Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Great Bay St. Maarten August 3rd, 2020) – The department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations kicks off first Zoom consultation session on the draft National Development Vision. The session will take place today, Tuesday, August 4th at 9:00 am. The session will be live streamed from the Facebook of the department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations. Sint Maarten’s draft National Development Vision (NDV), serves as a guide for the long-term development of Sint Maarten and is based on many years of collected baseline information from government, residents and organizations.

The NDV is founded on the goals of the constitution of Sint Maarten. In addition, economic resilience is used to provide the framework for the vision. Resilience is being addressed over four dimensions covering economic-, social-, institutional- and environmental issues.

The key objective of Sint Maarten’s NDV, is transforming Sint Maarten into a compassionate, strong and decisive country that will be economically resilient and capable of sustaining its own development and providing an enhanced quality of life and well-being for generations to come.

Departing from this objective, the Vision for Sint Maarten is built on three pillars/development themes: a Compassionate and Vibrant Society, a Strong and Resilient economy and a decisive and ambitious country. Each pillar outlines visionary goals per subtheme, including targets aligned to the (international) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

As of Monday July 20, the NDV was made available online for public consumption. The Zoom sessions will be live streamed via the Facebook page of the department of The Interior and Kingdom Relations. All are urged to tune into these sessions and provide their feedback.

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of attempted theft, but the sentence stopped far short of what they potentially faced for their actions at the Quai Branly Museum: 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines. Activists and defense lawyers viewed the case as a trial about how former empires should atone for past crimes. Diyabanza’s museum action took place in June, amid global protests against racial injustice and colonial-era wrongs unleashed by George Floyd’s death in the U.S. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease at the London home he shared with his second wife, Sybil Sever. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder released two new songs Tuesday reflecting the current times that he hopes inspires change. The piano-playing icon dropped the tracks “Where Is Our Love Song” and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” which he also announced would be released through his new label So What the Fuss Music, distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (Wonder was signed to Motown Records for the majority of his career).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and ”Network,” has died. She was 77. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.