One shotgun and a quantity of ammunition were discovered by officers of the Central Division Task Force (CDTF)during an anti-crime exercise in the Chaguanas district on Wednesday. Acting on information, officersproceeded to a house along Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas, where a search was conducted. There, they found one homemade shotgun loaded with one round of twelve gauge ammunition, wrapped in a black plastic bag. The items were found near what is commonly referredto as the ‘abandoned twin towers’ near the Endeavour flyover. The officers then journeyed to a bushy area off Lodge Road, Claxton Bay, where they discovered another black plastic bag, this time containing 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, at the base of a large tree. The exercise, supervised by acting SnrSuptInraj Balram, took place from 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. No arrest was made in connection with the find.

A family of four is among a group of six people expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate on Friday, charged with two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition. Michelle Campo, 46; Kendell Campo, 22; Nakilia Campo, 18; Aisha Phill, 20; Jason Richards, 30; along with a 17-year-old minor, all of Valencia, were arrested after officers of the Valencia Criminal Investigations Department (CID) executed a search warrant at their home around 2 am. During the exercise, officers discovered one Smith and Wesson revolver and six rounds of .38mm Special ammunition, a Browning pistol along with 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Additionally, a quantity of cash was seized along with 25.8 grammes of marijuana which was found hidden in plastic packets inside a can of Monster energy drink. Kendell Campo is also charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The exercise, supervised by Sgt Chris Edwards and Cpl Denton Cortez included officers of the Eastern Division Task Force and Canine Unit. PC Johnny Lee Travajo of the Valencia CID laid the charges. 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


Law enforcement officials say Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women. The officials say the charges relate to related to a former actress, Lucia Evans, (LOO'-sha) who said Weinstein assaulted her in his New York offices in 2004. The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation. A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks. The criminal charge against the film producer would be the first since scores of women began coming forward to accuse him of harassment or assault. Weinstein has repeatedly said he didn't have nonconsensual sex with anyone.

Morgan Freeman is apologising to anyone who may have felt “uncomfortable or disrespected” by his behavior. His remarks come after CNN reported that multiple women have accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings. (Photo: AP)

Morgan Freeman is apologising to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior. His remarks come after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings. The CNN report includes one woman who says the actor repeatedly tried to lift up her skirt, and asked if she was wearing underwear. Several women also say he made frequent comments about their bodies. CNN spoke to 16 people about Freeman. Eight said they had experienced harassment or inappropriate behavior, and another eight said they witnessed such conduct. Freeman issued a statement through his publicist saying that he never intended to make anyone feel uneasy, and apologizes to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected.


The North Coast Sports Academy is doing itspart to drive eco-tourism with its recently opened Edible Park, located along the North Coast Road near Las Cuevas. Open for passersby, the park will bear a wide variety of fruit trees and other edible crops can be grown. Club President, Nikeisha Felix tells us more about the aim of the Edible Park, which she explained, hasonlyonerule. Anyone who frequents the park is asked to pay it forward by replanting the items they picked.This, she said, greatly helps to keep the park goingand helps to promote sustainable tourism. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/1XpvcGNsY1Q.jpg?itok=Wxkzqefj","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XpvcGNsY1Q","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} The project received partnered with Digicel Foundation's community-based initiative, E.P.I.C. (Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities). Every year, E.P.I.C. hosts an open call for community groups and NGOs, allowing them to apply for funding for up to US$5,000 that could further help facilitate projects and initiatives in their communities. E.P.I.C. aims to deliver a series of small-scale community-based projects that have the potential to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces and contribute toward the development of communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago. For more information on the E.P.I.C. programme, visit their website. 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

