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Curacao Band "Kuenta i Tambu" to perform during the 2016 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The unique sounds of Kuenta i Tambu will electrify the air during the 36th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. This upbeat band is slated to be the headliner for the opening night party "Green Energy", to be held on Thursday March 3rd, 2016. The band, originating both in body and in sound, comes from the island of Curacao. Their self-described music called "Tambutronic" leaves you energized and wanting for more.

The group was originally founded in 2005 by Roël Calister, a Curacao born percussionist. The band initially played acoustic traditional music up until 2010 when they started experimenting with beats and electronics, launching the birth of "Tambutronics". So far the group has introduced "Tambutronics" to several continents and in 2010 added Diamanta to the band as a singer, taking them to a five piece group.

The blend of upbeat club mixes and traditional tambú music of Curacao is what makes this group and their music so unique. The band defines "Tambutronics" as where Curacao's past dances with its future and takes on the world. Refreshing beats and live percussions allow for a nonstop upbeat and musical ride that will get your regatta vibes flowing. The performance of Kuenta i Tambu is a first for the regatta and organizers are excited to bring such a diverse group to the island.

"What a great night this will be! A high-energy, fun-filled experience to kick off four nights of great Heineken parties! K.I.T. will bring an energy to the night that will you wanting more. We have such a great lineup for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this year, I'm extremely excited!" commented John Leone, Commercial Director at International Liquors & Tobacco, distributor of Heineken on St. Maarten.

The band's latest EP "Muchu Danki" is laced with energetic, upbeat tracks and offers a variety of songs, from laid back Carnival tracks like "Where to Go" to blends of old and new with their song "Peace of Mind". Regardless of your favourite, their songs will envelop and transport you to a distinct "Caribbean" state of mind.

"We're stoked about our performance at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Playing for our own Caribbean people is one of the most exciting things ever!" stated Roel Calister from Kuenta i Tambu. "This is the first time for Kuenta i Tambu, but I've been to the regatta a couple of years ago as a member of Orange Grove (I used to be the drummer) and I promised myself one thing, that I would be back! The crowd is going to hear pumpin' beats, people are going to go wild: Carnival to the max!"

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Senior Internet Classes at the library starting in February

PHILIPSBURG — Back by popular demand the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) will be resuming its Senior Internet Classes as of February 2016.

The abovementioned classes will be held in the library’s Media Lab every Friday morning and afternoon, starting February 5th, 2016 to June 24th, 2016, time: 9 am to 12.00 pm and 2 pm to 5pm. The library has provided Senior Internet Classes since 2015 to over 60 seniors, providing access to computer technologies that enrich their lives and enable them to share their skills.

The Senior Internet course consists of a beginner’s introduction to computers, use of e-mails, Animoto, Facebook, and Skyping with your fellow senior mates, family and friends at large. Advanced courses of the abovementioned classes are also being held for those who have participated during the previous year.

If you are looking for some help for learning new or enhance existing computer skills, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library is the right place for you. Come on into our Media Lab all of you who are 50 years and over.

To find out how you can register, all you have to do is simply pick up the phone and dial 721-542-2970 or walk right into the library and ask for Francia Housen and register for the Senior Internet Classes.  For more information about the courses and to enroll in any of the classes you can also visit the Media Lab website on www.medialabsintmaarten.com.

The Media lab was launched in 2014 and since then has hosted courses in a variety of topics in the area of multimedia. The Media Lab is an initiative of Foundation Kultuurkameleon and is a part of Digikidz. Digikidz is a project of the Foresee foundation and was made possible through funding from the Windsong Foundation and the Kultura fund. (PJL)

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Urgent Central Committee meeting about status of Police Officers Insurance Coverage scheduled for Friday

PHILIPSBURG – The Central Committee will meet in an urgent session on January 29th. The Minister of Justice will be present for the sitting of the House.     

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Friday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. This session will be carried by Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda point is the status of insurance coverage for Police Officers and their families and other related and affected issues.

This urgent meeting was called by the United People’s (UP) party faction Members of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard, (MP) Franklin Meyers, and Independent (MP) Leona Marlin-Romeo.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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Central Committee meeting about Media Policy for Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – The Central Committee will meet on January 28th. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will be present for the meeting of the House.     

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Thursday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. This session will be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda point is a proposed National Ordinance to establish rules in connection with a Media Ordinance.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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Road works on A.T. Illidge Road near Floodgates on Wednesday for a one week period

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that road works activities will be carried on the A.T. Illidge Road near the Floodgates.

These works will start on Wednesday, January 27 and will be carried out over a one week period.  The road works will be carried out between 8.00am and 5.00pm.

