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Attorney: “Minister Lake wanted to unwrap a beautiful present for IFPS” Corallo’s IFPS wants to stop Caravanserai auction

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:16

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance will rule in summary proceedings on Friday August 8 whether Scotiabank will be allowed to proceed with the public auction of the Caravanserai property in Beacon Hill. International Financial Planning Services (IFPS) – a company linked to BPlus Giocolegale and Atlantis World Group owner Francesco Corallo – wants the court to stop the auction, because it claims ownership of the part of the property where the Dunes Casino is located. The company got a little help from Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake, but the bank’s attorney contests his decision.< ... Read more

DP “walking the integrity walk” Lee pushes for full public disclosure

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:11

St. Maarten - On the initiative of Emil Lee, candidate #4 on the Democratic Party (DP) list, the Open Government Partnership agreement has been endorsed by the DP and all candidates on its current slate for the upcoming elections, Lee declared in a press release yesterday.

“Open and transparent government is not solely a state that St. Maarten should aspire, but it is rather the duty of all government officials and civil servants to commit to such. We, of the DP welcome this initiative, believing that talking the integrity talk alone is not sufficient. We also recognize that this ... Read more

Suspected of involvement in Wiels-assassination: Robbie dos Santos arrested

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:09

WILLEMSTAD – Officers of the Detective Collaboration Team RST arrested Robbie dos Santos yesterday morning at 6.40 a.m. at his home in the Jan Sofat district. He is a suspect in the Maximus-investigation into the principals behind the murder of Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels on May 5 of last year.

Dos Santos, 56, is the owner of Robby’s Lottery, the largest lottery-operation in Curacao and St. Maarten. After the Wiels-murder speculations circulated for days that Dos Santos could be the one who ordered the killing, Jean Mentens reports on Caribisch Netwerk. However, Dos Santo ... Read more

Violations campaign rules upset NA

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:18

St. Maarten - The National Alliance has expressed grave concern at the move by authorities to disregard parliament’s unanimous call for campaign rules and engage in what appears to be the bending of the rules to suit the political parties that had been blatantly violating them over the past weeks.

“Are we to assume that every rule set in this country can be broken and then be rewarded with the go ahead to continue breaking them? NA leader and Member of Parliament William Marlin asked in a press release issued late on Sunday. “Rules are there to be followed and this sort of sit ... Read more

Justice Minister sidesteps constitution: UP not in violation of campaign rules

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:16

St. Maarten – “The United People’s Party is not in violation of any established campaign regulations pertaining to the placement of posters and other campaign paraphernalia,” said UP leader and Member of Parliament  (MP)Theo Heyliger in a press release yesterday, and in reaction to allegations made against the UP by other parties.

Party representatives met with Justice Minister Dennis Richardson about the general elections regulations and have filed an official written response on the subject to the Minister, the party said.UP’s discussion with the Minister centred on a g ... Read more

Jamaloodin on hunger strike – Attorney: prosecution suffers tunnel vision

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:16

WILLEMSTAD – Embattled Curacao politician and former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin has taken a queue from Aruba Premier Mike Eman and gone on a hunger strike in protest of his detention and trial, his attorney Chester Peterson confirmed yesterday. Peterson said his client is a political victim in the Maximus case, which is the investigation into the intellectual perpetrators behind the assassination of Pueblo Soberano (PS) leader Helmin Wiels.

Jamaloodin’s laywer, explained this in a press release with the title “Vishon di Tunel” (Tunnel Vision). This press release ... Read more

Opinion: Healthcare for everyone

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 23:14

Dear Editor,

In this opinion letter I would like to touch on the “care” part of medical health care. We can divide medical health care in two categories: cure and care. The cure part is when you need treatment and/or medicine to get better. The care part is when there is no outlook for cure, but that persons still need treatment and/or medicine to prevent from their situation worsening or to simply increase their quality of life by creating an environment or using tools that eliminates the impact of their physical incapability or illness as much as possible.

The “care” ... Read more

Event will be held at Maho again: Crystal Pineapple Awards set for November 21

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:58

GREAT BAY– The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) announced yesterday in a press release that the 9th annual Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA) will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. Year after year, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino has been the perfect setting for this annual gala event, the association said of the location. “We sincerely appreciate the fact that Maho could once again accommodate our event. Throughout the years we have enjoyed the pleasant collaboration in making the event better with each pass ... Read more

DUTCH VENEZUELAN TENSIONS EASED WITH RELEASE OF DIPLOMAT

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:57

ORANJESTAD – The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said that the Netherlands decided to release the Venezuelan General Hugo “Pollo” Carvajal, who was arrested in Aruba last Wednesday night, says a report in the Curacao Chronicle.

Through a statement, the Dutch Government finally recognized that Carvajal has diplomatic immunity because he was appointed Consul General of Venezuela in Aruba earlier this year, the paper reported. There were fears of a military confrontation between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Venezuela over the detention.

“The ... Read more

Electoral Council focuses on party finances

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:57

St. Maarten -After having completed the registration of the parties desirous of contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections on August 29, the Electoral Council has now embarked on an information campaign to provide information on the financial aspect of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, the council said in a press release yesterday.

