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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Inmates Association calms down revolting prisoners

St. Maarten – Inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison revolted yesterday morning briefly; the police was called to the scene but did not have to intervene, because members of the Inmates Association managed to restore order. The revolt began when an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Cft reaction to first quarter budget report expected soon

St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision confirmed yesterday that it received a progress report from former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto about the first quarter of the 2012 budget. The minister stated in a press release issued last week

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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How to make your own guavaberry

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT -If you ever wondered what is the secret behind St. Martin’s national drink then the workshop How to make your own guavaberry will pique your interest and answer some of your many questions. The workshop takes place on Saturday,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Airport supports Toastmasters and Charlotte Brookson Academy

St. Maarten - Princess Juliana International Airport contributed as a silver sponsor to the Toastmasters District 81 conference that was held in St. Maarten during the past weekend. For the first time a St. Maartener will head District 81, following

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Arrindell’s historical review of slavery “Boil there, you offspring of the devil!”

St. Maarten – Apart from her rant against this newspaper about our stand on modern day slavery, former Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell delivered an extensive historical review about slavery in the Antilles. We present her expose to our readers ahe

Opinion - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Opinion: Budgets

When Curacao and St. Maarten obtained their autonomous status in the Kingdom in 2010, the idea was that both countries would start in a healthy financial position. There was probably a lot if wishful thinking flying around when somebody added the fol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Arrindell on Emancipation Day: “Freedom has no color or creed”

St. Maarten – Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Rhoda Arrindell, in what would have been her presentation about Emancipation Day legislation to parliament on Monday, said that before emancipation, “We had no identit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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TelEm bills delayed – company apologizes

POND ISLAND – TelEm Group issued an apology yesterday to customers still awaiting delivery of their TelEm landline and TelCell mobile bills for March and April. The company says due to the final transfer of TelEm Group’s old billing system to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Hurricane pass application process closes on Friday

St. Maarten – Businesses and vital organizations have three days left to apply for a hurricane mobility pass. The pass allows holders to assess possible damage to their property after a hurricane. Applicants have until Friday to apply for a pass. T

Opinion - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Opinion: Is St. Maarten full?

When is a country full? That question has kept politicians, demographers and ordinary people busy for decades. In the Netherlands, the first cry that the country was full stems from the early fifties. Now we hear from down under that about half of a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Minister swears in two Marechaussees

St. Maarten – On Monday Justice Minister Roland Duncan ’s swore in first class sergeant Wolter de Ruiter and sergeant major Hubertus Bloks as new members of the Royal Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee). The Minister and Chief Commissione

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Parliament debates Emancipation Day tomorrow

St. Maarten – The parliament will hold its meeting that was postponed on Monday now tomorrow morning from ten o’clock. On the agenda are the proposal to make Emancipation Day a national holiday on July 1 and the new criminal code.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Pedro Greer at event of American University

St. Maarten - The American University of the Caribbean hosts a commencement ceremony on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Maho Room of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. Since 1978, AUC has provided students with quality medical education and has m

Opinion - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to Rhoda Arrindell

I am a retired teacher. Every day I meet ex students. Until now nobody beat me up, so I take it I did not do a bad job. But once in a while I am disappointed in an ex student. I am disappointed in Rhoda Arrindell. I taught her how to read, but she ca

Editorial - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Editorial: Emancipation Day

Tomorrow the parliament will deal with the legislation to make July 1 – Emancipation Day – a national holiday. As we have pointed out on more than one occasion, doing so could be meaningful. Slavery was awful, it should never have happened, but i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Closed door meeting about labor contracts

St. Maarten - The Central Committee of parliament will meet in a closed door session tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock to discuss changes to the Stamp Ordinance 1994 and an initiative draft ordinance that requires changes to the civil code related

Opinion, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Opinion: Remote controls

Few people around here will be familiar with the name of Eugene Polley, but there will be even fewer people who never handled the invention that made him famous: the remote control. Polley passed away last Sunday in a suburb of Chicago at the ripe a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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E-book workshop at St. Martin book fair

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - The plans and preparations for the 10th annual St Martin Book Fair that opens next week Thursday are moving forward,” book fair coordinator Shujah Reiph said. Forward is the fair’s 2012 theme and both St. Martin’s people an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Budget available for Emancipation Day

St. Maarten – According to former Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell there is a reservation of 75,000 guilders (a bit over $42,000) in the 2012 budget for the celebration of Emancipation Day on July 1. The ministry also started already with the prepa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Ahead Centre of Excellence struggles without Amfo funds

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - “We knew they were going but we were always hoping that we could put the things in place that would enable us to get funding again. With them leaving it means that hope is gone.” At least one local non-governmen

Opinion - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Opinion: The speech that never happened

Rhoda Arrindell would have made a firm speech in parliament yesterday about Emancipation Day, were it not that the meeting was cancelled because the new government was being sworn in. Arrindell nevertheless sent the speech she would have given (but w

Opinion - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Opinion: Clarification

Yesterday the following paragraph flowed from our keyboard: “We all know for instance that DP parliamentarian Roy Marlin owns a gas station in Dutch Quarter. So what? Our MP seems to have created some local employment with this venture, but it is o

Opinion - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Opinion: Parallel import

The Central Committee of parliament speaks behind closed doors with representatives if International Liquor and Tobacco about “decoded products,” according to the invitation sent out by the parliament. These decoded products arrive in St. Maarte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Imbali Dancers bring back gold medals from France

SIMPSON BAY- A small group of teachers, parents and supporters of the Imbali Centre for Creative Movement rolled out the welcome wagon yesterday for eleven year olds Jeremiah David and Kiara Vanterpool who brought back two gold medals to the island.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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New St. Maarten government sworn in behind closed doors

St. Maarten – The swearing in of the new government yesterday morning at the governor’s office in Harbor View passed in true St. Maarten style: while the local media were not even invited to witness the ceremony, Arthur Lugisse, the executive dir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Court to reconsider 2008 bribery-charges Retrial MP Laveist Thursday afternoon

GREAT BAY – The Common Court of Justice handles the retrial of the bribery-case against National Alliance MP Louie Laveist on Thursday afternoon. The retrial became necessary due to a technicality. The Supreme Court in The Hague ruled in October th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Council of Ministers in constituting meeting

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the first constituting meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Claude Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday, followed by Governor drs. Eugène Holiday. After the opening, the governor,

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