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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Police arrest two Vesuvius-suspects after Bada Bing-fight court hearing

St. Maarten – Jannitro Denzel Williams, 20, and Joey Sjurendy Rohan, 21 thought they got off light when Judge mr. Monique Keppels sentenced them to a 4-month conditional prison sentence for a fight in Bada Bing on February 3 of last year. But when

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Governor calls on businesses to support the disabled

From assistance to independence St. Maarten - Governor drs Eugene Holiday has called for more businesses to provide job opportunities for persons living with disabilities. The call is part of a speech to a gathering of volunteers, governmental off

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Chucky earns another six years behind bars

Woman planned kidnapping and robbery St. Maarten – Omar “Chucky” Nelson earned himself another 6 years of imprisonment yesterday on top of the 18 years he is already serving. The 21-year-old still has to face another trial for his escape fro

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Raoul Illidge Sports complex set to be re-opened to public

St. Maarten - New and strict measures will be implemented at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex when it re-opens to the general public on February 13. The decision to re-open the facility, which has been closed for an extended period, was reached at a

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Editorial: Free Market healthcare

News that the government has already concluded at least one letter of intent for a new private medical facility and is reviewing the possibility to sign with a second group shows that the prevailing attitude is that something as sacred as healthcare

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Opinion: Judging the judges

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten announced yesterday that judges will have to submit themselves every year to a job evaluation interview. A survey conducted twelve years ago showed that there are around 1,700 judges in the Netherlands, so that is a lot

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Opinion: The Twitter lie

We don’t want to be overly cynical, no matter how much fun this sometimes is, but we just think that the Netherlands has established a record that is reason for serious concern. We’re pretty critical of social networks, though with Facebook going

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Opinion: Tragedy (Stoning an intruder on your property)

Imagine this. You arrive home around midnight and you spot somebody near a bedroom window. It’s dark out there and by the time you get out of your car the figure has disappeared in the bushes. You have been the victim of burglaries three times in t

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Absent street-robber sentenced to 9 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jeremy Titus Thomas yesterday in absentia to 9 months imprisonment for robbing a man of his gold necklace on November 14 of last year. The 21-year-old was arrested shortly after the robbery; offic

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St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates extraordinary police officers (BAVPOL) graduates

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined in congratulating the 61 graduates of the course for extraordinary police officers. The graduation took place on January 27 but the prime minister was away in Brussels and chose to offer her

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St. Maarten Governor gets draft 2012 budget Friday

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced on Wednesday that the ministry of finance received the advice from the Council of Advice on Tuesday afternoon, and preparations are now underway to send the 2012 national budget to the governo

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Martin Luther six graders visit parliament

St. Maarten – Seventeen six graders from the Dr. Martin Luther King primary school along with their teachers visited the House of Parliament on Wednesday morning. The students were welcomed by the President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell and

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Civil Registry ready to return license administration to Justice Ministry

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has said the civil registry is perfectly willing to allow the Ministry of Justice to take over or have back the administration when it comes to the issuance of drivers licenses. In fact the proposa

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Mother wins $1,000 in Scotia bank campaign

St. Maarten -Thirty nine year old mother of two, Shannalis Hazel beat out thousands of entries to become the winner of Scotia Bank’s ‘Back to School Campaign’ for visa debit card users. On Wednesday, the bank handed over a cheque amounting to

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No punishment for man who injured psychiatric patient

St. Maarten – Violet B., a woman with a psychiatric disorder, ended up with a skull fracture and an epidural bleeding on May 4 of last year when she was pelted with stones by Franklin B.M. de W. At the trial on January 11, the prosecution demanded

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Social Affairs heads stripped of signing authority

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has publicly stripped both the head and interim head of the department of social affairs of the authority to sign letters informing people whether or not they

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10th European Development Fund disbursement goes to St. Maarten infrastructure upgrades

St. Maarten – The government of St. Maarten is still waiting for final approval of will a 4.75 million euro grant under the 10th disbursement from the European Development Fund (EDF). The money will be used to do major upgrading of the infrastructu

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Two years for double gun possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Francis Widmor Brunache, 26, to 2 years imprisonment for two cases of gun possession. Urvin Laurence W., 20, who faces a similar charge, saw his case postponed because the investigation is not com

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CineClub showing romantic comeday next Monday

GREAT BAY – CineClub St. Maarten will be showing Midnight in Paris at its next showing at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on February 6. The 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film was written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McA

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Environmental groups plead for protecting remaining wetlands

St. Maarten – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) and St. Maarten Pride Foundation reiterated their call on government to pass and enforce environmental and conservation legislation aimed at protecting the island’s remaining wetlands

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Ministry closes for extended staff meeting

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will be closed from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday so staffers can attend an extended staff meeting to look at the year plan for 2012. The key themes in the plan are customer se

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De Weever on work permits: “They must adhere to the laws of the land.”

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has promised the truth will come out on why the Department of Labor Affairs has granted the majority of requests for work permits filed by the Mental Health F

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Funding key in St. Maarten’s relationship with Europe

St. Maarten – The matter of sustaining funding is a point of concern that Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams put forward at the recent meeting in Brussels between the members of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (Octa) and repres

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Government signs letter of intent for new private medical facility

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever confirmed Wednesday that a letter of intent has been signed with “The American Clinic” for them to open and operate a private medical facility. A second r