International model Winnie Harlow is currently in the throes of a Carnival tabanca. The former America's Next Top Model (ANTM) posted a Carnival throwback photo on Instagram on Thursday with the caption,"Dreaming about carnival. What date is Trinidad Carnival again?" Her last visit was in 2016 where sheplayed mas withFantasyCarnival. Other celebs who visited that year included Trinidadian music video director, DJ and designer Vashtie Kola, comedian Affion Crockett and actor Damian Dante Wayans. While she hasn't officially confirmed her visit quite yet, she already appears to have a crew to pump with on the road. YouTube star Lilly Singh aka iiSuperwomanii commented on her post, indicating that she was already booked for Carnival 2019 and intended on visiting every year. "You're going? I have to!" she exclaimed when Singh confirmed her visit. "Neeeed!" was her reply to Che Kothari, Machel Montano's manager, when he confirmed next year's dates. The Canadian modelis currently dating Wiz Khalifa, whose ex, Amber Rose, also played mas in 2016. [image_gallery] 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

From left to right: Andrew Matalon, CEO of Matalon Distributors, Mahindra Devasingh, Export Manager of KPL Group Ltd and Michael Rosen, Sales Manager at Tankweld at the official launch for KPL's re-entry into Jamaica.

Matalon Distributors has signalled its intention to manufacture Kaleidoscope Paints (KPL) products in Jamaica after KPL exited the market over two decades ago. The Trinidad and Tobago-based KPL previously held a strong presence in Jamaica between 1989 and 1995 but a change in ownership resulted in the discontinuation of the brand locally. To signal its return, KPL hosted an official launch of its products on December 2, where the company announced a partnership with Matalon Distributors. Under the partnership, Matalon Distributors will utilise the Kaleidoscope brand in developments by Matalon Homes and Matalon Roofing. Kaleidoscope Paints offers a range of high-quality decorative, industrial, and marine paint products and will be distributed by Matalon Distributors and Tank Weld locally. CEO of Matalon Distributors, Andrew Matalon reckons that manufacturing Kaleidoscope products locally, will result in lower prices for consumers and provide additional employment. “Manufacturing in Jamaica will especially cater to contractors, who require in excess of over 200 gallons per colour, with local Jamaica manufacturing we will be able to deliver at a faster time from order date, and be able to offer an added value service to our customers, create more local employment, offer a more competitive price, and truly say ‘made in Jamaica’,” Matalon said. He hopes to begin manufacturing KPL paints from the Matalon Distributor head office in Kingston next year. KPL also plans to hire at least 20 members of staff with the aim of hiring more over time. “Our major development at this point is to get the Kaleidoscope brand out there and if all goes well, we will begin manufacturing at our head office in 2019,” Matalon said. “We like to take things one step at a time so once the paint line is up and running smoothly, we will explore the opportunities. [image_gallery] Marketing Managerof Kaleidoscope Paints, Nicole Masters gives the closing remarks at the official launch. Click the slider for more photos. Commenting further on the partnership, Matalon said his sales team was excited about the new product. “It’s an added product for sale for their sales team who are all very excited. Paints,roofing and concrete, they all complement each other.Tankweld distributes steel, plumbing, electrical to over 700 hardware stores in Jamaica with distribution in the west and north of Jamaica,” Matalon said. KPL and Matalan Distributors have invested US$300,000 in warehousing, marketing and trucking for distribution of the KPL products to date, Matalon told Loop News in response to questions via email. The Matalon Distributors CEO also sees the partnership with KPL as the perfect fit for both companies. “When customers buy roofing that goes hand-in-hand with construction, the paint will be a perfect complement. We want our customers to be able to get as many products from us and save them the hassle of dealing with different companies,” Andrew Matalon said. Founded in 1972 Kaleidoscope Paints was the first wholly-owned paint manufacturing company in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Including Jamaica, Kaleidoscope has a footprint in 15 Caribbean and South American markets. Outside of Trinidad, the company also manufactures its products in St Lucia. “Our mission is to be recognised as a world-class leader, a family-owned company in the Caribbean and South America, well recognised for high-quality products and services while providing personalised business relationships, customer satisfaction, employee motivation and shareholder value,” said Mahindra Deyalsingh, Export Director for KPL Group.

