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

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Would-be robbery suspect does not remember a thing

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij demanded a 4-year prison sentence against Sylvester Giovanni M. for an attempted robbery at the Tackling gas station in Cole Bay on April 30. The 20-year-old defendant claimed he does not remember anything.

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

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Man sentenced for biting off ear

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Francis Clifford on Wednesday to an 8-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and 58 hours of community service for a drunken fight in a little bar on Arch Road whereby he bit

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

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CPS calls on physicians to remain alert for Cholera

St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS) has sent out a notice to all general physicians to remain on alert with respect to cholera after the Ministry of Public Health received a Cholera Alert from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (

Opinion - Posted by on October 17, 2013

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Opinion: Heavy syrup

The tragic killing of Mark Anthony Reid Morgan would have brought closure to the bereaved family – in as far as closure is possible for such a heartbreaking event – if only legislators had done their job. That the court sentenced the killer to

Editorial - Posted by on October 17, 2013

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Editorial: Government’s Integrity Investigation now in overdrive

There is no other way to say this: the government has gone into overdrive and is pushing its own integrity investigation with unprecedented enthusiasm and with the proper sense of urgency. In spite of the explanation Justice Minister Dennis Richar

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

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Baby-killer sent to jail for 15 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance ruled yesterday that Dalton Danelle Le Blanc was in a state of diminished responsibility when he brutally murdered a 2-month old baby in Middle Region on April 2. At the trial on September 25 the prosecutio

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

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Beaujon, Gibson and Wit lead integrity investigation of the public administration in St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Justice Bob Wit, retired banker Jan Beaujon and Cft board member Richard Gibson Sr. have been appointed to a committee that will, as Justice Minister Dennis Richardson said it, “do a sweeping investigation into the integrity of the

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

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De Weever: It’s no longer a crisis, it’s a disaster

De Weever: It’s no longer a crisis, it’s a disaster

Minister De Weever, with hands on hips tries to assess the damage of the early morning blaze while listening to what two of the affected had to say. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten / By Milton G. Pieters - Four days after the raging fire that

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

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Attackers Devon Otto on trial in February

St. Maarten – Two men who are charged with attempted murder on Devon Otto in the Pointe Blanche prison on July 20 of this year saw their cases postponed until February 5 of next year yesterday because attorneys still want to hear witnesses at the J

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

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Court rejects objections against trustee Hijmans: Eratos squeezed $4 million loan out of bankrupt Sabra

St. Maarten – Sabra NV extended in 2006 personal loans totaling slightly more than $4 million to the company’s principals Mark and Johnny Erato. This appears from the company’s annual financial report for 2006 that was submitted to court by att

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

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Tzu Chi, ACE foundation reaches out to fire victims

St. Maarten – The Tzu Chi Foundation joined by All Children’s Education (ACE) Foundation school reached out on Tuesday to the victims of the fire that completely destroyed a number of homes at Wesley Lane, Cole Bay early Sunday morning. Tzu Ch

Opinion - Posted by on October 16, 2013

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Today's Opinion: Integrity scans

Today’s Opinion: Integrity scans

When the news came from the Hague that the government will go for a quick scan we scratched our heads. It feels a bit like the cabinet, after its defeat in the Kingdom Council of Ministers, is going out of its way to show how concerned it is about in

Editorial - Posted by on October 16, 2013

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Editorial: Integrity Quick Scan

The announcement that the government is now suddenly interested in an integrity quick scan is remarkable to say the least, but the suggestion that such a scan would make the integrity investigation ordered by the Kingdom Council of Ministers obsolete

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

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Elshot wants salary scale committee: Union-board backs decision on cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten – Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions Vice President Claire Elshot acknowledged yesterday that not all unions agree with the decision by the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu – of which Elshot is the president – to accept th

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

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Union wants cheap mortgages from local pension fund APS

St. Maarten – The general pension fund APS should make mortgages available at reduced interest rates to teachers and civil servants, said Claire Elshot, Vice President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions at the union’s weekly press br

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

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Sarah Wescot-Williams in top-ten of most powerful women

Sarah Wescot-Williams in top-ten of most powerful women

Powerplay: the most powerful woman in St. Maarten, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams – shakes hands with the most powerful woman in the Netherlands – Public Health Minister Edith Schippers.St. Maarten – The Dutch feminist monthly magazine Op

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

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Elshot criticizes casinos for abusing trainee-dealers

St. Maarten – Casinos are hiring interns as dealers without paying them any compensation. According to the vice president of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions, Claire Elshot this is a form of abuse that needs to be addressed. “Train

