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

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St. Maarten Justice Minister Richardson to money launderers: “You are not welcome here”

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson’s want to improve the image of the country regarding combatting money laundering and terrorist financing.  A key organization in this regard is the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) whi

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

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Shot robbery victim drives to town

St. Maarten – A 36-year-old Pointe Blanche resident, identified by the police as K.H., became the victim of a failed daylight robbery yesterday afternoon. Around 1.40 p.m. police patrols and an ambulance sped to the parking lot behind police headqu

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

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Troonrede – 2013 King Willem-Alexander announces need for change

THE HAGUE – King Willem-Alexander started his first troonrede yesterday by expressing his appreciation for the “heart-warming start of my reign as king” for his mother (“an important source of inspiration”) and for the feelings of togethern

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

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World Travel Awards names Princess Heights leading hotel

World Travel Awards names Princess Heights leading hotel

A suite at Princess Heights in Dawn BeachSt. Maarten - Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Hotel in Dawn Beach has been named the leading hotel in St. Maarten for 2013 by the World Travel Awards (WTA).  Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as the

Editorial - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Editorial: Crying over spilt milk

The details we publish today about the history of the American University of the Caribbean make clear that the Tien-family pumped millions upon millions of dollars through the school into foreign bank accounts. Nobody stopped them, nobody asked qu

Opinion - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Opinion: A lady in distress (2)

As we reported yesterday, Zariya Koury, a lady who claims to be stuck in Syria with a box stuffed with $6.2 million, approached us to help her. Just for the heck of it we sent her an email asking the young lady to send us some pictures – which she

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Plasterk: Financial status St. Maarten worrisome

Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in a meeting with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams during his last visit to St. Maarten. File photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten - Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Rela

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Former AUC-owners maintain they have a binding tax-agreement, but others disagree: “The robbery of the century”

Former AUC-owners maintain they have a binding tax-agreement, but others disagree: “The robbery of the century”

[caption id="attachment_25012" align="alignleft" width="250"] AUC-founder Paul Tien. Photo Montserrat Reporter.[/caption] St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “Paul Tien was always one step ahead of the law. When things got too hot, he was always

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Union recommends health inspectors to investigate schools

St. Maarten -Based on complaints and teachers of the St. Maarten Academy PSVE campus, president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Claire Elshot has recommended that the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development investigated the cla

Editorial - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Editorial: Clear picture (American University)

Parliamentarians made a lot of noise about the deal the American University clinched with the tax inspectorate. But as stories this newspaper will publish also in the coming days will show, this news does not fall out of the sky. The university ha

Opinion - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Opinion: A lady in distress

Some emails are too weird to be true. We all know the scammers from Nigeria that send out grammatically handicapped emails to unsuspecting souls and their story is basically always the same: they’re sitting on a pile of money that they want to get

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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How the founders of the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy got a very sweet deal “They gave nothing and took everything”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The departure of the American Associated Group NV – the former owner of the American University of the Caribbean in Cupecoy – has caused quite some controversy, not in the least because AAG seems to have left th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Buyers attempt to prevent auction by the bank – Parts of Caravanserai sold under false pretenses

St. Maarten – The Caravanserai drama entered the next stage on Friday when two companies that bought pieces of the property from Haresh Manek’s Kildare Properties in 2011 went to court in an attempt to prevent financer Scotia Bank from selling or

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Former calypso king Arrindell passed away

St. Maarten – Former calypso king Fernando Arrindell passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 70, the website sxmislandtime.com reported. Arrindell won his title in 1979. His son Roberto, aka Fish Da Mega Boss is the current calypso king.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation and ILTT solidify relationship for Carnival

GREAT BAY -The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and International Liquors and Tobacco Trading (ILTT), distributors of Heineken and Captain Morgan Rum have joined forces for Carnival during the next three years. With a working relat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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St. Maarten Airport gets Bizz award in Dubai

St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International  Airport Operating Company, PJIAE N.V. has been selected to receive another international business award as “one of the most prominent businesses in its industry and region.” Known as “The Bi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Andi Siegers talks cigars – Made in St. Maarten

St. Maarten /By Jason Lista – He walks in smoking one of his own cigars. Andi Siegers makes himself comfortable at the table and orders a drink. The sun starts to set as he takes another puff. He is relaxed. Like many young St. Maarteners, thoug

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Lake first minister to ever meet Corporate Governance Council

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake briefed the Corporate Governance Council (CGC) last Thursday on a number of matters including the additional members for the Supervisory Board of Gebe,  the acquisition of all Gebe-shares by the government

