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September 12, 2020  THE HAGUE - Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten urgently need the money and hope that The Hague will relax the conditions for this. “We are not negotiating our proposal,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte now also says firmly. The conditions have been on the table since July, but as long as the islands do not agree or comply with them, there will be no money. The islands fear that their autonomy and democracy will be eroded if they agree to the Dutch conditions. Aruba angry with the Netherlands

The tone of Aruba has remained friendly and diplomatic towards the Netherlands in recent months. Until this week. Aruba accuses Undersecretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) of having changed the conditions for a third emergency loan for the second time "at the last minute". Instead of 95 million euros for three months, Aruba has to bridge five months with that amount. As a result, the island is again in payment problems and the government says it has to borrow extra money.

Undersecretary Knops is "extremely surprised" that Aruba does not agree with the conditions for a third emergency loan. Moreover: “We spoke for two months, also during my vacation. If you wait a long time, then it is of course not the case that those terms remain the same.”

The Dutch cabinet, therefore, thinks it will take "still weeks" before the corona loans will eventually be issued. Whether Prime Minister Rutte himself has hope that The Hague and the islands will still resolve this? "I don't use those kinds of terms."

“I understand that it is politically complicated on the islands, but it is, of course, important to make a decision,” says Rutte.

Borrow money without help from The Hague?

Aruba is trying to find a party on the international capital market that wants to lend the island money. Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes reported in a televised speech on Thursday evening that she has found a willing party.

Undersecretary Knops indicates on Friday that Aruba first needs a green light from The Hague. "That may also have consequences for the package of conditions that we already had in July."

The Netherlands wants to guarantee hundreds of millions of euros. The loan through The Hague will be interest-free. The islands will have to repay tens of millions extra via the international market.

The Aruban government says, just like Curaçao and St. Maarten, it will continue to "constructively" talk with the Netherlands. The other two islands do not (yet) have an institution on the international market that is seriously interested in lending them money.

Prime Minister Rhuggenaath "positive"

Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath also gave a national speech on radio and TV on Thursday evening. He characterized the conversations with the Netherlands as "intensive" and are conducted from "a positive approach". He did not say whether an agreement will be reached

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May 15, 2021  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Janet Jackson’s ensembles she wore in the “Scream” music video opposite of her brother Michael Jackson are among the items up for bid in a three-day auction. Julien’s Auctions says her black circular bubble textured fabric long-sleeve shirt, black patent leather pants and black patent leather over-the-ankle boots sold for $125,000 Saturday. The auction called “Iconic Treasures From the Legendary Career and Life of Janet Jackson” will be held until Sunday, the singer’s 55th birthday. Jackson partnered with Julien's Auctions to sell more than 1,000 items from her career and personal treasures. The auction was held live in Beverly Hills, California, and shown on Julien’s website. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Compassion International, an organization that helps children escape from poverty.

May 15, 2021 HONG KONG (AP) — After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners Saturday with “Time to Say Goodbye,” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. “Well, that’s it. Thank you very much for tuning in, goodbye, thank you for coming,” Ray Cordeiro said in both English and Cantonese before signing off ahead of the 1 a.m. news. It was the coda to a radio career that began 72 years ago, and a more than 50-year run for his show “All the Way with Ray,” which started on public broadcaster RTHK in 1970. Along the way, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tony Bennett, the Beatles and Cliff Richard and nurtured rising Hong Kong pop stars such as Sam Hui. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged Cordeiro as “The World’s Most Durable DJ.”

May 15, 2021  ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when they are outdoors except when they are on attractions, inline, or riding a tram or other transportation. Masks remain mandatory indoors except in restaurants when seated. Disney requires they be worn except when actively eating and drinking. SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park, Tampa’s Busch Gardens, are going even further, allowing guests who say they are fully vaccinated to remove their masks throughout the parks. The two parks will not require proof of vaccination, but are asking guests to “respectfully comply.”

May 14, 2021  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renée Zellweger is coming to network TV next season in a dramatization of a murder case recounted by “Dateline NBC.” The two-time Oscar winner’s role in NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” is a sign of how broadcast networks are banking on eye-catching names and familiar stories to draw viewers in a TV universe increasingly packed with new streaming services. The “Dateline NBC” story about a wrongful conviction was one of the true-crime series most popular sagas, the network said Friday in announcing its slate of new and returning series for the 2021-22 season. Zellweger’s NBC series is set for midseason. The fall will be dominated by dramas and reality shows, with NBC — once the home of “must-see” comedies including “Friends” — making the unusual decision to hold its sitcoms for midseason to give what its executives said is a better shot at success.

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May 12, 2021  LEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — The nation’s largest fuel pipeline restarted operations Wednesday, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers. The disruption of Colonial Pipeline caused long lines at gas stations in the Southeast due to distribution problems and panic-buying, draining supplies at thousands of gas stations. Colonial initiated the restart of pipeline operations late Wednesday, saying in a statement that “all lines, including those lateral lines that have been running manually, will return to normal operations.” But it will take several days for deliveries to return to normal, the company said.

May 10, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s consumer watchdog is signaling a more aggressive approach toward the financial services sectors after a few years of being on a tight leash. Under President Biden, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has rescinded or scaled back a number of policies put in place by the Trump administration. And the bureau is staffing up in anticipation of taking a more active role in regulation and enforcement, as it did during the Obama administration. This is all being done without the CFPB having a permanent director, an important position since the bureau’s authority comes from the director who is answerable only to the president. Dave Uejio, a long-time career employee of the bureau, has been the bureau’s acting director since Trump’s appointee Kathy Kraninger resigned the day Biden was sworn into office.

May 10, 2021  STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont’s reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of Stowe. After more than a year of coronavirus restrictions on his business, Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge, he’s expecting a breakout summer tourism season. But like employers across the country, he’s worried he won’t have enough workers. “We’ve been getting many excuses as to why not to return,” said Rovetto, who is offering a signing bonus of up to $600 to try to add 15 to 20 employees who agree to stay through the middle of October. “Obviously, it was a legitimate one with COVID, but, you know, I think that’s getting used less and less now. The vaccines are free; they are out there for anyone.”

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