Industry analysts say Adidas has surpassed Brand Jordan as the second most popular sneaker line in the U.S. The NPD Group tracks consumer sales and says Adidas sneaker sales jumped by the more than 50 percent in August 2017 compared with the same month last year. The group says the German company's share of the overall sneaker market was boosted by nearly half to 13 percent. NPD Group analyst Matt Powell calls Adidas' rise to No. 2 in U.S. sneaker sales an achievement he never thought he'd see in his lifetime. Nike owns Brand Jordan brand and retains the top spot overall. NPD Group says Nike reports its brand numbers separately.

Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea's threat to attack the U.S. island territory. Demand was not strong enough for Delta to maintain the route and the last flight will take place in January, said airline spokesman Hiroko Okada. The carrier's decision leaves United Airlines as the only U.S. airline with flights between Guam and Japan. Japan Airlines also has flights from Narita airport to Guam. Delta's decision came after HK Express delayed Japan-Guam flights until next summer, "citing geopolitical concerns in the region." North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened Guam. The country has fired two missiles over Japan including one launched on Friday. Guam lost about $9.5 million in tourism sector spending in August because of the threats, the Guam Visitors Bureau said. There were more than 7,000 cancellations of tours, school groups and business ventures mostly from Japan, the bureau said. A planned October China Air charter flight to Guam from Taiwan was also canceled because customers were wary about making the trip, according to the bureau.

St Thomas, still recovering from Hurricane Irma experienced flooding during Hurricane Maria.

While the British Virgin Islands were spared another round of devastation from Hurricane Irma, the US Virgin Islands was, from all reports, severely impacted. St Croix, in particular, is said to be reeling from the storm with several buildings damaged and streets flooded. Hurricane Maria’s eyewall was projected to pass over the southwest quadrant of St. Croix, meaning the island was expected to experience the highest possible wind levels from the Category 5 hurricane as well asmassive storm surge. The roof of the Universiy in St Croix reportedly ripped off and according to one man who did a Facebook Live tour this morning in the capital of Frederiksted, there is widespread flooding and destruction of properties across the island. The hospital and airport are still standing. The Hospital in St John is said to be no longer operational. The island of St Thomas has also experienced widespread flooding.

Police recruits mopping up and starting the cleanup at their headquarters. (PHOTO: Twitter|@pmharrisskn)

