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Shoot Hoops completes projects in St. Peters

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:20


stmaartenshoot hoops st petersYoungsters brighten up the hood in St. Peters. Photo contributed

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Minister Meyers: Process for the establishment of zoning plans will continue

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:17

St. Maarten News – The process to establish zoning plans will continue, Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers announced in a press release.  Up to now, only draft zoning plans for Simpson Bay, Cul de Sac and Cay Hill – Little Bay were placed on public review, pursuant to a public hearing.

The ministry will continue with public hearings and public reviews for the other ten draft zoning plans in a phased manner, starting with Dutch Quarter, Middle Region, Cole Bay and Cay Bay – Billy Folly. Two prior rounds of town hall meetings facilitated the preparatio ... Read more

Theo Heyliger criticizes government for repeated power outages

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:15


stmaartengebe generatorSome Gebe generators are in a bad condition. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar


St. Maarten News – The seemingly extensive mechanical and other problems faced by the Gebe power plant are taking a toll on the economy and putting additional stress on residents, United People’s party leader MP Theo Heyliger said in a press statement.

“Residents an ... Read more

Thirteen St. Maarten students to summer intensive programs in the US

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:13


stmaartenCBA studentsThese students will go to the United States this summer. Photo contributed

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MP Frans Richardson sounds the alarm: Social media messages: kill the prime minister

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:10

St. Maarten News – Messages on social media suggest killing the prime minister, members of parliament and their corrupted friends, MP Frans Richardson said during a meeting of parliament about vote buying. While Richardson considered there threats far more important than the issue of vote buying, no other MP even reacted to his statement.

“I am going to protect myself and my family,” Richardson said. “I am not joking.”

Richardson said that Dutch parliamentarians Bosman and Van Raak entertain the individuals who are spreading these messages as their friends. “An ... Read more

Dispute over illegal building at Bobby’s Marina continues

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:06




The illegal filling in of Great Bay by Bobby’s Marina. Photo contributed

Vromi-ministry’s term to answer

Dock Maarten expires next week

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Largest cruise ship in the world Harmony of the Seas to St. Maarten in November

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 23:03

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Harmony of the Seas. Photo RCL

St. Maarten News – Port St. Maarten will welcome the Oasis class cruisxe vessel Harmony of the Seas, now ... Read more

Breast health session at the university

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:51


St. Maarten News – Collective Preventation Services (CPS) and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in collaboration with the Positive Foundation host a breast cancer awareness information session entitled “Breast Health and Abnormalities” this evening at the university on Pond Island from 6 to 8 p.m.

During this event, a risk calculation will be conducted for participants who are interested in knowing their risk factor. Participants will learn abo ... Read more

PM Marlin at 175th anniversary celebration: “The Catholic Church has shown tremendous faith in St. Maarten”

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:49


stmaartenCatholic Church- gov-pm-secco-Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday with Bishop Secco, Prime Minister William Marlin and a second church dignitary. Photo contributed


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Nature Foundation survey shows: Forty percent seek medical assistance after dump fires

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:46


stmaartendump fireThe toxic fumes from a landfill fire on April 15 loom over Philipsburg. Photo courtesy Nature Foundation / Robert Cijntje


St. Maarten News – A survey by the Nature Foundation among 500 respondents has confirmed what everybody knows and nobody wants to talk about: the fires on the dump in Philipsburg affect people in all districts. “All districts of St. Maarte ... Read more

Nature Foundation concerned about parking on the beach

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:21

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Aerial shot of cars parked on Great Bay Beach. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is concerned about increased parking and driving on Great Bay Beach, particularly du ... Read more

Enthusiasm about school tennis project

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:18

St. Maarten News – The Country Club at Port De Plaisance in collaboration with the school manager Stuart Johnson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School teamed up for a special physical education project that began on February 2.

Since the beginning of the year the Cycle 2 classes of the school added professional tennis classes to their physical education experience. Physical education coach Kevin Dekkers and class teachers assist during these classes.  Read more

Dr. Cherina Fleming obtains PhD at Erasmus University

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:17

sxmCherina FlemingDr. Cherina Fleming receives her PhD from the panel of nine professors. Photo contributed

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Brothels balk at interim solution country offers

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:08


Clubs are desperately low on girls

St. Maarten News – The Court in First Instance will pronounce its verdict in the dispute over work permits for prostitutes between nine brothels and the government next week Friday. After almost a month, parties have not managed to reach an agreement for an interim-solution and now Judge Katja Mans will have to cut through this Gordian knot.

In December of last year, then interim Minister of Justice Richard Gibson decided to put a full stop on work permits for prostitutes, ... Read more

Richard Branson comes to St. Maarten for shark conservation talks

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:06

St. Maarten News – Sir Richard Branson, the iconic founder of the Virgin Group, will be in St. Maarten on June 15 for a conference about shark conservation. The conference is a follow up to the PEW Charitable Trusts conference Branson organized in February 2015 where agreements were made about the protection of sharks. Dignitaries from several islands in the Caribbean will attend the conference.

The Save our Sharks organization organizes a trip for Dutch journalists to th ... Read more

Many questions about hurricane pass policy

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:03

St. Maarten News – The Office of Disaster Management that falls under the Ministry of General Affairs, has received many queries related to the change in policy regarding requesting a hurricane pass.

The change in policy is to improve safety on the public road network making it safe for clean-up crews and heavy equipment to easily move around; preventing persons and drivers from injury if there are unsafe areas and downed electricity cables; increase efficiency in the remova ... Read more

Sunwing Group wants large all-inclusive hotel on St. Maarten

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:58

St. Maarten News – Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism and Economic Affairs) is negotiating with the Sunwing Group about the construction of a 450-room 5-star all-inclusive hotel in St. Maarten.

The minister mentioned the project as one of many examples that are in the works to improve the country’s tourism product. Other initiatives are a focus on music festivals during the low season, sports tourism, blending with the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. A WSOP circuit event has been scheduled for the fall, but the WSOP publishes it circuit event agenda only after the World Serie ... Read more

Minister visits Rain Forest Adventures project

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:58


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Minister Meyers inspects an interior part of the Rain Forest project. Photo contributed

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Simpson Bay Lagoon gets health injection

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:55


sxmdredgingsimpsonbaylagoonThis time, a dredging company is actually filling up holes in the bed of the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Photo contributed

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TelEm management highlights fiber to the home project

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:52

St. Maarten News – TelEm Group management marked of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day yesterday by spotlighting ongoing plans to create an island-wide fiber optic network that will revolutionize telecommunication services on St. Maarten.

The company’s hopes lie in the expansion of a “Smart City” program in which three districts have been chosen to test out fiber-to-the-home connections for a wider fiber optic network.

“Not only will the new technology en ... Read more