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

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

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

FILE - Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley.

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

Attorney General of Barbados, Adriel Brathwaite (left), and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Stephen O'Malley.

There is an urgent need for datacollection on crime and security to be collected so that policymakers can make informeddecisions as they tackle the scourge of crime throughout the region. It was a triple call this morning as senior government officials and technical experts from 10 Eastern and southern Caribbean countries began a three-day CariSecure Workshop focusing on Prioritizing Citizen Security Data Management and Evidence-based policy making across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Stephen O'Malley, saidwhile citizens of the Caribbean deserve to live free from crime and violence, decision makers and leaders in society are crippled from making advancement because there are no reliable and valid security data available and accessible. "We cannot accurately determine the state of citizen security in the region without data, without evidence. Nor can we evaluate the efficacy of our efforts to reduce violence, crime and feelings of insecurity without the relevant data. We need to know what works," he said. O'Malley said the scarcity of citizen security data makes it difficult to determine which interventions are effective in reducing and preventing criminal activity. Meanwhile, USA's Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, says there are gaps and deficiencies in collecting data across countries. She said in some cases data is still stored in paper-based systems with risk for data loss.This, she said, presents a block when dealing with the security issues throughout the region and she is calling on all countries to take note. Participants at theCariSecure Workshop. Attorney General of Barbados, Adriel Braithwaite, expressed similar sentiments, as he saidhis country, like the rest of the Caribbean, is in need for accurate standardised crime data to enable them to take a scientific approach to decision-making. "Reliable data provides an invaluable resource for the development and implementation of evidence based policies and programs which, in turn, have the potential to reduce crime and violence among the youth population," he said. The August 15- 17workshop is being held at Radisson Aquatica Resort. Through the CariSecure Regional Workshop participants will collaborate with regional partners to establish a protocol on data collection, analysis and sharing and across agencies and a roadmap for the successful implementation of innovative tools to strengthen citizen security data management.

Joe Root congratulates fellow centurion Alastair Cook on his hundred.

Alastair Cook and Joe Root each compiled centuries and shared a record third-wicket partnership at Edgbaston as England dominated the opening day of their first day-night Test against West Indies. The Windies enjoyed early success with the pink ball on Thursday after losing the toss, debutant Mark Stoneman and Tom Westley each falling for eight in a continuation of England's top-order struggles. With the Ashes just three months away, there remains considerable uncertainty over the make-up of England's top five, but Root and his predecessor as captain were able to provide reassuring stability in a stand of 248 that helped the hosts reach 348-3. Root, who set an England record by passing 50 for the 11th Test in succession, was bowled by Kemar Roach (2-72) for 136 in the day's final session as batting predictably became trickier under floodlights, but Cook remained undefeated on 153 at stumps, with Dawid Malan 28 not out. Comfortably England's leading run-scorer and century-maker in the five-day game, Cook now has 31 Test hundreds, putting him one shy of former Australia skipper Steve Waugh, who sits 10th on the all-time list. West Indies' one-dimensional attack, lacking a frontline spinner, struggled to apply pressure following their early breakthroughs. On an easy-paced surface offering predictable bounce, the two centurions were barely troubled - their partnership topping the previous best for the third wicket in Edgbaston Tests, an alliance of 227 between Robin Smith and Alec Stewart for England against Pakistan in 1992. As Cook and Root cashed in, Stoneman and Westley must have rued their own failings to make a telling score. Stoneman - Cook's 12th opening partner in Tests since the retirement of Andrew Strauss - made a confident start with fours either side of the wicket off Roach in the opening over of the match. However, Roach responded in his next set of six with a superb delivery that seamed away to take off stump. Stoneman could consider himself unfortunate given the quality of bowling that followed. Miguel Cummins did produce a fine delivery to trap Westley plumb lbw - a review required to send the number three on his way after umpire Marais Erasmus surprisingly turned down the Windies' initial appeal. From that point on, however, the tourists offered little threat and Cook and Root were each able to cruise along at tempos that have become so familiar - the latter predictably scoring at a quicker rate than his partner. The Windies finally claimed a third scalp when Roach breached Root's defences and Malan survived an early scare on two when a thick edge off Kraigg Brathwaite evaded slip. Malan negotiated Thursday's remaining overs, though, and there was to be no shifting the obdurate Cook as England remained in command. To make matters worse for West Indies, skipper Jason Holder – who bizarrely declined to immediately take the second new ball – left the field midway through his 16th over having appeared short of full fitness earlier in the day.

