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Crystal Pineapple Awards

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:26

page1a057Select winners across categories of the much-anticipated Crystal Pineapple Awards celebrated their achievements amongst the who's who of the St. Maarten tourism industry at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino on Friday night. The event is hosted annually by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) to recognise outstanding performance across the industry.

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Collectivité notes 198 cases of violence against children

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:45

MARIGOT--The Collectivité recorded 198 cases of violence or abuse against children in 2013, an increase of 141 cases compared to 2012, Second Vice-President Ramona Connor responsible for the Department of Solidarity and Families disclosed Thursday.

Connor disclosed the figures during the official opening ceremony to commemorate International Rights of the Child Day in the new public library in Concordia, adding the figures for 2014 will most likely be higher.

She was joined at the opening by President Aline Hanson, Préfet Philippe Chopin, Senator Guillaume Arnell, St. Martin ... Read more

Atlantis robbery suspects arrested

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:44

PHILIPSBURG--Two suspects have been arrested, who are believed to be responsible for two recent major armed robbery offences. The men were picked up by police on November 19 and November 20.

They are suspected of having been involved in the attempted robbery of Atlantis Casino in Cupecoy on Sunday, in which a security guard was shot. The second offence they are suspected of was a robbery committed on December 31, 2013 at Bedazzle Jewellery shop in Philipsburg.

Both suspects were arrested without incident and remain in custody for further investigation, a police press release s ... Read more

Immigrants to lose medical aid under pending law amendment

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:42

PHILIPSBURG--Immigrants, whether they hold permanent residence or temporary residence, will see their possibility of accessing medical and financial aid disappear if Parliament passes the draft National Ordinance on improving financial management of social security and care. The ordinance's general goal is cost savings for government.

The draft law is not yet in Parliament's hands, but an overview of it was given to Members of Parliament (MPs) by representatives of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA in a public Central Committee meeting on Friday.

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‘Stop, Drop and Go’ has success with 72 firearms

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:41

PHILIPSBURG--An elderly man surrendered a number of firearms at the Attorney General's Office in Simpson Bay at the end of the Stop, Drop and Go Campaign, which finished on November 14. The weapons were wrapped in a local newspaper from 1998, in which Dennis Richardson was mentioned as being lieutenant governor of the island territory St. Maarten, police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release.

The team responsible for the project is unanimous in saying that the project has been a great success. "The silicon wristbands were spotted everywhere, flyers and posters we ... Read more

Claire wants ‘drama’ between Dutch, French over carrying weapons to stop

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:12

PHILIPSBURG--Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) First Vice President Claire Elshot says the "drama" between Dutch and French law enforcement officers over the carrying of weapons on the side of the island where the officers are not authorised to do so has to stop.

Elshot, who said she has both French and Dutch citizenship, said officers from either side of the island should be allowed to carry their weapon on whichever side they have to, when carrying out their duties.

Elshot's comments came after two of four French St. Martin Police Aux Frontiers (PAF) officers ... Read more

Children’s Rights Task Force presents first plan

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:11

THE HAGUE--The Kingdom Task Force for Children's Rights presented its plan of approach to improve children's rights in the Dutch Caribbean on Thursday. The plan was released at the Children's Rights Summit in Leiden and has been sent to the Dutch Parliament. Meanwhile, St. Maarten is setting up its own National Task Force to give local follow-up.

The most important priorities in the Kingdom Task Force's plan of approach are preventing violence against children, the central role of the family, the role of parents in the upbringing of their children, creating a safety net and activitie ... Read more

PvdA proposes family allowance for islands

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:09

THE HAGUE--The Labour Party PvdA in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament will present an amendment next week to introduce an allowance for families with children (kinderbijslag) in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba of US $38 per month per child.

The proposal to introduce a family allowance came from PvdA Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van Laar, the party's spokesperson on Kingdom Relations. Van Laar's colleague Roos Vermeij will submit the amendment during the handling of the 2015 draft budget of Social Affairs and Labour next week.

