One man is said to be warded in a serious condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital following a shooting incident in Santa Cruz Wednesday night. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Clint Mark of Agostini Street, St Augustine. According to police reports, around 9pm Wednesday, residents of Gasparillo Road, Santa Cruz, heard several explosions and notified the police. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding from multiple injuries to his feet and abdomen. The wounded man was rushed to hospital where he was treated. Up to 7am Thursday, he was said to still be stable condition. Investigations are continuing.

A San Juan man is said to be warded in a serious condition following a shooting incident Thursday morning. While up to 6am full details remained unavailable, the incident was said to have taken place around 1am along Quarry Road, San Juan. Residents of the area heard several explosions and upon responding, they found a man bleeding from multiple injuries to his legs. The wounded man was rushed for medical treatment. However, the scene was cordoned off as officers reportedly saw several spent shells which resembled rifle rounds. The injuries sustained by the victim were not said to be life threatening.


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.

When The Cutlass premiered to a sold out audience at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in 2016, it was received to rave reviews. Having won The People's Choice for Best Feature Film and Best Local Feature, the film has made its way to international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Mart at the Cannes Film Festival. Inspired by a true story, The Cutlass looks at a trip to a remote beach that turns to terror asa young woman finds herself in the grasp of an unpredictable and dangerous man. Taken from her friends at gunpoint and dragged deep into the island rainforest, she must quickly learn to navigate the unforgiving landscape as well the tangled mind of her abductor. The film's director, Darisha Beresford and actor Arnold Goindhan stopped by Loop's studio to take us behind the scenes of the critically acclaimed film, as well as debut its full trailer. The Cutlass will premiere on August 2 at IMAX Gemstone, MovieTowne (Trinidad and Tobago), and Caribbean Cinemas.


The Carter Foundation, a non-profit organization, is throwing an event which seeks to donate its proceeds to the cancer treatment of cultural icon Cary Codrington of the Codrington Pan Family. The Codrington Pan family is renowned in the Steelband fraternity. They are the defending champs of the Steelband Music Festival—Pan is Beautiful competition which they won with a composition done by Keisha Codrington, one of the children. In the first 10 years of the family band’s existence, they had performed in over one thousand engagements at hotels, Government events, competitions, as well as other public and private events. Further to their accomplishments, the Codrington Pan Family has won over fifteen different steelpan competitions. The event, hosted by the Carter Foundation, will take place at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC), Lecture Room E, at UWI St. Augustine on Saturday July 8,at 7 pm. Tickets cost $200. Patrons will be treated to the exciting sounds of Amantes de Parranda parang group, the Codrington Pan family, local reggae band Nex Chapta, spoken word artist Omare Asson, and much more. The Carter Foundation is a non-profit organisation that is grounded in culture. The organisation is focused on maintaining and preserving all cultural art forms indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. The Carter Foundation said “it is our desire to give as much assistance to an icon that has added so much richness to the culture of our nation and the richness of the legacy of our world-class national instrument, the pan. The citizens must not miss the opportunity to lift up one of our special cultural contributors, especially in such a time as this. He needs our help.” Interested persons can contact the Carter Family at 488-4187, 303-7304 or 784-9175, or the Codrington family at 750-9030. They can also check out their event page on Facebook entitled “Impact-Vol 2” or The Carter Foundation’s page.

