Western Division police are searching for a suspect who stole a vehicle which was parked along the roadway near Spanky’sBar at Clifford Street, Curepe. The vehicle, a white Toyota Yaris, was reported missing by the owner following a lime which ended in the wee hours of the morning of August 31. On Sunday, the vehicle was recovered, parked along the roadway near Fort George in St James. The car, which was bearing false license plates, was recovered by officers of the Western Division Task Forceby a team of officers comprising of PC McClean and PC Gilkes. The vehicle has since been impounded and is expected to be examined by crime scene investigators for workable fingerprints as well as other evidential materials. More on this as it 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

San Fernando Police have detained a Gasparillo man in connection with breaking into a safe at the Gulf City Mall branch of McDonald’s. The 24-year-old suspect, an electrician was arrested on Monday afternoon following the execution of a search warrant at his Harmony Hall home. He is accused of breaking into a safe at the fast food outlet and stealing a quantity of cash. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 8:30 pm last Sunday and 9:05 am on Monday. A report was made at the San Fernando Police Station when McDonald’s employees returned to open the branch for business on Monday and discovered that the safe had been broken into. Cpl Rawle Burke and PC Shivon Ghingoree, both of the San Fernando CID, are continuing investigations. 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


The trinidad+ tobagofilm festival opens on Tuesday, promising a jam-packed week of feature-length films and shorts from the twin isle, the wider region, and the wider world. Whether it's your first time attending or you're a veteran cinephile, we know that trying to pick which movies to see in such a short space can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, our film critics, Sommerleigh Pollonais and Tracy Hutchings previewed a number of this year's offerings and shared their top picks and recommendations. From documentaries to animated, drama to horror, there's a film to suit everyone'staste. To get more info on their recommendations and the full list of films, check out trinidad+ tobagofilm festival's film index.Be sure to follow Sommerleighand Tracy as they share more reviews as the film festival progresses. 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

Trinidad and Tobago producer production company Imagine Media,supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT), the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), collaborated with US production companies Complex and Werehaus to create the online promo for the release of the latest film in Warner Brothers Studio’s "The Conjuring" series, "The Nun". The three-minute video was shot on the 900-acre abandoned Chacachacare Island, off the Chaguaramas peninsula on August 9. “'The Nun', which was recently released in the US and internationally, has been performing well at the box office,” says Nneka Luke, General Manager of FilmTT. “In the UK, the horror film was ranked number one in its debut week. As the country’s film commission, it was a pleasure to work with such an experienced production company as Imagine Media, in partnership with the CDA and the TTCG, to facilitate the smooth production of the promo. "The fact that Warner Brothers Studios selected Chacachacare Island in Trinidad and Tobago for this shoot when they had several other location choices, is testament to not only the value of our culture and heritage, but to the quality of T&T’s team of 30 persons consisting of production crew, transportation and tour operation, put the production together smoothly under tight deadlines.” The promo video follows American social media influencers, Keraun Harris and Simone Shepard-King, as they visit Chacachacare Island to explore the infamous leper colony run by nuns. The guide, Elton Pouchet of tour company In Joy Tours, takes them on a tour of the island; and just when they think they are safely off the island—they think again. Chacachacare Island is one of several small islands off the north-west coast of Trinidad; it is one of the Bocas Islands, which lie in the Bocas del Dragón between Trinidad and Venezuela. At various times in its long and colourful history, Chacachacare served as a cotton plantation in the late 1700s until the abolition of slavery in 1838; as a base for a successful 1813 invasion to free Venezuela and ultimately, South America from Spanish rule; as a whaling station; as a base in 1942 for 1,000 US Marines during World War II; the site for a still-functional Hindu Temple founded in 1942; and as a sanatorium and leper asylum run by French Dominican nuns from 1922 to 1984. It is this latter story that attracted Warner Brothers Studios to choose Trinidad and Tobago as the location for the promo for "The Nun". “Collaboration was key to the success of the production,” explained Lisa Wickham of Imagine Media International Limited. “The local crew and service providers used throughout were co-operative, well-organized and flexible, contributing to effective time management and an overall positive experience. Some of these suppliers included accommodation by Hilton Trinidad; transportation by Kalloos; tour by In Joy Tours, costuming contributions by the Marionettes and Lynette Lindsay, and more.” International production companies Complex and Werehaus were hired by Warner Brothers Studios to produce the promo. Complex is a media platform based in New York City that reports on trends in style, pop culture, movies, and more, and San Francisco-based Werehaus is a content development agency that specialises in creating high-quality content and producing both original and branded work. Representatives from both Complex and Werehaus gave extremely positive feedback on the support received by the local production crew, the logistics and the pleasurable experience of shooting in Trinidad. As the state agency responsible for developing the T&T film industry and for acting as the country’s film commission, FilmTT is committed to continued collaboration with other state agencies to ensure that local and international productions get the support they require to organise incident-free, logistically-smooth productions. Critical partners in making Trinidad and Tobago more “film friendly” are the Chaguaramas Development Authority, which is responsible for the Chaguaramas peninsula and is the first port of call for all activities in Chaguaramas; the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which provided exceptional security services to the production between the mainland and the island; the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Customs and Excise Division, and Immigration Division, for facilitating smooth entry of cast and crew into the country; and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for production support. Luke added, “On the heels of productions from well-known studios like the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Caracol from Colombia, and now Warner Brothers Studios, FilmTT continues to look for opportunities to sell the unique offerings of Trinidad and Tobago as a location, to raise our tourism profile through screen-based content, and to generate jobs and economic income for the creative sector, thereby contributing to diversification of our economy beyond from oil and gas.” "The Nun" is currently in theatres. 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


