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Man stabbed to death

Man stabbed to death

PHILIPSBURG, Sr. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man residing “Over the Bank” in Philipsburg. This incident took place on Sunday September 17th between 07.00 and 08.00 a.m. Several police patrols, detectives and Forensic Department were on the scene to protect the crime scene, collect evidence and question potential witnesses. The reason for this stabbing is still unclear is in being investigated. The suspect identified with initials A.R. (23) was arrested on the spot and remains in custody. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical doctor and the body of the victim was confiscated for further investigation. More details of this investigation are unavailable at this time. When more details become available the media will be informed. Read more

Dutch police officers arrive on Sint Maarten

Dutch police officers arrive on Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday September 15th 47 police officers from the Netherlands arrived on Sint Maarten and also on Sunday September 17th 8 officers from the BES-islands (Caribisch Nederland) and 13 from the V.K.C (Curacao) arrived on the island to assist the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) in collaboration with police forces from Aruba and Curacao, the Royal Marechausse, the Customs department, V.K.S and the Dutch Marines in helping country Sint Maarten get back on track after the devastation by hurricane Irma. They will assist in various assigned tasks including combating the violation of the curfew, dealing with looters and mainly providing safety and security to the entire community. A “Zero Tolerance” policy is in place. On Saturday all 40 officers from the Netherlands were sworn at Divi Little Bay Hotel by the Honorable Minister of Justice Rafael Boasman in the presence of the Chief of Police Carl... Read more

Visit of PM of Dominica

Visit of PM of Dominica

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday morning, the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit paid a brief courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, the Honouorable William Marlin. The Dominica Prime Minister said that he had to come personally to express sympathies to the government and people of Sint Maarten, because of the longstanding bond and friend ship with Sint Maarten. The Prime Minister expressed the willingness of his government to assist with water, dry goods and some time next week, a shipment of provisions, plantains and avocados will also be sent. Sint Maarten’s Prime Minister gave a brief overview on the damage sustained and explained some of what was done already and what is still ongoing. He then thanked the Dominica Prime Minister on behalf of the government and people of Sint Maarten. On Sunday morning Prime Minister Marlin also received a courtesy visit from the Chinese Consul general... Read more

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Port St. Maarten Ceases Cargo Operations as of 6.00 PM on Monday

Port St. Maarten Ceases Cargo Operations as of 6.00 PM on Monday

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten will cease cargo operations as of 6.00 PM on Monday, September 18. Personnel at the port have activated their hurricane preparations plans in order to protect the ...

SZV Office closed until further notice

SZV Office closed until further notice

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to inform its customers and the public that our offices located at the Harbour View Building are CLOSED to the public until furthe...

Benjamin & Parker explains on how to declare losses of Hurricane Irma in the SXM tax environment

Benjamin & Parker explains on how to declare losses of Hurricane Irma in the SXM tax environment

CARIBBEAN - Benjamin & Parker (www.b-parker.com) with this article wishes to show its solidarity with the St. Maarten community, its business community and BP’s Associates. The objective of this a...

Assessments of Environmental Damage Carried out Post Hurricane Irma by the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation

Assessments of Environmental Damage Carried out Post Hurricane Irma by the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On the 6th of September powerful category five storm Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten with 185 MPH winds, causing widespread damage to the island and its infrastructure. ...

Price gougers will be fined when caught

Price gougers will be fined when caught

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher has asked residents to be vigilant and report all instances of price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Irm...

Support Services Division – Notice Student

Support Services Division – Notice Student

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) within the Ministry ECYS in collaboration with the school boards is inviting all social workers, psychologists, counselors, and ...

Coast Guard holds six undocumented migrants to Aruba

Coast Guard holds six undocumented migrants to Aruba

ARUBA - The Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) in the night from Saturday 9 to Sunday, September 10th a vessel with six (6) Venezuelans arrested near Aruba. Around midnight, the radar operator KWCARIB de...

