Archive

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Ex-Prime Minister suspected of money laundering: Raid at house Gerrit Schotte

Ex-Prime Minister suspected of money laundering: Raid at house Gerrit Schotte

Curacao – Law enforcement officers raided the house of former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte early on Monday morning. At the same time, a raid took place at the headquarters of Schotte’s party MFK – Movementu Futuro Kòrsou. Speculation was runn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on VDSM was not involved in Vesuvius-investigation

VDSM was not involved in Vesuvius-investigation

St. Maarten – The National Intelligence Service VDSM was never involved in the Vesuvius investigation, as the Telegraaf suggested on Saturday in a story about VDSN-chief James Richardson. “That seems to me to be a tall story,” Bart den Hartigh,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Binkie Van Es envisions eco-theme park at Little Bay, St. Maarten

Binkie Van Es envisions eco-theme park at Little Bay, St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Binkie van Es, a fervent birdwatcher and photographer, is the initiator of a plan to save Little Bay Pond and to create an eco-friendly attraction on the site that will leave the rich birdlife in the pond untouched. “We are putting

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Reader’s Opinion: Backbone

Reader’s Opinion: Backbone

We have been following with keen attention the 2014 budget discussions and have suggested some weeks ago that the 2014 draft budget after sending it to the Parliament of St. Maarten should be placed on the government webpage. This would allow the ent

Editorial - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Editorial: Stronger together

Editorial: Stronger together

Politicians have talked St. Maarten Day after St. Maarten Day about cooperation with the French side of the island, but very little ever came of it. This has caused some politicians to avoid that particular celebration altogether: always the same spe

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: St. Maarten Law enforcement budget cuts

Opinion: St. Maarten Law enforcement budget cuts

The situation at the Justice Ministry requires some attention from our decision makers when they tackle the 2014 budget. We learned yesterday that the justice budget would be the subject of serious cuts. In other words, less money for law enforcement

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Pitfalls

Opinion: Pitfalls

The university was last Thursday morning the stage where students from Milton Peters College and St. Dominic High School received a dose of inspiration for starting their higher education right at home, at the University of St. Martin on Pond Island.

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: The future of policing

Opinion: The future of policing

At the end of November, Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson gave a state of affairs report to the parliament in connection with crime and the challenges faced by our law enforcement agencies.  Due to budget constraints, the minister stated that th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Alumni enthuse students to study at local university: “We want to prevent a brain drain”

Alumni enthuse students to study at local university: “We want to prevent a brain drain”

St. Maarten – Students of Milton Peters College and St. Dominic High School had an inspiring morning at the University of St. Martin yesterday that encouraged them to take the first steps into higher education at home. Students of the Hospitality a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2013

Comments Off on Bar Association blasts attorney Cor Merx for offensive emails

Bar Association blasts attorney Cor Merx for offensive emails

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The dean of the Bar Association, attorney Remco Stomp, sent a letter to attorney Cor Merx on Tuesday in which he expresses his anger over emails Merx sent to members of the Bar and to local authorities. “I request

Editorial - Posted by on December 5, 2013

Comments Off on Editorial: Integrity

Editorial: Integrity

Governor Eugene Holiday has launched the integrity commission he was ordered to by the Kingdom Decree of September 30. The governor has appointed the committee to spearhead the investigation and it’s filled with men of impeccable credentials, chair

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 5, 2013

Comments Off on Contractor in court for tax evasion and forgery

Contractor in court for tax evasion and forgery

Energizer allegedly ducked $3.2 million in wage and turnover tax and social premiums St. Maarten – “Your honor, I am a contractor, not an administrator,” said Silvio Jan M., owner of Energizer NV a company that was involved as a subcontracto

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 5, 2013

Comments Off on Four years for attempted manslaughter on girlfriend

Four years for attempted manslaughter on girlfriend

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Romero Clifton David to 4 years imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on his girlfriend on July 6, firearm and ammunition possession and for theft with the use of violence against his girlfriend

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 5, 2013

Comments Off on Governor launches integrity inquiry of St. Maarten Government

Governor launches integrity inquiry of St. Maarten Government

St. Maarten - Governor Eugene Holiday installed a steering committee yesterday to advise him on, and oversee, the execution of an independent inquiry into the integrity and proper functioning of the St. Maarten government under the rule of law. The g

Opinion - Posted by on December 4, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Bare minimum (wage)

Opinion: Bare minimum (wage)

The bare minimum, as calculated by independent MP Romain Laville, is somewhere around 2,000 guilders a month. Taking this number as our measuring stick, we arrive at an hourly minimum wage of 11.53 guilders, or $6.45. As the table on this page sho

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 4, 2013

Comments Off on Minimum wages in US Dollars around the Caribbean

Minimum wages in US Dollars around the Caribbean

Minimum wage in US dollars Country Hour Week Month 1 France $12.09 $483.60 $2,095.60 2 Netherlands $10.93 $437.20 $1,894.53 3 Sint Maarten $4.78 $191.20

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 4, 2013

Comments Off on American airport expert speaks at PJIA symposium “Grow or die, that’s the hard truth”

American airport expert speaks at PJIA symposium “Grow or die, that’s the hard truth”

St. Maarten – It’s the “fastest, best connected businesses and places will win” in a globally competitive economy. “Grow or die, that’s the hard truth. If the airport doesn’t expand its market share, the island will suffer,” Dr. John

