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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2012

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Road to Hillside’s campus opens today

St. Maarten - The road that leads to the newly constructed Asha Stephens Campus of the Hillside Christian Schools in Cay Hill should be officially handed over by the representatives of the Public Works Department today. Hillside Christian Schools fou

Opinion - Posted by on October 30, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: A paper tiger?

Dear Editor, When I read that the Ombudsman is hosting another information session and explains its role as "The Public Defender" I can't help but seriously question this statement. Although it is theoretically correct, it doesn't mesh with the po

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2012

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PM encourages graduating students

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams encouraged graduating students under the theme of “The past, my heritage; the present, my responsibility; the future, my challenge.” The PM stated in a press release that although it has been so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2012

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Even MAN-leader Cooper has his doubts now – Political chaos in Curacao continues

WILLEMSTAD —The war of words between political leaders Gerrit Schotte and Helmin Wiels Sunday night on national TV left a sour taste for MAN political leader Charles Cooper. Considered the key for the formation after the elections, MAN is not so su

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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MP Douglas (UP) takes aim at drag racing strip – “Nobody seems to know who gave the permission”

St. Maarten – Dr. Ruth Douglas took a firm stand against the construction of a drag racing strip and a cricket field in the Great Salt Pond this weekend with a press statement that attacked the government and pointed put the negative impact of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Prime Minister reiterates her U 2 Can Move message – Dozens join Pink Phit and Fabulous Walk

St. Maarten - The Pink Phit & Phabulous walk from Divico in Cole Bay to Mullet Bay early on Saturday morning was described as a success by Shelly Alphonso, the President of the Positive Foundation. However, of the 700 specially designed tee shirts

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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L‘Escargot Restaurant owner Morand shot during armed robbery

St. Maarten – L’Escargot restaurant-owner Joel Morand was shot in his shoulder during an armed robbery that took place Friday evening around 11.30 p.m. in the alley next to the eatery, near Anand’s Indian restaurant. Morand and his wife Sonya

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Survey among St. Maarteners studying in the Netherlands – Poor language skills put students at disadvantage

GREAT BAY – St. Maarteners studying in the Netherlands are at a disadvantage because of poor language skills, a report by the Soualiga Foundation found. Other factors that hamper studies are poor preparation before departure to the Netherlands, a l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Art Lovers exhibition in Cupecoy

St. Maarten – The Art Lovers Association held its first exhibition of the high season last week at its Porto Cupecoy exhibition space. The work of 23 artists, including paintings, ceramics and sculptures, were on display. The association aims to hi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Participants are getting ready for Little Miss St. Martin pageant

St. Maarten – Next week Sunday is show time for the participants in the Little Miss St. Martin pageant. Two of the contestants are Enna Peterson and Genesis Meyers. An introduction. Enna Peterson is described by her fellow contestants as "Miss

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Tourist Bureau now has member on SCDF board

St. Maarten – Janelle Hermance has been appointed as an extraordinary member to the board of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation. Hermance works at the Tourist Bureau and the objective of her appointment is to strengthen the ties betwee

Opinion - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Opinion: Setting the record straight

Oops, we definitely were off the mark last week when we unwillingly created the impression that the generous donation to the Aids Foundation came in its entirety from the Bank of Nova Scotia. Departing Scotiabank country manager Elie Bendaly also poi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Hublot CEO Guadalupe comes to St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Ricardo Guadalupe, the 46-year-old CEO of Swiss watchmaker Hublot will arrive by private jet in St. Maarten on Wednesday. At the Hublot Boutique on Front Street Guadalupe will hold a silent auction this week of an Oceanographic 4000 L

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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PM at speech competition: “Cultural diversity is essential to our country”

St. Maarten – “Cultural diversity is essential to our country, but this can only occur under the recognition of St. Maarten’s culture,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at the opening of the high school JCI speech competition. The

Opinion - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Opinion: Tough call

The dust is slowly settling on the Vesuvius-trial but the fight is far from over. The prosecution and the defense attorneys have presented their arguments to the independent judge and now all parties are waiting for the seven rulings on November 15.

