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Man arrested for arson

MADAME ESTATE - On Friday September 13th, 2019, approximately 1.50 am, the police patrol of Philipsburg was directed to the Madame Estate area, where a car was supposedly set on fire, police announced on Friday. 

At the scene the patrol encountered a man with the initials K.G.A.S.  who was suspected of committing arson. The suspect who is well known to the police was arrested and brought over to the police station in Philipsburg.  He was incarcerated pending further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force) 


SMILE to host MicroMentor´s Caribbean Innovation Challenge 2019

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Innovations, Initiatives and Industries Link-up Event 2019 (SMILE) will be the host of the award ceremony for the Caribbean Innovation Contest. By means of this contest, NGO MicroMentor will provide 15 prizes up to $5,000 to support the recovering business community of Sint Maarten.  

SMILE organizers are excited to welcome the contest award winners and the boost provided to Sint Maarten’s entrepreneurs as the economy is still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season and promoting new ideas is exactly what the SMILE event is all about. 

The SMILE tradeshow is designed to revolve around the themes of innovation and sustainability. The organizers see the Caribbean Innovation Challenge by Micromentor as a great incentive to "think out of the box" on the road to SMILE.

Registration for the contest is easy and can be done at

All 15 winners will receive a free entry pass to SMILE which includes all 25 masterclasses scheduled for the event. 

MicroMentor is a free, easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect so they can solve problems and build businesses together. For more information on MicroMentor visit

SMILE takes place at University Sint Maarten on October 25th and 26th. Businesses and NGOs interested to participate in SMILE as an exhibitor or attendee can obtain more information at 5420108 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For the most up to date SMILE information visit


Parliament redesigned website launched

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Parliament of Sint Maarten launched its redesigned Website, 

This redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features while offering a more comprehensive understanding of the structure and organization of the Parliament of Sint Maarten. The website also offers updated information on news and press releases, upcoming meetings of Parliament, Members of Parliament profiles and legislative updates such as; national ordinances, amendments, motions etc.  

The redesigned website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced content on all parliamentary related business. 

Parliament is excited about the launch of the new website and the information it provides to the public. The public is encouraged to visit and explore the Parliaments website to stay abreast with the Parliament of Sint Maarten. 

Parliament also launched its very first informative video titled; ‘What is Parliament?” on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the reception on the occasion of the Opening of the New Parliamentary Year 2019-2020 at the Sheer restaurant. 

The Video is the first of a series of videos to be launched every few weeks. The animated explainer video elucidates the history of the Parliament of Sint Maarten and the role of the Parliament as Supervisor of the Government and Co-legislator.

The series of videos will be launched via all Parliament’s social media platforms. To stay abreast on parliamentary activities be sure to follow us on social our social media platforms.  


Student arrested with knives. Police appeals to parents and guardians for cooperation due to serious ongoing situation

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD/ST. PETERS) - The police department of St. Maarten is urging, cooperation from parents and guardians concerning the serious ongoing situations with their minor children that’s taking place in and around the secondary school in St. Peters and South Reward area, police announced on Wednesday.

On Wednesday September 11th, 2019 about 12.00 pm, the Philipsburg patrol was sent to one of the secondary schools in South Reward where a student, supposedly was in possession of a dangerous type of knife.  

At the scene the patrol encountered a male student with a curved knife in his possession, and the student was arrested, and the knife confiscated.

During a routine check on the clothing of the suspect another knife was found; this weapon was also confiscated for further investigation. The student was brought to the police station and handed over to the juvenile department. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


Kristen Laurence: New "star" on Island Real Estate Team

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The Island Real Estate (IRE) Team is proud to introduce Kristen Laurence as their newest agent on the team. She officially signed her independent contractor agreement on September 2nd, 2019.

Although she has been unofficially part of the team for the past two years as an assistant to one of the veteran and top producing agents, Sacha van den Bosch.  Kristen has made the decision to use the knowledge and training passed down from who she calls her mentor, Sacha, to lead her own way in the market as she tries to become another top producing real estate agent on the IRE Team.

Kristen had quiet an unpredictable start to her introduction to real estate, as she started just days before hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten.  She passed on opportunities to leave the devastated island and instead chose to continue with what she originally signed up for, being an assistant and learning as much as she could about real estate, no matter the circumstances.

"It was the absolute best decision to stay on board with Sacha and the Island Real Estate Team, as they took me under their wing and allowed me to grow from what started out as just a part-time job, to a passion in a field that I absolutely love and am now ready to build a career in."

Kristen becomes the twelfth Independent Contractor (Agent) to join the Island Real Estate Team and provide real estate services under this local brand that was created ten years ago by Arun Jagtiani.  "I'm very excited by Kristen's growth, because it makes me realize we have created an environment within our office, that allows us to develop young local talent and create career opportunities.  This job is much harder than most people realize, but I believe Kristen has the integrity, passion, and thick skin that is needed to be successful in this industry."

