Walmart says it will begin giving hiring preference to military spouses under a new initiative the retail giant is launching. Walmart announced Monday the start of the Military Spouse Career Connection, an effort to recruit and hire military spouses. Walmart says the initiative complements an effort it launched in 2013 to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020, a goal the company says it's on track to surpass next year. Walmart already offered military spouses and veterans the ability to transfer from one Walmart or Sam's Club location to another when a spouse is transferred because of the military. The company says that beginning Monday, it will offer any military spouse with a current Uniformed Services Identification Card hiring preference when they apply. All candidates must meet the standard hiring criteria.

People across the Caribbean areexperiencing major economic challenges. Organisations are shutting their doors and some employees are receiving severance packages.Affected persons are in a mad rush to secure their futures as well as their families.There are many options to choose from, with advice coming from financial institutions throughout. Guardian Lifehas taken a different approach. Loop sat down with President of Guardian Life of the Caribbean, Anand Pascal,who gave perspective on how best to plan and invest even in these very tough economic times. Guardian Life can be contacted at 226-myGG or via Facebook, Instagram or its website Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

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A 57-year-old Trinidadian woman was stabbed and punched at a Brooklyn subway station on Sunday night in what investigators are treating as a racist subway attack. Ann Marie Washington was on her way home from work when the incident occurred around 7:30 pm after she had disembarked a Q train at the Church Avenue stop in Flatbush. The suspect is alleged to have yelled "Black b***h!” before attacking the mother of two. Washington was punched in the mouth and stabbed in the chest. He fled on a Q train and was still at large on Sunday. Washington was reportedly hospitalised later that day after undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung. The NYPD Hate Crimes Taskforce is probing the incident. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is monitoring a 'vigorous' tropical wave which has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next day or so. In an update posted Monday morning, the NHC said that the system was about 200 miles east of the Leeward Islands and was heading west to west north-west, passing near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southern Bahamas. Details are as follows: For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. A vigorous tropical wave located about 200 miles east of the Leeward Islands is producing a large area of disturbed weather over much of the western tropical Atlantic Ocean. Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased and become a little more concentrated this morning, and environmental conditions are forecast to gradually become more conducive for the development of a tropical depression or a tropical storm during the next day or so. The disturbance is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward for the next few days, passing near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern Bahamas. Interests in these areas should closely monitor the progress of this system. * Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent. Additional information on this system can be found in High SeasForecasts issued by the National Weather Service, under AWIPS header NFDHSFAT1, WMO header FZNT01 KWBC, and available on the Web at What's the difference between a tropical wave and a tropical storm? A tropical wave is an inverted trough (an elongated area of relatively low pressure) or cyclonic curvature maximum moving east to west across the tropics. These can lead to the formation of a tropical cyclone. Also known as an easterly wave. A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph (33 knots) or less. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 mph (34 to 63 knots). Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Tottenham Hotspur's Juan Foyth, center, celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace in their English Premier League football match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Tottenham defender Juan Foyth had an uncomfortable English Premier League debut last weekend. His second game in England's top flight went a whole lot better. The 20-year-old Argentine center back scored a second-half goal to earn Spurs a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace that moved them level on points with second-place Chelsea and Liverpool in the standings. A week ago, Foyth made his first appearance in the Premier League and gave away two penalties in Tottenham's 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Signed from Estudiantes in the 2017 offseason, Foyth is getting a run in the first team only because of an injury crisis that has robbed Tottenham this season of nine of their 12 players who featured in the World Cup in Russia. The latest casualties were Colombia center back Davinson Sanchez, who injured his hamstring in the Champions League in midweek, and England right back Kieran Trippier, who hobbled off injured midway through the first half against Palace. Without even hitting their stride this season, Tottenhamare firmly in contention in the title race. Five of their six wins in the league have been by a one-goal margin, with the only league defeat since mid-September coming at home to leader Manchester City. Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone after beating Bournemouth 2-1 for a second straight win. Cardiff also won 2-1, at home to 10-man Brighton. There were draws in Huddersfield-West Ham, Southampton-Watford and Leicester-Burnley. At Leicester, fans, players and staff honoredtheir late owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed with four others in a helicopter crash two weeks ago.

