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NV GEBE provides additional contact numbers for customers to report hurricane related outages

PONDFILL, PHILIPSBURG - In order to alleviate the extraordinary amount of service calls after Gonzalo, NV GEBE is providing supplementary numbers for clients to call for assistance.  Clients are asked to call 1 721 544 3100 and/or 1 844 432 3213 which are monitored on a 24 hour basis.  Additional numbers that can be called are 1 721 546 1189 or 1 721 546 1193 during regular working hours which are manned from 7:30AM to 4:30PM.  We understand the need of all our customers in this time of distress, and we have made it our priority to have each and every consumer reconnected to the water and electricity grid as soon as possible.   

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time.


Urgent Plenary Session of Parliament to be held on Monday

PHILIPSBURG – There will be an urgent plenary session of the House of Parliament for October 20th.

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

The agenda is the instruction of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations given to the Governor of Sint Maarten to postpone ratification of the country decree in the appointment of the Ministers and Prime Minister.

This meeting was requested by Members of Parliament (MPs) Hon. Franklin Meyers, Hon. Tamara Leonard and Hon. Silvio Matser.

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 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via


St. Maarten Cable TV left with Six Damaged Satellite Dishes

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV and CableNet resumed normal business office hours on October 16, 2014.  Some Customers are still experiencing the loss of Cable TV and Internet service after Hurricane Gonzalo earlier this week.

The aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo has left St. Maarten Cable TV with six damaged satellite dishes which represent a feed of approximately 99 channels. Presently, 32 channels have been restored. St. Maarten Cable TV anticipates that the remaining channels will be restored in the coming days and periodic updates on the network will be sent via the media.  

Managing Director, Beulah Jonis stated, “Our technical department has been working tirelessly on the Network which is the first phase of the St. Maarten Cable TV restoration plan. The second phase will include working on outages by area and the third phase will include repairing individual service issues.”

Jonis concluded, “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused as we continue to repair our equipment to provide optimum service to our customers. Credit will be issued to customers accordingly.”

Due to the high volume of incoming calls, customers who are experiencing problems are encouraged to report service issues by submitting an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their account number, address and contact number.


Latin American, Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries announced on Wednesday the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

According to astatement, released to the press, the document, signed by labour ministers, representatives of Governments and the Director General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), announces the “firm commitment to achieve the goal of eradication.”

“The initiative is part of a global effort to restore the rights of 168 million children and adolescents affected by the scourge of child labour,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

The Regional Initiative was signed at the18th American Regional Meeting, of the ILO, which opened Monday and runs through 16 October, and is being attended by more than 400 delegates from governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations from across the continent.

During the introduction of the initiative, Mr. Ryder recalled that Latin America and the Caribbean had proposed to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 and to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2020. However, these particular goals may not be achieved.

In recent years, important achievements have been made in reducing the number of children in child labour by 7.5 million. However, the ILO noted that if progress continues at this pace, it will require at least 40 years to achieve the goal of eradication.

According to the ILO, there are 12.5 million children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which the vast majority, 9.5 million, are in hazardous work.

“This initiative unites us all in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the Minister of Labour of Peru, Freddy Otárola, who is also the President of the 18th American Regional Meeting.

The “Regional Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour” was launched a year ago at the Third Global Conference on Child Labour, where several countries shared their concern about the slow progress, and suggested that Latin America and the Caribbean could be “the first region in the developing world to be free of child labour.”

The initiative is designed to accelerate the prevention and eradication of child labour, and includes a number of indications to strengthen the mechanisms of action and identification of the practice.

The declaration signed in Lima states, that the persistence of child labour, especially its worst forms, is a factor that exacerbates social inequality, which deepens social and economic vulnerability.



PONDFILL, PHILIPSBURG - President of the Managing Board Mr. Romelio Maduro stated in a press release that all consumers should have water service by 8:00 pm, Wednesday evening.  The country’s three water plants are working at full capacity and twelve water storage tanks around the island are being filled to capacity in order to restore water to all consumers.  Some challenges were encountered during the course of Wednesday and have since been resolved. 

