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Show of police and military force by Dutch Government.

St. Eustatius:--- Reports reaching the media in Sint Maarten from reliable sources in Sint Eustatius on Sunday afternoon indicate that the Dutch Government is once again displaying a show of force ahead of the court case called against it by the...

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When opportunity knocks

By Hilbert Haar `~ The end of the sad story about Maritsa James-Christina, the disgraced registrar of the court in St. Maarten, is not in sight yet. After almost a lifetime of service to the court, James-Christina has been unmasked as an ordinary...

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In Depth

In Depth with Andrew Bishop -Talk Show ~ Interview with Xavier Blackman about the unlawful imposition of higher supervision on St. Eustatius by the Kingdom Government of the Netherlands in contravention of the United Nation treaties.

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" A Race Against Time: Climate Change, the Impact on the Kingdom Requires a Kingdom Approach "

By Roddy Heyliger

Building back better, was and still is the buzz word 13-months after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma to the country, classified as an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape Verde hurricane, the strongest observed in the Atlantic in terms of maximum sustained winds, and the strongest storm on record to exist in the open Atlantic region, and the second-costliest Caribbean hurricane on record, after Maria.

The consequence of climate change are extreme weather events such as destructive hurricanes, fires, floods, debilitating heatwaves, droughts, melting ice, and changes to agriculture that threaten food security.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands comprises of four countries, the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten.

The Kingdom’s geographic borders are at stake due to global warming caused by climate change. Therefore, the matter should become a Kingdom issue requiring attention at this level involving all four Kingdom partners as the climate change consequences will have a direct impact on the quality of life/human rights of the peoples of the Kingdom including the three Caribbean partners.

The three Prime Ministers of the Kingdom Caribbean partners should meet to discuss this matter, and elevating climate change to a Kingdom level from an executive approach (Council of Ministers).

The special report released on October 8 by the United Nations Scientific Panel revealed that, “climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time.” This should be a wake-up call for the Caribbean Kingdom partners. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that limiting global warming will require ‘far-reaching and unprecedented changes’ to human behavior, according to the panel. ‘We are already seeing the consequences of 1-degree Celsius of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,’ said P. Zhai, Co-Chair of one of the IPCC Working Groups.

The global advice from the IPCC is to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius – could happen as soon as 2030 - compared to two degrees, and this would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being; by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with two degrees; coral reefs already threatened, would decline by 70-90 per cent with global warming of 1.5 while with a two degree increase all would be lost, according to the IPCC report.

The Netherlands has already been warned about sea level rises with a new independent water research institute Deltares report. A number of measures will have to be taken by the Netherlands such as increasing by 20x the amount of sand used – 12 million cubic meters – for beach/shoreline replenishment/revetment; storm surge barriers will need to be closed more often and maintained on a more frequent basis. A Deltares researcher was reported to have stated: ‘The question is not by how much sea levels will rise but how much time we have to prepare.’

The Netherlands has the Delta Plan to deal with the effects of climate change. A person has been appointed to keep Dutch Members of Parliament informed on what has been done and what still needs to be done; Delta Commissioner Wim Kuijken.

Delta Commissioner Kuijken in his 2018 report to the Dutch Parliament, his recommendations included a national programme to combat soil subsidence; building guidelines to protect structures from extreme weather and more research into water and climate.

The building back better concept is also part and parcel of building a climate-resilient nation for country Sint Maarten.

Building back better, must be based on ‘thinking outside of the box.’ As the nation of Sint Maarten rebuilds, going back to pre-Irma thinking is no longer possible; a new mindset is required in the post-Irma/Maria era in order to build a climate-resilient nation. 

We cannot allow disaster risk to outpace resilience. If we do not change, we will be bound to repeat disaster with catastrophic consequences and we are now in a race against time based on the latest IPCC report. #SXMStrong 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
NAGICO allows ACE school to operate rent-free for a 3rd year

COLE BAY -- Teachers and pupils of the All Children’s Education (ACE) Foundation school were elated when NAGICO Insurances confirmed that the institution can continue to operate rent-free in its current location in Cole Bay for another year.

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BREAKING NEWS: Flooded Trinidad and Tobago shaken by tremor

By CMC - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was felt in sections of the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday afternoon. The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus reports that ...

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Bahamas Cuts Off Cruise Line Cash Flow

This week, the Bahamas' Minister of Tourism told reporters that they will no longer pay cruise lines to bring them passengers. Why? Because too many stay on the boat as opposed to coming ashore to spend their money. 'Why Are We Paying Them?'

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Chamber of Commerce presents its development plans

COIC presents its development plans & improved service goals to Johnson ~ PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Chamber of Industry and Commerce (COIC) held its first official meeting with the Minister responsible for Economic Affairs, the honourable...

