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Few teeth in Trump’s prescription to reduce drug prices President Donald Trump speaks during an event about prescription drug prices with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press

By MATTHEW PERRONE and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s longpromised plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder.” Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America’s prescription pain. In Rose Garden remarks at the White House, Trump called his plan the “most sweeping action in history to lower the price of

prescription drugs for the American people.” But it does not include his campaign pledge to use the massive buying power of the government’s Medicare program to directly negotiate lower prices for seniors. That idea has long been supported by Democrats but is a non-starter for drugmakers and most Republicans in Congress. Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas dismissed Trump’s plan as “a sugarcoated nothing pill.” The administration will pursue a raft of old and new measures intended to improve competition and

transparency in the notoriously complex drug pricing system. But most of the measures could take months or years to implement, and none would stop drugmakers from setting sky-high initial prices. “There are some things in this set of proposals that can move us in the direction of lower prices for some people,” said David Mitchell, founder of Patients for Affordable Drugs. “At the same time, it is not clear at all how they are going to lower list prices.” Drugmakers generally can charge as much as the market will bear be-

cause the U.S. government doesn’t regulate medicine prices, unlike most other developed countries. Trump’s list of 50 proposals, dubbed American Patients First, includes: — A potential requirement for drugmakers to disclose the cost of their medicines in television advertisements. — Banning a pharmacist “gag rule,” which prevents druggists from telling customers when they can save money by paying cash instead of using their insurance. — Speeding up the approval process for overthe-counter medications

so people can buy more drugs without prescriptions. — Reconsidering how Medicare pays for some high-priced drugs administered at doctors’ offices. Those ideas avoid a direct confrontation with the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, but they may also underwhelm Americans seeking relief from escalating prescription costs. Democrats pounced on Trump for not pursuing direct Medicare negotiations, an idea he championed before reaching the White House. Continued on Page 3


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2 trips to North Korea with top U.S. diplomat, 18 years apart

In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018, file photo provided by the North Korean government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea. Associated Press

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with quiet words from State Department officials: Apply for a new passport immediately. You may soon be going to a country for which ordinary U.S. passports are not valid for travel. Vague as it was, the instruction to two reporters last Friday left little doubt about our mystery destination: North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had visited the capital, Pyongyang, in complete secrecy while he was still CIA chief in early April to set the stage for an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Now, Washington was abuzz with rumors that he would be heading back soon and would bring back three U.S. citizens who had been held by North Korea for more than a year for alleged anti-state activities. It would turn out to be my second visit to the isolated, authoritarian nation. Eighteen years ago, I had accompanied Madeleine Albright on her historic trip to North Korea, the firstever by a sitting secretary of state — a highly choreographed and publicized two-day affair covered by some 80 journalists. But this was something completely different: an under-the-radar, secret mission with only two American reporters as independent witnesses. The other reporter was Carol Morello of The Washington Post. Since the death last year of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who suffered brain damage while in North Korean custody, U.S. nationals have been prohibited from traveling to North Korea without special passport validation. I was soon in possession of new passport and a letter informing me that its validation was “in the national interest of the United States.” We were sworn to secrecy about the trip and told to pack a bag and be on stand-by, but given no departure date or time. Rumors of the trip intensified through the weekend, but it was only late on Monday afternoon that we were told we’d leave from the State Department at 7:45 that night. We left in a two-van motorcade from the underground parking garage for Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. Once there, we waited for Pompeo to arrive and soon the U.S. Air Force C-32, a converted Boeing 757, was airborne. Destination: Pyongyang, capital of the most reclusive nation on Earth. So began a four-day journey with no confirmed schedule on the ground in North Korea, no guarantee of the prisoners’ release

and little to no sleep. Notwithstanding the secret arrangements for Pompeo’s return trip, we wouldn’t be the first to report it. As our plane descended Tuesday into the U.S. air base in Yokota, Japan, for its second refueling stop, Trump announced that his top diplomat was on his way to Pyongyang. Circumstances were very different when I’d visited in 2000 as a reporter for the French news agency Agence France-Presse to cover Albright’s highly anticipated visit. Dozens of journalists had either flown with the secretary of state or taken charter flights from Beijing to Pyongyang to cover the events. There were organized press tours of the capital and a mass stadium show hosted by the current leader’s father, Kim Jong Il. This time the visit was much lower-key. When we arrived at the Pyongyang airport early Wednesday morning, Pompeo was greeted by North Korean dignitaries and boarded a Mercedes limousine. We climbed aboard a Chevy van. Pyongyang had changed a lot in two decades. There were more tall buildings and more vehicles — though still far fewer than in other world capitals. Also new were the stoplights. After a winding drive past grandiose memorials and revolutionary billboards, we arrived at the the Koryo International hotel, where many of us had stayed when Albright visited. Its lobby would be the base for Carol and me for the next nearly 13 hours while Pompeo met and lunched with North Korean officials, including Kim. Mostly bored, we waited for news over endless cups of coffee. Still, the Koryo can offer up surprises. Eighteen years ago, it was the appearance of a German aid worker who seized on the rare presence of foreign correspondents to show them squalid living conditions outside of town. He was later deported.q


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Few teeth in Trump’s prescription to reduce drug prices would “seek input” on doing away with drug rebates in the Medicare system to encourage more direct discounts. He gave no timeframe for more concrete steps. America has the highest drug prices in the world. The U.S. spent $1,162 per person on prescription drugs in 2015, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That’s more than twice the President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar after an event about prescription drug prices with in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press Continued from Front ority for Trump and Con-

“This weak plan abandons the millions of hard-working families struggling with the crisis of surging drug prices,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a statement. Pharmaceutical investors and analysts expressed relief after the announcement, and shares of most top drugmakers rose Friday afternoon, including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly. “Trump had a choice today: to seek disruptive fundamental reform or to embrace more incremental steps,” wrote Terry Haines, a financial analyst, in an investment note. “Trump chose the incremental over the disruptive.” Some parts of the plan were previously proposed in the president’s budget proposal sent to Congress, including providing free generic drugs to low-income seniors and sharing rebates from drugmakers with Medicare patients. Other parts could be implemented directly by the administration. A majority of Americans say passing laws to bring down prescription drug prices should be a top pri-

gress, according to recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation. As a candidate, Trump railed against the pharmaceutical industry. But as president he has shied away from major changes and has staffed his administration with appointees who have deep ties to the industry. They include Health Secretary Alex Azar, a former top executive at Eli Lilly and Co., who joined Trump for Friday’s announcement. Azar and other Trump officials have hinted for weeks that the plan would, in part, “dismantle” the convoluted system of rebates between drugmakers and the health care middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers, which negotiate price concessions for insurers, employers and other large customers. Trump called out those companies in his speech: “Our plan will end the dishonest double-dealing that allows the middleman to pocket rebates and discounts that should be passed onto consumers and patients,” Trump said. Azar later told reporters that the administration

$497 per person spent in the United Kingdom, which has a nationalized health care system. Trump’s speech singled out foreign governments that “extort unreasonably low prices from U.S. drugmakers” using price controls and said U.S. trade representatives would prioritize the issue in trade deals. But experts are skeptical the U.S. can pressure foreign governments to pay more for drugs.

“It’s hard to know why Germany or France or Australia would agree to something like that,” said Professor Jack Hoadley of Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. In the U.S., Medicare is the largest purchaser of prescription drugs, covering 60 million seniors and Americans with disabilities, but it is barred by law from directly negotiating lower prices with drugmakers.q

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McCain, even in illness, sparks lively, timely debates By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is not signing off quietly. As in so much of the senator’s extraordinary life, the rebellious Republican is facing this challenging chapter — battling brain cancer — in his own rulebreaking way, stirring up old fights and starting new ones. Rarely has the sickbed been so lively. McCain is promoting a new book, delivering a counterpunch of ideals contrary to President Donald Trump’s running of the White House. McCain’s long-distance rejection of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel’s history with torture goaded former Vice President Dick Cheney into a fresh debate over waterboarding and other now-banned interrogation techniques. On Friday, friends rallied to defend McCain against a

In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Associated Press

White House official’s cruel joke that his positions don’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.” If this is Washington’s long goodbye to a sometimes favorite son, it’s also a reemergence of old resentments and political fault lines that continue to split the nation.

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Perhaps no one should have expected anything less from the 81-yearold senator, who can be crotchety and cantankerous but is also seen by many, both in and out of politics, as an American hero, flaws and all. Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday as McCain “fights for his life, he deserves better — so much better.” “Our children learn from our example,” Biden said. “The lingering question is: Whose example will it be? I am certain it will be John’s.” Said House Speaker Paul Ryan, “His legacy is so long that John McCain is a hero to us all.” McCain was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return. Up-anddown reports of his health shift every few days. A steady stream of visitors have stopped by the McCain family ranch in Arizona — including Michael

Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, on Friday. Close friend and political ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., visited McCain this week, and the two watched an old movie and talked about McCain’s imprint on politics. Graham said he told McCain he will leave behind a long list of Republicans — and Democrats — he has mentored, Graham included. “Your legacy is the people you affected,” Graham said he told his friend. “John McCain’s going to have a hell of a legacy.” Not everyone, though, is so keen to listen to McCain these days. Most Republican senators are not heeding his advice to reject Haspel, who was chief of base of a detention site where terror suspects were waterboarded. McCain lived through years of captivity during the Vietnam War.Trump has suggested reviving the now-banned brutal interrogation techniques. And Cheney, who was an architect of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, strategy, said he would keep the program active and ready for deployment, and doesn’t think it amounted to torture. “People want to go back and try to rewrite history, but if it were my call, I’d do it again,” Cheney told Fox Business. One retired Air Force general, Tom McInerney, called McCain “songbird John” on the same station this week for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a prisoner of war.

McCain has said he gave inaccurate information after being tortured. Fox said McInerney would not be invited back on its business or news channels. Still, one of McCain’s longtime sparring partners, Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky., re-affirmed his opposition to Haspel on Friday. In explaining his opposition, Paul said, “We shouldn’t reward somebody who participated in torture, really still has trouble saying and articulating that it’s an immoral thing.” Just a few years ago, McCain called Paul and fellow Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, “wacko birds” for their filibuster blocking then-CIA nominee John Brennan. McCain later apologized. After McCain’s recent hospitalization for an intestinal infection, Graham said he was worried about his old friend’s health. But after seeing him this week, he decided McCain will “be with us for a while.” The two weren’t quite yet saying their goodbyes. In fact, “there’s not talk of funerals, there’s talk of the future,” Graham said. They watched a classic Western, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” — with McCain narrating along the way in words that cannot be repeated — and talked about McCain’s book, which Graham says couldn’t have come at a better time. “I told him it should be required reading,” he said. It’s a story about the country, and “even though we make our share of mistakes, we’re always trying to make it a more perfect union,” Graham said.q


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Cheney: U.S. should restart harsh interrogations, back Haspel By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the U.S. should restart the harsh detention and interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, and called on the Senate to confirm CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Brutal interrogation practices are currently banned under U.S. law, but debate on the issue has re-surfaced during Haspel’s confirmation process because she was once involved in the CIA’s interrogation program. Haspel, currently the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program. Trump has agreed with Cheney, saying during his campaign that “torture works.” Cheney told Fox Business on Thursday that if it were up to him, he would have the program active and ready to be employed if needed. He says the program was necessary to keep the U.S. safe from attacks and that he doesn’t

think the techniques used amounted to torture. “I think the techniques we used were not torture. A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn’t deemed torture at the time,” Cheney said. “People want to go back and try to rewrite history, but if it were my call, I’d do it again.” Haspel is expected to get the nod from the GOP-controlled Senate intelligence committee, but senators are still deciding whether they will vote to confirm her when the full Senate votes in upcoming weeks. “I think she’d be a great CIA director,” Cheney said about Haspel. “I think she’s done a great job in terms of the career she’s built, and the people I know at the agency are very enthusiastic about having one of their own, so to speak, in the driver’s seat at the CIA.” She has broad, but not unanimous support, from Republicans in the Senate. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced this week that he will back Haspel. So far, the only Republicans who have announced opposition to Haspel are Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and John

AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring of Trump attorney Cohen NEW YORK (AP) — The chief lobbyist for AT&T is leaving the company after overseeing a $50,000-permonth contract for President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen to serve as a political consultant. In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company made a “big mistake” in hiring Cohen as a political consultant. While everything the company did was legal, Stephenson said that the association with Cohen was “a serious misjudgment.” Stephenson noted that the company’s reputation has been damaged and that the vetting process used by its team in Washington

“clearly failed.” The Washington team had hired Cohen under a one-year contract that paid $50,000 a month. AT&T said Cohen approached the company after the 2016 presidential election and said he was leaving the Trump organization to do consulting for a “select few” companies that wanted his opinion on Trump and the administration. AT&T said it had been looking for consultants who could help it understand the president’s approach to regulatory reform at the Federal Communications Commission, tax reform and antitrust enforcement — “specifically our Time Warner deal.”q

McCain, R-Ariz., who is battling cancer and is not expected to be present for the vote. In recent days, those coming out against Haspel include independent Sen. Angus King of Maine and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both from California, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tim Kaine of Virginia.q

In this Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas. Associated Press

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Montana floodwaters near highest level in 100 years MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana rescuers pulled a man from raging floodwaters and authorities warned of dangerous debris being swept downstream as water levels continued rising Friday in rivers and streams across the western half of the state. The Clark Fork River in Missoula was expected to crest more than a foot (30 centimeters) above major flood stage late Saturday — its highest level in 100 years. It could rise even higher next week, according to National Weather Service forecasters. Heavy rains in recent days compounded the deluge caused primarily by melting mountain snows. Floodwaters already have inundated some houses and trailer homes in a lowlying neighborhood in Montana’s second-largest city. Many residents of the more than 65 houses under evacuation orders refused to leave. That put both residents and emergency personnel in danger as debris surged downstream, including sheds, a propane tank and the remains of at least one trailer home that was pushed off its foundation and broke apart in the floodwaters, authorities said. “It’s a great public safety concern for us,” said Mel Holtz, a firefighter and spokesman for the flood response effort. “Obviously it’s a very difficult time for people to leave, but we have concerns over utilities in that area because the electricity is still on and there’s a lot of debris in the water.” The rescued man was using a small raft to reach a camp for transients on a partially submerged island on the Clark Fork Thursday night.

Floodwater from the Clark Fork River flows over the road and through a fence line, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Kelly Island Fishing Access off Mullan Road west of Missoula. Associated Press

Firefighters at the river’s edge noticed him hanging onto a tree and still in the raft, Holtz said. Rescuers used a boat to pull him to safety. No injuries had been reported as of Friday morning, Holtz said. Occupants of about 800 Missoula houses were under warning that they may have to evacuate if conditions deteriorate. Water also was pushing into residential areas downstream along the Clark Fork in the town of Frenchtown, where occupants of two houses were ordered to evacuate. River levels are forecast to drop slightly with the arrival of cooler weather early next week, then spike

to even higher levels by week’s end, said meteorologist Ryan Leach. “We’re very confident it’s going to be above major flood stage for at least the next week,” Leach said. Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were inspecting area levees but they were not expected to be topped, Holtz said. Among the sites being monitored was SmurfitStone Mill, a former wood pulp mill along the Clark Fork northwest of Missoula where open ponds were used to store contaminated wastewater. The site is on the federal Superfund list of the nation’s most hazardous sites. Local officials were concerned the river

could erode the uncertified levees that shield the site from the river, Holtz said. Elsewhere in the state floodwaters threatened homes along the Blackfoot River near Lincoln and portions of Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties. Minor flooding was reported along the Flathead River at Columbia Falls. A dam on an irrigation pond in Meagher County breached, causing a rapid rise in water levels on Sixteenmile Creek as it enters Gallatin County. The area downstream of the breach is sparsely populated and local officials said there was no immediate threat to public safety. In central Montana, the Musselshell River near the

small town of Shawmut in Wheatland County was forecast to reach major flood stage Saturday. The county sheriff’s office advised people not to drive through flooded areas. Rain was in the forecast with showers possible through the weekend across much of the state.q


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Chaos after multiple shooting reports; 1 student wounded By KRYSTA FAURIA and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy used a rifle to shoot a former classmate in the arm Friday at their California high school and dumped the gun in a field before he was caught in a shopping center, authorities said. Reports of the shooting and an ultimately false report of another attack at a nearby elementary school sparked chaos, terrifying parents and drawing a massive police response in the high desert city of Palmdale in Southern California. Police descended on Highland High School after dozens of 911 calls and some reports that there were hostages in the campus library, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. As officers swarmed the library, more 911 calls came in reporting that gunshots were heard at an elementary school across town. Dozens of officers with several agencies blanketed both campuses looking for possible shooters and victims. Meanwhile Antelope Valley Hospital was told several people were dead and as many as 25 students were injured, said Dr. Pavel Petrik, the trauma center’s chief of surgery. In the end, there was just one shooting and one victim, at Highland High School, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County deputies detained a 14-yearold former Highland High School student in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy, who was hit in the arm. The shooting was sparked by a dispute between the two students, said Capt. Darren Harris with the sheriff’s department. “We were very fortunate that the incident wasn’t much worse than it was,” McDonnell said at a news conference. “The outcome was much better than anybody could have anticipated.” Dr. Petrik said the reports of multiple casualties and dozens of injuries caused

the hospital to virtually shut down the operating and emergency rooms for an onslaught of victims. “Everyone from the blood bank to the lab to radiology to everyone ... it was maybe 100 people downstairs waiting for the arrival of all of these injured children,” he said. “Thankfully we only had one child that was shot.” He said the boy had surgery and was expected to be fine. McDonnell said the 14-year-old suspect had fired multiple gunshots in a courtyard but did not elaborate on whether the teen was aiming for anyone in particular. “Those shots, in some cases, went into an area adjacent to the courtyard where they were being fired from, so the potential was for anyone to be able to take a stray round there, whether they were aimed at or not,” McDonnell said. “So a very dangerous situation.” The teen was caught about an hour later at a shopping center after the boy called his father to say he fired his gun in the air and was headed to a grocery store near campus, McDonnell said. He said the teen’s father called a family friend who’s an off-duty police officer and told him where the boy was. The off-duty officer, who works for Los Angeles police, then detained the teen without incident. He was being held on suspicion of attempted murder. It’s unclear where he got the rifle. McDonnell said the boy’s mother had called the officer earlier in the morning to tell him she and her husband were having trouble with him and that the teen had run away. The parents recently transferred the boy from Highland High School though it was unclear why. The shooting was sparked by a dispute between the two students, sheriff’s Capt. Darren Harris said earlier in the day. McDonnell declined to elaborate. Parents and students were

outside the school crying as investigators remained on campus. Student Pualani Revis told KABC-TV that students ran into her classroom saying there were gunshots going off. “We barricaded the room,” she said. “We went to the back of it to make sure we were safe.” Johnny Lewis, whose 17-year-old son is a student at the school, told The Los Angeles Times that he raced to the campus with his wife after hearing reports about the shooting. “We didn’t know at that time if our son was in danger, injured or shot or what,” he said. “It’s just ridiculous with all the guns in schools. I never knew it would happen to us here.”q

Students are reunited with family members outside Highland High School in Palmdale as Sheriff took the school off lockdown on Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press


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$10 billion campaign Guatemala asks Swedish, launched to educate Venezuelan ambassadors to leave every child by 2030 By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A campaign to raise $10 billion to ensure that every child gets a secondary school education by 2030 received support Friday from the U.N. chief, global and regional banks, and 11.5 million young people who are calling for the biggest education investment in history. Youth activists delivered a petition to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with 1.5 million signatures from Pakistan and Bangladesh, adding to the 10 million signatures already collected from around the world. It calls on world leaders to launch a new International Finance Facility for Education that can provide an additional $10 billion to help send millions of marginalized boys and girls to school. U.N. Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown said over 260 million children are not attending school today, and if current trends continue 400 million won't be educated beyond age 11 by 2030, the target to meet the U.N. goal of ensuring a primary and secondary education for all children. "In total 800 million children — that is half the world's children — will leave school without qualifications and fail to enjoy a quality education" and in some cases they will be illiterate, Brown told a news conference.

He said this emphasizes that "the biggest divide in the world today is between the half of our future who are going to be educated and the other half who are being left behind — and the left behind include 75 million children, including 10 million refugees in conflict zones and other emergencies." According to the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, international funding for education declined from 13 percent of all aid 10 years ago to 10 percent today. And all aid to education in developing countries amounts to $10 per child, "not enough to pay for a second-hand textbook, let alone a quality education," said the commission, which was established in 2015 to increase investment in education. On Friday, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development issued a joint statement committing to move forward on the $10 billion financing facility and their representatives joined Brown and the secretary-general. "Now, the international finance facility comes to fill the gap ... and my strong appeal is for the international community to fully bet in this new instrument," Guterres said.q

By SONIA PEREZ D. GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Sweden looked to Guatemala for an explanation on Friday after the Central American country asked both the European nation and Venezuela to remove their ambassadors and accused them of interfering in its internal affairs. Sweden's foreign minister says it is "very unfortunate" that the country's ambassador to Guatemala has been ordered to leave. Margot Walstrom says the Swedish government will ask for "further explanations" as to why ambassador Anders Kompass has been given 30 days to leave, adding the Scandinavian country's stance and actions "in matters relating to human rights and anti-corruption are well known." A Guatemalan government press release Thursday said Guatemala also wants Venezuelan diplomat Elena Alicia Salcedo to depart. Kompass is a well-known official and human rights defender. A few days earlier he had announced Sweden's financial support for a United Nations-sponsored commission investigating corruption in Guatemala. The commission, which goes by the initials CICIG, had accused Guatemala President Jimmy Morales of corruption related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party. Morales subsequently tried

In this Feb. 13, 2006 file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala and currently ambassador of Sweden, speaks with reporters during a press conference in Guatemala City. Associated Press

unsuccessfully to expel the commission's head, Ivan Velasquez, from the country. But Guatemala did not say why it was expelling Kompass and Salcedo beyond alleging "interference in its internal affairs." Sweden's TT news agency says Guatemala's ambassador to Sweden has been summoned, but did not say when. At a press conference, foreign minister Sandra Jovel described the move as a

sovereign decision by her government. She said there were no plans to expel other diplomats. Former Guatemalan foreign minister Fernando Carrera said the government was trying to withdraw the financial and political support for the CICIG because of its investigations into corruption. "It's a desperate attempt, because the government has increasingly less internal support and must get rid of them," Carrera said.q


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Iran cleric threatens destruction of Israeli cities By AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian cleric on Friday threatened two Israeli cities with destruction if the Jewish state “acts foolishly” and attacks its interests again, while thousands of protesters demonstrated against President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal with world powers. The comments by Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami followed a week of escalating tensions that threaten to spill over into a wider conflict between the two bitter enemies, who have long fought each other through proxies in Syria and Lebanon. Israeli airstrikes struck Iranian military installations inside Syria on Thursday — its biggest coordinated assault on Syria since the 1973 Mideast war — in retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights. It was the most serious military confrontation between the two rivals to date. Khatami, who has echoed sentiments of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who says Israel will not exist in 25 years, said the Jewish state could face destruction if it continues to challenge Iran. “The holy system of the Islamic Republic will step up its missile capabilities day by day so that Israel, this occupying regime, will become sleepless and the nightmare will constantly haunt it that if it does anything foolish, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” he said, according to state television. His remarks drew chants of “Death to America!” from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran. Thousands later demonstrated across the country to protest Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal. The protests resembled other aggressive but orderly gatherings typical under President Hassan Rouhani, who has portrayed himself as seeking

