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Coca-Cola announced long-term recycling goals Friday, including attempting to recycle a bottle or can for every beverage it sells by 2030. The soda maker and other consumer products companies have been under pressure from customers and environmental advocates to stop using plastic packaging, and fast-food giant McDonald's unveiled new recycling goals of its own just this week. Coca-Cola Co. said it will work with local governments and environmental groups to meet the recycling goals. It plans to recycle bottles and cans from other companies, too. "The world has a packaging problem - and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it," CEO James Quincey said in a statement Friday. Greenpeace, which has criticised Coca-Cola before, said the company should focus on reducing the amount of plastic it produces, rather than just recycling more. "We can't recycle our way out of this mess," said Greenpeace campaigner Louise Edge, in a statement. Unlike other materials, plastics never break down in the environment and end up in tiny forms that are eaten by animals and end up in food, environmental groups say. A report issued last summer showed that global industry has produced 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950, and enough is still in circulation to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash. Quincey defended Coca-Cola's recycling goals, saying on a call with reporters that recycling and reusing plastics for bottles will reduce waste. The Atlanta-based company is also looking to reduce the amount of plastic it uses in bottles. Quincey wouldn't say how much the company plans to spend on the recycling goals, but said the initiative would pay for itself in the long run if the company uses more recycled materials for its packaging. McDonald's raised its packaging recycling targets this week, saying it aims to use all recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025. It also wants all of its 37,000 restaurants worldwide to recycle customer waste by that year. That would be up from 50 percent of its packaging that now comes from recycled or other environmentally friendly sources and about 10 percent of its restaurants that recycle customer waste. Quincey said the timing of the announcements was a coincidence, but that Coca-Cola would work with McDonald's since its drinks are sold at the chain's restaurants. The moves may also reflect more pressure from outside forces. McDonald's said that packaging waste was the top environmental issue that customers wanted to see addressed. And Larry Fink, CEO of the investment firm BlackRock, published a letter to CEOs this week saying that the questions companies must ask themselves include, "How are we managing our impact on the environment?"

Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behaviour, it was announced Friday. The news followed word that Times journalists had voted to join a union — a first in the paper's 136-year history. Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired after National Public Radio reported Thursday on allegations that he had engaged in what has been termed "frat-boy" behaviour while serving as an executive at two previous companies and was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits before he joined the Times on August 21. "Levinsohn has lost credibility as the leader of one of the country's top newspapers," said a petition to Times parent company Tronc Inc. signed by more than 200 staff members. Levinsohn will be replaced by President Mickie Rosen while Tronc investigates the allegations. "We will not hesitate to take further action, if appropriate, once the review is complete," Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn said in an email to employees, the Times reported. He didn't say how long the investigation might last. Levinsohn was the Times' fifth publisher in as many years. That turnover has contributed to rising discontent in the newsroom, which also saw jobs slashed and benefits cut as the Times struggled with declining advertising revenues and circulation in the face of online competition. Times daily circulation is now under 274,000, down from a high of more than one million in 1990. Times union organisers also were incensed that while staff benefits were being cut, Tronc last month signed a $5 million-a-year contract with a consulting business owned by its chairman, Michael Ferro. On Friday, a National Labor Relations Board tally found that newsroom workers voted 248 to 44 for representation by NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The vote was taken on January 4. The union must now negotiatea collective bargaining agreement. The union said it will seek better pay and benefits as well as "pay equity for women and people of colour, greater diversity and better working conditions" for reporters, copy editors, graphic artists and photographers. "This was a long time coming, and we're all thrilled that this has finally happened," Kristina Bui, a Times copy editor and union organiser, told the newspaper. "The newsroom has put up with so much disruption and mismanagement, and this vote just underscores how much of a say we need to have in the decision-making process. The newsroom is demanding a seat at the bargaining table." "We respect the outcome of the election and look forward to productive conversations with union leadership as we move forward," Tronc said in a statement. "We remain committed to ensuring that the Los Angeles Times is a leading source for news and information and to producing the award-winning journalism our readers rely on." Tronc fought Times organizing efforts. A day before the vote, the paper's editor-in-chief and former interim executive editor sent employees an email arguing that "a union won't solve most of the problems endemic to our industry." Most major news organisations in the United States, including The Associated Press, are unionised and digital media such as the Huffington Post also have seen successful organising efforts. The Times was owned for much of its history by the Chandler family and the paper was fervently anti-union. In 2000 it was sold to the Tribune Co., which went through a period of bankruptcy and turmoil. The company spun off its publishing arm as Tribune Publishing in 2014, which was later renamed Tronc, for Tribune Online Content. Chicago-based Tronc is the nation's third-largest newspaper publisher and its properties include many venerable papers, including the Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun.


