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Man arrested for Ill-treatment

COLE BAY - On Thursday September 12th, 2019, about 15.50 the police arrested the man with the initials R.I S in the Cole-Cay Bay area, police said on Friday.

An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect for ill-treatment that took place on August 30th, 2019. After being detained the suspect was brought over to the Philipsburg police station where he is being held for questioning. (Sint Maarten Police Force)    

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Statia starts Strong Roots pilot in schools

SINT EUSTATIUS - Effective January 2020 a pilot programme, known as Strong Roots, will be introduced in schools on St. Eustatius. The Strong Roots prevention programme is tailor made for St. Eustatius and underlines the ambition expressed in the recent Caribbean Netherlands Sport and Prevention Agreement signed on May 14th, 2019, between the Ministry Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and the Public Entity of St. Eustatius.

The purpose of this programme is to create more self-knowledge, self-confidence and healthy future perspectives among the island’s youth. This programme will be facilitated by Public Health Department of the Directorate of Social Affairs.

“Globally there is certain urgency at stake with regards to youngsters handling alcohol, drugs, healthy relationships and hidden diseases. To make sure we on St. Eustatius are tackling our worrying results in the future, the prevention programme “Strong Roots” is developed, which consists of teaching modules for youngsters between the ages of 6-18 years”, says Deputy Government Commissioner, Mervyn Stegers.

The teaching modules are divided in 5 themes; physical development, social emotional development’ reproduction & planned parenthood, assertiveness, sexuality, alcohol and drugs. Subjects such as your own body, self-image, assertiveness, differences between boys and girls, friendships, falling in love, changes in puberty, reproduction, pregnancy, sexuality, online/offline behaviour, STD’s will be a part of the programme. Later in 2020, other important subjects such as healthy eating, (St. Eustatius) culture and studying abroad will be added to the programme.

“The involvement of teachers, educators, parents, local government and after school programmes is vital for this programme to succeed. Facilitating and promoting the programme with dialogue and discussion, especially in class, should make this programme a popular and effective way of reaching youngsters”, Carol Jack-Roosberg, Director of the Directorate of Social Affairs. (GIS Statia)

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Man Arrested for Gun Possession

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday September 11th, 2019, approximately 15.00 hr. the arrest team conducted a police operation whereby the man with the initials J.A.H was arrested, police announced on Thursday.

Earlier the Police received reliable information that the suspect was driving a car while being in position of a firearm. During the arrest of the suspect a firearm was found in his vehicle.

The firearm was confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was later brought over to the police station in Philipsburg and handed over to the detective department for questioning. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Continuation Central Committee meeting of Parliament about amendments to the Penal Code and Civil Code

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, September 12.

The Central Committee meeting which was adjourned on August 12, 2019 will be reconvened on Thursday, at 17.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Justice Mr. Van Hugh C. de Weever will be present.

The agenda points are:

  1. Draft national ordinance to amend the Penal Code in connection with the implementation of some urgent international obligations (IS/1165/2018-2019 dated June 12, 2019) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-128)
  1. Draft national ordinance establishing a new Code of Criminal Procedure (Code of Criminal Procedure) (IS/1189/2018-2019 dated June 19, 2019) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-129)
  1. Draft National Ordinance Amending Book 2 of the Civil Code (Revised National Ordinance Book 2 of the Civil Code) (IS/1190/2018-2019 dated June 19, 2019) (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-130)

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.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Central Committee meeting of Parliament about Government’s position on single use plastic bags

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Central Committee meeting on, September 12.

The Central Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure Mr. Christopher L. Wever; the Minister of Justice Mr. Van Hugh C. de Weever and the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Stuart A. Johnson will be present.

The agenda point is:

Discussion on Government’s position on single use plastic bags

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.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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Plenary Public session of Parliament about Latin American Parliament (Parlatino)

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on Thursday, September 12.

