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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Duncan: No need for alarm on 2012 allocation yet

St. Maarten – Even though he does not believe the draft budget allocation for 2012 is adequate Justice Minister Roland Duncan has not yet sounded the alarm bell with his colleagues that it won’t be enough to carry him through the year. Duncan was

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Editorial: The budget is coming to you

Members of Parliament have expressed massive concern about whether the Justice Ministry will have sufficient funds in 2012 to hire more officers and to give them the tools to do their work. There is one way for them to ensure that this is the case

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Rotary and Alzheimer’s Foundation continue partnership

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Alzheimers Foundation have continued their collaboration to provide information on the disease. The service organization began their partnership with a three month campaign that raise

Entertainment - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Harry Muskee introduced the blues to a country of clogs and windmills

By Hilbert Haar / When I brought the Cuby and the Blizzards blues album Groeten uit Grollo to my music class in secondary school in the spring of 1967 my classmates were not impressed. They thought with just one exception (apart from myself) that th

Opinion - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Opinion: Air conditioning terrorism

We know, we know. This is the umpteenth time we are bringing up this subject. But hey, enough is enough. We have wondered for a long time why it is so that the temperature in public buildings is always near freezing point. We experience this in th

Opinion - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Opinion: An eye for an eye

We had it coming of course, with all the violent crimes that terrorize the island, but an increasing number of law-abiding citizens start thinking about tit for tat – and eye for an eye. That is a worrisome trend, but it is definitely there. Whe

Opinion - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Opinion: Partnerships

Oh oh. Vice Prime Minister jokingly said this summer that Justice Minister Roland Duncan would come up with plans for same sex marriages next, after he had vented his opinion about euthanasia, abortion and prostitution. We’re not there yet, but

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Cultural links and industry challenges highlighted at tourism festival

Meyers: “We must not look at our diversity as a liability” St. Maarten – The importance of tourism to the nation was stressed at Tuesday’s World Tourism Day celebration at the Great Bay Beach Promenade. The theme for the event, which was h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Justice Ministry studies registered partnerships

Parliament passes paternity legislation St. Maarten – The Parliament passed without much discussion the national ordinance on paternity, but it got stuck with legislation that regulates inheritance in St. Maarten. Minister Duncan said that his m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Opposition says justice minister gave no hope

H. Richardson: “Do the honorable thing and resign” St. Maarten – The opposition National Alliance says Minister of Justice Roland Duncan has not given the nation any hope for the forseeable future. This is the core of their response to his a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Meyers believes hotels can contribute to climate change mitigation

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, says based on developments in the European Union (EU), hotels will be able to contribute to climate change mitigation while also increasing the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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St. Maarten hosting aviation safety conference

St. Maarten - The Department of Civil Aviation St. Maarten is hosting a nine day workshop on Aviation Security that is aimed at providing aviation security personnel with knowledge and practical skills to enable them to plan coordinate and conduct qu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Office of Disaster Management advises caution due to possible flooding

St. Maarten – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) is advising the population of the South side of the island to be cautious for possible flooding in low lying areas as well as street flooding. At 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday the National Hurricane

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Retailer refunds British tourist for damaged ring

St. Maarten – British tourist Jacky Evans received a $1, 400 refund from a local retailer yesterday for a gold ring she bought during her vacation on St. Maarten in May. When this newspaper approached the retailer almost three weeks, ago, on Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Six detectives sworn in for large-scale investigation team

St. Maarten –Six detectives from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao took the oath of office yesterday afternoon in the conference room at the Parliament building. The location was chosen because Justice Minister Roland Duncan sat in a meeting of Parliament

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Cable damage prompts discussion on back up options

Cable damage prompts discussion on back up options

St. Maarten– Telem Group expects to complete repairs on a section of its SMPR-1underwater cable and restore connections by Wednesday after a repair team arrived on Monday aboard the Pacific Guardian. The cable was damaged earlier this month by

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 28, 2011

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Duncan meets Parliament on murders today

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet with Justice Minister Roland Duncan on September 28 to discuss the spate of murders during the past nine months. The meeting was requested by the United Peoples party (UP) and the Democrat

