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

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Arrindell pushes domestic violence registration code

St. Maarten –The president of parliament Gracita Arrindell will be seeking broad-based support for legislation to establish a central registration code for domestic violence and child abuse that would apply to healthcare workers, educators, child a

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Committee wants information from Minister about state of the economy

St. Maarten –The permanent parliamentary committee for tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunications wants a meeting with Minister Franklin Meyers and his Secretary General Miguel de Weever as well as with department heads for an upda

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

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National Alliance wants meeting about 2011 budget

St. Maarten – The faction of the National Alliance wants a meeting of parliament to discuss the developments surrounding the 2011 budget. The opposition also wants Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto to appear in parliament to answer questions. Oppo

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

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Police report three burglaries, theft and the disappearance of a white envelope

St. Maarten – Police reported on Friday three burglaries, one attempted burglary, the theft of a €14,000 ($20,000) motor bike and the disappearance of a white envelope containing close to $2,000. All incidents happened in the course of last week.

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

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Two armed robberies on one day

St. Maarten – The police reported on Friday that two armed robberies took place last week. During the robbery of the Futa supermarket in the Keys a lone robber brandishing a handgun chased everybody out of the supermarket around seven thirty in the

Editorial - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Shocking

The dismissed head of the finance department Bas Roorda fled the island yesterday – not because he is a coward (on the contrary) but because he received sound advice to go because of concerns about his personal safety. This is shocking because t

Opinion - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Is it just political victimization?

Dear Editor, I’m writing this article not particularly because it is Mr. Bas Roorda, supposedly a well qualified Dutchman, head of the finance department. I’m perplexed and dismayed; trying to understand or rationalize what could be so urgent

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

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Today’s Opinion: A creative lot

Journalists are a creative lot. No we’re not saying….. But all the same, journalists are a creative lot. We remember from years ago that a reporter for the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad boarded a plane at Schiphol Airport with a toy gun to

Opinion - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Courtside manners

There is no love lost between mr. J.G. Bloem and W.A. van Sambeek. The attorneys were in court yesterday for summary proceedings concerning a suspended employee of Alpha Marketing and Management, Royal Resort’s vehicle for the sale of timeshare wee

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

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“One politician involved in embezzlement at Tourist Bureau”

Roorda back to the Netherlands for personal safety reasons AIRPORT St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The dismissed head of the finance department, Bas Roorda, boarded a KLM flight for Amsterdam yesterday afternoon, after he had been advised to lea

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Suspended employee demands money from Alpha Marketing

Another dispute involving MP Jules James St. Maarten – A female employee of Alpha Marketing and Management, the vehicle Royal Resorts used for selling timeshare weeks at the former Pelican Resort until it closed down on January 18 of this year,

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Mosquito fogging tentatively planned for May

St. Maarten – The Section General Public Health of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), an executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, announced that mosquito fogging is tentatively planned for the month o

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Vaccination outreach for St. Peters on April 27

St. Maarten – The Department of Youth Health Care (YHC) within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is planning a vaccination outreach for the residents of St. Peters on April 27. The outreach will be held at the Rupert I.

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Cft reports positive talks with government

St. Maarten – The Board of financial supervision (Cft) has gone into waiting mode for the government of St. Maarten to deliberate on and submit new adaptations to the 2011 budget. Parties spent the week talking about solutions and are still hoping

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

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RBTT contributes to Journey for Education

St. Maarten - RBTT President & Country Head Wayne Kowlessar, presented a check to representatives of Journey for Education on April 7 to renew the bank’s support of the organization’s Walkathon. “One of the main areas of focus for RBTT i

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

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Minister Arrindell pledges scholarship to USM for Senior Carnival Queen

~ Contestants received by Parliament, Council of Ministers ~ St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell pledged a full scholarship at the University of St. Martin (USM) to the young lady who will be crowned as th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Williams gets emotional farewell

St. Maarten – Felecia Chelsea Williams, the St Maarten Academy PSVE student who died tragically on March 27 got a very emotional send off Thursday. Scores of her friends lined up to get a final glimpse of their “dear friend” during the memorial

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Angry investors put lien on Simpson Bay Resort assets

Timeshare owners want $3.5 million back from Sutton and Corso St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Angry timeshare owners at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, united in the PCIP Investors Association, put a lien on all real estate belonging to the S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Minister Donner: “No improper governance in St. Maarten”

