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MP Pantophlet In Total Disagreement that Criminal Proceedings in the Ennia Debacle is sole responsibility of Sint Maarten and Curacao

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – Member of Parliament (MP) George PantophIet said on Thursday in a statement that he is in total disagreement with caretaker Dutch State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen that the countries are the only ones responsible to initiate criminal proceedings against those that emptied the reserves of pension and life insurance company Ennia.

“There were two court cases in which we did and in both the ruling was in Ennia’s favor. But Mr. Ansary still refuses to repay the 1.2 billion guilders. This has to be played out at an international level where the Netherlands are the ones who are responsible for such. See Kingdom Charter article 3 sub b unless I am misinterpreting this article or can I use article 37 sub b? What does these mean?

“I don’t know who asked the Dutch government to intervene in our internal affairs. Did Curacao or St. Maarten seek assistance from the Dutch? I don’t think so. Was it not the State Secretary in an article appearing in the daily herald of May 23, 2023, who as condition for the countries to get favorable interest rate for the repaying of the liquidity support loans that are due October 10, 2023, make the Ennia situation part of such.

“Is it assistance or an opportunity to make a profit at the cost of our taxpayers and the continuation of neocolonialism? The State Secretary said that the money would come back. If this is the case then they should make the direct investment. What did the demissionair Prime Minister Mark Rutte and King Willem Alexander mean with their apologies?

“Interestingly although the Committee For Financial Supervision which was established by a Kingdom Law,(not a Kingdom consensus Law because there is no such law in the Kingdom Charter), state and I quote the editorial of September 10, 2023, “However, according to CFT, doing so (referring to the intended 600 million euro loan) will cause a deterioration of public finances, increase the national debt and severely limit government’s ability to make productive investments” end of quote.

“What lack of resources is the Persecutor’s office in Willemstad referring to? Can someone please explain to me how is it possible for the Dutch government to make 2.5 billion euros available for the Ukraine war and promise of more assistance with no conditions attached? They have increased their Defense Budget by some 10 billion euros but forcing loans on us?

“Let me quote what King Willem Alexander said “support for Ukraine was undiminished” end of quote. He said in his speech and I quote “this year’s apology for the history of slavery as a moment of when emotions went hand in hand with healing and connection end of quote. What healing when they continue with business as usual?

“When at the same time they are forcing additional loans on us knowing that it will burden our taxpayers and put undue pressure on our future financial investments and development. What speedy solution are they inferring? There is no speedy solution since we all know the history of Mr. Ansary and the owners of Mullet Bay.

“They have the legal and financial resources to pursuit the likes of Mr. Ansary. In the meantime they can start by paying the 600 million euro’s to Ennia insurance company as a beginning of reparations then I would feel that their apologies were sincere. And why are they still using the royal (colonial) carriage which is a clear reminder of slavery.

“The very fact that there are conditions, the very fact that they are only talking of loans and more loans is a clear indication that their apologies are just words in the sand that will blow away with the wind. I am in total disagreement,” MP George Pantophlet concludes.


St. Maarten Road Runners Presents “Grant Thornton Kids Race” Sept. 30

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The St. Maarten Road Runners is proud to present a new event this year the “Grant Thornton Kids Race” which will take place on Saturday 30 September 2023.

This event is sponsored and made possible by Grant Thornton. In line with the mission and vision of the St. Maarten Road Runners to continuously promote a healthy lifestyle for all, this event caters to especially kids.

The “Grant Thornton Kids Race 2km & 5km” is a little different than the usual events and consists of 2 different races which can be chosen from.

Race number 1 For the ages 5 - 9 years a 2 km run:
The route will start on the Boardwalk Gelateria Milano.

Race number 2 For the ages 10 - 15 years a 5 km run:
The route will start on the Boardwalk Gelateria Milano to Point Blanch and back to the Boardwalk.

The event starts at 4:00pm with a briefing at 3:45pm at Gelateria Milano.
The registration fee: $5,00 for the 2km and $7,50 for the 5km and includes a nice goodie bag and awesome finishers prices.

You can register online for the event via the registration link on the St. Maarten Road Runners Facebook pages and Instagram. Registration closes Friday, 29 September at 10pm.

