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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Heyliger congratulates maritime sector on international commemoration

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Harbour Affairs Theodore Heyliger congratulate the maritime sector, all those working in or who have retired from working in the sector on today’s observance of World Maritime Day. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Teenagers accused of five armed robberies remain behind bars

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial of two teenagers who stand accused of five armed robberies they allegedly committed between May 31 and June 7, because their attorney Mr. Geert Hatzmann had received the final police rep

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SMPR-1 cable repair scheduled for completion today

St. Maarten – Engineers repairing TelEm Group’s damaged SMPR-1 undersea cable will give the green light today for the company to restore broadband connections and send traffic between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. The engineers have been carrying

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Robbery-suspect denies involvement

St. Maarten – Jahmal Devon B. will have to wait behind bars until at least November 30, after his trial was postponed yesterday morning because his attorney mr. S.H. Ibrahim had not been able to prepare his defense. The 21-year-old defendant is acc

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Finance Minister pleased Cft will open office in Philipsburg

St. Maarten – From various indications, the Financial Supervisory Committee (Cft) will within short open an office in Philipsburg in order for it to be able to carry out its responsibilities. “I am happy to announce that so far it seems as if

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Thieving teenager gets last chance to stay out of prison

St. Maarten – Teenager Valieko Brendon Couszier Romney did not show up in court yesterday morning to answer to theft charges. If he had just abided by the stipulations of his conditional dismissal he would not have been called up in the first place

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Scotiabank supports Spelling Bee

St. Maarten - Scotiabank St Maarten, through its Bright Future Program, has willingly agreed to be one of the two platinum sponsors of the Regional Haliborange – Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee competition to be held in St Maarten in October. SOL is t

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Prime Minister to deliver MDG lecture on Monday

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin (USM)  will launch its Fall 2011 Lecture Series- Millennium Development Goals and St Maarten: A Look at Goal 1: Eradication of Extreme Hunger and Poverty  with a lecture by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Will

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UTS blows whistle on lottery scam

St. Maarten – United Telecommunications Service has warned its customers about an ongoing lottery scam. The company’s Marketing and Communications Officer Ivy Lambert said Wednesday that several customers alerted them to the scam and they decided

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Stagnant economy leads to lower budget

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has announced that the 2012 budget will be at least 10 million guilders less than the budget for 2011. The budget for 2011 tops out at 421 million guilders and based on the minister’s announcement the

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Jail time and community service for couple that defrauded Usona

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Joan Theresa Sandy-Forde, 42, and her husband Neville Junior Hermitt Forde, 54, for forgery and fraud at the expense of the development fund for the (former) Netherlands Antilles Usona. Sandy Ford

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Career criminal might earn acquittal for unlawful arrest

St. Maarten – Maurice S. is making a name for himself in St. Maarten, but his career is nothing to be proud of. On February 28 he was conditionally released from the Pointe Blanche prison, but within three months, on May 23, he resumed his criminal

Opinion - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Opinion: Under the lighthouse

Under the lighthouse it is always dark. There are so many examples that prove this point that they make your head spin. The latest one comes straight from our own Tourism Minister Franklin Meyers. Yesterday, the minister announced that hotels could c

Opinion - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Opinion: Stiffer penalties for crimes committed against tourists?

Is it a good idea to punish crimes against tourists harsher than crimes against others? Discrimination, several members of parliament said on Tuesday. Bad idea. Don’t do it. We’re not too sure about this proposed measure either, and even thoug

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Opinion: Amazing

It was an interesting case, the trial of Neville Forde and his wife Joan Theresa. It is an example of how not to do things – yet we suspect that this is exactly what is happening on a large scale on our island. People fiddle to achieve what they co

Editorial - Posted by on September 29, 2011

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Editorial: “Dat doet pijn”

The statement Dat doet pijn (It hurts) is something is a statement that all Dutch politicians and the Queen have used to describe how the world economy has impacted the Dutch government’s budget for 2012. We state today with absolute certainty that

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St. Maarten Prime Minister urges postal workers to hold on to current employer

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has encouraged the employees of New Post Netherlands Antilles to “hold on to the company as their employer until the transition takes place in the way that it should take place.” She made this