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Court Case ousted Statia government set for Tuesday 9am

After months of preparation, the representatives of the legitimately elected coalition government of Sint Eustatius who where deposed on February 7th, 2018, filed a petition at the Court of First Instance to initiate main proceedings against...

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Dear Reader

Former MP Rodolphe Samuel issued a press release today regarding the island of St. Eustatius taking the country of the Netherlands to court on Tuesday, October 23rd, at 9am. See our opening story above.

The ousted members of the St. Eustatius island and executive council decided to begin legal proceedings against Holland after the Kingdom government had deposed them from their duly elected positions as representatives of the island's population.

Samuel had the following questions according to his press release:

- "I had expected Holland to take one or more of these government representatives to court and charge them with wrong doings or neglect of duties. This did not happen. So I would like to know if members of the island's Council who are chosen by the people of Saint Eustatius can be taken to court for wrong doing or for neglect of duty?"

- "When the Lieutenant Governor and the Commissioners were put out of office, salaries for these functions were also stopped. So according to my information these persons are not receiving a salary."

We assume the former MP wants to know if this information is correct.

- "Can we say that members of an Island Council are hired by the people during an election process?"

- "Can members of an Island Council be put aside and replaced by persons not elected by the people?"

- "Now that this has happened on Statia, can it be repeated on another island?"

- "Can this be done in Curacao, Aruba or St. Maarten?"

- "Is this article 43 at work?"

Samuel concluded his press release by stating that he can pose these questions to members of Parliament, but he would like to hear the opinion of our legal minds.

"Sint Maarten has so many law houses and there must be someone who is thinking about this situation. Do we have to wait until a professor from across the Atlantic writes an opinion and then we will comment on it or do we have enough legal minds of our own to have a healthy exchange?" thus asks Samuel in his press release.

We believe the point Samuel is trying to make is that despite the fact that this case is a historic event and should be of concerned to all the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, none of the attorneys on the islands have addressed this issue publicly.

In any event, intends to await the court case on Tuesday, October 23rd, in St. Eustatius at 9am.

In the meantime, do enjoy reading today's edition.

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No investigation Audit Chamber possible into UTS policy

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Court of Audit of Curaçao is not allowed to investigate the policy of telecommunication company UTS. The Supreme Court in the Netherlands has decided today. In December 2014, the Parliament of Curaçao adopted a motion...

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"Economic Recovery Process Too Slow"

SHTA thanks the Netherlands for the generous support, primarily provided through the Trust Fund set up with the World Bank but also the funds spent on early help and recovery projects as well as the liquidity support provided to our Government. Without these efforts, St. Maarten would today be much worse off than it is at this moment.

The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) while not actually containing any form of planning does provide an overview of the total damage, losses and needs arising from the hurricane Irma disaster. SHTA commends our Government and civil servants for staying the course when prioritizing projects on which to spend the financial support funds provided through the World Bank. The training and education program executed by the St. Maarten Training Foundation is a good example of what can be achieved through understanding and cooperation.

Unfortunately, over the years, the relationship of trust between the Government (representatives) of the Netherlands and the Government (representatives) of St. Maarten deteriorated to such a low level that the successful and (relatively) efficient execution of similar efforts after the hurricanes Luis (1995) and Lenny (1999) could not be repeated.

Instead, the Netherlands opted for interposing the World Bank for the disbursements and accountability of the available funds. While SHTA acknowledges the efforts and hard work provided by the people of the World Bank, the civil servants from both St. Maarten and the Netherlands, as well as other Government officials, it cannot be denied that the direly necessary projects are bogged down in procedures and red tape.

SHTA would like to echo the original request made by the Governor to the Formateur of our current Government Coalition, specially ensuring that among the many projects emphasis be given to the recovery of the tourism sector. So far, actions of the World Bank and the Economic Recovery Plan do not show this emphasis.

