Monday, April 29, 2013
The Morning News wishes the Aruban people a Happy Queen’s and Labor Day 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Join the coronation celebration at the AH&SF issues police flashlights, quadracers Plaza Turismo in Oranjestad Entertainment will continue through the evening on the main stage with ‘Nos Cultura’ Dance Group, a martial arts show of the Brazilian discipline Capoeira, Kids and Youth in Action Dance Groups, the young winners of the "Art of Words" competition, Popcorn Dancers, noted singer Etty Toppenberg, and finish with ‘Duro Band.’ In the evening, beginning at 6:00 PM, famed Aruban percussionist Carlos Bislip will be joined by some of the island's most respected jazz Island visitors to Aruba this week have the rare opportunity to experience first hand the festivities and ambiance surrounding the "inauguration" not coronation, of a new monarch of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. HRM Queen Beatrix will step down from the throne tomorrow at 10:00 AM, in Holland. Her son, POV HRH WillemAlexander will be "inaugurated," rather than crowned, immediately afterwards. Queen Beatrix will sign a document – the act of abdication – and Willem-Alexander automatically becomes king, with his wife Maxima declared Queen. The official inauguration takes place at Nieuwe Kerk in Den Hague, in the form of a meeting of the upper and lower houses of parliament, as is required by the Dutch constitution. All members of both houses of Parliament will be present at this secular ceremony, which has no religious connotation. Aruba' s celebration committee has a full day and evening of musical and dance performance planned, taking place in the Plaza Turismo of the Linear Park, at the eastern end of Oranjestad. Beginning at 12:00 noon, over 17 snack and refreshment booths dedicated to locally produced foodstuff and island cuisine
Last week, Mr. Roland Peterson as representative of the A.H & S.F. handed over to the Head Commissioner A. Richardson, for each police-member of the Force,a rechargeable flashlight. Also 4 quad racers and 8 terrain bicycles.
has been organized by the Santa Rosa Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. Performance of a special "Song of the King," and anthem written especially for the occasion, will be performed at 1:00 PM island time, by a choral group consisting of schoolchildren from all island schools, under the direction of Maybelline Arends-Croes. This will be followed by a variety show from the Rufo Wever Musical School Band, directed by Johnny Croes, with the Mélange Choral Group.
musicians for his traditional annual concert in observance of International Jazz Apperception Month. They will JAM until 11:00 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend the festivities surrounding this milestone event, which marks the last Queen's Day celebration, April 30th, for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Beginning in 2014, the annual holiday will become "King's Day," and be celebrated on April 27, the birthday of the reigning monarch. Rosalie Klein
Monday, April 29, 2013
Randolf Hernandez celebrates 30 years with SETAR
Recently SETAR N.Vâ€™s office in Hendrikstraat had a celebration. Randolf Henriquez reached the great milestone of 30 years with the company. Randolf works in the Transmission Department. Accompanied by close colleagues, his wife Ivy, son, parents and siblings, Randolf recived his gift-envelope from SETARâ€™s Director Roland Croes. Pabien Randolf!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Hospitality students learn more about timeshare during a tour of the Playa Linda
Front Office and Reservations
Human Resources Students for the University of share Association. The onsite Aruba, Hospitality section, re- visit was a continuation of that cently took a tour of the Playa introduction, with more deLinda Beach Resort, in disco- tailed information on specific vering more about timeshare roles within timeshare operaoperations in Aruba. Playa tions provided by Playa Linda Linda General Manager Jan staff. “These students are a motivan Nes was a recent lecturer at the University, providing in- vated group, and we are happy sight on the industry through to share with them a view of responsibilities his long experience working in day-to-day tourism, and specifically with working in Aruba’s vibrant timeshare at the Playa Linda as timeshare industry,” explains well as with the Aruba Time- General Manager Jan van Nes.
Back of the House.
“We think it is important to open our resort and function as a goodwill ambassador for the industry in welcoming the next generation of Aruba’s tourism professionals.” The students had the opportunity to stop in to speak with different department heads, who each offered an explanation on his or her role within the resort. From the front of the house, Roosje Roose with Front Desk and Reservations, Sulaika Kelly with Human Resources, Walter Mohamed with Security and, from the back of the house, Remo Kock of Domestic Facilities, Ingrid Todd with Housekeeping and Peter van Grinsven with Maintenance, all offered expert views, enlightening students on career choices. A total of 24 students, broken into four groups, toured the resort, taking in a diverse amount of information before ending the visit with a congenial lunch held on property at Azzurro.
Hospital to introduce special training programs ORANJESTAD -- Our local, Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital plans to introduce different training programs to begin sometime in the month of June. During an official presentation held at the Edward Cheung Center, Coordinator of the Training Department of the Hospital, Mr. Frans Figaroa, explained that they consider this news very special as they waited quiet some time to begin these training programs. They plan to introduce three programs in consortium with the Amstel Academy, and the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ of Amsterdam. According to Figaroa, these training programs are very necessary because the Hospital is in dire need of specialized people. To send their employees to Holland for these training programs will be too expensive, hence the choice to do this in consortium with the Amstel Academy. The Hospital will bring Dutch experts from Holland as well as have classes conducted by their own medical specialists here. This way they can keep their own people here at the Hospital. They have a high demand for specialized personnel in the Dialysis clinic, for example. For this training program
they have 13 students. The other area is Pediatrics, where they need specially trained people to work with children and babies. The third area is Gynecology. Here the emphasis is on pregnant women with potential complications. Here they also need specialized personnel. According to Frans Figaroa, the Hospital has always offered special training programs to their personnel. They recognize that as nurses or medical staff it is important to continually keep abreast of new developments and procedures. Many things change in the medical field. Hence, it is imperative to continue learning and improving your skills in the medical field, according to Figaroa. For the upcoming program in June, they already have 23 persons to enroll in this. This year the interest for these training programs is great, hence the reason for starting with such a large group. The Hospital looks forward to these training programs with much enthusiasm. They expect to have well trained personnel to attend to the growing number of patients in the Dialysis department, and in the other areas mentioned above.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Special marine statement valid through May 4, 2013
A frontal system over the Atlantic (see photo) can influence Aruba's waters from sunday (28 April 2013) through the upcoming work week. Be avised that from Apr 28-May 04 long period northeasterly swells (see photo) will influence aruba. Due to Aruba's bathymetry some of these swells will refract and make the seas near the hotel area choppy from time to time. Most impacted area will be low-rise hotel area. Expect sea transparancy to drop and some breakers mainly near the lowrise area and malmok area. On the northern shores expect rough conditions with rip current. Take note of this special marine condition and use caution if necessary. If conditions worsen, more infomation will be given. For more information consult the meteorological service web page www.meteo.aw
Celebrating 65 years since the founding of the State of Israel
Head of Aruba's Diplomatic Service, Andy Lee with the Provances and Rabbi Kripper
On Saturday evening, April 27, Aruba's Honorary Consul for the State of Israel, Martha Lichtenstein, accompanied by Rabbi Daniel Kripper and members of the Synagogue Temple Beth Israel welcomed island dignitaries to the Cas di Cultura to observe the 65th years since the declaration and ratification by the United Nations of the Independent State
of Israel. After an elegant cocktail reception, guest were invited to the Cas di Cultura auditorium to enjoy a performance by the Tikva (Hebrew for Hope) Israeli Musical Group of Argentina, headed by Rabbi Martin Eisenberg. Prior to their performance, Rabbi Kripper led the audience in a prayer for peace for Israel, the fervent hope of the global Jewish community. "Israeli independence was not a final result, but only a beginning; the wish for Jews everywhere to have a homeland where they could achieve peace and freedom from perPadu Lampe with TMN Reporter secution." Consul Lichtenstein Rosalie Klein
The various consuls to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, France Domincan Republic, Honduras, with Honorary Consul of Israel
provided a brief history of Israel since the first battle of Independence, after the UN Declaration. She detailed Israeli triumphs, economically and culturally, building a nation from desert and swamps, to become a world leader in communication, innovative medical procedures, energy production and land reclamation technology. Israeli's boast the highest number of university graduates per capita, as well as the greatest number of Nobel Prize recipients. A country only the size of the state of Rhode Island, Israel boasts over 200 museums and cultural centers. The annual celebration of
Minister of Education Arthur Dowers and spouse with Honorary Consul of Israel Martha Lichtenstein
the founding of the State of Israel by the island's Jewish community is traditionally accompanied by an artistic presentation related to the their cultural roots, often interpreted in a uniquely contemporary
manner. The temple has hosted several dance groups and musical performers over the years, and "Tikva" provided a moving program of music with Hebrew lyrics. Rosalie Klein
Monday, April 29, 2013
Aruba is the place to celebrate anniversaries...
according to the Larry and Mary Van Marter
Larry and Mary Van Marter
Larry and Mary Van Marter their silver wedding anniverdiscovered Aruba during sary trip in 1993, which was
made all the more memorable by their delight with their chosen destination. They returned again in 1996 to purchase time sharing at the Renaissance Beach Suites, resulting in an annual sojourn in Aruba ever since. This year, they are here one month prior to their actual anniversary, but Larry, the scamp, decided to surprise his lady love with a special evening at L.G. Smith Steak & Chop House, a reminder of that first special anniversary trip that connected them to the island in a very singular manner. This year, Mary's sisters Carol and Margie have joined them for their two weeks in paradise, and along with the staff of L.G. Smith, were coconspirators in making the vacation particularly memorable. Carol was Mary's Maid of Honor when the couple married, and Margie was a bridesmaid. The restaurant's staff astounded Mary with a beautifully decorated cake marking the couple's 45 years of wedded bliss, plus a bottle of champagne. She was properly appreciative of Larry's sense of romance and
Sisters Mary, Margie and Carol
whimsy, still the ardent husband after all these years. Larry expressed he is already looking forward to a golden wedding anniversary celebration on Aruba, with
hopefully all the family, including their children and grandchildren, present for that very special event. By Rosalie Klein
Monday, April 29, 2013
'Pain and Gain' grabs top spot at US box office LOS ANGELES, April 28, 2013 (AFP) - Action comedy "Pain & Gain" starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson grabbed the top spot at the US box office in its debut this weekend, snagging $20 million, industry estimates showed yesterday. The Paramount Pictures production about bodybuilders caught up in crime pushed "Oblivion" into second place, according to tracker Exhibitor Relations. The post-apocalyptic action flick starring Tom Cruise picked up $17.4 million in ticket sales, ahead of "42," a biopic about trailblazing black baseball star Jackie Robinson, which came third with $10.7 million. The fourth spot, with $7.5 million, went to new arrival "The Big Wedding" -- a starstudded comedy featuring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton and Robin Williams. "The Croods" -- a stone-age cartoon -- came fifth, collecting $6.6 million, outperforming action sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," which earned $3.6 million. "Scary Movie 5," the latest installment in the slasher-comedy franchise, took the seventh spot with $3.5 million. Action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," in which terrorists capture the White House and hold the president hostage, followed with $2.8 million. "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper trailed in ninth place with $2.7 million. Rounding out the top 10 at $2.3 million was the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur classic "Jurassic Park."
