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SXMNBA Basketball Camp caters to 50 youths including a delegation from Saba

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) held their second annual Basketball Camp. This camp was held from July 24th to August 2nd, 2019 at the L.B Scott Sports Auditorium and catered to boys and girls ages 9 to 18, SXMNBA said in a press statement on Sunday.

“There were over 50 kids registered, including a delegation from neighboring island Saba. All participants were led under the coaching style of Mr. Joel Wooten head coach of Southeast Community College.

“This was coach Wooten’s second visit to our island, and he intends to return next year. Preparations are already underway for next year’s summer camp. It is worth mentioning that coach Wooten already has a few local boys from St. Maarten enrolled in his basketball program in the United States.

“Coach Wooten said he came here to share his knowledge and to train our youngsters. This also affords him the opportunity to scout young basketball talent. Every kid that participated saw improvement in their ability to jump, dribble, shoot and an overall improvement in their basketball skills.

“We want to thank The Guardian Group Fatum for providing the SXMNBA with 100 reversible basketball jerseys. These jerseys will serve the SXMNBA well as they will be used for future tournaments, knock out and competitions.

“We would also like to thank Anish Chugani and Avantika Restaurant, The Island Government and Sports Department, Fantastic Waters for providing us with additional water for the duration of the camp, and to the parents for entrusting us with their kids.

“The SXMNBA would also like to give a special thanks to Mr. Gordon St. Luce for connecting us with coach Joel Wooten.  The SXMNBA is looking forward to collaborating with more organizations in the future and urges others to jump on board for next year’s summer camp and other upcoming events,” the SXMNBA press release concludes. 



SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - Caribbean Airlines is the Official Airline for the World Interhash 2020, which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago from April 23-26, 2020. The airline will welcome over 4,000 visitors to Trinidad and Tobago from over 250 Interhash chapters across 75 countries worldwide who will participate in the World Interhash 2020.

Commenting on the partnership, Caribbean Airlines Executive Manager Marketing & Loyalty, Alicia Cabrera stated, “Our Caribbean identity is unique and infectious and we are pleased to be named the official airline for the World Interhash 2020; and we look forward to offering a true Caribbean welcome to our international and regional visitors joining us on board.”

Registered participants can get a discount of 15%. For further information

The World Interhash is a weekend of events which comprises over 28 exciting trail runs across Trinidad and Tobago. This unique sport eco-tourism event challenges the participants with trails that run through the flora and fauna, scenic hills and valleys of the islands.

Dubbed the “Carnival of Hashes” visitors will then be taken to the city of Port of Spain, on a “Red Dress Charity” run on the evening of Thursday April 23, 2020 where participants in red dresses will run throughout the city ending at HADCO Phase II pan yard, where they experience their first Carnival Experience.

The next day, early Friday morning on April 24, they will experience their first ever J’ouvert run. The World Interhash 2020 promoter Niki Borde stated, “Plan It Productions and the TT Interhash Committee are excited to have Caribbean Airlines come on board the World Interhash journey.

With over 75 countries represented this is a global event and an opportunity to showcase all that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer. A partnership with Caribbean Airlines on a project like this expands its possibilities, making it more than just a Trinidad and Tobago event but a regional one, as the thousands of participants coming to Trinidad and Tobago can explore the Caribbean before and after the event.

Plan It Productions shares the same vision as Caribbean Airlines in the continued promotion of Caribbean beauty and warmth and are committed through event planning, to continue to connect the Global fraternity.”


Princess Christina, sister of Beatrix, dies of bone cancer at 72

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Princess Christina, youngest sister of former Dutch queen Beatrix, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The announcement was made on Friday morning by the state information service RVD.

The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been suffering from bone cancer for several years.

She died at the Noordeinde palace and will be cremated in a quiet ceremony with the family, the statement said. King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and princess Beatrix said on Twitter they would cherish many wonderful memories of their ‘dear sister and aunt’.

Her musical drive and her talent had impacted on many people, they said. The princess released several CDs and had performed in public.

Maria Christina Prinses der Nederlanden, Prinses van Oranje-Nassau, Prinses van Lippe-Biesterfeld was born at Soestdijk palace on February 18, 1947. She was married in 1975 to Jorge Guillermo, with whom she had three children.

The couple divorced in 1996. Her mother Juliana contracted rubella while pregnant and, as a consequence, Christina was born nearly blind although advances in medicine and special glasses enabled her to live a relatively normal life.


Christina’s near blindness did lead to the introduction of faith healer Greet Hofmans into the inner royal circle, which led to a major crisis in the 1950s following concerns about her influence on the queen.

Christina, who most recently lived in London, was in the news earlier this year, when she sold a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens at auction in New York for $8.2m including $1.2m auction costs.

