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18-months demanded by Prosecution in Sculptor Case

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Court of First Instance issued the verdict in the Sculptor investigation on Monday, June 17th, 2019, according to a statement from the TBO Anti-Corruption Taskforce.

“In this investigation the PJIA Chief of Security was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and corruption. Since safety and integrity on the airport of Sint Maarten is of paramount concern, especially in the interest of passenger safety, the Public Prosecutor’s Office demanded 18 months prison sentence. In his verdict, the judge imposed that sentence,” the TBO statement concludes.

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Nature Foundation Organizes Kids Shark Day on Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - For the 4th year, the Nature Foundation St Maarten will organize a fun and educational shark event for kids at Buccaneer Beach Bar. Kids Shark Day is part of the annual Sint Maarten Shark Week, organized to educate particularly the youth of St Maarten about the importance of sharks and healthy oceans.

This year Shark Day will be on Saturday the 22nd of June and will start at 1 pm with a Shark Scavenger Hunt and will end with a raffle for all participating kids at 4 pm. Beside the yearly shark week activities, a creative and unique activity will be organized together with the WasteFactory in order to create shark art from waste at the same time and location. 

“This year Kids Shark Day will have a Shark Scavenger Hunt, whereby shark objects and shark species can be found in the surroundings of Buccaneers, knowledge can be gained and tested about the sharks living in our oceans. Again, we also have other free of charge shark activities such as; shark coloring, shark claying, a quiz to learn about sharks, shark tattoo’s, shark face painting and shark selfies can be made wearing hammerhead or great white shark suites. The waste to shark art activity will teach the kids about the value of trash and they can express their creativity by crafting beautiful shark art from single-use plastic items under the guidance of the WasteFactory” explained Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern organizer of St Maarten Shark Week.  

Sharks are not frightening or dangerous but an important contributor to the ecosystem and important to the local community as they attract valuable dive tourism. Sharks also keep the reefs clean of unhealthy fish, thus keeping the ecosystem in balance. Healthy oceans need sharks, we as humans depend on the oceans therefore, we need sharks. Last year only 4 people died due to a shark bite on this earth, sharks are not a threat to humans; humans are a threat to shark as we kill 100 million a year. 

“We have over 500 different shark species in our oceans; you can find sharks in the size of 6 inch up to 40 feet. They are already in our ocean for more than 400 million years, reasons enough to protect these gorgeous species and learn about them. Kids which will attend the event will learn many of these characteristics about sharks, the media often likes to portray sharks as killing machines, however the facts show us completely the opposite. Occasionally shark bites do happen, however no unprovoked attack has ever been recorded on St. Maarten. It is more likely that you get killed by a coconut falling on your head than by a shark. It is safe to swim and dive with sharks; it is time to change their image’ continued Nature Foundations Project Office Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern. 

The first 60 kids participating in the Shark Scavenge hunt will receive a goody package and all kids will receive raffle tickets for their efforts, by which great prizes can be won, such as a tube ride or paddle boat rental. There will be special shark drinks for adults and kids, the proceeds of these drinks will go to the Nature Foundations shark awareness program. A team of volunteers will be ready to provide the kids with an exciting and educational shark experience and guide them through the activities, Shark Day is for all ages to attend and free of charge (although a 5$ donation is appreciated for the waste to shark art activity to cover material costs). Nature Foundation is looking forward to welcome many kids and their parents during the event to learn about sharks while having a great time.

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Johnson, Lee, Giterson & De Weever visit Flamingo and Royal Palm hotels

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Diamond Resorts in St. Maarten is expected to officially reopen its Flamingo and Royal Palm Beach Resorts in June next year with completely remodelled facilities according to the company’s local representatives.

Minister of Tourism, the honourable Stuart Johnson, led a delegation including two colleague Ministers from the Government of St. Maarten on a visit to Diamond Resort's two properties on Friday morning.

The tour was aimed at getting updates on progress being made to the reconstruct the hurricane devastated facilities. Accompanying Johnson were Emil Lee, Minister of Labour Health and Social Affairs, Minister of Justice Cornelius De Weever and Miklos Giterson Minister of Public Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure along with May-Ling Chun Director of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

The Ministry of Tourism has embarked on a campaign since the beginning of Johnson’s term as TEATT Minister to reach out to hotels as the goal for the government of St. Maarten where it concerns revitalizing the economy includes the full restoration of all resorts.

Johnson first visited the two resorts in October last year and met with Mervin Le Blanc. The resort was still undergoing gutting of rooms and cleaning resulting from property damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria.

