Minister Duncan’s plans to regulate gun ownership by ministerial decree will probably do nothing to curb the circulation of cheap illegal hand guns, commonly known as Saturday night specials. If anything, the regulation will encourage more citizens
Five youngsters certified as open water scuba divers
Instructor David Botha surrounded by four of the five scuba divers. St. Maarten - In an attempt to further introduce the youth of St. Maarten to the island’s unique underwater environment ...
Cruise industry invests heavily in new vessels
Minister Pantophlet (second from left) and Harbor CEO Mingo r) at the FCCA-conference in Willemstad.GREAT BAY / WILLEMSTAD – Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet attended the Florida Caribbean ...
Landowner Lawrence knows nothing about airport expansion
GRAND CASE, St. Martin - The expansion of the Grand Case airport in L’Esperance is expected to begin by the end of this year, but so far no contact has ...
Big cocaine catch
Coast Guard officers have taken control of a Colombian go fast in the waters near Curacao. The drug runners are handcuffed to the boat. When the Coast Guard discovered the ...
Regatta-killers face life imprisonment on appeal
Lifers Curtley Richards (l) and Sherwan Roberts arrive at the courthouse for their appeal hearing. Milton Pieters PhotosSt. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Solicitor-General mr. Taco Stein demanded life ...
Teenager remains in custody as suspect in King-murders
Murder-suspect J.C.M. is led handcuffed into the courthouse. Photo Today / Milton Pieters.St. Maarten – Handcuffed or not, 17-year old J.C.M., a suspect in the September 21 murder of Michael ...
Library gets donation for Anne Frank exhibition
From left to right: Saskia Kliphuis, Angela Dekker and Leon Lake from Cooperating Foundations, library Director Monique Alberts, and Richard Gibson Jr. of Cooperating Foundations.St. Maarten – Yesterday Philipsburg Jubilee ...
Belair welcomes community police officer Henson
Belair Community Council secretary Benson Pompier shakes hands with community police officer Henson after the tour of the neighborhood.St. Maarten - The Belair Community Council and the Belair Home Owners ...
Breast cancer awareness month gets support from airport
Marketing and Communications Manager Kalifa Hickinson (R) presents a check to Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt. (PJIAE photo)St. Maarten - Princess Juliana International Airport has joined the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with ...
Saleh disagrees with Curacao’s screening law
Professor Jaime Saleh shares a light moment with Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin-Lynch and chairman of the General Audit Chamber Ronald Halman. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - The former ...
Governments meet again this Saturday – No clarity yet on Tromp probe at Central Bank
Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confer with Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte via a video link.St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Roland Tuitt ...
PM discusses marine base
PM Wescot-Williams, her advisor Emilia Thomas and Brigadier Edwin Hofma.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was briefed yesterday by Brigadier Edwin Hofma, the commanding officer of the marine base ...
Ombudsman kicks off information sessions
St. Maarten – The first of a series of information sessions by the Ombudsman Bureau attracted around fifty residents from Sucker Garden and Arch Road to the Melford Hazel Sports ...
Support for Emilio Wilson Park – Airport donates towards cook house restoration
Left to right: Julius Lambert, airport staffers Robert Brown, Daphne Roberts and Suzy Kartokromo, and airport managing Director Regina Labega. (PJIAE photo)St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating ...
Chippie and Caribbean Eagles ride for breast cancer awareness
Bikers for boobs are ready to ride on Sunday.St. Maarten - Chippie and the Caribbean Eagles have collaborated with the Positive Foundation and the Elektralyets Foundation to organize the Bikers ...
St. Maarten Prime Minister promises seniors relief
On Sunday, the Prime Minister and Vice-Prime Minister Marlin attended a church service for the elderly.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the International Day of the Elderly event ...
Dutch Navy maps Simpson Bay Lagoon
St. Maarten – Divers of the Royal Dutch Navy have mapped out Simpson Bay Lagoon by using advanced sonar systems. These results will benefit St Maarten’s emergency services in the ...
Open house at EDF power plant tomorrow
MARIGOT, St. Martin - The public will have the opportunity to visit the EDF (Electricité de France) power plant tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the company’s open ...
Scooter collides with Jeep, witnesses find firearm
GREAT BAY – On Wednesday morning around 9.30 a.m. a Jeep and a scooter collided at the corner of Back Street and the Tamarinde Steeg. The scooter rider, identified by ...
Lots of police but no suspects on first day of Vesuvius-trial
Two members of the arrest team are on the roof of the Belair Community Center, while colleagues on the ground gather in the shade of a tree. Photo Today / ...
PM extends condolences to Minister Jacobs
Minister Jacobs with her mother Nadia Bryson-Willemsberg.St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams extended on behalf of the Council of Ministers and the Government of St. Maarten her deepest condolences ...
Visit from South American tour operators
Tour operators for Olympus in Bolivia .St. Maarten - Copa Vacations tour operators from all over South America visited St. Maarten this week. Agents from Lares Tours Uruguay and Olympus ...
Historic agreement signed
Representatives of the Indian Merchants Association shake hands with the chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International to seal a new partnership in raising awareness on dementia.St. Maarten - The signing of ...
Welfare Road closure during night hours
The work on the upgrade of Welfare Road continues.St. Maarten – Today and tomorrow the Welfare Road will be closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. to facilitate work on ...
