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Traffic controls for unpaid road tax underway

PHILIPSBURG - The Police Department is reminding the general public that the control on unpaid road tax for motor vehicles for the year 2017 has begun. All owners/drivers of motor vehicles registered on the Dutch side of the island should make sure that their road tax is paid before using the public roads to avoid any inconvenience.

The owners/managers of car rentals registered on the Dutch side should make sure that the road tax for their vehicles is paid. If these cars are caught driving on the public roads with unpaid road tax, the owner/manager of these establishments will be held accountable.

The license plates that are provided by the Government Receivers Office are regulated by law and changes in any form or fashion to these plates are in violation with the Traffic Ordinance. The covering of these plates with other materials for decorative reasons or other is also not allowed. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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UP MP Connor attends Aruba National Day Celebrations. Visits Under 13 Soccer Selection to Support St. Maarten Squad

SINT MAARTEN/ARUBA - United People's Party Member of Parliament (MP) Claret Connor, was in attendance of the St. Maarten vs Curacao soccer match in support of the St. Maarten under 13 soccer selection squad, during an official weekend visit to Aruba in celebration of its 2017 "Dia di himno y Bandera" National Anthem and Flag Day ceremonies.

MP Connor stated that it is important as leaders to show support “…to our developing youth as they value our attention and support very much and are encouraged to know we care about their wellbeing.”

“Despite the lost, to an obviously stronger Curacao team, St. Maarten displayed a never give up or give in attitude and competed relentlessly to the very end of the match.

“Congratulations to the Association, the team of dedicated coaches and parents of the courageous young boys for representing our island proudly,” MP Connor concluded.

The team also participated in the parade on Saturday as part of the Aruba Day Celebrations.

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Graham and Hobgood win two-player Stableford Tournament

MULLET BAY - An eager group of golfers gathered at the Mullet Bay Golf course to battle for first place in this special tournament. In the end Keith Graham and Howard Hobgood showed their supremacy to win the two-player team Stableford Golf Tournament.

The organizers of the St. Maarten Golf Association (SMGA) were very pleased with the turn out on a very sunny day considering many members had elected to play in Anguilla . Second place was claimed by Didier Kerfourn and Stephane Legendre not far behind were Gitte Poulsen and Frank Jespersen in third place.

The tournament was special because of the Stableford scoring system. Rather than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke play, it involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole. Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, under Stableford rules, the objective is to have the highest score.

The Stableford system was developed by Dr. Frank Barney Gorton Stableford (1870–1959), to deter golfers from giving up on their round after just one or two bad holes. It was first used informally at the Glamorganshire Golf Club, Penarth, Wales, in 1898, and first used in competition at Wallasey Golf Club in Wallasey, England, in 1932.

Stableford can have the added benefit of speeding up the pace of play, as once it is no longer possible to score a point, players do not have to complete the hole but can simply pick up their ball and proceed to the next hole. It is a popular form of the game, as it is still possible to record a competitive score despite having the occasional “bad hole”.

For more information on tournaments or membership please contact the Golf Shop at the Mullet Bay Golf Course or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St.MaartenGolfAssociation

The SMGA is a non-profit organization that welcomes all beginning and experienced golfers, tourists and St. Maarten / St. Martin residents alike to become members and join them during tournaments and matches. For more information about the SMGA, please contact the Golf Shop at the Mullet Bay Golf Course or like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/St.MaartenGolfAssociation

Website : www.sxmgolfassociation.com

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14-Year Old Teenager injured during “Causeway Jump Up”

COLE BAY - Detectives are presently investigating a case of ill-treatment with a weapon of a 14 year old boy with initials S.W. during the Causeway Jump Up. The incident took place on the Union road in the vicinity of Ace Mega Center.

The victim stated that he was unexpected pushed from behind and attacked by an unknown person who injured him with a sharp object.  As a result of this attack he suffered a severe cut to his right hand and cut to his left nostril.

The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and then taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment.

A young lady not involved in this incident while trying to get out of the way accidentally fell to the ground and suffered a cut to her hand. She was also treated by paramedics. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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SCELL-USM donates D’OGA classes to the More Movement for Elderly program. Kick off class this Saturday at USM

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The School for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (SCELL) from the University of Saint Maarten (USM) has donated D’OGA classes for expansion of the More Movement for Elderly program.

