Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to the New York police. Weinstein, 66, stepped from a black SUV and walked slowly into a Manhattan police station before a crowd of news cameras. He didn't answer respond to shouts of his name. Weinstein, once considered the most powerful man in Hollywood, is expected to appear in court sometime today. The exact charges against Weinstein still had not been made public early Friday. He faces charges involving an aspiring actress who said he forced her to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. It would be the first criminal case against Weinstein to come out of the barrage of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning that brought down other powerful men in what has become known as the #MeToo movement. The two officials said the criminal case involves allegations by Lucia Evans, who told a magazine that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex. She was among the first women to speak out about the 66-year-old film producer. One official said it's likely the case also will include at least one other victim who has not come forward publicly. The officials spoke Thursday to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to discuss the investigation. Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she was pressing charges. "At a certain point, you have to think about the greater good of humanity, of womankind," she told the magazine. Weinstein was expected to be charged at least with criminal sexual act, a crime that carries up to 25 years in prison, the officials said. Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment, though Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he didn't have nonconsensual sex with anyone. Evans told The New Yorker in a story published in October that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his New York office in 2004, the summer before her senior year at Middlebury College. "I said, over and over, 'I don't want to do this, stop, don't,'" she told the magazine. "I tried to get away, but maybe I didn't try hard enough. I didn't want to kick him or fight him." Evans, who is now a marketing consultant, didn't report the encounter to police at the time, telling The New Yorker that she blamed herself for not fighting back. "It was always my fault for not stopping him," she said. Brafman said in court paperwork filed this month in a bankruptcy proceeding that the allegations that Weinstein forced himself on women were "entirely without merit." "I am trying my very best to persuade both the federal and state prosecutors that he should not be arrested and or indicted, because he did not knowingly violate the law," Brafman wrote. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance had been under enormous public pressure to bring a criminal case against Weinstein. Some women's groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time's Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for weeks. In March, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the extraordinary step of ordering the state's attorney general to investigate whether Vance acted properly in 2015 when he decided not to prosecute Weinstein over a previous allegation of unwanted groping, made by an Italian model. That investigation is in its preliminary stages. More than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing around the globe. Several actresses and models accused him of criminal sexual assaults, but many of the encounters happened too long ago for any prosecution. Film actress Rose McGowan said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992 and Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008. McGowan told the AP on Thursday that she is gratified but "still in shock" that Weinstein was expected to surrender. "The justice system has been something very elusive," McGowan said. "I hope in this case it works. Because it's all true. None of this was consensual." The statute of limitations for rape and certain other sex crimes in New York was eliminated in 2006, but not for attacks that happened prior to 2001. New York City police detectives said in early November that they were investigating allegations by another accuser, "Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta, who told police in October that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. She is not one of the victims in the case on Friday; hers was still pending, officials said. Authorities in California and London also are investigating assault allegations. Britain has no statute of limits on rape cases; some of the allegations under investigation there date to the 1980s. Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein started his now-bankrupt company after leaving Miramax, the company they founded in 1979 and which became a powerhouse in '90s indie film with hits like "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love." The Weinstein Co. found success with Oscar winners "The Artist" and "The King's Speech."

Eight women have come forward toaccuseMorgan Freeman of sexual harassment, describing a pattern of inappropriate comments and unwanted touching, described in a news exclusive by CNN. Chloe Melas, one of the article's co-writers, said that the decorated actor made lecherous comments to her during an on-camera during an interview in front of his costars. Several men and women corroborated the pattern of allegations to the news network. Melasalso said that Freeman made inappropriate comments even while when she was six months pregnant at a press junket. He allegedly kept telling her, in front of cameras, "I wish I was there" and "you are ripe." Freeman's co-stars Alan Arkin and Michael Caine were present at the time. A production assistant said in 2015 that while on the set of Going In Style,Freeman, allegedly subjected her to unwelcome remarks and touching. She said he commented on her figure, placed his hand on her lower back or rub it and, in one instance, repeatedly attempted to lift her skirt, "asking if I was wearing underwear," she told CNN. Co-star Alan Arkin reportedly told him to stop. A senior production staffer forNow You See Me also said that Freeman harassed her, saying,"We knew that if he was coming by ... not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted." Freeman allegedlyeven commented on the body of the co-founder of his production company, Revelations Entertainment, LoriMcCreary. In front of 400 people at a producers' conference, Freeman said: "She wants to be thought of as serious,but you can't get away from the short dresses." He later dismissed the comment during an interview, saying, "It was just something I said in jest when I first met her; it was more than 20 years ago. How is this news?" Revelations employees recalled Freeman allegedly making comments to women like, "I'd like to have an hour with her." "You're just like, 'Whoa,'" one man told CNN. "It's hard because on any set, he is the most powerful person on it. It's weird because you just don't expect it from Morgan Freeman, someone who you respect." "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman responded in a statement after the publication of the allegations. "I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected– that was never my intent." Other Revelations employees said that a number of similar incidences occurred with no formal resolution, mainly because women feared retaliation.One woman recalled Freeman looking her up and down and asking her, "How do you feel about sexual harassment?" She told CNN that when she sarcastically replied she loved it, he turned to crew members and said, "See guys, this is how you do it." Other women reported he would stare at their breasts. A male employee described him as acting like a "creepy uncle," pointing to a time when he allegedly massaged a female intern's shoulder. Other men claimed they'd seen Freeman ask women to twirl.


