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MARIGOT--The 169th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery was commemorated at the Agrément roundabout on Saturday morning under the watchful eyes of Lady Liberty. This was the last ceremony to be held on May 27 as it will change by ministerial decree to May 28, the official proclamation of the end of slavery in St. Martin.

MARIGOT--The Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital recently re-opened its surgical ward as part of extensive renovations and reorganisation of wards at the hospital following the fire of May 8, 2016. The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a refrigerator in the medicine ward, forcing an evacuation of patients to other wards without any injury or loss of life.

One would almost have to admire his political savvy if the whole thing wasn’t so crazy. Clark Abraham is back as commissioner in Bonaire only two weeks after he re-entered the Island Council and in no time managed to bring about a change in government.

To be fair, the son of long-time PDB leader Jopi Abraham was the red party’s biggest vote-getter while heading its candidate list in the 2015 election. He became commissioner, but was subsequently “left out looking in” after the then “watermelon coalition” with green party UPB fell apart.

Later, problems occurred between PDB’s fraction leader Robby Beukenboom and councilman Michael Pieters. The latter recently resigned to allow Abraham back in, who subsequently broke with the opposition party, declared himself independent and soon after formed a new coalition with MPB and independent member Nunu Raphaela.

Abraham becoming commissioner meant the PDB Island Council seat is again vacant, but will once more go to – believe it or not – the same Pieters, who formally remains next in line, presumably so he too can go independent and ensure the incoming Executive Council is still supported by a majority. That readers may have trouble following all of this is no wonder, because it’s a basically-unheard-of political game of musical chairs.

Only in the Dutch Caribbean, some would say.

Local grocery shoppers will hopefully make use of Government’s consumer goods price comparisons in Tuesday’s paper. An announcement earlier this month that these controls would continue and be expanded was welcomed in this column at the time.

Of course, the list regarded only 10 of the many food stores on the Dutch side, but the aim is to gradually target a wider range of super- and minimarkets than before. That is fine, as long as they obviously don’t know when will be their turn.

While 45 items were mentioned in this case, the plan is to check about 300 products by creating eight categories of which one is to be surveyed during each reporting period. In April that was meat and seafood, while for May it was canned goods.

This seems like a practical approach, as long as the businesses in question aren’t made aware of the month’s theme beforehand, which would allow them to only lower certain prices temporarily and manipulate the results. It is one thing to be open, but some things are better kept confidential.

It could be argued that publishing prices of May 10 and 11 almost two weeks later means these may have been changed meanwhile. However, a bit of time is obviously needed to process the information and present it in an organised manner.

One aspect that should not be overlooked is the so-called “basket of basic necessities” for which maximum prices have been set. In Curaçao a minimarket was recently closed for violating a similar regulation there repeatedly despite several warnings, clearly indicating a need for enforcement in this matter.

WASHINGTON, United States--After four consecutive years of contraction, Latin American and Caribbean exports returned to a path of growth.

KINGSTON, Jamaica--Police in Jamaica have launched an investigation to find out who was behind a shipment of cocaine filled dolls destined for London, England.

The narcotics, which weighed just over a pound, were seized at a warehouse at Norman Manley International Airport in the capital, Kingston, on Wednesday.

MOSCOW--Russia carried out the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger plane on Sunday, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its Western competitors.

LONDON--British Airways resumed some flights from Britain's two biggest airports on Sunday after a global computer system failure created chaos, but hundreds of passengers were still waiting for hours at London Heathrow.

WASHINGTON--Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as U.S. President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser during the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and drove a normalization of relations with China, has died. He was 89.

CANNES, France--"The Square", a Swedish movie about the curator of a museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art, beat stiff competition to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

TAORMINA, Italy--In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

WASHINGTON--The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

OTTAWA--Andrew Scheer, a social conservative who unexpectedly won the race to head Canada's main opposition party, is a popular legislator who may be able to unite a divided movement as he prepares to take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

MANCHESTER, England--Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi's network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after the terrorism threat level was lowered because of significant progress in the investigation.

