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Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Going Green

The Princess Heights boutique hotel is a classic example of how to do things right – one that goes far beyond the hospitality industry. Wasteful behavior is rampant in the civil service and while the cabinet wants to put a policy in place to cur

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Defeating prophet-nuts

Paris is of course far away and whatever happens there, no matter how terrible, does not really affect the islands or its people. There was no public outrage in Philipsburg over the terrorist attack at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Rise of the atheists

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are atheist, agnostic or without religious affiliation. A fifth of all adults and a third of the youngest adults fit into this category, David Brooks writes in an op-ed

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

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Minister Connor: Government still committed to timeshare consumer protection

St. Maarten - Government’s goal as it regards timeshare remains to establish timeshare consumer protection and meet the goal of bringing credibility to St. Maarten’s Timeshare product, Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Claret Connor reite

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Local alternative for Rain Forest

St. Maarten – He wrote a comprehensive plan for the sustainable development of the Emilio Wilson estate and brought it to the attention of former Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake, the former Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the former Minister

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Princess Heights makes going green profitable

St. Maarten – The Princess Heights boutique hotel in Dawn Beach is now among 2,300 hotels in 47 countries around the world to carry the Green Key eco-label. On Monday evening, the hotel celebrated the certification with a reception around the prop

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

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Top-lawyer Spong represents Corallo in closed door hearing

St. Maarten – Casino mogul Francesco Corallo has hired a big gun to fight a legal battle in Philipsburg. Yesterday afternoon there was a closed door hearing in the Common Court of Justice about items law enforcement agencies confiscated from Coral

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

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15 year old struck by car

St. Maarten —Police were called to the scene yesterday morning at approximately 7:25 after a female driver struck a 15-year-old pedestrian in the parking lot of “Sol Shop” on the corner of Bush road and Zagersgut road. “On the scene the i

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

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Carnival 2015 queen contestants experience cultural, history tour

St. Maarten -The Carnival contestants of the Teen, Senior and Mature queen pageants were treated on Saturday to a day of culture and history for the first annual Royal Culture Tour organized by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF).

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Budget advice Cft expected by the end of next week

St. Maarten – Financial supervisor Cft has two weeks to react to the 2015 budget the parliament approved last week Thursday. This means that the term for a reaction expires on an ominous day in February, Friday 13 – the end of next week If th

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

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MP Sarah Wescot-Williams: “This is a slap in the face of St.Maarten”

St. Maarten – “Nothing Sint Maarten has done with respect to tackling integrity issues has made any difference for Minister Plasterk and his colleagues in the Dutch cabinet,” Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams states in a press release,

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

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Road open even though no repairs were done

St. Maarten -Although no repairs were done to the road in St. Peters, representatives of the Vromi department have opened the road. “This road is a traffic hazard and not safe for motorists,” said Koto Wilson, who has been a fire man for over 14

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

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Three in custody for Atlantis robbery

St. Maarten - Three persons are currently in police custody for their involvement in the Atlantis Casino robbery which took place on November 16th 2014. The Detective Department reported yesterday that there is a lot of progress in the investigat

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

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Lenny Priest says: Budget is more rhetoric

St. Maarten -“Nice talk, passed some motions and many questions during the 2015 budget debate like all previous budget debates and then the entire government including parliament go into an induced coma,” says leader of the One St. Maarten Peopl

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A marriage of science and nature: Using the mind to change the brain

St. Maarten — In a blissful marriage of science and nature, the Global Health Clinic in Pointe Blanche is pioneering the way forward for others in their field. Cutting edge technology is used by a team of doctors to pinpoint the exact areas in the

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Bigger headaches

Not everything is well in Oyster Pond. The Oyster Bay Beach Resort seems to be acting like the big bad wolf, by claiming a part of the beach in front of the Great House next to Busby’s Beach Bar for the placement of beach chairs for its guests.