The holidays will soon be upon us and for many people, this is the time of year to pack those suitcases and jet off to places on their bucket list. Of course, you’ll have a checklist of must-haves: swimsuit, comfy shoes, travel documents and toiletries. If you are a woman and your vibrator is one of your must-haves, you might want to ensure that the country you are travelling allows the entry of such items. If you aren’t sure, here is a story map and list compiled by Carvarka, a UK-based sex toy shop. Saudi Arabia In Saudi Arabia, sex toys fall under the category of pornographic material and are banned under Islamic law. If discovered, your toys will be confiscated. United Arab Emirates Sex toys are illegal and will be confiscated. Even though you may not know it is illegal, you do face the possibility of persecution as well. Thailand Thailand has a thriving sex tourism industry but sex toys fall underThailand’s list of prohibited goods, specifically “obscene objects,” banned from being brought into the country. Vietnam Your sex toys will be taken by customs officers and kept until you leave the country at which time it will be returned. In 2011, the General Department of Vietnam Customs announced that Vietnam officials will not allow the import of sex toys into the country. Malaysia The Malaysian Penal Code states that anyone who sells, distributes or possesses “any obscene book, pamphlet, drawing, painting representation of any figure or any other obscene object whatsoever...shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years, or with fine, or with both. The law extends to importation. India This may be the home of the Kama Sutra but according to Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code, any book, drawing, figure or object, “shall be deemed to be obscene” if it fuels any lascivious, or overtly sexual thoughts and behaviours, and Section 67 of the IT Act makes that law also applies to online businesses. Massagers that are phallic in shape are illegal. Maldives Sex toys are prohibited according to the Maldives Customs Services website. Pornographic material including sex toys, books, magazines, films, videos, DVDs and software is prohibited. Alabama, USA According to the 1998 Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, the sale of adult toys has been criminalised. The act deems a sex toy as any device designed or marketed as useful for the stimulation of human genital organs.

