Thursday, June 14, 2012
DIMAS issues bulletin for those who loses status on July 1st 2012 With respect to the decision of the Counsel of Ministers to anticipate and issue a new admission status in accordance with a new law, DIMAS has issued this communique to inform how they will attend to the specific group for whom the changes will apply. How they have divided up the target groups for this project.
New Harbor and Shipsregulation law soon to be implemented ORANJESTAD -- This week Aruba’s Parliament will be deliberating over the new Harbor and Ships-regulation Law that the Department of Shipping has prepared together with the assistance of Holland. This new law replaces the old and outdated 1933 law with which Aruba is still working. The new law encompasses everything having to do with Aruba’s wharfs, namely, the Paardenbaai wharf, the Barcadera wharf, and the San Nicolaas wharf. Each wharf is under the direction of organizations. The Paardenbaai and Barcadera whafs are directed by APA and the Valero Refinery directs the San Nicolaas wharf. With respect to the waterworks ordinance, this covers the 12 sea miles around Aruba and regulates everything transpiring in our territorial waters. This aspect is extremely important because for many years we did not know exactly what was happening in our territorial waters.
In the past we recall seeing different ship/tanker illumination at sea on the south side of Aruba, other ships lowering their anker and holding at sea in wait of work, or waiting for the price of petroleum to go up, or the price of diesel to go down, after which to hoist anker and move on. Others would come to lighter. Lightering is the process of two ships/tankers hugging close to each other while unloading from one unto the other. There are also illegal activities taking place out at sea. With this new law, each ship/tanker is obliged to report to The Department of Shipping to inform them as to exactly what their intentions are in our territorial waters and for how long. This information must reach the Aruba Department 72 hours prior to their arrival at sea. Those who fail to notify the local authorities may still do so upon their arrival here. Continued on page 3
Target Group A: Those whose admissions status will expire on July 1st 2012 relative to the changes in the law of 2006. Specifically: 1. those legally registered at the Census Bureau as married (before July 2006) in Aruba and is living together with their spouse, a born Aruban with the Dutch Nationality, or 2. those legally registered at the Census Bureau (before July 2006) as married on Aruba and living together with their spouse, a person naturalized or who chose the Dutch Nationality here on Aruba, or 3. those legally registered as married (before July 2006) in Aruba and is living together with their spouse who has the status of “legal rights by virtue of the law” in Aruba. Examples: person sent here to work for the government, military person, or the spouse of a Dutch Kingdom citizen legally residing more than 5 years on Aruba, or 4. the minor child born out of the above union, or who has been legally recognized or adopted of one of the 3 previously mentioned categories and living in the same household (with parents) here on Aruba. Target Group B: The same as Group A, but has applied for proof of above status at DIMAS for the first time after July 2006 and received the so-called “declaration of transitional provision VI.” Target Group C:
The traget group C is divided in the following manner: 1. persons legally registered at the Census Bureau as married (after July 2006) in Aruba and is living together with their spouse who is a born Aruban with the Dutch Nationality in Aruba, or 2. persons legally registered at the Census Bureau as married (after July 2006) in Aruba and is living together with their spouse who is a naturalized Dutch citizen here on Aruba, or 3. those legally registered as married (after July 2006) on Aruba and is living together with their spouse who has the
status of “legal rights by virtue of the law.” 4. minor child born on Aruba out of the above union, or legally recognized or adopted and falls into one of the above 3 categories and living together with their parents in the household. In conformity with the decision of the Counsel of Ministers, as of July 1st 2012, the persons described above will receive the new status of “admision by virtue of law; and this means that they will no longer need a residence permit to live sand work on Aruba. Continued on page 3
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Free Zone Aruba welcomes New admissions law to benefit expatriates married to nationals first customers and minor children
ORANJESTAD -- The government has recently issued a bulletin from DIMAS with the following information: On May 25th, the Counsel of Ministers decided, in anticipation of Article 3G of the new Admissions Law (LTYUV), to apply the following changes to the new law. The changes will be applied henceforth: - provided that the proposition of the changes in the Law of Admission have been submitted to Parliament - the changes in the law in particular contains stipulations that are more beneficial than the actual law and are comparable to the provision which nessitated the abolition of the 2006 law - that as of July 1st 2012, the new status authorized by law to those legally married before the 1st of July 2006 to an Aruban and who is registered at the Census Bureau as married will expire, in conformity with the provision of transition, in the event they
were not naturalized or chose to become Dutch citizens. This simply means that those who lost their status as of the 1st of July 2012 – either the LTUV is not applicable or their admission according to the law – because of the stipulation of the change in the law in 2006, will – in anticipation of the new law now at Parliament – receive a new status and need not apply for a residence permit in order to live and work on Aruba. What will the expatriate have to comply with in order to earn the new status? The requirements for obtaining the status of “van rechtswege”) legal rights by virtue of the law) are the following: A. Must register as married to an Aruban on Aruba and living together at the same address with that Aruban citizen B. Registered as married on Aruba to a person who has
the status of “legal rights by virtue of the law,” or C. Is the minor child born, legally recognized or adopted during the marriage with a person under point A or B and is living together at the same address with the parents mentioned in Points A or B. Who is considered an Aruban Citizen according to the actual law? Such a person is one for whom the LTUV is not applicable and according to the actual LTUV, are in the following categories: 1. A person born on Aruba with Dutch Nationality 2. A person who was naturalized or opted to become a Dutch citizen on Aruba 3. A person born outside of Aruba with Dutch nationality of parents mentioned in points 1 or 2 The government has also decided that DIMAS will attend to this group of people in the form of a project, the project will have a duration of 8 weeks and will commence on the 19th of June. More information with respect to this matter will be forthcoming in subsequent news bulletins.
From left to right: Mr. Bert Vermaas (managing director VCC Free Zone NV) and Mrs. Corry Caster (account executive at FZA NV).
From left to right: Mr. Bert Vermaas (managing director VCC Free Zone NV) and Mr. G.M. Peterson (managing director FZA NV).
