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St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Again 9 years for accomplice to Amador Jones murder

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice sentenced Kennedy Akeem Cynrick Daniel yesterday on appeal to 9 years imprisonment for complicity to the murder of Amador Jones on April 16, 2011. The Court in First Instance had sentenced Daniel also to 9

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Council of Advice criticizes draft 2013 budget

St. Maarten – The Council of Advice has criticized the draft 2013 budget in a 12-page memorandum that is included in the budget documents the parliament put online this week. The main complaint concerns all ministries and is about the lack of ta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Court lowers sentence for tragic fratricide

St. Maarten – Charles Tristan Samuel found a little bit of relief with the Common Court of Justice yesterday, after it lowered the sentence for fatally shooting his brother Jamal on February 12 of last year from 8 to 6 years. Of the appeal-sentence

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Royal inauguration activities revealed

St. Maarten - The Organizing Committee Inauguration have planned a series of activities to observe the abdication of Queen Beatrix and crowning of King Willem Alexander which includes the King games, a King's breakfast, a song for the King and a mess

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Cocaine smuggler gets 4 years

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice did not uphold Davonan Sookram’s sentence to 5 years for smuggling 54 kilos of cocaine into St. Maarten on December 23, 2011. The appeals court lowered the sentence yesterday to 4 years, with 1 year suspe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Gas prices drop today

St. Maarten – Prices of unleaded gasoline and diesel will decrease today, Minister Pantophlet stated on Tuesday. Unleaded gasoline will drop from 2.825 guilders per liter to 2.700 guilders a liter. Diesel will drop from 2.361 guilders per liter

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Curacao’s Hodge cabinet resigned yesterday

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – During the weekly Council of Ministers’ meeting, Prime Minister Daniel Hodge has decided to turn in the resignation of his cabinet to the Governor of Curacao. The cabinet is now a demissionary government and the process of f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Illegal spearfishing caught over the weekend

St. Maarten – A concerned citizen informed the Nature Foundation, that three men were illegally spearfishing in the waters close to the Gebe plant. It is illegal on St. Maarten to possess or use a spear gun without the necessary permits. The men

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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For armed robberies, ill-treatment and gun possession – Prosecutor demands sturdy sentences against youngsters

St. Maarten – Gilbert Ch. and Johan Alberto R. denied about everything, but that did not stop prosecutor Dounia Benammar from demanding sturdy prison sentences against them for a string of crimes dating back to March 12, 2011 that include robbery,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Simpson Bay Public service center to open April 12

St. Maarten - On April 12 the first public center will be officially opened in Simpson Bay. The center is located on the top floor of the Simpson Bay Fish Market and will see a soft opening after months of preparations. "We have made some adjustment

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Cruise Industry offers heavy discounts to attract customers - Cruise ship incidents increase fear of sailing

Cruise Industry offers heavy discounts to attract customers – Cruise ship incidents increase fear of sailing

The stranded Carnival Dream in port in St. Maarten on March 13. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - While there is no question Carnival Cruise Lines' image has been stained among the public at large by recent malfunctions on its ships, crui

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Country St. Maarten's budget 2013 now online

Country St. Maarten’s budget 2013 now online

From left to right: President Rodolphe Samuel receiving a copy of the draft 2013 budget from Minister of Finance Roland Tuitt last week Friday.St. Maarten – For the first time ever, President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel has made the country 2013

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Samuel initiates meeting on Illidge

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel proposed for a meeting with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Governor Eugene Holiday yesterday, with respect to the situation concerning MP Patrick Illidge. The prime minister and the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Justice Wit supported Attorney General for St. Maarten

“Stubborn attitude Donner and Hirsch Ballin politicized position Attorney-General” St. Maarten – The President of the Constitutional Court, Justice Bob Wit, severely criticized the constitutional reform process in a letter he wrote in 2009 t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Honorary discharge letters to teachers lagging behind

St. Maarten - The honorary discharge letter that is given to teachers as a form of social protection for the transition into pension is not being prepared on time. The Windward Islands Teachers Union has reached this conclusion after several complain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Nature Foundation: Shark and ray species globally protected

St. Maarten – Nearly two years after a historic decision to legally protect sharks and rays in St. Maarten’s territorial waters, sharks and rays have now received international protection, becoming the latest additions to the Convention on the In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Prince Willem-Alexander Inauguration ceremony committee kicks-off

St. Maarten – Last Friday the first meeting of the Organizing Committee Inauguration was held at the Cabinet of Governor Eugène Holiday together with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams to officially kick-off the work of the committee. By Nati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 27, 2013

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Anti-violence survey should help with clearer policies

St. Maarten - The anti-violence survey that is being circulated among teachers in various schools should be attended to without any obstruction, the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) says. The union designed the scientific instrument to gather i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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Cft in semiannual report: Financial management still needs major improvement

