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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Minister De Weever already knew in October 2013: “Executing counterpart-policy is detrimental for economy”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Executing the counter-part article of the executive order on foreign labor is detrimental for St. Maarten’s economy because the labor supply is strongly dependent on immigration. This is the conclusion from an adv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Ex-formateur William Marlin: “Matter of time before we see another shift”

St. Maarten – “It is a matter of time before you will see another shift,” former formateur William Marlin said at a press conference yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper about political instability. “There is not a problem wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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St. Maarten Parliament meets for third time about budget amendment

St. Maarten – The Parliament meets this morning at 10 a.m. for the third time in a row to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget. On two earlier occasions, the meeting did not go through due to a lack of quorum. This morning’s meeting will be hel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Local poem selected for choral music performance in The Netherlands

St. Maarten - Newly created music to Drisana Deborah Jack’s poetry will be performed at the 55th anniversary concert of the Delft Ars Vocalis Chamber Choir in the Netherlands, according to Jack’s publisher HNP. Dutch composers Rita Hijmans and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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USM and VLF offer EFT classes to general public

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin in its efforts to meet the growing needs of the community of St. Maarten, is now embarking upon an adult education class, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in collaboration with Victorious Living Foundation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Bewilderment in DP about appointment informateurs

St. Maarten – Democratic Party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams used air quotes yesterday afternoon to express her bewilderment about Governor Holiday’s decision to appoint two informateurs on  Thursday, after UP-leader Theo Heyliger’s presentatio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Car crashes into Topper’s restaurant

St. Maarten– A stroke of bad luck hit Topper’s restaurant in the early hours of Saturday morning when a driver lost control of her car and crashed literally through the front end of the business. The car took down a large billboard, destroys benc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Justice Academy Cadets interviews Minister of Justice

St. Maarten—Illegal weapon possession and the victims of human trafficking were high on the agenda of the cadets of the customs and immigration services during a recent interview with justice minister Dennis Richardson. The cadets wanted to know

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Top US Expert to Speak at SXM Safety and Security Conference

St. Maarten -Director of Civil Aviation at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Gerald Dillingham, is among the featured speakers at the forthcoming Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition being organized by the Princess Juliana Internati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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ACE Foundation students visit SXM Home

St. Maarten—Thirty student volunteers of the ACE Foundation visited the seniors at the St. Maarten Home on Friday as part of preparing the students to be civic minded. Principal of the school Claire Elshot explained that the kids made a presenta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten go to war against gun possession

Collection drive in second half of October MARIGOT – French and Dutch side law enforcement authorities have joined forces in an attempt to get as many illegal firearms off the streets as possible. During a joint press conference at the prefectur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Kingdom Council of Ministers releases PWC integrity report: “Start the fight against corruption”

St. Maarten – Initiate the fight against corruption, create and launch a strategic communications campaign and increase transparency and public access to information. These are the first three recommendations that appear from the 250-page integrity

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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MPs prefer trip to Panama to parliament meeting

St. Maarten – It was to be expected, but it still was a sight for sore eyes when the rescheduled meeting of Parliament yesterday morning to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget did not get a quorum. Only MPs Hyacinth Richardson and George Pantoph

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Governor appoints Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson as informateurs

St. Maarten - Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson have been offered and have accepted an assignment to become the informateurs of the new government of St. Maarten that is expected to be formed as a result of an agreement between Cornilus de Weever and t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Teens arrested for stealing Hennesy Cognac

St. Maarten - Two teenagers were arrested yesterday after they stole several bottles of Hennesy Cognac from a supermarket in Cole Bay. The eighteen and sixteen year old male suspects with the initials M.D. (18) and J.L.M. (16) were arrested on Fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Statement Minister De Weever: “Let my work determine my contribution to our country”

St. Maarten – A “political statement” of 867 words Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius de Weever issued last night makes clear that the counterpart policy was the breaking point that drove him to the decision to take

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Caribbean students (Freemovers) get in trouble in the Netherlands

ROTTERDAM – Caribbean youngsters who move on their own to the Netherlands for study often encounter all sorts of problems, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. They do not know very well what life in the Netherlands looks like, and they get

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 29, 2014

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Port St. Maarten a partial Sponsor of SXM Airport Safety and Security Conference

St. Maarten--The port is one of the sponsors of SXM Airport’s Safety & Security Conference 2014 which will bring to the country’s shores over 100 aviation professionals from the Caribbean region, airlines industry reps and civil aviation auth

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Rumors run amok in local politics: Coalition may fall apart with De Weever’s departure

