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Robbery attempt leads to shooting Sunday in Festival Village

Robbery attempt leads to shooting Sunday in Festival Village

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - One man was shot on Sunday afternoon in the Festival Village. The victim received multiple gun shot wounds which are seemingly none life threatening. He was seemingly shot in the leg. Sources told our news room that the shooting took place after eight in the Festival Village after Sunday's Grand Carnival parade and that it may involve an attempted robbery. Our efforts to reach the police and the SCDF have proven futile however it is said that the police were observed on the scene conducting an investigation. The victim is being treated at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) where he was brought for treatment.   Read more

Carnival road closures

Carnival road closures

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Road closures In connection with the Grand carnival Parade May 1st, the Second Day parade May 2nd and the closing Jump-Up May 3rd the Police Department is announcing the following road closures:   Grand Carnival Parade May 1st: This parade will start at 10.00 a.m. at the entrance of Sint John’s Estate on L.B. Scot road. The route is as followes: Sint John Estae road/ L.B. Scot road/Bush road/Walter Nisbet road/Percey Labega Street/Longwall road/Kerkhof steeg/Front Street/Emmaplein/Welvaartbrug/ Buncamper road/Freedom Fighter round about/Walter Nisbet road/Salt Pickers round about/ Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village. At 06.00 a.m. Front Street and all connecting alleys will be closed. At 08.30 a.m.: *L.B. Scot road closed at Gladiola road. No traffic allowed in the direction of Sint Peters. *L.B. Scot road closed at Arbutus road. No traffic allowed in the direction of Churchill round about. At 10.40 a.m.: L.B. Scot road closed at Church Hill round about. No traffic... Read more

UTS internet up and running again

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - At 4.27am on Friday, April 29 an equipment failure at UTS’ carrier partner in Miami caused an outage on the Chippie and CaribServe networks. The outage affected all customers in the Eastern Caribbean region and lasted until 2.22pm. Due to a challenge in the availability of resources in Miami, the outage lasted longer than expected. Even though UTS has two international routes to the US mainland for its data transport, this outage unfortunately still caused by a single point of failure in Florida. UTS has taken this outage and the inconvenience caused to its customers very seriously and has already commenced a redesign of the off-island backhaul infrastructure to eliminate possible future outages due to a single network design weakness. The UTS technical teams in St. Maarten and Curacao worked together with the international carrier partner, to minimize downtime and troubleshoot. UTS sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers and... Read more

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Island news watch

Ring road Open for Grand Parade

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ring Road will be open on Grand Parade day, Sunday May 1, 2016 to alleviate traffic. One way traffic will be able to enter behind Sunny Food and exit in the Area of Blu...

St. Kitts Partners with Tommy Bahama and Belk for 'Escape to St. Kitts' Sweepstakes Grand Prize is a Trip for Two to the Island that Inspired the Fragrances

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - To officially launch the Tommy Bahama St. Kitts men's and women's fragrances that were inspired by the serene beaches of the island, St. Kitts has partnered with Tommy Bahama, ...

Drinking Age Limit Signage Placed in Carnival Village Booths by St. Maarten Lions Club

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - It takes a village to raise a child – And the St. Maarten Lions Club took this phrase literally in its efforts to continue to create awareness on the potential abuse of alco...

Seminar employment law by prof. Sagel on four islands simultaneously

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - A special employment law seminar last Monday, 25 April, at law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne: by video conference, prof. Stefan Sagel addressed lawyers and clients on four islan...

U.S. Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Launches, Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Apply

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Last year in Jamaica, President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists ...

BKCN trainee shift leaders train in Europe

BES Islands - In order to ensure that all fire fighters can perform their job well and safely, BKCN invests a considerable amount of time and money in the professionalism of its staff. BKCN started th...

LIAT Flight Attendant To Appear In Court Friday

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Deann Pat Portia Plummer, 33, a LIAT flight attendant will appear in the District “B” Magistrate Court tomorrow on a number of drug related charges. The St Lucian national has ...

The Governor's Kings day reception address

CARE MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Remarks By H.E. Governor Eugene B. Holiday on the occasion of King day Celebrations Westin, Dawn Beach April 26, 2016 Esteemed Guests, Good evening, An...

Central Committee meeting about approval of reports on two Draft Kingdom Laws

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in a session on April 28, 2016. The Central Committee meeting has been set for Thursday at 9.00 am in the General Assembly Chamber of the ...

SZV congratulates Shakiya on Calypso monarch win

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Social & Health Insurances congratulates staff member ‘Shakiya’ in winning the crown last night during the The Nagico Senior Calypso Finals; the first Calypso Queen in 4...

PwC discusses tax developments and how this affects St. Maarten businesses, Great interest in PwC’s Seminar “The tax world is changing, and so is St. Maarten”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Friday 22 April, PwC Dutch Caribbean organised a seminar titled “The tax world is changing, and so is St. Maarten”. The event was well attended by a large group of ...

Researcher on Island to Investigate Invasive Monkey Population and Suggest Measures for Control

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has announced that they are starting a research project on the socioeconomic influence of the invasive Green Vervet monkey population on ...

'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden' - Statement by Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 28 April 2016

'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden' - Statement by Director-General Guy Ryder on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 28 April 2016 This World Day for Safety and Heal...

Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations scheduled to meet Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations (CKAIR), will meet on April 26. The Minister of Justice will be present for the handling of age...

