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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Surrender illegal firearms now: Stop-Drop-Go action begins

St. Maarten – The office of the attorney general has announced that the Stop-Drop-Go action to collect firearms has begun and that it will continue until the end of the month. Citizens who want to get rid of their illegal firearms are able to drop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Stupid decisions, lenient sentence

St. Maarten – Roandy Anthony Jano made a couple of bad decisions in May – and he was the first one to admit that this was so. The Court in First Instance sentenced the 22-year-old yesterday for fencing a car and for firearm possession, but Judge

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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PJD2 am will join sister station

St. Maarten -The 175 feet PJD2  am tower in Hope Estate came crashing down on Monday as a result of winds sustained from hurricane Gonzalo. The tower crashed onto a car and management of PJD2 dismissed earlier reports that the tower had crashed o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Cleanup effort continues

St. Maarten - Cleanup of the Beach Promenade and Great Bay Beach are carded to begin today and the EOC team has vowed to make all efforts to have this completed by the end of the day on Friday. Clean up of Front Street took place yesterday and the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Court adjourns trial about traffic accident

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against Kurt R. because the prosecution wants to hear two police officers at the Judge of Instruction about what really happened on March 28 on the Pondfill Road. The 46-year-old def

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Ganja costs Martinois community service

St. Maarten – A 27-year-old Martinois who raced away from the police on July 18 and who was found in the possession of 201 grams of marijuana received a 6-week conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation in the Court in First Instance ye

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Prime Minister urges cooperation, in aftermath of Gonzalo

GREAT BAY—St. Maarteners are being encouraged to work together to bring the island back to its feet in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo by Prime Minister Sarah Wescott-Williams. The PM’s comments come in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo wh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Hurricane Gonzalo throws migratory birds off course

St. Maarten -With the celebration of the arrival of these birds to the island just days before at the St. Maarten Migratory Bird Festival, St. Maarten’s migratory birds were subject to hurricane-force winds late Monday afternoon and well into the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Water restored in all areas

St. Maarten — Water was restored to all consumers by 7.00pm, Wednesday evening, according to information from the office of disaster preparedness. Twelve water storage tanks were filled to capacity while the country’s three water plants are work

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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St. Maarten – Hurricane Gonzalo claims two lives – destroys everything in its way

St. Maarten – Hurricane Gonzalo took the lives of one and possibly two people in St. Maarten, and another two in nearby St. Barths. Préfet Délégué Philippe Chopin confirmed the deaths on French territory. According to reports—which have been

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Ministry passes turnover tax on gas on to consumers

St. Maarten – Did the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication make a blunder with the calculation of the new gas and diesel prices it published last week? The argument for an affirmative answer to this question is to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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St. Maarten prepares for Ebola

St. Maarten – “Let us be very vigilant, but don’t panic.” These cautionary words came from Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever at a press conference on ebola on Monday. The health minister acknowledged

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Five arrested for illegal firearm possession

St. Maarten - Five people were arrested over the weekend for illegal fire arm possession—43-year-old J.D.C in Cay Hill ,40-year-old J.M.C. and 32-year- old F.A.Q.H in Sucker Garden plus two teens aged 15 and 16 in Cay Bay—all of whom currently r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Link 1 plus schools remain closed today

St. Maarten —Schools remain closed today as cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of hurricane Gonzalo. Link One in the Cay Hill area also remains closed today until further notice as a precautionary measure due to rock falls. “Cleanup is

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Population ageing trends high on the agenda for social development

St. Maarten —The trend in the aging population is high on the agenda of the ministry with responsibilities for social development, according to a press release from the department. The Symposium on ageing held last week Wednesday acted as the firs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Three traffic accidents during early morning hours

St. Maarten —Three traffic accidents occurred during the early morning hours on Saturday for which police had to be called to the scene. The first accident took place around 03:30 am on the Airport Road in the vicinity of Arrindell Aviation where

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2014

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Dozens dare elements in breast cancer walk

St. Maarten - The show of support in the fight against breast cancer awareness was evident in the number of participants that turned up for the early morning walk which started at DIVICO in Colebay and concluded at the Emilio Wilson Estate. In kee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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DP-candidate bought drugs from suspect in coke-trial

St. Maarten – Octavio Ogando Garcia, who was a candidate on the list of the Democratic Party in the August 29 elections, bought cocaine from a suspect in a cocaine-trial on two different occasions. Yesterday Garcia appeared in the Court in First I

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Electricity slightly cheaper for the next six months

