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Opinion - Posted by on November 25, 2011

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Opinion: Alcohol and kids

A Dutch pediatrician wrote a book about alcohol and kids, and he came to a conclusion that we find rather doubtful, or at least debatable. The story came out after a newspaper in the Netherlands reported that a ten-year-old boy had been hospitaliz

Opinion - Posted by on November 25, 2011

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Opinion: Cynical

Journalists are a cynical bunch. We should know. J So there is a lot of stuff going on in editorial offices that never sees the light of day; it never hits the front page, or even page 29, it never airs on radio or TV. But accidents happen. Ask Ro

Opinion - Posted by on November 25, 2011

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Opinion: Insanity

Is Curtley R. insane? Is he playing a game? That question came up yesterday in court when the man’s attorney pleaded his case in court. Curtley is not your everyday criminal. He is involved in three murders, a gang rape, and several armed robberies

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

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Defense attorneys plead with court for milder sentences

“Scientifically, I could say that my client is insane” St. Maarten – The attorneys for Regatta-murder suspects Curtley Allison R. and Sherwan R. pleaded with the court yesterday morning to leave their clients some perspective and refrain fro

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

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More fake items seized on Back Street

St. Maarten - Six stores have now been raided in two days as part of an ongoing effort to rid St. Maarten of counterfeit items. Two stores on Front Street were raided on Wednesday, another four on Back Street were raided Thursday and the action could

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

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“Increased recognition for added value forensic evidence”

NFI-scientist Robert Bink St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – One man followed the Regatta-murders trial on Wednesday and Thursday with a special interest in mind: forensic scientist Robert Bink. He was deeply involved in analyzing the dozens o

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

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Arrindell presents her thesis at the library next Monday

GREAT BAY – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell will give a special presentation on her thesis - Language, Culture and identity in St Martin – at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on November 28 at 7:00 pm sharp. The

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

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Permanent Committee meets St. Maarten Real Estate Association today

GREAT BAY – The permanent committee of parliament for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) will meet the St. Maarten Real Estate Association on November 25. The two agenda points are the introduction of the St. Maarte

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

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SCDF invites school leaders to meeting

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) invites leaders from all schools to a meeting on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Government Administration Building to discuss their participation in carnival

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

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St. Maarten unanimously accepted to International Ombudsman Institution

GREAT BAY – The Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Institution (I.O.I.) has unanimously approved the Ombudsman Institution of St. Maarten’s application for membership. The vote was done at a meeting in Zambia and follows talks betw

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

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Indigo Bay’s principals treat I Can Foundation to Thanksgiving lunch

GREAT BAY – The principals of Indigo Bay treated 24 children and the staff of the I Can Foundation to Thanksgiving Day lunch on Thursday. The idea came from the employees on the project after the project manager Marc van de Bilt asked them for idea

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

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Nagico makes major acquisition that covers 18,000

St. Maarten - Nagico Holdings Ltd. has acquired British American Insurance Company N.V. including its subsidiary British American Insurance Company (Aruba) N.V. and branch operations on Bonaire and St. Maarten. The transaction was completed on Novemb

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

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Parliament meets on Corporate Governance Council today

St. Maarten – A plenary public session of Parliament on the Corporate Governance Council (CGC) begins at 10:00 a.m. today in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament. The meeting was requested by the National Alliance faction in a le

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

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St. Maarten Police capture thief on first day of yearend controls

St. Maarten – A.R.P.B. was the first person to be arrested in the police’s end of year operation - “December Offensive 2011” – which began on Thursday. The St. Maartener was arrested for stealing a Blackberry from P.J.A. on Front Street. He

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

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Prime Minister hands parliament straight forward amendment

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has delivered a change to the law regulating the Voluntary Korps to parliament and announced that she will be submitting a note of amendment that will amongst other things give the law a St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Man shot in broad daylight during money argument

Police call for end to “senseless violence” St. Maarten – An argument over money with a man from the Dominican Republic has landed a Jamaican man in hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach. It has also prompted Police Spokesman Ricardo

Editorial - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Editorial: Senseless violence

Senseless is a good word to describe pulling a gun and shooting another person for money. In the moment it may feel good, but in even the short term it does not resolve the core issue that two people are facing. So really Police Spokesman Ricardo Hen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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VKS has bivouac this weekend