Cristiano Ronaldo with the Best FIFA Men's Player award.

Andres Iniesta is one of the more surprising names on the 24-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player award for 2017. The Barcelona captain has been included despite having been restricted to just 13 starts in LaLiga last season, largely due to injury problems. Tottenham striker Harry Kane is on the list, having finished top of the Premier League goalscoring charts for the second campaign in a row, although Spurs' season ended in disappointment, as they failed to win a trophy. Real Madrid full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo have been included after consistently strong displays in their side's league and Champions League double in 2016-17. Holder Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Barca star Lionel Messi and Juventus duo Paulo Dybala and Gianluigi Buffon are also on the list. Alexis Sanchez, N'Golo Kante, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard are the other nominees who played for Premier League clubs last term. The list was compiled by a panel of former football greats including Diego Maradona, Cafu, Carles Puyol, Edwin van der Sar and Jay Jay Okocha. A final trio of nominees will now be decided by a combination of a public vote, which runs between August 21 and September 7, as well as input from national team captains,coaches, and a panel of media representatives. SHORTLIST IN FULL: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan, Juventus in 2016-17) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Free agent, Manchester United in 2016-17) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona in 2016-17) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)

An injured person is carried in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said.

The Latest on the Barcelona attack (all times local): 2:00 a.m. Police in Spain say they have shot and killed several people south of Barcelona while carrying out an operation in response to a terrorist attack. The regional police for the Catalonia region said on Twitter early Friday that officers are in Cambrils, a seaside resort town about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Barcelona. They called on people in the town not to go out on the streets. Spain's public broadcaster, RTVE, is reporting that regional police troopers have killed four people and injured another. The broadcaster says police suspected they were planning an attack in Cambrils just hours after a van swerved onto a pedestrian promenade in Barcelona, killing 13. ___ 1:10 p.m. A senior police official in Barcelona has confirmed that regional police troopers have shot and killed the driver of a vehicle that drove through a police checkpoint and struck two officers. However, Major Josep Lluis Trapero of the Catalonia region's police force says the driver is not thought to have been involved in the van attack that killed 13 people earlier Thursday night. Trapero says the dead driver "doesn't have any connection with the terrorist attack we are investigating." He says a female officer who was run down by the vehicle suffered a broken leg. Hours after the van attack on a downtown pedestrian plaza, the police force for Spain's Catalonia region had said that a car hit two officers at a traffic blockade on the outskirts of Barcelona. Barcelona police said that after running the checkpoint, the vehicle and its driver were intercepted about 10 kilometers (6 miles) outside of the downtown area where the original attack happened. That's when the driver was shot and killed. ___ 12:45 a.m. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his country is mourning in solidarity with the city of Barcelona and other cities in Europe that have been hit by deadly extremist attacks. Rajoy traveled to Barcelona following the van attack that killed 13 people and injured up to 100. He says the victims and their family and friends "are in this moment our main priority." The capital of Spain's Catalonia region was "today hit by jihad terrorism like other cities have been throughout the world." The prime minister says the residents of Paris, Nice, Brussels, Berlin and London "have experienced the same pain and uncertainty that those of Barcelona suffer today." For Spain, Thursday's bloodshed was the country's deadliest attack since 2004, when al-Qaida-inspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated assaults on Madrid's commuter trains. Rajoy declared three days of mourning across Spain. ___ 9:55 p.m. The interior chief for Spain's Catalonia region says three days of mourning have been declared to honor the victims of the van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona. Interior Department chief Joaquim Forn says the death toll could increase since at least 15 of the 100 people thought to have been injured in the attack were hurt badly. Senior police official Josep Lluis Trapero says the van driving up onto a sidewalk and swerving among pedestrians in a crowded area was "clearly a terror attack intended to kill as many people as possible." Trapero says the two suspects in custody were directly linked to the attack, "but that doesn't mean that either were the author of the attack." ___ 10:40 p.m. The government in Spain's Catalonia region has revised the death toll from the van attack in Barcelona back up to 13. The regional interior department said late Thursday that 15 people were seriously injured in the attack at the central Las Ramblas district. Another 23 were moderately wounded and 42 people were lightly wounded. The injured are being cared for at various hospitals. Catalonia's regional president, Carles Puigdemont, tells Barcelona broadcaster TV3: "Our priority is to save lives. And our second priority is the police investigation, to find the people responsible of this attack and anyone who has helped them directly or indirectly." ___ 10:20 p.m. Top officials in Belgium have sent wishes of solidarity to the victims of the van attack in Barcelona, including one Belgian. Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted that "no barbaric act will undermine the power and resilience of our ally." Foreign Minister Didier Reynders noted that one Belgian national had been killed in the attack, and he sent his government's condolences to the victim's family. Belgian federal police, whose officers have been working extra duties as the country has been on high alert for more than a year, also said that "our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and all our Spanish emergency services colleagues." Greece's foreign ministry says a Greek woman has been injured in the van attack in Barcelona. It didn't say how severe the woman's injuries are. ___ 9:40 p.m. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the van attack in Barcelona that officials say killed 12 people and injured many others. A statement carried by the extremist group's media arm — the Aamaq news agency — says Thursday's attack was carried out by "soldiers of the Islamic State." It says the attack was in response to IS calls for its followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive the extremist group from Syria and Iraq. The statement provided no further details about the attackers. ___ 9:25 p.m. The police force for Spain's Catalonia region says a car knocked down two police officers at a traffic checkpoint in Barcelona. The Mossos d'Esquadra force did not indicate if the incident was related to the van attack in the city's Las Ramblas district on Thursday that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. Barcelona police later said in a tweet that the car and its driver were intercepted about 10 kilometers (6 miles) outside of the downtown area where the original attack happened. Local media reports said a white Ford Focus ran over the officers and that a person from the car was shot and killed by regional troopers. Neither the city nor regional police have said whether a suspect was shot. ___ This item has been corrected to show that it was local media, not police, saying a suspect had been shot and killed after two officers were knocked over at a checkpoint. ___ 9:15 p.m. The president of Spain's Catalonia region says police have arrested two people in the van attack in Barcelona's bustling Las Ramblas district. Carles Puigdemont also gave updated casualty figures during a brief news conference Thursday night. Puigdemont says 12 people are confirmed dead and at least 80 have been hospitalized since the van jumped a sidewalk and swerved through a busy pedestrian area. The region's interior minister had tweeted earlier that 13 people had died in the attack. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says a moment of silence will be held in the city's main square at noon Friday "to show that we are not scared and we are more united that ever." ___ 9 p.m. Spain's royal palace has condemned the deadly van attack in Barcelona, calling the perpetrators "assassins, simply criminals who will not terrorize us." A speeding van struck pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50 others. The royal palace's statement, which was posted on Twitter, also said that "All of Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will once again be for all." In a separate tweet, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that "the terrorists will never destroy a united people who love liberty over barbarism. All of Spain is with the victims and families." ___ 8:55 p.m. Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the Barcelona van attack and expressing his closeness to their families. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says the Argentine pope was "greatly worried" about Thursday's attack and is following developments closely. The Vatican has greatly increased security for Francis' public events to prevent similar truck assaults on crowds that throng to his weekly audiences and Sunday blessings in St. Peter's Square. The main boulevard leading to the piazza has been closed to traffic for well over a year. ___ 8:50 p.m. Britain's prime minister says that the "the U.K. stands with Spain against terror" following the van attack in Barcelona that killed at least 13 people and injured dozens of others. Theresa May condemned the "terrible" attack in which a speeding van struck pedestrians in Las Ramblas. The attack in Barcelona comes after similar vehicle attacks in London this year. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, meanwhile, said it was "with profound sorrow and anguish that I have learnt of the terrorist attack that has struck at the heart of Barcelona this afternoon." He added: "This cowardly attack has deliberately targeted those enjoying life and sharing time with family and friends. We will never be cowed by such barbarism." ___ 8:40 p.m. France's president and the mayors of Paris and Nice are among the French dignitaries offering support for Barcelona after a deadly van attack. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Thursday evening: "All my thoughts and solidarity from France for the victims of the tragic attack in Barcelona. We will remain united and determined." Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, whose Mediterranean city lost 86 people in a truck attack during a Bastille Day fireworks display a little more than a year ago, announced that a special homage to Barcelona's victims would be held Friday. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, a Spanish native whose city has faced multiple Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, expressed her "sadness and indignation." ___ 8:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is condemning what Spanish authorities say is a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona. Trump also says in a statement on Twitter that the U.S. will do "whatever is necessary to help." Trump tells Spain: "Be tough & strong, we love you!" The White House has said Trump — who is on a working vacation at his private golf club in New Jersey — is being updated on developments by chief of staff John Kelly. Trump's wife, first lady Melania Trump, tweeted her "thoughts and prayers" to Barcelona before the president. At least 13 people were killed and at least 50 injured after a van was driven onto a sidewalk and down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. ___ 8:25 p.m. A regional government official in Spain says 13 people have been killed in the van attack at a historic shopping and tourist area of Barcelona. Catalan Interior Minister official Joaquim Forn also said on Twitter that more than 50 people were injured during Thursday's attack. Regional police now are evacuating stores and bars in the Las Ramblas district. The move came right after police announced they had arrested one suspect and were "treating him as a terrorist." ___ 8:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered assistance to authorities in Spain as they investigate the van attack that left at least one person dead in Barcelona. Speaking to reporters at the State Department shortly after a van plowed into a crowd, Tillerson said the incident "has the hallmarks of what appears to be yet another terrorist attack." He says U.S. diplomats in Spain are currently assisting Americans there and asked those who are safe to notify friends and families. Tillerson says the United States would never relent in tracking down terrorist suspects and holding them to account for their actions. He said "terrorists around the world should know that the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice." ___ 8:15 p.m. The police force for Spain's Catalonia region says it has arrested a man in the Barcelona van attack and is "treating him as a terrorist." The police force announced the arrest on Twitter Thursday evening. It denied earlier media reports that officers had a suspect surrounded in a bar. The tweet said: "There is nobody held up in any bar in the center of Barcelona. We have arrested one man and we are treating him as a terrorist." Meanwhile, the region's interior minister is calling on residents to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary travel while the investigation continues. ___ 8 p.m. Spain's public broadcaster says a suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been arrested. State-owned broadcaster RTVE reported Thursday night that a man was detained a few hours after a van drove into crowds in the popular Las Ramblas district. Police have not confirmed an arrest. A private Spanish news agency, Europa Press, reported that police were looking for a man named Driss Oukabir. The news agency says he was suspected of having rented a van connected to the attack. It wasn't clear if that person is the man who was arrested. RTVE says investigators think two vans were used — one for the attack and a second as a getaway vehicle. ___ 6:30 p.m. A Barcelona broadcaster is reporting that a man thought to be the driver of a van that drove into pedestrians is held up in a bar that is surrounded by police. Barcelona's Tv3: also reported Thursday that the Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack that police say has left at least one person dead. The television station says police have surrounded a bar called Rey de Istanbul. Police haven't confirmed they have a suspect cornered. Barcelona's El Pais newspaper reported earlier that police were seeking more than one suspect in an unnamed bar. Meanwhile, a regional government official says all public festivities scheduled in Barcelona are temporarily canceled. ___ 6:10 p.m. A government official in Barcelona says one person has been confirmed dead and 32 others injured in the van attack in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. Catalonia's regional interior chief Joaquim Forn said during a news conference on Thursday: "Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise." Media in Barcelona are reporting that up to 13 died in the attack. Barcelona police said on Twitter that 10 of the 32 people injured were seriously hurt. A van mounted a sidewalk in the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas, slamming into a crowd of pedestrians on Thursday afternoon. ___ 7:05 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has been alerted to the unfolding situation in Barcelona. Chief of staff John Kelly is aware of the developments and is keeping the president informed. Trump is on a working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. His wife, first lady Melania Trump, sent her "thoughts and prayers" to Barcelona via Twitter. Police in Spain have confirmed fatalities after a van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. ___ 6:53 p.m. Police in Spain have confirmed they are investigating the van incident in Barcelona as a terror attack, while local media reports say that up to 13 people have been killed. A van slammed into pedestrians on Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, which is normally packed at the height of the summer tourist season. Catalan police said: "We confirm the terrorist attack. The protocol for terrorist attacks has been activated." Media outlets, including Cadena SER radio station and TV3, are reporting up to 13 dead. Other reports had varying death tolls. An official death toll has not been issued. ___ 6:35 p.m. Barcelona resident Keith Fleming says he was watching television in his building on a side street just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to the balcony to investigate. He says he saw "women and children just running and they looked terrified." Fleming heard a bang, possibly from someone