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Seven armed robberies in one week: Robbers use guns, machetes, baseball bats

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:33

St. Maarten –Six armed robberies took place between September 15 and 20 and yesterday morning, number seven was added to the list. The police reports that these robberies took place at supermarkets in Nazareth, Sucker Garden, Fort William, Cole Bay and – on Sunday morning – in Cupecoy – where Le Gourmet Marché, a store of Le Grand Marché, in Porto Cupecoy became the latest victim.

Around 9.40 a.m., police patrols and detectives went to Porto Cupecoy after a report about this latest robbery. Two masked and armed men had stormed into the supermarket and threatened everyone pr ... Read more

Peace Day celebrations conclude: “Make this be the one to start the dialogue”

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:30

peace monument

Guests at yesterdays’ cultural manifestation join hands around the peace monument at the Philipsburg Jubilee library as part of activities to commemorate International Peace Day 2014.

St. Maarten’s multicultural aspect was evident yesterday during a colorful cultural manifestation organized by the local arm o ... Read more

Wifol makes first venture into technical training

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:29

St. Maarten — A four months technical training program in which participants will be taught repairs of air conditioning, stoves and other appliances that are part of a resort, is being introduced by the training arm of the Wifol as it makes its first venture into technical training.

“We condemn our youth for being unproductive but these are the same youth that can strip and build a motorbike. They are actually talented and skilled. So if that’s where their interest lies why not provide them with training in the technical field?” Wifol, president Theophilus Thompson said on an ... Read more

WITU keen to address status of women in education

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:28

St. Maarten – The status of women in education is one of the agenda points carded for the seventh World Teachers’ Conference in Canada in July 2015 and head of the local teachers union Claire Elshot said she is eager to channel questions via the WITU women committee. The rights of gays in education will also be discussed at the 2015 conference.

“On St. Maarten, women are the key in primary and early education and also in high school. The local teaching work force is made up of predominantly women so it will be interesting to know some of the issues that will be put forward, ... Read more

St. Maarten Airport bids Clarence Derby farewell

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:27

St. Maarten – The management and supervisory board of directors of the Princess Juliana International Airport recently bid farewell to chairman Clarence Derby, whose term on the board came to an end last month.

Derby served as a board member from 2009 and became chairman in 2011, a position he held until his term expired.

At the farewell dinner at Temptations Restaurant, Managing Director Regina Labega described Derby as “hardworking, trustworthy, and dependable; a gentleman who sticks to his guns when he arrives at a decision and a leader who knows how to listen. He ... Read more

Driver arrested for gun possession

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:26

Gun and ammo

The Ruger P345 police confiscated from a 24-year old man. Photo KPSM

St. Maarten- On Friday evening around 8 p.m. a police patrol arrested a 24-year-old man who was found in the possession of a loaded .45 caliber Ruger P345 handgun. A 27-year-old passenger in his car was also detained.

The patrol stopped the car ... Read more

Minister Lake prepares legal defense for Vorst-controversy

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:24

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake says he is preparing for a legal battle about the Vorst property based on the outcome of Friday’s Central Committee.

“I am going to prepare myself legally because some parliamentarians are making this issue a personal one.  This is not about politics anymore. I have to defend myself now with the slandering of my name. I don’t have any butter on my head. I have listened, and I took a lot during the election campaign, and the latter is politics. When elections are over, we move on as a people together,” Lake stated in a press rele ... Read more

Port of St. Maarten buys new pilot boat

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:23

GREAT BAY – Port St. Maarten has acquired a new pilot boat for line handling and for embarking and disembarking the pilot to and from visiting ships.

The new aluminum vessel was built by Abco Industries of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Since 1947, Abco Industries has been providing the shipping industry with quality work, expert service and products designed to exceed expectations.

Abco Industries was selected after a team from Port St. Maarten visited several boat yards in the United States and Canada. Abco is specialized in the design, engineering, fabrication and ... Read more

Monthly Sunday jazz sessions on the boardwalk from Sunday

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:20

jazz festival

St. Maarten—Monthly Sunday Jazz sessions are carded to begin this Sunday on the boardwalk in Philipsburg as part of efforts to revive nightlife in the area and as a means of building momentum for what is hoped will lead to an annual jazz festival on St. Maarten.

The Jazz sessions are being organized by the Down Street council ... Read more

Psychotic man gets 5 years for attempted manslaughter

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:21

9-Year old schoolgirl still suffers from vicious attack

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Angelo Shahairlo Philips to 5 years imprisonment yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year\-old girl on May 15. Of the sentence, 2 years are conditional and the court imposed 3 years of probation. Philips, who suffers from a psychotic disorder, has to abide by instructions from the Rehabilitation Bureau during his probation, and he has to follow instructions from the Mental Health Foundation.

