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[11:00:10] LYNDA KINKADE, HOST: More than 7,000 people are now confirmed dead in Nepal, but officials warn the final death toll could be much
This hour, we're live in Kathmandu as rescue efforts continue one week after the devastating earthquake.
Also ahead, with more death and destruction in Syria we ask if Bashar al- Assad's grip on the country has reached a crucial new low.
Plus, five years of preparations, millions of dollars in prize money and an audience spanning the globe, but the so-called fight of the century live up
ANNOUNCER: This is the hour we connect the world.
KINKADE: We begin in quake stricken Nepal with an incredible tale of survival. Authorities tell CNN a 101 year old man has been pulled from the
rubble a week after disaster struck.
The news comes as hopes for fighting more survivors dwindles. The death toll now tops 7,200. And a government minister warns that number will rise
Officials say 300,000 homes were destroyed, and some villages that were flattened have yet to be reached. And millions of people desperately need
food and shelter.
Let's get the very latest now as Sumnima Udas joins us live from Nepal's devastated capital.
And Sumnima, incredibly eight days after the quake another survivor pulled from the rubble. And he's not a young man by any stretch of the
SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right. He's 101 years old, that's what the police force here is saying. And he was
actually found in the rubble, (inaudible) in the rubble on Saturday in his village home not too far from Kathmandu. And he's amazingly and currently
in hospital in good condition and when the police spoke to him he said he doesn't really know how he survived. But this follows a series of
miraculous recoveries from the rubble really after five days there was a teenager, the 15 year old, there was a 25 year old woman, there was that
baby as well.
So all of these what people here are describing as miracle survivors is really boosting much needed hope here that there could be more and
currently the government is still very much calling this a search and rescue mission even though the disaster management committee here has
recommended that the government calls the search and rescue efforts of and move on to the rehabilitation stage -- Lynda.
KINKADE: And survivors they are obviously very desperate for aid. We're hearing that some of that aid is being held up by customs, and some can't
even be delivered because large planes can no longer land at the international airport. Is that what you're hearing?
UDAS: That's what the local reports are saying that the, you know, (inaudible) cannot land on the runway because of some sort of damage. That
has not been confirmed to us by any of the authorities yet. So we'll get back to you once we have more clarity on that.
But as far as the customs is concerned, yes that's right, the UN is saying that aid is being held up at customs, because the clearance process is just
taking too long, an issue the government even had a duty on aid on all the relief aid. That's the mission now. But still, the government says they
need to check through everything before they clear it. And that's taking a long time.
And supplies are really stocking up at the airport. And people of course are getting increasingly frustrated, desperate. People see and hear about
all the aid that is coming in, but it's still not reaching a lot of people, especially the ones who need it most out in the villages.
KINKADE: And Sumima, for the aid that has arrived, there has been some criticism about the type of aid, the finance minister there saying they
don't need fish and they don't need mayonnaise, they need grains and salt and sugar. What else is needed?
UDAS: That's right. I mean, the government here is very thankful for the aid coming in, but the minister of finance here did point out that a lot of
it is not suitable like tuna fish, like mayonnaise, really something that villagers of Nepal would not associate with. And a lot of them have to
walk for days to come down to pick up their little package of aid and when they get something like mayonnaise, that could upset them.
So, that's not really the suitable and appropriate form of aid. What the government is saying Nepal needs right now are tents. They need ab out
400,000 tents. In many villages, 90 percent of the homes are flattened. And with the monsoons coming in a few months, tents are the most needed.
Also helicopters is what the government i saying Nepal needs right now. They've only got 20 of them between India -- India and Nepal. Those 20 of
them going back and forth all day, Most of the aid needs to go to the rural parts of Nepal, so that's what -- it's these helicopters that are
being used, but clearly there's not enough.
KINKADE: Well, we urge everyone to donate.
Sumnima Udas, thank you very much for your reporting. We'll talk to you soon.
Turning to Syria now and the civil war there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the U.S.-led coalition airstrike has killed 52 civilians
in a village northeast of the city of Aleppo. The Syrian group, which is opposed to the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the dead
include women and children.
