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Public meeting of Parliament for a question hour with the Minister of Justice regarding the justice ministry workers

  PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on February 26, 2024. The Public meeting is scheduled for Monday at 13.30 hrs. in the Legislative Hall at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Justice will be present.  The agenda point is: Question hour: Questions from MP S.D.M. Roseburg directed to the Minister of Justice regarding the justice ministry workers (IS/421/2023-2024 dated February 22, 2024) The intention of a question hour is to create the possibility for Members of Parliament to exercise their supervisory activities by posing questions and interacting with Ministers on current matters. During the question hour, only questions and answers will be given on the topic at hand. The procedure of the question hour is regulated in article 69 and further of the Rule of Order. Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. All persons visiting the House of Parliament must adhere to the house rules. The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg. The parliamentary sessions will be carried live on TV 15, Soualiga Headlines, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and www.youtube.com/c/SintMaartenParliament 

BREAKING NEWS: RST detectives and the Prosecutor office busy with a raid at a office in Porto Cupecoy

  Porto Cupecoy — Reliable information reaching 721news is saying that this operation is conducted by the RST and led by the Central Team of the OM. Different sources told our Newsroom it’s a money laundering investigation related to a prepaid debit card company. This prepaid debit card company is sharing the same office of Starz Casino and other companies are not a suspect at this point. 721news understood that about 2 to 3 weeks ago there was a house search at a prominent location up a hill that also have to do with this prepaid debit card company. In this phase, the investigation is only aimed at gathering as much evidence as possible. In the meantime all bosses in the office are being questioned, all workers had to leave the premises and detectives order that all electronic devices need to be handed over including phone laptops and PC needs to remain switch on.

Jandroep: SMMC catered “Beer” to ICU Covid patient

  By Mr. Terence Jandroep

Intro This article refers to an unimaginable and unacceptable incident at the SMMC on November 14, of the year 2020, during the Covid 19 period, which was not brought forward earlier by the patient as he was in a long term recovery journey. The article is supported with released evidence.

Certified Risk Analyst, Mr. Terence Jandroep, a travelling consultant, was admitted to the SMMC on October 11, 2020, and was subjected to the Covid-19 treatment for a period of 40 days in the ICU and 11 days in the General Hospital. His medical treatment entailed an intubation (which represents an induced coma) for a time lapse of 11 days. The post intubation conditions were characterized by extreme disorientation, significant memory loss, substantial muscle tissue degrading, paralysis, and disturbing weight loss of approx. 27 kilos in 51 days. The complete physical and medical recovery took approximately 3 years according to the Auditor’s statement.

Undeniable facts of Covid-19 treatment After the mentioned recovery period, the Auditor investigated on rather his treatment was appropriately conducted and observed that he was treated with Fentanyl 250 mg, a sedative 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 x the potency of morphine in accordance with his clinical report. In addition to Fentanyl, Propofol was also administered to the Auditor, a substance that triggers hypnosis and memory loss in the nerve system, while in custody at the ICU of the Sint Maarten Medical Center. In the clinical report it is not stated the timeframe of the drug administered to the patient, which is a reporting shortcoming.

The Auditor confirms that during his stay in the ICU, the department was supervised by a group of specialists flown in from the USA (Nevada & Miami).  After his 11 days coma resurrection he was allowed sunlight exposure on November 14, 2020, for obvious reasons and close acquaintances were permitted a short visitation. The witnesses observed signs of extreme disorientation and obvious short/long term memory loss while having a conversation.

Disclosures of the investigation Pictures were taken and exchanged between the present individuals, during the visitation and shared. In the Auditor’s performed deep scan he discovered a disturbing incident on the date, of sunlight exposure opportunity;

Unexplainably and certainly an event that raises a huge concern is that  while  under the supervision and custody of the Doctors and Nurses at the ICU, “Beer’ was served to the Auditor while disoriented. The present acquaintances were shocked by this incident but remained silent however took pictures and handed these over to the Auditor, who subsequently conducted a research on alcohol mixtures with the administered Fentanyl/ Propofol medicines, sedatives that could remain in your system for approx. 3 months in hair samples. The result of the investigation by the Auditor establishes that a mixture of alcohol and Fentanyl is considered a mortal cocktail, considering the consumption of alcohol was just after recent awakening from a coma with possible high risk of unforeseen brain damage, substantiated with several medical articles on the topic.

An email was forwarded to the SMMC to request clarification on this matter on January 27, 2024, and the hospital replied on February 8, 2024, that the healthcare providing organization will not address the complaint due to “their” time limit policies. It is the Auditor’s opinion, who is an Internal Procedures Expert, that the mentioned policies are not disclosed or signed for by the patient or family when entering or leaving the Medical Center, which is a compliance requirement. The contents of the reply by the Complaint Officer of the SMMC becomes therefore invalid, attributed to the lack of legal and evidentiary sustainability of the reasons given by the organization. The Auditor concludes that the reply by the SMMC is legally empty.  The portal and website are bareygeneral indicators, therefore the legal sustainability of the contents of the regulations cannot be attested by the SMMC on this matter unless the document is signed by the patient and or family members.

Auditor’s remedial action This explanation was made very clear by the Auditor to the SMMC and forwarded another email on the 9th of February 2024, with emphasis on damage control remedial actions, awaiting reply by March 4, 2024. The Healthcare Organization responded to this second email on February 20, 2024,  emphasizing again that no attention will be given to the matter, based upon Article 30 of the SMMC updated Complaints Regulations of 2023, while the case materialized in 2020. The article indicates no time frame specifically but dictates that the timeframe is at the discretion of the Complaint Officer, resulting in a suggestive understanding on the one sidedness within the grey zone of the regulation.  The following details of the disturbing incident are released to the Sint Maarten community by the Auditor to trigger a sequence of necessary events related to this outrageous incident.

The following questions were forwarded to the SMMC by the Auditor on January 27, 2024 in the initial email: 1) Under whose order, supervision, approval, acceptance and custody was it possible that a beer bottle was handed to me on the SMMC/ICU premises, considering that my body was subjected to all kinds of medications including Fentanyl? What exactly was the objective of such irresponsible action?

2) How was it possible that the SMMC and ICU violated Local, Regional, Kingdom and International code of conduct and ethics in the medical arena, establishing the highest level of irresponsibility, misconduct and disregard of the medical condition of a patient who is suffering of PTSD as mentioned in the clinical report and obviously completely disorientated?

3) What is the extent of the impact of this violation considering the Local, Regional, Kingdom and International Medical code of conduct and ethics, short term and long term.

4) What are the perimeters of the corrective actions related to the obvious materialization of an extreme exceptional incident and how does these corrective action(s) affect the patient, in this case “Me”, short term and long term?

The Auditor was not able to determine if this event was an isolated case or if the possibility exists that the high body count during the Covid-19 period was attributed to “possible” administered substance cocktails, however concludes that the event could be classified as an unmitigated Medical Misconduct, Criminal Negligence or even an attempted murder “risk” situation by the Healthcare Entity.

Fact is that the conduct  and the applied science of supervision by the responsible Doctors, Nurses in charge at the ICU, Management of the SMMC, Security Management, Board of Directors, Policy Advisors of the Ministry of Healthcare, former Minister of Healthcare, former Prime Minister, in accordance to the chain of command,  and the SMMC’s Operation Procedures during the mentioned period were consistently deficient beyond any measurability, hence there is no doubt a case will be filed at the Court of First Instance and the Prosecution Office for further investigation on the matter in case the SMMC remains with a reluctant behavior to address the matter diligently, unless serving “Beer” to Covid-19 patients was part of the treatment in Sint Maarten.

The Auditor released 5 of 15 high resolution pictures to the Media to substantiate his claim with evidentiary support of this unimaginable incident on Sint Maarten soil where patients are at the mercy of Doctors and are used for “possible” substance experiments on humans similar to the Nazi regime. Another area that was not clear if the death stats in accordance to the patient’s ethnicity during the Covid period had a trend or disproportional ratio.

Ref: #1 Patient in Coma. Pic, PIC Source ICU Staff Ref :#2 Patient awakening from Coma,  PIC Source ICU Staff Ref: # 4 Patient connected to oxygen tank under surveillance of the nurses ICU, with Beer in hand, Source Witnesses Nov. 14, 2020

Ref # 5+6 Patient drinking MILLER LITE beer in the SMMC patient gear, with tubes running to oxygen tank and other vital connectors.  Source Witnesses Nov. 14, 2020

“Youths of Souligan Culture” hosts a Fundraising Food Sale on March 2nd for UNESCO Greece Trip.

