A man, who was held after reports that he allegedly abducted a six-year-old child, wasscheduled to appear before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Monday. The suspect was held around midday on Friday along High Street, Princes Town. Police were told that approximately one hour before, the boy was taken without his parent’s consent during an argument between the suspect and a woman at a house in La Lune, Moruga. The child is a relative of the woman. The man allegedly put the child in his silver Nissan AD Wagon and drove off. He was later held by officers of the Ste Madeleine Police station, including WPC Agellire, WPC Breton and PC Sujeet Ramcharan. More on this as it becomes available.

Tobago Divisional officers destroyed TT$500,000 in marijuana during an eradication exercise in the MtStGeorge area on Sunday. Officers attached to both the Crown Point Police Station and Tobago Division Task Force executed an exercise in a forested area of MtStGeorge and destroyed 50 kilogrammes of cured marijuana along with two seedlings. Police are confident that an arrest will be made soon, as investigations are continuing into the matter. The exercise was supervised by SgtStewartof the Tobago Division.


Helping Her Foundation (left to right) Alexis Alonzo, Samantha Duncan, Sara Ilkhtchoui and Celeste Simpson

For many, the concept of ‘period poverty’ is so far removed from their reality that it’s difficult to even surmise what that term could be referring to. For those of us fortunate enough not to know, ‘period poverty’ refers to the inability of some to afford access to sanitary products.For those unable to afford more expensive alternatives, strips of cloth and folded tissue paper often take the place of pads and tampons. A team of young women behind the Helping Her Foundation has been leading the charge against ‘period poverty’ here in Trinidad and Tobago, mobilising to provide products to those women who are most at-risk. The beginning of Helping Her Foundation took root inconspicuously in 2015, born from a scenario most women might experience at least once in their life. Samantha Duncan, home from University one day, discovered that her period had begun and she had no sanitary products at home. “I had nothing to do with myself besides spend the day in my shower, and it just got me thinking – how do people function?” Duncan said. After this she began a social media thrust, offering to purchase supplies for anyone in need of assistance. Her family soon began supporting her efforts, and eventually her friends also stepped in to help, some of them becoming permanent parts of the movement that would be registered as an official Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in February of 2018. Duncan, along with her childhood friends Sara Ilkhtchoui, Alexis Alonzo and Celeste Simpson, now work together to deliver sanitary products on a monthly basis to those in need. The concept of period poverty was not something any of them had been exposed to before. Ilkhtchoui said, “I never thought of it to be honest. It’s something I’ve always had access to. I never thought ‘It’s actually expensive’ and it’s something people need every month. So I’m happy we can help people in need.” Duncan said the response to the initiative, both before and after the Foundation was established, has been positive. She said when she started the Instagram page, many individuals reached out to her, either to donate or to ask for assistance for themselves. At the moment, the Foundation distributes sanitary products to two shelters in West Trinidad – Sophia’s House for Girls and St Dominic’s Orphanage - as well as any individual who might reach out to them for help. At the moment, however, the team has a surplus of donations and are eager to expand their activities to more areas across the country. “Our next step is to try to get more homes, especially in the East, especially in South. They can reach out to us.” Duncan said. They also expressed an interest in extending their outreach to Tobago and even further to Grenada, where Alonzo has an aunt who will help them manage donations there. In terms of the response from corporate Trinidad, the Foundation received a major contribution from Brydens Pi, who donated a significant amount of Kotex products. Helping Her Foundation is also assisting with the recently launched Always #EndPeriodPoverty campaign, which aims to donate over 115,000 pads to secondary school students in high-risk areas over the next few months. On May 26 the Helping Her Foundation will host its second annual fundraising tea party at The Anchorage from 2 pm – 6 pm. The tickets are $150 each. Patrons of the event will be treated to refreshments, live entertainment and a fashion show by local designer Nakita Hyatali, Kelly De Gannes, Megan Noel and Ayanna and Asha Diaz. There will be vendors, including local artisans, selling a variety of wares at the venue. Funds raised from the event will go towards purchasing supplies to further the Foundation’s outreach. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can call 790-0198, 730-9239 or 718-7082.

