Monday, February 17, 2020

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.

February 16, 2020  AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — An emotional Elton John had to cut short a performance in New Zealand on Sunday after he lost his voice due to walking pneumonia and had to be assisted off stage. John reached out to his fans on Instagram on Sunday, apologizing for ending his show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium early. “I want to thank everyone who attended tonight’s gig in Auckland. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible,” he wrote. “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more. I’m disappointed, deeply upset and sorry. I gave it all I had. Thank-you so much for your extraordinary support and all the love you showed me during tonight’s performance. I am eternally grateful. Love, Elton xx”

February 2, 20202  MIAMI (AP) — Descending from the air, Lady Gaga kicked off a pre-Super Bowl concert by mimicking her entrance to her Super Bowl halftime performance three years ago, which earned her rave reviews. Headlining the big sports stage was a recurring theme of her Miami concert Saturday night, and the pop star sent a message to Sunday’s featured performers: “I better hear no lip-syncing tomorrow!” Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will join forces to perform at Super Bowl 54 at the Hard Rock Stadium, when the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

MIAMI (AP) — Fat Joe brought New York hip-hop to Miami for an energetic pre-Super Bowl concert a day ahead of the big game. The Bronx rapper was joined by fellow New Yorkers 50 Cent and Remy Ma for the Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party on Saturday at Clevelander South Beach. Joe performed a number of hits, including the Grammy-nominated smashes “What’s Luv?,” “Lean Back” and “All the Way Up.” Ma surprised the audience, rapping on the latter two songs, while her rapper-husband, Papoose, freestyled onstage, earning cheers from the crowd. 50 Cent, who is from Queens, got the loudest applause from the hyped crowd when he performed “What Up Gangsta” and his debut hit, “In Da Club.”

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.”