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Port St. Maarten’s Management Team to Takeover Stakeholder Relations as Gumbs Departs.

portsxm25062019PHILIPSBURG:--- Alexander Gumbs, Business Development & Marketing Manager at Port St. Maarten, will be departing the company on July 1st, 2019 after over seven years as an employee, to take up a new position within the cruise line industry.
Lela Simmonds from a succession planning standpoint will be transitioning to the Business Development & Marketing Unit assuming this role in the Commercial Department with the support of Senior Port St. Maarten Manager Roger Lawrence. The Commercial Department maintains a close working relationship with the cruise industry which was intensified after September 2017 and nurtured further within the past 21-months with the cruise lines and local stakeholders.
Gumbs joined Port St. Maarten as an employee in 2012 as Business Development Officer within the Commercial Department. Prior to that, in 2010 Alexander did his internship at the port and his thesis in 2011.
“My experience at Port St. Maarten was nothing shy of incredible. I got the opportunity to meet great people all along the way and with them in facilitating the growth of cruise tourism.
“I would like to thank management past and current for their guidance and all their collaborative efforts along with industry stakeholders locally and regionally who have contributed in one way or the other to my professional experience and growth over the years,” Alexander Gumbs said.
After the passing of the September 2017 hurricanes, Gumbs was catapulted to the forefront to work with cruise lines and other stakeholders keeping them abreast of the steps being taken at that time to re-open the cruise sector business which was successfully accomplished in early December 2017 when the first cruise ships returned to the destination.
Cruise tourism continued to recover throughout 2018 and forecasts for 2019 also shows that the country’s cruise sector will continue to grow.

Ministry VROMI Traffic Alert: Pantophlet Drive and Sucker Garden Road.

trafficdetour25062019PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be interruption with the traffic flow on the Pantophlet Drive, Sucker Garden Road starting on June 27, 2019 and for the duration of the bridge reconstruction.

Residents and motorists are requested to be vigilant and observant for the traffic directional signs. Residents of the Pantophlet Drive will use the adjacent road, Stove Pipe Cactus Drive, in order to get back and forth from the Sucker Garden Road.

The road closure is in connection with the reconstruction of the bridge at Pantophlet Drive.

The public and motorists are advised that tampering by removing barricades or any Government property is punishable by law.

Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

MP William Marlin lectured Council of Ministers about the Dutch occupation on St. Maarten.

~Who is the leaker, what about the SZV transfer to Foodmate? `

PHILIPSBURG: --- Member of Parliament William Marlin took most of his speaking time on Tuesday during the budget debate to lecture the Council of Ministers on their attitude towards the Dutch namely the State Secretary Raymond Knops. Marlin said the Council of Ministers are bowing towards Knops and does everything he orders them to do with the promise of the recovery fund.
The former Prime Minister of St. Maarten reminded the Council of Ministers and Parliament about his reality while holding the office of Prime Minister and what happened to him when he stood up against the Dutch. Marlin said back then there were people who gained because they either became Minister or Members of Parliament however the fact remains, he was blamed for several things including the blocking of the French and Dutch borders.
Marlin asked the Prime Minister to update the Parliament of St. Maarten on the outcome of her investigation on the so-called leaking of information. Marlin was referring to the investigation Prime Minister Romeo Marlin launched after SMN News published an article about a meeting held in New York with the Dutch Government and the bondholders of the Princess Juliana International Airport. He said he wants to know if the Prime Minister halted that investigation or if she knows who the leaker is. “ Were you advised to drop the investigation because you may not like what you will find?”
Marlin also called on Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever to update Parliament on whether he investigated what transpired with the passport of suspended MP Theodore Heyliger. He further asked the Minister of VSA Emil Lee to update parliament on the $500,000.00 that was transferred to Foodmate BV registered in New York. Marlin said he wants to know if basic research was conducted to see who and where the email was sent from and if it is normal procedures for SZV to transfer large sums of money based on an email.

Early morning search conducted.

confiscateditems25062019PHILIPSBURG:--- The KPSM detectives conducted an early morning house search on Tuesday 25th June 2019, in the vicinity of Ebenezer. During the search, the detectives found a firearm, drugs, money and a brand new vehicle in the home of suspect with initials J.E.F (26).
These items were confiscated; the suspect was placed under arrest and brought in to the Philipsburg Police station for further questioning. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

KPSM Press Release.

Confiscated Blackberry Tablet.

tablet25062019PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday 19th June, the Juvenile Justice Department confiscated a Blackberry tablet from a minor who could not prove ownership of the device. KPSM is now asking anyone who maybe missing their Blackberry table to come forward. When coming to the station to claim the tables the owner must bring with them valid proof which shows rightful ownership in order to claim the device.

KPSM Press Release.

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