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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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UTS supports Nurses Association

St. Maarten - With a monetary contribution towards t-shirts, telecom provider UTS has pledged its support toward the nurses of St. Maarten during the annual Nurses Week Celebration. This week will be celebrated this year from May 6-12 under the theme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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SCDF-President Stuart Johnson “Carnival was overwhelmingly successful”

St. Maarten - Traditionally, Carnival begins with the Unity Jump Up from the French to the Dutch side and ends with the burning of King Momo. This year it was no different. Under the theme, “Let’s Delve into We Carnival 2012”, Carnival lovers h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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Digital project Cable TV comes to a conclusion

St. Maarten - St. Maarten Cable TV’s Madame Estate location will continue its Saturday office hours for another week to accommodate customers who are switching to digital service. On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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National Remembrance Day: “We will never forget”

St. Maarten -It was a solemn sight last Friday morning when state officials, law enforcement agencies and members of the clergy converged at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg to pay homage to the veterans of World War 2.  Remembrance Day 2012 h

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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Dive centers take part in hunt for lionfish

St. Maarten - Local dive centers have partnered with the St. Maarten Nature Foundation to combat the lionfish invasion in local waters. From the seventh to the sixteenth of May various dive centers and dive operators on St. Maarten will be taking par

Opinion - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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Opinion: Appeal

We have noted this before and the judges that sit on the bench in the Common Court of Justice usually indicate to defendants that appealing their sentence is not without risk. Rulings from the appeals court have a life of their own and there is no wa

Opinion - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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Opinion: Downsizing

The news that telecom provider TelEm is finally shedding some of its payroll may come across as negative news to some. But the fact remains that TelEm’s payroll has been too fat for years, if not decades. When interim manager Pieter Drenth left

Opinion - Posted by on May 7, 2012

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Opinion: Bomb

Do we now have a so-called caretaker government? We read this somewhere and we had some trouble swallowing the concept. After all, the only thing that happened so far is that some politicians have written some letters – one to the Prime Minister, o

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 4, 2012

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No newspaper today

Dear readers, we did not publish a newspaper today due to last night's concerns about the weather conditions. The good news is that today the weather on St. Maarten in sunny. Thank you for reading the Today Newspaper.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Tax consultant landed overpaid contract in 2010: Ministry circumvented public tender rules

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Finance Ministry circumvented the rules for public tenders by granting consultancy contract worth 210,000 guilders in 2010 to B&B consultancy for assistance with a tax and investment plan. Later, a company t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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NA-leader William Marlin: “What we see is the imploding of the United People’s party”

St. Maarten – “I think that what we see is the imploding of the United People’s party,” National Alliance leader William Marlin told reporters yesterday morning after hand delivering the original letter signed by four MPs who withdrew their s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Trial against absent serial robber postponed

St. Maarten – Between October 24 of last year and February 17 of this year Leon Shaphan Olson G. committed no less than seventeen armed robberies, almost exclusively against Chinese supermarkets. The 25-year-old, who was released from pretrial cust

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos: “It’s important to know what is going around here”

St. Maarten - By Donellis Browne - The fact that the University of St. Martin is launching a law program this fall is hailed by Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos as the means to address an often-repeated question: Why are there no local public prosecutors?

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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World Press Freedom Day 2012: Promoting online and offline freedom of expression

St. Maarten - Journalists across the globe are today celebrating World Press Freedom Day with the theme being “New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies”. Though there is no established press association on the island, our local me

Editorial - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Editorial: Long shadows

Bas Roorda may be no longer in the service of our government but he’s still casting long shadows over the goings on at the finance department he headed until he was unceremoniously fired last year for filing a complaint with the public prosecutor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Art Lovers opens gallery in Porto Cupecoy

CUPECOY - An art renaissance is taking place in earnest on the Dutch side with the opening of the Art Lovers’ Exhibition Space in Porto Cupecoy Plaza. More than 20 painters, potters, photographers and other artisans populate the space that will off

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Golden Star Karaoke party for Mother’s Day

St. Maarten - By popular demand, the Aging with Grace Foundation will host a Golden Star Karaoke Festival to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13. This event will be held under the tent at Port de Plaisance starting at three o’clock in the afternoon,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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Voxpop: should new elections be held? “Something has to be done about this jumping ship business”

St. Maarten - As the saying goes “politics makes for strange bedfellows.” So we cannot say that we were even vaguely surprised (by no stretch of the imagination) by the announcement that a new government was being formed right under the noses of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 3, 2012

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New sargassum invasion underway

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is once again warning about the possibility of large amounts of sargassum seaweed washing ashore on local beaches. Based on surveys at sea and in the air there are several large patches of the seaweed are

