Sunday, September 20, 2020

March 13, 2020  The declaration by the World Health Organization that the outbreak of the covid19 is a pandemic, tells the world that we have a common enemy by the name of the Coronavirus. The word Pandemic, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary means “widespread outbreak of disease”

In other words it has spread to almost every country in the world. If you take away the letters d.e.m from pandemic, you get the word panic which by definition means “sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety often causing wildly unthinkable behavior” and this not where we want to be. It is extremely important that we don’t start the blame game as this will not solve this very serious challenge. People are panicking everywhere and unfortunately it is often a human reaction to something over which we have no control.

I have seen photos of shelves in the U.S. and Europe where they are empty as it regards products needed to protect ourselves against this disease. Here on St. Maarten it is the same in some cases, especially when persons start hoarding. What is unfortunate is that some businesses and individuals use this opportunity to take advantage of the public and therefore I am pleased with the steps government took to address this unscrupulous behavior. It is panic which creates chaos and this exasperates the problem.

There is enough information available based on our interconnectedness where technology is concerned. Our health care professionals and other related organizations are doing a tremendous job to prevent, and if necessary combat and contain this virus and should be commended.And every cooperation should be given to make their jobs as easy as possible.We have a common enemy that must be defeated. 

This virus does not discriminate. We have heard of the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Trudeau, senators and mayors from the United states and other countries who have quarantined themselves in order to protect others. I don’t want to simplify this challenge but we must work together.  We are hearing reports that the economic impact will be worse than the 2008 Global economic crises.

Some even go as far back as the “Great Depression” of the 1930’s.But in the words of the late President of the US at the time Franklin D Roosevelt who said and I quote; “so let me first of all assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance end of quote”.

Let me end with this Bible scripture taken from the Book of Pslams 91:1-2, which states as follows; He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress my God in Him will I trust”.

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper and actor T.I. has settled civil charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he helped promote a fraudulent cryptocurrency. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, agreed to a civil settlement with the SEC that was announced Friday. He is paying a $75,000 fine and agreeing not to sell or market similar securities for at least five years. Harris got into trouble, the SEC said, because he used his social media accounts to promote FLiK, falsely claiming to be a co-owner, and asked an unnamed actor and comedian to also promote FLiK, providing language calling it T.I.’s “new venture.” The SEC says both of those moves broke federal laws against selling securities without registering with the SEC. The charges against Harris were part of a larger enforcement action against others including film producer Ryan Felton, who faces wire fraud and other charges in a 28-count indictment unsealed Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal advocates are lining up on both sides of actor Bill Cosby’s appeal as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to review his 2018 sex assault conviction. Cosby was the first celebrity to go on trial in the #MeToo era, and his appeal could resolve lingering questions about how the cases should be tried. For starters, the high court will try to clarify when other accusers can testify against a defendant — and when the additional testimony amounts to character assassination. Public defenders in Philadelphia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in Cosby’s appeal, noted that courts have given conflicting guidance on the issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America gave its top fashion awards on Monday to Gabriela Hearst for womenswear and Kerby Jean-Raymond for menswear. The two designers led a group of winners that the CFDA said was the most diverse in the 39-year history of the awards. It was the second honor in two days for Jean-Raymond, the prominent Black founder of the Pyer Moss label, who was also named Designer of the Year by Harlem’s Fashion Row in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. The CFDA winners also included Telfar Clemens, who won the accessories award, and Christopher John Rogers, who won for American emerging designer. All four were first-time winners.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a scene in a new documentary about Paris Hilton, where the so-called socialite is speaking with former classmates from a Utah boarding school. They joke about how on her reality series “The Simple Life,” Hilton pretended to be clueless over many things— including how to perform any sort of manual labor. One bluntly described it as “some straight-up (expletive),” as they all laughed. “I don’t think you had like a high-pitch voice back then,” was another observation. None of this is a surprise to Hilton. What’s revealed in “This is Paris,” which debuted for free Monday on Hilton’s YouTube channel, is that the ultra-glam, baby-talking young woman whose standard line was “that’s hot,” was a manufactured caricature not just for fame but self-protection, too.