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Theo Heyliger still in detention cell at Police Station

PHILIPSBURG - At the time of questioning on Thursday morning, communication's officer for the Anti-Corruption Task Force TBO, Roderick Gouverneur, did not ascertain whether Theo Heyliger was still being held at the house of detention in...

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Dear Reader

The detention facilities on St. Maarten is the talk of every town in Holland at the moment.

With the embattled member of Parliament and the island's most popular politician, Theo Heyliger, also presently being held in police cells deemed unfit by the European Court for Human Rights, the attention is more than warranted.

Time for action.

For whom though is the million dollar question.

Will the Kingdom government take the lead or will the Minister of Justice be held to the responsibility he has to bear. We will see.

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Medical expenditures SZV explode

PHILIPSBURG - Medical expenditures in St. Maarten went through the roof between 2014 and 2017 and increased by 48.2 percent from 82.3 to 122 million guilders. In 2017 alone SZV collected 74 million in premiums for the ZV/OV (health care and...

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Knops puts Van Raak at ease about parliament building

PHILIPSBURG - There is no proposal at the parliament in St. Maarten to use money earmarked for the reconstruction after Hurricane Irma for "a new expensive parliament, a futuristic project for a salt-crystal building of $145 million," State...

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The true value of our parliamentarians

By Hilbert Haar ~ It is not for the first time that the bloated remuneration of parliamentarians in St. Maarten has drawn the attention from politicians in the Netherlands. The issue is not new, because shortly after St. Maarten assumed the status...

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'In the context of future liquidity support'

Reports coming out of Holland indicate that the Dutch government is prepared to stop the liquidity support for the St. Maarten government if the members of Parliament do not give up their exorbitant salaries. The authorities in Holland are...

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Insel Air is down and out; declared bankrupt

WILLEMSTAD - The Common Court of Justice declared Insel Air bankrupt on Tuesday morning. All efforts to save the troubled airline have failed. Even before the court declared the company bankrupt, it announced in a Facebook message that it had...

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INSELAIR - once the biggest airline in the Caribbean

Fate of Inselair's future in the hands of a judge ~ WILLEMSTAD/PHILIPSBURG - Tuesday, February 26, 2019, is the day for Inselair. Once the biggest airline in the Caribbean, it is certain that the judge in the bankruptcy protection case of...

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Torture and/or inhuman and degrading punishment for Theo

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - On October 9th 2018 the third section of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) condemned the circumstances under which a well-known citizen of Sint Maarten was detained in the police cells in Philipsburg as a...

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Court permits prosecution of Theo Heyliger in LARIMAR case

PHILIPSBURG - Communication's Officer of the of the Anti-Corruption Taskforce TBO, Roderick Gouverneur, informed that today the court has granted the Prosecutor's Office permission in order to prosecute Theo Heyliger in the...

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Judge extends pre-trial detention for MP Theo Heyliger

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The pre-trial detention of Member of Parliament and leader of the United Democrats, Theo Heyliger has been extended to eight days. Mr. Heyliger, who was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in Guana Bay by members of ...

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An interesting debat

By Hilbert Haar ~ The parliament is in for an interesting debate about the introduction of a national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. So far, two members of parliament have declared..

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Invisible money

By Hilbert Haar ~ De-risking has become a buzzword in the financial world. Banks risk huge fines if they do business with clients that are associated with money laundering. Therefore, they create a risk-profile and if the client does not fit within..

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Independence and the Price of Freedom

By Dr. Rhoda Arrindell ~ Just the other day, I asked some folks in a gathering if they were happy with the way things are taking place on our island, and, like me, they are not happy. When I asked if what they intended to do about it, the response...

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A party for the happy few

By Hilbert Haar ~ St. Maarten's parliamentarians do not have a strong record when it comes to appreciating the contents of critical reports about the functioning of the government or about the dire straits the country finds itself in after...

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COM ministers willing to give up their salary

PHILIPSBURG - In regards to the recent report that indicated that the Dutch Government is prepared to stop the liquidity support to St. Maarten if members of Parliament do not reduce their salaries, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of...

