Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia have earned another environmental accolade. Travelife Gold Certification status was conferred on two of the world’s best hotels in recognition of responsibly managing their socio-economic and environmental impacts. Travelife is an international certification system, promoting sustainability within the tourism industry. It helps tour operators, hotels and accommodations to manage and monitor their social and environmental impacts, as well as communicate their achievements to customers. It is an easy to use sustainability system which provides members with a practical framework to improve their business. To gain Travelife Gold certification, the resorts were assessed against 150 sustainability criteria, including environmental issues, such as minimizing the amount of energy, waste and water. The social criteria recognize positive actions for employee welfare, working with the local community and businesses, child protection and human rights. Properties must also demonstrate they are protecting local traditions and wildlife. Both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain were created with environmental consciousness at heart and their efforts combine a strong commitment to the environment, sustainability, best practices and community support. Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet consistently top lists of the best hotels in the Caribbean and worldwide, particularly for their environmentally conscious approach and their romantic offerings. Most recently, readers of influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure voted Jade Mountain among the world’s top 25 hotels and number two in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas category. Anse Chastanet was not far behind, placing number six among Caribbean hotels. Last year, Jade Mountain also became the first hotel in the Caribbean to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. Highlights of the sustainable practices at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain include: An active, written water plan with specific usage and savings goals and a “water is life” water management philosophy, which was undertaken to make the water supply independent from the community of Soufrière to avoid burdening the community in any way All cleaning products in use are non-toxic, non-corrosive and biodegradable Strict wastewater discharge practices to minimize the impact on the environment, including treated greywater reuse for irrigation, a towel and sheet reuse program, rainwater collection and reuse, no wash-down of large areas, composting beach toilets and an on-site wastewater treatment plant Preventing extraction of native flora and fauna Helping manage the protected nearshore area and playing an instrumental role in the creation and implementation of the Soufrière Marine Management Authority, which led to the declaration of the entire nearshore marine environment as a marine reserve Practicing good energy-saving behavior is part of the company culture – resort teams are encouraged to look for ways to save energy dollars at home, then bring these best practices to work Clean air and fuel-efficient measures regarding transportation Adherence to “reduce, reuse and recycle” “Respecting the people, nature and cultural aspects of St. Lucia and showing guests how it’s done at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain was central in achieving Travelife Gold Certification,” said the resorts’ Executive Director, Karolin Troubetzkoy. The resorts provide guests with information about the culture, history and ecology of the region. Local environmental protection efforts and social and cultural activities are also noted, inviting guests to provide feedback with opportunities to participate in charitable programs and raise funds for specific projects. Guests are also invited to partake in environmental activities such as reef cleaning, beach cleaning and tree planting. Most recently, together with the culinary team, a “conservation cuisine” initiative was launched to serve lionfish as a delicacy to offset the irreparable damage the invasive species has caused to coral reefs. “We want to thank Travelife for recognizing our efforts, and congratulate our staff – such accolades are impossible without their commitment to excellence,” Troubetzkoy added For more information about Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, visit www.jademountain.com and www.ansechastanet.com.

U.S. stocks were down in morning trading Tuesday, giving up small gains from a day earlier as investors weighed quarterly earnings from several retailers and other companies. Technology stocks, health care companies and retailers were the biggest laggards. Energy companies fell along with the price of crude oil. Utilities companies were up slightly. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 9 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,575 as of 10:41 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 104 points, or 0.5 percent, to 23,335. The Nasdaq composite slid 22 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,734. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,468. NOT A GOOD LOOK: TJX Cos., the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, fell 3.8 percent after reporting revenue and earnings that missed analysts' estimates. Its shares lost $2.66 to $68.10. FOUL OUTLOOK: Dick's Sporting Goods slid 4.9 percent after the retailer reported a solid quarter but also said its earnings per share could drop as much as 20 percent next year. The stock gave up $1.30 to $25.02. TECH SLIDE: A broad slide in technology stocks weighed on the market. Micron Technology shed 55 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $45.06. GEEZ, GE: General Electric slumped 4.7 percent as analysts downgraded the industrial conglomerate a day after it pulled back on profit expectations and slashed its dividend in half. The stock was down 89 cents to $18.13. It's now down more than 42 percent this year. TAKING FLIGHT: Buffalo Wild Wings soared 24.6 percent on a report that Roark Capital has offered to buy the restaurant chain for $150 a share, or $2.3 billion. Buffalo Wild Wings shares added $28.80 to $146.05. REVVED UP: Advance Auto Parts vaulted 20 percent after the company's latest quarterly earnings exceeded Wall Street's expectations. The stock gained $16.44 to $98.72. BONDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.38 percent from 2.41 percent late Monday. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude was down 62 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $56.14 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was off $1.24, or 2 percent, at $61.95 a barrel in London. The slide in oil prices weighed on energy company shares. Baker Hughes fell $1.20, or 3.8 percent, to $30.68. General Electric, which owns a majority stake in the oil and gas giant, said Monday it might distance itself from Baker Hughes as it seeks to lessen its exposure to volatile energy prices. CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 113.32 yen from 113.57 yen on Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1757 from $1.1667. MARKETS OVERSEAS: Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent, while France's CAC 40 shed 0.6 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed. Earlier in Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index finished flat. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slipped 0.1 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.9 percent. South Korea's Kospi edged down 0.2 percent. Shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were mostly higher.


