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PM Gumbs credited with pushing for statue repairs

St. Maarten —The current repairs of the Miss Lalie statue in Belvedere is being attributed to the direct involvement of Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, who contacted sculptor Michael Maghiro Maghiro “with a simple yet deliberately strong message: Ms

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

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Gas prices down to Naf 1.957 per liter

St. Maarten — The  price of unleaded gasoline will go down to Naf 1.957 per liter as of Monday a press release from the economics department stated yesterday. The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf 2.067 per liter and the current price o

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16th Edition of the Regatta Art Competition has officially begun

St. Maarten - This year the 16thedition of the Regatta Art Competition takes place. Packages with the assignments have been handed out to all Dutch side schools, which means that the Regatta Art Competition has officially kicked off. This competition

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Indictments against the Buncampers show: Forgery, tax fraud and destruction of evidence

St. Maarten – The prosecution accuses former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius of membership of a criminal organization which objectives were forgery, incorrect and incomplete filing of tax returns and intentio

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Bomb scare at St. Maarten Port was a hoax

St. Maarten —Operations at the harbor came to a standstill for almost an hour yesterday following reports of a bomb threat which caused police and emergency personnel to respond in droves and close off access in and out of the Pointe Blanche area.

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“Digital” child abuser York sentenced to five years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Emanuel York yesterday to 5 years of imprisonment for raping two boys, aged 15 and 17. The sentence is one year below the demand by prosecutor Maarten Noordzij at the trial on December 17 of last

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

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Jail time and community service for tax fraud: Court comes down hard on swindling MP Matser

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced United People’s party Member of Parliament Silvio Jan Matser yesterday to 24 months of imprisonment for a string of fiscal offenses. The court sentenced his now defunct construction company Ener

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SHTA opposes counterpart policy

St. Maarten - The new Gumbs’ administration has made some good decisions in their short time in office but the Counterpart policy is not one of them, according to the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA). The SHTA has fired off a n

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Central Bank issues new bond on behalf of Curacao

Willemstad - On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, there will be a sinking bond issue on behalf of the country of Curaçao, the Central Bank stated in a press release yesterday. A bond issue that is backed by a fund, called a sinking fund, sets aside money

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

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Sarah Wescott-Williams: IPKO discussions fierce but candid

GREATBAY/Oranjestad--- The discussions at the IPKO to date have been described as fierce at times, but open and candid, by leader of the DP Sarah Wescott-Williams. The three delegations at the IPKO consultations in Aruba approved and signed a resolut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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“I am not spending one more cent on that island”: Caravanserai victims continue to complain

St. Maarten – Disgruntled timeshare owners at the former Caravanserai Resort in Beacon Hill continue to complain about the way they were robbed of their investments by the new owner, Ray Sidhom. St. Maarten Weekly News, the electronic newsletter p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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PM Gumbs tasked with completing his cabinet

St. Maarten – The mandate for United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger as formateur ended shortly after he submitted his final report to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday on December 17. Heyliger presented a cabinet of five ministers and stated in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Ministers sign declarations National Ordinance Registration & Finance

St. Maarten - The five Ministers of the Gumbs Cabinet on Tuesday signed the declaration pursuant to article 53 of the National Ordinance Registration and Finances of political parties prior to the stipulated deadline in the law. All five signed thei

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Three arrested for burglary

St. Maarten —Police have arrested three young men who were part of a group that broke into the Ho Supermarket on St. Peters road during the early hours of Monday morning. Acting police spokesman Inspector Steven Carty explained yesterday that a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Multi-million dollar facelift for St. Maarten airport cargo building

St. Maarten — Talisien Construction NV has been selected as main contractor for the multi- million dollar renovation works of the cargo building of the SXM airport. Talisen Construction was selected out of 14 contractors who submitted bids. Accord

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Young cricketer gets gears from Nagico

St. Maarten —A young local cricketer has received sponsorship from Nagico insurances to assist with his cricket career.  Nagico recently made the donation to Daniel Tariq Doran, a young local student who was drafted to play with the Sussex County

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Vandals cause blackout in Bonaire

KRALENDIJK – Bonaire is breathing easier again after an announcement from utilities company WEB that it is no longer necessary to cut off all electricity. The power supply is completely guaranteed for the time being, after a complete power cut on S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Tracking one of Saba’s rare birds: Wedrego

St. Maarten / Saba - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC), in partnership with the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), recently completed an island-wide survey for the Audubon’s Shearwater on Saba. The Audubon’s Shearwater, also k

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Cft demands deficit compensation in 2015-budget: “Financial supervision expected until 2018”

St. Maarten – Financial supervisor Cft maintains that St. Maarten will close the 2014 budget with an 11 million guilders deficit and not – as the government wants the Cft to believe – with an 11 million surplus. The Cft is furthermore concerned

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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New Year’s message Sarah Wescot-Williams: Focus on climate change and flexible labor market

St. Maarten – A flexible labor market is one of the priorities the opposition Democratic Party has in the crosshairs for 2015, party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams wrote in a belated New Year’s message. Climate change, ageing and electoral, financ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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First new year’s baby: It’s a boy!

