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Heyliger's name surfaces in massive bribery case

PHILIPSBURG - When current Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger (United Democrats) was minister of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure he accepted $300,000 in bribes from the Dutch consultant Ronald Maasdam, who is...

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The economic growth spurts St. Maarten has experienced over the past 7 decades are slowly culminating in seemingly stubborn side-effects that are hard to eradicate in our modern day times. Besides issues such as the dump, traffic jams, raw sewage running in our streets, the phenomenon of school fights - which are only symptoms of deeper underlying psychological and social problems facing adults and children alike - is manifesting itself together with other social plagues such as gambling addiction, prostitution and substance abuse. The latter is even expected to be exasperated with the recent call for legalization of marijuana use as a newfound source of revenue rejuvenation and diversification in our economy, ultimately expected to benefit our tax coffers. We will be publishing in-depth reports on these topics. In the meantime, we encourage you to watch the video recording of USM's seminar on Mental Health & Psychology on St. Maarten via the following link:

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SXM remodeling FBO Lounge for private jet travelers

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (Thursday, November 8, 2018) - Corporate Travel to St. Maarten is about to return to a more relaxed setting as the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) prepares to upgrade its Fixed Based Operations (FBO). The FBO ...

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NA wants strong message sent about self-governing...

PHILIPSBURG--The National Alliance (NA) Members of Parliament have called on fellow MPs to unite on a yet-to-be-tabled motion to tell the Dutch government to back off from interfering with St. Maarten’s right to full self-governance and to implore...

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Suspects deny any wrongdoing in Tourist Bureau fraud...

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Stuart Johnson’s policy advisor Regina Labega (59) and East Caribbean Destination (ECD) Management Company managing directors Fabian Badejo (68) ...

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Police, Immigration officers express frustration to unions

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Prosecutor's Office distances itself from statements Frans

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office does not recognize the statement of Mr. Richardson made in Parliament and to the media about the theft of jewelry by two TBO members in December 2016 and that these persons had returned to the...

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USP Board asks Justice Minister if he will investigate TBO

PHILIPSBURG - The board of the United St. Maarten (US) party is echoing the call by its leader MP Frans Richardson by publicly asking the Minister of Justice if he will investigate the theft of jewelry from the home of Francesco Corallo by two...

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Attorney for Francisco Corallo responds to Letter and allegations of theft submitted by MP Frans Richardson

~ Corallo was not present during house searches ~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Attorney at Law Jairo Bloem in an email to SMN News after questions were posed to him regarding the letter sent by MP Frans Richardson and the allegation of stolen jewelry by TBO Officers said the following.

“Mr. Corallo took notice, like everyone else who reads your blog, of the content of the - alleged – letter to the former Chief Public Prosecutor on Sint Maarten Mr. Ton Maan, sent by a Mr./Mrs. Festen. Mr. Corallo does not have any way to ascertain if this document is real and more importantly if its content is -fully- correct.

Regretfully, Mr. Corallo was not allowed to be present when his goods and the goods of his girlfriend were being seized from his apartment. Mr. Corallo as such was unable to witness the actions of the TBO Officers in this respect. As far as Mr. Corallo knows, there are no unaccounted goods, specifically jewellery.

This remark is made with the reservation that he has not yet obtained all the seized goods back. This means that he can presently only speak for the availability of the jewellery that was not seized from his apartment.
Logically, he will only know that the seized goods that the Solicitor General’ Office took in its possession are really accounted for, when these are returned to him.

Mr. Corallo deducts from the - alleged - letter dated January 8th, 2016, that was published on your media blog that the TBO Officers who allegedly/possibly stole/misappropriated the jewellery of Mr. Corallo and his girlfriend, were subsequently immediately deprived of this jewellery. Furthermore, that this jewellery was – hastily- placed back at the apartment of Mr. Corallo, where it was allegedly taken in the first place.
It goes without saying that if this is indeed the case, Mr. Corallo, who once again was not allowed to be present at the ‘house-search of his apartment, but instead immediately detained upon entry of the TBO officers, handcuffed, blindfolded and harshly transported away, is incapable to establish what really transpired.

The Solicitor General's Office, the persons named in the alleged letter and personal records of the TBO Officers who conducted the house search at the apartment of Mr. Corallo, should provide the requisite clarity, in this respect.

I trust to have informed you adequately herewith on behalf of Mr. Francesco Corallo.”

Jairo Bloem
Attorney at Law

Frans: Dutch TBO agents stole and should have been arrested

PHILIPSBURG - Leader of the USP, MP Frans Richardson on Monday disclosed that two members of the TBO arresting team stole jewelry from Francesco Corallo during his arrest and the raid on his residence in December 2016 and was subsequently sent...

