St. Martin News Network

Effective Immediately Moratorium on Car Rental Permits and Expansion of Fleets Removed.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 23:09

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (Ministry TEATT), announces that effective immediately the moratorium on car rental permits and expansion of fleets has been removed.

The Minister of TEATT took this decision that is within his authority. The moratorium was based on an Executive Council decision BC190208 ag. pt. 30.

Copies of the policy can be obtained via the Government website www.sintmaartengov.org located under the Ministry TEATT via Department of Economic Affairs, Transportation & ... Read more

Latin American support for regional Ombudsman Offices.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:13

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin recently attended a Conference of the Latin American Ombudsman Institute (ILO) in Cali Colombia. The importance of this event for the Ombudsman of Sint Maarten is marked by various resolutions taken at the Conference and a subsequent Membership meeting. Together with the Ombudsman of Curacao, President of the CAROA, Alba Martijn, and the IOI Regional Director of the Latin American/Caribbean Region, Lynette Stephenson, Ombudsman of Trinidad, these Ombudsmen of the Caribbean region were formally accepted as Members of th ... Read more

Leader of the Democratic Party Prime Minister Wescot-Williams’ Post-Election Message.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:48

swescotwilliams26022014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Leader of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams released a statement regarding the outcome of the 2014 elections on Monday. The Prime Minister highlighted the way forward in her statement released amidst ongoing negotiations regarding the formation ... Read more

SXM Achievers TM Club first Eligible Club in District for Smedley Award.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 15:28

toastmastersnewmembers01092014PHILIPSBURG:--- The SXM Achievers Toastmasters Club has become the very first club in District 81 to receive the Smedley Award for the New Fiscal year. The award established in honor of Ralph Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International, promotes the growth of membership and ongoing development of the Toastmasters organization.

Clubs around the world have the opportunit ... Read more

NA thanks electorate, supporters, says time to work for St. Maarten.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 14:24

williammarlin07082014PHILIPSBURG:--- The National Alliance (NA) has extended its heartfelt thanks to the electorate and party supporters for peaceful exercising their democratic right to vote and for their confidence in the party and says now that elections are over; the time has come to work in the best interest of the people of St. ... Read more

Mobile Medical Unit on its way.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 22:40

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GREAT BAY:--- The island of St. Maarten will soon have a Mobile Medical Clinic that will go through the various districts offering basic medical care to the residents. The mobile unit is equipped with an examination room, bathroom, reception area and waiting room.
The Mobile Medical Unit has already been shipped after a representative from the Social ... Read more

Governor Starts Consultations Following Elections.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 22:09

HARBOUR VIEW:--- Following the Parliamentary Elections of August 29th, 2014, His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday decided to start consultations regarding the formation of a new government. It is noted that the current government has not tendered its resignation to the Governor. The purpose of the consultations is to promote a smooth transition towards the appointment and installation of a new council of ministers taking into account the results of the elections. The consultations will commence on Monday, September 1st, 2014 with the leaders of the four (4 ... Read more

NA, USp and DP Formation Talks Finalized. (UPDATED)

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 21:47

dpnauspcoalition31082014NA, USp and DP Sign Governing Accord --- Rumors must be put to rest

PHILIPSBURG:--- Formation talks between three political parties that obtained seats in the Parliamentary Elections that were held on Friday are continuing. Early Saturday morning shortly after the election results were announced the leaders of the United St. Maarten People's Party ... Read more

NA, USp and DP Formation Talks Finalized (UPDATED).

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 21:47

dpnauspcoalition31082014NA, USp and DP Sign Governing Accord --- Rumors must be put to rest

PHILIPSBURG:--- Formation talks between three political parties that obtained seats in the Parliamentary Elections that were held on Friday are continuing. Early Saturday morning shortly after the election results were announced the leaders of the United St. Maarten People's Party, the National Allia ... Read more

UTS completes 200MB Fiber circuit for Coastguard.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:53

utscompletesfiberlinkforcoastguard31082014SIMPSON BAY:--- UTS has completed the delivery of 200 Megabyte (MB) fiber optic cable circuit to th ... Read more

SHTA – No Lame-Duck Decisions.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:47

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the largest business representative on the island, representing over 160 companies in the tourism and trade industry on the island, is concerned about two highly controversial labor issues, the Counterpart Program and the Short-Term Contracts.

