St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Court bypasses departure-policy argument, but: Attorney Knoppel wins case against justice ministry

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Justice had no reason to fire attorney Ellen Knoppel in 2014, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday. On Friday the court ruled in summary proceedings that the previous Minister of Justice, Roland Duncan, had gra

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Second Customs officer in court for drugs smuggling

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of Customs officer Alexander Maximilliano Ernesto L. yesterday until February 25 to give the defense the opportunity to present documentation to substantiate the defendant’s medical c

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Independent MP Cornelius De Weever defends counterpart policy

St. Maarten —Criticism leveled at the Governments Counterpart policy has resulted in Independent Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever coming to the defense and making it clear that “the counterpart legislation is a law and not just a policy.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Lenny Priest on appointment of Ministers: UP has no confidence in its own candidates

St. Maarten —A vote of no confidence in almost its entire slate of candidates in the 2014 elections has unwittingly been expressed by the United People party, according to leader of the One St. Maarten People Party Lenny Priest, who explained that

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Budget debate last Friday

St. Maarten - Parliament met Friday to discuss the draft national budget from 9:00am. The draft 2015 National Budget is set at Naf.445.000.000 with investments and capital goods set at Naf.111.031.451. Members of the budget were also able to do

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Bar fight trial adjourned

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of 32-year-old Carlos Adolphus I. yesterday to allow time for hearing a witness and for a forensic investigation of a knife. The defendant was involved in a fight in a bar on October

Editorial - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Editorial: Not out of the woods

Labor conflicts like the one involving attorney Ellen Knoppel show how the inner workings of the government apparatus sometimes shortchange people who mistakenly think they have a steady job. Knoppel went on a rollercoaster ride whereby her one-ye

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce has new board

St. Maarten —The results are in and Peggy Ann Brandon is the president of the Executive board of the Chamber of Commerce and industry following the election on January 20th. The  Vice-President of the board as per the election results is Stanl

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Winair passes on fuel reduction

St. Maarten - Winair has taken the initiative and decided to pass its savings from the reductions in international fuel prices to its customers. “Winair will be decreasing its fuel surcharges by 30% for travel after February 1, 2015. This is du

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 25, 2015

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Night of the hit makers back for its third year

St. Maarten - Xtratight™ Entertainment presents its 3rd edition of TelCell night of the hit makers---carnival’s premier dance experience and show-- offering an Xtatic experience for St. Maarten Carnival 2015. Xtratight™ has brought a blend of

Editorial - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Editorial: Lame and indifferent (Timeshare legislation)

It appears from a letter to the editor that timeshare owners already submitted their proposals for legislation to Prime Minister Wescot-Williams in 2011. Those proposals were ignored, but now the former prime minister who is currently the lone DP-mem

Opinion - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: A tribute to WordPerfect

Who remembers WordPerfect? Its 5.1 version was good and simple –and there are still people who miss it. Sociologist Herman Vuijsje is one of them, and I am completely with him, struggling as I do at times with the hopelessly stupid word processor M

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Consumer protection

In 2011 and 2012, a group of timeshare owners approached government and discussed a series of eleven legislative proposals which we felt should be included in the proposed timeshare owners’ consumer protection legislation. We were intentionally exc

Opinion - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Connected and interdependent (global oil price down, GEBE no change)

This community is wrought with issues that need addressing in a no-nonsense manner to truly give relief to our people and stop the continuous slide of large parts of the society to the sub-poverty line. This government has got to come to grips with a

Opinion - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Troubled budget

The central committee of parliament will meet on Thursday to discuss the draft 2015 budget. There is trouble in the air, because the cabinet sticks to its 445 million-budget, despite the advice from financial supervisor Cft to reduce it to 226 millio

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Demand for report about Bureau Telecommunication and Post: BTP-statement exasperates MP Sarah Wescot-Williams

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted rather exasperated at the press release the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) sent to the media just before the weekend. In the release, the BTP-board denies fraud-allegation

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Caravanserai timeshare owners join forces for legal battle

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners who were robbed of their rights at the former Caravanserai resort in Beacon Hill (now Alegria) have formed an association that will initiate legal procedures against Alegria and its beneficial owner Ray Sidhom. Curren

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Vacation Expo – again – without St. Maarten

UTRECHT – Since Friday there is finally a peak in attendance at the Vacation Expo in Utrecht, representatives of the Caribbean islands (minus St. Maarten – ed.) say. At the large Curacao Village a long row a visitors is waiting at the snack stand

