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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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Court slams police officer for ill-treating woman

Defendant acquitted of drunk driving charges St. Maarten – The Zero Tolerance-concept took an unexpected turn in the Court in First Instance when Judge mr. Koen Luijks condemned the actions of a police officer against a 32-year-old bar manager w

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St. Maarten Government gets three weeks to fix perceived deficit

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has requested the Board of financial supervision (Cft) to give the government three weeks to present them with solutions to the perceived deficit in the budget for 2012. That is the core of his response t

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DJ G-Money fined and sentenced to pay damages for decking Mystic One

St. Maarten – On the night the government fell, April 27, Michael Gary Euton, an American disk jockey who works for Laser 101 under the name G-Money had a falling out with Glenfield Gipson (aka Mystic One), another radio personality who works at PJ

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Jacobs confirms million guilder budget over run

10 percent success rate in the Netherlands St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has presented figures proving that former Minister Dr. Rhoda Arrindell granted study financing requests for 1.1 million guild

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Ferron shares expertise at international meeting

Ferron shares expertise at international meeting

St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) board member Robbie Ferron (SMMTA photo)GREAT BAY - St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) board member Robbie Ferron will be representing the SMMTA and St. Maarten at an international yachting semin

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Medical students give foundation program high marks

St. Maarten – Six students of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine recently completed the Psychiatry Perceptorship program being run by the Mental Health Foundation. The students started the program in January and have sung h

Opinion - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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Opinion: Domestic violence

It is not often that this newspaper deviates from its standards, but today we saw the need to do so. Our readers are obviously entitled to an explanation. We’re referring here to our report about domestic violence that earned the abuser a suspended

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Buncamper installed as District Governor

Buncamper installed as District Governor

District Governor Buncamper stands with his cabinet secretary treasurer Lion Lisandra Havertong. St. Maarten - Claudius Buncamper was installed as the Lions District Governor for area 60B recently. The appointment, which was confirmed at the 3

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Transition payments biggest cost for changing government

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt says the only major expense from the change of government will be the transition payments to former ministers, while they look for another job. He also revealed that the payment is not a pension as such a

Editorial - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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Editorial: Severe blow

The police force suffered a severe blow in the Court in First Instance yesterday due to the acquittal of a defendant who stood accused of drunk driving, ill-treating a policeman and resisting arrest. The judge ruled on all counts in favor of the d

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SLS ready to test water and sewage

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has urged the public to take responsibility for ensuring that their sewage does not end up flowing into other people’s yards or on public roads. The call wa

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St. Maarten Government wants even more research on dollarization

St. Maarten – Dollarization continues to be the point of departure for the government of St. Maarten, but Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has said he wants to research the matter further. The announcement was made at Wednesday’s Council of Minister

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St. Maarten Government submits child rights report

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten has approved and submitted the country’s first report on implementation of the United Nations charter on the rights of the child. These reports are made every five years. The last one was made in 2007 whe

Opinion - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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Opinion: Missed opportunity

Not all is well between Mystic One and G-Money. These are household names for listeners to Laser 101 and PJD2 radio. They also became household names in criminal court where G-Money stood trial yesterday for decking Mystic One in the VIP area of the

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Fisherman reported for illegal shark fishing

Fisherman reported for illegal shark fishing

A shark that was killed and left at the Great Bay Beach promenade (Boardwalk) on Monday.St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation has filed a report with the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police Department against a fisherman who illegally caught a C

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Minister hails success in vaccination program

GREAT BAY – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever is hailing the vaccination program in schools and at the baby clinics as success. He used data from the recent Vaccination Open Day as basis for his statement.

