Monday, February 17, 2020

Philipsburg, January 13, 2020.  Leading up to the Christmas Holidays, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten placed two “Giving Trees” by Ace Home Center and Kooyman to help the remaining shelter residents with the relocation to their new accommodations.  The trees had decorations and a picture of a needed item and in the spirit of giving and helping

January 14, 2020  Philipsburg - The two largest political parties on Sint Maarten signed a coalition agreement last Saturday evening. In it, National Alliance (NA) and United People's Party (UP) explain the formation of a new government. A division of ministerial posts has already been made.

January 10, 2020  -Elections are over and the preliminary results are in. I must start by congratulating the voters of St. Maarten on the manner in which they conducted themselves on election day. As far as I know there were no incidents where the law enforcement officers had to intervene and if there were, it was minor.

January 14, 2020  Cay Hill – St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)recently celebrated the arrival of St. Maarten’s Christmas Day baby and the first baby of 2020 with a special presentation. SMMC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Kees Klarenbeek, presented the parents with a commemorative plaque of the babies’ first photo, an engraved sterling silver spoon and a box of diapers, generously donated by Big D’s Photo Studio.

January 14, 2020  -On Saturday evening, the two largest political parties on Sint Maarten signed a coalition agreement. National Alliance and United People's Party are going to form a government together.

CAY HILL: Due to the start of the construction of the St. Maarten General Hospital project, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has made temporary arrangements for alternative parking at close proximity of SMMC which will be effective as per Monday January 13th, 2020.

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”