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SMMC needs to comply in order to receive Naf 5 million

CAY HILL - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Cornelius De Weever has taken note of St. Maarten Medical Center’s (SMMC) article regarding the Naf. 5 million from government for urgent repairs.

“It is obvious that SMMC has another objective rather than reply to the December 12th, 2014 letter which clearly stated the terms and conditions of the St. Maarten Medical Center receiving the approved funds.

“In addition, the MOU needs to be signed between SMMC, APS, SZV and government; the contents remain “confidential” as agreed upon by all parties. All parties have been waiting for SMMC to agree to and sign the MOU in order for us all to move forward.

“I encourage the Board and Management of SMMC to be honest/transparent when communicating to the public and focus their energy on finalizing this matter in the interest of SMMC and the clients they are supposed to serve,” Independent MP Hon. Cornelius de Weever stated. 

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17-Year Old Student Stabbed and Suspect Arrested with Weapon and Drugs

ST. PETERS/SOUTH REWARD - On Tuesday January 12th at approximately 01.15 p.m. several police patrols was sent by the Central Police Dispatch to the L.B. Scot road between the Milton Peters College and the Sint Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. to investigate a stabbing.

On the scene the investigating officers found the 17-year old victim who had two superficial stab wounds to his upper chest from which he was bleeding. The suspect had already fled the scene in the direction of Milton Peters College.

The victim was attended to by the paramedics and then taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The 17-year old suspect with the initials D.W. was located shortly after in the vicinity of the Milton Peters College.

During a search of the suspect the knife that was used in the stabbing was found along with 24 small plastic bags each containing a small amount of marihuana prepared for distribution.

The suspect was arrested on the spot. The knife and drugs were confiscated for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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25 Families Receive Christmas Meal Courtesy of St. Maarten Lion’s Club

PHILIPSBURG - So it was fitting that on the 25th of December 2014 members of St. Maarten Lion’s Club together with some of their family were out in full force serving Christmas lunch to individuals in our community. 

This is another project that is dear to the hearts of our Lion members and for the second year our members actively volunteered time from away from their families for such a great project

25 families were treated to a meal consisting of the usual Christmas Dinner spread a soft drink, desert, and for the children tickets to Caribbean Cinema’s for them to enjoy a movie of their choice. 

“It was very touching to see the smiles on the faces of the young and old and the hugs the members received after giving the gifts,” said St. Maarten Lion’s Club President Lion Sunil (Sunny) Khatnani.

This project and others like it are funded by the monies raised through donations and fundraising activities which are held throughout the year.

The St. Maarten Lion’s Club would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one in our lovely St. Maarten Community that contributed through donation or buying tickets to our fundraising events in 2014.  Because of you we can continue to do so much for our country.

On behalf of the St. Maarten Lion Club we would like to wish each and every one a Happy, Joyous and Blessed 2015. (St. Maarten Lion’s Club)

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Independent MP Marlin-Romeo encourages community to come out for National Day of Prayer event. Wishes community a Safe and Purposeful New Year

CLEM LABEGA SQUARE – In connection with the National Day of Prayer, the Independent faction of Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo is encouraging the community to come out and give thanks at the National Day of Prayer event hereby, and at the same time wishes the general public of Sint Maarten a safe and purposeful 2015, filled with attainable goals blessed and covered by God's favor.

The National Day of Prayer Service is taking place in front of the Government Administration Building at the Clem Labega Square today, January 11th. The ecumenical service will begin at 5:30 pm.

The service is a collaboration between Government and the St. Maarten Christian Council, The St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

MP Marlin-Romeo would also like to inform the public that her faction office visiting hours are from 2-5pm on Friday's. To make an appointment call 549-0111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Independent MP Leona Marlin-Romeo)

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Minister Connor continues with orientation briefing this time with department heads

LITTLE BAY - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication Hon. Claret Connor on Friday last continued his familiarization round with the departments under his Ministry.

He met with all department heads at Divi Little Bay Resort to get an update on all developments and ongoing projects. (Press Secretariat Government of Sint Maarten, Council of Ministers)

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DP Leader Wescot-Williams expresses condolences on the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

PHILIPSBURG - The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten expressed its heartfelt condolences on Friday morning January 9 to the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France, to the French Republic and all its citizens in Europe and abroad, and in a very special way, the DP Party empathized, “…with our French St. Martin brothers and sisters.

“It's a dark day for all of us. As the tragedy continues to unfold in France in view of the whole world, we on our island are sadly reminded of the volatile times we live in.

