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Minister De Weever already knew in October 2013: “Executing counterpart-policy is detrimental for economy”

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:27

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Executing the counter-part article of the executive order on foreign labor is detrimental for St. Maarten’s economy because the labor supply is strongly dependent on immigration. This is the conclusion from an advice the Social Economic Council (SER) already issued on October 22 of last year to the minister of Public Health, Social Affair and Labor, Cornelius de Weever. The minister mentioned in a statement he issued last Friday his unwillingness to compromise on the counterpart policy as the reason for taking up his seat in parliament. A day earlier, De ... Read more

Ex-formateur William Marlin: “Matter of time before we see another shift”

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:26

St. Maarten – “It is a matter of time before you will see another shift,” former formateur William Marlin said at a press conference yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper about political instability. “There is not a problem with the system, but there are too many who approach this like, I have my seat and I am going to peddle it to the highest bidder. They think that, if they set themselves up strategically, they are able to get the most out of their seat, rather than as a member of a party with a vision. Some unfortunately think: if I jump ship, I will acquire the l ... Read more

St. Maarten Parliament meets for third time about budget amendment

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:25

St. Maarten – The Parliament meets this morning at 10 a.m. for the third time in a row to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget. On two earlier occasions, the meeting did not go through due to a lack of quorum. This morning’s meeting will be held, irrelevant of the number of parliamentarians present.

The budget amendments have to do with the intention to buy the Emilio Wilson estate and the Vorst Estate. The coalition that formed after the elections in August intended to take the provision for buying the Vorst Estate out of the amendment, because it considers the price too high. ... Read more

Local poem selected for choral music performance in The Netherlands

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:22

St. Maarten – Newly created music to Drisana Deborah Jack’s poetry will be performed at the 55th anniversary concert of the Delft Ars Vocalis Chamber Choir in the Netherlands, according to Jack’s publisher HNP.

Dutch composers Rita Hijmans and Anke Brouwer selected Jack’s poem “I dare you” and its Dutch translation from a long list of verse proposed by Ars Vocalis to four composers that it commissioned to create “new musical composition” for its anniversary concert.

“I am very intrigued by the notion of interpreting the poetry into music for a choir,” s ... Read more

USM and VLF offer EFT classes to general public

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:19

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin in its efforts to meet the growing needs of the community of St. Maarten, is now embarking upon an adult education class, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in collaboration with Victorious Living Foundation.

“The EFT course provides the participant with the history, science and practical application of EFT so that he/she may utilize these techniques to overcome physical, emotional, or psychological pain, trauma, or other challenges in his or her life. This course is relevant to persons who have never heard the term emotional freedom ... Read more

Bewilderment in DP about appointment informateurs

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:15

St. Maarten – Democratic Party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams used air quotes yesterday afternoon to express her bewilderment about Governor Holiday’s decision to appoint two informateurs on  Thursday, after UP-leader Theo Heyliger’s presentation of a coalition-agreement signed by eight elected members of the new parliament.

When the DP, together with the National Alliance and the United St. Maarten party presented a declaration to the governor immediately after the August 29 elections, the governor appointed a formateur.

The task of a formateur is to put together a gover ... Read more

Car crashes into Topper’s restaurant

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:13

St. Maarten– A stroke of bad luck hit Topper’s restaurant in the early hours of Saturday morning when a driver lost control of her car and crashed literally through the front end of the business. The car took down a large billboard, destroys benched and tables in from of the bar, barreled through a part of the company’s office and then crashed against a wall of a neighboring business called Marty’s.

There the car caught fire, also causing some minor damages to Marty’s. The driver – reportedly a female employee of the Coast Guard – initially ran away but was later ar ... Read more

Justice Academy Cadets interviews Minister of Justice

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:12

St. Maarten—Illegal weapon possession and the victims of human trafficking were high on the agenda of the cadets of the customs and immigration services during a recent interview with justice minister Dennis Richardson.

The cadets wanted to know from the minister what policies were in place or are currently being prepared to tackle these issues. They were also interested in the results that have been achieved and in results that can be achieved through these policies.

After more than two hours of what the ministers’ office refers to as “intensive conversation”,  the J ... Read more

Top US Expert to Speak at SXM Safety and Security Conference

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:11

St. Maarten -Director of Civil Aviation at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Gerald Dillingham, is among the featured speakers at the forthcoming Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition being organized by the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, as part of its ongoing 70th anniversary celebrations.

Dillingham, who served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (The 9/11 Commission), directs program evaluations and policy analysis with respect to all aspects of civilian aviation, including safety, finance, environment, air traffic ... Read more

ACE Foundation students visit SXM Home

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:09

St. Maarten—Thirty student volunteers of the ACE Foundation visited the seniors at the St. Maarten Home on Friday as part of preparing the students to be civic minded.

Principal of the school Claire Elshot explained that the kids made a presentation to the seniors that included singing and a prayer for peace in the world. Some of the students also got the opportunity to showcase their talents in giving massages and polishing nails–skills that they have learnt at the foundation—by treating some of the seniors to these.