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What a disgrace

By Hilbert Haar ~ In a moment of weakness and - I have to admit, bad judgment - I reacted on Facebook to a post about Member of Parliament Frans Richardson where he stated that two members of the anti-corruption task force (TBO) stole jewelry from...

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MP Doran calls for Urgent Meeting with the Minister of TEATT

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Egbert Jurendy Doran, says that is high time that the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication, Stuart Johnson appears in Parliament to give an update, pertaining to matters in...

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Traffic Diversion Dutch Quarter Sewerage Project

PHILIPSBURG:---The Ministry of VROMI / Department of New Projects on behalf of The Government of St. Maarten is hereby informing the residence of Dutch Quarter and the General Public of St. Maarten of the upcoming road closure on the A.T. Illidge ...

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SMMC Ear, Nose and Throat specialist visits schools

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - In what will be planned visits to various primary schools, Dr. Dick Wong Chung, one of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), visited Sr. Regina Primary School recently.

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Customs fines Jordanian traveler for undeclared money

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - On Saturday October the 27th Custom Officers at the Princess Juliana International Airport during an intense and routine control gave a fine to a Jordanian national with initials D.Y.B. departing to Panama. The...

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Three extradited criminals returned to Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The three men who were extradited to the United States last year in February may serve their sentence here on the island. 'Ronchi' Rietwijk, 'Greg' Koeiman and 'Kalala' Felesia were sentenced in the USA to prison terms of 5 to 8...

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MAC Group 4 Students Become DigiKidz Thanks To Den Bosch

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - There were happy smiles all around last week in the Group 4 class of the MAC St. John's Campus primary school when 48 kids found out that the boxes brought into the classroom were laptops and some additional hardware...

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Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Path

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Two years ago, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) organized the first of its kind shark tagging expedition to the Saba Bank and St Maarten as part of the Dutch Postcode Lottery funded "Save our Sharks" project.

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The Final Breast & Health Screening is Saturday....

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, along with partners, the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and the Positive...

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Mosquito fogging campaign postponed due to rainfall

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - Due to the recent rain activity, the vector control measure of mosquito fogging was postponed, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social...

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Largest Cruise Tourism Conference and Trade Show Opens...

SINT MAARTEN/PUERTO RICO - Tuesday, November 06 marked the opening of the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean.

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PM Leona Romeo Marlin clarifies Public & National Holidays

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin has taken note of the debate that has spread through the community concerning her state...

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Reps Ministry of TEATT attend Gaming Regulation Forum

ST. MAARTEN – Representatives from the Ministry of TEATT, Economic Licenses and Inspectorate recently attended the Caribbean Association of Gaming Regulation (CAGR) 6th Annual Caribbean & Americas Gaming Regulation Forum (CAGRF).

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Minister Johnson welcomes extension of FCCA 'Caribbean...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), has decided to continue with its 'Caribbean Is Open/Caribbean for Everyone' campaign, which began in September 2017 after the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. The ...

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Parliaments meeting week schedule for the week of Nov 4-9

SXM PARLIAMENT MEETING WEEK NOVEMBER 5 - 9, 2018 Monday, November 5, 2018 OV 08 9.00 Repercussions of the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights in the Corallo case for the country St. Maarten and the Ministry of Justice of St. Maarten...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Lions Club members are fervently preparing for their fundraiser "Annual Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Assists Local Home Owners

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - In efforts to promote Economic and Community Development, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset embarked on a mission to assi...

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USM to hold Friday evening of reflection for the Island...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Friday, 9 November 2018, the University of St. Martin (USM) will host an evening of public dialogue on the meaning of...

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SXMNBA to start Basketball Academy. Registration is underway

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten National Basketball Association (SXMNBA) will be starting the SXMNBA Basketball Academy, the SXMNBA said in a press stat...

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New aircraft EZAir arrives in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The aviation sector in Curacao is quite active these days. Another new development came from EZ Air. Today their first Beech B1900 arrived in Curacao. They performed a fly-by followed by the landing. They will use this aircraft for...

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Inaugural Flight to Curaçao by Condor

Nonstop flight from Frankfurt, Germany WILLEMSTAD - Condor's inaugural flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Curaçao was celebrated at the Curaçao International Airport with an event that included speeches by the Minister of Governmental Affairs,...

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New markets for free zone Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The company that manages the real estate in both free zones, Curinde, indicated that is has been 'very active' in recent years to tap into new markets. They are also looking for ways to market their products to their clients through...

