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Editorial - Posted by on April 26, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Happy St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten Carnival 2011 is underway. Last night the official opening of the Carnival Village set the festive spring season in motion. This is the time of the year for citizens to enjoy themselves in the way they know best. At the same time, w

Entertainment - Posted by on April 26, 2011

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Easter festival ends on a cultural note

Caribbean Utilities Employees Association St. Maarten - The reigning Calypso King of St Maarten Clement’ Kaiso Brat’ Richardson had the distinct honor to share the stage with Mc Lean Emmanuel, stage name ‘King Short Shirt’ from Antigua and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Breaking News: Rasta man shot

Just half an hour ago, at 4:30pm a drive by shooting was reported in Dutch Quarter. A rasta man was shot dead. No further info at this time

Opinion - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Study of crime needed in order to deal with it in a sustainable and long-term manner

Dear Editor, All the investigating entities who worked diligently in resolving several serious crimes should be highly commended for their success in capturing those responsible. The apprehension of three individuals who have confessed to the crim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Bloem approved as supervisory board member for the Central Bank

St. Maarten –Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced Tuesday that the Council of Ministers (COM) has put forward attorney Jairo Bloem as one of St Maarten’s candidates for the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Court confirms guilt five human smugglers

Cab driver to prison for 4 years and 10 months St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced five defendants for human smuggling and membership of a criminal organization to prison terms from 23 months to 6 years and 10 months yesterday. O

Opinion - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The price of human smuggling

The much anticipated sentencing of a criminal gang involved in human smuggling went down without spectacular fireworks. The bottom line is that the defendants, who are with two exceptions men in their sixties, were convicted. Though the sentences

Opinion - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: At the end of the rainbow

We read with growing amazement through the petition 28 owners at the Rainbow Beach Club filed and in which they demand corrections to discrepancies between their deeds of division and their purchase contracts. Basically, the owners bought somethin

Editorial - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: And now to sustained and structural approaches

Commendations continue to pour in for the task force that has caught the men responsible for three of the five people, who were murdered earlier this year. It also does not miss our attention that the national group from which they come has made it q

Opinion - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Trouble on the horizon

Justice Minister Roland Duncan seems to have a talent for hopping from one problem to the next. Whether it is the dismissal of Bas Roorda, the firearm policy or the Brooks Tower Accord, as soon as Duncan’s name is involved, there is trouble on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Bridge openings being reduced mid-May

St. Maarten – Bridge openings in Simpson Bay will be scaled back to four times per day as of May 16. The announcement of the scale back from six openings was made by the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA). The first two openings for t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Task force commended for solving murders

St. Maarten  - The St. Maarten Marines Trades Association (SMMTA) has congratulated the joint task force that solved three recent murders. The congratulations also come with sincere appreciation as the three people who were killed worked in and arou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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TelEm Group cutting over 500 subscribers in Cole Bay starting today

St. Maarten - TelEm Group technicians and engineers will continue their work on the largest transfer of customer subscriber lines so far in the company’s continuing migration to a new CS2K Softswitch today. The cutover began in late January and has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Corporation, MP distance Dominican community from recent violence

St. Maarten– The President of the Marigot Dominica/St. Maarten Development Corporation Jonah Doram and faction leader of the United People’s (UP) Party Romain Laville have condemned the actions of the three Dominicans police have detained for thr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2011

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Rainbow Beach Club owners demand corrections to deeds

Plaintiffs contest differences between purchase contracts and deeds of division St. Maarten – The Rainbow Beach Club in Cupecoy is heading for another court case. No less than 28 owners at the property have filed a law suit against four companie

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Enumerators cover roughly 80 percent in census’ first run

St. Maarten – Chief Project Officer for the 2011 Census Maurette Anterstijn has projected that the team of enumerators counted 80 percent of the island in the Census 2011, which concluded on Sunday. Those were not counted in the first run, which be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Investigators crack three murder cases

Breakthrough in Guillevin, Louis and Nova Valdez investigations St. Maarten – The arrest of three suspects in two violent robberies and a rape on April 7 produced an unexpected bonus when a detective working at the special Robbery Unit spotted s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Heyliger hopes for future prime minister from ABVO’s ranks

Salome: “Let us take up the responsibility and seriously work” St. Maarten - Continued leadership training and representation of worker’s rights was the main theme of Saturday’s celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the ABVO Union. A cere

