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Editorial - Posted by on September 30, 2013

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Editorial: Clear message

While Minister De Weever was not physically present, he sent a loud and clear message to the community in his address to the Transforming Care congress at the Westin on Saturday evening. We have remained silent for too long about mental health issues

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2013

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Opinion: Integrity Investigations of the St. Maarten Government

The way we understand it so far is that St. Maarten will now be blessed with two integrity investigations. Oh wait, there is a difference: Transparency International will do a national integrity system assessment and whoever the governor decides to h

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2013

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Opinion: Missed opportunity

The powers that be in Curacao took a very strange decision about the Gay Pride Parade. The police told the organizers that “all expressions that indicate the gay-identity of the event are not allowed to be shown in public.” In other words: Cur

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

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Minister de Weever at opening Transforming Care congress: “Taboo mental health  must be addressed”

Minister de Weever at opening Transforming Care congress: “Taboo mental health must be addressed”

[caption id="attachment_25238" align="alignleft" width="194"] Mental Health Foundation’s chairman of the board Dr. Felix Holiday. Photo Today / Leo Brown [/caption]St. Maarten – The opening of the Transforming Care congress on Saturday evening at

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

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Dealer escapes police, leaves drugs and cash behind

St. Maarten – A drug dealer escaped police during a high speed chase on Friday evening, though patrol officers managed to confiscate the dealer’s car, three bricks of compressed marijuana and a large amount of cash. The Special Task Force was

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

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MPs enjoy luxury in Mexico City

MPs enjoy luxury in Mexico City

In front of the Emporio Hotel, from left: parliament assistant Benjamin Kelly and MPs Patrick Illidge, Romain Laville, George Pantophlet, Johan Leonard and Leroy de Weever. Photo Facebook.St. Maarten - While the government was struggling in The Hague

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

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Simpson Bay Lagoon soon to be filled with invasive sea grass – The invasion has begun

[caption id="attachment_25231" align="alignleft" width="200"] Bervoets shows a sample of the invasive sea grass species. Photo contributed.[/caption]St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “St.  Maarten is becoming a land of invasive species,” Tadzio

Opinion - Posted by on September 27, 2013

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Opinion: Misery

Again we are confronted with a situation in the criminal justice system that is screaming for a different solution. The case at hand is about a 17-year-old boy who is charged with a couple of burglaries, ill-treatment and firearm possession. But t

Editorial - Posted by on September 27, 2013

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Editorial: Dispute

The dispute between BZV Curacao and country Sint Maarten about claims to the tune of 16 million guilders show that there are still quite some skeletons in the cupboards of the now defunct Netherlands Antilles. No matter how the court rulings in th

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

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Mosera – At the crossroads of politics and art

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – A shaggy black dog streaked with silver came to the gate, curious to see who was visiting deep in the heart of French Quarter late yesterday morning. A tall dreadlocked figure emerged from the house and yelled out. T

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

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Court rejects multi-million claim BZV Curacao against St. Maarten (Social healtcare insurance)

St. Maarten– The Court in First Instance in Curacao has rejected a multi-million claim from the bureau for medical expenses facilities (SZV) in Curacao against Country St. Maarten in a court ruling that was published on Monday. BZV claimed 16 mi

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

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Family victim of violent robbery

St. Maarten – A violent robbery took place yesterday evening at a home in Guana Bay where a couple and their teenage daughter suffered from severe injuries when they got robbed by four unknown men at gunpoint. During the robbery the couple was s

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

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Royal Marechaussee Captain Van der Heiden: “Our work is about delivering added value”

St. Maarten – “There are of course cultural differences. Some things we would maybe do different. But this is a country under construction and if we are able to contribute to that, I consider that as something very beautiful,” says Captain Ewou

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

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St. Maarten Carnival 2014 schedule released

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has released the dates for the Carnival 2014 festivities, an impressive lineup of 24 days of Carnival activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Carnival on St. Maarten that invit

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

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Mother to trial in sexual abuse case

St. Maarten– The 38-year-old mother of two boys who stood trial in March for sexually abusing their little sisters will appear in court on October 10. The woman is charged as an accomplice in the sexual abuse case. The boys, aged 20 and 19 faced

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

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Teenager left to his own devices in detention

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance deferred the trial of a 17-year-old boy yesterday to October 23. The teenager is charged with two burglaries, by ill-treating someone with a knife and with firearm possession. He appeared briefly in court y

Editorial - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Editorial: Underlying issue of the gruesome, senseless killing of a baby

There are no words to describe the loss of a baby, especially when the infant is healthy and the pride of his parents. The senseless killing of Mark Reid Jr. in April by a man suffering from religious delusions played out in court yesterday in all

