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

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Firework-sales begin today

St. Maarten - Firefly Family Fireworks will begin with the sale of fireworks today from 12 noon until 6 p.m. The sale will continue until Wednesday or as long as supplies last. Tomorrow and Wednesday sales begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. F

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

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Press secretariat announces end to weekly press briefings

St. Maarten - In an effort to streamline, structure and professionalize the relationship with the media of St. Maarten, the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten has decided to work through an in-house press secretariat that reports to the prime minist

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

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St. Maarten Businesses allowed to open New Year’s Day

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – All businesses are allowed to open on New Year’s Day, the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications announced yesterday. The Council of Ministers decided to grant a temporary dispensation

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Warning for shoppers heading for Puerto Rico: Federal agents seize toys with high lead-content

GREAT BAY – Puerto Rican authorities have seized hazardous toys from nine stores and a warehouse.  The toys were imported from China for sale in Puerto Rico. Many families and friends form the North Eastern Caribbean islands including Sint Maarten

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

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Island Gems donates tablecloths

St. Maarten - Island Gems Charity Foundation recently donated 36 new and colourful tablecloths to St. Martin Home, the senior citizens living centre operated by White and Yellow Cross Foundation. The home was in need of tablecloths to brighten up atm

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

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Rumors cite unlikely interest in Alegria from Hard Rock

St. Maarten – Jeff Berger reports in his St. Maarten weekly News electronic newsletter about a rumor that Hardrock International is interested in taking over the former Caravanserai Resort in Beacon Hill that is currently in the hands of Alegria Re

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

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Answers will have to wait until mid-January: Parliament wants clarity about housing foundation

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs answered the call to appear in Parliament as the acting minister of public housing within 72 hours after he was sworn in on Friday. Members of Parliament appreciated that, even though Gumbs sent them on the

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

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Youth looking to end gun violence

GREATBAY—St. Maarten may soon get its own zero gun violence ambassador in the person of local hip-hop artist and record producer 4DH. The young man, who told Today he has “lived the life” and know all about the lure and false sense of security

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

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Public urged to pay attention to safe food preparation

St. Maarten - With just a few days left before Christmas, families have already been looking at their holiday meal shopping requirements.  Cooking up a storm for this holiday season is one of the Christmas traditions. Part of the excitement of the h

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

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Residents urged to step-up mosquito prevention measures

St. Maarten - The CPS  is calling on residents to step-up mosquito prevention measures in order to keep the mosquito population down. Residents are advised to step-up by taking measures at home and at their business to mitigate mosquito breeding suc

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

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Motor vehicle inspections for public transport reconvenes

St. Maarten -The inspectorate of economic affairs yesterday announced its intention to reconvene the inspection of motor vehicles providing public transportation services—bus, taxi tours (T-plates) and unscheduled transportation (G-plates) -- for

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

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Prison break attempt foiled in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD--A large escape attempt from the only prison on Curacao was stopped, reported the director of the Center for Detention and Correction Curacao (SDKK). The media reported that a tip was received about a major escape attempt. The prison le

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

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New car for employee of the year

St. Maarten —Management of the Great Bay Beach hotel took employee appreciation and motivation to a whole new level on St. Maarten yesterday, when they rewarded their employee of the year with a brand new car. That’s according to president of

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Field research for Statian Wildlife Book begins

STATIA--The authors of an upcoming book documenting the wildlife of St. Eustatius hit the ground running with an initial field research session that took them around the island, documenting creatures great and small. Co-authors Hannah Madden and Mark

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

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Twenty great Christmas stories

Over the years, Christmas has inspired many authors to write about its spirit and significance. The spirit that embodies charity, forgiveness, friendship, unselfish love and generosity. In the stories that follow, you will find many examples of what

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

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NAGICO sponsors police brochures

St. Maarten - Nagico sponsored 10,000 brochures to the Community Police Officers of St. Maarten on Thursday morning, to assist with their crime prevention efforts. CEO of Nagico Insurances Dwayne Elgin made the presentation to representatives of t

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

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Work on flood gates will resume in January

St. Maarten —Work on the flood gates will be suspended today and will resume the second week in January, according to information from the Ministry Vromi.. “The floodgates are due to arrive in January from the Netherlands,” states project l

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

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Heavy police presence for Ring Road area

St. Maarten —In an effort to alleviate the seasonal traffic congestion the police force and the ministry Vromi took a joint decision to temporarily open the Ring Road to traffic leaving the Philipsburg area, and have cautioned that there will be he

