A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to three years hard labour for possession of a firearm. Adesh Adhar of Pleasantville, appeared on Monday before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court. The court was told that Adhar, who is a delivery driver, was arrested around 5.40 pm on Saturday at a bar in Cipero Road, San Fernando. Adhar, on seeing the police, reportedly attempted to exit the establishment. However, his sudden movements drew the suspicion of officers, and he was intercepted. A search was conducted and Adhar was found with a weapon, tucked away in the waist of his pants. Adhar plead guilty to the offence of possession of a loaded weapon. Halls told the court that his client was remorseful, and while it was not an excuse, he explained that Adhar had been the victims of three armed robberies recently - one in which he was even shot. As such, he said his client was “misled” to think that he would secure a firearm to protect himself. Seedan however, emphasised that despite his intentions, the law as it stood ensured that firearm possession was illegal and furthermore, Adhar was found in bar, where alcohol is consumed, with the loaded weapon. After further submissions, Adhar was sentenced to three years hard labour. 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

A loaded pistol was found and seized Monday night, hidden under a sheet of galvanize in a residential community. The weapon, a Phoenix pistol, was found next to an abandoned building along Greg Street, Balmain. The weapon was seized by officers of the Couva Police Station and the Central Division, under the supervisions of Snr Sup Balram, ASP Smith, ASP Mystar, and Sgt Singh, among several others. The officers received key intelligence around 4pm on Monday which led them to the community where the firearm was found and seized. No arrests were made in connection with the find. Investigations are ongoing. 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


Two days after a report detailed an accusation of sexual assault against #MeToo activist Asia Argento, the Italian actress and filmmaker said she never had a sexual relationship with the young actor whom she agreed to pay $380,000 in a settlement. Argento, who has alleged that film producer Harvey Weinstein raped her, said in a statement Tuesday that she was linked "in friendship only" to Jimmy Bennett, a now 22-year-old Los Angeles actor who filed a legal notice of intent to sue Argento. As detailed in a New York Times story published Sunday, Bennett claimed Argento, then 37, sexually assaulted him when he was 17 in a California hotel room in 2013. As a child actor, Bennett played Argento's son in the 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things". Argento said Tuesday that the $380,000 payment was undertaken by her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, the television star chef. "Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect," said Argento. "Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life." Bourdain killed himself in France in June. He has been a staunch supporter of Argento following her allegations against Weinstein. A lawyer for Bennett didn't immediately comment Tuesday. Bennett's notice of intent sought $3.5 million in damages, according to the Times report. Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris on Monday said investigators were looking into the alleged incident. No police report was filed at the time, Harris said. Argento became one of the leading figures of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him. Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento. The filmmaker, who is divorced and has two children, lives in Rome.

Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

With most of music industry's top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post Malone for artist of the year. "I can't believe this is for me," Cabello said Monday onstage. Neither can we. Cabello achieved the unthinkable later in the show when she took home the top prize — video of the year — for "Havana." Cabello's song was a No. 1 hit and of the video of the year nominees, "Havana" was the second-most viewed clip behind Drake's "God's Plan." But that's partly since "Havana" was released last year while the other videos came out this year. It was the night's most shocking moment, and MTV seemed to send a message: You're punished for not showing up and rewarded for attending. Grande won best pop and Post Malone took home song of the year. Drake, the most successful musician of the last year, didn't win a single award. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar were restricted to technical honors like editing, art direction, cinematography and visual effects. And Gambino picked up best direction, choreography and video with a message for his heralded video "This Is America." The show hit another low when Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and DJ Khaled won best collaboration for "Dinero" — a song that has peaked at No. 80 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart — besting the record-setting hit "Meant to Be," by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Mars and Cardi B's anthemic "Finesse" remix. Then there was the Aretha Franklin tribute, a moment Madonna made, well, all about Madonna. The pop icon rambled and rambled about the early struggles in her career, finally informing the crowd that she sang Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at an audition that became a breakthrough for her. "None of this would have happened without our lady of soul," she said. "She led me where I am today. ...I want to thank you Aretha for empowering all of us. ... Love live the queen." It wasn't clear if Madonna meant Franklin, or herself. At least MTV did played a clip of Franklin, who died last week, singing "I Say A Little Prayer." The VMAs, at Radio City Music Hall in New York, also lacked oomph with its performances throughout the night: Grande was a bore during "God Is a Woman," but added some excitement when she was joined by her mother, grandmother and cousin onstage at the end of the performance. Travis Scott, whose album is No. 1 for a second week, had strong energy while onstage, but the performance felt like it belonged more to singer James Blake, who is featured on Scott's album and performed just as long as Scott during the segment. There were a few highlights. Maluma, the Colombian singer who was nominated twice in the best Latin category, did have an exciting performance as he danced onstage with gyrating dancers. And Lopez started off slow — Kylie Jenner and Scott's unamused faces perfectly captured the vibe — but she hit a strong stride when she sang old smashes like "Jenny from the Block," ''I'm Real" — where Ja Rule joined her onstage — and "All I Have," which showed the skilled dancer's vocal range. But Lopez's speech was more stirring than her performance: She was emotional as she thanked her children and beau Alex Rodriguez onstage when she earned the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement. She was teary-eyed and looked at her "two little angels," as she called them, and said, "I stand here stronger and better than ever ... so thank you Max and Emme." She called Rodriguez, who filmed her performance with his phone, "my twin soul." "My life is sweeter and better with you in it," she said. Cardi B, who gave birth last month, won three awards and said people told her she was "gambling your career" when she decided to become a mother. "I had the baby, I carried the baby and now I'm still winning awards," she said. She also seemed to take aim at Nicki Minaj, who while promoting her new album last week said other musicians have hired fans to listen to their music. Cardi said she's been blessed with fans "that you can't buy," looking into the camera and shouting an expletive. Minaj won the first televised award — best hip hop — and checked comedian Tiffany Haddish for dissing girl group Fifth Harmony, now on hiatus. After congratulating ex-Fifth Harmony member Cabello on her five nominations, Haddish said sarcastically, "Hi Fifth Harmony." When Minaj accepted an award moments later, she looked to Haddish and said, "Don't be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that (chick)." Normani currently has her first hit apart from the group with the Khalid-assisted "Love Lies." [image_gallery] Minaj, who has been a trending topic this week after she madly tweeted about why her new album debuted at No. 2 behind Travis Scott, also provided the first bleeped moment of the night when she told the audience to listen to her Apple Music radio show this week to hear "who the (expletive) of the day award is going to." There was just one political moment, orchestrated when Logic was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing T-shirts that read, "We are all human beings" to protest the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The rapper, best known for the suicide prevention anthem "1-800-273-8255," wore a T-shirt that read, "(Expletive) the wall." There was one posthumous winner: Avicii, who died in April, won for best dance for "Lonely Together" alongside Rita Ora.


Machel Montano or Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness presenting Siparia community chocolate making group with equipment to start their training.

The Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness in collaboration with WHYFARM is trainingSiparia youth in the art of chocolate making. A release from the Foundation said the initiative is being conducted in conjunction with WHYFARM, a nonprofit organisation established to counter the challenges relating to food security in communities around the world. Alpha Sennon, founder of WHYFARM, plans to grow the world‟s future feeders by turning agriculture into "agricoolture‟ with the help of his new superhero, Agriman. Over the course of three days, the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness conducted training with theaim of providing tools and support for the production of a Siparia Community chocolate bar. Under the guidance of the Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago (ARCTT) led by Gillian Goddard and Kelly Fitzjames, this group of young people from Siparia and environs learned to make chocolate with cocoa grown in their area. The participants were elated at being able to produce chocolates in just three days and enjoyed making different varieties of chocolate samples. Training was carried out by another successful community chocolate group, that now operates a successful business known as Brasso Seco Chocolate Company. The facilitators of the training sessions were Kelly, Yvonne and Mikel from Brasso Seco. Gillian will continue with additional training. The trainees comprise a group from WHYFARM, the Siparia Police Youth Club and the La Brea Straight Path Youths. Soca star Machel Montano attended the inaugural session and made a presentation on behalf of the foundation to the chocolate making trainees. He presented them with equipment and fittings to commence the activities. Montano expressed his excitement to work with the Sipraria community. Moving forward, members of the Siparia chocolate company will be equipped to successfully contribute to their community by creating employment, positive examples for others and making their own community chocolate and chocolate byproducts. The setting up and registration of Siparia Chocolate Company is now the group’s next move.