ORANJESTAD – In February of this year, the Minister of Finance, Communication, Utilities and Energy, Minister Mike de Meza, made the decision to initiate the process of modernizing the free zone regime. In future, service-oriented companies have the option to open an office outside of the Customs-controlled designated free zone areas. On Friday, June 8th, two companies, VCC Free Zone NV and Caribbean Catalyst Technology Freezone NV, were the first to make use of this new possibility. Free Zone Aruba (FZA) NV is very pleased with this development aimed at making
the free zone of Aruba more attractive for service companies wishing to use Aruba as a regional economic hub. With this a positive step has been taken to implement the vision of Aruba as ‘The Green Gateway.’ FZA NV is committed to submit additional ‘make-over’ suggestions to Mike de Meza for approval, to make the free zone product more attractive for entrepreneurs. FZA NV wishes VCC Free Zone NV and Caribbean Catalyst Technology much success with their business endeavours form their offices in Paradera and Savaneta.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
New Harbor and Ships- DIMAS issues bulletin for those who loses status . . . regulation law ... Continued from page 1
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If they don’t have a logical explanation for their presence will be asked to depart our territorial waters. Countries in other parts of the world are known to charge a fee for ankering in their waters. The government of Aruba is seriously considering following suit, at least for those ships who navigate
our territorial waters in search of work (known as “awaiting orders”). A decision regarding charging ankering fees is being deliberated by the Counsel of Ministers. In the event the decision is made to begin charging ankering fees, this will only apply to conventional ships. It will not apply to local boats nor to yachts that anker at Seaport Marina, Varadero or at Nautical Club. This new law will require a rigorous control in our territorial Waters to ensure that everyone complies with all the laws. The government is preparing a protocol to be signed by the Coast Guard of the Kingdom. This will ensure that all work is carefully defined as to the full extent of the responsibilities of the Dutch Kingdom Coast Guard…what exactly they must do for the Department of Shipping and how they are to supervise our territorial waters.
Proof of this new status – while not obligatory – will be issued by DIMAS in the form of a project. This project begins next Tuesday, June 19th for Target Groups A and B. DIMAS will be honoring petitions for the declasration of the nwe status between 2:30 to 6:30 in the evening and according to a specific sequence. The sequence will employ the last names of the petitioner to receive the 3G Status. Another option for Target Groups A or B, also group C will be to deposit the petition for the declaration into a “drop box” at DIMAS any moment during office hours. The schedule of the sequence according to the letter of last names: Weedk 1 Week 2 Week 3 19-06-2012 A 26-06-2012 C 02-07-2012 F 20-06-2012 A 27-06-2012 C 03-07-2012 G 21-06-2012 B 28-06-2012 D 03-07-2012 G 22-06-2012B 29-06-2012 E 04-07-2012 H 05-07-2012 I 06-07-2012 J Week 5 16-07-2012 O 17-07-2012 P 18-07-2012 P 19-07-2012 Q 19-07-2012 R 20-07-2012 R 27-07-2012 V
23-07-2012 S 24-07-2012 S 25-07-2012 T 26-07-2012 U 26-07-2012 V
30-07-2012 W 30-07-2012 X 30-07-2012 Y 31-07-2012 Z
09-07-2012 K 09-07-2012 L 10-07-2012 L 11-07-2012 M 11-07-2012 M 11-07-2012 M
It will take about two weeks to process the petition after submitting the application for the declaration. Continued on page 5
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Philippine expatriates share their Independence Day with islanders
A gift for President of Parliament Paul Croes
The Republic of the Philippines celebrated 114 years of independence from Spain on June 12. The extent of Aruba’s expatriate Philippine population and their connection to the island community is such, that as noted by Honorary Philippine Consul, Ami HenriquezMendes noted, Aruba is the only nation aside from their homeland which raises the Philippine flag next to their own on this special day. An elegant ceremony was conducted in the Plaza at Wilhelmina Park on Tuesday morning, attended by Aruba’s Prime Minister, Mike Eman, Lt. Governor Ella TrompYarzagary, President and VicePresident of Parliament, Paul Croes and Chris Dammers, among many other island dignitaries expressing their gratitude for Filipino contributions
to Aruban society. Flower arrangements were placed at the base of the statue of Queen Whilhelmina by various factions, in honor of the occasion. Consul HenriquezMendes and her son, Aga,
began representing the Philippine population, as did their community organization UFILCOA. Aruba’s Ministry of Culture was represented by Stanley Dabian and Andy Lee, Aruba’s Director of Foreign Affairs, assisted the Philippine Ambassador to Venezuela and the region, Jacqueline Bastoon Garcia, in placing a bouquet. They were followed by Paul Croes and Chris Dammers in the name of Parliament and the formal ceremony ended with Prime Minister Eman joined by the Secretary of the Council of Ministers, Nicole Hoevertz, in placing a bouquet on behalf of the Aruban Government. Keynote speakers for the morning were Paul Croes and the Prime Minister, who expressed how the immigrant
Andy Lee of Aruban Foreign Service and Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon Garcia
Filipino population, numbering in the low thousands, has enhanced Aruba with their culture along with their determined work ethic. They can be found in numerous professions, but have set excellent examples particularly in tourism and nursing. Paul Croes noted it was also the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Philippine Independence being officially honored on Aruba. It is a tradition for Hon- Ambassador bids farewell orary Consul Henriquzvance, as Ambassador Bastoon Mendes to address the Garcia has reached the end of gathering; this year she fo- their three-year posting in cused on the many Filipinos Venezuela and will soon move who, despite having attained on to the embassy in Bangkok, Dutch citizenship and com- Thailand. She addressed the pletely embraced their role in gathering to express her great the Aruban community, are admiration and affection for still preserving their culture the island, the Arubans she has and language and passing it on come to know, and its Filipino to a new generation. “I am community. She read a perhappy you have become a part sonal greeting to Aruba from of this nation and are dedicated President of the Philippines to fostering its spirit,” she told Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. those who had recently obThe morning ended with a tained their Dutch passports. touch of Filipino culture and Following her addressed, The food, as is also tradition, a preConsul presented a memento cursor to a day full of celebrato Lt. Governor Ella Tromp- tion ending with a cultural Yazagary, Paul Croes and parade of traditional dress in Prime Minister Eman. the evening and a party in the There was a certain Renaissance Fiesta Gardens. poignancy to this year’s obserby Rosalie Klein
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Don’t miss the Carubbian Festival this coming Thursday
DIMAS issues bulletin for those who loses status on July 1st 2012 Continued from page 3
This time span is necessary for verifying all the data with the official bodies on the island. The declaration, in conformity with the law, will be sent by registered mail. The proof of status will be issued by DIMAS completely gratis. DIMAS has created a short list of requirements and they will do their own administrative control. For exam-
ple, they will consult with the Census Bureau before issuing the declaration to verify that all is correct and that all the requirements have been met. The application forms, and list of requirements will be available online at: www.dimasaruba.com, or can be picked up at the reception desk at DIMAS during office hours.
