The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has sought to provide an update regarding the presence of hundreds of dead fish at Point Stable, in La Brea. In a statement, on Monday, the EMA said ...

Police are investigating the murder of a 35-year-old woman whose body was found at her St James home on Monday. The victim has been identified as Nadine Smith. Details are sketchy however sources say around 4:30 pm, Smith's three young children came home and found the door locked. They broke in and found their mother with her head bashed in and throat slit. Police were contacted and they responded. The hunt is now on for a close male relative. This story will be updated once more information becomes available. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

A taxi driver of Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande was arrested over the weekend for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. WPC Guerra-Kerr executed a search warrant on the accused identified as Kennedy De Coteau. The warrant was in relation to a charge for sexual penetration which allegedly occurred on October 13, 2017. The victim told police that she felt comfortable with De Coteau who was her friend that she confided in prior to the incident. De Coteau was charged and brought before the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court on June 18. No bail was granted and the matter was postponed to June 20. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Photo: 311, courtesy Paramita International Distribution Ltd.

It’s not a dream. Mega rock bands 311 and Daughtry will be visiting Trinidad and Tobago for the first time, performing at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on June 30, 2018. Speaking to LoopTT, event promoter Vishy Ramsingh of Paramita International Distribution Ltd said this once-in-a-lifetime concert features not one, but two mega modern rock bands who are followed by hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. Ramsingh said this is likely to be the only time that the two bands will be co-headlining at the same concert in Trinidad and Tobago. “I don’t think there ever will be a time in the near future where these bands will appear together on the same stage again, so this is a huge event for us. Trinidad and Tobago usually has difficulty in getting current or major acts during the summertime because of the cost and of course the demand as many bands are usually touring at this time. “We just felt that T&T needed something big right now, and we have a history of bringing great acts to T&T, so we said, let’s see what we can do for summer (July/August holidays).” "When we were offered Daughtrywe jumped at the chance, and 311 has always been on our wish list, so I think this is a great opportunity to see them live," he said. (Photo: Daughtry, courtesy Paramita International Distribution Ltd.) He added that because of the revised travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago by the US, there were additional national security checks the company had to go through. Luckily, he saidboth bands are excited to make their very first visit to see Trinbagonian fans, performing all of their well-known hits along with new releases. Fans have a range of options of general admission at $500, which features access to the covered stands and the main area. The Gold Package at $750 grants front stage access with a cash bar, while the Platinum Package at $1,350 grants front stage access complete with all-inclusive drinks. “The Platinum package is an all-inclusive experience so patrons will have access to the front stage, washrooms and all-inclusive drinks. Gold gives access to the front stage as well as a cash bar, so they’re paying for the convenience of being stage front and they have access to their own bar so they won’t have to move very far. General admission has everything up to the covered stands which is a great option so that they can sit down to rest or get back on the field whenever they like,” he said. Although both bands are favourites with members of Generation X, Ramsingh said Millenials will also love what both bands have to offer. "A new generation of concert-goers are among us, these are family-friendly bands. Given that it takes place ahead of the summer vacation, I think this is a great event for adults and teenagers to go to, it's perfect for the new generation of listeners," he said. 311 and Daughtry’s visits to Trinidad and Tobago comes before their summer tours and will be both bands’ first trips to the twin-island state. More information can be found on their websites: and Ramsingh added that both bands have tight schedules and will likely only be visiting for a few days at most before embarking on the rest of their world tours. Opening for the two main actsare local bands jointpop, who is releasing a new album this year, as well Skid"Nevely. Tickets are now on sale at all Burger King, Popeyes, and Little Caeser’s branches. Visit Paramita International for more information at or visit the event page on Facebook. About the bands 311 311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Southern California. 311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound - and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S. 311’s last ten albums reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Sales Chart - and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Radio Chart (including three #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don't Tread On Me - along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July). 