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

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One gets a crown, another a car: Gibbs and Brooks crowned Teen and Senior Carnival Queen

St. Maarten - When the curtains went down on the TelEm/Motorworld teen and senior pageant during the early hours of Thursday morning, it marked the end for two outgoing queens and the beginning of a journey for the newly crowned queens. The openin

Editorial - Posted by on April 26, 2013

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Editorial: Royal reception

The Kingdom is on the eve of a historic moment: the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. While this does not seem to excite our island-population it is good to remember that the royal family has functioned throughout the past 200 years as a stabili

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

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After 123-years our new King is (almost) there

St. Maarten - Tuesday is a momentous day in the history of the Dutch Kingdom. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will abdicate and her eldest son Willem-Alexander will succeed her. He will be the first King in 123 years after Willem III (Willem Alexander Paul

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

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St. Maarten’s King Willem-Alexander inauguration program: 101 Cannon salutes by Navy vessel Friesland

GREAT BAY – Writing that St. Maarten is getting all excited about the upcoming inauguration of King Willem-Alexander would be stretching the truth beyond breaking point. There is no buzz in town, retailers have not jumped on the occasion –at the

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

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Inauguration program for early birds in the islands

Inauguration program for early birds in the islands

King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration takes place on Tuesday in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.St. Maarten – Royalty lovers in the Caribbean will have to get up early on Tuesday if they want to witness the abdication of H.M. Queen Beatrix in the

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

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Wilhelmus: Oldest anthem in the world

St. Maarten – Coming Tuesday with the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander the first stanza of the national anthem will be sung throughout the Dutch Kingdom. For this special event Today put together some facts about this ancient song together wit

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

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‘Beatrix did a marvelous job’ Portrait of a Queen

‘Beatrix did a marvelous job’ Portrait of a Queen

[caption id="attachment_22555" align="alignleft" width="550"] Queen Beatrix during her visit to Curacao in 1999. The Queen got hit by a wave which destroyed her royal hairdo.[/caption] St. Maarten – The abdication of Queen Beatrix, was covered i

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

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Hodge: Queen Beatrix loved the St. Maarten people

Hodge: Queen Beatrix loved the St. Maarten people

[caption id="attachment_22553" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Mathias Hodge[/caption] St. Maarten – “It is my hope that our new King Willem-Alexander will visit the Caribbean part of the Kingdom as often as our Queen Beatrix did during he

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

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Senior citizens: ‘May he be as nice as his mother’

St. Maarten – “May Prince Willem-Alexander be as nice as his mother and grandmother was,” Senior Citizen Olive Hodge said to Today’s reporter when a visit was paid to the St. Maarten Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation Center. “I know t

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

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The King’s song: North Korean propaganda or just another tune?

St. Maarten – The Netherlands has been upside down about the King’s song, a composition by John Ewbank. So much so, that international media started to take an interest in the subject. This is for instance what time wrote about it on its website

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

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One year ago on St. Maarten

Marlon Brooks, the truck driver who is involved in the traffic accident at the Kruythoff roundabout whereby his truck rolled over says that the brakes of his truck were failing when he came down the Harold Jack Hill. The quality of patient files

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

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Next in line: Princess Amalia

Next in line: Princess Amalia

From Tuesday, the royal couple’s eldest daughter Catharina-Amalia will become Princess of Orange and the heir apparent to her father’s throne. This picture was taken in Wassenaar on March 28, 2012 by crown prince Willem Alexander. © RVDSt. M

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 26, 2013

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Aura Webster Hanson: “I wish the king much strength”

FRENCH QUARTER -The Mother Theresa of St. Maarten Aura Mercedes “Sadie” Webster Hanson was decorated by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix as a Member in the Order of Orange Nassau in 2003 for her outstanding community service. She was born in Curacao 68

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

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St. Maarten PM responds to Plasterk

GREAT BAY- Although St. Maarten is a much smaller country than the Netherlands, it is an equal partner in the Kingdom, whether certain officials choose to acknowledge this or not, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday. It is from thi

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

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Young mother finally in court for 4-year old tragedy – Attempted murder charge for baby’s death in 2009

St. Maarten – The prosecution is unable to prove that Kenesha Tunisia R. killed her 6-month old baby on May 26, 2009 but considers there is enough evidence that the now 27-year-old defendant attempted to murder the child. Yesterday prosecutor Tinek

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

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Civil servants placement completed

St. Maarten - The placement process for all civil servants as part of new country St. Maarten has been completed.  Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams with responsibility for the Ministry of General Affairs Placement on Wednesday said that of the a

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

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Dr. Jones crowned Road March King

