French St. Martin News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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US reiki master steals work from local painter Tihanyi

St. Martin – Painter Stephy Tihanyi is incensed that Teri van Horn, a Texan reiki master has used the image of one of her paintings without permission on her web site and on her Face book page healinglightonline. When the artist called Van Horn on

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Silent revolution at the university

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin has gone through a silent revolution the past year and the board is not ready to talk about it. Soon after the university hired Dr. Francio Guadeloupe as its new dean of academics in the beginning of 2014 t

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Financial supervision evaluation is complete

St. Maarten – The committee that evaluates the kingdom law financial supervision Curacao and St. Maarten must have completed its advice to Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk a bit more than two weeks ago, on July 10. Plasterk will use this

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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DP delivers blistering criticism on governing program: “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams delivered blistering criticism of the governing program the Council of Ministers sent to the parliament a week and a half ago. The program shows “an inadequate end unprepared government,

Editorial - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Editorial: Embarrassing

The Democratic Party has severely criticized the governing program and not without reason. The document is, as the DP has noted, a wish list that does not offer ideas about when the government intends to do what. It is remarkable that other opposi

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Caribbean chocolate Festival in Maho: Appetizing models tantalize audience

  St. Maarten - Award winning chef and expert chocolatier, Veejooruth Purmessur and his assistant Ronald Stephen added the Midas touch to the chocolate flavored models on the opening night of the Caribbean Chocolate Festival at the Sonesta M

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Laville still under investigation

  St. Maarten - Former Member of Parliament Romain Laville is not off the hook yet as the Public Prosecutor’s Office still considers charging him for gun possession and two cases of gun threats. Officers of the National Detective Agency ar

Opinion - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Kick ’em Jenny

Somethings’ brewing under the surface of the ocean and even though it is not happening in our back yard, it is close enough to pay attention. Kick ‘em Jenny, the submarine volcano eight kilometers north of Barbados is a lumbering threat to the

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Opinion: Paying lip service

What is most amazing about the never-ending procession of court cases the new owner of the former Caravanserai Resort, Alegria, gets involved in, is the lack of response to this very detrimental situation from the government, and in particular from T

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Claude Wathey commemoration: Everybody on the same page again

  Family members and representatives of DP and UP gather for a group picture together with Minister Claret Connor. Photo Today / Leo Brown   St. Maarten – After the awkward split in the election year 2014, when the Democratic Party

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Three men rob jewelry store on Front Street

  This show case contained an assortment of jewelry; it was extensively damaged during the robbery. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - One officer from Checkmate Security remains traumatized and the owners of Helena Jewelry on Front S

Uncategorized - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Timeshare owners demand their right in court again from Alegria (ex Caravanserai resort)

  The world of happiness Alegria claims to provide does not include the disenfranchised timeshare owners of the former Caravanserai Resort. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance will rule on August 14 on the laws

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Tsunami after volcanic eruption unlikely – Kick ‘em Jenny: no reason for panic

    St. Maarten – The orange alert the University of the West Indies issued for increased activity of the submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny is no reason for panic. At least, if we go by a statement from the director of the coastal

Editorial - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Editorial: Obvious weakness

Emil Lee, policy advisor to the Democratic Party faction in parliament has pointed out an obvious weakness in the governing program. He does not see any initiative to stimulate the economy. That is in Lee’s view – and many will agree with him

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Atlantis World Group applauds action against Calabrian mafia

 “Illegal gambling activities give our industry a bad name” St. Maarten – Agence France Presse reported this week that the suspects Italian authorities arrested during an action against gambling activities of the Calabrian mafia also worke

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Fantastic Acrobat Marcus: not just another dreadlock

St. Maarten - He was physically and verbally abused in London, stoned in Jamaica, he has children in Iceland, Finland and New York, speaks four languages and was severely injured during an opening act. His name is David Marcus and he goes by the nam

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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DP policy advisor Lee critical about adopt-a-school program – “I have seen little effort to stimulate the economy”

  St. Maarten - The business community continues to react to the governing program the United Peoples Party (UP) led coalition presented to the Council of Ministers. Emil Lee, policy advisor to the Democratic Party, is concerned about the co

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Stabbing victim declines to press charges

St. Maarten – A 39-year-old man declines to press charges against the mother of his child who reportedly stabbed him in the paid parking lot of the Princess Juliana International Airport on Tuesday afternoon around 4.30. The man had a stab woun

