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Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition In this May 7, 2018 photo, First lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE- Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in “good spirits. ”Mrs. Trump,

48, had the embolization procedure Monday morning. The president spoke with Mrs. Trump before the procedure and with her doctor afterward, the first lady’s office said. The president tweeted shortly before arriving at Walter Reed outside Washington, saying it was a “successful procedure,” describing his wife as being “in good spirits” and offering his thanks “to all of the well-wishers!” He spent over an hour at the hos-

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pital before departing, without addressing waiting reporters, via motorcade under stormy skies. The White House did not offer any additional details on Mrs. Trump’s condition, though Vice President Mike Pence described the procedure as “long planned” as he opened a speech at an evening event celebrating Israel’s independence. Continued on Page 3


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Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as audits surge

In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Los Angeles. Associated Press

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a "culture of compliance" among employers who rely on immigrant labor. Expansive plans also have been drafted for a longterm push to scrutinize employers' hiring practices more closely. Under a 1986 federal law, companies must verify their employees are authorized to work in the United States by reviewing their documents and verifying to the government the employ-

ees' identity and work authorization. If employers are found to hire someone without proper documents, the employers may be subject to administrative fines and, in some cases, criminal prosecution. The recent focus on employers comes after a surge of deportation arrests of workers that started immediately after Trump took office in January 2017. The crackdown is likely to please immigration hawks among Trump's supporters but may alienate industries and companies that rely on immigrant labor. There were 2,282 employer audits opened between Oct. 1 and May 4, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday, nearly a 60 percent jump from the 1,360 audits opened between October

2016 and September 2017. Many of those reviews were launched following the January ICE audits and employee interviews at about 100 7-Eleven franchises in 17 states. There were 594 employers arrested on criminal immigration charges from Oct. 1 to May 4, up from 139 during the previous fiscal year, and 610 civil immigration charges during the same period, compared to 172 in the preceding 12-months. Derek Benner, head of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit, told The Associated Press that another nationwide wave of audits planned this summer would push the total "well over" 5,000 by Sept 30. ICE audits peaked at 3,127 in 2013. The agency has developed a plan to open as many as 15,000 audits a year, sub-

ject to funding and support for the plan from other areas of the administration, Benner said. The proposal calls for creation of an Employer Compliance Inspection Center to perform employer audits at a single location instead of at regional offices around the country, Benner said. Electronically scanning the documents will help flag suspicious activity, and the most egregious cases will be farmed out to regional offices for more investigation. Audit notices will be served electronically or by certified mail, instead of in person. Benner said that putting up to 250 auditors in one center with the right technology and a team of attorneys to quickly levy fines would enable his agency to audit between 10,000 and 15,000

companies annually. The proposal aims to create a "reasonable expectation" among employers that they will be audited, Benner said. "This is kind of our vision of creating this culture of compliance," he said. "I think it's a game-changer." In October, Thomas Homan, ICE's acting director, pledged to increase workplace enforcement by "four or five times," opening a new front in an immigration crackdown that includes a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and initial funding for a border wall with Mexico. In April, ICE agents made 97 arrests at a meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee with a helicopter flying above, reminiscent of the high-profile shows of force that were common during President George W. Bush's administration. Benner said the agency will focus both on criminal cases against employers as well deporting employees who in the country illegally. Illegal hiring creates unfair advantages for companies, encourages people to come to the U.S. illegally, results in document and identity fraud and exposes workers to potentially dangerous conditions without overtime pay or health insurance, he said. It remains to be seen whether immigration authorities can perform enough audits to compel a similar degree of compliance that the Internal Revenue Service does on personal and corporate tax returns. One measure may be the number of employees who voluntarily enroll in the federal government's E-Verify system to electronically confirm if a person is authorized to work in the U.S. q


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Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition Continued from Front

“Melania is already on the mend,” Pence said. In the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., sent well wishes for “a speedy recovery to the first lady.” She was last seen in public on Wednesday at a White House event where she and the president honored military mothers and spouses for Mother’s Day. Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trump’s condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma. They’re not common but tend to occur in middleaged women and can cause problematic bleeding if they become large enough, said Dr. Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “The treatment of choice” is to cut off the blood supply so the growth shrinks, added Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Doctors do that with an embolization, meaning a catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it. Most of the time, these benign tumors are found when people undergo medical scans for another reason, but sometimes people have pain or other symptoms, Kowalczyk said. Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next. The president had no official public appearances Monday and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about his wife as he departed the White House for Walter Reed.

The former model from Slovenia is Trump’s third wife and the couple has been married for 13 years. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron. Mrs. Trump, who has been gradually raising her profile as first lady, recently hosted her first state dinner and launched a public awareness campaign to help children. With the president watching, Mrs. Trump last week unveiled the “Be Best” campaign, which she said will focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse. Mrs. Trump joined her husband last month to host the prime minister of Japan for a two-day summit at the Trumps’ Florida estate, and the Trumps hosted the president of France at the White House on a threeday state visit, including a lavish state dinner. Mrs. Trump also represented the administration at the April funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush. The Trumps and their marriage have been under scrutiny in recent months after revelations that a porn actress was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about claims she had sex with Trump in 2006. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels but denies her allegations. Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations

of a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006. Trump also denies the allegations from Karen McDougal. Mrs. Trump has, at times, has been noticeably absent from her husband’s side. But both made a point of displaying affection during last week’s Rose Garden event where she announced the “Be Best” initiative. The first lady lived full time in New York during the administration’s opening months so Barron would not have to change schools midyear. She and Barron moved to the White House last June.q

The entrance to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is seen in Bethesda, Md., Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

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Illinois governor seeks to reinstate death penalty By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after Illinois abolished the death penalty, the state’s Republican governor on Monday proposed reinstating the punishment for mass killers and people who gun down police officers. Gov. Bruce Rauner tied the death penalty plan to gun restrictions favored by Democrats who control the Legislature — inserting it into legislation that lengthens the waiting period for taking possession of rifles or shotguns from 24 hours to 72 hours, and adding other limits on firearms possession. “I don’t believe that this is anything other than very good policy, widely supported by the people of Illinois,” Rauner said of the death penalty proposal while at the Illinois State Police forensic laboratory in Chicago. “These individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken.” The last execution to be carried out in Illinois was in 1999, before Republican Gov. George Ryan issued a moratorium and later emptied death row, believing the system too fraught with mistakes to be tenable. Illinois had executed 12 people in the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, but 13 people had been freed because

In this May 8, 2018 photo, Gov. Bruce Rauner, center, addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield, Ill. Associated Press

of questions about their guilt. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn officially abolished the death penalty in 2011. Rauner, an unpopular firstterm governor facing a tough road to re-election in November, used his amendatory veto authority to add capital punishment and other provisions to the gun bill, including a ban on bump stocks, the rifle-firing speed accessory used in a mass shooting in Las Vegas last year. He also proposed giving the courts the authority to take guns from people deemed dangerous. Democrats pushed back. Senate President

John Cullerton of Chicago said in a statement that “the death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one’s agenda.”“Doing so is in large part why we had so many problems and overturned convictions,” Cullerton said. Democrats have introduced several proposals to curb gun violence — in response not only to mass shootings elsewhere in the U.S. but also because of the Feb. 13 fatal shooting in downtown Chicago of police Commander Paul Bauer. The bill now goes back to the House. For Rauner’s plan to become law, the

Legislature must approve his changes. If lawmakers do not act, the whole package will expire without becoming law. The Legislature could also vote to override Rauner’s changes and enact the original waiting-period language. Steve Brown, spokesman for House Democrats, said the first task will be to determine whether Rauner exceeded his authority. The Illinois Constitution says the governor may send a bill back “with specific recommendations for change,” and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeatedly taken a

narrow view of that power. Rep. Jonathan Carroll, a Northbrook Democrat and House sponsor of the original measure, would not comment Monday, saying he needed time to examine Rauner’s action. Rauner’s proposal would allow a jury to impose the death penalty only in cases where someone is found guilty “beyond all doubt” — a higher standard than the constitutionally guaranteed “reasonable doubt” requirement for most criminal cases. He told reporters that would eliminate cause for concern, noting that “so many times, the person is caught in the act” or “there are multiple witnesses, and they’re fleeing the act.” But Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., said Illinois is rife with examples of recanted eyewitness testimony and confessions beaten out of suspects by police. Dunham, whose organization is officially neutral on the death penalty but often criticizes its application, said a “beyond all doubt” standard would still be open to interpretation. “Illinois’ death penalty history showed how arbitrary and unreliable the death sentence was and how susceptible it was to official misconduct,” Dunham said. “Any suggestion that it should be brought back without a full public discussion and full public hearings is incredibly reckless.”q

Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery for cancer

In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is recovering after quietly undergoing surgery Monday. Associated Press

By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was recovering after undergoing surgery Monday at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center in Baltimore to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. “His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good,” the statement said. The former Senate Demo-

cratic leader declined to seek re-election in 2016 after more than three decades in Congress. A 2015 accident left him blind in one eye. A former boxer who grew up poor in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, Reid rose to the one of the most powerful positions in American politics as Nevada’s longest-serving senator. He helped propel the passage of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and blocked the development of a nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

He was also a champion of his home state’s gaming and tourism industry and built up a well-organized Democratic machine in Nevada. Well-wishers from both parties — including some former Republican opponents in Congress — released statements of support for Reid Monday. Republican Sen. John McCain tweeted, “From one cantankerous senator to another, sending my prayers & best wishes to @SenatorReid as he recovers from a successful surgery.”q


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Phoenix agrees to settle over 2011 death in Arpaio's jail By JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to settle a lawsuit over the 2011 death of a mentally ill man who was arrested by its police officers and later died in a jail run by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ending a case in which the jail's operator had already paid millions of dollars to the man's family. The latest settlement was reached in late April, just weeks before the city faced trial in the lawsuit over Ernest Atencio's death. Maricopa County, which operates the county's jails, avoided a trial by agreeing two months ago to pay $7 million to Atencio's survivors. Arpaio, who ran the county's jails as sheriff and is now a candidate for U.S. Senate, was known for enacting tough jail policies during his 24 years as sheriff of metro Phoenix. The well-known political figure was convicted of criminal contempt of court in a separate racial profiling lawsuit but later pardoned by President Donald Trump, his political ally. Critics say he created a culture of cruelty within the jails that took the lives of inmates and proved costly. Maricopa County has paid $40 million in jail-related legal claims that were filed during Arpaio's tenure.

