PHILIPSBURG:--- On Thursday, March 19th, 2015 President of the Chamber of Commerce President Peggy Ann Brandon met with the Quarter maker of the Integrity Chamber, Mr. Richard Begina and Mr. Marc Arnold Department head of the Department of Interior and Kingdom affairs. Parties exchanged views on how an integrity chamber established could successfully function and duly support our community. Parti ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday March 28th 2015 at about 9.30 p.m. a report came into the Police Central Dispatch of a possible shooting which took place on the corner of Zagersgut road and Tassel road in Cul-de-Sac
The forensic department went to the scene and collected evidence for the investigation. In the meanwhile Detectives spoke to potential witnesses, because, it is still unclear wha ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday, March 23rd 2015, an 18-year old schoolgirl reported herself at the police station in Philipsburg. She claimed she wanted to apologize to a 14-year old schoolgirl whom she fought with shortly before. At that time police officers had no information about the fight this girl was talking about because there were no reports of the incident. Because it is not possible for the police to arrest som ... Read more
Three MPs Supporting Government Off island --- Opposition did not sign in.
PHILIPSBURG:--- The Central Committee meeting called on Monday to discuss the draft ordinance to establish the Integrity Chamber could not be held on Monday since three of the ten Members of Parliament supporting the government of St. Maarten were not present for the meeting.
Member of Parliament Franlin Meyers, MP Leona Marlin-Romeo and MP Maurice Lake sent in their notification of absence because they are all off island.
At the meeting ... Read more
Opposition politics is one part criticism and one part coming up with better ideas than the government has to offer. Weâre not into politics for dummies, but we do wonder at times about the way our politicians are going about their business.
Weâre living in a time where integrity and transparency are on everybodyâs mind. For as long as we remember, politicians have opted to speak in veiled terms about any subject they touch â in the former Island Council, in parliament and also during press conferences.
Thatâs what weâd call old-school politics. It is time for a ch ... Read more
Judge: âYou do not deserve punishmentâ
St. MaartenÂ â The expression âmixed feelingsâ probably describes best what Edward Dest must have experienced when the Court in First Instance declared him guilty of embezzlement yesterday and heard Judge Maria Paulides tell him that he does not deserve punishment for a trial that has been hanging over his head for almost five years.
The court sentenced Dest to a symbolic one-day conditional prison sentence with one day of probation. The embezzlement charge does not mean that Dest stole money â it only means that he u ... Read more
St. Maarten â The leadership of the National alliance will transfer in 2016 from MP William Marlin to MP Silveria Jacobs, current party leader Marlin said yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper. During the August 29 elections of last year, Jacobs â a former Minister of Education â was the partyâs top vote getter with 973 votes, far ahead of Marlin who won 742 votes â a far cry from the 1,590 votes he won in the 2010 elections.
Marlin said that there has been no discussion in the party about the leadership as a result of the elections. Instead, he said, Jacobs ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ â The prosecutorâs office demanded a 12-year prison sentence against Shimano G. yesterday, the just 17-year-old boy who fatally shot Etienne Leblanc on October 9 of last year in his handicapped fatherâs DVD-store on Back Street. The story revolves around Â robberies of necklaces. G.âs attorney Remco Stomp called on self-defense and asked the court to acquit his client. The court will pronounce its ruling on April 15.
The courtroom was packed with family members from both the defendant and the victim yesterday morning. The hearing began with hearing two witnesses ... Read more
St. Maarten –Â The island is said by the fire department to be currently going through a dry spell and as such they are encouraging the community to exercise caution.
âThe Fire Department is calling on the community to be very conscious by not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. Persons, who would like to burn bush or garbage in a built up area or on a hillside for agricultural activities, are requested to refrain from doing so, and contact the fire department for advice,â ... Read more
St. MaartenÂ âThe board of directors of TelEm is not functioning in its supervisory role and the company is in urgent need of a CEO, the St. Maarten Communications Union opined yesterday, following disputes with management over the opening of bidding, or rather the lack thereof, for the fiber to the home project being undertaken by the company. The union, which made a call earlier this month for the resignation of the chairman of the board, has now issued a call to the Council of Ministers for the entire board to be replaced. The union wants an investigation conducted into TelEmâs opera ... Read more
St. Maartenâ RBC Royal Bank launched its new âItâs all about YOUâ campaign throughout the Caribbean this week. With the new brand campaign, RBC reiterates its commitment to focus on its clientsâ needs and to go the extra mile to help its clients achieve their goals usingÂ RBC’sÂ products and services. Clients will have the opportunity to share their stories about how RBC helped them to achieve their goals for a chance to win an all-inclusive weekend getaway.
The past two years RBC Royal Bank has transformed its operation to strengthen the business for the future while ... Read more
St. Maarten –Â Â Z’Haria Richardson, a.k.a. “Zee” is among three women who will be competing in the calypso eliminations this Saturday– under the sobriquet of Calypso Empress– along with two other females.
The other two female competitors are Lady Tiffany and Shakiya. The 2015 calypso elimination is scheduled to be held at the Celebration Palace on Bush Road. Calypso Empress makes her debut in the calypso competition with a song called “Not just a man thing” in which she makes it clear to the male calypsonians that calypso is not restri ... Read more
GREATBAY—The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI)and the University of St. Martin (USM)collaborated on a Pre-USM âWork Experience Programâ as part of the Chamberâs 20/20 Vision: âHome is Where I Prosperâ Education Initiative. The dual purpose of this program is to encourage the business community to exercise social corporate responsibility and aid in strengthening St. Maartenâs up and coming young professionals and to enhance the skills of Pre-USM students via an internship through which they can learn, experience workplace ethics, professionalism and person ... Read more
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday, the 4th of April, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be hosting its grand annual Easter egg hunt, in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of St. Maarten Sunrise. The event, which is for children aged 4-10 years old, will take place at the library from 10:00 am t ... Read more