Kraft Heinz has disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion. Shares plunged more than 20 percent before the opening bell Friday after the company posted a stunning $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter. Kraft Heinz divulged the receipt of a subpoena in October from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to its procurement operations. Those operations handle interactions with outside suppliers. The company said that it is fully cooperating with the SEC. Kraft Heinz completed its own investigation into the matter and recorded a $25 million charge to account for higher costs and expenses that should have been accounted for previously. The Pittsburgh company said that it is making improvements to its internal controls and taking other actions to prevent similar mistakes going forward. The nearly $13 billion loss in the most recent quarter is a devastating recognition that efforts to change the trajectory of the company have not been as successful as once thought. The loss follows an $8 billion profit in the same period last year. Kraft Heinz and other food makers that dominated grocery shelves for a good portion of the last century have been whipsawed by a seismic shift in what consumers want. Families, particularly in the U.S., have pivoted sharply away from processed foods and toward more simple and fresh ingredients. That has clashed directly with some of Kraft Heinz' most well-known brands like Jell-O and Kool-Aid and Oscar Mayer hot dogs. Details of the investigation emerged in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report late Thursday.

FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company's new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honour gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges of non-final sale items through the end of this month for goods bought before Feb. 17. Payless said Wednesday that it received court approval to support the orderly closing of about 2,500 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce business. It also received authorisation to pay employee wages and benefits, as well as claims from critical vendors. Retail operations outside of North America, including company-owned stores in Latin America, are separate entities and are not included in the bankruptcy filing.


St Kitts and Nevis have joined the Caribbean countries who are moving toward the decriminalisation of marijuana after the announcement was made to accept the recommendations of the St Kitts and Nevis National Cannabis Commission. The Office of the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis said in a statement issued February 20, 2019 that government has accepted "more than a dozen recommendations presented by the St. Kitts & Nevis National Marijuana Commission in its final report to the Cabinet on the way forward for the use of marijuana in the country". The Commission’s report was presented to the Office of the Prime Minister on January 10, 2019, which was followed by a meeting between Cabinet members and members of the Commission on Monday, February 18 in Nevis where several of the recommendations were further deliberated upon. Government did not, however, approve the use of marijuana for religious or recreational purposes. "I Have just announced in Parliament that the Federal Cabinet has received the final report of the National Cannabis Commission and has accepted their unanimous recommendations 1. The Drugs Act will be amended to develop a medical cannabis industry and allow use for medicinal purposes 2. Anyone caught with 15 grams or less or 5 plants or less will NOT have a criminal charge only a ticketable offence 3. Anyone already convicted of having 15 grams or less or 5 plants or less will have their convictions expunged 4. Use of Cannabis in Public will be strictly prohibited and subject to harsh criminal sanctions 5. Health sector to be boosted including counseling and treatment to ensure care of anyone adversely affected 6. Use or sale to anyone under 18 years would be strictly prohibited and have criminal penalties 7. Massive Public education campaign including in the school curriculum 8. Laws to be introduced to prohibit driving under the influence of cannabis "This is a significant development done after 15 months of widespread consultations in Nevis and St Kitts.We thank Dr Hazel Laws and the entire National Commission for their excellent work," Harris said. In July 2018, the CARICOM member states reviewed the recommendations of the Regional Marijuana Commission and agreedto take the necessary steps in their respective countries to review marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms.

TravelMag announced the picks Feb 11, 2019.