Michael Manning, a lawyer for Atencio's family, said the terms of the settlement prevent him from publicly revealing the amount of money that Phoenix will pay. But the amount was expected to be revealed when the City Council votes on the settlement in the future. "It has been a seven-year nightmare (for Atencio's family)," Manning said. "They can now continue in relative peace." Kathleen Wieneke, who represents the city, didn't immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment Monday. Atencio, 44, was arrested in December 2011 by Phoenix police on a misdemeanor assault charge after they say he frightened a woman by yelling at her and kicking at her apartment door. The officers who arrested him had an encounter with Atencio earlier that day at a convenience store, where they concluded his erratic behavior was the result of mental illness, not intoxication. The lawsuit accuses an officer of attacking Atencio at the jail after he refused to take off one of his shoes. It alleges that Arpaio's officers joined in and formed a "dog pile" on top of the inmate. A sheriff's officer fired a stun gun at Atencio, and another later struck him as other officers held him down, according to the

In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pauses as he answers a question during a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Phoenix. Associated Press

lawsuit. Earlier, while being booked at a jail in downtown Phoenix, Atencio was seen talking to a container of peanut butter as if it were a person, even offering to give up his jacket to it, police said. His lawyers have said he wasn't acting ag-

gressively toward the officers. At the time he died, the sheriff's office had said Atencio was combative when police brought him to jail. The lawsuit alleges that the officers taunted Atencio for not being able to follow di-

rections and encouraged him to make funny faces while his mug shot was taken. One officer is accused of saying authorities should make it the "Mug Shot of the Week," referring to a contest in which people can vote on their favorite booking photo.q

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Lay your money down: Court says states can OK sports betting By JESSICA GRESKO and WAYNE PARRY WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks. Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start. Sports leagues had expressed concerns about any expansion of sports gambling. Their huge businesses could be badly harmed if people thought the outcome of games could be altered by someone who had wagered money on a certain result. However, the ruling also could be seen as merely bringing an activity out of the shadows that many people already see as a mainstream hobby. Americans wager about $150 billion on sports each year illegally, according to the American Gaming Association. The law the justices struck down forbade stateauthorized sports gambling with some exceptions and made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the rul-

Signs for Monmouth Park are displayed in a bar at the racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

ing was announced. Gambling on sports could quickly become widely available, with one research firm estimating that 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years. The ruling "opens up the floodgates" for sports gambling in any state that wants to have it, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert in Florida. The decision had been eagerly anticipated by gamblers and also states that hope their cut of legalized sports betting can help solve budget problems. States that have already laid the legal groundwork include New Jersey, where one racetrack said it would begin taking bets within two weeks. Mississippi and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the NFL season starts in September. Delaware, too, could

quickly expand beyond certain bets currently offered at its casinos. Pennsylvania and New York have also made moves to begin sports gambling. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home. The Trump administration had urged the high court to uphold the law, surprising perhaps because the president is the former owner of a New Jersey casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, now being remade into a Hard Rock casino resort. All four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they'd have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspi-

cious activity. Sports gambling proponents argued that the leagues already do that work and that legal sports betting will make enforcement easier than it is now, when most bets in the U.S. are made illegally. They say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada. On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the "integrity" of their games would remain a priority. Representatives of the National Hockey League, National Football League and NCAA said they were reviewing the court's decision. Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers. The ruling "will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm," said Marlene Warner, the president of the National Council on Problem Gambling's board

of directors. The council said any government body or sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue should dedicate some of it to treat gambling problems. The law the justices struck down was passed by Congress in 1992 and called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make." The court's "job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution," he wrote. "PASPA is not." Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. Ginsburg wrote for the three that when a portion of a law violates the Constitution, the court "ordinarily engages in a salvage rather than a demolition operation," preserving what it can. She said that instead of using a "scalpel to trim the statute" her colleagues used "an axe." Breyer agreed with the majority that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law. Congress could try to step in again. Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would soon introduce legislation to set national standards for sports betting, but It is unclear whether the rest of Congress will want to join him. The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie tweeted that it was a "great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions." q


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Poor People's Campaign launches days of protests around U.S. By TOM FOREMAN Jr Associated Press Activists converged on state capitals around the U.S. on Monday to begin six weeks of non-violent protests calling for new programs to help the millions of Americans who live in poverty, an overhaul of voting rights laws and other social change. Reports by police from seven state capitols and Washington, D.C., showed more than 200 people had been arrested or cited during the first day of the socalled Poor People's Campaign. In many instances, police said protesters were cited for blocking traffic. In Washington, the two leaders of the campaign were among the protesters arrested outside the U.S. Capitol. Campaign leaders said the protests would cover 35 states. A statement from the campaign said the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, its two co-chairmen, were among those arrested outside the U.S.

Capitol for standing in the middle of a street. Police had no immediate confirmation of arrests there or a specific number of those stopped. "We're living in an impoverished democracy," Barber said. "People across the country are standing up against the lie of scarcity. We know that in the richest country in the world, there is no reason for children to go hungry, for the sick to be denied health care and for citizens to have their votes suppressed. Both parties have to be challenged — one for what it does and one for what it doesn't do." Barber is a North Carolina minister and former president of the state NAACP chapter. Theoharis is codirector of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in New York. In Missouri, 88 people were issued summonses in Jefferson City for obstructing a lawful police order to move after they blocked a downtown street. Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, led off 49 people after they

People participate in the "Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

walked out into the street in front of the legislative building, held hands and refused to depart until each was taken away and cited. Officers cited 10 protesters at the Iowa Capitol who gathered in and around the staff offices of Gov. Kim Reynolds when they refused to leave the build-

ing at the close of business hours. The campaign cast the protests as a "reignition" of the Poor People's Campaign, the 1968 movement started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to challenge racism, poverty and militarism. According to the campaign, protesters will spend the

next 40 days engaged in nonviolent action, including the mobilization of voters and holding teach-ins. The first teach-in is scheduled for Tuesday in Washington. It is to feature Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund and a part of the 1968 campaign.q

Official: Lyft drivers at Disney World can join union ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The drivers are summoned by a Lyft app. They are expected to entertain with storytelling as they whisk passengers around Walt Disney World in what are known as "Minnie Vans," named after Minnie Mouse. And now these drivers can be represented by a union. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board last week ruled about 60 drivers who pick

up Disney World guests using the Lyft app can be represented by the Teamsters local in Orlando. The Lyft drivers are Disney World employees who earn extra money by driving guests around the resort that is roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. Disney had argued that the Lyft driver jobs couldn't be covered by a union since the Teamsters waived their right to represent any

workers not mentioned in its five-year contract. The Teamsters negotiated the contract in 2014 along with five other unions that form a coalition called the Service Trades Council. The council already represents about half of the 77,000 employees at Disney World. But regional NLRB director David Cohen wrote in his decision last week that the waiver doesn't apply to the "Minnie Van" drivers

since the Lyft job didn't exist when the contract was negotiated. Cohen also said that the job the "Minnie Van" drivers do is hardly any different than bus drivers and other transportation workers already represented by the Teamsters. Lyft spokesman Adrian Durbin said in a statement that the vehicles and drivers are operated by Disney and referred further questions to the theme park

resort. A spokesperson for Disney World didn't return email inquiries on Monday. Disney World and Lyft reached an agreement last year to start the new service, limited to guests at the theme park resort. For $20 per trip, guests can get the private rides using the Lyft app on their phones instead of having to wait for Disney buses to drive them from resorts to Disney's entertainment complex.q


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Catalonia’s lawmakers pick fervent separatist as new chief By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Lawmakers in Catalonia elected a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region Monday, ending a leadership vacuum of more than six months and setting the scene for more confrontations with the Spanish government. Quim Torra, a former corporate lawyer who went on to lead a prominent prosecession group, vowed to build an independent Catalan republic by working under the leadership of his fugitive predecessor, Carles Puigdemont. Puigdemont is in Germany fighting extradition to Spain, where he is wanted for allegedly using public funds and orchestrating an “insurrection” to get the wealthy northeastern region around Barcelona to break away from Spain. Torra was elected 66-65 in a second round vote after he failed to secure an absolute majority in the 135-strong Catalan Parliament over the weekend. Four lawmakers with the far-left anti-establishment CUP party abstained. Separatist parties won a slim majority in a December regional parliamentary election. They faced a hard deadline next week to either form a new government in Catalonia or have another election called. Immediately after winning the vote, Torra said one of the goals of his new government would be to reinstate Puigdemont as “the legitimate president” of Catalonia. The Spanish government removed Puigdemont and his Cabinet from office after the

Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra, leaves the parliament after a parliamentary vote session in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

regional parliament passed an illegal declaration of independence in October. “Our president is Carles Puigdemont, and we will be faithful to the mandate of build an independent state in the form of a republic,” Torra, 55, told the chamber based in Barcelona. Torra also has promised to create a “state council in exile” and vowed to establish a constituent assembly to write the constitution for a new Catalan republic. “Everybody will win rights with the republic,” Torra told fellow lawmakers in a speech before the vote. “Nobody will lose rights. The

republic is for everybody, no matter what they vote.” The Catalan separatist movement has caused the worst political and institutional crisis in Spain in decades. Central authorities have been ruling Catalonia directly from Madrid since the regional government led by Puigdemont relied on the results of an outlawed Oct. 1 referendum to declare unilateral independence from Spain. The national government has fired dozens of civil servants and closed a network of overseas offices that sought investments in Catalonia but also functioned as “diplomatic del-

egations” to bolster support for independence. The unprecedented Spanish takeover is set to end when Torra is sworn in along with a new Catalan Cabinet. But Spanish authorities have warned that the national government could reassert its authority if the new regional government breaks the law again. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he didn’t like what he had heard during Monday’s investiture debate in the Catalan assembly. He said his judgment on Torra’s appointment will depend on Torra’s actions. “We will bet on understand-

ing and agreement in looking at the future,” Rajoy told reporters in Segovia. “But I say this, and I mean it: I will make sure that the law, the Spanish Constitution and the rest of the legal system, are obeyed.” The prime minister’s office announced meetings with the two leaders of the main opposition parties at the national level, Socialist Party Secretary General Pedro Sanchez and the pro-business Ciudadanos (Citizens) party’s Albert Rivera. Both leaders’ supported authorizing Rajoy’s conservative cabinet to take direct control of Catalonia’s affairs last year.q


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French women criticize proposed sexual violence bill By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament on Monday started debating a law to fight sexual and gender-based violence — a proposed bill that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement but is being strongly criticized by women’s groups. The government says the law, which is being examined at National Assembly on Monday and Tuesday, aims to better protect children under 15 by introducing new provision that rape and sexual assault can result from an “abuse of vulnerability” of the victim. But women’s groups insist the text doesn’t go far enough. They want an explicit declaration that anyone under 15 cannot consent to sex with an adult. They say the current version of the law would minimize the rapes of younger victims. Two recent cases prompted outrage on the topic after French courts refused to prosecute men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn’t prove coercion. French law doesn’t set a legal age of consent for sex.

Women’s groups are going to protest in from of the National Assembly on Tuesday. France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, warned the government that setting an automatic legal age of consent could be seen as violating an adult’s presumption of innocence and would be therefore declared unconstitutional. The government then decided to change the text to allow judges to take into account the children’s vulnerability. The bill extends the statute of limitations on sex crimes, allowing prosecution for 30 years after a purported victim turns 18, rather than the current 20 and imposes fines of 90 euros ($108) for gender-based public harassment on streets or public transportation.q

Brexit in space: EU, Britain fight over Galileo navigation

From left, Liberal Democrat former deputy PM Nick Clegg, Tory ex-education secretary Nicky Morgan and Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband speaking at a cross-party intervention Brexit negotiation at Tilda Rice Mill in Rainham, England, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Brexit talks have reached into space, with the European Union and Britain fighting over the rights that London will have to the multi-billion Galileo satellite navigation system and its security-sensitive information. The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday that by deciding to leave the bloc, Britain automatically cut its Galileo ties too and could renegotiate them only as a third country under less advantageous conditions. “No decision has been already taken for the future cooperation between the U.K. and Galileo,” he told reporters in Brussels. “Obviously we will have cooperation between U.K. and Galileo, obviously, as we have for the United States

or Norway.” Reduced to a friendly third country at best has angered the British government, which sees it as a negotiating ploy in the protracted Brexit negotiations that face a fall deadline if Britain’s March 29, 2019 departure date is to proceed smoothly. British Science Minister Sam Gyimah told the BBC “we have helped to develop the Galileo system. We want to be part of the secure elements of the system and we want U.K. industry to be able to bid for contracts on a fair basis.” “The EU is playing hardball with us,” Gyimah said. Barnier insisted, however, that Britain itself, as an EU member, was part of the unanimous decision that “for some information we have to protect the member states.”

