Minister Plenipotentiary Fleming-Artsen receives courtesy visit from Dutch Second Chamber of Parliament Secretary General De Lange

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Monday, March 30 Minister Plenipotentiary, Hon. Josianne Fleming–Artsen received a courtesy visit from the Dutch Second Chamber of Parliament Secretary General T.N.I. (Tim) de Lange. Minister Fleming-Artsen described the meeting as fruitful and informative in connection with the current status of committees that exist in the Second Chamber.  De Lange also highlighted certain aspects of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament. The Minister and De Lange also discussed the upcoming Inter-Parliamentary Consultation (IPKO) that is scheduled for May 27-29 in The Hague, the Netherlands. A delegation from the Parliament of Sint Maarten will travel to the Netherlands for the IPKO consultation. De Lange was accompanied by Dutch Kingdom Relations Commission Assistant M.J. (Maya) Visscher-de la Combe. PHOTO CUTLINE L to R: M.J. Visscher-de la Combe, Minister Plenipotentiary, Josianne Fleming – Artsen, and Secretary General T.N.I. de Lange.

Possible shooting ( Zagersgut road/Tassel road)

PHIIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Saturday March 28th 2015 at about 9.30 p.m. a report came into the Police Central Dispatch of a possible shooting which took place on the corner of Zagersgut road and Tassel road in Cul-de-Sac The forensic department came to the scene and collected evidence for the investigation. In the meanwhile Detectives spoke to potential witnesses, because, it is still unclear what took place and why. According to the information that came in the shooting took place after a heated argument between two unknown men. Thus far into the investigation no one seems to have been injured. The police would like to ask witnesses to come forward and inform them via the (anonymous) tip line #9300 or talk to one of the detectives in person about what happened on that Saturday around 9.30 p.m.

HEALTH CITY CAYMAN ISLANDS INTRODUCES MEDICAL ONCOLOGY SERVICES

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ONCOLOGY SERVICES
Dr. Vineetha Binoy
CAYMAN ISLANDS (March 30, 2015) – Health City Cayman Islands has launched new medical oncology services with the opening of its Department of Medical Oncology, spearheaded by resident oncologist Dr. Vineetha Binoy. The department focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers using the latest technology in chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. Medical oncology services cover treatment for a wide range of cancers, including cancers of the breast, lung, brain, lymphomas and chronic leukaemia. Supportive care such as helping to manage adult cancer pain, palliative care, antiemesis, transfusions, prevention and treatment of cancer-related infections, distress management and survivorship are also available. As with all departments at Health City Cayman Islands, the Oncology Department aims to provide the highest quality of individualized care in a compassionate and caring setting with medical and nursing professional support available on site for the patient at any phase of their chemotherapy cycle or supportive care regime. The dedicated Oncology Day Care Unit can accommodate two patients at a time and provides a calm and comfortable environment for patients during their therapy. Dr. Binoy completed medical school in 2001, and did her residency in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Central Government Institute JIPMER in Pondicherry, India. She then worked at the Institute of Haematology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia from 2005 to 2007, where she developed an interest in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. She completed her specialist training in Medical Oncology in Bangalore, India, and served as a consultant in Medical Oncology at the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, Narayana Health, Bangalore, India, before joining Health City Cayman Islands. Dr. Binoy brings with her a wealth of experience, having been part of the oncology and transplantation team at Bangalore, which performed autologous and allogeneic transplants, including Cord, MUD and Haploidentical stem cell transplants. “Health City looks forward to working with the medical community, and in particular the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, in our mission to treat, manage and prevent cancer,” said Dr. Binoy who is certified by the European Society for Medical Oncology for excellence in oncology. “We also offer patients diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, image-guided biopsy (ultrasound/CT), bone scan, thyroid scan, lumbar puncture and intrathecal chemotherapy, paracentesis and thoracentesis,” said Dr. Binoy. “In fact, we offer an extremely wide selection of oncology services that will be a huge complement to the existing services already available at Health City Cayman Islands. About Health City Cayman Islands Health City Cayman Islands, the vision of heart surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty, is supported by two major healthcare organizations, Narayana Health and the U.S.-based Ascension which is that nation’s largest faith-based and nonprofit health system, providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Health City Cayman Islands provides compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services for all in a world-class, comfortable, patient-centered environment. Offering healthcare to international, regional and local patients, Health City Cayman Islands delivers excellence in adult and pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, medical oncology, orthopedics, pediatric endocrinology, and pulmonology.
For further information, visit www.healthcitycaymanislands.com.

