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February 2, 2020  SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten – With approximately 50 persons onboard including several journalists, the Curacao base airline, JetAir Caribbean, made its inaugural flights to Sint Maarten over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon at around 5:45 pm, the Fokker 70 aircraft touched down at the Princess Juliana International

to a water salute, signaling the arrival of the first official commercial flight executed to the island by the airline. Accompanying the flight to Sint Maarten was among other persons, the Managing Director of the airline, Antonio Ribereiro and the Chief Executive Officer at JetAir Caribbean, Robert Maars.

Upon arrival at PJIA, passengers and crew were met by officials at the airport, after which, a welcome ceremony was held. “We are looking forward excitingly to this new venture from JetAir connecting SXM and Curacao. This route has been an historic route for Sint Maarten and Curacao, the Business Development Manager at the Princess Juliana International Airport, Robert Brown said, adding that there is business connection; there is family connection, while admitting that the route has always been a difficult one.  

According to the Business Development Manager at PJIA, the love that we have for the route has always brought us back to make sure that we have a route to facilitate the economic development and transportation between the islands. “This is very important and it is something that is very important to Sint Maarten and SXM as well, Mr. Brown said.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JetAir Caribbean   Robert Maag acknowledged the history of the Curacao/Sint Maarten route. He remarked: “The Curacao /Sint Maarten route is a very traditional route, and that is because of our constitutional ties that have been established in the Dutch Caribbean several years ago.”

In further expounding, the CEO of the airline mentioned that ALM and Dutch Antilles did this route from the beginning and every designated carrier from Curacao did the Sint Maarten/Curacao route, and Jetiar will be no exception to this rule.

Jetair fleet consists of 2 F70 aircrafts, both with a capacity of 80 seats.  The vision of Jetair Caribbean is to become a major regional airline in the Caribbean.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. “I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘Peter Gunn’ reruns and on and on. Now these were white guys and they were tough but fair and even-handed,” he told The Associated Press in a recent email, referring to popular programs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I remember a ‘Dragnet’ episode where tight-ass Joe Friday solved racism among black and white officers in a weekend retreat. But I was a kid growing up in South Central and even then some part of me knew a lot of this was jive. We knew the cops out of Newton and 77th Division policed the ’hood a lot different than shown on TV.”

NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”