St. MaartenÂ â Churches, government and schools are in uproar about the latest internet hype: the Charlie Charlie Challenge. Described as a âdemonic gameâÂ by some and âpretty lame and boringâ by others it has nevertheless inspired churches to warn against the game while governments and schools have banned it, as if a trick with two pencils could cause irreparable damages. An overview of what is really going on.
Caitlin Dewey, who writes about internet culture for the Washington Post dissected the urban myth that popped up around the Charlie Charlie Challenge ... Read more
St. Maarten â The Electoral Council has fined Frans Richardsonâs United St. Maarten party (USp) for failing to submit financial reports. The fine is 1,000 guilders for each day the violation continues, with a maximum of 30,000 guilders.
âDespite numerous reminders before and after the deadline for registered political parties to submit their annual reports before April 1, the United St. Maarten Party (USp) failed to submit its annual report and financial statements. Therefore, USP has not complied with one of the most important legal obligations of political parties stipulated ... Read more
Gebeâs Chief Operations Officer Romelio Maduro. Photo Gebe Facebook page
GREAT BAY- Gebe Chief Operations Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board Romelio Maduro will be at the helm of the company until 2017. The Council of Ministers extended his contract on Friday.
The shareholder representa ... Read more
Murder rate dataÂ distort reality
St. MaartenÂ â The Caribbean and Latin America together are the murder capital of the world. This appears from data collected by the Brazilian think tank IgarapĂ© Institute that runs the project homicide watch. About one third of all murders worldwide take place in Latin America and the Caribbean, while representing only 8 percent of the world population.
Fourteen countries from the top-20 of countries with the highest number of murders are in Latin America or the Caribbean, NRC Handelsblad reported this wee ... Read more
Police arrested five people this weekend for different violations – two for breaking identification laws and three for ill-treatment.
One of the suspects caught without identification had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The police report did not specify the charges against this person.
One of the ill-treatment cases involves two young women who had hot food thrown at them by a man who is now in custody.
The detective department is investigating all cases.... Read more
St. Maarten â Last Friday Inspectors Carlyle Rogers, Head of the Simpson Bay district and Ricardo Henson Head of the Public Relations and Communication Department received their promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector. Major Hensley Roumou who is a team leader at the Simpson Bay Police Station was promoted to the rank of Inspector.
Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte and acting chief carl John expressed in brief speeches their congratulations to all three officers and encouraged them to continue with the good work they are doing and to continue helping to build a bette ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ -Students generally were satisfied with the news that the St. Maarten Government will be terminating theÂ service level agreementÂ with St. Maarten Student Support Services S4 in the Netherlands effective July 1, 2015. Students contacted the Today Newspaper this weekend and expressed âjoy and reliefâ at the news. Student Timothy Colli told this newspaper that âyou work with S4 in the be ... Read more
St. Maarten/THE CARIBBEAN—Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the groupâs chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President FranĂ§ois Hollande. âFor the Bahamas, which has 80 percent of its land mass within one metre of mean sea level, climate change ... Read more
Saba – The investigation, with the code named Hector, of the young woman found dead on Saba on April 15, is in full swing. The investigation is the responsibility of the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office BES and the chief of the Dutch Caribbean Police Force. From the start of the investigation the Chief Public Prosecutor and the Chief of Police are in close contact with each other. The investigation team has been strengthened with investigators and specialists from the Recherche Samenwerkings Team (RST). As of next week the team will get support from the ... Read more
St. MaartenâInspections and investigations are still being carried out in the Oyster Pond area by the Vromi department to determine where exactly the sewerage running into the trench originates from, Vromi official Henry Ellis said in an invited comment.
Residents of Oyster Pond complained last week about the stench and health hazard posed by the sewerage running in the area. Residents contended that they contacted the Vromi department, but that nothing had been done. However Ellis explained that his department has visited the area and is busy conducting their investigations. This ... Read more
St. Maarten/USA—The first named storm for the year Ana, made an earlier than usual appearance over the weekend. The yearly active tropical period starts June 1st and lasts through the end of November. Since 1981, the average hurricane season consists of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major ones of Category 3 strength or 111 mph and greater winds. The storms tend to form in the Gulf of Mexico and far western Caribbean during June, July, the birthplaces spread east toward the Leeward Islands.
