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Port St. Maarten receives its Mobile Gottwald Crane Largest in the North Eastern Caribbean.

POINTE BLANCHE:---  On Sunday afternoon in a small ceremony that included Port St. Maarten Supervisory Board members, representatives of RBC Bank, and port management officials and staff, witnessed the transfer of several pieces of the newly acquired Terex Gottwald Model 6 Crane from the Motor Vessel Schippersgracht which transported the crane from Germany to the island. The crane was offloaded over the weekend.
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 10:35 pm

Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Asjes Resigns on Monday --- Lack of Support from his Political Party.

WILLEMSTAD/St. Maarten: --- Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Asjes tendered his resignation on Monday citing lack of support from his political party. Asjes was sworn in on June 7th 2013 by acting governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede. Shortly before Asjes resigned the members of his faction Pueblo Soberano called an urgent meeting where all five Members of Parliament from PS faction informed him that he no longer has their support to be the head of Curacao’s government. After that meeting Ashes called an extra-ordinary meeting with the Council of Ministers of Curacao where he informed the other members of his cabinet and officially tendered his resignation. Around 5 pm on Monday Asjes visited Governor, Lucille George-Wout, to make his resignation official. Asjes told reporters he will give a statement on Wednesday. By 5:30 pm Monday Minister Ben Whiteman went to the Governor to officially assume the position of Prime Minister of Curacao. The party (Pueblo Soberano) said in three months things should be reestablished and be back to normal. For quite some time there have been feuds between Asjes and his party, especially the MP’s from PS. The Curacao population was quite aware that there were internal problems within the PS especially with Asjes and that at some point things would have boiled over. Curacao still has a government that is counting on the support of 11 members of parliament.
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 10:26 pm

Central Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday on Public Health Care

PHILIPSBURG:---- The Central Committee of Parliament will meet in public session on September 2. The meeting is a continuation from the initial meeting.
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 9:30 pm

UP MP Lake says Start of New Parliamentary Year is Opportunity to Move Country Forward by Executing Priority Projects

PHILIPSBURG:---- United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Maurice Lake says with the new parliamentary year is about to start next month and he would like to see the country moving forward with the execution of priority projects, adding that this is an opportunity.
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 9:27 pm

Proposed Candidate for Minister Allegedly Failed Screening --- What is the criteria for candidacy?

PHILIPSBURG: --- SMN News has learnt that one of the candidates that were proposed to take up one of the vacant Ministerial post has failed the screening. According to information SMN News received it states that former policy advisor and Labor Mediator Raphael Boasman failed the screening process to become a Minister. However, SMN News was unable to fully confirm whether or not the information that is highly rumored on the island is factual. Boasman retired from his post at the department of labor in June 2015. Boasman had told SMN News that he was going to invest his time in his own business and if government needs him they will have to pay him well as a consultant. Shortly, after Boasman retired he applied for a business license which was granted the day after SMN News published that he was proposed candidate to that will fill the Minister of Labor position. Prior to the announcement that Boasman was a candidate to become the Minister of Labor and Health he had already secured two large contracts from the Dutch government to work as labor mediator for the BES Islands. If the information on the screening that SMN News received is correct, then one has to see if the Dutch Government will apply the same measure of integrity they expect from St. Maarten when it comes to having persons work for them. Another question raised by several persons is the criteria that is set for persons that wants to serve their country as a Minister and who sets these criteria. Most importantly does candidates who received a negative report ever gets to see these reports and are they given the opportunity to defend themselves, and to even try to preserve or protect their image. Efforts made to reach Boasman by telephone on Sunday and Monday proved futile as he did not respond to the phone calls made to him.
Posted on 31 August 2015 | 7:02 pm

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As a country that has known our share of disasters, it is heart wrenching to see the reports and scenes coming out of Dominica, as this island was battered by torrential rains, flooding and mudslides, associated with TS Erika.
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 10:13 pm

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 10:11 pm

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -  Approximately seven weeks ago, the Social Economic Council ( SEC) pointed out some serious flaws in two national decrees, containing general measures that regulate premiums and pay-outs, collected and disbursed by the SZV (Social Security Agency).
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 10:06 pm

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, has forwarded a letter to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit expressing condolences to the people and Government of Dominica with respect to the damage left behind by Tropical Storm Erika.
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 12:15 pm

