THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch satirical show’s video introducing the Netherlands to the new Trump administration now has the ministerial seal of approval.
State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment Jetta Klijnsma, who is featured in the video, has called it the “greatest video ever,” her spokesman Nico Mokveld said Thursday, adding that Klijnsma’s comment was made with tongue in cheek.
Klijnsma is far from alone in liking the video.
The clip, which features a Donald Trump-like voice over, has been viewed nearly 10 million times on YouTube since it was first broadcast on Dutch television on Sunday in the show “Zondag met Lubach.”
Riffing on Trump’s calls to put America first, the video politely asks: “But can we just say the Netherlands second? Is that OK?”
Klijnsma herself features in the video, with the voiceover saying she’s from the “ministry of silly walks.” Klijnsma uses a walking frame to help walk as she has had spasticity in her legs since her birth.
The voiceover says: “You can do a great impersonation of her,” an apparent reference to Trump appearing to mock a disabled reporter during the campaign. Trump has denied doing so.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones apologized through his attorneys after police released video showing his raucous, often-vulgar reaction to his latest arrest.
The video from the Cincinnati police squad car shows Jones using profanity toward the officers and telling one of them, “I hope you die tomorrow.” The Bengals apologized for the cornerback’s behavior in the video that was released on Monday.
One of Jones’ attorneys said on Tuesday he is getting treatment with a local professional. He declined to go into details on the treatment.
“He (Jones) recognizes he has some issues to deal with,” said attorney Timothy Schneider of Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
Jones also issued an apology through a statement released by his attorneys.
“Adam Jones is deeply embarrassed and remorseful for his conduct and language after being arrested in early January,” the statement said. “Mr. Jones has the utmost respect for law enforcement and the difficulties police encounter on a daily basis.”
The NFL is monitoring the case and could suspend Jones for the start of next season.
Jones was arrested after an altercation at a downtown hotel the night after Cincinnati’s season ended with a 6-9-1 record. The 33-year-old cornerback was charged for the confrontation and for allegedly spitting on a nurse as he was processed at the county jail.
Cincinnati police released a video on Monday showing Jones’ behavior in the back seat of a police car as he was taken to the jail. Jones asks what charges he’s facing and when he’s told two misdemeanors, he unleashes a stream of profanity toward the police officers.
At one point, Jones tells one: “I hope you die tomorrow.”
After the video was released, the Bengals took the unusual step of issuing an apology. The team usually declines comment on pending legal cases.
“We are extremely disappointed with Adam’s behavior,” the team said. “The behavior in the video is not what we expect from our players. The club is aware that Adam has put forth his own apology. However, we also offer an apology to the public and to our loyal fans.”
Jones has said he’ll be exonerated of the charges.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said recently he wanted to know what punishment the NFL plans for Jones, whose case was continued until Feb. 10. The NFL could suspend Jones for the start of next season under its player conduct policy.
“The matter remains under review of the personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday by email.
Arrests and suspensions had nearly ended Jones’ career before the Bengals signed him in 2010.
The former West Virginia star was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft. His off-field problems started with a strip club melee in Las Vegas in 2007. He pleaded the equivalent of no contest to a misdemeanor charge, but was blamed for instigating violence that led to someone else shooting two club employees, one of whom was left paralyzed from the waist down. He was ordered to pay more than $12.4 million in damages. The NFL suspended Jones for the 2007 season.
He was traded to the Cowboys, and was suspended again in 2008 for six games over an alcohol-related altercation with a bodyguard that the Cowboys provided. He also sat out the 2009 season.
Associated Press writer Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this report.
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Generation Beyond is an initiative designed to get students interested in STEM learning and deep space exploration. Today’s students are tomorrow’s STEM professionals who will be helping in getting humans to Mars — and you could be one of them!
If all things space excite you, here’s a chance to participate in a hands-on challenge! Generation Beyond is running a student video challenge contest where individual middle school students or groups of students can submit a design of the living quarters for the Orion Spacecraft — NASA’s new human spacecraft designed to take humans farther in space than they’ve ever gone before!
Here’s how to enter:
Submission: Register for the 2016 Video Challenge. Then create and present in a one- to two-minute video a Mars Mission habitation design — what internal environment, tools and equipment would humans need to stay healthy and safe in space? Explain your design and accompany your video with a visual presentation.
Criteria: Students will be judged on scientific knowledge, creativity, effective communication and presentation skills.
Prizes: First place prize for individual contestants or teams is $10,000 + and travel to a unique space experience! Second place gets awarded $5,000 and third place — $2,500.
Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2016
Get more details about the video challenge — and take the opportunity to showcase your science skills and creativity!