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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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St. Maarten Government takes Dutch Kingdom to court over debt relief

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten has decided to take the Kingdom government to court over the closure of the debt relief program.  Finance Minister Roland Tuitt yesterday said that the Council of Ministers had made up its mind on Tuesday and will not let the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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French tourist dies in car accident

French tourist dies in car accident

The wrecked car of the two French tourists after the driver lost control yesterday morning. St. Maarten – In a car accident yesterday morning around 5.10 a.m., the driver died and a passenger was injured. Both victims are French male tourists,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Defendant spent 35 months and 10 days behind bars: Court acquits Spencer of Christian Lloyd murder

St. Maarten – Anthony Ray Spencer looked dumbfounded after he learned that the Common Court of Justice had acquitted him of the murder of Christian Lloyd on or around January 23, 2010. The Court in First Instance sentenced Spencer to 20 years on Oc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Causing fatal accident ruled a misdemeanor

St. Maarten – For causing an accident on March 21 of last year that cost 23-year-old Gendrick Reid his life, the Court in First Instance sentenced Cynthia Agatha F.-R. yesterday to a conditional prison sentence of 30 days and 60 hours of community

Opinion - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Opinion: Expensive ticket

When police officers ticketed gossip writer Bibi Saliva Shaw for using a cell phone while she was driving her car on October 30 of last year on the A.J.C. Brouwers Road, it seemed an open and shut case. Not with Shaw, of course. First, the queen o

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Opinion: And the point is ….

There is nothing wrong with parliamentarians criticizing the government, but there comes a moment when even the most eager reader starts wondering: what’s the point? We read with increasing bewilderment the statement of U-MP Dr. Ruth Douglass

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Government sends 449 million guilder budget to Cft -increase on transfer and diesel tax proposed-

St. Maarten - Another draft of the 2013 budget has been submitted to the board on financial supervision (Cft) after being balanced on Tuesday. It stands at 449 million guilders and within the document, the government proposes to increase the transfer

Editorial - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Editorial: Finally investigating the vote selling scandal

The National Detective Agency aka Landsrecherche has finally set its teeth in the vote-selling scandal that dates back to before the 2010 elections. Half the file has been ready for a time (the story for the police officers and the VKS-er who sold th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Community service and suspended prison sentence – Boy gets firm warning for helping with burglary

St. Maarten – Shawn Carty attempted to make Judge Tamara Tijhuis believe that he had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, when he found himself involved in burglaries in homes on the Little Bay Road and in Fort Willem on March 10 and 17

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Committee discusses St. Maarten harbour and marine sectors

St. Maarten – The Permanent Committee of Parliament for Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications will meeting next week Tuesday at 10 a.m. about the state of affairs of the harbour and marine sector. Independent MP Frans

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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French street robber back to court in March

St. Maarten - Patrick H., a 25-year old Martinois, will have his day in court on March 13. Yesterday he appeared briefly before Judge Tamara Tijhuis to hear charges for a street robbery, fraud and laundering bankcards in November of last year. Pro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Soualiga challenge walk today

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams urged the people and civil servants in particular to join her today in the re-launching of her U2 Can Move Fitness Campaign; the Soualiga K6 and K3 Challenge walk. “The health of the St. Maart

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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48 Months for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – For attempted manslaughter on his neighbor’s boyfriend, the Court in First Instance sentenced Siegerd Basilio Leonora to 48 months imprisonment; of the sentence, 12 months are suspended. The court imposed 2 years of probation. At th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Christmas bonuses underway

St. Maarten - Payments for the long awaited Christmas bonus for civil servants began yesterday, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confirmed.  The payments should have been made in the month of December. The minister apologized for the late payment but

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Dutchman sentenced for domestic violence

St. Maarten – Dutchman Marco Marinus Rojo could have finally had his day in court yesterday to defend himself against allegations of domestic violence against his wife more than three years ago, on November 19, 2009. However, Rojo chose not to appe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Scotia Bank maintains tradition for St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten - In the notable absence of Elie Bendaly, the former Country Head at Scotia Bank St Maarten, Raymond Green who has now taken up that position has reiterated the bank’s commitment for the support of Carnival. In a simple, but yet sign

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Taxand report public soon

St. Maarten - Within a week, the final report compiled by the government accounting bureau (Soab) on the Taxand scam will be presented to the Council of Ministers, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt stated yesterday. Tuitt has been in possession of the re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Detectives interrogate suspects who bought votes for UP

St. Maarten – The National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche) has started to interrogate suspects in the vote buying fraud-case from 2010. An attorney of one of the suspects, who declined to name any names, confirmed that the investigation is now un

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Minister Pantophlet meets with The St. Maarten Timeshare Association

Minister Pantophlet meets with The St. Maarten Timeshare Association

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Romeo Pantophlet met with representatives of the Board of the St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) earlier this week. The meeting was positive and productive according to statements by both Minister Pantophlet

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Police warn dog owners

St. Maarten – After numerous complaints about stray dogs roaming the streets from residents of the Phillipsburg area to the Police Department, the police are informing all dog owners to have their dogs fenced in or tied and not have them on the str

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Finance Minister Tuitt says goodbye to old taxes

St. Maarten - Through a ministerial decree, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has been able to begin the write off of back taxes owed by citizens and businesses from 2006 and older. Tuitt still has to send a law proposal to Parliament to structurally “

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Fraudster gets light sentence

St. Maarten – Personal circumstances she did not wish to discuss in court because she claimed to fear for her life and that of her mother and brother, drove Jenny Paolo Diaz-Aguirre to a create a web of lies designed to defraud people of significan

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Elegance, curve and maturity come alive

Elegance, curve and maturity come alive

[caption id="attachment_21029" align="alignleft" width="350"] Miss Fleming[/caption]St. Maarten - Between the four plus sized ladies that will make their presence felt on stage in the Paradise Village in Galisbay this evening, only one will walk away

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Students assist The St. Maarten Nature Foundation

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has been advising and mentoring a number of high school students with various environmentally themed projects. Particularly students of the Milton Peters College and the Learning Unlimited Preparatory S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Young robber heads for a fresh start

St. Maarten – Davion Mickel Longmore, a 17-year-old who was sentenced in September of last year to an 18-month suspended sentence for a robbery, returned to the Court in First Instance yesterday to stand trial for yet another robbery. The young man

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2013

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Fun miles throw surprise party

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Last Friday, Fun Miles celebrated its 15th birthday. The Fun Miles crew chartered a bus and visited the partners that have been with the program since the beginning in 1998. These companies were treated to a full surprise part