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

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Paramaribo-connection: again courier caught with cocaine

GREAT BAY – For the third time in a month a Surinamese drugs courier stood trial in the Court in First Instance yesterday. On October 25, the court sentenced Furgin Pengel to 14 months imprisonment and Jemmi Felter to 12 months. Compared to these s

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

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PM: Changes to electoral system necessary

St. Maarten -Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wants a review of the island’s constitution that would result in changes to the electoral laws and stability in government. She made these remarks yesterday “For St. Maarten we are a young coun

Editorial - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Editorial: Paramaribo connection

For the third time in a month a drugs courier from Suriname stood in front of the judge in the Court in First Instance. The man had swallowed almost a kilo of pure cocaine in so-called bolitas. This is extremely dangerous for the courier, but a more

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

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Money laundering case against Standard Trust falls apart

St. Maarten – The money laundering case against the Standard Trust Company, its directors and its bookkeeper fell apart yesterday when the Common Court of Justice acquitted all defendants of this charge due to procedural violations during the inves

Opinion - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Opinion: Heavy price to pay

When Marcel Loor was arrested in the summer of 2007, and the raid at the offices of Standard Trust soon followed, the island was rife with stories about money laundering, bribery and what have you. Today it still is. In the meantime, Marcel Loor and

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

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Tuitt devises attractive incentives for tax compliance

St. Maarten - The Finance Ministry is considering some interesting proposals to bring a 29 million guilders deficit by now and December to balance the budget. Apart from the so called sin tax on alcohol and tobacco that Finance Minister Roland Tuitt

Opinion - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Opinion: Prison blues

People get very creative when they have nothing to do, Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday. Unfortunately, the minister was not referring to the high number of unemployed youngsters in St. Maarten but to inmates in the House of Detention in

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

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VKS bivouac this weekend

St. Maarten - The Commander of the Voluntary Corps of Sint Maarten (VKS) announced in a brief press release that the VKS will have a bivouac that starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday. The bivouac is part of the regular VKS training schedule. The biv

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

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Weak review for combating money laundering

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten has until May 13 to respond and submit an action plan on how it will comply with 49 recommendations that have been proposed by the Financial Action Task Force and the United Nations Security Council. The island received a negat

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Vergeer suffers upset in mixed doubles. Today is a rest day .

St. Maarten - The male and female number ranked wheelchair lawn tennis players Stephane Houdet from France and Esther Vergeer from the Netherlands have both advanced to the singles finals in the first Breaking Barriers tournament. In their respect

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

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St. Maarten gets weak review on policies to combat money laundering

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten has until May 13 to respond and submit an action plan on how it will comply with 49 recommendations that have been proposed by the Financial Action Task Force and the United Nations Security Council. The island received a negat

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

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St. Maarten Government approves integrity vision, Aids strategic plan and foreign affairs commission

St. Maarten - The Council of Ministers (CoM) recently approved several initiatives that were reported on by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams yesterday. Based on a proposal to consider developments that are occurring on the regional and interna

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

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Twelve candidates for St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce board

St. Maarten – Twelve candidates were nominated for the three vacancies on the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors: five for the large business sector and seven for the small business sector. For the large business sector, there are two vacan

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Best of five series starts tonight

St. Maarten - Each of the four teams vying for the championship title in the 2012 Double A Baseball Championship will be seeking record victories when the best of five series begins at the John Cooper/Jose Lake Sr Ballpark starting tonight at 8 p.m.

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

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Prosecution appeals four verdicts in Vesuvius-case

St. Maarten –Prosecutor  Gonda van der Wulp announced yesterday that her office will appeal the verdicts against Erno Labega Jr., Daniel Thomas, Charles Fleming and Andrew Davis who were all convicted on November 15 as members of a criminal organi

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Support for lawn tennis player

St. Maarten - Kaithlyn Verfuerth, might not be winning lots of matches on the court, but she has been able to attract lots of young supporters from the Learning Unlimited School, who has gone as far as painting banners with her name. ‘You are aw

Opinion - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Piggy bank

Please allow me some space in your well-read paper to highlight what I see is the fleecing of our tax payers money. Tempo seems to have big influence on government, and even has certain members of parliament in its pockets, and is using government as

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

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Bada Bing robber gets year extra on appeal

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice sentenced Jimmey Dave Ramsahai yesterday on appeal to 4 years imprisonment for an armed robbery on adult entertainment club Bada Bing on March 7 of last year. In First Instance Ramsahay was sentenced to 36

Opinion - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Opinion: Troubled defendants

There he was again, Martino H., a 33-year-old accused of eight burglaries and attempted burglaries. Talkative as ever and full of good intentions. But this defendant has serious psychiatric problems. Not only does he not belong in a court room, he do

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

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“Tempo is a network, not a promoter,” Tuitt

St. Maarten - “I am disappointed with some of the local artistes in the way they are operating,” Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday as he fielded questions on the sustained criticism of Tempo Networks and the fallout between the Pan Car

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

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Prime Minister and De Weever received updated development plan

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Health Cornelius De Weever received an update on the progress of the Integrated Neighborhood Development Plan (INDP) on Monday. A mid-term evaluation of the project in general was al

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

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SXM Trails holds successful unity walk

St. Maarten – Despite heavy downpours early Sunday morning over 250 walkers turned out for the second annual St Martin Trails unity walk-a-thon, said Juste Manuel, president of the association. A number of St. Martin/St. Maarten personalities an

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

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Dr. Ruth Douglass questions coalition strength

St. Maarten -United People’s Party Parliamentarian Dr.  Ruth Douglass is questioning the strength of current coalition structure and its commitment to stay in lockstep as a united group. Douglass submitted a statement to the media on Tuesday wi

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

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Court sentences deported robber to 18 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leon Shaphan Olson Griffin to 18 years imprisonment for a series of armed robberies and firearm possession but it is doubtful whether the convict will ever spend that time in prison. Griffin was a

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

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Double jeopardy for young criminal

St. Maarten – At the tender age of 16, Kerby Degrammond was hit with two prison sentences in one go yesterday when Judge Tamara Tijhuis not only sent him for 30 months to prison for an attempted armed robbery and firearm possession, but also ordere

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

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St. Maarten Prison Director shows contraband confiscated in prison

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan and prison Director Edward Rohan presented the catch of illegal items found in prison cells at yesterday’s press briefing. In one and a half netted steroids, marijuana, phones, a brass knuckle, improvi

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 29, 2012

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Leguez breaks barrier

St. Maarten - With the focus on the visiting wheelchair lawn tennis players who are currently on the island, a few local persons that are physically challenged due to circumstances beyond their control are defying the odds. Forty four year old Cle

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

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Pension fund responds to early retirement concerns

St. Maarten – APS is busy rounding off information sessions for active participants, after the sessions were launched in September. APS said that it is pleased with the attendance of active participants at the informative sessions being held by rep