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The truck was left in a precarious situation as its flatbed with a container was still on board MV Midnight Tide at Charles A. Woodley Pier.

 ST. EUSTATIUS--A truck was severely damaged in an accident Wednesday evening at Charles A. Woodley pier after a line broke off MV Midnight Tide. The truck driver was not severely injured in the accident which occurred between 8:30 and 9:00. The truck’s cabin sustained a lot of damage.

  The container vessel’s agent said the seas had not been rough at the time of the incident. But as it was surging, the ship’s captain had made the suggestion to tie the ship with another line. However, at that moment the rope with which the vessel was secured to the pier came lose, and the container ship started moving away from the ramp on which the truck was parked to load a container.

  The truck driver managed to jump out of the truck when the vehicle started to topple into the water. Persons present jumped in to assist and quickly everything was brought back under control. The truck was hoisted onto the pier with the assistance of a crane.

  The Midnight Tide was able to leave after the incident. No one sustained any serious injuries. Only the truck driver was seen walking with a limp which was caused by him having to jumping out of the cabin.

  A large crowd gathered on the waterfront to see the incident unfold before their eyes.

  No official information about the incident from the authorities in charge of the harbour was forthcoming. Acting Island Governor Julian Woodley, who is in charge of disaster management, said he had not received any information about the incident up to press time.

DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Tuesday midday (12:00 LST) February 21, 2017

This afternoon: Fair to partly cloudy.
Tonight through Tuesday midday: Partly cloudy with passing showers possible.

Forecast High:
 28°C / 84°F             Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F

Sunset Today: 6:16 P.M.                Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:37 A.M.

This afternoon through Tuesday midday: Southeast to westerly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 09 mph, becoming lighter and variable at times.

Marginal moisture and weak instability associated with a frontal boundary across the local area may cause passing showers during this forecast period. Additionally, the weakened Atlantic high pressure system will maintain generally light winds.

Seas are expected to remain slight to moderate during the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to moderate          WAVES/SWELLS: up to 5 feet


OUTLOOK through Wednesday midday: Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy with isolated showers possible.


“Another one bites the dust” was among comments heard following Sunday’s confirmation that the US Party’s intended Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Cecil Nicholas did not pass the required screening (see related story). After all, the main reason the NA/UP coalition originally formed right after last year’s election failed to materialise was said to be problems with one or more of the latter party’s candidate cabinet members.

“Shocking” is how some described Friday’s news that employers owe an estimated 200 million Antillean guilders in outstanding premiums to Social Health Insurances SZV. Certain of these debts go all the way back to the year 2000 and can’t be collected anymore, but it’s still a huge amount for such a small country.

One already knew that local fiscal compliance was poor, but if correct this is downright ridiculous. What makes it even worse is that in many cases the workers’ part of the premiums were no doubt withheld, but kept instead of transferred to the collective coverage fund.

The latter is nothing short of stealing, plain and simple. It is also highly irresponsible behaviour by entrepreneurs who ought to know better.

Then again, they are not the only culprits. For years Government failed to make pension and social security payments on behalf of its personnel, resulting in similar arrears to SZV and General Pension Fund APS that are only now being cleared.

However, that bad example that politicians and public administrators set in the past is definitely not a valid excuse for the current private sector. Two wrongs don’t make a right and the people involved should by now be fully aware that such behaviour is totally unacceptable.

SZV’s Glen Carty said they are not out to put businesses out of operation, but rather work with them. That’s all well and good, but strong action is required if they subsequently fail to honour outstanding payment arrangements.

It must be kept in mind that those concerned also create an unfair advantage over their competitors who play it by the book as good corporate citizens. Ensuring a level playing field is essential to any free market economy.

Still from video of men saving the family.

PARAMARIBO--Four delivery men are being hailed as heroes after saving a mother and her two children from drowning last week. Political party VHP first presented them with a certificate of appreciation and some money. And over the weekend a foundation announced that it will also be giving them a monetary award for their heroics.

  Amrish Mathoera, Giovanni Blankendaal, Lorenzo Dickson and Narin Dawtal were travelling over Wayamboweg in District Saramacca in their company’s delivery truck on Wednesday February 15, when the passenger vehicle in front suddenly swerved and made a nose dive into the canal alongside the road. The three wasted no time as the car started to go under; they dove in fully clothed, smashed the back window and pulled out the mother and her three children.

  Video footage someone shot of the rescue operation, that has since gone viral on social media, shows the three men chest deep in the murky water, smashing the car window; the youngest child, a baby, is first lifted carefully out of the vehicle and passed from one man to the next to shore, while they remain cautious not to get the toddler wet. They then pull out another child, a boy of about seven years old.

  Then, just seconds after they also lift the mom out, the car dramatically goes under; Blankendaal can be seen quickly reaching in at the last moment to pull out what looks like the boy’s school bag. The vehicle is then totally submerged.

  Luckily none of the family members had been injured when the car crashed into the canal. The mother – 40-year-old S.B. – explained later that she had lost control over the steering wheel, which caused the crash. The men who saved her and her children became instant heroes, lauded and praised by all walks in the country.

  On Friday, February 19, VHP Chairman Chandrika Santokhi presented them with the party’s reward, calling them role models of bravery for the entire community. “You guys had the bravery to take quick action when it was needed. This is the type of actions that show who we are: a community that is there for each other when it is needed,” the politician said.

