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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Tougher demands but no tougher sentences for gun possession

St. Maarten – The first firearm possession court cases after last year’s Stop Drop and Go action have not brought the prosecutor’s office the results it is after. When the action to surrender illegal firearms voluntarily ended in November of la

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Internal systems of police and prosecutors to be linked

St. Maarten -A better structure where internal systems are linked  and where up to date information can be easily accessed between departments was high on the agenda during a meeting yesterday of representatives of the Public Prosecutors Office and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Serial burglar gets 36 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Gerard Alexander Richardson, known as Davis on the French side of the island, to 36 months of imprisonment for a series of burglaries he committed between March and August of last year, mainly in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Draft dividend policy not submitted to Cft yet

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hassink has so far not complied with a request from financial supervisor Cft to submit a (draft) dividend policy and dividend decisions for government-owned companies before the end of last year. This appears from an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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National Alliance demands resignation MP Matser

St. Maarten – The board of the National Alliance has asked for the immediate resignation of United People’s party faction member MP Silvio Matser. The demand follows Matser’s conviction to 24 months for tax evasion last week in the Court in Fir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Harbor CEO Mark Mingo leaves after thirteen years

St. Maarten – Mark Mingo will leave his position as Chief Executive Officer at the Sint Maarten Harbor Group of Companies after tenure of thirteen years. Mingo confirmed his departure on Monday evening to Today, but did not elaborate on his future

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Lysanne Charles-Arrindell about gender issues: Lobby to legalize same-sex marriage

St. Maarten —Human rights apply to all human beings and no one should have the power to take away the fundamental human rights of any particular group because they do not conform to the norms of a particular society. The rights currently being fou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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De Weever calls on SMMC (St. Maarten Hospital) to be transparent

St. Maarten - Independent Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever has called on the board of the SMMC to be transparent in its communications with the public. The MP said yesterday that he has taken note of SMMC’s article regarding the Naf. 5 m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Gebe lines down since Gonzalo in Cay hill

St. Maarten —Almost three months after the passage of hurricane Gonzalo, Gebe lines at Nutmeg road in Cay hill are still down, almost touching the road, and causing a dangerous situation to residents of the area. A group of concerned residents t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Student arrested for stabbing

St. Maarten —Drugs, illegal weapons and violence appeared to be the order of the day yesterday when police responded to reports of a stabbing in the vicinity of the Milton Pieters College and the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. Both parties involved w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Suspect in Atlantis Casino robbery arrested

St. Maarten —One of the suspects in the armed robbery at Atlantis Casino was arrested by police yesterday after he caught the attention of police after he was spotted riding a dirt bike without license plates. The suspect was spotted in Cole Ba

Editorial - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Editorial: Politics (On St. Maarten)

MP Silvio Matser and the UP-leadership had it coming: a call from the opposition National Alliance for the convicted MP to vacate his seat in Parliament. Since integrity is so high on everybody’s agenda this year, it is impossible to shove the o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Oblivious (Charlie Hebdo)

The new Charlie Hebdo that is published today in France has the French side of the island in its grip, but its Dutch-side neighbors remain completely oblivious to the fact that the world is eagerly looking forward to the stand the remaining editors o

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Unpaid advice for lonely women

We have two dogs (Koko and Dushi) and two cats (Peanut and Speedy). We love them all very much, but this article is about Peanut, our ten-year old cat. He is a calico cat with lots of different colors. Beautiful, but for 14 years he has not exactly

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Mindful moments on social intuition

Mindfulness formal practice is sitting with awareness of breath, body sensations and thoughts. “Ehipassiko!” “Come and see for yourself!” Take courage to sit and just be and understand. A couple years ago, Amazon noticing my interest in re

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Opinion: Charlie Hebdo stands firm

You have to give it to them: the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo is not going to back down. While the tears over the loss of their colleagues probably are still flowing freely, the staff is resolute in its decision to publish Mohammed-cartoons in to

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Reader’s opinion on Caravanserai: “Compensation”

Dear Editor, We would like to express our extreme disappointment as timeshare owners at Caravanserai. The entire handling of this affair by Alegria was not only poorly executed, but highly unfair to the many owners who had implicit trust in the ti

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Opinion: the Paradox of freedom of speech

Freedom of expression is a weird animal. Trouw-columnist Ger Groot describes how he experienced this phenomenon after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. “It was the first tweet I received on my time line, immediately after the press releases abo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Prime Ministers Asjes (Curacao) and Gumbs (St. Maarten) strengthen ties

