A 58-year- old man is dead following an accident on a job site in Reform Village, south Trinidad. The victim has been identified as Ramraj Jitta, 58, of Third Street, Harmony Hall, Gasparillo. ...

There are reports that at least two people have been injured following a fireat Hayley's Buffet and Bar located at The Shops along the Trincity Industrial Estate. Fire officers have confirmed th...

Six Venezuelan nationals are currently in custody after they were allegedly found illegally fishing in the waters of Point Galeota. The four men, said to be between the ages of 43 and 63, were held around 3:30 pm on Thursday by officials of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. The officials were on patrol in the waters off the south coast when they observed the vessel, named “El Continent” approximately 2.4 nautical miles off Point Galeota. The vessel was intercepted and searched. However, nothing illegal was found. The six persons onboard were detained and officials from the Customs and Excise Division were contacted. Inspector Jurai of the Mayaro Police is continuing inquiries. More on this as it becomes available.

Three men are currently in custody after a loaded Uzi submachine gun was allegedly found in their vehicle. The men were held by a team of officers from the Highway Division Patrol Unit, led by Inspector Kissoonlal, after they broke a red traffic light along Antigua Road, Wallerfield. According to reports, at about 3 pm on Friday, officers of the unit were conducting road traffic exercises when they observed a silver Suzuki sedan breach the red light. As a result, the officers gave chase and intercepted the car a short distance away. In the vehicle were three occupants who were immediately detained. The car was searched and the officers reportedly found the weapon hidden in the vehicle. The three men are expected to be questioned by officers of various divisions before they are charged and brought before the courts. Investigations are continuing.

Robin Thicke's girlfriend has announced she's expecting a baby with the singer and her due date is the same as the birthday of Thicke's late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcementon InstagramThursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that "the due date is March 1, Alan's birthday!" The actor died in December at age 69. Robin Thicke has been dating the 22-year-old model since his divorce from actress Paula Patton in 2015. This would be the second child for the 40-year-old Thicke. His son with Patton, Julian, was born in 2010. Thicke's publicist didn't immediately return a request for comment.

For USD$48, you can have ‘Rihanna’ at your feet. Or something like that… The Bajan superstar, who has designed a number of sock and stocking collections for US retailer Stance, this week dropped a new collection showing some of her iconic looks from the red carpet and music videos. According to the Stance website: “To be an icon, you have to dress like one. No one rewrites the rules of style quite like Rihanna. Music’s original Bad Gal knows creativity is the boldest form of rebellion and she lets her style call the shots. Our Iconic Looks Collection celebrates Rihanna’s most jaw-dropping and uncommonly cool outfits from music videos and awards shows.” The Rihanna Award Show Box set features her striking yellow ball gown worn at the 2015 Met Gala. The Guo Pei couture gown stood out on the red carpet and inspired a flood of memes. The box set also features the Swarovski-crystal encrusted ‘naked’ dress she wore to accept the Style Icon award at the 2014 CFDAs. The customAdam Selmanfishnet dress, gloves and headscarf were hand-embellished with over 216,000 Swarovski crystals. Meanwhile, the Rihanna Music Video Box set pays tribute to her raunchy styling in the music video for ‘Pour It Up’. Rihanna let it all hang out with a jeweled bra reminiscent of a Kadooment costume and a barely-there stripped jeans shorts. The new sock collection is rounded out by a replica of her look in the first half of the 'Work' music video. The Tommy Hilfiger net dress sports the 'Rasta' inspired red, gold and green colours, with a matching crochet bikini. So who’s ready to step out in Rihanna-inspired style?

Chef Damian Leach serving one of his seafood dishes at the launch of the 2017 Barbados Food & Rum Festival. (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

