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St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Couple still together, but man faces 5 years for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – A domestic dispute that ended with gun shots on November 14 of last year on Arch Road seemed to get a happy ending when it turned out in court yesterday that the alleged shooter, John H. and his wife Janet are still together. But pros

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Fault in Pondfill line blamed for partial outage

St. Maarten – Parts of the island connected to the electricity feeder cable on the Pondfill Road lose power around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A fault between the Zagersgut Substation and the Pondfill was blamed for the outage. In a post on Facebook

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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MPs say yes to continuing cooperation with the other three Parliaments in the Dutch Kingdom

Unity, preparation stressed St. Maarten – Members of Parliament on and off the permanent Committee on Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations see a need to continue meeting with their colleagues from the other three Parliaments in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Visa requirement for Guyanese and Jamaicans to enter St. Maarten takes effect

St. Maarten – New regulations requiring Guyanese and Jamaicans to obtain a visa to enter St. Maarten took effect on Monday. This was confirmed in a statement by Justice Minister Roland Duncan on Tuesday. The move is based on a request by Justice Mi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister Shigemoto had no right to kick advisor Pandt out of meeting

Donner: “Cft determines who its advisors are” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto was wrong when he kicked Cft board member Max Pandt out of a meeting on February 23, Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Official opening St. Maarten Parliament building set for April 28

St. Maarten– The official opening of the House of Parliament is scheduled for Thursday April 28, the President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell announced yesterday. The opening ceremony will be “low budget but tasteful with a cultural element,

Editorial - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Expertise

Minister Donner has put another dent in the armor of Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto. In a written answer to a question by Socialist Party parliamentarian Ronald van Raak that escaped everybody’s attention so far, Donner made clear that Shigemoto h

Opinion - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Cars and Criminals Kill People

Dear Editor, St. Maarten and the Netherlands are two of the most difficult places in the world to get a gun permit yet the Netherlands gave a known criminal gun permits while no law-abiding citizen at the shopping centre had a gun or gun permit to

Opinion - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Gun control

The gun policy Justice Minister Roland Duncan favors is destined to fail. It’s not that we’re not wishing otherwise, but in the wake of the shopping mall massacre in Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday we learned that even in the Netherlands gun cont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Government approves, sends Cft, Donner 420 million guilder budget

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced Tuesday that the Council of Ministers (COM) has approved a balanced 2011 budget and he expects a positive advice from the Committee for Financial Supervision (Cft). The expected positive advic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament meets on 2011 budget next week

St. Maarten – Parliament will meet next week Thursday to discuss issues concerning the 2011 budget. The National Alliance faction asked for the meeting on Monday. The 2011 budget is a hot topic, because the government has to submit a Cft-approve

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Pointe Blanche Prison gets 12 new guards

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan swore in 12 new prison guards on April 11, 2011 at a ceremony in his office on the A. Th. Illidge road. The 12 new officers will be stationed at the Pointe Blanche Prison. Duncan and the prison’s Di

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament discusses new clerk this Friday

Appointment urgent due to departure Franklin Hanze St. Maarten – The parliament handles on Friday morning the appointment of the clerk for its organization. The contract of Franklin Hanze, who has functioned as the interim clerk since 10-10-10,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 13, 2011

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Wescot-Williams views election call as furtherance of installation protest

“Some still try to throw sand in the eyes of the people to hide their own shortcomings.” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has taken note of the statements made by the leader of the National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliamen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Advisory Committee finalizing Brooks Tower Accord resumption procedures

St. Maarten – The formation of the inter-ministerial Brooks Towers Accord Advisory Committee has been accomplished and members have already met regularly during the past weeks to discuss and finalize the procedures of the much anticipated re-instat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Bas Roorda’s attorney qualifies Duncan’s statements as nonsense

“The grounds for dismissal are fabricated” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “This is nonsense,” Bas Roorda’s attorney Maarten Le Poole told this newspaper to statements by Justice Minister Roland Duncan about the reason for his client

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Caribserve launches fourth generation internet access

Wimax: faster, cheaper, and available “anytime, anywhere” St. Maarten – Internet service provider Caribserve announced the introduction of its Wimax 4G network yesterday. “This is a major milestone for UTS and its affiliate Caribserve,”

Opinion - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Lessons in democracy

