Monday, February 17, 2020

January 27, 2020  ST. JOHN’S ESTATE, St. Maarten - A beautiful surroundings can lift spirits and boost one’s mood and this is what a donation to the St. Martin’s Home made by the all-women Island Gems Charity Foundation sought to do. The donation comprised several tablecloths and table runners.  

Claire RaymondOne would have expected the NA to continue with the USP after receiving more support than the UD-SMCP coalition from the electorate! Historically the USP was a party that came out of the SPA-NA family. The NA-USP way of thinking was always opposing the traditional DP, DP-UP or UD way of thinking.

On Thursday January 23rd 2020, two arrested were made of in connection with an ongoing shooting investigation which took place in October 2019 in the Middle Region vicinity; which left two dead and two others severely injured. Suspect R.A.T.P was arrested in the area of the roundabout on the Cole Bay area without incident by the police Arrest Team. 

In December last year we addressed with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor the unlawful ANG 1,- maximum indexation of the social pensions per January 1, 2020 and the non-indexation of the minimum wages since 2016. The Minister has promised us to review the social pensions indexation and to look into the indexation of the minimum wages.

St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and members of Sint Maarten Police Force held their first preparation meeting for the upcoming carnival season. During the meeting that was held at the Philipsburg police station, the participants took a look back at what went well in 2019 and what could be improved on for carnival 2020.

Why we had to go to the polls? Why we had this snap election on January 9, 2020? It was the UD-SMCP government that sent parliament home and called the snap elections. Because the UD-SMCP council of ministers was not in agreement with the new NA-USP-Brownbill-Mercelina majority in Parliament, the UD-ministers supported by the SMCP minister invoked art 59 of the constitution.

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

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.”