St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Nomura underwrites $132 million bond issue: St. Maarten Airport raises millions for upgrade projects

From Left to right Finance Minister Roland Tuitt, airport Managing Director Regina Labega, Supervisory Board of Directors chairman Clarence Derby, Nomura Managing Director Patrick Quinn, and Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet. (Ph

Opinion - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Johnny-come-lately

Dear Editor, I had to laugh when I read the letter to the editor from Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, because I expected such a response from him. At least now, he decided to put his real name, instead of using a bogus name like Ms. Theresa Illis to address

Editorial - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Editorial: Shared history

The question has been asked why there was so much fuss and publicity when Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba in 2005, followed by the disappearance of Leta Cordes in St. Maarten in 2008, and why there seems to be less interest in the disappearance

Opinion - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Opinion: Where not to drink coffee (on St. Maarten)

The Fashion Cafe in Maho got a beating when a customer reported about its manager’s attitude to Jeff Bergers online newsletter St. Maarten and St. Martin Weekly News. Under the headline: "The Bad Attitude is Free" the frustrated client had the fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Elderly man rescued from burnt out house

St. Maarten – Emergency services came into action after receiving a call about a fire at a home in Dutch Quarter on Friday at 0.37 a.m. While the fire trucks were on their way, the officers were informed that neighbors had contained the fire and t

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Casino-boss demands retraction of mafia-link allegations: Corallo takes Dutch ministries to court

St. Maarten – Atlantis World Group owner Francesco Corallo is taking the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations to court. In summary proceedings Corallo demands that the Netherlands distances itself from allegations th

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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“How far is St. Maarten with its plans?” Bahamas eyes medical tourism

St. Maarten - A top cardiologist in The Bahamas said the government must play a leadership role in developing cutting-edge medical tourism, or let a multi-million dollar industry slip away from the Bahamas. Dr. Conville Brown, a lead cardiologist, w

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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New Year’s address Governor Holiday: “St. Maarten is bigger than any of its keepers”

Governor Holiday and his wife Marie-Louise toast to a good 2013. Photo DCOMM.St. Maarten – “Our words of well wishes will only come to pass when pursued through committed individual and collective action. As a St. Maarten people we bear the r

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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St. Maarten Police adopt new modus operandi

St. Maarten - Move aside marines, the police are adopting a brand new approach to crime fighting on the island and that involves them adapting to the environment, looking like the military but doing regular police work in the surrounding hills. This

French St. Martin News - Posted on January 14, 2013

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Row about bringing bicycle aboard Voyager to St. Barths

MARIGOT, St. Martin — There was a tug-of- war between the owner of the Voyager ferry and a female passenger as she wanted to bring her bicycle on board the vessel to St. Barth’s on Saturday evening. The incident created some commotion at the Mari

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Marijke Linthorst: “I don’t know where we would find the money” Senators divided about additional debt relief

Delegation leader Marijke Linthorst (l) in discussion with two visitors to the meet and greet at the Cultural Center. Photo Today / Milton Pieters.St. Maarten – While Finance Minister Roland Tuitt maintains that there is still a chance for St.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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King-murder suspect refuses to come to court

St. Maarten – Meyshane Kemar J., one of the three suspects in the murder of Michael and Thelma King on September 21 of last year at the Ocean Club Resort in Cupecoy was scheduled to appear for a pro forma hearing in the Court in First Instance yest

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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High pollution-level at Emilio Wilson Park

The stream that runs through the Emilio Wilson Estate.St. Maarten – The water of the stream that runs through the Emilio Wilson Park, shows after being tested by the Nature Foundation, concerning levels of pollution. The Nature Foundation was ap

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Governor signs penal code into law

St. Maarten – Governor Eugene Holiday confirmed yesterday to this newspaper that he signed the new penal code into law in the middle of December. The office of the Ombudsman received the legislation yesterday and it has now six weeks to decide whet

Opinion - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Opinion: Perception

The parliament building is the control center for the government – at least: it ought to be.Politics is seldom about the truth and more often about perception. Because readers have a short memory span and they remember best what they read last.