The U.S. military will investigate, and elsewhere on the battlefield it has been loss after loss for Syrian forces.
For the latest on the conflict in Syria, I'm joined by Nick Paton Walsh who is neighboring Lebanon. And Nick, as the war heads into its fifth year are
we now seeing a turning point in the battle?
[11:05:41] NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It seems, according to most observers, some quite seismic changes, really, in the
battlefield in the past months or so. The rebels who had spent years frankly spending more energy fighting each other for the minimal territory
they controlled have found a rare unity and appear to have also unity in their backers as well leading to substantial number of victories on the
battlefield that many suggest is turning the tide against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
WALSH: Syria's war ebbs and flows, drags on indefinitely, but now really is changing, and it's the Assad regime for once that's losing.
First, in the north, where Islamist rebels, some linked to al Qaeda, are sweeping through regime strongholds. Here storming Justa al-Shugur (ph)
for the first time.
Locals, seemingly welcome the new guns in town, some from the Nusfra Front, al Qaeda in Syria.
A few days later, they film themselves, they say, on the hills shooting towards another regime (inaudible) Lathakiya (ph).
They won that town for its coastal access. But even still, their advance west proceeded by the capture of the city of Idlib gives the rebels
breathing room in the north and a chance to pressure the regime's side of Aleppo.
To the south, talks allowed of a summer fight for the border mountains and clashes are intensifying nearer Damascus.
With this remarkable rebel parade, filmed allegedly in the eastern suburbs.
Such organization a sign, analysts say, of better supplies from Gulf allies, but also finally after endless bickering unity among rebels.
ELIAS HANNA, FRM. LEBANESE ARMY GENERAL: A few years ago they were fighting each other, now they are fighting together. Moreover, there is a
major shift in the regional issue, you know, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. I think they are preparing something and helping indirectly by
weapon training and backing.
WALSH: This footage showing the use of one possible gamechanger: anti-tank missiles supplied most likely by Gulf allies that are tipping the scales.
But the regime is also failing, failing to recruit to make up for its losses, suffering from another crash in the Syrian currency, and rumors of
internal disputes, even fistfights between intelligence chiefs.
A war of attrition that may finally be wearing down the less populous side of the Shia-Sunni divide.
A major downside for Washington, at least, is that the often victorious rebels, the Nusra Front, are al Qaeda. But while the winners for now are
America's enemies, the fast changing ground in Syria may cause to happen what the Obama administration has long sought and preached, and that's
changing the calculus of the Assad regime.
While previous talks failed and the regime bombing, like here over Daraa (ph) remains brutal, Assad's main backer Iran is weeks away from a possible
pivotal nuclear deal with the U.S. If that lives or dies will ultimately dictates what the fast-paced changes in Syria's endless war lead to.
WALSH: Now obviously, we've been here before. We've seen this war ebb and flow. We've had bad periods for the Assad regime before. But I think
there are some longer term observers of this who say, look, in the longer run there was always going to be a problem for the predominately Shia
grouping around the Assad regime. Their geography is prohibitive. They're caught against the coast, separated from Iran, their key backer, but a lot
of unfriendly territory. And they are significantly outnumbered in the region by the Sunnis who they face in this sectarian war.
And this may just be the moment in which they begin to feel the strain, Lynda.
KINKADE: OK, thanks very much for that report. Nick Paton Walsh reporting there from Lebanon on the war in Syria.
Now we want to go to a place where we rarely see western reporters. The CNN crew was in the secretive North Korea. Our Will Ripley spoke with two
South Koreans being held on spying charges and is working to talk with another South Korean man who is also in custody. He gives us this report.
[11:10:03] WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Shortly after landing here in Pyonyang, it quickly became clear to us that the North Korean government is
keen to display the South Koreans that they have arrested and are accusing of being spies for the South Korean government, a claim that South Korea
We spoke with two of the accused spies. And we were also informed by government officials about a third arrest, a 21-year-old New York
University student, a South Korean citizen, who is a permanent resident of the United States that the DPRK claims tried to cross into North Korea
We have requested to interview that student. We have not been told yet if we will have access to Wan Moon-joo (ph). But we will continue to work our
sources on the ground.
