A 56-year-old Laventille man was denied bail when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Friday, to answer to sexually related offencesagainst two teenage girls. Hubert Nannette of DesperlieCrescent appeared before Magistrate Adia Mohammed in the 7th Court to answer to four sexual assault charges against a 12 and 13-year-old girl. The incidents allegedly occurred on September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 against the 13-year-old. Meanwhile, the assault on the 12-year-old reportedly took place on November 14, 2017. He was remanded into custody and the matter was postponed to December 13. The charges were laid by WPC Whitney Charles and PC Joel Frederick of the Port-of-Spain Child Protection Unit.

A loaded firearm was found hidden in an electrical duct on Thursdaymorning in an apartment in Cocorite. According to police reports, the firearm was found and seized during exercises in the Western Division, led by Inspector Vincent with assistance from Sgt. Arneaud, Sgt. Forde Jack, Sgt. Brown, and included PC Frith, PC Clement, PC Harris, PC Mc Clean, PC Gilkes, PC Marcial, PC Kassie, and PC Khan, among several others. The officers, acting on information received, made their way to an apartment complex along Waterhole Road, Cocorite. The officers conducted searches of the area and on the third floor of the building, they allegedly found and seized one revolver along with six rounds of ammunition. (Photo: The gun was found hidden inside an electrical duct.) However, no citizens were near the firearm at the time of the discovery and as a result, no one was held. Despite this officers are expected to conduct inquiries into the discovery with the aim of making arrests. More on this as it becomes available.


(From left) Abdel Ali, Managing Director ANSA McAL, Dancehall star Ding Dong, and Glen Rogers, Divisional Manager, Wines and Spirits, AMCO.

Tzar Night club in Port of Spain, Trinidad was filled to capacity last Saturday as fans turned out in droves to seeDing Dong and the Ravers Clavers crew perform. The 'Shoulder Fling' singer kept the crowd moving for the duration of his set, which was preceded by S Carter, Bubbles, DJ Trevlyn, Hollywood Sachy, and local Magnum Tonic Wine Ambassadors Squid and Infamous K. Ding Dong wasted no time storming into his hit filled catalogue including 'Syvah', 'Shampoo', 'Fling' and the newest single 'LehbehLehbeh', much to the delight of fans. The dancehall star appeared courtesy of the Magnum Tonic Wine Buy Six and Win Campaign, which Trinidad served as the first in a series of activities across eight territories in the region. Both Ding Dong and Patrice Roberts are the faces of the campaign. Glen Rogers, Divisional Manager, Wines and Spirits at AMCO, was pleased with the support from attendees. “It’s the first that Magnum has had a regional campaign of this magnitude. In Trinidad, we are dancehall lovers just like our counterparts throughout the Caribbean. That’s what Magnum brings for Trinidad and Tobago. The energy, the vibe, and pulse of dancehall culture,” Rogers said. Magnum Tonic Wine has been impacting popular culture in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean since 1999. The product is a fortified tonic wine with 16.5% alcohol and Vigorton 2, a source of iron, minerals and vitamin B6. Recently, Magnum Tonic Wine’s label packaging was given a makeover, followed by its Tek Charge campaign.

Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams (Getty)

According to People magazine, tennis superstar Serena Williams, 36, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 34, have said “I do”. The pair, who got engaged in December 2016 and welcomed baby girl Alexis in September this year, reportedly tied the knot at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. [related node_id='7e4a7a59-ec24-49d4-aeb4-564f25bfb73f'] The event was a star-studded affair with guests like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and fellow tennis star CarolineWozniacki. Williams and Ohanian reportedly visited New Orleans in October to scout for potential venues, and preparation for the nuptials – floral arrangements and white tents being installed - did not go unnoticed by residents. If there had been any doubt before, Williams’ longtime coach, Patrick Mouratoglou erased it when he wished the pair a “very happy wedding” on Instagram.


