Dexta Daps

Popular dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps, is soon to be questioned by detectives about gang activities in Seaview Gardens and neighbouring communities within the St Andrew South Police Division. Loop News understands that the artiste's management team has approached attorney Peter Champagnie QC for representation in the matter. On Wednesday a video of the 'Morning Love’ singer's arrest surfaced on social media. The video showed a throng of residents of a section of Seaview Gardens, the artiste’s old stomping ground, following behind the cops as they led the entertainer to a waiting jeep in which other men from the community were already in custody. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), told Loop News that the singer was held in relation to an ongoing investigation into gang-related activities in the police division. "He is in police custody because of an investigation into criminal gang activities in Seaview Gardens and surrounding areas. The police have been doing their investigation for awhile, and the police have reached a point in their investigation where they have taken him and several other men into custody. I can't say much more because the investigation is at a sensitive stage," Lindsay told Loop News. The entertainer is being held at the Hunt’s Bay Police Station. Wednesday’s development was not the singer's first brush with the law. On April 27, 2015, Dexta Daps, whose given name is Louis Grandison, was charged after an altercation with a group of police officers at the Sangster Airport in Montego Bay, St James. Then also, videos of the incident went viral on social media. He was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, resisting arrest and using indecent language, but was freed of all the charges in November of the same year.

Dexta Daps

Popular dancehall artiste Dexta Daps has been arrested. The details surrounding his arrest are sketchy but a video of the 'Morning Love’ singer's arrest surfaced on social media on Wednesday evening. The video shows a throng of residents following behind the cops as they lead him to a waiting jeep. The video appears to have been shotin the singer's Seaview Gardens, St Andrew stomping grounds. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), confirmed to Loop News that the singer had been held but the details of his arrest had not yet been established. "We will know the circumstancessurrounding his arrest in a few," she told Loop News. The entertainer is being held at the Hunt’s Bay police station. Loop News understands that the artiste has retained the services ofQueen's Counsel Peter Champagnie. This is not the singer's first brush with the law. In 2015, Dexta Daps, whose given name is Louis Grandison, was charged following a scuffleat the Sangster International Airportwith a group of police officers, videos of which went viral on social media. He was charged with assault occasioning grevious bodily harm, resisting arrest, and using indecent language. He was later freed of all charges in November 2015.


A reveller from Harts 2020 in Trinidad. Most Caribbean Carnivals have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Directors of the Festival Management Committee announced on Wednesdaythat due to the continued developments concerning the spread of COVID-19, the severe public health threat, and global health crisis, the July-August event, formerly known as Caribanahas beencancelled. The Carnival events include the Festival Launch, Junior King and Queen Show, Junior Parade, Adult King and Queen Show, Pan Alive, and Grand Parade. View this post on Instagram The Board of Directors of the Festival Management Committee has decided that due to the continued developments concerning the spread of COVID-19, the severe public health threat, and global health crisis, the month-long events held in July-August is cancelled. Click the link in bio for more info. A post shared by Toronto Caribbean Carnival (@torontocarnival.ca) on Apr 8, 2020 at 6:20pm PDT "In consultation with our stakeholders, which includes the Bandleaders, Ontario Steelpan Association,(OSA) Organization of Calypso Performing Artists, (OCPA) as well as our partners and other related cultural organizations, and taking into consideration the Mass Crowds that attend the Events present a tremendous risk regarding the spread of the virus. It is therefore unanimous that the priority must be the health and safety of our patrons and having weighed all these considerations, there is no choice but to cancel this year’s festival," the organisers said. The organisers said in the statement that for the past 52years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnivalhas delivered an exciting summer festival featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean music, and food in their Grand Parade. "This festival is a labour of love, created by our extraordinary talented artistic stakeholders, and supported by participants, and volunteers, who begin preparation for the spectacular King and Queen Show and the Grand Parade six-months in advance of the scheduled events," they said. "Given the importance and economic value of this festival to the City, the Province, the Federal government, the Tourism Industry, and our community, we will work with our stakeholders and the community to assist the City with the recovery efforts. Should the circumstances change, and permit restrictions lifted by July 1, 2020, we will seek to celebrate together in anon-traditional formatthe weekend of August 1, 2020."

