Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is giving the assurance that the police(TTPS) is sparing no effort and doing all that's possibleto peg back the recent spike in homicides experienced over the past 36 hours. Griffith noted the homicide rate spiked with eighthomicides in the past 36-48 hoursafter a 3-day period of not onehomiciderecorded in the country. These unrelated incidents occurred across various divisions. As a result, the top cop said a number of key policing strategies have gone into immediate effect and will continue over the coming days to increase security. These include: - Detention of suspects in shooting incidents for questioning; - Every available police officer will be out on the streets conducting static and foot patrols; - All Emergency Response Patrol Vehicles will be on patrols; - Officers who are currently on days off, have been called out to duty; - Officers have been called upon to perform additional hours of work; - Roadblocks and stop and searches; - Joint Police and Army patrols; and - Other intelligence-driven initiatives. There have been a recorded 280 homicides for 2019 thus far when compared to 302 for 2018.

Two men were expected to appear before anArimaMagistrate on Monday after they were held with a loaded firearm. The weapon is a Beretta semi-automatic pistolwhich was loaded with six rounds of 9mm ammunition at the time. It was found in the console area of a beige NissanTiidamotor vehicle. Police said around8:00 pm on Saturday, officers attached to the Maloney Police Stationled bySgtKatwaroo includingCplForde, PCsRamcharran, Ramlogan,Hannaway,Rajnath,Ramdass andPhillip, were on patrol when they observed the vehicle driving alongRamdassTrace, Maloney. The vehicle sped away after the policewere spotted. The officers chasedand intercepted the car a short distance away. The gun wasfound in the vehicle and the suspects were immediately arrested. PCHannawayis continuing inquiries.

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Michelene Auguste is giving New Yorkers a taste of the Caribbean this summer with her vintage boutique, Dem. Michelene,a Trinidadian model who opened the shopin May, was recently featured by Vogue magazine, who got an in-depth look into how her love for all things vintage turned into a storefront. As a new model trying to make a name for herself in the business, she said she was advised to add more designer labels to her wardrobe in order to keep up with her peers in the industry. “My agency said, ‘Oh, you need to have a Chanel bag.’ So I started collecting vintage in London and Paris mostly because I needed to have expensive things.” This quickly turned into a personal passion and eventually a side hustle. She had an online store for some time before opening a physical storefront.“I just got really excited about finding these treasures that have so much history. At the time I was just like, oh it’s a nice hobby, but I also needed to make money.” Michelene is the granddaughter of the late dance iconMolly Ahye, who she said was her inspiration.“[My grandmother] was a maker of everything. She would make all our clothes, teach us to tie-dye and paint. She really inspired me.” [image_gallery] The boutique features an eclectic mix of items that scream T&T, including "Polaroids of Trinidadian locals, styled and photographed in jewel-toned vintage dresses, hand-painted canvas totes"and "creamy conch shells that overflow with neon earrings." In addition to clothing and accessories, the boutique also contains household goods includingfloral tea sets, a selection of books by Caribbean authors such as Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul, and art from Che Lovelace. The magazine lauded her shop as an ode to all things T&T and "a portal into the Caribbean right in the heart of Downtown NYC." Follow Dem on Instagram,visit the website and pop in the next time you're in Manhattan. Check out the full feature on Vogue online.