Iranian women attend an anti-U.S. gathering after the Friday prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 11, 2018.

rapprochement with the West and is simultaneously trying to save the nuclear deal with world powers while attempting to appease hard-liners seeking revenge for Israeli attacks. In a lengthy government statement on Friday, the Iranian government warned that it would take “whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient” if it is not fully compensated for the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord. It called on the other parties to the agreement — especially Britain, France and Germany — to safeguard the accord, adding that no provisions or timeframes in the 2015 agreement “are negotiable in any manner.” At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with “taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions.” After Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the deal on Tuesday, Rouhani warned that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an even higher rate if the accord collapses. He ordered Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate with the countries still in the deal to try to save it, and Friday’s

statement reiterated that Zarif was seeking “required guarantees” from the five other parties to the agreement. The 2015 nuclear deal imposed restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of most of the U.S. and international sanctions against Tehran. However, the deal came with time limits and did not address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its regional policies. Trump has repeatedly pointed to those omissions in referring to the accord as the “worst deal ever.” However, proponents of the deal have said those time limits were meant to encourage more discussion with Iran in the future. On Friday, France urged Europeans to stand up to Trump over the nuclear deal and not act as “vassals,” as the EU scrambles to find ways to save the accord and the billions of dollars in trade it unleashed. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the U.S. is the “world’s economic policeman.” “Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?” Le Maire asked. “Or do we want to say we have our economic

interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?” European governments tried for months to persuade Trump to stick with the deal but failed, and now fear it will raise the risk of conflict in the region. Aside from the mounting military tensions between Iran and Israel, oil prices are rising on the uncertainty. Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke Friday and underlined their

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aim of preserving the deal and peace in the Mideast. And European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted that it’s not up to the U.S. to determine the deal’s future anyway. “This deal is not a bilateral treaty. It’s a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world,” said Mogherini, who will chair talks Tuesday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels.q

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Saturday 12 May 2018


1 dead, dozens hurt by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian was killed and 176 were wounded by Israeli army fire Friday as thousands of Gaza residents protested near their sealed border — part of a weeks-long campaign to end a decade-old blockade of the territory. Later Friday, vandals burned a fuel complex and a conveyor belt on the Palestinian side of Gaza’s main cargo crossing with Israel, causing more than $9 million in damages and disrupting the import of diesel fuel and building materials, the military said. Friday’s clashes offered a preview of what will likely be a much larger protest — and possibly a border breach — on Monday when the United States relocates its embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem amid Palestinian outrage. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there “is causing the volcano to spew,” said 25-yearold protester Ahmed Deifallah as he stood near the Gaza border, a Palestinian flag draped around his head. Deifallah, who is unemployed like almost half the Gaza labor force, said he would also join Monday’s protest and is not afraid to die. “We are used to confronting the (Israeli) occupation with our bare chests,” he said. “We are used to wars and no one with us but Allah.” Friday marked the seventh weekly border protest since late March. The demonstrations have been organized by Gaza’s Hamas

rulers, but are fueled by despair among the territory’s 2 million people. The vast majority are barred from

Later Friday, Palestinians vandalized a fuel complex and conveyor belt on the Palestinian side of Gaza’s

er was killed and 176 were wounded by Israeli fire Friday. Ten of the wounded were in serious condition,

Palestinians try to evacuate an injured protester was shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press

travel and trade, while the blockade has gutted the economy. As in previous weeks, thousands flocked to five tent camps near the border — some 15,000 people, according to the Israeli military. From the camps, smaller groups moved closer to the fence. They threw stones, burned tires and flew kites with burning rags attached to them, hoping to steer them into Israel to set fields on fire. The area was quickly engulfed in thick black smoke from the burning tires. Israeli soldiers, some crouching behind sand berms, fired live bullets and tear gas volleys from the other side of the fence. The Israeli military said protesters also threw pipe bombs and grenades toward Israeli soldiers and damaged the fence.

main cargo crossing, Kerem Shalom, the army said. It said the fuel installation is the only way to bring diesel fuel into Gaza for operating generators for hospitals and other key facilities. The military distributed a video showing Palestinians cheering as a fire was set. It was the second such attack on the facility in a week. “Hamas continues to lead the residents of Gaza to destroy the only assistance they receive,” the army said. Nissim Jan, the director of an Israeli company that operates Kerem Shalom in partnership with private Palestinian companies, said he spent large sums to repair last week’s damage. “This time I can’t repair and will not repair it. Where shall I bring money from?” he said. The Gaza Health Ministry said a 40-year-old protest-

including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head. Nearly 800 others were overcome by tear gas or suffered other types of injuries. Friday’s death brought to 41 the number of protesters killed since March 30. In the same period, more than 1,800 were wounded by Israeli fire. Despite such risks, Gaza’s Hamas leader, Yehiyeh Sinwar, has said he expects tens of thousands to participate in Monday’s protest. He has raised the possibility of a mass border breach, comparing protesters to a “starving tiger,” unpredictable and full of pent-up anger. Israel has said it will prevent any border breach and has stuck to its open-fire policies, including targeting “main instigators” and those approaching the fence, despite growing in-

ternational criticism. Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking the border. Rights groups say the use of potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful. There are growing concerns that if Israel and Hamas dig in, a widespread border breach could lead to large numbers of casualties. The protests are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. The Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem is sought as a future Palestinian capital — at least by those supporting Hamas’ political rival, West Bankbased Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas seeks an Islamic state in the entire historic Palestine, including what is now Israel, but has said it is ready for a long-term truce. Another large-scale protest is planned for Tuesday, when Palestinians mark their “nakba,” or catastrophe, referring to their mass uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out or fled homes in what is now Israel. More than two-thirds of Gaza residents are descendants of refugees. Meanwhile, Gaza government officials announced that Egypt will open its border with Gaza for four days starting Saturday. Helping reinforce the Israeli blockade, Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing point, Gaza’s main gate to the outside world, closed most of the time since the Hamas takeover.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

AP Interview: Food agency head hopes talks help N. Koreans By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A peace agreement with North Korea will go far toward easing the impoverished nation’s chronic food security woes, the head of the United Nations’ World Food Program said Friday, a month before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit in Singapore. Fresh from a four-day visit to the North, Executive Director David Beasley also told The Associated Press that he detected a “certain degree of euphoria” among the North Koreans he met and a feeling of momentum toward a better future. “This is a very important time in world history and let’s all hope that we can move forward and put this page in history completely behind us,” he said in an interview in China’s capital, Beijing. The former South Carolina governor said a positive outcome to talks with the U.S. and others would reassure donors that aid was reaching those who needed it most. And if it leads to the lifting of U.N. economic sanctions imposed over the

North’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the country’s food situation would improve further. “If we can put these nuclearization and political issues behind us, I believe that the world can come together and the citizens and people of (North Korea) will have a brighter future,” Beasley said. “If a deal can be reached and the sanctions can be lifted, I believe the opportunities are great.” Washington hopes the summit will lead to the North abandoning its nuclear weapons program, something Kim has said he would consider if he was provided with security assurances. Though an agreement remains elusive, the simple fact that the leaders of the long-time adversaries plan to meet has given rise to hopes for a turning point in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Around 10 million of North Korea’s 25 million people have humanitarian needs, and problems such as malnutrition, anemia, undernutrition and stunting are severe, Beasley said. While such woes are common in other food-insecure countries, North Korea faces the

In this May 9, 2018 photo provided by the World Food Program (WFP), WFP Executive Director David Beasley stands with children at a nursery and kindergarten where WFP provides food assistance in Sinwon county in North Korea’s South Hwanghae province. Associated Press

added hardship of being mostly mountainous, forcing its citizens to cultivate every scrap of arable land, Beasley said. North Korean agriculture is also characterized by a near-total reliance on human and animal labor and a lack of fertilizers and other inputs. “I’ve never seen more people work so hard in my life,” said Beasley, who departed North Korea via a six-hour drive over bumpy roads to

the Chinese border in order to better view conditions in the countryside. Floods and droughts were contributing factors in the disastrous famines in the 1990s that nearly brought North Korea to economic ruin, heightened by much broader economic and political difficulties related to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellites, which had been some of North Korea’s most impor-

tant trading partners and allies. A study by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 estimated the number of deaths between 1993 and 2000 at around half a million, although other estimates ranged much higher. Beasley said there have been vast improvements since then, though poor rains last season limited the amount of food available this year.q

EU warns Montenegro after journalist is shot, wounded

In this file photo dated July 20, 2012, Monenegro’s prominent crime reporter Olivera Lakic accompanied with her husband walks on a street in Podgorica. Associated Press

By PREDRAG MILIC Associated Press PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A senior European Union official warned Montenegro on Friday that its bid to join the bloc will be hampered unless the Balkan country curbs attacks on journalists. Johannes Hahn, the commissioner responsible for matters relating to the

bloc’s enlargement, spoke after meeting with Olivera Lakic, a crime and corruption reporter for the Vijesti daily who was shot and wounded Tuesday outside her home in the capital, Podgorica. Hahn described the attack on Lakic as “clearly an attack on media freedom, on freedom of expression, one of the core values of

the European Union.” “This is something that is not acceptable to us,” Hahn said. “This is a negative track record. I am looking for a positive track record.” After meeting with Hahn later Friday, Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said his government won’t tolerate attacks on the press.q


Saturday 12 May 2018


Biopic of Brazil evangelical bishop breaks box office record By SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — A biopic about the man who founded one of Brazil's largest evangelical churches has sold more tickets than any other film in recent memory in the South American country. But some have accused the church of cooking the books. The film tells the story of Bishop Edir Macedo, who founded the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in the 1970s. Macedo is a powerful and controversial figure in Brazil who owns a media empire and has been dogged by accusations of malfeasance — allegations that the film portrays as a plot by the Catholic Church and Brazilian establishment to limit his power. A company that measures media penetration, comScore, says the film "Nada a Perder" — "Nothing to Lose" — sold more than 11.7 million tickets between its release March 29 and Thursday. That makes the film, which is being released Friday in the United States, the most attended since 2002, the first year for which comScore has Brazilian box office data. The next closest film — a 2016 movie about the life of Moses — sold more than 11.3 million tickets. But the Brazilian press has accused the church of inflating sales by buying up tickets itself. The Folha de S.Paulo newspaper sent reporters to movie theaters during the film's opening weekend and said the screening rooms weren't

In this 1994 file photo, Bishop Edir Macedo, head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, leads a service in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Associated Press

full, despite the blockbuster ticket sales. The church denies that and, in turn, accused the Brazilian media of disseminating "fake news" to damage its reputation. "The Universal (church) never bought tickets for the film 'Nada a Perder,'" the church said in a statement to The Associated Press. "That said, part of the success of the film — and therein lies the hatred of some segments of the press — comes from the initiative of volunteers from Universal and other denominations and religions, who have organized so that the largest number of people possible can see the film." It added that other religions do exactly the same thing: recommending to their followers things they

believe in. The film, which was produced by Paris Entretenimento, is based on Macedo's life and ends with a recorded message from the man himself. The church says it was not involved in the film's production, though it has vigorously promoted it on its website as has Macedo's Record TV network. Another part of Macedo's media empire, Record Filmes, has helped to screen the film in prisons and for remote communities, including indigenous groups. A sequel is planned. The second most-attended film since comScore started keeping track is "Os Dez Mandamentos," which Record Filmes produced. The third film is "Tropa de Elite 2," the sequel to a popular

