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Source: SMN-News
02 Jun 2016 05:45 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Social & Health Insurances SZV launched its new website www.szv.sx on June 1st. The website is designed to offer customers and the general public a digital portal to the organization and its services. Minister of Public Health Emil Lee was present for the occasion, encouraging customers to make use of this new information resource and cutting the ribbon together with SZV staff to officially launch the website Read more


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Source: SMN-News
26 May 2016 05:11 PM

BASSETERRE:--- Fifteen months after taking office, the Team Unity Government continues its political victimisation and denying scores of persons the right to work in the country of their birth.

But for the President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Dr. Kelvin Daley it must be a traumatic experience, having been sacked by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) of Premier Vance Amory when it took office three years ago in Nevis. Daley was hired by the Federal Government of then Prime Minister the Right Hon Read more


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Source: SMN-News
22 May 2016 10:14 PM

Decolonization Committee.

PHILIPSBURG:---I believe MP Cornelius de Weever got a little overzealous when he suggested placing the matter of reinstating St. Maarten on the UN's list of non-self governing territories on the IPKO agenda for next week. A move promptly endorsed by MP Meyers. This basically means re-listing St. Maarten as a colony.
For starters, the IPKO agenda is determined by consensus of all 4 parliaments.
More importantly however is the fact that in the context this proposal was brought by the Independence for St Read more


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Source: SMN-News
22 May 2016 03:31 PM

Speaker Brand’S “Sudden Resignation” Raises Several Questions Says Leader Of The Opposition In St Kitts And Nevis Dr Denzil Douglas

BASSETERE, ST KITTS:--- Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L. Douglas said Wednesday that the “sudden resignation” of the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Franklin Brand, a few days before completing one full year in office , has raised several questions.

Dr Douglas, who on Wednesday (May 18th) informed the nation of the Speaker’s resignation which was confirmed less than 24 hours later in a statement from Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, also wants to know how regional parliamentarians officially knew of the resignation, even before Cabinet ministers including the Leader of Government Business in the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly.

“The reason that I gave as told by persons who knew, was that the Speaker was ‘sick and tired of the deception that has been practiced on him and others by Timothy Harris, the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr Douglas Wednesday afternoon on Freedom FM “Issues” programme.

“Subsequent to my confirmation the very next day the Government officially made a statement indicating that Hon Brand had really resigned and that the matter had become the subject of discussion in the Cabinet,” Dr Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
18 May 2016 05:54 AM

Freedom Fighters Want Referendum Organised On Cannabis Legalisation

PHILIPSBURG--Freedom Fighters Foundation finally had its day in Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the legalisation of cannabis for St. Maarten.

Foundation representatives President Roland “Ras Bushman” Joe, Dr. Jay Haviser, Dr. Dan Johnson and businessman Arun Jagtiani presented their plans to Parliament’s Justice Committee. They requested that Parliament organise a referendum and combine it with the elections scheduled in September Read more


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Source: 721 News
18 May 2016 01:28 AM

Fabian Badejo To Present Paper At Anguilla Literary Festival 

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten author Fabian Adekunle Badejo will join Trinidad’s storyteller Paul Keens-Douglas, and fresh back from London, England, novelist Montague Kobbe to open Anguilla’s Literary Festival on the morning of May 20, according to Badejo’s publisher HNP.

Badejo will present a paper addressing the early bird topic, “Writing Local Culture for Global Readers.”

The annual “Rise and Shine Breakfast Presentation” is intended to stir the festival’s registered participants for the five-day event Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2016 11:19 PM

***Police Notice***: Carnival Junior Parade And Grand Parade Route For Saturday And Sunday Coming

P O L I C E   P R E S S   R E L E A S E

Road closures

In connection with the upcoming junior carnival parade Scheduled for Junior Parade April 30th  and the Grand Carnival Parade May 1st, the Police Department is announcing the following road closures:

Junior Parade April 30th 2016

The parade with start at the Jose Lake Senior Ball Park on the L. B. Scot road in Cul-de-Sac at 03.00 p.m.

The route is as follows:

L.B. Scot road/ Church Hill round about/Bush road/ Prins Bernard Bridge/Walter Nisbet road/Salt Pickers Round about/ Soualiga Boulevard in front of the festival Village.

At 02.00 p.m.:

*The Voges Street will be closed between the Cannegieter street and Front Street and will be used for emergencies only.