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The July/August vacation is well underway and by now, some parents are struggling to keep their kitchen cupboards stocked while the children are at home. Being at home somehow increases children’s appetites which puts a strain on many households. We asked parents to share with us the strategies they use to stretch their dollars whileensuringtheir children's appetites are satisfied over the next two months. Here are six tips that you may find useful. 1: Budget, budget, budget: According to one mother, budgeting is a must and helps you to manage your spending. Once you know how much you plan to spend, make a meal plan to ensure you stick to the budget. UK website, Good To Know says a meal plan is crucial. “If you have planned the meals you will be making well in advance, it will be a lot harder to overspend; you will avoid extra trips to the supermarket and you’ll be far less likely to impulse buy!” the site advises. Lavaughn said: “Meal prep is your friend...make as much as you can ahead of time so it's just to reheat and serve.The key is really to plan ahead. I haven't budgeted/spent any extra actually, and the money I would usually spend on juice boxes and snacks for school, I use it to buy real food instead.” 2: Cook at home It is difficult as working parents to find the time to prepare homemade meals but carving out some time either on the weekend or at nights to cook would not only save you money but could also ensure you manage what your children put into their bodies. One mother, Doni, told us she makes homemade ice cream, popsicles, baked goodies and her version of fast food. “Make homemade snacks... cake, drops, pastry, suck a bag, popcorn. Let your child/children choose two to three snacks in the morning and tell them that those snacks have to last for the day. Also make juice instead of buying pack juice,” advised Ginger. 3: Buy in bulk If you have more than one child, buying snack items such as nuts, cookies andpopsicles in bulk might be a good way to ensure your stocks don’t run out. You may need to hide some away to make sure they last though. If you can, look for two for one specials in the supermarket for cereals or pasta or buy items such as tuna in packs. 4: Buy what is in season The July/August period in the Caribbean is a time when many fruits are in season such as Mangoes, plums and Chennette or Guinep fruit. If you have fruit trees or access to them, encourage your children to learn how to pick their own fruits or you can make it a habit of buying them in the market or sidewalk vendors. If your kids are picky, make the fruits fun by making fruit salad, chow or juice. 5: Cook efficiently For busy parents, you can’t go wrong with one-pot meals such as Pelau, Mac n’ Cheese and soups. One-pot meals also allow you to sneak in healthy ingredients that your kids otherwise would not eat. Using leftovers is also a great way to save money and cut excessive waste. 6: Regulate your children’s eating habits If your children are going to be eating ten times a day then your efforts may be in vain. According to one mother, her children are not allowed to use their home bellies only their school bellies during the school vacation. Doni said:“I schedule their eating and incorporate lots of water and fruit infused water to curb hunger help with hydration and aid with healthy lifestyle. No one eating 10 times a day by me nah.”

In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo a box for an Amazon prime customer moves through the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sacramento, Calif. This year Prime Day is happening on two days: Monday, July 15, 2019, and Tuesday, July 16. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Amazon's Prime Day is coming with a wave of deals — and protests. The company's fifth annual Prime Day now stretches two days, Monday and Tuesday, invented as an effort to try to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for its Prime loyalty programme. The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth said it is offering more than a million deals. Amazon's own products are usually among the strongest sellers. This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon. At a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota,workers planned a striketo raise awareness for workers' conditions. A group of tech workers in Seattle, called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is supporting the strike. On Twitter, Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warrenvoicedher support for the workers as well. Amazon says it already offers what the workers are asking for. "We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay — ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more," spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said in a statement in response to the planned strike. The company has facedlabour unrestbefore in Shakopee and inEurope. In New York, a coalition of labour groups planned to deliver 250,000 petitions to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Manhattan home calling on the company to cut business ties with ICE and end abusive working conditions in its warehouses. And some on Twittercalledfor a blanket boycott of Amazon during Prime Day. San Diego State University Marketing Professor Steven Osinski said the protests were unlikely to have an effect on sales, however. "I don't think it will have an impact, Americans liking discounts will trump worrying about higher wages for two days," he said. Other retailers have introduced sales to compete against Prime Day. Walmart has a "summer savings event" through Wednesday. Best Buy, eBay, Target and other retailers are also offering discounts. "It's something that shows you the power of Amazon that almost every other retailer is trying to capitalize on the traffic we're seeing online today with promotions by just about everybody," said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy. Some people may have delayed purchases until Prime Day, or are making back-to-school shopping purchases ahead of that season. "Amazon has changed the consumer psychology in terms of summer shopping," he said. Amazonkicked off the eventwith a star-studded concert headlined by Taylor Swift. The company says it has more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime loyalty program, which costs $119 a year and provides free two-day shipping, free streaming movies, TV shows, and music and other perks.

