StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price-fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors allege that the industry's top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high. "We have cooperated with the DOJ during the course of its investigation and accept responsibility," said StarKist chief executive Andrew Choe. "We will continue to conduct our business with the utmost transparency and integrity." StarKist is owned by South Korean company Dongwon Industries, one of the largest tuna catching companies in the world. The parent company's website carries pledges to abide by ethical standards and good corporate citizenship. The scheme came to light when Thai Union Group's Chicken of the Sea attempt to buy San Diego-based Bumble Bee failed in 2015, according to court records. Chicken of the Sea executives then alerted federal investigators, who agreed to shield the company from criminal prosecution in exchange for cooperation. Bumble Bee Foods last year pleaded guilty to the same charge and paid a $25 million fine, $111 million lower than prosecutors said it should have been. Prosecutors said they feared putting the financially struggling Bumble Bee out of business with a high fine and agreed to let the company make interest-free payments for five years. Two former executives of Bumble Bee and one from StarKist have also each pleaded guilty to price-fixing charges. None of them have been sentenced. Former Bumble Bee chief executive Christopher Lischewski has pleaded not guilty to a price-fixing charge. "The conspiracy to fix prices on these household staples had direct effects on the pocketbooks of American consumers," said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. In addition, the three companies face myriad lawsuits from wholesalers, food service companies and retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Kroger. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers. The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company's target of 5 million Investors typically pay more attention to Netflix's quarterly subscriber numbers than its profits, and investors' reaction to those numbers tends to be dramatic. Netflix shares rose $20.18 to $366.58. They remain well below the record high of $423.21 reached in June. Still, Netflix is one of the top performers in the S&P 500 this year with a gain of 80 percent as of Tuesday's close. Back in July, Netflix reported lower-than-expected subscriber growth for the second quarter, and its shares into a tailspin that knocked 20 percent off their value in a month. Not only did Netflix tops its projections for subscriber growth in the third quarter, it issued an optimistic outlook for the last three months of the year. Netflix predicted it will pick up another 9.4 million subscribers during the quarter ending in December — traditionally one of the company's busiest times because of all the subscriptions given as holiday gifts. Even so, the forecast calls for 1.1 million more subscribers than Netflix gained in the same period last year. Netflix ended September with 137 million worldwide subscribers, including 58.5 million in the U.S. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Another earthquake have been experienced across sections of the country, reportedly close to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. No official correspondence has yet come from the Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, but large numbers of persons from different locations, including some prominent figures, have reported having felt the tremor. Most reports have come from the Corporate Area, but some have come from as far away as Portland in the north eastern region of the island. There has been no report or indication of any damaged having been sustained as a result of the tremor. The official report and applicable details will be provided as soon as they become available. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

It will be business as usual on Monday in Trinidad and Tobago as the Government has decided against a national shutdown even as many communities are still under water and more adverse weather is expected. Stuart Young, who holds the portfolio of Minister of National Security, said after all considerations, the Government has decidedthere will be no national shutdown. "There are certain areas of Trinidad and Tobagothat are still being affected that we will continue to do work on but we need our citizens who can get to work to continue along their daily lives to do so," he said. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, he urged the "hundreds of thousands" of people not affected by the floods to go to work and exercise extreme care and caution. Some schools will remain closed as they are being used as shelters while some were affected by the adverse weather. He said consideration was given to a lot of different factors including a school holiday but that would put pressure on parents to stay home with their children. Several communities in East, Central and South Trinidad as well as Tobago experienced severe flooding after heavy rainfall on Friday after several rivers burst their banks. The Met Office warned earlier in the week that the islands would receive heavy rains with the possibility of flooding. due to an active Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The adverse weather alert was set at orange and raised to red. More rain is expected overnight. On Friday night, many citizens reached out on social media to say their homes were flooded and roads were impassable. Government housing communities in Greenvale, La Horquetta and Oropune as well as communities close to the Piarco International Airport, further east in Sangre Grande and down south in Mayarowere heavily impacted. In some cases, citizens took to their roofs to escape the rising flood waters. Manlost all their household belongings. There were no fatalities. Giving an update on the situation on Sunday, Young, who along with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and others toured the affected areas on Saturday,said they again did an aerial survey and while the waters had receded in some areas, others were still flooded and roads impassable. The southbound lane of the main highway, the Uriah Butler Highway,between North and South Trinidad remained closed due to high flood waters.Vans and SUVs were allowed on the Northbound which was made into a dual carriageway. Young said Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was asked to deploy extra police officers on the highway to prevent lawless driving. He urged those who need to come into Port-of-Spain from the South to carpool and exercise common sense. He also appealed to CoP to deploy more police on the ground in affected communities to prevent criminal elements from engaging in criminal activities. Young said he walked door to door in Greenvale, where the water rose as high six feetand what he saw was heartbreaking. "At times like thisit very important that we bond as a country and do right for those faced with disaster," he said, commending those he saw rendering assistance in the community. In the face of the disaster, private and corporate citizens rallied with many arranging drop off points for donations, cooking food for those in shelters and donating money and necessary supplies.


