THE HAGUE--Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk is keeping St. Maarten to the protocol signed in May 2015 to establish an Integrity Chamber for the island. “It is in the best interest of the people of St. Maarten,” he said on Friday.
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PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Friday that thirteen individual singers and two bands are registered to participate in the 2017 Carnival Road March competition. They will all attempt to dethrone two-time reigning monarch Rumari “Rumer” Rogers.
Dutch Minister of Home Affairs Ronald Plasterk in today’s paper sticks to his guns on the appointment of a quartermaster for the Integrity Chamber of St. Maarten. This, while the National Ordinance to establish one submitted by the former UP-led Government and adopted by Parliament was struck down by the Constitutional Court in its review at the request of the Ombudsman.
The current NA/US Party/DP coalition is formally still to outline its approach regarding an advice from the Legal Affairs Department based on the ruling. However, Prime Minister William Marlin, who had voted against the law proposal involved while part of the opposition, again made clear that his cabinet does not see the need for such an institution.
Moreover, he called the way the Netherlands had named a quartermaster itself an integrity breach also considering the recent history of the person involved. All this did not seem to bother the Kingdom Council of Ministers, which believed it needed to make a move based on the relevant protocol both parties signed in 2015, or “nothing will happen.”
Although not official, the expectation now is that The Hague might soon impose an Integrity Chamber on its own, making use of authorities granted under the guarantee function in the Kingdom Charter. Still, concerns voiced by the Constitutional Court about the right to privacy and fair trial are not to be brushed aside. If nothing else, the Council of State may have something to say about that.
The issue illustrates the importance of a dispute regulation within the Kingdom (see related story). Here again, it is the Dutch Government’s version that will be considered and the question remains whether the apparent latest disagreement between The Hague and Philipsburg would even fall under its scope.
Today’s news that the Prosecutor’s Office will take stronger action against convicts who don’t comply with the conditions of their suspended sentences is most welcome. The impression exists that too many people get away with, for example, failing to do their community service or not completing the number of hours involved.
Not that one would necessarily have a great desire to see them locked up, but it’s a matter of fair play. These persons were given an alternative punishment to be spared time in jail, so meeting those requirements is clearly in their own best interest.
The same thing actually goes for fines, in particular where the amount is equated to a certain number of days behind bars. The latter deterrent loses practically all meaning when violators are not made to pay and are allowed to continue walking around freely.
If left unaddressed, these things send the wrong message about local law enforcement and that’s also the case with prison sentences that are not executed for months or even years. While somewhat understandable due to lack of cell space and the need to therefore set priorities, in the long run this practice creates a “delayed justice” situation that is hardly ideal.
“Do the crime; do the time,” it is often said, to which “within a reasonable period” should probably be added. The saying may also be adapted to “do the service/pay the fine or do the time.”
NEW YORK, United States--A Jamaican woman who had what was supposed to be a box of beef patties was found to be carrying something more sinister than the savoury snack when she arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport earlier this week.
LIMA--A consortium controlled by Brazilian builder Odebrecht S.A. will miss a financing deadline on Monday for a natural gas pipeline project in Peru and awaits government notification that it will lose the $5 billion contract, the company said on Friday.
DAVOS, Switzerland--Oil executives and Middle East producers are concerned that trade tensions between the United States and China risk clouding the outlook for global energy demand growth and a recovery in the price of oil.
LOS ANGELES--Traditional TV networks are following Netflix Inc's lead by releasing all new episodes of a series at the same time, a step to win over binge viewers who do not want to wait a week for the next installment.
DAVOS, Switzerland--Global leaders who attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos are used to discussing women's rights on panels. On Thursday they got a chance to hear an all-female Afghan orchestra that has overcome Islamist death threats on its way to its first international performance in the elite ski resort.
WASHINGTON--The Trump administration will make defeating "radical Islamic terror groups" its top foreign policy goal, according to a statement posted on the White House website moments after Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president.
WASHINGTON--Donald Trump took over as U.S. president on Friday in the same way he conducted his upstart campaign, with a mixture of blustery salesmanship and naked contempt for the established political order.
BANJUL/DAKAR--Gambia's longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who refused to accept his election defeat last month, has agreed to go into exile, a senior adviser to new President Adama Barrow said on Friday, but talks to finalise the deal were holding up his exit.
MELBOURNE-- The whiff of sporting upset hung around Melbourne Park on Sunday after top seeds Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were handed stunning defeats in the Australian Open fourth round.
KOLKATA-- Ben Stokes hit a brisk half-century and then picked up three crucial wickets to help England to a tense five-run win against India in the third and final one-day international at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Our adult son still lives with us because he can’t afford to live on his own because he doesn’t have a good job. My wife won’t let me make him pay rent because, like I said, he doesn’t have a good job and she won’t even ask him to help around the house. She says it’s our responsibility to see that he doesn’t end up homeless or in prison.
Queenie, how can I get him to grow up?—Fed-up father
Your son will have absolutely no motivation to grow up as long as his mother continues to treat him like a child.
You should insist that he help around the house and pay a reasonable (as large as possible) portion of whatever he earns for rent and the food he eats. Perhaps having little or no pocket money left over will motivate him to try to get a better job and even (hopefully) move out.
If your wife gives you a hard time about all this, ask her what will become of him if he has not learned to live on his own when the time comes that you and she can no longer take care of him.
I am so confused. I fell in love with my best friend 7 years ago. We met each other through mutual friends.
The problem is he has a girlfriend, and every time we have an argument he gets upset for a long period of time. It can be the most small thing and he would get upset and stop speaking to me for months. And then he comes back and speaks to me as if everything is peaches and cream when in reality I'm hurting.
I need to move on from him. The problem is I don't know how, but I cannot continue this toxic relationship. It’s draining me, physically and emotionally.
Queenie, how do I move on from this?—Emotionally Drained
Dear Emotionally Drained,
Try to concentrate on other things – and people – than this friend (who does not seem to me to be that good a friend, from your description of his behaviour). Get involved in activities that will also involve you with other like-minded people. Volunteer work is always a productive option.
With any luck, you will meet someone else to whom you are attracted, in which case be open to a new relationship. At the very least, you can keep so busy you will not have time to dwell on your feelings for Mr. Already Has A Girlfriend.
And, as I always recommend, if you cannot cope with your feelings without help, get professional counselling.