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MP De Weever: Politics should not be played with the people’s health

MP De Weever: Politics should not be played with the people’s health

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — The former Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, now member of Parliament, Cornelius de Weever changed the classification of the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) from a peripheral hospital to a central hospital. By doing so he ensured that all new services that were or could not be offered before would and could be available at the SMMC. This meant that SMMC could now charge for services in the area of cardiology because as a peripheral hospital SMMC could not provide that service and patients would have to travel to Curacao. Secondly, while negotiating with SMMC, after the departure of the then director and some board members who did not reside on St. Maarten, it was decided that SMMC would participate in the tariff study after many years of refusing and just demanding an increase. It was only after that study was completed could anyone increase the... Read more

US Consul General pays courtesy visit to Minister Meyers

US Consul General pays courtesy visit to Minister Meyers

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Minister of VROMI Honorable Angel Meyers received a courtesy visit from newly appointed US Consul General, the Honorable Margaret Hawthorne and Mr. Willem Remie Political/Economic Affairs Advisor. The purpose of this visit was mainly introductory and to get familiarized with the Government of Sint Maarten. The Honorable Ms. Hawthorne within her capacity, oversees consular affairs related to the Dutch Caribbean Islands Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius. The office of the US Consulate is located on Curacao. For more information regarding the services of the US Consulate please visit www.curacao.usconsulate.gov. Read more

Police to tackle public intoxication situation

Police to tackle public intoxication situation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The police department has recently been confronted with persons that were highly intoxicated at establishments where alcohol is sold, to intervene in situations that had gotten out of hand. On many occasions the persons involved were so drunk they could not be reasoned with and had to be taken to the police station to sober up. The police department is reminding and making owners/managers of businesses where alcohol is legally sold and/or served aware of the consequences when alcohol is sold or served to individuals in violation with the law and should take the following into account;Punishable is he;a.    who sells or serves alcohol to a person or persons that are in an apparent state of intoxication or under the influence of other mind-altering agents.b.    who drunkens a child under sixteen years of age.c.    who forces someone or forcefully threatens someone to consume alcohol or other mind-altering agents.(Article... Read more

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Minister of Tourism Arrindell Congratulates St. Maarten Academy Student Hunkins for First Placement in FCCA Essay Competition

Minister of Tourism Arrindell Congratulates St. Maarten Academy Student Hunkins for First Placement in FCCA Essay Competition

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Ingrid Arrindell, would like to congratulate Jacinth Hunkins (15), ...

Social Affairs and Labour establishes there is obscurity regarding labour  laws

Social Affairs and Labour establishes there is obscurity regarding labour laws

BES Islands - As an employee it is possible you may not know your rights and obligations. The same applies for the employer. The Social Affairs and Employment Unit establishes that there is obscurit...

Central Committee meeting on National Ordinance amending the Civil Code and some other country regulations relating to the replacement of the seventh title A of Book 7A with a new Title 10 of Book 7 regulating requirements for employment

Central Committee meeting on National Ordinance amending the Civil Code and some other country regulations relating to the replacement of the seventh title A of Book 7A with a new…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Central Committee will meet in a session on August 31, 2016. The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be present for this meeting. The Central C...

The Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition 2016

The Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition 2016

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The summer is over and while the students are settling back into the new school year, The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle is going full swing organizing ‘The Scotiabank ...

Calypso Registration date

Calypso Registration date

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During a meeting held on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 between the Calypso Organizing Committee and the Calypsonians it was agreed that the deadline for Calypsonians to sign up...

CBS: Economic contraction on St Eustatius, growth on Bonaire

CBS: Economic contraction on St Eustatius, growth on Bonaire

BES Islands - On two of the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands, the value of the gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 2014. On Bonaire the increase was 4.1 percent, on Saba 1.8 percent. ...

Island Communities

Jamaican Woman Cites Shoddy Treatment By Barbadian Officials At Airport

Jamaican Woman Cites Shoddy Tr…

KINGSTON, Jamaica – There is yet another negative report pointed at Barbados’ immigration officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport. Sonya King recounted what she describes as a horrific ordeal endu...

JetBlue Adding Flights To Aruba

JetBlue Adding Flights To Arub…

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – JetBlue has announced further network expansion to the Caribbean with a new daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Aruba. Nonstop flights to Queen Beatrix Int...

A Relative Of Colonel Sanders Unwittingly Revealed – And Possibly Confirmed – KFC’s Secret Recipe

A Relative Of Colonel Sanders …

CORBIN, Kentucky – One of the most closely-guarded food secrets in the world may have accidentally slipped to the public. Executives at Kentucky Fried Chicken insist the company’s signature 11-spice “Original ...

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Cruise Executives and Industry Experts Tell How to Increase Business at FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show Workshops

Cruise Executives and Industry…

Pembroke Pines, FL  -  The FCCA is pleased to announce topics and panelists for workshops during the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Septe...

Global travel experts lining up for CHIEF conference in Puerto Rico

Global travel experts lining u…

MIAMI, Florida - Some of the world's leading travel, tourism and hospitality experts will be participating in the upcoming Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Hospital...

NAGICO Insurances chosen to provide Life Insurance for all Justice Department Staff

NAGICO Insurances chosen to pr…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Justice; Edson Kirindongo announced yesterday that NAGICO Insurances was selected as the insurer of choice to provide Group Life Insurance for all 550 Civil Serv...

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SMCU makes clarification

SMCU makes clarification

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The smcu wants to make a clarification and a statement on the press relea...

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