Tuesday, December 07, 2021

August 30, 2021   PHILIPSBURG—St. Maarten was well represented at the recently held Interparliamentair Koninkrijksoverleg IPKO by Faction Leader in Parliament for the United People’s Party and Member of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten who used the opportunity to solidify the island's position on decolonization, education, and liquidity support for the people of St. Maarten.

She returned on the heels of a recent article released on dossierkoninkrijksrelaties.nl, which reported that the committee of the United Nations tasked with Elimination of Racial Discrimination(CERD) raised many questions about The Netherland’s handling of racism and inequality within the Netherlands Kingdom. After considering the report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the UN Committee asked “How did the State party ensure that persons living in Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, and St. Eustatius and Saba were adequately represented and enjoyed sufficient autonomy and were able to take part in the decision-making regarding matters that concern them?

The fact that the committee was also critical of the conditions that The Netherlands imposed for its liquidity support during the Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic and the refusal to give these islands their full autonomy, was a focal point of discussion during the recent IPKO Meeting in Bonaire.

In a press release issued Sunday MP Heyliger-Marten said “I was finally able to answer many questions that Dutch Parliamentarians asked about the decolonization and the urgent need for St. Maarten to receive its full autonomy. This has resulted in commitments from MP’s in attendance at IPKO to formalize a declaration to work closer with St. Maarten moving forward.”

She also used the opportunity to question Dutch Parliamentarians about what was causing the lengthy delay in forming a Government since The Netherlands held its elections in March this year. “It is important to understand how this delay will impact the COHO and dispute regulation laws, and to question why Knops continues to push for the COHO knowing nothing can move forward with a weakened caretaker government.”

According to the press release MP Heyliger-Marten reminded the MPs present at IPKO from The Netherlands that “afspraak is afspraak”. She said it was important to remind them that the Dispute Regulation as revised by The Netherlands was rejected by the Caribbean Dutch Parliamentarians because it did not meet the three original points of departure as initially agreed upon by all four Kingdom Partners.

Heyliger-Marten also took the opportunity to reiterate the sentiments of the Government of St. Maarten regarding the areas of reform that are the priority. “The Government of St. Maarten has identified which reforms are a priority and I repeated my position which is that I will not vote in favor of any reform that does not benefit the people of St, Maarten, including the proposed Land Tax.

Other subjects discussed at length were Education and the human capital deficit, along with Climate Change. Heyliger-Marten proposed a complete overhaul of the education system stating that English is the language of instruction in 85 percent of the schools but was still not the main local language. On the subject of climate change she said based on the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 as established by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, St. Maarten urgently needs to address hurricane resiliency, protection against flooding and rising sea levels, and erosion.

Ultimately her goal is that the discussions held at IPKO will yield positive fruits and decisive action by all stakeholders in the interest of especially the Caribbean Dutch territories.

SXM Radio Online

Entertainment

September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

Fashion News

“Representation Is the Bare Minimum”: Modeling’s Biggest Stars Speak Out