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Schiphol's continued assistance still up in the air

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs stated in a press release dated May 30 that the Royal Schiphol Group has "confirmed their willingness to continue with the cooperation and support at the airport seeing that the shareholder is living...

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Attorney Sjamira Roseburg gives update on case of tourists

My clients were offered a transaction with which the matter at hand would be settled out of court. A transaction is a settlement between the public prosecutor office and the suspect(s) to avoid further prosecution. It is entirely voluntary and...

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Former Netherlands Antilles islands can demand liquidity ...

Instead of negotiating liquidity support from weakness, they can now, under international law, demand liquidity support from the administering state, not as loans, but as grants in aid. The Pivot: From CoHo to article 73 UN Charter With the...

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Legal action to be taken against spreading false rumors

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The Prefecture of Saint Barths and Saint-Martin, issued a statement on Tuesday to address rumors that the military would be used to make sure the population got their COVID-19 vaccines. Rumors started to circulate on...

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Meeting with Cruise Line reps on Resumption of Cruises

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Port St. Maarten Management recently met with representatives of a number of cruise lines regarding the resumption of cruises. The Port was informed that the destination remains a favorable port of call for the cruise industry...

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NAGICO urges preparation; active hurricane season expected

PHILIPSBURG - The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts June 1st and NAGICO Insurances is urging everyone to get ready for what has already been forecasted by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC), to be 'a very active season'. "Getting an early...

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American tourists pay hefty fines, covered property damage, and imposed a no-travel condition
PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (June 1, 2021) – The Prosecutor’s Office OM SXM has levied hefty fines, had damages financially covered, and imposed a no-travel to Sint Maarten condition for three years on the two American tourists who were caught on camera being unruly, causing property damage, and assaulting a police officer on May 23, 2021.
All parts of settlement were adhered to by the tourists i.e. all fines and damages were paid for and they signed an agreement acknowledging that they cannot return to the country for three years. 
This out-of-court settlement should not be seen as these tourists escaping punishment for their behavior and their disregard for the country’s laws and law enforcement, rather, this route was chosen by OM SXM to attend to the case as soon as possible as heading to court in approximately three months would not have been effective.
Heading to court would have meant that the tourists would have left the country without any definite punishment. They would have also been back in the United States, therefore out of the jurisdiction, and would not appear in court when called in the coming months. Allowing such a scenario would have been a disservice to the community, the image of Sint Maarten, and may have even created the impression that hurting a police officer was easily escaped on Sint Maarten.
The path used by OM SXM to deal with the tourists in no way condones their actions or endorses similar ones in the future by anyone. Therefore, instead of allowing the tourists to leave the country with no consequences for their unacceptable actions, the fines, repayment for damages and the travel condition were imposed by OM SXM. These avenues resulted in the tourists being hit severely in their financial purses and in their travel possibilities. Politics
Emmanuel calls for update on garbage contract inquiry

Says financial controller had limited info ~ PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Independent Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday called for an update on the Ombudsman's inquiry into the awarding of garbage contracts to five companies for...

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Curaçao Medical Center in dire need of money

WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Medical Center (CMC) was inaugurated only eighteen months, but already seems to be unable to keep its head above water. The hospital is about to collapse financially. CMC is still temporarily kept alive with an advance...

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Irregularities discovered at PSB Bank

WILLEMSTAD - Irregularities were found at PSB Bank, part of the new APC Bank, which indicate possible fraud. In connection with this, three employees were placed on mandatory leave during the investigation. PSB Bank's management has confirmed...

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Return tickets available at Air Belgium

WILLEMSTAD - Good news for the local tourist industry and holiday makers. From now on travelers can book return tickets with Air Belgium. The airline company recently announced that it will also fly the route Curaçao - Brussels Charleroi. The...

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Police busy recruiting new officers

The Sint Maarten Police Force is currently looking for proactive and talented professionals to join our team. The Police Force of Sint Maarten is particularly inviting candidates (who are able to speak and write the Dutch language), who lives in...

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Alpha Team arrests three people for drugs and weapons...

The Alpha Team arrested three suspects - S.B. (64), T.M. (30), and D.J.H.P (34) - on Tuesday in connection with an ongoing investigation into cross border drugs and weapon smuggling. The first two suspects were arrested early Tuesday morning for...

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Suspect arrested for illegal firearm possession

A young man with initials R.A.G. was arrested by police for illegal firearm possession in Sucker Garden around 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Based on information obtained, the suspect was allegedly in possession of a firearm in his car, and...

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Officers busy attending Leadership Training

Over the last week, a squad of police officers continues training in leadership development. The starting date of the course was in the week of April 12, 2021, with induction and official opening of the training.

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Two serious accidents on Sunday afternoon

Two serious accidents involving motorcycles that occurred on Sunday, are under investigation by the Police Traffic Department. The first accident took place on St. Peters Road on 30 May 2021. At about 1:30pm, Police dispatch received several...