Monday, April 29, 2013
Aruba says thanks to Antone and Janice Medeiros
Recently, the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple as Ambassadors of Goodwill of Aruba. This symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years. The honorees were Mr. Antone and Janice Medeiros from Fairhaven, MA, USA. Antone and janice are loyal guests of the Tamarijn, and they love Aruba for the climate, beaches, and restaurants. The certificate was presented to them by Mr. Ernest Giel representing the Aruba Tourism Authority together with staff members of the Tamarijn Beach Resort.
Monday, April 29, 2013
‘Appeltje van Oranje’ for Aruba’s P.M. Eman
L to R: Aruba’s Plenipotentiary Minister Edwin Abath and PM Mike Eman with their pins
SCHIPHOL/ORANJESTAD--Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman is on a visit to The Netherlands to take part in the inauguration of the new Dutch King, Willem Alexander. At his arrival at Schiphol the PM received a pin of ‘Appeltje van Oranje’(Apples of Orange). By wearing this pin PM Eman hopes to confirm the warmth and friendship which exist between Aruba and the Royal Family, and at the same time also showing support for the Oranjefonds. The ‘Oranje Fund sustains
many social projects in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom also. The Orange Fund was established as the national wedding gift for Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima. The Oranje Fund aims to promote the involvement of society in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba’s Prime Minister Eman will be a special guest at the abdication ceremony of Queen Beatrix as well as the inauguration ceremony of King Willem-Alexander. PM Eman will also be attending all the following festivities.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Joran van der Sloot higher appeal hearing is on May 29
Roughly $27 million in cocaine seized
MIAMI - A crew member from the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber works on piling up some of the 2,200 pounds of cocaine after it was seized during Operation Martillo, in Miami, Florida. The cocaine, worth an estimated $27 million, was found while the crew was conducting a law enforcement patrol, where they located a 68-foot fishing vessel in the western Caribbean Sea, April 18, 2013. The crew of the Cutter Gallatin boarded the vessel, located 2,200 pounds of cocaine, and detained three suspected smugglers.
LIMA -- The first session in the higher appeal case of Joran van der Sloot will take place on Wednesday, May 29th, said to the Lima Supreme Court. The counsel for the Dutchman, Mรกximo Altez, says he expected the case to initially begin June. He wants his client to be present at the first session and take the stand to apologize. During the public hearing the defense of Van der Sloot argued against the court why the Dutchman wants to appeal. Altez find that errors were made in the proceedings at first instance. He also believes that the former lawyer of Van der Sloot has deceived him. Van der sloot also claimed he was arrested without a warrant and was not provided with an official translator, which he said caused confusion during questioning.
Altez is asking for a reduction of the sentence. He has also asked the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights to look into the case. Van der Sloot is serving a 28 years sentence in the highsecurity Piedras Gordas prison in Lima for the murder of the Peruvian Stephany Flores. The U.S. authorities has asked for his extradition because he is also suspected of blackmailing the mother of Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the disappearance Natalee Holloway, an 18year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., who vanished while on a trip to Aruba. She was last seen leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with van der Sloot, then a 17-yearold Dutch honors student living in Aruba. Her body has never been found.case of the American girl.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Seven Dutch kings and queens and one crown princess With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the investiture of king Willem-Alexander, you might get the impression the Dutch monarchy stretches back hundreds of years. In fact it is just 200 years old. Quick history lesson: In 1806, what was then the Batavian Republic became the Kingdom of Holland, under king Louis Bonaparte, emperor Napoleon's brother. His reign lasted until 1810, when the Netherlands was incorporated into the French Empire. Three years later, the French retreated, marking an end to the period of Napoleonic rule and the start of the modern monarchy. King Willem I (1772-1843) When Napoleon fell, Willem was in London. In November 1813, at the request of a number of leading Dutchmen, he returned home, declaring himself to be the country’s sovereign prince. Two years later he took the title of king Willem I. He abdicated in 1840. Willem I married twice, once to his cousin who was the daughter of a Prussian king with whom he had six children, and once to countess Henriette d'Oultremont de Wégimont.
Boston bombing brothers' father hospitalised, US trip delayed MOSCOW (AFP) - The father of two brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon has been hospitalised, preventing his departure ffor the United States, he said yesterday. Anzor Tsarnaev told Ria Novosti news agency he had left Makhachkala, capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, for Moscow to catch a flight to the United States but had to be hospitalised due to a sudden rise in
his blood pressure. "Due to the illness I've decided to put off for the moment my journey to the United States,"Tsarnaev said Tsarnaev had told a press conference on Thursday that he wanted to go to the United States "to clear everything up" after one of their sons was killed and the other injured and captured following the bombing of the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured 264.
King Willem II (1792-1849) Willem II acceded to the throne in 1840, following his father's abdication. Willem II married Anna Pavlovna, the daughter of the Russian czar and they had five children but Willem is also said to have had several affairs with men. In the revolutionary year of 1848, Willem gave in to the wishes of the liberal opposition movement and agreed to a constitution that drastically restricted royal power in favour of the representative assembly. He reigned until his death in 1849. King Willem III (1817-1890) Willem III resisted these attempts to limit royal authority, but in vain. Willem's first wife,
Sophie of Württemberg, was Youth and the Nazi Wehrmahis cousin. It was not a happy cht. In 1980 she became queen marriage and their three sons, following her mother’s abdicaWillem, Maurits and Alexan- tion. She and Claus had three der, all died before their father. sons in quick succession: (born In 1879 the King married Willem-Alexander Emma of Waldeck-Pyrmont 1967), Friso (born 1968) and who was 41 years younger Constantijn (born 1969). King Willem-Alexander than him. The couple had one (1967) daughter, Wilhemina, when Willem-Alexander takes Willem was 63. Willem III over from his mother on April died in 1890. 30 after her reign of exactly 33 Queen Wilhelmina years. Nicknamed Prince Pils (1880-1962) When king William III for his enthusiastic antics as a died, his only daughter was too student, WA has a history deyoung to reign so her mother gree from Leiden University Emma acted as regent until and has since made water Wilhelmina came of age in management his speciality. 1898. Wilhelmina and her hus- Continuing the family tradition band, Duke Hendrik of Meck- of controversial marriages, on lenburg, had one child, Juliana, who was born in 1909, after several miscarriages, much to the relief of the Dutch who feared the monarchy would be handed over to German relations. Wilhelmina's flight to London at the beginning of World War II was not Queen Wilhelmina looked upon with a friendly eye by everyone. She July 3, 2001, he married Zordid, however, become a sym- reguieta, the daughter of a forbol of of the Dutch resistance mer member of Argentina’s against the Germans. Churchill military junta. The couple have called her 'the only man in the three children, CatharinaDutch government'. In 1948 Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. Queen Wilhelmina, responsible for the cycling monarchy image, abdicated. Queen Juliana (1909-2004) Queen Juliana reigned from 1948 to 1980. In 1937 she had married German national and playboy Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterveld, who had numerous affairs and several illegitimate children. Juliana and Bernhard themselves had four daughters. Juliana’s involvement with a faith healer – who was brought in to ‘restore’ her daughter’s damaged sight and whose pacifist ideas greatly influenced the queen, much to the disgust of cold war adept Bernhard – nearly brought down the monarchy. In 1976 the family was hit by another scandal when Bernard was implicated in the Lockheed bribery affair. Juliana abdicated in 1980 and she and her husband died in 2004. Queen Beatrix (1938) Princess Beatrix married the German diplomat Claus von Amsberg in 1966, which caused a lot of raised eyebrows, given that Claus had been a member of the Hitler
Crown princess Amalia (2003) Future queen Amalia, formally known as CatharinaAmalia, was born on December 7, 2003. She has two sisters and they all go to the public Bloemcampschool near her home in Wassenaar. Amalia's hobbies are hockey, judo, horse riding, ballet and playing the violin. As well as schools, boats and streets, Amalia also has the dubious honour of having a fungus named after her.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Aruban honorees decorated by the crown for 2013
Governor Refunjol and Adjutant Roel Samson toast the honorees Decorated honorees with Prime Minister Eman, Governor Refunjol and President of Parliament Paul Croes
Each year, Aruba's Governor Fredis Rufonjol, the official appointed representative of the Dutch monarchy on Aruba, has the pleasant task of awarding medal so honor in to individuals living on Aruba who have distinguished themselves, usually through volunteer community service. This annual ritual takes place in conjunction with Queen's Birthday, celebrated throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Constance Yvonne Hope This year, ten islanders were honored in the presence of island dignitaries, including Prime Minister Mike Eman and President of Parliament Paul Croes. They were initiated as a "Lid" (member) in the Order of Orange-Nassau, the Royal House, or named a "Ridder" (Knight) of OrangeNassau, for exception achievement. The ceremony took place at the Screaming Eagle Restaurant on Thursday afternoon, April 25.