The Galileo system has a top security Public Regulated Service for governments that only EU members can now fully use. Third countries and their companies cannot participate in the development of PRS security modules, Barnier said. “Decisions have consequences,” said EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, as she and Barnier highlighted that with the 2016 Brexit decision, Britain decided to leave some 750 international agreements in one fell swoop. Barnier, meanwhile, continued to lament the snail’s pace of progress in the EU’s Brexit talks with Britain, insisting that a crucial June 2829 EU summit on the issue was quickly drawing close. When queried if there was very little progress in recent weeks, he said “a little, not very little.”q


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55 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes U.S. Embassy move By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed at least 55 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,200 during mass protests Monday along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem. It was by far the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, and further dimmed the already bleak prospects for President Donald Trump's hoped-for peace plan. Throughout the day, Gaza protesters set tires ablaze, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border. The Israeli military, which has come under international criticism for using excessive force against unarmed protesters, said Hamas tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the

A Palestinian woman walks through black smoke from burning tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

cover of the protests and released video of protesters ripping away parts of the barbed-wire border fence. "What we saw today was unprecedented violence along the fence," said Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the chief military spokesman, defending the tough Israeli response. "We are protect-

ing Israel's citizens. We are defending our homes." Monday's protests culminated more than a month of weekly demonstrations aimed at breaking a crippling Israeli-Egyptian border blockade. But the U.S. Embassy move, bitterly opposed by the Palestinians, added further fuel. There was barely any men-

tion of the Gaza violence at Monday's lavish inauguration ceremony for the new embassy, an upgraded consular building located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) away. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials joined an American delegation of Trump administration officials and Republican and

evangelical Christian supporters. Jared Kushner, Trump's sonin-law and chief Mideast adviser, headlined the U.S. delegation with his wife and fellow White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and four Republican senators. Republican super-donor Sheldon Adelson was also present, and evangelical pastors Robert Jeffress and John Hagee delivered blessings. "A great day for Israel!" Trump tweeted earlier Monday. In a videotaped address, Trump said the embassy move, a key campaign promise, recognizes the "plain reality" that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Yet he added the United States "remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement." But Monday's steadily climbing death toll and wall-to-wall condemnation of the embassy move in the Arab world raised new doubts about Trump's ambitions to broker what he called the "deal of the century." q

Hezbollah says 'new phase' in war with Israel after strikes By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Monday a barrage of rockets from Syria against Israeli forces in the occupied Goal Heights last week opens up "a new phase" in the conflict, warning that Israel proper could be the next target for retaliation. Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel has been informed through an international body that retaliation inside Israel will take place if it crosses "a red line" in Syria, without providing specifics. Israel on Thursday unleashed a heavy bombardment against what it said were Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday. It said it was retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan. It was the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter en-

Women hold pictures of slain Hezbollah top commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an explosion in Damascus, as they listen to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of his death, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

emies to date. In a televised speech to a rally in Beirut, Nasrallah did not say who carried out the rocket fire into the Golan. He called it retaliation for "Israel's continued aggression against Syria." In past

weeks, Israel is believed to have carried out a number of strikes against military bases in Syria, killing Iranian and Syrian troops. "You as an enemy will not be able to continue to target Syria and the axis of

resistance without retaliation," he said, adding, "This qualitative rocket attack establishes for a complete new phase" in the conflict with Israel. The axis of resistance is a reference to Iran and its allies, Syria, Hezbollah and other allied armed groups in the region. Nasrallah said Israel has downplayed its losses in the strikes, in which he said 55 rockets hit military targets in the Golan for the first time since Israel and Syria had reached a cease fire and a disengagement agreement in 1974. Israel had said it downed 20 rockets coming from Syria. He said Israel's retaliation mostly hit a number of posts in Syria that had already been evacuated. He said Syrian air defenses downed a number of Israel's missiles. He said the barrage "broke the prestige" of Israel and

that the attack, Israel's response and its response against Gaza protests on Monday show it is far from ready to face its opponents. "If anyone is afraid of war in the region, it is Israel," Nasrallah said. He also blasted Bahrain's foreign minister, calling him an "idiot" and a "traitor" for supporting Israel's right to respond to the barrage of rockets coming from Syria. Nasrallah called the creation of Israel, which marks 70 years of its creation Monday, a "mark of shame" for humanity. He said the pressure from Israel and the United States on Iran is not just because of its nuclear program, but is in essence because of its support to the Palestinians and other "resistance" groups. He urged the Palestinians not to accept any new U.S. peace plans.q


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Chilean bishops open to resignations, reparation for abuse By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Chile's Catholic bishops said Monday they were open to whatever Pope Francis proposes to overhaul the Chilean church, including the removal of bishops, reforms of seminaries and paying financial reparation to victims of a clergy sex abuse and cover-up scandal,. Representatives of the Chilean bishops conference told reporters they were heading into three days of meetings with Francis humbled, pained and shamed for their own errors in handling abuse cases. They said they wanted to listen to Francis and would follow his lead in asking forgiveness of the victims they had discredited. A conference spokesman, Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, said "it's possible" some bishops would offer to resign, but that it was up to the pope. "We'll respect

what he says. If he asks, we'll do it," he said. Francis summoned the bishops to Rome for an emergency summit after receiving a 2,300-page report on the abuse cover-up scandal, which he helped fuel. During a visit to Chile in January, Francis strongly defended a bishop, Juan Barros, who was accused by victims of Chile's most notorious predator priest of having witnessed and ignored their abuse. Francis admitted he made "grave errors of judgement" in the case and blamed a "lack of truthful and balanced information" for his missteps. Chile's bishops have insisted they provided Francis with correct information, and they declined Monday to go into detail about who knew what and when. Gonzalez, the conference spokesman, was among Barros' strong defenders. He said as recently as Jan-

uary that the accusations against Barros were politically motivated and devoid of proof. On Monday, Gonzalez said he stood by Barros because his "brother felt hurt, alone, a bit abandoned," and that any good Catholic would have done the same. Victims of the Rev. Fernando Karadima have described the pain and anguish they felt over the support afforded Barros, whom they placed at the scene of their abuse. Barros and two other Karadima-trained bishops are widely expected to resign. But the scandal has tainted other bishops, including one of Francis' top advisers, the retired archbishop of Santiago. Gonzalez and the secretary general of the conference, Bishop Fernando Ramos, said it was clear that changes were necessary in the Chilean church. They

Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez, left, and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, meet reporters at the Vatican, Monday, May 14, 2108. Associated Press

said the seminary training Chilean priests receive needs to include courses on child protection. They also didn't rule out financial reparations for victims. Karadima's main

victims were publicly humiliated by Santiago's church leaders after they sued the archdiocese for alleged cover-up. After a court ruled against them, the victims are appealing.q

Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine, WHO says By SALEH MWANAMILONGO and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has agreed to allow the World Health Organization to use an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak announced last week, the WHO director-general said Monday. The aim is for health officials to start using the vaccine, once it's shipped, by the end of the week, or next week if there are difficulties, said WHO DirectorGeneral Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We have agreement, registration, plus import permit — everything formally agreed already. And as you know that vaccine is

safe and efficacious and has been already tested. So I think we can all be prepared," he said. "All is ready now, to use it." The outbreak was announced last week in Bikoro, in Congo's northwest. Health officials traveled there after Congo's Equateur provincial health ministry on May 3 alerted them to 17 deaths from a hemorrhagic fever. As of May 13, Congo has 39 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola since April, including 19 deaths, WHO reported. Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed. Congo's Ministry of Health has requested that WHO send 4,000 doses of the

vaccine, said ministry spokeswoman Jessyca Ilunga, who said they should arrive by the end of the week. "The vaccination campaign starts next week, everything depends on the logistics because the vaccine must be kept at minus 60 degrees Celsius, and we need to assure that the cold chain is assured from Geneva to Bikoro," she said. The Ebola vaccination campaign will first target health workers, Ilunga said. Three nurses are among those with suspected cases, and another is among the dead. The teams on site have already identified more than 350 contacts, who are peo-

ple who have had contact with the patients, she said. Mobile laboratories were deployed to Mbandaka and Bikoro on Saturday, she said, adding that results from the first 12 samples tested with that method should be available tomorrow. This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified. Congo has a long track record with Ebola, WHO said. The last outbreak that was announced a year ago, was contained and declared over by July 2017. None of these outbreaks was connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead. There is no specific treatment for Ebola, which is spread through the bodily fluids of people exhibiting symptoms. The new experimental vaccine, developed by the Canadian government and now licensed to the U.S.-based Merck and has been shown to be highly effective against the virus. It was tested in Guinea in 2015. Though the Congo outbreak is of a different strain, the experimental vaccine is still thought to be safe and effective. WHO chief Tedros had led a delegation to the affected region on Sunday.q


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As Venezuela exodus swells, more migrants face removal By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and MANUEL RUEDA Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — When Colombian police caught Victor Colmenares selling coffee without a work permit on the dusty streets of Cucuta, they ordered him to get inside a truck filled with Venezuelan migrants being quietly removed from the country. The 20-year-old construction worker trembled as the unmarked truck approached Colombia's border, thinking about his pregnant wife still in Cucuta and the dangers he might face back in the country he'd fled. "I was incredibly afraid to go back to Venezuela," Colmenares said. "People are robbed there. People are killed. I cannot go back." As the exodus of Venezuelans fleeing their country's economic and humanitarian crisis grows, neighboring Colombia is responding by tightening checks aimed at curbing the number of migrants in the country illegally. In border cities like Cucuta, police are rounding up Venezuelans illegally hawking popsicles in public squares or working as prostitutes in brothels and taking them back to Venezuela. But the removals, although often legal, raise a prickly question: Should migrants be sent back to a country the U.S. and others have condemned as a hungerstricken "dictatorship?" "We can't tell everyone, 'Come, stay here,'" Christian Kruger, the director of Colombia's migration agency, said in a recent interview. "There is no country in the world that can support unlimited migration." About 1 million Venezuelans fled from 2015 to 2017, according to the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration, and hundreds of thousands more have left in the first three months of this year. They are now displaced throughout the region in an accelerating migratory wave that is unparalleled in South America's modern

In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, Venezuelan citizens hold up their identification cards for inspection by the Colombian immigration police, in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela. Associated Press

history. Colombia has received the bulk of the migrants, with an estimated 3,000 Venezuelans arriving in the neighboring Andean nation each day. At that pace, Colombia receives within two months about as many migrants as Italy did in all of 2016 during the more high-profile Mediterranean migration crisis. Officially, Colombia deports few migrants: Just 442 have been removed from the country so far in 2018, according to government figures. But those numbers do not include migrants like Colmenares, who officials count as having "voluntarily returned" to their country of origin. In total, about 2,700 Venezuelans have been sent back under that classification, according to officials. A new special migration unit launched by President Juan Manuel Santos in February conducts twice-daily round ups in the nation's busiest border cities. According to Kruger, Venezuelans caught without papers are given the option of paying a fine far higher than what most will earn in a year or contesting it in court. Facing those prospects, he said most instead ask to be taken back. "They would rather be in their homes than living in a

park," he said. In several inspections witnessed recently by the AP, however, migrants themselves did not ask to be returned. Instead, officials told them simply to, "Get in the truck," as several police officers kept guard nearby. Once back in Venezuela, most of the migrants easily find a way to return to Colombia through the nation's porous 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border. One migrant caught in a recent sting said she had been returned to Venezuela eight times. "The process of returning Venezuelans is absolutely useless," said Ronal Rodriguez, a professor studying migrants at Rosario University in Colombia's capital. Colombia's new removal tactic is not without precedent. Each year thousands in the U.S. who are arrested and face the prospect of deportation instead opt to return in what is known there as a "voluntary departure," noted Kevin Johnson, dean of the law school at the University of California, Davis. "In a lot of countries you see programs and policies like what is apparently going on in Colombia because there is a fear of mass migration," he said. Johnson added that whether the practice is le-

gal would hinge on whether any Venezuelans being returned are refugees fearing persecution. "There usually should be some avenue for people who fear prosecution to apply for relief and be able to resist pressures to depart voluntarily," he said. The United Nations' Refugee Agency recently issued guidance to regional governments explaining that many of the migrants likely qualify for international protection, and telling officials that Venezuelans should not be deported or forcibly returned. Though many are not fleeing targeted political persecution, the U.N. noted that the circumstances leading Venezuelans to migrate fall within the spirit of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration signed by several Latin American nations. The non-binding agreement embraces a broader definition of refugees to include people fleeing violence, hunger and poverty resulting from the breakdown in the rule of law. The U.N. has not commented specifically on Colombia's removals. The removals come as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moves to tighten his hold on power, barring his biggest challengers from the upcoming May