According to the ACE Foundation principal, the st ... Read more

French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten go to war against gun possession

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:36

Collection drive in second half of October

MARIGOT – French and Dutch side law enforcement authorities have joined forces in an attempt to get as many illegal firearms off the streets as possible. During a joint press conference at the prefecture in Marigot, they announced an information campaign that will begin on October 1, followed by the opportunity to surrender illegal firearms to the gendarmerie (on the French side) and to the office of the solicitor-general on the Dutch side, from October 15 until the end of the month.

Recently, the island of Curacao did a si ... Read more

Kingdom Council of Ministers releases PWC integrity report: “Start the fight against corruption”

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:34

St. Maarten – Initiate the fight against corruption, create and launch a strategic communications campaign and increase transparency and public access to information. These are the first three recommendations that appear from the 250-page integrity report the Kingdom Council of Minister released yesterday. The New York based consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers International’s forensic services department produced the report. Its lead authors are senior researcher Sunita Saligram and Sam Nazarro, a former investigator at the American Justice Department who once won the Assistant Attor ... Read more

MPs prefer trip to Panama to parliament meeting

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:31

St. Maarten – It was to be expected, but it still was a sight for sore eyes when the rescheduled meeting of Parliament yesterday morning to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget did not get a quorum. Only MPs Hyacinth Richardson and George Pantophlet (National Alliance), Roy Marlin (DP) and Parliament President Gracita Arrindell (UP) were present. Finance Minister Martin Hassink and his support staff turned up for nothing. There was not even the traditional moment of silence. Clerk Van Dijk Bell read the names of those present and that was it.

Independent MPs Romain Laville and Ll ... Read more

Governor appoints Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson as informateurs

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:29

St. Maarten – Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson have been offered and have accepted an assignment to become the informateurs of the new government of St. Maarten that is expected to be formed as a result of an agreement between Cornilus de Weever and the UP party. The informateurs have been requested to provide their final report on October 3rd.

“After the consultations of Thursday September 25th, 2014, His Excellency Governor Eugene B. Holiday met again with the leader of the United People’s Party, Theodore E. Heyliger on Friday to discuss the process t ... Read more

Teens arrested for stealing Hennesy Cognac

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:28

St. Maarten – Two teenagers were arrested yesterday after they stole several bottles of Hennesy Cognac from a supermarket in Cole Bay.

The eighteen and sixteen year old male suspects with the initials M.D. (18) and J.L.M. (16) were arrested on Friday September 26th after a short foot chase by police in the Cole bay/Cape Bay area.

“A report came into the Central Police Dispatch that a supermarket on the Wellington road had just been robbed and that the suspects had fled on foot in the direction of Cape bay.  The police immediately started to search for the suspects an ... Read more

Statement Minister De Weever: “Let my work determine my contribution to our country”

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:26

St. Maarten – A “political statement” of 867 words Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius de Weever issued last night makes clear that the counterpart policy was the breaking point that drove him to the decision to take up a seat in Parliament instead of continuing as a minister. The statement does not contain a single reference to his support for the coalition with the United People’s party.

De Weever states that he told Democratic Party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams on Tuesday that he would take up his seat in Parliament. The minister states that his ... Read more

Caribbean students (Freemovers) get in trouble in the Netherlands

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:25

ROTTERDAM – Caribbean youngsters who move on their own to the Netherlands for study often encounter all sorts of problems, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. They do not know very well what life in the Netherlands looks like, and they get into trouble with housing, money and education.

“People promise you a better future in the Netherlands and say, come to the Netherlands, I will help you. But in reality you have to take care almost everything yourself,” says Ruthmila*, who moved to Rotterdam from Curacao.

In 2013, 19-year-old Ruthmila moved to the Netherlands f ... Read more

Port St. Maarten a partial Sponsor of SXM Airport Safety and Security Conference

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 04:21

St. Maarten–The port is one of the sponsors of SXM Airport’s Safety & Security Conference 2014 which will bring to the country’s shores over 100 aviation professionals from the Caribbean region, airlines industry reps and civil aviation authorities early next week.

The theme of the conference is Prioritizing Safety, Security, and Revenue Growth to Maximize Aviation Efficiency in the Caribbean.

“Airports and Seaports have to work hand-in hand in order for a country to progress.  Port St. Maarten and SXM Airport are the gateways into the country and serve as the ... Read more

Rumors run amok in local politics: Coalition may fall apart with De Weever’s departure

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:40

Marlin and Hassink

Finance Minister Martin Hassink confers with National Alliance leader William Marlin while (from left) Frans Richardson and Romain Laville look on. In front is NA-MP Hyacinth Richardson. Photo today / Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – Rumblings in local politics were rife on Wednesday morning and the li ... Read more

Formateur gets more time to complete his  mission  

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:38

St. Maarten – Yesterday Governor drs. Eugène Holiday, received an update on the formation process from formateur William Marlin. Based on the evaluation of the information presented to the governor in regard to the governing program and the time required to complete the ongoing screening of the candidate ministers, the formateur was granted an extension until Friday October 3, 2014 to finalize his formation report.

After completion of the formation report a date will be established for the appointment and swearing-in of the new cabinet.


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