Two beach towns in Barbados hit TravelMag.com's list for 'THE 20 MOST CHARMING BEACH TOWNS IN THE CARIBBEAN'. How is the Top 20 list compiled? TravelMagsurveyed more than 300 travel writers, social media influencers and travel professionals, asking them to pick the most charming beach towns and villages in the Caribbean. While there are plenty of dreamy destinations to choose from, here are the 20 destinations that received the most votes. According to the TravelMag author Holly Riddle who wrote the piece, some of the best treasures are found when tourists leave the resorts and venture along the unbeaten paths across the Caribbean islands. How were the destinations chosen? TravelMagsurveyed people in the know about the most charming destinations in the Caribbean islands. The catch? The area’s population had to be under 100,000. Locales on the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America were not considered. Which Barbados beach towns won? Oistins Riddle wrote: 'Oistins likewise has an extensive past. Here the Treaty of Oistins was signed in 1652, formally ending the skirmish between colonial settlers and the English Commonwealth over trade with the Netherlands. It’s not uncommon for travelers to be invited to join the locals for a weekend fish fry, which includes loads of fried seafood, music, dancing and even some shopping from the local craftsmen hawking their wares. The beaches of Oistins are also a good spot for plane spotting, as they sit right under the flight path of aircraft landing in Barbados.' Speightstown TravelMag stated: Founded in 1653, Speightstown was once a hectic and busy port city. While the small town remains the second largest on the island, its importance in trade and political affairs has waned. Now the quaint and somewhat forgotten feel lends a sense of having the entire place to yourself. Beyond the quiet beaches, travellers enjoy the historic architecture, eateries and shopping opportunities for local produce and handcrafts. Recently, a luxury marina development was added to the Speightstown landscape. Take advantage of this hidden gem before it begins to draw a larger tourist crowd. Also making the list were beach communities and beach towns in Anguilla, Aruba, Cuba, Bahamas, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico,SaintBarthélemy (SaintBarts), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


Burnley's Phillip Bardsley, left, challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose during their English Premier League football match at Turf Moor in Burnley, England, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

After Tottenham lost vital ground in the Premier League title race, Mauricio Pochettino lost his temper as well. The Tottenham coach angrily squared up to referee Mike Dean after the final whistle of a 2-1 loss at Burnley on Saturday, venting his frustration over a decision that led to the hosts' opening goal. It was a rare public display of anger from Pochettino, who quickly acknowledged that his emotional outburst was linked to the realization that this loss may have ended Spurs' hopes of catching leading duo Liverpool and Manchester City. "We cannot think now of being a real contender. It is a massive opportunity lost for us. ... When you feel so disappointed and upset, you make some mistakes. We made some mistakes on the pitch and I made some mistakes afterwards on the pitch," Pochettino said. "There were crossed cables inside my brain. It was weird and strange and has not happened before in 10 years. Some stupid things happen and you react." Pochettino's anger stemmed from Chris Wood's opening goal in the 57th from a disputed corner, with the coach and his Tottenham players arguing that the ball had gone off a Burnley player and it should have been a goal kick. Pochettino immediately argued with the fourth official after that goal and then squared up to Dean after the final whistle during a heated argument with the veteran referee. Pochettino initially walked away from the exchange but seemed to react angrily to something Dean then said and stormed back, putting his face inches away from the referee's before Pochettino's assistant intervened. Tottenham had been boosted by the early return of Harry Kane from an injury, but even a goal from the England striker wasn't enough to prevent a damaging loss. Ashley Barnes scored an 83rd-minute winner for Burnley as Tottenham missed the chance to pull within two points of City and Liverpool, which can now go eight points clear of Spurs by beating Manchester United on Sunday. Kane, playing his first game since injuring his ankle on Jan. 13, showed his usual scoring touch when he netted an equalizer in the 65th, running onto a long throw-in and beating goalkeeper Tom Heaton by poking a low shot inside the far post. But Barnes restored Burnley's lead when a shot by Johann Berg Gudmundsson ended up in his path at the back post, leaving the striker with a simple finish. It was one of only four games in the Premier League on Saturday. Newcastle beat Huddersfield 2-0, while Bournemouth was held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Later, Leicester hosted Crystal Palace. PENALTIES AND SPRINKLERS Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers settled for a draw in a game that featured three penalties, nine yellow cards and a break in play after the sprinklers went off on the pitch. Raul Jimenez equalized for Wolves in the 83rd minute from the spot, canceling out a penalty by Joshua King in the 14th. King had a chance to win it for Bournemouth with another penalty, but fired his effort against the post. The game then had to be halted for a couple of minutes in injury time when the water sprinklers popped out of the ground, soaking the players and the grass. Bournemouth's second penalty came after a foul on Ryan Fraser that replays showed happened outside the area, while King had gone down easily to earn the first spot kick after a challenge by Joao Moutinho. Wolves' penalty came after Matt Doherty was adjudged to have been bundled over in the area. NEWCASTLE WINS Newcastle boosted its hopes of staying in the Premier League by beating 10-man Huddersfield, leaving the visitors stranded in last place and inching ever closer to relegation. After Tom Smith was sent off for a studs-up tackle in the 20th minute, Newcastle took full advantage after the halftime break as Salomon Rondon put the hosts ahead in the 46th and Ayoze Perez doubled the advantage in the 52nd. The win lifts Rafa Benitez's side into 14th place, four points ahead of 18th-placed Southampton ahead of its game at Arsenal on Sunday. Huddersfield is last with 11 points, 14 points from safety with 11 games to go.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Sevilla's Jeus Navas fight for the ball during a La Liga football match against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up a final goal by Luis Suarez to earn Spanish league leader Barcelona a 4-2 comeback win at Sevilla on Saturday. Messi twice canceled out goals by Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado before putting Barcelona ahead with five minutes remaining at Pizjuan Sanchez Stadium. The Argentine capped his stellar performance by playing Suarez clear to add another goal in stoppage time. The treble took Messi's league-leading tally to 25 goals in as many rounds. Messi has scored 33 times in all competitions this season. Barcelona has a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid, which hosts Villarreal on Sunday. Barcelona faces two games against Real Madrid in the coming week. They meet in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday and in the league next weekend.


This Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shows a scene from a tour of South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

Months after the Trump administration announced an end to its widescale separation of migrant parents and children, the policy remains a heated issue in the courts and at the border as critics contend the government started breaking up immigrant families as far back as 2017 and is still doing so. In San Diego, a federal judge on Thursday indicated he was considering a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to hold the government accountable for the separation of potentially thousands more children after a watchdog report revealed the government's policy was implemented as far back as July 2017. Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to end to the family separation policy on June 26, 2018, and reunify 2,700 children being held in government custody at the time, said that date is now arbitrary in light of the inspector general's report that found the family separation policy started as a pilot program in El Paso in 2017. Sabraw said the public has the right to know what the government did and the scope of it. He asked why wouldn't the case "include everyone who has been allegedly unlawfully separated? Why would it be tethered to an arbitrary date of June 26, 2018?" He said there may be thousands more parents and children who were separated. "We simply don't know," Sabraw said. "There was no tracking. That's the harsh reality." Department of Justice attorney Scott Stewart objected, saying it would be a "significant burden" on the government to add the other families and "blow the case into some other galaxy" after the administration has "done all things to correct the wrong." The judge says he will issue his ruling soon. The Texas Civil Rights Project, meanwhile, released a report Thursday indicating the government is still separating immigrant families. The report counts 272 separations at a single Texas courthouse since June, when President Donald Trump issued an executive order ending widespread separations amid public outrage. The bulk of those cases involve children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border with relatives other than their parents, such as grandparents, uncles and aunts, or adult siblings. Thirty-eight cases involved a parent or legal guardian, the majority of whom had criminal convictions, the group said. In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection argued the group incorrectly categorized cases involving other relatives because the Homeland Security Act "does not make concessions for anyone other than a parent or legal guardian." CBP includes the Border Patrol, which apprehends people entering the U.S. illegally. "What's happening is the government is doing separations unilaterally without any process to contest the separations and without a child welfare expert overseeing the separations," ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said. One concern, Gelernt and others said, is the fate of children cared for by relatives in arrangements that were never formalized. In one case discovered by the Texas Civil Rights Project, an 11-year-old boy from Guatemala was separated from his uncle, who was his caretaker because his father had not been involved in his life and his mother had died of cancer, said Efren Olivares, a lawyer for the project. "Those are very difficult situations, especially because the government takes the position that it is not their responsibility to reunite them because they are not the legal guardian," he said. Lawyers from the project have gone almost every day since last spring to the courthouse in McAllen to find adults charged with illegally entering the U.S. and ask them if they had brought any children. McAllen is in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal border crossings. U.S. immigration authorities say that under anti-trafficking law, children crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian must be processed as "unaccompanied," even if they are with an adult who isn't their parent or legal guardian. "Absent verification that an adult is the parent or legal guardian of a minor, CBP will continue to prioritize the safety of a minor and comply with the statutory requirements," the agency said. Unaccompanied children and teenagers from Central America are generally sent to government facilities, while the adults could face detention and prosecution for illegally entering the U.S. Authorities can also separate parents and children if it considers separation to be in the child's best interest, with a parent's criminal history often being a factor. Gelernt said the government should work to determine if an adult relative is the child's caretaker. "There can't be a presumption that you just take the child away if it's not the biological or adoptive parent," Gelernt said. Members of Congress on Tuesday visited an emergency facility for migrant children in Homestead, Florida, which has expanded after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services closed a facility in Tornillo, Texas, under public pressure. U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Florida Democrat, said she had spoken to a girl who had been detained for nine months after being separated from her aunt. There were 1,575 children at the facility last week. Another Florida Democrat, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, said the government's definition of an "unaccompanied minor" was too narrow and leads to unnecessary separations. "If you don't come with a parent, but you come with an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, or a brother, you are defined as unaccompanied," said Shalala, a former health and human services secretary. "We need to get these children to family members much more quickly." The government said in December it had separated 81 migrant children at the border since the June executive order. According to the government data, 197 adults and 139 minors were separated from April 19 through Sept. 30 because they were found to not be related, though that could include grandparents or other relatives if there was no proof of relationship. The Health and Human Services Department's inspector general said last month that 118 children were separated from their parents from July 1 through Nov. 7.

