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iPad battery ‘explodes’ at Amsterdam Apple store, three treated for breathing problems

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Three people developed breathing difficulties after the battery of an iPad ‘exploded’ in the Apple store on Amsterdam’s Leidseplein on Saturday, according to Dutch media.

The three, all shop staff, were treated by ambulance workers at the scene and the fire brigade evacuated the building for a short time. Staff at the shop had placed the device in a bucket of sand before their arrival.

Fire officers suspect that the battery began to leak, and then exploded but said no smoke was released. ‘It is likely that a substance was released in the explosion which caused irritation to the lungs and airways,’ a spokesman told broadcaster RTL.

Website 9to5Mac said this is the third evacuation this year of an Apple store due to an exploding battery – the other two were from iPhones. (DutchNews)


Go-fast boat intercepted. Three crew members released

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) – The Dutch Naval Vessel Zr.Ms. Friesland during the night of August 14-15 in a joint operation with the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, intercepted a go-fast vessel with a crew of three. These individuals were arrested and turned over to the Sint Maarten Police Department for further investigation. The go-fast boat was towed to Sint Maarten by the Poema Coast Guard Cutter.

A search was carried out of the surrounding waters, but no contraband was found. The three crew members were later released.

The go-fast vessel was tracked by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard patrol aircraft Dash-8. The go-fast apparently was to meet a larger vessel where it would retrieve contraband.

The go-fast vessel was shadowed by the NH-90 helicopter from the Zr.Ms. Friesland. Once the go-fast saw that it was being monitored, the vessel took off and the decision was taken to shoot at the engine of the vessel in order to disable it. A sharpshooter onboard the helicopter took aim and disabled the vessel.

Thereafter, two FRISCs boats with a boarding team were launched from the Zr.Ms. Friesland. The boarding team included personnel from the Coast Guard station in Sint Maarten.

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Rutte says foreign minister can stay in job despite controversial comments

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Foreign minister Stef Blok can continue in the job, despite his controversial comments about migration and multicultural communities, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

‘If you make a mistake, then you have to correct it, and that is what he has done,’ Rutte said after his weekly press conference. Blok has had contact with his Polish and Czech counterparts to explain some of his comments and this is enough for him to continue his job, Rutte said.

‘If you make a mistake and your correct it, that is valued,’ he said. ‘And that does not get in the way of effective foreign policy.’ In his comments, made to a closed meeting of Dutch workers at international organisations, Blok suggested that black people in Eastern Europe were constantly beaten up.


On Thursday Blok described his comments as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘careless’ in a note to Labour MPs who had called for an explanation. ‘I should not have done this, certainly not in my role as foreign affairs minister,’ he said.

‘I am sorry… My words were in no way meant to give racism free rein or to exclude certain population groups. On Thursday, GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver called on Mark Rutte to distance himself from Blok’s comments, saying it is incomprehensible that the prime minister has not yet done so. (DutchNews)


Rundown on the Second Night of Annual Business Basketball Tournament

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On the second night of the St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) 1st Annual Business Basketball Tournament at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium, there were three games on tap in Game 1 GEBE (1-1) defeated Port SxM (0-2) 54 to 38: Top Scorers for GEBE were Evemar Wilson with 15 points and Leorgino Kirnon adding 10 points, Top Scorers for Port SxM were Shawn Wilkinson with 10 points and Kevin Lake adding 8 points. 

In Game 2 Fire Department (2-0) defeated Windward Island Bank (1-1) in a double overtime thriller 80 to 79: Top Scorers for the Cay Hill Fire Department were Ashley Marlin with 24 points and Frantz Plaisir adding 18 points, Top Scorers for the Windward Island Bank were Daniel Philips with 27 points and Jamal Constance adding 21 points. 

In Game 3 Telem (1-1) defeated Scotia Bank (1-1) 62 to 59: Top Scorers for Telem were Alain Duzant with 27 points and Alberto Helliger adding 15 points, Top Scorers for Scotia Bank were Jamal Ireland with 27 points and Earlnil Kofi Hamilton adding 19 points. 

Schedule games for Friday August 17, 2018 are as follows at 7PM Fire Department vs Port SxM - 8PM Telem vs Gebe - 9PM Windward Island Bank vs Scotia Bank. 

The SXMNBA is inviting the general public to come out and support the teams and players, there will be food and drinks on sale. 

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SXMNBA Tournament Results

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In the opening of the St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) 1st Annual Business Basketball Tournament at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium, there were three games on tap in Game 1 Windward Island Bank (1-0) defeated Telem (0-1) 50 to 40: Top Scorers for the Windward Island Bank were Daniel Philips with 18 points and Jahmal Constance adding 12 points, Top Scorers for Telem were Alain Duzant with 16 points and Alberto Helliger adding 12 points.

