St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Cock fights and punishment for crimes against tourists at stake – Constitutional Court hearing about penal code in July

St. Maarten – The government has two weeks to file a written defense with the Constitutional Court against requests by the office of the Ombudsman to declare two articles in the new penal code null and void. The deadline expires on Monday, May 20.

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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St. Maarten Government falls – again

The calypso-coup: in the night of April 28 to April 29, 2012, MPs Illidge, Laville and Frans Richardson (l.t.r.) celebrated the fall of the first Wescot-Williams cabinet. Photo Today / Milton Pieters. MP Laville again at center of development S

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Judge Koen Luijks becomes VP Common Court of Justice

mr. Tamara Tijhuis new Judge of InstructionSt. Maarten – Judge Koen Luijks – currently the Judge of Instruction in St. Maarten – will succeed Judge René van Veen per August 1 as the Vice-President of the Common Court of Justice. Van Veen retur

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Arrindell pleased with advice from council

St. Maarten – “I am very pleased that the council on law enforcement in its latest report has strongly advised for the establishment of an office for victim support,” UP party member and Member of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell stated in a p

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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District Band gets top honors for St. Maarten Carnival 2013

The members of the District Band. GREAT BAY—The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has named the District Band as the top band of the 2013 Carnival season. The choice was made based on criteria the SCDF laid out to the various band

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Hennessy Artistry tickets on sale now

St. Maarten – With three months away, Hennessy Artistry St. Maarten is in full gear for the second annual event on Saturday August 3 and tickets are on sale now. This year, featuring 9 time Grammy award winner John Legend and Percy Sledge, who is f

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Pantophlet congratulates foundation and participants on St. Maarten Carnival 2013

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet, would like to congratulate the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and Carnival participants for making Carnival 2013 one of

French St. Martin News - Posted on May 6, 2013

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Several injured at shooting French Cul de Sac, St. Martin

CUL DE SAC – Yesterday evening a shooting took place after Fish Day in a building across Villa Pizza in French Cul de Sac. The Gendarmerie confirmed that several people got injured but could not give any more information on the victims. More inform

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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St. Maarten delegation at King inauguration

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (sixth from left) paused for a group photo with public officials from throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, right before the signing ceremony for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander a

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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King’s coin in circulation this month

St. Maarten – The Royal Mint in Utrecht has put the first coin with King Willem Alexander’s portrait on sale. The silver coin named “Koningstientje 2013” is silver proof and can be used as legal tender. But with a face value of €10 ($13) an

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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Westin St. Maarten first hotel to go solar

St. Maarten – The Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach is the first major hotel on the island to install solar power. The hotel’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, contracted Anthony Prall Jr.’s Caribbean Energy Store to design a system to facilitate i

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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Netherlands prepared to subscribe to bond issues

Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk. Photo Today / Milton Pieters Financing at around 2 percent available, also for St. Maarten St. Maarten – The Netherlands is prepared to subscribe to bond issues for St. Maarten as

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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No changes made by ministry on school vacation

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports would like to inform the general public that the Carnival, Queens Birthday and Labor Day vacation for schools ended on Wednesday. Regular classes resumed yesterday. There have bee

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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UP party extend congratulations to newly crowned King and Queen

[caption id="attachment_5601" align="alignleft" width="200"] Gracita Arrindell[/caption]St. Maarten – “Last Tuesday marked a historic moment in the constitutional history of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as many people witnessed in person or via

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 3, 2013

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Arthur Lugisse attends International Day in Tallahassee

[caption id="attachment_22601" align="alignleft" width="200"] Arthur Lugisse[/caption]St. Maarten – April 1 until 3 was International Day in Tallahassee Florida which was attended by Arthur Lugisse, Director of the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundatio

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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St. Maarten Jouvert Morning 2013

You can call this water sport, wet sport or a simple duel of hoses, what is shown is this photograph which was taken on Jouvert morning has become one of the most common practices of revelers over the years. They don’t mind getting a little wet

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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FISH DA MEGA BOSS STILL CALYPSO KING

Left to right, SCDF Board Member Mr. Radjouki, Kaiso Brat, Paul Dijkhoffz, Executive Marketing Manager at Nagico, Fish Da Mega Boss, Vincent Haakmat, managing Director of I.T and Roxxy.St. Maarten - Alberto ‘Fish Da Mega Boss’ Arrindell succeeded

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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TelEm threatens legal action against SCDF – Row over Carnival sponsoring