Jabary Williams (left) and his stepmother, Maureen Wright, seen here in 2016 receiving a gift from Trevor Munroe,  Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), a not-for-profit NGO locally, that is dedicated to the building of integrity and combatting corruption in Jamaica.

Two years ago when Jabary Williams, a 19-year-old resident of Kidd Lane in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, found $100,000 and decided to turn over the money to its owner, he was made the laughing stock of his community. Instead of being praised for his honesty, the teenager was jeered and taunted for his good deed, to the point where he was left feeling dejected. But soon after the story made national headlines, several corporate entities came out to offer assistance to Williams, changing his life positively and reinforcing the maxim that, ‘Honesty is the best policy’. Fast forward to 2017, and Loop News reached out to the youngster on the anniversary of the incident. Williams took time out to reflect on the journey since the fateful occurrence. While he pointed out that not all of the promises to him came to fruition, he said the roller-coaster experience certainly made him a better individual. “Looking back on the day in question, if I had to do it again, I would not hesitate,” said Williams, who was spotted walking along Spanish Town on Tuesday. “I can remember the incident like it was yesterday. I was walking on the road, when I saw a bag and decided to pick up the item and look into the bag. When I checked, I saw a large sum of money in the bag. There was also an identification card,” outlined Williams. He said he decided to reach out to the owner, whom he recognised from looking at the identification card that was in the bag. But he was in for his first surprise. “For my trouble, the owner bought me a drink and said he was thankful,” Williams indicated. Now two years to the day, he remembered how many persons in his community tried to make him feel bad over the incident, but said things have been slowly improving for him. “Things are improving since the ordeal. Sagicor opened an account for me, and I was also given a trip to one of the hotels to spend some time with my family,” he outlined. He also indicated that his employers at a bakery were impressed with reports of his action, and offered for him to get some training with a view of fostering a career advancement for him, but said that and a number of other opportunities from even overseas were missed because he was without some necessary documentation, including a birth certificate, at the time. “Yes, it’s true,” said a close family member. “Because he did not have his papers, he was not able to capitalise on opportunities even from overseas, having gotten calls and offers of scholarships.” But having lost out then, Williams has since gotten his things in order, and is hoping it is not too late to benefit from any opportunities that may still be in the pipeline. He said while many people who see him on the roads still commend him for the deed two years ago, there are still others who continue to lash out at him for not having taken the funds. Williams said he smiles when he hears such talk, as he strongly believes his decision to do the right thing will make his life better in the long-run.

(Photo: St Maarten, after the passage of Hurricane Irma)

Hurricane Irma has been called the most devastating storm to hit the Caribbean and has cost the region over US$10 billion in damages. According to a study by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, Hurricane Irma was the highest category 5 of the longest intensity to dateand created widespread damage across the Caribbean. The study, which was released in September 2017, showed the respective reports of damage in costs per Caribbean island. (Photo: CEDIM/KIT) Puerto Rico recorded the greatest cost in damages with an estimated US$800 million, with St Barts in second place with approximately US$780 million in damages. Antigua and Barbuda, which experienced great devastation after Barbuda was decimated by the storm, registered US$215 million in damages. KIT, the “Research University in the Helmholtz Association“, creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 26,000 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Since 2010, the KIT has been certified as a family-friendly university.


Paris Saint-Germain Neymar.

