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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'Geef alle volwassenen in het Koninkrijk stemrecht voor Tweede Kamerverkiezingen'

DEN HAAG – Advocaat en Arubaans parlementariër Andin Bikker en advocaat Lincoln Gomez hebben vandaag bij de Raad van State gepleit voor uitbreiding van het kiesrecht.

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Extradition of former police officer Koeiman held

WILLEMSTAD--The extradition of former police officer Rogelio Gregory Koeiman (48) plus his suspected accomplices Felicia and Rietwijk to the United States (US) on drug trafficking charges was delayed in Curaçao.

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Veertig procent van notarissen weleens bedreigd

THE NETHERLANDS - Ruim veertig procent van de (kandidaat-)notarissen is tijdens het werk weleens bedreigd. In een derde van de gevallen gaat het om schelden.

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Former Kadaster Director fights his dismissal in court

PHILIPSBURG--Former Kadaster Director Clemens Roos requested on Friday that the Court of First Instance declare his dismissal as per August 1 invalid and award him payment of four months’ salary until the expiration of his contract on December 1.

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CFT advises placing Aruba under financial supervision

THE HAGUE--The Committee for Financial Supervision CFT has advised the Kingdom Council of Ministers to institute independent financial supervision in Aruba's budgetary process.

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Dutch MBA starts on Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD — After Suriname, students can now follow a complete Dutch MBA on the former Netherlands Antilles. On 26 October Business School Nederland (BSN) will start the complete NVAO accredited Action Learning MBA on Curaçao.

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Curaçao and St. Maarten agree on operational audit of Central Bank

WILLEMSTAD - An operational audit will be conducted at the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten to determine where problems exist and how these can be handled.

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Met Arubaan gehuwde geen vergunning nodig

ORANJESTAD — Buitenlanders die trouwen met een Arubaan, hebben straks – mits aan bepaalde voorwaarden wordt voldaan – geen vergunning meer nodig. Deze nieuwe regeling gaat in wanneer de nieuwe Landsverordening toelating en uitzetting (LTU), die binnenkort naar het parlement gaat, wordt aangenomen.

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KvK tegen wijziging regeling vennootschappen

PHILIPSBURG — De Kamer van Koophandel en Nijverheid van St. Maarten heeft de Statenleden aanbevolen de voorgestelde wijziging van de juridische regeling van vennootschappen in het Burgerlijk Wetboek van de hand te wijzen.

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PHU wants evaluation of Electoral Law in 2015

KRALENDIJK — This is not the opportune moment to evaluate the Electoral Law, said Michiel Bijkerk of Pro Hustisia I Union (PHU). He said the amendment of the Electoral Law, as suggested by Minister Liesbeth Spies of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), is undemocratic.

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No jail time for not keeping trust shareholders’ registry

PHILIPSBURG - Not keeping a registry of all shareholders of a trust will not be a punishable offence. This is so because Members of Parliament (MPs) requested that Justice Minister Roland Duncan strike the maximum three-month jail sentence from the new Penal Code passed on Friday.

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Spies rejects Statia’s budget Amendment

ST EUSTATIUS - Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies has rejected the first amendment of Statia's 2012 budget, but has advised the Statia government to present a new amendment based on the US $1.3 million per month "free allowance" recently approved by the Dutch Government for the public entity.

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Organised cockfighting’ now exempted from punishment

PHILIPSBURG - Any structured or organised activity involving animals, such as the tradition of cockfighting, will not be punished as abuse of animals under the new Penal Code. The code was unanimously approved by Members of Parliament (MPs) Friday afternoon after Justice Minister Roland Duncan had submitted an amendment decriminalising organised activities with animals.

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Uitstel status Rijkswetten

DEN HAAG - In navolging van verschillende andere Tweede Kamercommissies heeft ook de commissie Binnenlandse Zaken besloten de afweging over controversiële onderwerpen te verplaatsen, waarmee nog onduidelijk blijft of de Rijkswet op het Nederlanderschap nog door dit kabinet behandeld wordt of pas na de verkiezingen van 12 september.

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Animal protection stalls passing of penal code

PHILIPSBURG - An article in the Penal Code about protecting animals, and fears about its impact on the tradition of cockfighting, stalled the passing of the new Penal Code by Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

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Chamber suggests withdrawal of draft partnership regulation

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recommended that Members of Parliament (MPs) do away with a pending change to the Civil Code regulating partnerships.

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New government Sint Maarten: Ministers sworn in

HARBOUR VIEW--The seven-member Cabinet of Ministers and Minister Plenipotentiary of the National Alliance/Democratic Party/Independent 3 (NA/DP/I-3) government took the oath of office before Governor Eugene Holiday at his Harbour View office on Monday morning.

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'Bientu’ op agenda justitieoverleg Aruba

'Bientu', het Curaçaose onderzoek naar mogelijke fraude- en witwaspraktijken door de lokale loterijbaas Robertico ‘Robbie’ dos Santos, komt ter sprake tijdens het halfjaarlijkse justitieel vierlandenoverleg op Aruba in juni.

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Euthanasia on islands is complex, says Minister

THE HAGUE--Implementing euthanasia legislation in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba as of October 10, 2012 is a "complex assignment," according to Dutch Minister of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Edith Schippers.

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