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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 25, 2013

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Duncan introduces joint control treaty (St. Maarten/St. Martin)

St. Maarten – “This is an historical moment,” Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday at a press conference when he announced the cooperation for joint controls between the two airports on the island. “The Franco Dutch treaty on join

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 25, 2013

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First seniors citizen walk a fact

St. Maarten - Last Thursday would have been a day like any other in Philipsburg, except for the novel sight of St. Maarten's past, present and future generations knitted together on the cobblestones of Front Street. On closer inspection, the group c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 25, 2013

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Insel Air allows more luggage on flights to Santa Domingo

St. Maarten - Travelers who fly with Insel Air from Sint Maarten to Santo Domingo until March 31 will receive double Starmiles and are allowed to take along 40 kilos extra luggage for free. Fares on this route start at 728 guilders or $404 US for a r

Editorial - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Editorial: Common sense in King murder trial

The Common Court of Justice has found solid legal grounds to keep murder-suspect Meyshane J. behind bars. That is a relief, not only for the family and friends of murder victims Thelma and Michael King, but also for the public prosecutor’s office t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Attempt to spring King-killer from prison fails in court – Murder-suspect remains where he is: behind bars

St. Maarten – Meyshane J. - one of the three suspects in the brutal killing of Thelma and Michael King on September 21 of last year – remains behind bars. Yesterday the Common Court of Justice rejected a request by J.’s attorney Brenda Brooks t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Rapist sentenced to 44 months

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced Sheldon Fernando Harris to 44 months of imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl on August 23 of last year in her own home in Hope Estate. Of the sentence, 12 months are suspended and the court im

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Appeals court drops rock thrower case

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice dismissed all prosecution against Franklin B.M. de W. yesterday, thereby confirming an earlier verdict from the Court in First Instance. The prosecutor’s office had appealed this verdict. At the appeal he

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Bankers fearful of Fatca regulations

St. Maarten -Finance Minister Roland Tuitt recently met with the bankers association on St. Maarten to discuss the implementation of the United States’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The act obliges foreign financial institutions to re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Cab driver gets lower sentence for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – Not 6, but 4 years imprisonment. That is the sentence Mathurin Alextus received yesterday from the Common Court of Justice for multiple attempts of manslaughter, committed on March 31 of last year in front of the Princess Port de Plai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Electricity thieves get community service

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced yesterday six defendants in separate cases for electricity-theft to conditional prison sentences varying from 1 to 7 months and to community service varying from 20 to 120 hours. The thieves stole

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Government working to cushion effect of Amfo closure

St. Maarten - As the fears of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) heighten over the closure of Antillean co-financing agency (Amfo), the government is assuring that the St. Maarten Development Fund (SDF) will soon be prepared to cushion the effect.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2013

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Ring road closed tomorrow

St. Maarten – Due to works that have to be carried out by Gebe to upgrade their high tension network with approximately 24 high tension cables, a section of the ring road area used for public parking will be partially closed off. The work will star

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Fuel storage capacity to multiply by five – Airport projects maximum growth to 1.9 million passengers by 2020

St. Maarten - Princess Juliana International Airport projects in its master plan the arrival of  1.7 million passengers by 2020 in a worst case scenario and 1.9 million in a more robust market, managing director Regina Labega said yesterday morning

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Beach bins in place

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau partnered with Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) in 2009 to establish the Blue Flag Program on St. Maarten and launch a continuous environmental awareness campaign aimed at encouraging residen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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No more parking along airport fence

St. Maarten - No vehicles will be allowed to park anymore alongside the SXM Airport’s fence, according to a decree issued by Justice Minister Roland Duncan. The decree is in keeping with the international aviation safety requirement established by

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Union calls for social dialogue with Tuitt – Row over cost of living adjustment continues

St. Maarten - The President of the Windward Island Teachers Union Claire Elshot yesterday reacted to statements made by Finance Minister Roland Tuitt two weeks prior on the payout of the 2011 cost of living adjustment (Cola). At that time, Tuitt, whi

Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Wholesale unemployment – Part 1

Is there a relationship between profit and unemployment? There is enough evidence that would suggest yes. In the past when trade was done via bartering, the village concept was such that persons in a village produced in so far possible what they n

Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Opinion: Female evil

We would not dare getting on the case of women who want to get ahead in life, but when a woman – in this case writer Lisette Tooft – attacks members of her own sex, we are curious enough to examine what on earth is going on. Tooft wrote a flaming