Editorial - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Editorial: Language skills

Education Minister Silveria Jacobs has work to do or, to be entirely correct, more work to do, after she received the report from the Soualiga Foundation about the experiences of St. Maarten’s students in the Netherlands. The main stumbling block

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Drag racers exhibit their cars

St. Maarten - While the exact impact of the assembling of modified cars and supped up bikes on the parking lot along the Pondfill opposite the building of the Central Bank yesterday may not be felt immediately, what the organizers have been able to d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Lifetime Teacher’s Award for Sheila Kelly-Helmen

St. Maarten(DCOMM) – Ministry Silveria Jacobs hosted the Teachers’ Appreciation Family Fun Day at the Emilio Wilson Park over the weekend. The day was designed to give teachers’ a much needed day of relaxation, socializing and fun. In additio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Boo at the Zoo Halloween party on Friday evening

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten zoo is making its final preparations for its Boo at the Zoo Halloween party this upcoming Friday. The party begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free for adults and $15 for children. The money will go towards the welfare of the

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 29, 2012

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Schotte drops out of coalition with Wiels

WILLEMSTAD – MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte and Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels seem not to be on speaking terms anymore after Wiels called an unnamed political leader as a sociopath in his radio program. Schotte said it was clear that Wiels was spe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Vesuvius-trial: day 4 – Prosecution slaughters defense arguments

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Prosecutors mrs. Gonda van der Wulp and Barth den Hartigh made mince meat of most of the defense arguments on the fourth day of the Vesuvius-trial and established that in particular attorneys mrs. Brenda Brooks, Mari

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Underwater dive cleanup at Kimsha Beach tomorrow

St. Maarten - The 2012 Underwater dive cleanup takes place tomorrow from 9:00 am near Kimsha Beach. This activity is part of the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Sint Maarten Pride foundation. Ocean Explorers dive center has bee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Aids Foundation opens secretariat

St. Maarten - After 23 years of spreading HIV/Aids prevention and awareness on the island, the St. Maarten Aids Foundation officially opened its secretariat yesterday, and it got off to a good start with a generous donation of more than $100,000 from

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Opinion: Clean and smart

Politics is the weirdest sport in the world after professional cycling of course. Witness the signing of an agreement between three political parties in Curacao that are ready to form the second government in the country’s young and tumultuous hist

Editorial - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Editorial: Hollow phrases

The prosecution made short shrift yesterday of most of the arguments defense attorneys presented in the Vesuvius trial on Monday and Tuesday. Of course, not everything is what it seems and it is in the end up to the independent judge to separate fac

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Opinion: Lo and behold

Yep, what else is there to say? In August our Minister of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure gave a press conference where he announced the development of zoning plans. It was in a way a historical event that seemed to ind

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Passenger volume at airport up in first nine months

St. Maarten - According to the most recent statistics passenger traffic at the Princess Juliana International Airport is up 6.2 percent for the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2011. This growth has been propelled by depa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Students negatively affected by struggles teachers union

St. Maarten - The work done by teachers in the past has had its negative effects on students wanting to join the teaching profession, Windward Islands Teachers Union president Claire Elshot said. This is because students who would like to join this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Tax employees complete training

St. Maarten - Twenty eight employees of the tax administration participated in a training course last Friday to improve their knowledge about the island’s tax structure. The course was conducted by Vanessa Madema of the Stichting Belasting Accounta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Caribbean Gems burglary suspect denies involvement

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Hans Mos demanded 4 years imprisonment against Jose V. yesterday for his involvement in four burglaries and membership of a criminal organization. In May the court sentenced co-conspirator Brian Henson to 5 years imprisonme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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CPS and baby wellness clinic closed on Monday

St. Maarten(DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the baby wellness clinic will be closed on Monday because the department is organizing a retreat for staff members. An evaluation of the 2012 year plan and preparations for the 2013

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Audit Chamber board takes oath of office

St. Maarten - Governor drs. Eugène Holiday administered the oath of office to the members of the new board of the General Audit Chamber on Wednesday morning during a brief ceremony at his Cabinet. The governor underscored the importance of checks an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Foundation presents report about students to Voges

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Board members of the Soualiga Foundation presented the Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges with the report “Factors of Influence: The Academic performance of St. Maarten students in the Netherlands and Repatriation.”

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Oncologist Wassenaar at cancer conference

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Registered Nurse Jasmien Cijntje, non-governmental organization board members Graciella Zimmerman, Lydia Vanterpool and Dr. Henk Wassenaar, will be some of the speakers at the cancer conference that starts this morning.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2012

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Community council extends deadline for postulation

St. Maarten – The Middle Region and Defiance Community Council has decided to extend the nomination date for board members to this upcoming Monday. The decision was taken because many people are interested in the election and are willing to postula

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