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Uncategorized - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Inmates Bonaire prison on hunger strike again

KRALENDIJK, Bonaire –Foreign inmates in the prison in Bonaire went on hunger strike again yesterday morning, after they stopped a similar action a couple of weeks ago. Several Bonairean inmates support the action. A spokesman for the inmates sai

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

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Police arrest fourth suspect in Helmin Wiels murder-probe

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Police arrested a fourth suspect yesterday in the Helmin Wiels assassination investigation. The suspect is 36-year old E.R.K., who was already detained for the murder of a man in Caracasbay in January. The Public Prosecutor

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

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Arrindell congratulates Youth Parliament on website

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell would like to congratulate the Kingdom Youth Parliament with respect to their recently launched website which can be found at www.kingdomyouthparliament.org The Kingdom Youth Parliament is

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister wants electoral reform proposal within three weeks

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has emphasized that political parties and the campaign promises of politicians should be held accountable through new laws related to electoral reform. The PM’s comments were made as renewed disc

Opinion - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Opinion: Mischaracterizations (AUC)

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is one of the most highly regarded medical schools in the Caribbean. AUC, which is part of the DeVry family of institutions, has operated for many years with a mission to offer qualified a

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Contractors protest in Marigot

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Senator Louis Constant Fleming, former President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin Alain Richardson, deputy Daniel Gibbs and several members of the territorial council support an action by the association of p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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St. Maarten Academy refuses to take 14-year-old back Expelled student seeks redress at Education Complaints Board

st. Maarten – Anderson Arrindell, a 14-year-old student at the St. Maarten Academy still has not been admitted back to school. Attorney Cor Merx filed a complaint with the Complaints Board for Education yesterday in which he demands on behalf of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Joe Johnson: “Tien’s AUC left Montserrat because of tax issues”

Joe Johnson: “Tien’s AUC left Montserrat because of tax issues”

[caption id="attachment_25128" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joe Johnson, Vice president of Operations and Strategic Development at the University of Statia School of Medicine. Photo website Usesom.[/caption] St. Maarten – The American Universi

Editorial - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Editorial: Appropriate

The former owners of the American University in the Caribbean knew already in 1993 that they were going to leave their campus in Montserrat, it appears from an interview with former AUC-employee Joe Johnson. It is interesting to note that, apparen

Opinion - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Opinion: The downside of eating healthy

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 23, 2013

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Integrity investigation to be put on hold

St. Maarten – The plans of the Kingdom Council of Ministers to instruct Governor Eugene Holiday to investigate the integrity of the country have been put on hold, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said during her weekly radio program One on One

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Record number of volunteers at annual coastal cleanup

MARIGOT – The St. Maarten Pride Foundation organized its annual coastal cleanup this year around the former La Belle Creole hotel in the French side.  Volunteers turned out in record numbers and totaled 316. Together they filled 125 trash bags wit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Port of St. Maarten attends Seatrade Europe

GREAT BAY – The Port of St. Maarten will be represented at the 7th Seatrade Europe Cruise and River Cruise Convention that kicks off tomorrow in Hamburg Messe, Germany, and runs through September 26. The port delegation will be headed by Minst

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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ACE Foundation School re-opens

st. Maarten– Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the re-opening of the ACE Foundation School on the LB Scott Road yesterday afternoon and was accompanied by Vromi Minister Maurice Lake, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Cornelius de

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

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Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in St. Maarten

Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated in St. Maarten

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. It was celebrated in St. Maarten, India and all over the world from September 9 until yesterday. This festival celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is the day most sacred to Lord

Editorial - Posted by on September 20, 2013

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Editorial: Criminal profits

Crime should not pay even though there are plenty of people who consider breaking the law as the fastest way to get their hands on some real cash. This week defendants with convictions for human smuggling to their name heard the prosecution demand th

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

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Decision about division of assets by end of the year

St. Maarten – The division of assets and liabilities of the former Netherlands Antilles has encountered delays. This appears from the Dutch 2014 budget for Kingdom Relations. Towards the end of this year a decision will be taken about a target dead

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

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IMG takes over Usona-tasks

St. Maarten – The International Management Group will become responsible for executing projects from the European Development fund in the Caribbean. The European Commission decided to terminate the cooperation with the Foundation Development Nether

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

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Court sentences man for money laundering: Rum-trader sees $50,000 go up in smoke

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 52-year-old Patrick Lazarre to a 6 month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation yesterday for money laundering. Lazarre was caught on his way to Haiti at the airport on April 27 wit

