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Dear Editor, The Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) has taken note via the media that the Court in First Instance has sentenced Member of Parliament, Chanel Brownbill. MP Brownbill is a member of the United Democrats (UD) with which SMCP entered ...

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Dear Reader

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has taken the decision to donate number of unclaimed items which were confiscated in the aftermath of hurricane Irma to the following organizations namely; Red Cross St. Maarten, Turning Point Foundation, Safe Haven Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation and the Belvedere Community Center.

The Prosecutor’s Office is presently in the process of setting a date and location for a Public Auction of the remaining confiscated goods. The public will be notified via the media as to the date, time and location.

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Hot-headed driver get suspended community service

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance devoted almost three hours on Thursday afternoon to the fallout of a traffic accident that occurred on Sunday March 4 around 2 a.m. near the Daily Extra supermarket on Welfare Road in Cole Bay. When...

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Prosecutor demands 15 years for fatal stabbing (UPDATED)

PHILIPSBURG - Fifteen years of imprisonment. That is the demand the public prosecutor put to the Court in First Instance on Wednesday against Akil Amaru L. for allegedly stabbing 23-year old Gary Zorilla (see photo) to death during a fight at...

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Raping employer gets 36 months

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Ashworth Robin on Wednesday morning to 36 months of imprisonment for the rape of a 19-year old girl in his home on Pumpkin Road on December 19, 2017. ... Some articles are restricted exclusively ...

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Cartoon: MP Frans Richardson stands victorious on St. Martin

MP Frans Richardson stands proudly with feet planted solidly on both French and Dutch sides as authorities from the Governor to the President of Parliament to the Electoral Council and the Central Voting Bureau chairs are at a loss what to do.

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Dispute regulation put on ice

THE HAGUE - The Dutch government has put the establishment of a dispute regulation on ice, John Samson reports on Caribisch Netwerk. It is the umpteenth disappointment for the autonomous countries St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao. State Secretary...

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SHTA Call to Action Regarding the Dump

PHILIPSBURG - "Dear His Majesty King Willem Alexander, His Excellency the Governor Eugene Holiday, Council of Ministers, Honorable Members of Parliament, State Secretary of Kingdom Affair Raymond Knops, Head of Dutch Recovery Programme Hans...

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Mosquito stakeout

by Chris Morvan ~ I don't know where the mosquito stands on the conservationists' list of protected species, but I would hope it's very near the bottom. Do they do any good to anybody or anything? Seriously, if they don't, why hasn't mankind...

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Rules and regulations

By Hilbert Haar ~ We have no shortage of laws, national ordinances and rules and regulation in our little country. What we sorely miss is the will to apply those rules. This appears once more from the questions I have raised about the legality of...

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Low Ticket Price for Hit Makers Show Ends Sunday

SINT MAARTEN (MIDDLE REGION) - With one week to go before one of the biggest shows this Carnival season, TelCell's Night of the Hit Makers, patrons are being urged to get their tickets before prices go up on Monday.

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Kaiso Brat leads the way in 2018 Nagico Calypso Eliminations

POND ISLAND - It was that time of the year again when Calypsonians had the opportunity to launch lyrical attacks on politicians in the manner that suited them. But of the 17 that took to the stage last evening, only 10 have advanced to the finals ...

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Carnival 2018: Help prevent mosquito-borne diseases....

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is calling on the community as well as visitors to wear light colored clothing at dusk;...

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IMPORTANT NOTICE The Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has found and ordered the destruction of eggs that may be contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria and that were found in various markets on the local market. The...

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Central Bank warns for Counterfeit money

WILLEMSTAD - In a press release, the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten indicated that it has noted through the social media that there are counterfeit banknotes of 50 guilders circulating in Curaçao. The Central Bank wants to warn the...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV hosted well over 100 guests at its offices on Tuesday (April 17 th) evening for the first of a series of 'Employer Obligations' information sessions as part of the SZV compliance...

