Two days of tennis bonanza

Updated 01 February 2017
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Two days of tennis bonanza

We recently saw two days of continuous tennis in Melbourne. We saw the gentleman tennis player Roger Federer beating Rafael Nadal in a highly exciting match that ran the full five sets. By winning, Federer established a world record with 18 Grand Slams, and is the first man in history to win five or more titles at three different Grand Slams: Five in Australia, five in the US and seven in Wimbledon.
The previous day there was another record established by the gallant Serena Williams, who beat her sister Venus. With the Australian Open victory, she has now won 23 Grand Slams, a world record. Saturday was the 28th instalment of the Williams sisters on court. The most remarkable thing about Serena is the length of time she has been winning Grand Slams. The first came on Sept. 11, 1999, in New York, the 23rd on Jan. 28, 2017, in Melbourne.
Former legendary player Billie Jean King tweeted: “Congrats Serena on your 23rd major title and return to the WTA rankings. You are history maker and a trail blazer.” We thank Federer and Serena for providing us with excellent tennis to watch. We enjoyed every second of it.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia