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Info session for Financial institutions, Insurance Companies and Casinos for financial reporters of Unusual Transactions

POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten - One of the tasks of the Meldpunt Ongebruikelijke Transacties (MOT) Sint Maarten is to register and analyze unusual transactions reported by financial and non-financial institutions. This in the light of the prevention and detection of money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the underlying criminal offences. This is based on the FATF recommendations of February 2012.

Another task of the MOT is to hold information sessions for the above mentioned reporting entities to improve the quality of reporting of unusual transactions and to keep the reporters updated on the progress made in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. The reporters are expected to implement the information received in their compliance regime.

The MOT will be holding an information session on Wednesday the 9th of July 2014 for the financial institutions and the gaming industry at the University of St. Martin at 19.00 hrs. The financial institutions are the banks, investment administrators, investment funds, providers of management services, credit card companies and credit institutions, insurers and insurance brokers, money remitting companies and the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The gaming industry consists of the providers of games of hazard, casinos, lotteries and providers of offshore (internet) gaming.

Entities should register for this event by sending an email to the MOT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ms. L. Tielen, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ms. C. Sorton. Please register before the 4th of July 2014. If you have any further questions, please contact the MOT on +1(721) 542-3025/543-0826.

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Island Gems donates food to Les Manteaux de St. Martin

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Island Gems Charity Foundation continued its support to Les Manteaux de St Martin in Marigot with a recent donation of non-perishable food valuing US $500. The association runs a soup kitchen and provides a safe haven for homeless people.

Island Gems Vice President/Public Relations Officer Karine Fleming and Gems member Anita Advani delivered the food to the association. They met with Les Manteaux New Director Helene Bride and other staffers to learn about the immediate needs and how Island Gems can assist in the future. 

The all women Island Gems group has donated to the association in the past. The Gems are happy to further their connection with Les Manteaux and encourage other organisations and business in the community to also assist the association.

Island Gems Charity Foundation supports social, educational and other projects on both sides of the island. The foundation does not give any cash and assesses all requests for its long term benefits to the recipients and the community in general.

The foundation hosts one big fundraiser annually in the form of a costume gala dinner. The money from the dinner and the silent auction is used throughout the year to support various projects.

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UP Party Launches UPNext Youth Political Wing

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The United People (UP) Party on Thursday night launched its youth movement within the party: UPNext.  In the presence of the party board, party leadership and parents, the members of UPNext was introduced and dubbed “a creative force, a dynamic source of innovations to tackle the challenges of their times that directly and indirectly affect them.”

By establishing a youth movement within the UP one of the party objectives is to raise the political awareness of the youth, through the youth, enabling them to become the owners of a new vision, for positive change. “We are convinced that through engagement and participation that our youth will take their rightful place as builders and future leaders of St. Maarten,” the party said.

Deputy Leader of the party Franklin Meyers and President of the party board Sylvia Olivacce-Meyers both congratulated the core group of youngsters on the step they have taken. They encouraged them to speak to their peers about getting involved and stressed the importance of political engagement in a country they will one day lead.

The young members of UPNext will be actively recruiting their peers to team green with the aim to dispel certain misconceptions and instill positive realities:

       Young people, as part of this country, are being governed and will have a say.

       Stress the importance of them following current events, watch the news, read debate articles and discuss the issues with others.

       That their role and contributions are important to decision making. They will use themselves as example because their contributions, as assured by the leader of the UP, will be included in party planning and party manifestos.

       That politics can be the means to positive ends and gives them a platform to become productive citizens and ensure that the right thing is done for the country. That politics do not have to be a bad thing.

       They will be guided and educated not only in party principles, objectives and positions, but in the operations of government and country.

The group has already started planning several activities to take place over the next few weeks and plan on taking over social media with some other online initiatives.

“They will continue with community based activities even after the campaign season is over. UPNext will not be a campaign ploy. There is no quicker way to turn young people off than to make them feel or show them matter-of-factly, that they were used as a gimmick,” the party said.

“The United People party understands the challenges and difficulties of our youth. The party is also aware that the political situation of our country is guiding them to some sort of indifference in political engagement.”

“The United People party believes that in order to respond effectively to the needs of young people, their active and meaningful participation in their community and in democratic practices and processes is of crucial importance. Meaningful youth participation and leadership require that young people have opportunities, capacities and benefit from an enabling and empowering environment.”