Last year, as many mourned the demolition of the historic Greyfriars Church in Port-of-Spain, one young woman offered a glimpse of hope for the preservation of our architectural heritage. Laura Narayansingh posted a photo of herself on the steps of 65 Gallus Street with the caption: “It’s my hope that Trinidadians can continue to create without destroying. What a dream it would be to one day see Port-of-Spain value its own architectural identity.” The facelift or renewal, as Narayansingh calls it, was done just after her graduation from the University of Miami where she studied architecture. Though she now works full time as an architect with Acla Works, Narayansingh enjoys taking on these small projects as it fulfils her personal desire to preserve a design that catered specifically to our lives in the Caribbean. “The value of the design is immeasurable,” the 25-year-old said, noting that windows in the attic kept the houses naturally cool, the fretworks allowed light filtration and the houses elevated off the ground and made with light materials allowed an amazing amount of light to float through the structures. “A lot of it was by design, it didn’t just happen,” she said. Narayansingh’s love for architecture is obvious and her passion for giving old buildings new life shines through. She recently restored another house on Bengal Street in St James and noted that it is much cheaper to restore than rebuild. Narayansingh recognises that most Trinbagonians are ignorant about the topic and some may just see old buildings as eyesores to be removed. “I often wonder how Trinidadians have cultivated this adversity to anything of ours that is old..we will gladly fly to Greece to observe the Acropolis, but most of us haven't even visited the Temple by the Sea.Why is it that our history means so little to us?Why are we so unaffected by our historic architecture that we willingly allow these gems deteriorate into eyesores + urban nuisances? Does this mentality begin to define our culture?” she wrote on her blog Design 24.07. It is through her website, lauranarayansingh.com, where her blog is housed, that she tries to educate people on the topic. Funnily, it is not the architecture drove traffic to her site initially but rather her Monday Wear designs. “Through my Monday Wear designs I found the website and blog were getting attention,” she said. Narayansingh is perhaps one of the most in-demand Monday Wear designers in the country. She started her foray into the Monday Wear trend in 2015 for mas band Fantasy despite a heavy work schedule and no profits. “It’s not profitable for me but I had so much fun doing it,” she said. In 2016, she decided to produce a Monday Wear line to build a name for herself. Describing herself as a perfectionist, Narayansingh took her designs a step further in 2017, advertising her line on her website. “I woke up next morning to hundreds of emails,” she said with a laugh. How she pulled it off while designing her wedding dress and planning her wedding held two weeks before Carnival is anyone’s guess but Narayansingh’s designs scored. Called MW17, the line was designed to accentuate a woman’s beauty. Images of the line shows costumes with adequate coverage but with design elements that make the pieces sexy. “My aesthetic is dedicated to proportions and form. I look at what is your best feature and how that could be accentuated,” she said. This is where her design skills intersect with her skills as an architect. “With architecture proportion is everything. I did a lot of studies on the Golden Ratio,” she said. The Golden Ratio is a mathematical ratio that, when used in designit fosters organic and natural looking compositions that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Narayansingh’s work caught the eye of someone at the Paris Fashion week who, she said, contacted her to show at the event. She declined, stating that while it is “hugely flattering” it is not what she wants. Still, she is focused on Carnival 2018 for which, she said, she definitely has something in store. “Being in this field is like designing bridal wear for 1000 brides,” she said of her Monday Wear experience. Tracing her love for art and design, Narayansingh said her mother was a huge influence, allowing her as a child to create a lot of madness in the house. She recalls winning a competition in NALIS for best costume design for her Barbie doll. Asked the influence architecture has had in her Monday Wear business, Narayansingh said the connection is personal. “Architecture has shown me the business sense and rigour to get things done a certain way,” she said. Keep up with Laura on her website: www.lauranarayansingh.com.


Sydney Schultz takes photos of waves crashing next to Rollover Pass as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches the coast Wednesday, June 21, 2017 on the Bolivar Peninsula. (Michael Ciaglo /Houston Chronicle via AP)

