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St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 1, 2012

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KLM plane had threatening letter on board

THE NETHERLANDS - A passenger aircraft which had to turn back to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport shortly after take-off on Monday morning contained a letter saying there were explosives on board, airport police said on Monday evening. The KLM plane,

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 1, 2012

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St. Maarten Police force gets quality check in September

St. Maarten – The Kwaliteitsbureau Politie will pay an inspection visit to the police force in Philipsburg in September, the Progress Committee St. Maarten writes in its sixth report to the ministerial consultation. The inspection, or visitation, w

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation meets Anguillan counterparts to reestablish ties

St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation meets Anguillan counterparts to reestablish ties

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Stuart Johnson presents President of the Anguilla Summer Festival Committee (ASFC) Davon Carty with a copy of the Golden Book of St. Maarten.St. Maarten – President of the St.

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Hennessy Artistry brings Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack to St. Maarten

Hennessy Artistry brings Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Local Hennessy distributor Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco teams up with Hennessy Artistry and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau to bring cool vibes and a new concert to St. Maarten with headliners Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack on August 4.

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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St. Maarten hosts joint para-military training in 2014

St. Maarten - Members of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) have returned from a successful training exercise week in Curaçao. The group, under the leadership of 1st Lt. Alain Richardson, was stationed at the military barracks in Suffisant. Fr

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Convict on extended leave arrested near police station

St. Maarten – Elston L. Fos will be flown to the Netherlands this upcoming Sunday to serve the remainder of a 6-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in 1996 in Rotterdam, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos said yesterday. Fos was granted

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 19, 2012

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First community police officers graduate tomorrow

First community police officers graduate tomorrow

St. Maarten - The first batch of community police officers are nearing the completion of their training course at the Miami Dade School of Justice in Florida. They will graduate on Friday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m. The grouping, which was set up under

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 11, 2012

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MFK demands adjustments to controversial 80/20 regulation

WILLEMSTAD – The Movementu Futuro Kòrsou (MFK) demands changes to the controversial 80/20 regulation, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday. The newspaper obtained a document from the MFK-faction in parliament addressed to social development

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Central Bank to streamline credit freeze measure

GREAT BAY – Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp has said that the credit freeze implemented in April 2012 is to be streamlined in the coming period as the regulatory agency seeks to bring down the deficit in current

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Central Bank presents annual report to Central Committee: St. Maarten’s economy contracted 1.5 percent last year

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s economy contracted by 1.5 percent in 2011, and inflation doubled to 4.6 percent, central bank President Dr. Emsley Tromp said in an address to parliament’s Central committee yesterday afternoon on the Central Bank’s

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 4, 2012

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Lady B hosts 4th annual SXM Sandblast

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s premiere sand castle event is back. It takes place at La Playa, Orient Beach on Sunday July 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The sand castle building event is for all ages and includes a day of contests, castings, live

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 2, 2012

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Rodolphe Samuel takes over position: Arrindell ousted as president of parliament per July 15

St. Maarten – The parliament moved yesterday afternoon to end the term of its current President Gracita Arrindell per July 15 and to replace her with Rodolphe Samuel. The change of the guard reflects the new political reality after the UP/DP-coalit

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 2, 2012

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Exclusive Vacations to offer deep discounts

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - One of St. Maarten’s best kept secrets for travelers may be exclusive vacations, an up and coming business which promises customers timeshare purchases to some of the premier resorts locally and internationally at

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 2, 2012

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Spectacular special at selected partners Double Fun Miles all summer long

St. Maarten – Fun Miles, the Caribbean’s biggest free saving and redemption program, has unveiled a summer campaign that is as simple as it is spectacular. Cardholders will receive double Fun Miles at ten key partners until August 31. The partner

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 25, 2012

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Geothermal also a possibility – St. Eustatius and Saba getting wind farms

ORANJESTAD – Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Affairs in St. Eustatius Koos Sneek announced recently that both St. Eustatius and Saba are preparing to construct wind farms as a first step to using alternative energy. The project is being done i

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday visiting St. Kitts

GREAT BAY - Governor Eugene B. Holiday begins a two day working visit to St. Kitts today. This is his first official visit to the neighboring Eastern Caribbean country. The governor will hold talks with Governor General Cuthbert Sebastian, Deputy

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 18, 2012

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Van den Assem: USM’s future looks bright despite acute financial problems

  St. Maarten – “It has not been an easy year, but it’s going in the right direction.” That sums up the core message that President of the University of St. Martin Annalies van den Assem brought to Saturday night’s 18th commencement

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 18, 2012

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EMS kicks off EMS Week 2012

GREAT BAY – The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on Sunday kicked off its annual EMS Week 2012 with a church service on Sunday at the Risen Christ Catholic Church, South Reward. The theme for EMS Week 2012 is “EMS More than a job. A Calling.”

