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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort fires absent night manager on the spot

Court denies Neville Mars any compensation St. Maarten – Neville Mars, a former night manager for Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino says he will appeal a decision by the Court in First Instance that approved his dismissal for urgent reas

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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Labega confirmed as St. Maarten airport director

St. Maarten –Three days after she stepped into the job, the Supervisory Board of Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) has announced that Regina Labega is the new Managing Director of the PJIAE. Her appoin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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Realtors form new association

St. Maarten – Six real estate companies have formed the St. Maarten Real Estate Association with the key goal of having their industry “regulated and professionally guided.” The six current members are Tendal Real Estate N.V, Jennifer’s Vacat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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St. Maarten currently holds “majority” in Central Bank’s board

Navorra quits as board member WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY - Attorney Nelson Navarro has resigned as a member of the Supervisory Board (SB) of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS). According to Navarro, he wants to avoid any possible confli

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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UNDP representative arrives for discussions with St. Maarten government officials

St. Maarten – Dr. Marcia de Castro, Resident Representative and United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), arrived on the island Monday for discussions with government officials including the prime

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament gets “very busy” after summer recess

St. Maarten – Parliament will have a very busy schedule after the recess which started on July 1.  Members of Parliament (MPs) will return to work in the week of August 8. President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday that a n

Editorial - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Editorial: Acquittal

The acquittal of businessman Bobby V. did not really come as a surprise to most people who followed the rape trial. But even though the outcome of this ordeal is satisfactory for the accused, there are no real winners in this case. The 16-year-old

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Destined for failure

The Dutch government comes with one plan after the other that seems destined for failure. While Geert Wilders is holding a machete to the throat of the minority cabinet, ministers go out of their way to please the big bleached leader of the Freedom P

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Holidays

Should we stick to the Christian calendar for our national holidays and throw in a few Caribbean odd balls? Or should we embrace the multicultural society that the Netherlands has just dropped like a hot potato and move with the times? Already now

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Court acquits Bobby V. of rape charge

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted businessman Bobby V. of raping his 16-year old niece on March 7 of last year. At the trial on June 15, the prosecution demanded 18 months imprisonment, with 6 months suspended. Judge mr. M. Keppel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Privatization plans for Telem proceed “according to schedule”

St. Maarten – The government plans to privatize its telecom provider Telem proceed “according to schedule,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said this week in Parliament. The plans have been on the agenda for years and already when interim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Wescot-Williams: Delays Ombudsman funding caused by Usona procedures

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reacted in Parliament this week during the budget debate to the plight of the Ombudsman. The PM said that some delays were caused in releasing funds to the Ombudsman “by Usona procedures.”

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Rhoda Arrindell promotes language clubs

St. Maarten – Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell treated Members of Parliament this week to her definition of education. It is, the Minister said, “any experience that forms the mind, character of affects the physical ability of a person. It is t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Summer concert at Porto Cupecoy with Cuban jazz musician Morales

St. Maarten – This Wednesday Porto Cupecoy will begin its summer concert series. At the kick-off concert that starts at six o’clock, a Cuban jazz trio featuring world-renowned musician Fidel Morales will perform. The restaurants and shops at Port

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Arrangement with French St. Martin about Dutch driver’s licenses

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten and the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin agreed in December of last year to a grace period for people with a Dutch driver’s license living on the French side. In 2006 a transitional arrangement was put in place

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Emancipation Day speech Gracita Arrindell

“Some challenges we face could have been avoided” St. Maarten – The President of Parliament, Gracita Arrindell, addressed the Parliament yesterday on the occasion of Emancipation Day. Arrindell said that she is confident July 1 will be an of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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St. Maarten Government building scheduled for completion by October

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in Parliament this week that the new government building will open before October. The building on Pond Island has been a thorn in the government’s side for years, and it is also a financial

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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CPS advises travelers to update vaccinations

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Preventive Service (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, reminds residents who plan to travel for the summer holidays to Europe and the Americas to make sure their vaccinations ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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James expresses concern about appointment Lagarde to IMF

St. Maarten - United Peoples party parliamentarian Jules James says that many Latin American countries will be disappointed after Christine Lagarde was appointed to the top position of the International Monetary Fund this week.  Lagarde will take up

Opinion - Posted by on July 4, 2011

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Opinion: Slavery is of all times

The traditional commemoration of the abolishment of slavery came too early this year, professor emeritus in the history of European expansion and migration at the University of Leiden wrote in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant yesterday. The indepen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Court acquits man of rape

Birthday celebration ends in “drunken fooling around” St. Maarten – An alcohol-induced birthday celebration ended badly for a girl who’d been clubbing at Tantra and the Platinum Room in Maho on January 13. The girl hooked up with Alexander

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Prosecution brings new charges against Cheetah Moon killers

Trial postponed until September St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial against two men who are suspected of three murders, a rape, and two armed robberies until September 14 because the final police report is not finished

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Bureau Telecom explores cooperation with France and Holland

GREAT BAY/THE NETHERLANDS - Representatives of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten traveled to Paris and The Hague recently for introductory meetings with representatives of French and Dutch Telecommunication regulators for open discussion

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Attempt to smuggle Brazilians to Puerto Rico

Attorney says clients completed crime and should be acquitted St. Maarten – Defense attorney mr. G. Hatzmann did what is seemingly unthinkable in the Court in First Instance yesterday. He argued that his clients, two Puerto Ricans accused of an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Bada Bing robbers back in court in September

Main suspect released, others remain in jail St. Maarten – On March 7 armed robbers stole $16,000 in cash from adult entertainment club Bada Bing in Simpson Bay. Yesterday the clubs former female bookkeeper, Romanian Ramona Sonia L., 32, and a s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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BTA Advisory Committee responds to deportation

St. Maarten – On Monday June 27, 2011 the Court ruled, upholding the repatriation of P.B.P. (Dominican Republic), who applied for a BTA-permit for the first time in December 2010. The judgment has no immediate consequences for other BTA-applicants

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Court acquits young man of major jewelry robbery

“Fingerprints alone are not enough evidence” St. Maarten – His fingerprints were on the glass counter of Helena Jewelers, but that was not enough to convict Derrick Delan W., 21, for a jewelry heist that took place on April 24 and that nette

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Donner predicts Central Bank probe will take months

“I am concerned about the further subdividing of the bank” THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner provided assurances Wednesday that the investigation into the dispute between the Government of Cura

Editorial - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Editorial: Rape

The Court in First Instance arrived at a remarkable verdict in a rape case yesterday, and this sentence ought to send a clear message. The case involves a girl who had been celebrating her birthday by dipping into any bottle of alcohol she could f

Opinion - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Opinion: Beggars

We’re not entirely sure whether we have a law that prohibits begging and we have to say that we are very seldom bothered by people who come asking for a dollar. The sheer perception beggars have will ensure that they will stay where they are for

Opinion - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Opinion: Curve ball

We’re quite happy that we’re not sitting on the chair of our resident Judge mr. M. Keppels, because she has to figure out a rather unique situation. We’ll know the right answer on July 20, when our Judge rules on the case of two Puerto Ricans w

Opinion - Posted by on July 1, 2011

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Opinion: Holidays

Should we stick to the Christian calendar for our national holidays and throw in a few Caribbean odd balls? Or should we embrace the multicultural society that the Netherlands has just dropped like a hot potato and move with the times? Already now

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