A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed Wednesday by a log washed ashore by storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy, which spun bands of severe weather ashore from the Florida panhandle to east Texas as it churned ever closer to the Gulf coast. Baldwin County Sheriff's Capt. Stephen Arthur said witnesses reported the 10-year-old boy from Missouri was standing outside a condominium in Fort Morgan when the log, carried in by a large wave, struck him. Arthur said the youth was vacationing with his family from the St. Louis area and that relatives and emergency workers tried to revive him. He wasn't immediately identified. It was the first known fatality from Cindy. The storm formed Tuesday and was expected to make landfall some time late Wednesday or early Thursday. Rough seas also led to the rescue of a shrimp trawler in danger of sinking off the coast of Texas. The U.S. Coast Guard said crew of the trawler Footprint was about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Galveston when the crew radioed that the vessel was taking on water faster than onboard pumps could clear it. A helicopter crew lowered and extra pump that enabled the shrimp boat crew to clear enough water to stay afloat. A Coast Guard cutter escorted the vessel to Freeport, Texas. Cindy was expected to come ashore near the Louisiana-Texas line but the severe weather extended far to the east. National Weather Service forecasters estimated it had dumped anywhere from 2 to 10 inches (50 to 250 millimeters) of rain on various spots along the Gulf Coast from south Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle as of Wednesday. And more rain was on the way. Alek Krautmann at the weather service office in Slidell, Louisiana, said more moisture was heading in from the Gulf Wednesday evening. "There were plenty of breaks today, but it's filled in a little more this afternoon," he said. Coastal roads and some buildings flooded. There were several reports of possible short-lived tornadoes. In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rainfall Wednesday sent about 10 inches of water into her business, Top Shop, which sells and installs granite countertops. "It's pretty disgusting, but I don't have flood insurance because they took me out of the flood zone," said Bertucci, whose store is near a bayou. "We're just trying to clean everything up and hope it doesn't happen again." In nearby Biloxi, a waterspout moved ashore Wednesday morning. Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there were no injuries but fences, trees and power lines were damaged. Storms also downed trees in the Florida Panhandle. Fort Walton Beach spokeswoman Jo Soria said fallen trees hit houses and cars in what she called "pockets of wind damage" in two or three residential neighborhoods. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the storm Wednesday by Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert. Also Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, like his Alabama counterpart a day earlier. He was among authorities stressing that the storm's danger wasn't limited to the coast. In Knoxville, Tennessee, the power-generating Tennessee Valley Authority, said it was drawing down water levels on nine lakes it controls along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky, anticipating heavy runoff from Cindy's rains once the storm moves inland. The TVA manages 49 dams to regulate water, provide power and help control downstream flooding. The storm was centered Wednesday night about 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). A tropical storm warning was in effect along the coast from San Luis Pass, Texas, to Grand Isle, Louisiana. In Alabama, streets were flooded and beaches were closed on the barrier island of Dauphin Island. Some roads were covered with water in the seafood village of Bayou La Batre, but Becca Caldemeyer still managed to get to her bait shop at the city dock. If only there were more customers, she said. "It's pretty quiet," Caldemeyer said by phone from Rough Water Bait and Tackle. "Nobody can cast a shrimp out in this kind of wind." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center to raise its readiness level. He also activated four Texas Task Force 1 boat squads and two Texas Military Department vehicles squads of five vehicles each for weather-related emergencies. The Louisiana National Guard dispatched high water vehicles and helicopters into flood-prone areas. The state said the Federal Emergency Management Agency also was moving 125,000 meals and 200,000 liters of water into Louisiana. And workers on Grand Isle, Louisiana's barrier island community south of New Orleans, reinforced a rock levee protecting the island's vulnerable west side. "All arms of the state's emergency preparedness and response apparatus are taking Tropical Storm Cindy seriously, and we are calling on all Louisianans throughout the state to do so as well," Edwards said in a statement.

Police officers at the terminal at Bishop International Airport. (CNN.com)

A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn't kill him. The attack Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a "wider plot," said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. "At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker," Gelios said. "We have no information to suggest any training." The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die." More charges against Ftouhi could be filed as prosecutors take the case to a grand jury seeking an indictment, Gelios said. The Flint Journal, citing court officials, said that Ftouhi is a dual citizen of Canada and Tunisia. Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced. Ftouhi appeared in federal court in Flint to hear the charge and will get a court-appointed attorney. A court spokesman says Ftouhi will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday. The attack occurred just before 10 a.m., prompting officials to evacuate and shut down the airport and add security elsewhere in the Michigan city about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was "proud of the swift response" by authorities from both the U.S. and Canada. Police in Canada were searching a Montreal apartment. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with their department were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. Boiselle said three people staying at the residence had been taken in for questioning. Luciano Piazza, the building landlord, said Ftouhi was not a difficult tenant and that he is married with children. "I never had any problems with him," Piazza said. "I'm really surprised. I would see him at least once a month, when he paid his rent." Gelios said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to the Flint airport on Wednesday morning. Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said. Ftouhi never went through any security screening, Gelios said. He described Ftouhi as "cooperative" and talking to investigators. Witnesses described seeing the suspect being led away as Neville was bleeding, a knife on the ground. "The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck," Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. "I said they need to get him a towel." Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing "blank, just totally blank." Miller, the airport chief, said Neville "fought him to the end," managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as Miller and other officers arrived to help. After the stabbing, officials stationed police officers at Flint City Hall a few miles away. Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release the situation was "under control" but that officials sought to take "extra precautions." Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young, a friend of Neville's who retired from the county sheriff's office in 1997, said Neville left that department two years after him. He said Neville served in various capacities with the sheriff's office including in the jail, on road patrol and as a court officer. Neville retired from the sheriff's office as a lieutenant.


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