St. Martin News Network

FCCA Conference & Trade Show to Jump Start High Season.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:42

POINT BLANCHE:--- The 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Conference (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show to be held from October 6-10 will jump start the upcoming 2014-2015 tourism season.
The conference and trade show will attract to the destination more than 1000 cruise industry partners, including close to 100 cruise executives during that one week period.
For cruise executives, ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, attractions, ship agents, suppliers and tour operators, the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show is the premier indu ... Read more

Much potential for growth in our Educational system - Leona Marlin.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 21:38

usplogo23072014GREAT BAY:--- Quality Education forms a core part of any successful, dynamic and sustainable society. The United St. Maarten (US) Party understands this and as such considers developing and providing the highest quality education system and services to be one of the Party's main goals.

"No matter what area of life you take, a strong foundation is imperative, it's the same rule that applies for buildin ... Read more

Democratic Party shared their views on several issues affecting St. Maarten --- DP totally agrees with Campaign Guidelines set by Minister of Justice.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:16

dpmembers31072014PHILPSBURG:--- Members of the Democratic Party stood by their leader Sarah Wescot Williams on Thursday when they shed light and their shared their views on many issues affecting St. Maarten. Member of Parliament Roy Marlin in his remarks said he was the one that met with Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson to es ... Read more

Mix & Mingle set for tonight!

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:38

mixandmingleartists31072014MARIGOT/PHILIPSBURG:--- "Tonight is the Night!" for St. Maarten's first Mix & Mingle for Christian Singles event. This Youth Development Center (YDC) Foundation production is eagerly anticipated and has been receiving rave reviews over the past two weeks. Most ticket outlets have reported record numbers, the organizers say, and Mix & Mingle promises to be epic.
It all get ... Read more

Minister Lake looks into Dutch Quarter Complaint of Gas Tank.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:31

PHILIPSBURG:---  Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake says he looked into the complaint lodged by the Dutch Quarter Community Center (DQCC) regarding an LPG Refilling Station.

DQCC is acting on behalf of the residents of Lower Princess Quarter and in particular the residents in the nearby vicinity of the LPG Filling Station.

"I was informed by Dutch Quarter residents about the alleged illegal building of a CO2 tank. I called the Inspector from Ministry VROMI and instru ... Read more

Frankie Meyers meets Indiana Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:29

fmeyersfogel31072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Indiana Pacers Head coach Frank Vogel, is visiting the Island with his family and friends and met up with the #3 candidate of the United People's Party, Frankie Meyers. Mr. Vogel, upon arrival, seeing all the colorful posters of the political parties, took special note of the posters featuring ' #3 He's ... Read more

USM must be a priority within the next governing term --- Johnson declares, “Education Nonpartisan issue."

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 19:24

usmalumi31072014PHILIPSBURG:--- "We must be a priority area for the next governing term and the dialogue towards that can start today with the stakeholders of USM," declared President Stuart Johnson of the University of St. Martin (USM) Elite Alumni Foundation via a press release early Thursday afternoon.

"USM has been making great strides over the past years but for its core concerns to be remedied, it needs to be ... Read more

SHTA’s DAD supports EPIC’s Environmental Programs.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:55

shtadonationgreenkey31072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the largest business representative on the island, recently donated $2,000 from its Dollar-A-Day fund (DAD) to Environmental Protection in the Caribbean - Sint Maarten (EPIC) to assist with the management of the Blue Flag and in particular the Green Key eco-labels which the Foundation operates locally. The b ... Read more

A conversation with the people!

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 01:45

ospplogo22062014COLE BAY:--- The OSPP believes strongly that the people must have a say in determining the direction that this country is going. We don't believe in the politicians talking down to the people during those public meetings and not giving the people the opportunity to question their party programs or to even make suggestions.
It is on this back drop that the OSPP is inviting the residents of Cole Bay, Ca ... Read more

Poor turn out at Information Session held for Political Candidates --- Elected Officials can lose their seat if they don’t comply with financial administration.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:56

infosessionbyec30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The information session held on Wednesday night at the University of St. Martin (USM) for political candidates received a very poor turn out.
Information that was shared on Wednesday night was to inform all candidates that are contesting the 2014 Parliamentar ... Read more

DP "walking the integrity walk".

