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Court sentences attorney for bribery

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced attorney Brenda Brooks on Wednesday to a 6-month conditional prison sentence and a 10,000 guilders fine for bribing an immigration officer on July 2, 2016. The court imposed 2 years of...

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Dear Reader

If you do the crime, you do the time. An often heard expression when court sentences are handed down by judges.

But what if you didn't do the crime? What if it is an honest mistake? Is there such a thing as an 'honest mistake' a colleague asked during our editorial discussions yesterday.

How many of you have sent a whatsapp message and regretted afterwards?

Luckily, now Whatsapp has a 'Delete For All' feature where you can delete messages sent and received by a recipient. As long as they have not yet 'read' the message, you can still recall and delete the message.

Not only do we often send things to the wrong person, but in the heat of the moment, we send a message we shouldn't have sent. Passion, excitement, hubris, even curiosity, spurs us to send a message. But then we regret it. It has happened to all of us and it can happen to anyone.

Should we be convicted for sending a whatsapp message we shouldn't have sent? We think not. But the judge in the case of attorney at law Brenda Brooks wanted to send a clear message.

People in certain positions should think twice about sending certain whatsapp messages. Worst case scenario, quickly hit that Delete For All option. You will be so happy and relieved you did.

Have a great day and do enjoy reading our news articles in this edition.

We have opened up our article about former minister Romeo Pantophlet now for our registered users as well.

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Minister Ferrier on operation government-owned companies

PHILIPSBURG - Is the government finally for or against the civil inquiry the public prosecutor's office wants to conduct at the harbor group of companies? Last week, the attorney for Minister Cornelius de Weever created the impression that the...

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Port St. Maarten rectifies and clarifies certain statements

PORT ST. MAARTEN - The Port St. Maarten Group of Companies (the "Port") has taken notice of the local and Dutch media reports in relation to the inquiry proceedings pending before the Court of Appeal. Although it is the policy of the Port not to...

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Port-inquiry: Minister Pantophlet broke every rule ...

YESTERDAY, THIS ARTICLE WAS ONLY AVAILABLE TO PAYING SUBSCRIBERS. TODAY IT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL REGISTERED AND PAYING SUBSCRIBERS. PHILIPSBURG - Romeo Pantophlet broke every rule in the book of corporate governance after his appointment as Minister.

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An island is not a rock

by Chris Morvan There's a blog that I follow, called Women Who Live On Rocks. It's a jovial, whimsical thing, started by a yoga instructor, a good-looking, bikini-wearing type who looks great in photographs. I don't know how she came to be living ...

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"We do not want to borrow more than we have to"

PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten will most likely not need liquidity support for the full 197 million guilders ($110 million) that represents the current deficit on the 2018 budget, Finance Minister Mike Ferrier said on Wednesday. "We will probably need ...

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Industry "thrilled" about health-tax on tobacco...

PHILIPSBURG - Minister Emil Lee (Public Health) is currently discussing options to protect local tobacco product distributors against parallel import by registering the labels of their products. At the same time, the minister wants to introduce a ...

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Mediation congress at Belair Community Center on Friday

PHILIPSBURG - The Belair Community Center is the stage for a mediation congress organized by the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor in collaboration with VNG International. The congress will take place this Friday, June 1,...

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Lee reports on World Bank funding for new hospital

PHILIPSBURG - Minister of Public Health, Emil Lee reported on the progress of the St. Maarten Hospital Resilience and Preparedness Project during Wednesday's press Council of Minister's press briefing. World Bank representatives are currently...

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ECLAC mission to assist St. Maarten in implementing SDGs

Great Bay, St. Maarten - Officials of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) are scheduled to visit St. Maarten, from June 5 to June 7 for an orientation mission. Purpose of the mission is to assist St. Maarten in...

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St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held tournament

SOUTH REWARD - St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) held the Second Annual Spring Tournament on Saturday, May 26th, 2018, at MPC Gym in St. Peters. The event showcased two combat martial art for adults and children - Muay Thai Kickboxing...

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STB proud partner and major sponsor of St. Martin Book Fair

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) which falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT), has been a proud partner and major sponsor of the Annual St. Martin...

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Fantasies - Love-making poems by Fabian Badejo

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - Fantasies - Love-making poems by Fabian Adekunle Badejo has just been published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said the indie press president Jacqueline Sample. The newest book by Badejo, a well-known St.

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Child porn trial now moved to September

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance moved the child porn and sexual assault trial against Colin K. on Wednesday morning to September 19. The 59-year old Scotsman is charged with lechery with two girls between the age of 12 and 16 and with...

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Community service for hitting boy

PHILIPSBURG - The Court in First Instance sentenced Secell Daniel Common on Wednesday afternoon to 120 hours of community service for hitting the 13-year old son Jeremiah of his neighbor, who happens to be a warden at the Point Blanche prison. Of ...

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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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Office of Disaster Management: Prepare your Disaster Kit

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - It only takes one storm to change your life and community. We live in the hurricane belt, and therefore you need to be prepared. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season starts officially on Friday, June 1, but we have already seen ...

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CPS: Watch Your Salt Intake

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - The main source of sodium in our diet is salt, although it can come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public...

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Incubators sponsored by COSME set to transform St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG, ST.MAARTEN - 22 May, 2018 - COSME, a European Union funded programme, has launched the online business incubator CaribConnect in four of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba and Cayman....

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B&P Certified Risk Auditors: Micro/Macro Corporate Effect

SINT MAARTEN - Benjamin & Parker (B&P) Corporation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) conducted a study in Latin America (Colombia, Valle del Cauca) and the Dutch Caribbean on the...

