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DATE ISSUED: Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00 LST) August 28, 2016

This afternoon through Sunday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers possible.


Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F             Forecast Low: 27°C / 81°F

Sunset Today:  6:30 P.M.                Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:57 A.M.

This afternoon through Sunday midday: East northeasterly to southeasterly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 12 miles per hour, becoming lighter and variable at times.


The atmosphere across the region remains sufficiently moist and unstable to support the development of isolated showers during this forecast period.

Seas are peaking near 6 feet but expected to subside tonight. Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to maintain caution.

STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to moderate         WAVES/SWELLS: 4 to 6 feet

SPECIAL FEATURE:  Tropical Storm Gaston continues to move away from the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. Gaston poses no threat to St. Maarten.

The St. Maarten Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the progress of this system.

OUTLOOK through Monday midday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers possible.


The next weather forecast will be issued today at 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC).

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ANGUILLA--The Royal Anguilla Police arrested and charged 28-year-old Alphonse Travis Carty of North Hill for possession of firearms and ammunitions on Thursday, August 25.

The signing of an agreement to regulate the legal status and salary scales of police officers reported on in today’s paper is obviously good news. Some might want to suspect politics could be involved, as the election campaign is in full swing, but these matters have been pending for years with various Ministers working on them.

Intriguing was the second document calling on the next Justice Minister taking office after the upcoming September 26 parliamentary elections to comply with the agreed-on stipulations. The latter can be considered rather unusual and the advisory body on civil servant affairs GOA understandably was not a signatory in that case.

Nevertheless, the message of the labour unions involved to all political parties and individual candidates on the September 26 ballot is loud and clear: Don’t mess with this achievement.

Of course, there are likely to be financial consequences that can have an impact on efforts to keep the country’s budget balanced. It’s safe to assume that pay-raises rather than -cuts will be the result. Moreover, the NAPB representative spoke of many issues with back-pay.

However, the reality is that law enforcement officials have been waiting for what they were promised since 10-10-10. The expectations created then are finally being met and – certainly at this point – that’s the only right thing to do.

There was actually some good news from the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) to report this week. It was announced that St. Maarten will be receiving NAf. 10 million in dividends following the approval of the bank’s 2015 financial statements.
 The income is one of the benefits of remaining part of a monetary union with a shared Central Bank and joint Antillean guilder. The Government

KINGSTON--Jamaica’s former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has described as shocking, reports out of Brazil and the United Kingdom which paint sprint king Usain Bolt as a womaniser. “The reports are disturbing, and if true, are far below what is expected of our most celebrated contemporary icon,” the former prime minister said. Golding said “Bolt’s management would clearly have dropped the ball, but he himself would have to take responsibility for his actions.

LONDON, England--A US non-profit company has designed an innovative method of controlling the spread of lionfish threatening to devastate fish stocks and coral reef ecosystems in warmer ocean waters.

NEW YORK- - Medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical Inc <STJ.N> said on Friday a report by short-selling firm Muddy Waters and a cyber-security researcher alleging its heart devices were riddled with bugs was "false and misleading."

NEW YORK-- Mylan NV said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket costs of its emergency EpiPen allergy injection for some patients amid a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the public over the product's rapidly escalating price.

LONDON-- When marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finish line at the Rio Olympics, he crossed his arms above his head in an "X", a sign of protest against the Ethiopian government's treatment of his people, the ethnic Oromo.

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.

FLORIDA- - Travelers have booked fewer hotel rooms in downtown Miami, and leisure airfares to the greater Miami area have inched down in the weeks since the Zika virus was detected there, data reviewed by Reuters shows.

WASHINGTON-- A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the same area this week.

PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy-- Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off.

PARIS-- A French court on Friday suspended a ban on women wearing full-body "burkini" swimsuits on a Mediterranean town's beach but the prime minister said the debate was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a "backwards, deadly Islamism".

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium- - Max Verstappen is refusing to get carried away with thoughts of a 'home' win in Sunday's Belgian Formula One Grand Prix despite leading a Red Bull one-two on the opening day of practice.

NEW YORK-- Patrick Reed moved one step closer in his bid for a fifth PGA Tour win and an automatic selection for next month's Ryder Cup as he seized a two-stroke lead after Friday's second round of The Barclays in Farmingdale, New York.
  The burly American, co-leader with Scotland's Martin Laird overnight, mixed six birdies with three bogeys in bright sunshine to card a three-under-par 68 on the challenging layout at Bethpage Black.

Dear Editor,

We have read with much concern that immediate past minister Ted Richardson is the top candidate for the post of managing director of PJIAE N.V. Strangely enough, this subject was broached some months ago, and the minister in charge denied there was even such a consideration. To our amazement, we learnt that Richardson, whose claim to fame is that island hero and patriot Alec (the butcher) Richardson was his grandfather. We have witnessed the functioning of this good gentleman in the past government at the behest of his first cousin MP Master as minister of TEATT and his main contribution was to impose a moratorium on vendors’ permits, an activity that primarily serves the interest of the small man, while lifting the moratorium on casino licenses.

The jury is still out on whether that had to do with the fact that his first cousin MP Matser and the leader of the US party were out speculating with a casino license that by all accounts should have been withdrawn. After all, that is the way these outstanding licenses were handled for all other persons to whom they were granted. This is verifiable by the honourable Prime Minister.

Be that as it may, while we are informed that this good gentleman is the top candidate for the managing director post, we were strangely enough not informed who the other candidates were. Are we to believe that with all the people in active duty at SXM Airport not one could meet the requirements for the managing director’s post? It seems that for political convenience and personal enrichment we are willing to sacrifice the entire country and its future. A Moody AAA rating is better than country St. Maarten presently enjoys.

The SXM airport has recently acquired a multi-million dollar loan to expand and upgrade and it seems we are willing to risk it all for partisan politics with people who are either convicted or indicted for action alleged to be felonious.

The minister of TEATT, God bless her good soul, is an affront to what is actually taking place. The real threats to our well-being are the leaders supporting a coalition that puts themselves above the interest of the population. Just that we are sure of who we are referring to, they are PM Marlin, President of parliament S. Wescot-Williams, MP Richardson and independent S. Matser. The N.A has spent all its existence complaining about the modus operandi of the Wathey regime and more recently the overreaching of the UP.

Today we are able to see their real colours, absolutely no transparency, no indication of the candidates as was done in the TelEm case simply turning a blind eye to the coalition partner MP Matser, who supposedly owns a minister and his brother, who is the chair of the supervisory board to hand pick a director for our most successful and lucrative company and put our economy at super high risk.

Because I am convinced that there are candidates presently in house at SXM airport, I am willing to file a class action suit (kort geding van belanghebbenden) to avoid the dangers of defaulting and losing our preferred status.

Nepotism is wrong; it is a form of corruption and contrary to the press release. Richardson could not be the top candidate in a fair and open process. Corruption must stop and today is as good a time as any.

Elton Jones

Dear Queenie,

My best friend doesn’t want me to date her brother because she says if we have any problems she would be caught in the middle, so her brother and I have been hanging out together without letting her know about it.

Queenie, I hate keeping a secret from my friend, but I know she’ll be mad at me if she ever finds out about it. What should I do?—Secret girlfriend

Dear Girlfriend,

Your best friend’s reason for not wanting you to date her brother is more than a little bit selfish. The only ones who have a right to try to keep you and her brother apart are his parents and yours, and if they do not object, stop sneaking around and let your friend know what is going on.

   And if you and her brother ever have any problems, keep her out of it.

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