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Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Editorial: Nagging questions (Bada Bing bribery scandal)

Daily Herald reporter Mike Granger denied yesterday that he received the Bada Bing-tape from UP-leader Theo Heyliger. That leaves the party-leader to answer the nagging questions. Did he ask Van den Heuvel to set up Patrick Illidge in an attempt to b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Coast Guard catches illegal fishermen

St. Maarten – The Coast Guard caught an illegal fishing boat from Venezuela in the protected waters near Saba on Sunday and prevented that the crew was able to sell its catch on the black market. The Coast Guard’s Dash-8 patrol plane spotted t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Mike Granger: “I received nothing from Mr. Heyliger”

St. Maarten – Daily Herald reporter Mike Granger denies the claim by Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel that Theo Heyliger handed over the bribery-tape featuring independent MP Patrick Illidge to him with the instruction to edit it down to the par

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Online voting begins this Friday - Seventeen local projects vie for Kroonappels prize

Online voting begins this Friday – Seventeen local projects vie for Kroonappels prize

[caption id="attachment_21797" align="alignleft" width="550"] Image with the presentation of the No Kidding with Our Kids Foundation[/caption] St. Maarten – Hundreds of social initiatives from all over the Kingdom are in the mix for the Kroonapp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Wilson Jr. declares candidacy for St. Maarten 2014 Elections - “We are a sinking ship”

Wilson Jr. declares candidacy for St. Maarten 2014 Elections – “We are a sinking ship”

St. Maarten- The campaign season has already started and social activist Rene Koto Wilson Jr. will be transitioning from social commentary to politicking. Today understands that the St. Peters resident plans to contest the 2014 General Elections as p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Minister Duncan meets with unions

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Upon request from the unions NAPB, Abvo and Wicsu/PSU in a letter dated February 26,  Minister of Justice Roland Duncan, began talks regarding the legal position of police officers. The minister started the meeting by expl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Road to Carnival-party kicks off at Soggy Dollar

Road to Carnival-party kicks off at Soggy Dollar

[caption id="attachment_21793" align="alignleft" width="250"] This lucky limbo dance winner (right) went home from the ‘Road to Carnival” event with a TelCell 3G Smartphone courtesy of lead customer service representative Suraj Ramdas (left).[/ca

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Dutch daily The Telegraaf poll: sever ties with St. Maarten

St. Maarten – The aftermath of the Patrick Illidge bribery scandal is still burning through the media in the Netherlands. Yesterday the Telegraaf used its section Question of the Day to poll its readers about this issue: “The Netherlands has to s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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VKS Commander Illidge says goodbye

St. Maarten -Former commander of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten Lieutenant Colonel Jean Illidge bid an emotional farewell to public service to the nation on Saturday afternoon in the presence of close to 100 dignitaries and invited guests, as wel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Massive fish die off in Great Salt Pond

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation and its sister organizations St. Maarten Pride and Epic have been addressing the massive fish die off in the Great Salt Pond for the last few days. The majority of fish that died were of the genus Tilapia. ‘

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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VKS commander Illidge says goodbye

St. Maarten -Former commander of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten Lieutenant Colonel Jean Illidge bid an emotional farewell to public service to the nation on Saturday afternoon in the presence of close to 100 dignitaries and invited guests, as wel

Editorial - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Editorial: New angle (In the Bada Bing Bribery Scandal)

MP Patrick Illidge said upon his return yesterday that there are dark days ahead for St. Maarten. The interview on our front page with Bada Bing-owner Jaap van den Heuvel makes that prophecy a reality: it is the confession of a businessman who got ca

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Editorial: Sensationalism (Bada Bing bribery scandal)

One would expect that Prime Minister Wescot-Williams would seize the opportunity to take a stand for integrity in the wake of the Bada Bing bribery scandal. But no: a statement the PM’s cabinet issued this weekend focused on the inner workings of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister: “Don’t get caught up in sensationalism”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams issued a press statement this weekend “in connection with current investigations and the National Security Service.” It does not mention the name of independent MP Patrick Illidge, or the bribe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Beleaguered MP Illidge returns to St. Maarten “Dark days ahead”

Beleaguered MP Illidge returns to St. Maarten “Dark days ahead”

Independent MP Patrick Illidge answers questions from journalist Maximo Castro and Today’s Editor-in-Chief Hilbert Haar upon his return to St. Maarten yesterday afternoon. Photo Today / Leo Brown.St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “There are dark

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Bada Bing boss Van den Heuvel tells his story “Theo Heyliger asked me to make that video”

Bada Bing boss Van den Heuvel tells his story “Theo Heyliger asked me to make that video”

[caption id="attachment_21765" align="alignleft" width="250"] Jaap van den Heuvel: “I am very sorry for what I have done.” Photo contributed.[/caption]St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Bada Bing-owner Jaap van den Heuvel made the video that appar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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William Marlin gives statement on investigation