Norma Janette De Palm This year, three were named Ridder, among them Sarah-Quita Offringa, who has won the title of Women's
foundation to assist the visually impaired. Many worked with youth and sports organizations such as Aruba's Little League, coaching youngsters and encouraging healthy minds in healthy bodies, the LIFEDA, the juvenile soccer league, or encouraged interest in the arts and culture. Janice Clarice Rodriquez
Viva La Reina World Champion Freestyle dustry. He is also the coWindsurfing for the past five founder of the Kiwanis Club of years, and set the record as the Palm Beach. Those present to accept youngest woman to over win the title or professional compe- their decorations and being tition gold. She could not be named "Lid" in the Order of present for the ceremony. Also Orange-Nassau were Connot present was Mr. Frank Ve- stance Yvonne Hope, Norma lasquez, named a Lid in the Janette De Palm, Harold Order of Orange-Nassau, for Joseph Pereira, Janice Clarice his life-long volunteer service Rodriguez and Rosa Winklaar. as a physiotherapist to Aruba's They had distinguished themathletic teams while competing selves through decades of deinternationally, as well as to dicated service to such the Aruba Parkinson's Founda- organizations as FAVI, the tion.
ducted in the evening to introduce all the new Lid and Ridder of Orange Nassau in full regalia, to the community. Rosalie Klein
Rosa Winklaar Governor Refunjol and Adjutant Roel Samson led the gathered dignitaries in champagne toast for the honorees and HRM Queen Beatrix, followed by an informal cocktail party. A formal ball was con-
Harold Joseph Pereira
wishes the Aruban community a Happy Labor Day 2013 Eduardo Ellis The two others honored with the title of "Ridder" were Mr. Eric Tchong, noted composer, musician and arranger, who has contributed an enormous body of work and indelibly enhances Aruba's cultural environment. Mr. Eduardo Ellis came to Aruba from Holland to elevate the level of chefs and cuisine. He provided proper training in the food service industry and founded the Aruba Restaurant Association, now the Aruba Gastronomic Association, to set standards of quality and cleanliness within the food in-
Monday, April 29, 2013
Orange fever as 21st-century king takes Dutch throne THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands' Willem-Alexander becomes Europe's youngest monarch Tuesday when Queen Beatrix abdicates and his country hails the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive orange-hued party. Willem-Alexander, 46 on Saturday, will be the first Dutch king since 1890 and the first of a new wave of European monarchs, whose ageing blue blood -- average age 71 -- is increasingly watered down. Amsterdam's population is set to double with at least 800,000 visitors flooding the city's streets and canals as Beatrix, 75, ends her 33-year reign by signing the act of abdication at the royal palace. While Beatrix was known for her formal court, WillemAlexander has already said that he and his glamourous Argentine-born queen consort Maxima, 41, will not be "protocol fetishists". Parliament last year stripped his mother of her last remaining role in forming governments, and the new king has said he would accept a purely ceremonial role should parliament so decide. The Dutch monarch's current political role is restricted to signing laws and meeting regularly with the prime minister. The king will be sworn in rather than crowned at the deconsecrated Nieuwe Kerk, a stone's throw from the palace, before a joint session of the houses of parliament. Sixteen MPs have refused to take an oath in front of the king, saying that they have already pledged allegiance to the constitution and cannot now do so to a person.
Four Socialist MPs are staying away, and the other 12 have been told to sit at the back of the church. Beatrix's enthronement in 1980 was marred by violent protests and running street battles over a housing crisis that left the city looking like a war zone. Anti-royalists this time have been allotted six locations in Amsterdam to stage protests. But as of Thursday only one had been booked by Republicans planning playful protests, including by wearing white. Republicans have started a petition to reduce the king's 825,000-euro ($1.1-million) salary to get the matter debated in parliament. Willem-Alexander noted ahead of his enthronement that if his budget were cut then he would have to reduce his staff, adding to the ranks of the country's ever growing unemployment rate, currently 8.1 percent. Preparations for the day have been overshadowed by a rancorous debate about the event's official song, known
as the Koningslied. An online petition rejecting the song, an unusual mix of traditional and rap music, garnered 40,000 signatures within a few days. Composer John Ewbank withdrew the song but the enthronement organising committee stuck with it. The nation will now sing the Koningslied as one on Tuesday evening, just before the royal family heads off on a water pageant behind Amsterdam's central train station. A cornucopia of concerts and club nights has been organised around the city, including an open-air set by world-famous Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, and orange-themed street parties are planned across the nation. The day will also be tinged with sadness for Maxima, whose father, Jorge Zorreguieta, and mother will be notable by their absence. Zorreguieta, 85, a minister under the notorious Argentine regime of general Jorge Videla in the 1970s, also had to miss his daughter's 2002 marriage because of doubts
over his role in the murderous junta. Maxima is largely responsible for having made her husband popular after an allegedly boozy youth which earned him the nickname "Prince Pils". The ever-smiling Maxima has mastered the Dutch language and even took a charity swim in Amsterdam's canals, endearing herself further in a country that expects their royals to be at once normal and regal. Wi l l e m - A l e x a n d e r ' s brother Friso will also be missed, in a coma following a skiing accident in Austria in February 2012. Speaking ahead of the enthronement, Willem-Alexander said that "People can address me as they wish because then they can feel comfortable." He stressed he wanted to "be a king that can bring society together, representative and encouraging in the 21st century". The official guest list has not yet been announced, but protocol dictates that reigning
commemorative memorabilia honouring the momentous occasion has been released to the public. From fun masks of the royal couple, to figurines and decorative plates, there is a wide range of souvenirs and keepsakes to honour the special day.
sovereigns are not invited. The day's ceremonies will be attended by those waiting in line for thrones around the world, reportedly including Britain's Prince Charles, Spain's Prince Felipe and Japan's Prince Naruhito. Willem-Alexander and Maxima's three daughters, including future queen Catharina-Amalia, 9, will be at their parents' side during the day. When Beatrix in January announced she would abdicate, Catharina-Amalia asked her father how long he would do the job of king. "Wouldn't you like to know," he answered.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Girls Scouts Aruba honored as Governor Felipe B. Tromp Award 2013 winners
Winners of the Felipe Be Tromp Awards with Governor Refunjol
An annual part of each year's festivities surrounding Queen's Birthday is the
awarding of the Felipe B. Tromp Cup for youthful achievement and community
Jenerine Thijzen, Cherine Pourier and Annarisa Tromp represent all ages of Girls Scouts
service. The award is named after the first Aruban to hold the position of Governor, the Queen's appointed representative on Aruba, after the island attained autonomy within the Dutch Kingdom, known as "Status Aparte." This year's cup winners are the Girl Scouts of Aruba, who demonstrate their community activism in countless events. They are at the fore in all beach clean ups and other environmental activities, visit and brighten the days of senior citizens at the various care facilities on Aruba for the elderly, and in the words of the awards committee, "make a distinctive and notable contribution to the well-being and prosperity of the community." Girl Scouts Aruba consists of several chapters, totally over 200 participants ages four through seventeen. Particular accolades were afforded the older scouting groups for their work with
the elderly, and their exceptional efforts in the annual Christmas Card Fundraising Drive. Girl Scout Aruba have become and essential element
in several of the annual events conducted during the year for HIV/AIDS awareness. Accepting this year's cup from Governor Fredis Refunjol, on behalf of all ages groups of Girls Scouts, from youngest to oldest, were Cherine Pourier, Jenerine Thijzen and Annarisa Tromp, during a ceremony at the Screaming Eagle Restaurant on Thursday afternoon, April 25. Coupled with the presentation of the trophy was also the announcement 2013 annual winner of the "Stimulus Award." This is presented to a young person who is a particularly outstanding role model for island youth. The 2013 recipient is Steven Max Lageveen, who for the past three years has been achieving superstar status in the international windsurfing circuit. In 2012, at the age of fifteen, he was named European Freestyle Windsurfing Champion in Croatia and is the US National Freestyle Champion in the "Under 17" division. "His dedication to the sport and discipline is an inspiration to all young Arubans," according to the selection committee. by Rosalie Klein
Winner of the Stimulus Award Steven Max Lageveen
Monday, April 29, 2013
'Systemic' sex abuse at elite NY school: prosecutors
NEW YORK (AFP) - Students at one of America's most prestigious schools were abused by pedophile teachers for more than three decades but prosecutors are unable to file charges because the crimes happened too long ago, officials in New York said. The Bronx District Attorney's Office said in a statement police had uncovered evidence of "systemic" abuse of pupils at the famous Horace Mann School, spanning a 34-year period from from 1962 to 1996. However no charges would be filed because of New York State's statute of limitations laws. Horace Mann, seen as offering the best education money can buy with an annual tuition of almost $40,000, was the subject of an expose in the New York Times Magazine last June in which a former student alleged there had been nu-
merous cases of sexual contact between students and teachers during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. After the publication of the article, a number of alleged victims came forward saying they had also suffered sexual abuse at the school. Prosecutors said that a police investigation uncovered a "systemic pattern of alleged abuse" which exceeded the crimes detailed by the New York Times. "In total, we received direct information regarding at least 12 separate alleged abusers," the statement from the Bronx District Attorney's office read. But because so much time has elapsed, prosecutors said they are unable to file charges in the cases. In most of the cases, the statute of limitation for pedophilia-related charges was five years or less, they said. Horace Mann was founded in 1887 and is located in Riverdale in the Bronx. The prestigious school offers a rigorous classical education, with students from preschoolers to high school, and ranks among the most highly regarded schools in the United States with a large percentage of graduates matriculating at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and other Ivy League schools.
