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Govt to appeal EWE verdict, but committed to purchase

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:21

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says government will appeal the verdict handed down by the Court of First Instance instructing government to purchase Industry and Golden Rock Plantations, commonly called Emilio Wilson Estate (EWE).

The appeal does not mean government will not or is not interested in purchasing the estate. The prime minister explained that government would be focused more on other details used by the court to come to the verdict that government must sign the sales and purchase agreement with the plantations' owners for US $17 million.

Wescot-W ... Read more

Govt to appeal EWE verdict, but committed to purchase

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:21

PHILIPSBURG--Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says government will appeal the verdict handed down by the Court of First Instance instructing government to purchase Industry and Golden Rock Plantations, commonly called Emilio Wilson Estate (EWE).

The appeal does not mean government will not or is not interested in purchasing the estate. The prime minister explained that government would be focused more on other details used by the court to come to the verdict that government must sign the sales and purchase agreement with the plantations' owners for US $17 million.

Wescot-W ... Read more

MPs review change to MOT regulations

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:20

PHILIPSBURG--Several changes to the national ordinance regulating the Financial Intelligence Unit MOT, to bring it in line with pending membership of the Egmont Group, were discussed by Members of Parliament (MPs) in a public Central Committee meeting of Parliament on Wednesday. Justice Minister Dennis Richardson was present for the meeting as well as MOT Head Ligia Stella.

Some NAf. 48,000 has been earmarked in the Justice Ministry's budget for membership and fees for training via the Egmont Group.

The draft amendments of mostly technical changes will be tabled in a plenary s ... Read more

MPs review change to MOT regulations

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:20

PHILIPSBURG--Several changes to the national ordinance regulating the Financial Intelligence Unit MOT, to bring it in line with pending membership of the Egmont Group, were discussed by Members of Parliament (MPs) in a public Central Committee meeting of Parliament on Wednesday. Justice Minister Dennis Richardson was present for the meeting as well as MOT Head Ligia Stella.

Some NAf. 48,000 has been earmarked in the Justice Ministry's budget for membership and fees for training via the Egmont Group.

The draft amendments of mostly technical changes will be tabled in a plenary s ... Read more

Committee unveils activities plan for Vaccination Week

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:18

page3a285PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten will hold several activities in observance of Vaccination Week of the Americas from April 26 to May 3, under the theme "Your best shot."

The activities will include a bike-a-thon and a slogan competition, Committee Chairperson Claudie Yhan said at a press conference in Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday.

Yhan ... Read more

Committee unveils activities plan for Vaccination Week

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 04:18

page3a285PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten will hold several activities in observance of Vaccination Week of the Americas from April 26 to May 3, under the theme "Your best shot."

The activities will include a bike-a-thon and a slogan competition, Committee Chairperson Claudie Yhan said at a press conference in Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday.

Yhan ... Read more

Anna Rabess-Richardson is new Mature Carnival Queen

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:50

page1b284CARNIVAL VILLAGE--Anna Rabess-Richardson was crowned the new Mature Carnival Queen last night, followed by Tamara Groeneveldt as first runner-up, Luciana Raspail as second runner-up, and Anastasia Peters as third runner-up.

Rabess-Richardson also took home sashes for Best Interview, Best Eveningwear, Best Introduction, Best Talent, Best Creative Professional Wear and Miss Popularity.

Hu ... Read more

Anna Rabess-Richardson is new Mature Carnival Queen

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:50

page1b284CARNIVAL VILLAGE--Anna Rabess-Richardson was crowned the new Mature Carnival Queen last night, followed by Tamara Groeneveldt as first runner-up, Luciana Raspail as second runner-up, and Anastasia Peters as third runner-up.

Rabess-Richardson also took home sashes for Best Interview, Best Eveningwear, Best Introduction, Best Talent, Best Creative Professional Wear and Miss Popularity.

Hu ... Read more

Drunk teen detained in Carnival Jump-Up

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:50

PHILIPSBURG--A "severely intoxicated" teenage boy was arrested during Monday night's Opening Jump-Up of Carnival and taken to the police station to "sleep off" his overindulgence.

Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release on Tuesday that police would speak to the boy's parents about the incident.

Henson said the Jump-Up had been largely incident-free apart from this incident. He said what had been noticeable during the Jump-Up, which began in South Reward around 8:00pm and ended in front of Carnival Village around 11:45pm, was the number of teenagers ... Read more

Drunk teen detained in Carnival Jump-Up

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:50

PHILIPSBURG--A "severely intoxicated" teenage boy was arrested during Monday night's Opening Jump-Up of Carnival and taken to the police station to "sleep off" his overindulgence.

Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release on Tuesday that police would speak to the boy's parents about the incident.

