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BRIDGETOWN, BarbadosTaking issue with LIAT’s business model and consistent loss-making track record, Mr. Allen Chastanet, the newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia, has always maintained a seemingly unrelenting opposition to supporting the Antigua-based regional airline.

MARIGOT, St. Martin -

This United state élection 
Is like a Bellot game of cards
Donald Trump
Has the Ace Of trump
In his lift of cards
While everyone else
is looking on real sad
Trying to find
someone to blame
For this shame
Thé démocrate party
Is Blaming Hillary 
For all its mysery
While the républican 
Is blaming the tea party
They all Claiming to be
Abraham Lincoln party

But it is still Hillary Clinton 
That is The queen of hearts
Bernie Sanders the joker
in this pack
Finaly is cutting Her some slack
But she can not win
Without the jack 
Monica Lowensky has 
The carré of Queens
But that will not help Hillary
This time in
If Obama don t play his
Hand very quickly
For he is holding the jack 
And and the ten
Thé only thing that will save
Hillary skin
Other than that she kapau
And she pipe will .be smoked
By the crapeau
So if he holding the right
Cards in this game 
It is time he play them right
Play your TRUMP
Or be stop by Trump

HE started as a lame duck
Like Donald the duck
They say hé wont .be nominate
But Hillary better watch out
Cauz he is at the white House gate
For juste like any bellot game
Who hold the Trump 
Will win this game
For after Clinton play His heart
Donald J Trump
Will still .be holding on to his Trump
AND TRUMPING HIS WAY TO WHITE HOUSE LAWN

copyright 2016
raymond helligar 
aka BIG RAY

 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Not unlike elections before, there is no shortage of "plans" during this campaign leading up to the September 2016 election. Plans and ideas of individual (prospective) candidates are now surfacing at least one every day. And there is basically nothing wrong with this. Anyone is free to "share" his/her ideas.

However, it would be much more revealing if these ideas were part of the vision of the party that the candidate represents. Parties are required by law to publish a party program. How do individual candidates' plans align with these programs? How realistic are these desires of candidates? How do individual candidates' statements align with the party they could potentially come to represent in Parliament?

It is a fact that overall, we lack cohesiveness in our planning for the country.

Furthermore, where there currently already are plans, these are often times guarded and shrouded in secrecy. How refreshing would it be if e.g the plans for Philipsburg were shared with the public at large from the planning stages. The current government building, the post office building, the old fire station. If you speak to 5 persons, there are 5 "plans" for these buildings.

With government plans made public, businesses can plan, entrepreneurs can start to think of a business niche that they can engage in.

The same holds true for Cole Bay and Simpsonbay. The recent invitation by Government for bids to upgrade from Welfare Road down to Simpsonbay is a worthwhile initiative, but the public at large should know what government envisages for this "strip" and not leave it up to solely to the contractor with the "best" design. I know what I would like to see: sidewalks of course, a promenade, road side seating, lighting etc.

Why have discussions with stakeholders for an economic plan that has yielded nothing tangible?

What is the holdup with the National Development Plan for St. Maarten?

These are but some of the questions on people's minds, especially the persons who participated.

In addition to stability in government, a government of leaders with their noses pointed in the same direction would be a welcomed shift in the way we do government business on St. Maarten.

Simply put, we need a common vision for St. Maarten that can be shared with the people to bring back the trust in government.

We need a change alright! A change of climate....in our community; in our streets; in our government, in our schools etc.

The foregoing is to stimulate a discussion on party programs, candidates' loyalty and the actual workings when these translate into seats in parliament and potential representation in government.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In a reaction to the latest string of power outages a clearly upset MP Frankie Meyers stated: “This is unbelievable! The mismanagement of GEBE goes beyond party politics.

It is affecting us all; the average citizen whose appliances are being damaged, businesses that are being hurt in an already damaged economy, residents that are planning their daily household chores, and even GEBE’s own employees are all affected by the mismanagement from the top.”

MP Meyers further pointed out that not so long ago the current Council of Ministers wanted thirty million guilders from GEBE to balance their budget - which by the way now already has accumulated a huge deficit in the first two quarters of the year-.

They furthermore told the previous Supervisory Board to take loans for the purchase of new generators, and not to use the money that GEBE has on their account.

When the previous Supervisory Board refused to play political games, they were removed. Musical chairs is being played with the CEO, CFO and COO position ever since.

“On social media there was a post that was funny, but sad at the same time. It reads: ‘MP Lake put the new GEBE board in place, his back to basics approach is in full effect. We’re back to candlelight”! While lots of things were running well under the UP-Led Government, the reality is that this coalition is messing up everything good.

We now have a large number of power outages, we’re experiencing major issues with garbage collection and management of the dump, while a new fantasy island is being planned in the middle of our lagoon for a sewage plant.

“Enough is enough”, MP Meyers went on. “My people deserve better! We can no longer continue like this. We need to put our people first, by creating an environment where businesses can flourish and where the quality of life for everyone increases.

As a Member of Parliament I will work together with all stakeholders to get St. Maarten out of this darkness, and remain committed to find sound solutions for the problems GEBE is facing.

ST. PETERS, St. MaartenOn Thursday evening we were shock to hear that a truck struck more than 75 people killing them during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, and injuring dozens more.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten—The murder of Belgium tourist Wendy Mountulet is being condemned by the One St. Maarten People Party, who offers condolences to the family of the 22 year old.

ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - I believe communication is the key for the businesses and community with respect to the recent spate of NV GEBE power outages and load shedding throughout the districts, several times in one day.  

PHILIPSBURG---The current issues being experienced with Gebe’s much criticized load shedding are because the company is now “a rudderless ship,” according to leader of the One St. Maarten People Party Lenny Priest, who further stated that government needs to step in and tackle these issues head on in the interest of the populace.

GREAT BAY, St. Martin - Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever is concerned with the current garbage situation on the island, as the population and visitors are at an all-time high for Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus infections.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Because I was born on Sint Maarten, I love my island and have a passion for the people of this country. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I was raised by Sint Maarten’s best, namely the Rogers, Mardenboroughs, Cannegieters, Kingsales, Sponspers, Bakers, Halleys, and Carti’s. I am from good people. I was taught good manners and I am ready to SERVE MY PEOPLE FOR A CHANGE!!

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