Finance Minister Martin Hassink confers with National Alliance leader William Marlin while (from left) Frans Richardson and Romain Laville look on. In front is NA-MP Hyacinth Richardson. Photo today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Rumblings in l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Formateur gets more time to complete his  mission  

St. Maarten – Yesterday Governor drs. Eugène Holiday, received an update on the formation process from formateur William Marlin. Based on the evaluation of the information presented to the governor in regard to the governing program and the time r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Girl sentenced to 30 months for cocaine transport

St. Maarten – Rainely De L.M. appears to be a diminutive 21-year-old girl – a child almost by her appearance - but she will spend her foreseeable future behind bars in the Pointe Blanche prison. That is the price for transporting 13.8 kilos of co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Tourist Bureau embezzlement investigation: Roorda, Labega and Richardson called to testify one more time

St. Maarten – Bas Roorda, Regina Labega, Lisa Koffi, Frans Richardson, Hiro Shigemoto, Alex Richardson, Miguel de Weever and Keith Graham will all be heard at witnesses at the request of the attorney of Edward Dest, the former head of marketing at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Shooting suspect remains in jail until October trial

Shooting victim Richard Vidal. Photo giveforward.comSt. Maarten – Aleandro de Jesus St. J. loudly proclaimed his innocence yesterday morning in the Court in First Instance, but Judge Koos van de Ven saw no reason to suspend or terminate the def

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Inspector Henson dismisses police brutality claims

Inspector Henson dismisses police brutality claims

St. Maarten - Claims that excessive force was used recently by the police in subduing students of the Sundial School during a fight, and allegations of police brutality, have been dismissed by police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson. “The fig

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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Community encouraged to share their stories

GREAT BAY--- The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is calling on the community to share their stories and experiences about working in the hospitality sector in connection with World Tourism Day (WTD) which is observed globally every September 27. The th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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USM hosts ICT classes for seniors

St. Maarten -The University of St. Maarten (USM) is having a class entitled: “Computers and the forging of cross-communal ties among senior citizens; St. Maarten cultural heritage in the making” for senior members of the community. Dean of Aca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 25, 2014

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2015 Budget in Council of Ministers today

St. Maarten – There is more or less consensus about the 2015 budget, Finance Minister Martin Hassink said yesterday. Today, the Council of Ministers will handle the draft budget. Upon its approval, it will be sent to the Council of Advice, which wi

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Opinion: Inequality (fight at Sundial School)

What is it with students that they have to get into one fight after the other? Yesterday there was a huge fight near the Sundial School. It began with one student fighting with a man who was loitering near the school premises. It did not take long fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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After hours smash and grab leaves boutique owner in shock

St. Maarten - Sometime between the late hours on Monday and early on Tuesday morning, a huge stone was used to smash one of the glass windows at the House Of Seduction boutique on Front Street, but because the vandals could not gain entry to the esta

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Fighting students turn on police officers at Sundial School

St. Maarten – International Peace Day does not seem to have had a lasting impression on some students. After there was already a fight at Milton Peters College last week, yesterday around lunchtime a fight broke out between a student of the Sundial

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Solution seems near for 4-year old crime: Man arrested for Clemencia Josie-Ann Julot-murder

St. Maarten – Detectives arrested a 21-year-old man last week as a suspect in a four-year old murder and rape case. The suspect, identified in a press release from the prosecutor’s office as A.R.S.R., is now in pretrial detention for the murder a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Police arrest robbers on golf course

St. Maarten – Police arrested 18-year-old J.O.M. and 20-year-old H.H. on Monday for robbing two students of the American University in Cupecoy of their possessions on Mullet Bay Beach. The police received a call about the robbery at around 4.30 p.m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Three under arrest for gun possession

St. Maarten – Police arrested three teenagers on the causeway bridge for gun possession yesterday afternoon. The arrest followed after a report by security at Le Gourmet Marché in Porto Cupecoy. Yesterday morning around 11.30 a.m. security at L

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Breast cancer awareness month kicks off next week

St. Maarten - Getting more women to get clinical breast examinations and doing monthly self-breast checks are the focus of Positive Foundation for this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, starting on October 1. Free scheduled screenings at Family Medical

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Ronald Plasterk: “Buying votes undermines St. Maarten’s democratic character”

THE HAGUE – Socialist Party parliamentarian Ronald van Raak received predictable answers from Minister Ronald Plasterk to his questions about the election fraud trial in St. Maarten. “It is not up to the minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relat

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