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The Accountability of Journalists

By Hilbert Haar ~ Interesting that debate on our island about the accountability of journalists. Andrew Dick seems to be at the centre of this storm in a glass of water. I happen to know Andrew - for a short time when nobody else wanted him I...

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Dear Reader

To answer our question yesterday who holds journalists accountable, our own Hilber Haar weighs in on the debate surrounding reporter/news anchor/talkshow host Andrew Dick and gives his own answer to this question.

Also, we see MP Sarah Wescott-Williams weighing on the issue surrounding Minister Stuart Johnson.

All in all, good reading fodder for the weekend.

Happy readings!


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MP Wescot-Williams Weighs In On Minister Johnson's Case

SINT MAARTEN/NEW YORK - Currently in New York, representing the Parliament of Sint Maarten in the Dutch Political and Civil Society delegation, Member of Parliament, Sarah Wescot-Williams notes that the issue of the Minister of Tourism, Economic...

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Queries by Sarah Trigger Consultation with Hotel Owners

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Over the past weeks several timeshare owners have sent emails to President of Parliament, MP (Member of Parliament) Wescot-Williams regarding the rebuilding of the Towers at Mullet Bay. These persons registered their...

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Poverty alleviation is not poverty eradication

PHILIPSBURG:--- On October 17th was International Day for Eradication of Poverty. In observing the Day : a. the SMAPP came out with a video documentary: "One Year After IRMA: Help Still Needed! A press release was issued and Some interviews were...

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SHTA: " Pennywise and Pound Foolish "

The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has taken note of the announcement by VROMI Minister Giterson to re-evaluate the day time road work schedule after bringing the country to its knees for two days, the SHTA said in a press statement on Thursday.

“Literally to a crawling stand still with hours of lost time to countless citizens and businesses; simply to save on night time differential wage tariffs.

“It is high time the powers that be learn from past experience as this is not the first time such an attempt at savings has occurred with exactly the same results.  Government should understand the value of productivity and take into consideration the irreparable cost of lost productivity in any cost analysis.

“In infrastructure, it is never as simple as how many bills do I have to pay now; there is always the coefficient of how much improvement do I get over how long and when do I regain the cost of my investment.  

“It would be even better, if the various ministries cease operating as independent silos and start working together on planning and coordinating, so that before a decision like this is taken consultation should be held among VROMI and TEATT and determine the economic and social impact of such decision, for example.

“If our government do not begin to appreciate that the citizens of this country also have value, that their time is money and that we as a country need to put our best foot forward to our visitors if we want to regain any market share, in our ever-shrinking economic condition; we fear they will find they are only in control of a welfare state without any possibility of economic prosperity.” 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
721 News director sentenced for insulting police officers

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Bamboo being explored as substitute for plastic, styrofoam

BAMBOO is being explored as a possible alternative to the production of plastic and styrofoam containers as the Government embarks on a policy to ban the use of the materials. Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce,...

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The Sint Maarten South Leo Club hosts Community Walk-a-thon.

PHILIPSBURG:--- In efforts to restore a sense of unity back into our community, especially after the hurricane season we had last year, the Sint Maarten South Leo's Club organized a free Walk-a-Thon event on September 23rd, 2018.This initiative...

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SCDF hosts first of three booth holder meetings

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - All is set with booth for Carnival 50. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) hosted the first of three booth holder meetings on Thursday night as the next step in preparation for Carnival 2019.

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Samuel seeks legal opinion on Dutch takeover of Statia

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Former President and Member of Parliament drs. Rodolphe Samuel in an Open Letter on Friday called on the legal community to give an opinion with respect to the measures taken by the Netherlands to take over the...

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Dutch government forced to hire law firm to handle courtcase

ORANJESTAD, ST. EUSTATIUS - At the 11th hour the Dutch government made the decision to hire regional law firm HBN Law on St. Maarten to represent them in court in the case brought forward by Van Putten c.s., a case that will determine the future...

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Court Case Deposed Government Started and Adjourned...

By René Zwart© Oranjestad - The lawsuit that five St. Eustatius politicians, under the leadership of PLP leader Clyde van Putten, have filed against the Dutch Government has started today. The case was also immediately suspended again. The...

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Statia versus Netherlands case postponed until November 20

ST. EUSTATIUS--The government of the Netherlands was granted a four-week postponement of the court case filed against it by the ousted former Island Government of Statia. The hearing is scheduled for November 20, at a yet-to-be-determined location.

