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August 30, 2021  PORT ST. MAARTEN – Cruise and shipping industry veteran Alexander Gumbs is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port St. Maarten Group which recently finalized his appointment.

Gumbs underwent an exhaustive complete screening process and background check and scored the highest in the recruitment process as an extremely qualified candidate for the CEO position and becoming the President of the management team of the group.

Gumbs track record made him the ideal choice for the role in these challenging times to lead one of the country’s economic generators of the national economy responsible for up to one-third of Gross Domestic Product.

The 33-year-old homegrown executive professional, whose last position before taking up the position of CEO was Director of Port Operations & Development at one of the largest global cruise corporations.

Some of the key points that Gumbs will be addressing are the continued sustainable growth of cruise and cargo pillars; facilitating the yachting sector; data research and innovative development; corporate compliance principles; and executing the strategic objectives as outlined in the recently completed E & Y High-Level Plan.

“I do recognize the current economic challenges and the pandemic that we have to operate in as a company. I would like to ensure that we have a great team at Port St. Maarten, and we will be successful in rebuilding our cruise sector and growing the cargo and yachting pillars of the economy.

“We do recognize the potential challenges of the yachting sector, and in the coming months, we will be organizing stakeholder engagements seeking practical and workable solutions to challenges being faced by various segments of our economy.

“I am happy to be back home to serve my country, and I look forward to working on the collective goals thereby further improving our economic footprint and overall performance,” Alexander Gumbs, CEO Port St. Maarten Group said on Monday.

One of the first orders of business will be a quick business scan and thereafter the implementation of a tactical action plan to solve any current outstanding matters.

Alexander Gumbs expresses gratitude to the current senior management for keeping the company stable through these turbulent times and improving and implementing new business processes.

Gumbs history with the port goes back to 2010 where he did his internship at Port St. Maarten, and the following year got the opportunity to complete his thesis titled, “Winning in a competitive environment.”

The thesis catered to the cruise segment in an effort for the destination to maintain its competitive edge in the region while showcasing the Friendly Island of St. Maarten.

Gumbs completed his studies in The Netherlands in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Economics, with a specialty in Retailing & Franchising. Alexander had his sight set on assisting and pushing the company’s strategic vision and mission full speed ahead along with the Port St. Maarten team.

Alexander also has a Master’s degree in Management/Leadership with a specialty in Project Management; and is a Certified Port Executive (CPE) by Macdonalds Institute.

He was one of the young business professionals awarded in 2015 for his contributions to the tourism industry by the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and is also one of the youngest senior cruise executives in the industry.

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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.

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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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