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Special Unit Robbery arrested a male suspect.

arrestedfillin26092014PHILIPSBURG:--- The Special Unit robbery made an arrest of a male suspect with the initials V.O.H early Wednesday morning November 13th, 2019. This suspect is being linked to an attempted arm robbery that took place on a casino and a couple of other businesses a few weeks ago.

On that same evening of the incidents at the casino, a high-speed chase took place, which ended on the Arch road nearby the Seven-day Adventist church. Police were unsuccessful that evening of apprehending the suspects but confiscated the car in which the suspects were driving.

The SUR is still investigating this case and asking anyone who has any more information, to please contact the Sint Maarten Police Force.
They can call the police station on +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line on 9300.
You can also visit the police website at www.policesx.sx or Facebook page and leave a message.

KPSM Press Release.

 


Accident on Marigot Hill Road.

accidentmarigothill13112019PHILIPSBURG:--- The lady with the Initials B.Y suffered some minor injuries during a car accident that took place on the Marigot Hill road early on Tuesday morning November 12th 2019. According the personnel from the traffic department, the victim was driving up toward the top of Marigot hill and encountered some zinc sheets that were place on the side of the road by unknown persons.

The victim lost control of the vehicle, and flip over after running over one of the zinc sheets that were on road. She was later transported to the St.Maarten medical center after being treated at the scene by the personnel of the ambulance.
The police force if St.Maarten would like to remind the public to place discarded material in such a manner that it does not interfere with free flow of traffic or endanger does who are using the road.

 

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COCI: Reminds Registrants to Update Information, Pay Annual Outstanding Fees & Utilize Customer Friendly Enhanced Services.

cocibuilding19032019PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) is reminding the business community, social organizations, federations, associations, foundations, etc. to keep their information up to date in the business trade registry.
It is very important that COCI has the latest information on all entities operating in the country and that the business trade registry is current. Those with outstanding fees for 2019 and later, should utilize one of the services available to the business community to bring their registry status up to current.
Businesses in the Cole Bay, Cay Bay, Simpson Bay, Maho, and Cupecoy areas can make use of ‘Get COCI Services’ which are available at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center (PSC) opposite the fish market.
The COCI pick up/drop off services being offered at the PSC Simpson Bay are limited to business name verification, first registrations, changes to registrations, declarations, excerpts, and file copies.
For more information with regard to these services (processing times and procedures), persons can contact the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at Tel.: +1(721)542-3595, call Toll free: +1(844)SXM-C0CI or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Public Service Center (Simpson Bay) at 721-545-3380.
Businesses are also reminded to make use of its COCI-2U service which entails the Chamber going to the business establishment after a request has been made for an excerpt and delivering aforementioned document, and at the same time picking up of annual fees due, among other Chamber to Business-related matters.
The process entails the customer contacting COCI either by telephone, fax, email or via Facebook with their request. COCI will then proceed to prepare the document (s) requested and deliver them to the customer. Payment could be made by cash, check or credit card, and a receipt of payment will be provided to the customer on the spot by the COCI representative.
Businesses should ensure that the Chamber has current information about any changes to the shareholder's lists, articles of incorporation, business address, telephone, fax, cell, website or email address, directorship, board members, etc., the COCI business registry must have the most recent information related to the legal operating entity.
Businesses that offer a warranty for products sold are reminded that they are required to have a copy of the warranty deposited in their file at COCI.
Business owners who have for whatever reason discontinued business operations – closed down - should inform COCI, so the business can be registered as inactive or closed. This will allow the owner not having to go through the process of receiving tax assessments and then going through the process of having this rectified.
In the case of a business owner who has passed away, but the business is still registered as active, the Chamber request that the next of kin visit COCI in order to have the files updated to reflect this matter.
Businesses and organizations/foundations are all reminded to make sure that their letterheads and receipts have their COCI registration number printed on the aforementioned as it is required by law.

“Future” To be theme of upcoming Crystal Pineapple Awards Edition.

