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CAY HILL--St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on Thursday condemned and strongly refuted reports published on a website on Thursday that general surgeon Dr. Luc Mercelina had botched a recent surgery.

The Ramesh Manek Walk-a-thon to End Polio Now is all set for this Saturday, October 22, starting at Tony’s Air Conditioning, opposite Carl and Son in Cole Bay. This event organised by Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle will take participants around Simpson Bay Lagoon, from Tony’s Air Conditioning to Welfare Road, across the causeway, along Union Road and Orange Grove, and returning to Tony’s Air Conditioning. Tickets cost US $15, including breakfast and an ‘End Polio Now’ T-shirt. The shirts have been sponsored in part by Reena Manek, NAGICO Insurances and Lucky Wholesale. This event was named The Ramesh Manek Walk-a-thon to End Polio Now after the death of Rotarian Ramesh, who first began it. The late Ramesh was an inspiration to all in District 7020, contributing to Rotary’s goal to eradicate polio from the world. Tickets are available from all Mid-Isle members and will be available at the event.

In what was probably her last press conference in that capacity, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ingrid Arrindell gave a breakdown on permits and amendments to existing ones issued over the past months (see Thursday paper). The intention was no doubt to show that people are getting their requests processed despite complaints about red tape, but the presentation raised questions too.

A total of 699 directors’ licences seems a lot, especially because it concerns foreigners, although that number probably includes renewals. Also 232 public transportation permits might raise an eyebrow or two in light of all the buses already on the road, but they were said to have been mostly for help and assistant drivers.

Curious was the mention of 24 new car rental licences in the same breath as a moratorium on such per September 8. In other words, a freeze was imposed, but only after two dozen permits had been given out, which would seem to defeat the purpose at least for the time being.

More positive is the mention of 514 permits for businesses and branches, indicating that, while the economy may have slowed down, private sector investments continue to be made. To that can be added 82 operational licences, 74 restaurant and operational licences, 49 real estate business licences, 44 management and administration licences, 44 consultancy licences plus 40 restaurant and branch licences.

With the cruise season now underway and that of stay-over tourism fast approaching, such apparent confidence in the future is encouraging. It also sends a loud and clear message that – regardless of whatever setbacks – St. Maarten is still seen as an attractive place to do business.

Teen Times made a strong case for the realisation of an Arts Centre on Wednesday, challenging particularly two politicians who made promises in that direction and seemingly will both be part of the next Cabinet. Such a project is likely to involve various Ministries, including – not in the least – that of Finance.

A professional theatre is certainly desirable and St. Maarten undoubtedly has the necessary talent to justify such an investment. However, it’s not the only thing that’s needed.

Parliament too will soon require its own home to replace the current space in the Caribbean Palm building being leased for the relatively high amount of US $96,000 per month, because the owner also outfitted and equipped the facility so it could serve as the Legislature. That contract ends next year and it appears an extension will anyhow have to be requested, as constructing a whole other complex before then simply isn’t feasible.

Once Government finally completes the move to its new offices on Pond Island, the most logical spot for Parliament actually would seem to be the site of the “old” Administration Building on Clem Labega Square, primarily due to its central location, parking lot, etc. Whether the existing structure can be renovated or a whole new one would be the better option is another matter.

As for the performing arts centre, several options have been mentioned, including making it part of plans for land owned by the Plantz family in Bethlehem near Belvedere, which also comprise a heritage park, housing, a cricket stadium and a commercial development. As long as regular bus service to the area can be guaranteed, this should not a problem.

A tip for whatever must be built is to use a truly sustainable approach. Include modern rainwater catchment systems and storage as well as solar energy panels in the design, so that the buildings can be practically self-sufficient and rely on GEBE only in the event of a shortage. Now wouldn’t that be something?

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados--Caribbean countries should take note that the National Insurance Schemes (NIS) in the region might not be as safe and sound as previously thought.


