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Opinion: Getting nowhere

The St. Maarten Medical Center has lashed out at Public health Minister Cornelius de Weever with a letter that leaves no room for misunderstanding. And let’s face it: the minister had it coming. The government has embarrassed itself now on two fro

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2012

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Opinion: Opportunity knocks

Opportunity is knocking! On July 25 ground was broken on the island of Nevis for a US$15 million medical facility, the New River Medical Centre. The facility will be completed in late 2013 and according to media reports, will be the Caribbean Regionâ

Editorial - Posted by on September 10, 2012

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Editorial: Open approach

7 Sept. 2012 / The actions by two ministers to unseat members of supervisory boards may have an unexpected effect. After reading the stories about the embattled hospital, the initiators of the American Clinic sprung into action and once more laid out

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Minister’s dad wins car

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 - Cornelius de Weever, the father of Public Health Minister De Weever, won a brand new Nissan March car in the popular game show Bai’e on Telecuracao last Tuesday. To participate in the competition, a raffle was held bet

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Lying street robber sentenced to 16 months imprisonment

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jamal Gemali Benjamin to 16 months imprisonment for robbing a woman of her necklace on March 15 on Arch Road. Of the sentence 6 months are suspended and Judge Tamara Tijhuis imposed

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Minister Pantophlet wants more workshops to train taxi drivers

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet is looking forward to more customer service training workshops for taxi drivers. The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau recently introduc

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Murray seeks pardon, Lai family speaks

WILLEMSTAD —For the first time in 33 years, the parents of brutally murdered Darley Lai in 1979 spoke in court during the appeal case of James Murray. During five painful minutes the mother explained to the judges how the murder affected and is sti

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Samuel Hess: “Our goal is to complement, not to compete American Clinic expects to break ground by year’s end

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The American Clinic expects to break ground for its $140 million project near Kimsha Beach towards the end of this year, project leaders Samuel Hess, Donald Haight and Ted Allen told this newspaper yesterday. The first

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Names submitted for seventh Central Bank board member

GREAT BAY / 7 Sept. 2012 - St. Maarten has submitted the names of nominees for a seventh board member of the Central Bank of Curacao and St.Maarten. The candidates number two and could remain anonymous until Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams decid

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Team Gebe Gone wins first Luis Cup

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 - At the conclusion of the First Luis Cup for team racing which took place last Saturday, three teams consisting of three boats each battled for the top spot, but at the end of the day’s racing it was team Gebe Gone that

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Man sentenced for exposing himself to elderly lady

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – Michael Marcelino Kruythoff seems unable to stay out of trouble. Yesterday he earned himself another 3 months in jail for indecent exposure to a 78-year-old handicapped woman. On July 11, Kruythoff, 53, had entered the

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Almost-kidnapper gets 3 months for threatening American teen

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The Court in First Instance sentenced Alvero Antonio Alexander van Putten to 3 months imprisonment yesterday for threatening American teen Alishah Warraich on the Captain Hodge Pier on August 7. The man was acquitted of

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Unions close ranks for cost of living discussion

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 - President of the Windward Island Teachers Union Claire Elshot called on all union leaders to prepare themselves for a September 12 meeting with Prime Minister Wescot-Williams to discuss the cost of living adjustment (Cola

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Eight health inspectors sworn in

St. Maarten, (DCOMM) – Eight inspectors from the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) were sworn in as extra ordinary police by the Minister of Justice Roland Duncan. In October 2010 the end of the Netherlands Antilles

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Discussion on indexation begins in next two weeks

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 - The Organized Consultative Body (GOA) is expected to convene within two weeks to discuss the future of indexation on St.Maarten. On Wednesday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said that since the 2010 cost of living ad

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MP James criticizes achievements second Wescot-Williams cabinet

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – United People’s party MP Jules James criticized the achievements of the second Wescot-Williams cabinet in a press release issued yesterday. James wondered, among other things, what happened to the governing accord. He

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Sucker Garden stabbing most likely self defense

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – Oneil Abraham M., the 31-year-old suspect in the fatal stabbing of 52-year-old Washington Ellis on May 26, will most likely be a free man when Judge Tamara Tijhuis pronounces her verdict on September 26. Prosecutor Doun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 9, 2012

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St. Maarten Mets baseball team finds sponsor