IASA will cooperate with anyone of the Target Groups needing to travel during the upcoming vacation period. AZV will extend the polichy for one year for the A and B Target Groups. More information from AZV pertaining to this will be forthcoming from AZV. What should you do if you do not comply (any-
more) with the conditions, but you had a status mentioned in the past? All those who no longer comply with the requirements and have Aruba as primary place of residence, has the obligation to process an application to obtain the new residence status in the event they do not have a definite residence permit or is not naturalized.
SAN NICOLAS -- Every Thursday evening, islanders flock to San Nicolas to enjoy the fabulous bargains and entertainment of the Carubbian Festival, a mix of Aruban and Caribbean traditions kept alive by the multi-cultural make up of Aruba’s “Sunrise City.” Originally populated by the thousands that came from all over the Caribbean to work at the refinery, the town has savored and preserved the food, music and dance that many brought with them from their various regions. The festival, from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m., revels in the diverse background of San Nicolas, offering unique dishes and beverages, along with a full evening of island entertainment. This week, organ grinder “Mi Amor” opens the show. A full roster of some of Aruba’s finest criollo entertainers follows including local musical band “Perfect Sound,” dance groups “Sunrise Dancers,” and “The Super Dancers,” soloist “Mighty Whitey,” limbo dance by “Miguel Philips” and Carnival show by “Carna-Aruba,” and this is only on the main stage! Scattered throughout the main street of San Nicolas are performance areas surround by seating where you can settle in with an island snack or dinner, including music by steel pan Touch of Steel on the stage at CMB Bank.” Island visitors can enjoy the Carubbian festival as part of a complete package available at all De Palm and concierge desks, which include transportation. You can customize you evening by purchasing with or without food and refreshments. A variety of local handicrafts are offered for sale and the event guarantees a good time for all, with an authentic introduction to the island experience.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Firefighters start to Russia accuses US of arming contain US wildfires DENVER (AFP) - More than a blaze which has so far deSyria rebels 1,000 firefighters are making stroyed 224 homes and 10 out-
TEHRAN (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States on Wednesday of supplying weapons to Syria's rebels, which is worsening the conflict engulfing Moscow's allied regime in Damascus. Lavrov's accusation followed a charge by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she had information Russia was sending to Syria "attack helicopters ... which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically." It was the first time Moscow has directly pointed the finger at Washington. Previously, it had said unidentified "foreign powers" were arming the opposition. Asked in Tehran about the helicopter allegation, Lavrov said only that Moscow was giving Damascus "conventional weapons" related to air defence and asserted that the deal complied with international law. "We do not supply to Syria or anywhere else things that are used to fight peaceful civilians," he said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said last month that Moscow believed "it would be wrong to leave the Syrian government without the means for self-defence." Iranian Foreign Minister Ali
Akbar Salehi said at the same news conference with Lavrov that Tehran and Moscow were "very close" on the Syrian issue. Western and Arab nations, he said, "are sending weapons to Syria and forces to Syria, and are not allowing the reforms promised by the Syrian president to be applied." Reports in Iran allege that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States are arming Syria's rebels -- termed "ter-
rorists" by Damascus -- while US officials claim Iran is giving arms and military advisors to Syria's regime. Some observers fear the conflict, which the UN's chief peacekeeper agrees said is a civil war, could blow up into a struggle between forces helped by outside nations. Monitors say more than 14,100 people have been killed in the 15-month uprising against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow is now trying to organise an international conference on Syria that would include several nations with influence over the conflict, including Iran. The United States, Britain and France, though, object to Iran taking part. "All sides in the conflict need to stop operations ... Any player with leverage should apply pressure to stop the violence and facilitate negotiations," he said.
BOGOTA, Colombia - People take part in a demonstration against war outside the Constitutional Court in Bogota on June 13, 2012. Various social organizations filed a lawsuit in order to build bridges and advance dialogues with illegal armed groups without an authorization of the Government. Activists say that blocking civil society of peace initiatives the Government is curtailing the free exercise of their constitutional rights. AFP PHOTO
progress in containing a huge five-day-old wildfire in parched Colorado, officials said Wednesday as blazes raged in several western US states. County sheriff's office said. As well as personnel on the ground, 10 planes and 14 helicopters were also used to fight the blaze from the air. "There was good success from the hard work yesterday.... The majority of the east side of the fire is contained," said an online update, adding "the weather will play a big factor as it will be warmer and drier with shifting winds." Firefighters have battled to build a containment line around the blaze that broke out Saturday about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. At least 100 structures have been destroyed, but the intensity of the blaze has prevented officials from finding out exactly how many buildings and home were destroyed. The fire has claimed the life of one 62-year-old woman who perished in her cabin. In the neighboring state of New Mexico, firefighters said they have 35 percent contained
buildings, according to an online update Wednesday morning. Some 1,170 crew were tackling the blaze, which had grown slightly in size to 37,250 acres (15,070 hectares) "Firefighters continue to make steady progress, and are focusing efforts on the northwest flank of the fire. With the assistance of retardant drops, crews will build hand line to contain the active fire front," it said. The Department of Homeland Security meanwhile said Tuesday it was working closely with emergency services tackling wildfires in a number of other western states, including Arizona, California, Utah and Wyoming. In all, 19 active large fires were burning in nine states, "including one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico history and one of the largest wildfires in Colorado history," it said. Some 4,500 extra firefighters have been dispatched by federal agencies, which are also providing emergency funding to help states cope with the costs of tackling the massive blazes.
