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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 13, 2012

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Rutte also wins in St. Maarten

St. Maarten - A total of 122 valid votes were cast on St.Maarten yesterday in the Dutch elections by expatriates and according to the results released by the office of the Dutch Representative on Front Street, the People’s Party for Freedom and Dem

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Freedom Party decimated – VVD and Labor dominate elections

St. Maarten – With close to 80 percent of the votes counted Mark Rutte’s VVD and Diederik Samsom’s Labor Party were heading for an astonishing electoral victory in the Dutch parliamentary elections yesterday. The VVD stood at 41 seats, Labor at

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“You are misleading the people” – De Weever attacks media over SMMC-reporting

St. Maarten - Public Health, Social Development and Labour Minister Cornelius de Weever launched an all-out assault on the local media over what he called misleading information provided on developments at the St.Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC). Arm

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Hospital will appeal decision in administrative court – Medical Center rejects higher supervision

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Medical Center has reacted with a furious letter to the health inspectorate’s decision to place it under higher supervision. Attorney Maarten le Poole demands in the letter addressed to inspector Dr. Earl Best that the

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Fight with girlfriend ends badly: 80 hours of community service

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 39-year-old Christopher Anthony Dunkley to a 2-month conditional prison sentence and 80 hours of community service for ill-treating his girlfriend Kimberley Z. in the night from June 1 to 2. There

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Economic Affairs checks permits at supermarkets

St. Maarten – Controllers M. Wilson and P. Hook of Economic Affairs checked the permits of several supermarkets in Middle region yesterday. Community police officer Helen Cristina-Romeo was also present during the controls. Supermarkets that were n

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Cft grants budget submission extension

St. Maarten - In two separate letters, the board for financial supervision Cft has requested information on all companies that are government owned and a definition on what the government considers to be the collective sector on St.Maarten. Financ

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2012

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Letter: An insufficient grade

As a former island council member and commissioner I was rather impressed with the smooth proceedings displayed in the opening of our new parliamentary year. During my time I saw a few of these in Curacao and other constituencies. Above and beyond

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Dismissal stealing bellboy upsets Westin attorney

St. Maarten – To the dismay of Westin attorney Wim van Sambeek the Court in First Instance acquitted Julien Conrad S., a 33-year-old former bellboy at the hotel in Oyster Pond of stealing electronics worth close to $ 6,000 from two hotel rooms on A

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Zoning plan meetings will resume soon – Minister Marlin apologizes

St. Maarten - Vromi Minister William Marlin issued a public apology on Wednesday for missing two town hall meetings about his ministry’s zoning plans which led to both events being postponed. Several residents of the Cul-de-Sac basin turned out on

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Construction public services center in Simpson Bay begins next week

St. Maarten – The construction of a public services center in Simpson Bay should start next week, the cabinet of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced in a press release yesterday. Wescot-Williams attended a presentation for the center

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New policy envisions 50 percent energy from alternative sources

St. Maarten - Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for the Vromi-Ministry William Marlin outlined aspects of his vision for an energy policy for the island yesterday at the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing. Marlin is still to make a fo

Editorial - Posted by on September 13, 2012

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Editorial: Historic result

The Dutch electorate has spoken, and seldom before was its voice so clear: pro Europe and against the Islamophobic rhetoric of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party. The liberal VVD and the Socialist Labor Party both made a strong appeal to voters a

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BaySide dedicates tee-shirt to SXM

GREAT BAY – Newly formed BaySide Clothing Company has struck a deal with Philipsburg urban clothing store Galaxy Fashions to carry the company’s line of trendy youth apparel – including an iconic “I Love St. Maarten” tee. BaySide co-foun

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Chance for stealing teen to get his life in order

St. Maarten – A 15-year-old boy got off light in the Court in First Instance yesterday because of his age. The young man was found guilty of stealing two iPhones at the Divi Little Bay Resort on April 1 and of threatening a security guard with a ma

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Tuitt : no hike in turnover tax

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt made it clear yesterday that under his watch, the government does not intend to increase the turnover tax.  The minister was at the time responding to a press release issued by the St.Maarten Hospitality a

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Minister Jacobs off to Uruguay

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon. Silveria Jacobs and her delegation, left the island yesterday for Montevideo Uruguay, for the Unesco Director-General with member states and national commissions of

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Health workers union wants end to negative campaign

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Health Care Union Association (WICHU) says that it is closely monitoring what it called the “unraveling of health care on our island and our hospital,” in a press release it issued yesterday. The union questi

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2012

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Opinion: Debatable

The phenomenon of the independent judge took center stage yesterday when the Court in First Instance took a decision that seems to be at odds with a ruling in a civil case. The case at hand is about a bellboy accused of stealing from two rooms at the

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PM wants navy to lead social formation for jobless youth

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams is optimistic that the establishment of a naval base here by Dutch marines could result in the door being opened for a social formation program for unemployed young people, as well. The PM said

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Condolences for families bus driver Salim Khan

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Martha Thewet, head of the school bussing and taxi dispatching inspection department of Economic Affairs extends her deepest condolences on behalf of her department to the families of Khan and McSood on the passing of school b

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Living Statues festival returns in December

St. Maarten – The Caribbean Living statues festival will return to St. Maarten in the weekend of 8 and 9 December, initiator Beyond Writing Foundation President Loekie Morales announced in a press release. Next week Saturday there is an informat

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PriceWaterhouseCoopers supports Emilio Wilson Park

St. Maarten – PriceWaterhouseCoopers  (PwC) donated a check to the Emilio Wilson Historical and Cultural Foundation for the restoration of the four huts in the Emilio Wilson Park. In 2002, in the beginning stage of the Emilio Wilson Park, PwC fina

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Talks about Monument Council resume

St. Maarten - The government hopes to submit a list of candidates for the Monument Council to the Corporate Governance Council by the end of this week, Deputy Prime Minister William Marlin said yesterday. There are five candidates nominated for the C

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Drag racing track and cricket stadium in the making

St. Maarten - Sports tourism on St Maarten can shift into high gear in the not too distant future now that the government has finally decided to approve the construction of a drag racing facility as well as a cricket stadium on Pond Island. While

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Postal delegation to congress in Qatar

St. Maarten – Last week representatives of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten met in Aruba in preparation for the upcoming UPU congress in Doha, Qatar. The Sint Maarten delegation consisting of Mr. D. Richardson (PSS), Mrs. L. Richardson-Gibbs (GOV