“The United People party is extremely proud this evening to be the enabling and empowering environment for a core group of young people that will lead the charge for the Green team in raising political awareness among their peers and extending party principles and objectives to that important social group.”

“The United People Party also believes in molding our youth to be the leaders they are destined to be. UPNext will not simply be the energy of the party, but a capacity building forum for the core group of UPNext and the young people we fully expect to attract to its ranks in the coming days and weeks.”

“Like the party itself, UPNext is here for the long haul. Active and vibrant, they are most definitely, ready.”

To contact UPNext email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WIB contributes to Ms. Tyra Els’ journey to become a professional Ballet dancer.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Miss Tira Els age 16 will get a step closer to following her dance dream thanks to The Windward Islands Bank Ltd. WIB provided Tyra with a donation to assist with cost associated with her attending the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer School in New York.    

Tyra, who attends the St. Dominic High School, has been training diligently at the Dance Theater of St. Maarten and has the confidence, maturity and drive to become a professional dancer.  Tyra aspires to be the first dancer from St. Maarten to attend the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and intends to give back to other young dancers on St. Maarten when she returns home.

The Windward Islands Bank is very pleased to provide the assistance and wishes Tyra all success this summer while attending the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer School. 

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20+ Burglaries Hit Pelican, Simpson Bay and Cole Bay Areas; Burglar Rips down steel grid in one burglary

PELICAN, Sint Maarten - For the last three months the Police Force of Sint Maarten burglary team notices that over 20 burglaries have happened in the Pelican, Simpson Bay and Cole Bay area. The burglar(s) who commit these crimes seem to have no trouble at all to enter the houses they break into. The members of the burglary team found out that people almost even leave their doors wide open for uninvited guests! We are doing the best we can to catch these criminals, but with a few small measures you can do something to protect your house yourself. That’s why the police force would like to provide some prevention tips.

Uninvited guests
You think you’ve protected your home against burglars, but when you arrive home after work, or perhaps even when you wake up after a good night’s rest, you discover your home was broken into. A burglary can have great impact on your sense of safety in your surroundings. Just the thought that somebody you didn’t invite was in your home, gives lots of people the “shivers”. The Sint Maarten Police Department does their utmost to catch all burglars, but there are some things you can do to help protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Think like a burglar
First of all you have to start thinking like a burglar. What would you like most if you were one? The answer to that question would probably be: a quick entrance and exit, so you can easily take the stuff you want. We think you would also like it if no one notices you breaking in to a house, so you wouldn’t like it if the environment was illuminated. Well, if you already are aware of these things, measures can be easily taken against them..

Do’s and don’ts
Make sure burglars do not have quick access to your home. You can do this by properly locking all doors and windows. A burglar even can climb through the smallest window, so make sure those are closed too. After that, don’t leave the key under the door mat or in a flower pot, because burglars know all the hiding places you can imagine too. Perhaps it’s good to install an extra lock to your doors, so it would not be that easy to kick the door in. Don’t leave valuables in sight, people with bad intentions only have to see through your window to spot a laptop, an iPad or a smart phone lying around, and they will try to get into your home. So check your house like you were a burglar every time you leave your premises. See if there’s a ladder or a garbage container lying around which a burglar could use to climb on to get access to your house and store it away. Leave your premises tidy, so you will immediately notice when something is wrong.

Make sure the entrance to your house is visible from the street. Burglars don’t like being seen by others. Cut all overgrown plants or bushes in front of your home for example, and leave lights on when dark, so an uninvited guest could not stay in the dark and doesn’t be noticed. If you’re not around, perhaps one of your neighbors are. Let them keep an eye out for you when they spot a stranger on your doorstep. They can call the police immediately. You would of course do the same for your neighbor.

See a burglary happen? Call 911!
If you see somebody that’s trying to break into your neighbors house, don’t hesitate to call us on 911. Make sure you give a good description of the person to the central dispatch, so they can provide their colleagues on the street with that information. The chances of an arrest increases enormously when the patrol is provided with the right information.

What do the police do in case a burglary happens at your home?
When a burglary still takes place, in spite of all the precautions you took, you should call the police immediately after discovering the break in. Detectives come to your house to collect evidence, so it’s best if you do not clean up broken glass or other things the burglar might have touched. Leave the situation “as is”. Our Forensic Department collects evidence, like fingerprints or DNA, because we would really like to arrest the criminal that did this to you. When you tamper with the situation, the evidence is gone. So don’t, we need the evidence. After all, catching thieves is what we’re here for. Most burglars make small mistakes, and we profit from those small mistakes during our investigation. After the member of the Forensic Department has left your house, you’re free to clean up the mess that was made.

