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UP Congratulates Jr. Carnival Queen

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Board of the United People's (UP) Party extends its congratulations to St. Maarten Junior Carnival Queen Laetitia "TC" Cozier for her recent crowing in Santo Domingo.

"We are ecstatic with this victory as you've represented our country well," remarked the UP Board.

Ms. Cozier won the Miss Mini Modelo Caribe International Pageant over the weekend.

"Our Junior Carnival Queen is a shining example to other young females seeking a leading role in pageantry," the UP board added.

"We wish Ms. Cozier well in her future endeavours as she continues to make her country, her family and her friends proud," the UP board concluded.


E.Y. pre-trial detention extended by 60-days as investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and rape continues

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten – The 48-year old with initials E.Y. who was arrested on June 11, 2014 with respect to alleged reports of child abuse, the Public Prosecutor’s Service announced on Monday that his pre-trial detention has been extended.

On Monday, July 7, 2014, the Judge of Instruction upon the request of the Public Prosecutor extended the pre-trial detention for a period of 60-days.

The Judge is of the opinion that there is strong evidence against E.Y. for the additional extension.

The investigation is still ongoing by the Police Force of Sint Maarten. (Information provided by the Public Prosecutor’s Service.)


NA to Approve Slate of Candidates on Thursday. General public invited to Party Council Meeting on Wednesday

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The National Alliance Party hereby informs the general public of a meeting of the Party Council to be held on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 at 7.30 pm at the John Larmonie Center in preparation for postulation day. 

On Thursday July 10, 2014 the National Alliance Board will meet to approve the slate of candidates for the Parliamentary elections 2014.   


UP to Launch Powered UP Women in September

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The board of the United People's Party (UP) will be launching Powered UP Women in September.  Membership is open to those who have an affinity with the aims and objectives of the community group.

The aim and objectives of the group are: to address women’s issues in the broadest sense of the word; to work towards the improvement of economic, employment and social conditions of women; to assist women and girls to acquire further education and training.

Powered UP Women will work to develop and encourage women to pursue business, the professions and politics; to work for high standards and integrity of service in business, professions and public life.   

Powered UP Women will affiliate with other organizations to promote mutual interests of women; and to recognize and promote the varied abilities and accomplishments of its members and women in society, and to encourage the development of career and leadership aspirations of all women of Sint Maarten.

The aforementioned will be accomplished by organizing events, activities, seminars, and workshops.

Current members of the group are: Grisha Heyliger-Marten, Angelique Gumbs, Rosmarina Engel, Brenda Meyers-Wathey, and Dianne Richardson.

Those who are interested in joining Powered UP Women can send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Man arrested in Dutch Quarter as suspect of stolen car

DUTCH QUARTER, Sint Maarten - On Saturday July 5th at approximately 09.20 a.m. during a routine patrol in Dutch Quarter, a Philipsburg Police patrol approached a man with initials F.A.R. who was about to step into a grey colored Hyundai Accent  with license plate P-2026, that was parked on the side of the road.

The man started behaving quite suspicious when he saw the patrol approaching him. The man was asked to identify himself and to present the documents for the vehicle. The man confirmed that he is the owner of the vehicle and the he had recently bought it.

The man could only show a copy of a test card which did not correspond with the vehicle. When the investigating officers checked the VIN-number of the vehicle it was noticeable that is was tampered with.

This man was arrested on the spot of been suspected having a stolen vehicle. He was taken to the Philipsburg police station for further investigation. (Contributed by the Sint Maarten Police Force)


Lucky youngsters win all-day passes for TelCell Family Fun Day event Saturday

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten – A group of lucky youngsters have won free passes to enjoy all the rides and activities that will be taking place at TelCell’s 3rd annual Family Fun Day event at the TelEm Group main building Saturday. 

The winners were chosen from the hundreds of TelCell mobile customers who sent SMS messages to TelCell during the past three weeks stating their child’s name. 

The event will be taking place in the company’s two parking lots, one of which will be transformed into an ice skating rink for kids. 

In order to set up all equipment and to start preparing the ice rink, TelEm Group is asking personnel and members of the public visiting the TelEm Group building today, to park in the Government parking lot nearby. 

“We have a lot of setting up to do, so, as of last night no vehicles are being allowed into the TelEm Group compound unless they are making deliveries for our Family Fun Day,” said event organizer, Angel Richardson. 

Saturday’s event has a “Wet and Wild” theme, with organizers promising to make a big splash with families who turn out for the many water rides and water features included in the host of activities this year. 

Parents are urged to bring a change of clothes and towels for their children, who can expect to get soaking wet.




Police driving instructors follow advanced course

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Police Majors and driving instructors Estario Petty and Vernon Ranis received their certificates after following a level two (advanced) driving course in the Netherlands.

This course which was financed by USONA started on June 20th through June 29th 2014 and was given by driving instructors of PROCENTRUM. Majors Petty and Ranis are already certified level one driving instructors since 2012.

This advanced course was given using different types of vehicles in use by the police in the Netherlands. “Maneuvering in traffic with unmarked cars at high speed” and “Focusing while driving at high speed in a safe manner,” were among the many subjects that were given.  

