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Editorial - Posted by on November 15, 2012

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Editorial: Fix the problems

Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet had plenty to complain about during yesterday’s press briefing: low productivity at the Department of Economic Affairs, and inefficiency, red tape and bureaucracy in the government. Cynical observers mi

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Minister Pantophlet expresses concerns: Low productivity at Economic Affairs

St. Maarten - Gross inefficiency at the Economic Affairs Department has resulted in Minister Romeo Pantophlet hiring external personnel to accelerate the distribution of business licenses and strengthen the division. Yesterday he indicated that a

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Italian Supreme Court voids arrest warrant against Corallo

St. Maarten –Atlantis World Group and B Plus Giocolegale Ltd owner Francesco Corallo fugitive status came to an end on Tuesday when the fifth criminal chamber of the supreme court of Cassation in Rome annulled the arrest warrant issued against him.

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Sloppy police work leads to acquittal for gun possession

St. Maarten – Sloppy police work resulted in the acquittal of 29-year-old Norwin Adelbert W. in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The defendant stood accused of firearm possession, but after hearing the arresting police officers as witnesses,

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Human trafficker sentenced to 15 months, boat seized

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Cobert Mc Elroy Jeffrey to 15 months imprisonment on human trafficking charges yesterday. Judge Tamara Tijhuis also confiscated the defendant’s fishing vessel Lady Gina. The verdict is well belo

Opinion - Posted by on November 15, 2012

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Opinion: Integrity of ministers

Ministers are held to certain standards, but are they? That question popped up after we revealed yesterday the involvement of Justice Minister Roland Duncan in Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment NV, the company that operates the Seaman’s Club brothel

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Local Miss Hibiscus pageant postponed for second time

St. Maarten - A shroud of mystery hangs over the prospects of St Maarten having a representative in the 22nd edition of the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus Pageant which will take place at the Casino Royale on December 10. The first pageant to select a que

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Increased traffic from additional airlines – Copa Airlines returns to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - At least two flights of Panamanian carrier, Copa Airlines will return to St. Maarten during this season, Tourism and Transport Minister Romeo Pantophlet said yesterday following his return from Panama to salvage relations with Copa to g

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Beggar could go to jail for 30 months

St. Maarten – Ramon G. is looking at a 30-month prison sentence with3 years of probation for an attempt at extortion, theft of a cell phone and shoplifting. Of the demand, 12 months are suspended. Judge Tamara Tijhuis will pronounce her verdict on

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But first around 100 licenses will be issued – Pantophlet: moratorium on bus and taxi licenses

St. Maarten - Between 60 to 70 taxi licenses and 25 to 30 bus licenses will issued within the coming weeks to “local St. Maarten people,” Minister of Transport Romeo Pantophlet said yesterday at the weekly Council of Ministers press conference.

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Meeting on sports tourism next week Monday

St. Maarten - A Public Panel Speaker Meeting has been scheduled for next week Monday at John Larmonie Hall at 7:50 p.m.  The event has been coordinated by the St Maarten Chamber of Commerce and the St Maarten Sports Tourism Commission Board (SSTC).

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St. Maarten Tourism Authority takes shape

St. Maarten - The long awaited St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) will soon be established now that the government is awaiting the mandatory advices of the Committee on Financial Supervision (CFT) and the Corporate Governance Council (CGC), Tourism

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PM explains extension for BTA permit holders

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams clarified yesterday the reprieve granted for the registration for the renewal of BTA permits. The extension only relates to the applicants’ registering at the Census Office, for which they need to

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St Maarten U-13 takes part in French tournament

GREAT BAY- The St Maarten Soccer Association is currently preparing a selection of U-13 players that will represent the island in a tournament organized by the French Soccer Association that kicks off on Saturday Twelve teams divided into pools wi

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Gas price 10 percent down today

St. Maarten – Gas prices go down today by almost 10.2 percent today. Unleaded gas will now cost 2.47 guilders ($1.38) at the pump instead of 2.75 ($1.536). Diesel becomes only slightly cheaper: the price goes from 2.30 guilders ($1.285) to 2.26 ($1

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CIBC rewards credit card clients

St. Maarten – CIBC FirstCaribbean unveiled its rewards program. This program allows Visa Gold and Visa Classic credit card clients to earn loyalty points with every purchase they make. “Our brand promise is to be there for what matters and our

Opinion - Posted by on November 15, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Theo – The fox and sour grapes

As most readers will know by now, Today usually does not publish anonymous letters to the editor. We make a rare exception for this contribution, based on its content and also based on the fact that the writer’s name is known to us. The people o

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Robbery trial adjourned

St. Maarten – Judge Tamara Tijhuis ordered the reopening of the investigation against Jose V., one of the suspects in among others a heist at Caribbean Gems worth $340,000 on January 23. The judge concluded that the investigation during the tria

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PM receives visit from Sōka Gakkai International

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received a courtesy visit from Cliff Sawyer, USA Leader of Sōka Gakkai International at her cabinet on Tuesday. Sōka Gakkai is a lay Buddhist movement linking more than 12 million people around

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Attempted manslaughter sends young man to jail for 54 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Samuel Rony Brown to 54 months imprisonment for the August 24, 2007 attempted manslaughter on Luis Frias. Of the sentence 18 months are suspended; the court imposed 2 years of probation. At the tr

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Correction: Duncan’s Hypnotic Hotel operates Seaman’s Club

St. Maarten – Yesterday’s article about the sentencing of Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment contains a few inaccuracies. Richbenzwan NV, the company that won the lawsuit against Hypnotic, holds the license for

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Shillingford satisfied with weekend finals

St. Maarten - The conclusion of the Nagico/Leeeward Island 50 over cricket competition which took place on November 11, had all the ingredients of competitiveness, tension and excitement among the huge turnout at the Charles Vlaun Ball Park. Among

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Health Inspectorate wants director Scot to resign from St. Maarten Medical Center

St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Public Health demands that the St. Maarten medical center terminates its service agreement with AnG Consulting NV or that hospital Director George Scot resigns from the board of directors before or

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Three years for supermarket robbery

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leonardo Rijo-Cedeno yesterday to 36 months imprisonment for an armed robbery on April 25 on the Ho Supermarket. The 23-year-old was also sentenced for firearm possession. Of the sentence 6 months a