PHILIPSBURG - On Monday, 27th June, 2011 the Court ruled, upholding the repatriation of P.B.P. (Dominican Republic), who applied for a BTA-permit for the first time in December 2010.

The judgment has no immediate consequences for other BTA-applicants but only to this specific individual.

This case is specific for a number of reasons. First of all, the Court allowed the eviction because there was no concrete indication that B.P. could receive a residence permit.

Secondly, B.P. did not provide any documents to the Immigration Department or the Court to support his application, nor did he claim to have paid the required deposit for a residence permit.

Thirdly, B.P. is suspected of committing several crimes and the Minister of Justice declared him as undesirable. As an undesirable immigrant, he was placed in detention and evicted.

The BTA-process is a humane solution for the problems that undocumented immigrants faced in the Netherlands Antilles.

Undocumented immigrants were provided the opportunity to apply for a one-year residence permit if they complied with certain criteria.

In late 2010, immigrants who already received a BTA-permit could apply for an extension of their residence permit, and immigrants that had previously submitted an application were given the opportunity to provide the necessary documents to support their earlier application, such as passports and proof of residence.

All BTA-applications are currently being examined by a special committee that will advise the Minister whether the application complies with the BTA-criteria.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - United Peoples (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James says that many Latin American countries will be disappointed after Christine Lagarde was appointed to the top position of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week. Lagarde will take up her new five-year position on July 5.

James said that the main topic of discussion in May when he attended a Parlatino Economic Affairs Committee for Social Debt and Development meeting in Cuba, was who should be appointed to fill the vacancy of the IMF which has 187 member countries.

The organization was established in 1944.

"The preference in the meeting was for somebody from Latin America or the developing world to head the international financial organization. The top position became available when Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned due to legal issues in New York.

"The IMF's 24-member Executive Board started a month long selection process that started on May 20. Mexico's Central Bank Governor Agustin Carstens was the other candidate for the Managing Director position.

"When it comes to these international organizations, a lot of pressure is placed on countries to support a specific candidate, so you have a lot of international politics playing a role.

In our meeting we discussed this specific issue and that changes were needed when it comes to the appointment of persons in such international bodies.

"Everybody was in agreement that these organizations should not just be an expression of developed countries, but should represent and reflect the other global economic powers in the world.

Emphasis was also placed on the IMF playing a more supportive roll to developing countries," MP Jules James said on Thursday in response to the appointment of the new IMF Managing Director.

MP James added that there was a broad consensus among the Parlatino delegates to better position the Latin American community of nations when it comes to vacancies for the Managing Director position and the IMF Executive Board.

The Parlatino committee passed a motion to that effect: to request the bodies concerned, to consider the needs of other countries to preside over the economic entity, IMF, the countries grouped in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) as well as Chile and Mexico.

The IMF is an organization that is working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

The Parlatino committee meeting took place at Hotel Barcelo, Havana Cuba. Over 40 countries were represented which included but not limited to Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.

PHILIPSBURG – Fun Miles, the Caribbean's biggest free saving and redemption program has unveiled a summer campaign that is as simple as it is spectacular: in July and

August, cardholders will receive double Fun Miles at the following partners:

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – LIAT wishes to advise that its Antigua-based ground staff returned to work Thursday after a two-day work stoppage.

WIB announces improved service to pensioners

Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:22 Published in Island News
PHILIPSBURG - In response to an article that appeared in the Daily Herald last week regarding pensioners receiving their pension funds late, Management of the SZV and of the Windward Islands Bank Ltd. have come together to find ways to improve the service given to the Pensioners.

Samuels determined to get "big scores"

Thursday, 30 June 2011 21:34 Published in Cricket

Bridgetown, Barbados – Marlon Samuels played with great determination to make 78 not out on Thursday but the West Indies fell for 190 – 11 short on first innings on the third day of the Second Digicel Test match against India.

The visitors will resume Friday on 23-0.

Marigot/Great Bay — Conscious Lyrics radio magazine will broadcast a live Emancipation Day Special on Friday morning, July 1, at 8:30 AM-10 AM, on Radio Soualiga 99.9 FM, said Shujah Reiph, host/producer of the program.

Super Childfest raffle winners announced

Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:29 Published in Island News

PHILIPSBURG - Brenda George, Mireille Regales, and Diana Maccow are the three winners of the 2011 Super Childfest Raffle.

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Service (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is reminding residents who plan to travel for the summer holidays to Europe and the Americas to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, especially for measles. 

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