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St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Police arrest teenaged suspect in King murders

St. Maarten – Police have arrested a second suspect in the murders of Michael King and Thelma Strickland King. The suspect is 17-year-old J.C.M. He was arrested on the streets in Cole Bay around 3.45 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Investigators consider

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Library gets donation for Anne Frank exhibition

From left to right: Saskia Kliphuis, Angela Dekker and Leon Lake from Cooperating Foundations, library Director Monique Alberts, and Richard Gibson Jr. of Cooperating Foundations.St. Maarten – Yesterday Philipsburg Jubilee Library Director Moni

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Cobra comes with mysterious conference to St. Maarten

St. Maarten – At $250 a pop, a maximum of 35 people may attend the rather mysterious Portal2012 conference that will be held in St. Maarten from November 30 until December 2. Lightworkers SXM sent out emails yesterday to announce the conference. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Welfare Road closure during night hours

The work on the upgrade of Welfare Road continues.St. Maarten – Today and tomorrow the Welfare Road will be closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. to facilitate work on the upgrade project in the areas of Cole bay, Cay Bay, Pelican and Simpson Bay. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Arrindell opposes drag racing strip and cricket stadium “The country is on the wrong track”

St. Maarten – “The people are looking for economic relief and not waiting for a noisy and ridiculous expensive racetrack and untimely cricket stadium,” opposition MP Gracita Arrindell (UP) said in a statement issued last night. “The NA-led Go

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Silvia Carty represented SXM at living statues festival

GREAT BAY / ARNHEM - Silvia Carty Rozema represented Sint Maarten on Sunday in the 8th edition of the World Statues Festival in Arnhem in The Netherlands. About 250,000 visitors from all over the world visited Arnhem for this international living sta

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Appreciation service for educators on Saturday

St. Maarten - In recognition of International Teachers' Day, the Seventh Day Adventist constituency will give due recognition and appreciation to the Master Teacher. The SDA’s fifth annual Teachers' Appreciation Day Service will be held this upcomi

Editorial - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Editorial: The right medicine

With the arrest of a 17-year-old suspect the investigation into the murders of Michael and Thelma King has entered a new phase. Of course, the teenager is at this stage a suspect, but based on his arrest one must assume that investigators have inform

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister promises seniors relief

On Sunday, the Prime Minister and Vice-Prime Minister Marlin attended a church service for the elderly.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the International Day of the Elderly event hosted by the Home Away From Home Foundation

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Prosecution considers cassation against overturned life sentences

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor’s Office seriously considers cassation against the Common Court of Justice’s decision to overturn the life sentences of Regatta-killers Sherwan Roberts and Curtley Allison Richardson. “We are examining whet

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Breast cancer awareness month gets support from airport

Marketing and  Communications Manager Kalifa Hickinson (R) presents a check to Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt. (PJIAE photo)St. Maarten - Princess Juliana International Airport has joined the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with activities and initiati

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Court orders government to pay May Ling Chun lost wages

St. Maarten – The government has to pay 48,000 guilders ($26,815) to Innovative Marketing Creations N.V. and its director May Ling Chun, Judge mr. Rene van Veen ruled in a lawsuit Chun had initiated against the country after Tourism Minister Romeo

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Oops: whole-wheat bread is not healthy at all

Here is an interesting thought from the Netherlands to chew on – literally: whole-wheat bread is absolutely not healthier that white bread, baker Menno ‘t Hoen wrote in an op-ed in the Volkskrant. This is his story. “A highly dangerous whole

Opinion - Posted on October 2, 2012

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Opinion: Climate change

The impact of climate change will only be evident over the long term, spanning many election cycles, while the costs of preventive actions will be huge and must be paid up front. You cannot wait to see if it will happen, because then it would have al

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Stanley Betrian leads interim-cabinet in Curacao Schotte gives up the fight

WILLEMSTAD – Former Lt. Governor Stanley Betrian became the Prime Minister of Curacao after he was sworn in on Saturday by Acting Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede, but ousted government leader Gerrit Schotte initially barricaded himself with no

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Good turnout for HIV testing day in Cole Bay

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Aids Foundation tested 145 citizens for HIV on Saturday at the Charles Leopold Bell School in Cole Bay. In all, 66 women (54 percent) and 79 men (56 percent) used the opportunity for a free HIV-test. The Alzheimer’s Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Westin has to lift access-ban SHTA-President Emil Lee

