Police continue to rid the streets of illegal guns and drugs after another seizure in Diego Martin over the weekend. According to a report by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), a revolver, cocaine andone round of ammunition were found by officers of the Western Division Task Forcein the Diego Martin district during a police exercise on Sunday. Officers conducted the exercise between 5:00 am and 10:00 am on Sunday, where they received a tip-off. Officers then went to an open area at Savannah Road #2, Diego Martin, where they found a black plastic bag hidden inside a tree stump. Upon opening the bag, officers found one revolver, one round of .38mm ammunition and three grammes of cocaine. No arrests were made in connection with the find. Investigations are continuing.

(Photo: 26-year-old Miguel Mc Clean aka ‘One Eye, Bad Eye’, of East Dry River, Port of Spain, and a 17-year-old teenager were charged with the murders of Trevvon Wilson and his neighbour, Tiba Thomas.)

A 17-year-old teenager and a Port of Spain man were due to appear in court on Monday, charged with the murders ofTrevvon Wilson and his neighbour, Tiba Thomas, which occurred on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. According to a report from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), 26-year-old Miguel Mc Clean aka ‘One Eye, Bad Eye’, of East Dry River, Port of Spain and the 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, also face charges of kidnapping, burglary and three counts of common assault. On August 8, 2017, 21-year-old Wilson, of Gonzales, Belmont, was taken at gunpoint from his home by three armed mento the home ofThomas, 36, a short distance away. The men called out to Thomas, and when he opened the door, he was shot in the head. Wilson was also shot in the head. Mc Clean and the teenager were charged by Sgt Roger Reyes of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Region 1, on Sunday, August 20, 2017, after advice was received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC, on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Patrons of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival can now purchase their festival tickets online. Discover Dominica Authority has partnered with TicketPal Caribbean to provide ticketing services for the 20th edition of the festival. Headquartered in Barbados, TicketPal Caribbean offers all-in-one ticketing solutions to event organisers across the Caribbean and in parts of the United States and Canada. Through this partnership, Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is visible to TicketPal’s network of over 650,000 subscribers who can now purchase their festival tickets with one click. Patrons wishing to purchase tickets online can visit www.TicketPalCaribbean.com. Season Tickets are available at EC$325 or US$125 and nightly tickets are available at EC$120 or US$48. In 2017, the DiscoverDominica Authority is focused on creating an unforgettable patron experience and visitors and locals can look forward to not only an exciting lineup but a transformation of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium to the Festival City in a manner like never before. So buy your tickets early and get ready for the undisputed premiere musical experience in the Caribbean. The 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 27-29 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica. A line-up of top local, regional, and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca and Calypso, Reggae, Afro-funk, Haitian Kompas to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons. On this year’s line-up are Machel Montano, Kalash, Mavado, Yemi Alade, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Sweet Micky, Kai, Etana, Romain Virgo, Klass, Marcé & Tumpak, Asa Bantan, Triple Kay International, Mizik à Nou All Stars, Breve, Swingin’ Stars, and the Zouk All Stars featuring Jean Marc Ferdinand, Orlane, Francky Vincent, and Stéphane Ravor. For more information on the 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at their videos on YouTube.

Destra Garcia is back on the road. The "Lucy" singer performed at the DMV Summer Fest Concert in Baltimore this weekendfollowing a couple weeks of bed rest after she underwent surgery on her ankle. Video footage on the BakaNation Instagram page shows the soca star hopping on one foot with a crutch in one hand. Garcia broke her ankle when she fell off the stage during a performance in Bermuda. She was flown back to Trinidad where she underwent surgery at St Clair Medical Hospital. Garcia has been keeping her fans abreast of her recovery, letting them know that despite some do's and don'ts from her doctor, she was cleared to travel. "And#qobworldtour2017continues! Washington Bound! Tour#22 I feel great! I just have one foot 😌 not a problem!!! That's what wheelchairs and crutches are for 😂😂😂My voice still works! 😜God is d boss🙏🏼Against all odds!#WheelchairSwag#QOBFRESH," she wrote. And #qobworldtour2017 continues! Washington Bound! Tour#22 I feel great! I just have one foot 😌 not a problem!!! That's what wheelchairs and crutches are for 😂😂😂My voice still works! 😜God is d boss🙏🏼Against all odds! #WheelchairSwag #QOBFRESH 😍 A post shared by Destra Garcia (@destragarcia) on Aug 19, 2017 at 12:14pm PDT Garcia shared video of herself being wheeled into the airport and undergoing a thorough pat down by security.

