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The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has advised that customers served by the Tyrico Water Treatment Plant will experience an interruption in their water supply on Friday 28July 2017, between th...


Kimroy Marshall, shot and killed in drive-by shooting on July 12.

A 20-year-old Pleasantville man appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with the murder of Kimroy Marshall and the wounding with intent of Devon Ross. Hollister Byer, a labourer of Corletta Drive, Pleasantville, also faced charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition, when he appeared before Magistrate Kerry Ann Byer in the San Fernando 1st Magistrates’ Court today. On June 12, Marshall, 18, of Grace Lane, La Romaine and Ross, 19, of Stella Street, La Romaine, were at Phyllis Street, La Romaine, when they were shot at by occupants of a silver CK3 Lancer motor vehicle. The men sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to hospital where Marshall subsequently died. The matter was adjourned to August 22. Byer was charged by WPC Trisha Knights of Homicide Region 3, on July 26 after advice was received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on Tuesday 25.

Two men are dead following a shooting in Laventille earlier on Tuesday. Around 12:30 pm, Fitzroy Daniel and his son Jabari Daniel were in a vehicle parked on Pump Trace, Laventille, when they were ambushed by gunmen. The younger Daniel attempted to flee on foot but was chased down by his attackers. Both men were shot in the head and torso. They were rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital, but Fitzroy Daniel succumbed to his injuries. Jabari subsequently died at the hospital around 2:30 pm. The men were reportedly returning home from visiting an injured relative when they were attacked. More on this as information becomes available.


Bacchanal Road is heading to Barbados. The Caesar's Army fete which debuted in Trinidad and Tobago two years ago is expanding to Barbados' Crop Over. The new concept is a pre-pump for the road that requires patrons to warm up theirlegs and hips in costumes from previous years. Jules Sobion of Caesar's Army stopped by Loop to explain the concept further and to let Bajans know what they could expect. The party takes place on Sunday, July 30.

Come Carnival 2018, a new band will be hitting the streets of Port-of-Spain. The bad, Rogue, was launched last Friday night and is a collaboration between event group Caesar's Army and Tribe. Billed as an "alternative concept" in mas, Rogue promises an experience different to what many have become accustomed. Jules Sobion and Hasani Ledisi of Caesar's Army sat with us recently to discuss the new band and give us some hints of what can be expected in 2018.


The Trinidad and Tobago Photographic Society’s Second National Competition, “Our Country, Our Passion” celebrating the beauty, diversity, and culture of our amazing twin islands, is open to entries. Anyone can enter, but all images must have been taken in Trinidad and Tobago. The closing date for entries is midnight on Monday July 31 2017. T&T Photographic Society President Rachel Lee Young says, “Our 2016 competition was an amazing mix of professional and amateur photographers, young and old, with many who were new to photography but have a great eye and produced inspiring work. Entries are pouring in and again this year, are coming from diverse backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience. ” The 50 shortlisted images will be on display at the Exhibition at Horizon’s Art Gallery from 5to 9September 2017. The winners in each category will be announced by the panel of distinguished judges at the Exhibition opening, media evening and prize giving on Tuesday 5September 2017. The general public is invited to help by voting for their favourite image in the exhibition, with the winner being awarded the “People’s Choice prize”. To enter the contest: upload your image and details via our website https://www.tt-ps.org/ For more info on the contest: email us at info@tt-ps.org or check out our facebook page (ttphotosoc) Contest Categories: Nature, People & Portraits, Landscape, Our culture & Street Photography. Prizes for: Best in Category, Best under 18 in Category, Overall winner and People's Choice in Exhibition Exhibition details: Trinidad and Tobago Photographic Society Second Annual Photo Contest “Our Country, Our Passion”. Running fromSeptember 5- 9, 2017. Exhibition opening, media evening and prize giving: 7 pm, September 5, 2017, Horizon’s Art Gallery, Mucurapo Rd

Zulema Charles, former Machel Montano dancer, is now a health and fitness consultant.

