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Silent revolution at the university

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:08

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin has gone through a silent revolution the past year and the board is not ready to talk about it. Soon after the university hired Dr. Francio Guadeloupe as its new dean of academics in the beginning of 2014 things started going south. There were internal conflicts between President Annelies van den Assem and Guadeloupe that ran their course to their inevitable conclusion.

Van den Assem went home on sick leave last summer and Guadeloupe took control – first under his title as dean of academics and later as acting president / dean o ... Read more

Financial supervision evaluation is complete

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:08

St. Maarten – The committee that evaluates the kingdom law financial supervision Curacao and St. Maarten must have completed its advice to Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk a bit more than two weeks ago, on July 10. Plasterk will use this advice for a decision about a new mandate for the board financial supervision, the Cft, but he has not taken a decision yet.

The four-man committee, under chairman Ron Gomes-Casseres, a retired banker from Curacao, was recently established, on April 10. The mandate gave the committee three months to complete its advice, and that deadline ... Read more

DP delivers blistering criticism on governing program: “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:07

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams delivered blistering criticism of the governing program the Council of Ministers sent to the parliament a week and a half ago. The program shows “an inadequate end unprepared government, “contradictions are blaring” and the document is “poorly edited’ are some of the points Wescot-Williams makes in het analysis.

The Democratic Party “recognizes some initiatives as its own” while others “fit the priorities the DP has established for itself.”

As an example of “blaring contradictions,” the opposition ... Read more

Caribbean chocolate Festival in Maho: Appetizing models tantalize audience

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:05


St. Maarten – Award winning chef and expert chocolatier, Veejooruth Purmessur and his assistant Ronald Stephen added the Midas touch to the chocolate flavored models on the opening night of the Caribbean Chocolate Festival at the Sonesta Maho Beach convention center last Friday.

It was certainly a fashion show with a difference, some of the models went as far as having parts of their bodies glazed for added effects, and the earrings they wore were covered in chocolate. Even more breathtaking were the outfits they wore  – partially saturated with patches of ... Read more

Laville still under investigation

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 00:04


St. Maarten – Former Member of Parliament Romain Laville is not off the hook yet as the Public Prosecutor’s Office still considers charging him for gun possession and two cases of gun threats. Officers of the National Detective Agency arrested the former politician on Thursday March 26 at his home but they released him the same day.

“The case is still under investigation. A decision will be taken within a couple of weeks,” press prosecutor Karola van Nie said. There is no decision yet about charging Laville with the threats he made against former UP-MP Jule ... Read more

Opinion: Paying lip service

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:30

What is most amazing about the never-ending procession of court cases the new owner of the former Caravanserai Resort, Alegria, gets involved in, is the lack of response to this very detrimental situation from the government, and in particular from Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Claret Connor, with the parliament closely on his heels.

Whatever the outcome of the court case may be, the effect on our tourism industry will be devastating. Apparently, this is no reason for alarm, otherwise we would have seen more decisive action.

As things stand now, the timeshare owners ar ... Read more

Claude Wathey commemoration: Everybody on the same page again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:29


Claude Wathey - group picFamily members and representatives of DP and UP gather for a group picture together with Minister Claret Connor. Photo Today / Leo Brown


St. Maarten – After the awkward split in the election year 2014, when the Democratic Party and the United People’s ... Read more

Three men rob jewelry store on Front Street

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:22


CRIME SCENE ONEThis show case contained an assortment of jewelry; it was extensively damaged during the robbery. Photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – One officer from Checkmate Security remains traumatized and the owners of Helena Jewelry on Front Street are yet to account for their ... Read more

Tsunami after volcanic eruption unlikely – Kick ‘em Jenny: no reason for panic

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:13



St. Maarten – The orange alert the University of the West Indies issued for increased activity of the submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny is no reason for panic. At least, if we go by a statement from the director of the coastal zone management unit in Barbados, Dr. Lorna Innis who told the Antillean Media Group (AMG) that the probability of a tsunami following a volcanic eruption is low.

A very large tsunami could reach St. Maarten within an hour and a half after an eruption. The probability of a tsunami is “low but not non-existent,” Innis told the ... Read more

Atlantis World Group applauds action against Calabrian mafia

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 23:07

 “Illegal gambling activities give our industry a bad name”

St. Maarten – Agence France Presse reported this week that the suspects Italian authorities arrested during an action against gambling activities of the Calabrian mafia also worked “with licenses in the Netherlands Antilles and Panama.” The authorities put a lien on real estate worth €2 billion with more than 1,500 gambling halls and betting offices in Italy, Austria, Malta, Spain and Romania. Whether there really is a link with the gambling industry in Curacao or St. Maarten remains unclear.

