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

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RST raids six houses and real estate office

Three more arrests in international drugs investigation St. Maarten – The Detective Collaboration Team RST searches six houses and the office of an unidentified real estate company early yesterday morning in the Maho and Simpson Bay area. The RS

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

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Government one step closer to presenting return on investment study

St. Maarten- Government will soon be able to present its findings on a two year Return on Investment (ROI) study that was commissioned by the Education Ministry. The study sought to find out how St. Maarten has benefited from the annual approval of h

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

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Changes to be made in current causeway design – Lake observes roundabout test-run

Minister Maurice Lake along with the contractor, consultants and other government officials discussing the test-run carried out by the 40-footer container truck.  Photo DCOMM St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake was present to observe th

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

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Presentation Council of Advice attracts minimal interest MPs

Members of the Council of Advice listen intently to members of the Central Committee. From left Jan Beaujon, Mavis Brooks-Salmon, Gaston Bell and Mike Alexander. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten - The Council of Advice made a presentation to me

Editorial - Posted by on August 13, 2013

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Editorial: Inevitable conclusion (Prince Johan Friso)

The death of Prince Johan Friso brings a tragedy that happened close to one-and-a-half years ago to its inevitable conclusion. After he was rescued from that avalanche in Lech the prince never stood a realistic chance of recovery. His legacy is th

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2013

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Opinion: Don’t give up the fight

On January 1st, 2012 I returned to St. Maarten from the Netherlands after completing my studies which took me 10 years. I now have a degree in architecture, administration, computer and heavy equipment. Being a proud mother, upon returning from my st

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

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Lake signs long lease land for Mental Health Foundation

Minister Maurice Lake (right) with Eileen Healy MHD Director (standing) looking on at the signing of the long lease government land for the MHD.  Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake signed the long lease deed of a piece of gov

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

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“Lake is devoted servant of his political leader”

Pride Foundation baffled by minister’s reaction St. Maarten – The Sint Maarten Pride Foundation is “rather baffled” by the press release issued by Minister Lake on Sunday evening about the destruction of the historic tamarind tree in Belle

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

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Prince Friso passed away

THE HAGUE – Prince Friso passed away at the age of 44 at Paleis Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, the government information service RVD announced yesterday afternoon around 3 p.m. The second son of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus died from “complic

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

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Youth parliament: “Chalk and talk method outdated”

Motion passed on ICT in classrooms St. Maarten - From the abacus to calculator, blackboard to whiteboards, investment costs and a further divide between student and teacher  were all issues brought up when young people discussed an issue that has

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

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Drive safely as students return to school

St. Maarten – Another school year started yesterday, and the school bussing and taxi dispatching inspection department reminds motorists to drive safely.  Hundreds of students have started the new school year and many start and end it with a trip

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

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Hillside school will offer more after school activities

Hillside school will offer more after school activities

Children attending the first assembly for the school year. Photo Today/Andrew BishopSt. Maarten – Students of the Asha Stephens Complex of the Hillside Christian Schools attended their first assembly as the 2013-2014 school year started yesterday.

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Editorial: Financial trouble of Caravanserai

That the Caravanserai Beach Resort is in financial hot water is a sign that the economic crisis has cut deeper than many want to hear or even to believe. The resort’s expansion has come to a full stop, the contractor has left the job and it does

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Opinion: Trouble in the pool (Carib Swim Team)

The following letter describes the troubles Carib Swim Team trainer Jean-Francois Choquet experienced during the past couple of months. “For several months, a small group of dissidents, 3 to 4 people, is taking advantage of the disability and th

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

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Financial problems drive sale Caravanserai Resort

Company unable to repay at least $16 million to banks St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Caravanserai Beach resort in Maho is in serious financial trouble and no longer able to pay its debts. Last week an ad appeared in local newspapers announ

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

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Robbery victim dies

St. Maarten – The victim of an armed home-robbery that took place on July 13 died on Friday from his injuries. The 52-year-old man, Nassar Abbas Bashiti, suffered seriously injuries when two men robbed him from his money when he entered his apartme

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Silent march for victims sponsor run Curacao

Pastor Curtis Meris addresses the crowd at the place of the fatal accident. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Dick Drayer WILLEMSTAD – Around 500 relatives, friends acquaintances and others took part in a silent march to commemorate the death of three

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

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Minister Lake visits Causeway Roundabout

Minister Maurice Lake (second from left) with representatives from the contractor, his cabinet, and the police.  DCOMM PhotoSt. Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Maurice Lake visited the c

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

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Page new bikini contest winner

