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Squatters in French Quarter Squat needs to get out as owner will demolish buildings soon.

frenchquartersquat30062016FRENCH QUARTER:--- The famous squat in French Quarter at Impasse Adams Alexander will finally be demolished by the owner Standford Jermin who obtained a demolition permit from the Collectivity of St. Martin earlier in June.
Jermin told SMN News that several families moved into the building without his consent, he said on Thursday morning he placed a copy of the permit on the building in order for the squatters to get out of the building so that he could break down the buildings.
frenchquarter230062016Jermin further explained that the entire area around the building is in a total mess with a large number of old vehicles parked up on the opposite side of the building and in front of the building. There are two mechanic shops operating at the squat, one in front of the building and another in one of the buildings.
The squatters who mainly came across the border from the Dutch side has to move quickly as the building will be demolished by July 29th 2016.
Residents living on Impasse Adams Alexandre have been enduring endless problems with those occupying the squat.
ownerofsquat30062016“Children living with their parents in that building do not attend school even though education is compulsory on both sides of the island. At least two of the minors would insult even using obscenity at persons living or visiting Impasse Adams Alexander.
Jermin made clear that he did not put the squatters in the building and now that he obtained a permit to demolish the building that poses a huge threat in the event of hurricane, he will demolish the building even if he has to get law enforcement involved.

Crime does not pay --- prosecution seeking to have convicted robbers pay for stolen items.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The suspects W.R.H. (40) and R.G.H. (36) have to pay USD 42,302 each, or spent 246 days in jail in the event they do not pay, for illegally obtaining a profit of USD 84,603.59 after the robbery at Sonesta Great Bay Casino on September 18, 2015. This was decided by the Court of First Instance on June 29. The Prosecutor submitted an order to recover proceeds of crime for this amount. The prosecution believes that suspects should not financially benefit from the robbery, after all "crime does not pay" and therefore requested that the robbers repay this amount. The hearing regarding this order took place on May 18.
During the September 18, 2015 robbery USD 293,835.28 was stolen, but only USD 209,231.69 was retrieved. W.R.H. and R.G.H. were convicted for this robbery on March 16, 2015 to 5 and 4 years in jail respectively.
Orders to recover proceeds of crime fit within the new police of the Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor's Office from now on will be submitting more of such orders.

Prosecutor's Bulletin.


The Destruction and elimination of the BAY OF MARIGOT will not take place.

daniellajeffry21062015Marigot:--- Do you know a Bay without sea? Do you know a beach without sand? That is the objective of all the projects intended for Saint-Martin since 1983. Exactly 33 years after the famous election of 1983, it is a repeat with the same methods of the same system.
The people of Saint-Martin is not sleeping any more. They were told and they believed that the progress that was put in front of them was a progress for them. But today they are saying NO to the elimination of one of the most beautiful Bay in the world. In Europe, the famous Bay of Naples in Italy is a jewel for them : dark blue waters. That is their standard of natural beauty. It is not ours.
The Bay of Marigot and Galisbay are endowed with the natural beauty of turquoise clear waters. We are not going to accept the disappearance of our Bay of Marigot, The people of Marigot, Sandy Ground, Saint James, Concordia, Agrément, Hameau du Pont and Morne Valois have seen the destruction of their natural marine environment during the last 30 years and its ecological consequences. The rock-filling of our Marigot and Galisbay beaches has taken away their places of enjoyment and leisure activities, especially for the youths of these areas.

30 years is known to be a cycle to build up or to tear down. In that span the results of whatever is undertaken can clearly be seen. The people of Saint Martin are convinced that the development dubbed “progress” in 1983 has been in the long run detrimental to the people of Saint-Martin in all its facets. They hold the various administrations, commune and so-called collectivity, who have controlled the North on their behalf under the banner of democracy entirely responsible for the chaos, confusion, and takeover of various entities, which are seen and experienced so blatantly today.
The people of Saint-Martin are fully aware that they have been fooled. The successive elected bodies and actual majority of elected bodies have transferred their responsibility to a very small group of people who are controlling not only the destiny of the island, but also intend to determine the fate of the people of Saint-Martin. The majority elected body and all those who collaborate with them, whatever the name of their groups, and cooperate with their schemes against the people of Saint-Martin are totally manipulated to serve the interest of their masters. The crumbles they get out of it cannot save them from the consequences resulting in the destruction and elimination they are reserving for the same people that they are begging and paying to vote for them. They need to be reminded that they get their semblance of power from the people. The power is in the people and the people know today that the schemes of the last 30 years are coming to an end.

The destruction has to stop. The elimination has to stop. The confusion has to stop. A manipulated educated mind is the same as a slave’s mind, and our ancestors have always fought for their liberation and they obtained it in Saint-Martin long before it was given to them by a decree. They did not have a slave’s mind. But who are you fighting for today, elected brainless ones, when you have enslaved yourselves with the crumbs of your actual master(s)? You have no sense of balance, no sense of country, no rational thinking, you do not even love yourself, you have no conscience, you are robots. You do what the master(s) want(s) you to do.
The elected persons who intend to vote for the elimination of one of the most beautiful Bay in the world will be individually held responsible for their irresponsible decision by the people of Saint-Martin. This project will not take place. Don’t waste your time for such a disgraceful cause.
Daniella JEFFRY

Dutch Quarter suspects sentenced to 18 years for attempted murder.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The suspects R.C.T.A. and R.R.R. were both sentenced by the Joint Court of Justice on June 29 to 18 years in jail for attempted murder, multiple cases of attempted manslaughter (among others two Police Officers) all committed in the Dutch Quarter area and possession of illegal firearms. One of their victims was paralyzed for life. The two suspects allegedly drafted a 'death list' of persons who they held responsible for the violent death of R.'s girlfriend on March 18, 2014. The two were sentenced in August 2015 by the Court of First Instance to 18 and 16 years of prison. The Solicitor General had asked for 25 years in prison for the two suspects. In the Court of First Instance the Prosecutor had asked for 21 years in jail for both suspects.

Prosecutor's Office Bulletin

National Heroes of St. Maarten included in the latest publication by Harvard University

Establishing the international recognition of USM.

Pond Island:--- Past and contemporary Sint Maarten heroes, L.B. Scott, Charles B. Hodge, Claude Wathey, Lasana Sekou, and Nicole de Weever, have been included in “The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin Biography” edited by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Franklin Knight, towering intellectual giants at respectively Harvard University and John Hopkins University.

The reason for their inclusion in the 2000 articles on people of African descent, as well as people who impacted the history of the Black Diaspora from the colonial era to the present, (published by Oxford University Press), has to do with the role played by the University of St. Martin (USM).

The tertiary institution on Pond Island had the privilege, via Dr. Francio Guadeloupe role as the member of the editorial board supervising all the entries of the Dutch Caribbean and Afro-Europeans in the Netherlands. The book that is now available in the libraries of all Ivy League Colleges in the USA and the wider academic world, includes Dutch Caribbean notables such as, Frumencio da Costa Gomez, Cola Debrot, Frank Martinus Arion, Otto Huiswoud, Pierre Lauffer, Betico Croes, Tula, Elis Juliana, Patrick Kluivert, and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

Dr. Guadeloupe mentioned that what is most impressive is that USM lecturers, Dr. Maria van Enckevort Cijntje and Mr. Pedro de Weever, also contributed articles in this publication. Together with our inclusion on the Editorial Board of the top ranking academic journal, The American Ethnologist, (where you find only encounter representatives employed by billion dollar universities such as Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Melbourne, just to name a few,) and the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin Biography is symbolic of the USM’s efforts to also make its mark internationally.

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