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Budget debate encounters delay

Budget debate encounters delay

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - At the request of the Prime Minister, the Honourable William Marlin, the plenary public session, which was scheduled to take place on Monday, February 15th has been postponed. The plenary public meeting to handle the draft National Ordinance to establish the National 2016 Budget will now be held on Monday, February 29th. Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon at the Government Administration Building, Minister with the responsibility for Finance, the Honorable Richard Gibson explained why they requested that the meeting be postponed. According to the Finance Minister, he received a letter from the CFT on Thursday pertaining to the draft budget 2016. “In that letter they have given indications, made suggestions and recommendations, which could all contribute, if the budget is passed with those suggestions and recommendations by Parliament that it stands a better chance by being approved by the CFT”, the Minister... Read more

Justice ministry pays out over two million guilders in overtime in 2015

Justice ministry pays out over two million guilders in overtime in 2015

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Justice ministry paid two million six thousand guilders in over time last year, while for this year; a total of two hundred thousand guilders is budgeted for police training. That is according to the Minister in charge of Justice, the Honorable Edison Kirindongo. The Minister, who was at the time responding to questions put to him, also addressed matters pertaining to the functions of immigration officers. More can now be heard via PodCast. Read more

Government working on mechanism to collect Casino Fees

Government working on mechanism to collect Casino Fees

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - While government has the authority to collect casino fees, the mechanism to do so was not in place for the receiver to pursue payments. Speaking at the Council of Ministers weekly press briefing earlier this week, Prime Minister with the responsibility for General Affairs, the Honorable William Marlin told journalists that since taking office, they have taken a decision aimed at the collecting the casino fees. As we can now hear via PodCast, the Prime Minister also addressed the issue of documents being leaked from GEBE to the media. Read more

Island news watch

Regulator participates in Regional telecom workshops

Regulator participates in Regional telecom workshops

PHILPSBURG, St. Maarten – Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) represented by Ryan Wijngaarde, participated in regional workshops during the CANTO 32nd AGM & Mini Exhibition that t...

Car wreck removal to start in Pelican, Simpson Bay and Cape Bay on February 15

Car wreck removal to start in Pelican, Simpson Bay and Cape Bay on February 15

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), will commence with removing all vehicles matching the description of...

EU Ambassador unveils plaque in Middle region

EU Ambassador unveils plaque in Middle region

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The European Union and Sint Maarten have over the years enjoyed cooperation in a number of development areas. The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Surin...

9 Carnival lovers rescued at sea off Curacao

9 Carnival lovers rescued at sea off Curacao

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - 9 persons, including 3 children, who left Bonaire in a small boat for Curacao in their quest to watch the carnival parade on that island, were not so lucky. The individuals, wh...

Government only responsible for customs at Harbour says Minister Gibson

Government only responsible for customs at Harbour says Minister Gibson

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Container fees are being controlled not by the government, but rather by the Harbor, stated Minister with the responsibility for Finance, the Honorable Richard Gibson. “Th...

Owner requested to remove abandoned boat from Ring Road

Owner requested to remove abandoned boat from Ring Road

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), would like the owner of a boat (see picture) which is located on the...

Ky-Mani Marley headlines “One Love” concert

Ky-Mani Marley headlines “One Love” concert

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Reggae night for Carnival 2016 is bound to be lots of “roots, rock, Reggae and love” judging from the lineup of artists that was released on Thursday afternoon. TelCell and ...

Panamanian Students visit the University of St. Martin

Panamanian Students visit the University of St. Martin

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A group of 26 students from several universities in Panama currently on a Group Campus Crusade (Cru) visited the University of St. Martin (USM) to explore the campus, the de...

King Ocean sponsors shipping for 4C Foundation’s  Educational projects

King Ocean sponsors shipping for 4C Foundation’s Educational projects

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the last two years, Foresee Foundation has shipped a considerable number of Technology devices and equipment via King Ocean Shipping. This was reason for Mr. Charles...

Rotary Sunrise Inducts Ruminni Rogers into Membership

Rotary Sunrise Inducts Ruminni Rogers into Membership

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday February 9, 2016, Mr. Ruminni Rogers was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise. Ruminni Rogers who is a Police Officer, the son...

Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Walter Plantz Square. Walter Loves Valentine

Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Walter Plantz Square. Walter Loves Valentine

PORT ST. MAARTEN – The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to express ones love for our significant others and sweethearts by giving Valentine’s cards, sending flowers, and doing romantic things.  Th...

The Development Bank’s Agricultural representative to visit the Dutch W.I.

The Development Bank’s Agricultural representative to visit the Dutch W.I.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Head of the Agricultural, Animal husbandry & Fishery Section of the OBNA Bank will be visiting the Dutch Windward Islands as follows: St. Maarten on Monday February...

SHTA Culinary Competition St. Maarten/Saint Martin 2016 announces winner’s Senior chef positions filled on the team

SHTA Culinary Competition St. Maarten/Saint Martin 2016 announces winner’s Senior chef positions filled on the team

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality & trade Association along with the Organizing committee for the 2016 Culinary Competition St. Maarten/Saint Martin are pleased to announce th...