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, IMPORTANT AIRPORT HUB, SAYS MINISTER MICHAEL, AS TOURISM OFFICIALS, CELEBRATE NEW BA ROUTE

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British Airways inaugural flight service between Antigua and Turks and Caicos celebrated.
(St. John’s, Antigua) – V.C Bird International Airport will serve as an important hub for UK based carrier British Airways, as the airline,on Sunday, launched their inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The route is historic, as it will be the first, direct flight connection between the Eastern Caribbean and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael, at a reception to launch the service, said to a gathering of Tourism officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands and Antigua and Barbuda: “The rise in popularity of Antigua and Barbuda and Turks & Caicos is demonstrated by British Airways agreeing to add a direct link between our two destinations.” He also said, “This added service means new opportunities, and choices available to us for increased business activities and closer collaboration. The end result will be greater economic growth while, simultaneously building the spirit of regional integration between our two countries.” The weekly flight from Gatwick, to Antigua on a Boeing 777 then onwards to Providenciales, will operate every Sunday from March 29. Minister Michael said, the new route allows for visa free travel  and will encourage more business and leisure travellers  to island hop, from Antigua to Turks and Caicos and vice versa. Welcoming the airline, as they prepared to board the inaugural flight were:  The Hon. Porsha Stubbs-Smith, Minister of Tourism Turks & Caicos, Dr. Kingsley Been, Chairman of Turks & Caicos Tourism Board, Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks & Caicos and Mrs. Lavern Skippings-Reynolds, Airport Manager, Providenciales International Airport. An invitation was extended to the Government and The People of the Turks and Caicos to travel to Antigua for the country’s Summer Carnival: July 25 – August 4 2015. With a new terminal to be opened in June, Antigua’s V.C. Bird International’s airport expansion, will increase capacity, allowing the destination to develop new routes.  The terminal, which will be the most modern in the Eastern Caribbean will feature the latest technology, first class duty free shopping and VIP lounges, creating a more efficient and enhanced passenger experience.  

BARBADOS TO HOST GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD CRICKET FESTIVAL

~ Barbados’ wins bid to host international lifestyle cricket tournament ~ BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS. – Barbados has won the bid to host the 2017 Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, an international tournament for semi-professional and retired players. Local cricketing legends, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers and Joel Garner, have joined a delegation led by Alvin Jemmott, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), to promote the tournament in Cape Town, South Africa at this year’s edition of the festival. According to the BTMI chairman, the response to the Barbados delegation has been very positive thus far as they work toward attracting approximately 600 visitors to Barbados for May 6 – 13, 2017 edition of the festival. “What is particularly interesting about having the 2017 Golden Oldies Cricket Festival is that it takes place during the month of May, which allows us to increase arrivals during a traditionally slower month.  No less that five hotels are expected to benefit from this event. In addition our support services – restaurants, attractions, car rentals, nightlife facilities, etc. – are expected to gain additional business as the games are structured as a festival allowing participants to adequately enjoy the host country. “One of the good elements of trying to generate interest in this particular festival is the level of respect that vintage players here in South Africa have for Sir Garfield Sobers and Joel Garner, both of whom are here as part of the official delegation.  Another very positive sign is the willingness of the organizers to use local ground operators to handle the logistics of the festival, allowing us to keep additional foreign exchange in Barbados after putting together the 2017 event.” “Tonight is the final event on our itinerary and again we will make our final push to leave a lasting impression during the awards ceremony as Sir Garfield Sobers makes his presentation to the entire group of participants, followed by the performance by calypsonian, Red Plastic Bag.” The biannual festival is the brainchild of cricket enthusiast, Peter McDermott, and has previously been held in destinations such as Adelaide, Birmingham, Brisbane, Auckland and Sydney to mention a few. The Golden Oldies Festival is not limited to cricket but also has editions catering to those who play rugby, golf, hockey and netball.  The BTMI is exploring the opportunities of hosting these editions of the festival as well during their trip to Cape Town.  

