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St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Trial young rapists postponed again

St. Maarten – Two boys who are accused of raping and sexually assaulting their two sisters – one of them just 3 years old – will remain in jail until at least next year March 14 to allow time for psychological and psychiatric evaluation. The bo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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More lionfish in coastal waters

St. Maarten – An increase of lionfish in the surrounding waters of St. Maarten has been noted by the Nature Foundation. During their regular lionfish sweeps the foundation had noticed the increase of the venomous creatures, particularly around the

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Aviation experts to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD — At request of the interim-cabinet the Netherlands will offer technical support by sending two aviation experts, who are expected to arrive on Curaçao on November 28th. The two will evaluate the current plan of approach meant to imp

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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MOVEMBER: Awareness for men’s health issues

WILLEMSTAD – Front Shore N.V. is helping raise awareness and funds for men’s health and specifically for prostate cancer during the month November through the internationally known “Movember” movement. Movember was started by a group of fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Tuitt on finances

St. Maarten – Today at 2 p.m. the central committee will meet with Minister of Finance Roland Tuitt, who will inform Members of Parliament on two points. The first point of the plenary is informing the MPs to the current financial state of St. Maar

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Opinion: Circus act

We’re not going to dwell on the circus act by Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever on this page: we respect his tearing up a copy of our newspaper as an event that is covered by everybody’s right to freedom of expression. Sending a letter t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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St. Maarten Carnival gets new face

St. Maarten -"Come, Experience Life!" is the new tagline for the official St. Maarten Carnival logo. It will become the permanent slogan of Carnival as opposed to the thematic taglines that are used annually. The new logo was released yesterday and o

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Opinion: The ideal grandmother

Don’t think that senior citizens have no role to play in our community. We encountered a brilliant example yesterday when we attended a court session wherein a 22-year-old stood trial for car theft. For sure, not a shocking event, especially sin

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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18 to buy cigarettes in Holland

THE HAGUE – The legal age for buying cigarettes in the Netherlands is ‘very likely’ to be increased to 18, Dutch newspaper The Telegraaf reports yesterday. The paper says Junior Health Minister Martin van Rijn is currently working on policie

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Money laundering suspect back to trial in February

St. Maarten – Fernando Jose M. M. was arrested on August 2 based on a tip from American law enforcement. Investigators found $690,000 in cash in his home, partly stashed in a washing machine, and a hunting rifle and a pistol with live ammunition. Y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Caribbean Living Statues Meeting on Sunday

St. Maarten – Motiance Dance School and the Beyond Writing Foundation will conduct a pre kick-off meeting to take place coming Sunday, November 25 from 6 until 7.30 p.m. at Motiance at the Long Wall Road in Philipsburg. All registered statue partic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Grandmother reported drunk car thief to police

St. Maarten – For some reason Terry Alvin Halley could not stop laughing, but Judge Tamara Tijhuis did not see the fun. She sentenced Halley to a 1 month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation, supervision by the Rehabilitation Burea

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Opinion: Facebook-bullies

Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans closed down his Facebook account, the Volkskrant reported yesterday. He received a truckload of negative reactions on his Facebook-postings about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. That became

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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New pension rules delayed until 2015

THE HAGUE – The introduction of new rules for Dutch company pension schemes has been delayed until 2015 because of the complexity of the subject, Junior Social Affairs Minister Jetta Klijnsma told MPs on Wednesday afternoon. The new system of co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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More budget headaches underway

St. Maarten - The government is still trying to balance the 2013 budget and Finance Minister Roland Tuitt hopes to have it reach parliament and the board for financial supervision Cft by December 15. Today, Tuitt is expected to speak in parliament wh

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Government meets with Collectivité of St. Martin

St. Maarten - The first executive meeting between the Council of Ministers and the Collectivité of St. Martin was described as very “frank,” by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams yesterday. The meeting was attended by six of the seven minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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PAR possibly involved in government

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The parties PS, Pais, PNP and independent member of parliament Glenn Sulvaran have decided to approach the political party PAR. These three parties and the independent member are of the opinion that their current basis of elev

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Methodist Agogic Center hosts gala dinner in March

St. Maarten – The Methodist Agogic Centre school board and volunteers are busy organizing a fundraising gala dinner to commemorate over 35 years of academic tradition.  Together with the gala dinner the MAC will launch an Alumni Association; the l

Editorial - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Editorial: Compliment

Minister de Weever made a remarkable appearance at yesterday’s press briefing where he tore up a copy of this newspaper. A bigger compliment is hard to come by. The minister respects freedom of the press but he respects objective journalism even

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Defending champions on a rampage

St. Maarten - At the conclusion of week two in the quarter final round of the 2012 Nagico Futsal tournament, four more teams have been eliminated, but the defending champions, Paradise Inn are maintaining their consistency with one purpose in mind.