For ten years Zulema Charles toured the world as a backup dancer for Machel Montano. Now, the 31-year-old has put her dancing days behind her and has repackaged herself as a fitness queen, topping competitions in Trinidad and the region while building her health and wellness brand, ZeeFit. Charles was part of the HD crew comprising Brittany, Dancing Jade, Pablo, Lashaun Prescott and 1st Klas. When they left to pursue other ventures, Charles remained as the only local dancing for Montano among the new crop of dancers from Los Angeles. The experience allowed her to travel the world but took a toll on her body. “Going on tour I developed bad bingeing habits. Most of the hotels had awesome breakfast buffets and I would literally camp out by the buffet for five hours. I would eat in stages: fruit, then cereal, then eggs, pancakes, waffles…a complete five-course meal,” she said. Charles said her wake-up call came in 2013. “I remember my brain saying we are full and I just kept eating. My stomach said we are full and I got ill. I missed sound check for the first time because I was throwing up my life,” she recalled. Back at home, Charles decided to change her life. She joined the La Joya gym, which was in close proximity to the University of the West Indies where she was doing her first degree in Theatre Arts. But she soon realised exercise would get her nowhere without a change in diet. She went cold turkey, eliminating everything she once enjoyed, substituting high-calorie food with Brussel sprouts, callaloo, Patchoi and basically anything that was in season. “I changed my diet and got serious about the gym. By the end of 2013 people were asking if I was competing in bodybuilding.” In 2014, after Carnival, Charles tried her hand in the popular sport and entered the National Juniors. She placed second in the Bikini Fitness Short Class and repeated that placing in the National Seniors competition. Back on tour with the soca king, she kept up her new lifestyle despite the challenges of eating healthy on the go. That year she represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CAC and placed 10th. In 2015, Charles placed first in the Bikini A Class at the National Juniors and was announced the overall winner. She placed third in the National Seniors. She graduated from UWI that year as well and faced with the prospect of finding a career, she tried to do what her parents wanted, which was to settle into a lucrative eight to four. “I went on several interviews and I was feeling the pressure to get an eight to four but I wanted to do something else,” she said, stating that dancing was only a hobby. Charles didn’t compete in 2016 as she took time off to find herself and when her father asked what she wanted to do, she said train and do yoga. “He suggested that I train people so I got certified with the International Sports Sciences Association as a nutrition and wellness consultant and did a personal training certification with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. People were harassing me to train them and by September of that year I had a few clients and I launched fully in January 2017,” she said. Charles retired from dancing as well this year and focused on getting back into competition mode. “My usual weight is 115 lbs and my body fat 15 percent. After Carnival, I was 128 lbs with 28 percent body fat. My stage weight is 108 lbs and body fat between nine and ten percent. I struggled to lose that weight and for three weeks I plateaued. My cardio, diet and training was on point but I just wasn’t going down,” she explained. “The trainer in me knew I had to eat more but the athlete in me was going crazy. I had to eat more food to spike my metabolism so I started eating two Nature Valley granola bars, five Pringles and a wheat crisp a day. That was Sunday and by Tuesday I was dripping in sweat. I increased my calorie intake by 200 calories and everything started working.” Charles managed to achieve her weight loss goal by the day of weigh in for the competition and topped all comers in the Bikini A Class competition. That win earned her a trip to St Martin to compete and despite a mix up which saw her having to depend on the kindness of the organisers for accommodation, she won first place. The Overall Winner, however, was a competitor from Anguilla who took home the coveted US $2000 first prize. Charles’ win didn’t earn her any money. The next competition is the National Seniors in September. There is also an option to compete at the Arnold Classic Europe in Spain and the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo in Las Vegas. Her dream is to be a full time athlete and go pro but she is focused on building her business, ZeeFit, which she intends to establish as a leading fitness brand in the Caribbean. “I want to be known as the health, fitness and wellness brand in the region. There is not a lot of information on what we can eat locally and I want to give people that information and do motivational workshops,” she said. Charles is also a certified Sokafit coach and juggles her private clients with Sokafit classes around the region.


