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Editorial: Clarion Call (University of St. Maarten needs attention)

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:57

Member of Parliament Maurice Lake will ask today some attention for the University of St. Martin – a call that is long overdue.

That the university has been struggling for years to make ends meet is no secret to anybody. It is also no secret that successive government have make all kinds of demands on USM over the years but when it came to funding sorely needed courses, there was nobody home at Clem Labega Square.

We have no illusion that all this will suddenly change because one MP is drawing attention to the fact that the government finally has to take the university serio ... Read more

Diamond Resorts wins verdict worth $100,000 – Court orders whole-owner out of Royal Palm condo

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:52

St. Maarten – Diamond Resorts Palm Management booked an interesting court victory against Amazing Grace A.V.V. – a company established in 1991 in Aruba, but with an address on Back Street in Philipsburg. After a legal battle that began on June 9, 2011, when Diamond voided the lease agreement with Amazing Grace, the resort stands to collect more than $80,000 in compensation for unpaid maintenance fees for an apartment at the Royal Palm Beach Resort in Simpson Bay. Amazing Grace furthermore has to pay more than $22,000 in legal costs; Diamond does not have to refund the more than $35 ... Read more

Gracita Arrindell candidate for Dutch Council of State

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:48

St. Maarten –Drs. Gracita Arrindell is a candidate to fill the position for St. Maarten at the Council of State in The Hague, the former president of parliament confirmed to this newspaper on Saturday. The appointment has not yet been formally announced.

Arrindell would succeed Dennis Richardson who sat on the council until he was appointed minister of justice in the third Wescot-Williams cabinet in 2013. Richardson said shortly after he became a minister that his intention was to return to the Council of State after the 2014 elections. He was however reappointed to his department ... Read more

Heineken Regatta launches Crew Forum

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:46

St. Maarten – The Regatta organization has announced the launch of the new and improved Crew Forum that brings together skippers, crew, individual sailors and boats and ensures that everyone has a chance at joining this year’s 35th anniversary of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Skippers who are looking for crew or sailors who want to offer their skills are encouraged to sign up to the forum

The Crew Forum is a place where every boat can find crew. Many entrants are still looking for competent crewmembers to fill the final positions on board. Of course, ther ... Read more

Caribbean Jazz summit at Port de Plaisance

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:43

St. Maarten – Under the title A Caribbean Jazz Summit Christian Amour’s Sas Smart Prod presents a concert on Saturday at Port de Plaisance with “two of the finest musicians on the jazz planet:” Mario Canonge, a piano player from Martinique and New York-born steelpan player Andy Narell.

Both musicians have a rich discography and they play together in the Caribbean jazz quartet Sakesho with Jean Philippe Fanfant and Michel Alibo.

This Saturday evening, under the tent at Port de Plaisance, Canonge plays with the CAB-trio – CAB standing for Caribbean – Africa – Braz ... Read more

First consular corps reception – Governor Holiday calls on consuls for cooperation

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:41

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugùne  Holiday received members of the consular corps during a reception dubbed Strengthening Ties at Sheer restaurant on Front Street on Friday evening. Currently, there are seventeen established consulates, with five resident consults in St. Maarten.

“In an increasingly globalized world strong ties between countries are critical to foster the interests and aspirations of our citizens,” the governor said. “That is because strong ties are the bedrock of effective partnerships and cooperation. In the case of most of our countries, ties have been ... Read more

MP Lake wants more money for university

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:40

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Maurice Lake has submitted a list of points for the plan of action of the permanent parliamentary committee for education, culture, youth and sports. The committee will meeting today to discuss a draft a plan of action for 2015.

Lake suggests that the government recognizes the University of St. Martin. He also wants to strengthen the USM’s hospitality program and revisit the subsidy agreement for the university. Lake is also looking for options to bring more students to USM. He furthermore wants to improve the inventive policy for retu ... Read more

Police fire warning shot at fleeing burglars

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 01:38

St. Maarten – A police officer fired a warning shot early Saturday morning during the chase of two men who are suspected of burglarizing the Tattoo Parlor on Back Street. Officers arrested a 23-year-old suspect; the second man is still on the lam.

The report about a suspected burglary at the Tattoo Parlor came in at 2.55 a.m. on Saturday. Officers heard people running though the building that is currently under construction. When the burglars realized that the police was on site, one man jumped from the third floor down and ran away together with a second man. During the chase, on ... Read more

Editorial: Not good enough (steps to prevent drugs smuggling in luggage of unsuspecting InselAir travellers)

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:10

Reports that employees at the airport may be involved in smuggling illegal drugs in the luggage of unsuspecting InselAir passengers is alarming and not just for the obvious reason. If such unscrupulous employees are able to get drugs in the airport and onto the airplane, this suggests that despite all the stringent checks passengers must undergo since 9-11 there is still a loop hole for trouble to occur if airport employees are not subjected to equally strict security checks. It is encouraging that steps are taking place to prevent further cases of drugs being smuggled in passengers’ lugg ... Read more

Opinion: Mark Mingo Must First Provide Answers!

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:07

The Today newspaper of January 20, 2014 reported that Mark Mingo will be departing from the Harbour Group of Companies, where he held the position of CEO.  The article further mentioned that he did not say what his next job will be.

·         Mr. Mark Mingo however leaves behind a whole heap of unanswered questions described in the PWC report. A number of potential integrity breaches were identified relating to a St. Maarten owned Company at one of our ports of entry. (These major ports of entry are managed by Ms. Labega (P.J.I.A.) by Mr. Mingo (SMPA) or could they also mea ... Read more

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:02

GREATBAY/THE CARIBBEAN— Caribbean students and industry professionals are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) so they can pursue higher education or professional development in the tourism and hospitality field. Scholarships are awarded with support from CHTAEF sponsors including Virgin Holidays, Interval International, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Johnson & Wales University and Florida International University.

CHTAEF is accepting applic ... Read more

InselAir to adapt stringent measures (after discovering someone is placing drugs in their passenger’s luggage)

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:58

St. Maarten —InselAir is taking actions to find the persons involved in placing illegal drugs in the baggage of their passengers after their bags have been checked and director of the company Edward Heerenveen said once these persons are found the full extent of the law will be brought to force. He said that in light of the recent incidents the airport has introduced more stringent security measures and customs have put even more vigorous screening measures in place.

Heerenveen explained that although it’s very expensive the company is currently considering employing their own p ... Read more

Making rain: can technology drought-proof the Caribbean?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:57

St. Maarten – An article with the above headline appeared in the UK newspaper the Guardian and discussed what the author views as “a critical problem” for many of the regions territories. Below is the article in its entirety.

“To mention the Caribbean is to conjure up images of sun, sand and sea. Yet the island region’s reputation for crystalline blue waters washes over a critical problem for many of its 30 territories: water scarcity.

Hard as it might be to believe, water-related risks in picture-postcard Caribbean islands such as Saint Lucia, Barbados, Antigua ... Read more

DHL making moves to strengthen its position in the Caribbean

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:56

St. Maarten – DHL Express, the industry leader in global logistics solutions, is making moves to assert its position in the Caribbean market. The company held its first Caribbean ‘Area Conference’ at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino in St. Maarten from February 10- 12. The three-day conference brought together over forty DHL Executives and Managers responsible for a number of areas critical to DHL’s Caribbean operations.

Speaking on the company’s decision to host the conference in St. Maarten, Reiner Wolfs, Managing Director of the Caribbean Region at DHL Expres ... Read more

Regal Princess returns for medical emergency

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:55

St. Maarten —Shortly after its scheduled departure from St. Maarten’s port at 6:00pm yesterday, the Regal Princess cruise ship had to return for an unscheduled call after one of the passengers became seriously ill.

The cruise ship was reportedly just outside St. Maarten when it was realized that the passenger had become seriously ill and needed more treatment than could be had on the ship at the time. The ship returned to the port and the emergency service personnel loaded the passenger into the ambulance and sped away to the hospital. The condition of the passenger was not know ... Read more

Sonesta Great Bay team gets exceptional employee engagement recognition 

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:54

St. Maarten -Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino and Spa hit a number of major award milestones in 2014. One of the latest recognition comes from Sonesta International – the award for exceptional employee engagement.

The award was announced at the recent Sonesta Global Conference in Philadelphia, United States. This award followed after many achievements in 2014, including the Leading Resort of 2014 recognition, “AAA three diamond” award, and Groupon Getaways Guest Favorite Resort Award. All awards are reflection of the commitment and team work exhibited by Sonesta Great Bay ... Read more

MP Ronald van Raak says he doesn’t think St. Maarten was ready for autonomy

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:53

St. Maarten – Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming-Artsen recently met with Dutch Second Chamber Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald van Raak where they exchanged views about developments on St. Maarten.

MP Ronald van Raak has been very outspoken with respect to developments in other parts of the Kingdom, in Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. “MP Van Raak during our meeting was very clear in his belief that St. Maarten was not ready to get autonomy in 2010 and his reactions come from this perspective. The MP is concerned about white collar crime and the casino sector, and he ... Read more

Tzu Chi entertains, treats at New Years/Valentines event  

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 05:45

GREATBAY – The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation entertained, educated and spread loving cheer to more than 120 of its members, volunteers, their family members and other guests at its Lunar New Year’s and Valentine’s Day event on Sunday, February 15. The event was held in an effort to thank the Foundation’s angels on earth (volunteers) for their volunteerism over the past calendar year and to pay homage to members, whose contributions help fuel the activities of the Foundation. Since it was held the day after Valentine’s Day, the Foundation also wanted to show the importance of ... Read more

The St. Kitts people have spoken: Denzil Douglas out after 20 years

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:09

BASSETERRE, ST Kitts—The winds of change have come to the people of the twin island state of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. In the hard fought election watched by people from around the region, the Virgin Islands and the International community, especially Canada and the United States, Team Unity, which is a coalition of three Opposition parties, swept to power in general elections held for the Federal Parliament on February 16, 2015.

Dr. The Honourable Timothy S. Harris is the new Prime Minister of the twin island state. Last effort by Dr Dougla ... Read more

Wescott-Williams: “New tax system cannot be introduced overnight”

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:07

St. Maarten —A new tax system cannot be introduced overnight, notes leader of the Democratic Party faction in Parliament MP Sarah Wescott-Williams, who said she intends to discuss this new tax system in a meeting with the Minister of Finance. MP Wescott-Williams pointed out that the need for introducing a new tax system has been in discussions for years but there must be consultations and there are a lot of different aspects to take into consideration.

While acknowledging that the new tax system cannot be introduced overnight, the DP leader said a start must be made. “I believe ... Read more