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DATE ISSUED: Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Friday midday (12:00 LST) October 28, 2016

This afternoon through Friday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy at times with isolated showers.

Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F             Forecast Low: 26°C / 79°F

Sunset Today:  5:42 P.M.                Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:10 A.M.

This afternoon through Friday midday: East to east southeast with a light to gentle breeze of 05 to 12 mph, 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 expected to continue to peak near 5 feet during the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to moderate        WAVES/SWELLS: up to 5 feet


OUTLOOK through Saturday 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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Press Release

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten - October 27th, 2016

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta organizers have teamed up with one of the islands premier hotels, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, to offer an exclusive VIP package trip for two people. The contest runs from October 3rd through December 4th and the winner will be drawn on December 5th 2016, just in time to make one lucky person and their chosen guest happy for the holidays.
This VIP prize contest, (currently being run via Facebook and on the regatta website), is a first for the event. “The regatta wanted to offer something to its regatta fans for a long time, but it was difficult to be able to line up all the parties to make it happen. This year, we were lucky to have a great partner like Simpson Bay Resort & Marina, who quickly jumped at the chance to work with the event, to create this one of a kind package,” stated Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff.
In addition to winning roundtrip airfare to the island, winners also receive a complimentary double room for 6 nights, airport pick up as well as passes to a VIP boat trip to spend a day watching the races. Additionally, the winner receives two VIP passes for Sunday night’s “Legendary Party” on Kim Sha Beach.
“Winners will be free to explore the island during the day while the boats race the stunning waters off the St. Maarten coast. Their nights will be filled with music from a lineup of international artists, accompanied by a variety of local cuisine and of course, ice cold Heineken," continued Van der Werff.
The contest is open to legal residents of the United States, Canada, Mexico and any European and Caribbean country. Those entering must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry and must be willing to document their trip for the event’s social media pages.
Van der Werff said “With technology being standard in almost everyone’s daily life, it’s a great way to see the event from a spectator’s point of view. We hope to catch a glimpse of their day-to-day experiences while on island and hear about it in their own words.”
It is important those wanting to participate read the contest rules before they enter. The rules can be found on the contest’s Facebook page and on the regatta website under the contest tab. For more complete information, contact the Regatta Office directly or visit the website and/or Facebook page.

“Who would do such a thing?” was the main question being asked as news broke of a 12-year-old girl found tied up early Wednesday morning (see related article). An investigation hopefully will provide the answer, because this type of apparent abuse against children obviously cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

The primary school pupil reportedly had disappeared for six hours. Her story about how she got into the situation in which she was encountered should provide an indication whether there was foul play and – if that’s the case – the possible identity of the culprit(s).

Running away from home is certainly not uncommon among the youth, but they usually return or are tracked down by loved ones relatively quickly. During the time in between, however, these youngsters can be extremely vulnerable also due to the state of anger they tend to be in.

Credit the police for starting their search immediately and not waiting the normal period in missing adult person cases. Ultimately the girl was found by her stepfather, thankfully unhurt and in good health.

All’s well that ends well, some might say, but law enforcement authorities still need to take the matter seriously and get to the bottom of it in the best interest of the child, for her family’s peace of mind and on behalf of the community at large. After all, leaving the impression that one can easily get away with something like this would not send the best of messages.

The news coming out of Miami where Prime Minister William Marlin is attending the 18th annual International Shared Ownership Investment Conference has been pretty encouraging (see related stories). Interval said St. Maarten has the greatest new sales volumes of the region, due in part to more “mixed use development.”

Local resorts have been renovating and upgrading too, which obviously tends to improve the product. Timeshare reportedly accounts for 75 per cent of the Dutch side’s stay-over tourism, with 3,600 units compared to 1,500 hotel rooms, also due to higher occupancy rates and longer average stays.

Efforts to regulate the sector were welcomed, although the legislation for such is still pending. The latter clearly ought to be a priority of both the incoming Parliament and Government, to prevent more undesirable situations that could have a very negative impact on the reputation of not just properties involved but the entire island.

One aspect that needs to be considered as well is the so-called Airbnb phenomenon, whereby visitors can directly rent private homes or apartments for their vacations at a usually lower cost. Many holiday destinations have increasingly been faced with this “sharing economy” competition for their traditional hospitality industry that is often considered unfair because sufficient taxes aren’t paid, etc.

