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

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Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan: “The word class justice has hurt us a lot”

  Chief Prosecutor Ton Maan: “We have indicated to the Minister of Justice that the prostitution policy violates international treaties.” Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – “The word class justice has hurt us a lot and th

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

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French President Francois Hollande via St. Maarten to summit in Martinique

French President Francois Hollande via St. Maarten to summit in Martinique

  French President Francois Hollande. Photo business2community.com St. Maarten – The President of France, Francois Hollande will chair a regional meeting in Martinique on May 9, dedicated to the preparation for the 21st Conference of

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

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Winner is ready to make an impact: Norissa Richards takes Mature Queen crown

  Norissa Richards (left) accepts the crown from her predecessor Bria Sorton. Photo Today / Milton Pieters   St. Maarten - The Carnival Mature Queen competition was a nail biter however Norissa Richards blew out the pageant on Monday

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

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Minister Richardson about looming instruction: “Administrative blackmail”

  Minister Dennis Richardson at the Council of State on Monday. Photo Nico van der Ven THE HAGUE – It does not look like the Netherlands and Sint Maarten will reach an agreement about the establishment of the Integrity Chamber, Piete

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

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SER wants additional meeting about counterpart policy

St. Maarten - The Social Economic Council (SER) met with the central committee of parliament yesterday afternoon. The role of the SER and what they are presently working on was discussed among other issues by the advisory body.  Chairwoman Oldine Br

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

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Universities join forces

Universities join forces

Seared from left: Danny Ramchandani (YSM treasurer), Dr. Haldane Davis (executive director UVI), Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet (President USM) and Wycliffe Smith (Vice-President); standing from left: interim-president and dean of academics Francio

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

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Absent human smugglers face 18 months in jail

St. Maarten – The captain and the helmsman of the fishing vessel Raton who made a failed attempt to smuggle three Brazilians via St. Maarten to the British Virgin Islands in February of last year could still get a prison sentence to their name. Th

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

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Girls caught with drugs for inmates

St. Maarten – Police detained a 19-year-old girl and a 22-year-old yesterday after security caught them in two separate attempts to smuggle drugs into the Pointe Blanche prison during visiting hours. The 19-year-old, identified as L.D. came to

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

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Woman pays fine for knife-possession

St. Maarten – Police arrested a woman identified as Y.M. at the Festival Village on Friday evening around 11.15 p.m. after discovering that she was carrying a knife. The woman appeared before the acting prosecutor at the police station and accepte

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

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Application process for hurricane passes begins

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual hurricane emergency passes for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts from June 1 to November 30, begins tomorrow and is only applicable for the business sector and vital organi

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

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Police arrest five robbery-suspects

Police arrest five robbery-suspects

The police car took a hit when the robbery-suspects attempted to get away. Photo KPSM St. Maarten – Within two-and-a-half hours, two supermarkets and a restaurant became the victims of armed robberies on Saturday evening. After the last one

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 16, 2015

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Is happiness a watch called Apple?

The Apple Watch promises to make users’ lives better in a number of ways, from helping them stay on schedule to tracking their physical activity. But early reviews of the product suggest another possible improvement: It might get us to quit staring

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

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Parliament adjourns meeting about Integrity Chamber

Minister Richardson: “Passing this law strengthens our position” St. Maarten– The parliament is dragging its feet, or at least taking its time, with the handling of the draft ordinance for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber. Yesterda

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

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Students won’t intervene in fights for safety reasons

St. Maarten—Asking a group of students of the Charlotte Brookson Academy yesterday their feelings towards the now infamous fight between an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old student that was broadcasted on social media proved interesting, since the stu

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

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Plasterk supports investigation into money flow

THE HAGUE/GREATBAY – The Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk said that he supports a Kingdom-wide investigation that is focused on the money flow within the gambling industry, drug trafficking and trafficking in the Caribbean part

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

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SHTA continues education initiative with NIPA visit

St. Maarten - As part of the SHTA’s initiative to highlight educational institutions and programs related to the Hospitality industry, SHTA director Zaandam visited the NIPA where she participated in a “practical lunch” prepared by the culinar

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

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Hurricane Forecaster predicts: Seven storms, three hurricanes and one major storm upcoming season

St. Maarten - CSU's April forecast for the 2015 hurricane season, by the numbers indicate that there will be seven storms, three hurricanes and one major storm: Tropical Storms 7 (58% of average) Hurricanes 3 (46% of average) Major Hurricanes  1 (5