Brazilian film about gang violence and police corruption in Rio de Janeiro. But comScore data shows that "Nada a Perder" may not reign for long: "Avengers: Infinity War," which opened April 26 in Brazil, has more than 10.4 million ticket sales so far. Luis Fernando Rodrigues was among five people who saw "Nada a Perder" at a movie theater in Sao Paulo on Thursday afternoon. "This film is part of a holy war" over the image of Macedo and his church, said the 57-year-old architect. Even the debate over how many people saw the film is part of that battle, he said. Gesturing at the empty theater, he added: "We don't know if it's because

of the time of day or if it's a manipulation." Controversy has long surrounded Macedo, a colorful character who has won both adoration and notoriety for taking on two of Brazil's most entrenched institutions: the Catholic church and the Globo media empire. Brazil is the world's most populous Catholic country, but evangelicals are on the rise: They account for one in five people — up from one in 20 a few decades ago — and evangelical lawmakers make up a powerful voting bloc in Congress. Macedo's Universal church has been one of the motors of the group's growth. Macedo was raised a Catholic but the movie shows him searching for spiritual meaning elsewhere. In the film, his family experiments with traditional healers to cure his sister's asthma and finally joins an evangelical church. But he ends up rejecting that church as too elitist and finally founds his own. Over the years, he and his preachers have drawn the ire of Catholics for railing against their "idolatry" of saints and calling the pope the Antichrist. But they have also drawn fervent followers, who have turned the Universal church into a powerful player in Brazilian politics and culture. Macedo's nephew and a bishop in the church, Marcelo Crivella was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and the Universal church says it has 9 million followers in 110 countries, 7 million of whom are in Brazil.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

ArubaCoin: A Social Experiment, Just Like Bitcoin

ORANJESTAD – New initiatives give energy, but you need to understand them to be willing to participate. Aruba Today had the pleasure to interview the people of ArubaCoin, out of curiosity about the new cryptocurrency. What is ArubaCoin and how does it work? “ArubaCoin is a decentralized social cryptocurrency, there is no central authority. It’s an ERC-20 on the ethereum block chain. The benefit of that is, ArubaCoin can be sent and received on any ethereum wallet. Transaction fees are paid in ether and it is supported by popular hardware wallets Legder and Trezor. You control your wealth by controlling the private key, which you can backup numerous ways and multiple times. It’s an open source and fully auditable on the block chain.

Anybody and everybody can contribute.” “It’s also programmable money so there are allot of use-cases, ArubaCoin could have numerous purposes: 1) means of cheap and instant exchange without any 3rd party involved 2) e-commerce and online platforms instant payments without the risk of chargebacks 3) a censorship resistant scarce digital asset 4) financial sovereignty 5) automated settlement layer Its a new technology that many still don’t understand nor need to. Many don’t understand what TCP/IP is but you use it every day, it’s called the internet. Eventually the user-experiences

will be seamless and you won’t know you are using cryptocurrency in the backend of an application. Many are skeptical of Bitcoin or ArubaCoin which is very normal if you don’t fully understand the fundamentals. Cryptocurrency was created out of necessity to solve a problem.” “ArubaCoin did 2 rounds of free Airdrops to the Aruban Community where hundreds of participants received free 200 ArubaCoin (at today’s market price $2.30 = $460) and 50 ArubaCoin airdrops current total value of $115. This is how we wanted to reach broad distribution for the local Aruban community. And in this way create a low barrier of entry for the rest of the community.” Who started ArubaCoin and with what purpose? “ArubaCoin has the same mystique that Bitcoin has,

nobody knows who the creators of the genesis block are, which eventually doesn’t matter. It’s a grassroots project, it’s been released for the public. The community has grown substantially, from bitcoin advocates to Aruban cryptocurrency community members. The same as Satoshi Nakamoto left bitcoin to the community members, this happened to ArubaCoin also. The purpose is to solve a problem and have an alternative. A social experiment just like bitcoin.” What is your goal with Arubacoin? “The goal of the ArubaCoin community in general is to have a wide adoption and active community and slowly but surely grow the eco-system. Sustainability is priority. An easy and instant means of exchange. Physically bringing cash is

costly and timely, while local bank transfers takes 2 days.” How many and which companies work with ArubaCoin so far? “Currently in Aruba there are 16 businesses accepting ArubaCoin: Linda’s Dutch Pancakes Aruba E-Bike Tours Casalina Garden Apartments New Image Spa Aruba @ Barcelo Hotel Alfie’s Burger joint & Bar Mi Desayuno Restaurant Cunucu 297 Tennis School Aruba Palm Beach ArubaCanoe water activities & paddle school Motivami Dog Hotel Aruba Gomes Air-conditioning & services InvenTech Aruba Best Buy Family Store Continued on Page 14


Saturday 12 May 2018

ArubaCoin: A Social Experiment, Just Like Bitcoin Continued from Page 13

Its listed on 2 exchanges: EtherDelta exchange and ForkDelta exchange. And listed on for market cap and price ticker, market indicators. GetDelta app also for price ticker.” Where can people find information? “You can find more information at www.arubacoin. org and follow our Facebook community page or telegram group.” Do you have cooperation with other digital currency? “The community members and developers are community members of bitcoin and other coins like zcoin and ethereum, so yes we have collaborations with broad spectrum of prominent developers and community members in the space.” What can you say about the comments that digital

currency comes with high energy costs? “High energy cost will depend on which algorithm/ mining hardware your talking about (asic). The high energy cost is based on the countries where nobody mines because it would be unprofitable. The POW (proof of work) algorithm which bitcoin is working on miners are using green cheap energy where there is excess electricity, like Iceland and

China. ArubaCoin is built on ethereum and does not use the sha-256 algorithm that bitcoin uses. And soon the protocol should be switching to PoS which is more energy efficient.” Why would people choose for digital currency? How would tourists benefit from this? “Most adoption it’s fueled by necessity, if it solves a problem there will be users and growth.

And we see many opportunities and use-cases that can be used with it, that otherwise could not be accomplished. We are focused on the local community and eco-system, tourist are not the priority. Of course you have Aruban community members that live abroad, those are already participating in ArubaCoin, they also have a unique use-case because they could send $10 from Europe instantly and the received can pay their

bill instantly, within minutes. ArubaCoin is very new, we do not recommend anybody to take this as an investment advice. Bitcoin, ArubaCoin or any cryptocurrency can be HIGHLY volatile, we do not recommend anybody buying cryptocurrency without doing due diligence how to use it. If you lose your private key or password or don’t properly back it up, nobody can retrieve those coins.”q


Saturday 12 May 2018

Mr & Mrs Gazzolo Honored at The Manchebo Beach Resort

EAGLE BEACH - Recently Emely Ridderstaat from the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure to Honor Mr. David & Mrs. Virginia Gazzolo with 20 consecutive years coming to Aruba as” Goodwill Ambassador”. The honorary titles are presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism to loyal visitors with consecutive years visits. The honorees love Aruba but mainly for its people. The GM Mr Edgar Roelofs and Vivian of the Manchebo Beach Resort were also present on this special Honoring.q

Mr & Mrs Weess Honored at the Playa Linda Beach Resort PALM BEACH - Recently Mr. Fritz & Mrs. Donna Weess were Honored with the” Distinguished Visitor” certificate with 16 consecutive years’ visits to Aruba. The couple loves Aruba and call it their home away from home during the past 16 years. They have brought their friends also to the island and now they are in total 20 people that come together on the island.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

Aruba 3rd place in hackathon Facebook SAN JOSE - Aruba’s name has been called in the light of technology in Silicon Valley. The young Marko Espinoza was invited by Facebook to participate in a conference about the development of software, organized by the biggest social media platform in the world. After a strict registration process with more than one million interested, Espinoza was selected to attend the conference

“F8” and participated in the hackathon. This conference took place in San Jose, California, and only 5000 invites were accepted with 150 participating in the hackathon. The goal of the company Facebook is to create diversification with this conference and the theme of the hackathon was to use Facebooks technology as tool to unite communities.

For the Caribbean islands and the Dutch Kingdom, Espinoza was the only participant. He developed the idea how to address complaints about city maintenance which is a bit a peculiar topic for a small island as Aruba. Together with the designed software of Chili and Kenya, Espinoza came up with the idea and solution within 8 hours. The group created a ‘bot’ making use of Facebook’s API, called ‘Ombudsbot’ which implements the Facebooks Messenger’s technology that automatically responds a series of questions

to collect the necessary information to the problem. The collection of the data will show in a map in the current time to visualize the problems in the different prospective. A panel of jury evaluated the idea, execution and development and finally the Facebook app itself. Total 49 Facebook apps were created during the hackathon, three out of them were selected as winners. The concept of ‘OmbudsBot’ got the third place. Facebook looks for ways to implement new services that are in the benefit of the community and

include ideas from all over the world. Espinoza is a young professional who profiled his interest in the world of communication and technology since 2005. He is responsible for the comeback of Colarin, a magazine, and the blog of Colegio Arubano. He worked with several media in the island like AWEMainta, and ATV. Since 2009 he was working for the government in a key role for the Government Press office. Currently he is in charge of the daily operations of a news website.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

IN-VINCE- ABLE Webb Simpson watches his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Associated Press

Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No one ever played a better round at the TPC Sawgrass than Webb Simpson. For 16 holes, anyway. With his sixth straight birdie on the back nine, Simpson became the first player to reach 11-under par for a single round at The Players Championship. The course record? Simpson couldn’t resist thinking about a 59. All he had to do was navigate the shortest and scariest hole Friday afternoon on the Stadium Course. He hardly missed anything all day except the island green on No. 17. Splash! “Just the wrong club,” he said. The consolation was enormous. Even with that double bogey, Simpson tied the Stadium Course record with a 9-under 63 and had a five-shot lead after 36 holes, the largest in the 45 years of this tournament. Continued on Page 19

Vincent Velasquez strikes out 12 in win over Giants Philadelphia Phillies’ Vince Velasquez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. Associated Press Page 20


Saturday 12 May 2018

Nadal loses to Thiem in Madrid, 1st loss on clay in 1 year MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal has found a worthy rival on clay. Dominic Thiem beat the top-ranked Nadal 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday, breaking the defending champion’s run of 21 straight wins on clay courts. Nadal hadn’t lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem a year ago in the Italian Open quarterfinals. But Thiem succeeded in doing the nearly impossible with his deep drives: Make Nadal look sluggish and a step slow on clay. Nadal will lose his world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer because of the defeat. “Of course I am disappointed,” Nadal said. “I tried to fight back but I wasn’t good enough and he was better. Dominic has a lot of potential. Whenever he plays really well, it is difficult to stop him.” Since last year’s loss to Thiem, Nadal had been impeccable on his preferred surface. He won the French Open and the hard-court U.S. Open to take his Grand Slam haul to 16, and he came to the Spanish capital fresh off winning his 11th titles at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Nadal, however, said the loss was not a reason to doubt his chances to add to his 10 French Open titles in the coming weeks. “I won 50 straight sets on this surface,” he said. “Today I lost the match. It was not my day. But that is part of the sport. So I can’t go back to my hotel and think that I have to do a lot of things different to prepare for the next events because that wouldn’t be smart.” Nadal brushed aside Thiem 6-0, 6-2 just three weeks ago at Monte Carlo, where the

Dominic Thiem from Austria celebrates his victory over Rafael Nadal from Spain during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 11, 2018. Thiem won 7-5, 6-3. Associated Press

