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PHILIPSBURG:--- The games were played on a mostly overcast day, with high winds, some rain in the morning and bright sun in the late afternoon. Nonetheless, the twelve scheduled games took place without delay.
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 7:57 pm
PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday February 27th at approximately 02.30 p.m. police and Detectives was directed to a home on Claude Estate to investigate and armed robbery. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to the two victims that were in the house at the time of the robbery. The victims stated that an unknown young man had forced himself into the house with a firearm in his hand. At one point the suspect put the gun to the head one of the victims and threatened to use it. The suspect then went over and stole several personal belongings from the victims including two cell-phones. After committing this act the suspect fled to the scene.
Female found dead in her home
On Friday February 27th at approximately 11.20 a.m. a police patrol was sent to Middle Region # 3 to investigate strange situation. On the scene then investigating officers could smell a very unpleasant odor from a decaying dead animal or person. An elderly female who had not been seen for a while should be living at that address. After continuously knocking at the doors and windows and not getting any respond access into the building. Then is when the officers located the advanced decaying body of a female lying on the floor in the bathroom. The body was that of the elderly lady residing at that residence. The doctor who came to the scene stated that the victim had died of natural causes.
Fatal traffic accident
On Saturday February 28th at approximately 06.00 a.m. several police patrols, police traffic department and paramedics were sent to Bishop hill road for a serious traffic accident involving a pedestrian who was not showing any signs of life. On the scene the investigating officers encountered the accident scene that had a lot of material damage. They officers also located the lifeless body of a male victim with initials D.C. (46) under the rear wheel of a backhoe which was parked on the property where the accident took occurred. The victim had also suffered severe trauma to his head and body. The paramedics were on scene but could however not save the victim. A preliminary investigation by the police traffic shows that the driver of a grey colored Nissan X-trail with license plate P-5324 was driving at very high speed on the Bishop Hill road coming from the round about in Dutch Quarter. For unknown reasons this vehicle came off the road and impacted a white Hyundai Elantra with license plate P-9917 which was parked on the side of the road. At the same time the victim who was walking towards the apartment building he lives at, was also struck and ended up impacting a backhoe parked on the property of the apartment building resulting in severe head and body trauma. Dr. Mercuur came to the scene and pronounced the death of the victim. The d river of the grey Nissan X-trail has been arrested for further investigation.
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 7:53 pm
INFOBIZZ prepares to for the first GO GET IT Edition of POWER HOUR
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 7:50 pm
PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament's website has been revamped. The new site is back online in a new format as of Monday, March 2 at the same website address: www.sxmparliament.org.
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 7:46 pm
GREAT BAY:--- Family and friends in his native St. Martin are probably over the shock or surprise that Sundiata Lake is a candidate in the March 18 Island Council election of neighboring Saba.
Lake is the number 8 candidate of the Windward Islands People's Movement (WIPM). "I plan to focus during the election campaign, and in the Island Council, on Career and Skills Development for all Sabans, especially for our young people seeking meaningful jobs and new career opportunities," said Lake.
The first-time candidate wants to set up a career development center, and an apprenticeship/job training program with a possible tax break incentive for participating companies.
"The Career and Skills Center would inform and guide individuals with regard to present and new job and career options in Saba. This can work in areas such as IT, telecommunications, construction, administration, and health. This program could also attract Sabans studying and living abroad to return home," said Lake.
Lake is an Internet and computer technology specialist, and teaches at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Saba. "I also want to see the development of a working agreement between government and the private sector to provide internship opportunities for unemployed youth and young job seekers. A WIPM government would have to look at the feasibility of an agreement to secure tax deductions for companies that participate in the apprentice or internship program," said Lake.
The leading Saban politician and WIPM principal, Will Johnson, introduced Lake's candidacy to Saba and online publics on January 25. "We are proud indeed to have the grandson of my famous friend and mentor, Joseph H. Lake, Sr., on the WIPM party," said Johnson. Sundiata Lake is also the great grandson of Saba's late commissioner John Arthur Anslyn, said Johnson.
Cross-island candidacies are historically well tested in Caribbean politics but they are never without serious challenges. So Lake takes his connection to Saba a bit further. "I have been visiting Saba with my brothers and sister since I was a child, and lived with my uncle Jimmy Rogers. The people, families, and land of the 'Unspoiled Queen' have always been close to me," said Sundiata Lake.
"My mother, Patricia, is Saban-born. My St. Maarten father, Joseph H. Lake, Jr., and my grandfather, José Lake, Sr. – a great friend of Will Johnson – have always embraced, written about, and defended Saba and her people in their newspapers as a sister nation of St. Maarten," said Lake.
Sundiata Lake will not have an easy run at number 8 on the 9-member slate, headed by Roland Wilson. "I know it will be a challenge as a first time candidate. I decided to run for the Island Council Election and to voice the concerns of the people. I am working at being the people's voice. I am ready to serve," said Lake.
