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LIAT Restores Morning Service From Grenada To Barbados

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Regional carrier LIAT has restored its daily morning service from Grenada to Barbados it was announced Monday.

Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation, Dr. Clarice Modest-Curwen made the announcement which follows a meeting with representatives of the airline.

“This new service will also commence on June 15 and will operate four days a week, arriving from Barbados mid-morning, and departing Grenada just before noon for Barbados”, Modest-Curwen said.

LIAT withdrew this and another service in late 2016, prompting local officials to seek alternatives, while negotiating with LIAT for restoration.

TPI donates to youth in sports

BELVEDERE, St. Maarten - Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) attended, The St. Maarten Hockey Club (SMHC) Clinic on Saturday from 3:00 to 4.30pm at the Cruijff Court in Belvedere. The clinic was unique conducted by, ex Dutch National Hockey Team players and Olympic Gold medalists Kim Lammers and Sophie Polkamp.

TPI’s President & CEO, Dr. Natasha Gittens observed the quality of the clinic on Saturday and admired the interaction of the youth with the Olympians. TPI made the donation to illustrate our diverse commitment to developing the youth, people, organizations and professionals of the Caribbean, not only as a progressive training and organizational services firm but an organization that believes that humanitarian contributions are just as important as annual profits, said Gittens.

TPI has requested that the donation be specifically used to jump start a renewed marketing campaign in the Belvedere community, to educate and encourage youth to enroll and to buy shoes, protective gear and equipment. This donation will act as our second promised contribution to the St. Maarten community with two more events planned.

This Caribbean Country Has A New Prime Minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Jovenel Moise says he has appointed Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, a professor of gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti (UEH) as the country’s new Prime Minister.

He replaces Enex Jean-Charles, who submitted his letter of resignation earlier this month to allow the new head of state to enter into discussions with the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament for his successor, as stipulated in the Constitution.

“After a second round of consultations with the presidents of both Houses, I chose Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime Minister,” Moïse said in a statement.

Dr. Lafontant, 56, married and a father of three, is an unknown political figure. He has been pursing his medical career for 30 years and is also professor of gastroenterology at the University of Notre Dame of Haiti (UNDH) and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Marlon Samuels Allowed To Resume Bowling In International Cricket

DUBAI, UAE – The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of West Indies Marlon Samuels has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket.

On 29 January, Samuels underwent a reassessment of his bowling action at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

The umpires are still at liberty to report Samuels if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the reassessment. To assist the umpires, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action.

If Samuels is reported again, he will be required to undertake further analysis of his bowling action at an ICC accredited testing centre.

Rotary club of Sint. Maarten announces free cyber-bullying seminar

PHILIPSBURG, SINT MAARTEN – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten is proud to announce they are hosting a seminar on Cyber-bullying, on Friday, February 10th from 7pm-9pm at the LB Scott Auditorium.  The club has brought to the island Dr. Sameer Hinduja, one of the world's leading experts on the subjects of Bullying and Cyber-bullying, who will be giving a FREE seminar to the teens and parents of the island.

"Cyber-bullying is an epidemic which has, unfortunately, made its ugly way to Sint Maarten," says Rotarian John Caputo.  "We need to start this conversation with our kids, and we need to learn some ways to deal with it.  I saw a shocking statistic that only 1 in 10 youths that are being bullied let someone close to them know that they were being bullied.  As parents, it is so important to be a part of this; and like I said, to start the conversation.  Who knows, you just may save a loved one's life." Rotarian Caputo continued to say.  

Also, a representative of the Law enforcement and youth services will be on hand to answer any questions after Dr. Hinduja presents, to inform the youth of Sint Maarten about the legalities of bullying here:  the consequences, ways teens can report bullying activities, etc.

Government Denies Prime Minister Skerrit Under US Investigation

ROSEAU, Dominica  – The Dominica government Saturday denied social media reports that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was under investigation by United States law enforcement authorities and blamed the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for engineering the report as part of its strategy “to seize political control of this country”.