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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St. Martin introduces Miss Mature pageant

MARIGOT – St. Martin will have its first Miss Mature Pageant in 2013. The event is one of five pageants that the Carnival committee wants to host. All participants must be 28 or older to participate. The Dutch side of St. Maarten was the first to i

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 1, 2012

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Opinion: The Red Bull myth

Whether the acquittal of bar manager Ester van Kippersluis will go on the books uncontested is an open question at the moment, because the Public Prosecutor’s Office is contemplating its option to appeal Wednesday’s verdict. Van Kippersluis wa

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 1, 2012

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Opinion: Weed pass kicks in: more trouble

When the Dutch soft drugs policy threatened to become a victim of its own success, the government stepped in. Suddenly there was an urge to close down coffee shops (legal distributors of soft drugs), and when the smoke cleared the brilliant decision

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 31, 2012

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No proof for intention to commit a crime: Light sentence for man caught with BB gun

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Antonio Sundiata Joseph, 24, to 187 days imprisonment yesterday for simple weapons possession, but acquitted him of planning to commit a crime, firearms possession and making threats against a polic

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Spies prepares budget instruction for Curacao

THE HAGUE - Kingdom relations Minister Liesbeth Spies is “seriously preparing herself” for giving an instruction to the Schotte-government in Curacao related to the budget deficit. The minister made her statement yesterday afternoon in the Second

Entertainment, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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A Good Read: The Allure of Anguilla

The newest literary festival/book fair in the Caribbean Anguilla / by Melanie Reffes* - It was nirvana for literary lovers over the US Memorial Day weekend when the Anguilla Literary Festival was the hottest ticket on the island. The four-day fê

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Stella Simmons attends Anguilla Literary Festival

ANGUILLA - So you want to be a bestselling author? The real deal. That was the topic of keynote speaker Terry McMillan, at the inaugural Anguilla Literary Festival on Friday. The best-selling US author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting

Opinion, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 23, 2012

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Opinion: Remote controls

Few people around here will be familiar with the name of Eugene Polley, but there will be even fewer people who never handled the invention that made him famous: the remote control. Polley passed away last Sunday in a suburb of Chicago at the ripe a

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Jamaloodin denies he is a Bientu-suspect

WILLEMSTAD – Finance Minister George Jamaloodin denies that he is a suspect in the Bientu-investigation. He told the Antilliaans Dagblad that he has been interrogated, “but not as a suspect.” The minister said that he had answered questions pu

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Curacao with heavy heart to Financial Task Force meeting

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao sends a 16-strong delegation to a meeting of the Caribbean Financial Action Task force in El Salvador next week, but the delegation members make the trip with a heavy heart. That’s because the second draft report about Curaca

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Job Kiosk relaunches website

St. Maarten - Exactly six months after the pilot project ended, the St. Maarten Job Kiosk will re-launch its improved website on June 1. The Kiosk previously operated from December 2010 to November 2011, servicing job seekers at home and abroad. Many

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 15, 2012

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Antilliaans Dagblad: Wilsoe will order Piar to stop Bientu-probe

WILLEMSTAD - Curacao’s Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe will order attorney general dick Piar to stop the Bientu-investigation, the Antilliaans Dagblad reported yesterday. Wilsoe says that the criminal investigation and the prosecution of lottery boss

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 14, 2012

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St. Maarten surfaces in top-ten island in the world, with stinging side-notes

St. Maarten – Outgoing Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Franklin Meyers said in a press release issued this weekend that he is “very pleased that the country has been ranked ninth among the best islands in the world, according to US News

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 11, 2012

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Wiels calls for arrest newspaper publisher

WILLEMSTAD – Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels has raised eyebrows in Willemstad and in The Hague after he said in a radio interview that Antilliaans Dagblad publisher Mike Willemse ought to be arrested for publishing a letter from Justice Minist

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 11, 2012

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Prosecution demands 3 years for threats and firearm possession

St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. Dounia Bennamar demanded 3 years imprisonment against Antonio Sundiata J. in the Court in First Instance yesterday for two counts of firearm possession, for threatening a policeman and for making preparations to commit

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 10, 2012

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Duncan Justice Minister in new government

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan confirmed yesterday that he will be part of the next government as Minister of Justice. “They have asked me to stay,” he told this newspaper, “and I had organized my life to do this job for four ye

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 9, 2012

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Van der Sloot will fight extradition to US, attorney says “Everybody hates him there”

LIMA (AP) — Confessed murderer Joran van der Sloot told a judge in Peru yesterday that he will fight extradition to the United States, where he faces extortion and wire fraud charges in connection with the disappearance of American teenager Natalee

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