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‘No proof of Nini planning murder’

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:25

WILLEMSTAD--The Prosecutor’s Office in Curaçao was unable to prove that Burney “Nini” Fonseca (45) had indeed been the intermediary between those who executed the murder of politician Helmin Magno Wiels in 2013 and the intellectual authors, said his lawyer Marije Vaders on Friday, asking for a full acquittal of her client.

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Ortega clinches COCI seat by small margin

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:18

PHILIPSBURG--Of the several hundred small businesses registered with the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI), only representatives of 85 cast a ballot in Friday’s by-election to fill the vacant small business seat on the Chamber Board.

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King Fish reels in fifth calypso crown

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:10

 CARNIVAL VILLAGE--Fish the Mega Boss came out on top as the 2017 Calypso King at this year’s NAGICO Calypso Finals hosted by Raw Promotions in Carnival Village that ended early Friday morning.

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RSA debt ‘a Damocles’ sword over our heads,’ Gibbs cautions

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:06

MARIGOT--President of the Territorial Council Daniel Gibbs has given a sobering reminder, that despite a balanced budget, there is still a matter of 48 million euros owed to Caisse Allocation Familiale (CAF) from the social benefit Revenu Solidarité Active (RSA), describing it as “a sword of Damocles dangling above our heads.”

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Corallo’s extradition may take another year

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:04

THE HAGUE--St. Maarten/Italian casino boss Francesco Corallo may remain incarcerated in St. Maarten for another year, as his actual extradition to Italy may not take place until the summer of 2018. This is due to a full procedure that needs to be followed because the European extradition regulation does not apply in St. Maarten.

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CBS data a good indicator of how the islands develop

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:01

THE HAGUE--As a neutral organisation the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) doesn’t get involved in political discussions on the issue of poverty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Nonetheless, CBS Manager Henk van de Velden painted an interesting picture of the developments in the Caribbean Netherlands based on statistics of the past few years during a lecture on Thursday.

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Fri, 04/21/2017 - 23:38


*DATE ISSUED: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)
VALID UNTIL: Saturday midday (12:00 LST) April 22, 2017*

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Robbie reacts to accusations

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 22:09

Robbie reacts to accusations

WILLEMSTAD--Lottery boss Robbie dos Santos has serious questions about the investigation into the murder of Curaçao politician Helmin Magno Wiels, specifically the "Maximus" probe into the intellectual authors of the murder. His name was mentioned during the first day of the case against suspected middle-man Burney “Nini” Fonseca that continued on Friday.

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Repairers of Broken Walls begins development series

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:21

MARIGOT--Repairers of Broken Walls International Ministries will host the first of its self-development series today, Friday. Pastor Brenda Abbott-Gumbs is encouraging everyone to come out to Galisbay, St. Martin, opposite the Bethany Home.

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Fresh meat, vegetables on sale today Friday

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:20

ST. EUSTATIUS--The Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery LVV will be holding a fresh meat and vegetables sale at the Slaughterhouse today, Friday, April 21, from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

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President Gibbs receives Préfet Pierre-Etienne Bisch

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:17

MARIGOT--President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs received a visit from the senior Préfet of Guadeloupe Pierre-Etienne Bisch in the context of the latter’s responsibility for monitoring the presidential elections in St. Martin, St. Barths and Guadeloupe.

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Wonderland Factory to present ‘young talent’ concert at Loterie

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:13

MARIGOT--New company Wonderland Factory is poised to present a concert of young local recording artists at a unique show to be staged in the gardens of Loterie Farm on Saturday, May 6, 2017. It’s the first of “Les Pépites” which is expected to become an annual event, organisers stated at a press conference Wednesday.

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Pro-bono lawyers on strike over non-payment of fees

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:09

PHILIPSBURG--Pro-bono lawyers have called a strike from Wednesday, April 19, as Government has failed to honour an ultimatum set by the lawyers for payment of fees due to them.

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SCDF Culture Night set to mesh island cultures

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:07

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will stage a Culture Night in Carnival Village, today, Friday, featuring groups representing the various national communities of St. Maarten.

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Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:04

Donations were made to three local organisations recently during the celebration of Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle’s 20th anniversary, The donations were presented to Lottie Petersen of Diabetes Foundation, which offers awareness of diabetes in the community and does regular testing on Saturdays at various locations; Raymond Jessurun of Alzheimer’s Foundation, which brings awareness to the community on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; and Astrigt Hermelijn of Parkinson’s Foundation. Parkinson’s is a progressive dis ... Read more

Carnival season and school time

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 20:02

Carnival season and school time for children continue to be a bad mix. As the Carnival season continues, fewer children are attending school. Most classrooms at St. Maarten Academy PSVE were half empty and it was evident that students had started their Carnival season earlier. The last day of school is today, Friday, on the Dutch side, while French-side students resume school on Monday coming. In photo: A classroom with one student at Academy PSVE. Just a handful of students were seen on school premises Thursday morning.

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WIB to issue Bankomatiko Contactless Smart Card

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:05

PHILIPSBURG--Windward Islands Bank (WIB) Ltd., as part of its affiliation with its parent bank Maduro and Curiel’s Bank (MCB), announced on Thursday that it has upgraded its current Bankomatiko Smart Card to a Bankomatiko Contactless Smart Card.

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Saba signs agreements with three US schools

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:29

SABA--Saba’s Commissioner of Education Bruce Zagers and Island Secretary Tim Muller recently returned from their extensive tour of United State colleges and universities which included visits to six schools in five states. Agreements that will benefit Saba students were signed with three schools.

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Opposition does not show up to question governing programme

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:24

PHILIPSBURG--Much to the chagrin of members of the coalition Government, Members of Parliament (MPs) for the opposition United People’s (UP) party were not present at Thursday afternoon’s Central Committee meeting to discuss the governing programme for 2016 to 2020, titled “United Democratic Alliance: Stability for Prosperity.” Nor did they show up to pose questions to cabinet members pertaining to their Ministries’ year plans.

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Wescot requests discussion of taxes in Finance Committee

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:20

PHILIPSBURG--After several requests for information on taxes and the answers provided by Minister of Finance Richard Gibson, Chairwoman of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams has now requested the Chairman of the Finance Committee to convene a meeting to discuss the fiscal and tax systems of St. Maarten.

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