Austrian was returning after being sidelined for a month due to a broken foot. Thiem was in stellar form at Madrid’s Caja Magica. He got the better of long rallies by hitting precise winners, and avoided the costly errors that sunk Nadal’s title defense. “He always had position to move around and to play a good shot, to strike the ball in a comfortable position,” Nadal said. “It’s difficult to harm a player like him because he is very powerful, he strikes the ball very hard.” The fifth-seeded Thiem avenged his loss to Nadal here in last year’s final, and earned his third career victory in nine meetings with Nadal, all on clay. “It’s one of the toughest

things to do to beat Rafa on clay,” Thiem said. “It’s so special, amazing, in his home country and in his living room in Madrid. It was an amazing match.” Thiem will face sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson in the semifinals after he hit 15 aces to down Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3. Nadal said on Thursday, after breaking John McEnroe’s 1984 record for sets won on the same surface by winning his 50th straight set on clay, that he expected the match against Thiem to be “key to this tournament.” He was right to be worried. Thiem unsettled Nadal from the start, breaking his serve twice in the first set. Nadal appeared to have salvaged the opening set

when he broke Thiem back for 5-5, but the Austrian took the advantage right back after Nadal sent a forehand into the net. Thiem then struck an ace to complete the set. His shirt drenched in sweat, Nadal looked stunned in the second set when he sent four serves in a row into the net for back-toback double faults before he ceded another break to go down 2-1. Nadal pulled back a break, but couldn’t defend his serve and Thiem broke him twice more, finishing off the world No. 1 with one final forehand winner. “If you want to beat him, especially on clay, you have to do something special. If I had played normal I

would have no chance,” Thiem said. “I had to go for shots and go down the line and everything worked today. To beat Rafa on clay you have to have a special day.” Second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat seventh-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-5 to also advance. Zverev will face Denis Shapovalov after he outlasted Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4. On the women’s side, twotime former Madrid champion Petra Kvitova beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (4), 6-3, in an all-Czech semifinal. Kvitova will meet Kiki Bertens in the final after she beat seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-2.q


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“Everything is going in,” he said. “You feel like no matter what, you’re going to make it, and I grew up on an easy golf course so it reminded me of being back home, shooting low numbers. But at the same time, you’re at the TPC Sawgrass, so you know that trouble is everywhere, as you guys saw with me on 17.” The sand wedge in the water on the 17th ruined his round, but not his day. Simpson couldn’t miss putts he wasn’t even trying to make, whether it was a 35foot eagle putt on his second hole or a 30-foot birdie putt up the slope and into the cup on the 15th . At that point, all he could was laugh. And then he reached the 17th, playing 147 yards to a back pin, the light wind playing tricks with him. He kept backing off, consulting with his caddie as he tried to decide between sand wedge and pitching wedge. “The wind seemed to be changing,” he said, “and people were yelling at me to hit it.” The ball hit the wooden frame on the front of the green, caromed high in the air and landed on the back of the green with so much momentum that it rolled through the light collar of rough and disappeared into the water. Simpson was the seventh player to shoot 63 on the Stadium Course — five since 2013 — and his 15-under 129 tied the 36-hole record set two years ago by Jason Day. Charl Schwartzel (66), Patrick Cantlay (68)

and Danny Lee (66) were five shots behind. Tiger Woods at least gets to return on the weekend. He made the cut on the number (1-under 143) after a 71 in the easier morning conditions. Woods was outside the cut line until Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas each made bogey on the 18th. Spieth three-putted from 35 feet, though he shot 68 and ended three straight years missing the cut. Rory McIlroy wasn’t so fortunate. He was inside the cut line until hitting into the water on the 17th and making double bogey. Conditions were ideal for scoring for the second straight day. Simpson took that to another level. He ended the front nine with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth for a one-shot lead, and then he took off. Starting with an up-and-down at the par-5 11th, Simpson ran off six straight birdies — three straight from the 20-foot range, the most unlikely birdie with the one from behind the 15th green, and another up-and-down from left the of the green on the par-5 16th. Spieth was 5 under on his round through 11 holes and wondered if he had the low round of the day. And then he saw a leaderboard. “It was just amazing,” said Spieth, who played with McIlroy and Thomas. “We were talking about it throughout the round, all three of us. We were like, ‘Man, I hope he shoots 59.’ And at the same time, we’re saying if he shoots 59, can you imagine how

hard the setup is going to be tomorrow?” The real challenge will be catching Simpson. Only three other players have led by as many as three shots through 36 holes at The Players — Lanny Wadkins (3) in 1979, Greg Norman (3) in 1994 and Day (4) in 2016. All of them went on to win. “If you’re off a little bit, you make bogeys or double bogeys as easy as you can make birdies,” Simpson said. “I don’t think any lead is safe.” Schwartzel never came close to a bogey, only missing two greens, and just barely. Cantlay only had one bad swing and one bad break, both on the par-5 ninth, that led to bogey. Lee shot a 31 on the back nine with a double bogey on the 11th hole. Simpson left them all in his wake. “The most entertaining golf in our group was watching Webb’s score,” said Justin Rose, who played behind Simpson and shot 72. “It’s a miracle round. To be 11-under par, it’s a shame he doesn’t finish it off. But 17 is a hard hole to get through. I’m sure he was nervous playing that hole. We’re all nervous playing that hole, but an 11-under par round, that green I’m sure looks even smaller.” Woods had wedges in his hand on his opening three holes and never got it close for birdie, and it was like that all day. He was in the feature pairing with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, and Woods was the only one to make the cut. Mickelson went 79-73 and missed the cut for the fifth time in the last six years.

Webb Simpson shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Associated Press

Fowler was in good shape until losing a ball in a tree on the sixth hole for the

first of consecutive double bogeys. He shot 71 and missed by two shots.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

NL Capsules

Velasquez, Santana lead Phillies past whiffing Giants 6-3

Philadelphia Phillies’ Carlos Santana hits a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Philadelphia. Associated Press

By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez recovered from a slow start to strike out 12 in six innings, Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia rallied past the San Francisco for a four-game sweep. Odubel Herrera added three hits and drove in two runs, extending his on-base streak to 39 games for the Phillies, who improved to 15-5 at home. Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson homered to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning before Velasquez (3-4) began a string of five straight strikeouts. The right-hander allowed five hits and helped the Giants set a dubious mark. Santana, batting .153 entering May, continued his recent tear when he connected off Ty Blach (3-4) in a four-run fourth. BRAVES 9, MARLINS 2 MIAMI (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a careerhigh five hits and the NL East-leading Braves beat Miami. Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out. Albies also had a runscoring single in the ninth to cap his five-RBI night. The Braves have won eight straight games on the road, outscoring opponents 50-8 in that span. Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) gave up three hits and one unearned run in five innings, and Luiz Gohara got a three-inning save. Marlins starter Caleb Smith (2-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five. BREWERS 5, ROCKIES 2 DENVER (AP) — Lorenzo Cain homered on the first pitch of the game, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and Milwaukee beat Colorado. Cain lined a fastball from

German Marquez (2-4) to deep center for his second career leadoff homer. The Milwaukee outfielder also accomplished feat on June 25, 2014, as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Chacin (3-1) cruised along in the place where he kicked off his career, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Jeremy Jeffress struck out the side in the ninth for his third save in four chances. CARDINALS 2, PADRES 1 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Miles Mikolas won his fifth straight decision to begin the season and Tommy Pham homered to help St. Louis edge San Diego. Mikolas (5-0) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings against his former team, lowering his ERA to 2.51. The righthander had never faced the Padres, who drafted him in 2009 and used him as a reliever from 2012-13. Bud Norris earned his eighth save, and the NL Central leaders opened a six-game trip with their sixth victory in eight games. Pham singled and scored in the first on Jose Martinez’s sacrifice fly and homered in the fifth for the Cardinals’ only extra-base hit. Both hits came against Jordan Lyles (0-1). Raffy Lopez homered off Mikolas in the seventh. NATIONALS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1, 11 INNINGS PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Adams singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning and Washington won the opener of a four-game series in Arizona. Trea Turner opened the 11th with a single off Fernando Salas (3-4) and Anthony Rendon walked. Left-hander Andrew Chafin relieved Salas and, with the shift on, Adams singled through the shortstop’s normal position to give Washington its first lead of the night. Brandon Kintzler (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th and Sean Doolittle earned his seventh save. A balk by Diamondbacks

reliever Archie Bradley brought in the tying run in the eighth. Zack Greinke singled in the Diamondbacks’ only run and pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning. He retired 16 in a row during one stretch. Nationals starter Tanner Roark went seven innings, giving up a run and four hits. REDS 4, DODGERS 1 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scooter Gennett homered and drove in three runs, Tyler Mahle and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Cincinnati beat Los Angeles for its third straight victory. Mahle outdueled Walker Buehler in a matchup of 23-year-old right-handers. Mahle (3-4) allowed one run and three hits in five innings. Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save. Buehler retired 15 of his first 17 batters before the Reds got to him in the sixth. Gennett, who had three hits, doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs to give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead. Billy Hamilton added an RBI triple in the seventh. The last-place Reds had lost eight in a row overall to the Dodgers and nine straight in Los Angeles. Buehler (2-1) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He tied a career high with eight strikeouts and walked none. He started the Dodgers’ combined no-hitter against the Padres in Mexico last week.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

AL Capsules

Martinez homers, Red Sox rebound to cool off Yankees, 5-4 ORIOLES 11, ROYALS 6 BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones homered, scored three runs and had three RBIs, and Baltimore outslugged Kansas City to emerge with its second winning streak of the season. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also went deep for the Orioles, who trailed 4-0 in the first inning and 6-3 in the second before rallying to beat the Royals for the second night in a row. The only other time Baltimore (10-27) won successive games this season was April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium. Miguel Castro (1-1) replaced ineffective starter Chris Tillman and blanked Kansas City over 4 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. ANGELS 7, TWINS 4 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Martinez points skyward after scoring on his eighth-inning solo home run in a baseball game against his three hits as Los Angethe New York Yankees in New York, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is at left. les defeated Minnesota for Associated Press  its seventh victory in nine By The Associated Press the AL East lead at 26-11, chances. Seager hit a two-out grand games. NEW YORK (AP) — J.D. Mar- the best record in the ma- Mookie Betts had three hits, slam off left-hander J.A. Justin Upton also homered tinez hit a tiebreaking home jor leagues. The rivals don’t raising his batting average Happ (4-3) in the first and in his third straight game run against Dellin Betances meet again until June 29 in to a major league-leading a leadoff shot against Jake and Kole Calhoun drove in (1-2) leading off the eighth the Bronx. .361. Petricka in the fifth, his sev- the tiebreaking run in the inning, just beyond Aaron Boston built a 4-0 lead New York had won eight enth career multihomer sixth inning as the Angels Judge’s reach at the right- against CC Sabathia as straight games overall and game. snapped Minnesota’s fivefield wall, and the Boston Hanley Ramirez drove 11 in a row at home. Seager also turned in a game winning streak. Red Sox rebounded after in three runs with an RBI MARINERS 9, BLUE JAYS 3 great defensive play at Brian Dozier hit a three-run wasting a four-run lead to groundout in the first, an TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Sea- third base, a sliding catch homer in the sixth before beat New York 5-4 Thursday RBI single in a two-run third ger hit two home runs, in- in foul territory to retire Max Kepler followed with night and send the Yan- and a solo homer in the fifth cluding his fourth career Yangervis Solarte. a tying solo shot for the kees to only their second just before a 55-minute rain grand slam, and Jean Se- Ryon Healy and Mike Twins off reliever Jose Alvaloss in 19 games. delay. But the Yankees tied gura had four hits as Seattle Zunino added solo home rez (2-0), but the Angels reIn another dramatic game the score in the seventh. beat Toronto. runs for the Mariners, who claimed the lead moments before a sellout crowd, Joe Kelly (2-0) got the win Mike Leake (4-3) allowed had 17 hits to match their later and eventually ended Boston moved back into and Craig Kimbrel closed two runs and six hits in sev- season high for a nine-in- Minnesota’s longest streak a tie with the Yankees for for his 10th save in 12 en innings. ning game. of the season.q