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:18

dpsignsopengovtpartnershipagreement30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- On initiative of Emil Lee, candidate #4 on the Democratic Party list, the Open Government Partnership agreement has been endorsed by the DP and all candidates on the 2014 slate.

"Open and transparent government is not solely a state that St. Maarten should aspire, but it is rather the duty of all government officials and civil ser ... Read more

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Presented with, Signs Copies of Practical Guide for Visitors to St. Maarten.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:11

swescotwilliamssignscopiesofpracticalguideforvisitorstosxm30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday July 29th the Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams on Tuesday was presented with the recently published "Welkom op St. Maarten" guide for people from Dutch Speaking Countries interested in traveling to St. Maarten. The Prime Minister signed three copies ... Read more

At 60 and counting, DP reflects on past contributors to the building of the St. Maarten nation.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:05

dp6030072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten during 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary with reflecting on the past decades and recognizing the invaluable contribution that the party and its members, past and present, have made to the development of this nation.

"Today we salute the pioneers of our country and of our party. We thank all those who have served the Country and the Party in dif ... Read more

Four Suspects in the Assassination of MP Helmin Wiels to go before Courts next week.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:51

scalesofjustice28052013WILLEMSTAD, Curacao:--- The four suspects that were arrested last week in the assassination of MP Helmin Wiels are expected to appear in court next Monday, said Prosecutor Guillano Schoop. Schoop identified the suspects as E.K., C.P., N.F., and D.D. Schoop told SMN News on Wednesday that only one of the suspects E.K. gave investigators a statement on his role in the high day assassination o ... Read more

Study on HIV/AIDS, Family Planning Completed.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:32

hivaidsstudy30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The study conducted by department of Social Affairs on HIV/AIDS and family planning has been completed. Policy Advisor of the department Rose Fleming presented the completed study to Minister of Social Affairs Cornelius de Weever on Wednesday.
Ms. Fleming told reporters that based on the study the residents of St. Maarten are very well informed on the effects of HIV/AIDS. Besid ... Read more

Amendment to Civil Code Ready --- Abuse of short term contracts regulated.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 19:01

cdeweevercivilcode30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Labor Cornelius de Weever announced on Wednesday that the amendment of the Civil Code is now finalized and that the document which has a lot to with the Ministry of Justice now has to follow the chain before it can be imple ... Read more

Government yet to take decision on Vorst Estate Purchase --- Price is too high says PM.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:49

swescotwilliams30072014PHILIPSBURG:--- Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams announced during the Council of Ministers weekly press briefing on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers is yet to take a decision on the purchase of the Vorst Estate. Wescot Williams said government feels that the purchas ... Read more

Carnival Troupe Leaders and other Participants were not paid --- Where is the monies?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:28

PHILIPSBURG:--- Several persons that participated in the 2014 Carnival are at their wits end because the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) did not pay them their prize monies.
Gordon Yee, with the troupe "45 Years of Sweetness" won the best troupe of the year, he was supposed to be awarded $10,000.00 but up to late Tuesday evening Yee did not receive one dime from SCDF.
Second prize winner Jasmin Phillips still has to get her $2,000.00. SMN News learnt that Phillips who led the GEBE Troupe in 2013 and 2014 was not paid for both years. ... Read more

UPNext: With new center UP recognizes that performing arts is a vibrant lifestyle.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:21

upnext29072014PHILIPSBURG:--- UPNext, the youth movement of the United People (UP) party has stressed that for young people, being a part of the performing arts is a lifestyle and this should be supported, not be dismissed by anyone.
The group pointed out that is was past time that St. Maarten got serious about its young talented ... Read more

Minister Lake calls on community and political parties to monitor weather.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:42

mauricelake18082013PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake is calling on the community and political parties to monitor the weather in the coming days.

There is a weather system located over 1400 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands.

The syste ... Read more