A total of 86 persons were arrested over the past 24 hours following ‘Operation Strike Back’ exercises in Central and Port of Spain Divisions. The intelligence-driven operation, in Central, involved officers from the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Special Branch and the Chaguanas Police Station. This exercise was coordinated by acting DCP Deodat Dulalchan and acting ACP Beverly Lewis and was supervised by Snr Supt Inraj Balram, acting ASP Richard Smith, acting ASP Michael Pierre, acting ASP Wayne Mystar and Insp Marlon Alexander. During the exercise, 108 vehicles were stopped and searched while 61 search warrants were executed. The searches resulted in two revolvers, six rounds of ammunition and 1.1 kilogrammes of marijuana being found. A breakdown of the number of persons arrested is as follows: 35 were detained on outstanding warrants; 16 for residing in the country illegally; eight for robbery offences; two for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking; two for possession of marijuana; two for driving under the influence; two for larceny; and one person for harbouring illegal immigrants. In another exercise which took place in the Port of Spain Division on Friday, 18 persons were arrested. This exercise which was coordinated and supervised by ACP Irwin Hackshaw along with Supts Wayne Mohammed and Dale Ablack, also included officers attached to the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department, Court and Process Branch, Task Force and the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), Guard and Emergency Branch, Canine Branch along with the Inter-Agency Task Force led by Insp Damien Lezama and Randall Mc Guirk. Of the persons arrested: 12 were held on outstanding warrants, two for possession of ammunition and four for robbery and shooting offences. Officers also searched an abandoned shack at The Garrison, Beetham Gardens, where items of clothing resembling that of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, inclusive of five jackets, three pairs of pants, one body armour and a pouch being found. Searches were also made along Nelson Street, Port of Spain and Zaman Avenue, San Juan, leading to quantities of ammunition and marijuana being found. Both exercises were incident free and bring the total number of ‘Operation Strike Back’ exercises to nine. 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

Police found and seized a loaded firearm hidden in a Santa Claushat, Champ Fleurs on Thursday morning. The weapon, a highpoint model JHP 45mm pistol, was found and seized along Sagan Drive, Champ Fleurs. According to police reports, around 10 am on Thursdaya team of officers from the Northern Division Task Force (WEST) received intelligence which led them to the area. Hidden in a drain to the western side of the said street, the lawmen observed a red and white Santa Claus hat. Hidden inside the hat, was the loaded gun. No arrests were made. 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

Olatunji Yearwood will know his fate on X Factor this weekend when he and the other successful acts from the audition rounds enter the dreaded Six Chair Challenge. The Six Chair Challenge replaces the traditional Bootcamp audition stage. In this challenge, the contestants compete before a live audience and the judges. The hopefuls are split into four different categories and mentors are assigned to each group. The mentors will decideif each act deserve one of six coveted seatsbut they could be replacedwith a subsequent performer. For the 2018 edition, a new element has been added to the challenge called the Golden X whereeach judge will have the right to offer an act a 'safe seat', or the Golden X, which will guarantee them a place for Judges' Houses. The Six Chair Challenge will be the last round before the live shows. Olatunji, who got four yeses from the judges in week one of the audition round, may be performing a non-soca which he hinted to Loop recently. He is one of two Caribbean artistes who the judges seem to love. The other is former Jamaica Digicel Rising Star winner Dalton Harris. X Factor airs on Saturday and Sunday night on the UK's ITV1.

