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WANTED: Poems for the New Anguilla Book of Poetry, "Where I See the Sun".

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WANTED: Poems for the New Anguilla Book of Poetry,

GREAT BAY:--- "All poets and spoken word artists from Anguilla, including those studying or living abroad" are invited "to submit up to five poems" for a new poetry book to be published here by the House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
"Where I See The Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla" is the working name for the planned anthology. A wide range of subjects and writings styles are encouraged, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample. The submission deadline is December 22, 2014.
HNP recently issued the "Call for Poetry" online, outlining the guidelines of how Anguillan poets and aspiring poets could get their poems in the new book, at: The guidelines can also be requested from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information about the poetry book will also be available at the mid-November
"Poetry Evening" hosted by the department of Library in Anguilla, said Sample. "HNP is in contact with organizers and supporters of literary activities in Anguilla and is widening the outreach to realize a unique literary volume," said Sample. The publisher hopes that young and old writers of poems will see the book project as an exciting proposition from a press that has published literary giants like Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados) and Amiri Baraka (USA), Harvard scholar Marion Bethel (The Bahamas), outstanding Palestinian poet Nidaa Khoury, and the late St. Martin bard
Charles Borromeo Hodge. "Rita Celestine-Carty and Lexus Ryan are two of the poets with serious material from Anguilla that we're learning about," said Lasana M. Sekou, HNP's projects director and editor of Where I See The Sun - Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin (2013).
"Early cultural forums organized by Ijahnya Christian; visiting author readings linked to Stephanie Stokes Oliver; the Anguilla Lit Fest over the last three years; book club activities involving Coral Reef Bookstore; and poetry readings facilitated by Josveek Huliger, are among a number of internal activities flinging the doors wide open for contemporary writers, especially poets and spoken word artists to write about their Caribbean nation, to be heard, and to become known at home and abroad," said Sekou. "All of the poems submitted for the anthology will go through a rigorous selection
process by a confidential editorial board. I hope that the idea and challenge of the anthology will inspire poets and aspiring poets from Anguilla to take a chance at getting published in the new book," said Sample.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 18:27 )


MP Lake concerned about French Parliamentary Committee report on relations between North and South.

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MP Lake concerned about French Parliamentary Committee report on relations between North and South.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Hon. Maurice Lake of the United People's (UP) Party says he has read media reports about a report drafted by a French Parliamentary Committee chaired by Rene Dosiere.
"I haven't read the report myself, but from media reports, it's very disturbing. There are statements made in that report which are incorrect, and it once again brings forth the lack of knowledge by Dutch and French European politicians when it comes to the situation of North and South St. Martin/Sint Maarten.
"Media reports attributed to Dosiere that the Dutch side enriches itself at the expense of the French side of the island. What nonsense is this, I have to ask? There is free movement of goods and services just like there is within the European Union of 27 countries. And this free movement of goods and services based on the Treaty of Concordia is older than the European Union Treaty that serves the same purpose in many aspects.
"Other comments attributed to Dosiere, is, if nothing is done to rectify what he perceives as Sint Maarten living off St. Martin, he suggest the termination of the Treaty of Concordia and the establishment of real borders and visa requirements for entering French territory. You have to wonder at times the comments that some people make and what their agenda is.
"The local politicians from North and South have been working together over the years and the level of cooperation is at a technical level where you have civil servants working on joint areas together. We are on the right track and we should continue to work closely together in areas of mutual interests," MP Hon. Maurice Lake said on Wednesday.
MP Lake added that the comments by the French official come on the heels of St. Maarten's Day celebration between the North and South sides of the island.

MP Lake is of the opinion that Parliament should request a copy of this report and have a debate about its content and take a position. MP Lake also proposes for the Parliament on the South side to meet the Territorial Council of the North to discuss the report in a historic session of both legislative branches of government.

"We need to get away from the lovely speeches and start showing more unity and solidarity as people of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. Both Governments have to take a stand against this injustice by the Netherlands and France to take away our uniqueness as an island. They need to respect the Treaty of Concordia between our local governments and our people.

"I thank God for Sint Maarten/St. Martin as being as one. I was born on the North side of the island and grew up on the South side. My mom is from the North side and my father from the South side. I also have a lot of family on the North side where we can go back and forth as one. Imagine if we let France take away that uniqueness from us as a people.

