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31-year old robber allegedly stabbed by supermarket attendant

ST. PETERS - On Friday the 17th of July Police were called to a supermarket on the St. Peters road at about five forty five following reports that the supermarket had just been robbed.

Uniform and detective patrols were dispatched to the scene. Meanwhile a second call came in to the police central dispatch that a man was laying on the L.B. Scott road and he was a victim of a stabbing. 

From eye witness account it was established that the man lying on the ground was the assailant that had robbed the supermarket.

It’s alleged that the supermarket attendant was approached by the assailant demanding him to hand over the money before stabbing him in the chest. The victim a 31 year Chinese man was rushed to the SMMC Medical Center by family members and was treated by medical specialist. He was later released from hospital.

The assailant a 33 year old male who also suffered a stab wound under his left arm was transported to the medical center and is in stable condition.  He was later put into police custody.

Members of the forensic department were on the scene and detectives are conducting an investigation.  (Police Force Sint Maarten)


School bus inspections kick off July 24 followed by 28 and 29

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – School Bussing and Taxi Dispatching at the Inspection Department of Ministry of Economic Affairs would like to inform school bus owners and drivers that school bus inspections are scheduled to start Friday, July 24 and on July 28 and 29. 

School bus owners and drivers are hereby advised to take note of the aforementioned dates.  Inspections will take place between 8.30am and 12.30pm.

School bus owners/drivers are requested to call the department to make an appointment.

Drivers are required to provide the following documentation during the inspection process: Valid driver’s license; Insurance; Valid motor vehicle inspection card and Business license.  Fire extinguishers and First Aid Kits are also part of inspection process.

The key objective is to continue to provide safe, reliable and comfortable transportation services for school children.

For further information about services rendered by the Inspection Section, call telephone number 542-5641.


STAR Summer Program Kicks Off on July 20. Sign-Up Today

ST. PETERS - The St. Maarten Youth Council Association will hold its STAR Summer Program from Monday July 20 - July 31, 2015 at the Rupert I. Maynard Youth Community Center.

DIY Summer Camp caters to youth aged 4 - 12, 9 am - 5 pm. Camp Fee: fls. 150 per child. Register now as a few spaces are still available.

The STAR After School Program is currently enrolling students for the new academic year.

The program resumes on Monday August 31, 2015. Registration takes place Mondays - Fridays from9 am - 5 pm at the Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center in St. Peters.

The program caters to: Cycle 1 students (age 4 - 7) fls. 100.00 per month [only 4 spaces available] Cycle 2 students (age 8 - 12) fls. 100.00 per month Secondary School (Forms 1 & 2) fls. 150.00 per month [limited space available].

For further information call 548-5022 or 550-8971; or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Victorious Living Organizes Free Information Session on Emotional Freedom Techniques

ST. PETERS - St. Maarten’s society and many other societies have seen a drastic increase in the stress levels of our citizens. Among the signs of one’s body’s response to stress, are difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.

Considering the increasing stress levels among members of our community, recently, over thirty persons attended a free information session on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), organized by Victorious Living Foundation at the Rupert I. Maynard Community Center in St. Peters.

Stress is the human body’s natural response to any change in the environment that requires an action, reaction, or adjustment to what’s normal. Moreover, how a person handles it defines stress for that person. Therefore having the coping mechanisms and tools necessary to handle the stressors of life is pivotal.

Participants at Victorious Living’s info-session expressed gratitude for the wealth of information that was provided. Victorious Living’s visionary and President, Dr. Erna Mae Francis-Cotton shared how EFT has benefited patrons of Victorious Living’s Counselling services.

She introduced a documentary entitled the Tapping Solution by Nicolas Ortner chronicling the journey of several persons with challenges such as grief, chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, fear of public speaking, overeating, and sexual abuse who successfully overcame their symptoms and ailments through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

In addition, counseling student of Grace Hill Bible University, Dorothy Boezerman shared how EFT has been instrumental in helping her husband to overcome pain from a surgery that he had undergone. Her husband and his niece also gave testimonials of the dramatic effects that he has received. Roy Cotton, Jr. a counselor at Victorious Living also shared the benefits of EFT to him personally.

Among the attendees at the information session were personnel of the Mental Health Foundation; nurses from Dr. Mercuur’s Medical Clinic; a physiotherapist; and recently sworn in, St. Maarten born Cardiologist,Emiko Bird-Lake who were all seeking ways to be even more effective with their clients. The feedback from these and all participants present were extremely positive.