311’s Unity Tour is the 19th consecutive summer headlining the US. 311’s celebratory live shows and incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. 311’s annual summer headlining run, Unity Tour, has become one of the most anticipated concerts of the summer. The Multi-Platinum award-winning 311 have released twelve studio albums, two live albums, four compilation albums, four EPs and four DVDs. Daughtry One of the most recognizable names in rock music of the past 15 years, Daughtry was launched by lead singer Chris Daughtry, whose incredible range and vocal belting vaulted him to the stage on American Idol (5th season), then netted a record deal with RCA Records. Soon after, the band’s album debut, Daughtry, became the fastest-selling debut rock album in Nielsen Soundscan history and the best-selling album of 2007. The album’s hit single, “It’s Not Over,” was nominated “Best Rock Song“ at the 50th Grammy Awards. Four albums later (and with a 5th on the way), Daughtry continues to lift music fans with original lyrics and melodic rock ‘n roll on songs like “Home,” “What About Now,” “No Surprise,” “Over You,” “Waiting for Superman,” “Feels Like Tonight,” “Life After You,” and “September.” jointpop Formed in 1996 in Trinidad and Tobago, jointpop, the Rock n Roll group includes singer/songwriter Gary Hector, (Guitar ,Vocal) Damon Homer (Guitar), Dion Camacho (Drums), Phil Hill (Keyboard), and Jerome Girdharrie (Bass). Formed by lead singer song/writer Gary Hector in 1996 out of the debris of his old group Oddfellows Local-- the seminal Caribbean rock n roll band of the 90s Formed with some of the most sensitive musicians of T&T’s underground circuit and marshalled by Hector’s brilliant piercing social commentary rock and roll songs, the band quickly became the benchmark of the brilliant local alternative music scene with music and songs that had a ready international appeal without sacrificing any of its local relevance. The band has an international following and has toured the UK four times, most recently at the Belladrum Festival 2016, Mugstock Festival 2016, XPONORTH 2016,100 Club, Dublin Castle, Hope'n'Anchor, and many others. Skid”Nevely Skid”Nevely was formed by Andrew Mc Intosh in 2004, 2 years after migrating from St. Lucia to Trinidad. The original members (which have changed a bit over the years) included Anthony Abraham on drums, Mark Wallace on bass, Shane de Silva on lead guitar and Andrew on steel pan, guitar and vocals. The band won the Anchorage 2004 Pop Music Awards and later produced their first album The Boy Who Cried Girl which was launched in 2005 and included the song She's So His which held its own on local radio as a number one song for weeks. After bidding farewell to Karissa (who migrated), Skid"Nevely found new management in Simon Baptiste and Question Mark Entertainment. With their help, the band has met and worked with foreign producers like Jonathon McHugh, toured L.A and Florida and also put out their first music video for the song K.I.A which topped a Trinidad video countdown down for months. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Soca couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-AnnLyons will perform on BET X Live alongside dancehall stars Shenseea and Konshens on June 22. The Caribbean stars will perform on BET's live concert series in the lead up to the BETAwards on June 26. The show will be hostedbyrapper Safaree who is of Jamaican descent and Latina singer and reality TV star Amare La Negra. American rapper Derez Deshon will also perform as well as the four finalists of the BET Freestyle Friday competition. T&T's Nailah Blackman is nominated for the Viewer's Choice Best New International Artiste Award category of the BET Awards. Voting ends on June 19. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Millennials are the least likely to tip of all the generations, a new US report has revealed. According to the poll by, 10% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 37 routinely leave no tip (compared to just 3% of older adults) and almost a third leave less than 15%. This is unusual in the US, where tipping culture is entrenched (15% is considered the minimum) and waiters and waitresses count on tips to significantly boost low hourly rates. According to the report, if millennials are presented with a variety of tipping options – for example in a coffee shop or when taking an Uber taxi – one in six say they choose the lowest option and almost 20% say they don’t tip at all. They also dislike the idea of tips: more millennials than any other generation would prefer tips to be scrapped and instead folded into listed prices, as in other nations like Japan. About 27% say they favour this option. And while almost 55% of people aged 65 and higher said they tipped 20% or more in restaurants, only 35% of under 30s said they tipped at that level. To be fair, people at the start of their careers traditionally have less money than those who have had time to climb the work ladder. And overall, millennials are less wealthy than previous generations. A report in January 2017 by the US Federal Reserve said millennials were earning 20% less than baby boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated. Education and housing costs have also climbed. The report was based on an online survey of 1,000 adults conducted May 18-20, 2018. For the latest lifestylenews, download our app at for Android; and at for IoS.

