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Analysis: Screening of candidate-ministers seems at odds with constitution

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:07

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Screening? What screening? Nobody has asked this simple question yet, because everybody has been either busy and confused, or excited and angry about the humongous cloud of dust the Kingdom Council of Ministers created with its instruction to Governor Holiday for additional screening of candidate-ministers. One may well wonder which instruments the experts Minister Plasterk wants to send to St. Maarten have at their disposal to find something so wrong with one of the candidates that this will give reason to ban them from becoming a minister.

St. ... Read more

Stop, Drop & Go brings in 17 illegal firearms

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:05

St. Maarten – Seventeen illegal firearms have been surrendered to the Attorney General’s office since the kickoff of the Stop, Drop & Go project on October 15th. The project is a joint effort of Dutch and French side law enforcement authorities to rid the streets of St. Maarten/St. Martin of as many illegal firearms as possible.

“There were 10 guns delivered to the office of the Attorney General today [Tuesday],” said Public Prosecutor Tineke Kamps to this newspaper. However, later in a press release, Kamps said that by 4:00 p.m. a total of 11 had been surrende ... Read more

Court voids extortionate interest on Meyers-loan

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 02:00

St. Maarten – Interest rates on loans that exceed 18 percent per year are excessive and void, based on the principle of good manners. The Court in First Instance established this in a ruling earlier this month that settled a dispute between Etienne Meyers and Andie Richardson.

Meyers loaned Richardson $100,000 in 2012, on the condition that the money be repaid within 46 days after September 30. The interest Meyers charged for the 46 days is 15 percent – which amounts to an extortionate annual interest of 119 percent.

Richardson borrowed the money in 2012 but he did not pay ... Read more

FIU continues one-on-one meeting with none financial sectors

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:58

St. Maarten – The Financial Intelligence Unit has started one on one meetings with the business owners of the real estate agents and jewelers as part of efforts to get the none financial sector of the business community up to date on the correct reporting procedures to detect and prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Information sessions for these sectors were hosted earlier this year and director of the FIU Ligia Stella explained that these one on one meetings are a means of verifying that businesses are complying. The FIU is working closely with the local j ... Read more

 Health ministry: “Avoid areas and countries where ebola is prevalent”

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:55

St. Maarten —Residents are being advised to avoid countries where ebola is prevalent. This advice comes from the Ministry of Health which continues to monitor developments in West Africa with respect to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak which has infected 8997 persons of which 4493 have died, according to the Center for Disease Control stats as of 15 October.

Persons traveling or who have recently visited Africa especially West Africa should be cautious and take measures to protect their health. Persons should refrain from traveling to areas where EVD is prevalent in countries ... Read more

Parents urged to provide kids with mosquito repellant

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:53

St. Maarten—The appearance of a large number of mosquitoes on the island in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo has proven to be more than a minor nuisance and is now causing a level of discomfort and major distractions at some of the islands schools.

Director of the ACE Foundation Claire Elshot is calling on parents of students at that learning institution to provide the children with some sort of protection against the mosquitoes in the form of bug repellants. Elshot explained that while the school did not suffer any major damage during the hurricane of October 13, some screens we ... Read more

KPMG in the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname expands management team

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:50

GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD – October 20, 2014 – KPMG in the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname is expanding its management team with three directors Jason Nisbet, Hans Vissers and Guy de Esch. KPMG DC&S is one of the largest firms in this region in the field of Audit and Advisory services.

Jason Nisbet started his career in the private sector in the Netherlands, after which he successfully completed his studies Policy- and Organizational sciences. In 1998, Jason returned to Curaçao, where he has since worked in the public sector (Island Territory of Curacao and Country of Cura ... Read more

SXM AIRPORT / PJIA is sole sponsor of Toppix 2014

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:50

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, has taken over sole sponsorship of the St. Maarten Aviation Photography Competition, Toppix 2014, which will be held from November 7 – 14. The competition will be open to all comers, unlike its first edition last year when employees of the airport could not participate in it.

“Toppix 2014 is one of the final events of our 70th anniversary celebrations,” explained Kalifa Hickinson, SXM’s Corporate Communications Specialist. “We are happy to be hosting the competition again this year.”

Toppix “god ... Read more

Jay Haviser saves Simarc-trees

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:47

St. Maarten – Resident archeologist Jay Haviser begged the government’s management department not to chop up the three tilted trees the St. Maarten Archeological Center (Simarc) planted four years ago along the Pondfill Road opposite the building of the Central Bank.

The roots of these trees were still good and the only thing that needed to be done was lift the trees straight up and brace them, Haviser notes in a Facebook post.

