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National Alliance Congress 2016: Marlin and Jacobs returned as party leader and deputy

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 23:30

St. Maarten News —Members of the National Alliance has returned William Marlin and Silveria Jacobs as the leader and deputy leader respectfully with a unanimous vote at the party congress Sunday. The congress was held at the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa on Sunday.

Keynote speaker was Ralph Cantave, author and 2015 recipient of the President of Parliament Award. In his presentation he spoke of the difficulties that the island experienced following the passage of the hurricanes of 1995 and reminded the audience how quickly the island was restored and much better than ... Read more

USP introduces four new candidates

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 23:29

St. Maarten News —The United St. Maarten Party (USP) has added four more candidates to the party to contest the upcoming elections that are slated for September 26, 2016 and was introduced to the public at the party headquarters on Friday. The new candidates, some of whom have worked for government for a number of years, felt that the time is now for them to play their part and serve the people of the island.

Party leader Frans Richardson said that the USP “is not only about putting people on the list but also guiding them in the wa ... Read more

St. Maarten aviation on its way to category 1; Curaçao still unsuccessful

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 23:21

GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD—The awarding of an “Aerodrome Certificate” to Princess Juliana International Airport SXM by the Ministry of Transport, Economic Affairs, Tourism and Telecommunication (TEATT) announced recently in Sint Maarten is undoubtedly good news. It follows an audit by the St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority (SMCAA), assisted by its Dutch counterpart.

This means PJIA is in compliance with guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the National Decree Aviation Supervision. In short; the airpor ... Read more

“Memory, Identity, and Immortality in the Caribbean”

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 23:21

By Michela A. Calderaro

St. Maarten News —Caribbean literature has been gaining stature and critical attention beyond its territorial boundaries, not only in countries where people speak the Caribbean languages but also in such countries as my Italy.

In Italy the study of Caribbean literature, culture and histo ... Read more

MP De Weever calls for a compliance commissioner on integrity matters

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:46

St. Maarten News — Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever said he will be seeking political support for the institution of a compliance commission in light of the failed attempt to set up an integrity chamber on St. Maarten. The MP noted that integrity is a serious issue across the Kingdom of the Netherlands and he had proposed that a ... Read more

USP leader laments bureaucratic tax system

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:46

St. Maarten News  – We’ve been talking about the simplification of the tax system for too long and bureaucracy is killing us,” says Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Frans Richardson, adding that it is time to stop talking and tackle the tax structure which puts St. Maarten in disadvantageous competitive position. He also said that too much bureaucracy stifles innovation.

“Our tax structure puts us in a bad position to compete, does no ... Read more

Man sentenced for smuggling drugs on St. Barth’s ferry

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:45

St. Maarten News —A man residing on from French St. Martin has been sentenced to 24 months, 12 of which are suspended for his involvement in attempting to smuggle large quantities of marijuana and cocaine through a St. Barth’s ferry. Alexander Dorville, a 21-year-old resident was also sentenced on Wednesday to three year probation.

Dorville was arrested on June 14 by customs officials at Bobby’s Marina after he was found with 5.33 kilos of marij ... Read more

October 26 for Casa Blanca case

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:44

St. Maarten News —The infamous Casa Blanca case will be heard in court on October 26. The case involves the exploitation of women, deprivation of liberty and human trafficking at the brothel known as Casa Blanca in Oyster Pond. The decision to hear the case on that day was made in the court of First Instance. On November 16, Casa Blanca’s owner and three managers were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

The case has been seen as very instrumental in the government’s fight against human trafficking and was given special mention in ... Read more

Kim Sha Beach parking lot saga:  Dive shop wins case to have establishment removed by government

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:43

St. Maarten News —The judge in the Court of First Instance has thrown out the case against the principals of Ocean Explorers NV which was initiated by the government of St. Maarten. Ocean Explorers NV has occupied the location for the last 39 years and was given just 14 days to remove their business from the location on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. The area that that the Ocean Explorers are occupying is part of the property that the government is expected to develop for the expansion of the parking area in Simpson Bay. The deadline they were given to move the business was seen as “an i ... Read more

Residents complain about: Flooding in Simpson Bay

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 22:43

St. Maarten News —“I have been begging the government for several years to have the flooding fixed that has existed between the Druggist in Simpson Bay and the restaurant on the other side of the alley,” said Simpson Bay resident Philip van Delden. He told Today that he has been in discussion with the Head of VROMI Claudius Buncamper and he has been promising to have the problem fixed to no avail.

