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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2014

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Post Gonzalo assistance from Social Services closes tomorrow  

St. Maarten —The post hurricane Gonzalo assistance that has been offered by the Department of Social Services will close on Wednesday at 3:30pm. To date the department has provided post Gonzalo assistance to fifty persons and other victims of G

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 22, 2014

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WTN Cable service back up by midweek.

St. Maarten - Cable service to areas affected during the passage of hurricane Gonzalo is anticipated to be restored mid eek, according to WTN Cable TV. During the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo on October 13th, WTN Cable suffered damages to some of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Icon Mike Ferrier resigns from Democratic Party

St. Maarten – Mike Ferrier has terminated his membership of the Democratic Party out of disappointment over the way party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams handled the defection of her number 2 candidate Cornelius de Weever to a coalition with the Unit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Dutch Instruction is a direct attack on the country’s autonomy (Screening process of candidate ministers)

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The anger, indignation and apparent frustration about the instruction the Kingdom Council of Ministers gave to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday has left many seething – not only in St. Maarten, but also in Curacao an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Roland Plasterk wanted secret service undercover in St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Kingdom Relations Minister Roland Plasterk asked Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams to let the Dutch secret service AIVD operate in St. Maarten under the flag of the country’s own security service VDSM “to carry out the screeni

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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All Schools reopen today

St. Maarten — All schools have received the all clear to reopen today following a week unplanned break to access and repair the damages sustained by hurricane Gonzalo last Monday. The St. Maarten Vocational Training School, Martin Luther King P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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De Weever demands that Dutch MP Andre Bosman retracts slander

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius de Weever has summoned Dutch VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman in an open letter – written by his attorney Jairo Bloem – to retract his statement that UP-leader Theo H

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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UP-leader Theo Heyliger about instruction: “Witch hunt with me as primary target”

St. Maarten – United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger released another statement to the media yesterday, announcing that the Dutch government will be held liable for the damages its “unconstitutional intrusion” is causing St. Maarten.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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One dead in fatal crash

St. Maarten - A man, identified as Jean Claude Samuel, lost his life in a fatal traffic accident on Saturday on Coco Plum Rd in the St. Peters area. Samuel had been the passenger in a white pickup that had been driven off the hill and crashed, fro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Crystal Pineapple Awards voting online now

St. Maarten – The voting period for the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association officially opens today. “This puts you in the perfect position to vote for those individuals and organizations you think should really be recognized for thei

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Tamara Leonard condemns instruction from Dutch

St. Maarten —“ The recent instruction from the Dutch Government to Governor Eugene Holiday to carry out an invasive screening of candidate ministers in addition to the mandated security screening has put the governor yet again in a very awkward

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Disaster coordinator: “St. Maarten will review, analyze and adjust disaster response” 

GREAT BAY –St. Maarten will review, analyze and adjust its disaster response mechanisms according to disaster coordinator and fire chief Clive Richardson who believes there are many lessons to be learnt from the passing of hurricane Gonzalo. Ric

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Death baby-boy was accident

St. Maarten – The 11-month old boy who lost his life in a bizarre accident at home last week Monday did not die as the result of a crime, the Public Prosecutor’s Office stated in a press release yesterday. The investigation into the circumstances

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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New integrity instruction to Governor Holiday: Dutch Kingdom puts appointment Heyliger-cabinet on hold    

THE HAGUE – The Kingdom Council of Ministers gave an instruction to Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday yesterday to put the appointments of candidate ministers and the candidate prime minister on hold. “The governor will only be able to sign the natio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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UP-leader Theo Heyliger about Dutch instruction: “This is a blatant witch hunt”

St. Maarten – The United People’s party has requested an urgent meeting of Parliament for this upcoming Monday at 2 p.m. to discuss the instruction given by the Kingdom Council of Ministers to Governor Holiday (see related story). Party-leader T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Business Information session postponed to 24th

St. Maarten - A business information session that was carded to be held on Friday past, has been postponed to next Friday October 24th. The information session is organized by the Department of Statistics (STAT) and the Chamber of Commerce and In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Attorney General Taco Stein: “Stop, Drop & Go… This is a golden opportunity.” (turn in your illegal firearm campaign)

St. Maarten – “Just as we are cleaning up the island after the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo, now is the time to clean the streets of illegal firearms with Stop, Drop & Go. This is a golden opportunity to surrender your firearms,” Attorney G

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Glen Carty reiterates calls for underground cables

