Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 10, 2021   -As of January 9th, there were zero (0) persons who tested positive for COVID-19. Seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to ninety-five (95). The total number of confirmed cases remains atone thousand five hundred and fifty-four (1554).

January 7, 2021    -In reviewing 2020 the more than 13.000 households (94% of the households) in ST Maarten were confronted with much more poverty! The coronavirus was blamed for workers losing their job, for workers having to take salary cuts, for workers having to work and consequently receiving less pay to take care of their families, and for workers having to look for social allowance or an unemployment benefit of 1150 ANG a month!

January 8, 2021  PHILIPSBURG - Very fruitful was the way Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops described his brief working visit to St. Maarten, wrapping up his visit to the islands. He had also visited Aruba and Bonaire.

January 8, 2021   -CAYHILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) gave a tour of its Auxiliary Care Facility (ACF) to Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops and his delegation on Thursday, January 7th. Before touring the ACF, the State Secretary and his delegation were given a presentation regarding the construction of the various COVID-19 facilities since the start of the pandemic

January 7, 2021  -Who does not want to be happy 365 days of the year? How happy one can be with the little pension increase which became law on the 1st of July last year? The maximum social pension amounts on the southern side of Soualiga, are still not even half of what the social pensions are for senior(s) widow(ers) and orphans in the European part of the Kingdom!

January 7, 2021   -Police traffic department officers are still investigating the deadly accident which took place on A.J.C Brouwers Road, Wednesday, January 6 at about 2:30 pm. Two scooter riders collided and one of the victims lost his life. 

January 16, 2021   LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White’s low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

January 15, 2021   NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith “influenced every aspect of the professional theater and earned the respect and admiration of everyone from the stage doormen to the greatest performers and creative talents of our time,” Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born in Philadelphia, Richman was a pharmacist but turned to acting. He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play “End as a Man.” He appeared on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade.” He also portrayed Jerry in more than 400 New York performances of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Boll said.

January 14, 2021  -Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.” Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.