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AUDIO: MP Roy Marlin comments on Plenary Session Budgetary Amendments

PHILIPSBURG – A public Plenary Session of the House of Parliament that was scheduled for September 24th and rescheduled for September 26th was closed by the President of Parliament after half an hour due to a lack of a quorum.  This is the second time the meeting had to be closed due to the aforementioned.  Member of Parliament Hon. Roy Marlin made the following statement after the meeting.


AUDIO: Audi Breaks Ground on Sint Maarten, Dealership Showroom to Open in December

COLE BAY - An Audi dealership will open in Cole Bay mid December next to Caribbean Auto.  Its a new business addition for the Cole Bay area and a US$500,000 investment.  Audi is a partnership with Caribbean Auto owned by Imran McSood, Reza McSood and Tariq Amjad.  Listen and view the video of the official ground breaking that was carried out on Thursday in the presence of the Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams and Audi overseas officials along with local owners/management.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        



POINT BLANCHE – POWER HOUR: Heels & Cocktails Edition has been moved to October 17, 2014 due to a tropical wave which will most likely affect the island on Friday evening. This event will still be held at the Harbour.

Hosted by Foundation INFOBIZZ, the POWER HOUR was designed to inspire and empower entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals by providing them with tips and tricks from those who have already achieved success in their business and industry.  Known as networking for movers and shakers, the POWER HOUR has been able to inspire and empower over 120 entrepreneurs in a short period of time.

“We owe it to everyone involved, the attendees, vendors, speakers, supporters, to ensure that the POWER HOUR continues to provide a standard of excellence where they can truly benefit from this experience. With an impending tropical wave, we cannot guarantee that as it is an outdoor event. We are not comfortable in taking that risk.  This was a hard decision to make, still safety is always first” said the director of INFOBIZZ, Ms. Ife Badejo.

To show their appreciation for the public’s understanding and support, INFOBIZZ will allow all those who bought their tickets to bring a friend on that same ticket. In other words, the ticket they now hold counts for two. Tickets are still on sale for $30, which includes refreshments and all materials. Also vendor tables are still available.

INFOBIZZ was started to develop successful entrepreneurs and support them in their start-up and growth phases.  POWER HOUR was designed as an ideal opportunity to expand one’s network and gain insight on how to succeed by established entrepreneurs and professionals.

For more information about POWER HOUR or Foundation INFOBIZZ, please call +1-721-523-1842 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Electoral Council: Missed deadline for candidates violates the law. Elected members to Parliament will not be able to take the oath of office

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council is cautioning all candidates who participated in the recently held parliamentary elections, that if they do not submit their donation registration to the Electoral Council by Monday, September 29th, 2014, they will be in violation of the law.

Upcoming Monday, September 29th, 2014 is the last day for submission of the registration of donations. To date, only five (5) of the 90 candidates complied with the law, while over 90 % of the candidates vying for a seat in Parliament has yet to comply with the legal requirements laid down in the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties.  

The Electoral Council is hereby informing candidates that sanctions for non-compliance include having the names of non-compliant candidates published in all mass media.

Elected members to Parliament will not be able to take the oath of office to assume their position in Parliament if they fail to comply with the law. Candidates who did not receive any donations are also required to complete the form, date and sign it and submit it to the Electoral Council.

In order to accommodate candidates with the submission of their donation register before the deadline, the Electoral Council will extend its office hours and will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 25, Friday, September 26 and Monday, September 29, 2014.

Candidates who have not yet received an email from the Electoral Council with instructions on how to access the database to be able to complete the registration digitally, should contact the Electoral Council immediately during its opening hours at the office on Backstreet 145b or by telephone nos. 5439888 and 5439889 or by email-address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Website:


Minister Lake follows-up on trench cleaning works and job creation

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake announced on Tuesday that he is in the process of visiting the different districts where it concerns trench cleaning works based on contracts that were signed earlier this year.

“I am very proud of the work that has been carried out by our young small business owners, the local contractors.  They have done a great job, and taking pride in their own districts.

