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New Marcel Gumbs Cabinet takes office

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:49

page3b180~ Governor issues challenge to unify people ~

PHILIPSBURG--"The greatest little country in the world" as St. Maarten has been described by its new Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, finally has a new Council of Ministers. Gumbs, a veteran politician, and the five other ministers were sworn in on Friday afternoon by Governor Eugene Holiday at his office.

The swearin ... Read more

New Marcel Gumbs Cabinet takes office

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:49

page3b180~ Governor issues challenge to unify people ~

PHILIPSBURG--"The greatest little country in the world" as St. Maarten has been described by its new Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, finally has a new Council of Ministers. Gumbs, a veteran politician, and the five other ministers were sworn in on Friday afternoon by Governor Eugene Holiday at his office.

The swearin ... Read more

Samenwerkende Fondsen gives mini-grants to 4 organisations

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:47

PHILIPSBURG--Four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have received small grants, up to NAf. 5,000, for special, social projects from Samenwerkende Fondsen.

Receiving the funds are Council of Cultural and Artistic Expressions (COCAAE) Drums, No Kidding with our Kids Foundation, St. Maarten Alliance for Equality (SAFE) and the Turning Point Foundation.

Urmay Dormoy of COCAAE said the funds give his drum group the "outlet" to do the job with his kids.

Merlyn Schaminee of No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation said the money will be used to replace the foundation's stove an ... Read more

Samenwerkende Fondsen gives mini-grants to 4 organisations

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:47

PHILIPSBURG--Four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have received small grants, up to NAf. 5,000, for special, social projects from Samenwerkende Fondsen.

Receiving the funds are Council of Cultural and Artistic Expressions (COCAAE) Drums, No Kidding with our Kids Foundation, St. Maarten Alliance for Equality (SAFE) and the Turning Point Foundation.

Urmay Dormoy of COCAAE said the funds give his drum group the "outlet" to do the job with his kids.

Merlyn Schaminee of No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation said the money will be used to replace the foundation's stove an ... Read more

InselAir celebrates first Guyana flight

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:45

SIMPSON BAY--Thursday, December 18, marked the date of InselAir's first flight from Curaçao to Guyana. The flights are available twice a week between Curaçao and Georgetown. The flight schedule is matched to InselAir flights from St. Maarten to Curaçao, so passengers have a smooth transit.

Members of various media houses joined InselAir Station Manager Alonzo Hassel and Minister of Transport Ted Richardson on the first flight to Guyana, via Curaçao.

The flight to Curaçao was slightly delayed, however, a small ceremony before the flight, which included cake, snacks and cha ... Read more

InselAir celebrates first Guyana flight

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:45

SIMPSON BAY--Thursday, December 18, marked the date of InselAir's first flight from Curaçao to Guyana. The flights are available twice a week between Curaçao and Georgetown. The flight schedule is matched to InselAir flights from St. Maarten to Curaçao, so passengers have a smooth transit.

Members of various media houses joined InselAir Station Manager Alonzo Hassel and Minister of Transport Ted Richardson on the first flight to Guyana, via Curaçao.

The flight to Curaçao was slightly delayed, however, a small ceremony before the flight, which included cake, snacks and cha ... Read more

Local Interpol participated in seizing 27.5 tonnes of drugs

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:45

PHILIPSBURG--Interpol St. Maarten participated in a regional operation subbed "Operation Lionfish2" which resulted in the seizure of more than 27.5 tonnes of drugs.

A press release from Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said more than 27.5 tonnes of drugs have been seized in Operation Lionfish 2, an Interpol-led initiative targeting the illicit trafficking of drugs and firearms by organised crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean. The seized drugs included cocaine, cannabis, XTC and heroin, with the cocaine haul valued at almost US $1.3 billion.

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Local Interpol participated in seizing 27.5 tonnes of drugs

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:45

PHILIPSBURG--Interpol St. Maarten participated in a regional operation subbed "Operation Lionfish2" which resulted in the seizure of more than 27.5 tonnes of drugs.

A press release from Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said more than 27.5 tonnes of drugs have been seized in Operation Lionfish 2, an Interpol-led initiative targeting the illicit trafficking of drugs and firearms by organised crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean. The seized drugs included cocaine, cannabis, XTC and heroin, with the cocaine haul valued at almost US $1.3 billion.

Drawin ... Read more

FBO facility at SXM Airport goes on bid

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:44

AIRPORT--Five contractors have been invited to submit bids for the construction of the new fixed base operation (FBO) facility at SXM Princess Juliana International Airport, a company press release informed recently.

An information meeting was held with the contractors December 19, 2014, and they have to submit their bids by January 13, 2015. This tender process is in line with SXM Airport's procurement policy, which, in this case, is by invited bidding. Four of the five invited contractors are local, while the fifth is from Curaçao.

