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

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Police reports progress in investigation “Wiels assassination was contract-killing”

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The May 5 assassination of Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels was a contract-killing, police spokesman Reggie Huggins said yesterday afternoon in Curacao. One of the suspects, 30-year-old Raoul Martinez was recently found mu

Editorial - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Editorial: Standards

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten named three outstanding members of the community as Paul Harris Fellows. To qualify for this honor, candidates must meet the high professional and high personal standards of Rotary – at least, that’s what the clu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Structural abuse main concern for the elderly

St. Maarten - A qualitative survey conducted by the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) has revealed that among the foremost concern for the elderly in our society is the issue of structural abuse. Scores of seniors assembled at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Database gives citizens free access to legislation  “This strengthens the foundation of the constitutional state”

Database gives citizens free access to legislation “This strengthens the foundation of the constitutional state”

Education Minister Patricia Lourens (l) applauds after Prime Minister Wescot-Williams launched the Laws Database with a bang of her gavel. Second from left is Henk Jan Habermehl; to the right of the Prime Minister are Acting Governor Groeneveldt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Turning Point organizes drug awareness parade

Action week against substance abuse St. Maarten – Drug rehab center Turning Point is in the middle of its drug action week. This upcoming Sunday, on the international day of substance abuse, the center organizes a drug awareness parade that will

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Dating abuse in secondary schools “There is no respect whatsoever”

St. Maarten -Last year, the Safe Haven Foundation started an outreach program to foster awareness on dating abuse in secondary schools. However the program had to be suspended because of financial difficulties; the foundation could no longer afford t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Rotary names Dubourcq, Low and Buncamper Paul Harris Fellows

St. Maarten - At its annual Change of Board Gala earlier this month at the Infinity Restaurant at the Oyster Bay Resort, the Rotary Club of St. Maarten recognized three outstanding members of the community as Paul Harris Fellows: Robert Dubourcq, Reb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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MAC students get covered walkway

Minister of Education wants similar projects elsewhereSt. Maarten –“I would like to see projects like this replicated in every district,” Minister of Education Patricia Lourens said to a crowd of students, teachers, police officers, and the pre

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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Editorial: Marechaussee

The evaluation report about the deployment of the Marechaussee in St. Maarten brings a few things to light that are reasons for concern. First of all some of these Dutch military police officers apparently have come across what the report euphemis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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Evaluation-report flexpool: Marechaussee hardly used to combat drugs criminality

St. Maarten – Former Justice Minister Roland Duncan was “extremely positive” about the contribution of the Royal Dutch Marechaussee flexpool to the general investigation capacity of the police force in St. Maarten. This appears from a just publ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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University of St. Martin President Van den Assem: “Students have great character,  but money is still a challenge”

University of St. Martin President Van den Assem: “Students have great character, but money is still a challenge”

USM president Annalies van den Assem. Photo Marion Röst. St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “The pride our students show in everything is beautiful,” says University of St. Martin (USM) president, Annelies van den Assem. They “are intelligent

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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Vocational School students receive Hero’s Journey awards

Vocational School students receive Hero’s Journey awards

Front row from left: Arthur Spanner, coach Myriam Haar and Sharnun Lake and assistant principal Mrs. A. Hermelijn; second row from left: school counselor Natasha Richardson, Francis Baker, Jude Alexis, assistant-coach Debbie Zwanikken and Malacai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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CIA silent auction for Aids foundation

CIA silent auction for Aids foundation

CIA-students donate the proceeds of their action to Rae Merlet. Photo contributedSt. Maarten - The Community Club at the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) presented to the St. Maarten Aids Foundation with $2,300, 100% of the proceeds from a s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Rosalie Hodge mother of the year

Rosalie Hodge mother of the year

St. Maarten- Achieving motherhood does not mean the end of the road when it comes to pageantry and that was demonstrated when Rosalie Hodge, a mother of two swept away most of the prizes and was crowned as the undisputable mother of the year. Hodg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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A rule for one is a rule for all: The meaning of citizenship today

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista - The recent immigrant law proposal coming out of The Hague was justifiably criticized by the Council of State. The law targeted Dutch nationals from the island of Curacao and would have required them to undergo distinct

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Editorial: Same dog, different hat

That there was something amiss with Taxand Curacao and the deal it got from former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto back in 2011 is no secret. But that the situation at the company got so out of hand that the court allowed the appointment of an extern

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Prosecutor’s office: “That’s not our statement” “Suspect Wiels-murder arrested in Netherlands”