“This is in line with my vision of giving our people the opportunity to run their own business. Within my short term in Government, I had the opportunity to give our local contractors three times within the year work related to trench cleaning so that they would have a steady income and be able to take care of their families.

“I would like to see a more permanent structure in place for trench cleaning for the boys in the different districts.  They have proven they can do the work once given the opportunity.

“I try my best to create work for our local contractors with my limited budget that falls under my ministry. The permits section within the ministry is working to facilitate the issuing of as many building permits as they come in.

“I always preach to my ministry that the more building permits we get out the more work we create for our people and more revenues for Government. It is very slow in the construction sector at this point in time and a lot of contractors are hurting. 

“Government needs to be creative and create more projects to create more jobs for our people.  We also need economic stimulus for our people where more and more become their own boss in our country.  We need to raise the bar, and focus on empowering our people.

“I am also looking into other employment opportunities for other young people in the various districts including Sucker Garden.  Not everybody is into trench cleaning, but have other expertise in different areas that could be of benefit to the community that they live in,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Tuesday.



Readers are Leaders reading program re-launches with “New Beginning”

PHILIPSBURG— On  Wednesday, September 24th   the Readers are Leaders annual reading program will be re-launching at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library at 6pm under the theme “New Beginning”.

The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise Club is recommencing its reading program aimed at all high school students. The main goal of the reading program is to encourage St Maarten’s teenagers to become avid readers.

High school students will be challenged to read at least one book per month and hand in book reports on seven or more books they have read.  There will also be  book quizzes and e-reading workshops on the  program this year.

As an extra incentive to encourage participants to continue reading, prizes will be awarded. Prizes for the winning participants will include a number of electronic devices such as a laptop, iPod, iPad, and free internet hours at the library.

In order to qualify to win the reading competition participating students will have to:

  1. Read a minimum of seven (7) books which are part of the school’s English Language curriculum or books from the Readers are Leaders’ Book list. This has to be done before the month of March (“Literacy Month”)
  2. Participate in discussions on the Readers are Leaders FaceBook page.
  3. Participate in at least one (1) of the following extra curricula reading activities:
  4. Being a member of the Readers Are Leaders Board
  5. Participating in a Reading or Book Club at school
  6. Reading or assisting children with reading at an afterschool program
  7. Tutoring fellow classmates or others for the subject of English  
  8. Participating in the Poetry Evening or Black History Month Program (development of original poems, stories, skits)
  9. Participating in book quiz competitions
  10. Read e-books

The reading campaign will end with a closing party celebrating the achievements of all participating students in March 2015. 


Conflict Resolution workshop this Saturday

PHILIPSBURG - Members of civil society, professionals and local churches will meet this weekend to discuss the often elusive topic of conflict resolution. Via  a workshop organized by Step Out Promotions, the event will be held under the theme Conflict Resolution: The Attitude, Skills and Strategies for a Peaceful Environment.

“Conflict Resolution otherwise known as reconciliation is the method or processes involved in facilitating the peaceful end of conflict and retribution. By learning these skills for conflict resolution we can keep our personal and professional relations productive, strong and growing,” workshop coordinator Donna Morrison-Wilson explained.

The general public is being invited to attend this important seminar on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the conference room of the COME Center at Longwall Road #18, Philipsburg.

“When conflict is mismanaged, it can cause great harm to a relationship, but when handled in a respectful, positive way, conflict provides an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between people, groups and organization. Learn how to resolve conflict in the workplace, home, marriage and ministry. Apply proven strategies and methods and be a valuable member of the peace making and peace keeping process,” a press release from the organizers stated.

 This unique workshop will be facilitated by Mr. Rolande Tobias, an accomplished Toastmaster with close to 20 years of experience in the Toastmasters organization.Tobias has distinguished himself as an expert presenter, trainer and educator, conducting presentations and training sessions in 16 of the 20 territories in which Toastmaster District 81 has clubs. He is also a business communication lecturer at the University of St. Martin, banker by profession, community leader and media personality.