The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:

  1. Incoming documents
  2. Advice regarding the installation and composition of the Permanent and Ad hoc Committees of Parliament
  3. Advice regarding the installation and composition of the Committees of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino

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.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten

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Port St. Maarten Calls on Business Community to Register for FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show

PORT ST. MAARTEN – Port St. Maarten Management is calling on the business community to sign-up for the 26th Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Tradeshow, which is taking place from October 21-25 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

The FCCA is offering an early bird discount if businesses register now saving up to 20 per cent before September 20 when a new rate goes into effect, the cruise association said in a statement.

According to the FCCA, space is also running out for what looks to be a historic Trade Show, which will feature the most-ever pre-scheduled meetings between exhibitors and cruise executives.

For Conference registration and information, please visit www.F-CCA.com/Conference.  To inquire about Trade Show availability, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The cruise conference and trade show will offer participants a series of meetings, workshops, networking opportunities and more with an expected 100 high-level executives from FCCA Member Lines, which operate about 200 vessels and 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity.

Any booth at the Trade Show puts your product, company, or destination on attendees’ and executives’ minds, with events and cruise executive viewings scheduled to maximize traffic, but special destination pavilion options provide the greatest impact at the Trade Show by showcasing a destination product as a team—from vendors and tour operators to destination ministries and port operators.

Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations' private and public sectors.

By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors.

The ​FCCA ​Conference ​is ​a five-day ​event ​designed ​to ​foster ​a ​better ​understanding ​of ​the ​inner ​workings ​of ​the ​cruise ​industry and help attendees improve their cruise tourism business.

This specialized forum blends meetings and workshops with social functions, giving attendees a unique opportunity to develop relationships with, promote products to, and learn from FCCA’s Member Lines who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure. 

Exhibiting at the FCCA Trade Show expands the target and captures the attention of the influential audience of key stakeholders and decision makers from FCCA Member Lines.

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SZV INSURED GET ACCESS TO NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORT FROM ACCESSIBLE VENTURES

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social and Health Insurances SZV and Accessible Ventures recently signed a service agreement that would benefit those most in need of door-to-door transportation to access medical care.

This new service is based on a medical referral application procedure and is for SZV insured who are: dialysis patients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, paraplegic, bedridden or blind, patients with physical and/or mental disabilities and unable to drive themselves or acquire proper transportation or patients with limited access to family support.

Requests for the service can only be submitted by the family house doctor or specialist and is subject to review and approval by SZV. “SZV is very pleased to be able to offer this coverage option, recognizing the need and importance of reliable transportation to access medical care on Sint Maarten.”

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WIB ensures preventative measures taken to avoid future system interruptions

PHILIPSBURG – The Windward Islands Bank (WIB) sincerely apologizes for the service interruption of Saturday, 7 September between 3pm and 7pm. 

During the above-mentioned hours all payment systems, Bankomatiko/ATM and Online Banking services were interrupted and temporarily out of service, WIB said in a media statement on Monday. 

“Our Technicians immediately identified the cause and resolved the problem. All services were restored by 7pm.  

“We once again apologize for this service interruption, and more importantly, we would like to assure our customers that we have taken all necessary preventive measures to avoid any future system interruptions,” the media statement from WIB Management concludes.

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Longest-serving Civil Servant in Ministry of VROMI retires

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (VROMI), the Honorable Christopher Wever praised retiring civil servant Patrick Lloyd for his commitment to serving the people of St. Maarten for 44-years.

Lloyd received a special sendoff from his colleagues in the Ministry of VROMI where he has performed a wide range of services since he started working back in 1975.

A special event was organized at the Government Administration building on Friday last week to honor Lloyd for his years of service.

Wever said on Sunday that the Civil Servants of our country have "a difficult job" of meeting expectations and satisfying the general service needs of the entire community.

At the time of his retirement, Lloyd was the longest-serving Civil Servant in the VROMI Department. "It is for me a great honor and privilege to personally extend the sincere thanks of a grateful nation to a man who has dedicated more than half of his life to his country," said Wever.

He said, "I want to thank the family of Mr. Lloyd for lending him to us at the Ministry of VROMI for service to St. Maarten for forty-four years. I wish him the very best as he turns the next chapter in his life and pursues new avenues," said Wever.

Wever said the work Civil Servants do must never go unnoticed as their service impacts the lives of many people and organizations.

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