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NV GEBE to Inform on Country-wide Blackout after Assessment

CAPE BAY - NV GEBE expresses regret for the outage that occurred on October 9, 2014, starting at 1:29PM. This interruption caused the entire Southern side of the island to experience a total blackout.

After assessment of the problem, the gradual restoration process started around 5:45 PM and was expected to be fully restored by 10.00PM Thursday night if no further technical difficulties are encountered. 

The Managing Board states that the Engineers from NV GEBE have been working non-stop at the Cape Bay Power Plant and substations to rectify all issues that developed due to the outage.

A subsequent and a more detailed press release will be forwarded to all media houses once full assessment have been made.  


UPDATED: Swearing-in of Parliamentarians live on Cable TV Friday morning

HARBOUR VIEW - On Friday morning 15 Members of Parliament (MPs) for the governing period 2014-2018 took the oath of office in the presence of His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday.  The next phase of country Sint Maarten's constitutional government is the parliamentary session on Friday afternoon where the new sworn in MPs will have their first public plenary session of the House.

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ARCHIVED: On Friday October 10, 2014 the 15 elected members of the House of Parliament will take the oath of office before His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday at the Cabinet of the Governor.  The ceremony will be broadcasted live on Sint Maarten Cable TV channel 120, commencing at 09.50 AM.


BREAKING NEWS: 17-Year Old Turns Himself in to Police in Connection with Thursday Shooting Incident Leaving One Dead

PHILIPSBURG - Today, on October 10, 2014 a 17-year-old man, S.G., was arrested in Sint Maarten on suspicion of murder/manslaughter. The arrest took place in the investigation "Chuchubi” that started yesterday after a shooting in the store “Most Requested Flex” in Front Street, in which a young man was killed.


The suspect reported himself at the police station and is now being questioned. He will be placed in police custody.  


Given the current investigation, the public prosecution service will not give further comments.


ARCHIVED: On Thursday, October 9th , at approximately 05.15 p.m. a phone call came into the police department stating that a man had been shot at the Mid Town Motel on Front Street and that an ambulance was needed.

Immediately after receiving this information several police patrols and paramedics were sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. On the scene the patrol encountered the lifeless body of a man who was found in the FLEX DVD- store.

The identity of the victim, at press time had not yet been established. The victim who later was pronounced dead by Dr. Mercuur had been shot.

Front Street and surrounding alleys were closed off during the investigation. The Forensic department and Detectives were on the scene collecting evidence and questioning potential witnesses. The investigation has just begun and it is still unclear exactly what took place, why and who is responsible for this shooting.

Anyone who may have information in connection with this incident should contact the Police Department by calling 542-2222. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)



GREAT BAY– POWER HOUR is fast approaching.  On October 17, 2014 entrepreneurs on at various stages and professionals will come together at the St. Maarten Harbor from 7:30 – 9:30 pm to gain tips and tricks from successful entrepreneurs and leaders.

Foundation INFOBIZZ, which is started to assist in developing successful entrepreneurs, is busy putting the last adjustments for this POWER HOUR and gearing up for the GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK in November. To accommodate the overwhelming response from men, the theme has been adjusted to reflect their inclusion and is now “HEELS & CUFFLINKS”.

Hosted by Foundation INFOBIZZ, the POWER HOUR was designed to inspire and empower entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial professionals by providing them with tips and tricks from those who have already achieved success in their business and industry. Known as networking for movers and shakers, the POWER HOUR has been able to inspire and empower close to 200 entrepreneurs in a short period of time.

 “We listen carefully to the feedback from those that would like to join us and those that have been part of the POWER HOUR. What was consistent was that men did not know if they could also join the ladies for Heels & Cocktails.  So with some help of some creative geniuses we said we’ll call it ‘HEELS & CUFFLINKS’, said the founder and director Ife Badejo.

There is not strict dress code, although the organizers recommend that the participants come in business casual attire and prepared to do business. Also, vendors are encouraged to register no later than October 15, 2014 and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $30 and vendor tables are $100 including admittance for two.

For more information about POWER HOUR or Foundation INFOBIZZ, please call +1-721-523-1842 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


ROAD WORKS: Simpson Bay and Guy Estate Drive

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be a partial road closure on October 8th.

The interruption to the road traffic will be on Wednesday from 9.00AM to 11.00AM.

There will be no through traffic on Simpson Bay Road coming from the Police Sub Station on to the aforementioned road.

The civil works are related to the pouring of cement.  A concrete mixer truck and pump truck will be parked on the road during the aforementioned hours.

Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be a partial road closure on October 9th.

The interruption to the road traffic will be on Thursday for a period of one day.

Traffic on Queen Conch Shell Road have to pay keen attention as the intersection at Queen Conch Shell Road and Guys Estate Drive will be disrupted, as NV GEBE will be carrying out civil works in this area related to a water leak. 

The second disruption to vehicular traffic will take place at the intersection Queen Conch Shell Road and Ark Shell Road.  NV GEBE will be working on a water line for the area and road crossings will be placed at both intersections.

