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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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NAGICO Group acquires GTM Insurance

NAGICO Group acquires GTM Insurance

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NAGICO Michael Bishop, Board Member NAGICO/GTM Lisa Fulchan, General Manager NAGICO/GTM Christopher Henriques, NAGICO Group Chief Executive Officer Imran McSood-Amjad and his wife Farina Amjad, NAGICO/GTM Boar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Nature fee introduced for Man of War Shoal Marine Park

St. Maarten – Visitors to the Man of War Shoal Marine Park will have to pay a Nature Fee to be able to enter the park as of today (Monday). A day pass costs $3 and a year pass costs $15. Residents are exempt from paying this fee. St. Maarten’s fe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Saba and St. Eustatius jointly request direct service

St. Maarten – Commissioners Chris Johnson (Saba) and Clyde van Putten (Statia) jointly requested a direct service between Saba and St. Eustatius during a meeting with the management of Windward Islands Airways International N.V. (WINAIR) recently.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Government patches road in Simpson Bay ahead of full repairs

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure Theo Heyliger announced on Sunday that emergency works will be done in Simpson Bay soon to make the road behind the Sister Regina

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime minister attends OCTA ministerial meetings

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams left the island this weekend at the head of the country’s delegation to the 2011 Ministerial Conference of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA). The meeting, which is being h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten and Dominican Republic join forces on international crime

St. Maarten and Dominican Republic join forces on international crime

Officials from St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic and the International Police Organization (Interpol) stand together for a family photo from their recent meeting at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. (Police Force of St. Maarten photo) St. Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten tourism officials explore possibilities with KLM

St. Maarten tourism officials explore possibilities with KLM

Advisor to the Sint Maarten Cabinet of the Minister of Plenipotentiary Perry Geerlings, KLM’s Vice President Government and Industry Affairs Willem de Jonge, Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May-Ling Chun, KLM Senior Network Planner for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Gerdi Verbeet commends St. Maarten harbour presentation

St. Maarten – Chair of the Dutch Second Chamber Gerdi Verbeet has sent Chief Executive Officer of the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies Mark Mingo a letter thanking him for the presentation and tour he gave Second Chamber faction leaders in Oc

Opinion - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Opinion: Wake Up!

Saturday we went to Lagoonies for a taste of what was rumored to become Occupy-SXM. It was a memorable evening, for sure, with the showing of an impressive horror-documentary (The World According to Monsanto) and with a crowd showing above average in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Opinion: Not a better year

Under the headline “Will 2012 be a better year?” Curacao-based attorney Karel Frielink posted a blog on his web site on January 9 that came to haunt him in a hurry before the month was out. Read what he wrote first, then learn what happened after

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Francisco and Lake victorious in cycling season’s opener

St. Maarten - Walwin Francisco and Dave Lake won the two first cycle races of the year on Sunday. The 15 lap event, which was organized by the Soualiga Cycling Club, had 23 participants who began their circumnavigation of the Great Salt Pond at the F

Editorial - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Editorial: A hero’s journey

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fel

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Season opener dedicated to paralyzed cyclist

St. Maarten - The Soualiga Cycling Club presented the proceeds from Sunday’s season opening race to Emmanuel Laud yesterday to show their solidarity with Deion Richardson – a cyclist who was shot under mysterious circumstances on November 5 in An

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten Hospitality student graces new calendar’s front cover

St. Maarten Hospitality student graces new calendar’s front cover

St. Maarten – Keidy Gregorio, who is studying hospitality management, is the cover model on the 2012 edition of the St. Maarten Eye Candy Calendar. The calendar features 13 models for the 12-month year and Gregorio’s picture was chosen for the fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Wim van Vemde heads RST

Wim van Vemde heads RST

GREAT BAY/ WILLEMSTAD – Wim van Vemde has been appointed leader of the Kingdom Collaboration Team (RST). His appointment follows an agreement during the Judicial Four-country Consultation on Thursday between St. Maarten, the Netherlands, Aruba and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Vesuvius-team confiscates more firearms linked to drug-killings

St. Maarten – Police searched three houses in Betty’s Estate and Wymont Hill on Thursday and confiscated three firearms, a silencer and a large amount of ammunition. The weapons were found in the house of A.O.J. who is currently detained as a sus

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Rainbow Beach Club-owners stage protest at courthouse

Rainbow Beach Club-owners stage protest at courthouse

Law suit seeks control over maintenance and security services Angry Rainbow Beach Club owners let their placards speak their mind. Center in white is American attorney Deborah Hadaway. Milton Pieters photo.St. Maarten – Home owners at the Ra

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Pumping capacity significantly higher

Pumping capacity significantly higher

The first of three new pumps for the pump-house in Sucker Garden was switched on Friday. The new pump has the ability to pump 5, 400 tons of water per hour. (Milton Pieters collage)St. Maarten – The first of three new pumps for the pump-house i

