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Oct 01st
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PJIAE Workers Demanding that PJIAE sit around the table to Negotiate CLA.

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Management says workers benefits too costly for PJIAE to pay.

AIRPORT:--- Workers working in the security, screening, administration and maintenance departments of the Princess Juliana International Airport met with their union representative Wednesday night at the WIFOL building to discuss the strategies they will use to get the management of PJIAE around the table to discuss and sign off on the Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) for their members. The workers are represented by ABVO St. Maarten.
President of the ABVO St. Maarten Sherlon Cathalina told SMN News Monday evening shortly before the meeting started that management of PJIAE has refused to sit around the table to negotiate the CLA which is due to expire in December 2014. Cathalina says that management kept sending letters telling them that they do not represent the majority of the workers therefore management will not sit around the table with them. "ABVO does have the majority because they represent over 160 workers. Furthermore, the law states that the union has to have 50% plus one which they already surpass. Besides that workers have a right to join any union and for their benefit and the benefit of the company they work for."
Cathalina said the emergency meeting they called Wednesday night is to discuss all the grievances workers at PJIAE are facing and most of all to decide their plan of action if management of PJIAE refuses to cooperate.
Cathalina said already his members are hearing that management of PJIAE are refusing to sit with the union because they think the workers benefits is too costly for the government owned company. He said that workers have certain benefits like vacation allowances in the CLA which PJIAE has to respect.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:15 )


Minister of Kingdom Relations tells Second Chamber that he intends to take measures against St. Maarten.

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Motion Presented to Continue the Masbangu Investigation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands:--- The Minister of Kingdom Relations and Interior Affairs Ronald Plasterk told the second chamber on Wednesday that he has taken the decision to make some proposals to the Kingdom Council that he intends to take against St. Maarten. Minister Plasterk said he has decided to send a special corruption and money laundering unit to the Prosecutor's Office of St. Maarten while an Integrity Officer will also be appointed by the Netherlands to supervise the implementation of measures and plans to enhance integrity on St. Maarten. Minister Plasterk also said he intends to send more support for the Marechaussee, Customs Department, Prosecutor's Office and Coast Guard.
While the above measures will be taken, The Hague will assume a bigger role in the area of immigration and the protection of the borders. Plasterk announced that the RST team will also get a permanent basis so it can structurally assist and strengthen the Landsrecherche. MP Van Raak presented a motion for the Kingdom Government to initiate the continuation of the Masbangu investigation and they (Kingdom) should give the Prosecutor's Office the necessary support they need to fully conduct that investigation.

Labour MP Roelof van Laar said that the house is astonished by the lack of action by the Prosecutor's Office on St. Maarten who did not investigate the leader of the UPP in the Masbangu investigation. He said he felt that the UPP leader bought votes again this year where he won the 2014 Parliamentary Elections. Van Laar feels that a business cabinet or a national government should be established before Heyliger becomes Prime Minister of St. Maarten.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:55 )

Lady suffers minor injuries during accident.

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Lady suffers minor injuries during accident.

BUSH ROAD:--- On Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at approximately 2:50pm police patrols, police traffic department personnel and paramedics were sent to Le Grand Marche on Bush Road to investigate a traffic accident in which a lady suffered minor injuries. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to the owner of the vehicle with license plate P-7380 that was involved in this accident. He stated that his 11 year old son was in possession of the car keys while he was busy loading groceries in the trunk of the car. His son started the car in order to turn on the air-conditioning, however the car which was in the first gear drove forward and accidentally hit a female pedestrian on her right leg. The owner also stated that he reacted immediately in order to prevent this accident from happening, but was not successful. The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. The victim did not sustain any broken bones but suffered a sprain to her right foot. After being treated the victim was sent home.

Suspect in the shooting death of Emilien Kruythoff arrested.

On Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at approximately 3:15pm, a male suspect in the shooting death of Emilien Kruythoff with initials N.A.C (30) was arrested on the Windsor Road in Cape Bay. During a search of his residence a small amount of cocaine and a small caliber handgun was found and confiscated for further investigation. The investigation is still ongoing.

Inmate stabbed several times at Simpson Bay prison cells.

On Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at approximately 12:35pm, several police patrols, detectives, forensic department personnel and paramedics were sent to the Simpson Bay prison cells to investigate the stabbing of an inmate housed at that facility. On the scene the victim who was stabbed several times was treated by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment where he remains for observation.
Up to press time no reports of any arrests had been made. Who the suspect is or suspects are in this case is still unknown. A search is being conducted in the prison to locate the possible weapon used in this stabbing. The investigation is ongoing.

Man arrested and resists heavily against police, illegal gun found in his possession.

On Wednesday October 1st, 2014 at approximately 12:30pm while at the round-a-bout in Dutch Quarter (Tata the Bus Driver road-a-bout), a police patrol saw a man riding a white scooter without a license plate. The rider was also not wearing a helmet. The scooter rider stopped at the gas station and he was approached by the police officers. The officers noticed that this man became quite nervous. While getting closer to the rider he suddenly started the scooter and took-off at high speed knocking one of the officers to the ground. The rider, in his attempt to get away, lost control of the scooter and fell to the ground. At this time the officers tried to arrest him but he resisted his arrest severely. During this heavy struggle the officers noticed that this suspect had a gun stuck in his waist. After the struggle the officers were able to put the suspect in handcuffs and removed the fully loaded .40 caliber Smith &Wesson pistol from his waist. The suspect with the initials L.A.D. (24) was arrested on the spot. The pistol and scooter of the suspect were both confiscated for further investigation. The officer that was hit by the scooter suffered several bruises and scrapes to his arms and legs and complained of pain in his right leg. He will seek medical attention.

