Wednesday, September 22, 2021

May 14, 2021  -The MP is of the opinion that it would be too simple to assume that with the reinstatement of B. Mingo and the suspension of the MD of the PJIAH, Mr. Dexter Doncher, everything is back to normal. In her view, too much intrigue has surrounded this entire saga from the get-go.

Foremost on her mind is therefore the question: Why only now?

“Why suspend the MD now, when the PJIAH has openly been on this path since at least December 3rd, with their letter demanding the resignation of Brian Mingo? This letter implicates the government in a big way, yet nothing was said by the Prime Minister or any other minister for that matter”. Why not?

If Knops’ letter is anything to go by, the Prime Minister was repeatedly asked to pay attention to what was going on at our airport, but to no avail.

MP Wescot: “We learned of the World Bank’s letter of concern following the Holding’s attempts. Still, the Holding proceeded to dismiss Brian Mingo with immediate effect and that is more than a month ago. Again, we learned of the Royal Schiphol Group’s ominous letter. Yet, not one member of government lifted a finger to bring matters back in line.”

So the government can not be let off the hook with such blatant conspiracy.

MP Wescot: “When the first attempt to dismiss Mingo surfaced,  I used the very strong word “criminal”, to describe what government’s lack of action could be considered in this case.”

 “Of great concern is,  that while we talk about the Dutch/EIB funding/loan for the reconstruction of the airport, which is, of course, important, there is also that other part of appr. 21 million US$ that was allocated to keep the airport afloat during the reconstruction; in other words to pay salaries and the like. Do we not think before we act?”

This government is in a serious dilemma, due to their inability to reconcile their anti-Dutch rhetoric with what is best for the people of this country. The latest back-and-forth is not only a delay for the airport reconstruction and for the pending liquidity assistance/loan, but it is a huge embarrassment, that we don’t deserve as a country.

The reconstruction of the airport with Dutch/EIB funding remains a hard pill to swallow for this government.  

“You can’t eat your cake and have it too. The quicker the government faces up to this, the better it will be for all of us”, MP Wescot continued.

“What I would like to know from this government is whether -as they are now pretending-, PJIAH did what it did of its own accord. If that is so, the problem is bigger than PJIA alone.”

I have requested via the formal channels of Parliament that the Prime Minister responds to the following questions with the utmost urgency:

Was the MD of the Airport Holding Board, Mr. Doncher suspended?

If so, on what grounds and under what conditions? Is the suspension with pay?

When were you and/or other ministers made aware of the letter dated December 3, 2020 from PJIAH, demanding that the CEO of  PJIA tenders his resignation?

Were you or any other minister made aware of the actions in the aforementioned letter, before the letter was sent?

What actions did you and/or any other minister undertake and when following the letter of December 3rd to Brian Mingo?

When were you and/or other ministers made aware of the letter dated April 7, 2021 from PJIAH, firing Brian Mingo?

Were you or any other minister made aware of the actions in the aforementioned letter, before the letter was sent?

What actions did you and/or any other minister undertake and when following the letter of April 7th to Brian Mingo? 

On whose authority did Mr. Doncher and the PJIAH SBOD act in the case of the dismissal of Mr. Mingo?

Did PJIAH SBOD provide you with accurate information, which you, in turn, shared with parliament, suggesting that parties had solved their differences AFTER the December 3rd letter? (See your response to questions posed by the undersigned).

Please provide any and all COM decisions regarding Brian Mingo’s dismissal and Dexter Doncher’s suspension.

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Entertainment

September 7, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most popular character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.

September 8, 2021 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court. “As Mr. Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

September 8, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — With Katie Holmes and Lil’ Kim on his front row and singer Marina on the mic high above his runway, Christian Siriano helped kicked off New York Fashion Week’s first big pandemic round of in-person shows Tuesday with a flurry of neon and lace-inspired in part by all the Italian women in his life. From ornate Gotham Hall, beneath a stained-glass skylight 70 feet up, Siriano’s commitment to size inclusivity was never stronger as he opened and closed the show with plus-size breakout model Precious Lee. She first walked in a stunning yellow trouser suit with wide loose pants and an asymmetrical jacket, a matching crossover bralette underneath.

September 7, 2021  VENICE, Italy (AP) — Paul Schrader knows he has a limited number of films left, so whatever he does from here on out is going to be for himself. At 75 years old, the writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” and director of “American Gigolo” and “Mishima” was even somewhat prepared to call it a day after his 2018 film “First Reformed,” for which he got his first Oscar nomination. He didn’t want to. He just knew it might be the reality. “I thought I would go back to this character again for about the fifth time,” Schrader said in a recent interview. By “this character” he means “the man in the room.” It’s Travis Bickle. It’s John LeTour. It’s Julian Kay. And it’s a formula he’s been working with for 45 years.

Business News

September 8, 2021  -Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where weak jobs data and pandemic concerns weighed on sentiment. Shares rose in Tokyo after economic growth for the April-June quarter was revised upward to an annualized 1.9% from an earlier estimate of 1.3%. “Any feel-good factor was ignored, though, given the climb was less than half of the 4.20% fall in Q1,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. “Japan will be lucky to break even this year as the current Covid-19 wave will almost certainly have weighed on domestic consumption,” he said.

September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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