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Winter Escapes: Fly Away With KLM To Its New Destinations

In 2017, the damage and destruction from Hurricane Irma halted KLM’s service to St. Maarten, although flights were later combined with those from Amsterdam to Curaçao. But beginning October 27, direct service begins anew to the tiny Caribbean country

Video: Antillians Are Needing More Government Food Packets Due To Economy

More packages needed, but less money
Every second Saturday of the month, the Food Bank volunteers come together in a shed. They pack shopping bags with foods such as rice and lots of canned food. They buy the food from the donations they receive.

They too notice the effects of the poor economy; more and more

Sonesta Completes St Maarten Relaunch

Sonesta has also debuted a major new all-inclusive “Entertainment Program,” with day and night activities, a “vibrant” live music schedule, a series of yoga, pilates and wellness classes, a pop theater and “Showcase Masterclass” demonstration sessions, among others. 

It’s a triumphant return for what remain the most sig

The Dutch Government, Military and Police are In The Caribbean To Run Drugs, Not To Hinder It

After a major search on board Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt has been found drugs again by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. The LPD returned on Thursday after deployment in the West and an exercise near Spain. In September drugs were found at a crew member of the ship, there were indications that more were on board. 

Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt left Den Helder at the end of August for the Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise in the Caribbean. While the JWIT made the crossing, hurricane Dorian destroyed islands of the Bahamas. The ship was then (after a stopover on Sint Maarten), with hydrographic survey vessel Zr.Ms. Snellius, directed to the Bahamas. Afterwards it sailed to Curacao where the ship had to undergo an emergency repair. The ship sailed to Den Helder via a port visit to the US and Lisbon, where it arrived on Thursday. But instead of a relaxed return home, the ship, the helicopters and the crew awaited a police and customs investigation team. The ship was thoroughly searched on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it was announced that 11 kilos of hard drugs were found. The search was set up because, according to the Marechaussee, there were indications of the presence of drugs on board. A 23-year-old soldier from the Johan de Witt was arrested last month when he had 11 kilos of drugs in his backpack. It is currently being investigated whether there is a connection between the two parties.

Drug capture is again a disappointment for the navy. In a year and a half, it is certainly the fourth time that a large amount of drugs is found in the navy. In July 2018, drugs were found by marines at the Marine barracks in Doorn in a container that came from the West, in June 2019 a cargo of cocaine was found at the naval base on Curacao , in September and in October on board Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt. Exercise skipped?

Zr.Ms. In the context of the upcoming leadership role of the Netherlands in the NATO Response Force task force in 2020, Johan de Witt would participate in the Dynamic Mariner exercise after the exercise in the West. This exercise ran from 7 to 18 October from the Spanish Rota. However, the ship was still in the US three days prior to the start of the exercise, and nothing has ended up in the public domain of participation in the exercise by the JWIT, while the Navy had previously announced that it would pay a lot of attention to participation by the Johan. de Witt. The Van Speijk was visible on social media. 

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11 kilos cocaine found on naval ship Johan de Witt. Just returned from Curacao

“After he was arrested, we received specific indications that there were more drugs on the ship,” said a spokesperson for the military police. In Den Helder, where the ship is now located, the Johan de Witt has been extensively searched. The personnel that came on board were checked. Three helicopters were also searched.

The spokesperson does not want to say where the drugs were hidden.

Duo Will Be In St Maarten In November

Other islands

In addition to Curaçao, DUO will also be present in Aruba and St. Maarten in November. Here too, information will be given to new students and former students. The information session on Aruba will take place on 11 and 12 November and on St Maarten 25 and 26 November 2019.

For the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, DUO implements, among other things, laws and regulati

Pre-trial detention of (NA) (MP) & former Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development anVROMI, Christopher Emmanuel and his Chief of Cabinet

. “The suspects are accused of unlawfully long-leasing government land to acquaintances at the end of their tenure in 2017. As a result, other applicants were disadvantaged,” it was stated in the release. Emmanuel issued more than 10,000 square metres in long-lease agreements to eight persons (names provided

Authorities in Venezuela trying to figure out if Rincón Galván is drug dealing killer who escaped from an Aruban prison

The death of a taxi driver in Cabudare on October 11th in an accident, uncovered the alleged location of a subject who would have escaped from the Aruba Correctional Institute in 2014; The man, who hit the deceased with his van, was released under filing, still being “checked” by the authorities in the Police Information System (Sipol).

National Alliance Reacts to MP Emmanuel’s arrest

MP Jacobs & NA Board reacts to MP Emmanuel’s arrest

Leader of the National Alliance and formateur Silveria Jacobs as well as the Board of the National Alliance have taken note of the fact that our MP Christophe Emmanuel and his former Chief of his Cabinet were detained today, with house searches being conducted by the National Detectives of Sint Maarten.

The timing of his arrest is indeed very unfortunate and can be seen as interfering, as we are in the process of forming an interim government and preparing for yet another election on January 9, 2020. The MP certainly was within his rights as Minister of VROMI to issue land in long lease, had received advice from the relevant department and has therefor not handled outside of his purview.
We know that MP Emmanuel has been very critical of the functioning of the prosecution office here in St. Maarten and we hope that this is not what triggered this sudden arrest. MP Emmanuel has been representing the people with passion and dedication and has been labeled the voice of the voiceless.
Regardless of this situation, we assure the general public that we are 100% in solidarity with MP Emmanuel and his former Chief of Cabinet and remind all that one is innocent until proven guilty.

We also take time out to encourage MP Emmanuel, his former chief of cabinet and their families to stay strong and remain faithful. Our prayers and support are with them at this time as they endure this ordeal.

Statia loses case against Dutch state: ‘this is only the first round’

Saint Martin’s constitutional lawyer Denicio Brison represents the group of Statian politicians. “This is only the first round of at least fifteen rounds,” says Brison about the verdict. “We are naturally going for a second round,” says the constitutional lawyer. “Eventually, Statia will win.” The politicians will have to take the matter up again.

Unlawful?
The group of dismissed politicians, including Clyd

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