POINT BLANCHE:--- Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo of Port St. Maarten will be traveling on Wednesday to meet with representatives of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) in connection with the cruise industry's Ebola screening measures.
Some cruise lines already have a stated policy of denying entry to any passengers or crew who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea within 21 days of a cruise departure date.
Due to the cruise ship scare involving Carnival Magic, cruise lines have now heightened their screening of cruise p ... Read more
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Social Services, a government agency under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, hereby announces that the post Hurricane Gonzalo assistance period will end on Wednesday, 22nd October at 3:30pm.
Persons in need of assistance should visit the office on the Pondfill near Carl's & Son Bakery between 8:00am to 3:30pm.
Persons are being assessed on their individual needs/circumstances. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable (senior citizens, handicapped/disabled).
The ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The Monday urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament was that was adjourned will continue on October 22nd.
The plenary session is set for Wednesday at 10:00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The agenda is the instruction of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations given to the Governor of Sint Maarten to postpone ratification of the country decree in the appointment of the Ministers and Prime Minister.
This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament ( ... Read more
St. Maarten needs to fix its own house before trying to cross the ocean
PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Christopher Emmanuel unleashed an unexpected bomb on the floor of Parliament on Monday afternoon during the urgent meeting of Parliament that was called to discuss the instruction given to Governor Eugene Holiday. MP Emmanuel said that persons from the UP party offered him as much as two million dollars to jump ship and form the government with them. "I was offered $80,000.00, then it ... Read more
This report outlines the second series of activities of the Nature Foundation post hurricane Gonzalo. Hurricane Gonzalo struck St. Maarten on the 14th of October 2014 as a Category one storm. The following report outlines the assessments carried out by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation.
This week Thursday on October 23, 2014 the Sint Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) will be having a one day seminar for their members on the rights of older persons. The event will be in the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill (opposite of the Medical Center) and strats at 10 am in the morning until 4 pm in the afternoon.
Since the first of October the International Day of Older Persons quite a lot of commemorations and celebrations have been organized this month for the elderly. The SMSPA seminar will be an educative and action oriented ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- FC Soualiga Women's Soccer Team, was established in April 2013 and is, as of August 2014, officially established as the Soualiga Soccer Association. FC Soualiga hosted its first very successful International Women's Soccer Tournament on October 19th and 20th, 2013. During this tournament, teams from the likes of St. Barths, CuraÃ§ao and Trinidad participated. This tournament was of a sm ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- During the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday, October 13th, 2014 WTN Cable suffered damages to some of its satellites at its broadcast location at Harbor View and its transmitters/antennas at Fort Willem Hill, St. Peters Hill, Naked Boy Hill and Cole Bay Hill.
Immediately after the Hurricane, WTN Cable's technicians started working on the damaged equipment to have the service back up and running as soon as possible.
Although the damage was more than we anticipated, we are pleased to announce that most of the repairs are completed ... Read more
My fellow St. Maarteners,
First I would like to extend deepest sympathies to those who suffered loss during the recent passing of Hurricane Gonzalo, though it may have caused some devastation, we are still blessed to have weathered the storm and come out stronger and united.
Over the last few weeks, there has been no shor ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The recent instruction from the Dutch Government to Governor Eugene Holiday to carry out an invasive screening of candidate ministers in addition to the mandated security screening has put the governor yet again in a very awkward position where he has to choose between truly representing the people of St. Maarten and the one-sided interest of t ... Read more
POINT BLANCHE:--- 25 staff members from Port St. Maarten on Sunday were seen in the district of Middle Region helping with the national clean-up effort in connection with the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Port St. Maarten Mark Mingo is encoura ... Read more
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Clive Richardson would like to thank all emergency services, fire fighters, ambulance personnel, police, the various government ministries especially Ministry VROMI, the Coast Guard, Marines and others for their role played in connection with the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo.
Richardson would also like to thank contractors who are still busy today and in the coming days with the on-going national clean-up effort, for the very important role that they are playing in getting the country back on track.Read more
Transparency International: Dutch corruption mechanisms insufficient
PHILIPSBURG:--- The UP Faction would hereby like to make one thing abundantly clear to the general population and Kingdom partners: The issue with the instruction given to Governor Holiday regarding expanded screening cri ... Read more
Dutch govt. will be held liable for damages itsunconstitutional intrusion causes St. Maarten
PHILIPSBURG:--- Through an instruction issued to the Governor of St. Maarten last week, the Dutch Government has, on the basis of its earlier initiated character assassination of my person, ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Hon. Maurice Lake of the United People's (UP) Party said he is not surprised by the instruction given to the Governor of Sint Maarten by the Kingdom Council of Ministers.
"Some of the Dutch Members of the Second Chamber of Parliament in The Hague, and some of our own, are on a witch hunt against this broad based Government which is following all rules and procedures as a collective unit to better serve our people. These rules and procedures are based on the rule of law and our Constitution, the highest law of the land,< ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Former President of the Democratic Party Michael Ferrier submitted his resignation to the Leader of the Democratic Party Sarah Wescot Williams. SMN News mentioned in an article published last week that several members of the Democratic Party exploded when they heard that their party leader joined forces with the UPP/ De Weever/Marlin coalition. While Ferrier did not confirm or deny his int ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Several citizens and persons who bought confiscated items from the Public Prosecutors Office on St. Maarten and Weather Eyes Yacht Sales that was representing the Prosecutor's Office are now calling on the Dutch Members of Parliament and the Kingdom Council of Ministers to send ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The voting period for the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association has officially been opened as of today, October 20th, 2014. This puts YOU in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations you think should really be recognized for their outstanding performance in the Tourism and Trade Industry. May it be an excellent employee, an outstanding manager, or your favorite chef or bartender, for example.
Voting can be done on www.shta.com. Simply click on the 'Crystal Pineapple Awards' under the 'Events' tab on th ... Read more
GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip, would like to inform and reiterate that ALL schools will resume on Monday October 20, 2014.
This includes the St. Maarten Vocational Training School, Martin Luther King Primary School, Genevieve De Weever and the Oranje School. It was mentioned in a communication on Friday that these schools might not be ready, but the aforementioned schools are also ready and parents/guardians of these schools are hereby informed that they can send their children to ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:---A teacher of the St. Maarten Vocational School identified Frank Delmore is seriously injured while a passenger of the pick-up truck Delmore was driving is now dead. Residents of St. Peters identified the victim as Jean Claude Samuel a student of Teacher Delmore. The residents said that Delmore went up Sentry Hill to refill the generators. They said Delmore who is well known in the St. Peters community works as a maintenance man for the telecommunication systems. Young Samuel they said is of Haitian decent but he was born on St. Maarten and ... Read more