Today has been declared a public holiday in St Kitts & Nevis, which was lashed with heavy rains and high winds from Hurricane Maria on Tuesday, its Independence Day on September 19. Prime Minister Timothy Harris indicated that the Governor General had approved the public holiday, which has been designated as a National Clean-Up Day. Residents are being asked to remain in their communities and volunteer in cleaning up the environment to assist the country in returning to normalcy. Essential services workers such as airport and health care workers, security forces and public works staff were expected to report for duty, while school administrators were to report to their respective schools to do an assessment of the conditions. On Tuesday, flooding and overflowing of drainswere reported in various areas and heavy storm surge washed large rocks onto the Irish Town Bay Road.Video shared by residents at mid-morning, showed trees bending in the driving rains and strong winds. The Hurricane Watch for St Kitts was lifted at 8 p.m. last night, but a Flash Flood Watch remained in place until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A Canadianmedical marijuana company announced on Tuesday that it had completed its first shipment of edible cannabis oil to the Cayman Islands. This is the second time a Canadian based company has exported cannabis oil to the island; CanniMed Therapeutics was the first, reporting on May 3, 2017 that it had successfully exported 12,960 ml of ganja oil the Cayman Islands. Peace Naturals Project Inc in release on Tuesday revealed that their product was purchased by Caribbean Medical Distributors, who work with a pharmacy service located in the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital in George Town. The cannabis company also offers medicinal cannabis (ganja) varieties, in addition to their two flagship edible cannabis oil products: Omega and Cerene. How the ganja oil works According to the company website, the product comes with 1ml eyedropper, once the dosage amount is measured it can be added to food or be consumed on its own. A 30ml bottle of the company’s product retails for between $75- $99 CND, which is approximately, $49- $64 CI. According to Peace Naturals’ website, their products are “are not designed to eliminate underlying medical conditions”. Instead Peace Naturals say their “mission is to make our clients’ lives a little bit better by making their symptoms more manageable.” Earlier in 2017, Peace Naturals issued a voluntary recall of 74 lots of dried marijuana and cannabis oil, according to Health Canada, “two samples of leavescollected tested positive for piperonyl butoxide at low level concentration of 0.78 parts per million (ppm).” Health Canada further revealed that it had only received one adverse reaction report related to Peace Naturals Project Inc.'s products sold affected by the recall. Cronos Group, formerly known as Pharma Can Capital Corp, acquired Peace Naturals in late 2016.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial shone as Manchester United kicked off their EFL Cup defence by sweeping aside Championship team Burton Albion 4-1 on Wednesday. The attacking duo, deployed together for the first time in the starting XI this season, each found the net at Old Trafford as United booked their spot in the fourth round. Jose Mourinho picked a strong side, featuring the mouth-watering front three of Martial, Rashford and Jesse Lingard. And their quality was in evidence immediately, the hosts moving ahead in the fourth minute through Rashford's cool finish. That opened the floodgates as United entered the break 3-0 ahead, Rashford adding a second before Lingard got in on the act. Martial capped his fine display by finding the net in the 60th minute, before Burton grabbed a consolation through Lloyd Dyer with virtually the game'slast kick. It did not take long for United to assert themselves, as Michael Carrick slid a pass into Lingard, who – with his back to goal – brilliantly cushioned the ball into the path of Rashford to slot home. They almost added a second immediately after, Carrick again freeing Lingard – only for the forward to see a goal-bound effort blocked. But the Burton backline was quickly breached again, as Rashford doubled his tally for the evening in the 17th minute. Daley Blind slotted a pass to the striker, who turned and unleashed a curling 20-yard effort off the inside of the post and into the back of the net. Juan Mata was next to threaten, forcing Connor Ripley into action after nice play involving Blind and Martial. Burton created a chance of their own midway through the half as Joe Mason chipped narrowly wide when one-on-one with Sergio Romero. But any hopes of a revival ended 10 minutes before the break when Lingard completed a fine move by seeing an effort deflect home following fine work from Martial. United were given a further boost at half-time as Luke Shaw was introduced for a first appearance of the campaign. There was no let-up from Mourinho's men, with the impressive Martial brilliantly working an opening before having an effort saved. However, he made no mistake moments later, sliding the ball into the corner of the net after being found by Rasfhord. Rashford's hopes of completing a hat-trick were ended when he was withdrawn in the 64th minute, but United continued to drive forward. Martial came agonisingly close to adding his second and United's fifth in the 80th minute, getting in behind the Burton defence and chipping just wide. And the final goal eventually fell to the visitors as substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira made a hash of collecting the ball after Mason had rattled the bar, with the ball falling to Lloyd – who picked out the bottom corner.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Japan urged international unity Wednesday in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key U.S. ally pushed back against President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the rogue nation if it attacked. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe devoted his entire speech at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations to North Korea, which has launched two ballistic missiles over its eastern neighbor in the past three weeks. Abe told the U.N. General Assembly the "gravity of this threat is unprecedented." He appealed for nations to fully implement U.N. sanctions that were tightened last week after the North's most powerful nuclear test to date. "North Korea's nuclear weapons either already are, or are on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs," he said, predicting they could "sooner or later" deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missiles. Abe voiced support for the U.S. stance that "all options are on the table" and echoed the Trump administration's position that aid-for-disarmament negotiations with Pyongyang in the past two decades have failed. He concluded that what's needed is "not dialogue, but pressure." This year's annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. has drawn myriad condemnations of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he accelerated the pace of weapons testing while seeking to perfect a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental U.S. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is not attending the General Assembly, told a German broadcaster that she "clearly" disagrees with Trump's threat Tuesday to destroy North Korea if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies. Instead, she offered help in negotiating a solution with North Korea, noting that Germany played a role in talks with Iran to limit its nuclear program — a 2015 agreement that Trump described as an "embarrassment" heightening expectation he plans to walk away from it. Merkel told broadcaster Deutsche Welle said that sanctions must be vigorously implemented, but also said consideration of a military solution was "absolutely inappropriate." Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Wednesday American willingness to use military force if required. He said the U.S. was will continue "to bring the full range of American power to bear" on North Korea, marshalling economic and diplomatic pressure to demand it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "If we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming," Pence told the Security Council. British Prime Minister said that despite the adoption of the toughest U.N. sanctions yet on Sept. 11, North Korea continues to defy the international community and threaten its neighbors. She said members of the council — the U.N.'s most powerful body — should be prepared to take "all necessary measures" and "work together to exert the pressure we know is necessary to force Kim Jong Un to change his ways." May's comments appeared to be directed at China, which accounts for 90 percent of North Korea's external trade and supplies most of its oil. Beijing opposes the North's nuclear program but fears more economic pressure could cause its wayward neighbor to collapse. Along with Russia, it is urging the U.S. to launch dialogue with Pyongyang.