Central Committee of Parliament about Status of insurance coverage for police officers Reconvenes on Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on April 26. The Minister of Justice will be present for the session.     The Central Commit...

Bracket, Benjai Here to Rock the African Flavor Concert, Raffle Prizes Include Return Air Tickets For Two to Nigeria

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten  – The multiple award-winning singing sensation, Bracket, whose hit “Yori, Yori” has become an Afro-beat anthem, arrived Sunday on the island for what they promise will be ...

Leadercast Set for May 6th at Belair: UTS Providing Fast Web streaming

GREAT BAY, St. Martin, — Leaders on St. Martin are poised to be inspired and empowered by the dynamic and power packed roster of speakers at Leadercast on May 6th. Leadercast is the world’s largest ...

Coast Guard donates boat to Sea Rescue

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Last Friday, the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard donated a vessel to the Sea Rescue Foundation (SRF). The boat, a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) was previously used as the f...

Endemic Animal Festival Highlights Local Nature at the Zoo

GRAND CASE, St. Martin—Local wildlife took over the St. Maarten Zoo this past Sunday morning, and over 400 people came out to see and learn about it. The occasion was the third Endemic Animal Festiv...

Senior Calypso Finals tonight, public can win various prizes

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Nagico Senior Calypso Finals will be held tonight in Carnival Village. Ten calypsonians will try to dethrone the reigning monarch Fish Da Mega Boss. Showtime is 8:00pm...

Monday last day to get $30 One Love concert tickets

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Monday will be the last day for concert goers of the One Love Reggae Concert to get their tickets at US $30. The tickets will increase to US $40 as of Tuesday right up to an...

Towards Full Realization And Protection Of All Human Rights Of Persons With Dementia. drs Raymond Jessurun, ADI 2016 Conference Budapest

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - INTRODUCTION   It is for me a privilege to have been selected to open the theme of this Parallel Session #2 “ Law, Ethics and the Rights of People with Dementia” . My...

Finance Committee of Parliament to Meet on Monday in closed door session about draft budget 2017 General Audit Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Finance Committee of Parliament will meet in a closed door session on April 25th. The closed door Finance Committee meeting is set for Monday at 9.00 am in the General...

St. Maarten Lions Club Bumper Sticker to Discourage Substance Abuse by Minors

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maartren - The St. Maarten Lions Club has commenced distribution of bumper stickers with a message to discourage substance abuse by minors: Under 18?  Stay Clean and Sober! ...

IMA Donates to SFPO's Non-Violence Resistance Project

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - "The Indian Merchants' Association (IMA) donated to St. Maarten Foundation for Psychologists and "Orthopedagogen"'s (SFPO) Non-Violence Resistance Project: Restoring Authori...

2016 SMVTS Pre-Carnival Splash and Queen Show

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Vocational Training School joined in the carnival festivities by hosting a Pre-Carnival Splash and Queen Show on Wednesday April 20th, 2016. The music teac...

MP Tamara Leonard still awaiting answers from Gibson

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard has again written to Finance Minister Richard Gibson. Her latest letter admonishes the minister for not...

Last inspection for parades and Jouvert on Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is reminding all potential participants for the Junior and Grand Parades and Jouvert that the last inspection for thes...

Ministry of Public Health: Safe Food Preparation during Carnival Helps Prevent Gastroenteritis

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Monday that safe food preparation at ...

MP Meyers congratulates Chairlady for years of service

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Member of Parliament (MP) Franklin Meyers on Tuesday commended the chairlady of Parliament Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams, for her contributions made over the pa...

Self Defense classes for Down Syndrome/Special Needs students

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - SXM BJJ is proud to announce a series of free self defense classes for students with special needs such as Down Syndrome and Autism. The classes will be held on Saturday M...

TelCell Night of the Hitmakers stars at TelEm Group building Friday

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - Performers at Saturday’s for the much-anticipated TelCell Night of the Hit Makers event will be making a guest appearance at the TelEm Group building Friday to meet the pres...

SZV pays birthday visit to 100 year old customer

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — On Thursday April 21st, Social & Health Insurances SZV payed a birthday visit to Ms. Marie Gumbs also known as Sille or Pomou residing at the St. Martin’s Home in St. Jo...

Island visitors enjoy own carnival parade

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - A colorful and unexpected Carnival troupe chipped and danced its way through Simpson Bay Resort on Tuesday, led by the energetic rhythms of drum band Generation New Status. ...

SFPO seeking community support for Non- Violence Resistance Project

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Foundation For Psychologists & “Orthopedagogen (SFPO) officials believe that violent and aggressive behavior among the youth is the result of a break- do...

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Highlights Bird Protection

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation” is the theme for this year’s celebration of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). At dozens of events throughout the region, ...

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Guyana President To Maduro: “L…

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana’s President David Granger on Thursday extended an olive branch to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicholas Maduro, even as the two countries remain locked in a border dispute. In May las...

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ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - Island Hoops and the Soualiga Social Movement Foundations continue their joint project, Shoot Hoops not Guns in the St. Peters community. The campaign was formally welcomed ...

New Bank Begins Operations In …

THE VALLEY, Anguilla – The state-owned National Commercial Bank of Anguilla Ltd (NCBA) began operations here on Monday, less than a week after the St. Kitts based Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)...

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The prestigious TKPT Caribbean Poker Tournament will be opened by Tourism Minister Ingrid Arrindell on Friday in Sonesta Maho Beach Resort’s Casino Royale which started on A...

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