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Demand 3 years for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – An acquittal of 3 years in prison? That question will keep Diony Rafael R.-H. (51) occupied until September 13 when Judge Tamara Tijhuis will pronounce her verdict in his attempted manslaughter case. On March 24, the defendant was

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Report General Audit Chamber – More than 50 percent of civil servants works without contract

St. Maarten– Not a single personnel file among the 324 the General Audit Chamber examined was complete, the Chamber’s Secretary General Joane Dovale-Meit said yesterday morning during a presentation of the organization’s first audit to the cent

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Community police takes action

St. Maarten - Community police officer Juan Statie took a lead role on Wednesday in ensuring that sections of the Dutch Quarter community were safe before the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac. He was summoned by the president of the Dutch Quarter Comm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister visited CIA headquarters

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams visited national security representatives of the United States in Langley Virginia where the Central Intelligence Agency CIA is headquartered. Employees of the National Security Service of Sint Ma

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Nudity- A reader’s response

Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading your comments about nudity on your Opinion page this morning (Thursday, August 23) provoked by the now-famous photographs of Prince Harry in Las Vegas. For goodness sake, who cares, really? I also liked your dragging

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Isaac, the storm that spared St.Maarten

GREAT BAY- St.Maarten was spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac but as our photos from photographer Leo Brown suggests some areas did get a beating from heavy winds and intermittent rain, as well as the choppy seas. Everyone took precautions as

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Hospital

Julian Rollocks call for an independent investigation into the situation at the St. Maarten Medical Center follows our own call for a similar initiative in yesterday’s editorial. We think that the term audit for such a venture has a more prudent so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Pension fund distributes specifications

St. Maarten - The Algemeen Pensioenfonds St.Maarten (APS) recently received a number of annual pension specifications from the former pension fund of the Netherlands Antilles Apna and has begun to distribute them amongst its participants. It was cust

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Proper procedure

The General Audit Chamber presented its first audit yesterday exactly on time: on the day that its two-year mandate expired. While nobody is going anywhere, this actually means that from today until proper action is taken, the country is formally

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Travel madness

Wow, and we were somewhat worried about the travel disease among the members of our government and parliament. Now it turns out that Dutch civil servants are so concerned about the wellbeing of the islanders in Bonaire, Saba and Statia that they spen

Editorial - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Editorial: Audit

Nobody is perfect and this is also true for the civil service. The report from the General Audit Chamber about personnel cost makes this once more abundantly clear. A lot of things are not in order within the government organization, but we now ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Rotary donates to Junior Golf Association

St. Maarten - Last Wednesday Jim Rosen of the Junior Golf Foundation received a donation from the Rotary Club of St.Maarten to be able to purchase an I-Pad3. The device and special software will assist the Junior Golf Foundation teachers with reviewi

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Dutch girls smoke boy

Everybody is good at something and for Dutch women this seems to be smoking. There are only twenty countries in the world where more women smoke than in the Netherlands, according to the World Health Organization, the University of Buffalo and the Ce

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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SHTA lauds department of statistics for new magazine

St. Maarten -The Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA has lauded the recent release of the first editions of Factors, a statistical magazine produced by the department of statistics Stat as an excellent initiative and a great tool for all businesse

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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PM expresses condolences on passing Camille Bailey

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams expressed her condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of the late Camille Bailey on Wednesday. “On Tuesday I was saddened to hear that the island lost a true pioneer in the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Court case against serial robbery suspect postponed – ‘Black Child’ wounded in St. Kitts drive-by shooting

St. Maarten – The man accused of sixteen armed robberies and who was released from custody in April due to cell shortage did not appear in court yesterday to stand trial. Instead Leon Shaphan Olson Griffin (25) is recovering from a drive by shootin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Money launderers stand to lose all their cash

St. Maarten – Public prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp demanded a 1-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation against two Dutch men for money laundering. The prosecutor wants to seize the $15,000 immigration officers confiscated from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Court drops prosecution against disturbed senior

St. Maarten – Bernard M., a 68-year-old who suffers from a mental condition, attacked his neighbor’s car on several occasions between November 19, 2010 and February 12 of last year. Among others he destroyed the car’s windshield by throwing a s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Housing foundation presents pension plan

BELVEDERE---A new pension plan was presented to the employees of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation by Henderson Insurance on Thursday morning. “We had a pension plan before,” Director Henry Lynch said, “But there were a number of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Government has to stick to instruction – Council of State denies Curacao postponement

St. Maarten – The government in Curacao is not allowed to compensate the budget deficits for 2010 and 2011 from its own capital, but it has to stick to the instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers that demands concrete measures from the Sc