The two South Koreans who we did speak to, Choi Chun- Kul, a businessman, 56-years-old, and also Kim Kook-ki (ph), 61-years-old, a former missionary,
both of them South Koreans who were living and working in China, a part of China right on the border with Korea where North and South Koreans often
And this is where these two men say the South Korean government recruited them and offered them money to spy, to sell the secrets of North Korea for
the benefit of the South Korean government.
Listen to what one of them, Choi, had to say.
CHOI CHUN KUL, ACCUSED BY NORTH KOREA OF SPYING (through translator): Before coming over to this part, I believe I getting myself involved in
intelligence work and spying work, working for the government I thought that was part of my duty and that was the quickest way of achieving the
But, since I've changed, since I came over to this part, I have a completely different view of achieving reunification.
RIPLEY: Both men had remarkably similar talking points, saying they were raised to hate North Korea and they felt that being spies was the right
thing to do. And now they say after being detained here, they have a completely different perspective. They say North Korea, they do not
believe, violates the human rights of prisoners and others.
But of course keep in mind these two men are in a very precarious situation. Their lives and freedom hang on every word they say. And they
know that the North Korean government is listening when they spoke to CNN, even though we had no preconditions set on our interview.
We are working to put together a more full version of what they said, and we'll bring that to you right here on CNN.
Will Ripley, CNN, Pyongyang, North Korea.
KINKADE: Still to come tonight, it will billed as the fight of the century, but many who watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather match say it wasn't
worth the price.
And a call for peace in Baltimore after a mostly calm night of protests. What's next for the city when we come back.
[11:15:12] KINKADE: You're watching CNN. And this is Connect the World with me Lynda Kinkade. Welcome back.
To the U.S. state of Maryland where the Baltimore mayor has just rescinded the citywide curfew order. Overnight, police arrested several people for
defying that curfew. And the curfew had been in place last week in response to days of sometimes violent protests over the death of Freddie
The 25-year-old died last month after a ride in a police van. Six officers faced criminal charges in his case. And because of those charges,
Saturday's demonstrations were largely peaceful.
Earlier on Saturday, a large youth rally was held in support of Freddie Gray. Rene Marsh was there and has this report.
RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A large peaceful protest in downtown Baltimore with the feeling a small victory had been accomplished.
Thousands gathered, pushing for change and applauding the prosecutor who brought the charges against six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray's
CATHERINE FUGH, MARYLAND STATE SENATOR: Let's give a real shoutout to Marilyn Mosby who showed America how we go about this process (inaudible)
we are not thugs. We want to be heard. And right now I'm standing up here to be heard.
MARSH: Kevin Moore, the man who helped spread the word of Gray's arrest nationwide with his amateur video told CNN he was overcome with emotion
after the charges were announced.
KEVIN MOORE: I cried. My natural instinct was to cry. I couldn't believe it. It was surreal.
MARSH: Why did you cry?
MOORE: Because and it's a shame, right, that it took so many people to come together and unify because my friend Freddie died.
I cried because I feel like I finally may have made a change in the world.
MARSH: As the city works to recover from last week's riots, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake helped a church hand out food to people having a
hard time finding the basics, because businesses were looted.
STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE, BALITMORE CITY MAYOR: It's amazing the way the community has come together in our darkest days. I think there is a bright
light that is shining through and that's the spirit of our community. People are really coming together in Amazing ways and I just hope it
continues as we heal our city and we towards rebuilding.
KINKADE: And for more on the Freddie Gray case, head to CNN.com. You'll find a look at his background and an interview with the man who was in the
police van with Gray the night he was injured.
This is Connect the World. Coming up, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao rumble in Las Vegas. A look at the winner of one of the most hyped fights
in boxing history.
Plus, royal watchers celebrate the arrival of the UK's new princess. A live report from London just ahead.
[11:19:53] KINKADE: You're watching Connect the World live from CNN Center. Welcome back. I'm Lynda Kinkade.
