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St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2011

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Fete to Fitness jump-up extremely successful

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has concluded yet another incident-free jump-up on Saturday night. SCDF President Stuart Johnson expressed his appreciation to the carnival supporters, bands and everyone else who a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2011

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Church service held in honor of Fire Fighters

St. Maarten – A church service was held at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church on Front Street Sunday in honor of fire fighters as part of Fireman’s Week celebrations. Governor Eugene Holiday, Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt, Prime

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2011

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St. Maarten Government and AMFO Team Up for District Improvement

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed an agreement with Antillean Co-financing Agency (AMFO) last Friday to execute a part of the country’s Integrated Neighbourhood Development Program (INDP). The INDP is a program approved as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2011

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Arrindell extends parliament’s condolences to Meyers, Hazel families

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has expressed her sympathy to the Meyers family on the passing of 81-year-old Eulalie Meyers-Hazel who passed away on Friday in the Dominican Republic. Arrindell who was in New York when

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2011

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Former Commissioner dissatisfied with the Dutch

St. Maarten – Former Commissioner in St. Eustatius Roy Hooker has slammed the Dutch government for not living up to agreements made leading up to when the island became a Public Entity of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010. Speaking in St. Maarte

Editorial - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Bittersweet Farewells

It may be a sign that life is random or that we must accept the good and the bad but today a nation must pause and find words to say farewell for two different reasons. On one hand Dennis Richardson, someone synonymous with moving the nation forwa

Opinion - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: How to dissolve a parliament

Eldridge van Putten’s petition drive aimed at dissolving the St. Maarten Parliament and – we assume – sending the St. Maarten government home – reached a new stage yesterday when the social and political activist sent a letter to the presiden

Opinion - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Kicking the Facebook habit

That Facebook is past the peak of its popularity is becoming increasingly evident. Our managing editor de-activated his Facebook page last week and two articles in the Dutch Volkskrant show that he is not the only one. Two authors reported on the pap

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Armed robber loses appeal against 6-year prison term

Common Court of Justice gives “veiled extradition” the nod St. Maarten – The Appeals Court has confirmed the verdict of Garvin Clint Baptiste and dismissed the argument that his arrest at the Dutch-French border on June 4, 2009, was unlawfu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Richardson’s appointment to Council of State approved

St. Maarten – Project Director for Constitutional Affairs and Interim Executive Director of the Social and Health Insurances (SZV) Dennis Richardson (64) has officially been appointed Member of the Kingdom Council of State. The decision to appoint

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Shigemoto, Jamaloodin sign transition regulation for Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto and his counterpart from Curacao Jorge R.M. Jamaloodin signed the transition regulation regulating the new Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten on Friday. This is seen as a significant development. 

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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CPS maintains travel advisory for persons travelling to Hispaniola

St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS) which is part of the Ministry of Public Health, says its travel advisory to Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic) remains in force due to the cholera outbreak which has claimed a total of 4,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Ministry of Public Health says no current or immediate threat from radiation out of Japan

St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS) from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor would like to inform the public that there is no current or immediate threat of radiation contamination to public health for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Census will ask about religion and illness but not about HIV/Aids

Get ready for April: 89 questions in 45 minutes St. Maarten – The questionnaire census takers will use during the upcoming 2011 census in April contains 89 questions in all: 54 about personal issues and an additional 35 about living accommodatio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Head Enumerators receive intense training ahead of Census

St. Maarten - Over 60 head enumerators and assistant head enumerators who will be responsible for managing 29 teams of enumerators scheduled to conduct housing & population surveys in every home across Dutch St. Maarten during April 9 to April 1

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Transactions to buy off forged passport charges not allowed

Attorney Merx points out rights of people with immigration-trouble St. Maarten - People who get caught by immigration with travel documents that are either forged or otherwise not in order have to seek legal assistance, attorney Mr. C.H.J. Merx to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Van Putten’s petition drive to dissolve parliament

Activist wants to know how many signatures he needs St. Maarten –“How many signatures are required for parliament to comply with our request?” that is the basis question social and political activist Eldridge van Putten asks in a letter add

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2011

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Community Pastor’s death leads to emotional outpouring