Body found in French Alps is missing British soldier GRENOBLE (AFP) - A body found close to a French Alps ski resort was that of a British soldier who went missing in February after a night out, police confirmed. Simon Daw, a 27-year-old with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, disappeared from the
Les Deux Alpes resort on February 12 after a night out in a bar. A body was found Thursday a few hundred metres from the resort by an off-duty policeman collecting mushrooms, local police said. An autopsy identified the corpse as that of the soldier and found that Daw had died of hypothermia following a fall. Daw separated from his friends around midnight and was not seen again. Heavy snow fell in the days after Daw's disappearance and police had been unable to find any trace of him. His body was to be handed over to the family early next week, police said.
Jews wrap up peaceful pilgrimage in Tunisia DJERBA (AFP) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers on Sunday completed an incident-free annual pilgrimage to Ghriba, Africa's oldest synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba, where security was high to prevent any violence. Organisers expressed satisfaction at the number of pilgrims, including Israelis who flew in from Europe, who took part in the ritual which had been scrapped in 2011, when a massive uprising toppled the regime of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This year the pilgrimage, which started Friday when worshippers began arriving in Djerba, took place in a festivallike atmosphere with a final procession on Sunday attended by Tourism Minister Jamel Ghamra and Tunisia's Grand Rabbi Haim Bitan. Rabbi Bitan praised the army and security forces for ensuring that the pilgrimage took place without any incident and said Djerba "is the pride of Tunisia and all its children, regardless of their religious beliefs." He also urged Tunisian Jews across the world to invest in their native country. "It is your duty towards this country that welcomed and protected your
ancestors and continues to protect your heritage." The Tunisian tourist minister welcomed the pilgrims in the name of the Islamist-led government and said: "Post-revolution Tunisia will ensure the coexistence of all religions." Authorities had reinforced security around the ancient mosque and the Jewish quarter of Djerba for the pilgrimage to prevent any attacks by radical Muslim groups, blamed for a wave of violence since the mass uprising that toppled Ben Ali. Army truck were stationed in Ghriba and checkpoints set up on the road linking the airport to the tourist area in the
Mediterranean resort island which was hit by an Al-Qaeda suicide attack a decade ago. Beginning 33 days after the start of the Jewish Passover festival, the Ghriba pilgrimage used to attract thousands of pilgrims and tourists but their number fell dramatically after the April 2002 bombing that killed 21 people. According to legend, the synagogue was founded in 586 BC by Jews fleeing the destruction of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Tunisian Jews now numbers around 1,500, compared with an estimated 100,000 living in the north African country when it gained independence in 1956.
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Why is the investiture of King Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam? On April 30, 150 members of the lower house, 75 members of the senate and a whole host of dignitaries and civil servants will make the trek from The Hague to Amsterdam to attend the inauguration of the new king, Willem-Alexander. But why will they do this? After all, The Hague is the centre of power in the Netherlands. The royal family members live in and around The Hague. Why does the change of monarch necessitate this mass day out? The answer dates back to 1813, the year the Dutch finally managed to beat the French and recover their country. Willem Frederik, Prince of Orange, was invited back from his adventures in England become the first Dutch King. Prior to this, the republic of the Netherlands was ruled by a ‘stadhouder’ or leader. Willem landed at Scheveningen and was invited to The Hague to be declared Sovereign, but he insisted on going to Amsterdam. The popular uprising against Napoleon began in Amsterdam and the elite in the city were none too keen on anointing a King. Willem’s English advisor, foreign secretary Lord
Castlereagh, advised him to seek the approval of Amsterdam by stroking the population’s ego. And so on December 2 1813, Willem accepted the sovereignty of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. When he was welcomed in The Hague the following day, mayor Jan Slicher said in his speech: ‘Amsterdam is the voice of the whole of the Netherlands’. The inauguration took place on March 29 and 30 1814, again in Amsterdam. In the meantime, a new constitution had been drawn up, including an article stating that the inauguration of the monarch should take place in Amsterdam. The city had never been very keen on the Oranjes, and they were reluctant to see the family elevated so high. Keeping Amsterdam sweet was deemed essential to introducing a monarchy. The festivities took place over two days, rather than the one day of later events, because it was a new beginning for the country. The new constitution was signed on March 29 and the new King inaugurated on March 30. Both ceremonies were held in the Nieuwe Kerk.
Dutch businesses laud royals’ contribution to trade
The broad majority of businesses in the Dutch technological sector is pleased about the positive influence which the country’s royals have on foreign trade. A survey held by FME Association, Holland’s largest business association, shows that 76 percent are positive about the role which Queen Beatrix played as ambassador of Dutch enterprise during her reign. Moreover, 86 percent of entrepreneurs expressed confidence in how upcoming King Willem-
Alexander and Queen Maxima will represent Dutch business interests abroad. FME Association has 2500 member companies with more than 225,000 employees. The survey was done by 347 companies that export to an average 23 countries. This group earns 80 percent of its turnover abroad. In a recent television interview, the Crown Prince said he would like to continue playing an active role in economic diplomacy on behalf of the Netherlands. In June, the new head of state and his spouse will embark on their first official trade mission, to Germany, Holland’s largest trading partner.
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Dutchman arrested in Spain for 'biggest ever' cyberattack
THE HAGUE (AFP) - A Dutchman has been arrested in Spain in connection with last month's unprecedented cyberattack that reportedly slowed down the Internet, the Dutch prosecution service said. The 35 year old identified only as S.K. was arrested in Barcelona and the house where he was staying searched by Spanish police, said a statement. Last month's attack targeted Spamhaus, a Geneva-based volunteer group that publishes spam blacklists used by networks to filter out unwanted email, and led to cyberspace congestion. Spamhaus blamed the attack on Dutch web-hosting service Cyberbunker. A source close to the investigation said that suspect S.K. was Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who acted as a spokesman for Cyberbunker at the time of the attack.
Bollywood celebrates 100th birthday MUMBAI (AFP) - One hundred years after the screening of a black-and-white silent film, India's brash, song-anddance-laden Bollywood film industry celebrates its centenary later this week. The milestone will be marked with the release of "Bombay Talkies", made up of short commemorative films by four leading directors, while India will be honoured as "guest country" at next month's Cannes festival. Exhibitions in the capital New Delhi are showcasing a century of cinema, including onscreen kissing scenes that originally fell foul of the censors. It is also a time for reflection on how the industry has evolved, from its early screen adaptations of Hindu mythology to the garish romantic escapism of modern blockbusters. Commercially, cinema is thriving: India produced almost 1,500 movies last year and the industry is expected to grow from $2 billion to $3.6 billion in the next five years, according to consultancy KPMG. Leading the way is Hindilanguage Bollywood, which took the "B" from its home in Bombay and won the hearts of movie-mad Indians.
But old-timers complain that it has become superficial, neglecting to deal with pressing social concerns of the age. "There's a dumbing down that has taken place in the content. I think we are suffering from what is called the narrative crisis," said veteran director and producer Mahesh Bhatt. He contrasts modern filmmakers with Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, known as the "father of Indian cinema", who brought the first all-Indian feature film to the silver screen in Bombay (now Mumbai) on May 3, 1913. A tale from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, "Raja Harishchandra" quickly became a hit despite its female charac-
ters being played by men -women acting was still widely frowned upon. Phalke made more than 100 films until his silent style fell victim to "talkies" in the 1930s, but the advent of sound technology allowed India cinema to flourish. Bollywood plotlines today can involve stars breaking into song, often in picturesque farflung locations, apropos of nothing -- a style that may bemuse a Western audience, but one that helps to set Indian cinema apart. For her and many others the "golden age" of cinema was the 1950s, when movie greats emerged such as Satyajit Ray, India's most renowned filmmaker, who hailed from the al-
ternative film hub of West Bengal. It was the era of newly independent India, searching for an identity and producing films such as Mehboob Khan's 1957 hit "Mother India", which combined social concerns with popular appeal. The 1970s and 80s saw a growing commercialism with the rise of the "masala" movie -- a family entertainer that typically mixed up romance and action, songs and melodrama, a comedy touch and a happy ending. Parallel Cinema continued to focus on realism, with films such as Mahesh Bhatt's "Arth" (Meaning) in 1982, a gritty tale of an extramarital affair that presented strong female characters. It was a path-breaker in a decade described as the "dark ages" of Hindi cinema, which struggled with the advent of colour television, rampant piracy and dependence on the Mumbai underworld for funding. Things improved after India's economy opened up in the early 1990s, and again a decade later when filmmaking won formal "industry" status. Both steps encouraged foreign firms, such as Fox and Disney, to invest in Bollywood.
Kamphuis describes himself on his Facebook page as Minister of Telecommunications and Foreign Affairs for the Cyberbunker Republic. De Bruin declined to speculate on whether further arrests would be made. Computers, storage devices and mobile phones were seized during the Barcelona raid. Distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) essentially bombard sites with traffic in order to disrupt. Last month's attack was described as the most powerful ever seen and slowed web traffic. S.K. is expected to be handed over to the Dutch authorities soon, the prosecution service said. The attacks began, according to Spamhaus, after it placed Cyberbunker, a web hosting firm that "offers anonymous hosting of anything except child porn and anything related to terrorism", on its blacklist. Cyberbunker said it had been unfairly labelled as a haven for cybercrime and spam. Spamhaus, which also has offices in London, essentially patrols the Internet to root out spammers and provides updated lists of likely perpetrators to network operators around the world. Because of the way Internet traffic flows, these DDoS attacks created congestion and ripple effects around the web.
