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

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Event will be held at Maho again: Crystal Pineapple Awards set for November 21

GREAT BAY– The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) announced yesterday in a press release that the 9th annual Crystal Pineapple Awards (CPA) will be held on Friday, November 21, at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. Year aft

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

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DUTCH VENEZUELAN TENSIONS EASED WITH RELEASE OF DIPLOMAT

ORANJESTAD – The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said that the Netherlands decided to release the Venezuelan General Hugo “Pollo” Carvajal, who was arrested in Aruba last Wednesday night, says a report in the Curacao Chronicle. Throu

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

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Electoral Council focuses on party finances

St. Maarten -After having completed the registration of the parties desirous of contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections on August 29, the Electoral Council has now embarked on an information campaign to provide information on the financial a

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

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Son of DP co-founder slams party: “Hypocrites from the Democratic Party”

St. Maarten – Al Wathey, the eldest son of the late Democratic Party (DP) co-founder Claude Wathey, slammed the current leadership of the DP at last Thursday’s wreath laying ceremony at the Claude Wathey statue in front of the Government Adminis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Central Voting Bureau allots the blue color to the Social Reform Party

St. Maarten- The Central Voting Bureau has allotted numbers and colors to the political parties during their meeting held at the AC Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday afternoon. During the meeting the United St. Maarten Party was awarded the number 1

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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UP Leader Theo Heyliger talks trade with Dominican Republic’s president

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – This week United People’s (UP) party leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger met with President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina with the intention of strengthening relations between both countries, accordin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Claude Wathey commemoration leaves bitter taste for first time

St. Maarten – The twelfth annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Democratic Party founder Claude Wathey left a bitter taste for the first time since it was organized twelve years ago when DP-representatives realized yesterday morning that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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DP unhappy with criticism on cooperation with French St. Martin

St. Maarten– Democratic Party-leader Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted disappointed to  a report parliamentarian Daniel Gibbs submitted to the French senate that claims that Dutch St. Maarten is not interested in working together with the French s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Remembering A.C. Wathey: The story behind the statue

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Every July 24 some people take the time to remember one of St. Maarten’s perhaps most famous (or infamous depending on whom you ask) sons, placing memorial wreaths at the base of a statue dedicated to the life of

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

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Political parties have to remove billboards from roundabouts

Chief Commissioner De Witte: “This is a learning moment” St. Maarten – “This has been a learning moment,” Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte told this newspaper yesterday about the permit for the placement of political campaign material.

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

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St. Maarten mourns victims of flight MH17

“This tragedy touches all parts of the kingdom” GREAT BAY – St. Maarten observed the national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Flag were half-mast at government buildings. The government has opened a condol

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

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Tricks gets 7 years for two armed robberies

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leroy Wilson yesterday to 7 years of imprisonment for committing two armed robberies and for firearm possession. On April 6, 2013 Wilson robbed the Golden Island Chinese restaurant of money, c

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

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Julian Rollocks reflects on the late A C Wathey

St. Maarten – “I worked with him, I learnt from him, and I fought like cats and dogs with him,” former Commissioner of Tourism, local businessman, and current United People’s (UP) Party candidate Julian Rollocks said yesterday of the late Al

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

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Mega drug smuggler back to court for new hearing: Supreme Court strikes down denied extradition request

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will have to revisit the request from the United States of America to extradite drug smuggler Jhon Henry Medina. On September 11 of last year, the Common Court concluded, based on the extradition treaty th

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

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Prosecution UP Candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus for Eco Green remains possible  

Candidate #23 Silvio Matser and UP-rep Roy Heyliger also in legal trouble St. Maarten – There is still no decision about the possible criminal prosecution of UP-candidate #21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus, the prosecutor’s office said in answer to

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

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UP only party without errors: CENTRAL VOTING BUREAU APPROVES ALL PARTIES

St. Maarten —All five members of the Central Voting Bureau approved the validity of the political parties contesting the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for this coming August. Even though several of the political parties had received noti

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

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Autism: Something is the matter with my child

By Myriam Haar “Yes, I noticed there is something not quite right with him but I don’t know what it is or what to do about it.” In the course of the emotional coaching I’ve been giving since January 2013 to groups of children facing var

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

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Validity campaign-permit uncertain

St. Maarten – It is not entirely certain that the general permit for political parties is already in effect. This is because the permit has not been published yet in the National Gazette. If this is correct, it means that all political parties tha

