Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 8, 2021   PHILIPSBURG - The Antillean airline company Winair defends the million-dollar loan that the company receives from the Dutch government. There was a fuss on the islands because competing players do not enjoy that luxury. Commissioner Hans de Jong, however, calls the support justified and necessary.

January 8, 2021  PHILIPSBURG– The Government of Sint Maartenin collaboration with the St. Maarten Christian Council, St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation and the Seventh Day Adventist Church will host the annual National Day of Prayer. The annual event is heldon the second Sunday in January, which falls on, January 10th2021.

PHILIPSBURG — While elected politicians wasted their time on lost battles he kept his eye on the ball all the time. He created the Facebook government (FBGov) and described the sources for his always accurate information as “schoolchildren.” In doing so, he outperformed fifteen members of Parliament in terms of activity, transparency and focus. Without competition, he is StMaartenNews.com’s Man of the Year: Claude Peterson, who prefers to be called “Chacho”.

January 8, 2021   -As of January 7th, there were nineteen (19) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and ten (110).The total number of confirmed cases is nowone thousand five hundred and thirty one (1531).

January 6, 2021   -CAY HILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently welcomed a new permanent Cardiologist Dr. Han Spierenburg to its Cardiology team. Dr. Spierenburg joins SMMC Cardiologist Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake bringing the number of permanent Cardiologists in-service to two.

January 6, 2021   -As of January 5th, there were thirty-nine (39) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however fifteen (15) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to ninety-two (92). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand five hundred and four (1504). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring ninety (90) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27). 

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.