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Kingdom government shoots reform proposals down

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:13


St. Maarten News – The kingdom government has serious objections to the proposed anti-ship jumping measures the Marlin cabinet has in mind. If the government does not address these objections, Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) writes in a letter for Minister Plenipotentiary Henrietta Doran-York, “You will have to reckon with the possibility that the changes to the State regulation will meet with objections from the kingdom government.”

In gentle terms, the kingdom government has shot down the proposal before it has reached the parliament. “It ... Read more

Octogenarian and his wife remain behind bars

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:12

St. Maarten News – Victor A.R. and Ingrid F. remain behind bars, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday. The 81-year-old R. and his 55-year-old wife had asked the court on Wednesday for their release, citing health issues.

The two suspects, as well as their two sons – 24 and 27 years of age – are also both in jail for charges of importing, possession, selling firearms and for money laundering.

The Public Prosecutor of St. Maarten, officers of the Detective Collaboration Team (RST) and the Judge of Instruction carried out house searches on Wednesday March ... Read more

Panel discussion aims to revive agriculture

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:12


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Wifol-President Theophilus Thompson (left) and Bushman. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar

St. Maarten News – Ital Shack, the Wifol union and its educational arm Cifsef organize a panel discussion about agriculture, fishery and animal husbandry next week Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wifol building on ... Read more

Arrindell announces rules for cross-border bus services

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:10


St. Maarten News – The Dutch and the French side have come together to regulate trans-border bus transportation, Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) said at Wednesday’s press briefing. A meeting with Vice President of the Collectivité Guillaume Arnell was inspired by the large influx of Dutch busses on the –Marigot-Philipsburg route.

Minister Arrindell said that many of the Dutch-side bus drivers are not allowed to work on the French side because they do not have the required D-license that is required fo ... Read more

Henderson conference about life insurance

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:08


Next week Thursday at Belair Community Center

St. Maarten News – For the third consecutive year, insurance broker Henderson organizes an educational conference with top speakers of the Central Bank and three different insurance companies. Under the slogan Make Your Dash Count, the event will kick off at the Belair Community Center next week Thursday at 5.30 p.m.

Insurance broker Neil Henderson explained yesterday that these educational conferences are his way of giving value back to the community. “The world is changing dramatically and the ris ... Read more

St. Maarten Port present at cruise line meeting in New Orleans

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:08


St. Maarten News – Port St. Maarten is present this week at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association PAMAC meeting in New Orleans.  PAMAC brings together the association’s platinum members for a m ... Read more

Franklin Meyers (UP): “Coalition left MP Lake totally out in the cold”

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:07


St. Maarten News – Member of Parliament Maurice Lake and his appointed Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers were left totally out in the cold yesterday afternoon when the majority of Lake’s coalition members failed to show up for a parliament meeting to pass a law brought by the MP’s minister, United People’s party deputy leade ... Read more

Finance Minister Gibson supports Emsley Tromp

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 02:12


No facts exist to question his integrity”

St. Maarten News – Minister of Finance Richard Gibson made his position clear on the publicity surrounding the integrity of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and its President Dr. Emsley Tromp. The minister said that an investigation ought to be initiated into the source of the leak of confidential information. This is the unabridged version of his statement:

“It is lamentable that confidential information obtained in the course of exercising the reg ... Read more

MHF staff members complete crisis intervention training

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 02:07


MHF CPI trainingMHF staff members in action during their training. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – For the past 10 years, the Mental Healt ... Read more

Dozens complete active parenting program

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 02:05


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The parents with their certificates. Photo contributed

At Asha Stevens Hillside Christian school

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Monte Vista construction nears completion

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 02:03


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Developer and realtors celebrate the progress of the project. Photo contributed

St. Maarten News – On Friday June 10, 2016 a handful of local real estate agents gathered at Monte Vista to get a preview of one of the islands newest developments, “Windgate Residences.” The project is being built by Carbon Acquisition Group and serves as another positive in ... Read more

Bianca Schladt wins Spirit of St. Martin photo contest

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:39


The winning photo by Bianca Schladt captures The Spirit of St. Martin with a vibrant portrait brimming with unique local personality.

Exhibition opens Friday in Grand Case

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Pension fund acknowledges problems with dossiers

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:37



Pension fund chairman Harald Linkels. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Janita Monna

Embezzlement? I absolutely do not recognize that”

KRALENDIJK – “Embezzlement? I absolutely do not recognize that. If the situation was really as bad as 50Plus pretends, I would have expected protesting people in fro ... Read more

Police warn about counterfeit money

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:35

St. Maarten News – Several counterfeit one-hundred dollar bills have been intercepted recently at different businesses. Police is warning against “an unknown person or groups of persons” that are attempting to purchase goods with counterfeit money, or to exchange the counterfeit banknotes for other currency.

The police caution businesses and individuals to be careful with accepting 100-dollar bills and to check them if they are not sure the banknote is genuine. The department asks that counterfeit bills be reported immediately.

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Reform measures could go to parliament next week

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:35

St. Maarten News – Parliament President Sarah Wescot-Williams expects to receive the draft legislation to adjust the political system this week or next week Monday the latest. If the draft arrives on time, parliament has a slot open to handle it next week, the last week of meetings before the summer recess.

The government’s proposal intends to take the angle out of ship jumping, by taking away the right from ship jumping parliamentarians to form a majority with the opposition. Only the fractions of the parties that have been elected to parliament will be able to form such a major ... Read more

“Tax inspectorate is understaffed, under equipped and under trained”

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:34

St. Maarten News – Finance Minister Richard Gibson repeated in a meeting of parliament yesterday that the country needs to diversify and expand its economy to build resistance against inevitable external shocks. He mentioned the development of hydroponics, fishery, the medical industry and education as viable options.

Minister Gibson repeated his warnings about de-risking and the potential loss of correspondents banking and pointed again to local banks that want certain customers – especially casinos – to close their accounts, because they do not want to accept the risks associ ... Read more

Dream Big Scholarships available until July 15

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:34

St. Maarten News – Eligible students residing on the island are encouraged to apply for the annual Dream BIG Scholarship, a fund dedicated to Be The Change Foundation’s late founder Erika Cannegieter.

“Every student has different educational aspirations, but the increasing cost of paying for higher education is still apparent for most. By providing scholarship assistance, we can help boost deserving students who want to graduate with a degree and give back to the St. ... Read more

Timeshare legislation ready for handling

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:11

St. Maarten News – The timeshare ordinance and the ordinance to establish the Timeshare Authority have been submitted to parliament, President Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday. The legislation is now ready for handling in the central committee and in parliament, but Wescot-Williams did not indicate whether this would happen before the summer recess that begins after next week.

The legislation offers protection to consumers, bankruptcy protection. There is also a full; disclosure article included as well as a ban on deceptive marketing practices.

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May-Ling Chun joins UP

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:10


stmaartennewsTheo and May-Ling ChunUP-leader Theo Heyliger shakes with his candidate May-Ling Chun. Photo contributed

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One year after appeal no new date for vote buying trial

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 01:08

St. Maarten News – While the parliament engaged this week in a rather senseless second round of debate about – mostly – the term vote buying, the election fraud case that rocked St. Maarten in 2014 and led to accusations of class justice has seemingly come to a complete standstill.

In August 2014, the Court in First Instance ruled that the prosecutor’s office had called upon itself “the semblance of class justice” by prosecuting four police officers and a representative of the United People’s party for selling and buying votes ahead of the 2010 parliamentary elections, ... Read more