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Gas Incident at Smitcoms Building sends international telecoms circuits crashing.

POND ISLAND:--- An incident occurred at the Smitcoms Building at approximately 3:30pm today (Monday September 1) causing the crash of TelEm Group's international, landline and internet/data circuits.
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:39 pm

Body of Sonesta Great Bay Employee Found Dead in Car Trunk. (UPDATED)

DUTCH QUARTER:--- Police are busy investigating the death of a young girl from the Dominican Republic whose body was found in the trunk of a car early Tuesday morning in the Dutch Quarter area. The victim has been identified by residents as Lizcania Maduro (Liz) aka Beba Brumant (23) an employee (bartender) of Sonesta Great Bay Resort. SMN News learnt that the victim is the adopted daughter of Attorney at Law Edwin Maduro. Information reaching SMN News states that the girl lives in Nazareth Dutch Quarter. SMN News learnt that the young woman's body was found in the trunk of her own vehicle. Maduro it is understood owns a black car. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson said police was called to the scene around 4am Tuesday morning where they discovered the body. Henson refused to say if the young woman was missing or kidnapped as it is being rumored in her neighborhood. However, he did confirm that the body was found in the trunk of a black vehicle and police suspected foul play. Press Prosecutor Tineke Kamps also confirmed that police found the body of a dead woman in the trunk of a vehicle. Kamps said the body of the victim bore marks of violence that gives police enough reason to begin a murder investigation which started the moment they found the body. SMN News asked Kamps what types of marks of violence was found on the victim she said that information cannot be disclosed and futhermore an autopsy would have to be conducted.
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 2:14 pm

St. Maarten elections 2014: Three-party agreement sends Heyliger to opposition benches

Suspects Matser and Buncamper-Molanus in new parliament, Laveist disappears St. Maarten – A handwritten note signed by NA-leader William Marlin, DP-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams and kingmaker Frans Richardson, leader of the US party, sealed the fate of the United People’s Party – the winner of Friday’s elections – in the early morning hours of Saturday at the […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:55 am

Man arrested for gun possession

St. Maarten – A man was arrested for gun possession in Simpson Bay on Saturday at approximately 11:20 pm in the vicinity of Reggae Pool Bar and Grill, the police reported. According to police, a patrol was approached in the area by a man who said that shortly before he was threatened with a handgun […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:53 am

St. Maarten Governor begins consultations following elections

St. Maarten –Governor Eugène Holiday has decided to start consultations regarding the formation of a new government following the results of the island’s first parliamentary elections last Friday. His cabinet said that the Governor has noted that the current government has not yet tendered its resignation. The purpose of the consultations is to promote a smooth […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:52 am

Board of Financial Supervision advises investigation into BTP-management

Annual account 2010 Bureau Telecommunication and Post still not verified St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision (Cft) advises the government to have the General Audit Chamber or the government accountant bureau Soab investigate the annual account and the management at the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP). “The situation at BTP is worrisome because […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:51 am

Opinion: Wrong signals (St. Maarten elections)

That the supporters, not to mention the leadership of the United People’s Party are disappointed about the developments that followed the results of Friday’s elections is understandable, but it does not mean that the UP could not have seen this coming. There is no discussion about which party was the best organized, probably also the […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:49 am

Reader’s Opinion: Gridlock government

Dear Editor, Let me congratulate all the new parliamentarians. This is your chance to make a clear contrast about yourself than those parliamentarians who were before you. The people of St. Martin are the big losers. Let me explain why, second time again the biggest party is out of government. This means our electoral system […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:46 am

Opinion: Coalition government (Good or bad?)

Are coalition governments bad for a country as Miguel Arrindell writes elsewhere on this page? This is not necessarily so, but the success of such a government depends on the willingness of coalition partners to work together and to listen to each other. In this case, it takes seven to tango. While such a dance […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:45 am

Editorial: Governing program

A hangover for the party that won most of the votes and a tough job ahead for the three parties that intend to form the new government. That sums up the political developments that unfolded on Friday and that continued into the wee morning hours on Saturday. It is the way it is – and […]
Posted on 2 September 2014 | 3:42 am

Effective Immediately Moratorium on Car Rental Permits and Expansion of Fleets Removed.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (Ministry TEATT), announces that effective immediately the moratorium on car rental permits and expansion of fleets has been removed.
Posted on 1 September 2014 | 9:09 pm