20th presidential election. Meanwhile, hyperinflation has devastated the value of Venezuela's monthly minimum wage, which now is barely enough to purchase one carton of eggs. "This is a refugee crisis," said Francine Howard, a Venezuelan activist in Colombia. "They are fleeing Venezuela like people fleeing a war." Colombian officials have been careful to avoid using the word "refugee," a designation that would also imply devoting greater resources to migrants at a time when the country is also trying to push forward a historic peace process. Still, rights groups and exile organizations have praised Colombia for treating tens of thousands of sick migrants in hospitals, creating a path toward legalization for some migrants and providing others with food and shelter. Other nations are also sending back Venezuelan migrants as their numbers continue to swell, though not necessarily by 'voluntary return.' Trinidad and Tobago recently deported 82 Venezuelans, more than a third of whom had applied for asylum. The U.N. condemned the move as a breach of international refugee law. In northern Brazil, a governor has also asked the country's top court to allow her to close her state's border with Venezuela. On a recent afternoon in Colombia, a group of 17 officers in green uniforms gathered under a scorching sun as they patrolled the streets of Cucuta. They stopped one young man caught washing windshields at a busy intersection. Another man was boarded onto the truck after being spotted selling popsicles for about 10 cents each. "I left the country to survive," said Jorge Mireles, a father of three, explaining that in Venezuela he had no means of feeding his children. "I don't know if they'll try and take me back to Venezuela," he said.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Coffee Stars

ORANJESTAD – A ‘barista’ is a person who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks. The word is originally Italian and means waiter. But at Starbucks we could call them coffee stars. They do much more than preparing one cup at a time. They create meaningful connections. Starbucks organizes a Barista Championship every year, happening tonight at Starbucks Renaissance Mall. Aruba Today had the privilege to talk to last year’s champion before the heat’s going on. Meet: Shamiris Ascanio.

The Venezuelan-Aruban is a dynamic lady with lots of smiles. “Three years ago I started at Starbucks Renaissance as a part-time, coffee-unexperienced employee. Before that I was a waiter. Within half a year I worked fulltime and participated in the Barista Championship and won. It was the greatest experience as I went to Mexico being representative of Aruba and Curacao.” She loves the contact with the customer and she is stoked about coffee. “Here in Starbucks we have so many different coffees like medium roast,

dark roast and blend roast and in Mexico I got to see how they produce the coffee. Starbucks works only fair trade and supports families with this guideline. We had a training of two weeks, how to treat the beans, clean the machines, prepare the drinks… we all have our own way but these trainings teach you the Starbucks way. When I returned they want you to train the employees here and so I did.” Latte with a Heart Shamiris explains that the competition contains three focus points: procedure, taste and presentation. Add a little creativity to that and you gain extra points. “I came up with the

Latte with a Heart, the milk foam forming a heart on top of the latte, which was my extra bonus.” The championship requires the participants to present an espresso, latte and one ice beverage. The taste and experience will decide whether you are a winner. Appreciate My Beans The Barista Championship does not only bring the participants forward in their knowledge, they also learn to appreciate the effort that goes into the production of the beans. “In Mexico I saw how much work goes into the beans. The entire family works together and they depend on this for their living. When I came back I told my colleagues: please, ap-

preciate my beans”, she laughs. “Starbucks is fair trade and eco-friendly. I love that. You know you do good to others.” At home, at work, she only drinks Starbucks coffee. Her favorite is the Kenia roast and her top beverage the White Mocha. ”Tonight the Barista Championship of Starbucks is on and we are all excited to find out who will be the winner. There is one participant from each store and one participant from Curacao and they together will compete to be the all-over winner. That one can go to Costa Rica where the winners from the Latin-American and Caribbean destinations will meet.”q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Like Us on Facebook!

ORANJESTAD - Aruba Today has a new Facebook page and website. We like to welcome you to our online community! The cover picture of the Facebook page will show another picture of a lo-

cal photographer every couple of months. We love culture and like to support our local talents, therefore Aruba Today chooses to be a platform for showcasing art. Photographer Michael-Anthony Fowler took the new cover picture of

Aruba Today’s Facebook page, following the former local talent that shot the cover picture: Anuar Habibe. Michael is a multitalented photographer who shoots weddings and families, but also made an impressive series of drug/al-

cohol addicts in the streets of Aruba. He has a creative mind with always a social twist. His style is very natural and pure. Aruba To Me Is We would also like to portrait you! By inviting you to

send us your favorite vacation picture while enjoying our Happy Island. Complete the sentence: Aruba to me is ……. Send your picture with that text (including your name and where you are from) to: and we will publish your vacation memory. Isn’t that a special way to keep your best moments alive? Please do note: By submitting photos, text or any other materials, you give permission to The Aruba Today Newspaper, Caribbean Speed Printers and any of its affiliated companies to use said materials, as well as names, likeness, etc. for promotional purposes without compensation. Last but not least: our new website is live, check it out please! Thank you for supporting our free newspaper, we strive to make you a happy reader every day.q

Que Pasta! at Que Pasa Restaurant with a delicious, Scandinavian menu

ORANJESTAD — When you start salivating when thinking of fabulous Scandinavian cuisine, it is time to make your reservations for Que Pasa Restaurant’s Scandinavian Night. No, Scandinavian cuisine not just plain old fish. It’s a wide variety of fish and meats, like pork and poultry, as well as beets, potatoes, cucumbers, broiled, baked,

and smoked apples, and much more food. Just like Scandinavian design, the Scandinavian cuisine sticks to basics. Held on Wednesday, May 16, the menu for this special event is mouthwatering good. The appetizer that will be served is a pumpkinorange soup with Parmesan cheese, while the main

course are tapas of roasted pork with a mustard sauce, Gravlex and home-made meatballs with potato salad also. For desert it’s cinnamon rolls with vanilla ice cream. Que Pasa is planning lots of great special events, so get ready for a Greek night with moussaka and tzatziki, a Belgian evening

with stew and shrimp croquettes, a Dutch evening with herring and mussels, a Mexican fajita and burrito night, a pizza night and a fish night. Let your imagination run

wild and you will probably get what you are wishing for. But first, the Scandinavian event this coming week: enjoy!q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Why does negative emotion arise? On a broader understanding, negative emotions seem to be a norm. We tend not to observe why we experience these unpleasant and unsatisfying emotion, which is intimately linked to our thought patterns. Deep within oneself is the Divine presence which knows what we desire and is aware of our experiences. This awareness is you at a deep level, your innate essence. This divinity always guides you to where you need to be through the path of least resistance. Yet we tend to use our thoughts to guide us, our conditional mind seems to guide us.

The gap between where our inner divine presence is heading is always the true way for us and if we are headed by a conditional minds path, which is different to what our divine essence wants for us, this gap causes a cross current of desire and this causes a negative vibration within oneself and thus the negative emotion commences. Meditation as a means of bringing clarity and inner alertness is very essential to catch oneself before we have been taken over by an unpleasant and unsatisfying emotion and thought.q

Suresh Mirchumal is a spiritual writer. “Well, you can categorize it like that, although I don’t call myself one. These thoughts come in effortlessly.” His aim is in a way to reach out to whoever gets inspired or has an eye opening event within them that may transcend their current state of consciousness. “Or let’s say current emotional state too. If one in a thousand benefits, that is already great.” Due to the current world state, lots of struggles and stresses, we seem to lose touch with that inner peace that we long for, Suresh explains. “I wish to ease that through these small articles or tidbits.” You will find his tidbits in Aruba Today from now on, like a sunray of the day. If you wish to make use of Suresh his services like meditation or just a talk, please email to:


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino gave recognition to it’s outstanding workers of 2017 ORANJESTAD -- Recently the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino celebrated their Team of the Year 2017 (TOY2017). All of this took place during a really special night at the Renaissance Festival Plaza which was combined with entertainment, buffet and a ‘fun photo booth’. Mr. Paul Gielen, General Manager, opened the night giving thanks to the presence and dedication of all during 2017 and naturally gave a couple of motivation words for the present year. “We feel a lot of gratitude; it is at all times real difficult to award the best of the best at Renaissance Aruba simply because we got the best staff! Our ‘best of the best’ where chosen based upon their capability of exceptional work. Once again we would like to thank all of you, for the loyalty towards our resort and all the extra effort that is done on a daily basis for our guests. You all are the face of Renaissance, and together we’ll take our resort to the highest level.” Continued on Page 17


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Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino gave recognition to it’s outstanding workers of 2017

Continued from Page 16

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, now part of Wind Creek Hospitality congratulates all employees that stood out in 2017. At the Heart of the House we recognize/acknowledge Veronica Wilson in the beverage section, and also Marshilyne Kock in Reservations. In the Front of the House we recognize/ acknowledge IsmaĂŤl Hidalgo of the Crystal Table Operations, also Berlinda Engelhardt from the Front Office and Samuel Kelly at Starbucks marketplace. The managers that where recognized/acknowledged where Robin Croes of Sales & Marketing, Eric Simmons from Accounting and also Virginia Hernandez from the Starbucks Marketplace. Management of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino and Wind Creek Hospitality congratulates all of its outstanding employees. On the pictures we see Renaissance Festival Plaza Celebration and also Team Of The Year 2017. Many Thanks.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Capital “W“ Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns the ball to Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, during their first round match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

Djokovic keeps things in perspective after win in Rome

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic was not looking too far ahead after beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday. Having failed to reach the quarterfinals in six straight tournaments following a right elbow injury, the 12time Grand Slam winner doesn’t want to place too much pressure on himself — even though he is a fourtime Rome champion. “Rome has always been a place where I’ve felt good, received a lot of support, where I’ve played well and obtained a lot of great results and today’s match encourages me and gives me reason to believe that it can be a good week for me,” Djokovic said. “I would like to go all the way but at the same time, looking at my results, I have to be a little bit more modest with expectations.” Continued on Page 22

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) leads the celebration on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Associated Press Page 21


