St. Martin News Network

WIFOL wins referendum to represent Divi workers

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 23:17

PHILIPSBURG:---- WIFOL union won the referendum held at the Divi Little Bay resort on June 26. 94 workers were eligible to vote. According to a press release issued by the union on Sunday, The International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions section 87 state that the "Freedom of Association and the Right to Organise. This establishes the way for all employees to have a collective representation and section 98 state "employees have the power to negotiate their working contract".

By law WIFOL must acquire 48 votes in order to be recognised by management ... Read more

Clemens Roos Collected Childcare Premiums that he was not entitled to --- Sentenced to 22 months Jail time --- Kamps (UPDATED)

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 22:22

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PHILIPSBURG: --- The head of the Cadastre Office Clemens Roos who was arrested last week Wednesday based on a request from the Netherlands was convicted to 22 months imprisonment for defrauding the social welfare sy ... Read more

Andrew Erato Released after one day in police custody

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 21:48

Failure to cooperate with curator – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Andrew Erato who was arrested on Friday in the Cole Bay area has been released from police custody on Saturday Prosecutor Tineke Kamps told SMN News on Sunday. Kamps said Erato was arrested because he did not cooperate with the curator who is handling a bankruptcy of one of the Erato’s businesses. Kamps said that there was an arrest warrant to arrest Andrew Erato based on civil law and not criminal law.
Kamps refused to say if there are arres ... Read more

All set for TelEm Group “I’m a TelEm Kid” Family Fun Day July 5th

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 21:16

telemfamilyday28062015Pond Island:---- TelEm Group will once again be transforming the company grounds and parking lots into another fun-filled Family Fun Day event – July 5th.

Organizers say they have put everything in place for best event yet.

There will be cartoon characters for the youngsters, and lots and lots of water rides for older children. But this year, the organizers are teaming up with a ... Read more

Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Ilse Change of Board July 4

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 20:39

rotarymidisle28062015PHILIPSBURG:---- The Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid Isle will be having its Change of Board ceremony on July 4, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm at the Holland House Beach Hotel.
During this Change of Board dinner event, the ... Read more

Seven Rewarded for their dedication to Service and Training at VKS 18th Anniversary. VKS Officers should bind their wounds and forgive people --- Commander Antonio Rogers.

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 22:45

antoniorogers27062015PHILIPSBURG:---Seven members of the Voluntary Korps (VKS) were awarded on Saturday afternoon for the time they took every weekend to train as officers of the VKS. The seven members were selected over a period of seven and half years of training.
The ceremony held in front of the Gover ... Read more

Residents of Guana Bay/ Dawn Beach Area on High Alert due to lone gunman targeting residents --- Residents said that police is hiding the cases of several armed robberies that were reported.

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 18:06

armedrobberyfillin13082012PHILIPSBURG: --- Residents of Guana Bay, Red Pond, Tamarind Hill, Dawn Beach, and Oyster Pond areas are now on high alert as they are preparing to catch a lone gunman who have been entering homes during the high daylight hours and attack residents. The residents of the area have been using WhatsApp, emails and other source of communication to keep residents aware of the amount of arme ... Read more

Hopeful the right ones will benefit --- MP George Pantophlet.

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:59

gpantophlet13032015PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament George Pantophlet states that while it is always positive to see that the economy seems to be heading in the right direction, he is wary as for whom the economy is improving. He is remarking on the articles appearing Friday’s edition of the Daily herald which states in its heading “Local Economy resilie ... Read more

Police Swarm Cole Bay School as they Arrest son of well known Businessman (UPDATED)

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 01:49

arrestedfillin26092014Andrew Erato Arrested, while warrant is out for his father and brother.

PHIILIPSBURG:---- Information reaching SMN News states that a large amount of police officers swarmed around a school building in Cole Bay in the vicinity of Island Water World Friday afternoon and arrested the son of a well-known businessman. According to information provided to SMN New ... Read more

St. Maarten 2015 Emancipation Day activities

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 22:41

emancipationdaycommittee260PHILIPSBURG:--- The theme for this years "Emancipation from Within - The Voice of Our People." The festivities will start on June 30 to July 1 Emancipation Day. Minister of Culture Rita Bourne-Gumbs invited all to come out and take part in the celebration, which is promised to be a cultural manifestation at Emilio Wilson Estate.

The Voices Foundation in collaboration with the C ... Read more

Skeletons at GEBE Prompted Prime Minister to ask for closed door session -- MPs voted for it to be public session.

