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

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Wescot-Williams about Tourism Authority: “Government believes it can fool all the people, all of the time”

  St. Maarten – Is a letter Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Claret Connor sent to parliament on June 22 “a scam”? Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams asks that question in a press statement about the fledgling St. Maarten To

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

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Police seek witnesses: Prosecutor warns against assisting fugitive robber

St. Maarten - Anyone that is assisting the fugitive on the run from police for his involvement in the 'Oro Diamante' robbery, during which police Officer Gamali Benjamin was shot to death, will face criminal charges of six months in jail or a fine o

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Editorial: No easy way out

The inevitable death of Sergeant Gamali Benjamin has made a bad situation worse – if that is possible at all. The arrested shooter is now looking at manslaughter charges; if found guilty, Pointe Blanche will become his home for a very long time.

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Responsive tourism marketing

Much like when you are using a smartphone or tablet and you turn the screen upside down and the display automatically flips so that it is the right side up again, the same way St. Maarten's tourism marketing strategies need to be responsive. The minu

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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The economy of shaving

For decades I followed the lead of Gillette where shaving is concerned – the best a man can get. The razor blade industry has steadily innovated its products – in particular the razor blade – and in doing so, it has made shaving a rather expens

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

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Attorneys doubt feasibility of preventive searches: “This gives police a license to do what they want”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar– The initiative by Justice Minister Dennis Richardson to introduce preventive body searches in the fight against criminality has met with doubts from the legal community. Attorneys question the measure’s feasibility

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

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Mike Ferrier about the aftermath of the shooting: “Hopefully, parliament will get a grip on reckless spending”

Michael Ferrier. File photo Today / Leo Brown   St. Maarten – Businessman Michael Ferrier, a former president of the Democratic Party – as party he left in disgust last year – analyzes in this article the situation the country finds i

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

Comments Off on Sergeant Benjamin passed away this weekend: Shooter is rapper Kilo Gotti, second suspect still on the run

Sergeant Benjamin passed away this weekend: Shooter is rapper Kilo Gotti, second suspect still on the run

  Officer Benjamin during his days as a bike patrol officer. Photo Facebook St. Maarten -The police are mourning the loss of Sergeant Gamali Benjamin, who died on Saturday at the Medical Center. Following a shooting last week Wednesday on Fro

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

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Richards to court over dismissal by Nipa

St. Maarten - The former principal of the National Institute for Professional Achievement (Nipa) Vernon Richards will take Nipa-director Marcella Hazel to court for wrongful dismissal. The case is scheduled to be heard on August 27. Richards was

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

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PM Marcel Gumbs about Officer Benjamin’s passing: “This country is a dimmer place without him”

PM Marcel Gumbs about Officer Benjamin’s passing: “This country is a dimmer place without him”

  Composite photo celebrating the life of police Officer Gamali Benjamin. Photo Facebook St. Maarten - “Never in our island’s history have we seen our local law enforcement forced to say farewell to one of their own, taken from us in the l

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Fruition

The outpouring of support for Officer Gamali Benjamin shows how a community is able to come together during its most distressing moments. Yes, one could argue that more people should have been there, but the procession that marched through town ye

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

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Matser’s Energizer gets distress warrant

  St. Maarten – The bailiff has served a distress warrant to Energizer NV, the construction company of United People’s party MP Silvio Matser. The company was established at an address on the Chameleon Drive, but is now, according to a p

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

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Silent march honors Officer Benjamin

  Workers and officers take part in a silent march to show their solidarity with Officer Gamali Benjamin. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – More than 200 people marched the streets of Philipsburg yesterday in solidarity with the in

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

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Scientific research focuses on kingdom relations

Confronting Caribbean Challenges kicks off in September St. Maarten – Between September 14 and October 31 the Royal Institute for Language, Country and Ethnology (KITLV) will execute a large scientific research project on all six islands of the

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

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Advice financial supervision on Minister Plasterk’s desk

St. Maarten - The Council of Ministers submitted its reaction to the advice of the evaluation committee financial supervision this week, Finance Minister Martin Hassink told this newspaper yesterday, but he declined to comment on its content. "The ad