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

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Resort threatens again with closure: Court rejects Simpson Bay Resort’s request to freeze April 2-ruling

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice  rejected the Simpson Bay Resort Management company’s request to freeze the April 2-ruling that obliges the company to pay the employees of the former Pelican resort based on their collective labor agree

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

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Departure faction-leader Laville key to political shift: Surprise calypso-coup pushes Heyliger’s UP in opposition

St. Maarten –Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger’s United People’s will soon be the lone opposition faction  in the parliament, after faction-leader Romain Laville tendered his resignation to join forces with independent MPs Frans Richardson and

Opinion - Posted by on May 2, 2012

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Opinion: Pyrrhic victory?

The Common Court of Justice rejected Simpson Bay Resort’s request to freeze the April 2-ruling that obliges the company to rehire all Wifol-members who were formerly employed at the former Pelican resort, to pay them retroactively based on their co

Opinion - Posted by on May 2, 2012

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Opinion: Backroom deals

Politics in St. Maarten has always been irritating, entertaining, and frustrating – all at the same time. It doesn’t really matter who is in charge, there will always be something to complain about. The most remarkable thing about the calypso-

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

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Six royal decorations bring total since 1954 close to 230

GREAT BAY – Steel pan virtuoso Isidore York is now a knight in the order of Orange Nassau; five others became members of the order: Asha Stevens-Mohabier, Suzette Moses-Burton, Stella Elstak-Simmons, Duane Richardson-Gumbs and Soraida Ersilia-Isabe

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

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Info-session about MBA-program at university

St. Maarten - The Securities and Commerce Institute (SCI) will hold an information and registration session next Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of St. Martin in room 209 for the inaugural Edinburgh Business School Masters in Busine

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

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Senior Queen believes in service above self

St. Maarten - Last Wednesday, 23 year old Glenicia Mitchell captured the Senior Carnival Queen crown.  A few hours after walking off the Festival Village stage, she donned the cap of Ms. St.Maarten and sat down with us for an interview. The experien

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

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Car ruins wall near hair salon

St. Maarten -The owners of the Faith Hair Salon N.V visited their establishment on Friday morning only to find a section of their concrete wall on Cannegieter Street in ruins. The wall was a twisted wreck of rock and steel after a driver apparently s

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

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Young man shot to death opposite Festival Village

St. Maarten – Right opposite the Festival Village 20-year-old Owen Meyers was shot to death last Friday shortly after twelve thirty at night. Police officers who were present at the international reggae show in the village arrived on the crime scen

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

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Fish Da Mega Boss new Calypso Monarch

St. Maarten —Fish Da Mega Boss was crowned the new Calypso Monarch for Carnival 2012 at the Festival Village by the Nagico’s marketing manager Paul Dijkhoffz early on Saturday morning. The event drew a huge crowd of calypso enthusiasts who though

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

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St. Maarten coordinator for OCT-UPT cooperation

GREAT BAY/ WILLEMSTAD – St. Maarten has been charged with coordinating the cooperation between overseas countries and territories (OCTs) and ultra-peripheral territories (UPTs) in the Caribbean. The decision was taken last Thursday at a meeting of

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

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St. Maarten Carnival Grand Parade 2012: a kaleidoscope of colors

St. Maarten - A total of five troupes and approximately 15 individual pieces competed in Monday’s Carnival Grand Parade 2012. With arguably close to one hundred and twenty nationalities on this thirty-seven square mile island, designers strive to n

Editorial - Posted by on May 2, 2012

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Editorial: Calypso-coup

That Romain Laville was not a happy camper in his role as the faction-leader of Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger’s United People’s party was clear to us ever since he was forced to toe the line in the Pelican Resort saga. Now that he has tend

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

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Three arrested shortly after double robbery

St. Maarten – The Man Chung supermarket and the Ho supermarket in St. Peters were robbed by armed men within minutes of each other on Wednesday evening around eight o’clock, but the robbers did not get the time to enjoy the proceeds of their crim

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

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Erissa Cozier new Teen Carnival Queen

St. Maarten - Fourteen year old Erissa Cozier wowed the audience and captured the hearts of the judges on Wednesday night to become the Teen Queen for Carnival 2012. Gaining 932 points, Cozier also walked away with titles of Best Talent, Best Culture

Editorial - Posted by on May 2, 2012

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Editorial: Raw sewage

We have known Theophilus Priest for quite some time and we have never seen him so mad as he was yesterday. His outrage is understandable: the owner of neighboring apartments pumps raw sewage into his yard and nobody seems to be able or willing to

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