The holidays will soon be upon us and for many people, this is the time of year to pack those suitcases and jet off to places on their bucket list. Of course, you’ll have a checklist of must-haves: swimsuit, comfy shoes, travel documents and toiletries. If you are a woman and your vibrator is one of your must-haves, you might want to ensure that the country you are travelling allows the entry of such items. If you aren’t sure, here is a story map and list compiled by Carvarka, a UK-based sex toy shop. Saudi Arabia In Saudi Arabia, sex toys fall under the category of pornographic material and are banned under Islamic law. If discovered, your toys will be confiscated. United Arab Emirates Sex toys are illegal and will be confiscated. Even though you may not know it is illegal, you do face the possibility of persecution as well. Thailand Thailand has a thriving sex tourism industry but sex toys fall underThailand’s list of prohibited goods, specifically “obscene objects,” banned from being brought into the country. Vietnam Your sex toys will be taken by customs officers and kept until you leave the country at which time it will be returned. In 2011, the General Department of Vietnam Customs announced that Vietnam officials will not allow the import of sex toys into the country. Malaysia The Malaysian Penal Code states that anyone who sells, distributes or possesses “any obscene book, pamphlet, drawing, painting representation of any figure or any other obscene object whatsoever...shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years, or with fine, or with both. The law extends to importation. India This may be the home of the Kama Sutra but according to Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code, any book, drawing, figure or object, “shall be deemed to be obscene” if it fuels any lascivious, or overtly sexual thoughts and behaviours, and Section 67 of the IT Act makes that law also applies to online businesses. Massagers that are phallic in shape are illegal. Maldives Sex toys are prohibited according to the Maldives Customs Services website. Pornographic material including sex toys, books, magazines, films, videos, DVDs and software is prohibited. Alabama, USA According to the 1998 Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, the sale of adult toys has been criminalised. The act deems a sex toy as any device designed or marketed as useful for the stimulation of human genital organs.


Sabrina Kouider (left) and  Ouissem Medouni

A London couple delusionally obsessed with a former boy-band star were found guilty Thursday of murdering their French nanny and burning her body on a bonfire in their backyard. A jury at the Central Criminal Court convicted 35-year-old Sabrina Kouider and 40-year-old Ouissem Medouni after six days of deliberation. The French couple, who had a turbulent on-off relationship, denied killing Sophie Lionnet, though they admitted disposing of the body. Each defendant blamed the other for the death of the 21-year-old Frenchwoman. Prosecutors say the pair killed Lionnet after becoming obsessed with the belief she was in league with Kouider's ex-boyfriend Mark Walton, a founding member of Irish boy band Boyzone. Kouider was said to be fixated on Walton and believed Lionnet was having an affair with him and helping him carry out a sex-abuse plot — though in fact the two had never met. Kouider and Medouni, a banker, repeatedly interrogated Lionnet in an attempt to make her confess. Prosecutors said the couple starved the nanny, beat her with an electrical cable and tortured her by dunking her head under water. After killing her in a bathtub in September, they threw her body on a bonfire in their yard in an affluent area of southwest London near the home of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. When neighbors called firefighters because of the pungent-smelling smoke, Medouni claimed the charred remains belonged to a sheep. Walton, a music producer who lives in Los Angeles, said his two-year relationship with Kouidar was "the most turbulent relationship I had ever been in." He described in court how she would sometimes "flip, get very angry, very loud and just not care where we were. She would just go crazy over something trivial." He continued to pay Kouidar's rent for a time after they split up in 2013. After he stopped, she began a campaign of harassment, reporting him to police more than 30 times for allegedly sexually abusing a cat, using black magic and hiring a helicopter to spy on her. Frustrated that police were not taking her seriously, she accused Walton on Facebook of being a pedophile. Prosecutor Richard Horwell told jurors that the couple's "unhealthy, myopic, all-consuming and groundless" obsession with Walton had deprived them of reason. Kouider collapsed in tears as the jury foreman delivered the verdicts, while Medouni hung his head. The pair will be sentenced June 26. The victim's father, Patrick Lionnet, said in court that his daughter was a "kind, quiet and reserved" young woman who loved children and animals. Her mother, Catherine Devallone, wept in court and called her daughter's killers "monsters." "These monsters repeatedly beat Sophie," she said in a statement. "They starved, tortured and broke her. They took away her dignity and finally her life. "Our Sophie will soon be laid to rest. No god will ever forgive you both for what you have done to our daughter." Aisling Hosein of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "only Kouider and Medouni know exactly how they killed Sophie but the prosecution was able to prove that she died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident." Detective Inspector Domenica Catino, who led the investigation, called it an "extremely harrowing and tragic case." "I believe that we are Sophie's voice telling of the torment, abuse, and torture she suffered, and today she has finally been heard," Catino said.

(Image: AP: Boxer Jack Johnson, pictured in 1932)

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "It's my honour to do it. It's about time," Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony, where he was joined by boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone. Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice and described his decision as an effort "to correct a wrong in our history". Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes, for travelling with his white girlfriend. Trump had said previously that Stallone had brought Johnson's story to his attention in a phone call. Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing and crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era. He died in 1946. His great-great niece had pressed Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Senator John McCain and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been pushing Johnson's case for years. The son of former slaves, Johnson defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes", culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J Jeffries. McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially-charged conviction more than a century ago". "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour," McCain has said. Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. For breaking news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS.


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