Sunday, September 20, 2020

September 4, 2020   SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) is in the final phase after steering the process leading to the establishment of the “Soualiga Employer Association (SEA).” The establishment of the SEA is part of the process of nominating various representatives to the high council of state the Social Economic Council (SER).  A list of names will be submitted to the Prime Minister hopefully by the end of the week of September 7.

August 31, 2020  Philipsburg – The Minister of TEATT Ludmila de Weever has taken the decision, after discussion with the Council of Ministers, for commercial premises with licenses for clubs, adult entertainment, discotheques, bars, and lounges, such as cigar lounges to remain closed until September 15, 2020.

August 31, 2020  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services, a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour, commenced on August 3rd, 2020 with a Small-Scale Community Awareness Project and Mosquito Control program.

PHILIPSBURG— As of September 1st, St. Maarten has confirmed six new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). 41 persons recovered; however, CPS reported two additional deaths today.  One person unfortunately died on July 30th and the second case died on August 26th.  Both were living on the French side, however, they were registered as Dutch side residents. 

rPHILIPSBURG— As of August 31st, St. Maarten has confirmed thirteen new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19), however, there was a recovery of 21 persons; reducing the total active cases to 259. The new total of confirmed cases now stands at 476.

August 31, 2020  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – National Disaster Coordination and Fire Chief Clive Richardson on Monday, reminded the business community and the tourism sector to be prepared as the country has just entered the peak period of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

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.