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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Consumer protection

In 2011 and 2012, a group of timeshare owners approached government and discussed a series of eleven legislative proposals which we felt should be included in the proposed timeshare owners’ consumer protection legislation. We were intentionally exc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Demand for report about Bureau Telecommunication and Post: BTP-statement exasperates MP Sarah Wescot-Williams

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams has reacted rather exasperated at the press release the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) sent to the media just before the weekend. In the release, the BTP-board denies fraud-allegation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Caravanserai timeshare owners join forces for legal battle

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners who were robbed of their rights at the former Caravanserai resort in Beacon Hill (now Alegria) have formed an association that will initiate legal procedures against Alegria and its beneficial owner Ray Sidhom. Curren

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Vacation Expo – again – without St. Maarten

UTRECHT – Since Friday there is finally a peak in attendance at the Vacation Expo in Utrecht, representatives of the Caribbean islands (minus St. Maarten – ed.) say. At the large Curacao Village a long row a visitors is waiting at the snack stand

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Gumbs reiterates integrity is top priority; Submits notifications of assets to council

St. Maarten —Three days before the legally stipulated deadline, Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs submitted to the Council of Advice the written declarations and notifications (assets/holdings, secondary positions/interests) of the new ministers as well

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Aruban ministers could be prosecuted for corruption

ORANJESTAD – The Public Prosecutor’s Office will decide shortly whether it will prosecute Tourism Minister Otmar Oduber, Infrastructure Minister Benny Sevinger, the management of the Aruba Investment Bank and Prime Minister Mike Eman, Ariën Rasm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Gumbs to Wescott-Williams: screening happened under your tenure

St. Maarten —Current Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs has pointed out to former Prime Minister that the screening of candidate ministers was done under her tenure and that since taking office he has not made any statements regarding the role of the Dut

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Dutch Kingdom-countries join forces to fight crime

THE HAGUE – The judicial cooperation between the Netherlands, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Curacao gets a more structural character, Pieter Hofmann reports on Caribisch Netwerk. This is the conclusion of the Judicial Four-Country Consultation according

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Naf 1.742 per liter for gas

St. Maarten —Customers at the pumps will be able to get more fuel for their money today as gas prices drop even further to reflect the international drop of oil prices. Effective January 19th, the price of a litter of unleaded gasoline is Naf1.7

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Court denies attorney’s claim for damages: Departure-policy makes labor contract invalid

St. Maarten – Eight days before Justice Minister Roland Duncan left office on May 18, 2013 he granted attorney Ellen Knoppel a permanent labor contract. The incoming government however – Wescot-Williams III – considered the contract invalid, a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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DP-leader criticizes Heyliger’s statements on concession fees

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP  Sarah Wescot-Williams questions that United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger has no knowledge of the draft 2015 budget that has been sent to the governor and is from thereon on its way to parliament. A Cent

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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DP wants answers about housing foundation

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams has repeated her questions about the Sint Maarten Housing Foundation, wondering when Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs will find the time to answer them. She posed five questions on December 16,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Shareholders approve TelEm’s 2015 budget

St. Maarten - A review and approval of TelEm’s financial statements for the year 2013, discussion on dividend payments to government for 2013 and a review and approval of the company’s budget and capital expenditures for this year – 2015 were

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Ponzi scheme operators (Timeshare)

Dear Editor, Should justice be fair to all, or just a few? Caravanserai, Pelican, Rainbow, Flamingo, Royal Palm Beach Club - the list is very long  of those properties where visitors/tourists to this island have lost their investments or had tim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Trial adjourned until March 25: Young murder suspect stays at Ms. Lalie your care center

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial against 17-year-old Shimano G. yesterday to March 25. The boy shot 28-year-old Etienne Leblanc on October 9 of last year in his father’s Flex-DVD store on Front Street. The adjourn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Cruise passenger dies at Orient Beach

St. Maarten —A cruise passenger in his sixties-- Howard Cook--who arrived on St. Maarten onboard the Oasis cruise ship yesterday lost his life in a freak accident at the Orient Beach near Kontiki bar and restaurant around midday yesterday. Fran

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Bada Bing trial to February 11

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance set the date for the Bada Bing bribery trial for February 11 and 12 yesterday, overruling objections from attorneys who wanted more time to study the dossier and one who would have loved to keep February 1

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Conditional sentence for hit with shovel

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 39-year-old Bert Bolan to a 3-month conditional prison sentence and 2 years of probation for hitting a man with a shovel on July 2, 2014. The incident happened on Union Road in Cole Bay where