In this undated photo released by Huawei, Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is seen in a portrait photo. China on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, demanded Canada release the Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks. (Huawei via AP)

A Chinese telecommunications executive will appear in court Friday to seek bail, the latest development in a surprising legal wrangle that raises doubts about whether a U.S.-China trade cease-fire can hold. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, came as a jarring surprise after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a trade truce last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fears of renewed U.S.-China trade hostilities have rattled global financial markets. They tumbled Thursday. Stocks regained their equilibrium Friday in Europe and Asia after conciliatory words from Beijing but fell again on Wall Street. The bail hearing for Meng, who faces possible extradition to the United States after her arrest in Vancouver, Canada, last weekend, was set for later Friday. Meng requested a court publication ban that covers pretty much everything except her name. Huawei has been a subject of U.S. national security concerns for years and Meng's case echoes well beyond tariffs or market access. Washington and Beijing are locked in a clash between the world's two largest economies for economic and political dominance for decades to come. "It's a much broader issue than just a trade dispute," said Amanda DeBusk, chair of the international trade practice at Dechert LLP. "It pulls in: Who is going to be the world leader essentially." Meng was detained on the same day that Trump and Xi met at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina and agreed to a cease-fire in their trade war. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, reported she is suspected of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Huawei is the world's biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies and long has been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services. A U.S. National Security Agency cybersecurity adviser, Rob Joyce, last month accused Beijing of violating a 2015 agreement with the U.S. to halt electronic theft of intellectual property. Other nations are increasingly being forced to choose between Chinese and U.S. suppliers for next-generation "5G" wireless technology. U.S. critics are lobbying other countries not to buy the equipment from Huawei, arguing that the company may be working stealthily for Beijing's spymasters. "There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China's government and military tout as a 'national champion' is no exception," Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in October to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They urged him to keep Huawei off Canada's next-generation network. Still, a senior Japanese official cast doubt Friday over reports that his country was considering blocking Huawei and its biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., from government procurement contracts. He said there had been no decision. Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the countries that have moved to limit the Chinese companies' involvement in their next-generation telecoms networks. In a sign Meng's case might not derail the Trump-Xi truce, Beijing protested Meng's arrest but said talks with the Trump administration would go ahead. Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said China is confident it can reach a deal during the 90 days that Trump agreed to suspend a scheduled increase in U.S. import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese products. Some analysts say China has deployed predatory tactics in its drive to overtake America's dominance in technology and global economic leadership, such as forcing American and other foreign companies to hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market and engaging in cyber theft. Washington also regards Beijing's ambitious long-term development plan, "Made in China 2025," as a scheme to dominate such fields as robotics and electric vehicles by unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign competitors. Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency and now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both Huawei and its biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., are wedded to China's military and political leadership. "The threat from these companies lies in their access to critical internet backbone infrastructure," she said. The Trump administration has tightened regulations on high-tech exports to China and made it harder for Chinese firms to invest in U.S. companies or to buy American technology in cutting-edge areas like robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Earlier this year, the United States nearly drove ZTE out of business for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. But Trump issued a reprieve, perhaps partly because U.S. tech companies, major suppliers to ZTE, would also have been scorched. ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, change its board and management and let American regulators monitor its operations. The U.S. and Chinese tech industries depend on each other so much for components that "it is very hard to decouple the two without punishing U.S. companies, without shooting ourselves in the foot," said Adam Segal, cyberspace analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dean Garfield, president of the U.S. Information Technology Industry Council trade group, said innovation by U.S. companies often depends utterly on product development and testing by Chinese partners and component suppliers. Still, the pushback against Huawei and ZTE is limiting their reach into the world's richest markets. Nearly a year ago, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones. Barred from use by U.S. government agencies and contractors, they're mostly locked out of the American market. Derek Scissors, a China specialist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, doubts that China will change its tech policies since it needs innovative technologies to keep its economy growing as its labor force ages and it confronts a huge stockpile of debt. "We're not going to deal that away in 90 days," he said. "I don't see a way out of this." Likewise, Rod Hunter, an international economic official in President George W. Bush's White House and a partner at law firm Baker McKenzie, said, "I'm skeptical that the Chinese are going to want to say 'uncle.'" U.S. and Chinese officials are "trying to tackle a problem that is going to take years, maybe a decade, to resolve," he said.


Buju Banton reunites with daughter, Abihail.

Seven years ago, during Buju Banton’s sentencing, a US federal court in Tampa heard a heartfelt request for leniency from the reggae icon’s then 11-year-old daughter, Abihail Myrie. “I can’t imagine a life without my father,” the child reportedly wrote. “I would really appreciate if you would give him a second chance.” It was therefore no surprise the joy she felt over the weekend after being reunited with her dad following his release from prison on drug related charges. Abihail shared the heartwarming moment in a social media post. “I’ve imagined what this moment would be like, replaying it over and over again in my head but now I can stop imagining because that moment is finally here,” Abihail wrote. “It’s so real and I can’t even find the words to express how i feel. I missed you so much Im so happy to finally have you here. My heart is so full. How’d you make an exact replica of yourself though?? TWINNING!.” Photos of the moment show both Buju, real name Mark Myrie, and his daughter overjoyed as they embrace. The post has been shared thousands of times on social media as Buju Banton fans celebrate his release from prison.

