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Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kennedy sought last year for the FBI to change the classification level of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server in a proposed bargain described as a “quid pro quo” that would have allowed the FBI to deploy more agents in foreign countries, according to internal FBI records released Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

FBI, State Dept. Official Say No Talk of Email Quid Pro Quo  MICHAEL BIESECKER ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A now-retired FBI agent and a State Department official involved in a discussion over the classification of in-

formation in one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails said Tuesday they had discussed mutual agency requests but had not linked the two as a bargain, as another FBI employee had reported.

The two men’s accounts of a 2015 conversation were not identical and will likely not calm the furor over allegations of the State Department trying to arrange a “quid pro quo” to reduce the classification of an

email from Clinton’s private server in exchange for more FBI positions at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. The issue was thrust into the presidential campaign Monday when the FBI published documents containing the al-

legation, which has been seized upon by Republican lawmakers and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Continued on page 4


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Iraqi advance on Mosul slows after day of fighting  BALINT SZLANKO QASSIM ZAHRA Associated Press GWER, Iraq (AP) — The pace of operations slowed Tuesday in the fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, as Iraqi forces advancing to the east and south of the city began pushing toward larger villages and encountering ci-

have mobilized for the Mosul fight, a massive operation that’s expected to take weeks, if not months. Iraq’s second largest city is still home to more than a million people and humanitarian groups have warned that up to a million could be forced to flee, unleashing a large scale humanitarian crisis.

and heavy artillery. “We are just holding our positions,” said Col. Khathar Sheikhan, of the peshmerga. “The Iraqi army will now advance past our arenas of control.” “We have achieved our objectives,” he said. In Washington, President Barack Obama said retaking Mosul will require a “dif-

Smoke rises from Islamic state positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The pace of operations slowed on Tuesday as Iraqi forces began pushing toward larger villages and encountering civilian populations on the second day of a massive operation to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)

vilian populations. Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, also known as the peshmerga, largely paused their advance, according to commanders stationed along the front to Mosul’s east, consolidating gains from the previous day. Iraqi army forces advanced to the south and east of Mosul, reaching the outskirts al-Hamdaniyah, a historically Christian town also known as Bakhdida and Qaraqosh that was once home to tens of thousands, east of Mosul. On the southern front, Iraq’s federal police pushed toward up to the town of al-Houd, still home to hundreds of people, according to estimates from the United Nations. Iraqi army Lt. Col. Mohammed Shaker said alHamdaniyah had been surrounded and his forces had retaken six other villages over the past two days. More than 25,000 troops

“The operation is going according to schedule and we have been very successful,” said Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Qassim Al-Maliki. “The enemy is pulling back but they are leaving small mobile units behind, each composed of three to four persons, and we are mopping them up.” Monday, Kurdish forces had retaken some 200 square kilometers (80 square miles), according to Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region. Peshmerga commanders on the ground estimated they retook nine villages and pushed the front line with IS back eight kilometers (five miles). The front line east of Mosul is now some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the city. Tuesday morning, those front lines were largely quiet, a day after Iraqi Kurdish forces advanced amid a barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes

ficult fight.” He said there would be advances and setbacks, but that driving IS from the city “will be another step toward their ultimate destruction.” Speaking at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama said a top priority was the safety and humanitarian aid for the approximately 1 million people who still live in Mosul and could suffer during the fighting. A spokesman for the U.S.led coalition had earlier said the operation was proceeding as planned and that Iraqi forces were making “excellent progress.” “There’s no pause in efforts to liberate Mosul. Troops are on the move on various axes of advance toward the city,” said Col. John Dorrian. “Some commanders have reached their objectives ahead of schedule after encountering light-tomoderate resistance.”q

Iran sentences Iranian-American, his father each to 10 years prison  AMIR VAHDAT JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian-American businessman and his father have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, a state-run judicial news agency reported Tuesday, the latest dual nationals imprisoned since the nuclear deal. The announcement by the Mizan news agency came a day after it released footage of businessman Siamak Namazi. The video highlighted recent tensions between Iran and the U.S. and was a sign of the power still wielded by hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. The Mizan report said Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF representative who once served as governor of Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province under the U.S.-backed shah, were convicted of “cooperating with the hostile American government.” It did not elaborate. A Namazi family statement posted online described the sentences as “beyond comprehension.” “My father has been handed practically a death sentence and it will be a criminal act by me, his only able son, not to fight for my father’s life and freedom as well as that (of) my brother,” wrote another son, Babak Namazi. The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by reports of the sentencing. “We join recent calls by international organizations and UN human rights experts for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Iran, including Siamak and Baquer Namazi, so that they can return to their families,” said a State Department spokesman, Mark Toner. UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, expressed “deep sadness and personal concern” over the sentence of Baquer Namazi. “The entire UNICEF family are deeply concerned for his health and well-being,” UNICEF said. “Baquer has been a humanitarian all his life. We appeal for his release on humanitarian grounds.” The Mizan report said Nizar Zakka, a U.S. permanent resident from Lebanon, also received a 10-year prison sentence. His supporters had earlier told The Associated Press about the sentence, though the Mizan report was the first official Iranian confirmation of it. It said two others had been convicted as well, without naming them or identifying their nationalities. Later Tuesday, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying three Iranians were sentenced to 10-years imprisonment for “espionage and cooperating with the U.S. government.” He named them as Farhad Abdesaleh, Kamran Ghaderi and Alireza Omidvar, without elaborating. It was unclear if they had lawyers or if they were among the two previously mentioned by Mizan. The Namazi family fled after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but appears to have kept business ties in Iran, and the younger Namazi traveled back several times. He also wrote several articles calling for improved ties between Iran and the U.S., and urging Iranian-Americans to act as a bridge between the rival governments. Still, Siamak Namazi’s efforts raised suspicions among hard-liners in Iran. In May 2015, a hard-line Iranian website called Fardanews specifically pointed to him in a highly critical article, accusing him of being part of efforts to allow the West to infiltrate Iran.q


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‘Stop whining,’ Obama tells Trump, chiding for fraud talk  KEVIN FREKING KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — “Stop whining,” President Barack Obama rebuked Donald Trump on Tuesday, speaking out as seldom before on next month’s election and chiding the Republican for sowing suspicion about the integrity of America’s presidential vote. Obama also accused Trump of cozying up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin to a degree “unprecedented in American politics.” The president said Trump’s intensifying pre-emptive warnings about voter fraud are unheard of in modern politics. The rhetoric is not based on any evidence, Obama said, but is simply aimed at discrediting the outcome before the first votes are counted. “You start whining before the game is even over?” Obama said at a Rose Garden news conference. “If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else — then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.” Campaigning in Colorado, the GOP candidate repeated his assertions about “corrupt” elections but did not respond directly to the president. Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington, and for the first time promised to push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. The president’s remarks came as Trump and his Republican allies look for ways to regain momentum after a damaging few weeks in the campaign. Heading into the third and final debate Wednesday night, Trump is trailing in the polls and running out of time for a comeback before Nov. 8. Obama waded into the race to elect a successor, speaking at the White House where he was hosting his final state visit. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at his side, the president initially said he would pull his punches when it came to politics, respecting the official setting. But

President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington. “Stop whining,” President Barack Obama rebuked Donald Trump on Tuesday, speaking out as seldom before on next month’s election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

when he was asked about Trump’s rhetoric, he hardly held back. “I would invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” he said. The GOP candidate has ramped up warnings about potential fraud. That’s drawing criticism not only from Democrats but from his own party, particularly the state and county officials who run local elections, who fear the rhetoric will give losers license to dispute any results. “They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booth, where so many cities are corrupt and you see that and voter fraud is all too common,” Trump said at a rally in Colorado Springs. Independent studies and election officials in both parties say they see no evidence that voter fraud — individuals impersonating others to cast ballots — is a widespread problem. Asked about Trump’s claims on Tuesday, running mate Mike Pence dodged and suggested Trump’s point actually was about the “overwhelming bias in the national media.” Pence spoke after touring the burned-out offices of the Republican Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The GOP office was fire-

bombed over the weekend in what Pence called an “act of political terrorism.” Trump pointed at Clinton supporters, but Pence did not assign blame. Police are investigating. Clinton held no public events Tuesday while she prepared for the debate. She has her own troubles and is certain to be asked about the latest revelations involving her  use  of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. New FBI documents released Monday revived questions about whether she received classified information and whether State Department allies sought to protect her from criticism over the email arrangement.q

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FBI, State Dept. official say no talk of email quid pro quo  Continued from Front

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colo. A now-retired FBI agent and a State Department official involved in a discussion over the classification of information in one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails said Tuesday they had discussed mutual agency requests but had not linked the two as a bargain, as another FBI employee had reported. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In a statement released by the State Department, Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said he had called the agent, who was not named in the FBI documents but was identified by The Washington Post as Brian McCauley, “to better understand a proposal the FBI had made to upgrade one of former Secretary Clinton’s emails prior to its public release.” Kennedy said he and other State Department officials wanted an explanation of the upgrade, which they believed was unnecessary. “The FBI official I spoke to raised the topic of FBI Iraq slots as an entirely separate matter,” Kennedy said. “The two matters were not linked. There was no quid pro quo, nor was there any bargaining. At no point in our conversation was I under the impression we were bargaining. In the end, State upgraded the email at the FBI’s request and in addition, no increase in FBI Iraq slots resulted from this conversation.” Kennedy was a close aide to Clinton during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat between 2009 and early 2013. He had served in his position since November 2007, under President George W. Bush. In his statement, he denied any political motive in making the call. In an interview with The Washington Post, McCauley, the former FBI international operations official, recalled a 2015 phone call in which he said the two men each raised something that they wanted. “He said: ‘Brian. Pat Kennedy. I need a favor,’” McCauley told the Post.

“I said: ‘Good, I need a favor. I need our people back in Baghdad.” According to McCauley’s account, Kennedy replied: “There’s an email. I don’t believe it has to be classified.” McCauley acknowledged to the Post that he had agreed to do a favor for Kennedy, but he said that after consulting with another FBI official about the email in question, he told Kennedy that he was unable to help him. McCauley did not immediately respond to a phone message left in the mailbox of a company, Brainwave Science, that named him to its advisory board earlier this year. The use of the phrase “quid pro quo” actually arises in a separate interview with a different FBI official from the bureau’s records management division. That official, whose name is redacted in the documents, relayed to the FBI a conversation between Kennedy and a colleague in the international operations division — presumably McCauley — that was characterized as a “quid pro quo” agreement to change the email’s classification status in exchange for allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are currently forbidden, according to a summary of the interview. The email in question described reports in November 2012 that Libyan police were arresting suspects in the attack on  U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. It had been forwarded to Clinton’s private email address by Jake Sullivan, one of her top aides and the department’s director of policy planning, who was using his government email account.q


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In Colorado, Trump calls for congressional term limits  JILL COLVIN Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he’ll push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress if he’s elected to the White House. The proposal, announced at rallies in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, came as the GOP nominee sharpened his focus on cracking down on government corruption. The Republican presidential nominee said he would propose a six-year limit for members of the House and a 12-year limit for members of the Senate. “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special-interest dealing, must and will come to an end,” he said. “We have to break the cycle of corruption.” Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, served 12 years, or six terms, in the House. In recent days Trump has added to a list of proposed ethics reforms, including prohibiting executive branch officials and members of Congress and their staffs from lobbying the government for five years after they leave office. He

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

has also proposed expanding the definition of lobbyist and banning senior executive branch officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments at any time in their lives. Trump has increasingly lashed out at congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and criticized members of the GOP who have declined to support his bid.q

Pence visits firebombed office, defends ‘rigged’ election claims  BILL BARROW Associated Press HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence is condemning the firebombing of a North Carolina Republican campaign office as an “act of political terrorism.” The Indiana governor made a surprise stop Tuesday at the Orange County Republican headquarters, encouraging local GOP officials and volunteers as he stood among stacks of Donald Trump campaign signs left charred by a Molotov cocktail. “An attack on our political system is an attack on  us  all,” Pence told reporters outside the office. He praised Trump support-

ers for their “courage” and “resilience” and added, “We will not be intimidated.” Pence visited the office, located on the outskirts of the Raleigh-Durham area, on his way to two other events in the state. He’s delivering recovery supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims in Wilmington and headlining a campaign rally in Fayetteville. North Carolina is a must-win state for the Trump, with the New York billionaire having no realistic path to the required 270 electoral votes if he doesn’t win here. Authorities are still investigating the firebombing, which happened some time overnight Saturday into Sunday. No one was injured.q

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2 slain California police officers remembered at memorial

The casket of Jose “Gil” Vega is taken from the hearse by Palm Spring Police Department personnel in Palm Spring, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Thousands of people gathered in California to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran just months from retirement who were shot to death in what authorities called an ambush by a gang member. (Kurt Miller/The Press-Enterprise via AP)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away from retirement who were shot to death in what authorities called an ambush by a gang member. Relatives and a co-worker told officers from across the country and other mourn-

ers that Palm Springs police officer Jose “Gil” Vega, 63, loved coffee and doughnuts, golf and telling jokes — and above all, public service. Lesley Zerebny, 27, was remembered as a dedicated new officer passionate about helping others and with a promising law enforcement career ahead of her.