*The L.B Read more


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Source: 721 News
29 Apr 2016 11:02 PM

*** Police Notice***: Second Day Carnival Parade And Closing Jump Up Route For Monday And Tuesday Coming

P O L I C E   P R E S S   R E L E A S E

In connection with the upcoming junior carnival parade Scheduled for the Second Day parade May 2nd and the Closing Jump-Up May 3rd the Police Department is announcing the following road closures

Second Day Carnival Parade May 2nd

The parade will start at 12.00 p.m. on the Soualiga Boulevard in front of the Festival Village.

The route is as follows:

Soualiga road/ Salt Pickers round about/ Walter Nisbet road/ Percy Labega Street/ Longwall road/ Kerkhofsteeg/ Front Street/ Emmaplein/ Welvaart brug/ Freedom Fighter round about/ Walter Nisbet road/ Salt Picker round about/ Soualiga road and ending in front of the Festival Village.

At 11.20 a.m.:

*A.Th Read more


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Source: 721 News
27 Apr 2016 10:02 PM

Police Report On The “Jouvert Jump-Up”

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OFFICE AND KPSM

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Public Prosecutors Office and the Police Force are glad to report that the “Jouvert Jump up” which was held on Wednesday April 27th 2016 and which was very well attended by thousands of residents and visitors to island was a success. The jump-up started at approximately 04.15 a.m. on the Walter Nisbet road at the Salt Picker round about and headed around the Salt Pond via the Freedom Fighter round about, Sucker garden road, Arch road, A Read more


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Source: SMN-News
27 Apr 2016 08:30 PM

“Jouvert Jump-Up” Hailed A Success By Kpsm And Prosecution, Even Though Two Serious Stabbing, One Rape And 16 Arrests.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Public Prosecutors Office and the Police Force are glad to report that the “Jouvert Jump up” which was held on Wednesday April 27th 2016 and which was very well attended by thousands of residents and visitors to island was a success. The jump-up started at approximately 04.15 a.m. on the Walter Nisbet road at the Salt Picker round about and headed around the Salt Pond via the Freedom Fighter round about, Sucker garden road, Arch road, A Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
27 Apr 2016 05:48 PM

Police Report; Report On The “Jouvert Jump-Up”

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Prosecutors Office and the Police Force are glad to report that the “Jouvert Jump up” which was held on Wednesday April 27th 2016 and which was very well attended by thousands of residents and visitors to island was a success. The jump-up started at approximately 04.15 a.m. on the Walter Nisbet road at the Salt Picker round about and headed around the Salt Pond via the Freedom Fighter round about, Sucker garden road, Arch road, A Read more


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Source: 721 News
26 Apr 2016 12:25 PM

Police Info: “Jouvert Morning” Will Start At 04.00 A.M

ROAD CLOSURES

In connection with upcoming “Jouvert Morning” which is scheduled for Wednesday April 27th 2016 the police department is informing the general public of the following road closures.

The event will start at 04.00 a.m.

At 03.30 a.m.

*Walter Nisbet road closed at Hensley Boujon Street. No traffic allowed in the direction of Salt pickers round about.

* Suckergarden road closed at Freedom Fighter round about Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
22 Apr 2016 05:52 AM

Richardson: Court May Rule In Favour Of Collectivité But ‘Battle With State Not Over’

~ Compensation owed is over 100 million euros ~

MARIGOT--Former President of the Territorial Council Alain Richardson has cautioned he expects the State to fight “tooth and nail” to reduce what is owed if the Constitutional Court agrees the Collectivité never received just compensation for the transfer of competences at the time of the change of status in 2007.
He explained the organic law stipulated transfer of competences must be done in “financial neutrality,” meaning from day one transfers and financial means must come at no cost to the Collectivité.
But it turned out total revenues were exceeding costs of compensation by 634,000 euros that resulted in the negative balance arrived at by the Commission d’ Evaluation des Charges Read more


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Source: 721 News
09 Apr 2016 01:38 AM

Buncampers Guilty Of Tax Fraud And Forgery

~Sentenced to 12 months conditional imprisonment~

By Today Newspaper

GREAT BAY – Former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius, head of infrastructure management at the Vromi-ministry, have been found guilty of tax fraud to the tune of 80,000 guilders and forgery. The court imposed on both a conditional prison sentence of 12 months and 240 hours of community service.