Within a week after completing the registration, you will receive a confirmation email from the event organization with a welcome letter containing the necessary information about collecting your race number and event day.

For any questions, please call Tri-Sport at 721-545-4384 or WhatsApp +1721-5805834 or +1721-580-6330 or +1721-5531918.

You can also email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Four Destinations Sets Sail for Exciting Debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. Sint Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barth, Unite for a Yachting Revolution

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Destination Hub, a collaboration of four islands, is gearing up for its grand debut at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show. United under a common goal, these islands - St. Maarten, St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barth - are ready to make waves in the yachting industry. This year's boat show promises to be a milestone, as it marks the very first time Destination Hub will showcase its uniqueness exhibiting within the Monaco Yacht Show. This also marks St. Barths' inaugural partnership with Destination Hub, strengthening their presence in the industry even further.

During the Monaco Yacht Show scheduled from September 27th to 30th, Destination Hub will host a seminar, providing our partners with an opportunity to network with brokers, captains, and yacht owners. In an exciting development, Destination Hub has also been invited to an exclusive interview with, a pioneering online platform that combines yachting expertise with lifestyle content for high-net-worth individuals. This partnership aims to push Destination Hub into the spotlight, reaching an impressive audience and showcasing the Hub and what it has to offer.

To add to the excitement, Destination Hub will be ending the show with a cocktail party on the final day of the show with captains, yacht brokers and owners, aimed at strengthening connections forged during the event. The primary objective of our presence at the show is clear: to establish connections, foster networking, and promote our islands as a Destination Hub said Sharrita Mills, Director of Marketing & Sales at the Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the partners whose support has been instrumental in making Destination Hub a success. Our partners include St. Maarten Tourism, St. Martin Tourisme, Anguilla Tourist Board, St. Barth Tourisme, The Yacht Club at Port de Plaisance, Port St. Maarten Group of Companies, Palapa Marina, NAPA, EZ-Shop, Delta Petroleum, Sea Grapes International, SMMTA, Impulse Spa, Big Time Taxi, and Sandy Island Anguilla.

Together, we are united for success, and together, we look forward to a future of boundless possibilities in the yachting world.


Over 60s invited to get a new coronavirus jab next month

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Some 4.8 million people over the age of 60 will this week receive an invitation to make an appointment for a top-up coronavirus vaccination.

The vaccination programme, which will be implemented by regional health boards, starts on October 2. The new round is aimed at people who “have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill” with coronanvirus and focuses on the over-60s.

However, people with a compromised immune system or chronic health condition, pregnant women and healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients will also be able to make an appointment, as will everyone who gets the annual flu jab. 

They won’t get a letter, but will be able to make an appointment via 0800 7070 from mid October. 

Others who feel they need extra protection, for example because they live with someone who is particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, will also be able to get vaccinated.

Those eligible for vaccination will be given the XBB vaccine developed by BioNTech/Pfizer and tailored to meet the current dominant strain. It was approved for use by the European Medicines Agency at the end of August. 

Public health body RIVM says vaccination is not necessary for everyone because “broad protection against coronavirus has built up in the population”. In addition, the current variant is milder than earlier ones, the RIVM said. 

However, people who are ill should stay home to help protect the health of more vulnerable people, the agency says. It also highlights the general importance of good ventilation, hand washing and avoiding close contact with people with chronic health conditions. 


Last week 41 people were admitted to hospital with coronavirus and some 200 people are currently being treated. Their number has increased steadily since the height of the summer. 

A handful of people are being treated in an IC unit, after their number fell to zero in August.

The amount of virus particles in waste water has also been rising since July, according to the government’s coronavirus dashboard.



Boos and whistles as support for the monarchy falls to 50%

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Several people were arrested in the centre of The Hague on Tuesday as they tried to demonstrate along the route of the coach carrying the king and queen to parliament.

Security was tight along the route, with ministries and streets closed off by fencing and a visible police presence.

One person who was picked up close to the Noordeinde palace said he was holding a one-man demonstration. A group of seven others were surrounded by police and led away. They were part of a regular protest against government policy, NOS said. 

The police said later they were demonstrating in an area where protests were banned.

