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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2015

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Migratory Bird Festival offers packed program

Migratory Bird Festival offers packed program

  Free seedlings of the Gaïac tree, also known as Lignum Vitae, will be given away at this Saturday's Migratory Bird Festival. Photo contributed GRAND CASE - This Saturday, the Migratory Bird Festival returns to St. Martin with new activi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2015

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PM Gumbs invites faction leaders

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, announced on Tuesday that he has extended an invitation to all parliamentary faction leaders for today at the Government Administration Building. The agenda point for the meeting is seeking support for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2015

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Police on the lookout for tainted money

St. Maarten - In connection with the ongoing investigation of the armed robbery at the Rouge et Noir Casino last week Thursday, the police is calling on the public to take note of red tainted money. The robbers took a bag containing an explosive dye

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 14, 2015

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Free mammograms for 100 uninsured women

Free mammograms for 100 uninsured women

  Kimasha Williams, Shelly Alphonso and Marcelina Loblack with vouchers next to a mammogram machine. Photo contributed St. Maarten – One hundred free mammograms are once again made available for uninsured women through the sponsoring by

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Sjaoel “Shooz” Richardson: Our Nobel Peace Prize winner

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize went to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and it is well deserved. They are a key player in bringing democracy to Tunisia. However, we want to shine the light on a man who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize n

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Elton Jones: Over-privileged

As we open a new week we remain bogged down by the unfinished business of should they stay or should they go. Parliament and the executive find themselves at loggerheads and only now like during elections recognize the importance of the people they s

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Dave Levenstone: Working committee

Dear Mr. Editor, Please allow me to bring forward the following suggestion with the hope that it will be considered. Now that the Evaluation Report is out and official and also public notice I would like to suggest to the Honorable Island Council

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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No class justice at St. Maarten’s prosecutor’s office

St. Maarten - The Public Prosecutor’s Office in St. Maarten does not deal with high officials differently than with other citizens. That is the main conclusion of the Law Enforcement Council following the investigation concerning possible class ju

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Prof. Gert Oostindie: “Antilles are a lasting legacy of colonialism”

    LEIDEN – Gert Oostindie, director of the Royal Institute for Linguistics, Geography and Ethnology and a history professor at Leiden University took a stand for St. Maarten and the other Caribbean Kingdom islands in a column in N

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Constitution Day message Governor Holiday: “Evaluate your experiences of the past five years”

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday issued a message to mark the celebration of the country’s first Constitution Day over the weekend. Below is the unabridged text. My fellow St. Maarteners, I hereby, in observance and celebration o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Front Street Tourist chain snatcher grabbed by citizens

Front Street Tourist chain snatcher grabbed by citizens

The group of citizens holding the man who allegedly grabbed a tourist chain from her neck. Photo contributed St. Maarten- Yesterday morning on Front Street a young man allegedly snatched a chain from a tourist’s neck and ran towards the Gua

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Dock Maarten wins lawsuit, but harbor still has options

  St. Maarten – The Harbor Holding company lost a lawsuit against Dock Maarten about the construction of a pier in what the harbor considers its concession area. The Common Court of Justice ruled on Friday that, while Dock Maarten has a bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Man shot dead in bar

Man shot dead in bar

Shafien Mauricia who was shot and killed on Friday night. Photo Facebook St. Maarten - Shafien Martin Mauricia was found dead on Friday night by police after a shooting incident by unidentified shooters. The shooting took place between 9.30 and 1

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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University makes deal with I Am SXM Foundation

University makes deal with I Am SXM Foundation

  USM President Francio Guadeloupe (center) signs the agreement together with I Am SXM Foundation president Solaika Serbony and director Julian Lake, while Minister Bourne-Gumbs, MP Tamara Leonard and foundation members look on. Photo Today /

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Dutch dirty money doubles in five years

Dutch dirty money doubles in five years

  There is a lot of dirty money in the Netherlands. Photo Johannes Dalhuijsen AMSTERDAM – The magnitude of visible dirty money in the Netherlands doubled in the past five years, the Telegraaf reports. In 2010 transactions worth more

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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More community recycling points open: Student Bodine Beentjes shows the way

  St. Maarten - Minister Connor officially opened two Community Recycling Points on Saturday. After the Minister opened a similar facility in Tamarind Hill in March this year, Learning Unlimited 12th grade student Bodine Beentjes, continued h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Union visits members on Saba and Statia

Union visits members on Saba and Statia

WICSU/PSU President Henrietta Doran-York and union representatives on Saba. Photo contributed St. Maarten - The WICSU/PSU union for civil servants and private sector workers visited the islands of Saba and Statia to meet with the membership and t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Immigration officer wins 1st Justice Song Festival

