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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Growing discomfort among seniors

St. Maarten - There is growing discomfort among the ranks of senior citizens over several concerns, among which are quality healthcare affordability and the rising cost of living. So says first vice president of the St. Maarten Senior and Pensione

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Demand on appeal 3 years for money laundering

St. Maarten - Solicitor-General Taco Stein demanded 3 years imprisonment against Fernando Jose Medina Martinez yesterday. In April of last year, the Court in First Instance sentenced Medina Martinez to 26 months imprisonment with 12 months suspended

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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MP Patrick Illidge a free man again

St. Maarten – Independent  parliamentarian Patrick Illidge, a suspect in the orca-investigation, was released from custody yesterday. In a brief press statement, the prosecutor’s office stated that it had decided not to ask for Illidge’s pre-t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Bada Bing owner Van den Heuvel pleased and angry after Illidge’s release “Just like Patrick, I have already been sentenced”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The prosecutor’s office decided yesterday not to ask the Judge of Instruction for the pretrial detention of independent MP Patrick Illidge and to release him from custody. The decision triggered mixed reactions, a

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Opinion: Work pressure of judges and public prosecutors

You’d think that when the independent judge issues a ruling the case is closed. Justice has been done – the men and women in black (with a touch of white) have spoken. But there is an increasing level of concern among judges, and also among prose

Editorial - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Editorial: Half the story (Patrick Illidge)

Patrick Illidge is a free man again and his co-suspect in the Orca-investigation – Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel – was immediately at hand to shine his light on the situation. It seems indeed odd that the two suspects have undergone such

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Man acquitted of improper sexual contacts with girl

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance acquitted a 43-year-old defendant yesterday of improper sexual contacts with the young daughter of his (now former) girlfriend. The prosecution demanded 12 months imprisonment, with 6 months suspended, 3 year

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Italian justice finds “incriminating link” between Corallo and Schotte

GREAT BAY, ROME, WILLEMSTAD – Justice in Italy confirms that they have found some incriminating documents in Francesco Corallo’s possession, linking the former Prime Minister of Curacao, Gerrit Schotte to the casino owner. This is according to Ko

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Minister De Weever starts in mini triathlon on Sunday

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever will take part in the Sunset mini triathlon on Sunday. The event comprises of a 200-meter swim, an 8 kilometer bike race and a 2 kilometer run, the minister said yesterday. “I will take

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Wescot-Williams about integrity investigations: “Let them get it out of the way”

St. Maarten – The government still disagrees with the way the Kingdom Council of Ministers integrity investigation in St. Maarten, but the threat that civil servants would refuse to cooperate with the Governor’s committee is off the table. Prime

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Four years for attack on Chucky

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two men yesterday to 4 years imprisonment for their involvement in a stabbing in the Pointe Blanche prison on May 4 of last year that left the victim, Omar Smith Nelson, better known under his nic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Committee presents financial report: Costs royal visit stayed well below budget

St. Maarten – The first visit by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to St. Maarten  - in November of last year – has cost the state 336,600 guilders – well below the budgeted 473,000 guilders the government had put at the disposal of the

Opinion - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Opinion: The nature of the game

If we made newspapers the way politicians ply their trade when there are elections on the horizon, the island would be on fire 24/7. We would probably also spend more time in court than behind our laptops. The rumblings this time started in – or

Editorial - Posted by on January 31, 2014

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Editorial: Integrity

The integrity waters seem to be a lot less troubled these days than they were just after the Kingdom Council of Ministers issued its decree in September of last year. The government still does not agree with the way it all went down, but now the mess

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Bosman, Van Laar concerned over Prosecutor’s Office

THE HAGUE – Dutch MPs Roelof van Laar (PvdA) and André Bosman (VVD) expressed their grave concerns in the Dutch Second Chamber in The Hague over the overall capacity and effectiveness of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) in Curacao, Aruba, an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Marine trades fire back at Mingo: Call his conclusions “ludicrous”

St. Maarten – At the recent inauguration of the Simpson Bay Causeway, CEO of the Harbor Group of Companies blasted members of the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA). Many of them “forget that the same government, or government owned co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Prime Minister congratulates people on Causeway: “A great day for St. Maarten”

St. Maarten - “The Causeway has been a part of the infrastructural plan for this island for many years and it is my pleasure to congratulate all the persons who have been a part of and who have stood behind the vision of the Causeway and pushed for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Robbery victims foil attackers: Subdued robber dies while struggling

