Krzanich joined Intel Corp. in 1982 as an engineer.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of what it called a consensual relationship with an employee. Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will take over as interim CEO immediately. A search for a new CEO is underway. In this #MeToo era, corporate America is under intense pressure to enforce workplace policies on gender equality and sexual harassment. Earlier this month, Guess Inc. co-founder Paul Marciano stepped down following a company investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault. John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney's animation chief, also recently said he was resigning over what he called "missteps" with employees. Krzanich joined Intel Corp. in 1982 as an engineer. The abrupt departure of Krzanich, who has been the Intel's top executive since 2013, overshadowed otherwise positive news for the $246 billion tech company. Intel said Thursday that it expects to post a per-share profit of 99 cents in the second quarter, 13 cents better than Wall Street was expecting, and revenue of $16.9 billion, which is also better than had been projected by industry analysts. Shares of Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, California, slid 2 percent in early trading.

The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox's entertainment businesses following Comcast's $65 billion offer for the company. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They are amassing ever more programming to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers' attention — and dollars. The bidding war comes after AT&T bought Time Warner for $81 billion after a federal judge rejected the government's antitrust concerns. Disney's move had been expected ever since Comcast's bid, which was higher than Disney's original offer in December of $52.5 billion in stock. Comcast's offer was all cash. Disney's new offer of $38 per share is half cash and half stock. In a statement Wednesday Disney said it is raising its offer because Fox's value increased due to "tax reform and operating improvements." It did not mention Comcast's bid. "After six months of integration planning we're even more enthusiastic and confident in the strategic fit of the assets and the talent at Fox," said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement. The deal would include Fox film and TV studios, some cable networks and international assets, but not Fox News Channel or the Fox television network. Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch said the company "firmly believes" that the combination with Disney is a good fit. "We remain convinced that the combination of 21CF's iconic assets, brands and franchises with Disney's will create one of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world," he said in a statement. But the company also said it is still weighing both offers, and noted that Disney's new bid doesn't have any provisions in it that prevents Fox from considering other offers. Fox and Disney shareholders had been scheduled to vote on Disney's original bid July 10, but that meeting has been postponed.


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a call for proposals that will reward the most disruptive ventures in Latin America and the Caribbean that are using innovation to improve lives. The selected startups will participate inDemand SolutionsChile, which will take place on November 21 in Santiago, Chile. Demand Solutions is the IDB's flagship innovation event that brings together the world's most forward-thinking minds to share creative solutions to the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. In a release, the IDB said in this edition, startups can participate in two thematic areas. In the first, they must provide solutions in four categories related to the cultural and creative industries: Design with social sense:sustainable fashion, smart fashion, urban art, wearable technology. Multimedia that improves lives:videogames, digital content, audiovisual content. New technologies:3D printing, blockchain, internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics Export of services to global markets:production and commercialisation of cultural content, export of goods and creative services. The 10 most innovative startups in the creative industries will be selected to participate in Demand Solutions Chile with all expenses paid for one representative per startup, and the first place will receive financial support to continue with its development. Additionally, this edition of Demand Solutions will also reward five startups that provide solutions to water and sanitation challenges in the region. Since 2009, the IDB and Fundación FEMSA have awarded the Water and Sanitation Prize for Latin America and the Caribbean, to recognise and stimulate the most innovative solutions in the water, sanitation and solid waste sectors. The startups interested in participating in Demand Solutions must present a solution proposal to a development challengebefore July 15. The representatives must be over 18 years old. Consult the official page for additional eligibility criteria. Innovators with proposals for the water and sanitation sector can access the BID-FEMSA Award bases through the official website. Winners will be notified by mail in early September 2018.

Falmouth Public General Hospital.

The Independent Commission of Inquiry(INDECOM) has commenced an investigation into Tuesday night's alleged pepper spraying of a security guard by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the Falmouth Public General Hospital. The policeman was one of four who went to visit their colleague after visiting hours at the hospital. Reports are that sometime after 9:00pm, four policemen stationed in St James went to the hospital to visit one of their colleagues who was a patient. The group of law enforcers were, however, informed by the security guard that it was not visiting time. It is alleged that the security guard was pepper sprayed after he tried to bar the cop who insisted to enter. The Falmouth police are also investigating. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Jason Roy of England hits a boundary during the fourth ODI against Australia at Durham on Thursday.

