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Editorial - Posted by on September 22, 2011

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Editorial: Absolute Care

There’s been an increase in gun related incidents in recent days and this is cause for concern for every law abiding member of the society. Some may find comfort in knowing that as of January 1, they’ll be able to apply for a gun license under th

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

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Breaking News: Robbery Back Street Store – shots fired

St. Maarten - A store in Back Street has just been robbed. The owner received a gun shot and is carried into the hospital. The name of the store reportedly is Baby & Kids. More info to info

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

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RedJet CEO Ian Burns says regional airlines are inefficient

St. Maarten – “The major hurdle travelers in theCaribbeanencounter are the airlines. They are inefficient and they maintain costly practices. It is essential for airlines to listen to their consumers and they are now finally starting to do that.

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

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Fire victim gets help from companies

Lions to the rescue St. Maarten – The Lions Club of St. Maarten in conjunction with the SBS and MNO Vervat presented Lucrecia Gumbs who lost her home in a recent fire with all the material to rebuild her home. The club initiated the effort after

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

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Adventist Church running marriage retreat through Saturday

“There’s a difference between alone and lonely” St. Maarten – Equipping people considering marriage with tools for success and helping to strengthen existing marriages is the focus of a five day marriage retreat that is being facilitated b

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

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St. Maarten’s Police tip line operational again

St. Maarten – The Police Department’s tip line – 9300 - is operational once again. The tip line is for people to give information on ongoing criminal activities or a specific crime. All calls are completely confidential and untraceable. The ph

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

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Nature Foundation hosting ‘Lionfish Derby’

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation will be hosting St. Maarten’s first Lionfish Derby on October 9 at 10:00 a.m. The event, which will be an ongoing exercise, is aimed at ridding the island’s waters of the fish which is not native to

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

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Christian Lloyd murder-suspect finally stands trial today

St. Maarten – Anthony Ray S. finally stands trial today in the Court in First Instance for the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian Lloyd. The trial has been postponed six times since the defendant appeared in court for the first time on June 2 of

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

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Arrindell congratulates Safe Haven staff

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has congratulated Safe Haven staff for their recent completion of a six-month course on Domestic Violence. The training, which was offered by the foundation’s board to upgrade staff kno

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

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UTS trains staff in first aid and new network

St. Maarten – UTS Eastern Caribbean’s interim Chief Operations Officer Roy Richardson has saluted staffers who recently completed a First Responder course offered by the Red Cross. He’s also congratulated the technicians for completing a series

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

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Rotary participated in Coastal Cleanup

St. Maarten - The Rotary Club Sunrise took part in the International Coastal Cleanup by organizing a cleanup of the Simpson Bay Beach last Saturday. Together with Rotary Mid Isle, Rotaract Sunrise, the Sr. Regina Primary School, the Leopold Bell Sch

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

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort reopens renovated units

Company invested $19 million in last three years OYSTER POND, St. Maarten - Oyster Bay Beach Resort was recently named one of the highest-ranking Caribbean resort properties for value by Travel + Leisure readers; it has undergone a transformation

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

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St. Maarten MPs head to Aruba for Parlatino meetings

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party faction leader Romain Laville and National Alliance faction leader William Marlin leave for Aruba today for Parlatino committee meetings. The two MPS will be away until September 24 so they can attend comm

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

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Chain robbing trend continues despite arrests

St. Maarten – Police have arrested and detained five people for pulling necklaces and chains from the necks of pedestrians. This trend has spiked in the past few months and continued despite the arrests. “These robberies would happen any time du

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

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Unions meet Duncan today to discuss immigration changes

St. Maarten – A delegation from the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Police Union (NAPB) will meet with Justice Minister Roland Duncan at 10:00 a.m. today. Vice Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger set up t

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

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Shooting in Dutch Quarter claims twelfth murder victim of the year

St. Maarten – A man police have identified only as Anthony is the 12th murder victim of 2011. He died in the hospital around 3:15 a.m. after an unknown person knocked on the door of his Madrid Drive home around 2:00 a.m. and shot him when he answer

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

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Rotary hands over cheque to Alzheimer’s Foundation today

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten wants the public to wear t-shirts sold under its Alzheimer awareness campaign today as St. Maarten joins in marking World Alzheimer’s Day. Several companies bought t-shirts for their staff and individu

