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Tuitt needs to cut 100 million guilders from 2013 draft budget

St. Maarten - Saturday September 1 will be D-day for the government of St.Maarten to submit the draft 2013 budget to the board for financial supervision (Cft) and the Council of Advice. A ceiling of 434 million guilders is what Finance Minister Rola

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Regatta-killers face life imprisonment on appeal

Regatta-killers face life imprisonment on appeal

Lifers Curtley Richards (l) and Sherwan Roberts arrive at the courthouse for their appeal hearing. Milton Pieters PhotosSt. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Solicitor-General mr. Taco Stein demanded life imprisonment yesterday afternoon in the Commo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Minister De Weever reacts to SMMC-Director Scot: “No personal interest  in medical tourism”

Minister De Weever reacts to SMMC-Director Scot: “No personal interest in medical tourism”

St. Maarten - “Medical tourism should complement the St.Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC) and not compete with it,” Public Health, Social Development and Labor Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday as he responded to claims that he is more inte

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Nagico staff helps fire victims

St. Maarten - Management and staff of Nagico Insurances came together on their own initiative gathering and donating money and clothing, shoes and food to the three families that lost all their belongings when fire gutted their homes on Sunday. Ac

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Slippery slope

The Public Health Ministry is on a slippery slope with the desire it expressed to have a member on the supervisory board of the St. Maarten Medical Center so that it is able to oversee and participate in decision making. The rules under which the su

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Deal with stolen liquor costs buyer dearly

St. Maarten – Basil Germain W. claimed he was babysitting at home and that he knew nothing about a theft of $8,500 worth of booze from the truck he drives for the International Liquor and Tobacco Company ILLTC. The evidence seems stacked against th

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Think attorney

There was an interesting discussion in the courtroom yesterday morning that touches on the rights of citizens that get on the wrong side of the law – and those who are expected by law enforcement of hanging out there. The case involves a man who w

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Some teachers still await August salary

Some teachers still await August salary

[caption id="attachment_16198" align="alignleft" width="275"] Education Minister Silveria Jacobs.[/caption]St. Maarten - Education Minister Silveria Jacobs issued an apology yesterday to more than 52 teachers and staff of the Public Education Service

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Fight over baby ends with ill-treatment of peacemaker

St. Maarten – A 50-year-old father who got so mad at a bus passenger who intervened in a spousal fight over a 1-year-old baby that he pelted him with stones and attacked him with a machete was sentenced to a 5-month conditional prison sentence with

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Not cool: burglary at Mr. Cool

St. Maarten – Between August 7 and 8 a burglary took place at the warehouse of Mr. Cool in Cole Bay, the police reported yesterday. A large number of split unit air conditioning systems of the Comfort Star and Gree brands were stolen. The detectiv

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Comments Off on Two new members appointed to supervisory council – St. Maarten Medical Center bids farewell to chairman Clarence Richardson

Two new members appointed to supervisory council – St. Maarten Medical Center bids farewell to chairman Clarence Richardson

CAY HILL - The Sint Maarten Medical Center Foundation (SMMC) bids farewell to its chairman of the Supervisory Council Clarence Richardson after 7 years of dedicated service. “The SMMC sincerely expresses its appreciation for Mr. Richardson’s inpu

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Heavy fines demanded for leaving scene of accident

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office is making work these days of serious traffic violations. Among them is one well-known bad habit of islanders: taking off after causing an accident. Yesterday two of these cases were handled in the Cour

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 PM discusses marine base

PM discusses marine base

PM Wescot-Williams, her advisor Emilia Thomas and Brigadier Edwin Hofma.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was briefed yesterday by Brigadier Edwin Hofma, the commanding officer of the marine base Savaneta in Aruba about future pl

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Chippie winners travel to North Sea Jazz festival

Chippie winners travel to North Sea Jazz festival

St. Maarten – The two winners of Chippie’s North Sea Jazz Festival promotion travel to Curacao today with their invited guests. They will enjoy two nights of concerts on Friday and Saturday at the World Trade Center in Willemstad. The winners wi

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US to train St. Maarten national security officials

St. Maarten - Members of the National Security Service are expected to benefit from a protective services training exercise that will be held from September 10 to September 14. The training will be offered by the Force Protection Detachment of the Un

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Foreign teaching degrees to be evaluated locally

St. Maarten -The service level agreement between St.Maarten and Curacao to have an evaluation council in the sister country vet the degrees and diplomas of foreign teachers who work on the island may not be in force much longer. Education Minister Si

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Harbor board must go by next Monday

Harbor board must go by next Monday

St. Maarten - Yesterday, Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet confirmed that the board members of the Harbor Group of Companies were asked to make their positions available to the shareholder which is government in order for a new b