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Editorial: Projections

The airport foresees a maximum growth to 1.9 million passengers by 2020, managing director Regina Labega said yesterday. Compared to the benchmark year 2008 - the year the economic crisis hit - that is an increase of 10 percent. Over a period 2008-20

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Minister Jacobs opens first Olympiad

St. Maarten – Minister of Sports Silveria Jacobs opened the first ever National Primary & Secondary Interscholastic Olympiad on Monday organized by the Ministry of Sports. The goal of the Olympiad is to increase the number of sports particip

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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“Sickness bug” overwhelms public schools – Additional workload leaves teachers with bitter taste

St. Maarten - Several teachers have been on sick leave for an extended period and no proper provisions have been put in place to cushion the effects of their absence in schools, the Windward Island Teachers Union (WITU) says. During its weekly press

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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Nagico donates copier to Martin Luther King School

St. Maarten - Nagico Insurances donated a brand new copier and over 200 copy books to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. school yesterday morning to assist with teaching material for the children enrolled there. “Education is one of the areas we giv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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More tourists and higher spending in the Caribbean

St. Maarten - The Caribbean welcomed close to 25 million visitors in 2012, up 5.4% over 2011, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the online newsletter for the cruise industry Travel Weekly reported. The forecast for 2013 calls

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2013

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“I am fighting, do it for yourself as well” Jessurun fires up senior citizens

St. Maarten – Yesterday the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) held an information session for the senior citizens at the Hope Estate Senior Citizens Recreational Center, which was hosted by Vice President Raymond Jessurun. P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Prime Minister in Central Committee: “PSS cannot survive on postal services alone”

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended a central committee meeting of parliament yesterday, to discuss the operations of Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) N.V. As shareholder representative for the government-owned company, the l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Four suspects interrogated - Omar Jones confidante Andrew Davis stabbed

Four suspects interrogated – Omar Jones confidante Andrew Davis stabbed

Gang leader Omar Jones is led into the courthouse in this June 6, 2012 file photo. Photo Today / Milton Pieters.St. Maarten – Four suspects have been detained and interrogated about their involvement in a stabbing at the House of Detention in S

Opinion - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: A driving force for change

The new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (Paho) Dr. Carissa Etienne, said recently that she will be working closely with Paho member countries to extend the benefits of health progress to all people in the Americas which also include

Opinion - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Opinion: Suspicious

The police, the tax inspectorate and the national traffic service worked together in Rotterdam last week in a sweeping control. They had a system for automatic license plate recognition at their disposal and that paid off big time. The control sta

Opinion - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Tax evasion in the big league

Here is some toe-curling news for tax-fundamentalists. Facebook and its 28-year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg made a hefty profit of $1.2 billion last year. But the company did not pay a penny in corporation taxes. Even better: Facebook got a tax refun

Opinion - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Opinion: The party is over

The Netherlands seems to be saturated with social media. Especially Facebook and Twitter see their growth stagnate; social network Hyves saw its numbers tumble and it is now positioned behind twitter and LinkedIn. Newcom Research and Technology su

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Art of Living Foundation gives tips to youth

Art of Living Foundation gives tips to youth

International teacher of the Art of Living Foundation Dushyant Savadia addressing the participants of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. St. Maarten – The Art of Living Foundation added an important ingredient to the activities of Rotary Youth Leader

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Irene Serfilia completes 40 years of government service

Irene Serfilia completes 40 years of government service

St. Maarten - Irene Serfilia celebrated 40 years of working in the health sector for the government of St. Maarten and Public Health Minister Cornelius De Weever congratulated her with this achievement Miss Serfilia worked at the Backstreet Cl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Readers are Leaders celebrate Black History Month tonight

St. Maarten -  This evening at 5.30 p.m. the Readers are Leaders Club will be presenting a cultural event to celebrate Black History Month in song, poetry, and dance at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s lobby. Readers are Leaders is a reading p

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Attorney says eviction in Fort Willem is legal – Brooks: “This is wrong and unfair”

St. Maarten – “We have been wrongfully accused of drugs and weapon possession and we want to set that record straight,” Phyllis Brooks, a member of the family that was evicted from its houses in Fort Willem last Saturday, said. “No drugs, wea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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De Weever reacts to security article

St. Maarten –“As the authority responsible for the issuance of employment permits, I deem it necessary to react to the article as it may lead to factual misinformation of the general public,” a press release stated from Minister de Weever on an

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