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Elderly female found dead in her home

MIDDLE REGION - On Friday February 27th at approximately 11.20 a.m. a police patrol was sent to Middle Region # 3 to investigate strange situation.

On the scene then investigating officers could smell a very unpleasant odor from a decaying dead animal or person.

An elderly female who had not been seen for a while was living at that address. After continuously knocking at the doors and windows and not getting any response, the officers gained access into the building.

The investigating officers located the advanced decaying body of a female lying on the floor in the bathroom. The body was that of the elderly lady residing at that residence. The doctor who came to the scene determined that the lady died of natural causes. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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46-Year old pedestrian dies on the spot. Driver in police custody

BISHOP HILL - On Saturday February 28th at approximately 06.00 a.m. several police patrols, police traffic department and paramedics were sent to Bishop hill road for a serious traffic accident involving a pedestrian who was not showing any signs of life.

On the scene the investigating officers encountered the accident scene that had a lot of material damage. They officers also located the lifeless body of a male victim with initials D.C. (46) under the rear wheel of a backhoe which was parked on the property where the accident took occurred.

The victim had also suffered severe trauma to his head and body. The paramedics were on scene but could however not save the victim. A preliminary investigation by the police traffic shows that the driver of a grey colored Nissan X-trail with license plate P-5324 was driving at very high speed on the Bishop Hill road coming from the round a-bout in Dutch Quarter.

For unknown reasons this vehicle came off the road and impacted a white Hyundai Elantra with license plate P-9917 which was parked on the side of the road.

At the same time the victim who was walking towards the apartment building he lives at, was also struck and ended up impacting a backhoe parked on the property of the apartment building resulting in severe head and body trauma.

Dr. Mercuur came to the scene and pronounced the death of the victim. The driver of the grey Nissan X-trail has been arrested for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Suspect arrested for the possession of cocaine

PHILIPSBURG - On Wednesday February 25th at approximately 01.35 a.m. during a routine control by police of an SUV, which was parked on the beach close to La Bamba, one suspect was arrested for drugs possession.

The police approached this vehicle in which two unknown men were sitting and as the police got closer these men started behaving quite suspiciously. When one of the investigating officers looked in the car he saw a white substance resembling cocaine on the trousers of one of the occupants and noticed that he also had a rolled-up dollar in his hand.

The officers immediately suspected that drugs were in the vehicle. The same suspect was asked to step out of the vehicle which is when the officer found a zip-lock bag containing and amount of the same white substance.

The suspect was immediately arrested for cocaine possession. During a search of the suspect two other zip-lock bags containing an amount of cocaine were found on the suspect.

These zip-lock bags with cocaine were confiscated for further investigation. During the search of the other occupant of the vehicle nothing was found. He was immediately released.

The suspect was brought to the Philipsburg Police Station for further investigation. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations to Meet about formulation of questions for Kingdom Council of State

PHILIPSBURG – ThePermanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations of Parliament will meet in session on March 2.

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meeting is set for Monday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The two point agenda for the meeting is the decision list regarding committee parliamentary business for the 2014-2015 period no.6; formulation of questions to the Kingdom Council of State.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com and parliament’s website www.sxmparliament.org

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SXM Airport Sponsors Claudette Alexander

SIMPSON BAY, SXM Airport—Thanks in part to the sponsorship of the Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, Claudette Alexander, perhaps the island’s only female aviation mechanic, will be attending a conference organized by Women in Aviation International (WAI) from March 5 – 7 in Dallas, Texas.

“When we read about her invitation to this conference, and her need for financial assistance with part of her travel expenses, we decided we wouldn’t wait for her to contact us, but we went ahead and called her to offer our help,” said Kalifa Hickinson, SXM’s Communications Specialist.

“We saw if fit to sponsor Ms. Alexander as it falls within SXM Airport’s policy to promote the advancement of individuals, especially in the aviation industry, given that this is our core business,” Hickinson added.