St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is responsible for the Ministry of General Affairs, will sign two financing agreements financed by the Dutch funding agency USONA on Friday. One relates to the Integrity project and the other
St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has announced that the government has sent a request to the Kingdom Council of Ministers to expand the list of countries whose citizens need a visa. No details of what countries will be added were given
St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has told Members of Parliament that they’ll have a concrete chance to set “stiffer punishments” as a deterrent for crime when he presents them with the new Penal Code. He was responding to question
Quarter of kids don’t know who their biological father is St. Maarten – An astonishing 25 percent of children in Curacao does not have a father, Mr. Jan de Boer, a member of the Common Court of Justice revealed yesterday during a presentation
Inmates Association complains to Governor and Minister St. Maarten – The Pointe Blanche Prison Inmates Association has petitioned the prison’s parole board, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Governor Eugene Holiday to draw attention to the co
St. Maarten – With the exception of Democratic Party MP Petrus Leroy de Weever, parliamentarians in yesterday’s central committee all had serious concerns about Justice Minister Duncan’s decree that will regulate conditions under which citizens
St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Charles Leopold Illidge, 47, to 194 days imprisonment for ill-treating his ex-girlfriend G.L. on June 30th of last year with a machete. Of the sentence, 150 days are suspended. The court also impo
St. Maarten – Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Infrastructure and the Environment (VROMI) Theodore Heyliger signed two financing agreements with USONA on Wednesday for a combined total of 6.2 million guilders. The first project, valued at 5.
A new Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor begins to work today and we have no qualms of telling him: Proceed with caution. Our warning is not because we’re going on the offensive, but simply because the person in this role will
St. Maarten – Dr. Cornelius de Weever will be taking the oath of office as Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor today. The national resolution confirming his appointment was signed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wedne
St. Maarten – The Government of St. Maarten plans to request a second advance on its share of the assets of the former legal entity the Netherlands Antilles, in order to help balance the budget. The measure was announced Wednesday by Prime Minister
St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has decided to grant the Corporate Governance Council a 400, 000 guilder advance on its budget for 2011 to allow it to become operational. The decision taken on Tuesday and announced on Wednesday now gives the
St. Maarten – Minister of Youth Affairs Rhoda Arrindell met with a group of young men who wish to be part of the Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB-3) project last week. The meeting is part of the heavy focus on consulting the youth t
PM: General interest is the key St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has been advised to send the management of Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa a letter stating the government’s intentions to honor commitments that were made to at
St. Maarten – Workers of the former Pelican Resort said a prayer of thanks in front of the Government Administration Building and thanked their attorneys Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek on Tuesday afternoon because an agreement has been reac
St. Maarten - The St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation made a solid presentation to the parliamentary committee for Tourism and Economic Affairs yesterday, but spokesman pastor Wycliff Smith did not stick solely to the issue of the “gay cruise
St. Maarten hangs on to the idea that its economy will grow by 1.3 percent this year, while a solid projection by the respected Central Bank does not get past 0.3 percent. That explains the hole in the budget. Yesterday the parliamentary committee f
Dear Editor, If your government does not wake up and protect timeshare owners from excessive maintenance fees and resorts closing the economy of this island will be destroyed. Timeshare people are leaving in huge numbers to places where they feel
Dear Editor, So Pelican got just what they wanted didn’t they; another set of tax breaks! That was what it was always about and they strong armed government until they got it. So what is stopping other companies from doing the exact same thing?
Tuesday’s tripartite agreement to allow employees of Simpson Bay Resort and Marina to return to work is cause for celebration and proves that the resolution to the matter truly lay in dialogue and not in the courts. In the end willingness for parti
St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has issued one final deadline for all calypsonians and road march singers who have registered for Carnival 2011 Monday, March 14th is the very last day to submit music sheets. Music
St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament meets with Justice Minister Roland Duncan today concerning several justice matters including the recent spike in crime. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th at 2:30 p.m. in the General
St. Maarten - “The Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) has taken notice of expressions of Mr. Max Pandt made in the media. These expressions are of Mr. Pandt's own account and are no reflection of the opinions of the Board.” Those two lines are
St. Maarten – President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell, says she supports the drafting of legislation that would make human slavery and exploitation of persons an illegal act and punishable by law. She’s also outraged after she heard about
St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Academy will erect a ‘Wall of Achievement’ to motivate and inspire current students at the institution to strive for greatness and excellence. The project, funded by Nagico Insurances to the tune of US $1 500, was an
St. Maarten – The Simpson Bay Resort Management Company (SBRMC) has committed to reopening Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina within 10 days and taking all 182 members of Wifol back to work. The management
St. Maarten - The Safe Haven Foundation received a donation of US $2,500.00 from the “Team Wave” Tuesday. The latter competed in the recent Heineken Regatta and used the opportunity to heighten the awareness for abused women. The handover of
St. Maarten – An early morning fire that kept going well into yesterday afternoon destroyed all vegetation on a hillside overlooking Pinel Island and Orient Bay. The fire started before seven o’clock, most likely on the garbage dump that is loc
St. Maarten - For the first time ever, St. Dominic High has participated in a Comenius project with Germany, Italy, and Sweden. All four countries worked on projects based on the theme “The way we were, the way we are”. Three out of the four meet
St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office is offering a reward of 25,000 guilders, or almost $14,000 for information that leads to the solution of the four murders that shocked the island during the past two weeks. Press officer Mr. Rienk Mud,
Cft board member Max Pandt speaks out about his tiff with Shigemoto GREAT BAY – “If I am a well respected professional, why the hell did he threw me out?” Tax attorney Max Pandt is still exasperated about the action by Finance Minister Hiro
Pointe Blanche renovation requires relocating 30 inmates St. Maarten – The complicated situation in the filled to capacity Pointe Blanche prison will get even more complicated when the renovation of the facility gets underway. A letter from the
Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto thinks of tax attorney, former Lt. Governor and members of the board for financial supervision Cft, Max Pandt, as a respected professional. Yet he found reason to throw him out of a meeting with the Cft because Pandt i
Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s decree that regulates the conditions for gun licenses leaves many questions unanswered. That the decree will be a topic of discussion this week, just after the island has been hit by an unprecedented spike in violen