Monday, February 17, 2020

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – During the week of February 10-14, 2020 Members of Parliament participated in an Orientation week organized by the secretariat of Parliament. After the oath taking ceremony on Monday, February 10, 2020 Members of Parliament delved immediately on Tuesday in an Orientation week organized by the secretariat of Parliament.

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten: February 15th, 2020 The countdown for the highly anticipated 40th running of the renowned St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is well and truly underway. The 2020 Anniversary Edition of the famed event is scheduled for March 5-8. And the preliminary scratch sheet for the 40th now sits at over 130 entries competing in a half-dozen dedicated classes of monohulls, multihulls, ocean racers, bareboats and even cruising boats. It is shaping up to be one memorable regatta on multiple levels.

February 14, 2020  -Members of Sint Maarten Police Force held an information session at the Milton Peters College on Thursday February 13th 2020 in connection with the dangerous   games that are being played in the schools on Sint Maarten. Present at the session was Community Police Officer (CPO) Richards as well as officers I. Richinsin and Officier Perrez- Torrez  from the  Sint Maarten Police Force. Doctor Mercelina, members of the School Board

CAY HILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently provided a train-the-trainer course to healthcare professionals from local healthcare agencies including the Collective Prevention Services, the Department of Public Health, Port of St. Maarten, Princess Juliana International Airport, the Department of Immigration and Ambulance Services on procedures and precautions pertinent to COVID-19, commonly known as the Corona Virus.

February 14, 2020  Oranjestad – The draft budget of Aruba for the financial year 2020 closes with a budget surplus of 0.6% of GDP. Herewith the standard for the budget surplus as reflected in the protocol agreed with the Netherlands is met. For the first time in years, the nominal debt and staff expenditures - including those of the budget funds - will decrease.

Simpsonbay, St. Maarten (February 14, 2020) – According to the Chief Operations Officer, COO, Michel Hyman “There is a mobile video which is being circulated throughout social media, whereby a passenger can be seen leaving the airport boarding gate in a wheelchair into an ambulance. It was insinuated that the passenger was infected with the Novel Corona Virus and we are hereby confirming that there should not be any cause for panic, as this is not the case.”

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”