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St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Deal with stolen liquor costs buyer dearly

St. Maarten – Basil Germain W. claimed he was babysitting at home and that he knew nothing about a theft of $8,500 worth of booze from the truck he drives for the International Liquor and Tobacco Company ILLTC. The evidence seems stacked against th

Opinion - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Think attorney

There was an interesting discussion in the courtroom yesterday morning that touches on the rights of citizens that get on the wrong side of the law – and those who are expected by law enforcement of hanging out there. The case involves a man who w

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Some teachers still await August salary

[caption id="attachment_16198" align="alignleft" width="275"] Education Minister Silveria Jacobs.[/caption]St. Maarten - Education Minister Silveria Jacobs issued an apology yesterday to more than 52 teachers and staff of the Public Education Service

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Fight over baby ends with ill-treatment of peacemaker

St. Maarten – A 50-year-old father who got so mad at a bus passenger who intervened in a spousal fight over a 1-year-old baby that he pelted him with stones and attacked him with a machete was sentenced to a 5-month conditional prison sentence with

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Not cool: burglary at Mr. Cool

St. Maarten – Between August 7 and 8 a burglary took place at the warehouse of Mr. Cool in Cole Bay, the police reported yesterday. A large number of split unit air conditioning systems of the Comfort Star and Gree brands were stolen. The detectiv

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Two new members appointed to supervisory council – St. Maarten Medical Center bids farewell to chairman Clarence Richardson

CAY HILL - The Sint Maarten Medical Center Foundation (SMMC) bids farewell to its chairman of the Supervisory Council Clarence Richardson after 7 years of dedicated service. “The SMMC sincerely expresses its appreciation for Mr. Richardson’s inpu

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Heavy fines demanded for leaving scene of accident

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office is making work these days of serious traffic violations. Among them is one well-known bad habit of islanders: taking off after causing an accident. Yesterday two of these cases were handled in the Cour

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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PM discusses marine base

PM Wescot-Williams, her advisor Emilia Thomas and Brigadier Edwin Hofma.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was briefed yesterday by Brigadier Edwin Hofma, the commanding officer of the marine base Savaneta in Aruba about future pl

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Chippie winners travel to North Sea Jazz festival

St. Maarten – The two winners of Chippie’s North Sea Jazz Festival promotion travel to Curacao today with their invited guests. They will enjoy two nights of concerts on Friday and Saturday at the World Trade Center in Willemstad. The winners wi

Uncategorized - Posted on August 30, 2012

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US to train St. Maarten national security officials

St. Maarten - Members of the National Security Service are expected to benefit from a protective services training exercise that will be held from September 10 to September 14. The training will be offered by the Force Protection Detachment of the Un

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Foreign teaching degrees to be evaluated locally

St. Maarten -The service level agreement between St.Maarten and Curacao to have an evaluation council in the sister country vet the degrees and diplomas of foreign teachers who work on the island may not be in force much longer. Education Minister Si

Uncategorized - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Harbor board must go by next Monday

St. Maarten - Yesterday, Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet confirmed that the board members of the Harbor Group of Companies were asked to make their positions available to the shareholder which is government in order for a new b

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Court takes no decision yet in case of repeat burglar

St. Maarten – Judge Tamara Tijhuis concluded that her court does not have adequate information to conclude the criminal trial of Martino Alfredo H., a 33-year-old local with serious addiction and psychological problems. The defendant is accused of

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Bipolar car thief gets community service

St. Maarten – Gavon Marlon Daniel did not know exactly what he was doing on June 16 when he stepped into a taxi – not as a passenger, but behind the wheel. Shortly after he had stolen the car, he crashed it against a palm tree. The cab is total l

Editorial - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Editorial: Under the radar

The solicitor-general demanded life imprisonment against two men who committed a string of murders, one rape and several violent robberies last year around the time of the Heineken Regatta. Three weeks from now, the Common Court of Justice will eith

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Front Street traffic stymied

St. Maarten - Taxi drivers as well as those doing normal deliveries along Front Street yesterday were faced with two obstacles, the barricading of the road which allowed vehicles to circle the courthouse and the irrigation repairs to a section of roa

Opinion - Posted on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Search party

Some things are so scary that they become funny. Take this story from Iceland where a group of tourists spend hours looking for a missing companion. The group was touring the country and had stopped in the vicinity of a volcanic area. One woman disa

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Breakthrough in Eric Yuan Sam murder investigation – Afoo-suspect arrested who was already in detention

