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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Shooting suspect remains in jail until October trial

Shooting victim Richard Vidal. Photo giveforward.comSt. Maarten – Aleandro de Jesus St. J. loudly proclaimed his innocence yesterday morning in the Court in First Instance, but Judge Koos van de Ven saw no reason to suspend or terminate the def

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Inspector Henson dismisses police brutality claims

Inspector Henson dismisses police brutality claims

St. Maarten - Claims that excessive force was used recently by the police in subduing students of the Sundial School during a fight, and allegations of police brutality, have been dismissed by police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson. “The fig

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Project ‘Touristic Development Waaigat’ Starts

WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) begins with the ‘Touristic development Waaigat’ project. The implementation of the project is possible with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and the guidance of the Fundashon Desaro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Community encouraged to share their stories

GREAT BAY--- The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is calling on the community to share their stories and experiences about working in the hospitality sector in connection with World Tourism Day (WTD) which is observed globally every September 27. The th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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USM hosts ICT classes for seniors

St. Maarten -The University of St. Maarten (USM) is having a class entitled: “Computers and the forging of cross-communal ties among senior citizens; St. Maarten cultural heritage in the making” for senior members of the community. Dean of Aca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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2015 Budget in Council of Ministers today

St. Maarten – There is more or less consensus about the 2015 budget, Finance Minister Martin Hassink said yesterday. Today, the Council of Ministers will handle the draft budget. Upon its approval, it will be sent to the Council of Advice, which wi

Editorial - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Editorial: Moving forward

Today formateur William Marlin will deliver his report to Governor Holiday. There are no surprises expected, or it must be that the governor will also receive the governing program that the three coalition partners put together after the elections.

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Opinion: Inequality (fight at Sundial School)

What is it with students that they have to get into one fight after the other? Yesterday there was a huge fight near the Sundial School. It began with one student fighting with a man who was loitering near the school premises. It did not take long fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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After hours smash and grab leaves boutique owner in shock

St. Maarten - Sometime between the late hours on Monday and early on Tuesday morning, a huge stone was used to smash one of the glass windows at the House Of Seduction boutique on Front Street, but because the vandals could not gain entry to the esta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Fighting students turn on police officers at Sundial School

St. Maarten – International Peace Day does not seem to have had a lasting impression on some students. After there was already a fight at Milton Peters College last week, yesterday around lunchtime a fight broke out between a student of the Sundial

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Solution seems near for 4-year old crime: Man arrested for Clemencia Josie-Ann Julot-murder

St. Maarten – Detectives arrested a 21-year-old man last week as a suspect in a four-year old murder and rape case. The suspect, identified in a press release from the prosecutor’s office as A.R.S.R., is now in pretrial detention for the murder a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Police arrest robbers on golf course

St. Maarten – Police arrested 18-year-old J.O.M. and 20-year-old H.H. on Monday for robbing two students of the American University in Cupecoy of their possessions on Mullet Bay Beach. The police received a call about the robbery at around 4.30 p.m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Three under arrest for gun possession

St. Maarten – Police arrested three teenagers on the causeway bridge for gun possession yesterday afternoon. The arrest followed after a report by security at Le Gourmet Marché in Porto Cupecoy. Yesterday morning around 11.30 a.m. security at L

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Breast cancer awareness month kicks off next week

St. Maarten - Getting more women to get clinical breast examinations and doing monthly self-breast checks are the focus of Positive Foundation for this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, starting on October 1. Free scheduled screenings at Family Medical

Editorial - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Editorial: Dead letter (short term labor contracts)

The dog and pony show about the abuse of short-term labor contracts has been a familiar guest in the former Island Council and in the Parliament. On Friday, the Social Economic Council published its advice about the changes to the civil code that oug

Opinion - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Opinion: Hilarious question (Dutch MP asks about vote buying)

Reality is weirder than fiction – we all know that. The Dutch parliamentarian Ronald van Raak and Minister Plasterk (Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations) added a new chapter to this perception, when the minister answered questions from Van Raak abou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Ronald Plasterk: “Buying votes undermines St. Maarten’s democratic character”

THE HAGUE – Socialist Party parliamentarian Ronald van Raak received predictable answers from Minister Ronald Plasterk to his questions about the election fraud trial in St. Maarten. “It is not up to the minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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SER spots loophole in draft ordinance labor contracts

St. Maarten – The Social Economic Council (SER) has advised Justice Minister Dennis Richardson to remove any mention of a maximum term from the draft national ordinance on labor contracts. The current draft still contains this term and the SER warn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Restaurant-owner remains jailed for eight more days

