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Episode CCLVII-257: The Holy Cross of Santa Cruz

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Each week, Etnia Nativa presents a new episode about cultural heritage and, during this, shares a bit of the history of Santa Cruz’s district.

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Episode CCLVII-257: The Holy Cross of Santa Cruz

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Each week, Etnia Nativa presents a new episode about cultural heritage and, during this, shares a bit of the history of Santa Cruz’s district. Until today, Santa Cruz and Noord have brought together a large number of the descendants of Aruba’s native population.

At the beginning of the 16th century, one of the few indigenous monarchs known as Caciques managed to negotiate a commercial treaty with the Spaniards and make possible the establishment of our island. He was the legendary Manaure, chief of the southwestern Caribbean and northwestern main land areas. These were times of prosperous commercial relations with the old continent. The prosperity of the region and its close relationship with the opposite shore caused the governor, Juan Martín de Ampies, to frequently visit Aruba.

However it was common to kidnap native Indians and sell them as captives to merchants from Santo Domingo, among whom were relatives of Manaure. It happened to be that Governor Juan de Ampies had rescued a good number of these indigenous people and all of Manaure’s relatives who were taken from Aruba. In gratitude, both parties signed the first alliance, followed by the founding in 1527 of the city of Santa Ana de Coro in Venezuela.

Because of the friendly relationship that surged between Manaure and Juan de Ampies by returning the Cacique’s family to Aruba and the main land, Manaure promised that he himself and his entire nation would convert to the Catholic faith. Once the agreement was signed, the Spaniards went to look for a large wooden cross they had on the ship. It cannot be determined whether Juan de Ampies fulfilled the condition of baptizing the Indians before transporting them from the mainland to the island. However, it is easy to deduce that Aruba being part of the domain of Manaure means that he is the one who brought Christianity to our island together with the Spaniards.

The Spanish method of conversion was the same in Aruba as in other parts of the Americas. The priests who accompanied the first explorers preferred converted Indians for the trip.

On our island, it was easy to find a converted Indian since many of our natives belonged to the same tribal community on the opposite continental shore.

With the approval of Manaure, the holy cross was taken to a place located between the main populated areas, Piedra Plat, Noord, and Savaneta. The sinking of the holy cross gave rise to the birth of the town of the same name, known today as Santa Cruz.

Tradition has it that the day after this event, one of the company’s priests read the Holy Mass for the first time in that place, and that same day, the first child was baptized.

It may not be possible to verify the details of the conversion of the natives of Aruba to the Catholic faith, but the oral tradition recorded by Dutch Father Jansen is correct in respects to the course of events as well as to the names involved.

It was in 1580 when Juan Manuel Martínez de Manzanillo O.P. was proclaimed bishop of Venezuela, the province of Caracas, and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, and in 1593, he visited Aruba for the sacrament of confirmation. This indicates that the conversion had already taken place before this period. Spanish priests continued to come regularly to Aruba to carry out ordinary missionary work as well as to give instructions in Christianity to those already baptized before their confirmation.

Upon the arrival of the Dutch in 1536, a large percentage of Aruba’s population was Catholic and received regular visits from priests from the main land. However, until that moment, there was no regular church building, and mass was held close to many of the island’s big rock formations.

The Dutch occupation prohibited visits by priests from the mainland and subsequently instituted a ban on the Roman Catholic religion.

Overall, a combination of Spanish and Dutch influence marked the history of religious conversion in Aruba, along with the persistence of Catholic priests who maintained contact with the local population despite official prohibitions.

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Soul Beach Music Festival’s success continues

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On saturday, the audience was delighted with a combination of local flavor and international sensations.

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Soul Beach Music Festival’s success continues

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(Oranjestad) – This past weekend, in which Memorial Day is observed; Aruba had the pleasure to host once again Soul Beach Music Festival. A weekend full of laughter, joy, good music and long lasting connections made.

The Soul Beach Music Festival is more than just a music festival, for the past 22 editions of the festival it has been an experience curated in such a fantastic way that both visitors and locals alike look forward to it year in and year out. It is a place where you build new connections, new friendships, make new lifelong memories and gain a new home away from home, with the added bonus of great music and a wonderful experience.

This year’s edition featured one of the biggest names in music and comedy, with iconic headliners like Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Earthquake and DJ’s like DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Frank Si, DJ Trauma, DJ Envy, DJ Aktive and DJ Outkast.

The main concert continued on saturday with unforgettable performances

On saturday, the audience was delighted with a combination of local flavor and international sensations.

The opening act for the night was NFuzion Music, a local group that wowed the crowd with their amazing rhythms, great stage presence and interactions with the crowd. They played a range of loved songs as well as introduced the audience to new music with a local touch. It was fun music that got everyone dancing.

