Friday, October 30, 2020

October 10, 2020   -The number of people to have died from Covid-19 in Brazil has passed 150,000, the country's health ministry says. Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, after the US, and the third-highest number of cases after the US and India. The country also passed five million total infections earlier this week.

October 11, 2020   WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao reports that after 78 people were tested, there are 12 new cases on the island. 7 of these are linked to known cases and the other 5 are still being investigated by the epidemiology team through contact tracing. 7 active cases have recovered. This brings the total of active cases on the island to 267.

October 10, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - The government reports that there are 22 new cases on the island. This after 204 people were tested. Of the 22 new cases, 12 are linked to known cases and the other 10 are still being investigated by the epidemiology team through their contact tracing efforts.

October 11, 2020   -One of Brazil's biggest crime bosses has gone on the run after being briefly freed from prison the previous day. André Oliveira Macedo, also known as André do Rap, was released from a high-security prison on Saturday - but this decision was revoked just hours later.

October 9, 2020  THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Ten years after 10-10-10, we can conclude that the high expectations that were ten years ago in the Kingdom have been far from being met. Many people had hope for a better future, but it did not materialize. This is according to Undersecretary Raymond Knops of Kingdom Relations today. According to Knops, the Netherlands - "with the wisdom of today" - should have cooperated more with the new countries immediately after 10-10-10 and should have been less restrained.

October 10, 2020  AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands reached a new record in daily coronavirus cases, hitting nearly 6,500 infections in 24 hours, data released on Saturday showed. The government has warned that new restrictions will have to be imposed across the country, one of the worst-hit in Europe’s second COVID-19 wave, if the number of infections and hospital admissions does not drop this weekend.

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of attempted theft, but the sentence stopped far short of what they potentially faced for their actions at the Quai Branly Museum: 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines. Activists and defense lawyers viewed the case as a trial about how former empires should atone for past crimes. Diyabanza’s museum action took place in June, amid global protests against racial injustice and colonial-era wrongs unleashed by George Floyd’s death in the U.S. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease at the London home he shared with his second wife, Sybil Sever. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder released two new songs Tuesday reflecting the current times that he hopes inspires change. The piano-playing icon dropped the tracks “Where Is Our Love Song” and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” which he also announced would be released through his new label So What the Fuss Music, distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (Wonder was signed to Motown Records for the majority of his career).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and ”Network,” has died. She was 77. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.