St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Court ruling confirms again: Americans citizens do not need residence and work permits

St. Maarten – American citizens are entitled to establish themselves in St. Maarten and they do not need a work permit. That is the conclusion from a ruling by the Common Court of Justice in the case of US-citizen Hillary Grant vs. Minister of Jus

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Housing foundation board member Elston Fos speaks: “Lake knew what is going on”

St. Maarten – Four candidates for the three vacant positions on the supervisory board of the Sint Maarten Housing Development Foundation withdrew their candidacy this weekend “for fear of their lives,” attorney Jairo Bloem stated in a press rel

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Container fees went up 10 percent this year

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour cargo Facilities NV, a subsidiary of the Harbour Holding Company, increased its container fees in 2014 by 10 percent. This appears from the holding’s 2014 budget. The tax for a 20-foot container went up to $284

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Court rules against admission by right of Slowakian citizen

Great Bay – St. Maarten does not have to admit Svetlana Kostelnikova by right to its territory. That is the gist of a ruling the Common Court of Justice published on Monday. In March the Court in First Instance ruled that the Slowakian national was

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Cornelius De-Weever says: “bring back our professionals”

Great Bay—St. Maarten graduates and professionals in Holland must, according to Minister Cornelius de Weever, be encouraged and motivated to return to the island to use their expertise and knowledge in building their country. The Social developm

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Witu wants teachers council established

St. Maarten —A national teacher’s council on St. Maarten would be in the best interest of teachers, according to statements from head of the local teachers union Claire Elshot following the union’s participation in an education conference in Be

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Extended business hours as of December 17, 2014

St. Maarten - Business hours have been extended to 10:00pm as of December 17 through December 30 for all businesses according to a notice from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. “This is in accordance with Article 5 of the Shop Closure Ordinance

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 18, 2014

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Final phase Chincactus Drive starts January

St. Maarten - The final phase of the ChinCactus road upgrade is carded to commence on January 5, according to information from Public Works Project Leader, Alfredo Pantophlet, The recently began drainage project in the Sucker Garden area is curre

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Editorial: Not helpful (vague press statement from Minister Lake)

Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake is apparently not aware of the finer details of the articles of incorporation that regulate the St. Maarten Housing Foundation. That leads to public statements that are at odds with reality – and nobody stands to benefit

Opinion - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Opinion: More business as usual (at parliament)

Dear Editor, The Presidium of Parliament has taken note of the Today newspaper’s editorial under the heading “Business as usual (St. Maarten Parliament Meeting).” In connection with the postponement of meetings, Parliament has a right to

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Minister Lake misreads articles of incorporation: Chaos at housing foundation

St. Maarten – The actions by a lone board member of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMHDF) to request the government’s accountants bureau (Soab) to carry out a forensic investigation, and also into the purchase-to-pay process and

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Police catch French car with gun and drugs

St. Maarten – The Customs Department and the police found marijuana and a gun on Friday evening in a car with a French license plate evening during a general control near the roundabout between Dutch Quarter and Belvedere. When officers control

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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“The people have had enough”: Priest demands a firm discount on utility bills

St. Maarten – According to media reports, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that oil prices have fallen to an all-time low of $58 a barrel. Governments and energy companies all over the world have passed on this savings to their c

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Armed robbery at supermarket

St. Maarten – Two armed and masked men stormed the Vanke supermarket on Longwall Road on Sunday evening around 6.30 p.m. and forced the female cashier to hand over all the cash she had in the till. The woman complied because, according to the poli

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Governor Holiday addresses United Connection Foundation: “Stronger ties require deeper understanding of each other”

AMSTERDAM – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday attended the first annual Christmas gala dinner of the United Sint Maarten Connection Foundation at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Amsterdam on Saturday. The theme for the dinner was “Stronger ties, stron

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 17, 2014

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Haitian community complains about treatment by Insel Air

St. Maarten – The Haitian community has a beef with Insel Air. This appears from statement by the president of the community, Jestan Guerrier, a long-time resident of St. Maarten. He feels that the airline is always putting passengers traveling to

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Harbour Holding’s 2013 financial statements show: Royal rewards and remarkable loans

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk wants to include the risks government-owned companies pose to St. Maarten in the assessment of the country’s budget by financial supervisor Cft. The Harbor group of Compa

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Mega cocaine shipment on Insel Air:  Veteran customs officer pleads his innocence on drug charges

St. Maarten:   “I am innocent. I want to go home,” customs officer Nestor Gregorio Sanchez told the judges in the Common ‘Court of Justice yesterday. On September 10, the Court in First Instance described Sanchez as “the rotten apple in the