St. Maarten – “There is no improper governance in St. Maarten despite the problems to arrive at a balanced budget, but it is important that the Board for Financial Supervision Cft gets access to the financial administration of government-owned co

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Human Rights Court under fire

The European Court for Human Rights has come under fire from the liberal VVD-faction in the Dutch parliament. Faction-leader Stef Blok and VVD MP Klaas Dijkhoff argue in an opinion piece that appeared in the Volkskrant yesterday to limit the court’

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Today’s Opinion: Counterfeit products

Counterfeit products might soon be items hard to come by in St. Maarten. Yesterday local merchants saw a whole bunch of counterfeit Rolexes and other “expensive” watches crushed in a press on the yard of MNO Vervat on Arch Road. Not too long ago,

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Investment scandal

It is becoming increasingly clear that the combination of the membership of parliament with a function in the private sector is a bad idea. The  latest controversy surrounding the former Pelican Resort Club (now the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina)

Editorial - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Unrelated?

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s statement that firing finance department Head Bas Roorda and the fact that Roorda filed a complaint about a punishable act at the public prosecutor’s office are unrelated is curious. Maybe the Minister is righ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Sanitary landfill road partially closed on Friday, Saturday

St. Maarten – The Infrastructure Management Department of the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure, announced Thursday that the road leading to the sanitary landfill adjacent to the Soualiga Road will be p

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One thousand counterfeit watches pulverized with asphalt roller

St. Maarten – More than a thousand counterfeit watches with an estimated retail value of between $100,000 and $150,000 were destroyed under supervision of Bailiff Karl Arndell yesterday afternoon. At the yard of road builder MNO Vervat, an impressi

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PM to appoint cabinet staffer to liaise with Corporate Governance Council

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has expressed her disappointment that decisions made by the Council of Ministers relating to Corporate Governance Council have not been communicated to the Council in a timely fashion. She announce

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Sentence reductions soften punishment for four violent robbers and car thieves

St. Maarten –Three 20-year-old St. Maarteners and one 27-year-old Aruban found some reprieve in court yesterday when Judge Mr. M. Keppels pronounced her verdict on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, multiple car thefts, firearm possession

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SMMC and WIHCUA reach agreement on new CLA

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Medical Center and the Windward Islands Healthcare Union Association (WICHUA) reached agreement on a new three year Collective Labor Agreement (CLA) Thursday. Agreement on the document was brokered by Labor Mediator Ke

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Shigemoto counters Donner’s comments on St. Maarten’s debts

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has maintained his point that St. Maarten did not benefit sufficiently from the 1.5 billion euro debt reorganization facilitated by the Netherlands to pay off the Netherlands Antilles debt. He also poin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Nature Foundation Snorkel Club begins againg April 27

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation will start its after school Snorkel Club Program once again on Wednesday April 27th 2011. The program is patr of a continued effort to educating young people  and stressing the important role they pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2011

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Shigemoto denies link between firing and complaint filing

P.M.: “He was notified of the intention.” GREAT BAY – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto confirmed on Wednesday that the government has fired of Bas Roorda as Interim Head of the Finance Department and denied a link between the sacking and an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 7, 2011

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Reserves are government’s last option for budget solution

PM: Raising fees, taxes not under discussion St. Maarten – An agreement with Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) to draw on reserves is one of the government’s last option in the short term to arrive at a positive advice for the 2011 budget.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 7, 2011

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Details emerge about kidnapping Israeli drug dealer in December

Trial two suspects moved to June 8 St. Maarten – Only now the details are emerging of a violent kidnapping of an Israeli drug dealer that occurred on December 16 of last year. Two suspects involved in this crime appeared in the court in First In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 7, 2011

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Desperate gypsy cab driver punished with conditional fine

75-year old has 162-guilders pension St. Maarten – The authorities have made hunting down gypsy cab drivers a priority, and 75-year-old Sylvan Thomas Roberts was the first one to find himself on the receiving end of that policy. The court in Fir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 7, 2011

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Brisett calls for completion of Belvedere Church

“Then he may truly rest in peace.” St. Maarten – “Then he may truly rest in peace.” With those words Reverend E. Lloyd Brisett - officiating minister at the funeral of the late  Edgar Lynch -, urged those who loved the deceased to acco

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