Automotive Dealer Sheron Sukhdeo appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Wednesday for the breach of a protection order. Sukhdeo, 28, appeared before Wendy Dougdeen-Bally in the second Magistr...

A Point-a-Pierre man appeared before a San Fernando Magistrate on Tuesday charged with the December 2016 murder of Joan Cooper. Roger Wallace, aka ‘Roger Stoute’, 27, of Plaisance Park, Pointe-a-Pierre was also charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and wounding with intent, against the victim’s common law husband, Carl Edmund. The accused, appeared before Senior Magistrate Cherril-Ann Antoine in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, to answer to the charges. Cooper, 53, of Union Hall, Marabella, was found dead in her vehicle which was parked outside her home on December 8, 2016. Edmund, of the same address, was found in the same vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds. Wallace was charged by PC Desmond Mathura of Homicide Region 3, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Tuesday. The matter has been adjourned to June 6, 2017.

A Carenage man appeared in the Arima Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, after he attempted to board a flight to Barbados, with the drug concealed in his luggage. Marlon John, 40, a promoter of Upper L’anse Mitan Road, Carenage, was at the Piarco International Airport around 5:10pm on Saturday preparing to board a flight to Barbados, when he was stopped at a security checkpoint. A check of his luggage revealed two packages containing 4.18 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed inside. The drug has an estimated street value of $1.9 million. John was charged by Cpl Rawlins of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau and appeared before Senior Magistrate Gillian Scotland, in the Arima 1st Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday. The matter was adjourned to June 6, 2017.

(L-R) DeeVine and Nikita

‘I did not know until Monday morning’. This is what both singers, DeeVine and Nikita have said, following the controversy surrounding their tracks ‘We de same’ and ‘Same way’ respectively. DeeVine who was born in the UK and raised in Barbados told Loop News: “I feel disrespected by Shaft, hurt and embarrassed also, because people are not interested in what I am going through just the third party. People are forgetting I bought this song with my hard earned money. I am an artiste as well that works hard. Why is it that only the third parties in this are being treated as the only ones who have had this horrible thing happen to them? It is legally my song and it has just been taken away from me, and no one cares.” DeeVine’s ‘We de same’ was released in 2015, written by Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop and produced by his Shaft Vibes Entertainment. Consulting with her lawyer since Monday, she said, “I am a professional and would not sing a song if I was not authorised to do so.” Saddened at this turn of events, she also disclosed, “I spent a lot of money on the song and recording, so it was very expensive.” This point was also made by Nikita’s manager Richard Haynes of South Central. He said that Nikita too bought her track and paid Shaft. Haynes debunked the belief that Nikita stole the song, and stressed that Nikita is “entirely correct. She has done nothing wrong at all.” Haynes said that she shopped for the song as is commonplace. De Red Boyz brought the track to Nikita and he insisted, “I have the utmost respect for [them] in terms of their integrity and the way they do business. So they got this song from Shaft. They did their due diligence and the song was never released before and this was confirmed by Shaft in an email that the song was never released before etcetera. So to all of our surprise when the song was released, we then found out immediately that the song had already been released in 2015 by an artiste called DeeVine. When I say released, I must stress that the song was called ‘We de same’ that DeeVine had released and not ‘Same Way’ that Nikita had released.” Haynes asserted that this entire controversy had him worried about Nikita’s brand, so he is clearing the air. “I was very concerned about her brand because it could be misinterpreted that she had taken somebody’s song and ran with it basically, which is the furthest thing from the truth, because Nikita, this project she has pioneered by herself. It wasn’t like her other two songs that the company brought to her. She pioneered this song by herself. She bought the music. She paid Shaft. She paid for all the recording sessions with De Red Boyz and De Red Boyz went out of their way to make sure the recording is epic… Nikita really put in a huge effort to ensure that the song was of a standard to be an international hit.” He said when she found out, it was very “unfortunate, because not only is Nikita out of pocket, it also sheds some kind of doubt over not only Red Boyz but Nikita. You know, are these guys taking music from people? So my thing is to immediately clear the air that it had nothing to do with Red Boyz. They had done their due diligence and it is a far stretch from the demo.” By 2:00pm, today, Wednesday, May 24, Haynes disclosed that he had a meeting in Barbados with Shaft and his manager and he said that a press release will be issued this evening and Haynes said, “Shaft has taken responsibility and I respect him for that. It seems to have been one of those errors that tend to happen every now and then in the entertainment business. By no means does it seem to have been a purpose plan to try and sabotage Red Boyz, South Central or Nikita.” In terms of pulling the song, Haynes said the song is holistically-owned by Nikita and De Red Boyz so he cannot make that call but as her manager he said, “I would let the song ride.” Nikita’s next two songs were done ‘in-house’ and are “very tight in terms of publishing and so on,” assured Haynes. One is recorded through Platta Studios with Romel Ward and the other is entirely a product of South Central using Studio B and Haynes’ partner Central Records in Trinidad, who wrote the song called CARIfestival.