Immigration officer wins 1st Justice Song Festival

Kenisha Hill winner of the justice song festival 2015. Hill also won best popularity prize. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Immigration officer Kenisha Hill won the first ever justice song festival on Friday evening at the Rock House res

Editorial - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Editorial: Troublemakers

The motion of no confidence against the Gumbs cabinet was signed by a bunch of troublemakers, if we freely interpret Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs’ statement. Since those troublemakers can only have been part of the former coalition, it is easy to

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion: Tough on immigration

The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) has announced tough action against immigration violations. There is no argument about the idea that a country ought to protect its borders, but there is always a gray area somewhere that is going to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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St. Maarten Immigration turns up the heat

St. Maarten – The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) vows to enforce the law against visitors who overstay their visa, guarantors who invite visitors to the island and parents who enroll children in school without a residence permit. I

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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PM Marcel Gumbs explains his position: “We must stop the Carnival coups”

PM Marcel Gumbs explains his position: “We must stop the Carnival coups”

  Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs: “It seems that in St. Maarten even Jesus Christ himself could be sent home with a motion of no-confidence.” Photo DCOMM St. Maarten – While The Hague buzzed with rumors that Governor Drs. Eugène Holi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Power of Knowledge about Ombudsman

St. Maarten - Tuesday evening the library hosts the next Power of Knowledge information session. Gwendolien Mossel, legal advisor at the Ombudsman, will give information about services provided by the office of the Ombudsman. The evening session begi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Two local reps at 3rd annual Caribbean Women & Sexual Diversity Conference

Two local reps at 3rd annual Caribbean Women & Sexual Diversity Conference

  Nadjesca Gumbs (left) and Lysanne Charles-Arrindell. Photo contributed GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance for Equality (Safe) Foundation President, Lysanne Charles-Arrindell and treasurer Nadjesca Gumbs are currently i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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“Have all expensive yachts in St. Maarten preventively confiscated”

  Member of Parliament Ronald van Raak filed a motion on Thursday in which he asks the Dutch government “to have all expensive yachts in St. Maarten preventively confiscated and to only give them back when it is clear that they have not bee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Casino Rouge et Noir hires extra security

St. Maarten - Management of Casino Rouge et Noir has hired extra security after being robbed on Wednesday evening close to 9 p.m. Security officers presence were seen by customers when the casino re-opened on Friday morning. Management also told this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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End Polio Now walkathon in Ramesh Manek’s honor

End Polio Now walkathon in Ramesh Manek’s honor

St. Maarten - Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle hosts it second annual End Polio Now walkathon next week Saturday. Rotary President Ramesh Manek started the walkathon last year. He died last year on April 16 in a fatal hit and run on the Airport Ro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Former MP Leroy de Weever in court charged with theft

Former MP Leroy de Weever in court charged with theft

St. Maarten – Former Member of Parliament Petrus Leroy de Weever appears in court Wednesday to face charges of theft. On January 11, 2014, De Weever had an encounter with the embattled blogger Judith Roumou on Front Street. On that occasion, the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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SHTA to hold job fair on October 24

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association hosts an all-encompassing job fair on October 24. With this initiative the SHTA wants to bring together job-seekers and businesses. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Port helps sea rescue boat on its way for repairs

GREAT BAY - St. Martin sea rescue boat Notre Dame de la Garoupe SNS129, will be shipped to France onboard the CMA CGM Fort St. Louis cargo motor vessel on Monday to undergo repairs.  The French side sea rescue boat suffered severe damage in Octob

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Editorial: Commonwealth

Two Dutch MPs keep hammering on their solution for the constitutional prison they experience the Kingdom to be: a Commonwealth. Never mind that the islands do not feel anything for such a construction. According to Van Raak political parties in th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Dispute

Minister Plasterk has made clear once and for all where the Dutch government stands with respect to the dispute regulation. The minister says that he favors such a system, but at the same time he says that he does not want it. This is because the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Something’s brewing

We know since last night that Governor Holiday sent a letter to Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs. We do not know the content of this letter, but there is no doubt that this will come out some time today. The past couple of days, two political parties h

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Tribute to Mr. Kenneth Blijden

As President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) and President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union I would like to pay tribute to a great labor activist, an advocate for social justice within the work place, a strong and dedica

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Recolonization

High emotions filled 10-10-10-autonomy expectations. “Freedom at last, delivered from slavery, liberation from colonial oppression.” Political leader Helmin Wiels —as Moses, divinely anointed—” was leading his People to the Promised Land.

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