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Not a very welcoming sight

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:29

page5e257It is not a very welcoming sight at the Belvedere/Belle Plaine border point with tattered Dutch and St. Maarten flags fluttering in the wind. A redeeming fact is the French flag is in a good state. Also on the Dutch side of the border the "Welcome to St. Maarten" sign looks limp on the roadside. It was damaged by Hurricane Gonzalo in October 2014, and no repairs have been completed. (John Halley phot ... Read more

St. Maarten advised to object to Sanction Law

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:18

PHILIPSBURG--Parliament's Permanent Committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations has been advised by legal expert Ralph Richardson to object to the draft kingdom law regulating sanctions imposed by the European Union.

Richardson gave his advice in a meeting of the committee in Parliament House on Monday morning. He said if St. Maarten agrees to the kingdom law, the country "will no longer have the possibility to say anything about sanctions imposed."

St. Maarten will just have to take over EU sanctions with "no freedom of choice." He used the example of a sa ... Read more

TelEm: Internet interruption due to ‘malicious cyber attack’

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:16

POND ISLAND--The TelEm Group says Monday's five-hour interruption of its high-speed Internet service was due to a "malicious cyber attack."

The company said in a press release Monday night that it had traced the interruption in its high speed ADSL Internet service to "malicious hackers who directed a cyber attack aimed at bringing down the Internet service provider (ISP) network."

Logs reviewed by technicians showed "unusual activity" from one particular IP address Monday afternoon with increasing broadcasts from the same IP address for a number of hours until the network was ... Read more

Family: Do not use autistic pupil as poster boy for teachers’ strife

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:13

~ 'Autism, delinquency two very separate issues' ~

PHILIPSBURG--The family of the fourteen-year-old Prins Willem Alexander School (PWAS) for Special Education pupil who was taken to the Philipsburg police station on Wednesday for hitting a teacher in the face with a rock is concerned that the boy, who suffers from autism, is being used wrongly as a poster child for delinquent behaviour in public schools.

Teachers have pulled together in solidarity and emergency meetings were called by Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) as a result of three attacks by pupils in three separa ... Read more

Integrity Chamber draft law to Council of State

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:11

THE HAGUE--The Council of State has received a request for advice on the draft resolution to establish an Integrity Chamber for St. Maarten via a so-called General Measure of the Kingdom Government ("Algemene Maatregel van Rijksbestuur" AMvRB).

The Council of State (Raad van State), which is the highest advisory organ of governments in the Dutch Kingdom, on Monday confirmed the receipt of the request for advice on the draft resolution regarding integrity of the St. Maarten Government. The draft resolution was stated on the list of requests for advice published on the Council's websit ... Read more

Teen, Senior Queen contestants vie for points in Speech, Cultural Wear

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:25

page10a256PHILIPSBURG--Twelve Teen and Senior Carnival Queen Pageant contestants modelled impressive custom cultural wear and motivated their opinions on independence and diversity in front of a jam-packed conference room at Sonesta Great Bay Resort on Sunday night.

The annual Speech and Cultural Wear competition proved a hit with the crowd, and was the first segment of the overall pageant. Points gai ... Read more

St. Maarten to be featured on HGTV’s ‘Caribbean Life’

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:22

COLE BAY--St. Maarten/St. Martin again will be the featured destination on "Caribbean Life," a series on the popular North American Home and Garden Television (HGTV) on Sunday, March 29. The new episode premieres at 9:30pm and re-airs on Monday, March 30, at 12:30am.

St. Maartener and Island Real Estate Team owner Arun Jagtiani is the featured realtor, as in the previous episode. He will help a couple from Washington DC find a home and return to their roots in St. Martin to start a business and a new life. The couple, Tiana and Sega, have since set up their business Share X Mobility ... Read more

Lake debunks talk about breaking UP

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:20

PHILIPSBURG--"Untrue and baseless" is how United People's (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Maurice Lake described rampant "rumours" in the community about him being "involved in a plot to throw down government and send home the Cabinet of Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs."

Since Friday, there has been persistent talk that spun into blogs about Lake breaking with this party over differences. The MP, who is off island on family business, issued a press statement on Sunday afternoon debunking the rumours.

He wanted to make it "very clear" that he did not have any discussions about ... Read more

Tourist dies after falling

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:18

DAWN BEACH--A man died after falling and hitting his head on a rock at the entrance of Princess Heights Hotel in Dawn Beach, Saturday night.

A source stated that the victim was a tourist who had been driving his car despite being heavily intoxicated. He did not manage to drive his car up the hill at the junction of Oyster Pond Road and Princess Heights, so he got out of his car and continued on foot. However, shortly after getting out of his car he lost his balance and fell, hitting his head.

