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MP Franklin Meyers: Coalition leaves MP Lake out in cold

MP Franklin Meyers: Coalition leaves MP Lake out in cold

PHILPSBURG, St. Maarten – Member of Parliament Maurice Lake and his appointed VROMI Minister were left totally out in the cold on Thursday afternoon when the majority of Lake’s coalition members failed to show up for a parliament meeting to pass a law brought by the MP’s minister, says United People’s (UP) party deputy leader MP Franklin Meyers. “This is a very clear case of actions speak louder than words and the action in this case is a resounding vote of no confidence in MP Lake’s minister and a total lack of support for the MP himself. MP Lake will hopefully realise soon enough he’s completely and totally on his own,” says Meyers. At no time when part of UP was MP Lake ever left standing by himself or out in the cold, but he has chosen a path of isolation for himself, especially when even the leader of the United St... Read more

Port St. Maarten attending FCCA PAMAC with Cruise Executives to Secure Additional Business

Port St. Maarten attending FCCA PAMAC with Cruise Executives to Secure Additional Business

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten is being represented this week at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) PAMAC meeting in New Orleans.  PAMAC brings together Platinum Members of the FCCA who meet with over 30 high-ranking FCCA Member Line cruise executives as part of a relationship and business building process. PAMAC opened with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening and thereafter a series of meetings and networking events are planned to discuss industry trends and standards and develop relationships and mutual benefits for the cruise lines and members’, companies and destinations. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo and Government Relations Liaison Bertrand Peters are attending the New Orleans meeting. “Reinventing Cruise St. Maarten is an on-going process.  We are attending PAMAC in order to ensure and attract additional cruise business for the country.  It’s an opportunity to inform and to grow our cruise numbers.  We are not sitting by for a... Read more

Court rules that family of suspects to remain in detention

Court rules that family of suspects to remain in detention

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Court of First Instance decided on Thursday June 23, that two of the three suspects in the Efeze Investigation, V.A.R (81) born in St. Maarten and I.A.F. (55) born in the Dominican Republic will remain in pre-trial detention. During the preliminary hearing on June 22 the lawyer of the suspects asked for the pre-trial detention to be suspended pending the criminal proceedings.The Prosecutor objected against this request. V.A.R and I.A.F together and two other suspects in the investigation, R.R.R. (24) and R.R.R. (27) both born in St. Maarten are suspected of import, possession and selling of illegal firearms and money laundering. During the preliminary hearing it was decided that the criminal proceedings against the four suspects will take place on October 5. Read more

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ECADE mourns the losses in Orlando: 
 urges activists to continue regional work

ECADE mourns the losses in Orlando: 
 urges activists to continue regional work

CASTRIES, St. Lucia — The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) stands with other hu- man rights and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations in mou...

Minister Jacobs supports and encourages school supply drive

Minister Jacobs supports and encourages school supply drive

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – According to Fifteen-year-old Learning Unlimited student Ki-Mani Olivacce, Minister of Education and Youth Affairs Silveria Jacobs has endorsed his school supplies drive for...

TelEm group helps USM with male enrollment

TelEm group helps USM with male enrollment

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning, (SCELL) has joined forces with Telem Group, to increase Male Enrollment in 2016 at USM. ...

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne compiles relevant documents regarding new Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne compiles relevant documents regarding new Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Since 2013, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has been actively involved in the implementation of the Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES. In August 2013, a reaction was submitted d...

Yacht and passengers rescued by Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard

Yacht and passengers rescued by Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - The Rescue and Coordination Centre (RCC) of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) Wednesday received at 14:15 pm a report of a yacht, the "Valhalla" that was in trouble, about...

EOM Launches Banner Campaign

EOM Launches Banner Campaign

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, The Honorable Silveria Jacobs officially launches the EOM banner campaign along with Education OnThe Move (EOM) project man...

Book of The Dead by Lasana Sekou, “an ambitious book,” dominated by crime

Book of The Dead by Lasana Sekou, “an ambitious book,” dominated by crime

Great Bay, St. Martin —Book of The Dead by Lasana Sekou is “An important new work of world literature, … an ambitious book,” said Xu Xi, the Indonesian-Chinese novelist who works out of Hong Kong an...

Cft Chairman Age Bakker: “Round off current financial matters with caution”

Cft Chairman Age Bakker: “Round off current financial matters with caution”

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – During a three-day visit to Curaçao the Board of financial supervision for Curaçao and Sint Maarten (Cft) concluded that the progress in the public finance has consolidated. The ...

Minister of Finance addresses news reports surrounding The Central Bank of Curacao & Sint Maarten

Minister of Finance addresses news reports surrounding The Central Bank of Curacao & Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - I have taken notice of the recent news reports surrounding the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. It is lamentable that confidential information obtained in the cour...

