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Haunting final photo shows toddler before she fell from grandfather’s arms to her death

Anello can be seen lifting Chloe up to give her a better view before he places her on a metal railing, still holding her with two hands as the pair lean forward to get a better view. Pictured: A railing against an open window on a Royal Caribbean ship, which Anello’s lawyers say is nearly identical to the one Chloe fell throughThree to four seconds later Chloe vanishes through what is the only visibly open window in the entire bank of glass. Anello looks down towards the dock below then slumps to his knees as staff and fellow passengers crowd round to help. Pictured: View of a window and railing on a Roya

The police arrested two suspects in the investigation into the death of 32-year-old former professional footballer Kelvin Maynard.

Kelvin Maynard was shot on September 18, 2019 in a car that subsequently bumped into Anton fire station on the Langbroekdreef. Emergency services have tried to resuscitate him, but that didn’t help. 

Within the criminal environment, stories are circulating about a high argument within the group around Maynard and Feller – which was wound up two weeks earlier in Curaçao – that allegedly stole a million-dollar cocaine.

‘Almost half of Antilleans living in Holland don’t want to be here. Make sure they can go back to where they feel happy ‘: John Leerdam

The displeasure over the Caribbean Netherlands is rising again: a security crisis on Sint Maarten, a refugee crisis in Curaçao and administrative and financial disorders on Sint Eustatius and Aruba, among others. So the question is again whether the Netherlands should definitely say goodbye to the chaos that is called Antilles.

KLM, Air France, Delta & Virgin Atlantic JV Given Green Light By US

The planned project between KLM, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic has been approved by United States authorities. This means that the airlines will essentially conduct transatlantic operations as a single joint venture.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic are two of the carriers involved in the transatlantic joint venture proposal. Photo: DeltaTransatlantic alliance

The Points Guy reports that the US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao granted final approval for an expanded alignment between the firms. The Department of Transportation tentatively agreed to the move back in August. It planned to grant the group of carriers antitrust immunity to allow the move. Now, the plans have now been officially approved.

This alliance would allow these airlines to combine their resources together when it comes to US-Europe operations. Together, they would be able to produce joint marketing campaigns, sell flights, coordinate schedules and plan fares.

This joint venture replaces two previous arrangements that were in place between the regions. One was between the US and the United Kingdom, while the other was between the US and continental Europe. Chao hopes that the overhaul will allow for additional benefits, including greater options for passengers on transatlantic services.

Meanwhile, Delta spokeswoman Susannah Thurston spoke with The Points Guy about the venture. The airline believes that the move will allow the carriers to deliver more effective operations between the regions.

“This is the final regulatory step for the airlines to begin to work together to offer customers the best streamlined travel experience across the Atlantic,” Susannah Thurston said, as reported by The Points Guy.

Air France-KLM knows the value of leveraging extended networks. Photo: Air FranceSimilar agreements

This news follows Virgin Atlantic’s announcement of its plans for a similar partnership with Air France-KLM and China Eastern. This joint venture would see the British carrier leverage China Eastern’s presence in its country.

If approved, the deal would replace the agreement that is in place between Air France-KLM and the Chinese carrier. Virgin Atlantic hopes that this JV will be in place by early 2020.

Meanwhile, Delta recently announced that it is joining Silver Airways on a codeshare agreement. This would increase its influence in the Caribbean due to Silver’s presence within the region. Delta’s extended network now includes San Juan, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Tortola, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. Maarten. American Airlines also followed with its own Caribbean codeshare with Silver.

Air France-KLM is also aligning with Virgin Atlantic on operations to China. Photo: KLMIndustry changes

With the aviation industry going through various struggles this year, airlines now have a greater drive to share resources. By aligning, these carriers will be hoping to maintain their development heading into the next decade.

However, not everyone involved would be delighted with these movements. Delta’s pilots previously expressed their dismayof the joint venture due to claims of losing out on work. Ultimately, all factors need to be considered by authorities when giving the green light.

