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St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 16, 2013

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Purchase Emilio Wilson Estate is near

St. Maarten – The purchase of the Emilio Wilson Estate is a priority for the Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi), Minister William Marlin said yesterday during the budget debate in parliament. As so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 16, 2013

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Registration for summer job program starts

St. Maarten – The Department of Youth and Sports is pleased to announce that application forms for the Business Outreach and Placement Program (Bopp) are available to students at the high schools on St. Maarten. The said program, coordinated by

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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King-family shows strength after murder trial  “Here we feel closer to Michael and Thelma”

King-family shows strength after murder trial “Here we feel closer to Michael and Thelma”

Thelma and Michael King. The family declined to be photographed for this interview because they felt it would take the focus away from their murdered relatives. Photo courtesy King-family.St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – On Saturday the King-family

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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First Public Service Centre opens doors in Simpson Bay

St. Maarten - A spanking new, customer friendly and fully equipped Public Service Centre was launched on Saturday with a soft opening at the Simpson Bay Fish Market. The center boasts five government departments across three ministries and only lacks

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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St. Maarten Carnival teen and senior contest delivers

St. Maarten Carnival teen and senior contest delivers

From left to right, the senior contestants for this year’s Carnival Queen strike a pose in their culture wear; Dikenia Lake, Valisca Joseph, Kyara Walker, Davinia Brooks, Shanice Powell and Caroline Paredes. Photo: Today/Milton Peters.St. Maarten -

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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10 million for garbage collection

St. Maarten -The increase in garbage collection remains on the Draft 2013 Budget for a cost of 1.2 million guilders. Minister of Vromi William Marlin said that this had nothing to do with the increase in fees or contracts for 2012. Approximately 800

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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New garbage bins to be placed on St. Maarten

New garbage bins to be placed on St. Maarten

[caption id="attachment_22326" align="alignleft" width="250"] : Deputy Prime Minister William Marlin and Head of Infrastructure Claudius Buncamper in front of the new garbage bins.[/caption] St. Maarten – With the distribution of new 65 gallon g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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The Hague debates bribery of Bada Bing tomorrow

St. Maarten / THE HAGUE – Tomorrow at 10.15 a.m. (island time) the parliamentary committee for Kingdom Relations debates the Bada Bing bribery case. The debate will be streamed live on the internet via tweedekamer.nl. The issue will come up in t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2013

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Two gas stations robbed

St. Maarten – On Friday evening around 9.45 p.m. the attendant at the sol gas station on Union road in Cole Bay was robbed at gunpoint by an unknown man. The robber, who was dressed in black, took the cash the attendant had on him. On Saturday e

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

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Telegraaf newspaper deals St. Maarten another black eye: “Corruption-island” ducks Coast Guard funding

St. Maarten – The Telegraaf, the largest daily with a circulation of around 500,000 copies, labeled St. Maarten yesterday as a “corruption-island” in the headline above a story by Bart Olmer and Alex de Vries about the proposed cuts in the Coas

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

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Minister Plasterk: “Budget cuts are matter for country St. Maarten”

THE HAGUE – Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk says that budget cuts at the Public Prosecutor’s office, the police and the National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche) are matter for the autonomous country St. Maarten. The Ministe

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

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MPs get 30 percent more than colleagues in Curacao

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament in St. Maarten receive a remuneration that is approximately 30 percent higher than what their colleagues in Aruba and Curacao get. Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk writes this in answer

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

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Pantophlet: Licenses being used to get residence permits

St. Maarten - An abuse of the business license procedure by foreign nationals has prompted Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet to place more than two dozen requests on hold as the government seeks a way to block the practice. Pantophlet told P

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

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Demand 12 months on appeal for gun possession

St. Maarten – Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 12 months imprisonment on appeal against Norvin Adelbert W. for firearm possession. Of the demand, 6 months are conditional. The defendant was stopped by a police patrol on August 1 of last yea

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

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New flat base rate on cellphones

St. Maarten - Telecommunications Minister Romeo Pantophlet is currently studying a new proposal that would see industry concessionaires paying a flat fee for the spectrum supervised by Bureau Telecommunication and Post  (BTP) instead of paying for e

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

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Nine injured in massive car accident

Nine injured in massive car accident

The last passenger from the Suzuki Van is rushed to a waiting ambulance after he was extracted from his vehicle.St. Maarten - The ‘Jaws of Life’ had to be used to extract the driver whose car collided head on with a vehicle that was travelling in

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

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Pantophlet and Tuitt differ on “sin tax”

St. Maarten - It did not appear to be a slip of the tongue when Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet told Parliament’s Central Committee that he is opposed to additional taxes being placed on the alcohol and tobacco industry. T

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

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2011 Cola payout 50 percent less

St. Maarten - The government is willing to pay out half of the money that is owed to civil servants and teachers for the cost of living adjustment (Cola) for 2011, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams told Parliament yesterday. In 2011, the cost of l