For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. An elongated area of low pressure located a couple of hundred miles
northeast of the Central Bahamas is moving northwestward at about
10 mph. This system has become slightly better organized since
yesterday, and it could still become a subtropical or tropical
cyclone before it merges with a cold front over the western Atlantic
Friday night. A NOAA reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to
investigate the area this afternoon. Regardless of development,
locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Hispaniola
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent

Forecaster Pasch

WASHINGTON-- Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings issued a letter on Thursday seeking information from Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc on the "staggering" price increases for the company's leukemia drug.

BOSTON-- Coca-Cola and PepsiCo made donations to nearly 100 influential U.S. public health organizations from 2011 to 2015 in an effort to silence groups that might otherwise push for laws regulating soda, researchers contend.

LONDON- - Crowds of screaming fans braced the cold and packed into London's Leicester Square on Thursday to catch a glimpse of Tom Cruise as he premiered his film "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back", which he described as a "classic action" film filled with suspense.

LA PAZ-- An expedition in a boat made only of reeds crafted by indigenous Bolivians is getting ready to cross the Pacific from South America to Australia, in a fresh attempt to prove that ancient mariners were capable of making the journey.

WASHINGTON/DELAWARE, Ohio-- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Thursday he would accept the result of the Nov. 8 election - "if I win" - fueling Republican concerns his stance would make it harder for his party to maintain control of Congress.
  His refusal to commit to accepting the election outcome was the standout remark of the third and final 2016 presidential debate between Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night. It ratcheted up Trump's allegations the election was being rigged against him, and became the latest flashpoint in an unusually acrimonious race three weeks before voters go to the polls.
  Clinton called the comment "horrifying."
  President Barack Obama blasted Trump on Thursday at a rally in Miami Gardens, Florida, for Clinton and U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy, who is trying to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a Trump supporter.
  "That is dangerous. Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of the elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you're doing the work of our adversaries for them," Obama said.
  Trump modified his comment at a rally in Ohio on Thursday, but did not back off.
  "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election - if I win."
  He added he would accept "a clear election result, but "reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.
  With Trump trailing in opinion polls, the focus ahead of the Nov. 8 vote is shifting to whether Republicans can keep their narrow majority in the Senate or even their larger advantage in the House of Representatives.
  Senator John McCain of Arizona, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, said accepting the election result was "the American way."
  "I didn't like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance," McCain, who has opened a poll lead in his Senate re-election race, said in a statement. "A concession isn't just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader's first responsibility."
  McCain has withdrawn his support for Trump.
  Asked on Wednesday night if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, Trump, a businessman-turned-politician, replied: "What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. OK?"
  Trump's statement, the most provocative in a debate that repeatedly descended into rancor, made headlines across the country and raised questions about his commitment to a peaceful transition of power, a cornerstone of American democracy.
  Clinton accused Trump of being Russian President Vladimir Putin's puppet. Trump called Clinton a "nasty woman" and a criminal who should be barred from running. They did not exchange the customary handshake when the debate ended.
  Democrats jumped to ask Republican candidates whether they agreed with Trump, who is making his first run for public office against Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state.
  "Do you agree with Donald Trump to question the results of the election?" the Nevada Democratic Party asked in a release targeting Republican Joe Heck. Heck is in a tight race with Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto for retiring Democratic leader Harry Reid's Senate seat.
  Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said down-ballot candidates would distance themselves from Trump's comment, but it was a problem that the issue had drowned out everything else that came up on Wednesday.
  "The real cost is that the post-debate discussion has been consumed by this, and not by his overall very good debate performance and the problems Hillary created for herself on a range of issues," Mackowiak said.
  Trump's comments did not worry his supporters.
  Marion Fields, 48, a registered Democrat who backs Trump, said he did not think concession would be an issue because Trump would win. Were he to lose, "After it's announced, you'd have to be a professional and concede."
  A CNN/ORC snap poll said 52 percent of Americans thought Clinton won the debate, to 39 percent for Trump.
  Trump donor and energy investor Dan Eberhart said Trump won. He disagreed with his rhetoric, but still backs the candidate.
  "I think Hillary's policies and track record are not what the country needs leading us forward for the next four years. And that backs me into supporting Trump," Eberhart said.
  Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway sought on Thursday to defend Trump, saying in television interviews he was "putting people on notice" about voting irregularities.
  Trump has stepped up allegations that the election is being rigged against a backdrop of accusations that he had made improper sexual advances to women since a video emerged two weeks ago in which Trump boasted of such behavior.
  A 10th woman came forward on Thursday at a news conference in Manhattan with attorney Gloria Allred, a Clinton supporter who specializes in representing women in cases of alleged assault.
  Trump campaign spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called the news conference a "coordinated, publicity-seeking attack" by Allred.
  Trump has not offered specific evidence to back up his vote-rigging claims, and numerous studies have shown that the U.S. election system, which is run by the states, is sound.

