As a result of allegedly having 21 rounds of 9mm ammunition in his pocket, a 27-year-old man was placed on bail of $100,000. Davy Williams of Waterhole, Cocorite appeared before Port of Spain Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the 4B Court on Monday. PC Charles of the St James Crime Patrol Unit was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter. After further submission, Williams was granted bail to be approved by a clerk of the peace, on the condition that he report to the St James Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The matter was then adjourned to August 14. Williams was arrested along Upper Freedom Street, Waterhole, Cocorite, on Saturday night. According to police reports, at about 10.45p.m. on Saturday, while along the roadway, the officers saw men liming near a dimly lit area. On seeing the police, the group scattered. Williams was held and searched and he allegedly had in his front pants pocket 21 rounds of 9mm ammunition. As a result, he was immediately arrested and taken into custody. The exercise also consisted of a team of officers including PC McClean, PC Gilkes, PC Sahadath, PC Charles, and PC Phillip, among several others. More on this as it becomes available. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

A man who goes by the alias “Cookie Monster” was placed on a bail bond of $200,000 after he appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on charges of firearm and ammunition possession. Sherwin Cupid, 25, of Upper Belle Vue, St James, appeared before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the 4B Court on Monday. PC Firth of the Western Division was the complainant (the charging officer). Cupid was not called upon to enter a plea as the charges were laid indictably. Following submissions to the court, the matter was adjourned to August 14. Cupid was arrested on Saturday morning during a police exercise by officers of the Western Division Task Force. The exercise was supervised by Snr Sup Sankar, and coordinated by Sgt Arneaud, with assistance from Cpl Hunte, Cpl Clement, PC Harris, PC Firth, PC Boban, and several others. They received key intelligence which led them to a house along Upper Belle Vue Street, St James, where they found Cupid standing in the yard of his home, with what appeared to be a firearm tucked in the waist of his pants. The man was challengedand searched and the weapon was found to be a Berretta Pistol. It was loaded with seven rounds of 9mm ammunition. As a result, the man’s home was searched and officers found and seized three ski masks, camouflage clothing, two security sweaters, hijab and some packets containing marijuana were found and seized. More on this as it becomes available. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Against all odds internationally renowned DJ Private Ryan along with his diligent team executed a truly successful and memorable first-time staging of the famed “Soca Brainwash” fete series in Toronto. Appropriately titled “Soca Brainwash in the 6ix, the Soca Picnic” the event that was originally set to take place at Toronto’s Bandshell Park had to be relocated to the Woodbine Mall parking lot on Rexdale Boulevard due to unforeseen circumstances. With only a couple of days of turnaround time to relocate, transform a new location and execute, the team pulled out of all the stops to recreate the unique essence of the famous fete for its first edition in Canada’s most exciting city and did so in fine style. Despite the venue change, doubts and criticisms, Soca Brainwash in the 6ix was not only well-organised event but also a well-attended event with patrons coming from all parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Montreal and even severalUS states. [image_gallery] Upon entry attendees were greeted with a spacious, festive, superbly decorated ambiance complete with plants, trees, grassy areas, park benches and balloons (to complement the picnic theme) and were given signature Brainwashbranded mugs. The event’s décor created a true Caribbean festival atmosphere and was strategically and effectively arranged in order to provide patrons with shade from the sun while they enjoyed the sweet beats of soca, dancehall and reggae music. In keeping with the standards of the DJ Private Ryan party brand, the day fete featured well-stocked bars around the venue which boasted a plethora of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink offerings. Although not advertised, the drinks-inclusive affair offered its local and foreign-based feters a mix of complimentary food items which included BBQand jerkchicken, rice and peas, coleslaw, doubles, waffles, andCanadian poutine. Much like all other editions held in the Caribbean region and US, Soca Brainwash in the 6ix presented an all-star cast of energetic DJ’s and MC’s which represented the local, regional and diaspora markets. These included fan-favourites such as Barrie Hype, Ryan Sayeed, Tony X, Jester, Young Chow, and of course DJ private Ryan himself. Soca Brainwash well received by those attending for the first time and by those hoping to recapture the vibes of previous Carnivals. Up next on the Soca Brainwash global tour is“Soca Brainwash is Cooler in Bim” for Barbados’ Cropover. Keep informed on upcoming events by following Private Ryan on Instagram.

