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

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Defendant ducks execution of suspended sentence

St. Maarten –Nashon Francis, a 27-year-old who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for three armed robberies he committed in 2008, ducked a demand by the public prosecutor to execute the suspended part of an earlier conviction yesterday

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

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Twelve months for firearm possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Rafael Newton, 36, to 12 months imprisonment for firearm possession yesterday. The defendant was caught with the gun on June 7, after he picked it up from a car in the airport parking lot. He had

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Heel races against breast cancer Friday evening

St. Maarten - The Positive Foundation and the Elektralytes Foundation hosts the first ever High Heel Race against breast cancer this Friday between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the Boardwalk in front of the Holland House Beach Hotel. Participants will

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

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Ennia gives out free pension advice Saturday

GREAT BAY – Pension specialists will be available at Ennia’s office on the W.J.A. Nisbeth Road (Pondfill) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Saturday to give free consultations on pensions. The activity is part of a campaign themed “The answ

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

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Complaint officer training in Amsterdam

GREAT BAY/AMSTERDAM - Complaint Officer of the Bureau Ombudsman St. Maarten Charleen Bell is spending the week in Amsterdam doing training at the office of the Ombudsman of Amsterdam Ulco van de Pol. Bell left Saturday and will return on October 29.

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

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Fired professor sues American University of the Caribbean

Cayman-construction again under scrutiny St. Maarten – The Cayman-construction the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy uses to pay the salaries of its faculty members came under scrutiny again yesterday morning during a court case of

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

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Community service for harboring Chucky

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 21-year-old Tevin Danell Honore conform the demand by the prosecution to a suspended 15-month jail term and 240 hours of community service for harboring Chucky Omar Nelson between March 20 and Aug

Opinion - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Opinion: One ban after the other

The world seems to be going up in flames with one ban after the other. In St. Maarten our good friend David McGregor is peeved because he is no longer allowed to go shark-fishing. In many places around the world smokers are driven further and further

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Opinion: Just a thought

Some developments defy logic. Take for instance St. Maarten’s fight to have its own postal services, and then look around elsewhere in the world what is happening with the once so necessary post offices. We know that the post office in Marigot is

Opinion - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Opinion: Cayman-construction

Ever since this newspaper revealed for the first time that the American University of the Caribbean pays almost half of the salaries for faculties through a company in the Cayman-islands, there has been an eerie silence around the subject. On May 7,

Opinion - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Letter: Abusers of social benefits should be severely punished

Dear Editor, In civil society there is a simple way to keep us (minimize us) from killing and trampling each other. This is done by sanctions which are attached to laws. “If I know I can do it without consequences (jail term is one), I will do it

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

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Doram and Martina selected for Lica U-17 squad

St. Maarten - Daniel Doram and Shaquille Martina have been selected to be part of a Leeward Islands selection for the regional U-17 tournament that will take place in December. Martina is an all rounder and Doram is a left arm orthodox spin bowler wh

Editorial - Posted by on October 27, 2011

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Editorial: A coming together

Concerns expressed in parliament about whether the minister of labor can grant a work permit to someone who was residing here illegally has been answered by the fact that people who got residence permits under the Brooks Tower Accord program will be

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

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Ennia donates to all female movie night

Ennia donates to all female movie night

  Ennia’s branch manager Myrtille Brookson (fourth right) embraces the President of the Positive Foundation Shelly Alphonso (center) while President of the Elektralytes Foundation Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt and Ennia staffers stand wi

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

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Police seek J. for parking lot shooting

St. Maarten – Police are continuing to search for a man they’ve identified only as J. He stands accused of shooting O.D. McG in the parking lot of SEL Maduro and Sons at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening. They’ve also said the bill the pair argued about

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

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Murder suspect found dead

St. Maarten – Murder suspect Robert Leroy Reid was found dead in the showers off the sickbay at the Point Blanche prison at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The watch commander was alerted to the death by one of the inmates that was sharing the sick b

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

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St. Maarten becomes associate member of UNESCO

PARIS/GREAT BAY - St. Maarten and Curacao became the newest associate members of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday at the body’s 36th General Conference in Paris. Minister of Education, Culture, Spor

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

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Parliamentarians want more controls and labor market demographics