The court sentenced retired notary Francis Gijsbertha for his role in the Eco Green scam to 240 hours of community service Read more


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Source: SMN-News
08 Apr 2016 06:16 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police Department, since March 7th 2016 has been busy making sure that all police officers undergo the compulsory “Integral Profession Training”. This training is given twice a year by in house qualified instructors. The training covers areas such as Official Instructions, violence control, police physical skills, arrest, self-defense and shooting skills.
Responding to situations as a group, approaching situations as a group and making arrests as a group are main subjects in this training Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
06 Apr 2016 08:20 PM

The University Of St. Martin (Usm) Well Represented At The Leeward Island Debating Competition (Lidc)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The USM is proud to announce the accomplishments of two students who participated in the LIDC as part of team St. Maarten, Mr. Dwayne Griffith who is enrolled in the USM GED Tutorial program and Ms. Alexandria Baly Stanford who is a second year student in the General Liberal Arts program.

Team St. Maarten participated in three debates; Debate 1 which was won by the team with Dwayne Griffith as 1st speaker. Debate 2 which were also won by Team St. Maarten with Alexandria Baly Stanford as 2nd speaker, finally Debate 3 where team St Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
21 Mar 2016 05:57 PM

Obama Meets Castro In Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba – “This is a new day between our two countries,” President Obama said after meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana.

The two leaders agreed that there are still deep fissures between the two countries and that a healthy relationship between them will take work.

That uneasiness was apparent as soon as journalists began asking questions. Obama and Castro were not supposed to take questions, but a last minute change made that possible.

In Spanish, a journalist asked Castro why his country kept political prisoners.

Clearly miffed, Castro asked the reporter to hand over a list of political prisoners.

“If there are political prisoners, they will be released by nightfall,” Castro said.

Obama was diplomatic when he addressed Cuba’s human rights record Read more


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Source: SMN-News
14 Mar 2016 04:59 PM

Three Players Win $85,165 With Caribbean Lottery Games.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Monday, March 14, 2016: The Caribbean Lottery over the past two weeks has produced three significant winners for the Lucky Pick, Pick 4 and Instant Scratch games. The three winners have collectively amassed $85,165 in fortune!
The first winner bought his Lucky Pick ticket from Caribbean Lottery’s Tackling Shell retail outlet. An overjoyed Michael Francis, who is a father of two, walked away with a cheque for $43,500 with 02-03-24-27-28 as his winning numbers for the March 2 draw.
Michael is as avid lottery player with his favourite games being Lucky Pick, Pick 3 and Pick 4 Read more


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Source: The Daily Herald
12 Mar 2016 06:17 AM

Official Funeral Ceremony Today For Officer Boasman

PHILIPSBURG--Police are mourning the death of police officer Alexander Anselmo Boasman, who will be laid to rest today. Police released an extensive programme for public knowledge.

At 10:00-10:30am, family members will be escorted to the Royal Funeral Home and colleagues will be able to pay their last respect. At 10:30-10:45am, family members will have a private moment with the deceased.

From 11:00-11:20am, the body of Selmo will be escorted to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters where in the presence of the Chief of Police, a picture of the deceased will

be placed in the photo gallery, along with a route of honour guards in the street Read more


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Source: 721 News
11 Mar 2016 08:01 PM

Road Closure On Saturday Related To Officer Boasman Funeral

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be several road closures in connection with the funeral services of Police Officer Anselmo Boasman.

The E.C. Richardson Street will be closed to motorised traffic from 06.00 to 18.00.

Sucker Garden Road will be closed at 14.45 from Read more


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Source: 721 News
11 Mar 2016 07:53 PM

Police Notice: Funeral Ceremony Anselmo “Selmo” Boasman  

Date:: March 12th 2016

Time: 

10.00-10.30 a.m.: Family members escorted to the Royal Funeral Home and colleagues will

be able to pay their last respect.

10.30-10.45 a.m.: Family members will have private moment with the deceased.

11.00-11.20 a.m.: Body of “Selmo”will be escorted to the Philipsburg Police Headquarters

where in the presence of the Chief of Police, a picture of the deceased will

be placed in the photo gallery. Along the route a honor guard will be in

place.

11.20-12.30 p.m.: Body of “Selmo” will be escorted to the Main Fire Station in Cay Hill

for a short ceremony by his colleagues at the Fire Department.

Honor Guard of the Fire Department will also be in place.

