Agreement signed between NuStar and Statia Government

ST. EUSTATIUS--Despite the instruction of Dutch Government’s Representative in the Caribbean Gilbert Isabella to Island Governor of St. Eustatius Julian Woodley not to sign the Executive Council’s decision to approve the agreement with NuStar, and the request filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations to ask the State Attorney of the Netherlands to provide and advice on the matter, the Executive Council and NuStar signed the agreement on Friday.

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Agreement between Nustar and Statia Government delayed

ST. EUSTATIUS--Commissioner Charles Woodley announced late on Thursday that, on the instruction of the Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella, Governor Julian Woodley refused to sign the decision by the Executive Council to approve the agreement with NuStar, as well as the agreement itself, without any explanation.

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Budget Marine robbers face serious prison time

PHILIPSBURG--Three men suspected of involvement in an armed robbery at Budget Marine on October 19, 2016, had their day in court on Thursday. K.R. (24), C.C. (22) and Y.J. (21) were said to have planned the robbery, according to the Prosecutor in the opening statements during the trial.

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President Trump verliest zaak in hoger beroep over inreisverbod

SAN FRANCISCO - Het tijdelijke inreisverbod dat president Trump twee weken geleden instelde voor mensen uit zeven landen, is ook in hoger beroep ongeldig verklaard. Bij het Hof van Beroep won de procureur van de staat Washington de zaak van het van het ministerie van Justitie.

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Ninth Circuit keeps nationwide block on travel ban President Trump in place

SAN FRANCISCO - With the entire country watching, the unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday left in place a ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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Casa Blanca trial scheduled for March 14

PHILIPSBURG--The trial in the so-called “Papegaai” case involving exploitation of women, human trafficking and deprivation of liberty at Casa Blanca brothel in Oyster Pond will be taking place on March 14, the Judge in the Court of First Instance decided during a brief hearing on Wednesday.

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Minister Lee orders independent audit of St. Maarten Medical Center

PHILIPSBURG--Public Health, Social Development and Labour Minister Emil Lee has asked the Inspectorate of the Netherlands IGZ to conduct an independent audit on St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC).

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Prosecutor: Quality of investigations, expertise, the same here as in France

MARIGOT--Guadeloupe Chief Prosecutor Samuel Finielz told a press conference Wednesday, the St. Martin population should be heartened in the knowledge the quality of criminal investigations done in St. Martin, in terms of the resources, forensic means and expertise are of “exactly the same” quality as in France.

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'Boilerroom'-beleggingsfraudeurs hebben van justitie nauwelijks iets te vrezen

Buitenlandse criminelen die Nederlanders geld afhandig maken met frauduleuze beleggingsvoorstellen vanuit zogeheten boilerrooms, hebben nauwelijks iets te duchten van politie en justitie. Wie toehapt op voorstellen, is zijn geld kwijt.

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FATCA stays for now

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Regional investment and financial firms expecting the new United States president Donald Trump to reverse the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA) can forget it.

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Child protection conference in St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - The Child Protection Agencies of the Dutch Caribbean and Judges of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba held a one-day conference in St. Maarten entitled “The Child as Focus of Attention in the Caribbean, Together, We are Stronger.”

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U.S. Consulate General Curaçao – Visa Waiver List Of Countries is NOT Changed

WILLEMSTAD - The U.S. Consulate General Curacao advises the public that, contrary to rumors, the list of countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program has NOT changed.

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Ivo Out nieuwe Officier van Justitie Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - Op 1 februari 2017 is Ivo Out begonnen als Officier van Justitie (OvJ) bij het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) Curacao.

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Staat Suriname tekent beroep aan tegen vonnis in zaak Yvanne Hilton

PARAMARIBO - De staat Suriname heeft toch hoger beroep aangetekend tegen het vonnis van de Kantonrechter in de zaak van Yvanna Hilton, die via de rechtszaal wist af te dwingen, dat het Centraal Bureau voor Burgerzaken (CBB) in haar administratie het geslacht van Hilton moet veranderen van 'man' in 'vrouw'.

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Zak- en kleedgeld voor AOV-gerechtigde in zorginstelling gaat omhoog

BES ISLANDS - Een  wetswijziging per 1 januari 2017 maakt zak- en kleedgeld mogelijk voor mensen die een AOV-  of AWW uitkering ontvangen en in zorginstelling verblijven.

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The Hague and Statia clash over Marine Environment Law

THE HAGUE/STATIA–Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Martijn van Dam has threatened to suspend or annul the 2015 amendment to the St. Eustatius Marine Environment Ordinance which reduces the National Marine Park by some 20 per cent.

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Closer look into the Pointe Blanche prison St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG--How can a loaded weapon make its way inside the prison? How long has the weapon been there? Are there any more weapons? These questions are on the minds of members of the community who may ask themselves, “What is going on at the local prison?”

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El Mas Rapidito wins case against Central Bank

PHILIPSBURG--El Mas Rapidito (EMR) Courier Services N.V. has won the court case against the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. The money-transfer operation initiated legal action, after the bank published a warning notice on January 4, stating that the company handles money-transfer services without a permit.

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Veroordeling in hoger beroep voor moord Paulina

WILLEMSTAD - De mannen G. “Ge” B. (1994), M. “Joao” A. (1998) en E.J. (1992) zijn donderdag 2 februari 2017 door het Hof in Hoger Beroep veroordeeld tot 16 jaar, 16 jaar en 8 jaar gevangenisstraf voor hun betrokkenheid bij de moord op de man Antonio “Beat” Paulina op 20 mei 2015 in de wijk Fuik.

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Demands by Solicitor-general in Court of Appeal in Menam-case

PHILIPSBURG - The Solicitor-general of Sint Maarten, Jan Spaans, demanded today in Court of Appeal sentences of life in prison, 25 years in prison and 4 years prison respectively for the suspects R.D. (Sint Maarten, 1992), J.L. (Sint Maarten, 1995) and O.A.C. (Sint Maarten, 1981) in the Menam-case.

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