Although it’s nice to take a vacation, polluting the environment isn’t part of your holiday agenda. Did you know one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world, and that number will top half a trillion by 2021? What’s worse is less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled. That’s why many resorts around the world are moving toward environmentally-friendly policies which means using less single-use plastics (i.e. plastic bags, straws, disposable containers etc.) Here are five hotels where you can relax and help save the environment at the same time: 1. Sandals Resorts Sandals Resorts International announced on September 17 that it would no longer be serving single-use straws at its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across sevenCaribbeanislands – includingJamaica, theBahamas,St. Lucia,Antigua,Grenada,Barbadosand Turks & Caicos, byNovember 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request. The company said this is the first phase of the elimination of single-use plastics from its resorts. Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, said the move is part of their commitment to creating a plastic-free sea. "We care deeply about our commitment to preserving both marine wildlife and human health within the many beautiful islands we're connected to. Eliminating single-use plastic straws and stirrers is only the beginning of our journey toward helping create a plastic-free sea in the region we call home," he added. 2. Coco Reef Resort Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Tobago, has announced that it will no longer be using single-use straws. In a social media post, the resort said it’s now a ‘straw-free’ resort. The company added that other single-use plastics are also soon to be discontinued. 3. Marriot International Marriott International said in a statement issued earlier this year that it will be removing single-use straws and plastic stirrers its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. The ban is supposed to be fully implemented by July 2019. The company said this initiative is the latest change the hospitality company is making to enhance the sustainability of its operations and reduce plastic consumption. The company also began replacing small toiletry bottles in the guest bathrooms of about 450 select-service hotels with larger, in-shower dispensers which reduce the amount of plastic waste. 4. Hyatt Regency In July 2018, Hyatt Hotels Corporation also announced that it would be cutting out single-use plastics in its hotels from September 1, 2018. The company said after September 1, 2018, straws and picks will be available on request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available. “At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations. Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental impact,” said Frank Lavey, senior vice president, global operations for Hyatt. “This is a meaningful step, and our commitment doesn’t stop with straws and drink picks. We will continue exploring viable alternatives everywhere we can.” 5. Hilton Hotels Hilton Hotels said it will be removing single-use straws from its resorts by the end of 2018. In a statement issued earlier this year, the company said in Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually. Hilton said it will remove plastic straws and offer a paper or biodegradable alternative upon request. Hilton will also remove plastic water bottles from meetings and events in hotels across the EMEA region, as part of its global Meet with Purpose program to offer socially and environmentally responsible meetings. The ban on straws is part of a new set of global targets designed to cut Hilton’s environmental footprint in half by 2030 and double its social impact investment around the world. Know any more? Let us know in the comments. 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

