The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is maintaining theriverine flood alert for Trinidad. The alert was issued on Wednesday afternoon. In the alert, the Met Office said therecent ra...

Two men are currently in police custody after they were held with a loaded firearm and a quantity of marijuana. The suspects,from Valencia and Arima, were arrested on Tuesday morning during police exercises by officers of the Eastern Division. The officers, acting on information received, conducted searches at homes along Palm Road, Valencia, where they allegedly found and seized a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, loaded with 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition. They also found over 500 grammes of marijuana. Two men were detained in connection with the find. They were expected to be charged and brought before the courts by Thursday. More on this as it becomes available.

Two men have appeared before an Arima Magistrate on allegations of kidnapping a Venezuelan national. The suspects Edison Guppy, 30, of Pinewood Drive, Carapo and Angelo Isiodore, 26, of Jugmohan Trace, Carapo, were both charged for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of Jason Guerra. They were charged by Cpl Ramkissoon, following their arrests last Friday. After the charges were read, the matter was adjourned to November 14. Guerra, of L’anse Mitan Road, Carenage, was liming at a bar along the Southern Main Road, Curepe, on October 7, when at about 6:00 pm, he was forced into a Nissan Tiida. The police were notified and at about 10:00 pm that night the kidnappers called Guerra's friends and demanded a ransom of $100,000, according to police. Officers of the Ant-Kidnapping Unit, Northern Division Task Force, Air Support Unit, Inter-Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch and the Canine Unit along with members of the Defence Force investigated the report and conducted a joint exercise. On October 11, Guerra was found in some bushes near the Santa Rosa Race Track. He did not suffer any serious injuries. More on this as it becomes available.

Machel Montano represented the soca community among a star-studded cast at the Barclay Centre in Brooklyn for the Tidal Relief Benefit concert on Tuesday night. Montano was among a cast of over 40 artists that included Cardi B, Jay Z, StevieWonder, JenniferLopez, Chris Brown, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, TI and gospel singer Donnie McClurkin. Montano performed some of his hits including Mr Fete with DJ Khaled who took over the stage with a slew of special guests. Khaled sang along with Montano and even waved the T&T flag at one point. A grateful Montano thanked the DJ on his Instagram page stating: "🙏🏾Thank you for the opportunity last night@djkhaled" they don't want us to jump ... so we had to jump ourself " !!! 😄#tidal#barclayscenter#caribbeanrelief📷@boardinogilvie" The concert, which was live-streamed on Jay Z'sTidal platformraised US$3.4 million before it began andsolicited further donations on the night. The show is now available on demand. The biggest acts on the night were current Hip Hop sensation Cardi B whose mother is a Trinidadian and Jay Z himself who ran through his hits over the years.

PhilTaylor first heard about Trinidad and Tobago when his band, Future Leaders of the World, was contacted about a possible performance. The gig didn't materialise but the invitation gave him a chance to delve into what the country has to offer. What he discovered was a treasure trove of talent yearning for that big break. Now Taylor, founder of Taylor MaydMusik, a record label, is staging a national talent search called Trini 2 the World to expose said talent. He dropped by The Lounge to give us some details about it.

Fat! It's probably the first word that comes to mind when we think about going on a diet. But do fats really make you fat? In this week's episode of Being Healthy #easyso Claire and Nadia dissect the good, the bad and the ugly about fats. SAT FATS, MUFA's and PUFA's..what'reall these funny names? Watch the video and learn all about different types of fats, where fats come from and the best ones to eat to keep your body working great! Nadia is a Certified Natural Health Professional, a stand-up comedienne and actress and currently holds the position of Operations Manager at her family-owned business, JNC Inc. and JENN Health & Beauty Supplies – two of Barbados’ leading Health Food Markets. As a Certified Natural Health Professional, Nadia works to help individuals achieve and maintain optimum health and restore balance to their lifestyles. In 2014, Nadia launched her comedic career, branded NO Filter, that has become a platform for both amateur and veteran comediennes. You can connect with Nadia and No Filter across all social media platforms. Claire began her journey into nutrition at the age of 6 as the face on the ever popular Catelli macaroni and cheese box. Fast forward some 14 years later, having faced her own health challenges and losing a loved one to diabetes and cancer; her career was moulded significantly by her passion to reduce the burden of NCDs plaguing Caribbean people. Claire graduated from the University of Westminster in 2013 with a BSc. in Nutritional Therapy and currently works in Barbados at Surfside Wellness Centre as a Nutritional Coach. Claire continues to build her clientele through one-to-one consultations with patients whose wellness goals mainly centre on diabetic management and weight loss. You can connect with Claire on Facebook. And now you can join them every Wednesday on Loop for Being Healthy #EasySo!

