St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Psychotic man gets 5 years for attempted manslaughter

9-Year old schoolgirl still suffers from vicious attack St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Angelo Shahairlo Philips to 5 years imprisonment yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year\-old girl on May 15. Of the sentence, 2

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Drug and gun possession keeps young woman jailed

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice confirmed the sentence against Daniella Hughes yesterday. The Court in First Instance sentenced the 26-year-old in March to 21 months – with 7 months suspended – for the possession of 2 kilos of marijua

Editorial - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Editorial: Wake up call

The sentence a psychotic man received in court yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year old schoolgirl will leave many people with a bitter taste in their mouth. In tragic cases like this – little girl, seriously disturbed man – there nev

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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World Alzheimer report 2014:  Tobacco control cited among Alzheimer risk reduction

LONDON/ST.MAARTEN—A presentation of the World Alzheimers report was made to minister of health Cornelius De Weever by the St. Maarten Alzheimers foundation. The report was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and was produce

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Chain snatcher arrested

St. Maarten—A twenty-two year old chain snatcher with initials R.D. was arrested by police on Tuesday evening after a short foot chase in the Sucker Garden area. “On Tuesday September 16th at approximately 2.45 p.m. a police patrol was sent to

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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“Budget security service under scrutiny”

St. Maarten – The contract of the former head of the national security service VDSM, James Richardson, expired a couple of months ago, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. While an ad invit

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Drug mule finds no relief on appeal

St. Maarten – Rimelda Hasselbaink-Vola, a 32-year-old from Suriname seemed resigned to her fate yesterday, when Judge Koen Luijks read to her the sentence of the Common Court of Justice. In March, the 32-year-old mother of three, totally lost it wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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ATM Skimming suspects released from pretrial detention

St. Maarten – Judge Koos van de Ven ordered the termination of the pretrial detention of three Romanian men who were arrested on July 12 on Clem Labega Square in front of the Windward Islands Bank on suspicion of skimming automatic teller machines

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 18, 2014

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Toppers Restaurant owner and his wife arrested

St. Maarten—The owner of “Toppers” restaurant and his wife were arrested yesterday on illegal firearm possession charges after police discovered a .22 caliber handgun at the office of the business and a fully loaded .38 revolver at their home.

Editorial - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Editorial: Prison unrest

To take one incident at the Pointe Blanche prison as the measuring stick for the state of affairs on that hill is probably too easy. The events of the past couple of days have however demonstrated that not all is well under the relatively new directo

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Opinion: Independistas

The question whether the Netherlands is still the colonial master of St. Maarten (and by extension of Curacao and the other islands that formerly belonged to the Netherlands Antilles) is one about perception. Junior Lake, author of 6 4 9, has been a

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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St. Maarten Governing program in final stages

St. Maarten – The workgroup charges with drafting the governing program for the coalition of National Alliance, Democratic Party and United St. Maarten party exports to complete its tasks by the end of the week. The draft will first be presented to

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Leak from confidential Cft-meeting

St. Maarten – The Board financial supervision (Cft) is confident that future consultation with the Parliament in Curacao will be held in total confidence,” the organization stated in a press release issued yesterday afternoon. The statement follo

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Notorious inmates at war

Hitman Carlos Richardson in intensive care St. Maarten – The unrest in the Pointe Blanche prison of last Thursday seems to revolve around a power struggle between inmates with long sentences to their name. The trouble started reportedly on Thurs

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Man allegedly shot, checks in to St. Maarten Medical Center

St. Maarten---A shooting in the vicinity of the Star Mart gas station on the Bush Road early Sunday morning has left one man nursing gunshot wounds to the chest according to unconfirmed reports. The bullet is said to have allegedly narrowly missed

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Junior Lake repeats the battle cry for independence: Little book, powerful message

St. Maarten – A little book with a powerful message. That best describes Junior Lake’s latest publication 6 4 9. On Friday evening, Lake officially launched the publication at the Cultural Center in a setting that pleased the independistas in his

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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St. Maarten Nature Foundation plants tamarind trees in Cole Bay

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation continued its community-wide tree planting effort on Friday when it planted two tamarind trees close to the location where last year a tamarind tree was removed to accommodate construction associated with

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 15, 2014

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Formateur William Marlin has identified his ministers

St. Maarten - Leader of the National Alliance (NA) and Member of Parliament William Marlin expects to complete his tasks of forming a new government that will work in the best interest of the people of St. Maarten by Wednesday, September 24. Marl

Editorial - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Editorial: Soul searching (Justice System)

