Thursday, November 26, 2020

November 13, 2020  PHILIPSBURG–The Parliament of Curaçao has not yet discussed a proposal from the Washington DC-based Coharis Law Group, which the Parliament of St. Maarten approached to assist with the completion of the decolonization process of the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles and seeking reparations from the Netherlands. The intention is to include Curaçao and Aruba in the process and each of the three countries is to pay a fixed fee of US $7,000 per month, which the law firm stated represents a 91-per-cent discount.

November 13, 2020   -The discussion on the third tranche of liquidity support commenced this morning, Friday, November 13, 2020, after the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RMR) meeting, wherein SS Knops expressed the willingness of the Netherlands to engage in discussions with St. Maarten on the third tranche for liquidity support. St. Maarten has been given the green light to commence discussions on the third tranche of liquidity support. Following a constructive conclusion of the negotiations with the College FinancieelToezicht (CFT)

On Friday, October 30th, 2020, the Court of Appeals rendered their judgement in favor of Country Sint Maarten in its case against Alegria Real Estate N.V. to suspend the judgement rendered on September 4th, 2020.  On September 4th, 2020, the Court in First Instance, via the injunction judge, ruled that Country Sint Maarten had to issue the right of long lease for a parcel of water for the duration of 60 years via a draft decree.

November 15, 2020    -As our students are being welcomed back to their respective school premises today, Monday, November 16th, 2020, the Ministry of Justice is placing certain measures into effect for the overall benefit and protection of the community at large, before, during and after school hours.

November 13, 2020   -Police patrols were directed to two cases over the last few days to investigate an attempted suicide and a suicide incident that took place during the course of the week. On Monday, November 9th, a man attempted to take his own life, and another case on Thursday, November 12th, where a woman had taken her own life. The staff of the Forensics Department did a brief investigation into both cases.

November 1, 2020  Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson has prioritized Domestic Violence in her tenure and has set the enactment of the Domestic Violence (DV) Policy to a high level of importance. Minister Richardson called for a taskforce between Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA). The taskforce will curate workshops focussed on the required steps to complete the draft DV policy, and have the same approved by the Public Prosecutor and the courts. Once the policy is approved by the latter two bodies, it will be published in the National Gazette and is thereafter legal.

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.