The drawing, plus other works of art, raised a total of some €8m for the princess. The sale was widely criticised in the Netherlands because the drawing had not been offered first to the Dutch state or domestic museums.



Plenary Public meeting of Parliament about Prison for Wednesday afternoon postponed

PHILIPSBURG – The Public meeting to be held today Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 15:00 hrs was postponed until further notice at the request of the Minister

The agenda points for the meeting were: 

  1. The management structure of the detention facilities on St. Maarten
    2. The status and significance of Progress Committee reports recommendations (IS/1059/2018-2019 dated May 24, 2019)

This meeting was requested by MP T.E. Leonard, MP S.M. Bijlani and MP J.C. James. 


STB & SHTA share Hurricane Manual with Hotel Properties

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) —The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and the St. Maarten Hotel and Trade Association (SHTA) has distributed a Hurricane Manual to all accommodation properties in preparation for the Hurricane Season 2019 and future Seasons.

The jointly created manual outlines the roles of public and private sectors in the event of a Hurricane and provides a step-by-step guideline what actions collectively need to be taken from 72 hours before to 72 hours after a hurricane strike. 

The manual outlines communication practices, pre-event visitor assessments, visitor security, logistical operations for repatriation, and other components.

The Manual has been updated based on bottle necks that arose during a Hurricane Forum organized by STB & SHTA, back in June 29th, 2018.

During which stakeholders such as, accommodation properties, sea & air ports, transportation companies, and other tourism related entities, were brought to the table to discuss the challenges they faced, before, during and after Hurricane Irma.

One major factor that was brought to attention was the disconnect between public and private sectors and their respective roles and responsibilities, and the lack of communication.

With the goal of learning from past behavior, potential solutions were brainstormed and presented.

The result of that contributed greatly to the completion of the updated Hurricane Manual.

St. Maarten Tourism Bureau falls under Ministry of TEATT within the ESF 10 structure.

Hoteliers, marinas and other interested companies can download the hurricane manual can be downloaded at


St. Martin book recommended in the USA; Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian, PhD

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The USA booklist from California’s Small Press Distribution (SPD) includes a new book published in St. Martin: Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou by Sara Florian, PhD.

Each month, SPD recommends its top 20 books, mostly from US independent presses. The selected titles are promoted nationwide to readers, book buyers, and libraries, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

“To have the book about St. Martin’s people, culture and landscape in literature make the August list of ‘SPD Recommends’ is good news. The back-to-school season is a great time to share this news with St. Martin people, visitors, and readers beyond our shores,” said Sample.

Caribbean Counterpoint, published by HNP in June, is available at for Internet orders. The 200-page book is in St. Martin at Arnia’s, SoIL café, and Van Dorp bookstores (Madame Estate and Simpson Bay).

Caribbean Counterpoint: The Aesthetics of Salt in Lasana Sekou could be a paradigm shift on seeing how salt production impacted St. Martin people’s identity, culture, and history. It plunges into the centrality of the Great Salt Pond, said Sample.

“Sara’s St. Martin book could be a first such study, or even a challenge,” that compares Caribbean-wide influences of salt to the related socio-economic and cultural symbolism of sugar that dominates in Caribbean studies, art forms, and general knowledge, said Sample.

“Sekou’s work also shares some features ... with the Guyanese Martin Carter, the St. Lucian Kendel Hippolyte, the Grenadian Merle Collins, and the Jamaican Joan Andrea Hutchinson,” wrote Dr. Florian. The work of other St. Martin writers, as well as artists and musicians are discussed in the book.

In exploring “the writings of Lasana M. Sekou … Dr. Florian’s study delves deep into not only the poetry but also into the fiction and essays of this politically committed, coolly confident, witty and lively writer and activist,” said Anton G. Leitner, editor of Das Gedicht, the German literary magazine.

In studying some 40 years of Sekou’s work, Dr. Florian critically compares aspects of the St. Martin writer’s “aesthetics of salt” and “marronage” to authors and artists such as Kamau Brathwaite, David Rudder, LeRoy Clarke, and Édouard Glissant.

“Sara’s book at its best is an insightful work of an engaged critic ... putting her ear against the Caribbean and listening, ... to our poems, and to our stories, and to our novels, and looking at our art, listening to conversations between writers,” said Dr. Kei Miller, the award-winning Jamaican poet and novelist based in the UK.  

Dr. Sara Florian hails from Italy and currently lectures at the National University of Singapore. Florian has studied at the Université La Sorbonne-Paris IV, École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Harvard University, and the research facilities of The University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Barbados.

Florian obtained her PhD in Modern Philology at Cà Foscari University, Italy. Her dissertation focused on contemporary and comparative Caribbean literature.

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ODM: Are You Ready? It’s Your Personal Responsibility to Be Prepared this Hurricane Season!

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is once again appealing to the community of Sint Maarten to be prepared for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its recent hurricane season forecast update says that there is the chance for an above-normal hurricane season.