Prime Ministers Asjes (Curacao) and Gumbs (St. Maarten) strengthen ties

Ivar Asjes (l) presents a book to Marcel Gumbs entitled “Curacao: Religions, Rituals and Traditions.” Photo cabinet Prime Minister St. Maarten - Prime Ministers Marcel Gumbs and Ivar Asjes both dubbed the latter’s visit as important in e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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St. Maarten Parliament keeps silent on integrity-assessment

St. Maarten – It is easy to lose sight of a 250-page integrity report, but this is exactly what seems to be happening at this moment. Reason for Today to revisit the PricewaterhouseCoopers integrity-probe and to refresh the memory about the areas t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Romelio Maduro: Drop in crude prices does not mean immediate drop for G.E.B.E.

St. Maarten —The drop in crude pricing does not mean that local utilities company G.E.B.E. will have a drop immediately because there is a delay in that process, according to G.E.B.E.’s managing director Romelio Maduro, who explained that G.E.B

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Lions serve community over Holidays

St. Maarten —In keeping with the motto of Lions international--“We Serve”—members of the local Lions Club served a number of Christmas meals with the full trimmings to members of the community. On December 25th members of St. Maarten Lion

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Gone Viral TV (GVTV) replaces G4 channel

St. Maarten -The G4 channel once aired on St. Maarten’s Cable TV channel 284 of the Solid Gold package went off the air during the month of December and has now been replaced with Gone Viral TV, managing director of the cable company Beulah Jonis e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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SAFE looks to foster stronger community ties in 2015

St. Maarten -SAFE SXM reiterated yesterday that it is open to dialogue, with any and all members of the community, as long as these conversations are carried out in a courteous manner. Already there have been discussions with religious and political

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Man O’ War Shoal Marine Park on St. Maarten among three recognized Dutch Caribbean parks

St. Maarten —The Man O’ War Shoal Marine Park on St. Maarten is among three parks in the Dutch Caribbean that has received international recognition as protected under the protocol concerning specially protected areas and wildlife. Nature cons

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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St. Maarten student makes Dean’s list at U.S.A college

St. Maarten – 22-Year old former Sundial School student Shahyra Evers ,has made the dean’s list at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she has a grade point average (GPA) of 3.52, but is currently in n

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Witu board meeting Thursday

St. Maarten —The board of the Witu will meet this Thursday at 3:30pm to discuss and take decisions on a number of pertinent issues including issues reviewed and decided upon at the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) conference in Belize late last ye

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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Opinion: Cowards (Media outlets not publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons)

What do you do if terrorists use Kalashnikovs to silence journalists and cartoonists as has happened in Paris with the freedom fighters of Charlie Hebdo? We do not pretend that Today is making a dent in the landscape of global media, but that does no

Editorial - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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Editorial: Settling disputes

The inter-parliamentary consultation that took place this week in Aruba usually evolves along familiar lines. Gone are the days though when angry Caribbean MPs left the meeting – like Helmin Wiels did in St. Maarten once. There seems to be conse

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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President of parliament condemns Charlie Hebdo attack

St. Maarten - President of parliament Dr. Lloyd Richardson has expressed deepest sympathy to the Republic of France, its people and Government during these trying times on behalf of the people and the members of the Parliament of St. Maarten. “T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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DP:  “A dark day for all of us” (Charlie Hebdo)

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party is the first political party to react to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris. In a brief statement, party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams offers its condolences as well as sympathy to our country’s French n

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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OCaN-chairman Helberg steps down

AMSTERDAM – OcaN chairman Glenn Helberg (59) will soon step down, the leader of the most well-known Antillean organization in the Netherlands told John Samson of Caribisch Netwerk. He says it is time for a breath of fresh air. “I am now at a s

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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French police kill terrorists; Al-Quaida may have directed Charlie Hebdo attacks

PARIS—French police have killed three of the terrorists involved in the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and reports indicate that the attack may have been directed by Al-Qaida. Al-Quaida in the Arabian Peninsula is believed to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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Curacao’s Prime Minister Asjes pays a working visit to St. Maarten

WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister Ivar Asjes is on Sint Maarten for an official working visit until January 13. This will be the first time the two Prime Ministers of the former Netherlands Antilles islands will meet. Marcel Gumbs was recently sworn in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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Preparations underway for 3rd annual Nagico to Nagico Race

St. Maarten —Preparations are currently underway for the third annual Nagico to Nagico cycling race. This week representatives from Nagico  Insurances, the French VCG- cycling Club, representatives from the St. Maarten-St. Martin Cycling Associati

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