Opinion - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: All of a sudden it’s about the people

For several weeks now I have read the utter nonsense that was being published in the local media by Mr. Maurice Lake. I call it utter nonsense because anyone that is paying attention to what is going on knows that all his articles are just based on f

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Members of the First Chamber meet with Parliament

St. Maarten – Members of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament will meet with the Parliament of St. Maarten and will visit several projects today. This morning the Dutch MPs first will visit drs. Governor Eugene Holiday. After that they will vis

Editorial - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Editorial: Penal code

The country’s new penal code will enter the next phase now that Governor Holiday has signed it into law. Yesterday the code was received at the office of the ombudsman, where within the next six weeks a decision has to be taken about putting it in

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Government works on restoring border management system

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten’s disconnection from the border management system whose data was stored in Curacao did not come entirely by surprise, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said Wednesday, especially since the country did not agree with a shar

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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De Weever: Get vaccinated

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is recommending high risk groups to get their seasonal flu vaccination. As part of the Minister of Public Health’s “Get Checked,” campaign, influenza is an acute viral infection that

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Man acquitted of ill-treatment

St. Maarten – Rafael de L.R. left the court with an acquittal to his name yesterday afternoon after prosecutor Georges van den Eshof nor Judge Tamara Tijhuis found legal and convincing evidence that he had ill-treated a man to such an extent on Apr

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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PM presents governing program to governor

President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, and Secretary General Jossy Semeleer holding copies of the Governing Program. Photo Today/Leo BrownSt. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams presented her cabine

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Thief released after 104 days behind bars: Man sentenced for stealing cop’s car

St. Maarten – Etnaldo Jedisko Benders was not in a good place on November 26 of last year after an argument with his mother and stepfather. The 20-year-old took to the streets and when he spotted a car with the keys left in the ignition he grabbed

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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PM wants new screening law

St. Maarten -Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wants St. Maarten to draft and pass its own national law on the screening of ministers. On Wednesday she revealed that she had already had a preliminary discussion with Governor Holiday, saying that i

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Prosecution demands 36 months for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – The prosecution charges Jeanroy Johnny Q. with attempted manslaughter and demands 36 months imprisonment, with 12 months suspended and 2 years of probation. But the defendant claims his stabbing of a man on October 18 of last year was

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Settling a score could send young man to jail for 4 years

St. Maarten – Prosecutor Georges van den Eshof demanded 4 years imprisonment against Ricardo Leopold M. yesterday for robbing a man who owed him money from his gold necklace at the Christina Bar on Mount William Hill on March 2 of last year. The de

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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SHTA establishes defense fund for the environment

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA has opened up an Environmental Defense Fund EDF at the Scotia Bank which it intends to use to generate funds for action against the degradation of the natural environment and cultur

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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UP questions non-payment of teachers’ salary-increase

St. Maarten - The UP faction will send a letter to Education Minister Silveria Jacobs about the non-payment of a salary increase to public education teachers because of the lack of an evaluation system. “According to media reports, other school

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Airport opens tender for new concessions

St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport has published the Expressions of Interest documents for the new concession plan. As noted last year, Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company (PJIAE) and the InterVistas Cons

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on January 11, 2013

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AXE to launch 22 people into space

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – AXE has teamed up with famed moonwalker Buzz Aldrin to send 22 people into space, aboard a suborbital Lynx space plane built by the American company XCOR Aerospace and operated by the tourism firm Space Expedition Curacao.

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Carnival Development Foundation meets with emergency services

From left to right: President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Mike Granger, Board Member Roland Rommy, Edelmiro Jansen representative for the Ministry of Vromi, Kirk Richardson and Silvanico Pauletta (Fire Department), Alvin Daniel

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 11, 2013

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Carnival Extravaganza Thursdays on the boardwalk

Tamara Leonard and May Ling Chun of SDI present a Boardwalk Carnival Extravaganza poster to SCDF President Mike Granger.St. Maarten – It will be like Carnival all year round when the Boardwalk Carnival Extravaganza kicks off on Thursdays, starting

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 10, 2013

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MHF and Turning Point get involuntary admission permits

GREAT BAY- The Mental Health Foundation as well the Turning Point Foundation will both be receiving a temporary permit in order to legally provide involuntary admission services as a form of crisis intervention for psychiatric patients. Minister of P

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 10, 2013

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Husband demonstrates for his wife’s job

GREAT BAY – St. Maartener Alberto Bute has been demonstrating for the past three days against jewelry store Colombian Emeralds on behalf of his wife Eartha who worked for the company for 6 years. The husband attached bright colored paper to his clo

St. Maarten News - Posted on January 10, 2013

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Defendant put sins of his youth behind him

St. Maarten – Eric Vladimir Arrindell may well serve as an example of a young man who has put the sins of his youth behind him. When a police officer served him the papers for yesterday’s court appearance, he told the defendant: “I thought you

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