Uncategorized - Posted on August 19, 2016

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“Illegal dumping threat to health and tourism”

St.maarten - The Nature Foundation remains concerned about illegal dumping of building materials and garbage on several locations around the island. In the last months the foundation’s staff spotted several dumping locations, mainly construction ga

Uncategorized - Posted on August 19, 2016

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Police force offers tips after increase in armed robberies

St.maarten– The police force says in a press statement that there is an increase in armed robberies on the Dutch side of the island. “This situation should not raise any alarm; however it has raised some concern. The police force is doing its utm

Uncategorized - Posted on August 19, 2016

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Hope gets its signatures and goes to elections

St.maarten – There will be hope after all: at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon Mercedes van der Waals-Wyatt’s party Helping Our People Excel (Hope) had collected 213 signatures to support is list of candidates for the September 26 elections. Last week

Uncategorized - Posted on August 19, 2016

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All parties sign Code of Conduct

ST.MAARTEN – Eight political parties signed the Code of Conduct established by the Christian council of Churches, the United Ministerial Foundation and the Seventh Day Adventist communities during a brief ceremony at Holland House yesterday morning

Uncategorized - Posted on August 17, 2016

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Immigration chief Aron contests his dismissal

ST.MAARTEN – The Court in First Instance rules on September 7 on the labor dispute between country St. Maarten and its suspended head of the immigration department Udo Aron. Hedy Kockx, Aron’s attorney, said during a court hearing yesterday that

Uncategorized - Posted on August 17, 2016

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Student voting law to parliament

ST.MAARTEN– Draft legislation that would enable students studying abroad to vote in local elections has been sent to parliament, Prime Minister William Marlin said yesterday. The time is however too short for this legislation to take effect before

Uncategorized - Posted on August 17, 2016

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Budget 2017scheduled for timely presentation

St.maarten News – Finance Minister Richard Gibson expects to deliver a balanced draft 12017 budget on time, despite the fact that the process to get there “has been a struggle because economically things are not what we expected them to be,” he

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Candidate list SDM

St.maarten - The candidate list of the St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) did not reach this newspaper yesterday. Its six candidates are all new to politics. Businessman Benjamin Ortega is the party leader. His number 2, Arthur Bute, is a former

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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TelEm co-signs Code of Practice

SAN JUAN- Day one of the 32nd CANTO Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino was full of thought provoking and forward thinking discussions, presentations and panels. One notable event coming out of the day

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Doran-York receives students

THE HAGUE - Minister Plenipotentiary Henrietta Doran-York welcomed the 31 newly arrived students from Sint Maarten at her Cabinet last Friday, where they spent the entire day receiving information on the various ways that the cabinet can be of assist

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Law office expands

St.maarten - On Tuesday 26 July 2016, junior associate Seyed Navid Zahedi was sworn in by the Joint Court of Justice of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten and of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Seyed Navid started at the Curaçao office of VanEps Kunn

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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School uniform shirts arrive late for Vocational School

St.maarten – New school uniform shirts for students of the vocational school will arrive late at Penny’s Department Store. Because of the delay, the division public education has instructed all students to wear the new uniform navy blue pants to

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Info meeting Academy PSVE tomorrow evening

St.maarten – The St. Maarten Academy PSVE hosts an information evening for students, parents and guardians tomorrow from 6.30 to 8 p.m. The event will take place under the gazebo at the Academy on the Berryl Richardson Road in Ebenezer.

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Tzu Chi wants Elshot’s school off its property

St.maarten– The Court in First Instance rules on Friday morning on a dispute between the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation and Claire Elshot. Tzu Chi wants Elshot to vacate a building on its property that she uses for the ACE Foundation

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Police investigate two robberies

St.maarten - The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating two armed robberies; one which took place last Friday at approximately 9.15 p.m. at supermarket on Union road. Two unknown and armed men, dressed in dark clothing arrived on the scene o

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Three men arrested for ill-treating policeman

St.maarten- Police have arrested three men for the ill-treatment of a police officer on duty. The incident took place last Saturday on Rhine Road in the vicinity of the Tantra night club. The officers were sent to that location to investigate a fight

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Sea Breeze hotel loses court case against tenant

St.maarten – The Sea Breeze Hotel in Little Bay is not allowed to close off the room Lydia Henderson rents there, the Court in first Instance ruled in summary proceedings. At the same time, the court noted that Henderson and her landlord Louis Fort

