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Minister of TEATT leads delegation to Caribbean Telecom Conference

Minister of TEATT leads delegation to Caribbean Telecom Conference

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunication and Transportation (TEATT) Melissa Arrindell-Doncher, accompanied by supporting staff from her cabinet, the tourism authority and Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten, attended the 33rd Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition of CANTO, which took place from 16th to the 19th of July in the Dominican Republic. CANTO is Caribbean's premier Telecommunications event that caters to ICT professionals, regional governments and regulators, and were going under the theme: “Reimagining ICT as a tool for Growth & Development”. During the conference a wide variety of international telecom experts gave lectures on a wide variety of Telecom topics such as: Safe City & Smart City concepts, Digital Economy, broadband development, 5G deployment, global technology trends, content development and challenges & opportunities in the Caribbean region. A large Telecom trade exhibition formed integral part of the CANTO convention, whereby vendors from all over the world... Read more

Pre-Storm/Hurricane Preparations for Simpson Bay/Causeway Bridges for 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Pre-Storm/Hurricane Preparations for Simpson Bay/Causeway Bridges for 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten would like to remind boat owners and mariners with respect to its protocols for pre-storm/hurricane preparations for the Simpson Bay and Causeway Bridges in connection with the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. For all vessels wishing to enter/exit the Simpson Bay Lagoon, prepare well in advance to come through the bridges. Listen out on marine radio VHF Channel 12 or local radio stations, if there are any changes to or added bridge openings. Regular Simpson Bay Bridge opening times are : 8.30AM Outbound, 9.30AM Inbound; 10.30AM Out, 11.30AM In; 15.00PM In, 16.00PM Out, 17.00PM In Regular Causeway Bridge opening times: 10.00AM, 11.45AM, 15.30PM. Bridges will not open above wind speeds of 25 knots sustained. The Simpson Bay Lagoon should not be considered as a safe haven. Vessels wishing to enter are urged to do so in a timely manner. Commercial cargo vessels should not seek refuge in... Read more

Independence for St. Martin Foundation Welcomes Statements by Dutch legislators

Independence for St. Martin Foundation Welcomes Statements by Dutch legislators

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen – The Independence For St. Martin Foundation has taken good note of recent statements by members of the Dutch Second Chamber, Bosman (VVD) and Van Raak (SP) regarding their intention to approach the United Nations in order to facilitate the exit of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Foundation sees this as a welcome development and agrees with the position of both Dutch legislators that the current constitutional arrangement within the Kingdom is not final. The Foundation referred to a report in the Antillianse Daagblad of July 12, 2017 in which Bosman was quoted as saying we are only halfway with the decolonization process. “The Kingdom Charter is not final but an intermediate solution to be seen as a transfer phase. The Netherlands is obligated by the UN charter to develop a system of self government which would lead the countries into... Read more

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Baskets for fire victims

Baskets for fire victims

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Due to the generosity of Mid Isle Rotarians we were able to shop and fill baskets with everyday necessities and some hurricane supplies for the recent fire victims. In one...

SXM Festival returns for its 3rd edition - March 14-18 2018

SXM Festival returns for its 3rd edition - March 14-18 2018

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - SXM Festival, one of the world’s leading electronic music escapes, reveals the dates for its 2018 edition. Returning for the third year on March 14-18, 2018, SXM F...

The latest report issued by the General Audit Chamber

The latest report issued by the General Audit Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The follow-up audit report regarding administrative appointments for public entities was submitted to Parliament today by the General Audit Chamber. The report entitled ‘Adm...

CANTO 2017 - Ministers from Around the Region Talk

CANTO 2017 - Ministers from Around the Region Talk

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Punta Cana - The  Ministerial round table saw a wide range of representation from throughout the region with ministers involved in the panel discussion including the Hon. Marl...

Community Meeting: Is there a financial cost to losing our wetlands?

Community Meeting: Is there a financial cost to losing our wetlands?

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday, July 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) will be hosting a community meeting ...

Nature Foundation Partners with Ocean Explorers to Host International Women’s Dive Day

Nature Foundation Partners with Ocean Explorers to Host International Women’s Dive Day

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last Saturday the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation partnered with Ocean Explorer’s Dive Center to host PADI International Women’s Dive Day .Women’s Dive Day is an internationa...

GIFTED to honour Fifty Student Nominees for 2017 Royalty Awards

GIFTED to honour Fifty Student Nominees for 2017 Royalty Awards

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Fifty young persons will be honored at the third annual GIFTED Royalty Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at the Belair Community Centre. Nominations fo...

Women invited to Breast Abnormalities Screening this Saturday as part of Women’s Health

Women invited to Breast Abnormalities Screening this Saturday as part of Women’s Health

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Saturday, June 24, is the second breast abnormalities screening survey for women. It is being held at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg at the Collective Preve...

Residents advised of HUREX 2017 Training Exercise in Cay Bay and near the Hospital on June 27

Residents advised of HUREX 2017 Training Exercise in Cay Bay and near the Hospital on June 27

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Hurricane Exercise 2017 (HUREX 2017) will once again involve a major training exercise which will take place in Cay Bay and in the vicinity of the St. Maarten Medical Center (...

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Seventh Day Adventist Churches have received a permit for ...

Department of Culture Represented at Annual CSA Conference

Department of Culture Represented at Annual CSA Conference

NASSAU, Bahamas - The 42nd Annual Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Conference themed “Culture and Knowledge Economies: The Future of Caribbean Development?” was held at the Meliã Nassau Beac...

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Airline lays off pilots and flight attendants

Airline lays off pilots and fl…

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands – The privately owned BVI Airways says it has laid off all pilots and flight attendants due to cash constraints. In an open letter to the public on Tuesday, the cash-strapped ai...

Former Pilot Has “LIAT Solution”

Former Pilot Has “LIAT Solutio…

BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis – Regional Airline LIAT is being urged to become a successful and profitable carrier by taking specific measures that can ensure its survival and end its status of a financially s...

New UWI Chancellor takes office

New UWI Chancellor takes offic…

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) marks a change in its leadership, as it welcomes a new Chancellor, the highest office-holder in The UWI system. Trinidad and Tobago national, Rob...

Island Business & Sports

Marc Van Iersel - Smga club champion 2017

Marc Van Iersel - Smga club ch…

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten -  Marc van Iersel has won the 2017 Club Champion Match Play competition of the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. This annual tournament, better known as the ‘Thomas R. S...

Kidz at Sea Foundation takes boat building students out for a sail

Kidz at Sea Foundation takes b…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – The Kidz at Sea Foundation took 4 students our for a leisurely sail to reward them for their hard work on the second boat that is currently being constructed as part of the ...

Caribbean Auto Introduces The All New 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV

Caribbean Auto Introduces The …

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - The All New 2018 Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV, revealed late last year at the Los Angeles Motor Show in the U.S., is finally here in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin all the way from...

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If You Dink Beer You Contribute to Sint Maarten’s Environmental Problems

If You Dink Beer You Contribute to Sint …

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - I enjoy drinking beer. Nothing beats coming up from a dive doing research in...

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