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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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University makes deal with I Am SXM Foundation

University makes deal with I Am SXM Foundation

  USM President Francio Guadeloupe (center) signs the agreement together with I Am SXM Foundation president Solaika Serbony and director Julian Lake, while Minister Bourne-Gumbs, MP Tamara Leonard and foundation members look on. Photo Today /

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Dutch dirty money doubles in five years

Dutch dirty money doubles in five years

  There is a lot of dirty money in the Netherlands. Photo Johannes Dalhuijsen AMSTERDAM – The magnitude of visible dirty money in the Netherlands doubled in the past five years, the Telegraaf reports. In 2010 transactions worth more

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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More community recycling points open: Student Bodine Beentjes shows the way

  St. Maarten - Minister Connor officially opened two Community Recycling Points on Saturday. After the Minister opened a similar facility in Tamarind Hill in March this year, Learning Unlimited 12th grade student Bodine Beentjes, continued h

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Union visits members on Saba and Statia

Union visits members on Saba and Statia

WICSU/PSU President Henrietta Doran-York and union representatives on Saba. Photo contributed St. Maarten - The WICSU/PSU union for civil servants and private sector workers visited the islands of Saba and Statia to meet with the membership and t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Immigration officer wins 1st Justice Song Festival

Immigration officer wins 1st Justice Song Festival

Kenisha Hill winner of the justice song festival 2015. Hill also won best popularity prize. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Immigration officer Kenisha Hill won the first ever justice song festival on Friday evening at the Rock House res

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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St. Maarten Immigration turns up the heat

St. Maarten – The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) vows to enforce the law against visitors who overstay their visa, guarantors who invite visitors to the island and parents who enroll children in school without a residence permit. I

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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PM Marcel Gumbs explains his position: “We must stop the Carnival coups”

PM Marcel Gumbs explains his position: “We must stop the Carnival coups”

  Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs: “It seems that in St. Maarten even Jesus Christ himself could be sent home with a motion of no-confidence.” Photo DCOMM St. Maarten – While The Hague buzzed with rumors that Governor Drs. Eugène Holi

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Power of Knowledge about Ombudsman

St. Maarten - Tuesday evening the library hosts the next Power of Knowledge information session. Gwendolien Mossel, legal advisor at the Ombudsman, will give information about services provided by the office of the Ombudsman. The evening session begi

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Two local reps at 3rd annual Caribbean Women & Sexual Diversity Conference

Two local reps at 3rd annual Caribbean Women & Sexual Diversity Conference

  Nadjesca Gumbs (left) and Lysanne Charles-Arrindell. Photo contributed GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance for Equality (Safe) Foundation President, Lysanne Charles-Arrindell and treasurer Nadjesca Gumbs are currently i

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“Have all expensive yachts in St. Maarten preventively confiscated”

  Member of Parliament Ronald van Raak filed a motion on Thursday in which he asks the Dutch government “to have all expensive yachts in St. Maarten preventively confiscated and to only give them back when it is clear that they have not bee

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Casino Rouge et Noir hires extra security

St. Maarten - Management of Casino Rouge et Noir has hired extra security after being robbed on Wednesday evening close to 9 p.m. Security officers presence were seen by customers when the casino re-opened on Friday morning. Management also told this

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End Polio Now walkathon in Ramesh Manek’s honor

End Polio Now walkathon in Ramesh Manek’s honor

St. Maarten - Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle hosts it second annual End Polio Now walkathon next week Saturday. Rotary President Ramesh Manek started the walkathon last year. He died last year on April 16 in a fatal hit and run on the Airport Ro

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Former MP Leroy de Weever in court charged with theft

Former MP Leroy de Weever in court charged with theft

St. Maarten – Former Member of Parliament Petrus Leroy de Weever appears in court Wednesday to face charges of theft. On January 11, 2014, De Weever had an encounter with the embattled blogger Judith Roumou on Front Street. On that occasion, the

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SHTA to hold job fair on October 24

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association hosts an all-encompassing job fair on October 24. With this initiative the SHTA wants to bring together job-seekers and businesses. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with bu

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Port helps sea rescue boat on its way for repairs

GREAT BAY - St. Martin sea rescue boat Notre Dame de la Garoupe SNS129, will be shipped to France onboard the CMA CGM Fort St. Louis cargo motor vessel on Monday to undergo repairs.  The French side sea rescue boat suffered severe damage in Octob

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Editorial: Commonwealth

Two Dutch MPs keep hammering on their solution for the constitutional prison they experience the Kingdom to be: a Commonwealth. Never mind that the islands do not feel anything for such a construction. According to Van Raak political parties in th

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Dispute

Minister Plasterk has made clear once and for all where the Dutch government stands with respect to the dispute regulation. The minister says that he favors such a system, but at the same time he says that he does not want it. This is because the

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Opinion: Something’s brewing

We know since last night that Governor Holiday sent a letter to Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs. We do not know the content of this letter, but there is no doubt that this will come out some time today. The past couple of days, two political parties h

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Recolonization

High emotions filled 10-10-10-autonomy expectations. “Freedom at last, delivered from slavery, liberation from colonial oppression.” Political leader Helmin Wiels —as Moses, divinely anointed—” was leading his People to the Promised Land.