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Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn’t think Casey should be leading the Raptors. So the Raptors fired Casey, praising him on his way out the door. Hours after the Raptors announced they were parting ways with Casey on Friday — days after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season — Ujiri said he doesn’t think he will ever work with a better person. “Nothing in particular that coach Casey did wrong, but I think it was time for this to happen,” he said. Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins this season as Toronto earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time. He posted a 320238 record in seven seasons and is the franchise’s winningest coach. “I hope coach Casey gets coach of the year, because he deserves it,” Ujiri said. “I saw everything he did here. I saw the job he did this year. He deserves it.” But that wasn’t enough for Casey to keep his job. James and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said it was disappointing to hear that Casey had been fired, especially after the year

In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 photo, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey speaks to media during an end-of-season NBA basketball media availability in Toronto,. Associated Press

the Raptors had. “Probably within the last five years, I bet they’ve improved in winning percentage every single year,” James said. “But I guess their front office wants playoff success. That’s what it boils down to.” On Tuesday, Casey was named coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, an award voted on by NBA head coaches. A media panel voted separately for the NBA’s coach of the year award, which will be announced June 25. Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons. But Toronto couldn’t get past

Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs. Ujiri said he spent “countless hours” evaluating the team in the days following this year’s defeat before deciding to fire Casey. It was the first time he’d had to fire a coach in more than a decade as an NBA executive. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” Ujiri said. “In terms of collaboration, I don’t think I’ll work with a better person. Maybe my dad. This guy is phenomenal. A listener, a learner, a performer and a real person.” Ujiri had little to say about who his next head coach might be, but said he would

be “open” to considering a wide range of potential candidates. “We’ll start that process right after I finish here,” Ujiri said. “We’ll look everywhere. I’m not ruling out anything. We’ll do a thorough job.” Ujiri denied reports that Casey had precipitated his firing by seeking a contract extension. Casey had one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million dollar extension he received in June, 2016. Toronto’s assistant coaches remain in their roles, Ujiri said. “All of them are with us for now,” Ujiri said. “Obviously some of them will get interviews. We’re going to go through that.”

After Toronto’s playoff exit last spring, Ujiri demanded a “culture reset,” leading a greater emphasis on ball movement, depth, and 3-point shooting. On Friday, Ujiri said he wants his new coach to continue that style moving forward. “I hope we can because you try to get those kind of players to fit that mode,” Ujiri said. “Hopefully there’s a smooth transition but a new coach is going to have his style, he’s going to have his voice.” Earlier this week, as they cleaned out their lockers, All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan spoke positively about Casey. DeRozan credited Casey with all of his success while Lowry called Casey “one of the best coaches out there.” Still, Lowry was dejected by the team’s playoff performance, calling it a “wasted year” after a third straight elimination at the hands of James and the Cavs. “We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals,” Lowry said. “That was our goal.” On Wednesday, Casey insisted “the gap is closing” between the Raptors and Cavaliers. “A lot of folks have run up against Cleveland in the last few years and had the same challenge and it went down the same way,” he said. “That’s the mountain this organization has to climb.”q

U.S. routs S. Korea, Czechs blank Belarus at world hockey By KAREL JANICEK Associated Press HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals and added three assists as the United States demolished South Korea 13-1 at the ice hockey world championship on Friday for a fifth straight victory. The Czech Republic shut out Belarus 3-0, and Denmark closed in on a quarterfinal berth after beating Norway, also 3-0. Also, France defeated newcomer Austria 5-2 to stay in contention. Charlie McAvoy,

playing his first game for the U.S. after being knocked out of the NHL playoffs last weekend, made his presence felt with two goals and two assists. Derek Ryan and Cam Atkinson also scored a couple each. “It was a long day, got here a couple hours ago,” McAvoy said. “We have such a good team. It was a great opportunity for me to go

out there and just feel the puck and get ready for the rest of tournament.” When the U.S. won its first five games in 1933, it claimed its only world championship. But there were no more games then. Jin Hui Ahn scored South Korea’s third goal at the worlds for a 1-0 surprise lead. It was South Korea’s first lead in any of its five games. Libor

Patrick Kane, center, of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between united States and South Korea at the Jyske Bank Boxen arena in Herning, Denmark, Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press

Sulak, Roman Horak and Michal Repik scored for the Czechs against Belarus. Goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped all 11 shots. Defenseman Nicklas Jensen scored twice and Frederik Storm added one all on power plays against Norway for Denmark’s third victory in the first world championship on home ice. The players sang the national anthem after the match along with the Jyske Bank Boxen arena crowd mostly wearing red and white national jerseys. Goaltender Frederik An-

dersen made 21 saves for his first shutout. “The crowd delivered again,” Andersen said. The United States move into the sole lead of Group B in Herning, three points ahead of Canada which has a game in hand. Finland was four points behind, followed by Denmark. South Korea has yet to win. The Czechs shared third place in Group A in Copenhagen with Switzerland, trailing group leader Sweden by three points and Russia by one. Then followed Slovakia, France, Austria, and Belarus.q


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In a U.S. soccer rivalry dating to 1975, this one is notable By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — American soccer’s most storied rivalry reaches a milestone on Sunday. That’s when the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers play for the 100th time in a series that dates back to 1975, when both teams were part of the North American Soccer League. The rivalry persevered throughout the years until gaining national attention when the Timbers joined the Sounders in Major League Soccer in 2011. Since both have played at the sport’s top level in the United States, Seattle has a 9-5-6 advantage in league games. When MLS granted franchises to Portland and Vancouver, the league hoped to build on the regional rivalry already in place in the Pacific Northwest. The trio already played for the Cascadia Cup, a threeway competition based on points that was created by supporters of the teams in 2004, when they were all part of the USL. But the rivalry between Portland and Seattle has been particularly heated, and it’s proven to be a success for MLS. Ticket demand and TV ratings are much greater for the matches. ESPN2 reported that viewership jumped 26 percent for a Timbers-Sounders match last year. “Soccer is driven by intense rivalries, and the SoundersTimbers rivalry is among the best in all of professional sports,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “Two great clubs, two stadiums packed with passionate fans — the rivalry between Seattle and Portland has been an important driver in the success of our league

and has been a model for others that have followed. There’s really nothing quite like a Sounders-Timbers match.” There have been some epic battles in the MLS era between the teams. Portland won the two-legged Western Conference semifinals against Seattle in 2013. The Timbers have further bragging rights because they won an MLS Cup first. One note: Sunday’s match will not count toward the Cascadia Cup because this year the MLS schedule between the teams is unbalanced, so one of the games between the Timbers and the Sounders had to be thrown out. TRASH TALKING: The Timbers mockumentary about the rivalry, which poked fun at everything from Seattle’s traffic to Sounders star Clint Dempsey’s rap video, found a fan in documentarian Ken Burns, who tweeted about the project. “There are different levels of “made my day” ... having Ken Burns himself actually view this project rates among the highest,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson responded on Twitter. GUZMAN RETURNS?: Portland midfielder David Guzman could return from a knee injury on Sunday against the Sounders. The 28-year-old Costa Rican sprained his knee during international duty at the end of March, and the national team has been careful about his return because he’ll likely figure into the team’s World Cup plans. SPEAKING OF THE WORLD CUP: In addition to a possible appearance by Guzman, Portland’s side includes Andy Polo, who could make Peru’s roster for soccer’s premier tournament. Seattle has three po-

tential World Cup players: Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay), Gustav Svensson (Sweden) and Kim Kee-hee (South Korea). Missing will be Sounders defender Roman Torres, who plays for Panama. Torres has a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him with the Sounders for some four weeks and could put his chances of playing for his country at the World Cup in jeopardy. The deadline for the 32 World Cup teams to announce preliminary rosters is Monday. The teams must be whittled to 23 players by June. 4. WHERE PORTLAND’S AT: The Timbers got off to a rocky start this season under new coach Giovanni Savarese. They were winless in their first five matches, which were all played on the road because of the ongoing expansion project at Providence Park. But Portland has since won three straight, including last weekend’s 1-0 victory at San Jose. “I think the unity has been much better. Everybody’s covering each other, everybody is working for each other,” Savarese said. “They sacrifice defensively, and they believe offensively, so I think that’s the key factor so far.” WHERE SEATTLE’S AT: The Sounders were struggling with just one victory in seven games to start the season, falling into last place in the Western Conference. But they got a big boost with a 2-1 victory against Toronto — their MLS Cup rivals — on the road Wednesday night. “It’s massive,” coach Brian Schmetzer said. “Toronto has been a good rival. I enjoy my chess matches with Greg (Vanney). I think he has done a great job with this club but

In this April 26, 2015, file photo, Seattle Sounders’ Clint Dempsey, left, celebrates after he scored a goal against Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, second from right, as Timbers’ Alvas Powell, right, stands in the goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Seattle. Associated Press

now it is on to the next rival and that is a big one for us,

a little closer to home, a little less travel time.”q

Bennett wins 7th stage as Yates maintains Giro d’Italia lead

Ireland’s Sam Bennett shouts in celebration as he crosses the finish line to win the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, from Pizzo to Praia a Mare, Italy, Friday, May 11, 2018. Associated Press

PRAIA A MARE, Italy (AP) — Sam Bennett timed his sprint to perfection to win the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia, while British rider Simon Yates remained in the overall lead as the race went over to the Italian mainland on Friday. Bennett was the last to launch his sprint but the Irish rider managed to edge out Elia Viviani — who won two of the opening three stages

— and claim his first win in a Grand Tour. Niccolo Bonifazio was third in the bunch sprint at the end of the flat 159-kilometer (99-mile) route along the Calabrian coast from Pizzo to Praia a Mare. “I’m really happy with that,” said Bennett, who finished third in each of Viviani’s wins. “I tried so hard the other days to get the win but never seemed to get the timing right. q


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Walking robot maker prepares to unleash its dog-like machine

In this July 20, 2017 file photo, Boston Dynamics Chief Executive Marc Raibert speaks about his four-legged robot SpotMini during a SoftBank World presentation at a hotel in Tokyo.

Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said Friday that his company plans to begin selling the dog-like

SpotMini robot next year, likely to businesses for use as a camera-equipped security guard. But he thinks other applications for the four-legged contraption will be likely developed by other companies, because the robot has a flat platform to allow other equipment with its own computer programming to be easily mounted on top of it.