Leicester City fans pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley on an emotional return to action at the King Power Stadium for the first time since chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash near the ground two weeks ago. Fans and players alike paid tribute before the match to Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others who lost their lives on October 27, but Leicester were unable to claim the points. It certainly was not for a lack of trying, as the home side controlled most of the match and crafted some good chances, but Rachid Ghezzal was denied by the crossbar and Joe Hart impressed in the Burnley goal. Claude Puel's men generally dominated the second period as well, yet Burnley – who had lost three straight games – made a marked improvement and left with a much-needed point. Leicester looked up for the occasion early on and went desperately close to the opener in the 15th minute, but Matt Lowton blocked Jamie Vardy's goal-bound effort on the line. The frame of the goal then came to Burnley's rescue soon after, denying Ghezzal's stooping header from a pin-point Marc Albrighton cross. Demarai Gray was the next to go close – Hart brilliantly thwarting the winger in a one-on-one situation just prior to the half-hour mark. Leicester looked bright again at the start of the second half, but Albrighton shot straight at Hart from about 12 yards. Burnley should have capitalised on Leicester's profligacy 17 minutes from the end when former Leicester striker Chris Wood sliced a volley over inside the penalty area. Leicester's late surges lacked direction, and in the end Burnley had little difficulty holding on. What does it mean? Burnley stop the rot Having conceded 13 goals in their past three Premier League outings, Burnley were there for the taking. However, they managed to dig deep and claim a commendable point, to end their losing run. Ghezzal stakes his claim By no means a regular starter, an injury to James Maddison handed Ghezzal an opportunity and he certainly did not look out of place. He was bright in possession, offered a little craft in the final third and generally caught the eye. Vardy struggles to make impact Aside from an early shot that was cleared off the line, Vardy had very little influence on proceedings, as Leicester had limited success trying to play him in behind the deep Burnley defence. What's next? Leicester travel to Brighton and Hove Albion after the international break, while Burnley host Newcastle United.

One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. Tanks rolled in the streets of the capital, Harare, and the military put Mugabe under house arrest, in reaction to Mugabe's firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The military lifted long-time restrictions on public gatherings and hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans danced in the streets to celebrate the end of Mugabe's repressive rule that had brought ruin to the once prosperous economy. Mugabe, then 92, soon resigned, ending his 37-year rule. A year later Zimbabwe's economic problems have worsened and restrictions on basic freedoms remain, bringing some Zimbabweans to ask 'What has changed?' and 'Are things better?' The euphoria at Mugabe's fall has evaporated. Mnangagwa promised Zimbabwe "a new dawn" but to many, the country looks depressingly familiar with long lines at the banks to withdraw paltry amounts of cash and shortages of basic goods have led to the rationing of cooking oil, bottled water, and beer. Mnangagwa started well but his disputed election victory in July, followed by the military opening fire and shooting dead six civilians, a cholera outbreak and an economic implosion have cast a pall over the 76-year-old's first year in power. Mnangagwa promised to turn the collapsed economy into a middle-class one by 2030, underpinned by democratic reform and reengagement with the US and other Western countries that placed sanctions during Mugabe's time. Those sanctions have not yet been lifted and the signs are not reassuring. In September, inflation climbed to its highest since 2010, according to Zimstat, the national statistics agency. Drugs are in short supply in a country where the health system has long been on the brink of collapse. Private pharmacies with drugs in stock are charging in US dollars cash that are scarce and out of the reach of many. Zimbabwe is recovering from an outbreak of cholera, a disease described by the president as "medieval," that killed at least 50 people in the capital, Harare. Many fear the current crisis, induced by foreign currency shortages and a ballooning debt, could spiral into the kind of economic collapse seen a decade ago when Zimbabwe's hyperinflation reached 500 billion percent, according to the International Monetary Fund and cholera killed more than 4,000 people. Plastic bags of 100-trillion Zimbabwe dollar banknotes were not enough to buy basic groceries. People fear a return to that hyperinflation. The new currency shortage has forced the government to rely on the printing of bond notes, which are rapidly losing value. The government has also been paying civil servants through electronic funds that show up in bank accounts but cannot be turned into cash. There is also a system of mobile money. All of which are devaluing quickly against the US dollar on the black market. Mnangagwa's government asserts that some things have improved. "It has been a very, very, very active period for us, and we look forward to do serious engagement with the international community in terms of our international debts," deputy information minister Energy Mutodi told The Associated Press. Mutodi admitted the economy is Zimbabwe's biggest challenge but pointed to more freedoms as a sign of a new direction. Critics say Mnangagwa's government remains repressive, citing arrests of people accused of criticizing the president, a characteristic of Mugabe's regime. They also point to the killing of six people when the military fired into protesters on August 2 and the banning of anti-government demonstrations.

Mourners chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Hamas militant commander Nour el-Deen Barakas, who was killed during an Israeli raid late Sunday, during his funeral, at his family house in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The Israeli military dispatched fighter jets on Monday to strike "terror targets" throughout Gaza following a barrage of mortar and rocket fire that wounded six people. Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel at sundown Monday, a day after an Israeli military raid in Gaza left seven militants and an Israeli officer dead. Gaza's Hamas rulers and the smaller Islamic Jihad group claimed joint responsibility for the rocket barrage. Israeli media said six people were wounded by Palestinian fire, including a 19-year-old who was critically hurt when a mortar shell hit a bus. Smoke plumes could be seen rising from the Gaza skyline on Monday as fighting continued between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence. Israel's military later said the operation had ended. Earlier, Hamas' armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Israeli undercover forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated 3 kilometres (1.86 miles), about 2 miles, into Gaza on Sunday and fatally shot Nour el-Deen Baraka, its local commander in Khan Younis town. It said militants discovered the car and chased it down, prompting Israeli airstrikes that killed "a number of people." Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: