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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 5, 2012

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Bada Bing robbers remain free until sentence is irrevocable

Court hands down sentences of 36 and 30 months. St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jimmey Dave Ramsahai to 36 months imprisonment, and Ramona Sonia Lupu to 30 months for their role in robbing nightclub Bada Bing of more than $16

Opinion - Posted by on January 5, 2012

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Opinion: Turnover tax

Since we’re not soothsayers we actually have no clue about what our Finance Minister has in store for tax reform. But based on universal analysis of political behavior, we’re pretty confident about one thing: the turnover tax is not going anyw

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Opinion: Self-imposed misery

We’re unable to shake the feeling that the whining about traffic jams is in fact akin to self-imposed misery. When our beleaguered government finally gets down to actually executing some much needed work – like the just concluded upgrades in Cole

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Opinion: Bread prices

We’ve been looking in bewilderment at the new bread prices Carl’s and Sons announced this week. It sounds like a hardship for minimum wage earners, but there is a real easy solution for this predicament: don’t eat bread. Switch, for instance, t

Editorial - Posted by on January 5, 2012

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Editorial: Land debate

Tax Attorney and Board member of the Board of financial supervision (Cft) BES Max Pandt has actually thrown out an interesting suggestion that we’re sure will inspire a hot debate in the country. For in the land where undivided property is still an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 5, 2012

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Fuel rationing at St. Maarten airport ends

St. Maarten – The rationing of Jet A1 fuel at the Princess Juliana International Airport was relaxed Wednesday ahead of the arrival of a shipment on Friday. The rationing began earlier this week because Sol faced a “severe shortage” brought on

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Community service for ill-treating ex-wife

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Safraz Hussein, 31, to a 1-year suspended prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 240 hours of community service yesterday for ill-treating his ex-wife. Hussein also has to maintain contact

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Justice Minister Duncan swears in 17 new officers

St. Maarten – Seventeen police officers were sworn in by Justice Minister Roland Duncan on Wednesday. Thirteen of them are cadets from the Basic Police Training and four of them are from the Netherlands. The 13 cadets have finished enough module

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on January 5, 2012

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Parents and motorists get reminder on safe school bussing

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section issued a statement Wednesday reminding parents and motorists to continue observing rules related to safe school bussing. The reminder was issued because thousands of students went back to school on Tu

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Cake House gives government one week ultimatum on bread prices

Cake House gives government one week ultimatum on bread prices

“We are all involved. We will all be consumed” St. Maarten – Cake House is giving the government a week to state its position on increased bread prices. If they don’t the supermarket’s management will follow Carl and Sons and raise their

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Justice Minister Duncan may not attend mid-January meeting out of anger

Two million transferred from Crime Fund St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan is unsure whether he’ll attend a mid-month consultation in Curacao with his colleagues from Curacao, Aruba and the Netherlands. The biannual meeting is a chan

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Majority criminal defendants in 2011 was born here

St. Maarten – The notion that our island is flooded with criminals from neighboring islands is only true up to a point, because 57 percent of the names that appeared on schedules for hearings in criminal court last year belong to defendants who wer

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Postal Services St. Maarten allowed New Post Netherlands Antilles to take assets

"Everything was taken out with our consent" St. Maarten – Chairman of the Board of Postal Services St. Maarten Hubert Pantophlet has announced that New Post Netherlands Antilles was allowed to take all the vehicles and some of the computers from

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St. Maarten affected by American Airlines shakeup

St. Maarten - The heavy weight reshuffling of American Airlines corporate structure in the United States has trickled down to St.Maarten. The latest casualty is the Country Manager who was asked to go on early retirement. The former country manager d

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Prime Minister’s New Year’s Message

The first full calendar year as a country is behind us. That’s 2011. At this time it is usually expected that we cast a fleeting look on what is behind us as we contemplate on what is before us. In looking back, we must guard against dwelling too

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 4, 2012

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Shaquille O’Neal was seen strolling in Philipsburg

Shaquille O’Neal was seen strolling in Philipsburg

Famed basketballer Shaquille O’Neal was seen strolling in Philipsburg on Tuesday. Considered one of the all time greats in the sport O’Neal retired on June 3, 2011 and works as a commentator for TNT. People who know of his exploits on the cou

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SHTA wants tax plan but Chamber comfortable with waiting

GREAT BAY / By Donellis Browne – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has called for Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto to “finalize and disclose” his plans for a new tax structure. The call comes after months of not hearing a

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Scooter rider was uninsured, without helmet and light