“As a small and open society, we must pay attention to worldly events and trends. We must establish allegiances and partnerships, we must have our own internal dialogue, for -God forbid- we were to face a threat to our democracy, to our economic livelihood, to our freedoms of unimaginable proportions,” Leader of the Democratic Party Member of Parliament Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams said. (DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ST. MAARTEN)

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Peru Bound KLM Flight Makes Precautionary Landing

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – A KLM Boeing 777-300 on its way from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Peru in South America, had to make a precautionary landing on Curacao after experiencing some turbulence.

The aircraft was approximately 200 miles north of the island or 300 miles south of Sint Maarten when the turbulence event occurred.  Thereafter, pilots heard a noise coming from the cargo hole and decided to divert the aircraft to the nearest airport and make a precautionary landing.

The aircraft was inspected and it was discovered that a container in the cargo area was not secured properly resulting in the noise.

The flight after a two and a half hour delay took off for its final destination of Peru.

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Security Guard Attacked

POND ISLAND - On Tuesday January 6th at approximately 09.30 a.m. a police bike patrol was sent to the Federal Receivers Office located on the Soualiga road to intervene in a fight that was taking place. On the scene the officers spoke to the Security Officer who stated that he was attacked by a Chinese man who, according to the security guard tried to enter the line by standing next to a Chinese woman.

When the man was told that he had to stand at the back of the line an argument broke out between them. At one point during the argument the man pushed the security guard. The security guard defended himself by swinging a punch the man causing a fight then broke out between them. The Chinese lady also got involved in the fight and jumped the security guard from behind.

The security guard was assisted by his colleague. During the fight the Chinese man suffered a cut above his right eye. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to the medical center for further treatment. All parties were taken to the police station and handed over to the Detectives for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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New CIBC FirstCaribbean Country Manager appointed in the British Virgin Islands

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – CIBC FirstCaribbean is pleased to announce the appointment of Malcolm Whetnall as its Country Manager for the British Virgin Islands.

Whetnall assumes the top position in the BVI with effect from 5th January, 2015.

A career banker, Malcolm is an experienced sales and management professional with global banking experience. He joined the financial services sector with Barclays Bank in the UK in 1974, taking on increasingly senior roles in the organization. At Barclays, Malcolm led its Premier Banking team on the Isle of Man for nearly a decade.

Malcolm is no stranger to CIBC FirstCaribbean, having first joined the bank in 2004 in the bank’s International Banking and Wealth Management segment, spending three years at its Head office in Barbados, on attachment from Barclays.

He would later head the team of Wealth Management professionals as Director for that line of business in the Cayman Islands while also retaining pan-Caribbean responsibility for the Wealth Management sales management division.

Mark McIntyre, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Managing Director for the Cayman Islands, with responsibility for BVI, noted that the bank was pleased to welcome Whetnall back into its team.

 “Malcolm is a confident and strong leader with a proven track record of achieving exceptional results in a commercial environment. He’s extremely energetic, dynamic, and possesses great people management and leadership skills. His strengths include working across multi-jurisdictions with clients and staff of differing cultural backgrounds.

In addition he is very experienced in Retail, Corporate and Wealth Management banking, predominately in the ‘International/Offshore’ and Platinum Banking arenas. We feel very lucky to have someone of Malcolm’s ability and experience to lead our team in the BVI at this time.”

Malcolm is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; a Member of the Securities Institute and in previous roles was a qualified mortgage and investment adviser. (CIBC FirstCaribbean)

About CIBC FirstCaribbean

CIBC FirstCaribbean is the largest, regionally-listed bank in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean serving over 500,000 accounts in 17 markets, through 2,900 staff, across 100 branches and offices.

The bank offers a full range of market-leading financial services in: Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury Sales and Trading, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Small Business and Credit Cards.

CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC (TSX, NYSE: CM) is a leading North American financial institution serving clients in Canada and around the world. Through three distinct business lines, Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking, CIBC provides a full range of products and services to almost 11 million individual, small business and commercial banking clients and meets the financial needs of corporate and institutional clients. CIBC is rated A+/Stable/A-1 by Standard & Poor's.

For more information about CIBC FirstCaribbean, visit www.cibcfcib.com

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Little enthusiasm among opposition to join coalition

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - There seems to be little enthusiasm among opposition Members of Curacao’s Parliament to join the current coalition Government.  One of the coalition members, Leader of the PAIS, Alex Rosaria, recently proposed that the current coalition should consider welcoming additional members since the coalition starts its second half of its term.

Currently the coalition has the support of 11 MPs out of the 21 seat Parliament.  Rosaria who spoke at a party event recently said that opposition MPs should be approached with respect to supporting the current government.

Some opposition MPs have indicated publicly according to reports of having no interests in supporting or joining the current coalition government.

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