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Two police constables have been charged with marijuana possession and possession of illegal firearms following their arrest in Claxton Bay last Tuesday. Theconstables are expected to appear before a Siparia Magistrate on Tuesdaymorning. PC Stephen Johnson and PC Toola Jack, are jointly charged with being in possession of 140 kilogrammes of marijuana, as well as being in possession of three illegal firearms. Johnson faces an additional charge of being in possession of 12 rounds of .40mm ammunition after the illegal items were discovered late last week during a search of his Laventille home. The instructions to charge the two were given over the weekend by officials from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. They were held last Tuesday afternoon during a roadblock exercise by Sgt Ali of the South Western Division Task Force. Sgt Ali and his team observed the two constables escorting a vehicle which was being driven by a known drug dealer in the area. As a result, the officers were stopped and the vehicle was searched. The illegal items were discovered inside which led to the arrests of the two men.

One man is said to be nursing gunshot injuries following a shooting incident in Diego Martin. The victim’s identity has been withheld due to the sensitive nature of the inquiries. However, according to police reports, the incident took place at 10 pm on Friday along La Puerta Road, Diego Martin. Residents of the area heard several loud explosions and upon investigation, they observed a vehicle at the side of the roadway. The car, a silver Nissan, appeared to have several bullet holes to the front windscreen. The police and emergency health services were notified and a team of officers from the Western Division responded. LoopTT was told that despite the seriousness of the attack, which was called a “blatant attempt on his life”, the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police were told that the victim has received threats against his life in the past and as a result, they are expected to follow certain leads with the aim of making arrests in the immediate future.


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After being the engine behind some of the baddest names on the international music scene and creating a song that rivals the Star Spangled Banner for the title ‘anthem’ in New York, Angela Hunte is dropping a hit album all her own. Yesterday, the "Party Done" diva dropped her debut E.P, R.A.W, and, surprise, it’s all Reggae. “People want to do the same songs the same way wear the same clothes over and over. I can’t stand that. I have to evolve," she told Looptt. Before you go crazy thinking that this means no more soca, think again. Although Hunte always holds firm to her culture she describes herself as a genre-less artiste. Claiming influences such as Gregory Isaac’s Live in London album and her own time spent there in the country, R.A.W is reminiscent of the ska, rockers generation when the sound system ruled mixed with the pop she is so known for wrapped in a ‘Jamaican inna London-town’ stylin’. Best of all, the album doesn’t feature the contrived Jamaican accent we seem to be hearing creeping into urban music these days. “I’m not Jamaican and I’m not trying to be at all but one of the first genres I wrote to was Reggae music and I have always loved reggae music. The album’s music is cultured but I stick to being me and the more you try to be yourself, the more it resonates with people," she said. R.A.W which stands for ‘Reasons and Words is the first release in a trilogy. Credited heavily for her work in hip-hop and pop with artistes such as Jay-Z, Brittney Spears, Alicia Keys, Naps, Diplo, Diddy, Snoop and Amy Winehouse, Huntethrew her hat into the Soca ring two years ago with "Party Done" and ran away with the hearts of Trinidadians who are known to be one of the toughest audiences to please. Never a one-hit wonder, the next year she returned with the groovy offering, "Mon Bon Am" which took the country by storm and was named one of the best songs of 2016 by NPR. For some, this new venture may seem like a Trini jumping the Soca ship but Hunte maintains she isdriven by a need to create and evolve into her most holistic self. “It's WAR spelt backwards,”she said of the album's title."It’s felt like I been at war my entire career. Someone was always battling and taking something from me. Being a black female at the time I started out in the industry was tough. I had to start peeling layers of bitterness and everything I endured and became RAW. I’ve started over.” Since the Sound System days when artistes like Sister Nancy lived on the mic, nothing has been as fearsome as a woman on the mic. Hunte has the skill to light any dancehall on fire with quick rhymes on any beat and she gives it on this album. Be it the bubblegum lovers rock of "Runaway Love" or the militant sound system skank of ‘"Life Ain’t Over" and "Rub Dub". With the release of this R.A.W, Hunte is boldly moving past the always mentioned accolades of what she has done and jumping head first into something new. As she proudly stated,“Imma do what I wanna do.” For the album, she teamed up with TherapistMusic head DJ Buddha who has been the executive producer on all Hunte’s projects. The duo had been playing around with a lot of music at the time and a sound started evolving from the riddims and horns Buddha was playing with. At the time, she says they didn’t know what they were making but it just felt right. “No one gave a definite nod in this direction to the music. It just happened and felt like a silent ‘yes’ all around," she said. R.A.W features Jamaican sensation Tarrus Riley on the duet "King and Queen" and US Dj Taranchyla on the super catchy Rub Dub. Overall, the tonal aesthetic falls in nicely with the musical cannon being created by artistes like Chronixx. Many of the songs deal with aspects of love but the beat production sucks you in to enjoy and reflect without any of the depression that could come with a reminisce. This as well was a conscious decision by Hunte who is known all too well for her writing skills. Thus far, reviews are all great and although Jamaican people are known for their close-knit yet all-encompassing patriotism, she hasn’t felt any negative criticism and in fact, admires the way their culture treats with their own and thinks that it should be a template for the whole Caribbean. As part of the R.A.W project, Hunte will be going from island to island to shoota video for each track and along with Empress Jeanille Bonterre will create the ‘R.A.W Docu-Series’ which show her chopping it up with celebrity friends as she moves through the Caribbean adventuring off the beaten path to the real island sites. R.A.W is available on Soundcloud.