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COCI: Trinidad & Tobago invites business participation...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - ExporTT Limited, the National Export Facilitation Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting an Inward Buyer's Mission in Trinidad & Tobago this summer, July 5 th & 6 th, 2018 at the Centre of Excellence in...

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BP: Free Tax Court representation for Sint Maarten...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Benjamin & Parker (BP) after having its annual meeting with the Sint Maarten (SXM) associates in which several market conditions were disclosed, and the change necessary to secure business continuity was brought...

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Conflict leads to urgent Open Letter to Pelican Cove Owners

In an Open Letter to the Owners of Pelican Cove, son of Luigi and Silvana Cighetti, request permission from the home owners association in order to build a privacy wall so that his parents can sell their home. Read the full letter online here...

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Police conducts house search of suspects. Gun found...

DEFIANCE - On Tuesday April 17 th two male suspects identified with initials A.G. and K.C.J.B. were arrested after an intense chase through the hills in Defiance by police officers suspected of an attempted armed robbery which took place earlier...

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Dutch police stay in St. Maarten extended

THE HAGUE - Dutch police officers will continue working in St. Maarten until at least September 1 and their number will be increased to 34. Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced this in an interview...

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Two 17-year old suspects arrested for attempted armed...

GUANA BAY - On Tuesday April 17 th two young males were arrested by police suspected of attempted armed robbery. According to information these two suspects who were dressed in dark clothing and each armed with a gun attempted to rob a couple at...

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Measures forthcoming to combat robberies and barkers

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever on Monday met with Chief Police Commissioner Carl John regarding armed robberies and barker harassment. The Minister of Justice was informed during the meeting that a strategy...

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Armed robbery of another restaurant in the Simpson Bay Area

SIMPSON BAY - The Special Unit is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Tuesday April 17 th at approximately 1.30 a.m. at Marty's Gyros on Welfare road close to Kim Sha Beach. Two men dressed in dark clothing and their face ...

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Three suspects arrested by Alpha Team at airport with...

SIMPSON BAY - The Alpha Team located at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Wednesday April 11 th at approximately 4.35 p.m. arrested two male passengers who arrived on flight Air Antilles from Port au Prince Haiti. Both male passengers ...

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Preventive searches during Carnival

The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office Sint Maarten, will carry out preventive searches during the 2018 Carnival season.

In accordance with the Firearm Ordinance, at predetermined locations, vehicles, bags and clothing of individuals will be searched for firearms.

This measure is being taken in consideration of the high number of illegal firearms in circulation on the island and past statistics which point out an increase in robberies before and during the Carnival season.

The Public Prosecutors Office Sint Maarten and KPSM are mindful that such a measure will impose on the privacy of residents and visitors. However it is in the interest of the general public and tourist visiting the island to heighten safety and security during the upcoming festive season. Curacao News
Curaçao Lionfish: An invasive species that is making impact

WILLEMSTAD - An invasive species can be a plant, fungus, land animal or marine animal that is not native to a specific location. Invasive species have the ability to spread in huge numbers and are believed to cause huge amounts of damage to the...

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PDVSA cancels plans to import U.S. crude oil for Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Petroleos de Venezuela SA, which relies heavily on U.S. oil to run its refinery in Curacao, canceled plans to import American grades in April and May as sellers demanded payment ahead of delivery. The price was right, but parties...

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SONA takes Ballast Nedam to court

WILLEMSTAD - The financial institution SONA filed a lawsuit against the construction company Ballast Nedam. The client, who is constructing the new hospital on behalf of the government, wants to get rid of the 31 million claim placed by Ballast...

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How the Rainforest Adventure Park withstood the hurricanes

PHILIPSBURG - Hurricane Irma put the Rainforest Adventure Park to the test in September of last year but the project withstood the monster storm perfectly even though the wind speeds at the top of Sentry Hill must have been out of this world....

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The Constitution stipulates that the term of the Parliament is 4 years, however article 59 also provides that the Council of Ministers (the Cabinet) can make use of its right of dissolution and dissolve the Parliament before the end of the 4-year ...

