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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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King-murders / Prosecution sticks to life imprisonment for Johnson

Defense calls on Vinter-arrest for lower sentence St. Maarten – Meyshane Kemar Johnson must be sentenced to life imprisonment for the gruesome murder of Michael and Thelma King. That is the demand Solicitor-General Taco Stein presented to the Co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister tours causeway

St. Maarten - The Harbor Group of Companies organized an information session at the Simpson Bay Causeway yesterday at the request of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. She was joined by the Préfet Délégué of Saint Martin and St. Barths, Phili

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Central Committee meeting on American University of the Caribbean – Illidge motion “Chrismas Joke”

St. Maarten - National Alliance MP William Marlin called the motion proposed by independent MP Patrick Illidge a “Christmas joke,” in a Central Committee meeting yesterday that often strayed from its main agenda point, the matter of the so-called

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: Urban historian

You gotta love this story: an American women spent 35 years of her life recording the TV-news. That resulted in a ridiculous collection of 140,000 videos. Oh, wait, we take back the word ridiculous, because the lady did something truly remarkable. Sh

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: Safety first

Service and safety of our residents is most important, but when it comes to that of our visitors, it is a horse of a complete different color. Reason being, safety and service to our visitors is our bread and butter. Let us start once again, in or

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: Integrity

Define integrity – easily the word of 2013 in St. Maarten. With two integrity investigations in full swing, this seems to be an appropriate time to reflect on what exactly we mean by this term. The focus is obviously on politicians and civil servan

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: Bonehead motion

Of all the motions that have ever been submitted to parliament, yesterday’s Illidge-motion – supported by the UP, independent Laville and DP-MP Roy Marlin beat them all. It is a classic bonehead motion that will absolutely go nowhere. It is ill-t

Editorial - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Editorial: Interesting situation

The solicitor-general demanded a life sentence yesterday against Meyshane Johnson, the killer of Michael and Thelma King, in the face of a rapidly changing legal environment where the question whether life imprisonment violates the constitution has t

Editorial - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Editorial: Balancing act

Now that the contours of the draft 2014 budget have emerged, it is clear that 2014 will indeed be a meager year for St. Maarten. The architect of the budget has cut straight through the mess left behind by the 2013 budget and brought it down to le

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: One more time: Nelson Mandela

The global outpouring of respect for Nelson Mandela suggests that we’re not just saying goodbye to the man at his death but that we’re losing a certain kind of leader, unique on the world stage today, and we are mourning that just as much. Mandel

Opinion - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Opinion: National Health Insurance

During the campaign for the elections in 2010 the NA, the DP and the UP promised that a National Health Insurance would be in place by January 1, 2011. We are 3 years further now, still no National Health Insurance. Could Minister Cornelius de Weever

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Wescot-Williams about commonwealth: “Too early to talk about new structure”

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson’s remarks about a commonwealth structure for St. Maarten and the Kingdom do not represent the official position of the government. That became apparent from answers by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-W

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USM students take business law exam

St. Maarten - Twenty-five students sat down for their exam in business law at the University of St. Martin yesterday evening. The students attended fifteen meetings during the semester that began in August. Business law is an obligatory part of their

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Up to four years jail time for gang of ATM skimmers

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced yesterday three Canadian men, a Portugese and a Lebanese to prison sentences varying from 30 months to 4 years for skimming ATMS at several banks in Philipsburg, money laundering and membership of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2013

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Hassink: “Certain plans cannot be executed in 2014” – Public Health Ministry hit hard by budget cuts

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink disagrees with the content of the letter financial supervisor Cft sent him on December 3 with a warning that the 2013 budget could close with a 13 million guilders deficit. “They look at this in a dif