Fiesta di Pasco na rotonde di Hato

E temporada di Pasco ta mas cerca y e aña aki un biaha mas Aruba Bank a decora e rotonde di Hato. Diabierna, 24 di November, lo tin e Fiesta di Pasco y e cendemento di e luz na rotonde di Hato cu un dushi ambiente di fin di aña .

E anochi lo cuminsa desde 6 or di atardi unda cu Mama y Papa Claus lo ta presente hunto cu e team dinamico di Aruba Bank. Diferente artista local lo ta cantando e anochi aki, manera Lizienne Webb, Nayella Thijsen, Lendon Albus, Jordan Koolman y mucho mas. Tambe Kids 2 Kids lo t’ey pa hasi nan presentacion. Lo tin un treat navideño e anochi aki pa esunnan cu ta presente. Desde 6or di atardi te 8or di anochi e ambiente lo ta na rotonde di Hato. Aruba Bank ta invita comunidad di Aruba pa bin disfruta di e anochi aki.

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Trump hits Spanish olives with US import duty

File photo of a Spanish olive harvest in Andalucia. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The United States on Tuesday imposed import duties on ripe Spanish olives, saying preliminary findings indicated they were subject to unfair subsidies that harmed producers in California.

The action is part of President Donald Trump’s aggressive defense of US trade interests, with anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions up 61 percent since he took office, according to the Commerce Department.

Following a complaint from California producers, the agency found Spanish exporters benefited from impermissible subsidies of between 2.3 and 7.2 percent.

US customs agents will collect cash deposits on olive imports based on those rates, according to the Commerce Department.

In 2016, the US imported an estimated $70.9 million worth of ripe Spanish olives, principally from producers in Seville.

“We will continue to review all information related to this preliminary determination while standing up for American workers and companies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

A final decision in the case is due in May. The Commerce Department maintains 412 anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders to protect American companies from trade practices Washington deems to be unfair.

READ ALSO: Olives and vino at risk from climate change

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Out of the box: The revival of puppetry in Alice Springs

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November 15, 2017 06:27:12

The ancient art of storytelling through puppetry has been revived by a doctor in Alice Springs.

Katelnd Griffin has developed a narrative, her own papier mache characters and a whimsical soundtrack for her 30-minute production aimed at young children.

A small girl named Pocket is the star of the show called Open, in which a magical winged box one day appears on her doorstep.

“I made Pocket. It’s taken quite a long time. I moulded her face and she’s made out of papier mache,” Dr Griffin said.

“Her dress is made out of fabric. Other parts involve wood and wire and glue. She’s been quite a big project.”

Not only has Dr Griffin created the characters, she has also written the story and the music.

“When I create shows I usually start with a playlist. I put together some music, which inspires me and the feeling that I want the show to have.

“Then I write down ideas about characters and situations that happen to them, and we then go into the rehearsal space and start to play with those ideas.”

It is through this process and working with her other performers that the storyline is developed.

Opening the music box

Music plays an intrinsic role in the play, given there is not any dialogue between any of the characters.

“None of the characters talk, so it’s all done through gesture, physical theatre and I guess facial expressions and movement,” Dr Griffin said.

“The music carries all of that for us. It creates the mood and atmosphere. It can be really playful or really sweet or a bit sad or melancholy.”

Despite Pocket’s small stature, she requires two performers to make her move.

“She’s got a hand here in the back of her head and another one in the back of her body,” Dr Griffin said.

“A lot of the time her body keeps still. Then you can grab her hand and move that around, or one person walks her feet while the other one moves her hand.

“So there’s a lot of teamwork between the two puppeteers.

“They have to work hard together to learn each other’s movements.”

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Geert Wilders plans Russia trip ‘to show we have patriots too’

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PVV leader and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders has told Elsevier magazine he plans to visit Russia next year to offer a counterweight to the ‘hysterical Russia phobia’ which exists in parts of the Netherlands.

Wilders said he has already been in talks with the Russian ambassador in The Hague about a potential programme for his trip.

‘Russia is not an enemy and we should not turn it into one,’ he said. Russia is an important ally in the war on terrorism and mass African immigration, he told the magazine.

In particular, Wilders said plans to visit the Russian parliament to ‘show that we have patriots here as well’. The Netherlands can learn a lot from Russia about patriotism, he said.

Last week Dutch home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren warned about Russian attempts to influence public opinion and spread fake news in the Netherlands.

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One in five households in Poland supported chiefly by women

PR dla Zagranicy

Paweł Kononczuk

22.11.2017 12:04

For one in five Polish married and unwed couples, women’s earnings are the primary source of financial support in the household, a new study shows.

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Recent years have seen a steady decline in traditional gender roles in Poland where the man is the breadwinner and the woman the homemaker, research by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) revealed.

The number of female breadwinners has risen sharply since 1993, when it stood at 13 percent.

Coupled with single-adult households – those with single mothers and widows – the percentage is higher still, standing at 39 percent. Twenty-five years ago the figure was 31.4 percent. (aba/pk)

Source: Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

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EE UU pone en jaque al sector español de la aceituna con la imposición de un arancel | Compañías

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció este juevesla imposición de un arancel a la aceituna española tras llegar a la conclusión de que este producto se importa por debajo de su precio de mercado gracias a las subvenciones que recibe. El arancel oscila entre el 2,31 % y el 7,24 % y tiene carácter preliminar.

