Meteorological Department St. Maarten (MDS) Public Forecast
PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN
DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Wednesday midday (12:00 LST) February 10, 2016< ... Read more
Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell. Photo Today / Milton Pieters
Minister calls on private sector to join in
St. Maarten News:Â Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication ... Read more
St. Maarten News:Â MP Tamara Leonard is the second MP in Country St. Maartenâs history to propose a pay-cut for parliamentarians. On January 16, 2014, former DP-MP Roy Marlin submitted a motion to cut salaries by 12 percent, after the draft budget showed that all members of the Council of Ministers had decreased their remuneration by 30,000 guilders for that year.
Marlinâs motion failed, because none of the other fourteen Members of Parliament supported it. âIt carries only one signature. Mine,â Marlin said at the time. For the lack of support, he withdrew the m ... Read more
From left to right: Professional Development Director Micaela Hart, Darren Wilson, Elisia Lake, Paul Bell and Rotaract President Kimberley Duzong. Photo contributed
St. Maarten News: The government intends to double the casino fees from the current 50,000 to 100,000 guilders per month over the next three years. Finance Minister Richard Gibson made the announcement during the central committee meeting about the draft 2016 budget yesterday.
âThe casino fees were established in 1996,â the minister said. âThose 50,000 guilders have never been indexed. In real terms we are right now collecting 50 percent of the purchasing power that money had twenty years ago.â
The finance ministry is working on legislation to fully index the casino fe ... Read more
St. Maarten News: Finance Minister Richard Gibson Sr. spoke of âa difficult deliveryâ and âa shotgun budgetâ in the central committee of parliament. He explained in more detail how the budget had come about, but he also put it in its historical perspective because the budget has a history.
In 2015, the parliament approved the budget, but it did not get the gree ... Read more
From left: Roddy Heyliger, Bernard Hunt, Tony Harris and Arthur Lugisse. Photo contributed
St. Maarten News:Â Under the umbrella of the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation and in conjunction with photographer Hassan Kareem, Emmy award ... Read more
~ When asked for ID in Maho raid ~
MAHO--A plainclothes officer told a 74-year-old man who was vacationing in
St. Maarten with his ... Read more
Finance Minister Richard Gibson (right) with MP Maurice Lake.
PHILIPSBURG--Parliament is faced with a âshotgun budgetâ as the draft 2016 budget was described by Finance Minister Richard Gibson. The Minister tabled the budget, totalling NAf. 438,000,000 in the Central Committee meeting of Parliament on Monday morning.
There is âno time to do the budget as it should have been doneâ and to get all policies from the seven ministries covered, said the Minister. âThere is a certain pain in the budget, becaus ... Read more
~ Has video surveillance of incident ~
MAHO--The Sonesta Maho Group of Companies has condemned the âshamefulâ and âaggressiveâ manner in which a joint control was conducted on its property last week Thursday, noting that guests were intimidated during the process, a l ... Read more
~ Architect insists project has âbeen done by the book ~
ORIENT BAY--Three local proprietors of the new restaurant units on Orient Beach who have not signed contracts with the CollectivitĂ© based on their claims the buildings have not been constructed to French code in addition to contesting what they view as prohibitively high rent said Monday this was their âfinal stand.â
PHILIPSBURG--Only four Members of Parliament (MPs) have so far questioned the allocation in the draft 2016 budget as its handling started in the Central Committee of Parliament on Monday. Only MP Tamara Leonard (UP) requested information related to the budget in writing prior to the start of the debate. She submitted her questions last week to the Minister via Wescot-Williams.... Read more
PHILIPSBURG--Casinos can expect to pay more in fees as early as the end of this year. Government is working on legislation to index casino gaming fees. The current legislation outlining the gaming fees dates back to 1979.... Read more
PHILIPSBURG--Thanks to funding made available by the European Union (EU) the upgrading of Dutch Quarter will take place soon.... Read more