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Opinion - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Luckiest man in the world

Dear Editor, Wednesday we celebrate St Maarten's Day and although you might not think so, we have lots to celebrate and be proud of. We live on a beautiful Island full of beautiful people, we have magnificent nature, our ponds are full of birds, o

Opinion - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Jason Lista writes: On political stability

Dear Editor, Regardless of your politics, I think most people on Sint Maarten can agree that our political system is flawed and inherently unstable. And why wouldn’t it be? It was adopted uncritically from The Netherlands by our leaders prior to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Prospective buyers take Sapphire owners to court

Prospective buyers take Sapphire owners to court St. Maarten – A $10 million deal to purchase the Sapphire Beach Club in Cupecoy from Jean and Philippe Verdier threatens to go horribly wrong for Bruno Sitbon, his wife and two daughters. The fam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Seven new political parties report for 2016 elections

St. Maarten – An astonishing number of seven new political parties reported to the offices of the Electoral Council yesterday to submit their request to be registered for the February 9 elections. Among them is the St. Maarten Christian Party, led

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Mr. Rude addresses crime

St. Maarten – SXM producer, entertainer and musician Bertaux ‘Mr. Rude’ Fleming teams up with singer songwriters Duane Stephenson and Ziggy Rankin to produce a single addressing the continuous climax of crime in the Caribbean. The smooth vo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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Calypsonian The Mighty Magic gets lifetime award in Trinidad

Calypsonian The Mighty Magic gets lifetime award in Trinidad

  Elias Rampersad showing his calypso life time achievement award. Photo Today St. Maarten – Elias Rampersad also known as The Mighty Magic, who was a member of the famous calypso group the Troubadours and wrote the well known calypso so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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Chamber of Commerce discusses cameras with stakeholders

St. Maarten - On Tuesday the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry met with the chief financial officer of the Telem Group of Companies, Helma Etnel, and its CCTV project team members. The long awaited CCTV program for Philipsburg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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For worthless real estate deals at Caravanserai: Court awards more than $1.2 million in damages

  St. Maarten – In two similar lawsuits, the Court in First Instance has sentenced Country St. Maarten, the Cadastre and retired notary Francis Gijsbertha to pay damages that total $1,236,572. The injured parties are two Anguilla-based com

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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Mingo returns from Cuban business expo

Mingo returns from Cuban business expo

  From left: Mark Mingo and Deputy Director General Foreign Economic Relations at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Guido Landheer. Photo contributed St. Maarten – A delegation from Port St. Maarten headed by Chief Executive Officer

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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Bureau Intellectual Property open for business

Bureau Intellectual Property open for business

  Left to Right: G. Vlaun (Vice Chairman), BIP-Director V. Rosen-Sandiford, M. Hoeve (Chairman) and A. Bell (Secretary). Photo contributed St. Maarten - Late 2014 parliament approved the National Ordinance for the Bureau for Intellectual P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2015

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Conflict about water supply to Marty’s Dream pool bar in court with Alegria - again

Conflict about water supply to Marty’s Dream pool bar in court with Alegria – again

  Pool bar operator owner Marty Dijkhuis. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – The battle between Marty Dijkhuis, who operates the Dream pool bar at the Alegria Resort in Beacon Hill and the resort owners continues. In October, the

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Integrity

Dear Editor, I have taken note of yesterday’s article regarding the ad hoc committee for integrity of parliament.  The Chair and Vice Chair of the integrity committee were appointed in a February 11, 2015 meeting. The integrity committee met

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Scared but not leaving

Dear Editor, I am scared to death and a great number of people in St. Maarten with me also. We are afraid of our Prime Minister, the not so honorable Mr. Marcel Gumbs and of the VDSM (the Secret Service of Sint Maarten). Miss Regina Labega app

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Corrupt civil servant gets hefty fine

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance found civil servant Paul Brookson and Shamwatie Seepersaud guilty of bribery. Brookson worked at the census office where, back in 2012, he organized driver’s licenses for Seepersaud in exchange for paymen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Funds secured for prison expansion

St. Maarten - The cooperation between Aruba, the Detective Collaboration Team RST and the Marechaussee is well underway and currently involved in seventeen investigations, Justice Minister Dennis Richardson said yesterday. The minister said that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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February elections will cost almost 230,000 guilders

