German prosecutors have indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others on charges of fraud and unfair competition, saying he failed to prevent manipulation of engine software that let Volkswagen cars cheat on diesel emission tests. Prosecutors in Braunschweig said Monday that Winterkorn knew about the deceptive software since 2014. The prosecutors' statement said that the defendants faced from six months to 10 years imprisonment if convicted and that bonuses earned due to sales based on the deception could be forfeited.

Deputy Director of Research Department at the IMF, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, center, accompanied by Chief Economist and Director of Research Department at the IMF Gita Gopinath, right and Chief of Research Department at the IMF Oya Celasun, left, speaks during a news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for growth in the United States, Europe, Japan and the overall global economy and points to heightened trade tensions as a key reason. The IMF expects the world economy to grow 3.3% this year, down from 3.6% in 2018. That would match 2016 for the weakest year since 2009. In its previous forecast in January, the IMF had predicted that international growth would reach 3.5% this year. For the United States, IMF economists downgraded their growth forecast for this year to 2.3% from 2.9% in 2018. The IMF's World Economic Outlook comes on the eve of meetings in Washington this week of the fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank.


Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith  apologised to Buju Banton, after cops visited his hotel room in Trinidad with a search warrant on Saturday.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has apologised to Buju Banton, after cops visited his hotel room in Trinidad with a search warrant on Saturday. Griffith, in a Whatsapp message confirmed that he met with the Jamaican reggae singer and promised to launch an investigation into the incident. The Top Cop also provided LoopTT with images of the meeting. Earlier, Buju took to his Instagram account where he revealed thatpolice officers visited hishotel room with a search warrant. "I am chilling in my hotel room and the cops came, a whole bunch of them, said they had a warrant to search my room and a whole bunch of stuff," he said, questioning how the policecould obtain a search warranton a Saturday for a hotel room.” Officers found nothing illegal in the room. Representatives from the Jamaica High Commissionwere present for the meeting with the Commissioner of Police, during which Buju expressed love for the people of T&T. Buju's publicist Ronnie Tomlinson of Destine Media said the singer is ready for his performance at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday and will not be distracted. “When we say Long Walk to Freedom, the Walk wasn’t over on December 7th 2018. We knew the walk would continue ... He said it best ... It’s not an easy road, a many see the glamour and the glitter so dem think a bed a rose / who feels it knows / Lord help me sustain these blows/ One thing we promise you is Buju will NOT BE DISTRACTED ... The Love for Trinidad remains and the love for his fans remains - as he said he does this for the people NEVER for ‘them’ Queen’s Park Savannah TOMORROW nah go Normal!!!!”

Combination of photos shows Shante and her mother at left; at right, Shante smiles to the camera in happy times.

When the decomposing body of seven-year-old Shante Skyers was discovered Tuesday, her mother Crystal Service was so overwrought with emotion and despairthatshe bolted away from thescene of anguish - so grisly she could never have imagined, even in her worst nightmares. "When the soldier said he found her, I just ran off, I didn't scream, I just couldn't look, I just ran off and then mi blank out, and the next moment I wake up, I was at a shop, dem pick me up and revive me," Service told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. The seven-year-old had been missing for five days before Tuesday's shocking discovery in a section of Sterling Castle Heights, known as Blue Hole. Shante's body had been found partially hidden by garbage. "I am not doing so good at all right now. We haven't got any reports on whether she was molested, we are waiting on the authorities to call, we haven't even seen the body, or know when is the autopsy. People told me she had on her uniform and no shoes...she was so close to home, so close to safety," she said. Shante, who attended Red Hills Primary, lived in the community with her grandmother and her father, Fabian Skyers. Service lives in Spanish Town, St Catherine. She believes that someone with a sickening and perverted disposition and who resides in the community committed the gruesome act. "She used to walk with a lot of children to come home from school, but rain was falling that day, and everyone branch off;she was alone.So it has to be someone she knows. I have no enemies, I am not from the Red Hills area, so it has be some adult who was watching and waiting to do something like this," she said. Service is 25 years old but is estranged from her elder daughter's father. She kept in touch with her daughter through the phone. She has a three-year-old daughter who is yet to come to grips with the loss of a sister she barely knew. "My three-year-old is too young to understand, but I am devastated by this news, she is my first child, and I loved her so much," she said.


Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of a Serie A football match against AC Fiorentina, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Juventus clinched a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, with five matches to spare.

Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in the winning goal and Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-1 Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title. It's the first time in Europe's five major leagues — Italy, England, Spain, Germany, and France — that a club has won eight straight titles. And it was a big relief for Juventus following theirelimination by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, after failing to clinch last weekend with a surprise loss at Spal. "It was upsetting and negative on Tuesday," Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said. "Today we turned our anger toward the pitch and transformed it into positive energy to achieve this goal." Juventus needed only a point but quickly fell behind when Nikola Milenkovic took advantage of confusion inside the Bianconeri area to score for Fiorentina six minutes in. However, Alex Sandro headed in from a corner for the equalizer and Ronaldo's cross from a sharp angle was then redirected in by Fiorentina defender German Pezzella either side of halftime. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for this season from Real Madrid, became the first player to win the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Spanish league (with Madrid) and Serie A. "It was a very good first season and I adapted well. We won the 'scudetto' and the Italian Super Cup, which is certainly not easy to achieve," Ronaldo said. "You can't win all the time. We felt that we could do more ... but only one side can win the Champions League. "Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we," Ronaldo said of the Champions League, adding that he's "1,000 percent" certain he will stay with Juventus for next season. After the final whistle, Juventus players celebrated by forming a circle and jumping up and down clapping their hands. Then they drank champagne and some players invited their children out to take part in the festivities. Juventus moved 20 points ahead of second-place Napoli, which havesix games left. It was Juventus' 35th title overall. However, the jumbo screens inside Allianz Stadium flashed No. 37 to include the 2005 and 2006 titles that were stripped in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal. The only other club in the top five European leagues that had won seven straight was Lyon in France from 2002-08. The Juventus women's team also clinched the Italian title Saturday, with a 3-0 win at Hellas Verona in the final round of the season. It's the second consecutive title for the women's squad. The men's team had to come from behind, as Milenkovic's goal was the earliest Juventus has conceded all season. Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was lying on the ground in apparent pain following contact near the post when the ball bounced toward Milenkovic, who smashed it into the roof of the net. Szczesny had his hand treated and had to stay attentive as Fiorentina kept on threatening with counterattacks. Federico Chiesa, a reported transfer target for Juventus, hit the post from the edge of the area in the 34th. Three minutes later, Sandro put Juventus in front. Since Sandro's Serie A debut in 2015, the left back has been directly involved in 23 goals (10 goals and 13 assists) — more than any other defender in the Italian league. Still, there were more moments of concern for Juventus as Chiesa hit the crossbar two minutes before the break. Order was restored in the second half as Ronaldo aimed his cross toward Federico Bernardeschi and Pezzella turned it into his own net as he attempted to intercept the pass. Szczesny preserved the advantage with a difficult save on Bryan Dabo in the 90th. "Congratulations to Juve," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "They definitely didn't win the league today. They earned it over the entire season." CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACES AC Milan's hold on a Champions League spot was in jeopardy following a 1-1 draw at Parma. Samu Castillejo headed in for Milan midway through the second half before center back Bruno Alves curled in a spectacular free kick to equalize three minutes from time. Milan remained in fourth place — the last Champions League spot — but risked being overtaken by Roma if the Giallorossi win at third-place Inter Milan later. Lazio may have fallen out of contention for the Champions League with a 2-1 loss at home to already relegated Chievo Verona. Lazio wereleft with 10 men when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was sent off with a straight red in the first half. After being fouled by Mariusz Stepinski, Milinkovic-Savic reacted by kicking the opponent. Emanuel Vignato and Perparim Hetemaj scored early in the second half for Chievo before Felipe Caicedo pulled one back for Lazio. Lazio dropped to eighth, four points behind Milan. OTHER RESULTS Torino leapfrogged Lazio into seventh with a 1-0 win at Genoa, courtesy of a second-half goal from Cristian Ansaldi. Andrea Petagna scored a brace as Spal followed up their memorable victory over Juventus last week with a 4-2 win at relegation-threatened Empoli. Bologna, which are just above the drop zone, beat Sampdoria 3-0 with an own-goal from Lorenzo Tonelli and goals from Erick Pulgar and Riccardo Orsolini. Also, Joao Pedro's goal gave mid-table Cagliari a 1-0 victory over second-from-last Frosinone, and Udinese and Sassuolo played to a 1-1 draw. Except for Napoli vs. Atalanta, which is scheduled for Monday, all of Serie A is being played on Saturday due to the Easter holiday.

