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Source: The Daily Herald
20 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

St. Maarten Prime Minister wants critics to commit suicide

Dear Editor,

“Tie a stone around your neck and jump off the pier. Seek help from a psychologist, jump out of an airplane.” St. Maarten Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs told his critics recently that they can better commit suicide. He also made suggestions on how this best could be done. In a society of 45,000 people, such a statement has a big impact Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
20 Aug 2015 06:22 AM
>PHILIPSBURG:--- University of St. Martin (USM) announced the opening of its new school named “The St. Martin School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning (SCELL)”, which was launched on August 1, 2015. Since the opening of SCELL the school has received an overwhelming reception from the Business Community. Motor World recently joined the ranks of Windward Island Bank, Ltd (WIB) as a sponsor of SCELL by donating a non-disclosed amount to the school.
Motor World Marketing officer, Mr Read more

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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
19 Aug 2015 10:03 PM

Motor World Donates To Usm New School, Scell

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin (USM) announced the opening of its new school named “The St. Martin School of Continuing Education and Life Long Learning (SCELL)”, which was launched on August 1, 2015.

Since the opening of SCELL the school has received an overwhelming reception from the Business Community. Motor World recently joined the ranks of Windward Island Bank, Ltd (WIB) as a sponsor of SCELL by donating a non-disclosed amount to the school.

Motor World Marketing officer, Mr Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
18 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Leona requests meeting to move forward with Small Claims Court

PHILIPSBURG--Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin-Romeo has requested a Parliament meeting to discuss the introduction of a Small Claims Court for the country based on Article 862 of the Code of Civil Procedures. The framework proposal for this court was presented to Parliament by Attorney Reynold Groeneveldt earlier this year.

The Small Claims Court will handle claims up to NAf Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
18 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Who is really destroying the country?

Dear Editor,

Government officials are transferring their guilt to the population, which speaks volumes to their insecurity and inability to lead effectively. They have assassinated our hopes, and so the ludicrousness of the idea that individuals, and the media, are destroying the country, is an accusation that cannot be further away from the truth. The blistering message to government is a demand to do things differently, because its approval rating is almost zero.    Therefore, this bleak situation should be a wake-up call for the authorities to acknowledge that the most important element in communication is having the ability to listen; and that real leaders stay connected to the inhabitants, in order to provide the best service possible Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
18 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Bilbao hold off Barcelona to claim Spanish Super Cup

BARCELONA-- Athletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup on Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city.

Bilbao, who only field players of Basque origin, last secured a major trophy when they won Spain's traditional season opener in 1984 and Frida Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
15 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Kerry urges "genuine democracy" at US flag ceremony in Cuba

HAVANA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders.

The first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Caribbean island in 70 years, Kerry presided over a ceremony raising the U.S. flag over the newly reopened American embassy.

His comments drew a firm riposte from Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, who defended his Communist government at a joint news conference and criticized the United States' own record on rights Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
14 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Ministers to visit FCCA, discuss tourism, security

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Claret Connor and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson plan to meet soon with Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) officials in Florida, United States, to update them on new security measures resulting from the fatal shooting of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin, as part of efforts to curb further negative impacts the tragedy can cause to the tourism industry.

Minister Connor said during Wednesday's press briefing that he, Richardson and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs had been continuously discussing steps to take in following up on the "life-changing" and "historic" incident.

Connor was on his way back to the island on the day of the shooting, but he contacted FCCA President Michele Paige the next day to inform her that Government "was doing everything within its power to apprehend, in first instance, those responsible, in addition to trying to save the officer's life .. Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
13 Aug 2015 07:00 PM

Prime Minister Gumbs: Officer Benjamin Know That Your Legacy Will Remain As A Beacon For A Country That Needs One

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister Hon. Marcel Gumbs delivered the following speech on Thursday, 13 August at the funeral of Police Officer G. Benjamin.

