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Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Open letter to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams

Dear Editor,   I am writing this letter to ask you to intervene in a matter that I regard as sigficant and precarious. This matter is in regards to plans to convert the building known as the Box in Cay Hill into a prison/juvenile detention

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Opinion: Cross purposes

If the situation were not so serious it were hilarious to see people talk at cross purposes. That this example for a good laugh (okay, cry is more appropriate – take your pick). Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos has suggested to Justice Minister Duncan

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Opinion: No Sir

There is a weird brew of lingo for the royally decorated in use on our island. The great late film maker Ian Valz is among those citizens whom media on occasion referred to as Sir Ian Valz. Bobby V., who was in court this week, also is commonly refer

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Opinion: Only losers

There are crimes and then there are crimes. From simple theft to armed robbery, from manslaughter to murder, and from indecent exposure to rape. You get caught, you end up at the courthouse sooner or later, where your whole history will be put on pub

Opinion - Posted by on June 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: We stand corrected

Prosecutor Bart den Hartigh pointed out to us that attorney Brenda Brooks also made a reference to desisting if the court would not give her the opportunity to hear her client’s son before Judge Keppels denied the request. We did not pick that u

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

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UTS reports 15 million guilder profit for 2010

WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – Curacao and St. Maarten have 15 million guilders in profits from UTS to share up. This was confirmed Thursday by Curacao’s Shareholder Representative and Vice Prime Minister Charles Cooper. Curacao claims 87 percent of th

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

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Ombudsman to seek membership in international grouping

St. Maarten – The Ombudsman of St. Maarten Dr. Nilda Lynch-Arduin will begin the process for St. Maarten to become member of the International Ombudsman Institute (I.O.I) upon her return from a three country tour that began in Austria. The Ombudsma

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

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MPs meets students tonight

St. Maarten – Discussions at the inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation conclude today with discussions on the scheduling of future inter-parliamentary contact meetings between the four countries within the Kingdom. A press conference by the del

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

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Rotary, Alzheimer Foundation begin joint campaign

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation launched a joint, three month long awareness campaign on Wednesday in an effort to educate the community and identify ways to support caregivers. The project is b

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

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SIBA requests meeting with Central Bank on St. Maarten

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) has requested a meeting with St. Maarten based officials of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) or for a delegation to give them a hearing on their next visit to Philip

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

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Donner to raise investigation during Caribbean tour

THE HAGUE – Well placed sources around Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner has said he’ll raise the matter of installing an independent committee to investigate the operation of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and the

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

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Chun to serve as consultant at Tourism Bureau

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism Franklin Meyers confirmed on Wednesday that May Lin Chun has been appointed to temporarily head the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. It has also emerged that Chun, who has a background in marketing, has been hired as a

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

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Youth survey to be tweaked

St. Maarten – A research team from Emory University have interviewed 40 students between 15 and 19 about their sexual and reproductive health, drug and alcohol use and gang behavior. They expect to survey 10 more today to round out a sample group o

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

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Pride asks, “Where is the Inspection Department?”

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Pride Foundation has “strongly recommended” the Inspection Department in the Ministry of Public Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure immediately demolish structures near Karakter Beach Bar, Tang

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

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St. Maarten utilities GEBE will implement new tariff structure in August

Managing director Brooks explains the fuel clause St. Maarten – Utilities company GEBE will put its new tariff structure in place by August 1, managing director ir. William brooks said yesterday morning at a press conference at the company’s m

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

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55 students to receive degrees at University’s seventeenth commencement

Many first at this year’s commencement St. Maarten– Some 55 students will graduating and added to the University of St. Martin (USM) alumni roster on Saturday, June 18, 2011 when the island’s institution of higher learning holds its seventee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Attorney Brooks drops client mid-trial

Prosecutor: “This is judicial blackmail” St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. B. den Hartigh remained outwardly cool, but he did not mince his words when attorney mr. B.B. Brooks desisted from defending her client Rosalind A. G.-R. any longer when h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Attorney: Family wanted $1.8 million from Bobby V. to settle rape allegations

Prosecution demands 18 months for raping 16-year old niece St. Maarten – Emotions almost spiraled out of control at the courthouse yesterday afternoon during the rape trial of businessman Bobby V. when the defense charged that the rape-victim’