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 27, 2015

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Committee agrees to letterabout dispute regulation

St. Maarten – The committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations agreed yesterday to sign on to a letter drafted by its sister committee in Curacao about the position the Dutch government took during the Kingdom conference about a

Editorial - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Editorial: Decency (Taking its objection off the table in hit and run accident)

The family of hit and run victim Ramesh Manek has asked the court permission to make a statement at the trial on October 7. The attorney for the defense has objected to the request – for now - because she fears that such a statement could have an a

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Airport Road hit and run goes to trial in October

Defense objects to statement by victim’s relatives in court   St. Maarten –Kevyn Maurice C. will stand trial on October 7 for the fatal accident that took the life of Rotary president Ramesh Manek on April 16. The prosecution has char

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Police Chief of the Dutch National Police Gerard Bouman visits St. Maarten police force 

  St. Maarten - Police Chief of the Dutch National Police Gerard Bouman will arrive on the island today for a one-day visit with the police force, his first one in history. Bouman  will sit down in intense discussions with the management of

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Iconic Kangaroo Court in Philipsburg, St. Maarten closed its doors

  Kangaroo Court, the iconic bar and restaurant across from the courthouse in the Hendrik Straat in Philipsburg has closed its doors. The Kangaroo Court sign has been removed from the building and it is unclear if and when the place is going

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Transparency International launches integrity report next week

St. Maarten – Transparency International will launch St. Maarten’s National Integrity System assessment next week Tuesday at the University of St. Martin. Alejandro Salas, the regional director for the Americas at Transparency International w

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Attempted manslaughter nets man 3 years in jail

St. Maarten – Ramon Gumbs claimed self-defense but the Court in First Instance sentenced him for attempted manslaughter to 3 years of imprisonment yesterday morning. The 24-year-old defendant had a beef with a security guard identified in court as

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Disaster management tells sailors to get ready (Hurricane preparedness)

  This is what these oats looked like after hurricane Gonzalo was done with them in October 2014. File photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) advises boat owners to review their hurricane

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2015

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Ebenezer residents want clean trenches

A scene from a trench in Ebenezer on Wednesday. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Residents from the Ebenezer District are disappointed that their trenches are filled with bush and debris. Grass and small threes can be seen budding from the

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Editorial: Unity in diversity – LBGTI

Lysanne Charles-Arrindell makes a good case for the LBGTI-community on the island in our front-page article. Her organization is not at war with the church and it is not looking for the legalization of religious same-sex marriages. Giving citizens

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Opinion: Better incentives

  Dear Editor, Today’s editorial of Monday, July 20 missed the point that I was making for calling on government for a better plan to lure professionals back home. The editor’s opinion is respected, but he made my point much clear

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Opinion: Outside the box

We appreciate MP Maurice Lake’s elucidation on his call for more incentives for local professionals, but it has done little to change our point of view. The bottom line is that an incentive is something you give away in exchange for a service. L

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Indian merchants support DigiKidz’ IT infrastructure

  Jose Sommers (center) holds the check together with Ramu Dawtani (right) and IMA-President Prakash Mirpuri while other board members look on. Photo contributed At Hillside St. Peters School St. Maarten - Last week the Indian Merchant As

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Safe SXM president Lysanne Charles-Arrindell: “We are not at war with the church”

  Safe SXM President Lysanne Charles-Arrindell. Photo Contributed St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick - The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and Intersexual (LBGTI) community on the island is getting more reconciliation for its work than before.

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Schoelcher commemoration in Grand Case: Chance-Duzant wants “support for the little things we ask”

Attorney Patricia Chance-Duzant is on a roll during her address. Photo Today / Leo Brown         GRAND CASE, St. Martin – Victor Schoelcher, the 19th-century abolitionist writer who had a large influence on the abol

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Intruder robs and beats sexagenarian at home

St. Maarten – A masked intruder robbed and seriously injured a 65-year-old man in his home on the Calabas Drive in Almond Grove on Monday afternoon around 3.30 p.m. The intruder beat his victim after the latter confronted him. After the ill-trea

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2015

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Jet blast: tourist in hospital (St. Maarten Airport (SXM/TNCM)

St. Maarten – A female cruise tourist sustained serious injuries in the blast zone behind the runway of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM/TNCM) on Monday afternoon. When a commercial plane took off, it blew the woman’s hat from her

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