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

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Attorneys downplay clients’ roles in King-murders - Court ruling announced for May 8

Attorneys downplay clients’ roles in King-murders – Court ruling announced for May 8

Meyshane J., who faces a life sentence for killing Thelma and Michael King, leaves the courthouse with bent head. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Defense attorneys went out of their way yesterday morning in the Court in First Instance to

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

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St. Maarten Government seeks developer to complete administration building

St. Maarten - Prime Minister with responsibility for General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams returned to Parliament yesterday after coming under heavy criticism for the delay in occupation of the new government administration building located on Pond I

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

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Marlin wants to get a grip on Cadastre fees

St. Maarten - Minister of VROMI William Marlin wants to enact legislation to control the independence of the Cadastre office in adjusting fees on immovable property. In responding to concerns raised by the Democratic Party Parliamentarian Roy Marlin

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

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Ambulance department invests in compression pumps

Ambulance department invests in compression pumps

St. Maarten – In an effort to continue to further professionalize the operations of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and to equip ambulances and expand the level of care in the area of advance cardiac life support, the Department of EMS has pu

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

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Defendants apologize to King family

St. Maarten – Adding insult to injury, 29-year-old Meyshane Kemar J. had this to say in his last word at the end of the Thelma and Michael King murder trial: “I cannot see myself doing a lifetime in prison. I apologize to the Kings and I hope I c

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

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PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct audit on Central Bank

St. Maarten - PricewaterhouseCoopers has been awarded the government contract to conduct an operational audit of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. The two countries agreed to conduct the audit before any decision is made on the dismantling

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

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Date for budget-debate sparks controversy

St. Maarten - The start of the third day of Central Committee deliberations into the presentation of the Draft 2013 Budget featured disagreements between Members of Parliament on the announcement of a plenary session set for next week. Parliament

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

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King-murderer faces life sentence - Prosecution demands 28 and 24 years against co-defendants

King-murderer faces life sentence – Prosecution demands 28 and 24 years against co-defendants

Michael King’s mother and relative enter courthouseSt. Maarten – The prosecution demanded life imprisonment against Meyshane Kemar J. yesterday for the murder of Thelma and Michael King on September 19 of last year and for an armed robbery on

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

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Canon salute in Great Bay Harbor - Millions for inauguration King Willem Alexander

Canon salute in Great Bay Harbor – Millions for inauguration King Willem Alexander

From left to right:  Organizing Committee Inauguration (OCI) Secretary Emilia Thomas, National Committee Inauguration (NCI) Representative Mavis Albertina, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Minister Silveria Jacobs, Liaison Council of Minist

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

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MPs want clarity on effect of cuts in justice budget

St. Maarten - Cuts to the Ministry of Justice’s budget for 2013 continue to be a cause of growing concern and several Members of Parliament are questioning the government’s approach to spending for on the justice department. While all ministries

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

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SHTA strikes back at Romain Laville “MPs would do well to lead by example”

[caption id="attachment_118" align="alignleft" width="300"] Romaine Laville on the right[/caption] St. Maarten - Certain Members of Parliament behave as if commenting on the budget is an earned right and that if organizations or individuals don’

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

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Arrindell eyes certification for foreign security officers

St. Maarten - United People’s (UP) Party Parliamentarian drs. Gracita Arrindell used the opportunity presented during yesterday’s continuation of first round central committee deliberations on the draft 2013 Budget to express her concerns about f

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

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Budget takes hammering in second day parliament meeting

Budget takes hammering in second day parliament meeting

St. Maarten - It took former President of Parliament, drs. Gracita Arrindell all of two hours and thirty minutes to puncture holes in the National Alliance/Democratic Party/ Independent 3 government’s budget that was officially presented to a publi

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

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Minister Jacobs reacts to gate Fort Amsterdam

St. Maarten – Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs met with the management of the Divi Little Bay Hotel yesterday to clear up issues pertaining to placement of gates at the entrance to Fort Amsterdam with signage claiming that it was a restricted ar

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

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Parking for silent march at ending point

St. Maarten – The Middle Region Defiance Community Council announces that in compliance with traffic regulations, persons attending the silent march honoring Kimberly Illidge and Mark Reid Jr. scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, are asked to not park the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2013

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Leatitia Cozier crowned Junior Carnival Queen

St. Maarten - For Denisia Martimbor, retaining the junior calypso title had to be an honor, for Rickyshio ‘The Royal Kid’ Bertie, it was a pleasure to defend his title for the 4th time and as far as Laetitia Cozier was concerned, it’s her time

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2013

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“Take down that existing sign and gate. It’s insulting.” Gate blocks historical site at Divi Little Bay

St. Maarten – Since a few days there is a huge commotion around a gate that has been placed in front of the entrance of Fort Amsterdam on the premises of Divi Little Bay Resort. The large sign reads: ‘No Unauthorized Admittance; Hazardous Area

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