A 28-year-old deliveryman from St James has appeared in court, charged with the June 3, 2017 murder of Iane Blackett. Kevin Moses, aka ‘Blinky’, a deliveryman, of Long Circular Road, appeared before Senior Magistrate, Maria Busby Earle-Caddle, in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday to answer to the charge. The matter has been adjourned to July 12, 2017. Blackett, of Moonan Road, Wallerfield, was found dead with gunshot wounds about his body, at Dundonald Hill, St. James, on June 3, 2017. Moses was charged by PC Sherman Martin of Homicide Region 1, after advice was received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, SC last Friday.

A labourer from Enterprise has appeared in court, charged with the May 28, 2017 murder of Central businessman Joey Basdeo. Kevin Lewis, 31, a labourer, of Chrissie Terrace, Tobago Road East, appeared before Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen-Bally, in the Chaguanas 2nd Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to answer the charges. Lewis also faced charges of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. The matter was adjourned to July 18, 2017. Basdeo, 40, was shot and killed by a gunman riding a motorbike, while driving his vehicle along Ruben Lane, Enterprise, on May 28, 2017. Lewis was charged by WPC Leiselle Serioux, of Homicide Region 3, after advice was received from the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul last Friday.


(center) Nailah Blackman and the dancers of Riddim Tribe.

Proud of her Bajan roots, Nailah Blackman not only rocked the stage at Valhalla but she embraced Barbadian culture completely sharing the stage with Riddim Tribe dancers, MarzVille and Stiffy. The Trinidadian started her set with the declaration that her great grandfather was Bajan and that’s where her interview with Loop offstage after her performance catapulted from too. “My great grandfather Conrad Blackman, he was Bajan, from Barbados and he came to Trinidad, where he met my grandfather’s mother and he started living in Trinidad. My grandfather was also a Bajan citizen but he was born in Trinidad, so he had two passports and well I mean I grew up in Trinidad all my life, and you know that is just the bloodline that came from here. So the Blackman name actually came from Barbados.” When asked how she feels about the connection, especially since some people believe that there are feuds and hate between islanders, with a big smile on her face she thoughtfully said: “Umm…well I think it is honestly an honour because it just shows how connected we all are and we’re not too different in itself. You know everybody likes to say, ‘Well, Trinidad is this… Barbados is that… Jamaica is this…’ But like it just shows that we are all one, and we’re all family and we’re all connected and together you know?! And I believe in unity.” On the day of her performance, Saturday, June 17, 2017, her new solo track ‘Baila Mami’ on the Parallel Riddim hit 1Million views on YouTube and she was over the moon ecstatic. She said: “That is amazing because I mean ‘Workout’ [featuring Kes] is over 3Million and something, but it took so short a time to get to this point. I mean it’s been six weeks and that is an overwhelming feeling because it just shows that people really love the song. “And with me coming into like a new genre, a new like type of music for me ‘cause I do something a little different to what I do now, to see that people reacting to my experiment like this is just motivating to the more for me.” In terms of experimentation, Nailah who is making her way into the hearts of soca lovers on the wings of ‘Workout’ and her catchy refrain of ‘Give it to me da workout. Give me it to da love,’ is not to be caged in a box. [related node_id='13755f85-30a1-42bc-8f21-685ca5bf1086'] Talking about ‘Baila Mami’, which she created along with producer Anson Pro Soverall, she explained, “I’m a more jazz singer, I call it Caribbean folk. It’s very local Trinidadian, but at the same time it’s very international in the sense that it has a lot of European influence, and when I just add my soca to it and the dancehall flavour, when I wrote the song I was actually now about to go Jamaica so it was a lot of Jamaican influence as well put into that. “So, my thought process was I just wanted a song for people to just lose themselves to and just have so much fun and feel confident about themselves. I am like a power-to-the-ladies kind of person and I feel like we just needed that song to just let free and feel like we can do anything in the world. I’ve always wanted to dance and never felt like I got the opportunity, so I wanted to give myself and other young girls a chance to be like ‘You can dance! Do it!’” That said, Nailah is happy to continue to write for herself as that is how she lets her feelings out, but she is opened to accepting lyrics from other writers once she shares the same sentiments as them. Valhalla was at Bellevue Plantation in St. Michael. On stage, Nailah introduced the dancers of Riddim Tribe who backed her up during her set, and she showed her waistline skills too. Then when MarzVille and Stiffy landed at the venue, she showed more moves while she expressed her love for the Bajan bashment soca.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, says he's retiring from acting. The 60-year-old actor announced Tuesday that he has shot his last film and performed in his last play. That makes Paul Thomas Anderson's already filmed "Phantom Thread," due out in December, his final film. "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," his representative Leslee Dart said in a statement. "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." The announcement sent shockwaves through Hollywood, where Day-Lewis is revered as possibly the finest actor of his time. But Day-Lewis has also long been an exceptionally deliberate performer who often spends years preparing for a role, crafting his characters with an uncommon, methodical completeness. "I don't dismember a character into its component parts and then kind of bolt it all together, and off you go," Day-Lewis told the AP in 2012, discussing Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." ''I tend to try and allow things to happen slowly, over a long period of time. As I feel I'm growing into a sense of that life, if I'm lucky, I begin to hear a voice." He has stepped away from film before. In the late 1990s, he famously apprenticed as a shoemaker in Florence, Italy — a period he called "semi-retirement." ''Phantom Thread," which Focus Features will release Dec. 25, is his first film in five years, following "Lincoln." A five-time Academy Award nominee, Day-Lewis is the only one to ever win best actor three times. He earned Oscars for "My Left Foot," ''Lincoln" and "There Will Be Blood." Day-Lewis, who is married to writer-director Rebecca Miller with three children, broke through with 1985's "My Beautiful Laundrette," by Stephen Frears. His films since then have included "The Last of the Mohicans," ''The Age of Innocence," ''In the Name of the Father" and "Gangs of New York." His last play was in 1989, a National Theatre production of "Hamlet," in London. Day-Lewis infamously walked out in the middle of a performance, and never returned to the stage again.


The Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Company Limited (FashionTT) will be hosting a series of workshops on The Business of Fashion in both Trinidad and Tobago in July. According to Lisa-Marie Daniel, General Manager of FashionTT: “Fashion business acumen is integral to the commercialization of the local fashion industry. While our designers are very talented and resourceful, they may not have not a strategy in place to chart the successful course of their business. The Business of Fashion Workshop series is aimed at helping local designers to fill this gap by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and tools to strategically manage their business, increase their income and export their products.” The workshops will be held in Trinidad at Cattleya Lounge Centre of Excellence, Macoya, as follows: Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 from8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 21and Saturday, July 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Several creative and fashion industry practitioners are expected to present: Dr. Suzanne Burke, Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus; Mrs. Sandra Carr, Senior Instructor, The Academy for Caribbean Fashion and Design, University of Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Andre Taitt, Lecturer in Finance and Management Accounting, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business; and representatives from the National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited (NEDCO). They'll present on several key topics including: The Fundamentals of Business Planning for the Fashion Business Entrepreneur Production Management – Production Facility Readiness Everything Finance for the Fashion Business Entrepreneur Financing/Incubator Readiness Also sharing their knowledge will be creative director and fashion coordinator, Mr. Richard Young; Founder of Immortelle Beauty, Ms. Kathryn Nurse; Director at Simply Runway Enterprises Ltd., Ms. Candice Baccus; and Fashion Manager, Ms. Jamilia Alexander, all of whom will participate in a panel discussion on Aesthetic/Image, Marketing as a Profit Generating Tool for Success, Actualising the Merchandising Process and the Business of Fashion Branding. FashionTT will also be hosting a one-day Business of Fashion workshop in Tobago in July. “FashionTT is looking forward to hosting this workshop to the benefit of our designers in the sister isle. We have already begun making inroads in Tobago through our Value Chain Investment Programme, an initiative in which Ted Arthur Leather Collections is currently participating, and this workshop will provide his fellow designers with an invaluable opportunity to learn how to improve their fashion business,” Daniel added. The Business of Fashion workshop in Tobago will takeplace on Thursday, July 27at the Victor E. Bruce Financial Complex in Scarborough. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and will be facilitated by Ms. Hannah Hafeez, Part Time Instructor at The Academy for Caribbean Fashion and Design, University of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Jessel Brizan, ‎Founder/CEO at Jessel Brizan Design Group Ltd. Designers interested in attending these workshops can register at www.fashiontt.co.tt/bof2017 and visit www.fashiontt.co.tt for more information.