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Insel Air stresses St. Maarten’s importance at Colombia launch

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – The International and Marketing Affairs Manager for Insel Air Edward Heerenveen has stressed the importance of St. Maarten yet again. This time he was speaking at the launch of the airline’s new service to Medillin, Colombi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Lasana Sekou returns from poetry recital in New York

St. Maarten - Lasana M. Sekou returned on Friday to St. Maarten following a solo-recital of his poetry, fiction, and spoken word videos at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, last week Thursday. Louis Coplin, HVCC Director of Student

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 19, 2011

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Imbali students to compete in Guadeloupe

St. Maarten - Some 14 students of Imbali Center for Creative Movement will head off-island to compete in ‘Le Concours Federaton Regional De Dance Guadeloupe 2011’ from April 19 - 22. The youngsters, who will be accompanied by three adults inc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Dongo and Trotman top speech and cultural wear competition

COLE BAY/St. Maarten- It was a night of show and tell when the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation staged its Senior Queen Speech & Cultural Wear competition at Carl & Sons Unique Inn on Saturday. While the speeches were different,

Opinion - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Subtle and deceitful

The Dutch way of creating legislation is very subtle and deceitful. I thought that capital punishment was never legal in the former Netherlands Antilles until just before it ceased to exist when we were told that capital punishment is no longer in ef

Opinion - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Communication

No grace period. No transition period. It is every country’s right to determine, who it lets in, who stays and who has to leave. The last point is important and very valid in the context of what we consider the broader discussion around visas. I

Opinion - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: No mercy

Sylvain Ephimenco is a French journalist who worked as a correspondent for the leftwing daily Liberation in the Netherlands for seventeen years. Since 1992 he writes a column for the Dutch daily Trouw. Born in 1956 in Algeria, Ephimenco is the first

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Amador Jones fifth murder victim in 2011

Plenty of witnesses but no one talks to police St. Maarten – Amador Jones was shot to death in the Under the Sun Car wash and Snack Bar across from the John Cooper/Jose Lake Ball Park in Cul de Sac on Saturday evening around eleven o’clock, bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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Showing true colors

St. Maarten – Contestants in the Senior Queen Speech and Cultural Wear competition at Carl & Sons Unique Inn displayed their true colors last Saturday. Clockwise left to right are the contestants Dongo, Mitchell, Brooks, Theodore, Weeks, Warno,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival foundation unveils new shirts

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF unveiled on Saturday morning its new shirts. Carnival kicks off next week Monday and closes on Tuesday May 3. “We are fortunate enough to celebrate the first Carnival under our new

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 18, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Ministry makes budget information available to MPs

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced in a press release yesterday that all relevant information and additional documentation related to the 2011 budget is available to Members of Parliament at the Council of Ministers secretariat

Editorial - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Legalized abortion

Abortion will become legal in the BES-islands, and now there is a push to engage in a discussion to legalize the practice in Curacao as well. It’s only a matter of time before the topic becomes an issue in St. Maarten. Abortion is a sensitive is

Opinion - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Measures to be taken by St. Maarten Government

Dear Editor, It behooves the government of this island to consider taking the following measures to assist them in getting out of the quagmire that has been created over the years. The government should implement as soon as possible a moratorium

Opinion - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Anatomy of a shooting

The Dutch philosopher Paul ter Heyne considers, unlike many others, last week’s shopping mall massacre in Alphen aan den Rijn not as an incident. It has to do with the culture of a country and we have to focus on education and morals, Ter Heyne wro

Opinion - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Cruijff Court rules

Johan Cruijff is the best soccer player the Netherlands has ever had. Now, in his sixties, Cruijff is still a major force at Ajax Amsterdam, the club he made a household name with his phenomenal actions on the pitch. But Cruijff has also always be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Divi Little Bay unveils first environmental code of conduct signs

St. Maarten – The first of 32 environmental signs communicating the island’s code of conduct on protecting the marine environment was unveiled at Divi Little Bay on Friday afternoon. The hotel is taking part in a pilot project that will also lea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 17, 2011

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Van Gent puts legalized abortion in Curacao up for discussion

THE HAGUE – GreenLeft parliamentarian Ineke van Gent wants the Dutch government to engage in talks with Curacao about the legalization of abortion. Van gent reacts with this initiative to a research by Curacao-based general practitioner Adriana Boe

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