St. Maarten — The first baby to be born at the St. Maarten Medical Center for the New Year is a boy. He was born on January 3, 2015 at a few minutes to five in the morning. Maria Reyes Abreu the 18-year-old mother is a resident of the island and fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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PM Gumbs extends condolences to family of the late Edward Brooke

~ Recalls Brooke as ‘a friend to St. Maarten’ ~ St. Maarten - Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, on behalf of the government and of St. Maarten, extended heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke who pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 7, 2015

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Parliamentary delegation attends Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation

St. Maarten - The screening process for candidate ministers has been added to the agenda points of an Inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation in Aruba carded for January 6-9. A delegation of six Members of Parliament (MPs) left the island over the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Minister Connor pays Tribute to D’Shnay

St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism Claret Connor recently paid tribute to St. Maarten’s reigning Teen Carnival Queen D’Shnay York who won the Haynes Smith Talent Teen Pageant in St. Kitts on December 30. He congratulated her on behalf of his enti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Port records more than 2 million cruise visitors: Research: industry overstates spending per cruise passenger

St. Maarten – On the last day of 2014, the Oasis of the Seas docked in the cruise port, bringing the estimated total number of cruise arrivals for the year 2014 over the historic 2 million mark, at 2,000,864. Minister of Tourism and Economic Affai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Finance Minister advocates individual and collective sense of responsibility

St. Maarten—With the latest 2014 figures shared by the Central Bank giving a clear indication that the island’s 2014 financial outlook of the economy was above prediction, Finance Minister Martin Hassink is optimistic that the set goal for 2015 m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Fire department commends public for adhering to safety tips

St. Maarten —The many safety tips given by the fire department appears to have been taken to heart as no incident of fire was reported during the Christmas and New Year season, deputy fire chief Silvanico Pauletta  said yesterday. The deputy f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Man stabbed at Francis Bar

St. Maarten —A “minor misunderstanding” has lead to one man being stabbed in the abdomen on New Year’s Day at a bar on the A. Th Illidge Road, according to information provided by inspector Steven Carty, currently the acting public relations

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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De Kort chairs Supervisory Committee Pointe Blanche

St. Maarten – Judge Koen Luijks has stepped down per January 1 as the chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Pointe Blanche Prison and House of Detention. Judge Mauritz de Kort, who starts per January 1 as the new judge for criminal cases i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 6, 2015

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Economic Affairs Minister Claret Connor: “Service levels and standards are important principles”

St. Maarten – The government will share many ideas and initiatives to trigger tangible economic growth in the first few months of 2015 and most of these initiatives will be done in collaboration with the private sector and non-governmental organiz

Editorial - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Editorial: Competitive economy

A productive, competitive and robust economy. That is what Up-leader Heyliger envisions for the coming year. Unfortunately, the Gumbs-cabinet has made clear that it will implement the controversial counterpart policy. That will get in the way of that

Opinion - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Opinion: Nudism – Taking the plunge

Nudism triggers weird reactions in people. Though everybody is born in the same costume – gender differences aside – there are still people who frown upon nudism as if it is the new Sodom and Gomorrah. The reality is rather different, as the stor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Timeshare Association offers help to Caravanserai victims

St. Maarten – “It isn't a perfect solution, but a number of St. Maarten timeshare properties are stepping forward to offer timeshare condo accommodations to beleaguered Caravanserai timeshare owners,” Jeff Berger reports in his St. Maarten Week

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Today’s predictions for the New Year: Still no waste-to-energy plant, no plastic bag-ban, no new hospital

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “It seems almost too easy: predict what will and what will not happen in St. Maarten in any given year.” that was the first sentence of the article we published exactly a year ago about our predictions for the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Police asks witnesses to come forward: Wounded septuagenarian passes away in bedroom

St. Maarten – A 72-year old man, whose identity has not yet been released by the police, was found wounded in the bedroom of his home in Upper Princess Quarter on Wednesday morning at 2 a.m. Police officers and paramedics rushed to the scene and a

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