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Editorial - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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Editorial: Going for gold

The prosecution is going for gold, so to speak with a demand of life imprisonment for gang leader Omar Jones and his hitman Carlos Richardson. The prosecution is apparently not impressed by recent rulings from the appeals court – that overturned

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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Opinion: Caribbean passport

Andre Bosman is at it again, now with a proposal to introduce Caribbean passports for citizens in St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao. A dark blue for Curacao, a light blue one for Aruba and probably an UP-green one for St. Maarten. How crazy is that?

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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Opinion: It’s all about drugs – and power

How do you even begin to describe a trial that involves a gang whose members committed at least six murders, attempted to kill a couple of others and made drugs, weapons and violence their everyday business? How is it possible to understand that a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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Gynecologist shot twice at Yogesh Building

St. Maarten - Gynecologist Dr. Randall Friday was shot twice by an unknown gunman yesterday morning around 8.45 a.m. in front of the Yogesh Building on the A.J.C. Brouwers Road where he has his practice on the second floor. According to witnesses,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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No support for Bosman’s Caribbean passport idea

THE HAGUE – The proposal by the VVD to introduce separate passports for citizens in St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba should lead according to initiator André Bosman to a debate about the passports in the Kingdom. He has not researched whether the in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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PM reacts to RGM court ruling – “We have no plan B at this time”

St. Maarten -In her first reaction since Tuesday’s decision of the Court in Instance for the government to occupy the new administration building on Pond Island within 12 months and also pay damages to developer RGM, the prime minister said that sh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2013

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Second day Vesuvius-appeals – Prosecution demands again life for Jones and Richardson

St. Maarten – Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded on appeal life sentences against gang leader Omar Jones and his hitman Carlos Richardson yesterday for the four murders they committed in 2011,  the two attempts at manslaughter, firearm possessi

Editorial - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Editorial: Life sentences

All eyes will be on Solicitor-General Taco Stein this morning when he begins with the presentation of the case for the prosecution against seven defendants in the Vesuvius-case. Most of that attention will go to what this appeals process holds for th

Opinion - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Opinion: It all begins with tourism

A commentary in the Dutch travel and tourism island paradise St. Maarten reflects the feeling of the local St. Maarten travel industry community. The overall message is not to take the fruits of tourism for granted. Sometimes it’s good to hear stuf

Opinion - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Opinion: White elephant

The court has spoken and now we will have to wait for the effect. Developer RGM won its court case against the government about the new government administration building on Pond Island. It is hard to believe that any government would order a huge

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Court orders government to move into white elephant

Developer RGM wins lawsuit: twelve months to abide St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has sentenced the government to move into the new government administration building on Pond Island within twelve months – therefore the latest on Nov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Two life sentences at stake

Vesuvius-appeals begin with exhaustive presentation of the facts St. Maarten - A team of around twenty police officers set up shop at the Belair Community Center around eight o'clock yesterday morning to prepare for the first day of the appeal in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2013

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Justice Minister updates Parliament “There will never be a crime free St. Maarten”

St. Maarten – “There will never be a crime free St. Maarten, that time has passed,” Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said as he gave a presentation on the state of affairs of his ministry to the Permanent Committee on Justice in Parliament

Editorial - Posted by on November 25, 2013

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Editorial: Tis the season

The festive season is right around the corner and don’t we know it. We’re still in November but already we notice that criminals are gearing up to collect their Christmas presents. The daylight robbery that took place yesterday in the middle of t

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

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Theo Heyliger calls on airport to lift lien on Winair

Theo Heyliger calls on airport to lift lien on Winair

[caption id="attachment_25930" align="alignleft" width="250"] MP Theo Heyliger. Photo today / Leo Brown[/caption] St. Maarten – The Leader of the United People’s (UP) party and Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger calls on the supervisory board

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

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Jewelry store robbed at gun point

St. Maarten – Armed robbers targeted the Helena Jewelry store on Front Street yesterday around noon and made off with several trays of golden earrings. The masked robbers hit a security guard with a gun in his face and entered the store were the

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

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Today Newspaper honored with Public Media Award 2013 - Crystal Pineapple Awards names Jan Beaujon Person of the Year

Today Newspaper honored with Public Media Award 2013 – Crystal Pineapple Awards names Jan Beaujon Person of the Year

[caption id="attachment_25928" align="alignleft" width="550"] The winners of the Crystal Pineapple Awards proudly show their trophies. Photo Today / Leo Brown[/caption] St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade association SHTA decorat

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

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Police catch burglar red-handed

St. Maarten – Police arrested a burglar identified as A.A.E.Y. red-handed on Thursday around 10.45 a.m. after he was caught breaking into a house on the Pumpkin Road while its owner was at home. The patrol arrived the man was just leaving the ho

