Krzanich joined Intel Corp. in 1982 as an engineer.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of what it called a consensual relationship with an employee. Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will take over as interim CEO immediately. A search for a new CEO is underway. In this #MeToo era, corporate America is under intense pressure to enforce workplace policies on gender equality and sexual harassment. Earlier this month, Guess Inc. co-founder Paul Marciano stepped down following a company investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault. John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney's animation chief, also recently said he was resigning over what he called "missteps" with employees. Krzanich joined Intel Corp. in 1982 as an engineer. The abrupt departure of Krzanich, who has been the Intel's top executive since 2013, overshadowed otherwise positive news for the $246 billion tech company. Intel said Thursday that it expects to post a per-share profit of 99 cents in the second quarter, 13 cents better than Wall Street was expecting, and revenue of $16.9 billion, which is also better than had been projected by industry analysts. Shares of Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, California, slid 2 percent in early trading.

The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox's entertainment businesses following Comcast's $65 billion offer for the company. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They are amassing ever more programming to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers' attention — and dollars. The bidding war comes after AT&T bought Time Warner for $81 billion after a federal judge rejected the government's antitrust concerns. Disney's move had been expected ever since Comcast's bid, which was higher than Disney's original offer in December of $52.5 billion in stock. Comcast's offer was all cash. Disney's new offer of $38 per share is half cash and half stock. In a statement Wednesday Disney said it is raising its offer because Fox's value increased due to "tax reform and operating improvements." It did not mention Comcast's bid. "After six months of integration planning we're even more enthusiastic and confident in the strategic fit of the assets and the talent at Fox," said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement. The deal would include Fox film and TV studios, some cable networks and international assets, but not Fox News Channel or the Fox television network. Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch said the company "firmly believes" that the combination with Disney is a good fit. "We remain convinced that the combination of 21CF's iconic assets, brands and franchises with Disney's will create one of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world," he said in a statement. But the company also said it is still weighing both offers, and noted that Disney's new bid doesn't have any provisions in it that prevents Fox from considering other offers. Fox and Disney shareholders had been scheduled to vote on Disney's original bid July 10, but that meeting has been postponed.


Patricia Affonso-Dass (left) takes over the leadership of CHTA from Karolin Troubetzkoy.
Photo Credit: Margot Jordan

Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass has taken up office as the new President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). Karolin Troubetzkoy, the regional trade association's outgoing president, handed over the gavel to Affonso-Dass in an emotional transition at CHTA's Annual General Meeting during which she was hailed for her personal contributions to the region during challenging times. New President Affonso-Dass, Group General Manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados, thanked Troubetzkoy for her selfless efforts leading the association, while Grenadian hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin congratulated her on her steady leadership. "I would just like to say a sincere thank you for a job well done. I am very proud of you." Troubetzkoy expressed her appreciation for the good wishes of her colleagues. She will now serve both as Chair of CHTA as well as of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Educational Foundation (CHTAEF). A true pan-Caribbean woman, Affonso-Dass, a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was born in Roseau, Dominica and lived in Trinidad and Antigua before moving to Guyana where she grew up. She has made Barbados her home for the past 20 years. Affonso-Dass has been the president of both the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and runs the Ocean Hotels group, which is a family-owned company with three unique hotels on the south coast of Barbados: Ocean Two Resort and Residences, the four-diamond oceanfront venue on Dover Beach; The Sea Breeze Beach Hotel, the all-inclusive hotel on Maxwell Coast Road; and The South Beach Hotel, the chic boutique hotel near Rockley Beach. She will serve as president of the association for the next two years.