Irene Thu Hoang treats students at Foundation Preparatory Charter School like her own children, going as far as giving them another uniform to change into whenever she notices a child wearing dirty clothes. Some students might not have reliable access to laundry facilities: Their parents might not be able to afford a laundromat, or the electricity might have been shut off at their home. So Hoang, director of office and family services at the school, washes the students' dirty uniforms by hand and then hangs them out to dry. The task is difficult to accomplish without a proper washer and dryer, but her efforts will soon become easier, as Foundation joins a handful of schools in the city involved in a Whirlpool program that provides laundry machines to schools across the US. The laundry program this year is expanding to New Orleans' Success Preparatory Academy, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary, KIPP Central City Primary, Arise Academy and the Foundation school. Although the program's operations vary among schools, each of them aims to help children who might otherwise miss school because of dirty uniforms. Hoang said on August 4 that she's thrilled the program is bringing laundry machines to Foundation, which opened in the Village de L'est neighborhood in 2015. She credited Foundation founder and head of school Myrialis King for discovering the initiative. "At least I won't have to spend time hand washing the uniforms like I did in the past," Hoang said. Although she did not mind cleaning uniforms, she said it was difficult to do so due to a lack of resources. "I really can't soak them in the bathroom sink, so I got a bucket from my house," Hoang said. "My thing is that I didn't want my kids to be like that all day. I didn't want that to happen to my students." Determined to ensure students were not treated differently by their peers because of dirty clothing, Hoang said she used to purchase detergent to clean their uniforms. With King's permission, Hoang said she would give affected students another uniform for the day while soaking and washing the old clothing. She would then hang dry their clothes outside. Hoang's efforts appeared to reap benefits: She said she saw self-esteem increase among students who needed cleaner clothes. She said students were more willing to come to school because they knew somebody "was taking care of" them at Foundation. Hoang continued to hand wash uniforms when Foundation relocated to Dwyer Road last year, but now she plans to install laundry machines in the teacher's workroom. If Hoang notices a child in dirty clothing during the mornings, she said she will get their teacher's permission to hand the student another uniform so Hoang can wash the other clothes. "I don't want (families) to keep the child home," Hoang said. "It's happened in the past and when I found out I was like 'we're not going to have that.' Just send them to school or call me ahead of time." Hoang says she does not want to advertise "the laundromat here" because she wants students and parents to feel comfortable with the option. She stressed everything is kept confidential and the process will be operated quietly. King echoed Hoang's excitementas she said by phone that Foundation was partly selected because they were already carrying out the program's mission. She said a lot of families require support because they cannot always afford to get to a laundromat. Arise Academy principal Krista Patrick Brown said by phone that "external barriers" like homelessness often hinder the school's academic goals. Arise joined the program to address that issue. Brown said 8 percent of their student population was considered homeless last year, and incoming student data indicate that number will increase. Arise Academy plans to invite parents to sign up for time slots that would allow them to come in to do laundry at their convenience. The program will hopefully start in September, Arise social worker Kathleen Stevens said. Schools involved in the laundry program will track the loads of laundry per student, as well as the student's attendance and grades throughout the school year. Stevens said tracking those variables will help them determine if there is a correlation between school performance and cleaner uniforms (AP)

