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Ministry VROMI Seeks Removal of White Container Near Pump House in Sucker Garden

SUCKER GARDEN – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) is calling upon the owner of a white container in the vicinity of the Storm Water Pump House in Sucker Garden, to have this removed within one week.

The owner must also remove old containers, drums and crates from the same location.

Ministry VROMI is currently in the process of preparing to fence in the Storm Water Pump House yard.

If the owner does not remove the aforementioned, this will then be done by the Government of Sint Maarten at the owner’s expense.

Those with information regarding the white container should contact the Ministry at 542-4289 ext. 354.


Interruption to traffic flow on Back Street August 24

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be interruption with the traffic flow on Back Street between Korte Steeg and Hensy Beaujon Steeg on Sunday, August 24, 2014 between 7.00AM and 1.00PM.

Motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs.

The traffic interruption is in connection with the repairs of a leakage of the main water line in Backstreet.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.



PHILIPSBURG – POLICE HQ - On Friday August 22nd as police continues to execute their plan of action to remove all illegal fire-arm from the streets and to prosecute those responsible for this illegal act, during a search of two suspect vehicles two more pistols were found and confiscated.

One pistol found in a hidden compartment in the ceiling of a grey Mitsubishi Outlander with license-plate M-2535. One of the police K-9 which was used in the search indicated that there was an illegal object in that part of the vehicle.

The investigating officers then did manual search of the ceiling in the vehicle and located the fire-arm. In this investigation the man with initials T.M. (36) from Sint Maarten was arrested and remains in custody for further investigation.

A second fire-arm was found during a search of car in the Fort Willem area when the police stopped and searched this suspect vehicle is which one man with initials K.D. (25) from Jamaica was driving.

During the search a pistol was found under the drivers’ seat. This fire-arm was immediately confiscated and the suspect in this case arrested for illegal weapons possession. The suspect remains in custody for further investigation.

The execution of this plan of action has proven to be very successful. A total of 10 illegal fire-arms have been removed from the streets this week and those who were in possession of these weapons will be charged. These controls will continue. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)


St. Maarten Cable TV Gives Away HBO Series True Blood Memorabilia to Subscribers

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV announces that, for a limited time, while supplies last, they will be giving away True Blood memorabilia. Both current and new St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers of the Platinum Plus or HBO Pak packages are eligible to receive this special item.

Entering its seventh and last season, the original series hit, True Blood,is a vampire thriller based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. It follows a trio of star-crossed lovers dealing with a suddenly changed world. With the grand series finale scheduled for Sunday, August 24th, these giveaways are right on time.

Included in the memorabilia gift package is a True Blood three-in-one mouse pad, screen cleaner and screen protector.  

Managing Director stated, “We are elated to offer this special gift to our current and new subscribers of Platinum plus and HBO Pak. Please enjoy while supplies last.”

Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s Facebook page and the new website for additional information and other pertinent facts. The website address is


UP Cole Bay/Causeway Public Meeting Cancelled due to Inclement Weather

COLE BAY – The United People’s party (UP) on Thursday afternoon had to cancel its fifth public meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, August 21st in Cole Bay near the Causeway at 7:00pm. 

Due to inclement weather that was forecasted by the meteorological services of the country, out of the safety for the public it was decided to cancel the meeting.  

The UP party’s website is UP and can be found at  You will find all information about the 23 candidates along with calendar of events; the campaign jingles; and you will be able to watch countless of videos about the UP green road to victory come August 29th.

If you have any questions or would like information about the party’s programs for an UP Sint Maarten you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Contributed by the UP Party)


St. Maarten Cable TV adds VH1, Spike and Comedy Central to its Channel Line-up

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable is proud to announce the launch of three new channels: VH1, Spike and Comedy Central. On Monday, September 1, 2014 VH1 will replace VH1 Mega hits on channel 188 of the Platinum Plus Package, Spike will replace Lifetime Latin on channel 288 of the Platinum Plus Package and Comedy Central will be broadcasted on channel 285 of the Solid Gold Package.

“St. Maarten Cable TV is committed to providing our customers with the ultimate channel programming experience,” stated Beulah Jonis, Managing Director. “We are thrilled to add VH1, Comedy Central and Spike TV giving our customers access to even more top entertainment programs, popular series and movies than ever before.”

Intermittent testing has already begun for the launch. During this testing phase, subscribers will be able to view them on the lineup. 

An agreement between the Caribbean and Viacom has been made for the rights of VH1, Spike TV and Comedy Central giving authorization to receive the United States feed. However, commercials will be replaced with promotions for the programming of various channels within the networks.

Channel Descriptions:

Comedy Central has recently been described as one of Cable TV’s best networks. It is the favorite comedy brand for Comedy natives because the content is always relevant, slightly absurd, brutally honest and worth sharing. St. Maarten Cable TV subscribers can now enjoy some must-watch series to include, “Key & Peele”, “Nathan for you” and “Kroll Show”.

