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

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Rotary Club enhances the spirit of giving

Rotary Club enhances the spirit of giving

The Rotary made many kids happy with a party at the zoo.St. Maarten - No less than a 150 food hampers were distributed to families on the island under the leadership of Rotary Club of St. Maarten’s community service director Fred van der Peijl. Wit

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

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Carty’s Caribbean Textiles wins first Living Statues Festival

Carty’s Caribbean Textiles wins first Living Statues Festival

St. Maarten - “They are no words to describe how happy I am,” said Sylvia Carty, the winner of the first Living Statue competition which took Philipsburg by storm over the past two days and provided photo opportunities for professionals as well a

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

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Mars heads security company founded with former Chief Commissioner Holiday

St. Maarten - The name of the company is self explanatory and when the plain clothes officers from ‘Blend In Security Company ‘ are assigned to a location, they will look like ordinary people, but they will have the responsibility to seek out po

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

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Carnival Queen and Stuart Johnson featured on UK fashion blog

Philipsburg – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President Stuart Johnson was featured this week in the UK-based blog called Fashion Police News report. Earlier the same site published an interview with Miss Sint Maarten Trumane

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

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Committees meet with Real Estate and Bar Association

GREAT BAY – The permanent parliamentary committee for tourism, economic affairs, telecommunications and transport meets tomorrow morning at ten o’clock with the Real Estate Association Sint Maarten. In the afternoon, starting at two o’clock, t

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

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St. Maarten Police force gets boost with 31 new officers

St. Maarten – Today the police force is 31 officers stronger. The officers finished their Bavpol training on Friday and they will immediately start working today. The Bavpol-training teaches aspiring officers basic policing skills. Six of t

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

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Toastmasters induct five new members

St. Maarten – Earlier this month the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters held its last meeting for the year with the induction of five new members, namely Eva De Weever, epidemiologist at the ministry of Health, Tammy Richardson, project manager of the

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

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Five new attorneys sworn in

St. Maarten – Last week, Fehmi Kemal Kutluer, attorney at law at Lexwell Attorneys, was sworn in by the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius in the courthouse in St. Maarten, together with four o

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

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Scrabble and chess showdown

St. Maarten - An initiative of the Play to Learn Foundation, St. Maarten Scrabble and Chess Club (SSCC) held its end-of-the-year Scrabble and Chess Showdown at the John Larmonie Center on Saturday. From left, above: Scrabble winners Lawrence Adams (2

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

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SOL opens new office in Cay Bay

St. Maarten -The staff of SOL Antilles was praised for its exceptional commitment to the company by General Manager Northern Caribbean David Antrobus during the consecration ceremonies of the company’s new offices by the Anglican priest Reverend Te

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 19, 2011

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Deetman-report slams Catholic Church over sexual abuse

THE HAGUE (AP) -- Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years, and church officials knew about the abuse but failed to stop it or help victims because they feared sparking scandals, according to a

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

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ID-cards process still in a slump

St. Maarten -The Head of the Civil Registry Leona Marlin-Romeo is still waiting for a response from the Immigration Department’s management to begin issuing documents for people under the Brooks Tower Accord. “We are still waiting for the informa

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

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Seniors display their talent at karaoke

St. Maarten - The wow factor was in effect when the Aging With Grace Foundation staged its second Golden Stars Karaoke festival for participants 50 years and over at the Celebration Palace last Saturday evening. Linda Richardson, the founder of t

Editorial - Posted by on December 19, 2011

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Editorial: Living Statues

The Living Statues Festival has proven to be such a valuable addition to St. Maarten’s entertainment mix that there is already interest from the French side to take part in the event, in case it comes back next year. And come back it should. The

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2011

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Opinion: Baker Tweet

We don’t know how much more people are willing to take of this stuff; we’re talking about Twitter and the messages users send via this social network called tweets. We read somewhere that London is the home of the Baker Tweet. What is the Baker

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2011

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Opinion: Suspicious research

There is something about research that makes us highly suspicious of results. Say, for instance, that we would compare people who eat a lot of carrots with people who eat a lot of Brussels sprouts. We wouldn’t want to belong to that last group for

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2011

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Opinion: Queasy

The Dutch parliamentary press makes it a habit to elect their politician of the year. This time, like last year, the journalists elected prime Minister Mark Rutte. What is it with this election that makes us feel queasy? Why on earth would a serious

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Two violent criminals sent to jail for life

