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BTP under serious investigation by TBO team

Multiple house searches ~ PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - An investigating team consisting of detectives of the Anti-corruption Watch TBO/RST led by the Prosecutor's Office of Sint Maarten, started an investigation of the Bureau Telecommunication and ...

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Dear Reader

What if you insure your new brand commercial building and three days later the building catches afire?

How bad lucky is that? And for whom? For you or for the insurance company?

Another situation of bad luck that ended fortunately with a stroke of good luck is the recent school bus accident on the Bishop Hill Road wherein a student was knocked down by an overtaking car while crossing the street after getting off the school bus.

Several years ago a similar incident occurred on the Sucker Garden Road where another bus had stopped to put off a female student when a truck driver tried to overtake the bus and killed the student on the spot.

After so many years it remains a grim reminder of what happens when drivers do not adhere to the rules, do not pay attention to the traffic situations and do not refrain from speeding.

This young student can thank his lucky stars to have cheated death following Tuesday morning's unlucky accident.

With that being said, please do enjoy reading our full newsletter today.

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Student cheats death following accident

PHILIPSBURG - An 18 year old St. Maarten Academy student nearly lost his life while trying to get off a school bus when he was hit by a car traveling at high speed on Bishop Hill Road at about 6:30 on Tuesday morning. The female bus driver when...

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Van Putten c.s. presented 11-page document to the court

STATIA/ PHILIPSBURG-The judge in the Court of First Instance will hand out a decision in the hearing of the two cases presented by the people of St. Eustatius on December 11, 2018. According to reports on the hearing that was held in St....

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Political parties disappointed by delayed Statia elections

ORANJESTAD - The political parties on Statia are 'disappointed' by the decision of State Secretary Knops (Kingdom Relations) to definitely postpone the Island Council elections. By Tim van Dijk (English subtitles) In February the government in...

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Statia Day: Islanders celebrate with mixed feelings

ORANJESTAD - The Special Municipality of the Netherlands, Statia, celebrated Statia Day last Friday. How do locals feel about the holiday since the Netherlands took over governing the island at the beginning of the year? By Tim van Dijk (English...

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Statia in Peril: The case against "Public Entity"

By Political Analyst, Julio R, Romney ~ The Court of First Instance in Philipsburg is scheduled (on Tuesday, November 20, 2018) to hear open arguments from the dissolved insular Government of Sint Eustatius which was taken into receivership on...

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Minister Stuart Johnson launches Golden Box with 50 passes

Fifty season passes up for grabs for Carnival-50 ~ PHILIPSBURG-The Golden Box has been launched at the Government Administration Building, and the entire island is invited to fill in their Carnival Pass raffle forms and drop them in the box for a ...

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SMMC invites companies to pre-register for public tenders

CAY HILL - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is inviting companies to pre-register for World Bank funded projects that will be up for public tenders and will be published shortly via SMMC's website. SMMC has recently signed an agreement to...

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APS congratulates pensioner in Netherlands with 100th...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On November 6, Algemeen Pensioenfonds Sint Maarten (APS) surprised APS member Mrs. Dirkje van den Heuvel-de Jonge with a congratulatory bouquet and card in honor of her 100 th birthday. Born on November 6, 1918 in...

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Public Prosecutor demand 20+ years for Brunache murder

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has requested a 22 year prison sentence for suspect H.H.M. (24) and a 24 year prison sentence for suspect H.F.M. (27), for the liquidation of Franky Brunache in Hope Estate on...

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NAGICO's Christmas Raffle

Draw date Friday December 28, 2018 at 3 pm. Witness Live Drawing by Independent Auditors from Grant Thornton. To be eligible you must have a valid NAGICO Insurance Policy not expired and paid in full before December 26th, 2018.

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Early morning fire at Heyliger Building in Simpson Bay

PHILIPSBURG:--- A early morning fire broke out at Theo Heyliger building in Simpson Bay. According to information SMN News received is that there was an explosion prior to the fire and that one person was injured

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Johnson proposes naming of landmarks after politicians

PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Tourism Stuart Johnson is proposing to name the Simpson Bay Causeway Bridge, The Joseph E. Richardson Causeway Bridge after the late Joseph “Joe” Richardson, ...

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100 new jobs will be created at St. Maarten General Hospital

PHILIPSBURG--The new hospital for St. Maarten – St. Maarten General Hospital – will require an additional 100 new staff members, which will include technical and administrative functions in combination with various medical professionals, ...

