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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Cockfighting question blocks approval new criminal code

St. Maarten – The parliament came close to a vote about the new penal code yesterday afternoon but at the last moment DP-MP Roy Marlin threw a spanner in the works when he asked for clarification about an article that deals with cruelty to animals.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Police seeks information on McDonald’s Drive Thru beating

GREAT BAY- The detective department is calling on the public for information about an unusual crime in which a man was violently attacked and beaten by a group of young men. The victim is hospitalized in critical condition. The incident occurred in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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No sentence-review after 20 years Duncan: “A life sentence is for life”

GREAT BAY – Justice Minister Duncan’s proposes to take article 28 that gives convicts with a life sentence the right to ask for a review of their sentence after 20 years out of the draft criminal code. But lifers still have a backdoor to early re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Wescot-Williams cautiously optimistic about developments at Winair

St. Maarten - “Cautiously optimistic,” is how Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams described her feelings about developments at Winair on Wednesday. The PM is the airline’s shareholder representative, a function she also holds for the TelEm Gro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort cops TripAdvisor award

St. Maarten - The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.com has awarded Pearl Development’s Oyster Bay Beach Resort the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. On Wednesday the site sent the company a congratulatory message stating that, “Our

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Institutions aim to start MAE program this Fall President lauds rekindling USM-UVI relationship

St. Maarten - The rekindling of the relationship between the University of St. Martin and the University of the Virgin Islands was lauded on Thursday by both USM President Annelies van den Assem and the UVI Vice Provost Dr. Judith W. Edwin. This wa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Sunfed moves to Back Street office

GREAT BAY- The St.Maarten United Non-governmental Federation (Sunfed) officially inaugurated its new headquarters with a lecture put on by the St.Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association on Wednesday night. The building is located on Back S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Methodist school board declines to react to dismissal pregnant teacher

GREAT BAY---The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Agogic Center and Chairman of the School Board Reverend Charles Seaton has indicated that the president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot did not “give the facts” of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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March against drugs in St. Peters

St. Maarten – The Health and Temperance department of the Seventh Day Adventist church organizes a march against drugs tomorrow in St. Peters. The march begins at four o’clock in the afternoon at the Milton Peters College and ends at the St. Pete

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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PM attends St. Louis Fete “It it takes a village to defend our culture”

ST. LOUIS/RAMBAUD - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams celebrated the St. Louis Fete with the residents of Rambaud and St. Louis on Sunday. The event featured a formal program including a church service, speeches given by dignitaries of both St. Ma

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Opinion: Life is life

You do the crime you do the time. That’s a popular expression in law enforcement circles and Justice Minister Roland Duncan has made it his mantra. Members of Parliament echoed it yesterday during the debate about the new criminal code. The tone i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Turtle nesting season: ban on beach bonfires until October

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department will not be handling any requests for beach bonfires until October. This is due to the turtle nesting season that is currently underway. The department is therefore requesting individuals and establishment

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Appeal court will retry Laveist in October on all charges

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice postponed the retrial of National Alliance MP Louie Laveist for the second time yesterday afternoon. Appeal court judges Van Kooten, Smid and Verheijen rescheduled the trial for October 3. Laveist said yes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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PM at Toastmasters conference: “Communication encompasses understanding and tolerance”

MAHO- Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams addressed the 81st District Toastmaster’s conference at the Sonesta Maho Resort last Saturday. “On behalf of the government of St. Maarten, I congratulate the conference planning committee for a superb p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Early release from right to privilege

GREAT BAY – When the parliament approves the new criminal code with the amendments proposed by Justice Minister Roland Duncan conditional early release will no longer be a right for prisoners but a privilege that has to be earned. The Justice Mini

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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President Richardson gets official book fair poster

MARIGOT- The St. Martin Book Fair Committee presented Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin President Alain Richardson on Wednesday with the official poster for the fair. The Collectivité is a partner of the 10th annual St. Martin Book Fair,

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Opinion: Laveist

We have to hand it to MP Laveist: he is not giving up. The embattled politician, the subject of a bribery investigation going back four years to 2008, is still in and out of court – and he is not done yet. In 2008 Laveist was humiliated by his arr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Robbery-case goes back to Court in First Instance

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice sent the case of Gleivon Daniel C., 21, and Hector Bienvenido C., 22, back to the Court in First Instance yesterday. The two defendants are suspects in an armed robbery that took place on March 16 of last y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Fall-out from Brooks Tower investigation: “Unico was a company where people paid for residence permits”

St. Maarten – Wyesha Gergian A. worked as an underpaid office assistant for Unico Management Services in Cole Bay when she got caught in the cross hairs of the Brooks Tower Accord criminal investigation in January 2011. Unico is a company where peo

Editorial - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Editorial: Dilemma

When members of parliament are sworn in they promise to always uphold the constitution, aka the State Regulation. That should not be an empty promise, but MPs created an interesting situation by bringing up cockfighting yesterday during the debate ab

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Rolando Tobias Toastmasters District Governor

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten’s Rolando Tobias will be heading the Toastmasters District 81 for the July 1st 2012-2013 year. Tobias was elected during the business meeting of the May Conference last Saturday at the Sonesta Maho Resort. As District Gover

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Union leader Elshot to ILO conference in Geneva

St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu Claire Elshot will be part of a tripartite team representing workers, government and businesses heading to the 101st International Labor Organization (ILO) Conference in Geneva from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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St. Maarten Lions promote Sight First in Trinidad

St. Maarten - A group 35 members from the St. Maarten Lions Club along with club members from French St. Martin, Saba, prospect members, spouses, family members and friends paraded through downtown along with other countries in Port of Spain, Trinida

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Opinion: Northstar marries Kyle

Gay marriage and St. Maarten are two worlds apart and in most American states same sex marriages are still taboo with a capital T. The American comic strip publisher Marvel is taking a shot at the future with the announcement that its comic strip he

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2012

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday visits Nature Foundation

St. Maarten - Governor drs. Eugene Holiday, paid a working visit to the Nature Foundation yesterday. The Governor met with the foundation’s executive board and with manager Tadzio Bervoets. The Nature Foundation highlighted its effort to eradicate