Today, more than 13 months after the storm, not 1 cent has been spent on real economic recovery in the form of support for the business sector recovery. From information received during several meetings and discussions with World Bank representatives it appears that developing the required regulatory infrastructure and going through the process will take at least until May – June 2019. This means that the business recovery funding will most likely not be provided to businesses effected by Irma who by that time have been (forced to decide to) closed indefinitely but to new businesses starting up.

Even though it would, in SHTA’s view, still be economic recovery it is no longer business recovery in a literal sense. Even though it is unclear to SHTA whether such recovery is even allowed under the Trust Terms agreed upon between the Netherlands, St. Maarten and the World Bank, the business owners that were forced to close will call it “covering the well after the calf has drowned”. Special Report
7-parts series about the Public Prosecutor's Office views on the lead times of investigations
This is a special report brought to you by outlining the views of the Public Prosecutor's Office on the statutes of limitations pertaining to the length of investigations, in particular those of politicians, other public figures and prominent citizens on St. Maarten.

The introduction to this special report can be read online via the following article:

Here is a recap of parts 1 through 7:

In part 1 we discussed the Public Prosecutor's Office and its workings.

In part 2 we discussed how the Public Prosecutor's Office conducts investigations.

In part 3 we discussed that the Public Prosecutor's Office does not work alone when it comes to investigating and bringing criminal cases to trial. It is a part of the criminal justice chain system and each link depends on the other to execute its work properly. So delays on the front-end can have a domino effect on the lead time of a criminal case before judgement is finally executed.

However, the Public Prosecutor's Office has the so-called prosecution monopoly. This means that only the Public Prosecutor can prosecute criminal cases and bring them to court. Individual citizens can not do this. They can file a complaint with the police. Based on an investigation, the OM then decides on prosecution. If the complainant or interested party disagrees with the OM's decision not to prosecute, the interested party concerned can complain to the court. The latter is not very common.

In part 4 we discussed the length of investigations carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office. Specifically, we wanted to know how long does this actually take in St. Maarten? Unfortunately, no hard data into the lead times of the criminal justice chain exists on St. Maarten.

In part 5 we questioned whether it is allowed for investigations to last so long, whether the so-called "statutes of limitations" exist and are applicable and who checks and oversees this.

In part 6 we discussed the question whether prosecutor-led investigations can't be dealt with faster. The Prosecutor's Office indicated that it always strives to expedite investigations, but that the speed was partly dependent on the capacity of the police force, which is heavily understaffed. The explanation concluded that they are working on an improved registration process to gain insight into the turnaround times. The starting point is modernizing the working methods, modernizing the laws and implementing the use of various instruments to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

In the final part 7 we discussed the question whether the situation surrounding investigations and the length thereof on St. Maarten is the same as in The Netherlands. In principle, the Public Prosecutor's Office stated for the record that in terms of execution and the lengths of investigations there is no difference between the situation in the Netherlands and St. Maarten, even the debates on the duration and speed are the same.

Next week, we will bring you a full recap in article form on our website at Top Stories
De Weever threatens Clark with legal action over allegations

PHILIPSBURG--Former Pointe Blanche prison Chief of Operations (COO) Fernando Clark has accused Minister of Justice Cornelius de Weever of abuse of power when De Weever requested that he participate in “sexual activities,” which Clark refused to do.

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Two suspects arrested for street brawl (VIDEO)

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating a case involving two men identified with initials R.N.R. (29) and J.A.A. (24) who were involved in a very serious fist fight on the public in street in front Queznos restaurant...

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The ACE Foundation School to continue to operate rent free

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SXM Airport Honors Three at First-Ever "Security Day"

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPIORT) - Three employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) were honored with awards for their heroic efforts at the first-ever Security Day celebration held on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Andrew...

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Kidz at Sea win useful Ancor Tools for next project

SIMPSON BAY, Sint Maarten - Working in a visible spot has it perks for the Kidz at Sea. They have set up their work shop under the dinghy tent on the Budget Marine premises. The hardworking group of rotating youngsters has been busy...