Parliamentarians want more controls and labor market demographics

Second Vice President of Parliament Patrick Illidge confers with MPs from the National Alliance faction about the date to continue deliberations with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever on the labor sit

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

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St. Maarten Government expense on medical aid surpasses budgeted amount

St. Maarten – The Department of Social Welfare has already spent 3, 639, 519 guilders more than was budgeted for 2011 on medical aid. This was one of the revelations made by Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weeve

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2011

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Opinion: The prison’s responsibility

The apparent suicide of Robert Reid in the Pointe Blanche prison once again puts the spotlight on the way the facility looks after its inmates. We are not making a moral argument on behalf of Reid, who was detained on suspicion that he killed his

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2011

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Opinion: No good news for Laveist

The Supreme Court has re-opened the prosecution of parliamentarian Louie Laveist by voiding the February 11, 2010 ruling that found Laveist guilty of bribery. Because the Common Court of Justice failed to include the evidence in the verdict (instead,

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2011

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Opinion: A special breed (Civil Servants)

Civil servants are a special breed. Their place of work – yep, the civil service – is unique as well in the sense that it seems to have an autonomous ability to grow. Once a civil servant is on the payroll, he is never going away again. These gov

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 26, 2011

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Power outage plagues All Stars weekend

St. Maarten - The All Stars weekend organized by the St Maarten Youth Beat Foundation was supposed to be an entertaining weekend but it turned into a dark episode for the teams that registered. The tournament was formally opened last Friday at the L.

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

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Curacao gets the most attention in Kingdom Relations debate

VVD concerned about St. Maarten’s budget THE HAGUE – Tuesday’s debate by the Second Chamber’s Committee on Kingdom Affairs on the budget of the Ministry of Kingdom Relations centered mainly on the situation in Curacao while St. Maarten and

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

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Hard Rock Cafe St. Maarten hosts breast cancer fundraiser on Saturday

St. Maarten – Hard Rock Cafe St. Maarten hosts several events throughout the month of October as part of Hard Rock’s worldwide 2011Pinktober campaign – supporting a cause that affects millions across the globe. On Saturday, October 29, 201

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

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Police search for robber after residents give no help

St. Maarten – Police were unable to get residents of Fort Willem to cooperate with them on Monday as they pursued an armed robbery suspect. The man had held up the occupants of a house in the area using a silver colored handgun, which has been reco

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

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Permanent Committee meets with Philipsburg Jubilee Library today

St. Maarten – Parliament’s Permanent Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs will meet representatives of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on October 26. The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House o

Editorial - Posted by on October 26, 2011

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Editorial: Compassionately undisciplined

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius has proven that the government is compassionately undisciplined with public funds by stating he’s been allowed to spend nearly 4 million guilders more than he’d budgeted on medical

Opinion - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Opinion: Scientology on the war path

Scientology, the pseudo-religion founded by science fiction writer Ron Hubbard is on the war path again. Let’s rephrase the last part of this sentence: …is still on the war path. The Huffington Post published a story about this so-called church t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Opinion: Towards Suriname

In Curacao there is a dispute about the instruction Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe did or did not give to Attorney General Dick Piar to investigate who gave confidential information to the Rosenmöller Committee. The opposition is having a ball with

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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De Weever plans to change social welfare and medical aid law

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever plans to amend the law on social welfare and medical aid so that certain categories of people will not be taken off the recipients list. His announcement is p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Man shot during argument over a bill

St. Maarten – An argument between two men over paying a bill has put one man in the hospital and prompted a police investigation. The argument took place in the parking lot of SEL Maduro & Sons between 6:15 p.m. and 6:20 a.m. Police Spokesma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Prices of basic goods stable as inflation rate decreases

St. Maarten – Figures released by the Department of Statistics on Monday shows that the consumer price index for St. Maarten has remained stable in the month of August 2011 when compared to that of June 2011. A year on year comparison shows that th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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SOAB blames Roorda for debt relief delays

“This manner of action caused much delay.” St. Maarten – The Foundation Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) says a reference by the “can” rule by former Head of Finance Bas Roorda “escapes them” and is not relevant to the activities

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Coast Guard staff learns coaching

St. Maarten – Seventeen staffers in the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard were trained in coaching recently. The course, which included the commandant, officers, the head of the station here in Maarten and officers from Curacao and Aruba, wrapped up the

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