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In case governor signs decree to dissolve parliament: DP proposes interim cabinet and elections after one year

In case governor signs decree to dissolve parliament: DP proposes interim cabinet and elections after one year

  From left: DP treasurer Giselle York, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams and policy advisor Emil Lee. Photo today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – In case Governor Holiday decides to sign the decree to dissolve parliament and elections follow on Dec

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Plasterk: “I did not advise governor about elections”

Bosman: Decree to dissolve parliament is valid THE HAGUE – “It is not so that I advised the governor not to hold elections,” Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) said in the Second Chamber yesterday during where he answered questions

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Structural lack of resources affects court and police force

St. Maarten - The Judicial Kingdom Acts Evaluation Committee on 8 October submitted its final report to the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and The Netherlands. The four Acts concerned (on the Joint Court of Justice, the Public

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“Stumbling blocks dispute regulations are clear”

THE HAGUE – Minister Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) has proposed to submit all disputes between the Kingdom countries to the Council of State as a trial as long as there is no agreement about a dispute regulation. “This would suspend the measure an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Blogger drops another lawyer

St. Maarten – Blogger Judith Roumou, who will appear in court on October 21 on charges of insulting a lawyer and a policeman has severed ties with attorney Cor Merx, who represented her at a hearing at the Judge of Instruction last week Tuesday. Th

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Casino robber shoots his way to cash

Casino robber shoots his way to cash

The bullet proof window at Rouge et Noir on Wednesday evening, with two bullet holes. Photo Gromyko Wilson St. Maarten - Close to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, a lone gunman stormed into Rouge et Noir casino on Front Street and shouted “everybody do

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St. Maarten National accounts survey underway

St. Maarten - The 2015 National Accounts Survey is underway, the Department of Statistics (STAT), stated in a press release. The data-collection phase began a few weeks ago on September 16. STAT has shifted the start-date of the survey to later in t

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Plasterk: “Commonwealth is not an issue on the islands”

THE HAGUE – “I have taken notice of the proposal for a Commonwealth, but on the islands this is not an issue. It is not a topic of conversation,” Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) said yesterday during the handling of the budget for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Peak in gastroenteritis cases on St. Maarten

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) department is calling on the community to take preventive measures against gastroenteritis. For the third quarter of 2015, an increase in cases has been observed.  In the epidemiolo

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“Cuba could accommodate twice as many visitors”

  PUERTO RICO - Cuba: Opportunity or Threat? was the final general session at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico over the weekend and the general consensus appeared to be cautious optimism based on expect

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Radio Maranatha apologizes for broadcast interruptions

GRAND CASE- The management of Radio Maranatha apologizes for the constant interruption in its broadcasting that the radio station is presently experiencing. Radio Maranatha, the only Christian station on the island on the French side, has been experi

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St. Maarten Martial artists go international

St. Maarten Martial artists go international

  The team of local martial artists before their departure to Disney World. Photo contributed GREAT BAY – Martial artists from St. Maarten take to the international stage today at the start of a three-day Festival tournament featuring ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Warning against swimming in Great Bay

Warning against swimming in Great Bay

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Public Health Department (PHD), and the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), are strongly advising against swimming in Great Bay this morning because of water that is being pumped into Great Bay from the Great Salt Pond.

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Cruise tourism creates more than 9,000 jobs

Cruise tourism creates more than 9,000 jobs

  The cargo and cruise port in Philipsburg. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – Management and the Board of Supervisory Directors of Port St. Maarten are “elated” with the news that cruise destination St. Maarten is number one in cruis

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: All hands on deck

While the political showdown plays out between the Council of Ministers and the parliamentary majority in the House of Parliament of Sint Maarten, this week the international community of nations were greeted with the news that 2015 will see lower gr

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Unique situation

National Alliance leader William Marlin made it a point yesterday to refute the Dutch constitutional experts that are currently in high demand by a government that has lost the confidence of the parliament and that has fought Dutch influence on the i

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