For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over." In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organistion said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of many parents but led some critics to warn that it may risk stigmatising young video players. The UN health agency said classifying "Gaming Disorder" as a separate condition will "serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue." Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's department for mental health, said WHO accepted the proposal that Gaming Disorder should be listed as a new problem based on scientific evidence, in addition to "the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world." Dr. Joan Harvey, a spokeswoman for the British Psychological Society, said only a minority of gamers would be affected by the disorder and warned that the new designation might cause unnecessary concern among parents. "People need to understand this doesn't mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help," she said. Others welcomed WHO's new classification, saying it was critical to identify video game addicts quickly because they are usually teenagers or young adults who don't seek help themselves. "We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart," said Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists. She was not connected to WHO's decision. Bowden-Jones said gaming addictions were usually best treated with psychological therapies but that some medicines might also work. The American Psychiatric Association has not yet deemed Gaming Disorder to be a new mental health problem. In a previous statement, the association said it's "a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion" in its own diagnostic manual. The group noted that much of the scientific literature about compulsive gamers is based on evidence from young men in Asia. "The studies suggest that when these individuals are engrossed in Internet games, certain pathways in their brains are triggered in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict's brain is affected by a particular substance," the association said in a 2013 statement. "The gaming prompts a neurological response that influences feelings of pleasure and reward, and the result, in the extreme, is manifested as addictive behavior." Dr. Mark Griffiths, who has been researching the concept of video gaming disorder for 30 years, said the new classification would help legitimiSe the problem and strengthen treatment strategies. "Video gaming is like a non-financial kind of gambling from a psychological point of view," said Griffiths, a distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. "Gamblers use money as a way of keeping score whereas gamers use points." He guessed that the percentage of video game players with a compulsive problem was likely to be extremely small — much less than one percent — and that many such people would likely have other underlying problems, like depression, bipolar disorder or autism. WHO's Saxena, however, estimated that two to three percent of gamers might be affected. Griffiths said playing video games, for the vast majority of people, is more about entertainment and novelty, citing the overwhelming popularity of games like Pokemon Go. "You have these short, obsessive bursts and yes, people are playing a lot, but it's not an addiction," he said. Saxena said parents and friends of video game enthusiasts should still be mindful of a potentially harmful problem. "Be on the lookout," he said, noting that concerns should be raised if the gaming habit appears to be taking over. "If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person — whether it is studies, whether it's socialisation, whether it's work — then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help," he said.

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Alsahlawi, foreground, jumps for the ball with Russia's Alexander Samedov during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018  World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on Twitter saying it "would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they're heading to their residence safely." The team posted photos of theplayers exiting the planeand smiling Monday night but did not release further details of the engine problem. The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener in Moscow last week. Uruguay edged Egypt 1-0 in its first game in Group A. For the latest news, download our app at Android; and at IoS.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, left, fails to score past Panama's Roman Torres and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, right, during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Dries Mertens' perfectly struck volley finally opened up Panama and allowed Romelu Lukaku to take full advantage. Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half as Belgium earned a 3-0 victory over Panama in their World Cup opener on Monday. Saddled with massive expectations and a lineup of talent the envy of other teams in the tournament, Belgium finally showed flashes of being the dominant team worthy of title consideration. The two goals from Lukaku came shortly after Mertens scored from about 18 yards in the opening moments of the second half, finally relieving some pressure after Belgium was unable to break down Panama for the first 45 minutes. Lukaku's first goal came 20 minutes later, but the pass from Kevin De Bruyne made it possible. Rather than shooting through a crowd of Panama defenders, De Bruyne cut a pass with the outside of his right foot onto Lukaku's head and into the net. Lukaku added a second on a breakaway minutes later, chipping Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as he left his net. Belgium is now unbeaten in its last six World Cup openers, dating back to 1986. Panama was unable to duplicate what Senegal accomplished in 2002 as the last team to win in its World Cup debut. The Central Americans played their style — physical, aggressive, sometimes looking more like wrestling than soccer — and managed to hang with the Red Devils for more than an hour. But they never created threatening scoring chances — Panama scored only nine goals in 10 World Cup qualifying matches — and eventually Belgium finished its opportunities. The emotion was heavy for the Panamanians who flocked to the Black Sea resort town to see the country play its first World Cup match. Fans cried at hearing their national anthem and the players on the field fought their own emotions while singing. Their voices rose with every Panama attack and the singing and dancing almost never stopped. Panama's players stayed on the field to salute the fans several minutes after the match ended. Luminaries like Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and baseball star Mariano Rivera were in attendance. They would have just preferred something a little less challenging than one of the pre-tournament favorites. GROUP DYNAMICS Even if it wasn't pretty for a half, Belgium did what it was supposed to do in Group G. The victory keeps the team on track for its final group match against England, which is likely to determine the top spot. Panama needs a result against England if it wants any opportunity of the final group game against Tunisia to have meaning. KEY TO SUCCESS Belgium was finally able to finish its chances after seeing several attempts in the first half end up in the side netting or punched away by Penedo. Panama's defense was stingy but also disorganized at times and became even more susceptible after Mertens' goal forced Panama to push forward looking for an equalizer. For the latest news, download our app at Android; and at IoS.


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