Pampers has launched a new version of their popular app designed to make life simple for parents and babies: Pampers Rewards. It’s free, easy to use and parents will earn points every time they purchase any Pampers product including diapers, training pants and wipes. ThePampers Rewards appis available in the Google Play and Apple App Stores to download onto your Android or iPhone, respectively. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3: 1. Download the new Pampers Rewards app and register (or log in with your existing Pampers.com username and password) 2. Look for the code inside every pack of Pampers diapers, pants and wipes 3. Scan or manually enter the code and start collecting points to redeem for amazing rewards! Existing and new members will get 100 bonus points just for downloading the new Pampers Rewards app and registering or signing in. Plus they’ll get 50 bonus points when they scan their first product code. Pampers Rewards points can be redeemed for a range of fun and educational gifts for your child or the entire family, as well as coupons for Pampers diapers. You will find the full range of options in thePampers Rewards Catalog, which is updated regularly on the app. “Pampers understands that parents have a lot going on – and we’re always looking for ways to make their lives a little easier,” said Andrea Zahumensky North America Baby Care, P&G. “That’s why we’re offering parents a new, simplified Pampers Rewards program. It’s a way for them to get more out of every shopping trip—truly the perfect hack for any parent with little ones in diapers!” Parents who used the previous Pampers Rewards App will see their points balance transferred automatically to the new Pampers Rewards app. To access those points, parents can download the new app on their smartphone and login using their Pampers.com credentials. To download the app visit:https://app.adjust.com/29y9j7

The man who shot a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot at around 8 a.m. near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh. Authorities identified the gunman as Nathaniel "Nate" Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond. Ma'Lik served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. The case brought international attention to the eastern Ohio city of 18,000 and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the football team. Investigators are still looking for a motive and haven't found a connection to the rape case, said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin. A visiting judge from Hamilton County, where Cincinnati is located, handled the vast majority of the rape case. Courthouse video shows both the judge and Nate Richmond firing about five times each, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. "Whoever thought this could happen here?" Abdalla said. Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis tells WTOV-TV that Bruzzese was talking after being wounded. He was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. Republican Gov. John Kasich said he was told the judge would survive. The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, said one of Bruzzese's judicial colleagues. Judge Joseph Corabi said he and the county's two other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse in eastern Ohio. Judges then walk a few feet down what's known as "Courthouse Alley" to a side entrance to the building, said Corabi, the Jefferson County juvenile and probate court judge. "Everybody knows who parks there. That's why it's not an accident what happened. He was clearly an intended target," Corabi said. Ma'Lik Richmond is currently on the Youngstown State football team but isn't allowed to play in any games, the school said earlier this month in responding to criticism surrounding his participation. Corabi said Bruzzese is known as an avid hunter. He called him fair, hard-working, well-liked and "a tough son of a gun." "He is very intelligent and he can cut to the chase," Corabi said. "He spots issues and he resolves the issues." Bruzzese, 65, hears general and domestic relations cases as one of two judges serving in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court. Bruzzese has served on that court since 1997, according to Ohio Supreme Court records. He was most recently re-elected in 2014 for another six-year term. Bruzzese had likely arrived early to review his usual Monday morning batch of legal motions, Corabi said. Local media reported that the suspect's body could be seen lying next to a car at the drive-thru of a neighboring bank. Police said a man who was in the car with him was taken into custody. The courthouse was closed for the day as local and state authorities helped secure the scene. Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham told WTOV that some courthouse workers witnessed the "tragic situation" and that people would need time to process what had happened. The state crime lab will help investigate the shooting, said Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine. The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court called the attack a "cowardly ambush" and urged court personnel — especially judges — to take extra precautions. The attack "reminds us all of the very real potential for violence against judges," Maureen O'Connor said. "Violence against judges represents an attack on the Rule of Law, the foundation of our country.