London landmarks have turned pink this weekend to welcome the news that Prince George has a little sister. We're still waiting to hear her name,
but already London and the rest of the world buzzing about the newest member of the royal family.
At 8:34 a.m. on Saturday, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl. Some royal fans were camped outside the hospital for days waiting for that
Well wishers caught a glimpse of the baby before Prince William drove his family home to celebrate.
CNN's Erin Mclaughlin is outside Buckingham Palace and joins us live now.
And Erin, tell us about everyone is feeling today, the day after such wonderful news there in London.
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Lynda.
Well, people here in London are so excited. And today, it was all about small party at Kensington Palace where the new princess spent her first
night. Visits from the grandparents, Prince Charles and Kamila arrived, as did Kate's parents Carol and Michael Middleton, Kate's sister Pippa was
there as well.
Absent, though, was the queen, she did not visit the baby at Kensington Palace today. She spent the day at her estate in Sandringham, which
incidentally is very close to Amnar Hall, which was a gift from the queen to William and Kate, that's where they are expected to take their new
So, it seems likely that the queen will be meeting her new great- granddaughter (inaudilbe).
Congratulations are roling in from around the world. And London is (inaudible).
MCLAUGHLIN: London's most iconic landmarks are awash in pink, celebrating the birth of a royal baby girl.
Outside the hospital, cheers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their second child's big debut.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's fantastic. They completed a family: boy, girl.
MCLAUGHLIN: Outside Buckingham Palace, an announcement steeped in history. Placed on the very same easel used to announce the birth of Princes William
and George. Well wishers from around the world lined up to see it.
It's getting dark. It's pretty cold, but take a look at that line, curls right around the corner.
The party continued in Bucklebury, the Middleton's hometown.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To have a princess is just -- you know, Kate will be over the moon.
MCLAUGHLIN: And congratulations rolled in from around the world from British prime minister David Cameron to U.S. President Barack Obama. And
just outside London, Queen Elizabeth was seen smiling ear to ear.
KATE WILLIAMS, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: We know the royal family are overjoyed to have a little girl, it's their new princess.
Prince Charles, he said he wants a granddaughter. We know that Diana wanted a daughter. And the queen today, those fabulous pictures of her in
pink looking overjoyed. It's a new princess, and maybe one day she'll be queen.
MCLAUGHLIN: All in celebration of a little girl who may very well become the world's most famous princess.
MCLAUGHLIN: And there is so much speculation right now about the name for the baby, which has yet to be announced. It's not unusual, it took William
and Kate two days to announce the name of Prince George, so we may have to wait a little bit longer.
KINKADE: So what are the punters betting on? Last time we spoke it was Alice or Charlotte. And a few others have been suggested like Olivia and
MCLAUGHLIN: That's right, Lynda. The bookies are saying that there's been a surge in popularity, a surge in bets for the name Charlotte as well as
Olivia, in particular, but Charlotte now seeming to be tied with punters with Alice, other names that are being talked about, Victoria in honor of
Queen Victoria as well as Elizabeth in honor of Queen Elizabeth. But, you know, so much speculation. We're really just going to have to wait and
KINKADE: And of course as we expected, her pretty little face has graced the cover of many newspapers around the world today. And clearly in the
UK, she is -- she is on the front cover of every paper there.
MCLAUGHLIN: That's right. This baby is making headlines. And the first of many photo ops we saw yesterday. And this princess's face is splashed
across the papers here in Britain. Let me just show you a few examples of some of the front pages.
Here is the cover of (inaudible)
KINKADE: And we seem to have lost the link there to Erin, but some great reporting there on the new little princess.
And the new addition to the royal family understandably has dominated the headlines in the UK, but we're just days away from the highly anticipated
elections in the country. The latest poll puts Labour and Conservative parties neck and neck. And as the campaign reaches fever pitch, we hear
from British voters as they prepare to cast their ballot on Thursday.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hello from London.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello from London.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, this is London.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I will be voting, because last time I think I made a mistake. So this time I intend to get it right.