Henson said the Jump-Up had been largely incident-free apart from this incident. He said what had been noticeable during the Jump-Up, which began in South Reward around 8:00pm and ended in front of Carnival Village around 11:45pm, was the number of teenagers ... Read more

Habitat destruction big threat to St. Maarten’s bio-diversity

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:41

THE HAGUE--Of all three Dutch Caribbean countries, St. Maarten is facing the greatest imminent threat to nature in terms of habitat destruction, which is proceeding at an alarming pace. Reducing or stopping it depends on the implementation of a new zoning law.

This is one of the conclusions in the Fifth National Report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to assess the status of implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, released by Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma late last week and which has been passed on to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parli ... Read more

Habitat destruction big threat to St. Maarten’s bio-diversity

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:41

THE HAGUE--Of all three Dutch Caribbean countries, St. Maarten is facing the greatest imminent threat to nature in terms of habitat destruction, which is proceeding at an alarming pace. Reducing or stopping it depends on the implementation of a new zoning law.

This is one of the conclusions in the Fifth National Report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to assess the status of implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, released by Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma late last week and which has been passed on to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parli ... Read more

Princess Beatrix set to open Kingdom Youth Parliament

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:39

THE HAGUE--Princess Beatrix will open the Kingdom Youth Parliament in St. Maarten on Tuesday, May 20. During her four-day stay on the island, Her Royal Highness will also visit the Belvedere Community Centre, the Nature Foundation and the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Princess Beatrix will give a short address at the opening ceremony of the Kingdom Youth Parliament (KYP). She will attend some parts of the KYP which takes place from May 20 to 22. She will speak with some members of the five participating teams from Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, the Netherlands and the Caribbean Netherlands. The former ... Read more

Princess Beatrix set to open Kingdom Youth Parliament

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:39

THE HAGUE--Princess Beatrix will open the Kingdom Youth Parliament in St. Maarten on Tuesday, May 20. During her four-day stay on the island, Her Royal Highness will also visit the Belvedere Community Centre, the Nature Foundation and the Simpson Bay Lagoon. Princess Beatrix will give a short address at the opening ceremony of the Kingdom Youth Parliament (KYP). She will attend some parts of the KYP which takes place from May 20 to 22. She will speak with some members of the five participating teams from Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, the Netherlands and the Caribbean Netherlands. The former ... Read more

Minister of Health opens Carnival, warns of safe sex, no drunk driving

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:17

page1a282PHILIPSBURG--Carnival 2014 was opened officially by Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever last night.

Four bands, one deejay and hundreds of people led the way to the opening of the 45th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival. The event was broadcast via live stream on

www.sxmcarnival.tv .

The route of the jump-up was lined with people and nearer to Carnival Village a number of boo ... Read more

Minister of Health opens Carnival, warns of safe sex, no drunk driving

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:17

page1a282PHILIPSBURG--Carnival 2014 was opened officially by Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever last night.

Four bands, one deejay and hundreds of people led the way to the opening of the 45th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival. The event was broadcast via live stream on

www.sxmcarnival.tv .

The route of the jump-up was lined with people and nearer to Carnival Village a number of boo ... Read more

European laws influence islands, says election candidate Goudappel

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:29

~ "Bosman law proposal is a farce" ~

By Suzanne Koelega

ROTTERDAM--Flora Goudappel hopes to use her vast knowledge of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and European law when she gets elected into the European Parliament. She is number six on the slate of the Dutch Labour Party PvdA in the May 22 European elections. "European legislation and subsidies are of direct importance to the Dutch Caribbean."

Goudappel (45), associate professor International and European Union (EU) Law at the Erasmus School of Law of t ... Read more

European laws influence islands, says election candidate Goudappel

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:29

~ "Bosman law proposal is a farce" ~

By Suzanne Koelega

ROTTERDAM--Flora Goudappel hopes to use her vast knowledge of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and European law when she gets elected into the European Parliament. She is number six on the slate of the Dutch Labour Party PvdA in the May 22 European elections. "European legislation and subsidies are of direct importance to the Dutch Caribbean."

Goudappel (45), associate professor International and European Union (EU) Law at the Erasmus School of Law of t ... Read more

Man’s arm severed in motorbike accident

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:28

MIDDLE REGION--A man's arm was severed during a serious motorbike accident in Middle Region on Monday night.

Details of the incident were sketchy up to press time. However, reports indicated that the accident occurred when two motorbikes collided. Both riders reportedly were injured and one is said to have lost one of his arms from the shoulder.

Both riders were rushed to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for medical attention. A spat also reportedly broke out among acquaintances of the injured men and ambulance personnel on the scene. Reports indicated that the bikes involved ... Read more

Man’s arm severed in motorbike accident

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:28

MIDDLE REGION--A man's arm was severed during a serious motorbike accident in Middle Region on Monday night.

Details of the incident were sketchy up to press time. However, reports indicated that the accident occurred when two motorbikes collided. Both riders reportedly were injured and one is said to have lost one of his arms from the shoulder.

Both riders were rushed to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for medical attention. A spat also reportedly broke out among acquaintances of the injured men and ambulance personnel on the scene. Reports indicated that the bikes involved ... Read more