New construction in Monte Vista nearing completion

New construction in Monte Vista nearing completion

POINT BLANCHE, St. Maarten – On Friday June 10, 2016 a handful of local real estate agents gathered at Monte Vista to get a preview of one of the islands newest developments, “Windgate Residences.” ...

WIBsupports “Fittest of the Rock”

WIBsupports “Fittest of the Rock”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Bank Ltd (WIB) gave support to Team Don’t Quit Foundation for their 2nd annual “Fittest on the Rock” event that is schedule for June 25th & 26th, 20...

International day of Yoga to be celebrated with activities

International day of Yoga to be celebrated with activities

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - To mark the International day of Yoga (celebrated on the 21st of June as per UN resolution 69/131) in Saint Martin/ Sint Maarten we are proud to announce the IMA/AISM jointl...

Arrest made on Statia

Arrest made on Statia

BES Islands - The Police Force on St. Eustatius reported on Wednesday that they conducted an arrest this past Sunday, June 19th. The arrest is reported to have been made at around 2.15 PM. According...

Dajour Boasman receives assistance from MP Marlin-Romeo to attend basketball training camp

Dajour Boasman receives assistance from MP Marlin-Romeo to attend basketball training camp

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Member of Parliament (MP) and the selection committee nominated Dajour Boasman as the month of June's recipient for the Give Back to the Community Award. Young Boasman was...

Minister Lee Visit members of Second Chamber

Minister Lee Visit members of Second Chamber

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As part of his working visit to the Netherlands, Minister Lee paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the permanent committee Kingdom Relations of Parliament, Mr. Jeroen Re...

Abandoned vehicle

Abandoned vehicle

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - It is more than one month, that the owner/driver of the white jeep, without a license plate shown in this picture has abandoned this vehicle, on the side of the road, on the...

Observed increase Zika Virus Cases. CPS Re-emphasizes message to the community to use mosquito repellent and take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites

Observed increase Zika Virus Cases. CPS Re-emphasizes message to the community to use mosquito repellent and take measures to eliminate mosquito breeding sites

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has observed an increase in lab ...

View, Vote and Enjoy at Heritage Photo Exhibition Opening

View, Vote and Enjoy at Heritage Photo Exhibition Opening

GRAND CASE, St. Martin — Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate island heritage and the art of photographers of all ages at the 2016 Heritage Photo Exhibition. The Exhibition will present a w...

Book donation Meijburg & Co Caribbean

Book donation Meijburg & Co Caribbean

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Meijburg & Co Caribbean, the tax and legal professionals of KPMG recently made an important contribution to the Library collection by donating 2 publications regarding T...

Be The Change Foundation Seeks Applicants for Dream BIG Scholarship

Be The Change Foundation Seeks Applicants for Dream BIG Scholarship

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  Eligible students residing in St. Maarten/St. Martin are encouraged to apply for the annual Dream BIG Scholarship, a fund dedicated to Be The Change Foundation’s late ...

Members of the Royal Marechassee sworn in

Members of the Royal Marechassee sworn in

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday June 17th 2016 during a short ceremony at the office of the Minister of Justice three new member of Royal Marechaussee were sworn in by the Justice Minister Edson ...

WIN empowering women to pursue degrees at USM

WIN empowering women to pursue degrees at USM

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday June 16, 2016 (SCELL), The University of St. Martin’s School of Continuing Education & Life-Long Learning supported Women’s Island Network (WIN), founded by ...

DigiWorkz Summer Camp at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

DigiWorkz Summer Camp at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Foresee Foundation’s program “DigiWorkz” in collaboration with the Philipsburg Jubilee Library is proud to announce their first summer technical program “The Sky is ...

2016/2017 SXM Toastmasters Club Officers to be Installed in Ceremony

2016/2017 SXM Toastmasters Club Officers to be Installed in Ceremony

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Toastmasters Clubs of Territory St. Maarten/St. Martin are hosting its 2016/2017 Club Officers’ Installation Ceremony on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the American Universi...

Art Saves Lives Student Ambassadors continue to receive donations for ASL Summer Intensive

Art Saves Lives Student Ambassadors continue to receive donations for ASL Summer Intensive

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - ASL Student Ambassadors Marine Caillet, Lian Borsje, Dashaun Prince and Lincoln Arrundell received donations from Bureau Telecommunication and Post, Dutch Representative and...

SFPO Completes NVR's First Phase of Training

SFPO Completes NVR's First Phase of Training

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten Foundation for Psychologists and "Orthopedagogen" (SFPO) recently completed the first phase of the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) training.  Trainer, Co...

