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Editorial - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Editorial: Skimming

Don’t ask what your bank can do for you; ask what you can do for your bank. This liberal interpretation of John F. Kennedy’s famous statement comes to mind after reading the verdict against two Bulgarian skimmers. These defendants got off ligh

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Opinion: Plastic bags, an old story

A couple of weeks ago, the TelEm group of companies came with a good initiative. It gave away eco-friendly shopping bags in an attempt to reduce the use of flimsy plastic bags. There are also eco-shoppers on the market produced by Firgos, so one is t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Portrait of an artist: An afternoon with Sir Roland

Portrait of an artist: An afternoon with Sir Roland

Artist Roland Richardson at work in his gallery completing a portrait of a young relative visiting. He has been doing more portrait work recently. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten / By Jason Lista – The image of the boy unfolded as the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Armed robbery at Island Finance

The police and paramedics at Island Finance after the robbery took place. Photo Today/Leo BrownSt. Maarten – Three armed men robbed Island Finance yesterday morning, which is located on the Walter Nisbeth Road, where they fled the scene with only a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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King-murders appeal set for December 12

St. Maarten – The killers of Michael and Thelma King will appear on December 12 in the Common Court of Justice to appeal their verdicts. Before that date, main suspect Meyshane Johnson will undergo another psychiatric and psychological evaluation,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Ambulance service still under intensified supervision

St. Maarten – Intensified supervision on the ambulance service by the Inspectorate of Public Health has not been called off. This is according to Inspector General Dr. Earl Best who said that the Inspectorate is playing it safe in its evaluation of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Dead man found in apartment

St. Maarten – The lifeless body of 21-year-old Karl Barhenbruch was found Wednesday afternoon in his apartment in Porto Cupecoy. Witnesses explained that their tenant was not seen for several days and that a very bad scent was coming from the ap

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Green Sea Turtle lays nest on Great Bay beach

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation was alerted to a Green Sea Turtle nesting on Great Bay beach early yesterday morning. Upon arrival at the location it was found that the turtle nested very shallow in the sand on Great Bay and her nesting was int

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Light sentence for hitting policeman

St. Maarten – Roy Ovine Benders had an encounter with the police on May 15 that he will remember. It all started with a traffic control on Welfare road near the Peking supermarket. The 37-year-old defendant had been drinking and he had also smoked

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Prison employee caught smuggling drugs inside

Threatened woman fired and sentenced to community service St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced a 51-year-old administrative employee of the Pointe Blanche prison yesterday to 3 months of imprisonment, with 2 months suspended, 2 ye

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Thompson: Do not sign contracts without advice

St. Maarten – “Persons should not sign any documents or agreement given to them by management unless they get an advice. They can either go to the Labor Office or they can visit Wifol’s Office and they will be dealt with accordingly,” Preside

Editorial - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Editorial: Self-regulation

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams prefers that the media engage in self-regulation. Here is a news flash: at Today we have regulated ourselves already. We respect the code of conduct the International Federation of Journalists established in 1954 in Gen

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Opinion: Moerman diet

Cees Renckens is not just anybody. He is a gynecologist and until two years ago he was the chairman of the Association Against quackery in the Netherlands. Assuming that Renckens is not a fan of alternative healing is therefore a safe bet. Remarkably

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Hurex concludes with riot drill

Hurex concludes with riot drill

The awesome physical power of one marine was exemplified when it took at least five local police officers to restrain him during the mock riot drills as part of Operation Hurex which took place yesterday in Sucker Garden. Photo Today/Milton Piete

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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PM Wescot-Williams weighs in on website-row – “Government is entitled to establish its media policy”

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers did yet not deal with the recommendations affecting local media that Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake outlined this weekend, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing. “But the gov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Proposals for Cola to be presented – Unions meet in GOA today

St. Maarten -Unions representing civil servants and teachers are expected to meet today in the Organized Consultative Body (GOA) to discuss the cost of living adjustment payout. The meeting is based on an invitation from Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-W

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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All Sona-funds will be used, PM assures

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers met with the board of Sona, the development foundation for the Netherlands Antilles to discuss the termination of Sona-funds for projects in St. Maarten, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Car-specialist may go to prison for twelve months

St. Maarten – Juan Rafaelin E. is apparently good with cars but that skill landed him behind bars and in the courthouse yesterday, where he had to answer to charges that varied from forging a bill of sale and stealing a car to stealing or fencing c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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MP Richardson demands execution of April-motion

