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Dutch Kingdom prepared to discuss cooperation with France

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:21

“No concrete proposal received to talk about this issue”

THE HAGUE / St. Maarten – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague says that it is perfectly willing to discuss with France ways to improve the cooperation between the Dutch and French side of St. Maarten, a spokesman for Minister Bert Koenders stated in an email to this newspaper yesterday.

On Tuesday, Today reported that René Dosière, chairman of a French parliamentary committee, is of the opinion that the Dutch part of the island enriches itself at the expense of the Fre ... Read more

MP Emmanuel faces lawsuit over bribery allegations

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:19

St. Maarten – Rookie parliamentarian Christopher Emmanuel will be taken to court in summary proceedings for insulting and slandering E.T.M., attorney Cor Merx confirmed to this newspaper yesterday.

Last week Monday, Emmanuel stated in parliament that in 2010, he had been offered $80,000, but he did not say for what. In the 2010 campaign, Emmanuel was the number 14 candidate for the National Alliance. He won 103 votes, not enough for a seat.

This time around, as the number 8 candidate, he squeezed into a seat in parliament with 246 votes, two ahead of Rodolphe Samuel. Emmanu ... Read more

Caravanserai-owner spins result of meeting with Minister Richardson: SMTA outraged about Alegria press release

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:16

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Timeshare association is outraged about a press release Caravanserai Resort owner Alegria sent to the media after a meeting with outgoing Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson that was designed to address the concerns of timeshare owners. The SMTA’s first vice president Jim Rosen crumpled up the press release and threw it on our desk. “That is the reaction of the SMTA,” he said, adding, more formally, “The SMTA does not agree with the content of the press release.”

Rosen said that the SMTA will discuss a response in a board meeti ... Read more

Crystal Pineapple Awards draws more nominees than last year

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:01

St. Maarten – The Crystal Pineapple Awards gala event will take place on November 21 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. This year there are 51 candidates in fourteen categories vying for the awards. In the fifteenth category – for outstanding community service achievement – four organizations compete. The organizations included, there are ten more nominees for the awards than last year.

Voting for the candidates is open online at, the website of the organizer, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), under the Events & Programs button, w ... Read more

Woman survives 60ft drop

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:00

St. Maarten —A woman is currently nursing wounds she sustained last night from a 50ft to 60ft drop off the cliffs at Cupecoy in the vicinity of Rainbow Hotel.

Fire Officer on duty Tony Gibbs told Today in an invited comment that the fire department received the call last night from the ambulance department with reports that a woman had “fell over the cliff, or jumped or had been pushed. The details were not clear but they confirmed that she had gone over the cliff.”

Ambulance personnel made their way down to the beach where the woman was discov ... Read more

Murdered man identified

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:58

St. Maarten— Jean-No Sanon (26) has been identified by police as the man who was fatally shot in Cole Bay on Monday night.

The shooting incident took place at approximately 8:15pm on the Waterfront road. News of the shooting reached the public yesterday but the name of the victim had not been released since police had not as yet informed his next of kin.

On Monday October 27th at approximately 08.15 p.m. several police patrols, detectives and paramedics were sent to Waterfront road in Cole Bay to investigate the shooting.  According to witnesses in the area they heard a lou ... Read more

St. Maarten among participants at climate change conference

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:57

St. Maarten – In an effort to keep abreast of the developments in biodiversity conservation and climate change, St. Maarten sent a four-person delegation to the high-level conference on biodiversity and climate change, held from October 24 to October 26 in Guadeloupe. The delegates chosen to represent St. Maarten at the inter-island conference were head of the department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Marc Arnold, project coordinator at the department of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Olivia Lake, Senior Policy Advisor Ministry VROMI and NGO representative Claire Hooft-Graaflan ... Read more

Parliament adopts reparation law on basic health insurance

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:56

WILLEMSTAD – The Parliament has adopted a reparation law on the basic health insurance. According to Minister Ben Whiteman of Health, Environment and Nature, the funds for the basic health insurance are in very poor state. The government expects a large deficit at the end of this year.

The Minister of Health calls the situation alarming. According to Whiteman, only an economic growth should provide a solution to this dire situation. There was even a motion presented by the political parties Pueblo Soberano (PS), PNP, PAIS and Independent MP Sulvaran, which states public health is a ... Read more

Committee hints at border controls and visa requirements: French want to dump Treaty of Concordia

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:38

St. Maarten – French politicians are contemplating canceling the Treaty of Concordia, closing the border between French and Dutch St. Maarten and introducing visa requirements if the Netherlands does not take measures to stop the economic bleeding from the French to the Dutch side.

The NOS reports on its website that according to René Dosière, chairman of a French parliamentary committee, the Dutch government is indifferent to the situation. “If nothing happens, France cannot do anything else than canceling the Treaty of Concordia. If need be there will be real borders in St. ... Read more

Hit man Carlos Richardson shipped to the Netherlands

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:35

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed yesterday that Carlos Richardson has been transferred from the Pointe Blanche prison to an unidentified prison in the Netherlands. He is the second inmate to be shipped off island for security reasons. On Sunday, July 20, two guards traveled to the Netherlands on a KLM-flight with Stanley Gumbs killer Devon Otto.

