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MARIGOT--The main arteries of the French side remained blocked with barricades on Friday as the protest action continued for the second day running. There were sporadic outbreaks of violence, mainly from protestors throwing projectiles at Gendarmes or their vehicles, but not on the scale witnessed on Thursday.

EUSTATIUS--Princess Beatrix paid a one-day visit to St. Eustatius on Friday, December 13. The former queen of the Netherlands and mother of King Willem-Alexander arrived onboard a Winair aircraft around 8:30am.

 

Perception is everything, some say, but that seems a bit exaggerated and certainly doesn’t always hold true. Impressions are nevertheless important, because these often set the tone and can therefore influence the mindset.

The continuation of a plenary session of Parliament on the draft national ordinance establishing a new Penal Procedure Code scheduled for Thursday afternoon was postponed “until further notice” the same morning, at the request of Justice Minister Egbert “Yurendy” Doran.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad--Thirty-five families have been rescued from flood­waters in Penal, and several other families have managed to make their way out of danger to stay with relatives.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana--Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is urging stakeholders to be prepared for a possible hike in human-trafficking activities in the coming years.

WASHINGTON--China has agreed to buy $200 billion worth of additional U.S. goods and services over the next two years as part of a phase one trade pact to be signed in early January, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters on Friday.

PARIS/MILAN--French shareholders in the planned merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler are seeking reassurances that they will retain a numerical advantage on a combined board if CEO Carlos Tavares leaves, two sources close to PSA said.

LOS ANGELES--Danny Aiello, a veteran stage and film actor remembered for his roles in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and dozens of other movies, died at age 86, his publicist and agent said on Friday.

LOS ANGELES--The next "Star Wars" movie arrives in theaters on Thursday promising an epic conclusion to three trilogies over four decades and answers to at least some of the biggest questions that have puzzled fans of the galaxy far, far away. But one major mystery likely will linger after the credits roll: Where does the "Star Wars" movie franchise head next?

WASHINGTON--Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday took Republican President Donald Trump to the brink of impeachment by approving two charges against him over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia--Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday unveiled a climate plan to slash U.S. carbon emissions by 50% in ten years, by slapping tougher pollution standards on new gas-fired power plants and replacing coal with cleaner energy sources like wind and solar.

THE HAGUE--Canadian lawyer William Schabas, an international scholar on genocide, has been criticised by friend and foe for first researching crimes against the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar, and now defending the state accused of perpetrating them.

WHAKATANE/WELLINGTON--A New Zealand military team in gas masks and hazmat suits recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, as doctors worked to save badly burned survivors.

GENEVA--Brazil, Colombia and Japan have each submitted formal bids to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, the sport's global governing body FIFA said on Friday, a day after Australia and New Zealand announced their joint bid.

NEW YORK--Two-weight champion Amanda Nunes puts one of her UFC titles on the line against Germaine de Randamie on Saturday and former UFC fighter Liz Carmouche has told Reuters that the promotion should be doing more to make the Brazilian brawler a bigger star.

Dear Queenie,

  One of my grandmothers is senile and doesn’t recognise anyone who visits her. The other is too sick to take proper care of herself but she won’t let us get her someone to help her keep herself and her house clean.

  I don’t visit either of them because the one doesn’t even know who I am and the other is just too unpleasant to be around.

  One of my grandfathers died after a long illness that made him like a living corpse and I don’t want to have to go through anything like that again, but my parents keep after me about visiting my grandmothers.

  Queenie, how can I explain all this to my parents?—Can’t take it anymore

 

Dear Can’t take it,

  You could tell your parents what you have told me, or even show them this letter when it appears in the newspaper.

  But I think you should make the effort to visit both your grandmothers, however difficult it is for you. Do it for your grandmothers’ sake, and for your parents, because it is the right thing to do.

Dear Editor,

  Earlier this week I saw a campaign message from NA candidate number 3 and former Prime Minister of the southern side of St. Martin William Marlin and it said, “William was right.” I had to ask myself however, William was right about what?