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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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St. Maarten elections 2014: Three-party agreement sends Heyliger to opposition benches

Suspects Matser and Buncamper-Molanus in new parliament, Laveist disappears St. Maarten – A handwritten note signed by NA-leader William Marlin, DP-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams and kingmaker Frans Richardson, leader of the US party, sealed the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Man arrested for gun possession

St. Maarten – A man was arrested for gun possession in Simpson Bay on Saturday at approximately 11:20 pm in the vicinity of Reggae Pool Bar and Grill, the police reported. According to police, a patrol was approached in the area by a man who said t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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St. Maarten Governor begins consultations following elections

St. Maarten –Governor Eugène Holiday has decided to start consultations regarding the formation of a new government following the results of the island’s first parliamentary elections last Friday. His cabinet said that the Governor has noted th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Board of Financial Supervision advises investigation into BTP-management

Annual account 2010 Bureau Telecommunication and Post still not verified St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision (Cft) advises the government to have the General Audit Chamber or the government accountant bureau Soab investigate the an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Demand 5 years for beating up little girl

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Tineke Kamps demanded 5 years imprisonment yesterday against 37-year-old Angelo P. for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year-old girl on May 15 of this year. Of the demand, 2 years are conditional and the prosecutor asked the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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St. Maarten Government publishes reaction to Wit-report: Parliament gets to play its part in integrity actions      

St. Maarten – The Council of Minister published yesterday its reaction to Doing the Right Things Right, the report from the Wit-Committee about Integrity in Public Administration. The reaction shows indeed that the government has embraced the repor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Prosecution appeals class justice ruling

St. Maarten – The prosecution filed an appeal yesterday against the ruling in the 2010 election fraud case (the so-called Masbangu investigation). On Monday, the court declared the prosecution inadmissible in the prosecution of three suspects who a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Investigation at Prosecutor’s office

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson will consult with the chairman of the Law Enforcement Council– former Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards – about a possible investigation into the practice of class justice within the Public Prosecut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Opinion: UP Party causes real estate bubble

Dear Editor, The UP led government has created a real estate bubble that will burst and hurt many real estate investors. Let us take a look at the real estate transaction by Minister Lake of the UP party from an auditor’s view: Before a minis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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Court allows hearing additional witnesses in Bada Bing case

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance granted yesterday morning close to all requests defense attorneys made last week in the run-up to the Bada Bing bribery trial that is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2015. The court referred the ca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2014

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UP party inadmissible in quest for complete voting register

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance declared the United People’s party and its president Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce inadmissible yesterday in a lawsuit that the party filed in an effort to obtain a full copy of the voters register. The UP, r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2014

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Party leaders avoid Laser 101 debate: Rhoda Arrindell (UP): “Stupid grievances downed first Wescot-Williams cabinet”

St. Maarten – Party leaders declined to take part in what would have been the last political debate before the elections on Friday yesterday. Radio station Laser 101 had invited UP-leader Theo Heyliger, DP-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams, NA-leader W

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2014

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Gaming industry hardly subject to controls: Casinos owe millions to treasury

St. Maarten – Casinos owe the treasury approximately 11 million guilders ($6.15 million) in arrears for casino controller fees. The Wit-Committee writes this in Doing the Right Things Right, its report about Integrity in Public Administration.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Integrity report presents scathing assessment – St. Maarten Parliament under fire

St. Maarten – Many within and outside of Parliament doubt whether the important task of this institution is currently executed adequately. That is the mildest remark in the integrity report of the Wit Committee about the functioning of St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Two more handguns confiscated

St. Maarten - Police confiscated two more illegal handguns yesterday as they continue to execute their plan of action to remove all illegal weapons from the streets and to prosecute those responsible. During a search of two suspect vehicles the pist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Report in Atlanta Business Chronicle: Tropical Shipping paid kickbacks to foreign port

St. Maarten – AGL Resources Inc., the largest national gas distribution company in the United States, sold Tropical Shipping for around $220 million to a subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources Inc., a privately owned company in Seattle. The sales follows

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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DP wants risk assessment by Central Bank – Harbor’s legal team calls Zebec N.V.’s $100M claim “frivolous”

 St. Maarten - The Harbor Group of Companies says that the $100 million claim from Zebec NV against it is “wholly without merit” but the Democratic Party said in a press release that it is “seriously concerned” about the matter. Zebec claim

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Opinion: Incomprehensibility

Dear Editor, I will quote from the Daily Herald paper regarding the Daily Herald and the report of the Integrity Committee (your paper from last Friday) and you may tell the public (in a note under this article) that what is quoted by your paper a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Call to register for 21st FCCA cruise conference

St. Maarten - The business community is encouraged to register for the 21st Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference and trade show from October 6-10. The process to start registering for one-on-one meetings with cruise executives h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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St. Maarten Government reaction to Wit-report still missing

St. Maarten – Up to yesterday, the government still had not released its reaction to Doing the Right Things Right, the report from the Wit Committee about Integrity in Public Administration. The report’s publication together with the government

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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Ministers are indecisive, Minister Lake says

St. Maarten – V.R.O.M.I. Minister Maurice Lake says the indecisiveness within the Council of Ministers is costing government money and sending the wrong message to the youth. “A case in point is Denicio Richardson, former Head of Postal Servi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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National Alliance: hold Minister Lake liable for Vorst Estate land purchase

St. Maarten - National Alliance says UP’s Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake should be held liable for his wrongdoings in the Vorst Estate land deal and for putting the people of St. Maarten in unnecessary expense of having to pay for the significantly ov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2014

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National Alliance: focus on realistic achievements

St. Maarten – The National Alliance (NA) plans to focus on responsible, attainable and realistic achievements for residents by addressing the issues that directly affect the people of St. Maarten in the next governing period, the party said in a pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Zebec sues Mingo for $100 million over stalled Harbor Village project

St. Maarten – Zebec Development NV filed a $100 million claim against the Harbor Group of Companies and its Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo for breach of contract, the company stated in a press release. “While we regret having to resort to thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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Like four years ago – the results next Friday could be different: Today Newspaper poll gives UP majority of votes

St. Maarten – The votes are in, and boy, did Chippie-users grab the opportunity to make their political preference known. Today’s partner in this project, telecom provider UTS received no less than 1,269 text messages from Chippie-users who respo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2014

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St. Maarten’s justice Minister Richardson announces resistance to Kingdom Council of Ministers

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson called on the Governments of Aruba and Curacao yesterday to join St. Maarten on its position not to execute any more decisions by the Kingdom Council of Ministers that violate the law. “The disc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Doing the right things right: Wit-committee presents 40 integrity-recommendations

St. Maarten – Doing the right things right, the final report from the Committee Integer Public Administration chaired by Justice Bob Wit, was leaked to the media yesterday morning from the email-address integritysxm@gmail.com. The leaked version,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten take a stand: “No government can be the judge of its own actions”

St. Maarten – The Presidents of the Parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten and their respective committees for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations adopted two resolutions during their meeting on Monday. Yesterday they presented the resolution

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2014

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Central Bank presents its annual report: Deficits declining, but monitor debt to GDP level

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank Emsley Tromp said yesterday in press conference that if the current trend continues with St. Maarten’s budget, there will be a “positive and healthy situation soon, with a surplus on the budget.” T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Man shot dead Sunday morning

St. Maarten – A man was killed early Sunday morning just outside the Roof Top nightclub in after an apparent shoot out between him and others. Junior Bertin Maurice aka “Juice Boy” was gunned down around 5 am in the club’s parking lot on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Indian Ambassador to Venezuela visits: Indian Merchants Association snubs Parliament

St. Maarten – In what appears to be a political move, the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) snubbed the Governor and Members of Parliament, including President Gracita Arrindell, on the first visit of the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela, Smita Pur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Lively political debate on Laser 101: Connor (UP) estimates gray economy to be 50 percent

St. Maarten – “The government has a debt of 500 million guilders to the Netherlands, and 200 million to creditors. The 2015 budget is expected to be around 465 million. Unemployment is 11.5 percent. It is your first day in office. What will you d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Level of political debate SHTA mixer disappoints

St. Maarten - The political mixer organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel began with a disappointment when the leader of the United St. Maarten party did not show up. Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Polling stations increased to 20

St. Maarten - There has been an increase in the number of polling stations for the upcoming elections slated for August 29. This was announced by the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Jason Rogers at a press conference at the Government Administ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Unacceptable detention conditions give teenaged burglar his freedom

St. Maarten – A 17-year-old boy regained his freedom yesterday, after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to the 130 days of imprisonment he had already served for two attempted burglaries at a timeshare resort. The prosecution demanded 20 m

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