At that time, Johnson had expressed his hope to Le Blanc that local contractors would be allowed to work when it was time to rebuild. On Friday Le Blanc was able to show the new room designs to the delegation and give them an update on the progress being made.

According to Johnson, the anticipation for 2020 is that St. Maarten will be experiencing a significant spike on economic activities as the construction of several hotels including Planet Hollywood would be well on the way. "There are also going to be several hotels coming online, and this is a significant boost in economic activity to bring us close to pre-Irma type economic activity going into the 2019/2020 tourism season," said Johnson.

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Minister Stuart Johnson (1st from right), Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May-Ling Chun (center) and a gentleman at one of the hotel properties during the tour.

 

 

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Two men arrested at SXM Airport. One for Marijuana Possession and another for Illegal Entry

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - On Friday June 14th, 2019, after a routine check of incoming suitcases, one suitcase appeared to contain a suspicious substance, which after a thorough inspection by Customs Officers turned out to be marijuana, police announced in a statement on Monday evening.

During this interception one man with the initials C.J. was arrested by the Customs Officers. The case was later, in consultation with the public prosecutor, handed over to the Alpha Team of the Sint Maarten Police Force for further investigation.

Also, on Friday June 14th, 2019, a male passenger traveling from the Dominican Republic with initials G.A.J.P. attempted to enter the country illegally. Upon his arrival at the Immigration check point he handed over a green card to one of the Immigration Officers who immediately realized that the green card that was handed over, was falsified.

In collaboration with officers of the Alpha Team, G.A.J.P. was arrested and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station, where he remains in custody pending the investigation. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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BES(t)4 kids programme gets off to a good start

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS - The BES(t) 4 kids programme's ambition is to offer all children in the Caribbean Netherlands good quality, safe and accessible childcare and after-school care by the year 2022. Since the programme's launch in January 2019, great efforts have been made to realise the objectives.

The number of classrooms in Saba has been increased and a number of additional employees were recruited so more children in Saba can use childcare and after-school care facilities. As result, the waiting list for childcare decreased. All staff members have attended the introductory session of the pedagogical High Scope programme.

This educational method focuses on the comprehensive development of children aged between 0 and 6. On June 24th and 25th, 2019 all staff members of the childcare facility will also be trained in the Conscious Discipline programme. This programme aims to strengthen children's social-emotional skills. In September 2019 the first group of 14 employees of the Saba Comprehensive School will start the CVQ 2 Early Childhood Development training.

In February 2019, St. Eustatius launched the CVQ 2 Early Childhood Development training at the Gwendoline van Putten School. Eight staff members of the childcare facility and twelve students of the school follow this two-year training course. They learn how young children develop themselves and how they can support children in this process.

July 2019 two staff members of the childcare and after-school care unit will start a course to become a trainer in the pedagogical High Scope programme. Additionally, trainings will be provided for management teams of childcare organisations and a platform has been established in which the childcare organisations can discuss and coordinate organisational matters with each other.

Furthermore, the kindergarten is working on expanding the nursery. The remodeling will be completed in September 2019. Then there will be room for more babies and the facilities for their care will have improved.

Different groups of employees in Bonaire have been trained in the pedagogical Kaleidoscoop programme. A train-the-trainer course for new students and the recertification of staff members who obtained the Kaleidoscoop certificate in the past, will start in August 2019. On June 6th, 2019 a meeting was held for childcare organisations and the education sector.

They discussed the opportunities which working with Kaleidoscoop offers children and what the programme could mean for a strong start in primary school. In Bonaire, the number of subsidised places for children has been increased and the income threshold has been raised. As result, more parents will be able to use childcare and after-school care facilities.

In order to realise this all, the Public Entities appointed BES(t) 4 kids project managers. For Bonaire this is Tamara Nicolaas, Angela Dekker was appointed in St. Eustatius and Rosalyn Johnson in Saba. Fleur Lagcher holds the position of overall programme manager. The Public Entities and the Central Government (the Ministries of SZW, OCW, VWS and BZK) work in close collaboration with each other in the BES(t) 4 kids programme. Civil service representatives will meet in a work conference in St. Eustatius in the period June 19th to 21th, 2019 to discuss follow-up actions.

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Second round of repairs to police stations to start soon after green light given

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - A few short weeks after the conclusion of the first round of repairs, second phase renovations to the Philipsburg and Simpson Bay police stations were given the green light on Friday, June 14th with the signing of the works contract between the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) and the contracting company Drive Tech NV.

