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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.


January 22, 2021 LONDON (AP) — It’s still not the time for “No Time to Die.” Producers of the forthcoming James Bond thriller say the film’s release has been delayed again, until the fall of 2021, because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic The official 007 Twitter account said late Thursday that the 25th installment in the franchise will now open on Oct. 8. “No Time To Die” was originally slated to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to November of that year as the virus swept around the world. It was then delayed again to April 2, 2021. The film from director Cary Joji Fukunaga stars Daniel Craig as 007, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas.

January 22, 2021  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said. Chappelle was expected to perform Thursday through Sunday at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, Texas. Those shows have been canceled and Chappelle is quarantining, his representative Carla Sims said in a statement. The comedian is asymptomatic. Chappelle had been performing socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June, and moved his shows to Austin during the winter, Sims said. Rapid testing for the audience and daily tests for Chappelle and his team were implemented.

January 22, 2021  SEOUL (AP) — Popular South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High was working on a song called “End of the World” before the pandemic hit last year. Now, the band’s frontman Tablo says, “I wish that this song is not relevant.” His group had 2020 all planned out, from a Coachella performance to a world tour. Then early last year, Tablo said he and bandmates Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz saw their plans “completely becoming dust.” With the world sharing their feelings of “fear, confusion and trepidation,” the group stayed home to document the moment in songs, crafting a new double album called “Epik High Is Here.”

January 21, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With a trilingual song that calls for the people of the Americas to unite in a more fair and loving world, Brazilian reggae band Natiruts, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley and Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio hope to make the whole continent vibrate. “América Vibra” was released Wednesday — the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration — as a nod to a new beginning. “We don’t want walls. We are bridges,” recites the Oscar-nominated actress in Spanish before Marley and Natiruts vocalist Alexandre Carlo sing about social justice and environmental protection in English and Portuguese, respectively.

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January 23, 2021   MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about the bilateral relationship and supplying doses of the vaccine.

January 24, 2021    -Boohoo is set to buy the Debenhams brand and website, the BBC understands. However, the fast-fashion retailer will not be taking on any of the company's remaining 118 High Street stores or its workforce. The announcement could come as early as Monday morning. The 242-year-old chain is already in the process of closing down, after administrators failed to secure a rescue deal for the business, with the likely loss of 12,000 jobs. A closing down sale at 124 Debenhams stores began in December, as administrators continued to seek offers for all, or parts of the business. In the last week or so, the company announced that six shops would not reopen after lockdown, including its flagship department store on London's Oxford Street.

January 23, 2021   -Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia over the nation's attempt to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers. Australia is introducing a world-first law to make Google, Facebook and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. But the US firms have fought back, warning the law would make them withdraw some of their services. Australian PM Scott Morrison said lawmakers would not yield to "threats". Australia is far from Google's largest market, but the proposed news code is seen as a possible global test case for how governments could seek to regulate big tech firms.