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Opinion: Judicial blackmail

The words hung heavy in the air in the court room yesterday morning: judicial blackmail. This is how prosecutor Bart den Hartigh labeled attorney Brenda Brooks' decision to drop a client on the spot after the court denied her request to hear said c

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Free Speech

We are blessed to live in a country where our media still reports the news from a neutral perspective. It seems our journalists and editors are passionate about what they do and they still seem to understand that the media has an incredibly important

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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I Can Foundation fraud trial postponed until August

St. Maarten – A couple that landed a job at the I Can Foundation after it did community service there for an earlier conviction, appeared in the Court in First Instance yesterday charged with forging receipts for goods delivered to this foundation

Opinion - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Editorial: On the matter of holidays

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell is pressing forward with her quest for Emancipation Day to become a national, public holiday. We say good on her, because Emancipation Day represents a joint hope of all of people who li

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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No Emancipation Day holiday this year

St. Maarten Businesses asked to close St. Maarten – This year’s Emancipation Day – Friday July 1 - will not be a national public holiday. However Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has requested the two main busi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Community service for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced Delroy D.A. Forbes, 17, to a 30 months suspended prison sentence for attempted manslaughter on Glenroy Mills on February 15. Judge mr. M. Keppels imposed a 3-year probation period and ordered that F

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 16, 2011

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Community service for fencing stolen car

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Richard Francisco Dilone, 21, to 146 days imprisonment and 120 hours of community service for fencing a car he bought for $200 on March 5. Of the prison sentence, 120 days are suspended and Dilone

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Consultant Clarence Richardson evaluates initiative law short term labor contracts

“Recognize seasonal workers in the law” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The National Alliance’s initiative law to curb abuse with short term labor contracts is “a very positive move,” labor and management consultant Clarence Richardson

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Caribbean countries offer aid to Dutch government

THE HAGUE – St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba stand ready to help the Dutch government in carrying out the responsibilities the latter has towards Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. The request for aid came from Senator Frank van Kappen on day one of th

Opinion - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Opinion: Reckless gamblers

We’re confident that most people living in the Netherlands do not belong in the category of seasoned poker players. They’re more like reckless gamblers who don’t give a rat’s behind about the outcome of their bets. Point in case: a survey

Opinion - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Opinion: Interesting philosophy (Derek Parfit)

The British philosopher Derek Parfit recently published On what matters – 1,400 pages of highly interesting philosophy. We guess that a lot of this stuff is food for philosophers and not for the average newspaper reader. Parfit, 68, circulated his

Opinion - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Opinion: Conflict-oriented

The debate is up and running, but the opinions we have read so far coming from union leaders seem to be rather conflict-oriented. From the United Federation of the Windward Islands, Willy Haize’s Ufa, nothing else was to be expected of course. H

Opinion - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Pride and EPIC renew calls for the Protection of Mullet Bay Beach and Mullet Pond

An Open Letter to the President of Parliament Dear Drs. Arrindell, St. Maarten Pride Foundation and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) welcome the news that the Ruins of the Mullet Bay Resort will finally be demolished after hav

Editorial - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Editorial: Reaching out, while reaching in

If nothing else, day one of the inter-parliamentary consultation of the Kingdom, has revealed that St. Maarten is not only finding ways to stand on its own two feet, but that it is also willing to lend a hand to Saba to St. Eustatius. Of course that

Opinion - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: The CGC – An advisory or supervisory body?

Dear Editor, The Corporate Governance Council has been in the news lately concerning the appointment of the former Director of Tourism, Ms. Regina Labega, to the post of President of the Princess Juliana International Airport. The advice given by

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Local author meets her living idol

GREAT BAY/THE NETHERLANDS – St. Maarten based author and President of the Beyond Writing Foundation Loekie Morales met Neil Diamond in Rotterdam after a “phenomenal concert” at Ahoy. It was a huge moment for Morales because Diamond is one of he

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 15, 2011

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Nagico CEO awards top producers, unveils 2020 vision

St. Maarten - NAGICO Insurances held its annual Agents’ Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday last at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. The event was attended by NAGICO’s agents, brokers,  key managers and officers from across the Caribbean in

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