One tourist couple visiting a Caribbean beach got some itchy visitors of their own. According to a report by Live Science, the British couple visited the Caribbean island of Martinique during a Caribbean cruise and after sunbathing on a beach on the French island reportedly developed itchy rashes on their behinds. The case, which was published on January 13, 2018 in BMJ Case Reports, said the woman felt a burning sensation on her rear end, which blossomed into an extremely itchy rash with 'red pinprick marks'. The woman's husband developed the same rash, and both went to the cruise ship's medical staff, who prescribed antibiotics and antifungal medications. However, the itchiness and burning continued. The couple then went to the hospital in Cambridge after returning from the cruise, 10 days later, only to be told that they had hookworms. Doctors diagnosed the 52-year-old woman and her husband with"cutaneous larva migrans," askin condition caused by a hookworm infection. The most common culprit for the infection in the Caribbean is the hookworm Ancylostoma braziliense, according to the case report. Even worse, five days later the woman developed a raspy cough and had trouble breathing. Her husband also developed a cough. Although hookworm larvae are unable to penetrate the basement membrane of human skin, some patients may get symptoms in their lungs if larvae get into the bloodstream and travel to the lungs, which proved to be the case for this unlucky couple. The couple was then given additional anti-parasitic medication and thankfully, the parasites were removed. Hookworm is commonly found in the Caribbean and the Americas.The hookworm larvae are excreted in the faeces of the infected animal host (usually dog or cat) onto sandy beaches or moist soil, where they can penetrate into the epidermis of human skin on contact. Initial symptoms typically include a burning sensation at the site of entry followed by the appearance of a slowly creeping, serpiginous rash over the next days to weeks. You can lower your risk of becoming infected with hookworms bywearing shoes when outdoors, especially in areas that might have faeces in the soil,drinking safe water, properly cleaning and cooking food andpractising proper handwashing. And the next time you decide to sunbathe on the sand, maybe you should spread a towel first.

Dwayne Tulloch

Digicel on Fridayannounced the appointment of Dwayne Tulloch as the new Chief Executive Officer for its Antigua and Barbuda operations effective immediately. Tulloch's immediate responsibilities include delivering operational excellence across all channels while adopting a digital-first approach to offering the best communications experience to all customers, Digicel said in a news release. As part of this role, Tulloch will also have oversight of Digicel’s Montserrat operations, where he will focus on helping to grow the GSM and Home Entertainment operations there. A Jamaican by birth, Tulloch brings over 12 years’ telecommunications experience to this role. He joined Digicel Jamaica as Service Delivery Manager in 2012, and one year later, he was promoted to Customer Care Director – which the company said istestament to his drive to succeed and his get-it-done-right approach. During his four-year tenure as Customer Care Director, he transformed the way Digicel interacted with its customers by formalising customer engagement via social media platforms and with the introduction of Live Web Chat. In his most recent role as Director of Operations for Digicel Jamaica, where he had responsibility for managing the Customer Care Project Management Office across both mobile and home entertainment units, Tullochsuccessfully led and executed the implementation of Local Number Portability in Jamaica as well as the establishment of the Jamaica Customer Care unit, which now serves 14English-speaking markets. Prior to joining Digicel, he was responsible for strategic business management at Xerox, where he managed the customer care operations for international companies such as US Cellular and Orange. Taking over from Janice Sutherland who exits the business to pursue personal ventures, Tullochsaid; “We want our customers across Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat to know that Digicel is invested in delivering the best communications and entertainment experience to them. We are committed to listening to our customers and designing products and services that, even more than before, place them at the forefront of our operations. Ultimately, our aim is to ensure that customers are fully satisfied with choosing Digicel as their provider of choice for mobile, home entertainment or ICT services.” In congratulating Tullochon his appointment, Vanessa Slowey, CEO for Digicel Caribbean and Central America, said; “I am very proud of Dwayne’s growth in Digicel to date. As one of the youngest in our senior management team, Dwayne has shown over and over again that he is also one of our brightest minds who is constantly bringing a fresh perspective to the business. I am confident that he will take our operations in Antigua and Barbuda and in Montserrat to the next level in delivering superior experiences to all our customers. I also want to use this opportunity to thank Janice Sutherland for her leadership to the team over the years and wish her all the very best in her endeavors.” Throughout his tenure in Digicel Jamaica, Tulloch led his teams to copping eleven Jamaican national customer service awards, including the coveted PSOJ/JACSA Service Excellence Award (large business category) in 2015, as well a personal award for the ‘Project of the Year’ from the Project Management Institute of Jamaica for his role as the lead in the implementation of Jamaica’s LTE roll-out.


Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

If Rafael Nadal wanted a fitness test in the first week, he got one in his almost four-hour, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman. After embracing at the net, his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal secure, top-ranked Nadal draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. "A great battle ... he's a good friend of mine," Nadal said. "This is the first big match that I played in 2018. One match like this probably helps. That's confidence for myself, that's confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity." Nadal lost last year's Australian Open final in five sets to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee. He didn't play a competitive match before the season-opening major, and advanced through three rounds without dropping a set. That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set to level the match, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back against Nadal. The key game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes and 20 points, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points as Schwartzman attacked him with everything he had. The 16-time major winner broke again in the next game and withstood more break points — seven in all in the last set and 15 of 18 in the match — before clinching it in 3 hours, 51 minutes. "It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure," Nadal said. "So, yeah, a lot of positive things that I managed well." Nadal will next play sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta. "It was a big battle. I was really relieved I played such a good tiebreaker at the end," the 2014 U.S. open winner said. Of his Grand Slam milestone, Cilic said he hadn't been aware of it before the match "but it's beautiful to hear. "I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one. I hope I'm going to continue and gather three more here." Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and continued 33-year-old Andreas Seppi's long drought with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win on Hisense Arena. Seppi has now played 52 majors without reaching the quarterfinals — he has lost in the fourth round five times. Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. After saving two match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was "playing with the house money" and had nothing to lose. "I think being almost out of the tournament, you have nothing to lose after that," Wozniacki said. "I played really well from being down 5-1 ... since then I've just kept that going." She has won both matches since in straight sets and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6. After a tight tussle in the opening four games against No. 19-seeded Rybarikova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Wozniacki dominated the fourth-round match and conceded only six points in the second set. She even tried a between-the-legs "tweener" from near the baseline for the first time in a tour-level match. She didn't win the point, but said it was progress. "I think you can tell my confidence is high," Wozniacki, who finished last season by winning the WTA Finals title, said in an on-court TV interview. "I tried a tweener today and it went in." She looked at a replay on the stadium screen and joked "I'm admiring myself there." Elise Mertens reached the quarterfinals in her debut in the Australian Open main draw, beating Petra Martic 7-6 (5), 7-5 to extend her winning streak to nine matches including her run to the Hobart International title last week. "It's been amazing — good start of the year," Mertens said. "This is really a bonus."