A detective will make a report of the burglary. He or she will do this based on the information you give to them. So to make it easier for yourself and for us, it comes in handy when you have a good description of the items that were stolen. The best way to do this is to take pictures of all valuable items in your home. Write down all serial numbers and give them to the detective, to make the report complete. That way, if we do make an arrest or recover stolen goods, we can easily return them to their rightful owner.

More tips?
Perhaps you will find it interesting to read more prevention tips. Then it’s good to know that the Community Police Officers made a flyer with prevention tips. You can get a copy of the flyer at all police (sub) stations on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten, or you can make an appointment with one of the Community Police Officers (CPOs) to check up on the safety measures you took in your house.


This message is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for the delivering of the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)

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Art Saves Lives receives donation from PJIAE-SXM Airport in support of Summer Intensive

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Local Award winning dancer Nicole C. De Weever of Art Saves Lives Foundation received a donation  from Princess Juliana International Airport-SXM Airport in support of this year’s Summer Intensive.

Ms. De Weever, founder and President of Art Saves Lives Foundation thanked Ms. Regina Labega who represented the airport for the donation and looks forward to providing more programs in the future for the children of St. Maarten. Art Saves Lives is especially grateful for the airport’s platinum sponsorship for a second year.
ASLP continues to raise funds to bring this project to fruition to serve local youth who are interested in a career in the arts and strengthen the performing arts on St. Maarten. Persons or businesses wishing to support the foundation’s efforts are encouraged to contact Art Saves Lives at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The upcoming Art Saves Lives summer intensive program will feature 20 artists who in addition to teaching classes will perform community service as part of their contribution to St. Maarten.

Ms. De Weever, founder and President of Art Saves Lives Foundation (ASL) is grateful for the donations and looks forward to providing more programs in the future for the children of St. Maarten. ASL continues to raise funds to bring this project to fruition to serve local youth who are interested in a career in the arts and strengthen the performing arts on St. Maarten. Persons or businesses wishing to support the foundation’s efforts, purchase a commemorative CD of last year’s summer intensive, ASL Chocolate or to get more information on ASL 2014 are encouraged to contact Art Saves Lives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Art Saves Lives

Art Saves Lives Foundation (ASL) has established a cross-cultural exchange program between youth in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. This collaborative project selects renowned artists from around the world who use the arts to introduce participants to global and local traditions and empower them with the life skills necessary to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program also provides guidance for young artists with aspirations in pursuing a career in the arts. ASL 2014, an intensive week long workshop program currently in its second year, will be held June 23-28th on St. Maarten.

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Port St. Maarten supports Rotary Campaign of Who Needs Tourists; Calls for Tourism Authority to be Established as soon as possible

POINT BLANCHE, St. Maarten – Port St. Maarten – Port St. Maarten Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo says he fully supports the Rotary Club of St. Maarten tourism awareness project of “Who Needs Tourists?”

Last weekend the first of several tourism awareness banners were placed along the Walter Nisbett Road, along the Pondfill.  The objective of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten is to help the community understand just how important tourism is to our economy.

“I commend the Rotary Club for this great initiative.  Tourism overall is the most important development for our economy.  It’s the bread and butter of every citizen residing here in the country.  If tomorrow comes and tourism was non-existent, the island would come to a complete standstill, and therefore we must strategically develop what we have built.

“We have a National Tourism Authority (NTA) structure which has been pending for years.  The NTA is needed now more than ever. We have to get off the bench and get this organization established as soon as possible.  It’s taking too long!    There is a whole lot of competition out there and they are moving forward and being creative and innovative.

“Country St. Maarten can ill afford to sit down on its laurels.  We have work to do, and it’s every day from sunrise to sunset in order to guarantee the wellbeing and existence of our national tourism economy and the quality of life of our people,” CEO Mark Mingo said on Wednesday.

Mingo added that the NTA can spearhead the challenge of building a strong brand name for the country’s tourism industry in order to be able to maintain and build the sector further when looking at new emerging and aggressive tourism markets.

Mingo added that Port St. Maarten continues to do well surpassing the one millionth cruise passenger in mid-May, one month ahead.  Annually Port St. Maarten has been hitting the one millionth cruise passenger mark around mid-June.

