Cellular phones, charges, headsets and makeshift knives were seized on Tuesday during exercises at the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca. The exercises were conducted by prison officers under the supervision of Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wilson, between 8 am and 3 pm. Wilson told LoopTT that the items were seized as part of ongoing exercises this week at the prison to ensure the safety of prison officers. He said similar exercises are expected to take place at the other prisons. Wilson added that exercises are nothing out of the ordinary and is part of the Prison Service’s routine to ensure contraband items are removed for the overall safety of the prison.

A Mayaro man who was plying his vehicle for hire in Laventille was robbed at gunpoint on Monday night. Police are searching for the stolen vehicle. The victim told police he was plying his burgundy Nissan Almera along Pashley Street, Laventille around 11 pm,when he was confronted by anarmed man after dropping off a passenger. The gunman ordered the victim out of his vehicle, while another suspect entered the car. The two suspects then escaped in the stolen car. The police were notified as PC Carballo is continuing inquiries. The suspects have been described as follows: Suspect 1-A man of African descent, dark complexion, stocky built, short, short hairstyle, wearing a white jersey and black ¾ pants. Suspect 2-A man of African descent, brown complexion, short, slim built, corn row hairstyle, wearing a black jersey and black ¾ pants. Anyone with information on the two suspects are asked to contact the Besson Street Police Station. Information can also be given anonymously through 555 or 800-TIPS.

The moringa oleifera - also known as horseradish tree, ben tree, or drumstick tree -is a small tree native to South Asiathat has been used for generations in eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders. The moringa leaves, pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and fruits are all edible. They have been used as a traditional remedy for many ailments, and is a super food that can be had via a powder in smoothies or asa tea among other means of consumption. Moringa hasa rich source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C, and E; calcium; potassium; and protein. Moringa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid in the leaves, flowers, and seeds.Antioxidants fight free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative stress, cell damage, and inflammation. It reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, and moringa leaf concentrate can significantly lower inflammation in the cells. Moringa leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in diabetic patients, which means it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves protection against cell damage.It alsohas heart-healthy benefits, particularly in blood lipid control, the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries, and reduced cholesterol levels. What's more, it supports brain health and cognitive function because of its antioxidant and neuro-enhancer activities. It hasalso been tested as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage. This means it can reduce liver damage and fibrosis and reverse oxidation in the liver. Moringa oil can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels. Moringa has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infections. It's been effective against types of fungi that cause infections on skin and strains of bacteria responsible for blood and urinary tract infections and digestive problems. It also has blood-clotting properties in its leaves, roots, and seeds that benefit wound healing and can reduce clotting time, which means it reduces the time it takes for scratches, cuts, or wounds to stop bleeding.

Siparia's Cousoumeh Festival is aiming to restorethe art of festival to its purest origins. The fourth annual event celebrates the coming together of heritage preservation and restoration through music, food, art, and culture. It provides a platform for youth to showcase their skills and talent alongside international and renowned artists. Set to be hosted on August 18 at the Deltones Panyard in Siparia,the festival has a multilayered agenda which aims to combine all the elements necessary for the expansion of heritage restoration and community development. Akinola Sennon, the man behind the festival, says the festival is likened to the festival to the patois word'cousoumeh' and gave it a broader social meaning, saying, "inan ideal Trinidad and Tobago should blend into one collective and work togethertoward one common goal and purpose. We want to champion that mantra of being one destination." "We decided to design this festival with the intent to focus on heritage awareness and restoration," he said. Lamenting the high spike in crime, he cited a lack of a sense of self and no connection to one's heritage as part of the problem. "We’re in a bad place where crime is concerned. The lack of heritage awareness, who you are and self-appreciation, plays a huge role. leads to crime. It's important for us to restore a heritagepotency that has been lost." The festival will include a concert featuringBrother Valentino; Vaughnette Bigford; steelpan legend Earl Rodney; Carlton 'Zanda' Alexander and the Coal Pot Band; Ruth Osman; Sharland Bailey and the Siparia Deltones featuring Akinola himself. In addition to the concert, patrons will also see art and entrepreneurship at work. The event will serve as the launch of a chocolate company, a partnership between the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness and WhyFarm. WhyFarm's 'Amp It Up' competition will also be in full swing with its young contestants presenting the products they've developed. "We want our young citizens to have a sense of self. One of the main elements of the festival is that it highlights and promotes youth; they are the future and the ones responsible for creating that tomorrow there must a youth focus if we want to evolve Trinidad and Tobago. This festival has the potential to restore the stately history and integrity of a community that has known the heightsof greatness and that continues to give birth to leaders in artistic innovation." Tickets for Sunday's festival are on sale for $200. Contact 369-6800 or 327-9966 for more information.

A driver jumped out of a window in his minibus after the vehicle caught fire at a petrol station in southern China's Chongqing on August 20. The CCTV video shows a ball of fire suddenly bursting from the bottom of the minibus and quickly spreading the vehicle's interior. The driver can be seen jumping out of the minibus through the window immediately to escape before several of the staff at the petrol station extinguished the fire. The minibus driver named Gong just finished refuelling and was about to leave when the incident happened. Gong said the oil pipe in his vehicle was once broken and caused the petrol leak, but he did not repair it properly. The fire was confirmed to be caused by the petrol leak.

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