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UP board announces resumption of preparations for August 29 Poll, UP Express on the Move

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The board of the United People's Party (UP) hereby informs the nation that it resumes its preparations and activities in connection with the August 29 parliamentary polls for country Sint Maarten.

In the week of June 16 the UP Party will be launching a group that will raise political awareness through engagement and participation whereby they take their rightful place as builders and leaders of Sint Maarten.

Other activities to commence in the week of June 16 is ‘Green Friday’s’ and ‘Drive UP.’

The UP party suspended all activities and preparations for the national parliamentary elections on May 28 when the UP family and nation learnt about the tragic death of the party leader’s son.

The UP family and board takes this opportunity to thank all those who expressed their sympathy with respect to the passing of Curtis N. D. Heyliger, may his soul rest in eternal peace. 


Bria, Laetitia preparing to compete regionally

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen Bria Sorton and reigning Junior Carnival Queen Laetitia Cozier are preparing to represent their island in two regional pageants.

Bria is preparing to compete in the 2014 Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant in Nevis in early August while Laetitia will compete in the Miss Mini Model Pageant in Santo Domingo in July as part of that country’s Festival del Talento y la Belleza Nacional.

The pageant in Nevis forms part of the 40th anniversary of Culturama on that island. It brings together young ladies of diverse cultural backgrounds from across the region, ahead of the main event set for August 4. The brainchild of LIME restaurateur Randy Jeffers, the pageant has been a staple of Nevis’ summer cultural festival, Culturama, for the past seven years.

Both Bria and Laetitia are excited to get this first opportunity to represent St. Maarten. Together with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) they are actively seeking sponsorship to assist with their preparations.

Teen Queen D’Shnay York will also represent St. Maarten in St. Kitts later this year. More information about that pageant and her preparations will be released at a later stage. (Contributed by SCDF)


Incubator SXM - A Free Workshop on Sunday

YOGESH COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, Sint maarten - Incubator SXM, a  free workshop designed to help entrepreneurs create a business model and take their businesses to the next level, will take place on June 15, 2014 at the Yogesh Commercial Complex (room 2- second floor) from 9:00am - 3:00pm. This is an initiative to develop successful entrepreneurs. Local and international trainers will go over the business models of the entrepreneurs and focus on what steps are needed to take the businesses and business ideas to the next level.
The entrepreneurs will walk away with not just practical information but with a business model that works specifically for them.  To register please visit and for updates visit www.facebook.con/incubatorsxm or call 523-1842 for more details. 

Minister Patricia Lourens-Philip Father’s Day Message

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens Philip would like to congratulate Sint Maarten Father’s and Grandfather’s on Father’s Day, Sunday June 15.

Father’s day is an opportunity to acknowledge and say thank you for being my dad, and to celebrate the role that father’s and grandfather’s play in the lives of their children and grandchildren on a daily basis.

Father’s serve in key roles in society such as teachers and in other professional areas, and therefore are considered role models.

Fatherhood is a lifelong commitment and a role of serious responsibility.

“I encourage all families to pay tribute on Sunday, June 15 to all men who fill the role as a father.  On Sunday, families will come together.  We must not forget the dual role that some women also play such as being a mom and dad to their child or children.

“May God bless all of our dad’s, grandfathers, and women who also serve in the role as dad this father’s day,” Minister of Education Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip said on Friday.


Story time with Chamber Director this Saturday at the Library

PHILPSBURG, Sint Maarten—The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be hosting its weekly, Saturday, story time at 11:00am on Saturday, June 14.

This Saturday’s, storyteller, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, Claret Connor, will be reading from one of the library’s children’s books called, “Mushroom in the Rain” by Mira Ginsburg. The story illustrates a lesson in elementary science about an ant, a butterfly, a mouse, a sparrow, and a rabbit, who all fit under the same mushroom.

“I know how important reading is to the development of every child. I feel honored to share my time reading to the children at the library”, said Connor.

Every Saturday, the library conducts story time sessions for visiting children. Both Joseanne Peterson and Lysandra William are the coordinators for the Saturday story times sessions and have been volunteering their time for this project since January.

“Since we started these sessions, we have noticed that the amount of children attending the story time has grown substantially. Another noteworthy fact is that parents are coming along with their children for story time. This is a very positive development, since our aim is to encourage parents to play an active role in developing their children’s interest in reading. Reading is a fundamental tool in the education of our youngsters”, commented story time coordinator, Joseanne Peterson.

After story time, children will be engaged in an arts and crafts activity and provided with fruit cups. The coordinators would hereby like to extend their heartfelt thank you to the sponsors of Saturday story time, namely Afoo Supermarket for fruit cups, Manrique Capriles for Juices and Office World for the crafting material.


48-Year Old Arrested Under Suspicion of Sexual Abuse

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Early Wednesday morning, June 11, the 48-year old man E.Y. was arrested in his home in Defiance. A house search, led by the judge of instruction and in presence of the public prosecutor took place. Several data carriers were confiscated for further investigation.

The suspect was arrested and place in pre-trail detention on suspicion of sexual abuse and rape. Several minor victims pressed charges against the suspect. As a coach of a sports team, the suspect took care of children.

The detective department of KPSM is now doing further research. In connection with the investigation no further announcements or comments will be made. (Public Prosecutors Office)


Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Holds Courtesy Meeting with Consul General and Vice Consul of Suriname

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams received a courtesy visit from the Consul General of the Republic of Suriname for Curacao, St. Maarten and the Caribbean Netherlands Delano Winston Dennis Braam and Vice Consul Nelly S. Latchmansing. During the meeting various items were discussed of interest to both countries and Surinamese residents living in Suriname. (Contributed by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


Plenary Session of Parliament for Thursday about the Airport

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The public plenary session of the House of Parliament about the Princess Juliana International Airport is now scheduled for Thursday.

The plenary session for June 12 is set for 2.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is about developments at the Princess Juliana International Airport. The meeting regarding this agenda point was adjourned on May 19, 2014 and is reconvened for June 12.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MP) Hon. William Marlin, MP Hon. George Pantophlet, MP Hon. Hyacinth Richardson, and MP Hon. Louie Laveist.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg. 


Rotary Mid Isle Changes Board

LITTLE BAY, Sint Maarten - Rotary St. Maarten Mid Isle held its Change of Board ceremony on Saturday June 7, 2014 in the Toucan Restaurant at the Divi Little Bay Hotel. Half of the proceeds raised at this event will go towards the international “End Polio” campaign. The other half will go towards local projects on St. Maarten.

The ceremony was well attended by representatives of various other rotary clubs on the island.

Immediate Past President Sanjay Surtani thanked all the members for their contributions to our community through Rotary in the past year. He mentioned the many projects that have taken place and the funds that were raised to assist various entities with their community work. Special mention was made of Mid Isle’s signature project the annual Spelling Bee which will be sponsored primarily by Scotia Bank this year.

Rotarian Sanjay Surtani congratulated the new president Wayne Wilkie.

In his address, Rotarian Wayne Wilkie spoke about how much he loves Rotary and his Rotary family at Mid Isle. He also indicated that he would be continuing with the signature projects this rotary year. Additionally there were new projects proposed in order to raise funds and Mid Isle will continue to invite guests from various organizations to give short informative lectures to the members in order to keep them informed of what is happening on the island.

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