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Payless ShoeSource has announced that its North American entities successfully emerged from its Chapter 11 restructuring as the number one specialty footwear retailer in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world with about 3,500 brick and mortar stores – 400 of these in Latin America and the Caribbean. Following the completion of the company's restructuring, Paul Jones will retire as Chief Executive Officer. The post-emergence Board of Directors will begin a search to identify a new Chief Executive Officer to lead Payless forward. In the interim, Payless will be led by a newly appointed Executive Committee comprised of Payless' Chief Financial Officer, Michael Schwindle, Payless' Chief Operating Officer, Mike Vitelli, and headed by Martin R. Wade, III, Chairman of Payless' post-emergence Board of Directors and interim Chief Executive Officer. "We have accomplished our goals of strengthening our balance sheet and restructuring our debt load, positioning Payless to create substantial value for our stakeholders and achieve long-term success," said Paul Jones. "In a year where so many major retail companies have filed for Chapter 11 restructurings, Payless is the first to successfully emerge as a stronger and healthier enterprise for the benefit of its customers, employees, suppliers, business partners, and lenders. That is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at Payless, and I thank them for the honor of having worked with them over these past five years. Our new owners believe wholeheartedly in the future of Payless, and I am confident that they will identify a new leader who will complement our outstanding and deeply committed management team, while sparking new ideas and approaches," Jones continued. "Payless remains poised to execute on the Company's go forward strategy, and is excited to continue to serve our loyal customers in North America and around the globe," said Michael Schwindle, who will be a member of the newly appointed Executive Committee. "On behalf of everyone at the Company, I want to extend our collective thanks to Paul. We are grateful for his exemplary leadership and his contributions to the Company's strategic direction, which have helped build a strong foundation for future growth," Schwindle concluded. During the process, Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Payless, Guggenheim Securities, LLC as its investment banker and financial advisor, and Alvarez & Marsal North America, LLC as Chief Restructuring Officer. Working with the management team, these advisors have ensured that the Company entered and exited Chapter 11 in just over four months, an accelerated pace which has given the Company the best chance for success going forward.

Hally Haynes is the new president of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU).

Long-standing Barbadian credit unionist Hally Haynes is the new president of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU). He took up duties recently following the annual general meeting, which was held in Cuba in June. Haynes, after his elevation commented that “it is great privilege to serve in this capacity and lead the CCU during such a challenging period, given the very difficult environment that is characteristic of most of the regional economies.” He further stated that his urgent priorities would be “to lift the confederation’s profile as the leading advocate for credit unions across the region including at the level of CARICOM, and to help facilitate the rollout of the next generation of products and services in all CCCU territories in the region.” Haynes is a seasoned and well-respected credit unionist who has served the movement at both the national and regional level for more than two decades. He is a past president Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. and has served on the board of the Barbados Co-operative & Credit Union League Ltd. beginning in the 1990s, and more recently completed a six-year term which ended in 2014. During that period he served for four consecutive years as president of the league; and currently serves as its first vice president.

FILE - Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) for St Vincent and the Grenadines has put residents of that territory on notice to brace for the pending passage of Tropical Storm Harvey. According to an 8 p.m. bulletin from the NEMOon Thursday night, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, in consultation with the met Services and NEMO, took the decision to order the closure of all businesses and non-essential services for St Vincent & the Grenadines from 10 p.m. on Thursday night and on Friday, August 18. All emergency shelters were activated at 8 p.m. Thursday night, as was the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC). The Argyle International Airport closed around 8 p.m. and based on the current forecast, the airport is unlikely to open during the day on Friday. Travellers are asked to check with their respective airlines and to monitor the media for any changes. PM Gonsalves urged all residents to be extremely vigilant as storm force and gusty winds, rough seas and moderate to heavy showers can be expected. He also urged residents to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property. He further urged the public not to take Tropical Storm Harvey for granted as on its current track the system is expected to pass directly over St Vincent and the Grenadines, producing storm force winds, rough seas and heavy rainfall.

FILE - Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley.

The Opening Ceremony for the CARIFESTA XIII will no longer be held on the evening of Friday, August 18 as originally planned. The update came this eveningfrom Culture Minister Stephen Lashley: "The Opening Ceremony for CARIFESTA XIII now has to be rescheduled as a direct result of the pending weather system." According to the Minister, Barbados' national response in preparation for the system has prompted the cancellation of the mandatory dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony, which was to be held this evening. Additionally, equipment had to be safeguarded at the venue. Meanwhile, it is expected that some delegations due to arrive in Barbados would have been delayed. "A new date for the Opening Ceremony will be announced as soon as possible. I can also assure the public that all arrangements previously announced in terms of tickets and arrangements for entry to the Opening Ceremony will be honoured on the new date to be announced very shortly," he concluded. Government offices closed from as early as 2:30 p.m. today, as Barbados remains under tropical storm warning. The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry had also recommended that private sector entities employ a staggered shutdown approach with offices closing at 2:30 p.m.; retail stores at 3:30 p.m. and gas stations and supermarkets and other essentials by 4:30 p.m. These recommendations follow detailed discussions with stakeholders in the National Emergency Operations Centre in light of the approach of the system.

Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte, left, watches the match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte laughed off Diego Costa's suggestion that he was being treated like a criminal and said Friday the striker is "the past." The English soccer season started last weekend but Costa is currently in his native Brazil, after claiming he was told in a text message sent by Conte during the offseason that he was not wanted at Chelsea anymore. In a series of interviews given over the past week, Costa has criticized the way he has been treated by Chelsea, said he wants to join former club Atletico Madrid, and called on Chelsea to lower its asking price for him. When this was put to Conte, the Italian's response was raucous laughter. "It's great. I prefer to laugh," Conte said. "I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It's funny, this interview." Chelsea wants Costa to return to training at the club, even though he is unlikely to be picked for the team. "I'm not interested to continue this issue," Conte said. "I repeat: for me, it is the past. Stop." Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico for 32 million pounds ($41.2 million) on a five-year deal in July 2014. He has won two Premier League titles in three years at Chelsea, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances in all competitions.

Glenn Phillips hit 51 runs off 47 balls to help lift the Tallwahs to their fourth straight victory.

The Jamaica Tallawahs edged home against Guyana Amazon Warriors in an engrossing match on a challenging pitch in Providence Stadium in Match 15 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). A thrilling final over saw Kesrick Williams defend three runs off the last ball as Roshon Primus skied a ball high into the sky and was caught by the substitute fielder Jon-Russ Jaggesar giving the Tallwahs a two run victory. Chasing 129 to win on a slow pitch the Amazon Warriors were in control of the chase for much of its course but never took command. Requiring eight from the last over Jason Mohammad was dropped in spectacular fashion off the third ball when Rovman Powell juggled a boundary catch and threw it to Lendl Simmons who could not hang on, allowing the batsmen to run three. The very next ball Babar Azam was caught at long off before a single off the following delivery meant three was required from the last. The Amazon Warriors had begun their run-chase very carefully, taking time to familiarise themselves with conditions. The Tallawahs gave very little away early on and it wasn’t until the end of the 5th over that Chadwick Walton struck the first boundaries of the innings. At the end of the Powerplay the Amazon Warriors were 33 for 0. A productive eighth over, fuelled by good running and a precious four from Walton lifted the Amazon Warriors up with the rate. After Martin Guptill was dropped twice in six balls he expertly cut his first boundary off the spin of Garey Mathurin to take Amazon Warriors to 61 for 0 at the halfway stage. Within three overs of the second half of the innings Walton had been deceived by a slower ball from Kesrick Williams and Guptill had been bowled playing across the line against Garey Mathurin. The demise of both openers brought two new batsmen to the crease with 50 required off 44 balls. For 27 balls of the partnership between Jason Mohammad and Babar Azam the Amazon Warriors remained relatively in control of the run-chase without playing a shot in anger. However, the equation had shifted slightly to 26 being needed off 18, requiring the Amazon Warriors to find the boundary. In the last three overs they only managed to do that once and despite some indifferent fielding gifting additional runs they never got on top of the rate. In the first innings the Tallawahs battled hard to reach 128 for 7. Within a few balls of the match the nature of the pitch became clear. Historically it has been slow and low, producing an average first innings score of just 125 - the lowest of all CPL venues, and this pitch was clearly no different. It took the Tallawahs ten balls to score their first runs off the bat with the pitch offering nothing to the batsmen and forcing them to generate their own pace. Although Simmons managed to get the first three boundaries of the innings away he struggled other than those shots and faced 15 dot balls before being bowled by a Rashid Khan googly for 20. Glenn Phillips hit his first boundary two balls later to take the Tallawahs to 35 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay. By taking pace off the ball spin proved harder to score against than pace and for eight consecutive overs after the end of the Powerplay the Amazon Warriors bowled their three spinners: Rashid, Veerasammy Permaul and Steven Jacobs. In that period the Tallawahs lost two wickets, both to Jacobs: Andre McCarthy, bowled looking to slog sweep and Kumar Sangakkara bowled driving outside off stump. While his partners were dismissed, at the other end Phillips battled hard to survive and hitting just two more fours before the end of the 14th over, but his continued presence provided the innings with stability. The return of pace in the 15th over brought a change in approach with Phillips striking a leg side six before edging a four. Rovman Powell was keen to capitalise on the change of pace but was well caught in the deep by Rashid to leave the Tallawahs 86 for 4 off 15 overs. Some powerful hitting from Jonathan Foo, who scored a valuable 20 off 12 balls, and Phillips who finished with a well-earned 51 off 47 helped lift the Tallwahs to 128 - a total that ultimately proved fractionally too many for the Amazon Warriors.

