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Parliament silently accepts Heyliger's suspension

PHILIPSBURG - Chief Prosecutor Mirjam Mol informed Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever already on March 1 in writing about the beginning of United Democrats leader Theo Heyliger's pretrial detention. Based on this information, Heyliger was...

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Dear Reader

Online Dutch news site announced yesterday, March 10th, that the Minister of Plenipotentiary for the government of St. Maarten, Drs. Jorien Wuite, will be a regular contributor to the news site as a columnist.

In her first column, titled #SXMMEDIACHALLENGE , Wuite issued a challenge to the Dutch media to write at least one inspiring and positive story about St. Maarten and to share this with all inhabitants of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. would also like to be positive and consider this an inspiring step in the right direction towards influencing the 'beeldvorming' in The Netherlands about St. Maarten in a positive manner by our GevMin, Jorien Wuite.

We wish her much success in her endeavors, not only with the Dutch media, but also with her colleague ministers in the Kingdom Council and with the members of the Second Chamber, the First Chambers and all other influencers in The Hague.

Our image needs the hands of a capable diplomat to mold not only the views of the Dutch public in general but also specifically the opinions of the decision makers that walk the halls of the buildings of the Binnenhof, the Ridderzaal, het Torentje and those around the Hofvijver in The Hague.

We earnestly need someone to tell St. Maarten's side of the story.

In the meantime, we wish you a great week!

PS: For a taste of the Caribbean, visit the latest addition to the list of restaurants in Simpson Bay: NICK'S CAFE. Open for Local Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Mondays to Saturday; but closed on Sundays. Visit Nick's Cafe Facebook Page online at


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Community Aid Sentry Hill completes third home

FORT WILLEM-The Community Aid Sentry Hill Foundation has completed its third home for the less fortunate after the home was devastated by the hurricanes of 2017. The foundation which is headed by Henri Brookson is now on the verge of taking on...

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Maho Job Fair deemed a success

CAY HILL - About seventy-five persons seeking employment visited the job fair which was hosted by the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino which was held at the Bel Air Community Center of Friday. "We are looking for local talented people to...

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Mullet Bay Fourteen's Tower B no longer a hotel

MULLET BAY - Owner and managing director of Island Real Estate (IRE) team, Arun Jagtiani, in a candid conversation with, explained the reasoning behind his email announcement on Wednesday, March 6, regarding the fact that Tower...

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After-Irma contractor scams more prolific than reported

PHILIPSBURG - A press release issued on Friday, March 8, 2019, by the PR/Communications Department of the Police Force (KPSM) has sparked a number of outcries in the community and on social media. The press release in question stated that the St. ...

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Court lets interCaribbean escape from Insel Air penalty

WILLESTAD - InterCaribbean Airways Ltd. does not have to pay a penalty of $500,000 to bankrupt airline Insel Air, the Common Court of Justice ruled on Thursday. The Court in First Instance imposed this penalty in a ruling dated December 28, 2018...

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Hundreds of undocumented Venezuelans on Sint Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - Almost six hundred Venezuelans have fled to Sint Maarten. They are staying on the island illegally but are not afraid of being deported by the authorities. A group of them is desperately seeking the government's help in obtaining...

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Will Theo Heyliger spend his birthday in prison?

PHILIPSBURG -- On Thursday, March 7th, 2019, it was reported that the leader of the United Democrats Theo Heyliger (48) will be spending another 8 days in pretrial detention as the Judge of Instruction granted the prosecution their request to...

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Anti-corruption task force investigates all suspicious cases

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor's Office has serious concerns about the financial investigative capacity of the police force. Answering questions from, the prosecutor's office said that the police force has only one...

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Another missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar ~ Parliament missed yet another opportunity to make clear where it stands on corruption and money laundering on Friday afternoon. It does not come as a surprise because every time "one of their own" ends up on the wrong side of the...

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Hypocrisy at its highest level

By Hilbert Haar ~ MP Franklin Meyers is quite outspoken - to put it mildly - when it comes to standing up for St. Maarten and its people. Wednesday's Central Committee meeting about the conditions at the detention facilities in Pointe Blanche and...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Gracita Arrindell, Leader of the People's Progressive Alliance (PPA) stated in a press release: "Before we delve into the issue of how best to solve our traffic woes, please allow me to comment briefly on our current...

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Ministry VROMI: Temporary Closure Juancho Yrausquin Blvd

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a temporary closure of the Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard every day starting on Monday, March 11 to...

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Ministry VROMI: Road surfacing kicks off March 11

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a disruption in the traffic flow on the Organ Pipe Cactus Road and Arch Road. This will take place ...

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Man shot at his home

ST. PETERS - The Police and Detective Departments are presently investigating a shooting incident which took place on March 9th at approximately 10.00 p.m. on the Tangerine Road in St. Peters. Numerous callers informed the Emergency Dispatch that ...

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Robbery awareness training at TelEm Group

POND ISLAND - The St. Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in an effort to provide a safer environment for residents and visitors to the island provided its first robbery awareness training session for the year with the staff of the Telem Group, on...

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Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten

Missing Minor MICHELLE MANNING ran away from home after an argument with her guardian on Wednesday 6th March, 2019 and has not returned home since then. She also has not attended school since the...

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Thompson Missing since February 19. Police seeking...

PHILIPSBURG - The Sint Maarten Juvenile Justice Department is asking for the help of the community to locate missing minor Kristoff Thompson, police said on Monday in a statement. Kristoff left home on the 19th of February 2019 and has not...

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Building Hurricane Resiliency through Disaster Management

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday delivered recently his opening address at the opening ceremony of the 2019 International Conference on disaster medicine and hurricane resiliency by the American University of...

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AUC USM Scholars recognized at AUC's Celebration of...

SINT MAARTEN (CUPECOY) - For more than 14 years, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has awarded scholarships to support students who wish to attend the University of St Martin (USM). At AUC's Celebration of Academic...

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Both Support and Resistance New ZVK Flights Saba

The Bottom, Saba- The decision by health care provider ZVK to contract the services of SXM Airways to transport patients on Saba to other islands for medical treatment has met both support and resistance. After initial communication of the...

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CoC Saba/Statia Wants Direct Colombia Flights

SABA/STATIA- The Chamber of Commerce of St. Eustatius and Saba wants to actively assist in setting up a direct airline service between Colombia and St. Eustatius, with onward service to Saba. The Chamber would also like to get a shipping...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau in collaboration with the SXM Music Festival will host the Third Edition of the SXM Music Festival slated to take place on March 13 th - 19 th on the island.

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NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- 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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"Choosing a Career or Study" workshop to be held on March 19

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