Scooter rider was uninsured, without helmet and light

“Skeleton scooters create additional traffic hazards” St. Maarten / By Torana Granston – The collision that claimed the life of 21-year-old Jasias Hodge last Friday just after midnight might have been avoided if the deceased had paid more a

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Police arrest second suspect Deygoo-killing

St. Maarten – Members of the December Offensive Team arrested K.C., a French-side resident, around three o’clock in the afternoon last week wednesday as a suspect in the Fragile Bundle baby clothing store robbery and murder. Store-owner Mark Deyg

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New firearms policy “illegally” in force

St. Maarten – The police and Justice Minister Roland Duncan are still working out whether or not the backlog of people who applied for gun licenses in 2011 will be scrutinized based on the regulations form that year or the new policy which took eff

Opinion - Posted by on January 4, 2012

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Opinion: Young criminals: the next generation

Frank Pauw, the Chief Commissioner of police on Rotterdam-Rijnmond had a rather alarming message in his New Year’s speech yesterday. The good old repeat offender – the drug addict who breaks into cars to support his habit – is disappearing. Ins

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Letter: Avoid governance of the past

Dear Editor, After listening to parliamentarian De Weever speaks in a very disparaging manner during a meeting of Parliament which was called by the National Alliance to discuss the Corporate Governance Council, I really do not want to believe

Editorial - Posted by on January 4, 2012

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Editorial: Following the guiding principles

Justice Minister Rolando Duncan will probably liken this newspaper to some of the civil servants he has issue with because we point out that he has decided to give an instruction or set up policy without following the complete legal process. We know

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Fireworks sound past usage deadline

St. Maarten – The sound of fireworks continued Tuesday night despite last week’s announcement by police and the prosecutor that people should not be using them past January 1. They have also reported that there were no incidents related to firewo

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Fight over rental car ends at police station

St. Maarten – Police arrested two men who were involved in a fight near the gas station in Madame Estate last Thursday afternoon. One of the men, L.K., told officers that he had rented a car to his adversary, L.U. in February of last year, but that

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Police arrest robbery suspects

St. Maarten – Last week Tuesday the December Offensive Team arrested A. de St. J., a man from Curacao who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Middle Region in September of last year. A second suspect was already in custody. The detecti

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 4, 2012

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Recruitment for municipal police officers begins

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The central authority in Guadeloupe has opened recruitment for municipal police officers. Interested candidates can complete the preregistration online up until January 31, 2012 and should be prepared to take written examinati

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St. Maarten Carnival (SCDF) issues deadline reminder

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) reminded Carnival stakeholders and all persons interested in Carnival that the registration deadline for Carnival 2012 is January 16 on Tuesday. The SCDF extended the registration dea

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Nature Foundation: Be on the lookout for rabid raccoons

St. Maarten - Overturned garbage containers, raided fruit trees and the presence of raccoons on the island have at least one environmental organization on the alert to stem any threat of the rabies virus. Tadzio Bervoet of the St. Maarten Nature Foun

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Norman Chester Wathey wants court to seal his father’s estate

St. Maarten – Norman Chester Wathey is taking his siblings to court on April 3, asking the judge to give him permission to seal and describe his father’s estate and to determine that these actions are conducted by notary M.M. Boekhoudt. Wathey al

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Thieves rob five supermarkets in an hour

St. Maarten – Five supermarkets in St. Peters were robbed within an hour on Tuesday morning. All of the supermarkets are close to each other and the thieves fled on foot from each of the robberies. Police were called to the area at around 10:00

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Two week grace period for removing illegal electronics

St. Maarten – Inspectors from Bureau Telecommunication and Post St. Maarten have given whole sale and retail stores two weeks to stop selling illegal wireless devices to the general public. If they don’t the agency will confiscate the item and th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 3, 2012

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Newspaper reveals fraud and mismanagement at DAE

WILLEMSTAD – The Antilliaans Dagblad reported last week that millions of dollars have disappeared at the heavily subsidized Dutch Antilles Express airline DAE. The newspaper obtained documents that suggest mismanagement and theft at the company.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 3, 2012

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St. Maarten’s economy contracted 1.5 percent last year

Central Bank projects further contraction this year GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s economy contracted by 1.5 percent last year, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten reported last Friday in a press release about last year’s economic develop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 3, 2012

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St. Maarten Police arrest five after New Year’s Day robbery

St. Maarten – The New Year did not begin well for several tourists who were walking on the Board walk at five o’clock in the morning of January 1, though their mishap ended with the arrest of five armed robbers and the recovery of stolen goods.

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