You can’t go wrong when you write your own lyrics. A major advocate of this method in the music industry in the Caribbean is Ian ‘Bunji Garlin’ Alvarez. The Trinidadian lyricist was in Barbados yesterday and spoke to Loop News on the sidelines of the 1Love Concert press launch held at Zen Restaurant, Crane Resort in St. Philip. Bunji said: “I am always an advocate for no songwriter should write for an artiste. That’s me!” However, he said he understood that some artistes may need to seek the services of a songwriter. When this alternative path is chosen, Bunji said that issues can arise unfortunately, hence why he cautions persons to put their own pen to paper. “I’m always an advocate for that but I respect the domain that I’m in, and fully understand that there are some artistes that are experts at artistry but they may not necessarily be able to put the poetry together, so they have someone to do it and they will in turn translate the story. So I cool with that. “But I always say the problem with that is, someday some people get burn the bad way. So that’s why I always try my best to advocate for the artistes themselves to be the creators of their own material and their own environment. Be in charge of your own domain so that when you go out there you avoid any injuries that could come.” His comments came after major controversy hit this week in Barbados where a 2017 release by a Barbadian singer Nikita, penned by a Trinidadian Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop and produced by a Barbadian duo – De RedBoyz, turned out to be a remake of a 2015 song with the same lyrics sung by UK/Bajan DeeVine and penned by the same writer, Shaft. Meanwhile, Bunji told persons who are excited about the third edition of 1Love which occurs August 6, 2017, at Concorde Experience that they can expect a lot of new music. “I’ll be coming plentiful. Tink I ‘ave a few extra tricks up muh sleeve, because at the time of the event I’ll already be releasing new music for a lot of the Carnivals throughout the region, so St. Vincent, Grenada and of course Barbados. So I think we’ll be ‘aving a whole arsenal of new tunes added to de new tunes added to de new tunes, with de new tunes.”

If you can’t afford to go to the gym or don’t have time to go to one, working out at home is the only option. Working out in the comfort of your home has become so much easier with the plethora of workout videos online. From Zumba to floor exercises, you could pretty much find anything to suit your needs. Youtube is home to many of these workout videos and in this list, we break down the top five workout channels for your fitness needs. 1) Fitness Blender: The most watched fitness channel on Youtube, Fitness Blender has over four million subscribers and has over 500 workout videos on its website. The channel is run by personal trainers Kelli and Daniel Segars who filmthe workouts in theirgarage in Seattle. 2) Live Exercise: An exercise channel that features exercises for the obese and those with limited mobility, LiveExercise is filmed live out of Boca Raton. The channel features over 30 types of exercises. 3) Jessamyn Stanley: If you are a big person looking for inspiration and motivation, this is the channel for you. Jessamyn Stanley is a plus size body positive yoga instructor whose aim is to empower women to embrace their bodies while pushing the limits. 4) Popsugar Fitness: With just over three million views, Popsugar offers workout tutorials, exercises and tips as well as cardio workouts enjoyed by celebrities and Victoria Secret models. 5) Men’s Health: Recipes, workout video, nutrition advice and more makes this channel a valuable resource for guys looking to shed a few and/or build muscle. Happy exercising!!

A Pennsylvania woman has made a dress from more than 10,000 Starburst candy wrappers given to her by her high school sweetheart-turned-husband. Emily Seilhamer is an artist and upcycler — meaning she recycles items by creating new things out of them. The Mount Joy Township woman posted a picture of her dress last week on herFacebook page, Artistry and Upcycling by Emily Seilhamer. Seilhamer met her husband, Malachi, when he offered her a pack of Starburst, his favourite candy. He kept giving her the candies and once she told him she wanted to make a dress, he started bringing her wrappers, which she divided by their bright colors. Seilhamer tells WPMT-TVthat "anyone's an artist if they're willing to try." No cavities resulted from the making of this dress. ___

Police officers arrive on the scene after an explosion near a bus stop in the Kampung Melayu area of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two suspected suicide bombings near a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital Wednesday night killed three policemen and injured ten other people, including five officers, police said. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said there were two explosions by two suicide bombers. “I expressed my deep condolence, in fact three policemen were killed,” Wasisto said. “There were explosions and latest investigation found that there are two suicide bombers, all men.” He added that ten other people — five policemen and five civilians — were wounded and were taken to several hospitals. Earlier, Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed there were two explosions and a suspected suicide bomber had also died. “Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern. There have been bomb explosions at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal and for now they are believed to have been a suicide bombing,” he said. Syafruddin said the officers had been guarding a parade by a group of local people. The explosion occurred in a parking lot next to the bus terminal in eastern Jakarta. A bomb squad was investigating the explosion as heavily armed police and soldiers guarded the area. TV channels showed people helping a victim lying on the ground, and three policemen carrying another victim away from the scene. Police sources said an anti-terror squad had immediately raided two houses believed to be owned by the perpetrators in neighboring provinces of Banten and West Java, but the results have not yet been known. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, generally follows a moderate form of the faith. The government has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. A new threat has emerged in the past several years from extremists who sympathize with the Islamic State group.