Plasterk and Richardson smoke a peace pipe in The Hague

  Protocol remains in place, cooperation back on track ST. MAARTEN / THE HAGUE – Tensions between the Netherlands and St. Maarten have eased after a meeting between Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, Minister of Safety and Justice Ard van der Steur and Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk during a dinner in The Hague […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 11:01 pm

Failed killing spree results in lengthy prison sentences

St. Maarten – Long prison sentences for Renald Reo Reymond and Rolando Cecil Trevor Arrindell and an acquittal for 25-year old Parbattie G. concluded the trial on Wednesday morning in the Court in First Instance about the failed killing spree the two sentenced men unleashed after a gunman shot and killed Reymond’s pregnant girlfriend Deyanida Faynette […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:59 pm

Tropical Storm Erika leaves island in one piece

  Huge waves, driven by Tropical Storm Erika battered the coast. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – Tropic al Storm Erika did not live up to expectations and given the chaos the storm caused on other islands like Dominica, that is something to be grateful for. The island was battered by strong winds […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:58 pm

Princess Heights nominated for CHTA Chief awards

St. Maarten – The luxury boutique hotel Princess Heights, managed by Emil Lee, is among the 29 nominees for the inaugural Chief Awards of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association CHTA. The finalists will be announced at the end of this month and the winners will be revealed at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:57 pm

Editorial: At Ease

The controversy caused by a Dutch civil servant with an attitude – Gerard Bouman – is no longer an issue after Justice Minister Dennis Richardson and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk ironed out the wrinkles on Wednesday during a dinner also attended by Safety and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur in The Hague. Prime […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:56 pm

Opinion: An expensive week

This has not been a good week for St. Maarten. On the other hand, it has been a very good week. It has also been a rather expensive week. First the threat of Hurricane Danny was coming at us, but it dissipated before it reached our shores. Right on the heels of this storm, Tropical […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:55 pm

Remembering Frank Mingo: “A force to be reckoned with”

  Frank Mingo holding his one of his sons on vacation. Photo contributed St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick – The late Frank Mingo was a force to be reckoned with says Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs who served with him in the Netherlands Antilles Parliament prior to October 10, 2010.  Born in Aruba on February 1948, Frank […]
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:53 pm

No newspapers on Thursday: Tropical Storm Erika is upon us tonight

  The projected path of Tropical Storm Erika. Photo screenshot National Hurricane Center St. Maarten – The center of Tropical Storm Erika is expected to pass near St. Maarten tonight or around 2 a.m. on Thursday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported in its intermediate update at 8 p.m. last night the storm’s location as […]
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 9:00 pm

Editorial: Good job to the Police

The multi-disciplinary team that investigated a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub returned quick results. Yesterday afternoon detectives arrested five suspects near the airport who were on their way to flee the country. The presumption of innocence befalls these suspects, of course, but there is no denying that the investigators found plenty of stolen goods […]
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 8:59 pm

Team Brunel enlisted for next Heineken Regatta: Volvo Ocean racer chooses St. Maarten as winter base 

  Bowman Gerd-Jan Poortman (left) and skipper Bouwe Bekking hold up the prematurely issues first place flag for next year’s Heineken Regatta. Photo contributed.   St. Maarten – The Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boat of Team Brunel-Sailing Holland will use St. Maarten as its home base this winter for its Caribbean tour, the Heineken Regatta said […]
Posted on 26 August 2015 | 8:57 pm

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The National Alliance family would like to extend condolences and words of encouragement and hope to the people and government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten …

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Preparations are well underway by the Department of Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, to observe Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) which will be observed on September 12 throughout the Caribbean Basin and on Sint Maarten.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – United…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – United Telecommunication Services is continuing on its course of improvement by offering its Chippie customers the opportunity to upgrade the SIM card they use to access the mobile operators’ mobile service.
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PHILIPSBURG , St. Maarten – TelEm Group announced Sunday it will be carrying out a series of maintenance windows starting Monday during which international carrier services used by the company will be migrated to updated hardware and software systems.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Distinguished…

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Distinguished Toastmaster Valerie Brazier has been awarded with recognition for Excellence in Leadership by Toastmasters International for leading Toastmasters District 81 to President’s Distinguished District, and the number 5 position in the world out of 97 Districts.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Maurice Lake sent a letter to the Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, and also publicly made a statement on July 13th, 2015 requesting an update on the Solid Waste Ordinance and the progress of the long awaited Waste to Energy Plant to address the ‘growing garbage mountain.’
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