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Ombudsman: Non-cooperation could make you liable to criminal prosecution

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Civil Servants, persons or legal entities, who refuse to cooperate with requests or inquiries from Ombudsman Institute of Curacao are liable to criminal prosecution and can be penalized with a hefty fine. This is stated in the draft ordinance amending the Ordinance Ombudsman, which was submitted to parliament by the Ombudsman on October 30 of this year.

The draft ordinance amending the Ordinance Ombudsman includes, among other things, the introduction of a system of sanctions for those who do not cooperate with the Ombudsman.

The legislative adaptation focuses more on officials who do not provide information to the Ombudsman Institute. These officials are, in accordance with the bill that is now before parliament, guilty of dereliction of duty. Even those who as a witness, experts or as an interpreter refuse to cooperate with the Ombudsman Institute can be punished by a fine. This also applies to entities that failed to cooperate in investigations of the Ombudsman. (Curacao Chronicle)

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SXM Airport Staff Get Complimentary Zumba Classes

SIMPSON BAY, SXM Airport - In its efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle, the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, is currently offering complimentary Zumba classes to employees interested in its fitness program. About 30 staff have enrolled in the program.

Conducted by Ms. Patricia Pantophlet of Patty’s Zumba, this form of exercise incorporates fun footwork and body movement set to the Caribbean rhythms of salsa, cumbia, soca, reggaeton, merengue, samba and zouk. In addition to the twice weekly Zumba classes, employees have also enjoyed outdoor activities.

Pantophlet explained that a walk was organized to kick off the fitness program. The walk was from the airport terminal building over the causeway and back to terminal building. SXM Airport employees also participated in a hike to the natural pool in Point Blanche. “There is a lot more on the program for them,” Pantophlet said.

Though it was initially planned to last one month, SXM has graciously extended the fitness program by two months, given the interest shown by the employees.

“A healthy body is home to a healthy mind, and the healthier our staff the more productive they will be,” noted Kalifa Hickinson, SXM’s Corporate Communications Specialist. (SXM Airport)

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AirStMaarten now offering Lear Jet Service

SIMPSON BAY, SXM Airport – Locally owned AirStMaarten has access to a Lear 55 Jet to carry out private jet charters on demand for clients and agents connected with the airline.

Those interested in utilizing the jet service can already start making inquiries with via http://www.airsxm.com/private-jet-charters.

You can also inquire about other aircraft that AirStMaarten has access to which includes turboprops to long range and wide body jet aircraft.

AirStMaarten owner Terrance Rey stated that he also offers regular commercial flights, cruises, vacation packages and Caribbean Specials.  

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New Changes to Dutch Caribbean Visa Policy

PHILIPSBURG - The Director of the Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) would like to inform the general public that as of November 1, 2014 new visa regulations went into effect for the Dutch Caribbean and St. Maarten in particular as efforts continued to improve travel and economic opportunities within the region as well as the necessary streamlining of policies in accordance with European and international regulations.

U.S. and Canadian Visa

Travelers from the following countries only; Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, China (new), Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, India (new), Jamaica and Peru, are exempted from the Dutch Caribbean visa when in possession of a valid, multiple entry visa from the United States and Canada.

Schengen Visa

All travelers, regardless of nationality, are exempted from the Dutch Caribbean visa when in possession of a valid, multiple entry Schengen Area visa.

These changes have implications for travel throughout the Dutch Caribbean i.e. Aruba, Curacao and the BES (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba) islands. More information regarding the revised Dutch Caribbean visa policy and be requested by contacting the IBP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Immigration and Border Protection Service Sint Maarten)

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24-Year old Suspect in attempted murder case arrested near Fisherman’s Wharf

COLE BAY - On Tuesday November 4th at approximately 05.00 p.m. the suspect in an ongoing investigation concerning an attempted murder/severe ill-treatment with a weapon, was arrested by police in the vicinity of Fisherman’s Wharf in Cole Bay.

The suspect with initials A.L. (24) was involved in a fight on November 2nd at a bar in Cole Bay. During this fight the victim was seriously wounded after being stabbed. The suspect cooperated completely with police during his arrest.

The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg police station where he remains in custody for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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BTP-SXM MEETS WITH REGULATORS FRANCE & NETHERLANDS

PHILIPSBURG - Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP-SXM), successfully concluded its meetings with the Regulatory entity and -administration in France and the Netherlands, during a working visit.

