PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Recently, Member of Parliament of St. Maarten, Honorable Claret Connor paid a courtesy visit to his counterpart colleagues of the Aruban Parliament (AVP Faction). During the brief meeting, the MPs discussed various matters of mutual interest as well as the need to reinforce relations between the countries. One of issues discussed at length was how the countries could better streamline arrangements and disbursements related to AOV (old age pension) to ensure that this process is less cumbersome on the part of pensioners that toiled on the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles. This issue, which is also common on the islands  borders on the changes in the pension structure affecting this group since the dissolution of…
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the same MARS investigation the Judge of Instruction on Friday, February 24 deemed the arrest and detention of K.K.K.S. on February 21 lawful. Her detention has been prolonged with eight (8) more days.‎  
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Joint Court of Justice on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 sentenced A.H. to 16 months to jail of which 8 months suspended with a probation period of 3 years for the possession of 2,904 XTC pills. The Court of First Instance had sentenced A.H. On September 7, 2016 to 2 years in jail. During the hearing by the Joint Court of Justice the Solicitor General had asked again for a two year prison sentence. The Joint Court of Justice found it legally and convincingly proven that the  XTC-pills belonged to A.H.‎  
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Soualiga boulevard/Arch Road on Saturday, February 25. The closure will take place from 8.00pm to 5.00am.  Motorists will have to use Sucker Garden Road to reach Philipsburg, and use Sucker Garden Road/Arch Road to reach Madame Estate. The project entails the cutting of Soualiga Boulevard in order to repair cables. The work will be carried out by Washington Construction. Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Judge of Instruction of Friday, February 24 deemed the arrest and detention of B.B. lawful. This means that the Judge believes there are sufficient suspicions of involvement in bribing and human smuggling. The Prosecutor decided however late this afternoon to send the suspect home due to medical emergency. The sick-bay at the House of Detention does not have room for the suspect. She remains a suspect in the Ostrich-investigation. The investigation continues.‎  
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