William Marlin gives statement on investigation

GREAT BAY – “St. Maarten is a young democracy and over the past couple of days, the democratically established institutions of checks and balances have been and are being put to the test,” Deputy Prime Minister, William Marlin stated in a press

Editorial - Posted by on March 10, 2013

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Editorial: Cards on the table

The publication of the by now infamous Bada Bing bribery tape has provided everyone with interesting insights. The temptation to nail independent MP Patrick Illidge to the wall is probably too strong to resist for most and after watching the images s

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

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Bada Bing sues the Telegraaf over bribery-story MP Illidge accepted $15,000 with $30,000 still to follow

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “Fuck him. We control the government. I just told him to sign.” This is a verbatim quote from the Bada Bing tape; its author is independent MP Patrick Illidge and the statement refers to Vice Prime Minister Willi

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

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UP’s Sylvia Meyers hints at second bribery video

St. Maarten - The United People’s Party faction issued a press release yesterday expressing its concerns over the Bada Bing bribery video featuring independent MP Patrick Illidge – with ever mentioning his name. the party also reports that there

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

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Court holds closed session for reconstruction King-murders

CUPECOY, St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance held a closed session at the Ocean Club in Cupecoy yesterday morning for the reconstruction of the September 21 murder of Americans Thelma and Michael King. The trial against the three defendants i

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

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Demand again 8 years for fratricide

St. Maarten – Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 8 years against Charles Tristan Samuel for fatally shooting his brother Jamal on February 12 of last year. The demand equals the sentence the Court in First Instance handed down on July 4 of last

Editorial - Posted by on March 8, 2013

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Editorial: Another scandal

The bribery-tape featuring independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge has put St. Maarten once more on the map as a Caribbean pirate’s nest in the eyes of our Kingdom partners in the Netherlands. But at the end of the day it is just another s

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

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Keeping fit ahead of International Women’s Day

Keeping fit ahead of International Women’s Day

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams is shown how to jab by the Zumba instructor as a group of women on St Maarten keep fit on the eve of International Women’s Day. Milton Pieters photo. St. Maarten - Just one day before women all over the glo

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

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Friesland intercepts go-fast with 1,500 kilos of cocaine - Largest drug bust in Coast Guard history

Friesland intercepts go-fast with 1,500 kilos of cocaine – Largest drug bust in Coast Guard history

The Coast Guard found 51 bales of cocaine on the go-fast. Photo Prosecutor’s Office.St. Maarten – The Coast Guard seized a go-fast carrying close to 1,500 kilos of cocaine on Monday, 400 miles south of the island. It is the largest drug bust

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

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Video footage shows Illidge allegedly taking bribe from Bada Bing – Telegraaf bribery-report targets Illidge and Duncan

[caption id="attachment_14603" align="alignleft" width="216"] Patrick Illidge[/caption] By Hilbert Haar – St. Maarten bashing seems to be all the rage in the Netherlands during the Ipko-meeting. First there was the firestorm over the remunerati

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

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Salt Pond fish could be poisonous

St. Maarten – Reports continue to reach the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour that individuals have been observed picking up or catching fish from the Salt Pond for possible human consumption. The Salt Pond fish could be p

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

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Dutch company proposes Cola alternative

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has announced that a Holland-based group will be visiting St. Maarten to suggest alternatives to the cost of living adjustment (Cola). Tuitt met with the organization CAOP during his recent visit to the Net

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

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SBO School board selected

St. Maarten - The new advanced secondary vocational (SBO) training school that is currently under construction in Cay Hill is expected to be completed and handed over by April, Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Wednesday. The school will hav

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

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St. Maarten Tourism Authority makes progress

St. Maarten - Preparations for the establishment of the St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) are ongoing, Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet reported on Wednesday. He indicated that Council of Ministers had discussed the proposal and sought financial a

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

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St. Maarten Primie Minister opens information session national development plan

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the first information session on the development of the National Development Plan (NDP) at the University of St. Maarten on Thursday evening. The prime minister started her opening addres

Editorial - Posted by on March 7, 2013

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Editorial: Anxious weeks

A relatively young defendant is going through the three most anxious weeks of his life. Sentenced to 9 years as an accessory to the man who presumably murdered Amador Jones on April 16, 2011, the defendant is now awaiting the result of his appeal. Hi

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister condemns school vandalism

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams yesterday expressed the disgust of her government at last weekend's vandalism of the Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) Reverend John A. Gumbs Campus. "It is wrong in any circumstance but especially whe

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

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Presentation for medical tourism on St. Maarten by American Clinic B.V. today

Presentation for medical tourism on St. Maarten by American Clinic B.V. today

The three men behind the American Clinic initiative. From left to right: Donald Haight, Dr. Samuel Hess and Ted Allen. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten - Today, the American Clinic B.V is expected to make a presentation to the Council of Min

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

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Vesuvius-trial continues in August

St. Maarten – The appeal hearing for the seven suspects in the Vesuvius-trial will take place in the last week of August, the Common Court of Justice announced yesterday during a pro forma hearing where defense attorneys presented their final reque

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