Friday, June 05, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing how human rights of citizens in this part of the Kingdom are not fully realized. When the EOC realized that there are citizens of large minorities in Sint Maarten who do not understand English well, messaging in Spanish and Creole was spread. The CPS-team which is going in the neighborhoods to inform the households about the possibility to get tested and to get help if they have flue like symptoms, they reported that many of the persons do not want to register or to get tested.

Government is proposing to pay up to a maximum of ANG 1,150 a month for bus drivers, taxi drivers, independent tour operators, licensed vendors, market vendors qualifying individuals. Why these self-employed workers are not being treated the same way as other businesses and based on their income tax declarations provided with the same compensation for loss of personal income as the businesses are getting to pay wages of workers?

Claire Raymond

THE SSRP = Sint Maarten Stimulus Relief Plan was officially published on Monday April 20th and announced emergency measures to mitigate the effects of COVID 19. In the Plan handled in Parliament on Tuesday the 21st,one of the proposed measures is to pay up to 80% of the payroll of qualifying businesses, with a minimum of ANG 1,150 for a full- time employee. We find this a discriminatory proposal. Why?

April 24, 2020 PHILIPSBURG - In response to videos circulating on social media depicting persons crossing the border at the closed border points, Justice Minister Anna Richardson said during the virtual Council of Minister's press briefing on Wednesday morning that authorities are discussing how to increase security at these crossings to avoid unauthorized movement.

The SSRP as well as the Minister of Finance stated that “The Payroll Support program will be managed by SZV”. In the SSRP we read why SZV, and we quote, “which has all the relevant data to monitor compliance with the detailed procedures that are worked out in Appendix 1 which provides a summary of the most important procedures to manage this payroll support.”

Riegnald Bakari ArrindellGovernments around the world are rolling out emergency relief and support programs to cushion the social and economic impact of the corona virus. St. Maarten is no different. Just recently the Minister of Finance, unveiled the “St. Maarten Support Relief Plan – SSRP”.

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.