The youngest of Vega’s eight children, 8-year-old Vanessa, addressed the 10,000 people who converged on the Palm Springs Convention Center for the memorial service. “He will always stay in our hearts,” she said of her father. “Even though we can’t see him doesn’t mean he can’t see us.” Authorities say the officers

were responding to a domestic disturbance call on Oct. 8 when a 26-year-old ex-convict opened fire with an AR-15 rifle through a metal screen door at his family’s home. The deaths have rocked the tight-knit resort town 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Residents have left scores of bouquets, balloons and notes outside the police station and have sold T-shirts to raise money for the officers’ families. Suspect John Felix has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. He is being held without bail and prosecutors have not yet said if they will seek the death penalty. At the memorial service, Zerebny’s smiling picture was adorned with flowers and Vega’s coffin was draped with an American flag. Andrew Vega said his uncle was born poor and served as a role model for him and other young Latinos. The officer told his nephew to set a good example when he set out to become a teacher years ago. “I can only hope that my students looked at me the way I looked at him: sturdy, strong and an image

of what is possible in this country,” Vega said. Zerebny had recently returned to patrol duty after giving birth to a now-4month-old daughter. She came from a law enforcement family and as a child was a spirited prankster who loved to pick up rats, lizards and even snakes with her hands, said California Highway Patrol Chief Tom McCreary, a family friend. As an adult, she smoked cigars and shot guns with male friends. And as a new mother, she relished seeing her infant daughter gaze into her eyes for the first time, said Palm Springs police detective and friend, Chris Jaeger. “I keep wishing this were all not real, that I could just wake up from this nightmare,” he said. It has been tense year for police as officers have been shot to death in other cities including Lancaster, California, Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooting in Palm Springs marked the first killings of police in the line of duty in more than 50 years for the city of 47,000 people known as warm and welcoming to tourists, retirees, gays and lesbians.q

Kansas man accused in failed Army base bomb plot sentenced  JOHN HANNA Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for helping a wouldbe jihadist’s unsuccessful plan to plant what they thought was a bomb at an Army base. Alexander Blair, 29, also was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. He was accused of

loaning $100 to 21-year-old John T. Booker Jr. to store what they thought was an explosive device; prosecutors said Booker intended to detonate it outside Fort Riley in northeast Kansas in support of the Islamic State group. The device was a fake bomb built by FBI informants. Blair pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in May, and U.S. District Judge Dan-

iel Crabtree said from the bench that he regretted that federal anti-terrorism laws required him to treat Blair as if Blair had multiple previous criminal conventions despite Blair’s previously “spotless” record. The judge also said he concluded — as Blair’s attorney had argued — that an unusual genetic personality condition made Blair “susceptible” to manipulation

by Booker. Prosecutors had pushed for the maximum five-year prison sentence, but Crabtree said it would be too harsh for Blair’s relatively small role in the conspiracy. Yet the judge also rejected the defense’s request for five years’ probation, saying it would not be enough punishment when Blair “understood the connection” between his loan and

Booker’s attempt to bomb the Army base. “The sad truth is that Mr. Blair pleaded guilty to joining a conspiracy that had a catastrophic consequence,” Crabtree said. Blair’s family later posted a statement online saying it is “heartbroken.” The statement said Blair “in no way deserves what is coming” and could be seriously harmed by time in prison.q


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US Financial Front:

A surprisingly high number of first-timers now buying homes 

Town homes stand under construction as a pedestrian walks along the BeltLine in Atlanta. First-time buyers may be entering the U.S. home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed. Nearly half of sales in the past year went to people who were buying their first home, according to a survey released Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, by the real estate firm Zillow. That’s a much higher proportion of the market than other industry estimates had indicated. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the U.S. housing market looked bleak for young couples hoping to buy their first homes but struggling with high student debt, low pay and meager downpayment savings. But a new survey by the real estate firm Zillow suggests that first-time buyers may be entering the market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed. Over the past year, the survey found, nearly half of home sales have gone to first-timers. That’s a much higher proportion than some other industry estimates had indicated. And it comes as a surprise in part because ownership rates for adults under 34 are at their lowest levels since the government began tracking the figure in 1994. Zillow’s survey results suggest that the trend is shifting, and that some of this year’s growth in home sales has come from a wave of college-educated couples in their 30s, who are the most common first-time buyers. They are people like Natasja Handy, a 32-year-old lawyer and new mother. She and her husband, a doctor, are about to close on their first home in the Northeast section of Washington, D.C. — a row house with about 1,900 square

feet that cost $720,000. The couple worked with brokers at Redfin and made a 5 percent down payment after having lost two bids on other homes. “We waited a very long time to purchase our first house,” Handy said. “We’ve always felt like we were giving someone else our money, instead of putting it into something we own.” In suburban Minneapolis, few first-time buyers have enough savings for a down payment, and many rely on gifts or loans from relatives, said Marcus Johannes, an agent with Edina Realty. If the pattern in Zillow’s survey holds, it could raise hopes that today’s vast generation of 18-to-34year-old millennials will help support the housing market as more of them move into their 30s. The 168-page report that Seattle-based Zillow released Tuesday also found that home ownership is increasingly the domain of the college-educated. And it reported that older Americans who are looking to downsize are paying premiums for smaller houses. Here’s a breakdown of Zillow’s key findings: — Forty-seven percent of purchases in the past year went to first-time buyers. Their median age was 33. By contrast, surveys from the National Association

of Realtors have indicated that first-timers account for only about 32 percent of buyers. The difference between the two surveys may stem from their methodologies. The NAR has used a mailbased survey for its annual figures. Zillow used an online survey that might have generated a greater response rate from younger buyers. Zillow’s findings might help explain a persistent shortage of homes for sale: Unlike move-up buyers, first-time purchasers don’t have a home to list for sale, thereby depriving the market of supply. Adam DeSanctis, an NAR spokesman, noted that his

organization’s own survey, due out later this month, will show a rising share of first-time buyers, though it will remain below the historical average of 39 percent that’s prevailed since the organization began tracking this figure in 1982. DeSanctis noted that government figures show home ownership among young adults remain at its lowest level in history, which is why his organization is skeptical that nearly half of sales go to first-time buyers. — No college? Dwindling chance of homeownership It’s become harder to realize the dream of home ownership without a college degree. Sixty-two percent of buyers have at

least a four-year college degree. Census figures show that just 33 percent of the U.S. adults graduated from college. The gap between the education levels of homebuyers and the broader U.S. population indicates that workers with only a high school degree are becoming less likely to own a home. In 1986, just 12 percent of homeowners were college graduates, according to government figures. — Millennial home buyers are increasingly Hispanic Out of the 74 million U.S. households that own their homes, a sizable majority — 77 percent — are white. But these demographics are changing fast. q


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French court OKs Calais migrant camp closure, amid NGO fears  CORENTIN ESCAILLET Associated Press CALAIS, France (AP) — A French court on Tuesday rejected a request by aid groups to delay the closure of the migrant camp in Calais, allowing authorities to clear out its thousands of residents in the coming weeks. French authorities are gradually relocating or deporting the 6,000 to 10,000 migrants from the

camp, also known as “the jungle.” No date has been set for a large-scale clearout operation, but the government has promised to shut it down by the start of winter. Several aid groups filed an emergency request last week to postpone the closure, arguing that authorities aren’t ready to relocate its residents. A Lille court rejected the request Tuesday, according to

Pierre Henry of aid group Terre d’Asile. Charity groups warn that many of the migrants don’t want to stay in France and may set up camp elsewhere to continue trying to cross the English Channel to Britain. The head of the local administration, prefect Fabienne Buccio, welcomed the court decision. She said the government has

secured 4,400 places for Calais’ migrants in towns around France so far, and that French and British authorities would speed up efforts to transfer underage migrants to Britain. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve also hailed the decision, and pledged that each person in the camp would be given clear information about their choices and offered “humanitar-

ian” shelter. “France is a great nation,” he said. “Its history, its tradition and its values demand that we offer solutions for these men, women and children who were thrown onto paths of exile by war and persecution, and who reached Calais in the illusion of a passage to Great Britain promised by cynical players in the traffic of human beings.”q

Tiny Belgian region holds up EU-Canada trade deal  RAF CASERT Associated Press LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A small region in Belgium will be standing up to the united might of the 28 European Union leaders this week, knowing its decision to reject a huge trade deal between the EU and Canada will bring the whole transAtlantic agreement down. Thanks to Belgium’s byzantine political system, Wallonia, a francophone region of 3.5 million people, has the power to force the national government to withhold its support for the trade deal, which was already backed by the rest of the EU. It used that power Tuesday — and since the agreement needs unanimity among  EU  states, the issue must now be tackled by the bloc’s leaders at a summit starting Thursday. “We stand alone,” said Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, himself a firm backer of the deal with a majority of Belgians. “We have an agreement of 27 member states. I can even say 27.5 or 27.6.” If Wallonia’s reservations

Protestors hold inflatable letters as they demonstrate outside a meeting venue of EU trade ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. European Union trade ministers meet Tuesday to discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

are not dealt with then, an EU-Canada summit and the official signing ceremony scheduled for Oct. 27 would have to be canceled, leaving Belgium — and Europe — red-faced with embarrassment. “It is a very important moment not only for a very important  EU  policy, foreign

trade, but also for Belgium,” said Reynders. Wallonia, with a population of 3.5 million, wants more guarantees to protect its farmers and Europe’s high labor, environmental and consumer standard. It also fears the agreement will allow huge multinationals — first from Canada, later

from the United States, if a similar deal with Washington follows — that would crush small Walloon enterprises and their way of life. Proponents say the deal would yield billions in added trade through tariff cuts and other measures to lower barriers to commerce. At the same time, the EU says

it will keep in place the region’s strong safeguards on social, environmental and labor issues. Wallonia’s rejection left many stumped, even within Belgium, wondering how such a small region could have such an impact on a deal between over 500 million  EU  citizens and 35 million Canadians. “If we don’t agree with Canada, with whom are we going to agree? I don’t understand,” said Slovak Economics Minister Peter Ziga, who chaired Tuesday’s meeting. “Quite frankly, I cannot imagine that the final stumbling block would be Belgium,” Ziga said, recalling the nation’s free trade credentials and its cultural proximity to Canada, another multilingual country with much francophone influence.Tuesday’s initial deadline for the so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada was missed after Wallonia Minister President Paul Magnette raised objections. “We will need a few more days,” he said late Monday.q

Former Italian premier Monti comes out against referendum  COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Mario Monti came out Tuesday against a constitutional referendum on which the government’s current leader has staked his future, lending weight to the “no” campaign seeking to force early elections. Premier Matteo Renzi has said he would resign if the

referendum fails, and opposition politicians and dissenters in Renzi’s own Democratic Party have come out strongly against the ballot question in a bid to challenge his nearly threeyear-old government. Renzi has been campaigning hard to pass the measures, which he says will simplify bureaucracy and make the country more

competitive. Monti’s unexpected swipe came as the Italian premier was being feted in Washington by President Barack Obama for the last state dinner of his presidency. At a joint news conference with Renzi, Obama said the U.S. supported the referendum, “because we believe that it will help accelerate Italy’s path towards a more

vibrant, dynamic economy, as well as a more responsive political system.” Renzi said that he fully expected that the “yes” vote would win, but added, “I don’t believe there will be cataclysms in the case that no wins. But to avoid doubts, I prefer to do everything to win the referendum.” Monti said in an interview published Tuesday in Corriere

della Sera newspaper that the reforms proposed in the Dec. 4 referendum do not go far enough and he downplayed the risk of major political and economic problems in case the ballot question fails. Monti’s popularity plummeted after his 2011-2013 term at the head of a government of technocrats, but he remains influential abroad.q


Wednesday 19 October

Russia, Syria halt Aleppo airstrikes ahead of 8-hour lull  V. ISACHENKOV B. MROUE Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Syrian warplanes halted their airstrikes on  Syria’s  besieged city of Aleppo on Tuesday in preparation for a temporary pause in the military push that Moscow has announced for later in the week, the Russian defense minister said. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the halt in the strikes should help pave way for militants to leave the eastern rebelheld parts of the contested city. Both Russian and Syrian air raids on the northern city of Aleppo were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Shoigu said. He described the suspension as a precursor for the opening of humanitarian corridors. Moscow on Monday announced a “humanitarian pause” between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday to allow civilians and militants safe passage out of the city. At that time, Russian and Syrian militaries will halt

A destroyed ambulance is seen outside the Syrian Civil Defense main center after airstrikes in Ansari neighborhood in the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Russian and Syrian warplanes halted their airstrikes on Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo on Tuesday in preparation for a temporary pause in the military push that Moscow has announced for later in the week, the Russian defense minister said. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

any offensive actions. Syrian rebels, including alQaida militants, as well as the wounded and the sick will be allowed to leave to the neighboring rebel-held province of Idlib. “The early halting of airstrikes is necessary to declare a ‘humanitarian

pause’,” Shoigu said in a televised statement. “It will ... guarantee a safe exit of civilians through six corridors and prepare for the evacuation of the ill and the wounded from the eastern part of Aleppo.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry

Peskov, said the halt in the airstrikes was a goodwill gesture to pave the way for Thursday’s pause. “The Russian military is offering yet another chance, and we hope that our partners will allow us all to take advantage of that,” Peskov said.