St. Maarten – The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten will be having a bivouac this weekend as part of its regular training program. Seasoned officers and new recruits will participate in the exercise which begins Friday and continues until Sunday. T

Opinion - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Opinion: Conflict resolution

The Kingdom of Belgium just does not manage to get it right. For the past 526 odd days Belgian politicians have been at loggerheads over the formation of a new government. Formateur Di Rupio has now offered his resignation and King Albert had refused

Opinion - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Opinion: Life in prison

It is a rare event when the prosecution demands life in prison against a defendant. Yesterday was one of those moments: two men from Dominica 32 and 20 years old – will spend the rest of their lives behind bars if the prosecution has anything to sa

Opinion - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Opinion: Move past the individual

While politicians fight over position, the people are left without leadership. That statement about sums up what is happening right now when one looks at the discussion around events at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Bailiff seizes fake goods on Front Street

St. Maarten - Counterfeit handbags, watches, wallets, hair products and cuff links were removed from Juliana’s and Everest Nepal Enterprises N.V on Front Street on Wednesday. The court ordered seizures were led by Karl ‘Tallboy’ Arndell. He was

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Consumer prices and inflation rate show annual increases

St. Maarten – Figures released by the Department of Statistics shows that the consumer price index of 117.8 recorded in October is 0.3 percent higher than in August and 3.9 percent higher than October, 2010. Those same figures also show that the ra

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Regatta-murders: life imprisonment

Two defendants face maximum punishment for eight violent crimes St. Maarten – Public Prosecutor mr. Bart den Hartigh demanded life imprisonment against Curtley Allison R. and his partner in crime Sherwan R. for the Regatta-murders (so called bec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Still no movement on repairing key law on business sale/transfer

St. Maarten – Despite an acknowledgement earlier this year that the law on the transfer of companies is a root cause of the issues faced by employees at the former Pelican Resort the United People’s Party/Democratic Party government has yet to ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Ennia calls Pension Check-up a huge success

St. Maarten - Ennia Pension has declared its pension check-up a huge success. The event allowed them to highlight the importance of a good retirement plan and provide answers to customers’ questions through free consultations with the company’s p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Financing HIV/AIDS response still an issue

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says the recently concluded Caribbean HIV Conference in the Bahamas was “very successful” in terms of the meetings’ content and the St. Maarten’s contributions. Those contributions include pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Jaycees organize currency lecture

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto and Policy Advisor to Government and Financial Planner Emilio Kalmera will be the two feature speakers at a lecture on the Dutch Caribbean guilder and Dollarization that will be held next Wednesday at t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Prime Ministers discuss European funding and relationship next Monday

St. Maarten – The issue of obtaining funding from the European Union for joint projects and relations with European Union has been proposed as a discussion point for next Monday’s meeting between Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Prime Minist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Students urged to pick up study financing applications early

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Education has made a bid to get people to submit their applications for the 2012/2013 academic year early. The applications were already available on October 17, 2011 and applicants have until December 30 to pick one u

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Court rejects defense-request for new psychological evaluation

Regatta-murders trial St. Maarten – The trial against Curtley Allison R. and Sherwan R. began yesterday morning with a dispute about the psychological and psychiatric evaluation of both defendants, who stand accused of three murders, rape, three

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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German ship gets warm welcome from Harbour Group CEO

St. Maarten – “We are happy to have you in port. Your business is important to us.” Those were the words Chief Executive Officer of the Harbour Group of Companies Mark Mingo used to welcome the captain Kjell Holm and the crew of Mein Schiff 2 

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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National Alliance wants discussion on Corporate Governance Council

St. Maarten – The National Alliance faction has requested that Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto be called to parliament for a discussion on the functioning of the Corporate Governance Council in general and i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Social Services close for conference

St. Maarten - The Department of Social Services will close for half the day Thursday and the entire Friday to allow staffers to participate in a conference with the corresponding department on the French Side. The conference is part of a strategy to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 24, 2011

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Teenagers get 9 and 6 years for armed robberies

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 19-year-old Franklin Alfred Illidge to 9 years imprisonment yesterday. His partner in crime, Stedson Malcolm Jacobus, who will celebrate his nineteenth birthday in the Pointe Blanche prison next w

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