Scott Hapgood and his wife

DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing. A spokesman for Scott Hapgood says Anguillan officials have not given assurances that his client would be allowed to return home on bond. Spokesman Jamie Diaferia says there also have been death threats against Hapgood. Hapgood and his family say a hotel worker, Kenny Mitchel, showed up at their room unannounced during their April vacation and demanded money before attacking them. Mitchel died and Hapgood was charged with manslaughter. Elected officials including US Senator Richard Blumenthal had expressed concern about Hapgood's safety. Diaferia said Anguilla officials rejected an offer for Hapgood to appear by video link for Monday's hearing.

Just weeks before the December 2, 2019Local Government Election, The Toco/Valencia stretch remains a path of perilous potholes. Video footage taken by Loop News showed a thoroughfare of trucks transporting materials over roads pitted with gaping holes along Valencia road and Toco Main Road. The potholes have been a long-standing feature over the past few years with continuous calls for repairs. Some drivers even referred to the potholes along the Valencia Main Road as the ‘Valencia ponds’, with many a driver having damaged their suspensions orchassis after falling into those cavernous pits. Loop News spoke with Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Terry Rondon, last week, moments before he said he was to attend a meeting on the matter. Rondon said that funding had been an problem regarding the repair of the Toco Main Road, however the Corporation has been seeking a solution to the issue. In a recent update, the Ministry of Works and Transport said the construction of the 40-kilometre Valencia to Toco Roadway upgrade is also under construction. This roadway would provide alternate access to drivers heading to and from Toco. The Ministry said when completed this roadway would improve access to the Toco area. The project is being advanced in phases with completion carded for 2021.


In this April 3, 2019, file photo characters from Disney and Fox movies are displayed behind Cathleen Taff, president of distribution, franchise management, business and audience insight for Walt Disney Studios during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Disney Plus launches its streaming service. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Disney is throwing its hat into streaming Tuesday with the debut of its Disney Plus service. It is hoping the $7 US-a-month service, years in the making, will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series. There's a lot riding on the gamble, as traditional media companies seek to siphon the subscription revenue now going to Netflix and other streaming giants. With an advertising blitz, low entry price and coveted library of older movies and shows, Disney should "blow the doors off initially," said Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak. But the challenge will be keeping those subscribers in the long run. Disney is not alone in making the gambit. Here's a look at the new streaming challengers and what you get with each: DISNEY PLUS Disney's entertainment service, featuring shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Launch date: Nov. 12 Price: $7 US a month or $70 US a year. Getting Disney Plus with ESPN Plus and Hulu, both owned by Disney, will cost $13 US a month. Promotions: Seven-day free trial. A free year with all Verizon Wireless unlimited plans and when customers switch to Verizon's Fios Home Internet or 5G Home Internet. Original shows: "The Mandalorian," a live-action "Star Wars" series created by Jon Favreau. A prequel to the "Star Wars" movie "Rogue One." A series about the Marvel character Loki. A rebooted "High School Musical" series. A documentary series focused on Disney. Other shows and movies: Animated classics, including "Aladdin" and "The Jungle Book," will be available at launch; others will be added as streaming deals with other services expire. Movies released in 2019 or later will go to Disney Plus rather than a rival streaming service first. Disney Plus will also house past seasons of "The Simpsons," which Disney got through its purchase of Fox's entertainment business. APPLE TV PLUS Apple's entry into the streaming business. Launch date: Nov. 1 Price: $5 US a month Promotions: Seven-day free trial. A year free to buyers of a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac. Original shows: A Jason Momoa series called "See" and "The Morning Show," a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell. The service will launch with nine original shows and movies, with more expected each month. Other shows and movies: None. PEACOCK The service from Comcast's NBCUniversal will carry 15,000 hours of video at launch. Launch date: April 2020 Price: Undisclosed Promotions: Free for many Comcast cable and internet customers. Original shows: Reboots of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Saved by the Bell." Comedy series "Rutherford Falls," from Michael Schur, creator of "The Good Place" and "Parks and Recreation." Other shows and movies: "30 Rock, "Will & Grace," and "Cheers," though these won't stream exclusively on Peacock. Peacock will get "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" once existing deals with Netflix expire. "Bridesmaids," ''E.T." and other movies from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation. HBO MAX A souped-up version of HBO from AT&T's WarnerMedia, with some 10,000 hours of video at launch. Launch date: May 2020 Price: $15 US a month Promotions: Free for about 10 million existing HBO subscribers — those who get HBO through AT&T distribution platforms such as U-Verse and DirecTV, and those who get the HBO Now streaming service directly from HBO, rather than a cable or online partner such as Amazon. Free for customers of AT&T's higher-tier wireless and broadband offerings. Original shows: A "Game of Thrones" prequel called "House of the Dragon." ''Raised by Wolves," a sci-fi series directed by Ridley Scott. "Strange Adventures," a DC Super Hero anthology series. Other shows and movies: HBO shows and movies, including theatrical releases that HBO licenses. Programs from the Warner Bros. studio, including "Friends," ''The Big Bang Theory," ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Pretty Little Liars." The animated comedy "South Park." New CW shows "Batwoman" and "Riverdale" spinoff "Katy Keene" will also be available to stream after the season ends.