SpotMini gets around with the help of cameras on its front, sides and one mounted on its rear — a position that Raibert calls the "buttcam." Boston Dynamics already has made 10 SpotMinis with plans to manufacture about 100 more for additional testing this year before going into mass production by the middle of next year, Raibert said. No

price has been set for the robot yet, though Raibert said making the latest prototype costs about onetenth the price of earlier versions. Raibert unveiled the SpotMini plans at the University of California, Berkeley, during a TechCrunch conference focused on the rise of robotics and its potential to perform a wide range of tasks and jobs now han-

dled by humans. Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics rarely reveals its plans except by posting YouTube videos that have impressed and terrified people. Most of Boston Dynamics' robotics research had been applied in the military until Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, company in 2013. Japanese tech giant SoftBank bought Boston Dynamics from Google last year. Although Boston Dynamics never released a commercial robot under Google, Raibert credited his company's former owner for helping it to start thinking of ways to bring its technology to a broader market. Toward that end, he also showed the conference a video of Atlas, a twolegged robot that has learned how to sort and pick up packages, jump up and off blocks, jog and perform back flips. He said Boston Dynamics still hasn't figured out how to make money from Atlas yet. "This machine is really trying to push the boundary of the future," Raibert said. He also mentioned the possibility of building robots to help with construction projects, though he didn't provide any further details about that ambition on Friday.q

Cook Group and RecycleForce Partner for Electronic Disposal Day BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- (BUSINESS WIRE) - On Saturday, April 28, Cook Group partnered with RecycleForce to host a community electronic disposal day that gave Bloomington area residents and small businesses an opportunity to recycle their unused electronic appliances, devices and televisions. RecycleForce is an organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives through workforce training, development, and job placement in their recycling facility. Cook and RecycleForce partnered for the event because the organizations believe in

breaking down the barriers to employment that hold people back and creating a cleaner environment. “Saturday was the biggest one-day recycling event for RecycleForce,” said RecycleForce President, Gregg Keesling. “We thank Cook for giving citizens a chance to dispose of their unwanted and outdated electronics, and for giving RecycleForce an opportunity to collect resources that will help us continue the job training and educational services we provide people as they reenter society.” The event, sponsored by Cook, saw hundreds of resi-

dents turnout and drop off over 250,000 pounds of EWaste. RecycleForce will disassemble the electronics at their facility in Indianapolis and use the proceeds of the recycled products to fund the organization’s comprehensive reentry programs helping the formerly incarcerated individuals reenter the workforce. “We partnered with RecycleForce to bring this event to our community and also bring awareness to the lifechanging workforce training that the organization provides to individuals reentering the workforce,” said Pete Yonkman, president

of Cook Group and Cook Medical. “We are thrilled with the response from the community and we appreciate everyone who waited in line to recycle. To say we were overwhelmed by the turn out would be an understatement.” About Cook Group Cook Group is a familyowned company with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. Our diverse business portfolio includes companies working in life sciences, business services, resorts, property management, and medical devices. Founded in 1963, Cook Group companies today

employ more than 12,000 people around the world. We are committed to improving lives by giving back to our communities, supporting our employees and their families, and serving our customers and their patients. Learn more at www. About RecycleForce RecycleForce is a 501(c)3 social enterprise based in Indianapolis, Indiana that delivers comprehensive and innovative recycling services in support of workforce training, development and job placement for formerly incarcerated men and women transitioning back to society.q


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S&P 500 index has its best weekly gain since early March By ALEX VEIGA U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher Friday as the market closed out its biggest weekly gain since March. Drug makers and other health companies climbed after investors sized up President Donald Trump's latest plans to rein in drug prices and concluded any policy changes didn't pose immediate threats to health care company profits. "All of this will have to go through a year-plus regulatory process, and none of it will have immediate impact," Terry Haines, macro research analyst at Evercore ISI, wrote in a research note Friday. "Thus our market positive view today." The health sector's gains outweighed losses in technology stocks, phone companies and banks. All told, the S&P 500 index added 4.65 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,727.72. The benchmark index had its best weekly gain since early March with an increase of 2.4 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 91.64 points, or 0.4 percent, to 24,831.17. The Nasdaq composite fell 2.09 points, or 0.03 percent, to 7,402.88. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 3.08 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,606.79. For the week, the Dow notched a gain of 2.3 percent, while the Nasdaq finished 2.7 percent higher. The Russell 2000 picked up a gain of 2.6 percent. Trading was choppy for

much of the day as investors waited for the Trump administration to release details of its plan to control drug prices. After Trump began discussing the broad goals of his plan Friday afternoon, health care sector stocks mostly moved higher. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals jumped 6.2 percent to $306.94 and CVS Health gained 3.2 percent to $64.41. Biogen added 3.1 percent to $282.39. "Trump had a choice today: To seek disruptive fundamental reform or to embrace more incremental steps," Haines wrote. "Trump chose the incremental over the disruptive, which is the decisive factor for markets today." Technology stocks, which are up 10.8 percent this year, outgaining all other sectors in the S&P 500, were among the biggest decliners Friday. Symantec slumped 33.1 percent to $19.52 after the security software company revealed an internal investigation that could delay its annual report. The company also said the matter has been referred to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Symantec also gave weak profit forecasts. Chipmaker Nvidia reported solid quarterly results, but shed some of its recent gains, sliding 2.2 percent to $254.53. Investors continued to key in on the latest corporate earnings and outlooks. Trade Desk vaulted 43.4

Trader Fred DeMarco, left, and specialist Anthony Rinaldi work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, May 11, 2018.

percent to $75.61 after the digital advertising platform company raised its annual forecasts after a strong first quarter. Yelp fell 7.8 percent to $44.02 after the online review portal gave an outlook for its current quarter fell short of analysts' expectations. TiVo slid 1.2 percent to $13.88 after the digital video recording company took a bigger-than-expected loss and reported weak revenue. Despite the rash of disappointing company report cards, corporate earnings have been a source of good news for investors in recent weeks. Roughly 90 percent of the companies in the S&P 500

have reported results so far this earnings season, and some 62 percent of those have delivered both earnings and revenue that exceeded financial analysts' expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Walmart, Home Depot and other retailers are due to report quarterly results next week. "The market is looking forward to the next ingredient that's going to push it up or down as you get through earnings," Jeff Zipper, managing director at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 66 cents to settle at $70.70 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price inter-

national oils, lost 35 cents to close at $77.12. Oil futures have remained near their highest level since 2014 this week following the Trump administration's decision to re-impose sanctions Iran, the world's fifthbiggest oil producer. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose 2.97 percent from 2.96 percent late Thursday. The dollar fell to 109.30 yen from 109.37 yen on Thursday. The euro strengthened to $1.1945 from $1.1927. Gold fell $1.60 to $1,320.70 an ounce. Silver dropped 1 cent to $16.75 an ounce. Copper was little changed at $3.11 a pound. In other energy futures trading, heating oil was little changed at $2.22 a gallon.q

Facebook shares bounce back to pre-scandal level Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — While Facebook's practices leading up to the 2017 election are still under scrutiny, Wall Street appears to have moved on for now. Shares are trading around $186 Friday, surpassing previous levels before it was revealed that the company failed to prevent major

privacy breaches during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. Cambridge Analytica, whose clients included Donald Trump's presidential campaign, sought information on Facebook users to build psychological profiles on a large portion of the U.S. electorate. Shares plunged 13 percent

on the revelation in March. On Thursday, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency. Despite the scandals, Facebook last month reported that first-quarter revenue, mostly from ads, soared 49 percent.q

In this April 10, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as he testifies in the Senate in Washington.


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In this May 22, 2016 file photo, Denise Wilkes, left, looks at baby Noah Burton, sitting on a fellow worshiper's lap, during a church service in Birmingham, Ala. Associated Press

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in U.S. for 2017 Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl’s name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. Liam pushed last year’s champ, Noah, to second to claim the top spot. The Social Security Administration releases the 1,000 most popular baby names each year. They trumpeted the name reveals Friday with a Facebook Live announcement. The agency uses the announcement to draw traffic to its website, where workers can begin tracking their benefits long before retirement. When it came to girls’ names, Emma was followed by Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia. For the boys, Liam and Noah were followed by William, James and Logan. Other trends last year included a rise in the use of Melania for a girl, likely influenced by first lady Melania Trump. One girl’s name that continued a downward slide is Alexa, which ranked 32nd in 2015 but placed 65th in 2017. That could be due to parents not wanting their daughter to share the same name with the voice assistant that lives inside Amazon’s Echo speakers.

Pamela Redmond Satran, who blogs about babynaming and is also cofounder of the baby name site, said the rise of Liam reflects the large population of Irish people in the U.S. who may not speak Irish, but have ethnic pride. “I think you see ethnic influences coming into play in a more indirect way. You see more parents looking back and looking for places in their lives that hold meaning that can be translated into names,” said Satran, who also co-wrote the books “The Baby Name Bible” and “Cool Names for Babies.”q

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Saturday 12 May 2018

SpaceX's upgraded rocket soars with satellite for Bangladesh By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX lifted Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said launching the same rocket twice within 24 hours will be "crazy hard," but he hopes to pull off the feat as early as next year. This latest and final version of the company's Falcon 9 rocket — capable of more than 10 reflights, possibly even 100 — made its debut Friday. It soared from NASA's Kennedy Space Center into a hazy afternoon sky, carrying a communication satellite named Bangabandhu-1 after the founding father of Bangladesh. A last-minute abort halted Thursday's try. This newest booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff as planned. "What a great sight!" the launch commentator an-

This image made available by SpaceX shows the company's Falcon 9 rocket booster after it landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, May 11, 2018.

nounced as cheers and applause filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California. The booster will be taken apart for analysis before flying again in a few months. Musk's goal is to eventually have little if any prep work between launches. The whole point of reusability — multiple flights with swift turnarounds, airplanestyle — is to shave launch

costs. "This is a ridiculously hard thing," Musk told reporters before Thursday's postponement. "It has taken us ... 16 years of extreme effort and many, many iterations and thousands of small but important development changes to get to where we think this is even possible. Crazy hard. We still need to demonstrate it. It's not like

we've done it. But it can be done." The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse, regularly hauling satellites into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station. This new and improved model will be used to launch astronauts for NASA in the coming year. So far, the first-stage boosters have been recycled once, for a total of two

flights apiece. There has been a fair amount of maintenance between uses. For this new model, SpaceX enhanced engine performance, strengthened various parts of the rocket and improved the landing gear system. In the most visible change, the segment between the first and upper stages went from white to black with the addition of new thermal insulation. Musk wants to ultimately recover the entire rocket, not just the first stage, which accounts for 60 percent of the cost. He expects more customers to start gravitating toward "flight-proven" rockets as he calls them. "Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before or would you rather fly in an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he said. Musk plans to launch about 30 of these upgraded Falcon 9s before switching to a massive rocket still in development known as the BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket.q

Idaho wildlife officials approve limited grizzly bear hunt

In this Sept. 25, 2013 photo, a grizzly bear cub rests near a cabin a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont.

Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday

approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in eastern Idaho just a year after the animals were re-

moved from the Endangered Species List. Under the plan, the Department of Fish and Game will hold a random drawing to award one Idaho hunter a grizzly tag for a hunting season running from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15. If successful, the hunter won't be allowed to reapply for future tags. Baiting or hound-hunting will not be allowed. Grizzlies in the Yellowstone National Park region were on the Endangered Species Act list until 2017, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed federal protections. That cleared the way for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to allow limited hunting when the population has more than 600 bears. Last year's population es-

timate for the region was 718 bears. Wyoming is also planning a limited trophy hunt this fall. Wyoming's proposed hunt, which will be considered on May 23 by the state's Game and Fish Commission, would allow for 11 bears to be hunted — 10 males and one female — between Sept. 15 and Nov. 15. However, under the proposal rules, the Wyoming hunt would be stopped when one female bear is taken even if no male bears have been killed. Montana officials have decided not to hold a grizzly bear hunt this year. Idaho officials are warning would-be hunters that the grizzly hunt could still be canceled because of a pending federal lawsuit.

The U.S. Department of the Interior is locked in a court battle with conservationists and American Indian tribes over the lifting of protections for a group of grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. Attorney Andrea Santarsiere, with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said Idaho bowed to the wishes of trophy hunters in approving a hunt. "This is a sad day for the many state residents who value our native wildlife and the critical role it plays in keeping wild lands in balance," Santarsiere said in a prepared statement. Santarsiere said her organization oppose any hunting of grizzly bears, saying it would threaten continued recovery of the bears.q


Saturday 12 May 2018

'Shouting into the void': Miscarriages color mom-to-be's art By WILLIAM J. KOLE MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Artist Ashley MacLure's world is filled with fairies, young girls riding giant moths — and anguished, bleeding women. A grimacing young woman rendered in black and white is curled in a fetal position, splashes of crimson staining her bottom. Here she is again, leaning against a bloodied wall, her abdomen nothing but a large oval hole. There's a self-portrait in charcoal pencil — a close-up of a face pinched by sorrow. In her artist's mind, this is what miscarriage looks like. And while MacLure's story seems destined for a happy ending — she and her husband are expecting their first child this summer — the high school visual arts teacher hopes her provocative works will help take away the enduring stigma of pregnancy loss. "It's my way of shouting into the void," she says. As many as one in four pregnancies ends prematurely in miscarriage, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says. With miscarriage so commonplace, women increasingly are pressing for society to stop treating it as taboo. Among them is figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who revealed last year during an episode of "Dancing with the Stars" that she had six miscarriages dur-

In this Thursday, April 26, 2018, photo, artist Ashley MacLure sits for a photo with one of her paintings at her home in Milford, Mass.

ing an eight-year span. Now a mother of three, she told ABC's "Good Morning America" the losses were rough on her marriage. "We don't talk about it as fluidly as we should," says Dr. Jessica Zucker, a Los Angeles psychologist and mother of two who lost a baby and launched a social media campaign — #IHadAMiscarriage — to get people talking openly. "The unfortunate consequences are that a majority of women are reporting shame, self-blame and guilt," she says. "Loss is devastating, but the women who live these losses are strong. What they have to share is deeply important." MacLure, 30, who's had two

miscarriages, says other women's stories can make her feel like an impostor. But her grief and pain — both physical and psychological — are no less real. That's captured in her art, which is honest and edgy — some might say brutally so. "One moment, you're elated. And then it's just over," says MacLure, who grew up in North Providence, Rhode Island, and moved to Milford, Massachusetts, after earning a degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. "It's very surreal. You're mentally in a different space, starting to think about the future. And then, suddenly, you're not."

