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Domino’s Pizza and Winair to attempt to set a World Record this Friday

SIMPSON BAY - This Friday, August 21st from 4 to 7pm, Domino's Pizza along with Winair will attempt to set a World Record! 

Domino's will deliver to eight (8) countries/islands from one location all within one hour.  Some by air, some by land and one by sea.  The whole process will be video documented and then a viral video will be sent to the local and international media.

This will surely bring the North Eastern Caribbean fantastic media exposure.  Winair/Domino’s delivered recent a pizza to Saba and it was videotaped and posted on the World Wide Web.  The video has gone viral. 

Delivering to eight countries/islands in under one hour, where else in the world can even come close to attempting this feat?  Here is a sample of what to expect:

St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, and Nevis, are the destinations for this world record event.  Winair/Domino’s were originally shooting for nine (9), Tortola, but the runway will be closed the night of August 21.


President of Parliament Richardson says Naf.300,000 from travel budget to go towards fighting crime

PHILIPSBURG – The President of Parliament Hon. Dr. Lloyd Richardson disclosed on Sunday that one of the measures to enhance the security and safety of the country will be a transfer of Naf.300,000 from the parliament travel budget to the Ministry of Justice.

Close to 70 points were discussed with respect to how to fight crime, and the Government has been requested to present a definitive plan of action to Parliament for ratification on Friday, August 21.

The current financial challenges of the country leads to within the Government apparatus – Executive and Legislative branches - looking at ways and means to address situations of national concern. 

In the recent closed door Central Committee meetings of the House of Parliament with the entire Council of Ministers (COM), a number of proposals in order to tackle crime have been discussed especially looking at the limited financial resources at the disposal of Government.

The Naf.300,000 to be transferred after the House of Parliament passes a motion, will go towards various crime fighting initiatives such as an emergency action plan which has been submitted by the Voluntary Corps of Sint Maarten for the Philipsburg area.

Some of the other points that Members of Parliament discussed with COM were: measures to tackle home burglaries and armed robberies; 24-hour surveillance of Philipsburg; prohibition of motorcycles and quads in particular areas; study root causes behind crime and implement proactive and preventive measures; increased police presence in every district; heightened and stricter immigration controls; intervention programs to deal with anger, aggressive behaviour and other anti-social behaviour; alternatives to incarceration for young people; surveillance camera project; utilizing retired police officers; specialized unit to monitor and investigate social media; regulation for pawn shops; review of laws regarding self-protection; additional street lights in the districts as a crime prevention measure; increased inspections to reduce availability of guns and prevent the illegal importation of weapons into the country; development of neighbourhood watch programs; and targeting of white collar crime.

The three emergency closed door Central Committee meetings were called by the Parliament of Sint Maarten with the COM to discuss immediate and comprehensive measures to fight crime after the August 5th armed robbery incident that resulted in the untimely death of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin.


Minister of Tourism Connor expresses condolences to the Mingo and Labega Families

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Hon. Claret Connor, expresses his deepest sympathy on behalf of his ministry and himself to the families of Mingo and Labega on the passing of their family member.

Former Minister of Finance of the Netherlands Antilles Frank Mingo passed away on Friday.  He leaves to mourn his sons Chief Executive Officer of Port St. Maarten Mark Mingo; Chief Operations Officer Brian Mingo at the St. Maarten TelEm Group of Companies; and his daughter Civil Law Notary Marlene Mingo.

Also on Friday, Lillian Mildred Labega-Rohan, the mother of Chief Executive Officer of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM Airport) Regina Labega, passed away.

“My prayers go out to both families during this difficult time.  May both their souls rest in eternal peace.  I also express my sympathy to the staff of Port St. Maarten and SXM Airport,” Minister of Tourism Hon. Claret Connor said on Sunday.


Plenary Session of Parliament set for Monday about Protocol Signed between Sint Maarten and the Netherlands and Integrity

PHILIPSBURG – TheHouse of Parliament will meet in a public plenary session on August 17th.  The Minister of General Affairs Marcel Gumbs and the Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, have confirmed to be present for the parliamentary session.    

The plenary session is set for Monday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. The public can follow this meeting online via Soualiga Newsday.

This meeting was adjourned on June 22, 2015.

The agenda is the draft national ordinance to establish the Integrity Chamber.

The next agenda point is the protocol signed between the Governments of the Netherlands and Sint Maarten and the apparent unilateral decision by the Netherlands/Dutch Police Agencies regarding the Justice System on Sint Maarten.

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.



CONCORDIA/MARIGOT, St. Martin -The school bell is about to ring “back to school again” for children and young people on the Southern side of the island. Back to school commercials can be heard on the radio and television. Children and youth are a-buzz with the back to school excitement. Youth are finally realizing that summer is almost over and we have to spend another 9 to 10 months sitting in the classroom.

On behalf of Y2X, the youth wing of Victorious Living Foundation, I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity of an education seriously and do not waste your time. Make it the best school year you ever had.

Work hard and pass all of your exams and also go out and experience new things. Broaden your horizons, find yourself, or your inner peace. Make a list of things that you want to accomplish, if it is academic, socially or even just for self growth.

Do not sit down and make your life miserable with only school work. Get up, move around and work hard.

The Y2X Crew has a special back to school program in store for you this Saturday on Fresh aired live every Saturday from 6-7 p.m. on YR 92.5FM. You may also tune in online on or (youth radio). Be sure to join or Face Book group Fresh w/ the Y2X Crew.