Richards and Roberts guilty of Regatta-killings, rape, robbery and ill-treatment St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The atmosphere in the downstairs courtroom at the courthouse in Philipsburg was heavy on Wednesday morning when Judge mr. M. Keppels

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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St. Maarten wants no discussion about country status until 2015

THE HAGUE / By Donellis Browne - The year 2015 is the earliest date that St. Maarten sees for a discussion on whether or not it has a need for a new constitutional structure. This is when the first evaluation of the current status - autonomous countr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Brothel-owner re-arrested after appeals court ruling

St. Maarten – On Wednesday evening around eight o’clock Border Bar-owner Ignacio Augustine P. was back in jail after police re-arrested him. The Court in First Instance suspended the 64-year-old brothel-owner’s detention last week Wednesday (un

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Cab driver walks free, but son faces manslaughter charges

On trial for massive fight in Middle Region St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance threw out charges on Wednesday against 51-year- old cab driver Pedro Eusebio “Frankie” van H. based on a technicality, but his son Love Lee (18) will have

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Kingdom Charter will anchor country’s right to independence

THE HAGUE – Participants at Wednesday’s Kingdom Conference in the Hague reached several agreements after initial hassles over the agenda. St. Maarten and Curacao will get the right under the Kingdom Charter to opt for independence, while several

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Assessment of life sentences after twenty years under new legislation

St. Maarten – How long does life imprisonment last? That differs per country. Sherwan Roberts and Curtley Allison Richards, the two Regatta-killers who were sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday won’t be free for a very, very long time, if

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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First Kingdom Conference ends with strong commitment to cooperate

THE HAGUE / By Donellis Browne - Delegations from Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands have used the first Kingdom Conference to express their joint and individual commitment to giving concrete meaning to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Th

Editorial - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Editorial: Life sentence

It is rare that our court pronounces a life sentence but on Wednesday Judge. mr. M. Keppels sent two suspects to jail for life. One of the convicts is just 20 years old – and his life is already over. When his sentence comes up for review for the f

Opinion - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Opinion: The limited vision of the news gurus (5)

By Dean Starkman There are plenty of stories about the future of journalism but the extensive opinion Dean Starkman published in the Colombia Journalism Review stands out from the crowd. Starkman fueled the discussion about journalism in previous ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Suspended sentence and community service for teen rapists

St. Maarten – Two boys who raped a fifteen-year old girl in Dutch Quarter on April 12 were sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a 1-year suspended prison sentence on Wednesday. The unconditional part of the sentence consisted of the days

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 16, 2011

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Bada Bing robbery trial brings light moments in courtroom

St. Maarten – The Heineken Regatta attracted a lot of bad energy this year. Apart from the so-called regatta-killings that resulted in two life sentences, there was also an armed robbery on a money transport of the adult entertainment club Bada Bin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Web site dead wrong with plagiarism accusation

In defense of our editor Donellis Browne St. Maarten – We do not make a habit of criticizing other media outlets, mainly because we think that everybody is entitled to make his or her own mistakes. But when an internet site with a history of poo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Judge stops removal retaining wall at Karakter Beach Bar

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – The Karakter Beach Bar in Simpson Bay is “angry and upset” about the fact that it had to break down a retaining wall it had built in April on the beach in front of the establishment. While Vromi-employees demolished t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Court voids ministerial order to use cells as House of Detention

St. Maarten – The Judge of instruction determined in a ruling published on Monday that Justice Minister Roland Duncan cannot allocate 15 places in the new police cells as House of Detention. The ruling is the result of a complaint attorney mr. Shai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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St. Maarten Saturday kicks off on Kim Sha Beach

SIMPSON BAY - This Saturday, St. Maarten Saturday officially takes place at Buccaneer Beach Bar on Kim Sha Beach with a free concert by Orange Grove and G Love. Bound to be one of the biggest beach parties on the island, it will be a day filled with

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Police confiscate gun during routine control

St. Maarten – A police patrol from the Zero /tolerance team stopped a car with a French license place during a routine control yesterday afternoon around four o’clock near the Cottage roundabout. The driver and his passenger were told to get out

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Art of Living Foundation offers free workshops

St. Maarten - Art of Living Foundation is a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational non-governmental organization (NGO). It was founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with the vision of creating a stress-free, violence-free society. It has rea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 14, 2011

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Minister Duncan about Kingdom visa law

“This is meddling in our internal affairs” St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan repeated his position on the Kingdom Visa Law in a Central committee meeting yesterday afternoon, saying that the draft legislation adversely affects the

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