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First female Calypso Monarch in 47 years

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:43

Akinerom Charles Arrindell

Akinerom Charles Arrindell, the first female to ever win a Calypso Crown suitably rewarded with the symbol which was placed on her head by Lisa Brown, Senior Marketing Manager at Nagico and assisted by Edwardo Radjouki, from the SCDF. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

Shakiya stays one point ahead of Kaiso Brat

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Research into St. Maarten monkey population

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:35


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St. Maarten News – Master student in International Development Sanne Collée will be on the island for the next two months to conduct a thorough participatory research into the socio-economic impact of the invasive Green Vervet Monkey population on the island, the Nature Foundation announced in a press release.

The study has three objectives. First, to understand t ... Read more

Appreciation for African music

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:33

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Members of the Nirvana Dance group during one of their performances at the African Flavor concert. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten News – African Flavor, is a fairly new concert to St Maarten during the Carnival season, but after Bracket’s on stage performance on Tuesday evening inside the Festival Village, those that attended left with an appreciation for his style of music.

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Sea turtle nesting season begins

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:25

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Baby Hawksbill sea turtles make their way to the ocean on Dawn Beach last year. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – The sea turtle nesting season is here again, the St. Maarten Nature Fo ... Read more

Police nab a dozen at Rick Ross concert with drugs

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:22

St. Maarten News – Police nabbed twelve visitors to the Rick Ross concert in the Festival Village between Friday evening and early Saturday morning for drug possession. During controls at the security check point, officers found quantities of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy pills.

All twelve suspects were taken to the nearby police station and presented to the acting public prosecutor. Ten of them were conditionally dismissed with a fine, one was put in custody for further investigation and one has to do 30 hours of community service. The suspects paid between them $2,746 in fines. ... Read more

St. Maarten airport to Berlin to pick up another award

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:20


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Anastacio Baker with the Quality and Excellence Award. Photo SXM

St. Maarten News- The Princess Juliana International Airport has received the Majestic 5 Continents Award for Quality and Excellence from Paris-based Otherways Management and Consulting.

The gala event wa ... Read more

Oyster Bay Beach Resort : Family-friendly resort offers active options

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:15


Oyster Bay Beach Resort St. Maarten

The infinity pool at the Oyster Bay Beach Resort. 

St. Maarten News – Situated on Dawn Beach on the eastern end of Dutch St. Maarten, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is well positioned for traveling families to take advantage of the many land and sea based options found on the island.

Guests of all ages can enjoy the award winning infinity pool or swim and snor ... Read more

New warning about mosquito breeding

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:10

St. Maarten News – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), urges citizens to take measures to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. The warning comes after several days of rainfall.

CPS calls on the community and on visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk, long-sleeved shirts and pants and to use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly be carrying dengue, zika or chikungunya.

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CPS calls attention to proper food handling

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:07

St. Maarten News – It is essential to observe safe food handling practices at all locations, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) said in a press statement that also emphasized safe food preparation at home. Food kiosks, street market vendors, booth holders and other points of sale should adhere to these practices to guarantee a safe Carnival season.

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St. Maarten Tourism trade show Smart cancelled

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:06

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (Smart) has been canceled. The event was scheduled to take place from May 18 to 20, but the organizers cite “logistical challenges and timing conflicts” as the main reason for the decision.

The French side Tourism Office and the hotel association, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the Dutch side Tourist Bureau are the stakeholders in the event. This fifteenth edition of the show was scheduled to take place at Le Beach Hotel (formerly Beach Plaza) in Marigot.

“We sincerely apologiz ... Read more

Diandra Marlin crowned as teen Carnival queen

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:22

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St. Maarten News- Diandra Marlin made light work of the other delegates vying for the crown after winning six of the 10 sashes Posh Productions made available, the proud pageant holders of what was another dynamic competition involving brains and beauty.

Amid the intermittent showers which caused the judges to be relocated and sections of the audience seeking shelter, it was a moment of truth for ... Read more

St. Maarten Parliament debates sale new government building

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:51

Plenty of questions but no new insights

St.  Maarten News – Parliament debated the purchase of the new government administration building in a meeting yesterday afternoon but it did not provide any new insights. Minister of General Affairs William Marlin answered a plethora of questions that mostly covered issues so far in the past that they have lost their significance or that addresses issues that are already public knowledge.

Marlin said that at this moment there is ... Read more

St. Maarten Nectar launches Zika-campaign in schools

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:47

St. Maarten News – St. Maarten Nectar, local producer of natural cosmetics and Bug 0% repellents launched its fight against the Zika virus – and specifically its mosquito bite prevention campaign. This is an island-wide program which encourages children to develop healthy bite prevention habits.

The campaign was launched with the placement of over 100 posters in public areas around the ... Read more

Spragga Benz performs at One Love Reggae concert

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:44



St. Maarten News – Dancehall artist Spragga Benz has been added to Carnival’s One Love Reggae concert on Thursday, April 28 in the Carnival Village. It will feature Ky-Mani Marley, Alaine, Romain Virgo and Demarco. With the addition of Spragga Benz to the lineup, reggae and dancehall enthusiasts have an eve ... Read more

Silent witnesses

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 21:19

Evelien Aangeenbrug did some interesting detective work for her study Master of Criminal Investigation – and the results are an eye opener.

The researcher examined together with a detective from The Hague 48 murder cases the police initially did not manage to solve. Later detectives did crack these cases.

The research shows that the killers were rather talkative. On average they had told two people in their circle what they had done. Most of these witnesses surfaced only after the police had tracked down the killer in a different way.

Based on the research, Aangeenbru ... Read more

Enormous differences in St. Maarten supermarket prices

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 21:06

St. Maarten News – The government publishes regularly a price overview of products in local supermarkets. The latest overview appears on the government information page in this newspaper today. The list details 68 different products at ten different supermarkets and it highlights where each product is the cheapest. The price differences are at times shocking.

If consumers bought all these 68 products in the quantities specified in the overview at the lowest prices they would spend 322 guilders and 41 cents. But if they bought the same products at the highest possible prices, they w ... Read more

St. Maarten Residents call for action to solve dump problems

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 21:01


stmaartenlandfill protestsMinister Emil Lee (second from right) listens to the concerns about the landfill. To the left is Andy Wescot; Wycliffe Smith of the Christian party is just visible next to him. Photo contributed


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St. Maarten Statistics record deflation for first time in thirty years

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:55


St. Maarten News – The Consumer Price Index for Sint Maarten has decreased in February by 0.2 percent compared to December 2015. Average consumer prices decreased 0.1 percent over a twelve month period. This is the first time since February 1986 the country recorded deflation of -0.1 percent. This is evident from the data released by the Department of Statistics (STAT).

The price index recorded in February 2016 is 126.1.

In February, four of the nine expenditure categories became more expensive, whilst four became cheaper and one remained unchanged. ... Read more

Environmental Protection education program enters 3rd phase

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:53


Environmental Protection St. Maarten - Laura Bijnsdorp

Epic’s environmental educator Laura Bijnsdorp with students on an educational bird watching excursion. Photo contributed

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St. Maarten Tourism trade show SMART this year on the French St. Martin

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 20:42

St. Maarten News – The fifteenth St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (Smart) – is scheduled for May 18 to 20 at Le Beach Hotel (the former Beach Plaza Hotel) in Marigot.  Smart is the largest trade show in the North Eastern Caribbean for tour operators, travel agents, travel writers, and event planners from the US, Canada, Europe, ... Read more