In Game 2 Fire Department (1-0) defeated GEBE (0-1) 45to 37: Top Scorers for the Cay Hill Fire Department were Kito Thomas with 14 points and Ashley Marlin adding 12 points, Top Scorers for GEBE were Evemar Wilson with 11 points and Jurien Blijden adding 10 points.

In Game 3 Scotia Bank (1-0) defeated Port SxM (0-1) 58 to 50: Top Scorers for Scotia Bank were Jeffrey Tousain with 18 points and Earlnil Kofi Hamilton adding 11 points, Top Scorers for Port SxM were Romeo Gumbs and Titus Maynard both with scoring 9 points apiece.

Schedule games for Thursday August 16, 2018 are as follows at 7PM Gebe vs Port SxM - 8PM Fire Department vs Windward Island Bank - 9PM Telem vs Scotia Bank

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TelEm Group to carry out maintenance work in the Lowlands starting Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group’s Outside Plant crew will be carrying out some important maintenance work in the Lowlands/Cupecoy area starting Saturday with interruptions in mobile, landline and internet service to business and residential customers.

The maintenance work will affect customers in the following areas:

Amazone Road

Jordon Road 

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Rhine Road

According to Manager, Outside Plant, Mr. Steve Simmons, the planned work is extensive and will stretch across four days during which time telecommunication services in the areas mentioned will not be available for upward to four hours each day.

“The work crews will be working around the clock in order to complete this schedule of work by splicing the fibre cables during the day and during the night to minimize the impact to affected customers,” said Mr. Simmons. He has meantime apologized on behalf of management TelEm Group for any inconvenience caused.


Dutch transport sector concerned about the state of road bridges

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The dramatic collapse of the motorway bridge in Genoa has awakened concern over the state of road bridges in the Netherlands, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday.

Transport sector lobby group TLN said it is worried about road bridges maintained by local and provincial authorities but less so about those overseen by national transport authority Rijkswaterstaat, ‘We are reminding those involved of the necessity of building up reserves for the maintenance and renovation of bridges,’ said a TNL spokesman.

Noting the poor maintenance of several high-traffic bridges, Rob Nijsse of Delft University said, ‘we cannot rule out a disaster such as that in northern Italy taking place in the Netherlands.’

In the spring, various media reported about serious problems with the maintenance of scores of bridges and viaducts in Noord-Holland province alone. There were 14 instances of ‘an unacceptable risk of collapse’, the FD said.


The infrastructure in the rest of Europe is also a cause for concern for TLN. ‘Key tunnels and bridges on motorways all over Europe were built in the 1960s and 1970s and have reached the limits of their technical lifetime,’ the spokesman said.

In Germany, for example, many bridges on major international routes have been closed to truck traffic on a regular basis. ‘The situation in the Netherlands is a bit better than in the rest of Europe,’ the TNL spokesman said. (DutchNews)


Fifth storm of the season forms. Ernesto no threat to land

SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN – The fifth storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Wednesday in the far north central Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday morning Tropical Storm Ernesto was located over 600 miles from Cape Race, Newfoundland, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and extended outward up to 160 miles from the center; the storm is moving north at eight miles per hour. Some additional strengthening is possible. The system is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Thursday night or early Friday.


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Former Prime Minister Gumbs to deliver key note address at JCI Link Up

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - JCI St. Maarten to hold open house Junior Chamber St. Maarten is in the process of activating its local chapter. The mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change Vision to be the leading global network of young active citizens.

The leadership training organization will become very active in the community and will also embark on a series of trainings and fun activities for young persons between the ages of 18 and 40 years.

The Junior Chamber organization is to create positive through the young citizens program which offers opportunities to learn, inspire and build leaders. JCI St. Maarten was the first civic organization on the island which was founded by the late JCI Senator Ben Vlaun.

JCI St. Maarten was the first organization who started the local news on television by project leader JCI Francis Carty. The JCI organization is a worldwide leadership organization that attends international meetings around the world. This enables positive change.

For information please contact them by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Finance Committee of Parliament to meet about MAHO Group/SUNWING on a financial package request

PHILIPSBURG – The Finance Committee of Parliament will meet on Wednesday, August 15.

The Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for 2.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda point is:

  1. Discussion on the request by MAHO Group/SUNWING on a financial package mixture of a soft loan with tax and other incentives (IS/478/2017-2018 dated April 20, 2018)

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.

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