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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Corallo loses lawsuit against the Netherlands

THE HAGUE – Casino boss Francesco Corallo has lost his lawsuit against the Dutch state. The court in the Hague ruled yesterday that the state does not have to rectify claims in a letter from the former Dutch ambassador in Rome Fons Stoelinga to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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St. Maarten Government goes ahead with screening decree

St. Maarten - The government plans to draft and ratify its own national decree for the screening of ministers. “We have been executing that process of the screening of ministers on the basis of a decree of the former Netherlands Antilles,” Pri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Ruling on request for release on February 20: King-killer suspect seeks freedom in appeals court

St. Maarten –A large delegation of family and friends of the murdered American couple Thelma and Michael King flocked to the courthouse yesterday afternoon for the appeal hearing of Meyshane Kemar J., the main suspect in this murder case. The defen

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PM: Ombudsman’s actions show checks and balances are working

St. Maarten - The government is looking keenly at the way the Constitutional Court will handle the petition of the Ombudsman for an annulment of three articles in the Penal Code. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, during yesterday’s Council of M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Defendant mistook psychiatric patient for a burglar: Prosecution wants verdict against rock-throwing man

St. Maarten – In February of last year, Franklin B.M. de W. walked out of the courthouse a free man after the court found him guilty of seriously injuring a woman who turned out to be a psychiatric patient with rocks on May 4, 2011. But the court d

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Opinion: Name and shame journalism

Media ethicist Huub Evers posed an interesting question in an opinion piece that was published in Trouw on Tuesday. Is the practice of initials and bars not totally obsolete? With the initials, Evers refers to criminals that are traditionally identif

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: A day of dying culture

Today, the bulldozers took their toll on this island’s heritage, after a valiant warning from a proud St. Martiner, I went to check the Cupecoy Bay archaeological site today. The Cupecoy Bay site was the only surviving prehistoric village site on t

Editorial - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Editorial: Slim chance

The attempt by the defense to get King murder-suspect Meyshane J. out of jail is an ingenious one, for sure, but it is also a move that has caused a lot of justified unrest among family and friends of the murdered American couple. The appeals cour

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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St. Maarten Met office release climate summary

St. Maarten – The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (Met) has released a climate summary for last year. This summary contains weather data that has been recorded at the Princess Juliana International Airport, a review of the 2012 hurricane s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Ministry urges employers to supply pay slips

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever is urging employers to provide their employees with pay slips, which is based on the law, Book 7A title 7A of the Civil Code. Minister Cornelius De Weev

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PM joins celebrations Republic of India Day

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined the festivities celebrating Indian Republic Day at the Belair Community Center on Tuesday evening. The Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on behalf of the government on the celebration

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Rotary honors Housen and Bijlani

Rotary honors Housen and Bijlani

Carl Housen (l), Carl and Son’s Bakery and Manohar Bijlani of Dutch Delight. Photo courtesy Rotary.St. Maarten - For Rotary Awareness month, the Rotary club of St. Martin Sunrise honored two of its long standing club supporters and Friends of R

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Water tank demolished in Pointe Blanche, St. Maarten

Water tank demolished in Pointe Blanche, St. Maarten

Minister Cornelius De Weever with the Management of Gebe and contractors in front of the old water tank in Point Blanche.St. Maarten –Minister Cornelius De Weever and the management of Gebe made a site visit to the location in Pointe Blanche last w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Demand 5 years against rape-suspect

St. Maarten – Sheldon Ferando H. claimed it was all the fault of a 12-year-old girl whom he claimed he thought to be seventeen, but the victim of his sexual desires had told investigators a different story. When she went to the defendant’s home t

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Draft timeshare legislation meets need for regulation

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams hopes to see a speedy handling of the draft timeshare legislation in Parliament.  The legislation was recently presented by Democratic Party MP Leroy de Weever, who was commended by Wescot-Williams

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Gun-rumor inspired stabbing results in 36-month sentence

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jeanroy Johnny Quetant to 36 months of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on a man on October 18 of last year. The 24-year-old was put under 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 12 months a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Robber gets 36 months for settling score

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Ricardo Leopold Mitchell to 36 months imprisonment for an armed robbery at the Christina Bar on Illidge Road on March 2, 2012. Of the sentence 6 months are suspended; the court imposed 3 years of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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St. Maarten Transposition of laws almost complete

St. Maarten - The last two sets of rewriting of legislation has been approved by the government. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reported yesterday that the process was “intense” but she is happy that it is nearing completion. In keeping

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Ministry pushes for return to CAT-1 aviation safety