Editorial - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Editorial: No democracy

The dispute between home owners at the Rainbow Beach Club and the property’s owners has a long – and some would say painful – history. Over the past couple of years there have been quite some stories that put the complex in a less favorable lig

Opinion - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Opinion: From rags to riches

What are the chances to make something of your life if you are homeless in the United States? They’re slim, because education is notoriously expensive, so you’re probably headed for the drugs scene, prostitution or an early grave. But things wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Opinion: Laura Dekker Institute

The Guinness Book of Records all of a sudden has decided to ditch its category “youngest.” This is a minor setback for sailor Laura Dekker who arrived Saturday in St. Maarten after completing her solo trip around the world as the youngest sailor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Brooks-Solomon feature speaker at 10th memorial lecture

St. Maarten – The Vice President of the Council of Advice Mavis Brooks-Solomon will speak on the role of the Advisory Council in the attainment of greater self reliance for St. Maarten at this year’s Lionel Bernard Scott Memorial lecture. This 10

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Social leaders clamor for more focus on healthcare and pensions

Social leaders clamor for more focus on healthcare and pensions

St. Maarten – Leaders in two social organizations have applauded Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius De Weever’s “bold” statement on Wednesday that staffers in the Department of Social Affairs must offer better servi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Students square off in board game competition

Students square off in board game competition

St. Maarten - Students from Milton Peters College, St Dominic High, St Maarten Academy and St Maarten Academy PSVE, Sundial and the St Maarten Vocational School faced off in dominoes, chess and draughts on Friday as part of the fifth indoor board gam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Nominations open for 2012 Red Ribbon

PORT OF SPAIN/GREAT BAY– The United Nations and civil society partners jointly announced a global call for nominations for the 2012 Red Ribbon Award on Friday. This honour is intended to promote and support community organisations responding to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Rockstars raise $4,000 for Nature Foundation Snorkel Club

Rockstars raise $4,000 for Nature Foundation Snorkel Club

St. Maarten - The Rockstars for Nature Fundraiser has raised $4, 000 that will be used by Nature Foundation to expand its after-school and in-school activities. The fundraiser was organized by freelance grant writer and fundraiser Stephanie Reed.

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Angry driver attacks security guard

Angry driver attacks security guard

St. Maarten – A female security guard was assaulted at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort’s parking lot by one of the local visitors to the resort on Thursday evening. The visitor lost his parking ticket and refused to pay the amount that the security gua

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten Country-wide road patch-works to start soon

St. Maarten – Country-wide road patch-works are tentatively scheduled to start before month-end. The work, which will cost 1.28 million guilders will be carried out by MNO Vervat. The contractor already started the work on Thursday by grading th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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National Bar Association revels in warm welcome

National Bar Association revels in warm welcome

St. Maarten – Daryl Parks and Yvette Alexander – the key organizers of the National Bar Association’s mid-winter conference - have thanked the St. Maarten Bar Association and the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau for their assistance in planning and r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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St. Maarten/St. Martin makes regional top five

Aruba is region’s number two choice St. Maarten/St. Martin makes regional top five GREAT BAY – St. Maarten/St. Martin has been ranked the fifth best destination in the Caribbean in www.tripadvisor.com’s Traveller’s Choice Awards Top 25

Opinion - Posted by on January 23, 2012

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Opinion: Mysterious phone calls

Readers may have already received mysterious phone calls announcing that this is their lucky day: they won $50,000 in some coca cola contest they never participated in. The voice on the phone sounds Nigerian, even though the caller claims to be somew

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Rolex-dealer contests tax evasion charge

Rolex-dealer contests tax evasion charge

Prosecution demands $1.45 million and a hefty fine St. Maarten – Did a local jeweler manipulate its stock of Rolexes between stores on Front Street and stores in French Saint Martin and St. Barths in such a way that the company evaded 2.6 mill

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Blue Mall’s developers and Port Services collaborating on Dutch Village

Blue Mall’s developers and Port Services collaborating on Dutch Village

An artist rendering of the Dutch Harbour that the developers of the Blue Mall and St. Maarten Port Services N.V. are planning to build at the Dr. A.C. Cruise Pier. (Website photo) St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The developers of the Blue Mall

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Opinion: Some relief for Saban and Statian inmates

Last week we published attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann’s analysis of the cumbersome situation criminal suspects from Statia and Saba have to go through when they are sent for detention to Bonaire. Hatzmann proposed in an expose we published on this pag

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Opinion: Real estate headaches

That not everything is chipper in real estate land is by now clear to everybody. Timeshare resort court cases provide a steady source of income to the legal profession, as the court schedule for next week Tuesday shows. There are no less that 35 cour

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