A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated. Maine State Police told WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/2uZu4Db ) that 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail. Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank. A phone number for Berry couldn't be found Wednesday. It wasn't known if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

The Trump administration has hit Venezuela with new sanctions targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro's government. It is also threatening more penalties if he goes through with a controversial plan to rewrite the beleaguered country's constitution, with an election scheduled Sunday to elect delegates to a special assembly charged with drafting a new charter. The sanctions target senior Venezuelan officials that the U.S. says are promoting that vote or undermining democracy, along with five others implicated in violence or repression amid the country's political crisis. They freeze any assets the individuals have in the United States and bar Americans from doing business with them. Among those hit by the sanctions announced Wednesday are Tibisay Lucena Ramirez, the president of the National Electoral Council and president of Venezuela's National Board of Elections; Elias Jose Jaua Milano, Minister of Education and head of the Presidential Commission for the National Constituent Assembly; Tarek William Saab Halabi, the president of Venezuela's Republican Moral Council; and Maria Iris Varela Rangel, a Member of Venezuela's Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly. Additionally,Colombia's flagship airline is suspending all flights to neighbouring Venezuela, citing security concerns. Avianca announced Wednesday it is halting service to the struggling South American nation because of changes needed to improve airport infrastructure and ensure international standards are met. The airline operates two direct flights to Venezuela: One from Bogota, Colombia, and the other from Lima, Peru. Avianca Executive President Hernan Rincon says he laments the decision, "but our obligation is to guarantee the safety of the operation." A growing list of air carriers has suspended service to Venezuela as the country sinks further into economic and political ruin. June saw the last United Airlines departure out of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The United States and 12 other regional nationspresented a statement at an Organization of American States meeting Wednesday calling the constitutional process being pushed by Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a "definitive dismantling" of democratic institutions. The statement expresses concern over what it says is a "serious alteration of the democratic order, the worsening of the crisis and the increase of violence" in Venezuela. The statement was issued by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States.


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July 26, 2017

Free Stress & Anxiety Workshop

Come down to this free Stress and Anxiety Workshop to help deal with the issue of HIV/AIDS and stress and anxiety management.

Social development will be there with a social worker to do counselling and give advice on how to access grants and services in social development.

For more information call 466-0517 or email haecmf@gmail.com

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July 27, 2017

Moving Different (feat Make It Hapn)

This month for Moving Different we go legendary. 

This artiste needs no introduction. His seminal album "Ghetto Child" has been unanimously named as a local rap classic. His style, raw trini delivery, has been highly influential.

This month we're proud to present none other than Make It Hapn who will be doing a set that will no doubt include many of his well loved #fwdli classics. And is that and as he would say Featuredalongide him will be the Pro Trini clip bringing lyricism and vibes to the stage.

And, rounding out the cast will be Daniel Hamilton promoting his debut single (video dropping later this month) and yours truly, the hardest working Trinidad artiste Da Face bringing fire to the mic everytime.

Tickets will be out early next week for $60 so RSVP and secure your tickets early.

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July 28, 2017

AEX 2017: The Apocalypse

About the Expo
ALIAS Entertainment Expo (AEX) will be a three day multi-genre convention held in the lovely twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Each year we choose a new and exciting theme to kick the con off right! In 2015 our patrons experienced a water themed, pool side event called 'Summer Splash' and in 2016 we took our patrons to 'The Final Frontier'. In 2017 ALIAS Entertainment Expo: 'The Apocalypse' will take patrons on an exciting post apocalyptic voyage, meshing the concept of a sci-fi theme park with a comic convention, thus truly creating a one of a kind experience!

Dates and Times: 
DAY 1 (FREE ENTRY): Cosplay Parade and Opening Ceremony
Friday July 28th 2017: 12noon- 5pm 
Venue: Parade route and City Hall POS

DAY 2 and 3: Expo
Saturday July 29th: 9am- 11pm 
Sunday July 30th 2017: 10am -12 midnight 
Venue: Centre of Excellence, Macoya

The Expo will be host to a number of games, exhibits and attractions, to find out more feel free to visit our website: www.alias-expo.com