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: The quality of life

Wikipedia states the following:”The term quality of life (QOL) references the general well-being of individuals and societies. The term is used in a wide range of contexts, including the fields of international development, healthcare, and politics

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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Mad father gets off light for ill-treating girlfriend

St. Maarten – Leonard Anthony Henry definitely had a bad hair day on July 17 when his ex-girlfriend came to pick up their two children. When the girl announced she had a new friend, Henry got mad. In the ensuing argument he threatened the girl with

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 22, 2012

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King Yen holds quarterly national taekwondo exams

St. Maarten - After 10 hours of intense taekwondo examinations which was held at the King Yen school last Saturday, over 50 students passed with flying colors in the final test of the year and now they are ready for the next step in their sporting ca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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UTS donates senior phones to White and Yellow Cross

GREAT BAY - UTS donated 5 Alcatel One Touch 282 devices to the White and Yellow Cross foundation for use by its residents. “These phones have specific features that are useful for users whom may have trouble with a smaller, more elaborate phone,”

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Minister De Weever refuses to honor SMMC’s request – “Information endangers unity of government”

St. Maarten /By Hilbert Haar – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever has denied providing information requested by the St. Maarten Medical Center related to the ministry’s inspectorate and to licenses for the establishment of healthcare cent

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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DNA-databank not possible

St. Maarten – It is not possible to set up a national DNA databank on St. Maarten according to the current legislation, attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann said yesterday. After the arrest yesterday of Jasper S., the suspect in the Marianne Vaatstra cas

Editorial - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Editorial: A bit like Gaza

The St. Maarten Medical Center must feel a bit like Gaza strip residents under the attacks by Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever and his Inspectorate. The latest installment in the war of words is the minister’s reaction to a perfectly n

Opinion - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Back to principles

As the famous Youth Waves band song says "Who’s the Leader, Leader, leader". Right now all our leaders in government are very quiet with regard to the issues affecting the people. Imagine our honourable governor quiet....Our prime minister quiet...

Opinion - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Opinion: DNA-databank

What is the difference between a databank filled with finger prints and a databank filled with DNA-samples? That question came alive after investigators in the Netherlands solved a 13-year old rape and murder case based on the results of a larger-sca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Helping birds every day at library on Saturday

St. Maarten - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) celebrates International Migratory Bird Day during a presentation hosted by the Phillipsburg Jubilee Library on Saturday titled “Helping Birds Every Day”. Parents are encouraged to br

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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PM opens workshop for civil servants

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the civil servants workshop on the new structure and development of the Government of St. Maarten at the University of St. Maarten yesterday. The workshop, which is partly funded by USONA,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Minister De Weever donates to Be Able committee – “Create friendly environment for the disabled”

GREAT BAY- As St. Maarten prepares to welcome an awareness week for the physically challenged organized by the Be Able Committee, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever is urging the community to create a friendly environment for the disabled.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Minister Jacobs criticizes renewal director’s licenses

St. Maarten – “There are many examples of students who returned to the island and who have been disappointed. They may have found jobs in the fields they studied, but they have not been able to climb the ladder. The feeling for locals has been ke

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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Veterinary Clinic Cay Hill joins Fun Miles program

St. Maarten -  Fun Miles has let the cat out of the bag and announced its newest partner: St. Maarten Veterinary Clinic in Cay Hill. This full-service, small animal veterinary hospital is the island’s top dog when it comes to quality medical, surg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2012

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St. Maarten Zoning plans now complete towards the end of 2013

St. Maarten – The central committee meeting with Vromi-Minister William Marlin on Monday to a large extent was a repeat of an earlier presentation by the minister about zoning plans that was held behind closed doors. Minister Marlin referred the

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