Ministry pushes for return to CAT-1 aviation safety

Minister of Transportation Romeo Pantophlet (third from left) with officials from St. Maarten’s Aviation Department and IASO. Photo contributedSt. Maarten - In its ongoing attempts to bring the Civil Aviation Department back to Category I status, M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Deadline for St. Maarten road tax remains February 28

St. Maarten - “Stipulated in the law is that the February 28 is the deadline for paying road tax. Please budget and keep this in mind. On one hand we are making the process of payment easier and on the other hand the enforcement will be stricter,

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Hunt: Hoteliers ought to focus on mid-week travel

Hunt: Hoteliers ought to focus on mid-week travel

Bernard Hunt. Photo Today / Andrew BishopMAHO BAY, St. Maarten - The Tourism authorities and hoteliers who attended the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Conference were advised to focus on the mid-week travel instead of weekend travel, sai

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Loterie Farm: A day in paradise

Loterie Farm: A day in paradise

The new natural pool at Loterie Farm. Photo Today/Daphne Stuut RAMBAUD, St. Martin - What used be a well-kept secret, is now a well-known piece of paradise; Loterie Farm. Loterie Farm is a 135 acres private nature reserve, hidden on the hills o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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Two women sentenced for fighting pregnant adversary

St. Maarten– An encounter between Aisha Latoya Londie van Putten, her friend Esmeralda Clarine Arrindell and a women with whom van Putten still had a score to settle, ended in an ordinary street fight in front of the Tropicana Casino in Simpson Bay

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St. Maarten prepares to assess Antillean companies

St. Maarten - An initiative for a strategic plan for several government owned companies that St. Maarten is a co-shareholder in, has found approval in the Council of Ministers. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams put forward the propo

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Sol Antilles shows appreciation

St. Maarten - Several employees of Sol Antilles were recognized for their commitment and dedication to the company at an event at Rancho Restaurant in Simpson Bay on Saturday evening.  During the event Sol regional manager David Antrobus, Alfred Car

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on January 31, 2013

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State of St. Maarten’s Raul Illidge Sports Complex shocks Fifa VP Webb

St. Maarten - Jeffrey Webb, Vice President of Fifa and President of Concacaf could not believe his eyes when he saw the football field he played on some 20 years ago at the Raoul Illidge Sports complex. Webb and Owen Nickie, president of the Socce

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Penal code for review to Constitutional Court

GREAT BAY – Ombudsman Nilda Arduin has petitioned the Constitutional Court with a request to annul three articles in the penal code that was approved by the parliament on May 25 of last year and that was signed into law by Governor Eugene Holiday o

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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IT-trailblazer Computech opens facility in Galis Bay

GALIS BAY, St. Martin – Computech opened its doors for business yesterday at a location right next to the building of the Port Authority in Galis Bay. Managing partners Jean Arnell and Alain Roper gave journalists a tour of their $3 million-facilit

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Opinion: A view on St. Maarten beaches

Jeff Berger’s St. Maarten Weekly News electronic newsletter every now and then contains useful criticism of the Friendly Island. Never one to mince his words, Berger puts his finger on those shortcomings that are screaming for improvement and that

Editorial - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Editorial: Constitutional review

The Ombudsman’s decision to take the new penal code to the Constitutional Court for review is a wise one - and one some might even consider courageous. The review of the articles about animal cruelty and about higher penalties for crimes against

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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St. Maarten Ombudsman focuses on networking

St. Maarten – The office of the Ombudsman will focus this year of compiling a list of private entities with public authority, on fine-tuning its internal procedures and on networking, Ombudsman dr. Nilda Arduin said at her first press conference of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Phone trouble at SZV, St. Maarten

St. Maarten – The SZV is experiencing technical problems with its telephone system and advises clients to use its general email address info@uszv.org for queries and appointments. The problems with the phone lines surfaced on and off over the pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Stat updates geographic information system

St. Maarten - The Department of Statistics (Stat) works together with the Ministry of Vromi to collect data to update the government’s Geographic Information System. This initiative entails collecting and recording up-to-date information on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Evening ferry service St. Maarten to Anguilla launched

St. Maarten - A new evening ferry service is available from St. Maarten to Anguilla for visitors arriving at 9:55 pm on the American Airlines flight from Miami. Travel Weekly reports that the Sea Shuttle service meets the flight and transfers pass

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 30, 2013

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Arrindell supports screening law

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Gracita Arrindell supports the call for a national law for the screening of ministers. “This is a step in the right direction” Arrindell stated in a press release. “We are looking forward to receive th

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