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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Central Committee meeting finishes in record time

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament set a record yesterday afternoon by finishing a meeting in exactly seven minutes and thirty seconds. On the agenda was the amendment of the 1997 national ordinance on the turnover tax. There were th

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten’s Civil Code

The changes the new civil code will bring are significant and they are not just about paternity and the inheritance legislation. The code is a complex of rules and regulations that will affect the everyday life of all citizens and the Parliament sho

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Earthquake just hit St. Maarten

A minute ago a heavy earthquake hit St. Maarten. More info will follow. No damage.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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SHTA wants structural solution for remaining illegal workers

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and trade association SHTA is disappointed about the fact that “several thousand Brooks Tower Accord applications have been denied” while there are no further efforts planned to ensure that these applican

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Central Committee meets today and Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet three times this week. The first meeting will be today at ten o’clock with Professor De Boer about the civil code. The second meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at two o’clock.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Tropical Storm Irene passes island at a safe distance

St. Maarten – By three o’clock yesterday afternoon the worst of the bad weather tropical storm Irene brought to the island was over, but in the early hours of Sunday morning it brought such heavy rainfall that the department of disaster managemen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Attorney General Pietersz pushes for more conditional sentences

ORANJESTAD – Attorney General Rob Pietersz favors conditional prison sentences over short-term imprisonment. The AG said during the installation of the new judge Van Leur that for certain crimes this is a better solution to prevent revolving door c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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St. Maarten Harbor CEO Mingo expects 1.6 million cruise visitors

Average spending down 11.5 percent St. Maarten – Cruise passengers will pump approximately $208 million into the local economy this year. This appears from figures Mark Mingo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbor group of companies revealed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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American Bar Association plans conference in St. Maarten

More than 200 judges expected in January St. Maarten - More than 200 judges and lawyers will be on the Island for their Mid-Winter conference in January, said the Chair of Judicial Council of the National Bar Association of the United States of Am

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Mr. Gibson appointed to Cft

THE HAGUE -The Kingdom Council of Ministers approved the appointment of Mr. R.F. Gibson Sr. as St. Maarten’s member on the board for financial supervision Cft. The appointment will become effective on September 1. Kingdom Relations and Home Affair

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Rotary Club focuses on caring for patients with Alzheimer’s

St. Maarten – Tee shirts will go on sale at Le Grand Marché on September 3 for the support of the Alzheimer’s awareness campaign. The Rotary Club, the driving force behind the campaign, focuses its attention on caring for patients suffering from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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St Kitts: five murders in eight days

ST.KITTS - While St. Maarten perceives the recent spate or murders a serious problem, on neighboring St. Kitts and Nevis the situation is even worse, with five murders in the past eight days, and 27 in total for the year, almost three times as many a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Casino puts lock on Kids Funland

St. Maarten – Hollywood casino has put a lien in Kids Funland in Cole Bay, a facility built by Saskia M., a former head of the casino’s financial department. She built the project with money she stole from her former employer. In December,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Congratulations for Nature Foundation on marine park management contract

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation received congratulatory emails from the acting secretary general of the Ministry of education, Claudette Forsythe-Labega, and from the Beyond Writing Foundation president Loekie Morales after its manager Tadzio B

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Justice Department denies request to freeze Caribbean gambling millions

MIAMI - The American Justice Department has asked a federal judge to freeze about $30 million that prosecutors say forms the laundered proceeds of a massive illegal gambling operation in the Dutch Caribbean, the Wall street Journal reported on Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 22, 2011

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Countdown started for Crystal Pineapple Awards

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association has started the countdown to the sixth Crystal Pineapple Awards Fundraiser which is scheduled for November 18. With 88 days to go, the organization is reviewing the award categories and

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Opinion: No perspective (for people committing crimes)

If people were stunned by the double murder that occurred on Thursday, they were stunned when another murder followed within twenty-four hours. But how surprising is it, really? We know from the days we spend in the courthouse every Wednesday that t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Police introduce new system to catch robbers red-handed

