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Three Suspects Arrested for Suspected Fraud & Embezzlement at Large Supermarket Sint Maarten

The management of the supermarket made an official complaint to the Detective Department on March 2, 2021, against several employees after an internal audit. These suspects are being accused of falsifying invoices and forging a signature.

Latest Info English/Dutch PDF Letter to Parliament on the decision-making of the Kingdom Council of Ministers on the liquidity need of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (ACS), second quarter 2021

At the end of 2020, an agreement was reached with the autonomous countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (hereinafter: the countries) regarding the country packages, in which reforms were agreed. This with the aim of strengthening the financial, economic, institutional and social resilience of the countries in such a way that the countries will be better able to independently absorb external shocks, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, in the future. As a condition for receiving the necessary liquidity support for the countries, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten must implement these reforms.

Prime Minister Jacobs and Préfet Gouteyron discuss synchronization of current health protocols and vaccination strategy on St. Martin

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended a high-level meeting together with Préfet Délégué for Saint Martin and St. Barths Serge Gouteyron and his support staff. Joining Prime Minister Jacobs were Head of the Department of Interior and Kingdom Affairs Angelique Gumbs, Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs Patrice Gumbs, and support staff. During this meeting, the synchronization of Dutch and French St. Martin’s current health protocols and vaccination strategy, travel restrictions, and the Platform for the realization of the proposed St. Martin United Congress were discussed.

Raymond Knops expected to offer an amended Coho proposal plus “further report” to the Lower House and the States of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten before the summer recess.

The State Secretary indicates that this further report “and a Coho proposal amended on the basis thereof” requires approval from all four countries. “As soon as agreement has been reached on this in the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom, the further report, together with the legislative proposal that accompanies it, will be sent to the States of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the House of Representatives. The aim is to do this before the summer recess. ”
Once agreement has been reached on the further report, the parliamentary debate on the proposal will commence. In the run-up to this, Knops would like to point out “that the core of the legislative proposal remains intact” in the advice of the Council of State.
“The Council of State

LEAKED ADVICE DOCUMENTS PUBLIC RELATIONS DISASTER FOR MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR AND KINGDOM RELATIONS RAYMOND KNOPS

Now State Secretary Knops regrets the leakage and feels called upon to publish the draft Kingdom Act that was submitted to the Council of State as well. Now that the advice is quite negative, there will still be a lot of work to be done before a new proposal will eventually reach the House. A caretaker cabinet will not hurry, while the subject still requires determination. The defects indicated by the RvS will also be the product of haste. What is the case? Great haste is required to meet the acute liquidity problems of the three Caribbean countries of the Kingdom. But the money tap will only open – in phases – when a number of structural problems on the islands are addressed. And for this purpose a new governing body is being set up, the Coho. Th

Letter To Parliament About Leaked Advice From The Council Of State Of The Kingdom On The Bill Of The Caribbean Body For Reform And Development COHO PDF DOCUMENTS & ENGLISH TRANSLATION

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On 11 March last, the Advisory Division of the Council of State on the
Kingdom issued advice on the proposal for a Kingdom Act for the Caribbean Body
reform and development (COHO). Unfortunately I was advised, that less that two weeks later, it had been leaked to the Caribbean media.. This was obviously not the intention. Under the Council Act
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Holland Punishes St Maarten As She Rewards Aruba €100 MILLION Euros. Latest From The Netherlands. Tacit Warning To Curacao…

Aruba will receive more than 100 million euros in support, Knops said on Friday. Curaçao does not need financial support for the time being. The Netherlands will continue to provide humanitarian aid such as food to the countries, if necessary. In return, the countries do not need to reform.
https://www.nu.nl/economie/6124323/koloniale-overheersing-keert-terug-door-coronasteun-sint

Breaking! HOLLAND FREEZES AID TO ST MAARTEN: COHO Controversy Deepens

The Hague The National Council of Ministers has today decided to no longer provide liquidity support to Sint Maarten as long as the States do not unambiguously confirm that they support the agreement previously concluded with the Jacobs cabinet. This means that the Netherlands will not transfer the 39 million guilders that the Sint Maarten government needs to be able to meet its payment obligations to Philipsburg for the time being.

The Minister of Justice launches Justice Sector Essay Contest Sint Maarten

The Minister of Justice launches Justice Sector Essay Contest **
In an effort to introduce secondary students to the criminal justice sector on Sint Maarten, the Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has invited secondary schools to participate in the Justice Sector Essay Contest which aims to encourage students to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.