Dancer Jessica Smith, left, reacts while speaking Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018,in Lansing, Mich., during the third day of victim impact statements regarding former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to seven counts of sexual assault in Ingham County, and three in Eaton County. Next to her is her mother Kimberly.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. Roughly 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives. "You have not taken gymnastics away from me," Raisman said. "I love this sport, and that love is stronger than the evil that resides in you, in those who enabled you to hurt many people." Facing pressure over how Michigan State University handled allegations made against Nassar when he was employed there, the school's board of trustees on Friday asked the state's attorney general to investigate but stood by university president Lou Ann Simon — who is facing growing calls to resign or to be fired by the board. "Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public's faith has been shaken. The Board has listened and heard the victims," chairman Brian Breslin said after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than four hours. Trustees declined to answer reporters' questions. Nassar also was a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Raisman said if just one adult had believed Nassar's accusers and had "the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided. I and so many others would have never, ever met you. Larry, you should have been locked up a long, long time ago." Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting girls at his MSU office, at home and at a Lansing-area gymnastics club, sometimes with a parent present. Already sentenced to 60 years in prison on a separate federal child pornography conviction, the 54-year-old man can expect to be behind bars for the rest of his life. Raisman hoped the testimonies of her fellow survivors will never leave him. "All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve — a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors," Raisman said. Under a plea deal, Nassar faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, but the judge could set the minimum as high as 40 years. State prosecutors requested a maximum 125-year sentence, reflecting the number of women who at that time had come forward with allegations against Nassar. Earlier Friday, another member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — known as the "Fierce Five" — said she refused to let Nassar's abuse ruin her dreams. "Even though I'm a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one," Jordyn Wieber said. "I'm an Olympian despite being abused. I worked hard and managed to achieve my goal. But I want everyone — especially the media — to know that despite my athletic achievements I am one of over 140 women and survivors whose story is important." Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for governor, said he would provide "a full and complete review, report and recommendation" of Michigan State's actions over Nassar, but only after the ex-doctor's victims have had "their day in court." The university fired Nassar in 2016, as allegations against him stretching back years came to light. "After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar's horrible crimes to heal," the university's board said in a letter to Schuette requesting his help. The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches. Women and girls said the stories inspired them to step forward with detailed allegations of abuse. Many of the accusers have sued Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee. John Manly, an attorney for more than 100 accusers, has said the three institutions "miserably failed children," and he has likened what happened with Nassar to the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University. The university board said as information is presented by the attorney general's office, the board "will act. This can never happen again. .... We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support." Women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar for years. Simon attended the sentencing hearing Wednesday. "I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow," she said in a statement.


The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and other flu symptoms. Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week. Overall, it was the busiest week for flu symptoms in nine years. Hawaii is the only state that doesn't have widespread illnesses. This year's flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. In New York, state officials say a drastic rise in flu cases hospitalized more than 1,600 this past week. The flu became intense last month in the U.S. The last two weekly report show flu widespread over the entire continental United States, which is unusual. Usually, flu seasons start to wane after so much activity, but "it's difficult to predict," Jernigan said. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications. In a bad season, there as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu. In the U.S., annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. In Oklahoma and Texas, some school districts canceled classes this week because so many students and teachers were sick with the flu and other illnesses. In Mississippi, flu outbreaks have hit more than 100 nursing homes and other long-term care places, resulting in some restricting visitors.

