â€śNo concrete proposal received to talk about this issueâ€ť
THE HAGUE / St. MaartenÂ â€“ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague says that it is perfectly willing to discuss with France ways to improve the cooperation between the Dutch and French side of St. Maarten, a spokesman for Minister Bert Koenders stated in an email to this newspaper yesterday.
On Tuesday, Today reported that RenĂ© DosiĂ¨re, chairman of a French parliamentary committee, is of the opinion that the Dutch part of the island enriches itself at the expense of the Fre ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ Rookie parliamentarian Christopher Emmanuel will be taken to court in summary proceedings for insulting and slandering E.T.M., attorney Cor Merx confirmed to this newspaper yesterday.
Last week Monday, Emmanuel stated in parliament that in 2010, he had been offered $80,000, but he did not say for what. In the 2010 campaign, Emmanuel was the number 14 candidate for the National Alliance. He won 103 votes, not enough for a seat.
This time around, as the number 8 candidate, he squeezed into a seat in parliament with 246 votes, two ahead of Rodolphe Samuel. Emmanu ... Read more
GREAT BAY â€“ The St. Maarten Timeshare association is outraged about a press release Caravanserai Resort owner Alegria sent to the media after a meeting with outgoing Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson that was designed to address the concerns of timeshare owners. The SMTAâ€™s first vice president Jim Rosen crumpled up the press release and threw it on our desk. â€śThat is the reaction of the SMTA,â€ť he said, adding, more formally, â€śThe SMTA does not agree with the content of the press release.â€ť
Rosen said that the SMTA will discuss a response in a board meeti ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ The Crystal Pineapple Awards gala event will take place on November 21 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. This year there are 51 candidates in fourteen categories vying for the awards. In the fifteenth category â€“ for outstanding community service achievement â€“ four organizations compete. The organizations included, there are ten more nominees for the awards than last year.
Voting for the candidates is open online at shta.com, the website of the organizer, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), under the Events & Programs button, w ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€”A woman is currently nursing wounds she sustained last night from a 50ft to 60ft drop off the cliffs at Cupecoy in the vicinity of Rainbow Hotel.
Fire Officer on duty Tony Gibbs told Today in an invited comment that the fire department received the call last night from the ambulance department with reports that a woman had â€śfell over the cliff, or jumped or had been pushed. The details were not clear but they confirmed that she had gone over the cliff.â€ť
Ambulance personnel made their way down to the beach where the woman was discov ... Read more
St. Maartenâ€” Jean-No Sanon (26) has been identified by police as the man who was fatally shot in Cole Bay on Monday night.
The shooting incident took place at approximately 8:15pm on the Waterfront road. News of the shooting reached the public yesterday but the name of the victim had not been released since police had not as yet informed his next of kin.
On Monday October 27th at approximately 08.15 p.m. several police patrols, detectives and paramedics were sent to Waterfront road in Cole Bay to investigate the shooting.Â According to witnesses in the area they heard a lou ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ In an effort to keep abreast of the developments in biodiversity conservation and climate change, St. Maarten sent a four-person delegation to the high-level conference on biodiversity and climate change, held from October 24 to October 26 in Guadeloupe. The delegates chosen to represent St. Maarten at the inter-island conference were head of the department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Marc Arnold, project coordinator at the department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Olivia Lake, Senior Policy Advisor Ministry VROMI and NGO representative Claire Hooft-Graaflan ... Read more
WILLEMSTAD â€“ The Parliament has adopted a reparation law on the basic health insurance. According to Minister Ben Whiteman of Health, Environment and Nature, the funds for the basic health insurance are in very poor state. The government expects a large deficit at the end of this year.
The Minister of Health calls the situation alarming. According to Whiteman, only an economic growth should provide a solution to this dire situation. There was even a motion presented by the political parties Pueblo Soberano (PS), PNP, PAIS and Independent MP Sulvaran, which states public health is a ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ French politicians are contemplating canceling the Treaty of Concordia, closing the border between French and Dutch St. Maarten and introducing visa requirements if the Netherlands does not take measures to stop the economic bleeding from the French to the Dutch side.
The NOS reports on its website that according to RenĂ© DosiĂ¨re, chairman of a French parliamentary committee, the Dutch government is indifferent to the situation. â€śIf nothing happens, France cannot do anything else than canceling the Treaty of Concordia. If need be there will be real borders in St. ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ The Public Prosecutorâ€™s Office confirmed yesterday that Carlos Richardson has been transferred from the Pointe Blanche prison to an unidentified prison in the Netherlands. He is the second inmate to be shipped off island for security reasons. On Sunday, July 20, two guards traveled to the Netherlands on a KLM-flight with Stanley Gumbs killer Devon Otto.