Dexta Daps

Popular dancehall artiste, Dexta Daps, is soon to be questioned by detectives about gang activities in Seaview Gardens and neighbouring communities within the St Andrew South Police Division. Loop News understands that the artiste's management team has approached attorney Peter Champagnie QC for representation in the matter. On Wednesday a video of the 'Morning Love’ singer's arrest surfaced on social media. The video showed a throng of residents of a section of Seaview Gardens, the artiste’s old stomping ground, following behind the cops as they led the entertainer to a waiting jeep in which other men from the community were already in custody. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), told Loop News that the singer was held in relation to an ongoing investigation into gang-related activities in the police division. "He is in police custody because of an investigation into criminal gang activities in Seaview Gardens and surrounding areas. The police have been doing their investigation for awhile, and the police have reached a point in their investigation where they have taken him and several other men into custody. I can't say much more because the investigation is at a sensitive stage," Lindsay told Loop News. The entertainer is being held at the Hunt’s Bay Police Station. Wednesday’s development was not the singer's first brush with the law. On April 27, 2015, Dexta Daps, whose given name is Louis Grandison, was charged after an altercation with a group of police officers at the Sangster Airport in Montego Bay, St James. Then also, videos of the incident went viral on social media. He was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, resisting arrest and using indecent language, but was freed of all the charges in November of the same year.


In this grab taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with Soyuz MS-16 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

A US-Russian space crew blasted off Thursday to the International Space Station following a tight quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner lifted off as scheduled at 1:05 p.m. (0805 GMT, 4:05 am EDT) from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft is set to dock at the station six hours later. Russian space officials have taken extra precautions to protect the crew during training and pre-flight preparations as the coronavirus outbreak has swept the world. Speaking to journalists Wednesday in a video link from Baikonur, Cassidy said the crew had been in "a very strict quarantine" for the past month and is in good health. "We all feel fantastic," he said. Cassidy pointed out that normally they would be talking to many people at the day-before-launch news conference, but instead were talking to cameras because of the pandemic. "Obviously, we'd love to have our families here with us, but it's what we understand we have to do to be safe," Cassidy said. "The whole world is also impacted by the same crisis." Cassidy's wife, Peggy, had returned to the US from the Russian cosmonaut training centre in Star City outside Moscow a few days before the crew left for Baikonur. Commander Anatoly Ivanishin also noted that extra measures have been taken to keep the crew healthy and safe before launch, adding that none of the crew has had any guests — no family or friends. "We've been completely isolated at this final stage of training," Ivanishin said. Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin said earlier this week that nine employees of the state corporation have tested positive for coronavirus. Roscosmos, which controls a sprawling network of production plants and launch facilities, has about 200,000 employees, Rogozin said. As part of additional precautions, Roscosmos has barred reporters from covering the launch contrary to usual practice. Ivanishin and Vagner had trained as back-ups for the other two Russians and were picked for the flight only in February after a member of the original Russian crew suffered an eye injury. As a result, neither have clothes awaiting them at the space station. Ivanishin said that they will be taking some clothes with them on the Soyuz, and the next Russian supply ship will deliver more later. The mission is the third space flight for Cassidy and Ivanishin, and the first for Vagner. The International Space Station is currently operated by Russian Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, who are due to return to Earth on April 17.