People gather for a Women's March in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Demonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched, chanted and protested. Marches are scheduled in several cities, including Miami, Melbourne and Munich. On Saturday, many not only supported women's rights, but also denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration. The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches, created solidarity for those opposing Trump's views, words and actions. Millions of people around the world marched during last year's rallies. Participants on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year. They said they were galvanized by the #MeToo movement, which has been credited as countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. Critics of the weekend's marches said the demonstrations were really a protest against Trump. Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday tweeted that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office. "Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months," the Republican wrote. "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!" Demonstrators on Saturday denounced Trump's views with colorful signs and even saltier language. Oklahoma City protesters chanted "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!" One woman donned a T-shirt with the likeness of social justice icon Woody Guthrie, who wrote "This Land Is Your Land." Members of the group Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Seattle burned sage and chanted in front of Seattle's rainy march. In Richmond, Virginia, the crowd burst into cheers when a woman ran down the middle of the street carrying a pink flag with the word "Resist." The march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday took on the feel of a political rally when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats, urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the Republicans' agenda. "We march, we run, we vote, we win," Pelosi said, to applause. People gathered from Montpelier to Milwaukee, from Shreveport to Seneca Falls. "I think right now with the #MeToo movement, it's even more important to stand for our rights," said Karen Tordivo, who marched in Cleveland with her husband and 6-year-old daughter. In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs before marching. A group of women wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show "The Handmaid's Tale" marched in formation, their heads bowed. Cathy Muldoon, a high school librarian from Dallas, Pennsylvania, took her two teenage daughters to the New York rally and said marching gives people hope. She said this year's action is set against the backdrop of the Trump presidency, which "turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be." "I've not seen any checks and balances," she said. "Everything is moving toward the right, and we have a president who seems to have no decency." In Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the celebrities who addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at a women's march. Longoria, who starred in TV's "Desperate Housewives," told marchers their presence matters, "especially when those in power seem to have turned their backs on reason and justice." Portman, an Academy Award winner, talked about feeling sexualized by the entertainment industry from the time her first film, "Leon: The Professional," was released when she was 13 and suggested it's time for "a revolution of desire." In the 1994 film, Portman played a young girl taken in by a hit man after her family is killed. Woodard urged everyone to register and vote, saying, "the 2018 midterms start now," echoing many speakers at marches across the country, who urged women to vote.


If there is an International Soca Monarch competition this year, Patrice Roberts won’t be in it. The ‘Sweet Fuh Days’ singer said the time has come to give way to younger artistes who need the exposure. “Last year was it for me, I don’t compete well; last year was my breaking point. I can’t do it anymore. I think it is an opportunity for someone else who never did it before. It has done so much for Soca, it put us on the map, gave us an opportunity to be seen on so many levels but that competition does make me question myself,” she told Loop in an interview. Currently, the standout artist of the season, Roberts’ decision reflects her growth not just in her career but her own self-development. She is a lot more self-confident, self-assured and comfortable with herself as a performer and person. She said giving birth to her daughter Lily has made her the woman she is today. “It taught me to less selfish. Everything was about me, now I have to think about someone else. It has me taught me how to be patient. My self-esteem has gone to 1000. From the moment I held my daughter, I saw the most beautiful human being ever and right there and then I started having confidence. If God could help me create something so beautiful then I am beautiful,” she said. Becoming a mother has also fuelled her creativity resulting in the work she has produced for the 2018 Carnival season. [related node_id='ac514062-e99e-48c3-9045-d13d684581e1'] “It has caused me to be so creative. Before I would stick to one thing, now I would push myself. I have a lot of potential, I don’t think the fans have seen it all yet which is why I pushed myself to work with Kees and Lyrikal and I have a song coming soon with Charly Blacks,” she revealed. While her collabs are enjoying steady rotation on the airwaves, it is her solo “Sweet Fuh Days” that has assured her numerous bookings for the Carnival season with many dubbing it a strong contender for the Road March title. If she does win, it will be her first as a solo artist. She shared the title with Machel Montano when they won in 2006 for the song “Band of the Year”. Roberts is overwhelmed with the response to her music. “I have been doing so much hard work through the years, I have been consistent and people are always receiving me. This year the love is just amazing. I just wanted to put out music, I just wanted to release songs and be different but the response, I wasn’t expecting it. Everything I released thus far have been received well, I am amazed. It shows how much fans care about you. I could feel the love,” she said. “Sweet Fuh Days” was written by composer/songwriter Jovan James but Roberts said when he sent the song to her team she wasn’t sold on it. However, her mother, who chooses her music, loved it and so did Barbados super producers De Red Boyz. “When I heard the production I said yeah. The melody reminds me of Superblue, I think we were missing that feel,” said Roberts, who included Superblue and Roy Cape in the video for the song. On people loving her song for the Road March, Roberts said: “I feel honoured to hear that but we just have to wait and see. It would be cool to do it on my own.” With Nailah Blackman leading the charge and other females such Nessa Preppy and Jadel lifting the profile of women in soca this year, Roberts, who is a veteran by comparison having started her career in Calypso as a teen, is holding her own. She said one thing she learned from years of performing alongside Machel is to keep thinking about her next move. “I stood quiet and I put a plan in action. After” Big Girl Now”, I thought about what I am going to do to create an impact,” she said. “I am a big fan of Nailah Blackman. She brings so much pizzazz to Soca. I love her style of music, she so unique and sexy. We were missing things like that and I would love to see more of us in the spotlight,” she said, stressing that she is not competing with anyone. When it comes to her personal style, Roberts has also been strategic. Now that she is a mother, her wardrobe has become a little more modest as she wants to set a good example for her daughter. “I don’t want my daughter to see me a certain way. I want to be her biggest role model, the person she emulates. From since last year, I have been thinking about my look. I always up in the night looking at stuff on Google. With my hair, I thought I want to do something different and play around with colours. I want people to know I am all grown up, I want them to see the strong girl from Toco who made it, who overcame everything and came into her own,” she declared. Roberts’ focus is not just on her music. Come April she will be launching a clothing line for girls under a company registered as her daughter’s name. She will also launch a Foundation in her daughter’s name as well. “I want to instil in her the importance of giving back. I want her to be a businesswoman from young and to have that mindset, my mother wanted that for me but she didn’t have the means.”