As the fourth Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) gets underway in Miami this weekend, the CEO of the Caribbean's largest private sector organisation is paying tribute to one of its leaders for uniting the region in the aftermath of last September's hurricanes. Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), lauded the leadership of outgoing CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy of St. Lucia for her protection and promotion of the Caribbean brand and also for her personal and corporate support of destinations that were severely impacted by last year's twin storms. Speaking ahead of the official opening of CHIEF at the Hyatt Regency Miami, Comito described Troubetzkoy's presidency as "pervasive and powerful" - from addressing the Zika epidemic, immediately upon taking the reins of the organisation, to helping Caribbean people put their lives back together after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped communities apart. "Looking back at the many successful rehabilitation and recovery initiatives, it is important to remember the selfless and untiring efforts of Karolin Troubetzkoy who has been a bold champion of our brand and our people," Comito said. Highlighting Troubetzkoy's role in the launch of the "One Caribbean Family" initiative, which united hotels and businesses to do good, he added the initiative also underscored the fact that more than 70 percent of Caribbean destinations were not affected by the storms and were ready to welcome visitors so they, in turn, could help affected neighboring islands and their people. "Those of us who are open for business are going to benefit from business that was meant for other islands ... so we should try to give back," Troubetzkoy implored last year, encouraging fellow hoteliers to support the Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund, borne of the "One Caribbean Family" campaign. The Recovery Fund, administered by the Tourism Cares organisation, a nonprofit supported by the world's leading tourism companies and organisations, was created to propel long-term recovery and strengthen the ability of impacted destinations to rebound as quickly as possible. CHTA members and tourism partners within and without the region supported the fund, which raised more than a quarter of a million US dollars, Comito reported. Programs focused on training and education, restoring destination capacity, physical restoration of tourism-related infrastructure, social enterprise development, job creation, hotel training, voluntourism and the environment. "It is especially humbling to be handed the reins by Karolin Troubetzkoy, an icon of our profession," said Patricia Affonso Dass, incoming CHTA President. "Karolin went way beyond the call of duty - when she graciously agreed to start her tenure several months earlier - a wonderful bonus to have more of her bold approaches and her diplomatic clout enhancing our work. Her leadership and tireless work to support relief and recovery efforts comforted many. She led the charge in telling the world and our travel partners that much of the region was 'open for business' for which many in our region should be eternally grateful." For more information about Tourism Cares visitwww.tourismcares.org/caribbean.


Referee Damir Skomina from Slovenia shows the red card to Colombia's Carlos Sanchez, bottom, during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated his team's victory over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who was the target of a death threat after receiving a red card in an earlier match at the World Cup. The suspended midfielder was sent off in the team's 2-1 loss to Japan in its opening game. He did not play in the 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday. Colombian authorities are investigating the death threat, which was made on social media. The message appeared with an image of Sanchez and Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Medellin on July 2, 1994, days after returning from the United States after competing at the World Cup. Escobar scored an own-goal against the host country at the tournament. "This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he has had a very hard time these last few days," Pekerman said. "We achieved this victory and I wanted to share it with him. I'm expressing it personally but it's something that the whole squad feels." Sanchez could be back for Colombia's final Group H game against Senegal on Thursday in Samara. "The player was deeply affected by this matter," Pekerman said. "And I think that we understand that football is something. We play with a lot of responsibility and a lot of dedication and so forth, but these things shouldn't be said lightly. And whether it's confirmed or not, this is something that his very painful." Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 earlier Sunday and lead the group with four points each. Colombia has three points and would advance with another victory. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Mexican players celebrate after their win against Germany in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (PHOTO: AP)

