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Simpson Bay Killer Arrested.

sobohkiller23032020MARIGOT/ PHILIPSBURG: --- The Gendarmes arrested the murder suspect that is wanted by Dutch police in the murder of Joseph Jihad Siboh. Siboh who was brutally murdered last Sunday in the vicinity of Market Garden. The arrest was made early Friday morning on the French side of the island.  

sobohkillerwayne27032020SMN News understands that the 18-year-old suspect known to many as "Wayne Gumbs"  attended the Souliga College in Cul de Sac and the Lycee Polyvalent in Marigot and was a known gang member. Sources say the cold-blooded killer is the father of a young child.
The suspect it is understood that the wanted criminal was hiding on the French mainly in French Quarter and Sandy Ground.
Police Spokesman Joe Josepha confirmed the arrest.

Suspect arrested for shooting at Market Garden.

The suspect in the shooting that took place on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at approximately 02.00 pm in the Parking lot of Market Garden was arrested by French police on early Friday, March 27th, 2020. 
The victim lost his life during a robbery of his scooter when he was shot by the suspect.
The suspect identified with initials W.J.A. remains in custody on the French side of Sint Maarten. This investigation is still ongoing.












Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs ‘Stay At Home’ National Address on COVID-19 MARCH 26, 2020.

silly07032020PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police force of St. Maarten is coordinating controls together with their French counterparts starting Friday, March 27, 2020, in order to enforce the restricted movement of persons, which has been implemented as a preventative measure on St. Maarten/St. Martin to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Controls have been ongoing by the French Gendarmes to inhibit unnecessary movement on French St. Martin. The restrictions require all persons to be in possession of a document that authorizes them to travel in and around the French side and even to the Dutch side and defines whether it is work-related or related to an urgent matter (which shouldn't exceed one hour). This restriction applies to French citizens who work or live on the Dutch side as well as Dutch citizens who work or live on the French side.

Seeing that the spread of the virus has increased drastically on French St. Martin in the past few days, and local transmission is highly likely, Dutch residents are strongly advised not to venture to the French side, unless strictly necessary for work purposes or in case of emergencies. While this may seem restrictive to us as St. Martiners, as many family ties exist between our two sides, this measure is for your own health and safety, and the health and safety of your family and the rest of our community.

For the past few weeks, we have been asking for persons to heighten their awareness of ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We have stressed on the practice of proper hygiene, enforced school closures, placed restrictions on non-essential businesses, and minimized business hours all with the intention to minimize movement. While no curfew yet exists prohibiting the movement of the population, each and every citizen is asked to STAY at home as much as possible in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

The police force has commended our citizens and business community for their compliant behavior thus far throughout this process, and I encourage you to comply with these latest measures as well. Those not following the direct instructions by the Police to return to their homes will be fined according to article 3 of the General Police Ordinance.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and our health care system, while doing their utmost to serve the people of St. Maarten, remain at limited capacity, which will not be able to sustain a major outbreak if persons continue to go about their lives as usual. Persons who have traveled within the past three weeks should have registered with CPS by now (by calling 914), and should be in self-quarantine (no symptoms, but have a travel history). Persons who have a family member who has traveled in the past three weeks in their home should also be self-quarantined even if you have no symptoms. Do not go to work or venture out into the community. Persons who have flu-like symptoms, and no travel history, are not automatically considered suspected Covid-19 patients, but should also self-isolate at home (stay away from their family as well) and monitor their symptoms, in case they may have been exposed to someone who has traveled.

All of the above persons should contact CPS or their house doctor for information as to whether they should be tested. CPS nurses are currently monitoring over 450 persons who are either in quarantine or isolation, only those who meet the profile of travel history and flu-like symptoms will be tested right away. Others will continue to be monitored for the event that they may start to show symptoms. Persons who are extremely ill with flu-like symptoms, with extreme shortness of breath, requiring hospitalization, whether they have contacted CPS or not, should call the ambulance, and explain the situation to receive urgent care.

It has been brought to my attention that some people who have traveled and have flu-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has been waiting too long to contact CPS. The last few days have seen patients with symptoms and severe shortness of breath along with varying symptoms that may or may not be COVID-19 related calling at the last minute.

I once again urge you all to take this virus seriously. Your actions may save your own life or the life of someone you love. There is no shame in reporting possible exposure to the virus. Do not be afraid to call your Doctor or CPS if you are ill and unsure of what your symptoms may mean. Do not be afraid to treat non-COVID-19 symptoms because you are afraid to go to the Doctor or the hospital.

This is a worldwide pandemic and yes, our capacity is small to handle an outbreak. While help has been promised, it has been merely trickling in. Let’s keep our numbers low, by being conscious of our actions and interactions with persons. Do not venture out and about unless strictly necessary. Only Essential workers should be out and for a limited time to allow for essential services to be carried out.