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With some Eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, one couple has reminded the world that there is still beauty in the islands. Lauren Saia, 32 and her fiancé Marty Bruckner, 28, staged photo shoots in various locations on the island of St John that have been featured in People magazine. The photos were done against the backdrop of uprooted trees, ruined buildings and beachfronts forever changed by the wrath of the super storms. “We were planning to do the photos anyway and then the hurricane happened and we still wanted to do them regardless. We wanted them to be genuine and meaningful to us, regardless of what happened it is still beautiful…the beach is still blue,” Saia told Loop. Saia, who grew up in Boston, has been living in St John for the last six years. She said she vacationed there a few times and fell in love with the place. “It took me a few years to get brave and make the move. I intended to stay a month and just ended up staying there,” she said. She met Bruckner two months after she moved to the island. He has been living there for 10 years. Saia bartended at a pub near the boat rental shop Bruckner operated. The two have been together ever since Bruckner invited Saia for a boat ride. “In February, Bruckner asked her to marry him during a trip to Lake Tahoe. They planned to marry in May 2018 but that has been postponed as Saia said the island is still recuperating from the storms and there are too many challenges in the way. She said 80 percent of the island is still without power. Although Saia was in the US when the hurricane Irma hit back in September, Bruckner was not that lucky. He moved from the wooden apartment they shared to a friend’s concrete structure but that house was destroyed. Back in the US, Saia was fearing the worst. “The last few text messages from him were terrifying. I didn’t think I was going to see him and my dog again,” she said, noting that her fiancé was traumatised but is okay now. Bruckner was evacuated to the US mainland prior to Hurricane Maria’s arrival. He has vowed to never ride out another Category Five storm again. Anne Bequette ofSTJ Creative Photography shot the couple’s photos. Bequette rode out the storm with Bruckner which made her the best person to do the photos, Saia said, as she understood. The photos were shot at some beaches the couple frequented. “It was a surreal experience to me. I knew where I was but it didn’t look like I remembered but it was beautiful and fun,” she said. She said they plan to stay on the island after their wedding as they both love it. “It is just so beautiful and the people are amazing and there is a sense of community. It’s just an amazing place,” she said. [related node_id='85c7eeb4-6117-434f-a516-fd349cb9aa46'] Now in the US for Thanksgiving, Saia said she is surprised at the attention her photos have garnered and even though she is shy, she is happy for the attention the island is getting. “If it brings more attention that is good. People tend to forget so we have to keep it at the forefront of people’s attention,” she said.

Animae Caribe 2017 will give look at the achievements of several local animators of the UTT Diploma in Animation Programme. The University of Trinidad and Tobago's (UTT) animation programme has been in effect for the past nine years and has seen the success of several students. In a release, festival organisers saidUTTanimation alumni will gather from November 20-25 to celebrate the achievements of four graduates of the UTT Diploma in Animation programme. Three outstanding students, Anthony Baptiste, Danielle Blaize and Shane Young Sing will also be honoured for their achievements: Anthony Baptise graduated from UTT in 2011 and went on to study at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is now at MPC London one of the most vibrant visual effects studios in the industry. They are responsible for blockbusters like ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. Anthony himself recently lent his animation and VFX skills to the movie Ant Man and Wonder Woman. Danielle Blaize is an amazing multi-talented artist, winner of the Animae Caribe Best Student Film award and was selected to represent her country at several international expos. Danielle is also the main designer behind ‘Lagahou’, a game project coming out of Barbados. Her animated short “Dance of the Daring” was named the Best Regional Student Film at Animae Caribe 2015. Danielle Blaize has exhibited her work at numerous Anime events, is working on a comic, Spiritbound, and collaborating with Barbadian game designers Couple Six, Inc. on Le Loupgarou. Stevenson Lacroes has now become well sought after Digital Expert in his home country, Curacao. Specializing in 3D animation, VFX and Film, recently he just completed a film project where he was the Assistant Video Producer. Shane Young Sing is a brilliant animator and caricature artist whose work is behind the local hit Big Man Dan. These students will be at the Animae Caribe Festival Animation Alumni screening at UTT John Donaldson Campus on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 pm. The audience will also have the pleasure of viewing local animated content produced by students over the years. TheAnimae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival takes place from November 21-25, 2017.


 In this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo, William O'Neill, an Ohio appeals court judge selected as the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives to represent Ohio's 14th District, laughs during a campaign stop at the Democratic party headquarters in Mentor, Ohio.