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

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World Alzheimer Report: “Informal care not sustainable”

World Alzheimer Report: “Informal care not sustainable”

[caption id="attachment_25096" align="alignleft" width="200"] ADI-representative Drs. Raymond Jessurun. Photo contributed[/caption] St. Maarten - The World Alzheimer Report 2013 will be presented today to Minister Cornelius de Weever, Minister of

Opinion - Posted by on September 20, 2013

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Opinion: Campaign reform

The noise parliamentarians – or rather: one parliamentarian – has been making about campaign reform creates the impression that this time the parliament is ready to act. Don’t hold your breath. The MP that stirred up the reform nest is Indep

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 19, 2013

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St. Maarten bodybuilders wing out today

Pierre Ferland, Head at Pineapple Pete, shares a light moment with Desmond Patterson who will be competing in the heavy weight category at this year’s CAC Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships in the Dominican Republic this weekend. Photo To

Editorial - Posted by on September 19, 2013

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Editorial: Ludicrous

A student who says he was not even involved in a fight at the St. Maarten Academy is sitting at home because the school only wants to take him back if his mother signs a contract that sets strict conditions for his behavior. While these conditions

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2013

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Opinion: A lady in distress (3)

This is part 3 of our series on scammers from Nigeria. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here Don’t worry. Zariya Koury won’t be coming to St. Maarten and her courier will not deliver boxes containing $6.2 million in cash. In one of the last ema

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister about 2013 budget: “A budget-instruction is now a moot issue”

St. Maarten – The amendment to the 2013 budget that the parliament approved last Thursday has been signed by Governor Holiday, Finance Minister Hassink and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the Kingdom Council of Ministers have been informed

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

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St. Maarten Academy keeps student away with strict ten-point contract

St. Maarten Academy keeps student away with strict ten-point contract

[caption id="attachment_25069" align="alignleft" width="300"] Attorney Cor Merx. Photo Today / Leo Brown[/caption] Mother: “I won’t sign it; this is nonsense” St. Maarten – A student who was allegedly involved in a fight at the St. Maar

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

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PM hands out certificates – Democratic Dialogue course wraps up at USM

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams sits with participants who successfully completed the UNDP’s course on democratic dialogue at the University of St. Martin. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “I really want to thank all of you for pa

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

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“Kingdom integrity-instruction to governor lacks legal basis”

St. Maarten – There is no legal basis for the Kingdom Council of Ministers to give Governor Holiday an instruction to perform an integrity-assessment in St. Maarten. That is the position of the government. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said

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

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Airport drops TelEm as internet provider

St. Maarten - Departing and arriving passengers will have to wait a while longer for WIFI connection at the Princess Juliana International Airport. According to one outgoing passenger “this is the only international airport in the world where passe

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

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Mental health caregivers and patients form association

The MHCPA board, from left: Secretary Myriam Haar, President Claire Elshot and Treasurer Minerva Pinto. Photo contributed.St. Maarten - With the signing of the statutes of association at the office of the Notary Boekhoudt the Mental Health Caregivers

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2013

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Editorial: Participating society

King Willem-Alexander’s first King's speech – his address at the opening of the parliamentary year – will go down in history as a change document. The message it contains will have far reaching consequences for many people. The King has anno

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

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Worldcob’s Bizz Awards meet with heavy criticism

St. Maarten Airport does not fall into trap by Houston-based scammers St. Maarten – Princess Juliana International airport announced this weekend with some pride that it had been selected for “another international business award as “one of th

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

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Historical novel published after more than half a century - Fefe’s lost manuscript is now a book

Historical novel published after more than half a century – Fefe’s lost manuscript is now a book

[caption id="attachment_25045" align="alignleft" width="350"] The author, John “FeFe” Hyman, displays a copy of his novel “Golden Rock” at his home, along with the original, tattered, and long lost manuscript he wrote long ago. Photo Today /

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

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The First King’s Speech by King Willem Alexander “Welfare state no longer sustainable”

With Queen Máxima by his side, King Willem-Alexander delivered his first Troonrede yesterday. Photo ANP / Lex van LieshoutTHE HAGUE – King Willem-Alexander dedicated the paragraph before last of his King's Speech (Troonrede in Dutch)  at the

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

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Caribbean medical schools under scrutiny – Medical students burden the American taxpayer

St. Maarten – The party for for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean may come to an end in the foreseeable future if grumbling American politicians get their way. Medical schools like the Devry-owned AUC Medical School in Cupecoy – and 33 othe

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