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

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Prison time looms for Coconut Pete

St. Maarten – On September 25, Peterson R., better known by his nickname Coconut Pete will hear in the Court in First Instance whether he has to spend 15 months behind bars for a burglary he allegedly committed on May 5 in Simpson Bay and for fenci

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

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SHTA commends on message MPs

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), the largest private business representative on the island, commends on the clear message made by Members of Parliament to the Council of Ministers pertaining to the Annual Repor

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

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Union condemns non-payment of teacher increment

St. Maarten - Although teachers are working with a new salary structure, the annual increments they receive within their salary scale remains the same. The increase of sorts is usually paid out by August 30 every year but this year things appear diff

Editorial - Posted by on September 5, 2013

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Editorial: Sense of urgency

Judge van de Ven looked perplexed yesterday morning when a prosecutor told him that unconditional prison sentences for suspects that are not detained at the moment of their sentencing cannot be executed at the moment. The message is realistic and

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2013

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Opinion: Hanky-panky at the Westin

The court case was once more about grand theft yesterday. An operational manager – or rather, a former operational manager – at the Westin Hotel fiddled with credit cards and robbed the company of around $220,000. One would think that large co

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

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Mega-embezzler may just get community service – No place in prison to execute sentences

St. Maarten – A man who embezzled almost $220,000 in just 27 months from the Westin Hotel is facing a completely conditional prison sentence and community service because there is no place for him in the Pointe Blanche prison. Prosecutor Gonda v

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister berates MP Frans Richardson

St. Maarten St. Maarten – “Acting on behalf of the parliament has as far as I know not been mandated to any individual Member of Parliament,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing. The PM reacted to a lett

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

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Addicted burglar sentenced to 21 months imprisonment

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Antonio Rafael Wilson to 21 months imprisonment with 7 months suspended and 2 years of probation for a string of crimes that includes a burglary at the home of his older brother and a case of ill-

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

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St. Maarten’s utility provider G.E.B.E loses power twice

St. Maarten – Yesterday Gebe lost its electricity twice during the day, leaving several parts of the island in the dark. The first occurred in the morning at approximately 9.50 a.m. when a stress cone in the high tension cable connection gave wa

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

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Government will voice position on Bosman-law “very clearly”

St. Maarten  – The parliament urged the government in a motion on Tuesday “to make every effort to ensure that the Bosman-initiative does not become law” but Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams made clear at yesterday’s press briefing that

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

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Finance Minister Hassink: “Budget-amendment will be approved before instruction”

St. Maarten – “We basically expect an instruction to say: balance the budget,” Finance Minister Maarten Hassink said at yesterday’s press briefing in a reaction to the announcement by the financial supervisor Cft that it had advised the Kingd

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

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The long night of terror – Hurricane Luis remembered (Sep. 5, 1995)

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista - It’s been nearly 20 years since that day, 18 to be exact. I can still remember it clearly. In the week before the 5th of September, 1995, we watched on the TV as the monster Category 4 hurricane slowly formed and ap

Editorial - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Editorial: Nice touch

Predictably, the parliament voted yesterday unanimously in favor of a motion against André Bosman’s initiative law to restrict the admission of citizens from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba to the Netherlands. While Members of Parliament cried f

Opinion - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Opinion: I agree with Bosman

Dear editor, Let’s see if people in St. Martin are mature and can pass with flying colors. I the Patriot would be a hypocrite if I disagreed with Bosman. He is simply fighting to make sure his Dutch Caucasian identity is protected; it has nothin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Cft-advice: budget instruction

St. Maarten – The financial supervisor Cft has advised the Kingdom Council of Ministers to give St. Maarten an instruction “to accomplish an adopted 2013 budget that complies with the standards of the Kingdom Act.” In a press release, the Cf

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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St. Maarten Parliament adopts motion against Bosman draft law to restrict access to the Netherlands

St. Maarten – Slavery, the Second World War, Martin Luther King, discrimination – all these topics rolled around yesterday morning when the parliament discussed the Bosman initiative-law to limit the access of citizens from St. Maarten, Curacao a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Dutch Minister Plasterk supports Bonaire’s Kingdom Representative Stolte

THE HAGUE - Kingdom Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk has no doubts about the integrity of Wilbert Stolte, the Kingdom Representative in Bonaire. According to a recent publication in NRC Handelsblad the political unrest on the island began after St

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Hans Wesselink new interim Chief Prosecutor for St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Hans Wesselink (66) will be, for the next six months, the interim Chief Public Prosecutor for St. Maarten. Wesselink succeeds Hans Mos who returned to the Netherlands on August 1. Wesselink arrived on Sint Maarten with his wife on Fr

