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Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee Meets on 12 Point Agenda Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – The permanent Committee of Parliament for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations will meet on September 16th.

The permanent Committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The committee will handle a 12-point agenda which is related to a number of Kingdom related matters such as an international treaty related to shipping; Arms Treaty; Treaty related to persons with a Handicap; a Kingdom Law draft related to Terrorism and the European Union; and a report from the Dutch Commission of Social Affairs and Labour of the Second Chamber.

The committee will also receive a list of treaties that are in the preparatory phase; and Country Sint Maarten’s Foreign Policy Document.

There are also two resolutions that were approved on August 18, 2014 with respect to the role of the Kingdom Council of State related to the Kingdom Council of Ministers Integrity instruction to the Governor of Sint Maarten; and the second motion is related to having an independent institution review interpretations of the Constitution of Kingdom when Kingdom partners have a difference of opinion.

Three other agenda points are related to a letter from the Curacao political factions in parliament, namely MFK and MAN regarding the Sanctions Ordinance of the European Union; a complaint against the Cabinet of Aruba’s Prime Minister Hon. Mike Eman and the General Audit Chamber Annual report 2013; and copies of two motions adopted by the Parliament of Aruba on September 8th, 2014.  

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet, and also via


Cft is confident that future consultation with the Parliament will be held in total confidence

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - The Board financial supervision for Curaçao and Sint Maarten (College financieel toezicht Curaçao and Sint Maarten - Cft) had a confidential consultation with the financial commission of the Curaçao Parliament on September 4th.

Several statements about this consultation have been published since that date. This is not in line with the private nature of this consultation. It is important to exchange ideas in confidence, without political or publicity considerations playing a role. 

After all, the Cft is an independent advisor of the government entities of Curaçao, including the Parliament, and the Cft plays no political role whatsoever.

The Cft is confident that future consultation with the Parliament will be held in total confidence.


Chain snatcher confesses. Victims who didn't file a report requested to contact detective department

PHILIPSBURG - From the beginning of 2014 numerous complaints came in to the Police Department regarding their gold chain being snatched from their neck by an unknown person who will run away after committing this act. Recently, a suspect with the initials R.G.E. (24), who was arrested by police suspected of three “chain snatching” cases, confessed to having committed these offences.

He was placed in police custody for further investigation. As the investigation continued the suspect confessed to have committed six other offences bringing the total so far to nine cases.

Most of these cases were committed in the Philipsburg and Cole Bay area. This investigation is still ongoing and the Detective Department is requesting anyone who became a victim of this type of criminal act and has not yet filed an official report to contact the Detective Department. (Contributed by the Police Force Sint Maarten)


Road traffic interruptions on Sunday at Prins Bernhard Bridge

PHILIPSBURG – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby announces that there will be interruption to the traffic flow at the vicinity of the Prins Bernhard Bridge right side direction Bush Road.

The interruption to the road traffic will be on Sunday, September 14 from 6.00AM to 8.00AM.

Traffic coming from Bush Road will continue as normal over the bridge; traffic coming from the Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road and Long Wall Road will not be able to pass over the Prins Bernhard Bridge.  Motorists will have to use the A.Th Illidge Road to reach the Bush Road.

A special arrangement will be made by NV GEBE for emergency vehicles during the partial two hour closure.

These civil works are in connection with an on-going project of NV GEBE to replace and repair street lights.

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

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.


NV GEBE Donates to The St. Maarten Zoo

PHILIPSBURG, NV GEBE HQ - President of the Managing Board Romelio Maduro and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rene Gartner presented a check to Melanie Choisy, Board Member and Secretary of The St. Maarten Zoo Foundation. 

According to the President of the Managing Board, Maduro, “NV GEBE has a corporate and social responsibility and it’s extremely important that we continue to contribute to the community of St. Maarten”.

“We are honored to assist towards The St. Maarten Zoo Fundraising Event which will be held on September 13, 2014”.

The objectives of this event will assist with repairs of its facilities and help to keep the doors of our only zoo on the island open.  


FCCA Conference and Trade Show Workshops to Feature Industry Professionals and Cruise Line Executives, Presidents and CEOs

POINT BLANCHE - Workshop topics have been announced for the 2014 FCCA Conference and Trade Show, taking place in St. Maarten from October 6-10. The workshops will focus on the cruise industry's current events and route for the future, along with how attendees can maximize cruise tourism's impact. Panels will be comprised of knowledgeable industry professionals, cruise executives from related fields and presidents/CEOs heading a keynote roundtable discussion.

The roundtable discussion will provide insight into the latest and upcoming trends for presidents' and CEOs' lines, as well as the industry as a whole. Speakers will include Gerald Cahill, president & CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines; Richard Fain, president & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Adam Goldstein, president & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; and Kevin Sheehan, CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, and chairman, FCCA Executive Committee.

"I look forward to interacting with cruise tourism's key stakeholders," said Goldstein. "This is a valuable opportunity for regional destinations and operators to learn how they are being affected by and can take advantage of the industry's latest developments."

