask." It added that any special exemptions would need to be endorsed by a medical practitioner and approved by CAL before travel. For further information and guidelines for travel, you can visit the following link on CAL's website: https://www.caribbean-airlines.com/#/travel-alerts/travel-guide-to-keep-you-safe