Coast Guard supports Police in arrest of escaped prisoner on Aruba

Coast Guard supports Police in arrest of escaped prisoner on Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - The Caribbean Coastguard (KWCARIB) received on Wednesday afternoon at about 14.00 a notification that a prisoner had escaped from the Correctional Institute Aruba (KIA). Units of ...

Focus on education system, transitioning to high schools and careers; SSSD holds informative session for parents of the Christian Hillside Schools’ sixth graders

Focus on education system, transitioning to high schools and careers; SSSD holds informative session for parents of the Christian Hillside Schools’ sixth graders

CAY HILL, St. Maarten – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs, held an informative session entitled “Transitioning to Secondary S...

SHTA is concerned about the economic impact of recent Inspections in the Hospitality Industry

SHTA is concerned about the economic impact of recent Inspections in the Hospitality Industry

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the largest business representative association on the island we want to make sure that all businesses are complying with the laws of the country, at the same time these ...

Deher Requests Council of Ministers to Investigate Harbour Holdings CEO

Deher Requests Council of Ministers to Investigate Harbour Holdings CEO

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Brian Deher, Managing Director of Dock Maarten NV, delivered a presentation to the Council of Ministers on Thursday February 8, 2016, where he officially requested that Gove...

Nature Foundation, residents are calling for removal of Barge in Oyster Pond

Nature Foundation, residents are calling for removal of Barge in Oyster Pond

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has joined with residents and stakeholders in Oyster Pond in calling for the owner of a partially sunken barge that has been in the area fo...

Captain Louis F. Beauperthuy, A life of Perseverance and Achievement

Captain Louis F. Beauperthuy, A life of Perseverance and Achievement

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Louis F. Beauperthuy (87), was laid to rest in a family plot at his home in Orient Bay on Saturday.  Born in Brooklyn, New York to Louis Ferdinand Gaston “Fefe” Bea...

TelCell Night of the Hitmakers recognizes winner of 500th Youtube video share

TelCell Night of the Hitmakers recognizes winner of 500th Youtube video share

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten –  With more than 71,000 Youtube shares under their belt, organizers of the annual TelCell Night of the Hitmakers Carnival dance event have announced that tickets will be...

TelCell to TelCell mobile calling issues being slowly rectified Tuesday

TelCell to TelCell mobile calling issues being slowly rectified Tuesday

POND ISLAND, St. Maarten - TelEm Group’s mobile provider, TelCell, was experiencing network interruptions Tuesday afternoon with calls being made within the TelCell voice and data network. According...

Central Committee meeting regarding 2016 National Budget reconvenes on Wednesday

Central Committee meeting regarding 2016 National Budget reconvenes on Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in session on February 10th.      The Central Committee meeting has been reconvened for Wednesday at 11.00am in the Gen...

Weather Expert Slams Royal Caribbean’s Decision To Sail Into Monster Storm

Weather Expert Slams Royal Caribbean’s Decision To Sail Into Monster Storm

MIAMI, Florida – A meteorologist has sharply criticised the decision by Royal Caribbean to allow the 4,000-passenger ship the Anthem of the Seas to sail into the path of a powerful storm in the Atlant...

Nature Foundation re-launches Fifth Annual Marine Mammal Monitoring Project, Using Specialized Equipment to Record Unique Whale Songs in Local Waters

Nature Foundation re-launches Fifth Annual Marine Mammal Monitoring Project, Using Specialized Equipment to Record Unique Whale Songs in Local Waters

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is once again conducting its Marine Mammal Monitoring project which will last until May. The Nature Foundation, in cooperation with Dolph...

Island Communities

Say “I love you” with a beautiful Colombian Flower

Say “I love you” with a beauti…

Miami, FL – Fifty-one years ago, the first batch of Colombian flower stems were shipped to Miami, FL marking the beginning of a long outstanding trajectory for the Colombian flower industry. Since then, the dem...

Coast Guard with Open Day on Sunday February 21

Coast Guard with Open Day on S…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Have you always wanted to see how a Coast Guard cutter or a Navy ship looks like on the inside? Always wanted to know how they operate and what they stand for? Then visit  the Co...

JIFE Music begins media tour

JIFE Music begins media tour

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - St. Kitts-based gospel music record label JIFE Music has begun its media tour to officially launch the label and its roster of artists. JIFE is an acronym for Jesus is For Everybody an...

Island Business & Sports

First official Caribbean visit of ILO Regional Director, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

First official Caribbean visit…

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, will pay an official visit to Trinidad and Tobago from 14-16 February 2016.  The visit is his first to the Caribbean as Director of the...

Plenary Committee meeting regarding 2016 National Budget postponed until February 29

Plenary Committee meeting rega…

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on February 29th.  The plenary public meeting that was scheduled for February 15 in the General Assembly...

Students of the IBDP Class presents; COUPLE’S RUN FOR CHARITY

Students of the IBDP Class pre…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St Dominic High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Class of 2016 is hosting a COUPLE’S RUN FOR CHARITY on Friday, February 12th, 2016, at 7:30 PM in front of Tal...

Island Opinion

THE WAY I REMEMBER MY GODMOTHER

THE WAY I REMEMBER MY GODMOTHER

MARIGOT, St. Martin - THE WAY I ALWAYS WANT TO REMEMBER MY SWEET AND LOVING GOD MOTHER YOU WAS O...

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