Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as the rapper tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was driving two other people in a Cadillac Escalade with temporary California registration across the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to New York state police. It was unclear where the men in the Escalade and a second car were headed, but Black had been scheduled to perform that night in Boston, about 400 miles (640 kilometres) east. The men told border agents that they had marijuana and firearms, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in an emailed statement. State police, who were called in, said that Black was found to have marijuana, and a loaded Glock 9mm pistol was discovered in the vehicle. No one in the car had a permit for the pistol. The 21-year-old rapper from Miramar, Florida, was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Black, who also faces a charge in South Carolina of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct on allegations he raped a woman after a 2016 concert, was arraigned in a town court and remanded to county jail. A phone message seeking comment was left with Black's attorney. Representatives at Black's record label and Live Nation didn't reply to emails seeking comment from The Associated Press. Prosecutors said Thursday afternoon that Black was released from jail after posting bail, which was $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Video taken by WKBW-TV of Black walking to a car after posting bail shows him hiding his face with what appears to be a fan of $100 bills. The two passengers in the Escalade face a weapons charge. The driver of the second car, a Porsche, faces marijuana and weapons charges after attempting to cross with three loaded handguns in the car, police said The four men are due back in town court May 8. Black's hits include "Tunnel Vision," ''Wake Up in the City" with Bruno Mars and Gucci Mane, "No Flockin'," and "Zeze," which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. His last album, 2018's "Dying to Live," debuted at No. 1 on the charts. In Boston, police responded to what they described as "generally unruly behaviour" Wednesday night after Black's scheduled shows at a city club were cancelled. Department spokesman Officer Stephen McNulty said police responded to the House of Blues on reports of a disturbance. One man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a member of the club's security staff and two people required medical assistance. Police say there were about 200 people outside the club and it took about 30 minutes to disperse the crowd.

Buju Banton has been cleared to enter Trinidad and Tobago. High Frequency Entertainment today shared a letter they received from the Minister of National Security Stuart Young who made good on his word to grant the singer an exemption. Permission has also been granted to Luciano and Wayne Wonder to enter the country as well. They are two of the supporting acts on the show which will also feature rising reggae sensation Koffee. The letter, signed by the Permanent Secretary, said there is no objection on grounds of security for Banton, real name Mark Myrie, Luciano, real name JeppherMcClymont and Wayne Wonder, real name Vonwayne Charles entering the countryfor the purpose of performing at the I Am Legend concert on Easter Sunday, April 21. The artistes are scheduled to enter T&T on Good Friday, April 19 and depart on Easter Monday, April 22. Last Thursday at the post-Cabinet press briefing, the National Security Minister said because of Banton's criminal history, the organisershad to apply for an exemption allowing him to enter T&T. The organisers said a letter was submitted since last November but per the Minister's request, it was re-submitted. Banton was released from a USprison on December 7, 2018 after serving close to 10 years for a drug-related crime.


The stinking toe (PHOTO: iStock)

Stinking toeis the fruit of the West Indian Locust, one ofthe largest trees in the Caribbean. The fruit is held within a large brown pod that is shaped somewhat like a toe and, when the shell of the pod is broken, a repugnant odour is released - hence the name, stinking toe. The fruit and the tree it grows on are botanically known as Hymenaea courbaril. The stinking toe shell of the pod is very hard and is about five centimeters thick.Within the shell is a cream-coloured, powdery flesh. The texture is very dense and dry and the flavour is sweet, like powdered sugar. The bark, leaves and flowers of the West Indian Locust tree have long been consumed by indigenous tribes in the South American, Brazilian, Peruvian, and Central American rainforest, particularly the Karaja Indians and the Creole of Guyana. In Jamaica, the stinking toe is a largely underrated delicacy, with lots ofnutritional andmedicinal benefits. The fruit is very low in calories, and high in carbohydrates. It hasbeen said to be an appetite enhancer, and an aphrodisiac. Itis high in vitamin A and iron, and studies done on the flesh of the fruit show that it has antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Outside of tropical Mexico, Central and South America, stinking toe trees grow in Jamaica and in some of the Caribbean islands. The trees are also grown by some rare and tropical fruit growers in Southern California. Some of this information was taken fromwww.specialtyproduce.com

