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Man shot by his brother

Man shot by his brother

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting involving two brothers. The shooting took place on Thursday morning at approximately 10.20 a.m. at their home in the Reward area. Immediately after receiving this information several police patrols, detectives, Forensic investigators and paramedics were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers learnt from the victim, who was bleeding profusely from a wound in his face that he and his brother identified with the initial M. as last name, had gotten into an argument. At one point the argument got out of hand at which time his brother shot him in his face. On the scene the victim was treated by paramedics and then transported in stable condition to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The area was immediately closed off by other officers on the scene in order for the... Read more

The Ministry of VROMI will be iniating a Roof Repair Program

The Ministry of VROMI will be iniating a Roof Repair Program

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of VROMI will be initiating a roof repair program throughout several districts which is scheduled to kick off in the third week of November 2017. 5 Million guilders of which 2 million has been received through pledges, has been allocated towards emergency roof repairs following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria. Contractors will start in districts that experienced the most damage due to the hurricanes. Approximately 300 – 350 homes can be repaired. The repairs entail the replacing of T1.11, rafters and or zinc. With the money allocated the Ministry of VROMI is determined to repair as much roofs possible. Priority will be given to: Persons who are renting from Government Pensioners who own their homes and have a monthly income lower than 4000 Guilders Unemployed homeowners Homeowners who are receiving social aid. Homeowners who rent out rooms or apartments and their total monthly income is less... Read more

Trucks with a sign on the windshield are no longer working for the Ministry of VROMI

Trucks with a sign on the windshield are no longer working for the Ministry of VROMI

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Ministry of VROMI would like inform the general public that trucks with a VROMI sign on the windshield are no longer working for the Ministry. If anyone is approached by a truck operator informing them they are working for the Ministry, please inform the Department of Infrastructure Management as soon as possible. The Ministry of VROMI thanks the general public for their cooperation. Read more

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The signing of the border control agreement reveals an egoistic and self serving fight over the backs of the people of St. Maarten

The signing of the border control agreement reveals an egoistic and self serving fight over the backs of the people of St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St.Maarten - All is well, that ends well, one could quickly say, following the news that the government of St. Maarten finally signed the agreement with the Netherlands on the border cont...

UTS Saturday openings continue

UTS Saturday openings continue

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS will continue to open its doors on Saturdays for the upcoming three weeks. This after a series of Saturday openings in October and early November, to offer customers the...

Man convicted on Bonaire for rape and fornication of minor on Statia

Man convicted on Bonaire for rape and fornication of minor on Statia

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Today, Thursday, November 16th , the Court on Bonaire, convicted the man A.S. (St. Eustatius, 22 years) to a prison sentence of 50 months of which 20 months conditional and a p...

Kamau Brathwaite in Liviticus – like the Psalmist in Babylon; like the weeping prophet, a book review by John Robert Lee

Kamau Brathwaite in Liviticus – like the Psalmist in Babylon; like the weeping prophet, a book review by John Robert Lee

ST. MARTIN, Caribbean — Liviticus, published in 2017 by House of Nehesi Publishers, is a new collection that is at once a moving confessional poem, in which Kamau Brathwaite writes honestly, frankly, ...

Pond Life Ebook Offers Preview of Migratory Bird Festival Stars

Pond Life Ebook Offers Preview of Migratory Bird Festival Stars

GRAND CASE, St. Maarten — Each year, the Les Fruits de Mer association hosts the Migratory Bird Festival on St. Martin. The stars of this festival are the birds that travel so far to come here each ye...

Lions Club Statia and Reconstruction Team enter agreement

Lions Club Statia and Reconstruction Team enter agreement

ST. EUSTATIUS - The St. Eustatius Lions Club and the Reconstruction Team have formally entered into an agreement for the rebuilding of the damages caused to the Mike van Putten Youth Centre and a soc...

New Solar Park supplies entire Statia with electricity

New Solar Park supplies entire Statia with electricity

ST. EUSTATIUS - On St. Eustatius, one of the three Public Entities of the Caribbean Netherlands, on the 15th of November a solar park will be officially put into use that can supply the entire island ...

Tzu Chi donates relief items to 368 families

Tzu Chi donates relief items to 368 families

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Three hundred and sixty eight families in St. Maarten benefited from a relief exercise hosted by the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation on Sunday, November 5. The relief activi...