MARIGOT—Velo Club de Grand Case’s (VCG) Adélio Brooks cemented his status as the top Junior rider in the region after winning the 2017 Guadeloupe Junior Championship in Abymes, a feat that was celebrated with a big welcome for his return at Grand Case Airport on Friday and a reception to follow soon.
  It was a dramatic turnaround for Brooks who suffered in the Nagico 2 Nagico race last weekend but despite his disappointment that race prepared him well.
  Brooks, riding on his own for VCG as Alban Clerc was racing in Europe, outclassed the competition to win the 122k race in three hours 26:54 coming from behind in the final sprint to cross the line first ahead of Wendy Jacquet-Crédites and Anthony Damas in third.
  It is the first time since VCG’s Sylvère Dulorme won the championship as a senior in 1986 that a Junior Championship title has been won by St. Martin. Alban Clerc won the Cadet title (under 16 years) in 2014.
  The race consisted of two climbs that had to be ascended 11 times. Brooks came into his own around the 40 kilometre mark when the peloton reeled in a breakaway group, and at 20 kilometres from the finish he joined a six-man breakaway that took the lead all the way to the finish.
  “I felt good in the race. I had the legs,” said Adélio amid a scrum of family and supporters at the airport. “The breakaway group was three minutes ahead and I thought we had lost them but we caught them back.  I got into a group of six riders with 20K to go. I’m a good sprinter and at the finish it worked out perfectly.”
  Said VCG President St. Elmo Arnell: “I couldn’t be happier today. After 31 years we are champion of Guadeloupe again. It was a job well done and well prepared. Adélio rode a beautiful race.”
  Added Réne Arnell: “Adélio rode like a veteran, he didn’t panic. And at the finish he mastered the final sprint, letting the others sprint first and then coming from behind to catch them. He’s only in his first year as a Junior so we hope this win will give him a lot of confidence to go much further.”
  Adélio’s mother said she could not have wished for a better Mother’s Day present.
  “When he’s determined, he can be very strong mentally,” she said. “He used to do track and field until one day he asked me to buy him a bike. I’m very proud of him. From the beginning he really wanted to achieve something.”
  There was more success for VCG when Jayson Rousseau came third in a major race in Europe.

Swift from Curacao won the annual Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten Softball Tournament hosted by the Lions Sporting Club Foundation at the Little League Ballpark on Pond Island Sunday. DSC 0100Swift defeated Red Skins of Aruba 13-7. A total of 13 teams competed in the competition that started Wednesday evening. (Photo: Emma Croes.)

Dear Editor,

After sending a complaint to the TEATT Ministry’s inspection for sound pollution, we received the following reply.

“From: Inspectiedienst Ministry TEATT

The establishment was controlled on May 12th at night and given a warning for noise nuisance. The measured decibel level of the music exceeded permitted limits including the intensity of low-frequency sound i.e. bass. They were also given instructions to make adjustments to the structure to contain the music. We will continue to monitor for compliance.”

At the moment we’re off island, but we already received reports the noise level has diminished. We’re very grateful this situation will be monitored by the inspection. It seems they really are making good on their promise to do something about the sound pollution on the island.

Marga Hart

Dear Queenie,

My girlfriend knows a lot of people and when we go out somewhere she is constantly looking around for someone she knows and leaving me to go over to greet them and chat for a bit. This makes for constant interruptions in whatever we are doing and it’s gotten so I just don’t want to go out anywhere with her anymore.

Queenie, shouldn’t I get more respect?—Fed up

Dear Fed up,

Have you told your girlfriend how you feel about this? If not, sit down with her and do so as soon as possible.

It might help if she would introduce you to the folks you do not already know and include you in these conversations.

Also, I have to wonder why some of these people do not come over to her to say “hello.” And, could it be that they consider her greetings an intrusion in whatever they are doing and are just too polite to let her know how they feel?

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