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ST. EUSTATIUS--On Sunday, June 25, around 1:00am the Caribbean Netherlands Police Force (KPCN) on St. Eustatius received a call that two injured persons were found in a dwelling on St. Eustatius. On the scene, Police discovered one deceased person and one wounded person.

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Monday midday (12:00 LST) June 26, 2017

WEATHER: 

This afternoon through Monday midday: Generally cloudy and breezy with isolated showers and isolated thunderstorm.

Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F             Forecast Low: 25°C / 77°F

Sunset Today: 6:51 P.M.                 Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:39 A.M.

SURFACE WINDS: 

This afternoon through Monday midday: Easterly with a gentle to moderate breeze of 09 to 18 mph and higher gusts.

SYNOPSIS: 
A tropical wave will pass through the Eastern Caribbean during this forecast period. An increase in moisture and instability associated with the tropical wave will generate cloudiness, showers and isolated thunder across the local area.
Marine conditions will remain moderate with seas peaking near 7 feet through tomorrow. However, winds will increase as the tropical wave pass through the region. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution.

STATE OF THE SEA: Moderate         WAVES/SWELLS: 5 to 7 feet

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

 
OUTLOOK through Tuesday midday: Cloudy and breezy with isolated showers and isolated thunder.

Today’s story about five youngsters ages 17 to 20 years standing trial on robbery charges is symptomatic of the current situation in St. Maarten. Youth delinquency with all its consequences has become one of the island’s most pressing problems.

Many reasons are often given, such as poor parenting, an inadequate education system, lack of recreational possibilities, few job opportunities and no real prospects for the future, but also gangster rap and violent video-games. Still, the highly aggressive manner in which these robberies were allegedly committed makes one wonder how things could have come to this in a relatively peaceful community.

And it’s not incidental either. Members of the group in question are said to be responsible for a string of armed robberies and other serious offences, while there have been several similar cases in the recent past.

More undoubtedly needs to be done about the circumstances mentioned that contribute to so many youths ending up on the wrong path. Prevention in this sense is very important, but those involved must also be punished severely regardless of their age, to teach them a hard lesson that such antisocial behaviour doesn’t pay and, in the process, send a loud and clear message to others who might want to follow in their footsteps.

It’s probably tough for families, relatives and friends of the suspects to read the latter. However, the general interest must ultimately prevail and certainly a tourist destination with a one-pillar economy can ill afford to allow the kind of lawlessness in the streets that undermines the feeling of public safety on which the hospitality industry largely depends.

In other words: Do the crime, do the time.

Questions posed by opposition Member of Parliament Tamara Leonard (UP) regarding alleged “hefty contracts” at GEBE (see related story) deserve answers. Judging an amount for cleaning around the local utilities provider’s meter boxes and houses is tricky, but the US $900,000 per year mentioned does seem like a lot of money.

The claim that former Minister Maurice Lake or his firm is being paid some US $12,000 per month as advisor to the board of the Government-owned company also begs for clarification. While quality isn’t cheap, one can’t help but wonder if in this case such a relatively high fee was really necessary.

More explanation on this matter can hopefully be given during Friday’s continuation of the Parliament meeting on the state of affairs at GEBE. Of course, the water and electricity company is to be operated without political interference, but the country and its people are ultimately the sole shareholders to whom both management and the Supervisory Board must be accountable.

Speaking of which, there were various power cuts and surges on Wednesday, with especially the latter sparking concern among consumers. Persons who called GEBE were first asked to hold, after which someone closed the line without saying a word.

It’s understandable that when these problems occur technicians get very busy. However, it regards a so-called alarm number for emergencies that could include dangerous situations such as, for example, downed live power cables.

Whatever happens, they should at least be able to answer the phone.

WASHINGTON, United States--Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Carissa Etienne warns that we should be ready for future waves of the Zika virus epidemic.

She made the statement in a new perspective piece for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, “Zika Virus Disease in the Americas: A Storm in the Making.”

“Future epidemic waves of Zika virus, which will put additional people at risk, remain likely,” Etienne said.

KINGSTON, Jamaica--Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Government is looking to position Jamaica as a major player in the Caribbean gaming industry.

