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

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Foundation captures eight lionfish near harbour

St. Maarten - Staff of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation recently captured eight lionfish during a single one hour dive at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities Cruise Ship Pier. The foundation was alerted to the presence of the large num

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

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Court acquits young man of armed robbery

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted Junior L., 22, of involvement in an armed robbery at the Supermarket 168 in Simpson Bay yesterday for lack of evidence. The robbery took place on June 9 with a car the defendant rented from a man

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

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Community service for stabbing

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced James Cadillion, 25, to a 5-month conditional prison sentence and 180 hours of community service for stabbing Gerald junior Burnett with a pair of scissors in his arm on June 11. The court also impo

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

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SZV begins paying St. Maarten pensioners in Holland next year

St. Maarten – The Social and Sickness Insurances St. Maarten (SZV) will begin paying out pensions to St. Maarten residents living in the Netherlands as of January 2012. The decision on this was communicated to Minister of Public Health, Social Deve

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

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Arrindell presses ahead as Laville queries public on St. Maarten anthem

“I welcome the current debate” St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell is pressing ahead with plans to establish a committee to select a new St. Maarten song. Her announcement comes as party colleague

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

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Angry prisoner injures fellow inmate with cup of hot tea

Court sentences attacker to 3 months St. Maarten – Calniff M.C. Williams sits at his own request and for his own safety in isolation in the Pointe Blanche prison since March, but that did not protect him against harassment from Florentin Jerome,

Opinion - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Opinion: Street robberies

We’re not into downplaying street robberies. On the contrary, street robberies are bad for the island’s reputation, especially when the victim is a tourist. Still, we couldn’t help wondering about the New Yorker who was robbed on Front Street o

Opinion - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Opinion: Onechtscheiding

The government information page provides citizens with all kinds of useful information. This is how we learned for instance that Rogelio Raymond Carty and Loida Lara are no longer married. After almost eighteen years the couple called it quits and th

Opinion - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Opinion: Harassment

When the court sentences a defendant to spend time in jail, said defendant becomes the responsibility of the state. He is entitled to human treatment, decent food, all the perks the prison system has to offer and, most of all, security and safety.

Opinion - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Opinion: Confused

Forgive us for being confused. On Tuesday, Justice Minister Roland Duncan said in his address at the courthouse that the Council of Ministers had discussed the 2012 budget. “Again there is a shortage of resources,” the minister said, suggestin

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Letter: Words of wisdom

Dear Editor, “Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” - Albert Einstein “It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yours

Opinion - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Letter: On the brink

Dear Editor, Since I last wrote a letter to the papers, there have been four additional murders, not including those committed on the northern French half. One of the murders, a violent armed robbery, was even committed in the heart of a resort. Thi

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

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Police arrest three in smuggling ring

St. Maarten – Police say the arrest of three men on October 14 is the latest proof that newly opened Back Office at the Princess Juliana Airport is a success. The three, all from Haiti, were arrested because one of the men – B.F. – was caught a

Editorial - Posted by on October 20, 2011

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Editorial: Dualism at work

Amidst the controversy about coming to a national anthem here is a glowing ember of truth that our young country can be proud of. That glowing ember is the fact that dualism is at work in this young democracy. We come to that conclusion because whil

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

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Roughly 700 get intermittent service today during cutover

St. Maarten - TelEm Group will be carrying out an important cutover of subscriber lines in the Philipsburg area between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. today. The work will cause temporary interruptions to fixed landline, data and internet services.

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

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“No more shortage of prison cells by October of next year”

Duncan-lecture at courthouse St. Maarten – “By October of next year I hope we will not have to talk about a shortage of prison cells anymore,” Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday afternoon in a lecture at the courthouse on the occa

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

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Civil Registry unable to issue drivers licenses and process passport applications

Identification Cards available again St. Maarten – The Civil Registry Department announced Tuesday that it can once again issue Identification Cards (ID). Applicants can visit the office during regular office hours. People still won’t be able

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

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Carty and Rombley appointed to run Milton Peters and Sundial

St. Maarten – The Board of the Foundation of Secondary has decided to appoint Vital Carty as Acting General Director of Milton Peters College and Sundial School to replace John Wolff. Alvin Rombley, who is the former head of the PKL/PBL section, ha

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

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Antilliaans Dagblad reveals new link between Schotte and Baetsen

