St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Editorial: Clarion Call (University of St. Maarten needs attention)

Member of Parliament Maurice Lake will ask today some attention for the University of St. Martin – a call that is long overdue. That the university has been struggling for years to make ends meet is no secret to anybody. It is also no secret tha

Opinion - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Opinion: Measuring success (of the St. Maarten Gov. press secretariat)

The doomed press secretariat will continue its spin-factory existence under a new leader after the departure of Mike Granger per the end of next month. Alston Lourens will take over per the first of April – no joke. We have nothing against Granger

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Diamond Resorts wins verdict worth $100,000 – Court orders whole-owner out of Royal Palm condo

St. Maarten – Diamond Resorts Palm Management booked an interesting court victory against Amazing Grace A.V.V. - a company established in 1991 in Aruba, but with an address on Back Street in Philipsburg. After a legal battle that began on June 9,

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Gracita Arrindell candidate for Dutch Council of State

St. Maarten –Drs. Gracita Arrindell is a candidate to fill the position for St. Maarten at the Council of State in The Hague, the former president of parliament confirmed to this newspaper on Saturday. The appointment has not yet been formally ann

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Heineken Regatta launches Crew Forum

St. Maarten - The Regatta organization has announced the launch of the new and improved Crew Forum that brings together skippers, crew, individual sailors and boats and ensures that everyone has a chance at joining this year's 35th anniversary of t

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Caribbean Jazz summit at Port de Plaisance

St. Maarten – Under the title A Caribbean Jazz Summit Christian Amour’s Sas Smart Prod presents a concert on Saturday at Port de Plaisance with “two of the finest musicians on the jazz planet:” Mario Canonge, a piano player from Martinique a

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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First consular corps reception – Governor Holiday calls on consuls for cooperation

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène  Holiday received members of the consular corps during a reception dubbed Strengthening Ties at Sheer restaurant on Front Street on Friday evening. Currently, there are seventeen established consulates, with fi

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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MP Lake wants more money for university

St. Maarten - United People’s party MP Maurice Lake has submitted a list of points for the plan of action of the permanent parliamentary committee for education, culture, youth and sports. The committee will meeting today to discuss a draft a plan

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Police fire warning shot at fleeing burglars

St. Maarten – A police officer fired a warning shot early Saturday morning during the chase of two men who are suspected of burglarizing the Tattoo Parlor on Back Street. Officers arrested a 23-year-old suspect; the second man is still on the lam.

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Editorial: Not good enough (steps to prevent drugs smuggling in luggage of unsuspecting InselAir travellers)

Reports that employees at the airport may be involved in smuggling illegal drugs in the luggage of unsuspecting InselAir passengers is alarming and not just for the obvious reason. If such unscrupulous employees are able to get drugs in the airport a

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Opinion: Mark Mingo Must First Provide Answers!

The Today newspaper of January 20, 2014 reported that Mark Mingo will be departing from the Harbour Group of Companies, where he held the position of CEO.  The article further mentioned that he did not say what his next job will be. ·     

Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Opinion: Where is the beef?

Sean Richardson who is a Progressive Labor Party (PLP) candidate in the upcoming Island Council elections has hit out at parts of the local political establishment for what he describes as “creating a closed shop and a coalition of cows when it com

Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Politician’s alleged killer stays silent: lawyer

The Hague - Bart van U., who is a suspect in the murder of former Minister Els Borst, invoked his right to remain silent and did not say anything during his police interrogation. This is according to his lawyer Noëlle Pieterse, AD reports. Van U

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation accepting scholarship applications

GREATBAY/THE CARIBBEAN--- Caribbean students and industry professionals are encouraged to apply for a scholarship from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) so they can pursue higher education or professional devel

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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InselAir to adapt stringent measures (after discovering someone is placing drugs in their passenger’s luggage)

St. Maarten —InselAir is taking actions to find the persons involved in placing illegal drugs in the baggage of their passengers after their bags have been checked and director of the company Edward Heerenveen said once these persons are found the

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Making rain: can technology drought-proof the Caribbean?