The United Nations said Russia has communicated plans for two eight-hour cease-fires in rebel-held parts of Aleppo over “consecutive days” this week. Spokesman Jens Laerke of U.N. humanitarian coordinator OCHA said in Geneva the agency needs assurances from all sides that fighting will stop before it can provide humanitarian assistance to the city. Moscow made no mention of such a pause on Friday. The reasons for such a discrepancy were not immediately clear, and Laerke specified that it would be up to Russia to elaborate its plans. Laerke said the U.N. was not told in advance of the Russian announcement. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said sanctions against Russia over its actions in  Syria  should remain an option. Merkel said she and France’s President Francois Hollande will discuss  Syria  with Putin on the sidelines of a planned meeting on Ukraine in Berlin on Wednesday, but cautioned against expecting “miracles.”q

UN announces agreement on 72-hour Yemen cease-fire  AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire that will take effect shortly before midnight Wednesday, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he hopes the temporary truce can lead to “permanent and lasting end to the con-

flict.” Ahmed said in a statement late Monday that he received assurances from all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities at 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday for an initial period of 72 hours that is subject to renewal. The warring factions agreed to follow the conditions of a temporary April cease-fire agreement, he said. The agreement requires them

to “to allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel” to all parts of Yemen, he said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Yemen’s warring parties to take the necessary measures to implement the cease-fire, “sustain it, and strongly encourage its unconditional renewal.” “We note again that (a)

peaceful resolution of this conflict requires compromises and commitments by everyone,” Kerry said in a statement. “The United States, alongside the international community, is ready to provide assistance and will continue to work with all parties to conclude a negotiated settlement that will bring a permanent and lasting end to the conflict.” The war

in Yemen began in 2014 when Shiite rebels known as Houthis based in the north seized the capital, Sanaa and later swept across much of the poor Arabian Peninsula country with the help of army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In March 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies launched a campaign of airstrikes against the rebels. q


Wednesday 19 October


EU leaders to debate stance on Russia at Brussels summit 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Business Russia Congress in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Just as European Union leaders get ready to consider a tougher approach toward Russia, Vladimir Putin may have outfoxed them. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Just as European Union leaders get ready to consider a tougher approach toward Russia, Vladimir Putin may have outfoxed them. On Tuesday, Russian warplanes halted their airstrikes on Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo in preparation for a temporary truce that Moscow has announced. On

Wednesday, Putin is due in Berlin to discuss efforts toward peace in eastern Ukraine. The Russian president’s latest moves almost certainly will widen divisions in the  EU  on whether to impose harsher penalties on Moscow. Putin has proven to be a master at dividing the Europeans, and no geopolitical challenge has proven more difficult

for the EU than the increasingly unpredictable and threatening neighbor to its east. EU  leaders are supposed to rethink their Russia policy at a Brussels summit beginning Thursday, but few are counting on a united stand. Not that relations are great: Less than three years ago there was talk of more trade and warmer ties; now, there is only a chill.

The low point may have come this month when French President Francois Hollande hinted Russia could face war crimes charges for bombarding Syria’s second city, Aleppo. Putin canceled a scheduled visit to Paris. EUnations found a rare point to rally around, with all 28 saying Monday that the attacks “may amount to war crimes.” Meanwhile, a Dutch-led investigation naming Russia as the source of a mobile missile launcher that shot down a Malaysian jetliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people, has strained ties further. “We are in the deepest crisis since the end of the Cold War in EU-Russia relations at the moment, and we don’t see any breakthrough or fundamental change in this deep loss of trust,” said Stefan Meister, head of the Russia and Eastern Europe program at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Generally speaking, the closer  EU  nations are to Russia, the harder their approach. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, whose country was under Moscow’s control until

Germany to host Ukraine peace summit in Berlin  GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday announced her first summit in over a year with the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents to discuss efforts toward peace in eastern Ukraine, but ratcheted down expectations of any significant progress. Merkel invited Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French

President Francois Hollande to meet in Berlin on Wednesday evening. The meeting comes amid tensions between the West and Russia over Moscow’s military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, which the German and French leaders also plan to address. The 2015 Minsk agreement brokered by France and Germany has helped end largescale battles between Ukrainian troops and proRussia separatists in eastern

Ukraine, but clashes have continued and efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled. “We have not achieved what we wanted to and we are not as far along as we wanted to be,” Merkel told reporters. The four leaders have held sporadic meetings to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine. The last faceto-face encounter was held in Paris on Oct. 2 last year. The decision to hold Wednesday’s meeting in Berlin follows a flurry of tele-

phone diplomacy over the past week. Merkel noted that there are problems on many fronts — on upholding a cease-fire and on political and humanitarian questions. “We said that we must exhaust every possibility to try to make progress,” she said. “It’s about establishing where things stand.” “I would say that we certainly can’t expect miracles from the meeting tomorrow, but it is worth every effort to push ahead with the attempts,” she added.q

1991, tweeted on Monday that the bloc must demonstrate the “guts to speak up & act” toward the Russians. The  EU  already has economic sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, but so far those have not caused a crack in Putin’s stony demeanor. Where the Russian leader finds it easy to impose his will from the inception to the execution of ideas, the  EUneeds unanimity on just about all crucial decisions. That alone stacks the odds hugely in favor of the Kremlin. In a nation famed for its chess champions, Putin knows how to exploit an adversary’s weaknesses on the diplomatic stage. One of the fundamental reasons for the EU’s internal divisions is economic. Unlike the United States, the  EUdepends on Russia for much of its energy, and as a major market for its exports. Due to  EU  sanctions and the retaliatory measures imposed by Russia, trade between Hungary and Russia dropped by nearly half in 2015, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said. He said it is hard to imagine the EU being competitive on the world stage without “the pragmatic rebuilding of cooperation between the  EU  and Russia.” Italy and Slovakia, which now holds the revolving  EU  presidency, also have been reluctant to back harsher sanctions. “It’s been a considerable balancing act to have a coherent European approach toward Russia,” said Quentin Peel, an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. q


Wednesday 19 October

UNESCO adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution 

Israeli UNESCO ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen speaks to the media as he walks out of the meeting room at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. UNESCO’s executive board has approved on Tuesday a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem and that has angered Israel’s government and many Jews around the world. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

THOMAS ADAMSON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — UNESCO’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem — and that has angered Israel’s government and many Jews around the world. The resolution is not expected to have concrete impact on Jerusalem itself, but it aggravated diplomatic tensions around the city and within UNESCO, which is also facing a dispute between Japan and  China  that threatens funding. It’s the latest of several measures at UNESCO over decades that Israelis see as evidence of ingrained antiIsrael bias within the United Nations, where Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters. Israel’s concern has mounted since UNESCO states admitted Palestine as a member in 2011. The resolution, titled “Oc-

cupied Palestine,” lays out rules about the preservation of holy sites in Jerusalem, and uses only the Islamic name for a hilltop compound sacred to both Jews and Muslims. The site includes the Western Wall, a remnant of the biblical temple and the holiest site where Jews can pray. Jews refer to the hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s Old City as the Temple Mount. Muslims refer to it as al-Haram al-Sharif, Arabic for the Noble Sanctuary, and it includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. It is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The board adopted the resolution by consensus Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. A draft form of the resolution had already been approved by a commission last week.

Israel suspended its cooperation with UNESCO over the resolution last week, though it is not clear what programs the suspension will affect. Israel had already suspended its funding to UNESCO when Palestinian membership was approved, along with the United States, which used to provide 22 percent of the agency’s budget. “We won’t negotiate and we won’t take part in these ugly games,” the Israeli ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, told The Associated Press after the ratification. “There is no place for these games in UNESCO. This noble organization was established to preserve history, not to rewrite it.” The longstanding dispute is also linked to Israel’s refusal to grant visas to UNESCO experts to go in the country and assess the level of preservation of the holy sites in Jerusalem. Elias Sanbar, Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO,

told the AP this refusal to allow a UNESCO mission was a “very big problem.” “The aim of the mission was not to say that Israel was an occupying power or not, the whole world knows it,” he told the AP. “The aim was to say: according to the field of competence of UNESCO, are the monuments and historical sites of UNESCO well-preserved, and if restored, well-restored according to the rules of restoration?” On this issue, Shama-Hacohen said “there will not be any mission to Jerusalem under political decisions — with the words ‘occupying power,’ with false allegations of Israel, we will never agree to such a mission. Jerusalem is an open city. Jerusalem is a transparent

city.” Israel and the Palestinian authority are not members of the executive board of UNESCO. Just because UNESCO members adopt such a resolution, doesn’t mean it will lead to major changes on the ground. UNESCO’s leader Irinia Bokova herself opposed the measure, condemning the religious and cultural divisions being played out in the U.N. body that was created in part to further crosscultural understanding. While Bokova runs UNESCO, she has no official control over resolutions, which are sponsored and voted on by the member states. Unlike the U.N., at UNESCO no member state has veto power.q


Wednesday 19 October


Hurricane’s destruction puts schools on hold in Haiti  DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press MERSAN, Haiti (AP) — School always provided a sense of security for 12-year-old Love Manie Simeus. The studious Haitian girl never missed a day of class, often sprinting down the rutted road from her grandmother’s stone-andconcrete shack to arrive before the teachers. But in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, that primary school in the foothills above the city of Les Cayes is no longer a refuge from a life of rural poverty. It’s now her home — jam-packed and disheartening — for the foreseeable future. “I really hope classes can start soon. I don’t want to fall behind,” said Love, who has been sleeping badly next to her grandmother on the hard floor of a crammed classroom in Mersan. She helps cook for a dozen others displaced by the storm and conjugates French verbs in her mind since her schoolbooks are now a wet pulpy mess at her wrecked house. Only a few schools opened despite the fact that Haiti’s central government said classes would begin resuming across the storm-devastated southwest region on Tuesday. Local officials said it will be a long time before that happens.

The government says at least 420 public schools were damaged or destroyed in the storm and many of those that survived with partial damage, like Love’s, are crowded with storm victims who have nowhere else to go. And that figure doesn’t include private schools, which far outnumber public schools in Haiti. “Port-au-Prince keeps saying that schools should

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A small plane that had taken off from Haiti with three people on board has crashed off the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Authorities had preliminar-

ily identified the three people on board as a couple from Tennessee who had been living in the Dominican Republic and a visiting man from Canada but were still working to confirm their names, the director

A cow on a leash grazes outside a public school that was damaged when Hurricane Matthew hit the village of Mersan, located in Camp-Perrin, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The government says at least 420 public schools were damaged or destroyed in the storm and many of those that survived with partial damage are crowded with storm victims who have nowhere else to go. That figure doesn’t include private schools, which far outnumber public schools in Haiti. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

open now, but they aren’t doing a thing to make that happen. We have all these homeless students, many homeless teachers,” said Les Cayes Mayor Jean Gabriel Fortune. It’s been two weeks since the Category 4 hurricane hit Haiti, killing hundreds of people and destroying tens of thousands of flimsy homes, many of them now nothing more than tangles of broken timber and twist-

ed sheet metal. School has been interrupted for more than 100,000 children. Alexis Aniese, a mother of three whose home was wrecked in a slum of Les Cayes, said she desperately wanted classes to resume at her children’s school. But if they do, the family would lose its only shelter: the Dumersais Estime school where her family lives with more than 500 others. “I want them to start class-

es, but at the same time, we need someplace new to live. We don’t have the ability to make that happen on our own,” she said. On the concrete roof of the low-slung concrete complex, young boys sat watching teenagers play soccer, piles of pebbles serving as goalposts. Schnaider Chery, 11, said he had grown weary of his monotonous life in the emergency shelter. The slender boy was anxious he wouldn’t be allowed to return to school because his uniform was taken by Matthew’s winds and his family couldn’t afford to pay a tailor to make another one. “Will they let me back in if I don’t have a uniform anymore?” he asked Associated Press journalists plaintively. Some school-age kids are trying to stay busy playing games. Others spend their days lying sluggishly on wooden school benches next to adults. The most anxious youngsters were going back to sucking their thumbs, while some parents said other kids were fighting more and acting out. Aid workers who specialize in working with children in crisis say they fear kids will struggle with emotional aftershocks of the violent storm.q

Plane from Haiti carrying 3 crashes off Dominican Republic  of the Aviation Accident Investigation Commission, Enmanuel Souffront, said Tuesday.

au-Prince on Monday and was headed to the Dominican coastal town of Puerto Plata.

