Four women were robbed by a group of men in Siparia on Sunday. The victims, who are between the ages of 19 and 37, were in a gold Nissan Almera which was proceeding along Ramcharan Street, Siparia around 3:50 am, when five armed men walked onto the roadway and ordered the car to a stop. Two of the men were armed with firearms. The men announced a hold up and relieved the women of their cash and valuables. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. They escaped on foot along the Siparia Old Road. The women notified the police and a team of officers including PC McCleod and WPC Ashby visited the scene. PC Titus is continuing investigations.

A fire in Arima on Sunday afternoon has left a couple hospitalised. The victims are a 28-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man. They are custom officers, who have been in a relationship for just over 18 months. According to reports, the two were at the man’s home along Carl Jones Street, Arima, when they got into an argument. Theman told police that the woman left the room, before returning a short while later holding a bottle with a flammable substance. The woman threw the liquid all over the room and while theman attempted to stop her, he heard an explosion and saw the room on fire. The couple rushed out of the room. The police and paramedics were notified and they were taken for medical treatment. The woman suffered burns to almost 90 percent of her body and is warded in a critical condition. The male victim suffered burns to his hands, face and neck, and is listed in a stable condition.

Siparia's Cousoumeh Festival is aiming to restorethe art of festival to its purest origins. The fourth annual event celebrates the coming together of heritage preservation and restoration through music, food, art, and culture. It provides a platform for youth to showcase their skills and talent alongside international and renowned artists. Set to be hosted on August 18 at the Deltones Panyard in Siparia,the festival has a multilayered agenda which aims to combine all the elements necessary for the expansion of heritage restoration and community development. Akinola Sennon, the man behind the festival, says the festival is likened to the festival to the patois word'cousoumeh' and gave it a broader social meaning, saying, "inan ideal Trinidad and Tobago should blend into one collective and work togethertoward one common goal and purpose. We want to champion that mantra of being one destination." "We decided to design this festival with the intent to focus on heritage awareness and restoration," he said. Lamenting the high spike in crime, he cited a lack of a sense of self and no connection to one's heritage as part of the problem. "We’re in a bad place where crime is concerned. The lack of heritage awareness, who you are and self-appreciation, plays a huge role. leads to crime. It's important for us to restore a heritagepotency that has been lost." The festival will include a concert featuringBrother Valentino; Vaughnette Bigford; steelpan legend Earl Rodney; Carlton 'Zanda' Alexander and the Coal Pot Band; Ruth Osman; Sharland Bailey and the Siparia Deltones featuring Akinola himself. In addition to the concert, patrons will also see art and entrepreneurship at work. The event will serve as the launch of a chocolate company, a partnership between the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness and WhyFarm. WhyFarm's 'Amp It Up' competition will also be in full swing with its young contestants presenting the products they've developed. "We want our young citizens to have a sense of self. One of the main elements of the festival is that it highlights and promotes youth; they are the future and the ones responsible for creating that tomorrow there must a youth focus if we want to evolve Trinidad and Tobago. This festival has the potential to restore the stately history and integrity of a community that has known the heightsof greatness and that continues to give birth to leaders in artistic innovation." Tickets for Sunday's festival are on sale for $200. Contact 369-6800 or 327-9966 for more information.

In our Instagram-obsessed culture, the golden hour is overused, bikini pics are been-there-done-that and the classic morning cappuccino snapshot has gotten stale. The epidemic of social media imagery has taken over the way we see the world. Cue some modern-day insecurities— is it a nice-enough sunset, or is this the perfect golden hour selfie-opportunity? Loop Cayman to the rescue! Here are five perfect settings that take you away from the Instagram cliché. 1. Countryside Shopping Centre We bet you wouldn’t expect to find a photogenic spot to up your Insta-game over at Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah. Yet, there are many! The beauty about this spot is the simplicity of the scenery. Although the area offers a multitude of simple cement and wooden walls, check out the aesthetic juxtaposition of our model against them. These shots speak character. Whether you’re aiming for something goofy or would prefer a serious pose, this location does it all. 2. The Dart Tunnel The dark lighting and dramatic landscape of this pedestrian-friendly tunnel makes it the perfect location for a dramatic photo opportunity. The cars zooming by and the striking edginess of the atmosphere makes for a breathtaking photograph with the photo subject leaning against the wall. 3. West Bay Swamp Down in the swamps of West Bay resides a particularly intriguing landscape. With the dark effect of a wasteland, this shot appears to be in the middle of nowhere, almost isolated from civilization. Where this spot differentiates itself from other sites is that it could be anywhere; in the tropics of the Caribbean or in barren grounds off in some foreign nation. This location gives an air of mystery that will grab the attention of your followers. 4. Prospect Point Hidden away, just off of the Prospect Point roundabout, there is a dirt path leading to a mysterious body of water, with a tree hanging just over the water’s edge. It is truly an idyllic sight as the sun goes down. There is no way to ruin this shot, as the scenery has so much personality and is naturally gorgeous without being cliché. 5. Flip-Flop Tree Cayman’s flip-flop tree is a landmark and our most cliché seection. Sitting on the coast of South Sound, an assortment of flip-flops, sneakers, and flippers have been nailed here, making it a well-known photo-opp. Despite the potential eye-roll, it’s still an incredible shot, and as the shoe trend was created to raise awareness for pollution, your post can also have a meaningful message. Whether you have run out of new ideas for venues or you just want to shake up your feed, these are our five fave spots for your next post. Go ahead and send us some of your own selections and who knows, we might share them on our page!

Catholic clergymen and pilgrims take part in an emotional procession with the statue of the Virgin Mary rescued from the April blaze past the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin in Paris, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Specialists shoring up fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral were returning to the Paris site on Monday for the first time in nearly a month, this time wearing disposable underwear and other protective gear after a delay prompted by fears of lead contamination. Activity at the worksite resumed Monday understrict new lead-protection measuresfor the stonemasons, cleanup workers and scientists working on the site, according to the Culture Ministry. They include throwaway full-body clothing, obligatory showers and a new decontamination zone to ensure that they don't track pollution outside the site. The workers are clearing out hazardous debris and studying and consolidating the medieval monument — a crucial first step to prepare the fragile cathedral for a yearslong, multimillion-euro reconstruction effort. But even this first step is taking longer than expected because of lead worries. Hundreds of tons of leadmelted in the April 15 firethat decimated Notre Dame's roof and toppled its spire, spewing toxic dust into the air. Some environmental activists and residents say French authorities underplayed the lead poisoning risks in the aftermath of the blaze. Under pressure from labour inspectors, the Paris regional administration ordered the consolidation work halted in July pending new worker-protection measures. Now multiple lead-prevention operations are underway in the area around Notre Dame. Experts are carrying out a deep clean of neighbourhood schools andare spraying chemical agents and vacuuming surrounding streetsto remove any residual lead. The regional health authority said last month that the main lead risk was inside the cathedral itself and its forecourt and that no dangerous lead levels had been registered since the fire in the surrounding streets, where tourists and residents circulate. Didier Durand, whose stone-working company Pierrenoel has eight employees working on the cathedral, said he's eager to get back to work. "Notre Dame hasn't been saved yet," he told broadcaster France-Info. "We haven't stabilized the buttress structure yet.... and we're losing a lot of time." The cathedral, its adjacent park and its forecourt have been closed to the public since April 15 and are likely to stay that way for years. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wanted Notre Dame rebuilt within five years but reconstruction experts doubt that's possible.

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