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

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Lake meets with timeshare association about infrastructure

Lake meets with timeshare association about infrastructure

Second from right, Minister Maurice Lake meeting with the SMTA Board headed by Chairman Marcel Jarvois (fourth from left). Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – Minister of Vromi Maurice Lake met with the Board of the St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA),

Editorial - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Editorial: Deadwood

The government has put a stop on hiring new personnel. That sounds like a wise move, even though there will of course always be critical vacancies that must be filled. But for now, with the financial quandary the country has maneuvered itself into

Opinion - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Opinion: Wishy-washy

We don’t know what it is with this much talked-about but hardly understood National Development Plan. Every discussion we hear about it, every initiative we read about, gives us the feeling of a wishy-washy soooo sixties program. It also gives us t

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Corallo reports to Italian authorities

Corallo reports to Italian authorities

Attorney expects detention to be brief ROME / St. Maarten – Atlantis World and BPlus Giocolegale Ltd. owner Francesco Corallo is currently detained in  Rome for questioning about his role in the Banco Popolare di Milano scandal. Corallo volunta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Slap on the wrist for Bada Bing fight – Defendant objects to blindfold and shackles

St. Maarten – Erno Labega Jr. refused to come to court yesterday morning the face charges for his involvement in a fight that took place at the Bada Bing adult entertainment club on February 3, 2011. Labega did not appreciate the security measures

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Government orders stop on hiring new personnel

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has agreed to a stop on hiring new personnel in an attempt to balance the 2012 budget. “Critical vacancies have to come to the Council of Ministers for discussion,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams sai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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‘Star witness’ in Wiels’ case unconfirmed

WILLEMSTAD – It is not clear whether the 43-year-old woman with the initials M.A.B., who was arrested on Saturday, will be presented as a ‘star witness’ in the murder case of the politician and Member of Parliament, Helmin Wiels. According t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Casino cashier made up robbery to mask theft

St. Maarten – A cashier at the Casino Royale in Maho who invented an armed robbery to mask the theft of close to $2,700 from her employer received a 3-month prison sentence with 1 month conditional in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The 47-y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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PJD2 and Carnival Foundation re-introduce Caribbean Queen Pageant

PJD2 and Carnival Foundation re-introduce Caribbean Queen Pageant

Senior Carnival Queen 2013 Davinia Brooks with Director and Owner of PJD2 Don Hughes. Brooks will represent St. Maarten in the PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant for Carnival 2014.St. Maarten – In the first major announcement for Carnival 2014, the St. M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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PM meets with UNDP regional representative

“Island full of possibility, but pockets of poverty remain” St. Maarten – “Like all countries, there are pockets of poverty, there are areas of vulnerability in terms of social cohesion,” Richard Blewitt said of the island yesterday duri

Editorial - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Editorial: Under the microscope

Are the high tariffs local subscribers pay for mobile communication justified? On the face of it, we notice inexplicable differences between countries like the Netherlands and Lithuania, Romania and Latvia. It is impossible for telecommunication volu

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Opinion: Open letter to Minister Ted Richardson

Honorable Minister, As a former commissioner of economic affairs and tourism and a concerned businessman I would like to humbly ask your attention for the following, what I would label burning priorities. First the following remarks to the (ne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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“Regina Labega acts unethical” – DAE reacts to statements Labega

WILLEMSTAD – The Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), Regina Labega, decided that she wants DAE to immediately pay an old debt the company has with the airport, a reaction from DAE to the statements the airport management

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Man surrenders after being outnumbered

St. Maarten - At least one man was forced to face the harsh realization that when the odds are against you, it’s better to give up. The man is now behind bars after his attempt to evade the police failed after a mid-morning chase which ended in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Mobile phone calls three times more expensive than in Europe

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista and Hilbert Haar – Mobile phone calls in St. Maarten are up to three times more expensive as the average charge in Europe. There is a huge price difference in calls to subscribers from the same subscriber and calls to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Airport maintains its position regarding DAE

DAE seems to have an issue in dealing with female director St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport operating company, PJIAE N.V. has taken note of the press release issued by DAE regarding the failed talks between both parties o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Three arrested during raid

St. Maarten – Three people, two females and one male, were arrested at a home in the Lowlands area during a raid in the evening hours on Monday, based on a tip of criminal activities taking place there. An undisclosed amount of marijuana and cocain

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Vesuvius-convict back in court for Bada Bing-fight

St. Maarten – Vesuvius-convict Erno Labega Jr. returns to the Court in First Instance this morning for the continuation of an unrelated charge – his role in a fight at the Bada Bing adult entertainment club in February, 2011. On December 5 of las