These works are related to the laying of a new conduit to protect electric wiring by United Telecommunications Service (UTS).

The road will not be closed, but there may be some traffic congestion in the area.

Motorists must pay attention to the traffic signs that will be erected about road works underway, and to reduce speed and drive with caution due to the use of heavy equipment and the workmen that will be busy in the area.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Plenary Session of Parliament set for Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a Plenary Session on January 27th with the Minister of General Affairs.      

The public Plenary Session is scheduled for Wednesday at 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. This session will be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The four point agenda is as follows: draft National Ordinance to change the Pension Ordinance; ratification agreements lists Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) and Tripartite January 2016; discussion on the four resolutions adopted by the Tripartite meeting of January 4, 2016; and advice concerning the appointment of 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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13 tourists die on Saturday in Caribbean boat accident

SINTMAARTEN/NICARAGUA – 13 Costa Ricans (U.S. residents) died over the weekend when a boat carrying 32 tourists from Central American countries and the United States sank off Nicaragua’s Little Corn Island in the Caribbean.

The President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis has declared a national day of mourning today, January 25.

These tourists were vacationing on Little Corn Island.  The islands are located 45 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and comprise of two islands.


The La Reina del Caribe overturned off Nicaragua after being hit by a giant wave in strong winds between Corn Island and Little Corn Island.

The boat's skipper and owner Hilario Blandon, 53, and his assistant Eliot Absalon Prats Carter, 30, have been arrested.

They are being held in jail on Corn Island after allegedly sailing without authorisation in bad weather on the scuba diving trip, reports AFP news agency.

Boat launches had reportedly been suspended in the area due to high wind speeds that reached 25 to 30 knots after several days of stormy weather around the remote islands, according to TravelMole.

The Corn Islands are a popular tourist destination for snorkelling and scuba diving.

SOUALIGA NEWSDAY REPORT

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations scheduled to meet Tuesday on seven point agenda

PHILIPSBURG – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on January 26th.      

The CKAIR Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.  This session wil be carried via Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The seven point agenda is as follows: approval decision lists CKAIR Parliamentary Year 2015-2016, no. 5, 6 and 7; incoming documents; draft proposal Kingdom Law on Dutch Citizenship in connection with retracting the aforementioned based on national security; draft proposal Kingdom Law on changes to the Passport Law related to travel bans; draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 171 and 182); draft proposal Kingdom Law related to tax compliance and the FATCA (Trb. 2015, 11 and 144); and preparations for the next Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) 2016 from May 31-June 3.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

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Central Committee meeting on appointment for 1st Acting Secretary General

PHILIPSBURG – The Central Committee will meet on January 26th.      

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Tuesday at 11.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. The session will be carried on Soualiga Newsday live video feed.

The agenda point is an advice concerning the appointment of the 1st Acting Secretary General of Parliament.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

 

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Saba families sell their land to build a new Day Care and Kindergarden in St. Johns

SABA (Caribbean Netherlands) - Following a long period of meetings between de Public Entity, the Central Government Building Agency and the Hassell, Barnes, Wilson and Winfield families, the way has been cleared to transfer a piece of undeveloped land near the school complex in St. Johns to the Public Entity. 

The land is needed in order to build a new school building in St. Johns for the children of the Laura Linzey Day Care Center and the toddlers of the Sacred Heart School.

Commissioner of Education, Chris Johnson and the head of RCN Education, Culture and Science Unit, Nolly Oleana, are very grateful to the families concerned for their willing cooperation in this for Saba important project.

Notary Marlene Mingo is instrumental in orchestrating the legal transfer of the land and ensuring payment thereof. She will hold the payment on a specifically designated bank account on behalf of the rightful heirs.

Immediately after the legal transfer at the start of 2016, the tender will start for the construction of the new Kindergarden and Day Care Center. In October 2012 the Public Entity of Saba and the Ministry of Education Culture and Science (OCW) signed the 2012-2016 Education Housing Plan Saba.

This plan provides for the improvement of all school buildings on Saba. The realization of the new building for the Laura Linzey Day Care and the kindergarden groups of the Sacred Heart School is the second project that will be realized. Besides, the renovation of the P.L. Granger Auditorium is now being worked on.

At the same time with the transfer of the land in St. Johns, the land in The Bottom will also be transferred to the Public Entity. It regards a piece of land for which in 2010 arrangements were made to realize the Community School. This plan has changed with the Education Housing plan 2012-2016 Saba. The concerned land in The Bottom will be designated for an education purpose. (RCN Caribbean Netherlands)

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