St. Maarten – The first suspect in the December 30, 2009 murder of Afoo Food Club Manager Eric Yuan Sam was taken into custody on Monday in the House of Detention. Chief prosecutor Hans Mos identified the suspect as A.D., who was recently sentence

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Director Scot dismisses claims that doctors were unlicensed – Hospital brought in experienced specialists from the Netherlands

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – We are in contact with the Health Inspectorate almost every day. Do you really think that we could let people work here that are not licensed or that are no doctors? We are constantly busy improving the quality of he

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Big mess at Little Key Island

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Pride Foundation kicked of the annual coastal cleanup early with the help of students from the Kellogg School of Management. The target of their activities this week was Little Key Island in the Simpson Bay Lagoon and wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Tax relief for house owners almost doubled in 12 years

THE HAGUE - The cost to the treasury of tax relief on privately owned houses has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from €16.9 billion (($9.4 billion) to €33 billion ($18.4 billion) in 2011, the Central Bureau for Statistics CBS said yesterday. T

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Eric Yuan Sam

It took some time but now it seems that justice will be done for Eric Yuan Sam, the supermarket manager who was murdered on December 30, 2009 in Dutch Quarter. With Akeem Daniel, a young man who was recently sentenced to 9 years for being an accompli

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Stars fail to shine again in Futsal

GREAT BAY- New comers to the Futsal League, Caribbean Auto Stars are yet to record a victory since the start of the competition which is in its fourth week, in an almost one sided game they went down hard to Mix Italia by 10 goals to one in the final

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Community police officers join U 2 Can Move action

St. Maarten - Community police officers have teamed up with the cabinet of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and pledged to take part in the U 2 Can Move health and fitness campaign. During a meeting held at the prime minister’s office on Tuesda

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Marines arrive for annual hurricane exercise

GREAT BAY – Starting today St. Maarten will be the backdrop for the annual hurricane exercise Hurex. One hundred marines arrive this afternoon on the island. They will take part in a hurricane relief exercise together with the local emergency servi

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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American students clean trash at Little Key Island

St. Maarten – The International Coastal Cleanup got a kick start just before the designated month of September with a group of 23 visiting MBA students from Kellogg school of Management this week. The students from this university are vacationing o

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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SGP-leader mimics Akin’s rape-statement

THE HAGUE 'Women seldom get pregnant as a result of rape and that is a fact,' orthodox Christian party SGP leader Kees van der Staaij told a TV program on Tuesday. He was reacting to a question about the controversy in the US around similar remarks

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Almost 50,000 expats sign up to vote

THE HAGUE - Almost 50,000 Dutch expats who live abroad have signed up to vote in the September 12 general election. In total, 48,291 out of the estimated 500,000 Dutch nationals with voting rights abroad registered before the August 1 deadline. This

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Volleyball tournament set for this weekend

GREAT BAY-The St.Maarten Volleyball Association has postponed its general membership meeting to Tuesday September 4 at 7:00 pm at its meeting room. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night. The world championship qualifier volleyball t

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Preparations for Carnival 2013 in public phase, foundation says

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will this week announce its public preparations for Carnival 2013, having put certain things in place behind the scenes over the past few months. President of the foundation Stua

Editorial - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Editorial: Smear campaign

Gossip is not always an innocent pastime, as the St. Maarten Medical Center is now experiencing. The malicious publications that have made the hospital look like a place one would not wish on his worst enemy are seemingly designed to obstruct expansi

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Soualiga Capoeira Foundation celebrates 10 year anniversary

St. Maarten -The Soualiga Capoeira Foundation will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in November. To commemorate these achievements the group will be hosting an international encounter entitled” Capoeira in Paradise”. To facilitate the marke

Opinion - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Extremely gross

Kees van der Staaij the leader of the orthodox religious party SGP earned himself a body guard after his remarks that women hardly ever get pregnant after they’ve been raped. Well, we don’t know why anybody would still want to be the body guard

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Town hall meetings zoning plans continue next week

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) will resume its public consultation process about draft development plans next week. A follow-up town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, S

St. Maarten News - Posted on August 29, 2012

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Peace Is donates peace materials to MAC school

St. Maarten - In keeping with its continued mantra of peace in schools, the Peace Is Foundation presented the Methodist Agogic Centre Campuses (St. John’s & Betty’s Estate) with materials that will be used in tackling issues such as non-violence,

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