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

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Gracita Arrindell succeeds Rodolphe Samuel as president of St. Maarten parliament – Parliament bickers over procedures – again

St. Maarten – What should have been a formality with a festive touch became a drag when the parliament in its first meeting after the Wescot-Williams III cabinet took office got lost in procedural bickering that ended with three members of the oppo

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

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Windward Islands Bank St. Maarten unveils sleek new building

Windward Islands Bank St. Maarten unveils sleek new building

The exterior of the newly renovated Windward Islands Bank. Photo Samuel AllenSt. Maarten – “We want to do something different for our commercial clients,” Assistant Managing Director Kelvin Bloyden said yesterday as he gave a tour of the newly

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

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“Due Credit!!! Pictures don’t lie!!” Dupersoy says trench cleaning projects were Marlin’s initiative

St. Maarten – “As I have complained over and over during the past few years, the media on St. Maarten need to be much more critical of the way stories are written in the daily papers. Now we know the workers are aware that they have outspoken pre

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

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Escaped prisoners still on the run

St. Maarten – The three prisoners who managed to escape from the prison section of the Philipsburg Police Station on Monday, haven’t been found yet, Prosecutor Dounia Benammar said yesterday. Benammar said that the authorities on the French si

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

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St. Maarten Hospital loses information due to IT malfunction

St. Maarten – Last week, the server of the St. Maarten Medical Center malfunctioned due to a failure of one of the hard disks. The crashed hard disk contained the user files or so called ‘my documents’ of our employees. Backup processes of t

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

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Working group national development plan to be established

St. Maarten - In order to establish wide-scale community involvement in the development of the National Development Plan (NDP), a working group is currently being established to ensure that the process of developing the NDP has as much input from the

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

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Three prisoners escaped from Pointe Blanche prison

Three prisoners escaped from Pointe Blanche prison

St. Maarten – Sobiesky Manuel Parrondo, Carlos Miquel Olivier-Ruiz and Marco David Santana-Guerero escaped yesterday afternoon around 5 p.m. from the Pointe Blanche Prison. The prisoners were locked at the time of their escape in the open-air re

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

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Drug awareness parade for fight against drugs

St. Maarten – In connection with the upcoming International Day Against Drug and Illicit Trafficking, the Turning Point Foundation and its prevention team organized a drug awareness parade yesterday to highlight the fight against substance abuse in

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

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Justice Ministers seek cooperation in field of technical investigation

ORANJESTAD – The justice ministers of the Kingdom agreed during the Judicial Four Country Consultation in Aruba on Friday to research possibilities for cooperation in the field of technical investigation resources. Sharing knowhow and techniques is

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

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Tuitt wanted national lottery

Executive assistant Engel urges Minister Hassink to continue with initiative St. Maarten – Outgoing Finance Minister Roland Tuitt was in the process of setting up a National Lottery in collaboration with Canadian Bank Note Limited (CBN) before h

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

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Windward Islands Teachers Union turns 40

St. Maarten - Veteran teachers, retirees, young professionals and their counterparts from neighboring islands converged over the weekend for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu). Via a simple ceremony at its

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

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Lake requests overview of decisions taken by Marlin

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Vromi) Maurice Lake says based on an initial assessment during his first week on the job at the Ministry of Vromi, he has requested a thorough overview o

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

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Lourens mulls teachers’ rights caucus

St. Maarten – Education Minister Patricia Lourens-Philip has committed to jointly hosting a conference on the rights and responsibilities of teachers, with the Windward Island Teachers Union (Witu). The minister, on Saturday said that she was desir

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

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PM looks forward in receiving feedback

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams commented recently that she looked forward to receiving the feedback from the ST. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) Annual General Meeting that had as its main topic Electoral Reform

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

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PM: New council of ministers has hit the ground running

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams gave an explanation on her weekly radio show One on One with the PM on Pearl FM regarding the first week of the new council of ministers. “None of the ministers are new to government and have

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

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Students join in RBC’s Blue Water Project

  St. Maarten – The endangered sea turtles that charter a course to Guana Bay Beach to lay their eggs this nesting season should have a much better time getting ashore after a joint effort of RBC Royal Bank’s Blue Water Project and some 4

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

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Witu launches Status of Women Committee

St. Maarten -On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Windward Islands Teachers Union has launched its Status of Women Committee. The setup of the committee is a requirement of the 24 member state Caribbean Union of Teachers, of which Witu is a m

Editorial - Posted by on June 24, 2013

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Editorial: Think tanks

Our young country has no shortage of advisory bodies – from the Social Economic Council and the Council of Advice, to the General Audit Chamber, the Corporate Governance Council and the Ombudsman. There is also the SHTA (hospitality) the SMMTA (mar

