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Winner of TelCell “I Am Carnival” motor car prize to be announced Tuesday

Winner of TelCell “I Am Carnival” motor car prize to be announced Tuesday

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten – A brand new Mazda Sedan 2 motor car is the first prize in TelCell’s I Am Carnival SMS promotion which officially comes to an end at 4:00 pm, today (Tuesday May 3). The winner will be the TelCell subscriber who sent the most SMS messages during the promotion, to claim the top prize. Six other winners will also be chosen, based on the number of texts they also sent. Included in the list of other prizes are: a 55" Flat Screen TV, HP  Laptop, iPad Air, Samsung S6, iPhone 6s and a iPhone 6s Plus. TelCell says the winners will be announced by phone number only just before the burning of King Momo on Tuesday night, and contest organizers are asking everyone who entered the contest to be present for the official announcements. A St. Maarten-based Notary will also be present to notarize each phone number assigned to the... Read more

Minister Emil Lee gives address Labour Day Celebration 2016

Minister Emil Lee gives address Labour Day Celebration 2016

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -On Monday Labour Day was celebrated on St. Maarten with an official ceremony at the Divi Little Bay Beach Hotel in the Great Bay Room. This year, persons who contributed significantly to Labour on the island were recognized and three persons were officially honored. The honorees were Julian Lynch, Curtis Vanterpool and the late Anadeen Serbony Matthew. The Parliament of St. Maarten was represented at Monday's ceremony by the President of Parliament the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams whilst the Council of Ministers was represented by the Minister of Labour the Honorable Emil Lee. The Governor was represented by the Deputy Governor his Excellency Reynold Groeneveldt. It should be also noted that there were many other officials at Monday's Labour Day event. Below is the full text of the speech given by the Honorable Minister Emil Lee on Monday morning. As Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, I would like to congratulate... Read more

Robbery attempt leads to shooting Sunday in Festival Village {UpDated}

Robbery attempt leads to shooting Sunday in Festival Village {UpDated}

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. The next day the police issued a statement on the shooting which can be read below. The Police Detective Department is presently investigating a shooting which took place on Labor Day, May 1st 2016 on the premises of the Festival Village located on the Soualiga Boulevard. The... Read more

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Guardianship Council signals problems related to maintenance allowance

Guardianship Council signals problems related to maintenance allowance

BES Islands - Guardianship Council wants to express its concerns over the fact that more and more fathers are not paying their maintenance allowance obligations. They want to emphasis that persons who...

Second resort parade attracts more revelers

Second resort parade attracts more revelers

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Simpson Bay Resort held another festive carnival parade for guests on Tuesday, attracting over twice the number of participants of last week’s pioneering event. Around 30 ...

NATIONAL OMBUDSMAN: “number of complaints still on the rise”

NATIONAL OMBUDSMAN: “number of complaints still on the rise”

BES Islands - National ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen again had the chance to accumulate many official complaints during his latest visit to the Caribbean Netherlands, which has now been concluded. All...

Preparations underway for National Remembrance Day 2016

Preparations underway for National Remembrance Day 2016

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Preparations are underway to observe National Remembrance Day 2016 on Wednesday morning 4th May.  Government will again remember the victims who fought during ...

The emergency repairs of Frontstreet has been completed

The emergency repairs of Frontstreet has been completed

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The repairs commenced on April 10, 2016 and has been completed in time for the Grand Carnival Parade to run smoothly on Sunday May 1, 2016. The project was financed by the ...

Jamaica and Cuba to sign multi-destination agreement

Jamaica and Cuba to sign multi-destination agreement

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Cuba and Jamaica will sign an agreement this week for multi-destination tourism between the two countries. Jamaica’s minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett announced at the openin...

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...

'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...

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EU Signs Agreement With St. Lucia To Assist With Infrastructure Reconstruction Following Floods

EU Signs Agreement With St. Lu…

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The European Union continues to assist St. Lucia following the heavy rains in December 2013 that caused tremendous infrastructure damage. On April 26 EU Ambassador Mikael Barfod signed a ...

Top Venezuela Beer Maker Halts Production Amid Shortages

Top Venezuela Beer Maker Halts…

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s largest brewer said it shut down beer production Friday at the last of its four factories due to a shortage of imported supplies. Cerveceria Polar, which announced the closing ...

Two US Missionaries Killed In Jamaica

Two US Missionaries Killed In …

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two US missionaries have been found dead in a rural area of Jamaica notorious for its high rates of crime, police say. The pair have been named as Randy Hentzel, 48, and Harold Nichols, 53...

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The SXMNBA will be hosting 2 events in 2016

The SXMNBA will be hosting 2 e…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  SXMNBA Single Elimination Knockout Date: Sunday May 15th- 26th 2016 Location: L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium Deadline for registration Thursday May 12th 2016 3 Di...

11th Annual LIEVENSE Interscholastic Youth Tennis Tournament

11th Annual LIEVENSE Interscho…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The LAB SPORTS ACADEMY will be hosting the 11th Annual LIEVENSE Interscholastic Youth Tennis Tournament on May 27th – 28th & 29TH 2016. It will be staged at the Raoul ...

Shoot Hoops not Guns Project h…

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 ...

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