Veterinarian and former temporary independent senator Dr Kriyaan Singh shared photos of a rehabilitated iguana that had been trussed and tied up for sale and now has a new lease on life. In a social media post to the La Romaine Veterinary Clinic on Sunday, Dr Singh showed photos of the iguana, named 'Iggy', as she slowly made her way back to health. Dr Singh said last Thursday she was brought into the clinic and couldn't walk or swim properly as her muscles and nerves were damaged. "A client of ours bought and subsequently rescued an iguana, lovingly called by the staff of La Romain Veterinary Clinic as "Iggy." From having her limbs tied to the back of her, her ligaments, muscles and nerves were damaged." "On Thursday when she was presented to the clinic, she was examined and attempts were made to keep her legs in the correct position, such as splints and bandages were made, however that said night she pulled off the bandages and splints." "We also tried swimming her on Thursday but she could not right herself. Every dayKriyaan Singhreligiously engaged her in physiotherapy which entailed light exercise of her limbs. She soon regained her clawing abilities and today (Sunday 15th October 2017) she is swimming," the clinic said. Some citizens expressed concern at the large numbers of wild animals, some pregnant or still babies, being hunted and sold for profit after the start of the hunting season earlier this month. Dr Singh said although he agrees that there should be restrictions regarding the sale of wildlife for food, more importantly, he believes that animals should be treated humanely if they are to be sold. "We need regulations for numbers and size as well as area restrictions.More than that we need animal welfare and rights laws to ensure animals that are for sale are kept humanely up to slaughter." "The issue for me isn't the sale of the animals by hunters it's the inhuman way they are injured, limbs broken and tied in pain in (the) hot sun on a stick to be sold. The animal can be stored instead in a cage or drum for sale," he said. In Trinidad and Tobago there are currently no bag limits regarding the number of wild animals one can capture, nor are there any restrictions regarding thesale of said animals.

A licensed grower and processor of medical marijuana in northwestern Pennsylvania became the first with the state's approval to begin planting seeds Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said the Department of Health approved Cresco Yeltrah's operations at its Jefferson County location, a former carbon graphite and metal graphite factory in Brookville that closed four years ago. Tuesday's approval makes the 40,000-plus-square-foot facility the first to be deemed fully operational in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, which Wolf's administration expects to start selling products in retail dispensaries next year. With signoff on the facility's growing operation, seed planting can begin. A full grow cycle takes approximately 120 days, during which the company said it will wrap up construction on the processing facility. Cresco Yeltrah said it will grow a variety of over 30 genetic strains at the Brookville facility and will produce an array of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana products including vapor oils, transdermal patches and pills. It expects the complete line of products to be available for patients statewide in February, it said. The department expects 11 other licensed grower-processors to be operational in the coming weeks. It issued the permits in June, selecting the 12 winners from among 177 applicants. The department has also issued permits to 27 entities to operate retail dispensaries, including three to be operated by Cresco Yeltrah. Cresco Yeltrah is a partnership between Cresco Labs LLC of Chicago and the Hartley family, which owns various Butler-based glass manufacturing businesses. Pennsylvania is the second state where Cresco Labs is operating. The firm began as a medical marijuana grower and processor in Illinois and is now the largest grower and processor there, with about 100,000 square feet at three facilities. Its products are sold in every dispensary in Illinois. In Pennsylvania, patients could take marijuana in pill, oil, vapor or liquid form, but they cannot legally obtain marijuana to smoke or to grow their own. The law lists 17 qualifying diagnosed conditions, including HIV/AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain and Crohn's disease. Physicians must be registered by the state to certify that a patient has an eligible condition, and a patient must get a Department of Health-issued ID card. Wolf signed Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program into law in April 2016. While retail sale is awaiting regulations and licensing, a safe harbor provision in the bill has allowed parents to avoid the wait by legally buying medical marijuana from another state for their children.

