Island Notices

Island Notices (1912)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Thursday May 4, the Government of Sint Maarten observed Memorial Day, (“Dodenherdenkingsdag”) similar to the other countries within the Dutch Kingdom, at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg. 

“During this National Commemoration Day” all Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere else in the world in war situations or during peace-keeping operations since the outbreak of the Second World War,” were commemorated (

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The President of the Collectivite of French St. Martin, The Honorable Daniel Gibbs paid his first courtesy visit to Prime Minister The Honorable William Marlin on Thursday May 4th. The courtesy visit marked the first visit of President Daniel Gibbs to the New Government Building since its inauguration.

Prime Minister William Marlin officially welcomed President Daniel Gibbs to his chambers where they exchanged gifts on behalf of the Governments in Philipsburg and Marigot.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) which falls under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), has initiated the dialogue process in order to be able to address public health aspects related to the surrounding environment.

Starting on May 8, a representative from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Office of Caribbean Program Coordination, Ton Vlugman, Senior Advisor, Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health, will be hosting a two-day workshop for public and private sector stakeholders.

The general stakeholder’s workshop will include a presentation about the concept of Environmental Health within the scope of sustainable development; and a focus on an Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy.

The objective of the workshop as well as the steps to be taken thereafter is to allow the Ministry of Public Health to be able to address the public health aspects surrounding the environment in a timely manner along with ministerial partners and other relevant key stakeholders on environmental health matters.

“While the Ministry of VROMI works on their Integrated Waste Management plan, some of the conclusions from this workshop will assist VROMI in setting standards and parameters for air quality and pollution that will be incorporated in the terms of reference for the Integrated Waste Management plans and any interim solution,” stated Minister Emil Lee.

There will also be field visits to the landfills on the Dutch and French sides where information related to the waste collection systems and recycling programs will be collected.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Section Transportation that falls under the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), hereby notifies all concerned, that as of May 1st, 2017, driver’s license candidates will sit exams on two separate days instead of one.

The aforementioned has already been discussed with the Driving Schools, and they have also been provided with copies of the law.   

The theoretical part of the examination will be carried out on one day while the practical part will be carried out on another day.

The change came about after a review of the examination process.  Driver’s license candidates will have more time to focus on the theoretical part of the examination after giving them a day to fully focus on how to apply the traffic rules of the land.

Another forthcoming change, the current theoretical exam is done orally, and preparations are underway to change this where the examination will be done digitally in the English and Dutch languages.  

Section Transportation has been working with the Driving Schools and this should be implemented in the third quarter of 2017.

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten will be represented at the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) 16th CSA Executives Conference (CSEC) that is being held in collaboration with the Curacao Ports Authority in Curacao from May 8 to May 10.

CSEC will bring together shipping executives, industry leaders, port authorities and renowned speakers who will be addressing topics such as value deployment; cyber security; inspection and compliance; air freight shipping; Caribbean Maritime Business Opportunities; and CARIBMEPA.

Port St. Maarten is looking forward to meeting with colleagues from the cargo terminal and shipping industry to exchange information and ideas essential to the development of the aforementioned sector, Port St. Maarten Cargo and Terminal Operations Manager Roger Lawrence said on Thursday.

Port St. Maarten’s transshipment cargo operations have grown to double digits when one looks at the 2015 and 2016 figures of 12 per cent; provisioning numbers have also grown over the same period with a 32.5 per cent increase; overall total throughput has increased by three per cent over the same period.  Growth for 2017 is expected to continue on a steady pace. 

“We must persist in looking at current trends within the market and ensuring that we continue to stay abreast of all changing dynamics within this industry.  By attending CSEC, as a port we are assured that we will be getting that information,” Port St. Maarten Cargo and Terminal Operations Manager Roger Lawrence added.

CSA was established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. Since then, the Association has become the voice of the region's shipping industry and a major regional forum in which matters relevant to the growth and development of Caribbean shipping are discussed.

The CSA represents its membership in relevant regional hemispheric groupings, associations and organizations - governmental, multilateral and private sector; and maintains Observer status with leading Caribbean multilateral bodies CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States.

