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Animals Are Friends Column: Why we have not evolved to eat meat

How many times have you heard someone justify their behavior based on the illogical premise that history somehow makes it right and assures its ethical legitimacy into the future? In fact, throughout history influential leaders and thinkers have used

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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PM Wescot-Williams at Par-fundraiser in Curacao “The new era in the Kingdom has not fully materialized”

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten abandoned the discussion about the country’s most appropriate political system “in the interest of time and conformity,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Tuesday at a fundraiser for the Partida Alternativa

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Theophilus Priest performs “aqua ceremonial”

St. Maarten –The financing for the construction of a women’s shelter with one hundred units combined with a production center for a tilapia fish farm at Marigot Hill Road is for 99.9 percent secured, the project’s developer Theophilus Priest st

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Demand 4 years for sexually abusing minor

St. Maarten – “He will always be the one who was always there for me. He is the best stepfather I could have. He is a darling but he did something wrong.” This statement from an underage girl who was sexually abused by her stepfather for years

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Ageing fraudster to Holland for medical treatment

St. Maarten– Alfredo Barossi Fernandez will fly to the Netherlands on Sunday to be treated for a heart condition. The 68-year-old Barossi will undergo so-called percutaneous angioplasty at the prison hospital in Scheveningen near The Hague. Baro

Editorial - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Editorial: Compassion

The story about the 68-year-old credit card swindler who has to be flown to the Netherlands for medical treatment may have readers wonder whether this is not an expensive way of doing things. It is of course true that flying an inmate with one or two

Opinion - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Opinion: A special shrimp

Scientists in England made a discovery that shoots another hole in Genesis. They found a 425 million year old fossil of a shrimp-like animal that they called Pauline Avibella. The discovery of the invertebrate animal is very special, according to

Opinion - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Opinion: Death notice

Is this charming or is this a brutal attempt to make a buck under brutal economic conditions? We’re not sure about this: the Straits Times, a newspaper published in Singapore starts on Sunday with a page called The Pets Corner. And no, it’s noth

Opinion - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Posh

I am writing to address the offensive and ridiculous comments attributed to MP Frans Richardson. I would like MP Frans Richardson to point out at least one person that belongs under the term "POSH" in Guana Bay. Instead of recognizing that year

Opinion - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Opinion: Suicide

A French teacher committed professional suicide by ordering his 13 and 14 year old pupils to write an essay about suicide. The school was not amused and suspended the teacher. The suspension followed objections from parents who suggested that the

Opinion - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Opinion: Turning our own keys

Is it fear? Is it desperation or is it simply the need to survive? We often hear the cries of hardworking, dedicated, struggling employees, who are forced to sign multiple 6 month or 1 year contracts, depriving them of any opportunities to upgrade

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Court postpones sexual offense case

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial against Claudio Antonio W. yesterday because his attorney Shaira Bommel had not had the opportunity to discuss the case with him. Prosecutor Georges van den Eshof initially objected to t

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Fine for carrying fake passport

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Modesto Cle to a 400 guilders fine for carrying a fake passport. The 43-year-old defendant from the Dominican Republic was caught at the airport with the document. The page containing his personal

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Police meets with nightclub owners

St. Maarten– Last Tuesday Commissioner Carl John and community police officers held a meeting with representatives and owners of several nightclubs. Bliss, La Bamba, Under the Sun, Son Latino, Francis Bar, Roof Top and High-Up Club were represen

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Christmas Village for Philipsburg

St. Maarten - The Department of Culture in collaboration with the General Affairs Ministry is finalizing plans for the hosting of a four day Christmas fair at a Christmas village. The event is expected to be held from December 21 to December 24 an

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Public Education inquiry completed

St. Maarten - The investigation into Public Education Services has been completed and the report has been handed over to the Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs. During that investigation, division head Glenderlin Davis-Holiday had been sent home w

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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School kids decorate Christmas tree at police station

St. Maarten – Community Police Officers organized a Christmas tree decoration project for school kids at the Philipsburg police station. Eight school kids from the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region and the Hillside Christian School i

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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St. Maarten gets stable rating from Moody’s