Page new bikini contest winner

[caption id="attachment_24467" align="alignleft" width="350"] Carine ‘Black Barbee’ Page saunters across the stage under the watch full eyes of the judges during the final segment of the contest. Photo Today/Milton Pieters[/caption] St. Maarte

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

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Prime minister explains proposal to change composition of VDSM (Secret Service)

St. Maarten –  Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams gave further explanation on the amendment to the law to the Security Service VDSM on her weekly radio program ‘One on One with the Prime Minister’ on 98.1. The prime minister said that alt

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Opinion: Slippery road (Things are not looking up in Curacao)

Things are not looking up in Curacao. That is putting it mildly, actually. Chester Peterson, who was the attorney of the late Helmin Wiels and who also has Robbie dos Santos in his colorful portfolio, launched a vicious attack on the country’s Prim

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Editorial: Lame event

The visit of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin to the parliament in Philipsburg might have come across as a lame event, but it is significant all the same. The visit of our French neighbors exuded an atmosphere of willingness to (fin

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

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Conflict over text message-based lottery – Curacao’s PM Asjes lies, law office claims

St. Maarten / Curacao – The law office of Sulvaran & Peterson in Curacao has accused Prime Minister Ivar Asjes of lying. Asjes maintains that Robbie’s Lottery offers the possibility to buy tickets for participation in the Wega di Number Kòrs

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

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Collectivité de St. Martin visits parliament – We have to work together, President Hanson says

Aline Hanson, President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin (l), shakes hands with the President of Parliament, Drs. Gracita Arrindell. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten – For the second time since St. Maarten obtained country s

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

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Pride Foundation outraged about loss historic tamarind tree

St. Maarten - Members of the Sint Maarten Pride Foundation took notice of the shameless destruction of the old tamarind tree near the border monument at Bellevue/ Diamond Estate in Cole Bay with a great sense of loss and frustration. The tamarind tre

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

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Wiebers experience to live like a millionaire

Wiebers and his companion Marsha pose for a photograph in the elevator before going up to the room where they would adopt the life styles of a millionaire as the second winners of the ‘Live Like a Millionaire Promotion.’ Photo Today/Milton Pieter

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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No giant wind turbines in French Cul-de-Sac

CUL-DE-SAC – Painter Antoine Chapon and Eric Poulin, both residents of French Cul-de-Sac won a court battle that started six years ago against a company that wanted to build three giant wind turbines on Red Rock in their neighborhood. The compan

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

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Police donates 144 schoolbags to elementary students

Police donates 144 schoolbags to elementary students

In center Assistant Detective Veta Euson hands over one of the new school bags to Education Minister Patricia Lourens. They are flanked by ranks of the St. Maarten Police Force and representatives of various elementary schools.  Photo Today/Leo Brow

Editorial - Posted by on August 9, 2013

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Editorial: Secret service

The first meeting of the Central Committee after the summer recess certainly did not mark a bright and new beginning. On the contrary, the arguments brought forth by the opposition sounded old and did not make a lot of sense. It was more about emotio

Opinion - Posted by on August 9, 2013

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Opinion: Digital learning

The perception that digital learning will help students improve their results is gaining support. In the Netherlands, the term iPad-schools has become part of current lingo, and in Aruba politicians are now pushing for more digital education – some

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

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Telcell’s Brian Mingo weighs in on mobile phone tariffs – ‘No commitment, no good deal’

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “90% of our business is pre-paid,” Brian Mingo, chief commercial officer (COO) of the Telem Group said in his office at the Soualiga building yesterday. “If I can’t get a commitment from you, I can’t give y

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

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MP Frans Richardson: “leave it as it is” – Opposition bemoans changes VDSM (Secret Service) oversight committee

St. Maarten – The opportunity was there but for a change all Members of Parliament stuck strictly to the agenda of yesterday’s Central Committee meeting and they did not make a single remark about the investigation into irregularities at the coun

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

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Tougher measures against forged travel documents

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office intends to get tougher with people who attempt to enter the country with forged travel documents. Currently these travelers are routinely sent back where they came from after paying a $300 fine, but in

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

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Court adjourns stabbing-trial

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of Andrew Cosmos Junior J. until November 13, because his attorney Safira Ibrahim had insufficient time to discuss the final report about the case with her client. The 18-year-old def

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

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Financial Intelligence Unit gives presentation on supervisory powers

Head of FIU Curacao, Kenneth Dambruck. Photo contributedSt. Maarten – The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Curacao gave its office on St. Maarten a presentation on the essence of an FIU with supervisory powers. Both FIU St. Maarten and FIU Curacao

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