Dr. Orlando Wilson, Pastor of Heaven’s Touch International, Dean of Grace Hill Bible University and a resident of St. Peters, conveyed his gratitude to Dr. Erna Mae Francis-Cotton and Victorious Living, on behalf of the residents of St. Peters, for hosting the first information session of this type in St. Peters.

The renowned sage of St. Peters Neville Lake, AKA, Doc, expressed his appreciation for the information and deemed it a very important session that should be continued in other districts to inform the people.

VLF board members; and Grace Hill Bible University students currently taking the two year counseling certification program developed and taught by Dr. Francis-Cotton were all in attendance and contributed to the success of the evening. Persons needing more information may contact Victorious Living Foundation at 1-721-524-8731/1-721-542-2652 or visit


Statistics Netherlands: Inflation Caribbean Netherlands declines further

SABA (Caribbean Netherlands) - According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, inflation according to the consumer price index (CPI) on all three islands of Caribbean Netherlands was down further in the second quarter of 2015. On Bonaire and St Eustatius inflation was actually negative for the second quarter in a row.

On Bonaire inflation fell for the third consecutive quarter, to -0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2015. In the first quarter, consumer prices were still 0.6 percent lower than in the same period last year. Price developments of food in particular lowered Bonaire’s inflation level. Although food prices were 0.4 percent higher than one year previously, the year-on-year price increase in the first quarter was still 2.9 percent. Clothing became more expensive on Bonaire which had an upward effect on inflation.


On St Eustatius inflation also fell for three consecutive quarters and came out at -1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2015. That is down 0.6 percentage points on the first quarter. Here as well, food prices accounted for the lower inflation rate.

On Saba inflation dropped to 0.4 percent. Consumer rates in the first quarter were still 1 percent up on the same quarter of 2014. The decrease was mainly due to the price developments in restaurants and cafes, where prices rose in the second quarter of 2014, pushing inflation up. This effect has now come to an end. Price developments of cosmetics and air tickets also had a downward effect on inflation.

Provisional figures

Figures over the second quarter of 2015 are provisional and will become definite when the figures for the third quarter of 2015 are published.

Source: StatLine: Caribbean Netherlands


Prime Minister Gumbs attends Bastille Day Celebrations

MARIGOT, Saint Martin - Prime Minister Hon. Marcel Gumbs and Minister Hon. Claret Connor represented the Council of Ministers at the 14 of July Bastille Day Celebrations that took place in Marigot on Tuesday. 

His Excellency Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt and several Members of Parliament were also present.

President of the Collectivite of Saint-Martin and Members of the Territorial Council extended an official invitation to the Council of Ministers to observe the July 14 celebrations.

The delegation from the Sint Maarten attended a Religious ceremony at the Catholic Church in Marigot; this was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Monument of the Collectivite; then an official parade at Boulevard de France, Marigot Waterfront; Saint-Martin’s Fire Department Pinning Ceremony, Marigot Waterfront.

The official ceremony concluded with speeches and cocktails.  The remainder of the day included cultural and sporting events.


OSPP: St. Maarten needs you become a teacher, police officer or nurse!

PHILIPSBURG – Leader of the One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP) in a press statement says: “Just recently in one of the dailies our Minister of Education, Mrs. Rita Bourne-Gumbs stated that she will be contacting the banking industry to lower the interest rates for teachers interested in purchasing a property. We support whole heartedly this idea but would ask the Minister to add police officers and nurses as these are also noble professions that are earning on a daily basis this type of savings.  

“In a letter dated July 12, 2015 we have made this known to the Minister and have also recommended that she consider amending the present transfer tax legislature by exempting first time property buyers within these professions from paying this tax. Secondly, we have also suggested to the Minister for a portion of the land acquired by the government based on prescriptive rights in the vicinity of the Vineyard Estate to be used to construct low income duplexes. These duplexes would be constructed under the supervision of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation as they have demonstrated to have the capacity and ability to build low income homes. Duplexes, due to the scarcity of land and this would allow a greater amount of persons to call this property their own.  

“As indicated first preference would be given to those persons in those noble professions mentioned above and of course with certain conditions attached to the purchase. For example these home buyers must be between the ages of 22 and forty years; it must be their first home and it can’t be sold within the first five years. In the event of a sale or a default in their mortgage payments first preference would be given to the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation to purchase the home. This is to avoid the property being used for speculative purposes and it would also allow another young person within the professions mentioned before to acquire this property under the same conditions.   