You can contact Kristen with any real estate interests - buying, selling, or renting. She is committed to take the time with her clients and make them aware of what the local real estate market has to offer.


Lions Club in the process of Launching 2019 – 2020 Lions Peace Poster Competition

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - The St. Maarten Lions Club has contacted all school managers and or directors as well as after school art program directors with respect to its next project, the peace poster.

The Lions Club stated that they, “…recognize the importance of promoting and instilling peace amongst our island’s youth as well as recognizing their hard work in their educational growth.

“Hence, the St. Maarten Lions Club will be hosting their annual “Lions International Peace Poster Competition. Attached are the guidelines that should be adhered to participate in the competition.

“The target group for this project is the group 7 and 8 of the primary schools and the form 1 students of the high schools. All participants must be between the ages of 11 and 13 (Birthdates must fall between November 16, 2005 – November 15, 2008). This years’ theme for the competition is “Journey of Peace”

“Our club has teamed up with Ms. Tess Verheij, director of the Waste Factory who will guide the students and prepare them for this years' Peace Poster Competition.

“We are cordially inviting you to the launching of this year’s Peace Poster scheduled for September 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm place the Lions Civic Center next to the Yuppie Gas Station in Sucker Garden. We will provide additional information on the competition during the launch.”

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SSSD hosts free workshop entitled “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter” on September 12

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) is hosting a free workshop for secondary school students and recent graduates entitled “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter.”

Secondary students and their parents are encouraged to attend. This workshop will be held on September 12, 2019 at the Student Support Services Division’s office (above the Gatsby store next to the Windward Islands Bank in Philipsburg) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Students who are interested in attending college to further their education will often find that they need to submit a college entrance essay or a motivation letter to the college of their choice.

This is an integral part of many colleges and universities application process. Colleges and universities are looking for students who stand out among the rest; and as such, entrance essays and motivation letters are one of the ways that students can position themselves to stand out from among the sea of applicants that colleges and universities receive each year.

According to SSSD officials, the goal of this workshop is to equip students with the ability to craft an informative and unique essay or motivation letter that will hopefully increase their chances of being accepted to the college or university of their choice.

It is important to note that colleges and universities consider many different factors when choosing an applicant to attend their school. However, a well-crafted entrance essay or motivation letter coupled with good grades and successful completion of the application can put a student in a great position to receive the coveted acceptance letter from their choice school(s).  

The “Crafting a College Entrance Essay and Motivation Letter” workshop will be held at the SSSD office from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Persons interested in attending are urged to contact the SSSD’s office at 543-1235 and ask to speak to one of the Career Guidance Counselors to reserve a spot as space is limited.

SSSD provides a variety of services to students referred by schools. These consist of psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services and speech & language pathology services. SSSD also offers career guidance services, parent support groups and parent information sessions.


NIPA and Smart Concepts 721 Sign MoU

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and Smart Concepts 721 have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Both parties are excited at the prospects that such a partnership will bring. Smart Concepts 721 is specialized in home and business automation services.

Thus, NIPA students will gain experience in consultations, sales, installation, programming, and maintenance of products such as air conditionings, cameras, shutters, and garage gates while completing their internship at the establishment.

NIPA intends to continue to build relationships and partnerships with businesses in St. Maarten to contribute to student success by providing them with quality education and relevant experience.


Man arrested for attempted break-in at Karakter Beach bar

SIMPSON BAY - On Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 at 05.00 am the patrol from the Simpson Bay Police Sub Station was dispatched to Karakter Beach bar for a breaking and entering of the premises.

At the restaurant in Simpson bay the patrol encountered two persons attempting to force their way into the Restaurant.

By arrival of the police the two suspects tried fleeing the area. One of the suspects was later arrested after a short foot chase and brought over to the Police Station in Philipsburg and handed over to the detective department.

The second suspect managed to flee the scene. The investigation into this attempted breaking and entering is ongoing. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


UPDATED: Man found stabbed to death on Well Road Cole Bay Ruled as Suicide

COLE BAY - UPDATE - The investigation into the death of the man found on well road on Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 has been closed officially, police announced on Thursday.  After a short investigation carried out by the forensic and detective departments it became clear this was a suicide case. The body has been released to the family.    

ARCHIVE - On Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 at 06.45 am the central dispatch received a call concerning a man lying on the ground on the Well road. According to the caller the victim was not showing any signs of life.  The patrol from Simpson Bay was directed to well-road, police said in a statement.

At the scene the patrol encountered the body of an unknown man with wounds on his upper body. He was lying face up, behind one of the power houses of G.E.B.E on the Well road. 

The personnel from the ambulance service and the detectives were immediately dispatched to the location. The doctor, who arrived later on the scene pronounced the death of the victim.

Up to press time the cause of death of the victim was not clear. The identity of the victim is known to the police however will not be released at this time. The investigation is ongoing. (Sint Maarten Police Force)  

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