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OM Says Media Reports Untrue, Point Blanche Prison Director was not Threatened

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) Sint Maarten denies that the director of the prison at Point Blanche was in any way threatened.

According to a press statement from the OM, “There was no report filed at the police. Reports in the press that he was threatened are not true and thus not based on the reality.”  

The OM press release adds: “What did happen was the following: Friday a prisoner found, after the firearm incident, a bullet near his cell. He reported his finding to the prison director and handed him the bullet personally. No threats were made during this, or any other meeting.” 

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Serial Car Thief Arrested on Monday

PHILIPSBURG/POND ISLAND - The suspect with the initials B.R.M. from the island of Grenada (39) who has been suspected for a series of car thefts on the French as well the Dutch side of the island has been arrested by police on Monday September 15th at approximately 02.00 p.m. on the Soualiga road.

The suspect is suspected of numerous car thefts as far back as November 2013. A warrant for his arrest was issued as of July3rd 2014. The suspect was always able to escape his capture each time the police tried to arrest him.

The suspect at one time during his escape assaulted one of the police officers. Numerous persons and even car rentals on the island have suffered for some time now of becoming victims of car theft.

Many of these stolen cars have been resold to other at a cheap price or stripped of their parts which are also resold.

The Detectives in charge of this investigation will be able to question the suspect who remains in custody concerning the many car thefts and to bring this investigation to an end. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Nature Foundation to participate in St. Maarten Village Pavilion Booth at FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

POINT BLANCHE – In order to profile local organizations on the island, Port St. Maarten is sponsoring the “St. Maarten Village Pavilion Booth” at the 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show from October 6-10.

There were 10 spaces and they have all been filled due to the high interests in the FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show. 

Nature Foundation will be profiling the country’s nature and marine life to the 1000+ conference/trade show delegates and cruise executives.

Nature Foundation manages the St. Maarten Marine Park, the only designated nature park area of the island.  Nature Foundation has spearheaded a number of projects over the years and is also presently active in various activities that help to promote environmental awareness in the community in order to conserve the country’s fragile marine life.   

The St. Maarten/St. Martin business community is reminded to register to participate in the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show.  Local businesses can promote their services or products to the cruise industry by participating in the conference/trade show.

Registration can be done at the following address: https://www.regonline.com/fccastmaarten

The conference and trade show will attract to the destination more than 1000 cruise industry partners, including close to 100 cruise executives during the October one week period.

The focus of the conference is on developing business, relationships and knowledge during the event’s four-day series meetings, workshops and social functions, and one of the best occasions for this is during the numerous one-on-one meetings.

For cruise executives, ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, attractions, ship agents, suppliers and tour operators, the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show is the premier industry event of the year to meet key industry players, analyse trends and discuss current issues.

The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facility is the venue for the convention center that will host the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show.

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Walichi Basketball Association Established looks forward to great things ahead

PHILIPSBURG - The board members has been working towards becoming an Association for the past few months and are happy to announce that its vision was realized on Thursday September 11th, 2014. The Walichi Basketball Association was established at the Boekhoudt Notary in Point Blanche. 

Present at the signing were Notary Ms. Meredith M. Boekhoudt, the association's President Ms Silvia Monte, Treasurer Ms. Agnes Monte and Secretary Ms. Chiaira Bowers.

The current board consists of 7 members, the other four members are Vice President Mr. Dennisio Duzong, Assistance Treasurer/Assistant Secretary, Ms. Adelicia Gumbs, Board Member (Marketing & Public Relations) Mr. Lee Blackman and lastly board member Ms. Donnethe McKoy.

The Main purpose of the association is "To be an elite, innovative basketball organization that adheres a vision of excellence, unity and character building and to develop and teach basketball and life skills to our players and emphasize the importance of education and giving back to the community."

To achieve the vision of Walichi Basketball Association (WBA), one of the core foundations of the association will be the Ladies Basketball Championship (LBC). This will be the first major event which will have its grand opening on October 5th at Melford Hazel and will host games on Saturdays and Sundays up until Mid-March 2015. 

The board sees the establishing of the association as the beginning of great things ahead by bringing the level of professionalism and innovation to the sport of basketball, especially ladies basketball in St. Maarten higher.

Registration is now open for all female basketball teams to sign up for the season. Contact the association at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the "Ladies Basketball Championship" Facebook Page or Group for more information.

