St. Maarten News - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Dr. Claude Wathey wreath laying ceremony

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reflected on the 87th birthday of political icon and co-founder of the Democratic Party Dr. Claude Wathey. The prime minister, who led the delegation of the Council of Ministers yesterday at the annual wreath layi

Editorial - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Editorial: Failure

Finance Minister Hassink announced yesterday that the amended 2013 budget will be ready for approval by the parliament by the end of next month, or at the beginning of September. The minister inherited a flawed budget and he has to deal with it. A

Opinion - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Opinion: Responsibility

We live in a constitutional democracy. That is wonderful: we've got laws (plenty of them) and everybody is supposed to abide by them. The real power in our society is in the hands of just fifteen people - the members of our parliament. That's the way

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Drugs-related murder punished with 14 years

Stevenson Pinder enters the courthouse in this July 4, 2013 file picture. Photo Today / Leo BrownOne convict Gumbs-killing still on the run St. Maarten - Stevenson Pinder underwent his sentencing for the Gaston Gumbs murder yesterday with visi

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Hassink says budget ready for parliament by end of August

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Maarten Hassink expects that the amended 2013 budget will be ready to go to parliament by the end of August or early September. Hassink was forced to take 30 million guilders in revenue out of the original budget and re

Uncategorized - Posted on July 25, 2013

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70 Students depart for Netherlands on Sunday

St. Maarten - On Sunday 70 students from St. Maarten will depart on the 12.30 p.m. flight to Amsterdam where they will continue their studies in the capital, in nearby Diemen, The Hague or Rotterdam. Two representatives of the study financing departm

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Hapless armed robber sentenced to 36 months

St. Maarten - "The reasons why you took part in this robbery are sad, but they are no justification," Judge Mr. Tamara Tijhuis told 25-year old Don Joseph Junior Leogal yesterday in the Court in First Instance before sentencing him to 36 months impri

Uncategorized - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Dutch Prime Minister Rutte visits Port of St. Maarten

Mingo very pleased with visit prime minister and delegation St. Maarten – The cruise tourism figures for cruise and cargo movements in 2012 for the three Kingdom countries of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten were given to Dutch Prime Minister Mark

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 25, 2013

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Suspect Dayalani-murder to court in November

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance moved the trial of 30-year old Robertson Craig P., a suspect in amongst other the May 26, 2009 murder of businessman Haresh Dayalani, to November 20. The court has reserved a whole day for the trial that will

Editorial - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Editorial: Schotte’s problem

Predictably, MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte was the first one to deny prior knowledge of the Wiels-assassination. This may very well be true, but Schotte's problem is obviously that the perception that he might have known something will not be eradicated

Opinion - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Opinion: No respect

Mark Rutte did not go as far as Hero brinkman when he said after his first visit as prime minister to the Antilles that the former colonies in Caribbean Netherlands could step out of the kingdom at any moment. "You give me a call and we'll arrange it

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Chief Prosecutor Mos about the working environment in St. Maarten: “Never did any politician suggest to go easy on a case”

Departing Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos: "If the youth does not do what has been imposed, they must feel the consequences." Photo Today / Hilbert HaarSt. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar - After six years in the Caribbean Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos retu

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Depression on the rise: Mental Health Foundation still lacking adequate funds and staff

Director of the Mental Health Foundation, Eileen Healy. Today File PhotoSt. Maarten  / By Jason Lista – “Depression is terribly on the rise,” said the director of the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Eileen Healy, in her office yesterday. Yea

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Schotte denies he knew about Wiels-killing

Gerrit Schotte (l) and Helmin Wiels celebrate the outcome of last year's elections. Photo ANP / Michael KoorenWILLEMSTAD - MFK-leader Gerrit Schotte denies that he had prior knowledge about plans to assassinate his political adversary Helmin Wiel

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Entries for Video X Games tripled

Bryson hands over the first sim card, courtesy of Caribserve to Hatala, the tournament director of the 2013 VXG games. Also in the photograph left to right is Lambert and Johnson, partly hidden. St. Maarten – The Sonesta Maho Resort, the offic

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Yoda Guy

Tripadvisor honors Yoda Guy exhibit

Nick Maley: "We tell the inside story about the making of Yoda." Photo Today / Hilbert HaarGREAT BAY - St. Maarten gained a new international distinction this month when Nick and Gloria Maley's Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, located on Front Street in P

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 24, 2013

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Two supermarkets robbed by armed men