As part of the Emergency Repair Projects 1 of the St. Maarten Trust Fund the roofs and interior, mainly all ceilings, floors and wall partitions of both stations which suffered extensive hurricane damage in 2017, will be renovated.

Simultaneously, works to air conditioning system and ducts, the IT system and electrical cabling will be completed on behalf of the Ministry of VROMI. The total costs for the second phase are approximately 1.1 million US dollars.

Signing on behalf of the NRPB was Director Claret Connor and Gaston Fraser of behalf of Drive Tech NV. Also present at the signing were the Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever, Representative of the Netherlands Chris Johnson, Police Chief Carl John and the supervising contractor Ravindra Patandin of ILACO Suriname NV.

The assignment has been projected to be completed within approximately three months and all parties at the contract signing expressed their satisfaction at the progression and looked forward to the completion of these new resilient police stations which will be redesigned to be able to withstand future category five hurricanes.

The Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund is financed by the Government of the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau on behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten.

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Sherylle Horsford installed as 48th President as New Rotary Year Commences

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten kicked off its new Rotary year on Saturday, June 8h at the Pure Ocean Restaurant at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort.

Outgoing President John Caputo thanked the outgoing Board of Directors for their service over the past two years. Caputo explained, “The last two years have been a challenging time for everyone in our region, and Rotary is no exception. I am proud of the work completed by our members and everyone’s efforts to secure almost US $400,000 to help transform the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region to an Exceptional Education School. This grant will help make lasting and meaningful change to our island. It’s what Rotary is all about”.

President Caputo then officially turned over the reins of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten to Sherylle Horsford.

President Horsford, “I want to thank outgoing President John Caputo for his service and for holding the mantle for not one, but two years. Thank you for your service. During the new Rotary year, our Club will continue many of the great traditional projects that you have come to expect from us. In addition, it my intention add a focus of reducing the use of one-time plastics on the island. You will see us add this theme to all of our traditional projects and new projects in the most practical way possible”.

Newly installed President Horsford introduced her new Board Members and Committee Chairpersons including: Secretary/President-elect Dimple Sagre, Immediate Past President John Caputo, Vice President Pierre DeCelles, Treasurer Robert Judd and Sargent-at-Arms Franklyn Maynard.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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Intelligence Center Sint Maarten formalized

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The cooperation agreement for the formalization of the Intelligence Center Sint Maarten (ICSM) was officially signed on Friday, June 14th, 2019.

The collaborating partners are namely: Police Force Sint Maarten (KPSM); Interpol Sint Maarten (NCB Philipsburg); Financial Intelligence Unit (MOT); Public Prosecutor's Office (OM); Customs Sint Maarten; National Detectives Sint Maarten (LR); Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (KWCARIB); and Detective Cooperation Team (RST).

Formalizing this cooperation agreement which has already been operational over the last few years in a pilot phase, ensures the long-term continuation of existing collaboration with the common objective of protecting, maintaining and strengthening the rule of law and national security in St. Maarten.

The agreement gives the partners more incentive to exchange information and expertise. The tasks of each partner can now be carried out in a more focused manner and products and services can be developed jointly.

Moreover, ICSM serves the international and cross-border interest. It will assist with international requirements imposed on the various law enforcement organizations on Sint Maarten. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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Nature Foundation Organizes 4th Annual Sint Maarten Shark Week Event

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation will organize Sint Maarten Shark Week for the fourth year from the 16th until the 23rd of June. The week-long event will feature numerous activities centered on the conservation of and educating about the importance of sharks. During the event the Foundation will visit local primary schools to teach the students about the importance of sharks, threats to sharks and their remarkable biology.

On the 22nd of June from 1-4 pm a fun and educational event ‘Kids Shark Day’ will be organized for all ages at Buccaneer Beach Bar. Also, during this event shark art will be made from waste together with the WasteFactory. The event also includes a Shark Scavenger Hunt, Shark coloring and claying, a quiz to learn about sharks, shark tattoos, face painting and kids can dress up to be a real hammerhead or great white shark. 

“We are organizing Shark Week again as we noticed that many people on St Maarten still have misperceptions about sharks. Many still believe sharks to be dangerous and that sharks eat people; however, statistics and science show us the opposite; humans have been killing sharks to the brink of extinction. Everyday tons of people swim and dive safely with sharks, sharks are not the killing machines as showed by the media but creatures which are very important for the health of our ocean ecosystem” explained Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern organizer of Sint Maarten Shark Week. 