  But the praise did not stop there. On Saturday the Bennie Liefdadigheidsstichting (Bennie Charity 12-12-12) announced that it would be presenting the men with checks worth between SR $1,000 and SR $5,000 each. Charity chairman Ben Oliveira said it was important to honour the men, because “these days we – and especially the youth – need to know what heroism is and that it is still alive. The youth seem to think that it’s better to look tough; whereas back in the day young people would help an old lady cross the street, they make fun of those that do those kinds of things today. We want to send out a signal that says that we think it’s important that we help one another,” he said.

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands--World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines is partnering with a leading Caribbean hospital and charity to bring free cardiac care to children from his homeland.

NEW YORK--U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co withdrew its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc, the companies said on Sunday, raising questions about whether Kraft could turn its focus to another target.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida--A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

WASHINGTON--Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as "Jane Roe" in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said.

BERLIN--A Hungarian love story called "On Body and Soul" about two lonely hearts working in a slaughterhouse in Budapest won the Golden Bear for best film on Saturday at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

WASHINGTON--The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

ABU DHABI--U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press.

QUITO--Partial official results put ruling party leftist Lenin Moreno clearly ahead in Sunday's presidential election, although it was unclear whether he had enough votes to avoid an April runoff against conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso.

MUNICH--One month into the unusual presidency of Donald Trump, his most senior cabinet members were deployed to Brussels, Bonn and Munich this week to reassure nervous Europeans that everything would be okay.

CAY HILL – The Island Hoops Foundation, on behalf of the St. Maarten Basketball Federation is proud to announce the island’s first ever 3-on-3 basketball national teams. The U18 Men’s SXM team consists of Kevin Edwards, Louis Fernandes, Kenya Hodge and David Labardy. The players on the U18 Women’s team are Aesha Gibson, Jalaika Davoren, Kenya Hodge and David Labardy.

CUL DE SAC--The Flamboyant Firebats recorded its first win in Cricket St. Maarten High Performance League with a clinical five-wicket win over Super Smashers at the Caribe Lumber Ballpark on Sunday.

Dear Editor,

The standard is that when the people placed their trust in persons to govern their day-to- day affairs it is expected that any action on behalf of the people is done within the bounds of the judicial system. Morality, integrity and transparency must be the guiding forces in every action taken on behalf of the people.

Anytime those in power neglect to abide by the law and resort to illegitimate acts they temporarily neutralize these values within themselves and, therefore, forego the trust of the people. We, the people thought that the firestorm which ensued after Mr. Simmons, Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs, went on to illegally sign an agreement with a constitutional experts that the executive branch would have been more cautious in executing its duty.

On the contrary, last week both the commissioners went on to sign an agreement with NuStar regarding the harbour ordinance. One would have expected that the island secretary, as the last line of defence of what is legally allowed, at least would have done his duty and refuse to affix his signature on that document.

This is a sad state of affairs when egos blind persons that they will venture so far off course to believe that they can make their own rules and regulations as they go along. Although, we all agree that the evaluation of the WolBES is a must, this law states clearly who the person in charge is of signing any agreement on behalf of the Public Entity Statia ( art. 173, sub 1 WolBES).

We also understood that the ‘tall’ commissioner displayed a childish antic by getting hyper emotional when the Secretary General indicated that according to The Hague there was no progress in the process of bettering the administration and financial household, and that the supervision will not be lifted.

Little that this rocking horse knows, is that emotions do not have much influence on these European Dutch. By the way, keep the adage of the writer Alfred A. Montapert in mind, “Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving, but does not make any progress.” We are witnessing a rocking-horse governance in which members are jerking back and forth furiously yet there is no forward movement.

It is expected that you the people will be continuously bombarded with misinformation in the coming days in an effort to convince you how wrong and spiteful The Hague is towards the government of Statia, more specifically you the people. This is done in an effort to divert your attention from the truth, namely, they as government are trampling on the laws that govern us. Listen carefully and separate sense from nonsense so you are able to see through the smoke screen of confusion and rubbish.

It is a pity, but with this last illegal act this coalition gives The Hague the confirmation to establish their next step under the umbrella of supervision. The United People’s Coalition again calls upon government to put its egos asides and be smart by seeking honest dialogue in the interest of our people.

Reginald C. Zaandam

Leader of the United People’s Coalition

Dear Queenie,

My husband won’t eat anything but dairy products, bread and pasta. He eats cheese and drinks milk, which are healthy enough, but he won’t eat meat or even try fruits or vegetables or any new dish I offer him

Up to now I have managed by making meals that include both the things he will eat and the healthy things I want – he eats the things he likes and leaves the rest. But now we have a baby and I am afraid he will follow his father’s example and grow up to be a picky eater. I worry about his health and his father’s.

Queenie, what do you suggest I do?—Worried mother

Dear Mother,

For the time being you can arrange for your child to eat at a different time than you and your husband, so he does not have a chance to follow his father’s example. You also should consult your family doctor, and maybe a nutritionist, to learn just what elements are necessary for a healthy diet.

There also are cookbooks that specialise in including healthy ingredients in foods for picky eaters, like soups, spaghetti sauces and even desserts.

Finally, your doctor can recommend vitamin supplements – some of which you might even be able to sneak into the picky eaters’ foods, if necessary.

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