Friday, October 22, 2021

September 5, 2021  GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of dangerous Hurricane Irma that caused catastrophic damage to the country on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, when it made landfall. 

Sunday, September 5th also marks the 26th anniversary of Hurricane Luis that caused considerable damage on that date in 1995.

Even though the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has reached the halfway mark of the six-month season, the nation must continue to be prepared for any possible storm/hurricane strike as the season is not yet over with 10-weeks still to go.  The hurricane season ends on November 30th.

Do not become complacent and remain vigilant Prime Minister and Chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Sunday.

“September 6th is the fourth anniversary since the passing of one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes to ever hit Sint Maarten and the Caribbean region. 

“Thanks to the resilience and dedication of our people, much has been achieved, but as a nation, we must continue to rebuild better, stronger and smarter. This means every individual, family, organization and business, including Government entities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Support Organizations (CSOs) must plan and execute in a sustainable manner.

“I can’t stress how important it is that as a nation, we maintain a high state of preparedness as we go through the peak of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ensuring we are also taking the SARS-Cov2/Covid-19 regulations and guidelines into account.  

“I urge you to be ready to take action when the call comes and to monitor on a daily basis our national weather reports from government mediums,” Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said as she reflected on the 26th and fourth anniversaries of the impacts of Luis and Irma that left behind unprecedented levels of destruction.  

Jacobs added that not all storms will cause the same level of destruction; some will bring excessive rainfall which can cause severe flooding, some may bring destructive winds which may last a short while or remain even longer, while others may pass north or south of us and mainly affect our seas, causing storm surges that could negatively impact any activity on the water as well as cause coastal flooding and erosion.

“Worst cases could have a combination of the above or all of the above. It is for this reason, as Prime Minister, that I ask all citizens to be well prepared for any type of disaster as well as have a plan for the most vulnerable in our society, our elderly, sick and our children,” Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs concluded.

The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Fire Chief/National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson said on Sunday for residents and the business community to stay ready, and for those who would like to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike, you can visit the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. 

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten

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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.

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