In this April 12, 1997, file photo, Pernell Whitaker, right, leans away from a punch by Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC Welterweight Championship fight at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. De La Hoya won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car remained on the scene, and police said they were investigating the circumstances of the death. Sweet Pea was Whitaker's nickname, and it fit perfectly. He was a master of not getting hit, a southpaw who slipped in and out of the pocket and rarely gave an opponent an opportunity to land a clean shot. Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles — one of nine USchampions that year — and made his pro debut on national television. He advanced quickly, and was fighting for a major title by his 17th fight, a loss to Jose Luis Ramirez that he would avenge the next year. But Whitaker was also known as the victim of one of the worst decisions in boxing, a draw that allowed Julio Cesar Chavez to remain unbeaten in their welterweight showdown before a crowd of more than 60,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 1993. Four years later, Whitaker was on the losing end of another difficult decision against Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas, a fight many ringsiders thought he had won. "When you see the list of greatest boxing robberies in history they were both No. 1 and No. 2 on the list," said Kathy Duva, his longtime promoter. "And every list of top 10 fighters of all time he was on, too." Whitaker was a champion in four weight classes, winning his first one with a 1989 decision over Greg Haugen at lightweight, in a professional career that spanned 17 years. He finished with a record of 40-4-1 and was a first ballot selection into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. His style was unique and it was effective, a hit-and-don't-be-hit strategy that was later adopted by a rising young fighter named Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whitaker and Mayweather never met in the ring, but Whitaker did win a decision over Mayweather's uncle, Roger, in 1987. Still, it was two controversial decisions — one a draw, the other a loss — that may have defined his career more than anything. The first came against Chavez, the Mexican great who was unbeaten in 87 fights when he and Whitaker met in a highly anticipated fight in San Antonio. Whitaker came out in his trademark style, confusing Chavez and frustrating the Mexican champion. Chavez stalked Whitaker throughout the fight, but Whitaker wasn't there to be found for the most part, and when he traded with Chavez he seemed to get the better of the Mexican. Ringside statistics showed Whitaker landing 311 punches to 220 for Chavez, while throwing 153 more punches. But when the decision came down, it was a draw that was roundly criticized throughout boxing. "He would stand in the pocket and make everybody miss and frustrate the hell out of them," Duva said. "He said it was the most beautiful feeling in the world, to hit the other guy and not get hit." Whitaker would go on to lose his next mega fight against De La Hoya, despite bloodying his opponent and seemingly out-boxing him over 12 rounds in their welterweight title fight. A poll of ringside writers showed the majority thought Whitaker won, and he thought so, too. "Of course (I won) but that really doesn't matter," Whitaker said. "As long as the world saw it, then the people can say who won the fight. I should have gotten 10 out of 12 rounds. It was a shutout. For 12 rounds, he took punishment, he took a beating. He can have the title but we know who the best fighter is." Whitaker's last big fight came near the end of his career, when Felix Trinidad scored a unanimous decision in their welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden. He would fight only once more before retiring, and later worked as a trainer for fighters in the Virginia Beach area. Duva, whose Main Events company promoted all his fights, remembered Whitaker as being as sweet as his nickname. She said he was generous to a fault with a large group of family members, buying a house for many of them to live in before losing it after he retired from boxing. Whitaker made millions in the ring — $6 million for the De La Hoya fight alone — but Duva said he had little left in the end. "He wasn't a spender. He was very modest," she said. "But he was supporting an awful lot of people for a long time." A native of Norfolk, Whitaker battled alcohol problems throughout his adult life, Duva said. He also served time in prison after violating his probation in 2003 on a conviction for cocaine possession. But in recent years Whitaker had been happy going to boxing events and meeting fans and signing autographs. He was supposed to be a part of the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight night Saturday in Las Vegas, where he was going to be honored as a boxing legend. "For years he wouldn't do those things," Duva said. "He found out that it was great, everybody was telling him how much they loved him and what a great fighter he was." Duva said Whitaker was divorced and had four children. His family issued a statement saying the death was "one of the darkest moments in our lives."