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Eendracht heads to Europe following St. Martin visits

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:21

page11a227MARIGOT--Sail training vessel Eendracht has just concluded her St. Martin visits for this season and departed Monday from Galisbay Port for the Atlantic crossing via Bermuda and the Azores back to Europe. Twenty six students/trainees from Kazakhstan are on board for the return trip.

The vessel's departure was delayed due to huge swells from the North that prevented her from docking at the po ... Read more

DP: Country’s marketing seemingly at standstill

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:20

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten's tourism marketing in the Netherlands, the United States and Canada seems to be at a standstill with no representation in Europe and the expiration of the contracts for the North American market, according to Democratic Party (DP) Parliament fraction advisor Emil Lee.

Lee joined party leader Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams at Parliament House on Monday for a party press conference at which they discussed various issues the party is pursuing and is pushing for Parliament and the Gumbs Cabinet's attention.

Wescot-Williams said Tourism an ... Read more

‘Non-existent’ pipe caused sewage spill into marina

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:18

OYSTER POND--A mystery overflow pipe that does not feature in the sewage and drainage plans of Etablissement des Eaux et Assainissement de St. Martin (EEASM) was the cause of the recent sewage spill into the pond at Captain Oliver's Marina, EEASM president Louis Fleming disclosed Monday.

"The pipe has now been blocked by the maintenance company Général des Eaux and there should not be any re-occurrence," Fleming said. "This pipe does not appear on our original plans and we are investigating how this pipe got there and which contractor is responsible. It must have been there for man ... Read more

Tanker ‘Lesley Pg’ runs aground off Grand Case

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 03:15

MARIGOT--The 102-metre-long petrol tanker Lesley PG ran aground off Grand Case on Sunday at 2:00pm, prompting a major emergency response in case of a diesel fuel spill that fortunately did not occur.

According to a release from the Préfecture, the incident was reported to Centre Regional Operationnel de Secours et de Surveillance (CROSS) Antilles-Guiana quickly by cruising boats in the area.

CROSS in turn immediately alerted the competent authorities (Préfet of Guadeloupe, Préfet of St. Martin, and Maritime Affairs) and a team of Gendarmes was dispatched to look for any evi ... Read more

Robber hits two groceries

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:13

COLE BAY--Two small grocery stores in Cole Bay were robbed on Friday, February 13, within in forty minutes of each other. The robber was described to police by witnesses as wearing dark clothes and brandishing a handgun.

The robber, who has eluded capture so far, threatened to use his weapon if no cooperation was given by the people in the grocery stores. Gaining everyone's cooperation, he emptied the cash register. The same modus operandi was used at both locations.

The unknown suspect is thought by Police to have fled both scenes in an awaiting getaway vehicle.

Specia ... Read more

Marlin-Romeo requests meeting on beach policy

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:11

PHILIPSBURG--The beach policy and maintaining public access to the beaches are the bases for independent Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin-Romeo's request for a meeting of Parliament's Permanent Committee for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication.

The MP seeks "immediate change" to the policy to include and clearly stipulate that natural and manmade beaches are public domain, are not owned by any establishment or vendor, and beaches must have proper road access for emergency vehicles.

All vendors or establishments providing beach services should stack ... Read more

‘Illegal’ Oyster Pond excavation continues

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:10

OYSTER POND--An excavator and trucks have been excavating, clearing land and removing mangroves in Oyster Pond for at least three days running, to the disappointment of concerned citizens in the area, despite a stop-order reportedly having been issued by the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI on Friday morning.

The works are taking place at the site where the trench that runs along Oyster Pond Road opens into the Oyster Pond lagoon near the French border.

The relevant VROMI representatives could not b ... Read more

Three-vehicle accident caused by driver falling asleep at the wheel

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 04:08

MARIGOT--Three persons are being treated at the Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital for serious injuries following a traffic accident involving three vehicles on the RN7 between Cole Bay and Bellevue on Saturday afternoon. One victim is reported in critical condition; all three victims are French nationals.

The Gendarmerie stated the accident was caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel and veered-off onto the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic.

According to the Gendarmerie, the driver who fell asleep was travelling in a car with his wife and three children in ... Read more

Hot ‘N Spicy troupe raises the bar with impressive turnout in parade

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:59

page11k226MARIGOT--The Hot 'N Spicy troupe was clearly a stand-out in Sunday's adult parade in Marigot, not only were they the largest troupe but the most colourful as well with their theme for this year "we party under the sea."

Hot 'N Spicy brought up the rear of the parade, which appeared to have fewer troupes this year but still it was another colourful spectacle organised by the French-side carni ... Read more

Three shot in French Qtr, one in critical condition

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:26

page1a225MARIGOT--One man was in critical condition and fighting for his life last night after three victims were shot by a gunman in French Quarter at 8:45pm.

The shooting took place by the kiosk on Coralita Road alongside the perimeter wall of the stadium. Unconfirmed reports indicate one man was shot in the chest and another in the leg. A third person, who reportedly was the gunman's intended target ... Read more

Three shot in French Qtr, one in critical condition

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:26

page1a225MARIGOT--One man was in critical condition and fighting for his life last night after three victims were shot by a gunman in French Quarter at 8:45pm.