There's always something to do in Trinidad. Here are just a handful of things to do and experience in Trinidad. How many of these have you already crossed off the list? 1. Go turtle watching Trinidad is home tothe second largest turtle nesting site in the world. Visit Grande Rivière or Matura between March and September to witness the endangered leatherback turtles as they dig nests before laying their eggs and return to sea. 2. Visit Gasparee Caves Situated at Point Baleine on the northwestern end of Gaspar Grande Island, Gasparee Caves is one of Trinidad’s main attractions. It could be its translucent blue pond or the seabed made up of coral, oolites, seashells and other marine creatures, Gasparee Caves is a beautiful sight to behold. 3. Go “dong d islands" We’re not talking about a DDI fete here (although we're down for that as well). We’re talking about getting to visitone of the several smaller islands that are located between and around the twin islands. Visit the Bocas Islands (Chacachacare, Monos, Huevos, Gaspar Grande) which lie between Trinidad and Venezuela or Los Cotorras, the six islands lying west of Port of Spain and the Gulf of Paria. Feeling adventurous? Camp on the island and enjoy a bonfire at night. 4. Visit Pitch Lake Photo: Kyle Walcott The largest natural deposit for asphalt in the world, the Pitch Lake is a massive sight to behold. If you've never taken a walk across the8thwonder of the world, what are you waiting for? 5. Revel in the abundance of wildlife at the Asa Wright Nature Centre Photo: Wendell Reyes Located in the Arima Valley, the Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge is home to over 200 species of birds and is one of the top bird-watching centres in the Caribbean. Spread over 270 acres of land, you can see quite a number of the centre’s inhabitants including 97 native mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, and over 2,200 species of flowering plants. Can’t see it all in one day? The Centre offers affordable lodging if you need extra time to take in the country’s flora and fauna. 6. Play phagwa Taking place every year in March, the Hindu community observes Phagwaor Holi in observation of the Indian spring and the Hindu New Year. The festival includes singing and dancing but the major highlight of the day is throwing and spraying of abir (a vegetable dye). Although it’s a Hindu festival, the celebration is open to everyone, so be sure to walk with old clothes. The Aranguez Savannah is one of the most popular spots for Phagwa, while the Tunapuna Hindu School hosts the children’s phagwah celebrations. 7. Swim in the glowing Ortoire River Trinidad houses several natural wonders and Ortoire River is no exception. Why? The river is famously known for giving off a blue glow every 10 years due to the bioluminescence of living organisms residing in the water. While you mayhave to wait a few years to see the river glow again, we promise it's well worth the wait. 8. Take a stroll throughBamboo Cathedral Photo: Josh Brizan Trinidad has a very large quantity of bamboo throughout the island but if you really want to take in its full beauty in abundance, then head on over to Bamboo Cathedral in Macqueripe. Be sure to bring a camera with you as you walk along thearching bamboo forest to capture the flora and fauna toward Morne Catherine. 9. Wild Fowl Trust With over 90 bird species, both wild and in cages, including endangered waterfowl, colourful songbirds, ibis, herons and other wading birds across 25 hectares, you'll find yourself questioning why you waited this long to visit Wild Fowl Trust. 10.Maracas Beach While there has been many a debate as to which is the best beach inTrinidad, no one can say no to a trip to Maracas beach. Take a swim, take a nap or pig out on a Richard's bake and shark. Spending the afternoon at the beach will erase any doubts that we live in paradise.


In this photo taken Thursday, May 16, 2019, a man past by a Huawei store in Beijing.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Google said Monday its basic services on Huawei smartphones still will function following U.S. sales curbs, but the Chinese tech giant faces the possible loss of other features and support. The announcement highlighted the growing damage to Huawei from Washington's order. The company has said until now U.S. accusations it is a security threat have had little impact on sales outside the United States. Huawei Technologies Ltd., which uses Google's Android operating system in its smartphones, said it would continue to provide security updates and service. It gave no indication which map, photo or other services they might lose. The Trump administration's order targets China's first global tech brand and ratchets up disputes with Beijing over technology, trade and cyber-security. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said it is complying with and "reviewing the implications" of the requirement for export licenses for technology sales to Huawei, which took effect Thursday. "We assure you while we are complying with all US gov't requirements, services like Google Play & security from Google Play Protect will keep functioning on your existing Huawei device," said Google on Twitter. Google allows smartphone manufacturers to use Android and its basic services for free. But transfer of hardware, software or services to Huawei or technical interaction would be restricted by the U.S. order. That would strip Huawei phones of Google maps and other services that require direct support. That might hurt Huawei where consumers can pick other brands that carry the full suite of Google features. The U.S. government says Chinese suppliers including Huawei and its smaller rival, ZTE Corp., pose an espionage threat because they are beholden to China's ruling Communist Party. But American officials have presented no evidence of any Huawei equipment serving as intentional conduits for espionage by Beijing. Huawei, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong, reported earlier its global sales rose 19.5% last year over 2017 to 721.2 billion ($105.2 billion). Profit rose 25.1% to 59.3 billion yuan ($8.6 billion). Huawei smartphone shipments rose 50 percent over a year earlier in the first three months of 2019 to 59.1 million, while the global industry's total fell 6.6 percent, according to IDC. Shipments by industry leader Samsung and No. 3 Apple declined. Huawei defended itself Monday as "one of Android's key global partners." The company said it helped to develop a system that "benefited both users and the industry." "We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally," said a company statement. A foreign ministry spokesman said China will "monitor the development of the situation" but gave no indication how Beijing might respond. The government said it would take steps to protect the rights of Chinese companies abroad following last week's announcement but has given no indication what it might do. "China supports Chinese companies to take up legal weapons to defend their legitimate rights," said the spokesman, Lu Kang. The U.S. order took effect Thursday and requires government approval for all purchases of American microchips, software and other components globally by Huawei and 68 affiliated businesses. Huawei says that amounted to $11 billion in goods last year.

Police inspect a car and a bus that were damaged by a bomb, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, March 19, 2019. Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids.

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists. The bus was carrying at least 25 people mostly from South Africa, officials added. The attack comes as Egypt's vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak. The officials said security forces cordoned off the site of the explosion and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital. The explosion damaged a windshield of another car, they said. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. Atif Moftah, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, said the explosion did not cause any damage to the museum, in a statement issued by the antiquities ministry. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the second to target foreign tourists near the famed pyramids in less than six months. In December, a bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists was hit by a roadside bomb, killing at least three of them. Egypt has battled Islamic militants for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, hitting minority Christians or tourists. The insurgency gained strength after the 2013 military overthrow of the country's first freely elected president, an Islamist whose brief rule sparked mass protests.