BTP-SXM team headed by the Director Mr. Anthony Carty is quoted as saying: “The objectives set by BTP-SXM have been accomplished. The execution of an amendment to the Protocol signed in November 2013 with the French Regulatory entity and -Administration ANFR/ARCEP regarding the coordination of spectrum for the joint use by St. Maarten and Saint Martin, taken into consideration the interest of our neighboring partners the BES, Anguilla and St. Kitts, is a testimony of the continued close cooperation of the regulatory entities in serving the further development of the telecommunications industry.”

While the meeting with the French regulatory entity and administration representatives focused on an extensive approach towards spectrum coordination, the meeting with the representatives of the Dutch regulatory agency and administration focused on matters regarding the division of numbers, codes and call names relevant to the telecommunications-, radio broadcasting and maritime industries in St. Maarten.

The documents executed during this visit provides the basis for a steady and continuous development of the telecommunications industry in St. Maarten in particular the mobile section, as well as for an enhanced collaboration and cooperation between parties. The outlined approaches in the executed document will be shared in the weeks to come with counterparts for review and discussion, so an extensive coordination of spectrum approaches, allocations and use may be ascertained. Through the executed undertaking BTP-SXM is now in a position to commence with the allocation of spectrum for LTE deployment in St. Maarten.

In closing Mr. Carty pointed out that without the contributions of his dedicated team and the desire of the French and Dutch counter parts to collaborate, this result could not be achieved. The Protocol and its amendment are posted on the website of BTP-SXM: www.sxmregulator.sx.

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Central Committee Meeting of Parliament scheduled for November 06

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a Central Committee session on November 06th.

The committee meeting is set for Thursday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is a draft National Ordinance to adjust the Stamp Ordinance related to Passports; the second agenda is advice regarding the installation and composition of the Permanent and Adhoc Committees of Parliament.

The third agenda is advice regarding the installation and composition of the Committees of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino); and the fourth agenda point is composition of the delegation to attend the Commemorative General Assembly on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Parlatino on December 6th and Meeting of Young Parliamentarians 2014 on December 4th and 5th.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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Conflict resolution workshop this Saturday

PHILIPSBURG-On Saturday November 8, Step Out Promotions will host the second Conflict Resolution workshop themed Conflict Resolution: From Theory to Practical.

The workshop is a follow up to an elementary session that was held in September. It will feature conflict scenarios, role playing and breakout sessions.

Distinguished Toastmaster Rolande Tobias will return in his role as facilitator of the session.

The general public is asked to register early for the three hour workshop since space is limited. A participant fee of $35 (Fls. 63) is being charged, inclusive of refreshments and workshop materials.

For more information the general public is asked to call telephone numbers 523-0901 or 523-9553 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organizers say that due to the positive feedback received at the first workshop, they decided to host another session to take the ideal of conflict resolution from a classroom setting to practical application using real life scenarios in marriage, ministry and work relations. 

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Plenary Session of Parliament scheduled for November 05 with Minister Richardson

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in a plenary public session on November 05th.

The plenary session is set for Wednesday at 3.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The first agenda point is incoming documents; the second agenda point is the draft National Ordinance regarding the Bureau of Intellectual Property. 

The Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, and Transportation & Telecommunications will be present for the House session.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com, and also via www.sxmparliament.org

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Disney Wonder to home port out of Puerto Rico in 2016. An opportunity for Sint Maarten families

PUERTO RICO-SINT MAARTEN – Disney Cruise Lines will be home porting out of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2016.  Sint Maarten families who would like to take the kids on a Disney cruise won’t have to travel to Miami to do so in 2016.

Disney Wonder will be the vessel that will home port out of San Juan.  The seven night cruise will take passengers to Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts.

Disney will be offering four sailings due to popular demand.  Disney Wonder has 11 massive decks, a total length of 964 feet; maximum width of 106 feet and a gross tonnage of 83,000.  It has the capacity to accommodate 2,700 passengers along with 950 cast and crew members.

The cruise out of San Juan will mean a considerable savings for Sint Maarten families.  The costs of airfare out of SXM Airport to Miami are on average US$500+ round-trip per person.  An airfare from SXM Airport to San Juan will mean a considerable savings for families.  Start saving from now for that family cruise on-board Disney Wonder. (SOUALIGA NEWSDAY REPORT)

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