Armed Finnish policemen on guard at the Helsinki airport on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, as Finnish authorities announced they will raise readiness levels after an incident in Turku Finland. Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

A man stabbed several people in Finland's western city of Turku before police shot him in a leg and detained him Friday, police said, adding that authorities were looking for more potential suspects. Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in Puutori square in central Turku. On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku. One person has been "apprehended," Finnish police said, adding "several people had been stabbed." Their conditions weren't immediately available. Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife. Prime Minister Juha Sipila said the government was closely monitoring the ongoing police operation and holding an emergency meeting later Friday. Police planned a news conference at 7 p.m. (1500 GMT; 11 a.m. EDT) in Turku, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of Helsinki.

With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture." And he berated his critics who, with increasingly sharper language, have denounced his initially slow and then ultimately combative comments on the racial violence at a white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump was much quicker Thursday to condemn violence in Barcelona, where more than a dozen people were killed when a van veered onto a sidewalk and sped down a busy pedestrian zone in what authorities called a terror attack. He then added to his expression of support a tweet reviving a debunked legend about a U.S. general subduing Muslim rebels a century ago in the Philippines by shooting them with bullets dipped in pig blood. "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" Trump wrote. Trump's unpredictable, defiant and, critics claim, racially provocative behavior has clearly begun to wear on his Republican allies. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, whom Trump considered for a Cabinet post, declared Thursday that "the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to" in dealing with crises. And Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska tweeted, "Anything less than complete & unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by the @POTUS is unacceptable. Period." Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Trump's "moral authority is compromised." Trump, who is known to try to change the focus of news coverage with an attention-grabbing declaration, sought to shift Thursday from the white supremacists to the future of statues. "You can't change history, but you can learn from it," he tweeted. "Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson — who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish. ... "Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," he tweeted. Trump met separately Thursday at his golf club in nearby Bedminster with the administrator of the Small Business Administration and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime Trump supporter. Trump also prepared for an unusual meeting Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland with his national security team to discuss strategy for South Asia, including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Vice President Mike Pence was cutting short a long-planned Latin America tour to attend the meeting. Though out of public view, Trump sought to make his voice heard on Twitter as he found himself increasingly under siege and alone while fanning the controversy over race and politics toward a full-fledged national conflagration. He dissolved two business councils Wednesday after the CEO members began quitting, damaging his central campaign promise to be a business-savvy chief executive in the Oval Office. And the White House said Thursday that it was abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council. Two major charities, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society, announced they are canceling fundraisers scheduled for Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Florida, amid the continuing backlash over Trump's remarks. And the CEO of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, has denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over Trump's statements. Murdoch writes that the event in Charlottesville and Trump's response is a concern for all people. "I can't believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists." Murdoch is the son of the company's co-executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, a Trump confidant. Meanwhile, rumblings of discontent from Trump's staff grew so loud that the White House had to release a statement saying that Trump's chief economic adviser wasn't quitting. And the president remained on the receiving end of bipartisan criticism for his handling of the aftermath of the Charlottesville clashes. On Thursday, he hit back hard — against Republicans. He accused "publicity-seeking" Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina of falsely stating Trump's position on the demonstrators. He called Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake "toxic" and praised Flake's potential primary election opponent. Graham said Wednesday that Trump "took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency" between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them. Flake has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks. Pressured by advisers, the president had softened his words on the dispute Monday, two days after he had enraged many by declining to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statute had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville. He returned to his combative stance Tuesday — insisting anew during an unexpected and contentious news conference at Trump Tower that "both sides" were to blame. Aides watching from the sidelines reacted with dismay and disbelief and privately told colleagues they were upset by the president's remarks, though not upset enough for anyone to resign. The resignation speculation around Gary Cohn, head of the National Economic Council and a Jew, had grown so intense by Thursday that the White House released a statement saying reports that Cohn was stepping down were "100 percent false." But not all of Trump's aides were unhappy with his performance. Adviser Steve Bannon's job security in the White House has become tenuous — Trump offered only a "we'll see" on Tuesday when asked if his chief strategist would remain in his post — but Bannon has been telling allies that the president's news conference would electrify the GOP base. And in a pair of interviews Wednesday, Bannon cheered on the president's nationalist tendencies and suggested that a fight over Confederate monuments was a political fight he welcomes. "The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it's all racist," Bannon told The New York Times. "Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can't get enough of it."


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August 24, 2017

Food & Rum Festival 2017

This is the revival of a festival that first took place in 2006, a gastronomic event to attract the best chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and food critiques from the Caribbean and internationally. Inspired in part by the outstanding achievements of Chefs Nina Compton and Doran Payne, this unique event promotes Saint Lucian and other Caribbean rums, restaurants, chefs, and regionally manufactured food and drink products to a regional and international audience, with food demonstrations, rum tasting, wine tasting, gastronomic dinners and community culinary experiences, all accompanied by musical and other artistic performances by young artists from Saint Lucia.