Usain Bolt (right) on the ball.

Uncertainty surrounds whether global sprint sensation, Jamaican Usain Bolt now has a contract offer from the Central Coast Mariners in Australia. Bolthas been on trial in his bid to become a professional soccer player. His agent, Ricky Simmsis reported to have said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received an A-League contract offer from the club, but the club’s manager, Mike Mulveyis reported to have said that he knew nothing of that. Simms himself declined to make any detailed comment when he was asked about the reported development, except to ‘confirm’ the existence of an offer. But Mulvey is reported to have denied knowing of a contract offer, and was said to have added to the mystery by expressing skepticism about whether Bolt could fit into the team. Bolt retired from track and field in 2017 and has since been pursuing a football career, with his latest and most sustained bid being with the Mariners. He has been on trial there forseveral monthsandscored two goals in a trial match just over a week ago. Mulvey recently said it could take until January to determine if Bolt can make it in professional football, and indicated then that Bolt was not heavily on his radar. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to hit the post during an Italian Serie A football match against Genoa, at the Alliance stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues. It wasn't enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus' perfect start to the season. Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his fifth Serie A goal in nine matches. Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid, and 84 in the English Premier League for Manchester United. Juventus won all of its previous 10 matches across Serie A and the Champions League. Though Juve's lead in Italy was cut to four points after Napoli won at Udinese 3-0, coach Massimiliano Allegri believed this result would help his side for arguably its toughest test yet, Manchester United on Tuesday in Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford. "We drifted out of the game after a good start to the second half and, instead of making it 2-0, we let them make it 1-1," Allegri said. "This isn't good, because it's with matches like this that titles are lost. After 10 minutes of the second half we were already thinking about Manchester. We needed to have more focus. "But it's a draw that serves us well. It'll get our feet back to earth and help us understand that, to win matches, you need sacrifice and hard work." Ronaldo had last weekend off while Juventus was idle during the international break. Normally the star of his national team, he was left off Portugal's squad. Less than 20 minutes in on Saturday, he scored. There was a miscommunication between Genoa goalkeeper Ionut Radu and his defender on Joao Cancelo's cross from the left, allowing Ronaldo a simple tap-in at the far post. Genoa's first goal at Juventus since January 2013 came from Daniel Bessa with a header in the 67th minute. It was a memorable first match back in charge for Ivan Juric, who returned to Genoa for his third spell as coach. OFF THE BENCH The substitutes made the difference at Udinese. Fabian Ruiz replaced the injured Simone Verdi in the opening minutes and the midfielder scored his first Napoli goal in the 13th, curling a stunning 20-yard strike into the top right corner. Dries Mertens doubled Napoli's lead from the spot eight minutes from time after Udinese substitute Nicholas Opoku handled Jose Callejon's effort. There was still time for Marko Rog to score, just 40 seconds after coming off the bench. Napoli visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. SPAL MAKES HISTORY Roma fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to 10-man Spal, which won at the Stadio Olimpico for the first time in Serie A in 53 years. Roma went into the international break with four straight wins in all competitions while Spal had lost its last four. However, the visitors took the lead shortly before halftime when Andrea Petagna converted a penalty after Manuel Lazzari was fouled by Luca Pellegrini. Spal doubled its advantage 11 minutes after the break as Kevin Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post. Spal goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic — the younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej — did brilliantly to fingertip Pellegrini's effort onto the bar but swiftly went from hero to villain. Milinkovic-Savic was booked for time-wasting and he received a second yellow card seconds later for petulantly throwing the ball away, leaving Spal with 10 men for the final 15 minutes. However, it clung on for its first win at Roma in the top flight since 1965. Roma hosts CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.


Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, conducts a service at the Volodymysky Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, FILE)

The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to thePechersk Monastery in Kiev, one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a wall decorated in faded centuries-old frescos of solemn saints, then hauled them away. On the other side of the dispute, at a small church in the center of Kiev, a dozen men organized round-the-clock guard duty, worried that nationalist radicals might make their third attempt in a year to seize the place of worship. The incidents a week ago underline the tensions in Ukraine as it prepares to establish a full-fledged Orthodox church of its own. The planned religious rupture from the Russian Orthodox Church is a potent — possibly explosive — mix of politics, religious faith and national identity. The imminent creation of the new Ukrainian church raises deep concerns about what will happen to the approximately 12,000 churches in Ukraine that are now under the Moscow Patriarchate. "The question of what will happen to the property of the Orthodox churches existing in Ukraine after the emergence of a single local church is key and could be one of the most painful" issues of the Orthodox split, said Volodymyr Fesenko, an analyst at the Ukrainian think-tank Penta. Since the late 1600s, the Orthodox Church in Ukraine had been a wing of the Russian Orthodox Church rather than ecclesiastically independent — or "autocephalous." Many Ukrainians chafed at that arrangement, resenting its implication that Ukraine was a vassal state of Russia. Schismatic churches formed under their own Ukrainian leaders, but they were not recognized as canonical by theEcumenical Patriarch of Constantinople,the so-called "first among equals" of leaders of the world's Orthodox Churches. That is about to change. The Istanbul-based patriarchate last week removed an anathema against Ukrainian church leaders, a major step toward granting full recognition to a Ukrainian church that does not answer to the Moscow Patriarchate. The Russian Orthodox Church, furious at the move, announced it would no longer recognize the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch. It also fears it will lose deeply cherished sites including the Pechersk Monastery, the seat of the church's Ukrainian branch and a major tourist destination renowned for its richly decorated churches and labyrinthine caves holding the relics of holy men. It's not exactly clear when the autocephaly will be formally granted. The two schismatic Ukrainian churches must meet to decide who will be the patriarch of the unified church. Once that decision is made, Constantinople is expected to grant the independence order. In recent years, about 50 churches in Ukraine that were under the Moscow Patriarchate have been forcibly seized and transferred to the Kiev Patriarchate, according to Metropolitan Antony Pakanich of the Moscow-loyal Ukrainian Church. "People have been forcibly dragged out of our temples, the locks have been sawed off," he told The Associated Press. "People in camouflage and balaclavas, with insignia of radical organizations, have come and beat our believers and priests." Some believers say they will forcefully defend their right to stay. "The creation of a local church will push for a new round of confrontation ... we, who are supporters of canonical Orthodoxy, will defend our interests here," said Ilya Bogoslovsky, a 28-year-old who came with his wife and daughter for a service at the chapel of the Tithes Monastery, where the guards had been deployed. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has hailed the creation of the full Ukrainian church as "a guarantee of our spiritual freedom," has pledged that there will be no action taken against parishes that choose to remain under the Moscow Patriarchate. Similar promises have come from Patriarch Filaret, head of the largest of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox churches, who said "creating a single Orthodox Church in Ukraine does not mean that the Russian Orthodox Church does not have the right to exist on our territory." But some Ukrainian nationalists appear ready to use force. In September, radical right-wingers broke into a church in western Ukraine, beat up a priest, drove parishioners away and locked the building. A leader of the ultranationalist C14 group, whose adherents have twice attacked the Tithes church in Kiev, sees the presence of Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine as a form of propaganda by an "aggressor country" since the Russian Orthodox Church has close ties with the Kremlin. The Tithes church is "the Kremlin's political tool," Serhiy Mazur said. The war between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, which began in 2014 and has killed at least 10,000 people, has also sharply increased the hostility toward the Moscow Patriarchate churches. Father Sergii Dmitriev, a chaplain in the Ukrainian army, was once part of the Moscow church but switched to the Kiev Patriarchate after the Russia-linked church began to refuse holding funerals for Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war. "To be in the Moscow Patriarchate is to take part in the murder of Ukrainians," he told the AP. "Not only those who pull the trigger are responsible, but those who bless the pulling of the trigger." With such passions on both sides, the cleric feared that more violence between the two uneasy neighbors lay ahead. "The birth of a new Ukrainian church is taking place amid throes for which everyone should be prepared," he warned. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the U.S. response. Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, he said he will be talking to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman soon. Saudi authorities announced that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, died in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after a fistfight with officials there. That explanation has sparked allegations of a cover-up intended to shield the powerful crown prince. Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he still does not know where Khashoggi's body is. Trump said: "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened... And I think we're inching our way there." Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop