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Cft regrets “lack of constructive cooperation” reproach

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:16

Age Bakker: “Appeal does not suspend instruction”

St. Maarten – Financial supervisor Cft “regrets” that “in the vision of St. Maarten there is a lack of constructive cooperation by the Cft.” Chairman Prof. Dr. Age Bakker writes this in a letter to (now former) Minister of Finance Martin Hassink, dated October 26.

The letter is a reaction to a letter St. Maarten sent to the Cft about the draft 2015 budget amendment and about the instruction the Kingdom Council of Mi ... Read more

MP Johan Leonard about the cause of ship jumping: Our party leaders blatantly disrespect their members

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:12


Johan Leonard and Theo Heyliger MPwwwMP Heyliger is still smiling after the severe criticism from his fellow-faction member Johan Leonard (left). Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – The attitude of party leaders is the main reason for ship jumping, United Peopl ... Read more

People’s Progressive Alliance banned from 2016 elections

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:08


St. Maarten – The People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) of Don Hughes will not be allowed to contest the February 9 elections. This appears from a decision by the electoral council.

Already in the day Hughes came to the council’s offices on Back Street to register the party it appeared that there was a problem. The PPA is registered as a foundation and the electoral law stipulates that political parties must be registered as an association.

“Legal entities other than an association cannot be a political party and cannot be registered as such,” the counci ... Read more

Samuel and Richardson return to parliament

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:04


Samuel and Richardson - MPRodolphe Samuel and Hyacinth Richardson (third and second from right) wait to be sworn in. Photo Today / Milton Pieters


St. Maarten – Rodolphe Samuel and Hyacinth Richardson took the empty seats of National Alliance faction leader William ... Read more

UP-board slams coalition “The DP membership is in shambles”

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 22:01

St. Maarten – “History surely repeats itself and it seems more so in the formation of the coalition of eight,” United People’s Party (UP) President Sylvia Meyers said in a press statement on behalf of her party’s board yesterday. 

“Imagine the UP-led coalition was heavily criticized for not having a full council of min ... Read more

Lions take foster kids to the movies

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 21:59


Foster kidsFoster Kids and members of the St. Maarten Lions Club at the Caribbean Cinemas. Lion President Eldert Louisa is in the center. Photo contributed

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Fifth bomb threat paralyzes traffic to the Princess Juliana International airport (SXM/TNCM)

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:46


Police at air france departure - LBA police car blocks the road in Beacon Hill behind the runway as yesterday afternoon’s Air France flight prepares for takeoff. Photo Today / Leo Brown


St. Maarten – The fifth bomb threat within a year paralyzed traffic to and from th ... Read more

Women Entrepreneurship Day: Rena Amjad gets lifetime achievement award

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:15

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Linda Richardson (right) was one of the women who was recognized for her contributions to society. Photo Today / Andrew Bishop

St. Maarten – Managing Director of Motorworld Car dealership Rena Amjad received the Lifetime Achievement Award in her absence at the Queens Award ceremon ... Read more

Carnival foundation sets rules for local bands

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:06

The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and the islands local bands met last week to continue their new drive to foster closer ties. It was the fourth such meeting since the close of Carnival 2015.

The SCDF, in an effort to increase the recognition and participation of local bands in Carnival, has committed to doing its utmost to realize this goal with the cooperation of the bands. The foundation “recognizes that increasing support for the bands will not happen overnight and a minds ... Read more

Former Minister Ernest Sams: “This country still has great potential”

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:03


Sams cabinetSt. Maarten – “My brief term in office has been an accelerating learning experience as well as one of recognizing that there is an urgent need for Government to restructure and optimize its organ ... Read more

Position airport director Labega under pressure

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 23:05


LabegaManaging director Regina Labega at her desk at Princess Juliana International Airport. File photo SXM

Court rejects suspension of government-decision

St. Maarten – Starting tomorrow, Regina Labega is no longer authorized to function as the managing director of Princess Juliana International Airport, but it ... Read more

St. Maarten Day speeches focus on cooperation

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:57


Aline Hanson etc - LBFrom left: Collectivité President Aline Hanson, PréfÚte Délégué Anne Laubies, Governor EugÚne Holiday, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, Chief Inspector Denise Jacobs, Franklin Richards, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams, MP Cornelius de Weever, Justice Minister Dennis Richardson and Education Mini ... Read more

SXM Airways gets support from parliamentarians

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:48


rolando brisonSXM Airways Managing Director Rolando Brison during his presentation to Parliament. Photo contributed

Upstart airline SXM Airways received encouraging words of support from Members of Parliament on Tues ... Read more

Conference gets to the roots of mental illness

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:44


mental health conferenceWorkshop at the mental health conference in progress. Photo contributed

Belair, St. Maarten – The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) facilitated a resonating conference on community and person-centered treatment planning at the Belair Community Centre last Thursday and ... Read more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Queen Awards at the Blue Mall next week

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:36

St. Maarten – In 2014, the United Nations officially recognized November 19 as Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Under the leadership of activist Wendy Diamond the Women Entrepreneurship Day Foundation has identified ambassadors all over the world to further its mission of celebrating, empowering, and supporting women entrepreneurs.

St. Maarten joins this global movement of more than 140 countries as part of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Caribbean which supports seventeen c ... Read more

Hospital made millions from heroin

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:00

AMSTERDAM – The Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam has for years made millions of euros profit from the production of heroin under license from the health ministry, according to a new book. The claims are made by two Parool and NRC journalists in a new book tracking the rise and fall of the hospital and its controversial former owner Aysel Erbudak. The heroin is made by a limited company owned by the hospital and is supplied to a group of some 750 addicts under medical supervision. The ministry paid €3 mi ... Read more

Prospective buyers take Sapphire owners to court

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 20:50

Prospective buyers take Sapphire owners to court

St. Maarten – A $10 million deal to purchase the Sapphire Beach Club in Cupecoy from Jean and Philippe Verdier threatens to go horribly wrong for Bruno Sitbon, his wife and two daughters. The family made a $600,000 down payment on the property under a preliminary purchase agreement and spent $300,000 on renovations but when this agreement expired on September 5 of last year, the Verdiers called off the deal and kept the down payment.

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Seven new political parties report for 2016 elections

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 20:48

St. Maarten – An astonishing number of seven new political parties reported to the offices of the Electoral Council yesterday to submit their request to be registered for the February 9 elections. Among them is the St. Maarten Christian Party, led by Pastor Wycliffe smith. On the other hand, the party of European Dutch residents did not show up, reportedly because they did not have enough time to prepare their documentation.

With the seven new parties – if they get all their formalities in order – the field for the elections will consist of eleven and possibly twelve parties. T ... Read more

Mr. Rude addresses crime

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 20:47

St. Maarten – SXM producer, entertainer and musician Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming teams up with singer songwriters Duane Stephenson and Ziggy Rankin to produce a single addressing the continuous climax of crime in the Caribbean.

The smooth vocals and thought-provoking lyrics of “Safe Inn Mi Yard” send a compelling message about the preservation of the Caribbean culture and natural way of life.

“The song “Safe Inna Mi Yard” is truly a voice for our times as it creates a call of action for us all to contribute and do all we can to ensure crime is and remains a ... Read more

Calypsonian The Mighty Magic gets lifetime award in Trinidad

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 01:17


magic_calypso_awardElias Rampersad showing his calypso life time achievement award. Photo Today

St. Maarten – Elias Rampersad also known as The Mighty Magic, who was a member of the famous calypso group the Troubadours and wrote the well known calypso song Obey The Highway Code, was awarded by The Trinb ... Read more