St. Maarten – Utilities company Gebe announced yesterday a decrease in electricity prices for residential and commercial consumers. The rate for residential consumptions goes down by 5 guilder cents per kwh, and that for commercial consumers becom

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Gang members remain in jail until drugs trial in November

Prosecution sees Papillon as organizer of drug transports St. Maarten – Two out of six defendants in a cocaine-smuggling trial regained their freedom yesterday after Judge Rick Smid suspended their pretrial detention. Of four others, two remain

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Saba drops geothermal research, goes for wind and solar energy

Setback for St. Maarten’s green energy policy St. Maarten – The Executive Council in Saba prefers investments in solar and wind energy, and to forego for the time being preliminary research into the potential of geothermal energy. The decisio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Police arrest three more with illegal firearm

St. Maarten – Police arrested three men on Tuesday who were involved in a firearm-threat on Monday in St. Peters. That incident resulted already in the arrest of two suspects on the same day near Cost-U-Less. On Tuesday, police spotted the seco

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Security beefed up at entrance to pier

St. Maarten - The undercarriage of all vehicles entering the premises of the Dr. Claude Wathey Cruise Facility has been subject to rigid inspections regardless of the amount of times they arrive at the check point. Using two tactical inspection to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Cloose advocates joint tourism ventures

GREAT BAY---St. Maartens’ tourism strategy to reinvent itself will be adopted by Curacao according to the marketing manager of the Curacao port authority Dimitri Cloose, who encourages joint tourism ventures among the islands. Cloose is one of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Cruise industry CEOs discuss innovations in industry

St. Maarten - Innovation in the cruise industry was the topic of discussion at yesterday’s CEO Roundtable event at the 21st Annual FCCA Cruise Conference and Trade Show held at the Port of St. Maarten. President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines Ke

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Advice to government Curacao: Add cancellation-right to consensus kingdom laws

WILLEMSTAD – The Committee for the Evaluation of Kingdom Laws in Curacao (CVR) advises the government to add a cancellation right to the four consensus kingdom laws. According to the committee the point of departure for these laws was that there ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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Non-Dutch may get voting rights in island council elections 2015

THE HAGUE - Non-Dutch citizens will probably be able to vote and to be elected in the island council elections in Caribbean Netherlands in the spring of 2015, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. The Second Chamber votes next week Tuesday abou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2014

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UP Party says Dutch voting system less transparent than St. Maarten’s

St. Maarten - “Raising one’s finger, an inheritance from colonial times, comes easier to populist Dutch politicians than searching their own hearts,” according to a news release from the UP party via its legal representative Sulvaran and Peters

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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Police Commissioner John warns gun-owners

St. Maarten – “There is a photo currently being circulated on social media (face book), of some-one pointing an illegal firearm at a police patrol car.  As Acting Chief of Police, I would hereby like to send a strong message stating, that this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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Court puts Vorst-ruling on ice

Family has to wait for decision on appeal St. Maarten – The government does not have to pay the Vorst-family immediately for the estate in Cay Hill for which Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake signed a purchase agreement for $5.5 million. On August 21,

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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Workshop at FCCA conference: Theo Heyliger projects 2.2 million cruise passengers in 2015

Workshop at FCCA conference: Theo Heyliger projects 2.2 million cruise passengers in 2015

The speakers at the FCCA-workshop yesterday afternoon. From left: Michael Ronan, Michele Paige, Gerry Cahill, Giora Israel and Mark Mingo. Photo Today / Hilbert HaarGREAT BAY – St. Maarten expects to receive 2.2 million cruise passengers in 201

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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SHTA appoints new board members

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA), elected a 15-strong new board during its second annual general meeting on September 30. New on the board are Debby Lind-Steyn, Managing Director at Aquamarina, Drs. Francio Guade

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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Appeal against acquittal attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – The prosecutor’s office has appealed the acquittal of Edsel Servio R., who was charged with attempted manslaughter and an attempt at causing his victim grievous bodily harm. On September 30, the court acquitted R., because it consi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

Comments Off on Baby boy dies after weird toilet bowl incident

Baby boy dies after weird toilet bowl incident

St. Maarten – A 11-month old baby boy died yesterday morning twenty minutes after the plane that was to take him for treatment to the Dominican Republic left Princess Juliana International Airport. On Monday, the mother had found her child motionl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 8, 2014

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Captain Oliver’s demands action against French-side harassment

St. Maarten – On behalf of his client Cactus Tree NV, the legal entity that does business as Captain Oliver’s Resort and Marina, attorney Jelmer Snow has threatened the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans in a letter with legal act

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