Customers who still have challenges with water Wednesday evening should call NV GEBEs emergency number 1 844 4323 213 to report the aforementioned. We kindly ask for your patience as we are experiencing high call volume at our dispatch center, your call will be taken in the order received.   We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

The unsafe situations concerning live wires have been completed and the NV GEBE crews have now started reconnecting households in areas that still have outages. 


WBA & Motorworld and Jeep Presents Ladies Basketball Championship Week 1 Round Up

SUCKER GARDEN - The first game of the inaugural season of LBC began with Learning Unlimited (LU) versus Bush Tea Remedy. The Learning Unlimited lead for most of the game and lead at halftime 25 - 16, after #9 Jakisha Brooks fouled out the momentum changed in favor for Bush Tea Remedy and they ended up winning the game 40-35. LU's Jakisha Brooks lead all scorers win 17 points, 13 rebounds, 4 Steals. #7 Daricia was the second top scorer for LU with 11 points and 4 steals. Bush Tea Remedy top scorer was #7 Keri Hyman with 16 points &  4 rebounds and second was #6 Lilian Henry with 10 points. Motorworld Player of the game went to #6 Lilian Henry who had 10 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for leading her team to victory.

Game two of the weekend was between Lightning and Lava Girls. The game was close in the first quarter but shifted in favor of the Lava Girls in the second quarter onwards. They won the game 59 to 24. Lightning's #8 Tsjaquilla Jeffrey lead all scorers with 17 points during the game. The Lava Girls had a balanced scoring attack with three players in double digits. Claudia Fleming and Diasha Ferdinand lead Lava Girls with 13 points apiece and Selah Fleming had 10 points. The Motorworld Player of the Game went to Claudia Fleming with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.

The third game of the weekend was between Learning Unlimited versus Thunderz from the French Side. From the get go the Thunderz put their foot on the pedal and didnt let go and lead 15 to 3 after the first quarter, 30 to 15 at halftime and won the game 74 to 26. #9 Tiana Lionel of Thunderz lead all scorers with 32 points, second top scorer for Thunderz was Joyette with 17 points.
Top scorers of Learning Unlimited were Jakisha Brooks with 10 and Daricia Arrindell with 9
Motorworld Player of the Game went to Tiana Lionel who had 32 points and 32 Rebounds, 4 Assists and 4 Steals.

Next weekend's games at Melford Hazel Sports Complex in Sucker Garden include on Saturday 6-7:30pm Lightning VS Thunderz and Sunday at 3pm, Bush Tea Remedy VS Lava Girls and at 5pm Lightning taking on Learning Unlimited. 
Come out and enjoy the games and support the females.


STORM NOTICES: Winair; Retail Banking; Postal Services; NV GEBE

SIMPSON BAY - Due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, WINAIR would like to inform all customers that all flights have been cancelled until tomorrow, Tuesday 12PM.

As per safety of our aircrafts, Winair will fly our aircraft to St. Lucia until tomorrow and return in the morning once weather permitting.

As per safety of our employees, please note that the Winair offices will close at 12PM including the airport terminal staff. Staff will report to work at 8AM tomorrow morning weather permitting.

We advise all effected customers to contact our customer service department to rebook their tickets. Call +1 721 545 4237 / 866 466 0410 (for USA and Canada) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winair regrets any inconvenience this may cause

Retail Banking Services

PHILIPSBURG - On behalf of the Windward Islands Bankers Association;All Banks will closed today at 11 am due to prevailing weather conditions.   Banks will re-open on Tuesday 14 October, regular banking hours based on weather conditions on Tuesday morning.

PSS closes operations due to the passage of TS Gonzalo 

PHILIPSBURG - Postal Services St. Maarten N.V. (PSS) would hereby like to inform the General Public that our Philipsburg branch and other locations closed today October 13, 2014, from 11:00am until further notice. 

PSS management is closely monitoring the approaching Tropical Storm Gonzalo in respect to the official resuming of operations for tomorrow. A subsequent press release will be sent in reference to when PSS will resume its operations based on the weather conditions. PSS management apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal customers and urges the entire community to remain safe.


PONDFILL, PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE would hereby like to  inform the General Public that our Philipsburg and Simpson Bay Offices will be closed today October 13, 2014, with the exception of continuous services.  Our toll free 1 844 4323 213 number is presently being serviced however; please call our additional numbers1 721 544 3100or1 721 542 2213should you need emergency service.  Our normal working hours will be resumedtomorrowOctober 14, 2014.