Our health care professionals and emergency service providers work 24 hours per day. Give them the time and space to do so, as your excessive movement can be a danger to them. Stay off the roads. Spend quality time with family at home and use technology to interact with those you cannot visit at this time.

Resilience will be shown in our behavior in challenging times. Show our true resilient spirit by taking care of you, your family and loved ones. Practice proper hygiene and social distancing to see us through these very dark days around the world. Prayer and meditation, reading and talking to loved ones can calm our fears and help us to plan and focus on the blessings of life itself.

Stay Safe, be aware of yourself and your surroundings, and follow the instructions of our law enforcement officers at all times. God Bless St. Maarten and all her people!

Simpson Bay Bridge Openings Reduced to two per day.

simpsonbaybridge26032020PHILIPSBURG:---The Simpson Bay Bridge will open twice a day as of Friday, March 27, 2020.
The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority after reviewing boat traffic and under the current national emergency related to the coronavirus COVID-19, the Lagoon Authority decided to temporarily reduce the opening times to two per day.
The bridge will open at 9.00 AM for inbound and outbound traffic, and again at 2.00 PM inbound/outbound.
The Causeway Bridge opening will be synchronized based on the Simpson Bay Bridge openings. This will be coordinated with mariners by calling the VHF-12 channel.

Sea Cloud II was in Port for Fuel and Food Provisioning on Thursday.

seaclud1126032020POINTE BLANCHE:--- The cruise vessel Sea Cloud II tall ship of Sea Cloud Cruises, was given permission by the Government of St. Maarten on humanitarian grounds after meeting national port entry requirements to make a port call on Thursday, March 26 for fuel bunkering and food provisioning. The vessel had no passengers on board.
The vessel's crew were not allowed to disembark while the vessel was moored at the cruise pier. Sea Cloud II is at anchor outside Simpson Bay.
The windjammer vessel is 387 feet long and 3,849 gross tons. The maximum number of passengers that the vessel can carry is 94 and approximately 65 crew. The vessel which has 23 sails was built in 2001.
Sea Cloud Cruises has been a premier address in the world of luxury cruising since 1979. The company operates out of Hamburg, Germany.

Since 1979, Sea Cloud Cruises has been one of the world’s top names in cruises. The 88-year-old four-masted barque Sea Cloud and its younger sister Sea Cloud II regularly appear with five stars each in the Berlitz Cruise Guide’s list of the top five boutique ships. Sea Cloud Cruises is a founding member of the hotel association Feine Privathotels.

EXCLUSIVE: Prosecutor’s Office delays swearing in of Omar Ottley.

~Swearing imminent is their class justice at the Prosecutor’s Office.~

PHILIPSBURG:--- Reliable information reaching SMN News states that the incoming Minister of VSA Omar Ottley may have to wait a bit longer than usual to be sworn in as Minister of VSA, while the other Ministers forming the National Alliance and United Peoples Party coalition may take office anytime soon.
Sources say that the swearing-in ceremony may take place between Friday, March 27th and Monday, March 30th.
SMN News has been reliably informed that the screening process that has been ongoing for the past eight weeks has been delayed because the Prosecutor’s Office requested more time to further investigate Ottley.
SMN News further understands that while questions were asked to the Prosecutor’s Office as to reasons for the delay since the other candidate Ministers all got their clearance two weeks no clear answers were given.
The source said it is was only a few days ago when the formateur insisted that she gets the report for Ottley so that the report for the governor could be submitted, that is when the Prosecutor’s Office said they were busy with an investigation but have not divulged any information to anyone as to what they are investigating.
SMN News learned that Ottley’s lawyers wrote the Prosecutor’s Office and they too did not obtain a response.
MP Omar Ottley is the nephew of former Member of Parliament Franklin Meyers who also was not able to pass screening to become the country’s Prime Minister and Ottley is also the nephew of Etienne Meyers.
Questions are now being raised by several politicians as to the reasons why some persons that have questionable background are able to pass the screening process while locals that were duly elected by the people are prevented from working for their people.
Incoming Ministers are:

• Silveria Jacobs --- Prime Minister
• Ardwell Irion --- Minister of Finance
• Anna Richardson --- Minister of Justice
• Rodolph Samuel --- Minister of Education
• Ludmilla de Weever --- Minister of TEATT
• Egbert Jurendy Doran
• Rene Violenus --- Minister of Plenipotentiary
• Richard Panneflek --- Acting Minister of Plenipotentiary

SMN News further understands that while the Prosecutor Office continues its investigation on the candidate Minister of VSA MP Omar Ottley then Ludmilla de Weever will be the acting Minister of VSA.

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