Tunisian President Zine ElAbidine Ben Ali. A military court in Tunisia sentenced ousted president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to 20 years imprisonment in absentia on June 13, 2012 on various charges including incitement to murder, the TAP news agency reported. Ben Ali, who is exiled in Saudi Arabia, was found guilty of "inciting disorder, murder and looting," the court said in its verdict over the deaths of four youths, shot dead in the TUNIS,Tinisia (files photo) town of Ouardanine in midA file picture shows then January 2011.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Argentina renews Falklands assault at UN UNITED NATIONS (AFP) Thirty years to the day after the end of the Falklands War, President Cristina Kirchner yesterday led an Argentine task force to UN headquarters to reopen diplomatic hostilities with Britain. Kirchner headed a delegation of more than 90 diplomats and officials in an assault on the UN decolonization committee to again put her country's claim to sovereignty of the South Atlantic islands. Britain refuses to take part in the 24-country committee. But two Falklands lawmakers -- a quarter of the governing legislative assembly -- will resist and put the case that the 3,000 population want to remain under the British flag. The Falklands government announced Tuesday that it will
hold a referendum on its political status in 2013 in a new bid to end any dispute on what the people want. The UN committee has debated the Falklands each year for more than four decades. The visit by Argentina's nationalist leader has surprised iswill be the first head of state to address what is a relatively low level UN committee. Some diplomats say Kirchner is taking advantage of the emotion of the 30th anniversary of the 74-day war in which 649 Argentine and 255 British soldiers died. The Falklands remains a national cause in Argentina, which is supported by South American nations, and diplomatic tensions have been rising again in recent months.
Support for marijuana legalization growing in U.S
NEW YORK, NY - Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally against marijuana arrests in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. The New York City Council is set to vote on a resolution that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has urged the state's lawmakers to pass the law which many say leads to the arrests of a disproportion of minority youths. (AFP PHOTO)
Obama favored for reelection... in Europe and Japan WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama would cruise to reelection in November if Europeans and Japanese could vote, but his popularity is slipping in China and Muslim nations, according to a poll out yesterday. A month-long, 21-nation survey by the Pew Research Center found approval of Obama has sharply declined since he took office in early 2009, and US economic clout is increasingly seen to be waning, even among key US allies in Europe. But despite some general disappointment with the president's policies, Europeans fervently support his re-election, including in France, where 92 percent of respondents want to see a second Obama term. Nearly nine in 10 Germans also favor his reelection, along with 73 percent of British respondents. Some 72 percent of Brazilians also want to see Obama re-elected as do two thirds of Japanese respondents. Such numbers would be a godsend for Obama domestically, where he is locked in a neck-and-neck battle with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll put Obama ahead 47-43 percent against his rival. Obama is facing strong opposition in some key spots overseas, Pew said. In China, confidence in Obama has plunged by 24 points and approval of his policies has dropped 30 points. Just 31 percent of Chinese want Obama reelected, compared with 39 percent who do not. And in Russia, a country with which the Obama administration pledged to "reset" troubled relations, 25 percent are in favor of his re-election and 27 percent opposed. Even in Europe, where sup-
port is high, confidence in Obama has dropped by six points, from 86 to 80 percent, since 2009. There is broader opposition to Obama in the Muslim world, where criticism of US foreign policy runs high even after the administration's support for last year's pro-democracy protests in Egypt and elsewhere. In Lebanon, 62 percent do not want four more years of Obama. In Jordan the figure is 73 percent, and in Egypt it rises to a startling 76 percent. "America's image is more positive than it was before Obama came in office, in Eu-
rope, in Brazil, in Japan, in some parts of the world," Richard Wike, associate director of Pew's Global Attitudes Project, told AFP. "In many Muslim countries we haven't seen the same Obama effect on America's image that we've seen elsewhere." But the United States still fares better in the eyes of the world now than four years ago. America's image "is certainly more positive today than it was during the last year of the Bush administration, and President Obama gets higher ratings than president Bush just about everywhere," Wike said.
HONDURAS, Tegucigalpa : A bullet is seen next to the corpse of a woman who was suffocated with adhesive tape to the mouth and nose and which at first sight appeared to have no gunshot wounds, in Tegucigalpa, on June 13, 2012. Tegucigalpa, along with the northern city of San Pedro Sula -- known as the Crime Capital -- are two of the world's most violent cities. (AFP PHOTO)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Health & Living
Re-introducing Merengue to Aruba
In countries such as Surinam, Guyana and Trinidad, a common belief was – and, perhaps, still is: “On Aruba money grows on trees.” I came to Aruba with this belief, but was soon disappointed to find that on Aruba money does grow but not on trees, but from hard work and sacrifice. As time went by and I became knowledgeable about Aruban life, especially about its flora and fauna, it dawned on me that in Aruba money does, indeed, grow on trees, but not in the form of notes and coins, but in their equivalent – food and other life supports provided by the Sigin tree. The sight of this tree growing wild and neglected amazed me because in Trinidad the tree was treasured for its food and other values. It ranked with spinach, okra, beans and
tomato, and fetched high prices. Thus, it was a “money” tree, and deserved the name “mother’s best friend.” Sigin is, in Trinidad, the common name of the tree whose scientific name is Moringa oleifera. Its other common names include: the drumstick tree (its long pods look like drumstricks), horseradish tree the taste of its roots being like that of horseradish), Saigin, in Guyana. It arrived from Santo Domingo (the Dominican Republic) with the name Merengue, which is believed to be a distortion of its technical name Moringa. Or, perhaps, the sight of its waving, swirling, flexible branches in the wind reminded the people of their pride and joy, the meringue dance. In years gone by when times were really tough in Aruba, fruit-bearing trees like the meringue were brought in to stave off human and animal starvation. But in rosy times, such as the present, friends of the past are discarded. Thus, though the Merengue still struggles to hold its own in Aruba it is doing so only because it refuses to die. It breaks my heart to see its pods black and shriveling in the sun, and it’s bunches of white blossoms begging to be looked at. So let’s give the tree a fair look. As Food. Every part of the tree is edible. For centuries it has been the staple diet of peoples in the East and West.