LAS VEGAS-- Republican candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested he might reject the outcome of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election if he loses, a possibility his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called "horrifying."

BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders condemned Russia on Thursday for its bombing of civilians in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo and Britain, France and Germany backed a push to consider sanctions against Moscow if the atrocities continue.

DARMSTADT, Germany-- A European space lander reached Mars on Wednesday in what scientists hope will mark a major milestone in exploration of the Red Planet, but whether it touched down on the surface in good working condition was far from certain. Older European and U.S. spacecraft already in orbit relayed data of the lander's six-minute descent.

PHILIPSBURG—Three athletes from the St. Maarten Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (SMBBFA) represented St. Maarten at the Darcy Beckles Invitational in Barbados on Saturday, October 15, with one of the team achieving third place in category.

Los Angeles-- Addison Russell homered for the second night in a row, and Javier Baez added three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs blew past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Game Five of the National League Championship Series on Thursday.


Dear Editor,

As Director of Limelite Media with several Bus Shelters on the Dutch side of the Island, it is very disappointing to see that there are persons in our community who have absolutely no regard for other people’s or private property.

Just recently, we installed new Lexan glass panels, brand-new polycarbonate plastic in the display boxes, and re-installed benches in all of the bus shelters. We invested in making the shelters whole again and because of this investment, we have several new clients interested in advertising. The ad income is what pays for general maintenance and upkeep. The situation at the Sucker Garden shelter is just irresponsible, and shows that some person(s) have no respect for themselves or others.

It’s the second time that we replaced the glass panels in the Shelter in Sucker Garden. From the back of the shelter one can see two rocks which were thrown into the glass frame that ultimately broke both glass sheets. What goes through someone’s mind when they decide, with intent, to break glass panels just for fun? Do they realize that young and old persons in our community utilize this shelter every day?

We also have had some issues during the election campaign, where persons stuck their political material with glue on the new plastic sheets; however, we are trying to sort this out and see how we can remove the residue without further damaging the polycarbonate or replace the sheets.

I would like to ask all event promoters, whether you are promoting a concert, church event, or domino tournament, not to stick any posters, flyers and any other such material on the bus shelter’s glass or plastic sheets. It’s easy to stick up a poster, but no one realizes that someone else has to remove it and clean the area.

Who are we as people when some of us go around and vandalize or destroy other people’s property for no reason at all? Today it was the bus shelter, next week it can be your bedroom window. If anyone has any information regarding vandalism of any of the shelters, please call 721 520-1516.

Ronnie Busby

Director, Limelight Media

Dear Queenie,

I suspect that my boyfriend doesn’t wash his hands after he uses the toilet. I never hear the water running after he flushes and his hands don’t feel cold or wet when he comes out of the bathroom. Other than that he’s just about everything I want in a man.

Queenie, should I say something to him? And how do I go about it?—Grossed out

Dear Grossed out,

Do you keep a bottle of hand-sanitiser in your bathroom? Either way, ask him what kind of sanitiser or soap he would like you to provide. Make it clear to him – tactfully – that you expect him wash carefully after using the toilet.

And if he still does not wash up, dump him before he passes E. coli or some other infection on to you!

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