Resumption of Inselair flights to Paramaribo postponed until Monday December 18th, 2017

Resumption of Inselair flights to Paramaribo postponed until Monday December 18th, 2017

CURAÇAO - Inselair has postponed the resumption of its flights between Curacao and Paramaribo several weeks. The first flight will now operate on Monday December 18th 2017.Recently it was announced th...

Councilman Clyde van Putten steps down as faction leader in Island Council

Councilman Clyde van Putten steps down as faction leader in Island Council

ST. EUSTATIUS - According to reports reaching our news department, leader of government on St. Eustatius, Councilman Clyde van Putten has tendered his resignation from the position of faction leader i...

Next edition of SXM Festival planned for 2019

Next edition of SXM Festival planned for 2019

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Our ties to the island of Sint Maarten are stronger than ever, It has always been our mission to support the global promotion of the island in order to attract more ...

U.S. Consulate General Curacao Announces Continuation of Program for U.S. Study

U.S. Consulate General Curacao Announces Continuation of Program for U.S. Study

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao - U.S. Consulate General Curacao is pleased to announce the continuation of the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Academy at 11 U.S. host campuses across the Unit...

Built Back St. Martin … with books!

Built Back St. Martin … with books!

BUSH ROAD, St. Maarten — “Build Back St. Martin Libraries with Books!” is a gift book drive by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), running from St. Martin Day until New Year’s Eve 2017, said Jacqueline ...

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donates kitchen equipment to the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donates kitchen equipment to the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School

MIDDLE REGION, St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has donated new kitchen equipment to the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School, much to the delight and gratitude of the students and staff...

Durable goods arrived for Statia hurricane victims

Durable goods arrived for Statia hurricane victims

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Durable goods to help victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria arrived recently on St. Eustatiusnday. The Unit of Social Affairs (SZW) has started the immediate distribution of the...

New Internist employed at St. Maarten Medical Center

New Internist employed at St. Maarten Medical Center

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Medical Center will welcome a new Internist-nephrologist to their medical staff on October 30th, 2017. Dr. Laima Siddiqi - Nadery obtained her MD and PhD degr...

Brison to speak at Academy Parent Evening Thursday

Brison to speak at Academy Parent Evening Thursday

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Academy will on Thursday host an information session and Parent Evening for parents of students in Forms two to six (CAPE) to discuss very important matters relat...

Statia’s Reconstruction Team moves ahead with programme

Statia’s Reconstruction Team moves ahead with programme

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Statia’s Reconstruction Team moves steadily ahead with its task to rebuild St. Eustatius following the recent passage of hurricanes Maria and Irma. Two shipments of building ma...

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

Organizers taking a “#STAND” for TelCell Breakthrough 2017

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – Organizers of TelCell’s annual Breakthrough talent search are taking their own “#STAND” on behalf of youth entertainment on St. Maarten. Encouraged by sponsors, well-wisher...

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

Les Fruits de Mer Release New Album: Fruits Around the World

GRAND CASE, Sint Martin — Fruits Around the World—lives up to its name. From the opening blast of horns to the closing sighs of a church organ, it’s a globetrotting journey of sounds and styles. Over ...

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

TPI offers discounted accredited job readiness course

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Training Professionals International announced that they will be facilitating a discounted accredited Job Readiness course during its reschedu...

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

Two in critical condition following violent fight in Castries community

Two in critical condition foll…

ST. LUCIA - Two men are in critical condition at Victoria Hospital after allegedly inflicting stab wounds on each other during a fight in Odum City, Bois Patat on Saturday evening, Nov. 11, according to law enf...

Jamaica: Father, two sons graduate university together

Jamaica: Father, two sons grad…

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – If the family that prays together stays together, then something has to be said for the family that studies, and graduates, together. Last weekend when 53-year-old Harven Burke, regional...

ICT Week - The Bahamas: improving the caribbean internet

ICT Week - The Bahamas: improv…

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Experts from across the region will convene in The Bahamas to discuss the Internet which is now a critical information and communications technology (ICT). Managing this res...

Island Business & Sports

Many charter options available for the 38th  St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Many charter options available…

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - Want to race in the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta but don’t have a boat? There are several options ranging from booking a single crew space on a race charter boat to ful...

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...

Island Opinion

Solutions to save our local University

Solutions to save our local University

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As an Educator teaching 25 years at the University of St. Martin (USM), I...

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