The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina (all times EDT): 4 p.m. Some cruise passengers have watched the solar eclipse as Bonnie Tyler sang her hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The Welsh singer was backed on the ballad by Joe Jonas' band, DNCE, during a Monday afternoon performance in an outdoor theater on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. "Total Eclipse Cruise" left from Florida on Sunday, sailing through the Caribbean toward St. Maarten on Monday, when the moon passed in front of the sun. A total eclipse was viewable in a narrow band across the sea. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in 1983. Spotify says streams of the song have increased by 2,859 percent in the U.S. and 827 percent worldwide during the past two weeks. ___ 3:40 p.m. The crickets and other animals grew noisy as it got darker at the Nashville zoo, but when the sun was totally blotted out, it was the humans who drowned out the animals, clapping, "oohing" and "aahing" for more than the nearly two minutes the total eclipse lasted. And then once the light returned, the show began. The two juvenile giraffes, Mazi, a 6-month-old, and Nasha, a 3-year-old, raced in circles as the people stared. About 20 feet away, some of the rhinos were doing their best imitation of running after heading toward their pens when it got dark. Teresa Morehead, of Indianapolis, says she was surprised to see the animals running. She says the rhinos were more confused than anything. ___ 2:55 p.m. John Hays drove up from Bishop, California, for the total eclipse in Salem, Oregon, and says the experience will stay with him forever. It was his second eclipse. He experienced one in Guatemala about 27 years ago. He saw Monday's eclipse from a deck overlooking the Willamette Valley and the foothills of the Coastal Range. Hays says he liked it because he had a clear view across the entire landscape. He says he will never forget that "it was 10:30 and it became night." He says "just watching the light become silvery, and the temperature drop, that was also a pretty amazing thing." ___ 2:50 p.m. The first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has come to an end in South Carolina. Americans across the land watched in wonder Monday as the moon blocked the sun, turning daylight into twilight. Totality — when the sun is completely obscured by the moon — lasted just two minutes or so in each location along the narrow corridor stretching all the way across the U.S., from Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It took about 90 minutes for total blockage to cross the country. Two-hundred million people live within a day's drive of Monday's path of totality. So towns and parks along the eclipse's main drag have welcomed monumental crowds. The last coast-to-coast eclipse was in 1918. ___ 1:50 p.m. Northwest cities not quite in the path of totality also enjoyed the solar eclipse. Boise is not in totality. But birds quieted down briefly when 99.5 percent of sun was blocked. And some neighborhoods erupted into applause and hooting as residents cheered the show from their yards. In Portland, hundreds gathered at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to see the rare celestial event. Some office workers stood on rooftops, and small crowds gathered on the sidewalks, looking skyward. Some expressed surprise that even a sliver of sun can prevent a city from falling into darkness. Within minutes, traffic resumed on what had been eerily quiet downtown streets. ___ 1:40 p.m. After staying behind the clouds, the sun in Nashville moved into the clear to happy staring crowds at the Nashville Zoo. Louisiana State University chemical engineering major Tiffany Lastinger told her physics major friend, "Oh my God, Katie, look." The sun resembled a Pac-Man character. Her friend, Katherine M. Nugent, studies astrophysics but was watching a group of rhinos and giraffes. The two plan to enter their observations in the iNaturalist app. Nugent says it's "really cool to see how different animals react." ___ 1:20 p.m. The first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has begun in Oregon. Americans across the land are watching in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses Monday as the moon blots out the sun and turns daylight into twilight. Totality — when the sun is completely obscured by the moon — will last two minutes or so in each location along the narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. Two-hundred million people live within a day's drive of Monday's path of totality, and it will take about 90 minutes for totality to cross the country. Towns and parks along the eclipse's main drag have welcomed monumental crowds for what promises to be the most observed, studied and photographed eclipse in history. ___ 12:50 p.m. Les and Mary Anderson will mark their 13th eclipse with hundreds of amateur astronomers who have descended on Casper, Wyoming. The couple from San Diego is attending Astroncon, which is organized by the Astronomical League. The Andersons met on a photography field trip at Yosemite National Park and went to Mexico for an eclipse in 1991, the year before they got married. In Casper, they joined a friend they met during an eclipse in Aruba in 1998. Mike O'Leary was ready Monday with a camera outfitted with a homemade eclipse filter. He says seeing an eclipse is "like nothing else you will ever see or do." ___ Noon Both of South Carolina's political parties are trying to capitalize on the eclipse in fundraising campaigns. In