Countries and individual cities are therefore placing restrictions on the practice and taking measures to ensure compliance with fiscal and other laws. “The Friendly Island” should not waste another moment to seriously look into this matter on either side of the open border, before possibly irreparable damage is already done.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--A guard at a Haiti prison is suspected of helping 173 inmates escape from a prison over the weekend.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--An assessment conducted by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Haitian Government and its National Coordination for Food Security CNSA, has determined that in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, some 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance, 800,000 of whom are in a dire situation.

FRANKFURT-- Cabin crew at Lufthansa's budget airlines Germanwings and Eurowings will stage a 24-hour strike on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of about 380 flights in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

DETROIT-- Investors dumped General Motors Co shares on Tuesday despite record third-quarter results, highlighting the disconnect between Detroit and Wall Street as the long U.S. vehicle sales boom cools off.

"STOCKHOLM- - Swedish pop group ABBA is set to reunite for a "new digital experience" in 2018, more than 30 years after their last public performance together, it was announced on Wednesday.

LONDON-- Paul Beatty was on Tuesday named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for "The Sellout", a biting satire on race relations in the United States.

NEW YORK-- More Republicans now think Democrat Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump, will win the presidency, as their party's candidate struggles with difficulties including allegations of sexual misconduct and his suggestion he may not honor the outcome of the election.

NEW YORK,-- Trailing in opinion polls, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has asked his campaign to cut back on work identifying candidates for key jobs in his would-be administration and focus instead on bolstering his chances on Election Day, according to two people familiar with the campaign's inner workings.

NEW YORK-- During his free time on the job as a Google employee, Carl Elkin began tinkering with the company's 3D mapping program, wondering if it could identify rooftops that receive enough sunlight to make installing solar panels worthwhile.

BRUSSELS-- NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.

St. Maarten defeated Netherlands in the Kingdom Baseball Tournament in Aruba to finish third out of five teams.

PHILIPSBURG--Tahla'o from St. Barths will try to three-peat the ninth annual SXM Budget Marine Fishing Tournament from Bobby Marina November 4 to 6.

Dear Editor,

Who am I to dispute people’s opinion? I have a few questions though.

1.) Why don’t people finish what they start, no matter how impossible the task may seem? 2.) Why is it that so very often when as we say “our mind runs on a certain person who you have not seen in a long time” that person appears before you?

3.) Why is it that so very often little children who cannot help themselves are spared from eminent danger?

4.) And, why is that scientists are going to church more frequently, and doctors and surgeons more and more are praying with families before performing operations?

Why these questions? Because I read on page 25 of The Daily Herald of 24-10-2016, that the political scientist Tennyson Joseph is against religious mumbo-jumbo being taught in the schools of Barbados. If the picture that goes along with the article is that of Tennyson Joseph and with the support given to the Rastafarian couple, one is inclined to believe that Mr. Joseph sympathizes the Rastafari.

I do not know when and where the discussion about abolishing teaching the Bible in schools started, but I am sure it was not started by people of the Caribbean. I stand to be corrected. I will also dispute that the term “mumbo jumbo” originally came from us. I will not get into any kind of back and forth concerning the teachings of the Bible, but I strongly believe that there is a whole lot less mumbo jumbo in the teachings of the Bible than in political science.

Is not Rastafari some kind of religion? Where should I put Evolution and Creation in comparison to political science? In my opinion there is no comparison. Logic would tell me that as a consequence of the teachings of the Bible. All of us who found ourselves on this earth and wanted explanations began to theorize and long after that came political science. Did a Caribbean political scientist really use the term “religious mumbo jumbo”? Where did man come from? And, if one decides man came from a monkey where did the monkey come from?

So, let us go back to the original questions. Faith should be the answer to the first question. Is the answer to the second question, because of evolution? I doubt it. And, is it not almost always that the expression in connection with the third question, Thank God or Thank You Jesus? I hope that we will ask doctors and scientists the fourth question? And, let me ask in closing, where did man’s ability to think come from?  

Russell A. Simmons

Dear Queenie,

When I married my second husband I was a widow with 2 small children. My husband has always treated my kids like they were his own and he has been a wonderful father to them and grandfather to their children now that they are grown up, but they have never given him any special acknowledgement like a phone call or a greeting card on special days like his birthday or Fathers Day or Christmas.

Queenie, how do I make them understand how much it would mean to him to get some sort of recognition from them on such days?—Exasperated mother

Dear Mother,

You should have demanded such recognition from your children from the time you married their stepfather. Children do not learn such thing by osmosis, they need to be carefully taught, as an old song goes (in a much different context).

However, better late than never. Explain to them exactly what recognition you expect from them from now on, and remind them as needed until they learn to offer it without being prodded.

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