In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Lovato was named a Global Citizen mental health ambassador Saturday at the organization's music festival in New York City's Central Park. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Demi Lovato was named a Global Citizen ambassador at the organization's annual music festival Saturday, championing the mental health of thousands of children displaced within Iraq and other vulnerable communities. The singer and Global Citizen will fund the expansion of a Save the Children pilot program, Healing and Education through the Arts, to violence-scarred young people living in Iraq's Kirkuk and Salah al Din areas. "Ending the stigma around mental health conditions and supporting internally displaced children to build physical and mental resilience through education and access to justice is not a choice, it needs to happen, and it needs to happen now," the singer said onstage in Central Park. Since 2014, more than 3 million people in Iraq have been displaced within the country due to war and conflict. Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, told the festival crowd the organization's HEART program will allow displaced children scarred by the violence to process trauma "through drawing, painting, music and other art forms" as a way to begin healing and "rebuild their self-confidence and trust in others." Lovato has been a strong advocate for mental health issues after sharing her own struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse and a bipolar diagnosis.


Trinidadian designer Keegan Simon is promising Chilitos patrons a night to remember when he introduces his ARTY concept to Jamaicans at the JaMexican restaurant this Friday. Two of his new Jamaican centric t-shirts will be launched. “ARTY is a mixture of ART and PARTY and is a new form of Art that I’m doing. It brings together visual art, fashion art, entertainment, music, food, lyming and overall good vibes,” Simon said in a press release. He added, “I wanted to fuse all the various artistic expressions I’ve found myself in over the years into one space that people can enjoy.” Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, he has reportedly already staged ARTY in the twin island republic to much success with his t-shirt clothing line, 1ndividual Aesthetic, as well as his costume designs for Trinidad Carnival 2018. By no means is he a stranger to the Jamaican landscape, as he is graduated from the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2010 with a BFA in Painting, and worked alongside Jamaican entertainers such as Protoje, promoters Andrew Bellamy and Philip Palmer, and the Carnival band Xaymaca International, for which he designed and marketed a costume section.

On Saturday 17 September, BPTT hosted a private screening of ‘the to be aRenegade' documentary held for the BP Renegades band at the Government Campus Plaza Auditorium. Minister of Culture, Nyam Gatsby Dolly, Minister of Agriculture, Clarence Rambharat, former Mayor of Port of Spain Murchison Brown, former Minister of Culture Joan Yuille-Williams and Nneka Luke, CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company were among those that attended the private screening of the BPTT sponsored documentary with BPRenegades band members, senior members friends and family of the Charlotte Street based steel orchestra. [image_gallery] Following the movie, Danielle A. Jones, BPTT Manager Corporate Communications recognised the family members of the BPRenegades for their support of the band and community: 'The greatest gift you can give a child is to expose them to the arts and culture of Trinidad and Tobago,' said Jones, 'we (BPTT) thanks the parents, Aunties, uncles, grannies and grandparents for exposing their families to pan.. We even thank the godparents, like my godmother who first took me to push pan for theRenegades on Charlotte Street in the 1990's and helped inspire this film.' Members of the public can see the documentary 'to be aRenegade', directed by James O'Connor, on September 22 and 25 in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. The company also announced the film would be shown again in 2018 as the band celebrates its 70th birthday.