HUREX 2016 Exercise to take part in several districts. Traffic disruptions possible

HUREX 2016 Exercise to take part in several districts. Traffic disruptions possible

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Hurricane Exercise 2016 (HUREX 2016) is currently underway, and residents and motorists will see an increase in activity on the public roads (eg. Port of St. Maarten...

SHTA launches supporting ads in USA Today for Expedia and Trip Advisor campaigns

SHTA launches supporting ads in USA Today for Expedia and Trip Advisor campaigns

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association - SHTA, the largest private sector representative, is proud to announce that it has managed to secure four USA Today News...

Coast Guard intercepts illegals on Aruban beach

Coast Guard intercepts illegals on Aruban beach

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Dutch Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) in cooperation with the Police Corps of Aruba (KPA) last Friday, June 16th, 2016 during a patrol during the night hours, observed su...

Pioneers Pathfinders donated shows KPSM appreciation

Pioneers Pathfinders donated shows KPSM appreciation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday June 19th, “Father’s day”, the Philipsburg Pioneers Pathfinders club which is a department of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and which work specifically works wi...

Rotary Club of Sint Maarten starts the new Rotary year at dreams, Henna Budhrani installed as 46th President

Rotary Club of Sint Maarten starts the new Rotary year at dreams, Henna Budhrani installed as 46th President

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 12th at The Dreams Beach Bar and Restaurant in Nettle Bay, St. Martin. Outgoing President J...

Labor Inspection detects considerable amount of illegal employment on building site on Bonaire

Labor Inspection detects considerable amount of illegal employment on building site on Bonaire

BES Islands - The Labor Inspection was rather shocked by the number of foreigners who perform illegal work on a large construction in Kralendijk. Late October 2015 the KPCN and the Labor Inspection ...

Summer programs for Primary Students ages 7 -13 @ the Library

Summer programs for Primary Students ages 7 -13 @ the Library

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library is hosting its Summer Program for primary student’s ages 7-13 years. If you’re looking for something sensational to do this summer for your c...

Overdue maintenance of national monuments addressed

Overdue maintenance of national monuments addressed

BES Islands - The Central Government Real Estate Agency is addressing overdue major repairs to a number of historic buildings in St. Eustatius related to safety and the historic face of the center of ...

Orlando's tragedy

Orlando's tragedy

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Democratic Party, like most of the world, is shocked and immensely saddened by the horrendous carnage that took place in a nightclub in the city of Orlando. Words canno...

CPS reminding men to take action to apply and maintain a healthy life style

CPS reminding men to take action to apply and maintain a healthy life style

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Sint Maarten’s calendar of health observances is to promote particular local or global health issues, and encourage the population to be proactive and ...

Island Communities

Positive Communication at Home Reduces Risk of Depression Among Youths

Positive Communication at Home…

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos - Young people between the ages of 15 – 19 years old who have a positive home environment are less likely to be depressed, even if they have experienced violence, come from a po...

LIAT Flight Attendant Pays Up Heavy Drug Fines

LIAT Flight Attendant Pays Up …

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The LIAT flight attendant who came into Barbados with 11 pounds of cocaine in her handbag managed to pay the full BDS$52,000 (US$26,000) in fines imposed on her when she appeared in ...

Key Cruise Line Executives and Industry Stakeholders Gather to Improve Business at FCCA PAMAC Conference

Key Cruise Line Executives and…

New Orleans, LA. - Improving cruise tourism business is easier than ever in the Big Easy. More than 150 attendees, including FCCA Platinum Members-key cruise tourism stakeholders-and over 30 high-ranking execut...

Island Business & Sports

The Netherlands sends 54 athletes to the European championships in Amsterdam

The Netherlands sends 54 athle…

HOLLAND - The Dutch team at July’s European athletics championships in Amsterdam will be made up of 54 athletes, the Dutch athletics union said on Tuesday. In total, 26 men and 28 women will take par...

Dutch government invests millions more in sport

Dutch government invests milli…

HOLLAND - The cabinet is spending several million euros to boost sports in the Netherlands with the ambition to make the country one of top 10 sporting nations in the world. Some €1.5m will be spent ...

FC Twente wins appeal to stay in the top Dutch football division

FC Twente wins appeal to stay …

HOLLAND - Football club FC Twente will not be demoted to the Jupiler league after all, the Dutch football association decided on Friday. The KNVB’s licensing committee had recommended the club be rel...

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Comments delivered in the House of Parliament, Thursday, June 23 by MP Lake

Comments delivered in the House of Parli…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Madam Chairlady, We do need proper planning to avoid disasters but we als...

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