The August through September peak covers the gulf, Caribbean and the ... Read more
GREATBAY—St. Maarten AIDS Foundation and Scotiabank announced the launch of the annual Stronger Together/ Red Ribbon fundraising campaign for 2015. It is the ninth year that Scotiabank spearheads the fundraising effort for the benefit of the AIDS Foundation. The 2014 campaign fell just short of the annual goal of $100,000, reflecting a continuing challenge in fundraising both locally and internationally.
“Fundraising is always a challenge but recently we have seen it get tougher – it’s only through the goodwill of local supporters and in-kind donations that we ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ -A working and cooperation methodology where feedback and input would be sought from the Council of Advice on initiative laws thereby foregoing a long tedious process to get legislation approved, is the result of a recent meeting between Minister of TEATT Claret Connor and members of the High Council of State, the Council of Advice led by Vice Chairlady Mavis Brooks-Salmon. The meeting took place last week. Parties have reported a very good and extensive discussion on a number of issues.
Minister Connor presented his vision and plans related to his ministry ... Read more
St. Maarten âA number of road repair and upgrading projects are currently being carried out by the infrastructure department of the Vromi Ministry including the patching of roads and the hard surfacing of some 16 roads, department head Claudio Buncamper said in an invited comment yesterday.
Buncamper disclosed that a request went in from his department for hard surfacing to 20 roads, but budgetary constraints only made it possible for sixteen of these to be undertaken. He explained that this time of year was selected because it is the tourist off season and also because of the prox ... Read more
GREAT BAY – St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) fired six volunteers last week, days after the carnival season concluded. Â According to one of the volunteers who asked to remain unknown, years ago, the volunteer started assisting the SCDF with the expectation to serve the community in what they called the islands biggest cultural festival. Six letters were sent personally to the volunteers stating that the foundation thanks them for their service however due to downsizing and restructuring of the board, the foundation can no longer allow them to be volunteers in the fo ... Read more
St. Maarten -Students enrolled in the new Mandarin Course offered by the University of St. Martin are said by course facilitator Steven Huang to be showing a keen interest in learning the new language.
The new Mandarin course began last week and will continue for two months initially. The course was described as âinterestingâ because Mandarin is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn.
Steven and Isabella Lu Huang said that the course was planned about a year ago and during the planning stages of this they intended to get a qualified Mandarin teacher from C ... Read more
Mindful living has to do with present moment awareness. However, if one is not here, it becomes difficult to know that one isnât here. One of our greatest character flaws is stemmed from the fact that we are mindless. One-tracked and tunnel visioned in pursuit of our goals. We are fearful that someone else will be better, quicker, stronger/ win, and that would mean we are the opposite, inferior. To teach a new generation of people to be here and mindful of each other might be best thing we have ever done for the world, but this can only be done if we are present now.
About a year a ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ – The economic permit for AVA Airways has been rejected by Curacao, according to Interim Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning, Dr. Jose Jardim. AVA Aiways is a new airline company hoping to operate in St. Maarten and Curacao. The company has also requested a permit to operate in St. Maarten, but a decision on this request is still pending. Minister Jardim said during a televised interview that the AVAâs economic permit was rejected, because the airline did not have all the necessary documents for this permit.
On December 30, 2013, AVA Airways of ... Read more
St. MaartenâDespite NAF 14, 351.22 in fines, 40 Arrests of which 27 were men and 13 women, 7 lost children, the confiscation of weapons and drugs, carnival 2014 has been billed as a success by the police department and the Prosecutors office, which worked closely with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation to ensure the publicâs safety during the event.
During a press conference yesterday held by the police force and the Prosecutors office, the authorities disclosed that they consider carnival 2015 a bigger success than previous years. Inspector Ricardo Henson disclosed ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ – The vote buying case, commonly called the “Masbangu caseâ was referred back to the Court of first instance by the Court of Appeal in a verdict rendered yesterday. The case was dismissed by the Court of First Instance when the judge ruled that trying the persons who allegedly sold their votes and not trying the person to whom they are accused of selling their votes smacked of class justice.
The case concerns charges brought against four persons who were accused of selling their votes to the UP in 2010 and were brought before a judge in 2012, following whic ... Read more