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St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Tuesday

mdsSep29middayDATE ISSUED:  Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL:  Wednesday midday (12:00 LST) September 30, 2015 

Today through Wednesday midday: Fair to partly cloudy with a local shower possible.

Forecast High:
   32°C / 90°F          Forecast Low:   27°C / 81°F 

Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:03 A.M.        Sunset Tonight:  6:03 P.M.

Today through Wednesday midday: East to southeast with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 10 miles per hour, becoming calm and variable at times.

A dry atmosphere continues to dominate the local region, thus limiting the chance for showers. As a result, mostly fair conditions with a light to gentle breeze can be expected during the forecast period.

Seas are forecast to increase slightly today, and then gradually subside on Wednesday.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight to Moderate         WAVES/SWELLS: 3 to 5 feet 


At 11 am, Tropical Storm Joaquin was located about 425 miles ENE of Northwestern Bahamas, this motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.  

Meanwhile, two areas of low pressure: one in the Gulf of Mexico and the other associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida, both have a low chance of development within the next 2 to 5 days.

None of these systems are forecast to affect the region.

OUTLOOK through Thursday midday: Fair to partly cloudy with no significant precipitation.


The next weather forecast will be issued today at 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC).

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Fair/Partly Cloudy

Fair/Partly Cloudy

Fair/Partly Cloudy


32oC / 90o

32oC / 90oF

32oC / 90oF


27oC / 81oF

27oC / 81oF

27oC / 81oF


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06:03 PM

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Blogger J.R. re-arrested for violating release conditions

~Not pleased Merx representing her~


PHILIPSBURG--Blogger J.R. was arrested on Monday for a second time in two months after she violated the conditions of her release from pre-trial detention in July.

She is being represented by attorney Cor Merx, who told The Daily Herald last night that his client had expressed displeasure that he was representing her. Merx said, however, that he will represent R. to the best of his ability as everyone deserves representation.

Press Prosecutor Karola van Nie said in a press release that R. was arrested around 8:35am on Monday under orders from the Public Prosecutors Office. The 40-year-old was arrested for violating the conditions of her suspended pre-trial detention. The conditions were set by the Judge of Instruction on July 6. One of the conditions is that she should not commit new crimes. R. is suspected of “offending an attorney and a police officer in public.” She will be led before the Judge of Instruction today, Tuesday, van Nie said.

Merx, who is Chairperson/Secretary of the Sub Division of Criminal Lawyers, said two other attorneys indicated that they could not represent R., because of a conflict of interest. Merx said he therefore decided to represent R. after he received a call to do so. “She was not very happy with it, but that maybe is her character,” Merx said.

The attorney said everyone who needs legal assistance has a right to representation. He declined to go into details about the charges against his client as she is expected to appear before the Judge of Instruction today. He said if his client indicates at this time that she does not want him to represent her, then he will help her to find another lawyer.

R. was first arrested on June 30 for a number of offenses including slander, defamation, insult, threat, harassment (stalking) and extortion. She was arrested after several persons pressed charges against her for the offenses from January to June 2014. The offenses were committed via social media and in person, the Prosecutor’s Office had said at the time. R.’s initial arrest was followed by a house search at her home in St. Peters. Data carriers such as phones, laptops and computers were confiscated for further investigation.

Guatemala's president quits over graft scandal

guatemalaBy Alexandra AlperGUATEMALA CITY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned, his spokesman said on Thursday, hours before he is due to appear in court over a corruption scandal that has gutted his government and plunged the country into chaos days before a national election.Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the capital, Guatemala City, and other cities in recent weeks calling for Perez, a 64-year-old retired general, to quit over allegations of involvement in a customs racket.His letter of resignation was signed late on Wednesday and sent to the country's Congress, which was expected to hold an emergency session early on Thursday to hand power to Vice President Alejandro Maldonado, presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said.Perez, who was elected on a ticket to combat crime and corruption, was not constitutionally eligible to run for re-election in Sunday's presidential vote.He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he would not resign.But his options narrowed on Wednesday when a judge issued a detention order against him after lawmakers voted to strip him of immunity from prosecution."It is a personal decision to maintain institutions and to face the case brought against him," Ortega said.Prosecutors said the charges to be brought against Perez were illicit association, taking bribes and customs fraud.Attorney General Thelma Aldana said on Wednesday that Perez was also being investigated for money laundering, which could lead to the freezing of his assets.Perez, who had been deemed a flight risk, will present himself at court at 8 a.m. on Thursday (1400 GMT), his lawyer said.Prosecutors allege Perez was involved in a customs scam dubbed "La Linea", or the line, after a phone hotline used by importers to avoid paying customs duties in exchange for bribes.His conservative administration spent much of this year mired in public protests and scandals over corruption allegations against senior officials, several of whom he fired during a cabinet purge in May.Former vice president Roxana Baldetti resigned after she was linked to "La Linea." She denied any wrongdoing but was arrested on the same charges Perez now faces.More than 20 other people have been arrested over the scam, though how much money was involved is still unclear.Prosecutors and a powerful U.N.-backed anti-corruption body known as the CICIG moved against Perez following months of investigations, and findings taken from some 89,000 telephone taps, almost 6,000 emails and 17 raids.The anti-corruption investigations have also hit the center-right opposition Lider party, whose election candidate Manuel Baldizon is leading opinion polls.No candidate is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday, triggering a second round run-off on Oct. 25. The next president will then formally take the helm in January.(With reporting by Sofia Menchu and Enrique Andres Pretel; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing by Simon Gardner and John Stonestreet)