CHICAGO/BRASILIA--Brazil scrambled to shore up its beef industry's reputation on Friday after the United States blocked shipments of fresh cuts, saying it found abscesses in the meat and signs of systemic failure of inspections in the world's largest beef exporter.

WASHINGTON--In today's U.S. shale fields, tiny sensors attached to production gear harvest data on everything from pumping pressure to the heat and rotational speed of drill bits boring into the rocky earth.

GLASTONBURY, England--Johnny Depp on Friday apologized for joking about assassinating U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his remarks were in "poor taste."

ROME--Four-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who portrays himself as a charming ladies' man, said on Friday that what he likes most about U.S. President Donald Trump is his wife, Melania.
  Berlusconi, 80, has returned to the political spotlight this week as he campaigns for his Forza Italia party ahead of municipal election run-offs on Sunday, which he hopes will revive his political fortunes. Appearing on a mid-day talk show on private broadcaster La7, Berlusconi was asked whether he was flattered to be compared to Trump, who also started out as a real estate mogul and became a controversial political leader.
  "It doesn't make me feel one way or another," said the billionaire Berlusconi, adding quickly, "But regarding Trump, I can say, like many men and women, I like Melania. For her beauty, for her style and also her charm."
  Berlusconi said he had never met her, but had seen her on television and had "heard many favourable opinions. Even the Democrats in America do not criticise her."
  While the centre-right leader was ejected from parliament after being convicted of tax fraud four years ago, he has remained the undisputed leader of his party, the country's third or fourth most popular, depending on the poll. The flamboyant former prime minister has a history of making politically incorrect comments, many of which seemed to fuel his popularity.
  Last month he praised newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron as a "nice lad with a good-looking mother" -- widely taken to be a reference to the 39-year-old French leader's 64-year-old wife, Brigitte Trogneux.
  He also raised eyebrows in 2008 for calling U.S. President Barrack Obama "suntanned". A year later he repeated the quip when talking about the First Lady, Michelle. "They went together to the beach to get a tan because even his wife is suntanned."
  During his last stint in office, Berlusconi was embroiled in a sex scandal involving a teenage nightclub dancer, Karima El Mahroug, who went by the name "Ruby the Heartstealer" and attended "bunga bunga" parties at his mansion near Milan. He was acquitted of any wrongdoing in that case in 2014.

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON--With the United States expected to authorize India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any U.S. military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbour Pakistan.

WASHINGTON--Congressional leaders are quietly working on a bipartisan deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling within weeks, hoping to prevent the difficult debt issue from snarling a budget fight to come in September, a senior Democratic budget writer said on Friday.

PALERMO, Italy--Shortly before 8 a.m. on a sunny spring morning, Mafia boss Giuseppe Dainotti was cycling down a quiet street when two men on a motorbike drew alongside and shot him three times, killing him on the spot.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN--South Africa's top court ruled on Thursday that secret ballots may be held for motions of no confidence in parliament, a potential blow to the tenure of beleaguered President Jacob Zuma who said such a vote would be unfair.

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique--Jamaica's Reggae Boyz were dethroned as champions of the Caribbean when they went down 1-2 to minnows Curacao in the final of the Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup at the Stade Pierre Aliker.

ENGLAND-- Petra Kvitova showed she will be a serious contender for a third Wimbledon title after beating Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6 6-3 6-2 to win the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Sunday in just her second tournament since returning from a knife attack injury.

Dear Editor,

We are at a point and time, where we have to seize the momentum and exercise our right to demand of our government that they do the right thing and if they chose not to, and if they choose not to, then it’s also our right to remove them from office. Maybe it’s time for a Henry the second moment here in which he says of Becket, “Will no one remove this meddlesome priest?” And I say to you my fellow Anguillians, will no one remove this incompetent government?

In the coming months we are faced with several possibilities, many of which will determine where we go from here. It is obvious that we are mired in a downward spiral from which we can’t seem to emerge. Those tasked with looking out for our well-being have been standing on the sidelines while the ship continues to flounder on the rocks. We are contemplating a new constitution and electoral reform, and from the looks of things probably won’t get anything accomplished. We have a government that continues to function in a way that’s not conducive to our well-being.

