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Plasterk and Richardson smoke a peace pipe in The Hague

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 21:01


Protocol remains in place, cooperation back on track

ST. MAARTEN / THE HAGUE – Tensions between the Netherlands and St. Maarten have eased after a meeting between Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, Minister of Safety and Justice Ard van der Steur and Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk during a dinner in The Hague on Wednesday. The brusque announcement by Gerard Bouman, chief of the Dutch national police, that he will not work together with the local government and the local police force to combat corrupt ... Read more

Tropical Storm Erika leaves island in one piece

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:58


oneHuge waves, driven by Tropical Storm Erika battered the coast. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – Tropic al Storm Erika did not live up to expectations and given the chaos the storm caused on other islands like Dominica, that is something to be grateful for. The island was battered by strong winds on Thursday ... Read more

Princess Heights nominated for CHTA Chief awards

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:57

St. Maarten – The luxury boutique hotel Princess Heights, managed by Emil Lee, is among the 29 nominees for the inaugural Chief Awards of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association CHTA. The finalists will be announced at the end of this month and the winners will be revealed at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (Chief) in October at the Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico.

The tourists associations of Curacao, Puerto Rico and Jamaica are among the nominees. The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is not nominated.

The field of nominees furthermore consists of reso ... Read more

No newspapers on Thursday: Tropical Storm Erika is upon us tonight

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:00


ErikaThe projected path of Tropical Storm Erika. Photo screenshot National Hurricane Center

St. Maarten – The center of Tropical Storm Erika is expected to pass near St. Maarten tonight or around 2 a.m. on Thursday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported in its intermediate update at 8 p.m. last night the storm’s l ... Read more

Editorial: Good job to the Police

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:59

The multi-disciplinary team that investigated a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub returned quick results.

Yesterday afternoon detectives arrested five suspects near the airport who were on their way to flee the country.

The presumption of innocence befalls these suspects, of course, but there is no denying that the investigators found plenty of stolen goods from the nightclub in their luggage.

When things like this happen, citizens may wonder: how did they get on the trail of these suspects so fast?

Maybe it is better not to ask, let sleeping dogs lie and inst ... Read more

Team Brunel enlisted for next Heineken Regatta: Volvo Ocean racer chooses St. Maarten as winter base 

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:57


BrunelBowman Gerd-Jan Poortman (left) and skipper Bouwe Bekking hold up the prematurely issues first place flag for next year’s Heineken Regatta. Photo contributed.


St. Maarten – The Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boat of Team Brunel-Sailing Holland will use St. Maarten as its home base this winter for its Caribbean tou ... Read more

Another suspect released in Oro Diamante jewelry store robbery investigation

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:56

St. Maarten – 18 year old J.J was released from pre-trail detention this past weekend according to Press Prosecutor Karola van Nie who said the suspect is no longer needed in relation to this case.  The suspect was arrested along with three others in St. Peters during a house search earlier this month were police found among the four suspects the second culprit who took part in the robbery of the Ore Diamante jewelry store on August 5, that led to the death of Police Sergeant Gamali Benjamin.

J.J was suspected of harboring a fugitive however it seemed that the 18-year-old stu ... Read more

Latoya Lake launches her first book on Friday

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:55



From left: Tishani Doshi with local author Latoya Lake, Myriam Haar and Ruby Bute at Doshi’s writing workshop at the Book Fair in June. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar


St. Maarten – Local author Latoya Lake will launch her first self-published book, entitled It’s Like Déjà Vu with You’ on Friday at Hol ... Read more

St. Maarten Police arrest car thieves after chase

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:54

St. Maarten – Police arrested two car thieves on Saturday after the men fled from a routine traffic control. During the ensuing chase, the suspects slammed their vehicle into another car, causing injuries to its driver.

The officers noted that the steering column of the car was completely dismantled and established that the car was indeed stolen. The plates on the car were also stolen.