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TBO searches in various locations on Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - As part of an ongoing criminal investigation of the TBO, the Anti-corruption Taskforce, a home and various office buildings were searched this week The investigations of the TBO focus primarily on corruption and fraud. ...

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15 & 17-Year old Youngsters in Back street fight...

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives at the Youth and Morals Department have reported that a third and fourth suspect in the ongoing Back Street Fight investigation has been arrested, police said in a report on Tuesday. The 15 year old suspect identified...

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Construction worker robbed by gun wielding robbers ...

PELICAN - Detectives of the Special Unit Robbery are presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Monday November 19 th at approximately 4.15 p.m. on the Billy Folly road, police said on Tuesday. The victim is a construction...

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Suspect arrested in connection with break-ins ...

PHILIPSBURG - Detectives of the Robbery Division on Monday November 18 arrested a male suspect identified with initials K.B. in connection with two separate break-in investigations and the theft of a vehicle, police said on Tuesday. The suspect...

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Police seeking public assistance involving two shootings

PHILIPSBURG - The Detective Department is presently investigating two separate shooting incidents which took place on Sunday November 18 th, the police said on Monday. "The first one took place at around 3.00 a.m. in the vicinity of McDonalds on...

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Everything set for the Separation of Powers Lecture

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation ...

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"Lasana M. Sekou Live @ 40th anniversary" concert:...

SINT MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN - The 40 th anniversary concert of St. Martin's Lasana Sekou as an author of over 20 books, takes place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at 8 PM, said Shujah Reiph, president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF).

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Are You Reddi (Ready)? Aruba's 65th Carnival 2019

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation is doing it again! The Chuchubi Foundation in collaboration with Winair has organized a DIRECT charter flight from St. Maarten to Aruba for Aruba's 65 th Carnival Celebration under the theme Chuchubi is alive ...

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'Way Maker' Singer, Sinach, for St. Maarten in February

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Renowned gospel singer, Sinach, is scheduled to be in St. Maarten on February 9, 2019, announced Christian Faith Ministries International (CFMI) on Thursday, November 15, 2018, during the launch of its 'All White...

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Prime Minister presents update on recovery projects...

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) -During the Press Briefing of November 21 st, Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin announced her visit to Washington DC to participate in the joint IMF-World Bank-IDB High Level Conference on "Building Resilience to...

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Road patching operations this week in Cole Bay, Simpson...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), is continuing with its road patching campaign this week that includes, milling, spraying and repairs to potholes. Weather...

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Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding alcohol sales

The Public meeting is scheduled for 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication will be present. The agenda point is:...

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Sister Regina Students Learn Mangroves and Clean Mullet Bay

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) The Nature Foundation St Maarten on Wednesday organized a field trip for the young students of the Sister Regina School. The students visited Mullet Pond and learned about the importance of Wetlands and Mangroves and how...

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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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InterCaribbean Airways and Insel Air Sign Agreement

Willemstad- After a period of intensive negotiations, the shareholders of Insel Air have reached an agreement with InterCaribbean Airways as strategic partner for Insel Air. This has been communicated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in...

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Sint Maarten Dance Judge successfully took part in events

Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten - Mrs. Paula Daal-Doño, took part in multiple dance events this year as a judge and MC. The most recent event was the NDCA Caribbean Dancesport Classic which was held at the El San Juan Hotel In Puerto Rico between...

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GEBE wins Best Sponsor of the Year at 2018 Brown Pelican ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NV GEBE is proud to have been named "Best Sponsor of the Year 2018" at the Brown Pelican Award held on Sunday, November 18, 2018, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. NV GEBE who was one of the top three...

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Malcolm Phillips wins first fight

Kissimmee, Florida / Sint Maarten - Malcolm Phillips has been successful in his first fight at the Sugar Bert Amateur Boxing event in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday. Malcolm told 721 News that it is an honor for him as this is his first big...

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Still no explanation for suspension health inspector

WILLEMSTAD - Both Health Inspector Jan Huurman and Minister of Public Health Suzanne Camelia-Romer are still silent about Huurman's suspension. The only thing that Huurman says to the media is that he is seeking legal advice. Huurman has been...

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Court sets date for Jamaloodin's case

WILLEMSTAD - December 18 is the first pretrial session in the case against George Jamaloodin. The Public Prosecutor Service (OM) does not want to confirm that yet. The former Minister of Finance during the Schotte cabinet is a suspect in three...