Everything BB, Buju Banton'sofficial apparel collection, will launch a special holiday pop-up shop on November 28 throughDecember 1in Wynwood, Miami. The collection will invite shoppers to purchase the Official Buju Banton T-shirts from his line Everything BB, as well as a few exclusive from his yet-revealed 2020 merchandise line. “We are bringing Buju's brand directly to shoppers in a completely new format for this holiday season,” said Everything BBchief product and marketing officer. “This pop-up experience is yet another way we are deepening engagement with customers beyond ouronline presence. Founded on July 15, 2017, by like-minded fashion devotees, Everything BBaims to spread a message of love and peace on unique designs that depict Buju Banton paying homage to Africa, freedom and liberation, as well as conscious and inspirational themes with matching reference graphics. The BB onsite pop-up will take place at Miami's Wynwood block, one of the city’s most happening districts. "The line is perfect for those who identify with a conscious lifestyle and silently want to make a statement without speaking"stated Banton's publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson of Destine Media. Everything BB PopUp Shop will take place at Wynwood Block,2621 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33127on the following dates: Friday, November 29 from12 noon to 8 pm EST Saturday, November 30 from10 am to 8 pm EST Sunday, December 1 from11 am to 6 pm EST


Tourists and Venetians alike have donned high boots and taken to raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city. Venice's tide forecast office said the water level peaked at 1.27 meters (about 4 feet 3 inches) Tuesday morning but warned that an even higher tide was forecast for after nightfall. The high water invaded cafes and stores. As a precaution, authorities closed nursery schools. Many hotels keep disposable knee-high plastic boots handy for tourists. Venetians' wardrobes often include over-the-knee rubber boots. Bad weather has dogged Italy lately, with near-daily downpours drenching much of the country. Meteorologists predicted more heavy rain coming in late Tuesday, especially in the northeast, which includes Venice, as well as in Sicily and elsewhere in the south.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2016 and have held captive for over three years. At a press event broadcast live on state television, Ghani told the nation that the "conditional release" was a very hard decision he felt he had to make in the interest of the Afghan people. The announcement comes at a sensitive time for Ghani, as President Donald Trump halted talks between the US and the Taliban in September, after a particularly deadly spate of Taliban attacks, including a Kabul suicide bombing that killed a US soldier. Also, the future of Ghani's government is in doubt as the results from the Sept. 28 presidential elections have not been released yet. Preliminary results are expected on November 14. The three members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network that Ghani said were being released include Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid. Ghani added that they are being released "conditionally in exchange" for the two professors. By mid-afternoon, no visuals had emerged of the three figures. It was not immediately clear if they were still in Afghanistan, on their way or had already been sent — for example — to Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office. There was also no statement from the Taliban or the Haqqani faction holding the American and Australian hostages, or any indication if and where the two would be freed. The three Taliban figures were under the custody of the Afghan government, Ghani said, and were held at the Bagram prison, an air base that also houses US troops just outside Kabul. "In a demonstration of respect for humanity by the government and nation of Afghanistan, we decided to conditionally release these three Taliban prisoners who were arrested in close cooperation with our international partners from other countries," Ghani said, without elaborating. The Taliban have long demanded the release of Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajuddin, the deputy head of the Taliban and leader of the Haqqani network, often considered the strongest of the Taliban factions fighting in Afghanistan. Anas Haqqani was arrested in Bahrain in 2014 and handed over to the Afghan government, which later sentenced him to death. It was not clear when his execution was supposed to take place. The two captives held by the Taliban — an American identified as Kevin King and an Australian man identified as Timothy Weekes — were abducted in 2016 outside the American University in Kabul where they both work as teachers. The following year, the Taliban released two videos showing the captives. A January 2017 video showed them appearing pale and gaunt. In the later video, King and Weekes looked healthier and said a deadline for their release was set for June 16 that year. Both said they are being treated well by the Taliban but that they remain prisoners and appealed to their governments to help set them free. It was impossible to