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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2012

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Citizen files complaint against Schotte

WILLEMSTAD - Citizen Harrie Verstappen has filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office against outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday. Verstappen wants an investigation into reports to the Repor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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,

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 19, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Party leadership stands by its Commissioner – El Hage is not going anywhere

KRALENDIJK –The Union Patriotiko Boneriano (UPB) will not ask Commissioner Burney el Hage to resign. Instead, the party encourages El Hage to solidify his position, UPB-President Yonchi Dortalina told the Amigoe yesterday. The UPB-Preside

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Time to clear lagoon of shipwrecks, Epic says

St. Maarten - Although the causeway project over the Simpson Bay Lagoon has been rejected by the majority of Simpson Bay residents as was evident at a town hall meeting earlier this year, environmentalists are hoping that some good may be able to com

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Opinion: Officialese

Officialese is a nice term for language used by government entities. In some cases it gives hilarious effects, and in other instances it just confuses people – the prime reason why government departments hardly ever use normal language. A nice exa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Tobacco control trainers complete 3-day workshop

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Eight tobacco control trainers completed training by the Pan American Health Organization (Paho) recently as part of Public Health Minister De Weever’s hundred percent smoke free schools initiative. The workshop represented

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Snorkel club grads ready to become junior rangers

St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation’s snorkel club came to an end on Saturday at the Megaplex cinemas where the students were treated to a showing of Finding Nemo 3D. This is the third snorkel club the foundation hosted since the program started in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Smooth talker punished for threats with machete

St. Maarten – Rikinaldo Francisco Murray was described by his mother as a smooth talker and also as a potentially dangerous man. On February 21 he threatened a neighbor with a machete and that netted him in the Court in First Instance last week a 1

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Opinion: Abuse of authority

The big discussion in Curacao still comes back to this one focal point: did Ivar Asjes act within his mandate as president of parliament when he unilaterally decided that there would be no more public meetings of parliament? And was the new majority

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Davelaar: Schotte unable to stop interim-cabinet

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is unable to prevent the establishment of an interim cabinet. That is the opinion of PNP-leader Humphrey Davelaar in a reaction to Schotte’s national address of last Friday. Schotte said that wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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St.Maarten heads to World Routes forum

GREAT BAY- St.Maarten has confirmed its membership at the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi from September 29 to October 2. Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet is expected to join his counterparts from around the world as well as airline

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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A Tribute to Camille Baly

St. Maarten / By Oswald Francis - It has been over two weeks now that St. Maarten bade farewell to one of its finest sons, Camille Ector Baly, educator, historian and cultural icon. I first met Mr. Baly in 1980 while on a sabbatical-leave from the A

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Opinion: Hungry old man

How well does St. Maarten take care of its senior citizens? That question pooped into our head yesterday afternoon during a visit to Le Grand Marché on Bush Road. There we encountered an old man who could easily be in his eighties or even beyond

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Editorial: Getting along

The VVD and the Labor Party seem to be miles apart ideologically. Yet the leaders of these two parties get along just fine and we may soon see them together in the next Rutte-cabinet. How is this possible? Because politicians in the Netherlands under

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Sweepstake winner happy with new car

St. Maarten – Barbara Booker received her brand new Chevrolet sonic LTZ at the dealership of F.W. Vlaun and Sons this weekend. Booker is the winner of the Xtreme Communications sweepstake. The summer sweepstake started on June 1 for Xtreme Chippie

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Curacao faces bleak financial future

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is looking at a bleak financial future. From 2013 on the Finance Ministry projects an annual deficit of 187 million guilders ($104.4 million) for three years straight. The Finance Ministry published a report entitled Financial

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2012

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Opinion: Clues

What is the best way to get to know somebody? No, we're not referring to the best strategy to pick up a girl in a bar. We're referring to ways to find out what somebody is really made off - be it a spouse, a friend, an employee or anybody else that e

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