A statement from the civil aviation authority says the plane took off from Port-

The Dominican Air Force had located wreckage from the plane.

The single-engine Lake LA250 apparently lost contact with the control tower shortly after 6 p.m. when it was about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Puerto Plata. The cause of the accident is unknown.q


Wednesday 19 October

“E Maleta Ros”

A Fascinating Retelling of Little Known Island Crime History

PALM BEACH - “E Maleta Ros” (“The Pink Suitcase”) opened during a gala red carpet premiere in The Cinemas at Paseo Herencia on Saturday evening, October 8. Written, produced and directed by teacher, lawyer and Aruban Parliamentarian Desiree Croes, the film is based on a true incident when a pink suitcase filled with illegal drugs-yes, cocaine was

found washed up among the mangroves of Pos Chiquito in the early 1990’s. “I have long wanted to tell this story,” recounts Desiree, who has written and produced two short films previously, and is now working on a full-length feature film, when not participating in governing Aruba. Some will find the film, which is an action-filled comedy of errors with a touch of drama, hard to believe, but Desiree swears that it is mostly true. “I do prefer a more upbeat retelling,” she asserts, so some of the characters enjoy a happier ending than what they actually experienced in real life. The film is a very ambitious project deploying dozens of Aruban actors led by Jason Hijmering and Isis Corvacho Benavides, with

Tristan Vermeulen, Kaylee Ann Jimenez, Addonsito Croes, Maroeschka Cor-

nelie, Yvonne Spellen, and Gregory Millard in key roles. Ishwar Daryanani acted as

cameraman, director of cinematography and edited the 45 minute film. “E Maleta Ros” is in Papiamento; for the red carpet premiere it was screened with Papiamento subtitles. When the film opens to the public at The Cinemas on November 3, it will have English subtitles. If you are interested in finding out about this rarely examined aspect of Aruban life, this is an entertaining entry depicting a little known, but true incident that you most likely will not find in any history books! q


Wednesday 19 October

Second Annual Eat Local Restaurant Month is in Full Swing! PALM BEACH – With the highly anticipated grand opening on Saturday, October 1, One Happy Island of Aruba began inviting guests to explore local culinary delights during the second annual Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month, which continues through October 31, 2016. Preparations were in full swing for months in advance for this exciting this culinary event, highlighting authentic Aruban cuisine for a full month. The restaurants’ prix-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30-- $40. No passes, tickets or vouchers are required— attending diners can simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the program dates to enjoy the special menu offerings. Participating restaurants include 62 establishments

incorporating authentic local dishes in their menu. Restaurants that already feature local menus are adding on specials and

accenting on the local flavors. “Based on the local and international participation during our inaugural

Restaurant Week, we are pleased to extend the flavor-rich experience this year to a full month.” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “This important cultural initiative is an opportunity to highlight the most authentic Aruban dishes and local flavors inspired

by our 90 on-island nationalities.” This initiative was developed by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) to showcase Aruba’s diverse culinary scene and highlight the island’s flavors by incorporating locally inspired dishes in the menus of participating restaurants.

Visit eatlocal to ensure a table at your favorite restaurant! For more information on the One Happy Island, visit Engage with Aruba via social media at www.facebook. com/ArubaFans or @Aruba on Twitter and @arubatourism on Instagram.


Wednesday 19 October

Aruba Aloe Shows Support for Challenge Aruba with Special Promotion

PALM BEACH - This October, the Challenge Aruba triathlon event will take place on the island, drawing amateur and professional tri-athletes and their families from around the world. Aruba Aloe is supporting the event by being one of the sponsors and by launching a special promotion. On the days leading up to the event, October 15-22, Aruba Aloe will be at The Village strip in front of the high-rise hotels in Palm Beach handing out $7 gift certificates to its stores and inviting everyone to the Challenge event. On the day of the event itself, October 23, Aruba Aloe will be handing out the gift certificates to all the event attendees at the Hyatt parking lot, which is where the race finishes. Aruba Aloe, which manufactures a wide range of health and wellness products, looks to support fellow organizations that promote health and well-being, and Challenge Aruba certainly fits this criteria. Through its support of the event, Aru-

ba Aloe also aims to make people conscious about protecting their skin from the sun, especially when exercising outside or attending outdoor events, and the company’s own line of sunscreen is well-suited for this. “All of our sunscreens are very water-resistant, which makes them ideal for use when swimming or carry-

ing out other exercises that result in excessive sweating. Not only will they offer you the protection your skin needs, but they will also leave your skin feeling soft and smooth,” shared Aruba Aloe’s marketing manager, Jessica Posner. The event is expected to attract many first-time visitors to Aruba, thereby serving as a great opportunity

for the island to showcase all that it has to offer to a new market segment. Aruba Aloe is specifically looking to introduce these visitors to its wide range of products made here in Aruba with the finest Aloe Vera in the world. “We feel that our products are part of the Aruba experience, and we strive to bring that experience to

island guests,” explains Posner. “The gift certificates we will be giving out are our way of inviting everyone to pick out a nice gift from one of our stores and get to know our brand— and Aruba—a little bit better.” Aruba Aloe’s support of Challenge Aruba follows closely on the heels of the company’s support of another wellness-related initiative, Aloe Wellness Month, which took place last June. Aruba Aloe contributed to the initiative with a special wellness experience that it hosted at its RIU Palace store. Aruba Aloe invites everyone to get involved in Challenge Aruba, either as a participant or spectator. The benefits of the event go far beyond physical exercise. Motivational seminars will be given by the event ambassadors, Tim DeBoom and Marc Herremans, and the sense of community engendered by the event is something everyone can enjoy.q


Wednesday 19 October

Innovative Green Aruba Conference VII Set for November! - Green Aruba Conference VII is an expert level platform for information exchange on sustainability.

solutions in areas such as energy efficiency, distributed generation and electric mobility. In this context, real life testing, demonstration and monitoring of social attitudes is a must to move sustainable technologies from concept to practical application and wide-scale adoption. It is imperative that this is best done in a living lab environment. This panel session brings together experiences form three living lab consortia. It will highlight both research plans and/ or technical results as well as organizational aspects of multilateral stakeholder collaboration between municipalities, knowledge institutions and private enterprise (open innovation). Session Panelists include Albert van den Noort, Project Manager, DNV/Power Matching City II, The Netherlands; Kosol Kiatreungwattana, Senior Engineer, NREL, Hawaii Kaupuni Village; Robert Jan Moons, Programme Manager, TNO, Smart Community Aruba; Moderated by Thomas Hodge, Executive Director, CARILEC. For any other information please visit our website or contact us at

ORANJESTAD - Green Aruba conference was created as a result of the vision of the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, for a green and sustainable Aruba. It all started in the year 2009 and highlighted its commitments with the first annual Green Aruba Conference in 2010. It is important to keep this information exchanging opportunity on a yearly basis: -to showcase goals achieved from previous year, -to exhibit the experiences and knowledge of other institutions and island nations in this field, and -to get a chance to communicate and set new objectives. In November 16-17-18, 2016, Aruba will host its 7th annual Green Aruba Conference! Join us in further exploring and discussing in this year’s Green Aruba Conference, which will again enhance the exchange of knowledge and information, on the growth path of the “Transformation to a Sustainable Energy Mix”. Conference organizers recently announced one of the events’ featured sessions, a Panel Discussion on the topic “living labs as energy transition catalyst.” The energy transition under consideration does not only require large-scale Renewable Energy Sources but also nation-wide adoption of sustainable


Wednesday 19 October

In this Nov. 1, 2004 file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling introduces President George W. Bush at a campaign stop in Burgettstown, Pa. Associated Press


Curt Schilling eyes U.S. Senate run against Elizabeth Warren

JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans on Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, but he declined to apologize to Rhode Island taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars when his video game company collapsed. Schilling spoke Tuesday with WPRO-AM, his first interview about 38 Studios since settling a lawsuit over it and since a criminal investigation resulted in no charges. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has said Rhode Island residents were hurt by the bad deal and deserve an apology. Schilling said it’s not that he won’t apologize, but he wants Raimondo to tell him what he should apologize for. He asked listeners: “What do you want me to apologize for?” The company moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million loan guarantee, then went bankrupt less than two years later. Continued on Page 21

Blue Jays extend ALCS with victory in Game 4 Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson watches his a home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber during the third inning in Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series in Toronto, Tuesday Oct. 18, 2016. Associated Press Page 19


Wednesday 19 October

Moscow results 2017 Tour will scale all to decide final of France’s mountains  WTA Finals spot  JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — With Serena Williams’ decision to withdraw from next week’s WTA Finals, the final spot in the year-end tournament will be decided in Moscow. Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain each know that winning the Kremlin Cup will guarantee a place at the eight-player finals in Singapore. If neither Kuznetsova nor Suarez Navarro wins, the final spot stays with Britain’s Johanna Konta, who isn’t playing this week as she tries to shake off an abdominal strain. Suarez Navarro is happy to have her destiny in her own hands as she aims for

Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, reacts after winning the second set against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the women’s singles match at the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Associated Press

her first career finals appearance in singles. “Sometimes at the end of the season, people are looking at other people, at other results, but it’s not my case,” she said Tuesday. “Now it all depends on me. I think it’s much better.” Kuznetsova is already assured of her best year-end ranking since 2009 and is aiming to defend her Moscow title in front of a home crowd. “If I can win the tournament it would be wonderful, great, and everything I’m wishing for, but I don’t want to look that far ahead,” she said. Both Kuznetsova and Suarez Navarro have first-round byes in Moscow. The Russian will start Wednesday against either France’s Alize Cornet, while Suarez Navarro faces a tricky match against Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova.q

JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — For the first time in 25 years, all five mountain ranges of continental France will feature in next year’s Tour de France, in a stretched-out endurance test of racing that smiles on the climbing strengths of defending champion Chris Froome and his Colombian rival, Nairo Quintana. In their quest to keep the 113-year-old race young,  Tour  organizers have again unearthed fresh challenges from the geography of  France  for the three-week slog, with new climbs and, on stage 18, an unprecedented mountain-top finish on the punishing Col d’Izoard high in the Alps — a rocky, hostile and lunar terrain that could be the final big battleground for the winner’s check of 500,000 euros ($550,000). “That’s going to be one of the really decisive stages,” said Froome, the race winner for Team Sky in 2013, 2015 and again this year. Before that, on stage 12 in the Pyrenees, the Tour climbs to the Peyragudes ski station where parts of the James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” were filmed in 1997.