an email titled "'Eclipse' the Democrats!" the South Carolina Republican Party on Monday asked donors to contribute $20.18 toward the party's efforts to "keep Democrats TOTALLY in the dark" in next year's elections. Republicans now hold all statewide elected offices and control both chambers of South Carolina's Legislature. In a message of their own, the state's Democratic Party sent supporters links to recent political articles in several outlets reminding them of work ahead of the party. The party told supporters, "Nobody go blind today, there's too much work to do for Democrats all across the state!" ___ 11:40 a.m. Eclipse viewers, many of them slathered with sunscreen, are streaming into the noisy Nashville Zoo hours early to see both the eclipse and animals' weird reactions to it. Zoo spokesman Jim Bartoo says people were camping out at the zoo entrance at 6 a.m., three hours before the gates opened and seven-and-a-half hours before totality. Paulette Simmons of Nashville came to the zoo after a doctor's appointment, saying she decided on the location because she wanted to see how the animals reacted. The flamingo lagoon is one of the most popular locales, with the birds expected to roost and get noisy when the sun darkens. Ninety minutes after the zoo opened, the pathways were clogged with people. ___ 11:30 a.m. Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities are heading to ballparks to watch the solar eclipse as teams look to cash in with game-day viewing parties. Minor league teams from Oregon to South Carolina have scheduled games Monday to coincide with the total eclipse as it streaks across the United States. In Nebraska, the Lincoln Saltdogs will wear special eclipse jerseys and stop their game to watch the full eclipse at 1:02 p.m. The team says it has sold tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany. Other teams hosting events include the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Idaho Falls Chukars, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Nashville Sounds, Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs. No big league games are scheduled to coincide with the eclipse. ___ 11:25 a.m. Forecasters say it looks like a big chunk of the nation on the path of the total eclipse will get clear viewing for the sky show. National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Burke says about 70 percent of the area on the 70-mile path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina is likely to have clear skies when the moon moves in front of the sun. Burke says it looks good for the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Rockies, Tennessee, Kentucky, and into western South Carolina. The toughest areas are coastal South Carolina, eastern Nebraska, north and central Missouri and Illinois. Burke says those areas will have thick clouds and have to dodge pop-up thunderstorms. Astronomers say clouds and rainstorm make it difficult to see the classic image of the blotted out sun. ___ 9:45 a.m. With just hours to go before a total solar eclipse would reach the Oregon coast, people were streaming into the fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon, to view the spectacle Monday morning. The sound of Taiko drummers filled the air during a pre-eclipse show at the fairgrounds. Less than 50 miles north in Portland, Oregon, eclipse experts, contest winners, an astronaut and members of the media were boarding an Alaska Airlines charter flight to fly two hours southwest into intercept the eclipse about 10 a.m. PDT. Meanwhile, thousands of eclipse tourists were gathered in the tiny town of Weiser, Idaho. Among them was Agnese Zalcmane, who traveled to the western United States from Latvia so she could be in the zone when the moon's shadow completely covers the sun. ___ 3 a.m. Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses are staking out viewing spots to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday. It promises to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. The main drag will stretch along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of eclipse watchers are expected to peer skyward, and they're hoping for clear weather. It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in 99 years.


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August 26, 2017

Thrifters "Night" Market

"The New Experience" Continues August 26 with a wide array of vendors and live by Reggae/Rock band "NexChapta." 

Join us under the stars and enjoy the ambiance as we light up Undercover Grounds!

Have some cool stuff? Walk with them to barter with other shoppers at our bartering station for a true "Thrifters" experience. 

If you'd like to be a vendor contact Kevon (‪287-3054‬) or get registered at The Burg.

Free Parking, Security & Lighting Provided.

Here's a bit about us; Thrifters Market was established in 2013 as a market geared towards educating the public on the many ways to recycle and reduce our carbon footprint, whilst providing a platform for thrifty and environmentally conscious vendors and shoppers alike.

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September 09, 2017

Things TT Market-September 9

Just in time for the UWI Orientation Week!

Save the date, tell a friend and SHOW UP at the next #ThingsTT market on September 9th at the UWI, JFK Auditorium from 10 AM to 5 PM. Shop from a wide range of vendors including jewelry makers, soap makers, craftsmen, artists, chefs and more.

For vendor information visit: www.things-tt.com or email things.market@gmail.com