Opinion - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Opinion: The art of debate

The fifteen regulars who bother to follow debates in our parliament live via the internet will have noticed that some of our parliamentarians have a habit of becoming emotional when they speak. They are not really emotional of course, everybody under

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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“God told me to kill the baby because he was evil” – Demand 20 years against psychotic baby-killer

St. Maarten – Mark Reid was just two months old and sleeping in bed with his mother Latoya Morgan when disaster struck on the evening of April 2. Dalton Danelle L.B., a 26-year-old security guard burst into the house in a God-driven spree of madnes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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St. Maarten Hospital (SMMC): Rumors on MRSA virus untrue

St. Maarten – After rumors were being spread on the island that patients at the St. Maarten Medical Center were infected with the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) virus, the hospital made the following statement in a press release

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Sentenced to 18 months behind bars – Westin-embezzler arrested at the courthouse

St. Maarten– The Court in First Instance had a nasty surprise in store for Anutha Chevan Gooneratne, a 38-year-old former room manager at the Westin Hotel yesterday morning. At his trial on September 4, the prosecution demanded a 24-month condition

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Cruise Line commits 120,000 passengers to St. Maarten for new season

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Ted Richardson and St. Maarten port officials met with several cruise lines on Monday during the first day of Seatrade Europe currently taking place in Germany. The meeting with the Europe

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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First draft 2014 budget to Council of Ministers soon

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s 2014 budget will be approved and signed into law before the end of the year. Finance Minister Maarten Hassink re-confirmed the government’s intention to achieve this goal. “It is a very tight schedule, but all minist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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Big challenge to attain a sound financial position

Semiannual report Cft Curacao and St. Maarten GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD – The Board of financial supervision Curacao and St. Maarten (College financieel toezicht - Cft) concludes in its semiannual report concerning the first six months of this year t

Editorial - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Editorial: Alzheimer

Alzheimer’s disease is hanging like a dark cloud over the world and apparently the world has no clue how to deal with it. That the number of patients with Alzheimer’s and related diseases will increase at a worrisome pace is a fact, but nobody

Opinion - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Opinion: When the police blunders ….

When the police blunders, judges do nothing. Thus read the headline above a piece written by Folkert Jensma on his legal expert-blog in NRC Handelsblad this week. It’s an intriguing piece, also because it sounds so familiar here in St. Maarten. But

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Alzheimer patients in Aruba victim of neglect and abuse

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – “Some patients are tied to their beds for the sake of convenience. They have to sit in their own feces for days because there is no time to clean them up,” says Melva Croes-Yánez, the president of the Alzheimer Foundation i

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

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Windward Islands Bank sued for “invalid contract”

Plaintiff demands stop to auction and return of all payments St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance is the stage on Friday afternoon for a lawsuit against the Windward Islands Bank, initiated by Elaine Christopher. In summary proceedings, the

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

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Vromi receives Special Achievement Award

Vromi receives Special Achievement Award

St. Maarten – The Ministry Vromi is one of several 2013 recipients of a Special Achievement award from the leading Geographic Information Systems software developer Environmental Systems Research Institute. Acting Secretary General of Vromi, Lou

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

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PM: National Development Plan will wake up the people

St. Maarten – “We are busy with the process of waking up the population as to the importance of the involvement of the whole community in building St. Maarten” was Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams’ answer when asked why the process of the

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Sea & Learn eco-awareness event begins October 1

THE BOTTOM, Saba – Sea & Learn 2013 is an upcoming series of events on Saba organized to “enhance your environmental awareness.” A highly renowned group of international experts in various fields will descend on the island to deliver many f

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

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Transforming Care congress focuses on youth resilience

St. Maarten – The Transforming Care congress will open at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday at the Westin Hotel with a speech by the Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever. The congress symbol is the butterfly, which tran

Editorial - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Editorial: Progress in the Helmin Wiels murder case

The Wiels-investigation finally seems to be making serious progress. Obviously the investigators have not been idle since the May 5 assassination of the Pueblo Soberano-leader, but the lack of news has led people to believe until recently that this c

Opinion - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Opinion: The downside of eating healthy (2)

Opinion: The downside of eating healthy (2)

Eating healthy makes sense to a lot of people, but there is a downside. Ralph Bodelier, a theologian and cultural philosopher wrote an essay about this issue in Trouw. Not everybody will agree with what Bodelier has to say, but it is at least food fo

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

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Escaped inmates left island

Escaped inmates left island

[caption id="attachment_25151" align="alignleft" width="198"] Convicted murderer Sobiesky Parrondo has been on the run since June 23. A month after his escape he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. Photo Interpol[/caption] St. Maarten – Ther

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