Navid Lancaster

In a country where music producers are a dime a dozen, Navid Lancaster has found a way to stand out. The 46-year-old is fast carving out a niche as the go-to film composer in Trinidad and Tobago and he has his ambitions set on a global market. Since 2012, Lancaster has been racking up an impressive set of achievements for his work in film. He composed the soundtrack for film ‘Buck – The Man Spirit’ which won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2012, composed the soundtrack and trailer music for the film ‘Jab In The Dark’ which won the People’s Choice Award for best short at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2013 and worked as the Sound Designer/Music Editor for the full length documentary ‘Re-Percussions. Pan: Our African Odyssey’. That film was the winner of Best Documentary at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in 2015. Lancaster also worked as the Technical Assistant for the Award-winning full-length feature docudrama ‘Pan – Our Music Odyssey’ which was the Official Selection for multiple Film Festivals around the globe and was broadcasted on PBS. “I tell people if you want your film to win an award, it has to pass through my hands,” Lancaster told Loop during an interview. For the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Lancaster is hoping his magic works on “Same Old Shit”, a short movie starring actors Conrad Parris and Cecilia Salazar, for which he did the score. The movie was produced by Pixel Play Studios, formerly MacFarlane Films. Long before he discovered the world of film, Lancaster started off his musical journey in typical fashion. At 19, he picked up his sister’s guitar and taught himself to play much to her chagrin. A focused individual, he spent close to 20 hours a day perfecting the instrument. A member of the Baha’i Faith, he travelled to Guyana for a teaching campaign and fell in love with the country. His initial three weeks stretched to four months. While there, he met a fellow Baha’i, JB Eckl, a Canadian songwriter, recording artist and producer who played with 1870s funk band War and Carlos Santana. “He and I were talking and I told him I wanted to get into music. He told me to follow my calling so when I came back home I got into music seriously after my A ‘levels,” Lancaster recalled. Over the course of the next few years, Lancaster played in bands such as a soca, reggae, back in times band called AK47 and switched to doing rock and heavy metal with Broken Mirroz, a band formed with his friend Sheldon Manoo. But it was while working as a secretary at the National Baha’i Centre that Lancaster saw something that would change the trajectory of his musical career. He was watching television and saw legendary local producer Kenny Phillips talking about sound engineering and music production. “I called him and he said yeah if you really want to learn this thing you have to leave your job. I left and he said he will have me for three months to learn what I could. He taught me the way he was trained, he threw me into Studio B with two paying clients, a Macintosh computer and the clock ticking and these people waiting,” he said with a laugh. “I was the gopher. I did it the old school way, the military way. There was an engineer’s chair, I couldn’t sit in it. I had to fetch coffee and stuff. It was brutal. It was on the cusp of the Carnival period and I could say looking back that was the best training because I had to learn and learn fast.” Following his intense training, Lancaster worked for advertising agencies as a music producer and followed that up with a gig at Spektakula Promotions, recording calypsonians and producing ads. After Spektakula, he co-managed the music technology lab at the University of Trinidad and Tobago at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) where they trained producers, engineers and data management among other things. Lancaster returned to school where he achieved a BTECH in Media and Communications and a BA with First Class Honours from the University of Greenwich and a Masters in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/9iRoQ6uXYDk.jpg?itok=TP3B0s6H","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iRoQ6uXYDk","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} “In 2012 I was helping out on a live show and I saw a guy and girl filming. I introduced myself. The guy was Steven Taylor. I gave him my card and two, three months later he gave me a call and said he is doing a film called “Buck - the Man Spirit” and I am the only musician he knows. I got the script and rough cut and did the soundtrack for it. That film won Best Short at the Film Festival and from there I started marketing myself as a film composer,” he said. Lancaster said while he has studied other film composers, namely John Williams, the most famous name in that field, he wants to be himself. In developing a score, he said, he aims to serve the story. “The story is the be all and end all. I usually get the script beforehand because of the relationship I have with the directors and producers. I read the script and have a meeting with the director and I pepper them with questions. I usually ask what you want the audience to feel. We have a spotting session for the locked scenes and producer/director and I sit down and analyse every scene and I ask more questions. My job is to interpret technical talk into a musical language in my head. From there I start working on some ideas. It is a step by step process where you are creating a piece of art.” As one of only three film composers on the island, Lancaster said a major challenge is getting filmmakers to see music as an integral part of their process. “We have a situation, and I have experienced it more than once, that sound is like an afterthought and they treat composers as though they are easily disposable which is why I push so hard to get a level of respectability in sound design in terms of having proper music composition and sound design because without it the experience is diminished,” he said. Always keen to push the boundaries of his skills, Lancaster has been working with fellow Trinidadian Anthony Phills, a visual storyteller and designer who lives in the US. Lancaster has also composed music for and is featured in Phill’s projects, among them “CARICOMM”, the first interactive Caribbean business magazine app for iPad and was the music editor for the “I’m Glassing” magazine mobile app (BETA) created for Google Glass. He is also the music composer/sound designer for the first ever Material Design (Google Design Standard) mobile book for iOS and Android, ‘Thirty Stories 30 Days’. His work with Phills, he said, is opening doors in the film and gaming industries. In addition to film, Lancaster is also working a few albums and through his company Lancast Ltd, he does audiobook creation, music for mobile and websites and radio and television commercials. “I literally want to win a few Grammys but not necessarily in music production, and I am planning to move around to places like Japan and Africa. I haven’t scratched the surface yet,” he said.


