Rachel Sukhdeo, the wife of murdered Chaguanas used car dealer Sheron Sukhdeo has been arrested and charged. Loop TT understands that she was slapped with two charges including obscene language and assaulting a bailiff. According to reports, Sukhdeo was being questioned by police in connection with an alleged fraudulent transaction in which two stolen vehicles were found on the compound of Sheron's Auto and Real Estate. A bailiffwent to the compound with legal documents to seize the vehicles, however, when being interviewed, Sukhdeo allegedly used obscene language against officers and got into a physical altercation with the official. She was subsequently arrested. This story will be updated once more information becomes available. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

It's a view that stunned those who captured it - a woman behind the wheel of a NissanTiida was observed driving in a northerly direction on the southbound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway. For four minutes and thirteen seconds, the men behind the camera recorded the nail-biting moments the woman slowed down and in some instances speeded up while driving on the wrong lane. The video was uploaded on Monday by Shaun Sookhdeo, the brother of deceased Chaguanas used car dealer Sheron Sukhdeo. He captioned it, "now see this woman going down the highway on the opposite lane. She crazy as hell but at least she was obeying the speed limit.😂😂😂" Warning - strong language and content. Viewer discretion is advised. From the recording, the woman appeared to havemissed as much as two turnoffs which would have allowed her to venture onto the right side of the highway. She was even passed by a marked police vehicle in the process. The menexclaimed in shock as they expected the woman to either be involved in an accident or arrested by police. A statement from the TTPS on Friday noted thatthe motorist recorded driving recklessly in the videowas today issued a fixed penalty notice in the sum of $3000 for dangerous driving. The incident occurred around 11:30 pm on April 16. The 58-year-old midwife of Libertville, Rio Claro, told police she ‘mistakenly made a wrong turn’. Acting under the direction of acting SnrSuptBasdeo Ramdhanie of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, officers were able to identify the driver and vehicle associated with the incident. The woman was charged under Section 70A of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 44:50. The charge was laid by SgtVijay Ramdhanie of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neuro-developmental disorder with a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are still a lot of misconceptions about the disorder and it doesn’t help that there aren't many local studies to help us get a better understanding of the disorder. On autism in children, neuropsychologist Dr. Tim Conway recently said, "Kids can have autism, but they are not autism. They're kids. They have skills, they have abilities, autism is something that they deal with, it's a medical condition, it's a neuro-developmental disorder, but it doesn't define the child." While the verdict is still out on specific regional factors and autism, here are at least five things you should know about the disorder. 1. Autism is NOT a mental health disorder It’s a neurological disorder marked by abnormalities in the brain. Most people believe those who have autism lack empathy and cannot develop meaningful relationships, however, they can feel as much, if not more than their peers according to PBS. 2. Diagnosis: The earlier, the better U.S. research has shown that babies with the condition begin demonstrating diminished eye contact from as early as two months. Parents should pay attention if they notice light or sound sensitivity or language delays. "Most autism specialists are hesitant to make a diagnosis earlier than 18 months, but if you do see warning signs—no big smiles by 6 months, no babbling or pointing by 12 months, no words by 16 months," according to Lisa Shulman, MD, director of Rehabilitation, Evaluation and Learning for Autistic Infants and Toddlers at the Kennedy Center at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System in New York. Doctors typically evaluate a child’s behaviour through a developmental screening and then a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, which can include hearing, vision, and neurological tests. The doctor may also recommend a follow-up visit to a specialist, such as a developmental paediatrician. 3. Autism symptoms vary Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder can vary widely depending on the individual. Symptoms of the disorder are mild for some and more pronounced in others, but symptoms of autism spectrum disorder generally tend to involve communication skills and social behaviours, such as being extremely introverted, not wanting to play with other children, or not making eye contact. They may repeat certain behavioursover and over again, or they may become obsessed with a particular toy. Lack of verbal skills is one of the most well-known symptoms. Other red flags for parents: if a child is very sensitive to noise, throws intense tantrums, doesn’t respond spoken to, doesn’t point at interesting objects, or doesn’t play “pretend” games by 18 months. 4. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed Boys are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder than girls. Studies have shown that ASD tends to be under-diagnosed in girls mainly because of how social constructs dictate what expected from boys versus girls.If a girl is quiet, it's assumed that she's just shy and prefers to play by herself. Boys are stereotypically expected to be more outgoing, run around and roughhouse with his friends, and when that stops, it's more noticeable and tends to get looked into more. 5. It's in the genes At least 50% of diagnosed autism cases can be traced back to gene-disabling mutations in one of about 500 genes found in the child—but not in his or her parent, according to a recent study. About 200 of these genes are known and appear to have a role in early brain development. While this study shows the surprising role genetics play in autism, some research also shows lifestyle factors may have an impact. Children born to women who were obese, had high blood pressure or had diabetes had a 60% higher risk of developing autism. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

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It's 420, the day that marijuana smokers consider Cannabis Christmas. As the world focuses on marijuana, not just the consumption but the repeal of laws that make possession and consumption illegal, wetake a lookat what Caribbean islands are doing in that regard. Is it safe to smoke in the Caribbean? Which islands have made marijuana legal and can you smoke just for medicinal use or recreation? In this list, we look at the islands taking a progressive stance on marijuana. Antigua and Barbuda In February, the Antigua and Barbuda lower house of parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Billthat decriminalises the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis. Jamaica Jamaica has legalised medical marijuana and createda new licensing systemgoverned by the Cannabis Licensing Authority to allow farmers to legally grow cannabis for medical, scientificor therapeutic purposes. Cayman Islands In 2016, Cayman Island Governor Helen Kilpatrick approved a bill that amends the Misuse of Drugs Bill 2016allowing cannabis oil to be imported and sold for medicinal purposes. This step by the government legalised the medical use of ganja in the form of an oil or tinctures to treat cancer, epilepsy, or as a pain reliever for osteoarthritis andrheumatoid arthritis, among a list of other conditions. Belize The amended Misuse of Drugs Actpassed in 2016 decriminalises possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. Adults can have up to 10 grams of marijuana in their possession and smoke it on their own premises or somebody else’s private premises, once the owner gives permission. St Kitts Prime Minister Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis established a National Marijuana Commission in 2016 to research the various implications involved in decriminalising the plant.


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