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MHF and Turning Point get involuntary admission permits

GREAT BAY- The Mental Health Foundation as well the Turning Point Foundation will both be receiving a temporary permit in order to legally provide involuntary admission services as a form of crisis intervention for psychiatric patients. Minister of P

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Husband demonstrates for his wife’s job

GREAT BAY – St. Maartener Alberto Bute has been demonstrating for the past three days against jewelry store Colombian Emeralds on behalf of his wife Eartha who worked for the company for 6 years. The husband attached bright colored paper to his clo

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Defendant put sins of his youth behind him

St. Maarten – Eric Vladimir Arrindell may well serve as an example of a young man who has put the sins of his youth behind him. When a police officer served him the papers for yesterday’s court appearance, he told the defendant: “I thought you

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Editorial: Time

The concept of time is not the same for everyone and in a way, it is culturally defined. In Japan, arriving even a minute late at an appointment is close to a deadly sin. In the Netherlands the “Dutch quarter of an hour” is the standard lame excu

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Reader’s Letter: Free advice

Re; Your letters to the editor in the Today newspaper of Wednesday, January 9. Yes, this is my response to you. That you have made it your life’s mission to try everything in the book, to ridicule me for standing up for my indigenous St. Mar

Opinion - Posted by on January 10, 2013

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Opinion: Market value

When you’re old, you quickly find yourself on the sidelines. Too expensive for companies to hire your services, too energetic for a one way ticket to the grave yard. It is a well-known dilemma for older workers who feel that they are unceremoniousl

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Opinion: Survival training

The United States is in the ban of mass shootings, especially at schools. The latest tragedy at a school in Newtown has opened up a new market: survival training for teachers. This is how it goes according to a report in Trouw: “During a survival t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 10, 2013

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Seniors to petition Dutch First Chamber for pension increase

St. Maarten -Concerns that have been raised by several sections of society and in particular social activist drs. Raymond Jessurun about the increase in AOV pension to 1000 guilders and what it would mean for people who may not have worked in the Net

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Burglar gets suspended sentence

St. Maarten – Florentin Jerome did not appear in the Court in First Instance yesterday to face charges for two crimes he committed back in 2010. That did not prevent the court from sentencing him to an 8-month conditional prison sentence with 2 yea

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Community service for stealing cell phone

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Marius Alberto Mathew to 204 days of imprisonment and 80 hours of community service. Of the sentence, 180 days are suspended. The remaining 24 days Mathew already spent in pre-trial custody. Mathe

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Light sentence for machete-threat

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Anderson Javier Colon in absentia to a 61-day prison sentence; 50 days are suspended and Colon spends the remaining 11 days already in detention. The 20-year-old defendant had threatened someone w

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Thief gets conditional sentence for stealing tools

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Giovanni Valerio Engelhardt to a 6-month suspended prison sentence and 60 hours of community service for a theft at the office of contractor Betonbouw on November 18 of last year. The 44-year-old

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PM: Central Bank survival dependent on political will

St. Maarten - Arriving at a consensus on the way forward the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten remains the most pressing issue that ought to be addressed between the two governments. So says Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who during yest

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Court moves manslaughter trial after witness fails to show up

St. Maarten – Jason Omar M. came to court for nothing after a witness in his attempted manslaughter-case did not show up. The prosecution wants to hear this witness because she changed the statement she made to the police in front of the judge of i

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PM: Lots of work ahead for coalition

St. Maarten - Following next week unveiling of the governing program for the next 1.5 years, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams says that there will be a lot of work for the coalition but all of the administration’s plans will not be the accompl

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Soft-drug dealer gets light sentence

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Orlando Lucas Hellemun to a 4-month suspended prison sentence and 60 hours of community service for dealing in marijuana between January 1 and November 19 of last year. The 27-year-old defendant w

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St. Maarten Work permits now issued in English

St. Maarten - Yesterday the Ministry of Labor began issuing employment permits in English. Work permits, as they as commonly called have always been issued in Dutch, which according to the Constitution is one of the two official languages for the cou

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Department researches elderly

St. Maarten – The Minister of Public Health Cornelius De Weever has commissioned a research to look into the living situation and conditions of the elderly on St. Maarten and is asking all those persons that are part of the survey to cooperate with

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Damian Marley performs at St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten – Veteran promoter Clarence Derby and CD Entertainment has secured the reggae night for Carnival 2013 and will stage what Derby has dubbed, even at this early stage, the biggest show of St. Maarten Carnival 2013. Derby, known for his