St. Maarten Sports - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Official results around the island relay

St. Maarten - There are no changes to the top finishers in the 25th Around the Island Relay which took place on November 11. The final results will come as good news to the 41 of the 50 teams that started the race. The time separating the first to

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Sol training for marinas

St. Maarten – A training session organized by SOL Antilles was held last Tuesday. A number of marinas attended the session which was divided in two parts. The first part of the session focused on the marina operations and procedures and the second

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Hibiscus pageant will be held, Meyers says

St. Maarten - At last the silence on the mystery surrounding the hosting of the pre selection in the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus has been broken after the local franchise holder Ann Meyers announced that it will be held this Saturday at the Belair Communi

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Birthday party donation for Middle Region Council

St. Maarten – The Middle Region Community Council received a surprise $500 donation last night. The donation stems from a birthday party from Today Editor-in-Chief Hilbert Haar‘s wife Myriam that was held at the La Cabana restaurant in the Royal

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Hyman interviewed Archbishop Nicola Girasoli

St. Maarten – Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Bishop Luis A. Secco were guests in Beverly Hyman’s ‘Prime Time’. The interview took place because of the recent revealing of the St. Maarten of Tours statue. “This was a very special intervie

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Zumba goes blue

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will be holding a special ‘zumba Goes Blue’ session in front of the Government Administration building today to support and promote World Diabetes Day which was observed on Wednesday. The prime

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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De Weever: Get checked for diabetes

St. Maarten - Get checked and know your status as it relates to diabetes was the message that Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever gave to the nation on World Diabetes Day on Wednesday. “It would be better for to confirm that you don’t h

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 16, 2012

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Manager Paul Ingram” I can’t wait for the new season to start” – Tamarind Hotel at its best

St. Maarten – The Tamarind Hotel located in Pointe Blanche has made its return into the market, by being number 1 on Tripadvisor for the past six months. Last year the hotel’s ranking was number 12 out of 13 hotels located in Philipsburg. But wit

Editorial - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Editorial: Fix the problems

Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet had plenty to complain about during yesterday’s press briefing: low productivity at the Department of Economic Affairs, and inefficiency, red tape and bureaucracy in the government. Cynical observers mi

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Minister Pantophlet expresses concerns: Low productivity at Economic Affairs

St. Maarten - Gross inefficiency at the Economic Affairs Department has resulted in Minister Romeo Pantophlet hiring external personnel to accelerate the distribution of business licenses and strengthen the division. Yesterday he indicated that a

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Italian Supreme Court voids arrest warrant against Corallo

St. Maarten –Atlantis World Group and B Plus Giocolegale Ltd owner Francesco Corallo fugitive status came to an end on Tuesday when the fifth criminal chamber of the supreme court of Cassation in Rome annulled the arrest warrant issued against him.

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Sloppy police work leads to acquittal for gun possession

St. Maarten – Sloppy police work resulted in the acquittal of 29-year-old Norwin Adelbert W. in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The defendant stood accused of firearm possession, but after hearing the arresting police officers as witnesses,

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Human trafficker sentenced to 15 months, boat seized

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Cobert Mc Elroy Jeffrey to 15 months imprisonment on human trafficking charges yesterday. Judge Tamara Tijhuis also confiscated the defendant’s fishing vessel Lady Gina. The verdict is well belo

Opinion - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Opinion: Integrity of ministers

Ministers are held to certain standards, but are they? That question popped up after we revealed yesterday the involvement of Justice Minister Roland Duncan in Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment NV, the company that operates the Seaman’s Club brothel

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Local Miss Hibiscus pageant postponed for second time

St. Maarten - A shroud of mystery hangs over the prospects of St Maarten having a representative in the 22nd edition of the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus Pageant which will take place at the Casino Royale on December 10. The first pageant to select a que

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Increased traffic from additional airlines – Copa Airlines returns to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - At least two flights of Panamanian carrier, Copa Airlines will return to St. Maarten during this season, Tourism and Transport Minister Romeo Pantophlet said yesterday following his return from Panama to salvage relations with Copa to g

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Beggar could go to jail for 30 months

St. Maarten – Ramon G. is looking at a 30-month prison sentence with3 years of probation for an attempt at extortion, theft of a cell phone and shoplifting. Of the demand, 12 months are suspended. Judge Tamara Tijhuis will pronounce her verdict on

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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But first around 100 licenses will be issued – Pantophlet: moratorium on bus and taxi licenses

St. Maarten - Between 60 to 70 taxi licenses and 25 to 30 bus licenses will issued within the coming weeks to “local St. Maarten people,” Minister of Transport Romeo Pantophlet said yesterday at the weekly Council of Ministers press conference.