“Good afternoon family, in the past week, we as a country have felt anger, despair, sorrow and confusion over the untimely and tragic death of Officer Gamali Benjamin. Law enforcement, much like the fire brigade or the military, comes with the willingness to risk one's life each and every day, in the pursuit of doing the right thing. 

“Today, as we lay him to rest and begin the healing process, I am hopeful that we remember to reflect on Officer Benjamin's character and conduct, and that we do our utmost to always do the right thing Read more


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DP
PPA
HOPE
Source: Today SXM
12 Aug 2015 04:51 PM

Mike Ferrier About The Aftermath Of The Shooting: “Hopefully, Parliament Will Get A Grip On Reckless Spending”

Michael Ferrier. File photo Today / Leo Brown

St. Maarten – Businessman Michael Ferrier, a former president of the Democratic Party – as party he left in disgust last year – analyzes in this article the situation the country finds itself in in the wake of the shooting that cost sergeant Gamali Benjamin his life.

Last week’s shooting of a police 0fficer by a coward with a gun has brought our once tranquil “Friendly” Island to an all-time new low in societal behavior Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
12 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

DP supports call for statue of slain cop

~ Weighs in on crime ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Democratic Party (DP) supports a call made by the general police union NAPB for a statue to be erected of bike patrol officer Gamali “Benji” Benjamin, who was gunned down at the scene of a robbery at a Front Street jewellery store on Wednesday, August 5 Read more


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DP
NA
USP
UPP
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
11 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

NA, DP call on Government to rework Governing Programme

PHILIPSBURG--Opposition National Alliance (NA) and Democratic Party (DP) have called on Government to rework the “Ready to Work for You” Governing Programme of the United People’s (UP) party-led coalition into “an executable and accountable programme.”

Debating the Governing Programme in Parliament would “inevitably lead to much rhetoric, but little substance,” said the two parties Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
11 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Notices August 11

Kickboxing Classes

Kickboxing is offered for Adults (Age 15+) Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:15pm at Renzo Gracie St Maarten. For more information call 559-7852 or email \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots Read more


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DP
NA
UPP
HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
11 Aug 2015 02:10 AM

The Up-Coalition Governing Program 2014-2018 Is Definitely Not A Program For The People Of St. Maarten, So Who Is The Government Really Working For?

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Opposition parties National Alliance and Democratic Party met recently to discuss the governing program presented to parliament by the current United People's Party-led coalition.

The first impressions of this program leave a lot to be desired and much more was expected, not only after the long wait, but especially after the many promises that were made by the United People's Party, leading up to and during the 2014 electoral campaign.

However, more disturbing than that is the fact that the program as presented provides no basis for a constructive discussion in Parliament about government's plans, its priorities, available and needed resources.

The people of St Read more


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PPA
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
10 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Officer Benjamin's sacrifice

Dear Editor,

Last week's shooting of a police officer by a coward with a gun has brought our once- tranquil "Friendly" island to an all time new low in societal behaviour. Killing any human being is bad; however, being mentally capable, and physically prepared and able to actually shoot a police officer, a representative of the law, is a whole other matter! In the rawness of such a tragedy we, (the collective we), seem to be seeking serious debate on this "national" issue.

The evidence can be found in both traditional print and social media that has been "lit up"! We are learning that compassion is alive and well in our society Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
10 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

Notices August 10

Kickboxing Classes

Kickboxing is offered for Adults (Age 15+) Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:15pm at Renzo Gracie St Maarten. For more information call 559-7852 or email \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots Read more


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HOPE
Source: SMN-News
10 Aug 2015 06:22 AM
>SIMPSON BAY:----- The group of international aviation and travel writers that will be arriving here Monday, August 10 for a three-day media tour organized by the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, are drawn from nine different destinations in four countries.
The writers will be submitting their stories to more than 30 international media outlets, both print and electronic and should therefore offer an unprecedented exposure for the airport, the entire island, and the hub partners Read more

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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
10 Aug 2015 12:54 AM

Mp Tamara Leonard Calls For 'Straight Outta Compton' To Not Be Screened Here

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Do not screen the biopic "Straight Outta Compton" in St. Maarten. This was the message communicated to Caribbean Cinemas and the Censorship Committee of St. Maarten by United People's (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Tamara Leonard Read more


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DP
HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
08 Aug 2015 06:22 AM

After Trump and Bush's stumbles, will Fiorina ride to the rescue?