MacLure, who teaches at Blackstone Valley Technical Regional Vocational High School in Upton, Massachusetts, sought solace in her paints and brushes. She began somewhat jarringly by painting diseased ovaries and uteruses — a cathartic escape as she battled feelings of failure and fears that she might never be a mother. She's since done a series of paintings on clear glass dinner plates — a fragile domestic item that seemed like the perfect medium for capturing maternal anguish. MacLure's more whimsical work has been showcased in juried exhibitions, and some has won critical ac-

claim. Not these paintings. Galleries don't know what to do with a likeness of her husband holding her as blood flows beneath them, or a plate depicting her naked and curled in a fetal position with a bright red blotch on her belly. "They don't want to make audiences uncomfortable," she says. "People want to see flowers and sailboats and landscapes and pretty things. I'm all about making people uncomfortable." Even so, MacLure is gaining a following. Women she's never met who have experienced the pain of miscarriage have been connecting with her, posting comments and sharing their own stories of loss and healing. Among them is Lauren Lowen, a fellow illustrator who miscarried. Like MacLure, she's now expecting her firstborn this summer. "I saw her art flash up on my feed, and I found it poetic and beautiful," says Lowen, of Nashville, Tennessee. "Her work really moved me. Miscarriage is a unique form of heartbreak." Men, too, have sought out MacLure. Cambridge entrepreneur Chris Tolles reached out after his wife twice miscarried. The couple now has a 2-year-old daughter, but Tolles still feels a "profound connection" to her art. "Suffering is a real thing, and it's best shared," he says. q

Levine's recordings withdrawn from Met Opera radio channel Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Performances by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine were withdrawn from the company's Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company's history. Levine, the company's leading force as music or artistic director from 19762016, was fired as music director emeritus on March 12 after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment.

He conducted 2,552 performances from 1971 through Dec. 2, the day accounts first appeared in the New York Post and The New York Times of sexual misconduct dating to the 1960s. He was suspended by the company the following day pending the Met's investigation. The Met said the last Levine broadcast was a performance of John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" on Dec. 10. The company said Levine's performances "will be reintroduced to the programming at an appropri-

ate time." More than 175 of Levine's performances from 19722017 remain available for streaming on Met Opera on Demand. The withdrawal of Levine's recordings was first reported by Levine has sued the Met, claiming defamation and breach of contract, which the company denies. A conference with Justice Andrea Masley in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan is scheduled for Tuesday.q

In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.


Saturday 12 May 2018


Latest Star Wars film 'Solo' debuts, gets early praise By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood played host Thursday evening to a few more scoundrels than usual for the world premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story." The film tells the story of the early years of smuggler Han Solo, who was played by Harrison Ford in seven movies in the "Star Wars" franchise. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, both actors playing younger versions of the characters made famous by the original "Star Wars" trilogy. "Solo" also features fan favorites Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon — in its earlier and spiffier days before being introduced as a grimy, albeit fast, hunk of junk in the original "Star Wars" film. Solo is one of the franchise's most popular characters. Ford's portrayal of the gruff smuggler in the original "Star

Donald Glover arrives at the premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Wars" catapulted him to stardom and has become one of the characters most closely associated with the actor. Initial reactions online after the premiere were positive,

praising Ehrenreich and Glover and the film's space heist action sequences. Full reviews won't be released until Tuesday. For the premiere, Disney built a giant replica of the

Falcon on Hollywood Boulevard. Glover was seen posing underneath the giant prop. "Solo" will be released May 25. The film is the second stand-alone film set in the

"Star Wars" universe. "Rogue One," released in 2016, told the story of the theft of plans for the superweapon the Death Star, which was destroyed at the end of the 1977 film that made Star Wars into a global sensation. Disney has become known for its elaborate premieres for its "Star Wars" films. It placed an X-Wing replica on Hollywood Boulevard for "Rogue One," and a simultaneous debut at several Hollywood theaters for 2015's "The Force Awakens," which was the return of Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to the franchise after a 30-year hiatus. “Solo” is the biggest role yet for Ehrenreich, who starred in the Coen Brothers film “Hail, Caesar!” While many other characters have made cameos in “Star Wars” films that tell stories before the original trilogy, the franchise has stayed away from showing Solo as a younger man.q

Why Rihanna got a criminal sense of deja vu at the Met Gala

Singer and fashion icon Rihanna appears at an event to promote her new lingerie brand Savage X on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

By JOHN CARUCCI NEW YORK (AP) — When Rihanna attended this week's glitzy Met Gala, she was actually returning to the scene of the crime. The Grammy-winning singer had earlier shot a spinoff of the "Oceans" film franchise that centers on a heist at the annual Met Gala. The memory was particularly amusing for Rihanna,

who attended the real gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday dripping in pearls and crystals in a Maison Margiela by John Galliano mini-dress, ornate robe and beaded papal headgear. "I've been to the Met Gala so many times, so every time we talk about the Met Gala it was quite a bit of humor for me. But it was

also really nice to shoot a scene in the actual Met museum. So you'll see that this summer," Rihanna said Thursday. "Ocean's 8," starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling, comes out June 8. She may have been wearing expensive clothes at the gala, but the Barbadosborn Rihanna is these days celebrating the launch of her new lingerie line, Savage X Fenty. "Savage was such a natural outlet for me because I enjoy lingerie. I'm a woman. I like to have fun. And coming from my culture we love to express our freedom and embrace our bodies, and there's such a thing about that that's still in me," she said. The line, which takes its name from Rihanna's last name Fenty and debuts Friday, is available with an extensive range of sizes from XS to 3XL, and bras from 32A up to 44D. q


Saturday 12 May 2018

Film puts meat behind the ‘Notorious RBG’ image By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK (AP) — So how do you ask 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to let you bring video cameras into the gym to record her workout? The answer, according to the makers of the “RBG” documentary that’s in theaters now and bound for CNN later this year, is “very meekly.” A trainer pushing Ginsburg on the free weights provides one of the smileworthy moments in the documentary, which puts meat behind the cultural phenomenon created by the 2015 book, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The film’s story traces her legal work advancing rights for women leading up to her 1993 elevation to the top court, and her role as a justice since. Mixed in is the tender love story with her husband Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010, and rich personal touches including her friendship with the late

This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in a scene from “RBG.”

Justice Antonin Scalia — bringing a liberal and conservative together in a way that seems alien to modern Washington. Watching the “Notorious RBG” fame, film director Betsy West said that “we felt that many of her millennial fans didn’t know her full story.” West and codirector Julie Cohen set out to tell it. When they first approached Ginsburg with the idea, her

answer was “not yet.” “We noticed the two words not in her email to us were ‘no’ and ‘never,’” Cohen said. So they got to work, and later Ginsburg cooperated with interviews. Ginsburg met her husband as an undergraduate at Cornell University. When she was admitted to Harvard Law School, a dean famously asked her and the other eight women in the class why they de-

served to take a place in the class that should have gone to a man. It was a far different time. Ginsburg attacked sexism methodically while working for the American Civil Liberties Union, using the words of the Constitution to fight gender roles that had been enshrined into law. She won five of the six cases she argued before the Supreme Court. Filmmakers outline that ef-

fort by mining archives with tapes of her legal arguments. Research also uncovered one priceless moment in Ginsburg’s confirmation hearing to the court. As the still-novel idea of women on the court was being discussed, the camera pans to senators at the hearing where, behind them, a young legislative aide and Ginsburg’s future colleague on the court, Elena Kagan, was working. Ginsburg provides a stillrelevant model for activism, Cohen said — even if her quiet, persistent, “long game” strategy can make younger idealists impatient. Cohen and West’s portrait is mostly loving, although Ginsburg’s unusual criticisms of Donald Trump when he was a presidential candidate were addressed. Trump’s supporters didn’t like them and many Ginsburg fans thought them ill-advised. Perhaps unexpectedly, the film received a three-star review (out of four) from the conservative website Newsmax.q

Author Rick Bragg at home with the ‘best cook’ - his mom By JAY REEVES JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Best-selling author Rick Bragg is back where he began, living in rural northeastern Alabama with the woman whose food has sustained him and anyone else who came through her kitchen for decades. After a newspaper career that sent him across the globe and amid a bookwriting career that has him on the road for weeks at a stretch, the Pulitzer Prize winner spends all the time he can these days with mother Margaret Bragg, the subject of his latest book, “The Best Cook in the World.”Published by Alfred A. Knopf, “The Best Cook in the World” is a cookbook, but not like one of those old Betty Crocker volumes that simply listed recipes

like “Ham Wellington with Chutney” and ended with a reminder that calories count. Bragg’s work is more a narrative cookbook that’s heavy on stories about growing up poor, wearing out stoves and the role food plays both in his family and his native South, which gets a little more like everywhere else each time Domino’s delivers a pizza out in the county. Margaret Bragg’s cooking is the main course; her recipes populate the space between her son’s prose. She’s 81 and frail after cancer and cardiac scares, yet there are still mules to feed and yard dogs to pet and a house to tend. So Bragg helps out where needed and writes in her basement, going to town for the oc-

casional meal of fast-food chicken when she’s not up to cooking or helping steady her as she walks out to the small garden beside her log home. “You be careful on this slope,” Bragg told his mom, a hand on her back. Her legs just aren’t as strong as they used to be. Like so many other cooks of her generation, Margaret Bragg never used a recipe or wrote down how to make a biscuit; cooking was a skill passed down orally, something done by feel and taste. For the book, she helped her middle of three sons translate “pinches” and “handfuls” into measures that readers could understand and mimic. “I can tell if I use my hand how much a tablespoon is

Rick Bragg, 58,right, and Margaret Bragg, 81, left, walk around the yard together on Wednesday, May, 9, 2018, in Jacksonville, Ala. Bragg, the Pulitzer Prize winner is spending all the time he can with mother Margaret, the subject of his latest book, “The Best Cook in the World.”

or how much a teaspoon is, so I went by that,” she said, leaning against a kitchen counter. With “The Best Cook in the World ” on the New York Times’ list for best-selling nonfiction, Bragg currently spends most of his time on the road for a book tour. With earlier books including “All Over but the Shoutin’” and “Ava’s Man,” Bragg can draw a crowd at book signings or speaking engagements.Bragg is sched-

uled to be at a book store in Carrollton, Georgia, on Mother’s Day before flying to Washington D.C., so a special dinner was planned to celebrate a few days early.“Probably instead of mom cooking, since it’s Mother’s Day, we’ll have Cooter Brown’s barbecued ribs,” said Bragg, referring to an area restaurant. “I might try to beg her to make me some deviled eggs.” “I can do that,” his mom said.q

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