"As Governments, we need to unite and come together with a plan on how we move forward as one island based on this report that was drafted by this French parliamentary committee. The buzz word has been cooperation, but we should focus more on uniting and working together as one people instead of letting France and Holland direct our destiny for the future.

"The only way to move forward is for both Governments to make firm decisions in the best interest of our people and keep the uniqueness and history that our forefathers have fought hard for.
Our people both North and South, are a free people, and we are very unique in the Caribbean and in the world. Let's keep our uniqueness as one people," MP Hon. Maurice Lake concluded.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 18:27 )

Healthcare conference set to share a wealth of expertise.

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Healthcare conference set to share a wealth of expertise.

GRAND CAYMAN:--- The fifth annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference will welcome a range of exceptional healthcare professionals from all over the world to speak at this year's event, taking place from 20th to 22nd November at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Presenting on subjects pertinent to this year's theme: 'Winning the war against chronic non-communicable diseases', overseas and local specialists will discuss some of the biggest challenges to our health today. As a result, the audience will hear important and timely updates and discussions on diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and mental health.
The Hon. Osbourne Bodden, Minister of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, will open the proceedings and then the audience will hear from healthcare professionals.
Dr James Hospedales is the Executive Director of Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and he will be opening the conference with an overview of whether the war is being won on CNCDs globally and in the Caribbean. Dr Hospedales, a citizen of Trinidad & Tobago, has been the Executive Director of CARPHA since February 2013 and has a wide breadth of knowledge of CNCDs in the region.
The Chief Interventional Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Health City Cayman Islands, Dr Ravi Kishore Amancharla, will discuss conquering the cardiovascular Leviathan. Since 1997, Dr Ravi has been working with Dr Devi Shetty and has been instrumental in establishing state of the art electrophysiology services across the group hospitals and has already been making a positive impact to Cayman and its visitors.
Organisers are also delighted to present Dr Edward Anim-Addo, Internal Medicine, Chief Medical Officer with Tenet Florida Physician Services. He will be addressing global trends in type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and correlates. Dr Anim- Addo is board-certified in internal medicine. His areas of interest include cardiovascular disease, critical care, diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and rheumatology.
Dr Robert Cywes, is a specialist in neonatal, paediatric surgery and adolescent surgery with Tenet Florida Physician Services. His presentation will tackle the facts versus beliefs as they relate to obesity. Dr Cywes is a board-certified adult and pediatric surgeon and he is on-staff at Palm Beach Children's Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr Lawrence Friedman, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego will discuss using new technology to improve diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the role of electronic medical records and mobile monitoring. He is responsible for the Medical Directorship of the large faculty practice and oversight of ambulatory quality and safety, managed care, ambulatory clinical practices including primary care and specialty services.
Presenting on food security, nutrition and NCD control in the Caribbean, is Dr. Fitzroy Henry, a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr Henry joined the University of Technology, Jamaica in April 2013 as Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Health and Health Technology.
As a Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist with Cancer Treatment Centers of Americas, Dr Shayma Kazmi's focus will be on genetics and DNA sequencing applications in cancer treatment. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the Medical Society of New Jersey.
Medical Director at The Heart Health Centre, Grand Cayman, Dr Mikhail Kosiborod is also a Staff Cardiologist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri and a Professor of Medicine with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri. He will talk about the rising "tsunami" of diabetes and its complications.
Dr. George Peoples is the founder of the Cancer Vaccine Development Program (CVDP); founder and CEO of Cancer Insight, LLC and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He will speak on the new frontier for cancer treatment: personalised cancer immunotherapy. The CVDP has 15 years of experience in discovering, developing, and clinical testing of cancer vaccines - four of which have been licensed for commercial development.
A Cayman-based speaker rounds off this incredible list of healthcare experts. Shannon Seymour, Director of the Wellness Centre will present on community first response to mental health. Ms Seymour is the founding director of The Wellness Centre Ltd and a registered clinical psychologist.
"The calibre of speakers at this year's conference is profound and we intend to highlight a range of topics that will be beneficial to the medical community and the general public alike", Hon. Osbourne Bodden said. "We continue to offer this conference and knowledge to the community free of charge, so I encourage people to register soon, as space is limited."
Committed sponsors this year include: Tenet Healthcare, Tower, Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, Dart, Health City Cayman Islands, CONCACAF, UnitedHealthcare International, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cleveland Clinic, Baptist Health International, Marsh, Cerner, BritCay, University of California-San Diego, Aitheras Aviation Group, Aon Risk Solutions, Broward Health, The Wellness Centre, Fidelity, Heart Health Centre, Saint Luke's Mid-America Institute, Generali, Cayman Airways and many other exhibitors and not-for-profit organisations.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 18:27 )

When will the Dutch Upgrade St. Maarten’s Coast Guard?

