Anthon Chow Lin On aka Chinese Laundry playfully part Iwer and Machel backstage at an event earlier in the Carnival season.

Iwer George is calling on Machel Montano and Anthony Chow Lin On aka Chinese Laundry to apologise to him and Sunny Bling before he blessesthe Machel Monday stage again. In a release issued on Saturday afternoon, George, dubbed the Water Lord, responded to calls from Montanofor him and Sunny Blingg to perform at Machel Monday. During his performance at Army Fete on Friday night, Montano called on George and Sunny Blingg to come on his show. He stated that he has been reaching out to George without a response. Last year, comedian, radio personality and talk show host Sunny Blingg, real name Kerron Sealey,was asked to leave the Machel Monday stage when he showed up to perform with George. George sang about the incident in his now famous Road March Bacchanal. [related node_id='966d018b-33ef-47bd-9d3e-2d74924ba5c9'] In his release,George detailed a historical timeline of incidents which he said the two men have to apologise for including an alleged 10-year ban from one of the radio stations owned by Chow Lin On and being told that he is banned from Machel Monday this year. The entire timeline of eventsis posted on George's Instagram account. George made it clear that he was speaking on his behalf and not Sunny Blingg's. "As far as Sunny Blingg, I cannot and will not speak on his behalf. That is a relationship that Machel will have to directly mend himself. However, the Sunny Blingg situation begs the question: if it "wasn't that type of show" last year...what has changed this year? "When the Dr & Mr Laundry publicly apologise for their various bans and publicly apologise to Sunny Blingg for their treatment of him last year, then I will consider Blessing the 2019 Machel Monday stage. If I do, trust and believe that I will be sending in an invoice this year," he said. Loop contacted Montano's manager Che Kothari as well as Chow Lin On and is still awaiting a response.

Your day ones. Your famalaylaylaylaylay. Your frenand dem. We all have different ways of describing the people on our teams, whether they be lovers, close friends, the fete crew, business partners and the like. But how well do we REALLY know our partners? In this week's episode, popular duo DJ Charlotte and Aaron Fingaltry to prove to us that they know each other better than anyone. How well do you think they did?


A .380 pistol was found with one round of ammunition at Smith Avenue, Diego Martin during an anti-crime exercise in the Four Roads Station district on Friday. Meanwhile, a silver Smith & Wesson pistol fitted with a magazine and three rounds of 9 mm ammunition and three rounds of ammunition was found by officers in the Calvary Hill area, during a crime eradication exercise in East Port of Spain on Friday. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in a post on its Twitter page said investigations are ongoing in both finds.

Five Venezuelan females between the ages of 18 years to 34 years were detained during anti-crime exercises conducted at the Scarborough Port, Tobago on Friday. A 39-year-old Maraval man who was in the company of the five Venezuelan females was also detained. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service in a statement on Saturday said the Immigration Division is presently preparing detention orders. It also added that during an anti-crime exercise on Friday a house at Ridgewood Towers, Diego Martin was searched and two Venezuelan nationals were arrested after failing to produce valid documentation. A search warrant was also executed at a home at Dolphins Court, West Moorings, where three Venezuelan nationals were also taken into custody after failing to produce valid documentation.


This episode of ‘CriTTers’ looks at the Ocelot, Trinidad and Tobago’s only native wild cat species, which is also endangered and an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS). Ricardo Meade, founder and director of the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation, explains how important it is to preserve this endangered species: Here are seven things you may or may not know about ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), courtesy Big Cat Rescue: 1. Female and male ocelots like their space Ocelots are solitary creatures – female and male ocelots actually only come together during mating season. They’re also very territorial, females will defend their territory, which can be as much as nine square miles, while males have a much larger territory of 32 square miles or more, which may overlap that of one or more females. 2. Ocelots can growl, snarl, hiss, purr Ocelots are much like cats in that they communicate by making sounds such as growls, hissing, snarling and purring. They also communicate by smell, leaving scent markings which can let the males know when the females are ready to mate. Females in heat will also communicate via particular meows and yowls, just to make sure males get the picture. 3. Ocelots are nocturnal Most times if a hunter comes across an ocelot, it’s because it’s night-time. Ocelots are nocturnal and usually only hunt at night. Its diet consists of mainly nocturnal rodents such as mice, rats, quenks(peccaries), manicou, agoutis, and armadillos (tattoo). However they may attempt to hunt other animals such as anteaters or land tortoises. 4. Baby ocelots are blind Ocelot kittens are born blind. Their body is covered with thick and dark fur. After one month, they will open their eyes and start developing additional colours on the fur. However, once their sight develops, they’re known to have excellent night vision and an acute sense of hearing, which they use to catch their prey. Young ocelots are ready to begin independent life at the age of one year. 5. Ocelots like water Unlike house cats, ocelots like water and have no problem with taking a swim in local rivers and streams. 6. Ocelots are two times bigger than domestic cats Although they’re cat-like, they’re definitely not suitable for domestication. They are two times bigger than domestic cats and weigh between 24 and 35 pounds during adulthood.Their tails are usually about half as long as their bodies. 7. Ocelots are endangered Ocelots have small litters and long gestation periods which, in addition to poaching, means these creatures are endangered. Female ocelots only have one litter every other year – their pregnancy lasts 85 days and they might only bear about two or three kittens, some of which may not survive. In the second half of the 20th century, the ocelot was hunted almost to extinction for its fur. In addition, ocelots are seen as competitors forgame animals like manicou, agoutis, and tattoos, and they are often killed by poachers. Their habitat is also under threat due to encroaching human development. By law, anyone who harms or captures an ocelot (without the relevant permissions), or anyone that harms its habitat, faces a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to two years. For more information on how to support wildlife conservation and awareness, contact the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildlife.tt, or visit their website at www.wildliferescuett.org.