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CTB supports Curaçao's MLB Elite Baseball Program

WILLEMSTAD - The Minister of Economic Development, Dr. Steven Martina, and the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) recently had an enjoyable meeting with the youths participating in Curaçao's MLB (Major League Baseball) Elite Program. The program is...

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Central Bank: Courtesy visit Mr. P.R.J. Comenencia

WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG - This morning, the Curaçao member of the Council of State of the Dutch Kingdom, Mr. P.R.J. (Paul) Comenencia paid a courtesy visit to the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten. He was received by the Bank's acting...

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Investor Education Warning Notice regarding "Flower"/"Eflor"

WILLEMSTAD - The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten ("CBCS") is issuing this warning notice to the public and (potential) investors about pyramid or similar schemes such as "Flower"/"E Flor" that are promoted as a legitimate opportunity to ...

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The first plane of EZ Air has landed on Curacao

Today, Thursday 8 November, the first aircraft of EZ Air landed at 14.05 at Hato airport on Curacao. The aircraft is a Beechcraft 1900D which is suitable for 18 passengers. The second plane is expected in 10 days. The financing for both...

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Twizzle (Ulyssese Lopes) to perform during Youth Night

Oranjestad- Hip Hop Rapper Twizzle (Ulyssese Lopes), a former student of the Golden Rock School and the Gwendoline van Putten School will return to Statia to perform during Youth Night. Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Twizzle started with ...

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Two Dutch Caribbean Tagged Tiger Sharks Follow Similar Path

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Two years ago, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) organized the first of its kind shark tagging expedition to the Saba Bank and St Maarten as part of the Dutch Postcode Lottery funded "Save our Sharks" project.

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, November 08, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) November 09, 2018 Tonight through Friday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms....

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Motorworld Expands Its Commercial Vehicles with ISUZU trucks

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - During an official launch ceremony held on Wednesday, November 7 th, Motorworld presented the new addition to the prestigious line-up of auto brand models, which now includes ISUZU "Trucks for Life." "In today's...

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Nominations underway for COCI Board. Deadline Nov. 14

PHILIPSBURG - Three positions on the Board will become vacant as of January 1st, 2019 and these positions will be filled by three (3) candidates chose...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15 th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension payments from SZV have an obligation to...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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SMMAF Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Nov 10

SINT MAARTEN (REWARD) - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) proudly presents its third annual competition on Saturday, November 10th at MPC Gy...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Anguilla records 3rd murder for 2018

ANGUILLA - The Royal Anguilla Police Force is investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident which occurred in Garlin Bottom, Island Harbour on Wednesday 7th November, 2018 around 5:45pm. As a result of the incident the victim...

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Oil export from Venezuela in danger

WILLEMSTAD - If the crisis in Venezuela continues the same current trend, the country may have to stop oil exports next year. To this end, EcoAnalitica warns in an overview of prospects for 2019. The quantity of crude oil each day won by the...

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Plaza Hotel sold

WILLEMSTAD - The Plaza Hotel has been sold. The hotel in Punda went bankrupt in June 2017 and was initially sold quickly for 16.3 million guilders to Americans. Later it turned out that they didn't have the necessary funds to acquire the hotel....

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Body found during marine salvage

WILLEMSTAD - At the salvage of the sunken ship from Trinidad, the missing body of the fifth crew member was found. The ship had capsized on leaving Trinidad and drifted at the east point of the island. There it was spotted by the Coast Guard. The ...

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Prime Minister meets with refinery representatives

WILLEMSTAD - The Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath, who is also responsible for the refinery, met with the management of both Isla and the public company Curaçao Refinery (RdK). The unions representing the refinery employees were also...

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By Youri Kemp Caribbean News Now associate editor ~ NASSAU, Bahamas - In a developing story first reported by Tribune Media, a US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation has implicated the director of...

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Dutch showman makes global headlines with 'I'm 49 not 69"

Dutch showman and self-styled 'motivational guru' Emile Ratelband has hit headlines around the world with a court case to have his age officially cut by 20 years. Ratelband was in court in Arnhem earlier this week in a bid to have the clock...

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KvK acts on privacy for self-employed after cold calling ...

The Dutch chamber of trade organisation (KvK) is to remove phone numbers from its public directories because they are being used for cold call marketing. Four in 10 self-employed people consulted by the KvK said they are frequently bothered by...

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Troubled children told to sit still in silence for hours ...

Children at a residential centre for youngsters with behavioural difficulties are being forced to sit still at a table in silence for hours on end as a punishment, local paper De Stentor said on Thursday. The home, run by the Hoenderloo Group in...

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