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

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Kidney transplant info session at University of St. Martin

Kidney transplant info session at University of St. Martin

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) will hold a kidney transplant information session at the University of St. Martin on Thursday from 6.45 p.m. to 10 p.m. In St Maarten there is a growing population of persons who have a chronic k

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister announces integrity quick scan

THE HAGUE – St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has announced in a surprise move in The Hague that the government will go ahead with an integrity quick scan. Wescot-Williams is for a four-day visit in The Netherlands where she met w

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Opinion: Expectations (from the prosecutor’s office)

By Mr. Geert Hatzmann* More than a year ago I wrote in this newspaper an article about the incomprehensible if not scandalous way the Public Prosecutor’s Office left a client of mine who had become the victim of a cowardly crime out in the cold.

Editorial - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Editorial: Proper instructions (for attorneys to visit clients at the police station)

The trouble attorneys encounter at the police station when they want to visit their clients seems to be a highly unnecessary complication to the relationship between the partners in the judicial chain. Apparently the frustration with some members

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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French ask assistance with deadly shooting

St. Maarten – The French side authorities submitted a request for judicial assistance to the prosecutor’s office in Philipsburg yesterday, following a shooting in French Quarter on Sunday morning whereby 24-year-old Arinaldo Hanley was killed.

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Light pollution talk right on target

SABA / By Suzanne Nielsen —Astronomer Stephan Martin’s Thursday night talk on light pollution was more prophetic that he realized. His lecture at the Sea and Learn conference on the dangers of artificial lightening was only hours before neighbor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Pandemonium at police station

Officers deny access to clients; attorneys enragedSt. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Attorneys Shaira Bommel and Cor Merx hit a blank wall yesterday when they wanted to visit their clients at the police station. The police refused them access, saying

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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“No need for integrity audit” SHTA sees room for direct improvement

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) is cognizant of the issues surrounding the discussion about the execution of an integrity audit. “But we are concerned that the real issue is being lost in the debate,” the asso

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Laser 101 celebrates 20 years with massive bash

St. Maarten - “Everybody has a surprise,” Gee Money of Laser 101 said yesterday, as the station hosted the representatives, or the “four families,” as he put it, of St. Maarten nightlife – Bliss, Tantra, Le Shore, and Soggy Dollar Bar – l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Heineken Regatta holds Facebook photo competition

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is organizing a Facebook photo competition which will be open to all photographers both professional and amateur. The organizers are looking for the best photos in three different categories; St. Maa

Editorial - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Editorial: A day for the history books

If you consider that most people find the day they get married one of the highlights of their life, the decision by two men to tie the knot in hostile territory in Marigot becomes more than remarkable. Of course people are entitled to voice their

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Analysis of the instruction: Good for Sint Maarten but not good for the Governor

Today asked extraordinary professor in constitutional law Arjen van Rijn to shed his light on the instruction the Kingdom Council of Ministers gave last week to Governor Holiday to order an integrity investigation. Van Rijn concludes: Sint Maarten di

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Fire ravages Haitian City

St. Maarten- An early morning fire in the Cole Bay area has left more than 30 families homeless and caused extensive damage to nearby properties. The fire reportedly started just after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday and while the origin of the fire is still

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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TV-documentary about 3 years of country St. Maarten: Poverty, violence and teen-prostitution

St. Maarten – Dutch television aired Jean Mentens’ documentary about Sint Maarten on Saturday. It is part of a trilogy under the moniker Caribbean Netherlands, three years later. The 25 minute production took viewers to places like Belvedere and

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Two men write history in Marigot

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Two men wrote history on Saturday when they got married by first vice-President Guillaume Arnell at the Hotel de la Collectivité – registering the first same-sex marriage ever in Saint Martin. The French senate legalized ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Armed robbery in Beacon Hill

St. Maarten – A 30-year-old man was robbed of his possessions by three armed robbers on Friday around 5.30 a.m. One of the robbers was armed with a gun, a second one with a knife. They threw the victim on the ground, threatened him with their weapo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Computer wizard Andrew Haripersaud “It is a passion”

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – He is a wizard, of sorts. His magic, though, is in the realm of technology. His store in Cay Hill is aptly called The Wizards. What may baffle and frustrate the average computer user is a passion for Andrew Haripersa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2013

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Virgin America researches options in St. Maarten

St. Maarten -Virgin America is conducting a market research on the island as part of its long-term plans, the company disclosed at a meeting the airline requested with the St. Maarten delegation at the recently concluded World Routes 2013 in Las Vega

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