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MP Frans Richardson arrested

PHILIPSBURG - The anti-corruption unit (TBO) arrested member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten party (USp), Frans Richardson, on Tuesday on suspicion of membership of a criminal organization, taking bribes and tax fraud....

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Dear Reader

Raised eyebrows is certainly one way of putting it.

Speechless was another.

The timing is raises concern though.

Nevertheless, we expect more judicial drama the coming period because we suspect these cases have more surprises in store for us.

Read the full report on the arrest of USp party leader, MP Frans Richardson below.

In the meantime, we think everyone should start to read and study the laws of St. Maarten. The next series of books we recommend the Infomedia Foundation should publish, should be about Ethics and Integrity. In St. Maarten we need to start learning when to say NO to something we know is ethically suspect or morally wrong and stop skirting the edges of what is legally permissable.

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MARIGOT - The adult parade which took place on the French side of the island may have fell short of the number of participating troupes, but the eight that were present represented a cross section of the society including the Indians and the...

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Two arrests on Sint Maarten, one home seized

Philipsburg - The anti-corruption team TBO executed two searches in homes and one in a company on Sint Maarten. Arrests were made. Two suspects were arrested. One home was seized. The arrest of F.G.R. (1968) is the result of the "Emerald"...

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USP board: Party leader maintains innocence; will push on

GREAT BAY - The board of the United St. Maarten Party, in reaction to the detention of its leader MP Frans Richardson, on Wednesday said their leader maintains his innocence and expects to be fully vindicated of all chargers. The board and...

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MP Frans Richardson arrested

PHILIPSBURG - The anti-corruption unit (TBO) arrested member of Parliament and leader of the United St. Maarten party (USp), Frans Richardson, on Tuesday on suspicion of membership of a criminal organization, taking bribes and tax fraud....

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Raised eyebrows

By Hilbert Haar ~ Will we now have to go through a parliamentary elections whereby the leader of one of the participating parties is in jail? Tuesday's arrest of Member of Parliament Frans Richardson makes this a realistic scenario. The leader of...

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Sint Maarten Delegation meets KLM reps. Yields results...

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Upon arrival in the Netherlands on Wednesday February 14, 2018, the Government of Sint Maarten delegation headed by Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier, met with executives of KLM at...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever opens departure pavilion

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic & Telecommunications (TEATT), the Honorable Cornelius de Weever officially opened the Departure Pavilion at the Princess Juliana International Airport over the...

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Brunache murder court trial set for June 6

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance will handle the Widmor Brunache murder trial on June 13. Two suspects have been charged with killing Brunache on January 24 of last year in front of his house in Hope Estate. Hensley Hilarion M., 23, and...

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Two suspects arrested in Taheba York and Sabrina Martes case

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The men identified with initials H.H.M. and H.F.M. whom are presently in pre-trial detention for the ongoing BROCCOLI investigation, which concerns the murder of the victim Franky Brunache in Hope Estate on January...

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Fortune in court for double murder

PHILIPSBURG - Kathron Fortune seemed at ease when his image appeared on a video link to the courthouse is in Philipsburg on Wednesday morning. Dressed in a black Nike training jacket he calmly followed the procedures in court as if he is not a...

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Tromp loses court battle for his salary

WILLEMSTAD - Dr. Emsley Tromp made a failed attempt to recoup his salary for the months of December and January from the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten where he worked for more than 25 years as its president. The Court in First Instance...

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PM Romeo-Marlin expresses condolences on passing Lubbers

SINT MAARTEN/THE HAGUE - Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin has expressed her sympathy to the Government of the Netherlands and its people on behalf of Sint Maarten on the passing of former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Ruud Lubbers. Ruud...

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Minister of Tourism De Weever speaks at COSME...

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) the Honorable Cornelius de Weever made the opening remarks at the Tactical Meeting of the Steering Committee and Stakeholder Forum...

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Budike running in February 26 parliamentary elections

PHILIPSBURG - Robert O. Budike was born on January 30, 1971 in the Netherlands and is working and living on St. Maarten since the year 2000, Budike said in a press statement. Budike is a candidate for the upcoming February 26 parliamentary...

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CBA Political Candidates Panel Discussion set for Thursday

GREAT BAY - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performing Arts (CBA) will be hosting a Political Panel Discussion on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Centre on Backstreet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The...