“Let me re-assure the people of Dominica that I spoke with the Prime Minister this morning, he is well, a little tired for all the discussions and meetings he has been having in the economic advancement of the people of Dominica and these mischievous and malicious reports should be totally disregarded,” said Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie.

The report on Facebook, claims that Skerrit is under investigation by an un-named United States agency for his role in the sale of a Dominican passport to Iranian national Ali Reza Halat Monfared who has been arrested on allegations of being involved in Iran’s biggest ever corruption scandal.

Barbados Deports Vincentian Woman

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  –  A Bridgetown Magistrate Monday ordered the deportation of a Vincentian woman after she pleaded guilty to theft.

The non-national was listed as 45-year-old Paurline Jacobs, also known as Leolina Pearlina Jack, who was living at the corner of Deacons Road, St Michael. She told the court her real name was Pearline Leolina Jack.

She admitted to stealing a power saw worth $2,500 belonging to I.R.O Maintenance Incorporated on November 22, 2016.

The facts by the police prosecutor revealed that officials of the company, who were facilitating work at Cave Shepherd in Broad Street, reported they saw missing. The Vincentian was seen on camera taking the piece of equipment.

“I am sorry I took up the saw,” she told court.

Government Denies Moving Towards Silencing OBSERVER Media Group

ST JOHN’S, Antigua  –  The Antigua and Barbuda government has denied allegations that it is moving to silence the OBSERVER Media Group (OMG) and has distanced itself from the action taken by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) to recover outstanding debts owed to it by the media group.

Earlier this week, the Chief Executive Officer of the OBSERVER Media Group, Darren Derrick, said that the APUA’s claim in the High Court for the payment of EC$1,198,598.86 from Observer Publications Limited and EC$387,500.88 from Observer Radio Limited was “an attack on the only independent media house in Antigua & Barbuda”.

Derrick said that the Group intends to appeal the High Court ruling in favour of the APUA and “have it set aside” adding that “we are very confident” the court would rule in the Group’s favour.

Information Minister Melford Nicholas, speaking at the weekly Ca

“Living Through 2016” by J. K. Pascall Soft -book launching ceremony this Thursday January 19th at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten  -  Trinidadian native and inspirational author J. K. Pascall will be presenting his book “Living Through 2016” on Thursday January 19th, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

“Consciousness is the beginning, to know yourself as yourself are a key to finding the mind behind the identity; to wear your identity like clothes and not be a slave to it; the beginning is to do what you have always done through the identity but not to be afraid to go beyond that.

It just took the greater part of a life time to get to that point” stated J. K. Pascall. This started at the tender age of 17 through the weight of teenage confusion. Life transformed after being taken under the wings of a family friend becoming his mentor. Pascall's education took off; he was exposed to new knowledge and experiences.

The transformation came in two phases – one through immersion into the world of books: from “Chronicles of Tao” by Den Ming Tao to “The long walk to freedom” by Nelson Mandela among others. Through the life experience of relationships; marriage and divorce. Then phase two, the breakthrough came 22 years later when he re-established contact with his mentor, who sent him the e-book “Journey to 9th Planet” by Michael Demarquet; the final balance to his life education awaking his epiphany.

Former Haitian Rebel Turned Politician Extradited, Appears In Court

FLORIDA  –  The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) of the Southern District of Florida has released the charges against Guy Philippe, the former Haitian rebel turned politician, who was arrested Thursday afternoon in Port Au Prince and extradited a few hours later.

Philippe, 48, was indicted in 2005 on one count of conspiracy to import narcotics; one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and one substantive count of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity.

Philippe, who was elected as a Senator in the November 20 legislative elections in Haiti, was ordered held without bond during an initial hearing before US Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber of the Southern District of Florida.

Philippe’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2017.

According to the indictment, from approximately 1997 through 2001, Philippe conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

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