St. Maarten – The Westin Hotel has to admit St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade President and Princess Heights Hotel manager Emil Lee immediately to the public areas of its hotel and to events for which Lee has an invitation, the Court in First Insta

Editorial - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Editorial: Shameful

The first word that comes to mind considering the behavior of outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is this one: shameful. That Schotte initially refused to leave his office (literally) after the appointment of Stanley Betrian as interim prime mi

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Embracing immigrants

In old murder mysteries it was usually the butler who had done it. In these times of stress and bloated egos the foreigner is more often than not seen as the cause of everything that is wrong in a country. Leopold James who, just like this newspap

Opinion - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Turnover tax

One little lesson is to be learned from what happened in the Netherlands: the high tariff of the value added tax went up from 19 to 21 percent. This brings of course to mind St. Maarten’s turnover tax. Remember how the Chamber of Commerce splutt

Opinion - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Opinion: Corruption

The latest news from Curacao: MFK MPs Pisas, Felida and Garmers have accused governor Frits Goedgedrag of involvement in a scheme to bribe Dean Rozier (whose departure from the MFK led to the fall of the Schotte-government) into leaving the MFK for 5

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Pantophlet off to cruise conference

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet, left the island yesterday with a delegation to the annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference and trade show that is

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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President of Parliament Samuel wants training for himself

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Drs. Rodolphe Samuel met with Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges, his deputy Henrietta Doran-York and the cabinet staff during his recent visit to the Netherlands. The meeting dealt with the current loca

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Rock the House brings junior DJ competition

St. Maarten - Laugh out Loud productions added a category for junior DJs to its 7th annual Rock the House event after 13-year-old Melanie Steel approached organizers with her interests of performing and competing against big DJs at the event. Instead

French St. Martin News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Overseas territories call for financial assistance

Marigot, St. Martin - There has been a call for a financial plan because of the high unemployment in the overseas territories at a meeting of the presidents of these territories which in the Azores. Collectivité President Alain Richardson said it is

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Social Economic Council attends Aruban silver jubilee

St. Maarten / ORANJESTAD - The Social Economic Council (Ser) attended the celebration of its Aruban sister organization’s 25th anniversary last week. The Aruban Ser was launched in the second year after the island obtained status aparte in 1986.

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Seniors commemorate Day of Older Persons

St. Maarten - The more than 200 members of the Sint Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association will commemorate the International Day of Older Persons today for the third time since the association was established in July 2010. Yesterday SMSPA-sen

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Storybook ending for racing Ohio couple

St. Maarten - When Annette Novak agreed to join her boyfriend Chris Kriebel to compete in the mixed category in the first St Maarten Extreme Duo mountain bike event, she had no idea what awaited her at the end of the race. Seconds after completing

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Appreciation for police force from UP-leader Theo Heyliger

St. Maarten - All those who work in this dedicated and skilled law enforcement agency known as the police force of Sint Maarten, are truly the guardians of the safety of our citizens and our visitors,” United People’s party-leader Theo Heyliger s

Uncategorized - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Cannabis pass stirs controversy

THE HAGUE - The outgoing cabinet plans to continue with the introduction of a cannabis pass for registered users nationwide, justice State Secretary Fred Teeven told reporters on Friday. There is mounting opposition to the new system from city cou

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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St. Maarten Government issues cholera warning

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) which is part of the Ministry of Public Health, continues surveillance for Cholera, and also recommends to travelers Hispanola (Haiti, Dominican Republic), to practice basic hygienic ha

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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CPS calls on seniors to get checked

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), says that worldwide there are around 600 million people aged 60 years and over; this number will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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Inspections focus on safety and health

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Two out of six areas that the multi-disciplinary inspection teams will be looking at when they hit the streets today for a series of controls are occupational safety and health at workplaces, and food safety. A healthy work

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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SG Van der Schans concerned about Curacao’s debt to NFI

WILLEMSTAD – Solicitor-General Anton van der Schans is seriously concerned about Curacao’s payment arrears to the Dutch Forensic Institute NFI. Without mentioning exact figures, Van der Schans hinted that the NFI could consider not doing any more

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 1, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates senior citizens

GREAT BAY - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wishes elderly citizens a happy International Day of Older Persons. The prime minister said in a press statement that the elderly have to be recognized for their contributions to the country and for gu

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