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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Agreement to equip branch office in Philipsburg – No split of Central Bank

WILLEMSTAD/ GREAT BAY – For the time being St. Maarten and Curacao will continue with a shared Central Bank, and the bank’s office on the Pondfill will be better equipped. That is the result of a meeting between Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Willia

Editorial - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Editorial: No common sense

Gone in twenty seconds. That is what we witnessed on Sunday morning in French Quarter when two bikers took off for an illegal street race. Twenty seconds later a big cloud of dust marked the death of one of them. Apparently these races are taking pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Social Affairs offers one-time financial aid

St. Maarten - Citizens can make use of the one-time financial assistance that is available at the Department of Social Services to purchase school uniforms and to cover other costs for education, the ministry of public health, social development an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Not all teenagers are in school yet

St. Maarten - Several children are not in school yet, president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union, Claire Elshot said. Under compulsory education children between the age of 16 and 18 are supposed to be in a classroom. “Once they come forward

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Governor Holiday on working visit to the Netherlands

St. Maarten - Governor Eugène B. Holiday left for a working visit to the Netherlands yesterday. He will meet with among others Tom de Graaf, the chairman of the Dutch First Chamber, Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations caretaker Minister Liesbeth Sp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Deadly finish to illegal street race

FRENCH QUARTER / By Milton G. Pieters - What started out as the rights to brag about who could ride the fastest turned into a tragedy for Chris Smith when the 1300R Hayabusa motor bike he was riding in an illegal street race collided with a Hyundai T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Disaster coordinator Salomon urges review hurricane plans

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Coordinator Winston Salomon advised the tourism sector and the business community to review hurricane preparation plans. The season is now in the most active period, Salomon pointed out in a press statement issued yes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Court lifts lien on Wathey bank accounts

St. Maarten – The heirs of the late Norman Chester Wathey booked a victory in summary proceedings against Norman Chester Wathey II on Friday. They do not have to pay penalties stemming from an April 13 court ruling, the lien Wathey II placed on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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WIB organizes fun days

St. Maarten – The Windward Island Bank (WIB) organizes Fun Days this week at several of its branches and at fun partners. During thes events customers can quickly, easily and safely link their Bankomatiko Smart Card with their fun miles card to sta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Fire officers hone instructor skills

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department of Sint Maarten and the Fire Academy of the Netherlands will hold a session to train firefighters who are already on the level of fire officer to hone their skills as instructors this week. Fire officer

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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More rain on the way: act against mosquito breeding

St. Maarten – The section general public health appealed in a press release issued yesterday to residents to be vigilant and eradicate mosquito breeding places, and to maintain a high level of prevention during the coming weeks where an increase in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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AvGas 36 percent cheaper on Statia – Ferrier and Spadaro get off on high prices for airplane fuel

St. Maarten – Pilots are up in arms again about the price Sol Petroleum is charging for the juice they need to fly their planes. AvGas, commonly referred to in the aviation world as 100LL is 36.2 percent more expensive in St. Maarten than in neighb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Minister de Weever supports breastfeeding

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) –Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever was on-hand with staff from the Ministry of Public Health’s Baby Wellness Clinic and nurses from the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) at Le Grand Marché on Bush Road to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Seven Seas signs contract for water storage tanks

St. Maarten - A three-way agreement for the supply and construction of two drinking water storage tanks was signed last Thursday by the government with Air Fin Holding and utilities company Gebe. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Lotteries

We’ll be writing more about the lottery business in St. Maarten in the near future, because several issues have piqued our interest in the ongoing turf war between Robbie dos Santos and his half-brother Ramesis Jamaloodin. What has remained obscur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Praise Tabernacle Church hoops team wins in overtime

St. Maarten - In the second round of the Gifted inter-church basketball competition on Saturday, the New Testament Baptist Church lost 24-27 to the Praise Tabernacle Church in an intense ballgame that went into overtime to decide the winner. Om the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Asha Stevens campus overcomes teething troubles

CAY HILL—The newly built Asha Stevens campus of the Hillside Christian Schools now has its full complement of students, said principal Clara Curiel. Except for the access road to school not completed the school now has electricity and water, which

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: About stupidity and indecency

The Netherlands is getting dumber. Stupidity and indecency have become the new standard, and to combat that situation there is a need for more cultural education. The message comes from, this will not surprise many readers, a member of the Dutch Cult

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Jamaloodin maintains Robbie’s Lottery has no permit for numbers game – Half-brothers at war over lottery-permits

St. Maarten – Ramesis Jamaloodin has gone through a long legal battle with his half-brother Robbie dos Santos and he is not done yet. In June 2007, he lost a lawsuit against Dos Santos and he had to close down his lottery business. In December of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Felix Richards delivers on his promise – Community police officer hits the ground running

St. Maarten - Community Police Officer (CPO) for the St. Peters, South Reward, Weymouth Hill and Ebenezer districts Felix Richards delivered on a promise he made to St. Peters residents two days after they raised concerns about a dysfunctional utili

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Common Court welcomes resident judge Mr. Tamara Tijhuis – Mos calls for coordinator to battle youth problems

St. Maarten – A plea for “a specific, fast, simple and balanced procedure for small claims” and a lot of attention for youth criminality were the two highlights of a special session of the Common Court of Justice yesterday afternoon that was ca

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Political meddling

Nerves are taught in Curacao where today Prime Minister Schotte meets with PM Wescot-Williams to discuss the Central Bank. the key issue is the investigation Curacao wants to initiate against bank President Emsley Tromp – and St. Maarten does not w

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Stupid lie

Defendants in criminal court have one thing in common: they lie – a lot. We have to give it to some of them: even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary they stick to their untrue story. We have never quite understood why defendants

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Happiness training

It is amazing how some things never change, and this is something our parliamentarians ought to pay attention to. In January the first crime analysis report about St. Maarten was published. One could argue that it did not contain anything we did not

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Orthodox app

Yes, pretty women, unless you’re gay you quickly tend to find them irresistible. Remember Fatal Attraction? Ultra orthodox Jewish men in Israel have developed an app against these temptations: a special pair of glasses that do not improve the eye s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Father of 13 gets sporting farewell

St. Maarten - A cross section of the sporting fraternity as well as key government officials came out in huge numbers to bid their final farewell to the late Georges Gaston Richardson, a former championship cyclist, wrestler and swimmer who was born

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Tropical Shipping hikes rates

St. Maarten - The Journal of Commerce on Thursday announced that international freight company Tropical Shipping with offices in Pointe Blanche plans to implement a general rate increase per September 16. The increase will affect shipments between t

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SHTA labor seminar attracts sixty

St. Maarten - The Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA organized the labor seminar on Prevention is Better than Cure on Thursday at the Divi Little Bay Resort. The seminar was presented by law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne. Around sixty people att

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Minister De Weever critical about hospital

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius De Weever issued a critical statement yesterday about the situation at the St. Maarten Medical Center, where two patients passed away during or after surgery. De Weever called the situation unacceptabl

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Jamaloodin warns Central Bank

Curacao —The Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten received a serious warning from Finance Minister Jorge Jamaloodin. Main reason for his warning is the removal of certain agenda topics on instructions of Sint Maarten,

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Conditional sentence for undesirable alien

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Ana Mercedez Salas, 24, in absentia to 2-month conditional prison sentence on Thursday. The young woman had been declared an undesirable alien by the authorities, but in spite of this she was in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Lying defendant misses out on chance for acquittal

St. Maarten - If Jamal Gemali Benjamin had simply told the truth about his whereabouts on March 15, prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp would have asked the court in a heartbeat for his acquittal. But because the 23-year-old told an obvious lie, the prosec