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DAWN BEACH, St. Maarten – Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) Infinity Restaurant, is once again managed by renowned Food & Beverage local connoisseur Spartaco Sargentoni, OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez disclosed on Wednesday

Perez added that the Infinity Restaurant is also making use of digital media allowing customers to make their reservations online with the introduction of “OpenTable.”

“We invite everyone to come and see our recently renovated Infinity Restaurant for the ultimate dining experience.  We've made it even easier for you to be able to do just that.

“Thanks to Amanda Ferrier and her Social Media Marketing Company, Updated Status, Infinity Restaurant has recently joined the platform OpenTable.  OpenTable allows you to see what times are available for the amount of people you will be coming to the restaurant with, and for the date you're looking to make a reservation. It's really that easy!

“This Father’s Day weekend, we invite families to come out and discover the Infinity Restaurant experience at Oyster Bay Beach Resort. It will be a great treat for the entire family during this special weekend to celebrate ‘daddy’s’ day.  

“Come in for Sunday Brunch with ‘dad’ and don’t forget this Thursday is Italian Night which is very popular, so we highly recommend coming in to see for yourself.  Infinity Restaurant is conveniently located and offers international cuisine and much more. To make reservations go to OpenTable's website or App, search for Infinity Restaurant and then simply pick the day and time you'd wish to join us. 

“Also, we invite you to get social with us on both our Facebook and Instagram pages so you can be the first to know about our special offers and latest updates,” OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez announced on Wednesday.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday June 14th the Community Police Officers who headed the Cops and Kids Program held the school debate finals at the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School in Cay Hill. The debate finals were held between students of the sixth grade representing the Seventh Day Adventist School, Sister Borgia School, Oranje School and Ruby Labega School.

During the first round, the Ruby Labega School defeated the Sister Borgia School eliminating them from moving on to the quarter finals. The topic of this debate was: “Should Students be allowed to drink sodas”. The second round using the same topic was held between the Seventh Day Adventist School and the Oranje School. The Seventh day Adventist School won this round and moved on to the finals against Ruby Labega School. The topic for the final round was “Should animals be caged for entertainment.”

At the end of this debate the championship was awarded to the very strong “Seventh Day Adventist School”.

The Police chief Carl John, the Acting Head of the Uniform Division Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout and the Police Spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson brought a surprise visit to the debate. During this visit the Police chief expressed words of encouragement and congratulations to all students present and encourage them to continue doing well in school because without an education you are no where.

THE HAGUE - St. Eustatius got support on Monday, to some extent, from St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba. The parliamentary delegations of all three countries acknowledged that any former colony of the Netherlands has the right to self-determination and recognised the uncompromising attitude of the Netherlands.

In addition, they promised to discuss the issue with their respective Parliaments.

The tense relation between Statia and the Netherlands was the first topic during the so-called tripartite during which St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba discussed common issues and prepared for the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation IPKO. PLP Island Council members Clyde van Putten and Rechelline Leerdam as well as independent Councillor Reuben Merkman gave a presentation about the latest developments, the disagreements with the Netherlands and the wish to pursue the right to self-determination.

Many delegation members agreed that the Dutch government has limited patience and no confidence in allowing the Caribbean countries and islands to manage themselves. Rodolphe Samuel, chairman of the St. Maarten Parliament’s Kingdom Committee, said he understood the difficulties the current coalition of Statia is facing.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Parliament invites the public to send in nominations for the Annual President of Parliament Award.  

The application documents are on the Parliament’s website.  Persons have until August 15, 2017 to submit their nominations. 

The website address is: and can be found under the documents section of the site.  Select the link and you will be able to download the application form. 

The purpose of the award is to honour young persons on Sint Maarten that are a great example to the youth and who have contributed positively to the community and the country. 

Nominations can be submitted by any citizen of Sint Maarten who believes that the individual that he/she is nominating meets the criteria. 

The eligibility criteria are: the candidate must have the Dutch nationality and/or has been legally residing in Sint Maarten for 10-years or more consecutively, and has been registered in the Civil Registry for that period of time; must be between the ages of 15-24 years; has made a worthwhile contribution to the development of the community and the country; these contributions/achievements must have taken place within the last three years; contributions/achievements must have been made while the individual was acting as a private citizen, not as an appointed or elected government official; and must have demonstrated capacity for leadership and ability to motivate. 

