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Little Bay Road saw yet another car accident Wednesday morning when a car coming from the Cay Hill area appeared to be overtaking another vehicle and drove into the left front of another car coming from Philipsburg. The impact caused the overtaking car to flip, forcing a second vehicle coming from Philipsburg to swerve away onto the side of the road.

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs says some 34 students will be travelling to The Netherlands on Sunday, July 31, to further their studies. The Ministry of Education received 182 requests for study financing this year, of which 124 were granted, 51 were denied and seven are pending.

A weather system coming off the West Coast of Africa is being monitored closely in the region. It’s still far East of the Cape Verde Islands so there is no reason for concern up to now.

Nevertheless, this might be a good occasion to ensure that preparations for the Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1 and ends November 30, are in order. That goes for households, but also businesses and especially coastal interests, including boat owners.

Government officials and contractors too should adopt a proactive attitude and inspect ditches, gutters, culverts, canals and pumps to prevent potential blockage that could greatly worsen possible flash flooding particularly in low-lying area as the island has experienced before. Also construction materials and debris, certainly of the kind that could be blown away by heavy winds and possibly threaten others, must be secured.

Mind you, there is plenty of time left before the disturbance would even be able to approach the Caribbean, but waiting until the last moment to do what must be done is usually not the best policy.

Again, it’s not clear yet whether the tropical wave with accompanying broad low pressure area will become a depression, let alone a storm, but keeping a keen eye on its development and progress is simply common sense.

The Law Enforcement Council confirms in today’s paper what was already clear: St. Maarten is simply not equipped to adequately handle drug addicts and people with mental disorders who come into contact with the police.

The Turning Point rehab shelter and Mental Health Foundation (MHF) do what they can, while in the case of youngsters the Miss Lalie

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad--A Muslim woman won a landmark judgment against a security firm on July 26, 2016 for discrimination on the basis of her religious beliefs.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia--Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in the Region do not frequently update or report on key poverty indicators, and are not able to assess the non-income dimensions of poverty and human development.

NEW YORK--Facebook Inc provided more evidence on Wednesday that it can turn eyeballs into profit as the maker of the world's most popular app and social website trounced Wall Street's estimates, sending its shares to an all-time high.

SAN FRANCISCO--As iPhone sales declined for the second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook peeled back the curtain ever so slightly on its work in artificial intelligence and augmented reality, aiming to reassure investors that the company is ready to ride the next wave of technology.

MONTERREY, Mexico--On the troubled fringes of the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, an aspiring Catholic priest is using his faith to reach out to young gang members and at-risk youth and bring them into his "Gang of Christ".

CARACAS--Some 50 animals have starved to death in the last six months at one of Venezuela's main zoos, according to a union leader, due to chronic food shortages that have plagued the crisis-stricken South American nation.

CHICAGO--The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States.

WASHINGTON--John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by a deranged obsession with actress Jodie Foster, can be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

KRAKOW, Poland--Pope Francis, starting a trip to Poland overshadowed by the killing of an elderly priest in France by suspected Islamist militants, said on Wednesday this and a string of other attacks were proof the "world is at war".

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France--F rance's government faced criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist under police surveillance.

CAY HILL-- Alejandra Corona won a spot to train at a professional Belgian football camp.  She was recognized for her hard work and dedication during the Oualichi International Summer Soccer Camp held at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex.

HOCKENHEIM, Germany-- Rio Haryanto will race in this weekend's German Formula One Grand Prix, the Indonesian said in a statement issued by his Manor team on Wednesday.

Dear Editor,

I observed in a recent press release that the Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health indicated that government received three bids for the construction of the new hospital after having vetted twelve bids. But government fell short of informing the public who the bidders were, how the vetting was conducted, and how the financing is appropriated. In addition to this, not everyone can take a trip to the notary’s office, or the office of the Ministry to review the pre-selection criteria and terms of reference.

While speed, transparency and effectiveness have been lauded by the Prime Minister, there seems to be a haste and rush to quickly award the contract before the end of August 2016 in a bid to get political mileage ahead of the September election. The insistence on the need for haste by the Prime Minister in this season of waste is worrisome, especially considering the huge amounts of money involved, and the additional investments purported to be injected by SZV.

I recommend that in addition to the review of their awarding team, that government put increased or heightened mechanisms in place to ensure greater transparency, scrutiny and oversight in the bidding process and awarding of contracts for the construction of the hospital.

Having gone through the fiasco with the new administration building with cost overruns and the recent scandal surrounding the awarding of the garbage contract, one would think that government would be more measured, deliberate and meticulous in the selection process, and take an abundance of caution. No one wants to see another expensive pigeon coop! Therefore, we should be very apprehensive when we see politicians rushing photo –ops of ground breakings, and the people are given such a short window within which to entrust enormous amounts of public funds to people we do not know fully.

If we truly believe in the promise of a new hospital that would provide high-quality and affordable health care for all, I believe that information should not be shrouded in a veil of secrecy, the project should be thoroughly vetted by all stakeholders, and the public should be engaged in a public review and be able to participate or dialogue more in the decision- making process surrounding the construction of their hospital.

Terry Peterson

Dear Queenie,

I always get a lot of attention and compliments from men, even when I’m with my boyfriend. The problem is it makes him jealous and insecure.

Queenie, how do I make him understand that I’m not interested in anybody else?—Attractive girlfriend

Dear Attractive,

First make sure you are not behaving in a way that invites, or at least does not discourage such attention. Then, make a point of telling your boyfriend – often – how much you care for him and why.

And good luck!

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