With his attacks on activist athletes, President Donald Trump plunged into the middle of his favorite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making. For three days, the provocateur president has drawn criticism from the worlds of politics and sports for saying that football players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. The conflict peaked Sunday with Trump's remarks, which had the effect of uniting a newly minted opposition coalition that included a growing number of players and coaches, as well as some owners who have backed the president. Late Sunday, Trump continued to defend the scrap — which prompted about 200 players to stand, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem at games — telling reporters in New Jersey that kneeling was "very disrespectful to our flag and to our country" and that "owners should do something." Trump also offered his own take on the players and coaches who chose to lock arms on the field during the anthem, describing it as a display of "solidarity" that he approved of. And he pushed back against the suggestion that his critique could inflame racial tensions, arguing: "I never said anything about race." After a week dealing with weighty international issues at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump seemed to relish the moment, which he started with comments at a rally Friday night and continued on Twitter throughout the weekend. In addition to attacks on NFL players, he also rescinded a White House invitation for basketball player Stephen Curry, a star player on the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. On Twitter Sunday night, Trump continued to press his case against politically charged athletes, saying: "sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!" White House aides and allies said Trump remains confident that his supporters are strongly behind his attacks on kneeling players, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest a number of issues, including police brutality against black people. As criticism rolled in, supporters argued the president was not targeting African-Americans, but simply expressing patriotism. "It's a perfect example of where the president gets it right," said Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime Trump friend, who said team officials and the news media were not in line with much of the country. "It's a win for him at the end of the day." Some allied groups were quick to take action. The pro-Trump political non-profit America First Policies released a Facebook ad with the tagline "Turn off the NFL." Trump has had a history of engaging in racially fraught battles, from his promotion of the false story that the nation's first black president, Barack Obama was not born in the United States, to his campaign proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from the United States. He drew condemnation last month for saying "both sides" were to blame for violence between white supremacists and their opposing demonstrators during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some longtime supporters of Trump distanced themselves this time, notably New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. In a statement Sunday, Kraft said he was "deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president." He added that there is "nothing more divisive than politics" and said he supported players' "right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful." Trump shrugged off the comments, saying: "he's a good friend of mine and I what him to do what he wants to do." Critics argued the president had waded into an unnecessary — and potentially damaging —battle. "There's no upside here except he may stimulate some excitement by the base," said former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. "I think it's the president's way of continuing his reality TV presidency." Trump began his latest tirade during a raucous campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama Friday evening before thousands of cheering fans. Amid comments about a Senate candidate and his agenda, Trump said: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired, he's fired." The crowd chanted: "U.S.A, U.S.A." Trump continued: "that's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for, OK? Everything that we stand for." Top administration officials backed the president on Sunday talk shows, saying he just wanted players to show patriotism and respect. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on ABC's "This Week" that players have "the right to have the First Amendment off the field." Still, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Trump had missed an opportunity. Rove said there is support for the president's overall argument about patriotism and the flag, but he could have offered a more unifying message. Said Rove: "the president, in the middle of huge battles that are so consequential to the future of his presidency, gets involved in this dispute and does it in a way that makes him look smaller not bigger."

