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Regatta-killers get a sliver of perspective – Appeals court lets lifers off the hook with 30 years

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Not a life sentence but 30 years of imprisonment. That is the verdict the Common Court of Justice pronounced yesterday against Regatta-killers Sherwan Roberts and Curtley Allison Richards. Solicitor-General Taco Ste

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Former cop gets full honors

St. Maarten - After serving in the police forces of Aruba, the police municipale of Marigot and the police force in St Maarten, Guillermo Rafael Rumnit was given a fitting send off to his final resting place in the Cul De Sac Cemetery yesterday after

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Gloomy Troonrede focuses on economic crisis – Caribbean gets one paragraph in Queen Beatrix’s speech

THE HAGUE – H.M. Queen Beatrix spent six lines on the Kingdom’s Caribbean part in the Troonrede at the opening of the new parliamentary year yesterday: “In the Caribbean part of the Kingdom relatively small countries are facing big challenges.

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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Opinion: Deeper meaning

When push comes to shove the Caribbean part of the Kingdom hardly matters. That becomes clear every year during the opening of the new parliamentary year in The Hague where the Queen reads the Troonrede that is written by the current cabinet. “The

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Former national cyclist helps bodybuilder

St. Maarten - After his success in the just concluded national bodybuilding championships, Emmanuel, ‘Mano’ Richardson is ready for the CAC championships that will take place in Puerto Rico. In order to make that trip, ‘Mano’ as he is fami

Editorial - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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Editorial: Bitter pill

The ruling by the Common Court of Justice in favor of two men who were facing life imprisonment may be a victory for the defense but it is a bitter pill for their victims and the relatives of those who died at the hands of these two men. The court

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Firearm possession again punished with 12 months

St. Maarten – Franklin Luciano Ash did not find any relief in the Common Court of Justice where he appealed his conviction for firearm possession. Like the Court in First Instance earlier, the Appeals Court sentenced Ash to 12 months imprisonment.

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MP James poses 94 questions to two ministers: “Will the turnover tax be eliminated as promised by the National Alliance?

St. Maarten – With 61 questions directed at Finance Minister Tuitt and another 33 questions for Minister of General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams United People’s party MP Jules James came out firing on all cylinders yesterday. His questions to Tu

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Coral reefs threatened by bleaching

St. Maarten - During the past few weeks the St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been monitoring the coral reefs inside the Man of War Shoal Marine Park for coral bleaching - the loss of color from corals under stressful environmental conditions. Whi

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Wetlands loss fuels carbon feedback

St. Maarten – Four years ago, scientists and environmental journalists made a case for the world’s remaining wetlands to be preserved.  At that time Canadian environmentalist Stephen Leahy stated that, “Wetlands are dangerous, scientists say,

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Baseball players on French roster wing out today

GREAT BAY- Local baseball players Miguel Hanson, Marc Ramirez, Felix Brown, René Leveret and David Van Heyningen will be included in the French team that will be competing in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round to be held in Jupiter, Florida

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Third price hike since August 29 – Gas prices jump above $1.50/liter today

St. Maarten – For the third time since August 29 the price for unleaded gas will go up by 12 guilder cents. Starting today, motorists will have to pay 2.70 guilders ($1.508) per liter at the pump instead of 2.58 ($1.441). On August 21, Minister

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The Queen’s speech: “Economic recovery does not happen by itself”

THE HAGUE – H.M. Queen Beatrix opened the new parliamentary year in The Hague with the traditional Troonrede. This is the complete text of the speech, addressed to the Members of the First and Second Chamber. “The budget the government present

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VoxPop` Should the plans for a cricket stadium and race track on Pond Island continue?

Angelic Richardson-Receptionist “They need to invest in a higher school that after children finish Milton Peters or Academy they do not have to go away and study. They can study right here. Government always wanted St.Maarten children here, so t

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Klass Electronics robber sentenced to 6 years

GREAT BAY – The Common Court of Justice sentenced 21-year-old Richard Charles to 6 years imprisonment for his involvement in three armed robberies and for making threats against the mother of one of his co-defendants. Solicitor-General Taco Stein d

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Cable TV adds Spanish channels

St. Maarten - In an ongoing effort to continuously add value to the new digital platform, St. Maarten Cable TV recently added 14 additional Spanish-language channels to its lineup. All subscribers will receive a free preview until October 31. Effecti

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Public Health ministry introduces name badges

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health Social Development and Labor recently introduced name badges to staff at the departments of labor affairs, social affairs, collective preventive services, community development and public health. Wearing

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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Opinion: Reason for alarm

From life to thirty years with the perspective of early release after twenty years. That is the result of the ruling by the Common Court of Justice in the vase of the Regatta-killers Richards and Roberts. Whether this ruling will stand the test of t

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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Opinion: Computer smiley

The computer smiley, the first ever so-called emoticon celebrated its thirtieth anniversary yesterday. Computer scientist Scott Fahlmann used the symbol :-) in 1982 for the first time in an electronic message to his students at the Carnegie Mellon Un