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

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National Alliance holds first meeting: “It is all about proper representation”

St. Maarten - “It is all about proper representation when people vote,” said leader of the National Alliance (NA) William Marlin at the first contact meeting held at the Pantophlet villas in St. Peter’s on Friday evening. “It is not about th

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

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Killer Devon Otto transferred to prison in the Netherlands

St. Maarten – In the company of two guards, Stanley Gumbs-killer Devon Otto left St. Maarten on Sunday to spend the rest of his lengthy prison sentence in a prison in the Netherlands. Already in 2012 then Justice Minister Roland Duncan wanted to t

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

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DP wants dollarization and new Central Bank building

St. Maarten – The Democratic Party is a proponent of dollarization and the construction of a new building for the Central Bank in St. Maarten, the party states in a press release that highlights its stance on the monetary union with Curacao and on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Moses-Burton escapes tragedy

St. Maarten – Suzette Moses-Burton, St. Maarten’s former HIV/Aids program manager and currently the executive director of the Global Network for People living with HIV, escaped tragedy on her way to the twentieth international Aids conference th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Future keynote speaker in St. Maarten: Leading AIDS expert among dead in flight MH17 crash

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten AIDS Foundation bemoaned the profound loss for the global AIDS community that resulted from the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The plane was en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Maximiliaan Phelipa: In the Garden of Art

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – He waits for me patiently by his gate on Front Street. Philipsburg has settled to a quiet stroll in the late afternoon, and local artist Maximilaan Phelipa is standing near the entrance to the garden of his home. He

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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National Alliance supports expansion medical center

Manifesto: “State of the art equipment and the best physicians” St. Maarten – The National Alliance does not support the construction of a new hospital, it appears from the health and wellness chapter of the parties political manifesto. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Young dance and design talent Deveny Elferink to New York

St. Maarten - Deveny Elferink, one of St Maarten’s top youth dance and design talents flew to New York on Thursday to attend The School of Creative Arts and Performing Arts SOCAPA and the Parson New School of Design. At just 13 years of age, De

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Two dead in Curacao airport shooting – “This is a serious blow to our tourism”

WILLEMSTAD – Two people were gunned down in a brazen gangland style shooting at Curacao’s Hato International Airport Tuesday evening. And at least six others were wounded, police said. According to reports, a car drove up to the front of the ar

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

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Minister De Weever sticks to expansion plan for hospital

St. Maarten – “Absolutely.” That was Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever’s response to a question from this newspaper whether the government is looking for the expansion and upgrading of the current medical center, rather than opting

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

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L’Escargot Restaurant-robber sentenced to 6 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Franklyn Emmanuel Lake yesterday to 6 years of imprisonment for his role in an armed robbery on the owners of L’Escargot restaurant on October 26, 2012. At the trial on June 26, the prosecution

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

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Hype-agenda highlights career choices

St. Maarten – Education Minister Patricia Lourens received the first copy of the Hype-agenda yesterday morning from coordinator Zulayka Peterson during a press conference at the government administration Building. The agenda, produced for students

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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D66-MP Wassila Hachchi: “Let Council of State investigate conflict about Aruba’s budget”

THE HAGUE  - The Council of State has to investigate the conflict about Aruba’s budget as soon as possible, D66-parliamentarian Wassila Hachchi said yesterday afternoon also on behalf of the CDA. According to Hachchi the answers Minister Ronald

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Tax bailiff goes after American University

St. Maarten – The bailiff for the tax inspectorate has served a distress warrant to the American University of the Caribbean NV. This entity, owned by Chinese-born American immigrant Paul Tien, sold the university in 2011 for $200 million to Devry

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Police will discuss campaign advertising with parties

St. Maarten – The police will address the placement of campaign material with the leaders of political parties that so far have ignored the conditions set forth in the general permit that allows parties to advertise along public roads. Based on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Minister de Weever declines to accept campaign donations

St. Maarten – Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever, the number 2 candidate on the list of the Democratic Party, will not accept donations for his political campaign, he stated in a brief press release. Instead, De Weever encourages people who

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

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CPC contests Rueben Thompson’s explanation

“Sidelining is insulting and a downright lie” St. Maarten – Secretary Paul Dijkhoffz and treasurer Paul Henriquez are unhappy with the way the now former president of Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) Rueben Thompson has portrayed the proc

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