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Emilio Wilson Estate to be the first protected park area

PHILIPSBURG - Emilio Wilson Park is to be the first terrestrial land based protected area on St. Maarten. The creation of a nature park can only have a positive impact on the flora and fauna, and also have a positive impact on the tourism...

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Homes in 'red zones' French St. Martin will not be rebuilt

MARIGOT-The Collectivite has re-evaluated some of the properties in the project in French Quarter that were deemed unfit for living following the hurricanes of 2017. Some of them are now being repaired and remodeled to be used in the future. The...

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CCSU gives positive advice on the police function book

Thursday February 28th 2019 ~ Philipsburg- On Friday, February 22nd 2019, the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formally known as the GOA submitted a positive advice on the police function book to the honorable Minister of Justice, Mr....

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Police searching for two 13-year old girls missing since ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Thursday February 28 ththe mothers of two 13 years old girls filed reports at the Juvenile and Morals Department regarding their daughters who are good friends with each other and who have left their homes since...

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Additional Bridge Openings for Heineken Regatta

SIMPSON BAY - The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) would like to advise motorists in connection with the 39 th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta activities in the Simpson Bay area during the coming days, to avoid passing through the...

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Best of luck to all sailors competing in the 39th Regatta

The majority of the 120 boats from over 22 countries have already registered, a seamless process handled by St. Maarten Heineken Regatta's team of volunteers. Skippers leave with Heineken waterproof race packs, filled with complimentary cans of...

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Supporting the Kidz at Sea Fd. to inspire young sailors

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Sailing is a sport that you can take up at all ages. As we countdown to this year's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, teenagers from St. Maarten are getting race ready to put their hard training into practice.

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Politically Exposed Persons in the crosshairs FATF laws

PHILIPSBURG - The draft national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing embraces all forty recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force. One of these recommendations establishes how...

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De-risking strategy targets casinos and lottery companies

PHILIPSBURG - The Risk Based Approach banks in St. Maarten and Curacao have developed to get an angle on the risks certain clients represent has resulted in long court battles the banks so far have consistently lost. Attempts to kick casinos out...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) March 01, 2019 Tonight through Friday evening: Partly cloudy and breezy with a few passing showers possible. Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F...

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BZSE Attorneys at Law/Tax lawyers expands with new lawyer

CAY HILL - BZSE, the largest law firm in St. Maarten, expanded its team of Attorneys with a new member. Jeroen Vlasblom was admitted to the bar of St. Maarten on February 22nd, 2019. BZSE already had 9 attorneys in St. Maarten and 2 in Curaçao....

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A.M. Best Upgrades NAGICO's Issuer Credit Rating

NAGICO's leadership in catastrophe claims management affirmed as voted #1 insurance company for the 12th year in a row in St. Maarten Philipsburg, Sint Maarten - February 7, 2019 - NAGICO Insurances, a diversified insurance group serving 21...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG -- NAGICO Insurances unveiled a new insurance product called the NAGICO Hurricane Xtra Policy. It's designed as a supplemental coverage to insure uncovered expenses that may arise following a hurricane as ...

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Respiratory cases increase. CPS calls on community to...

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, in its weekly syndromic registration, has noticed an increase of fever and respiratory cases, and is...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

ST. JOHN'S ESTATE - The Wizards, specializing in computer repairs and onsite services, is now the official reseller for an environmentally-friendly product that has a very unusual feature: A solar powered LED lantern that is a phone charger as...

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Detention Theo Heyliger extended for 8 days. Is that really necessary?
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Dutch government buys 14% of the shares of Air France-KLM

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Tourism Minister predicts a huge increase in arrivals

PHILIPSBURG-Minister responsible for tourism Stuart Johnson has predicated a huge increase in visitor arrivals to the island for 2019. He mentioned that at the Princess Juliana International Airport there has already been some 1.8 million persons ...

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Resistance against money laundering ordinance

PHILIPSBURG - National Alliance MP Christophe Emmanuel and United Democrats MP Franklin Meyers are not in favor of a national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. "I cannot support...

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"MPs have not yet handled request to reduce salaries"

PHILIPSBURG - The request to reduce salaries has not been handled yet by the members of Parliament. According to Member of Parliament, Claude "Chacho" Peterson, of the SMCP, the information published by that the ministers and...

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