Email Newsletter
Public Prosecutor's Office calls for youth detention centre

Public Prosecutor's Office concern about escalating school fights ~ PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office is concerned about the rise in school fights this year. Not only has an increase in violent fights been observed, the Public...

Read more
Dear Reader

Our opinion pieces tend to trigger both positive and negative reactions and everything in between. Not only did we get a response to the editorial titled " School fights ", but we also got a reaction from another subscriber who gave her view on the embarrassing state of our country entitled " Country embarrassment ", which we have published together with a meme for your reading pleasure.

Happy readings!

PS : Exclusive Offfer : Share a private jet charter from St. Maarten to Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, departing at 9am, arriving at 12pm, on a private Cessna Citation VII jet. Email AirStMaarten via for more information.


Email  to request us to sign you up for a Yearly subscription for only $75 . We will email you an electronic invoice for payment at your convenience. You can choose to pay with your creditcard online; do a banktransfer to our WIB or RBC account; or pay with your debitcard, check or cash at any of our three (3) payment locations . See Contact Us for address information. Sponsor Letters to the Editor
Response to 'School fights'

Dear editor, In reference to the editorial titled "School fights". While I agree that this has reached a critical stage, I agree with most statements made by the writer and applaud the writer for addressing the issue, there are several questions...

Read more
Country embarrassment

The country is constantly being faced with dilemma after dilemma. It goes deeper than a few chats or accusations that transpired over the past months. What has boggled me is the mindset of so many educated persons who show nothing more than...

Read more Justice Matters
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...

Read more
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...

Read more
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...

Read more
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...

Read more Top Stories
PM Leona Romeo Marlin addresses concerns of air quality dump

PHILIPSBURG - The Government of Sint Maarten has taken note of the article in de Volkskrant with reference to the Dump. In this newspaper article, reference is made to a commissioned report of the World Bank that allegedly shows levels of...

Read more
Minister Emil Lee addresses comments on dump testing results

POND ISLAND - In the Council of Ministers press briefing of Wednesday, November 7th, Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee, addressed the recent comments made in the media pertaining to the emissions from the dump. Lee made clear that there is no...

Read more
PJIAE in financial straits, WB intends to give injection

SMN-NEWS EXCLUSIVE: PJIAE in financial straits, World Bank intends to give financial injection by June 2019. ~ CEO of PJIAE Brian Mingo soon to take up his post ~ PHILIPSBURG -- 14 months after the passing of hurricane Irma and Maria ...

Read more Police News
School fight investigation

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (PR KPS) - In connection with the fight which took place on the school bus on November 5th 2018, which was posted on Social Media, detectives of the Police Youth and Morals Department have located the victim. The victim in ...

Read more
Traffic accident involving student

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (PR KPS) - The Police Traffic Department is presently investigating a traffic accident involving a student from the Sint Maarten Vocational School riding a scooter without license plate or any other documents and a private ...

Read more Local News
This week Commemorates the Founding of the first IC

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - World Interact Week is celebrated every year during the week of 5TH November to commemorate the founding of the first Interact club in 1962. To mark this occasion with Interactors and Rotarians around the world, ...

Read more
MP Peterson Honours SMCP Pledge

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Claude “Chacho” Peterson is continuing to honour the pledge made by the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) during their 2018 election campaign to donate 15 percent of the salary of their parliamentarians.

Read more
Waste2Work showcases their work for the first time at SMILE

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "We should start looking at waste differently," was the main message of the Waste2Work team who were one of the keynote s...

Read more
Caribbean-wide Plant a Million Coral Initiative Launched ...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Intelligent reefs powered by nature have been installed at three sites in St. Maarten in a continuing effort to restore mari...

Read more
WYCCF calls on the youth and seniors to participate in...

SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN'S ESTATE) - The White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) is calling out to the youth and elderly of St. Maarten to particip...

Read more Goverment News
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...

Read more
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).

Read more
Minister Johnson commends Nature Foundation ...

PHILIPSBURG--- The St. Maarten Nature Foundation announced this week that St. Maarten is part of the “Plant a Million Coral” campaign that will see one million corals planted throughout the Caribbean Basin by 2025.

