PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – A Plenary public session of Parliament with reference to the utility company GEBE is scheduled for January 25.

Balotelli charged over 'stamp'

Monday, 23 January 2012 17:14 Published in General sports news

Mario BalotelliEUROPE - Man City striker Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent conduct and faces a four-match ban after appearing to stamp on Tottenham's Scott Parker during Sunday's 3-2 win at Eastlands.

 

Balotelli, who had already received a yellow card, escaped sanction for treading on Parker's head and went on to score the 94th minute penalty that decided the game, prompting a furious reaction from Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who felt Balotelli should not have been on the pitch to score the winner.

"I don't like people kicking other people in the head on a football pitch,'' Redknapp said after the game.

"It is not something I understand. Why should he go and back-heel someone in the head when he is on the floor?''

Balotelli has until 18.00 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the FA charge. If he accepts the allegation, the 21-year-old will miss the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool at Anfield.

However, should the Italy international decide to appeal he will be free to face the Merseyside giants, with a hearing taking place later this week.

An FA statement read: "The FA has today charged Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli with violent conduct following an incident in his side's home game against Tottenham Hotspur.

"Balotelli was involved in an incident with Tottenham's Scott Parker during Manchester City's 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 22 January 2012.

"Balotelli has until 6pm on Wednesday 25 January 2012 to respond to the charge.''

The FA have decided that City defender Joleon Lescott has no case to answer over a separate incident during the Premier League clash, when Spurs defender Younes Kaboul was caught in the face with an elbow.

Balotelli would be at risk of getting the suspension extended if he appealed as referee Howard Webb informed the FA that, had he seen the Italian's apparent stamp, he would have sent the City player off.

If he accepts the charge, Balotelli would also miss the Premier League trips to Everton and Aston Villa, plus the home encounter with Fulham on February 4.

It is the latest in a long line of disciplinary issues involving Balotelli since his arrival from Inter Milan at the beginning of last season, and for City during January.

PHILIPSBURG - Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair is encouraging the parents of little girls between the ages of 7 to 12 years to register to take part in the pageant for Carnival 2012.

Harbour crane maintenance crew gets inspection

Monday, 23 January 2012 16:39 Published in Island News

PHILIPSBURG - Gottwald crane personnel visited the island of St. Maarten for one week and provided training as well as an evaluation of the maintenance of the cranes at the harbour.

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten - If you have never heard of Tessanne or Tami Chin, you are in for a big treat when Heineken introduces these two lovely ladies to St. Maarten during the second night of the 4-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

PHILIPSBURG - In light of recent reports that the coalition government on St. Eustatius was on the verge of collapsing, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of St. Eustatius, Councilman Ruben Merkman confirmed the reports.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Inspectorate of Taxes of Sint Maarten would like to notify businesses that as of Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the various forms used for filing taxes can be picked up at the tax authority.

MARIGOT - The restoring of confidence in the government, the economic and financial situation on the French side, are some of the areas the Triple R party will be embarking on, as the party prepares for the March 18th presidential election.

PHILIPSBURG - Dutch teenager Laura Dekker sailed into harbor of St Maarten Friday becoming the youngest sailor to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world.

Trinis are champs again

Monday, 23 January 2012 01:30 Published in General sports news

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Explosive batting led by Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard followed by crippling bowling coasted Trinidad & Tobago to their second straight Caribbean Twenty20 title on Sunday with a crushing 63-run victory over Jamaica.

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