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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Vesuvius gang members appeal their verdicts

GREAT BAY – All seven gang members in the Vesuvius-trial have appealed their verdicts. The term to file for appeal ends today. On November 15, Judge Rick Smid sentenced Omar Jones and Carlos Richardson to life in prison for murdering Hector Miguel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Education ministry wants National Parents Platform

St. Maarten – The Education Ministry is working on the establishment of a National Parents Platform to support the involvement of parents in the education of their children. “Parents all over the world are looking for support and assistance to

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Emperor Bobo

My two lesbian dogs were wagging their tail around 5 0'clock in the afternoon. Time to go swim ! Normally I walk to Royal Palm to swim, but arriving at the best beach bar of St. Maarten (Buccaneer Beach Bar) I saw a crowd: Henri Brookson and Michel S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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This afternoon at the library – Loekie Morales launches Overseas Bloodline

St. Maarten – Author Loekie Morales launches her book Overseas Bloodline this afternoon at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. The theme of the book is a family search. The launch is scheduled to begin at 5.30 p.m. Sponsored by the Windward islands

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Opinion: Life is not fair

We have known for quite some time that life is not fair (mind you: we’re not complaining, just stating a fact) and now we have confirmation from the Central Bureau for Statistics in the Netherlands. The bureau published figures from last year showi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Miss Caraibes Hibiscus contestants begin arriving

St. Maarten - For the next two weeks, beauty, grace and pageantry will take center stage on both sides of the island when the 20 contestants vying for the prestigious prize in the 22nd annual Miss Caraibes Hibiscus go about their daily routines which

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Jeffry: ‘Tourism is everybody’s business’

St. Maarten - Local author and historian Daniella Jeffry will be launching a revised version of her book 1963-A Landmark Year in St. Martin soon and this Saturday she plans to sign copies of the retrospective publication on the advent of tourism at V

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Par excluded from transition-cabinet

WILLEMSTAD —It is most unlikely that political party Par will be included in the formation process, now that negotiations are making progress. Negotiating parties recently made agreements on the transition-cabinet for a period of three to six mo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Construction work Cole Bay area as of today

The Ministry of Vromi announced upcoming road works for the Cole Bay project of which concerns the areas of Cole Bay, Cay Bay, Pelican and Simpson Bay. As of today until December 3, the works are scheduled to start at 6 a.m. till 5 p.m. and will r

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Opinion: Rising youth unemployment

Youth unemployment in St. Maarten is a huge problem, but in Europe jobless youngsters are becoming a close to unmanageable situation. Trouw reported yesterday that a breathtaking 14 million young people in Europe are unemployed. Many youngsters are s

Editorial - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Editorial: Parents platform

The Education Ministry’s initiative to create a national parents platform is a good step towards structured parental involvement in children’s education. It will likely strengthen the ties between the schools and the home front – and given the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Town hall meeting on Thursday

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Vromi has organized a town hall meeting coming Thursday covering Middle Region and Dutch Quarter. Residents, stakeholders and other interested are invited to attend this meeting which will take place at the Belveder

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Wheelchair tennis tournament opens at Port de Plaisance

PORT-DE-PLAISANCE---Minister Silveria Jacobs opened the tennis tournament for the top wheel chair tennis players in the world by hitting the first ball down the court with Brad Parks who was the first handicapped athlete to introduce wheel chair tenn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Haitians shocked Labour office closes BTA process

St. Maarten - President of the United Haitian Community Guerrier Jeston is appealing for leniency on behalf of his community from the Ministry of Labour following the closure of work permit renewal process under the Brooks Tower Accord, yesterday.

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Opinion: Extreme tourism

British backpacker Graham Hughes has taken tourism to a new level by visiting all 193 UN-member countries plus eight other states like Vatican-City and the Palestinian territories in 1,426 days. Since 2009, Hughes was on average every seven days in a

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 28, 2012

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Teams suffer mixed fortunes in Digicel sponsored tournament

St. Maarten- A Mohit Hingorani 11 clinched the 30 over encounter which was played last Saturday and Vimal Ragubir’s side rebounded to win the T-20 game when the curtains went down on the second annual Grassroots tournament sponsored by Digicel.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Swing bridge in causeway completed in May 2013

St. Maarten / WOERDEN – Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet and Harbor Group of companies CEO Mark Mingo visited the head quarters of Volker Stevin and Hollandia in the Netherlands to discuss the progress of the causeway construction and fut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Design as weapon to fight crime

St. Maarten – Law enforcement officers started a 40-hour course yesterday at the Divi Little Bay Resort that focuses on crime prevention through environmental design. Art Hushen, President of the American National Institute for Crime Prevention

Editorial - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Editorial: Beautification

The initiative by the Justice Ministry to organize a training about crime prevention through environmental design is a positive one that should not end after the 40-hour training for law enforcement officers is completed. From what we have seen, t

Opinion - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Opinion: Why legalizing prostitution is a bad idea

We have written several times about the modern slavery that is practices right under our noses in St. Maarten. It happens in places like the Border Bar, whose owner has been locked up  6 years for human trafficking and for exploiting women at his br

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Emotional Frederick Morton on Tempo opening: “Quality not quantity”

St. Maarten - Chief executive officer of Tempo Networks, Fredrick Morton Jr. said that his focus was not on quantity but quality. Morton Jr. was speaking on Sunday night during the launch of his network’s 7th anniversary celebrations. For the first

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Chaos around the corner

St. Maarten – For the second time in a short period of time the only traffic lights at the Dutch side, at the end of the Walter Nisbeth Road broke down. This malfunction created chaotic scenes on the intersection. It is one of the busiest inters

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