According to the AD, demonstrators along the route also booed and whistled at the coaches carrying the royals to the ceremony and back to the palace. There was also whistling when they waved from the balcony of the palace to supporters  outside the gates.

A survey into the popularity of the royal family which was published on Tuesday showed the king merits a score 6.6 points out of 10 while queen Maxima scores 7.1, down slightly on a year ago.  

Some 50% of the general population support the monarchy but 26% would like the Netherlands to become a republic. 

Among the under 35s, almost four in 10 support the monarchy but 34% consider themselves republicans. 

Ten years ago, when Willem-Alexander was sworn in as king, 80% of the population backed the monarchy.



10 More Restaurants Offering Signature Dishes for November’s St. Maarten Flavors

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Ten more St. Maarten Restaurants joined the St. Maarten Flavors program, offering a special dish for an affordable price during the month of November for residents and visitors. Infinity, Palapa Grill & Lounge, Al Pasha, Rendez Vous Lounge, Sale e Pepe, Salt, Schnitzelhouse SXM, St. Rose Café & Bar, The Chef Table and The Original Fat Boy BBQ Jimmy’s have joined a list of 13 restaurants becoming part of the program.

During the month of November, the St. Maarten Flavors program will showcase the great variety of culinary delights St. Maarten has to offer. Enrolled restaurants offer great deals to patrons ranging from samplers or one course bites starting at $17.50, to full three course dining experiences at $49. Revenues of the event will be used to launch a new generation of St. Maarten culinary talents to the next edition of the prestigious “Taste of the Caribbean” event in Miami in 2024.

In addition to the restaurants joining, new restaurants have revealed their signature dishes that will be presented during the St. Maarten Flavors month of November. Italian born chef Matteo of Roma at Oasis will bring all his talent from Rome to his menu on St Maarten. The November menu will start with a homemade Porchetta, thinly sliced pig roast with herbs and garlic, Stracciatella and pistachio crumbles.

The signature main course will be Ravioli All'Aragosta, which is a handmade Caribbean lobster ravioli in a delicate saffron sauce. The Maho located restaurant will finish its meal off with a Crunchy almond-caramel gelato in a Di Saronno amaretto sauce, called Semifreddo. This year there will be an extra vegetarian option, which includes Arancini, a parmesan- mushroom risotto with Gorgonzola dipping and as dessert a roasted Pumpkin Agnolotti with Butter-sage, Parmesan and 15 years old aged balsamic drops.

Restaurant owner Jewel Daal of TJ’s Cassava Coal-pot Restaurant announces the restaurant’s three course dinner as being composed of an appetizer of TJ’s Conch Ceviche “Award winning” Fresh local julienne cut conchs served on a bed of leafy crisp colorful greens topped with our famous mango salsa and micro-greens with a slice of avocado and fried plantains along with a Johnnycake.

As a main course, the restaurant offers a stew oxtail authentic island recipe, deeply flavored oxtail marinated in a variety of spices and braised down in the tastiest savory sauce. TJ’s Cassava Pudding will be the dessert, topped with a home-made guava-berry sauce.

In addition to the prix fix menus, many restaurants will offer activities on the side. Those interested in the St. Maarten Flavors month hosted by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) and PDG Supplies are more than welcome to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and joining the St. Maarten Flavors newsletter.


13 SMMC nurses complete Basic Acute Care course

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is pleased to announce that 13 of its registered nurses recently completed a six-month-long basic acute care (BAC) course as part of the training program of the Caribbean Health Academy (CARIBHA). The new graduates are Bianca Cannegieter, Kalisha Claxton-Trotman, Griselda Gibs, Shanna Holaman, Anthony Jagmohan, Sharisa Hodge, Khalela Warno, Gary Sille, Desia Hodge-George, Mykandra Simmons, Aleisha Jagmohan-Alexis, Marie St. Cyr and Joyclyn Mason-Joseph and hail from the Medical/Surgical Ward, the Pediatrics Ward, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Ward, the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Room.

The certification means that the nurses will be able to continue their nursing education upgrading with VU University Hospital (VUMC Academy) in areas of intensive care and emergency care, earning an accredited diploma from the Netherlands. VUMC Academy was commissioned by and receives funding from the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports in the Netherlands to provide training to nurses on Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, and St. Eustatius. The training enables the islands to respond more flexibly and effectively to acute care situations such as a pandemic or natural disaster.

