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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2013

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Vromi announces road closure Middle Region tomorrow

St. Maarten – Ministry of Vromi announces that there will be no through traffic tomorrow in Middle Region in the vicinity of the Hulda B. Richardson Road intersecting with Middle Region Road. The road closure will be from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. The a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2013

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Vromi announces road closure on Backstreet

St. Maarten – Ministry of Vromi announces that there will be no through traffic from the old parliament building/market on Back Street to the intersection by the Cadastre, DC Steeg and up to the juncture near Oranje School tomorrow in connection wi

Editorial - Posted by on October 24, 2013

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Editorial: Make love, not war

The demand by the prosecution of 10-year imprisonment against a girl who is just 17 years old sends a strong message to the younger members of our community. It is a strong call on young people to solve their differences in a peaceful manner, not wit

Opinion - Posted by on October 24, 2013

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Opinion: Same sex marriage

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams made a clear announcement when this newspaper asked her yesterday about the government’s position on the issue of same sex marriage. Nobody has to explain to us what the current political climate for this issue is:

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

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Committee discusses royal visit

Committee discusses royal visit

The members of the National Organizing Committee tasked with planning and organizing the upcoming royal visit with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. Seated from left, Chairman Keith Franca, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Vice-Chairman

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

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PM Wescot-Williams: “Time approaches for debate about same sex marriage”

St. Maarten – “The time is approaching that we will have to have that debate,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in answer to a question from this newspaper about the government’s position on same sex marriage. Two weeks ago, the f

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

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Court reopens investigation into Son Latino murders

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance reopened the investigation into the involvement of Rodriguez W. in the murders of Miquel Torres Cleman (21) and Antoine McKenzie Whit (25) on December 9 of last year near the Son Latino nightclub on Illidge

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

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Nature Foundation response to massive fish die off

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation was called on Monday by staff of Telem regarding a possible fish die off taking place in the Great Salt Pond. On arrival at the Telem main building it was noticed that the trench leading out from Turning Point in

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

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Port of St. Maarten and Lagoon Authority showcases at boat show

St. Maarten – For the first time ever, the Port of St. Maarten and the Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) will be showcasing the maritime and yachting sector of the country at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida from October 31

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Editorial - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Editorial: Alarming diabetes trend

Yes, we all know by now that the diabetes trend is alarming – also in St. Maarten. The question is: what do we do to buck the trend? So far, we have to depend on organizations like the Diabetes Foundation but – with all respect for their effor

Opinion - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Opinion: Balance sheet

A balance sheet has two sides: assets and liabilities. When the discussion turns to immigrants, and especially to illegal immigrants, there is a tendency to look at only one side of the balance sheet. You’re right: people tend not to look at the as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Grave concerns about pension fund – Finance Minister will comply with Audit Chamber recommendations

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Maarten Hassink wrote in a letter to the General Audit Chamber’s chairman Ronald Halman on October 3 that he is ready to comply with the recommendations the chamber outlines in its financial compliance review report

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Hassink drops turnover tax for exports to Saba and Statia

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Maarten Hassink confirmed on Friday evening that he will exempt products that are exported directly to Saba and Statia of the 5 percent turnover tax. As Prime Minister Wescot-Williams indicated earlier, a request to h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Insel Air’s Kluijver warns against higher taxes

WILLEMSTAD – Increasing taxes will lead to job losses in the aviation industry. Albert Kluijver, CEO of Insel Air, pointed this out during the State of the Industry conference of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in Martinique last week.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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Prime Distributors donates to Bikers for Boobs

Prime Distributors donates to Bikers for Boobs

As far as the eye can see, Harley Davidsons in all designs and size proceed with caution along the Airport Boulevard  on their way to the French side of the island. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - Breast Cancer awareness will not be a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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All set for Fête de la Cuisine

Henri Brookson, Chairman of the Top Promotion Foundation – the initiator of the Fête de la Cuisine – with his wife Agnes. Photo Art of Living Magazine.St. Maarten – The start of the annual Fête de la Cuisine is right around the corner whe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2013

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“Diabetes trend is alarming”

St. Maarten - Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the Diabetes Conference on Friday soon after her return from the Netherlands where she highlighted the importance of a joint approach to combatting the disease. The conference, organized by the Windward Isla

Editorial - Posted by on October 18, 2013

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Editorial: One way out

St. Maarten has painted itself into a corner that offers only one way out. The advice from the financial supervisor Cft on the approved amendment to the 2013 budget is far from complimentary and the threat of yet another humiliating instruction is al

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2013

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Opinion: Strange

During a recent Parliamentary debate I stated that where it pertains to remarks made by Members of the Second Chamber of the Netherlands, these remarks are almost certain to be carried front page by our two daily papers. I have also stated that the B

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

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Deadline for approved 2014 budget is December 15 – Cft threatens already with next instruction

GREAT BAY – If Sint Maarten does not have an approved 2014 budget by December 15, the board for financial supervision Cft will advise the Kingdom Council of Ministers to give the country a budget-instruction. This appears from the Cft-advice on the

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

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Court denies businessman direct ownership of land

St. Maarten – Julian Rollocks lost a lawsuit in the Court in First Instance this week against Country Sint Maarten over the ownership of a piece of land in Lower Princess Quarter. Rollocks demanded that the court declared he obtained ownership of t

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

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Verhoeven’s masterpiece comes alive at airport

Verhoeven’s masterpiece comes alive at airport

Bernie Verhoeven’s winning picture displayed at the arrival hall of the Princess Juliana International Airport. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - The most striking photograph taken by a professional or an amateur t

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

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Motorworld back on board with Carnival

St. Maarten – Motorworld and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) have once again joined forces to offer the winner of the Ms. Mature Carnival Queen Pageant and Senior Carnival Queen pageant, brand new cars as their grand prize.

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

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SHTA counts down to the Crystal Pineapple Awards

St. Maarten – The nominations for the 8th annual Crystal Pineapple Awards are coming to a close on Monday, the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) stated in a press release. The Pineapple Awards  is the only event which gives b

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

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Community service for domestic violence

St. Maarten – Stalon Murphy Ogarro and the mother of his children are still living together in spite of a flurry of violent incidents that puts their relationship in the stormy-category. The court sentenced Ogarro, 24, yesterday to a 2-month condit

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