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 4, 2013

Comments Off on Cost of living and immigration dominate minimum wage debate

Cost of living and immigration dominate minimum wage debate

St. Maarten – The venom was in the tail of the first round during yesterday’s meeting of parliament where the minimum wage was on the agenda, when National Alliance MP Hyacinth Richardson remarked: “We have to get away from the situation whereb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 4, 2013

Comments Off on Employees get protection when company changes hands

Employees get protection when company changes hands

GREAT BAY – The Council of Ministers has approved a change to the civil code that will offer protection to employees of companies that are sold to a new owner. Labor Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday in answer to a question by independent

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Political rumors

Opinion: Political rumors

The 2014 elections may seem far away to some, but others are already jockeying for position. Asking questions about these developments is usually a futile exercise, because answers mostly resemble – if they are forthcoming at all – a blank wall.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Former Minister Hillen was Ramonsito Booi’s advisor

Former Minister Hillen was Ramonsito Booi’s advisor

THE HAGUE – Former Minister of Defense Hans Hillen was active in Bonaire as advisor for corruption suspect Ramonsito Booi, leader of the Union Patriotiko Bonairean – UPB. Research by NTC Handelsblad has brought the relationship between Hillen and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on PM: Inclusion should be practiced beyond Kingdom visits

PM: Inclusion should be practiced beyond Kingdom visits

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wants to see the same level of diplomacy and respect for autonomy that was displayed during the Kingdom delegation visit to South America repeated. Following her recent visit to Colombia and Venezuel

Opinion - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: A matter of libido

Opinion: A matter of libido

Fabian Schurgers is a writer and a game designer. He also has a remarkable opinion about prostitution and the men that frequent these working girls. In the Volkskrant, Schurgers found a podium to express that opinion. Well start with his conclusion a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Minister De Weever approves indexation minimum wage

Minister De Weever approves indexation minimum wage

St. Maarten – The indexation of the minimum wage will go into effect per January 1, the Ministry of Public Health, social development and Labor announced in a press release yesterday afternoon. The parliament meets this afternoon to discuss the min

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Prosecution appeals acquittal of teen in Middle Region stabbing

Prosecution appeals acquittal of teen in Middle Region stabbing

St. Maarten – The prosecutor’s office has appealed the verdict of the Court in First Instance in the case of Eric J.J. who stood trial on October 23 as a suspect in the killing of Kimberly Illidge on March 23 of this year. The court acquitted the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on First meetings planned for week of December 16-20 – Wit’s integrity committee considers opening hotline

First meetings planned for week of December 16-20 – Wit’s integrity committee considers opening hotline

St. Maarten – The independent Public Administration Integrity Committee led by Justice Bob Wit will hold its first meetings starting Monday December 16; the meetings will continue until Friday December 20, the committee stated in a press release. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Michael Ferrier: “Treating French St. Martin as competitor is a mistake”

Michael Ferrier: “Treating French St. Martin as competitor is a mistake”

St. Maarten – “Being a preferred cruise destination, I agree that Government should post haste limit the "must close" days for businesses on St. Maarten to Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day,” businessman Michael Ferrier said in a sta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Golden donates proceeds from children’s book

Golden donates proceeds from children’s book

St. Maarten – The Victory Christian Academy and the Girls Brigade will benefit from the sale of Island Days, the first children’s book by author Nerissa Golden. Island Days is a poetic collection of memories of growing up around the Caribbean an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 3, 2013

Comments Off on Security guard severely beaten

Security guard severely beaten

St. Maarten - An unidentified security guard was found severely beaten and lying unconscious on the ground near the Tamarind Hotel in Point Blanche around 6 am yesterday morning. A police patrol was sent to investigate. The investigating officers not

Editorial - Posted by on December 2, 2013

Comments Off on Editorial: Proper enforcement

Editorial: Proper enforcement

That St. Maarten is doing relatively well among its peers in the Kingdom is no reason to celebrate – because the country ought to do much better. Cft chairman Bakker had some nice things to say about St. Maarten in his address yesterday: low nat

Opinion - Posted by on December 2, 2013

1 Comment

Opinion: Black humor

Not everybody has the same sense of humor, something one Mike de Wilde, the director of a company in Arnhem in car-electronics that bears his name found out the hard way this week. A candidate for an internship at the company was rejected. That happe

Opinion - Posted by on December 2, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Political donations

Opinion: Political donations

Here is an idea for party leader Frans Richardson (we don’t know the name of the party yet, that will probably be dropped under our Christmas tree). But hang on, the American government has taken an initiative that must be close to the local party

Opinion - Posted by on December 2, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Rescue plan

Opinion: Rescue plan

Here is an interesting checklist for our healthcare system and for our decision makers that must make sure that the system remains affordable. Psychological disorders gobble up more money than any other disease in the Netherlands. In 2011 this was

Opinion - Posted by on December 2, 2013

Comments Off on Opinion: Will new hotel rooms jump-start the economy?

Opinion: Will new hotel rooms jump-start the economy?

“Sint Maarten’s budgetary challenges are smaller than the budgetary challenges that the Netherlands, Curacao and Aruba are saddled with”, according to the chairman of the Cft, Prof. Age Bakker. Sint Maarten’s economy compared to the Netherlan

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2013

Comments Off on Cft chairman Prof. Age Bakker about St. Maarten: “Tax revenue remains flat in spite of economic growth”

Cft chairman Prof. Age Bakker about St. Maarten: “Tax revenue remains flat in spite of economic growth”

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten has experienced the highest economic growth of all countries in the Kingdom since the year 2000. Prof. Dr. Age Bakker, chairman of the Board for financial supervision Cft highlighted this feat in an address at the congress D

Page 4 of 512345