Alexander, who works as an aviation mechanic at the L’Esperance Airport in Grand Case, was delighted at the assistance. She leaves St. Maarten on Monday, March 2, 2015.

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Permanent Committee of ECYS to Meet with Minister Bourne-Gumbs on Friday morning is open to the public

PHILIPSBURG – TheHouse of Parliament’s permanent Committee for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) that will be held on Friday morning is open to the public, and is no longer a closed door session.

The meeting will be with the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Hon. Rita Bourne-Gumbs, and relevant department representatives, regarding the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).

The committee will meet at 10.00am on Friday, in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda for the meeting is the challenges experienced by students at NIPA with courses, instructors, and accreditation programs as well as the lack of communication.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberation.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com.

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Attempted robbery

FRONT STREET - Several police patrols and detectives were sent to Little Europe on Front Street on Tuesday February 24th where three men, all wearing helmets and dark clothing, attempted to rob the establishment as it was about to open its door for business.

When the culprits noticed that the police was alerted with what was going on they fled the scene on a scooter.

A search by police to locate the possible suspects was carried out by police however without any positive results.

This case is under investigation by the Special Robbery Unit. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Businessman Ferrier comments on Harbour Security Contract

COLE BAY – Businessman Michael Ferrier has taken note of a Daily Herald story in the February 24, 2015 edition which reports that the Harbour Group of Companies intends to pay security company Checkmate US$ 2.2 million more in 2015 than they got for their services in 2014.

“Just around election time last year, Checkmate was sold and rumors of who was (were) the buyer(s) abounded. Some names thrown out as possible new shareholders were: Oneil Arrindell, Mark Mingo, Frans Richardson. Personally I do not think Mark Mingo, the CEO of the Harbour Group of companies, nor Member of Parliament Frans Richardson would be that naive to think that their financial involvement with a company that supplies services to the Government Owned Harbour Group of Companies would not raise all kinds of red flags.

“So I am discounting that, although for transparency sake, it behooves the Harbour Group of Companies to request Checkmate Security Company to disclose who the ultimate owners are (the humans, not the companies).

“And being that the Harbour Group of Companies is Government owned, when an existing contract has to change so much that the cost to the client (The Harbour Group) increases by 300%, should the Harbour Group not put the security contract out on bid again, thereby offering all security companies a chance to bid on what is obviously a very lucrative contract?

“I again quote Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs' words in his New Year message: "Good governance and integrity are priorities to ensure the needs of the community are met with the utmost of honesty and fairness, in order for St. Maarten to get where it needs to be".

“The Harbour Group of Companies being a Government owned group of companies should be held to the same standards the Prime Minister spoke about. Be transparent: tell us in detail why the cost goes up by 300% and who the ultimate owners of the Checkmate Security Company are. And as Checkmate is also at the airport, will the contract there also increase as dramatically?” Businessman Michael Ferrier said.

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180 CCTV Cameras to be installed in High Frequented Tourists Areas

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO – The Parliament of Sint Maarten Permanent Committee on Justice will meet in session on Thursday to discuss a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system for the country to combat crime.  In the meantime, Curacao’s Minister of Justice Hon. Nelson Navarro, is moving ahead with a Naf.6.2 million guilder CCTV project that is being provided by the Chinese Government.

A Memorandum of Understanding according to reports has already been signed for the project.  The object of the project is to enhance security on the island in the fight against crime.

The United Kingdom is considered the leader in CCTV community security.

The cameras will first be installed in high frequented tourist areas such as Punda and Otrobanda.

The Chinese company assisting with the project is Inspur Group Ltd.

Initially the project was to be implemented January 1, 2015, but it has been delayed.

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Permanent Committee of Justice to Meet Thursday about Cameras to Combat Crime

PHILIPSBURG – TheMinister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson will be present for a Permanent Committee of Justice meeting of the House on February 26.

The Permanent Committee of Justice meeting is set for Thursday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is a presentation on the camera system that would be used to combat crime in general on Sint Maarten.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.pearlfmradio.com.  

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