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

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Zebec sues Mingo for $100 million over stalled Harbor Village project

St. Maarten – Zebec Development NV filed a $100 million claim against the Harbor Group of Companies and its Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo for breach of contract, the company stated in a press release. “While we regret having to resort to thi

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

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Like four years ago – the results next Friday could be different: Today Newspaper poll gives UP majority of votes

St. Maarten – The votes are in, and boy, did Chippie-users grab the opportunity to make their political preference known. Today’s partner in this project, telecom provider UTS received no less than 1,269 text messages from Chippie-users who respo

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

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St. Maarten’s justice Minister Richardson announces resistance to Kingdom Council of Ministers

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson called on the Governments of Aruba and Curacao yesterday to join St. Maarten on its position not to execute any more decisions by the Kingdom Council of Ministers that violate the law. “The disc

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

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Doing the right things right: Wit-committee presents 40 integrity-recommendations

St. Maarten – Doing the right things right, the final report from the Committee Integer Public Administration chaired by Justice Bob Wit, was leaked to the media yesterday morning from the email-address integritysxm@gmail.com. The leaked version,

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

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Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten take a stand: “No government can be the judge of its own actions”

St. Maarten – The Presidents of the Parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten and their respective committees for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations adopted two resolutions during their meeting on Monday. Yesterday they presented the resolution

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

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Central Bank presents its annual report: Deficits declining, but monitor debt to GDP level

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank Emsley Tromp said yesterday in press conference that if the current trend continues with St. Maarten’s budget, there will be a “positive and healthy situation soon, with a surplus on the budget.” T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Man shot dead Sunday morning

St. Maarten – A man was killed early Sunday morning just outside the Roof Top nightclub in after an apparent shoot out between him and others. Junior Bertin Maurice aka “Juice Boy” was gunned down around 5 am in the club’s parking lot on the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Indian Ambassador to Venezuela visits: Indian Merchants Association snubs Parliament

St. Maarten – In what appears to be a political move, the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) snubbed the Governor and Members of Parliament, including President Gracita Arrindell, on the first visit of the Indian Ambassador to Venezuela, Smita Pur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Lively political debate on Laser 101: Connor (UP) estimates gray economy to be 50 percent

St. Maarten – “The government has a debt of 500 million guilders to the Netherlands, and 200 million to creditors. The 2015 budget is expected to be around 465 million. Unemployment is 11.5 percent. It is your first day in office. What will you d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Level of political debate SHTA mixer disappoints

St. Maarten - The political mixer organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel began with a disappointment when the leader of the United St. Maarten party did not show up. Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Polling stations increased to 20

St. Maarten - There has been an increase in the number of polling stations for the upcoming elections slated for August 29. This was announced by the chairman of the Central Voting Bureau Jason Rogers at a press conference at the Government Administ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Unacceptable detention conditions give teenaged burglar his freedom

St. Maarten – A 17-year-old boy regained his freedom yesterday, after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to the 130 days of imprisonment he had already served for two attempted burglaries at a timeshare resort. The prosecution demanded 20 m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Romaine McNeil – Ambrosia at Axum Art Café

St. Maarten – She is showcasing her art work for the next two weeks at Mosera’s Axum Art Café on Front Street. On Thursday evening Romaine McNeil unveiled her pieces to the St. Maarten public. Her exhibition is called Ambrosia, a collection of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Publication integrity-report delayed until next week

St. Maarten – The publication of the integrity-report from the Wit-Committee has been delayed until next week Friday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams informed this newspaper yesterday. The original publication date of the report plus the comm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Judge Rick Smid replaces Van de Ven to handle criminal cases

St. Maarten – Judge Koos van de Ven will leave his post at the court in Philipsburg per October 1 and return to the Netherlands where he will start working for the court in Amsterdam, the Common Court of Justice said in a press release yesterday. J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Today Newspaper election poll off to a good start

St. Maarten -The Today Newspaper election poll is off to a good start. Within the first couple of days - up to yesterday afternoon -758 Chippie- users had cast their vote. The Chippie mobile network facilitates the poll. Chippie-users receive a text

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Presentation National Mental Health Plan “Half of mental disorders begin before the age of fourteen”

St. Maarten – “There will be no more budget cuts to the subsidy for the Mental Health Foundation,” Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper at a press conference where Virginia Asin-O

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Minister Lake reveals plans for Vorst estate

CAY HILL – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake revealed yesterday in a press release an image of what he envisions could be built on the Vorst property in Cay Hill. “In order for the country to move forward, one has to have a vision,” he said. The p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Notary Parisius liable for damages: Court declares auction Pelican Resort void