The injured driver of the other car was transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center for treatment.

... Read more

St. Maarten Police grab five Son Latino burglars at the airport

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:53


airport arrestPolice officers surround one of the suspects during his arrest at the airport. Photo Today / Leo Brown

St. Maarten – Police arrested five suspects of a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub on Illidge road yesterday at the airport. The five suspects, four men and one woman, were planning to return t ... Read more

Tropical storm Danny UPDATE

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:07

St. Maarten – Hurricane Danny lost power over the weekend and is now a tropical storm. Nevertheless, the meteorological services expect the storm to bring winds of 80 to 100 kilometer per hour on Monday. The government on the Dutch side has ordered all business to close by 10 p.m. on Sunday, including restaurants and casinos, until further notice. School and daycare centers are closed on Monday.

All government departments will remain closed on Monday as well.

The courthouse is also closed on Monday. Administrative, bankruptcy and criminal cases have been moved to Septem ... Read more

Pensioner Pemberton ponders Hurricane Danny’s arrival

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:55


Constancia PembertonConstancia Eduardo Pemberton in front of her renovated home that was severely damaged by Hurricane Gonzalo in October of last year. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – Constancia Eduardo Pemberton, a resident of Madrid Drive in Dutch Quarter is quite happy with her new ... Read more

Schools close for Danny, no newspapers on Monday

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:53

St. Maarten – The approach of Hurricane Danny has the island on high alert. Schools will be closed and the two local newspapers have suspended publication for Monday. Today will provide storm-related updates via its website as long as internet-connections are functioning.

Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs addressed the nation in a radio speech yesterday around lunchtime, saying that based on Friday morning’s forecast, the storm will pass through the area on Monday.

The government will provide information via the radio, the government’s we ... Read more

Winair cancels all flights for Monday

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:52


St. Maarten – Winair has canceled all flight for Monday due to the approaching of Hurricane Danny. Tomorrow, the airline will carry out its regular schedule with the exception of the flights to Tortola and Dominica that have been suspended.

Winair expects to resume normal operations on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Travelers whose flights are canceled should contact Winair at or call 545 42 37. “You will be accommodated on flights subject to availability,” the airline said in a press statement. “Winair’s storm policy will be ... Read more

Court imposes youth-measure for the first time

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:47


Miss Lalie CenterThe youth care facility in Cay Bay, the Miss Lalie Center. Photo contributed.

St. Maarten – During a court hearing behind closed doors on Wednesday, the Court in First Instance sentenced a 14-year-old suspect to a so-called PIJ-measure for a period of 2 years. PIJ stands for Placement in a Young Of ... Read more

Gebe closed on Monday

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:46

St. Maarten – Utilities company Gebe remains closed on Monday due to the weather conditions. Continuous services will remain operational, the company said in a press release.

For emergencies, citizens should call 1 844 432   32 13.

After the storm has passed, Gebe opens a call center with four phone numbers: 546 11 93, 546 11 89, 546 22 83 and 432 32 13. These numbers will be operational from 7.30 a.m. until 10.30 p.m.

Gebe says that its restoration teams are “in full gear and ready to assist the public.”

The company encourages citizens to post feedback ... Read more

Out-patient clinic SMMC closed on Monday

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:45

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Medical Center keeps its out-patient clinic closed on  Monday due to the arrival of Hurricane Danny. All appointments will be rescheduled, the hospital said in a brief press statement.

The emergency room and the in-patient departments continue to function as usual.

The hospital can be reached at 543 11 11, or via the free emergency number 910.

... Read more

Robbers make big hole in wall of grocery store

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:45


store ownerStore owner upset about robbery that took place. Photo Today / Andrew Dick

St. Maarten – Grocery store Pondfill Food Market, located in the Van Grieken  Building, was robbed Friday morning at about 2 a.m. by bandits who made a large hole to the side of the building. Storeowner Jose L. opened his grocer ... Read more