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Minister Cornelius De Weever resigns from the Democratic Party

St. Maarten —Minister Cornelius De Weever yesterday officially severed ties with the Democratic Party by officially informing the leader of that party and care taker Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams that he is resigning from the party. Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Premiers of Former Netherlands Antilles Boycott Kingdom Day

WILLEMSTAD – The Prime Ministers of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten are boycotting the celebration of Kingdom Day. They refuse to travel to Amsterdam to attend the traditional Kingdom Concert in the presence of King Willem Alexander. According

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Council of Ministers meets with NV GEBE   

St. Maarten—The government owned water company being managed by NV Gebe, will contribute NAf 5 million to the 2014 budget of the Government of St. Maarten as agreed by parties at a meeting yesterday of stakeholder representatives. The Council of

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Elshot favors teachers’ workshop on LGBT rights

St. Maarten—The rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teachers and students will be discussed at the next ASCD- gathering of the national teachers-- if a request of Witu President Claire Elshot to have this point included is grant

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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New opportunities for students studying culinary arts

St. Maarten—Several work skills in the labor market has become redundant because of the technology that is being applied by business owners in the work place, according to president of the Workers Institute of Organized Labor Theophilus Thompson. H

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Unions lobby for discounted air fares

St. Maarten —Airlines in the Caribbean are being lobbied by the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) to assist with reduced flight fares for their membership that will make it possible for them to attend the various meetings and events of the CUT. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Piranha-trial moved up another month: Attorney: “Shigemoto has no political ambitions”

St. Maarten – “Shigemoto does not want to become a minister in the next cabinet. He has no political ambitions and he wants to conclude all this as soon as possible. He has been done a great injustice,” attorney Jairo Bloem told the Court in F

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Air Lekkerbek going away

The iconic Air Lekkerbek restaurant on the Pondfill next to the office of the Today Newspaper has closed its doors. A small note near the entrance tells visitors that the Rotary Sunrise Club, which used the airplane-eatery for its breakfast meetings,

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Miss Lalie youth care center opened: “Here they will learn from their mistakes”

St. Maarten – The name of Ms. Eulalie Meyers took center stage yesterday afternoon during the official opening of the youth care center in Cay Bay that carries her name- and rightfully so. When the project group that put the center together brainst

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Abusive husband gets conditional sentence

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jacob Jan Molanus to a 6-month conditional prison sentence yesterday for ill-treating his wife on three different occasions. “You beat up you wife under the influence of alcohol. It does not ge

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Attempted-murder suspect back to court in February

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set the trial date for Renald Reo R. provisionally for February 25 of next year, though prosecutor Nanouk Lemmers said that she could not guarantee the trial would indeed take place on that date, because th

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 15, 2014

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Suspect in child’s death remains in custody

St. Maarten – Emotions went haywire at the courthouse after Judge Rick Smid ruled that Nikerson (Bob) B. has to remain in custody until his trial comes up on March 4 of next year. The 27-year-old is a suspect in the death of D’Jahneiro Kevin Ant

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on December 10, 2014

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Editorial: Transparency International

The researchers of Transparency International – the last in a seemingly long line of organizations to test our country’s integrity levels – make a good point in today’s front-page story. Fighting corruption is not the exclusive task of the

Opinion - Posted on December 10, 2014

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Opinion: Kindergarten journalism – publishing unsubstantiated information

You know you are dealing with kindergarten journalism when you read that some hapless internet blogger sees fit to “remind” the formateur of certain things, as if said blogger has any kind of authority. Jumbled pieces containing a mix of comme

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on December 10, 2014

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Opinion: Sensible decision (write-off tax debts pre 2006)

The Council of Ministers took a sensible decision by leaving a policy that takes all tax debts from 2006 and earlier years off the books in place. Former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt published the policy in May 2013. It triggered a remarkable adv

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 10, 2014

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Man knifed while walking with toddler on Back Street

The injured man points in the direction where he saw his assailant running while talking to the police. Photo Today / Milton Pieters.St. Maarten - While one man is currently nursing a gaping wound to his head, his assailant remains at large afte

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 10, 2014

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Minister Hassink paints bleak picture for 2014 and 2015: “Without immediate measures significant deficits in budget”

St. Maarten – “If no immediate measures are taken, 2014 and 2015 will end with significant deficits,” Finance Minister Martin Hassink told members of the Central Committee of Parliament yesterday afternoon. The Board financial supervision (Cft)

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