In this photo taken on April 1, 2020, 103-year-old Ada Zanusso, poses with a nurse at the old people's home "Maria Grazia" in Lessona, northern Italy, after recovering from Covid-19 infection. To recover from coronavirus infection, as she did, Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served her well in her nearly 104 years on Earth. (Residenza Maria Grazia Lessona via AP Photo)

To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, Ada Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served her well in her nearly 104 years. Italy, along with neighbouring France, has Europe's largest population of what has been dubbed the "super old" — people who are at least 100. As the nation with the world's highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Italy is looking to its super-old survivors for inspiration. "I'm well, I'm well," Zanusso said Tuesday during a video call with The Associated Press from the Maria Grazia Residence for the elderly in Lessona, a town in the northern region of Piedmont. "I watch TV, read the newspapers." Zanusso wore a protective mask, as did her family doctor of 35 years beside her, Carla Furno Marchese, who also donned eyewear and a gown that covered her head. Asked about her illness, Zanusso is modest: "I had some fever." Her doctor said Zanusso was in bed for a week. "We hydrated her because she wasn't eating, and then we thought she wasn't going to make it because she was always drowsy and not reacting," Furno Marchese said. "One day she opened her eyes again and resumed doing what she used to before," Furno Marchese said. The doctor recalled when Zanusso was able to sit up, then managed to get out of bed. What helped her get through the illness? "Courage and strength, faith," Zanusso said. It worked for her, so she advises others who fall ill to also "give yourself courage, have faith." COVID-19 can cause mild or moderate symptoms, and most of those who are infected recover. But the elderly and those with existing health problems can be at high risk for more serious illness. The virus has killed nearly 18,000 people in Italy and over 88,000 worldwide. The World Health Organization says 95% of those who have died in Europe were over 60 years old. Under Italy's five-week-long lockdown, which is aimed at containing the spread of infections that have overwhelmed hospitals, visitors aren't allowed at homes for the elderly. Her doctor asked Zanusso what she would like to do when "they open the doors." "I'd like to take a lovely walk," she replied. And your three great-grandchildren? "Watch them play together." Deaths, hospitalizations and new infections are levelling off in Italy, and Premier Giuseppe Conte is expected to announce in the coming days how long the lockdown will remain in place, with expectations that some restrictions could be eased. For now, Zanusso is isolated from other residents as she awaits a follow-up swab test to confirm she is negative for the virus. She grew up in Treviso, in the northeastern Veneto region, where she worked for many years in the textile industry. Zanusso, who turns 104 on August 16, had four children — three of whom are living — and has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. "She's old, but healthy, with no chronic illness,'' her doctor said. This week, Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera devoted an entire page to the stories of super-old survivors, called "healing at 100 years old." The inspirational portraits are a counterpoint to news of large numbers of deaths among elderly people living in Italian nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities. Of the victims, most elderly weren't tested for COVID-19 if they died in nursing homes, so the numbers don't figure into Italy's overall coronavirus death toll, which is the highest in the world. Medical staff "went through a very hard time,'' said Furno Marchese, the doctor. "It was a great emergency with so many residents ill, so to see a positive outcome was very rewarding, not only for mebut for all the people who worked hard here nonstop." Outside the nonprofit, 61-bed Maria Grazia Residence, the Italian flag flies at half-staff in tribute to those who died of the virus.


FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it would be "more than irresponsible" to restart competitions too early amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sport around the world has been brought to a standstill by COVID-19, which has killed more than 95,500 people globally. The Bundesliga could restart in May as leagues start to plan and prepare for resumptions, but Infantino warned it would be dangerous to get going again too early. "As our main priority, our principles, the ones we employ in our competitions and also we invite to everyone to follow, is health comes first," he said on Thursday, via the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). "As much as I emphasise it, it is not enough. It’s not worth to put at risk any human life for any game, any competition, nor any league. Everyone should have this clear in their minds. "It would be more than irresponsible to restart the competitions if the situation is not safe 100 per cent. If you must wait a bit more time, we must do it. It is better to wait a bit more than taking risks." Many bodies and leagues around the world are set to face financial difficulties in the wake of COVID-19, particularly if games are cancelled or played behind closed doors. FIFA is said to have a $2.7 billion cash reserve it is set to use to create an emergency fund and Infantino said the governing body was planning to help. "Thanks to the work we have been doing together in FIFA during the last four years, we find ourselves in a very solid financial situation. FIFA have a good reputation in the financial markets," he said. "It helps us to consolidate a solid base of important reserves, but our reserves are not FIFA's money, it is the money of football. So, when football is in need, we have to think about a solution to help. It is our responsibility. This is how I see it as president of FIFA. "As football has stopped in the whole world, we are all facing economic issues in different levels, from the base to professional football. Given this, we are already collaborating with you to asses the financial impact to prepare the right answer."