KNOP’S COHO PROPOSAL -ALL 51 PDF DOCUMENTS Translated To English: Proposal Of Kingdom Act On The Caribbean Body For Reform And Development COHO. Articles And EM

Articles 9 and 13, paragraph 1, of the Autonomous Administrative Bodies Framework Act, a member of the board cannot also be: a. Governor; b. minister or state secretary; c. King’s Commissioner or Commissioner; d. member of the States General or of the States of Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten; e. mayor or alderman or island governor or island commissioner; f. member of the Advisory Board of Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten; g. member of or state councilor of the Council of State of the Kingdom; h. member of the General Audit Chamber of a country within the Kingdom; i. ombudsman or deputy ombudsman of a country within the Kingdom; j. member of the Aruba Financial Supervision Board or of the Curaçao and Sint Maarten Financial Supervision Board; k. the Kingdom Representative of the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; l. member of the Law Enforcement Council; or m. civil servant at a ministry or a subordinate institution, service or company of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten or the Netherlands. Article 10 (board regulations) 1. The

Irate Minister Knops Forced To Publish Confidential Advice, After Documents Were Leaked And Posted Here Yesterday: YOU CAN FIND THE LEAKED DOCUMENTS BELOW WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION

On 11 March, the Council of State of the Kingdom issued advice on the Kingdom Act establishment of the COHO. In a consultation between State Secretary Knops and the three prime ministers of
the Landen was agreed on 18 March, as under the law with advice from the Council
of State is customary, that the advice is confidential and is only published when
the bill and the joint response to it from the four countries to the House of Representatives
and the States are sent.
Because the confidential advice is apparently already leaked and widely distributed, which we

DOCUMENTS With English Translation: Just In… Council of State, St Maarten Harshly Criticized In The Hague Today For Their Resistance To COHO

Relationship COHO – Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and government
According to the proposal, the COHO appears to perform its tasks with a high degree of independence. Large parts of the Independent Administrative Bodies Framework Act have been declared applicable. This does not alter the fact that on a number of important points the proposal gives the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations the authority to issue instructions or to limit or complete the powers of the COHO. For example, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations can determine how the COHO should spend financial resources made ava

Updated Breaking! Minister Knops Power Overrules The Council: COHO Controversy Fully Explained English & Dutch

On Monday, Dossier Kingdom Relations reported that the Council of State has passed a damning judgment on the draft Kingdom Act for the establishment of the Caribbean body for reform and development (COHO) that must direct and supervise the spending of loans that the Netherlands has on Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will provide as well as the implementation of the required reforms. Today the sequel. In a way, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations comes above the governments of the countries In its 20-page advisory report, the Council of State of the Kingdom of the Kingdom Act filters the Caribbean body for reform and development (Coho). It starts off nicely: The Advisory Division of the Council of State appreciates the intentions expressed

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Commemoration Speech of the 373rd Anniversary of the Treaty of Concordia

Today March 23, 2021, though having special significance for me, as the day I became a mother for the first time, it is the day that we celebrate Treaty of Concordia Day. As Madam VP Valerie Damaseau said, “Since 2018, we have been working to make it more than about nice speeches.” As Melissa just said as well and as the youth said on Saturday, “Time for talk has finished.” Let today be the last day we only just talk about it.

SSRP Income and Unemployment Support Application Open for April 2021

The SSRP Income and Unemployment Support online portal is now open for application requests for the month of April 2021. Both programs of the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Program disburse ANG 1,150 for the applicable month to approved persons who demonstrate a financial need for the support. In order to receive continued financial assistance, new and existing applicants must submit a support request monthly t

Nature Foundation Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Care During Sea Turtle Nesting Season. St Maarten, The Caribbean

The Nature Foundation Sint Maarten encourages residents and visitors to protect adult sea turtles and their eggs by limiting lighting and disturbances along the shore, and reporting sea turtle activity to the Foundation. With the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season, three endangered sea turtle species are expected to lay their nests on many of Sint Maarten’s beaches from April until November and sometimes even as late as in December. The Nature Fou

Government of Sint Maarten Congratulates Curaçao on 2021 General Elections

Philipsburg – On behalf of the Government of Sint Maarten, the Council of Ministers hereby take this opportunity to congratulate the Movement for the Future of Curaçao (MFK), party, and particularly its leader Gilmar ‘Pik’ Pisas – with his overwhelming support from the population and winning the election held in Curacao on Friday, March 19, 2021, with 9 out of 21 seats. The people of Curaçao have clearly spoken, and congratulations are also extended to the PAR, PNP, MAN, KEM and TPK parties winning seats to represent the people of Curaçao.

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