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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Editorial - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Editorial: A matter of priorities

The tragic story of Felicia Williams, the teenager who drowned in a jet ski accident in March of last year, makes clear that victims too often end up holding the short straw. The driver of the jet ski, 37-year-old Aubrey Thom, was held responsible fo

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Letter: Open memo to: Brenda K. Wathey

Dear Brenda, Some seven months have now passed since the courts verdict ordering you all to hand over all documents dating back to 2001 to me and to include me in the estate of the late N. C. Wathey as legitimate shareholder. To date you have refu

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Letter: The insensitivity of a politician

Dear Editor, How insensitive can our politicians become towards the needs and suffering that the less fortunate of country St. Maarten have to deal with on a daily basis? Let’s take a look at the action of the deputy prime minister of country S

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Opinion: Careless citizens

Yesterday we quoted from the crime analysis report about St. Maarten where it said that citizens do not do enough to secure their homes against burglars. This may have sounded to some a bit like a lame excuse to explain why there are so many burglari

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Opinion: Homing pigeons

It’s not something we think about every day: homing pigeons. People who make breeding these pigeons are called duivenmelker in Dutch it sounds a bit denigrating and it places the pigeon-breeders in the category of old fools who have nothing better

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Opinion: Leading by example (2)

Some people have a weird way of doing things. Like, for instance, reading something in our paper and then sending a letter to the editor of another paper. Not that we care, we just find this weird. The letter was about leading by example, and the we

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Opinion: Wilders and the end of the euro

In a couple of days the British economic research bureau Lombard Street Research will publish a report about the re-introduction of the Dutch guilder. The report was commissioned by the Freedom Party PVV. Observers expect that the report will blow up

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Vesuvius-suspect in court to testify as a witness

St. Maarten – After suspects in the Vesuvius-investigation were taken to court last week for a session with the Judge of Instruction about the prolongation of their detention, yesterday one of them returned to the courthouse under strict security m

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Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino pushes all inclusive option

St. Maarten – Director of Sales at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino Bernard Hunt has called the just concluded Caribbean Market Place in the Bahamas “very positive.” The resort’s delegation briefed 22 buyers on the new developments on St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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No decision yet about integrity probe Curacao

St. Maarten – Transparency International is still pondering its options for a so-called integrity investigation in Curacao. “We are currently considering the details of what this would involve. No formal decision has been made, but we should have

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Sports: St. Martin/St. Maarten to compete as one

St. Maarten - Some of the seasoned athletes from both sides of the island will be facing a stern test when the Speedy Plus club stages its first international track & field events at the Alberic Richards stadium in Sandy Ground from May 5 to May 9. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2012

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Justice system disappoints dead teen’s mother

Justice system disappoints dead teen’s mother

St. Maarten - The mother of drowning victim, Felecia Williams, has expressed disappointment with the way the justice system handled her daughter’s case. Deleta Bailey-Johnson says that although she does not possess a full understanding of the Dutch

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