From left: Miss Belarus Maria Vasilech, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson, Miss Mexico Photo caption : From left Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo and Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan

Jamaica's representative to the Miss World pageant, Kadijah Robinson, has finished in the top five of the competition held in Sanya, China. Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico was declared the winner, becoming the first Mexican queen to win the coveted title. The other contestants who qualified to the final round at the 68th Miss World contest wereMiss Belarus Maria Vasilech, Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo and Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan. The top-level performance from Robinson has triggered widespread praise from scores of Jamaicans who took to social media to commend the daughter of Black River, St Elizabeth on her performance. “Extremely proud of Miss Jamaica World Kadijah Robinson. Top 5 finish, Miss World Caribbean plus she had the entire world dancing our dances to our beats. Absolutely Amazing. Yes she hails from St. Bess,” said Floyd Green, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on his Twitter page. “Look at Miss Jamaica World, Kadijah Robinson go! #FLAIRY & #CHACHABOY to the World! All Asia ketch it and mi still a twist up my hand a try Willie Bounce #MissWorld2018,” said another Jamaican via Twitter. “Very proud of Kadijah Robinson, Miss World Jamaica and Miss World Caribbean 2018! She represented Jamaica well and she has contributed to the brand of Jamaican excellence that has dominated the world. We likkle but we tallawah! #MissWorld2018,” said Christopher Harper via his twitter page. Robinson, a physiotherapist at the Black River hospital in St Elizabeth, was also crowned Miss World Caribbean. .


Chelsea's David Luiz, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League football match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, Saturday Dec. 8, 2018.

Chelsea inflicted Manchester City's first loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, winning 2-0 as the champions were replaced by Liverpool in top spot. After losing two oftheir last three league games, Chelsea were forced to repel waves of City attacks before N'Golo Kante scored from the team's first shot on target in the 45th minute. Buoyed by going in front, Chelsea controlled the second half and David Luiz headed the hosts further in front in the 78th. It ended City's 21-game unbeaten run in the league stretching back into last season when Pep Guardiola's side won the title with 100 points. "They had minimum chances and scored," Guardiola said. "It is emotional for me to see these players do what they do every three days. It is the level that it is. We were outstanding except for five (or) eight minutes." Liverpool moved a point ahead of City after beating Bournemouth 4-0 earlier Saturday with Mohamed Salah scoring a hat trick. Chelsea is eight points behind Liverpool. City were without key players Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero at Stamford Bridge and manager Guardiola may have further injury concerns to contend with. With the busy festive period approaching, midfielder Fernandinho required treatment in the first half before the influential David Silva limped off with an apparent hamstring issue in the second half. For all of their possession and pressing in attacking areas, City created little and couldn't recover from conceding. While the visitors had a handful of decent openings, they failed to register a meaningful attempt on goal until Gabriel Jesus' effort in injury time. Strikers were conspicuous by their absence, with Hazard and City's Raheem Sterling deployed in the false nine position. Maurizio Sarri explained his deployment of Hazard, without a goal in 11 matches for club and country, as being for "faster football." The Belgian showed his class in the crucial moments of the match by creating both goals. Chelsea struck on the counter-attack. Luiz's long ball found Pedro Rodriguez, whose crossfield ball to Willian did not create the intended shooting chance. Willian found Hazard, who slid the ball through for the late-arriving Kante to blast in for his second league goal of the season. The second came from a set piece. Hazard's inswinging corner was met by Luiz, who rose highest to send a looping header into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku celebrated his return to the Manchester United starting line-up with a goal as Jose Mourinho's under-fire side breezed to a 4-1 win over an abject Fulham. Lukaku's close-range finish was his first at Old Trafford for 997 competitive minutes and followed efforts from Ashley Young and Juan Mata inside the opening half hour. Claudio Ranieri's team lived down to the reputation of the Premier League's bottom club and any encouragement from Aboubakar Kamara's 67th-minute penalty was extinguished by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's red card 47 seconds later. Marcus Rashford completed United's first win in five league games, achieved with Paul Pogba as an unused substitute, which lifts them up to sixth. Young did a fine job of lifting the prevailing mood at Old Trafford by nutmegging Denis Odoi on the left in the 13th minute and arrowing a superb strike into the top-right corner. Lukaku's pass cut Fulham apart down the same flank and Mata's finish through the legs of Tim Ream matched the precision of Rashford's cutback – the England forward whose venomous free-kick was well saved by Sergio Rico in the 38thminute. Unfortunately for the Fulham goalkeeper, the defensive efforts in front of him remained woefullytepid and Lingard released Mata to give Lukaku a simple finish before half-time. Rico bravely threw himself at Lukaku's feet to save following a teasing cross from Diogo Dalot early in the second half. Chris Smalling departed through injury, doing little to knock United out of their stride as Ander Herrera side-footed narrowly wide. The Spanish midfielder was then harshly adjudged to have fouled Kamara, who converted from the spot. Hopes of a Fulham revival were short-lived as Anguissa challenged Rashford untidily and was shown a second yellow card. The overworked Rico saved well from Rashford and Lukaku following the introduction of Fred as a substitute. Given those stops, it was somewhat galling when RicopattedRashford's speculative 83rd-minute effort into the net. What does it mean: Mourinho ends gloomy run The unusual spectacle of Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes effectively offering his client a vote of confidence on Friday stood as the latest indication that all is not well at Old Trafford. At the very least, this authoritative win acts as a moment of respite for their beleaguered boss, who tastes victory in the Premier League for the first time since November 3. If Fulham's return of four points from Ranieri's first three games at the helm wascause for encouragement, such a meek surrender perhaps indicates the true magnitude of his task with the Premier League's bottom club. United's flying start inspired by flying full-backs Young's goal was his first in 39 games across allcompetitions for United since a brace against former club Watford last November and he looked to repeat the trick shortly afterwards. On the other wing, Dalot had already driven forward from deep to send a pair of testing deliveries into the box. The veteran and the youngster gave United's performance a dynamism that has been sorely lacking over recent weeks and the rewards followed. Odoi horror show emblematic of Fulham's problems For United's opener, Young was kindly presented with the chance to relive his years as a flying winger. Odoi was obligingly nutmegged, taken out of the game too easily. His attempts to stop United's subsequent goals down his side were notable by their absence. It raised the wider question of why, asFulham spent in excess of £100million in the past transfer window, did they leave themselves needing to rely on a player appearing so out of his depth at Premier League level. What's next? United travel to Valencia with top spot in their Champions League group still up for grabs before a mouth-watering showdown against bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield next weekend. Fulham have a week to regroupbefore a London derby versus West Ham.


