In this Dec. 8, 2017 file photo, Ed Sheeran attends Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ed Sheeran has announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday morning saying the two got engaged right before the new year. He said they are "very happy and in love" and that their "cats are chuffed as well." Sheeran said last fall how Seaborn inspired his song "Perfect," which is Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Sheeran and Seaborn were friends when the two attended school in Suffolk, England. They reconnected years later.

It's Chicago — where Kanye West was raised — as the name of baby No. 3 with Kim Kardashian West. Mom made the announcement Friday on her app without explanation. Chicago was born Monday, weighing in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins big sister North and middle brother Saint. Chicago was born Monday via gestational carrier, meaning Kardashian West's fertilized egg was implanted into a surrogate. The rapper and the reality star chose to use a gestational carrier after Kim suffered pregnancy complications with her two older children. She said her doctors told her it wasn't safe for her to carry another baby.

By Ayisha Moore-Niles Back in May 2017, Danielle Gonsalves who is a medical aesthetician and the owner of Rejuvenate Spa launched her skin care product line called GLO Skin Care Products at the Radisson Aquatica Resort. Now she is back to tell you what’s new with the GLO Skin Care Line. But let’s take a moment to go on the journey with Danielle to see how the line got started. Danielle’s story began when she discovered that she was suffering from acne and nothing would work for her. She did what we all do and pick, pick, PICK! Then try to cover it up with heavy makeup. We all know the struggle. She decided then and there that she wanted to create a skincare line that had the ability to treat and prevent acne and to maintain clear and healthy skin. And she did just that! GLO Skin Care Products which was dedicated to her grandmother Gloria are paraben-free hypoallergenic products that can be used on all skin types. She also ensures that the products are not tested on animals as she is an animal rights advocate herself. The skincare line boasts a cleanser, revitalising complete vitamin serum, pigment correction serum, purifying mask, glycolic acid wash, advanced blemish wash and a hydrating daily moisturizer with SPF 55 along with the GLO oil. Most recently, she has added makeup to the line. She has a BB cream, a mineral powder and a bronzer. The BB cream as Danielle explained comes in three shades which are light, medium and medium dark. She believes that with these shades she is able to mix and match for all skin types, all while protecting and nourishing the skin. The mineral powder comes in light to dark shades for every skin tone along with the bronzer. When LOOP asked Danielle what her favourite product was she just couldn’t choose one. She said that she loves all of them simply because they all work in harmony and make the skin healthier and clearer. However, she has a special place in her heart for the newbie makeup collections. With a growing slate of products, Danielle is nowhere near done. Danielle has plans to take the GLO Skin care line to the regional market this 2018! Here are five tips, that Danielle left for LOOP’s readers to help each individual keep his or her skin clear, clean and GLOwing. 1. Hydrate, Hydrate, HYDRATE & repeat! 2. Do not sleep in your makeup - Ensure you cleanse, exfoliate &tone like your skin depends on it! 3. Moisturize heavier at night 4. Once a week exfoliate and treat yourself to a facial mask 5. DO NOT PICK YOUR SKIN!