Caribbean Shipping Association represents private and public sector interests across the entire Caribbean area, including South, Central and North American ports; in all four major language groups - English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. The CSA uses English as its official language.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent plenary public session on May 5, 2017. The Minister Public Health, Social Development and of Labor will be present.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament, F.A. Meyers, T.E. Leonard, S.M. Bijlani, T.E. Heyliger and C.M.M. Connor, is a continuation of the meeting that started on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The urgent plenary public meeting will reconvene on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is:

Developments of the new hospital for Sint Maarten as well as current state of S.M.M.C. and health.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

GREAT BAY, St. Marteen — The St. Maarten Carnival has just ended but music is still in the Caribbean air. And music will be critically highlighted at the St. Martin Book Fair, June 1 – 3, 2017, said Shujah Reiph, the literary festival director.

“The music workshop will be conducted by Dr. Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, who will present reggaetón in what could be a revolutionary way compared to how we generally think of, rap along with, or dance to this popular music originating in the Caribbean,” said Lasana M. Sekou, a book fair co-founder with Reiph.

Dr. Rivera-Rideau comes with her highly recommended book Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico. Along with her examination of the racial politics of the Latin urban music scene, Dr. Rivera-Rideau’s ongoing research on popular music and society is very significant to the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America understanding themselves and each other, said Sekou.

Dr. Rivera-Rideau is also the co-editor with Jennifer A. Jones and Tianna S. Paschel of Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas. The assistant professor of American Studies at Wellesley College holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

The interactive reggaetón presentation will add to the series of well-attended music workshops hosted by the St. Martin Book Fair since 2003, at the University of St. Martin (USM), said Reiph.

Music history, writing songs, analyzing lyrics, judging calypsos, how sexual content in contemporary songs affect St. Martin children are areas covered over the years in pan, kaiso, hip hop, and reggae workshops by experts and artists such as Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool (Trinidad & Tobago), Michaela Angela Davis (USA), Isidore “Mighty Dow” York (St. Martin), Kwame Dawes (USA), and Dr. Carolyn Cooper (Jamaica).

“I’m very excited about Dr. Petra Rivera’s contribution to our book fair for the entire family,” said Reiph. “Her presentation will definitely boost our understanding, skills, and enjoyment of another Caribbean music that is taking the world by storm.”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – St. Maarten’s general pension fund administrator, APS, will feature four main topics during its seminar, to be held on May 19 upcoming.

The seminar will be held with the theme ‘Your Future is Our Day to Day’ at the Maho Room of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. The event starts at 1.30 p.m. and ends with a cocktail hour at 5.00 p.m.

The seminar will provide APS with an opportunity to elucidate on matters it considers of importance to participants of the fund. This as response to the feedback of the fund’s participants, regarding the communication strategy of the APS. This seminar will serve as a platform which brings all together in a setting where information can be shared and exchanged.

With the seminar, the general pension fund endeavors to convey its commitment to participants, that APS hears their concerns and that it responds to client needs.

Important to the pension fund is that client’s concerns and questions are ultimately considered in future communication strategies.

“We would like to leave our participants with the feeling that they are very welcomed by us and that they can trust us”, says APS Director, Nadya van Putten.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Steps are now being taken to establish an Assets Recovery Team on St. Maarten. This was disclosed by the Communication’s Officer at the Prosecution Department, Norman Serphos during a media meeting held at Holland House Thursday morning.

This is being done in collaboration with the government of St. Maarten and the Prosecutor’s Department.

According to Serphos, the Recovery Team is a team that is already active on Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and the Prosecutor’s Department is now implementing the institution on St. Maarten.

“It’s a team consisting of members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Police of St. Maarten, Customs of St. Maarten, the Coast Guard and the Tax Office,” Serphos told members of the media.

 The sole purpose of the team is to seize property that people have gain during the years through means of illegal activities.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be partial road closures on Thursday, May 4 in connection with Memorial Day March via Back and Front Street.

The temporary closure is scheduled to take place from 3.20pm to 5.00pm. As soon as the march has passed, the streets will be re-opened for motorized traffic.

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