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SXM Airport Installs Bar Code Boarding Pass e-Gates For Faster Passenger Processing

SXM Airport Installs Bar Code Boarding Pass e-Gates For Faster Passenger Processing

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten — The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) recently installed six Bar Code Boarding Pass (BCBP) e-Gates to provide a faster, simpler, and more convenient boarding pass security control procedure.  The BCBP e-Gates validates the authenticity of the boarding pass, including confirmation that the boarding pass is for an active flight on the day of travel.  The BCBP e-Gates process, which takes less than five seconds, will improve passenger processing and is quite user friendly, based on passengers’ feedback, since the machines were inaugurated last week. “SXM Airport is one of the first in our region to provide this 100% self-service passenger experience.” This innovative hardware component was developed by Vision-Box, in collaboration with SXM Airport and Immigration and Border Protection Services (IBP).               “SXM Airport is proud of this accomplishment, which is another successful milestone. Automation has and continues to revolutionize the aviation industry,” said Larry Donker, Deputy Managing... Read more

Brand new Audi and Jeep Wrangler smashed beyond repair Saturday

Brand new Audi and Jeep Wrangler smashed beyond repair Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday evening the weekend turned ugly for two drivers. Just after six Saturday afternoon the driver of  brand new Audi car smashed into a Jeep Wrangler just after passing the Ace Hardware Store. The jeep is said to have just exited a parking lot opposite the hardware store and was unable to escape the fast moving Audi that was rapidly approaching from the direction of Le Grand Marche. The car slammed into the Jeep violently causing both vehicles to be damaged beyond repair. Fortunately there were no injuries as a result of the violent impact on Saturday evening. The air bags in Jeep were deployed affording the driver an extra layer of safety and security. The accident is being investigated by the Traffic Department of the St. Maarten Police Force to determine which vehicle was responsible for the accident on Saturday. Read more

Political heat rising as Parliamentary election looms

Political heat rising as Parliamentary election looms

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Political parties are now gearing up for the September 2016 Parliamentary elections. Apart from the launching of candidates by the various political parties, others have been holding their conventions aimed at stimulating their political base and complying with the electoral laws. Just this Sunday the National Alliance held their party convention. Independent members of Parliament who have not yet publicly aligned with a political party have been speaking out on the issues that affect the country of St. Maarten. One of those issues, the six months contract, was recently addressed by the leader of the USP Frans Richardson. He stated that there are ongoing discussions with the stake holders across the island aimed at addressing the problem. MP Frans Richardson was at the time speaking during a press conference during which he launched four new candidates for which he promised to provide guidance. More now via PodCast. Read more

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Consumer prices Sint Maarten June 2016, Prices have increased compared to April 2016

Consumer prices Sint Maarten June 2016, Prices have increased compared to April 2016

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Consumer Price Index for Sint Maarten has increased in the month of June 2016 by 0.8 percent compared to that of April 2016. When comparing average consumer pr...

MP Lake is looking forward to NV GEBE Plan of Action of going Solar

MP Lake is looking forward to NV GEBE Plan of Action of going Solar

ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - I would like to commend Minister Angel Meyers for giving NV GEBE a deadline by August 15 in regards to doing something about renewable energy and more specifically ...

SMCU wins referendum at GEBE

SMCU wins referendum at GEBE

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - President of the St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) Ludson Evers Sunday confirmed a successful referendum at the islands Water and Electricity Supply Company GEBE. As...

Rotaract Club of Sint Maarten Sunrise conducted their first general meeting on Saturday

Rotaract Club of Sint Maarten Sunrise conducted their first general meeting on Saturday

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On July 23rd, 2016 The Rotaract Club of Sint Maarten sunrise conducted their very first general meeting for this year 2016-2017, which was ordered by the President Ms. Georg...

Anguilla hosts first Happy Power Hour at the Governor’s Reception, Ms. Ife Badejo, creator of Happy Power Hour, gave the key address

Anguilla hosts first Happy Power Hour at the Governor’s Reception, Ms. Ife Badejo, creator of Happy Power Hour, gave the key address

ST. MAARTEN/Anguilla – The Governor’s Reception of Anguilla, hosted by Her Excellency Ms. Christina Scott, started last year as a way to bring the private and public sector together in an effort to be...

St Maarten, Saba and Statia to Give Boost to Coral Restoration initiatives in the Caribbean Through European Union Funded Program

St Maarten, Saba and Statia to Give Boost to Coral Restoration initiatives in the Caribbean Through European Union Funded Program

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Nature conservation organizations in St Maarten, Saba, Statia and the Turks and Caicos Islands will start within several weeks planting structures made from bamboo and rope ...

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Prosecutor: Venezuela First Lady’s Nephews Confess Drug Deal

Prosecutor: Venezuela First La…

CARACAS, Venezuela – Two nephews of Venezuela’s powerful first lady confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case...

Central Bank Denies Plans To Devalue Local Currency

Central Bank Denies Plans To D…

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBB) has denied reports of a possible devaluation of the local currency insisting there ‘are also no existing or emerging pressures that would precipitate the ...

Jimmy Challenger guest on Voice of the Caribbean Radio’s Inside Politics program

Jimmy Challenger guest on Voic…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Marketing professional Jimmy Challenger will be a guest on today’s radio program Inside Politics on the online radio station Voice of the Caribbean Radio (www.voiceofthecaribbean.net)...

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Scheduled of games from Monday July 25th – Friday July 29th 2016

Scheduled of games from Monday…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game. All games will start on the scheduled time. Games will be forfeit if there i...

Samuel and Van Iersel win July Medal Play Golf tournament

Samuel and Van Iersel win July…

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Stanley Samuel was able to stay ahead of a group of seven golfers that were not impressed by the high winds and tough course conditions at Mullet Bay Golf Course to win the J...

Teams gather for Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

Teams gather for Brewin Dolphi…

Sunday sees the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, where eight teams will be competing in this the 13th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for three boa...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY: Beverley Gibbs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY: Beverley Gibbs

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Born of a Sint Maarten father and a Saban mother, I was raised in a famil...

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