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MP Brownbill's attempt to evade prosecution fails

PHILIPSBURG -Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill has made an attempt to prevent that he would be dragged into court for tax fraud, but a ruling from the Common Court of Justice of December 20 of last year, published on January 15, shows that...

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In the intros of our January 3rd and 4th issues of the newsletter, we called on our legal minds to answer the question a Co-operative can be set up legally on St. Maarten. In other words, if there is existing legislation in Country Sint Maarten to make a Co-operative or Co-op legally possible on St. Maarten.

Jacques Knol (also on behalf of Eric de Vries) of HBN Law answered that call. Click here to read their explanation about The Cooperative Association on St. Maarten.

In a subsequent edition we will revert back to the topic of the Cooperative as a solution to certain workers ' labour problems on St. Maarten.

In the meantime, we will sign off while our internet is still working and wish you all a great day.

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PS: Please email your press releases, public announcements and bulletin board notices to We urge you to include a photo as often as possible. Feature Article

A newcomer's view of St Maarten/St Martin ~ By Chris Morvan ~ The island where I find myself has a split personality. It can't make up his mind if its name is Martin or Maarten. Nor is it consistent about what language it speaks. Look it up on the...

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Former PM Marlin says Interim Cabinet can call off elections

GREAT BAY - "The people of Sint Maarten deserve much better than this," was the reaction of former Prime Minister William Marlin to statements made by Interim Prime Minister Leona Marlin-Romeo that she had sent a letter to the Kingdom Government...

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Government of Sint Maarten & UNDP sign 2.6 million...

PHILIPSBURG - The Government of Sint Maarten and UNDP signed a project document outlining the support of UNDP towards the early recovery process in Sint Maarten. The project entails house repairs, clean-ups and repairs of community structures....

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Lee's Roadside Grill gets two months respite

PHILIPSBURG - Lee Halley will have to vacate Lee's Roadside Grill in Simpson Bay per February 1, based on a court order, but yesterday he got two months respite in the Court in First Instance. Within those two months Halley will have to show that ...

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A serious Plan B

By Hilbert Haar ~ The St. Maarten Christian Party was the first to present its political manifesto on Thursday and the document contains some interesting points. I'm going to focus on one hot potato: the salaries politicians receive and the...

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Plenary Session of Parliament on query Council of Advice

The plenary public meeting which was adjourned on Thursday, January 25, 2018 due to a lack of quorum will be reconvened on Friday at 10.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

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Christian Party wants cut in politicians' salaries

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) wants to reduce the salaries of members of Parliament by 15 percent - therefore, from $11,539 a month to $9,808. If a motion in Parliament to this extent fails, elected SMCP-MPs will donate 15...

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The Cooperative Association explained

Under the law of Sint Maarten it is possible to form a co-operative association (coöperatieve vereniging, or coöperatie) also called a co-operative. The co-operative is a distinct legal entity, a special kind of association, formed by two or more ...

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The Motion of No Confidence

In general a Motion is a question or issue put to a vote in Parliament expressing its position on a particular topic or issue, its feelings or view, a desire or an instruction of Parliament on any particular subject. A Motion must be submitted in ...

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Corporate Governance & The Role of the Supervisory Board of Directors (Part 5)
For our upcoming feature length article about the Supervisory Board of Directors (SBD), we posed the following questions to several experts on Corporate Governance:

  1. What are the specific roles of the SBD?
  2. Can the SBD give the CEO instructions? Can the SBD only advise? Or give guidelines?
  3. Is it normal for SBD members to be in a company on a daily basis, sitting in the CEO's office and giving the staff instructions?
  4. When or under what circumstances can a SBD take over the management of a company?
  5. Politics being what it is on a small island like St. Maarten, how do you view the role of the members of the SBD who has to ultimately answer to their political masters who appointed them to the SBD?
  6. When or under what circumstances can the SBD be held liable for the results of the company?

In answer to question 5 on how the role of the members of the SBD is viewed if they have to ultimately answer to their political masters who appointed them to the SBD, Miguel Goede of the University of Governance writes: " It is a common misperception that members of SBD need to answer to anyone. They need not answer to politics. They are independent and service the company. Their primary concern is the continuity of the company. They are appointed based on their expertise and should be guided by the body of knowledge of their expertise."

This is part 5 of this 6-part series on Corporate Governance and the Role of the Supervisory Board of Directors (SBD). In our last part tomorrow, we will answer the questions when or under what circumstances can the SBD be held liable for the results of the company? Dutch Caribbean News
Continuation of Insel Air flights no longer guaranteed

Willemstad - BES Reporter reports on their website that flights by Curaçao-based carrier Insel Air no longer seem a given, now that the company is increasingly plagued by operational issues, a lack of planes and a lack of spare parts to keep...

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WIB continues ATM maintenance after hurricane Irma on Saba

THE BOTTOM - After the hurricane, there were some power outages and an increase of cash transactions from the Windward Island Bank(WIB) clients. "We understand their frustrations and we do our utmost best for better service", stated Miguel...

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Curaçao will involve entire Kingdom in plans oil refinery

WILLEMSTAD - After Central Committee meeting of Parliament that was called by the coalition partners, the Prime Minister of Curaçao Eugene Rhuggenaath declared that when implementing a mega-project such as the modernization of the refinery, it is ...

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Declaration Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning Venezuela

THE HAGUE - The Governments of the Kingdom of the Netherlands deeply regret the unilateral decision of the Venezuelan government to close its borders with Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire on January 5. Venezuela has done so in response to smuggling...

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GREAT BAY - The University of St. Martin will be the hub of a series of Cyber Security Trainings courtesy of a strategic partnership between the University, the Caribbean Israel Ventures Inc. (CIVI) and the facilitators of the course, the Mer...

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Carnival Legend Destra to Perform at the Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The line-up for the 2018 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 3rd, will feature Trinidad Carnival Legend Destra Garcia and the super exciting Antiguan Band 3 Cylinder. Both...

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Public Prosecutor works on 178 Hurricane Irma related cases

PHILIPSBURG - The Public Prosecutor (OM) Sint Maarten registered 178 penal cases in the period after Hurricane "Irma" passed. Of these 61 cases were dismissed outside the Court with a so-called "conditional" (conditional dismissal). This was...

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Integrity Chamber Pt.2: Protection of the fundamental rights

PHILIPSBURG - Having established that the concerns presented to the Constitutional Court, which led to the first Ordinance on the Integrity Chamber being squashed, and the contours offered by the Court for consideration in drafting a new law,...

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Heightened Occupational Safety and Health Inspections

PHILIPSBURG - The Labour Inspectorate of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) is enforcing the stance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in supporting the need for safe work for all.

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Minister to allow dental hygienists to put in fillings

Government suggestions that dental hygienists be allowed to carry out simple fillings and other procedures have been condemned by dentists' organisations as incomprehensible. Health minister Bruno Bruins plans to allow dental hygienists to take...

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Dutch security service hackers monitored Russians

Hackers from the Dutch secret service AIVD have given the FBI 'crucial' information about Russian efforts to interfere with the US elections, according to an investigation by the Volkskrant and current affairs show Nieuwsuur.

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