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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE ISLANDS OF ST. MAARTEN, ST. EUSTATIUS AND SABA

Valid until Thursday midday 12:00
hours, September 16, 2010.

Issued: Tuesday, September 15, 2010 11:00 A.S.T. (15:00 U.T.C.)

...A HIGH SURF WARNING IS IN EFFECT
A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...

Weather: Today through Thursday midday: Partly cloudy with an isolated passing shower
possible.

Forecast high will be 31°C, 86 °F. and low 26 °C, 79 °F.
Sunrise will occur at 6:00 A.M. and sunset at 6:13 P.M.

Winds: Today through Thursday midday: Northerly and gentle to moderate, 08 to 16
miles per hour, becoming gradually Northwesterly in the evening and moderate
to fresh, 17 to 25 miles per hour.

Synopsis: Moisture associated with hurricane Igor will start to move in
later today, this will enhance the likely hood of showers across the local
region. These showers are expected to be isolated in nature. Even though
hurricane Igor passes at a safe distance from our islands, the effects of
this system will be noted in the gradual shifting of the winds from a
northerly to a more northwesterly direction and the rough seas, mainly on
the Northern and Eastern coastlines.

Sea conditions: Light to moderate with seas 3 to 7 feet over the open waters. Large easterly swells generated by hurricane Igor are reaching the coasts of the SSS Islands and will increase from the Northeast peaking on
Friday and then slowly subsiding and shifting to the Northwest.
These swells will cause large breaking waves of up to 12 feet on. Therefore,
a High Surf  Warning has been issued and a Small Craft advisory will remain
in effect until further notice. Owners of small craft and beach facilities
are urged to take this into account.

Tropical weather systems: At 11 A.M. local time the center of mayor hurricane Igor was located at about   19.8 N and  54.0 W about 550 miles East of St. Maarten. With maximum sustained winds near the center of 135
miles per hour, Igor is moving toward the West-Northwest at 13 miles per
hour. This system is expected to stay on a West-Northwest track, keeping it
well away from the SSS islands. Hurricane Julia, continued strengthening
overnight and is now a mayor hurricane  (category 4). Julia is located over
the central tropical Atlantic and moving toward the west-northwest. Tropical
storm Karl is located over the extreme western Caribbean waters and is
moving in a West Northwesterly direction towards the Mexican East coast. The
Meteorological Service of the NA & A continues to monitor the progress of
mayor hurricane Igor with much interest. For further information please
visit our web page at:
<http://www.weather.an/web/forecast/sxm/http/www.weather.an/cyclones/index.a
sp.>  http//www.weather.an/cyclones/index.asp.

Special Features: none.

Outlook until Friday midday: Generally partly cloudy with a few passing
showers and a risk of a thunderstorm. Winds will continue to shift to a more
southwesterly and thereafter a southerly direction as Igor continues moving
at a safe distance to the northwest of the Northeastern Caribbean area..

Forecaster:  Figueroa/Lauffer

The next weather forecast will be issued on Wednesday at 18:00 A.S.T. (22:00
UTC).

New building inaugurated at Sister Magda Primary

page3a103Marlin pledges Govt support for Phase IV

ST. PETERS--Faculty, staff and pupils inaugurated Phase III of Sister Magda Primary School on Tuesday morning.

Education Commissioner William Marlin joined the gathering to toast the opening of the new building, which encompasses a covered play area, a kitchen, a student care section and a resource centre.

The commissioner congratulated all involved in making the new building a reality and pledged his government's support for the construction of Phase IV, a gymnasium for the school.

"Some believe that the school should partner with another institution in the area that already has a gym. Others believe a gym for Sister Magda would be a crowning achievement," Marlin said while noting that sharing an established gym could become complicated in terms of schedule and usage.

"So if the school chooses to use adjacent land to construct a gym, this would have the full support of this government," Marlin added to loud cheers from the children and guests assembled in the covered play area.

Marlin, Principal Hans Schrijvers, and Catholic School Board President Marlon Halley all praised Angela Dekker of the Department for Education, Research, Policy and Innovations (DERPI) for her "tireless work" for the project and for her excellent work for education and various programmes and projects.

The building was financed through Dutch funding agency USONA to the tune of NAf. 850,000.

Equal rights for same-sex couples on BES islands

THE HAGUE--Same-sex couples married outside the Netherlands living in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will have the same rights as those who tied the knot in the Netherlands, and so will their possible adopted children. The same applies for same-sex couples with a registered partnership.