An award committee will be established each year consisting of three members of Parliament.  Members of the committee will review the nomination documents prior to the selection meeting and select three nominees. 

During the selection meeting, the President of Parliament selects the recipient of the award based on the recommendations of the award committee.

The award will be presented yearly to the recipient during the reception ceremony at the Opening of the Parliamentary Year. Nominations for the Annual President of Parliament may be submitted to The Parliament of Sint Maarten, attention, Annual President of Parliament Award Committee, Wilhelminastraat 1, Philipsburg or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a temporary interruption in the traffic flow on the A.J.C. Brouwers Wednesday evening.

The road closure will be Wednesday evening, June 14 from 9.00pm to 5.00am.

Motorists are advised to be observant of detour and directional signs during the aforementioned hours.  Motorists heading to Cole Bay/Simpson Bay from Philipsburg/Cul de Sac, will have to use the Arlett Peters road (old Cake House road) or the Alexis Arnell Boulevard (Link 1 Phase 2). 

All motorised traffic coming from the Cole Bay area to Philipsburg/Cul de Sac must use the Alexis Arnell Boulevard.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten is being represented this week at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) PAMAC meeting in Aruba.  PAMAC brings together Platinum Members of the FCCA who meet with over 30 high-ranking FCCA Member Line cruise executives as part of a relationship and business building process.

Port St. Maarten representatives will be delivering the news that for five consecutive months (January – May), cruise numbers have been positive showing a 5.1% growth when compared to the same period of 2016.

The destination received during the past five months 923,600 cruise passengers from 347 cruise calls.

PAMAC will kick-off with a reception on Wednesday evening and thereafter a series of meetings and networking events are planned for Thursday and Friday to discuss industry trends and standards and develop relationships and mutual benefits for the cruise lines and members’, companies and destinations.

Representing the Port will be Bertrand Peters, General and Government Affairs, and Ichel Moeslikan, Sales and Marketing, and Alexander Gumbs, Business Development Officer as well as a representative from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Cherinah Franken, Product Development Officer. 

“Reinventing Cruise St. Maarten is an on-going process for Port St. Maarten.  We are looking forward to attending PAMAC in order to renew our relations with the cruise line industry and to attract additional cruise business for the country. 

“We want to continue to foster mutual growth.  It’s an opportunity to network and better understand each other especially when we look at different cruise industry developments,” Port St. Maarten Management Team said on Monday.

The PAMAC event is one of many that the FCCA coordinates for its Platinum Members and Member Lines to stay at the forefront of information about both the industry and destinations while finding ways to maximize the benefits for all.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Group 8 (formerly Grade 6) students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School visited Divi Little Bay Resort on Tuesday morning.
"Our students had a great experience visiting Divi Little Bay Resort as they were also briefed about the entire facility during a tour," said Stuart Johnson School Manager.
This fieldtrip was coordinated by group 8 Tr. E. Luce and Tr. N. Riley.

After the tour the students enjoyed breakfast at the Bayview Cafe.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Managing Board of NV GEBE, based on an article published on SMN Network on June 11, 2017, regarding the utility company, informed its staff on Tuesday morning, through a global announcement, that it could not, nor would it verify that any such “discussions” took place during the Saturday, convened meeting as these discussions did not take place during the meeting of the Supervisory Board of Directors and the Managing Board.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Students from various primary schools had the assignment to take pictures that display the career path they would like to go in as they get older. Ian Dangleben-York, age 12 attending the MAC Primary School, Georgeley Williams, age 14 attending the MAC Primary School and Jearime Chase, age 12 attending the Sister Borgia Primary School decided to shadow the Minister of VROMI C. Emmanuel for a couple of hours.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The fourth phase of the backstreet repairs will commence on June 14th, 2017. The fourth phase starts from Kortesteeg to Weduwensteeg and completion will take approximately two weeks depending on the weather and how many persons request connection to the sewage line.

Asphalt will be poured until Weduwensteeg. After that point the road will be leveled by the repairing of sections of bricks until the end of Backstreet.   Subsequently road markings will be painted, the curbs will be painted black and white and the bus stops will be painted yellow. The bollards on the back street will also be removed. This will not only enhance the appearance of the hectic strip but also give pedestrians more walking space. Honorable Minister Christopher Emmanuel is also looking into having benches placed on the Backstreet.

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