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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Winair wins cleanup award at the airport

    St. Maarten - The Foreign Object Debris (FOD) prevention awareness campaign at Princess Juliana International Airport continued this month with debris-removal walks and inspections. This year marked the fifth anniversary of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Hoeve and Rogers open law firm in Cole Bay

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten has a new law firm since July 2 at Welfare Road 57 in Cole Bay, but the individuals behind Hoeve & Rogers Attorneys at Law have been practicing law for a combined 24 years, and are well known throughout the community and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Thieves steal Carnival Queen’s car and thesis

St. Maarten -“I woke up this morning and got ready, walked outside and my car was gone,” says carnival’s former Miss Mature Pea Gordon who won a blue Hyundai I20 for her crown in 2013. Someone apparently stole Gordon’s car   - and the thes

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Media assessment

The integrity assessment from Transparency International sent my eyebrows skyward when I read the chapter about the local media. I certainly did not recognize Today and what our newspaper stands for in the picture the report presents. Reason for me t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Opinion: News News

We don’t want to waste too much time on gossip sites like ‘SMN News’ as the site refers to itself, apparently unaware that SMN stands for St. Maarten News and that SMN News therefore stands for St. Maarten News News. But when a site like thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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St. Maarten Government did not fall – again

  St. Maarten – For the second time this year a gossip website circulated rumors about the fall of the government. It was, as usual, an incorrect report that covered all bases with an opening line like, “What appeared to be a rumor seemi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Transparency International integrity report: “No leading role law enforcement in fight against corruption”

St. Maarten – “Until now law enforcement agencies have not played a leading role in fighting corruption in St. Maarten,” Transparency International writes in its National Integrity System Assessment about St. Maarten. The report notes that sinc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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One suspect in custody for apparent robbery attempt

St. Maarten - One man is currently detained for questioning by the police about what could have been the second robbery on Front Street within a week, after last week Friday’s robbery at the Helena Jewelry Store. Two potential accomplices remain a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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In first ruling based on new penal code: Scary Movie Gang member loses call for early release

St. Maarten – Rignald Armando Richardson, a one-time member of the Scary Movie Gang lost his appeal to a decision by the Minister of Justice not to grant him conditional release. Richardson, who celebrated his 34th birthday in the Pointe Blanche p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Taliesin removes construction material from Central Bank

  St. Maarten - Taliesin Construction removed all its construction material from the site of the Central Bank building on Sunday at the bank’s request, Managing Director Carl Critchlow confirmed yesterday. The removal is necessary to make

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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MP Lake “strongly dismisses” gossip about fall government

  St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Maurice Lake has “strongly dismissed gossip” that he plans to break with the current coalition. Lake reacts with his statement to gossip published on the SMN web site yesterday that claimed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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American TiP-report: St. Maarten remains center for sex trafficking”

St. Maarten – The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report of the American State Department again depicts St. Maarten as “a source, transit, and destination country for women, children and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. “Governmen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Transparency International presents integrity assessment: “Political parties are weak in representing social interests”

  Transparency International’s regional director for the Americas Alejandro Salas and lead researcher Cora de Voit. Photo Today / Leo Brown GREAT BAY – At 7 p.m. local time last night, Transparency International’s National Integrity

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Murder mystery set in St. Maarten: Jacky Rom presents whodunnit at Toppers

Murder mystery set in St. Maarten: Jacky Rom presents whodunnit at Toppers

  British author Jacky Rom. Photo amazon.com   St. Maarten - Sandra Bernstein, better known as Sandy is a quirky, charismatic and extremely loyal makeup artist in her fifties. Her hobby is crime. When she loses her job on a daytime so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Terrance Rey about Cuba and the internal threats to St. Maarten tourism “Americans will take a wait and see approach”

  Travel entrepreneur Terrance Rey. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – How big a threat is Cuba really to St. Maarten’s economy and when will the effects hit us? Terrance Rey, managing director of several travel businesses like Le

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Man robbed on Back Street

St. Maarten – Two armed assailants robbed a 50-year-old man who was waiting at a bus stop on Back Street near the former parliament building of the Netherlands Antilles (now part of the offices of the courthouse) on Friday night around midnight. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Man robs Rembrandt Café

St. Maarten – On Thursday evening of last week a man brandishing a firearm robbed the Rembrandt Café in the New Amsterdam shopping center in Madame Estate. He demanded money from the bar tender. He helped himself to some money from the cash regist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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No Limit Soldiers gang leader acquitted of membership criminal organization