St. Maarten – The cabinet has budgeted 229,763 guilders ($128,359) for the upcoming elections on February 9. The money comes from the budget of the Ministry of General Affairs. Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs said yesterday that the voter registry w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Two armed robberies, six years in jail

St. Maarten – Dillan Jamar Wallace committed two armed robberies on one day – May 18 of this year – and yesterday he received his punishment for these crimes in the Court in First Instance: 6 years of imprisonment. At Usave, the first superm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Investment Bank supports improved internet access

Finance contracts signed in St. Maarten St. Maarten - The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term investment institution, has agreed to provide EUR 8 million for investment by Telem to improve internet access on the Caribbean island of St Maa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Career fair attracts over 1,500 students

Career fair attracts over 1,500 students

  An overview of the Belair Community Center during yesterday’s fair. Students of the Milton Peters College. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - The 2015 St. Maarten Career & Study Fair at the Belair Community Center attracte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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40,000 People participated  in bird habitat restoration

40,000 People participated  in bird habitat restoration

  Les Fruits de Mer volunteer Simon Speetjens raised five dozen Lignum Vitae seedlings and taught guests about the tree while giving them away at the Migratory Bird Festival in St. Maarten. Photo contributed BirdsCaribbean connects plants

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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DP pushes again membership of Open Government Partnership

DP pushes again membership of Open Government Partnership

  DP policy advisor Emil Lee at the summit in Mexico City. Photo contributed St. Maarten – The Democratic Party is once more pushing the country’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an issue it made a core element of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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Horror restrooms at Bobby’s Marina

Horror restrooms at Bobby’s Marina

  The situation in the men’s urinals over at the restrooms at Bobby’s Marina on Sunday. St. Maarten – The use of a restroom is a day to day thing that goes hand in hand with a variety of things that people do on a daily basis. For e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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Retired politician Dave Levenstone: Saba, Statia and St. Maarten have to strengthen their ties

Retired politician Dave Levenstone: Saba, Statia and St. Maarten have to strengthen their ties

  Dave Levenstone. Photo Caribisch Netwerk THE BOTTOM, SABA – The Saban political veteran Dave Levenstone says that his fellow-Sabans do not speak up enough, because the evaluation report about constitutional reform states that Saba does

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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Nature Foundation rescues dozens of disoriented seat turtle hatchlings

Nature Foundation rescues dozens of disoriented seat turtle hatchlings

Disoriented sea turtle hatchlings on Great Bay Beach. Photo contributed St. Maarten - On Friday evening the St. Maarten Nature Foundation was alerted to the Hatching of a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle nest in the vicinity of the Hard

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 3, 2015

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Caribbean Tourism Day: “Make sure our visitors leave with a smile and come back”

St. Maarten – Today marks Caribbean Tourism Day and also the start of Caribbean Tourism Month. Port St. Maarten’s board of supervisory directors, the management and the staff, wishes everybody working in the hospitality and tourism sector a happ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 2, 2015

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Dreamliner memento for Minister Ernest Sams

Dreamliner memento for Minister Ernest Sams

  Arjan Kers, General Manager TUI Netherlands presents a Delft blue plate to Minister of Tourism Ernest Sams. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – Friday, local time 4:15 p.m., the TUIfly Dreamliner landed at the airport for the very first

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 2, 2015

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Shooting in Madame Estate

St. Maarten – The police department is presently investigating a case in which a group of men were shot at while they were standing in front of a home on Paradise Island Road in Madame Estate. The incident took place on Sunday between 3.30 and 4

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on November 2, 2015

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Navarro says he knows all illegals

  WILLEMSTAD – According to the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, the authorities of Curacao have all the information from travelers entering the island, even from Venezuelan tourist that did not travel back to their own country. Ministe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 2, 2015

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Rei-Shaylah Arrindell wins Scare Topia

Rei-Shaylah Arrindell wins Scare Topia

  Mom, dad and son, this eye catching trio had what it takes to get the nod of approval from the audience. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - The setting for the 3rd annual Scare Topia at the Emilio Wilson Park last Saturday was g

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