Sunday, September 20, 2020

August 16, 2020  PHILIPSBURG- Consultation workshops pertaining to Sint Maarten’s draft National Development Vision (NDV), started earlier this month after the Vision was launched. On Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th, 2020, the Department for the Interior and Kingdom relations conducted two stakeholder consultations workshops in a series of three.

August 14, 2020  THE HAGUE - Curaçao and Sint Maarten have not yet met the conditions of the second tranche of corona loans previously issued and are therefore not yet eligible for the third tranche. That was decided today in the Kingdom Council of Ministers today.

August 13, 2020  PHILIPSBURG—The United People’s Party (UP) issued a statement on Thursday in which it expressed sadness at learning of the loss of a daughter of the soil Ghislaine Choisey-Rogers who died suddenly on, Wednesday. Ms. Rogers is the late aunt of Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmilla De Weever. She was an iconic teacher for many years, and a well-loved daughter of the soil and her passing has plunged an entire island into mourning.

August 16, 2020   Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - The Honorable Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure, Mr. Egbert Doran, hereby informs the general public of the completion of the drainage project on the Billy Folly Road in Pelican.

PHILIPSBURG— As of August 13th, St. Maarten has confirmed fifteen new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stands at 263.

The people of St. Maarten so-called owes a debt to the Dutch government in the amount of some Ang. 900 million of which I understood we are paying Ang. 12.7 million annually. This means mathematically that at this rate it will take us around 75 years to repay this so-called debt which will take us to the year 2095. As we can see this is unattainable and unrealistic.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.