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Danielle Kang enjoying ‘freedom’ after winning Women’s PGA By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — It has been almost a year since Danielle Kang won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and her life looks pretty much the same. Kang still has the same friends, everyone from fellow LPGA star Michelle Wie to hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. She remains active on social media, delighting her Instagram followers with a peek at her life on and off the course. She continues to work on her game. But there has been one major change for the 25-yearold player since her first LPGA Tour victory. “Trying to force a win for the last few years and trying to just get it done, trying to win before my dad passed away, all of that was so hard on me,” Kang said. “But finally just having that win just gives me this freedom. I can breathe. I feel free from myself. I can just be myself and just play golf like I used to.” Kang’s father, K.S., died of cancer in 2013. She returned to Chicago on Monday for a promotional event ahead of this summer’s Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes. She

took on former Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc in a closest-to-the-pin contest on a small green floating in the Chicago River. After a few successful practice shots, rain started to fall and wind began to swirl around the surrounding skyscrapers. Each player came up empty during the actual competition. “It was really difficult to hit the green and make it stay on the green,” a chuckling Kang said. “It’s very windy, but it’s definitely fun.” The conditions were much better when Kang shot a 3-under 68 in the final round at Olympia Fields last July for her first win in her 144th LPGA start. She birdied the final hole to thwart a challenge by defending champion Brooke Henderson. Kang’s previous best finish in a major was a tie for 14th in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open. “That week, my golf game stands out to me, to be honest,” Kang said. “I know a lot of different shots that I hit. I have memorable shot moments, and it wasn’t just on Sunday.” The victory was one of a career-high six top-10 finishes for Kang in 2017. She also earned more than $1 million in a season for the first time, and went 3-1-0 in her first appearance for the

KPMG Women’s PGA defending champion Danielle Kang hits golf balls at River Point Park in Chicago onto a huge floating green on the Chicago River with former Chicago Bulls player Toni Kukoc (not seen) on Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

U.S. in the Solheim Cup. It has been a mixed bag so far this year. She finished in a four-way tie for second in the Women’s World Championship in March, one stroke behind Wie. But she has struggled in five starts since Singapore, missing the cut twice and finishing outside the top 50 three times. Kang said she is still learning about how to manage the rigors of the tour. “We travel so much,” she

said. “I’m the type of person that if I’m home for one more day, that’s really beneficial for me. Fitnesswise, golf is an all-day sport, too. I don’t really have a lot of time and you can’t really build muscles on the road. “It’s more about maintaining all of that. I didn’t do a very good job of maintaining it this time, and I hope that I can get better at it.” Kang also is looking forward to her work with UNICEF, the worldwide children’s advo-

cacy group she sought out after her win at Olympia Fields. While Kang comes from an affluent background — “I had everything that I ever wanted,” she said — her parents instilled in her the importance of appreciating her blessings. “I’m very passionate about, since I was young, that no one should be hungry,” Kang said, “and UNICEF does amazing work on protecting children.”q

Team Sky’s Bernal wins first GC test in Tour of California By The Associated Press SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Egan Bernal tasted glory at the Tour of California when he rode solo to the top of Gibraltar Road. Sebastian Henao and Tao Geoghegan Hart were just as heroic Monday. After powerful Team Sky worked to bring back the early breakaway, the pair of worker bees rode to the front of the peloton and set a brutal pace up the final climb of the day. One by one, Henao and then Geoghegan Hart splintered what was left of the main group, dropping top climbers such as Neilson

Powless and Peter Stetina before the final couple of kilometers. With the group whittled to about a dozen riders, Bernal finally moved to the front, unleashing a big kick that drove him clear and left him to ride solo into the overall leader’s jersey. “The last part was the most important part of the race. In the final two kilometers, I attacked and arrived alone,” the Colombian rider said. “I’m so happy because my team did a great job. When I attacked I did my own pace. I looked at my watts, my pace, and I needed to take control of

the climb.” Rafal Majka of Bora-Hansgrohe was 21 seconds back in second, followed by Adam Yates of MitcheltonScott and Antwan Tolhoek of LottoNL-Jumbo. The top American finisher was Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team, who was strong early on the climb but wound up 50 seconds back of the winner. With the time bonuses, Bernal rode into the overall lead through two stages with 25 seconds on Majka and 31 seconds on Yates. And with a relatively flat third stage Tuesday, which begins in King City and fin-

Bernal Gomez, right, of Colombia, leads the peloton before winning Stage 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California Monday, May 14, 2018, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Associated Press

ishes at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey County, he should be able to maintain it. The big question is whether he’ll keep it on Wednesday. The slight Bernal is happy going uphill, but he doesn’t

have the big motor of his biggest rivals in the time trial. The fourth stage in San Jose is a relatively long race against the clock, and that means Bernal will be hardpressed to hang onto the leader’s jersey later in the week.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Justin Thomas reaches No. 1 in the world By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas has come a long way in 18 months. All the way to No. 1 in the world. He had one PGA Tour victory and was No. 35 in the world in October 2016 when he began a steady rise through a deep field of stars. Thomas won seven times in a span of 32 tournaments around the world, including his first major. The final step to the top of the ranking was an illustration of how he got there. He made the cut on the number at The Players Championship, had a 68-66 weekend and tied for 11th. That was enough to end Dustin Johnson’s 64-week atop the world ranking. “I’m very proud to have gotten there, but it means more to me how long I can hold it,” Thomas said in a

Justin Thomas hits from the ninth tee, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Associated Press

text message while flying home to south Florida for a two-week break. “Have to continue to work hard with how well so many guys are playing.”

Thomas became the 21st player and seventh American to reach No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986. He was helped by five victories last year, includ-

ing the PGA Championship and a FedEx Cup playoff event. But this season alone, his worst finish in ranking events is a tie for 22nd. Thomas was projected to get to No. 1 after this week and could have done it by missing the cut if Johnson had finished out of the top 11. “I would much rather shoot 10 under on the weekend and earn it as opposed to missing the cut and have DJ not play well,” Thomas said. “DJ’s a hell of a player. If he’s not playing well, he’s kind of like me this week. He’s hanging around, he’ll back-door a top 10 or just play his way into a good finish. And that’s why he’s been No. 1 in the world for a year now.” Johnson still had a say in the matter. A two-way tie for fifth would have been enough, meaning Johnson needed a 33 on the back nine at the

TPC Sawgrass. But he threeputted the 13th, chopped up the 14th for a double bogey, and that was that. Johnson’s stay at No. 1 was the longest by any players since Tiger Woods was at the top for five years ending in 2010. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day didn’t last more than two weeks at No. 1 the first time they got there. “I want to have it for a really long time because that means I’m playing better than everybody else for an extended period of time,” Thomas said when he finished his final round. “Get hot for a year, couple years and then fall off the map, that doesn’t really mean a whole lot to me.” Thomas plans to return at the Memorial. He is not assured of being No. 1 when he returns because Spieth, who went up one spot to No. 3, is playing the next two weeks.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Capitals pull away, beat Lightning 6-2 for 2-0 series lead By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals overcame a major hurdle by reaching the Eastern Conference final. Just like that, they’re in a full-on sprint toward the finish. The Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period Sunday night to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 2-0 lead in the East final. “It’s huge but it’s not over yet,” Ovechkin said. “We played hard and played smart. You can see all four lines doing their job.” Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists. Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist apiece for the Caps, who took the first two games of the best-of-seven matchup on the road. Since 1974-75, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the conference final or semifinal have a series record of 39-2 (95.1 percent). “We didn’t panic. Just stayed to the system and played the right way,” Ovechkin said. “We stayed calm and waited for our opportunities.” Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly also scored, helping Washington improve to 7-1 on the road this postseason. It’s their first visit to the conference final during Ovechkin’s 13-season career. “You’re on the road and it’s us against them, and this group has really bond-

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) checks Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) off the puck during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Sunday, May 13, 2018,

ed,” coach Barry Trotz said. “They’ve got a lot of resiliency, and they’re having fun.” Game 3 is Tuesday night in Washington. The Lightning had the best record in the Eastern Conference this season and breezed through the first rounds of the playoffs against New Jersey and Boston. Little has gone right against the Capitals. “For a team that’s been used to being able to make some plays, we sure haven’t made them in these two games. It’s very uncharacteristic of us. That’s the difference. They’ve made plays, we haven’t. And it’s

cost us,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We’ve just played tentative and a little bit slow. We didn’t get 113 points by playing that way. We didn’t win the first two rounds by playing that way,” Cooper added. “For some reason for two games, that’s the way we’ve played.” Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos had early powerplay goals for Tampa Bay, which rebounded after falling behind on Wilson’s goal 28 seconds into the game. Smith-Pelly’s one-timer finished an odd-man rush and made it 2-2 at 2:30 of the second period. The Caps took control when Eller scored with 1:02 remain-

ing and Kuznetsov — with assists from Ovechkin and Eller — delivered on a power play less than a minute later. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was called for tripping Andre Burakovsky with 10 seconds left in the period. Kuznetsov scored seven seconds later to make it 4-2, the second time in the series the Caps stunned the Lightning with a power-play goal in the closing seconds of a period. Ovechkin and Connolly finished the rout with third-period goals. Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 35 shots to improve to 10-3 this postseason. “We’ve defended this entire playoffs up until these last couple of games, and that’s why we’ve had success,” Stamkos said. “We haven’t defended with the same urgency. We’re leaving our goalie out to dry.” Ovechkin also had a goal and an assist in Washington’s 4-2 victory in Game 1. Vasilevskiy was pulled from the opener after facing 25 shots in two periods, but the Lightning didn’t pin the loss on him. Instead, they vowed to play harder in front of the young goaltender, who finished with 31 saves in Game 2. Tampa Bay benefited early from a couple of questionable penalties — Wilson for goaltender interference and T.J. Oshie for high-sticking Victor Hedman, when the Tampa Bay defenseman actually was struck by the puck — to score twice in just over three minutes on the power play for a 2-1 lead.

Stamkos and Hedman assisted on Point’s goal at 7:08 of the first. Stamkos’ fourth goal in five games gave Tampa Bay its first lead of the series. The Lightning will have to turn the series around on the road to return to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2015. “We’ll prepare for the toughest game that we’ve played all season,” Stamkos said. “It’s gut-check time. Let’s see who we really are.” NOTES: Washington’s John Carlson had two assists, giving him 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) this postseason. That’s a club record by a defenseman in one playoff year. He had been tied for the most with Kevin Hatcher (5-7-12, 1988), Scott Stevens (1-1112, 1988) and himself (5-712, 2016). ... Before Sunday night, the Lightning had won Game 2 of a series five consecutive times after losing Game 1. They’re 4-2 in six previous series in which they lost Game 1, with those series losses coming in the first round in 2014 against Montreal and the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against Chicago. ... Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom, who took a shot from Justin Schultz off his right hand in Game 5 of Washington’s second-round series against the Penguins, missed his third straight game. He took part in the morning skate on a limited basis and remains day-today. ... Hedman has a franchise-record, seven-game point streak (eight assists). Martin St. Louis had a sixgame streak in 2004.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018


Reynolds has 2 HR in debut, Nats sweeps Dbacks NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4 PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered twice in his first game with Washington, helping the Nationals complete a four-game sweep. Reynolds had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He homered off Zack Godley in the sixth inning, then broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run shot off Archie Bradley (0-1) in the eighth after the Diamondbacks rallied with a three-run seventh.Bryce Harper and Trea Turner also homered for the Nationals, winners of 13 of 15. Ryan Madson (1-2) went 1 1/3 innings in relief. Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save REDS 5, DODGERS 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto homered, and lastplace Cincinnati swept a four-game series from the Dodgers for the first time since the Big Red Machine accomplished the feat in August 1976. Luis Castillo (3-4) allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in six innings with eight strikeouts. Raisel Iglesias got three straight outs for his seventh save, finishing a four-hitter. The defending NL champion Dodgers finished a 1-5 homestand and have lost seven of eight. At 1623 they are fourth in the NL West, just one game ahead