UNIDENITIFIED MALE: I think every vote counts. So, one should vote.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (inaudible) I'm looking (inaudible) especially on immigration, because I'm an immigrant.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm in a constituency that's been conservative the whole time I've lived there. So unfortunately it does feel like my vote
isn't worth anything, but I still feel you should, you know, put forward your right to vote.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (inaudible) voice can be heard from within the government. And (inaudible) get jury service and probably get help with my
mortgage when I do finally move out of my parent's house.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's very important for young people and everyone in general to have their voice heard and to hopefully make a difference and
make it count.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think my vote is going to make a difference, because that's why women died for a vote like mine.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I hope my vote will make a difference. I'm looking to push the country into the future and looking to really pushing them in the
KINKADE: And that vote is looking like it will be one of the closest in decades.
CNN is the place for extensive coverage. We'll be live all this week, and special coverage Thursday from when the first votes are cast to when a new
government takes shape. That's right here on CNN.
And the latest world news headlines are just ahead.
Plus, cheers and heartbreak not just in the Philippines. How many Pacquaio fans are reacting to their fellow countryman's bout with Floyd Mayweather.
[11:39:41] KINKADE: Welcome back. to Connect the World. These are our top stories this hour.
Saudi Arabia says it has used cluster bombs in Yemen, but only on vehicles. The admission comes after Human Rights Watch accused the Saudis of dropping
the U.S. supplied bombs, which are outlawed by many countries. The bombs, if they don't explode as planned can lie dormant until someone stumbles on
them and then they explode potentially killing or maiming anyone nearby.
As the cleanup continues, police in Nepal says a 101 year old man has been rescued from the Earthquake rubble on Saturday a week after disaster
struck. More than 7,200 people have died with the toll expected to climb much higher.
A CNN crew in North Korea has been given rare access to two South Koreans accused of spying. They tell CNN South Korea's government recruited them
while they were in China. Seoul denies the charge a third South Korean citizen, a student at New York University was also arrested for allegedly
entering North Korea illegally.
Floyd Mayweather has won the most lucrative fight in boxing history. He beat Philippines superstar Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous decision in Las
Vegas. Mayweather is now the unified welter weight world champion. He's kept a zero in his professional loss column and he has solidified himself
as one of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.
Let's bring in CNN's Don Riddell. He joins us now from Las Vegas. And Don, everyone was saying this could be the greatest fight in history. Did
it live up to the hype?
DON RIDDELL, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: No. It certainly was not the greatest fight in history. It was the greatest hype, perhaps, in
boxing history. And everybody had a lot of fun in Las Vegas building up the fight and talking about it and, you know, imaging what it might be.
But in the end it was a bit of a disappointment.
But, you know, that's boxing, that sometimes happens. It was more of a chess match than a boxing match. Floyd Mayweather, we all knew is a very
skilled, technical boxer. He's very, very good at that. But his game really is to be defensive.
Pacquiao had to bring it, and in the end he just couldn't. He wasn't good enough.
And Manny Pacquiao had said before the fight, you know, he really wanted to give a good fight for the fans, but in the end he was forced to concede
that he just wasn't good enough. Have a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MANNY PACQUIAO, BOXER: I did my best. But my best wasn't good enough.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, BOXER: You guys go again. There you go again. Let me enjoy my victory at least. Let me enjoy my victory. Can I enjoy my
(END VIDEO CLIP)
RIDDELL: It's 8:30 in the morning here in Las Vegas. I suspect that Mayweather is already up and out of bed reading the newspapers. He made it
very clear to the journalists last night that he would be doing exactly that to read what he hoped was positive coverage of his fight. There's a
lot of people who have been knocking him before the fight. And he says, or he thinks, he's turned the non-believers into the believers.
I'm not so sure, it wasn't a great fight. But there you go. That's how it goes sometimes.
KINKADE: And Manny Pacquiao, he was not in his typical fine form. There was some talk that he had suffered an injury and didn't get to take pain
medication before the fight. What can you tell us about that?
RIDDELL: Yeah. To be honest, I don't think either fighter is really in the best of shape given that they're both in the twilight of their careers
and this fight really would have been a lot better I think if it had taken place five years ago when it was originally supposed to.