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

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Companies donate bulletproof vests

St. Maarten – The police force will get forty additional bulletproof vests, thanks to an initiative by United Peoples’ party faction leader Franklin Meyers. Yesterday morning, Meyers announced at the beginning of a central committee meeting abou

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

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Gebe goes for solar and upgrade of water distribution network

Gebe goes for solar and upgrade of water distribution network

  [caption id="attachment_31637" align="alignnone" width="550"] ?[/caption] Iris Arrindell is the first female employee of Gebe to be promoted to a managerial position as the company’s commercial manager. To her right is Chief Financial Of

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Tough measures

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson has stepped up to the plate at lightning speed after the shooting of police Officer Gamali Benjamin. In an unprecedented move, the minister announced a number of measures that are both bold and extremely necessary a

Editorial, Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Crocodile tears

The outpouring of sympathy and support for police officer Gamali Benjamin has a dark side and it has nothing to do with the officer who so bravely did his job. It has to do with our community and with the way we tend to react to calamities and immine

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

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$10,000 Reward for info that leads to arrest of fugitive – Injured cop flown to Dominican Republic

  St. Maarten -Officer Gamali Benjamin was flown to the Dominican Republic yesterday afternoon for further treatment. According to police spokesman Ricardo Henson, the officer is stable. However, information from other sources indicate that

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

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Justice Ministry announces “extraordinary measures”

Justice Ministry announces “extraordinary measures”

  Minister Richardson wants to ban bikes, scooters and quads from the city center. Photo contributed. St. Maarten - Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson extends his heart and prayers to Officer Benjamin and his family and expresses his c

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

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Police Chief Gerard Bouman negative about St. Maarten

Police Chief Gerard Bouman negative about St. Maarten

  The chief of the Dutch national police force, Gerard Bouman. Photo contributed St. Maarten – Gerard Bouman the Chief Commissioner of the Dutch national police force has left St. Maarten with mixed and mostly negative feelings. This ap

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

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Demand 21 years for seven attempted murders

Prosecutor: “Police officers deserve special protection” St. Maarten – “Police officers deserve special protection or they become the victim of criminal acts in the course of their duties,” Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij said yesterday mo

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Editorial: Terrible

Describing the shooting of police officer Benjamin as “terrible” does not begin to put into words what happened yesterday afternoon on Front Street. It’s like crime on the Friendly Island has entered a new and ugly territory. Countering this

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

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Disaster tourism

In Alphen aan den Rijn, the town where former Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies is the mayor, two large cranes toppled in the center of town this week and fell on nearby buildings. The chaos is enormous, though miraculously, nobody got hurt d

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

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Police officer shot on Front Street

  Police officers keep the crowd at bay as others attend to the downed officer in the background. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar     Chief Commissioner De Witte: “This is a sad day” St. Maarten - By Milton Pieters and H

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

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St. Maarteners on boardarcheology association

  St. Maarten - The 26th Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) elected a new board of directors for the 2015-2019 term. The new board includes a student representative. The congress elected St. Maartener and

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

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With host Little Miss St. Martin: Princess pajama story time at the library tomorrow

Trinity Christina, the reigning “Little Miss St. Martin.” Photo Jeremyah Shaark St. Maarten - Trinity Christina, the reigning Little Miss St. Martin is hosting a free Princess Pajama Story time for girls, ages 7 – 12 at Philipsburg Jubilee

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

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SHTA partners with Epic

  SHTA Executive Director Anenda Zaandam (left) with Epic’s Natalie Collier. Photo contributed GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association SHTA recently donated $473 to Environmental Protection in the Caribbean - Sint M

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

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Yokoyama presents free ebook at BirdsCaribbean meeting

Yokoyama presents free ebook at BirdsCaribbean meeting

  Mark Yokoyama with BirdsCaribbean Executive Director Dr. Lisa Sorenson. Photo Leno Davis Kingston, Jamaica—Every two years, bird educators, scientists and conservationists from throughout the Caribbean and beyond gather for the BirdsCari