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Wreath laid on the occasion of Dr. A.C. Wathey 91st birthday

PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Monday, July 24, Port St. Maarten Management and Staff laid a wreath at the statue of the late Dr. Claude Wathey in front of the Cruise Terminal Building on the occasion of his 91st birthday.

The country’s seaport – Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility - is named after Wathey who has been described as the ‘father of the nation,’ overseeing the economic development of the country over a 40-year period.

The vision of Port St. Maarten is to lead in the Caribbean through quality service and operational excellence while providing a safe and secure environment for the ports customers and the people of the country.

The mission at Port St. Maarten is to provide quality integrated services to its customers through continuous development and innovation in all areas of business while maintaining the leadership role in the economic development on Sint Maarten where sustainability is the cornerstone for 21st century port development and progress.

Port St. Maarten has grown from 108,000 cruise passengers in 1980 to over 1.5 million passengers annually.  The port has received many accolades over the years recognizing its position within the Region and role it plays where employment and business generated for country is concerned, generating one third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product from its cruise and cargo operations.

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Sarah: “CBCS and the Monetary Union, How Further and for How Long?”

PHILIPSBURG – “The invitation by officials of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) for a walk through of the renovated building in Philipsburg was seized by several members of Parliament (Brownbill, Geerlings, Bijlani, Connor and the undersigned) and was arranged for July 18th last, in the presence of Curacao’s Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha,” Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) Member of Parlament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a Monday press statement.

“It has taken the CBCS a long time to reach this far, but at least the official dedication of the building on the Pondfill is now within sight.

“The building has been modernized and is much better suited for its purpose than before. That it can now house a staff of 17 members and that active recruiting will start was also welcomed news. This announcement however prompted me to ask for an update regarding the financial training institution that the CBCS was supposed to initiate, a commitment made to me during my tenure as prime minister. This plan is still on the table, I am told.

“That the CBCS top is also amenable to a proposal to spread the bank’s operation more equitably amongst the 2 monetary partners is also commendable.  The MPs who toured the renovated building also learnt that the plans for a new central bank building on St. Maarten are still under consideration.

“All the above however, in my opinion makes it critical that the two partners (St. Maarten and Curacao) also reach an agreement regarding how long this union will at least be kept for and whether the lessons with this institution of the past 7 years will be heeded going forward.

“Where it was thought that aligning the monetary and fiscal policies of the 2 countries would be the biggest headache, it is issues like the appointment of the supervisory board members of the Bank, which while on paper seem like a no-brainer, that are a challenge.

“The fate of the monetary union should not be left up to the “political winds of the day”, but now that calm seems to be returning somewhat, is the time to decide; how further and for how long?  By the way, may I suggest that the name on the building be written in English, possibly with a Papiamentu sub-title?,” MP Wescot-Williams concluded.

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Kerai Kreative Style & Food, Fashion & Beauty Expo Host Girls Trip Movie Premiere

PHILIPSBURG - The long-awaited Summer release of Girls Trip is finally here. A film that is very relatable to any group of friends took over last night's big screens at our very own Megalex. We can boast about the fact that we saw it FIRST (even before the American & the European markets).

Kenty Lichtenberg of Kerai Kreative Style joined forces with Clarissa Mardenborough of Rissa's Fashion Trends and Miss T. Carty of Island Spirits N.V to organize a movie night for friends on July 20th. After reaching out to different businesses to partner up with them, the ladies created a cocktail hour, sponsored by Island Spirits.

About thirty women came out and had almost two hours of fun and chit chat that surrounded group traveling and of course planning their next Girls Trip while treating their taste buds to a true mixology experience.

The event took place at the Megaplex Party Room where the ladies were welcomed by Island's Spirits Champagne Bar and more. We were happy to have SEL Maduro & Sons as the chosen travel expert, to share some tips and ideas when it came to travel in groups, which can be challenging if you do not have the right dynamics in the group.

Also present were La Beauty Room, showcasing a sample of the unique items that are available at her store. While the ladies mingled and laughed, they were treated to sweet treats by MMM Delights & Irresistible Desserts and Gourmet Popcorn by La Beauty Room.

The whole idea behind this movie night was to come together and share some of our traveling tips and experiences, right in the middle of our vacation period, many of us are still contemplating taking a quick getaway and it is always great to know your options.

Although most people make their travel bookings on line, we think the personal touch of an agent is always special....it is simply called "the Human Touch. Which is why we thought partnering up with SEL Maduro & Sons was a good idea. SEL Maduro & Sons promoted their upcoming group trips Dominica ‘World Creole Festival” Travel Package: 27th to 30th October 2017 and Miami “Black Friday” Package: Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2017. SEL Maduro & Sons can be reached at 54 23410.

During this cocktail - hour the ladies were treated to goodie bags provided by SEL Maduro & Sons and Island Sprits. The ladies also won different prizes by playing Travel Trivia's and were challenged to test their overall knowledge about the world. There also was the opportunity to have pictures taken, coverage by Snap It Studios and one of our young upcoming photographer Mr. Kaie La Touche.