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance has declared the auction of the Pelican Resort that took place in December 2010, invalid. In a ruling published on Tuesday, Judge Koen Luijks concluded that the buyer, Belize-based Quantum Investment Trust

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Fourth mobile telecom provider is not necessarily good news

St. Maarten – The mobile telecommunications market in St. Maarten is in for a rough ride and an uncertain future after Elwaldo Arrindell’s company Beach Mart NV obtained a concession for the exploitation of a mobile telecommunication infrastruct

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Local fisherman help with shark research project

St. Maarten - Locally mandated fishermen are continuing to assist the St. Maarten Nature Foundation with the tagging and releasing of juvenile sharks species in the island’s territorial waters as part of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation Shark Res

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Voting in Today election poll now open – Send a free text message to vote

St. Maarten – Starting today, Chippie-users will begin to receive text messages for Today’s election poll. Chippie-users will be able to express their political preference for the August 29 elections via a free text message. Today has once again

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Unemployed father calls for support with school fees

Anonymous businessman helped him out, but there are others St. Maarten – George Antoine Hodge is an unemployed father who struggles financially. With the new school year beginning today, there are school fees to be paid. He turned to Julian Rol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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DP removed campaign material in Belvedere, but: Roundabout billboards remain an issue

St. Maarten – The police had to intervene and in the end, the Democratic Party yielded and took down its oversized political billboard at the Belvedere roundabout on Friday. Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte said that officers had checked the situa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Lenny Priest wants clarity about St. Maarten Medical Center

St. Maarten – Lenny Priest, leader of the One St. Maarten People Party (OSPP), has asked clarification from Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever about the possible construction of a new hospital. In a letter dated August 6 (last week Wednesd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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UP-candidate Terry Peterson: “A vote for Frans means four more years of Laville”

St. Maarten – “A vote for Frans (Richardson – ed.) and the US Party is a vote for another unstable Romain Laville government,” Terry Peterson, the number 8 candidate on the list of the United People’s party (UP)  stated in a press release

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Financial supervision (Cft) blames four ministries for delay in 2015 budget

St. Maarten – The 2015 budget will be ready by the end of the month, Finance Minister Martin Hassink told this newspaper last week. That is more than a month after the budget should have been submitted to the Council of Advice and to financial sup

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 11, 2014

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Gebe’s seniors-relief kicks in this month

St. Maarten – Gebe Managing Director Romelio Maduro announced in a press release that the relief for all registered applicants for the senior relief program will be reflected in the electricity bills for July that will be issued this month. The pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 11, 2014

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Marlin: “UP is ready to rip the people off”

National Alliance meeting draws a large crowd St. Maarten - A large crowd came out to listen to the National Alliance party candidates as they launched their first political meeting in Sucker Garden on Saturday evening. NA-leader William Marlin c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 11, 2014

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Michael Ferrier furious about Leonard’s Winair-questions

St. Maarten - Michael Ferrier, former chairman of the Winair ad hoc committee, has lashed out at UP MP Johan Leonard for "recklessly endangering the jobs of 126 Winair employees". Last Friday, Leonard announced in a press release that he had sent a

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

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Wiels murder suspect Fonseca released

WILLEMSTAD – Burney “Nini” Fonseca, a suspect in the Helmin Wiels murder trial, has been released under strict conditions, the Curacao Chronicle reported yesterday. The judge stressed, however, that he is still a suspect. He must turn in his p

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

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Minister Lake: Vromi ready to accept responsibility for Kadaster

St. Maarten – Vromi Minister Maurice Lake said yesterday that although at the moment his ministry does not have any legal responsibility over the land surveyor and registry office known as Kadaster, he is ready to take over once given the mandate b

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

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Court declares $1.5 million land purchase again null and void (Even though buyer has a notarial deed)

Corallo’s IFPS bid to halt Caravanserai auction fails St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance rejected yesterday a request by Francesco Corallo’s company International Financial Planning Services (IFPS) to halt the auction of the Caravan

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

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MP Leonard questions PM on alleged Winair debt

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament is seeking answers from Winiar shareholder representative Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams about a supposed debt of $1.4 million owed to a company in Guadeloupe. Leonard said in a

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

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Legal policy advisor takes PM to court over dubious suspension

Social Economic Council implodes under warring secretary-general St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Social Economic Council has virtually collapsed due to a conflict between its Secretary-General Gerard Richardson and legal policy advisor Arj

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