Andy Breahazar, the director of local animation company Coded Arts, addresses the audience at the Animation Workshop.

Trinidad and Tobago is vastly becoming a hub for animators who are being sought after by large international organisations such as Disney Studios and Electronic Arts.These companies outsource skills from T&T and regionally to work on high graphicvideo games and movies. With animation and graphics becoming a lucrative career locally, regionally and internationally, the Global Services Promotion Programme through the Ministry of Planning and Development, hosted an animation workshop on June 21. Students from Servol and Vishnu Boys Collegewere treated to a first-hand view of animation as a career and a profession. The students were also given a class on creating animation figures and were taught the fundamentals of animation designs through the use of various software. Andy Breahazar, the Director of local animation company Coded Arts and Caiphus More, a Trinidadian employed as a Senior Animator at the gaming icon Electronic Arts Studios spoke withinterested studentsand gave details about their careers. More, speaking through social media site Skype, noted that becoming a senior animator required constant practise, almost daily, to perfect the art. He said he failed numerous times before succeeding and urged students to persevere and never give up on their dreams no matter what obstacles that may arise.


Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., during a press conference where he announced he will vote no on the proposed GOP healthcare bill at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard. Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he's willing to alter the measure to attract support, and next week promises plenty of back-room bargaining as he tries pushing a final package through his chamber. Nonetheless, Heller's announcement underscores the scant margin of error Republican leaders must deal with. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, McConnell can afford to lose just two of the 52 GOP senators and still prevail. Besides the five who've announced outright opposition, several other GOP senators — conservatives and moderates — have declined to commit to the new overhaul. The measure resembles legislation the House approved last month that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would mean 23 million additional uninsured people within a decade and that recent polling shows is viewed favorably by only around 1 in 4 Americans. Heller, facing a competitive re-election battle next year, said he was opposing the legislation because of the cuts it would make in Medicaid. The federal-state program provides health care to the poor, disabled and many nursing home patients. The Senate bill would also erase the tax penalties Obama's 2010 law imposes on people who don't purchase insurance. It would allow insurers to cover fewer benefits and repeal tax boosts on wealthier people that help finance the statute's expanded coverage. The Senate legislation would phase out extra federal money Nevada and 30 other states receive for expanding Medicaid to additional low earners. It would also slap annual spending caps on the overall Medicaid program, which since its inception in 1965 has provided states with unlimited money to cover eligible costs. "I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Nevadans," Heller said. Trump has spoken favorably about both the House-passed bill and the Senate version unveiled this week, though he declared several times as he ramped up his campaign for the presidency that he would not cut Medicaid. Heller said that to win his vote, GOP leaders would have to "protect Medicaid expansion states" from the bill's current cuts. "It's going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," he said, noting that conservative Republican senators would likely be reluctant to add spending back to the measure. Heller spoke at a news conference in Las Vegas with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican who has also assailed the House and Senate health care bills for cutting Medicaid. The state has added 200,000 more people to its program under the Obama overhaul. Sandoval said the Senate bill "is something that needs to change." It would be politically difficult for Heller to take a different stance on the measure from the popular Sandoval. Heller got an opponent for next year when first-year Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced this week she would seek his Senate seat. Just hours after McConnell released the 142-page legislation on Thursday, four conservatives said they opposed it. They were Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. Underscoring the sensitivity of the bill, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who has not suggested she opposes the measure, declined to comment on its components when asked at a news conference Friday. "It was just released yesterday. So, we have 142 pages to go through," she said. Asked about the bill's impact on Medicaid insurance coverage for lower-income Iowans, Ernst said, "I wouldn't say they are losing it." Iowa opted to expand, and has added more than 150,000 people to its rolls since 2014.

Caribbean and African people who served in both World Wars were honoured with a special war memorial in London’s Brixton. Two million Caribbean and African men and women served in both World War I and World War II with their contributions largely going unrecognised. Speaking about the unveiling of the special war memorial the UK’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “ It should have been done before. There should have been proper recognition of the service and sacrifice of Caribbean and African (servicemen and women) who came to help, in both world wars.” Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The brave men and women commemorated today came from all walks of life but were bound together by their immense courage and determination. “Serving thousands of miles from home, they fought and fell with British soldiers to defend freedoms we enjoy today, despite the majority never having visited this country. “We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and for the substantial contributions so many veterans have made to enrich British life.”


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