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Handling of treaty amendments put off yet again by Parliament

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:06

~ Despite MPs having documents since November 2013 ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Central Committee of Parliament was unable to deal with several treaty amendments and adjustments to kingdom regulations, because several Members of Parliament said they wanted to err on the side of caution by first getting an expert on the issues to better explain the topics to them. President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell adjourned the multi-pointed debate on Tuesday, when dealing with the second agenda point on establishing the fishing zones of the Kingdom ... Read more

Marlin: Theo out to fool the people again

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:04

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) leader William Marlin says statements made by United People's (UP) party leader Theo Heyliger about keeping the coalition together, while Heyliger himself has attempted blatantly to break the coalition multiple times in recent weeks, is not just laughable, but a vain attempt to fool the people yet again.

Marlin said it was no secret that Heyliger had been trying for several months now to break the coalition to force early elections.

It was Heyliger who first said he was prepared to break the coalition if members of the Central Bank board wer ... Read more

Hundreds say last goodbyes at Calypso Barbara’s funeral

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:02

page1b280PHILIPSBURG--Hundreds of people gathered in Celebration Palace yesterday to pay their respects at the funeral of cultural icon Barbara Althea Nesbitt, aka Calypso Barbara.

Many local celebrities were present, including musicians and politicians, such as Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister Maurice Lake, who reminisced about the influence Barbara had on young children in the area o ... Read more

Heyliger: UP remains committed to current coalition until election

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:15

PHILIPSBURG--The United People's (UP) party remains committed to the current governing coalition and will remain focused on taking care of the people of St. Maarten, said UP leader, Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger in a press statement on Monday.

"The people have, unfortunately, come to expect some sort of coup at Carnival time. UP is about continued stability in governance for St. Maarten. We have been working together to better our country and her people. Our goal has been and will always remain stability for the country first and foremost, because without a stable and conti ... Read more

Heyliger: UP remains committed to current coalition until election

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:15

PHILIPSBURG--The United People's (UP) party remains committed to the current governing coalition and will remain focused on taking care of the people of St. Maarten, said UP leader, Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger in a press statement on Monday.

"The people have, unfortunately, come to expect some sort of coup at Carnival time. UP is about continued stability in governance for St. Maarten. We have been working together to better our country and her people. Our goal has been and will always remain stability for the country first and foremost, because without a stable and conti ... Read more

Election fraud case to be heard on August 4

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:14

PHILIPSBURG--The hearing of suspects in the so-called "Masbangu" case involving election fraud will take place on August 4, Judge Coen Luijks decided Monday.

This case concerns possible irregularities during the first general election in Country St. Maarten, which was held September 17, 2010.

Former officials of the then Police Force of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba R.C.H.J. (62), C.C. (45) and A.R.W.M. (43) are suspected of voting for United People's (UP) party in exchange for money. Their colleague G.P.W. (49) is suspected of attempting to receive money for her vote, a ... Read more

Election fraud case to be heard on August 4

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:14

PHILIPSBURG--The hearing of suspects in the so-called "Masbangu" case involving election fraud will take place on August 4, Judge Coen Luijks decided Monday.

This case concerns possible irregularities during the first general election in Country St. Maarten, which was held September 17, 2010.

Former officials of the then Police Force of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba R.C.H.J. (62), C.C. (45) and A.R.W.M. (43) are suspected of voting for United People's (UP) party in exchange for money. Their colleague G.P.W. (49) is suspected of attempting to receive money for her vote, a ... Read more

MPs express concerns about Electoral Council regulations

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:12

~ Council reminded MPs can make changes ~

PHILIPSBURG--"Difficult to comply with" and "complicated" were some of the ways some Members of Parliament (MPs) described the stipulations in the national ordinance on the registration and financing of political parties when they met with the Electoral Council in a meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament.

Council member Linda Richardson, a former minister, countered their argument by reminding them that several MPs objecting to the stipulations were the ones who had been members of the Island Council of the then-Island Territor ... Read more

MPs express concerns about Electoral Council regulations

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:12

~ Council reminded MPs can make changes ~

PHILIPSBURG--"Difficult to comply with" and "complicated" were some of the ways some Members of Parliament (MPs) described the stipulations in the national ordinance on the registration and financing of political parties when they met with the Electoral Council in a meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament.

Council member Linda Richardson, a former minister, countered their argument by reminding them that several MPs objecting to the stipulations were the ones who had been members of the Island Council of the then-Island Territor ... Read more

Chikungunya situation stable with fewer cases

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:07

page1b279MARIGOT--A tripartite Declaration of Intent to cooperate on chikungunya prevention was signed between President of the Collectivité Aline Hanson, Dutch-side Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever and Préfet Philippe Chopin at the Préfecture on Monday afternoon, as a follow up to the Letter of Intent on cooperation signed in February 2012.

