Campari joined the Caesar's Army at A.M. Bush and A.M. Beach for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and had a blast. And there were no tired faces despite the 3am starts!! Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in the photos below? [image_gallery]

Campari's presence at Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival fetes created vibes, fun and more. Patrons at Jamboree, Sunnation, A.M. Bush, A.M. Beach showed everyone else what they were missing! Check out the photos below. [image_gallery]


From left to right: Aaron Roopnarine, Sunil Roopnarine, Shazam Hosein.

A day of happiness to celebrate the significance of the Hindu religious holiday, Phagwa, turned to tragedy on Sunday when three men were abducted in Freeport at the end of the festival. The victims are 20-year-old Aaron Roopnarine, his brother 20-year-old Sunil Roopnarine and friend 29-year-old Shazam Hosein. Reports say earlier on Sunday, the men participated in the festivities. Then, around 4 pm, they wereat the Freeport Mini Mart near their home at Uquire Road, Freeport when a white Toyota Hilux and beige Nissan Almerapulled up with twomen. Police were told that the men called out the victims by their names, identified themselvesas members of the police service and stated that they came concerning the“chinee”robbery. The victims were told to accompany the "officers" who then drove in a southerly direction along the roadway. Freeport Police were contacted and they visited the scene. Loop TT has no reports of any ransom being demanded. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the nearest police station.

Three men are expected to appear before a magistrate on Monday on allegations of possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking. The three, aged 28, 55, and 62, were held during police exercises in Biche and Siparia. In one exercise, between 6 pm and 10 pm on Friday, officers of the Biche Police Station, led by Sgt Bhim, conducted exercise in the area. They had cause to stop and search a vehicle which was occupied by a 55-year-old man from La Plata Village, Valencia, as well as a 62-year-old man from Charma Village, Biche. In the car, the officers found and seized 1080 grammes of compressed marijuana. The two men were arrested as a result and charged by PC Mendoza. In the other incident, officers of the Siparia CID, led by Sgt Jaggernath, were on exercise duty when they received information which led them to Sennon Village, Siparia. The officers had cause to stop and search a 28-year-old man, and they found and seized a black plastic bag which contained 55 transparent plastic packets each containing a quantity of marijuana. They also found a quantity of cash. As a result of the find, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody. WPC Joseph has since charged the suspect. Also involved in the exercise were PC Sookdeo, and PC Moolchan, and other officers of the Siparia CID.


A member of the raptor family, the Yellow-headed Caracara is a beautiful bird which is also known for its piercing call in the wild. Director and founder of the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation, Ricardo Meade, shows one such bird which was injured by poachers, causing it to lose one wing. The birds is now cared for as an ambassador at the Centre. Here are four facts about the Yellow-headed Caracara: 1. They scavenge for food Yellow-headed Caracaras are not as fast as other raptors in the wild and therefore often scavenge for food. According to a report by the University of the West Indies (UWI), they might be seen in pastures or on riverbanks, patrolling the area for carcasses.They may be found at the tops of trees in forests or savannas or even at roadsides. Yellow-headed Cacaras (Milvago chimachima) scavenges carrion and almost any edible plant or animal matter including insects, bird nestlings, snakes, lizards and mice. They also eat fruits and coconuts, as they are omnivores. 2. They help rid cattle of ticks These birds play a helpful role for cattle and are often seen sitting on the backs of cattle and even capybaras, looking for prey. They feed on the ticks and parasites of these animals when on their backs in a symbiotic relationship. 3. They take sand baths Water shortage? No problem. Yellow-headed Caracaras know how to escape pesky parasites by simply taking a sand-bath. Adult Yellow-headed Caracarasteach the younger birds how to perform certain ways such as hunting and grooming, such as how to remove parasites. The adult would move to a place where there is sand and use a vocalisation call making the juveniles come to that area. Then he takes sand bath, showing the younger ones how it's done.The younger birds then follow suit.This is grooming behaviour done to get rid of parasites. 4. They can carry out mob attacks If threatened for food, Yellow-headed Caracaras can take the initiative and act as a group against another, known as mobbing. Studies show the birds may do this to protect their nests and chicks. Yellow-headed Caracaras are protected in the wild, and are not to caught, kept or harmed. For more information on how to support wildlife conservation and awareness, contact the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/wildlife.tt, or visit their website atwww.wildliferescuett.org.

The weekend of Phagwa is upon us. Also known as Holi, Phagwa is a Hindufestival which signifies the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated with songs, dances and the spraying of colourful abeer on each other. Here are venues around Trinidad and Tobago where you can partake in Phagwa celebrations. Colour Fest 2019 Date: Saturday, March 23 Venue: Youngsters Rec Ground, Chaguanas Time: 2 pm - 6 pm Swaha Tulsi Manas Mandir, Tulsi Manas Primary School and Swaha Hindu College Date: Saturday, March 23 Venue: Swaha Hindu College, Coalmine, Sangre Grande Time: From 6 pm Kendra Phagwa Festival Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: Kendra Grounds, Raghunanan Road, Enterprise Time: 2.30 pm Holi 2019 Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: Pierre Road Recreational Ground, Charlieville Time: 2 pm – 6 pm Phagwa by Spring Village Mandir Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: SVM Cultural Center, Balmain, Couva Time: 7.30 am onwards Phagwa Festival Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: Eco Park, Ramlal Street, Caroni South Bank Road, Piarco Time: 10 am to 6 pm The Little Store Phagwa Celebrations Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue:Knowles Street Recreation Grounds, Curepe Time: 11 am to 6 pm National Phagwa Council, High Commission of India and 103.1 FM Phagwa 2019 Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: Aranguez Savannah Time: 1 pm - 6 pm Reform/Manahambre Committee and Mandirs under the District of Councillor Chris Arshad Hosein Date: Sunday, March 24 Venue: Reform Recreation Ground Time: 1 pm


Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer, Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Congress summarizing Mueller's report. The special counsel "does not exonerate" Trump of obstructing justice, Barr said, and his report "sets out evidence on both sides of the question." After consulting with other Justice Department officials, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined the evidence "is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense." Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller's report Sunday afternoon. Mueller wrapped up his investigation on Friday with no new indictments, bringing to a close a probe that has shadowed Trump for nearly two years. Barr's chief of staff called White House counsel Emmet Flood at 3 p.m. Sunday to brief him on the report to Congress. Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, about to return to Washington after spending the weekend there. Mueller's investigation ensnared nearly three dozen people, senior Trump campaign operatives among them. The probe illuminated Russia's assault on the American political system, painted the Trump campaign as eager to exploit the release of hacked Democratic emails to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and exposed lies by Trump aides aimed at covering up their Russia-related contacts. Mueller submitted his report to Barr instead of directly to Congress and the public because, unlike independent counsels such as Ken Starr in the case of President Bill Clinton, his investigation operated under the close supervision of the Justice Department, which appointed him. Mueller was assigned to the job in May 2017 by Rosenstein, who oversaw much of his work. Barr and Rosenstein analyzed Mueller's report on Saturday, laboring to condense it into a summary letter of main conclusions.

Passengers rescued from the Viking Sky cruise ship are helped from a helicopter in Hustadvika, Norway, Saturday March 23, 2019. A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway's western coast on Saturday, then began evacuating its 1,300 passengers and crew amid stormy seas and heavy winds in a high-risk helicopter rescue operation. (Odd Roar Lange/NTB Scanpix via AP)

The Latest on the Viking Sky cruise ship that was stranded off the coast of Norway (all times local): 16:25 p.m. Accompanied by tug boats, the Viking Sky cruise ship has limped into the Norwegian port of Molde more than a day after issuing a mayday call in a storm that led to harrowing helicopter rescues of half of its passengers. The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew when it had engine trouble Saturday afternoon off the western coast of Norway. Afraid of dashing up on the rocks, it anchored amid heavy seas and high winds and began to evacuate everyone on board. Amid wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet), five helicopters flying in the pitch dark evacuated passengers from the heaving ship throughout the night into Sunday morning. Over 475 passengers were airlifted one-by-one off the ship. As weather eased, a decision was made to halt the rescues and head to Molde, which it reached about 1530 GMT (11:30 a.m. EST) Sunday. ___ 12:50 p.m. The chairman of the company that operates a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather Saturday praised the rescue operation by Norwegian authorities and the actions of the vessel's crew. Viking Ocean Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen told Norway's VG newspaper that the events surrounding the Viking Sky were "some of the worst I have been involved in, but now it looks like it's going well in the end and that we've been lucky." The company said in a statement that before the ship started being towed to the port of Molde on Sunday, 479 passengers had been airlifted to land by helicopters, leaving 436 passengers and 458 crew members onboard. A tug boat and two other vessels are assisting the Viking Sky travel from the bay where it managed to anchor to land. Hagen, a shipping tycoon who is one of Norway's richest men, said: "I am very proud of our crew." ___ 11:35 a.m. The air evacuation of passengers on a stranded cruise ship in Norway has been suspended so the vessel can be towed to a nearby port. The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon. Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark evacuated passengers from the tossing ship throughout the night and continued the airlifts at a steady pace Sunday morning. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet). Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said. The Joint Rescue Coordination Center said the helicopters had taken 463 passengers to safety by the time it was ready to be towed to shore by two tug boats. ___ 9:50 a.m. Rescue workers are evacuating more passengers from a cruise ship that had engine problems in bad weather off Norway's western coast while authorities prepare to tow the vessel to a nearby port. Norway's Joint Rescue Center said 379 of the 1,373 passengers and crew members on the Viking Sky had been taken off the ship one-by-one and airlifted to shore as of Sunday morning. The rescue center says three of the ship's four engines are working now and will help power the boat while it's towed to Molde. The helicopter evacuations will continue in the meantime. The Viking Sky ran into trouble Saturday afternoon in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place. More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said. Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet). Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said. Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said. "It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real," she wrote. Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls. "We saw two people taken off by stretcher," another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. "People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm." The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon. Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place. Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 meters (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 meters (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped. The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens. The airlifts continued at a steady pace Sunday morning, as the vessel was being prepared for towing by two tugboats to the nearby town of Molde, according to Per Fjerd at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The helicopters stopped taking people off the ship when the ship was ready for the trip to shore, and 463 passengers had been evacuated by that time, the Joint Rescue center said. Three of the ship's four engines were working as of Sunday morning, the center said. The Viking Sky, a vessel with a gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.