St. Martin News Network

AVA Airways calls for a Statement of Apologies from Curacao Government’s Minister of Finance Hon. Dr. J. Jardim on False and defamatory statements.

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 23:09

olivierarrindell08052015Willemstad:--- With astonishment Ava Airways Curacao took notice of an announcement made by the Interim Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning, Dr. Jose Jardim ("Minister of Finance"). The Minister said during a televised interview that the AVA's economic permit was rejected, because the airline did not have all th ... Read more

French President Francois Hollande Landed on St. Maarten, then departed to Saint Barthélemy

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:59

governorholidayfrancoishollAirport:--- French President Francois Hollande landed on St. Maarten (Princess Juliana International Airport) at 4:30pm on Friday afternoon instead of the scheduled 4.00pm hour. The French President came off an Air France aircraft and was g ... Read more

The International Labour Organization (ILO), has created a new module in Labour Diplomacy

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 21:25

knightdicola08052015The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), has ... Read more

ECLAC panel discussion explores innovative financing solutions for the Caribbean

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 20:42

The session took place during the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean, held in Trinidad and Tobago on May 5-7.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) celebrated a panel discussion at the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean, in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday 7 May 2015, to explore innovative financing solutions in the context of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Financing for Development that will be held in Addis Ababa in July.
At the opening of the session, which examined opportuni ... Read more

Rhoda Arrindell: “resounding themes” at Future of the Caribbean forum in Trinidad

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 20:40

gonsalvesrarrindell08052015GREAT BAY:---- —Linguist and author Dr. Rhoda Arrindell attended the int ... Read more

Medium to High Potential for Tilapia Die-off Due to Weather Conditions

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 20:35

PHILIPSBURG:---- Based on ongoing dry and hot weather the island has been experiencing and based on water quality sampling conducted by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation it has been decided to issue an alert concerning the medium to high potential for a Tilapia fish die off in the Great Salt Pond.
The Nature Foundation has tested the water quality in the Great Salt Pond and has measured a decrease in oxygen levels and an increase in salinity due to the ongoing weather conditions. These factors coupled with the large amount of introduced and invasive tilapi ... Read more

Zoning Ordinance Independent Committee of Experts formally into effect

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 23:23

PHILIPSBURG:---- The National decree with respect to the new formation of the Independent Committee of Experts as referred to in the National Ordinance on Spatial Development Planning, commonly referred to as the Zoning Ordinance formally came into effect on March 13th, 2015. The Committee now consists of Chairlady Mrs. Eveline Henriquez- Dijkhoffz, Secretary Mr. Eunicio Martina, members Mr. Tadzio Bervoets and Mr. Brian Deher, alongside long-time members Mr. Ronald Daal and Mr. David Morrison.

Efforts to previously form a committee met several challenge ... Read more

Minister of Justice Richardson receives Annual Report on Joint Court of Justice

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:54

drichardsonbloyden07052015PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson earlier this week received from Supervisory Board member Kelvin Bloyden and Vice President Coen Luijks of the Joint Court of Justice, the joint courts 2014 Ann ... Read more

SMHGC and Checkmate Security Contract does not look legitimate says MPs.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:21

Handwritten changes was made on the contract, which is termed as being illegal.


PHILPSBURG:---- During the continuation meeting on Thursday regarding the contract between Checkmate Security and Government owned company St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies (SMHGC) Members of Parliament were told that there is only one contract between the government owned company and Checkmate Security, and that Members of Parliament cannot obtain a copy but could only peruse the five page document. A half hour adjournment was given to P ... Read more

Carnival vendors requested to remove tents and other structures from roadside

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:06

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---- The Department of Economic Licenses as well as the Department of Public Works hereby announces that Carnival vendors need to remove their roadside tents and other structures before Monday, May 11.

Structures and tents that remain along the roadside after Monday, May 11 will be removed by the competent Government department at the vendor's expense and discarded at the landfill.

The departments expect full cooperation in this matter.

... Read more

Two Dancers to hold fundraising.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:45

PHILIPSBURG:--- Two talented young dancers will begin their journey in pursuing a career in dance this summer. In order to raise funds for their schooling, they are hosting a dance fundraiser on Saturday, May 9 at Spm at Dance Theatre of St.Maarten, located within the Mexaplex Movie Theatre.

