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

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Citizens march against drugs

St. Maarten – A small band of concerned citizens marched through St. Peters on Saturday to express their concerns about drug abuse. Participants in this March against Drugs carried placards and banners with texts like Marijuana Kills, Smoking Kills

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Athletes warm up for Boardwalk Triathlon

St. Maarten - Without even knowing exactly who the visiting opponents are, some of the local athletes have been getting in shape to compete in the Boardwalk Triathlon next Sunday. Early yesterday morning, several men and a few women that will be

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Charmed senses

Every good deed deserves recognition. As a staunch critic of the PJIAE, my eyes, ears and other perceptive senses were recently charmed by a representative at the airport’s information counter. With only fifty minutes before my flight to New York

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

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Tearful Brook Tower project leader on trial: “Minister Duncan told me to help everybody”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “You have to help everyone, but this should not be made public. If the press finds out about this it’s every man for himself. He gave me an instruction and I thought: you are the minister of justice, not I. If yo

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

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Row over relocation convicted inmates to Simpson Bay: Prisoners knock off work and file lawsuit

POINTE BLANCHE, St. Maarten – Inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison went on strike yesterday morning, prison Director Rudsel Ricardo stated in a press release issued yesterday. Prisoners assigned to kitchen duty did not show up for work and the pris

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

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Graduation ceremony in Maho: American University delivers 125 new doctors

MAHO, St. Maarten - A total of 125 students of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) took the physician’s oath from the Geneva Convention and were welcomed into the medical fraternity as doctors on Saturday. This paves the way for the new

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

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Man stabbed to death, attacker surrenders

St. Maarten – A man was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon behind the Baptist Church in Sucker Garden. Police spokesman Ricardo Henson and Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos both acknowledged the incident, but were unable to confirm the victim’s name

Editorial - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Editorial: Courtroom Drama

The trial of Brooks Tower project leader Evelyn H. offered plenty of courtroom drama yesterday. The career civil servant is looking at a mild sentence but the damage the whole affair has done to her life is devastating. That damage is beyond repair

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Opinion: Brooks Tower fiasco

We’ll make a genuine effort to wrap our mind around the Brooks Tower fiasco. The court case against Evelyn H. yesterday made clear that what should have been a decent solution for the islands illegal residents has turned into an incredible mess. W

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Stella Simmons attends Anguilla Literary Festival

ANGUILLA - So you want to be a bestselling author? The real deal. That was the topic of keynote speaker Terry McMillan, at the inaugural Anguilla Literary Festival on Friday. The best-selling US author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting

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

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St. Martin Book fair opens Thursday at Belair Community Center

St. Maarten – The organization of the tenth annual St. Martin book fair has released its official program. It begins on Thursday evening at eight o’clock with the opening ceremony at the Belair Community Center. Keynote speaker for this event is

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

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Sara Florian and Max Rippon at St. Martin book fair

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - The St. Martin Book Fair has always attracted a diverse group of authors, novelists and poets through the years and this year is no exception. With authors hailing from the USA, Italy, Barbados, Singapore and more, attendees wil

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Opinion: Supersized noise

While politicians in St. Maarten as usual have better things to do, the discussion about noise pollution and the damage supersized noise could do to one’s hearing is reaching a critical point. In Aruba, there is already a push for legislation to re

Editorial - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Editorial: Remarkable (Strike at prison)

There are two versions about the reason for the strike at the Pointe Blanche prison and they don’t match. Given the limited communication coming from the prison management, we tend to believe what the attorney for the Inmates Association told this

Opinion - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Opinion: Spelling

Everybody makes mistakes and we here at the Today newspaper are no exception. We’re not asking for forgiveness for every spelling error that slips into the daily columns of Today: we simply make honest efforts to keep them to a minimum. In this c

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

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St. Joseph School students visit parliament

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten - On Friday morning fifth graders from the St. Joseph Primary School, accompanied by their teacher and a parent, visited the parliament building. Parliament President Gracita Arrindell commended the parent who took time off f

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Beach cleanup contractor causes pollution Orient Bay, St. Martin

MOUNT VERNON, St. Martin – The Réserve Naturelle is looking for witnesses to establish who opened the channel from the Etang de Chevrise to the open sea in Orient Bay and caused polluted water to flow through it. However, last Monday the contracto

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

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TelCell presents roaming gift for St. Dominic primary school trip

SOUTH REWARD, St. Maarten – Mobile provider TelCell donated 50 Top-Up cards to St. Dominic Primary school sixth-form students and their chaperons for an unforgettable end-of term Caribbean cruise that kicks off in Puerto Rico next week. The crui

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

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