Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 22, 2021  Philipsburg – On Thursday, January 21st, an article was published in The Daily Herald’s newspaper erroneously stating that Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs announced void-19 vaccines would only be available to “registered” residents during Wednesday’s Council of Minister's weekly press briefing. Residents are persons residing on the island and is not limited to persons with citizenship. All residents regardless of their status will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) will give further elucidation once the vaccination strategy is approved.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, 20 January 2021 –  “Not only has the agreement for the country package been signed, but the Government has also announced the organization that it has put in place to guide St. Maarten's part in the agreement. What will follow now is the so-called implementation plans, although items in the country package are already being worked on. Case in point,  we see from a meeting of the four ministers of Justice that it has been concluded that matters raised in the country package will be executed. 

January 20, 2021   St. Maarten -As of January 19th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however one (1) person has recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-seven (127). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and seventy-seven (1677). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-six (126) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27). 

January 22, 2021  -As of January 21st, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however twelve (12) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-seven (127). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand seven hundred and eight (1708). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-six (126) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27). 

Philipsburg JANUARY 20, 2021  -Gracita Arrindell said: the start of a new year is always a good time to take stock of the previous year and evaluate how we can improve on the past. The year twenty-twenty (2020) started and closed with one of the single most critical issues facing much of the world. “This new year will hopefully mark the start of a new era.

January 19, 2021   -As of January 18th, there were thirteen (13) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however twenty-one (21) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty (120). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and sixty-nine (1669). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and nineteen (119) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains 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.