A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday that he was taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. Democrat William O'Neill's postwas immediately attacked as inappropriate and led to calls for his ouster. In it, he wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." He wrote that the women included "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland. After posting the message, he edited it to remove some identifying information about the women. O'Neill, 70, told The Associated Press that the details provided were true and that he was trying to make a point. "It's a matter of parody suggesting that, as a governor candidate, I assume I am the next target of the media frenzy," he said. "So I figure let's just get it out here on Front Street right here and now," he added, referring to the street where the Supreme Court building sits. Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the first woman to lead the state's high court, immediately condemned the post. "No words can convey my shock," she said in a statement. "This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary." All other Democrats seeking the governorship — former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni — called for O'Neill to resign, saying he was trivializing the issue. "As an attorney, I'm appalled at these remarks of a Supreme Court Justice," Sutton said. "As a Democrat, I'm horrified a statewide candidate would belittle victims of sexual harassment and assault this way. And, as a woman, I'm outraged he would equate sexual assault with indiscretion." Only a day earlier, Sutton unveiled a plan to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in state government, where two state lawmakers have resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations in about a month's time. Others to condemn the post included Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a GOP candidate for governor; state Democratic Chairman David Pepper; and the Republican National Committee. O'Neill's campaign spokesman also resigned over it Friday. O'Neill said the Facebook post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations. "Democrats are now calling for Al Franken's removal from the United States Senate for an indiscreet act for which he has apologized, the victim has accepted the apology — and now the feeding frenzy begins," O'Neill said. But many were particularly offended that O'Neill purported to be "speaking for all heterosexual males." "Newsflash: no one asked how many notches you have on your belt," the Republican National Committee's Ellie Hockenbury wrote in an email. "The so-called 'national feeding frenzy' is about empowering victims of sexual assault or harassment who've been afraid to speak up; it's not an opportunity to brag about your sexual conquests through the years." O'Neill's candidacy had already been under scrutiny. Republicans in the state Legislature have begun the process of removing him from the bench on grounds that he is violating a prohibition in the judicial code of conduct against running for a non-judicial office while serving on the bench. O'Neill argues he will not be a "candidate" under that rule until he files the necessary paperwork in February.

A little dog is believed to have died of a broken heart after being abandoned at an airport. The puppy, who was nicknamed Nube Viajera (travelling cloud) by locals, spent a month lingering at the Palonegro International Airport in Bucaramanga in Columbia. Local news site, Noticias RCN claimed big-hearted people tried to feed the dog, but she eventually stopped eating. And they believed the dog became depressed and died of “pure sadness”. In her last two days, the dogjust lay in a corner and gave up on life. A vet claimed: “The dog showed a detriment in a matter of 48 hours, even though we gave her food and medicine via intravenous injection, she fell into sadness and depression and did not survive." The black and white dog is believed to have been two years old and vets said it didn’t have the survival instinct.


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November 17, 2017

RaSa

Rasa in Sanskrit connotes a concept in Indian art about the aesthetic flavour of any visual, literary or musical work, that evokes an emotion or feeling in the reader or audience, but that cannot be described. It is the essence of the art form.

This art form will be presented by talents of Avind Ganesh, Damian Moore, and SahFyhr at 101 Gallery launching on Friday, November 17 .

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November 13, 2017

Japanese Week November 2017

The JSM Language and Innovation Centre in collaboration with JETAA Trinidad & Tobago presents the Japanese Week November 2017!

Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture; on one hand, it is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years; on the other, it is a society in a continual state of rapid flux, with continually shifting fads and fashions and technological development that constantly pushes back the boundaries of the possible. This is part of what makes it such a fascinating country to visit, therefore we want to bring a bit of Japan to you!

During the Japanese Week, we will have different activities, talks and important information from persons that know the culture, mannerisms and most relevant characteristics of this amazing culture.

We would like to invite you all to be part of this amazing week and enjoy as much as possible. 

Remember this is a free event! 

For more information email us at info@lictt.com or call us at 628-4732 or 722-3583.

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November 18, 2017

TTAC's ASTROQUIZ 2017 in collaboration with Naparima College

Secondary schools across the nation test their knowledge of Astronomy over 7 Rounds of intense competition. Prizes include: A large aperture Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian Reflector Telescope, Trophy ,Medals, Certificates, and Bragging Rights!

Come support your favourite team ! Enjoy Live Entertainment! Get TTAC Merchandise and learn about Astronomy!

Tickets cost $10 and will be on sale from 19 October, 2017. For tickets, more information, or to register your school team, please contact us at astroclubtt@gmail.com or via facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ttastroclub/