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UP faction walks out of meeting about hospital

St. Maarten - Under “violent protest” the United People’s Party faction walked out of a Central Committee meeting it called to discuss the St. Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC) and its impact on social and labor policies yesterday. The party was pe

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Court ruling on March 26 – Royal Palm wholeowners contest outrageous maintenance fees

St. Maarten – Diamond Resorts and wholeowners at the Royal Palm Beach Resort met in court again yesterday for the next stage of their ongoing dispute about increased maintenance fees. Judge Coen Luijks will pronounce his verdict on March 26. Bas

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Jonkers leaves, Versluis arrives as acting Dutch Representative

St. Maarten - During an animated yet intimate reception at the Pasanggrahan Hotel drs. Marsie Jonkers said goodbye yesterday to St. Maarten where he served two years as the head of the branch office of the Dutch Representative in Aruba, Curacao and S

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Former head of immigration and his girlfriend have to pay $514,000 – Court seizes criminal proceeds from Loor

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced former police commissioner Marcel Loor and his girlfriend Charlene Craig to pay the state 920,000 guilders (around $514,000) out of the more than 2.2 million guilders (over $1.2 million) in crimin

Editorial - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Editorial: Here we go again

The representatives of the people had another fine day at the office yesterday. The United People’s party faction picked a fight about procedures and walked out of a meeting about the hospital. So okay, maybe Minister de Weever should have had h

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Opinion: E-theft

Yesterday, two brothers were in court because they had manipulated the electricity meter of their supermarket with wonderful results: their electricity bill dropped by a third. The scam was made possible by a disgruntled former employee of utiliti

Opinion - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Opinion: Debt relief

Dear Editor, I cannot help but feel that the recent decision taken by the Council of Ministers to initiate court proceedings against the Dutch government in order to secure some 120 million guilders in debt relief is putting the cart before the ho

Opinion - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Opinion: Crime pays

Marcel Loor, the fallen head of immigration, made the front page again today, after a court ruling ordered him and his girlfriend Charlene Craig to pay 460,000 guilders each to the state. The alternative is three years in prison. The seizure of Lo

Opinion - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Opinion: Acquitted

Anthony Ray Spencer was acquitted of the murder on Christian Lloyd on Wednesday and not everybody is happy with it. Spencer was dumbfounded after the ruling and the jury is still out on the question whether the prosecution will take the case to the S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 8, 2013

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Old fencing-case finally settled

St. Maarten – Enrico Florente Kruythoff returned to the Court in First Instance yesterday to deal with a case from his distant past: a charge for robbing a man of his call phone and fencing the phone’s sim-card on December 3, 2010. In June 201

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Minister De Weever: Difference between increase and indexation minimum wage

St. Maarten –“It is extremely important that Mr. Thompson understands the difference between an increase in the minimum wage and the indexation of the minimum wage,” Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor, Cornelius De Weever st

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Electricity thieves face community service

St. Maarten – Johnny and Roberto S. will hear on February 27 the verdict from the Court of First Instance in a weird case of electricity theft. The two brothers, part of a family that owns a supermarket, are charged with stealing electricity worth

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James wants information about CKC-bankruptcy

St. Maarten – “What happened to the depositors of the Christian Kingdom Cooperative?” UP MP Jules James wrote in a press release issued yesterday. The CKC went bankrupt, $1.5 million evaporated and the bankruptcy left 2,318 members without thei

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Seven Seas Water makes donation to COME Center

St. Maarten - The Community Outreach Mentorship and Empowerment Center (COME) was the proud recipient of a financial contribution from managing director of Seven Seas Water Franklyn Richards on Wednesday. The center which is located on the ground

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Protect the community keep rodents at bay

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor, is advising households and business establishments to take preventive measures against rodents. Vector and Rodent Assistan

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Teenager gets reward in court

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced a 19-year-old yesterday as an accessory to a burglary that was committed more than two years ago, on July 30, 2010 to 200 days of imprisonment and 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 179 days a

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Arrindell meets with representatives University

St. Maarten – MP drs. Gracita Arrindell met with representatives of the University of St. Martin (USM) last week. The meeting was focused on the subject of the teacher’s accreditation program and the process leading up to the recognition of the U

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De Weever announces Labor Day Parade

St. Maarten – Minister of Labor Cornelius De Weever announced yesterday that the annual “Second Day Parade” of the Carnival festivities will from now on be known as the Labor Day Parade. It will be the first Labor Day Parade in the Caribbean gi

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Prime Minister re-launches fitness campaign

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams re-launched the U2 Can Move fitness campaign yesterday afternoon. The prime minister, who was accompanied by some sixty civil servants and citizens, led the six kilometer walk around the Great Salt

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St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation presents strategic marketing plan to ministers

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) presented its marketing plan and long term marketing strategy to the Council of Ministers yesterday morning and dubbed the session as open with a “positive exchange of information

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The Musicologists on stage for Regatta

St. Maarten - The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines musicology as "the study of music as a branch of knowledge or field of research as a distinct from composition or performance". That's a lot of words and also the inspiration for the new all-star b

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More races, more classes, more photos: The Heineken Regatta has more of everything

St. Maarten - With just over three weeks to go before action begins in the 33rd annual edition of the St Maarten Heineken Regatta, entries continue to pour in and plans continue to firm up. The event begins on February 28 with the pre-regatta tune

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Reader’s Letter: Unfair and vindictive practices by Telem

As a cooperative member here in St. Maarten I must express my total dissatisfaction with the lousy service given by Telem, our local communication carrier. By not meeting the deadline of payment due by last Tuesday our services with our land base

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Suspects in gold bar heist stay behind bars

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – All suspects in the gold heist case will stay behind bars according to the court. Earlier this week the court ruled that G.R. will get 30 more days behind bars pending more investigation. Initially, the 6 suspects who saw the