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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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Carnival kicks off on March 19

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Wednesday released what it called its teaser schedule for Carnival 2016. The foundation has held back some surprises as well as any details regarding shows. All of that will be mad

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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Red water in pond: a natural phenomenon

Red water in pond: a natural phenomenon

  The water color in the Étang de la Barrière will return to normal once weather conditions change. Photo courtesy Binkie van Es CUL DE SAC – When birdwatcher and nature lover Binkie van Es recently paid a visit to Cul de Sac on th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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Parties upset about delay landfill meeting

  St. Maarten – Opposition parties National Alliance and Democratic Party are upset about the postponement of a meeting they had requested about the landfill. “We do not take the postponement lightly,” the parties said in a press state

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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Opposition wants meeting about Zebec deal

  St. Maarten – Opposition parties National Alliance and Democratic Party have “wasted no time” to request a meeting of parliament about the settlement between the Harbor Group of Companies and developer Zebec, the parties said in a pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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Questions about funding  for ghost boxing event (Roy Jones and Danny Santiago that never took place)

  St. Maarten – Did the government pay $185,000 to the Keaton Corporation for the boxing match between Roy Jones and Danny Santiago that never took place? MP Sarah Wescot-Williams has posed pointed questions about this issue to Finance Min

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 17, 2015

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MP Emmanuel puts retail prices on the agenda; Le Grand Marché reacts

MP Emmanuel puts retail prices on the agenda; Le Grand Marché reacts

National Alliance MP Christophe Emmanuel shows products from Le Grand Marché (left) and French-side competitor Super U. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar Game on: Carrefour ready for the battle with Super U St. Maarten – National Alliance MP Chris

Editorial - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Editorial: Right on the money

  The letter from businessman Mike Ferrier (see page 6) touches a raw nerve – and it is so on the mark.  Right on the money is an expression that does very well in this context. Our self-serving politicians have spread their own bed ver

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Bolita gets four years for attempted manslaughter

  St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Nathanael Alberto Camacho-Acosta yesterday to 4 years of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on Romano Dennis on July 29, 2013. The verdict is on a par with the demand from the pros

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Agreement about crash course in journalism

  St. Maarten - The Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the university and Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly support the “I AM SXM” initiative of MP Tamara Leonard whereby St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Prosecution ready to drop second case against Buncampers

“We have not attempted  to cover this up” St. Maarten – Prosecutor Dounia Benammar put on a hair shirt on behalf of the prosecutor’s office yesterday morning to atone for procedural violations that threaten to jeopardize part of the tria

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Buncamper-trial moves to January: Attorneys ask court to declare the prosecution inadmissible

  St. Maarten  –The Buncamper-case reached a critical stage yesterday and it remains to be seen whether there will be a trial at all against the former Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor at all. The decision is in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Police spokesman Ricardo Henson about Officer Benjamin “We are still mourning the  loss of our close friend”

St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick -The entire police force is still mourning the death of its close friend and colleague Officer Gamali Benjamin police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said yesterday. What is the physiological state of the police

French St. Martin News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Soualiga Grassroots Movement rallies around Natigua Stephen

Soualiga Grassroots Movement rallies around Natigua Stephen

  Members of the Soualiga Grassroots Movement, from left: Freddy Richardson, Horace Whit, X-Ray, Natigua Stephen and Ras Mystic. Photo Today / Andrew Dick Ras Mystic: “Other suffer from the same treatment”   MARIGOT – “A

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Cft asks again for  annual accounts

St. Maarten – Financial supervisor Cft has not received a single financial account for the year 2014 from 37 government-owned or subsidized entities; of 25 of these entities, the Cft does not have the annual 2013 accounts either. The Cft has asked

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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“It is essential to generate more revenue” Governor’s address brings plans for 2016 into focus

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday outlined the priorities of the government’s policy-intentions for the next twelve months in an address at the parliament yesterday morning on the occasion of the opening of the parliamentary year 2015-

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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One tablet per child  project in limbo

    St. Maarten - On August 26 last year, the Council of Ministers approved the "One tablet per child" project aimed at providing elementary school pupils with a tablet, starting with those in public education which falls directly un

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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“It’s like Déjà vu with you”  Latoya Lake debuts  with romantic novel

“It’s like Déjà vu with you”  Latoya Lake debuts  with romantic novel

Author Latoya Lake. Photo Today / Andrew Dick   St. Maarten - In less than twelve months, local author Latoya Lake has spiraled to the forefront of the island’s list of books to read. The pharmacist assistant was inspired to go back to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Ex-MPs cost taxpayers almost half a million

  St.  Maarten – The nine Members of Parliament who were not reelected during last year’s election cost the tax payers close to 811,000 guilders ($453,000) in the first year after 10-10-14. This appears from the annual report of the par

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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UP faction leader Meyers: “We are perceived as the most corrupt party in the country”

St. Maarten – “The perception is that we are the most corrupt party in the country,” said Franklin Meyers, faction leader of the United People’s party yesterday morning at the meeting of parliament to close the parliamentary year 2014-2015.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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National Alliance MP Marlin: “Certainly not a  year to remember”

  St. Maarten – “What is there to talk about?” National Alliance leader William Marlin wondered in his address at the closure of the parliamentary year yesterday morning. “You expect to be looking back at the results of the past year

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Parliament’s annual report: MP Matser has worst  attendance record

  St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Silvio Matser has the worst attendance record for the parliamentary year 2014-2015 in public meetings of parliament and in meetings of the central committee. Matser showed up 56 percent of the tim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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“The prosecutor’s office  is taking us for a ride”

Attorneys incensed over treatment Son Latino suspects   St. Maarten– Criminal defense attorneys Geert Hatzmann and Cor Merx are incensed about the way the prosecutor’s office is dealing with the suspects it holds in detention for a bur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Sixty days more for Oro Diamante robber

Sixty days more for Oro Diamante robber

The suspects of the Oro Diamante case. Photo Contributed St. Maarten - The second suspect in the Oro Diamante robbery and the shooting of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin, J.L will be spending 60 more days in prison, after the Judge of Instruction

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 16, 2015

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Birdwatchers count hundreds of birds in Great Salt Pond

Birdwatchers count hundreds of birds in Great Salt Pond

  This Black-Crowned Night Heron, a full time resident of the Great Salt Pond, made a rare appearance on Saturday. It is a shy bird that usually does not show itself during daylight hours and certainly not so openly, the photographer said. Ph

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