Washington Nationals Mark Raynolds (14) celebrates with Bob Henley after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Phoenix. Associated Press

of San Diego. Rich Hill (1-2) gave up three runs — two earned — six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. Cincinnati has won six straight games following an 8-27 start yet remains last in the NL Central. PHILLIES 4, METS 2 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York’s Jacob deGrom was removed after a 45-pitch scoreless and hitless first inning as a precaution in his first start after a stint on the disabled list caused by a hyperextended right elbow. Pinch-hitter Nick Williams

hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Paul Seward (03) in the sixth. Aaron Nola (6-1) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first and allowed one run and nine hits in six innings. Edubray Ramos worked around a walk in the ninth for his first big league save. New York has lost 17 of 25 after an 11-1 start. BRAVES 4, MARLINS 3 MIAMI (AP) — Sean Newcomb (4-1) allowed one hit in six innings and stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings. Brian Anderson’s

double in the second was the lone hit off the lefthander. Arodys Vizcaino gave up a three-run pinchhit homer to Justin Bour with one out in the ninth, then retired the next two batters for his seventh save, completing a four-hitter. Ender Inciarte hit his third homer of the year and his second in two games. Jose Urena (0-6) allowed three runs in six innings. GIANTS 5, PIRATES 0 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova (2-3) to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick

Djokovic Continued from Page 18

Italy’s Roberta Vinci addresses the audience at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press

In the rankings released on Monday, Djokovic fell to No. 18, his lowest standing since 2006 when he was still a rising pro. He could fall further down the rankings if he doesn’t defend the 600 points he earned by reaching the final in Rome last year. Perhaps Djokovic can find comfort in the fact that he has never lost before the quarterfinals in 11 appearances in Rome. “It is a mental game. Knowing that I’ve reached the biggest heights of this sport and I’ve been consistent with the best possible results for so many years,” Djokovic said. “The bar has been raised so, so high that when I step on the court I expect to win every match against anybody on any surface.” Djokovic has said he returned to action

Hundley added a three-run drive against Richard Rodriguez and San Francisco stopped a season-high six game-losing streak. Derek Holland (2-4) allowed four hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings. BREWERS 7, ROCKIES 3 DENVER (AP) — Freddy Peralta (1-0) took a no-bid into the sixth inning of his major league debut and set a Milwaukee rookie record with 13 strikeouts. Peralta allowed one hit and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Jon Gray (4-5) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Shaw and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Brewers, who opened a 7-0 lead by the sixth. PADRES 5, CARDINALS 3 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard (2-5) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in eight innings for his first win since April 9. Brad Hand got his 11th save, allowing Harrison Bader’s leadoff homer in the ninth, loading the bases with one out on two walks and a hit batter, then striking out Carson Kelly and Kolten Wong. Bader also had an RBI triple. Adam Wainwright (1-3) reaggravated an elbow injury that had landed him on the disabled list and left after 2 1/3 innings. Cory Spangenberg hit a go-ahead single in the third and Freddy Galvis followed with a sacrifice fly off John Gant.q

too quickly following his injury. “I have to understand where the level of my game is and to accept this reality and to accept that there is a process to get where I want to go,” he said. Djokovic improved to 6-0 in his career against Dolgopolov, who himself has been struggling with a persistent injury to his wrist. Djokovic matched his 14 winners with 14 unforced errors — to Dolgopolov’s 10 winners and 19 unforced errors. Also, Kei Nishikori defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (5), 6-4 for his first victory since reaching the Monte Carlo Masters final last month. “It wasn’t (an) easy match,” Nishikori said. “It was windy. And he used a lot of slice and great serves. ... Luckily I got (the) first set. After that I was more confident.”q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Cano breaks hand when hit by pitch, many need surgery DETROIT (AP) — Robinson Cano broke his right hand when hit by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy in the third inning of the Seattle Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Seattle star, who has played in at least 150 in 11 straight years, said he might need surgery. Jose Iglesias hit a gameending single off Juan Nicasio (1-2), and Niko Goodrum homered and had three hits for the Tigers. Shane Greene (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth. Seattle lost a road series for the first time all season. ANGELS 2, TWINS 1 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 while pitching three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Zack Cozart got a walk-off RBI single. Ohtani allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his sixth big league start, leaving with a 2-1 lead after Logan Morrison's walk. Joe Mauer hit a tying single off Cam Bedrosian. Chris Young was hit by a pitch from Zach Duke (2-2) leading off the ninth, Martin Maldonado sacrificed and Cozart singled to left. Blake Parker (1-1) stranded the bases loaded in the top half when Brian Dozier popped out. WHITE SOX 5, CUBS 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Da-

vidson hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off Kyle Hendricks (3-3) Lucas Giolito (2-4) matched a career high with seven walks, tossed three wild pitches and hit a batter, but pitched two-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings in his first victory since April 26. Bruce Rondon got his first save as the White Sox (10-27) stopped a seven-game slide and became the last major league team to reach 10 wins. The Cubs (21-16) had won five in a row. YANKEES 6, ATHLETICS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in a game that started after a 2-hour, 45-minute rain delay. Luis Severino (6-1) struck out seven in six innings as New York won for the 19th time in 22 games to remain tied with rival Boston for the best record in the majors at 28-12. Aaron Hicks drove in two runs, Aaron Judge extended his RBI streak to seven games and the Yankees took two of three from Oakland to win their seventh consecutive series. After a 7-2 homestand, New York plays 19 of its next 25 games on the road. Brett Anderson (0-2) was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings. RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 3

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano (22) reacts to being hit on the hand by a Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Blaine Hardy pitch in the third inning of a baseball game as catcher James McCann looks on in Detroit, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit his 10th homer, a two-run drive in the first off Joe Biagini (0-2), and a runscoring single against John Axford in the fifth. Mookie Betts had two hits, two steals and slid into foul territory down the rightfield line to catch Richard Urena's sinking liner in the fourth. Hector Velazquez (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Joe Kelly got three outs for his second save. Russell Martin had three hits for the Blue Jays, who lost for the eighth time in 11 home games. ORIOLES 17, RAYS 1 BALTIMORE (AP) — Joey Rickard had his first big league multihomer game and drove in four runs fol-

lowing his recall from the minor leagues, and Baltimore scored its most runs since an 18-2 win over Oakland on Aug. 16, 2015. Tampa Bay gave up its most runs since a 17-11 defeat at Toronto on Aug. 7, 2010. Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who have scored 58 runs in their last seven games. Valencia tied career highs with four hits and four RBIs. Dylan Bundy (2-5) allowed two hits and four walks in seven scoreless innings. Blake Snell (4-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, and reliever Andrew Kittredge was sent to the minors after allowing six runs, six hits and one walk while failing to get an out. INDIANS 11, ROYALS 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber (6-2) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Yan Gomes had four hits, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits. Danny Duffy (1-5) allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings. ASTROS 6, RANGERS 1 HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (3-5) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, struck out eight and walked one. Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered for the second straight game Matt Moore (1-5) allowed three runs and six hits in three innings. q

Emirates hosts $2.7 million race for traditional dhow ships By KAMRAN JEBREILI Associated Press SIR BU NAIR ISLAND, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has hosted a $2.7 million traditional dhow racing event, which saw the wooden boats powered only on the wind race off the coast of Dubai. The Al-Gaffal Traditional

Dhow Race happens every year and celebrates the dhow (DOW'), which is a style of boat still used in the region. The race began Monday on Sir Bu Nair Island, which is about 100 kilometers (66 miles) west of Dubai. The ships gathered at dawn and the race began. It lasted about five

hours and the finish line saw racers arrive near the iconic sailed-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel. The winners in this year's contest was a team on a boat called the Ghazi, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai. q

A sailor of Ghazi, a 60-foot Dhow waves the flag after they won the $2.7 million Al Gaffal traditional Dhow Race off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after starting from the island of Sir Bu Nair about 100 kms (66 miles) west of Dubai, Monday, May 14, 2018. Associated Press


Tuesday 15 May 2018

La Maestra Give Patients Hope of Controlling Diabetes

Director of Pharmacy Byron Jones, Pharm.D., discusses the importance of testing blood sugar regularly with a La Maestra patient.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--La Maestra Community Health Center in San Diego has found a way to get patients with diabetes excited about a needle stick. With the introduction of leading edge, algorithmbased insulin dosing software from Mellitus Health, full access to its patients’ electronic health records and a quick download of blood sugar readings from patients’ glucometers, pharmacists at the clinic can spot patients whose insulin dosing regimens aren’t performing well. They then refer patients to clinicians for a five-minute consultation to adjust their regimens based on precision recommendations from Mellitus Health’s software. Patients are very interested—excited, actually—to take their insulin because

they have a good chance at finally getting their blood sugar where it needs to be. Tweet this “Diabetes patients often get discouraged because they test their blood sugar all the time and inject their prescribed insulin and still don’t see their blood sugars improve enough. They don’t see the payoff,” explains La Maestra Director of Pharmacy Byron Jones, Pharm.D. “Mellitus Health is changing that by algorithmically recommending insulin and injection-specific dosing for each patient with its Insulin Insights™ software solution. Patients are very interested—excited, actually—to take their insulin because they have a good chance at finally getting their blood sugar where it needs to be.”

La Maestra Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, annually delivers care to 48,000 immigrant, refugee, uninsured and underinsured patients in central, east, and south San Diego. From five clinics, it provides an array of medical, dental and social services in 26 languages to residents of the most diverse ZIP Code in the United States. It also runs the pharmacy, which has full access to patients’ medical records. “That tight integration helps not only our diabetic patients, who often need to be taking more insulin or different combinations of short acting and long acting insulins to manage their diabetes effectively, but also our clinic, which sees a small increase in billed encounters for each five-

minute dosing consultation, and our pharmacy, which dispenses more insulin and gets much better outcomes for patients,” explains Jones. Reducing blood sugar in people who have diabetes has important health benefits. A one point drop in HbA1C, a measure of average blood glucose (blood sugar), can reduce risk of microvascular complications such as diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, impotence and kidney disease by 37%. “We immediately saw Mellitus’ potential to initiate helpful drops in HbA1c and wanted it for our patients. We identified about 150 patients with uncontrolled diabetes—those with HbA1c (average blood glucose) readings of 8.0 or higher—and enrolled

them in our initiative,” says Jones. “The Insulin Insights™ software works with all insulins and glucometers and doesn’t require patients to change their behavior, factors important in our decision-making since we work with a wildly diverse population of people who use different glucometers and who have vastly different lifestyles. Because of these points and the fact that the software takes only half an hour to set up, we can see it scaling to our other clinics.” Mellitus Health’s cloudbased decision support software works with all types of insulins and combinations, all 125 dosing regimens and all glucometers, providing dosing recommendations to clinicians in just seconds. Its work expands upon and automates the manual system used in a yearlong study in which 110 patients saw their HbA1C levels fall from an average of 11% to 7.2% in 12 months through proper titration rather than intensive lifestyle intervention and coaching. Mayer B. Davidson, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Mellitus Health, pioneered the use of algorithmic dosing of insulin. A former president of the American Diabetes Association and former editor of its peerreviewed journal, Diabetes Care, he authored two algorithmic dosing textbooks widely used in medical education and has trained more than 1800 clinicians in manual algorithmic titration of insulin. But, he says, even for skilled practitioners, manually calculating dosing is challenging and time-consuming, leaving little time for discussing the broader healthcare needs of patients. “Our software incorporates many small, seemingly esoteric data points, enabling greater tailoring of insulin dosing than was possible by hand,” Davidson says. “We’re excited to see the results from the La Maestra collaboration and the many pilots that are underway or beginning in six countries.”q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

