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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Charlie Charlie Challenge – Charlie Charlie are you there? Hype and Pavlov-reactions

  St. Maarten – Churches, government and schools are in uproar about the latest internet hype: the Charlie Charlie Challenge. Described as a ‘demonic game’  by some and ‘pretty lame and boring’ by others it has nevertheless inspir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Electoral Council fines Frans Richardson’s USp

St. Maarten – The Electoral Council has fined Frans Richardson’s United St. Maarten party (USp) for failing to submit financial reports. The fine is 1,000 guilders for each day the violation continues, with a maximum of 30,000 guilders. “Des

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Shareholder overrules supervisory board: Maduro with Gebe until 2017

Shareholder overrules supervisory board: Maduro with Gebe until 2017

Gebe’s Chief Operations Officer Romelio Maduro. Photo Gebe Facebook page   GREAT BAY- Gebe Chief Operations Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board Romelio Maduro will be at the helm of the company until 2017. The Council of Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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St. Maarten ranks high with relatively few homicides

Murder rate data distort reality St. Maarten – The Caribbean and Latin America together are the murder capital of the world. This appears from data collected by the Brazilian think tank Igarapé Institute that runs the project homicide watch.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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St. Maarten Police make five arrests

Police arrested five people this weekend for different violations - two for breaking identification laws and three for ill-treatment. One of the suspects caught without identification had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The police report d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2015

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Promotions and farewell at St. Maarten police force

  St. Maarten – Last Friday Inspectors Carlyle Rogers, Head of the Simpson Bay district and Ricardo Henson Head of the Public Relations and Communication Department received their promotion to the rank of Chief Inspector. Major Hensley Roum

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Students welcome end to S4 (St. Maarten Student Support Services)

  St. Maarten -Students generally were satisfied with the news that the St. Maarten Government will be terminating the service level agreement with St. Maarten Student Support Services S4 in the Netherlands effective July 1, 2015. Students

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Caribbean Looks to Paris Climate Summit for Its Very Survival

  St. Maarten/THE CARIBBEAN---Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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The Netherlands assist with Hector case (young woman found dead on Saba)

Saba - The investigation, with the code named Hector, of the young woman found dead on Saba on April 15, is in full swing. The investigation is the responsibility of the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office BES and the chief of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Vromi investigating Oyster Pond sewerage issue

St. Maarten—Inspections and investigations are still being carried out in the Oyster Pond area by the Vromi department to determine where exactly the sewerage running into the trench originates from, Vromi official Henry Ellis said in an invited co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

  St. Maarten/USA---The first named storm for the year Ana, made an earlier than usual appearance over the weekend. The yearly active tropical period starts June 1st and lasts through the end of November. Since 1981, the average hurricane sea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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AIDS Foundation and Scotiabank Launch Annual Fundraising Campaign

GREATBAY---St. Maarten AIDS Foundation and Scotiabank announced the launch of the annual Stronger Together/ Red Ribbon fundraising campaign for 2015. It is the ninth year that Scotiabank spearheads the fundraising effort for the benefit of the AIDS F

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Minister TEATT and Council of advice forge closer ties

  St. Maarten -A working and cooperation methodology where feedback and input would be sought from the Council of Advice on initiative laws thereby foregoing a long tedious process to get legislation approved, is the result of a recent meeti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Road works continue throughout off season

St. Maarten —A number of road repair and upgrading projects are currently being carried out by the infrastructure department of the Vromi Ministry including the patching of roads and the hard surfacing of some 16 roads, department head Claudio Bunc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Carnival Foundation “fires” 6 volunteers

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) fired six volunteers last week, days after the carnival season concluded.  According to one of the volunteers who asked to remain unknown, years ago, the volunteer started assisting the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Students show keen interest in learning Mandarin

St. Maarten -Students enrolled in the new Mandarin Course offered by the University of St. Martin are said by course facilitator Steven Huang to be showing a keen interest in learning the new language. The new Mandarin course began last week and w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Ana, now a tropical depression, churns north

St. Maarten/USA---The first Atlantic tropical storm of the year—Ana-- weakened as it made landfall in South Carolina early Sunday. Ana is now a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. ET update. Warnings and watches we

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Alfonso Blijden now member of Unesco Committee

