Saturday, January 23, 2021

y January 22, 2021    -The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and occupational health experts of Medwork have provided Caribbean Brewing Company with the SafeSeal certificate for activities. SafeSeal is an immediately recognizable emblem for companies that are verified that they adhere to strict cleanliness and hygiene guidelines to counter the COVID19 pandemic.  Companies are required to complete a test explaining their specific hygiene and safety standards.

January 22, 2021   -On May 20thlast year the Council of Ministers of St Maarten unconditionally accepted all conditions for liquidity support for the second trance imposed by the Kingdom Council of Ministers in its meeting of May 15, 2020! One of these conditions was a 25% cut in the total remuneration of elected and appointed officials in the three Caribbean countries Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten.

January 22, 2021   -In the Daily Herald of Tuesday, January 17, SZV finally announced the 2021 maximum AOV/AWW amounts. These amounts went into effect as of July 1st, last year when the National Ordinance of AVO benefits was amended, and the pensionable age was increased from 62 to 65. SEVEN MONTHS DELAY TO PAY. It took SZV seven (7) months to start to announce that starting February the 11% increase of the social pensions will be paid and that the accumulated increase not paid since July will also be paid out! We thank the press for covering this issue that we raised as our first item in our first weekly press conference of this year 2021. We are also grateful for the editorial in the Daily Herald of Wednesday, January 13, 2021 under the heading “Waiting in vain”. All of this questioning has led to the ads and the press release of SZV announcing the start of the 11% increase and the retroactive payment of the increase until July 2020!

January 22, 2021   -In a WICLU meeting held on Sunday January 17th, 2021 at the WIFOL Building the Presidents of the unions NAPB, ABVO-SXM, WIHCUA, WIFOL /ASEWI and WITU at the Agenda Point Carnival 2021 expressed their concerns related to the fact that the Council of Ministers has approved and given the greenlight for Carnival 2021 to be held.

January 22, 2021  -Officers of Sint Maarten Police (KPSM) raided a homeearly Thursday morning located in the area of “Over The Bank”looking for two male suspects who were allegedly involved in the knife attack that took place on Van Romondt Steegon December 15, 2020. On the night of December 15th 2020 around 07.15 pm, Central dispatchreceived several calls concerning amanlateridentified with the initials V.M. who was severely ill-treated by several suspects with a knife.During the attack, the victim suffered severe lacerations to his chest and face.

January 22, 2021  Philipsburg – Today, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended a closed-door working meeting of the Committee of General Affairs of Parliament. During the meeting, she presented the legislative changes to three national ordinances for implementation of the cost-cutting measures per the conditions for receiving the 2nd tranche of liquidity support from the government of the Netherlands. To meet these conditions St. Maarten drafted the following three amending National Ordinances in order for the cost-cutting measures to be enforceable.

January 16, 2021   LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White’s low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

January 15, 2021   NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith “influenced every aspect of the professional theater and earned the respect and admiration of everyone from the stage doormen to the greatest performers and creative talents of our time,” Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born in Philadelphia, Richman was a pharmacist but turned to acting. He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play “End as a Man.” He appeared on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade.” He also portrayed Jerry in more than 400 New York performances of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Boll said.

January 14, 2021  -Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.” Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.