Globally, human fishing pressure has resulted in at least 100 million sharks being killed annually, primarily for products such as shark fin soup and shark steaks. The cruel act of finning sharks, which sometimes involves cutting the fins off of live sharks, and selling shark products, is pushing sharks to the brink of extinction.

Sharks are not frightening or dangerous but an important contributor to the ecosystem and important to the local community as they attract valuable dive tourism. Research has proven multiple times that sharks keep the coral reefs clean of sick fish and keep the ocean’s ecosystem in balance.

If we do not have sharks, we will lose our coral reef ecosystem and everything which depends on that such as fisheries, dive tourism, beach tourism and the very things which make us a unique island in the Caribbean. During Shark Week, the Nature Foundation will attempt to bring this awareness about sharks to the local community particularly for the children on the island. 

“Besides their great importance to healthy coral reefs, fish stocks and oceans, sharks also have amazing adaptations and a diverse biology. They have roamed in our oceans for more than 400 million years, sharks existed way before dinosaurs, presently many different shark species exist in our oceans. If people think about sharks, they think about a large shark with big teeth, however there are about 550 shark and ray species in our ocean, some even as small as our hand, such as the dwarf lanternshark. We hope the school students will enjoy learning about sharks and many kids will come out to learn about sharks during our event on the 22nd of June” continued Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern.

Kids Shark Day Poster

 

 

 

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PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTORATE: RECALL OF TYSON CHICKEN STRIP PRODUCTS

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Tyson Foods Inc. has issued a recall of approximately 11.829.517 pounds of frozen, ready to eat chicken strip products. Reason for the recall is a potential contamination with pieces of metal. Some of these products might have been shipped to Sint Maarten.

The recalled products were produced between October 1st, 2018 and March 8th, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. On the back of the product package, establishment number “P-7221” is mentioned.

The affected products are branded under different names:

  1. Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat;
  2. Tyson fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat and buffalo style sauce;
  3. Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat and honey and BBQ style sauce smoke flavor added;
  4. Best Choice buffalo style chicken strips made with white meat chicken / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat glazed in a buffalo style sauce fully cooked;
  5. Great Value fully cooked chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat / crispy;
  6. Food Lion crispy chicken strips fully cooked / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat made with white meat chicken fully cooked / microwaveable;
  7. Food Lion buffalo style chicken strips / fully cooked breaded chicken breast strips fritters with rib meat and glazed with buffalo-style sauce made with white meat chicken / fully cooked / microwaveable;
  8. Meijer crispy chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat;
  9. Meijer chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat & honey BBQ flavored sauce / smoke flavor & caramel color added / honey BBQ flavored;
  10. Meijer chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat & buffalo style sauce / buffalo style;
  11. Giant Premium chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat;
  12. Giant Eagle crispy fully cooked chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat made with white meat chicken;
  13. Publix fully cooked crispy chicken fritters / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat made with white meat chicken;
  14. Kirkwood honey BBQ flavored chicken strips / glazed chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat / smoke flavor added;
  15. Kirkwood buffalo style chicken strips breast fritters with rib meat & buffalo style sauce;
  16. Hannaford buffalo style chicken strips / fully cooked breaded chicken breast strips fritters with rib meat and glazed with buffalo-style sauce made with white meat chicken / fully cooked / microwaveable;
  17. Hannaford crispy chicken strips fully cooked chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat made with white meat chicken / fully cooked / microwaveable;
  18. Spare time fully cooked, buffalo style chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat and buffalo style sauce;
  19. Spare time fully cooked, honey BBQ flavored crispy chicken strips / glazed chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat, smoke flavor added;
  20. Spare time fully cooked chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat;
  21. Spare time fully cooked, buffalo style chicken strip breast fritters with rib meat & buffalo style sauce;
  22. Spare time fully cooked crispy chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat;
  23. Spare time fully cooked, buffalo style chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat & buffalo style seasoning;
  24. Spare time fully cooked, BBQ chicken strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat and honey BBQ flavored sauce, smoke flavor added;
  25. Spare time fully cooked buffalo style chicken strip fritters with rib meat;
  26. SE Grocers fully cooked chicken breast strips / chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat.

The Inspectorate has conducted the necessary checks to establish to what extent these products have entered the Sint Maarten market. In this respect, the authorities in the United States were also consulted and inspections were performed at both local importers and various supermarkets. A small amount of less than 25 recalled products were encountered. These were taken off the shelves and instructions to discard of them were given.

The Inspectorate has not received any complaints related to the recall yet. However, the Inspectorate informs all consumers not to consume any of products listed and will continue monitoring the local market.

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