Ombudsman urges MPs to make use of High Councils

PHILIPSBURG--Make use of the expertise and seek advice from the country’s High Councils of State and do extensive research before approving any law was the firm advice of Ombudsman Nilda Arduin to Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday.

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Court says Ocean Explorers may stay at Kim Sha beach

PHILIPSBURG -- Ocean Explorers dive center, operated by Go Dive St. Maarten NV and Beach Bums Watersports NV, will be allowed to conduct their business on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay, the Court of First Instance decided in an injunction on Friday.

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Analyst says Caribbean entities at risk for ransomware attacks

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados--Caribbean companies are at risk of falling prey to large-scale cyber-attacks similar to the one that interrupted computer systems across the globe last week, unless they take operational risk more seriously, a risk analyst has warned.

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Coast Guard arrests more illegal immigrants in 2016

THE HAGUE--The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard apprehended more illegal immigrants in 2016. In total 122 persons were arrested, of whom 36 near St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba.

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Armed robbery suspect facing 12 years in jail

PHILIPSBURG--Twenty-seven year old O.T.G, suspected of having committed eleven armed robberies at Chinese supermarkets and restaurants between July and October 2016, may be facing twelve years imprisonment.

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Vertraging raffinaderij leidt tot krimp op Aruba

ORANJESTAD - Aruba kampt met een fikse financiële tegenvaller. De herstart van de olieraffinaderij op het eiland, die honderden miljoenen dollars kost, is vertraagd.

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Cybercrime groeit: investering in geld én kennis vereist

DEN HAAG - ‘Er zijn investeringen nodig om de groeiende cybercriminaliteit het hoofd te bieden. Investeringen in geld, maar zeker ook op het gebied van kennisverwerving, kennisontwikkeling en kennisdeling.’

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Benoemingen militaire kamer Gemeenschappelijk Hof van Justitie

Kapitein-luitenant ter zee J.W. Boone wordt lid van de militaire kamer van het Gemeenschappelijk Hof van Justitie van Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten en van Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba.

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Beelden afsluiting inhoudelijke behandeling strafzaak Drum

KRALENDIJK - Vandaag was de laatste dag van de inhoudelijke behandeling van de strafzaak Drum op Bonaire.

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Tussenpersoon aangehouden in strafrechtelijk onderzoek naar minister Croes Aruba

ORANJESTAD – In het strafrechtelijk onderzoek Ibis – waarin onder meer minister Paul Croes wordt verdacht van ambtelijke corruptie, misbruik van functie en mensensmokkel – is vandaag de tussenpersoon J.F. aangehouden op verdenking van actieve ambtelijke omkoping.

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Belegger Peter Paul de Vries laat BK Group onderzoeken

NEDERLAND/ CURACAO - Voormalig beleggersvoorman Peter Paul de Vries laat een onafhankelijk onderzoek uitvoeren naar de gang van zaken bij trustkantoor BK Group.

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US judge clears way to try first 10 in Jamaican lottery scam

NORTH DAKOTA, United States--A federal judge in North Dakota has cleared the way to try the ten defendants who have already been arraigned in a multimillion-dollar Jamaican-based lottery scam case instead of waiting until the other five suspects have been taken into United States (US) custody.

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Former InselAir manager arrested

PHILIPSBURG--Police arrested InselAir’s former St. Maarten manager A.H on Tuesday morning in connection with an embezzlement case involving him and another former employee, for allegedly skimming close to US $100,000 from the company last year.

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OM eist 25 jaar tegen Venezolaan die agent Ferry Bakx neerschoot

KRA;ENDIJK - Vanochtend heeft het Openbaar Ministerie de eisen in de zaak ‘Drum’ bekendgemaakt.

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Requisitoir officier van justitie in rechtszaak Drum

KRALENDIJK - Requisitoir van de officier van justitie op de tweede dag van de inhoudelijke behandeling van de strafzaak Drum in Bonaire.

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Stern warning for Statia Government

THE HAGUE--Outgoing Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Friday sent a stern warning to the St. Eustatius Government: it has to abide by the law, and cannot just toss aside valid legislation and legal decisions.

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MPs to review verdict on integrity chamber law Friday

PHILIPSBURG--Almost a year after the Constitutional Court threw out the law passed by Parliament to establish an integrity chamber for the country, Members of Parliament (MPs) are to sit in a Central Committee session to discuss the verdict of the Court on Friday at 10:00am in Parliament House.

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Curacao coastguard rescues Venezuelans fleeing crisis

WILLEMSTAD/CARACAS - Coastguards from the Caribbean island of Curacao rescued 26 Venezuelans stranded on nearby Little Curacao on Friday, in the latest case of migrants fleeing an economic and social crisis at home.

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Bank of America frozen funds released to NCBA

ANGUILLA--A release from National Commercial Bank of Anguilla (NCBA) announces the return of the funds “frozen” by Bank of America of the two former banks, National Bank of Anguilla and Caribbean Commercial Bank offshore subsidiaries.

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Striking lawyers disrupt Appeals Court hearings St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG--The ongoing strike of pro-bono lawyers disrupted Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sittings of the Joint Court of Justice in criminal cases.

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