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St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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MPs show concern over practicality of electoral laws

St. Maarten – The Electoral Council of St. Maarten gave a presentation to the Central Committee of Parliament yesterday on its role in the upcoming elections. St. Maarten is the only constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands to have suc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Innocent suspects Spelonk-murders get almost $2 million in damages

KRALENDIJK – The Common Court of Justice awarded two men who spent years in jail for a double murder they did not commit damages totaling almost $2 million. Kabes Melaan spent 8 years in jail, received a bit more than $1.2 million. Nozai Thomas, wh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Court handles election fraud trial on Monday August 4

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set Monday August 4 as the date for the election fraud trial yesterday during a pro forma hearing. In this trial, a representative of the United People’s party, Roy H., is accused of giving money in excha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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After forty months, parliament approves its new rules of order

St. Maarten – Parliament needed another two-and-a-half hours yesterday morning but then the curtain finally fell after around forty months of deliberating about its own rules of order. The ad hoc committee chaired by MP Dr. Lloyd Richardson conclud

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Opinion: Desired response

Dear editor, Seldom - if ever -  Mr. Hilbert Haar of the Today newspaper and myself agree on things - anything. As a matter of fact, whenever, I submit a letter to the editor to his newspaper, it seems to have the effect of the proverbial 'red c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE CONGRESS ATTRACTS LARGE TURNOUT

St. Maarten - A large cross-section of the public turned out to the National Alliance Congress that was held at the Cay Hill Community Center yesterday evening.  It appeared to be the largest turnout for a congress held by any of the political parti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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DP holds congress “New board reflects party’s vision”

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Maarten held its congress last Saturday night. A packed Cultural Center saw the election of a new board against the backdrop of the party’s new logo and to the music of the party’s songs, adaptatio

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CALYPSO LEGEND MIGHTY SPARROW HONORED BY BOTH SIDES OF ISLAND

St. Maarten - After a bout of illness, the Mighty Sparrow - real name Francisco Slinger - is not as active as he once was, but after his superb performance under the tent at the Princess Port de Plaisance last Friday, most would agree that the Calyps

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Tripartite consultation books results

ORANJESTAD – The Parliaments of St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao have reached agreements about all agenda points they discussed this week during their tripartite consultation. For some topics, this means further study for continued deliberations l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Pensioner desperately looking for sponsored new eyeglasses

St. Maarten – Swinda Abram is not alone – there are hundreds like her. The pensioner, who has spent her working life as a security guard, a cleaner and as someone doing odd jobs, needs reading glasses. The problem: she is living on a pension of 6

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Dutch MP van Laar wants strong commissioner for the BES-islands

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands must send a fully-fledged Queen’s Commissioner to replace the current supervisor to the Caribbean islands Bonaire, Saba and Statia. The current system with a Dutch representative does not function, says PvdA-parliament

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Court moves trial of serial robber to August

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance yesterday moved the trial of serial robber Dion Olysses G. to August 6 and to have the 23-year-old suspect in the meantime subjected to a psychological evaluation. Between August 1 and December 18 of las

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Hassink to Curacao for talks about Central Bank

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Martin Hassink will visit Curacao next week for a final meeting about the report from Price Waterhouse Coopers about the Central Bank, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said yesterday. Curacao has indicated its wish t

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Laville’s Dominica-memorandum in limbo

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has not yet approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Dominica that independent Member of Parliament Romain Laville accompanied by Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson presented with much ado

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Work on Down Street harbor project stopped

St. Maarten – Construction on the Harbour Group of Companies’ much touted Down Street Cruise Heritage Development has ground to an absolute halt. Reports reaching this newspaper are that the funds for the estimated $2 million project have dried u

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Editorial: No law enforcement capacity left

Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek offers a realistic picture of the situation in the local land of law enforcement in the interview we publish today. It is an inconvenient truth: there is not enough manpower, not enough expertise and not enough pris

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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The challenges of St. Maarten’s Chief Prosecutor Rick Noordhoek: “No capacity left to deal with criminal organizations”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “There is an awful lot to do here, though things work differently than they do in the Netherlands. There are a lot of hardworking people of good will in St. Maarten, but there is also something going on.” These

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Curacao reluctant to give up UTS Eastern Caribbean