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One year for firearm possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Hector Reyes Bastardo, 33, to a 1-year prison term for firearm possession. The defendant was caught in a car on February 26 with the gun. Prosecutor mr. Dounia Benammar told the court that pict

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Cocaine smuggler gets 12 months

St. Maarten – Hensley Franco Celestin won’t be traveling to the Netherlands for the time being, after his conviction to 12 months imprisonment for an attempt to smuggle cocaine in ingested bolitas on April 7 from Curacao via St. Maarten to Paris

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Sections of L.B. Scot Road close from today

St. Maarten – The government will begin closing sections of the L.B. Scot Road today so that road markings can be placed. The project, which continues until June 4, covers the 1, 300 meters from the Sol Gas Station to Cake House Supermarket. Traffi

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Government approves integrity vision

St. Maarten – One of the earliest actions of the new National Alliance led government was the approval of an integrity vision document. The vision document is an outline of the government’s goals for the next five years and the steps to arrive at

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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No proof for intention to commit a crime: Light sentence for man caught with BB gun

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Antonio Sundiata Joseph, 24, to 187 days imprisonment yesterday for simple weapons possession, but acquitted him of planning to commit a crime, firearms possession and making threats against a polic

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Dive site damaged by cable or anchor

Dive site damaged by cable or anchor

A view of damage to the Carib Cargo St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation has made three recommendations based on the recent damage that was done to Carib Cargo, also known as the Carib Ghost. The recommendation follows a confirmation of the May 28

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Suspended sentence for domestic violence

St. Maarten –A 1-year suspended prison sentence with 3 years of probation and the obligation to follow anger management training. That was the verdict against a 32-year-old man in the Court in First Instance yesterday for acts of domestic violence

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Changes to St. Maarten’s government salary system coming

St. Maarten – The government wants a discussion with the unions representing teachers and civil servants on periodic adjustments to salaries. The current system of indexing salaries every year is considered untenable. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Wi

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Plans of approach and introductions top Spies’ St. Maarten agenda

St. Maarten – Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies will meet the new Council of Ministers during a visit to St. Maarten on June 10 and June 11. The meeting was announced on Wednesday by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Valya Pantophlet switches government function

GREAT BAY – Valya Pantophlet is leaving the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) to become policy advisor on Tourism to Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo F. Pantophlet. Pantophlet,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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No Emancipation Day holiday this year

St. Maarten – No one should expect that July 1, 2012 will be a public holiday. Article 11 of the law on publication of ordinances stipulates that the law would have to have been published three months before the date the law takes effect. Consideri

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Spies prepares budget instruction for Curacao

THE HAGUE - Kingdom relations Minister Liesbeth Spies is “seriously preparing herself” for giving an instruction to the Schotte-government in Curacao related to the budget deficit. The minister made her statement yesterday afternoon in the Second

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Book Fair highlights poetry and autobiography writing presentations

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Aspiring writers, poets, avid and now-and-then readers, young and seniors, families, and lovers of all things cultural are being invited by organizers to the 10th anniversary St. Martin Book Fair, which actually started with pre-Bo

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Middle Region upgrade nears completion

MIDDLE REGION – Eighteen months of inconvenience are slowly coming to an end for Middle Region residents as the upgrade of their district nears completion. After the groundbreaking ceremony that took place on February 17 of last year, contractor MN

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Expansion sewage treatment plant underway

St. Maarten – The expansion of the sewage treatment plant on Illidge Road is taking shape, though it is far from completed. Kurt Ruan, the head of new projects, said yesterday that the work will be ready by the end of October. Former Minister of

Entertainment, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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A Good Read: The Allure of Anguilla

The newest literary festival/book fair in the Caribbean Anguilla / by Melanie Reffes* - It was nirvana for literary lovers over the US Memorial Day weekend when the Anguilla Literary Festival was the hottest ticket on the island. The four-day fê

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Dog show in Nature Park on June 10

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation holds its annual dog show on Sunday, June 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Seaside Nature Park with ribbons and trophies awarded based on overall condition and personality. An all-around trophy

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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No more licenses for St. Martiners

GREAT BAY - Head of the Civil Registry Leona Romeo-Marlin announced on Tuesday that the Civil Registry will no longer issue driver’s licenses to people registered on St. Martin as of June 1. This is in accordance with the ministerial decree 07/06 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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St. Maarten hit by year’s first major outages

St. Maarten – Electricity provider Gebe had to deal with a double whammy of outages on Monday night. It is the first time this year that the company has had a major issue. The issues began when a transformer house in Waymouth Hill blew out and c

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