St. Maarten â€“ Pim van Ballekom, the vice president of the European Investment Bank will be a guest speaker at the 18th trade mission organized by Interexpo Caribbean NV in St. Maarten from May 21 to 23, organizer Peter Oerlemans confirmed yesterday.
The trade mission coincides with the Kingdom Youth Parliament that will convene in St. Maarten at the same time on the occasion of the celebration of 200 years Kingdom.
Oerlemans said that it is possible Van Ballekom will travel to St. Maarten with a delegation from the investment bank. Several islands, governments and ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams organizes a sports event on the occasion of International Womenâ€™s Day this Saturday. The day will begin bright and early at 5 a.m. with a walkathon from the Government Administration Building at Clem Labega Square to the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex in Cay Hill.
At 6.30 a.m., there is a yoga class at the sports complex, followed by the traditional after-walkathon breakfast with bush tea and Johnny cake.
The official opening of the sports day is scheduled for 8 a.m.. there is a soccer penalty shootout, basketball, aerobics, ... Read more
St. Maartenâ€“ John Henry Medina received a 6-year prison sentence in the Court in First Instance yesterday for his involvement in a humongous cocaine transport. The prosecution demanded 15 years against the 34-year-old defendant at the trial on February 12. Given the huge difference between the sentence and the demand, it is expected that the prosecution will appeal the verdict. Two co-defendants received sentences of 8 years, but Marco David Santana Guerero (35) and Carlos Miquel Olivier Cruz (30) were not in court. They escaped from their cell at the police station on June 23 of last yea ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ Racist and shameful. Those are the qualifications for the Bosman Law from Attorney Remco Stomp, the Dean of the Bar Association in St. Maarten. The dutch parliament debates the initiative law from VVD-MP Andre Bosman today.
â€śMuch has been said and written about the proposal in the past months, which sets special rules and regulations regarding admittance and expulsion for Arubans, CuraĂ§aoleans and St. Maarteners in the Netherlands. Professionals as well as non-professionals, the Council of State and special committees have given their legal expert opinions,â€ť Stom ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ The twenty marines of the new marine detachment Pointe Blanche landed yesterday in St. Maarten. Not by boat, but by plane. During the past six months, 6 colleagues have been preparing their arrival. The marines have a post at the Pointe Blanche cargo facility.
Two weeks ago, Minister of Defense Janine Plasschaert visited the harbor. On that occasion she said that the arrival of the marines from the Netherlands completes the birth of a new facility of her ministry in the Caribbean. â€śThis detachment will guarantee the safety in this part of the Kingdom of the Netherla ... Read more
Public relations offensive by casino mogul on internet
St. Maarten / By Hilbert HaarÂ â€“ Out of left field a series of stories have surfaced on the internet that portray Francesco Corallo, owner of the Italian gambling imperium BPlus Giocolegale and of the Atlantis World Group in Cupecoy as one of the worldâ€™s great philanthropists. The name of the Dutch-Italian entrepreneur appears in a list with the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, oil billionaire J. Paul Getty and software billionaire Bill Gates.
The Bri ... Read more
GREAT BAY â€“ St. Maarten needs at leads 251 cell spaces in its prison system, 108 more than the 143 that are currently available, the Council on Law Enforcement states in its report ‘Detention capacity in Sint Maartenâ€™ that council member Franklyn Richards presented to Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson last week.
The Minister expressed gratitude and indicated that the findings mentioned in the report serve to guide initiatives aimed at improving the overall situation regarding the detention capacity.
Pursuant to the Kingdom Act on the Law Enforcement Council the M ... Read more
FRENCH QUARTER-Two days after he was involved in an accident in which one teenager lost his life and one is still in critical condition, M.R, the driver of the Tundra the bike slammed into, is still traumatized from the harrowing experience. He spoke exclusively with this newspaper.
When M.R, who has been driving for the past 30 years, left his home to conduct business on the French side, he had no idea what the outcome would be. â€śI had just left the shop that sells BBQ and was heading to the gas station. When I reached the gas s ... Read more
THE HAGUE â€“ The Second Chamber will debate the Bosman Law tomorrow. The initiative law of VVD-MP AndrĂ© Bosman sets conditions for Caribbean Dutch citizens who want to establish themselves for more than six months in the Netherlands. The must have sufficient education, be able to support themselves, and have a clean police record. The law does not apply to students.
The parliaments of St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao are against the Bosman Law. In the Dutch parliament there is however majority support for legislation that regulates the immigration of underprivileged citizens from the ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ On Saturday night 3 prisoners escaped from the Point Blanche prison, the public prosecutorâ€™s office said in a press release yesterday. The prisoners are L.T.A (26 years old), O.S.N. (23 years old) and Nashon Francis, who was shot dead by police. Francis was recently sentenced to 7 years for the attempted murder of notorious prison inmate Devon Otto. He and an accomplice accosted Otto with a machete, severely wounding the man. Otto had to be taken to hospital as a result of his wounds.