Widespread load shedding as GEBE ‘overhauls’ its engines

PHILIPSBURG--Several sections of the country were left without power for varying times on Monday as utilities company GEBE load shed due to the overhauling of its engines.

The company said in a statement that power interruptions can be expected periodically due to the overhauling of engines. The interruption in power can last up to two hours. “We understand your frustration with the power outages,” GEBE said to customers. “The current works will be completed by the end of next week at which time we will see improvement in the reliability of our power distribution.”  

“We will continue making other power related upgrades in October and November as well to catch up with deferred maintenance.”

Lights went out from early Monday with outages reported in several areas including Dutch Quarter and Cole Bay. In one section of Dutch Quarter the outage lasted about two hours. There were reports that Cole Bay was out for several hours, then the power was restored and went again, much to the chagrin of residents in that district. Other districts that complained of outages include Sucker Garden and the Fort Willem area.

Some businesses complained that the outages were affecting their operations. GEBE apologises for the inconvenience caused and thanked customers for their “understanding” as they “continue to improve our service.”

Bouyon for Dominica Benefit Concert this coming Saturday

page7b113MARIGOT--The Dominica Foundation of St. Maarten/St. Martin will present the Bouyon for Dominica Benefit Concert this coming Saturday, October 3, to raise funds for the stricken nature island in its post-Erika aftermath.

The much anticipated concert with popular artistes from Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin will be held at Festival Village, Philipsburg, from 4:00pm to 3:00am.

The press conference on Monday not only announced the concert but also showed a preview of a documentary film made by MSR Cable TV cameraman Kitian Francis who went to Dominica with St. Martin Dominica Relief Committee members, former President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson and District Six representative, George Richardson, on September 7, to assess the situation down there.

Francis spent three days recording the scenes of devastation and talking to affected residents. The film is due to be aired on MSR Cable TV on October 12.

Thanks to the contribution of several businesses and individuals 40 pallets of Karuline water (21,000 bottles) were delivered to the capital Roseau on September 6.

Some of the artistes booked to perform for Saturday’s concert include Original Bouyon Pioneers, Ophelia “Lady of Song” Marie, King of Cadence Chubbie and the Midnight Groovers, three-time Road March King Young Bull, Omari Banks from Anguilla, King Beau Beau, King Timo, Explosion Band, Remo, Control Band, DJ Dave Nice, DJ Biggers, and more.

Alain Richardson, Georges Richardson and Paul Whit from the Hope and Music Development Foundation had the idea for a benefit concert as a replacement for the cancelled Creole Festival in Dominica, but it transpired that the Dominica Foundation’s Relief Committee in St. Maarten already had the idea for a concert and was more advanced in their planning for it.

Dominica Foundation President Maria Joseph thanked the entire population for its generosity thus far in coming together for the cause.

“I especially want to thank Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs who has let us use the Festival Village free of charge and also SOS Radio that assisted us with the promotion for the BBQ,” she said. “We are in a position now to ship six 40ft containers and two 20ft containers to Dominica. We want to thank everyone, the public, merchants, who brought food, water, goods, clothes etc and also Tropical Shipping for assisting us with the containers.”

The concert will also feature some cultural performances and extracts from MSR Cable TV’s film on Dominica.

Joseph indicated the emphasis now is more on helping with the re-construction phase in Dominica.

“From these funds we don’t plan to purchase more dry goods,” she said. “We want to assist but with something more long lasting, by St. Martin as a whole, not just by persons from Dominica in St. Maarten. It should be a gesture from the whole community. We want to build one or two houses for families that lost everything, or repair one of the schools.”

She appealed to the public to bring some goods to the concert to help complete one or two containers. A drop-off vehicle will be on hand at the village. It will also be possible to donate funds for Dominica at the village.

The concert has been made possible by the Governments from both sides of the island, SOS Radio, PJD 2, PJD 3, Laser 101, Youth Radio, La Voix FM Radio St. Martin, MSR Cable TV, Winair, Xtratight Entertainment, Oyster Bay Resort, Where the Sound Masters, Sound 2000, Secretel, Smart AV, LCA Studio, and Rohie Ryddim.

Admission to the concert is US $20. Tickets for children (under 14) are US $10. Tickets can be purchased at both Van Dorp locations, SOS Radio, Youth Radio, and at the containers on the Pondfill, or from committee members by calling (0690) 22.92.67 or (0690)64.29.98.

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