AMSTERDAM - Dutch police will introduce a new protocol on September 1 for catching criminals red-handed. As soon as a robbery is reported, police will issue a ‘state of police alert’ SPA, and all available units will hasten to various strategic p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Putas of the Caribbean on sale in September

St. Maarten – Sir Leo Alexander, author of Putas of the Caribbean spent most of his adult life in the Caribbean after leaving his native South Africa behind. The majority of those years were spent on the island of Curacao. His book is a true accoun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Van der Sloot remains behind bars in Peru

LIMA - It is highly unlikely that Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot will be released from prison before he stands trial, Peruvian legal expert Mario Amoretti says. Van der Sloot is suspected of the murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old stu

Opinion - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Opinion: Short-sighted

A court in Zutphen has come to a remarkable decision: the Suzuki that was used during the failed attempt on Queen Beatrix during the Queen’s birthday celebration in Apeldoorn in 2009 has to be destroyed. The black car is currently stored in a crate

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Queen well after cataract operation

THE HAGUE - Queen Beatrix has been operated on for cataracts in her right eye, the Government Information Service stated in a press release. The Queen was treated on Thursday as an outpatient and was able to leave the hospital after the operation.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Tenth murder of the year

Victim was on probation for a 2010-conviction Tenth murder of the year St. Maarten – Within twenty-four hours of the double murder on A.T. Illidge Road on Thursday morning another murder occurred. Around six o’clock yesterday morning police fou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Minister Meyers signs contract for Man of War Shoal Marine Park

St. Maarten - Yesterday Minister Franklin Meyers (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication) signed the management contract between St. Maarten and the Nature Foundation for the management of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park. The boun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Residents speak out about murders

“The blame lies with whatever the victims are involved in”St. Maarten - Three murders in two days have caused residents to think about the downside of this recent spate of crimes. It has gripped the Friendly Island and, ironic as it may seem, the

Editorial - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Editorial: The right direction

It’s been a long struggle, but now it is finally a fact. Minister Franklin Meyers signed the management contract for the Man of War Shoal Marine Park with the Nature Foundation. It is a landmark event on the road to environmental protection in St

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2011

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Enviro groups are still waiting for donation from eco-shopping bag sales

St. Maarten – Valentine’s seemed to have come early in 2009 for local environmental organizations. On Friday February 13, Le Grand Marché and Prime Distributors presented their eco-friendly shopping bags. The companies said that they had produce

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

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Rotary Club of St. Maarten focuses on caring for Alzheimers

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them - including their carers, friends and family - need to do everything they can t

Editorial - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Editorial: Funding Locally

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the Victorious Living Foundation have offered another clear example of how non-governmental organizations can attract structured funding for their programs and projects. The other example is the p

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

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St. Maarten Parliament’s leadership discuss functioning with Wulp

St. Maarten – The new Dutch representative for Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten Gerard van der Wulp, paid a courtesy visit to President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell on Thursday morning. Wulp replaces Rob Vermaas who was stationed in Willemstad, Cu

Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Opinion: Weird animal

The Freedom Party is a weird animal. First of all it has only one member – Geert Wilders. What Wilders wants, happens, at least, within the party. Wilders considers himself a freedom fighter, who wants to rid the Netherlands of the Muslim-menace.

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

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St. Maarten Harbor Chief discusses lower prices with Dutch Representative

St. Maarten – Chief Executive Officer of the Harbor Group Mark Mingo has lobbied for pooling resources between St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius to buy food and other commodities with the Head of the Dutch Representation for Aruba, Curaçao and S

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

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Belvedere residents and foundation protest construction in green zone

St. Maarten – President of the Belvedere Home Owners and Tenants Association (BHOTA) Elston Fos says they are consulting a lawyer about the decision by the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation to construct buildings in a designated green zone

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

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SHTA gives foundation $10,000 in program funding

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) and the Victorious Living Foundation (VLF) signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that will lead to the release of $10, 000 in funding over a one year period. The money wil

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

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Community helpdesk officials undergo training

St. Maarten – A number of staff members from various government departments recently attended a workshop to prepare them for the execution of the new Integrated Neighbourhood Development Program (INDP). The departments involved were Department of C

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