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Island Hoops Youth Basketball Academy Director QP Says Thank You. Plans underway for 3rd Camp

SUCKER GARDEN-CHICAGO - Island Hoops, a Sint Maarten youth basketball academy, presented on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday September 6/7, 2014 the second annual Iman Shumpert Youth Basketball Camp. The two-day affair took place at Melford Hazel Sports Complex on Soualiga Road in Sucker Garden.

Island Hoops brought in New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, overseas basketball star Corey Williams, some pro-level trainers/instructors, with support from national NBA analyst and InsideHoops.com founder Jeff Lenchiner.

“For eight years I’ve been directing basketball camps in the U.S., and no experience has compared to the 2014 Island Hoops camp in St. Maarten. The kids’ attitudes were fantastic and they were totally receptive to all instruction.

“It was apparent that many of them did not have much experience playing organized basketball or getting high-level basketball instruction prior to the camp, but for the two days we had together, they picked up on everything almost immediately. The energy and intensity was awesome. 

“On behalf of coordinators Paul Bell, Noah Sheer and Ahrii Shumpert and everyone else behind the scenes, pro players Iman Shumpert, Chris Copeland and Corey Williams, and myself, it was truly special to communicate across cultures and watch the beautiful game of basketball transcend all of us. 

“We’re grateful for the way St. Maarten has embraced us and plans for next year are already under way,” Quinn ‘QP’ Peterson, Island Hoops Camp Director said on Thursday. 

The Island Hoops Youth Basketball Camp was a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Affairs as well as the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour Affairs, the Soualiga Youth Basketball Association and various sponsors.

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St. Maarten Cable TV Donates Discovery Kids Coloring Books to Students

MADAME ESTATE - St. Maarten Cable TV presented 200 students with Doki Coloring books. Recipients included students between the ages of 4 and 6 from the Leonard Conner School, St. Dominic Primary School and Methodist Agogic Center (MAC) St. John and Betty’s Estate Campuses. For each School two classes were selected. 

Doki’s Adventure is a Discovery Kids series which stars Doki, a curious dog whose love of adventure makes crazy situations no problem for him. Doki is always open to suggestions and tips from his friends. He learns from his mistakes and applies his knowledge to his adventures. Discovery Kids can be found on St. Maarten Cable TV’s channel 250 of the basic channel line-up.

Managing Director, Beulah Jonis stated, “It was such a joy to see school representatives gathering their excited and energetic students together to receive their coloring books from Discovery Kids. All the students were able to tell us who Doki is and what he does.  Some of the St. Maarten Cable TV employees have children attending these primary schools which made the presentations so much more special.”

Jonis concluded, “St. Maarten Cable TV is always honored to give back to the community.”

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For One on One Meetings with Cruise Executives Local Business Community Encouraged to Register Online for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

POINT BLANCHE – Businesses seeking one-on-one meetings with cruise executives from the St. Maarten/St. Martin business community, must first register to participate in the 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show from October 6-10.

Registration is easy and it allows companies to profile and promote their services or products to the cruise industry at the cruise conference and trade show.

Delegates are hereby informed that the process to start registering for one-on-one meetings with cruise executives is currently underway. These meetings are first come, first serve, and requests will be sent based on the time of registration.

Registration can be done at the following address: https://www.regonline.com/fccastmaarten

The later a delegate registers for the conference, the less of a chance they have of getting one-on-one meetings.  Only delegates have access to meetings and workshops, not exhibitors.

The conference and trade show will attract to the destination more than 1000 cruise industry partners, including close to 100 cruise executives from October 6 to 10.

The focus of the conference is on developing business, relationships and knowledge during the event’s four-day series meetings, workshops and social functions, and one of the best occasions for this is during the numerous one-on-one meetings.

Delegates have up to three meetings with their selected cruise executives, who represent the various departments of their cruise line(s), including operations, purchasing, marketing, shore excursions and government relations.

Each one-on-one meeting allots 15 minutes for delegates to privately discuss with and receive personalized input from a cruise executive that can positively impact their business in many ways – from selling a product or shore excursion on-board or increasing ship calls to tailor-making an excursion/product or developing infrastructure that the cruise lines and destinations need.

For cruise executives, ports and destinations, cruise and tourism agencies, attractions, ship agents, suppliers and tour operators, the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show is the premier industry event of the year to meet key industry players, analyse trends and discuss current issues.

