About Us

Loop is the number one source for Caribbean-wide local, regional and global content providing the best coverage of news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, community and events. With our trusted team of journalists working locally in each market, we strive to bring you all the breaking and most up-to-date coverage of events, from a team you can trust.

With over 970,000 downloads to date, Loop currently provides content for 16 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific.

Caribbean news has never been so social with Loop’s social and article commenting features meaning users can read, share and shape the stories as they happen. Available on the web and with apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone, users can access Loop anytime, anywhere and can get involved by posting stories, videos and photos.

Loop launched in April 2014 in its first three markets (Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Curacao) on operating systems for BB, Android and iOS devices as well as on the web. It became the Caribbean’s number one news app in the Google Play store and Apple App store within two months of launch. Loop now provides local news in Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu.

 

Meet Our News Team

Ceola Belix

Ceola@trend.media

Ceola Belix describes herself as a consummate communicator and digital native. Having worked in the communications field in both public and private sector, she has an array of experience in a variety of fields including corporate communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism and digital and social media. She previously held the position of Digital Content Producer and Strategist at one of T&T’s leading advertising agencies Collier Morrison Belgrave, and has written for various publications including the Newsday, the Trinidad Guardian’s Metro Magazine and MACO People.

Laura Dowrich-Phillips

Laura@trend.media

Laura Dowrich-Phillips brings to Loop close to 20 years’ experience as a journalist. As a reporter she built her career covering almost every beat from crime to technology before graduating into the field of publishing as an editor for Energy Caribbean and the Trinidad and Tobago Business Guide. Prior to Loop, Laura was the founding editor of the Metro Magazine, a leading entertainment paper published by Guardian Media Limited. Laura has written for numerous publications in the Caribbean, among them Caribbean Beat and SHE Caribbean. A passionate writer, Laura is known for her interviews with some of the region’s top personalities such as Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and...

Darlisa Ghouralal

Darlisa@trend.media

Darlisa Ghouralal has been a journalist for the last two years. Prior to joining Loop, she worked in the broadcast environment, where she gained experience as a radio news reporter. She's also a fourth year student at the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies where she's pursuing a BA Mass Communication. She has a passion for business and political writing.

Alina Doodnath

alina@trend.media

Alina Doodnath is Content Coordinator for Loop News. Alina graduated from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, specialising in online, television, radio and print journalism. Alina has a mixed background in advertising and publishing and has written for MACO People Magazine, the Trinidad Guardian and the Aberdeen Evening Express.

Ricqcolia Phillip

Ricqcolia@trend.media

As the Face of Loop, Ricqcolia Phillip is always on the pulse of major happenings across the country. Previously known for her video blog, RT5, Ricqcolia splits her time between writing and providing video content. She has interviewed a diverse number personalities and top names, from Machel Montano and Angela Hunte to CEO Gervase Warner and Dr. Keith Rowley to the man on the street. Ricqcolia’s affability allows her to easily interface with everyone and share the abundant and prolific news and stories of Trinidad and Tobago.

Winston Sobers

winston@trend.media

Winston Sobers has worked in the media as a videographer for over 10 years, first at CNC3 and then at CNMG. Prior to his tenure in the media, he got his start in camera work at 20/20 Productions. One of Winston’s great passions is sport, and that is reflected in the reports he pursues independently and not only captures on camera, but also writes on. He currently serves as Secretary of the North Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, a position he held for two prior terms.