CLEVELAND--Donald Trump's caustic confrontation with Fox News Channel presenter Megyn Kelly at Thursday's Republican presidential debate couldn't have come at a less opportune time for a party trying to increase its appeal to women voters.

Kelly, a debate moderator, grilled Trump on his history of debasing statements about women. Trump appeared unapologetic, dismissing the critique as "political correctness," and accused Kelly of mistreating him.

Democrats were quick to try and seize advantage Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
07 Aug 2015 06:23 AM

Philipsburg shuts down, injured cop arrives safely at trauma centre in DR

PHILIPSBURG--Philipsburg was transformed into a ghost town on Thursday, as a large cross-section of the business community in town as well as in other parts of the country closed their doors in firm solidarity with Police Officer Gamali “Benji” Benjamin who was shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty on Wednesday.

The businesses wanted to send a firm message that they are against all forms of criminal activity and hold hope for Benjamin’s recovery.

Benjamin arrived safely at a trauma centre in the Dominican Republic last night after being flown out of St Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
07 Aug 2015 06:23 AM

Notices August 7

School Uniforms and Books

Sundial School makes known that parents/guardians can pass by Caribbean Embroidery and Screen Printing (542-7362) on the Cannegieter Street to have their child(ren) fitted for uniforms and place orders for the 2015/2016 school year. School books for the upcoming school year 2015/2016 can be picked up on August 10 and 11(1 and 2 Forms) and August 12 and 13 (3rd&4th Forms).

MAC Store

Methodist Agogic Resource Centre is open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
06 Aug 2015 06:23 AM

Notices August 6

School Uniforms and Books

Sundial School makes known that parents/guardians can pass by Caribbean Embroidery and Screen Printing (542-7362) on the Cannegieter Street to have their child(ren) fitted for uniforms and place orders for the 2015/2016 school year. School books for the upcoming school year 2015/2016 can be picked up on August 10 and 11(1 and 2 Forms) and August 12 and 13 (3rd&4th Forms).

MAC Store

Methodist Agogic Resource Centre is open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm Read more


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HOPE
Source: SXMIslandTime
05 Aug 2015 07:53 PM

Les Fruits De Mer Share Media Expertise At 20Th International Meeting Of Birdscaribbean In Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Every two years, bird educators, scientists and conservationists from throughout the Caribbean and beyond gather for BirdsCaribbean's International Meeting.

At this year's meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, over 200 international delegates from 33 countries/islands gathered to share the latest in Caribbean bird science, conservation and education. Representing St. Martin, Les Fruits de Mer co-founder Mark Yokoyama facilitated two media-related workshops during the meeting and released a free ebook, Look Sharp! Promote Your Organization with Great Photography.

Birds—Connecting Communities and Conservation was the theme for the meeting, and the event photography workshop presented by Mark Yokoyama focused on forging that emotional connection through the power of great images Read more


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HOPE
Source: The Daily Herald
05 Aug 2015 06:23 AM

Notices August 5

Wednesday, August 5

HEART LECTURE

Organised by JCI St. Maarten and the Methodist church

Place: Methodist church Front-street

Time: 7:30pm

Lecturer: Cardiologist Mrs Emiko Bird –Lake.

NOTICES

Writing Session

Samenwerkende Fondsen (Cooperating Foundations) invites interested persons to a project writing session, Friday, August 7 at Philipsburg Jubilee Library, from 3:00 – 5:00pm. For more information on see the website of the Samenwerkende Fondsen or call your local project advisor 586-0808).

Female Soccer Team

FC Soualiga is looking for ladies to join their female soccer team Read more


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