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Police Department warns community about online scam ...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Detective Department of Police Force of Sint Maarten recently received information that an organization called "National Endowment for the Humanities" has been busy contacting regular citizens and businesses in...

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Minister De Weever meets with Coast Guard

Great Bay:--- Minister of Justice, Cornelius De Weever recently met with the Director of the Coast Guard P.J. de Vin to discuss the detachment of the duration of the initial education of two years to the legal maximum of five years.

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"Chill out with Charlie" locks down drive-time on MY88.3 My88.3FM has its drive-time show! On Monday, November 19 the station will launch all of its new shows including "Chill out with Charlie",...

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Ydi is back with "Hushh" on My88.3fm

PHILIPSBURG - Ydellienne Heerenveen, affectionately known as "Ydi", will be back on My88.3fm with her adult oriented program "Hushh". The show will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:00pm too 11:00pm starting Tuesday, November 20, 2018....

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Miklos Giterson

The VROMI Ministry was well represented at the recently held Caribbean OCT's Resilience Summit on Thursday. The Summit was held to commemorate the signing of a financing agreement between the...

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Minister Johnson: Digital Innovation is Revitalization...

PHILIPSBURG:--- The United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day (WDID) to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them...

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Ministers Johnson & Smith get updates on timeshare resorts

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The eagerness of timeshare property owners to return to St. Maarten post-hurricane Irma cannot be understated, according to management for the Towers at Mullet Bay, and supported by the management at Diamond Resorts...

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Parliament Committee to meet EnviroPower Renewable Inc....

PHILIPSBURG - The Committee of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will meet in a session on Friday, October 26. Representatives from the Enviro Power Renewable Inc. will present. The Committee meeting is scheduled...

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KPSM Forensics Department holds First Responder CS Training

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday the 17 th of October Detective / Inspector Janine Muller-Rijna and Tishandra Constance of the KPSM (Sint Maarten Police Force) Forensic Department hosted a training themed, "How to act at the scene of a...

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Phase One Reconstruction Works Begin at SXM Airport

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Following the successful mold remediation and testing procedure in the ground floor of the terminal building, the reconstruction of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has now officially...

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Prestigious promotion for martial artist Johan Muñoz...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - On Monday October 22, 2018 Martial artist Johan Muñoz Rodriguez was promoted to the prestigious rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by at Renzo Gracie St. Maarten SXM BJJ by local Blackbelt Melissa Bardfield....

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Semi-Finals of 5th Scotiabank Rotary-Rotoract Spelling Bee

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Last Sunday The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle hosted the semi-finals of the 5th Scotiabank Rotary-Rotoract Spelling Be...

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St. Maarten In Retrospect to broadcast live from Simpson Bay

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Producers of the popular television show "St. Maarten In Retrospect" will be broadcasting live from Simpson Bay this year on St. Maarten's Day, Sunday November 11 th, stated Executive Producer Elton Richardson on Tuesday.

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ConocoPhillips gets $345 million in cash and commodities ...

HOUSTON - U.S. oil producer ConocoPhillips on Thursday said it received $345 million in cash and commodities last quarter from Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA under a settlement that came after Conoco seized some of PDVSA's assets in the...

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Government: "Juliana Bridge is safe!"

WILLEMSTAD - The government categorizes the publication about the Queen Juliana Bridge on social media as fake news. The publication says that the Queen Juliana Bridge is in poor condition and is not safe. But according to the Ministry of...

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OM: 'Employers who employ illegals will be fined!'

WILLEMSTAD - Employers who employ foreign nationals without the right papers will be fined. If the employers get caught during inspections of the Labor Inspectorate they will face serious consequences said the Public Prosecution (OM). The first...

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Court of Cassation to rule in Babel case on November 27

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The decision of the Supreme Court in the Babel case is on 27 November. Earlier the Court announced that October 16 was the date for the ruling, but it was postponed, says the lawyer of Gerrit Schotte and Cicely van der...

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Advent must pay a substantial penalty

WILLEMSTAD - The Advent Hospital has to pay gynaecologist Charles Edwards a hefty penalty. More than 30,000 guilders. The hospital does not want to allow him to operate because of a labor dispute. But the judge previously ruled that he must be...

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Pharmacists want to get rid of one guilder contribution...

WILLEMSTAD - Again in parliament, there are talks about abolishing the one guilder contribution to be paid by patients for prescription drugs. The parliament wants to get rid of that and that is why they adopted a motion stating this. Now it's up ...

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Banking regulations being bypassed in Curaçao?

WILLEMSTAD - Once again Curaçao is the scene of a battle between two international companies. The case will be treated tomorrow in court. It all started last year in August when the Brazilian construction company Andrade Gutierrez Engenharia...