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal.

Batsman Umar Akmal has decided not to contest charges of corruption by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), meaning his case will go straight to a judge to impose sanctions. The PCB says it has referred the case to the chairman of its disciplinary panel, Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, who is a retired Lahore High Court judge. The judge will now issue sanctions against Akmal which could range from a six-month suspension to a lifetime ban. The PCB formally charged Akmal last month for two breaches of its anti-corruption code in relation to not disclosing invitations to engage in corrupt conduct. Akmal submitted a written reply late last month. However, the PCB says he did not request a hearing before its anti-corruption tribunal.


A 65-year-old Barbadian woman died on Sunday, April 5, in New York from COVID-19. She leaves to grieve her two daughters, six grandchildren, her sisters, brothers and entire family circle. Video caption: Acting Prime Minister extends condolences to loved ones whose family members died abroad as a result of COVID-19 Wilson resided at Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn, New York, and she has been in the United States for some 40 years or so. She had diabetes. One of her sisters today (April 8) told Loop News, "I cried for my sister.I cried, but she didn’t stay long, with the breathing and because she had the diabetes, it wasn't long" She said that her sister was at home and she kepttelling her older daughter that she's "feeling a little better," butin two days she was in hospital. She said her sister was hospitalized and had to go on a ventilator. "She died on Sunday." Asked about the funeral arrangements, she said that because of the disease, the body was cremated "so they will just do a burial." She said that the ashes were collected and placed in an urn to be buried. Saddened because her sister won't have the usual farewell, she said it won't be a lot of people there because of "the distancing" - the social distancing and geographical distance as all of the family membersarenot in New York or even in the US at present. On April 1, when the Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw addressed the nation, she said that at the time, five Barbadian citizens in New York City had died as a result of complications associated with COVID-19. "I want to take this opportunity to extend to relatives and friends of the departed our sincere condolences." She said that thousands of Barbadians residein New York. Yesterday, Tuesday, April 7, the number of cases in the United States of America was 387,547 with 12,291 deaths recorded. However in New York alone, there are 138,864 cases with5,489 deaths and zero recoveries so far. Overall the US has 20,395 recovered patients currently.

Loop can confirm that the 200,000 COVID-19tests that Cayman had been awaiting from South Korea have arrived in Cayman this morning via private charter. At around 8.36 am this morning, Chief Officer of the Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs Mr. Eric Bush announced via his twitter feed that"@caymangovt received enough #COVID19 testing kits to test the population more than twice! Another part of the collective and collaborative response to protect our people. Public and private sectors working hand in hand." Loop Cayman followed up with MrBush to confirm, to which he responded "Happy to confirm we have received the test kits ordered from South Korea. They were transported via a private charter directly from Seoul, only stopping in Alaska for refuel and rest." On April 5, the Governor, Martyn Roper,announced that "Work continues on bringing the testing kits here via South Korea. The global situation on procuring equipment remains difficult." 200,000 was the minimum number of kits that were required to be purchased and a special financial deal was organized. The Governor hasindicated that there is currently no intention to test the entire island. With regards to the local testing capabilities, the Chief Medical Officer reported that Doctor's Hospital's PCR machine is larger than that of the Health Services Authority (HSA), and this will complement the testing capabilities of the HSA. PCR tests are considered to be the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. This is excellent news for the Cayman Islands.