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Armed robbery in Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday December 08th at approximately 3.15 p.m. a police patrol was sent to Union Caribe located on the Cannegieter Street in Philipsburg where an armed robbery, according to reports, had just taken place.

On the scene the investigating officers learnt, that a man had entered the building on business and once inside he pulled a fire-arm and threatened the workers to use it if no cooperation was given.

After robbing the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect walked outside of the building, stepped into an awaiting car and left the scene. Shortly after a vehicle resembling the escape vehicle was located in the Philipsburg area.

This vehicle was confiscated for further investigation. The Special Unit Robbery is asking anyone who has information in connection with this investigation to get in contact with the Police Department by calling 54-22222 ext. 213/214, 911 or the anonymous tip-line #9300. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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SXM Airport Opens Communications Center

SIMPSON BAY – The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has opened its Communications Center which will serve as an outlet to disseminate information to customers via its Call Center.

“It will be recalled that Hurricane Irma inflicted serious damage to our telecommunication system. This has caused an interruption to the telephone system disrupting our information services especially to our clients,” said Michel Hyman, COO and Acting CEO of SXM Airport.

The Communications Center is located temporarily at the Operations Tower and will be operated by our Customer Service officers, he said.

The general public can reach the operators at the main lines 1-721-546-7777 or 1-721- 546-7544. Hyman also announced the appointment of Mrs. Audrey St. Luce-Jack as the Corporate Communications Officer of SXM Airport with effect from November 27, 2017.

She can be reached at 1-721- 520-3764 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Minister Jacobs attends Beyond Kultura Book Launch

SIMPSON BAY - On Friday evening, the Beyond Kultura Foundation launched its latest children’s book “Chella and the Weird Woman” by Loekie Morales at OBA OBA Restaurant and lounge in Simpson Bay.

The book was baptized by the author in the presence of its “godparents” Francis Carty and Claudette Forsythe-Labega.

The bilingual book (Dutch and English translation on each page, is well written and utilized imagery and a fast paced story line to capture the imagination of readers.

Many collaborators gave their experience in the production of this book, and the author Loekie and some children from the after school program depicted a riveting scene from the book. The message of the story brings awareness to children about ways to keep safe, which is very important in today’s society.

In her remarks, Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs stressed the importance of reading and building vocabulary which aids in speaking and writing not just for children but for all.

Reading also opens up the imagination and encourages creativity. Minister Jacobs further encouraged adults in attendance to read often and continue to learn at every opportunity.

The fact that the author translated the book into English also gives readers opportunity to utilize and broaden vocabulary in both languages.

Minister Jacobs also commends the Beyond Kultura Foundation on the launch of another St. Maarten book and for making the book accessible to children in our schools with the donation they will make to each school in the coming weeks.

In conclusion the Minister of Education encourages the general public to purchase the book and make it a special gift for children this Christmas.

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Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan says farewell

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday December 7th, in the presence of colleagues from the Prosecutors Office, colleagues from Dutch National Police Force, the Police Chief Carl John and his management-team and colleagues from the KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force), the outgoing Chief Prosecutor for Sint Maarten Ton Maan took the opportunity to say farewell.

Ton Maan has been Chief Prosecutor for Sint Maarten for a number of years and has established a very close working relationship with the KPSM.

During this gathering the Police Chief thanked Ton Maan for the great cooperation he had given to the KPSM during the time he was in office as Chief Prosecutor.

John further stated that it was definitely an honor to have worked alongside Ton Maan and wished him all the best in his future endeavors.

Ton Maan will be returning to the Netherlands where he will continue his duties. The successor of Ton Maan is Chief Prosecutor Jeroen Steenbrink. (Sint Maarten Police Force) 

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Big Tent at SXM Airport Soon to Better Accommodate Passengers

SIMPSON BAY - The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) will soon erect two big, air-conditioned tents that is intended to better accommodate the passengers and other users of the facility temporarily, until the Terminal Building can be restored to its pre-Hurricane Irma state.

“We are aware of the fact that passengers and other users of the airport facilities would like to return as quickly as possible to experience the award-winning service we offered before Hurricane Irma struck.

“We appreciate their patience and we will soon set up the tents, to further make passenger flow easier and more comfortable, particularly during this holiday season,” said Michel Hyman, COO and acting CEO of SXM Airport.

The tents will enhance customer comfort and upgrade the current operations both for the Arrival and Departure areas, thus freeing up the General Aviation (FBO building) that is now being used for arriving passengers, Hyman said.

The tent will also be customized to include offices and bathroom facilities. “The FBO building will revert to its normal use once the tent is up. This will also make it possible for us to accommodate the increased traffic of private jets that usually come here during this holiday period,” he added.