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New Regulations Coming for Fintech Firms in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 25, 2018 - Some of the services of financial technology (fintech) firms in Barbados could soon be regulated. The Central Bank of Barbados in a joint statement with the Financial Services Commission (FSC)...

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Business Case Shows: Dialysis in Statia Leads to Savings...

Oranjestad- The business case studying the feasibility of setting up a dialysis unit at the St. Eustatius Health Care Foundation, shows that the establishment of this unit would lead to a total saving of about 1.75 million dollars over a period ...

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Cft: Saba Has Financial House in Order

The Bottom, Saba -The Board of financial supervision Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Cft) has praised Saba during its visit on October 23rd with the timely submission of the budget documents and on continuing good financial management....

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Beach Cleanup With GoGreen on Saturday November 3rd

Kralendijk- This November, the self-sufficient sailing ship New Nexus from the 4GreenFoundation is visiting Bonaire again. The captain's, Tjerk and Niels, are cleaning beaches all over the world together with the local people. Some of the...

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (18:00 LST) October 26, 2018 Tonight through Friday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with a local shower possible. Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F Forecast Low:...

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SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited has announced the appointment of Perry A. Rolle to the position of Managing Director. Perry is a career banking professional with over 25 years of experience in the sector. Over the...

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SMILE partners to launch SMILE National Business Card...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Announcing the SMILE (Sint Maarten Innovation, Initiatives & Industries Event) National Business Card! The SMILE National Business Card is a digital catalogue that will contain information about all event...

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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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SMMC to provide free Clinical Breast Exams this Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will be hosting free Clinical Breast Examinations this Saturday, October 27 th in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. SMMC has partnered once again with the Positive Foundation ...

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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

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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EPIC to Host Full Moon Kayak with Halloween theme

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - In anticipation of Halloween, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) foundation will host a "Spooktacular" kaya...

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CPS: Advises persons at risk to get their flu vaccine

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - It's that time of the year when influenza, better known as the flu, becomes more predominant. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Unlike the common cold, influenza can cause severe illness and...

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Canada, CDB support Dominica in rebuilding resilient schools

ROSEAU, Dominica - Just over a year after Hurricane Maria, Dominica is set to enhance post-disaster response, build more climate-resilient schools and empower communities across the country, with the help of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)...

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USVI recovery anniversary report outlines progress since ...

ST CROIX, USVI - Governor Kenneth Mapp has announced that a first-year progress report has been published online about the status of the US Virgin Islands' recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. "This is a road map in terms of where we were,...

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Medellin in Colombia sees 18 percent tourism growth from ...

MEDELLIN, Colombia - The city of Medellin in Colombia has recorded impressive and continuous tourism growth with an 18 percent increase in travelers from the US between January and August 2018, as compared to last year. More than 528,000...

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St Lucia National Trust and government agree on prison

CASTRIES, St Lucia - The government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) have agreed to hold consultations regarding conservation of the buildings that comprise the former Royal Gaol located at Bridge Street, Castries. The...

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BVI launches country assessment of living conditions

ROAD TOWN, BVI - The British Virgin Islands has launched a country assessment of living conditions (CALC) for the islands, as the region continues to advance the efficient collection and use of statistical country data. Minister of health and...

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How US policy in Honduras set the stage for mass migration

By Joseph Nevins, Vassar College NEW YORK, USA - Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence - who make up most of the participants of a "caravan" estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people - are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching...

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Europol says 241 children rescued from sexual abuse ...

Europol has announced that 241 children have been rescued from sexual abuse thanks to international efforts to combat online pornography. The European law enforcement agency, based in The Hague, has just run a two-week 'victim identification...

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Lighten up: NL is getting darker

The Netherlands is slowly getting darker, research commissioned by nature and environment federations and Nacht van de Nacht campaigners shows. The data was collected over six years by a satellite monitoring the amount of light emitted by 54 of...

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Bankrupt Slotervaart hospital moves last inpatients

From 3pm on Friday, the corridors of the Slotervaart hospital in Amsterdam New West will fall silent. Several dozen ambulances are busy taking the last 50 patients to other hospitals, reports the NOS broadcaster, after the hospital's owner the MC ...

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Doctor will not be prosecuted for euthanasia of 72yo

Prosecutors will not pursue a case against a doctor who performed euthanasia on a 72-year-old woman in a state of semi-consciousness, the public prosecutor announced on Friday. The case in April 2017 was one of a number referred to the public...

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