2016 Tour de France winner Chris Froome of Britain, center, Australia’s Richie Porte, right, and France’s Romain Bardet poses during the presentation of the 2017 Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Associated Press

From its July 1 start in Dusseldorf, Germany, to the July 23 finish on the ChampsElysees in Paris, the 3,516-kilometer (2,185-mile) route will wind over climbs in the Vosges, Jura, Massif Central, Pyrenees and Alps. Not since the  Tour  of 1992 have organizers made riders take on all five mountain ranges. “It looks hard,” said Australian rider Richie Porte, who finished fifth for the BMC Racing team this year. The toughest climbs — graded two, one and unclassified on cycling’s rising scale of difficulty — will be slightly fewer next year: 23 in total compared to 28 this year and 25 in both 2015 and 2014. But they will be scattered across a 14 day-spread, rather than being concentrated in two blocks in the Alps and Pyrenees, and will include six especially teethgrindingly steep ascents. The Col du Grand Colombier in the Jura has 22-percent gradients. Riders will have to arrive at

the  Tour  in good climbing form, and maintain that strength, to compete for the title. With just three mountaintop finishes, including the Izoard, that are so often decisive on the  Tour, title contenders like Froome may have to also race hard on other terrains to shake off their rivals. “It could make the race a lot more tactical in the mountains,” Froome said. “It opens the door up for people to be more aggressive.” Just five days in, the 198 riders will face the relatively short but very sharp shock of climbing to the Planche des Belles Filles ski station in the Vosges, with leg-searing 20-percent gradients, in easternFrance. “The first big shake-up,” Porte said. With little time for riders to catch their breath, the  Tour  then swings south for more climbs on stages eight and nine in the Jura, before crossing  France  to the west. q


Wednesday 19 October

Blue Jays stave off ALCS elimination, beat Indians 5-1

BY NOAH TRISTER AP BASEBALL WRITER TORONTO (AP) -- Josh Donaldson homered to give Toronto a long-awaited lead, and the Blue Jays finally broke through with the bats, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday to avert a sweep in the AL Championship Series. The Indians still lead the matchup 3-1, but Donaldson and a poised Aaron Sanchez handed them their first loss of this postseason. Edwin Encarnacion later hit a two-run single, a welcome sight for a raucous Rogers Centre crowd that had fallen silent watching its team reach the brink of elimination because of a slumbering offense. Donaldson’s solo shot to left-center field off Corey Kluber in the third put the Blue Jays ahead for the first time all series. Two innings after that, the star third baseman made an outstanding diving stop to preserve a one-run edge. Sanchez, the American League ERA champion, allowed a run and two hits in six innings, and the bullpen finished with three perfect innings. Cleveland will try again Wednesday to earn its first World Series trip since 1997, but the big concern for the Indians coming into the series - an injury-riddled rotation - still lingers. Kluber was starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, and in Game 5 Cleveland will send lightly used rookie Ryan Merritt to the mound against Marco Estrada. Kluber hadn’t allowed a run in either of his first two starts this postseason. Donaldson, the reigning AL MVP

and sporting a still freshly shaved face, opened the scoring with his first home run of these playoffs. The wild-card Blue Jays made it 2-0 in the fourth when Ezequiel Carrera’s blooper fell between three Cleveland fielders in leftcenter for an RBI single. Roberto Perez hit an RBI double in the fifth off Sanchez. Carlos Santana’s two-out grounder to the left side might have had a chance to score him, but Donaldson made the play. The Indians didn’t have another baserunner after that. Brett Cecil, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna pitched an inning each in relief for Toronto.The Indians were trying to become the third team to sweep a Division Series and Championship Series in the same postseason. The 2007 Colorado Rockies and 2014 Kansas City Royals both did it. Cleveland had won nine in a row, including three straight over Boston in the ALDS. The Indians had a chance to take the lead in the third when Tyler Naquin hit a leadoff double and went to third on a sacrifice. Sanchez retired Santana on a soft grounder with the infield in, and then Jason Kipnis also grounded out. Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion celebrates after his two-RBI double against the Cleveland Kluber was pulled after 89 Indians during the seventh inning in Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series pitches. He allowed two in Toronto, Tuesday Oct. 18, 2016.  Associated Press runs and four hits in five innings. The Blue Jays added two Trevor Bauer’s finger injury and go out there and pitch Merritt has pitched 11 inmore runs in the seventh put more pressure on Kluber last night,” pitching coach nings as a big leaguer. His after a throwing error by re- to come back for Game 4 Mickey Callaway said be- only start came Sept. 30, liever Bryan Shaw. Encarna- and a possible Game 7 on fore Tuesday’s game. “Not when the left-hander held cion came up with the bas- short rest. Bauer cut his right too many people would Kansas City to a run and es loaded and the crowd pinkie on a drone and had have done that. He’s been three hits in five innings. chanting “Eddie” - and his to be pulled in the first in- wonderful. He’s obviously Blue Jays: Estrada alhard grounder skipped off ning Monday after he start- grown over the years be- lowed two runs in eight innings in Game 1 against cause he wanted to.” the mound and into center ed bleeding. Cleveland.q “I had to witness everything UP NEXT field to make it 4-1. he had to go through to try Indians: The 24-year-old TRAINER’S ROOM


Wednesday 19 October

Jets’ free fall continues, Cardinals rising after slow start By BOB BAUM Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A dynamic running back and a stifling defense have the Arizona Cardinals back to .500. Offensive problems galore have the New York Jets in a freefall. David Johnson ran 58 yards for a touchdown the second time he touched the ball, the first of his three scores in the Cardinals 28-3 victory over the Jets on Monday night. “An unbelievable job up front,” Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer said. “I had a really good view of it. We were man-to-man. We had everybody blocked. He did a great job of setting up his second level blocks, and then he showed that explosion and that speed down the sideline.” Johnson rushed for 111 yards and scored three touchdowns. Arizona (3-3) outgained the Jets on the ground 171-33. New York entered the game second in the NFL in run defense at 68 yards per game. The Cardinals have won two in a row with a Sunday night home game against Seattle coming up. New York (1-5) managed only a 39-yard field goal by Nick Folk. “Holding them to three

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Associated Press

points was unbelievable,” Palmer said. “We were flying around on defense. We were hitting the quarterback. We were stopping the run game, contesting some of the passes in there.” Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said his team’s performance was “just not good enough.” “All over the place, across the board, just wasn’t good enough,” he said. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched after New York’s best drive of the night ended in an interception in the end zone. Geno Smith came on, and his lone series ended in Tyrann

Mathieu’s first interception of the season . “You never want to be pulled out of a game in that situation,” Fitzpatrick said. “But it’s not something I can sit and hang my head. I have to keep a positive outlook, but not in a situation you want to be in.” Smith would like to have his shot at the job, of course, when the Jets play at home against Baltimore on Sunday. “Every guy who isn’t out there wants to be out there,” he said. “That is just the nature of the business.” Here are some things to consider from the Cardi-

nals’ dominant win over New York. SHORT GAINS: The Jets took the long passes away that have been Arians’ trademark, so the Cardinals were content to go with shorter stuff. “They made us get rid of the ball quick,” Palmer said. “They did a number of things to put us in situations where the ball had to come out quick. I feel like we normally have big chunk plays. They forced us to get rid of it quick and we did a good job capitalizing in those situations.” The Cardinals had a touchdown drive of 11 plays and two more of 14 plays. RUNNING WILD: A week after he rushed for 157 yards at San Francisco, Johnson was at it again. After rushing for 111 and catching three passes for 27 yards, Johnson leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 833. His eight rushing touchdowns also are most in the league. PALMER’S HAMSTRING: Palmer, who had missed the previous contest with a concussion, left the game with a strained hamstring after his nine-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd in the fourth quarter. Arians said he didn’t think it was anything serious, and Palmer brushed it off.

“Just cramping,” he said. “A number of long, longplay drives, just a little dehydration, a little cramp.” OFFENSIVE WOES: Coach Todd Bowles said there is much more to the Jets’ offensive woes than the quarterback play. “We’re not scoring. We’re not moving the ball,” he said. “A whole bunch of things wrong, obviously. The coaches, the players. We’re not making plays. We’re not putting them in the right position to make plays, obviously by the results. As coaches, we’ve got to do a better job. As players, we’ve got to do a better job.” “It definitely wasn’t Fitz’s fault,” Bowles said. “I mean, he barely had time to throw. So, anybody we’d have put back there would have had a problem I think.” REPLACEMENT GUARDS: The Cardinals got good performances from Earl Watford and John Wetzel in their first start at guard after injuries sidelined Evan Mathis and Mike Iupati. Arians was especially pleased with Watford’s downfield blocking on Johnson’s long TD run. “Our job is to run the ball and protect,” Watford said. “That is what we did today.”q

Eli Manning just wants Beckham to keep playing football  TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — For those who thought Eli Manning was getting a little tired of the weekly antics of Odell Beckham Jr. — guess again. The New York Giants veteran quarterback said Tuesday that everything is just fine between him and the 23-year-old receiver who had a career day Sunday, catching eight passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. In a radio interview Monday, Manning gave an answer that seemed to indicate his was tired of Beck-

ham’s antics after the wide out was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking off his helmet following a winning 66-yard catch and run. The extra 15 yards gave Baltimore better field position for its final drive, which reached the Giants 24yard line. Manning insisted the tired remark referred to the media being tired of writing every week about Beckham’s emotions, rants, tiffs and interactions with the kicking net on the Giants sideline after big plays. “I’m fine with it,” said Manning, who threw for 403

yards and three touchdowns in the win. “He’s doing a lot of good things and playing the game the right way. He just has to make sure the celebrations and what’s going on aren’t hurting the team in any way.” Manning said he gets asked about Beckham every time he talks. He answers all the questions. “Odell and I have a great relationship. We talk about a lot of things,��� Manning said. “We’re on the same page. He knows that I’m always looking out for him and understands that you can say things that can get taken

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Associated Press

one way. Odell and I are on the same page. I get asked multiple questions about him every week.” Beckham could face a tough opponent this week

as the Giants (3-3) get ready to play the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) in London. The teams met two years ago, and the Rams tried to bully Beckham.q


Wednesday 19 October

Sexual consent, debated across U.S., key to Derrick Rose case  BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Months before Derrick Rose took the stand to defend himself in a lawsuit claiming he and two friends raped an ex-girlfriend while she was intoxicated, the NBA star was asked if he understood the word “consent.” “No. But can you tell me?” he asked at a deposition in June. Rose came to court last week with a much better grasp of the word that is central to the $21 million civil case, though his interpretation of the concept could prove costly. No one disputes the New York Knicks player and his friends had sex with the woman in her apartment Aug. 27, 2013. The question is whether she gave her consent — as the men claim — or whether she was too incapacitated to do so — as she insists. There is no commonly accepted definition for consent, which is at the heart of a “patchwork quilt” of evolving laws on rape and sexual assault that in some cases require an affirmative agreement before sex, attorney Rebecca O’Connor said. “It is murky, and I think

that’s where we’re seeing a lot states try to clear the weeds, if you will, and take this on and make it clear,” said O’Connor, a vice president at the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. “It’s so complicated we can never just say it’s black and white.” Rape was once defined as intercourse with force against a woman’s will, said Matt Lyon, a law professor at Lincoln Memorial University. Reform efforts in some states led to rape being defined more by the non-consent of the victim than a use of force by the perpetrator. States such as California have gone further in deciding that consent can be withdrawn during sex and that a victim can be too incapacitated to agree to the act. “One of the big criticisms against the modernization is the ‘he said, she said,’” Lyon said. “It’s so easy when it’s clear there was force used, but here the woman may say it was rape though there’s no physical evidence of force or that it was done against her will.” That is the situation in the Rose case, where the woman said she blacked

out and felt drugged after a night of drinking and hanging out at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion. With no physical evidence, the case — which proceeded to closing arguments Tuesday — hinges as much on her credibility as that of the three men. The woman said she went home from Rose’s place, vomited and woke up around 3 a.m. to find Rose, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton having sex with her against her will. Rose may have been tripped up by the word “consent” in his videotaped deposition, but he tried to recover at trial by defining it as both parties being in agreement. He also connected dots he felt outlined consent, including the woman’s racy texts that started 17 hours earlier saying he made her “horny.” “Maybe she sent suggestive texts or emails, but that doesn’t prove she consented to it at the time,” said Evan Lee, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. “A woman may be willing to have sex 23 hours in the day, but if he has sex in that 24th hour when she’s not willing, then that’s rape

Curt Schilling Continued from Page 17

Schilling said his company failed because it didn’t raise enough money, not because he did anything malicious or illegal, and that he has apologized to his former employees. “I couldn’t raise the final tranche of money and get the product to launch and that will never be anyone’s fault but mine,” he said. But Schilling also faulted politicians for giving him a loan guarantee in the first place. “If I was the governor, I would have never even offered this deal,” Schilling said. “The government doesn’t belong in private business. But I’m on

In this Jan. 17, 2010 file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling shows his support for Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown at a rally in Worcester, Mass., during a campaign rally to fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Associated Press 

the other side of this. My job and responsibility is to my company and to my employees and I was doing everything I could do, within my legal means, to

make that be a success.” Schilling took questions from callers in the wideranging, three-hour interview. He also said he had decided to run against

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose warms up before facing the Houston Rockets in an NBA preseason game, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Houston. Associated Press

if he knows she doesn’t want to.” Rose testified that he assumed consent based on their sexual history, the fact that she had never denied him and because of sex

acts she initiated with him and his friends at the Beverly Hills house earlier in the night. He and his friends all said the woman seemed sober and she willingly participated.q