Seven teams have won their first two World Cup matches, and six of them are through to the next round. The exception is Mexico. El Tri still may need points to secure a place in the round of 16 for a seventh consecutive World Cup. Victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea weren't quite enough. If Sweden beats Mexico on Wednesday and Germany beats South Korea, three teams would be tied atop Group F with six points, sending it to tiebreakers that start with the best goal differential. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said there wasn't any panic when he and his teammates learned they had unfinished business in their final game. "We knew that we were going to play for first place against Sweden," Ochoa told reporters Sunday. "This result wasn't going to change anything." If Mexico and South Korea both win, Mexico would win the group and every other team would be tied with three points. Sweden hasn't made it to the second round since 2006. And like Mexico, six points wouldn't necessarily be enough to advance. The Swedes might end up needing to win by two goals, depending on what Germany does. Mexico upset Germany 1-0 in its opener and then dispatched South Korea 2-1. It looked like those results would be enough for Mexico to advance, but then Toni Kroos scored deep into extra time to give Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden, setting up the various scenarios that will come into play during Tuesday's simultaneous matches. SHOW OF SUPPORT Swedish midfielder Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to racial attacks from fans on social media after the loss to Germany. Durmaz entered the game as a substitute, and his foul gave Germany the free kick that set up Kroos' game-winner. Durmaz was born in Sweden to ethnic Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey. He's been called a "terrorist," and vitriol has also been directed at his family. The online abuse was reported to police. In a show of unity, the team and coach Janne Andersson stood with Durmaz as the player read a statement Sunday before a training session, calling the attacks "completely unacceptable." "I am proud to play in the Swedish national team," Durmaz said. "I will never let any racists destroy that pride. We must all stand against all forms of racism." SCORING DIFFICULITY A two-goal victory by Sweden would guarantee it a spot in the next round. But that's easier said than done. Sweden has just two goals for the tournament, by Andreas Granqvist and Ola Toivonen. Marcus Berg, who had eight goals in qualifying, has been held scoreless despite a team-high six scoring opportunities through two games. WALL OF OCHOA While Mexico's defense has been solid, Ochoa is the biggest reason that El Tri have given up just one goal in the tournament. Known by supporters as "The Great Wall of Ochoa," he has been a steadying presence for Mexico and has a tournament-high 14 saves. He stopped nine shots against Germany and five against South Korea. Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel is next with 10 saves. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


(Image: AP: The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia)

President Donald Trump on Monday trash-talked a Virginia restaurant that asked his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to leave because she worked for his administration. Trump, in a Monday morning tweet, said that The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia "should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders". "I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!" added Trump, an admitted germophobe who has said he prefers eating at fast food chains rather than independent eateries because he trusts them more. Images of the restaurant, a three-hour-drive from Washington, online appear to show no evidence of serious disrepair, with clean-looking green awnings and white paint on the doors and trim. Sanders tweeted over the weekend that she was asked to leave the restaurant by its owner on Friday evening because she worked for Trump. Sanders said she "politely left" and that the owner's "actions say far more about her than about me". The restaurant's co-owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday, but she told The Washington Post that her reasons for booting Sanders included the concerns of employees who were gay and knew Sanders had defended Trump's desire to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Several other Trump administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have been confronted in public in recent days amid intense fury over an administration policy that led to a spike in the number of migrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border illegally. Nielsen cut short a working dinner at a Mexican restaurant last week after protesters shouted, "Shame!" until she left. Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller was accosted by someone at a different Mexican restaurant, who called him "a fascist", according to the New York Post. The displays of hostility have set off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public, with Sanders's father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, denouncing his daughter's treatment as "bigotry". For breaking news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS.

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Rising waters forced rescuers to suspend the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing for two days in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, but officials said on Monday they believe they're still alive. The boys, aged 11-15, are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province with their 25-year-old coach late on Saturday afternoon. A mother reported that her son did not return from soccer practice that day, setting off the search. The rising water frustrated efforts on Monday by the rescuers, including navy SEAL divers, to move further into the cave complex, which is thought to be about 6-8km (4-5 miles) long and contain some large chambers. By Monday evening, officials made the call to temporarily pull out. "We went in a few kilometres and were able to enter a second chamber behind the entrance. In that chamber, there was an area where I saw shoes and bags left behind on the ground. We believe the students have gone further in," said Lt Naponwath Homsai, a SEAL team member. He said they would wait for water pumps to be brought in and that would hopefully help them access another passageway. (Image:AP) Bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance of the cave. The area was filled with soldiers and rescue personnel. Despite heavy rain and rising waters, officials are hopeful that there are still safe spaces in the cave complex, Chiang Rai Deputy Governor Passakorn Bunyalak told a news conference. "We're confident that the kids should still be in good condition," he said, noting that rescuers had seen nothing inside the cave to indicate otherwise. Getting deeper into the cave has required lots of oxygen and special diving skills, which would also complicate rescue efforts once the boys are found, Passakorn said. He said divers might have to first bring food in and the boys might need to wait out the flood or learn the basics of scuba to get out. Officials said parts of the cave were flooded under at least 5 meters (16 feet) of water. The cave, cut into a mountainside in far northern Thailand near the border with Myanmar, is a local tourist attraction but can flood severely during the rainy season, which runs from June to October. Kamolchai Kotcha, an official at the forest park where the cave is located, said Monday morning that attempts to reach a large chamber about 4km (2.5 miles) from the entrance of the cave had failed as the passage is extremely small, "flooded and covered with sand and mud". According to Kamolchai, tourists trapped in the cave by past floods have been rescued after the water receded a few days later. For breaking news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS.


Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored braces as Belgium crushed Tunisia 5-2 to all but secure their place in the World Cup knockout stages. The Red Devils just need England to avoid defeat to Panama in Sunday's other Group G game to confirm their last-16 spot and no team at Russia 2018 will want to be drawn against Roberto Martinez's side after this swashbuckling display. Belgium were dominant from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes through Hazard's penalty and Lukaku's fine finish. Dylan Bronn then handed the African side an unlikely lifeline before Lukaku - who scored twice in the opening 3-0 win over Panama - restored Belgium's lead to become his country's all-time top scorer at major tournaments with seven goals. Hazard netted his second early in the second half, while substitute Michy Batshuayi – who had earlier missed three golden opportunities – scored a fifth in the 90th minute. Wahbi Khazri bagged a late consolation for Tunisia, but it did little to take the shine off a memorable result for Belgium. Should England overcome Panama then only top spot in the group will be at stake when Belgium face Gareth Southgate's side on Thursday, while Tunisia will be eliminated should the result of Sunday's game be anything other than an unlikely Panama win. Belgium, who named the same starting XI that cruised past Panama in their opening game, got off to a great start after six minutes thanks to some clumsy defending from Syam Ben Youssef. The full-back's late challenge on Hazard was deemed, with the use of VAR, to have been just inside the area and the Chelsea man stepped up to crack the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-left corner. Hazard failed to turn home Lukaku's low cross from close-range soon after but the latter doubled the Red Devils' advantage after 16 minutes. Dries Mertens won possession just inside the Tunisia half before driving forward and feeding Lukaku. The Manchester United striker then arrowed a low strike across Farouk Ben Mustapha into the bottom-right corner for his third goal of the tournament. Any thoughts that the rampant Belgians would accelerate out of sight were dispelled - at least briefly - just two minutes later, though. Khazri's inswinging free-kick from the left was met by Bronn, who flashed a header past Thibaut Courtois entirely against the run of play. That goal served to halt Belgium's early dominance, but they did grab a third with almost the last kick of the half. The impressive Thomas Meunier found Lukaku inside the area and the in-form striker clipped a delightful finish over the onrushing Mustapha. Any faint hopes that Tunisia had of clawing their way back into the game were extinguished six minutes into the second half when Hazard scored his second. Toby Alderweireld's long pass from defence was taken on the chest by Hazard, who then rounded Mustapha to stroke into an empty net. With the game essentially wrapped up, Martinez opted to bring Lukaku off before the hour, the striker having picked up a knock on his foot earlier in the game. Yannick Carrasco came close to adding a fifth goal when his whipped effort from outside the area fizzed agonisingly past the post, while Batshuayi saw an effort cleared off the line by Yassine Meriah after he had rounded the goalkeeper. Batshuayi looked like he would endure a miserable afternoon after two more missed opportunities – one crashing back off the crossbar from close-range – but the Chelsea man finally scored late on, meeting Youri Tielemans' fine cross at the back post with a controlled half-volley. Khazri scored a consolation deep into stoppage time after a neat swivel in the box, but it mattered little as Belgium comfortably took a giant stride towards the last 16. Key Opta Stats: - Belgium have won each of their last six World Cup group-stage matches, winning their last one in 2002, all three in 2014 and their opening two of this tournament. - Tunisia are now winless in 13 World Cup matches (D4 L9), losing their last four in a row. - Lukaku has scored 17 goals in his last 11 matches for Belgium, failing to score in just one of those matches (against Portugal earlier this month). - Belgium have won 11 of their 12 competitive matches under Roberto Martinez (D1), scoring 51 goals and conceding just eight. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

