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Supreme Court finds no grounds for cassation in Velasquez-case – Rape-conviction irrevocable against ageing businessman

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Almost two years after the Common Court of Justice found businessman Bobby Velasquez guilty of raping his 16-year-old niece, the Supreme Court has ruled that there are no grounds for cassation. The decision from the

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Fish kill raises more questions than answers

St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - In a race against time to separate the dead fishes from the living, the relative authorities are now faced with more questions than answers, but the biggest question is what could have caused so many fishes to die

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

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Dutch Council of State considers legality integrity-probe

THE HAGUE - The Council of State in The Hague has taken into consideration the advice the government of Sint Maarten wants about the legality of the contested instruction to Governor Holiday to order an integrity investigation. On its website, the co

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

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UN-researcher Verene Shepherd: “Black Peter is racist and a return to slavery”

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands has to stop with the Sinterklaas-celebration because Black Peter is “racist and a return to slavery.” That is the opinion of Verene Shepherd, the Jamaican chairwoman of a United Nations Committee that has been charged

Opinion - Posted by on October 23, 2013

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Opinion: Lead paint

The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be embarking upon an open house within the next two weeks.  During the weekly open house, members of civil society will learn about the separation of powers between the executive (Council of Minsters) and the legi

Editorial - Posted by on October 23, 2013

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Editorial: Waste of energy

It seems a bit of a stretch to devote so much ink and energy on the non-discussion about Black Peter – the naughty helper of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. As we pointed out yesterday, there is a perception of racism and that at least this percept

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“Migrants are the engine of the economy” Richardson wants easier access to Dutch passports

St. Maarten – “Migrants are the engine of the economy and they should be able to obtain a Dutch passport in an easier way,” Justice Minister Dennis Richardson is quoted as saying in an article that appeared in the Volkskrant yesterday. “It

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Red Cross offers help but no shelter for fire victims

St. Maarten – “We have been so blessed with the help of the Red Cross, we are very thankful,” was one of the many positive reactions from victims of the fire in Colebay. Some 60 people were looking for shelter yesterday at the Red Cross and acc

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Police nab Malaysians with a hundred stolen credit cards

St. Maarten – After a tip a police bike patrol arrested three criminals from Malaysia on Front Street on Sunday afternoon, and confiscated a hundred stolen credit cards that were found in their hotel room. The three men were busy buying jewelry fro

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MP Richardson contemplates pros and cons of legalizing marijuana

GREAT BAY – Legalizing marijuana in St. Maarten requires parliament to look at all aspects before making a judgment, National Alliance MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson said on Sunday in that other Lloyd Richardson’s radio program People’s Voice. “W