A climate conference participant looks at a police officer during the March for Climate, a protest against global warming in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, as the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference takes place in the city. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year's U.N. climate summit. Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour note the previous night, when the United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a landmark study on global warming. "I think it was a key moment," said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "The fact that a group of four countries were trying to diminish the value and importance of a scientific report they themselves, with all other countries, requested three years ago in Paris is pretty remarkable." The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special report on what would happen if average global temperatures rise by 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), and how to ensure they don't go higher, was widely regarded as a wake-up call for policy-makers when it was released in October . As diplomats wrapped up a week of technical talks Saturday, almost all 200 countries present in Katowice, Poland, had wanted to "welcome" the IPCC report, making it the benchmark for future action. But the U.S. and three other delegations objected. "The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "As we have made clear in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed the findings of the report." Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also called for the study to be "noted" but not "welcomed." While none of the four-oil exporting countries spelled it out, their objection to the report likely included its suggestion that fossil-fuel use needs to be phased out by 2050. Oil, gas and coal are major sources of carbon dioxide, which traps heat in the atmosphere. The 2015 Paris agreement set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), ideally 1.5 C by the end of the century. "A 1.5 C and a 2 C worlds are very different in terms of mean climate, extremes, sea level rise, and climate-related risks," said one of the report's leading contributors, Valerie Masson-Delmotte. The higher threshold increases the likelihood of "climate change hot spots challenging basic water, food, economic security and the risk of irreversible loss of wildlife," she said. Observers at the talks said the two Gulf countries' objection to the IPCC report came as no surprise. "The Saudis with their sidekicks the Kuwaitis have long been troublemakers in this in this process," said Meyer, who has followed international climate negotiations for many years. Russia's intentions were unclear, he said, while the U.S. position appeared to be driven by what he called President Donald Trump 's "cavalier attitude toward science in general and climate science in particular." "It's really an embarrassment for the world's leading scientific superpower to be in this position of having to disbelieve a report that was written by the world's scientific community including a large number of pre-eminent U.S. scientists," Meyer said. Saturday's floor fight casts doubt on whether countries will be able to reach consensus on important issues by Friday, including the need to step up national targets to curb carbon emissions. While many countries are sending ministers or even national leaders to the talks, the U.S. and Britain are among the countries that will be represented only by bureaucrats.

China launched a ground-breaking mission early Saturday aiming to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and US. A Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-4 lunar lander was launched at about 2:23 a.m. local time (1823 GMT, 7 December) on Saturday from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southern China. CCTV aired the blast-off of the rocket, claiming it was a successful one. Chang'e 4 is also a lander-rover combination and will explore both above and below the lunar surface after arriving at the South Pole-Aitken basin's Von Karman crater following a 27-day journey.