This transfer took place at Otto’s request because he felt no longer safe in Pointe Blanche. Exactly a year before his transfer to the Netherlands, Carnicio Warno and Nahshon Francis attacked Otto with improvised m ... Read more

Police warns parents of egg-throwing students

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:33

St. Maarten – Halloween is approaching and students have taken once more to throwing eggs at each other, mostly after school hours, the police report. “This irresponsible and dangerous act takes place every year around Halloween,” the police states. It warns parents that they will be held liable for all damages their egg-throwing offspring causes.

The police state that it has received numerous calls about the egg-throwing students. “The police are making an appeal to all parents to have a serious talk with their kids about this topic. The throwing of eggs can be very dangerou ... Read more

Bishop visits St. Dominic High School

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:32

St. Maarten – “Education is the best investment in society,” said Bishop Luis Secco in his address to some 300 plus students at St. Dominic High School on Monday as part of his visit to all Catholic schools, both primary and secondary, on the island. He went on to say that within a community, there are three distinct institutions of learning: the home, schools and the church. He encouraged the students to be more involved in order to grow in the Catholic Church and its activities: “It’s important to move and be proactive because many times you listen not by mind or ears, but by he ... Read more

Princess Heights wins Leading Hotel award

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:31

St. Maarten – For second year in a row, Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Hotel has been named “the Leading Hotel in St. Maarten”, by the World Travel Awards (WTA) in its 2014 Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2014, at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla.

Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as the “Oscar’s of the travel industry,” the WTA has developed into the most prestigious and comprehensive awards program in travel and tourism, and is known worldwide as the hallmark ... Read more

St. Maarten Government issues ebola travel ban

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:28

St. Maarten – The government has issued a travel ban to everyone who has traveled within the past 21 days to, from and through the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ban is related to the outbreak of the ebola virus in West Africa. Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever addressed the situation in a press statement that explains the scope of the outbreak and the reason for the travel ban.

The ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The current outbreak it is believed originated in Guinea in December ... Read more

Other parties stay away from protest against Kingdom and Plasterk – Green march against instruction

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:22

St. Maarten– Between 300 and 400 people took part in the march People United for True Democracy organized yesterday afternoon in protest against the instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Governor Holiday for a stricter screening of candidate ministers – a handsome turnout with one flaw: only supporters of the United People’s party showed up.

UP party leader Theo Heyliger was there, as were his faction leader Franklin Meyers, MP Tamara Leonard and MP Lloyd Richardson. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams did not show her support, nor did National Alliance leader W ... Read more

CPS reminds persons to get their flu vaccine

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:17

St. Maarten—Persons, especially persons that fall into the high risk category, are urged by minister of public health and the Collective Preventative Services(CPS) to get their annual flu shots. Influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads very easily from person to person, and can affect anybody in any age group.

“Check with your physician to see whether or not you are part of the high risk group and be proactive.  Get vaccinated and apply strict and consistent preventive measures to stop you from getting the flu,” Minister of Public Health, Cornelius de Weever said ... Read more

Lake: “Dutch instruction is part of the hidden agenda to take over St. Maarten”

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:14

St. Maarten —The Dutch instruction to Governor Holiday is being interpreted by Vromi minister Maurice Lake as part of a hidden agenda to take over St. Maarten.

Lake, who was a successful candidate on the UP list in the last election noted that the country already has screening laws for candidates proposed to become a member of the Council of Ministers.

“This whole thing is not about that anybody is afraid of being screened.  We have nothing to hide.  Those who have served within the past four years as Ministers, going back to 2010, 2012 and 2013 and still do so today ha ... Read more

SXM Airport (PJIA NV) governance approach in accordance with code issued in 2009

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:12

St. Maarten —PJIA NV “correctly presents the governance approach followed by the Managing and Supervisory Boards of the Company in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Island Territory of St. Maarten in December 2009,” according to Price WaterHouse Coopers (PWC). This was based on PWC examination.

PwC explained , “An assurance engagement includes examining appropriate evidence on a test basis. We believe that the assurance evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our conclusion.”

The world-renowned company ... Read more

Court acknowledges rights of new owner Alegria: Corallo’s IFPS has to stay away from Caravanserai

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:12

St. Maarten – International Financial Planning Services (IFPS) has to remove fencing from a piece of land on the Caravanserai property in Beacon Hill within two days, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday morning. The new owner of the resort, Alegria Real Estate, took IFPS – a company linked to casino mogul Francesco Corallo – to court after it discovered that it intended to begin construction activities on its property.

IFPS bought the land in the past from Kildare, an entity owned by former Caravanserai owner Haresh Manek for $1.5 million in 2011. The court later decla ... Read more

University of St. Martin develops new Pre-USM program

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:11

St. Maarten – “The Pre-USM program came about because we realized the reality of St. Maarten – we need to do something for all youngsters on the island,” said Dean of Academics and Interim President of the University of St. Martin (USM) Dr. Francio Guadeloupe about the newly-established, pilot program at the university, which caters to students who have graduated from local high schools at a VSBO-TKL, PSVE or VSBO-PKL level.

On Friday, stakeholder representatives of USM, St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce, Windward Islands Bank (WIB), who are all involved in the project, came t ... Read more