Sunday, September 20, 2020

Great Bay  — As of August 3rd, at 18:00, St. Maarten has confirmed four new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 150. Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 68 people in home isolation. Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) the honorable Richard Panneflek stated  “we now have seventy (70), active cases of persons who have contracted COVID-19.”

Wycliffe SmithAugust 3, 2020  -The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS), drs. Rodolphe Samuel has taken the bold decision to keep schools closed and to start the new school year with online learning, until further notice. He communicated this to parents and guardians via a letter, dated July 31, 2020. But, are schools prepared to deliver education online?

August 2, 2020   Great Bay  — The Honorable Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA Richard Panneflek proudly announced that St. Maarten successfully re-opened its borders to international travelers on Saturday 1st August 2020.

Great Bay St. Maarten August 3rd, 2020) – The department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations kicks off first Zoom consultation session on the draft National Development Vision. The session will take place today, Tuesday, August 4th at 9:00 am. The session will be live streamed from the Facebook of the department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations. Sint Maarten’s draft National Development Vision (NDV), serves as a guide for the long-term development of Sint Maarten and is based on many years of collected baseline information from government, residents and organizations.

August 2, 2020 – Minister of Justice Anna Richardson, updates on the status of the function books to keep all stakeholders informed. A letter has been sent to the Council of Advice requesting an update on the timeline for the delivery of their advice on the draft legislation concerning the repeal of ‘Rechtspositie Korps Politie Nederlandse Antillen 2000’ and the salary scales for the Police Force of St. Maarten (KPSM).

Sarah Wescot WilliamsGreat Bay, St. Maarten, August 2, 2020 - MP Wescot-Williams: “With the announcement by the Préfecture of Saint Martin of another border closure “in agreement with the Ministry of Overseas France”, dubbed as a “traffic restriction” between the 2 parts of the island, we can no longer pretend that this is  strictly a local matter, left up to the authorities in Marigot and Philipsburg.”

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.