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President Arrindell receives final Baseline Study on Institutional Integrity. Management Report.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell on Wednesday received the final Baseline Study on Institutional Integrity Management Report from the High Council of State the General Audit Chamber Chairman Ronald Halman.
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 2:49 am

Ministry of Public Health advises community to take measures to prevent gastroenteritis.

More than 250 cases since January 1st
Posted on 19 April 2014 | 2:32 am

St. Maarten Marine Trades Association Calls For More Discussion and Planning Prior to Approving The Proposed Zoning Plan for Simpson Bay.

SIMPSON BAY:--- The Sint Maarten Marine Trades (SMMTA) has taken note of the zoning plans for Simpson Bay and the Simpson Bay Lagoon presented by Government at the public hearing of February 25th 2014 in which major changes to the area are projected. This plan addresses the physical heartland of the yachting industry which in turn constitutes approximately 15% of the economy of Country Sint Maarten. While the SMMTA understands that this is a Zoning Plan and not a Development Plan, we feel strongly that the St. Maarten Government needs to slow down this process to better understand and take into account the needs and concerns of the Simpson Bay community and all other stakeholders, including the marine industry, before moving forward. The SMMTA wishes to point out that this zoning concept is being developed in the absence of any short or long term plan for the yachting industry. There is much concern as to why an industrial development like a cruise facility and pier for fueling mega yachts would be proposed in what is predominantly a residential area; especially when the Simpson Bay community has strongly voiced their opposition to the development concept proposed. Sint Maarten is fortunate to have a significant yachting industry that in many respects is the envy of competing islands and countries; however, this volatile industry, in which high quality employment and extensive economic impact is presently being gained, is complicated and diverse and has specific needs that are often overlooked. The future of the yachting industry on St. Maarten is highly dependent on how Country St. Maarten cultivates and protects the island's natural resources and competitive advantages. Physical planning options must be closely tied to the type of future that is envisaged for the industry; the SMMTA is of the opinion that at this time there is no plan in existence with a specific mandate for safeguarding and fostering the yachting industry. The SMMTA strongly advocates that a plan for the yachting industry be created with input from all relevant stakeholders prior to Government finalizing the development plan for Simpson Bay.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:11 am

KPSM Launches Crime Prevention Flyer.

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday April 14, 2014, the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) launched their crime prevention flyer. The flyer is a project that was done by Community Police Officer Arcella Leonard. The flyer contains several safety tips on crime prevention. A photo of all the Community Police Officers, the community they represent, their contact phone number and email address is also on the flyer. These flyers will be available island wide.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:56 am

TelEm Group Personnel Association hosting regional domino tournament.

POND ISLAND:--- TelEm Group Personnel Association is hosting a regional domino torurnament on company premises during the Easter weekend – with an open invitation to lovers of the sport to pass by. According to Personnel Association President, Mr. Stanley Faneyte, top domino teams from Dominica, Aruba, Anguilla and Curacao will be competing for bragging rights on Saturday and Sunday. An opening ceremony was held Friday night to welcome the players in a meet and greet session. "We agreed to host the tournament as our way of supporting the sport," said the Personnel Association president. He said although TelEm Group will not be competing officially, the company has put together a formidable team to warm up the players before competition begins. "There will be some fierce competition and we are inviting domino players all over the island to drop by and see these top players in action," said Stanley.
Posted on 18 April 2014 | 12:49 am

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - "The Central Written Exams will commence on May 12, 2014. The coming weeks will therefore signify the start of a very stressful and important period for our students in their school carrier.
Posted on 17 April 2014 | 12:02 am

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Monday, April 14, 2014 with total astonishment St. Maarten was able to hear our members of parliament confirm to the general public that they are not worthy of their salaries.
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 11:44 pm

MPs show concern over practicality of electoral laws

St. Maarten – The Electoral Council of St. Maarten gave a presentation to the Central Committee of Parliament yesterday on its role in the upcoming elections. St. Maarten is the only constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to have such an institution. Chairman of the council, Bert Hofman, presented and gave an explanation […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:51 am