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Last letter from Luang Prabang

By Hilbert Haar ~ On a Wednesday morning, I get up at 5.45 a.m. We'll be on the road again today and I start thinking that we ought to slow down a bit. Nine countries in the not even one hundred days since we left St. Maarten at the end of June ...

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The Great (Train) Journey - part 7

By Hilbert Haar ~ Super typhoon Magnkhut has missed Hanoi and barreled into southern China, so Myriam and I feel confident traveling back up north with the intention to visit the mountainous region of Sapa. Big mistake; more about that later....

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Minister Smith Welcomes Baseball Champs Home

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The St. Maarten 16 and under Baseball Team returned home as Champions from the Royal Kingdom Games in Aruba to an honorary welcome by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, the Honourable Wycliffe Smith...

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Three fighters from St. Maarten were victorious in Curacao

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - Sint Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) sent a team of fighters to compete in the exciting HONOR FIGHT LEAGUE 2, which took place in Curacao. All three fighters hailing from St. Maarten were victorious. The team...

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St. Maarten football team participated in the CONCACAF Games

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Undercover police officer helped bust suspected terror gang

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS - The arrest of a seven-member suspected terrorist cell last month was partly down to an undercover police officer who befriended the group over a period of several months, the NRC and RTL reported on Thursday.

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KPCN Chief Irked About Anonymous Accusations

Kralendijk- Chief of the Police for the BES-islands, Jose Rosales, is unhappy about accusations made in an anonymous letter, stating that Dutch police officers are treated different from the local ones. Specifically, the letter signed 'on...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee was invited as a keynote speaker to the 12th Annual Caribbean Conference on National Healthcare financing initiatives hosted in Suriname. The conference took place on October 8-10...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Representatives of the Sint Maarten Tripartite Committee (TPC) delegation recently attended the 19 th American Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Panama City. The meetings took place...

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SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee reminds the community to take note of ongoing free breast screening opportunities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ministry of VSA, department of CPS, is active with...

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Several departments from Ministry VSA Closes at Noon Friday

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MPC High School Students learn about Impacts of Littering

SINT MAARTEN (MULLET BAY) - Last Friday the St Maarten Nature Foundation organized a beach clean-up with students of the Milton Peters College (MPC). Thirty students removed 186 pounds of trash from Mullet Bay Beach in just half an hour, by using ...

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Ramesh Manek End Polio Now Walk-a-thon set for Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Rotary Club of St Maarten-Mid Isle joins all other Rotary Clubs worldwide in observing World Polio Day on October 24, Rotary St. Maarten-Mid Isle said on Thursday in a statement.

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Holland America Line sponsors maritime training for youth

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Minister Johnson commends HAL for supporting local youth

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Minister Johnson endorses Nature Foundation call to use...

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Minister Johnson encourages business community to SMILE

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - SMILE (Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries Linkup Event) will take place on November 2 and 3 at the University of St. Martin (USM). It is an event that is open to the private sector, Government and USM...

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Cft wants the government to be energetic and decisive

WILLEMSTAD - The Financial Supervision Board, Cft, believes that the implementation of agreements between Curacao and the Cft is an important step towards sustainable public finances. This is what Cft chairman Raymond Gradus said yesterday during ...

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Willemstad is indeed tax free, but not yet duty free

WILLEMSTAD - Purchasing products tax-free is the first step to make Punda and Otrobanda more attractive for the shopping cruise tourist, but Curaçao cannot yet compete with the cruise ships which also offer tax-free products to their passengers...

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No buyer after first auction Howard Johnson Hotel

WILLEMSTAD - The betting price for the former Howard Johnson Hotel in Otrobanda was 9.5 million guilders but it was not sold yesterday. According to sources, there was sufficient interest at the notary office Moerdijk & Palm for the auction, but...