Editorial - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Editorial: Openness

With the return of Gracita Arrindell as the President of Parliament, a new phase of openness seems to have arrived. The glass partition of the hall where parliamentarians meet has been stripped of its gray tint, making it possible again for the publi

Opinion - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Opinion: New Openness

The openness the returned President of Parliament announced yesterday is obviously more than welcome. The gray film on the glass partition of the meeting hall that obscured parliamentarians from view has been removed, and there are press briefings th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Ex-President Samuel blows the horn about parliament’s achievements

Annual report 2011-2012 quietly published St. Maarten – Very quietly, the annual report of the parliament for the year 2011-2012 has been published on the parliament’s web site. For the public eye the 54-page document is undated, but its pdf-d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Handling pending legislation gets underway - Opening parliamentary year takes place at Sundial School

Handling pending legislation gets underway – Opening parliamentary year takes place at Sundial School

Parliament President Drs. Gracita Arrindell and her Secretary General Josef Semeleer at yesterday’s press briefing. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten – The opening of the new parliamentary year will take place on the second Tuesday in Sep

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Sponsor run hit probably caused by alcohol

WILLEMSTAD – The 23-year-old driver who drove into the crowd yesterday morning and killed three joggers was, according to Police spokesman Reginald Huggins, amongst others under the influence of alcohol and was not in possession of a driver’s lic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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DAE unable to convince airport

Passengers advised to contact airline directly for information St. Maarten – Crucial talks between the Princess Juliana international Airport operating company, PJAIE N.V. and Dutch Antilles Express B.V. (DAE) broke down yesterday afternoon whe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Wescot-Williams amongst 100 most influential women

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has been elected as one of the Top-100 most influential and powerful women by the Dutch women’s magazine Opzij. In a communication from the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Margriet van der Linden

Editorial - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Editorial: Reclaimed asphalt

The decision by former Vromi-minister Marlin and the airport to just give the milled asphalt coming from the airport runway away for free to private parties seems odd. It may look like a cost saving measure for the government, but in fact, the materi

Opinion - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Opinion: Remco Retardo

Remco de Ridder is a Dutch blogger who somehow managed to have a column published in the Volkskrant this weekend. It deals with his vacation-experience, and it provides a deeper insight into the perception of a hapless man who travels to a country (i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Former Minister Marlin about asphalt controversy: “What we did was a cost saving measure for the government”

William Marlin speaks on last Friday’s Lloyd Richardson show while his host is looking on silently. Photo sxmislandnews.comSt. Maarten– Former Vromi-Minister and National Alliance leader William Marlin defended the decision to have milled asphalt

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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New arrest in Wiels murder case

WILLEMSTAD – The police in Curacao arrested a woman in connection with the murder of PS Leader Helmin Wiels, NRC Handelsblad published on its website yesterday. After the arrest of the 43-year-old woman with the initials M.A.B., police officers

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Airport meets with DAE to solve problems

St. Maarten – Following public anxiety over the fate of the Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) flight from Santo Domingo to the Princess Juliana International Airport, yesterday afternoon as well as a subsequent telephone conversation between the Managin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Businesses urged to support nursing mothers

St. Maarten -The support of the private sector is being sought by healthcare professionals to encourage breastfeeding in our society as St. Maarten joins the rest of the world in the global observance of World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to Aug

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Police locate 2 marihuana plantations

St. Maarten – 20 police officers conducted searches to locate two marihuana plantations in the hills close to Basseterre Drive and Gibbs Drive on Saturday. A total of 54 marihuana plants and equipment such as plant pots, buckets and water hoses

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Three joggers die in sponsor run

Three joggers die in sponsor run

The bodies of the three victims who are being investigated by police officers in Willemstad. Photo ANPWILLEMSTAD – Three joggers who participated in a sponsor run yesterday in Curacao were killed when a 23-year-old man drove with high speed into th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Minister receives investigation report on asphalt Lake: Were not a banana republic

St. Maarten – Minister of Vromi, Maurice Lake said on Sunday that its ministry has concluded its investigation with respect to the 37 truckloads of milled asphalt that was transported from the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) on the ev

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2013

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Lenny Priest launches One St. Maarten People Party “We will not tolerate corruption”

St. Maarten -Purple balloons decorated several lampposts in Middle Region and the tent set up across from the Calabash bar and restaurant was adorned the same way. Purple tee shirts were also part of the mix, all on the occasion of the birth of a new

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