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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Henson sent to prison in Guadeloupe

St. Maarten - Brian Henson who was convicted last months to 27 months for his involvement in an armed robbery in Cole Bay that took the life of drug dealer Luis Cuevas, was sentenced to 10 months in jail in Guadeloupe . The 31-year old was involv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Organizations demand equal marriage rights

  Safe president Lysanne Charles-Arrindell. File photo  contributed GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Alliance for Equality (Safe) calls for full marriage rights to same sex couple in the Caribbean countries in the kingdom of the Netherlands. In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Hundreds of suspect financial transactions not investigated

Hundreds of suspect financial transactions not investigated

  MOT-director Ligia Stella and analyst-coordinator Hans de Graauw. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar MOT-director Stella: “No sympathy for pathetic stories” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Financial Intelligence Unit, known under its Dut

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Poor girl

  Marriage is the chief cause of divorce. And: I never forget a face but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. These are two examples of sarcastic satire, and both statements are almost as old as the road to Rome – Groucho Marx

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Full marriage rights

Dear Editor, The LGBTI (sexually diverse) organizations Alfa (Alternative Life-style Foundation Aruba), Foko (Curaçao Pride Foundation) and Safe (St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance for Equality), jointly declare that the only acceptable end result o

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Father Christmas

Nobody says that St. Maarten should not take care of its own but the assumption that the government is akin to Father Christmas is a misconception that should not begin to lead a life of its own. The call for even more incentives for ‘returning

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Back down

The court has handed down a loud and clear ruling on the Gebe-Maduro case, one that ought to give the current government and the cabinets that come after them plenty of stuff to think about. The articles of incorporation of Gebe contain clear rule

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Court rules reappointment Rennie Maduro null and void (former GEBE C.O.O.)

St. Maarten – Utilities Company Gebe won its lawsuit against its former Chief Operating Officer Rennie Maduro and by extension against the Council of Ministers (CoM) on Thursday. The Court in First Instance ruled that the CoM’s decision Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Gas becomes 18 percent more expensive than on French side

St. Maarten – The price of unleaded gas is going up tomorrow by 2.5 percent from 2.115 to 2,167 guilders per liter (in dollars: from $1.18 to $1.21). Gas is cheaper on the French side by a margin of 14.9 to 18.1 percent; the Cadisco station in Mari

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Police honor Justice Minister Richardson

  Justice Minister Richardson receives a badge of honor from Commissioner Carl John. Photo Today / Leo Brown   International Justice Day commemorated  St. Maarten - The uniformed services celebrated International Justice Day yesterda

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Statia goes solar

  Back row from left: Stuco’s  supervisory board Chairman Ivan Berkel, Managing Director Fred Cuvalay, and Sunshine Real Estate Director Terence Lacle; front row: Stuco representative Jerome Sardine and legal advisor Roland Duncan. Photo con

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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St. Maarten Audi dealership beats expectations

St. Maarten Audi dealership beats expectations

Dylan Smith, Brand Manager St. Maarten -The Audi dealership under the wings of Caribbean Auto in Cole Bay has exceeded the expectations of the suppliers since it has opened several months ago. Dylan Smith, who is responsible for brand and logistics

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Off to the races

At first glance, the governing program the cabinet sent to the parliament yesterday is disappointing. That’s not the end of the world – it just means that there is room for improvement. Our main concern is that the program does not contain a s

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Dementia patients

Dear Editor, I would like to commend Mr. Jessurun for his efforts in putting St. Maarten elderly on the international stage. His article relates to his participation at the, open ended working group (OEWG) on ageing conference in New York. Mr. Jes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Dutch police now include internet in phone taps

Whatsapp-messages are protected by privacy rules St. Maarten - Dutch police now automatically intercept internet traffic when setting up a telephone tap, online magazine Computerworld reported yesterday. The news was buried in the justice ministr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Flags half-mast for MH17-victims

  Flags at the Government Administration building went half-mast last year after the crash of MH17 in the Ukraine. Today, they will be half-mast again in commemoration of the tragedy. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – Prime Ministe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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No deadlines for projects in governing program

St. Maarten – The governing program the Council of Ministers sent to parliament yesterday contains a wish list from the seven ministries that contain no fewer than 329 topics. The Ministry of Vromi tops the list with 74 policy objectives for the go

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Police arrest eighteen in human smuggling probe

St. Maarten – Eighteen people were arrested on Sunday and Monday during an unprecedented action led by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in a human trafficking investigation. Twelve of the detainees were victims; they have been handed over to the Im

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Dr. Emsley Tromp: “Split in monetary union is ill-advised”

  Dr. Emsley Tromp, President of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – “It is of course a political decision, but at this moment it is ill-advised to have a split in the monetary union,” s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Woman takes charge of public rest room

Woman takes charge of public rest room

  The woman on her phone while she guards the public restrooms. Photo Today / Andrew Dick   St. Maarten - A woman was guarding the doors of the public restrooms in Philipsburg behind the market stall on Backstreet yesterday. She sat i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Attorney Cor Merx’ impression of the new criminal code: “A paste and copy exercise”

  Attorney Cor Merx shows the new criminal code (left) and the previous one at his Front Street office. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The new criminal code for St. Maarten went into effect per June 1. It is a mo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Casino robbers get 6 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced two men to 6 years of imprisonment yesterday for an armed robbery at the Atlantis Casino in Cupecoy on November 16 of last year. The court acquitted a third suspect for lack of evidence. The robbe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Judge turns down request to hear Roumou’s victims

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction approved the opening of a preliminary inquiry into the case of blogger Judith Roumou. The judge gave the green light for the inquiry but it turned down the request from attorney Zylena Bary to hear the four c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Loekie Morales establishes Beyond Kultura Events

  The board of the Beyond Kultura Events Foundation. Photo contributed   St. Maarten – Yesterday the Beyond Writing Foundation transformed into the Beyond Kultura Events foundation. Loekie Morales signed the deed for the new foundat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Burger King St. Maarten first to introduce ICEE Coca-Cola frozen drinks

  Burger King Manager Ricardo Gibson (left) celebrates the introduction of ICEE frozen drinks with staff and representatives of B & C Beverages. Photo contributed   St. Maarten – Burger King Restaurants in St. Maarten will be the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Ocean’s Building manager expresses concerns: “The beach is not a parking lot”

Ocean’s Building manager expresses concerns: “The beach is not a parking lot”

  Ankie Nieuwenhoven on the beach next to several cars parked on the beach in the back of the Ocean’s Building. Photo Today / Andrew Dick  St. Maarten - Property Manager Ankie Nieuwenhoven of Ocean’s Building on Front Street has concerns