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Two arrested for drive-by shooting

BONAIRE – The Police Force Caribbean Netherlands (KPCN) in a press statement said on Friday that a drive-by shooting occurred on the 15th of March 2018.

“At about 17.30 the police received notification of a shooting near Paula C. Dorner Road. Witnesses saw two men in a car driving by, and one had a revolver and shot, after which they drove off.

“After an investigation, the police were able to track down the suspects and arrest them at about 19.10 of that evening.

“The initials and age of the suspects are F.L.H. 29 years old and T.J.H. 30 years old. The case is being further investigated by the police.”


Benjamin & Parker starts Free Tax Online Consultation as of March 19

PHILIPSBURG - Benjamin & Parker will start on March 19 to 24, 2018, with its yearly free online consultation program. Due to the existing tax panic in Sint Maarten as described by their associates, the management has decided to address this matter by “free” online consultations, Terence Jandroep from Benjamin & Parker said on Thursday.

“The consultations will address advice what to do, how to do it, to secure fiscal health of individuals and companies. In 2014, B-Parker started this online awareness campaign which was visited by over 100 tax payers in SXM. The firm will also discuss the most important tax deductibles related to Hurricane Irma.

“After having catered this campaign, B-Parker had a clear view on how the Inspectorate of the Tax Office works and maneuvers, important to set forth the standard on how the address tax matters.

“Companies that made use of this opportunity came from all branches and foundations. We are glad to be able to give our support to the SXM Taxpayer in this matter and will become the partner to pinpoint practical solutions to your existing problems.”


Aruba Day March 18 activities by the Chuchubi Foundation

PHILIPSBURG - The Chuchubi Foundation has started their preparations for the annual Aruba Day celebration which will be on Sunday March 18th, 2018. Due to the severe impact of Hurricane Irma, this year’s celebration will be held on a lower scale.

The Aruba Day celebration begins with a church service, followed by the annual award ceremony and Aruba Style Shindig at the Bute Hotel The entrance is free, however, drinks and snacks will be on sale, and you can dance the evening away with the band 911 and DJ EZ Rick.

The celebration is as follows:

Friday March 16, 2018 - Pre Aruba Day Celebration

  • Pre Aruba Day Celebration hosted by Caribbean Blend on the Boardwalk. Join Chuchubi Members and friends for a Meet & Greet party from 8:00pm – 2:00am Dress Code: Aruban Blend.

Sunday March 18, 2018 - Aruba Day

          Church Service:

  • 8:30 am: Join Chuchubi Foundation at the St. Martin Of Tours Roman Catholic Church, Front Street, Philipsburg for a church service followed by the singing of the St. Maarten and Aruba national anthems.

Annual Award Ceremony & Shindig

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm: Be a part of the Chuchubi Foundation Annual Award Ceremony at

     Bute Hotel located on A.Th. Illidge Road.

  • 6:00pm to midnight: Aruban Style Shindig at Bute’s Hotel. Musical Entertainment by 911 and DJ EZ Rick.

The Chuchubi Foundation is bringing once again all Arubans, friends of Aruba and the general public together to celebrate Aruba Day 2018. We look forward to your continued support!!! Do come out in great numbers. 


Health Care Providers invited to register for STI Training Workshop

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Health care providers are invited to register to participate in a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) workshop that is scheduled to take place on March 24 and March 25.

This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The workshop will take place at AUC on Saturday, March 24 from 8.30am to 4.00pm and on Sunday, march 25 from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

The objective of the training is to increase knowledge and skills of medical service providers for first-level diagnosis, treatment and referral of patients in order to provide an efficient STIs program for the country.

Health care providers can register by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The training is for clinicians and service providers whose normal duties include first-level diagnosis and treatment of patients and those who work as outreach providers, counsellors or educators at any first-contact health facility.

The workshop is also relevant to medical service providers (mid-wives, nurses and doctors, public health nurses and pharmacists) at health facilities.

For additional information, you can call: 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 or 542-1570.


Owner requested to remove boat/trailer wreck in Simpson Bay

SIMPSON BAY, (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), hereby informs the owner of the damaged motor boat Novurania, type Equator, and trailer, located next to Airport road in Simpson Bay, that you are ordered to remove the aforementioned within 48 hours.

The legal basis of the order is based on Article 8 of the General Police Ordinance (AB 2013, GT no. 42).


Fire Chiefs conclude meeting on cooperation

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Monday that Fire Chiefs from within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Expert Group, met last week to discuss various forms of cooperation.

Fire Chiefs from Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba), the secretary for the Fire Chief of Saba, representatives from the Fire Department in the Netherlands, held discussions with respect to cooperation and the way forward.

The agenda points discussed during the meeting related to training of fire department personnel, education and firefighting equipment.

The meeting took place on Sint Maarten, and is held about twice a year on one of the islands.

CUTLINE: Expert work group members.

Fire Dept Expert Group Meeting



SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Motorworld Group of Companies (MWG), the island's leading automobile dealership, is proud to be part and parcel of the cultural celebration of St. Maarten Carnival 2018, themed, "Come Celebrate Life!" MWG will be intrinsically involved with support of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation's (SCDF) wide range of activities, which include jump-ups, parades, as well as other events and activities within the Festival Village.  

"SCDF is once again very grateful to have Motorworld back as a partner in Carnival, especially after the passing of Hurricane Irma, the festival needs all the help it can get. We truly appreciate MW for understanding its corporate social responsibility to this community, it’s people and it’s culture," says Alston Lourens, SCDF President.