Winston Dukehas been confirmed as a featured speaker at the United NationsHeForSheSummit on September 26. The "Black Panther" actor made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday. His address will be livestreamedfrom 10AM-12PM EST. Created by UN Women,the HeForShe campaign is a movement for gender equality, providinga systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. HeForShe is intended to be an accelerator for UN Women's core strategic pillars which include women's economic empowerment; advancing women's political participation and leadership; supporting women's role in peace and security and eliminating gender-based violence The initiative has attracted the male heads of top corporate brands such asAndrew Wilson,CEO Electronic Arts (EA);Bob Moritz, Chairman,PWC International;Jes Staley, CEO,Barclays;Paul Polman, CEO,Unilever,and Vittorio Colao,CEO, Vodafone. Back in July, Duke waslisted as one of 2018's 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40 by the UN General Assembly. To find out more about the HeForShe campaign, 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 weekend is here and it is a long one so you know the weekend calendar is full to the brim. Gather your friends, open your calendar app and start planning. Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival Date: September 21 to September 25 Venue: Various venues What: Over 100 films will be showing over the next few days. Info: ttfilmfestival.com Aftershocks of the Soul Date: September 21 Venue: Kaiso Blues Café, Wrightson Road What: Concert featuring David Rudder with guest Roger George Info: 477-2262 K2K Alliance and Partners Band Launch Venue: All Saints Anglican Church, Marli Street, Port-of-Spain What: The band will launch its 2019 theme Through Stained Glass Windows Launch of Blow Mano Blow Date: September 21 Venue: Cascadia, St Ann's What: Launch of Brass to the World's Carnival Monday and Tuesday brass and T'shirt band Trinbago Fridays: Soca on the Steps Date: September 21 Venue: National Academy for the Performing Arts What: National Patriotism Month celebrations with a Friday night soca lime on the steps of NAPA! Enjoy performances fromErphaan AlvesNeval ChatelalNadia BatsonOrland Octave and more. Admission free Trinidad and Tobago Restaurant Week Showcase Date: September 22 Venue: Queen’s Hall What: Designed to be an exceptional occasion for food lovers and restaurant aficionados alike, this event seeks to bring together restaurants and chefs from all over T&T and have them exhibit and highlight their culinary talents. Proceeds go toward the Rotary Club of Port-of-Spain. Info: 475-5929 Chocolate Month Walking Tours Date: September 22 Venue: Port-of-Spain What: A tour through Port-of-Spain to taste and learn about our chocolate history from 10 am to 12 pm St Mary’s College AutoFete Date: September 22 Venue: St Mary’s College, Port-of-Spain What: Car show, Sound off, Drifting and party with DJ Private Ryan and Nessa Preppy> Cost $250 Launch of Carnival 2019 Date: September 23 Venue: Queen’s Park Savannah What: The NCC will officially launch Carnival from 4 pm to 11.30 pm with a procession from Memorial Park, Frederick Street, to the Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah. Bring the entire family and enjoy steel pan, stick fighters, pretty Mas, traditional Carnival characters and a Mega Concert. Anansi and the Sky God Date: September 23 Venue: Naparima Bowl, San Fernando What: Anansi and the Sky God ‘is the widely known folk tale about how the African/Caribbean trickster spider Anansi got the Sky God Nyame to rename all the stories of the world after him. A hilarious, rib-tickling, theatrical journey as the creatures in the forest and the animals in the village try to keep pace with Anansi’s wily tricks. Tickets at 100$ [two adults on one ticket; up to two children accompanying adult free. Children under five free Shades Republic Date: September 24 Venue: Port-of-Spain What: The biggest COOLER event for Republic Day Info: Hotline: 4-SHADES