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Comments Off on Court takes no decision yet in case of repeat burglar

Court takes no decision yet in case of repeat burglar

St. Maarten – Judge Tamara Tijhuis concluded that her court does not have adequate information to conclude the criminal trial of Martino Alfredo H., a 33-year-old local with serious addiction and psychological problems. The defendant is accused of

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Bipolar car thief gets community service

St. Maarten – Gavon Marlon Daniel did not know exactly what he was doing on June 16 when he stepped into a taxi – not as a passenger, but behind the wheel. Shortly after he had stolen the car, he crashed it against a palm tree. The cab is total l

Editorial - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Editorial: Under the radar

The solicitor-general demanded life imprisonment against two men who committed a string of murders, one rape and several violent robberies last year around the time of the Heineken Regatta. Three weeks from now, the Common Court of Justice will eith

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Front Street traffic stymied

St. Maarten - Taxi drivers as well as those doing normal deliveries along Front Street yesterday were faced with two obstacles, the barricading of the road which allowed vehicles to circle the courthouse and the irrigation repairs to a section of roa

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Search party

Some things are so scary that they become funny. Take this story from Iceland where a group of tourists spend hours looking for a missing companion. The group was touring the country and had stopped in the vicinity of a volcanic area. One woman disa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Breakthrough in Eric Yuan Sam murder investigation – Afoo-suspect arrested who was already in detention

St. Maarten – The first suspect in the December 30, 2009 murder of Afoo Food Club Manager Eric Yuan Sam was taken into custody on Monday in the House of Detention. Chief prosecutor Hans Mos identified the suspect as A.D., who was recently sentence

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Director Scot dismisses claims that doctors were unlicensed – Hospital brought in experienced specialists from the Netherlands

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – We are in contact with the Health Inspectorate almost every day. Do you really think that we could let people work here that are not licensed or that are no doctors? We are constantly busy improving the quality of he

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Big mess at Little Key Island

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Pride Foundation kicked of the annual coastal cleanup early with the help of students from the Kellogg School of Management. The target of their activities this week was Little Key Island in the Simpson Bay Lagoon and wh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Tax relief for house owners almost doubled in 12 years

THE HAGUE - The cost to the treasury of tax relief on privately owned houses has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from €16.9 billion (($9.4 billion) to €33 billion ($18.4 billion) in 2011, the Central Bureau for Statistics CBS said yesterday. T

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Eric Yuan Sam

It took some time but now it seems that justice will be done for Eric Yuan Sam, the supermarket manager who was murdered on December 30, 2009 in Dutch Quarter. With Akeem Daniel, a young man who was recently sentenced to 9 years for being an accompli

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Stars fail to shine again in Futsal

GREAT BAY- New comers to the Futsal League, Caribbean Auto Stars are yet to record a victory since the start of the competition which is in its fourth week, in an almost one sided game they went down hard to Mix Italia by 10 goals to one in the final

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Community police officers join U 2 Can Move action

St. Maarten - Community police officers have teamed up with the cabinet of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and pledged to take part in the U 2 Can Move health and fitness campaign. During a meeting held at the prime minister’s office on Tuesda

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Marines arrive for annual hurricane exercise

GREAT BAY – Starting today St. Maarten will be the backdrop for the annual hurricane exercise Hurex. One hundred marines arrive this afternoon on the island. They will take part in a hurricane relief exercise together with the local emergency servi

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American students clean trash at Little Key Island

St. Maarten – The International Coastal Cleanup got a kick start just before the designated month of September with a group of 23 visiting MBA students from Kellogg school of Management this week. The students from this university are vacationing o

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SGP-leader mimics Akin’s rape-statement

THE HAGUE 'Women seldom get pregnant as a result of rape and that is a fact,' orthodox Christian party SGP leader Kees van der Staaij told a TV program on Tuesday. He was reacting to a question about the controversy in the US around similar remarks

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Almost 50,000 expats sign up to vote

THE HAGUE - Almost 50,000 Dutch expats who live abroad have signed up to vote in the September 12 general election. In total, 48,291 out of the estimated 500,000 Dutch nationals with voting rights abroad registered before the August 1 deadline. This

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Volleyball tournament set for this weekend

GREAT BAY-The St.Maarten Volleyball Association has postponed its general membership meeting to Tuesday September 4 at 7:00 pm at its meeting room. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night. The world championship qualifier volleyball t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Preparations for Carnival 2013 in public phase, foundation says

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will this week announce its public preparations for Carnival 2013, having put certain things in place behind the scenes over the past few months. President of the foundation Stua

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