With local chefs and mixologists dominating the lineup for the 2017 Barbados Food and Rum Festival, it would appear the eight-year-old epicurean event has come of age. So says Tourism Minister Richard Sealy, as he addressed fellow tourism officials, media personnel, event partners and other specially invited guests at the launch of the 2017 Festival, slated for November 16 – 19. Chefs Damian Leach, Creig Greenidge, Michael Hinds, Michael Harrison, John Hazzard, Henderson Butcher and more, will be joined by mixologists such as Ryan Adamson and Jamaal Bowen to present “a celebration of Bajan flavour” over the four nights of activities. Many of them have been top winners at the CHTA Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition. “The headline chefs are mainly Barbadian and I think that is a sign of coming of age,” Sealy declared, adding, “That doesn’t take anything away from the international chefs.” Chefs Tom Aikens, Chris de la Rosa and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are the international chefs set to spice things up at the festival. The three chefs hail from Barbados’ top source markets and will be featured in the three-part Gourmet Safari dinner series at some of Barbados’ finest restaurants including The Cliff Restaurant, The Crane and The Tides. The media launch was held on Wednesday night at George Washington House, an enchanting setting complete with costumed characters George Washington and his wife, Martha, welcoming guests to the venue. The menu for the evening showcased local ingredients such as Black Belly sheep, marlin, dolphin, lobster and lionfish, all prepared in exciting ways to tantalise the palate. Traditional cocktails got a Bajan twist with tropical flavours such as mango, grapefruit and sorrel. [image_gallery] Meanwhile, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., William ‘Billy’ Griffith, spoke about the successful rebrand of the festival in 2016. “It was a strategic move to further enrich our focus on promoting the unique elements of Barbados, namely out claim to the birthplace of rum. We are pleased with how much the Festival has grown and how much attention it has attracted both here and abroad. Moving forward, we want to ensure that we’re creating not just unique experiences for visitors, but also a sustainable product that all Barbadians can feel invested in. The 2017 Food and Rum Festival will feature a range of diverse culinary and cultural experiences including polo, a flotilla and beach party, and a night out in Oistins.

By Meisha-Gay Mattis Children just don't like vegetable! Or so we’re led to believe. But here’s a lightbulb moment for all you parents out there: eating habits are learnt. Meaning your little munchkins can be taught to love their veggies. The easiest and best way to do this is to model it for them, so if you want to raise children who love fruits and veggies, it means you have to eat them, too. Parents are the first and most important role models for their children, so if your child never sees you even touch a piece of broccoli, how do you expect him or her to eat it? Be an example. As adults, we ourselves often perceive vegetables to be unsavory, bland and boring—usually stemming from our own childhoods, and children can pick up on that. It cannot be stressed enough how important fruits and vegetables are to our health. But how do you get your little picky eater to fall in love with them? Here are a few simple strategies to try: 1. Make the introduction early Taste is acquired. If you make the introduction to fruits and particularly vegetables early, there’s a high probability that your child will develop the taste for them. A big mistake most parents often make isintroducing processed foods and sugars first. My cousin has a set of twins and she was urged to introduce them to vegetables very early, even before fruits. Now at age seven, they refuse to have dinner if there are no vegetables on the plate. One loves carrots and tomatoes, and the other loves cucumbers and lettuce. Not all children are the same, but an early introduction is a good bet and sets the stage and habit for healthy eating. 2. Disguise them ‘Dress up’ your vegetables by adding them to pasta, stir-fry and other dishes. Sometimes it’s not that children won't eat vegetables, but preparation and presentation could be what makes the difference. Pairing them with other foods may offset the taste. Creativity will be key here. 3. Make treats Children love snacks and treats, and fruits and vegetables can make great treats in the form of smoothies, popsicles, sauces, dips and dressings. This is also another clever way to disguise them. 4.Let them participate Not only are they building a level of independence and empowerment, but the engagement might just encourage them to take it a step further and want to eat what they have helped to prepare. Start with a few veggies more easier on the palate like cucumbers and carrots before adding others like broccoli. They can help to wash them, or arrange them on the plate, or let them choose which one they want to try for a particular meal. 5. Make them fun Play with a variety of fruits and vegetables in varying colours; cut them into fun shapes and sizes with cookie cutters. Play the rainbow game—‘How many different colours can you eat in a day or week?’ Dress up sandwiches with faces & shapes made from vegetables and fruit. 6. Make them accessible It’s not that you are forcing them, but sometimes, when you find anything constantly in your face, you just might yield to the temptation and give it a try. Have fresh fruits and vegetables accessible on the spot with dips, especially when they are at home with friend during playtime: - Store chopped fruits for snacking in Ziplock bags in the refrigerator. - Have small servings of vegetables with every meal and make a rule that they have to have a bite of everything on their plate even if they don't consume it entirely. Contributed by Meisha-Gay Mattis, founder of Bodhi, a Kingston-based holistic wellness company. She is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer. Emailmeisha@ourbodhi.comfor more information or visit any of the following Website -www.ourbodhi.com FB -www.facebook.com/ourbodhi IG - @ourbodhi.com Twitter - @ourbodhi.com