Police forensic investigators search the property of Salmon Abedi in connection with the explosion that took place at the Manchester Arena, in Greater Manchester, England, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Britain’s home secretary criticized U.S. officials on Wednesday for leaking sensitive information about the inquiry into the extremist attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert arena. Amber Rudd told Sky News that U.S. officials provided information to the news media that Britain preferred to keep confidential for reasons of operational security. Britain has raised its official terror threat to “critical” — meaning it is likely an attack is imminent — and is trying to uncover a suspected extremist network before it strikes again. Rudd said the “element of surprise” in the police and security service measures could be compromised by information being released too quickly. Rudd said she had complained to U.S. officials to make sure the flow of information is staunched. British officials hadn’t, for example, released the name of the bomber until it surfaced in the U.S. media based on leaks from U.S. officials briefed by their British counterparts. Other details also surfaced first because of leaks in Washington. It comes at a time when European security officials have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with the U.S. after President Donald Trump discussed highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group with senior Russian officials visiting the White House. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told reporters Wednesday he understands the concern about U.S. leaks possibly harming the U.K. police operation. “If that’s something that we did, I think that’s a real problem,” he said. “If we gave up information that has interfered in any way with their investigation because it tipped off people in Britain — perhaps associates of this person that we identified as the bomber — then that’s a real problem and they have every right to be furious.” He said, however, that even if U.S. intelligence sources shared vital information with the media, it likely would not affect the strong intelligence sharing relationship between the U.S. and Britain because it helps both countries. A European security official said “having a U.S. leak when the situation has developed in the U.K. is nothing new. “Historically, and nearly philosophically, the U.S. and U.K. intel services follow different paths,” the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak about the investigation. “The U.S. have adopted a “zero risk” approach meaning that the U.S. services have a much shorter trigger when it comes to stop an ongoing operation. The U.K. services play it totally differently.” This was highlighted in the 2006 trans-Atlantic liquid bomb plot. Americans wanted to pounce to quickly stop the plot whereas British authorities were trying to better determine the suspects’ capability and wider terror connections, according to two British officials who worked on the case at the time. U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan declined to say Wednesday if suspected bomber in the Manchester attack, Salman Abedi, had been placed on the U.S. no-fly list. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the U.S. government’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA. Lapan said the Homeland Security Department has shared some information about Abedi’s travel with the British government, but declined to offer specifics. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the U.S. government’s National Targeting Center.


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May 24, 2017

Mexican Food Festival

Hyatt Regency Trinidad will be partnering with The Embassy of Mexico, United Airlines, Copa Airlines and Corona Beer to host its first Mexican Food Festival this month. During the festival, guests will be treated to entertainment by a six-piece Mariachi band direct from Guadalajara and delectable cuisine from an authentic Mexican-inspired menu in collaboration with a chef from Hyatt Regency Houston, Texas.

Hyatt Regency Trinidad is the host of many cultural and culinary events throughout the year, the largest being Hyatt LIME, which is annually held the Wednesday before Carnival and part of the proceeds support local charities.

Other festivals held previously are as follows: Argentinian Food Festival, Cuban Food Festival, Colombian Food Festival and themed nights such as Brazilian, Indian, and Asian.


Mexican Festival Menu


Iceberg lettuce, jicama, watermelon, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, fried tortilla, and cheese with bloody mary chipotle dressing


Traditional Mexican Pozole 

Served with lettuce, onions, cilantro, radishes, sour cream and tostadas


Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Picadillo

Enchiladas Mineras with Cheese

Fish a la Veracruz

Shrimp Diablo

Chicken Rio Marcos

Carnitas Barbacoa served with pico de gallo, tomato salsa, onions, cilantro and corn tortillas



Refried Beans - Mexican Rice - Guacamole - Grilled Onions

Green Sauce - Red Sauce - Grilled Jalapenos - Vegetables



Churros - Flan Napolitano

Arroz con Leche - Tres Leches

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May 27, 2017

Moruga Heritage Food Festival

Moruga Heritage Food Festival, the event explore the preparation of foods that are done traditionally. Cooked foods ( Moruga hill rice, Moruga Cocoa and Chocllate, Tum Tum, Coco, Buccaneer Meat, Salted meats, Bene, Callaloo, Farien, pepper Sause, Traditional healthy snacks and Sweets, tuloom, paw paw ball, tamarind ball. Etc. Drinks fermented beverage (fruit wine). Creole cocoa. Meats cooked in cocoa, Fish broth, and the list goes on.
Cultural Diversity.
Food tasting.
Free samples.
Cultural performances.
There will also be items on sale on the day by local farmers and new entrepreneurs.
Moruga's agricultural Society, Moruga Farmers, Moruga Cocoa Cooperative will also part of the Event.
Food sustainability and economic diversity.

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May 26, 2017

Borders Festival Trinidad & Tobago

The Borders Festival is a fusion of music and culture, celebrating the Caribbean spirit of unity through music, food and art. Borders Festival is a wide range of international and local musical artists from all genres, combined with tasty foods and beautiful Caribbean art and fashion. Welcome to the 1st annual Borders Festival.