Number one on the list of goodies is its long pea-like pods. When young they are cooked in many ways: boiled, stewed with or without meat, or prepared like okra or beans. Its tender leaves and flowers make a tasty and nutritious salad. Every now and then they grace my dishes at lunchtime – a contribution of my boyhood diet, and proof that they might lead to a long healthy life. Vitamins and Minerals contents. Protein 42%, calcium 125%, magnesium 60%, potassium 41% iron 71%, Vitamin A 27%, vitamin C 22%. Its leaves contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times Vitamin A in carrots, the times the protein in milk, three times the potassium in bananas. Oil Production. The bark, sap, roots, leaves and seeds produce oil which is used for cooking, cosmetics and lubrication. Water Purifier. In certain parts of India, crushed, dried seeds are used to purify water. Sexual Dysfunction. In some countries the seeds are believed to be effective in relieving sexual dysfunction in men as in women. Hence, perhaps, the reason why it is popular in Santo Domingo, but frowned upon in Aruba. The Meringue Tree is, indeed, a “miracle” tree. But look how it has become a nonentity tree in Aruba. My recent survey shows the following: On my 32 km, 2-hour drive from Barcadera to Tanki Flip and environs I saw only three Merengue trees; one in my orchard, and another at Santa Rosa where I had expected to see many plants on sale. This shows that if the trend is not reversed the tree would soon be lost to Aruba, as has happened on Curacao. Of five persons I personally interviewed, only one – an elderly woman – knows its name. None had ever eaten any part of the tree. Therefore, we’d better wake up before it’s too late. Let’s not be lazy or snobbish. Let’s be grateful and dance the Merengue under a Merengue tree. By Isaac Chin
Brazil claims successful test of parasite vaccine
BRASILIA (AFP) - Brazilian researchers say they have successfully tested a vaccine against schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide. "This is an unprecedented breakthrough in medicine that involved 30 years of scientific work," Dr Tania Araujo-Jorge, of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro, said Tuesday. The institute receives public and private funding. "We are confident that within three years Brazil will be able to distribute the first vaccine against parasites, and help combat schistosomiasis, a disease that strikes the poorest because it is spread by unsanitary conditions." The vaccine against the parasite, which also afflicts cattle, was developed from the reconstruction of a protein found in a species of worm.
The institute said it had successfully tested the vaccine in humans, but that more testing would be required in areas where the parasite is most common, mainly in Africa and South America. The freshwater parasite can penetrate people's skin, and children are at especially high risk because they swim and bathe in contaminated water. Brazil has some 2.5 million cases of schistosomiasis, which initially causes an itchy rash, followed in subsequent weeks by fever, chills, coughing and muscle aches. After a few years, the disease can damage internal organs. "While the mortality rate is low, schistosomiasis causes incapacity, which makes it a disease that is caused by poverty and one that perpetuates poverty," Araujo-Jorge said.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Famed “Green” Energy sailboat Ecolution to spend the winter months in Aruba plained at the signing of the MOU that “for a small island like Aruba a sustainable policy is a great challenge. You do need to find good partners. Fortunately, we have within the Kingdom of the Netherlands such partners, so we can rapidly work to realize our ambitions." The stated policy of the current Aruban government is a determination to switch to entirely renewable sources for the island’s energy and water production, within a set period becoming completely oil independent. Part of that was realized with the opening of the Vader Piet Wind Farm in 2009, which provides around 18% of the island’s energy needs. The government hopes to more thandouble that with the establishment of a second wind farm and the construction of a solar field over the
AMSTERDAM – Former astronaut and the first Dutchman in space, Dr. Wubbo Ockels. announced his plans to spend next winter in Aruba with his specially designed sailboat, Ecolution. He had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aruban government to participate in the realization of various projects in the field of sustainability. He plans to make the Atlantic crossing in December, mooring in Oranjestad harbor
for three months. Dr. Ockels was a keynote speaker at Aruba’s first Green EnergyGreen Aruba Conference in 2010 as an advocate for developing renewable energy technologies,His vessel, Ecolution, runs entirely on such sources. Upon signing the MOU Dr. Ockels commented "Here I can work much faster on sustainability in the Netherlands as well. My hands itch to get started” Prime Minister Eman ex-
parking lot of the Reina Beatrix International Airport, which will also provide shade for the cars using the lot. Prime Minister Eman declared contracting Dr. Ockels as a consultant in achieving this goal as a “very positive step forward.” In turn, Dr. Ockels, a full professor at TU Delft and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, has worked and
advised on several eco-aware projects, and considers his Aruban sojourn “a great adventure. This is an important moment for Aruba,” he stated in agreement with the Prime Minister, “I already feel the happy energy bubbling. I see this as a fantastic opportunity and hope to contribute to the sustainability or Aruba."
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Dimon says losses indefensible, still reform skeptic
Finance Air France to cut 5,000 jobs, union says PARIS (AFP) - French airline Air France is set to cut about 5,000 jobs by 2015, the CFECGC trade union said yesterday as it pushed for a social plan that did not include outright firing. The figure of 5,000 jobs has been reported by several French media and it was "not far from the truth," GFE-CGC representative Ronald Noiret told AFP, before adding: "It will be around 5,000 posts according to our estimations." Air France management declined to comment on the number, and a works committee
meeting is scheduled for June 21. The struggling FrancoDutch carrier Air France-KLM has launched a major cost-saving program after posting a loss of 809 million euros ($1.0 billion) for 2011 and a first quarter net loss in 2012 of 368 million euros. Noirot said: "We are ready to accept a lot of efforts on the part of personnel if the protocol agreement presented to unions guarantees the jobs of those who do not want to leave voluntarily. In no case do we want forced departures."