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Three surrender over ritual baby killing in Chile SANTIAGO (AFP) - Three members of an alleged cult accused of sacrificing a baby to save the world ahead of December's supposed Mayan apocalypse, surrendered on Saturday, Chilean police said. Police were on Sunday still hunting for the alleged leader of the cult who is believed to have fled to Peru, after the baby's mother and three other suspects were arrested on Friday. The baby was burned alive on November 23 at a farm outside the city of Quilpe, some 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Santiago. Police reported on their Twitter account that one of the women wanted in connection with the doomsday killing surrendered early Saturday and was promptly jailed. Her defense attorney claims that she was not present when the baby was killed and has asked that the woman be submitted to a psychiatric test. Later in the day two other suspects, a man and a woman, also surrendered. The search for the members of the cult, believed to number about 10, followed a fourmonth investigation after police were notified of the disappear-
ance of a newborn that was never properly registered with authorities. Police said alleged sect leader and the baby's father, 36 year-old Gustavo Castillo Gaete, repeatedly slept with the five women in the group, whose members consumed ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic Andean brew. When Castillo learned that one of the women was pregnant he locked her up during her pregnancy. When the baby was born he asked to use it in a ritual supposedly destined to save the world ahead of the December 21, 2012 "Mayan apocalypse," police said. The date marked the end of a 5,200 year era on the Mayan calendar, though many were convinced it actually marked the end of the world as foretold by ancient Mayan hieroglyphs. Peruvian Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza said that Castillo entered Peru on February 19 with four other people, before Chile had issued an arrest warrant. "Police intelligence is carrying out an investigation to find him and capture him," Pedraza said late Friday.
Capriles still defiant on eve of Venezuela vote recount WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday will name Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next secretary of the Department of Transportation, an agency that has been under intense pressure in recent days over flight delays caused by budget cuts. Mr. Foxx has been mayor since 2009 and, as an African-American, would help Mr. Obama fend off criticism from his own party about a lack of diversity in his cabinet picks. The post requires Senate confirmation.
CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles vowed Sunday to "take to the world" his challenge of this month's presidential vote, as election officials readied a partial ballot recount. Capriles, who says he should have been declared the winner of the April 14 presidential vote, alleged via his Twitter account that election authorities rejected his appeal for a full recount "at the order of the Socialist Party" that governs Venezuela. Election officials said they plan to begin a partial vote recount on Monday as they probe for election irregularities. Venezuela's National Electoral Board has said that a full vote recount is legally impossible, but Capriles rejects anything less as insufficient, and vowed in a tweet that "sooner or later, there will be new elec-
tions." A group of opposition lawmakers who back Capriles's challenge said they too would continue to draw attention to the case, including launching appeals at regional bodies like Mercosur and Unasur. "We will go to all the (global) organizations, so that the whole world knows that Henrique Capriles Radonski won the elections in Venezuela," said opposition lawmaker Ismael Garcia. Capriles narrowly lost the presidential election to Nicolas Maduro, political heir to late president Hugo Chavez, who died last month. Maduro has since been sworn in as president. The margin of victory was just 1.8 percent, according to election officials. Capriles -- a businessman, lawyer and former Miranda state governor -- alleges that
some voters cast multiple ballots or even used ballots belonging to people who had died. He has vowed to resort to the court system if necessary to get a vote recount, saying that the only acceptable election audit is one that examines all voters' signatures and fingerprints. Both the government and Capriles have urged their supporters to turn out for massive street protests planned for May 1.
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Moody's, S&P, Morgan Stanley settle risky investment suits
NEW YORK (AFP) - Credit ratings agencies Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and investment bank Morgan Stanley have reached agreements to settle two lawsuits on accusations that they hid the risk of "subprime" mortgage investments to customers. The lawsuits, one from King County in northwestern US state of Washington, the other from Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and which date back to before the 2008 economic meltdown, were dismissed by a Manhattan federal court, according to a court filing late Friday. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants failed to properly disclose the risk of their investment in a fund that bought bonds backed by subprime mortgages. The McGraw-Hill Compa-
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nies, the parent company of Standard and Poor's, told AFP that it ended the two disputes without admitting guilt or responsibility, and that the terms of the agreement were confidential. Spokespeople for Morgan Stanley and Moody's were not immediately available for comment. The trial was especially crucial for S&P: on February 5 the US Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking at least $5 billion in civil penalties for losses due to inflated ratings of mortgage bonds. The suit claims that S&P knowingly exaggerated the ratings on financial securities, misrepresenting their true credit risk. The suit cited S&P's topgrade ratings of dozens of mortgage-based collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) issued in early 2007 that were in default within one year, some within six months. The defaults dealt billions of dollars in losses to financial institutions insured by the US government, some of which collapsed in the 2008 crisis and others, like Citigroup, forced to seek a government bailout. S&P was specifically charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and financial institution fraud.
Greece adopts bill to cut 15,000 civil servant jobs
ATHENS (AFP) - The Greek parliament voted late Sunday to adopt a law that provides for the dismissal of 15,000 civil servants as part of austerity measures imposed by the country's international creditors. After heated debate, 168 deputies voted for the bill, with 123 voting against and one abstaining. The new law will overturn what had been a guarantee for workers in Greece's notoriously bloated civil service of a job for life. Around 800 people turned
up outside the parliament to protest against the measure in a demonstration called by trade unions. The bill provides for the dismissal of 15,000 civil servants by the end of 2014, including 4,000 this year, to meet conditions set by Athens' creditors for billions in bailout loans. Civil service trade confederation Adedy condemned what it called the "politicians who are dismantling the public service and destroying the welfare state". Private union GSEE said the bill would only worsen
Greece's dire unemployment rate, which currently stands at 27 percent. Slashing an unwieldy public service is a condition set by Greece's so-called "troika" of creditors -- the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank -- to unlock loans 8.8 billion euros ($11.4 billion). The EU and the IMF have committed a total of 240 billion euros in rescue loans since 2010, with the heavilyindebted country obliged to pursue austerity measures in exchange for the international aid it needs to avoid bankruptcy. The new law will speed dismissal procedures, which previously made it impossible to sack civil servants and saw the public sector swell over the years as every new administration brought in its own people. The new law also extends weekly working hours for teachers, opens a number of professions to competition and reduces a controversial property tax by 15 percent.
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US aviation authority suspends staff furloughs
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Federal Aviation Administration said it has suspended all employee furloughs and that air traffic facilities will start returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours. The furloughs were linked to steep "sequester" federal spending cuts that took effect last month, with some 13,000 air traffic controllers ordered to take two unpaid days off per month through the remainder of the fiscal year. Faced with the sudden ire of thousands of Americans caught up in flight delays, the US Congress on Friday gave
overwhelming approval to a bill that puts those furloughed controllers back on the job. The legislation provides the FAA with some $253 million through October "to prevent reduced operations and staffing" as a result of the arbitrary cuts, which came about when lawmakers failed to reach a broad budget deal this year. Some airports had reported significant delays in the wake of the mandatory cuts. Earlier this week, the aviation authority said it was grappling with staffing shortages in New York, Fort Worth, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida and Los Angeles.
Venezuelan president reaffirms alliance with Cuba
Owner of collapsed Bangladesh building arrested SAVAR (AFP) - The owner of a Bangladeshi garment factory block that collapsed killing at least 378 people was arrested on Sunday. Property tycoon Sohel Rana was detained as he attempted to cross into India and will face charges. The eight-storey Rana Plaza, like many structures around the capital Dhaka, violated building regulations. After being arrested at a border crossing with India, Rana was flown back to Dhaka by helicopter and paraded before the press. At the site of the collapsed building, hundreds of rescuers continued the grim and painstaking task of searching for survivors. As Rana's arrest was announced, garment workers and relatives of the missing cheered and began shouting "Hang Rana, Hang the killer!" Another two people were pulled out alive after daybreak on Sunday and later a woman's feeble cries were detected, with efforts to tunnel through the debris to reach her being beamed live on television as
doctors stood by. The woman whose 110-hour battle for survival had touched the nation following its worst was killed by a fire which broke out in the wreckage. But slowly the focus was turning from one of rescue to clean-up, with the ever-growing stench of decomposition indicating many more bodies will be found once heavy lifting and earth-moving equipment gets to work. By Sunday evening, the confirmed death toll had reached 378, according to deputy administrator of Dhaka district, Zillur Rahman Chowdhury. About 2,500 people have been rescued from the scene of the disaster, some only after undergoing amputations to free them from the pancaked slabs of reinforced concrete. The tragedy has once again focused attention on the poor safety conditions in the $20 billion Bangladeshi garment industry, which is the world's second biggest after China, supplying many big Western clothing brands.
