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

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Fundraising dinner Victorious Living Foundation at Temptation

GREAT BAY – The Victorious Living Foundation holds its first fundraising gala dinner at the Temptation/Rare restaurant in Cupecoy next week Saturday. The proceeds of the event will go straight to strengthening and sustaining the foundation’s yout

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

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No Spanish interpreter: robbery-trial postponed

GREAT BAY – Because the court failed to provide a Spanish interpreter, the Court in First Instance was forced last week to postpone the trial against three men who are suspected of an armed robbery on March 2. The trial is now rescheduled for June

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

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Tuitt resigns from Audit Chamber

GREAT BAY – Roland Tuitt resigned as the Chairman of the General Audit Chamber on Sunday, ahead of his appointment to the position of finance minister in the new cabinet. The national ordinance on the General Audit Chamber and the Constitution both

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

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Regatta-murders Killers back in court to appeal life sentence

GREAT BAY – The Common Court of Justice continues tomorrow afternoon with the appeal of Curtley Allison Richards and Sherwan Roberts, the two men who were sentenced to life imprisonment in December for the so-called Regatta-murders. In March there

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

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Info session at university

GREAT BAY – The University of St. Martin (USM) holds an information session tomorrow afternoon starting at five o’clock about the Masters in Education program and the Bachelor of Science in business programs, offered jointly with the University o

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

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Businessman Jacques Hamlet candidate in June 9 elections

MARIGOT---“The entire St. Martin needs to be treated better,” said Jacques “Billy D” Hamlet for his reason that he is contesting the upcoming legislative elections on June 9. Hamlet who is no stranger to the polls had started his militancy at

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

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Red Cross volunteer meeting on Sunday

GREAT BAY – The Red Cross holds a meeting for all of its volunteers this Sunday from four to six o’clock in the afternoon at its headquarters in Simpson Bay. People who are interested in joining the Red Cross organization are also welcome to atte

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

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VKS members put to the test in upcoming bivouac weekend

GREAT BAY – The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten VKS holds a bivouac weekend from this coming Friday until Sunday. The bivouac is a final practical test for VKS-members who follow the soldier 1st class training. Another participating group will be in

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

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Central Committee to discuss parallel import

GREAT BAY – The Central Committee of parliament meets Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock in a closed door session with representatives of International Liquor and Tobacco N.V. The company is the representative of Diageo, the world’s leading pre

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

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Rajesh Chintaman gets Elton Jones Award

GREAT BAY- The 2012 recipient of the Elton Jones Memorial Award for HIV/Aids awareness, newsman Rajesh Chintaman says that even while efforts continue to be made towards reducing stigma and discrimination, the eradication of the disease demands a

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

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I Meditate SXM Peace event: a sea of red and candles flickering in the wind

POINTE BLANCHE-A sea of red and candles flickering in the wind while soothing music from the harp and steelpan played, marked the first I Meditate SXM peace event organized by the Art of Living Foundation on Sunday. The peace event merged with the St

Editorial - Posted by on May 22, 2012

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Editorial: A gazillion questions

The new government has been duly installed yesterday and many citizens are now wondering whether the new team will bring about a change for the better. Surely, we must give the new team at least a little bit of time to get used to the jobs at hand,

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Food for tax attorneys

The proposals to reform the tax system, as revealed by outgoing Finance Minister Shigemoto on Wednesday contains good news, bad new and questionable news. The questionable part piqued our interest, because the new tax system seems to be heading for

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Letter: Crooked retailer

Just thought your community should know of the dishonest business practices of Leather World International Fronstreet #71. We were in the shop on a cruise stop and bought a leather hat. I gave them my Visa card for the $20 purchase and took my re

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Letter: Sacred duty to protect and serve

Dear Editor, The historical rights of Native Indigenous St. Martiners Worldwide recognized in their homeland as described in the UN declarations concerning Post-Colonial Rights of native People is “Conditio Sine Qua Non”, If there is to be any

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Community policing

Here is something that may actually work: community policing. Understaffing has been the name of the game for a very long time. It also has been the usual excuse for anything that went wrong in our communities. But now we see slowly but surely more p

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Different perspective

Psychiatric patients sometimes end up doing things that land them in a court room and subsequently in prison. The image of psychiatric patients as incorrigible criminals has been planted firmly in the human psyche by the Hannibal Lecter movies. In St