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First Annual Read-a-thon held at Library in celebration of International Literacy Day

PHILIPSBURG—The Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL), St. Maarten National Commission for UNESCO, Jet Blue, and Students of the University of St. Martin (USM) joined forces in celebration of International Literacy Day with their first annual “Interactive Read-a-Thon” on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00am – 12:30pm.

This collaborative effort between UNESCO, USM students, Jet Blue and the Library was spearheaded by Marcellia Henry,Secretary General UNESCO St. Maarten, Morenika Charles-Arrindell, PJL’s Activity and Public Relations Coordinator, Shellian Ramchandani, Supervisor Jet Blue, Patti Maier, instructor of the EDU 351 course at USM, and Joseanne Peterson, who presently reads to children on Saturdays at the library.

The event started with opening remarks from Library Director, Monique Alberts and Marcelia Henry, St. Maarten’s UNESCO SG as they welcomed those in attendance and stressed the importance of reading.

Special guest readers for the event included, the Honorable Minister of Education, Patricia Lourens-Philip, the reigning Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen, Bria Sorton and second runner-up for the Miss Teen Carnival Queen, Joanne Galva.

Four students enrolled in the USM Teacher Education Program, namely Mirla Cortico, Renae Brown, Marcia Nisbeth, and Jessica Setz, also read stories to attending children and did an arts & craft activity related to their stories for children ages four to ten years of age. The student teachers read “Glasses for D.W”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “The Lamb and the Butterfly”, and “The Penguin Race”.

National Institute of Arts (NIA) Instructor and dancer, Clifford Henry, entertained the children as he danced to the famous theme song, “Let it go”, from the animated film “Frozen”.

The committee members wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Honorable Minister Lourens, JetBlue, Student-Teachers of USM, Paula Gordon and the Carnival Queens for making the first annual Read-a-thon a huge success.

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Three men arrested for fire-arm possession

MADAME ESTATE - On Monday September 8th at approximately 03.00 a.m. the vehicle with license-plate M-11919 in which three men were driving was stopped by a police patrol on the Arch road.

The occupants of this vehicle according to reports were involved in a dispute shortly before at a popular night club on the A. Th. Illidge road. During the dispute according to the reports a gun was pulled by the driver of the car.

During a search of the vehicle a .22 caliber pistol was found under the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The driver and the other two passengers were arrested for illegal fire-arm possession.

They were taken to Philipsburg Police Station for questioning by the Detectives. The victim involved in the dispute was advised to file charges. (Contributed by Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Caribbean Plant Health Officials Meet to Discuss Strategies to Improve Food Security, Expand Agricultural Trade, and Protect Plant Resources in the Region

CAYMAN ISLANDS/SINT MAARTEN - During the period July 29 to August 1, 2014, representatives from more than 20 Caribbean countries and territories including Sint Maarten and several partner organizations, including the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The OECS Secretariat, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Centre for Agricultural Biosciences - International (CABI) , gathered in the Cayman Islands for the seventh annual meeting of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD).

The Caribbean is known for its vital and diverse agriculture and natural resources and protecting them from potentially devastating invasive pests and diseases is critical to the health and prosperity of the region.

During the meeting, the CPHD Forum entertained intense discussions aimed at bolstering the ability of member countries to identify, exclude, and respond to pests and diseases that threaten regional agriculture and natural resources and to resolve issues that might impede the trade of Caribbean agricultural products regionally and internationally. Members also made progress on determining how regional plant protection and trade priorities of the region will be raised at meetings of international organizations that govern these activities.

The CPHD Forum also elected a new executive body which includes the incoming Chair; Mr. Brian Crichlow, Assistant Director, Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture, The Co-chair; Mr. Ryan Anselm, Head of Plant Protection Quarantine Services , Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Dominica and the Technical Secretary; Mr. Eric Evelyn, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Co-operatives and Fisheries, Nevis. The Co-Chair and Technical Secretary were re-elected to serve a new two year term.  In addition, the Forum endorsed a charter that formalizes the structure and function of this collaborative network of plant health officials and partner organizations.

CPHD Forum members are striving to unify plant health safeguarding strategies in the region through the exchange of technical information, the transfer of technologies and methods, and the harmonization of plant protection and agricultural trade management approaches. The efforts of this forum will strengthen plant protection and have a direct impact on the region’s food security and economic prosperity for the Greater Caribbean Region.

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