Police receive verbal threat.

Shortly after the arrest of L.A.D. for resisting arrest and illegal firearm possession in Dutch Quarter a verbal threat by an anonymous person came in on the police main phone line stating that they will deal with the police officers who were involved in this arrest. The police department is making it clear to those persons who are making these idle threats that the task of the police is to serve and protect this community. The police will not take these threats lightly and most definitely will not be intimidated by them. Police officers have a duty to perform and that is to provide safety and security for this country. The police will stop at nothing to carry out the duties they have sworn to carry out.

KPSM Police Report

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:39 )

"Stop, Drop & Go!": A safer Sint Maarten starts with you!

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PHILIPSBURG:--- Lately the media has been reporting about how busy Police and Public Prosecutors are on the Dutch side as well as on the French side of the island, with numerous violent armed robberies and deadly shootings on our 'Friendly Island'. These criminal activities show that there are a lot of illegal firearms in our country. The combination 'Friendly Island' and 'illegal fire arms' doesn't sound like a good one. We keep hearing complaints from civilians who dislike going out at night, because they feel it's too dangerous on the streets of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin.
This is the reason why the Governments of Sint Maarten and Saint Martin, as well as the public prosecutors and the police forces on both sides of the country are saying: "Enough is enough! We will not tolerate that people are afraid to go out, so, with the help of all the citizens of Sint Maarten and Saint Martin, we have to clean sweep this island of all illegal firearms!"
On Friday, the 26th of September 2014, in a joint press conference that was organized by the French authorities, they launched a campaign that's called 'Stop, Drop & Go'.

'Stop, Drop & Go'
The purpose of the project 'Stop, Drop & Go' is to get rid of all the illegal firearms on this island. People that own illegal firearms can surrender these voluntarily between October 15th and October 31st and will not be prosecuted for possessing a firearm. On weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm they are welcome to hand in their guns at the Attorney General's Office on the 3rd floor of Puerto del Sol Plaza, Welfare Road #68 in Simpson Bay. For the people on the French side of the island there are the two 'Gendarmeries' in French Quarter and Concordia, Marigot where they can surrender their illegal weapons. After this period of time the police and public prosecutor's offices will be operating even harder in their battle against illegal firearms. Higher punishments will be demanded by the prosecutors and the police forces will toughen their actions.

A safer Sint Maarten starts with you!
So, between October 15th and October 31st, we encourage the people of Sint Maarten and Saint Martin to 'Stop' possessing illegal fire-arms, 'Drop' them at the places mentioned above and 'Go' on with the cooperative battle for a safer Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. After all: A safer Sint Maarten starts with you!

KPSM Press Release

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:04 )

"Congratulations with what on this International Day?"

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All the official declarations from government officials in Sint Maarten on this International Day of Older Persons do not really address the theme of this year proposed by the United Nations: "Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All".

"We cannot afford to leave behind hundreds of millions of older persons," says UN rights expert.

The new United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, calls on all States to ensure that the concerns of older persons are reflected in the post-2015 development agenda in a cross-cutting manner. On occasion of the 24th UN International Day of Older Persons, Ms. Kornfeld-Matte urges Governments around the world to promote full inclusion of older persons in society by combatting ageism, age discrimination and stigmatization. "We can turn a blind eye to many issues as if they do not concern us. But getting old is part of life and we will all pay the price for our inaction. Age, as well as gender and where people live, affect the enjoyment of human rights by older persons, who are often stigmatized as 'non-productive' or 'irrelevant'. I call on all States to combat ageism, age discrimination and stigmatization, which are among the obstacles older persons face in the enjoyment of their rights, in order to achieve and sustain the inclusion of older persons in society.Today, on the International Day of Older Persons, I urge all Governments to ensure that the concerns of older persons are reflected in the post-2015 development agenda in a cross-cutting manner. The post-2015 development agenda presents a unique opportunity to ensure a rights-based approach to older persons and can help changing attitudes and perceptions from older persons being considered recipients of welfare to rights holders with responsibilities. Ageing is not an affliction, it is an opportunity to make use of resources acquired over the life course, and older persons all around the world make significant contributions to society."
If seniors are still left behind and set aside, if they still have to survive with less means and care then the social protection floor in the State the Kingdom of the Netherlands has to observe for all, what are we congratulating the seniors with on this day? Who we have to congratulate for this achievement? Which of the integrity committees has addressed this integrity issue: even though the Kingdom of the Netherlands has ratified the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Kingdom government officials and politicians do not protect the rights of the seniors in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. With all kind of geo-political arguments they corrupt our right to an equal realization of these rights on the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Discrimination is a violation of our human rights. As long as this continues we cannot congratulate nobody but we have to support the struggle for socieal justice of the seniors in this part of the Kingdom and eliminate all barriers of social exclusion and discrimination.
In a subsequent press release we will detail how the SMSPA will address the ageism, discrimination and stigmatization of Dutch Caribbean seniors in an upcoming seminar.

SMSPA Press Release 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:21 )

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