“Meanwhile, we are working tirelessly to ensure that we rehabilitate and restore the Terminal Building to the envious position it held before the storms. This will take time, however PJIAE is committed to making sure that everyone is kept informed on the progress of our rebuilding effort,” Hyman said.

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Mosquito fogging schedule Monday to Thursday

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, hereby informs the community that mosquito fogging will be carried out on Monday, December 11 from 6.00AM to 8.00AM and from 5.30PM to 8.00PM up to and including Thursday, December 14.

The fogging will be carried out in the following areas, Indigo Bay, Cay Hill, Belair, Little Bay, Fort Willem, A.T. Illidge road, Dawn Beach, Oyster Pond, Lower and Upper Princess Quarter, Middle Region, and Mount William Hill.

If for some reason the Vector Control Unit cannot manage to do these areas in the 2.5-hour time frame, they will continue the next day and will inform on a continuous basis in which areas and days fogging will take place.

Residents living in the aforementioned areas are advised to take the following measures: Leave all doors and windows open to allow the insecticide to enter the building or house; Prevent pets from coming in contact with the insecticide; Toys for children should be covered or stored away; and cover all food and drinks.

For information about mosquito borne diseases such as dengue fever, zika and chikungunya and prevention measures, you can call CPS 542-2078 542-3003; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also report mosquito breeding sites at the aforementioned contacts.

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2018 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is offering customized packages for Beach Cat competitors

SIMPSON BAY - The Beach Cat class, which has been reintroduced to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in 2016, is open for entries again for the 2018 event. In order to help accommodate the special requirements of Beach Cat participants, the organizers have put together a variety of packages to help competitors with their Regatta preparations.

Hotel accommodation, boat storage and security are amongst the services offered, with competitors able to choose between a basic and more advanced package.

Regatta Director Michelle van der Werff says: “Beach Cat racers arrange things differently when it comes to racing in regattas. Once racing is completed they don’t leave their boats out at anchor or tied to a mooring ball. 

They bring the boats up onto the beach which can be an issue when it comes to securing the boats overnight. We’ve acknowledged this issue and together with Karakter Beach Bar in Simpson Bay we are able to set up packages for the Beach Cat racers, which include overnight security.”

Beach Cat racing at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has been carefully scheduled to provide an appealing mixture of short tactical races combined with longer races where speed and consistency are the main factors.

Thursday and Saturday morning racing will be on an innovative course design based on the America’s Cup with three or four races planned before lunch break and a longer point-to-point race in the afternoons. On the Friday the Beach Cats will join the rest of the fleets sailing around the island, while on Sunday there will be one longer race across the Anguilla Channel and back on a screaming reach.

The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta offers two packages for a Beach Cat team consisting of two sailors. Package one is US$ 400 in total and includes entry fee, boat storage, overnight security, a dedicated race committee and safety boats. Package two, which is US$ 900, includes all items of Package 1 plus accommodation for two persons for five nights (Wednesday February 28 – Monday March 5).

The boats are stored on walking distance from the accommodation and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an organized lunch will be provided by Karakter Beach Bar at a special rate for competitors.

The Regatta Office is fully available to assist with all other arrangements, including transportation deals to get the boats to St. Maarten. Competitors interested in participating with their Beach Cat are urged to contact the Regatta Office directly in order to book the package that suits their needs best. More information about the packages being available or the race itself can be found on the Regatta website: heinekenregatta.com

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#SXMSTRONG EDUCATION ON THE MOVE POST IRMA ART AUCTION

POND ISLAND - The post-Irma Art Auction project is spear-headed by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports which is a part of the #sxmstrong campaign facilitated by Lucinda Audain along with Education on the Move Project leader Angelique Roumou- Martis.  Several primary schools were invited to participate in this art project which was done as one of the activities leading up to St. Martin Day celebrations. 

The primary school students, under the guidance of their art teachers, were tasked to creatively express how they felt post Irma. The art teachers were requested to assist the students with getting their ideas and feelings on large 4 by 4 artboards. 

This process was not only creative and fun but was also therapeutic for the students as it helped them process their emotions post Hurricane Irma.  A total of 12 primary school participated and delivered beautiful works of art, some of which were on display for St. Martin Day and have been on display for viewing at the new Administration building.

The final phase of the art project was to have the collection of pieces auctioned.  A number of local businesses and art collectors have been invited to bid on the pieces. All proceeds from the bidding will go directly to the school that created the art work. This initiative was taken to assist the schools in the rebuilding and recovery post Hurricane Irma. 