Hollande warns Greeks vote could see them pushed out of euro PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande warned Greeks four days before elections that if their country doesn't keep its bailout commitments some of its eurozone partners will want it out of the currency bloc. While acknowledging
Greeks' right to determine their own future, Hollande told Greek Mega Channel television that if it appears from the vote that they don't want to respect the bailout deal "there will be countries in the eurozone which would prefer to end Greece's presence in the eurozone."
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WASHINGTON - JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Jamie Dimon told lawmakers that he could not defend how a hedging strategy in a London office morphed into a multibillion-dollar trading loss, but he still took swipes at regulatory reforms that he said fail to make sense. Dimon, appearing before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, apologized for the self-inflicted loss that he said started as a genuine hedge that would make the firm a lot of money if a credit crisis hit. Lawmakers have questioned whether the trades, that have yielded more than $2 billion in losses so far, were truly a hedge or a speculative bet that was hidden from shareholders and regulators. "This particular synthetic credit portfolio was intended to earn a lot of revenue if there was a crisis. I consider that a hedge," Dimon said. "What it morphed into, I will not try to defend." Dimon also said regulators were not to blame for not detecting that the failed hedging
strategy, that started in January, was blowing up. He said the bank's senior management missed it as well. But he did say that the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, put in place to rein in banks' risk-taking after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, created a bewildering new regulatory system. "What we set up is a system with more and more regulators, we don't know actually know who has jurisdiction over many of the issues we are dealing with anymore," Dimon said. "I would prefer a simple, clean, strong regulatory system, with real intelligent design, but that's not what we did." Dimon, known for smoothly navigating JPMorgan through the financial crisis, was largely treated cordially by the senators, who pressed him on why the losses occurred and what the bank is doing to make sure similar mistakes don't happen again. He got less polite treatment from a handful of protesters who yelled out "Jamie Dimon is a crook" and "Stop foreclo-
sures now" before being escorted out of the cavernous hearing room. Senators did not immediately demand that Dimon give an update on the losses in the portfolio, which JPMorgan is still unwinding. The bank is expected to give an update to shareholders when it reports its second-quarter results in midJuly. Dimon did say that the bank's "fortress balance sheet remains intact" and that he expects the second quarter to be solidly profitable. He also addressed reports that JPMorgan changed its risk model in a way that disguised that the CIO had doubled its risk-taking. Dimon said the new model that was put in place in January allowed the CIO unit to take more risk, and it contributed to the trading debacle. He said once the bank realized the new model did not more accurately reflect reality, it went back to the old model. "We don't, as of today, believe it was done for nefarious purposes.
ING to pay $619 mn to settle US sanctions charges WASHINGTON (AFP) Dutch bank ING will pay $619 million to settle US government accusations that it violated sanctions banning transactions with Cuba, Iran and others, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The settlement is the largest settlement of any kind with the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to date, the department said. "ING Bank's apparent violations, which totaled more than $1.6 billion routed through the United States despite US sanctions, arose out of policies at multiple offices of ING Bank's Wholesale Banking Division," it said in a statement. The settlement resolves OFAC's civilian investigation into ING Bank's "intentional manipulation and deletion of information" about US-sanctioned parties in more than 20,000 financial and trade transactions routed through third-party banks located in the United States between 2002 and 2007. Most of the transactions were in apparent violation of US sanctions against Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Sudan and now-repealed sanctions
against Libya. In addition to the settlement with OFAC, ING simultaneously also concluded settlements with the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, the Department of Justice's National Security Division, the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and the New York County District Attorney's Office, the Treasury said. The Treasury pointed out that neither ING Bank's insurance nor its banking operations in the United States were subjects of the investigation. The Treasury's OFAC had referred the case for criminal investigation in light of the number of apparent violations, "the array of stratagems employed by ING Bank to conceal its actions, and the seriousness of the conduct, which in some cases was ongoing for a very long period of time." "Today's historic settlement should serve as a clear warning to anyone who would consider profiting by evading US sanctions," said Adam Szubin, director of OFAC. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Lisa
Monaco, said the fine "underscores the national security implications of ING Bank's criminal conduct. "For more than a decade, ING Bank helped provide state sponsors of terror and other sanctioned entities with access to the US financial system, allowing them to move billions of dollars through US banks for illicit purchases and other activities." In a statement, ING Bank said it had "cooperated closely and constructively with regulators" investigating the violations, and that it had closed offices and ended relationships that had given rise to the problems.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Jennifer Lopez visits Panama hospital ahead of tour
PANAMA CITY (AFP) - US diva Jennifer Lopez visited a children's hospital in Panama to which she has donated telemedicine equipment at the start of a series of South American concerts. "As a mother, children are the most important thing for me," she said Tuesday at a hospital for poor children in the capital, where she was accompanied by her sister Lynda and Panamanian officials. Lopez, 42, will kick off a new tour here on Thursday, with upcoming concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Canada and the United States.
Last month Lopez was named the world's most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, which based its rankings on earnings, press coverage and Internet presence. After taking time off to become a mother in 2008, Lopez returned to the public eye last year with a star turn as one of three talent judges on "American Idol." Lopez has four-year-old twins, Max and Emme, from her marriage with salsa musician Marc Antony, who filed for divorce earlier this year.
Paris nixes Prince's request for July 14 Eiffel Tower show
PARIS (AFP) - US pop star Prince has been refused permission by the mayor of Paris for a concert under the Eiffel Tower on July 14 because it would clash with Bastille Day celebrations, a close aide said Wednesday. "There was a request from the producer of Prince in France to organize a concert on July 14," said the aide to mayor Bertrand Delanoe. "But our priority is the July 14 fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, which is not compatible with this project.