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Police Pensioners and Retiree Association elect first board.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On a sunny day last year 2020, a group of pensioners Police Officers came together with the idea to form a Pensioners and Retiree Association. This Association will bring together the former workers of the Police...

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Man drowns in Great Bay Beach

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten (KPSM) - On Saturday, May 29, at approximately 5:50pm, the Police Dispatch Center received a notification that an 81-year-old man with initial O.A. went swimming at Great Bay Beach and was not seen since. Police and...

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The Coast Guard found lifeless body of missing man ...

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - On May 30, 2021, Sunday afternoon the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard received a notification from the Korps Politie St. Maarten (KPSM) that someone who was swimming at Bobby's Marina went missing. A Metal Shark patrol...

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Ransomware attack at Simpson Bay Resort

PELICAN - Simpson Bay Resort has been a victim of a ransomware attack that has resulted in computer systems failure. The timeshare resort's members were informed of this via an email from the resort explaining the situation. The current situation ...

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Schiphol wacht af of regering Sint Maarten actie onderneemt

Amsterdam - De Royal Schiphol Group (RSG) is er nog lang niet aan toe te besluiten de hulp bij het herstel van Princess Juliana Airport (PJIA) op Sint Maarten voort te zetten. In tegenstelling tot het uitgesproken optimisme van minister-president ...

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Gat van 228 mln voor St Maarten

Vaststelling begroting te laat en ontwerp voldoet niet Van een onzer verslaggevers Philipsburg - De (herziene) ontwerpbegroting 2021 van het Land Sint Maarten toont voor dit jaar in totaal 380 miljoen gulden aan baten en in totaal 608 miljoen aan ...

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Nieuw ziekenhuis Curaçao in geldnood

Willemstad - Het in 2019 geopende Curaçao Medical Center (CMC) verkeert in geldnood. Het ziekenhuis is niet langer in staat de huur en rekeningen van leveranciers te betalen. De directie is een rechtszaak begonnen om de overheid te dwingen de...

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Hotels vissen achter het net

Het gaat in potentie om miljoenen aan achterstallige belastingen Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Enkele 'lokale' hotels die eerder niet - zoals destijds Papagayo wel deed en ook aan hun was aangeboden - een regeling hadden getroffen met...

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Opinie: Kolonie of niet?

Deze vraag is beslecht in het kort geding vonnis van 7 mei 2021 in de zaak van Pro Soualiga Foundation (PSF) op Sint Maarten tegen de Staat der Nederlanden. Hoewel de PSF deze zaak glansrijk heeft verloren, wist zij de gemoederen bezig te houden...

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Vliegverboden naar Caribisch Nederland opgeheven

Van onze correspondent Den Haag - De vliegverboden vanuit voornamelijk Zuid-Amerikaanse landen naar Europees en Caribisch Nederland zijn per vandaag opgeheven. Dat schrijft minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat aan de...

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Five Persons Hospitalized. Eight New Positive Cases.

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of June 1st, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, twelve (12) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy-one (71). The total number of confirmed cases is...

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Final COVID-19 Vaccination and Appointment Drive on June 5

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Carrefour Markets Sint Maarten and Celebrity Cruises have continued their COVID-19 Vaccination Registration and Appointment Drive along with a special 20% discount offer for the third Saturday, May 29th at Carrefour...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - June is observed as National Men's Health Month! In recognition of this, the Sint Maarten Lions Club in collaboration with the Positive and Elektralyets Foundation have organized an information session entitled "Men's ...

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Over 60 community projects completed despite COVID-19...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Coordination Team behind SXM DOET is very proud to announce that over 60 community projects were completed on May 28 & 29. Twenty-five projects have been postponed and will be completed later this year. Some...

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ODM: Be Sure to Plan Ahead. Let's Be Prepared

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Ana, was the first-named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season which officially kicks off on June 1st to form outside the season. The sub-tropical storm formed last Saturday near Bermuda and dissipated on...

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AstraZeneca refuseniks will be offered a different vaccine

People in their early 60s who refused an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will be offered an alternative in the near future after all, health minister Hugo de Jonge has told MPs. Earlier the minister had said that people had to take whatever...

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'Not for profit' face mask deal profits €20m

Questions have been asked in parliament after it transpired the owners of a not for profit foundation set up to buy face masks in China earned a combined €20m on the deal. Last year, the health ministry gave a €100m contract to buy face masks in...

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Coronavirus hospital numbers down by 40% in a week

Hospital admissions for coronavirus declined by more than 40% in the last week in what the public health agency RIVM said was further proof that the vaccines were bringing down serious infections. The latest weekly bulletin shows 533 people were...

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Football fans could get to watch Euro 2020 on giant screens

Football fans could be able to watch the later stages of this summer's Euro 2020 championship on giant outdoor screens after all. Hubert Bruls, chair of the national safety council (Veiligheidsberaad), said the Netherlands' third group match...

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