Haviser arranged a loader to deal with the situation but when he arrived he discovered that the largest of the four trees had already been chopped ... Read more

St. Maarten Parliament is convinced that screening process is working: Motion will ask governor to reject kingdom instruction

Today Newspaper St Maarten - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 01:44

St. Maarten – The United People’s party announced that it would table a motion that asks Governor Holiday not to go along with the instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers to execute additional screening of candidate-ministers for the new government. However, parliament adjourned until Wednesday morning after the first round. UP-leader Theo Heyliger told this newspaper that he had not delivered his final report about the new cabinet yet, even though yesterday was the deadline for his task as formateur.

A one-man protest action by Etienne Toochie Meyers – a represe ... Read more

St. Maarten represented at the world’s biggest executive aviation event.

St. Martin News Network - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:54

tlcaviationatnbaaconvention22102014ORLANDO, Florida:--- A team of five staff members of TLC-Aviation from St. Maarten is currently attending the NBAA Annual Convention in Orlando Florida. This Business Aviation conference is attended by 27,000 aviation professionals who have the opportunity to review 1,100 indo ... Read more

Fire Department kicks off Fire Prevention Week on October 27.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:33

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Fire Department will be kicking off Fire Prevention Week 2014 on Monday, October 27 until November 1.

The awareness week is being organized by the Section Fire Prevention and Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters.

The objective during the week is to raise fire safety awareness throughout the community. The theme for this year's week is: "Preventing and Acting in event of a Fire."

Lectures are part of the schedule within the various districts. Residents are asked to come out and learn about fire prevention ... Read more

Off-duty police officer stabbed.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:17

stabbingfillin24102012PHILIPSBURG:--- On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:45a.m. police patrols were sent to "High Up" night club in connection with the playing of loud music. On the scene the officers spoke to management about the situation and stayed at the location to control what was going on. Shortly after the officers noticed that a fight had broken out between two unknown men. During the commo ... Read more

Young people are our future; St. Maarten signs agreement with Dutch 'Stichting Horizon'.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:14

sxmdutchyouthrehabcenter22102014PHILIPSBURG:--- A delegation of professionals who care for the St. Maarten youth population participated in a meeting at the conference room of the Philipsburg Police Station today.
During this meeting a historic agreement was signed by the honorable Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson and one of the directors of the Dutch 'Stichting Horizon Jeugdzorg en Onderwijs', K ... Read more

Motion Passed Unanimously by Parliament on Instruction Given to Governor on Screening Procedures.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:03

PHILIPSBURG:--- Member of Parliament Leona Marlin Romeo withdrew the motion she submitted on Wednesday after several discussions were held (caucusing) with the members of parliament sitting on the opposition benches so that the parliament of St. Maarten could form a consensus in dealing with what they describe as a posterity issue. The motion submitted by MP Lloyd Richardson was completely amended based on article 58. Members from the current coalition that formed the majority presented two motions, the first was presented by MP Leona Marlin Romeo which she sub ... Read more

Young people are our future; St. Maarten signs agreement with Dutch ‘Stichting Horizon’

Bing News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:46
PHILLIPSBURG – A delegation of professionals who care for the St. Maarten youth population participated in a meeting at the conference room of the Philipsburg Police Station today. During this meeting a historic agreement was signed by the honorable ... ... Read more

Young people are our future; St. Maarten signs agreement with Dutch ‘Stichting Horizon’

Bing News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:46
PHILLIPSBURG – A delegation of professionals who care for the St. Maarten youth population participated in a meeting at the conference room of the Philipsburg Police Station today. During this meeting a historic agreement was signed by the honorable ... ... Read more

Simpson Bay Residents Protested Silently in Parliament on Wednesday.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:01

SIMPSON BAY:--- Residents of Simpson Bay marched into the house of Parliament on Wednesday to silently protest against what they term as abuse of power and injustice.
One of the residents told SMN News that a parcel of succession land that is occupied by one Marlon Harley for some 28 years operating a mini boat yard. The resident of Simpson Bay said that Halley has legal authorization from one of the nine heirs that inherited the property from Melford Lejuez. The resident said of the nine heirs only one of them is living on St. Maarten and that heir gave H ... Read more

Simpson Bay Residents Protesing Silently in Parliament Today.

St. Martin News Network - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:01

SIMPSON BAY:--- Residents of Simpson Bay are planning to march into the house of Parliament on Wednesday to silently protest against what they term as abuse of power and injustice.
One of the residents told SMN News that a parcel of succession land that is occupied by one Marlon Harley for some 28 years operating a mini boat yard. The resident of Simpson Bay said that Halley has legal authorization from one of the nine heirs that inherited the property from Melford Lejuez. The resident said of the nine heirs only one of them is living on St. Maarten and th ... Read more

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