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – Local baseball champions the St. Maarten Mets, take to the baseball field Sunday sporting brand new colors of team sponsor TelEm Group. The Mets are counting on the company’s blazing red color to continue to put fe

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St. Maarten Academy records high success rate at exams

CUL-DE-SAC / 7 Sept. 2012 – The St. Maarten Academy has recorded a 100 percent success rate at the May/June Caribbean secondary education certificate (CSEC) examinations. Of the 75 students who wrote the CSEC exams and the international general c

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Minister Jacobs launches ‘Making a Difference’

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – In an attempt to maximize the true potentials of students on St Maarten, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Silveria Jacobs has introduced a new initiative to schools called Making a Difference.

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St. Maarten Medical Center board members refuse to go – Attorneys summon minister to stop slandering hospital

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – After two members of the Harbor Holding refused to take marching orders from Economic affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet, the board of the Sint Maarten Medical Center is following the same line of action. The attorneys f

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Pedophile singer gets 12 months for sexual assault on young girl

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The Court in First Instance sentenced Eliseo Calcano-Galcia to 12 months imprisonment for sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl and firearm possession. The 50-year-old defendant who goes by the nickname Calki told poli

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No retreat, no surrender Thompson says (Simpson Bay Resort)

St. Maarten - 7 Sept. 2012 - “This battle might have been lost but the war continues; we know that we are right in our conviction to defend workers’ rights,” president of the Windward Island Chamber of Labour Unions Theophilus Thompson said yes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Alexander and Bloyden prepared to take minister to court – Harbor board members refuse to step aside

St. Maarten – Miguel Alexander and Kelvin Bloyden refuse to step aside as members of the supervisory board of the St. Maarten Harbor Holding Company. In a letter they submitted to the Council of Ministers yesterday morning Alexander and Bloyden wri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Court handles first Landsrecherche investigation – Corrupt civil servant faces 12 months imprisonment

St. Maarten – Public prosecutor Georges van den Eshof demanded 12 months imprisonment against 41-year-old Sharon August Benevento Trinidad yesterday for taking bribes from two Chinese entrepreneurs on Illidge Road and for forging a so-called safe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Minister Tuitt will pursue debt relief payments

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is crying foul over the statements made by Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies that the door for St.Maarten to receive debt relief has now closed. St.Maarten forfeited its rights to r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Fake items seized from seven city stores

GREAT BAY / By Milton G. Pieters - Once again, St Maarten has come under the microscope of counterfeiting and piracy and a few businesses will have to count their losses after a raid by bailiffs who removed sacks of clothing and designer ladies hand

Editorial - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Editorial: Never too late

Two members of the Harbor Holding supervisory board have rightfully dug in their heels and they are not giving up their seats without a fight. In a letter to the Council of Ministers Kelvin Bloyden and Miguel Alexander have explained their reasons fo

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Political leadership important for disaster management

NAPLES– A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the United Nations two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and t

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Tsunami warning false alarm

St. Maarten - The island was plunged into widespread hysteria when news broke that a massive tsunami could be heading this way and also affect the wider region. It was all as a result of a Blackberry message that went viral midmorning yesterday based

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Mother of two boys who raped their sisters also charged – Baby-rapists still waiting for clinical observation

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial against two brothers who repeatedly raped their younger sisters until October 3 yesterday. During an earlier court appearance on May 16, the court decided to send the boys to Curacao for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Minister Tuitt asks more time for budget

St. Maarten - The government asked a one month extension to finalize and submit the 2013 draft budget to the board for financial supervision Cft and the Council of Advice yesterday according to Finance Minister Roland Tuitt. The September 1 deadline

Opinion - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Opinion: Royal Flush

A royal flush is every poker player’s wet dream. It is the best hand in Texas Hold’em games – the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of the same suit: hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades. If no limit Texas Hold’em is the Cadillac of poker, the roya

Opinion - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Opinion: Horrible

It is rather tricky to classify crimes, say, on a scale from 1 to 10 whereby 10 represents the worst possible crime. Most people would put murder in the highest category. But where to rank all those other law-breaking activities like rape, incest, bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Raping illegal woman punished with 48 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Emanuel Velasquez yesterday morning to 48 months for raping a woman repeatedly in a hotel room at the Travel Inn in Simpson Bay on December 30 and 31 2009. Of the sentence 12 months are suspended

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