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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2015

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Lecture on labor law at the library

Lecture on labor law at the library

Gwendolien Mossel lectured last week about the services provided by the Ombudsman and citizen’s rights. Photo contributed St. Maarten - The last session in the Power of Knowledge series will take place today at 6.30 p.m. at the Philipsburg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2015

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Robber grabs close to $30,000 from casino

Robber grabs close to $30,000 from casino

Paradise Casino on Sunday evening after one man robbed the establishment. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Police are on the lookout for a robber that managed to waltz into the Paradise Casino on Sunday evening at about 10.30 p.m. thre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2015

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Tzu Chi Foundation, AUC support community garden project 

Tzu Chi Foundation, AUC support community garden project 

  Project leader Denicio Wyatte (left) gives an explanation to the volunteers. Photo contributed St. Maarten - Doctors-in-training at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine and the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Founda

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2015

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Haviser’s heritage salt presentation steals  the show at Migratory Bird Festival

Haviser’s heritage salt presentation steals the show at Migratory Bird Festival

  On the Festival's popular Heritage Salt Walk, Dr. Jay Haviser points out salt pan walls in the Great Salt Pond. Photo by Mark Yokoyama. St. Maarten - Over 200 people came out to celebrate St. Martin's spectacular migratory birds at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Man shot dead in Simpson Bay

Man shot dead in Simpson Bay

Police escorting the brother of the victim off the scene yesterday morning. The coroner staff is seen in the back loading the body of the man in the van. Photo Today / Andrew Dick. St. Maarten —The police is investigating another shooting inci

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Terrence Farrell: “Corruption adds 10 percent to the cost of doing business”

St. Maarten – The Information Village organized by the high councils of state ended last night with a presentation by Terrence Farrell of the Trinidadian company Terrayanna Investments about morality, integrity and corruption. While the turnout for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Pineapple Awards voting opens

  St. Maarten – The voting period for 10th Annual Crystal Pineapple Awards officially opens today. This puts readers in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations they think should be recognized for their outstandi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Workshop focuses on energy efficiency

  St. Maarten - Under the umbrella of the European Union funded COSME Program, the Department of Economy, Transportation and Telecommunication hosted an interactive workshop for small hotel property owners throughout the Caribbean Overseas C

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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St. Kitts prepares for tourism boom

  BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – The completion of four major developments in the tourism industry in St. Kitts and Nevis by 2018 is expected to generate hundreds of job opportunities for the local population. That’s according to Minister o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Colade-investigation targets Regina Labega and Badejo

St. Maarten – The office of the public prosecutor confirmed in a brief press release that on Thursday house searches were conducted by the National Detective agency on five locations. The press release labels “R.L., F.A.A.B. and E.F.” as suspe

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Firm resistance against PLU at French Quarter meeting

  FRENCH QUARTER—The residents of French Quarter who attended the meeting on the Plan Local d’Urbanisme (PLU) claim the plan is an effort by the Collectivité of Saint Martin to reclaim their ancestral land. They said that they are prepar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Toast on new dive site Pelikaan

St. Maarten - In June the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation received assistance from the Royal Dutch Navy in placing ten three-ton mooring blocks in waters both outside and inside of the Marine Park, creating mooring possibilities at ten new dive sites

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Opinion: Looking the other way

How are we dealing with Muslims, Christians, Jews and homosexuals in a multicultural society like the Netherlands where there are big differences between all these groups? The same question could be asked for St. Maarten with its fractured population

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Governor’s explosive 2013 letter supports dissolution parliament

  Possible elections pushed back to February 2016 St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has sent an amended national decree to dissolve the parliament to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday on Wednesday that would push e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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National Detective Agency conducts 5 house searches

Targets: airport director Labega, Fabian Badejo and others St. Maarten – The National Detective Agency conducted house searches on five different locations last week “in connection with an ongoing investigation,” case officer Nanouk Lemme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Law firm updates business guide

St. Maarten - The Guides to Doing Business in the Dutch Caribbean (www.doingbusinessdutchcaribbean.com) of law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne have been fully updated. In the online guides, all relevant primary information can be found about the legal

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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French St. Martin Tourist campaign appeals to feelings

MARIGOT - The Saint-Martin Tourism Office has presented its new communication campaign, in partnership with Atout France and Horizon Bleu, their communication agency. This new campaign has three goals: to create preference for the island of Saint-Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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“Governor must sign decree to dissolve parliament” Meyers: UP, government take a stand to stop constant instability

