PHILIPSBURG--The United St. Maarten Party (US Party) continued its launch campaign and rolled out another four candidates who will be on its list come September 26. Party leader Frans Richardson introduced Delphine Agnes Brooks Mardenborough, Franklin de Windt, Jelen Coulanges and Lyndon Lewis to members of the media at the partyâs headquarters.... Read more
PHILIPSBURG--Residents dropping off or picking up passengers at Princess Juliana International Airport SXM are furious about a coned-off section outside the terminal building.... Read more
PHILIPSBURG--The criminal justice system in St. Maarten is simply not equipped to handle addicts and persons with mental disorders who have come into contact with law enforcement. These are the findings of the Law Enforcement Council in a recent report compiled on the topic.... Read more
THE HAGUE--Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Stef Blok and State Secretary of Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff are taking the concerns of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament about (illegal) gambling very seriously.... Read more
From left: Romeo Gumbs, Gunther Dierckx, Bobby Smith, Terminal and Cargo Project Coordinator Lela Simmonds, Michel Edwards, Cargo and Terminal Operations Manager Roger Lawrence, Interim Human Resources Manager Hector Peters, Yevgeny Andy Daflaar, Edwin Haynes, Eugenio Jones and Jerry Nicholson.
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St. Maarten News âMembers of the National Alliance has returned William Marlin and Silveria Jacobs as the leader and deputy leader respectfully with a unanimous vote at the party congress Sunday. The congress was held at the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa on Sunday.
Keynote speaker was Ralph Cantave, author and 2015 recipient of the President of Parliament Award. In his presentation he spoke of the difficulties that the island experienced following the passage of the hurricanes of 1995 and reminded the audience how quickly the island was restored and much better than ... Read more
St. Maarten News âThe United St. Maarten Party (USP) has added four more candidates to the party to contest the upcoming elections that are slated for September 26, 2016 and was introduced to the public at the party headquarters on Friday. The new candidates, some of whom have worked for government for a number of years, felt that the time is now for them to play their part and serve the people of the island.
Party leader Frans Richardson said that the USP âis not only about putting people on the list but also guiding them in the wa ... Read more
GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTADâThe awarding of an âAerodrome Certificateâ to Princess Juliana International Airport SXM by the Ministry of Transport, Economic Affairs, Tourism and Telecommunication (TEATT) announced recently in Sint Maarten is undoubtedly good news. It follows an audit by the St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority (SMCAA), assisted by its Dutch counterpart.
This means PJIA is in compliance with guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the National Decree Aviation Supervision. In short; the airpor ... Read more
By Michela A. Calderaro
St. Maarten NewsÂ âCaribbean literature has been gaining stature and critical attention beyond its territorial boundaries, not only in countries where people speak the Caribbean languages but also in such countries as my Italy.
In Italy the study of Caribbean literature, culture and histo ... Read more
St. Maarten News â Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever said he will be seeking political support for the institution of a compliance commission in light of the failed attempt to set up an integrity chamber on St. Maarten. The MP noted that integrity is a serious issue across the Kingdom of the Netherlands and he had proposed that a ... Read more
St. Maarten News Â – Weâve been talking about the simplification of the tax system for too long and bureaucracy is killing us,â says Leader of the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Frans Richardson, adding that it is time to stop talking and tackle the tax structure which puts St. Maarten in disadvantageous competitive position. He also said that too much bureaucracy stifles innovation.
âOur tax structure puts us in a bad position to compete, does no ... Read more
St. Maarten NewsÂ âA man residing on from French St. Martin has been sentenced to 24 months, 12 of which are suspended for his involvement in attempting to smuggle large quantities of marijuana and cocaine through a St. Barthâs ferry. Alexander Dorville, a 21-year-old resident was also sentenced on Wednesday to three year probation.
Dorville was arrested on June 14 by customs officials at Bobbyâs Marina after he was found with 5.33 kilos of marij ... Read more
St. Maarten News âThe infamous Casa Blanca case will be heard in court on October 26. The case involves the exploitation of women, deprivation of liberty and human trafficking at the brothel known as Casa Blanca in Oyster Pond. The decision to hear the case on that day was made in the court of First Instance. On November 16, Casa Blancaâs owner and three managers were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.
The case has been seen as very instrumental in the governmentâs fight against human trafficking and was given special mention in ... Read more
St. Maarten News âThe judge in the Court of First Instance has thrown out the case against the principals of Ocean Explorers NV which was initiated by the government of St. Maarten. Ocean Explorers NV has occupied the location for the last 39 years and was given just 14 days to remove their business from the location on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. The area that that the Ocean Explorers are occupying is part of the property that the government is expected to develop for the expansion of the parking area in Simpson Bay. The deadline they were given to move the business was seen as âan i ... Read more
St. Maarten News ââI have been begging the government for several years to have the flooding fixed that has existed between the Druggist in Simpson Bay and the restaurant on the other side of the alley,â said Simpson Bay resident Philip van Delden. He told Today that he has been in discussion with the Head of VROMI Claudius Buncamper and he has been promising to have the problem fixed to no avail.
However Mr. Buncamper told this newspaper that âto fix the problem is not as simple as it looksâ because the Simpson Bay lagoon is higher than that part of the area. ... Read more
DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)
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