Despite paramedics being called to the scene, the man could not be revived.

St ... Read more

SXM Doet a success, nearly 500 volunteer

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 04:16

PHILIPSBURG--Some 494 volunteers on the island were mobilized to take part in around 37 projects all across St. Maarten, on March 20 and March 21, for SXM Doet the local leg of the kingdom-wide volunteer effort, in an effort to make St. Maarten a better place for everyone.

St. Maarten Zoo received additional manpower for its ongoing facelift. An army of volunteers flocked to the zoo in Madame Estate on both days to upgrade and paint the fence as part of SXM Doet. RBC Bank used the zoo project as a team-building opportunity and turned out in force with more than 35 volunteers.

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De Weever, Bosman face-to-face in court

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:15

page1a255   page1b255By Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE--In what can be called a historic case, Members of Parliament Cornelius de Weever of St. Maarten and André Bosman of the Netherlands faced each othe ... Read more

De Weever, Bosman face-to-face in court

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:15

page1a255   page1b255By Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE--In what can be called a historic case, Members of Parliament Cornelius de Weever of St. Maarten and André Bosman of the Netherlands faced each othe ... Read more

Inspectorate on the lookout for recalled Kraft products

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:14

PHILIPSBURG--Although Kraft Foods Group has informed St. Maarten's Inspectorate of Public Health that the batch of recalled macaroni and cheese products were not exported to St. Maarten, the Inspectorate's Food Safety division "will still be on the lookout" for the items in local mini-markets and supermarkets as a precautionary measure.

Inspector General Dr. Earl Best said in a brief press release on Friday that the recall only applies to macaroni and cheese 7.25-ounce boxes of the original flavour of Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner. With "use by" date of September 18, 2015-Oct 11, ... Read more

Inspectorate on the lookout for recalled Kraft products

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:14

PHILIPSBURG--Although Kraft Foods Group has informed St. Maarten's Inspectorate of Public Health that the batch of recalled macaroni and cheese products were not exported to St. Maarten, the Inspectorate's Food Safety division "will still be on the lookout" for the items in local mini-markets and supermarkets as a precautionary measure.

Inspector General Dr. Earl Best said in a brief press release on Friday that the recall only applies to macaroni and cheese 7.25-ounce boxes of the original flavour of Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner. With "use by" date of September 18, 2015-Oct 11, ... Read more

Port St. Maarten receives best cruise port destination award

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:18

page10b254Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Claret Connor (left) receives a plaque from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. President and Chief Operations Officer Adam Goldstein (right).

 

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Port St. Maarten receives best cruise port destination award

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:18

page10b254Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Claret Connor (left) receives a plaque from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. President and Chief Operations Officer Adam Goldstein (right).

 

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Zaandam, McKenzie-Tatem to sit in Statia Island Council

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:40

ST. EUSTATIUS--United People’s Coalition (UPC) leader Reginald Zaandam will sit in St. Eustatius’ new Island Council following Wednesday’s election. He will hold his party’s only seat. The other four seats in the council are shared equally by Progressive Labour Party (PLP) led by Clyde van Putten and Democratic Party (DP) St. Eustatius led by Adelka Spanner.

While Rueben Merkman received 104 personal votes, the highest on the UPC slate, Statia’s elec ... Read more

Zaandam, McKenzie-Tatem to sit in Statia Island Council

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:40

ST. EUSTATIUS--United People’s Coalition (UPC) leader Reginald Zaandam will sit in St. Eustatius’ new Island Council following Wednesday’s election. He will hold his party’s only seat. The other four seats in the council are shared equally by Progressive Labour Party (PLP) led by Clyde van Putten and Democratic Party (DP) St. Eustatius led by Adelka Spanner.

While Rueben Merkman received 104 personal votes, the highest on the UPC slate, Statia’s elec ... Read more

School parades for Feast of St. Joseph

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:04

page6b254PHILIPSBURG--St. Joseph School pupils paraded through Philipsburg with colourful balloons, handmade banners and headpieces in honour of past principals, to the beat of drum bands for the celebration of "The Feast of St. Joseph" Thursday morning.

Pupils, staff, and management were joined by other Catholic school managers for the celebration, commencing with mass at the St. Martin of Tours Churc ... Read more

School parades for Feast of St. Joseph

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:04

page6b254PHILIPSBURG--St. Joseph School pupils paraded through Philipsburg with colourful balloons, handmade banners and headpieces in honour of past principals, to the beat of drum bands for the celebration of "The Feast of St. Joseph" Thursday morning.

Pupils, staff, and management were joined by other Catholic school managers for the celebration, commencing with mass at the St. Martin of Tours Churc ... Read more