PHILIPSBURG:---The theme chosen for the 12th Crystal Pineapple Awards will be “Future” announced today the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA).
By choosing this theme, the SHTA wants to engage in positive thinking about opportunities and outlooks for the island as it still recovers from the damages caused by hurricane Irma. Prior year themes of the Crystal Pineapple Awards Ceremonies have been Branding SXM (2017) and Community Spirit (2016).
The 2019 Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA), the SHTA’s Annual Fundraising Event started its voting period on Tuesday, October 31st, 2019 and will close on Thursday, November 21st, 2019. The Gala Award Dinner and Ceremony are scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.
The Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraising Gala is the main event recognizing the achievements and outstanding service of Hospitality & Trade personnel, organizations and associations, on St. Maarten. Each nominee represents someone to emulate amongst ones peers. This year’s nomination categories are Employee of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year in both the Hospitality and Trade categories; plus Restaurant, Entrepreneur, Environment, Community Service and Media Personality.
During its 2018 Annual General Meeting, the association made “Future” a theme too by providing its vision on what a future Sint Maarten could look like providing “better quality of life for all Sint Maarten residents”. This vision (Shta.com/vision-2025) was based on the three pillars of a sustainable economy, a healthy and beautiful island, and good governance.
Voting can be done on www.shta.com/vote-here. The polls will close on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 3 pm. Remember that your vote can make someone feel like a star that evening. Visit www.facebook.com/crystalpineappleawards and www.youtube.com/channel/UCf5zS6D-h5rPc3rb2CtnBSg for pictures and videos of all the nominees.
Voting: Please note that the final selection of winners is based on the outcome of popular votes and Crystal Pineapple Awards committee review.
TICKETS for the Award Gala ARE NOW ON SALE and can be purchased at the SHTA office any time during office hours 8 am – 5 pm. Please make sure to reserve your Gala tickets right away, as there is limited seating!
For more information, please contact the SHTA office: 542-0108, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Nature Foundation St Maarten is Providing Interactive Presentations about Plastics and the Environments to schools.

leonaldconnorschool13112019PHILIPSBURG:--- In the coming months, the Nature Foundation St Maarten will conduct interactive presentations about the impacts of trash on our environment and the need to reduce single-use plastics to primary school students on St Maarten. The Foundation is planned to visit a broad range of primary schools to show the students what littering does to our wildlife and marine life and why single-use plastics should be urgently reduced on St Maarten.

Part of the Nature Foundation’s mission is to educate the public on the environmental impacts associated with single-use plastics, which is accomplished through their ongoing ‘Reduce and Reuse’ project. The Foundation believes education is the key and it is important to visit local schools, businesses, and communities to spread awareness about the harm of plastics to our environment, the significance of a single-use plastics ban and how to reduce your own single-use plastic consumption.

Nature Foundation Intern, Grace Hansen, has developed a 45-60 minute presentation, including a fun activity, to bring to schools and encourage greener habits among students. “We must get the attention of children in school because it is their future that is directly at risk. Kids their age are already seeing our trash wash up on their beaches. Their swimming water is polluted, and they are forced to either avoid playing in the ocean completely, or risk infectious diseases that can be carried by the plastics, waste water and other trash. If we do not act soon, children on St. Maarten may have a similar future. It is also our duty to take responsibility of our actions and clean up the planet” explained Grace Hansen.

Of all marine biodiversity, 96% is vulnerable to plastic pollution each year as they ingest and get tangled in the floating debris. Though trash may be discarded properly, it still ends up in our oceans every day. Through wind and storm water runoff, our waste enters and kills thousands of animals each year. The Nature Foundation calculated that Dutch St Maarten alone uses more than 1.4 billion plastic straws a year; straws are used for a few minutes and last forever in the environment. If current trends continue there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Additionally, microplastics are of major concern. Plastic has extreme durability therefore it does not break down, only into smaller pieces. Plastic particle less than 5 millimeters (or the size of a small red ant) is considered a microplastic. Bottled water manufacturers do not face regulatory limits regarding how many microplastics are allowed in your bottled water. A study conducted in 2019 discovered 10,000 pieces of plastics per 1 liter of water in Nestle Pure Life. The effects of microplastics on humans remains unknown, but no one wants to be ‘patient 0.’

“There are many alternatives to single-use plastics, however it is a behavioral change among people themselves that is going to solve this problem. Raising awareness of the harmful impacts of plastics is important to creating a community of pollution fighters that will protect and restore the environment” mentioned a Nature Foundation statement. St. Maarten is a beautiful island that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. The Nature Foundation wants to keep it that way. The community’s help in cleaning up and reducing plastic waste will go a long way in ensuring the preservation of the beauty Sint Maarten is known for.

Interested schools, businesses or other organizations can schedule a presentation by contacting Grace Hansen at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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