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

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Copa Airlines adds fourth flight to St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers announced Tuesday that Panamanian airline Copa has added a fourth weekly flight out of Panama. The flight begins on December 17, 2011 Copa

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

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H.M. Queen Beatrix speech: “The increasing economic and social insecurities put our stamina to the test”

H.M. Queen beatrix opened the Dutch parliamentary year yesterday with the traditional Queen’s Speech, the Troonrede. This is the text: “Our country is experiencing difficult economic times. Despite this crisis massive unemployment and a strong

Editorial - Posted by on September 21, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten Off the radar in H.M. Queen Beatrix’s speech

St. Maarten, with Curacao in its slipstream, has fallen completely off the radar in The Hague. A year ago, H.M. Queen Beatrix still had something to say in her annual Troonrede: “Curacao and Sint Maarten may keep counting on the government’s supp

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

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Dutch Representative: Funding scale back requires new cooperation style

WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Representative for Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten Gerard van der Wulp is hoping to use his experience in Washington and The Hague to help build a new style of cooperation in the Kingdom. He expressed the desire on Tuesday as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Union and insurance broker sign cooperation agreement

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Communication Workers Union (S.M.C.U) and Henderson Insurances have signed a cooperation agreement for the insurance broker to provide technical back-office support for negotiating “human-related” benefits for the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister in New York for UN General Assembly

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Wiliams arrived in New York Monday evening for the United Nations (UN) 66th General Assembly, which will run from September 19 to September 24. The Prime Minister flew from Curacao where she’d attended Mo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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No legal action yet against bogus BTA-employers

St. Maarten – Last month Justice Minister Roland Duncan announced legal action against companies that had acted as bogus employers for applicants for a Brooks Tower Accord permit extension. An investigation by the so-called BTA-committee showed tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Final draft of sports policy being prepared

St. Maarten – Proposals from the various sports organizations and enthusiasts who attended part two of the Sports conference initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport on Saturday will be incorporated into a final draft of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Devon Otto remains in Curacao for the time being

St. Maarten – Devon Otto remains in custody in the Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon in Curacao for the time being, until the local public prosecutor’s office does not need him anymore for the investigation into the shooting in the prison last Tues

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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RBC/RBTT donates 5, 000 to local cancer foundation

RBC/RBTT donates 5, 000 to local cancer foundation

The presentation of the cheque by RBTT President & Country Head, Mr. Wayne Kowlessar, Mrs. Shermina Powell of the St. Maarten Cancer Foundation along with 2 volunteers of the foundation and the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Mrs. Sarah Wescott

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Department of Personnel and Organization experiencing communication challenges

GREAT BAY – The Department of Personnel and Organization (PnO) has been confronted with technical issues related to its internet, fax, and telecommunication systems beyond its control and will not be available until further notice. “The Departme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Arrindell invites 10 students to join her at Monroe College

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has offered 10 students in the final year of high school the chance to spend a week at Monroe College’s New York campus during the school break from Octob

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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School says farewell to Reid

St. Maarten – Tiffany Reid’s secondary school – St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. - played a significant role in her funeral Monday afternoon at the New Testament Baptist Church. The deceased burnt body was found on September 8 on Pumpkin Road and t

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Militant union continues strike at central kitchen Grand Case

President Gumbs dismisses union claims about inhumane working conditions GRAND CASE, St. Martin – President Frantz Gumbs of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin has dismissed claims by the militant UGTG-union about inhumane working co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Launch of St. Maarten’s tourism information system delayed until December

St. Maarten – The Tourism Statistic Information System TSIS will go live before December 15, project manager Martin Meijerink told this newspaper yesterday. In May, during a presentation at the St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show, Meijerink proj

Opinion - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Opinion: Hygiene

Public Health Minister Richard Visser recently discovered something everybody knows but never thinks about. Hygiene in pubs and restaurants leaves a lot to be desired. This is a point of concern for people with a sensitive stomach. They may come hom

Opinion - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Opinion: An ideal world

In an ideal world, everybody is equal. In the real world it doesn’t work that way, even though there is progress. But how does one define progress? That depends very much on goals and beliefs. If the goal is to turn the whole population into devote

Opinion - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Opinion: A crime free St. Maarten

Our government has a vision. We discovered this on page 22 of the governing program which is aptly called A Foundation of Hope for Our Country. We discussed that title last week (see Hope does not exist, Today, September 15, page 7) so there is no ne

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