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St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 2, 2011

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First hearing Van der Sloot-trial next week Monday in Lima

ORANJESTAD/LIMA – The first public hearing in the criminal trial of Joran van der Sloot will take place next week Monday, September 12. The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Lima demands a 30-year prison term against the young Dutchman for the murder

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 29, 2011

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Joran van der Sloot faces 30 years imprisonment

LIMA - The Peruvian Public Prosecutors’ Office told Dutch news agency ANP it will seek a 30-year jail sentence against Joran van der Sloot, a key player in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, and a suspect in the killi

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Statians critical of Winair

STATIA - Residents of Statia have voiced their concern about the increase of ticket prices to travel on the Winair. During the 50th anniversary this week speakers minced no words and made it quite clear that they were not happy with the increases.

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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University of Curacao is technically bankrupt

WILLEMSTAD – The University of Curacao will be technically bankrupt by the end of the year unless measures are taken to improve its financial position. An audit report concludes that the university will be for 1.1 million guilders in the red by Dec

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 9, 2011

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St. Eustatius refuses to implement gay marriage

St. Eustatius - Commissioner of Culture Clyde van Putten has said that there is no way the Government of St. Eustatius will implement the law allowing people of the same sex to get married. He put that position forward in a recent meeting with the Du

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 26, 2011

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Over 80 begin basic course for uniformed services

Over 80 begin basic course for uniformed services

St. Maarten - Eighty-two people began a one year basic course on Monday that will lead to them becoming part of the various uniformed divisions that fall under the Ministry of Justice. The start signal for their course was given at a ceremony in the

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 24, 2011

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New iStore raises eye brows

New iStore raises eye brows

St. Maarten– A new store on Front Street that has Apple’s trademark fruit symbol over its doors has prompted questions over whether they are licensed retailers of the company’s products. The questions are spurred by news reports of four fake

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 11, 2011

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Former Saba Lt. Governor and family members reburied

THE BOTTOM/Saba – Five human skeletons were reburied at the Anglican Cemetery in Windward side on July 6 after being archaeologically excavated from a project site in April. The five remains are that of former Lt. Gov. Thomas Holm, his wife, child,

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 11, 2011

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RBC/RBTT sponsors 10 children’s participation in steel pan workshops

GREAT BAY – RBC/RBTT contributed to the Dow’s Musical Foundation by sponsoring ten children to participate in the steel pan summer workshop that began July 4 and will run until July 22 at the Oranje School. RBC/RBTT has a well-established traditi

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 5, 2011

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Editorial: No cause to celebrate

Some may jump and cheer at the fact that St. Maarten currently has a one member majority in the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten because former politician Nelson Navarro has quit to avoid a conflict of int

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Robbery trial postponed to investigate police report

Did police lie to court and prosecutor’s office about confrontation? St. Maarten – The trial of  Gleivon Daniel C., 21, and Hector Bienvenido C., 22 took an unexpected turn yesterday afternoon when the defense raised doubts about the question

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Curacao’s Parliament getting ready to approve new Penal Code

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s Parliament has closed off discussions on a new Penal Code in the Central Committee and is moving to handle it in a general public meeting. Once Justice Minister Elmer “Kade” Wilsoe answers the written questions that wil

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 22, 2011

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Still no Supreme Court ruling in Louie Laveist bribery case

14 months and counting … St. Maarten – There is still no ruling from  the Supreme Court in the Hague on the conviction of parliamentarian Louie Laveist. On February 11 of last year the Common Court of Justice sentenced Laveist on appeal to

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Slap on the wrist for addicted car thief

St. Maarten - Johan Jose Rogers, a 29-year-old homeless drug addict, was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment in the Court in First Instance yesterday for stealing a car on December 29 of last year. But the defendant, who was not in court yesterday, wil

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Teenager charged with attempted murder on man who bullied his brother

St. Maarten – Delroy Devon Anthony F., a 17-year-old schoolboy, will know on June 15 whether the prosecution’s charge for attempted murder on Glenroy Mills will hold up. Until the day of the ruling, the teenager has an extensive punishment hangin

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Only in St. Maarten

We have of course our own problems with buildings popping up around the island without proper building permits, but somehow our government or the owners manage to find creative solutions for these thorny issues. The Coral Beach Club in Oyster Pond st

Opinion, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The Roorda letters

Court documents released yesterday reveal the text of two letters relevant to the dismissal of the head of the finance department Bas Roorda. The first letter, dated March 31 2011 is signed by Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto. This is the dismissal

