St. Martin News Network

Armed robbery/Victims tied up.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:42

armedrobberyfillin13082012PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday November 7th, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m. police patrols and detectives were sent to Midtown Hotel to investigate an armed robbery. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to the three victims from Venezuela. Two of them stated that they were on the island to conduct business and while they were in their hotel room they were attacked by three unknow ... Read more

Oranje School Celebrates Book week from 24th November to 28th November 2014.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:39

PHILIPSBURG:--- Book week is aimed at arousing the value of reading in our students. The program of celebration is designed to include essay and poster contests, book exhibitions, spelling bee competitions, battle of the books, visits to the library and various establishments. This year's theme is 'Living Things' and the slogan is 'Branch out with reading'.
On Friday November 28th; at 8:00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.; Oranje School will be hosting their annual book week parade. Students will be wearing book week t-shirts created by a student of the school while oth ... Read more


Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:37

PHILIPSBURG:--- Currently there is much discussion on the cost of Petroleum Products, whereby the public has indicated that government is over-charging by including turnover tax (TOT) in the price build-up. The TOT is an indirect tax, a gross receipt tax with the character of a consumption tax, which is levied on sales of goods and services at every stage in the supply chain as it makes its way to the final end user and is aimed to tax the consumption of goods and/or the use of services (See the Explanatory note by the introduction of the Ordinance on Turn over ... Read more

DEI Conducting Desk Research for National Study Database.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:34

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Division for Educational Innovation (DEI) is currently conducting a desk research within several government departments, divisions, government owned companies and schools subsidized by government in order to lay the groundwork for the creation of a national study database.
The study database is part of the "Studying in the Region 2014-2015" project plan. DEI has been tasked with conducting the desk research necessary for development of this database. One of the goals of the study database is to create better matches between existing vac ... Read more

DP Leader Gives up Chair of Parliament --- Will most likely not support UP/De Weever/Marlin Coalition.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 22:31

swescotwilliamsandemillee12112014Formateur Shuffled the pack again this time appointing Petrus Leroy De Weever as Minister of VSA, the Doc was fooled.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the Democratic Party Sarah Wescot Williams was fully played ... Read more


Wed, 11/12/2014 - 18:14

concordiacup12112014MULLET BAY:---- The annual face-off between the Dutch side and French side golf teams in the Concordia Cup was won by Team Saint Martin. After 3 years of dominance by the St. Maarten team, the French side recaptured the Concordia cup with a score of 14 to 13 points.

The two day tournament that is yearly organized around St. Maarten's Day was reduced to one day due to the torrential rain on F ... Read more

Official start of police training, Coast Guard and Royal Netherlands Marechaussee on Bonaire.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:41

policetrainingbonaire11112014KRALENDIJK, Bonaire:--- On Monday, November 10th, the course for police, Coast Guard and Koninklijke Marechaussee (KMar) officially begun. This is a historic moment because it is the first time that the course is being given on Bonaire, and because it is a combined course for all three units.

According to Chief of Police Caribbean Netherlands Hildegard Buitink, it is a hist ... Read more

Man shot in Cape Bay.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:29

shootingfillin11102012PHILIPSBURG:--- On Sunday November 9th, 2014 at approximately 5:05 a.m. a Simpson Bay police patrol was sent to Cape Bay road for a shooting. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to a witness who directed the officers to the victim. The victim was found at his home, which is also located on the Cape Bay road. The victim was bleeding from a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. The vic ... Read more

Plenary Session of Parliament rescheduled for November 13 about Bureau Intellectual Property.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:24

PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on November 13th. This session is related to Bureau Intellectual Property which was initially held on Monday, November 10, but due to a lack of a quorum it was closed and rescheduled for the aforementioned date.
The plenary session is set for Thursday at 2:00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.
The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance regarding the Bureau of Intell ... Read more

Several Members of Parliament Boycott St. Martin Day Official Ceremony.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 21:16

eholidayandpchopin11112014People of St. Maarten need to rise up and protect their heritage and culture – PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The official and traditional St. Martin's Day celebration that was hosted by the French side did not see much Members ... Read more

Gendarmes tried to Force KPSM Police Officers from French side during St. Maarten/St. Martin’s Day Celebration --- Where is the Unity and Cooperation that exists between the two sides?