It is clear that supply doesn't meet demand on the labor market, hence a fairly large immigration stream to fill these positions: up until the moment that there are enough qualified nationals to fill all vacancies. In the meantime, the gap ... Read more

CPA -- Let the Nominations begin!

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:45

cpaceremony31082014PHILIPSBURG:--- The 9th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association officially opens its nominations period today! Businesses, Resorts, Restaurants, and the general public are hereby invited to submit their nominations. As with the previous years, the criteria for each category and the nomination procedures have been digitized and placed on the SHT ... Read more

Man arrested for firearm possession.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:39

SIMPSON BAY:--- On Saturday August 30th, 2014 at approximately 11:20pm in the vicinity of "Reggea Pool Bar and Grill", a Simpson Bay Police patrol was approached by a man who stated that shortly before he was threatened with a handgun by another man who he knows. After being threatened the suspect gave the gun to another man for safe keeping. The victim pointed out the man who had the gun in his possession at the time. The officers approached this suspect as he tried to walk away. The officers saw when the man threw an object under a parked car. When the office ... Read more

Minister Lake says thank you.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:37

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake would like to thank his family, friends, and supporters for the support he received in August 29 parliamentary elections.

"I would like to thank the people who came out firstly to exercise their democratic right to vote. I say thank you to the more than 6,000 voters who placed their confidence in the United People's (UP) Party on August 29.

"And for the 305 votes that I received, I would like to say thank you for your sup ... Read more

Another Coalition Government for the next Governing Period --- "What Transpired in the last Governing term will not happen again" - Frans Richardson. (UPDATED)

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:42

uspvictory30082014Preliminary Results UPP – 7 Seats, NA – 4 seats, USp – 2 seats, DP – 2 seats --- NA, USp and DP signed working document

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Peoples Party got a resounding amount of votes from the voting population on Friday. The massive campaign paid off for the UPP but UP ... Read more

Another Coalition Government for the next Governing Period --- What Transpired in the last Governing term will not happen again --- Frans Richardson

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:42

uspvictory30082014Preliminary Results UPP 7 Seats, NA – 4 seats, USp – 2 seats, DP – 2 seats


PHILIPSBURG:---- The United Peoples Party got a resounding amount of votes from the voting population on Friday. The massive campaign paid off for the UPP but it is yet to be seen if the UPP will be part of the next government as coalition talks ... Read more

Notorious drunken driver gets convicted.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:06

PHILIPSBURG:--- In the past few months a man was involved in several traffic accidents on the island. Of course that happens sometimes, because people have bad luck, but fact is that this man was under the influence of alcohol every time he had an accident with his car. Luckily at the time of the accidents, no one was injured.
Police officers arrested the man suspected of driving while intoxicated and presented him to the assistant public prosecutor to verify if his arrest had any legal grounds.
The officers who handled the investigations in which the ... Read more

Minister Lake says he stands for the protection of the Great Salt Pond.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:02

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake says he stands for the protection of the Great Salt Pond, and looks forward in the new governing period to continue with the community consultation regarding the draft development plans.

Minister Lake said he took note of a petition that was presented more than a year ago which called for a stop to the landfill expansion, dumping and pollution in the Great Salt Pond.

"I agree we have to maintain the current status of the ... Read more

Civil Registry Office Open on Election Day for those having problems with voting.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:01

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Civil Registry Department would like to inform the general public in connection to the election for the Members of Parliament on August 29th 2014, the Civil Registry in Philipsburg, Pond Island will be open solely to assist all persons that has issues regarding voting.

The office will be open to handle the following: no kind of identification or for a duplicate voting card if you did not receive your voting card in the mail.

All citizens that are eligible to vote must present a valid identification on the day of election ... Read more

One Arrested in young boy's death --- Body confiscated for further forensic examination.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:01

PHILIPSBURG:--- Police arrested a male suspect as they continue the investigation into the death of a two year old boy who died at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on Wednesday. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps confirmed the arrest of the male suspect but declined to say whether or not the suspect is related to the victim. Kamps said police confiscated the body of the victim for further forensic investigation. SMN News understands that police invited the last person that was with the child prior to him being taken to SMMC for treatment. The source said when police ... Read more