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MARIGOT--A scooter rider was evacuated to Guadeloupe for specialised treatment after an accident in Concordia over the weekend.

PHILIPSBURG--Utilities company GEBE on Monday officially launched its Customer Care Department and released its Customer Care Card, as it makes steps to move towards a cashless system.

It might not have been earth-shattering news, but Sunday’s open air “agri-cultural” market (see Monday paper) was welcomed by many. The idea of the St. Peters Community Gardens Research and Development Centre was to give farmers and vendors a chance to exhibit and sell their home-grown produce as well as increasing awareness about the importance of local farming and its benefits to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Currently practically everything consumed has to be imported, which makes the island quite vulnerable. In addition, mass-produced food is usually not the best because of the widespread use of pesticides and other potentially harmful practices to maximise profits.

The explanations and demonstrations provided at the event should convince at least a few of those who attended that growing some of one’s own vegetables and/or fruit on a small scale is less difficult than many may realise. With today’s technical advances and widely available knowledge it is not only possible, but actually relatively easy.

Of course, “working the land” will still be looked down on by some, but this is quickly changing. More and more one can see special promotions for local agricultural products in supermarkets.

Also abroad people are realising that being selective about what one eats pays dividends. The visitors who drive the destination’s tourism economy are no exception and even the restaurants catering to them have increasingly started to notice this trend.

Those responsible deserve praise for organising this interesting, forward-thinking activity and should not be discouraged by naysayers who claim farming will never amount to much on “The Friendly Island.” Keep it up and prove them wrong.

The significance of St. Maarten being named the number four Caribbean spot wealthy people like to visit (see Saturday paper) should not be underestimated. mentioned the island’s food, mindboggling beautiful beaches and green-hilled vistas, as well as its curiosity-inspiring Dutch/French nature with open border that allows for two unique experiences in one sunny package.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados--Digicel triggered jitters across the Caribbean as it announced its plans to slash more than 1,500 jobs over the next eighteen months in a bid to cut down its rising debt.

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti--A man not known in political circles has been chosen by Haitian President Jovenel Moïse to be the country’s new Prime Minister.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., -- SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for NASA astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket yet to be flown, the launch company announced on Monday.

ENGLAND- - London Stock Exchange said its proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse AG was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission, leaving the stock market operators' third attempt at combining on the brink of failure.

VATICAN CITY- The last time the entire Sistine Chapel was photographed for posterity, digital photography was in its infancy and words like pixels were bandied about mostly by computer nerds and NASA scientists.

LOS ANGELES-- "Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite "La La Land" for the movie industry's most prestigious award.

But in a highly unusual mishap, presenter Warren Beatty first, mistakenly initially announced that musical "La La Land" had won, causing confusion and uproar on Hollywood's biggest night. Beatty said he had been given the wrong envelope to open.

Emma Stone won best actress for the musical, and "Manchester by the Sea" star Casey Affleck was named best actor on a night where U.S. President Donald Trump was the butt of numerous jokes, capping a Hollywood awards season marked by fiery protests at his policies.

"La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.

Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali won their first Oscars for their supporting roles in African-American stories "Fences" and "Moonlight," in stark contrast to the 2016 Academy Awards when no actors of color were even nominated.

"Moonlight," the coming of age tale of a young black boy in Miami, also won the best adapted screenplay statuette, while grief-driven independent drama "Manchester by the Sea" took home original screenplay.

Romantic musical "La La Land," the tale of a struggling actress and a jazz pianist in Los Angeles, went into the Oscars with a leading 14 nominations and emerged with six, including for its score and theme song "City of Stars."

Trump's presence loomed large at the three and a half hour show as host Jimmy Kimmel fired off political zingers and even tweeted at the Republican president, getting no immediate response.

DETROIT- - Japan's Takata Corp on Monday pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of an expected $1 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department that includes compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators.

WASHINGTON- - Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged a major overhaul of his party, calling for more aggressive efforts to court working-class voters and fight big businesses from Wall Street to the pharmaceutical sector.

ISTANBUL/BERLIN- - Turkish authorities on Monday arrested a reporter for a prominent German newspaper on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organisation and inciting the public to violence, according to a court witness.

GENEVA,-- Syrian activists called on Sunday for the Assad government to engage in serious talks on political transition and for the United Nations to strengthen the fragile ceasefire as violence engulfed parts of the country.

ENGLAND- - Leicester City returned to form in stunning fashion on Monday as Jamie Vardy scored twice in a 3-1 Premier League defeat of Liverpool that lifted the champions out of the relegation zone.

CAY HILL--CrossFitSXM is buzzing with activity.  There are men and women jumping up and off boxes, snatching 50 or 35 pound dumbbells off the floor and hoisting them in the air over their head they in-between they appear to trying to cross a squat thrust with a push up and calling it a burpee.

Honourable Members of Parliament,

I, like many others, often say that you do not do anything.

Our reason for that is because we do not hear of, nor do we see anything that you do.

There are many issues that have to be tackled post haste and your sub-committees seem not to be aware of them.

Through this medium, I will present one issue, with high hopes that you can deal with it, collectively and quickly.


Many of us have made sacrifices and invested in alternative energy/green energy. I, for one, did it knowing that, when I get to pensionable age, GEBE’s electric bills would be beyond what I can afford.

Now that GEBE is using their new metres, net-metering (metre spins backwards) is no longer possible.

I urge you to implore GEBE to allow net-metering until you have a chance to determine what would be paid to those of us, who over-produce (put more into the grid than we use).

It is simply unfair to us, to take energy that we produce and give us nothing in return.

The assistance to senior citizens is handled unfairly.

There is no rationale given, to explain what qualifies one for assistance.

Considering that GEBE is becoming a “political cash-cow,” I suggest the following:

GEBE gives every pensioner an electricity allowance.

The allowance would be as follows:

If pension is up to Fls. 700.00, Allowance is Fls. 200.00

If pension is up to Fls. 850.00, Allowance is Fls. 150.00

If pension is up to Minimum, Allowance is Fls. 100.00

It should not matter if they have a bill in their name or not.

They have to contribute towards electricity and water usage.

I understand that the second suggestion will take time to calculate, but the first one, net metering, can be dealt with immediately.


Clifton R. Wilson

Dear Queenie,

I’ve been taking the pill since my boyfriend and I started having sex, but it’s getting expensive. I think he should chip in on the cost but I don’t feel right asking him for money.

Queenie, how do I bring it up to him?—Going broke

Dear Going broke,

Does he know you are taking the pill? If not, you should tell him. Either way, just ask him whether he would rather help pay for your contraceptive or pay child support after the baby is born. That should settle the matter quickly.

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