PHILIPSBURG:--- The Board of the National Alliance acknowledges the press statement by Honorable Minister Maurice Lake on the Waste to Energy Plant and we are happy that Minister Lake continued along the same line of former Minister William Marlin. However, knowing the modus operandi of the UP Party, we would like to know what stagnated the process. Upon leaving Government we had already concluded all the inte ... Read more
ST. PETERS:--- The residents of St. Peters/Marigot Hill are invited to attend the National Alliance "ST. MAARTEN FIRST" district meeting on Friday July 18th 2014 at the Pantophlet Villa, Tangerine #14, from 7pm-10pm.
Several candidates seeking nomination will speak on social issues affecting society and discuss key strategic priority areas for St. Maarten. More importantly this event offers the opportunity for the community to listen, reflect on the issues that face our community, question and discuss issues of importance and to secure the commitments of p ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The friendly island of St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com) has launched a large scale "Unleash Summer" marketing campaign to attract visitors from the Canadian and South Florida markets. In an effort to support island businesses and hoteliers, this push is aimed to increase arrivals during the off-peak season.
Throughout this in-depth island promotion, St. Maarten will have a presence throughout multiple media channels including television, social media, newspapers and onlin ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The President of the Public Administration Integrity Committee, the Honourable Mr. Justice Jacob Wit, will present the final report of his Committee to the Council of Ministers tomorrow morning.
In its report, titled 'Doing the right things right', the Committee has formulated 40 recommendations to improve the integrity of the Sint Maarten Public Administration. Some of these recommendations could be effected immediately. Others would require new legislation and their implementation could therefore take some more time.
The report w ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- MP William Marlin, leader of the National Alliance, St. Maarten's largest and strongest political party said on Sunday evening that its supporters are prepared to come out on Monday morning to endorse the slate of candidates submitted on Friday afternoon.
Marlin said he wants to remind all supporters to be at the Census Office no later than 8:30am and remember to walk with a valid ID, eith ... Read more
-- 25 years of compliance efforts prove system un-fixable --
PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the largest private business representative on the island, has taken note of reports in the media with regard to "Dutch assistance for the tax office".
In the early nineties, St. Maarten was placed under "higher supervision" in part because public finances were not in order and non-compliance was a major issue. Almost 25 years later they still aren't anywhere near being in order ... Read more
OYSTER BAY:--- A former timeshare worker who was recruited from the United States to work for Oyster Bay Resort claims that the resort forged his signature when they submitted a labor contract to obtain a working permit for him.
Daniel Clicker told SMN News that when the contract was signed he was not even on St. Maarten, he further explained that Oyster Bay Resort was making deductions from his salary for SZV and taxes but none of it was turned over to government. Clicker said management of Oyster Bay Resort told him that his working documents for St. Maa ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Addressing crime activity as experienced in past months, on St. Maarten, remains high on the priority list for parliamentarian Johan Leonard.
The UP parliamentarian says that while concern for the most recent armed robberies is certainly warranted, a remedial approach requires structural solutions, empowering law enforcement agencies and the judicial chain, in general, to address the issue.
Leonard praised the police force for their quick response to a daring daylight robbery last Friday, which led to the arrest of suspects in the ca ... Read more
GREAT BAY:--- A clean and fair election and election crusade is something that must be stressed by party leaders, this is the call for action postulated candidate Leona Marlin, whose election poster was vandalized in Belvedere on Postulation Day.
"We live in a democracy and people sho ... Read more
GREAT BAY:--- While this will be the first time the US Party will contesting an election, the 15 member team is confident that they can be the change Sint Maarten needs and is ready to rise to the challenge. The United St. Maarten Party (US Party) officially unveiled their party's candidate list on Friday; at the Government Administration building during the Postulation activities, which drew hundreds of their supporters to the streets.
The US Party which made its debut during Postulation Day was inaugurated earlier this year and is headed by the Party Lea ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake said on Sunday that the Council of Ministers and the Legal Affairs & Legislation Department are currently reviewing the draft waste to energy plant concession agreement related to the Solid Waste Processing Plant for Sint Maarten.
Synergy, a U.S. company won the final bid.
Minister Lake said that he has been working diligently on concluding the Waste to Energy project during the past 12-months that he has been a minis ... Read more
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PHILIPSBURG:--- Acting on a tip police on Saturday July 12th 2014 arrested three men suspected of skimming the ATM machines at several locations on the island. The tip also included the description of the suspects and the color and brand of vehicle they were driving. The suspects were identified by the police while they exited their vehicle. These suspects with the initials I.B.V., R.A.M. and C.M. from Romania were arrested on the parking lot of the Clem Labega Square in front of the Government Administration Building. During the arrest a large sum of cash was ... Read more
DUTCH QUARTER:--- On Saturday July 12th, 2014 at approximately 10:00am acting on information coming into the police department, a raid was done at a home in Gibs Drive Dutch Quarter. At the home in question the police located a large marijuana plantation consisting of approximately 300 plants. When the police arrived at the location, the suspect had already fled the scene. During a ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday July 10, 2014, the Minister of Justice the Honorable Dennis Richardson held a meeting with the US Consul General Mr. James Moore. The Minister was pleased with the result of the meeting as he was able to update the US Consul General on recent developments in Sint Maarten on the recommendations concerning human trafficking and ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday July 11, 2014, the Minister of Justice the Honorable Dennis Richardson met with the Chief Security Officer from DeVry Education Group; Mr. John Kroen and the Director of Safety and Security at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC); Mr. Michael Kanaby.
The meeting concerned cooperation between the University and th ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Six of the eight political parties that registered to postulate the 2014 Parliamentary Elections submitted their lists to the Central Voting Bureau on July 11th 2014 (Postulation Day).
The first political party that submitted their list was the United Peoples Party headed by Theodore Heyliger. Joseph Richardson presented the list on behalf of UP Party in the presenc ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake says all political parties need to abide by the rules where it concerns the placement of campaign material along or near the public roads.
Minister Lake was making reference to billboards adding that NV GEBE has cable buried in certain areas and if care is not taken these cables could be damaged, especially the cables that lead to street light poles.
"This is just what happened on Wednesday night with the Member of Parlia ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Mrs. Provence has been appointed by the President of the Dominican Republic Mr. Danilo Medina to represent the General Direction of the Multilateral Cooperation (DIGECOOM) in the capacity of Vice-Consul. Mrs. Provence will focus to strength the trade relationship between the DR, St. Maart ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The Department of Youth in collaboration with the Departments of Sports and Culture hosted the workshop "Institutional Strengthening Government Subsidized Foundations" on July 8 and 9th 2014 at the University of St. Martin.
The workshop was held at the University of St. Maarten and targeted representa ... Read more