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PWR Hour Celebrates 5th Anniversary on November 14

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - PWR Hour was launched on November 23, 2013 during Global Entrepreneurship Week and quickly became St. Maarten's premiere ne...

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World Doubts Saudi Version of Khashoggi Killing

They're not buying it. After arresting some of its officials and admitting it killed dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia faces widespread disbelief, with otherwise Saudi-backing President Donald...

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This Black Activist Was One of the Richest Men in America

In the spring of 1842, several thousand Philadelphians poured into the streets for one of the largest funerals in the city’s history. It was a remarkable sight: An interracial procession that included everyone from poor Black laborers to wealthy ...

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Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset Highlights Teachers

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As part of Basic Education and Literacy month, recognized by Rotary International during the month of September, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset decided to focus on honoring teachers. The members of the club...

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Winners of the ACU raffle, in connection with ICU Day

Willemstad - ACU's first raffle, celebrating the 70th edition of the International Credit Union Day took place in presence of Notary Public mrs. Chatlein, on Friday October 19th at ACU's head office in Curaçao. A total of 78 prizes were raffled....

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65-year old spear fisherman dies of natural causes

SINT EUSTATIUS - Yesterday, Friday, October 19th, the police station on Sint Eustatius received notification that a man was missing. He went (spear) fishing at 10 AM but did not return to his home, according to a report from the Caribbean...

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Department Heads and COM Receives Presentation about...

POINTE BLANCHE:--- Port St. Maarten Management along with software developer IT Partner, gave a presentation to Government Department Heads and the Council of Ministers (COM) regarding the Port Community System (PCS).PCS is an extension of Port St.

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CPS and Partners to Resume Women Breast Abnormalities...

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, along with partners, the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and the Positive...

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Here's what happens at the UN General Assembly, when...

While the six-day "general debate" grabs headlines for its political and policy speeches from Queens, Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Assembly's committees seldom make the news. Their prosaic names - the First through the Sixth...

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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

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Ten local youth have recently started a comprehensive maritime course, which will allow them to obtain multiple local and international certifications. The 3-month course has been made possible through the...

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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'

WILLEMSTAD - Notes of 100 guilders are relatively easy to forge. That is what the Central Bank says. It would therefore quickly require a decision by politicians to replace the banknotes with new, better-secured money. The coins are also due for...

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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

(Trans World Radio online) Antillean people now can find TWR programs like Alimento Pa E Alma (Jasmin Senchi), Awa Bibu (Eusebio Petrona) and Muhe di Speransa(Noritza Rosalia) online in their heart language Papiamentu. The programs can be found ...

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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: Monday to Wednesday

DATE ISSUED: Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) October 22, 2018 Tonight through Monday evening: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers. Forecast High: 31°C / 88°F...

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Statia/Saba CoC engages TPI for Business Community training

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Client Relationship Management course facilitated by Dr. Natasha Gittens, President and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of TPI (Training Professionals International) and her team, was the course featured in training...

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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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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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RSS deployment in St Kitts-Nevis quickly followed by...

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - Following the recent deployment of Regional Security System (RSS) personnel to reinforce policing in St Kitts and Nevis reports surfaced last week of a severe beating administered by members of the RSS and local police on...

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Catastrophic flooding devastates Trinidad and Tobago

By Eve George Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - A very active rainy season in Trinidad and Tobago has left hundreds of residents marooned in their districts and homes, with just as many seeking shelter on higher...

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Puerto Rico issues again highlighted in Florida election

By Caribbean News Now contributor FORT LAUDERDALE, USA - Post-hurricane issues in Puerto Rico have again been highlighted during the senate election campaign in Florida between outgoing governor, Republican Rick Scott, and Democratic incumbent...

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St Kitts-Nevis opposition leader slams recent public survey

BASSETERRE, St Kitts - Leader of the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), Dr Denzil Douglas, has dismissed the recent release of the results of CADRES public opinion survey by regional pollster Peter Wickham as "an exercise in dupery...

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Britain reverts to traditional diplomat as with Governor

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - Career diplomat Martyn Roper (53) has been appointed as the Cayman Islands' next governor after the controversial removal of Anwar Choudhury. However, the formal open recruitment process for the post is...

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Tourism rebounding in the US Virgin Islands

ST THOMAS USVI - St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands has been ranked the No. 1 Caribbean destination on Airbnb - with a 600 percent increase in bookings over last year. The territory's capital, Charlotte Amalie, earned that distinction on Airbnb,...

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Former prime minister Wim Kok dies ...

Former Dutch prime minister and Labour party leader Wim Kok has died in hospital at the age of 80 after a short illness. Kok was prime minister between 1994 and 2002 when he led the two 'purple' cabinets - so called because of the combination of...

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