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A first initiative

The National Alliance faction plans to submit draft legislation to the President of Parliament on Monday that it hopes will curb the abuse of short term labor contracts. The main intention of the bill is that companies that operate a permanent operat

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Government rejects name calling

“Let’s keep the constitutional lines clear” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Thursday reacted to statements made by several Members of Parliament of the Dutch Second Chamber’s Permanent Commission for Kingdom Rela

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 10, 2011

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Scared Neighbors and The Oil King: why Chávez won’t invade Curacao

RIJSWIJK – Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire have nothing to fear from an invasion by Venezuela, journalist Edwin Koopman writes in his book The Oil King – Hugo Chavez and the Promises of his Latin-American Revolution. Advisors to President Chávez and

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 6, 2011

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Study finds holes in Saba Bank coral reef

WAGENINGEN - The Saba Bank, one of the largest atolls in the undersea world, is suffering from rising sea temperatures. According to a study from the Imares scientific institute at Wageningen University, the Saba Bank coral reef shows large holes and

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 28, 2011

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BAB-director Casper candidate for Central Bank board presidency

WILLEMSTAD/CURACAO --The name of Sherwin Casper, the director of the tax accountants bureau BAB, has been mentioned as a candidate for the president of the Central Bank’s board. Casper confirmed yesterday that he was approached, but has no furth

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 28, 2011

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Inspection orders Karakter Bar to remove illegal beach structures

Pride Foundation: owner continues St. Maarten – The inspection department at the Ministry of Vrom has given the owners of the Karakter Beach Bar in Simpson Bay five days to remove constructions from the beach. But according to the St. Maarten Pr

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Committee wants information from Minister about state of the economy

St. Maarten –The permanent parliamentary committee for tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunications wants a meeting with Minister Franklin Meyers and his Secretary General Miguel de Weever as well as with department heads for an upda

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 11, 2011

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Suspended employee demands money from Alpha Marketing

Another dispute involving MP Jules James St. Maarten – A female employee of Alpha Marketing and Management, the vehicle Royal Resorts used for selling timeshare weeks at the former Pelican Resort until it closed down on January 18 of this year,

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 25, 2011

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Van Putten tables education “white paper” today

KRALENDIJK/BONAIRE - The Commissioner of Education for St. Eustatius Clyde van Putten is heading a high powered delegation to the education summit for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (BES) with the Minister of Education of the Netherlands Marja van B

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The Snowflake case

The position of the public prosecutor in the Snowflake case that became apparent yesterday caught defense attorneys by surprise. In December, the prosecutor’s office asked the court to declare it inadmissible in its own prosecution. Yesterday th

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 23, 2011

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Prosecutor calls on fugitive Omar N. to turn himself in

St. Maarten – Omar N., the 20-year old robbery suspect from Dutch Quarter who escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison in the night between Saturday to Sunday, is still on the run, even though his mom appears to have pleaded with him in an internet-m

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 28, 2011

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PAR to request Governor’s intervention

WILLEMSTAD/CURACAO — PAR-leader and former Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage will write Governor Frits Goedgedrag this week and request he intervene in Curaçao’s government using the guarantee function in the Charter. De Jongh-Elhage’s requ

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 25, 2011

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Benjamin gets emotional farewell

Benjamin gets emotional farewell

MARIGOT / By Milton Pieters - Jean Benjamin may be considered “just an avid sportsman with a passion for almost anything that can reach maximum speeds”, but the attendance at his funeral matched that of a statesman who had made a significant

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 12, 2011

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Hooker: Shareholders Foundation should take the lead

ORANJESTAD/GREAT BAY – Commissioner Roy Hooker of St. Eustatius believes the Shareholders Foundation for GEBE should be taking the lead on discussions to divide the shares of GEBE and not politicians. The foundation, as the name implies, holds the

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 12, 2011

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Overmeer pledges to do “utmost” for Saba and St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD – Drs. Marleen Overmeer was sworn in as Public Prosecutor for Saba and St. Eustatius in a brief ceremony at Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland on St. Eustatius on Tuesday afternoon. The 41 year old, a graduate of University of Leiden in the

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on November 29, 2010

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Central committee continues today

St. Maarten - The Central Committee meeting of St. Maarten Parliament of last Friday will continue this afternoon at three o’clock in the A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall to discuss the selection of Members of Parliament for the Parlatino permanent com

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