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, in 2018, but that he must clear it with his wife. “I’ve made my decision, I’m going to run,” he said. “But I have to talk to Shonda, my wife, and ultimately it’s going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids.” Schilling took issue with Warren opposing a November ballot question aimed at dramatically expanding the number of charter schools in Massachusetts. He said he’s not scared to debate her, noting that the Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians when he was a player. “I’ve beaten the real ones before so I’m not worried about that,” the self-described conservative and Donald Trump supporter said, an apparent refer-

ence to Warren’s claims of Native American heritage. Earlier this year Schilling was fired from his job as an ESPN baseball analyst after comments on Facebook critical of transgender rights. He now has an online radio show. A judge recently approved a settlement with Schilling and three other 38 Studios officials over the loan deal. The state of Rhode Island sued Schilling and other key players involved. Just one company remains as a defendant, First Southwest, which acted as the state’s financial adviser. Schilling said he expects to testify at the trial. Raimondo said on Tuesday that she’s angry because Rhode Islanders were hurt by the 38 Studios deal. She said it wasn’t right that “tax dollars vanished on a terrible deal.”q


Wednesday 19 October

Tired Lion

By: Dr Carlos Viana When Joe started his executive position in his midthirties, he quickly was recognized as the corporate problem solver. Looking forward every morning to his job, Joe attacked every problem at work as a challenge and enjoyed the test of overcoming difficulty preventing his company from reaching their production goals. Life at home also reflected an easy interaction with his wife and children. Life was good; challenging exciting, and rewarding. Now, in his late forties, life has taken a down turn. Feeling tired all the time, the same problems at work that were a challenge before now make our executive feel stressed-out or anxious and Joe has started having panic attacks. Worse, Joe has lost interest in the bedroom and is worried that he is developing an erectile dysfunction. Instead of being embarrassed with his loss of virility, he fights with his wife to escape having to perform while his wife has developed a greater interest in sex. When forced to think about the “bedroom problem”, he blames his wife’s weight gain and not looking like she did when she was twenty four years old. Joe realizes that these are not all his problems. He avoids many people because he knows he has a reduced resistance to infection and catches every cold and flue that is going around. Gaining weight

around his waist, starting to suffer from allergies, Joe came in for a consultation when he realized that his anxiety attacks were getting more frequent and he admitted he was suffering from headaches and depression. During Joe’s consultation I realized Joe was a tired lion and explained that many people suffer from adrenal exhaustion and they don’t know it. Adrenal exhaustion is also known as adrenal fatigue and is a 21st century stress syndrome. It has been estimated that 80% of adults suffer some sort of adrenal fatigue and 95% of visits to our clinic are a direct result of stress. Nearly all of our patients admit to being stressed out by their work, as well as their family obligations As easy as the diagnosis of adrenal exhaustion is, developing an individualized treatment plan can be very challenging. One of the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion, excessive fatigue, stimulates the production of the hormone cortisol. As a beneficial hormone, cortisol can greatly enhanced your body’s ability to convert carbohydrates to what it will eventually use for energy. Cortisol also aids your body in turning off immune reactions like allergy and inflammation. While this is helpful in an emergency situation, over the long term, continuing exposure to the hormone because of continuous stress results in a suppressed immune sys-

tem. Byproducts of Cortisol depress brain activity and act as sedatives and cortisol itself blocks serotonin, contributing to a feeling of depression and increases addictive behavior. This stress hormone also stimulates the breakdown of muscle and bone to supply the body with energy needed for fight-or-flight reactions. It can also interfere with your hormone levels, allowing further bone breakdown. Over the longterm, bone and muscle can be broken down faster than it is replaced, leading to osteoporosis. Medical tests are needed to find out exactly where Joe is in his stress cycle. With the constant production of cortisol the adrenal organs cause hormone deficiencies. In clinic I use results from hair tests that show an unhealthy abundance of calcium and copper, but, a deficiency of magnesium. I automatically supplement Joe with magnesium. Two out of three Americans and Arubans are deficient in magnesium, mostly because of our diet. Supplementing with Magnesium to overcome this deficiency can be especially important for those with adrenal fatigue syndrome because of its role in helping to: maintain blood pressure within normal limits; maintain healthy blood sugar/ glucose levels; support energy production; encourage calmness and lessen stress and relax muscles.

Herbal support like DG Licorice is added to support the adrenals because DG Licorice is similar to the hormones produced by our adrenal glands. Licorice Root has been used for thousands of years to treat ulcers, colds, skin disorders, and as a tonic for the heart and spleen. I prescribe acupuncture for adrenal exhaustion. Immediately Joe feels a difference and realizes that he does not have to start with the anxiety medication and sleeping pills he has been prescribed. After evaluating Joe’s blood tests, I recommend additional dietary supplements to replenish vitamin and mineral deficiencies, protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, increase Joe’s energy production, and support a healthy digestive system, The acupuncture treatments and dietary supplements will support a healthy hormonal system, promote a healthy nervous system, boost Joe’s immune system function, allowing him to maintain mental and emotional well-being, that encourages calmness and lessen stress. Joe will have increased mental alertness; will maintain more

normal blood sugar levels. With ongoing treatments and medical evaluations, Joe will be able to maintain total body health. Feeling better physically, Joe will make some lifestyle changes. Joe now realizes how important is getting eight hours of sleep. With the dietary supplements and acupuncture treatments, a good night’s sleep your adrenal glands are restored and repaired. Joe now exercises to relax. Walking, YOGA, deep breathing, and stretching are great stress reducers.  Vigorous or aerobic exercise can deplete the adrenals. If your symptoms are severe wait until you feel a little stronger to do these. Nutritionally Joe realizes skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast your blood sugar won’t take any sharp dips. You’ll feel more rested and energetic. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you’re hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue. Get the point! Realistically, family, job, financial, and relationship stress are factors that cannot be eliminated. My role is to help you increase your resiliency making you be able to recover quickly from life’s stressors. By working together you too can be a lion reborn.q


Wednesday 19 October

Google’s Pixel phone: Not much new, but still a standout 

ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new. Yet it’s still one of the best out there. Google achieves that by pulling together the best features from Apple, Samsung and other phone makers and offering them at prices comparable to iPhones — starting at about $650 for the regular, 5-inch model and $770 for the 5.5inch “XL” edition. Both versions go on sale Thursday through Verizon, Best Buy and Google’s online store. I tested the Pixel XL model; the regular version has identical features except for its smaller display and battery — still enough for 13 hours of internet use, according to Google. With either, you get an excellent camera and a strong voice assistant that promises to get smarter — all without the bloat common with other Android phones. The Pixel isn’t quite an iPhone replacement, as Google wants you to believe ; hardware is just part of what makes an iPhone an iPhone. But it might serve up a strong challenge to Samsung, especially as people look for alternatives to the  fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 . ___ THE CAMERA The Pixel’s image quality is superb — though purists may quibble. Colors in some shots look too strong and clean to me, thanks to software processing intended to reduce distortion and improve detail (something all phones do to some extent). But automation pays off in another way: The Pixel will combine automatically  successive shots into an animated “GIF” file, offering a fun way to share a toddler’s steps or a dog jumping. For

similar to the iPhone’s 3D Touch. The Pixel also offers “Night Light,” a feature that tints your screen amber by filtering out blue light that might keep you up at night. Apple calls it Night Shift. Pixel owners get unlimited storage of photos at original resolution, though that’s a little like offering Google search for free. Google Photos already offers unlimited storage at up to 16 megapixels; the Pixel’s camera is 12 megapixels. The free offer will make a difference for those who take video in ultra-sharp “4k” resolution, but the default setting is lower, at 1080p, which is already free at Google Photos. ___ WHAT’S MISSING The Pixel will be OK if you spray it with water, but This Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, photo taken with Google’s Pixel XL smartphone shows a reservoir at don’t drop it in the pool. You also can’t expand its New York’s Central Park. Associated Press  storage with a memory card, as you can with the video, the Pixel’s stabiliza- with no front flash or control through your Gmail acS7 and Note 7 — though tion  technology  compen- over the focus. But it’s fine count for flight reservations for $100 more, the Pixel’s 32 sates for shaky hands and in good light and at typical and remind you when to gigabytes of storage quaother movement, match- distances for selfies. head to the airport. It will druples to 128 gigabytes, ing what the iPhone and ___ analyze your daily comand the free online storage Galaxy phones can do. mute and warn of delays. THE ASSISTANT should take care of your The Pixel borrows a quick- Google’s voice assistant, Assistant waits for you to photos and videos. The launch feature from Sam- simply known as Google ask. battery isn’t removable, sung phones. Just double Assistant, will seem familiar Assistant holds up well comthough that’s true for most tap the power button to to those who have used pared with Siri and Alexa, phones these days. start the camera, even if Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Al- but for more, swipe from Those looking for a Note the phone is locked. To exa features. left to right to get the old 7 replacement will find switch between the front Google’s version goes fur- Google Now back. Google the Pixel missing a stylus. If and rear cameras, just dou- ther in offering daily up- says Assistant will eventually you’re an iPhone user, you’ll ble twist the phone like a dates such as weather and get the Google Now funchave to brace yourself door knob — a feature Mo- news, though plenty of tionality. for the switch to Android, torola, which Google once apps already offer similar ___ which would entail buyowned, has long offered. capabilities through notifi- OTHER FEATURES Low-light images taken cations. Google is also bet- If you need help, you can ing new apps and learning with the Pixel in three mu- ter at remembering prefer- reach Google’s customer new ways to navigate. seums aren’t as crisp as ences — say, if you prefer support and enable screen ___ those from the iPhone 7 temperatures in Celsius — sharing reminiscent of Ama- MAKING THE SWITCH and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and at integrating with its zon’s Mayday help feature. Google tries to make it (which has the same cam- own services, such as Trans- And the Pixel will work with easy to switch. The phone era as the Note 7). But dif- late and Photos. Google’s upcoming Day- comes with a transfer caferences are small, and the But Assistant doesn’t yet dream View virtual-reality ble, and the set-up process Pixel does better than typi- sync with a  similar Assis- headset, much as Samsung walks you through transcal smartphones. Where tant in Google’s Allo chat phones have Samsung’s ferring photos, music and video, as long as it’s not enthe Pixel falls short is in ex- app  and upcoming Home Gear VR. treme close-ups, such as speaker. And it isn’t as pro- Long-pressing an app icon crypted (so scratch iTunes shooting a flower petal or active as the Google Now brings up a menu of short- video). But apps won’t a small bug; photos were assistant already built into cuts, such as getting direc- switch over from iPhones; typically blurry. The Pixel’s Android phones. Google tions to home or launch- you need to buy them selfie camera is also inferior, Now, for instance, will look ing the selfie camera. It’s again.q


Wednesday 19 October

Yahoo stumbles again in 3Q, raising stakes on Verizon deal  MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo stumbled through another rough patch in the third quarter, ramping up the pressure on the slumping internet company to complete its $4.8 billion sale to Verizon Communications.The results released

Tuesday represented Yahoo’s first financial update since announcing in late July its deal to sell its digital operations to Verizon. The numbers showed Yahoo is profiting from a costcutting program that has jettisoned 2,200 workers, or about one-fifth of its workforce, during the past year.

The Sunnyvale, California, company earned $163 million, or 17 cents per share, more than doubling from the same time last year. But Yahoo’s revenue plunged 14 percent to $857 million after subtracting advertising commissions for the period covering July through September. It

marks the fourth consecutive quarter that Yahoo’s net revenue has dropped by at least 10 percent, a trend that management forecast will extend into the final three months of this year.The ongoing erosion won’t as matter as long as Yahoo can still fall into Verizon’s arms.

The Verizon deal was put in jeopardy in late September when Yahoo disclosed that hackers had broken into its data centers and stolen email addresses, birth dates, answers to security questions, and other personal information from at least 500 million user accounts.q

Trading gains drive Goldman Sachs’ profits sharply higher  KEN SWEET AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs’ earnings soared in the third quarter, driven largely by trading and investment gains. The results easily surpassed analysts’ estimates. The New York-based bank said Tuesday that it earned $2.1 billion, or $4.88 per share, up from $1.33 billion, or $2.90 per share, in the same period a year earlier. Wall Street analysts were expecting Goldman to earn $3.82 a share, according to FactSet. While the firm’s investment banking division reported flat revenue, a reflection of the fact fewer companies did deals in the quarter, Goldman’s trading desks and the division where it invests its own money did exceptionally well. Revenue in Goldman’s fixed income, currencies and commodities division jumped 34 percent to $1.96 billion. Goldman benefited from similar forces that helped boost trading of other major Wall Street banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. Wall Street banks benefit-

A screen at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is juxtaposed with the Goldman Sachs booth. Goldman Sachs reported positive financial results Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ed from volatility in bond and currency markets in the third quarter as Britain voted to leave the European Union, sending the pound swinging wildly, and as investors tried to guess when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates. Strong performance on its trading desks is particularly important to Goldman, since it does not have a retail banking franchise to generate consistent revenue.