know whether they were forced to speak. Subsequently, US officials said that American forces had launched a rescue mission to free the two, but the captives were not found at the raided location. In Tuesday's address, Ghani added that the Taliban kidnapping of the two American University teachers was not representative of Islamic and Afghan traditions. "We have decided to release these three Taliban prisoners who were arrested outside of Afghanistan," Ghani said, adding that it was meant "to facilitate direct peace negotiations." In a statement, the American University of Afghanistan said it welcomed the development and was "encouraged to hear reports of the possible release of our two colleagues, Kevin King and Timothy Weeks." The statement added that while the university was not part of any negotiations with the Taliban or government discussions, it continues "to urge the immediate and safe return of our faculty members who have been held in captivity, away from their friends and families, for more than three years." Ghani said the release of the teachers was "part of our main demands during the indirect negotiations with the Taliban." "We can assure the families of both teachers that we welcome and honour those who come to our country to pursue education," Ghani said. Meanwhile, talks are underway about another round of so-called "intra-Afghan dialogue," this time in Beijing, which would include a wide selection of Afghan figures and Taliban representatives. The meeting was initially to take place last month but has been postponed with no new date set. The last time it was held was in July in Qatar. The dialogue is a separate process from the US-Taliban talks under US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad that collapsed in September. The Taliban have refused to talk directly with the Kabul government while Ghani insists his government must lead any talks with the Taliban.


Liverpool's Joe Gomez, right, and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling clash during the Premier League soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, Sunday November 10, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Raheem Sterling said he has settled his differences with England teammate Joe Gomez after their club rivalry spilled over into an exchange on international duty. England took the decision to drop Sterling for the European Championship qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after the Manchester City forward clashed with Gomez in what the English Football Association described as a "disturbance in a private team area" on Monday. A day earlier, the two players squared up to each other toward the end of a high-profile Premier League game between City and Liverpool, with Gomez shoving Sterling before they were separated. "We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me," Sterling said of the incident in the England camp that he described as a "5-10 second thing." In a post on Instagram, Sterling said he and Gomez "have had words and figured things out." "We move forward," Sterling wrote, "and not make this bigger than it is." England said Sterling will remain with the squad at the national training center, with the team also playing away to Kosovo on Sunday. The decision to withdraw Sterling from contention for the match against Montenegro deprives England of possibly its best player, with the City star having scored eight goals and set up five more during Euro 2020 qualification. England can secure its place in next year's finals with a win at Wembley, on what will be the team's 1,000th fixture. One of England manager Gareth Southgate's biggest successes has been his ability to create a strong bond between players, no matter what their club backgrounds are. That hasn't always been the case with England. Only last year, former England defender Rio Ferdinand said club rivalries "killed" the chances of the national team winning anything during its so-called "golden generation" at the start of this century, when high-profile players from Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea were in the team. "One year we would have been fighting Liverpool to win the league, another year it would be Chelsea," said Ferdinand, who was a Premier League and Champions League winner with United. "So I was never going to walk into the England dressing room and open up to Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry or Joe Cole at Chelsea, or Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher at Liverpool. "I wouldn't open up because of the fear they would take something back to their club and use it against us, to make them better than us. I didn't really want to engage with them." Ferdinand said "it overshadowed things. It killed that England team, that generation." The rivalry between City and Liverpool is a rather new one in English soccer, with the two teams vying for the Premier League title last season and seen as the two biggest contenders this season, too. Liverpool, the league leader, moved nine points clear of City witha 3-1 win at Anfieldon Sunday, and Sterling — a former Liverpool player — was again a target of vitriol for home fans. Gomez went on as a late substitute in that game.

