St. Martin News Network

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

Shuttle bus hired to transport TelEm Group workers through flooded roads around Pond Island building Monday.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:47

POND ISLAND:--- TelEm Group will be laying on a shuttle bus service for employees Monday, to ferry workers to the company's main building on Pond Island.
The bus will pick up personnel in the government parking lot, Pond Island, from 7:00 in the morning Monday and will transport the workers from this location to the main building via University Boulevard and into Soualiga Drive. Both roads are presently flooded following a torrential downpour Saturday.
"Conditions are such that employees may be forced to turn back rather than face having to navigate t ... Read more

UTS supports St. Maarten Day Broadcast

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 16:45

utssupportssxmdaybroadcast10112014PHILIPSBURG:--- UTS has signed on to support the yearly broadcast on the occasion of St. Maarten's Day, organized by Elton Richardson of Mc. Laren Media & Entertainment. The company will be supporting the broadcast with a monetary donation as well as by supplying internet connectivity through its CaribServe brand of broadband internet service. "We are happy to suppor ... Read more

Trouble in Coalition Camp --- De Weever losing power.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 23:14

updpleonamarlin10102014Curacao Policy Advisor to be Appointed Minister of VSA by MP Lloyd Richardson

PHILIPSBURG:--- Two months and days after the August 29th Parliamentary Elections there is still no Government on St. Maarten and while the Governor of St. Maarten has extended the formation period for the UPP/De Weever/Marlin coalition to appoint ... Read more

Minister Lake wants improved standard operating procedures after torrential rain event over the weekend.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:15

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake would like to commend the emergency services (Fire, Police), public works and other government agencies (Department of Communication, Meteorological Service) and semi government agencies (Airport, Harbour, NV GEBE), and Minister Hon. Ted Richardson for their role in the post flood experienced over the weekend.

"Once again the country experienced a natural disaster within a short space of time. I was out assessing the situation a ... Read more

Port St. Maarten takes care of cruise passengers from Carnival Valor.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:14

carnivalvalor09112014POINT BLANCHE:--- On Saturday, November 8 Carnival Valor docked at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility as part of its weekly call to Port St. Maarten.

Due to the inclement weather, the port provided cruise passengers with hundreds of poncho's along with entertainment at the cruise facility in order to brighten their stay under gre ... Read more

Nature Foundation Report on Activities Post Rain Event November 7 and 8 2014.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:07

This report briefly summarizes the activities of the Nature Foundation post significant rain event and subsequent flooding on the 7th and 8th of November 2014.

As soon as the all clear was given the St. Maarten Nature Foundation responded to various items as part of its post rainfall event management protocols.

Water Quality Tests were conducted at Great Bay, Little Bay and Simpson Bay Beaches in the vicinity of Kim-sha beach in order to determine the levels of Water Quality. Whenever there is a large rain event such as the one experienced on the ... Read more

Nature Foundation records Moderately Successful Sea Turtle Nesting Season.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:06

sorayadelafuenteexcavatinghawksbillnest09112014Thanks community for widely supporting endangered sea turtles on St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG:--- The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has recorded a moderately successful Sea Turtle Nesting S ... Read more

Plenary Session of Parliament scheduled for November 10.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:01

PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on November 10th.

The plenary session is set for Monday 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 Intellectual Property with respect to current rules, responsibilities and obligations.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

... Read more

Africa Caribbean Heritage Alliance launches November 26, 2014!

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:59

okamaekpebrook09112014Reuniting the Caribbean with Africa!

GREAT BAY:--- The influence of the African continent on the Caribbean culture is undeniable. Through food, clothing, dance, and art, the African culture (especially West African) is still alive in the Caribbean. However, there is still a huge disconnect between the Caribbea ... Read more

Global Entrepreneurship Week focuses on helping Entrepreneurs succeed!

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:56

wmooreland09112014International and Local Entrepreneurs providing information throughout the week.

Great Bay, St. Maarten – During the November 17-23, 2014, Global Entrepreneurship Week, St. Maarten will be among 150 countries around the world celebrating and stimulating entrepreneurship. On November 19, 2014 at the Belair Community Center from 7-10 PM, the POWER HOUR, a networking event for entrepreneurs an ... Read more

Minister De Weever sheds light on Coliseum Casino issue.

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:51

GREAT BAY:--- The Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labour Cornelius De Weever is fully aware and has been addressing the situation involving the Coliseum Casino and the associated employees. It is important to note that an arrangement was made with all parties through the involvement of the Labour Department since AUGUST to continue the monthly salary of the 12 employees until a solution has been realized.

"Financial and employment arrangements were made to keep the employees on for a bridging period," said Minister De Weever.

T ... Read more

Pink Orange delegates convene on St. Maarten

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 20:47

pinkorange09112014PHILIPSBURG—The fourth annual convention of the Pink Orange Alliance will take place from Thursday, November 13 – Saturday, November 15, 2014 on St. Maarten.
The Pink Orange Alliance is a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (lgbti) network, consisting of representatives from all of the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, including Aruba, and also The Netherlands. The vari ... Read more