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Ignoring reality

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto bade his farewell to politics with a statement about the country’s financial condition on Wednesday that basically ignored reality. That reality is obviously that there is a hole in the 2012 budget that seems to be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Justice Ministry partners with Miami Dade School of Justice

Justice Ministry partners with Miami Dade School of Justice

Garcia: “Community policing is pro-active, not reactive” From left to right Dr. Hector R. Garcia, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Commissioner Carl John.St. Maarten – “The police are a reactive force. Something happens and we call t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Shigemoto projects 150 million higher tax revenue for 2013

New tax-system favors residents over non-residents St. Maarten – The revised tax system is scheduled to be completed by January 2013, outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The governing accord signed b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Two baby-rapists sent to Curacao for observation

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial of two boys who raped two of their sisters repeatedly for two years until September. One of the girls was just three years old. The boys will be sent to Curacao for a psychiatric evaluat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Cocaine smuggler awaits prison time or acquittal

St. Maarten – Davonan S. will hear on June 6 whether he walks or whether the Court in First Instance has a punishment in mind for him. The 34-year-old defendant was caught with 54.9 kilos of cocaine about his boat by the Coast Guard and the public

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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De Weever: Amendments to foreign labor policy ready soon

St. Maarten - Amendments to the existing foreign labor policy are expected soon, with significant changes to most likely to be made in the security industry, domestic workers and the removal of an age moratorium for skilled and unskilled foreign labo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Four years for armed robbery in bar

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Terry Constant to 4 years imprisonment for an armed robbery that took place at the Christina Bar on February 3. Of the sentence, 2 years are suspended, and Judge mr. Monique Keppels imposed 2 year

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Parliament and Central Committee meetings on Monday

St. Maarten – The parliament meets on Monday morning at ten o’clock to discuss the Emancipation Day Ordinance and the new criminal code. Last week the meeting was postponed to allow MPs to attend the funeral of MP Hyacinth Richardson’s mother.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Foundation breaks ground for The Villas at Belvedere

Foundation breaks ground for The Villas at Belvedere

Tenants Association supports homeownership project From left to right Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Affairs Cornelius de Weever, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Shigemoto presents rosy picture of St. Maarten’s state of finances

St. Maarten – Without spending a single word on the criticism the board for financial supervision Cft expressed in letters to the government as recent as last week Wednesday, outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto paraded the healthy state of St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Tax inspectorate works at a bit more than half power

St. Maarten – The tax inspectorate has 88 of its 143 full time functions (61 percent) occupied, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The development for the Netherlands Antilles Usona has contributed 5.6 million

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Twenty requests for tax relief

St. Maarten – The government has twenty requests for tax relief under consideration: three for a tax exemption, and seventeen for a tax holiday, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The requests for exemptions ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Governor meets Management Council Common Court of Justice

Governor meets Management Council Common Court of Justice

Members of the management council present their annual report to Governor Holiday.St. Maarten – Last Tuesday Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday met with the Management Council of the Common Court of Justice. The members presented the Joint Court of J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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PM: swearing in new St. Maarten government on Monday

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams expects that the new government will be ready for a swearing in ceremony on Monday. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s office said that the names of candidate-ministers

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Elso Kraai calls on politicians to develop social housing

Every citizen has the right to proper housing BELVEDERE- Chairman of the supervisory board of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMDHF), Elso Kraai has issued a stirring call for politicians and the business community to assist in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Inmates honor Eulalie Meyers

Inmates honor Eulalie Meyers

The plaque made by inmates in honor of the late Eulalie Meyers.St. Maarten - A plaque bearing the picture of the late Mrs. Eulalie Meyers was recently unveiled at the Prison in Point Blanche. Mrs. Meyers who for many years was not only instrumen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Minister Arrindell gets Kais-o-rama 1 DVD

Minister Arrindell gets Kais-o-rama 1 DVD

St. Maarten – The String Band Music Foundation, and AVS News presented outgoing Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell with the first copy of the “Kais-o-rama 1” DVD, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Mini

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Vaccination open house tomorrow at Festival Village

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Planning a summer vacation, you should use the opportunity to get vaccinated tomorrow at the Youth Health Care annual vaccination open house at the festival village, the department stated in a press release. “If you are tra

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