England remain on course to complete a series whitewash over Australia after recording a comprehensive six-wicket win in the fourth ODI at Durham on Thursday. Aaron Finch (100) and Shaun Marsh (101) each recorded centuriesas Australia - who elected to bat first after winning the toss - posted a respectable 310-8. YetJason Roy's knock of 101 saw the hosts - who made arecord-breaking481-6 at Trent Bridge on Tuesday - comfortablychase down their target, as they raced over the line with 32 balls to spare. England started at a fast pace before Jos Buttler (54 not out) rushed them over the line, meaning they can complete a sweep with victory at Old Trafford on Sunday. Having made the mistake of sending an in-form England in last time out, Australia unsurprisingly decided to have a bat after captain Tim Paine called correctly. Finch and Travis Head (63) built a strong early partnership to stave off the first wicket, with the former then continuing alongside Marsh in a 124-run stand thatset the platform for a big finish. However, David Willey's (4-43) death bowling - the left-arm seamer claimed three wickets in the space of six balls -limited Australia's onslaught, withMarsh falling when Roy's clever offload presented Craig Overton with a simple catch. If the touristsfelt their total might have been enough,Roy and Jonny Bairstow (79) soon put it in perspective with a dominant opening stand. There was a lull after the pair departed at the midway point of the innings, however, while Joe Root (27) and Eoin Morgan (15) failed to stick around for too long. But Buttler was on hand to crush the tourists' slim hopes of ending their losing run, with Hales happy to play second fiddle as he finished unbeaten on 34.

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, left, scores his side's third goal during the group D match against Argentina at the 2018 football World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0.

Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. GROUP B Morocco havebeen eliminated, leaving Portugal and Spain (four points each) and Iran (three) to compete for two spots. Spain play Morocco on Monday, when Portugal meetIran. GROUP C France clinched advancement with a 1-0 win over Peru on Thursday and leadwith six points. Denmark aresecond with four after a 1-1 draw against Australia, which haveone point. Peru havebeen eliminated. Denmark playFrance on Tuesday, when Australia takeon Peru. GROUP D Croatia clinched a trip to the second round with a 3-0 shocker over Argentina on Thursday and topthe group with six points. Argentina haveone point after two matches and arein big trouble, especially if Iceland (one point) beatNigeria (no points) on Friday. Argentina playNigeria on Tuesday, when Croatia playIceland. If Iceland defeatNigeria, and an Iceland-Croatia draw on the group's final day would advance Iceland and knock out Argentina.


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First Lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care, do u?" as she boarded a flight on Thursday to a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents. The green, hooded military jacket from Zara had the words written graffiti-style on the back. When asked what message the first lady's jacket intended to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe." Grisham underscored that message in a tweet with the hashtags #SheCares and #ItsJustAJacket. Melania Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children. Her visit came a day after her husband, President Donald Trump, signed an executive order reversing the policy of separating the children of illegal migrants from their parents at the border. The highly controversial policy had sparked a major backlash, including from members of Trump’s own party. Like it or not, the jacket had her trending on Twitter. One user borrowed an image of the back of the Zara jacket to promote groups working on behalf of immigrant children. Zara, a Spanish-based company with a large presence in the United States and around the world, had no comment on the uproar. The jacket belongs to the company's spring-summer 2016 season. It's not the first time the first lady's fashion choices have caused a stir. Last August, a pair of her signature spike heels earned her a round of bafflement as she boarded Air Force One bound for Texas to tour devastation after Hurricane Harvey. She had changed into white sneakers by the time she and the president landed. At one of the 2016 presidential debates, she showed up in a bright pink silk blouse with a large bow at the neck, long known as a "pussy bow blouse". That was just days after reports surfaced that her husband had made lewd remarks years earlier about grabbing women by the genitals. On the other side of the political aisle, former first lady Michelle Obama routinely caught grief from some critics for going sleeveless. Her husband, President Barack Obama, was the talk of a 24-hour news cycle when he donned a tan suit in 2014 for a media briefing.

The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents. Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him "Little Jacob" after no one came forward to report him missing. Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child's mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez. According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water. Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details. Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying "she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with 'whatever I could find,'" according to the court documents. Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy's death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child's face. According to the court documents, she said her child's face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health "deteriorated." He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police. Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple's relationship, the affidavit says. Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman. Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime "appalling" at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests. "No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us," he said. "Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash." Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification. Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case. "I cried, I cried with relief," said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.


This is the moment a man proposedto his girlfriend in the stands during the Poland-Senegal match at the Russia World Cup. The man can be seen dropping to one knee as the action unfolds behind him. Fans surrounding him begin to whoop and holler as he brought out a ringbefore the crowd starts chanting “Yes, yes, yes!” And the unnamed woman obliges, giving her approval and hugging her new fiancé. The video was filmed by Walter Ruigufrom Nairobi, Kenyaat the Group H match on June 19in Moscow. The match was marred with controversy when Senegal player M’baye Niang, who was off the pitch receiving treatment, rushed back on to intercept a back pass to the goalkeeper, before netting his country’s winner.