St. Maarten – Community Pastor Eulalie Meyers-Hazel died in hospital between Thursday and Friday, prompting an outpouring of support for the Meyers and Hazel families. The deceased is the mother of amongst others Minister of Tourism, Economic Affai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Telem Board believes restructuring, partnering can run simultaneously

PM to investigate status of affairs St. Maarten – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Telem Group of Companies Rafael Boasman agrees with the St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) that the company’s restructuring should be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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St. Peters Police substation construction encounters complications

“Group” to deliver turnkey project St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan confirmed on Thursday that a group has gotten together to build a turnkey police substation on the L.B. Scot Road. Preparatory work on the land where the buildin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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“Crime victims short-changed by sentence reduction-policy”

St. Maarten – Crime victims feel that they are short-changed by policy that entitles suspects to sentence reductions for remaining detained too long in a police cell, public prosecutor Mr. M. Overmeer said yesterday. “We should not look from a Du

Opinion - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Prison cells and sentence reductions

Prosecutor mr. M. Overmeer put the cat among the pigeons with her statement about the conditions in the police cells yesterday. The conditions in especially the old police cells have been a bone of contention for years and there has never been any do

Opinion - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Do heavier sentences result in more safety?

While St. Maarten struggles with prison cell capacity and prisons in the Netherlands stand empty, Dutch politicians are entangled in a debate about the usefulness of heavier sentences. The minority VVD/CDA-coalition’s supporter, the Freedom Party w

Opinion - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Laissez Faire Policies

Dear Editor, St. Maarten is overrun by foreign born nationals to the extent that the nature of the island and the culture of its people are on the verge of becoming non-existent. All of this is caused by the Laissez Faire policies of the people th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Telem back in the headlines

The Telem Group of Companies has surged back into the headlines in a “curious way” because the union has demanded that the process of restructuring the company be finalized before a strategic partner is found. This has raised the eye brows of bot

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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De Weever encourages public participation in upcoming Lion’s Health and Wellness Fair

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA) Cornelius de Weever, is encouraging public participation in the 3rd Lion’s Club Annual Health and Wellness Fair in the Festival Village on Pond Island on March 2

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Opposition calls for legal action against the French

MARIGOT/St. Martin - The opposition party in the Territorial Council on French St. Martin says that serious legal actions will be taken against the French government in order to collect the funds owed to St. Martin. The Opposition Party leader Alain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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St. Maarten Court acquits gypsy of stabbing cab driver

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted gypsy cab driver Bernardo O.L.H., 28, of stabbing a cab driver on January 23 near the Caravanserai Resort for lack of evidence. Judge Mr. M. Keppels ruled that the file did not contain enough e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Fire Officer emphasizes caution following spate of bush fires

St. Maarten – Three days of bush fires have led the Fire Department to restate their appeal that people should be careful about throwing lit cigarettes or other objects like glass bottles into the bushes. These types of incendiaries can create a ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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UTS reaffirms seven year partnership with St. Maarten Carnival Foundation

St. Maarten - A cash injection of $30.000.00 dollars and a donation of three Blackberry smart phones is just one way United Telecommunications Services (UTS) has reiterated their commitment to the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation offering free memory tests

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation will be providing free memory tests at Saturday’s 3rd annual Lions Club Health and Wellness Fair in the Festival Village. Board members and volunteers of the Alzheimer foundation will also be there

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Van Putten tables education “white paper” today

KRALENDIJK/BONAIRE - The Commissioner of Education for St. Eustatius Clyde van Putten is heading a high powered delegation to the education summit for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES) with the Minister of Education of the Netherlands Marja van B

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Sun Color building burglars get off light

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two burglars who raided the Sun Color building on January 17 to prison sentences equal to the pretrial detention. Jeannot Sanon, 22, was sentenced to 44 days and his partner in crime Anderson Pete

Entertainment - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival Fete to Fitness Jump-Up through Philipsburg on Saturday

Office relocates for one week St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will be taking Carnival lovers through Philipsburg tomorrow, Saturday, for “a warm-up, jump-up session”. “The Fete to Fitness around Town J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 24, 2011

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Snowflake cocaine trial may still go ahead after May hearing

Lawyers outraged about prosecution’s changed position St. Maarten – The Snowflake-trial against two brothers and two other suspects took an unexpected turn yesterday when the public prosecutor made an about face by asking the court to ignore

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