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

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First ecological assessment conducted since 2010

Nature Foundation: fish abundance increases by 10-20% St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation recently concluded a research project where the changes were measured in the environment of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park since it was established almo

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

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Court denies request to extradite drugs-suspect

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice denied an extradition request submitted on behalf of the United States of America’s Attorney-General Erik Holder Jr. The US asked St. Maarten on May 10 to extradite John Henry M. whom it accuses of posses

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Opinion: Opening of St. Maarten’s parliamentary year a festive event

The opening of the parliamentary year is basically a festive event where the governor presents the government’s plans for the coming year. In a way, this is our “troonrede” akin to the address King Willem-Alexander will deliver next week Tuesda

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Tenth report progress committee: Duncan unconvinced of need for renovation Pointe Blanche

St. Maarten – The progress committee St. Maarten was still very much put out about the delays the renovation of the Pointe Blanche prison encountered. In the tenth progress report, that Minister Ronald Plasterk sent to the Second Chamber earlier th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Izi head chef Laurence honored with award

Izi head chef Laurence honored with award

Wendell Laurence (center) receives his award from Parliament President Gracita Arrindell. To the right is Izi-owner David Foini. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Wendell Laurence is the recipient of the first President of Parliament Aw

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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St. Maarten Parliament drifts into new year on Ravel’s Boléro – “Structural campaign against corruption, money laundering”

Governor Holiday passes the honor guard on Wilhelmina Steeg on his way to the parliament building. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “A new corporate culture for the Government of St. Maarten calls for creativity to do much with littl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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HPV vaccine available for women – Cervical cancer campaign starts at schools

St. Maarten – Health Minister Cornelius de Weever announced yesterday the official launch of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) National Vaccination Program amongst young girls. HPV is a virus that causes cervical cancer, the second most common cancer

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Dorcas Foundation receives big donation for upgrading kitchen

St. Maarten – Members of the Dorcas Foundation established in 2002 to formalize the community service activities of the Seventh Day Adventist Community in Cole Bay, received a donation of 73.973,83 guilders from the Cooperating Foundations of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Stakeholders agree on draft for bridge opening times

St. Maarten – Last Wednesday the representatives of the St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA), the St. Maarten Princess Juliana Airport, and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority Corporation (SLAC) met at the SLAC offices in Simpson Bay to furthe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 11, 2013

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Unions not invited to opening of parliament

St. Maarten -Although social partners such as trade unions were not invited to the opening of the Parliamentary year 2013/2014, the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (WICLU) says that it still wishes the country’s highest legislative body mu

Editorial - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Editorial: Departure of MP Laville

Independent MP Romain Laville announced yesterday what may have been his last speech in parliament. That seems a bit early, given the fact that his current term in office only ends after next year’s elections. If it is Laville’s intention neve

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Opinion: Promoting crime

Hans Werdmölder, a cultural anthropologist and criminologist posed an interesting question in an op-ed in the Volkskrant yesterday. “Is it not so that crime is being promoted when starting criminals know there are always free lawyers at the ready?

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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MP Romain Laville announces departure

“I have come to the overwhelming conclusion that we do not care” St. Maarten – Independent MP Romain Laville announced his departure from politics during yesterday’s closing of the 2012/2-13 parliamentary year. “This may be my last spee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Marlin wants more control over government-owned companies

Closure parliamentary year 2012-2013 St. Maarten – The closing of the 2012-2013 parliamentary year began yesterday morning with a request by National Alliance MP Louie Laveist to have the parliament examine the credentials of former Vromi-mini

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Chief Commissioner Wernet sent home – Navarro gets support from parliament

WILLEMSTAD – Chief Commissioner Marlon Wernet has been suspended by Justice Minister Nelson Navarro pending the investigation into the death of Luigi Florentina. But Navarro seemingly still has the confidence of the parliament and he will remain in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Blue Flag locations evaluated on St. Maarten

International jury to decide on status  St. Maarten - Compliance of St. Maarten’s Blue Flag locations Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and The Yacht Club Isle de Sol with the 2013 Blue Flag criteria was scrutinized and evaluated by national Blue Fl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 10, 2013

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Overall unemployment dropped Minister De Weever: “We can build St. Maarten together”

St. Maarten – The overall employment on St. Maarten has dropped as well as that of the youth, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever said in a speech at the Laying the Foundation presentation at the Dutch Quarte