GREAT BAY - A would be robber died after being physically subdued by the victims he tried to rob during a botched home invasion in Oyster Pond yesterday around 3 pm. The victims said that while they were at home they were suddenly confronted by three

Editorial - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Editorial: A test of justice

The incident where a robbery suspect apparently died during a struggle with his alleged victims could have complex repercussions. From what we can tell in the preliminary report – and we do not know all the facts - the suspect bit off more than he

Opinion - Posted by on January 29, 2014

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Opinion: Good behavior

How do you change people’s behavior? That question has hunted politicians all over the world forever. And based on results, they still have not found the answer. This has something to do with the way politicians view people. In the socialist vis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Tromp praises Causeway: “This project will remove an obstacle to growth”

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp was positive in his remarks at the inauguration of the Simpson Bay Causeway last Saturday. Speaking to a packed audience under the tent near the bridge the island

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Explorer of the Seas turned back: Passengers sick with contagious virus

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health recommended to the chief medical officer on-board the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas bypass St. Maarten altogether - the vessel was scheduled to visit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Damage control: National Alliance installs new interim president

St. Maarten – The National Alliance (NA) held a press conference at the Holland House hotel yesterday afternoon in what appeared to be damage control and to ease the concerns of its voter base. The party has suffered an exodus of former candidates

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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3 miraculously survive plane crash

St. Maarten – According to reports received, a small Aztec Piper twin engine aircraft carrying 3 people crashed off the coast of St. Maarten near Guana Bay yesterday. The aircraft left St. Barths and was on its way to Grand Case when both engines f

Opinion - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Opinion: Abortion

Abortion is one of those hot topics that will never fail to divide communities. The question is obviously not whether someone is for or against abortion. Nobody is for abortion. The question must be whether women have the right to decide about their

Editorial - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Editorial: The dangers of modern travel

A potential disaster was wisely avoided yesterday with the relevant health authorities requesting that Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas turn back and return to home port rather than dock here. Hundreds of passengers and crew were reportedly i

Editorial - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Editorial: The dangers of modern travel

A potential disaster was wisely avoided yesterday with the relevant health authorities requesting that Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas turn back and return to home port rather than dock here. Hundreds of passengers and crew were reportedly i

Opinion - Posted by on January 28, 2014

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Opinion: Dr. Richardson should resign as MP

Dear editor, I read Dr Lloyd Richardson’s statement and I must say that his main reason for jumping ship is in my opinion weak and strange. Doctor Richardson is acting as if he is a clairvoyant. I wonder what he will do if his new party does not

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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MP Lloyd Richardson quits NA: Will run with UP next election

St. Maarten – Member of Parliament Dr. Lloyd Richardson has resigned from the National Alliance (NA). He joins a string of others who have also left the party recently. He was the party’s fourth highest vote getter, after William Marlin, Frans Ri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Causeway poll results in: Most want Suzette Halley as bridge name

St. Maarten – Today and UTS conducted a poll on naming the Causeway. 4 potential names were suggested for the bridge. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima, Suzette Halley, Integrity Bridge. People could also suggest their own choice. 124 people resp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Simpson Bay Causeway officially inaugurated: UP leader chides critics

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger minced no words on Saturday during the official opening of the Simpson Bay Causeway. The UP leader lashed out at critics of the bridge, including fellow c

Editorial - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Editorial: Here we go again

The gun epidemic on St. Maarten showed its ugly face again. This time the news is even more disturbing than last time. A 13 year old boy - 13! – was found carrying a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol. Although police said it carried only blank she

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: St. Maarten roads 2

Dear Editor, How many times have I spoken with Minister Maurice Lake of VROMI who has only promised to do something about Union Road in Cole Bay where, as I predicted, would become overly congested now that the causeway is open, we now have 2 majo

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Unfair KLM prices

Dear Editor, We, founders of Facebook page ‘Unfair KLM ticket prices SXM – AMS’ (www.facebook.com/unfairklmticketprices), were not quite sure who to address this letter to. We know there is something really wrong, but we are not quite sure w

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2014

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Reader’s Letter: Vision

Dear Editor, It starts with a Vision for 21st Century Sint Maarten, 2014 and beyond During the inauguration ceremony on Saturday, January 25 for the Simpson Bay Causeway, nearly every speaker spoke about a vision.  A vision is a view of what

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