Innocent suspects Spelonk-murders get almost $2 million in damages

KRALENDIJK – The Common Court of Justice awarded two men who spent years in jail for a double murder they did not commit damages totaling almost $2 million. Kabes Melaan spent 8 years in jail, received a bit more than $1.2 million. Nozai Thomas, who spent 6 years behind bars, received close to $680,000. One […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:49 am

Court handles election fraud trial on Monday August 4

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set Monday August 4 as the date for the election fraud trial yesterday during a pro forma hearing. In this trial, a representative of the United People’s party, Roy H., is accused of giving money in exchange for votes prior to the September 17, 2010 elections to […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:41 am

After forty months, parliament approves its new rules of order

St. Maarten – Parliament needed another two-and-a-half hours yesterday morning but then the curtain finally fell after around forty months of deliberating about its own rules of order. The ad hoc committee chaired by MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson concluded its work, but the Parliament still needed three adjournments to cross the last tees and dot […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:39 am

Opinion: Politics 101

It promises to be another exciting week in politics. As usual, it is hardly possible to get official confirmation of anything, but this is what we heard. The Democratic Party will apparently embrace both Bada Bing expert Patrick Illidge and the shadow Minister of Economic Affairs, Romain Laville, as candidates on its list for the […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:38 am

Opinion: Desired response

Dear editor, Seldom – if ever -  Mr. Hilbert Haar of the Today newspaper and myself agree on things – anything. As a matter of fact, whenever, I submit a letter to the editor to his newspaper, it seems to have the effect of the proverbial ‘red cloth on the bull’ on Mr. Haar. He flies […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:36 am

Opinion: Contingency planning

Dear Editor,   The timing of the 26 March Unesco Caribe Wave/Lantex 2014 third earthquake/tsunami exercise was held a week before Chile’s 8.2 earthquake that triggered a six foot tsunami.  24 hours later a 7.6 magnitude earthquake was reported.  The first earthquake/tsunami left six people dead, destroyed 2,600 houses and led to mass evacuations of […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:33 am

Editorial: Rules of order

It took a long time but they are finally there – the definite rules of order for Parliament. The project has been in the desert for around forty months – more than a lifetime in political terms, but now we have some useful changes on our hands. The most important amendment is without any doubt […]
Posted on 16 April 2014 | 5:32 am


St. Maarten – A large cross-section of the public turned out to the National Alliance Congress that was held at the Cay Hill Community Center yesterday evening.  It appeared to be the largest turnout for a congress held by any of the political parties to date. The key note speaker, with the theme Rebuilding From […]
Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:30 am

DP holds congress “New board reflects party’s vision”

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten held its congress last Saturday night. A packed Cultural Center saw the election of a new board against the backdrop of the party’s new logo and to the music of the party’s songs, adaptations of the popular songs Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and Daft Punk’s Get […]
Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:29 am

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A man from French St. Maarten was reported sick at the Caribbean Hotel on Front-street next to the Oranje School on Wednesday night after ten (10pm).
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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The final report "Baseline Study on Institutional Integrity Management" was presented to the president of Parliament, drs. Gractia Arrindell, on Wednesday April 16th 2014 by the chairman of the General Audit Chamber, Mr. Ronald Halman.
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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake on Monday sent a letter to the Prime Minister/Minister of General Affairs Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams seeking her ministries cooperation in sorting out the Emilio Wilson Estate affair.
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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Today the Rotary Club of St. Maarten announced a multi year public awareness campaign, Tourism is Our Business, in an effort build a greater understanding amongst all members of our community of what makes our economic engine work.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - UTS has put its full support behind the St. Peters Community Council in its endeavor to hold an Easter Party on Saturday, April 19.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - NV GEBE obtains the maintenance contract for Streetlights from the Government of St. Maarten.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams will be hosting a special commemorated 'walkercize' in memory of the late 'Calypso' Barbara Althea Nesbitt.
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BES Islands - The Expert…

BES Islands - The Expert Group of the Firefighter Training-CN held their 4th meeting on Bonaire from 9th to 11th of April.
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