St. Maarten News - Posted on July 16, 2013

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People’s opinion about National Security scandal: “This island is full of corruption”

St. Maarten – Since Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced the start of the investigation on corruption within the country’s National Security Department last week, many people were surprised and disturbed to hear about another scandal.

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 16, 2013

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Richardson wants strengthening of border control

Minister of Justice, Dennis RichardsonSt. Maarten–Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson, held a meeting with representatives of the police, Coast Guard, Customs, Immigration and Border Protection Services, and the attorney general on border co

Editorial - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Editorial: Youth detention

The concept of a youth detention facility that Justice Minister Dennis Richardson envisions sounds like the plan St. Maarten has been waiting for. The minister's approach could create a temporary solution in the mid-term and afterwards create addi

Opinion - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Opinion: Social code of conduct

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson made a remarkable observation in the interview we publish today: corruption in the Netherlands is not the same as (what is perceived as) corruption in St. Maarten. With close to 17 million inhabitants, the Nether

French St. Martin News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Henson calls for more financial support

The tart and candy makers were presented with plaques in recognition of their exceptional work yesterday at the Bastille Day celebrations. Photo Today/Andrew BishopMARIGOT, St. Martin – It was a time for reflection as the Collectivite of St. Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Justice Minister Richardson: 13 months to get results Additional floor on prison to solve youth detention problem

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, in front of a painting by Ras Mosera, envisions a three-level facility for youth detention - from closed, to half open to entirely open. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten - By Hilbert Haar - When the country c

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Wescot- Williams gives clarity on National Security Service investigation

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot –Williams has further explained the serious indications of corruption at the National Security Department (VDSM) on Friday. The prime minister gave clarity on the status of the VDSM and the progress of

French St. Martin News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Arnel: Collectivité continues with the same development program

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The same governing program that was prepared by the combined parties in the Triple R Group is continued by the Collectivite, said Vice President Guillaume Arnel. “The only thing that has changed since the former President

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister gives update on budget

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams gave an update on the budget on her weekly call-in radio program One on One with the Prime Minister on Pearl 98.1 FM on Friday. She stated that for the last few weeks as the new government one o

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Two men robbed within 25 minutes

St. Maarten – Within 25 minutes, two robberies took place on Saturday evening where two victims were robbed of their belongings. The first robbery occurred around 9.30 p.m. in the vicinity of Island Water World on Water Front Road where two men

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister Wescot-Williams holds video conference meeting with Plasterk

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams during the video conference with Dutch Minister of Interior Ronald Plasterk. St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams held her once quarterly meeting with the Dutch Minister of Interior Plasterk

Opinion - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Opinion: Conflicts of interest

The Council of Advice has published its own code of conduct. This is a noteworthy initiative; not because the code contains any real surprises, but because this shows the council's commitment to transparency and independence. Years ago, when St. M

Editorial - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Editorial: Two yardsticks

Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk seems to have to yardsticks: one for St. Maarten and Curacao, and one for the Dutch public entities Bonaire, Saba and Statia. While Bonaire is engaged in a political controversy that makes St. Maarten look like

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Ahead Center of Excellence closed its doors

St. Maarten - After a yearlong struggle to keep its program afloat, the Ahead Center of Excellence has officially closed its doors. Last week the institution, which addresses the unique learning disabilities children face, particularly autistic child

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Court handled slightly more cases last year

St. Maarten - The court in Philipsburg handled 4,331 cases in 2012, a slight increase of 2.1 percent compared to the 4,242 it handled in 2011. This appears from the annual report of the Common Court of Justice that belatedly arrived yesterday. Ove

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Plasterk not concerned about political crisis in Bonaire

THE HAGUE - Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk does not consider the political crisis in Bonaire a controversial issue, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. From a letter to the Second Chamber, it appears that he shrugs off the reports

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Seven now qualified financial investigators

St. Maarten – Seven candidates received their certificate in advanced financial investigation from the head of the Detective Department, Commissioner Denise Jacobs, on 5 June. One of candidates was from the federal detectives and the other six came

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Shuttle starts today – New shuttle service for medical center

St. Maarten – Persons making their way to the St. Maarten Medical, the St. Maarten Laboratory services or the Mental Health Foundation will be able to access transportation at the intersection of the Welgelegen Road at the vicinity of the Teke Teke

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Woman killed in car accident at Pelican