HAVANA (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has renewed a strategic alliance with Cuba, signing $1 billion in cooperation agreements two weeks after his election to replace the late Hugo Chavez. The 51 agreements signed Saturday during Maduro's visit to Cuba encompass health, education, transportation, sports, energy and special "social missions." An estimated 40,000 Cuban doctors, technicians and advisers work in Venezuela, which supplies Cuba with 130,000 barrels of oil a day as part of a 12-year-old relationship that has closely bound together their leftist, anti-US governments. "Cuba and Venezuela are going to continue working together," Maduro said, calling it "a strategic alliance that transcends the times, which, more
than an alliance, is a brotherhood." Cuba is only the second country Maduro has visited since his election April 14 by a narrow margin that is the subject of a bitter, unresolved dispute with the opposition charging the vote was stolen. Venezuela's National Electoral Council said late Saturday it will begin an expanded audit of the results on Monday, but not under terms demanded by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The council's president, Tibisay Lucena, has said that the audit cannot overturn Maduro's win. The opposition has until the end of next week to file suit with the Supreme Court to contest the outcome. In Cuba, Maduro held talks with President Raul Castro, who reaffirmed Cuba's "unyielding will to continue coop-
eration in solidarity with Venezuela, determined to share our fate with the heroic Venezuelan people." Maduro said he met separately for five hours with Fidel Castro, 86, the retired leader of the Cuban revolution, remembering Chavez and the alliance they forged in October 2002. "It is a relationship of brothers," Maduro told reporters. The relationship has been crucial to Cuba, shoring up a Soviet-style economy that has floundered since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. The deal is Cuba's biggest source of cash, well ahead of money sent home by expatriate Cubans, tourism or exports of nickel, tobacco and drugs. The two countries also have engaged in a variety of joint projects, like a refinery in Cienfuegos, Cuba. But the Cuban connection remains a point of heated contention in Venezuela, which split 50.8-49 in the elections to succeed Chavez, which saw some 700,000 people switch to the opposition. During the election campaign, Capriles repeatedly attacked the "gifts" sent from Venezuela to Cuba, calling Maduro "Cuba's candidate" and demanding that Caracas cut off oil supplies to Havana.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sci-Tech Campaign to save Barrier Reef from industry
2013 Nissan Altima recalled
SYDNEY (AFP) - Conservationists Sunday accused Australia of failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef from massive industrial development as they launched a multi-million dollar campaign to drum up awareness. The move follows UNESCO demanding decisive action to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on its danger list. The government says it is "absolutely committed" to the reef and in February outlined
to UNESCO how it planned to improve management and protection. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee will consider the response at its annual meeting in Phnom Penh in June. In the lead-up to the meeting and in an election year, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF-Australia launched an advertising blitz to highlight increased "dredging, dumping and shipping in the marine park". "The reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but our governments seem to have forgotten that fact," said
Google boss sees autocrats' pushback against Internet WASHINGTON (AFP) - Life in authoritarian states is likely to get tougher before it gets better as their citizens gain more access to the Internet, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said. Speaking at a seminar in Washington, Schmidt said hundreds of millions of people in non-democratic nations will be trading in their basic cellphones for Internet-connected smartphones as prices fall over the next few years. "When that happens, all of sudden, we are going to hear the distinct voices of the citizens of those countries in a way that we've never heard before," said the globe-trotting Schmidt, a recent visitor to North Korea. "But their governments are not like our governments... In that context, (autocratic) governments are going to work really, really hard to stop this, because the way to really get a dictator going is to threaten his authority. "But their governments are
not like our governments... In that context, (autocratic) governments are going to work really, really hard to stop this, because the way to really get a dictator going is to threaten his authority."They're going to do things like restrict speech and restrict assembly -- but they are going to find it impossible to do as comprehensively as they can," he added. This "mobile revolution" will become "the defining story" for the 57 percent of the world's population that lives in autocratic countries over the next five to 10 years, he predicted. Schmidt delivered the keynote speech at a Googlesponsored "big tent" seminar, the first ever in the US capital, that cast a spotlight on freedom of expression in the digital age. Other seminar participants included the outgoing US deputy secretary of homeland security, Jane Holl Lute, a champion of a free and open Internet despite the way it can be exploited by extremists.
Bob Irwin, father of late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who is the face of the TV, radio, online and newspaper campaign. "The reef belongs to all of us, not to big industry to use as a dredge, dumping ground and shipping superhighway. The Australian people are the only ones who can make a difference to protecting the reef." Australia is riding an unprecedented wave of resources investment due to booming demand from Asia, with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of resource projects in the pipeline. Last year, UNESCO said the sheer number and scale of proposals, including liquefied natural gas, tourism and mining projects, could threaten the reef's status. The Australian Marine Conservation Society's Felicity Wishart claimed the Queensland state government was fast-tracking mega ports along the reef and planned to dredge and dump millions of tonnes of mud and rock in its waters. "In 2012, less than half a million tonnes of dredge spoil was dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. In 2015 it's predicted that figure will explode out to 23.5 million tonnes -- a massive 50fold increase," she said. "The Great Barrier Reef is a major tourist destination generating $6 billion a year and supporting 60,000 jobs. No one is going to want come half way around the world to see mega industrial ports." According to WWF-Australia, recent polling it conducted showed 91 percent of Australians think protecting the Great Barrier Reef is the country's most important environmental issue in 2013. The Queensland government was not immediately available to comment.
-- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Nissan Altimas due to a spare tire issue, which may result in the tire being over-or under-inflated. Affected by todayâ€™s recall are 123,308 model year 2013 Nissan Altimas built between March 21 and March 26, 2013. The vehicles in question may contain spare tires that have been considerably over-or under-inflated. As a result, tires that are over-or under-inflated may suddenly fail, increasing the likelihood of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Gold Coast Aruba: This is the time to invest
Community Pool Panorama --Management of Gold Coast sidered Aruba’s most exclu- amenities. We have spoken to Aruba, the island’s newest and sive community where the countless island visitors to find most innovative gated com- value of properties has only in- out what they would really munity, reports that sales have creased over time. It is only want in a permanent residence been very good and encourag- minutes to the best beaches on Aruba, and took from ing as the global economy re- and all the action, and yet of- there.” covers and people looking to fers a quiet and secluded getInput from frequent vacapurchase vacation homes have away; we are very pleased by tioners who have dreamed of found that Gold Coast is an the response to our concept.” their own home in Aruba conoutstanding investment value. Director of Sales, Fito Croes has noticed a surprising percentage of owners in reality do not spend a great amount of time personally to use the villas or town homes they purchase, but are taking advantage of Gold Coast’s rental services to turn their investment into ready income. “The greater portion of home owners are using their “home away from home” in Aruba to escape the winter months, or spend holidays night view bar with the family on the island,” Fito, with his sister Mayrin tributed to the realization of he remarked, “but I am gratified by how many are buying and brother Rudy operate Cas Gold Coast Aruba which when because they felt secure with Bon, which has been con- complete will be a community real estate investment on structing homes and building of 260 town homes, villas and Aruba. They really study the developments for all budgets condominiums with a stunning history and economy of the is- for nearly twenty years. “Gold clubhouse complemented by land and are impressed with Coast Aruba is the jewel in our two additional community the political stability and con- crown,” observes Fito. “We pool areas , The Clubhouse is tinually increasing value of were very excited about this about to start construction and prime locations. Gold Coast is project and the scope of actual will offer to the community in the heart of Malmok, con- and planned facilities and homeowners and visitors 2
tennis courts, full service spa and fitness center as well as a stunning pool area and is expected to be complete by early 2013. It will also house a restaurant and mini-market. Owners who purchased upon the groundbreaking only a few short years ago, are already enjoying a nearly 50% appreciation on their investment, particularly those taking advantage of the on site management’s rental services program. There is always a great demand for Aruba and facilities such as those at Gold Coast, make it easy for some owners to see a valuable return on their investment. The design of the residences and public areas is open, airy and spacious, taking full advantage of the island environment, with quality construction and finishing available. Partnering with two of Aruba’s top providers of kitchens and bathrooms enables developers to offer custom options allowing buyers to individualize their homes. An elegant and chic furniture package is available or island designers will assist owners in finishing the décor to their specific tastes. There are many aspects to purchasing property; not the least is the future value of the investment. To further en-
hance this, Gold Coast management have inaugurated a number of in-house services and have recently become affiliated Interval International, the world’s largest network of vacation ownership properties which provides an unlimited international pool of investors to tap for ownership and rental prospects. Property exchange for a vacation in another destination is also available through the Interval International affiliation. Gold Coast’s own rental services have also proven highly successful in assisting owners in renting their villas; 24-hour security and maintenance services also tip the scales when it is time to make a decision. Aside from all this, housekeeping, child care, catering services , car rental through its partnership with AVIS car rental are also available as well as pre-shopping services so cupboards and refrigerators are stocked upon arrival, which can also be arranged through their property management department. Personnel are also available to assist in arranging restaurant reservations and island activities. Visit their website: www. goldcoastaruba.com for more details and availability or call 586-2200 to arrange a personal tour.
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Health & Living EU court to rule in Kosovo organ trafficking trial PRISTINA (AFP) - An EU-led court in Kosovo is expected to deliver its verdict today in the trial of seven people accused of illegal organ harvesting and transplants at a Pristina clinic. The panel of judges has heard often chilling testimony from over 80 witnesses -- both organ donors and recipients -in more than 100 hearings since the trial began in 2011. Police raided the Kosovo clinic in 2008 after a Turkish man collapsed at Pristina airport waiting for a flight back to Istanbul after having had a kidney removed. The indictment says at least 30 illegal kidney removals and transplants were carried out at the Medicus clinic that year. The donors were recruited from poor Eastern European and Central Asian countries who were promised about 15,000 euros ($19,540) for their organs, while recipients would pay up to 100,000 euros each. The recipients were mainly Israelis. Among the accused, who face up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted, are former Kosovo health secretary Ilir Rrecaj and Lutfi Dervishi, a prominent Pristina urologist. The indictment names Israeli national Moshe Harel as the mastermind of a network for recruiting donors and finding recipients, while Turkish doctor Yusuf Sonmez is said to have performed organ removal
surgery at the clinic. Sonmez is also indicted in Turkey on similar charges. But the two are not among those on trial in Pristina as they were not available to the court. In his closing remarks earlier this month, special European prosecutor Jonathan Ratel said that "illegal transplants undoubtedly took place in the clinic," carried out by an alleged "international organ trafficking network." "Donor victims ... were literally cast aside at the airport. They were discarded as used material after the operation," Ratel told AFP in a 2011 interview. At the trial, Rrecaj admitted that illegal kidney transplants were carried out at a Pristina clinic, but denied covering them up. Another defendant, doctor Driton Jilta, pleaded guilty to charges of abusing his official position of authority and the unlawful exercise of medical activity. The case is being tried by EULEX, the European rule of law mission in Kosovo, set up to help the local judiciary handle sensitive cases after the territory declared independence from Serbia in 2008. In a 2011 report, said there were "credible, convergent indications" that the Medicus case was linked to war-time organ trafficking The report set out claims
Early signs for HIV cure are 'promising'
-- Researchers at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark said they're now conducting clinical trials on humans using a “novel strategy” that has worked in lab tests, London’s The Telegraph reported. The announcement comes just days after the U.S. government said it is halting a large study on creating an AIDS vaccine because experimental shots failed to prevent infection. The Danish trial uses a treatment that forces the HIV virus from so-called reservoirs it forms in DNA cells, bringing the virus to the surface, according to The Telegraph. Once the virus is exposed, the body’s natural immune system can destroy it with the help of a vaccine. While the procedure appeared to work using human cells in a lab, whether it will prove successful in a human body remains to be seen, said Dr. Ole Sogaard, a senior researcher at Aarhus. Fifteen people have been signed up for the trial, which was awarded a new round of funding from the Danish Research Council worth about $2.1 million.
that organs were taken from prisoners, many of them Serbs, held by the independenceseeking KLA rebels in Albania in the late 1990s. Both Kosovo and Albania denied the accusations and rejected the report. An international probe into Marty's allegations will end in 2014, Clint Williamson, US prosecutor leading the investigation said last week.