US stock indexes eke out small gains after early rally fades| By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer The major U.S. stock indexes eked out small gains Monday after a late-afternoon pullback weighed on smallcompany shares. The market had been broadly higher earlier in the day on hopes that trade tensions were easing between the U.S. and China. But much of that rally faded, leaving decliners on the New York Stock Exchange outnumbering risers. Gains by health care and energy stocks outweighed losses in real estate companies and other decliners. Casino operators and equipment companies got a boost from a Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. The S&P 500 index added 2.41 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,730.13. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 68.24 points, or 0.3 percent, to 24,899.41. The Nasdaq composite rose 8.43 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,411.32. Small-company stocks fell. The Russell 2000 index lost its early gains, sliding 6.45 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,600.34. The major stock indexes' latest gains add to the market's solid run this month. The S&P 500, the benchmark for the broader stock market, had its best weekly gain since early March last week. The indexes got off to a strong start Monday, as investors hoped for reduced trade tensions between the U.S. and China after President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that he would help Chinese telecommunications company ZTE get "back into business." ZTE's Hong Kong-traded shares have been suspended since U.S. authorities banned it last month for seven years from importing U.S. components in a case involving illegal exports to North Korea and Iran. But

Trump said too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government sanctions cut off access to ZTE's American suppliers. China's foreign ministry responded by saying it "highly commended" the move, ahead of trade talks in Washington this week. Fears of retaliatory tariffs and other trade disruptions roiled the market earlier this spring before the latest raft of company earnings captured investors' focus. The president's tweet about ZTE may be a sign that U.S.-China trade negotiations are relatively constructive, if not friendly, said Brian Nick, chief investment strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. "If you have concessions being made like that on one or both sides it probably means that the worstcase outcome is less likely, which would be a good thing for stocks," Nick said. "In general the market probably overreacted to the trade-related noise that started popping up around March 1. There was this sense that we might get this worst-case-scenario trade war and that seemed to be priced in relatively quickly, and we're starting to see it priced out of equity valuations now." U.S. companies that would stand to benefit from an

In this Jan. 11, 2016, file photo, specialist Anthony Rinaldi is silhouetted on a screen at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Associated Press

effort to rescue ZTE moved higher Monday. Acacia Communications jumped 8.7 percent to $34.25, while Oclaro gained 2.9 percent to $8.82. Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors also got a boost as investors banked that Chinese regulators will reverse their stance and approve Qualcomm's proposed $44 billion acquisition of NXP. China is the final major government withholding approval of the deal, but Bloomberg News reported that Chinese regulators are reviewing the deal again. Qualcomm rose 2.7 percent to $56.74, while NXP surged 11.8 percent to $110.74. Investors continued to bid up shares in health care companies. CVS Health gained 3.7 percent to

$66.82. Casino operators and equipment makers surged after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that barred gambling on football, basketball and other sporting events in most states. The 6-3 decision gives states the goahead to legalize sports betting. MGM Resorts rose 1.6 percent to $32.32. Penn National Gaming climbed 4.7 percent to $33.75, while Empire Resorts jumped 15.7 percent to $22.50. Scientific Gaming, which makes casino and interactive games as well as lottery games, vaulted 11.2 percent to $59.30. Viacom tumbled 4.9 percent to $28.74 after CBS sued its controlling share-

holder, seeking to block efforts to make the company combine with Viacom. CBS added 2.2 percent to $53.65. Xerox slid 4.3 percent to $28.87 after the copier maker ended merger talks with Fujifilm and resolved a dispute with investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 26 cents to settle at $70.96 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained $1.11, or 1.4 percent, to $78.23 a barrel in London. Rising oil prices helped lift energy stocks. Range Resources added 3.3 percent to $14.76. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.99 percent from 2.97 percent late Friday.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018


Conceptis Sudoku

6 Chix


Mother Goose & Grimm

Baby Blues


Yesterday’s puzzle answer

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Sunday.


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Texas death row inmates push for forensic hypnosis ban AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two Texas death row inmates are pushing for the state to ban forensic hypnosis in criminal cases. Hypnosis played a critical part in the arrest and conviction of Charles Don Flores, 48, and Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 37, the Dallas Morning News reported . Both men allege their convictions were based on “junk science” and their executions have been delayed. Flores was convicted in the 1998 killing of Elizabeth “Betty” Black. A neighbor was hypnotized to help her remember the features of two men she witnessed entering the victim’s home the morning of the slaying. Chanthakoummane was convicted in 2007 in the stabbing death of real estate agent Sarah Walker. A hypnotized witness helped the police identify Chanthakoummane through a sketch. Texas has a robust forensic hypnosis program, where police officers are trained statewide to sharpen or recall witnesses’ lost memories. The Texas Rangers have conducted two dozen hypnosis sessions over the past two years.q

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Tuesday 15 May 2018

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out arteryclogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it’s aiming to erase a hazard linked to chronic illness. In a statement Monday, the U.N. health agency said eliminating trans fats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that eating trans fats — commonly found in baked and processed foods — leads to the deaths of more than 500,000 people from heart disease every year. “It’s a crisis level, and it’s major front in our fight now,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference in Geneva on Monday. Officials think it can be done in five years because the work is well underway in many countries. Denmark did it 15 years ago, and since then the United States and more than 40 other higher-income countries have been working on getting the additives out of their food supplies. The WHO is now pushing middle- and lower-income countries to pick up the fight, said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. Artificial trans fats are unhealthy substances that are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it solid, like in the creation of margarine or shortening. Health experts say they can be re-

In this Aug. 8, 2007 file photo, a Milky-Way candy bar is deep-fried in oil free of trans fats at a food booth at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Associated Press

placed with canola oil or other products. There are also naturally occurring trans fats in some meats and dairy products. The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person’s calories come from trans fats. “Trans fats are a harmful compound that can be removed easily without major cost and without any impact on the quality of the foods,” Branca said. Countries will likely have to use regulation or legislation to get food makers to make the switch, experts said. At the WHO news conference Monday, a representative from a leading food industry trade group said companies are working to reduce trans fats in their products. “We call on food producers in our sector to take prompt

action and we stand ready to support effective measures to work toward the elimination of industrially produced trans fats and ensure a level playing field in this area,” said Rocco Rinaldi, secretary-general of the International Food and Beverage Alliance. Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked with WHO officials on the call to action, called its move unprecedented. “The world is now setting its sights on today’s leading killers — particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in almost every country,” said Frieden, president of Resolve to Save Lives, a New-York-based project of an organization called Vital Strategies. In the U.S., the first trans fatty food to hit the market was Crisco shortening, which went on sale in 1911. Trans fatty foods became increasingly popular beginning in the 1950s, partly because experts at the time thought they were healthier than cooking with butter or lard. Food makers liked artificial trans fats because

they prolonged product shelf life. They used them in doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods. But studies gradually revealed that trans fats wreck cholesterol levels in the blood and drive up the risk of heart disease. Health advocates say trans fats are the most harmful fat in the food supply. In the U.S., New York City in 2006 banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats. The same year the FDA required manufacturers to list trans fat content information on food labels. Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged U.S. adults fell by nearly 60 percent by

the end of the decade. In 2015, the FDA took steps to finish the job of eliminating trans fats, calling for manufacturers to stop selling trans fatty foods by June 18, 2018 — a deadline that arrives next month. FDA officials have not said how much progress has been made or how they will enforce their rule against food makers that don’t comply. “The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade,” said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the 'Superman' franchise, dies Associated Press By ANDREW DALTON, LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died. Kidder died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana, according to a notice on the website of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home. She was 69. Kidder's manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said she died peacefully in her sleep. No cause or other details were given. "Superman," directed by Richard Donner and released in 1978, was a superhero blockbuster two decades before comic book movies became the norm at the top of the box office. It's cited as an essential inspiration by makers of today's Marvel and D.C. films. Kidder, as ace reporter Lane, was a salty, sexually savvy adult who played off of the boyish, farmraised charm of Reeve's Clark Kent and Superman, though her dogged journalism constantly got her

In this Oct. 3, 2000 file photo, actress Margot Kidder, who dated former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, arrives for his funeral at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec.

into dangerous scrapes that required old-fashioned rescues. Kidder had many of the movies' most memorable lines, including "You've got me?! Who's got you?!" when she first encountered the costumed hero as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building. Marvel Studios President

Kevin Feige called the moment "the best cinematic superhero save in the history of film" at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event honoring Donner last year. Kidder and Reeve were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts in the first of the films in 1978, which also included big names Gene Hackman

and Marlon Brando. Kidder and Reeve went on to star in three more "Superman" movies, the fourth and last in 1987. She said she and Reeve, who died in 2004, were like brother and sister, both in their affection and animosity for each other. "We quarreled all the time," Kidder said May 9 in an interview on radio sta-

tion WWJ in Detroit, where she had been scheduled to appear at Motor City Comic Con later this month. "The crew would be embarrassed. They would look away. Then we'd play chess or something because we were also really good friends." Both would remain known almost entirely for their "Superman" roles, and struggled to find other major parts. Kidder also had a small part in 1975's "The Great Waldo Pepper" with Robert Redford, and starred as conjoined twins in Brian De Palma's 1973 "Sisters," and as the mother of a terrorized family opposite James Brolin in 1979's "The Amityville Horror." B-movie buffs say 1974's "Black Christmas," with Kidder as a sorority sister, is a must-watch. "It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she's fantastic in it," comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani said on Twitter Monday. That struggle became public in 1996 when she was found dazed and filthy in a yard not far from the studio where she once filmed parts of "Superman."q

Fox to add Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing' to fall lineup By LYNN ELBER NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing," canceled last year by ABC, is being resurrected by Fox next season because it's a "great comedy" and not as a conservative statement, Fox executives said Monday. Some fans may be drawn to the family sitcom because of Allen's personal political views, but they "aren't really a big feature of the show," Fox Television Group executive Gary Newman said. "We just think it's a really funny show" with general appeal, he said in announcing the network's 2018-19 schedule with fellow chairman and CEO Dana Walden. The success of the rebooted "Roseanne" on ABC emboldened Fox to revive "Last Man Standing," which

is produced by its studio, but the decision was already in the works, Walden said. The network needed to find the right spot for it, she said. Fox made room for Allen's comedy and more, canceling a total of five shows including "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," ''The Last Man on Earth," ''The Mick," ''Lucifer" and "The Exorcist." NBC quickly picked up "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Fox will introduce an equal number of shows next season, including "The Cool Kids," an ensemble comedy about rebellious friends in a retirement community. The stars include David Alan Grier, Martin Mull and Vicki Lawrence. Walden said that after a five-season run by "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the network didn't have the right place

to put it. But Fox was aware others were interested in the show and is "happy" it found a home, she said. The network and producers went to last-minute extremes to keep "Lethal Weapon" in the lineup, bringing Seann William Scott ("American Pie") onboard to co-star with Damon Wayans. Scott replaces Clayne Crawford, reportedly fired because of repeated outbursts on the set. Fox and other broadcast networks are presenting their new schedules to advertisers in New York this week. The Fox executives said they are counting on the addition of football on Thursday night, in addition to its Sunday games, to help boost its new and returning shows. Terry Brad-

In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Tim Allen speaks onstage at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center, in Pasadena, Calif. Associated Press

shaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will host the pregame show. The network has ground to make up in ratings: Fox is averaging 5 million viewers in prime time this season,

down 17 percent from 6 million last year. Among its competitors, CBS is averaging 9 million, down 8 percent from 9.7 million, while ABC is 6.1 million, down 1 percent from 6.2 million.q