The countries cruise sector has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 50-years. Port St Maarten celebrated its 50th anniversary early June.  On June 3rd, 1964 the A.C. Wathey Pier was inaugurated.

Cruise tourism has grown from 100,000+ cruise passenger (105,000) in 1980 to 1,785,670 in 2013, and ranks number four in the Caribbean region.

Cruise tourism is a major economic contributor to the Gross National Product (GDP) of the country, bringing in close to half a billion dollars annually into the economy.  Port St. Maarten was second in the top five destinations with US$356.2 million in expenditures by passengers and crew; according to the Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) September 2012 study.  The top five destinations have US$1.43 billion in direct expenditures, accounting for 72 per cent of the total cruise tourism expenditures among the 21 destinations, and therefore cruise destination St. Maarten is a major player in tourism. 

The cruise sector also employs a total of 8,123 persons with a wage income of US$160 million.

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World Cup fever hits X104.3

EMILIO WILSON PARK, Sint Maarten - World Cup Soccer fever is in the air and you can once again be part of it with X104.3 Your Xtreme Party Station, Vitamalt and WTN Cable TV on July 5th and 6th at Emilio Wilson Park.

X104 who recently gave away a huge 50 inch TV along with a complete party to lucky winner Christine Deher has also organized a weekend of soccer action in the Emilio Wilson Park.

This all takes place on the weekend of July 5th & 6th, 2014 from 9 am in the morning until the final match has ended. For those interested in the world cup matches, there will be live TV coverage on large screens provided by WTN Cable TV. Part of the musical entertainment will be provided for by X104 while Prime Distributors will be on hand to provide refreshments.

“It’s going to be another fun day in the park” says X104 station director Etienne Brown. This mini tournament has been organized as a way for X104 to give back to the community and promote health by means of exercise and comradery through sports, and of course because we love throwing parties and creating excitement.

At the soccer in the Park weekend parents as well as kids can test their skills with the different games and activities all while having a good time and having the chance to win prizes from Prime Distributors.

The Vitamalt X104 Xtreme Soccer Challenge is a tournament that will feature a 4vs4 player format. Interested teams or players may sign up to represent a country taking part in the world cup, as a first come first serve basis. Teams can sign up with Mr Dave Forsythe of the St. Maarten Soccer Educational Foundation, contact the radio station at 721-543-8104, online at www.x1043.com or on the tournament day.

For more information be sure to listen to X-104.3 FM, check out our Facebook page at X1043, Instagram & Twitter at X1043SXM, call the X-line at 721-543-9104 or visit our website at www.x1043.com

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Audition for the Library’s Summer Musical

PHILPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Philipsburg Jubilee Library in collaboration with the National Institute of the Arts (NIA) will be starting auditions for their summer musical camp entitled, Anansi and the Great Salt Pond on July 2.

Talented, young St. Maartiner, Iris Hakkens, penned the story, Anansi and the Great Salt Pond, which was adapted by Reyes for the musical. The story teaches youngsters to preserve their cultural heritage and to take care of their environment.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the John Larmonie Center from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

Parents are required to register their children to audition no later than Saturday, June 21, at 1pm at the library. Please bring a passport sized picture of your child, when registering. Space is limited so parents are required to register their children as early as possible.

“The aim of this summer musical is to give St. Maarten’s talented youngsters between the ages nine to seventeen, a platform to cultivate, as well as showcase their untapped artistic abilities in a meaningful way. Co-Director Clara Reyes and her team at the National Institute of the Arts (NIA) will be training and preparing the students for the musical,” stated Public Relations and Activity Manager Morenika Charles- Arrindell.

For more information, please contact Morenika Charles-Arrindell at 542-2970 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BREAKING NEWS: Armed Robbery Tuesday Afternoon in Cole Bay; Three Suspects at Large; One person shot twice

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating an armed robbery that was reported to the Police Central Dispatch on Tuesday June 17th at approximately 04.40 p.m.

During this robbery the delivery employee was shot twice in the stomach shortly after he arrived at the company he works for called Kam’s Trading N.V located in the warehouse complex in Cole Bay.

According to witnesses they saw at least three armed men who arrived at the establishment in a small silver colored vehicle. After committing this act they fled the scene in the same vehicle.

What exactly was stolen from the establishment is still unknown. The Forensic and Detective Department were on the scene to investigate the matter. The victim has been transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center where up to the time of this press release he was in surgery for the wounds he had sustained.

As more information regarding this case comes in the media will be informed. (Contributed by the Police Force of Sint Maarten)

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