Integrity Chamber law now ready for handling in Parliament – ilandvibez.com


PHILIPSBURG – “The term binding advice is an oxymoron.” UP-MP Franklin Meyers said on Friday during a debate in the central committee of Parliament about the draft national ordinance Integrity Chamber. “An advice is an advice and it is up to the Council of Ministers to adhere to it or not. If it is binding it should be called an instruction.”

The debate in Parliament lasted about 2.5 hours. Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs, Rafael Boasman, walked the Parliament through the history of the Integrity Chamber legislation, ending with a remark about the negative advice that came back from the Council of Advice. “They said that the initial draft was not in accordance with the protocol of May 24, 2015. It was not possible to make the amendments to the draft on short notice due to the arrival of Hurricane Irma.”……….Read More
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MP Geerlings takes heat for comment about ministers’ health – ilandvibez.com


“The ministers that show up this morning show their respect for Parliament.” Geerlings said to the two Council of Ministers members that were present – Prime Minister Rafael Boasman and Public Health Minister Emil Lee. “That respect has been lacking for the past couple of weeks. It is annoying to see only the same ministers appear every time. I don’t care what the ailments of the other ministers are. If they call in sick again and again, maybe they should go to the Governor and ask him to give their job to someone else.”……..Read More
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Landfill Fire: Persons with respiratory challenges advised to close windows and doors. – ilandvibez.com


GREAT BAY (DCOMM):— Part of the landfill on Pond Island is on fire.
The Fire Department is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge, and for persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges….read more
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Pavilions officially handed over to schools – ilandvibez.com


HILIPSBURG:— Two of the three pavilions which were received by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, via the Karel Doorman from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in the Netherlands were officially handed over to the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) on the Ring Road and the MAC CSE in Ebenezer on Friday, December 1st. The pavilions were part of the emergency aid sent from the Netherlands.

The CBA, formally housed at the old Government Administration Building, sustained severe damage, therefore rendering the building unfit and unsafe for the students. The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, made provisions for the CBA to receive a pavilion to ensure the school was able to continue with classes in a safe and conducive environment for the students, teachers, and faculty……Read More
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Build Back Better: The Tiny Island of Dominica Faces New Climate Reality – ilandvibez.com


ROSEAU, Dominica, Wednesday December 1, 2017 (IPS) – McCarthy Marie has been living in the Fond Cani community, a few kilometres east of the Dominica capital, Roseau, for 38 years. The 68-year-old economist moved to the area in 1979 following the decimation of the island by Hurricane David……..Read More

But even though David was such a destructive hurricane, Marie told IPS that when Hurricane Maria hit the island in September, islanders witnessed something they had never seen before.
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University Woes – ilandvibez.com


By Hilbert Haar – The financial quagmire the University of St. Martin finds itself in should not come as a surprise to anyone, especially not to politicians and decision makers.

Under its previous president, Annelies Oliver-Van den Assem, the institution teetered already on the brink of financial disaster and under her successor, Francio Guadeloupe, things apparently went from bad to worse.

Is this a surprise? Something the Parliament woke up to after Hurricane Irma? Or did the USM only got the attention of decision makers when it became clear that it would have to close its doors because now there is really no more money to continue?…Read More
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Six Caribbean Territories Eliminate Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis – ilandvibez.com


Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis have been certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

“This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the health of mothers, children and families a regional priority,” said Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris.

“This is an amazing achievement given the high rates of HIV in the past, and we intend to improve on this success story even more in the future.”…..Read More
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