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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce launches teaser-DVD for investors’ guide

“Sub-hub for Latin-American and European transport services” St. Maarten – In the presence of Minister of Economic Affairs Ted Richardson, and managers and board members of sponsors Smitcoms, the airport, the harbor and Gebe, the Chamber of

Editorial - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Editorial: Not helpful

It remains a bit of a mystery why seven members of parliament opted not to show up for a Central Committee meeting about the heavily contested kingdom decree that orders Governor Holiday to conduct an independent integrity investigation. One may w

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Killers Helmin Wiels received half a million

Pro forma hearing brings details about assassination to light Curacao – The unknown party that commissioned the assassination of Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels paid the killers half a million guilders (close to $280,000). The prosecution su

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Finance Minister Hassink strikes back at Tuitt: “There wás no internal control department”

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink shot down claims by his predecessor Roland Tuitt that he closed down the ministry’s internal control department when he took office this summer. “There was no internal control department,” Hassink

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Decision about prosecution MP Illidge still this year

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will issue its decision still this year about the solicitor-general’s request for a court order to prosecute independent MP Patrick Illidge. Yesterday, the court heard the request in chambers. Both partie

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Reader writes: The honorable thing

Dear editor, Congratulations to Gebe and the people of St.Maarten on the full ownership of the shares of the company. Now that we are the sole owners of our utility company Gebe NV we need to eliminate a very dark page in the history of the com

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Opinion: Personal choice

Ask a politician a direct question and you will always get an indirect answer. That is why we fired an indirect question at Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Hassink yesterday: what should a politician do when he (or she) becomes th

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Half a million (Helmin Wiels Assassination)

The men who conspired to assassinate Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels received half a million guilders, or close to $280,000 for the job. For minimum wage earners this must sound like a lot of money – and it is – but put into perspective the c

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Opinion: Election mood

Finance Minister Martin Hassink came up with a more than reasonable answer to allegations by his predecessor Roland Tuitt yesterday. In terms of credibility, we rate Hassink’s point of view much further up the ladder than Tuitt’s lame attempt at

Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2013

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A reader writes: Offshore medical schools

The initiative by Senator Durbin to introduce the Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act (FMSAFA), which would impose 'some' restrictions on Caribbean medical schools (at least four offshore schools) is laudable. The nearly half a billion

Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2013

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Opinion: Off to the races

And we’re off to the races again. The December 15 deadline to approve the 2014 budget has passed and there is no indication that a budget debate could take place this week. Therefore, the board for financial supervision Cft has done what it has to

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 18, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Congrats

Dear editor, We want to congratulate both Nzinga Lake and Anastacio Baker for being elected to the board of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce. We have confidence that together with the other board members you will do an excellent job for the bus

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2013

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Opinion: Determination to bring MP case to court

The prosecution’s decision to address the Common Court of Justice with a request for permission to prosecute independent MP Patrick Illidge in the Bada Bing bribery investigation gives off different signals. First of all, it shows the determinat

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

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St. Maarten retailers brace for 30,000 plus cruise ship visitors today

St. Maarten – Philipsburg, and indeed the entire island, is bracing itself today for the arrival of an unprecedented 9 cruise ships – 8 large vessels and 1 smaller – at the A C Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities. This is the highest number of c

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

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Prosecution asks court’s okay to prosecute MP Patrick Illidge

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Common Court of Justice for permission to prosecute independent MP Patrick Illidge, a suspect in the Bada Bing bribery-investigation. The court handled the request yest

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

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More time to approve budget, but instruction still possible

St. Maarten - The Board for financial supervision (Cft) advisedthe Kingdom Council of Ministers on Monday to give Sint Maarten an instruction in case there is no adopted 2014 budget by January 16, 2014. In its advice about the 2013 budget the Cft

Editorial - Posted by on December 17, 2013

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Editorial: Who is who?

One may well wonder about who is the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication in St. Maarten: Ted Richardson or Romain Laville? Yesterday Laville hosted an “urgent” press conference at the parliament building abou

Opinion - Posted by on December 17, 2013

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Domestic violence: a Christmas story

It’s the middle of the night, when I am suddenly awakened from my sleep by the ringing of my phone. As usual when I am on call, I immediately pick up the phone. I am informed that I should drive to an address to investigate a case of ill-treatment.

Opinion - Posted by on December 17, 2013

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St. Maarten Electoral reform

A year ago, National Alliance leader William Marlin expressed his thoughts about electoral reform during a broadcast of Lloyd Richardson’s Voice of the People radio program. Since that day in December, a lot has been said about electoral reform but

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

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St. Maarten prepares for invasion by 30,000 cruise ship passengers

St. Maarten – Representatives of the police force met with stakeholders to discuss the busy holiday season and the arrival of eight cruise ships in port tomorrow. St. Maarten will receive around 30,000 visitors from these cruise liners. The poli

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

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St. Maarten twins with Newark – Minister Richardson: “This is a great opportunity”

GREAT BAY – Sint Maarten is about to embark on a sister city-relationship with Newark in New Jersey, independent MP Romain Laville announced yesterday at a press conference in the parliament building with Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted R

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

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Winair makes three inaugural flights

St. Maarten –Windward Islands Airways (Winair) made three inaugural flights on Sunday – to Tortola, Curacao, and Anguilla. The fourth route the airline has added to its schedule is the Dominican Republic. The Santo Domingo inaugural flight was se

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

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Bank puts loans to UTS Curacao on hold – UTS St. Maarten financially supports parent company

St. Maarten / Curacao – Telecom provider UTS remains in financial dire straits and the pressure increased just before the weekend when the MCB bank decided to put a 95 million loan to the company on hold until the restructuring plans have yielded t

Opinion - Posted by on December 16, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Internal control

During my tenure as minister of finance, I noticed that the government of St. Maarten was operating without a proper functioning internal control department. Thus I made an agreement with the Soab (internal auditors of government) to get a profession

Editorial - Posted by on December 16, 2013

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Editorial: Priceless

Members of the King-family once more showed what they are made off when they visited Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte to express their gratitude for the way law enforcement handled the investigation into the gruesome murders of Michael and Thelma Ki

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

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Fiber optic cable finally connects Saba and Statia

St. Maarten – The Saba Statia Cable System (SSCS) landed n Friday morning at the TelEm manhole on the Great Bay beach in St. Maarten but keen observers noted that the cable was spliced: one part goes to TelEm daughter Smitcoms, the other part to th

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

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King family expresses its gratitude to police

St. Maarten - The entire family of murder victims Michael and Thelma King visited the police station in Philipsburg on Friday to present a plaque to Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte. The family expressed this way its gratitude for the great job the

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

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St. Maarten Police search prison

St. Maarten – A large police force consisting of around 25 officers did an extensive search at the Pointe Blanche prison on Saturday. The officers were looking for forbidden items such as cell phones, drugs and weapons. Repeated calls to prison dir

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

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No life sentences but acquittal, Vesuvius-attorney Brooks demands Jones and Richardson maintain innocence

St. Maarten – Acquittal from all charges. That is the position of attorney Brenda Brooks for gang leader Omar Jones and his hitman Carlos Richardson. On Friday, Brooks presented her four-hour long plea in the Common Court of Justice. Jones and Rich

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

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