Under the conditions of the sentence, Philips could be forcib ... Read more

Drug and gun possession keeps young woman jailed

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:20

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice confirmed the sentence against Daniella Hughes yesterday. The Court in First Instance sentenced the 26-year-old in March to 21 months – with 7 months suspended – for the possession of 2 kilos of marijuana, a firearm and live ammunition. She was acquitted of membership of a criminal organization.

Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 3 years of imprisonment against Hughes, because he found proof that the defendant had also dealt in soft drugs. The Appeals Court however, ruled that there is insufficient supporting evidence for a convictio ... Read more

World Alzheimer report 2014:  Tobacco control cited among Alzheimer risk reduction

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:18

LONDON/ST.MAARTEN—A presentation of the World Alzheimers report was made to minister of health Cornelius De Weever by the St. Maarten Alzheimers foundation.

The report was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and was produced by a team of researchers led by Professor Martin Prince from King’s College London. The report calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs). ADI is publishing this report, in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September) and ... Read more

Chain snatcher arrested

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:14

St. Maarten—A twenty-two year old chain snatcher with initials R.D. was arrested by police on Tuesday evening after a short foot chase in the Sucker Garden area.

“On Tuesday September 16th at approximately 2.45 p.m. a police patrol was sent to Johnnie 2 supermarket in Sucker garden to investigate a case whereby the chain of a man was snatched from his neck. On the scene the officers spoke to a witness who stated that an unknown man had snatched the gold chain from the neck of her friend and took off running,” Police spokesman Ricardo Henson stated in a police report.

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“Budget security service under scrutiny”

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:13

St. Maarten – The contract of the former head of the national security service VDSM, James Richardson, expired a couple of months ago, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. While an ad inviting applications for a successor appeared in local media some months ago, no new head has been appointed yet.

“The process has started, but the budget has to be taken into consideration. Some changes may have to be made to the budget for the security service,” Wescot-Williams said. “Like all budgets, the budget of the VDSM is curren ... Read more

Drug mule finds no relief on appeal

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:13

St. Maarten – Rimelda Hasselbaink-Vola, a 32-year-old from Suriname seemed resigned to her fate yesterday, when Judge Koen Luijks read to her the sentence of the Common Court of Justice. In March, the 32-year-old mother of three, totally lost it when prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 3 years of imprisonment against her for transporting 6.2 kilos of cocaine.

Yesterday the Appeals Court confirmed the sentence the Court in First Instance handed down: 30 months with deduction of the time already served. Customs officers caught the woman at the airport on December 5 of last year with the ... Read more

ATM Skimming suspects released from pretrial detention

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:01

St. Maarten – Judge Koos van de Ven ordered the termination of the pretrial detention of three Romanian men who were arrested on July 12 on Clem Labega Square in front of the Windward Islands Bank on suspicion of skimming automatic teller machines (ATMs). The men will have to return to court on November 13 for their trial.

Robert Arian M. (39), Ianacu Bogdan V. (37) and Cristian M. (40) appeared for a pro forma hearing in the Court in First Instance yesterday. Their respective attorneys, Shaira Bommel, Brenda Brooks and Safira Ibrahim all asked the court to terminate or at least su ... Read more

Toppers Restaurant owner and his wife arrested

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 04:54

St. Maarten—The owner of “Toppers” restaurant and his wife were arrested yesterday on illegal firearm possession charges after police discovered a .22 caliber handgun at the office of the business and a fully loaded .38 revolver at their home. The wife was later released after being questioned at the police station but the suspect with initials H.A.D is currently in police custody.

Police spokesman Ricardo Henson stated in a police report that information reaching the police department indicated that a popular island businessman was in the possession of one or more illegal fire ... Read more

Opinion: Independistas

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:49

The question whether the Netherlands is still the colonial master of St. Maarten (and by extension of Curacao and the other islands that formerly belonged to the Netherlands Antilles) is one about perception. Junior Lake, author of 6 4 9, has been a proponent of independence all his life and the powerful drive behind his reasoning is simple: a people have the right to determine its own destiny.

So it is for St. Maarten. If the country wants to become independent, it has every right to go in that direction. Successive governments in the Netherlands have maybe not always said this alou ... Read more

St. Maarten Governing program in final stages

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:48

St. Maarten – The workgroup charges with drafting the governing program for the coalition of National Alliance, Democratic Party and United St. Maarten party exports to complete its tasks by the end of the week. The draft will first be presented to the leaders of the three coalition parties. The picture show some members of the workgroup taking a break from their negotiations for a photo op. Photo contributed.

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Leak from confidential Cft-meeting

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:47

St. Maarten – The Board financial supervision (Cft) is confident that future consultation with the Parliament in Curacao will be held in total confidence,” the organization stated in a press release issued yesterday afternoon. The statement follows reports about a leak from a meeting between the Cft and the permanent parliamentary finance committee in Willemstad on September 4.

Former Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin – a suspect in the Maximus-investigation into the brains behind the assassination of Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels – played an audio fragment from thi ... Read more