March 26, 2021 THE HAGUE - Sint Maarten is currently not receiving financial support from the Netherlands because the island has complained to the United Nations about alleged racism by the Dutch government. Dutch Undersecretary for Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced this today. The conditions that Sint Maarten must meet in exchange for support return colonial rule, that is the complaint.
PHILIPSBURG— On Friday, March 26, 2021, The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA), Richard Panneflek and his staff had a working visit at the Fire and Ambulance Department in Cay Hill.
March 24, 2021 -“The route to the UN via the CLG petition is a way to circumvent the route to the people of St. Maarten for their opinion.” MP Sarah Wescot is of the opinion that the longer the government pussyfoots around the division in the coalition on the topic of the UN petition, the more detrimental it gets. MP Wescot elaborates: “By now, the Prime Minister should have received the Kingdom Council of State’s advice on the draft COHO
March 25, 2021 -Last week Friday the Prime Minister informed Parliament that the Council of Ministers has approved an implementation agenda of the country packages which were imposed by the Dutch government. With the Dutch BZK working organization and the Secretary-General Platform here in St Maarten this implementation agenda agreement to please the Dutch government was worked out. Remember that it is the CFT on behalf of the Dutch government and the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations which is supervising the execution of the 18 liquidity support conditions of the first and the second tranche, as well as the country package conditions for the third tranche.
March 25, 2021 -On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in a reaction to the news of the leaked critical advice from the Council of State of the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning the COHO draft legislation, State Secretary Knops denied that the draft law is at odds with the Charter of the Kingdom. We quote from the press release of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations: “According to the State Secretary, the core of the bill remains intact in the advice of the Council of State. The advice states that it is logical for the Netherlands to attach conditions to the granting of financial support.
March 25, 2021 -Members of Parliament (MP’s) of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Akeem Arrindell and Claudius “Toontje” Buncamper and their support staff met with the Audit Team Sint Maarten (ATS) on Tuesday, February 24, 2020, to gather some more information of the works the ATS is presently carrying out and is capable of carrying out.
April 10, 2021 BERLIN (AP) — The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday in her home in Monte Carlo. The cause of death was not given. “We mourn the loss of an outstanding person and internationally recognized photographer,” the foundation wrote on its website. Newton, who was born June Browne in Melbourne, Australia in 1923, trained as an actor and often performed under her stage name June Brunell, the foundation said.
April 9, 2021 -Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it? McCarthy enlists — and immediately wastes — the services of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer for the superhero buddy comedy “Thunder Force,” a meandering nothing-burger of a film. It’s the fifth team-up between McCarthy and Falcone — they previously did “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Life of the Party” and “Superintelligence.” It’s clear they’ve gotten progressively worse and McCarthy’s welcome manic, anarchic energy is no longer disarming.
April 10, 2021 LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa” on Saturday as Buckingham Palace offered the broad outlines of a royal funeral that will be attended by the family and broadcast to the world. As Queen Elizabeth II and other relatives mourned, Charles offered a personal video message saying the royal family was “deeply grateful” for the outpouring of support they’ve received following the death Friday of his 99-year-old father, Prince Philip. The heir to the throne said he was touched by the number of people around the world who have shared his family’s loss and sorrow.
April 9, 2021 -The St. George’s and Jamaica College Old Boys Associations of Florida will host their first-ever friendly sound clash on Saturday, April 10. The True Blue Sound Clash of 2021 is replacing the traditional True Blue weekend soccer event held every year. This year marks the 17th year for the South Florida event though it will be held in a different format. The True Blue Sound Clash will be hosted online by VP Records and broadcast on their Facebook page (facebook.com/vprecords/) & YouTube Channel (youtube.com/vprecords) starting at 7:00 p.m.
April 11, 2021 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia, a person briefed on the matter says. LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation reached the settlement, ending the need for President Joe Biden to intervene in the dispute, the person said Saturday. The person asked not to be identified because the companies have not yet announced the settlement. No details were available. The U.S. International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG Energy, and that SK should be barred from importing, making or selling batteries in the United States for 10 years.
April 10, 2021 BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitive tactics, as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over fast-growing tech industries. Party leaders worry about the dominance of China’s biggest internet companies, which are expanding into finance, health services and other sensitive areas. The party says anti-monopoly enforcement, especially in tech, is a priority this year. Alibaba was fined for “abusing its dominant position” to limit competition by retailers that use its platforms and hindering “free circulation” of goods, the State Administration for Market Regulation announced. It said the fine was equal to 4% of its total 2019 sales of 455.712 billion yuan ($69.5 billion).
April 11, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said. The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league. The Athletic first reported the $1.5 billion sale.