St. Maarten – A woman was killed in the Pelican Key area yesterday in a serious car accident at around 2:15pm. The central police dispatch received a call informing them that a female driver was stuck under the vehicle and was not showing any signs

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 15, 2013

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Two theft suspects arrested in Mullet Bay

St. Maarten - The central police dispatch received a call from an off-duty police officer who saw three teenage boys in the Mullet Bay area walking suspiciously towards Maho on 12 July at approximately 11.40 am. He had also received a call from someo

Editorial - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Editorial: Justice

Not all court cases end badly for defendants, even though most trials have something in common: something bad happened. That our justice system is fair appeared once again yesterday from court rulings from the Common Court of Justice. In one ca

Opinion - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Opinion: Malversation

The word malversation became unexpectedly popular this week after Prime Minister Sarah Wescot's press release about irregularities at the National Security Service VDSM. The press release, issued Monday late in the afternoon spoke of "serious indicat

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Record fine for money laundering

St. Maarten - Angel Arencibia-Gallo, a 41-year-old Cuban living in Miami was hit with a record 37,850 guilders fine, a 6-month conditional prison sentence and 2 years of probation by the Common Court of Justice yesterday for money laundering. In May,

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Stabbing drunken neighbor ruled self-defense on appeal

St. Maarten - The Common Court of Justice dismissed all prosecution against Diony Rafael Rivas Hernandez yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a drunken neighbor. The Court in First Instance sentenced the defendant in September of last year to 24 m

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Bus driver again sentenced to 42 months for ill-treatment

St. Maarten - The Common Court of Justice sentenced school bus driver Berrnardo Oswaldo Hyman yesterday to 42 months imprisonment for two attempts of causing someone grievous bodily harm and one case of ill-treatment. Of the sentence, 18 months are s

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Lake: contractor’s and builders needs to have plans in place

St. Maarten – Minister of Vromi Maurice Lake is calling on contractors and builders to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their job sites in the event of a passing hurricane. The most active months of the hurricane season are approaching

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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MP Leonard wants a laptop for every child

St. Maarten -After a recent visit to Parlatino in Colombia, MP Johan “Janchi” Leonard of the United People’s Party, stated that the use of technology will have to play a major role in education as” we continue to shape the future of Country S

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 12, 2013

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Teenaged street robber gets a free pass on appeal

St. Maarten - Jofelder Rafael Emmanuel got something out of his appeal against the verdict the Court in First Instance handed down in March for robbing a 66-year-old lady of her heirloom necklace and for threatening a 15-year-old girl with rape. The

Editorial - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Too hot to handle

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams declined yesterday to divulge any details about the investigation into irregularities at the National Security Service VDSM. Up to a point that is understandable: this is an extremely sensitive matter that touches the h

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Tax compliance

Finance Minister Maarten Hassink must put the fear of God in the (estimated) 65 percent of the population that does not pay taxes the way it should. Tax compliance is, as the minister said drily, his favorite subject. It is, of course, about time, so

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Armed robbers sentenced to 42 months

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced two armed robbers to 42 months of imprisonment yesterday. Judge Tamara Tijhuis found both Alexander Raphael Brooks, 22, and his cousin Germain Denisio Chumney, 26, guilty of a robbery near the Jump

Uncategorized - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Scandal at National Security Service – Checks and balances led to discovery of malversation

St. Maarten- Did the head of the National Security Service VDSM James R. disappear without a trace? Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams declined to answer the question at yesterday's press briefing. Late on Monday afternoon, the PM sent out a press

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Number-plate ritual returns in 2014 – Tax increase alcohol and tobacco off the books

St. Maarten - Motorists will have to get out their screwdrivers again, because Finance Minister Maarten Hassink announced at yesterday's press briefing that he will reintroduce the annual change-of-number-plates ritual in 2014. His predecessor Roland

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 11, 2013

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St. Maarten Government presents revised labor contract draft law

St. Maarten -The new United People’s Party/ Democratic Party/ Laville coalition government plans to retable the issue of short term contracts and their abuse via a draft initiative law to parliament. No date has been set for this but the new propos

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 11, 2013

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Hassink wants electronic cash registers for retailers

St. Maarten - The Finance Ministry has measures in mind to increase tax compliance, Minister Hassink said at yesterday's press briefing. While he did not give an indication where compliance stands at the moment, the former and late chairman of the fi

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