The project team would like to make a special mention by recognizing local businesses that aided the project such as Kooyman N.V. for providing the plywood and paint material used to create the canvas boards. The art boards and stands were then created thanks to the cooperation of Director Rita Bourne-Gumbs and by the Woodshop teacher, Mr. Oke and students of the St. Maarten Vocational Training School.

Office World also supported the project by sponsoring the actual paint that was needed as some schools lost all their art supplies and needed additional help to complete the project. Without these organizations this project would not have been a success. 

On behalf of the Ministry ECYS, we are cordially inviting the general public to The Art Auction which will be held this Saturday December 9th, 2017 at the Government Building from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The evening will begin with a small cocktail reception after which Mr. E. Valentin Davis, the Auctioneer of the evening of the Sheer Art Gallery, will host the auction process.  

We would like to encourage the community to come out and support the youth and their creative efforts in hopes to raise funds to help their schools.

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TSA Gives SXM Airport Thumbs Up Post-Irma

SIMPSON BAY – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States has given the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) the thumbs up with regards to its security processes.

“The TSA recently came to review our home security processes and they declared that SXM Airport has met the minimum international requirements,” said Michel Hyman, Chief Operations Officer and Acting CEO of the airport.

“TSA also returned for a follow-up visit and they were very impressed with the progress we have made thus far,” he added.

This progress includes the restoration of about 94% of the perimeter fencing after almost the entire fencing was destroyed in the passage of Hurricane Irma. The perimeter fencing is critical to the operation of services at the airport since no commercial airline would land or take off at the airport without this in place, explained Hyman.

Hyman further disclosed that the Juliana Aerodrome and Air Traffic Control have returned to the regular operational hours of 7:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. with effect from Saturday December 2, 2017.

This has allowed evening flights to be executed. Hyman said the Air Traffic Services are “working optimally” in spite of the fact that they are functioning without a radar which was destroyed in Hurricane Irma.

“Our ATS officers are among the best you can find anywhere in this world, especially given our airspace and what they do daily given their limitations,” he said.

“Sometimes we forget what hit us. Irma’s winds were recorded at 240mph at the airport. That is the take-off speed of a fully loaded 747 aircraft! Nothing can withstand that kind of force.

“We are meeting the target date that we have set and we are also meeting the international standards as well,” Hyman concluded.

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S.E.L. MADURO & SONS Miami Black Friday

PHILIPSBURG/MIAMI - SEL Maduro & Sons- St.Maarten, along with Island Essence Travel Agency of St. Eustatius have done it again! On Thursday November 23rd, twenty four excited passengers all dressed in the bright red matching SEL Maduro & Sons T-shirts boarded the American Airlines flight destined to Miami.

The flight landed safely in Miami where a VIP bus service was on standby to welcome the guests. SEL Maduro & Sons surprised the passengers by taking them directly to The Dolphin Mall, instead of to the Marriott Hotel for check in.  At the mall, they experienced an exciting 2-hour shopping expedition followed by another 2 hour shopping spree at Wal-Mart.  They literally “hit the ground running”.

On Friday 24th November, the VIP Bus Transportation was in place for a timely departure headed directly towards the Sawgrass Mills Mall where guests had 14 hours of uninterrupted shopping……..and as expected they shopped until they dropped!” Saturday followed with extensive shopping and fun.

To facilitate our guests with shipping of their newly acquired goodies, Maduro arranged for Carib Trans, Mr. Eddie Andre and his hardworking team, to be at the Marriott Hotel to assist with packing of the barrels, E Containers and D Containers.  Carib Trans made their services available to anyone who did not want to worry about excess freight of the airline.

On Sunday it all came to an end as our guests prepared for departure, back to St.Maarten. S.E.L. Maduro & Sons extends warm gratitude to all its’ customers, thanking everyone for their support. “We have built new friendships and long lasting memories” explained Evelyn, the travel advisor of Maduro.

Based on the growing popularity of these group packages, S.E.L. Maduro & Sons is presently introducing all-inclusive group travel packages for the following upcoming destinations:

Save The Dates!

  • All Inclusive Trip to Dominican Republic Easter Weekend Thursday 29th March to Sunday 1st April, 2018.
  • Jamaica 9th May to 12th May, 2018.
  • Soca Cruise July 2018.
  • Summer Trip to Cuba July / August 2018.
  • Summer Family Packages to Orlando / Disney World.
  • Summer Family Package to Punta Cana / Nickelodeon.
  • Dominica Creole Fest, 27th to 30th October, 2018.
  • Miami Shop Until You Drop 23rd to 26th November, 2018.
  • Reggae Cruise December, 2018.

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