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2013

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Opinion: Second Love

The rightwing Christian party SGP has found something to get excited about: Second Love, a website that promotes love affairs for married people. The site has, or so it claims on the site, already 350,000 members and that makes it look like hordes of

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

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Inspectorate suspends Dr. Arrindell

St. Maarten - As of Monday June 24, local physician Dr. Angelica Arrindell will no longer be allowed to practice medicine at her Madame Estate Clinic.  Dr. Arrindell has been suspended by the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Lab

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

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SER wants more consistent dialogue with government

Chairman René Richardson concerned about neglect of advice: St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – There has been “only one instance where government has reacted to advice” from the Social and Economic Council (SER), said Chairman René Richardson

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

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Late Editor-in-Chief gets moving service

St. Maarten - Making their presence felt at the memorial and thanksgiving service for the late Courtney Emmanuel Gibson at the SS.Simon & Jude Anglican Church on Back Street last Friday was as important as what the sympathizers  would have liked

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

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Minister Lake signs permits for 24 senior citizens homes

St. Maarten - Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Maurice Lake will sign the building permit necessary to start the construction of 24 senior citizens homes early next week. All relevant paper work is being prepared by the ministry, Lake stated in

Editorial - Posted by on June 21, 2013

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Editorial: Tango

It takes two to tango. That is a loud and clear conclusion from the addresses about good governance and corruption at the SHTA meeting yesterday. Governments cannot be corrupt without counterparts in the private sector that are prepared to pay bribes

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2013

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Opinion: Serious concerns (about the human trafficking report)

The American Trafficking in Persons report paints a bleak picture of St. Maarten though at the same time it shows a certain lack of understanding for how things work in our country. The authors of the report for instance commends the government fo

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

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Report: 15,000 vulnerable to forced labor in St. Maarten “High-level officials involved in human trafficking”

By Hilbert Haar – "St. Maarten is a source, transit and destination for women, children and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor", the American State Department writes in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report. “An estimated 15,000

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

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Heavy equipment company starts cleanup in St. Peters

Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake (second from right) poses for a picture together with heavy equipment operator Edwin Hodge and his wife Sharon to his left and social activist Koto Wilson to his right and with Topsic workers. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt.

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

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SHTA discusses corruption and good governance “Private sector has shared responsibility”

SHTA-President Emil Lee shares a word with Transparency International’s Alma Balcazar. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “For a government to be corrupt there must be a counterpart in the private sector.” With that statement Alma

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

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Philipsburg Jubilee Library Launches e-Book and e-Reader Collection

Philipsburg Jubilee Library Launches e-Book and e-Reader Collection

Prime Minister already has the Bible on her BlackBerry Librarian Annelies Starreveld demonstrates the eBook search system. In the background on the first row are from left Library director Monique Alberts, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Ed

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

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Emancipation Day theme: How free are we?

Committee announces program cultural manifestation   St. Maarten - Emancipation Day, Monday July 1, is an official holiday and all stores will be closed for the 150th anniversary of the abolishment of slavery presented its program during a press

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2013

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Editorial: Disgrace (honoring Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowships)

Yesterday's editorial about the Rotary Club's standards for naming citizens Paul Harris Fellow lacked clarity about our opinion. We wrote that, according to Rotary, candidates must meet high professional and personal standards. Our point was - and is

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

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Plasterk remains concerned about integrity “Departure Duncan did not solve everything”

St. Maarten – The legacy of former Justice Minister Roland Duncan keeps haunting St. Maarten. “The new government must do everything within its power to restore the confidence in the integrity of its ministers,” Kingdom Relations Minister Ronal

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

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Vesuvius-appeals set for August

No new developments during pro forma hearing St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice held a pro forma hearing at the Belair Community Center yesterday afternoon for the seven defendants in the Vesuvius-case. Only two defendants made an appeara

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

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Sidneila Richardson crowned Miss Venus Model Caribbean

Sidneila Richardson crowned Miss Venus Model Caribbean

[caption id="attachment_23373" align="alignleft" width="375"] Eighteen year old Sidneila Richardson smiles for the cameras shortly after she was crowned as the Miss Venus Model Caribbean in Anguilla over the weekend. Photo contributed by organizers.[

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

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Armed robber gets 4 years

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced Randy Kevin Scotland to 4 years imprisonment for an attempted armed robbery at the Peoples Supermarket on Zagersgut Road on January 3, and two burglaries. Of the sentence, 1 year is suspended and th

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