After a short and thorough manhunt by KPSM police force, the 3 were found in Phili ... Read more
St. Maarten - Seaborne Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the region, was airborne from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) as it executed its maiden flight to St. Maarten on Saturday.
Met with the traditional water cannon salute, the Seaborne Airlines Saab 340B 34-seater aircraft touched down at SXM Airport at 7:40 PM, an hour after it took off from San Juan airport (SJU). It is scheduled to depart SXM daily at 8 AM, arriving at SJU at 9:10 AM.
According to a release by the airline, â€śFares from San Juan to St. Maar ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ Minister of Environment Maurice Lake said efforts are underway to have Mullet Pond protected and recognized under the Convention of Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).
Over the weekend the Minister took a tour of Mullet Pond and Simpson Bay Lagoon with Tadzio Bervoets of the Nature Foundation.
â€śThe advice for the protection of Mullet Pond has reached its final stages. I will also have the relevant government department along with stakeholders start the process to protect the remaining ponds of the country.
â€śI would like to see Little Key in the Simpson Ba ... Read more
From 15 published in 300 years, to 100 in last 30
St. Maarten – February saw one of the highest use in recent years of St. Martin books by school children, young people and adults, said Morenika Charles Arrindell, public relations officer at Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL).
The island-wide Black History celebration and the February book exhibit at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library might have had something to do with this unique rush on books.
Around mid-February, PJL users had already emptied the library shelves of ... Read more
St. Maarten – In keeping with their three year tradition, the management of the Lighthouse Pre School & Daycare Center in Hope Estate had their annual community helpersâ€™ day yesterday in which the children were attired in a variety of uniforms worn by public servants.
The event allows the kids to be aware of some of the important workers in the community by the uniforms they wear, and is usually held in the month of January and concludes in February. According to Teacher Juliet, normally the kids would wear outfits worn by police officers, firemen, doctors, and teachers.< ... Read more
St. Maarten -The Asha Stevens Campus of the Hillside Christian Schools in Cay Hill has been chosen for the pilot project for DigiKidz. This project came out of the 4C Foundation which was described as a very comprehensive project that should be open to all primary schools, said Jose Sommers.
It was mentioned that one of the reasons for the pilot project was that they will be able to â€ślearn so much from each otherâ€ť and it is their hope to be able to expand it to more schools, Sommers went on. She explained that the DigiKidz project is not one where you purchase hardware and do thi ... Read more
St. Maarten Â -A symbolic launching of the translation of the Organic Laws for St. Maarten from Dutch to English was witnessed by members of the community at the A C Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday afternoon. â€śIt has been a long time that there was talk of the translation of the laws beginning with the Organic Laws,â€ť said Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. She pointed out that the translation took much time and government was pleased when it was completed and the English translations published.
She noted that even though the translation of the laws is symbolic it is â€śimpor ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ The government does not have a policy in place that regulates compensation for lost or stolen property from civil servants on business trips. This newspaper asked Prime Minister Wescot-Williams at yesterdayâ€™s press briefing whether the government would compensate such losses. The airport paid in 2011 nearly $8,000 to the chairman of its supervisory board for a briefcase containing $3,000 in cash and other valuables that were stolen at an airport in Berlin, Germany.
â€śWe have no specific policy for such cases,â€ť Wescot-Williams said. â€śWe look at it on a case by c ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ The Court in first Instance sentenced two men to 7 years of imprisonment yesterday for attempted murder on their fellow-inmate Devon Otto on July 20 of last year. Nashon Elwin Francis (29) and Carnicio David Warno (33) attacked Otto with a machete. They caused him such injuries to his arms and head that he had to be transported for treatment to the St. Maarten Medical Center, where he was not communicative for investigators for several days. The verdict is one year lower than the demand the prosecution made at the trial on February 5.
The court ruled that the two defe ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ Solicitor-General Taco Stein asked the Common Court of Justice yesterday to confirm the 8-year prison sentence for Shanieska Brooks who stabbed Kimberly Illidge to death on March 23 in Middle Region. The prosecution asked the court to overturn the acquittal of the lower court for Eric Johnson, who provided the knife Brooks used, and to sentence him to a 5-year conditional sentence with 2 year of probation for complicity. The court will pronounce its ruling on Wednesday March 19, at 1.45 p.m.
The president of the court, Judge M.C.B. Hubben went over the dossier in grea ... Read more
St. Maarten â€“ The government is aware of the criticism St. Maarten Weekly News editor Jeff Berger expressed about the way it has handled the chikungunya-crisis in American and Canadian media, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said at yesterdayâ€™s press briefing. Especially the text message sent out to mobile phones by social insurance bureau SZV that labels chikungunya as â€śpotentially life threateningâ€ť has caused a panic in the most important source markets for tourism.
â€śWe should say that differently,â€ť Wescot-Williams said yesterday. â€śIn the past couple of weeks we have di ... Read more