When it comes to swimwear, the beach is no longer the only place such attire is worn. Thanks to the proliferation of breakfast/J’ouvert/wet fetes, swimwear is a now considered an integral part of the social wardrobe and Keisha Als Tropix line caters to just that. Als, a Trinidad and Tobago swimwear and costume designer, recently launched her Tropix Season Three line. Season Three builds on the success of her Season Two, which, while very basic in fabric, featured design elements such as fishnet and mesh. “Those sold that second collection so I developed on that those strong points I felt the Tropix Swim fans enjoyed. The season three line is sexy of course with a little bit of hardware on the pieces, “Als told Loop just before launching the line earlier this month. “The Tropix customer saves their pieces for special occasions. In the age of social media, everybody is waiting for the great curated picture and the Tropix pieces are made for that,” she said, also acknowledging the multipurpose quality of swimwear today. “I wore one to the Freetown Collective launch,” she said, illustrating her point. Als said she definitely taps into her own preferences for inspiration. “I like sexy, versatile. The best-selling piece of the collection for Season Two is JuJu which is versatile and so multipurpose.” In Season Three, JuJu and Bequia are two pieces that make a return. Tropix Season Three which is available in bikinis, monokinis and a combination of both in white, metallic, wine, yellow, patterns and green, pay homage to different islands and beaches. There is the Santi piece named after a beach in Barbados, the Yarra from a beach on Trinidad’s North Coast, Bonaire and Nevis. The Tropix line is named after beautiful places in the Caribbean, Having pretty much conquered the carnival design space particularly with her Monday Wear, Als is determined to grow her swimwear into a leading Caribbean swim brand. Already her customer base has expanded beyond her native Trinidad and Tobago to the wider Caribbean and the US, particularly in Jamaica, Barbados and Florida. “It is now to solidify that and make it way more successful,” said Als, who has taken a break from her Carnival designing for the 2019festival. Tropix Season 3 is available in T&T at 212 for a few weeks and online at Tropshop.com, an e-commerce website that brings Caribbean designers and buyers together on a worldwide platform. Als’ expectations for her new line is high based on the success of the last season which was still selling a year after it was launched. She attributed theconstant calendar of events in the Caribbean for driving sales. For more info: visit Tropixbykeishaals on Instagram


Image from Netflix's series 'Explained'

The next time you're scrolling through Netflix on the hunt for a new series, you may stumble upon a familiar face. Former cricketer Brian Lara can be seen on the Netflix original series, 'Explained'. The weekly series, which is presented in 15-20 minute episodes, covers a range of topics that "drives our lives or our world." The show's 11th episode takes a look atlooks at cricket,providing an interesting, and at times, comical deep dive into the sport's early origins and development in England to its expansion to the moreathletic and explosive form of the game: T20. On the topic of cricketers moving away from representing their countries for test cricket in favour of the flashier T20 version of the game, Lara said, "People will develop an opinion that some players don't like playing for their country, they're just running the money down, but sport is about money, you know? You have to make a living. You're a sportsperson. "The game has evolved. And, again, entertainment is key. So even though I have a great appreciation for test cricket and my career was spanned over the period when test cricket was strong, I still have an understanding of where the game has to go, where it has gone, and there's no turning back." In addition to cricket, 'Explained' has tackled topics including designer DNA, monogamy, and the racial wealth gap, weed, eSports, cryptocurrency, K-Pop,why diets fail, among others. Episodes have been narrated by celebrities by the likes ofKristen Bell,LeVar Burton,Christian Slater,Samira Wiley, and Yara Shahidi. Check out 'Explained', which is currently streaming on Netflix. Follow the CPL action on Loop for updates and match highlights. 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

Searles' last-ball heroics ensured the Trinbago Knight Riders won their re-match with the Jamaica Tallawahs off the last ball