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 21:35

PHILIPSBURG: --- Members of the public and the media almost got shut out of the urgent meeting that was called by the National Alliance Faction to discuss the developments at GEBE when the shareholder representative Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs asked that the meeting be held in closed doors due to a court decision that will be forthcoming on July 9th 2015. Leader of the National Alliance Faction William Marlin objected to the request stating that his faction requested the meeting since June 10th 2015 and only on Friday June 26th an urgent meeting could have been ... Read more

Buncamper’s Home being raided by Landsrecherché and Prosecutor and Judge of Instruction.

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 20:53

St. Johns:---A team  of detectives from the Landsrecherché, the public prosecutor’s office and the judge of instructionconducted a raid at the home of the Buncamper’s in St. John’s Estate. The current raid has to do with the ongoing investigation and court case against the Buncamper’s and the added charge that the public prosecutor added during the performa hearing some weeks ago.
Prosecutor Tineke Kamps confirmed that a raid is indeed took place on Friday afternoon and it relates to the court case against the Buncampers'.
The case again ... Read more

Because of delays in reporting limited insight available in budget exhaustion Age Bakker (Cft): ‘Good financial management of great importance for Bonaire’

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:56

Kralendijk:--- The budget of Bonaire is pretty much on track, but does not yet sufficiently have what it takes to be used as a steering instrument, since substantial adaptations are made throughout the year. This is why Bonaire has the task to bring its financial management in a good shape. With the Executive Council it is agreed that all bottlenecks will be resolved by the end of 2016, the latest.

On June 23rd the Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) had conversations with both the new Executive Council and the Island Co ... Read more

Year End Macro Monitor Report 2014/0utlook 2015

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:55

Overview St. Maarten's Economic Developments 2014/2015

PHILIPSBURG:-- For the year 2014, the economy of St. Maarten continued to show its strength and resilience despite the few global occurrences in its major source markets and from a domestic ( perspective, the passage of a category 3 hurricane and the uncertainty normally experienced in an election year. Activities in various sectors have been favorable for the 12
month period when compared to the year 2013 Given the developments for 2014, the Department of Economy, Tr ... Read more

Minister of Tourism Connor Orders Two Calibration Tanks. Saba provides temporary assistance

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 23:08

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Hon. Claret Connor announced on Thursday that Ministry TEATT will be purchasing two fuel calibration tanks that would be used to test and re-calibrate fuel meters to make sure customers are getting what they purchased from a petrol station.

In the meantime, the Public Entity of Saba will loan the ministry their calibrating tank until the Sint Maarten tank which is currently in Curacao is repaired. The calibrating tank from Saba should arrive sometim ... Read more

Isidora Murder Suspect Rishmer York must remain in pre-trial detention.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 23:06

rishmeryork17052015PHILIPSBURG:--- Detained police officer Rishmer York will have to remain in prison until his case comes up for trial. York appealed the decision of the judge of instruction who extended his pretrial detention to 60days on June 12th 2015. Prosecutor Lemmers confirmed to SMN News that York lost the appeal and he is currently in a prison ... Read more

St. Vincent PM Dr. Gonsalves to Deliver Emancipation Day Lecture in St. Martin

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:52

pmgonsalvessvg25062015GREAT BAY:--- Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a renowned campaigner for reparatory justice, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, will deliver a guest Emancipation Day lecture organized by the Independence for St. Martin Foundation, on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The lecture, on the topic of “Reparatio ... Read more

Over 2000 Uncollected Business Licenses need to be collected before August 1st

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:40

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Economic Licenses from the Ministry Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), hereby informs the general public that there are over 2000 approved licenses awaiting pick-up at the department.
As a result of this, the department has embarked on a project to clean up its database of uncollected licenses.
All uncollected licenses that were approved prior to January 1, 2015, must be picked up before August 1st 2015, after which the file will be discarded and applicants will have to ... Read more

The Police Department announces the following road closures.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:30

kpsmlogo21082014PHILIPSBURG:--- In connection with work which has to be carried out at Joe’s Jewelry on Wilhelmina straat on Friday June 26th 2015, this road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 05.30 a.m. to 07.00 a.m.

  • In connection with a public event that will be held on Sunday June 28th 2015 from 11.00 a.m. to 05.30 p.m., at the Risen Christ Catholic Church on Carrot road in Reward, this road ... Read more

CFT plans to Advice Kingdom Council to give St. Maarten targeted Instructions-- St. Maarten did not meet its deadline to pay off debts.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:10

cftboardmembers25062015St. Maarten Government needs to propose a member to be on CFT board.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The board of the CFT plans to send a letter to the Kingdom Council to advise them to impose targeted instruction on St. Maarten since the country did not meet its obligations to pay off its debts to ... Read more