St. Maarten – On April 13, the parliament passed a motion from Independent MP Frans Richardson that asked the government within 60 days for an “updated schedule” about the completion of the new government administration building on Pond Island

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Vesuvius-appeals in November

St. Maarten – All appeals in the Vesuvius-trial will begin on November 26. The seven defendants will then appear before the Common Court of Justice. The appeal hearings will conclude on November 29, and the court rulings are expected three weeks la

Editorial - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Editorial: That’s where the money is

Willy Sutton is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. During his lifetime, Sutton robbed more than one hundred banks. Asked by a judge why he was committing these crimes the Irish-American bank robber quipped “Because that’s where the money

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Opinion: Through the mud

It is not the first time we hear stories about the civil service that are beyond belief. We hear that unnamed civil servants have the nerve to erase the signatures of ministers on documents that subsequently disappear into a deep drawer and that are

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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E-coli bacteria found in samples Inspectorate suspends Cole Bay Ice

St. Maarten - After two weeks of investigations into the operations and safety standards of ice manufacturing plants, the Inspectorate of Public Health has found at least one facility below standard. Food safety inspectors say they found E. coli, ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Irene Scott wins trip to North Sea Jazz festival

St. Maarten – Oasis 96.3 FM listener Irene Scott is named the winner of the Curacao North Sea Jazz festival draw on Friday. Oasis 96.3 FM together with the Curacao Tourist Board and Travel Planners collaborated for this year’s grand giveaway; a g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Uncertainty about justified spending of $326 million – Sona-subsidies may have disappeared into thin air

St. Maarten – The foundation for the development of the Netherlands Antilles (Sona) is not sure whether €270 million ($362 million) has been spent according to the rules, the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) reported yesterday. The uncertainty is due to wha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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“IP addresses should be available” Lake reacts to yellow journalism debate

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake says he welcomes the debate here and abroad in other parts of the Kingdom with respect to his proposal related to ‘yellow journalism’ and responsible journalism. ‘Yellow journalism’ is described

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Cft: Positive financial result

First Semiannual financial report Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba St. Maarten – The public entities Bonaire and Saba closed 2012 with a positive result and herewith they have strengthened their reserves. The progress in the area of financial man

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Joint controls resumes September

St. Maarten - Joint controls conducted by members of the Labor and Public Health Inspectorate, SZV, Immigration and Coast Guard are set to resume next month. So says Inspector General Dr. Earl Best who made the announcement yesterday as he reported o

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Workers reject 50 percent Cola payment

GREAT BAY- Civil servants and teachers have now expressed the desire to have the complete payment of their cost of living adjustment (Cola) indexed to their salaries, following a general membership meeting last week. The workers who fall under the

Editorial - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Editorial: Back off

VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman has jumped on Minister Maurice Lake’s initiative against yellow journalism with questions to Kingdom Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk that will meet a predictable fate: St. Maarten is an autonomous country and it w

Opinion - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Opinion: Statistics

There are lies, damn lies and statistics. Some of the stuff readers love so much on the website that was so brutally attacked by Public Housing Minister Maurice Lake this week definitely does not fall in the category of statistics. Go figure. What

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Airline DAE practically dead

A DAE-plane landing at Princess Juliana International Airport is almost certainly a thing of the past.WILLEMSTAD – Airline Dutch Antilles Express is as good as dead, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday. Consultant Nelson Ramiz said it:

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Lake’s proposed media-policy sets off alarms in The Hague

St. Maarten – VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman did not waste time when he read that Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake wants a “phased accreditation policy” for journalists in St. Maarten. In six pointed questions to Home Affairs and Kingdom Relation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Kary’s Guesthouse rises from the ashes: Owner decries lack of support for small businesses

Kary’s Guesthouse rises from the ashes: Owner decries lack of support for small businesses

The newly renovated Kary’s Guesthouse on Manzinilla and Back Street. Photo Today/Leo BrownSt. Maarten- It has been one year now since Kary’s Guesthouse on Manzinilla and Back Street was ravaged by an early morning fire of unknown origin. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Dr. Arrindell wins case against inspectorate

St. Maarten – The decision by the inspectorate to suspend Dr. Angelica Arrindell’s from practicing medicine on June 24, has been declared completely unfounded by the judge at the Court of First Instance. According to the judge, the directorate

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