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

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MP Lake commends Gebe; urges seniors to apply for relief

St. Maarten –NV Gebe has extended its senior relief program until December of this year and this has led to a verbal commendation from United People’s Party MP Maurice Lake to the company for taking this action. The relief for seniors began i

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

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More students of Sundial to participate in art competition

St. Maarten —Several students of the Sundial School have joined the team of potential artists to participate in the First Response art competition which will be judged by some local persons who are known for their extensive knowledge in art. The s

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

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VVD Alderman fined for money laundering

THE HAGUE--A former alderman on Vlissingen town council has been fined €10,000 by judges in Middelburg for fiddling his travel expenses. Jacques Damen, who represented the right-wing VVD, was also given a two month suspended jail term for the fraud

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

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WINAIR employees now members of PDP Country Club

St. Maarten - Effective April 01/2015 all WINAIR employees became members of Country Club at PDP and will enjoy access to gymnasium and the swimming pool. This access has been given to all WINAIR employees and is the result of cooperation between WI

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2015

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Paying for prison time

Nothing is free and cash-strapped governments are becoming increasingly aware of this. They find all kinds of ways to squeeze money out of their citizens. A recent example from the Netherlands is the plan to let prisoners pay for their stay. The Rutt

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

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The case against dollarization

The fact that there is still a discussion on the dollarization issue is somewhat strange to me and not because I think it would the worst thing that can happen to us in St. Maarten but because of the total lack of actual benefits proposed by those su

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

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Implementation counterpart policy is still far away

Ministry publishes rules in National Gazette St. Maarten – The labor department will deny work permits to companies that refuse to hire “a counterpart found suitable by the department and made available to the employer.” This is one of the

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

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Integrity Chamber meets resistance from coalition

St. Maarten – The draft ordinance for the establishment of St. Maarten’s Integrity Chamber met with unexpected opposition from within the governing coalition yesterday. Members of the opposition also expressed their doubts. Prime Minister Marcel

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

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SILVER MEDALLIST RETURNS TO ROUSING WELCOME

St. Maarten - Shakeba Pink wrote her name boldly in the sporting books of Country St. Maarten when she won a Silver medal at the 44th Annual Carifta Games which took place in St. Kitts over the Easter weekend. Pink, the leading middle distance ru

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

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SZV loses another lawsuit over sickness payments

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance ordered the bureau for social health insurance SZV to resume paying sickness benefits to a woman who suffers from an advanced stage of breast cancer. According to the doctor who treats the woman, her persp

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

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Digikidz Medialab re-opens

St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be re-opening the Digikidz Medialab this week. The Medialab was launched in 2014 and since then has hosted courses on a variety of topics in the area of multimedia. Children and adults alike can

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

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Message from Police to the Parents for the Carnival Season

The Police Force of St. Maarten Carnival 2015 has arrived. There are many youngster and teenagers who will definitely be taking part in the upcoming carnival festivities. The Carnival Season is a period in which a lot of alcohol is consumed and th

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

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Public Notice for Sunday April 12 (Cycling Race)

In connection with the upcoming cycling race which is organized by Soualiga Riders and scheduled to take place on Sunday April 12th the police department is announcing the following: The race will start at 01 p.m. on the Welfare road in the vicini

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

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Online registration available for SMART

St. Maarten - The 14th St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART)/St. Martin is slated for May 13-15, 2015 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino where the region comes together once again to support, interact and promote tourism to the E

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

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Minister Richardson “confused” about attitude parliamentarians

St. Maarten – “I am confused,” Justice Minister Dennis Richardson said last night in reaction to the sentiment expressed by Members of Parliament about the draft legislation for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber. “Reference has been

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

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Latin American and Caribbean needs direct connections

St. Maarten -Latin American and Caribbean airlines will require 2,294 new passenger and freighter aircraft between 2014 and 2033, including 1,784 single-aisle, 481 twin-aisle and 29 very large aircraft (VLA) worth an estimated US$292 billion, Accord

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

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Only 300 households not yet contacted for survey

St. Maarten—Only 300 of the 1015 households carded for participation in the household budget survey of the statistics department have not yet been contacted and the survey is said by project leader and senior statistician Maurette Antsersijn to be

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

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Panel discussion on marijuana April 18

St. Maarten - An impressive panel of seven which boasts two doctors, one of which is a visiting American brain doctor, will convene in Belair on April 18th for a herbal discussion and awareness discussion centered around marijuana, its uses, the eff

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