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

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Parents urged to caution kids about behavior on school bus

St. Maarten —The school bus inspection section extends Christmas greetings to the parents, school children and school bus driver’s and wish them “Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year,” and urge parents to caution kids about appro

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

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Emil Lee: “Cuba will be an interesting and competitive factor”

GREATBAY—St. Maarten’s tourism product, as well as that of the other Caribbean islands, may be negatively impacted by the new Cuban/American relationship, according to former director of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and curre

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

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The road to the Gumbs I cabinet: “Peddling seats to the highest bidder”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – When Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday administers the oath of office to the five ministers of the Gumbs I cabinet this afternoon, it marks the end of a tedious process that started during the night after the parliamenta

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 22, 2014

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In formation-report to Governor Holiday: Formateur Heyliger laments violation of privacy

St. Maarten – “It is lamentable that the privacy protection that is required under the law has been seriously compromised,” formateur and UP-leader Theo Heyliger wrote in his report to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday on Tuesday. Heyliger refer

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

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New book to be launched on St. Maarten by Julio Romney

St. Maarten —A new book--St. Maarten: Our Constituent State Constitutional Framework-- will be launched shortly by political analyst and science researcher Julio Romney.  Romney, who attended several schools in his early years on St. Maarten, wen

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

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Chamber of Commerce elections

St. Maarten —Thirteen persons have been nominated for the three vacancies that exist on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and industry and votes will be cast today to decide the new board members. The election process will begin at 8:00am. Th

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

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Ill-treated gun-owner gets off with lighter sentence

St. Maarten – Leon Alfred Didder found some reprieve in the Court in First Instance after the prosecution demanded 18 months of imprisonment against him for firearm possession. Judge Rick Smid noted that the standard for this crime is 18-6 (18 mon

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

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Car thief gets lucky

St. Maarten – Delbert Gary B. escaped a 4-month prison sentence for fencing a stolen car yesterday in the Court in First Instance. The police stopped the 24-year-old on September 29 and found that the car’s ignition was broken, and that de regist

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

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Marcel Gumbs heads new cabinet

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday will lead the swearing in ceremony of six ministers for the new cabinet on Friday, December 19, at 3 p.m. at his cabinet. Formateur Theo Heyliger presented his final report yesterday, one day after the ag

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

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“Man raped one boy at least 15 times”: Demand 6 years against raping basketball coach

St. Maarten – The prosecution demanded 6 years of imprisonment against self-proclaimed basketball coach Emmanel Y., the president of the St. Maarten Basketball Association for raping two minor boys whom he lured to “dark and deserted places” fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2014

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Contact-ban for aggressive father

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Rudolfo Gumbs to 8 months of imprisonment for threatening and ill-treating his wife on October 19. Of the sentence, 4 months are conditional and the court imposed 3 years of probation. Judge Rick

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

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Court ruling confirms again: Americans citizens do not need residence and work permits

St. Maarten – American citizens are entitled to establish themselves in St. Maarten and they do not need a work permit. That is the conclusion from a ruling by the Common Court of Justice in the case of US-citizen Hillary Grant vs. Minister of Jus

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

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Housing foundation board member Elston Fos speaks: “Lake knew what is going on”

St. Maarten – Four candidates for the three vacant positions on the supervisory board of the Sint Maarten Housing Development Foundation withdrew their candidacy this weekend “for fear of their lives,” attorney Jairo Bloem stated in a press rel

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

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Container fees went up 10 percent this year

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour cargo Facilities NV, a subsidiary of the Harbour Holding Company, increased its container fees in 2014 by 10 percent. This appears from the holding’s 2014 budget. The tax for a 20-foot container went up to $284

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

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Court rules against admission by right of Slowakian citizen

Great Bay – St. Maarten does not have to admit Svetlana Kostelnikova by right to its territory. That is the gist of a ruling the Common Court of Justice published on Monday. In March the Court in First Instance ruled that the Slowakian national was

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

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Cornelius De-Weever says: “bring back our professionals”

Great Bay—St. Maarten graduates and professionals in Holland must, according to Minister Cornelius de Weever, be encouraged and motivated to return to the island to use their expertise and knowledge in building their country. The Social developm

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

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Witu wants teachers council established

St. Maarten —A national teacher’s council on St. Maarten would be in the best interest of teachers, according to statements from head of the local teachers union Claire Elshot following the union’s participation in an education conference in Be

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