St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Domestic violence: Alcoholic man sentenced to jail time and treatment

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Carlos Alberto Gibbs Encarnacion yesterday morning to a 12-month prison sentence with 3 years of probation. Of the sentence, 7 months are suspended and the 93 days the defendant spent in pretrial

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Young Dazzling Gems Jewelry store robbers jailed for quite some time

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two men who robbed the Dazzling Gems jewelry store on Front Street on July 11 to prison sentences of 54 and 42 months. The prosecution demanded slightly higher punishments of 5 and 4 years respec

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Elshot: “Deductions doesn’t mean you are registered with APS”

St. Maarten—New civil servants, in particular teachers, are being cautioned to take the time to properly register with the pension fund, said head of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot. According to Elshot, many times these new em

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Court acquits suspects of Bamboo Garden robbery

St. Maarten – Jovanny L. had a big smile on his face when he left the courtroom yesterday morning, after Judge Smid had acquitted him and his co-defendant Geraldo Leandro C. of an armed robbery at the Bamboo Garden Restaurant in Cole Bay. On We

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Former police officer Gregory Koeiman’s extradition to the USA on hold

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice has retained a decision about the extradition of Gregory Koeiman to the United States. In a ‘decision preceding an advice to the governor of St. Maarten’ the court ruled yesterday that it reopens the i

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Ministry Vromi set to begin expansion of floodgates

St. Maarten – “It’ll be an impressive site when it’s finished and it should serve us justice in the event of a hurricane or flood,” said Claudius Buncamper, Department Head of Infrastructure Management, during a presentation about the expa

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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St. Maartener extradited to the US on drugs charges

St. Maarten – Alex Rudolpho Antonio Reed bent over in despair yesterday afternoon after hearing that the Common Court of Justice has advised the governor that his extradition to the United States is permissible. Reed, a 45-year-old St. Maartene

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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WITU head wants teachers’ rights respected

St. Maarten—The rights of teachers to be respected and the rights of children to act responsibly were high on the agenda for union president Claire Elshot, as St. Maarten joined the rest of the world yesterday in observing International Day of the

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 21, 2014

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Stakeholders get update on APS health

St. Maarten—A presentation on the health of the pension fund—which includes challenges faced and projects undertaken or that are under consideration-- was given to stakeholder representatives by representatives of the APS. Discussions were also h

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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St. Maarten Police escort armed Gendarmes to French border due to no permission to carry weapons on St. Maarten

St. Maarten —Four armed Gendarmes were yesterday escorted to the border by police from Dutch St. Maarten, in what many view as retaliation for the embarrassment suffered by Dutch police at the hands of Gendarmerie on St. Maarten Day. At approxim

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Legal action against Justice Ministry by assault victim Alonso Hassel

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Justice is now facing legal action from Insel Air St. Maarten manager Alanso Hassel, after the latter was assaulted by two “on the block boys” who were riding in the official L1 car of Justice Minister Dennis Richard

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Jimmy Chaou sentenced for money laundering, Souliman El Bouzaidi summons void.

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jimmy Wilhelmus Chaou to an 8-month prison sentence and a 15,000 guilders fine for money laundering and failing to report the amount of cash he was carrying when he arrived at the Princess Juliana

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Court revokes Kurt Ruan’s driver’s license for driving under the influence

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Kurt Ruan yesterday to a 2-month condition prison sentence with 3 years of probation for causing a traffic accident while driving under the influence of alcohol on March 28. He also ignored a ban

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Dolphin Defenders boycott businesses

St. Maarten – “We cannot endorse or support local businesses which actively promote what amounts to the enslavement and exploitation of an animal that is self-aware and sentient,” read a statement of Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten, which was iss

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Two restaurant robbers face 24 months of imprisonment

St. Maarten – The prosecution is demanding 24 months of imprisonment against two young men for an armed robbery at Bamboo Garden in Cole Bay on September 26. Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij asked the court to acquit the two defendants of a robbery at

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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St. Maarten Police ask for information on missing person

St. Maarten - The Police Department is currently searching for a 33-year-old lady by the name of Kelly Sheils of British nationality, who has been reported missing by concerned friends. “Kelly was last seen by an acquaintance by the name of Ang

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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Suspect arrested for burglary

St. Maarten - On Friday, November 14 at approximately 11.00 p.m. a 21-year-old man from the Dominican Republic was arrested by police suspected of committing a burglary at a home on Pearl Drive in Pelican. During the investigation of this burglary by

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 20, 2014

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34 new law enforcers for St. Maarten

GREAT BAY---St. Maarten’s efforts to protect her borders got a boost with the graduation of 34 new law enforcers in the areas of Customs, Immigration and border protection and auxiliary officers. The cadets graduated on Tuesday with a swearing i

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Security breach leads to police files on Google

The Hague--Dozens of confidential police files have ended up in the public domain following an internet security leak, the NRC says on Wednesday. The files concern murders, armed robberies, gangs and suspect jihadist. The information was easy to find

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Robbery victim speaks out: “We have to stop these guys.”