VH1 is the premiere destination for adults simply because it not only reflects what’s important in music and pop culture, it defines it. VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists, pop culture and nostalgia they love. It airs hit franchises and popular series to include “Single Ladies”, “Basketball Wives”, “Behind The Music” and “Mob Wives”. VH1 also offers marquee awards shows and movies.

Spike TV is a general entertainment brand for adults with a male target audience defined through bold, high stakes original programming, events, sports and movies. With its new original series, “Hungry Investors” where world-renowned restaurateur, Jon Taffer along with expert chefs help underperforming restaurants hit it big, Spike TV is definitely one to keep its viewers at the edge of their seats. Whether it is the artistic challenge of creating the world’s best body art in “Ink Master”, or the knock-your-socks-off Wrestling events, Spike provides content that inspires, thrills and entertains.

Customers are encouraged to visit St. Maarten Cable TV’s Facebook page and the new website for additional information and other exciting and pertinent facts. The website address is


PEARL FM Radio Election Round Table 2014

GREAT BAY – Election Round Table 2014 is a daily program on 98.1 FM PEARL from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Mondays to Thursdays.

The Round Table is with politicians from different parties that are running for the August 29th parliamentary elections.

It can also be heard on and also viewed on WTN TV.

The election round table will run until the day before elections, August 28.  Each day PEARL FM will have four politicians discussing various issues. 

Tune in, 98.1 FM.


Prime Minister Signs Fund Management Agreement between Government and Development Fund

PHILIPSBURG - On Tuesday the Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams signed the Fund Management Agreement between the St. Maarten Development Fund and the Government of St. Maarten for the funding of crucial NGO’s in the community.

The St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) was established to ensure that Foundations that were funded by Dutch Funding Organization AMFO continued to receive necessary funds. AMFO ceased funding and left many NGO’s at the risk of loosing the necessary funding.

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams stated that through the hard work and cooperation of all entities the Foundations, including After School Activity Organizations and Foster Home and Orphanages Organizations, are now able to receive the necessary funding to continue with their respective mandates; “When we learned of the cessation of the AMFO programs and funding there was a slight consternation due to many NGO’s having come to rely on that funding coming from the Dutch Government.

“At that time the Government needed to very urgently establish the organization to fill the gap from which AMFO left off in order to ensure that there would be continuity in their programs. In order to fulfill this there was established the St. Maarten Development Fund Foundation chaired by Richelda Rodrigues-Emmanuel. Richelda, who comes from a background well suited for the SMDF having served on the Reda Social Foundation that funded many projects on island is joined by Joy Arnell and Marinka Gumbs as Board Members of the SMDF.  The management of the SMDF is done through Keith Franca, who comes with a long list of management skills,” stated Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

The Prime Minister also stated that there was some urgency with regards to the establishing of the Fund Management Agreement; “The fund got started and needed to hit the ground running because NGO’s were wondering how they would continue their work. The Foundation developed a social development program which resulted in a ten year plan for the development of St. Maarten indicating target groups, organizations and individuals who needed to be a part of the plan moving forward and ensuring that NGO’s receive the funding that they so deserve. Many of the NGO’s are able to continue their work due to the funding made available through the SMDF via funding from Government. The transition was almost seamless and NGO’s are now able to receive the funding necessary to continue with their work after AMFO stopped their funding.

“We also thought it necessary to come to a fund management agreement where the various responsibilities will be laid out between Government and the St. Maarten Development Fund of St. Maarten. We are therefore going to move forward and formalize the fund through the signing of this agreement here this evening,” commented Prime Minister Wescot-Williams. (Contributed by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister)


Public Urged to Attend DP Public Meeting This Friday in Sucker Garden

SUCKER GARDEN - The Democratic Party of St. Maarten is inviting the residents of Sucker Garden, Middle Region, the At. Th. Illidge Road, Guana Bay and surrounding areas to come out to its public meeting this Friday, August 22nd starting at seven pm at the Miguel Arrindell property in Sucker Garden. The Board, membership and candidates invite the public to come out to listen to the red thread and hear what the DP plans for its vision bringing St. Maarten forward when elected to Parliament. Candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the candidates, board members and DP membership and exchange ideas and information.

DP Leader and Prime Minister the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams and the Board and members of the Democratic Party also thanked the public for braving the rainy weather last Friday to attend the second public meeting which was held in St. Peters; “Despite again facing the rainy weather we had an excellent turn-out with people from all walks of life and every community coming out to hear what our plans are for St. Maarten once we are elected into Parliament. I would like to thank the communities of St. Peters, South Reward, Mary’s Fancy, Betty’s Estate, South Reward and Ebenezer for coming out strong. Similarly I urge all to come out to hear about the issues at this public meeting in Sucker Garden, especially issues related to land and land sale,” commented Wescot-Williams.

The DP is urging all to come out and hear the red-thread and its vision for St. Maarten. (Contributed by the DP Party)

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