La medida es el resultado de la investigación que abrió en julio el Departamento de Comercio a instancias de los productores de aceituna californianos agrupados en la Coalición para el Comercio Justo de Aceitunas Maduras. Las empresas que conforman esta coalición son Bell-Carter Foods y Musco Family Olive.

“Estados Unidos valora sus relaciones con España, pero incluso los países amigos deben cumplir las reglas”, dijo Wilbur Ross, el secretario de Comercio de Estados Unidos, en un comunicado. “Seguiremos -añadió- evaluando toda la información relacionada con esta decisión preliminar mientras defendemos a las empresas y trabajadores estadounidenses”.

Los agentes de aduanas estadounidenses recaudarán con depósitos en metálico el arancel a la aceituna española a partir de ahora. La investigación contra las aceitunas españolas es una de las 77 por competencia desleal iniciadas por el Gobierno de Donald Trump, que ha hecho del proteccionismo económico uno de sus pilares. España exportó en 2016 a Estados Unidos aceitunas por valor de 70,9 millones de dólares.

El foco del Gobierno estadounidense sobre la aceituna española está puesto principalmente en las ayudas que reciben los productores en España, que entienden que supone una competencia desleal para los agricultores locales.

Este hecho pone en un brete al sector aceitunero y la decisión ha provocado las reacciones del Gobierno español y la Junta de Andalucía. El Ministro de Economía, Luis de Guindos, aseguró que el ejecutivo “peleará” para que no se termine imponiendo este arancel y defendió el modelo de ayudas puesto que se adapta a las exigencias de la UE y no suponen competencia desleal. Según el titular de Economía, el “arancel es pequeño pero consideramos que no debe existir”. “No se debe establecer, no hay motivación para establecer ningún tipo de penalización y eso vamos a pelear en las próximas semanas”, agregó.

Por su lado, Susana Díaz, confió en que la colaboración de la Junta, el Gobierno central y la UE permitan que se logre una solución para la aceituna en EE UU. El Ejecutivo regional anunció este jueves de urgencia la reunión del sector de aceituna para analizar el impacto de esta decisión.

“Estamos trabajando de manera coordinada, se plantearán distintas soluciones en función del escenario que tengamos y espero que podamos poner en marcha medidas que palíen la situación de aquí a marzo”, explicó Díaz en unas declaraciones a los periodistas durante su visita oficial a Bruselas.

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Recipe: Persian love cake – Drive

Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) fan-forced. Grease the ring of a 24 cm (91/2 inch) springform tin, then line with strips of baking paper. Turn the base upside down, so it no longer has a lip. Place a piece of baking paper over it, then clamp the ring around it to secure.

To make the crumb base, combine the almond meal, caster sugar, brown sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl, and rub together until you have an even, sandy consistency. Divide the mixture in two, and tip half into the prepared tin. Using the back of a spoon or a spatula, press the crumb mixture evenly over the bottom of the tin.

To make the cake batter, add the eggs, yoghurt, salt, cardamon, rosewater and saffron to the remaining crumb mixture and whisk until there are no lumps. Pour over the crumb base and sprinkle the flaked almonds and pistachio nuts over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and fully risen – you will know because the top will probably crack a little. If the top is colouring too quickly, cover with foil, then bake for a further 20 minutes. The centre of the cake should spring back when pressed gently. Cool completely, before removing from the tin and cutting to serve.

Lovely decoration ideas are edible rose petals, sliced fresh figs and a very light dusting of icing sugar. Serve with a dollop of Greek style yoghurt.

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Staffing agency Randstad goes digital, moves offices to industrial estates

Staffing agency giant Randstad is relocating dozens of smaller branches in the Netherlands from prime locations to industrial estates, in a push to go largely digital.

From 2018, the Randstad branches in city centres will be limited to a number of ‘flagship stores’ in around 10 big cities. None of the other branches will close. Instead they will move to a new address, a Randstad spokesperson told the Volkskrant.

The move will result in annual savings for the company of around €90 to €100m.

In an interview with the Financieele Dagblad, Reiant Mulder, the director in charge of Dutch operations, said business was no longer reliant on people walking in from the street. ‘99% of searches for a new job start online. That includes people over the age of 50. The tempo in which people have switched to digital has taken us by surprise,’ he told the paper.

Randstad is directing most of the freed up budget towards new technologies which will increase the chance of finding the right person for job. ‘Algorithms are telling us: this request for a worker matches this candidate,’ Mulder is quoted as saying.  The method is already used for low-skilled jobs but will now also be employed to place the highly skilled.

The move does not mean any of the intermediaries who mediate between candidate and company, will be fired. They will be given a role in coaching and their number will be reduced as people leave the company, the paper writes.

According to the Volkskrant, Randstad is anxious not to lose face-to-face contact with its clients. It quotes the company’s last annual report as saying that ‘57% of candidates thinks the hiring process is too automated, impersonal and only focused on transactions. We want to keep the personal connection where this is needed.’

But clients will have to travel further for an interview. ‘We are choosing sites which are easily reached by public transport,’ the spokesperson told the Volkskrant.

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Jordi Cruz (ABaC) y Ángel Léon (Aponiente), nuevos tres estrellas Michelin españoles | Cultura Home

Jordi Cruz (izq.) y Ángel Léon, premiados con la máxima distinción de la Guía Michelin.

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