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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations to Meet about IPKO on Friday

PHILIPSBURG – ThePermanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations of Parliament will meet in session on January 16th.

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations Central Committee meeting is set for Friday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda for the meeting is a debriefing related to the recently concluded Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultationthat took place in Aruba last week.

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 www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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Those with Outstanding Traffic Fines Could go to Jail

PHILIPSBURG - In addition, the police department has been busy with many traffic controls and will soon receive a list of names of those persons who did not settle their outstanding fines at the Receivers Office. 

All these persons should take this information into consideration. Those persons, whose names are registered on the list for outstanding fines, will be dealt with in accordance with the law, one of which is being incarcerated under orders of the Public Prosecutor.  (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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SMMC needs to comply in order to receive Naf 5 million

CAY HILL - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Cornelius De Weever has taken note of St. Maarten Medical Center’s (SMMC) article regarding the Naf. 5 million from government for urgent repairs.

“It is obvious that SMMC has another objective rather than reply to the December 12th, 2014 letter which clearly stated the terms and conditions of the St. Maarten Medical Center receiving the approved funds.

“In addition, the MOU needs to be signed between SMMC, APS, SZV and government; the contents remain “confidential” as agreed upon by all parties. All parties have been waiting for SMMC to agree to and sign the MOU in order for us all to move forward.

“I encourage the Board and Management of SMMC to be honest/transparent when communicating to the public and focus their energy on finalizing this matter in the interest of SMMC and the clients they are supposed to serve,” Independent MP Hon. Cornelius de Weever stated. 

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17-Year Old Student Stabbed and Suspect Arrested with Weapon and Drugs

ST. PETERS/SOUTH REWARD - On Tuesday January 12th at approximately 01.15 p.m. several police patrols was sent by the Central Police Dispatch to the L.B. Scot road between the Milton Peters College and the Sint Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. to investigate a stabbing.

On the scene the investigating officers found the 17-year old victim who had two superficial stab wounds to his upper chest from which he was bleeding. The suspect had already fled the scene in the direction of Milton Peters College.

The victim was attended to by the paramedics and then taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The 17-year old suspect with the initials D.W. was located shortly after in the vicinity of the Milton Peters College.

During a search of the suspect the knife that was used in the stabbing was found along with 24 small plastic bags each containing a small amount of marihuana prepared for distribution.

The suspect was arrested on the spot. The knife and drugs were confiscated for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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25 Families Receive Christmas Meal Courtesy of St. Maarten Lion’s Club

PHILIPSBURG - So it was fitting that on the 25th of December 2014 members of St. Maarten Lion’s Club together with some of their family were out in full force serving Christmas lunch to individuals in our community. 

This is another project that is dear to the hearts of our Lion members and for the second year our members actively volunteered time from away from their families for such a great project

25 families were treated to a meal consisting of the usual Christmas Dinner spread a soft drink, desert, and for the children tickets to Caribbean Cinema’s for them to enjoy a movie of their choice. 

“It was very touching to see the smiles on the faces of the young and old and the hugs the members received after giving the gifts,” said St. Maarten Lion’s Club President Lion Sunil (Sunny) Khatnani.

This project and others like it are funded by the monies raised through donations and fundraising activities which are held throughout the year.

The St. Maarten Lion’s Club would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one in our lovely St. Maarten Community that contributed through donation or buying tickets to our fundraising events in 2014.  Because of you we can continue to do so much for our country.

On behalf of the St. Maarten Lion Club we would like to wish each and every one a Happy, Joyous and Blessed 2015. (St. Maarten Lion’s Club)

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Independent MP Marlin-Romeo encourages community to come out for National Day of Prayer event. Wishes community a Safe and Purposeful New Year

CLEM LABEGA SQUARE – In connection with the National Day of Prayer, the Independent faction of Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo is encouraging the community to come out and give thanks at the National Day of Prayer event hereby, and at the same time wishes the general public of Sint Maarten a safe and purposeful 2015, filled with attainable goals blessed and covered by God's favor.

The National Day of Prayer Service is taking place in front of the Government Administration Building at the Clem Labega Square today, January 11th. The ecumenical service will begin at 5:30 pm.

The service is a collaboration between Government and the St. Maarten Christian Council, The St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

MP Marlin-Romeo would also like to inform the public that her faction office visiting hours are from 2-5pm on Friday's. To make an appointment call 549-0111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Independent MP Leona Marlin-Romeo)

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Minister Connor continues with orientation briefing this time with department heads

LITTLE BAY - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunication Hon. Claret Connor on Friday last continued his familiarization round with the departments under his Ministry.

He met with all department heads at Divi Little Bay Resort to get an update on all developments and ongoing projects. (Press Secretariat Government of Sint Maarten, Council of Ministers)

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DP Leader Wescot-Williams expresses condolences on the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

PHILIPSBURG - The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten expressed its heartfelt condolences on Friday morning January 9 to the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France, to the French Republic and all its citizens in Europe and abroad, and in a very special way, the DP Party empathized, “…with our French St. Martin brothers and sisters.

“It's a dark day for all of us. As the tragedy continues to unfold in France in view of the whole world, we on our island are sadly reminded of the volatile times we live in.

“As a small and open society, we must pay attention to worldly events and trends. We must establish allegiances and partnerships, we must have our own internal dialogue, for -God forbid- we were to face a threat to our democracy, to our economic livelihood, to our freedoms of unimaginable proportions,” Leader of the Democratic Party Member of Parliament Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams said. (DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ST. MAARTEN)

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Peru Bound KLM Flight Makes Precautionary Landing

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – A KLM Boeing 777-300 on its way from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Peru in South America, had to make a precautionary landing on Curacao after experiencing some turbulence.

The aircraft was approximately 200 miles north of the island or 300 miles south of Sint Maarten when the turbulence event occurred.  Thereafter, pilots heard a noise coming from the cargo hole and decided to divert the aircraft to the nearest airport and make a precautionary landing.

The aircraft was inspected and it was discovered that a container in the cargo area was not secured properly resulting in the noise.

The flight after a two and a half hour delay took off for its final destination of Peru.

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Security Guard Attacked

POND ISLAND - On Tuesday January 6th at approximately 09.30 a.m. a police bike patrol was sent to the Federal Receivers Office located on the Soualiga road to intervene in a fight that was taking place. On the scene the officers spoke to the Security Officer who stated that he was attacked by a Chinese man who, according to the security guard tried to enter the line by standing next to a Chinese woman.

When the man was told that he had to stand at the back of the line an argument broke out between them. At one point during the argument the man pushed the security guard. The security guard defended himself by swinging a punch the man causing a fight then broke out between them. The Chinese lady also got involved in the fight and jumped the security guard from behind.

The security guard was assisted by his colleague. During the fight the Chinese man suffered a cut above his right eye. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to the medical center for further treatment. All parties were taken to the police station and handed over to the Detectives for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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