What do you think of the joint venture between KLM, Air France, Delta & Virgin Atlantic? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Aruba Obeah: Natalee Holloway’s disappearance remains unsolved nearly 15 years later: A timeline. Should case be reopened?

Journalist Greta Van Susteren, who interviewed van der Sloot in 2008, says he still emails her from prison in Peru. He will be eligible for parole before his sentence is finished.

Since being sentenced, van der Sloot has married a Peruvian woman. They have a daughter together.

In 2014, it was announced that van der Sloot would be extradited to the U.S. after he finishes his sentence in Peru.

Ninth SXM Government since 2010

Philipsburg – An interim cabinet is sworn in today on St. Maarten. The ninth cabinet 10-10-10. A provisional government, because the island is going to the polls again on January 9 for a new parliament.

The cabinet is led by Silveria Jacobs and initially consists of five ministers instead of seven. The screening procedure for two candidates has not yet been completed.

AI: Peter De Witte, Former St Maarten Police Chief Responds To Bibi Ho

This technology is AI: Artificial Intelligence.

I won’t dumb it down, I won’t back down. People like Glen Rombley, ‘Mr Cool’, should be wise enough to question what they don’t understand, but that’s expecting too much in St Maarten, where the population is considered ‘slow’, and people are too stupid to understand video animation and manipulation.

Life is too short for those who can’t or don’t want to understand.

In St Maarten where they love the path of least resistance, criticizing is better than educating any day.

This is A.I. it is animation, not real. Bibi Ho is upset that St Maarteners are dumb enough to fall for A.I. when EACH TITLE BEGINS: ‘A.I.’

Rather than concerning herself with St Maarten political satire and melee, why doesn’t she go scrub down Ramsan, before he relapses again?😉

Yes, political satire is as dangerous in St Maarten now, as it was in Biblical times when they were locking up Apostles such as Paul for calling out King Herod and putting three 666’s to his name.

So persecution of satirists has been happening since the beginning of satire. The only thing that changes is the technology.

Everyone knows:

1) I have been putting together a videographic online series of documentaries about the history of St Maarten. It is very time consuming work, so I take breaks by messing with software like this.

2) The Vlog started last week. It’s been too rainy, but I will be shooting LIVE as soon as the weather is better.

3) I have set up some surprise new websites. Stay tuned

4) I will be teaching online yoga and pilates again FINALLY 2020

5) I do everything myself, so it might take some time, but it will be worth it.

6) New blogs, videos, animations coming up!

Due To Short Notice Ms Sarah Wescot Williams Cannot Make It To Todays Oath Taking Ceremony

Due to the short notice, I am unable to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the interim government today.
I do however want to wish the persons appointed to lead the government of St. Maarten for at least the coming 3 months or so much wisdom, strength and success in their undertakings. At the end of the day and notwithstanding the political circumstances, the


On November 14, 2019, Minister Plenipotentiary Jorien Wuite delivered Sint Maarten’s National Statement at the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris France. 

The Sint Maarten delegation at the General Conference comprised of Marcellia Henry, Secretary General for UNESCO, Sint Maarten and Carol Voges, Director of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary, and Kamilah Gumbs, youth representative for the 11th UNESCO Youth Forum, who will be joining the delegation for the youth forum on November 18-19.

The delegation was part of a wider kingdom delegation including the Ministers of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, Curacao and Aruba. 

Minister Plenipotentiary Wuite, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, who was unable to attend the General Conference, shared the progress of Sint Maarten on behalf of the Government and the people of the country.

A major highlight of the speech related to the Department of Culture and the Sint Maarten National Commission for UNESCO officially launching Sint Maarten’s first Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) inventory under the awareness campaign, I.R.I.CH., which means ‘I Remember Intangible Cultural Heritage’. 

Sint Maarten reaffirming its commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was another high point of the speech.

Minister Wuite also emphasized Sint Maarten’s strong support of the UNESCO Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Action Plan and UNESCO’s initiatives aimed at promoting the importance of mitigation and adaptation, as well as building the resilience of SIDS to impact climate change.