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:33

gendarmesremovingpolice11112014FRENCH QUARTER:--- The Captain of the Gendarmerie Slyvian Joualt along with other Gendarmes ordered two officers that escorted the Prime Minister and Governor of St. Maarten to the French side to leave the French side of the island since they were carrying their firearms. SMN News reporter saw the Chief Security of the Prime Minister speaking to t ... Read more

Businesses closed for St. Maarten's Day.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:27

The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication herewith makes the following known that:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (St. Maarten's Day) is an official holiday.
In keeping with the Law on Shop Closure, all places of business must be closed on this day.

In accordance with Article 3 of the Law on Shop Closure, the afore-mentioned is not applicable to the following businesses:

  • Pharmacies, as far as it concerns the sale of medicine and medical products;
  • Bars and restaurants;
  • Hotel and guestho ... Read more

Taxi Drivers Demanding that DSTA Board Step Down --- Meeting in Deadlock.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 22:51

Claims that there is Financial Mismanagement

POINTE BLANCHE:--- Several Taxi Drivers called an emergency meeting with the board of the Dutch St. Maarten Taxi Drivers Association (DSTA) on Monday afternoon demanding that the board step down since they have proof that there has been financial mismanagement with the association's funds. Some concerned taxi drivers told SMN News that the members of the DSTA signed a petition demanding that the current board resign. On that petition they mentioned three points as grievance ... Read more

Human Remains and Wreckage Discovered at Skyway Crash site.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:56

glenwerleman10112014SIMPSON BAY:--- The search team that is busy searching for the Skyway Short 36 wreckage that crashed off the coast of St. Maarten on October 29th, 2014 recovered some human remains along with clothing and some wreckage on Monday afternoon, Head of Coast Guard Glen Werleman confirmed this to SMN News on Monday.
Werleman said that the t ... Read more

Children’s Book Week at the library.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:25

rekeburiko10112014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Philipsburg Jubilee Library is getting all geared up for Children's Book Week 2014. Between November 16th and November 22nd the library will once again host a spectacular event, focused on the joy of reading and storytelling. This year's theme is "Folktales and Fairytales from around the w ... Read more


Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:17

The Division of Study Financing of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Affairs hereby announces that:

The study financing application period for the scholastic year 2015/2016 commenced on Wednesday October 15, 2014 and will close on Thursday January 15, 2015.

Persons applying for study financing are required to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of Dutch Nationality from the Census Office or a copy of the Passport
  • An Original Birth Certificate (If the applicant was born outside of the former Netherlands ... Read more

No Quorum to hold Parliamentary Meeting.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 19:35

PHILIPSBURG:--- The public meeting of Parliament called on Monday was postponed for the second time since the Parliament of St. Maarten did not have a quorum to continue the meeting. Those present were the President of Parliament Sarah Wescot Williams, MP Cornelius de Weever, MP Johan Janhci Leonard, MP Leona Marlin and MP Franklin Meyers, Also present for the meeting was MO George Pantophlet who signed in but MP Chrisptopher Emmanuel was at the meeting but did not sign in. Most of the MP's that were absent are from the UPP Faction that has the majority in the ... Read more

MP Andre Bosman has until November 17th, 2014 to issue open Apology to MP Cornelius de Weever.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:51

andrebosmanandcdeweever10112014Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem Issued Summon to Bosman if not face court injunction

PHILIPSBURG:--- Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem has issued a summons to Dutch MP Andre Bosman to issue an apology to his client MP/Minister Cornelius de Weever by Monday November 17th, 2014 ... Read more

MP Andre Bosman has until November 17th to issue open Apologies to MP Cornelius de Weever

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:51

Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem Issued Summon to Bosman if not face court Injunction.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem has issued a summon to Dutch MP Andre Bosman to issue an apology to his client MP/Minister Cornelius de Weever by Monday November 17th 2014 or face a court injunction.
In a letter sent to MP Bosman dated November 10th 2014, Bloem stated that MP Bosman made erroneous and slanderous and defaming statements against his client MP De Weever shortly after MP De Weever abandon the NA/DP/USp coalition and ... Read more