The Jazz Experience section from Ronnie and Caro's Let's Go To Tobago presentation

When it comes to band launches, the Ronnie and Caro band has built a reputation for always being different. Though they stuck to the traditional band launch party last year, the band in previous years have been known to stage parades on busy Fridays down Frederick Street, taking the mas to the people. This year, the band is doing it differently again with a social media launch. On Friday, the reigning Large Band of the Year will launch its 2019 presentation online. “We always try to do something different, being fully aware that everything now is social media, being fully aware that everything is on your phone and we have a high percentage of foreign-based masqueraders who won't be here for the outdoor launch,” said bandleader Ronnie McIntosh about the decision to launch his band online. He said at the end of the day it is all about economics too, noting that they are saving money by not doing a big launch party. The launch will take the form of videos and photos of each section on all the band’s social media platforms from 9 pm on Friday. “It is a whole night of Ronnie and Caro. We are launching one section at a time with a lil space in between for interaction,” McIntosh said. The band’s theme for 2019 is Let’s Go To Tobago. “Since our inception, home has always been where our heart lies; looking at the many spheres of our history, culture, heritage, local life, etc. to tell a story through our portrayals. For our 12th anniversary presentation, we chose to invite our masqueraders to venture across to our sister isle to explore the beauty of this natural piece of paradise, Tobago,” the band said in a release. “Often times, much of this island’s beauty and serenity is overlooked and so we aim to rediscover the picturesque sights and calming sounds of this little island. Book a flight or hop on the boat and come Let’s go to Tobago with Ronnie & Caro… The Mas Band for carnival 2019.”

(Images: Dominica Tourist Board: Clockwise from top left Mero Beach, horse-riding, Titou Gorge, snorkelling at Toucarie)

The island of Dominica is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. It’s home to extraordinary natural beauty, from hidden waterfalls to lush rainforest hikes and bubbling seas filled with colourful marine life. Here are 10 places visitors really shouldn’t miss. Explore the Titou Gorge: Formed by volcanic lava which cooled and split open, the gorge offers visitors the opportunity to swim through a narrow passage sparkling with light filtered by the forest canopy to a pool with a waterfall. It’s a relatively short swim but life vests are available for rent. “A most unusual experience! Everyone visiting Dominica should take the plunge into the refreshing but cold water,” wrote one visitor. One suggestion: People recommend taking water shoes and a waterproof camera into the gorge, whose name means "little throat". Snorkelling at Toucari: This secluded spot, just north of Portsmouth and Cabrits National Park, is an ideal spot for snorkelling or shallow diving due to the fantastic marine life. Like Champagne Beach, volcanic gases vent from the sea floor off Toucari Beach and create a wall of bubbles. “What I love about Toucari is that you can snorkel just a few meters out from the beach. The variety of sea life is really amazing and the water is calm and clear,” wrote one traveller. “We saw a monster stingray,” wrote another. Horse riding at Purple Turtle Beach: How about experiencing Dominica’s natural beauty on horseback? At Purple Turtle Beach in Portsmouth you can enjoy a ride along a two-mile sweep of sand or even take a swim with your horse. You could also explore Fort Shirley, an 18th Century garrison built by the British and the French, which lies in the stunning Cabrits National Park. Hike to Middleham Falls: A visit to these spectacular falls offers visitors the chance to hike through Dominica’s lush rainforest, home to ferns and orchids. The falls themselves plummet 150 feet into a crisp clear pool of water. Hot hikers can takea cooling swim or simply enjoy the spray from the pounding white water. You can go via the village of Cochrane or from near the village of Laudat. The hike takes about an hour each way but depends on your level of fitness. Relax on a black sand beach: Dominica is home to several lovely black sand beaches which serve as a reminder of the island’s volcanic heritage. Once you’ve taken a few photos, sit back and relax under a beach umbrella, join in some water sports or sample something delicious from a waterfront bar. Rejuvenate at the Emerald Pool: Have you ever been swimming in water the colour of emeralds? This popular grotto, on the island’s east coast, has a deep green colour due to the lush rainforest around it. There’s a pretty waterfall and it’s a lovely spot for a swim. “Beautiful walk in the rainforest leads to a refreshing dip in a beautiful cold pool,” wrote one happy visitor. Laze on the Indian River: A boat ride up the Indian River is the perfect opportunity to see some of Dominica’s beautiful plant and birdlife. Visitors describe the trip as a relaxing and informative journey, which includes the chance to stop at a local rum bar for some refreshments. Work up at sweat to the Boiling Lake: You have to put in the effort to reach this natural wonder – it’s a tough 2-3 hour hike (each way) through the forest, crossing over streams and ridges. But it's worth it – the Boiling Lake is an impressive bubbling cauldron in a flooded volcanic vent. If the hike sounds too challenging, visitors can choose to go as far as the Valley of Desolation, which is a sulphur spring and geyser park in its own right. Learn about local culture at the Kalinago Barana Autê: This model village offers visitors a great opportunity to experience the heritage of the Kalinago people, Dominica’s pre-colonial indigenous inhabitants. You can try the fine art of basket weaving and see how cassava bread is made. There are also presentations on traditional canoe building and herbal medicine. Give back – voluntourism: One way to get to know the island is by making a meaningful contribution to its tourism recovery. Choose one of the many voluntourism opportunities available as you enjoy and explore the destination and engage in an experience of a lifetime!

