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 â€śjoy and reliefâ€ť at the news. Student Timothy Colli told this newspaper that â€śyou 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 groupâ€™s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President FranĂ§ois Hollande. â€śFor 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. Maartenâ€”Inspections 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 â€”A 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 â€śinterestingâ€ť 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 isnâ€™t 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 AVAâ€™s 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. Maartenâ€”Despite 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 publicâ€™s 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€ť 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
GREATBAY–The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) enhanced its accessibility to the general public on Thursday with the launch of their new toll free number.Â Clients can now contact the Chamber for free via:Â 1-844-SXM-C0CI (1-844-796-2024)
Chamber President Peggy Ann Brandon praised this new initiative designed to provide customers with another avenue to interact with the Chamber of Commerce.Â â€śEnhancing access and services to the general public is the number one priority of COCIâ€ť Brandon stated. The general public is also reminded of the other availab ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€”New kids on the block Fantasy lottery St Maarten sank their teeth into the market this carnival season with a great promotion campaign. A lucky winner could pay US$ 10 for their many services and could walk away with a brand new I-30 Hyundai vehicle. This happened on Tuesday at the Festival Village when lucky winner Henry Jobâ€™s name was called out of the hundreds of raffle tickets on the stage of the Festival village. After calling his name several times, friends called him as he was close to the village.
Marketing Manager of Fantasy SXM Toyna Williams ... Read more
GREATBAY–The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has given persons/entities who might be interested in hosting a concert night for Carnival 2016 until June 1, 2015 to request such. The foundation usually awards the concert nights during the month of June in order for it to announce the 2016 schedule of events in July/August. Once the concert nights are set, registration for everything else Carnival related is opened from September 1 to December 1.
Potential concert promoters go through an entire process once they have expressed interest in hosting a concert. The ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ – The Department of Youth Affairs has announced the start of the application period for the annual Business Outreach and Placement Program (BOPP) 2015. The BOPP, coordinated by the Department of Youth Affairs, is dedicated to placing pre-exam and exam students, aged 16 to 24 and who are attending secondary education as well as first-year tertiary level education, in a work experience traineeship during the month of July. The main objective of the BOPP is to provide a work experience based on the studentsâ€™ possible career ambition.
All students entering the progra ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ – Carnival 2015 has come to an end and work has already started for the 2016 carnival season. St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President Michael Granger, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Claret Connor and Marketing Director Rolando Brison all thanked the public for s ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ – The PermanentÂ CommitteeÂ of Kingdom Affairs met on Tuesday morning in preparation for theÂ Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom (IPKO) conference in the Netherlands from May 25th to May 29th. The council of Ministers is still to answer pertinent questions from the committee who submitted several questions to the council weeks ago. Members of the committee believe that it is vital for the sector heads and Ministers to come with answer to the questions, this will allow the Members of parliament to be prepared fo ... Read more