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St. Maarten contributing, yet not helicopter or Radar for St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG:--- Since St. Maarten became a country on October 10th, 2010 the country's responsibilities increased substantially with little or no monies, and while St. Maarten has to make financial contributions for the entire operations of the Coast Guard, the Coast Guards Office on St. Maarten lacks major equipments.
Both Ministers of Justice that held office on St. Maarten since 2010 have submitted requests to have a helicopter in order for the Coast Guard to make their regular air controls but the Dutch said giving St. Maarten a helicopter will cost them too much money even though St. Maarten is responsible for Saba and St. Eustatius (BES) islands. St. Maarten also submitted a request to have a radar to better monitor the movements of boats and that too was denied as the Dutch said a radar is also too expensive.
While the two other countries within the Kingdom (Curacao and Aruba) have all the necessary equipments, St. Maarten has to make do with what it has yet contribute equally for functioning of the Coast Guards in the three countries.
Minister of Justice of St. Maarten Dennis Richardson confirmed to SMN News that St. Maarten made the requests but each of them were denied and the excuse given is that the equipments St. Maarten wants are too expensive.
Minister Richardson said that since he took office a helicopter comes to St. Maarten either from Curacao or Aruba for a few days every three months and they conduct the necessary patrols. Minister Richardson said that too might stop because they are now saying it's too expensive to send a helicopter from either Curacao or Aruba to St. Maarten.
Just Wednesday evening a Skyway aircraft crashed in St. Maarten's waters and while the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guards are the ones that assisted with the search and rescue mission they had no helicopter on St. Maarten that could have started air patrol immediately, instead a helicopter had to be brought in from Guadeloupe to assist the search and rescue team. It is true that St. Maarten has an agreement in place where the French is responsible for air patrol in natural disasters. However, contributing for the total functioning of the Coast Guards in the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom and not getting the equipment to function optimally is not to the benefit of St. Maarten and its people.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 18:27 )

Nature Foundation Again Expresses Concern at the sharp rise in the number of Complaints of Nuisance Monkeys in the Community.

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Nature Foundation Again Expresses Concern at the sharp rise in the number of Complaints of Nuisance Monkeys in the Community.

Holds Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Options to Control Monkey Population

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has increasingly been receiving complaints and reports of monkeys causing problems for residents in various districts, particularly after the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo. Even in districts where the Foundation has not recorded monkeys, such as on Front and Backstreet in Philipsburg, there have been sightings of the animals.

The Nature Foundation has been researching extensively on what can be done to control the population and has met with various stakeholders on some of the options in controlling the population: "With the worrying trend in the increase of the size of the monkey population we have been reaching out both locally and to our conservation colleagues in the region to come up with a plan on what to do to control the population. Of course there are many options such as capture and neuter/ spay or birth control, but one needs to be found which is cost effective and which does not cause pain or suffering to the animals. The issue is that these methods, even the less expensive options, cost tens of thousands of dollars to run effectively. Therefore the research phase of tackling this issue is critical," read a Nature Foundation statement.

Many residents have been contacting the Nature Foundation regarding large groups of vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), acting aggressively towards residents and pets, overturning garbage bins in numerous districts, destroying gardens and garden furniture and defecating on people's property. The Monkeys have been known to act aggressively if they feel threatened and can also have a negative effect on our local flora and fauna. Monkeys are not picky eaters and will eat anything from bird eggs to ornamental and fruit plants and trees.

The Nature Foundation urges residents to not approach these animals and to contact the Nature Foundation so that the animals can be recorded. In the coming weeks there will be various exchanges with experts in various locations who are used to dealing with monkeys and other exotic invasive animals in order to come with recommendations to the authorities as to what should be the best way to approach this problem.

If a monkey, raccoon or any other unusual animal is observed contact the Nature Foundation at 5444267 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 19:09 )

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