[caption id="attachment_22516" align="alignleft" width="300"] A moment to cherish, Dr Jones with his championship trophy after winning the 2013 Road March Competition doing a tune entitled, ‘Ten Fingers’. Photo Today/Milton Pieters[/caption] S

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

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Money laundering punished with 36 months imprisonment

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Fernando Jose Medina Martinez yesterday to 36 months imprisonment for money laundering and firearm possession. Of the sentence 12 months are suspended. The court imposed 3 years of probation. M

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

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OCI: King will have new military status

St. Maarten – With the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the succession to the throne of the Prince of Orange less than a week away, the King will have a new military status. In the process of creating awareness about the role of members of the Ro

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

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St. Maarten PM addresses Cola and union issues

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams is expected to dispatch a letter to the Organized Consultative Body (GOA) on the cost of living adjustment (Cola) and the cost of living in general before she leaves the island for the Royal Inaugura

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister Wescot-Williams joins in fundraising for foundations

St. Maarten Prime Minister Wescot-Williams joins in fundraising for foundations

[caption id="attachment_22517" align="alignleft" width="250"] From left to right: Nicole De Weever, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Erika Cannegieter[/caption] St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined Minister Silveria J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Police unions: PM and Duncan have until today to respond – No answers on legal status in St. Maarten

Former inspector and Union Representative Tony Rogers (right) and board members of the unions speaking to reporter’s yesterday evening after the general membership meeting. Photo Andrew DickSt. Maarten – “To date, after 2,5 years the poli

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Cft shoots down loan for Duncan’s Justice Park

Justice Park Location Proposal five times as expensive as necessary St. Maarten  – The Board for financial supervision Cft rejects Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s intention to enter into a loan-construction with developer Corporate Property

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Plasterk answers MP Bosman’s questions “Coast Guard will keep sailing”

Plasterk answers MP Bosman’s questions “Coast Guard will keep sailing”

The Coast Guard station in Simpson Bay. The cutter that is usually docked here was on patrol when the picture was taken yesterday afternoon. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – “The Coast Guard will keep sailing, no matter what goes on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Rent allowance controversy still not settled – Police officers threaten again with legal action

St. Maarten – On December 14 of last year, nineteen police officers felt vindicated after the Court in First Instance ruled in their favor in a dispute with Justice Minister Duncan over the net payment of rent allowances. The state did not even con

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Tears for Gordon when crowned Miss Mature 2013

With mouth agape and still in a state of shock, Paula Gordon stood riveted to one spot as the crown was being placed on her head by the outgoing Queen, Sharon Layne. Milton Pieters PhotoSt. Maarten - When I say Paula, you say Gordon, Paula- Gordo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Government entities massively fail to submit annual accounts

St. Maarten – Government entities massively fail to submit their annual accounts to the Finance Ministry. A review of the thirty entities in a report from Pefa, a workgroup of financial supervisor Cft, shows that of five entities no information was

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Historic night at Miss Mature Pageant

Historic night at Miss Mature Pageant

St. Maarten - It was an historic night for the Miss Mature 2013 pageant as this year’s first prize was a brand new Hyundai I 20 Motor car. The car was sponsored by Motorworld and the keys were presented by Representative Ron Elferink, as they join

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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St. Maarten PM comments on increase in pension age

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-William stated that steps are being taken to increase the pension age and how it affects retiring civil servants. This she stated on her radio show ‘One on One with the prime minister’ on Friday. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime minister stresses need for electoral reform

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced last week that her cabinet has been working diligently on proposals which would result in a reform of election laws for the country. The prime minister stated on Friday that her proposa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2013

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Public access to budget info leaves much to be desired

St. Maarten – Public access to budget-information still leaves a lot to be desired, even though the parliament for the first time this year published the draft 2013 budget on line – but without the enclosures that would give a more detailed insig

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 23, 2013

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Dunes Casino registered under offshore company

St. Maarten – When the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the first results earlier this months of its massive probe into the world of offshore money, little St. Maarten was obviously not their prime ta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 23, 2013

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Prime Minister on next steps in budget process

St. Maarten –  Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams explained the budget process, the submitting of motions and the next steps with regards to the budget on her weekly radio program One on One with the Prime Minister on Friday. “Considering t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 23, 2013

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2 organizations still in running for Kroonappel

WILLEMSTAD – The winners of the three ‘extra’ Kroonappels from the Orange Fund on the occasion of the abdication of Willem-Alexander to king, are now known. One organization from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom drew a blank. Curacao is still

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 23, 2013

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National development plan working group launch Facebook page

St. Maarten - In an effort to bring the process of the development of the National Development Plan (NDP) for St. Maarten closer to the community, the NDP team over the weekend urged the public of St. Maarten to like its Facebook/ National Developmen

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