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EXCLUSIVE: Minister of VROMI Extends Garbage Contracts for four Garbage Collectors, No Public Bidding Held.

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 21:37

MPs and their relatives stand to benefit

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday the Parliament of St. Maarten passed a motion to prohibit the caretaker Council of Ministers from granting any contracts including garbage collection contracts to anyone until the incoming Council of Ministers takes office. On the same day the Governor of St. Maarten cautioned the Council of Ministers in his meeting with them to only work on pending matters and nothing new since they are a caretaker government who eventually made their positions available 28 ... Read more


Fri, 10/30/2015 - 18:38

eph30102015PHILIPSBURG:----  Social and Health Insurances (SZV) announces the upcoming pilot project launch of its Employers web-portal, as part of SZV’s Action Plan 3.0. The development of the web-portal forms part of the core of SZV’s Action Plan, creating a more efficient and customer-centered organization.

The web-portal, Online Employers Mutation, is designed to facilitate Human Resource Departments/Manage ... Read more

EXCLUSIVE: APS Board and Investment Committee had no information VORST land Agreement.

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 13:12

.Board calling on Parliament to call APS board in since procedures were not followed --- Reliable Sources.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The board of APS including is investment committee are now seeking to present their case to the Parliament of St. Maarten regarding the VORST land agreement with the caretaker Government of St. Maarten that was published by SMN News.
According to information provided to SMN News the board of A ... Read more

Shooting in Belvedere --- Police Investigating (UPDATED)

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:47

eddyzinhagel30102015PHILIPSBURG:--- An early morning shooting took place in the Belvedere area early Friday morning. Several police vehicles were seen heading to the area. SMN News understands that the some man ran through the home of someone that is well known in the Belvedere area as they shot Eddy Zinhagel someone that is well known to police. S ... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Belvedere --- Police Investigating

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:47

shootingfillin11102012PHILIPSBURG:--- An early morning shooting took place in the Belvedere area early this morning. Several police vehicles were seen heading to the area. SMN News understands that the some men ran through the home of someone that is well known in the Belvedere area as they shot Eddy Zinhagel someone that is well known to police. SMN News understands that the early morning shooting has the female ... Read more

Democratic Party does not support local employment --- says MP Cornelius de Weever.

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 01:23

cdeweever11032015PHILIPSBURG:--- Aristotle said: "the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, do nothing and be nothing." When some members of the DP criticize the counterpart law and policy without reviewing the implementation guidelines then they are too quick to criticize and assume that it "is a sure recipe for massive lay-offs. " This once again pro ... Read more

Registration Deadline New Political Parties November 10, 2015

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 01:19

electoralcouncillogo01062014PHILIPSBURG:--- In view of the fact that by virtue of the National Decree No. LB-15/0951 dated October 28, 2015, the parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on February 9, 2016, and the postulation date is set for December 23, 2015, the Electoral Council would like to inform all prospective political parties that the last day to submit an application to register a new po ... Read more

Port St. Maarten Congratulates Incoming Nation’s Top Cop on Appointment

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 23:39

rcclsecurityconferrence2910POINTE BLANCHE:----  Port St. Maarten Supervisory Board and Management would like to congratulate Carl John who has been appointed the nation’s top cop to become Chief of Police of the Si ... Read more

Technology in Education conference November 12 and 13 at MPC.

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:21

tamarapradel29102015C-TEC conference offers dozens of unique workshops

PHILIPSBURG:--- The first Technology and Education Conference (C-TEC) will take place on November ... Read more

Preparations underway for activities to mark Caribbean Tourism Day.

