Tuesday, October 20, 2020

As of October 11th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; bringing the total active cases to sixty- six (66). The total number of confirmed cases is now seven hundred and ten (710). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty- four (64) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients remain hospitalized, one (1) patient is at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the other patient is at the Louis Constant Fleming hospital on the French side. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22). 

PHILIPSBURG – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing an online workshop entitled, Speech and Language difficulties in children: What parents should know and how they can help.” The general public, especially parents/guardians of primary school children are invited to attend. This online workshop will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 on Microsoft teams from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Philipsburg - Entrepreneurs Lesley and Shirly Bruce of Kenny’s Car Rental & Management N.V. and Stephane Habichdobinger of Procontech are all smiles as the first small business owners to receive direct financial assistance from the Enterprise Support Project. Both had applied via Qreditsand on Wednesday, September 29th was acknowledged in the presence of Minister of Finance Irion Ardwell, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and TelecommunicationsLudmila de Weever and NRPB Director Claret Connor.

On Saturday afternoon October 10th, 2020 about 02.00 pm, the central dispatch directed several patrols to the Texaco gas close to the Causeway to assist mental health with a patient who was acting erratic and aggressive. At the gas station, the officers encountered the patient with the initial J.M. who refused to cooperate with the personnel of mental health and didn’t want to be medicated.

The labor Union WICSU -PSU is reflecting back on the last 10 years of St. Maarten being a “Country”, The question that comes to mind is What do we have to look back on? Ten years in a change of status from the former Netherlands Antilles to Country status, what are the highlights of this era especially for the working class of this Country during this new status? As a union, we are disappointed that the report when it comes to the worker is not one of change, but one of hardship and in some cases poverty. The plight of the worker got even more difficult and less attention was/is being paid to the needs of the workers.

Philipsburg, October 1, 2020. Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL)  Book week is HERE again. This is our opportunity to collaborate with schools and once again motivate and promote reading among our youngsters and their parents. It’s also an opportunity to remind the public that your library is OPEN DAILY and offers online books and physical books at our location upstairs Adolphus Richardson Office on the Walter J.A. Nisbeth road#3, during the week from 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of attempted theft, but the sentence stopped far short of what they potentially faced for their actions at the Quai Branly Museum: 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines. Activists and defense lawyers viewed the case as a trial about how former empires should atone for past crimes. Diyabanza’s museum action took place in June, amid global protests against racial injustice and colonial-era wrongs unleashed by George Floyd’s death in the U.S. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease at the London home he shared with his second wife, Sybil Sever. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder released two new songs Tuesday reflecting the current times that he hopes inspires change. The piano-playing icon dropped the tracks “Where Is Our Love Song” and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” which he also announced would be released through his new label So What the Fuss Music, distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (Wonder was signed to Motown Records for the majority of his career).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and ”Network,” has died. She was 77. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.