Opinion - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Opinion: American University of The Caribbean – School of Medicine

It is tough to wrap your mind around the inner workings of a politician. Point in case: National Alliance MP Louie Laveist. With his fellow faction member George Pantophlet he questioned Finance Minister Maarten Hassink on Thursday extensively – th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Approved budget amendment now awaiting advice from Cft

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is not out of the woods yet after the parliament approved the amendment to the 2013 budget on Thursday evening. Ratification of the ordinance by finance Minister Maarten Hassink and Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday should not b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Mental Health Foundation hosts congress on St. Maarten

St. Maarten -Director of the Mental Health Foundation Eileen Healy announced that there will be a congress on mental health beginning on September 30, titled Transforming Care. “Why the title Transforming Care? The congress symbol is the butterfly,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Statia teams up with SHTA for eco-conference

St. Maarten – “Maybe by changing Statia we can change St. Maarten,” Charles Lindo, Director of Tourism on Statia, said yesterday. He came to the island to promote the second Statia Sustainable Conference, a conference geared at educating the wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Elshot: Marlin’s views on Cola one-sided

St. Maarten - The president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot has called out Democratic Party Member of Parliament Roy Marlin over statements made in Parliament that the demands of unions for their cost of living adjustment would r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Workers intimidated from joining unions

St. Maarten - Many workers on St. Maarten are fearful and cower at suggestions that they are free to become involved in industrial relations. That’s the assessment of trade unionist Claire Elshot, who while speaking at the Windward Islands Chamber

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

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Central Committee continues budget amendment discussion – Financial supervisor under fire

St. Maarten– The financial supervisor Cft was taking some heat in yesterday’s Central Committee meeting about the 2013 budget amendment, both from Independent MP Frans Richardson and from Finance Minister Maarten Hassink. Richardson noted that

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

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Jordan Hunt and his vision for a St. Maarten film industry – An eye on the future

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista  - There is something special going on upstairs the DHL building in Cole Bay. The incubation period of what could turn out to be a remarkable chapter in St. Maarten’s cultural development is underway. Jordan Hunt come

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

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Montessori becomes University of St Eustatius School of Medicine

St. Maarten - A young and very vibrant group of medical students who will not only provide medical assistance for the local population as well as the rest of the world in the not too distant future have embarked on the beginning of their career after

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

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Parliament debates at length about 2013 budget amendment

St. Maarten – The parliament debated yesterday at length about the proposed amendment to the 2013 budget. The meeting began after 5 p.m. in the afternoon and continued way past our deadline. Members of Parliament opted to make broad statements that

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

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Pineapple awards set for November 22

St. Maarten - The 8th Annual SHTA Crystal Pineapple Awards is around the corner. On Friday November 22, the association will once again be gathering the ‘Who’s Who’ of the hospitality, tourism and trade industry and community of St. Maarten.

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

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William Marlin's credentials scrutinized and accepted for parliament seat

William Marlin’s credentials scrutinized and accepted for parliament seat

From left MPs Roy Marlin, Louie Laveist and Sylvia Meyers-Olivacce scrutinize in small committee the credentials of National Alliance leader William Marlin. They found everything to be as it should be and recommended to parliament to admit Marlin as

Editorial - Posted by on September 12, 2013

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Editorial: Budget Amendment

The budget amendment Finance Minister Hassink sent to parliament is a sensible piece of work, even though the financial supervisor Cft has expressed its doubts about it. Like with all good plans, substance matters more than intention. This is why

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

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Budget amendment targets reserves and casino fees

Cft wants more information about proposals St. Maarten – Amid lots of “political warfare” as opposition MP Louie Laveist expressed it, the Central Committee yesterday dealt with Finance Minister Hassink’s amendment to the 2013 budget. T

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

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Court grants compensation to acquitted murder-suspect

St. Maarten – Ray Anthony Spencer will receive more than 100,000 guilders in compensation from the state for the time he spent in prison and in a police cell – first as a suspect and then as a convict in the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian L

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

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Richardson’s position on the line

St. Maarten - The position of James Richardson as head of the National Security Service of St. Maarten (VDSM) clearly can no longer be maintained, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said during yesterday’s Council of Ministers weekly press briefi

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

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SHTA reiterates need for Electoral Council

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), stresses the urgency in having the Electoral Council becoming functional as soon as possible. With the 2014 elections around the corner it is imperative that this council is able

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