Ru ... Read more

Airport Road hit and run goes to trial in October

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 03:02

Defense objects to statement by victim’s relatives in court


St. Maarten –Kevyn Maurice C. will stand trial on October 7 for the fatal accident that took the life of Rotary president Ramesh Manek on April 16. The prosecution has charged the defendant with manslaughter and, if that does not hold up, with wrongful death. Judge Maria Paulides ruled that the Hummer C. drove will not be given back immediately as attorney Paula Janssen demanded. “I consider the car a murder weapon,” prosecutor Nanouk Lemmers had said earlier. “Therefore its possible to seiz ... Read more

Police Chief of the Dutch National Police Gerard Bouman visits St. Maarten police force 

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:58


boumanSt. Maarten – Police Chief of the Dutch National Police Gerard Bouman will arrive on the island today for a one-day visit with the police force, his first one in history. Bouman  will sit down in intense discussions with the management of the force to iron out several bottle necks.

Chief Commissioner Peter de W ... Read more

Iconic Kangaroo Court in Philipsburg, St. Maarten closed its doors

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:54


Kangaroo CourtKangaroo Court, the iconic bar and restaurant across from the courthouse in the Hendrik Straat in Philipsburg has closed its doors. The Kangaroo Court sign has been removed from the building and it is unclear if and when the place is going to reopen, possibly under new ownership.

Kangaroo court ... Read more

Transparency International launches integrity report next week

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:51

St. Maarten – Transparency International will launch St. Maarten’s National Integrity System assessment next week Tuesday at the University of St. Martin.

Alejandro Salas, the regional director for the Americas at Transparency International will speak at this event, as will invited government officials, Transparency International said in a press statement.

The integrity assessment has been long in the making, ever since Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk sent the first signals to then Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams in April 2013 that St. Maarten has to get i ... Read more

Attempted manslaughter nets man 3 years in jail

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:49

St. Maarten – Ramon Gumbs claimed self-defense but the Court in First Instance sentenced him for attempted manslaughter to 3 years of imprisonment yesterday morning. The 24-year-old defendant had a beef with a security guard identified in court as Carlos who called him in April on his behavior and on his drug selling-habit.

On May 5 of this year, depending on the course of events people want to believe, either the victim or Gumbs were waiting at a bus stop in Dutch Quarter. Gumbs says that the victim came out of nowhere and attacked him with a machete that he subsequently managed t ... Read more

Disaster management tells sailors to get ready (Hurricane preparedness)

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:47


Gonzalo boat wrecksThis is what these oats looked like after hurricane Gonzalo was done with them in October 2014. File photo Today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) advises boat owners to review their hurricane preparatory plans so they are ready to take ... Read more

Ebenezer residents want clean trenches

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 02:42
ebenezer bridge A scene from a trench in Ebenezer on Wednesday. Photo Today / Andrew Dick

St. Maarten – Residents from the Ebenezer District are disappointed that their trenches are filled with bush and debris. Grass and small threes can be seen budding from the bridge close to the Milton P ... Read more

Editorial: Unity in diversity – LBGTI

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:39

Lysanne Charles-Arrindell makes a good case for the LBGTI-community on the island in our front-page article.

Her organization is not at war with the church and it is not looking for the legalization of religious same-sex marriages. Giving citizens with a different sexual orientation the right to enter into civil marriage makes a lot of sense and it is, in our opinion, only a matter of time before this will become a reality.

Will this break down the institution of marriage as we know it? Absolutely not. It will just add another flavor to the mix and, by the way, who could claim ... Read more

Indian merchants support DigiKidz’ IT infrastructure

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:33


Ima donation. jpgJose Sommers (center) holds the check together with Ramu Dawtani (right) and IMA-President Prakash Mirpuri while other board members look on. Photo contributed

At Hillside St. Peters School

St. Maarten – Last week the Indian Merchant Association (IMA) ... Read more

Safe SXM president Lysanne Charles-Arrindell: “We are not at war with the church”

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:30


charlesSafe SXM President Lysanne Charles-Arrindell. Photo Contributed

St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick – The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Intersexual (LBGTI) community on the island is getting more reconciliation for its work than before. This weekend a delegation from St. Maarten takes ... Read more