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Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan: “The word class justice has hurt us a lot”

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:49


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Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan: “We have indicated to the Minister of Justice that the prostitution policy violates international treaties.” Photo Today / Hilbert Haar

St. Maarten – “The word class justice has hurt u ... Read more

French President Francois Hollande via St. Maarten to summit in Martinique

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:47



French President Francois Hollande. Photo

St. Maarten – The President of France, Francois Hollande will chair a regional meeting in Martinique on May 9, dedicated to the preparation for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) for the United Natio ... Read more

Winner is ready to make an impact: Norissa Richards takes Mature Queen crown

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:45



Norissa Richards (left) accepts the crown from her predecessor Bria Sorton. Photo Today / Milton Pieters  

St. Maarten – The Carnival Mature Queen competition was a nail biter however Norissa Richards blew out the pageant on Monday evening with a staggering 1,050 points. Winn ... Read more

Minister Richardson about looming instruction: “Administrative blackmail”

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:40


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Minister Dennis Richardson at the Council of State on Monday. Photo Nico van der Ven

THE HAGUE – It does not look like the Netherlands and Sint Maarten will reach an agre ... Read more

SER wants additional meeting about counterpart policy

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:15

St. Maarten – The Social Economic Council (SER) met with the central committee of parliament yesterday afternoon. The role of the SER and what they are presently working on was discussed among other issues by the advisory body.  Chairwoman Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet headed the discussion with a presentation about the role of the council and its scope for solicited and unsolicited advice. The chairwoman took the helm of the organization in 2014 and will end in 2017.

Member of Parliament Leona Marlin Romeo stressed on consumer protection which she says is being neglected. “Vario ... Read more

Universities join forces

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:14


Seared from left: Danny Ramchandani (YSM treasurer), Dr. Haldane Davis (executive director UVI), Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet (President USM) and Wycliffe Smith (Vice-President); standing from left: interim-president and dean of academics Francio Guadeloupe, Robert Budike (manager finances and facil ... Read more

Absent human smugglers face 18 months in jail

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:17

St. Maarten – The captain and the helmsman of the fishing vessel Raton who made a failed attempt to smuggle three Brazilians via St. Maarten to the British Virgin Islands in February of last year could still get a prison sentence to their name. The Court in First Instance acquitted both men – Patterson Ph. and Donald Dorean G. – on August 6 of last year. In appeal, the prosecution is now again demanding 18 months of imprisonment. The Common Court of Justice pronounces its decision on May 5.

The Brazilians – Elaine Campos Maia, her lover Liandro Geraldino Barbosa and Rodolfo ... Read more

Girls caught with drugs for inmates

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:16

St. Maarten – Police detained a 19-year-old girl and a 22-year-old yesterday after security caught them in two separate attempts to smuggle drugs into the Pointe Blanche prison during visiting hours.

The 19-year-old, identified as L.D. came to the prison at 10 a.m. She had three small bags containing marijuana in her possession and a Ziploc bag with 8 xtc-pills. At 12.45 p.m. another woman, 22-year-old C.C. arrived at Pointe Blanche. She had two little bags with marijuana and 30 xtc-pills on her.

Both girls were taken to the police station in Philipsburg where they remain i ... Read more

Woman pays fine for knife-possession

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:14

St. Maarten – Police arrested a woman identified as Y.M. at the Festival Village on Friday evening around 11.15 p.m. after discovering that she was carrying a knife. The woman appeared before the acting prosecutor at the police station and accepted to pay a 500 guilders ($283) fine instead of going to court. After payment, the woman was released.

Police spokesman Ricardo Henson reported that this was the first “Carnival-related criminal case” of the 2015 season. The police will strictly enforce its, Pay or stay policy.


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Application process for hurricane passes begins

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:13

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual hurricane emergency passes for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts from June 1 to November 30, begins tomorrow and is only applicable for the business sector and vital organizations.

The Simpson Bay Public Service Center (PSC) near the Simpson Bay Bridge is an additional customer service point where the application form can be submitted.  The PSC will also be a pick-up location for the approved pass.

The pass allows holders to assess their property in the event that a hurricane has caused damage to pa ... Read more

Police arrest five robbery-suspects

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 00:12

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The police car took a hit when the robbery-suspects attempted to get away. Photo KPSM

St. Maarten – Within two-and-a-half hours, two supermarkets and a restaurant became the victims of armed robberies on Saturday evening. After the last one, police arrested five suspects. At 8 p.m. the Yen Yen supermarket in S ... Read more

Is happiness a watch called Apple?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:29

The Apple Watch promises to make users’ lives better in a number of ways, from helping them stay on schedule to tracking their physical activity. But early reviews of the product suggest another possible improvement: It might get us to quit staring at our phones, Anna North writes in her blog on the New York Times web site.