Shai Hope starred in West Indies' win over Afghanistan.

Shai Hope marked turning 26 in style as his 109 not out inspired West Indies to a five-wicket One-Day International (ODI) victory over Afghanistan, completing a 3-0 series whitewash. A day after his birthday, Hope hit eight boundaries and three sixes in a supreme 145-ball innings, though the Windies left it late to secure victory on Monday. Asghar Afghan (86), ably supported byHazratullah Zazai (50) andMohammad Nabi (50 no) gave Afghanistan hope of salvaging some pride in the series as they set 249-7 from their innings inLucknow, India. Afghanistanlooked well set three overs into West Indies' innings - Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking the wickets of Evin Lewis andShimron Hetmyer in the space of four deliveries. But Hope came to the fore, anchoring himself at the crease, withdebutant Brandon King (39) providing support before Nicholas Pooran offered a quickfire 21 as the Windies' remaining opener moved beyond 50. Captain Kieron Pollard provideda useful 32, withRoston Chase (42 no) then coming in to upthe run rate. Hope brought up his seventh ODI century with a tidy single off RashidKhan, with Chase on hand to wrap up the series in style with a four over short leg with eight deliveries to spare.


Seven months after its official opening, the Rainbow Children’s Home in Vieux-Fort is now operating with its first batch of children. In June 2019, the home accepted five children ranging in age from three to 15from Vieux-Fort and Canaries. The Rainbow Children’s Home, which is the only home for vulnerable children in the south of the island, cost approximately $400,000. It is located on a portion of land at Aupicon, Vieux-Fort. Sandra Faustin According it its manager, Sandra Faustin, the children were sent to the home by the Department of Human Services because of their situation, adding that the department works closely with the home. “The children are housed here because of their abusive and vulnerable situation,” Faustin told Loop News. She said the children,two boys and three girls, are coping with their new environment and are attending a school in Vieux-Fort. Faustin said the south of the island was desperately in need of such an institution. The Jermain Defoe Foundation made a significant monetary donation towards its construction. Jermain Defoe is an international footballer of Saint Lucian heritage and the Defoe Foundation is a UK based charity that works with the government of Saint Lucia and several organizations to improve the lives of young people on the island. Work on the construction of the home which had commenced over three years ago, had experienced several hitches, causing a delay in its completion.

Members of the Sunday School and the staff saying what they are grateful for, before being dismissed.

In light of some schools mandating that children wear costumes and participate in Halloween in Barbados, one church is not only speaking out, but it is offering up solutions as well. Instead of throwing her hands up in the air in despair because some of her Sunday School students are being forced to join Halloween celebrations at their schools, the Directorof the Sunday School at Hall Road Church of the Nazarene in St Michael is giving her charges alternatives. Dressed as Princess Salome, Carol Cumberbatch told Loop Lifestyle: "Our theme is 'We don't need Halloween', but because some children are being forced to get involved and are being told what to portray like Batman and Superman, we decided to do something different to help those who have some freedom. "So if you are not given a character, we told the children to choose a Biblical character and research him or her and have fun dressing up in the Biblical character not Batman, and be a positive influence." Some children came as animals such as lions for their strength and bravery but others were dressed as Mary - Jesus' mother, Ruth, Naomi, David and others. However, they had to also be able to speak about thecharacters chosen in case some peoplechallengetheir costumes. Leading from the front, Cumberbatch as Princess Salome did not say her name at first but instead dropped hints and clues about her character until her students and other Sunday School teachers guessed. She said things like "I am the daughter of Herod", "my father is a king", "I requested the head of John the Baptist" and "I wanted to remain a Princess". The children laughed, shouted, and participated fully at the Sunday School yesterday, October 27, 2019. The students in the young section of Sunday School at the Nazareneranged in ages from four to 17 or 18 years old. Cumberbatch said, "Now they can choose to be someone real, someone they admire from the Bible or even a Biblical characterwho they wish they could have a conversation with." The theme for the Sunday School for the entire month of October was 'We do not need Halloween'.