St. Maarten – The Government of Curacao still has not taken a position on the proposal by minority shareholder St. Maarten to give up 12.5 percent of its shares in telecom provider UTS in exchange for complete control over UTS Eastern Caribbean. Cu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Brains and beauty on display at pageant

St. Maarten - When it comes to pageantry, the combination of beauty and brains can make a huge difference between one contestant and another. Both, however, were on display after witnessing the teen and senior speech and cultural wear competition thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Sea turtle nesting season begins

SIMPSON BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation would like to remind the community that sea turtle nesting season is once again here. “We are urging the limiting of beach bonfires and artificial lighting on nesting beaches,” the foundation said i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Integrity training at St. Maarten Justice Ministry

St. Maarten – Last Friday, Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson officially opened a ministry wide integrity training scheduled to take place for the next 6 months. The Minister expressed his gratitude for having been able to realize this project w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Electoral Council chairman Bert Hofman: “Important for parties to realize that we will publish our findings”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “I expect absolutely more transparency. I also have the impression that parties will carry out the legislation, as long as they have the feeling that the rules apply to everybody. The council is a serious club tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Democratic Party wants external observers for St. Maarten parliamentary elections

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party has called for the presence of external observers during the upcoming parliamentary elections on September 5. In a press release issues yesterday, the party maintains that the presence of these observers would enh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Cats musical enthralls audience

St. Maarten– Two months of hard work on the choreography, followed by more hard work on costumes, décor and makeup came together Saturday evening at the cultural center where  the Indisu Dance Theater of St. Maarten put the musical Cats on stage

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Internet-entrepreneur Ryan Higgins: “Bitcoin could be a boon for the tourism industry”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Will St. Maarten become the first Bitcoin-island in the world? Internet entrepreneur Ryan Higgins would love to see this become a reality. On Friday, Higgins gave the second of a series of informal information sessi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Social Reform Party to elections with just two candidates

St. Maarten – The Social Reform Party will enter the September 5 parliamentary elections with a list containing just two candidates - party founder and leader Jacinto Mock and Keith Hanson. The party held a meeting last Sunday, were Mock was ele

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Kingdom conference avoids hot topics

ORANJESTAD – The second edition of the Kingdom Conference ended with agreements about topics everybody could agree upon, Ariën Rasmijn reports on Caribisch Netwerk. Matters like the free travel of people, the right to cancel Kingdom laws unilatera

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Court orders investigation of Taxand’s business affairs

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice has ordered an investigation into the business affairs of Taxand Curacao, the company that once upon a time held a contract with the Government of St. Maarten to design a new fiscal system. The court appoin

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Editorial: Cumbersome

How useful is the Kingdom Conference? That is a legitimate question now that the highlight of the second edition seems to be the agreement to establish a task force that must guarantee the rights of the child in the Caribbean countries. This follo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Court wants partner hand scheme investigated: Money laundering case adjourned

St. Maarten– Two defendants in a money laundering case saw their trial postponed yesterday because the prosecution wants further investigation into claims made by the defendants. Jermain Deran J., 32, met Kenroy H., 38 at a party, where the latt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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OSPP holds its first congress Sunday “A change must come”

GREAT BAY - The One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP) held their first ever congress last Sunday, in celebration of their first anniversary and as stipulated in their constitution, with the theme “A Change Must Come”. The event was held at the John

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Marines patrol St. Peters today

ST. PETERS - The detachment of Royal Dutch Marines stationed here in Pointe Blanche will carry out a regular patrol for training in the vicinity of St. Peter’s today, their communications officer said in a press release. The marines have been ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Court gives higher sentence for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 20-year old Omar Orian Lewis yesterday to 36 months of imprisonment for the attempted manslaughter on Reyes Vicente, nicknamed Chachito. The sentence is higher than the demand of 30 months prosecu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Merx on Salduz

Yesterday this newspaper reported on this page about the Salduz-arrest and how the Supreme Court is of the opinion that the Netherlands has to regulate Salduz by law. For details we refer to yesterday’s issue. Today attorney Cor Merx shines his lig

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Surgeon Dr. Menno Misset joins staff Medical Center

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Medical Center added Dr. Menno Misset to its medical staff as a specialist in general surgery on Tuesday. “We are happy to welcome Dr. Misset who will bring twelve years of extensive experience to our hospital. He is

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