Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Great Bay St. Maarten, August 7, 2020 – “ Last Tuesday afternoon was another closed door virtual meeting of Parliament with the Prime Minister in attendance to apprise Parliament of the “negotiations” with the Dutch Government regarding liquidity assistance and specifically the proposal by the Dutch Government to legislate a Caribbean Reform Entity (CRE). In the meeting, the Members of Parliament were informed of Government’s first official response to the proposal put on the table by State Secretary R. Knops regarding this CRE.

August 7, 2020   -United St Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius Buncamper sent a letter to the Minister of Justice, the honorable Anna Richardson on Thursday recommending the instituting of a tolerance policy on the usage of soft drugs and cannabis plants.

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.”

AUGUST 5, 2020 Gracita Arrindell states: border blockade is being used increasingly as an instrument to control the free movement of our people. Once that ‘ Genie’ is out of the bottle it’s hard to put it back in. There’s a sea of difference between a border-blockade and border control.

St. Maarten, August 5, 2020 - With the decision by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport to reverse its previous decision  to implement in-class education as per August 10th, the aforementioned factions  consider it pivotal that the Minister expounds on these decisions as well as the steps going forward. In explaining his previous position to re-start in-class education, the minister had listed a number of factors, critical to the success of in-class education as well as the role of stakeholders in this process.

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.

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of attempted theft, but the sentence stopped far short of what they potentially faced for their actions at the Quai Branly Museum: 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines. Activists and defense lawyers viewed the case as a trial about how former empires should atone for past crimes. Diyabanza’s museum action took place in June, amid global protests against racial injustice and colonial-era wrongs unleashed by George Floyd’s death in the U.S. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease at the London home he shared with his second wife, Sybil Sever. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder released two new songs Tuesday reflecting the current times that he hopes inspires change. The piano-playing icon dropped the tracks “Where Is Our Love Song” and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” which he also announced would be released through his new label So What the Fuss Music, distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (Wonder was signed to Motown Records for the majority of his career).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and ”Network,” has died. She was 77. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.