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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Arctic courtroom

GREAT BAY – The temperature in the upstairs courtroom at the courthouse in Philipsburg has gone beyond reasonable – and that is probably the understatement of the century. When the new resident Judge mr. Tamara Tijhuis took office in August, she

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Objection from Mary’s Fancy Home Owners Association – Drag strip in Great Salt Pond triggers negative reactions

GREAT BAY – The Mary’s Fancy Home Owners association opposes the construction of a drag racing strip in the Great Salt Pond, the association stated in a letter to this newspaper. “First of all, the Mary’s Fancy Home Owners Association (MFH

Opinion - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Elshot advises: carefully check pension specs

GREAT BAY-President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot is echoing the calls general pension fund administrator APS made last week for several categories of public servants to  thoroughly check their final pension specificati

Opinion - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: The Environmentalist’s response

Please allow me to address the letters to the editor regarding the filling-in of the Great Salt Pond by a “Concerned Citizen” printed on September 17th, 2012 and by “G. Pontiff” published on September 19th, 2012. Permit me to repeat myself

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Teachers still waiting for official decrees

GREAT BAY- The Windward Islands Teachers Union is mulling over its options in forcing the education ministry’s hand to serve public education workers with official decrees that they are working for the government of St.Maarten. Union leader Clai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

Comments Off on Justice Minister Duncan gives up the fight for now – First American admitted under Friendship Treaty

Justice Minister Duncan gives up the fight for now – First American admitted under Friendship Treaty

GREAT BAY – The Justice Ministry has given up the fight against the Dutch-American Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, commonly referred to as the Friendship Treaty. Justice Minister Roland Duncan resigns to the September 11 court ruling

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Teenaged robber could go to jail for 3 years

GREAT BAY – Michael Angelo L. painted the usual picture of his involvement in two armed robberies: “I know nothing and I am from nowhere,” Prosecutor mr. Gonda van der Wulp described his attitude during his trial in the Court in First Instance

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Court postpones trial of female cocaine smuggler

GREAT BAY – Leydie Chantal D.R., a petite 25-year-old charged with smuggling 225 grams of cocaine from Curacao to St. Maarten on June 27, was released from detention yesterday afternoon after Judge mr. Tamara Tijhuis ordered a lab-test to ascertain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Money transfer company warns against fraud

GREAT BAY- If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The local branch of money transfer company, Western Union International has beefed up its public awareness campaign against fraud. The company recently unveiled advertising mate

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Mini EPI Meeting concludes De Weever supports improved vaccines

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Health officials from Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, the BES islands and the Netherlands, concluded their mini expanded program on immunization (EPI) two-day conference last week with the intention to move forward on a number of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

Comments Off on Jessurun urges Paho-meeting to establish dementia plans

Jessurun urges Paho-meeting to establish dementia plans

GREAT BAY- The 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference in Washington D.C ends today on a positive note for St.Maarten in two areas. Firstly, St.Maarten was accepted as an associate member of the Pan American Health Organization on Monday afternoon and

Editorial - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Editorial: Freezing

Whoever manages the air conditioning system in the courthouse in Philipsburg needs to read up on how to handle these systems and get a grip on what is generally understood by healthy working conditions. Yesterday our thermometer in the upstairs co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Players called to trials for Lica One Day tournament

GREAT BAY- The Leeward Islands one day tournament sponsored by Nagico Insurances is set to make a grand return to the Caribe Ballpark after a one year absence and already the local selectors have called up 26 players for trials. This new developme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Reliability police reports bone of contention in court

GREAT BAY – The reliability of police reports took center stage yesterday morning during the trial of Norvin Adelbert W., who was caught in the possession of a loaded firearm and ten rounds of ammunition on August 1. The case hinges on the question

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Teachers await salary increment

GREAT BAY- The Windward Island Teachers Union (Witu) plans to meet with its sister unions in Curacao and Aruba during the week October 1 to October 5 to discuss the future and sustainability of the cost of living adjustment (Cola) as they continue co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Ministry explains higher fuel prices “St. Maarten not in position to provide a subsidy”

GREAT BAY - The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications has published an extensive explanation about the recent increase in fuel prices. This is the ministry’s reaction: “Gasoline prices are affected by a compositio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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MP Johan Leonard: “Friendship Treaty works only one way”

GREAT BAY – Unaware of the decision taken by Justice Minister Roland Duncan about admitting Americans by right to St. Maarten based on the Dutch-American Friendship treaty, members of the parliamentary committee on Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Police find Happy Star robbery getaway car

GREAT BAY - Police officers found the car that was possibly used in the armed robbery on the Happy Star restaurant on Cannegieter Street on Wednesday yesterday evening around 8 p.m. A patrol was directed to the Arlet Peters Road – the road that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Sentenced to 200 hours of community service – Married man attacks lover of disloyal girlfriend

GREAT BAY – A 55-year-old married defendant who attacked a man in his girlfriend’s house with a knife on June 15 was sentenced to a 12-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years probation. He also has to complete 200 hours of community servic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Fight over stolen bike could send three men to prison

GREAT BAY – Flashlight, Flamingo and Cashmoney went to the projects on July 2 to call a man to account they claimed had stolen Cashmoney’s cousins motorbike. The encounter did not result in polite conversation but in a ruckus whereby machetes, ro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 21, 2012

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Marine creatures moved from causeway construction site

GREAT BAY-The St. Maarten Nature Foundation removed numerous animals that make their home in the Simpson Bay Lagoon from the causeway construction site. The foundation asked contractor Volker Stevin Caribbean that they send notification when dredging