We are big on women empowerment, networking and collaborating, and it took a group of phenomenal women to put this event together, and although catering to a small group, the coordination and planning behind the scenes is always key. It was amazing to see it all come together and we hope to be able to continue doing a series of events that will promote friendship, education and lifestyle.

Last but not least we would like to acknowledge the sponsors of last night's event:

Island Spirits N.V., Megaplex St. Maarten, MMM Delights, Irresistible Desserts, SnapIt Studios, Food Fashion & Beauty Expo, Angelic Touch Spa, The Breakfast Box, Kerai Kreaitive Style, Our Sound Provider Mr. Lugene Hughes, Rentasound, SEL Maduro & Sons, La Beauty Room & Ms. Astrid Davelaar. We thank you for coming on board and look forward too many more collaborations

We would like to encourage everyone to visit our Social Media Pages, as this is the most accessible platform to follow any future events.

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MINISTRY OF JUSTICE GENERAL WEAPONS AUTHORIZATION

PHILIPSBURG - The Minister of Justice herewith makes the following announcement: At the time, the Ministry of Justice put all requests for renewal of authorization (i.e.  licenses) for possession of (fire)arms on hold, pending the adoption of a new restrictive weapons policy and the establishment of a Weapons Advisory Committee that is to advise the Minister on the applications received.

The new weapons policy was adopted in November 2016, and was subsequently published in the National Gazette of November 25, 2016 ("Nota Policies 2016", National Gazette, 2016 No. 23). The policy is also available for perusal at the secretariat of the Ministry of Justice on the A.Th. Illidge Road 8 in Philipsburg.

Meanwhile, the Weapons Advisory Committee set up by the Minister of Justice, in which the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Police are represented, started the process of handling the large number of applications for permission to carry a weapon.

The Minister wishes to prevent that persons, whose firearms have been registered with the Police and who have proof of having submitted a request for renewal of their weapons’ permit but who, while awaiting a decision on their application are still in possession of their firearm due to the delay in decision making, run the risk of being fined and prosecuted for illegal weapon possession.

Therefore, the Minister grants these persons, after consulting with and obtaining the consent of the Weapons Advisory Committee, from the date of this notice until the date on which a decision is made on their application, but no later than December 31st, 2017, a license to have that firearm in their possession. This general license is deemed to have been granted under the same conditions as under which they have been previously granted a license for the firearm.

The public is hereby informed that anyone who is in possession of a gun or ammunition without being licensed to do so, should hand over the gun to the police under the Firearms Ordinance. Also, if a license holder dies, his survivors must hand over the firearm as well as the ammunition, to the police.

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BASKETS FOR FIRE VICTIMS

SIMPSON BAY - Due to the generosity of Mid Isle Rotarians, the Club members were able to shop and fill baskets with everyday necessities and some hurricane supplies for the recent fire victims, according to a Sunday press release from Mid Isle Rotarians.

“In one case four homes were lost to fire while a neighbor lost her lively hood due to her taxi being burnt out, in another case, a young mother was able to get the necessary repairs done to her home. 

“President John Caputo of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten accompanied us and introduced us to the fire victims,” the release concluded.

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 the Club’s Facebook page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.

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Three suspects turn themselves in as Detectives Investigate Fatal Stabbing of 23-Year Old. Two others also stabbed

COLE BAY - Detectives are presently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man which took place on Thursday July 20th at approximately 11.30 p.m. on Diamond Hill road in Cole Bay.

The stabbing took place during a major brawl between two groups of men during which weapons were used.  Immediately after receiving the first call the Emergency Dispatch Center sent several police patrols, detectives and paramedics to the scene to investigate what had taken place.

According to the reports the brawl was a result of an argument these men had with each other earlier in the evening at the gasoline station on Bush road which turned into a physical confrontation.

The dispute continued later between these two groups and weapons were used. During the brawl G.A.S. (23), S.D.R. (24) and K.A.C. (22) suffered serious stab wounds. All three victims were rushed to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for medical treatment but the victim G.A.S. died from the wounds he sustained.

The crime scene was immediately cordoned off in order for the Forensic Department to collect evidence. The body of G.A.S. was confiscated for further investigation. The reason why this incident took place and who is responsible for the stabbing is still unknown.

On Friday July 21st three suspects in this case with initials I.A.W. (23), J.E.N.S. (23) and A.A.L. (20) voluntarily turned themselves in at the Police headquarters in Philipsburg. The suspects arrived in the company by their mothers and lawyers.

The suspects were immediately arrested by orders of the public prosecutor. House searches were done and items related to this incident were found and confiscated.