We know the struggle: money is tight but you still want to pump for Carnival. But, in between Christmas and the general cost of everything increasingthese days, for some, Carnival might have to take a back burner this time around. If you're keeping a close eye on your bank account but still want to step out for Carnival 2018, then check out our guide to fetes you can go to for under $675TT/$100US**. Happy pumping! COOLER LITGolden-Cooler Fete (TT$200-F / TT$250-M / TT$300-VIP) Jus Bring It Cooler Fete (TT300) Rome Big Bad Blocko (TT$150-TT$200) TRIBE I.C.E. (TT$280-TT$300) Hak Wai City (TT$200) Zele Cooler 2018 (TT$200) Black 2 Blue (TT$300-TT$320) Stumped(TT$225) iUP(TT$300) New We (TT$200-TT$300) J'ouvert Splash (TT$100) Out in South (TT$300-TT$420) Soaka (TT$400-TT$450) Illusions Block-O (TT$250-TT$300) Punchy Punch (TT$200-TT$250) Soaka Street Festival (TT$400-Female / TT$500-Male) Emoji Jam(TT$250) Jam Nation (US$38-US$90) Pree Dawn (TT$250) Tropical Luau Carnival (US$50-US$58) Beach House Cooler Fete (US$50) I.V. Cooler Fete (US$40-US$45) Candy Coated Love Fest (US$75) Jamboree Cooler Fete (TT$380) RevelNation: The Machel Exclusive(US$56) DRINKS INCLUSIVE Bacchanal Road (TT$450) Frazzled Plus (TT$450) Bacchanal Blocko (TT$575) Vice TT (TT$430-TT$450) ALL INCLUSIVE Soca with Hillview Old Boys Association (TT$475) Central Bank All Inclusive (TT$650) Evolve All Inclusive (TT$650) Blue Range AllInclusive (TT$600) Kairi People - Different All Inclusive (US$75) Feting Tigers Premium All Inclusive (TT$650) Fall Out All Inclusive (TT$675) TTHTI: Taste of Carnival (TT$500) NAPS Party in Paradise (TT$350-General / TT$600 VIP) Salybia All Inclusive (US$90) J'OUVERT Dutty J'ouvert (TT$450) Festival of Colour (TT$250-F / TT$300-M) CONCERT Ladies Night Out ($300-General / $500-VIP) Army Fete (TT$275-General / TT$500-Special Reserve) Machel Monday (TT$300-TT$600) Tuesday on the Rocks (TT$350) Big Bad Soca with Bunji Garlin and Cardi B (TT$300-TT$500) CRUISE Soca and Ice Cooler Cruise (TT$200) FalloutKruise (TT$250) Frazzled (TT$250) Soca Raff Up (US$55-$65) Scorch _uck Work (US$60) BessLimeCarnival Island (US$50-$100) Rum and Music Cooler Cruise (US$40) **While most fete tickets are usually advertised in TT dollars, some fete tickets are quotedin U.S. dollars.

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