St. Maarten - “This guy is lurking around, looking for people to scam. We have to stop these guys, they have become a nuisance to society, and they are a growing criminal gang – from stealing bags to mugging workers to armed robberies,” said a

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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André Bosman fails to react – De Weever takes legal action

St. Maarten – Member of Parliament Cornelius de Weever will take legal action against VVD-MP André Bosman who did not react to a summons to retract “erroneous, slanderous and defaming statements” before the deadline of last Monday at 5 p.m. On

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Silence dominates initiative to ban plastic grocery bags

Topic also on the agenda of European Commission St. Maarten – The plans to ban single use plastic grocery bags has a long history in St. Maarten. Motions from MPs Frans Richardson and Johan Leonard date back to 2012, but the bottom line has not

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Gunmen attempt to rob tourists

St. Maarten—Two armed gunmen attempted to rob a tourist couple yesterday in the Beacon Hill area, but their attempt was foiled and they made their getaway in a small white car. A police report from Inspector Ricardo Henson states that “at appr

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Public advised to guard against robberies

St. Maarten —Residents and in particular businesses are asked by the police department to take additional safety precautions with the upcoming holidays to keep their properties and homes safe from thieves. Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Hens

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Interns optimistic about Chikungunya study

St. Maarten —To date 120 persons locally who have contracted the Chikungunya virus have been contacted and expressed their willingness to participate in the long term complication study that is likely to be conducted here next year by Dutch health

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Financial reports catch up GREAT BAY – The Central Committee of Parliament met yesterday afternoon under peculiar circumstances. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, the former president of parliament and now sitting on her chair as an elected

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Notary’s Rottweilers kill neighbor’s dog

St. Maarten – Three Rottweilers killed a dog in Cul de Sac yesterday morning to the despair of its owner, Paula Diasz. The distraught owner posted a picture of her dog on Facebook: “Our Freddie, the loveliest sweetest dog ever, has been attacked

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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SER-member Reed strikes back at Tuitt

St. Maarten – William Reed, a senior member of the Social Economic Council (SER) has reacted angrily to statements made by former finance Minister Roland Tuitt about a SER-advice that criticizes Tuitt’s decision to take tax debts from 2006 and be

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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New USA Today contest: St. Maarten in the mix for best romantic island

GREAT BAY –St. Maarten is among twenty destinations  for the title of "Best Romantic Caribbean Island" in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. The island is in the mix with the Dutch and the French side under one label. The other contes

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Parliament meeting postponed to 24

St. Maarten - The Parliament meeting scheduled for today to discuss election discrepancies has been rescheduled to Monday November 24th at 10:00am. The agenda point is a discussion with the main voting bureau and the civil registry department con

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Author Will Moreland: Who wants to be a millionaire?

St. Maarten—Everyone wants to be a millionaire and anyone can become a millionaire. That’s according to Dr. Will Moreland author of 31 books, including some that have made the best sellers list. Dr. Moreland is currently penning his 32 novel Copy

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Wescot-Williams reacts to heavy rainfall: “Comprehensive drainage plan must become national priority”

St. Maarten – “Many people in St. Maarten are still reeling from the devastation suffered due to the torrential weather system that battered our island on November 7 and 8. The  individual and collective losses are greater than many can imagine

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Entrepreneurs must look to the internet

St. Maarten —Local entrepreneurs must start looking to the internet for opportunities to reach a wider target audience and expand their market share and hence their businesses, says visiting entrepreneur Kenton Lord. According to Lord, who is o

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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Stakeholders discuss flood prevention plans

St. Maarten - Concrete actions to be taken to avoid flood situations like those experienced in the torrential rains, were discussed during a meeting yesterday with Vromi Minister Maurice Lake and stakeholders. During the discussion it was stated

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 19, 2014

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SXM Trails Walkathon November 24

MARIGOT----The fourth annual SXM Trails walkathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 23, and will begin 5:30 am according to Manuel Juste president of the club. The St. Martin hiking group has been on a fundraising campaign to raise funds to help m

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