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

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French-side youngsters turn out in droves for employment forum

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT-The unemployment rate among young people on French Saint Martin is estimated at more than 50 percent of the young adult population. Chronic unemployment and in some cases underemployment was the reason why several agencies partnered

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

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Justice Ministry opens hotline for exploitation victims

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Justice National Reporting Bureau on Human Trafficking has opened a hotline for victims of exploitation. The number - 542-2537  - is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. complaints can also be

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2013

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Opinion: integrity assessment Country St. Maarten: Strengths and weaknesses (2)

This is part 2 of the strengths and weaknesses chapter from Transparency International’s integrity assessment of Curacao. Part 2 appeared in our Thursday edition and part 3 will appear tomorrow. In the Curaçao National Integrity System, party dis

Editorial - Posted by on October 11, 2013

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Editorial: Making October 10 a National Holiday on St. Maarten

The call for making October 10 a national holiday has some merit. St. Maarten has more with the date it obtained autonomy in the Kingdom than with the meaningless Kingdom Day on December 15. Yet the latter date is a day off, and so far October 10 is

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

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St. Maarten Police Chief Peter De Witte: “New generation will be more outspoken and opinionated”

St. Maarten – “It feels as if the police force is constantly taking exams from a rigid teacher,” Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte said in his address yesterday during the celebration of the third anniversary of the force as an independent enti

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

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Third anniversary autonomous status Marlin wants national holiday on October 10

St. Maarten – Two years ago, during the parliament’s commemoration of its first anniversary as an autonomous country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands the atmosphere was subdued. “It is like a funeral in here,” Franklin Meyers, at the time Mi

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

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Mother gets suspended sentence for complicity to sexual assault

St. Maarten – A 38-year-old mother who stood trial in June for complicity to sexual assault on two of her daughters by two of her sons received a significantly lower sentence yesterday than the prosecution had demanded. In June, the prosecution

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

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Peace Is hosts St. Maarten’s Day fundraiser at Taloula Mangos

St. Maarten – “Taloula Mangos will again host the best breakfast on St. Maarten’s Day,” Glenville Blake, president of Peace is Foundation, said yesterday at Taloula Mango restaurant at the Sint Rose Arcade on the Boardwalk. “And this is the

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

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister receives update on status of Maho Group

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received an update from the Maho Group regarding the Maho Group, including Sonesta Maho and Sonesta Great Bay. Besides the prime minister the meeting was attended by Armando Pizzuti, Vice President

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

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St. Maarten Immigration launches new travel guide and residency brochures

St. Maarten – The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) will be launching its new brand within the coming months. The organization is no longer the Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND). The brand launch will delve deeper into t

Editorial - Posted by on October 10, 2013

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Editorial: Move on (Dutch Kingdom investigation instruction)

Nothing has changed in the position of the St. Maarten government about the instruction to Governor Holiday. The Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers have met this week with the governor to discuss the issue, but details about these talks do n

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

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Demand 18 years against Son Latino murder suspect

St. Maarten – The prosecution demanded 18 years imprisonment against 34-year-old Rodriguez W. yesterday for his involvement in the murders of Miquel Torres Cleman and Antoine McKinzie Whit on December 9 of last year near the Son Latino nightclub on

Opinion - Posted by on October 10, 2013

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Opinion: Integrity assessment of country St. Maarten (2)

What would a national integrity system assessment of St. Maarten look like? Critics of Transparency International’s reports say that the findings are to general; at times they have even been compared to “a refined Google search.” Below is part

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

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No official start yet to integrity investigation of country St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and the Council of Ministers met this week with Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday and discussed the Kingdom instruction for an integrity investigation. Wescot-Williams said that she discussed the issue on Mon

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

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St. Maarten’s three years country status: Stumbling from crisis to crisis

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – To stumble: to miss one’s step in walking or running; trip and almost fall. This characterizes the first three years of St. Maarten’s adventure as an autonomous country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The isl

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

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Backstreet partially closed tonight

St. Maarten – The Ministry Vromi announces that there will be no through traffic from the beginning of Backstreet to the intersection near Angelo’s Boutique tonight from 8 pm to 12 midnight. The alleys will also be closed. Ministry Vromi apologiz

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

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Camille Richardson Street closed

St. Maarten – The Police Department announced that in connection with the celebration of Constitutional Day today, the E Camille Richardson Street, Police Station Alley, will be closed until 5 p.m. The public is asked to pay attention to this notic

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

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“Back in the Day” Heritage theme for St. Maarten’s Day 2013