This transfer took place at Ottoâ€™s request because he felt no longer safe in Pointe Blanche. Exactly a year before his transfer to the Netherlands, Carnicio Warno and Nahshon Francis attacked Otto with improvised m ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ Halloween is approaching and students have taken once more to throwing eggs at each other, mostly after school hours, the police report. â€śThis irresponsible and dangerous act takes place every year around Halloween,â€ť the police states. It warns parents that they will be held liable for all damages their egg-throwing offspring causes.
The police state that it has received numerous calls about the egg-throwing students. â€śThe police are making an appeal to all parents to have a serious talk with their kids about this topic. The throwing of eggs can be very dangerou ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ â€śEducation is the best investment in society,â€ť said Bishop Luis Secco in his address to some 300 plus students at St. Dominic High School on Monday as part of his visit to all Catholic schools, both primary and secondary, on the island. He went on to say that within a community, there are three distinct institutions of learning: the home, schools and the church. He encouraged the students to be more involved in order to grow in the Catholic Church and its activities: â€śItâ€™s important to move and be proactive because many times you listen not by mind or ears, but by he ... Read more
St. Maarten – For second year in a row, Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Hotel has been named â€śthe Leading Hotel in St. Maartenâ€ť, by the World Travel Awards (WTA) in its 2014 Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2014, at theÂ CuisinArt Golf Resort & SpaÂ in Anguilla.
Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as the â€śOscarâ€™s of the travel industry,â€ť the WTA has developed into the most prestigious and comprehensive awards program in travel and tourism, and is known worldwide as the hallmark ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ The government has issued a travel ban to everyone who has traveled within the past 21 days to, from and through the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ban is related to the outbreak of the ebola virus in West Africa. Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever addressed the situation in a press statement that explains the scope of the outbreak and the reason for the travel ban.
The ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The current outbreak it is believed originated in Guinea in December ... Read more
St. Maartenâ€“ Between 300 and 400 people took part in the march People United for True Democracy organized yesterday afternoon in protest against the instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Governor Holiday for a stricter screening of candidate ministers â€“ a handsome turnout with one flaw: only supporters of the United Peopleâ€™s party showed up.
UP party leader Theo Heyliger was there, as were his faction leader Franklin Meyers, MP Tamara Leonard and MP Lloyd Richardson. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams did not show her support, nor did National Alliance leader W ... Read more
St. Maarten—Persons, especially persons that fall into the high risk category, are urged by minister of public health and the Collective Preventative Services(CPS) to get their annual flu shots. Influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads very easily from person to person, and can affect anybody in any age group.
â€śCheck with your physician to see whether or not you are part of the high risk group and be proactive.Â Get vaccinated and apply strict and consistent preventive measures to stop you from getting the flu,â€ť Minister of Public Health, Cornelius de Weever said ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€”The Dutch instruction to Governor Holiday is being interpreted by Vromi minister Maurice Lake as part of a hidden agenda to take over St. Maarten.
Lake, who was a successful candidate on the UP list in the last election noted that the country already has screening laws for candidates proposed to become a member of the Council of Ministers.
â€śThis whole thing is not about that anybody is afraid of being screened.Â We have nothing to hide.Â Those who have served within the past four years as Ministers, going back to 2010, 2012 and 2013 and still do so today ha ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€”PJIA NV â€ścorrectly presents the governance approach followed by the Managing and Supervisory Boards of the Company in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Island Territory of St. Maarten in December 2009,â€ť according to Price WaterHouse Coopers (PWC). This was based on PWC examination.
PwC explained , â€śAn assurance engagement includes examining appropriate evidence on a test basis. We believe that the assurance evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our conclusion.â€ť
The world-renowned company ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ International Financial Planning Services (IFPS) has to remove fencing from a piece of land on the Caravanserai property in Beacon Hill within two days, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday morning. The new owner of the resort, Alegria Real Estate, took IFPS â€“ a company linked to casino mogul Francesco Corallo â€“ to court after it discovered that it intended to begin construction activities on its property.
IFPS bought the land in the past from Kildare, an entity owned by former Caravanserai owner Haresh Manek for $1.5 million in 2011. The court later decla ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â€“ â€śThe Pre-USM program came about because we realized the reality of St. Maarten â€“ we need to do something for all youngsters on the island,â€ť said Dean of Academics and Interim President of the University of St. Martin (USM) Dr. Francio Guadeloupe about the newly-established, pilot program at the university, which caters to students who have graduated from local high schools at a VSBO-TKL, PSVE or VSBO-PKL level.
On Friday, stakeholder representatives of USM, St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce, Windward Islands Bank (WIB), who are all involved in the project, came t ... Read more