Mayweather responded to the stories about Pacquiao's injury by saying, well, hey I was injured too. That's how it goes. Boxers often fight hurt.
But the story with Pacquiao is that he injured his shoulder in training a few weeks ago. His camp was able to keep that very, very quiet. I was
actually with a doctor from LA last night after the fight who said he knew about it, but they managed to keep it quiet from the rest of the media.
And after the fact, that was the line that Pacquiao used and his trainer -- sorry, his promoter Bob Arum used to say, you know, maybe if our fighter
hadn't been hurt, maybe if he'd been allowed those anti-inflammatory injections by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Pacquiao would have
been able to use his right a bit more.
As it was, the amount of punches he threw, the amount of punches he actually connected with was way down on his average. And that -- you know,
whether you agree with the excuse or not, certainly could be an explanation of why he was a bit below par.
KINKADE: And that aside, Mayweather was tipped to win before the fight began.
But despite that, many -- despite Manny's loss, his fans still love him. And he still walked away with, what, about $100 million? That's not bad
for a day's work.
RIDDELL: No. I know. When you break down the numbers it is quite extraordinary. I think the statistic I was really most taken aback by was
that if this fight went the full 12 rounds, which of course it did, the two of them would be splitting $138,000 earned every single second. Not bad at
all. I mean, the fight only lasted 36 minutes. With the breaks in between it was a total of 45 minutes.
I can't think of many jobs where you can earn that much money in that amount of time. So yeah, despite the result, despite who won and who lost,
their both going to bank on Monday morning to cash extremely large checks.
[11:35:13] KINKADE: They sure are.
And some have suggested a rematch. Of course they could pocket a bit more cash if they did that. But is that highly unlikely?
RIDDELL: Yeah, it's interesting. I mean, to be honest, if they're going to fight again, it's going to be a harder sell next time around given how
disappointing this one was. You know, people who were hoping for a war inside the ring absolutely did not get it.
I'm not sure what Pacquiao's plans are. Mayweather is standing by the line that he's got one more fight and then he's going to be done. He says it
will be non-championship fight. So it doesn't sound like it's going to be against Pacquiao. But if the two of them walk away and think, you know,
how can we have one more fight and be guaranteed to make a decent amount of money, again I think they should be fighting each other.
But it doesn't sound like Mayweather is going to go down that road.
But then, a couple of months ago, we didn't know this fight was going to happen. So, in boxing anything can happen.
KINKADE: That is a fair point.
Don Riddell, as always, thank you very much for joining us today.
RIDDELL: All right.
KINKADE: And fever for fight caught on in parts of the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates has a large Filipino population. CNN's Amir Deftari
met up with fans who watched the fight in Abu Dhabi. They say they hope Pacquiao will get a rematch.
AMIR DEFTARI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Filipinos may come (inaudible) population in the UAE. How do you guys feel? How do you think they all feel today?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Emotionally I'm very sad, no, because of the fight. We lost, Manny Pacquiao. But I think Mayweather should give him a rematch,
you know, because well I don't see him, he's not aggressive. Pacquiao is very aggressive, so I think the positions that (inaudible). I'm very sad
about the decision.
DEFTARI: Now Sunday is a workday here. Are you still going to go work today?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, no. I'm off today. I am sick today.
DEFTARI: I'm sure you are.
Are you guys still going to go to work?
KINKADE: Still on sport. And Chelsea Football Club have just beaten Crystal Palace to secure the English Premier League Title. They earned a
1-0 victory on a header in the first half. This is the fifth title for Chelsea and their first since 2010.
CNN's Christina Macfarlane joins us now from outside Stamford Bridge in London. And Christina, Chelsea won thanks to the star of this season: Eden
CHRISTINA MACFARLANE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Lynda. It was perhaps fitting that Eden Hazard should have taken that
penalty, but perhaps not one of his best.
You know, he's been voted the best player of the season this year, and Jose Mourinho called him the third best player in the world, that's relationship
that Mourinho has really cultivated with this young player to make him into a really complete all around player this season. But it's been one of many
standout performances that have seen Chelsea through now to their fourth Premier League title, and their third under Jose Mourinho. And you know
this has really been masterminded by the Portuguese, because this is -- if you can you believe it, this is his eighth league title now in four
And speaking just a short while ago at the press conference here, he said that this was in fact his most important league win.