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Ports in Curacao with Evacuees from St. Maarten

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Ports in Curacao with Evacuees from St. Maarten

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - On Sunday, Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas made a humanitarian stop in St. Maarten to drop off supplies and evacuate more than 300 people follow...

U.S. Coast Guard Relocates Assets to Curacao Due to Hurricane Irma

U.S. Coast Guard Relocates Assets to Curacao Due to Hurricane Irma

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - Due to Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Coast Guard will be temporarily positioning seven Coast Guard Patrol Vessels from Puerto Rico to Curacao from September 6-12th to faci...

Support in preparation for Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom

Support in preparation for Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Hurricane Irma will pass through the Caribbean islands of St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten from Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. In connection with Kingdom relatio...

Boat owners and mariners strongly advised not to stay on-board during passing of Hurricane Irma

Boat owners and mariners strongly advised not to stay on-board during passing of Hurricane Irma

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Boat owners and mariners are strongly advised by the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) not to stay on-board their vessel during the passing of Hurricane Irm...

NV GEBE Closing during Hurricane Irma

NV GEBE Closing during Hurricane Irma

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE hereby informs the general public that due to the passing of Hurricane Irma our offices will be closed as of tomorrow, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, until further noti...

Mental Health Foundation public notice

Mental Health Foundation public notice

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - MHF clinics and Faraja center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Admission will stay open and as some patients are discharged, only 4 patients will stay at MHF. ...

St. Maarten Laboratory services public notice

St. Maarten Laboratory services public notice

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - “The management of St. Maarten Laboratory Services N.V. (SLS) would like to inform you, that on Tuesday September 5th, 2017 SLS and all it respective branches will be closed du...

SXM Airport to suspend operations in accordance with safety and security requirements

SXM Airport to suspend operations in accordance with safety and security requirements

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – Due to hurricane Irma, which is expected to pass over our area early Wednesday morning, the Princess Juliana International Airport, will suspend all operations as a precauti...

Pre-Hurricane Irma Preparations and Notices

Pre-Hurricane Irma Preparations and Notices

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Based on two meetings held on Sunday, an operational and an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) meeting in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the Office of Disaster...

COCI Hurricane Irma

COCI Hurricane Irma

PHILISBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry would like to bring Hurricane Irma to the attention of the business community. The importance of ensuring that your busines...

CARPHA prepared to assist Member States in Public Health, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation as Irma approaches

CARPHA prepared to assist Member States in Public Health, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation as Irma approaches

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten – Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in an interview with the Department of Co...

Certification at Coast Guard Support Center Hato

Certification at Coast Guard Support Center Hato

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - In a brief ceremony at Coast Guard bases Hato, two quartermasters of the Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) certified as a Sensor Operator and two LTZ2OC's Defense gebreveteerd as a ...

Gregory Damoen new member for Cft Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Gregory Damoen new member for Cft Curaçao and Sint Maarten

WILLEMSTAD - The Council of Ministers of the Kingdom has appointed Mr. Gregory Damoen on 1 September as a member of the Board of financial supervision of Curaçao and Sint Maarten on behalf of Curacao...

QREDITS Moving Full Speed Ahead

QREDITS Moving Full Speed Ahead

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten's business community will soon meet a new avenue for small business loans with the opening of Qredits Microfinance. After months of hard work by the Ministry o...

Nature Foundation Finds Immature Conch Unsustainably Harvested in Simpson Bay, Suggests New Regulations for Harvesting Conch

Nature Foundation Finds Immature Conch Unsustainably Harvested in Simpson Bay, Suggests New Regulations for Harvesting Conch

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Recently the Nature Foundation found numerous immature conch being harvested in the anchorage zone of Simpson Bay. Based on Nature Foundation research 70% of the harvested c...

Consultation on manual for education personnel Caribbean Netherlands

Consultation on manual for education personnel Caribbean Netherlands

BONAIRE, Caribbean Netherlands - During various recently organized meetings, officers for the ministry of education, culture and science (OCW) a concept manual for the personnel has been discussed wit...