We have a press whose coverage is at best very spotty, with the advantage going to the government. It is the job of the press to keep the government honest, and when you see major events happening as was the case during the Anguilla Day week, with hardly any mention, then one has to ask the question, were these events not newsworthy? Is it not the job of the news media to shape public opinion and not follow it? It is the job of the newspaper editor to not suppress the news because it might upset some people or the government in power, but that it might force the government to reconsider its policies. That there were several notable events occurring without any mention by the local press, speaks volumes. Shame on you!!

There are many things going on right now which ought to raise all kinds of red flags. Our country is being sold out to the highest bidder. We have lost our moral compass, and as one citizen said on the radio that: “we are selling out our right to existence.” There are those who are fronting for foreign entities, a practice that former Chief Minister Sir Emile Gumbs admonished us about exactly ten years ago in the Anguilla 40th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine. He said: “The wholesale importation of foreign labour, the “fronting” by our people for foreign business, coupled with the impression that all of Anguilla is for sale, does not bode well for our future. If these trends are not arrested, we may soon become an endangered species in our own home.”

We surely didn’t listen then and for all intents and purposes we are not listening now, and as the old saying goes that he or she who doesn’t listen surely will feel.

So the question to all stakeholders is this, do you really care what happens to Anguilla?

Will the efforts of people like my father, Walter Hodge, Atlin Harrigan, Jeremiah Gumbs, Ronald Webster, Ruby Gumbs, Bevan and Cardigan Hodge, John Webster, Etienne Gumbs, Peter Adams, Bob Rogers and a host of others be for naught. Can we tell them if they ‘don’t like it they can lump it?’

Folks the whole world is in turmoil right now and it can’t be business as usual. A change has got to come sooner rather than later. Mr. Banks keeps talking about his mandate and the margin of his victory and he’s right this is about his victory, a victory that he was able to achieve under false pretenses.

We the people are not sore losers, we are angry as hell sore losers, because sir you won under false pretenses, and not only did you win under false pretenses, you proceeded to destroy our homeland and we will not forget or forgive you for that. You have probably won your last campaign and you probably won’t have to face an electorate again, so you could care less, but let me remind you sir, this is still supposed to be a democracy and as such we the people still have the ultimate last say in what happens to your government, and as we said in our letter to the Governor General of the West Indies back in 1958 and I quote that: “a people cannot live without hope for long without erupting socially.”

So here it is, that in the fiftieth year of our existence, despite the rosy pictures that have been painted by some, we seem to be headed in the opposite direction. Our people are starving; many households can’t afford to pay for the modern conveniences of simple everyday existence while our government spends money like drunken sailors at liberty on shore leave. We have work to do and the sooner we get down to it, the better off we’ll be, so again, if we don’t step up to the plate, no one else will and Anguilla as we once knew it will cease to exist and our homeland will be nothing more than a mirage. It’s up to each and every one of us. Don’t follow the party line. God gave each of us a brain to think, let us do that and make our own choices.

The bible tells us that we are our brother’s keepers and as such we ought to care for each other. We used to be that way at one time or another, but we are badly misguided right now. When I think of the effort that was put forth back in ’67, the hard times that we had to endure as young people growing up with no future on the horizon, that a lot of us, under the age of twenty were fortunate enough to find a host country that willingly opened its arms to take us in, it pains me to see that our leaders have brought our pigs to fine market, and yet we continue to allow this unfettered abuse of power to continue.

Folks in the words of the calypso by The Mighty Gossip, “the revolution ain’t done.”

Tyrone Hodge

Dear Queenie,

There is a boy in my son’s class at school that he likes to play with that likes to roughhouse and play-fight with other children and uses foul language. I suppose he talks like that and behaves like that because that is what he sees and hears at home, but I don’t want my son to pick up such habits.

Queenie, should I forbid my son to play with this boy?—Worried mother

Dear Mother,

You cannot keep your son away from this boy at school, but I suggest you talk to the school authorities about the boy’s behaviour and vocabulary.

Outside of school, do not let your son go to this boy’s home to play, and if his parents ask why, tell them what you object to. However, you might let the boy play at your house after explaining to him clearly what you consider unacceptable and insisting that he abide by your rules when he is in your home. It might be good for him to learn how people outside his family do and do not behave and talk.

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