St. Maarten – The Board of financial supervision Curaçao and Sint Maarten Cft stated in a press release that the second half of 2012 has brought more insight in the challenges for the public finance of both countries. This demanded diligence in ta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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Dutch party VVD wants Kingdom Officer for St. Maarten - Dutch MP Bosman calls for St. Maarten's Minister of Justice's suspension

Dutch party VVD wants Kingdom Officer for St. Maarten – Dutch MP Bosman calls for St. Maarten’s Minister of Justice’s suspension

VVD Parliamentarian André BosmanSt. Maarten – VVD Parliamentarian André Bosman keeps hammering St. Maarten over its perceived inability to deal with corruption. In Monday’s Telegraaf he is quoted on the front page as saying that Minister Pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

Comments Off on After meeting with Minister Marlin: Ombudsman awaits delayed reaction to Cadastre-report

After meeting with Minister Marlin: Ombudsman awaits delayed reaction to Cadastre-report

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister William Marlin will inform Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin within two weeks in writing about his position on her Cadastre-report. On June 8 of last year, Arduin presented a report that addresses seven shortcomings at the Cad

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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Students compete in dance competition today

Students compete in dance competition today

Some of the students who are participating in the French Federation of Dance competition, which will be held in St. Barths today. Photo Today/Leo BrownSt. Maarten – Fourteen students of Motiance Dance School and Imbali Dance School are competing in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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Deputy Prime Minister Marlin: “Pourier was not afraid to take unpopular decisions”

St. Maarten - Deputy Prime Minister William Marlin said in a press release that he was saddened by the news of the passing of former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Miguel Pourier on Sunday. The late Miguel Pourier will undoubtedly be rem

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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MP Arrindell: “Pourier’s legacy will be tied to St. Maarten forever”

St. Maarten - MP Gracita R. Arrindell said in a press release that she took with great sadness note of the passing of former Prime Minister of the former Netherlands Antilles Miguel Pourier. “I will fondly remember him for his encouragement, his hu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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St. Maarten President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel meets with Donner

St. Maarten President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel meets with Donner

Left, President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel and Secretary General to Parliament Josef Semeleer, Council of State Vice President Piet Hein Donner (second right), Council of State Secretary H.H.C. Visser (third right) and other members of Donner

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 26, 2013

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Union to push for SBO teacher salary scales

St. Maarten - With the opening of the newly constructed advanced secondary vocational training school in Cayhill fast approaching, the Windward Islands Teachers Union now wants attention to be placed on the regulation of salary scales for SBO teacher

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

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Young woman stabbed to death in Middle Region by teenage girl

St. Maarten – A 17-year-old girl identified as D.A.B. stabbed 20-year-old Kimberly S. Illidge to death during a fight in Middle Region on Saturday evening. The stabbing occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Valley Drive. The reason for the fight is uncl

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

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Verhoeven wins aviation photography contest

Verhoeven wins aviation photography contest

St. Maarten - Alain Duzant had two of the six images that was nominated by the judges, but it was a photo from Bernie Verhoeven that produced the wow factor; a KLM B747 arriving over the beach at the foot of the runway, was enough for her to walk a

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

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Telegraaf reports: St. Maarten has its own Berlusconi-law (Immunity for politicians)

Telegraaf reports: St. Maarten has its own Berlusconi-law (Immunity for politicians)

St. Maarten – The national ordinance that regulates the prosecution of politicians has come anew under scrutiny after a publication in the Telegraaf on Saturday. Under the headline: "Alarming study shows: corruption in St. Maarten hardly possi

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

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Competition authority in the making for St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Based on the outcome of a feasibility study the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications has commissioned the Social Economic Research Institute SEO affiliated with the University of Amsterdam to de

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

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UP-faction outraged about sudden adjournment of parliamentary meeting

St. Maarten – The United People’s party faction reacted outraged yesterday morning when Parliament President drs. Rodolphe Samuel adjourned a meeting that was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. without much further ado for one hour due to “unexpecte

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

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Bada Bing bribery investigation – Interview with Minister Pantophlet lasts 4 hours

St. Maarten –Officers of the National Detective Agency interviewed Minister of Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet for four hours yesterday afternoon. The minister was heard as a witness in the Bada Bing bribery scandal. The Public Prosecutor’s

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

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Foundation asks court to void Pelican auction

St. Maarten – The Foundation for the promotion of the interests of the Pelican Resort and Club has filed a lawsuit against Quantum Investment Trust, the Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company NV and notary Henry Parisius. The foundation asks the court to

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

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Carnival Dream passengers leave with good report – Pantophlet: Thank you St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunications and Transport Romeo Pantophlet has expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to making the stay and shuttling of stranded Carnival Dream passengers, here last week, a

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

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St. Maarten Government pumps more money into “White Elephant”

St. Maarten - Last week the government approved more than 1 million guilders in payments that needed to be made as a follow up to the completion of works for the new government administration building. “Another amount of over 1 million dollars t

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