  St. Peters – On April 15th, a group of six (6) students will be heading to Ancient Olympia, Greece to represent Sint Maarten at the Annual World Cultural Youth Symposium. The symposium aims to bring together students and teachers from all over the world in order to raise cultural awareness, develop mutual respect and contribute to the creation of a new generation of world citizens that feel united in diversity and are willing to shape a sustainable future for everyone. This is being achieved through knowledge and experience exchange, interaction and collaboration on a common goal related to the world cultural heritage. The World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2024 focuses on the intangible heritage and invites students and teachers to engage in the topic by participating in various activities. This will be Sint Maarten’s second delegation to this symposium. In 2023, the first delegation comprised two MAC CSE students – Jahira George and Nathalya Gumbs – graduate student Kamilah Gumbs under the supervision of teachers Jay DeSouza and Margaret Sablon-Webster. This trip was deemed a success as the delegation participated in various workshops under the theme “Raising Awareness in a Digital Age”. After the positive experience of this delegation, UNESCO Sint Maarten and the St. Maarten Youth Council made a concerted effort to send another delegation for this year’s symposium. Under the name Youths of Soualigan Culture, these six students – Adio Williams (St.Dominic High School), Asanté Phillips (Milton Peters College), Danélle Brooks- Ellis (Methodist Agogic Center Comprehensive Secondary Education), Enrique Sullivan (St. Maarten Youth Parliament), Shaeijuan Williams (Methodist Agogic Center Comprehensive Secondary Education), and Gabrielle Brooks-Ellis (University of St. Martin) – will participate in a series of workshops and excursions under the topic of knowing your intangible heritage, as well giving a presentation about Sint Maarten’s intangible heritage. The students will be under the guidance of Ms. Marcellia Henry, Secretary General of UNESCO Sint Maarten, Mrs. Connie Francis-Gumbs and Ms. Kamilah Gumbs of the St. Maarten Youth Council. In our fundraising efforts, there will be a food sale on March 2nd from 11:00 am -2:00 pm at the USM CourtYard. Tickets are $10 for Baked Chicken, $12 for Baked Ribs, $12 for Combo (Chicken & Ribs), $12 for Baked kingfish, $15 for Fried Snapper/Salmon (Limited), and $18 for Fried Big Snapper (Limited). All food is served with rice, potato salad, macaroni pie, and coleslaw. Special thanks to Orco Bank, CIBC First Caribbean Bank, and the Port of St. Maarten for donating thus far. The Port of St. Maarten and CIBC First Caribbean also supported the 2023 delegates. We encourage businesses and members of the community who have the means to contribute to this important and enlightening trip. For more information on how you can do such, please reach out to Mrs. Connie Francis-Gumbs at 550-8971 or sxmyouthcouncil@gmail.com.

SINT MAARTEN POLICE FORCE EMBARKS ON INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY POLICING TRAINING WITH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

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  In collaboration with other Dutch Caribbean islands who are committed to advancing community policing, The Sint Maarten Police Force announces the continuation of a training program designed to bolster the capabilities of a select group of community police officers dedicated to enhancing public safety and fostering community relations. The Sint Maarten Police Force has embarked on an innovative initiative, collaborating with sister islands across the Dutch Caribbean to engage in this crucial training endeavor. Through collaboration with the Miami-Dade School of Justice, officers of the different police forces are receiving guidance and mentorship from two0.n experts in the field: Mr. Julio Blanco. and Miss Veronica Gonzalez from the School of Justice. This initiative was inaugurated in late January, with a preliminary delegation of officers undertaking an exploratory visit to the United States. This initial exposure to concepts such as community policing and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) at the School of Justice laid a foundational framework for the subsequent comprehensive training program currently underway. Community policing stands as the cornerstone of modern law enforcement, emphasizing the establishment of strong, trusting relationships between officers and the communities they serve. By adopting this philosophy, the officers will not only enhance public safety but also foster a sense of unity and partnership within our neighborhoods. The Board of Police Chiefs of the Dutch Caribbean has sponsored these initiatives, recognizing the importance of continuously upgrading the skills and knowledge of law enforcement personnel throughout the region. This collaborative effort signifies a shared commitment to excellence in policing and a dedication to serving our communities to the best of our abilities. As part of this training program, participating officers will soon embark on a journey to the United States in April for the practical component of their education. This hands-on experience will further enrich their understanding and proficiency in community-oriented policing practices. The Sint Maarten Police Force extends its heartfelt wishes for success to all officers involved in this endeavor. Together, we are shaping a safer, more resilient future for our communities, guided by the principles of integrity, professionalism, and compassion.  