This is the second time that nurses from SMMC have participated in the course and SMMC congratulates them on their decision to further their knowledge and training to provide more specialized care to patients.

SMMC’s Manager of InPatient Care and Education Antonio Pantophlet congratulated the graduates saying “It is a unique achievement to train such a large group of nurses in both Dutch and English in such a short period of time and our nurses have once again made us proud by successfully completing their training. This speaks volumes to their dedication to our hospital and to our patients as well as to their commitment to their personal and professional development”.


Upcoming Drill in Cay Bay Area to Enhance Preparedness on Sept.21

SINT MAARTEN (CAY BAY) - The Sint Maarten Police Force would like to announce an upcoming drill scheduled for the 21st of September 2023, in the Cay Bay area, specifically organized by the Sol Depot. This event is aimed at enhancing community awareness and preparedness for various emergency scenarios.

Event Details:

Date: September 21, 2023

Location: Cay Bay area

Organizer: by the emergency services in close cooperation with the Marines

The drill will involve the participation of various emergency response agencies, including the police, fire department, marines, and other essential stakeholders. The exercise will simulate the response to a range of emergency situations and will feature movements of heavy equipment, the activation of sirens, the presence of marines, and police and fire personnel, as well as role players.

Purpose of the Drill:

The primary objective of this drill is to ensure that our community is well-prepared to respond effectively to any emergency situation that may arise. By conducting these exercises, we aim to:

Test Response Capabilities: Assess the readiness and response capabilities of our emergency services to handle various crisis scenarios.

Community Involvement: Engage the community of Cay Bay and raise awareness about emergency preparedness and response procedures. 

Enhance Coordination: Strengthen coordination and cooperation between different agencies and organizations involved in emergency response.

To ensure that the Cay Bay community is informed about the drill and its purpose, the Sint Maarten Police Force together with the Community Officer has been working closely with the Cay Bay Community Council for their assistance in disseminating information about the drill to the residence.

The Sint Maarten Police Force encourages all residents of Cay Bay to take this opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness and response measures. Your participation and cooperation are vital to the success of this drill, which ultimately aims to enhance the safety and well-being of our community.


Suspect arrested in connection with fire-arm possession

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - In a proactive response to a series of armed robbery incidents targeting citizens in the early morning hours, the Police Force Sint Maarten (KPSM) implemented a plan of action targeting scooter riders supposedly involved in armed robberies on personnel in the early morning hours.

For last few weeks, the Sint Maarten Police Force has been working to address and prevent armed robberies that have plagued our community. In a planned operation, officers were able to make a breakthrough when, at approximately 02:00 AM on Wednesday, they encountered a black scooter on L.B. Scott Road with no visible number plate.

Upon attempting to stop and conduct a routine inspection of the scooter, the rider displayed evasive behavior and attempted to flee from the patrol unit. The pursuit continued until the rider lost control of the scooter in the vicinity of Copper Drive, near a local supermarket, and subsequently fell from the vehicle.

After a brief foot chase, officers were successful in locating the suspect who had attempted to hide a firearm under a nearby vehicle. The firearm was confiscated for further investigation.

The arrested suspect was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the police station for questioning where he is being held pending further investigation.


Four-year sentence handed down for Cooler Fete shooting

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Court of First Instance in Sint Maarten has handed down an unconditional sentence of four year in youth detention in a case of attempted manslaughter and illegal firearms possession.

The verdict delivered on Wednesday, pertains to a shooting that transpired near the Festival Village after the 2022 ‘Cooler Fete’ event.

That incident left one person severely injured and the presence of a second person at the time in the shooting led to the two counts of attempted manslaughter and two counts of illegal firearm possession.

Convicted is JJR, who owing to his age at the time of the shooting, received a sentence in accordance with juvenile criminal law.

The court also sentenced JJR to pay NAf. 50,000, the maximum allowed by the law in a criminal procedure, to the shooting victim for the severe pain and sufferings inflicted due to the shooting.

Failure to pay this penalty will result in an additional 285 days imprisonment with the obligation to pay the damages will applicable.

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