These advanced driving instructors will form an important asset to the police force as they will give classes to all driving instructions to all officers working within the department. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)



School bus inspections kick off July 7

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – School Bussing and Taxi Dispatching Inspection Department of Economic Affairs would like to inform school bus owners and drivers that school bus inspections are scheduled to start Monday, July 7 through July 9th. 

School bus owners and drivers are hereby advised to take note of the aforementioned dates.

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

Martha Thewet from the School Bussing and Taxi Dispatching Inspection Department of Economic Affairs, would like to thank all parents/guardians for their cooperation during the past school year 2013/14 and wishes them and their children happy summer holidays as the school break officially kicked off on June 30th.

Thewet would also like to thank the school bus drivers for their cooperation and looks forward towards their continued support when the new school year starts.

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 542-4511 or 542-4509.


40 pupils graduate from ACE school

CUL DE SAC, Sint Maarten - Forty pupils graduated from All Children’s Education (ACE) Foundation school during a celebratory reception held at the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation office last Sunday.

Twenty nine of the young graduates were from the school’s primary section and 11 were from the pilot humanitarian kindergarten section. The primary school graduates included pupils who sat the Foundation Based Education (FBE) Exit Exams and some who sat the placement tests to enter high school at various levels.   

The reception, held in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation, opened with pupils paying gratitude to their parents by presenting them with flowers, while parents and some volunteers put on the graduation caps on their child’s head.

Sixth grader Anelia Vincent, whose family lost all their possessions when their home was gutted by fire in Cole Bay last year, was named valedictorian for achieving the highest marks amongst the graduating batch. Her accomplishment despite her challenges was lauded.   

Vincent encouraged her peers to remain on the right track and reach for the stars.

ACE Director Claire Elshot said she was proud of the accomplishments made by graduating batch, though she noted that some pupils could have performed better. She told parents that irrespective of whether their child had been admitted to St. Maarten Academy’s academic or Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE) section, they should be proud of them. Students in the PSVE stream, she said, can move over to the academic stream if they work hard. She encouraged pupils to continue to focus on their school work during their future educational pursuits.   

Guest speakers Key to Freedom founder Elvison Adamus and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) representative Inspector Leonard both urged pupils to remain focussed on their educational goals and not to get distracted by drugs and/or alcohol. Leonard also told pupils that law enforcement needed them and they should consider a career in this area.    

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said this was the first graduation ceremony that she had attended in which gratitude had been shown to parents. She spoke about the importance of ensuring that all children receive a fair education and the key role this play in the development of St. Maarten as a country.

“As a Government and a people, we collectively believe that children should never ever suffer because of the circumstances their parents face. We should be grateful as a community to offer children the education that they deserve and it is important that we all work together to make St. Maarten a better place for all of us and a better place starts with an educated population,” the prime minister said in her inspiring speech.

“We need to ensure that in today’s world, our children understand what it means to be a member of a multicultural society. We need to have children understand that in today’s world it is peace which will see us through in the coming decades... Ever so often, we should look back and see from where we have come and where we should strive to move forward as a country, developing St. Maarten and its children into the country and citizens it deserves.”

St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation Commissioner Sandra Cheung reminded pupils how hard their teachers and parents worked to ensure that their best interests are catered to.

She told pupils there is a long path that they still had to travel in their educational journey and encouraged them to always do their best. She said not everyone can become the Prime Minister or Director of an education, alluding to two of the guests in attendance, and noted that these officials will need persons to work with and around them.

The graduating sixth grade class was presented with their certificates and graduation photos, while a number of pupils were recognised for their outstanding performance in the various subject areas. Youngsters from the kindergarten section were also presented with graduating certificates and special awards for various purposes.

The ceremony also featured entertainment from the graduating classes as well as from Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers, who turned out in numbers to assist in all areas of the ceremony in the spirit of love, kindness and giving.

Tzu Chi also presented tokens of appreciation to the school’s teachers.


Temporary postponement of Meet, Greet and Eat small business entrepreneurship initiative in Festival Village

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - Stichting Overheidsgebouwen (SOG) and Strictly Business Educational Foundation (SBEF) regrets to inform the general public of Sint Maarten that the much anticipated small business entrepreneurship weekend program will not kick off as planned on July 4th 2014.

The reason for this temporary postponement is due to e.g. many vendors not being ready with their vending permits, police records and food handler’s permits. In addition securing the necessary finances in a timely manner has also proven to be a challenge for some of the vendors.

As a consequence management of SOG and SBEF are left with no other choice than to postpone the start-up date of this weekend program and after careful consideration have decided to kick off this small business initiative on November 1st with a pre St. Maarten Day celebration and will continue every weekend thereafter.

This temporary postponement until November 1st 2014 will allow all vendors ample time to secure all necessary permits and finances.

The aim of the program is to create vending opportunities for small entrepreneurs and to promote, organize activities in the Festival Village by stimulating the selling of drinks, foods, arts & craft. The vendors will be allowed to have booths, tents or tables for vending.

Additional information can be obtained by calling SOG office at 5430506 or SBEF at 5537580.

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