Friday, June 05, 2020

May 14, 2020  -Exactly one week ago the Council of Ministers started a discussion on cost-cutting measures which will affect civil servants. Why the COM wants to cut in salaries, vacation allowance, periodic increases, etc from civil servants? According to the honorable Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Ms. Silveria Jacobs and the honorable Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion.

Friday, May 8, 2020  -From what we gathered yesterday, it is very clear: If it is COVID 19 which caused a loss of income for government as our employer, then here are some preliminary arguments from workers perspective:

Friday, May 8, 2020  -We illustrated in former press conferences that the St Maarten Support and relief Plan is a bad photocopy of the Dutch stimulus package. Something went wrong in the photocopy machine of this government! Maybe there was not enough ink in the cartridge so that parts of the Dutch Plan did not copy well, so it was left out of the St Maarten Support and relief Plan.

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Government has put together the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Plan (SSRP) to deal with the fallout of the closing of the country’s borders and the lockdown since mid-March. The objective of the SSRP according to the Government is to absorb the economic and social impact caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  “Businesses that are severely affected will need financial assistance and for those who risk losing their jobs, the creation of a social safety net is essential,” the SSRP website says.

Friday, May 8, 2020  -A month ago on April 9th, the Kingdom Council of Ministers took some decisions regarding financial support for Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten. State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Mr. Raymond Knops informed the Second Chamber in a letter that

Friday, May 8, 2020  -For us, as Anti-Poverty Platform we are of the opinion that one of the objectives of a governing program and of the annual budgets should be that the more than 13,000 households have to be taken out of poverty. They need at least a combined income of 4000 ANG a month! This we based on the conclusion of the Transparency International report that 75% of the households in St Maarten at the time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman,” set for release Tuesday, offers no revelations on some of the controversies that have dogged Omar. Instead, it sketches rugged years that Omar says made her a fearless fighter, unafraid to skirmish with President Donald Trump and her frequent conservative critics.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywood’s green light. “We’re taking the lead from our production partners,” said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as “The Avengers: Endgame” and “Ant-Man” along with the television show “The Walking Dead.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian-Indian rapper Nav has no problem being signed to one of the biggest artists in the world. In fact, he says The Weeknd doesn’t overshadow him but pushes him to the forefront. “It’s a real family over here. He has so much success. I don’t think he really cares about who’s (also successful),” said Nav, whose real name is Navraj Singh Goraya and is signed to The Weeknd’s XO imprint. “He just wants everybody to win.” With fellow Canadian stars like The Weeknd and Drake, it’s an understatement to say Toronto has had a signature run in music the past few years. But Nav, whose new album “Good Intentions” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, is taking notes and hoping to one day draw the same acclaim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for a best entertainment talk show and host, while “Jeopardy!” veteran Alex Trebek’s nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category. “General Hospital” earned a leading 23 nominations Thursday, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom. Other top nominees are “Days of Our Lives” with 22 bids, “The Young and the Restless” with 21 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 13.