“We have also informed Minister Bourne-Gumbs of a mortgage loan guarantee funds that was established by the government some years ago to assist potential home buyers and that it is time that we activate it to assist our young professionals. “Charity begins at home and it is therefore the responsibility of the government to see what it can do internally before going externally,” says Lenny Priest, leader of the OSPP.        


Third Tropical Storm of the Season Forms

SINT MAARTEN – The third storm of the season formed on Monday, July 13, and poses no threat to Sint Maarten.  Tropical Storm Claudette is off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and is moving northeast at 15 miles per hour.

Highest winds are 50 miles per hour and on Monday afternoon the storm was located approximately 550 miles to the south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Crown Weather reports:

“As expected, we now have Tropical Storm Claudette, which was just upgraded based on satellite imagery, which shows an organizing storm well offshore of the Mid-Atlantic coast. Most of the convection is located on the eastern side of this system and wind estimates from satellite images shows that it is a 50 mph tropical storm.

“Claudette is expected to be a short-lived tropical storm since it will be moving over much cooler ocean waters byTuesdayand in fact it is likely to dissipate byWednesday.

“Claudette will track about 200 miles offshore of the Mid-Atlantic coast this afternoon before tracking about 200 miles offshore of Cape Cod tonight intoTuesday. By lateTuesday, Claudette is forecast to track near eastern parts of Nova Scotia and near Cape Breton.

“As for impacts, this storm system will be a offshore marine hazard with 25 to 45 mph winds and 4 to 8 foot seas expected across the offshore marine waters of Mid Atlantic states this afternoon. For tonight andTuesday, 30 to 50 mph winds and 5 to 10 foot seas are expected across the offshore marine waters of Cape Cod, Georges Bank and Nova Scotia. For coastal sections of Nova Scotia from Halifax to CapeBreton, this system could bring periods of rain and wind gusts of up to 40 mph to you during Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.”


Toronto Global Forum Advice: For Islands to look to Emerging Markets as Cuba Awakens

SINT MAARTEN/CANADA – The 9th edition of the Toronto Global Forum, part of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, has become a strategic platform for discussions and corporate insights into the global economy, with significant national and international media coverage.

Some of the Caribbean leaders present were Prime Minister of Aruba Mike Eman, Premier Michael Dunkley of Bermuda, Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell, and Premier Orlando Smith of the British Virgin Islands.

This year’s conference focused on Creating Opportunities in a Connected World.  The first day of the conference focused on the global economy, finance and innovation.  The second day, discussions focused on energy, natural resources and infrastructure, manufacturing, international trade and governance.

The warming relations between the United States and Cuba were a topic of discussion.  It was opined that Cuba will have a serious impact on the various tourism economies, and that Cuba has the potential to consume a great deal of the tourism industry investment capital available on the world’s market. 

It was stated during the forum if tourism is to remain the main industry in the Region, then there must be a combined effort to preserve the environment and investments made would take environmental sustainability into consideration.

In addition it was emphasized the need to look for investments and partnerships with emerging countries in Europe including India

The Forum presented opportunities for business synergies aimed at long term partnerships in the context of changing dynamics in the global economy.  The event hosts leaders from politics and academia, the public and private sectors, and civil society to discuss major issues surrounding economic globalization, with a particular emphasis on relations between the Americas and the other continents.

The Forum took place from July 8-10 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.



CPS: Prevent Drowning this School Holiday Season

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is advising parents and guardians to be vigilant when their kids are at the beach swimming or at the swimming pool during the school holiday season.

Drowning is among the five leading causes of death among people aged 14 years and under in the Americas, according to the first Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer, published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report reveals that drowning takes the life of 372,000 people around the world every year and is one of the ten leading causes of death among children and young people worldwide.

Some strategies that can be used to prevent drowning are: installing barriers to restrict access to bodies of water; close supervision of infants and children under five; teaching children basic swimming skills, and training possible bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation.

Other conclusions of the report are:

  • Globally, more than half of all people who die by drowning are under 25.
  • The highest rates of drowning are among children under 5.
  • Men are twice as likely to drown as women.

Over 90% of drowning occurs in low- and middle-income countries, with the highest rates in the regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific.

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