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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Walter Plantz Square set to revive Down Street

The Supervisory board of the Harbor Group of Companies and Members of the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten. Photo Today / Leo Brown   St. Maarten -The Walter Plantz Square was officially opened on Saturday with an all-day affair in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Shots fired at fleeing robber

St. Maarten – Police fired shots yesterday afternoon during the pursuit of a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino around 11.35 a.m. The suspect managed to escape, but he left behind his SUV con

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Bikers rob Start Mart Cole Bay

St. Maarten – Two armed robbers driving a red dirt bike robbed the female cashier of the Start Mart in Cole Bay on Saturday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m. A man dressed in black wearing a helmet pulled a gun and threatened to use it; he took all t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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New: Port St. Maarten Webcam

New: Port St. Maarten Webcam

Newly launched on St. Maarten: a 24/7 live streaming HD-quality Internet video broadcast produced by PTZtv in association with the Holland House Beach Hotel in Philipsburg. Watch cruise ships, megayachts, sail boats and pleasure boats set against

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Daughter suspected of murdering her father

The daughter of the late Eddie York, J.Y is escorted to the court house. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Police arrested 33-year-old Jannie Elisabeth Y. on Wednesday around 1.30 p.m. on suspicion of having played a role in the death of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Driver knocks down policeman

St. Maarten – A 32-year-old man hit a policeman with his car after ignoring a stop sign on Saturday afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m. He is now in custody on suspicion of attempted manslaughter. The policeman filed criminal charges against the man,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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Jessurun applauds government for Caribbean Wellness Day

Jessurun applauds government for Caribbean Wellness Day

  Raymond Jessurun tests the strength of his fist during the Caribbean Wellness Day. Photo Today / Andrew Bishop GREAT BAY - The president of the St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association Raymond Jessurun has applauded government on t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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University brings accreditation home: Minister: “I will recognize the university within two weeks”

St. Maarten – Education Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs did not have much to say yesterday morning at the celebratory meeting at the university on Pond Island, but her brief remark was met with smiles and applause: “Within two weeks the government wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2015

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An explanation to our readers

Last Saturday the Today newspaper did not appear. This time there was no technical problem, but there was a shortage of newspaper print. On Friday it became clear that our container with newsprint would arrive late on the island and that we would ru

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Integrity Chamber law to Constitutional Court

  Ombudsman: “Law tramples on the constitutional rights of the citizens” St. Maarten – Yesterday Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin after careful consideration, submitted the national ordinance for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Garbage meeting fizzles: Many questions, no answers and no solutions

St. Maarten – At the end of a long meeting, finally there were some fireworks when opposition MP asked Vromi-Minister Claret Connor to answer one question: “Is there a contract with a company to build the waste-to-energy plant and how does this j

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Gebe’s 55th anniversary: Laptops for students

  St. Maarten -  At a special ceremony held on the parking lot of Gebe’s main office in Philipsburg, the utility provider demonstrated that they are not only known for providing water and light, they also recognized and equipped five stud

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Shots fired at fleeing robber

St. Maarten – Police fired shots yesterday afternoon during the pursuit of a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino around 11.35 a.m. The suspect managed to escape, but he left behind his SUV con

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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St. Maarten University brings accreditation home: Minister: “I will recognize the university within two weeks”

  St. Maarten – Education Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs did not have much to say yesterday morning at the celebratory meeting at the university on Pond Island, but her brief remark was met with smiles and applause: “Within two weeks the gove

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Daughter suspected of murdering her father

St. Maarten - Police arrested 33-year-old Jannie Elisabeth Y. on Wednesday around 1.30 p.m. on suspicion of having played a role in the death of her father, Eddie York on December 31 2014. According to eye witnesses, detectives arrested her when s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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AG Schram stands by corruption statement

  St. Maarten– Attorney-General Guus Schram declined further comment on the statements he made last Friday during the installation of Judge Sander van Rijen. From a reaction this newspaper received yesterday via his spokesman Norman Serphos

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Bomb threat suspect is AUC-student

  St. Maarten – The suspect in the bomb threat at the American University in Cupecoy is a student at the AUC, press prosecutor Karola van Nie confirmed yesterday. The man was released last Friday after spending eight days behind bars. He re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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MP Heyliger: “The Dutch keep terrorizing our little country” : Constitution Day triggers calls for independence

  St. Maarten - Parliament unanimously approved changes to several ordinances to establish the second Monday of October as Constitution Day, an official holiday. Under this legislation. Kingdom Day (December 15) will disappear from the local

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Assets pension fund slightly up

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten’s general pension fund administrator APS plans to forge ahead with a reorganization linked to the fund’s sustainability goals and is in keeping with trends worldwide, whereby pension funds are facing major challenges. Thes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Opposition wants meeting on AG Schram’s remarks

  St. Maarten – The opposition has requested an urgent meeting of parliament about the corruption-remarks Attorney-General Guus Schram made during the installation of Judge Sander van Rijen last Friday. Members of Parliament William Marl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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Heavy metals in St. Maarten’s Great Salt Pond

  St. Maarten - During the recent drought surveys of the Great Salt Pond the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation took various soil samples in order to test for a wide spectrum of heavy metals caused by the Philipsburg landfill. The soil samples re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2015

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St. Maarten Parliament wants English as country’s mother tongue

  St. Maarten – Parliament unanimously approved a motion presented by Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams that asks the ministers of general affairs and education, culture, youth and sports to present within sixty days a plan to estab

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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