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Silent march Curacao

Silent march for victims sponsor run Curacao

Pastor Curtis Meris addresses the crowd at the place of the fatal accident. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Dick Drayer WILLEMSTAD – Around 500 relatives, friends acquaintances and others took part in a silent march to commemorate the death of three

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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MinVROMI Causeway Roundabout

Minister Lake visits Causeway Roundabout

Minister Maurice Lake (second from left) with representatives from the contractor, his cabinet, and the police.  DCOMM PhotoSt. Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Maurice Lake visited the c

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Page new bikini contest winner

[caption id="attachment_24467" align="alignleft" width="350"] Carine ‘Black Barbee’ Page saunters across the stage under the watch full eyes of the judges during the final segment of the contest. Photo Today/Milton Pieters[/caption] St. Maarte

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Prime minister explains proposal to change composition of VDSM (Secret Service)

St. Maarten –  Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams gave further explanation on the amendment to the law to the Security Service VDSM on her weekly radio program ‘One on One with the Prime Minister’ on 98.1. The prime minister said that alt

Opinion - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Opinion: Slippery road (Things are not looking up in Curacao)

Things are not looking up in Curacao. That is putting it mildly, actually. Chester Peterson, who was the attorney of the late Helmin Wiels and who also has Robbie dos Santos in his colorful portfolio, launched a vicious attack on the country’s Prim

Editorial - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Editorial: Lame event

The visit of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin to the parliament in Philipsburg might have come across as a lame event, but it is significant all the same. The visit of our French neighbors exuded an atmosphere of willingness to (fin

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Conflict over text message-based lottery – Curacao’s PM Asjes lies, law office claims

St. Maarten / Curacao – The law office of Sulvaran & Peterson in Curacao has accused Prime Minister Ivar Asjes of lying. Asjes maintains that Robbie’s Lottery offers the possibility to buy tickets for participation in the Wega di Number Kòrs

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Aline Hanson meets Arrindell LB

Collectivité de St. Martin visits parliament – We have to work together, President Hanson says

Aline Hanson, President of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin (l), shakes hands with the President of Parliament, Drs. Gracita Arrindell. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten – For the second time since St. Maarten obtained country s

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Pride Foundation outraged about loss historic tamarind tree

St. Maarten - Members of the Sint Maarten Pride Foundation took notice of the shameless destruction of the old tamarind tree near the border monument at Bellevue/ Diamond Estate in Cole Bay with a great sense of loss and frustration. The tamarind tre

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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ready for the night

Wiebers experience to live like a millionaire

Wiebers and his companion Marsha pose for a photograph in the elevator before going up to the room where they would adopt the life styles of a millionaire as the second winners of the ‘Live Like a Millionaire Promotion.’ Photo Today/Milton Pieter

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No giant wind turbines in French Cul-de-Sac

CUL-DE-SAC – Painter Antoine Chapon and Eric Poulin, both residents of French Cul-de-Sac won a court battle that started six years ago against a company that wanted to build three giant wind turbines on Red Rock in their neighborhood. The compan

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 12, 2013

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Schoolbags

Police donates 144 schoolbags to elementary students

In center Assistant Detective Veta Euson hands over one of the new school bags to Education Minister Patricia Lourens. They are flanked by ranks of the St. Maarten Police Force and representatives of various elementary schools.  Photo Today/Leo Brow

Editorial - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Editorial: Secret service

The first meeting of the Central Committee after the summer recess certainly did not mark a bright and new beginning. On the contrary, the arguments brought forth by the opposition sounded old and did not make a lot of sense. It was more about emotio

Opinion - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Opinion: Digital learning

The perception that digital learning will help students improve their results is gaining support. In the Netherlands, the term iPad-schools has become part of current lingo, and in Aruba politicians are now pushing for more digital education – some

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Brian Mingo

Telcell’s Brian Mingo weighs in on mobile phone tariffs – ‘No commitment, no good deal’

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – “90% of our business is pre-paid,” Brian Mingo, chief commercial officer (COO) of the Telem Group said in his office at the Soualiga building yesterday. “If I can’t get a commitment from you, I can’t give y

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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MP Frans Richardson: “leave it as it is” – Opposition bemoans changes VDSM (Secret Service) oversight committee

St. Maarten – The opportunity was there but for a change all Members of Parliament stuck strictly to the agenda of yesterday’s Central Committee meeting and they did not make a single remark about the investigation into irregularities at the coun

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Tougher measures against forged travel documents

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office intends to get tougher with people who attempt to enter the country with forged travel documents. Currently these travelers are routinely sent back where they came from after paying a $300 fine, but in

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Court adjourns stabbing-trial