However Mr. Buncamper told this newspaper that “to fix the problem is not as simple as it looks” because the Simpson Bay lagoon is higher than that part of the area. ... Read more

Killing the murderer of tourist. Was justice served?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:57

St. Maarten News – By Milton G Pieters —All lives matters is one of the mantras being widely discussed in the United States now in light of the current racial tension. That question could also be applied to the murder suspect in the Wendy Montulet killing, who was killed this past weekend in a Guadeloupe jail allegedly by inmates. The above mentioned headline is currently one of the hottest topics in the United States, but after the gruesome death of a French resident while in custody in a Guadeloupe jail, the big question on everyone’s minds is: was justice served or did ... Read more

Sarah Wescot: New hospital on gov’t’s agenda

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:56

St. Maarten News —The construction of a new hospital is one of several projects in the pipeline for the current government, according to President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams. At press conference yesterday, Mrs. Wescot-Williams explained that there will be an announcement of the names of the companies who have won the bid for the new hospital. “This is real progress as far as the realization of the new hospital for St. Maarten is concerned,” said Wescot-Williams. She mentioned that the time it took, demonstrates that putting up a pictur ... Read more

Hendrik Ekema kicks his way into the record books for St. Maarten

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:55

St. Maarten News—After winning two gold medals in the side and back kicking, Henderikus (EH) Ekema closed off the final day of the World Taekwondo championships with a bronze from a pool of 60 competitors. It has been six years since Ekema has not stepped into the ring, but in the months going into the championships, he had an incredible urge again this time to represent St. Maarten, the island which he has now made his home working a facility manager for the Government of St. Maarten since 2012.

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School Bus controls begin July 20

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:54

St. Maarten News —The Inspectorate of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEAT) has informed all School Bus Operators (SBOs) that the annual control of school buses commences on July 20, 2016 up to August 10th 2016. The inspection will be carried in conformance with Chapter IV of ... Read more

Strange shooting incident on Peppermint Drive

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:53

St. Maarten News—The Detective Department is presently investigating a shooting incident which took place on Thursday July 14th at approximately 1.00 p.m. A 34 year old female victim told detectives that she was called to her home on Peppermint Drive by a friend, who explained to her that an unknown person or persons had fired shots at her house. At her h ... Read more

UP MP Franklin Meyers blasts gov’t on GEBE

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:53

St. Maarten News—United People’s Party (UP) member of Parliament Franklin Meyers blasted the government for what he terms a mismanagement of power company GEBE in light of the latest string of power outages on the island. “This is unbelievable! The mismanagement of GEBE goes beyond party politics. It is affecting us all; the average citizen whose appliances are being damaged, businesses that are being hurt in an already damaged economy, residents that are planning their daily household chores, and even GEBE’s own employees are all affected by ... Read more

WINAIR’s 2015 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:51

St. Maarten News — The 2015 audited Financial Statements of WINAIR show that the airline registered a net profit of US$ 2,983,506.00. The airline hosted its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders at Claude Wathey Legislative Hall on July 13, 2016. Present were the shareholders represented by the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten and Dr. Rob Huyser – Director of Aviation at the Dutch Ministry of infrastructure and Milieu, Mr. Cor van ... Read more

PPA introduces new candidate Anique Liu

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 22:50

St. Maarten News —People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) leader Gracita Arrindell announced on Sunday that Anique Liu will be contesting the September 26 parliamentary elections. “We are pleased to have Anique join the P.P.A. team as we further prepare to contest the upcoming Parliament elections on September 26th. The first time Ms. Liu participated as a candidate, it was during the January 22nd 2010 last Federal Elections as candidate number 7,” Arrindell said. “Prior to 2010, P.P.A participated for the first time as a new party for the then Island Co ... Read more

Businesses suffer immensely from load shedding

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:37

St. Maarten News —Local businesses have been complaining of the constant loss of business which is due to the load shedding by the energy company GEBE. The business owners and residents we spoke to, did so under the condition of anonymity. “People are not even venturing to come to Philipsburg because of the blackouts that the communities have been experiencing over the last few weeks,” one business owner told Today.

Another entrepreneur commented that in the recent days of the load shedding, the island utility company has n ... Read more

Nature Foundation starts tagging endangered shark species on St. Maarten

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:32

St. Maarten News —The St. Maarten Nature Foundation initiated their shark tagging program as part of the DCNA Save Our Sharks project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. According to the Nature Foundation in a ... Read more