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Govt agrees that suspected directors should step down

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:49

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE--The Government of St. Maarten agrees with the Wit-Samson Committee that directors of government-owned companies, who are a suspect in a criminal investigation, need to step down until this investigation is completed.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson stated this in their formal response to the July 2014 report of the Wit-Samson integrity committee. The response was sent to the Parliament and Governor of St. Maarten, as well as the Kingdom Council of Ministers on August 21.

The integrity committee, installed by th ... Read more

Govt agrees that suspected directors should step down

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:49

PHILIPSBURG/THE HAGUE--The Government of St. Maarten agrees with the Wit-Samson Committee that directors of government-owned companies, who are a suspect in a criminal investigation, need to step down until this investigation is completed.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson stated this in their formal response to the July 2014 report of the Wit-Samson integrity committee. The response was sent to the Parliament and Governor of St. Maarten, as well as the Kingdom Council of Ministers on August 21.

The integrity committee, installed by th ... Read more

Zebec denies asking for changes to conditions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:47

POINTE BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has refuted the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies' (SHGC's) accusation that it had asked for previously-agreed-on conditions to be altered.

In an invited comment, Zebec also said it had been "first and foremost quite surprised" to learn that SHGC considered its lawsuit "without merit and frivolous," a statement it considered premature, as the complaint had not yet been served.

"Zebec's complaint is over 45 pages long and is accompanied by well over 500 pages of supporting documentation. Since the complaint has not yet been served on ... Read more

Zebec denies asking for changes to conditions

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:47

POINTE BLANCHE--Zebec Development N.V. has refuted the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies' (SHGC's) accusation that it had asked for previously-agreed-on conditions to be altered.

In an invited comment, Zebec also said it had been "first and foremost quite surprised" to learn that SHGC considered its lawsuit "without merit and frivolous," a statement it considered premature, as the complaint had not yet been served.

"Zebec's complaint is over 45 pages long and is accompanied by well over 500 pages of supporting documentation. Since the complaint has not yet been served on ... Read more

Today is Election Day

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:43

page1b087PHILIPSBURG--The lives of fifteen of the ninety candidates of the six political parties will change significantly today, when voters head to the polls to elect the first Parliament of St. Maarten. A total of 21,457 people are eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice to represent them in the fifteen-seat Parliament. The twenty polling stations open from 8:00am until 8:00pm.

All 20 pol ... Read more

Today is Election Day

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:43

page1b087PHILIPSBURG--The lives of fifteen of the ninety candidates of the six political parties will change significantly today, when voters head to the polls to elect the first Parliament of St. Maarten. A total of 21,457 people are eligible to vote for the candidate of their choice to represent them in the fifteen-seat Parliament. The twenty polling stations open from 8:00am until 8:00pm.

All 20 pol ... Read more

Prosecutors agree that UP leaders not sufficiently investigated in vote-buying

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:23

~ Appeal court ruling ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Public Prosecution services said on Wednesday that it shares the view of the Court that the role of United People's (UP) party leaders was "not sufficiently investigated" in the Masbangu vote-buying case, but said it had already made a statement in court.

The Prosecutor's Office has appealed the Court's decision to throw out the case. The Masbangu investigation surrounds the UP paying persons to vote for the party in the September 2010 elections.

The judge had declared the case inadmissible and held it against the Prosecutor's Of ... Read more

Prosecutors agree that UP leaders not sufficiently investigated in vote-buying

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:23

~ Appeal court ruling ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Public Prosecution services said on Wednesday that it shares the view of the Court that the role of United People's (UP) party leaders was "not sufficiently investigated" in the Masbangu vote-buying case, but said it had already made a statement in court.

The Prosecutor's Office has appealed the Court's decision to throw out the case. The Masbangu investigation surrounds the UP paying persons to vote for the party in the September 2010 elections.

The judge had declared the case inadmissible and held it against the Prosecutor's Of ... Read more

Construction worker dies from fall in elevator shaft

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:20

page9c086~ Said to have been fleeing immigration ~

MAHO--The construction sector and Haitian community were plunged into mourning Wednesday when Haitian mason Dieucel Bosse (54) succumbed to injuries sustained when he toppled into an empty elevator shaft at the former Ocean Terrace building, currently under renovation at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.Read more

Construction worker dies from fall in elevator shaft

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:20

page9c086~ Said to have been fleeing immigration ~

MAHO--The construction sector and Haitian community were plunged into mourning Wednesday when Haitian mason Dieucel Bosse (54) succumbed to injuries sustained when he toppled into an empty elevator shaft at the former Ocean Terrace building, currently under renovation at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.Read more

St. Maarten restates objections to Rutte

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:18

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The Government of St. Maarten has informed the Kingdom Council of Ministers that it will adopt many of the recommendations by the Wit-Samson Integrity Committee, but not without reiterating its objections to the way The Hague imposed an integrity audit via the governor of St. Maarten and the "continued blurring of norms on the Kingdom level."

