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St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Police’s “great error” leads to case dismissal

“We need to be sure who handled the weapon” St. Maarten - Jason Omar Margarita, who is 24-years-old, walked out of the Court House a free man on Wednesday after Judge Monique Keppels ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him of gun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Lottery manager learns fate April 18

St. Maarten – Manager of the St. Maarten branch of Robbie’s Lottery J.D.C will find out on April 18 whether Judge Monique Keppels agrees with the public prosecutor that he is guilty of illegal gun possession. Curacao based attorney Af Sulvaran ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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St. Maarten Government chooses dollarization

Williams calls for “face to face” on Central Bank St. Maarten - The future of the Central Bank of Curacao and St.Maarten is uncertain at this moment with both countries reassessing its feasibility. On Wednesday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Will

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Nagico becomes titular sponsor for Calypso eliminations and finals

Nagico becomes titular sponsor for Calypso eliminations and finals

Nagico’s Marketing Assistant Lisa Brown-McKay (left) and Annemiek Meussen (right) presents Treasurer of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Erno Labega with the sponsorship cheque for the Calypso eliminations and Calypso Finals.St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister: “At least now we have a full board”

St. Maarten - “I expect that he will demonstrate fair judgment in matters relating to St.Maarten and Curacao,” was the hope expressed by Prime Minister Sarah-Wescot-Williams on Wednesday as she confirmed  the appointment of a seventh member of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Three months for fight with girlfriend and brother

St. Maarten – Thirty six year old Rafael Wilson Henry was sentenced to three months in prison Wednesday for a fight he had on December 17 with his then girlfriend and her brother. The public prosecutor had demanded eight months imprisonment. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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St. Maarten Government tracking human rights issues

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten’s transition into country status affected its ability to address many of its human rights issues. So says the Kingdom Report on Human Rights, a sentiment that is shared by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. Since then a hu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Graphic Design Xpress course still open

Start date moved to April St. Maarten – People interested in Graphic Design Xpress course being offered by the University of St. Martin in conjunction with KGraphix, have just one week to left to apply for the course. The tertiary institution ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Court defers two cases

St. Maarten – Judge Monique Keppels deferred two cases to next Thursday for two very different reasons on Wednesday. In one instance she was not personally ready to move forward and in the other she wanted to give the defendant one last chance to f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Hazel elected JCI president

Hazel elected JCI president

The new board of JCI St. MaartenSt. Maarten – Meandra Hazel was elected President of JCI St. Maarten earlier this month. Hazel succeeds Immediate Past President Lionel Lawrence, who will also form part of the board. The other newly elected boa

Opinion - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: A waste of education!

Dear Editor, I notice some people in St. Maarten think it is all right if native St. Maarten people are left behind. They believe we should not even talk or discuss about them. But for them how dare you say anything about foreigners. Some of thes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Deadline for switching to digital boxes draws near

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten Cable TV, as previously announced, has launched its digital service, and will be removing the analog simulcast on May 1, 2012. Thereafter, the company will cease transmission of all analog channels and pioneer converters wil

Editorial - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Editorial: That’s not ok

Geert Haartzman capitalized on the mishandling of a weapon by police officers on Wednesday and was able to use their “great error” to ensure that his client left the courthouse a free man. That’s great for the attorney’s case record, but bad

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Funding agency gives project writing workshop

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten advisory board of Samenwerkende Fondsen/Cooperating Foundations of the Dutch Caribbean will host an information session from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on March 31 to familiarize foundations and associations of St. Maarten w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 29, 2012

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Kingdom Affairs committee meets today

St. Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Parliament on Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations meets in a closed door session to discuss a five point agenda. The committee consists of Roy Marlin (Chairman), Dr. Ruth Douglass (Vice-Chair),

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Power boat goes up in flames at sea

Power boat goes up in flames at sea

Precariously perched at the top of an inflatable dinghy, members of the Coast Guard direct jets of water into the burning boat. Milton Pieters Photo. St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - The main objective of the Coast Guard was to extinguish th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Prices have increased compared to December 2011

St. Maarten - The consumer price index increased by 2.6 percent in February when compared to that of December 2011. The price index recorded in February is 120.5. When comparing average consumer prices over a twelve month period (Feb. 2011 to Feb. 20

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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USM and UNA explore collaboration

