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DATE ISSUED: Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 06:00 LST (10:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Friday morning (06:00 LST) August 26, 2016

AIRPORT--Former Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Ted Richardson is believed to be one of the top candidates for the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Princess Juliana International Airport SXM.

There was quite a bit of grumbling especially early Wednesday about the move to keep local schools closed due to the passing tropical wave. Up to that point it hadn’t rained much and wasn’t very windy either.

However, once it started pouring later in the morning some changed their minds, taking into account that the Saunders/St. Peters/South Reward cul-de-sac where most schools are concentrated is known to be a flood-prone area. In addition, a number of tree branches, billboards, signs and fences were blown down by relatively strong wind gusts.

Nevertheless the timing of the announcement Tuesday close to midnight remained a concern. Education Minister Silveria later said it was still better than the same day, but many did not find out until they were already on the way to or at school and had been forced to turn back.

For working parents it can be a nightmare scenario, because if there is nobody else at home to watch their children they may need to try to find alternative arrangements for them. Having to do so at the last minute obviously doesn’t make it any easier.

Then Government as well as several of its companies and agencies decided to cease operations at noon, while businesses were also advised to close. This was supposedly done based on information from the Met Office, but in reality there was hardly any more inclement weather neither by that time nor afterwards.

The message also led to a certain degree of confusion, as a few people mistook it for the usual curfew in case of major storms. Perhaps authorities should consider either making the private sector shut down or not in the future, rather than leaving it up to individuals.

In spite of all that, the effects of these disturbances are hard to predict in detail, so a “safety first” policy is understandable. Judging in hindsight is one thing, handling the responsibility of calling the shots beforehand and during such an event quite another.

The public sector unions still want a workgroup to discuss payment of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for civil servants and teachers (see related story). That can’t be good news for Finance Minister Richard Gibson, who has been trying to keep the budget balanced despite an apparent slowdown of the local economy.

Perhaps that’s why Prime Minister William Marlin didn’t reply to the letter asking for such yet, although

PARAMARIBO--As he opened the office of the Hotline for Child Abuse in western District Coronie earlier this week, Education, Science and Culture Minister Robert Peneux reported that he has fired no fewer than seven teachers in the past year over child abuse matters.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana--President David Granger has announced that he will take for Cabinet’s consideration, the recommendation made by Chairperson of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Joel Fredericks, to have a plot of land allocated for the construction of a secretariat for the Council.

PARIS -- More than 14,000 pregnant women in France took Sanofi's anti-epilepsy drug Depakine between 2007 and 2014 even though the risk of fetus malformation was known, according to a study released by France on Wednesday.

NEW YORK-- Luxury automaker Lamborghini expects to at least double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019 once it rolls out a new SUV, but it will not lose its focus on making sports cars, Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali said Tuesday.

NEW YORK-- "Ghostbusters" actress and comedian Leslie Jones' website was hacked on Wednesday and nude photos and personal information including her passport and driver's license were posted, according to media reports.

NEW YORK-- The vast majority of children and teens should have less than six teaspoons of added sugar in their diet each day, according to the American Heart Association.

CHICAGO-- Florida Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday said the federal government has so far not delivered all of the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he has requested as the state battles the spread of the virus.

SOKOTO, Nigeria-- Nigeria's air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

ACCUMOLI, Italy-- Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people.

SEOUL-- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success" that put the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday.

BERNE-- Four-times European champions Ajax missed out on the Champions League group stage after losing 4-1 to Rostov as Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach eased through the playoffs on Wednesday.

SOUTHAMPTON - England beat Pakistan by 44 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis scoring method in a rain-affected first one-day international in Southampton on Wednesday.

Dear Editor,

It's not our fault. I am a St. Maarten born child. When I was a little boy St. Maarten was the friendliest place and as a result tourism was booming. Nowadays it has lost its touch a little, thus we need to get that back as that was the main reason why we had what we had. No need to focus on reasons where and when it all went wrong and on who and what.

It’s time to focus on fixing the issue. I can provide a starting point and the rest will be up to you my brothers and sisters. The only thing that’s warming this world up is the fact that people are using nasty words to each other. So this is where we must start. Positive thinking and positive words are the answer to saving the world, but no need to worry about the others; the focus must start with us as a whole. First we save St. Maarten and then this will be an example to the rest of our brother and sisters. People always say, think positive, but don't tell you how to stop the negative thinking.

So this is what you must do: every time you have a negative thought or use a negative word, you must say, I reject that thought and or word. Say out loud or silent but best is out loud. Because not knowingly the words we use and thoughts we have, we are actually performing magic. Say something jokingly and as a result it happens. Yes the words and thoughts we use actually work. So why not just use that knowledge to our advantage? Did you know that when you say to someone “F you,” what is actually happening is that you are putting a curse on that person and also sending a negative vibration to the world.

As a result, the negative vibration must and will return to you. Call it Karma if you like and as we all know, Karma has no deadline. So it works the same if you send positive vibrations to the world, the good must and will return to you. Have you heard of the tree of life? Focus on the tree and it must and will bear fruit. The tree represents you and the fruit represents money. How can a tree survive if the focus is only on the fruit, the tree must die. So let's put our hate and or nasty words in the trash where it belongs.

Did you know that God loves us all, yes all our brothers and sister, we are all one and the same, God’s children. He has made each and every one of us unique and I can prove it in one second. Answer this: Does anyone else on the planet have the same fingerprint as you? I think not, thus he has made all of us unique. Now think of this: is it not true that whenever you invite someone to your home, they are protected by you? I mean no man can mess with your invited guest right? At the same time, your guest must follow and respect your house rules right?

Now think of this: This is God's house and he only has 10 basic rules in his house. Would you say that a positive thinking human will go and steal or kill? I think not. So, it's safe to say that positive thinking is godly and happens to be the direct line to him. And with the direct line to him we must and will be protected by him. Think of how you would do with your own child. God has blessed us to feel what it's like to be him. Giving us love and yes, sometimes tough love as our parents did with us and as we do with our children.

God is 100 per cent real, whether you believe it or not. Stop worrying about the end of the world and other junk, as there shall be no end of the world. There is enough for all of God's children. This is step one my brothers and sisters.

As you start with this, it usually takes about three months before you will start noticing the change in your life as it has with me. Step two will be discussed another time as we all have homework to do, yes this includes me. Step two will be in understanding how the brain works and this is where we see that it's not our fault. Until then my brothers and sisters, remember that God is great and he loves each and every one of us.

A quick story, a young brother today saw that I was in a bind; now this brother took immediate action to help me and as a result saved me, his help brought tears to my eyes because I felt the love, it was all love with zero monetary expectation in return. This type of brother is what makes life worth living. I will be forever in his grace and now as a result gave me the strength needed to write to all of you my brothers and sisters. Positive vibrations, this is what the legend Bob Marley was talking about.

Renny van Grieken

aka Toutbaguy

(loosely translated everyone or everything)

Dear Queenie,

I’m getting ready to go to college and I have several universities to pick from. My first choice offers all the courses I want to take, but my older brother says he would be offended if I go there because it is his school’s biggest rival.

I don’t know whether it is more important to get the education I want or to keep peace in the family.

Queenie, what do you advise?—Undecided


I advise you not to let your brother’s pettiness keep you from getting the best education you can.

As for your brother, this advice is directed at him: GROW UP!!! Would you really let a silly school rivalry interfere with your sibling’s future? If so, you deserve whatever hurt feelings you suffer.

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