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Narco terror rules

The ghost of a murdered leading politician haunts Curacao; emotions are upstaging intellect, Jacob Gelt Dekker writes in his column on Curacao Chronicle. “Last week, the Curacao Court of Appeals heard the case of the Helmin Wiels assassination a

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

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta: Magic Numbers

For nearly a decade, Paul Miller has been working with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, advising the race committee on such matters as managing the entries, class divisions and publishing results through his company regattaguru.com. With One-Design

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Beach chair war in Oyster Pond

St. Maarten – Judge Maria Paulides will rule on a dispute about the beach in Oyster Pond that has been dragging on for years. The parties involved are Low Road to Heaven (Busby’s beach Bar), Laissez-Faire (The Great House) and Pearl Development

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PM Gumbs releases ambitious plan of approach: Integrity measures in place by June 2016

St. Maarten – In its plan of approach for the execution of the recommendations made in the three integrity reports that were published last year, the government has made the establishment of the independent Integrity Chamber its number one priorit

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

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Grounded private jet goes back to the United States

St. Maarten – The private jet law enforcement confiscated in March of last year and that has been grounded at the Princess Juliana International Airport ever since, will not be sold by the local prosecutor’s office. Prosecutor Tineke Kamps tol

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

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Bankie Banx among writers in new poetry book

St. Maarten - If February is about the celebration of history, then Anguillian writers are about to make a splash with the upcoming poetry book that includes the works of Bankie Banx, the island’s legendary singer, said Jacqueline Sample, preside

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“The guy is a con artist”: Wathey II dismisses claims made by Ramcharan

St. Maarten – Norman Chester Wathey II has dismissed claims announced by Rotterdam-based Mahinderkoemar Ramcharan. The latter claimed in an email he sent last week to this newspaper’s website that Wathey still owes him €50,000 plus 20 percent

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

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Residents get free healthcare from mobile health bus

St. Maarten — A number of residents in the Cul de Sac area received free health care from the Mobile Health Bus on January 28th when the bus visited that district from 4pm to 7pm to attend to persons who wanted a free health/medical check-up. The

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

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Kooyman to host Home Improvement Fair

St. Maarten –The first-ever Kooyman Home Improvement Fair, is carded for February 28, from 8:00am -6:00pm at the Kooyman Megastore St. Maarten. Exhibitors of this home improvement fair will showcase new and innovative trends and products in home r

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Minister Fleming-Artsen Highlights St. Maarten Hub Function

St. Maarten – A presentation about St. Maarten’s hub function and Government’s incentives to attract business to the country, was given last Thursday by Minister Plenipotentiary Josianne Fleming-Artsen at the Dutch Caribbean Business Club even

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

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Winair’s Captain A. Brouwer retires

Winair’s Captain A. Brouwer retires

Photo: from L to R: Daughter Diana Brouwer, Captain Age Brouwer, Wife Celia Martinez-Brouwer, and daughter Angelica Brouwer. Photo contributed St. Maarten - On January 31st, as the sunset at Princess Juliana International Airport, so did the

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Feeble (Plastkerk’s Instruction)

Prime Minister Gumbs and Justice Minister Richardson did not use the word but if one thing is clear it is this: St. Maarten and the Netherlands are at war. Never before was it so abundantly obvious that the kingdom is in dire need of a dispute regula

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

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Reader’s Letter to Editor: Final trip to St. Maarten

Dear Editor, It is with much genuine sadness that we inform you and all of our St. Maarten friends that our final trip to the island will take place in a few short months, only because our air travel had been paid for prior to receiving a poorly-w

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Serious work (Plastkerk’s Integrity instruction)

Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk apparently has the Kingdom Council of Ministers in his pocket. Otherwise it is tough to explain why the council went so happily along with the idea to threaten St. Maarten with another instruction. Well,

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

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Anger over Ronald Plasterk’s looming instruction: “No room for consensus”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson reacted with thinly veiled anger during a press conference yesterday to the decision by Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk to force an instruction via a gener

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

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Lions donate traffic stop signs and vests to primary schools

St. Maarten —A number of the islands primary schools were recently the recipients of traffic stop signs and vests donated by the St. Maarten Lions The Lions Club said yesterday that they have recognized the need to improve the safety of childre

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

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SZV loses lawsuit about sick-benefits

St. Maarten – Social insurance Bureau SZV lost an administrative lawsuit that focuses on the right to sick-benefits that warrants wider attention. SZV wanted to terminate the sickness benefit for a 30-year-old man who suffers from sickle cell dise

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

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Intensive immigration controls to start at businesses

St. Maarten - More intensive controls at businesses will begin soon by the Multidisciplinary Control Team which consist of members of the Inspection and Control departments of Government such as; the Immigration and Border Protection Services, the L

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

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First Power Hour 2015 on March 4

St. Maarten - At least 100 entrepreneurs and 20 vendors are expected to participate in what is being billed by organizers as the new and improved Power Hour On March 4, 2014, Power Hour is a Networking event for “Movers & Shakers” and has af

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