️This April 10, 2019, photo shows a sign by furnyc.org in the window of Victoria Stass Collection in New York's fur district. The fur trade is considered so important to New York’s development that two beavers adorn the city’s official seal, a reference to early Dutch and English settlers who traded in beaver pelts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City. Lawmakers are pushing a measure that would ban the sale of all new fur products in the city where such garments were once common and style-setters including Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joe Namath and Sean "Diddy" Combs have all rocked furs over the years. A similar measure in the state Capitol in Albany would impose a statewide ban on the sale of any items made with farmed fur and ban the manufacture of products made from trapped fur. Whether this is good or bad depends on which side of the pelt you're on. Members of the fur industry say such bans could put 1,100 people out of a job in the city alone. Supporters dismiss that and emphasize that the wearing of fur is barbaric and inhumane. "Cruelty should not be confused with economic development," said state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, who is sponsoring the state legislation. "Fur relies on violence to innocent animals. That should be no one's business." The fate of the proposals could be decided in the coming months, though supporters acknowledge New York City's measure has a better chance of passage than the state legislation. The fur trade is considered so important to New York's development that two beavers adorn the city's official seal, a reference to early Dutch and English settlers who traded in beaver pelts. At the height of the fur business in the last century, New York City manufactured 80% of the fur coats made in the U.S, according to FUR NYC, a group representing 130 retailers and manufacturers in the city. The group says New York City remains the largest market for fur products in the country, with real fur still frequently used as trim on coats, jackets and other items. If passed, New York would become the third major American city with such a ban, following San Francisco, where a ban takes effect this year, and Los Angeles, where a ban passed this year will take effect in 2021. Elsewhere, Sao Paulo, Brazil, began its ban on the import and sale of fur in 2015. Fur farming was banned in the United Kingdom nearly 20 years ago, and last year London fashion week became the first major fashion event to go entirely fur-free. Fur industry leaders warn that if the ban passes in New York, emboldened animal rights activists will want more. "Everyone is watching this," said Nancy Daigneault, vice president at the International Fur Federation, an industry group based in London. "If it starts here with fur, it's going to go to wool, to leather, to meat." When asked what a fur ban would mean for him, Nick Pologeorgis was blunt: "I'm out of business." Pologeorgis' father, who emigrated from Greece, started the fur design and sales business in the city's "Fur District" nearly 60 years ago. "My employees are nervous," he said. "If you're 55 or 50 and all you've trained to do is be a fur worker, what are you going to do?" Supporters of the ban contend those employees could find jobs that don't involve animal fur, noting that an increasing number of fashion designers and retailers now refuse to sell animal fur and that synthetic substitutes are every bit as convincing as the real thing. They also argue that fur retailers and manufacturers represent just a small fraction of an estimated 180,000 people who work in the city's fashion industry and that their skills can readily be transferred. "There is a lot of room for job growth developing ethically and environmentally friendly materials," said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who introduced the city measure. New Yorkers asked about the ban this week came down on both sides, with some questioning if a law was really needed. "It is a matter of personal choice. I don't think it's something that needs to be legislated," said 44-year-old Janet Thompson. "There are lots of people wearing leather and suede and other animal hides out there. To pick on fur seems a little one-sided." Joshua Katcher, a Manhattan designer and author who has taught at the Parsons School of Design, says he believes the proposed bans reflect an increased desire to know where our products come from and for them to be ethical and sustainable. "Fur is a relic," he said.


Children with the kites they made, ready to fly.

Twenty (20) children between the ages of sixand 11 were given a special Easter treat last Friday when Sagicor Life Incorporated hosted their kite making and kite flying workshop at the Garrison Savannah. The children who came from Sagicor clients and employees began their day with a kite making class at the Clock Tower at 11:00 am and concluded around 2:00 pm with kite flying at the Garrison Savannah. With the help of members from the Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) who taught the young children the safety components behind flying kites during this season and Akeem Mason who taught them the necessary kite making skills, Sagicor was able to pull off the workshop which was the first of its kind by the company. Sagicor Marketing Officer Folayan Taitt said the workshop was designed to not only give back to the community but to also provide activities for the children which would keep our traditions alive. "The Easter vacation is synonymous with kite making and kite flying for the young and the young at heart. Our Customer Experience team at Sagicor Life Incput together a wonderful activity for the children of our clients and employeeswhere they can learn traditional kite making methods." "As a company, Sagicor is committed to giving back to the community through initiatives such as this, which provide activities for children but also foster the traditions which make us who we are. With the help of Mr. Akeem Mason, this group of children can now pass on our traditions to their peers and even their own children someday." Kite-maker happy to keep tradition alive [related node_id='774cceca-8fae-4bfe-8eb6-158b7ed964b7'] Speaking to Loop following his kite making demonstrations, Akeem Mason said it was amazing witnessing the children creating their own kites for the first time. "The kids are very creative. Many of them only had bat kites before so they didn't have a clue how to make a kite. To see them paper their own kites was amazing." The 28-year-old who is also a member of a group called Uplift 246 which donates to the less fortunate during Easter, Christmas and "Back-To-School", said that the workshop was right up his alley. "I was already doing this before so it was no problem. I would do anything to help a kid and if there is anything I could do to raise awareness of the Easter kite flying I would because as you can see, children are just stuck in a house now."

The World Bank has officially revised its projections of growth in Trinidad and Tobago economy upwards from -1% in 2018 and -0.5 % in 2019 to 0.7% in 2018 and 0.9% in 2019. Finance Minister Colm Imbert made the announcement on Thursday at a media conference held to provide an update on economic and financial matters for Trinidad and Tobago. This follows a meeting with the World Bank and IMF officials. “Based on our meeting with the World Bank technical team, they have revised the gross domestic growth in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 from negative one to plus 0.7%,” he said. The Finance Minister also commented on the country’s foreign reserves. He said the foreign reserves stands at US $7.5 billion, which is eight monthsimport cover. Imbert again dismissed claims that the Central Bank will devaluate the dollar, noting that T&T is in a position to defend its exchange rate.