St. Maarten – Minister of Culture Patricia Lourens introduced the members of the St. Maarten Day Committee to organize the upcoming St. Maarten’s Day celebrations yesterday at a press conference in the A C Wathey Legislative Hall. The theme for t

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

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Elshot calls for national observance: Mental Health Day 2013

St. Maarten - Today, stakeholders locally and globally are observing World Mental Health Day under the theme Mental Health and Older Adults. President of the Mental Health Caregivers and Patients Association Claire Elshot has called on the entire

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

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St. Maarten Residence Permit pick-up start this Saturday

St. Maarten – The Admittance and Residency Office is calling all persons who have filed a request for change from BTA Category 1 to regular residence permit to visit the office in order to collect the decision on their application. The issuing will

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 9, 2013

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Founder Saba Medical School on trial for tax evasion in US

Founder Saba Medical School on trial for tax evasion in US

[caption id="attachment_25380" align="alignleft" width="150"] Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough. Photo Vitals.com[/caption] KRALENDIJK / FORT MYERS - Patricia Hough, according to her lawyers, is an altruistic psychiatrist who helped her husband build two Ca

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

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No contract signed yet with Transparency International

GREAT BAY – The government of St. Maarten still has not signed a contract with global corruption watchdog Transparency International for the execution of a National Integrity System assessment. Answering questions from this newspaper, TI-spokeswoma

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

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Hunt: “St. Maarten is in a perfect position”: Central Committee updated on potential film festival

Eyelander Entertainment gave a presentation on a potential international film festival to the Central Committee of Parliament yesterday. The group hopes it will gain support from MPs for the idea. Photo Today/Jason ListaSt. Maarten – “We are

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

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Minister Lake met with the Saunders community council

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake met last week Wednesday with the Saunders Community Council upon the request of the council. The Saunders Community Council has a number of pressing issues that they would like to see addressed by the Mi

Opinion - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Integrity assessment (of Country St. Maarten) (1)

What would a national integrity system assessment of St. Maarten look like? Critics of Transparency International’s reports say that the findings are to general; at times they have even been compared to “a refined Google search.” Below is part

Editorial - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Editorial: Transparency

There is plenty of space for improvement in the field of transparency in St. Maarten. We all know this, so it is nothing new really. The government has to be transparent in its decision making and the body that controls the government-the parliament-

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Cole Bay Ice Plant operations halted because of non-compliance

St. Maarten – Inspector General, Dr. Earl Best explains in a statement to the press yesterday that the Inspectorate of the Ministry of VSA would like to inform the general people about recent unofficial publications in the media concerning the Cole

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Family members Miss Curacao arrested on drugs charges

WILLEMSTAD – Eline de Pool, recently crowned as Miss Curacao, may lose her crown because her father, her brother, her uncle and two of her cousins were arrested last Saturday for drugs and weapons possession. The 19-year-old won with her title the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Parliament accepts credentials UP-leader Theo Heyliger

St. Maarten – UP-leader Theo Heyliger will take up the seat in parliament Dr. Ruth Douglass vacated as soon as he is sworn in by Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday. A committee consisting of MPs Dr. Lloyd Richardson, Patrick Illidge and Johan Leonard ex

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Chandra Offringa: Profile of a young entrepreneur

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Amidst the current political turmoil gripping St. Maarten, with its integrity in doubt and its image as a morally bankrupt place hardening in the minds of many observers, life still goes on. There are other stories b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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APS and PM sign agreement on completion new administration building

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed an agreement yesterday with the National Pension Fund APS towards the understanding of exploring the financing possibilities between government and the APS which will go towards the completion

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Auction Christopher’s land continues as scheduled

St. Maarten – The auction of Elaine Christopher’s property in Statia will continue as scheduled tomorrow. On Friday, the Court in First Instance heard arguments in summary proceedings about the auction that is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Ch

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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St. Maarten Parliament approves inheritance law

St. Maarten – The parliament approved several pieces of civil legislation yesterday without much ado. Among the approved draft laws is the national ordinance on inheritance and donations. “This law will improve the position of the surviving sp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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St. Maarten Aids Foundation launches youth wing

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Aids Foundation officially launched its Youth Wing at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on Friday evening. Community Projects Coordinator Kimberley Meijers oversaw the event and led an information session with the new memb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Website St. Maarten parliament out of date

St. Maarten – The website of the Parliament of St. Maarten contains outdated information and does not provide current information about central committee and parliament meetings. Yesterday the website’s home page featured a truckload of storie

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