Editorial - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Editorial: Little reassurance

The presentations by the police and the justice minister in Monday’s Central Committee meeting likely did very little to reassure the public that the authorities are serious about dealing with crime. It is good to hear that work is being done to ge

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Exchange meeting marine parks aims to launch Caribbean network

St. Martin– The Reserve Naturelle organizes the first exchange meeting for marine protected areas of St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Barths, Anguilla, Saba and Statia. The four-day meeting started yesterday with a lunch at the Mercure hotel, where the

Opinion - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Opinion: Internet addiction

Forget smoking, drinking, sex and poker: there is another addiction on the up and coming. At least, if we believe what researchers in Germany found: half a million people in the country are addicted to the internet. Among 15-year-old girls, twenty pe

Opinion - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Opinion: To be a smoker

Lol, it cannot be fun to be a smoker these days. Banned from smoking in public places in quite some countries, smokers now also come under fire for the consequences of their habit. It’s a bit late, and it remains debatable, but still. Almost 55 per

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Opinion: Working with criminals

No manpower? Make deals with criminals, the way it used to be back in the nineties. That’s the way to curb crime. No this is not another idea of Justice Minister Roland Duncan, but the opinion of Cyrille Fijnaut, one of the most influential police

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Another murder will require more overtime from taxed officers

Jacobs: “We have had to make choices” St. Maarten – Another murder and/or violent crime will push an already burdened police force to demand officers put in more overtime and to work on their off days. This position was put forward by Chief

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Justice Ministry fighting crime while building foundation

“There’s a lack of everything” St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has told parliament his ministry will continue to focus on construction in the year 2012 as it also continues to deal with the crime situation and its other respon

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliamentarians believe gold rush root cause of crime problem

St. Maarten – Lowering the amount of gold people can trade before it becomes an Unusual Financial Transaction was a feature point early in Parliament’s discussion with Justice Minister Roland Duncan on the crime situation on Monday. Members of Pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Rainbow Beach Club adds to existing construction

CUPECOY, St. Maarten – The Court in first Instance sentenced the Rainbow Beach Club and developer Sabra N.V. last week to pay damages to apartment owners because of building permit issues. One of the beefs of plaintiffs was that more than 80 apartm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Discussion on Kingdom Visa Law deferred

St. Maarten– Justice Minister Roland Duncan has requested that he be able to join in on Parliament’s discussion on the Kingdom Visa Law. He’d come ready to do this on Monday, but Members of Parliament decided to remove the matter from the agend

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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Radio personality launches tell all book Saturday

St. Maarten - Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God by Lydia G. Henderson will launch at The Alley Lounge on Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 p.m. Henderson is a radio personality at Island 92 FM, where she hosts the “Island Delight

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Police detail changing face of crime

St. Maarten – Though they’ve spotted a “definite decrease in crime in general” the Police Force of St. Maarten has observed an increase in “serious violent criminal acts.” This point was stressed in a presentation to Parliament by Head of

Editorial - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Editorial: A good example

Friday morning’s capture of two men who were breaking into a gasoline station is proof of what patrolling officers can do. It gives a clear example that more blue on the streets ensures that criminals are caught and is the start of how we lessen cr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Central Bank issues bond for St. Maarten

GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD – The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten has issued a 26 million guilder bond on behalf of St. Maarten. The bond is for five years with an interest rate of 1.5 percent. The interest is based on what the Netherlands comm

Opinion - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Opinion: Ghost politicians

St. Maarten has Hyacinth Richardson and Louie Laveist, and the Netherlands now has a name for politicians like them who hardly ever show up for public meetings: ghost politicians. The Netherlands has them as well. Home affairs Minister Piet Hein Donn

Opinion - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Opinion: No more Last Supper (death penalty)

Since the United States re-introduced the death penalty in 1976, the country had executed 1,266 convicted murderers. Sixteen states do not have the death penalty and of the other 34, Texas is the absolute champ: it executed 473 convicts – 37 percen

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2011

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Salduz and Brusco go European

The Netherlands is not happy with a plan by the European Commission to establish minimum standards for the presence of attorneys in criminal investigations. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wants to guarantee suspects in all 27 member states the r

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