This is the moment benches are used as weapons and drinks are thrown as a fight breaks out between Polish and Senegalese supporters in Antwerp. Footage captured during the match on June 19 shows supporters in Bar Noord shouting and confronting each other. Objects can be seen flying across the space as Polish fans pick up the wooden benches lying strewn across the bar's floor. According to the filmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, the scene started off peacefully at the screening of the match in the Belgian city. The filmer said: "At first both groups got along - they all sang these football chants together, like Poles supporting the Senegalese people and vice versa." But the mood reportedly turned sour after Poland scored its goal in the 2-1 loss. The filmer added: "They [the Senegalese fans] started throwing drinks and started to whistle at the Poles. "So while they were throwing drinks, a Pole threw a drink back at them, and then the benches started to fly around the whole place." The filmer added that concerned families in the venue tried to make their way to the exit. Police intervened in the scuffle but no arrests were made. The filmer added: "It was calm after they arrived because they divided the two groups so we weren't allowed to go home the same way." Senegal became the first and only African team so far in this year's World Cup to win a match with the controversial victory in Moscow yesterday.


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May 30, 2018

Saint Lucia Carnival 2018

Pumping rhythms, sexy costumes and the people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun; welcome to Saint Lucia Carnival! Almost on the heels of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Saint Lucia’s cultural landscape morphs into a flurry of chrome plated steel drums, feathers, and beads. No matter where you are or who you are, Saint Lucia Carnival is something to behold.

In the months, weeks and hours leading up to Saint Lucia Carnival, there are numerous events that are a must see, whether you’re a Carnival veteran, or Carnival newbie. Some of the staple events - the Calypso Tents, Calypso Monarch, Party Monarch, and Carnival Parade are the deep-rooted cultural aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. But it won’t be Carnival without the ‘wining’ and jumping and non-stop partying.

Here’s a great tip for first-time Carnival revellers - ‘wining’, is a local Caribbean-wide term used to describe the rotational movement of the hips either to the left or to the right, whichever way your waistline can go really. Before you brave any Saint Lucia Carnival event, don’t be afraid to perfect your ‘wining’ motions. You can bet on someone asking pretty ladies to “take ah wine.” Either way, master the move so that you keep up with the locals and really party like a Saint Lucian.

By the time Carnival Monday rolls around, your dancing skills will help burn off all the yummy calories you’ll be consuming – let’s face it; Saint Lucia’s Carnival food scene is just as fabulous! The ultimate Carnival experience is when one joins a “band.” Competing band members flock together at predetermined locations near the staging area, for the beginning of what will be a hyperactive dance session through the city’s streets. With speakers the size of warehouse refrigerators, the vibrations and sounds begin with only the trance of soca leading you throughout the streets of Saint Lucia.

If you’re still alive at the end of Carnival Monday, many band members will go off to enjoy official band parties or you can opt to go home to revitalize yourself – don’t worry, you can comfort yourself by the fact that the next day is Carnival Tuesday…

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August 01, 2018

Chocolate Heritage Month 2018

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Spend August satisfying your sweet tooth during Saint Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Month.

Saint Lucia’s chocolate legacy dates back to the thriving cocoa industry of the 1700’s and the island still produces some of the world’s most sought-after chocolate. Many of Saint Lucia’s top resort spas and restaurants use the island’s native cocoa in spa treatments and savory and sweet culinary creations that are both indulgent and healthful.

August is an ideal time to sample inventive “choc-tails” and specialty tasting menus, relax with beneficial chocolate-infused spa treatments and enjoy “tree to bar” cocoa plantation tours with island-wide hotel and resort offers. Click here for more information. 

For a deeper look into the island’s chocolate heritage, you can take a plantation tour that shares the history and tradition of Saint Lucian cocoa production. Choose from a variety of experiences such as Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate. The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation tour will lead you through the cocoa fermentation house where you can participate in the traditional “cocoa- rina” dance to polish the cocoa beans. Or, take a behind the scenes look at a bean-to-bar single estate boutique chocolate maker at Jade Mountain’s Emerald Estate Organic Chocolate and Chocolate Laboratory.

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August 31, 2018

Roots & Soul Festival 2018

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A festival dedicated to musicians who are setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B, with performances, master classes and encounters between artists and other actors in the music business. Like Saint Lucia Jazz, there will be free and paying concerts, in various parts of the island. This event will bring together musicians, record labels, online music stores and platforms, specialized journalists and other actors in order to enhance market access for Saint Lucian and other musicians and producers.