Friday, June 05, 2020

May 23, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - On Friday, May 22, 2020, Mr. Ivan (Steven) Martina was sworn in as Minister of Economic Development within the Rhuggenaath cabinet. Mr. Martina was sworn in by the Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Lucille George-Wout.

May 15, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - According to Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, the Netherlands has 'unrealistic demands' on new corona support. According to the Premier, Curaçao should do more to become “economically, financially and mentally” independent. During a press conference leading up to discussions in the Netherlands about the aid, he emphasized that he is 'not an errand boy' for the Netherlands.

May 12, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - During the current crisis as a consequence of the COVID-19 virus, Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) and its subsidiaries Kompania di Tou Kòrsou (KTK) and Curaçao Pilots Organization (CPO) were audited by Lloyd’s Register. This audit is based on the latest quality norms (ISO 9001) and environmental norms (ISO 14001).

May 23, 2020   WILLEMSTAD - During today’s briefing, epidemiologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth announced that after 508 people were tested, Curaçao has now 17 confirmed corona cases. A resident returned to Curaçao recently. This person was in mandatory quarantine when he or she (was not disclosed) felt the symptoms. The person was immediately tested, and the result came back positive.

May 15, 2020  WILLEMSTAD -  During a press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath declared that now is the time to unite as a population of Curaçao for less dependence and against the "unrealistic conditions" that the Netherlands attaches to providing loans in connection with the corona crisis.

May 12, 2020  BOGOTA - As the coronavirus kills thousands and dominates government attention across Latin America, another deadly viral infection is quietly stalking the region. Dengue - colloquially called breakbone fever for the severe joint pain it causes - is endemic in much of Latin America, but COVID-19’s arrival has pulled crucial attention and resources away from the fight against it, doctors and officials say.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman,” set for release Tuesday, offers no revelations on some of the controversies that have dogged Omar. Instead, it sketches rugged years that Omar says made her a fearless fighter, unafraid to skirmish with President Donald Trump and her frequent conservative critics.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But while Perry is looking to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are anxiously waiting for Hollywood’s green light. “We’re taking the lead from our production partners,” said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has been home to big-budget films such as “The Avengers: Endgame” and “Ant-Man” along with the television show “The Walking Dead.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian-Indian rapper Nav has no problem being signed to one of the biggest artists in the world. In fact, he says The Weeknd doesn’t overshadow him but pushes him to the forefront. “It’s a real family over here. He has so much success. I don’t think he really cares about who’s (also successful),” said Nav, whose real name is Navraj Singh Goraya and is signed to The Weeknd’s XO imprint. “He just wants everybody to win.” With fellow Canadian stars like The Weeknd and Drake, it’s an understatement to say Toronto has had a signature run in music the past few years. But Nav, whose new album “Good Intentions” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, is taking notes and hoping to one day draw the same acclaim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first season of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for a best entertainment talk show and host, while “Jeopardy!” veteran Alex Trebek’s nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category. “General Hospital” earned a leading 23 nominations Thursday, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom. Other top nominees are “Days of Our Lives” with 22 bids, “The Young and the Restless” with 21 and “The Bold and the Beautiful” with 13.