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Joint Court of Appeals rejected the request on toddler's killer.

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PHILIPSBURG:--- The Joint Court of Justice rejected two requests made by N.B.’s defense attorney during the preliminary hearing held on April 6. In its April 26 verdict the Joint Court of Justice did not honor the request for a new forensic investigation by experts on the available medical data nor did it honor the request to hear three new suspects in the case. The Solicitor General had also pleaded against these requests.
N.B. is suspected of strangling a toddler who was entrusted to him on August 27, 2014. The appeal case against N.B. will be handled on June 9 N.B. was sentenced on June 17, 2015 by the Court of First Instance to 12 years in jail.

The Joint Court of Justice on April 26 confirmed the sentence handed down by the Court of First Instance in the case against A.D. He was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to 18 months imprisonment of which 9 suspended and 3 years’ probation period. Also his driver’s license was revoked for 3 years.
The Solicitor General had asked, in the appeal case against A.D. for a jail sentence of 3 years of which 1 year suspended and the withdrawal of his driver’s license for 3 years. A.D. was sentenced for causing a traffic accident on Bishop Hill Road which took the life of a 46 year old pedestrian on February 28, 2015. David Charles was walking down the road from his house to take garbage to the bin when he was hit by a Nissan X-Trail SUV. A.D. had a blood alcohol content of 2.33, almost more than five times what is permitted by law.

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MP Maurice Lake visits landfill on Thursday. Wants to see a more improved plan of action for the landfill.

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mauricelake29072015PHILIPSBURG:--- As a Member of Parliament and supporting the Coalition of Eight, the landfill has my concern and full attention, and I would like to see Government enforce a more improved plan of action to maintain the landfill fires in the general interest of the people. It’s time for action and accountability.
There needs to be a better fire monitor program in place to detect potential fires and then take immediate action to stop the fire from building and getting larger. This is a nuisance for the residents around the Philipsburg area especially those who are affected from the landfill. I take this opportunity to apologize to them for what is going on and this has the Minister of VROMI full attention to make sure the landfill is properly monitor on a day to day basis by the contractor.
Action speaks louder than a word, that’s why today as a community spirited person, I decided to go on top the landfill to get a better feeling and get a first-hand look of what causes these fires, and hear it from the operator on the dump to see how Government can put better measures in place and enforce any penalties to address the situation. This is a serious health hazard and we can't take it lightly of the management and security of the dump.
I also would advise the Minister of VROMI to meet as soon as possible with the operator and the Ministry of VROMI to look at more improved ways of managing and inspecting the landfill and to start recycling on the landfill. If penalties have to be issued because the contract is not being followed, then that route should be considered. The garbage needs to be separated from now and a plan of action should be put in place this year and executed. Flammable waste should be put in a secure area.
The Minister of VROMI will be getting NV GEBE restructured within the coming weeks to address the high priority issue of Waste to Energy.
The landfill (dump) is a high priority for me and especially the health hazard and effect it can have on the community. I would like to commend the Nature Foundation for executing a survey to assist Government with the health risk it creates around the Philipsburg area and neighbouring districts.
I can assure the general public that the Minister of VROMI will have a meeting as soon as possible with the landfill contractor and his ministry to improve the management and inspection on the landfill to reduce the amount of fires on the landfill until we get the Waste to Energy Facility in place.

Public tender on mosquito fogging extended to May 6.

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GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, hereby makes known that the public tender for mosquito fogging cycle 2016 has been extended to Friday, May 6.

Potential interests have until May 6 at 12.00PM to submit their bids with respect to this public tender. Those who have already submitted do not have to resubmit their documents.

The tender entails to contract a private company that has the necessary equipment, chemicals and staff to execute fogging activities on the Dutch side of the island.

The terms of reference are available at CPS attention of Maria Henry whose office is located at the Buncamper Road #33, Pondfill; telephone 542-2078 or 542-3003.

The aim is to award the project by Friday, May 13.

For more information about the tender procedure, you can contact CPS Maria Henry via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Questions must be submitted in writing.

Road closure near Windward Islands Bank and Sister Regina School.

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GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a road closure on May 1 in the area of Windward Islands Banks. A road crossing will be constructed in connection with UTS cables.

On May 2, the road near the basketball court near the Sister Regina School, part of the lane will closed to traffic for a road crossing related to UTS cables.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

NAGICO congratulates our own Shelly Alphonso on receiving the Royal Decoration.

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shellygovernorholiday280420GREAT BAY;:--- The entire team of NAGICO Insurances both locally and regionally, would like to extend congratulations to Ms. Shelly Alphonso on receiving the Royal Decoration in the Order of Oranje Nassau on King's Day.
Alphonso who is an Executive Manager at NAGICO is known for her outstanding work in the community of St. Maarten, especially in her efforts to create awareness and provide support to women afflicted with Breast Cancer through her foundation which she founded called; the Positive Foundation.
"The managements and staff throughout our entire Group are very proud of Ms. Alphonso," Lisa Brown; Marketing Manager of NAGICO said. "The congratulatory emails, phone calls and messages have been coming in non-stop, because Shelly's great work through her foundation has impacted so many lives and families in and around St. Maarten."
Alphonso and three others received Royal Decorations for their prolonged outstanding service to the community of Sint Maarten under the theme of: 'Care makes a difference'.
"We are extremely pleased with Ms. Alphonso's accomplishment as it is very much in line with our mantra of being community minded and giving back to our community," Brown concluded. "We are also ecstatic that we now have a second member of our NAGICO team who has received this distinction in the last two years."
Chairman of the NAGICO Group; Imran McSood Amjad who also received a Royal Decoration last year for his contribution to the island was elated and extended congratulations to Alphonso and all the other recipients. "It is truly an honor to receive such an award," he said. "I always say to my staff, it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice because a little bit of kindness goes a very long way. So congratulations to Shelly who has been with us at NAGICO for over 17 years, we are truly honored to have you on our team and congratulations as well to all the other recipients of this most prestigious award.


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