Read more Parliament News
Sarah hails AUC plan to create Center for Disaster Medicine

PHILIPSBURG - Following her queries to Ministers Johnson, Smith and Lee of respectively TEATT, MECYS and VSA, regarding the partnership recently entered into by AUC in a MOU to create a Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM)...

Read more
Plenary Session of Parliament about Draft Amendment ...

Plenary Session of Parliament about Draft Ordinance to amend Administrative Jurisdiction ~ PHILIPSBURG - The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public meeting on Thursday, November 8. The Public meeting is scheduled for 15.00 hrs. in...

Read more
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...

Read more Civic News

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

Read more
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...

Read more Culture News
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...

Read more Sports News
Blair returns from Russia

Great Bay, St. Maarten - Shawn Blair, President of St Maarten National boxing Federation recently returned from Russia where he attended the 2018 AIBA Congress. Blair stated that it was a successful trip for the St. Martin National Boxing...

Read more
NAGICO 1000 Smiles Project donations to SMMC in support...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - NAGICO Insurances culminated the month of October on a high note when they presented a donation to the Positive Foundatio...

Read more Curacao News
US Consulate General organized mid-term election night event

WILLEMSTAD - United States Consul General Margaret Hawthorne welcomed cabinet members, parliamentarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, other invited guests, and about 100 students into Roosevelt House to celebrate the United States'...

Read more
Floating dock Damen in use

WILLEMSTAD - The largest floating dock of Damen Shiprepair is finally in use. The intention is also to get the second smaller dock into operation this month. The docks were brought to Curaçao from the Netherlands in early May.

Read more
'Kick Out Black Pete' also in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch organization Kick Out Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) wants to hold a demonstration in Curaçao during the arrival of Saint Nicholas. That will be on Saturday, November 17. The action group then simultaneously demonstrates in 18...

Read more
NEW! CuracaoFlowers: You order online, we deliver in Curacao is the sister to, an online flower order and delivery service. You can also order online and we deliver offline in Curacao. Flowers, giftbaskets, fruitbaskets and cakes. Contact us today to place your order.

Read more
Phone betrays drug mule

WILLEMSTAD - Two Colombians, a Venezuelan and a Curaçao native must serve sentences of 5 to 7 years if it is up to the Public Prosecution Service. On 8 June, the Venezuelan landed illegally with a small boat and had over 100 kilos of drugs and 11 ...

Read more
Curaçao eases visa requirements

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curacao will ease its visa policy. Haitians, Cubans and Dominicans should be able to come to the island more easily. Due to the current strict policy, Curaçao is missing a lot on business opportunity and income. The ...

Read more Finance News
ING saw nothing suspicious in €150 million transactions ...

WILLEMSTAD - The ING bank saw 'nothing suspicious' in transactions worth € 150 million by a company in Curaçao.

Read more
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 ...

Read more Dutch Caribbean News
Senate not done with social minimum for the BES-islands

The Hague - The Senate will once more be addressing State Secretary Van Ark (Social Affairs and Employment) and Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations) about the failure to determine the social minimum for Bonaire, Saba, and Statia (BES). A letter ...

Read more
Princess Beatrix to visit Bonaire

BONAIRE - Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands visit Bonaire from November 28th up to and including December 1st, 2018. She visits t...

Read more
Water Polo at Club Nautico/ Swimmers To Aruba Dolphins

Kralendijk- The Bonaire Barracudas swim and water polo teams are very busy these days! Bonaire hosted the Curacao Orcas for a water polo tournament for player's under 16 on the weekend of October 21st. Club Nautico and Mushi Mushi graciously...

Read more Weather
Code Yellow for heavy rains and thunderstorms until Nov. 11

Weather: Northern Islands in yellow vigilance for heavy rains and thunderstorms until November 11th. The Yellow vigilance level, issued on 02 November by the weather services of France, should not be lifted until Sunday 11 November.

Read more
Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) Nov...

Read more Business News
TelEm Group launching new Internet Support App

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - TelEm Group is launching a brand-new Support App to better assist customers with their home internet connections whenever...

Read more
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...

Read more

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...

Read more
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 ...

Read more Billboard Notices
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...