"We are ready to study another concert date, discussions are under way." Prince, who regularly comes to France, had wanted to give a free concert on the French national day in partnership with a charity, and the show would reportedly have been filmed for release in 3-D cinemas. Prince's producer in France, Jackie Lombard, confirmed she had received a rejection letter from the Paris mayor stating that "two events such as a Prince concert and a July 14 fireworks show cannot coexist". Lombard said another date in September had been proposed to the city for a concert in association with a charity that fights HIV/AIDS. "In September, there are already two events scheduled on that subject, a George Michael concert and a concert for AIDS Solidarity. We could put a real spotlight on AIDS that month." Paris city had not yet replied to this proposal, she said.
Nightly chimes land Polish priest in court
WARSAW (AFP) - A Polish priest was sentenced to 30 hours of community service for disturbing the peace after villagers near his church complained the night-long chiming of the clock was losing them sleep. "He was sentenced to 30 hours community service for disturbing the peace at night," Zbigniew Mierzejewski, a court official in Rawa Mazowiecka, central Poland, told AFP Wednesday, adding the verdict was subject to appeal. The judge handed down the sentence to 54-year-old Roman Catholic priest Father Andrzej Wrobel on June 8, after police referred complaints about the noise to the court in December 2011. An electronic clock, set to auto-chime, was responsible for the nocturnal clanging, according to Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Mierzejewski said the clock in the belfry at the old, wooden church in Lewin, a village of about 200 people in central Poland, chimed the hours with the corresponding number of strokes, and also struck once every half hour, even throughout the night. By law, Polish citizens are entitled to a quiet time between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Justin Bieber fans pack Mexico City for free concert
MEXICO CITY: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber brought Bieber Fever to more than 210,000 fans in Mexico Cityâ€™s famed Zocalo plaza for a free open air concert Monday night to promote his forthcoming album Believe. 'Every one of you is my biggest fan,' he told concertgoers when he took the stage Monday night at The Zocalo which was covered in a sea of purple as the mainly 10 to 14-yearold crowd paid homage to what is reported to be Bieber's favorite colour. The crowd went wild when Bieber asked a fan onto the stage, gave her a bouquet of flowers and sang "One Less Lonely Girl" into her ear. The girl didn't stop crying.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Alexandre Herchcovitch was one of the first to unveil his latest creations in the city's Ibirapuera Park
creations by Ronaldo Fraga during the 2013 summer collection of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week.
SAO PAULO (AFP) - Sao Paulo fashion week -- the top catwalk shows in Latin America -- kicked off Monday, with some 30 Brazilian labels set to showcase their summer collections with the focus on sustainable design. Alexandre Herchcovitch, Animale and Tufi Duek were the first to unveil their latest creations at the Biennal pavilion in the city's Ibirapuera Park. Ronaldo Fraga, Agua de Coco, Ellus, Joao Pimenta, Forum and Juliana Jabour are among the others due to take center stage over the course of the week.
"The whole world recognizes Sao Paulo Fashion Week, senses that it operates in a unique way in the fashion world. Brazil is a unique country, with a unique culture," creative director Paulo Borges told a pre-event press conference. Organizers expects the event to generate a total of $1 billion in business. Prospective buyers came from Britain, Dubai, Spain and the United States, but Borges said sales were mainly focused on the domestic market. The theme for this year's
summer collections is: "We transform: Stories worth telling" -- putting the emphasis on tradition and local design. Under a scheme led by architect Marcelo Rosenbaum, professional designers worked with communities in Brazil's poor areas to develop "sustainable" projects that will be displayed during the event. "We have to stop being a country which produces clothes and instead be a country which produces design," said Borges, stressing that fashion is the country's thirdbiggest industry. According to Texbrasil, the Brazilian Fashion Industry Export Program, the South American giant is the fifth-largest textile and apparel producer in the world. Sao Paulo fashion week is held twice a year, in January for the winter collections and in June for the summer collections.
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Dutch disaster on the brink, Varela revives Portugal hopes very least. "Holland created a few chances, which our defence dealt with, but I had the feeling Holland were physically dead after 60 minutes." Portugal made life more difficult for themselves than they shoudl have done and would have been easy winners had not their start player and captain Cristiano Ronaldo not missed a hatful of chances. Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (L) vies with German forward Miroslav Klose
KHARKIV (AFP) - Holland were left on the verge of exiting Euro 2012 at the group stage on Wednesday just two years after they looked set for a golden era when they reached the World Cup final. Two goals by German striker Mario Gomez proved enough as the Euro 2008 finalists saw off the Dutch 2-1 and left them pointless after two games of Group B. The Dutch will have to beat Portugal in their final group game. That looks an even tougher task after a stunning strike by substitute Silvestre Varela three minutes from time gave them a 3-2 win over a resilient Danish side that had come back from 2-0 thanks to
RESULTS EURO 2012 GROUP A Czech Rep. 2, Greece 1 Poland 1, Russia 1 Poland 1, Greece 1 Russia 4, Czech Rep 1 GROUP B Portugal 3, Denmark 2 Germany 2, Netherlands 1 Denmark 1, Neth. 0 Germany 1, Portugal 0 GROUP C Spain 1, Italy 1 Croatia 3, Ireland 1 GROUP D England 1, France 0 Ukraine 2, Sweden 1 THURSDAyâ€™S Matches: GROUP B Italy vs Croatia (12 noon) Spain vs.Ireland (2:45 p.m.)
