Thursday, April 02, 2020

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management was informed on Friday about the suspension of port calls from five cruise lines namely, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), MSC Cruises, Costa Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.  The suspension affects their global cruise itinerary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. March 13, 2020.  At 6.30 p.m. on Friday March 13, all airlines operating into Suriname were advised by notice SMJP A0009/20 that the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, also known as Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport Suriname will initially be closed from Saturday March 14 – Saturday March 21, 2020. During the period of the airport closure, Caribbean Airlines flights will be impacted and affected customers are being contacted.  

PHILIPSBURG–A majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) were critical of the draft Criminal Procedure Code in Friday’s public plenary session of Parliament, highlighting issues with provisions on crown witnesses, among other things. The passing of the draft Criminal Procedure Code has been emphasised as necessary to comply with the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). St. Maarten is currently in the third round of the CFATF’s mutual evaluations and may be given another public statement if actions to combat money-laundering and terrorism-financing are deemed insufficient by the regional body in May.

“People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Saturday March 14, 2020, as part of the process to keep the community of Sint Maarten informed about the latest developments and the Governments COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.

On Tuesday march 11th 2020 a report of “Missing person” was filed at the Philipsburg Police Station by the mother of Crystal Loriani CLEMENT, born on Sint Maarten, December 5th 2005 Crystal was last seen by his mother on Monday afternoon before he left home with her girlfriends. Crystal have since not returned home, nor contacted his mother or any other family member.

March 9, 2020 CAY HILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) invites the general public to attend a public session on Thursday, March 12th at 7PM at the University of St. Martin in observance of World Kidney Day.The session features Dr. Gabe van Essen, SMMC’s Nephrologist, Dr. Samay Nadery, SMMC’s Internist, Nurse Georgina Mingau, Dialysis nurse and Coordinator of the Trans-Atlantic Kidney Transplant Program,

February 23, 2020 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season. “We are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the beautiful things that we can do,” said Lizzo as she accepted the night’s last and biggest award, leaping and dancing off the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as the show ended.

February 21, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will debut with some extra “Friends.” The company announced Friday that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended its 236-episode run in 2004. HBO Max will also carry every episode of the sitcom, which has proved enduringly popular, including with young audiences who discovered the show when it was available on Netflix. The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names and won six Emmy Awards.

February 23, 2020 SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo’s Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old.  Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Prins, 40, was hand-picked to be “godmother” of the Colorado do Brás samba school’s drum section, an iconic role fought over by dozens of models and TV celebrities. Her duty was to dance infectiously for 65 minutes in front of the drummers, using her legs to drive their rhythm while judges assessed the school’s parade.

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.”