Workshop topics will include communication, arbitration, political resolutions, personal conflict, counseling, dispute management, international relations, turning an angry customer into a repeat customer and much more.

A registration fee of  US$20.00 or Naf. 36.00 inclusive of refreshments, workshop materials and a course certificate is being charged. Registration can be done by visiting the office of Step Out Promotions at the COME Center, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling telephone numbers 523-0901/523-9553.


Tourist Bureau calls on businesses to observe WTD

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau which falls under the Ministry of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) is calling on the business community to recognize World Tourism Day (WTD) which is observed globally every September 27.

The theme for 2014 WTD is “Tourism & Community Development.”  The theme selected is for the tourism sectors around the globe to place emphasis and focus on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with the skills to achieve change in their local communities.

Tourism plays a key role in social, cultural, political and economic value.

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6 per cent in the first half of 2014 according to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Barometer.

Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013.

Growth was strongest in the Americas (+6%) followed by Asia and the Pacific and Europe (both at +5%). 

So far, results are in line with the UNWTO forecast issued at the beginning of 2014. 

For the full year 2014, international tourist arrivals are expected to increase by four per cent to 4.5 per cent worldwide, above UNWTO’s long-term forecast of 3.8 per cent per year for the period 2010 to 2020. 


Last Chance to Register for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

POINT BLANCHE – Registration for the 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show will close on September 30 at 5.00pm.

As of 5.01pm, the on-site registration price per person will automatically go into effect.  One-on-one meetings will close on Monday, September 22, and you have to be registered as a delegate to be eligible for pre-set meetings and that deadline was September 17.

The St. Maarten/St. Martin business community is reminded to register to participate in the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show.  Local businesses can promote their services or products to the cruise industry by participating in the conference/trade show.

To learn more about and/or register for the FCCA Conference & Trade Show which will take place from October 6-10, visit:

The conference and trade show will attract to the destination more than 1000 cruise industry partners, including close to 100 cruise executives during the October one week period.

The focus of the conference is on developing business, relationships and knowledge during the event’s four-day series meetings, workshops and social functions, and one of the best occasions for this is during the numerous one-on-one meetings.

For cruise executives, ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, attractions, ship agents, suppliers and tour operators, the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show is the premier industry event of the year to meet key industry players, analyse trends and discuss current issues.


Free plane ticket to St. Thomas for Natural Hair Expo

GREAT BAY—Hair and beauty care lovers and professionals have until 9:30 PM on Friday, September 19, to win a free roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodation, and admission tickets to the Caribbean Natural Hair Care and Wellness Workshop & Exposition in St. Thomas, in October 2014, said Rochelle Ward, CEO of Don’t Break the Comb, St. Martin’s first natural hair group.

“The annual I AM BEAUTIFUL Caribbean Expo is in its third year and the organizer and owner of MissNaturalista, Denise Benjamin, is inviting interested persons in St. Martin to take part in the event on October 11-12 in St. Thomas and on October 13 in St. Croix,” said Ward.

The expo will feature hair care industry leaders such as Rochelle Graham (BlackOnyx77), Felicia Leatherwood (Celebrity hairstylist), Jenell Steward (, Demetria Lucus (Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels”), Nina Ellis-Hervey (BeautifulBrwnBabyDol), Audrey Davis-Sivasothy (“The Science of Black Hair”), Songstress Etana (“The Strong One”), and Evok Life LLC (Life Coach and Consulting Experts).

“To win a roundtrip weekend ticket to St. Thomas and the other giveaways for the expo, go to and click on the ‘I AM BEAUTIFUL’ flyer,” said Ward.

“The lucky click will take you to the post to enter your name for a chance to win the giveaways. The tasks are easy: ‘Like’ Don’t Break the Comb’s and MissNaturalista’s facebook pages, and share the event’s page. You’ll also have to state why you’d like to attend,” said Ward.

The Windward Passage Hotel, which is the event’s partnering hotel, is also offering attendees discounts once they present the code EXPO 2014. The winner of the ticket in St. Martin will be announced on Monday, September 22, said Ward. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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