This undated photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Emanuel Kidega Samson. A gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, and opened deadly fire an official said. Authorities identified the attacker as Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro, who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and was a legal U.S. resident. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)

Witnesses and police described a chaotic scene as a masked attacker armed with two guns shot seven people, killing one, in a Tennessee church before he was subdued. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva Rosa said members were talking about the success of their yard sale the previous day when they heard gunshots outside. The church pastor, David Spann, 60, shouted, "Run, run, gunshots!" as congregants hid under pews or in bathrooms, according to a witness. A masked gunman carrying two guns entered the church from the back after fatally shooting a woman outside, police said. He then walked through the church silently, shooting six more people before he was subdued by an usher, police said. Police later recovered another pistol and a shotgun from the suspect's vehicle. Rosa said the reading that day had been from Luke, Chapter 8, and she recalled the part about a woman who touched Jesus and was cured of bleeding. By the end of the shooting, she was on her knees, her dress stained with blood, putting pressure on the gunshot wound in Pastor Spann's chest. She and others got on their phones to call 911. Another church member, a 22-year-old usher named Robert Engle, tackled the gunman and suffered injuries when he was pistol whipped. In the struggle, the shooter shot himself, although it wasn't clear if it was on purpose or an accident. Engle retrieved his own gun from his car and held the man until police arrived, police said. "He's amazing," Rosa told reporters about Engle. "Without him I think it could be worse. He was the hero today." Authorities identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro, who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and is a legal U.S. resident. No motive was immediately determined. Church members told investigators the suspect had attended services a year or two ago, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department. Nashville police did not immediately comment on several bizarre posts on the suspect's Facebook page in the hours before the shooting. The gunman pulled into the church's parking lot as services were ending. Melanie Smith, 39, of Smyrna, Tennessee, was killed when the shooter opened fire in the parking lot. Spann's wife, Peggy, 65, was also shot as well as William and Marlene Jenkins, 83 and 84 respectively, Linda Bush, 68, and Katherine Dickerson, 64. Police said none of the surviving victims suffered life-threatening injuries. Aaron called Engle "an extraordinarily brave individual." But in a statement Engle said he did not want to be labeled a hero. "The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected." Engle asked for prayers for all those injured as well as the shooter. Blake Langford, 21, got a text from his father telling him not to come to the church where his family attended after the shooting. "My grandmother hid under a church pew. My stepmom and my aunt, they barricaded themselves in the bathroom," Langford said he learned from his father, who arrived at the church seconds after the shooting ended. Langford said he knew Engle and believed his actions saved lives. "He's 6 foot 5, a really big guy, but a gentle giant," Langford said. "He's always been that kind of person to put others before himself." Forty-two people were at the church at the time of the shooting, Aaron said. The church describes itself on its website as a "friendly, Bible-based group of folks who love the Lord and are interested in spreading his word to those who are lost." Photos on the church's Facebook page show a diverse congregation with people of various ages and ethnicities. On Samson's Facebook page, a post in the hours before the shooting read, "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B." Another post read, "Become the creator instead of what's created. Whatever you say, goes." And a third post read, "You are more than what they told us." Police charged Samson Sunday night with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending. He was ordered held without bond by a judicial commissioner. After the attack, the nearby New Beautiful Gate Church opened its doors to Burnette Chapel churchgoers as they reunited with loved ones. New Beautiful Gate Pastor Michael Mosby said he is neighbors with Spann. "As a pastor myself, you come with the expectation of sitting down and having a service and not thinking about what can happen around you," Mosby said. "You never know who is going to come to the door or what reasons they would come to the door, come to your church and do something like that. We're always on guard. We just thank God many more weren't hurt."


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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September 20, 2017

KHONA - The Musical

For the first time to Trinidad & Tobago
We present the newest magical musical to hit theatres across the world

KHONA 
Do You Believe?

For TWO weeks we grace the stages of SAPA and NAPA to tell the story of Khona, a young boy of the Mlinzi Tribe, from Massa Valley in Africa, whose village is taken over by Dikeledi from the Thema Tribe.

WIll Khona find the courage to reclaim what is rightfully his?

Join us from
Wednesday 20th - Monday 25th September @ SAPA
Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th September @ NAPA

GALA NIGHT - Friday 22nd September 2017

As we change the face of theatre in Trinidad and Tobago...forever.

Directed by: Dr Carl Spencer
Music by: Adan Hagley

Tickets
Special Reserved - $350
House - $220
Balcony - $180

GALA PRICE - Stay Tuned

School Shows - $80
For info on our school shows call 705-0112 

Or call our ticket hotline 327-3672

"Believe in yourself Khona, else no one believes in you" - Wakuu (KHONA The Musical)

KHONA is a family show and is suitable for ALL ages