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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 18, 2015

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Structural corruption-remarks  AG Guus Schram under fire

  Attorney-General Guus Schram. File photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson’s angry retort to statements by Attorney-General Guus Schram about the connection between the underworld and the legitimat

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200 Bulletproof vests underway

Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, Police Chief Peter de Witte and Head of the Immigration Border Patrol Udo Aron at the Justice Day activity this year. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Police officers will have 200 bulletproof vests a

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Kingdom Relations budget 2016: Almost $9 million for Integrity Chamber

  THE HAGUE – The budget for Kingdom Relations in 2016 is €257.5 million, far below the €392.6 million the Kingdom made available this year. This appears from chapter 4 of the national budget of the Netherlands that Finance Minister Jer

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Ombudsman ducks question about uncaring civil servants

    St. Maarten – “There is a group of civil servants that feels that the LMA protects them and that it is difficult to dismiss them. Is that part of the problem? Is there a sentiment that some civil servants just don’t care an

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Civil inquiry is underway: Harbor submits documents  to prosecutor’s office

  St. Maarten -The Public Prosecutor’s Office has started a civil investigation at the Harbor Group of Companies. All documents requested by the prosecutor have been submitted via the harbor lawyers and now will go through an assessment pr

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Dutch Representative screens Troonrede in Holland House: “We have shared interests”

Dutch Representative screens Troonrede in Holland House: “We have shared interests”

  Dutch representative Gert Versluis (left) and Milton Peters College Director Wim de Visser at the presentation of the Troonrede by King Willem Alexander at Holland House. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – The instruction of the

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Minister Richardson criticizes Attorney-General Schram: “Justify your claims or shut the hell up”

Justice Minister Richardson is tired of accusations about corruption. Photo Today / Milton Pieters   St. Maarten – “My position has changed: it is put up or shut up. Justify your claims or shut the hell up. This has to stop,” Justic

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St. Maarten Backstreet shooting suspect arrested

St. Maarten - Police have made an arrest in the Backstreet shooting which took place on Sunday August 16. At 8 p.m. 45-year-old Donovan Mc’Curdy was shot seven times by the suspect, a 24-year-old man, who is now in police custody. The shooting

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St. Maarten Front Street Merchants take security into their own hands

First Response Security officers on Front Street yesterday. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Nine merchants on Front Street have taken their safety into their own hands and hired security services of First Response to monitor and secure th

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Crystal Pineapple Awards extends nomination period

St. Maarten - The tenth Crystal Pineapple Awards, organised by the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association, has extended the nomination period for its awards ceremony by six days until September 20, at 5 p.m. This year’s edition of the C

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TelEm and Kelaha team up for awareness campaign

  TelEm Group staffers pose with the giant model of a cervical cancer ribbon in the company’s main building foyer. Photo contributed St. Maarten - TelEm Group is organising a month-long cervical cancer and prostate cancer awareness prog

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Lee: St. Maarten Tourism marketing lacks continuity

  GREAT BAY – “St. Maarten lacks continuity in its marketing efforts,” Democratic Party policy advisor Emil Lee said yesterday at a brief press conference. He noted that in the past five years, the country has had five different ministe

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Donation from Rotary Club: Science lab container for Little Leaguers

  Rotarians and Little Leaguers paint the container. In the foreground is Rotary president Jeffrey Sochrin. Photo contributed.  St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donated a shipping container to the Little League to be used as

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Library restarts baby and toddler rhyme time

Library restarts baby and toddler rhyme time

  Rhyme time incorporates song with actions and props to provide a fun-filled and highly vigorous activity crucial to babies and toddlers. Photo contributed St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will restart its baby and toddler a

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Immigration deports forty illegals in two weeks’ time

IBP announces stricter controls St. Maarten – The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) has deported forty illegals during the past two weeks, the justice ministry stated in a press release. The deported people have been banned from t

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St. Maarten Carnival (SCDF) bans young children from adult carnival events

St. Maarten – Children aged 14 or younger will no longer be allowed entry to the Festival Village during carnival without adult supervision during adult-oriented shows, the carnival development foundation SCDF announced in a press release this wee

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“Parliament deserves every bit of criticism”: No meetings on Zebec and landfill – DP faction upset

  Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – There will be no urgent meeting of parliament about the harbor-deal with developer Zebec, nor will there be a meeting about the garbage dump. This b

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The wet season will be drier than normal too: Drought continued in July and August

The wet season will be drier than normal too: Drought continued in July and August

  Water levels in the Great Salt Pond are extremely low due to the drought. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – The drought that has tested nature to the limit this year, continued in the months of July and August, data published b

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Harbor Group borrowed $10 million from SZV

  St. Maarten – The Harbor Group of Companies contracted a short-term loan of $10 million with social insurance agency SZV to solve its problems with developer Zebec. SZV-interim director Glen Carty confirmed the loan but declined to mentio

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Walter Plantz Square opens Saturday

Walter Plantz Square opens Saturday

The Walter Plantz Square in Philipsburg. Photo Today / Milton Pieters Great Bay -St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies will be rolling out the Walter Plantz Square to the public Saturday starting at 7 a.m. Windward Roads delivered the project on

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Witu urges teachers to unionize

St. Maarten -Windward Islands Teachers Union President Claire Elshot is calling on the teachers of the Charlotte Brookson Academy, NIPA and Mac High to unionize as soon as possible. “We are hearing some strange reports coming from these schools and

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Judge Sander van Rijen sworn in at the court

Judge Sander van Rijen sworn in at the court

  Judge Sander van Rijen (second from left) with members of the Common Court, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson. Photo Today / Milton Pieters  St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice installed Sander

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2015

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Editorial: Underworld

Attorney-General Guus Schram made a very clear statement yesterday during the installation of a new judge. “There are numerous indications showing that the underworld and legitimate society in Sint Maarten are structurally intertwined.” True

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Attorney-General Guus Schram: “Underworld structurally intertwined  with St. Maarten’s legitimate society”

St. Maarten – Judge Maria Paulides has left St. Maarten and works now in Aruba and Curacao. The judge asked for a transfer after a suspect threatened her in court on August 27.Judges from Aruba and curacao will take turns handling criminal cases in