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Arrests made in ongoing human smuggling case.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM, in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten OM SXM, made two arrests today, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in an ongoing human smuggling case.

One of the arrestees is an immigration officer with the initials W.C.C. This suspect's involvement also means the National Detectives will have a role in this case.

The immigration officer, together with the second suspect, N.J.S, remains in police custody.
The KPSM Human Smuggling Team is handling the overall case. As the investigation is ongoing, no further information will be given at this time.

 

 

KPSM Press Release.

 

 


Princess Juliana International Airport Soars In 2023 and 2024, Exceeding Passenger Traffic Targets.

pjiae29052024Simpson Bay:--- Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) announced strong results for 2023 and 2024, exceeding passenger traffic targets set at the beginning of both years. The positive performance marks a significant recovery from the pandemic's impact and positions the airport for further growth in the years ahead.

“We are thrilled to report such positive results over 2023 and the first quarter of 2024,” said Brian Mingo, CEO, and Bob Post, CFO at PJIAE. “Passenger traffic has rebounded remarkably, and we are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. We are committed to providing a seamless and positive travel experience for all passengers. We are confident that the strong momentum we witnessed in 2023 will continue in 2024. We are also very pleased with the new check-in - and departure halls, and our new arrivals hall is almost finished. The countdown has begun, and in November 2024, we will celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art terminal and our 80th birthday with all stakeholders”.

Key highlights from the 2023 Annual Report and the first quarter 2024 figures include:

  • Traffic Above Target: Passenger traffic at PJIAE surpassed expectations in 2023, ending up at more than 1.4 million passenger movements, exceeding the targets set for the year. Passenger traffic over 2023 nearly equaled 2019 numbers (99,5%) and closed in on 2016 numbers by 81.2%.
  • Recovery Nears Completion: Passenger numbers are nearing pre-pandemic levels, demonstrating a strong return in travel demand to St. Maarten. During the first quarter of 2024, passenger traffic surged to 93% of 2016 travel and 130% of 2019 traffic.
  • North American Dominance: North America remains the dominant source of traffic at PJIAE, accounting for approximately 58% of all passengers.

The full 2023 annual report for PJIAE will be available soonest at www.sxmairport.com

Opening new terminal by Q3 2024

As the airport gears up for the opening of the new terminal building by Q3 of 2024, PJIAE proudly boasts state-of-the-art equipment and technology, like the self-service bag drop, the ABC-gates (Automated Border Control), and the security X-ray machines. The management of PJIAE is enthusiastic about the development of the new terminal building, and ‘the Princess’ will once again be one of the most beautiful airports in the eastern Caribbean.

About Princess Juliana International Airport

Princess Juliana International Airport is the second busiest airport in the Northeast Caribbean and serves as a vital airport hub for Saba, St Eustatius, St Barthelemy, Anguilla, Dominica, Nevis, and Tortola. The airport stands as one of the largest employers on the island, with 315 workers employed directly and a total of 1700 workers within the entire airport community. In 2024, Sint Maarten Airport expects to handle 1.5 million passengers and 54,000 aircraft movements. Reconstruction efforts at the airport commenced in September 2021, with the new terminal hall and, hereby, the complete Terminal Building scheduled for completion in Q3 of 2024.

 

Internal investigations into prison assault launched, Minister of Justice.

~ Justice Minister vowed to root out all levels of corruption~

lyndonlewis09052024PHILIPSBURG: --- Minister of Justice Lyndon Lewis announced on Wednesday that an internal investigation was launched at the Pointe Blanche Prison to determine how two unknown assailants managed to enter the prison and assault a prisoner who was in isolation.
Lewis said he visited the injured prisoner at the St. Maarten Medical Center when he heard of the incident. He told members of the media during the weekly Council of Ministers press conference that the prisoner was severely beaten and was badly injured. Lewis said the attack shows that there is a level of corruption at the Pointe Blanche Prison because no one could explain to him how two unknown persons could enter the prison in prison guard uniforms and attack the prisoner who was in isolation.
SMN News managed to identify the prisoner as Amir Jean Pierre Sinase, who is serving a 4-year prison term.
SMN News learned that before the attack on Sunday, the prison threw an egg on a prison guard, and the female prison guard threatened him, saying she would get him after. SMN News further learned that the two attackers were prisoners who got some form of assistance from prison guards for them to reach the prisoner who was in isolation.

SMN News further learned that the injured prisoner had filed an official complaint with KPSM.

Up to 25 Named Storms, 13 Hurricanes and Seven Major Hurricanes. Prepare early!

PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):---  The United Nations (UN) World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently issued a warning for an above-average hurricane season in the North Atlantic in 2024.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center outlook for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season forecast a range of 17 to 25 total named storms; of those, eight to 13 are forecast to become hurricanes, including four to seven major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5, with winds higher of 111 miles per hour or higher).

The hurricane season officially starts on Saturday, June 1st, and ends on November 30th.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM), which falls under the Fire Department (Ministry of General Affairs) and is headed by Fire Chief/Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is appealing to all residents and businesses to be prepared for an early start to the season where the possibility exists that storm/hurricane activity could start earlier in the season.

You have the time now to prepare in a timely manner for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season which is expected to have above-normal activity.

The 2024 storm names are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Francine, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Milton, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

The community is urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

Listen to the Government Radio station – SXMGOV 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. You can also follow weather related news and information as well as national addresses by the Prime Minister, chairperson of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by going to @SXMGOV Facebook Page.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com or visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared!

Public Meeting of Parliament regarding the appointment of a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of Parliament.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament will sit in a Public meeting on May 29, 2024.

The Public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 09.00 hrs. in the Legislative Hall at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

 

The agenda point is:

Appointment Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

 

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

 


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