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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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ACE Foundation students visit SXM Home

St. Maarten - Thirty student volunteers of the ACE Foundation visited the seniors at the St. Maarten Home on Friday as part of preparing the students to be civic minded. Principal of the school Claire Elshot explained that the kids made a presenta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Court suspends Topper’s restaurant owner’s detention

St. Maarten – After the bad news from last Saturday, when a driver lost control of her car and crashed through a part of Topper’s restaurant and bar in Simpson Bay, there was good news for the restaurant-owner yesterday afternoon, when the Judge

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Reaction to PWC integrity report: Dutch want criminal investigation (into the government of St. Maarten)

THE HAGUE – Justice has to initiate a large-scale criminal investigation into the “utterly corrupt” government of Sint Maarten. “The Second Chamber demands this, now that the controversial politician Theo Heyliger is grabbing the absolute pow

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Parliament takes Vorst Estate purchase out of 2014 budget

St. Maarten – The Parliament approved a motion to take a $5.5 million provision for the purchase of the Vorst Estate out of an amendment to the 2014 budget with 7 votes to 6. This blocks the purchase of the land, for which Vromi-Minister Maurice La

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Henson: “Between 20 to 25 illegal firearms seized in last six weeks”

St. Maarten —Between 20 and 25 illegal firearms have been taken off the streets by the police in the last six weeks, including one confiscated on the boardwalk on Sunday night, according to police spokesman inspector Ricardo Henson. Henson expla

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FCCA Conference predicted to equal tourism boost

St. Maarten -  With 100 cruise executives, presidents, chief executive officers, and approximately 1,000 conference attendees scheduled to attend the 21st Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Conference and trade show from October

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Social media abuzz with messages of congrats for TelCell breakthrough winners

St. Maarten –Judges announced the 2014 TelCell Breakthrough Talent Search winners in true Hollywood style at Saturday’s show at Maho. The winners and runners-up in the four categories were: New Generation Status won the Instruments segment with B

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Middle Region/Defiance Council continues fund raising efforts

St. Maarten -Nagico and Travel Rent a Car are two of the companies that have made donations towards the computer lab for kids envisioned by the Middle Region and Defiance Community councils and towards their attempts to assist the Dow foundation wit

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Crystal Pineapple Awards nomination still open

St. Maarten – Nominations  for the ninth annual Crystal Pineapple Awards, organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association continues. Nomination period officially opened on September 1st 2014. SHTA has been receiving nominations and

Editorial - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Editorial: Counterparts

That Cornelius de Weever turned his back to the Democratic Party and the coalition with the National Alliance and the United St. Maarten party over the counterpart-policy is simply not believable. Yesterday we learned that the Council of Ministers ap

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: A matter of time (before we’ll see another shift in St. Maarten politics)

Somehow, we already knew this of course but to hear ex-formateur William Marlin confirm it, gives even more food to the thought that Country Sint Maarten will remain politically unstable for the foreseeable future. It is only a matter of time before

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: Cults and gurus

Why would a creative society need fringe groups and gurus? Ross Douthat explains in this op-ed that appeared earlier in the New York Times. “Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: Political power at all cost  

Dear Editor, Before postulation day for the recently held election for Parliament of Country St. Maarten, young people were encouraged to get involve and postulate themselves on a list of a political party. What we saw happened with a first tim

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Minister De Weever already knew in October 2013: “Executing counterpart-policy is detrimental for economy”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Executing the counter-part article of the executive order on foreign labor is detrimental for St. Maarten’s economy because the labor supply is strongly dependent on immigration. This is the conclusion from an adv

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Ex-formateur William Marlin: “Matter of time before we see another shift”

St. Maarten – “It is a matter of time before you will see another shift,” former formateur William Marlin said at a press conference yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper about political instability. “There is not a problem wi

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St. Maarten Parliament meets for third time about budget amendment

St. Maarten – The Parliament meets this morning at 10 a.m. for the third time in a row to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget. On two earlier occasions, the meeting did not go through due to a lack of quorum. This morning’s meeting will be hel

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Local poem selected for choral music performance in The Netherlands

St. Maarten - Newly created music to Drisana Deborah Jack’s poetry will be performed at the 55th anniversary concert of the Delft Ars Vocalis Chamber Choir in the Netherlands, according to Jack’s publisher HNP. Dutch composers Rita Hijmans and

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USM and VLF offer EFT classes to general public

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin in its efforts to meet the growing needs of the community of St. Maarten, is now embarking upon an adult education class, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in collaboration with Victorious Living Foundation

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Bewilderment in DP about appointment informateurs

St. Maarten – Democratic Party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams used air quotes yesterday afternoon to express her bewilderment about Governor Holiday’s decision to appoint two informateurs on  Thursday, after UP-leader Theo Heyliger’s presentatio

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Car crashes into Topper’s restaurant

St. Maarten– A stroke of bad luck hit Topper’s restaurant in the early hours of Saturday morning when a driver lost control of her car and crashed literally through the front end of the business. The car took down a large billboard, destroys benc

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Justice Academy Cadets interviews Minister of Justice

St. Maarten—Illegal weapon possession and the victims of human trafficking were high on the agenda of the cadets of the customs and immigration services during a recent interview with justice minister Dennis Richardson. The cadets wanted to know

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Top US Expert to Speak at SXM Safety and Security Conference

St. Maarten -Director of Civil Aviation at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Gerald Dillingham, is among the featured speakers at the forthcoming Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition being organized by the Princess Juliana Internati

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ACE Foundation students visit SXM Home

St. Maarten—Thirty student volunteers of the ACE Foundation visited the seniors at the St. Maarten Home on Friday as part of preparing the students to be civic minded. Principal of the school Claire Elshot explained that the kids made a presenta