Bianca Dijkhoffz and Tyra Els have dedicated their life to dance since the age of 4 at both, The Motiance Dance School and the Indisu Dance Theatre of St.Maarten. Tyra will be attending the prestigious Alvin Ailey in New York City. While Bianca has been given an Outs ... Read more

St. Maarten Harbor newest RBC-ATM location

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:32

rbcatm07052015PHILIPSBURG:--– RBC now has a convenient location for its newest ATM at the Harbor of St. Maarten. With the ATM at the Harbor, RBC has 14 ATM's across St. Maarten. Tourists and locals now have a very convenient option to dispense cash upon arrival.
"Through Collaboration with local officials, a hard working ... Read more

CPS puts Local Physicians on Alert for Rash and Fever in Patients

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:28

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):---- Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), has placed family physicians on alert for any noticeable increase in rash or fever in patients. CPS has also recommended for patients who have travelled for doctors to refer them to the SLS lab so that they can be tested for Zika virus.

CPS has been informed of rash illness in Brazil, mainly in the north eastern states. Persons between 20-40 years of age have reported mild symptoms; some cases tested po ... Read more

Road Closers for France President to St. Martin.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 19:58

PHILIPSBURG:---- In connection with the transit stop of French President Françoise Hollande which is scheduled for Friday May 8th the Police Department is making the following announcement.

  •  From 08:25 p.m. traffic from Philipsburg would not be able to reach Cole bay via A.J.C. Brouwers rd and the Arlette Peterson rd. All drivers are urged to reach their destination before road closures. After 09:10 p.m. roads will reopen.
  •  From 08:25 traffic from Low Lands/Mullet bay/Beacon Hill can reach up to Maho round a bout. All road usere ... Read more

Who owns Security Company that Guards Pond Island Government Building?

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 00:16

PHILIPSBURG:--- Several questions are being raised as to who owns the Security Company that has workers guarding the Government Administration Building on Pond Island. SMN News learnt that a security guard identified as Hildo Scharbaai died on Sunday while on the job.
SMN News learnt that the security officer who was working at the Government Administration Building was found in a uniform similar to the uniforms that the government security officers wear but he is not a government employee.
Head of the government security said when contacted by SMN Ne ... Read more

Minister TEATT Congratulates Everybody for Carnival 2015

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:58

cconnor06052015PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Hon. Claret Connor would like to express his gratitude to all who made Carnival 2015 possible.

Carnival 2015 was h ... Read more

Rotary Club Draws for Lucky Winner of the Audi Q5

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:54

rotaryaudiwinner06062015PHILIPSBURG:---- Several months of ticket sales came to an end as on Sunday evening at Festival Village, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten drew the winning ticket for the Audi q5 in front of a packed house. Michael Granger, the President of the Carnival foundation drew the winning ticket and was supervised by Notary Meredith Boekhoute and a Government controller. Many hopeful onlookers checked ... Read more

VROMI Lays Foundation for FOGA Project

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:46

foga06052015PHILIPSBURG:---- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), recently executed the foundation works for the SMHDF Foga project, which is focused on the construction of low income homes.
The Foga project is situated behind the Melford Hazel Sports Complex on the edge of the pond's rim. Infrastructure works executed by VROMI for the realization of the projec ... Read more

Traffic Department calling on Drivers of three vehicles to contact them.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:31

vehicledrivers06052015PHILIPSBURG:---The Police Traffic Department is has not yet finalized is investigation in connection with the fatal traffic accident which took place on April 16th 2015 on the Airport Boulevard.
The accident took place in the vicinity of Thrifty Car Rental in which the driver of a black Hummer struck a jogger with his vehicle. Just around the same time of the accident at least three other ... Read more

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT (Road Closure-Traffic Diversion)

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 21:25

kpsmlogo21082014PHILIPSBURG:--- In connection with the funeral service of the late Sylvanie C. Williams-Rogers, which is scheduled for Thursday May 7th 2015 at the Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Simpson Bay the police department is announcing the following traffic measures:
The Old Simpson Bay road will be closed from 01.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m. from the Simpson Bay Police Station to the Simpson Bay Cemetery ... Read more