Read more
WIB's Bobby's Marina ATM Reopened

POINTE BLANCHE - The Windward Islands Bank (WIB), 'Your Partner in Progress,' has reopened its drive-thru ATM at Bobby's Marina, Pointe Blanche. Whene...

Read more
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...

Read more
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...

Read more Poll

No - 13%
Yes - 87%

Poll sponsored by  StMaartenFlowers.comwhere you order online and we deliver offline.
Will you be following our news reports on the court case on Statia?
Yes - Regional News
Increased Level of Felt Earthquakes in Trinidad & Tobago ...

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday November 7, 2018 - The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) today sought to assure that the recent increased level of felt earthquakes in Trinidad and Tobago is not unusual. But it...

Read more Advertisement
FOR SALE: Red 2018 Hyundai Grand i10

Asking price $11,000 US Dollars. Call or whatsapp 588-0800 for more information.

Read more
Need renovation work done?

We have a professional team available to take care of all the renovations works that needs to be done on your home, place of business or development project.

Call us today at +1-721-523-3564 or whatsapp +1-721-588-0800. Or email to schedule an appointment. Visit for more information.. Online News Stories
British Airways to Boost Travel To and From Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday November 7, 2018 - Barbados stands to gain from increased capacity and product enhancements being introduced by British Airways to boost travel to and from the island this winter season and next year. The airline...

Read more
Click here to buy a subscription today...


Read more
Let's Cruise - Eastern, Western, Southern Caribbean... is offering cruise vacations on the best and biggest cruise ships in the world with brand name cruises and destinations in the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and the Mediterranean, ...

Read more
Largest cruise tourism conference and trade show opens ...

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference and Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean, opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. Taking ...

Read more
Grenada and Antigua & Barbuda Reject Caribbean Court of...

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, Wednesday October 7, 2018 - Citizens of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda voted yesterday to keep the UK Privy Council as their countries' final of appeal, overwhelmingly rejecting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its...

Read more
CCJ Disappointed with Referenda Results in Grenada and A&B

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday November 7, 2018 - The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is disappointed that Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda have voted against making the Trinidad-based court their highest appeal court, but it says it remains...

Read more
Cohen & Klein

Comprehensive training programs

Read more
Barbados Gets More Assistance To Revive Economy

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday November 7, 2018 - On the heels of a US$290 million Extended Fund Facility (EFF) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Barbados has been granted a US$100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank...

Read more Advertisements Dutch News
Police read 250,000 encrypted phone messages

Police read 250,000 encrypted phone messages, make 14 arrests

Read more
Multinationals avoid tax on €22bn in royalties and...

Multinationals avoid tax on €22bn in royalties and interest: report

Read more
Ministers hope labour law reform will boost jobs...

Ministers hope labour law reform will boost permanent job supply

Read more
SXM Daily News - 6 Nov 2018
SXM Daily News Nov 6, 2018

SXM Daily News Nov 6, 2018

Read more
TVCarib Informer

Local News Program

Read more
Book your November trip with AirSXM
Looking for a November vacation trip? Search for flights, hotels, car rentals and vacation packages online on AirStMaarten's booking site.
Cancel your present free Newsletter subscription first if you wish to upgrade to a paid subscription with either a Daily, Monthly or Yearly subscription.

We welcome you to our growing community of readers. Those of you who have not done so yet, can do so online at You can choose to pay immediately online with your creditcard or request to receive an invoice from us for manual payment processing.

We will be putting more and more of our recently published articles and archived news articles behind the paywall. Therefore it will be important for you to eventually purchase a paid subscription. Register today online at

If you wish to discuss a corporate account for your company, organization or department, feel free to drop us an email to discuss your needs as well.

If you have any questions, comments or if you also wish to advertise with us, email us via

We will continue to bring you reports and articles via this email newsletter. But for the latest news, updates and photo reportages keep an eye on our website online at  or follow us on Facebook, where we will also post community billboard notices, government announcements and urgent public notices as we receive them via our news desk.

If you also wish to receive news headlines, alerts and breaking news via Whatsapp, email us your whatsapp number via

Thank you for your attention to our email newsletter. Your readership is very much appreciated.

Sincerely yours,