Richardson is calling on the community to use the time now to re-check storm preparations and to be prepared for the remaining months of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Are You Ready?

The community and new residents are urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website: where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

In addition, you can also download the ‘Disaster Prep Sint Maarten’ app for Android phones at this point in time:

The app for Apple phones is not yet available at the Apple Store.

Richardson added that there was no time to become complacent. Every household and business operation have a personal responsibility to make sure they are storm ready by cleaning-up yards and surroundings of any debris that could blow away in the event of a storm/hurricane. Remember, it only takes one to make it a bad season.

The number of predicted storms is also greater with NOAA now expecting 10-17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 5-9 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 2-4 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater).

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) reminds residents and business owners to have plans in place for quick action – storm ready!

An average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Two named storms have already developed for the season, namely Andrea and Barry.

The remaining storm names for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season are: Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imedla, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

The ODM is urging residents to check hurricane shutters and the roof of their home or business, and to make sure windows and shutters close securely.

Mariners who are seeking shelter in the Simpson Bay Lagoon or Oyster Pond should also make plans to stay with friends or at a hotel once they have secured their vessel in a timely manner rather than staying on-board the vessel to ride out the passing of a storm.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS):

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Are You Ready? Be prepared this hurricane season!


Detainee attempts to commit suicide by hanging

PHILIPSBURG - On Saturday August 10th at approximately 12.00 p.m. the Emergency Dispatch and the Watch Commander at the Police Headquarters in Philipsburg were notified by the prison guards that a male suspect housed in the detention cells at the police station attempted to commit suicide by hanging, police announced in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

The guards on duty noticed the attempt on time and immediately took actions and prevented the suspect from taking his life. The detainee is one of the suspects involved in the “Amazoniet” investigation.

The detainee was attended to by paramedics who were called to the scene. The detainee did not suffer any physical injuries and was in good health.

The Chief Prosecutor was notified of the incident and she contacted the Head of the Point Blanche House of Detention who would take all measures to protect the detainee and prevent him from hurting or endangering himself in the future. (Sint Maarten Police Force)


Coast Guard collaborates in search and rescue operation of Anguilla fisherman

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Last Thursday the Rescue and Coordination Center of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard received a notification from the Sint Maarten Coast Guard Sub Station that a vessel with the name 'INTEGRITY' had sunk between Sint Maarten and Anguilla.

The vessel was light blue in color and on board was one male who had gone missing. A Metal Shark from the substation was dispatched to search for the missing person.

The Dash-8, the Coast Guard plane and the Metal Shark, had both executed an extended search and rescue operation looking for the missing person.

A number of civilian boats that were nearby and French rescue units also collaborated with the search and rescue.

Around 8.00PM the report came in that the Anguillan man, who had a life jacket on, was found by the French rescue boat. He was taken to Saint Martin and transported to the hospital for further check-up.


CANTO achieves success at its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Trinidad & Tobago

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD - From July 21st – 24th 2019, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was transformed into a digital think tank as CANTO hosted its 35th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition under the theme, “Transitioning to a Digital Region - Opportunities and Challenges”.

CANTO’s Board of Directors, with expert assistance from its Port-of-Spain based Secretariat, delivered a packed programme that was both relevant and varied in its scope, allowing civil society, young gamers and animators to equally voice their opinions on the digital future of the Caribbean and Latin America, alongside major Regional players such as Cable & Wireless, Digicel and Huawei.

In attendance were over 500 participants from the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States of America representing Government; Telecommunications Operators and Regulators; the Private Sector; Academia and Civil Society.

High level meetings and roundtable sessions between and among Ministers with responsibility for telecommunications of 12 Caribbean Nations - Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Maarten, Tortola and Turks and Caicos Islands - and private sector stakeholders, opened the door for greater interface between Government and Operators to deepen their partnerships, to allow greater use of digital technologies to access government services, stimulate economic growth and create digitally literate Nations.

The Conference featured a stellar line-up of speakers whose expertise spanned the evolution of the new ICT Ecosystem currently being experienced worldwide. Included in over 30 informative sessions were presentations on Leading in the Digital Age; Advanced AI Insights; Regional Development Trends; Perspectives on Future Technological Advancements; Cyber Security and Data Protection.

Dialogue and debate focused on the need for improved collaboration, innovation and communication among all stakeholders to enable the Region to embrace its full potential in the digital arena.

Local and foreign exhibitors added to the high quality of the event by showcasing the latest in state-of-the-art digital solutions for business, professional and private use.

The organisers of CANTO 2019 must be congratulated for meeting and surpassing the challenges to host an international-standard Conference which created a platform for stimulating open discussions and business growth.

CANTO 2020 will take place in Miami, Florida from July 19th to 22nd, 2020.

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