In accordance with the provisions laid down in that ordinance, all candidates are required to keep a proper registration of donations received which has to be submitted to the Electoral Council within a month a ... Read more

Son of DP co-founder slams party: “Hypocrites from the Democratic Party”

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:55

St. Maarten – Al Wathey, the eldest son of the late Democratic Party (DP) co-founder Claude Wathey, slammed the current leadership of the DP at last Thursday’s wreath laying ceremony at the Claude Wathey statue in front of the Government Administration Building. “I am very, very pleased to stand here today with just the UP party. For years I have stood right here side by side with all of the hypocrites from the Democratic Party,” Wathey said. “Standing there watching them supposedly honor Claude Wathey, a man that they have thrown aside and only drag out like a rag doll during el ... Read more

Central Voting Bureau allots the blue color to the Social Reform Party

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 03:35

St. Maarten- The Central Voting Bureau has allotted numbers and colors to the political parties during their meeting held at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday afternoon. During the meeting the United St. Maarten Party was awarded the number 1 on the list, the National Alliance number 2, United Peoples Party 3, the Democratic Party 4, the Social Reform Party 5, and the One St. Maarten People Party  (OSPP) 6.

With regard to the color of the different parties, there was a contention between independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson’s United St. Maarten Party and Jacint ... Read more

UP Leader Theo Heyliger talks trade with Dominican Republic’s president

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 03:33

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – This week United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger met with President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina with the intention of strengthening relations between both countries, according to news site soualiganewsday.com.

The Dominican Republic is well aware of Sint Maarten’s strategic geographic location in the North Eastern Caribbean which would allow the country to become a distribution hub for the surrounding islands with respect to products and produce.

The meeting between MP Heyliger and President Medina t ... Read more

Claude Wathey commemoration leaves bitter taste for first time

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 03:02

St. Maarten – The twelfth annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Democratic Party founder Claude Wathey left a bitter taste for the first time since it was organized twelve years ago when DP-representatives realized yesterday morning that the United People’s party would organize its own ceremony in the afternoon.

Yesterday marked the 88th birth date of the late Claude Wathey. The A.C. Wathey Political Awareness Foundation organizes a brief ceremony every year at the statue that stands in front of the Government Administration Building. Last year the DP and the ... Read more

DP unhappy with criticism on cooperation with French St. Martin

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 02:59

St. Maarten– Democratic Party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted disappointed to  a report parliamentarian Daniel Gibbs submitted to the French senate that claims that Dutch St. Maarten is not interested in working together with the French side.

Wescot-Williams called the report unfortunate. “It seems to suggest that things are not going well and that this is all the fault of the Dutch side. That does not do us justice.”

Wescot-Williams said that the police and the gendarmerie are working together, as are the offices of the public prosecutors. There is also exchan ... Read more

Remembering A.C. Wathey: The story behind the statue

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 02:56

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Every July 24 some people take the time to remember one of St. Maarten’s perhaps most famous (or infamous depending on whom you ask) sons, placing memorial wreaths at the base of a statue dedicated to the life of Albert Claudius Wathey. And like everything in this world, there is a story behind it.

It was the fall of 1999, and I was living in Toronto, Canada, at the time, in my sophomore year at the University of Toronto. My grandfather, or the “Ole Man,” had passed away the year before, and the then government of St. Maarten had rejected the ... Read more

Political parties have to remove billboards from roundabouts

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:35

Chief Commissioner De Witte: “This is a learning moment”

St. Maarten – “This has been a learning moment,” Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte told this newspaper yesterday about the permit for the placement of political campaign material. The bottom line: parties have to move all billboards they have placed at roundabouts, but flags at bridges and flags and posters on lampposts are allowed to stay put.

On July 8, Justice Minister Dennis Richardson issued a general permit for political parties that contain the conditions for the placement of campaign material. ... Read more

St. Maarten mourns victims of flight MH17

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:31

“This tragedy touches all parts of the kingdom”

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten observed the national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Flag were half-mast at government buildings. The government has opened a condolence register where citizens can express their sympathy with family, friends and loved ones of the victims.

Yesterday the first bodies of the passengers that perished in the place crash arrived back in the Netherlands.

Today, St. Maarten will commemorate the victims with a church service at the ... Read more

Tricks gets 7 years for two armed robberies

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:30

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leroy Wilson yesterday to 7 years of imprisonment for committing two armed robberies and for firearm possession.

On April 6, 2013 Wilson robbed the Golden Island Chinese restaurant of money, cell phones and phone cards. On December 2, he robbed the owner of the Flex Music room most requested store on Front Street of 200 guilders and $400 under threat of a firearm. A couple of weeks later, on December 19, he was arrested and found in the possession of a caliber .45 Hi Point JHP pistol.

Wilson, nicknamed Tricks, committed th ... Read more

Julian Rollocks reflects on the late A C Wathey

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 03:20

St. Maarten – “I worked with him, I learnt from him, and I fought like cats and dogs with him,” former Commissioner of Tourism, local businessman, and current United People’s (UP) Party candidate Julian Rollocks said yesterday of the late Albert  Claudius Wathey. “But at the end, I acknowledged him as the master of his class.” Rollocks took some time to reflect on what would be Wathey’s birthday today and what the man known as “Claude” meant to him and St. Maarten.

“I remember A C Wathey as an exceptional politician,” Rollocks recollected. “Why do I remember ... Read more