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

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Children’s parade celebrates library milestone

St. Maarten - Ninety years after it first became a hub for readers and future leaders on St. Maarten, staff, supporters and children that utilize the Philipsburg Jubilee Library banded together to celebrate its diamond anniversary. On Saturday they t

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

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Girl caught with drugs at St. Maarten Academy

St. Maarten – A female student identified as S.P. at the St. Maarten Academy PSVE was caught in the possession of marijuana on Friday morning. The school principal told police that the drugs were found during a routine control when the student ente

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

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Kelaha’s Keoma Hamer honored as NAPW pro woman of the year

Kelaha’s Keoma Hamer honored as NAPW pro woman of the year

[caption id="attachment_25929" align="alignleft" width="250"] Keoma Hamer. Photo contributed[/caption] GARDEN CITY, NY -- NAPW honors Keoma L. Hamer, founder and president of The KeLaHa Projects Foundation, as its 2013/2014 Professional Woman of t

Editorial - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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Editorial: Competition

Today the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association celebrates its eighth Crystal Pineapple Awards event with a gala dinner in Maho. The event has become a valued tradition as it highlights the best performers in the hospitality industry. R

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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Opinion: Memory loss

At times we have been utterly surprised by defendants in our courtroom who claimed that they did not remember anything. Such was for instance the case with the young man that attempted to rob the Tackling gas station in Cole Bay on April 30. He told

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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Opinion: Spies

The story in NRC Handelsblad about “illegal spying” in Bonaire by the Dutch intelligence service AIVD is, to say the least, remarkable. While author Joep Dohmen does not reveal the sources that confirmed his story, one has to consider that NRC Ha

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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Former Antillean PM De Jongh-Elhage: “I am shocked” – AIVD spied illegally on Booi and El Hage

KRALENDIJK – The Dutch intelligence service AIVD spied on politicians in Bonaire between 2005 and 2010, an investigation by NRC Handelsblad revealed yesterday. The targets of this illegal operation that was kept secret from the Antillean cabinet we

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2013 – No spots for St. Maarten in hotel and beach top-25

St. Maarten – For a tourist destination, St. Maarten does not have a strong appeal to the visitors of the TripAdvisor website, or so it appears from the rankings in the 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards. While the country receives more than 1.5 milli

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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St. Maarten Timeshare owner survey – Restaurants, retailers and casinos benefit most from timeshare owners

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners spend on average 10.9 days in St. Maarten and they spend on average $980 on dining, most of it outside of the timeshare resorts in the local economy. This appears from a survey the shared ownership services division o

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 21, 2013

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Editorial: Closure

On May 26, 2009 the island was in shock after the brutal and senseless murder of businessman Haresh Dayalani. Indian merchants closed their stores for two days and offered a reward for information and citizens formed a new crime task force. For a lon

Opinion - Posted by on November 21, 2013

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Opinion: Begging for money

Of course Members of Parliament have the right to file motions. They did it in spades in April during the belated debate about the ill-fated 2013 budget. Now parliamentarians are complaining that the government is not executing the motions it approve

Opinion - Posted by on November 21, 2013

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Opinion: Conditional release

The draft criminal code is a product that has the fingerprints of former Justice Minister Roland Duncan all over it, though it would be unfair to shove the shortcomings entirely onto his plate alone. There are fifteen other suspects in this game: the

Opinion - Posted by on November 21, 2013

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Opinion: Sinking ship

The opposition of the Government in Curacao against the announced mass dismissals at Telecom provider UTS were to be expected. When the going gets tough – as is happening now at UTS – politicians quickly lose their head, think about their voters

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

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After 4.5 years, suspect in court for Dayalani-murder

Trial postponed due to attorney’s food poisoning St. Maarten – Four years and 179 days after armed robbers fatally shot businessman Haresh Dayalani, murder suspect Robertson Craig P. appeared in court yesterday to give account. The now 31-yea

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

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Past, Present, and Future. The Philipsburg Jubilee Library

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – The friendly staff pointed the way to the library director’s office yesterday. Monique Alberts stood at the door with a smile and offered some tea. Her office also serves as the library’s archive for old and valu

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

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Focus on identity for Rights of the Child 2013

St. Maarten - Children need special protection and even with migration patterns, they must feel a sense of belonging. That was the message of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams for yesterday’s observance of International Day of the Rights of the

Opinion - Posted by on November 20, 2013

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Opinion: Window-prostitution

Prostitution is not that much of a hot item anymore in St. Maarten since the humiliating departure of Justice Minister Roland Duncan. But the industry is still there and it seems to be well-protected. We may think differently about prostitution, but

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