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SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year

SCDF wants ‘mess on Pondfill’ seriously addressed next year

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will seek a meeting with the Ministries of TEATT and VROMI following the Carnival season to discuss what it calls the haphazard erection of tents and other structures along Walter Nisbeth Road during the Carnival season. Calling it “the mess along Pondfill”, the foundation lamented that government (VROMI) identifies the spots and TEATT subsequently grants the licenses without any sort of regulations attached regarding how and what should be built or placed on the spots. The results, the foundation said, “is an ugly looking string of structures that does not enhance the tourism or Carnival product. Instead, anything that happens out there, is blamed on the Carnival foundation. We had visitors who thought that was Carnival Village,” the foundation said. The SCDF pointed out that what started as a handful of vendors is now growing every year without regulation or... Read more

Doncher-Arrindell breaks ground on Backstreet repairs

Doncher-Arrindell breaks ground on Backstreet repairs

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher symbolically "broke ground" on the Backstreet project on Saturday, April 22. She also received an update on the project from Claudius Buncamper of the department of VROMI. The Minister was also joined by Director of Windward Roads Jan-Hendrik Boekaar. The Backstreet project is a joint project between the Ministries of TEATT (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) and VROMI and is being financed by the TEATT Ministry. The project is being executed by main contractor Windward Roads. The bricks in the road will be removed and the road will be paved. Buncamper explained that the road will remain open for pedestrians at all times and to emergency vehicles. VROMI has also made it possible for residents and businesses to connect sewage lines at their own expense while the project is ongoing. The drainage on the road will also be regulated... Read more

CPS Holding Preparatory Meetings and Steps up Surveillance for Yellow Fever

CPS Holding Preparatory Meetings and Steps up Surveillance for Yellow Fever

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), over the past weeks has been meeting with various stakeholders as it relates to preparatory multi-agency response, and has stepped up surveillance for yellow fever in the wake of an increase in yellow fever reports emanating from several Latin American countries.  CPSs surveillance mechanism was placed on alert for any potential yellow fever cases in January. Sint Maarten does not have any yellow fever cases, but due to the current situation of yellow fever being detected in areas in countries where no cases have been detected in several years, this has increased the country’s alert level. The department is requesting for all to be on the alert and be proactive if you experience any symptoms after having travelled to an endemic Yellow Fever area. You are requested... Read more

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APS to host pension seminar

APS to host pension seminar

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – St. Maarten’s general pension fund administrator, APS, has begun preparations for a seminar, to be held on May 19 upcoming. The seminar will be held with the theme ‘Your Fu...

Library hosted Easter egg hunt on April 15th, 2017

Library hosted Easter egg hunt on April 15th, 2017

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday, the 15th of April, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosted its grand annual Easter Egg Hunt 2017. The event, which hosted 60 children ages 1 to 10 years and thei...

CIBC FirstCaribbean maintains partnership with UWI

CIBC FirstCaribbean maintains partnership with UWI

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus is expected to take a multi-million dollar step to help the Caribbean further develop through science and technology. The eff...

Mid Isle Donates to Local Organizations

Mid Isle Donates to Local Organizations

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - During the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle donations were made to three local organizations. The donations were made to ...

Amuseum Naturalis Hosts Endemic Animal Festival This Sunday

Amuseum Naturalis Hosts Endemic Animal Festival This Sunday

GRAND CASE, St. Maarten — People of all ages are invited to discover the incredible animals that live only on St. Martin and only in our region at the fourth annual Endemic Animal Festival. This year’...

The Laws of St. Maarten books in English are “going like hot bread”

The Laws of St. Maarten books in English are “going like hot bread”

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten — The Laws of St. Maarten is a set of five books just published here. And the attractive, reader-friendly-design publications are “going like hot bread” at Van Dorp bookstores a...

Simpson Bay Resort kick starts its carnival season

Simpson Bay Resort kick starts its carnival season

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - A series of colorful carnival themed mini-parades and poolside fêtes is once again being hosted by Simpson Bay Resort & Marina. Following glowing reviews of last year’s ...

St. Martin Book Fair turns 15, opens at Cité Scolaire Robert Weinum; over 30 St. Martin authors in focus, June 1 – 3, 2017

St. Martin Book Fair turns 15, opens at Cité Scolaire Robert Weinum; over 30 St. Martin authors in focus, June 1 – 3, 2017

THE SAVANNA, Saint Martin — The 15th edition of the annual St. Martin Book Fair will take place at new venues throughout the island from June 1 – 3, 2017, said Shujah Reiph, director of the literary f...

Sharks Swim Team Nets Three Medals at Regional Swim Meet

Sharks Swim Team Nets Three Medals at Regional Swim Meet

Castries - A small but powerful delegation of the Sint Maarten Sharks Swim Team travelled on April 5th, 2017 to compete in the 18th annual invitational at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre in Castries...

Island Communities

A New Political Party Launches In Antigua

A New Political Party Launches…

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – With a promise to advocate for transnational leadership and changing how politics has been practiced here, a new political party was launched Tuesday. Member of Parliament for All Saints E...

Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change

Disease Burden Growing as Vect…

KINGSTON, Jamaica – There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016...

Government Intensifies Efforts To Combat Suicide

Government Intensifies Efforts…

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Public Health’s Mental Health Unit will be forging ahead with programmes through collaboration with key government ministries to further combat suicide. The World Health Or...

Island Business & Sports

25th annual St. Maarten open Golf tournament

25th annual St. Maarten open G…

MULLET BAY,  St. Maarten - For tomorrow, the first day of the tournament, based on the succesful registration of players today the following pairings have been established. The SMGA is quite plea...

SXMNBA may tournament scheduled games

SXMNBA may tournament schedule…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams who would like to take part in the June 6th 2017 Tournament to register and pay ($100) as soon as possible, space is limited to six...

SXMNBA March tournament finals games

SXMNBA March tournament finals…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game. All games will start on scheduled time and games will be forfeit if there isn...

Island Opinion

The Philipsburg Landfill; A Possible Solution

The Philipsburg Landfill; A Possible Sol…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - It is nine in the morning and a purple dawn is rising with difficulty in ...

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