POINT BLANCHE:--- On December 5, 2014, the Court in First Instance rendered its judgment in the injunction case filed by St. Maarten Harbour Holding Company against Dock Maarten.
St. Maarten Harbour Holding Company requested the Court to order Dock Maarten NV to cease its construction activities in the concession area of Great Bay and to remove the stone jetty constructed there in the past few weeks.
The Court in First Instance ruled that it could not grant the order because a building permit was issued to Dock Maarten NV on July 21, 2014 to const ... Read more
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip is inviting the general public to the Annual Thanksgiving and Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 7 in front of the Government Administration Building at 4:30pm.
The theme for 2014 is: "Be Thankful and Bless His Name."
The event is being organized in collaboration with Caribbean PITCH IT Foundation, St. Maarten/St. Martin Christian Council, St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The Thanksgiving Day ... Read more
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- On December 3rd four detectives took the oath to join the National Detective Service of country Sint Maarten's Police Force.
Minister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson witnessed the oath-taking ceremony.
The ceremony was performed by the Acting Secretary General of the Ministry of Justi ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The Department of Statistics has released preliminary estimates of economic growth in 2013 as measured by the Gross Domestic Product by production at 1.0% in real terms.
Compared to 2012, when final estimates show growth of 1.4%, the 2013 results confirm a deceleration of economic activities particularly with a slower pace growth in the government sector and decrease in gross value added of the Financial intermediation sector.
Economic activities increased by 3.5 percent in nominal terms from about Ang. 1,764 in 2012 to Ang. 1,825 mill ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake says the current activities at the Belair Pond are related to the clearance of the storm drain channel and mouth area into the pond. The mouth of the drain channel became overgrown with brush as well as clogged with debris and garbage.
Nature Foundation is observing the activities and is assisting with the removal of bird nests in that particular area where the drainage channel to the Pond is located. So far eight birds' nests h ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Rotary Club of St. Maarten Sunrise was pleased to welcome Attorney Jason Rogers, Central Voting Bureau Chairman to their recent morning meeting. In the aftermath of the recent elections Rogers in his presentation gave a recap of the recent elections and elucidated on the role of the voting bureau during and after the elections. Pictured from left to r ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- The Harbor Holding Companies lost its court case it filed against Dock Maartens. The Habor Holding Companies approached the court to stop Dock Maartens from continuing its project which is building a pier. The court ruled that developers obtained a building from the department of VROMI on July 14th 2014 and the Harbor Holding companies never used the appeal time to file an appeal against the building permit that was issued. Normally interested parties have up to six weeks to appeal the issuance of permits that would hinder their business, but no ... Read more
CFT Ready to Grant St. Maarten an Extension so that incoming government can find amendments to balance its budget
PHILIPSBURG:--- The board of the CFT informed members of the media that they met with several parties on St. Maarten including the Governor, Council of Ministers and Par ... Read more
GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Council of Ministers received the College financieel toezicht (Cft) delegation on Thursday morning, December 4, 2014, to discuss the finances of country Sint Maarten, in particular the status of affairs of the budget 2014 and the draft budget of 2015. Cft was represented by Chairman Mr. Age Bakker, Member upon proposal of CuraÃ§ao Mr. Alberto Romero, Member upon prop ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG: --- SMN News has been reliably informed that four of the proposed Ministers that were submitted to the Governor of St. Maarten for screening allegedly failed the screening process.
According to the information SMN News received Petrus Leroy de Weever failed the screening due to the complaint filed against him by Judith Roumou; R ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- Staff and management of the Inspectorate of Economic Affairs of Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), attended and successfully completed training on Weights and Measures from November 17th through 21st held in St. Maarten.... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- During the weekend of November 22-23, personnel from the Inspectorate of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), conducted noise controls on several establishments in the Philipsburg and surrounding areas.
Several roadside bars and a beach bar & restaurant were visited and noise levels were measured using a digital noise level meter.
This device is able to measure the decibel level of noise being emitted from a source. In this case, the source of the no ... Read more
SIMPSON BAY:--- The St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) would like to remind all interested parties that this Saturday December 6th is the general clean-up of the Simpson Bay lagoon. The President of the SMMTA Brian Deher stated "the clean-up was originally spearheaded by the Minister Maurice Lake and the SMMTA is happy to take part in this initiative which has been organized and funded by both the public and private sector." The SMMTA would like to echo The Ministers call for "everyone to get involved, and clean-up our environment." The clean-up and ... Read more
Age Bakker (Cft): 'Fiscal discipline Statia a must!'
ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius:--- The Board of financial supervision (College financieel toezicht Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba â€“ Cft) visited Sint Eustatius to meet with the executive council as well as with the island council on Wednesday, December 3rd. One concern is the risk that the island may realize a d ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- GEBE, the government owned utility company, not long ago purchased a 2015 Lincoln car for its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rene Garder. SMN News learnt that there is a vehicle allowance for members of the management team where the maximum amounts to $30,000.00. GEBE's policy clearly outlined how much monies the management team and supe ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG: --- GEBE the government owned utility company not long ago purchased a 2015 Lincoln car for its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rene Garder. SMN News learnt that there is a vehicle allowance for members of the management team where the maximum amounts to $30,000.00. GEBE policy clearly outlined how much monies the management team and supervi ... Read more
COLE BAY:--- If you're in search of a new ride, there's no better time to buy than now and Motorworld and Caribbean Auto are making it extra special for car shoppers to buy at its grand annual Christmas Car Show on Saturday, December 6.
The car companies will be offering discounts of up to US $4,000 off selected models of vehicles at the all day event, which will be held at ... Read more
PANAMA/PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday, December 3rd, Member of Parliament and DP leader, Sarah Wescot-Williams attended her first Parlatino committee meeting in Panama. The St. Maarten MP participated in the meeting of the Parlatino committee on Gender Equity, Childhood and Youth. In its meeting of Wednesday, aforementioned committee approved ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- An information session entitled "bullying: what parents should know!" is being organized by the Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs for the general public especially parents.
The information session is free and will be held on Friday December 5th at the University of St. Martin from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
The objective of the workshop is to bring awareness to parents about bullying and its implications on a child's life and how parents can best support their child (re ... Read more