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Shut Down of GEBE's 8MW Engine Cause Island Wide Blackout Monday, Company Apologizes

Shut Down of GEBE's 8MW Engine Cause Island Wide Blackout Monday, Company Apologizes

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In a press release from NV GEBE the company apologized to each and every client that was inconvenienced and affected during the power interruption on the night of January 16, 2016 at approximately 21:15 hours during the island wide black out. The island wide blackout started when one of the company’s 8 MW engines encountered a shutdown “trip” command from a sensor. This “trip” resulted in an unstable power grid and caused the other engines to react in order to stabilize the grid. The process took place in a very short timeframe. As a result it triggered the high voltage system to open which protects the equipment’s systems. The power plant personnel resorted to the plants protection in order to ensure a smooth startup which has to be done with safety for all. The restarting process took some time as it first needed to be assessed as to what caused... Read more

Community Police to Hold Information Session

Community Police to Hold Information Session

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday January 19th 2017 the Community Police Officer for the Reward, Ebenezer and Sint Peters area inspector Felix Richards will be holding a “Town Hall” meeting for all residents of those areas. Place: Premises of the Milton Peters College. Time: From 07.30 p.m. to 09.00 p.m. Main topics: The present crime situation in these areas, how together with community this situation can be tackled, getting better acquainted with the persons living in yourneighbor hood and setting up of a “Whatsapp” chat among the many other topics that will be discussed. It is very important that the residents in these areas come out to this meeting to share and receive information from C.P.O. Richards and the Police department. Read more

Island Gems donates to Hope Foster Home

Island Gems donates to Hope Foster Home

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated a large freezer to the Hope Outreach Foster Home Foundation. Antonia Hodge of the home was approached by the Island Gems about the immediate need of the foster home. A freezer was high on the list and that was bought by the charity foundation. Island Gems raises funds for projects such as this at its annual costume gala. This year’s gala is set for Saturday, April 8, at Captain Oliver’s restaurant. Tickets cost US $125 each and are available from all Island Gems.  Read more

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New Student Orientation kicks off the school year for Spring 2017 students

New Student Orientation kicks off the school year for Spring 2017 students

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last week the University of St. Martin had their orientation day which was organized for the new students starting in the spring semester. The session was fully attended and...

Audit team sint maarten (ATS) working together with business community

Audit team sint maarten (ATS) working together with business community

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — The Audit Team Sint Maarten (ATS), established by the Social & Health Insurances SZV since January 2016, has helped SZV to collect over 28 million NAf extra in social pr...

The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce donated to the St. Joseph School Choir.

The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce donated to the St. Joseph School Choir.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Joseph School Choir was chosen by the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of this donation, in appreciation of its participation in COCI events and in s...

Great Bay Express Ferry sponsors local SXM BJJ Jiu Jitsu Team

Great Bay Express Ferry sponsors local SXM BJJ Jiu Jitsu Team

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Local ferry provider The Great Bay Express is giving back to the community by sponsoring a group of young Jiu Jitsu athletes who will be competing in St Barths in the Second...

Meet EPIC’s New Wetland Outreach Coordinator

Meet EPIC’s New Wetland Outreach Coordinator

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - With the high season in full swing, our surrounding waters and the Lagoon are bustling with marine traffic. This is fantastic for our economy but let’s not forget our precio...

Suspect in Murder Investigation of Medical Student on Saba Extradites from USA to Bonaire

Suspect in Murder Investigation of Medical Student on Saba Extradites from USA to Bonaire

SABA - A suspect has been extradited today, January 15th 2017 from the United States in the investigation called “Hector”. This is the investigation being conducted after the death of a student ...

Minister Boasman meets with  Council On Law Enforcement

Minister Boasman meets with Council On Law Enforcement

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman says part of his approach to address the crime situation on St. Maarten is to use “every bit of expertise” we have on the island, not igno...

Boasman: Meetings in Aruba fruitful

Boasman: Meetings in Aruba fruitful

ARUBA - Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman returned to the island on Wednesday, January 11th, from Aruba where he participated in Justitiele Vierpartij Overleg (JVO) Judicial Four-Party Consultations...

“Living Through 2016” by J. K. Pascall Soft -book launching ceremony this Thursday January 19th at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

“Living Through 2016” by J. K. Pascall Soft -book launching ceremony this Thursday January 19th at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Trinidadian native and inspirational author J. K. Pascall will be presenting his book “Living Through 2016” on Thursday January 19th, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Philipsbur...

Amuseum Naturalis 2017 Season Opening Event January 17th

Amuseum Naturalis 2017 Season Opening Event January 17th

GRAND CASE, St. Maarten — St. Martin’s only natural history museum, Amuseum Naturalis, is officially launching its 2017 season on Tuesday, January 17th at 5pm. The public is invited to explore the mus...

Newly Renovated Simpson Bay Resort and Marina Officially Re-opens

Newly Renovated Simpson Bay Resort and Marina Officially Re-opens

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, the newly renovated Simpson Bay Resort and Marina officially opened. The Resort now offers 421 spacious and fully equipped suites. During ...

USFOL Volunteers Spread Holiday Cheer

USFOL Volunteers Spread Holiday Cheer

CURAÇAO - On December 21, 2016, eighteen members from the U.S. Forward Operating Location (USFOL) supported a community event with the Encellia foster home. The USFOL members provided a holiday ...

Island Communities

Renewable Energy: From ‘Hippy Talk’ To Global Game Changer

Renewable Energy: From ‘Hippy …

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Global investment in renewables has shown steady growth for more than a decade, rising from less than US$50 billion in 2004 to a record US$305 billion in 2015. Renewable energ...

IGY Marina's Yacht Club at Isle de Sol – St. Maarten receives 2017 superyacht marina of the year award

IGY Marina's Yacht Club at Isl…

Fort Lauderdale, Fl. – IGY Marinas today announced that its 5-Gold Anchor marina, Yacht Club at Isle de Sol – St. Maarten, received the 2017 Superyacht Marina of the Year award. The company – which also receive...

Earthquake Rocks Jamaica & Cuba

Earthquake Rocks Jamaica &…

KINGSTON, Jamaica  –  Cuba and Jamaica were both jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 on Wednesday. The United States Geological Survey said that the quake occurred at 4:08 am and was loca...

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – Tweaks and Changes

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta –…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Paul Miller, Racing Director for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, spoke about the tweaks and changes to the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including free...

The St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up is this Saturday,  January 14th, 2017

The St. Maarten Regatta Beach …

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Regatta organizers have announced the 5th edition of the Regatta Beach Clean-Up, to be held Saturday, January 14th from 9 AM until 1 PM at Kim Sha Beach in Simps...

Boats available to race the 37th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Boats available to race the 37…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Sailors still looking for a boat to race on during the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have several options available to them. From tour operators that offer complete pack...

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Maurice Lake Outlines issues of Importance

Maurice Lake Outlines issues of Importan…

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