“At the Times, Farhad Manjoo writes that the watch “could address some of the social angst wrought by smartphones.” It co ... Read more

Parliament adjourns meeting about Integrity Chamber

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:27

Minister Richardson: “Passing this law strengthens our position”

St. Maarten– The parliament is dragging its feet, or at least taking its time, with the handling of the draft ordinance for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber. Yesterday’s continuation of Wednesday’s meeting was adjourned until Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the request of coalition members Tamara Leonard, Cornelius de Weever and Johan Leonard.

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson warned the parliament to move forward with the legislation, Next week Sunday Richardson and Prime Minister Gumb ... Read more

Students won’t intervene in fights for safety reasons

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:26

St. Maarten—Asking a group of students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy yesterday their feelings towards the now infamous fight between an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old student that was broadcasted on social media proved interesting, since the students condemned the attack on the smaller child, they nevertheless were very firm that they would not have intervened had they been witness to the incident.

The question was put to the students by the team of First Response that is currently hosting the island wide high school art competition. This competition is geared at getting kids to ... Read more

Plasterk supports investigation into money flow

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:25

THE HAGUE/GREATBAY – The Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk said that he supports a Kingdom-wide investigation that is focused on the money flow within the gambling industry, drug trafficking and trafficking in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

The initiative for this investigation comes from the Dutch MPs André Bosman of the VVD and Bosman Ronald van Raak of the SP. During the parliamentary meeting on this topic, both MPs presented a motion in which they ask the Dutch Government to start with this investigation.

“…in the context of the Kingdom to all ... Read more

SHTA continues education initiative with NIPA visit

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:24

St. Maarten – As part of the SHTA’s initiative to highlight educational institutions and programs related to the Hospitality industry, SHTA director Zaandam visited the NIPA where she participated in a “practical lunch” prepared by the culinary students.

The visit took place on Thursday and the lunch was prepared and served by the students under the expert guidance of Alex Adoptie, Culinary instructor and Renate De Weever, Cullinary Coordinator.

“Hospitality is not an industry and profession to be taken lightly. It is also not a profession that is suitable for e ... Read more

Hurricane Forecaster predicts: Seven storms, three hurricanes and one major storm upcoming season

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:23

St. Maarten – CSU’s April forecast for the 2015 hurricane season, by the numbers indicate that there will be seven storms, three hurricanes and one major storm: Tropical Storms 7 (58% of average) Hurricanes 3 (46% of average) Major Hurricanes  1 (50% of average) Overall Activity (ACE) 40 (43% of average)

The primary reasons for the below-average forecast: the current weal El Nino is expected to amplify to a moderate or strong El Nino; and ocean temperatures across the key regions of the Atlantic are cooler than average. They also search through the historical data for & ... Read more

MP Lake commends Gebe; urges seniors to apply for relief

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:22

St. Maarten –NV Gebe has extended its senior relief program until December of this year and this has led to a verbal commendation from United People’s Party MP Maurice Lake to the company for taking this action.

The relief for seniors began in 2014 while MP Lake—then Minister Lake—was the minister with responsibilities for Gebe. “I applaud NV GEBE Board of Directors and Management for continuing the relief program for senior citizens aged 62 and older for another six months. The first pilot senior relief program in 2014 was started when I was the Minister of Energy Affairs ... Read more

More students of Sundial to participate in art competition

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:21

St. Maarten —Several students of the Sundial School have joined the team of potential artists to participate in the First Response art competition which will be judged by some local persons who are known for their extensive knowledge in art. The students will have an opportunity to compete amongst their peers at the different secondary schools on the island.

The representatives of First Response said that the reason that they decided to get the schools involved in this project was because the crime rate on the island is increasing. She pointed out that in the South Reward area alo ... Read more

VVD Alderman fined for money laundering

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:20

THE HAGUE–A former alderman on Vlissingen town council has been fined €10,000 by judges in Middelburg for fiddling his travel expenses. Jacques Damen, who represented the right-wing VVD, was also given a two month suspended jail term for the fraud.

The case dates back to 2011 when Damen was appointed finance alderman on the council, a job which required him to live in the locality. Damen continued to live in the town of Leersum near Utrecht, but registered as living at a friend’s home in Vlissingen itself. Damen went on to claim €11,471 in housing and travel costs based o ... Read more