Tune in and let’s start the school year off right. Make this your best year ever. Give us a shout out on our FB page or call in this Saturday for this special back to school program on YR 92.5 FM.

By Kamilah Gumbs, Y2X Member and Youth Parliamentarian


Minister of Justice Richardson and Minister of Tourism Connor planning to Meet with FCCA Cruise Association

PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Tourism Claret Connor disclosed at the Council of Ministers (COM) press briefing this week that he and his colleague Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson are tentatively set to travel next week to meet with the President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) M. Paige and cruise executives with respect to the measures to be undertaken to enhance safety and security on the island.

Minister Connor added that when the incident took place on August 5 he was in immediate contact with various stakeholders such as the Indian Merchants Association, Port St. Maarten management, and the FCCA.

Connor stated that the top priority was to apprehend those who had committed this crime in the heart of Philipsburg and to try to save the Police officer’s life.  The latter did not happen as the officer passed away over the weekend due to the injuries he had sustained during the armed robbery.  Police Officer Gamali Benjamin was laid to rest on Thursday.

Minister Connor also pointed out that he and the Prime Minister also had teleconference discussions with the President of the FCCA to assure the cruise industry that destination Sint Maarten was still a safe and secure destination for tourists.

During the armed robbery on August 5, there were approximately 12,000 cruise passengers visiting the destination.


NV GEBE to carry out Emergency Repairs Friday night near KFC/Cost U Less

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that NV GEBE will be carrying out emergency repairs on Friday, August 14 in relation to a water leak.

The works will be carried out at the intersection of Bush Road/Daisy Road which is the motorized entrance to Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/Cost U Less starting at 9.00pm Friday night to 5.00am in the morning hours of Saturday.

All works need to be finalized before August 17. 

Motorists are requested to be observant of traffic signs and other notices at the intersection where the works are taking place.  Motorists will still be able to access the KFC/Cost U Less area.

Safety measures will have to be in place to safeguard pedestrians and road users.  Businesses in the area must also be informed that the repairs will be taking place.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


TelEm to carry out emergency repairs Friday morning

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that TelEm will carry out emergency repairs on Friday, August 14th.

The works will be carried out at Sucker Garden Road, area opposite and between Arch Road and Umbrella Cactus Road.

These works will be carried out between 7.00am and 5.00pm.

TelEm and its contractor has to ensure that all safety measures are put in place to safeguard pedestrians and road users.

Motorists are requested to be observant of traffic signs and other notices in the area where the works are taking place.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.


Housing Foundation provides School Bags to its clients

BELVEDERE - Students living in the government owned apartments, will receive a school BAG from the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF), as part of their "Back to School" goodwill initiative.
"While this may not seem like a huge donation to many, “Interim Management of the Foundation explained. “It cuts some of the expenses that parents bear for back to school preparation. It gives them one less thing to worry about and saves them a few more dollars which they can put towards something else.

Management said that after going through the Payment Analysis of the previous years, they realized that in August, there is a decrease in payments. "We noticed that just around the re-opening of school in August, there is a dip in rental payments and this we believe is because people try to make the sacrifice to get school supplies and payments in order for their children to return to school," they said. "The goal of the SMHDF is to operate towards the benefit and improvement of our community by making living affordable for people.

This offer is only applicable for the tenants of the SMHDF since their stock is limited. "To secure one of these packages the tenant simply has to come to our office with the last Report Card of their child, as proof that the child has been promoted to the next grade and they will receive a school bag. In doing so we are also encouraging the children to do better."
They also encouraged other businesses to come on board and offer support. "The SMHDF has identified a need and took the first step to assist as best as we can," they said. 


Nature Foundation Monitors Effects of Sentry Hill Fire. Fire Started by Individual on Sentry Hill

SENTRY HILL - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has made various monitoring and assessment surveys on the trail which leads up to Sentry Hill and at various locations along the hillside and hilltop in order to gauge the cause and effects of the numerous wildfires which affected the area.

The fires started on Sentry hill on the 16th of July and burned for almost two weeks, with areas still smoldering by the 1st of August. The Nature Foundation made various surveys on the hill in order to determine the extent and cause of the fire.

Three separate areas of burn were measured, one along the ridge between the ‘Old Cakehouse Road’ and the top of Sentry Hill, one below the ridge along the Cole Bay side of Sentry Hill and a larger area closer to the top of the ridgeline. All together some five acres of forested area have been burned by the fires.

“We made four surveys into the area when we thought it was safe to do so but up until the 1st of August some areas on the hillside were still smoldering. Subsequent surveys showed that the fire finally died around the 3rd of August,” commented Tadzio Bervoets of the Nature Foundation.

“We discovered an area where someone had built a fire pit in one of the caves at the top of Sentry Hill and this, together with the persistent drought conditions, more than likely started the fire and caused it to spread,” continued Bervoets.

The Nature Foundation monitored the area for the effects on flora and fauna and the extent the wildfire has damaged the ecosystem: “It is unfortunate that this fire happened in what is quite an important area ecologically for the island. Large section of plants have been destroyed and damaged because of irresponsible fires which were lit by someone. In periods of drought plants have a hard time rebounding from events such as this which also affects our local lizard and bird population,” concluded Bervoets.

The Foundation will continue to monitor the area in the upcoming weeks and urges all residents to heed the warnings issued by the Fire Department regarding on-going drought conditions.

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