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance adjourned the trial of Andrew Cosmos Junior J. until November 13, because his attorney Safira Ibrahim had insufficient time to discuss the final report about the case with her client. The 18-year-old def

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Dambruck

Financial Intelligence Unit gives presentation on supervisory powers

Head of FIU Curacao, Kenneth Dambruck. Photo contributedSt. Maarten – The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Curacao gave its office on St. Maarten a presentation on the essence of an FIU with supervisory powers. Both FIU St. Maarten and FIU Curacao

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 9, 2013

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Lake (1)

Lake meets with timeshare association about infrastructure

Second from right, Minister Maurice Lake meeting with the SMTA Board headed by Chairman Marcel Jarvois (fourth from left). Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – Minister of Vromi Maurice Lake met with the Board of the St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA),

Editorial - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Editorial: Deadwood

The government has put a stop on hiring new personnel. That sounds like a wise move, even though there will of course always be critical vacancies that must be filled. But for now, with the financial quandary the country has maneuvered itself into

Opinion - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Opinion: Wishy-washy

We don’t know what it is with this much talked-about but hardly understood National Development Plan. Every discussion we hear about it, every initiative we read about, gives us the feeling of a wishy-washy soooo sixties program. It also gives us t

Uncategorized - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Francesco Corallo si costituisce dopo latitanza 14 mesi

Corallo reports to Italian authorities

Attorney expects detention to be brief ROME / St. Maarten – Atlantis World and BPlus Giocolegale Ltd. owner Francesco Corallo is currently detained in  Rome for questioning about his role in the Banco Popolare di Milano scandal. Corallo volunta

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Slap on the wrist for Bada Bing fight – Defendant objects to blindfold and shackles

St. Maarten – Erno Labega Jr. refused to come to court yesterday morning the face charges for his involvement in a fight that took place at the Bada Bing adult entertainment club on February 3, 2011. Labega did not appreciate the security measures

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Government orders stop on hiring new personnel

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has agreed to a stop on hiring new personnel in an attempt to balance the 2012 budget. “Critical vacancies have to come to the Council of Ministers for discussion,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams sai

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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‘Star witness’ in Wiels’ case unconfirmed

WILLEMSTAD – It is not clear whether the 43-year-old woman with the initials M.A.B., who was arrested on Saturday, will be presented as a ‘star witness’ in the murder case of the politician and Member of Parliament, Helmin Wiels. According t

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Casino cashier made up robbery to mask theft

St. Maarten – A cashier at the Casino Royale in Maho who invented an armed robbery to mask the theft of close to $2,700 from her employer received a 3-month prison sentence with 1 month conditional in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The 47-y

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Brooks

PJD2 and Carnival Foundation re-introduce Caribbean Queen Pageant

Senior Carnival Queen 2013 Davinia Brooks with Director and Owner of PJD2 Don Hughes. Brooks will represent St. Maarten in the PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant for Carnival 2014.St. Maarten – In the first major announcement for Carnival 2014, the St. M

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 8, 2013

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Blewitt, PM, Arnold

PM meets with UNDP regional representative

“Island full of possibility, but pockets of poverty remain” St. Maarten – “Like all countries, there are pockets of poverty, there are areas of vulnerability in terms of social cohesion,” Richard Blewitt said of the island yesterday duri

Editorial - Posted on August 7, 2013

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Editorial: Under the microscope

Are the high tariffs local subscribers pay for mobile communication justified? On the face of it, we notice inexplicable differences between countries like the Netherlands and Lithuania, Romania and Latvia. It is impossible for telecommunication volu

Opinion - Posted on August 7, 2013

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Opinion: Open letter to Minister Ted Richardson

Honorable Minister, As a former commissioner of economic affairs and tourism and a concerned businessman I would like to humbly ask your attention for the following, what I would label burning priorities. First the following remarks to the (ne

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 7, 2013

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“Regina Labega acts unethical” – DAE reacts to statements Labega

WILLEMSTAD – The Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), Regina Labega, decided that she wants DAE to immediately pay an old debt the company has with the airport, a reaction from DAE to the statements the airport management

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 7, 2013

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Man surrenders after being outnumbered

St. Maarten - At least one man was forced to face the harsh realization that when the odds are against you, it’s better to give up. The man is now behind bars after his attempt to evade the police failed after a mid-morning chase which ended in the

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 7, 2013

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Mobile phone calls three times more expensive than in Europe

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista and Hilbert Haar – Mobile phone calls in St. Maarten are up to three times more expensive as the average charge in Europe. There is a huge price difference in calls to subscribers from the same subscriber and calls to

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 7, 2013

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Airport maintains its position regarding DAE

DAE seems to have an issue in dealing with female director St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport operating company, PJIAE N.V. has taken note of the press release issued by DAE regarding the failed talks between both parties o

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