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister outlines plans for pilot projects

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has outlined plans to launch two pilot projects that will address areas where St. Maarten is lacking based on the ‘Millennium Development Goal Report for St. Maarten’. The prime minister exp

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Wifol calls for workers security during business changeovers

St. Maarten AY- Wifol president Theophilus Thompson is registering concern over what he calls a “very serious problem within the labor market.” He believes that many businesses are now patterning themselves after the fiasco involving Pelican Reso

Editorial - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Editorial: Core tasks

Finance Minister Hassink’s mission impossible continued with a debate in the central committee yesterday. The minister is miffed that politicians in the Netherlands picked up on his statement – that a zero-budget deficit may be a mission impossib

Opinion - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Opinion: Let’s talk about drugs

The discussion about drugs policy is an interesting one. Decades ago already a policeman in Amsterdam called Appie Baantjer called for the decriminalization of drugs, because the damage drug addicts caused to the community in the Dutch capital alone

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Browllia Maillard Campus hit by vandals

Browllia Maillard Campus hit by vandals

The fire service vehicle at the school campus yesterday. Photo DCOMM St. Maarten – Classes at the Mac School Browllia Maillard Campus will be back to normal on today starting at 8 a.m. Yesterday teachers, parents and pupils were confronted

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Finance Minister Hasssink: “Fixing 2013 budget is a waste of my time”

Finance Minister Maarten Hassink (middle) during yesterday’s Central Committee. Photo Pearl FMSt. Maarten – “80 Percent of my time is spent on getting the 2013 budget fixed. For 50 percent, that is a waste of time, and it does not give me time

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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“It is all about the show, not about parliament” – MP Marlin vents his anger about ruling by Arrindell

[caption id="attachment_24813" align="alignleft" width="250"] MP Roy Marlin: “This is not a playschool.” Photo Today / Leo Brown[/caption]St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Roy Marlin became incensed when parliament President Drs. Gracita Arrind

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Mosquito fogging starts Thursday

St. Maarten – The Section General Health Care announces that mosquito fogging will commence on Thursday in the Cole Bay and Belvedere areas. Residents are however strongly advised to continue to step up measures at homes and businesses to mitiga

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Online course participant speaks on National Development Plan – Davis: Make yourselves be heard

St. Maarten – “The prime minister has thrown down a friendly challenge to ensure that everyone is involved in the development of the nation and to take part in what we are called to do. Make yourselves be heard,” Rodney Davis, participant in th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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SER meets with Development Fund

St. Maarten – The board of the Social Economic Council (SER) met with the interim director Keith Franca of the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) on Wednesday. The SER has taken the initiative to gain better insight in the activities of the NGO-co

Editorial - Posted by on September 2, 2013

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Editorial: No sympathy for the Bosman law

That there is no sympathy for the Bosman-law in St. Maarten or elsewhere in the Caribbean is understandable, but the arguments to support this position that we hear are at times weak, at times predictable and at times not helpful at all. The weake

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

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Listening to St. Maarten’s past: Marimbolas and the Mango Tree

From left, Jan Beaujon, Carlson Velasquez, and John “FeFe” Hyman playing under the mango tree at Velasquez’s home in French Quarter.  Note Velasquez’s metallic tres guitar, characteristic of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Photo James RoidisSt. Maarte

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

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Banco di Caribe opens second branch office

The staff at Banco di Caribe’s branch office on Walter Nisbeth Road. Standing from left senior account manager Petra Maynard, merchant service officer Shahaira Richardson and general manager Madelon Dijkhoffz; seated from left: cashier Chantal

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

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Four men ambush septuagenarian

St. Maarten – Four men ambushed a 70-year-old man when he was about to enter his house on Grenada Road in Madame Estate on Saturday evening at around 8.45 p.m. The robbers hit the man above his right eye and tied him up with duct tape. Then they ro

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

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Allison van Dam wins Chippie dream vacation

St. Maarten - Allison Van Dam is the winner of the Chippie Dream Vacation Giveaway. Allison will select the trip of her choosing to wherever in the world she would like to go, totaling a value of up to 10,000 guilders. Chippie, the mobile operator of

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

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Graduate Caroline Gibbes is fascinated by legislation: “Without laws it would be chaos”

Graduate Caroline Gibbes is fascinated by legislation: “Without laws it would be chaos”

[caption id="attachment_24784" align="alignleft" width="300"] Graduate Caroline Gibbes shows her thesis. Photo Today / Leo Brown[/caption] St. Maarten / By Daphne Stuut – After a study of 7 years, recent law graduate Caroline Gibbes went back t

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