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Meeting on sports tourism next week Monday

St. Maarten - A Public Panel Speaker Meeting has been scheduled for next week Monday at John Larmonie Hall at 7:50 p.m.  The event has been coordinated by the St Maarten Chamber of Commerce and the St Maarten Sports Tourism Commission Board (SSTC).

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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St. Maarten Tourism Authority takes shape

St. Maarten - The long awaited St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) will soon be established now that the government is awaiting the mandatory advices of the Committee on Financial Supervision (CFT) and the Corporate Governance Council (CGC), Tourism

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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PM explains extension for BTA permit holders

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams clarified yesterday the reprieve granted for the registration for the renewal of BTA permits. The extension only relates to the applicants’ registering at the Census Office, for which they need to

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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St Maarten U-13 takes part in French tournament

GREAT BAY- The St Maarten Soccer Association is currently preparing a selection of U-13 players that will represent the island in a tournament organized by the French Soccer Association that kicks off on Saturday Twelve teams divided into pools wi

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Gas price 10 percent down today

St. Maarten – Gas prices go down today by almost 10.2 percent today. Unleaded gas will now cost 2.47 guilders ($1.38) at the pump instead of 2.75 ($1.536). Diesel becomes only slightly cheaper: the price goes from 2.30 guilders ($1.285) to 2.26 ($1

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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CIBC rewards credit card clients

St. Maarten – CIBC FirstCaribbean unveiled its rewards program. This program allows Visa Gold and Visa Classic credit card clients to earn loyalty points with every purchase they make. “Our brand promise is to be there for what matters and our

Opinion - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Theo – The fox and sour grapes

As most readers will know by now, Today usually does not publish anonymous letters to the editor. We make a rare exception for this contribution, based on its content and also based on the fact that the writer’s name is known to us. The people o

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Robbery trial adjourned

St. Maarten – Judge Tamara Tijhuis ordered the reopening of the investigation against Jose V., one of the suspects in among others a heist at Caribbean Gems worth $340,000 on January 23. The judge concluded that the investigation during the tria

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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PM receives visit from Sōka Gakkai International

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received a courtesy visit from Cliff Sawyer, USA Leader of Sōka Gakkai International at her cabinet on Tuesday. Sōka Gakkai is a lay Buddhist movement linking more than 12 million people around

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Attempted manslaughter sends young man to jail for 54 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Samuel Rony Brown to 54 months imprisonment for the August 24, 2007 attempted manslaughter on Luis Frias. Of the sentence 18 months are suspended; the court imposed 2 years of probation. At the tr

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Correction: Duncan’s Hypnotic Hotel operates Seaman’s Club

St. Maarten – Yesterday’s article about the sentencing of Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment contains a few inaccuracies. Richbenzwan NV, the company that won the lawsuit against Hypnotic, holds the license for

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Shillingford satisfied with weekend finals

St. Maarten - The conclusion of the Nagico/Leeeward Island 50 over cricket competition which took place on November 11, had all the ingredients of competitiveness, tension and excitement among the huge turnout at the Charles Vlaun Ball Park. Among

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Health Inspectorate wants director Scot to resign from St. Maarten Medical Center

St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of the Ministry of Public Health demands that the St. Maarten medical center terminates its service agreement with AnG Consulting NV or that hospital Director George Scot resigns from the board of directors before or

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 15, 2012

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Three years for supermarket robbery

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Leonardo Rijo-Cedeno yesterday to 36 months imprisonment for an armed robbery on April 25 on the Ho Supermarket. The 23-year-old was also sentenced for firearm possession. Of the sentence 6 months a

Opinion - Posted on November 14, 2012

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Opinion: When politicians have to go

Former Lt. Governor Dennis Richardson clarified that, based on his knowledge the law states that as long as an investigation is in progress you lose your position. However Richardson’s explanation did not seem to convince too many people, especiall

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 14, 2012

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Top floor will house The Private Shore disco – Casino becomes duty free store

GREAT BAY – The building in Simpson Bay that was home to the Dolphin Casino and the 1 Eleven night club is currently under renovation. Owned by independent MP Frans Richardson, rumors spread this week about the possible establishment of a house of

St. Maarten News - Posted on November 14, 2012

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Duncan’s Hypnotic Hotel loses court case against Seaman’s Club

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Hypnotic Hotel and Entertainment N.V. was sentenced in the Court in First Instance yesterday to pay thousands of dollars to Richbenzwan N.V., the company that exploits the Seaman’s Club brothel in Sucker Garden. H

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