In the letter dated August 21, 2014, St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson informed Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the pos ... Read more

St. Maarten restates objections to Rutte

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:18

THE HAGUE/PHILIPSBURG--The Government of St. Maarten has informed the Kingdom Council of Ministers that it will adopt many of the recommendations by the Wit-Samson Integrity Committee, but not without reiterating its objections to the way The Hague imposed an integrity audit via the governor of St. Maarten and the "continued blurring of norms on the Kingdom level."

In the letter dated August 21, 2014, St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson informed Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the pos ... Read more

US Party candidates call voters ‘to make a change’

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:42

page1a085CUL DE SAC--Voters were urged to head to the polls on Friday and make a change by voting for the United St. Maarten Party, headed by independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson. The party leader and thirteen other candidates shared first final messages of campaign for Parliament at the party's final public meeting at the party's headquarters on Tuesday.

Richardson told supporters, "We ar ... Read more

US Party candidates call voters ‘to make a change’

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 05:42

page1a085CUL DE SAC--Voters were urged to head to the polls on Friday and make a change by voting for the United St. Maarten Party, headed by independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson. The party leader and thirteen other candidates shared first final messages of campaign for Parliament at the party's final public meeting at the party's headquarters on Tuesday.

Richardson told supporters, "We ar ... Read more

Van Raak, Bosman shocked by ruling in vote-buying case

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:07

THE HAGUE--Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party and Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) said on Tuesday that they were shocked by the decision of the Court in St. Maarten's vote-buying case.

The Court of First Instance on Monday declared inadmissible the Prosecutor's Office's cases against five persons who were allegedly involved in the selling and buying of votes on behalf of the United People's (UP) party in the September 2010 election.

"I am truly shocked by the Court's decision," Van Raak told The D ... Read more

Van Raak, Bosman shocked by ruling in vote-buying case

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:07

THE HAGUE--Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party and Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) said on Tuesday that they were shocked by the decision of the Court in St. Maarten's vote-buying case.

The Court of First Instance on Monday declared inadmissible the Prosecutor's Office's cases against five persons who were allegedly involved in the selling and buying of votes on behalf of the United People's (UP) party in the September 2010 election.

"I am truly shocked by the Court's decision," Van Raak told The D ... Read more

UP’s case to obtain copy of voting register thrown out

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:27

PHILIPSBURG--The Court on Tuesday declared United People's (UP) Party Association and its chairperson and Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce inadmissible in the injunction it had filed to obtain a copy of the voting register.

Upon hearing the Judge's decision, UP's lawyers Peggy-Ann Brandon and Brenda Brooks announced they would immediately file a new and similar injunction against Country St. Maarten, which may already be heard as early as today, Wednesday.

The initial injunction was filed against the Minister of General Affairs and the Government of St. Maarten ... Read more

UP’s case to obtain copy of voting register thrown out

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:27

PHILIPSBURG--The Court on Tuesday declared United People's (UP) Party Association and its chairperson and Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce inadmissible in the injunction it had filed to obtain a copy of the voting register.

Upon hearing the Judge's decision, UP's lawyers Peggy-Ann Brandon and Brenda Brooks announced they would immediately file a new and similar injunction against Country St. Maarten, which may already be heard as early as today, Wednesday.

The initial injunction was filed against the Minister of General Affairs and the Government of St. Maarten ... Read more

UP: DP being judge, jury before a harbour verdict

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:52

PHILIPSBURG--The board of the United People's Party (UP) has taken note of the position of Democratic Party (DP) on the lawsuit initiated by Zebec NV against St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo.

The board said in a press statement: "It is very unfortunate that the DP is ready to tear down a local government-owned company which is managed by a local young professional. DP is at it again, the same thing they did with Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS), firing a young professional who served as the Managing Director, and took him to court four ti ... Read more

UP: DP being judge, jury before a harbour verdict

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 04:52

PHILIPSBURG--The board of the United People's Party (UP) has taken note of the position of Democratic Party (DP) on the lawsuit initiated by Zebec NV against St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo.

The board said in a press statement: "It is very unfortunate that the DP is ready to tear down a local government-owned company which is managed by a local young professional. DP is at it again, the same thing they did with Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS), firing a young professional who served as the Managing Director, and took him to court four ti ... Read more