Saturday, August 08, 2020

August. 3, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - Leader of the opposition party MFK Gilmar "Pik" Pisas has no plans to attend the Parliamentary Assembly this week. With this, he boycotts the swearing-in of the intended Member of Parliament for the PAR party Shaheen Elhage. According to Pisas, after submitting the credentials of Marilyn Alcala-Walle, four weeks must pass before the seat is free again. Only then can Elhage take the seat.

July 27, 2020  Barbados  -I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Owen Arthur, my friend and former colleague prime minister in the Caribbean Community. Owen first came to the office of the prime minister as Barbados’ fifth prime minister two years following my own election to the post here at home. 

July 24, 2020  -BBC News The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetlands, has tripled in 2020 compared to last year, according to Brazil's national space agency Inpe. Inpe identified 3,682 fires from 1 January to 23 July in the region, an increase of 201% compared to 2019.

August. 3, 2020  SCHIPHOL, WILLEMSTAD - Travel organization TUI acknowledges that a mistake was made by having a man infected with corona fly to Curaçao. The man had previously taken a so-called 'gargle test' and tested negative. But because Curaçao no longer wanted to recognize that test, he was tested again on Thursday before departure. During the flight, he was told that he was infected with the coronavirus.

July 27, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - On behalf of 22 citizens of Curaçao, Lucita Moenir Alam and Brede Kristensen handed a letter for Undersecretary Knops to the Representative of the Netherlands, Erwin Arkenbout. In it they argue for workable and sustainable relationships between the Netherlands and Curaçao.

July 24, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - Suzanne Camelia-Römer has tendered her resignation to Governor Lucille George-Wout this morning. Her last transfer as Minister of Health, Environment, and Nature will be made on Sunday evening at 6 am. Minister Zita Jesus-Leito of Traffic, Transportation, and Spatial Planning (VVRP) will temporarily fulfill her duties.

August 2, 2020   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said. The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural” opposite Robert Redford’s bad-luck phenomenon. He also worked with Redford in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman.” Brimley’s best-known work was in “Cocoon,” in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.

July 31, 2020  LONDON (AP) — Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said. A Briton who became a Hollywood heavyweight, Parker also directed “Fame,” “The Commitments and “Mississippi Burning.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards. The director’s family said he died Friday in London after a long illness. Parker was born in London on Feb. 14, 1944, and, like many other aspiring British directors of his generation, including Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne, began his career in advertising as a copywriter and director of commercials.

NEW YORK (AP) — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they’ve slipped into a time warp, or maybe “Back to the Future.” Over the second weekend in July, “Empire Strikes Back” — 40 years after it was first released — was again No. 1. “Ghostbusters” claimed the July 4th weekend, 36 years after opening. Over the June 19-21 weekend and 27 years after it last led the box office, “Jurassic Park” again ruled theaters. In a pandemic that has resurrected all kinds of vintage pastimes, from puzzles to drive-ins, even the blockbusters are retro. That is much out of necessity. About 1,000 theaters in the U.S. are currently open, just about a sixth of the nation’s cinemas. That includes the approximately 300 drive-ins that have, since the multiplexes shuttered in March, hosted the majority of moviegoing.

July 29, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tracy Morgan and his wife of five years are ending their marriage The actor-comedian’s representative said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Morgan and Megan Wollover have filed for divorce. “This is a challenging time for all involved, so I ask that you please respect our privacy,” Morgan said in a statement. Morgan and Wollover married after the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member recovered from a 2014 highway crash. One man was killed in the crash that left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. The crash happened when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo Morgan was riding in.