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Integrity report: Transfer SLAC back to government

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:27

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The regulatory functions of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation (SLAC) should be transferred back to government to create a level playing field for the sector and avoid a distortion of competition.

This is one of the recommendations of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Inquiry Team that scrutinised the functioning of integrity in the St. Maarten government. The inquiry report, ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers through St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday, was released on Friday.

The Integrity Team observed that the 2009 acquisition of SLAC by ... Read more

Integrity report: Transfer SLAC back to government

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:27

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The regulatory functions of the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation (SLAC) should be transferred back to government to create a level playing field for the sector and avoid a distortion of competition.

This is one of the recommendations of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Inquiry Team that scrutinised the functioning of integrity in the St. Maarten government. The inquiry report, ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers through St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday, was released on Friday.

The Integrity Team observed that the 2009 acquisition of SLAC by ... Read more

VVD, SP to call for probe of Theo in today’s debate

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:26

THE HAGUE--The liberal democratic VVD party and Socialist Party (SP) will be calling for an instruction to have a criminal investigation focusing on United People's (UP) party leader Theo Heyliger, during the handling of the draft 2015 budget of Kingdom Relations in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament today, Wednesday.

If it were up to Second Chamber Member André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party, there would be an instruction from the Kingdom government for such an investigation sooner rather than later.

"Everything has to be geared towards realising that. It ... Read more

VVD, SP to call for probe of Theo in today’s debate

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:26

THE HAGUE--The liberal democratic VVD party and Socialist Party (SP) will be calling for an instruction to have a criminal investigation focusing on United People's (UP) party leader Theo Heyliger, during the handling of the draft 2015 budget of Kingdom Relations in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament today, Wednesday.

If it were up to Second Chamber Member André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party, there would be an instruction from the Kingdom government for such an investigation sooner rather than later.

"Everything has to be geared towards realising that. It ... Read more

Eleven-year-old boy crashes car

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:23

page1b115PHILIPSBURG--An eleven-year-old boy caused an accident when he drove his father's car into the entrance of Le Grand Marché supermarket.

The boy was waiting in the vehicle while his father put his shopping bags in the trunk of the car. He handed the car key to his son, who placed it in the ignition.

The boy managed to turn the key in the ignition, starting the car, which was still in ge ... Read more

Eleven-year-old boy crashes car

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:23

page1b115PHILIPSBURG--An eleven-year-old boy caused an accident when he drove his father's car into the entrance of Le Grand Marché supermarket.

The boy was waiting in the vehicle while his father put his shopping bags in the trunk of the car. He handed the car key to his son, who placed it in the ignition.

The boy managed to turn the key in the ignition, starting the car, which was still in ge ... Read more

Second Chamber calls for intervention in St. Maarten

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:39

THE HAGUE--The Dutch media reported on Monday that there is majority support in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament for intervention through a large criminal investigation of "St. Maarten's corrupt government." Dutch politicians are especially worried now that the United People's (UP) party of Theo Heyliger is about to take power.

Two major Dutch newspapers, De Telegraaf and Trouw, reported on Monday morning on PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC's) Integrity Inquiry report on St. Maarten that was ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers late September last year, via St. Maarten G ... Read more

Second Chamber calls for intervention in St. Maarten

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:39

THE HAGUE--The Dutch media reported on Monday that there is majority support in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament for intervention through a large criminal investigation of "St. Maarten's corrupt government." Dutch politicians are especially worried now that the United People's (UP) party of Theo Heyliger is about to take power.

Two major Dutch newspapers, De Telegraaf and Trouw, reported on Monday morning on PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC's) Integrity Inquiry report on St. Maarten that was ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers late September last year, via St. Maarten G ... Read more

Police officer sentenced for forgery and assault

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:38

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance on Monday convicted police officer Michelangelo L.R. Sirvania (42) of forgery and assault. He was sentenced in absentia to three months suspended, on two years' probation, and 180 hours community service.

The Prosecutor's Office had requested the Court to send the police officer to jail for three months and order him to perform unpaid work for 180 hours.

Once irrevocably convicted, he will instantly be dismissed from the St. Maarten Police Force.

The Court found it legally and convincingly proven that Sirvania had committed forge ... Read more

Police officer sentenced for forgery and assault

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:38

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance on Monday convicted police officer Michelangelo L.R. Sirvania (42) of forgery and assault. He was sentenced in absentia to three months suspended, on two years' probation, and 180 hours community service.

The Prosecutor's Office had requested the Court to send the police officer to jail for three months and order him to perform unpaid work for 180 hours.

Once irrevocably convicted, he will instantly be dismissed from the St. Maarten Police Force.