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SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Social & Health Insurances (SZV) recently finalized the care contract signing for lab services with the St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) and the Health Care Laboratory St. Maarten (HCLS). The care contract...

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SINT MAARTEN (BELAIR) - On Saturday May 26 th, Social & Health Insurances SZV participated in the 10 th annual Lion's Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair at the Belair Community Center. SZV would like to congratulate the St. Maarten Lion's Club...

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Proposed tobacco tax legislation could help fund health cost

POND ISLAND - The Ministry of VSA recently welcomed a meeting with representatives of Philip Morris and some local distributors on the topic of Tobacco safety labels and taxation legislation. Wholesalers are understanding and supportive provided...

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IpKo delegations feel displeased with State Secretary Knops

THE HAGUE - The delegations taking part in the Interparliamentary Kingdom Council feel themselves to be insulted by Undersecretary of Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops. The reason for the shared indignation is the minister's answer to the question...

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'Asylum for Venezuelans must be Kingdom affairs'

THE HAGUE - The care of Venezuelans in Curaçao must become a Kingdom affair. That is the conclusion drawn during the tripartite meeting between the parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. According to Giselle Mc William MP, the various...

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Parliaments strive for greater comprehension

THE HAGUE - The Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO was officially opened in The Hague on Tuesday with the usual words about the need for more cooperation and understanding within the Kingdom. This time there was a unanimous call ...

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This is why the judge does not yet decide in case of dispute

THE HAGUE - Will political quarrels between the Netherlands and the islands soon be resolved by a judge? The plan has been around for years, but the Dutch government is not cooperating, says Professor Gerhard Hoogers. Members of parliament from...

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Does it make any sense for MPs with integrity issues to go to Holland for IPKO meeting?
No, they should resign - Regional News
PdVSA guarantees oil to the islands

CARACAS, WILLEMSTAD - The Venezuelan State Oil Company PdVSA guarantees delivery of crude oil via Petrocaribe. The message comes from the Venezuelan minister of energy, also director of PdVSA, who received a trade union delegation from Curaçao....

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New plane SLM festively dedicated at Zanderij

PARAMARIBO - Last weekend the Suriname Airline Company (SLM) officially inaugurated its new plane. The Boeing 737-700 has been given the name 'District of Saramacca' and will be used regionally on the routes to Miami, Curaçao and Trinidad and...

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Nevada casino offered links to Curaçao online gambling sites

NEVADA, WILLEMSTAD - Nevada gaming regulators have accused a Reno casino operator of steering its customers to internationally licensed online gambling sites. On May 11, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) filed a complaint for disciplinary...

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No more excuses Mr. Formateur let's have a government now!

Pond Island:--- On February 26, 2018 the people of St. Maarten went to the polls to elect fifteen members to the Parliament of St. Maarten. Most people fell that this election was not necessary and in the beginning indicated that they were not...

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Miss Tourism Bonaire Election This Saturday

7 Kralendijk- Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) says that everything is ready for the Miss Tourism Bonaire 2018 pageant. The 4 participants are ready for the show taking place on June 2nd, 2018. After a few intense months of preparations and...

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CARICOM Countries Urged to Collaborate More to Fight Crime

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday May 30, 2018 - Jamaica's Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Rudyard Spencer has called on members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to collaborate more in the fight against corruption at ports...

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Political Hubris and Justice | Sir Ronald Sanders

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday May 30, 2018 - If there is any doubt that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is not beholden to governments and does not yield to their wishes in making judgements, recent events should dispel it.

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Natural disasters present opportunities for development, ...

ST GEORGE'S - Natural disasters present an opportunity for sustainable development, says Professor Mark Pelling of King's College London. Delivering the 19th William G. Demas Memorial Lecture on May 29 in Grenada, the resilience expert argued...

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US$1.5 million Project to Build Greater Climate Resilience

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday May 30, 2018 - The Caribbean Development Bank has approved a project that aims to increase the use of technology to build greater climate resilience throughout the region.

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Whitewashed DLP Advised Against Accepting Senate Seats...

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday May 30, 2018 - The man who managed the Democratic Labour Party (DLP)'s disastrous campaign for last week's general election is advising the party against taking up any seats in the Senate which would open up...

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Tropical Depression Alberto Is Still Clinging To Life ...

Remember Subtropical Storm Alberto? Sure you do. The storm made landfall in Florida on Monday afternoon, so about a hundreds news cycles ago. The storm is now a fully-tropical cyclone as it resiliently clings to life over Indiana. It's not too...

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday May 30, 2018 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) May 31, 2018 Tonight through Thursday evening: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy, with brief isolated showers possible. Forecast High: 30°C /...

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ProRail plans massive investment as train passengers rise

Dutch railway operator ProRail plans to invest at least €20bn in improving the railways to cope with the expected boom in passengers, chief executive Pier Eringa told the Telegraaf in an interview. Eringa said passenger numbers are expected to...

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More Dutch work elsewhere in Europe

There has been a sharp increase in the number of Dutch nationals living in another European country over the past five years, but the percentage of Dutch who have moved elsewhere is still below the EU average.

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Dutch prosecutor launches new attempt to ban Hells Angels

The Dutch public prosecution department said on Wednesday it will have a second attempt to have the Hells Angels motorbike club banned. A previous attempt ended in 2009 with the supreme court ruling in favour of the motorbike club.

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11 deaths from meningococcal disease

At least 57 people have ended up in intensive care and 11 people have died after becoming infected with Meningococcal meningitis so far this year, the AD reported on Wednesday. The figures come from the national public health institute RIVM and...

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