Latin American support for regional Ombudsman Offices.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin recently attended a Conference of the Latin American Ombudsman Institute (ILO) in Cali Colombia. The importance of this event for the Ombudsman of Sint Maarten is marked by various resolutions taken at the Conference and a subsequent Membership meeting. Together with the Ombudsman of Curacao, President of the CAROA, Alba Martijn, and the IOI Regional Director of the Latin American/Caribbean Region, Lynette Stephenson, Ombudsman of Trinidad, these Ombudsmen of the Caribbean region were formally accepted as Members of the ILO. Membership of the ILO not only broadens exchange and network possibilities with Ombudsmen of the Latin American region, but provides direct access to University reports of researches regarding issues valuable to Ombudsmen of the region. Dr. Arduin together with the recently deceased Ombudsman of Santa Fe, Argentina, Dr. Edgardo Bistoletti, has been instrumental in bringing the two regions together. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the ILO and CAROA, signed at the Cali Conference. Recognizing the importance of cooperation between the two regions, a personal translator for Dr. Arduin, available for the entire Conference and ILO meeting, was sponsored by the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI). Dr. Arduin is a Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region on the IOI Board. Important Declarations and Resolutions for Sint Maarten of the Cali Conference, which will strengthen the local Ombudsman institution, are among others: that the experience accumulated by the Institutions of the Ombudsman in Latin America and the Caribbean has highlighted the validity of the need, as well as aspects of the Ombudsman institution that require consideration, research and study; ILO will study the possibility of undertaking joint projects in specific areas among Latin American institutions and the Ombudsman of the Caribbean to favor better reciprocal knowledge and facilitate integration in the work; in consideration of the need to deepen the study of the Institution of the Ombudsman, ILO ratifies its commitment to promote agreements with public and private universities in order to create academic spaces with courses, seminars, and specialized chairs with said purpose; ILO shall continue to support all initiatives in favor of increasing the participation of civil society organizations, not only to have greater impact on public politics, but also in the appointment of officials whose mission is to defend the rights of people. In 2013 IOI allocated a grant of 35.000 euro for the Latin American/Caribbean region for Ombudsman training in the region to which staff of the Ombudsman Sint Maarten is to attend. The next IOI Board meeting, which will be attended by Dr. Arduin, takes place in October 2014 in Vienna.
Posted on 1 September 2014 | 5:13 pm

Leader of the Democratic Party Prime Minister Wescot-Williams’ Post-Election Message.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Leader of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams released a statement regarding the outcome of the 2014 elections on Monday. The Prime Minister highlighted the way forward in her statement released amidst ongoing negotiations regarding the formation of Government; "The Democratic Party of St. Maarten wishes to firstly thank the Almighty for his guidance of our people during the campaign and election behind us. It has not been a spotless campaign by a far stretch, but neither have we reached a point of no return as far as campaigns are concerned.
Posted on 1 September 2014 | 4:48 pm

Demand 5 years for beating up little girl

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 5 years imprisonment yesterday against 37-year-old Angelo P. for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year-old girl on May 15 of this year. Of the demand, 2 years are conditional and the prosecutor asked the court to impose 3 years of probation. Kamps also wants the court to order the […]
Posted on 29 August 2014 | 8:48 am

St. Maarten Government publishes reaction to Wit-report: Parliament gets to play its part in integrity actions      

St. Maarten – The Council of Minister published yesterday its reaction to Doing the Right Things Right, the report from the Wit-Committee about Integrity in Public Administration. The reaction shows indeed that the government has embraced the report’s recommendations. The execution of five of the forty recommendations require the cooperation of the parliament. The government […]
Posted on 29 August 2014 | 8:47 am

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - "I am extremely grateful and thankful for the support that I have received from the polls" former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, the number 3 candidate on the slate of the National Alliance, Silveria Jacobs said.
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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake would like to thank his family, friends, and supporters for the support he received in August 29 parliamentary elections.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday August 30th at approximately 11.20 p.m. in the vicinity of "Reggea Pool Bar and Grill" a Simpson Bay Police patrol was approached by a man who stated that shortly before he was threatened with a handgun by another man who he knows.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The National Alliance (NA) has extended its heartfelt thanks to the electorate and party supporters for peaceful exercising their democratic right to vote and for their confidence in the party and says now that elections are over; the time has come to work in the best interest of the people of St. Maarten.
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HARBOUR VIEW, Sint Maarten …

HARBOUR VIEW, Sint Maarten - Following the Parliamentary elections of August 29th, 2014, His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday decided to start consultations regarding the formation of a new government.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the largest business representative on the island, representing over 160 companies in the tourism and trade industry on the island, is concerned about two highly controversial labor issues, the Counterpart Program and the Short-Term Contracts.
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BES ISlands - The unions…

BES ISlands - The unions reached an agreement with the RCN director, Mr. Sybren van Dam, concerning the labor conditions 2013-2014.
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BES ISlands - On Friday,…

BES ISlands - On Friday, August 29th Commissioner Ms. Chirino-Fidela opened the renovated Kolegio San Bernardo.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – UTS has completed the delivery of 200 Megabyte (MB) fiber optic cable circuit to the Coastguard headquarters in Simpson Bay.
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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten …

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Talks towards the formation of a new government for St. Maarten has already begun.
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