There is no way you can think of Guyana and not think of adventure travel. Located along South America’s North Atlantic coast, the country is defined by its pristine rainforests, stunning natural landscapes, and gold reserves. Considered a hidden gem of the region, the only other aspect that’s as striking as its topography is it unique profile as a nation.Although physically located in South America, Guyana is actually a part of the Anglophone Caribbean and is the only English-speaking country on the continent. Similar to Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana is home to a blend of cultures, comprised of six ethnic groups, several religions, and influences from mainland South America and the Caribbean. Guyana is covered in virgin rainforest; almost 80% of the country is covered in it.Its commitment to preserving its rainforest is unwavering, having signed an agreement with Norway in 2009 to protect Guyana’s Amazon as part of the country’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). Although the agreement ended in 2015, Norway paid Guyana $250M to avoid deforestation. This first of its kind partnership has paved the way for similar LCDS and non-deforestation programmes between developed and developing countries. Guyana is the destination for the adventure traveller or for those who simply love being outdoors. Let’s see what the ‘land of many waters’ has in store. Fly to: Guyana From: Monday, June 4 to Saturday, June 9 For: US$325 Stay: Option 1: Le Zo Apartments - Residence for US$27 per night With the owner, Enzo, being dubbed as an Airbnb Superhost, you can’t go wrong at the Le Zo Apartments. At just US$27 per night, the modern and spacious apartment is located in Georgetown, and guests have access to the back and front porch, 2 bedrooms, and a full kitchen with all the cooking accessories and utensils needed for a lovely meal! Option 2: AG Inn for US$55 per night The AG inn is located in Atlantic Gardens on the East Coast of Demerara . About 15 minutes away from Georgetown, the Inn contains four fully furnished apartments. Each apartment contains its own entrance and exit as well as a balcony. It comprises of two bedrooms, a full bath, a kitchen and a living room. Option 3: Treeline Loft in Paradise for US$50 per night If you’re an adventure traveller, then the Treeline Loft should be right up your alley. The loft gives you a bird's eye view of the Pandama Forest access to all of the wonderful sounds of the forest birds and wildlife. If you are looking for a unique travel experience, then Pandama is the place for you. Because of the sheer vastness of Guyana, a number of outdoor activities may carry you far away from the city centre. However, tour companies offer a number adventure activity packages that are inclusive of accommodation and meals. If you want to get to get a true taste of the stunning beauty of Guyana, then we recommend that you: Do: 1: Iwokrama Forest Tour for US$599 per person Located in the heart of Guyana along the Essequibo River, near Kurupukari Crossing, the Iwokrama Forest is one of the four last pristine tropical forests in the world. A two-night stay at the Iwokrama Lodge provides you not only with comfortable accommodationbut also three home-cooked meals each day. You can also access ample opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforest by foot, canoe, or 4X4. Iwokrama tours are customisable to suit your budget, but even a basic tour allows you to experience so much. The Bulletwood tour gives you access to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, where you can take in the view of the mid and upper canopy of the forest see wildlife that is virtually free from human intrusion. You can also hike to the top of Turtle Mountain. Take a 30-40 minute boat journey downriver and then hike the two-mile trail up to the summit to take in a gorgeous view of the jungle and the striking Essequibo River snaking through the forest. 2: Kaieteur Falls for US$145 per person Kaieteur Falls are interestingly one of the most sought-after experiences by adventure hikers and nature enthusiasts.Located in the branch of the Amazon rainforest in Guyana's Potaro-Siparuni region, Kaieteur Falls is revered as one of the most impressive single-drop waterfalls, standing four times taller than Niagra Falls, and made of natural sandstone, hence the bronzed look of the water. To get to the Falls, you’ll have to depart from E.F Correia International Airport for an hour-long flight to Kaieteur National Park. From there, you’ll enjoy a two-hour tour that includes viewing the majestic falls from three different vantage points. 3: Stay with the Macushi tribe at Surama Eco Lodge for US$209 If you want to understand a country’s lifestyle and traditions, you should visit the Macushi tribe at Surama Village. It’ll give you a first-hand insight into Amerindian culture. Stay at the Surama Village Eco-Lodge with overnight packages starting at US$209 for a two-day, one-night stay. In addition to accommodation, your stay at Surama Eco-Lodge includes meals, drinks, local guides, and transfers in and around Surama. Upon your arrival, you’ll receive a welcome from the village councillor and discuss your itinerary. During your stay, you’ll get to tour the village, go on the Marabunta trails to observe forest and wildlife and hike up the Surama Mountain. Eat: 1: Maharaja Palace Restaurant for US$5 to US$7 Located in Georgetown, The Maharaja Palace restaurant is one of Guyana's top restaurants with an array of dishes including Indian, Thai-fusion, Japanese, Italian Fusion with over 400 dishes to choose from. 2: German’s Restaurant for US$4 to US$11 Featured in the New York Times, German’s Restaurant is famously known for serving up the best soups and Guyanese Creole dishes for over 5 decades. The food is good, they opened up a second location in Brooklyn, New York. Once you're in Georgetown, be sure to stop by and have some of Guyana's signature pepperpot. *Airfare and accommodation prices quoted are listed at the time of publication. Due to fluctuatingrates, prices are subject to change. 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


Over the coming weeks, RBC will be enhancing its merchant services across the Caribbean region by enabling RBC point-of-sale devices with contactless payment acceptance, or “Tap” as it is more commonly referred to. In a release, RBC said it is the first bank in the Caribbean to offer this for merchants across the region. “We are proud to be taking these next steps with contactless acceptance in our markets,” said Rob Johnston, Head, Caribbean Banking, RBC. “This enhancement further demonstrates our commitment to better serve our clients by providing innovative and secure payment solutions.” Contactless payment technology is a secure method to purchase products or services via contactless-enabled payment cards, using Near Field Communication (NFC). It offers significant advantages to both merchants and their customers by improving the convenience and speed of smaller payment transactions. This new technology facilitates purchases with a contactless-enabled payment card by allowing our merchants’ customers to simply “Tap to Pay” for a purchase on RBC NFC-enabled point-of-sale devices. Customers will be able to use contactless-enabled payment cards from any issuer at RBC point-of-sale devices. “Our investment in contactless payment technology is another step forward to achieve our strategic priorities and bring the bank of the future to our clients,” added Johnston. “RBC is serious about innovation and this investment is just one of the ways we are enhancing our digital capabilities across the Caribbean.” For more information on RBC Digital Banking in the Caribbean, or to sign-up, please visit: rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean/digital-hub.

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo shows the Twenty-First Century Fox sign outside of the News Corporation headquarters building in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Comcast may make an offer for Twenty-First Century Fox, potentially putting it in a head-to-head bidding war with Disney. Comcast Corp. on Wednesday did not provide specific details on a bid, other than to say that it would be all cash and at a premium to the value of Disney's current all-stock offer. [related node_id='72411690-a28d-4a42-b381-ee7dc8d97c92'] Disney's $52.4 billion bid would go a long way in allowing it to better compete with technology companies in the entertainment business. Any tie-up would put in its stable more Marvel superheroes, as well as the studios that produced the Avatar movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family." Disney would control Fox's cable and international TV businesses as well. Comcast said Wednesday that it's in the "advanced stages" of preparing its bid. The company said the structure and terms of its offer would be at least as favorable as Disney's. A potential transaction with either Disney or Comcast would not include the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company and certain other assets. Comcast's stock fell 2 percent in premarket trading, while shares of the Walt Disney Co. dipped slightly. 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


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