WILLEMSTAD – The plot thickens in Curacao, after a memo from the security service was leaked to the media. The Antilliaans Dagblad reported an interesting detail that suggests links between Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and the Atlantis World Group

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

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Foundation presents constitution booklets to schools

St. Maarten – Members of the Lynch family spent last week distributing copies of “The Constitution of St. Maarten made simple” last week as part of the commemoration of one year of country status. The presentations to subsidized and non-subsidi

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

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Postal Services to compete on Ezone and Moneygram services

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has confirmed that Postal Services St. Maarten (P.S.S.) will seek to do E-Zone and Moneygram services, making it a competitor with New Post Netherlands Antilles. The latter company, which used to m

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

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Maho Group and Tourism Bureau secure new year round charter from Italy

St. Maarten – Sonesta Resorts St Maarten has finalized a new charter partnership with Italian tour operator Eden Viaggi for a year round direct flight from Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Princess Juliana International Airport. The partnership

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

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D66-leader Alexander Pechtold: “Interest Dutch politicians in St. Maarten is zero”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “The interest in St. Maarten from Dutch politicians is zero,” former Kingdom Relations Minister and current D66-leader Alexander Pechtold told The Today Newspaper during a dinner party at the Sheer restaurant on

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: Oversized ego

St. Maarten has a shortage of prison cells, and we apparently don’t have money to buy beds for the immigration detention center in Simpson Bay. Is there an app for that? Yep, it’s all about efficient distribution and that is not always the case i

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: The cesspit called Curacao

The cesspit called Curacao stinks so bad, people smell it in St. Maarten. Assuming that the leaked memo from the security service in Willemstad is genuine, the Schotte-government starts looking more what Dutch politicians like to call damaged goods.

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: Backbenchers

The chair of the Dutch Second Chamber does not have a political function, unlike St. Maarten’s chair who is simply a member of a political faction in parliament. When we spoke to the amicable Gerdi Verbeet yesterday morning she said at a certain m

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Letter: The Daily Herald: Hypocrisy?

Dear Editor, I wrote an article for our papers to urge people to go to The Alley to attend the book launch of a local writer: Lydia Henderson. You may like her or not, she is a local celebrity, who writes a book. The Daily Herald did not publish m

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

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USM Spring 2012 application deadline approaches

St. Maarten - People applying to the University of St. Martin for the spring semester have until November 8 to submit their application. Applications received after this deadline, will be subject to a late fee. All applicants must submit the comple

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

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Dutch faction leaders press Curacao colleagues on Rosenmöller’s report

WILLEMSTAD – Dutch faction leaders have encouraged Curacao’s parliament to carry out an investigation in corruption allegations in the Schotte-cabinet. They based their request on the findings of a report by a committee chaired by Paul Rosenmöll

Editorial - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten continues to exist on a wing and a prayer

Country St. Maarten continues to exist on a wing and a prayer when one considers how things are developing. Somehow we are also starting to get the feeling that the government is right about needing to construct a foundation during its governing term

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

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St. Maarten Government approves 432.5 million guilder budget for 2012

St. Maarten – The draft budget for 2012, which was approved by the Council of Ministers on Monday, is balanced and tops out at 432, 549, 600 guilders. This is 11, 633, 003 guilders higher than the 2011 budget. Approval in cabinet means Finance Mi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Former commissioner pleads for social welfare recipient

St. Maarten – Former Commissioner of Economic Affairs Julian Rollocks has called on government to do more for people on social aid. He’s especially concerned that some of them have had to deal with 50 percent cuts in their social welfare. Rollo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Dutch faction leaders surprised at situation in public entities

ORANJESTAD – Commissioner of Economic Affairs Clyde van Putten says he saw surprise on the face of the Dutch Second Chamber faction leaders that visited the island on Sunday and Monday. Six of the 10 faction leaders have made the trip and been conf

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Consumer protection debate turns into supermarkets-attack

St. Maarten – The Central Committee meeting about consumer protection and price control turned into a public attack on the business practices of supermarkets yesterday morning. National Alliance leader William Marlin said that consumers are often d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Sundial School announces work experience program

St. Maarten - The Sundial School’s annual Work Experience Program (W.E.P.) for its 4th Form Health and Wellness and Hospitality students begins on Monday November 7 and finishes on Friday December 16. Before the students embark upon their W.E.

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