Special measures will be in place for emergency service vehicles.

Motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs. Heavy machinery will be in use.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Three arrested in ongoing investigation

ST. PETERS - In connection with the ongoing investigation of the threat, which took place in Sint Peters on October 6th by individuals in two different vehicles, and which led to the shooting of two suspects by police, on Tuesday October 7th the second vehicle with the license plate M-9428 was stopped by police.

All three occupants of the vehicle were arrested for illegal fire-arm possession after the vehicle was searched by police and a fully loaded caliber .45 Glock pistol was found in the vehicle. 

All three suspects with initials D.D.K., E.D.( 21), R.K.A. (25) were taken to the Philipburg Police station where they remain for further investigation. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)



PHILIPSBURG - The St.Maarten Youth Parliament is launching their parliamentary years 2014-2015 tomorrow, Wednesday October 8th.

This launch will introduce to the public the new and returning members of the Youth Parliament for the next parliamentary year.

This opening comes at a pressing time in St.Maarten politics and we kindly extend our invitation to the general public to pay keen attention to the leaders of tomorrow.

There will be a live broadcast of the opening on Cable TV channel 120 starting at 11 am, and also a live feed online at We hope you can join us on such a tremendous occasion as the youth continue to take strides for the betterment of St.Maarten. 


Public Prosecutor Appeals Case in 36-Year Old Shooting Incident

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutors Service appealed the Courts decision in the case against the 36-year-old man E.S.R.

On September 30, 2014, the Court acquitted suspect E.S.R. of attempted homicide and attempted aggravated assault. The case was disputed during the court hearing of September 10, 2014.

E.S.R. is suspected of shooting a gun twice from his car at the victim D.R.W. This happened on March 12, 2014. One bullet missed the victim, while the second one hit him in the right thigh. The victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment and could leave the hospital after surgery.

The suspect made a statement for the first time during the court hearing: he confessed that he shot the victim. Therefore, the prosecution does not agree with the Court's verdict that the acts of the accused cannot be qualified as an attempted homicide, nor as an attempt to inflict grievous bodily harm to the victim.


Two suspects shot while fleeing from police

CUL DE SAC - On Monday, October 6th at approximately 12.15 p.m. police officers received information from the Central Police Dispatch that two vehicles, one a grey Kia with license plate M-4880 and a white Toyota Corolla with license plate (P or M) 9240 while driving in the St. Peters area had threatened some-one with a gun.

After committing this act they left the scene in the direction of the L.B. Scot road.  Immediately patrols went into that direction to locate both vehicles and to arrest the suspects in question. The grey Kia was seen driving on the L.B. Scot road in the direction of the Grand Marche. Immediately this vehicle was pursued by a police patrol and stopped on the parking lot of “Cost-U-Less”.

When the officers approached the vehicle, the passenger of the vehicle aimed a gun at the officers which caused them to pull their weapons and one officer fired a single shot at the passenger side door. At the same time a back-up police patrol arrived on the scene. The officers saw when two suspects jumped out of the car and ran in the direction of the cricket field.

The police officers chased the suspects on foot and while running away one of the suspects who had a fire-arm in his hand turned and aimed it at the officers. In their defense the officers had no other choice than to pull their fire-arm. Shots were fired at the legs of the suspects however they continued fleeing by jumping over fences and running through yards in the neighborhood.

While running away the officers saw that suspect drop his fire-arm and continued running. At this point the officers lost sight of the suspects. Shortly after both suspects were found hiding behind a building. The suspect B.D. (21) was shot in his right leg and K. L. (25) was shot in his left leg. Both suspects were arrested and treated by paramedics on the scene.

Both suspects were transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The scene was closed-off in order for the Forensic Department to collect evidence. The fire-arm which is a caliber .45 “Glock” was confiscated for further investigation. Traffic in that area was also temporarily diverted. After treatment at the Sint Maarten medical Center both suspects were released in police custody where they will remain for further investigation.

The police department is working with limited resources and sometimes under extreme conditions to rid the streets of illegal fire-arms and other criminal activity taking place on the island. The arrest of two arrests in this case would not have been as successful without the assistance of the community. The Police Department is encouraging to community to continue calling in and giving the police information regarding any crime or criminal activity. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)


Business Owners/Managers Reminded to Register for Open Day at FCCA Conference & Trade Show

POINT BLANCHE - Business owners/managers have until October 8 to register for the Open Day at the

21st Annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Trade Show that will take place on Thursday, October 9 from 8.00am to 1.00pm.

Registration opened last week Wednesday, October 1.  Individuals who register will only have access to the trade floor of the conference/trade show.

Registration can be done by visiting Port St. Maarten’s website: and click on FCCA Registration and follow the instructions.  Individuals can also visit the Port St. Maarten Office at the Captain Hodge Wharf Police Sub Station on the boardwalk to fill in a registration form.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 8 at 12.00pm.

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