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Chance to laugh out loud comes early

St. Maarten —Just when most was in the process of shifting into the work mode after the festive season, the Hennessy Laugh Till Belly Burst organization will give its patrons some things to think about under the tent at the Port de Plaisance on Fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Tougher demands but no tougher sentences for gun possession

St. Maarten – The first firearm possession court cases after last year’s Stop Drop and Go action have not brought the prosecutor’s office the results it is after. When the action to surrender illegal firearms voluntarily ended in November of la

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Internal systems of police and prosecutors to be linked

St. Maarten -A better structure where internal systems are linked  and where up to date information can be easily accessed between departments was high on the agenda during a meeting yesterday of representatives of the Public Prosecutors Office and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Serial burglar gets 36 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Gerard Alexander Richardson, known as Davis on the French side of the island, to 36 months of imprisonment for a series of burglaries he committed between March and August of last year, mainly in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Draft dividend policy not submitted to Cft yet

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hassink has so far not complied with a request from financial supervisor Cft to submit a (draft) dividend policy and dividend decisions for government-owned companies before the end of last year. This appears from an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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National Alliance demands resignation MP Matser

St. Maarten – The board of the National Alliance has asked for the immediate resignation of United People’s party faction member MP Silvio Matser. The demand follows Matser’s conviction to 24 months for tax evasion last week in the Court in Fir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Harbor CEO Mark Mingo leaves after thirteen years

St. Maarten – Mark Mingo will leave his position as Chief Executive Officer at the Sint Maarten Harbor Group of Companies after tenure of thirteen years. Mingo confirmed his departure on Monday evening to Today, but did not elaborate on his future

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Lysanne Charles-Arrindell about gender issues: Lobby to legalize same-sex marriage

St. Maarten —Human rights apply to all human beings and no one should have the power to take away the fundamental human rights of any particular group because they do not conform to the norms of a particular society. The rights currently being fou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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De Weever calls on SMMC (St. Maarten Hospital) to be transparent

St. Maarten - Independent Member of Parliament Cornelius De Weever has called on the board of the SMMC to be transparent in its communications with the public. The MP said yesterday that he has taken note of SMMC’s article regarding the Naf. 5 m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Gebe lines down since Gonzalo in Cay hill

St. Maarten —Almost three months after the passage of hurricane Gonzalo, Gebe lines at Nutmeg road in Cay hill are still down, almost touching the road, and causing a dangerous situation to residents of the area. A group of concerned residents t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Student arrested for stabbing

St. Maarten —Drugs, illegal weapons and violence appeared to be the order of the day yesterday when police responded to reports of a stabbing in the vicinity of the Milton Pieters College and the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. Both parties involved w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Suspect in Atlantis Casino robbery arrested

St. Maarten —One of the suspects in the armed robbery at Atlantis Casino was arrested by police yesterday after he caught the attention of police after he was spotted riding a dirt bike without license plates. The suspect was spotted in Cole Ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Oblivious (Charlie Hebdo)

The new Charlie Hebdo that is published today in France has the French side of the island in its grip, but its Dutch-side neighbors remain completely oblivious to the fact that the world is eagerly looking forward to the stand the remaining editors o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Prime Ministers Asjes (Curacao) and Gumbs (St. Maarten) strengthen ties

Prime Ministers Asjes (Curacao) and Gumbs (St. Maarten) strengthen ties

Ivar Asjes (l) presents a book to Marcel Gumbs entitled “Curacao: Religions, Rituals and Traditions.” Photo cabinet Prime Minister St. Maarten - Prime Ministers Marcel Gumbs and Ivar Asjes both dubbed the latter’s visit as important in e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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St. Maarten Parliament keeps silent on integrity-assessment

St. Maarten – It is easy to lose sight of a 250-page integrity report, but this is exactly what seems to be happening at this moment. Reason for Today to revisit the PricewaterhouseCoopers integrity-probe and to refresh the memory about the areas t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Romelio Maduro: Drop in crude prices does not mean immediate drop for G.E.B.E.

St. Maarten —The drop in crude pricing does not mean that local utilities company G.E.B.E. will have a drop immediately because there is a delay in that process, according to G.E.B.E.’s managing director Romelio Maduro, who explained that G.E.B

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Lions serve community over Holidays

St. Maarten —In keeping with the motto of Lions international--“We Serve”—members of the local Lions Club served a number of Christmas meals with the full trimmings to members of the community. On December 25th members of St. Maarten Lion

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