The firm’s return on common equity, a measure of profitability that is closely watched by analysts, was a strong 11.2 percent in the quarter. “We saw solid performance across the franchise that helped counter typical seasonal weakness,” said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a prepared statement. Goldman’s investing and lending division, where the firm puts its own money into a myriad of invest-

ments from stocks, bonds and venture capital, had a strong quarter as well. Revenue there rose to $1.4 billion from $670 million. In prepared remarks and responding to questions from investors, Goldman executives did talk about the firm’s recent moves into consumer banking. Goldman purchased the deposits of GE Capital earlier this year to create GS Bank, which offers online savings and CD accounts, and

last week announced  the launch of “Marcus,” a personal loan service named after one of the company’s founders. The launch of Marcus is small so far, open to only customers with high credit scores and who get an invitation from Goldman to apply. But Goldman has talked openly about becoming more a player in consumer banking. It’s a major change for a company whose primary  business  for nearly 150 years was serving the well-to-do and advising companies on deals and mergers. “Like with any new effort, we are taking a slow and methodical approach,” Harvey Schwartz, Goldman’s chief financial officer, said in a conference call with investors. The firm set aside $3.21 billion to compensate its employees, up 36 percent from a year earlier, which is not a surprise with how well Goldman’s trading and investment  businesses  did. Goldman’s staff is largely paid in bonuses that accumulate throughout the year, and it’s generally the firm’s largest expense each year. q

Johnson & Johnson tops 3Q Street view but shares decline  LINDA A. JOHNSON Associated Press Johnson & Johnson shares dropped Tuesday, despite the health care bellwether boosting its third-quarter profit 27 percent. Investors apparently are worried about unexpectedly early competition to the company’s longtime top seller. The maker of Band-Aids, medical devices and prescription drugs beat Wall

Street’s expectations, maintained its 2016 revenue forecast, raised the lower end of its profit forecast and said it’s on track for the approval and launch of 10 new medicines between 2015 and 2020. But on a conference call after the results were released, analysts peppered J&J executives with questions about how it will prevent Pfizer Inc.’s Inflectra

from siphoning off sales of J&J’s biologic immune disorder drug Remicade, which has earned J&J tens of billions of dollars since its 1998 launch. On the eve of J&J’s results announcement, Pfizer said Monday it will launch a near-copy of the injected biologic drug, called a biosimilar, in late November in the U.S. Many analysts didn’t ex-

pect that competition until 2018 because Pfizer and J&J are still fighting in the courts over whether the U.S. patent protecting Remicade’s monopoly is still valid, said Edward Jones analyst Ashtyn Evans. If Pfizer loses that litigation, it could have to pay J&J three times the U.S. profits it makes on Inflectra, she noted. Investors are “beginning to

price in the competition” to Remicade, driving down J&J’s price, Evans said. In midday trading, J&J shares fell $2.36, or 2 percent, to $116.13, as the broader markets rose. Remicade, for treating rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and colitis, is one of J&J’s most profitable drugs, with sales of $5.34 billion in the first three quarters.q


Wednesday 19 October

US stocks rebound on strong company earnings; oil rises  ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Surprisingly strong earnings from Netflix, UnitedHealth Group and other companies put investors in a buying mood Tuesday, driving U.S. stocks solidly higher. Health care stocks led the gainers. Materials, utilities and a broad swath of other companies also posted gains. Industrials and consumer-focused stocks notched the smallest gains. Energy stocks also rose as the price of crude oil recovered from an earlier slide. The rally wiped out the market’s losses from the day before. “We’ve had five consecutive quarters of negative earnings, and this one looks like we’re going to squeak out a positive, which is very good for the market,” said Doug Cote, chief market strategist for Voya Investment Management. “Earnings are coming in better, and some much better, than expected.” The Dow Jones industrial average gained 75.54 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,161.94. Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 13.10 points, or 0.6

percent, to 2,139.60. The Nasdaq composite index added 44.01 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,243.84. Investors are poring over company earnings reports to gauge the market’s prospects for growth in coming months and get a better handle on the state of the economy. About 80 of the companies in the S&P 500 were scheduled to report quarterly results this week. So far, about 10 percent have done so since the latest reporting period began last week. Earnings for the third quarter are projected be down about 1.1 percent overall from a year ago, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. That forecast is largely due to the energy sector, which has been hard hit by falling energy prices. While it’s still early, some market watchers are encouraged by the results so far. “It looks like corporate earnings certainly could start to trend positive,” Cote said. “Fundamentals drive markets and positive earnings are a necessary precursor for this bull mar-

Specialists Dilip Patel, foreground left, and Patrick Murphy, foreground right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Surprisingly strong earnings from Netflix, UnitedHealth Group and other companies put investors in a buying mood Tuesday, driving U.S. stocks solidly higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ket to continue.” Health care, which has been the worst performing sector this year, notched the biggest gain Tuesday, 1.1 percent. It remains down 2.6 percent this year. Investors bid up shares in several companies in the sector, including UnitedHealth Group.

Giant Eagle chain offering 340 corporate buyouts  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Giant Eagle supermarket chain is offering buyouts to about 1 percent of its 34,000 corporate employees, or roughly 340 workers. The company, based in the Pittsburgh suburb of O’Hara Township, announced Monday that it’s cutting costs because of falling grocery prices, and analysts contend the company is also dealing with increased competition from discount grocers like Aldi. “It’s all about the money and trying to keep the company profitable,” said Milwaukee-based analyst David Livingston. “These are employees up in age. They’re ready for retirement. It’s a cost-saving move.” The chain owns or operates more than 420 supermarkets and GetGo! Convenience stores and other outlets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and

Maryland. The buyouts don’t affect store employees like cashiers and baggers but are limited to corporate employees. “The company has realized a need to maximize cost efficiencies, reduce overhead costs and streamline our supply chain,” company spokesman Dan Donovan said, adding that the decision is driven by various factors including “deflationary trends in food pricing.” Supermarket chains have also been struggling to compete with online grocery delivery services and the cheaper prices offered by no-frills Aldi stores and other discounters. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said food-athome prices have declined nearly 2 percent in the last year, with most of that fueled by prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs. Other grocery chains have

been repositioning themselves in the market recently, including Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., which said Monday it’s selling its Save-A-Lot  business to Onex Corp. of Canada for $1.37 billion.q


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The nation’s largest health insurer climbed 6.9 percent after its profit swelled 23 percent to nearly $2 billion in the third quarter. The company also increased its 2016 earnings forecast. The stock rose $9.26 to $143.39. Netflix surged 19 percent a

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Wednesday 19 October

Cheer up, Americans, say Canadians _ you’re great  MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — America’s neighbors to the north — so often the butt of their jokes — are taking to social media to try to keep spirits up in the U.S. during this divisive election season. Using the hashtag #tellamericaitsgreat, Canadians have swamped Twitter with compliments about American music, culture, technology and even tailgating. The outpouring of love triggered a reply — #TellCanadaThanks. It’s all an  effort  started by the Toronto-based ad agency The Garden Collective, which chose its hashtag as a play on Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America great again.” The firm’s video launching the social media push has gotten over 752,000 YouTube views and the hashtag has been trending on Twitter for several days. Many Canadians have made their own mini-videos, too. Dic Dickerson, managing director of the firm, called it a pet project they devised for no other reason than to just spread love. “We put it out there and I don’t think any of us expected to get as much traction as it did but we’re really, really excited by all the positivity,” he said. “A lot of people are talking, which is exactly what we wanted.” The agency was found

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Wednesday 19 October

Earth’s 16-month record heat streak ends but warming remains  SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s 16-month sizzling streak of record high temperatures is finally over, according to one group of federal meteorologists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  said  last month’s 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius) was merely the second hottest September on record for the globe. That’s ever so slightly cooler — a few hundredths of a degree — than the record set in 2015. But it was quite a bit warmer — 1.6 degrees (0.9 Celsius) — than the 20th century average. Global average temperatures include both land and sea surface readings. And while oceans were cooling off a tad, global land temperatures in September still set a record high, NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said. It was an unusually hot month in much of Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. NASA, which averages global temperature differently, considers last month as  record hot  . But the space agency didn’t have a big consecutive hot streak because it didn’t consider last June as record hot. “It’s kind of nice to see it cool down a little bit even though it will go back up again,” Blunden said. “It may not be a record now because we have natural

 In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, a youth takes a drink on a hill overlooking the city after a long hot day in Madrid, Spain. Associated Press

variations in weather and climate. There’s always going to be ups and downs but that doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening.” The fact that despite the end of El Nino — a warming of the central Pacific that tends to spike global temperatures — the world came close to setting an-

other heat record “is quite a feat and offers evidence that global climate change is contributing to these monthly records/near records,” University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Jason Furtado said in an email. The end of El Nino will “just give us a brief respite, since the global trend will contin-

ue mercilessly until we stop it by getting off fossil fuels,” said climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute in Germany. Burning coal, oil and gas puts heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air, a main contributor in climate change. Blunden said this year is still on pace to be the hot-

test on record, beating the mark set in 2014 and then broken last year. Meteorologists said three record hot years in a row would be unprecedented. Through September, this year is 1.6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average and nearly a quarter of a degree warmer than the first nine months of 2015.q


Wednesday 19 October

Bette Midler revisits ‘old friends’ _ her star-making songs  MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler is going back to the beginning of her career — the divine beginning. The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner is re-releasing a deluxe version of “The Divine Miss M,” her 1972 debut album that included the hits “Do You Want To Dance,” ‘’Chapel Of Love,” ‘’Friends” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” “They were the songs that launched me, really. They were the foundation on which I built my career,” Midler said. “I’m always happy to sing them because they’re friends. They’re old friends.” Midler made a name for herself in the early 1970s singing high-energy concerts downtown with Barry Manilow as her pianist. In vintage clothing and with her bawdy personality, she breathed new life into old songs and made torch songs scalding. “She was, and is, the most brilliant performer we have in my lifetime,” Manilow said. “When it came to the music, her taste in songs and her choices were so odd — what was on the radio those days was nothing like what she wanted to do. Her taste was very much my taste.” Midler and Manilow put together a solid hour of music and one night lured Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun to a swanky midtown nightclub to hear it. “The audience was so crazy that at the end of the show they carried her out on their shoulders,” Manilow recalled. Midler soon signed with Atlantic and released “The Divine Miss M” based on her act. She won a best new artist Grammy in 1973 and went on to get two more, plus four Golden Globes and three Emmys. This spring she returns to Broadway in a revival of the musical “Hello, Dolly!” She admitted to being a little shocked revisiting the platinum-selling album that

made it all possible 44 years later: “It’s just unbelievable the way that time passes. And yet I still look fabulous. What can I say?” Midler was hands-on with the re-release by Rhino Records, including selecting the bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos. There are five unreleased recordings, including “Mr. Freedom And I,” and an alternate version of “Superstar.” She recalled that recording the album was stressful because co-producers Joel Dorn and Manilow didn’t get along: “In those days, I was really caught between a rock and a hard place. I couldn’t really stand up for myself.” Dorn, who had produced Roberta Flack, was the first to take a crack at it. He threw out Manilow’s triedand-true arrangements and started from scratch. When it was finished, Midler stopped by to play it for Manilow. “Sure enough, she sounded like Roberta Flack. She sounded beautiful and professional and boring,” said Manilow. “She was never boring. That’s the last word you would ever describe Bette Midler, especially in those days.” Manilow vowed to not let that album out — “I was this young, punk musician but I believed so much in her,” he said — and lobbied Ertegun to let him produce a handful of the songs his way. It was a bluff: He’d never produced an album. Manilow tried to re-create a live vibe in the studio, inviting an audience and stringing some lights. “I wanted to get that wonderful personality on this record,” he said. “No, she didn’t sound like Roberta Flack.” His tracks were melded with Dorn’s for the final album. “Over the years she has sounded much better on other albums. But this album was so special and so unique and so individual and the performances are so brilliant — they’re funny and they’re moving, just

the way it should be,” said Manilow. “I was glad that I fought for her.” The power and pizazz of “The Divine Miss M” was one reason Midler was asked by Blake Shelton to mentor his picks on “The Voice” this season. In a segment already taped, she advised them to take the stage with authority. “They get really brilliant voices but they’re very selfeffacing people. They’re not personality-driven. They don’t come fully charged. That’s a piece of the puzzle that they sometimes miss,” Midler said. “The old school is to be able to do it all and to be a compelling presence on the stage.” Midler’s next project will show off all those skills —