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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More parties and 35 percent more candidates in elections

St.Maarten – The number of candidates that will contest the September 26 elections has increased by 35.5 percent compared to the 2014 elections from 90 to 122 it appeared from the lists the nine political parties submitted to the main voting bureau

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Port joins Pokemon Go insanity

St.Maarten - Besides being the number one port in the Caribbean, Port St. Maarten last week Friday may have also become one of the first ports in the Caribbean to join in the Pokemon Go craze. Last week Friday afternoon between 4.30pm and 7.00pm, lo

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Italian company wins bid for new general hospital

St.maarten– The Italian company INSO has won the bid for the construction of the new hospital. With a bid of $59,578,655 the company outbid Vamed ($80,149,443) and BAM/Philips ($138,843,852). The difference between the lowest and the highest bid is

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Minister orders road cleanup

St.maarten- Minister Angel Meyers and the Department of Infrastructure of his ministry assigned various companies to conduct a onetime general cleaning of several main roads. At present contractors are cleaning Airport Boulevard, Welfare Road, Union

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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Cell phones banned on Election Day

St.maarten – The election campaign opens on Monday and concludes on Saturday September 24. Political manifestations and the placement of campaign posters and flags is only allowed during this period, Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo has decided.

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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More than 200 confirmed Zika-cases

St.maarten– The number of confirmed Zika-cases on the island now stands above 200. Currently there are 47 confirmed cases on the Dutch side, Public Health Minister Emil Lee said yesterday. On the French side, there are 160 confirmed cases. Lee sai

Uncategorized - Posted on August 10, 2016

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No more work permits for prostitutes

St.maarten – Since the Court in First Instance ordered the labor department on May 27 to process application for work permits from foreign prostitutes and to decide about these applications within three weeks, the department has not issued a single

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Battle of Arnhem hotel up for demolition

OOSTERBEEK - A Dutch hotel which played a significant role in Operation Market Garden in World War II is about to be demolished, despite protests by veterans, historians and locals, broadcaster NOS reported. Hotel Dreijeroord in Oosterbeek – known

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Workshop develops manual for outbreak control management

St.maarten – Staff from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Tourist Bureau, the Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino, took part in a two-day workshop coordinated by the Co

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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PPA revisits property tax proposal

St.maarten - The People’s Progressive Alliance is looking at revisiting the property taxes party-leader Gracita Arrindell announced in a recent press conference and remove it from their political manifesto which was presented last week. The manifes

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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CPS warns again about mosquito breeding sites

St.maarten–After the recent rainfall, the Collective Preventive Services (CPS) calls on citizens to wear light colored clothing at dusk, long-sleeved shirts and pants and to use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could po

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Shakiya to Leeward Islands Calypso competition

St.maarten—Morenika Charles-Arrindell, the first female and current Calypso Monarch of St. Maarten, will be representing the island at the 20th Annual Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch Competition in Anguilla on Saturday. Charles-Arrindell, who sing

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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General Mills recalls flour

Due to four new confirmed illnesses General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced U.S. retail flour recall that was originally announced on May 31. Its products are also on the shelves in local supermarkets in

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Internal Affairs investigates addict’s stunt with police car

St.maarten - The Internal Affairs department of the police force is busy with the investigation into Saturday’s incident whereby a female drug addict took of with a police car. The handcuffed woman managed to force herself through a small window t

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Endorsement lists of candidates on August 9

St.maarten – After postulation day, Monday August 8, the endorsement of the candidates lists of political parties that are contesting the September 26 elections, will take place the following day at the census office from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The ce

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Organized crime is highly modernized

St.maarten - Information and information exchange is considered a key aspect in modern day law enforcement, the Law Enforcement Council writes in a recent report on the issue of information exchange between organizations in the judicial chain. The C

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Larmonie Center gets an additional floor

St.maarten– Bids for the renovation and expansion of the John Larmonie Center on Longwall Road must be submitted this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Ministry of Vromi. The project includes work on drainage, sewage and parking facilities and the expansio

Uncategorized - Posted on August 4, 2016

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Minister Gibson hospitalized

GREAT BAY – Finance Minister Richard Gibson was hospitalized on Monday for observation after he became unwell at his office. The minister appeared to suffer from extremely high blood sugar levels. He is expected to go overseas today, Thursday, for

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