Friday, April 03, 2020

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, March 21, 2020 (CMC) – The Grenada government has warned nationals to be prepared for “heightened measures, related to self-quarantine”, as it announced a series of economic and other measures, aimed at helping the island to limit the proliferation of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 18, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Medical Center confirms the death of the first patient of COVID-19 on the island. Intensive Care did everything to resuscitate the patient, but unfortunately, that did not work. Our condolences go to the relatives of the deceased.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 11, 2020 – The Barbados Government has denied reports circulating online that a family of three has died from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). An undated story from a source identifying itself as News NT, had claimed that the deaths were announced by the island’s lone acute care facility, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

March 18, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath announced during the daily press conference that the first confirmed case of the coronavirus, the 68-year-old man from the Netherlands passed away in the hospital.

The man arrived in Curaçao on Thursday, March 5. He became ill the following day and went into a self-imposed quarantine in his hotel room. The following week he called a doctor and was immediately tested. His situation became worse and he was hospitalized. He had respiratory problems.

He passed away a while ago.

March 18, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - The bells are ringing on Curaçao on Wednesday because of the corona crisis. Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, together with the Council of Churches, declared March 18 as a day of national prayer.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday March 11, 2020 – Health officials are investigating the death of 52-year-old woman who was hospitalized with flu-like systems, even as Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence made it clear there was no evidence the patient had the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).

February 23, 2020 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lizzo was named entertainer of the year and “Just Mercy” won best motion picture, best actor and best supporting actor Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards, as the show that recognizes entertainers of color ladled honors on the film that was snubbed by bigger shows throughout awards season. “We are such a beautiful people, this is just a reminder of all the beautiful things that we can do,” said Lizzo as she accepted the night’s last and biggest award, leaping and dancing off the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as the show ended.

February 21, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will debut with some extra “Friends.” The company announced Friday that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended its 236-episode run in 2004. HBO Max will also carry every episode of the sitcom, which has proved enduringly popular, including with young audiences who discovered the show when it was available on Netflix. The show made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer into household names and won six Emmy Awards.

February 23, 2020 SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo’s Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old.  Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the other boys, she was allowed to dress like a girl as part of the burlesque festivities. Now, in the final minutes of Saturday, she became the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school in either of the renowned Carnival parades put in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Prins, 40, was hand-picked to be “godmother” of the Colorado do Brás samba school’s drum section, an iconic role fought over by dozens of models and TV celebrities. Her duty was to dance infectiously for 65 minutes in front of the drummers, using her legs to drive their rhythm while judges assessed the school’s parade.

MIAMI (AP) — Vin Diesel says it’s the spirit of Paul Walker that motivates him to continue starring in the “Fast and Furious” saga. Diesel and the cast spoke of the memory of their late screen partner at a special event surrounding the upcoming release of the franchise’s ninth chapter, “F9: Fast and Furious 9.” The recent death of Kobe Bryant reminded Diesel of the loss of his friend. “I can’t make a ‘Fast’ without Pablo in my thoughts, in my everyday activity, in my approach to every scene,” Diesel said, invoking his affectionate nickname for Walker. “His spirit must live in this saga, because his spirit, in so many ways, is what drives me to continue the saga.”