  Urvin Wawoe, leader of No Limit Soldiers in Curacao is detained behind one of these doors at the Karelskamp prison in Almelo. Photo screenshot RTV Oost   Appeals court gives Wawoe much lighter sentence   St. Maarten – Urvin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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MP Lake went shopping at French-side Super U “A plus for the community”

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Maurice Lake says it is high time government sits down with supermarkets and distributors of food products to get a grasp on why consumer prices on the Dutch side are so high co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Stabbing suspect remains in custody

St. Maarten - The suspect in involved in the major fight that took place on July 5, is still in police custody. On Monday, the suspect appeared in the Court in First Instance and the public prosecutor requested a 60 day pre-trial detention for the o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Student ID card not ready for new school year

  Together with school representatives, Major Felix Richards (left) and Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs present a model of the student ID card. File photo KPSM St. Maarten - The school picture identification card program is still being worked on a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Silent revolution at the university

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin has gone through a silent revolution the past year and the board is not ready to talk about it. Soon after the university hired Dr. Francio Guadeloupe as its new dean of academics in the beginning of 2014 t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Financial supervision evaluation is complete

St. Maarten – The committee that evaluates the kingdom law financial supervision Curacao and St. Maarten must have completed its advice to Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk a bit more than two weeks ago, on July 10. Plasterk will use this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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DP delivers blistering criticism on governing program: “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Sarah Wescot-Williams delivered blistering criticism of the governing program the Council of Ministers sent to the parliament a week and a half ago. The program shows “an inadequate end unprepared government,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Caribbean chocolate Festival in Maho: Appetizing models tantalize audience

  St. Maarten - Award winning chef and expert chocolatier, Veejooruth Purmessur and his assistant Ronald Stephen added the Midas touch to the chocolate flavored models on the opening night of the Caribbean Chocolate Festival at the Sonesta M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Laville still under investigation

  St. Maarten - Former Member of Parliament Romain Laville is not off the hook yet as the Public Prosecutor’s Office still considers charging him for gun possession and two cases of gun threats. Officers of the National Detective Agency ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Opinion: Paying lip service

What is most amazing about the never-ending procession of court cases the new owner of the former Caravanserai Resort, Alegria, gets involved in, is the lack of response to this very detrimental situation from the government, and in particular from T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Claude Wathey commemoration: Everybody on the same page again

  Family members and representatives of DP and UP gather for a group picture together with Minister Claret Connor. Photo Today / Leo Brown   St. Maarten – After the awkward split in the election year 2014, when the Democratic Party

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Three men rob jewelry store on Front Street

  This show case contained an assortment of jewelry; it was extensively damaged during the robbery. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - One officer from Checkmate Security remains traumatized and the owners of Helena Jewelry on Front S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Tsunami after volcanic eruption unlikely – Kick ‘em Jenny: no reason for panic

    St. Maarten – The orange alert the University of the West Indies issued for increased activity of the submarine volcano Kick ‘em Jenny is no reason for panic. At least, if we go by a statement from the director of the coastal

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Atlantis World Group applauds action against Calabrian mafia

 “Illegal gambling activities give our industry a bad name” St. Maarten – Agence France Presse reported this week that the suspects Italian authorities arrested during an action against gambling activities of the Calabrian mafia also worke

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Fantastic Acrobat Marcus: not just another dreadlock

St. Maarten - He was physically and verbally abused in London, stoned in Jamaica, he has children in Iceland, Finland and New York, speaks four languages and was severely injured during an opening act. His name is David Marcus and he goes by the nam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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DP policy advisor Lee critical about adopt-a-school program – “I have seen little effort to stimulate the economy”

  St. Maarten - The business community continues to react to the governing program the United Peoples Party (UP) led coalition presented to the Council of Ministers. Emil Lee, policy advisor to the Democratic Party, is concerned about the co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Stabbing victim declines to press charges

St. Maarten – A 39-year-old man declines to press charges against the mother of his child who reportedly stabbed him in the paid parking lot of the Princess Juliana International Airport on Tuesday afternoon around 4.30. The man had a stab woun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Committee agrees to letterabout dispute regulation

St. Maarten – The committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-Parliamentary Relations agreed yesterday to sign on to a letter drafted by its sister committee in Curacao about the position the Dutch government took during the Kingdom conference about a

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