two Nicklas Bendtner headers. Germany lead the group on six points while the Danes and the Portuguese have three apiece. Gomez struck twice in the first-half, both goals created by Bastien Schweinsteiger, to take his tally to three for the tournament and level with Russia's Alan Dzagoev at the top of the scoring charts. Whilst Robin van Persie got one back in the secondhalf, some relief for coach Bert van Marwijk whose loyalty to the Arsenal star had started to look foolhardy in the extreme after a woeful first-half, the Dutch still came up short. More worrying still ahead of a must win game was Arjen Robben's show of petulance when he was replaced late on. He showed his disgust by walking off the opposite side of the pitch and sullenly walked round to the side of the dugout. Added to the discontent publicly expressed by KlaasJan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart it does not augur well for the lead-up to the Portugal clash, though, the coach tried to drum up some enthusiasm for the challenge. "We still have a chance to go through and we have to believe in it," said van Marwijk defiantly. "Thousands of fans have come here and we have to do well for them, we have to beat Portugal now to have a chance." For his German counterpart Joachim Loew the 'door was now open to the quarterfinals' and he did not exactly give a ringing endorsement of Holland's chances of getting the win they need at the
Del Bosque,Trapattoni coaches of the old school GDANSK (AFP) - Defending champions Spain and the Republic of Ireland may be some distance apart in footballing terms - but Thursday's meeting at Euro 2012 will show they do have something in common. The Group C rivals are both coached by two highly experienced coaches of the 'old school' in Vicente Del Bosque and Giovanni Trapattoni, the septuagenarian Italian doyen of the tournament. Not for them the more modern, aimed-at-the-media pre-match polemics of a Jose Mourinho. Rather the quiet incarnation of the fostering an attitude of calm in the ranks and stressing the importance of fair play. And yet, this is their age not least for Del Bosque, who led Spain to the 2010 World Cup and who is seeking to make Spain the first nation to land three consecutive major
tournaments after his predecessor Luis Aragones lifted Euro 2008. Few can match the experience of the Del Bosque, serial trophy winner with Real Madrid - they endeavoured to sack him despite two Champions League triumphs - and 'Trap,' who has landed shoals of honours around Europe, most notably with Juventus and Bayern Munich. Del Bosque, 61, is 12 years younger than his rival, who took the reins with Ireland in 2008 and is renowned for being able to deal with egos a most useful quality in the modern game. Del Bosque has furthermore become a master of getting the best out of the side despite the enduring 'cultural' split on Real Madrid-Barcelona lines. With a World Cup win also on his CV he has strong armour-plating with which to see off those who would criticise
him - even if he had a strange reluctance to field any strikers against Italy in the opening game. As for 73-year-old Trapattoni, the oldest coach in the history of the tournament, he could be the great-grandfather of Holland's Jetro Williams, the youngest player at the event having just turned 18. In practice, the old adage 'age does not weary them' applies to the championships given that Otto Rehhagel was 65 when the German lifted the title against all expectations with Greece in 2004 and Aragones was at 69 also of pensionable age when he won with the Spanish four years ago. Trapattoni adopts an equally sanguine approach save for one notable tirade in his short spell with Bayern and in any case he was a spring chicken in his 50s in those days.
Armstrong faces formal doping charge - report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. According to the newspaper, the action was outlined in a letter sent to Armstrong and several others and could cost the Texan his titles in the world's premier cycle race. The Post reported that in the letter, USADA alleged it had collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions." According to the Post, which obtained a copy of the
letter, USADA claims it has witnesses to the fact that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates -- including Italian doctor Michele Ferrari and cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel -- engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998-2011. USADA officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday. Armstrong, who won the Tour de France from 19992005, and used his fame to fuel his charitable work for
cancer awareness, has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. He has never tested positive, but has been publicly accused by former teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton of cheating. In February, US prosecutors dropped an investigation into Armstrong and other cyclists without bringing criminal charges. At the time USADA said it continued to investigate allegations of doping in cycling and hoped to have access to the information gathered in the criminal probe. "Unlike the US Attorney, USADA's job is to protect clean sport rather than enforce specific criminal laws," USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in February. "Our investigation into doping in the sport of cycling is continuing and we look forward to obtaining the information developed during the federal investigation."
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central chicaGo cleveland detroit kansas minnesota
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27 28 31 33 35 40
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Thunder rally UEFA fines Russia, threatens qualifiers deduction to beat Heat in Finals opener
WARSAW (AFP) - Russia was on Wednesday facing a potential six-point deduction from its next European championship qualifying campaign, after UEFA imposed a suspended punishment for the behaviour of the country's fans
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (R) and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade during game one
OKLAHOMA (AFP) - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 41 points in the second half and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat Miami 105-94 in game one of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Durant scored 23 of his game-high 36 points in the second half and Westbrook had 12 third-quarter points for the Thunder, who kept their home record perfect in the playoffs with their ninth win in a row at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with 27 points and 11 assists while Serge Ibaka had 10 points and six rebounds for the Thunder, who are making their first NBA Finals appearance since 1996 when they were based in Seattle as the SuperSonics. Game two of the best-ofseven series is set for Thursday in Oklahoma City. LeBron James had a teamhigh 30 points and Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points and eight assists for the Heat, who lost to the Dallas Mavericks in last year's finals. The Heat seek Miami's first NBA title since 2006. Oklahoma City's 8-0 home mark over the first three rounds saw the Thunder storm through
the West by sweeping the Mavericks, ousting the Los Angeles Lakers in five games and polishing off the San Antonio Spurs in six games. Durant, making his first appearance in the NBA Finals, put on a shooting clinic in the second half, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter. The series is billed as threetime NBA Most Valuable Player James against threetime scoring champion Durant and Durant clearly won the marquee matchup in game one. The Heat hope to silence critics and prove they are capable of winning the titles expected of them when James, Wade and Chris Bosh gathered in Miami in 2010. James may not have matched Durant shot for shot in the fourth quarter but he was no slouch, finishing with nine rebounds and four assists. Westbrook gave the Thunder their first lead of the game with 16 seconds to play in the third quarter by finishing off a threepoint play to make it 74-73. The Thunder outscored the Heat 27-19 in the third quarter and committed only two turnovers in the second half after making eight turnovers in the first half.
at Euro 2012. European football's governing body slapped a 120,000euro ($150,000, 96,000-pound) fine on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) after supporters set off and threw fireworks during
the Group A opener with the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. Meanwhile Russiaâ€™s president Putin says Poland responsible for keeping order after Euro 2012 fan violence.
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