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Former VDSM head gets more time in detention

Former VDSM head gets more time in detention

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Judge of Instruction remanded the suspect J.A.J.R. (41) to custody (“bewaring”) for eight (8) more days. The Prosecutor’s Office had requested that the suspect, former head of the St. Maarten National Security Service VDSM remain in pre-trial detention in light of the ongoing investigation. J.A.J.R. is suspected of embezzlement (from January 2011 till mid-2013) and money laundering (from January 2011 till 19 July 2016) for the amount of NAf. 800.000,-. The investigation is in full swing. Read more

Ministers of Education burdened says union leader

Ministers of Education burdened says union leader

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The island of St. Maarten has had many Ministers of Education who are educators by profession however there are many lingering problems that continue to affect teachers. Although the WITU is fighting to secure the rights and best opportunities for the islands teachers, she is somewhat sympathetic for those educators who have served St. Maarten in the capacity of Education Minister. The union leader addressed this matter this week as well as some of the obstacles faced by the Education Minister. More can now be heard via PodCast. Read more

New camera project for Philipsburg launched Thursday

New camera project for Philipsburg launched Thursday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Philipsburg is now expected be a safer place with the introduction of a Safety Surveillance camera project. Phase one of the long awaited project was launched Thursday morning by the Minister of Justice the Honorable Edson Kirindongo at the Captain Hodge's Wharf. The project was brought to reality with the help of the TelEm Group of companies who was represented at the ribbon cutting Thursday by the CFO Helma Etnel. The project is being viewed as a huge deterrent for crime in Philipsburg as well as a significant tool to prosecute those who are caught engaging in illegal activities. Prime Minister the honorable William Marlin in his address stated that the project was a priority for his government and that he was happy to have been in a position to carry the project through to the execution phase. He also made special mention of his coalition... Read more

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Forensics Lab and Shooting range opened Friday {Image Gallery Inside}

Forensics Lab and Shooting range opened Friday {Image Gallery Inside}

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The former SOREMAR building in Orange Grove Cole Bay was inaugurated Friday afternoon as the Forensics Lab and Shooting range of the St. Maarten Department of Justice. Jus...

Late return of "attestation de vita” will result in stopping of AOV-payment for beneficiaries outside the Caribbean Netherlands

Late return of "attestation de vita” will result in stopping of AOV-payment for beneficiaries outside the Caribbean Netherlands

BES Islands - The Social Affairs and Employment Unit (RCN / SWZ) will suspend the BES General Retirement Insurance (AOV) of whom is not known whether they are still alive. People who are entitled to...

Lenny Priest: “Well done on the cameras; now start the discussion on curbing crime factors”

Lenny Priest: “Well done on the cameras; now start the discussion on curbing crime factors”

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten - “We applaud the move to install cameras around Philipsburg as a deterrent to crime, but we must start the discussion on the socio economic factors particularly the socioecono...

COLOMBIA strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients

COLOMBIA strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients

MIAMI, Florida - Colombia continues to position itself as an innovative country in the health industry. It stands out among other countries in Latin America for its highly complex quality procedures p...

CARPHA Urges the Region to take Action against Hepatitis

CARPHA Urges the Region to take Action against Hepatitis

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - “Hepatitis claims the lives of many people and puts a heavy economic burden on communities and health systems,’’ stated Dr. C. James Hospedales in observance of Wo...

Betty Wright replaces Melody Gardot at Curaçao North Sea Jazz 2016

Betty Wright replaces Melody Gardot at Curaçao North Sea Jazz 2016

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Unfortunately Melody Gardot had to cancel her performance at the upcoming edition of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. Fortunately, we can announce another great singer ...

Rotary Club St. Maarten-Mid Isle presents school bags with supplies to Ki-Mani

Rotary Club St. Maarten-Mid Isle presents school bags with supplies to Ki-Mani

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - When Fifteen-year-old Learning Unlimited student Ki-Mani Olivacce called on his community to contribute to a worthy cause as he kicks off a school supplies drive for student...

USP: Alexander Marlin was a wonderful human being

USP: Alexander Marlin was a wonderful human being

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The board of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) and its leader Member of Parliament Frans Richardson extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Alexander Marl...

Nature Foundation Reminds Public That Only Registered Vessels Are Allowed to Operate in the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

Nature Foundation Reminds Public That Only Registered Vessels Are Allowed to Operate in the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation would like to remind the public that only vessels which are registered at the Nature Foundation and who have purchased User Tags for the M...

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Jamaica To Provide US$4 Million In Support To Venezuela

Jamaica To Provide US$4 Millio…

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica has announced plans to provide US$4-million in support to Venezuela. Information Minister, Ruel Reid, made the disclosure at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wedne...

An Association of Electric Utilities

An Association of Electric Uti…

The Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation, or CARILEC, is an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders in the regional industry. It was established with nine me...

Saint Lucia Rocks When Canadians Unlock!

Saint Lucia Rocks When Canadia…

SAINT LUCIA – From the top of the Pitons to the coral reefs dotting the shoreline, Saint Lucia’s natural beauty offers summer vacationers a distinct blend of island adventure and Caribbean vibes. The picturesq...

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Caribbean Dinghy Championships slated for October

Caribbean Dinghy Championships…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Sint Maarten Yacht Club is hosting the Caribbean Dinghy Championships this year, October 7th - 9th!   Classes include Optimist, Laser Radial, Laser Standard and R...

Lone bullets for the Brits

Lone bullets for the Brits

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams wit...

Alejandra Corona wins spot to train at Belgian Football Camp’, First female to be sent to Europe by Oualichi

Alejandra Corona wins spot to …

CAYHILL, St. Maarten- Last weekend, during the Oualichi International Summer Soccer Camp, Alejandra Corona won a spot to train at a professional Belgian football camp organised by Progress Sports...

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On behalf of the board and members of the DP, my family and myself, I ext...

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