All three suspects were placed in custody for further investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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TRAFFIC ALERT FOR MONDAY RELATED TO GEBE TRENCH-ROAD WORKS

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE announces that starting on Monday the 24th July, 2017, there will be trench and road work activities taking place at the Yrausquin Boulevard and Buncamper Street starting at the Point Blanche cargo terminal to the Freedom Fighters roundabout near Sundial School.

The works will be carried out in collaboration with The Ministry of VROMI, Cable TV, Telem and UTS to install a main water line, sewerage, high tension cables and other utilities.

One lane will be closed off temporarily on sections of the work, leaving the other lane for alternating one directional traffic. Construction activities will continue in the night on narrow sections to reduce traffic disruption.

Pedestrians will be rerouted between Dock Maarten and Bobby's Marina during the road works on this section.

Motorists are advised to take into account additional travel time and to pay keen attention and abide by the traffic signs, controllers and lights that will be in place. Motorists should also drive with caution in connection with road crews who will be working in the area. Their safety comes first.

NV GEBE apologizes to motorists, businesses and residents for any inconveniences this may cause.

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ZEE Bollywood Channel to Replace Alpha Etc. Punjabi

MADAME ESTATE - Indian “ZEE Premium Pak”” on St. Maarten Cable TV lineup will undergo a channel change as of July 21st,2017.

“Our channel provider Asia TV USA will stop the transmission of Alpha Etc. Punjabi (Ch. 346) and this will be replaced with Zee Bollywood as of Friday, July 21, 2017”, Ms. Beulah Jonis, Managing Director of St. Maarten Cable TV informed. 

ZEE Bollywood caters to audiences in the Asia Pacific region and feature shows that are hosted in English and Hindi. The channel features reviews, previews, box office collections, details of new and upcoming releases, trade speculations of Hindi films.

Talks with Bollywood actors, trade pundits, directors, producers, distributors and film marketers etc. give audiences the insights about films from a business perspective. 

The ZEE Premium PAK is a total of 3 premium Indian channels: ZEE TV (Ch.340), Zee Cinema (Ch. 342) and now ZEE Bollywood (Ch. 346).  

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Department of Sports to host its 4th Sports Open House

PHILIPSBURG - The 4th Annual Sports Open House organized by the Department of Sports in collaboration with the Project Team (PT), the National Sports Institute and the St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation is set to take on Friday September 15th and Saturday September 16th, 2017 at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex.

The format for this year’s Sports Open House will again include an additional day, Friday September15th, 2017 to cater to and include the students from the various schools.

All the schools have been contacted and students from the Elementary schools (cycle 2 years’7 & 8) and Secondary schools (Forms 1 & 2 are invited and the event will take place between 9:00am-12:00noon.

The intention with this additional day was to ensure that the students and potential athletes within the schools have the opportunity to see what is on offer from the various Sports Organizations, increase their awareness and introduce them to sports they may have never considered participating in.

This day also gives the various Sports organizations the opportunity to garner interests in the various school tournaments and to highlight their organizations.

As customary the second day is the Saturday September 16th, 2017 and is for the general public and will and take place between 3:00pm-7:00pm. This day will focus on what the various Sports Organizations have to offer in terms of trainings, competitions, tournaments and fitness options but also healthy Living options which look at healthy eating, drinking and supplements.

In 2015, the 2nd Annual Sports Open House at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, saw a great turn out of Sports Organizations (25), Healthy Lifestyle options and Foundations (5) and in 2016 it was expected that we would have an even greater turn out, but that was not the case.

Once again, the Department of Sports is extending an invitation to the various Sports Organizations, healthy living options and most importantly the general public to attend the Sports Open House on the 15th and 16th of September 2017, and we look forward to this endeavor being even bigger and better.

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Time for a break: Dutch coalition talks on back burner as holidays loom

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The four parties involved in talks to form a new Dutch coalition met for the last time on Wednesday, ahead of a two-week break. After marathon sessions on Monday and Tuesday, the leaders of the VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie got together for a final meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The party leaders have been reluctant to talk about progress. Prime minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte said as he arrived at Wednesday’s talks: ‘I hope that today we can count on going away for a few days.

We are working hard.’ Christian Democrat leader Sybrand Buma would only say on Tuesday evening that the talks will resume after the two week break. D66 leader Alexander Pechtold told reporters: ‘we will work hard on Wednesday and then see what happens next’.

According to the NRC, chief negotiator Gerrit Zalm may give a press conference on Wednesday evening to outline the state of play. Talks between the four parties have so far run for three weeks, after the left-wing green party GroenLinks dropped out.

126 days

The Netherlands has been without a new coalition since the March 15 general election. The previous administration’s ministers will remain in a caretaker role until a new government is formed.

With the 2018 spending plans due to be delivered on the third Tuesday in September, ministers are now working on a holding budget to keep the country’s finances ticking over until a new coalition has been put together.

The longest formation process in modern Dutch parliamentary history was in 1977 when it took 208 days to form the first Van Agt-led government. (DutchNews)

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