Alfonso Blijden now member of Unesco Committee

  GREAT BAY - St. Maartener Alfonso Rolando Blijden has been appointed as the country’s representative on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (Unesco) Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Netherlands building solid relationship with Cuba

THE HAGUE--The Netherlands and Cuba will be working more closely together in future. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs made this agreement during his visit to Cuba, the ministry announced on Friday. Koenders said that the Netherlands has a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Writers converge on St. Martin for annual book fair

  St. Maarten - The 13th annual St. Martin Book Fair is set for June 4 - 6, 2015, book fair coordinator and president of Conscious Lyrics Foundation Shujah Reiph, said yesterday.  “Novelists, poets, historians, scholars, drama and perform

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Four teams advance in Prime/Pepsi T/20 Semi-Finals

  St. Maarten - The Future Champs A team, Nagico United, MNO Spartans and the Winair Conquerors have all advanced to the semifinal round in the Prime /Pepsi T/20 competition, the decider is scheduled to take place on June 7th. After the l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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School soccer enters final round

St. Maarten - The last games were played over the weekend to determine the finalist and consolation finalist in each category of the schools soccer tournament. The finalists will play for first and second place. The consolation finalists will play f

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Mindful moments on living happy and up

Mindful living has to do with present moment awareness. However, if one is not here, it becomes difficult to know that one isn’t here. One of our greatest character flaws is stemmed from the fact that we are mindless. One-tracked and tunnel visione

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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AVA Airways Economic Permit rejected in Curacao

St. Maarten - The economic permit for AVA Airways has been rejected by Curacao, according to Interim Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Urban Planning, Dr. Jose Jardim. AVA Aiways is a new airline company hoping to operate in St. Maarten and Cu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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NAf 14,351.22 in Fines for carnival offences

St. Maarten—Despite NAF 14, 351.22 in fines, 40 Arrests of which 27 were men and 13 women, 7 lost children, the confiscation of weapons and drugs, carnival 2014 has been billed as a success by the police department and the Prosecutors office, which

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Vote buying case heads back to court — No proof of class justice 

St. Maarten - The vote buying case, commonly called the "Masbangu case” was referred back to the Court of first instance by the Court of Appeal in a verdict rendered yesterday. The case was dismissed by the Court of First Instance when the judge r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Chamber of Commerce launches toll free number

GREATBAY--The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) enhanced its accessibility to the general public on Thursday with the launch of their new toll free number.  Clients can now contact the Chamber for free via:  1-844-SXM-C0CI (1-84

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Henry Job wins Hyundai I-30 vehicle from Fantasy Sxm

  St. Maarten —New kids on the block Fantasy lottery St Maarten sank their teeth into the market this carnival season with a great promotion campaign. A lucky winner could pay US$ 10 for their many services and could walk away with a brand

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Potential promoters for Carnival 2016 has until June 1 to request

GREATBAY--The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has given persons/entities who might be interested in hosting a concert night for Carnival 2016 until June 1, 2015 to request such. The foundation usually awards the concert nights duri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Business Outreach & Placement Program opened for application

St. Maarten - The Department of Youth Affairs has announced the start of the application period for the annual Business Outreach and Placement Program (BOPP) 2015. The BOPP, coordinated by the Department of Youth Affairs, is dedicated to placing pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Good Bye Carnival 2015, Hello 2016 as SCDF announces dates

Good Bye Carnival 2015, Hello 2016 as SCDF announces dates

St. Maarten - Carnival 2015 has come to an end and work has already started for the 2016 carnival season. St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President Michael Granger, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecomm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Kingdom affairs committee gives government 48 hours to get act together

St. Maarten - The Permanent Committee of Kingdom Affairs met on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom (IPKO) conference in the Netherlands from May 25th to May 29th. The council of Ministers is sti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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SCDF announce dates for Carnival 2016

GREATBAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Monday wasted little time in announcing the dates for next year’s Carnival season. The official period of the 2016 Carnival will be from April 14 until May 3, 2016. As usual, ther

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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St. Maarten will be host to Tsunami conference 

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten is hosting the 10th Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS-X). The conference will take place from 19

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Tzu Chi raising funds for persons affected by Nepal quake 

    GREATBAY -The St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation is raising funds to assist persons affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc when it hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25. Local Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Che

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