Editorial - Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Editorial: Pretu’s death in Curacao police cell

The death of the one before last link between Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels and his killers took his own life on Friday evening in a police cell in Curacao. It is tempting to follow the leader of Prime Minister Asjes – who used the term su

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Opinion: Compensation for the role the Dutch played in the history of slavery

Will St. Maarten – and with it the other Caribbean islands – ever see compensation for the role the Dutch played in the history of slavery? The late Helmin Wiels estimated that 200 million guilders would do it, but so far, not a penny is in our b

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

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St. Maarten’s PM initiates steps on reducing overall cost of living

St. Maarten -“A cost of living increase effects the entire community and citizens are faced with the high cost of living on St. Maarten,” commented Prime Minister Wescot-Williams on the discussions over the cost of living adjustments that have be

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

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Possible drug overdose at St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – A woman who was found at a restroom at the Princess Juliana International Airport on Saturday afternoon lost her conscious because of a possible drug overdose. The lady was discovered with a weak pulse and police officers found her

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Wiels murder suspect Pretu found dead in police cell

Wiels murder suspect Pretu found dead in police cell

Florentina, aka Pretu, arrives in Curacao after his arrest in Zoetermeer. Photo Crimesite CamilleriWILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Luigi Lorenzo Florentina is dead. The 27-year-old committed suicide in his cell in Barber by hanging himself with parts of

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

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No classes at Sundial school tomorrow

St. Maarten – Sundial School will be closed for classes tomorrow. The school only will be open for Hospitality Form 3 and 4. Regular classes will continue on Wednesday. The school is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

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Final week to submit funding application

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens – Philip is reminding persons, institutions, and organizations that are involved in keeping the Intangible Cultural Heritage alive with craftsmanship; this we

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

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Nature Foundation launches second lionfish derby

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation will be launching its second Lionfish Derby during the months of September and October where participants are asked to register with the Nature Foundation before Friday in order to win cash prizes for most lionfi

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

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St. Maarten’s PM on Bosman Law: Absolutely not; this is one Kingdom

St. Maarten - “During the course of many years numerous Dutch politicians and political parties have come with suggestions to limit the movements of persons from within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams comment

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

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Wescot-Williams confidence about budget

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams commented on Friday that although items related to the 2013 budget are based in the law regarding financial supervision, it is unfortunate that there is a lack of discussion regarding the financial

Editorial - Posted by on September 6, 2013

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Editorial: A brutal insult (to autistic children and Down syndrome sufferers)

That there are children in our community that needs more attention in school than others is a fact. Under the law on compulsory education it is the government’s responsibility to take care of these children and to give them the best possible care.

Opinion - Posted by on September 6, 2013

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Opinion: Fifteen children (Unicef Report)

The discussion about the Unicef-report that describes the situation of children and adolescents in St. Maarten received the traditional Pavlov-reaction from both Education and Culture Minister Patricia Lourens and several Members of Parliament. The b

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

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Advice MP Lloyd Richardson to families of autistic children: “Move to a developed country”

St. Maarten – National Alliance MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson advised families that have children with for instance autism or down syndrome “to move to a developed country” where they would have better facilities to see to the needs of their children

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

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Man dies after CPR fails

St. Maarten - A long-time resident of St Maarten, died several minutes after he complained of feeling ill when he collapsed while walking with a close friend in the upper section of Cay Hill, opposite Kooyman last night. Efforts to secure the iden

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

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“Are fifteen children a representative sample?” Minister Lourens and MPs criticize Unicef-report

St. Maarten – The Unicef report about the situation of children and adolescents in St. Maarten drew fire from Education and Culture Minister Patricia Lourens as well as from several members of the Central Committee yesterday morning. The main quest

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

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Crofty-bomb injures Academy-student

St. Maarten – A student at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE sustained injuries yesterday morning from a homemade plastic bottle bomb, commonly known as a Crofty-bomb. According to a police report, a fellow student probably threw the bomb. The victim su

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

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Daytime robbery at Porto Cupecoy

St. Maarten – The sales office at Porto Cupecoy was robbed yesterday afternoon, according to sources. Two armed men entered the premises and tied up the staff with zip ties while making off with an undisclosed amount, though sources speculated ther

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

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MP Johan Leonard gets his facts upside down

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Johan Leonard somehow got his facts upside down when he addressed the issue of special education during yesterday’s Central Committee. The Ministry of Education has designated a new school in Belvedere for

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