THE HAGUE / WILLEMSTAD – The police in Zoetermeer arrested a 26-year- old man in Zoetermeer on Saturday evening. He is suspected of involvement in the May 5 murder on Pueblo Soberano-leader Helming Wiels, the Telegraaf reports based on a story from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Judith Brewster took money from TC-account – Court appoints manager at former Taxand Curacao

St. Maarten /  By Hilbert Haar – The Common Court of Justice has appointed HBN Law attorney Chris de Bres as external manager of TC, a company formerly known as Taxand Curacao. De Bres is charged with investigating mismanagement by Judith Brewste

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Editorial: Classy behavior

Education Minister Silveria Jacobs left office in style yesterday with her head held high, no regrets and all the best wishes for the new government. That is a refreshing and encouraging approach to politics that deserves some attention after all

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Cabinet Wescot-Williams III sworn in

St. Maarten – There was an almost eerie silence outside the office of Governor drs. Eugène Holiday yesterday afternoon. Inside, the governor was occupied with the swearing in of six ministers of the Wescot-Williams III cabinet. Outside, photograph

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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After outcry in Today: Prime Minister announces meeting with Safe Haven

St. Maarten - In a reaction to an article published in Today's Thursday edition headlined "Amfo funds dry up-Safe Haven stops client intake," Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says that she will now meet with the foundation in an attempt to remedy

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Professor Elzinga: “Position governors is weakening”

St. Maarten – Is the position of governors in the Caribbean weakening? Douwe Jan Elzinga, a professor in constitutional law at the National university in Groningen thinks this is the case. He explained his point of view in an opinion piece in the m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Drunk driver arrested for threatening policemen

St. Maarten – On Friday morning around 4 a.m. police arrested a man with the initial S.J.F. for insulting and threatening police officers. The incident occurred according to a police report in front of the Golden Eyes nightclub on the Airport Boule

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Topper’s gears up for Taste of St. Maarten

St. Maarten – When Sunday July 7 rolls around, Topper’s Taste of St. Maarten-event will enter its sixth edition. For the first time, 8 French restaurants will join 18 dutch-side restaurants in this festive food sampling bonanza that will bring be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Library launches eBook collection Thursday

St. Maarten - On Thursday the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will launch its e-Book service to the public of St. Maarten at 6 pm, in the library’s hall. As the demand for eBooks among library patrons continued to grow and its use slowly becomes com

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Arrival Dutch marines expected by August

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced on her Radio Show "One on One with the PM" on Friday that she expects marines to be stationed on St. Maarten starting in August and that she is exploring the possibility to make the marine

Editorial - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Editorial: Unsavory

This afternoon six ministers will be sworn in as members of the cabinet Wescot-Williams III. This will drag politics out of the deadlock it has experienced since Romain Laville and the DP withdrew their support for the previous government on May 5.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Chief Prosecutor Mos leaves St. Maarten: “Not all crimes can be prosecuted”

St. Maarten – “It has been a unique experience being part of the process of St. Maarten becoming a country within the Kingdom,” Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos said yesterday at his farewell reception at the Pasanggrahan Hotel on Front Street. Mos wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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New St. Maarten cabinet takes office this afternoon

Position Minister Economic Affairs remains open St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday has scheduled the appointment and swearing in of six ministers for the Wescot-Williams III-cabinet and the Minister Plenipotentiary for this afternoon at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Police arrest two suspects Pond Island shooting

St. Maarten – Police arrested a 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old as suspects in a shooting that took place on Pond Island on Monday evening. M.A.J. and E.R.J. were taken into custody without incident, the police stated in a press release. It did

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Home robbery in Lowlands

St. Maarten –Two unknown armed men attacked two people in their home on Jordan drive in the Lowlands on Wednesday evening. They seriously beat up their victims and tied them up. The robbers threatened their victims with weapons while they searched

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Taiko drummers take Crazy Horse to Curacao

St. Maarten  - St. Maarten's National Institute of Arts will send six talented young students to a performing arts showcase in Curacao this weekend.  NIA's all-girl Taiko Drumming Ensemble will play alongside more than 40 other children and teens f

Editorial - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Editorial: Crying shame

That a sorely needed institution like Safe Haven has to send clients away because funding has dried up is a crying shame. Domestic abuse is a serious issue that needs serious attention and organizations that serve to help abuse-victims are entitle

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Legal battle continues over Tamarind Hotel

Management company petitions court again tomorrow St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Tamarind Hotel in Pointe Blanche is going through rough times. The flamboyant tree in front of the reception is in a glorious condition and the gardens are ne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Amfo funds dry up – Safe Haven stops client intake

St. Maarten - Two months after its funding with Antillean co-financing agency Amfo dried up, the Safe Haven Foundation home for battered women has had to deny clients because of financial troubles. It's a sad turn of events for a foundation that h

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