Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 22, 2021 The governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have signed nine agreements in which they have promised to confront the irregular migratory flow and the issues of trade, maritime borders, sovereignty, health, and others common to both nations that share the island of Hispaniola.

January 22, 2021  WILLEMSTAD - The total is now 24 political parties that have registered their candidate list yesterday at the Supreme Electoral Council. This is a record-breaking number. Seventeen of these parties are new. This is four more than in the previous election.

January 20, 2021   -Following the news of the U.S. Capitol riot,and talking to people I’ve met since then in Curacao and Aruba, it seems to me that a great many others reacted as I did.  We were shocked by those images, and deeply concerned with what has happened to democracy in America.    One lesson I’ve learned from these recent events in my country is that we must never take democracy for granted.  Democracy is not an immovable, indestructible rock; it is a living thing that needs our constant care and attention.   For its roots to be healthy, democracy needs to be grounded in the truth.  

January 22, 2021 -To cap off the month-long celebration of Reggae Month, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) will be hosting its annual Honor Awards and has already announced this year’s recipients. The list of honorees represents a wide cross-section of players in the local Jamaican music fraternity including emerging and established performers, musicians and sound system operators, also media personalities, and behind the scenes personnel like engineers and songwriters.

January 21, 2021   WILLEMSTAD - The election lists of no fewer than 26 parties will be submitted to the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) on Thursday. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the SEC will hold a special session in the World Trade Center (WTC) to offer all parties the opportunity to submit their lists of candidates. It is not with the usual spectacle as is traditional in Curaçao. Normally this would go with the typical fanfare of colors and music. But due to COVID-19 and the measures, this year it is sober. Each party can only send three representatives to present the party list.

January 20, 2021 Adam Stewart, the son of late Jamaican tourism pioneer and businessman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, has succeeded his father as executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International. He assumes the role after working alongside his father for more than two decades, during which time he served as chief executive officer and most recently deputy chairman.

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.