Although it’s nice to take a vacation, polluting the environment isn’t part of your holiday agenda. Did you know one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world, and that number will top half a trillion by 2021? What’s worse is less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled. That’s why many resorts around the world are moving toward environmentally-friendly policies which means using less single-use plastics (i.e. plastic bags, straws, disposable containers etc.) Here are five hotels where you can relax and help save the environment at the same time: 1. Sandals Resorts Sandals Resorts International announced on September 17 that it would no longer be serving single-use straws at its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across sevenCaribbeanislands – includingJamaica, theBahamas,St. Lucia,Antigua,Grenada,Barbadosand Turks & Caicos, byNovember 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request. The company said this is the first phase of the elimination of single-use plastics from its resorts. Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said the move is part of their commitment to creating a plastic-free sea. "We care deeply about our commitment to preserving both marine wildlife and human health within the many beautiful islands we're connected to. Eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers is only the beginning of our journey toward helping create a plastic-free sea in the region we call home," he added. 2. Coco Reef Resort Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Tobago, has announced that it will no longer be using single-use straws. In a social media post, the resort said it’s now a ‘straw-free’ resort. The company added that other single-use plastics are also soon to be discontinued. 3. Marriot International Marriott International said in a statement issued earlier this year that it will be removing single-use straws and plastic stirrers its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. The ban is supposed to be fully implemented by July 2019. The company said this initiative is the latest change the hospitality company is making to enhance the sustainability of its operations and reduce plastic consumption. The company also began replacing small toiletry bottles in the guest bathrooms of about 450 select-service hotels with larger, in-shower dispensers which reduce the amount of plastic waste. 4. Hyatt Regency In July 2018, Hyatt Hotels Corporation also announced that it would be cutting out single-use plastics in its hotels from September 1, 2018. The company said after September 1, 2018, straws and picks will be available on request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available. “At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations. Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental impact,” said Frank Lavey, senior vice president, global operations for Hyatt. “This is a meaningful step, and our commitment doesn’t stop with straws and drink picks. We will continue exploring viable alternatives everywhere we can.” 5. Hilton Hotels Hilton Hotels said it will be removing single-use straws from its resorts by the end of 2018. In a statement issued earlier this year, the company said in Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually. Hilton said it will remove plastic straws and offer a paper or biodegradable alternative upon request. Hilton will also remove plastic water bottles from meetings and events in hotels across the EMEA region, as part of its global Meet with Purpose program to offer socially and environmentally responsible meetings. The ban on straws is part of a new set of global targets designed to cut Hilton’s environmental footprint in half by 2030 and double its social impact investment around the world. Know any more? Let us know in the comments. 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

In Trinidad, they say that rain doesn't stop anything but cricket, which was precisely the case as a heavy downpour hit halfway through the CPL T20 Finals on Sunday. Although the players took a brief pause from the game, not even the bad weather was enough to stop the pump at the biggest party in sport. Ultimately, the Trinabago Knight Riders won the tournament, not only making it their third win but also making them the country in the league with the most wins to date. Additionally, New Zealand cricketer Colin Munro hit a brilliant half-century and became the first man to score over 500 runs in CPL history. Loop was in the middle of all the action, where fans shared their thoughts on the Knight Riders and Amazon Warriors' performance throughout the tournament. We also caught up with Anderson Phillip and Dwayne Bravo shortly after the end of the match to talkmore about their win. 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

2018 Hero CPL champions TKR get four picks on the All Star team

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the “CPL All Stars” team of the tournament for 2018. The team was selected by Tom Moody, Mark Butcher, Daren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Danny Morrison and Michael Slater. The team features three Windies players aged 25 and under in Rovman Powell (330 runs), Shimron Hetmyer (440 runs) and Oshane Thomas (18 wickets), all of whom have had an outstanding tournament in 2018. Experienced Caribbean cricketers Andre Russell (163 runs and 14 wickets), Kieron Pollard (330 runs and four wickets) and Darren Bravo (353 runs) are also in the side. The overseas players that have made it into the team are Colin Munro (567 runs) and Glenn Phillips (457 runs) of New Zealand, Imran Tahir (16 wickets) of South Africa, Fawad Ahmed (22 wickets) of Australia and Ali Khan (16 wickets) of the USA. Tom Moody, Hero CPL’s Director, International Cricket, said: “We have seen some outstanding performances in this year’s Hero CPL, but what has stood out is the emergence of young local talent. The performances of both Hetmyer and Thomas have been a highlight of the tournament, they are both set for a bright future with the Windies.” The full team of the tournament is as follows: 1. Colin Munro 2. Glenn Phillips 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Rovman Powell 5. Darren Bravo 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Andre Russell 8. Ali Khan 9. Imran Tahir 10. Oshane Thomas 11. Fawad Ahmed