The next act of the night was none other Skip Marley, the maternal grandson of the legendary Bob Marley. Skip Marley, who is a part of the legendary reggae family that includes his mother Cedella along with unlces Ziggy, Stehpen and Damian Marley, has his own sound that adds touches of contemporary pop, rap and rock. He first rose to prominence after being featured of Katy Perry’s 2017 hit “Chained to the Rhythm,” which he followed over the next years with several singles of his own, namely the mega hit “Slow down,” the chart-topping collaboration with H.E.R., that was included in his debut EP Higher Place the following year.

He gave an electrifying performance that was more than just watching an artist perform, it was an experience that took you on a journey of sublime enjoyment and discovery of new music and for those who may not have heard him before, he delighted the crowd with Bob Marley songs combined with a Skip Marley twist. He gave a performance that will go down in the books as one of the best seen, and left everyone in the audience wanting more.

The headlining act of the night was the one and only, the iconic Mariah Carey, one of the most looked forward to acts of the festival.

Mariah Carey is an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, producer and multiple award-winning artist and songwriter. She is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to-date and 19 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (18 of which are self-penned) – more than any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent.

Carey is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah is also an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, numerous American Music Awards, three Guinness World Record titles, both Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” and “Icon” awards and much more.

She gave a captivating performance that left everyone in the audience in awe at her stage presence and her exquisite vocals. She opened the night singing one of her many hits, taking everyone back in time along the duration of her performance. Carey was the cherry on top that made the saturday night concert an iconic night that no one present will ever be able to forget.

 

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Aruba To You Expands Its Network with 20 Restaurants and Partners with Property Management Companies for Exclusive Promotions

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Since its inception on March 6, 2024, Aruba To You has rapidly grown, reflecting its commitment to connecting customers with a wide variety of dining options.

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Aruba To You Expands Its Network with 20 Restaurants and Partners with Property Management Companies for Exclusive Promotions

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(Oranjestad)—Aruba To You, Aruba’s innovative food delivery service, continues to expand its offerings with nearly 20 restaurants now part of its platform. In a strategic move to enhance dining experiences for tourists and locals alike, Aruba To You is partnering with leading property management companies to offer special promotions to their clients.

Since its inception on March 6, 2024, Aruba To You has rapidly grown, reflecting its commitment to connecting customers with a wide variety of dining options. The service’s partnership with property management companies aims to bring unique dining deals directly to the accommodations of visitors, enriching their stay on the island.

“We are excited about these collaborations, which are geared towards creating an even more memorable experience for guests by providing them with convenient access to some of the best food Aruba has to offer right at their doorstep,” said Gianluca Sardo, Co-founder of Aruba To You.

Aruba To You invites all property management companies on the island to join this initiative, aiming to create a comprehensive network that benefits both visitors and local businesses. Through these partnerships, Aruba To You reinforces its mission to support the local community and drive a positive impact on Aruba’s tourism and hospitality industry.

For more information about Aruba To You, to view the list of partner restaurants, or to learn more about the special promotions available through our property management partners, please visit app.arubatoyou.com, contact us via email at info@arubatoyou.com, or connect with us on WhatsApp at +297 568 3974.

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After completing first quest by reaching NBA Finals, Celtics can begin thinking about championship

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It would be the crowning achievement to what has already been a remarkable season.

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After completing first quest by reaching NBA Finals, Celtics can begin thinking about championship

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By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics completed one quest Monday night by returning to the NBA Finals. Now, they’ll chase an even bigger goal, the one that’s eluded this team for more than a decade — capturing the franchise’s 18th championship.

Yes, despite playing for six conference titles in eight seasons, this marks only the second time Boston has advanced to The Finals during that span. And since winning their first NBA title in 1957, the Celtics’ current 16-year drought is the second-longest in franchise history.

It would be the crowning achievement to what has already been a remarkable season.

“Boston has a great team. They led the league from wire to wire,” Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said after his team was swept 4-0 in its first conference finals appearance since 2014. “They didn’t want this thing to go on any longer. They blocked shots, they got offensive rebounds, they made key shots.”

Boston has excelled in seemingly every possible way in this year’s playoffs.

The Celtics have won seven straight games overall, they improved to 6-0 on the road with yet another comeback victory, 105-102 in Game 4 against Indiana, and they are 3-0 in elimination games. They beat Indiana three times down the stretch, rallying in the last two games with decisive 13-2 and 7-0 closing spurts to end the Pacers’ perfect 2024 playoff run at home — and their season.

Next up will be the Dallas Mavericks or Minnesota Timberwolves. Dallas leads the Western Conference finals 3-0 and can clinch the series on its home court Tuesday night.

