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St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 1, 2012

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Pageant for local Miss Hibiscus candidate

St. Maarten - The list of foreign contestants for the 22nd Miss Caraibes Hibiscus has almost been finalized, and the time has come to select a local queen. She will have to outlast four others in a pageant this Saturday in Maho to join that list. Th

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St. Maarten asked to remove turnover tax for BES islands – Tuitt seeks reopening debt relief program

St. Maarten - The government stands to lose even more revenue from unpaid turnover taxes if the Netherlands gets its way. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt announced yesterday that during a recent meeting with Dutch State Secretary of Finance Frans Weeke

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Prosecution demands 7 years against teen robbery suspect

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Georges van den Eshof demanded 7 years imprisonment against 18-year-old M.M. in the Court in First Instance yesterday for robbing three supermarkets in St. Peters and for firearm possession. Attorney Shaira Bommel asked the

Opinion - Posted by on November 1, 2012

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Opinion: Lance Armstrong

Okay, so professional cyclist Lance Armstrong fell from his pedestal with a bang. His victories in the Tour de France have been taken away from him, he has been banned from the sport for life. Now the vultures start picking at the carcass. The outra

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Opinion: Petty crimes

There are crimes, and there are petty crimes. On a scale that features murder, rape, armed robbery, sexual assault, ill-treatment, manslaughter and, say, credit card fraud, home burglaries probably do not qualify for the top spot with most people. B

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Community service for burglary

St. Maarten – Kevin Ryan Junior Lake was sentenced to a 2-month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation and 60 hours of community service yesterday for a burglary in a house on the Little Bay Road on March 10 of last year. The Court i

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Ill-treatment ends with community service

St. Maarten – James Cadillon got into an argument with a man he says threatened to shoot him on January 13. Cadillon, 26, responded: he hit his adversary with a rock on his head and also damaged the man’s car with the stone. For all this, the Cou

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State of the coalition – PM: “I am as secure as can be”

St. Maarten - “Outside of having discussions on the budget and other issues affecting the people of St. Maarten I am unaware of any dissatisfaction within the coalition to such an extent to say that it warranted what has been out there in the press

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Jewels Forever robber sentenced to 30 months

St. Maarten – Judge Tamara Tijhuis sentenced Derick Delan Wilson to 30 months imprisonment for his involvement in a robbery at the Jewels Forever store on Front Street on October 24 of last year. The court had a higher sentence in mind than prosec

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Government seeks help to clear debts

St. Maarten - The Finance Ministry plans to approach the board for financial supervision Cft and Holland to help solve its shortfalls in the 2013 budget. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt called the old debts on Wednesday a “sticky item.” “These w

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Dollar-A-Day participating hotels get marketing material for guests

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) has started distribution of marketing material for its Dollar-A-Day program, as part of plans to “re-energize” the program with a concerted effort on marketing to increase awarene

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Extension for US tax compliance act

St. Maarten - The United States of America has granted St. Maarten a one year extension on the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). “Since they saw the complications that are taking place as far as this legislation is c

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 1, 2012

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Doram gets fitting birthday gift

St. Maarten - To be told that you have been selected to play for Holland’s national cricket team against an English A team in India officially one day after your 15th birthday is the best gift a young cricketer can receive and that is what happened

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Leader credit card fraud sentenced to 36 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced three credit card fraudsters to prison sentences from 18 to 36 months yesterday. The three defrauded two electronics stores and a car rental company for more than $12,000 by making payments with s

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Fines for carrying false passports

St. Maarten – Two defendants were sentenced in the Court in First Instance for possession of a false passport. Germene Pierre, a 29-year-old kitchen help from Haiti was sentenced to the standard fine of 300 guilders, but the court made 200 guilder

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PM hikes with Hillside Adventures on Saturday

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Hillside Adventures host a hike into the South Reward Hills on Saturday. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to local agriculturists about herbs and to learn about growing herbs in the

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At least 25 contestants for Miss Caraibes Hibiscus title

St. Maarten - A combination of intellect, beauty, stage presence and modeling skills can make the difference when contestants from 25 countries vie for the coveted title in the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus which will take place on December 8 at the Casino

Editorial - Posted by on November 1, 2012

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Editorial: Debt relief

St. Maarten has found a bargaining chip after the Dutch Finance State Secretary Weekers asked the country to exempt citizens and companies from the BES-islands who buy goods here from the turnover tax. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt wants to use this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 1, 2012

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Reaction to L’Escargot shooting – Indian merchants call for improved street lighting

St. Maarten – Better lighting in and around Philipsburg and constant patrols by the police and Control Unit are very much needed to stave off crimes against residents, visitors and businesses, the Indian Merchants Association (Ima) said in a press

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Procedure closes end of November – Last call for BTA-permits

St. Maarten – Employers have one month left to renew work permits for employees that hold a Brooks Tower Accord permit, the Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND) stated in a press release issued on behalf of the Ministers of Justice and

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IND holds open house again tomorrow

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) holds Open House again tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at its offices on the A.T. Illidge Road. Immigration staff will be at hand to answer questions in English, French and S

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Athlete Omarco Robinson: “I am happy to do something positive as a Jamaican”

St. Maarten - After clinching the top spot in the Fatum Run on St Maarten two weeks ago, Omarco Robinson repeated his winning ways when he placed first in his age group and first overall in the Fatum Loop in Curacao which took place on Sunday with a

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Tempo TV Network received already $300,000

St. Maarten - Pan-Caribbean cable network, Tempo, has already received $300,000 from the government for the hosting of Tempo Turns 7 in St. Maarten. The accumulated sum represents two payments that were made to the network since it announced in early