Ten lucky people will vie for the chance to live in Cancun and promote its beauty. The ten finalists were selected by in a search for its Cancun Experience Officer (CEO)to be the face of the brand, and its newly launched website. The joint venture between Best Day Travel Group and TravelPass Group, who together operate, received more than 8000 applications from candidates in 120 countries. [related node_id='e6028ae7-7ccf-46e8-80f4-e39615833907'] "We received thousands of applications from extraordinary candidates from every corner of the world and all walks of life, which made it even harder for us and voters to whittle the search down to just 10," said Chad Meyerson, general manager at "We're excited to meet the final candidates face-to-face in Cancun, one of the most remarkable travel destinations in the world. One lucky winner will be chosen for a once in a lifetime experience as our next CEO." The 10 finalists will attend an interview event in Cancun from January 26-31. It will include individual and team skill assessments, as well as activities and challenges hosted by Xcaret Park, one of the top attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination. Profiles for the 10 finalists will be displayed on The winner will be chosen and announced on January 31. As part of's CEO search and commitment to showcase the warmth, wonder and essence of Cancun as one of the world's premier vacation destinations, the company has announced a sponsorship with the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Created to promote Cancun, the Cancun CVB is the official entity that interacts with key partners of the different markets around the world to create and develop promotions, marketing and public relations activities in order to highlight the many added values Cancun offers to the world. "We can't wait to host the top 10 finalists for the Cancun Experience Officer position and have them experience the best food, activities and accommodations that Cancun has to offer," said Lizzie Cole, director general of the Cancun CVB. "'s search has garnered a lot of global attention for our beautiful destination. We're grateful for the increased interest, and for all of the talented contestants who applied for the position." is the premier online destination for those looking to vacation in Cancun, Mexico and the surrounding areas of the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula. The site features everything from reviews of local hotels and attractions, and the ability to book accommodations, excursions, experiences and transportation all-in-one online location. Top 10 Finalists Muriel Rebora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a freelance video and photo creator, and a digital nomad and performer who's been travelling and working remotely for two years Tennessee Hauser and Collin Hauser, Dallas, Texas, are photographers with a background in interior design and jazz performance Rafael Melo and Jennifer Brill, Washington, D.C., are self-employed content creators who quit their corporate America jobs to create content promoting travel on YouTube Tess Wicks, Chicago, Illinois, is a small-town midwestern woman who thrives off adventure, meeting othersand finding humour in everyday experiences Meritxell Martorell, Barcelona, Spain, is a journalist, former Heineken Spanish ambassador, and host of 21 Days, a Spanish national TV program Greg Rola and Kaitlyn Hoiles, Toronto, Canada, are social media influencers with the ability to demonstrate the affordability of travel on any budget Jon Watson, Orlando, Florida, is a travel content creator who's spent the past five years travelling the world in search of new adventures and experiences Juliana Wynkoop and Martin Gomez Garcia, Sacramento, California, are bilingual YouTubers who share family-friendly travel videos about unique vacations Rich Barber, Khadijah Barber, Khaliyah Barber, Khaiyah Barber and Tré Barber, Raleigh, North Carolina, are a family of entrepreneurs with a passion for living an adventurous life Ivan Nanney, Boise, Idaho, is a travel addict and lifestyle designer with a drive to encourage others to prioritise experiences over possessions

Coca-Cola announced long-term recycling goals Friday, including attempting to recycle a bottle or can for every beverage it sells by 2030. The soda maker and other consumer products companies have been under pressure from customers and environmental advocates to stop using plastic packaging, and fast-food giant McDonald's unveiled new recycling goals of its own just this week. Coca-Cola Co. said it will work with local governments and environmental groups to meet the recycling goals. It plans to recycle bottles and cans from other companies, too. "The world has a packaging problem - and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it," CEO James Quincey said in a statement Friday. Greenpeace, which has criticised Coca-Cola before, said the company should focus on reducing the amount of plastic it produces, rather than just recycling more. "We can't recycle our way out of this mess," said Greenpeace campaigner Louise Edge, in a statement. Unlike other materials, plastics never break down in the environment and end up in tiny forms that are eaten by animals and end up in food, environmental groups say. A report issued last summer showed that global industry has produced 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950, and enough is still in circulation to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash. Quincey defended Coca-Cola's recycling goals, saying on a call with reporters that recycling and reusing plastics for bottles will reduce waste. The Atlanta-based company is also looking to reduce the amount of plastic it uses in bottles. Quincey wouldn't say how much the company plans to spend on the recycling goals, but said the initiative would pay for itself in the long run if the company uses more recycled materials for its packaging. McDonald's raised its packaging recycling targets this week, saying it aims to use all recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025. It also wants all of its 37,000 restaurants worldwide to recycle customer waste by that year. That would be up from 50 percent of its packaging that now comes from recycled or other environmentally friendly sources and about 10 percent of its restaurants that recycle customer waste. Quincey said the timing of the announcements was a coincidence, but that Coca-Cola would work with McDonald's since its drinks are sold at the chain's restaurants. The moves may also reflect more pressure from outside forces. McDonald's said that packaging waste was the top environmental issue that customers wanted to see addressed. And Larry Fink, CEO of the investment firm BlackRock, published a letter to CEOs this week saying that the questions companies must ask themselves include, "How are we managing our impact on the environment?"

Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behaviour, it was announced Friday. The news followed word that Times journalists had voted to join a union — a first in the paper's 136-year history. Some Times employees had called for Levinsohn to be fired after National Public Radio reported Thursday on allegations that he had engaged in what has been termed "frat-boy" behaviour while serving as an executive at two previous companies and was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits before he joined the Times on August 21. "Levinsohn has lost credibility as the leader of one of the country's top newspapers," said a petition to Times parent company Tronc Inc. signed by more than 200 staff members. Levinsohn will be replaced by President Mickie Rosen while Tronc investigates the allegations. "We will not hesitate to take further action, if appropriate, once the review is complete," Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn said in an email to employees, the Times reported. He didn't say how long the investigation might last. Levinsohn was the Times' fifth publisher in as many years. That turnover has contributed to rising discontent in the newsroom, which also saw jobs slashed and benefits cut as the Times struggled with declining advertising revenues and circulation in the face of online competition. Times daily circulation is now under 274,000, down from a high of more than one million in 1990. Times union organisers also were incensed that while staff benefits were being cut, Tronc last month signed a $5 million-a-year contract with a consulting business owned by its chairman, Michael Ferro. On Friday, a National Labor Relations Board tally found that newsroom workers voted 248 to 44 for representation by NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The vote was taken on January 4. The union must now negotiatea collective bargaining agreement. The union said it will seek better pay and benefits as well as "pay equity for women and people of colour, greater diversity and better working conditions" for reporters, copy editors, graphic artists and photographers. "This was a long time coming, and we're all thrilled that this has finally happened," Kristina Bui, a Times copy editor and union organiser, told the newspaper. "The newsroom has put up with so much disruption and mismanagement, and this vote just underscores how much of a say we need to have in the decision-making process. The newsroom is demanding a seat at the bargaining table." "We respect the outcome of the election and look forward to productive conversations with union leadership as we move forward," Tronc said in a statement. "We remain committed to ensuring that the Los Angeles Times is a leading source for news and information and to producing the award-winning journalism our readers rely on." Tronc fought Times organizing efforts. A day before the vote, the paper's editor-in-chief and former interim executive editor sent employees an email arguing that "a union won't solve most of the problems endemic to our industry." Most major news organisations in the United States, including The Associated Press, are unionised and digital media such as the Huffington Post also have seen successful organising efforts. The Times was owned for much of its history by the Chandler family and the paper was fervently anti-union. In 2000 it was sold to the Tribune Co., which went through a period of bankruptcy and turmoil. The company spun off its publishing arm as Tribune Publishing in 2014, which was later renamed Tronc, for Tribune Online Content. Chicago-based Tronc is the nation's third-largest newspaper publisher and its properties include many venerable papers, including the Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun.


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Duelling Voices, a presentation from Mustardseed's Youth Ensemble

Mustardseed presents Duelling Voices, 20th & 21st January at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre. Advance tickets from iMart Welches and Lanterns, $20 students, $30 adults, all tickets $30 at the door. Adapted by Mustardseed Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by Luci Hammans. In the confines of an unsupervised classroom, with nothing to do, students play a confrontational game of dialogue, call, response and heated repartee. This develops into an intense exploration which eventually reveals one of the most pressing and prevalent issues concerning adolescent sexuality. Written by Zeno Obi Constance the Trinidadian play “Duelling Voices” tells the story of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student and the very Caribbean reactions of those closest to the situation.