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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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St. Maarten PM next week in parliament about electoral reform

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed that she has been invited to parliament to elucidate on her work towards electoral reform, on February 11 or 12. “One of the matters that will surely be discussed during those days will b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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Tax inspectorate missed $8.3 million in taxes over last three years: Exotic dancers cost treasury a fortune

St. Maarten – Over the past three years the treasury has missed almost $8.3 million in taxes and social premiums that nave not been paid by so-called exotic dancers – a government euphemism for prostitutes. Exotic dancers get a permit to work

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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Justice Academy and medical students join massive effort: Action against chikungunya

St. Maarten – So far, there have been 40 confirmed cases of infections with the chikungunya virus on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. So far, none of the patients had to be hospitalized, but the situation is considered so serious that now a massive e

Editorial - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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Editorial: No alternatives

We read somewhere that MP Louie Laveist disagrees with the double SZV-premium employees will have to pay this year. That is of course possible, but Laveist stretched the truth a bit by claiming that this measure has been taken without the approval of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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More activities in Festival Village after carnival

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – In an effort to stimulate entrepreneurship and better use of the St. Maarten Festival Village, the Stichting Overheidsgebouwen (SOG) has embarked on a weekend program together with the Strictly Business Educational Foundation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Burglar’s cause of death remains unclear

St. Maarten – The autopsy on the burglar that died in a struggle with residents in Oyster Pond last week Tuesday has not yielded a clear answer to the question about the young man’s cause of death, the prosecutor’s office said before the weeken

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Minister De Weever leads by example

St. Maarten - If there was ever a debate to see which minister in the government of St Maarten is the fittest, then Cornelius de Weever would secure the majority of the votes, though Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams would be a tough competitor fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Minister De Weever about expansion SMMC: “Well-equipped hospital not the interest of one political party”

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever applauds the efforts by Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake, to begin discussions with the Management of St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) on the hospital’s expansion, to ensure the timely processi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Emergency mosquito fogging begins Wednesday

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Collective Preventive Services (CPS), advises residents of Belvedere, Dutch Quarter including Union Farm and Garden of Eden, and Middle Region that a cycle of emergency mosquito fogging will start on Wednesday. Homeowners d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Basketball player dies at season’s opening

St. Maarten -  Just when every thought that day one in the 2014 St Maarten  national Basketball Association season would have set the tone for the remaining of the highly anticipated tournament, one player died while warming up for game two just ho

Editorial - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Editorial: Ping pong ball

The expansion of the medical center has become a political ping pong ball whereby politicians are jockeying for honors. First there was Vromi-Minister Lake who stepped into the playing field of Public Health Minister De Weever with assurances abou

Opinion - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Opinion: Non-heroic citizens

Concerned citizens from Simpson Bay – apparently afraid of their own shadows – lambasted telecom provider UTS for “holding a poll in the Today newspaper” about a possible name for the bridge across the Simpson Bay lagoon. Said residents turne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Pinder faces again 14 years for drugs-related murder

St. Maarten – Stevenson Pinder told the Common Court of Justice on Thursday that he had not had a fair trial in 2013 when the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 14 years for the murder of Gaston Ambroise Gumbs on November 10, 2012. Solicitor-

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Baby-murder appeal postponed

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice postponed the appeal hearing in the Middle Region baby murder to February 27. The defendant, Dalton Danelle Le Blanc, is currently serving a 15-year sentence for the gruesome murder that took place on April

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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TelEm merger with UTS has reached final stages

St. Maarten – The merger of telecom provider TelEm with a strategic partner is close. Based on information this newspaper received the TelEm Group of companies will merge with local competitor UTS. “The final decision has not been taken yet bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Reaction to statements by Jaap van den Heuvel

“Prosecution handles identical cases always the same way” St. Maarten – “The Public Prosecutor’s Office always treats suspects in identical cases the always same way. However, all cases have their own nuances and this is certainly the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Accomplice to Son Latino murders sentenced to 18 years imprisonment

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Rodriguez Leonel Prosper Weinum yesterday to 18 years of imprisonment for complicity to the murders of 25-year-old Anthony Whit and 21-year-old Miguel Torres Cleman on December 9, 2012 near the So

Editorial - Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Editorial: Equal treatment

The Public Prosecutor’s Office maintains that it treats identical cases always the same way, as the reaction to statements made by Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel show. That is of course a laudable objective, but the question has now been posed

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