PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Reports have come in of a fire at the Louie Constance Fleming Hospital on French St. Martin. The extent of the fire is not known at this time however smoke can be seen bellowing out of the emergency facility.

Fire fighters are currently attempting to put out the fire. As more reports come in we will make the information available.

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MIAMI, Florida – The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012, according to a forecast released Friday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are forecast during the coming season.

This is greater than the 30-year historical average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes for the Atlantic basin. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The Weather Company’s forecast also calls for a slightly higher number of named storms and hurricanes than an outlook issued earlier in April by Colorado State University (CSU) that is headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach. That forecast said the Atlantic was expected to see 13 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

An important note about both outlooks is that the seasonal forecast numbers do include Hurricane Alex, a rare January hurricane that struck the Azores a few months back. Though the official hurricane season spans the months from June through November, occasionally we can see storms form outside those months.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating and armed robbery which took place on Friday May 6th at approximately 12.50 p.m. at the “Sport Gallery” shoe store located opposite the last bus stop on Back Street.

This is when an unknown man wearing a motorcycle helmet armed with pistol stormed in to the establishment with intention to commit a robbery.

The security guard on duty saw what was going and attacked the suspect who struck with the weapon to the back of his head. The security guard and suspect got into an altercation and the security guard managed to take the fire arm from the suspect.

The suspect noticed that he was unsuccessful in his attempt fled the scene and jumped on a scooter along with another suspect that was waiting on him.

The suspects fled the scene; however the information regarding the suspects were immediately given to the Emergency Dispatch who sent police patrols the direction of Cole Bay where the suspects were seen.

The patrols chased the suspects through the Cole Bay area; however the suspects managed to get away leaving the scooter behind.

Several items involved in this case were confiscated by the Special Robbery Unit for further investigation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Detective Department is presently investigating a stabbing which took place on Friday May 6th at approximately 04.45 p.m. at the entrance of Grand Marche in Cul-de-Sac.

The victim stated that he was about to enter the establishment to do some shopping and was unexpectedly attacked by an unknown man who was standing outside and stabbed him three time in his back with a ice pick.

The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and the taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment.

The suspect who turned out the be a mental patient and well-known to police was arrested on the scene and taken to the Police station for further investigation.

The ice pick used in this case was also confiscated for further investigation.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten – On Friday May 6th, Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Finance Richard Gibson delivered an Opening Address to the participants at the Leadercast Conference held at the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill.

The Opening Address

For the fourth consecutive year Victorious Living Foundation has hosted the simulcast on Sint Maarten for the worlds’ largest one day leadership conference, Leadercast Live. This in itself is an indication that Sint Maarten realizes the need for an event of this nature which will help to hone the leadership skills of the participants that will eventually transform our community positively. The theme for this year’s Leadercast live conference, broadcast directly from Atlanta and beamed to hundreds of location worldwide is “Architects of Tomorrow”. For us on Sint Maarten, this theme is of special relevance given the fact that we have embarked on a nation building process since we attained a new Constitutional Status on 10-10-10, a process that requires many qualified “Architects of Tomorrow”, today.

When we speak of an architect we usually have in mind someone who is innovative, creative and visionary; a person who can see far in the future, and galvanize all the human and other resources around him or to make that future a reality that benefits the entire community or even the world at large. According to the website of Leadercast, this year’s conference will focus 3 aspects / things that an “Architect of Tomorrow” must explore.

These three things are:

1.              The ability to see a preferred future,

2.              operate in the presence

3.              and utilize the resources around them to architect a clear path to a new destination.

That is what visionary leadership is all about. This, according to Leadercast, is the role of all “Architects of Tomorrow”: to imagine a future that is rich and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered and confusion gives way to clarity. Need I say more?

Sint Maarten needs leaders who will fulfill that role without fail, who will use their imagination in such a way to imagine a nation in which the full potential of all its residents would be realized and work relentlessly to achieve this. I am sure this Leadercast Conference will unleash that creative genius in all its participants especially from Sint Maarten and inspire and stimulate them to design a new future for the island that will catapult us in to that place of hope and prosperity we all intuitively believe is our manifest destiny. Congratulations to Victorious Living Foundation for hosting this important event and success to all participants.

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