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Desperate measures

By Hilbert Haar ~ In September 2016 the Court in first Instance acquitted all suspects in the Masbangu-case. That they were later sentenced on appeal is irrelevant for the point I want to make here. Masbangu was about a bunch of police officers who..

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Dear Reader

An interesting opinion piece by Hilbert Haar that could be of consequence for the Brenda Brooks case. Read today's article titled " Desperate Measures".

In the meantime, another argument has been brought to our attention: Brooks’ role as a supervisory director of NAGICO. Solving personnel issues is, under corporate governance rules, the task of the company’s management, not that of any member of the supervisory board.

We have used this platform in the past to highlight the role of members of supervisory boards with the contention that board members do not fully understand their supervisory roles. Here we now have on record a member of a supervisory board of a major insurance company, if not the biggest on St. Maarten, overstepping the boundaries of their supervisory role and actively participating - though apparently not interfering - in the day-to-day management of the company. In this case, in the personnel affairs of the company.

As a supervisory boardmember, her involvement in the day-to-day operations by trying to fix labor and immigration issues is of course not a crime but, specifically, a violation of corporate governance: management is done by management and supervised by the supervisory board. This aspect of course does not play a role in the criminal case, but when looking at the recently published articles regarding corporate governance, one may hope lawyers lead by example. We hope you agree as well.

Have a great day and do enjoy reading our news articles in this edition.

We have opened up our article about former minister Romeo Pantophlet now free for all readers to read.

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An inexplicable oddity in the 2018 budget

By Hilbert Haar The 2018 budget contains a riddle that I have not been able to solve, despite several attempts to get clarity from those who submitted that budget to Parliament. So maybe there is someone out there who knows more about this little ...

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COM Meets with World Bank Trust Fund Steering Committee

GREAT BAY - On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Council of Ministers (COM) met with two members of the newly instated World Bank Trust Fund Steering Committee, namely the representative from Sint Maarten, Marcel Gumbs, and the representative from the...

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Port-inquiry: Minister Pantophlet broke every rule ...

TODAY, THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN RELEASED TO ALL TO READ ONLINE FREE. PHILIPSBURG - Romeo Pantophlet broke every rule in the book of corporate governance after his appointment as Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs in 2012.

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An island is not a rock

by Chris Morvan There's a blog that I follow, called Women Who Live On Rocks. It's a jovial, whimsical thing, started by a yoga instructor, a good-looking, bikini-wearing type who looks great in photographs. I don't know how she came to be living ...

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Foreign Policy Lessons from Rastafarian Resistance

By Sir Ronald Sanders ~ The use of force is still very much a part of the foreign policy and diplomatic considerations of all states, even small ones. In the latter case, what they consider is not using force themselves, ...

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Message from PM Leona regarding start Hurricane Season

2018 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON Message by the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten Hon. Leona Romeo-Marlin To the people of Sint Maarten and guests visiting our shores, today June 1st marks the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season....

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Dutch Justice Minister hides behind the autonomy of islands

THE HAGUE - Questions asked by the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament in response to criticism from an independent evaluation committee on the functioning of law enforcement in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom are dismissed by Minister...

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Upcoming Cycling Events: Bike/Walk-a-thon and Triathlon

PHILIPSBURG - On Saturday June 2 nd a Bike/Walk-a-thon will beheld starting at 06.00 a.m. at the Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School and end at 10.00 a.m. at the same location, a police press release said on Thursday. The route of the...

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St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held tournament

SOUTH REWARD - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held the Second Annual Spring Tournament on Saturday, May 26th, 2018, at MPC Gym in St. Peters. The event showcased two combat martial art for adults and children - Muay Thai Kickboxing...

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STB proud partner and major sponsor of St. Martin Book Fair

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) which falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), has been a proud partner and major sponsor of the Annual St. Martin...

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Fantasies - Love-making poems by Fabian Badejo

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Fantasies - Love-making poems by Fabian Adekunle Badejo has just been published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said the indie press president Jacqueline Sample. The newest book by Badejo, a well-known St.

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IPKO considers formalizing election monitors' presence

THE HAGUE - The four Parliaments in the Kingdom agreed on Wednesday to draft the rules and context for the presence of observers of the Kingdom at national elections in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands. Observers from the...

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Office of Disaster Management: Prepare your Disaster Kit

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - It only takes one storm to change your life and community. We live in the hurricane belt, and therefore you need to be prepared. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season starts officially on Friday, June 1, but we have already seen ...

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CPS: Watch Your Salt Intake

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The main source of sodium in our diet is salt, although it can come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public...

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UTS hosts Disaster Recovery & Business continuity seminar

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - UTS Business hosted a Disaster Recovery and Cyber Security session together with sister company Blue NAP Americas at Holland House Hotel earlier this week. The main focus of the sessions was the vulnerability of...

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Incubators sponsored by COSME set to transform St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, ST.MAARTEN - 22 May, 2018 - COSME, a European Union funded programme, has launched the online business incubator CaribConnect in four of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba and Cayman....

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B&P Certified Risk Auditors: Micro/Macro Corporate Effect

SINT MAARTEN - Benjamin & Parker (B&P) Corporation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) conducted a study in Latin America (Colombia, Valle del Cauca) and the Dutch Caribbean on the...