The shooting took place by the kiosk on Coralita Road alongside the perimeter wall of the stadium. Unconfirmed reports indicate one man was shot in the chest and another in the leg. A third person, who reportedly was the gunman's intended target ... Read more

Dutchman says he saw where Natalee Holloway was buried

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:00

page5a225AMSTERDAM--Missing American Natalee Holloway is buried beneath a crawl space at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Hotel, said Jurriën de Jong from Amsterdam, a self-proclaimed eyewitness to her disappearance, in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on Friday.

According to 59-year-old De Jong, island authorities have thus far ignored his statement, despite his persistence to get them more deeply in ... Read more

Dutchman says he saw where Natalee Holloway was buried

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 04:00

page5a225AMSTERDAM--Missing American Natalee Holloway is buried beneath a crawl space at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club Hotel, said Jurriën de Jong from Amsterdam, a self-proclaimed eyewitness to her disappearance, in the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on Friday.

According to 59-year-old De Jong, island authorities have thus far ignored his statement, despite his persistence to get them more deeply in ... Read more

Overtime and medical cost may lead to budget deficit

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:56

PHILIPSBURG--Steadily growing personnel cost, especially due to overtime, medical cost and increasing pension premiums appear to be leading government into a budget deficit for 2014. Government expenditures is said to be around NAf. 8.2 million over projections.

The budget was set at NAf. 426 million originally, but was increased to NAf. 430.6 million via a budget amendment last year. The budgeted amount was not realized with income coming in at NAf. 430.2 million, Finance Minister Martin Hassink told Parliament on Friday.

"In some areas, we are above and in others below" in c ... Read more

Overtime and medical cost may lead to budget deficit

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:56

PHILIPSBURG--Steadily growing personnel cost, especially due to overtime, medical cost and increasing pension premiums appear to be leading government into a budget deficit for 2014. Government expenditures is said to be around NAf. 8.2 million over projections.

The budget was set at NAf. 426 million originally, but was increased to NAf. 430.6 million via a budget amendment last year. The budgeted amount was not realized with income coming in at NAf. 430.2 million, Finance Minister Martin Hassink told Parliament on Friday.

"In some areas, we are above and in others below" in c ... Read more

Court orders Coliseum to pay workers’ salaries

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:55

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance ordered Coliseum Casino on Friday to pay salaries to ten workers who lost their jobs on November 3, 2014.

The Court ordered the casino to pay due salaries to the workers from November 15, 2014, plus legal interest, until the labour agreements have been terminated legally.

All employees who had been working at Coliseum between 17 and 24 years were terminated after the passing of Olrenho NV's managing director in July 2014. This company had paid out their salaries since January 2006, after Coliseum Casino's management company Pleasure Por ... Read more

Court orders Coliseum to pay workers’ salaries

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:55

PHILIPSBURG--The Court of First Instance ordered Coliseum Casino on Friday to pay salaries to ten workers who lost their jobs on November 3, 2014.

The Court ordered the casino to pay due salaries to the workers from November 15, 2014, plus legal interest, until the labour agreements have been terminated legally.

All employees who had been working at Coliseum between 17 and 24 years were terminated after the passing of Olrenho NV's managing director in July 2014. This company had paid out their salaries since January 2006, after Coliseum Casino's management company Pleasure Por ... Read more

Ruling in Bada Bing case expected Friday, March 6

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:54

PHILIPSBURG--"My life is ruined. I never got a chance. I have done nothing wrong. This atrocity I wish to no one," former Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge said Friday during the final day of hearings in the so-called Bada Bing case.

Illidge said his political career had been over ever since he was accused of involvement in bribery.

As chairman of Parliament's Justice Committee, he had been instrumental in providing the Prosecutor's Office with more tools to investigate cases, he said. "Many politicians did not want that bill, but I championed that bill," he told the j ... Read more

Ruling in Bada Bing case expected Friday, March 6

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 03:54

PHILIPSBURG--"My life is ruined. I never got a chance. I have done nothing wrong. This atrocity I wish to no one," former Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge said Friday during the final day of hearings in the so-called Bada Bing case.

Illidge said his political career had been over ever since he was accused of involvement in bribery.

As chairman of Parliament's Justice Committee, he had been instrumental in providing the Prosecutor's Office with more tools to investigate cases, he said. "Many politicians did not want that bill, but I championed that bill," he told the j ... Read more

Lawyer: ‘Patrick Illidge used influence to get things done’

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 04:57

page1a224PHILIPSBURG--Former Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Illidge is not guilty of bribery but has only done his duty as an MP in “assisting citizens in their attempts and efforts to persuade ministers and civil servants to do what they are supposed to do,” lawyer Ralph Richardson said Thursday.

Together with Bada Bing night club owner Jaap van den Heuvel (49) Illidge (49) is the main suspect ... Read more