 In this July 14, 2016 file photo a loggerhead sea turtle, is released back into the gulf after being treated for pneumonia at Gulf World Marine Institute, in Inlet Beach, Fla. Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says.  (Heather Leiphart /News Herald via AP, File)

Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says. Scientists found more populations of the large turtles improving than declining when they looked at nearly 60 regions across the globe. That's a big change from a decade or two ago, experts said. Long-living sea turtles have been pushed to endangered levels by hunting, accidentally being caught in fishing nets, habitat loss, plastics pollution and climate change, experts say. But massive efforts to save the egg-laying turtles by changing fishing nets and creating protected and darkened beaches are working, said study lead author Antonios Mazaris, an ecology professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. "There's a positive sign at the end of the story," Mazaris said. "We should be more optimistic about our efforts in society." Theresearchwas published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. There are seven different species of sea turtles, all but one endangered. The slow creatures live for several decades with some species weighing about 100 pounds and others well over 1,000 pounds. Mazaris pointed to Hawaiian green sea turtles, once in trouble 40 years ago, as story of success. Maybe too much success. "They have more turtles than they know what to do with," said Roderic Mast, a sea turtle advisory group co-chairman at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which determines the global list of endangered species. Tourists seeking sea turtles create traffic problems and fishermen complain the creatures get in the way, said Mast, who wasn't part of the study and is president of the Oceanic Society advocacy group. He added: "It's a good problem to have." Mazaris and colleagues looked at 299 sets of turtle populations over different lengths of time around the globe, finding 95 of them increased, while 35 went down. The rest didn't change or there wasn't enough data. There were increases in North and South America on the Atlantic coast but setbacks in the Asia Pacific region. "The evidence is widespread and convincing," said Selina Heppell, head of Oregon State University's department of fisheries and wildlife, who wasn't part of the study. Mast pointed to Kemp's ridley sea turtles as a good example of what's happening, especially in the United States. In the 1940s, there about 40,000 of them, mostly in the southern U.S. and Mexico. By the 70s, there were only 1,200 left. The U.S. and Mexican governments changed laws, fishing practices and set aside dark, quiet areas for turtles to nest. That population is increasing by about 10 to 15 percent annually, Mast said. That's good, but he said they remain critically endangered. "Sea turtles are bellwethers. They're flagships that we use to tell the story of what's going on in the oceans," Mast said. "And that's why people should care about turtles."

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan. The agency's website says the temblor hit early Thursday about 283 kilometers (176 miles) southeast of the city of Kamaishi and more than 322 kilometers (200 miles) east of Fukushima. A massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant. Fewer than 40 reports of people feeling Thursday's quake were registered on the Geological Survey website. It comes as Mexico is reeling from a magnitude-7.1 earthquake that collapsed buildings and killed at least 225 people.

Lil Rick brought the 'Energy'.

After a night of stiff competition, Lil Rick didn't have to beg as the crowd agreed with the judges' decision to give him the crown for the second year in a row. The top four contestants in the Party Monarch were: 1, Lil Rick (Energy) with 90 points wins Mazda 3 car, $10 000, among other prizes 2,Ras Iley & Grynner (D 2 Ah We) with 82 points, $20 000 3, Mr Dale Mistah Dale (Soca Famaleez) with 70 points, $15 000 4, Mikey (Feting and Brass) with 60 points won $10 000 Stay tuned to Loop News for full details on the competition.

Many agreed that RPB was the clear winner.

RPB has won the Sweet Soca competition at the 2017 Soca Royale. The top four contestants in the Party Monarch were: 1, RPB (Boat Ride) 90 points, winning a Mazda 3 and cash, among other prizes. 2, Nikita (Carry Festival)82 points, $17 500 3, Lil Rick (Blessings)72 points, $12 500 4,Marzville(Give It To Ya)48 points, $9 000 Stay tuned to Loop News for full details on the competition.


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