St. Maarten - An article with the above headline appeared in the UK newspaper the Guardian and discussed what the author views as “a critical problem” for many of the regions territories. Below is the article in its entirety. “To mention th

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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DHL making moves to strengthen its position in the Caribbean

St. Maarten - DHL Express, the industry leader in global logistics solutions, is making moves to assert its position in the Caribbean market. The company held its first Caribbean ‘Area Conference’ at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino in St

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Regal Princess returns for medical emergency

St. Maarten —Shortly after its scheduled departure from St. Maarten’s port at 6:00pm yesterday, the Regal Princess cruise ship had to return for an unscheduled call after one of the passengers became seriously ill. The cruise ship was reporte

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Sonesta Great Bay team gets exceptional employee engagement recognition 

St. Maarten -Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino and Spa hit a number of major award milestones in 2014. One of the latest recognition comes from Sonesta International – the award for exceptional employee engagement. The award was announced a

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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MP Ronald van Raak says he doesn’t think St. Maarten was ready for autonomy

St. Maarten - Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming-Artsen recently met with Dutch Second Chamber Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald van Raak where they exchanged views about developments on St. Maarten. MP Ronald van Raak has been very outspo

Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Plot to assassinate justice minister uncovered

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – According to the local Dutch newspaper Amigoe there are serious indications of an assassination plot against the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro. This was supposed to happen during the Carnival parade. Two Venezuelans wer

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Tzu Chi entertains, treats at New Years/Valentines event  

GREATBAY - The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation entertained, educated and spread loving cheer to more than 120 of its members, volunteers, their family members and other guests at its Lunar New Year’s and Valentine’s Day event on Sunday, February 1

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Van Raak: “Curaçao’s gambling Mafia bought Secret Service”

WILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – Information about the Dutch Secret Service (AIVD) and the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is probably in the hands of the wrong people. The gambling mafia in Curaçao managed to buy the Curaçao Secret Service (V

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Gebe load shedding due to technical difficulties

St. Maarten - Gebe is currently experiencing technical difficulties with one of its production units and another engine is being overhauled which the company gave yesterday as the reason for the load shedding in certain areas that have resulted in c

Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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‘Privileged’ prisoners go to court over jail move

THE HAGUE--- A man who is serving 13 years in jail for murdering a jeweler is going to court because he faces losing his prison privileges. Sandro G and a number of other prisoners at a special unit in Veenhuizen jail are to be moved to make way for

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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VVD MP stands down pending expenses claim investigation politics February 19, 2015  

St. Maarten - A parliamentarian for the right-wing Liberal VVD has step down temporarily until a party inquiry into his integrity has been completed. Mark Verheijen is at the centre of allegations that he wrongly declared thousands of euros of priva

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Miss Makita featured at Kooyman Home Improvement Fair

St. Maarten -Kooyman has announced Miss Makita- Maria Alejandra Montoya, spokes model of MAKITA brand Industrial power tools and accessories—as the special guest for their upcoming Home Improvement Fair. Miss MAKITA will be live at the Kooyman Hom

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Jihadis kept out of police stations because of safety fears

THE HAGUE-- Terrorism suspects who are required to report daily to their local police station are not being allowed inside the building in some areas, the AD says on Thursday. In The Hague, for example, returning jihadis are told to identify themselv

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Island Gems helps Animal Defenders

St. Maarten -Island Gems Charity Foundation recently presented a cheque to Animal Defenders SXM to assist with neuter operations, vaccinations and other medical costs for the stray animals. The cheque for NAf 900 was written to a vet clinic in ke

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Heineken Regatta organization renews deals with loyal sponsors.

GREATBAY---The 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is gearing up for another successful event and once again receives the support of its loyal sponsors. The Regatta office is proud to announce that all sponsors from last year continue their support of

Uncategorized - Posted on February 24, 2015

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Groningen major wants hearing on earthquakes: VVD says no

THE HAGUE--Groningen Mayor Peter den Oudsten wants a parliamentary inquiry to find out what decisions had been made for his province. He thinks that the people in his region have been shamefully deceived. This is in reaction to a report by the Dutch

Editorial - Posted on February 23, 2015

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Editorial: Going Green

The initiative of the Christian Hillside School under the guidance of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation to introduce a recycling program at the school is commendable and should be viewed as an example for businesses and schools on the island. At a re

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2015

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Opinion: Are beaches public? No, they are not!

Are beaches public? No, they are not! According to the Civil Code beaches are presumed to be the property of government. In other words the presumption that beaches are public would have to be set aside if evidence to the contrary is presented. Bu

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2015

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Letter to the editor: Parliament calling in directors of Govt. owned companies wrong

Dear Editor, Where does our Parliament get the odd perception that it can call in (supervisory) directors of government owned or controlled entities and question them in public about their conduct of business ? These entities are not accountable t

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2015

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Opinion: What does LOL really mean?

By John McWhorter The going idea is that texting has, in essence, made graffiti a universal pastime: Barely punctuated, sparsely capitalized and with decidedly creative spellings throughout, texting means that today's people are reveling in writin

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