US health leader warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu WASHINGTON (AFP) There is no evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said officials in China had studied more than 1,000 close contacts of confirmed cases and not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission. "That is powerful evidence because if you had a thousand contacts with someone with the flu you would be pretty sure some of them would have been infected," Fauci said in an interview with AFP. Nevertheless, Fauci cautioned that authorities needed
to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans. Researchers are already developing a diagnostic test to identify H7N9, along with a vaccine, with clinical trials due in July or August. More than 110 people in mainland China have been confirmed to be infected with H7N9, with 23 deaths, since Beijing announced on March 31 that the virus had been found in humans. Most of the cases have been located in eastern China, although Taiwan has reported one case. Another case has been found in southern China, while Chinese officials confirmed a further outbreak in the central province of Hunan. Chinese authorities have identified poultry as the source of the virus and have con-
Anxious British parents queue for vaccines as measles rages SWANSEA (AFP) - Fears about the purported side effects once sent British parents running from vaccinations against measles. But now an outbreak of the potentially deadly disease in one city has brought them back in droves. As others went about their weekend activities in Swansea on the south Wales coast, a steady stream of parents brought their children to Singleton Hospital to receive emergency vaccines, hoping to protect them from a local epidemic that shows no signs of easing. Since November, almost 1,000 people around the city have contracted measles, with children aged 10 to 18 affected the worst. The weekend clinics at this "epidemic hotspot", now in their fourth week open, have already attracted more than
6,000 people amid a vigorous public health campaign to get children vaccinated. Health officials unequivocally attribute the outbreak to a now widely discredited study by Andrew Wakefield published in 1998 linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) triple vaccine to autism -- the legacy of which is now emerging as unvaccinated people fall ill.
firmed that patients became sick from contact with infected live fowl. A visiting team from the World Health Organization, which wrapped up a weeklong visit to China on Wednesday, said there had been no human-to-human transmission but warned H7N9 was "one of the most lethal" influenza viruses ever seen. Fauci praised Beijing for its handling of the current crisis, contrasting it to the response of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 20022003, when China stood accused of covering-up the scale of the crisis. "It was not the case with SARS in 2003 but the transparency has been excellent," Fauci said. "I am quite satisfied with the Chinese response." Fauci likened the current H7N9 strain of bird flu "in some respects" to the H5N1 bird flu strain of several years ago. There have been 566 confirmed cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which killed 332 people in the world -- a mortality rate of 58 percent, compared to 20 percent for the H7N9 bird flu strain. The H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic o 2009, which appeared in Mexico at the same time of year as the H7N9, eventually infected 60 million people throughout the world and killed more than 12,000.
Monday, April 29, 2013
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5 Burgers Aruba: Now your best breakfast bargain!
All you can eat pancakes with fresh strawberry topping
A favorite stop for a great burger for lunch or dinner has just expanded their hours and menu to offer some of the best breakfast bargains to be found in Palm Beach. Owners Aaron and Rosie Walisever are living their dream: a home on paradise while welcoming all and sundry to their proud undertaking, 5 Burgers Aruba. The couple’s fanatical dedication to giving their customers what they really want has resulted in a unique menu from an internationally known franchise
with a “5”, which now includes breakfast. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” believes Aaron. Upon entering 5 Burgers Aruba in The Village Mall in Palm Beach, one is struck by utterly spotless surroundings and a smiling, friendly, attentive service crew. Of course, the main item on the menu is burgers-the way they were meant to be, thick and juicy, made fresh daily and 100% pure beef, the kind that made
the hamburger a traditional American treat. However, beginning at 7 a.m., patrons can now order 2 eggs any style, (omelets with 3 fillings are $7.99) toast and coffee with unlimited refills for the special introductory price of only $4.49, ($5.48 with bacon) or All-you-can-eat pancakes, for $6.99, again, with free refills on fresh coffee. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. Famous for their fries made from fresh potatoes, Aaron has been working for months on devising the most irresistible home fries recipe, chunky and tender with skins still on; after much testing and tasting, he got the thumbs up from his harshest critic, Rosie; so this is another treat you have to try. A glance at their burger menu will certainly tempt you to return for lunch or dinner, to sample their famous specialty items such as the Gouda, Farmer’s or Man Burger (al-
most 12 ounces of choice beef), and a Western Burger with Aarons’ secret-recipe crispy onion rings. All of these can be personalized with an incredible array of toppings, (mushrooms, jala-peño peppers, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato…whatever, the list goes on) at absolutely no extra cost. 5 Burger portions are ENORMOUS! Aaron suggests that even their small serving of fries is enough to be shared by
two. He was very amused to watch a famous French chef demonstrating the best way to make fried potatoes on a gourmet cooking show and could only comment “He stole my recipe!” Try them the English way-with vinegar, and you’ll wonder how you ever ate fries without it. This same 5-star chef also swears by Gouda as the best topping for the ideal gourmet cheeseburger. 5 Burgers is now open early until 10-ish at night; delivery is available to both the high-rise and low-rise hotel and beach district at now extra cost for orders over $50. Enjoy a great lunch without ever leaving the beach by calling 586-3904. However, we suggest you stop by and enjoy their authentic, heartfelt hospitality; it is not unusual for either owner to sit and chat, sharing their knowledge of the island while making sure patrons are happy with their meal.
Monday, April 29, 2013
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Eat like a local at The Queen’s restaurant at Palm Beach Plaza
Grandma’s clasic Stew beef with Rice and Potato salad An elegant décor with a breezy terrace overlooking Palm Beach welcomes guests to Varella Innocencia’s very popular restaurant showcasing authentic local cuisine: The Queen’s. They may have moved from Oranjestad to hipper new digs in Palm Beach Plaza, but the food and prices are strictly native, which is what first won this charming eatery their
loyal clientele. Varella’s mom, Luisa, is still in the kitchen, conjuring up the delicious dishes that have been in her family for generations, acknowledged on the menu with items such as “Carni Stoba di Mamachi”-“Grandma’s Beef Stew,” and their Arawak Steak, along with local delicacies like Keshi Yena -“Full Cheese.” This is a tasty, filling stew of chicken, with other in-
gredients that are handy that day, all incased in a thick skin of melted Gouda. It was very satisfying and particularly memorable paired with The Queen’s garlic bread and very special Pica, a mix of chopped onions and the famous local hot pepper, Madame Janette. Not overly spicy, it lends that perfect bit of tang to this deliciously picturesque meal. One of the distinctions of Aruban cuisine is incorporating unique indigenous ingredients such as in Wild Cucumber Stew and a particular light fish chowder accompanied by the local specialties pan bati (corn meal pancake) and funchi (the local version of polenta.) Seafood main courses for Catch of the Day Aruban Style to shrimp and a mixed seafood platter with shrimp, fish, squid, scallops and mussels. Meat dishes such as BBQ Chicken and Ribs or Grilled Tenderloin, each including a choice of 2 side dishes; all
Boxing: Haye names Charr as comeback opponent
LONDON (AFP) - Controversial boxer David Haye will take on German Manuel Charr in his comeback fight on June 29, the Briton announced on Sunday. Lebanon-born Charr, who also has Syrian heritage, has twice already called out Haye as both men lost a world title fight to one of the dominant Klitschko brothers over the last 18-months. And the 28-year-old has got his wish as Haymaker Boxing released a statement saying: "Former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will go head-to-head with next opponent Manuel Charr at a press conference this Wednesday, after agreeing a deal to fight
the top 10-ranked contender on June 29 in Manchester. "The much talked about heavyweight showdown will be televised live on Sky Sports and promoted as part of a new long-term relationship between Adam Booth of Hayemaker and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. It will mark Haye's first appearance in the ring since knocking out domestic rival Dereck Chisora in July 2012." Haye is looking for another shot at a Klitschko brother and believes a victory over Charr could put him back in line for a title tilt. WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir beat Haye on points in July 2011 while
older brother Vitali, the WBC champion, stopped Charr in September last year. That defeat was the only loss on 'Diamond Boy' Charr's record and came due to cuts rather than a knock-out punch. Haye, 32, has lost twice in a 26-fight professional career that has had its fair share of controversy. Haye famously angered the Klitschko brothers by pulling stunts such as turning up unannounced at events being attended by the brothers wearing a T-shirt showing their severed heads. The brash former undisputed cruiserweight champion had previously claimed he would retire once he turned 31 but has fought once since, beating Chisora in five rounds last year. Charr has picked up two early KO victories since his 4th round loss to Vitali. Last month he pledged to donate half his purse to Syrian peace funds if Haye agreed to fight him. He was born Mahmoud Omeirat Charr in Beirut to a Syrian father but has lived most of his life in Germany.
Varella, Luisa and the next generation of chef quite yummy and bargainpriced to boot! The Queen’s is located on the second level of Palm Beach Plaza, tucked into a cozy corner at the front of the mall. If you have a mind to try the real deal in Aruban food, without a doubt, this is the way to truly eat like a local. They are open daily, from 11:00 am to 11:00pm,
5860606 and Telf: email:email@example.com, offering indoor and outdoor dining. Aside from an extensive menu they also have daily specials made from whatever is in season and Mama Luisa is in the mood to prepare, so don’t forget to ask about what isn’t on the menu!