Lake, 39, has lived and worked in St. Martin, England, and the Netherlands, as a graphics designer and IT consultant. He recently took up teaching in Saba, where he lives with his wife and children. Lake has a Bachelor's degree from Miami International University of Arts & Design.
There are two political parties contesting for the five Island Council seats in Saba's March 18 election. The incumbent WIPM now holds four seats. The Saba Labour Party, headed in the 2015 election by Ishmael Levenston, holds one seat. There are two commissioners appointed to the territory's executive branch by the winning party.
The population of Saba is approximately 1,991 people. According to Saba's Lt. Governor Jonathan Johnson in The Daily Herald of February 3, about 1,000 people will be able to vote on March 18.
Posted on 1 March 2015 | 7:43 pm
Member of Parliament Maurice Lake will ask today some attention for the University of St. Martin – a call that is long overdue. That the university has been struggling for years to make ends meet is no secret to anybody. It is also no secret that successive government have make all kinds of demands on […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:57 am
The doomed press secretariat will continue its spin-factory existence under a new leader after the departure of Mike Granger per the end of next month. Alston Lourens will take over per the first of April – no joke. We have nothing against Granger or against Lourens – but we do have issues with the press […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:55 am
St. Maarten – Diamond Resorts Palm Management booked an interesting court victory against Amazing Grace A.V.V. – a company established in 1991 in Aruba, but with an address on Back Street in Philipsburg. After a legal battle that began on June 9, 2011, when Diamond voided the lease agreement with Amazing Grace, the resort stands to […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:52 am
St. Maarten –Drs. Gracita Arrindell is a candidate to fill the position for St. Maarten at the Council of State in The Hague, the former president of parliament confirmed to this newspaper on Saturday. The appointment has not yet been formally announced. Arrindell would succeed Dennis Richardson who sat on the council until he was appointed […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:48 am
St. Maarten – The Regatta organization has announced the launch of the new and improved Crew Forum that brings together skippers, crew, individual sailors and boats and ensures that everyone has a chance at joining this year’s 35th anniversary of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Skippers who are looking for crew or sailors who want to offer […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:46 am
St. Maarten – Under the title A Caribbean Jazz Summit Christian Amour’s Sas Smart Prod presents a concert on Saturday at Port de Plaisance with “two of the finest musicians on the jazz planet:” Mario Canonge, a piano player from Martinique and New York-born steelpan player Andy Narell. Both musicians have a rich discography and they […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:43 am
St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday received members of the consular corps during a reception dubbed Strengthening Ties at Sheer restaurant on Front Street on Friday evening. Currently, there are seventeen established consulates, with five resident consults in St. Maarten. “In an increasingly globalized world strong ties between countries are critical to foster the interests […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:41 am
St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Maurice Lake has submitted a list of points for the plan of action of the permanent parliamentary committee for education, culture, youth and sports. The committee will meeting today to discuss a draft a plan of action for 2015. Lake suggests that the government recognizes the University of […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:40 am
St. Maarten – A police officer fired a warning shot early Saturday morning during the chase of two men who are suspected of burglarizing the Tattoo Parlor on Back Street. Officers arrested a 23-year-old suspect; the second man is still on the lam. The report about a suspected burglary at the Tattoo Parlor came in at […]
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:38 am
Reports that employees at the airport may be involved in smuggling illegal drugs in the luggage of unsuspecting InselAir passengers is alarming and not just for the obvious reason. If such unscrupulous employees are able to get drugs in the airport and onto the airplane, this suggests that despite all the stringent checks passengers must […]
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 7:10 am
- Three Danish tourists were hospitalised in Amsterdam on Wednesday night after taking white heroin which they had been sold as cocaine, the city council said on Friday.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten
– The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations of Parliament will meet in session on March 2.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten
- On Wednesday February 25th at approximately 01.35 a.m. during a routine control by police of a SUV, which was parked on the beach close to La Bamba, one suspect was arrested for drugs possession.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten
- On Wednesday February 25th at approximately 10.10 p.m. a police patrol was directed by the Central dispatch to Rhine road, to investigate a case involving two men dressed in dark clothing and riding on a black scooter, who had tried to rob two tourist in the area of Sonesta Maho.
MARIGOT, St. Martin
— The month-long Black History Celebration (BHC) program reaches the highpoint with its 24th annual Lecture at Philipsburg Jubilee Library, on Saturday, February 28, at 8 PM, said organizer Shujah Reiph.
SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten
— The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, has no contract with Checkmate Security to handle security matters at the airport, stated Kalifa Hickinson, Corporate Communications Specialist, in reaction to some press reports Thursday.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten
- Prime Minister the Honorable Marcel Gumbs was presented with a special birthday cake to make his special day special
while in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
St. Maarten – United People's (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Maurice Lake is preparing to send a letter through the Chairman of Parliament to the Minister of Finance about getting rid of the expat ruling which is costing Government more than half a million guilders.
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten
– The House of Parliament's permanent Committee for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) that will be held on Friday morning is open to the public, and is no longer a closed door session.
- The island Caribbean Netherlands Guide was recently updated on a number of aspects.