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CAPT. DINO'S SIMPSONBAY CHICKEN SHACK.

Closed down, victim of a possibly outdated, easily circumvented Government policy on vending licenses. That policy states (and I am paraphrasing) that vending licenses can only be issued to unemployed persons who have no other means of income. Capt. Dino does have a day job. But I suggest we do not go down that road.... how many persons with a day job including Commissioners (when WE were The Government) and now Parliamentarians, Civil Servants and other holders of jobs in the Public as well as Private Sectors did and do not also hold taxi, bus and/or other permits that are SUPPOSED to only be issued to persons with no other means of income?
I know, two wrongs do not make a right.But Capt. Dino in his latest FB rant has a point. Why should he and his wife, two local St. Maarteners, have to jump through hoops to show their ambition, their good intentions, their entrepreneurial spirit here on their own soil? Dino and his wife ARE ambitious.
They are local as can be. They have been allowed to operate their shack for the past several years now. Their Chicken Shack has grown to be a favorite hangout for locals as well as tourists. They offer an excellent F&B product. Taking into consideration how difficult it is for locals to get financing from our local financial institutions, thanks to Capt. Dino's day job salary, he was able to start up and grow their now well known Simpson Bay parking lot Local/Tourist hang out, thereby contributing in a positive way to our economy in general and our Tourism in particular. Do I believe it could use some sprucing up and made to look more presentable for the area it is in? The answer is yes. Do I believe they should not turn the newly constructed public parking lot on the Simpson Bay strip into an uncontrolled growth, an open-air restaurant without running water and properly operating bathroom facilities? The answer is yes. Do I believe our present and subsequent governments could at times look at individual circumstances and ensure that well-intentioned local St. Maarteners, especially those with a positive personal track record, are not hurt by policies that with all due respect should have been put in place to PROTECT, rather than hinder and fight local citizens? The answer here again is YES! So, I implore the Powers that Are, to find a solution, if need be by thinking and acting "outside of the proverbial box" to allow Dino and his wife to re-open DINO'S CHICKEN SHACK on the Simpson Bay public parking lot. Their ribs are DA BOMB!!

Michael J. Ferrier.


VAMED, THE BULLY?

VAMED (possibly a derivative of the word that describes the result of nausea?) got their pound of flesh and now we, a tiny 16 square mile half-of-an-island country can move on and build a new hospital. Kudos to all involved who made this (hopefully last) hurdle go away. While I still can’t grasp the concept of a company who bids higher on a specific project taking the principle of that project to court for awarding it to another company whose bid was LOWER (duhhh!), even more baffling is the fact that the presiding judge ruled IN FAVOR of the former!! But be that as it may, instead of dealing with delays in getting the hospital built (which prolongs our rather expensive needs to seek health care abroad) I think that by paying a sum of “ransom money” to get rid of the big bad wolf from out-of-town is a GOOD thing. And by the way, MP Rudolph Samuel’s suggestion that VAMED should consider giving back this blood money to our community is ALSO a GOOD thing. Why? Because a little community like St. Maarten being bullied by a multinational company that does business all over the world is a BAD thing!

Michael J. Ferrier

Religious Freedom Threatened in Russia.

Dear Editor,

We, as Jehovah's Witnesses, are kindly requesting for you to publicize the situation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, wherein Russia’s Ministry of Justice has filed a claim with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation seeking to have the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia labeled as an extremist organization and liquidated. The hearing is scheduled to be held on April 5, 2017.

We want to call your attention specifically to 3 items which are posted on the Newsroom of jw.org indicating that reputable international bodies consider the actions of the Russian authorities against Jehovah’s Witnesses to be unjustified:

(1) The European Court of Human Rights Upholds the Right of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia to Meet for Worship --- link
https://www.jw.org/finder?docid=802014575&wtlocale=E&srcid=share

(2) Ministry of Justice Registers Jehovah’s Witnesses in Moscow --- link
https://www.jw.org/finder?docid=802015644&wtlocale=E&srcid=share

(3) Russia Targets Jehovah’s Witnesses With Anti-Extremist Legislation, Reports UN Human Rights Committee.--- link
https://www.jw.org/finder?docid=702016102&wtlocale=E&srcid=share

We also want to call your attention to a release dated March 28, 2017, from the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), which promotes human rights and economic security in European, Eurasia, and North America, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link. https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/press-and-media/press-releases/helsinki-commission-condemns-pending-legal

In addition, you are welcome to use any of the information which is available on the Newsroom of jw.org about the situation in Russia.

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation on this issue.

Kind regards.

Agape,
Keith Romeo ♥

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