Bishops attend the second day of a Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests, at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.  (Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP)

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. On the second day of Francis' extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders, the focus of debate shifted to how church leaders must acknowledge that decades of their own cover-up, secrecy and fear of scandal had only worsened the crisis. "We must repent, and do so together, collegially, because along the way we have failed," said Mumbai Cardinal Oswald Gracias. "We need to seek pardon." Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich told the 190 bishops and religious superiors that new legal procedures were needed to both report and investigate superiors when they are accused of misconduct or negligence in handling abuse cases. He said lay experts must be involved at every step of the process, since rank-and-file Catholics know far better than priests what trauma abuse and cover-up has caused. "In large part it is the witness of the laity, especially mothers and fathers with great love for the church, who have pointed out movingly and forcefully how gravely incompatible the commission, cover-up and toleration of clergy sexual abuse is with the very meaning and essence of the church," he said. "Mothers and fathers have called us to account, for they simply cannot comprehend how we as bishops and religious superiors have often been blinded to the scope and damage of sexual abuse of minors," he said. Francis summoned 190 bishops and religious superiors for the four-day tutorial on preventing abuse and protecting children after the scandal erupted again last year in Chile and the U.S. While the Vatican for two decades has tried to crack down on the abusers themselves, it has largely given the bishops and superiors who moved them around from parish to parish a pass. Cupich called for transparent new structures of reporting allegations against superiors, investigating them and establishing clear procedures to remove them from office if they are guilty of a grave negligence in handling cases. He proposed that metropolitan bishops — who are responsible for other bishops in their geographic area — should be tasked with conducting the investigations, with the help of lay experts. The metropolitan bishop would then forward the results to the Vatican. It wasn't immediately clear how Cupich's proposals squared with those being studied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at large. Those procedures, which called for a code of conduct for bishops and a third-party confidential reporting system, ran into legal snags last year at the Vatican, which blocked U.S. bishops from voting on them at their November assembly. At the time of the blocked vote, Cupich proposed his "Metropolitan model," which on Friday he articulated from the privileged position as an organizer of Francis' summit. Among the participants in the summit is the head of the U.S. conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who had been responsible for pushing the proposals blocked by the Holy See. More than 30 years after the scandal first erupted in Ireland and Australia, and 20 years after it hit the U.S., bishops and Catholic officials in many parts of Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia still either deny that clergy sex abuse exists in their regions or play down the problem. Francis, the first Latin American pope, called the summit after he himself botched a well-known sex abuse cover-up case in Chile last year. Gracias, the Indian cardinal, opened the session by saying bishops must hold themselves accountable and work together to address the problem because it is not confined to a particular region. He told the conference that it is not acceptable for bishops in Africa or Asia to say that the problem of clergy sex abuse doesn't exist in their regions. "I dare say there are cases all over the world, also in Asia also in Africa," Gracias said.