KINKADE: Incredible. So what does this mean for Chelsea? Quite a few people accuse them of being boring this season.
MACFARLANE: Yeah, that's right. They've been accused of what they call here in Britain parking the bus, which is another way of saying that they
play very defensively. And it's not football that generally people like to watch.
I suppose in some ways you could compare it to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Last night, Floyd Mayweather ground out a win against Manny
Pacquiao. Against all odds he played defensively and he did what he needed to do. And that's exactly what Chelsea have done this season, and that's
exactly what they did here today, grinding out that 1-0 win when it mattered, when it counts.
But I can tell you, Lynda, speaking to the fans here behind us, they do not care how this league title has come, they just care that Chelsea are back
to winning ways.
And as they say, of course, it doesn't matter how you win it, it's the number of trophies you've got in the cabinet at the end of the day.
KINKADE: That is true. Christina Macfarlane, thank you very much.
And Christina on Chelsea winning the English Premier League, and Don Riddell covering the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. We're going to have much
more no both those big stories in sport coming up on World Sport in less than 30 minutes.
And of course you can always follow the stories the team is working on throughout the day by going to our Facebook page. That's
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It's the Rolls Royce of Baby Carriages, at least that's what the website claims. In tonight's parting shots, we're looking at Silver Cross, a
British company known for its quality carriages. It has quite the royal connection. Prince Charles once wrote in a Silver Cross carriage. And
next up for a spin will be the second royal baby.
Erin McLaughlin met with the CEO for a look inside the business of baby luxury.
[11:40:42] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Returning home, the young couple were reunited with their son Prince Charles.
MCLAUGHLIN: It's the royal standard for baby carriages. Here's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip proudly pushing Charles. There's even a young
Princess Diana. The first royal carriage was made by British company Silver Cross, a gift to King George VI for baby Elizabeth.
Now Kate and her George are carrying on the tradition. Silver Cross CEO Nick Paxton took CNN for a royal baby buggy test drive.
NICK PAXTON, SILVER CROSS CEO; Push up on the handle and turn like so.
MCLAUGHLIN: I see.
PAXTON: It gives you a nice visibility of your baby as well.
MCLAUGHLIN: Paxton shows us the pram, as carriages are called in Britain; the company hand made for Prince George. It's a cross between the
traditional pram of Royal Babies past and a more modern baby buggy. And it was built to grandmother, Carol Middleton's, liking.
Did the Duchess of Cambridge ask for anything specific? What was that process like?"
PAXTON: Well, we supplied a couple of extra accessories including an insect net so the pram could be used. It was a very good summer when Prince
George was born. Our head of design went to the Middleton family home and presented it to the duchess' mum. And we did a full demonstration so the
product was safe and the product was used correctly.
MCLAUGHLIN: And thanks to the Middletons, an insect net is now a standard feature of all Silver Cross prams.
PAXTON: The Duchess of Cambridge is certainly helping us with our product development.
MCLAUGHLIN: Prince George's pram is not cheap, it retails for as much as $2,400 and that's modest compared to some of the company's heritage
carriages. This exclusive edition goes for over $7,300.
The pricey prams are handmade in this English factory, not much different from the company's 1930's workspace. The result, a baby carriage fit for
I can imagine it can be pretty nerve-wracking developing a pram for the future king of England.
PAXTON: Yeah it is. It is. It's a huge honor
MCLAUGHLIN: Safety has to be a top concern.
PAXTON: Yeah, safety is a top concern in all of our products, but obviously for a future monarch.
But yeah it was made in the same manner as all of our products. It was just made with that extra special ingredient for an extra special customer.
MCLAUGHLIN: Paxton says any plans for the next Royal baby are top secret, but it looks likely Prince George's sibling will be carrying on the family
KINKADE: And note how the royal family has kept that company in business for a very long time.
I'm Lynda Kinkade, and that was Connect the World. Thanks for watching.