Football: Van Persie returns to frustrate Arsenal LONDON (AFP) - Robin van Persie returned to frustrate Arsenal as the Manchester United striker rescued a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, while Reading and QPR were relegated from the Premier League yesterday after playing out a 00 draw. Van Persie was making his first appearance back at Arsenal since last year's £24 million ($37 million, 28 million euros) transfer to United and he was given a hostile reception from home supporters. But, after Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a second minute lead, the Dutch forward silenced the boo-boys when he fired home from the penalty spot after being fouled by Bacary Sagna in the 44th minute. United manager Alex Ferguson saluted van Persie for keeping his composure and took a dig at the Arsenal fans in the process. With the title already wrapped up, champions United
were happy to settle for a draw, but the result was a setback for Arsenal, who dropped down to fourth place following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Swansea. A win for either Reading or QPR at the Madejski Stadium would have kept alive their slender chances of staying up at least until Aston Villa's clash with Sunderland on today. Bottom club Reading and second bottom QPR are both nine points behind fourth bottom Aston Villa with three games remaining, but a complicated equation influenced by Villa's meeting with Wigan on the final day of the season means there is no chance of either avoiding the drop. QPR have been backed heavily by Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes over the last 12 months, but Redknapp concedes their expensively assembled squad won't find it easy to win an immediate return to the Premier League.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Tennis: Nadal wins record
eighth title in Barcelona
BARCELONA (AFP) - Rafael Nadal extended his record number of Barcelona titles to eight as he brushed off a slow start to beat Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 yesterday. Last weekend's Monte Carlo runner-up regained his accustomed position on an ATP winner's podium with his fourth title of 2013 and his third on clay for the year. He rallied from two breaks down on a day of drizzle and heavy conditions, beating Almagro for the tenth time without defeat. "I'm very happy," said Nadal. "This has been an important week for me. To win here again is a great joy after everything I've been through.
The world number five has made a storming comeback to tennis after missing seven months from last summer with knee injuries. Since his February return, he has played finals in all six events he has entered. "I've played just six tournaments this year but have been in the finals of all of them," said the satisfied winner, who moves up to second in the season points race behind Novak Djokovic, according to ATP calculations. "I'm in the top 10 and I'm getting my tennis back." Nadal went into recovery mode after trailing Almagro 03 in less than a quarter hour on the heavy court. But as quickly as he had temporarily let his guard
down, Nadal was able to muster his resources to fight back. He claimed an epic ninth game for a 5-4 lead before serving out the opening set a game later as Almagro couldn't reach a forehand to the corner. The second seed sped away with the second set in the testing conditions and finished off the victory with an overhead smash. Nadal becomes the first man this season to win four ATP titles, adding Barcelona to those he lifted in Brazil, Mexico and California. The 26-year-old who is rediscovering the form that habitually makes him the favourite when the French Open comes around in May. This victory took his Barcelona win streak to 39 matches. In clay finals, the impeccable Spaniard has lost only to Djokovic (three times), Roger Federer (twice) and Horacio Zeballos (once). He now stands 40-1 in Barcelona. The win was the second of the season for Nadal over Almagro after beating his countryman in the Acapulco semi-final. Nadal will now prepare for another home event, the Madrid Masters, beginning next weekend.
Boxing: Khan picks himself up to beat Diaz SHEFFIELD (AFP) - Former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to keep on course for a shot at the division's champions by out-pointing Julio Diaz on Saturday. Khan, 26, was floored in the fourth round and looked on the brink of another knockdown in the 11th of a thrilling catchweight (143 pounds) 12-round non-title contest with Mexican Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. In Khan's first performance back on British soil for two years, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist triumphed by scores of 114-113, 115-113 and 115112 in a close fight. Khan improved his record to 28 wins and three defeats, while Diaz suffered his eighth career defeat in a 49-fight career. It was another thrilling encounter the Briton was involved in but as exciting as he is, he also showed he is still vulnerable. Khan, from Bolton in northern England, can now remain
Mexico's Julio Diaz, right, lands a punch against Britain's Amir Khan
hopeful of a rematch with either Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson, the Americans who have beaten him in the last two years. Promoters Golden Boy had told Khan victory would propel him to a shot at the light-welterweight division's undisputed world champion later this year. Garcia won his defend World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles against Zab Judah hours after Khan had finished with Diaz, while Lamont Peter-
son is set to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse on May 18. Also on the bill, American heavyweight Deontay Wilder took just 70 seconds to claim his 28th stoppage victim in his 28th fight after battering Briton Audley Harrison. Wilder, 27, from Alabama, claimed his biggest scalp yet when he staggered Harrison with a huge right and the Briton never recovered as the American unloaded a series of clubbing hooks to the head.
Unbeaten Garcia earns decision over Judah
Danny Garcia catches Zab Judah with a punishing righthander
NEW YORK (AFP) - Unbeaten Danny Garcia retained his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council light welterweight world titles Saturday with a 12-round unanimous decision over Zab Judah. Garcia knocked down Judah in the eighth round en route to his 26th victory in as many fights, with 16 wins inside the distance. The three judges at ringside scored it 114-112, 115-112, and 116-111 for Garcia. "Whoo! It was a hell of a fight, man," said the champion, who survived Judah's fierce surge in the last three rounds to earn the decision. "I came to Brooklyn, I had to beat the Brooklyn guy in his hometown," Garcia said. "I knew he was never going to give up." Garcia, whose previous beaten foes include former world champion Amir Khan of Britain and Mexico's Erik Morales, called Judah the "craftiest, strongest guy" he's fought so far. "He's a crafty veteran with power, we knew that," Garcia said. "But I'm a true champion. I've got to fight through the storm in order to be a champion and I proved that tonight."Earlier Saturday in Sheffield, England, Khan survived a knockdown to outpoint Julio Diaz. The victory left Khan hopeful of a rematch with either Garcia or Lamont Peterson, who is due to defend his Inter-
national Boxing Federation belt in the 140-pound (63.5 kg) division against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse on May 18. Garcia is now widely expected to get a shot at the winner of Peterson-Matthysse, with Khan hoping to face the winner of that unification fight. On the undercard, Peter Quillin successfully defended his World Boxing Organization middleweight title with seventh-round technical knockout of Fernando Guerrero. Quillin improved to 29-0 with 21 knockouts, while Guerrero fell to 25-2 with 19 knockouts.
Monday, April 29, 2013
NBA: First-round playoff ........... BOSTON (AFP) - Jason Terry scored Boston's last nine points in the final 92 seconds of overtime, lifitng the Celtics over New York 97-90 Sunday to avoid a sweep in the first-round NBA playoff series. Boston trimmed the Knicks' lead in the best-ofseven Eastern Conference matchup to 3-1 with game five on Wednesday at New York. No team in NBA history has ever rallied to win a playoff series after losing the first three games. "The spirit and heart of a champion is what kept us going," Terry said. "They made a great run at us. But we're not dead yet." Jason Terry #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after making The Knicks rallied from 20 a two-point shot in overtime points down in the third quarter to take the lead at 84-82, only to have Kevin Garnett equalize on a jumper for Boston to send the game into
overtime. Terry, who finished with 18 points, made a 3-pointer with 1:32 remaining in the extra five-minute session that gave
Boston a 91-88 lead. Carmelo Anthony answered with an inside jumper for the Knicks but Terry hit a fadeaway baseline jumper to put Boston ahead 93-90. Anthony missed a 3-point attempt and Terry added two free throws and a layup to boost to boost the Celtics' final victory margin. Paul Pierce lead Boston with 29 points while Jeff Green added 26 and Garnett had 13 points and 17 rebounds. Anthony, who has never reached the second round of the NBA playoffs, had 36 points and Raymond Felton added 27 in a losing cause. The Knicks were playing without NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who was suspended for the game for elbowing Terry in the chin in a victory Friday. Pierce scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the first
MLB: Yankees come back for 3-2
win to win Toronto
NEW YORK -- Lyle Overbay sent a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey into the right field bullpen for a go-ahead, tworun homer in the seventh inning that was caught by Yankees reliever David Robertson, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Sunday for a four-game sweep. Brennan Boesch homered in the second off Dickey (2-4), pitching in New York for the first time since getting his 20th win for the New York Mets last September. Dickey allowed a single to Overbay later in the second, then retired 13 of his next 14 batters around a walk. Travis Hafner singled leading off the seventh and, with two outs, Overbay hit his third home run
Travis Hafner (33) greets teammate Lyle Overbay, right, after hitting a two-run home run
of the season -- one more than his total last year. Boone Logan (1-1) pitched a one-hit seventh, Robertson threw a 1-2-3 eighth and Mariano Rivera finished for his ninth save in nine chances, extending his career record to 617.
Dealt by the Mets after going 20-3 and winning the NL Cy Young Award, Dickey already has lost more games this year than in all of 2012. He allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, with four strikeouts and a walk, throwing about 90 percent knucklers.
half, his late 3-pointer part of a 12-3 run to close the second quarter that gave the Celtics a 54-35 half-time lead. But Felton scored 16 points of 5-of-8 shooting in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer in the final second to pull the Knicks within 68-65 entering the final period. After Boston twice fought off New York runs, the Knicks pulled level at 82-82 with 3:34 remaining on a layup by Anthony, who caught fire after Boston's Brandon Bass, who had been defending him, fouled out with 4:27 to play. After Anthony missed two free throws, the Knicks took their only lead of regulation time at 84-82 with only 78 seconds remaining on a jumper by Felton as the Celtics went more than three minutes without scoring. The Knicks, swept out of the playoffs by Boston in 2011, have not won a playoff series since 2000, when they ousted Toronto in the first round and Miami in the second before falling to Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals.
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