Railway police and local volunteers look for survivors in the upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo)

Six coaches of a passenger train derailed in northern India on Saturday, killing 23 people and injuring at least 81, officials said. Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said Arvind Kumar, a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the state where the derailment occurred. Neeraj Sharma, a railway spokesman, said the incident took place near the small town of Khatauli. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known, Sharma said. Railway police and local volunteers helped pull passengers out of the upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express, which connects the Hindu holy city of Haridwar with the temple town of Puri, in the eastern state of Orissa. The injured were taken to a hospital, where doctors described their condition as stable.

In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image taken from video provided by the Euclid Police Dept., Euclid police officer Michael Amiott grabs Richard Hubbard to arrest him on a street in Euclid, Ohio. (Euclid Police Dept. via AP)

A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described. The initial statement from police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid said Richard Hubbard III, who was pulled over on suspicion of having a suspended driver's license, had refused Officer Michael Amiott's orders to "face away" after getting out of his car Aug. 12 and then began resisting. But the video obtained this week in a public records request appears to show Amiott not giving Hubbard a chance to comply, Hubbard's attorney said Friday. "Your own two eyes and common sense can lead to only one reasonable conclusion as to the propriety of the level of force used for a basic traffic stop and whether or not my client had a chance to comply," attorney Christopher McNeal said. The dashcam video shows Amiott opening the car door and Hubbard getting out. Within a second of Amiott ordering him to "face away," the video shows the officer grabbing Hubbard's arms and wrestling him to the ground in the middle of a street as Hubbard's girlfriend jumps out of the car and rushes over. The video shows Amiott bashing Hubbard's head against the pavement several times and then punching him in the head more than a dozen times as Hubbard tries to defend himself. "Babe, stop," Hubbard's girlfriend implores, kneeling on the road and screaming as Amiott punches him repeatedly. Some of the punches were thrown after Hubbard, who's 25 years old, spread his arms out and appeared not to be resisting. Increasingly frantic, Hubbard's girlfriend yells at officers that Hubbard is unarmed. Hubbard is finally handcuffed with the help of another officer and taken to jail, where police say he was examined and then released after being charged with resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Amiott has been placed on administrative leave pending a review, Euclid police spokesman Lt. Mitch Houser said Friday. The police union that represents Amiott issued a statement to WJW-TV that says: "We stand with Officer Amiott and we hope that people will not rush to judgment, but rather will understand the literally-split-second decision and response required of our police and will let the administrative review process play out." Cellphone video that first drew attention to the arrest was taken from a nearby business. It shows Hubbard being struck but doesn't show the traffic stop or the first part of the arrest when Hubbard is taken to the ground. The video has been viewed more than 7 million times on Facebook. Amiott was hired by the Euclid Police Department in September 2014. He was reprimanded for hitting a driver with a handgun, mishandling evidence, losing his temper in front of his commanding officer and being involved in two crashes in police vehicles, according to personnel files released Friday. Before Euclid, Amiott was an officer in Mentor, east of Cleveland. Amiott resigned in April 2014 after an internal investigation concluded he had lied to other officers when explaining why he stopped a man for a suspended driver's license. Mentor personnel files show that Amiott was cited for two vehicle accidents, eight speeding violations and one motorcycle violation while he was on a learner's permit before he was hired as an officer. In his application, Amiott indicated that the "danger" aspect of being an officer was one reason he was drawn to the job. Police Chief Scott Meyer apologized Wednesday for not having responded publicly in "a more timely fashion." Mayor Kirsten Gail said the videos "raise some very serious concerns." Both said the traffic stop would be "thoroughly" investigated to determine whether the officer followed departmental rules and procedures. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Cleveland branch of the NAACP issued a statement saying they are "profoundly concerned." "We are appalled by the brutality seen in these videos," ACLU Executive Director J. Bennett Guess said. "This behavior underscores a disturbing pattern of extreme use of force by police in our state and across our nation."


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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