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:15

PHILIPSBURG:---- Caribbean Tourism Day (CTD) is observed across the Region annually on November 3rd or the first Tuesday of November.
Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, has planned a number of activities throughout the month of November to profile the importance of the tourism sector to the economy.
On November 2nd the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau will be relaunching its Safety Tip Brochure. This brochure contains various tips that ensures the countries visitors have ... Read more

Deletion references of two political parties

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:14

electoralcouncillogo01062014PHILIPSBURG:----  By virtue of Article 22 of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, the Electoral Council is required to delete the registered reference to be placed above the list of candidates of a political party if the party failed to submit a list of candidates for the last parliamentary election.
Both the Citizens for Positive Chang ... Read more

Mixed growth in the monetary union

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 18:35

WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG:--- The government of Curaçao has embarked on a path of reducing the costs of the government apparatus and the social insurances while stimulating economic growth, that contributed to a real GDP growth of 0.4% during the second quarter of 2015.” the president of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten, Dr. Emsley Tromp, said in the Bank’s Quarterly Bulletin. Meanwhile, Sint Maarten recorded an economic contraction of 0.6% in 2015’s second quarter.

“The economic growth of Curaçao in the second quarter of 2015 was su ... Read more

Caretaker Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs on SOS Radio Friday

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:49

marcelgumbs03052015MARIGOT/GREAT BAY:---- Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs will be the guest on Talking Point radio program on Friday, October 30, said Jacques “Billy D” Hamlet host and producer of the program.
According to Hamlet “The prime minister confirmed late Wednesday evening he will be my guest on the program Friday at 9am.”
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Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:33

jetblue29102015THE CARIBBEAN (Oct. 29, 2015) - Robin Hayes, President & CEO of JetBlue Airways and keynote speaker at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), held last week in Curacao, stunned his audience with a message to which few had paid much attention before. Hayes stated: "At JetBlue, we are very much thinking about the relative tax burden on our customers as we allocate capacity."
For c ... Read more

The counterpart policy of MP de Weever: a sure recipe for massive lay-offs.

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 22:35

dplogo23072014PHILIPSBURG:--- As much as he tries, MP and former VSA Minister, Mr. Cornelius V. H de Weever, will never be able to convince any-one that the reason for his defection from the Red-White-Blue coalition in 2014 had something to do with opposition he encountered back then to "his" counterpart law.
While this is far from the truth to begin with, the MP has failed up to this day to show any tangible results f ... Read more

Business Cycle Survey kicks off this week.

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 22:22

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Department of Statistics (STAT), is collecting data for its Business Cycle Survey starting this Thursday. The survey is geared towards capturing the performance of business establishments throughout the full year 2015, this will help the department assess the economic situation of industries within this period.

The target group includes all businesses with ten employees or more; and a sample of businesses with nine or less employees, the survey-period will continue through mid-December this year.

Entities who received the Busin ... Read more

TUIfly expands flight program to the Dutch Antilles

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 22:09

dreamliner28102015PHILIPSBURG/The Hague:--- This coming Friday, October 30th, the TUIfly Dreamliner will land on Sint Maarten for the very first time. TUI Netherlands looks forward to this moment as this defines the official increase in their number of flights to the Dutch Antilles. Sint Maarten is a welcome addition to TUI’s existing portfolio, as the demand in the Netherlands is high for vacationing on the beautiful ... Read more

Cabinet Gumbs make portfolio’s available and new elections 9 February 2016.

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 22:07

eholiday12102015Harbour View:--- On October 28, 2015 His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday, received letters from the entire Council of Ministers and the Minister Plenipotentiary stating that they are making their portfolios available. This as a result of the vote of no confidence, passed by Parliament on September 30, 2015, and the ongo ... Read more

SMMC Open House on Saturday.

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 18:43

Cayhill:---- The St. Maarten Medical Center is opening its doors to the public for its annual Open House on Saturday October 31st, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

During the Open House persons can come in and learn about the hospital, its departments and facilities. Visitors will get the opportunity to interact with the staff of SMMC as well as to inquire about the importance of each department and the services that they offer to the public.

Throughout the day visitors can also inquire about job opportunities offered at SMMC, gather information about ast ... Read more