Manchester City's Phil Foden.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Phil Foden after his match-winning performance against Tottenham on Saturday and used the opportunity to hit back at those who criticised his use of Fabian Delph in the Champions League. City held on to a nervy 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, with Foden's goal – his first in the Premier League – coming after just five minutes. Foden was making only his second top-flight start but looked at home as City claimed a measure of revenge for their European exit at the hands of Spurs, who progressed on away goals despite losing the quarter-final second leg 4-3 in midweek. Spurs won the first leg 1-0 and Delph came in for significant criticism for his performance, as did Guardiola by extension, prompting a prickly response when asked about Foden following Saturday's win. "Now I am a genius. He [Foden] scored a goal, how good is the manager? Then, after playing Delph in London, it is a disaster," Guardiola told reporters. "Phil is an incredibly talented player and we have to pick him in the right moment. He has the quality to arrive in the box. "Every time he plays he scores a goal or has chances. His ability in small spaces, it is not easy to play against [Eric] Dier or [Victor] Wanyama or [Christian] Eriksen. "It is an incredible experience for him to play and I trust him a lot." Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury in the first half and was subsequently forced off, making him a doubt for the remainder of the season, while the Belgian will almost certainly miss Wednesday's trip to Old Trafford. That could provide Foden with the opportunity to make his first start in a Manchester derby. "Maybe," Guardiola said when asked if Foden could feature against Manchester United. "Maybe Kevin is not there, so we will see. I didn't spend one second to think about the match at Old Trafford. "I need to enjoy today and rest a bit and then watch as many games as possible from United."


A New Jersey man was arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, the New York Police Department said, just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up Wednesday night in a minivan outside the landmark cathedral on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid,said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller. "As he enters the cathedral he's confronted by a cathedral security officer who asks him where he's going and informs him he can't proceed into the cathedral carrying these things," said Miller. "At that point, some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he's turned around." Security then notified officers from the counter-terrorism bureau who were standing outside, Miller said. The officers caught up to the man and arrested him after he was questioned. "His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue. That his car had run out of gas," Miller said. "We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody." "It's hard to say exactly what his intentions were, but I think the totality of circumstances of an individual walking into an iconic location like St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters is something that we would have great concern over," Miller said. "His story is not consistent." Miller said the suspect is known to police, who are currently looking into his background. St. Patrick's Cathedral was built in 1878 and has installed a sprinkler-like system during recent renovations. Its wooden roof is also coated with fire retardant.

This 2018 photo provided by the University of New Hampshire shows a ground nesting bee pollinating a flower in New Hampshire. The species is one of 14 declining wild bee species identified in a study published in April 2019 by researchers at the university. (University of New Hampshire/Molly Jacobson via AP)

More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and bumblebees were also taking a toll on the lesser studied bee species in New Hampshire. So, they examined 119 species in the state from a museum collection at the college dating back 125 years. Writing in the peer-reviewed journal Insect and Conservation Diversity this month, Sandra Rehan and Minna Mathiasson concluded 14 species found across New England were on the decline by as much as 90 percent. Several of them are leafcutter and mining bees, which unlike honeybees, nest in the ground. "We know that wild bees are greatly at risk and not doing well worldwide," Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences and the senior author on the study, said in a statement. "This status assessment of wild bees shines a light on the exact species in decline, beside the well-documented bumblebees. Because these species are major players in crop pollination, it raises concerns about compromising the production of key crops and the food supply in general." Bees have been on the decline for more than a decade across the globe and scientists have blame a range of factors including insecticides called neonicotinoids, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Bees are critical pollinators and about a third of the human diet comes from plants that are pollinated by insects. Jeff Lozier, a bee expert from the University of Alabama who did not take part in the research, called the study "interesting" and said the findings are critical step in expanding research into lesser known species of bees. He did, however, caution that researches only studied bees in New Hampshire and depended upon bees in museum that were not collected "for the purpose of large scale population surveys." "The most important use of the data in my view is in providing a baseline set of hypotheses for groups of species that are potentially declining or stable across a much greater set of species than is usually examined, which can then be investigated in more detail to determine why they may be changing," Lozier said in an email interview. "This study doesn't really determine the why quite yet, but gives us a reference point for further study." Rehan said she was hopeful the study would inspire other researchers to take a closer look at these rarely studied bee species including understanding why they are declining. While the museum collection couldn't pinpoint whether possible causes such as urban development or pesticides are behind a drop in their numbers, it did hint a one possible cause: climate change. The study found that half of those bees on decline were now more prevalent at higher elevations like the White Mountains than in southern areas near sea level like the coastal areas of New Hampshire. As they shift northward, some of the species may not have the access to the same kinds of flowers and plants. "They have nowhere else to go. That is the biggest concern," Rehan said. As for saving these species, Rehan said some clues could come from wild bees that are faring better. Eight species studied from the collection have seen their numbers increasing in New Hampshire. Researchers could use the success of these wild bees to develop management strategies for those faring worse, Rehan said. "They are not all declining and that is important to point out," she said. "It's not so hopeless. There are some bees still faring well. We still have to do better by the bees but some bees are doing OK."