The Court found it legally and convincingly proven that Sirvania had committed forge ... Read more

TelCell Breakthrough winners named, on to ‘dream programme’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:33

page3b114MAHO--The 2014 TelCell Breakthrough Talent Search winners were announced Hollywood style after a well-received show at Maho's Theatre Royale on Saturday night. They will now begin "a one year dream programme in which they will be granted celebrity status," assisting TelCell and the TelEm Group in various promotions, while further honing their own artistic talents.

The winners will also collabo ... Read more

TelCell Breakthrough winners named, on to ‘dream programme’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:33

page3b114MAHO--The 2014 TelCell Breakthrough Talent Search winners were announced Hollywood style after a well-received show at Maho's Theatre Royale on Saturday night. They will now begin "a one year dream programme in which they will be granted celebrity status," assisting TelCell and the TelEm Group in various promotions, while further honing their own artistic talents.

The winners will also collabo ... Read more

Vehicle catches fire after crash, two restaurants sustain damage

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:16

page4a113SIMPSON BAY--Two young women in a vehicle had a lucky escape after one of them lost control of the vehicle she was driving, resulting in the vehicle crashing through part of Toppers Restaurant, and ending up crashing into the side of Marty's Gyro Restaurant, causing both business to sustain extensive damage.

The two women made off out of the vehicle, which caught fire, causing parts of the two ... Read more

Vehicle catches fire after crash, two restaurants sustain damage

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:16

page4a113SIMPSON BAY--Two young women in a vehicle had a lucky escape after one of them lost control of the vehicle she was driving, resulting in the vehicle crashing through part of Toppers Restaurant, and ending up crashing into the side of Marty's Gyro Restaurant, causing both business to sustain extensive damage.

The two women made off out of the vehicle, which caught fire, causing parts of the two ... Read more

Govt-owned companies largely ignore integrity, transparency

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:12

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten's government-owned companies are almost non-compliant where it comes to corporate governance, integrity and transparency requirements.

That is the conclusion of the Integrity Inquiry into the Functioning of the Government of St. Maarten, a report that was released on Friday and which was ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers in September last year through St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday. The harbour company didn't cooperate with the integrity inquiry.

The inquiry team of the New York based accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (Pw ... Read more

Govt-owned companies largely ignore integrity, transparency

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:12

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten's government-owned companies are almost non-compliant where it comes to corporate governance, integrity and transparency requirements.

That is the conclusion of the Integrity Inquiry into the Functioning of the Government of St. Maarten, a report that was released on Friday and which was ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers in September last year through St. Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday. The harbour company didn't cooperate with the integrity inquiry.

The inquiry team of the New York based accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (Pw ... Read more

William says too many use their parliamentary seats for leverage

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:10

page1b113~ 'Just a matter of time before another shifting' ~

PHILIPSBURG--"The sad reality" of politics in St. Maarten is that too many persons "peddle off" their parliamentary seats "to the highest bidder" and use their seat for leverage, former formateur William Marlin said on Sunday.

Marlin said he was not specifically referring to the tra ... Read more

William says too many use their parliamentary seats for leverage

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:10

page1b113~ 'Just a matter of time before another shifting' ~

PHILIPSBURG--"The sad reality" of politics in St. Maarten is that too many persons "peddle off" their parliamentary seats "to the highest bidder" and use their seat for leverage, former formateur William Marlin said on Sunday.

Marlin said he was not specifically referring to the tra ... Read more

De Weever breaks silence on reasons for abandoning DP

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 04:14

~ Counterpart policy at centre of decision ~

PHILIPSBURG--Democratic Party (DP) Member of Parliament (MP)-elect Cornelius de Weever broke his silence Friday on his reasons for pulling his support from the slate on which he was elected to help the United People's (UP) party form a one-seat Parliamentary majority.

De Weever said in a press release that the counterpart policy was "a principle" on which he "was not willing to compromise," as it sought to protect the interests of "our nationals [who – Ed.] want to return home only to be told they do not have enough experience and ... Read more

De Weever breaks silence on reasons for abandoning DP

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 04:14

~ Counterpart policy at centre of decision ~

PHILIPSBURG--Democratic Party (DP) Member of Parliament (MP)-elect Cornelius de Weever broke his silence Friday on his reasons for pulling his support from the slate on which he was elected to help the United People's (UP) party form a one-seat Parliamentary majority.

De Weever said in a press release that the counterpart policy was "a principle" on which he "was not willing to compromise," as it sought to protect the interests of "our nationals [who – Ed.] want to return home only to be told they do not have enough experience and ... Read more