12.30-13.30 p.m: Body will be escorted to the Roman Catholic Church in Front Street for

public viewing

 13.45-14.00 p.m: Minister of Justice and Chief of Police will deliver speech to the

public Read more


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Source: SXMIslandTime
11 Mar 2016 07:50 PM

Antigua & Barbuda’S Journey To The Ccj

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A three-month public education campaign was launched on Thursday in Antigua & Barbuda as the government prepares to hold a referendum to determine whether to replace the London based Privy Council as its apex court with the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The campaign, which has bi-partisan support, will span three months on a budget which government said will exceed two million dollars.

Demonstrating a united front, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Leader of the Opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Baldwin Spencer who were both at the head table at the launch, urged the electorate to choose the CCJ, contending it will provide easier access to justice.

Spencer noted that “true freedom” will only come when the country and region move from a position “where colonialism and imperialism controlled our decision making processes to a position where we are not only a free people, but we have to make sure we form a society in which our decision making processes are ours.”

Supporting Spencer, PM Browne made “a clarion call for all registered voters in Antigua and Barbuda to support this important institution of regional Governance and sovereignty.”

He said the current final appellate court “is clearly an outmoded colonial construct that was designed exclusively for the wealthy few and has failed to provide broad-based accessibility and dispensation of justice to the masses.”

Elaborating on Spencer’s point on access to justice, PM Browne said justice is not only delayed because of the remoteness of the Privy Council but, in many instances was denied because of inaccessibility associated with the prohibitively high costs.

“Even today, justice is being denied to the majority of our people who find it cost-prohibitive to take their case to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council,” he said.

“Having the CCJ as an all-inclusive final appellate court, will cure this egregious injustice of exclusivity that has plagued us since 1834,” Browne said, while adding that the fact that the CCJ is an itinerant court (travelling court) will help offset costs for litigants.

Former attorney general Justin Simon QC noted that between 2007 and 2014 about a dozen cases from Antigua and Barbuda were taken before the Privy Council, while over 30 cases were taken before the CCJ which was inaugurated in 2005 and which also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised treaty of Chaguaramas.

Simon said the statistics suggest there is a serious problem of a lack of access to justice as he pointed to two cases where litigants spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover legal expenses before the Privy Council.

In a video message, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque also expressed support from the proposed move, stressing it will “complete the country’s circle of independence.”

He said the court was set up with the highest levels of international standards and steps were taken, and remain in place to ensure there’s no political interference in the management and operations of the court.

According to him, the CCJ is also staffed with some of the “highest intellectual minds” and “there’s no other court in the world as independent” as the CCJ since it is funded under a unique trust fund arrangement and does not have to rely on governments for money.

Another point noted was that the judges are not appointed by the heads of government.

CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron, who applauded the main opposition UPP and the ruling administration for dealing with this issue with “political maturity”, said there’s no evidence justifying public concern of political interference, while he highlighted that the “high quality” judgments of the court are readily available for public perusal.

Explaining the system used to ensure the financial independence of the institution, he said, “The financial arrangements of the court included the establishment of a trust fund where member states invested US$100 million with the expectation that the interest of that investment would fund the court in perpetuity.”

Meanwhile, head of the education campaign mission, Ambassador Dr Clarence Henry said in order for the national referendum to be executed, elections rules must be drafted and that is currently being done by Dr Francis Alexis, a constitutional lawyer based in Grenada.

“He has been provided with all necessary legislation from which draft rules for the referendum will be drawn, in consultation with the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and there’s also a parliamentary process to be followed,” he reported.

On Friday morning, there will be another session which will be led by youth Read more


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Source: SMN-News
11 Mar 2016 05:56 PM

Road Closure On Saturday Related To Officer Boasman Funeral.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):----- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be several road closures in connection with the funeral services of Police Officer Anselmo Boasman.

The E.C. Richardson Street will be closed to motorised traffic from 06.00 to 18.00.

Sucker Garden Road will be closed at 14.45 from FreedomRead more


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Source: SMN-News
09 Mar 2016 05:23 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Prosecution on Wednesday afternoon in the case brought forward by Attorney at Law Cor Merx who pleaded with the court to have the restrictions placed on his client MP Silvio Matser be lifted and he be released from pre-trial detention. The verdict was expected since 9am Wednesday morning but the verdict was only handed down at almost 5pm Read more


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