The six points in the agreement are: information to be t ... Read more

Chikungunya situation stable with fewer cases

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:07

page1b279MARIGOT--A tripartite Declaration of Intent to cooperate on chikungunya prevention was signed between President of the Collectivité Aline Hanson, Dutch-side Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever and Préfet Philippe Chopin at the Préfecture on Monday afternoon, as a follow up to the Letter of Intent on cooperation signed in February 2012.

The six points in the agreement are: information to be t ... Read more

Court: Detention of Koeiman unlawful

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:29

WILLEMSTAD--The recent detention in St. Maarten of former police officer Rogelio Gregory Koeiman based on an extradition request from American authorities was unlawful, stated the Joint Court of Justice in Curaçao.

The panel of judges agreed with the proposition by lawyers Marije Vaders and Eldon "Peppie" Sulvaran. The release of the suspect was ordered subsequently.

Koeiman had been held in St. Maarten on March 17 in connection with his alleged involvement in drug transports to New York. The Judge of Instruction in Philipsburg examined the arrest on March 23 and found all in ... Read more

Court: Detention of Koeiman unlawful

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:29

WILLEMSTAD--The recent detention in St. Maarten of former police officer Rogelio Gregory Koeiman based on an extradition request from American authorities was unlawful, stated the Joint Court of Justice in Curaçao.

The panel of judges agreed with the proposition by lawyers Marije Vaders and Eldon "Peppie" Sulvaran. The release of the suspect was ordered subsequently.

Koeiman had been held in St. Maarten on March 17 in connection with his alleged involvement in drug transports to New York. The Judge of Instruction in Philipsburg examined the arrest on March 23 and found all in ... Read more

Hasani Ellis elected DP Board President

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:27

~ New board a reflection of party's vision ~

PHILIPSBURG--Hasani Ellis was elected President of the Democratic Party (DP) board during the party's congress at the Philipsburg Cultural and Community Center on Saturday night.

The new board was elected against the backdrop of the party's new logo and to the music of the party's songs - adaptations of the popular tunes "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky."

The executive board positions have been filled by three young professionals, with their roots well planted in the DP, the ... Read more

Hasani Ellis elected DP Board President

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:27

~ New board a reflection of party's vision ~

PHILIPSBURG--Hasani Ellis was elected President of the Democratic Party (DP) board during the party's congress at the Philipsburg Cultural and Community Center on Saturday night.

The new board was elected against the backdrop of the party's new logo and to the music of the party's songs - adaptations of the popular tunes "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky."

The executive board positions have been filled by three young professionals, with their roots well planted in the DP, the ... Read more

Jacobs is elected deputy leader at National Alliance party congress

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:25

~ Party urged to rebuild from within ~

BELAIR--Former education and youth minister Silveria Jacobs was elected deputy leader of the National Alliance (NA) at the party's 2014 congress at Belair Community Centre on Sunday. Jacobs' appointment came as a result of a vote by the party's district representatives based on the stipulation of the party's constitution.

Jacobs received 57 of the 91 votes cast, while her challenger NA Member of Parliament George Pantophlet received 33 votes. There was one invalid ballot.

Jacobs ... Read more

Jacobs is elected deputy leader at National Alliance party congress

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:25

~ Party urged to rebuild from within ~

BELAIR--Former education and youth minister Silveria Jacobs was elected deputy leader of the National Alliance (NA) at the party's 2014 congress at Belair Community Centre on Sunday. Jacobs' appointment came as a result of a vote by the party's district representatives based on the stipulation of the party's constitution.

Jacobs received 57 of the 91 votes cast, while her challenger NA Member of Parliament George Pantophlet received 33 votes. There was one invalid ballot.

Jacobs ... Read more

Three reprimanded during lighted parade

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:23

page11b278PHILIPSBURG--Three revellers in Saturday's lighted parade were taken to the police station and reprimanded for misconduct.

The three were released "with a very stern warning" following the parade, police spokesperson Ricardo Henson said in a press release on Sunday.

Apart from this, the parade, which began around 8:00pm at the Le Grand Marché parking lot in Cul de Sac and ended at th ... Read more

Three reprimanded during lighted parade

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:23

page11b278PHILIPSBURG--Three revellers in Saturday's lighted parade were taken to the police station and reprimanded for misconduct.

The three were released "with a very stern warning" following the parade, police spokesperson Ricardo Henson said in a press release on Sunday.

Apart from this, the parade, which began around 8:00pm at the Le Grand Marché parking lot in Cul de Sac and ended at th ... Read more

Statians ‘masters’ at heavy drinking

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:26

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS--Two out of three persons ages fifteen and older in the Caribbean Netherlands drank alcoholic beverages last year. Heavy and excessive drinkers are most abundant in St. Eustatius, according to a survey carried out by Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).

The survey showed that half of women and 25 per cent of men in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba had not drunk alcoholic beverages in the past year. One man in eight drinks excessively, compared to one woman in 30, CBS stated.

Sixty per cent of women in Statia reported that they had not had an alcoholic drink i ... Read more