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Gumbs reiterates integrity is top priority; Submits notifications of assets to council

St. Maarten —Three days before the legally stipulated deadline, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs submitted to the Council of Advice the written declarations and notifications (assets/holdings, secondary positions/interests) of the new ministers as well

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Aruban ministers could be prosecuted for corruption

ORANJESTAD – The Public Prosecutor’s Office will decide shortly whether it will prosecute Tourism Minister Otmar Oduber, Infrastructure Minister Benny Sevinger, the management of the Aruba Investment Bank and Prime Minister Mike Eman, Ariën Rasm

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Gumbs to Wescott-Williams: screening happened under your tenure

St. Maarten —Current Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has pointed out to former Prime Minister that the screening of candidate ministers was done under her tenure and that since taking office he has not made any statements regarding the role of the Dut

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Dutch Kingdom-countries join forces to fight crime

THE HAGUE – The judicial cooperation between the Netherlands, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Curacao gets a more structural character, Pieter Hofmann reports on Caribisch Netwerk. This is the conclusion of the Judicial Four-Country Consultation according

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 22, 2015

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Naf 1.742 per liter for gas

St. Maarten —Customers at the pumps will be able to get more fuel for their money today as gas prices drop even further to reflect the international drop of oil prices. Effective January 19th, the price of a litter of unleaded gasoline is Naf1.7

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Court denies attorney’s claim for damages: Departure-policy makes labor contract invalid

St. Maarten – Eight days before Justice Minister Roland Duncan left office on May 18, 2013 he granted attorney Ellen Knoppel a permanent labor contract. The incoming government however – Wescot-Williams III – considered the contract invalid, a

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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DP-leader criticizes Heyliger’s statements on concession fees

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP  Sarah Wescot-Williams questions that United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger has no knowledge of the draft 2015 budget that has been sent to the governor and is from thereon on its way to parliament. A Cent

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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DP wants answers about housing foundation

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams has repeated her questions about the Sint Maarten Housing Foundation, wondering when Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs will find the time to answer them. She posed five questions on December 16,

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Shareholders approve TelEm’s 2015 budget

St. Maarten - A review and approval of TelEm’s financial statements for the year 2013, discussion on dividend payments to government for 2013 and a review and approval of the company’s budget and capital expenditures for this year – 2015 were

Opinion - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Open letter to Minister Connor

In a recent newspaper article dated January 13, 2015 you stated that you would be “looking at the sales structure” and “looking into the draft legislation” as submitted by Leroy de Weever. You need to be aware that this legislation was formul

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Ponzi scheme operators (Timeshare)

Dear Editor, Should justice be fair to all, or just a few? Caravanserai, Pelican, Rainbow, Flamingo, Royal Palm Beach Club - the list is very long  of those properties where visitors/tourists to this island have lost their investments or had tim

Opinion - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: What satire is able to do (Charlie Hebdo)

The new Charlie Hebdo is there, a week after the terrorist attack at the editorial offices in Paris, The cover shows – oh yes – the propjet Mohammed. What does this cartoon tell us? The Dutch daily Trouw devoted an edition of its theological team

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Trial adjourned until March 25: Young murder suspect stays at Ms. Lalie your care center

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against 17-year-old Shimano G. yesterday to March 25. The boy shot 28-year-old Etienne Leblanc on October 9 of last year in his father’s Flex-DVD store on Front Street. The adjourn

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Cruise passenger dies at Orient Beach

St. Maarten —A cruise passenger in his sixties-- Howard Cook--who arrived on St. Maarten onboard the Oasis cruise ship yesterday lost his life in a freak accident at the Orient Beach near Kontiki bar and restaurant around midday yesterday. Fran

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Bada Bing trial to February 11

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set the date for the Bada Bing bribery trial for February 11 and 12 yesterday, overruling objections from attorneys who wanted more time to study the dossier and one who would have loved to keep February 1

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Conditional sentence for hit with shovel

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 39-year-old Bert Bolan to a 3-month conditional prison sentence and 2 years of probation for hitting a man with a shovel on July 2, 2014. The incident happened on Union Road in Cole Bay where

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 20, 2015

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Chance to laugh out loud comes early

St. Maarten —Just when most was in the process of shifting into the work mode after the festive season, the Hennessy Laugh Till Belly Burst organization will give its patrons some things to think about under the tent at the Port de Plaisance on Fr

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