The location for the new FBO facility is w ... Read more

FBO facility at SXM Airport goes on bid

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:44

AIRPORT--Five contractors have been invited to submit bids for the construction of the new fixed base operation (FBO) facility at SXM Princess Juliana International Airport, a company press release informed recently.

An information meeting was held with the contractors December 19, 2014, and they have to submit their bids by January 13, 2015. This tender process is in line with SXM Airport's procurement policy, which, in this case, is by invited bidding. Four of the five invited contractors are local, while the fifth is from Curaçao.

The location for the new FBO facility is w ... Read more

Temporary dirt road to ease traffic congestion

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:37

page6a179PHILIPSBURG--The ring road has been transformed into a temporary one-way dirt road which will accommodate the outflow of traffic from Philipsburg for the busy holiday season. The entrance is near the Salt Pickers Roundabout at the section previously barricaded by yellow boulders, and the exit near Air Lekkerbek, both connecting to Walter Nisbeth Road.

Police Officers were in the area between 5 ... Read more

Temporary dirt road to ease traffic congestion

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:37

page6a179PHILIPSBURG--The ring road has been transformed into a temporary one-way dirt road which will accommodate the outflow of traffic from Philipsburg for the busy holiday season. The entrance is near the Salt Pickers Roundabout at the section previously barricaded by yellow boulders, and the exit near Air Lekkerbek, both connecting to Walter Nisbeth Road.

Police Officers were in the area between 5 ... Read more

MPs will propose review of Dutch nationality rescinding

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:36

PHILIPSBURG--The rescinding of the Dutch nationality of a number of people in the Dutch Caribbean due to administrative errors, and the subsequent statelessness of those persons as well as their children and in some instances grandchildren, is an issue Members of Parliament (MPs) want on the table for the Inter-Parliamentary Affairs Contact Meeting IPOK in Aruba January 6-9.

Parliament's Permanent Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Affairs and Kingdom Relations met in Parliament House on Thursday afternoon to review the draft agenda and preparations for the meeting of members of the P ... Read more

MPs will propose review of Dutch nationality rescinding

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:36

PHILIPSBURG--The rescinding of the Dutch nationality of a number of people in the Dutch Caribbean due to administrative errors, and the subsequent statelessness of those persons as well as their children and in some instances grandchildren, is an issue Members of Parliament (MPs) want on the table for the Inter-Parliamentary Affairs Contact Meeting IPOK in Aruba January 6-9.

Parliament's Permanent Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Affairs and Kingdom Relations met in Parliament House on Thursday afternoon to review the draft agenda and preparations for the meeting of members of the P ... Read more

Dutch PM agrees to change health bill to prevent government collapse

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:35

AMSTERDAM--Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to Parliament late Thursday that his party would revise a health bill that was blocked in the senate, potentially staving off the collapse of his fragile centre-right coalition government.

Earlier on Thursday Rutte was forced to pull out of an EU summit to deal with a mounting political crisis over the bill, which has highlighted a deep divide between his Liberal party and the left-of-centre Labour, with which he shares power.

Emergency talks throughout the day in The Hague failed to resolve a deadlock triggered by th ... Read more

Dutch PM agrees to change health bill to prevent government collapse

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:35

AMSTERDAM--Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to Parliament late Thursday that his party would revise a health bill that was blocked in the senate, potentially staving off the collapse of his fragile centre-right coalition government.

Earlier on Thursday Rutte was forced to pull out of an EU summit to deal with a mounting political crisis over the bill, which has highlighted a deep divide between his Liberal party and the left-of-centre Labour, with which he shares power.

Emergency talks throughout the day in The Hague failed to resolve a deadlock triggered by th ... Read more

Dutch finance loan for Emilio Wilson Estate

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:33

THE HAGUE--The Dutch government has integrally signed a Country St. Maarten loan of NAf. 30.7 million to purchase Emilio Wilson Estate.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament of this fact by means of a letter earlier this week.

Plasterk explained that St. Maarten had issued a bond loan on November 21, 2014, for which the Netherlands registered, in conformance with the procedure described in the Kingdom Law on Financial Supervision. By law, the Netherlands has to subscribe to bond loans once the C ... Read more

Dutch finance loan for Emilio Wilson Estate

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:33

THE HAGUE--The Dutch government has integrally signed a Country St. Maarten loan of NAf. 30.7 million to purchase Emilio Wilson Estate.

Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk informed the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament of this fact by means of a letter earlier this week.

Plasterk explained that St. Maarten had issued a bond loan on November 21, 2014, for which the Netherlands registered, in conformance with the procedure described in the Kingdom Law on Financial Supervision. By law, the Netherlands has to subscribe to bond loans once the C ... Read more

US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:42

page1a178HAVANA/WASHINGTON--The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of ... Read more

US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:42

page1a178HAVANA/WASHINGTON--The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of ... Read more