ST.LUCIA : Civil Service Association President Calls On Government to Follow Lead of Newly Elected Team UNITY Administration in St.Kitts-Nevis

 President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac
  SAINT LUCIA — The Recent Move by the Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris-led new Team UNITY Administration in St.Kitts-Nevis to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on food, medicine and funeral expenses has  come in for high praises from throughout the region.  President of the St.LUCIA Civil Service Association (CSA) Mary Isaac has said that the government there  should follow suit. Isaac called on the  Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony government to review the country’s tax system, aimed at reducing it and providing relief to all Saint Lucians as was done in St.Kitts-Nevis The President of the Civil Service Association  told the St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the government talks about poverty alleviation, but questioned what measures have been put in place to address the issue of poverty. “I don’t know if the government of Saint Lucia is even listening when these things are happening, because more and more you are seeing we keep spending without prioritizing,” she argued. Isaac has suggested that government remove VAT not only on food and medicine, but on also commodities that children use. She said parents and guardians should not be burdened with paying VAT for materials for school uniforms, school supplies and medicine for children. The trade unionist said persons in the commercial sector can also attest to the fact that the current VAT is causing major strain on their businesses, adding that Saint Lucia’s economic indicators are also getting worst. “The facts are there, the information is there. We need to really look at reducing or removing VAT on items that essential to every household. This will encourage economic growth,” she explained. Isaac applauded the St. Kitts and Nevis government for their move. She said it will help to put more money in the hands of the people, which will lend to more spending and stimulate more economic activity. Source Time Caribbean Online
St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris announced the removal of VAT from Food, Funeral Expenses and Medicine as of April 7th
   

ST.KITTS : Honorary Counsel in Dubai Refuses To Give Up Position

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Kate Alex Woodley, the mother of former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas’ children
DUBAI — Kate Alex Woodley, the mother of former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas’ children, is refusing to relinquish the consular post he assigned her in the St. Kitts-Nevis Embassy in Dubai. The Observer was reliably informed that all ambassadors have been recalled with the exception of Taiwan and Jamaica. A government source confirmed this and that Woodley refused to leave the Dubai Embassy. The opening of the Consulate and Woodley’s appointment as Consul General has been the source of much public discord. The embassy was opened in March 2012 amid controversy that then PM Douglas had done it without the knowledge of his Deputy PM, then Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Condor. Condor said at the time there was “something fishy” about establishing the embassy the way Dr. Douglas had gone about it. He said it was a “costly undertaking” and he had not been consulted about the opening or Woodley’s appointment. While he was in office The Observer had asked the ex-PM about the cost of Embassy to the tax-payers however he never revealed any figures. The Observer understands that apart from the rental space for the actual Consulate, the government of St. Kitts –Nevis was paying over $100,000US each year for Woodley’s posh high rise apartment. The government was also footing the bill for Woodley’s vehicle, A BMW X5. The Observer was also reliably informed that since Woodley has refused to leave the premises, the relevant Ministries within the new administration are taking the necessary steps to address the situation. Main Photo / www.sknvibes.com Taken From the St.Kitts-Nevis Observer, Read More: http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/2015/03/27/consular-position.html

Antigua PM to Summon LIAT CEO Over Proposal for Barbados to Quit LIAT

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, March 29 2015 – Prime Minister Gaston Browne said LIAT CEO David Evans should resign if he was the author of a document calling for Barbados to quit the regional carrier and set up its own airline. Speaking on local radio this afternoon, Browne said he plans to hold a meeting with Evans on the matter. “I will be calling in Mr. Evans very shortly to discuss with him exactly where that plan emanated from. He needs to tell me as the Prime Minister of this country where than plan emanated from. And if it is that he hatched that plan on his own, you can be sure that as Prime Minister of this country, as a shareholder of LIAT that I will be asking for his resignation,” Browne said. “I’m told that the proposal was discussed at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors but the proposal was actually turned down because of the strong objection of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on the issue. “If it is that Mr. Evans took it on his own to prepare that proposal for consideration by the Government of Barbados, then as far as I am concerned, the proposal to cannibalize LIAT is certainly an act of treason against LIAT and obviously an act of hostility against the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda. The document, allegedly authored at the senior management level of LIAT, proposes that a Barbados air carrier be established with its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and Route Licensing Authorisation. The new company would effectively replace the majority of existing LIAT services throughout the region and would seek to develop new markets. An approach, methodology and structure for the establishment of the new Barbados air carrier were detailed in the document. It said a traditional approach to fleet planning in a startup airline with a projected requirement of 10 aircraft would be to launch initially with two to three aircraft and a limited route network and build thereafter incrementally over a period of 18 months to the final fleet number. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has funded, via shareholder governments, LIAT’s wholly owned ATR -42 aircraft. The plan calls for the title of those aircraft to be passed on to the Barbados Government either through shareholder agreement or through CDB taking charge of the aircraft and reassigning them. According to the proposal, Barbados would assume title of the aircraft in return for a surrender of their shareholding in LIAT. The aircraft and the loan obligation would then be assigned to the new company. At the same time the new company would enter into a wet lease agreement with a third party provider, who has already been identified, for the lease of five aircraft and crew for a period not exceeding 12 months. The proposal went on to outline that as a first step the new company would be incorporated in Barbados with a registered address. A small team of people comprising Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel and those with specific expertise in finance, flight operations, maintenance and commercial would commence work assembling the necessary operational regulatory documentation and commercial and financial infrastructure. FILE Photo: Prime Minister Gaston Alphonso Browne of Antigua and Barbuda addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Proposal for Barbados to Quit LIAT and Form its own Air Carrier