And Boston has been finding help in all corners.

While Jayson Tatum garnered the usual headlines for two 36-point outings and a near triple-double in Game 4, 37-year-old Al Horford defied the odds by making seven 3-pointers in Game 3, Jrue Holiday overcame an illness to deftly pick Andrew Nembhard’s pocket, and Derrick White delivered the go-ahead 3-pointer in Game 4, everyone seemed genuinely happy it was Jaylen Brown who was chosen series MVP.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” Brown said before explaining the emotions of being left off the all-NBA teams. “But as time has gone by and I got to this point, I just stopped caring and I don’t care who sees what as long as my team knows my value, my city knows my value, my family knows my value. That’s all I really care about.”

There’s little doubt the Celtics understand where they would be — and where they wouldn’t be — without Brown.

He scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Boston erase an eight-point deficit in the final six minutes Monday night. And after the defense forced two late turnovers, Brown helped close it out with a brilliant block of Nembhard just before White’s big shot.

The reaction was telling for Holiday, who won an NBA title with the 2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks.

“I think it’s even better that he didn’t expect it. That really means that didn’t matter to him,” Holiday said. “It was about winning and whatever it took, however long it took. That’s what was important to him and I think when you have that mentality and that mindset, you see great people rewarded for the things they do.”

Holiday understands.

When the Bucks traded him to Portland in September to acquire Damian Lillard, he wasn’t sure what would happen next. Four days later, the Celtics made another deal with the Trail Blazers to get the two-time All-Star and defensive whiz, hoping he could help them complete their championship quest.

So far, the Celtics’ investment in Holiday has delivered big dividends. And now everyone’s about to find out if the addition of Holiday and the possible return of starting center Kristaps Porzingis from a strained right calf that has kept him out since April 29 just might help Boston earn another crowning achievement.

“Obviously, we fell short of our ultimate goal last year, lost in the conference finals,” Tatum said. “So I think we’ve just applied everything we learned to this season and this postseason and it’s been working really well.”

 

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T-Mobile to buy almost all of U.S Cellular in deal worth $4.4 billion with debt

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T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said the deal will “create a better experience for all of our customers with more coverage and more capacity.”

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T-Mobile to buy almost all of U.S Cellular in deal worth $4.4 billion with debt

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By MICHELLE CHAPMAN

AP Business Writer

T-Mobile is buying U.S. Cellular’s wireless operations and certain spectrum assets in a deal valued at $4.4 billion, and further consolidating the industry.

T-Mobile would get more than 4 million new customers and control of U.S. Cellular’s wireless operations and about 30% of spectrum assets across several spectrum bands. T-Mobile will also enter into a new master license agreement on more than 2,000 towers and extend the lease term for the approximately 600 towers where T-Mobile is already a tenant.

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said the deal will “create a better experience for all of our customers with more coverage and more capacity.”

It may also signal the start of more consolidation in an industry with fewer players than ever. “The writing is on the wall for the carriers and consolidation is now on the horizon and could speed up into 2025,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives. “This is the first shot across the bow in the wireless world and we expect more deals over the next year.

T-Mobile is among the more active companies in telecommunications with regard to mergers and acquisitions. In 2020 T-Mobile completed the takeover of smaller rival Sprint. And in 2013 the Federal Communications Commission approved its merger with MetroPCS Communications Inc.

T-Mobile said Tuesday that U.S. Cellular customers will gain access to its 5G network, giving them better coverage and speed. The company said the deal will particularly benefit those that live in underserved rural areas of the country.

“In the face of rising competition and increasing capital intensity required to keep pace with the latest technologies, and following our careful and deliberate strategic review, we are confident that continuing to deliver on our mission requires a level of scale and investment that is best achieved by integrating our wireless operations with those of T-Mobile,” U.S. Cellular Chair LeRoy Carlson Jr. said in a statement.

T-Mobile said that U.S. Cellular customers will be able to remain on their current plans or switch to an unlimited T-Mobile plan of their choice. They will not incur switching costs if a plan change is made.

That is a mixed bag for consumers, said Ives at Wedbush.

“The U.S. consumer has less choice but there is more competition and this could drive prices lower,” Ives said.

The transaction includes a combination of cash and up to about $2 billion of assumed debt. Up to $100 million of the cash component is contingent on hitting certain financial and operational metrics between the deal’s signing and closing.

U.S. Cellular will keep about 70% of of its spectrum portfolio across several spectrum bands.

The deal has been unanimously approved by the boards of United States Cellular Corp. and Telephone and Data Systems Inc, which is a majority shareholder of U.S. Cellular. It is expected to close in mid-2025.

U.S. Cellular’s stock jumped more than 2% in morning trading on Tuesday.