St. Maarten - UTS Boss Glen Carty has reiterated calls for all utility and telecoms cables on the island to be placed underground, saying that this method is safer, more reliable and ultimately less costly than the current situation. He believes the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Clean up exercise intensifies

St. Maarten - With school set to resume on Monday after the passage of Hurricane Gonzalo, the exercise to make the schools user friendly has been stepped up and the staff at the schools that were affected have been receiving technical assistance.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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Danielle Carbonneau first to be Miss Elite 

St. Maarten - Danielle Carbonneau will be the first female from St. Martin to participate in the Miss Elite Model Look which is said to  give young aspiring women the chance to become models. Director of Elite John Bilboa said that they are “look

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 20, 2014

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St. Maarten Tour operators briefed on State of affairs

St. Maarten - Tour operators, taxi drivers and other stakeholders were briefed on Friday morning with respect to the state of affairs since the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday in preparation for the return of cruise ships to the destination.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Efforts to increase tax compliance fail

Audit Chamber report Optimizing Tax Revenue St. Maarten – All efforts to increase tax compliance and tax revenue during the past three years have failed. This appears from the performance audit Optimizing Tax Revenue the General Audit Chamber pu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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 Lake on Gebe outages: “We can’t continue to live in the dark ages”

St. Maarten - “We can’t continue to live in the dark ages,” Vromi Minister Maurice Lake noted as he cited the current location of NV Gebe’s water transformer house in Cay Bay as a reason for the lengthy utility outage in the wake of hurrican

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Affected residents not sure what happens next

Affected residents not sure what happens next

Constancia Eduardo Illidge, points to the damage to her the roof of her apartment on Madrid Drive in Dutch Quarter during the passage of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday evening. Today Photo/Milton Pieters.St. Maarten / By Milton Pieters - A few res

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Disaster officer says: “Local community must get themselves hurricane ready”

St. Maarten - The local community have a responsibility to get themselves hurricane ready all through the hurricane season according to Paul Martens of the office of disaster management within the fire department. Martens invited comment comes on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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St. Maarten shelters its shark populations

St. Maarten - In its annual report for 2013, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), which is a regional network of protected areas whose goal is to safeguard nature in the Dutch Caribbean, reported that sharks are no longer human prey in the wa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Last Power Hour merged with GEW

St. Maarten - The last of the Power Hour events original carded for today October 17 has been cancelled and will now be merged with the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) carded for November 17-23.  The power behind both the Power Hour and local pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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St. Maarten Airport springs back into operations after Gonzalo

St. Maarten - The airport sprang back into operations early on Tuesday morning following the passage of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday. St. Maarten airport shut down at noon on Monday as a precautionary safety measure consistent with international n

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Insurance broker Neil Henderson: “Gonzalo damages won’t exceed $5 million”

St. Maarten -“All in all, between property damage, damage to boats and business interruption, I don’t think it will exceed 5 million dollars in losses,” said Neil Henderson, CEO of Henderson Insurances, when asked for an assessment of the dama

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Surrender illegal firearms now: Stop-Drop-Go action begins

St. Maarten – The office of the attorney general has announced that the Stop-Drop-Go action to collect firearms has begun and that it will continue until the end of the month. Citizens who want to get rid of their illegal firearms are able to drop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Stupid decisions, lenient sentence

St. Maarten – Roandy Anthony Jano made a couple of bad decisions in May – and he was the first one to admit that this was so. The Court in First Instance sentenced the 22-year-old yesterday for fencing a car and for firearm possession, but Judge

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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PJD2 am will join sister station

St. Maarten -The 175 feet PJD2  am tower in Hope Estate came crashing down on Monday as a result of winds sustained from hurricane Gonzalo. The tower crashed onto a car and management of PJD2 dismissed earlier reports that the tower had crashed o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Cleanup effort continues

St. Maarten - Cleanup of the Beach Promenade and Great Bay Beach are carded to begin today and the EOC team has vowed to make all efforts to have this completed by the end of the day on Friday. Clean up of Front Street took place yesterday and the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Court adjourns trial about traffic accident

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against Kurt R. because the prosecution wants to hear two police officers at the Judge of Instruction about what really happened on March 28 on the Pondfill Road. The 46-year-old def

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 17, 2014

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Ganja costs Martinois community service

St. Maarten – A 27-year-old Martinois who raced away from the police on July 18 and who was found in the possession of 201 grams of marijuana received a 6-week conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation in the Court in First Instance ye

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