Zinedine Zidane refused to rule out a stunning move to bring Neymar to Real Madrid as he spoke ahead of this weekend's LaLiga derby with Atletico Madrid. The Brazil star became the world's most expensive player when he swapped Madrid's Clasico rivals Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in August. However, reports have linked the 25-year-old with a return to Spain, at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Zidane conceded anything could happen in the future. "Neymar is a very good footballer, that's true," said Zidane as he prepared for Saturday's meeting with Atletico. "I have the best players here at this club and the same goes for the dressing room. You can only work with and focus on the players that are here. As for the future, who knows?" It was put to the Frenchman that Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo may have an issue with having to share the spotlight with Neymar, but the Bernabeu boss was evasive on the matter. "There's no debate there really," he added. "We have to focus on today, on now, who knows what will happen in the future? "I'm not going to come out and share my views on a player who doesn't play here. I respect him [Neymar], he's a good player, and that's it." Neymar has helped PSG climb to the top of the Ligue 1 table, scoring seven goals in eight top-flight outings.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board will announce on December 5whether Russian athletes will be allowed to participatein the 2018 WinterGames in Pyeongchang. The IOC saidon Friday that a decision will be made at a meeting of its executive board on December 5-6 in Lausanne, where on the opening dayit will hear reports fromtwo separate commissions it tasked in July 2016 withprobingalleged state-sanctioned doping and manipulation of performance-enhancing drugstestingin Russian sports, particularly at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. "A decision with regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 will be taken by the IOC Executive Board, based on the findings of the two Commissions led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, and IOC Member Denis Oswald," the IOC'spress service said. The board's decision is scheduled to be announced in a press briefing at 19:30local time on December 5. The World Anti-Doping Agency on Thursdayrefused to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), finding it to be non-compliant with the WADA code. However, according to Russian news agencyTASS, IOC president Thomas Bach said that decision would notaffectthe rulingon Russian athletes. The Pyeongchang Olympics will take place from February 9-25.


 In this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo, William O'Neill, an Ohio appeals court judge selected as the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives to represent Ohio's 14th District, laughs during a campaign stop at the Democratic party headquarters in Mentor, Ohio.

A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday that he was taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. Democrat William O'Neill's postwas immediately attacked as inappropriate and led to calls for his ouster. In it, he wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." He wrote that the women included "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland. After posting the message, he edited it to remove some identifying information about the women. O'Neill, 70, told The Associated Press that the details provided were true and that he was trying to make a point. "It's a matter of parody suggesting that, as a governor candidate, I assume I am the next target of the media frenzy," he said. "So I figure let's just get it out here on Front Street right here and now," he added, referring to the street where the Supreme Court building sits. Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the first woman to lead the state's high court, immediately condemned the post. "No words can convey my shock," she said in a statement. "This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary." All other Democrats seeking the governorship — former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state Rep. Connie Pillich and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni — called for O'Neill to resign, saying he was trivializing the issue. "As an attorney, I'm appalled at these remarks of a Supreme Court Justice," Sutton said. "As a Democrat, I'm horrified a statewide candidate would belittle victims of sexual harassment and assault this way. And, as a woman, I'm outraged he would equate sexual assault with indiscretion." Only a day earlier, Sutton unveiled a plan to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in state government, where two state lawmakers have resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations in about a month's time. Others to condemn the post included Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a GOP candidate for governor; state Democratic Chairman David Pepper; and the Republican National Committee. O'Neill's campaign spokesman also resigned over it Friday. O'Neill said the Facebook post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations. "Democrats are now calling for Al Franken's removal from the United States Senate for an indiscreet act for which he has apologized, the victim has accepted the apology — and now the feeding frenzy begins," O'Neill said. But many were particularly offended that O'Neill purported to be "speaking for all heterosexual males." "Newsflash: no one asked how many notches you have on your belt," the Republican National Committee's Ellie Hockenbury wrote in an email. "The so-called 'national feeding frenzy' is about empowering victims of sexual assault or harassment who've been afraid to speak up; it's not an opportunity to brag about your sexual conquests through the years." O'Neill's candidacy had already been under scrutiny. Republicans in the state Legislature have begun the process of removing him from the bench on grounds that he is violating a prohibition in the judicial code of conduct against running for a non-judicial office while serving on the bench. O'Neill argues he will not be a "candidate" under that rule until he files the necessary paperwork in February.

A little dog is believed to have died of a broken heart after being abandoned at an airport. The puppy, who was nicknamed Nube Viajera (travelling cloud) by locals, spent a month lingering at the Palonegro International Airport in Bucaramanga in Columbia. Local news site, Noticias RCN claimed big-hearted people tried to feed the dog, but she eventually stopped eating. And they believed the dog became depressed and died of “pure sadness”. In her last two days, the dogjust lay in a corner and gave up on life. A vet claimed: “The dog showed a detriment in a matter of 48 hours, even though we gave her food and medicine via intravenous injection, she fell into sadness and depression and did not survive." The black and white dog is believed to have been two years old and vets said it didn’t have the survival instinct.


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