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PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN

DATE ISSUED:  Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 12:00 Lst (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL:  Friday midday (12:00 Lst) September 04, 2015  

WEATHER:
This afternoon through Friday midday: Fair to partly cloudy with isolated showers possible overnight.


Forecast High:
   31°C / 88°F          Forecast Low:   27°C / 81°F

Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:59 A.M.        Sunset Tonight:  6:25 P.M.

 

SURFACE WINDS:
This afternoon through Friday midday: Southeast to northeast with a light air to gentle breeze of 01 to 08 miles per hour, becoming calm at times.  

SYNOPSIS:
A dry and stable atmosphere will continue to influence fair conditions across the local region today. However, some weak instability and available moisture may produce cloudy spells and isolated showers during the latter part of the forecast period.
Seas are forecast to remain slight for the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight               WAVES/SWELLS: 2 to 4 feet 

SPECIAL FEATURE:
At 11am, Tropical Storm Fred was located about 760 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. This system poses no threat to the local area.
OUTLOOK through Saturday midday: Partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers.

 FORECASTER: Leblanc/Connor

The next weather forecast will be issued today at 18:00 Lst (22:00 UTC).

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 3-DAY FORECAST

 DAY Thursday Friday Saturday
WEATHER Fair/Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy w/ Isol. Showers Possible Partly Cloudy w/ Isol. Showers Possible
HIGH TEMP 31oC / 88oF 31oC / 88oF 31oC / 88oF
LOW TEMP 27oC / 81oF 27oC / 81oF 27oC / 81oF
SUNRISE 05:58 AM 05:59 AM 05:59 AM
SUNSET 06:25 PM 06:24 PM 06:23 PM

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL800 AM EDT THU SEP 3 2015
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on TropicalStorm Fred, located several hundred miles west-northwest of theCape Verde Islands.
1. A tropical wave is expected to move off of the west coast of Africa later today.  This system has some potential for slow development as it moves westward at 15 to 20 mph across the tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent

Today's news that the screening of two new prospective ministers was completed with success (see related article) is most welcome. Rumours had surfaced that this might not be the case for at least one of the candidates, which of course would have led to even more delay in the proposed changes.

The motion of no-confidence against Island Governor Gerald Berkel passed by the Island Council (see related story) is not going to solve Statia’s current problems. For starters, it regards an appointee of the crown as proposed by the Kingdom Government and while the wishes of the public entity surely must be taken into account, the local Island Council simply isn’t authorised to send Berkel home.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua--More than 300 nationals from around the region and internationally became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda Tuesday in keeping with a promise made by the Gaston Browne administration to overlook their residency gaps once they paid all the relevant fees.

NASSAU, Bahamas--A recent Lionfish University video documenting a Nassau grouper stalking and ultimately devouring a lionfish in the Caribbean is thought to be the first-ever footage showing this type of event without the assistance of humans, and may indicate that divers’ attempts to “teach” groupers to eat the invasive species is finally bearing fruit.

BERLIN--China's Huawei Technologies unveiled a new smartphone on Wednesday, taking aim at the high end of the market, which is dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics.

NAGPUR, India--The man Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tasked with launching a China-style infrastructure boom calls himself a "bulldozer" and promises to add two percentage points to India's economic growth in two years.

NEW YORK--The director of Taylor Swift's new music video set in Africa struck back on Wednesday at mounting criticism of the scarcity of black people in the mini-film and its romanticized portrayal of the continent.

LOS ANGELES--When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he rushed home to broadcast himself unboxing the item live on YouTube.

DILLINGHAM, Alaska--President Barack Obama headed to remote fly-in native villages of Alaska on Wednesday on a trek the White House hopes will bring attention to how climate change is affecting Americans.

BALTIMORE--A judge on Wednesday rejected defense motions to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody and ordered separate trials in the high-profile case.

By Alexandra Alper

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned,
his spokesman said on Thursday, hours before he is due to appear in court over a
corruption scandal that has gutted his government and plunged the country into
chaos days before a national election.
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the capital, Guatemala City, and
other cities in recent weeks calling for Perez, a 64-year-old retired general,
to quit over allegations of involvement in a customs racket.
His letter of resignation was signed late on Wednesday and sent to the country's
Congress, which was expected to hold an emergency session early on Thursday to
hand power to Vice President Alejandro Maldonado, presidential spokesman Jorge
Ortega said.
Perez, who was elected on a ticket to combat crime and corruption, was not
constitutionally eligible to run for re-election in Sunday's presidential vote.
He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said he would not resign.
But his options narrowed on Wednesday when a judge issued a detention order
against him after lawmakers voted to strip him of immunity from prosecution.
"It is a personal decision to maintain institutions and to face the case brought
against him," Ortega said.
Prosecutors said the charges to be brought against Perez were illicit
association, taking bribes and customs fraud.
Attorney General Thelma Aldana said on Wednesday that Perez was also being
investigated for money laundering, which could lead to the freezing of his
assets.
Perez, who had been deemed a flight risk, will present himself at court at 8
a.m. on Thursday (1400 GMT), his lawyer said.
Prosecutors allege Perez was involved in a customs scam dubbed "La Linea", or
the line, after a phone hotline used by importers to avoid paying customs duties
in exchange for bribes.
His conservative administration spent much of this year mired in public protests
and scandals over corruption allegations against senior officials, several of
whom he fired during a cabinet purge in May.
Former vice president Roxana Baldetti resigned after she was linked to "La
Linea." She denied any wrongdoing but was arrested on the same charges Perez now
faces.
More than 20 other people have been arrested over the scam, though how much
money was involved is still unclear.
Prosecutors and a powerful U.N.-backed anti-corruption body known as the CICIG
moved against Perez following months of investigations, and findings taken from
some 89,000 telephone taps, almost 6,000 emails and 17 raids.
The anti-corruption investigations have also hit the center-right opposition
Lider party, whose election candidate Manuel Baldizon is leading opinion polls.
No candidate is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday,
triggering a second round run-off on Oct. 25. The next president will then
formally take the helm in January.
(With reporting by Sofia Menchu and Enrique Andres Pretel; Writing by Christine
Murray; Editing by Simon Gardner and John Stonestreet)

CALAIS, France--Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding passengers in darkness aboard Eurostar trains.

NEW YORK-- Returning to the scene of his grandest tennis achievement had a magical impact on defending champion Marin Cilic, who powered his way into the third round of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES-- Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as 'The Best Ever', when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas next week with his welterweight title defence against fellow American Andre Berto.

Dear Queenie,

I’ve been going with this guy for a year now and we’ve each met the other’s family but the families have never met each other. I want to plan some kind of get-together for both families so they can get to know each other but he says I should wait until we get engaged or at least move in together, which I don’t think is going to be anytime soon.

Queenie, what is the correct thing to do?—Etty Ket

Dear Editor,

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