    St. Maarten - United People (UP) party faction leader MP Franklin Meyers on Thursday night stressed that at some point “somebody has to make a stand somewhere” to stem the tide of constant government instability and address a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Alegria timeshare ruling put on ice

St. Maarten – The Timeshare Owners at Caravanserai Association (Toca) suffered a setback in court last week when the Common Court of Justice suspended an earlier ruling that ordered resort owner Alegria Real Estate to admit the timeshare owners to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Port St. Maarten promotes cruise employment

Port St. Maarten promotes cruise employment

  From left: Mark Mingo, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Chief Operations Officer Adam Goldstein and an apprentice at the FCCA cruise conference in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo contributed GREAT BAY - Port St. Maarten Management will pursue the pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Seven armed robberies, eight years in prison

St. Maarten – Eight years of imprisonment was the sentence for Jurendy Jacob Brooks yesterday morning for committing a string of seven armed robberies and for firearm possession. The punishment is almost half of the 15 years the prosecution demand

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Statia stops working with Governor Berkel

ORANJESTAD – The two commissioners of Statia’s Executive Council will terminate their working relationship with Governor Gerard Berkel per November 2, Island Council member Clyde van Putten stated in a press release. The decision follows “the d

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Michael J. Ferrier writes: 8 is more than 7

Dear Editor, I read the Prime Ministers opinion about the political turmoil and would like to comment. In 2013 the UP wanted to come into government and (rightfully so) proclaimed 8 parliamentary seats to be more than 7. The battle between prop

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Silveria Jacobs writes: Why are we stalling?

Dear Editor, The Constitution of St. Maarten states that if a Minister(s) received a motion of no confidence he/she/they must make his/her/their position available to the Governor in order for the process to continue with the formation of a new go

Editorial - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Editorial: Foolish

We have to agree: closing down that meeting of parliament yesterday in record time and based on an article that does not even get in the neighborhood of the situation at hand was not the smartest thing to do. MPs of the new majority called it ‘ille

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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John Kerry writes: A joyful Constitution Day

Dear editor, On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Sint Maarten on your Constitution Day.  Today you will gather with family and friends and reflect on your nation’s past and hopes for

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Opinion: Eyes on the ball

While the political situation deteriorated further yesterday morning with a rather distasteful display of rule-bending, we would like to keep our eyes on the ball and look towards to Cabinet of Governor Holiday. It is in general not done to drag o

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Religion and science

What is the difference between religion and science? That question came up in a column by Bert Keizer in Trouw and Ger Groot reacted to it. Keizer wrote that we do not consider religion as a physical reality. But people have been doing this for a ver

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Opinion: SXM lift your head

Dear SXM, Today is a day to make history. We as a nation of people, made up of people from all over the world, which makes us very unique. We are Caribbean by nature, so today we stand at the cross road with only one hope and that hope is to step

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Lack of funding hampers St. Maarten promotion by Kahn

St. Maarten – Kahn Travel Communication has been asked not to spend any more money on behalf of St. Maarten because its contract with the government has not been signed, the company’s president Richard Kahn confirmed in an email to this newspaper

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Living Statues Festival returns in December

Living Statues Festival returns in December

  Lady Justice, a living statue from a previous festival. Photo contributed St. Maarten – The Living Statues Festival will return to St. Maarten on December 18, 19 and 20, Loekie Morales, founder of the Caribbean Living Statues Festival

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Chair aborts meeting within sixty seconds: New majority calls action MP De Weever illegal

St. Maarten – Acting as the second vice president of Parliament, independent MP Cornelius de Weever wrong-footed parliament yesterday morning by opening and closing a meeting designed to appoint a new chair within sixty seconds after which he “ra

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Robbers put McDonald’s staff in freezer

St. Maarten -Police are investigating a robbery at McDonald’s restaurant in Dutch Quarter. Tuesday morning close to 10.15 a.m., two armed men dressed in black forced their way into the establishment and managed to place five employees and one custo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Audit report for cost of seawater intake facilities in Pointe Blanche complete

Audit report for cost of seawater intake facilities in Pointe Blanche complete

  From left Seven Seas Water CEO John Curtis, Minister of Public Health Rafael Boasman, Soab auditor Lieuwe Hiemstra, legal advisor Public Health Cabinet Len Dijkstra, and policy advisor Public Health Cabinet Farah Busby- Richardson. Photo co

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 14, 2015

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French St. Martin up in arms against urban planning

Marigot, Saint Martin - Representatives of all six districts on the French side will be present at a press conference in French Quarter today where they protest against the P.L.U. – the Plan Local d’Urbanisme, the government’s plan for urban p

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