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, March 28 2015 – Caribbean News Service (CNS) has obtained a document titled “Proposal for the Establishment of a Barbados Air Carrier.” The document, allegedly authored at the senior management level of LIAT, points to Barbados, LIAT’s majority shareholder, planning to quit airline The document proposes that a Barbados air carrier be established with its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and Route Licensing Authorisation. The new company would effectively replace the majority of existing LIAT services throughout the region and would seek to develop new markets. An approach, methodology and structure for the establishment of the new Barbados air carrier were detailed in the document. It said a traditional approach to fleet planning in a startup airline with a projected requirement of 10 aircraft would be to launch initially with two to three aircraft and a limited route network and build thereafter incrementally over a period of 18 months to the final fleet number. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has funded, via shareholder governments, LIAT’s wholly owned ATR -42 aircraft. The plan calls for the title of those aircraft to be passed on to the Barbados Government either through shareholder agreement or through CDB taking charge of the aircraft and reassigning them. According to the proposal, Barbados would assume title of the aircraft in return for a surrender of their shareholding in LIAT. The aircraft and the loan obligation would then be assigned to the new company. At the same time the new company would enter into a wet lease agreement with a third party provider, who has already been identified, for the lease of five aircraft and crew for a period not exceeding 12 months. The proposal went on to outline that as a first step the new company would be incorporated in Barbados with a registered address. A small team of people comprising Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel and those with specific expertise in finance, flight operations, maintenance and commercial would commence work assembling the necessary operational regulatory documentation and commercial and financial infrastructure. The proposal has met with a negative response from Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Browne, who confirmed seeing, said he hopes, “commonsense and reasonableness” would prevail. “It is unfortunate that they are seeking to take that position,” Browne declared on state-owned television. The prime minister, who reportedly received the document about three days ago, is expected to take it to Cabinet on Wednesday. But ahead of those discussions, he warned that the recommendation is not in the spirit of good relations.