Police of Sint Maarten Conducts Weekend Action and Controls, Collaborates with French Police for Future Operations

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  PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Over the weekend, officers of the KPSM (Korps Politie Sint-Maarten) were actively engaged in guiding new officers through the practical aspects of policing. As part of their training, these young officers, under the guidance of their leaders, conducted a series of controls in the Cole Bay and Causeway Bridge areas. During these controls, several vehicles were stopped and inspected for technical issues and legal documentation compliance. In the early hours of February 19th, 2024, the Dispatch received a report of suspicious activity involving two individuals attempting to break into a vehicle on University Drive. Without delay, a team of officers was dispatched to the location to investigate. Following a thorough search of the area, officers apprehended two male suspects identified as A.A.A. and J.F.E. who were in the process of breaking into a small white car at the specified location. The suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Police Station in Philipsburg, where they are currently being held for questioning. Additionally, the KPSM announces its collaboration with the French Police for upcoming operations. Joint efforts will be made in the coming days to ensure the safety and security of the communities on both sides of the island. The KPSM remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of our community through proactive policing measures and prompt response to incidents. We encourage the public to continue reporting any suspicious activities.

Theft of two car batteries 

  On Friday, the 16th  of February, two batteries “dump truck” were reported stolen.” The “dump truck” was parked near the landfill on Saba. The batteries were taken by unknown persons between 7 PM on Wednesday, the 14th of February, and 7 PM on Thursday, the 15th of February. The case is under investigation.

Kas na kandela i un morto 

  Djaluna 19 di febrüari 2024, alrededor di 03.55’or, Sentral di Polis a dirigí unidatnan polisial  i di brantwer pa un adrès den Monte Carmelo pa un kas ku tabata na kandela.  Na momentu ku e unidatnan a yega na e adrès, nan a bin topa un kas parsialmente na  kandela i e kamber den kua e víktima tabata drumi, kompletamente na kandela. Na e momento ei a konstatá ku ta trata di un hende hòmber drumi riba kama  kompletamente karbonisá.   Dòkter di polis ku a hasi akto di presensia, a konstatá morto di e hòmber Toola Singh nasé  na Guyana dia 3 di mart 1961 .  Kousa di e kandela ainda no ta konosí i investigashon den e kaso ta kontinuá.

Roots ‘en’ Route Takes the Next Step: Completing Trail and Documenting Cultural Stories

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  PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Roots ‘en’ Route, a collaborative project created by Foresee Foundation and Stichting St. Maarten Utrecht (SMU), announces its transition to the next phase. This milestone marks the completion of the trail and the documentation of cultural, historic, and iconic stories connected to the island’s heritage. Intending to establish the official Roots ‘en’ Route hiking trail, connecting both sides of the island and linking to the renowned European walking trail, St. Martin of Tours Route, the project has conducted numerous interviews which form the basis of over 20 portraits, capturing the essence of the island’s cultural richness. Individuals responsible for preserving and enriching the island’s cultural legacy were interviewed, with their collective knowledge and insights to be showcased in a series of videos. The project’s mission is to archive this invaluable cultural heritage and share it not only with the local community but also with Europe. These interviews will be accessible on the Foresee Foundation’s YouTube channel and various social media platforms every week starting on Monday, February 19th. To celebrate this achievement, a preview of the project will be held at Axum Café on Saturday, February 17, starting at 5:00 pm. This free event, titled “Culture Chat,” promises an immersive experience filled with storytelling, poems, songs, cultural connections, and a fusion of European and St. Maarten/St. Martin influences. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the nostalgia of historic and folkloric tales deeply rooted in the Caribbean, curated by Roots ‘en’ Route and Soualichi Stories, another project under Foresee Foundation. Funding for the “Roots ‘en’ Route” project was provided by the Fund for Culture Participation and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Caribbean. The initiative aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our communities’ identities while celebrating our shared past, present, and future in a meaningful manner. At the core of the project are Theatre-maker Tjerk Ridder, along with local counterparts Sjorensly Valies and Darin ‘King Vers’ Hodge. Their journey around the island, documented through video, music, and connections, highlights the diverse cultural makeup of St. Maarten/St. Martin. Reflecting on the journey, the project team members were constantly amazed by the curiosity of the youth engagement and the eagerness of senior citizens to play their part in observing and sharing their knowledge. The project’s partners, including the National Institute of Arts (NIA), Seagrape Tours, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC), and Seaside Nature Park played a crucial role in making this project a success. Looking ahead, Tjerk Ridder aims to incorporate his St. Maarten/St. Martin experiences in his performances in the Netherlands and beyond, fostering a lasting Caribbean connection. Additionally, SMU is exploring the inclusion of the Caribbean St. Maarten/Saint Martin route in the Saint Martin of Tours Cultural Route of the European Council.