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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

Male and female patients placed in the same ward at St. Maarten Hospital

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:10

St. Maarten News —It has become quite obvious that the St. Maarten Medical Center is in dire need of space for patients since they are currently placing male and female patients in the same ward. When the institution was contacted, they informed this newspaper that they need to get the questions submitted to them on this issue in writing before they can give a comment on the issue.

The former United People’s Party leader Theo Heyliger had said in his campaign during the last elections that he would have had the new hospital built urgently. He also had plans to ensure that the ... Read more

Financial consultant: More can be done to help St. Maarten’s youth

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:09

St. Maarten News—A financial consultant who has been visiting St. Maarten for several years, is concerned with the lack of opportunities for young people here. Albert White is a domestic and international business strategist in Maryland, USA and has been visiting St. Maarten for several years. He suggested that the people of the island, particularly young people are not benefiting from the economic growth and many of them are leaving St. Maarten as a result. “You can see the young people leaving the island and goi ... Read more

Bloem: St. Maarten Government has no good will for sex industry

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:07

St. Maarten News —“Government is targeting the sex industry and not acknowledging their own responsibility,” said attorney at law Jairo Bloom who is representing the Adult Entertainment clubs on the island. The government and brothel owners have been at loggerheads in recent months, with the government putting a stop on issuing work and resident permits for sex workers. The decision is putting a strain on business for brothels, forcing them to seek legal representation to address the issue. The government is mooting the idea of offering busines ... Read more

Contractors and builders advised on hurricane preparedness plans

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 21:06

St. Maarten News—Authorities are urging contractors and builders to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their construction sites in the event of a hurricane threat to the country. The authorities in a press release said every effort should be made to be prepared in the event of a threat. “Contractors and home builders during severe weather are responsible for securing construction sites for the protection of the public, property and surrounding areas. Materials such as plywood, shingles, zinc, and other cons ... Read more

Man stabbed on Front Street while walking

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:51

St. Maarten News —Police are investigating the stabbing of a man while he was walking on Front Street Sunday. According to the police, the incident occurred on Sunday July 3rd at approximately 11:10 p.m. in the vicinity of the taxi-stand on the Cyrus Wathey Square opposite the Court House. According to the victim he was suddenly attacked from behind and stabbed in his right side. The victim saw someone running away but could n ... Read more

Gas station robbed at gunpoint

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:51


The SOL Gas Station on the Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard in Point Blanche. Photo/721 News

St. Maarten News – The Special Unit Robbery is investigating an armed robbery at the Sol Gas Station on the Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard in Point Blanche on Monday. According to police, the victim/gas-attendant ... Read more

MP Marlin-Romeo: No political games with pensions

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:48

St. Maarten News — Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin Romeo said political games must not be played on issues such as the nation’s pension fund.

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WIB Supports “Back to School Drive”

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:47

Student Ki-Mani Olivacce and Ms. Sandra Marling (WIB’s Marketing assistant)

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GEBE says efforts being made to supply stable power

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:45

St. Maarten News – Public utilities company NV GEBE has assured the public every effort is being made to have all issues resolved and supply stable and consistent electricity. In a press release from NV GEBE stated that three engines that provide a total of 18 Megawatt of power are being repaired and or overhauled. Engine #17 overhaul should be completed by this weekend. Presently, engine #12 intake valve was damaged and is being repaired and engine #7 that was damaged by a fire is awaiting parts that has a delivery time of about ten weeks.

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Tzu Chi volunteers visit seniors at St. Martin Home

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 23:44


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A Tzu Chi volunteer interacting with a client.

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