In this Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, Bette Midler poses for a portrait in New York. The Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner is rereleasing a deluxe version of “The Divine Miss M,” her 1972 debut album that included the hits “Do You Want To Dance,” “Chapel Of Love,” “Friends” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Associated Press

Chuck Berry to release first new album in more than 35 years 

In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry performs “Johnny B. Goode” at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP)Ninety-yearold rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry is set to release his first new studio album in more than 35 years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berry’s album, titled “Chuck,” will be available in 2017. The album was recorded in St. Louis-area studios and will feature mostly original work by Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday. He is the sole producer on the al-

bum. Jimmy Marsala, a bassist in Berry’s longtime band, suggests the new album took so long to come together because Berry wanted to make sure it lived up to everyone’s expectations. His last studio album was “Rock It” in 1979. Marsala said Berry whose writing credits include “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Johnny B. Goode” started working on the new album

as soon as “Rock It” was completed. “He was constantly working on stuff all the time, on airplanes, writing lyrics down, always coming up with new ideas ‘Let’s try this, let’s try that,’” Marsala said. Spokesman Joe Edwards says the new album is a gift to his fans. Berry’s son, Charles Berry Jr., says the songs “cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.” According to Edwards, Berry is likely retired from touring, but anything can happen. Berry played his 200th concert at a St. Louis restaurant and music club called The Duck Room in 2014 before pulling back from touring. Artifacts from Berry’s career are on display at the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis, the city where he was born, and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.q


Wednesday 19 October


Ang Lee unveils his hyper-real ‘Billy Lynn’ to mixed reviews  JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed reviews greeted Ang Lee’s long anticipated “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at the New York Film Festival on Friday night, casting further doubts over the promise of Hollywood’s latest technological savior: high-frame rate filming. The premiere was one of the fall movie season’s most closely watched

events because Lee’s drama, an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel, was made with a faster frame rate than any previous wide release. Aside from being in 3-D and 4K resolution, Lee shot the film — about an Iraq War hero on a victory tour at an NFL game — at 120 frames-per-second, five times the traditional 24 frames per second. It’s a gambit Peter Jackson tried at a mere 48 frames

Author Ben Fountain, left, and director Ang Lee participate in a photo call for the Tristar Pictures film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in New York.  Associated Press

per second with “The Hobbit” trilogy, earning bad reviews in the process. James Cameron has hailed it as the future, and has said he will use it in “Avatar” sequels. But the technology is nascent. Lee’s film, which Sony Pictures will release Nov. 11, is so new that there are only two North American theaters (one in New York, one in Los Angeles) that will be able to project it as crafted. Other theaters will screen different versions. For the film’s New York Film Festival debut, festivalgoers were transferred across the street from Lincoln Center to a multiplex that was specifically outfitted for the premiere. Lee didn’t try to hide his nerves. “I’ve done this a lot but you can see I’m nervous,” Lee said before the screening. “I feel like I���m exposed to the high-frame rate, 3-D, high-resolution camera. I can sort of feel for our actors.” The effect of the format is a hyper-realness that can look, despite its clarity, like video. Backgrounds are so visible that they can appear artificial, while the closeness with the actors

can create an unfiltered intimacy. The cast (led by British newcomer Joe Alwyn as the title character, along with Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Vin Diesel) performs largely without makeup. “There’s nothing more we’re craving for than studying each other’s faces,” Lee said. “They deserve this kind of look.” Lynn’s previous film, “The Life of Pi,” became a global blockbuster ($609 million worldwide at the box office) that left audiences marveling at his use of 3-D. “Billy Lynn” is also unusual in that it’s part war film, part character study — not the kind of movie usually outfitted with digital wizardry. Instead, Lee employs the technology in pursuit of an immersive first person-like point-of-view, contrasting Lynn’s travels through a football stadium with flashbacks to battle. It’s a satirical commentary on the divide between real warfare and hollow patriotism at home. It’s a big bet for Sony, although the film’s budget of $40 million is relatively small by studio

standards. Though Lee (“The Ice Storm,” ‘’Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) is one of the most respected and lauded filmmakers in Hollywood, initial reactions to his latest work weren’t especially positive. Critics in the crowd were decisively against the high frame rate. In a brief Q&A following the film, the cast (which was seeing the film for the first time) also appeared unsure of how to react to the new format. “After the movie stopped, after we saw the credits, everyone was just kind of like a deer in headlights, just shocked by the experience the technology allows you,” said Diesel. Lee appeared to realize the film would require an adjustment for audiences. He pleaded for patience: “It’s new to our eyes,” he said after the screening. Lee said he, too, needed to relearn directing and how he coached actors to accommodate the format. But he argued that “Billy Lynn” is only the beginning for high frame rate cinema. “I found clarity is very soothing,” Lee said of the images. “Our eyes do want it.”q



Wednesday 19 October

NBC News fires Billy Bush after lewd Donald Trump tape airs  DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News on Monday fired “Today” show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before an “Access Hollywood” appearance. Bush was suspended at the morning show two days after contents of the 2005 tape were reported on Oct. 7. Once it became clear he wouldn’t be back, NBC and Bush’s representatives had been negotiating terms of his exit. On the tape, Bush is heard laughing as Trump talks about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women not his wife. Trump has denied groping women, and Bush later said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” by what was caught on tape. NBC made the announcement of his firing in a note from “Today” show top executive Noah Oppenheim to his staff. Oppenheim called Bush, who spent 15 years at “Access Hollywood,” ‘’a valued col-

In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Billy Bush arrives at the Operation Smile’s 2014 Smile Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Associated Press

league and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward.” Bush, a 44-year-old father of three and nephew of former President George H.W. Bush, said that he was “deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues.

I look forward to what lies ahead.” The settlement with NBC did not include a non-compete clause, meaning Bush “is a free agent,” said his lawyer, Marshall Grossman. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential. In an interview with CNN on Monday, Trump’s wife, Melania, said that her husband was “egged on” by

Bush in the conversation. “I wonder if they even knew the mic was on,” Melania Trump said, referring to her husband and Bush. She said they were involved in “boy talk, and he was led on — like egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.” Asked to comment, Grossman said, “I thought that Donald Trump would claim

that he was not on the bus.” In the 2005 tape, which was first revealed by The Washington Post, Trump discusses unsuccessfully seeking an affair with another “Access Hollywood” employee, Nancy O’Dell. Trump said that when he was attracted to beautiful women “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.” He said that when you’re a star, women let you. “Grab them by the p---. You can do anything,” Trump added. The two men discussed an actress who was waiting from at the end of the bus ride. When they got off, Bush urged the woman to hug Trump and added, “how about a little hug for the Bushy?” Trump said in the second presidential debate that he never did any of the actions heard on the tape, which he described as locker room talk. But a number of women have since come forward and said that Trump had surprised them in the past by groping or unexpectedly kissing them on the lips.q

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam lead rock hall of fame ballot  DAVID BAUDER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the firsttime nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility. More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April. Others back for another chance include pop superstar Janet Jackson; she was nominated for the first time last year. Nominations were announced Tuesday. The prolific Shakur was

shot and killed at his peak in 1996. His album “Me Against the World” hit the top of the charts when he was in prison for sexual assault. “Keep Ya Head Up,” ‘’Life Goes On,” ‘’Ambitionz Az a Ridah” and “Changes” are among his best-known songs. He recorded so much while alive that releases kept flowing after his death. Pearl Jam would be the second band, following Nirvana in 2014, with roots in Seattle’s grunge scene to make the hall. Behind charismatic frontman Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam was a huge initial success behind songs like “Jeremy,” ‘’Even Flow,” ‘’Alive” and “Better Man.” They consciously stepped back from the commercial world, and persist as a respected and

popular touring outfit. And “Don’t Stop Believin’” it’s true: Journey is another first-time nominee. Its members must wait a couple of months to find out if voters welcome them with “Open Arms.” Other first-time nominees: the hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to be Wild” fame. The influential disco-era band Chic, who have become the hard-luck losers of the rock hall induction process, are on the ballot for the 11th time. Others back as nominees include Jackson; soul sing-

 In this Aug. 15, 1996, file photo, rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles. Associated Press

er and former Rufus frontwoman Chaka Khan; the Peter Wolf-led rockers J. Geils Band; late “I Gotcha” singer Joe Tex; the German electronic music band Kraftwerk; the Detroit-area

punk forerunners MC5; Ric Ocasek’s new wavers The Cars; the Zombies, British makers of “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There”; and the 1970s-era progressive rockers Yes.q


Wednesday 19 October

Gourmet ganja? Marijuana dining is growing up, slowly  KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press LYONS, Colo. (AP) — How to set a tone of woodsy chic at a four-course candlelight dinner served under the stars in the Colorado foothills: Live musicians and flowers, check. Award-winning cuisine, check. Beer and wine pairings with each course, check. Marijuana pairings? Oh, yes. The 100 diners at this $200-aplate dinner smoked a citrus-smelling marijuana strain to go with a fall salad with apples, dates and bacon, followed by a darker, sweeter strain of pot to accompany a main course of slow-roasted pork shoulder in a mole sauce with

In this Oct. 2, 2016 photo, a menu shows the dishes paired with certain strains of pot during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Bluegrass, an outdoor venue in Lyons, Colo.  Associated Press 

In this Oct. 2, 2016 photo, diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Bluegrass, an outdoor venue in Lyons, Colo. Associated Press

charred root vegetables and rice. And with dessert? Marijuana-infused chocolate, of course, grated over salted caramel ice cream and paired with coffee infused with non-intoxicating hemp oil. The diners received small glass pieces and lighters to smoke the pairings, or they

could have their marijuana rolled into joints by professional rollers set up next to a bartender pouring wine. Welcome to fine dining in Weed Country. The marijuana industry is trying to move away from its pizza-and-Doritos roots as folks explore how to safely serve marijuana and food. Chefs are working

with marijuana growers to chart the still-very-unscientific world of pairing food and weed. And a proliferation of mass-market cheap pot is driving professional growers to develop distinctive flavors and aromas to distinguish themselves in a crowded market. “We talk with the (marijuana) grower to understand what traits they saw in the marijuana ... whether it’s earthy notes, citrus notes, herbal notes, things that we could play off,” said Corey Buck, head of catering for Blackbelly Restaurant, a top-rated farmto-table restaurant that provided the meal. The grower of one of the pot strains served at the dinner, Alex Perry, said it won’t be long until marijuana’s flavors and effects are parsed as intently as wine profiles. But that’s in the future, he conceded. “It’s still looked down upon as a not-very-sophisticated thing,” said Perry, who grew a strain called Black Cherry Soda for his company, Headquarters Cannabis. Holding his nose to a small jar of marijuana, Perry said, “If I asked my mom or my dad what they smell, they’re going to say, ‘skunk,’ or, ‘It smells like marijuana.’ But it’s like wine or anything else. There’s

more flavor profile there.” But chefs and pot growers trying to explore fine dining with weed face a legal gauntlet to make pot dinners a reality, even where the drug is as legal as beer. Colorado’s marijuana retailers can’t also sell food, so guests at this dinner had to buy a separate $25 “goodie bag” from a dispensary for the pot pairings. The bags came with tiny graters for diners to shave the pot chocolate onto their ice cream themselves; the wait staff

tled to and from the event by private bus, to avoid potentially stoned drivers leaving the dinner. Marijuana dining may become more accessible in coming months, though. Denver voters this fall will consider a proposal to allow marijuana use at some bars and restaurants as long as the drug isn’t smoked, with the potential for new outdoor marijuana smoking areas. And two of the five states considering recreational marijuana in November — California and Maine — would allow some “social use” of the drug, leaving the potential for pot clubs or cafes. Currently, Alaska is the only legal weed state that allows on-site marijuana use, with “tasting rooms” possible in commercial dispensaries. But that state is still working on rules for how those consumption areas would work. For now, marijuana dining is limited to folks who hire private chefs to craft infused foods for meals served in their homes, or to special events like this one, limited to adults and set outside to avoid violating smoke-free air laws. Guests at the Colorado dinner were admittedly experimenting with pairing weed and food, many giggling as they toked be-

In this Oct. 2, 2016 photo, diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of pairings of fine food and craft marijuana strains served to invited guests dining at Planet Bluegrass, an outdoor venue in Lyons, Colo.  Associated Press

could not legally serve a dish containing pot, even though the event was private and limited to people over 21. Diners were shut-

tween bites. It became apparent late in the evening that a rich meal doesn’t counteract marijuana’s effects.q

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