GREAT BAY-St. Maarten’s rating by rating agency Moody’s was published on Tuesday and has provided an overall stable outlook of the country’s economy.  While many of the ratings are within medium ranges, Moody’s indicates that future spending

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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476 million guilder budget to parliament in January

St. Maarten -The 2013 Budget is expected to be approved today by the Council of Ministers to the tune of 476 million guilders. It also includes a capital expenditure of approximately 35 million guilders. However government plans to borrow approximate

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Franco elected president of parliament

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Member of Parliament for the political party Pais, Mike Franco was elected today with fourteen votes, as the new President of the Curacao Parliament. Eugène Cleopa also a Member of Parliament for Pais, received five votes. Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Home raid in Cape Bay

St. Maarten – Police raided an apartment building located on Maracas Drive in Cape Bay yesterday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. after reliable information regarding a drug selling operation at the apartment in question. When the police arrive

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Meeting with Pantophlet moved to Friday morning

St. Maarten – The Central Committee meeting with Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet of this afternoon has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. due to the funeral of a family member from the parliamentary secretari

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Marlin gives update on street lights

St. Maarten - The target date of December 15 for the completion of the first phase of the light replacement program in several districts will not be met. Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Development, Envi

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 13, 2012

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Eight candidates for waste to energy plant

St. Maarten - The steering group for the waste to energy plant project met on Tuesday and a selection of 8 companies was made for them to submit preliminary documentation of their capacity to work on the project.  The evaluation is expected to take

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 12, 2012

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“I have nothing against French people” Vromi-Minister Marlin puts causeway-zombie to rest

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister William Marlin put the zombie to rest that emerged from statements by the opposition about the causeway-project. “Breathe life into a zombie, call him William Marlin and say he has something against French people,”

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Lions Club adopts roundabout Illidge Road

St. Maarten – The Lions Club will enter into a formal agreement with the government early next year for the upkeep of the roundabout on the Illidge Road. The Lions will keep the roundabout in proper condition, together with the nearby bus stop. In

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 12, 2012

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No plans to decorate town center

St. Maarten – The government has no plans to decorate the center of Philipsburg with Christmas lights, Vromi-Minister William Marlin said on Monday. On Saturday, the Christmas tree on the Clem Labega Square was lit during a festive ceremony togethe

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 12, 2012

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St. Peters boys engaged in maintenance works

St. Maarten - Residents of the St. Peters and South Reward area are breathing a sigh of relief now that maintenance and upgrade works have begun in their district. It encompasses beautification of the area and also provides gainful employment for man

St. Maarten News - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Mental Health Foundation on staff retreat

St. Maarten – After the Mental Health Foundation organized a reception cocktail party last October to celebrate World’s Mental Health Day, together with the celebration of its first year anniversary in the renovated building in Cay Hill, the SZV

Opinion - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Magic

Last Sunday I sat on my porch and when I looked at Simpson Bay Beach, I was flabbergasted! I took my binoculars and what did I see? Aliens had landed! I saw the weirdest vessels I had ever seen. I decided to go to the beach with my dogs Koko and Dush

Opinion - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Misperception

Minister Marlin’s recent statements describing a misperception of the value of the Emilio Wilson Estate requires clarification. Please let me present some facts. After receiving news that government had made an offer to purchase the Estate on July

Uncategorized - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Harbour Group completes sand replenishment Great Bay Beach

St. Maarten – Great Bay Beach, one of Philipsburg’s most popular tourist attractions, was recently replenished with sand from the dredging activities carried out to increase the water draft around the two cruise piers at Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise an

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on December 12, 2012

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St. Barts makes exclusivity work

ST BARTS - Johanna Jainchill, Travel Weekly's destinations editor, was in St. Barts, exploring the island and staying in two hotels and one villa. Since this island is so close to our shores, we thought it interesting to share her experience with our

Opinion - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Paltry returns

Tom Stieghorst made a point in the online newsletter for the travel industry Travel Weekly about the potential effect of low interest rates on luxury cruise vacations. We just wonder: would this effect also apply on vacations to the Caribbean in gene

Uncategorized - Posted on December 12, 2012

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Rotary Sunrise Club donates Christmas tree

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise visited the Crystal Foster Home in South Reward to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holidays with the children from the home last Sunday. They donated a Christmas tree, lights and decorations.

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