St. Martin News Network


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.

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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

Curfew Lifted as of 6.00PM; Businesses catering to service sector can reopen at own discretion; Motorists should avoid flooded areas and remain at home if you don’t have to be out

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 21:54

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):----  After a review of the current situation in the country and a review of weather reports, and after careful consideration, the curfew will be lifted as of 6.00PM, Saturday, November 8th.

Businesses that care to the service sector are allowed to reopen at their own discretion. Employees who reside in areas seriously impacted by flood waters should look at personal safety.

Motorists who do not have to be on the roadway should remain at home out of harm's way.

Compromised areas du ... Read more

All Taxi’s and Tour Busses Requested to Return to Port with Cruise Passengers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 19:22

POINT BLANCHE:---- Port St. Maarten – Port St. Maarten is encouraging all taxi's and tour bus operators who have cruise passengers from the Carnival Valor, to return to the port as soon as possible. Due to the current situation and taking into consideration the clean-up efforts currently underway, and in order to avoid any possible delay in the vessel departing as scheduled, it is advised to return the passengers to the port.
Thanking you in advance for your attention and cooperation.

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Airport and Port to remain open; Curfew as of 12.00PM to be Enforced by Police and Marines; Businesses must close as soon as possible.

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 17:51

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) :---  After assessments carried out by the country's emergency services, due to high water on several main roads and other infrastructure challenges; there are dangerous conditions along with mud slides and debris that warrant a national curfew for the public and public safety.

The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) informs the community that the Airport and Port will remain in operation.

Taxi's and tour busses are allowed to operate to take tourists to their destination (airport, port or hotels). Persons that prove the ... Read more

Dialysis patients are allowed to go to SMMC for dialysis appointment

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 17:48

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) informs the public and in particular dialysis patients, that they are allowed to go to the St. Maarten Medical Center for their dialysis appointment today, Saturday, November 8.

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