Sunday, September 20, 2020

PHILIPSBURG— As of September 16th, St. Maarten has confirmed eight (8) active cases, however, there was a recovery of nine (9) persons today; bringing the total active cases to sixty- one (61).  The total number of positive cases is now five hundred and fifty- seven (557). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 56 people in home isolation. Four patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 19. 

September 14, 2020    -The KPSM detectives were able to quickly apprehend and arrest a suspect, yesterday Sunday 13th, for his involvement in a shooting that took place on September 11th. The shooting, which to place on the L.B. Scott Road, left the victim to drove himself to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the face.

Wycliffe SmithThe COVID-19 Relief Group is looking for volunteers to help with organizing and executing the radio/telethon fundraising drive scheduled for Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Volunteers can assist with writing, translating, voicing and distributing promotional material. etc. They can also assist with preparing regular and infographic material as well as managing social media in relation to the fundraising drive.

Philipsburg - On Wednesday, September 16 approximately thirty taxi drivers attended a virtual information session on financing options available for small enterprises. The session was organized by the National Recovery Program Bureau’s (NRPB) Enterprise Support Project (ESP) team in collaboration with the board of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Association who had further involvement from the Airport Taxi Association and Downtown Taxi Association. The ESP team met virtually with the members of the various taxi associations, providing insight on the project and how each member could individually apply for a combination of loans and grants up to US$150,000 (One Hundred & Fifty Thousand). Diving into the eligibility criteria, methods of financing, and other specifics of the process, the info session gave the associations an opportunity to pose questions about the project.

September 12, 2020  THE HAGUE - Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten urgently need the money and hope that The Hague will relax the conditions for this. “We are not negotiating our proposal,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte now also says firmly. The conditions have been on the table since July, but as long as the islands do not agree or comply with them, there will be no money. The islands fear that their autonomy and democracy will be eroded if they agree to the Dutch conditions. Aruba angry with the Netherlands

PHILIPSBURG— As of September 12th, St. Maarten has confirmed two  (2) new cases of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, however, there was a recovery of 43 persons; bringing the total active cases to eighty - four (84).  The new total of positive cases now stands at five hundred and thirty- three (533). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 78 people in home isolation. Five patients remain hospitalized and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 19. 

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.