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Prime Minister William Marlin clarifies the position of Sint Maarten

Prime Minister William Marlin clarifies the position of Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister William Marlin said on Sunday afternoon following a phone call from Minister Ronald Plasterk, that it is not right for the Dutch government to hold the people of Sint Maarten hostage over the issue of establishing an Integrity Chamber controlled by the Dutch and reports to the Dutch. If that is not accepted Minister Plasterk said then there will be no aid from the Netherlands. In the present draft legislation currently being advised on by the Council of Advice, the board of the Integrity Chamber will consist of three persons, each nominated by the Courts of First Instance, by the General Audit Chamber and by the Ombudsman. That is unacceptable by the Dutch government according to Minister Plasterk as they do not trust the local institutions. Marlin pointed out that there are NO reasons not to trust the local authorities and that position by... Read more

Consulate Services Reopen for Guyanese ~ Soft opening Wednesday night ~

Consulate Services Reopen for Guyanese ~ Soft opening Wednesday night ~

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Honorary Consul of Guyana, Mr. Cleveland Beresford, will resume consulate services on Monday, October 23, 2017 for Guyanese living on the island. The office, which will be at 158 B Back Street, Philipsburg, will open from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and offer all services, especially those related to the renewal of passports and the issuing of birth certificates to children born in St. Maarten. On Wednesday, October 25, there will be a "soft" opening of the consulate and all are invited, especially nationals of the Guyanese community. Persons wishing to inquire more about the services offered can either visit the Back Street location or call 1(721)581-1402. Read more

Guyanese Association distributes more than 250 relief packages

Guyanese Association distributes more than 250 relief packages

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Guyanese Association has distributed relief supplies to more than 250 residents of the island, including the St. Martin's Home in St. John's Estate. Six bags of rice and six cases of water were handed over to the director of the Home last Wednesday (October 18, 2017), as the association felt that it was its civic responsibility to reach out to as many persons and organizations affected by Hurricane Irma. The relief supplies were delivered to the association some two weeks ago as the Government of Guyana was evacuating its nationals. More than 250 persons registered as having collected food items from the association's Back Street location. Apart from rice and water, which came in abundance from the rice-producing South American nation, persons also received pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and smoked fish. The association still has some items and is encouraging anyone who is in need to visit... Read more

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Tzu Chi helps distribute Mormon Church relief to 609 families

Tzu Chi helps distribute Mormon Church relief to 609 families

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) assisted by the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation helped donate hurricane relief items to a total of 609 familie...

Port St. Maarten Welcomes FCCA Promotional Campaign to Stimulate Regional Economies

Port St. Maarten Welcomes FCCA Promotional Campaign to Stimulate Regional Economies

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management welcomes the news that the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), has committed to a multifaceted million-dollar campaign to display that the major...

Kimsha Beach/Pelican Area Ready for swimmers

Kimsha Beach/Pelican Area Ready for swimmers

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation conducted an underwater check of Kim Sha/ Pelican Beach for sharp, harmful objects up to two meters in depth. Numerous zinc and other hurricane debris ...

The Nature Foundation Receives the First Donation from St. Maarten Vegans

The Nature Foundation Receives the First Donation from St. Maarten Vegans

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation St. Maarten received the first week profit of the initiative ‘Feel Good Lunches’ from the Chefs of St Maarten Vegans on Monday. In their first week the...

ZVK to resume medical referrals abroad for insured persons Sint Eustatius and Saba

ZVK to resume medical referrals abroad for insured persons Sint Eustatius and Saba

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, a huge backlog of insured persons requiring medical treatment or consultation abroad has arisen on Sint Eustatius and Saba. This ...

CBS: Prices St. Eustatius up 2.1 percent

CBS: Prices St. Eustatius up 2.1 percent

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - In Q3 2017, consumer prices on St. Eustatius were 2.1 percent higher compared to one year previously. On Bonaire, the price increase was 0.6 percent. By contrast, consumers on ...

A Diwali Message from St. Maarten Guyanese Association

A Diwali Message from St. Maarten Guyanese Association

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) would like to wish all Hindus a Happy Diwali, especially those in the Diaspora who are spending this festival of lights away from...

Simpson Bay Beach from Halley Drive to Karakter Safe to Swim

Simpson Bay Beach from Halley Drive to Karakter Safe to Swim

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation is continuously monitoring the state of St. Maarten’s beaches to ensure the safety of bathers and prepare for the upcoming tourist season. If the visib...

Day against Human Trafficking

Day against Human Trafficking

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - Worldwide, people will reflect on human trafficking on October 18th, and so will we in the Caribbean Netherlands. The word ‘human trafficking’ may sound grave to you. Human tra...

STB, marketing firm conduct tourism recovery strategic planning sessions

STB, marketing firm conduct tourism recovery strategic planning sessions

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Head of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) Rolando Brison is currently taking part in several strategic meetings with St. Maarten’s North American marketing firm and other...

St. Maarten Guyanese Association Meeting Wednesday

St. Maarten Guyanese Association Meeting Wednesday

CUL DE SAC, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Guyanese Association (SMGA) has resumed its weekly meetings and is encouraging all nationals of Guyana to attend on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:30pm. The...

Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten Announces November 2017 Opening

Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten Announces November 2017 Opening

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. The park will launch with two signature attractions, The Flying...

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

Dominica’s Tourism Sector Not Completely Wiped Out By Hurricane Maria

Dominica’s Tourism Sector Not …

ROSEAU, Dominica – Despite the hard hit from Hurricane Maria last month, Dominica’s tourism sector is getting back on track, with some properties open for business. Prior to the September 18 direct hit by Mari...

St Thomas to Welcome Return of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas

St Thomas to Welcome Return of…

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands – The US Virgin Islands will welcome the return of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas on November 10. US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp and Commissioner of Touris...

Jamaica’s Cannabis Authority Issues Country’s First Medical Marijuana Industry Licenses

Jamaica’s Cannabis Authority I…

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican companies Epican and Everything Oily Labs Limited have received long awaited licences to legally operate in the medical marijuana industry. Epican is licensed to cultivate cannabis...

Island Business & Sports

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...

Jesus Antonio Rivera wins monthly Medal Play Golf tournament

Jesus Antonio Rivera wins mont…

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Jesus Antonio Rivera won overall Low Gross during the monthly Medal Play Golf Tournament organized by the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. Over the weekend, a total of 19 g...

Island Opinion

The Power of Nature: Why We Need to Increase the Importance of Nature

The Power of Nature: Why We Need to Incr…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Who do we think we are, to destroy, neglect, damage and abuse nature and ...

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