The Dutch Government sent a second Note of Amendment to the Second Adaptation Law Public Entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, the A-BES II, to the Second Chamber this week to regulate the matter of same-sex marriages conducted outside the Netherlands. There will be a similar arrangement for registered partnerships of same-sex couples drawn up outside the Netherlands.

Members of the Second Chamber had inquired about possible discrimination on the three islands of persons of the same sex who had married outside the Netherlands. The Dutch Government agreed that that this was an "undesirable situation."

Not only would excluding those couples married outside the Netherlands be in conflict with international civil law, but it might also violate international obligations of the Kingdom, including friendship treaties.

The Hague has solved the issue by applying the Law of Conflict in Marriage Rights to the three islands. The added articles to the Adaptation Law serve to prevent uncertainty on the legal consequences in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for Dutch marriages or registered partnerships between two persons of the same sex, and for adoptions proclaimed in the Netherlands.

Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba become part of the Dutch Constellation as public entities per October 10, 2010. Within two years after this date, people of the same sex will be able to get married on the islands, just as in the Netherlands. The Second Chamber approved an amendment to the law earlier this year to make this possible.

The world’s three largest and newest cruise ships

page1a103Oasis of the Seas, Norwegian Epic and Carnival Dreams - were in St. Maarten on Tuesday. Some 13,000 passengers and 5,000 crew members flooded the streets and beaches on the Dutch and French sides in search of bargains on electronic, fine jewellery and to sample the culinary offers that have made St. Maarten famous in the region. St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies CEO Mark Mingo said it continues to be a 'busy low season" for St. Maarten thanks to agreements brokered over the years and direct lobbying approaches by the island with the cruise lines.' Only Epic was scheduled to visit on Tuesday. The other two were re-routed here because of the presence of Hurricane Igor in the Atlantic. Rajesh Chintaman photo

WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE ISLANDS OF ST. MAARTEN, ST. EUSTATIUS AND SABA

Valid until Wednesday midday 12:00
hours, September 15, 2010.

Issued: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:00 A.S.T. (15:00 U.T.C.)

...A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...
...A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL BE IN EFFECT AS FROM NOON...

Weather: Today through Wednesday midday: Partly cloudy with locally an isolated
passing shower possible.

Forecast high will be 31°C, 86 °F. and low 26 °C, 79 °F.
Sunrise will occur at 6:00 A.M. and sunset at 6:14 P.M.

Winds: Today through Wednesday midday: Northeast, becoming gradually Northerly
tonight and gentle to moderate, 08 to 16 miles per hour.

Synopsis: An overall drier and more stable air mass across the local area will inhibit shower activity across the islands for the next several days.
However, the usual available moisture could induce an isolated shower across
parts of the islands. Otherwise, the Atlantic high pressure ridge just North of the local area will continue to retreat gradually as hurricane Igor starts to move over the section of the Atlantic well northeast of the local
area. That will cause our surface winds to keep on shifting as Igor gets a
little closer to the northeastern Caribbean Area. 

Sea conditions: Light to moderate with seas 3 to 6 feet over the open waters. Large easterly swells generated by hurricane Igor are reaching the coasts of the SSS Islands, this will be most noticeable in the afternoon
through the evening. These swells will cause large breaking waves of up to 12 feet later tonight on mainly our east and north facing shores. A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until further notice and a small craft
advisory will be in effect as from noon. Owners of small craft and beach
facilities are urged to take this into account.

Tropical weather systems:  Igor remains a category four hurricane. At 11 A.M. local time the center of this hurricane was located at about 18.3N and 52.3W about 730 miles East of St. Maarten. With maximum sustained winds near the center of 135 miles per hour, Igor moves toward the West-Northwest at 7
miles per hour. This system is expected to stay on a West-Northwest track,
keeping it well away from the SSS islands. Hurricane Julia was located over
the eastern tropical Atlantic and moves toward the west-northwest. The
Meteorological Service of the NA & A continues to monitor the progress of
Igor with much interest. For further information please visit our web page
at:
<http://www.weather.an/web/forecast/sxm/http/www.weather.an/cyclones/index.a
sp.>  http//www.weather.an/cyclones/index.asp.

Special Features: none.

Outlook until Thursday midday: Generally partly cloudy with an isolated
passing shower. Winds will continue to shift to a westerly direction.

Forecaster: Figueroa/Lauffer.

The next weather forecast will be issued on Tuesday at 17:00 A.S.T. (21:00
UTC).

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