Saturday, August 08, 2020

July 24, 2020  -In an effort to increase the support for Nature Conservation and Protected Area management for STENAPA St. Eustatius, the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF) and the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) has placed its Project Officer Ms. Dahlia Hassell in the Windward Islands.

“Having a member of the DCNA Secretariat located on Saba will go a long way in DCNA’s ability to facilitate the assistance we provide to the Protected Area Management Organizations for the Northern Islands. We really want to ensure that the support provided by the DCNA Network is equally distributed amongst all six islands,” commented DCNA Interim Director Tadzioervoets.

Ms. Dahlia Hassell joined the Secretariat of DCNA in March of this year and already works closely with the park management organizations of all six islands in the Dutch Caribbean in supporting their conservation management actions. She will now be hosted at the Saba Conservation Foundation in Saba, and can support the other islands more closely. The offices of the DCNA Secretariat are located on Bonaire.

Similar to other protected areas in the Caribbean, the organizations that manage the nature parks in the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten) face a structural shortage of capacity to effectively fulfill their nature management tasks. The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) addresses this gap as a nonprofit organization created to protect the natural environment, and to promote sustainable management of natural resources on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. This is done through (1) supporting efforts of Park Management Organizations to secure sustainable sources of funding for nature conservation, (2) promoting and facilitating of permanent dialogue, knowledge exchange, training and cooperation between the Park Management Organizations, (3) Assist Park Management Organizations with representation and advocacy. Promoting awareness and creating of the urgency to support park and nature

management and actions to address global conservation challenges face by the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, (4) Provide online access to information biodiversity and conservation management and encourage information exchange and (5) promote educational outreach and public awareness.

August 2, 2020   LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said. The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural” opposite Robert Redford’s bad-luck phenomenon. He also worked with Redford in “Brubaker” and “The Electric Horseman.” Brimley’s best-known work was in “Cocoon,” in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.

July 31, 2020  LONDON (AP) — Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said. A Briton who became a Hollywood heavyweight, Parker also directed “Fame,” “The Commitments and “Mississippi Burning.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards. The director’s family said he died Friday in London after a long illness. Parker was born in London on Feb. 14, 1944, and, like many other aspiring British directors of his generation, including Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne, began his career in advertising as a copywriter and director of commercials.

NEW YORK (AP) — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they’ve slipped into a time warp, or maybe “Back to the Future.” Over the second weekend in July, “Empire Strikes Back” — 40 years after it was first released — was again No. 1. “Ghostbusters” claimed the July 4th weekend, 36 years after opening. Over the June 19-21 weekend and 27 years after it last led the box office, “Jurassic Park” again ruled theaters. In a pandemic that has resurrected all kinds of vintage pastimes, from puzzles to drive-ins, even the blockbusters are retro. That is much out of necessity. About 1,000 theaters in the U.S. are currently open, just about a sixth of the nation’s cinemas. That includes the approximately 300 drive-ins that have, since the multiplexes shuttered in March, hosted the majority of moviegoing.

July 29, 2020  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tracy Morgan and his wife of five years are ending their marriage The actor-comedian’s representative said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Morgan and Megan Wollover have filed for divorce. “This is a challenging time for all involved, so I ask that you please respect our privacy,” Morgan said in a statement. Morgan and Wollover married after the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member recovered from a 2014 highway crash. One man was killed in the crash that left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. The crash happened when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo Morgan was riding in.