rolling down a store shutter, as more people raced by. The American living in the Spanish city says police arrived and pushed everyone a full block down the street. He says the officers still are there with guns drawn and riot police stationed at the end of the block. His street now is deserted. Fleming says: "It's just kind of a tense situation...."Clearly, people were scared." ___ 6:30 p.m. Police in Spain have confirmed there are fatalities after a van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. Catalan police tweeted that "there are mortal victims and injured from the crash" without specifying numbers. The Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper is reporting at least one dead and 20 injured. A van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas area, slamming into pedestrians. At least five were seen lying on the ground on the popular tourist street. El Pais newspaper, citing unnamed police sources, says the two perpetrators are holed up in a bar in central Barcelona. Various local media reports have called it a terror attack, but authorities haven't officially confirmed it. ___ 6:20 p.m. Spain's El Pais newspaper says that Barcelona police are treating the van crash as a terror attack. Authorities say a van mounted a sidewalk in the iconic Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, slamming into a crowd of pedestrians. Local media reports say there are several injured. El Pais newspaper, citing unnamed police sources, also reported that the perpetrators are holed up in a nearby bar. Some local media have reported bursts of gunfire. Barcelona police, in a tweet, told people to stay away from the center of the city because of a "large contingent of security forces and emergency services" deployed in the area. ___ 6:10 p.m. Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing police sources, says the two perpetrators of the van crash in Barcelona are holed up in a bar. A van mounted a sidewalk in the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, slamming into a crowd of pedestrians. Local media say several people have been injured in the crash. Barcelona police, in a tweet, told people to stay away from the center of the city because of a "large contingent of security forces and emergency services" deployed in the area. ___ 5:45 p.m. A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district on Thursday, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. ___ 5:40 p.m. Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district, injuring several people. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street Thursday afternoon and were apparently being helped by police and others. Police cordoned off the broad street and shut down its stores. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of the emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city's top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrianized path in the center of the street, but cars can travel on either side. ___ 5:35 p.m. Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. They say on their Twitter account that several people are possibly injured. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street and were apparently being helped by police and others. Police cordoned off the broad street and shut down its stores ___ 5:30 p.m. Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. Police say on their Twitter account there are possibly several injured. The El Pais newspaper said several people were left lying on the ground. Police cordoned off the street and shut down its stores.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' rights to an education, has been accepted by the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance on Twitter and included the screenshot of her "Congratulations" notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders. "So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday. So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students - the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead! — Malala (@Malala) August 17, 2017 Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto, the one-time leader of Pakistan and a hero of Yousafzai's, and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. Yousafzai won international renown in 2012 after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as a teenager for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school, a topic she started raising publicly as an 11-year-old with a blog. After being treated at a hospital in Birmingham, England, she continued her education in the city and went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. "As far as I know, I am just a committed and even stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world," she said on the day she collected the Nobel. "Education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities." Her acceptance to such a famed university marks a milestone in Malala's steady progression to achieve her dreams. Social media erupted into the technological equivalent of rounds of applause. Among those offering accolades were author J.K. Rowling and Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian newspaper who is now the principal of Lady Margaret Hall. He tweeted: "Welcome to @lmhoxford, Malala!" Others pointed out that Oxford was about to get a Nobel laureate not on the faculty but in the student body. "To be fair, I think we should be congratulating Oxford," novelist Julian Furman tweeted. Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, all but burst with pride. "My heart is full of gratitude," he tweeted. "We are grateful to Allah & thank u 2 al those who support @Malala 4 the grand cause of education."


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August 24, 2017

Food & Rum Festival 2017

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