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SMCP is not associated with any political party

Philipsburg - It is being rumored that the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) is an off-shoot of the DP, a satellite of the NA and that it is financed by the UPP. After the merger of UPP and DP into the UD, we are hearing that SMCP will work...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Gracita Arrindell, Leader of the Progressive People's Alliance (PPA) states: "Most agree that Sint Maarten is terribly off in the wrong direction. Following the devastation of hurricane Irma, programs and policies are ...

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Mauricia-Peterson: Stop playing with people's feelings...

Stop playing with the people's feelings. For decades, we the people, have been hearing over and over solutions to each and every problem in Sint Maarten during election time. After that nothing is done in the best interest of the people. The...

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Two recent armed robberies investigated

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating two armed robberies which took place on Monday February 12th. The first robbery took place at approximately 02.10 p.m. in the Guana Bay area when four tourists were...

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Two suspects arrested on Monday in ongoing murder case

PHILIPSBURG - The men identified with initials H.H.M. and H.F.M. whom are presently in pre-trial detention for the ongoing BROCCOLI investigation, which concerns the murder of the victim Franky Brunache on January 27th 2017 have been arrested on...

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MHF thankful for donations from private sector and NGO...

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Last year, after Hurricane Irma devastated St. Maarten, most of Mental Health Foundation's (M.H.F.) vehicles - vehicles used to help their clients - were either completely destroyed or sustained a lot of damage.

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Victorious Living Expands Leadercast to Three-Day...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - We live in a world of political upheaval, integrity breaches and disappointment with leadership in practically every sphere of society. Consequently, most of us want to see the world filled with better leaders. The...

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Voyage to the planet Showroom

By Chris Morvan ~ If you want to step into a different world for a while, there is a way of doing it that requires no time travel, no passport and no drugs. It's called buying a new car. Here you will be moving from one sonically muted environment...

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Lying Dutch top diplomat endangers international affairs

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Halbe Zijlstra, recently admitted that a lie he had told in 2016 "was not a smart move". Mind you that he didn't lie about winning big in a poker game or catching that elusive Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. He...

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The Laws of St. Maarten is a five-volume English translation of the original Dutch publication of the Constitution and other laws established for governing the territory of St. Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

These national ordinances, also called organic laws, were first published in Dutch following St. Maarten’s attainment of an autonomous status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010, and appear online in the official National Gazette .

The ordinances in The Laws of St. Maarten are not an exhaustive collection of the government laws but are those that have translated to date in English, the language of the people of the island of St. Martin which, along with Dutch, is one of the two official languages of St. Maarten.

These volumes are thus also about widening the people’s right to access-in book form- the laws of the land, laws about their rights, and legislation and information about the range of the government process relative to St. Maarten’s autonomy.

To the extent that the five volumes of The Laws of St. Maarten keep the people generally in the know about their government, and more specifically about laws passed by the St. Maarten Parliament that govern their lives, may this publication add to the development of democracy and freedom in St. Maarten in particular and the island as a whole.

For the month of February 2018 the five-volume The Laws of St. Maarten can be purchased at the reduced price of US $50.00 per set at Van Dorp Bookstores on Illidge Road and in Simpson Bay.

We encourage every citizen on St. Maarten to buy and READ The Laws of St. Maarten .

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Strategy plan Central Bank

WILLEMSTAD - At the beginning of this year the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) started the process to formulate the strategy that will be adopted in the coming years which will be used as a guideline for the Bank. As the first...

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The floating market of Curaçao is affected by closing border

WILLEMSTAD - The floating market of Willemstad is one of Curaçao's attractions. It has twelve posts with 12 Venezuelan boats that are lined up and sell fruits and vegetables. It was a colorful display that no longer shines. The ten people who...

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Coast Guard activities intensify due to situation Venezuela

WILLEMSTAD - More patrols at sea. Control by the Public Prosecution Office (OM). Focus on police detection. The Coast Guard Caribbean Region will profile itself as a maritime police in 2018 and will intensify its efforts to combat illegal...

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GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The Fire Department would like to inform motorists who use the Soualiga Road on Pond Island to reach Philipsburg or Sucker Garden, that a small section of the aforementioned remains partly closed due to current fire-fighting...

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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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In his hometown of Rotterdam, former prime minister Ruud Lubbers died. He was 78 years old. Lubbers (7 May 1939) was the longest serving Prime Minister in the Netherlands. The CDA'er led three cabinets between 1982 and 1994, two with the VVD and...

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