St. Maarten – The St. Peters Supermarket and Ho Supermarket were both robbed at gunpoint by at least two unknown men on Monday evening. Both men were dresses in dark clothing and wearing a mask over their face. One of these men was carrying a fi

Editorial - Posted on July 23, 2013

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Editorial: Unnecessary complication

So far, family members have been unable to make contact with Marcel Loor, who was reportedly arrested at the airport of Orly in Paris on Thursday morning. While the circumstances of the arrest are unclear, and the accusations of drugs smuggling ar

Opinion - Posted on July 23, 2013

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Opinion: Helmen Wiels

The story NRC Handelsblad published yesterday about the Helmin Wiels-assassination contains several worrisome observations. It is maybe good to note here that this is what they are for now: observations, though - having met the author personally - we

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2013

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Market in the park

Lake unveils plans for a market in the park and multi-purpose development area

Artist’s conception of the proposed “market in the park” area Minister Lake plans to have completed. Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – The Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Vromi), Maurice Lake, says he alre

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2013

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No contact with Loor

St. Maarten - Four days after his reported arrest at the airport of Orly in Paris, there is still no news about the current situation of Marcel Loor. The former head of the immigration department flew to Paris last week Wednesday on a business trip.

Uncategorized - Posted on July 23, 2013

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Report in NRC Handelsblad: “Politicians knew about plan to assassinate Wiels”

The late Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels.WILLEMSTAD - Politicians in Curacao knew about the plan to assassinate Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels. Tom-Jan Meeus reports in NRC Handelsblad that the prosecutor's office in Curacao has "strong

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2013

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Arrindell congratulates local teens on recognition of talent

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell would like to congratulate local teens David Colas and Chantal Richardson who have been recognized by Soca Awards 2013 for their musical talent. The two are among finalists for Caribbean Po

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 23, 2013

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SER hosts members of Dutch trade mission

Members of the Dutch trade mission that accompanied Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands meet with the Social Economic Council of St. Maarten (SER). Photo SERSt. Maarten - Last Saturday, the Social Economic Council (SER) played host to a three

Editorial - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Editorial: Silly season

The fuss in the Netherlands about the position of the Caribbean islands in the Kingdom is a typical piece of non-news. Prime Minister Rutte simply stated a fact, and there is nothing new about it. Apparently Dutch journalists have not considered t

Opinion - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Opinion: A forgiving lot

Sport journalists are a forgiving lot. After all the commotion surrounding dope-king Lance Armstrong, followed by a host of confessions from other cyclists, one would think that the Tour de France would have been dead as a doornail. One would have th

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Dutch delegation visits the hoods

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to community police officer Rensley Henson, while he takes him on a tour through the community of Belvedere on Saturday. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - The Dutch delegation spearheaded by Prime M

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Telegraaf-story causes a stir: “If you want out, give me a call”

Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten - Telegraaf-journalist Ruud Mikkers, who toured the Antilles last week with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and a trade mission caused quite a stir in the Netherlands on Saturday with a front-pa

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Devon Otto stabbed in prison brawl

St. Maarten - Convicted armed robber and murderer Devon Otto was stabbed several times in a violent altercation in the Pointe Blanche prison on Saturday morning, shortly before the Dutch prime minister’s visit. According to reports, Otto was on a r

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Wescot-Williams reacts against false reports and allegations on radio show

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams called for an end to tarnishing the name of country St. Maarten for political reasons, she said during her weekly radio program One on One with the Prime Minister. During the radio program the p

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Wicsu questions new ambulance directive

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/ Private Sector Union (Wicsu/PSU) says that its extremely concerned with reports that it has received from some of it members who are ambulance personnel that their involvement in pre-hospital c

Editorial - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Editorial: Sharing concerns

Prime Minister Rutte's concerns about St. Maarten held no surprises for anyone familiar with the local situation. Money, justice and integrity are the keywords. That the budget has to be established is a bit of a no-brainer. That there are justice

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Opinion: There are no coincidences

Is everything that happens subject to the strict rules of causality? In other words: does the principle that everything has a cause hold up under all circumstances? If that is true, there are indeed no coincidences. The Scottish philosopher David Hum

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Chamber president unveils plan for sustainable development

Chamber of Commerce President Tamara Leonard (middle) during yesterday’s press conference. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “I do not think it is necessary to reemphasize that this chamber board works in an orderly fashion. In everyt

St. Maarten News - Posted on July 22, 2013

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Marcel Loor arrested in Paris

Former head of Immigration Marcel Loor. File Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - Charlene Craig, the girlfriend of former Immigration head Marcel Loor is at a loss for words after she learned through internet-reports that her partner had be

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