In Trinidad, they say that rain doesn't stop anything but cricket, which was precisely the case as a heavy downpour hit halfway through the CPL T20 Finals on Sunday. Although the players took a brief pause from the game, not even the bad weather was enough to stop the pump at the biggest party in sport. Ultimately, the Trinabago Knight Riders won the tournament, not only making it their third win but also making them the country in the league with the most wins to date. Additionally, New Zealand cricketer Colin Munro hit a brilliant half-century and became the first man to score over 500 runs in CPL history. Loop was in the middle of all the action, where fans shared their thoughts on the Knight Riders and Amazon Warriors' performance throughout the tournament. We also caught up with Anderson Phillip and Dwayne Bravo shortly after the end of the match to talkmore about their win. 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

2018 Hero CPL champions TKR get four picks on the All Star team

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the “CPL All Stars” team of the tournament for 2018. The team was selected by Tom Moody, Mark Butcher, Daren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Danny Morrison and Michael Slater. The team features three Windies players aged 25 and under in Rovman Powell (330 runs), Shimron Hetmyer (440 runs) and Oshane Thomas (18 wickets), all of whom have had an outstanding tournament in 2018. Experienced Caribbean cricketers Andre Russell (163 runs and 14 wickets), Kieron Pollard (330 runs and four wickets) and Darren Bravo (353 runs) are also in the side. The overseas players that have made it into the team are Colin Munro (567 runs) and Glenn Phillips (457 runs) of New Zealand, Imran Tahir (16 wickets) of South Africa, Fawad Ahmed (22 wickets) of Australia and Ali Khan (16 wickets) of the USA. Tom Moody, Hero CPL’s Director, International Cricket, said: “We have seen some outstanding performances in this year’s Hero CPL, but what has stood out is the emergence of young local talent. The performances of both Hetmyer and Thomas have been a highlight of the tournament, they are both set for a bright future with the Windies.” The full team of the tournament is as follows: 1. Colin Munro 2. Glenn Phillips 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Rovman Powell 5. Darren Bravo 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Andre Russell 8. Ali Khan 9. Imran Tahir 10. Oshane Thomas 11. Fawad Ahmed