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MP Leeflang and Prime Minister Asjes Not Impressed With Fall of Government and New Elections FB Message

CURACAO - Independent Member of Parliament (MP), Omayra Leeflang and Prime Minister Ivar Asjes do not seem to be impressed according to reports coming out of Curacao by the Facebook (FB) post of Independent Member of Parliament, Glenn Sulvaran in which he predicts that the government will probably fall within the next two weeks.

 

According to reports, MP Sulvaran would form his own political party to be called, TimSulva, for the next election.

 

MP Leeflang and Prime Minister Asjes reportedly stated that MP Sulvaran is not serious, and that they both will focus on what needs to be done for the people of Curacao. 

Political pundits will be watching to see if anything will develop out of the comments made by MP Sulvaran or if he was only blowing hot air.

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Diesel and Gasoline prices increase on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday, 11th of June, fuel pump prices will increase for gasoline and diesel, and therefore motorists can expect to pay more when they visit the gas station.  The last time the fuel prices increased was May 19th.

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.036 per liter; the new price will be Naf.2.115 per liter.

The current price of diesel is Naf.1.545 per liter; the new price will be Naf.1.618 per liter.

The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in the country.

On the international level, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments and local prices follow the international trend, and therefore prices are adjusted to reflect this. 

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Ad Hoc Committee of Integrity to meet on Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee Integrity will meet in a House session on June 11th.  Soualiga Newsday readers can follow the House session via its live video coverage on this site.

The Ad Hoc Committee meeting is set for Thursday at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda point is related to a discussion on topics proposed in connection with setting the parameters for the Permanent Committee Integrity.

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.

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ROTARY CLUB OF SINT MAARTEN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL CHANGE OF BOARD GALA AT CAPTAIN OLIVER’S

PHILIPSBURG – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, announces its Annual ROCK & BLUES Change of the Board Celebration Fundraiser on June 20th at the Captain Oliver’s Restaurant.  This year’s event is sponsored by the letter “F” for FUN; bring your dancing shoes and be ready to rock all night with Gianfranco, Christine Gordon and St. Maarten’s favorite rock band, Church on Monday.

There will be an Open Bar and Grand Buffet for all to enjoy, along with a Blue Water Rum tasting.  Proceeds from the evening’s event will support Rotary initiatives in areas of youth, health, education and community development programs on Sint Maarten.

The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has had a fantastically successful year making contributions to the betterment of the island, with projects ranging from school tuition scholarships, improvements to school facilities to spending time with our senior citizens and providing breakfasts to young students in need. 

Outgoing President Danny Ramchandani said, “this year has been a historic year for our Club with the recent raffle of a beautiful Audi Q5 being the single largest fundraiser in our history.  Come to our Change of Board Celebration Fundraiser to learn more about some the exciting projects that will be funded by this initiative”.

Incoming President, Jeffrey “Soc” Sochrin continued, “the success of the recent car raffle will uniquely position our Club to make a difference in the community in the coming year.  It is my intention to continue so many great initiatives, but also find a way to involve more young people in our service activities by introducing an element of FUN and FELLOWSHIP in everything we do as a Club.  

So please contact any Rotarian or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase a ticket to our Rock & Blues Change of Board Celebration on June 20th at Captain Oliver’s.  The fun starts at 7 PM sharp and the entertainment will be great with Gianfranco, Christine Gordon and Church on Monday.  Tickets are just US $100 and include an OPEN BAR and the full Captain Oliver’s GRAND BUFFET.  This is going to be a night to remember”.

For more information about the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, please contact the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Press Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website www.rotarysxm.org.

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49-Year Old Man Assaulted near ATM Machine. Police asks for eye witnesses to come forward

PHILIPSBURG - On Sunday June 7th 2015, between 9 and 10 p.m. a 49-year old man from Saint Martin was assaulted by an unknown man. This happened in the vicinity of the Diamond Casino close to the ATM.

A little earlier that evening the Saint Martin inhabitant had a heated argument with a woman. The argument was about money. When the victim went to the ATM he was attacked by this unknown male. The victim sustained injuries to his head and face.

The police are investigating this case, but would really appreciate if any witnesses who saw or heard anything that could be related to this case, to come forward and let our detective department know what they witnessed.