The Minister also accentuated that only by working together and granting SIDS an equal platform within global platforms, such as UNESCO, can we ensure the creation of a desirable future for all our children.

During the conference, Minister Marilyn M. Alcala-Wallé of Curacao, on behalf of the Dutch Kingdom signed the 2019 Regional Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

This instrument commits the signatory countries to adopt all necessary measures to recognize the studies, degrees and diplomas of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean according to the terms contained in the new Convention.

The aim is to promote academic mobility in the region, intraregional cooperation and regional integration.

Minister Plenipotentiary, Jorien Wuite and Marcellia Henry, Secretary General for UNESCO support the convention and the implications for Sint Maarten and look forward to our island ratifying the convention in the near future.

The Sint Maarten delegation also secured two high-level meetings with Directors of the Social and Human Sciences Sector at UNESCO where the Anti-Doping Convention and the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme were discussed.

Outcomes of the meeting were the necessity for Sint Maarten to ratify the 2005 International Convention against Doping in Sport, and to be actively involved in the MOST programme.

Further collaboration for the MOST programme will also be explored between the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science in the Netherlands (OCW) and the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten.

Another positive result was Sint Maarten obtaining the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Second UNESCO International Science School “Promoting youth leadership on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean” Regional event to be organized in Havana, Cuba, from 3 to 5 December 2019.

PHOTO: L to R: Marcellia Henry, Secretary General for UNESCO, Sint Maarten; Minister Plenipotentiary Jorien Wuite; and Carol Voges, Director of the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary.

Los Roques: How Venezuela Is Using Aruba, Bonaire And Curacao to Smuggle Its Gold.

Los Roques had already drawn attention before. In September 2019, the Venezuelan Ecological Society (EVS)  denounced the government of Nicolás Maduro for the delivery of illegal concessions for infrastructure projects in the archipelago. The EVS made the complaint after the Ministry of Tourism offered to national and foreign investors the opportunity to build “high-level tourist accommodation” in Los Roques, overcoming Venezuelan regulatio

Turks and Caicos’ Jamaican coaches denied entry into Guadeloupe

RJR Sports understands that Jamaican coaches Andrew Edwards, Omar Edwards, Shavar Thomas and Aaron Lawrence have been denied entry and visas to Guadeloupe. The quartet who are working with the Turks and Caicos Islands Football team, have a clash this weekend against Guadeloupe in League “C” of the CONCACAF Nations League, needing a win to progress to the Gold Cup qualifiers. 

But due to having Jamaican passports, the four have not been allowed into the French Overseas Territory. RJR Sports understands that the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association has taken the matter to FIFA and the French Government to get the coaches into Guadeloupe for Sunday’s encounter. 

The Turks and Caicos secured back to back wins for the first time in the history of the sport after defeating St Maarten 3-2 on Thursday.



The next Free Breast Awareness & Screening Event is set for Saturday, November 16.

The aforementioned is a collaboration between the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), the Positive Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor.

The next breast screening event is scheduled for November 16 at the Vineyard Building in Philipsburg.  To make an appointment, call: 721-545-2298 ext. 404 2242 or email

Women will be screened for breast abnormalities, in addition to conducting an overall health assessment, a breast cancer screening questionnaire, and education about recognizing breast abnormalities and cancer risk factors.

The information collected is vital to understand the prevalence of breast abnormalities within the population of St. Maarten.

This initiative began in 2017 as a way to educate the community about breast cancer while empowering women with strategies to proactively monitor their health.

Suspect In Fatal Shooting Arrested

Rotterdam – The police in the Netherlands arrested a 32-year-old Rotterdam citizen suspected of being the shooter of the deadly shooting incident last Wednesday in Rotterdam.

The 30-year-old Curacao man Enchi Alberto was killed. 
Another Rotterdam citizen who was arrested on the evening of the fatal shooting was released on Tuesday. He is no longer suspected of involvement.

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