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction extended the detention of the 75-year-old owner of Toppers restaurant by eight days yesterday. Last week police visited the restaurant in Simpson Bay and found a handgun and ammunition for which the owner, H.A

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Incredible amount of trash collected at 2014 International Coastal Cleanup

St. Maarten - On Sunday September 21 a crowd of 247 enthusiastic nature minded volunteers showed up at the La Belle Creole property on Nettle Bay to volunteer for the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers consisting of high school stu

Editorial - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Editorial: Seven robberies

Guns, machetes and baseball bats. Armed robbery seems to have reached new heights with the recording of seven of such incidents during the last week. In all cases, supermarkets were the target. That the people working in these places are feeling i

Opinion - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Lose the attitude (and learn Dutch)

Lived here for 10 years and still can't speak Dutch? Get off your high horse and stop making excuses, says Canadian national Natasha Cloutier. She is speaking about the Netherlands, of course, but her observations are also valuable for St. Maarten an

Opinion - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

While students of several secondary schools peacefully attended a peace symposium at the University of Saint Martin on Friday, chaos and havoc ruled in St. Peters where students of the Vocational School and the Milton Peters College clashed on two su

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Protest against higher electricity tariffs spins out of control

Protest against higher electricity tariffs spins out of control

The police set up barricades to keep the crowd at bay. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Ariën RasmijnORANJESTAD, Aruba – A manifestation of the Group of Seven and the opposition against higher electricity tariffs spun out of control on Friday afterno

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Seven armed robberies in one week: Robbers use guns, machetes, baseball bats

St. Maarten –Six armed robberies took place between September 15 and 20 and yesterday morning, number seven was added to the list. The police reports that these robberies took place at supermarkets in Nazareth, Sucker Garden, Fort William, Cole Bay

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Peace Day celebrations conclude: “Make this be the one to start the dialogue”

Peace Day celebrations conclude: “Make this be the one to start the dialogue”

Guests at yesterdays’ cultural manifestation join hands around the peace monument at the Philipsburg Jubilee library as part of activities to commemorate International Peace Day 2014.St. Maarten’s multicultural aspect was evident yesterday du

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Wifol makes first venture into technical training

St. Maarten — A four months technical training program in which participants will be taught repairs of air conditioning, stoves and other appliances that are part of a resort, is being introduced by the training arm of the Wifol as it makes its fir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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WITU keen to address status of women in education

St. Maarten - The status of women in education is one of the agenda points carded for the seventh World Teachers’ Conference in Canada in July 2015 and head of the local teachers union Claire Elshot said she is eager to channel questions via the WI

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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St. Maarten Airport bids Clarence Derby farewell

St. Maarten - The management and supervisory board of directors of the Princess Juliana International Airport recently bid farewell to chairman Clarence Derby, whose term on the board came to an end last month. Derby served as a board member from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Driver arrested for gun possession

Driver arrested for gun possession

The Ruger P345 police confiscated from a 24-year old man. Photo KPSMSt. Maarten- On Friday evening around 8 p.m. a police patrol arrested a 24-year-old man who was found in the possession of a loaded .45 caliber Ruger P345 handgun. A 27-year-old

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Minister Lake prepares legal defense for Vorst-controversy

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake says he is preparing for a legal battle about the Vorst property based on the outcome of Friday’s Central Committee. “I am going to prepare myself legally because some parliamentarians are making th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Port of St. Maarten buys new pilot boat

GREAT BAY - Port St. Maarten has acquired a new pilot boat for line handling and for embarking and disembarking the pilot to and from visiting ships. The new aluminum vessel was built by Abco Industries of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Since 1

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Monthly Sunday jazz sessions on the boardwalk from Sunday

Monthly Sunday jazz sessions on the boardwalk from Sunday

St. Maarten—Monthly Sunday Jazz sessions are carded to begin this Sunday on the boardwalk in Philipsburg as part of efforts to revive nightlife in the area and as a means of building momentum for what is hoped will lead to an annual jazz festiv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2014

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Psychotic man gets 5 years for attempted manslaughter

9-Year old schoolgirl still suffers from vicious attack St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Angelo Shahairlo Philips to 5 years imprisonment yesterday for attempted manslaughter on a 9-year\-old girl on May 15. Of the sentence, 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2014

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Drug and gun possession keeps young woman jailed

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice confirmed the sentence against Daniella Hughes yesterday. The Court in First Instance sentenced the 26-year-old in March to 21 months – with 7 months suspended – for the possession of 2 kilos of marijua

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