While there is some talk about the banana republicism of St. Maarten, there is plenty of that in Curacao as well. At the center of controversy is, as usual, the party of Helmin Wiels, Pueblo Soberano, and his minister of education Rene Rosalia in par

Opinion - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Fabrications {Bas Roorda}

On Friday we were stunned to learn that the dismissed head of the finance department Bas Roorda had to leave the island to protect his personal safety. Yesterday we were equally shocked about statements Justice Minister Roland Duncan made in the medi

Editorial - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A boost up to the board room

The graduating class of the Sundial School is taking its destiny into its hand by deciding to do create a year book. The project symbolizes the needed spirit to take initiative and the creativity that lies within the next generation. We commend them

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Rounded professional appointed as Inspector General

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever met with and introduced the new Inspector General Earl Best on Monday. Best, who studied Sports Medicine in the Netherlands, was appointed for three years as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Sundial graduates seek support for year book project

St. Maarten - The graduating class of 2011 of the Sundial School has formed a committee to create a year book. The book is themed “From the Classroom to the Boardroom”  and is expected to make this year’s graduation the best ever.  In a lette

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Anti-counterfeit network React prepares large raid in St. Maarten

St. Maarten / Curacao – Last week two jewelry stores on front street saw a thousand of their counterfeit watches crushed by an asphalt roller at the order of bailiff Karl Arndell. The action fit into a pattern of heightened awareness among brand ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Course participants sign declaration on historical preservation

St. Maarten/Curacao – Civil Servant and author Loekie Morales, who is also president of the Beyond Writing Foundation, joined other participants in the first Caribbean heritage course in signing the Willemstad Declaration on Caribbean heritage. Mor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Dutch Kingdom Affairs Committee meets Wednesday, Justice committee meets Thursday

St. Maarten – The permanent Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament in the House of Parliament located in the former Caribbean Palm Buildin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Aruba Hospitality School hosting information session Thursday

St. Maarten  - The Dean of Academic Affairs of the Colegio EPI Hospitality & Tourism Ryan Maduro will meet officials in the Department of Education and hold an information session for prospective students during a visit to St. Maarten that begin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Tickets on sale for Senior Queen Speech and culture wear event

St. Maarten - The nine contestants in the Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen Pageant will participate in their speech and culture wear competition this Saturday, April 16 at the Carl and Sons Unique Inn in Cole Bay. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. and tic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 12, 2011

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Academy honors science fair winners, volleyball team

Exam class takes study leave St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Academy honored its winning team at the St. Maarten Science Fair during Monday’s early morning assembly. The school’s volleyball team and the class of students preparing to sit their

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Dutch parliament sets this Friday as absolute deadline for SXM budget

THE HAGUE – The Dutch parliament is for the time being satisfied with Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner’s statement that St. Maarten will have a balanced and Cft-approved budget no later than this coming Friday, April 15. The faction

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Embezzlement investigation at Tourist Bureau is underway

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office has started the preparations for the investigation of possible embezzlement at the Tourist Bureau, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos said yesterday. Asked whether this investigation would get a new prio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Gypsy cab driver attempts to rape passenger

St. Maarten – A gypsy cab driver attempted to rape a female passenger on Saturday morning around five thirty, after she had accepted a ride home from a casino at the head of town. But the attempt failed, because the woman told him she had to take a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Fourteen children complete Toastmaster leadership program

St. Maarten - The Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club, conducted a youth leadership program that started on March 4 and ended last Friday, under the supervision of coordinator Leona Romeo Marlin and assistant coordinator Catherine Arrindell-Conner.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Shooting near Le Petit Chateau

St. Maarten – In the wee hours of Saturday morning police were called to Le Petit Chateau, a brothel on Pond Island to stop a fight. When officers arrived, they saw a man running towards the Little League stadium. He was firing shots in the stadium

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Shooting on Brouwers Road, supposed victim arrested

St. Maarten – Saturday morning at six o’clock police investigated a shooting at the A.J.C. Brouwers Road. On the scene a man, J.A.A., told officers that an unknown man had appeared in front of his car and that he had fired five shots at him. O

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Smart tradeshow opens May 25 at Westin hotel

St. Maarten - Hundreds of travel writers, hotel suppliers and tour organizers are expected to return to St. Maarten for the tenth edition of the annual regional tradeshow Smart.  The event will be held at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa from Ma

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