This is the moment a man proposedto his girlfriend in the stands during the Poland-Senegal match at the Russia World Cup. The man can be seen dropping to one knee as the action unfolds behind him. Fans surrounding him begin to whoop and holler as he brought out a ringbefore the crowd starts chanting “Yes, yes, yes!” And the unnamed woman obliges, giving her approval and hugging her new fiancé. The video was filmed by Walter Ruigufrom Nairobi, Kenyaat the Group H match on June 19in Moscow. The match was marred with controversy when Senegal player M’baye Niang, who was off the pitch receiving treatment, rushed back on to intercept a back pass to the goalkeeper, before netting his country’s winner.


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May 30, 2018

Saint Lucia Carnival 2018

Pumping rhythms, sexy costumes and the people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun; welcome to Saint Lucia Carnival! Almost on the heels of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Saint Lucia’s cultural landscape morphs into a flurry of chrome plated steel drums, feathers, and beads. No matter where you are or who you are, Saint Lucia Carnival is something to behold.

In the months, weeks and hours leading up to Saint Lucia Carnival, there are numerous events that are a must see, whether you’re a Carnival veteran, or Carnival newbie. Some of the staple events - the Calypso Tents, Calypso Monarch, Party Monarch, and Carnival Parade are the deep-rooted cultural aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. But it won’t be Carnival without the ‘wining’ and jumping and non-stop partying.

Here’s a great tip for first-time Carnival revellers - ‘wining’, is a local Caribbean-wide term used to describe the rotational movement of the hips either to the left or to the right, whichever way your waistline can go really. Before you brave any Saint Lucia Carnival event, don’t be afraid to perfect your ‘wining’ motions. You can bet on someone asking pretty ladies to “take ah wine.” Either way, master the move so that you keep up with the locals and really party like a Saint Lucian.

By the time Carnival Monday rolls around, your dancing skills will help burn off all the yummy calories you’ll be consuming – let’s face it; Saint Lucia’s Carnival food scene is just as fabulous! The ultimate Carnival experience is when one joins a “band.” Competing band members flock together at predetermined locations near the staging area, for the beginning of what will be a hyperactive dance session through the city’s streets. With speakers the size of warehouse refrigerators, the vibrations and sounds begin with only the trance of soca leading you throughout the streets of Saint Lucia.

If you’re still alive at the end of Carnival Monday, many band members will go off to enjoy official band parties or you can opt to go home to revitalize yourself – don’t worry, you can comfort yourself by the fact that the next day is Carnival Tuesday…

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August 01, 2018

Chocolate Heritage Month 2018

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Spend August satisfying your sweet tooth during Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Month.

Saint Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island still produces some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate. Many of Saint Lucia’s top resort spas and restaurants use the island’s native cocoa in spa treatments and savory and sweet culinary creations that are both indulgent and healthful.

August is an ideal time to sample inventive “choc-tails” and specialty tasting menus, relax with beneficial chocolate-infused spa treatments and enjoy “tree to bar” cocoa plantation tours with island-wide hotel and resort offers. Click here for more information. 

For a deeper look into the island’s chocolate heritage, you can take a plantation tour that shares the history and tradition of Saint Lucian cocoa production. Choose from a variety of experiences such as Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate. The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour will lead you through the cocoa fermentation house where you can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans. Or, take a behind the scenes look at a bean-to-bar single estate boutique chocolate maker at Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory.

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August 31, 2018

Roots & Soul Festival 2018

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A festival dedicated to musicians who are setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B, with performances, master classes and encounters between artists and other actors in the music business. Like Saint Lucia Jazz, there will be free and paying concerts, in various parts of the island. This event will bring together musicians, record labels, online music stores and platforms, specialized journalists and other actors in order to enhance market access for Saint Lucian and other musicians and producers.