Tuesday 15 May 2018


With exposes, book and TV deals, Farrow on run of a lifetime By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps the least surprising aspect of The New Yorker magazine's story on abuse allegations against New York's attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow's name on it as one of the authors. Farrow has been on a headspinning run that started in October with an expose on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, for which he shared a Pulitzer Prize with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times. The 30-year-old journalist has since written about Israeli operatives collecting information on former Obama aides, the National Enquirer buying stories to keep them quiet, a Playboy model's story of an affair with President Donald Trump and Weinstein's intricate efforts to conceal his behavior. He also just released a book on international diplomacy and Rex Tillerson's tenure at the State Department. On Friday, Little, Brown and Co. announced it would publish "Catch and Kill," about efforts to silence women

In this April 22, 2015 file photo, Ronan Farrow attends the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit opening night in New York.

who accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct. Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general accused of physically and verbally abusing former girlfriends, announced his resignation less than four hours after

The New Yorker posted the story, which Farrow cowrote with investigative reporter Jane Mayer. "You could say he has a bright future in journalism," deadpanned Bill Grueskin, a veteran editor and Columbia University professor. Appropriately, the son of actress Mia Farrow and his estranged father, Woody Allen, has a story Hollywood would love, complete with rising from a point where he questioned his career and the investigation that earned him a Pulitzer. (Farrow has not reported on his sister Dylan's allegations

that Allen molested her — which he has denied — but said he's proud of her for making them). Farrow was a boy wonder even before getting into journalism. The future Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate finished Bard College at age 15. He worked for the U.S. state department in the Obama administration and in Nigeria for UNICEF. "I wound up in situations through my work in advocacy and government where I was seeing stories play out that I thought needed telling, sometimes

in tough places where press access was constrained, like Darfur," Farrow explained his turn to journalism, in an email interview with The Associated Press while traveling in Europe last week. "Writing about it was just about the only thing I could do." Print stories led to television work, where Farrow's articulateness and good looks didn't hurt. MSNBC gave him a daytime show, torpedoed by low ratings after a year. Farrow remained at NBC News as a reporter and began working on the Weinstein story. The story matched his skills and persistence, said New Yorker Editor David Remnick. "The heroic figures in these stories are not Ronan Farrow or Jane Mayer or Jodi Kantor or Megan Twohey," he said. "It's the people who put themselves on the line to speak truthfully about what has been so hidden and secretive, and that takes immense courage on their part and, on the part of the reporters, real patience and empathy of the kind that you don't really need when you're doing crime reporting or political reporting." How the Weinstein story wound up at The New Yorker and not on NBC is a well-publicized, if not fully understood story. NBC said that after much work, Farrow's story still wasn't ready for air.q

Her way: 3 new lifestyle books coming from Martha Stewart Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart's next three lifestyle books will be showcases for "the Martha way." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt told The Associated Press on Monday that Stewart's new series would feature her take on everything from entertaining to decorating. The first release, "The Martha Manual," is scheduled for January 2019. In a statement issued through

her publisher, Stewart said the book would be a "go-to resource" for mastering "the Martha way." The magazine publisher and television host has released dozens of books, with recent works including "Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying" and "Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen: Recipes for Weeknight Dinners and Easy, Casual Gatherings."q

In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Martha Stewart attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world in New York.


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Another O'Keeffe emerges for exhibit: Georgia's sister Ida By JAMIE STENGLE DALLAS (AP) — The abstract painting of a lighthouse caught the eye of Dallas Museum of Art curator Sue Canterbury as she visited a private collector about five years ago. Struggling to identify the artist, she walked up to the work and looked at the signature. "I was like everyone else is to whom I speak about her now: 'Ida O'Keeffe?'" Canterbury has spent the ensuing years tracking down the works of renowned artist Georgia O'Keeffe's sister Ida Ten Eyck O'Keeffe. When the exhibit "Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow" opens on Nov. 18 at the Dallas museum it will feature about 30 of her works, and Canterbury still hopes to find more, including the one painting from a series of seven depicting a Cape Cod lighthouse that she hasn't yet located. "It's been really difficult and there are works that I have really great pictures of them, but they've disappeared into collections somewhere and not even dealers can help me find where they are," Canterbury said. Serendipity has played a role in her search. Jewelry designer Neil Lane got

In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, Sue Canterbury, a curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art talks about the Lighthouse series paintings by Ida O'Keeffe during an interview at the DMA in Dallas.

in touch with Canterbury after seeing information about her quest online. He had one of the lighthouse paintings, which he had bought some 25 years ago at a Los Angeles-area flea market. "It was beautiful and well done," Lane said, adding, "It has substance. It wasn't just an amateur." Ida O'Keeffe painted the lighthouse series in 1933 and

kept them with her until her death in 1961 at the age of 71. Canterbury believes the one lighthouse painting she hasn't been able to find — the first and most realistic of the abstract series — is probably in California. After Ida O'Keeffe died in Whittier, near Los Angeles, her artwork went to her sister Claudia O'Keeffe, who lived nearby. After Claudia

O'Keeffe died in 1984, Ida O'Keeffe's works began to trickle out into the public. One notable difference between Georgia and Ida O'Keeffe was the time they were able to spend focused on their art. Georgia benefited from the support of the man who eventually became her husband, the acclaimed photographer and gallery owner Alfred

Stieglitz. Ida O'Keeffe, a professionally trained artist who got a master's in fine arts from Columbia University, squeezed in creating art and exhibiting it while working a series of jobs that included teaching art at schools and working as a nurse. "There were no saviors for Ida," Canterbury said. "Accounts say Ida said to Georgia on more than one occasion: 'I'd be famous, too, if I'd have had a Stieglitz,' which drove Georgia nuts." The sisters grew apart after Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America’s most successful artists by the mid-1920s, didn’t support her sister’s artistic endeavors. “She didn’t want anyone riding on her name — the other O’Keeffe sister — and that’s the way all the dealers were positioning it,” Canterbury said. Barbara Buhler Lynes, a leading Georgia O’Keeffe scholar and former curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, said Georgia O’Keeffe discouraged other family members from trying to become artists. “It was very difficult for a woman to be recognized as an important artist,” Lynes said.q

Jennifer Castle is amid ghosts on 'Angels of Death' By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press Jennifer Castle, "Angels of Death" (Paradise of Bachelors) There are excellent records about death, dying, grief and goodbyes — from Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night" and David Bowie's "Blackstar" to The Antlers' "Hospice" and Gord Downie's "Introduce Yerself." Jennifer Castle's "Angels of Death" is an ethereal, deeply poetic take on the subject — nimble, sure-footed and beautifully written and performed. On Castle's third record under her own name — she used to go by Castlemusic — death appears as or is connected to song, muses, angels, messages on the

radio and more. The sounds are mix of country and folk with a dash of pop, reflective but with a dynamic that shields even the sadder passages from too much darkness. "Texas" is about visiting a dying grandmother whose eyes remind the protagonist of her own dead father. She wants to reach him through her tune but she's also got something more worldly in mind — "Send a lover/up to my bedroom when you can." "Grim Reaper" is prefaced by a long silence and a gradual buildup of sound. Even though Castle sings "It's not that I'm afraid at night/To meet the one who hold the scythe," it's seems she's not in any rush to con-

front him, either. Other highlights include piano-led opener "Tomorrow's Mourning" and the Cowboy Junkies-like title track, as well as the stunning "Crying Shame," which John Lennon might have written during his Plastic Ono Band days for Roy Orbison. Near the end, "Tonight the Evening" tries to find messages from beyond on the radio dial and its extended coda, a bit like Joni Mitchell's "Dreamland," includes a string section that helps it develop into a hypnotic swirl. Amid the ghosts, Castle's sublime songs, crystalline voice and the integrity of her delivery carry "Angels of Death" to the brighter side of life.q

This cover image released by Paradise of Bachelors shows "Angels of Death," a new release by Jennifer Castle.


Tuesday 15 May 2018

Race is on to set up Europe's electric car charging network By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer MUNICH (AP) — Charging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it's working. In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations. The idea is to let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way — from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland. Much is at stake for the automakers, which include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Ford. Their joint venture, Munich-based Ionity, is pushing to roll out its network in time to service the next generation of battery-only cars coming on the market starting next year. They're aiming to win back some of the market share for electric luxury car sales lost to Tesla, which has

In this Friday, May 11, 2018 photo a Ionity charging station sits at the rest stop Brohltal Ost at the A61 motorway in Niederzissen, Germany. Assoiciated Press

Associated Press in an interview he's "confident" the company will reach its goal of 400 ultra-fast charging stations averaging six charging places each by 2020. The idea is "to be able to drive long distances with battery electric vehicles,

said, speaking at the company's Munich headquarters near the 1972 Olympic stadium. The idea is to break electric cars out of the early adopter niche, in which they are charged slowly overnight at home and used for short commutes.

In this Friday, May 11, 2018 photo a man charges his BMW electric vehicle at the rest stop Brohltal Ost at the A61 motorway in Niederzissen, Germany.

its own, proprietary fastcharging network. Despite a slower-than-expected start, Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch told The

across Europe and to have the same experience at each station, meaning a very easy and comfortable customer journey," Hajesch

"The sites we are looking for are really the A-sites," he said, "directly at the autobahn. Not down the road, not driving five kilometers

into the next industrial area and finding a charging station somewhere, without light, or any amenities around, but right at the autobahn." "If you're going from Hamburg to Munich, because it's a weekend trip to friends, typically you do not have much time," he said. So what counts will be "the speed of recharging your vehicles, and at the same time finding maybe some amenities: maybe a coffee, getting a newspaper or whatever." Ionity opened its first station April 17 at a rest stop off the A61 highway near the small town of Niederzissen, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Bonn in western Germany. The six high-speed chargers are operating in "welcome mode," meaning they're free until May 31. After that, Ionity plans to charge for the power, which it seeks to obtain from renewable sources. Ionity has agreements for some 300 sites, working with fueling station and rest stop landlords. The average distance between stations will be 120 kilometers (75 miles). More charging availability is what it will take to get an environmentally aware car buyer like Rainer Hoedt to choose a battery-only ve-

hicle. The 58-year-old Berlin geography teacher is a proud owner of a Mitsubishi Outlander, a plug-in hybrid that combines internal combustion with a battery he can charge overnight. The battery-only range of 50 kilometers (30 miles) lets him drive emissions free for daily trips at home. But a family vacation of more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) to the Baltic Sea was a different story. Hoedt had to drive on internal combustion before finding a lone charging station as he approached his destination, using the website. "It was right next to the highway, there was one charging station and we were lucky that it was free," he said. But he couldn't find a charging station he could use by the seashore. On the way back, he was able to charge at a rest stop, but only by asking a non-electric car owner to move his vehicle away from the lone charging pole. A battery-only car might never have made it home. And he couldn't use one to visit his cousin 650 kilometers (400 miles) away in Rosenheim. "I looked at the option... The infrastructure is still so bad, I just don't want to risk that I get stranded," he said. "Once the infrastructure gets better, that might be my next car." Tesla has shown how charging infrastructure can drive vehicle sales. It has 1,229 stations with 9,623 fast chargers in Europe alone, where it has cut into Mercedes and BMW's sales of luxury cars. But it has its own proprietary plug. Ionity is using the CCS plug backed by the European Union as a common standard for all. In both the U.S. and Europe, the situation is roughly similar: More chargers available in jurisdictions where government strongly backs electric vehicles, such as California, Norway or the Netherlands. Elsewhere, chargers get can harder to find for long stretches along rural highways. q

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