USM and UNA explore collaboration

President of the University of St. Martin Annelies van den Assem (3rd from r), Acting Dean of Academics Glen Yeung (r) and Head of the Business Division Erwin Wolthuis (2nd from r) met with a delegation from the University of the Netherlands Anti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Alberts first president of Dutch Caribbean Library Association

Alberts first president of Dutch Caribbean Library Association

Director of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library and the first president of the newly formed Dutch Caribbean Library Association Monique Alberts (right) stands with the rest of the board shortly after they were elected. St. Maarten – Director of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Rate of inflation hits all time high

St. Maarten – Data released by the Department of Statistics on Tuesday shows that the 12-month average of consumer prices was 5.2 percent higher in February 2012 than in February 2011. This represents an increase in the inflation rate of 100 percen

Opinion - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: The patriotic response

Dear Mr. Editor, A gentleman mentions my name in an article in your paper. The article is name “The politics of fear and division.” This person was in the National Alliance. Where was he when his leader William Marlin went to Holland to look f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Casino staffer collapses mid-afternoon

Casino staffer collapses mid-afternoon

St. Maarten - A waitress at Beach Plaza Casino collapsed on Tuesday just after three in the afternoon but the quick action of ‘casino regulars’ may have saved the life of the woman who’s in her mid-thirties. The woman was identified as Anna R

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Insel Air joins IATA

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Antony Tyler officially welcomed Insel Air as an active member of the organization last week. A requirement to become an active

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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DP and Illidge request meeting with Tromp

St. Maarten – The two member Democratic Party faction and Independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge sent a joint request on Monday for a closed door meeting of parliament’s Central Committee that will focus on four issues related to the Ce

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Former judge nominated for seventh board seat

WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curacao is reportedly expected to approve the appointment of former judge and solicitor general for both Curaçao and Aruba Robert Pietersz to temporarily be the seventh member of the Supervisory Board of Directors of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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 St. Maarten Cable TV opens Mailbox location

St. Maarten Cable TV opens Mailbox location

St. Maarten Cable TV’s new Simpson Bay Mailbox locationGREAT BAY – St. Maarten Cable TV’s new Simpson Bay Mailbox location is now open for business to better accommodate subscribers who are switching to the new digital service. There have been

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Foundation notes high prevalence of unprotected sex on record test day

GREAT BAY —The St. Maarten Aids Foundation is concerned about the high prevalence of persons engaging in unprotected and highly risky sexual activities. Over 50 percent of the persons tested at Saturday’s Lions Club Health and Wellness Fair were

Editorial - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Editorial: Simple only for some

Is there a future for the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten? That is a question that has a simple answer for some and a far more complicated answer for others. Very simply it is a means of getting rid of another vestige of the now defunct Nethe

Opinion - Posted by on March 28, 2012

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Opinion: The merits of legalizing prostitution

Prostitution is a subject that invokes a lot of emotion, mostly because many people take a moral stance on the world’s oldest profession. On Tuesday we delved into how the population feels about the matter, especially considering the horrors that y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort manager at CHTIC

Oyster Bay Beach Resort manager at CHTIC

St. Maarten - General Manager of the Oyster Bay Beach Resort Ricardo Perez will be one of the keynote speakers for the Caribbean’s longest standing and most successful investment tourism conference in April. Perez revealed on Thursday that he had b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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St. Maarten Carnival reps meet with Police

St. Maarten Carnival reps meet with Police

Representatives from the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation and representatives of the police department met on Monday to discuss the Unity Jump-Up, routes for the “Fete to Fitness” on Saturday and the “Opening Jump-up” on April 19

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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Man forges 2012 license plate

Man forges 2012 license plate

Police confiscated this forged license plate during one of their recent controls.St. Maarten – The police fined a driver recently for having fake license plates, driving without a valid driver’s license, a valid insurance policy, a valid test car

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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St. Maarten’s new country dialing code starts broadcast in August

St. Maarten – Chief Operations Officer of the Bureau Telecommunications & Post Giovanni King expects that telecom providers will begin broadcasting the St. Maarten’s new country code +1-721 by the end of July. At the moment people still see +599

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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Pantophlet wants an end to unfairness

St. Maarten – National Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet has accused the tax administration of not being fair in the way it deals with people and businesses under its jurisdiction. He goes on to blame politics and the government

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2012

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Wescot-Williams commends Health & Wellness Fair

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams commends the St. Maarten Lion’s Club and all contributors to the 4th Health and Wellness Fair held at the Festival Village on Saturday. Wescot-Williams made her observation on Sunday without havi

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