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UTS to pay out NAf. 42 million

WILLEMSTAD - The payment of 42 million Antillean guilders to government by the public company United Telecommunication Services (UTS) will take place pending the search for a strategic partner. The latter can be deduced from a letter of October 9 ...

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A quarter of the residents were not born in Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - Almost a quarter of the Curaçao population was not born on the island. The largest part of that group comes from the Netherlands. There are also Curaçaoans who are born in the European part of the Kingdom. The group of foreigners...

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No position yet Cifa about new currency for Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD - The Curacao International Financial Services Association, Cifa, does not yet have a clear position on the introduction of a new currency for Curacao. This week during a parliamentary meeting, the possible introduction of the...

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Members of Parliament debate on Caribbean guilder

WILLEMSTAD - The Parliament of Curaçao on Tuesday discussed recent statements by the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS) about the introduction of a Caribbean guilder. Opposition parties that had asked for the meeting questioned why...

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Fake USD 100,- banknotes in circulation on Sint Eustatius

The Police department has received several complains on fake USD 100,- banknotes in circulation on Sint Eustatius. These banknotes have been used to pay at several stores and establishments. The use of fake currency is prohibited and...

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'Antillean guilder easy to forge'

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CAft: Structural cuts needed in among others personnel...

Oranjestad:--- In order to achieve sustainable public finances, the CAft recommends that structural savings be made in the budget. The costs will increase in the coming years due to rising interest rates and availability fees for Public-Private...

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Dutch Caribbean SERs meet with Curaçao PM

WILLEMSTAD - The Social Economic Councils SERs in the Dutch Caribbean countries of the Kingdom, met with Curaçao Prime Minister Eugène Rhuggenaath on Friday, October 12, to achieve a sustainable policy in the field of labour and economic...

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Papiamentu programs on app and website TWR360

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Connecting People with Nature - Conch status update

On Tuesday October 23rd from 7pm to 8 pm at the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), Kaya Finlandia 10A, STINAPA will give a presentation on the status of the conch population in Lac Bay. As early as 1969 the conch was already overfished,...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

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Meteo informs: 'Some rainfall date for the past 24 hours'

WILLEMSTAD - It has been raining quite a bit the last few days. The Meteorological Department emitted the following data from their stations in some neighborhoods. Van Engelen 66.1 mm, Biesheuvel 58.2 mm, Onverwacht 99.0 mm, Santa Maria 47.8 mm,...

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SMILE Program Details Announced: November 2-3

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), in conjunction with ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing, the Chamber of Commerce and 360° of Innovation, proudly presents the program for the upcoming innovative...

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NAGICO Dubs Oct. as Customer & Community Appreciation Month

They have a line-up of meaningful activities focused on their customers and the community at large and they are excited to share the news. The company had planned an extravagant Customer Appreciation day last year, but unfortunately this had to...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV will launch its AOV Pension Status Survey on Monday October 15 th. Residents of Dutch Sint Maarten who are currently receiving AOV pension payments from SZV have an obligation to...

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NAGICO launches the Hurricane Xtra Policy

PHILIPSBURG (Monday, July 23, 2018) - Today, 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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Soup Kitchen Open on Saturday

EBENEZER - Come one, come all to the Sovereignty Ladies soup kitchen, the aforementioned organization said in a notice on Wednesday. "The soup kitchen will be open to the public on Saturday October 20th, 2018 from 11.00AM - 1.00PM at the Victory...

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Countdown to October 30 Career & Study Fair 2018

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The St. Maarten Career & Study Fair Committee is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual Career & Study Fair on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Last year the Committee was forced to cancel the Career...

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Review LuminAID Packlite Max, a Solar Powered Phone Charger

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50 Additional Ladies Get a chance to PAINT PINK

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EPIC to Host Full Moon Kayak with Halloween theme

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St. Kitts Soars with More Airlift from North America ...

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