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Medical Center celebrates Day of the Legends ...

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) held its fourth annual Nurse Orris Jack Bell Award. The event proved to be a success once again. The legends, St. Maarten retired nurses, were treated to a bus tour of the island.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances (SZV) recently finalized the care contract signing for lab services with the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) and the Health Care Laboratory St. Maarten (HCLS). The care contract...

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SINT MAARTEN (BELAIR) - On Saturday May 26 th, Social & Health Insurances SZV participated in the 10 th annual Lion's Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair at the Belair Community Center. SZV would like to congratulate the St. Maarten Lion's Club...

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Industry "thrilled" about health-tax on tobacco...

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) is currently discussing options to protect local tobacco product distributors against parallel import by registering the labels of their products. At the same time, the minister wants to introduce a ...

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Netherlands strengthens PCN with 31 million dollars...

14 Government employers involved and the Stichting Pensioenfonds Caribisch Nederland (PCN) have agreed on measures to strengthen the pension fund Caribbean Netherlands The most important measure is that fund capital is strengthened by a total of...

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Knops: No massive influx of refugees in Aruba, Bonaire and..

THE HAGUE - Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao do not suffer from a large influx of refugees from Venezuelans. There are illegal immigrants on the islands, but that was true even before the start of the crisis in Venezuela. This was stated by the...

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CFT: Public finances are lagging behind

WILLEMSTAD - The government of Curaçao has to take care to prevent a deficit in its budget this year too. This is according to the Financial Supervision Board. In the first quarter, the deficit is over 3½ million guilders. Especially because the...

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Does it make any sense for MPs with integrity issues to go to Holland for IPKO meeting?
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Venezuela: Maduro rival Henri Falcon demands new election

CARACAS - Venezuela presidential challenger calls for new election as Canada slaps new sanctions on the Latin American country. President Nicolas Maduro's closest challenger in this month's presidential polls, Henri Falcon, is asking the Supreme...

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Maduro wins, PDVSA loses

Despite presiding over a period when the Venezuelan economy has been imploding - with skyrocketing inflation, rampant corruption and massive food shortages - Nicolas Maduro was re-elected as President last week. In an election branded as a 'sham' ...

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Open letter from Maurice Lake to all Community Councils...

Dear Editor, I have listened, heard, and read the recent discussions and workshops on hurricane preparedness. For this Hurricane season which officially starts June 1st, 2018. As a Community spirited person, my motto for any hurricane season is...

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WEB Bonaire annouces new electricity rates as of June 1st

3 Kralendijk, 30th May 2018 - Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB) and the Executive Council of the Public Entity Bonaire (OLB) have decided to announce and publish the new electricity rates as of 1st June 2018. The new rates will be valid ...

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Barbados Gets an Opposition Leader After All ...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 1, 2018 - A man of the cloth who was one of the 30 candidates that contributed to the Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) clean sweep at the polls is now the Opposition Leader.

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Anguilla to Get US$5.6 Million Loan from CDB ...

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Thursday May 31, 2018 - The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has approved a US$5.6 million loan to assist the Government of Anguilla in meeting its fiscal obligations after the destruction caused...

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St Kitts & Nevis Gets Over 1,200 Citizenship By Investment

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Thursday May 31, 2018 - More than 1,200 applications have been submitted for economic citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis under the Hurricane Relief Fund, a temporary investment option introduced under the twin-island...

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IDB: Single Free Trade Market leads to $11B windfall

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday May 31, 2018 - Latin America and the Caribbean could add an additional $11 billion in annual trade flows by blending 33 separate agreements into a single regional free trade bloc, according to a study by the...

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80 Vehicles stopped in Traffic Controls

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday May 31 st 2018 a traffic control was held by members of the KPSM. The control took place at the Lookout Point of Cole Bay hill (Harold Jack) from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The focus of the control was to control vehicles...

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Officer Courtar visits Sister Magda Primary School ...

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday May 31st 2018 sergeant of the KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) Traffic Department officer Rexcarlos Courtar visited with the 5th grade students of the Sister Magda School, a police press statement said on Thursday. The...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday May 31, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) June 01, 2018 Tonight: Generally fair to partly cloudy. Friday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers. Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F Forecast...

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New police protocol protects victims

From today every person reporting a crime to the police will be evaluated to see whether he or she is likely to need protection, the police authority said on Friday. If a person is deemed 'vulnerable' and likely to become the victim of a revenge...

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Amsterdam 'fast food' battle heats up

Amsterdam city council's efforts to reduce the number of fast food outlets in the city took a new twist on Friday with the news that Dunkin' Donuts is now attempting to open a branch in a building where New York Pizza was banned.

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ABN Amro managers sound alarm about lack of leadership

Senior managers at ABN Amro have alerted Dutch banking sector watchdogs DNB (the central bank) and AFM, as well as the f inance ministry as majority shareholder, about a crisis of confidence at the top.

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Trump trade tariff is a 'bridge too far,' say Dutch...

The US government's 25% tariff on steel and aluminium produced in the EU, Canada and Mexico which went into effect of Friday is a 'bridge too far,' according to the Dutch employers lobby group VNO-NCW. In an angry reaction to the import tax, the...

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