SMSEF Interscholastic Soccer Tournament March 28 Results

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BELVEDERE, Sint Maarten — March 28, 2015 results of the annual SMSEF Interscholastic Soccer Tournament at Johan Cruijff Court in Belvedere The day started with some light shattered showers and cloud cover, but finished with blue skies and a bright sun. With only two full days of games left to determine this year’s finalists, the “heat is on” for the teams to give it their all. Results of Saturday March 28, 2015: Game 1: Category 7+U Learning Unlimited Hotshots vs Sr. Regina: result 5 – 0 (at halftime 3 – 0) Goal scorers L.U. Hotshots: Ajani Blake with 3 goals, Marnix Beishuizen and Marshall Leone with one goal each. A solid performance by the players of L.U. Hotshots. Sr. Regina put up a good fight, however was unable to put one between the posts. Game 2: Category 7+U Leonald Connor vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 2 – 0 (forfeit) Dr. Martin Luther King was not able to field a team in time. A friendly game was played with the players that were present. Game 3: Category 7+U Learning Unlimited Strikers vs Sr. Magda Rockstars: result 0 – 4 (at halftime 0 – 1) Goal scorers Sr. Magda Rockstars: Yannick Mingo and Owen Christian both with 2 goals. They were assisted by Jeremiah Telemacque and Daniel Tjon-Tam-Pau. The game was 0 – 0 until just before halftime. Taking the lead late in the first half gave Sr. Magda Rockstars the confidence to really go for it in the second half. Game 4: Category Girls 13+U Leonald Connor vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 3 – 2 (at halftime 1 – 1) Goal scorers Leonald Connor: Jahnilla Priest, Karoline Quispe de los Santos and Dorothy James each scored one goal. Goal scorers Dr. Martin Luther King: Shaney Joachim and Kaleisha Davis each scored one goal. Dr. Martin Luther King started strong and scored first with a goal from its youngest player Shaney Joachim a.k.a. Faith after an assist by its oldest player Kaleisha Davis. For a while it looked like the team would cause an upset, however Leonald Connor regrouped in time to tie the score before half time. In the second half Leonald Connor was able to dominate the game a little more, but the game could go both ways until the final whistle. Game 5: Category Girls 13+U Hillside Christian All Stars vs Sr. Regina: result 2 – 0 (forfeit) Due to miscommunication Sr. Regina unnecessarily forfeited the game. The team reported the day before that they were not able to field a team. The opponent was informed accordingly, however on game day the Sr. Regina team showed up to play. The team ended up playing a friendly game instead. Game 6: Category Girls 13+U Hillside Christian Angels vs Sr. Magda: result 0 – 2 (forfeit) For reasons on known, Hillside Christian Angels was not able to field a team. Sr. Magda played a friendly game instead with the players present. Game 7: Category 9+U Sr. Magda Athletics vs Sr. Regina Masters: result 7 – 1 (at halftime 5 – 1) Top scorer Sr. Magda Athletics: Gianni Fer with 4 goals and 1 assist. Useful players were Salim Fleming with 3 assists and Amani Vanterpool with 2 assists. Goal scorer Sr. Regina Masters: Ishrael Charles scored the lone goal. With today’s victory Sr. Magda Athletics secured a place in the 9+Under final scheduled for May 23. Game 8: Category 9+U Learning Unlimited vs Sr. Magda Energetics:  result 1 – 1 (at halftime 0 – 0) Goal scorer Learning Unlimited: Connor Schripps-Ewing scored the lone goal after an assist from Sharky Nowek. Goal scorer Sr. Magda Energetics: Jorginho Singodikromo scored the lone goal after an assist from Safin Basir. It was a real nail biter for the two teams since a lot depended on the outcome of this game for both teams. Both teams really needed a win to have the best changes of making it to the consolation finals. Now they were totally depended on the outcome of the other games. Luckily for them, Sr. Regina New Stars managed to win from Leonald Connor and Combine Silly Shooters won from Charles Leopold Bell that same day. Therefore, Learning Unlimited and Sr. Magda Energetics will face each other again in the 9+Under consolation final scheduled for May 23. Game 9: Category 9+U Charles Leopold Bell vs Combine Silly Shooters: result 0 – 9 (at halftime 0 – 4) Top scorers Combine Silly Shooters: Matteo van Bekkum had 3 goals, Quincy Busby and Xabel Dias both had 2 goals and 1 assist. Harrison Hobgood was a very useful player with 3 assists. Charles Leopold Bell was well aware that a win was needed. The team, however, sadly had to miss its top scorer for this important game. Combine Silly Shooters played a solid game, with a good balance regarding its defense and offense. With today’s result Combine Silly Shooters secured their spot in the 9+Under final scheduled for May 23. Game 10: Category 9+U Sr. Regina New Stars vs Leonald Connor: result 4 – 3 (at halftime 2 – 2) Goal scorers Sr. Regina New Stars: James Plas, Thomas Plas and Loet van Sleeuwen each scored a goal. The last goal in favor of Sr. Regina New Stars was an own goal by Leonald Connor. Goal scorers Leonald Connor: Antony Gumbs scored 2 goals and Iverson Powell scored one goal after an assist by Dylon Seth. Sr. Regina New Stars is a players selection of indeed ‘new stars’ that are developing their skills. The team, with the youngest age average in the 9+Under category, managed to win one game in pool play and lost two games already in the second round. All though this was not for the lack of trying, because the New Stars played every game with a lot of energy and passion. In their game versus Leonald Connor everything finally clicked. The team took the lead and even though their opponent Leonald Connor never gave up, they managed to secure a well-deserved win. Leonald Connor was still very much a contender until this game for a consolation final spot, however it needed a win to remain a contender. Sr. Regina New Stars victory spoiled their changes to great relief of Learning Unlimited and Sr. Magda Energetics, which now are secure regarding their spot in the consolation final. Game 11: Category 11+U Sr. Magda FC vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 5 – 4 (at halftime 2 – 1) Goal scorers Sr. Magda FC: Jaden Leonard with 3 goals, Jamir Cuvalay and Ceth Codrington with one goal each. Goal scorers Dr. Martin Luther King: John Richardson, Malachi Serrant, Edelberth Sparen and Derik Neale each score one goal. Sr. Magda FC took the early lead but was not able to hold on once the second half started. Dr. Martin Luther King managed to get on top with a score of 3 – 4. Sr. Magda FC had to give all it had to change the tide, but in the end it paid off. Both teams provided a great game for the spectators to watch. Due to the Easter Break games will continue on Saturday, April 11, 2015.