The family allowance, if approved b ... Read more

Fire destroys house in Sandy Ground

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:17

page3a156MARIGOT--A house on Rue Jack Fish, Sandy Ground, was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon and now leaves a family of four homeless. Despite some smoke inhalation, there were no reports of any injuries.

The fire started around 4:30pm at 10, Rue Jack Fish, and quickly consumed the wood and zinc sheet-roofed house. The house, already damaged from Hurricane Gonzalo, belonged to Karin ... Read more

Robbery foiled by guard, residents

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:24

OYSTER POND--A security guard and two residents of Oyster Bay Villas on Oyster Pond Hill foiled a robbery around 1:00am Saturday, a source stated.

The Villas, which have a private entrance with a security guard, are accessible only to residents and approved guests.

When one of the residents pulled up outside the barrier on Saturday morning, the security guard, who works for Aegis NV, ca ... Read more

Robbery foiled by guard, residents

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:24

OYSTER POND--A security guard and two residents of Oyster Bay Villas on Oyster Pond Hill foiled a robbery around 1:00am Saturday, a source stated.

The Villas, which have a private entrance with a security guard, are accessible only to residents and approved guests.

When one of the residents pulled up outside the barrier on Saturday morning, the security guard, who works for Aegis NV, ca ... Read more

Justice Academy’s graduates sworn in

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:18

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Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson (back row, 10th from left) stands proudly with the graduates.


PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson offi ... Read more

Justice Academy’s graduates sworn in

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:18

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Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson (back row, 10th from left) stands proudly with the graduates.


PHILIPSBURG--Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson offi ... Read more

Justice Minister, Préfet to meet on officers carrying guns cross-border

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:13

SIMPSON BAY--Two out of a group of four Police Aux Frontiers (PAF) officers from French St. Martin were asked by police officers of St. Maarten Police Force to go back to French St. Martin after they were found to have firearms in their possession at SXM Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The French officers were at the airport in the process of having someone deported. They were asked if they had any permission through the Ministry ... Read more

Justice Minister, Préfet to meet on officers carrying guns cross-border

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:13

SIMPSON BAY--Two out of a group of four Police Aux Frontiers (PAF) officers from French St. Martin were asked by police officers of St. Maarten Police Force to go back to French St. Martin after they were found to have firearms in their possession at SXM Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The French officers were at the airport in the process of having someone deported. They were asked if they had any permission through the Ministry ... Read more

FirstCaribbean reassures clients that information will be protected

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:03

PHILIPSBURG--Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank St. Maarten Robert Judd reassured customers on Wednesday, that it will maintain a zero tolerance for negligence in handling customer information as the institution moves to outsource certain functions.

“We understand some of our customers may have concerns about the letter as it involves a change. We have been managing customers’ concerns in our branches and through our call centres ... Read more

FirstCaribbean reassures clients that information will be protected

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:03

PHILIPSBURG--Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank St. Maarten Robert Judd reassured customers on Wednesday, that it will maintain a zero tolerance for negligence in handling customer information as the institution moves to outsource certain functions.

“We understand some of our customers may have concerns about the letter as it involves a change. We have been managing customers’ concerns in our branches and through our call centres ... Read more

Jean Rostand class wins overseas competition

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:55

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 Jean Rostand School and Hervé Williams 1 pupils were presented with awards for the “Les Petites Artistes de la Memoire” competition from President François Hollande at the Élysee Palace on November 11

 

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Jean Rostand class wins overseas competition

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:55

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 Jean Rostand School and Hervé Williams 1 pupils were presented with awards for the “Les Petites Artistes de la Memoire” competition from President François Hollande at the Élysee Palace on November 11

 

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Plastkerk, Asjes discuss a dispute arrangement

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:47

WILLEMSTAD--It is the wish of both Curaçao Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk to finally come to a dispute arrangement between the four kingdom partners.

The two men discussed the issue on Tuesday. “The ... Read more