They can come to the police station in Philipsburg to talk with the detective that’s handling this case in person, or they can call the police on telephone number 542 2222. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Minister of Justice attends Sewing Certificate Presentation at House of Detention

POINTE BLANCHE – Minister of Justice Hon. Dennis Richardson recently attended a presentation at the Pointe Blanche House of Detention.

Certificates were given out to several of the inmates at the prison for their participation and completion of a sewing course. 

The sewing course is one of the programs that the prison system has in place to help with the rehabilitation and community re-entry by providing them with various skills in order for them to have a more productive life after prison.

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Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations to Meet on Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG – ThePermanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations (CKAIR) of Parliament will meet in session on June 9th.  Soualiga Newsday will be carrying the House session live via its video.  Tune in.

The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meeting is set for Tuesday 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 approval of the decision list regarding committee parliamentary business for the 2014-2015 period; and a debriefing with respect to the recently concluded Tripartite and Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands from May 25-29.

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.

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Residents of Neighborhoods advised to take note of how to reach Community Police Officers

SUCKER GARDEN - The police department is informing the general public and in particular the residents of the Sucker Garden, Middle Region, Mount William Hill, Dutch Quarter and Belvedere areas that the Community Police Officers for those areas namely inspectors Helen Romeo (588-2932) and Arcella Leonard (Cell: 588-4037) can be reached at the Police Sub-Station located on Mount William Hill (Building of the Justice Academy) from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. (Police Force Sint Maarten)

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Police makes various arrests

PHILIPSBURG - On March 27th a burglary was reported in a house on Fan Coral road in Beacon Hill. Several items were stolen by an unknown person. Detectives and the Forensic Department of the St. Maarten police force were called to the scene to investigate the burglary.

Fingerprints were found on the crime scene. They were examined by the Forensic Department. It turned out that the fingerprints belonged to a known burglar that had committed other burglaries in the past.

During further investigation the male burglar, was arrested by the police on May 14th. He confessed to committing the burglary while he was being interrogated.

On May 18th a suspect in an assault case was arrested. The Prosecutor’s Office gave out a warrant for his arrest because he threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and started stalking her. The 20-year old male suspect was arrested and put in custody for further investigation.

On May 22nd a suspect was arrested by the St. Maarten police force. This man was suspected of arson and threatening a person in Christiansted drive in Dutch Quarter on February 16th 2015. He was put in custody for further investigation. This male suspect from St. Maarten was seen by witnesses when he set a car on fire. Three other cars were damaged by the fire.

On May 22nd a suspect was caught red handed when he was dealing marihuana on Cay Bay road. The male suspect, that’s originally from Jamaica, had about 16 small packages containing marihuana on him. The drugs were confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was put in custody.

An 18-year old male suspect was arrested last week on charges of burglary. The police have found concrete proof (fingerprints) that he broke in to two houses at Wellington road. During these burglaries the suspect stole two cars. The vehicles were relocated on the French side of the island. The owners of the cars were informed about this by the police. The 18-year old suspect was put in custody. He was already known by the police for committing similar crimes. (Sint Maarten Police Force)

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New secretary of the Board of financial supervision as of August 1st

GREAT BAY - As of August 1st, 2015 Kees van Nieuwamerongen will bid farewell as the secretary of the Board of financial supervision (College financieel toezicht - Cft). On that same date Manus Twisk will succeed him.

Manus Twisk has broad experience in the area of public finance. He has worked at the Dutch Ministry of Finance as well as at the municipalities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

At the municipality of Amsterdam he was responsible for the complete Finance portfolio. In Rotterdam at first he was responsible for the finance policy and planning and control of the municipality as the head of the department of Budgeting Affairs, in a later position he was head operations/controller at the Development Company Rotterdam (land issues, real estate and economy).

Up till the summer Twisk will be the secretary of the Rinnooy Kan Commission. The commission ‘Financial space for municipalities’ was introduced by the Association of Dutch Municipalities and will present propositions for improvements of the finances of the municipalities, which will contribute to more flexibility (amongst others by increasing the local fiscal territory) and to economic growth. These are topics that are very current for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom as well.

Kees van Nieuwamerongen has held the position of the secretary of the Board as of July 2011. He was closely involved in the shaping of the financial supervision and has contributed as Cft secretary in the advising of the governments of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, and the executive councils of the Caribbean Netherlands.

During the first half of August, the new secretary Manus Twisk will present himself to the governments of the countries and the public entities.

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