Under this expansion, the program will now have 4 monthly activities free of charge for persons 60 years and over. Participants can join the D’OGA class every first Wednesday of the month at the USM location.

The More Movement for the Elderly Campaign has joined with D’OGA, a program of SCELL-USM and National Institute of the Arts (NIA), to further promote healthier living habits for the population of the country and seniors as a special target group through D’OGA.

For this date, March 18th, seniors can choose between two free activities. The first one is the free Saturday Class at St. Martins Home in St. John’ s Estate, provided by CPS partner White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF).

The second will be the introductory launch of the D’OGA classes. The adjusted schedule of activities will be available to public in April.

The free session by USM SCELL and NIA starts from 9.00AM and ends 11.00AM. D’OGA helps individuals to de-stress after a hard day at work; breathe and relax to improve memory; live longer and healthier. Join and learn about anatomy, spirituality, physiology, meditation and the importance of breathing.

Other benefits are clarity of the mind, strengthening you circulation and lung capacity. Participants are requested to bring along a mat for the yoga-exercise.

Seniors can choose to either join the free session of D’OGA on Saturday or the More Movement for the Elderly Fitness at the St. Martin’s Home which is located at St. John’s Estate road #6. They can also attend both if they wish to do so.

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Older adults aged 60 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily.

The activity has been organized and coordinated over a one-year period by Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF), Windward Islands Physical Therapist Association (WIPTA) and I&I Fitness.

The Saturday activity is being coordinated by WYCCF from 10.30AM to 12.00PM at the aforementioned address.

It's recommended that adults aged 60 or older do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Some activity, however light, is better for your health than none at all.

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US Party Board says it stands by and supports MP Chanel Brownbill

PHILIPSBURG - The board of the United St. Maarten (US) party on Thursday in a press release on Thursday, “…said it stands by and supports its party member and Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill in the current ongoing investigation.

“Though the situation is one to be concerned about, the board also cautions against a rush to judgment as MP Brownbill still has rights under the law.

"In such time we tend to forget how families are also affected, so we also stand in support of them in these troubling times. There is the need to allow the judicial process to take its full course and the party will uphold the general legal principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty," the board said.

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Top Performers will “Party-up” TelCell Night of the Hit Makers 5th anniversary Carnival show

POND ISLAND - Show promoters are bringing back some of the more popular performers of the annual TelCell Night of the Hit Makers, mega dance event for the past four years, so that they can make the 5th year of the event the most unforgettable yet.

Promoter, Berteaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming of Xtratight Entertainment, says bringing in this year’s line-up of musical talent is the least he can do to thank the thousands of music and dance fans who have supported him and made the event so special – even to a regional audience.

Included in that line up are: Impact Band, Kai formerly known as Carimi, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Claudius Philips, Farmer Nappy and the queen of bacchanal Destra.

“I have gone into the archives and I have picked out the best of the best who are guaranteed to set the dance floor in the Festival Village on fire with a big party atmosphere,”  stated “Mr. Rude” during a press conference at the Festival Village as he starts to build up the hype for the April 28th Carnival event.

He said all the performers are very excited about performing before a St. Maarten audience once again and more than one of these performances have a professional undertaking to complete performances that could not be completed when they were last on the island – and they fully intend to make up for that at the Anniversary show.

During the press conference, “Mr. Rude” thanked the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) for once again branding the show as its flagship show for Carnival 2017, and also Main Sponsor TelCell, for continuing to have faith in what he is doing for St. Maarten’s music and entertainment scene.

“I want to thank some new sponsors who have come on board this year and also still thank some of the past sponsors who are not with us this year, but yet still have contributed to where we are and what we are today because they believed in what we could do,” continued Mr. Rude.

He said based on early ticket sales it is going to be another sold-out show with tickets priced at $20 and $25 dollars already sold out.

“We have tickets priced at $30 right now but even that will be for a limited time when tickets will only be available at the gate for $45 dollars, so anyone who wants to be there should get their tickets now and save some money as well,” said the Xtratight Entertainment promoter.

TelEm Group Manager, Marketing & Sales, Grisha Marten, informed that Main Sponsor TelCell will be issuing a special $10 Hitmaker Fusion 5 PREPAID card (the first of its kind) especially for the 5th anniversary show with other show specials and giveaways to be announced at very short notice in the coming days.