Something is terribly wrong in a judicial system when a prisoner gets shot inside another by another inside a prison. It is not unreasonable for most people to expect that once a felon is convicted and placed behind bars the last thing he can get his

Opinion - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Opinion: The stepping down debate

The debate is on in Curacao: there seems to be a majority in Parliament for legislating criminal suspects out of their midst. Here is the vision from Curacao Chronicle columnist Jacob Gelt Dekker on this issue. “On suspicion of committing a crim

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Cruise passengers top 130 million: CTO research-director reports strong growth in first half year

St. Maarten – Visitor arrivals to the Caribbean increased by 4.3 percent in the first six months of the year. The growth is in step with the global increase of 4.7 percent, said Winfield Griffith, director research and information technology of the

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Paula Daal-Doño: Argentine flare, St. Maarten heart

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – She is lively, and her eyes gleam with pure optimism, yet they bear the inexplicable glaze of one who has travelled much in life, and of one who is still continuing on the journey. Dancer and entrepreneur Paula Daal-

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Security checks continue at prison

ST. Maarten—Numerous homemade weapons including cleavers, machetes, knives or shanks, cellular telephones and many other illegal items including a female G-string underwear were removed from the cells during a search for contraband at the Pointe Bl

Opinion - Posted on September 14, 2014

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Opinion: Money for nothing (pensions for politicians)

Now that the cat is out of the bag and we know that more than $4.2 million of taxpayers’ money will disappear into the pockets of unemployed politicians it is time to reflect on how reasonable the arrangement for these political pensions really is.

Editorial - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Editorial: Worst-case scenario (Politicians taking care of themselves)

Politicians have a tendency to take good care of themselves. Our front-page story about the political pensions for four soon to be ex-ministers and seven MPs that did not manage re-election depicts a worst-case scenario. These numbers are approximate

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Departing politicians become a burden for the treasury

Political pensions could cost country St. Maarten $4 million St. Maarten – The change of government could cost the country over the next two years more than $4 million if all departing ministers and not re-elected members of parliament claim t

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Ronald Plasterk caught on camera with Bada Bing boss Van den Heuvel

St. Maarten – Five days before the pro forma hearing in the Bada Bing bribery case, aka the Orca-investigation, Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel boarded a plane in the Netherlands for the Caribbean. Ronald Plasterk, Minister of Home Affairs and

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Concerns about central radio room

Fourteenth report Progress Committee St. Maarten – The Progress Committee Sint Maarten observes in its fourteenth report with some dismay that no progress has been made with the joint radio room for police, fire department and ambulance services

Opinion - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Opinion: Parliamentarians with checkered histories

What kind of country do we want to be? That is the question Alex Rosaria, leader of the political party Pais in Curacao linked to his initiative-law that must make it possible to suspend members of parliament that have been detained or are suspected

Opinion - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Opinion by Michael J. Ferrier: Embrace each other

‎Dear Mr. Editor, If we truly want to make St. Maarten a better place for our children and grandchildren, letters to the Herald's Editor like the one in Sept 11th's edition under the caption "They have a right to" should become a thing of the pa

Opinion - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Opinion: Joint ventures (Marijuana Tourism)

There has been a lot of talk over the years in St. Maarten about diversifying the economy. That soon turned to diversifying the tourism industry. Terms like sports tourism and medical tourism became household expressions that have one thing in common

Opinion - Posted on September 13, 2014

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Opinion by James E. Maduro: Witch Hunters

Dear Editor, Please find enclosed a letter written to my person from the Receiver’s office. I can only feel resentment coming from the wording of this letter and I hereby send you a copy for publishing. Such a reaction came, because writer fi

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 11, 2014

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National energy policy hits a nerve in the Netherlands

St. Maarten – The article this newspaper published last Saturday about St. Maarten’s national energy policy has triggered questions in the Dutch Parliament from VVD-MP André Bosman and PvdA-MP Roelof van Laar. Articles about the energy policy al

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 11, 2014

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Customs officer jailed 7 years for mega cocaine shipment

Court describes defendant as “rotten apple in the basket” St. Maarten – “There is no doubt that several employees of the company Swissport Cargo Services in Curacao, the airport police in Curacao and / or the customs in Curacao and St. Maa

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 11, 2014

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Cft: Stay the course of balanced budgets, keep improving financial management

St. Maarten – The College financieel toezicht (Cft) said yesterday in a press release that the execution of the 2014 budget is running its course on both Curaçao and Sint Maarten. “If the countries continue on this path, their budgets will stay

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