India's Supreme Court banned the sale of fireworks in New Delhi and nearby towns 10 days before the Hindu festival of Divali (Diwali), in a move to curb the capital's deadly air pollution. The ban, effective immediately, lasts until November 1. Millions of highly polluting firecrackers are normally lit on Diwali, which falls on Oct. 19 this year. The court said it will assess whether a fireworks ban makes a difference to New Delhi's air, among the dirtiest in the world. The court said people who have already bought fireworks can use them, but that new ones cannot be sold. "What the court's order means is that all licenses to sell firecrackers stand canceled till Oct. 31," said Haripriya Padmanabhan, a lawyer for the petitioners — three children aged between 18 and 26 months. Activists, however, fear people will smuggle fireworks from neighboring states. Last year, the Supreme Court stopped the sale of fireworks in and around New Delhi after a slew of petitions flagged the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali. Every year, in the days following the festival, city hospitals report a spike in respiratory and asthma cases and many people find it difficult to breathe. After Diwali last year, schools were ordered closed for three days and people were advised to stay home. All construction and demolition work was banned for five days in the city due to the choking smog. Last week, levels of lung-clogging particulate matter known as PM2.5 hovered above 170 micrograms per cubic meter in New Delhi — 17 times higher than what the World Health Organization deems safe, and more than four times higher than India's own standard.

CARIFESTA XIII Literary Signal Event, Word for Word.

Fighting words, soothing words, funny words - the 'Word for Word' Literary Signal Event of CARIFESTA XIII had it all. Patrons came out to the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Tuesday night to lend an ear to contemporary West Indian writers who paid homage to literary icons who inspired them. Barbadian novelist, Karen Lord, led the discussion on 'In The Castle of My Skin' by George Lamming. Lord’s writes on fantasy and science fiction and her latest publication, 'The Galaxy Game', used the theme of alienation and migration to draw a parallel to two novels. During her reading, Lord said her writing explores a new vision of the region, not limited by geographical or physical location but rather extends out to include the entire Diaspora. In that way, where ever Caribbean people migrate, they will always be home. Jamaican novelist and story writer, Olive Senior, sang the praises of Claude McKay during her reading. Senior explained she often felt conflicted, as a young writer, because it was viewed astaboo at the time to tackle topics about life in rural Jamaica. However being led by McKay’s work, she said shefelt a sense of affirmation that she could address these topics in her writing. Renowned Barbadian poet, Kamau Brathwaite was recognised by Jamaican writer, lecturer and blogger, Kei Miller. The pairing of the two writers, Miller and Brathwaite, was literary brilliance and made the reading one of the highlights of the night. Miller spoke on the need to draw inspiration from great writers saying “only mediocre writers try to be original”. Miller read from Brathwaite’s “Stone for Mikey Smith”, a poem about a Jamaican poet who was stoned to death during a political rally. By the time Miller completed his reading the hearts of the audience were all mourning for Mikey Smith. Another highlight of the event was the tribute paid to the late Austin “Tom” Clarke with readings from three of his works, ‘Growing up Stupid Under the Union Jack’, ‘The Polished Hoe’ and ‘Pigtails and Breadfruit’. The event closed with the launch of one of Kamau Brathwaite’s latest publication ‘Strange Fruit’. The collection of poems, drawn from the Billie Holiday song, focuses on the experience of cultural lynching Brathwaite felt when he resided in New York and how he resettled in Barbados to escape it.


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This is not your granny's tea party. Raise the volume on breast cancer awareness. Tables of ten carry a minimum donation of $6,500 including your donation to breast cancer awareness activities and cancer charities in Trinidad and Tobago, food, and beverages. Groups smaller than ten, will be accommodated at a shared table. 

While touches of pink required in your outfit, everyone is welcome. Real men also wear pink so please #bringit

For those interested, each table has the opportunity to showcase at least one MUSE to bring the theme (VOLUME) to life with fashion, colour, hair, makeup or more. Muses will have set arrival time for media coverage.

Guests who wish to support without being photographed or showcased are also welcome. #bringthelove

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All proceeds to the TT Cancer Society.