World renowned island studies scholar announced as third keynote for International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)

World renowned island studies scholar announced as third keynote for International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – The momentum continues to build for the first International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs), to be co-hosted by the Uni...

Age 9 for Mid-Isle  Rotary goes green planting trees

Age 9 for Mid-Isle Rotary goes green planting trees

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - The Little League Ballpark became a lot greener on  Saturday, August 19.  A total of 26 coconut trees and 24 palm trees were planted by the Rotary Club of St. Maar...

Back to School donations

Back to School donations

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Another school year has started with students back to learning and acquiring new skill sets for the future. The Rotary Club of Saint Martin Sunrise realize how important it ...

SBDC EQUIPMENT

SBDC EQUIPMENT

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of TEATT, via the Department of Economy, Transport and Telecommunication has secured office equipment in the value of approximately Nafl 31,000. Provision of th...

Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition Plans Underway

Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition Plans Underway

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Another summer vacation has ended and while the students are settling back into the classroom, some students aged 9-10 years will be preparing for the Scotiabank Rotary-Rota...

Reach – Out- and- Read presents: “Open a world of possibilities” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

Reach – Out- and- Read presents: “Open a world of possibilities” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Reach-Out- and- Read Foundation in cooperation since 2004 with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will launch their annual reading program “ Reach out and Read term 2017-2018 u...

Fire was in a company / home

Fire was in a company / home

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - On Sunday, August 27th , a fire was reported in a company/ home at the Pereweg on Sint Eustatius. The fire probably started between 04:00 and 04:30 AM in a trash can outside...

John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975 – 2015: A Review by MacDonald Dixon

John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975 – 2015: A Review by MacDonald Dixon

Collected Poems 1975 – 2015 by John Robert Lee (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) represents one man’s spiritual journey meandering through thorny labyrinths of faith, in the poet’s words, “from inner city pro...

Sixth annual CIBC Firstcaribbean walk for the cure raises over USD quarter million so far

Sixth annual CIBC Firstcaribbean walk for the cure raises over USD quarter million so far

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Fundraising for one of the region’s largest cancer care and awareness events has kicked off across the Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean with over USD$ $267,119 being rai...

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

Seventh Day Adventist Church March set for Saturday. Drive with Caution

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that the Seventh Day Adventist Churches have received a permit for ...

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

CIBC Donates US$450,000 to support Hurricane Irma humanitarian relief and rebuilding efforts

CIBC Donates US$450,000 to sup…

BRIDGETOWN, MIAMI and TORONTO - (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is donating US$450,000 to support organizations providing humanitarian relief to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds, which include a donation ...

‘Dangerous’ Saint Lucian fugitive recaptured

‘Dangerous’ Saint Lucian fugit…

GUADELOUPE - A ‘dangerous’ Saint Lucian fugitive, Henry Regan, has been recaptured in Guadeloupe, local media reports have said. Reagan, who was serving a life sentence for murder at the Baie-Mahaut prison in ...

Venezuela Not on Good Terms With US, But It’s Offering Millions in Aid for Hurricane Victims

Venezuela Not on Good Terms Wi…

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s cash crunch and the bad blood between that South American country and the United States has not stopped it from offering $5 million in aid to hurricane victims in Houston, Texas...

Island Business & Sports

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...

Jesus Antonio Rivera wins monthly Medal Play Golf tournament

Jesus Antonio Rivera wins mont…

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Jesus Antonio Rivera won overall Low Gross during the monthly Medal Play Golf Tournament organized by the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. Over the weekend, a total of 19 g...

Island Opinion

A Dispatch From a Caribbean Climate Change Refugee: Hurricane Irma, Sint Maarten and the New Caribbean Reality

A Dispatch From a Caribbean Climate Chan…

EBENEZER ESTATE, St. Maarten - I am standing in line -or rather in a disorganized congregation of de...

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