With childhood obesity on the rise due to poor diet and inactivity, children are at risk for becoming diabetic. The concern was raised by President of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago Andrew Dhanoo when he appeared before the Joint Select Committee on Social Services and Public Administration on Wednesday as it continued its inquiry into childhood obesity. Dhanoo said the Association has had to shift its focus and approach to treating with diabetes as children were now suffering with diabetes earlier than adults, following off of what he said is a trend of increasing childhood obesity and increasing children with diabetes. He said the Association through social media platforms advertises, recruits members and volunteers and furthers its advocacy efforts as diabetes was considered an “old person disease” a decade ago but this was no longer the case present day. An increased number of people under the age of 30 are being tested for type 2 diabetes, he said. Through outreach programmes, children at the primary school level learn about diabetes and are encouraged to make healthier food choices. But, Dhanoo said despite partnerships with the Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Sport and Education there was a need for increased collaboration to further its diabetes awareness efforts in schools. He noted that a proposal was submitted to the Health Ministry around three years ago for a budgeted education type programme to equip lead educators with the requisite training, tools and knowledge to educate children, parents and staff about diabetes and diabetes prevention. Committee Chairman Paul Richards echoed Dhanoo’s concerns, noting that the silo-type approach adopted is working against Ministries and NGOs as they have a lot to gain by collaborating on initiatives. President of the National Parent Teachers’ Association (NPTA) Raffeina Ali Boodoosingh agreed that more emphasis needed to be placed on addressing childhood obesity as there has been a significant increase from 2009. She also noted that the highest incidence of childhood obesity was revealed at a 2017 workshop as having been recorded in Arima, with an increase from 2.4 per cent in 1999 to 13 per cent in 2009 and in 2017 to 55 per cent — between the ages of five to 18 years. Boodoosingh added that it was a frightening phenomenon and one that should be of serious concern to parents.


A demonstrators is given first aid after he was injured in the face during clashes with the Bolivarian National Guard in Urena, Venezuela, near the border with Colombia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

An emergency doctor says two protesters have been killed and another 18 have been injured during clashes between soldiers and residents of the southeastern Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen, near the border with Brazil. Earlier, a woman told The Associated Press that her brother had died after being injured in clashes with Venezuelan armed forces. However, the doctor told the AP that the woman's brother was still alive. The doctor added that the two deceased have not been identified. The clashes occurred as the Venezuelan opposition attempted to carry out a plan to bring humanitarian aid into the South American nation over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced he's breaking all diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia amid deepening political turmoil. Maduro spoke Saturday as opposition leader Juan Guaido launched an effort to bring international humanitarian aid into Venezuela from across the border in Cucuta, Colombia. Maduro denies a humanitarian crisis exists, saying Guaido is a puppet of the United States which seeks to colonize Venezuela and exploit its oil. Guaido made public appearances throughout the day alongside Colombia's President Ivan Duque, an outspoken critic of Maduro and close U.S. ally. Maduro asked for the blessing of a mass of loyal supporters in Caracas. He then ordered Colombia's diplomats out of the country within the next 24 hours.

Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time.

A judge has set R&B singer R. Kelly's bond at $1 million. Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during Saturday's hearing in Chicago that the amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people he's charged with sexually abusing. Lyke called the allegations against Kelly "disturbing" during the hearing. The singer stared at the floor while the judge was speaking and looked dejected. Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said Friday that he's confident Kelly will be vindicated.