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June 12, 2020  THE HAGUE - The virtual version of the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IpKo) has pleased the delegations from Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands so much that they want to do that more often.

Due to the travel restrictions, the summer edition of the IpKo, planned in The Hague, was canceled this week. Instead, yesterday, and today the MPs of the countries in the Kingdom discussed several topics via a video platform. At the conclusion, several working groups suggested that digital physical intermittent meetings should also be held from time to time, for example on the eve of debates in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on issues affecting the Caribbean countries.

The virtual version was informal. No decisions have therefore been taken. The central theme was the corona crisis. Delegations agree that the loans to be granted by the Netherlands are subject to conditions, but the way in which this has happened in recent weeks does not deserve a “beauty award”.

There is also unanimity about the need to make economies less dependent on tourism by diversifying it, including by promoting agriculture.

Member of Parliament Chris van Dam, as rapporteur for his working group, called on the Dutch to opt for Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten when they go on vacation.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


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NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”