Cruise vessel Explorer of the Seas cancels due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo

POINT BLANCHE – The cruise vessel Explorer of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has cancelled its Monday visit to the country.

The cancellation is due to the forecasted passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo which was located at 5.00pm on Sunday 258 miles east southeast of Sint Maarten.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is forecast to pass through the Leeward Islands including Sint Maarten on Monday morning. 


POLICE BLOTTER: Fire arms confiscated; Breaking and entering at hotel; Three vehicle accidents

Three men arrested for threatening and possession of an illegal fire-arm.

CAY HILL - On Friday October 10th between 11.0 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. police patrol from the Philipsburg area investigated a complaint of a threat with a fire-arm on the Hyena road in Cay Hill. The suspect with the initials J.D.C. (43) was arrested at his home on Hyena road.

During a search of his home a rifle and a handgun were found and confiscated. The suspects J.M.C. (40) and F.A. Q.H. (32) were arrested in the Sucker garden area after an illegal fire-arm was located in the center console of the vehicle the suspects were driving in.

All three suspects along with the confiscated fire-arm were taken to the Philipsburg Police Department for further investigation. (All reports are courtesy of Sint Maarten Police Force)

Two men arrested for illegal fire-arm possession

CAPE BAY - On Saturday October 11th at approximately 01.00 p.m. a police patrol from the Simpson Bay District was directed by the central Police Dispatch to Cape Bay in the area of the horse stable to investigate a case involving three young men who were in the possession of a fire-arm and were firing shots.

The central Dispatch also gave a description of the men involved in this case. On the arrival of the patrol on the scene they saw three young men who fit the description that were given to them. When the patrol approached them, one of them took- off running.

At the same time the investigating officers saw when this suspect threw something away. One officer chased this suspect on foot; however he managed to get away. The other two suspects remained standing while the officer did their investigation.  

A search of the immediate area led to the officers finding a loaded modified handgun. This fire-arm was immediately confiscated for further investigation.

The two suspects with the initials M. J.L. (16) and J.D. (15) were arrested on the spot and transported to the Philipsburg Police Station for further investigation.

Two men arrested for theft (breaking and entering)

OYSTER POND - On Saturday October 11th at approximately 03.45 a.m. a Philipsburg Police Patrol was sent to Oyster Bay Resort to investigate a case of breaking and entering. On the scene the patrol spoke to one of the on duty security guards who stated that two young men were caught on the premises carrying a black flat screen Toshiba television.

When they were being questioned by security as to where and how they had gotten the television, they took –off running leaving the television behind. However shortly after they were caught by other security officers on the premises and held awaiting the arrival of the police.

The suspects with initials J.L. (24) and R.C. (19) were arrested on the scene and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station along with the television which was also confiscated for further investigation.

Three traffic accidents on October 12th early morning hours

PHILIPSBURG - 1st accident took place around 03:30 am on the Airport Road in the vicinity op Arrindell Aviation.

A silver Suzuki Grand Vitara P-9541 collided with a Mitsubishi Eclipse P-2015. After the collision for unknown reasons the Suzuki Vitara travelled on three wheels for more or less 215 meters before it came to a full stop and almost reaching the round a bout at Maho Reef. The accident left both vehicles unable to drive. 

2nd accident took place around 05:05 am on the Arlet Peters Road (Link 1) 

A silver colour Nissan Almera M-2501 with 6 persons inside lost control while driving at high speed and collided with the guardrail on the left side op the road after which the car spun out and hit the guardrail a second time. Two passengers where injured. One male passenger received stitches to his left temple and a female passenger received cuts to her inner mouth. The vehicle was heavily damaged. The guardrail and a light post were also damaged.

3rd accident took place around 08:05 am on the Union Road at the entrance to Port de Plaisance 
A silver Ford Fiesta BP 064 NG driver lost control of his vehicle while travelling on the Union Road at the entrance to Port de Plaisance and collided into a light pole after which the car came to a stop on the grass on the side of the road. The driver fled the scene leaving the vehicle behind. 

All vehicles were towed away for further investigation at the expense of the owners.

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