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The Chief of Police and the Commander of the VKS met on Wednesday November 22nd

The Chief of Police and the Commander of the VKS met on Wednesday November 22nd

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Chief of Police Carl John and the Commander of the VKS Antonio Rogers met on Wednesday November 22nd for talks regarding the safety of the community of Sint Maarten and the working cooperation between both entities. The VKS has been working under the supervision of the police department for quite a number of years with positive results.   Both the Chief of police and the commander of the VKS are doing their utmost to improve this working cooperation. The main topic of discussion was the upcoming tourist and Christmas season where the decision was taken that KPSM, the VKS and the officers of the National Police Force of the Netherlands will jointly provide safety and security to the business community and the community at large during this season as together we focus on getting the economy back on track. The commander of the VKS promised to support this... Read more

Zinc, Car Wrecks and other metals will be removed from the island

Zinc, Car Wrecks and other metals will be removed from the island

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In a collaborated effort, the Ministry of VROMI and the Steelcrushers BV have embarked on a project to have all the zinc, car wrecks and other metals removed from the island in the very near future. The company has brought in various pieces of machinery, including a huge grabber, to be able to start clearing up the zinc depot beside the Little League stadium. The huge car wreck depot from the former Bakker recycling and the items presently stored on the landfill will also be removed. Seeing the amount of damaged cars on the island, the Ministry of VROMI expects many more wrecks to be collected over the next few months. Reconstruction on buildings will also cause a great deal of metal debris to be accumulated. This public private partnership will work out well for all concerned. The cost for government lies in the transporting of the scrap... Read more

Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament regarding the Appointment of a new first and second Vice Chairperson of Parliament

Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament regarding the Appointment of a new first and second Vice Chairperson of Parliament

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent plenary public meeting on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The urgent plenary public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The agenda point is: Appointment of a new first and second Vice Chairperson of Parliament (This meeting was requested by MP P.F.M. Geerlings, MP C.E. Brownbill and MP S.M. Bijlani) Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.  The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg. The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.org and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten. Read more

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Tzu Chi donates relief items to Pond Island residents

Tzu Chi donates relief items to Pond Island residents

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - When the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation noticed that the residents of Pond Island were heavily affected by Hurricane Irma and that many of their homes had been badly damaged...

COCI Elections

COCI Elections

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Five (5) positions on the Board of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry(COCI) will become vacant as of January 1st 2018 and these positions will be filled by t...

70-95% of Some Coral Species on Sint Maarten Reefs Suffered Extreme Hurricane Damage

70-95% of Some Coral Species on Sint Maarten Reefs Suffered Extreme Hurricane Damage

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been continuously monitoring coral reefs both inside and outside of the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area in order to determine th...

Seminar on the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism on the island of Bonaire

Seminar on the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism on the island of Bonaire

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - On Thursday November 28th the Ministry of Finance together with the FIU-NL is organizing a seminar on the prevention of money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The sem...

Migratory Bird Festival Welcomes Birds Back This Saturday

Migratory Bird Festival Welcomes Birds Back This Saturday

GRAND CASE, St. Martin - While St. Martin waits for tourists to return, the island’s other seasonal guests have been quietly arriving. Migratory birds travel thousands of miles every year to spend the...

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, Tour Operators Clean Great Bay Beach

Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, Tour Operators Clean Great Bay Beach

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, together with volunteers from the Cruise Operator Sector, cleaned up a large portion of Great Bay Beach this week. Great Bay Beach is n...

Nature Foundation Records Worrisome Red Algae Outbreak on St Maarten Reefs

Nature Foundation Records Worrisome Red Algae Outbreak on St Maarten Reefs

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been continuously monitoring the reefs for their health and to assess the underwater damage caused by Hurricane Irma. During the reef s...

Universal Children's Day for distribution

Universal Children's Day for distribution

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness am...

Friday was Alcohol Reduction Day

Friday was Alcohol Reduction Day

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Friday, November 17 marked the 2nd Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day under the theme, “Drink Less, Reduce your Cancer Risk.” This awareness day has been organized by th...

Hyundai and Shell working together with Motorworld contribute $150,000 in relief support to the community of St. Maarten/ St. Martin and the surrounding region

Hyundai and Shell working together with Motorworld contribute $150,000 in relief support to the community of St. Maarten/ St. Martin and the surrounding region

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Hyundai Motor Corporation (HMC) and Shell working together with Motorworld, have pledged $150,000 in post-hurricane relief support to St. Maarten/St. Martin, and the surroun...

St. Maarten Academy Graduation Rehearsals Begin

St. Maarten Academy Graduation Rehearsals Begin

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - The Management of St. Maarten Academy would like to inform all students who will be graduating next month that rehearsals will begin on Saturday, November 18 at 6:00pm in the...

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – Organizers of TelCell’s annual Breakthrough talent search are taking their own “#STAND” on behalf of youth entertainment on St. Maarten. Encouraged by sponsors, well-wisher...

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

GRAND CASE, Sint Martin — Fruits Around the World—lives up to its name. From the opening blast of horns to the closing sighs of a church organ, it’s a globetrotting journey of sounds and styles. Over ...

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Training Professionals International announced that they will be facilitating a discounted accredited Job Readiness course during its reschedu...

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...

Island Communities

Two in critical condition following violent fight in Castries community

Two in critical condition foll…

ST. LUCIA - Two men are in critical condition at Victoria Hospital after allegedly inflicting stab wounds on each other during a fight in Odum City, Bois Patat on Saturday evening, Nov. 11, according to law enf...

Jamaica: Father, two sons graduate university together

Jamaica: Father, two sons grad…

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – If the family that prays together stays together, then something has to be said for the family that studies, and graduates, together. Last weekend when 53-year-old Harven Burke, regional...

ICT Week - The Bahamas: improving the caribbean internet

ICT Week - The Bahamas: improv…

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Experts from across the region will convene in The Bahamas to discuss the Internet which is now a critical information and communications technology (ICT). Managing this res...

Island Business & Sports

Many charter options available for the 38th  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Many charter options available…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Want to race in the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta but don’t have a boat? There are several options ranging from booking a single crew space on a race charter boat to ful...

U20 National Basketball Team captures historical win

U20 National Basketball Team c…

AIRPORT ROAD – On Monday August 28th, the U20 National Basketball team returned from Antigua after defeating St. Kitts, where the team won 82-76 in the LIBA tournament. In 2015, the St. Maarten Nation...

SXM Basketballers welcome TelCell 4G-LTE sponsorship for Antigua tourney

SXM Basketballers welcome TelC…

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten  –  St. Maarten basketballers are getting an early jump on TelCell’s September 1 launch of its brand new 4G-LTE mobile data network by sporting the company’s brandin...

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Solutions to save our local University

Solutions to save our local University

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As an Educator teaching 25 years at the University of St. Martin (USM), I...

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