Photo courtesy the T&T Pride Arts Festival

Emotions were high during a presentation of 'Norman, Is That You?', a monologue presented by playwright Raymond Choo Kong, who plays a father who discovers that his son is gay. This was just one of a series of events put on by the Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Festival which aims to provide awareness of and support for the LGBTQI+ community. Committee chairman Rudy Hanamji said the 'Theatre Nights' series focuses on the impact of the LGBTQI+ community on theatre and the arts. "Arguably, the LGBT+ community has made by far the greatest impact on Theatre and the Arts in Trinidad and Tobago – when compared to any one representative group." "This is in part because society has historically pressured young persons to focus on more conventional career paths and unfortunately, singing, dancing, music and art were, and are still deemed the domain of ‘queer’ people or ‘girls’." "Notwithstanding the risk of being perceived as stereotypical, it is a fact that many LGBT+ persons tend to have an inclination for the arts and the dramatic. This is not to say that they have not also excelled in all areas of endeavour from bus-driving to athletics. However, the evidence is clear that once there is a theatrical production, there is more than one ‘gay’ involved." (Photo courtesy T&T Pride Arts Festival) "Such recognition of the contribution of the LGBT+ community to the very soul of the nation and its artforms is the aim of the Trinidad and Tobago Pride Arts Festival (TT Pride), which is hosting ‘Theatre Nights’ as one of the almost 50 activities for TT Pride 2018," he said. Choo Kong's theatrical presentation at the Trinidad and Theatre Workshop on July 3, led to an emotional discussion for some who attended. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/GboG98gk0DI.jpg?itok=syR4raTh","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} "Choo Kong agreed to reprise the role he had played over a decade ago when the play first was produced, of Norman’s Father, who, upon visiting Norman, realizes that his son is gay." "The internal turmoil of the character allowed for an insightful and sometimes emotional discussion among LGBT persons and their parents, for whom the event was built around." "Some parents expressed how their initial feelings of shock quickly wore off given their love for their children, while some children shared that they still have a distant relationship with their parents even years after ‘coming out’ to them." "The sentiment (was felt) that once parents and children communicated and supported one another, in time, they always seem to find their way back and develop strong, open relationships," Hanamji said. The 2nd edition was held on 10th July at Drink Wine Bar and was entitled ‘Acting-UP! – A Brief History of Queer Theatre in Trinidad and Tobago’, directed by another theatre icon, Mervyn DeGoeas and included a well-known cast of local actors and singers. This event explored all 12 of the major LGBT+-themed productions which were either of local of international origin. Many of the original cast members of these were in attendance and gave first-hand accounts of their experience. Acclaimed Actress Cecilia Salazar conceded that it was through some of these productions that she learned about gay culture and the issues surrounding the LGBT+ community. There was standing room only and the audience gave the evening a definite thumbs-up. A 3rd edition – a full theatrical reading of Martin Sherman’s classic Bent – is to be held on Tuesday 17th July at TTW from 7.00 pm. Bent is based on the Nazi treatment of LGBT+ persons during the war and the impact that oppressive and discriminatory legislation (like Germany’s then Paragraph 175 and T&T’s now Sections 13 & 16 of the Sexual Offences Act) can have on persons. This Theatre Night will, like its precursors, also facilitate other goals of TT Pride, which are to document LGBT+ history and build bridges between generations and non-LGBT+ allies. For more information on this and other events leading up to the grand TT Pride Fair & Parade on July 28th at Mandela Park from 10:00 a.m. visit or TT Pride Arts Festival on Facebook. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

The name of French soccer player Kylian Mbappe is projected onto the Arc de Triomphe as soccer fans invade the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Paris. France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup — that's all France is talking about. "Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can't imagine the euphoria will ever fade. France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a Monday parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday. President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field and in the locker room with the players, and is hoping their victory gives him a boost, too. The French, though, are more enamored of the players, like 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe, and of their coach, Didier Deschamps, with a parody photo circulating online suggesting renaming Paris' most famous avenue "Deschamps Elysees." Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Europe-1 radio that the victory allows France's youth — like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up — "to dare to believe in their dreams." The victory glow brightened the Monday morning Paris commute, with young people in cars still shouting in celebration. In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the far distance, Vincent Simon said, "Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that's good for the country, that will do us good for some months." Fellow Parisian Florian Scaven only caught glimpses of the final from the maternity ward with his wife as she had a baby during the final. "We vibrated with the horns in the street. We are happy. Long live France." It was France's second-ever World Cup win, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. "We've had lots of problems in France these past years," he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. "This is good for the morale ... Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good." Hundreds of police in riot gear were discreetly lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets. As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France's two World Cup titles. The Arc de Triomphe was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue," or French. The celebrations were spread across the nation.

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with his teammate Kylian Mbappe, left, after Paul Pogba scored his side's 3rd goal, during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot latertook credit for. Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe scored his fourth goal of the tournament for France and the team's fourth in the 65th minute, about 12 minutes after play resumed at the Luzhniki Stadium. Mbappe, who is 19, is only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. Pele was 17 when he scored two goals for Brazil in the 1958 final. Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba also scored for the 1998 champions. Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic scored for Croatia. Mandzukic also scored an own-goal, giving France the lead in the 18th minute. Pussy Riot, a Russian punk rock group that rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012, claimed responsibility for the second-half disruption on Twitter.


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