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ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens Further; Businesses advised to close at 12.00PM; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises businesses to close their operations at 12:00PM today Monday and allow their employees to go home in order to complete storm preparations.

Businesses should also use the opportunity to secure their premises. Anything that could blow away should be secured eg. yard furniture, plastic containers, garbage bins should be brought indoors etc.

Weather conditions are forecasted to further deteriorate this afternoon as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area.

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ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens; Schools closed on Monday; Residents urged to complete storm preparations by early tonight; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises residents to complete securing loose obstacles outside in the yard by early this evening eg. plastic containers, garbage bins etc.

All schools are to remain closed on Monday due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo. This is a precautionary measure in the interests of the safety of school children, teachers, school bus drivers and parents. School management and teachers are urged to report to their respective schools to ensure that measures are taken to prevent any possible dama ... Read more

ODM: Country under a Tropical Storm Warning. TS Gonzalo expected to pass through Leeward Islands by Monday morning

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:56

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) hereby informs the Sint Maarten community that the country is now under a Tropical Storm Warning as the system east of the islands has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less. Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

Residents should use Sunday daylight hours to secure anything in ... Read more

Three men arrested for threatening and possession of an illegal firearm.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:28

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday October 10th, 2014 between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., a police patrol from the Philipsburg area investigated a complaint of a threat with a firearm on the Hyena Road in Cay Hill. The suspect with the initials J.D.C. (43) was arrested at his home on Hyena Road. During a search of his home a rifle and a handgun were found and confiscated. The suspects J.M.C. (40) and F.A.Q.H. (32) were arrested in the Sucker Garden area after an illegal firearm was located in the center console of the vehicle the suspects were driving in. All three suspe ... Read more

Population Ageing Trends High on the Agenda for Social Development.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:18

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Symposium on Ageing held last week Wednesday acted as the first step in spreading the awareness about the challenges of an ageing population and letting the public know that this issue is high on the agenda of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labour (VSA). Based on the feedback from the audience at the symposium, Social Development is headed in the right direction when it comes to identifying the key priority areas St. Maarten is dealing with due to an increase in the ageing population. Key priority areas that were pres ... Read more

Last Power Hour For 2014.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 17:01

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GREAT BAY:--- POWER HOUR is a networking event for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals that grown over the course the year to include leadership training and be a ... Read more

St. Peters Resident Shot to Death.

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:20

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MARIGOT:--- The Gendarmes are busy investigating the death of a man whose body was found not far away from a club in Lago Heights, confirmed Prosecutor Flavien Noailles. Noailles said he was informed of the gruesome discovery around 6am on Saturday morning, he also confirmed that the body ... Read more

Ministry VROMI Announces Road Closure Section of Front Street on Saturday and Sunday for two hours.

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 03:32

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be interruption to the traffic flow at a section of Front Street for two days.

The interruption to the road traffic will be on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th from 8:00PM to 10:00PM, a two hour period each time.

The disruption is in connection with reconstruction of a business on Front Street.

Motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs.< ... Read more

Governor's Address Swearing in Ceremony.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:28

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Members of Parliament elect,
President of the Collectivité of Sint Maarten
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning.

And to all the people of Sint Maarten I am pleased to extend congratulations to you and to wish you a happy anniversary on this our 4th Constitution Day.

It is also my plea ... Read more

Optimizing Tax Revenue Report Submitted to Parliament on Friday.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:05

PHILIPSBURG:--- The report of the performance audit "Optimizing Tax Revenue" was submitted to Parliament today, Friday October 10, 2014, by the General Audit Chamber. This audit was carried out to determine the effectiveness and efficiency, i.e. the performance, of the reform of fiscal system and tax revenue compliance.
In carrying out this review, the General Audit Chamber sought to determine the extent to which the minister of finance was able to effectively and efficiently optimize tax revenue. The result of the audit contribute to the social significan ... Read more

17 Year Old Arrested in Front Street Shooting.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 19:14

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PHILIPSBURG:--- A 17 year old young man identified as S.G. surrendered to police on Friday October 10th, 2014 as the person who shot another young man in the FLEX DVD store Thursday afternoon. It was first reported that the shooter walked into the DVD store and witnessed two men robbing the store ... Read more

Kidz At Sea Foundation Kicks Off the 2014 Academic Year in High Gear.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:29

mpckidsatsea10102014PHILIPSBURG:--- We've been a little quiet in terms of press announcements but we at Kidz at Sea have been up to big things. In July, Kidz at Sea officially opened its new Clubhouse located with the St. Maarten Shipyard premises on Airport Road. The Clubhouse gives the Foundation a place to call home, ... Read more

Parliament website to stream live swearing in of new Members of Parliament.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:08

PHILIPSBURG:--- The swearing in ceremony of 15 Members of the House of Parliament on October 10th at the Cabinet of the Governor, will be carried live on parliament's website.
The live coverage begins at 9:50AM and can be followed on www.sxmparliament.org.
The swearing in will also be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120.

At 2:00PM today, Friday, October 10, the new Members of Parliament will also have their first plenary parliamentary session in the House of Parliament.

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Formateur Heyliger Receives Support For A Broad-Base Government.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:20

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Formateur Honarable Member of Parliament (MP) Theodore Heyliger during his deliberations with political factions as well as with individual MPs who ha ... Read more

Police requests public's assistance in murder investigation.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:45

liscaniamaduro09102014PHILIPSBURG:--- On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 around 5:00am, the lifeless body of a 23-year-old woman was found in a car in the Nazareth-Dutch Quarter area. This victim appeared to be: Liscania MADURO-Ozório, nicknamed "Liz" or "BEBA". In connection with this murder, the investigation team is asking for your assistance in answering th ... Read more

Open House reaches remarkable numbers.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:18

smmcopenhouse09102014CAY HILL:--- The Open House at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on Saturday, October 4, 2014 reached remarkable numbers specifically to the women public.
One of the key objectives in the Open House was to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. Attendees at the Open House included Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Minister of Health Mr. Cornelius De Weever, Positive Foundatio ... Read more

All donation registrations received by Electoral Council.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 02:13

electoralcouncillogo01062014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Electoral Council is pleased to announce that all candidates who contested the recently held Parliamentary elections, submitted their registers of donations to the Electoral Council. At the end of the deadline, last Monday, 87 of the 90 candidates had submitted their registers of donations, one of which was not fully in accordance with the provisions of the Natio ... Read more

Island Wide Blackout hindered FCCA 21st Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:37

PHILIPSBURG:--- Residents throughout the Dutch side of the island were out of electricity shortly after 2pm on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports state that GEBE encountered a major problem at its power plant in Cape Bay.
The island wide blackout severely hindered the 21st Annual FCCA Conference and Tradeshow that is currently being held at the A.C. Wathey Cruise Facility. At the moment St. Maarten has over 1,100 delegates on the island attending the conference, many of the delegates were seen in Philipsburg wandering around since they were unable to continue t ... Read more

Island Wide Blackout hindered FCCA 21st Annual Conferrence

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 23:37

PHILIPSBURG:--- Residents throughout the Dutch side of the island were out of electricity shortly after 2pm on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports states that GEBE encountered a major problem at its power plant in Cape Bay.
The island wide blackout severely hindered the 21st Annual FCCA Conference that is currently held at the A. C Wathey Cruise Facility. At the moment St. Maarten has over 1,100 delegates on the island attending the conference, many of the delegates were seen in Philipsburg wandering around since they were unable to continue their tradeshow and ... Read more