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Education Officers Sworn in As Extraordinary Police

4 Kralendijk- On Tuesday 16 April 2016, education attendance officers Jemima Martis and Harlton (Onnie) Emerenciana as well as Illeana Clara, administrative assistant at the compulsory education office, took the oath as Extraordinary Police...

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Worries about outdated criminal law on islands

THE HAGUE - Members of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Chris van Dam and Joba van den Berg, both of the Christian Democratic Party CDA, find it unacceptable that an outdated criminal law can lead to acquittal of certain crimes in...

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Ruling on claim environmental organizations set for May 2

WILLEMSTAD - The ruling on the summary proceedings of the oil refinery Isla against the environmental organization SMOC, 25 local residents and Humanitarian Aid Foundation takes place on 2 May. Yesterday the summary proceedings took place in...

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The Service of Thanksgiving celebrating his life will be held
On: Friday April 20, 2018
At: The Philipsburg Methodist Church
Condolences and Tributes from: 12:30 – 14:00 hours
Service begin: 14:00 hours
Internment at: the Cul-De-Sac Cemetery
May His Soul rest in eternal Peace
Hurricane Pass Application Process Starts April 16

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The application process for the annual Hurricane Passes for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts June 1 and runs throu...

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GEBE temporarily closes Reverse Osmosis Water Tank at...

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE in a press release indicated that the (RO) Reverse Osmosis Water Tank located on Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village will be out of use as of April 16 for approximately 3 weeks. The closure of this tank is...

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Be aware of Sexually Transmitted Infections

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Service's (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) during the month of April, reminds and encourages the community to take a proactive approach to...

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PHILIPSBURG - Social & Health Insurances SZV has introduced several online services in 2017, including the Employer Portal where companies can submit their ZV/OV declarations digitally. Employers are obligated by law to submit and pay their ZV/OV ...

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Nature Foundation Launches Reduce and Reuse Project...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The Nature Foundation organized a beach cleanup at Mullet Bay Beach on the 18th of April in order to kick off their new project to encourage residents and visitors to 'Reduce and Reuse' their plastic output.

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Women's Book Club points out the fundamentals of reading

ST. MARTIN (MARIGOT) - "Because we consider reading to be both fundamental and vital to the mind, we at the United Women's Book Club are a diverse group ranging from the ages of 25 and older," Founder Danielle Chance said on Thursday in a media...

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Cayman Islands is Least Complex Jurisdiction To Do Tax...

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday April 19, 2018 - When it comes to accounting and tax compliance, two British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean are considered the least complex jurisdictions to do business.

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IDB Launches Initiative to Promote Savings for...

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday April 19, 2018 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Retirement Savings Laboratory, a project that seeks to increase the number of people saving for retirement in Latin America and the...

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World Bank: Growth Gathers Steam in Latin America and...

WASHINGTON, United States, Thursday April 19, 2018 - The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have turned the corner after a year of tepid growth and six of stagnation, providing an opportunity for countries to solidify their fiscal ...

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US officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

WASHINGTON - Finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize the proceeds arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders, two U.S. Treasury officials...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday April 19, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) April 20, 2018 ...A SMALL CRAFT AND HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN UNTIL 12 PM TOMORROW... Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy and...

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New law helps decreasing absenteeism however not all...

ORANJESTAD - "For me personally, I don't really like when it doesn't make that much sense. They don't know where the student was or what the student was doing", says GvP student Shadrach Blair(15) from Statia. "I find sometimes it's unfair...

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34 pro-Piet campaigners who blocked motorway face legal...

In total, 34 people involved in blocking a motorway to prevent anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrators reaching the Frisian town of Dokkum face will face legal action, the public prosecution department said on Thursday. The Piet supporters put road safety ...

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Brexit and dual nationality centre stage as campaigners...

Members of the campaign groups Brexpats Hear our Voice and The 3 Million group are meeting Dutch MPs on Thursday afternoon to discuss the impact of Brexit on British citizens in the Netherlands and Dutch nationals in the UK.

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