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Referendum yes, but not without a referendum law

It's amazing how some Dutch Members of Parliament (MP) keep busy these days. Some can be found promoting cartoons that insult the Prophet Muhammad. Others dream up proposals for the introduction of two types of passports and two different...

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McDonald's Curaçao prepares for 'Great Day' 2018

On that date, McDonald's Curaçao donates all Big Mac proceeds in benefit of Funditut (Stichting Jeugdcentrale Curaçao) and the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities. WILLEMSTAD - On Monday, November 26th, McDonald's annual trademark...

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Every year, a quarter (25%) of the available budget of...

Central Bureau of Statistics presents results from Budget Research 2016 WILLEMSTAD - The Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) publishes the basic results from the budget research that was carried out in 2016. The results relate to the consumption...

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CBCS presents Strategic Plan in Sint Maarten

Willemstad/Philipsburg - Recently, the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) presented its Strategic Plan to the stakeholders in Sint Maarten. The Governor of Sint Maarten, as well as the government, representatives from the financial...

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Netherlands will no longer help the islands with refugees

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands no longer needs to do more to help the islands with the sheltering of refugees from Venezuela. This was adopted by a majority of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. The Dutch political party Denk had asked in a ...

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Shark-finning legislation for Caribbean Netherlands

THE HAGUE - The Dutch government is preparing legislation to forbid the finning of sharks and the trading of this animal in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Carola Schouten announced on Monday in...

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Government Bonaire Will Work Towards Faster Road Repairs

Kralendijk- The Executive Council wants to accelerate the maintenance and repair of roads from early 2019. Government admits that the current state of the road network on Bonaire is poor. In addition to the overdue maintenance of the roads,...

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Government Bonaire Will Work Towards Faster Road Repairs

Kralendijk- The Executive Council wants to accelerate the maintenance and repair of roads from early 2019. Government admits that the current state of the road network on Bonaire is poor. In addition to the overdue maintenance of the roads,...

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TCB at the Las Vegas DEMA show 2018

Kralendijk - Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) was present at this year's DEMA show. TCB was represented by Emilayla Coffi, Marketing Assistant of TCB. The Show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course...

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SFC concludes successful working visit to SSS-islands ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The 'Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben or SFC' office (Cooperating Foundations for the Dutch Caribbean) on Sint Maarten, whic...

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JGCN: The Week Against Child Abuse

'See, Say, Stop!', Is the slogan of Jeugdzorg en Gezinsvoogdij Caribisch Nederland (JGCN) during the week against child abuse that will take place from November 19th until November 25th, 2018. A well-known sound for many, but unfortunately this ...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) November 22, 2018 Tonight through Thursday evening: Generally fair to partly cloudy and breezy. Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F Forecast Low:...

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$2,000 Smart Home Grand Door Prize at Wacky Telco Friday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group has in store for a lucky winner, a state-of-the-art Smart Home connection as the Grand Door Prize for this Friday's "Wacky TelCo Friday" fun sale.

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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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VOICES TO hold Full Moon Healing Ceremony. Awareness of...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In awareness of Domestic Violence, Rape and Abuse VOICES (Victory-Over-Injustice-Consciously-Eliminating-Silence) Foundation will be holding an All White Full Moon Empress and Emperor Healing Ceremony. The Full Moon...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Founder of the Peridot Foundation stated Gracita Arrindell said on Monday in a statement: "November 25th upcoming is the official starting date of 'sixteen days of activism against gender based violence campaign'...

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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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Geothermal production in Nevis stalled

By LK Hewlett CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (WINN) - The Nevis Island Administration says the geothermal project on the island remains stalled as they continue to try to find means to fund the production of the renewable energy. Premier Mark Brantley,...

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President David Granger returned home on Tuesday night from Cuba where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. Granger, accompanied by his wife, Sandra, had had travelled to Havana on October 30 to undergo a medical investigation. However,...

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USVI governor ousted by Democrat in runoff election

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Pension reform talks collapse as unions pull out ...

Talks between unions and employers on reforming the Dutch pension system collapsed on Tuesday night after the three big unions pulled out. The unions say the government is not doing enough to meet their demands for a slower rise in the official...

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Prime Minister Rutte finally condemns pro-Piet hooligans

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Art dealers' heir challenges Dutch government in US court

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