She says persons who purchase and activate the card will be eligible to win a Samsung J3 mobile phone. This promotion ends on April 10 and a winner will be announced immediately after.

“The offers are a great deal to Carnival music fans, but they have to keep posted to our Facebook page and to the media to know when the offers are being given so that they can act quickly or miss out,” said Grisha.

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Amuseum Naturalis Celebrates 5,000 Visitors with Free Ebook

GRAND CASE, St. Martin - It’s only been two months since Amuseum Naturalis officially launched its 2017 season in January, but the free natural history museum has already had over 5,000 visitors this year. To celebrate, Amuseum Naturalis creators Les Fruits de Mer are sharing a free ebook, Caribbean Curiosities: Island of Change.

This ebook is the second volume in a series highlighting the plants and animals featured in the museum. Both volumes are available for free from the resources section of the association’s website: http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com. This volume highlights some of the many species that were introduced to the island by humans, and how they are changing St. Martin’s local ecology.

“The Caribbean Curiosities ebooks are a chance to build on the stories we are sharing at the Amuseum,” explained Amuseum curator Mark Yokoyama. “They’re also a chance to share some of the magic of the Amuseum with people who haven’t had a chance to visit yet.”

Amuseum Naturalis is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8pm and admission is free. Group visits—for school classes, youth groups, or any kind of group—can be scheduled during March and April by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the Amuseum’s website.

“We’re surprised and excited to have welcomed 5,000 visitors in just two months,” commented Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. “It’s so fun to share the island’s natural history with a diverse group of locals and tourists each week. We also hope to host more school classes and other group visits, so please get in touch!”

Amuseum Naturalis is a free, public pop-up museum of the natural history of St. Martin and the Caribbean, created by Les Fruits de Mer and made possible by the generous sponsorship of Delta Petroleum and the support of the Friends of the Amuseum. Amuseum Naturalis is located at 96 Boulevard de Grand Case in Grand Case and on the web at http://amuseumnaturalis.com

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Two arrested for fraud investigation. Business community warned about US$100, 50 and 20 dollar bills

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday the 13th of March 2017, at approximately 10.05 p.m. two men with initials F.F.F.A  (age 34 yrs) and A.L, (age 30 yrs), were arrested for the possession of counterfeit US Dollars bills.

The counterfeit currency were $100,- bills.  All of these bills had the same serial number which is CB66474177E, US $50,- bills. All of these bills with the same serial number which is MH06333995A and US $20,- bills,  some had the serial number IK56146706A  and  JK87282841A.

The counterfeit US Dollars bills were confiscated for further investigation by the Fraud Department.

The Police Department is hereby sending out a “WARNING” to the entire community and in particular to the  businesses community that they should be very cautious when accepting US $100,-; US $50,- and US $20,- bills, especially those having the serial numbers as  mentioned.

If anyone should encounter a false or counterfeit bill, they should immediately get in contact with the Police Department by calling 54-22222 ext. 215/216, the anonymous tip line #9300 or 911. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Schools Receive Wish List Items after Successful Spelling Bee 2016

PHILIPSBURG - All the schools that participated in ‘The Scotiabank Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee’ 2016 organized by ‘the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-mid Isle’ were asked to present a wish list of items that their schools were in need of.

The teachers were invited by Mid Isle to join them for a fellowship evening so that these items could be presented. Unfortunately some of the items were not available on time so these will be presented directly to the school in due course. 

The Anguilla schools were unable to attend and arrangements will be made to deliver their items at a later date.

The Scotiabank Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee 2016 was the 6th one held and was the biggest since its inception in 2011. Seventeen schools competed, fifteen from St. Maarten and two from Anguilla with a total of 38 children.

Preparations for The Scotiabank Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee 2017 are already in full swing.  This will also be the second year that Mid Isle will hold tutorials for the students prior to the Spelling Bee.

Mid Isle will be holding their Fundraising Motor Treasure Hunt on Sunday March 19th starting at the Kim Sha  Beach in Celebration of the Rotary Foundation turning 100 years old.

That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. See any members of Mid Isle for more information or call 520-1052 or 520-1899.

The proceeds from this event will go towards a fetal monitor for the maternity wing at the SMMC and other needed items.

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesday at 7pm at Mary’s Boone in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle

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