Motorworld will be heavily involved in St. Maarten Carnival above and beyond the official support of its main organizers, SCDF. 

MWG will also be sponsoring the award-winning Xscape Band Carnival Troupe, presented by Troupe Leader Erica Fortuno. The Motorworld section entitled, "Soualiga" (land of Salt), gives testament of the strength of the people of St. Maarten. 

Draped in the vibrant hues of blue and red, this bears significance of the island's, as well as Motorworld's brand colors. 

"Our resilience lies in our ability to forge essential partnerships that allow us to thrive together, and continue to celebrate our rich culture which is an essential component of the fabric of our society, and shared success.

“Working and celebrating our rich cultural heritage together, we are bound in unity with a love and passion for the people of this island gem," states Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, MWG. 

MWG will also be supporting several Carnival artists, activities, and events. One such major event is the 'Motorworld Carnival Baccanal', which is a kick-off to the Causeway Jump-Up, being organized by SCDF on March 16. The MW Carnival Baccanal event will be held this Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Motorworld's state-of-the-art showroom, located in Cole bay. 

Featured will be live entertainment by the 3-peat Carnival Soca Monarch, King Rumer, King Vers, Erno York aka Grand Prime, MC Sponge and DJ King Kembe, as well as other surprise guest artists. 

In addition, the first 50 customers will receive a free Carnival Survival kit, with a t-shirt and trinkets ready for the jump-up, as well as free food and drinks. Attendees can also participate in fun activities during the event to win a free Carnival season pass or costume.    

Moreover, Motorworld's "March Madness" sales promotions continue with price slashes on several vehicles to meet the budgets of diverse customers.

"All within a festive atmosphere to celebrate our culture and commitment to progress, as we continue to work together to rebuild our sweet St. Maarten/St. Martin land with vibes cyan done!" states Jacqueline Louis, MWG's Marketing Management Consultant.


Deadline submission 2017 annual report of political parties is April 3

PHILIPSBURG - The Electoral Council would like to remind all 13 registered political parties that the annual report for 2017 should be submitted to the Electoral Council before April 1st, 2018, as stipulated in article 27 of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties.

Seeing that March 31st falls in the Easter weekend, the final day to submit the annual reports of the political parties is Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.

The annual report should include:

a) The composition of the board during 2017.

b) The amount of contributing members at the beginning and at the end of 2017.

c) The amount of contribution received from members during 2017.

d) An overview of activities carried out in 2017.

The 2017 annual report should be accompanied by a financial report as laid down in article 28 of the aforementioned National Ordinance which states that the financial report should at least include:

a) The financial position at the start and end of 2017.

b) A specified statement of income and expenditure, as well as an auditor’s report by a chartered accountant (Dutch: registeraccountant/RA) regarding the accuracy of the financial report.

c) Donations of ANG 5,000 or more from a source other than a natural person.

d) The total amount of donations, other than contributions from party members.

The Electoral Council would like to remind all parties concerned that failure to comply with the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties may result in a penalty being imposed. 


Reminder Deadline approaching for feedback and suggestions in Mosquito Prevention Measures

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Interested persons, business owners, community councils/leaders, institutions and organizations, still have a few days to share their suggestions and challenges with respect to the prevention of mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue.

Persons, businesses and organizations should provide written feedback via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 15, 2018. Feedback may be submitted also in hard copy to the offices of CPS at the W.G. Buncamper Road #33, Vineyard Building Office Park.

The objective is to rebuild and strengthen the local vector activities and surveillance operations for the benefit of protecting the local citizens and preventing current and future public health challenges as it relates to mosquito borne diseases. This objective will require the compliance, participation, response, involvement of all residents and visitors to Sint Maarten in proactively battling the mosquito population.

The following entities still have the opportunity to provide their suggestions, challenges, comments etc. if they have not done so already: healthcare providers, agriculturists/farmers, contractors, travel agencies, tourism and hospitality sector businesses, the media, garbage contractors/collectors, pest exterminators, and tire repair shops and garages.

Each and everyone, from young to old, has a role to play in building Sint Maarten into a stronger, smarter, and a more collaborative community and especially in the fight against mosquito borne diseases.    

This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) from the Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport, and VectorStars.

For additional information, you can call: 542-1122, 542-1222, 542-1322 or 542-1570.


CBA says thank you to United Artist Groningen

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Several weeks after Hurricane Irma decimated our island, Glenn Gressman contacted May Ling Chun, member of the Board of the Charlotte Brookson Academy (CBA) of the Performance Arts on behalf of the Foundation United Artist Groningen in the Netherlands.

Gressman informed Chun that the Foundation was in the process of organizing fundraising events, of which the proceeds would be donated to worthy projects on St. Maarten in order to alleviate the suffering caused by the hurricane.

Chun conveyed this information to the management of CBA, which proposed to the Foundation to donate towards the replacement of students’ uniforms, which were lost when Irma destroyed their homes.

In the month of January management was happy to learn that the Board of the Foundation had transferred an amount of 1.500 Euros for the purchasing of a total of 9 uniforms and cardigans for students who had lost their uniforms during the storm. Pictured below are several of those students, expressing their gratitude to the Foundation.

The School Board as well as Management is extremely grateful to the United Artist Groningen, who donated of their time and talent to raise funds for our students. It is touching that persons in the far away Netherlands have opened their hearts and pocket books to assist our students on St. Maarten.

To those persons we send warm and sunny greetings from the Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts on St. Maarten and we say: “Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and generosity!”

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