Another workshop, "Blueprint for Sustaining Success," will discuss the steps of creating and evolving a successful tour product, along with maintaining that success. It will be moderated by Amilcar Cascais, vice president, tour operations, Carnival Cruise Lines, and include speakers such as Albino Di Lorenzo, vice president, cruise operations, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.; Ellen Lynch, director, shore excursions, Holland America Line; Hellen Panagos, director, global product development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Joanne Salzedo, director, shore excursion product development, Norwegian Cruise Line; Lisa Jensen, manager, Caribbean, Atlantic & Mexico shore operations, Princess Cruises; Dennis Campbell, president, Ambassatours Grayline/Big Pink Sightseeing; and Gareth Price, commercial director, Vallarta Adventures.

Russell Daya, director, port, security operations & maritime affairs, will mediate cruise line and destination representatives instructing the process of developing a cruise port, including why and how cruise lines choose to invest in a destination/port; the benefits of working with the FCCA, cruise lines, and private and public sectors; and the economic impact. Other speakers will include Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president, commercial port operations, Carnival Cruise Lines; Steve Riester, vice president, planning and analysis, Norwegian Cruise Line; Miguel Reyna, director, port business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Mark Mingo, CEO, St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies; and Karine Roy-Camille, chairman, Martinique Tourism Authority.

Mexican government officials and cruise executives will help attendees apply the lessons, experiences and insight from Mexico's rise, fall and resurrection as a cruise destination. It will be moderated by Michele Paige and feature speakers such as Gerald Cahill; Kevin Sheehan; Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salina, secretary of tourism, Mexico; Roberto Borge, governor of Quintana Roo, Mexico; Mario Lopez Valdez, governor of Sinaloa, Mexico; and Freddy Marrufo, mayor of Cozumel, Mexico.

The workshops are just one way that the FCCA Conference & Trade Show will let attendees learn about the cruise industry and how to maximize its impact. The event, the biggest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and Latin America, will gather around 1,000 cruise industry stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line cruise executives, presidents and CEOs for a four-day agenda that balances business sessions and networking opportunities, including pre-set one-on-one meetings, social functions, a trade show and, of course, workshops.

To learn more about and/or register for the FCCA Conference & Trade Show, please visit:


Three men arrested suspected having a stolen vehicle

BUSH ROAD - On Saturday September 6th at approximately 04.00 a.m. a Philipsburg Police patrol stopped a vehicle with license-plate P-275, in which three men were driving, in the vicinity of Star Mart Gas Station on the Bush.

The officers recognized the driver as D.P. (19) who is not in the possession of a driver’s license. The driver stated that the vehicle belonged to a lady who brought it for repairs to the garage where he works.

He also stated that he did not have permission from the lady to use the vehicle. During a more in depth control of the vehicle the officers noticed that housing for the steering-column was destroyed and there was no key for the ignition.

The driver along with the two passengers were arrested on the spot and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they were handed over to the Detective Department. The vehicle in question was also confiscated for further investigation. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)


Tzu Chi holds fundraising food sale for students in ACE back to school program

CUL DE SAC - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation raised US$541 for students in its All Children’s Education Foundation (ACE) back to school programme during a fundraising vegetarian food sale held on Friday, August 29.

The Foundation also got the opportunity to speak about the importance of healthy eating as well as provide information about the difficulty parents were encountering in sending their children back to school for the new school year.

Volunteers sold an array of meatless items such as spring rolls, croquettes, Journey cakes, patties, onion cakes, eggless cupcakes, vegetarian roti and curry, water and fresh healthy, locally made fruit and vegetable juices. All of the items were donated by Cake House except the roti and curry, which were made and donated for the event by one of Tzu Chi’s volunteers.

Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung said the experience had been a positive one. She said the Foundation created a lot of “good karma” during the event amongst those who supported the effort.

Several baskets of the vegetarian delicacies were also donated to members of the police force who were on duty at the Philipsburg Police station at the time in an effort to thank them for their hard work. Some positive words about vegetarianism were also shared with the officers. One officer could not believe that the item had been meatless.

A total of 19 volunteers participated in the fundraiser which was held in the vicinity of the Clem Labega Square from around8:00pm on Friday evening to around 1:30am on Saturday morning and primarily targeted the persons gathered around the Government Administration Building to listen to the parliamentary election results. 

Volunteer Claire Elshot said although the number of persons gathered in front of the Government Administration Building this year was one of the lowest she had ever seen; the persons who were there had been very supportive of the Foundation’s efforts. She said Tzu Chi and its benevolent work had touched many patrons and she was happy to have been amongst the volunteers who participated in the exercise.

The proceeds raised will go towards to ACE students back to school programme, which will continue.


Senator Kenneth van Putten Passes Away

ST. EUSTATIUS - On Thursday, 4 September 2014, Kenneth Albert van Putten passed away peacefully at his home in Oranjestad, St. Eustatius. 

Van Putten was born on 29 January 1937.  This is a tremendous loss for the island of St. Eustatius as Mr. van Putten was the islands esteemed historian. 

Mr. van Putten recognized that in order to understand the history and culture of the Golden Rock you needed to know this history of the Statia's familial lines.  

Mr. van Putten was an Island Council Member, a Commissioner, an Island Senator and a leader of the Democratic Party.  As an avid reader his intellect was impeccable making him a true leader of his day.

He is survived by his sister, Ms. Louise van Putten, his son Andre (Trinidad), and too many cousins to mention. 

Mr. van Putten's legacy will live on through these people and from them new leaders will arise who can never fill his shoes, but will keep his light shining bright.  (Contributed)

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