Javon Searles slapped the final ball of the night for four as Trinbago Knight Riders produced their second successive unlikely Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) run-chase to gain revenge on Jamaica Tallawahs with a four-wicket victory in Florida. Andre Russell’s one-man show had stunned the Knight Riders back in game three, but this time it was the Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo who was celebrating after his six-laden 11-ball 36 proved so crucial in snatching a victory that had looked so unlikely when Trinbago slumped to 28/3 at the end of the Power Play in pursuit of 183. The two sides in truth produced uncannily similar innings at Central Broward Regional Park, with run-scoring proving difficult in the first 10 overs before rapid acceleration after the midway point. The Tallawahs turned 58/3 into a seemingly impenetrable 182/5 thanks to 80 from Glenn Phillips and 72* for David Miller; the Knight Riders surpassed it as a midway 62/3 became a matchwinning 184/6. Darren Bravo, the hero of the victory over St Lucia Stars on Thursday, was to the fore again, striking five more Hero Maximums in a 35-ball 50 as he shared a century stand with Colin Munro, who filled the Phillips role with an expertly-paced 67 from 51 before being bowled round his legs by Russell. Skipper Dwayne Bravo provided the crucial shot of impetus the Knight Riders needed with three successive sixes off Krishmar Santokie in the 18thover and five in all in a blistering 11-ball stay at the crease. Having needed 12 an over from the eighth over onwards, the Knight Riders somehow needed just seven from the final over. But there was still a twist to come in this extraordinary game. Dwayne Bravo was caught on the boundary looking for the match-winning Hero Maximum to leave Javon Searles to find five runs from the last two balls. A scampered two to long-off and a slap through cover off the back foot to the boundary did the job to spark scenes of jubilation. But the 106 added by Darren Bravo and Munro should not be forgotten among all that late drama. Without it the Knight Riders would have been doomed, and the influence of that duo for the champions this season is highlighted by the fact Darren Bravo now tops the Hero Maximum Race with 19, while Munro’s innings here took him ahead of St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard at the top of the 2018 Hero CPL run-scoring charts. For much of the game, Darren Bravo looked like he might be the Knight Riders’ fall guy after a costly dropped catch. Phillips had made only 44 from 41 balls when Bravo spilled a simple chance at a time when the Tallawahs were still looking to recovrecovering from their own slow start. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre came into the side with stunning and instant impact. He trapped Kennar Lewis lbw for just a single and also dismissed Steven Taylor cheaply as his four overs bowled off the reel at the top of the innings brought him 2/19. With Ross Taylor also failing to reach double figures before falling to Fawad Ahmed, the Tallawahs were in significant early trouble. Phillips and Miller were watchful, to the extent that the run-rate only climbed back above six in the 12thover. The key moment of the innings arrived at the start of the 15thover. The Tallawahs were still on a flimsy-looking 91/3 with overs starting to run out when Phillips attempted a switch hit off Ahmed and sliced a simple catch to Darren Bravo in the deep. Inexplicably, the chance went begging. When Phillips did fall four overs later he had 80 runs to his name from 55 balls and the score had moved on to 159/4. Phillips’ ferocious hitting after his let-off included another switch hit for six and a pair of outrageous ramp shots over wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin. He struck five Hero Maximums in all. Miller was more fluent from the off, with his half-century coming up in just 25 balls with a nonchalant flick off his pads over square-leg for six. He was there at the end to dispatch the last two balls of the innings for a four and his fifth six of the day, way back over long-on, to finish on an unbeaten 72 from 34 balls. In all, 80 came from the last five overs of the innings – and that was with Russell contributing only a couple of runs from a three-ball stay at the crease. Momentum was firmly with the Tallawahs, and the Knight Riders needed a good start to their innings. They didn’t get it. Pinch-hitter Sunil Narine fell without scoring, caught by Russell at mid-on off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, before a horrible mix-up in the calling saw Chris Lynn run out by half the length of the pitch to leave the run-chase in early disarray at 10/2. The Power Play ended with Brendon McCullum carving Oshane Thomas to Steven Taylor at point. He made only 8, and the Knight Riders had limped to 28/3 in those first six overs. They were leaving themselves even more work to do in the remainder of the innings than the Tallawahs had earlier in the day, with the required rate reaching two a ball as early as the ninth over. Darren Bravo and Munro recovered the situation, though, before Dwayne Bravo and right at the very end Searles added the finishing touches to complete a thrilling victory. The Knight Riders now have three wins from their five matches, as do the Tallawahs who have suffered back-to-back defeats in Florida after starting their campaign with three victories. Summarizedscores:Trinbago Knight Riders 184/6 (Munro 67, DM Bravo 50, DJ Bravo 36, Imad Wasim 2/17) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 182/5 (Phillips 80, Miller 72*, Pierre 2/19) by four wickets with 0 balls remaining Upcoming Fixtures:Tuesday 21 August – St Lucia Stars v St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (6pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Wednesday 22 August – Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents (6pm), Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.