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Common Court books 1.5 million loss

PHILIPSBURG - The Common Court of Justice suffered a loss of just over 1.5 million guilders (close to $838,000) in 2017. Additional costs due to Hurricane Irma are only part of the reason for the negative result. The court's 2017 annual report...

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Yesterday, the Prosecutor's Office sent out an announcement that the Court will examine the request submitted by the Attorney General to initiate an investigation into possible mismanagement at the Port of St. Maarten today, May 24th.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office had formerly requested to initiate this investigation in September 2017. The preliminary investigation spawned several questions about the state of affairs at the Port of St. Maarten.

It was discovered that in the past the port had three Board of Directors, instead of the legal requirement of five. Annual accounts were not approved on time and internal legal guidelines were not complied with. The manner in which projects were put out to tender and the way loans were taken out also raised questions.

The criminal investigation has led to the suspicion that the CEO of the Port, together with other suspects, had over a number of years robbed the Port of at least US$ 8 million by signing fraudulent invoices.

For this reason the Public Prosecutor’s Office questions the Port’s financial situation and is calling on the Court to investigate whether the Port is in a position to carry out its obligations.

The Court will hear evidence from the Prosecution and objections from defense this morning at 8:30am. It has not yet been determined when the Court will give its ruling. Our own Hilbert Haar will be on hand to report on this civil inquiry case.

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Cultural Manifestation Wake for Roland Bryson "Pa Ben"

PHILIPSBURG - A wake for the late Roland Cecil Bryson aka Pa Ben or Chimongo will be held on Monday, May 28th 2018 at the festival / Carnival Village from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm. The wake will take form of a cultural manifestation.

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Bush fire brought under control. No injuries nor damage...

MIDDLE REGION - On Wednesday May 23 rd at approximately 10.45 a.m. the Emergency Dispatch received the first of several calls reporting a bush fire in the vicinity of Madrid road in Middle Region. The callers also stated the fire was rapidly...

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Pool versus beach: the agony of choice

by Chris Morvan ~ It always amazes me that in places where there are beautiful beaches and clean, refreshing sea, anyone should choose instead to use a pool full of chlorinated water, and yet the world is full of them. There are resorts right on...

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Who is fooling who?

By Hilbert Haar A cornered cat tends to make unexpected and at times weird moves, a Dutch expression suggests. This applies to a certain extent to MP Frans Richardson whom one could label - with a stretch of the imagination - the minority...

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USM promoting registration for cyber security training

"Start a career in cyber security in St. Maarten" says Greg Arrindell PHILIPSBURG - Local businessman and radio personality Greg Arrindell is encouraging people to get into the field of cyber security. The well-known awarded CACCI* Roving...

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COCI Coordinates Meeting with Business Sector about...

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) Executive Director Anastacio Baker, is very pleased with the outcome of a meeting coordinated by COCI with representative organizations from the Sint Maarten business...

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Bullying in primary schools more widespread

Only four out of 10 popular methods to combat bullying in primary schools work, according to a new report by five universities and mental health monitor Trimbos Institute. Bullying is also more widespread than previously assumed, a survey among...

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Sleeping on your side may cause irregular heartbeat

A team of Dutch and French cardiologists has found that people who sleep on their side suffer from cardiac arrhythmia more often than people who sleep on their back or stomach, the Telegraaf reported on Thursday. The team carried out a survey of...

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Higher punishment for attempt to rob Prime Distributors

PHILIPSBURG - Two men who aborted an attempt to rob Prime Distributors in Cole Bay on December 8, 2016, received heavier prison sentences in the Court in First Instance on Wednesday than the public prosecutor demanded at the trial on May 2. The...

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MP Richardson to court on June 11

PHILIPSBURG - On Monday June 11, MP Frans Richardson (United St. Maarten party - USp) will appear in court as a suspect in the Emerald and Squid investigations. Together with Richardson, former port director Mark Mingo and Checkmate Security...

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Nature Foundation Relaunches Save our Sharks Shark...

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - The St Maarten Nature Foundation has restarted its shark conservation program as part of the DCNA Save Our Sharks project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. The research is aimed at better understanding the...

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Prime Minister Romeo Marlin visits the Eye Screening project

SINT MAARTEN (CAY HILL) - Last week Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin took some time from her busy schedule to visit the St. Maarten Lions Club Eye Screening Project that was held at the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill from Monday May 14 th...

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Minister Lee: VSA Facilitates Reconstruction Work Permits

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour (Ministry VSA), in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, have been undertaking several actions to ensure that local job seekers are included in job...

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Fire Dept./Office of Disaster Management calls on nation ...

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - "Remember it only takes one," is the theme of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The Fire Department/ODM is calling on the Sint Maarten community to...

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Our Country is often referred to as a State of Law (Rechtstaat). This means that our Country is governed by the rule of law, and that every formal decision of the state must be based on a law and the authority provided by law to make such decisions.

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"The Netherlands will not accept refugees from Venezuela."

THE HAGUE - There can be no question of refugees from Venezuela continuing to the Netherlands. Minister of Foreign Affairs says that the Netherlands has offered technical support to Aruba and Curaçao, to help with dealing with refugees. At the...

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The Kingdom does not recognize Venezuela's election results

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - the Netherlands and with it the other countries of the Kingdom do not acknowledge the result of the presidential elections in Venezuela last Sunday. Minister Stef Blok has stated today in a consultation with the Dutch...

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Conocophillips and PDVSA much discussed during visit NL

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - Minister of Economic Development Steven Martina was in the Netherlands last week and spoke with his colleague Sigrid Kaag about economic diplomacy. Curaçao will be more explicitly on the agenda in the coming period if...

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Income Tax Form submission deadline is May 31

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Tax Administration Sint Maarten, (Inspectorate Department), would like to remind the general public that the deadline to file the Income Tax forms 2017 is the 31 st of May 2018.

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances SZV is actively reminding companies of their obligations in accordance to the Federal Ordinance for Sickness and Accident Insurance. One of those obligations being the monthly declaration...

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Clear answer needed on shelving of dispute regulation

PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten "need a clear answer" about why the Dutch Kingdom Government has opted to shelf its version of the kingdom law to establish a dispute regulation. This concern was stated by the President of ...

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First Chamber Will Not Accept Further Delay Poverty Report

7 By Rene Zwart The Hague - The Senate Committee for Kingdom Relations has asked State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs to make an 'extreme effort' to present the results of the research into the subsistence level in the Caribbean...

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'Radio stations have to contribute, but in a transparent way

WILLEMSTAD - Paying 3000 guilders per month in royalties is not the right way. That's what Bodino de Jong from Skempi says. The music platform, focused on the Caribbean, has been thinking for a while about a plan to allow musicians to receive...

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House search KPMG in connection with former client

WILLEMSTAD - A house search was conducted at the Curaçao KPMG headquarters. This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor (OM) Norman Serphos. Documents, including administrative documents, were seized for the OM's...

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Lifestyle Audit Legislation To Fight Money Laundering

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday May 23, 2018 - The Attorney General's Chambers is open to considering lifestyle audit legislation to assist in Guyana's fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes.

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Electoral Department in Barbados Ready for Elections

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Scientists Warn Bigger and Stronger Storms Ahead

FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday May 23, 2018 - American scientists studying past and future weather patterns have warned hurricane conditions could get bigger, stronger and wetter. Researchers at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research...

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2018 Hurricane season: Tropical Storm Alberto could form ...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

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The Netherlands is richer than thought - thanks to cannibis

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Ayden IPO will be biggest since re-launch of ABN Amro

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Dutch national arrested in Iraq on terrorism charges

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