St. Maarten – A huge row between the TelEm Group of Companies and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation over no less than seventeen violations of the sponsorship agreement between the Telecom provider and the organizer of the annual Carni

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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Survivors Troupe winners of Carnival St. Maarten 2013 grand parade

St. Maarten – The winners of the Carnival 2013 Grand Parade went to Survivors Troupe, led by Jamine Philips. Gordon Yee portrayal Gems of SXM was the first runner up and Bedazzled Warriors of St. Martin Medical Center won 2nd Runner Up. As the m

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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King Willem Alexander inaugurated

King Willem Alexander and queen Máxima in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on Tuesday.AMSTERDAM – King Willem Alexander succeeded H.M. Queen Beatrix on Tuesday during a historic ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Unlike the inauguration of

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates King Willem-Alexander on inauguration

St. Maarten – “On this auspicious occasion in the history of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on behalf of the people of St. Maarten I would like to express my gratitude to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix for having served as the reigning Monarch for mo

St. Maarten News - Posted on May 2, 2013

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday thanks Princess Beatrix

St. Maarten – “On Tuesday we celebrated the dawning of a new day as Her Majesty Queen Beatrix abdicates the throne in favor of her son His Majesty King Willem-Alexander,” Governor Eugene Holiday stated in a press release. “This momentous

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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One gets a crown, another a car: Gibbs and Brooks crowned Teen and Senior Carnival Queen

St. Maarten - When the curtains went down on the TelEm/Motorworld teen and senior pageant during the early hours of Thursday morning, it marked the end for two outgoing queens and the beginning of a journey for the newly crowned queens. The openin

Editorial - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Editorial: Royal reception

The Kingdom is on the eve of a historic moment: the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. While this does not seem to excite our island-population it is good to remember that the royal family has functioned throughout the past 200 years as a stabili

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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After 123-years our new King is (almost) there

St. Maarten - Tuesday is a momentous day in the history of the Dutch Kingdom. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will abdicate and her eldest son Willem-Alexander will succeed her. He will be the first King in 123 years after Willem III (Willem Alexander Paul

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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St. Maarten’s King Willem-Alexander inauguration program: 101 Cannon salutes by Navy vessel Friesland

GREAT BAY – Writing that St. Maarten is getting all excited about the upcoming inauguration of King Willem-Alexander would be stretching the truth beyond breaking point. There is no buzz in town, retailers have not jumped on the occasion –at the

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Inauguration program for early birds in the islands

King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration takes place on Tuesday in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.St. Maarten – Royalty lovers in the Caribbean will have to get up early on Tuesday if they want to witness the abdication of H.M. Queen Beatrix in the

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Wilhelmus: Oldest anthem in the world

St. Maarten – Coming Tuesday with the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander the first stanza of the national anthem will be sung throughout the Dutch Kingdom. For this special event Today put together some facts about this ancient song together wit

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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‘Beatrix did a marvelous job’ Portrait of a Queen

[caption id="attachment_22555" align="alignleft" width="550"] Queen Beatrix during her visit to Curacao in 1999. The Queen got hit by a wave which destroyed her royal hairdo.[/caption] St. Maarten – The abdication of Queen Beatrix, was covered i

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Hodge: Queen Beatrix loved the St. Maarten people

[caption id="attachment_22553" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Mathias Hodge[/caption] St. Maarten – “It is my hope that our new King Willem-Alexander will visit the Caribbean part of the Kingdom as often as our Queen Beatrix did during he

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Senior citizens: ‘May he be as nice as his mother’

St. Maarten – “May Prince Willem-Alexander be as nice as his mother and grandmother was,” Senior Citizen Olive Hodge said to Today’s reporter when a visit was paid to the St. Maarten Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation Center. “I know t

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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The King’s song: North Korean propaganda or just another tune?

St. Maarten – The Netherlands has been upside down about the King’s song, a composition by John Ewbank. So much so, that international media started to take an interest in the subject. This is for instance what time wrote about it on its website

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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One year ago on St. Maarten

Marlon Brooks, the truck driver who is involved in the traffic accident at the Kruythoff roundabout whereby his truck rolled over says that the brakes of his truck were failing when he came down the Harold Jack Hill. The quality of patient files

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Next in line: Princess Amalia

From Tuesday, the royal couple’s eldest daughter Catharina-Amalia will become Princess of Orange and the heir apparent to her father’s throne. This picture was taken in Wassenaar on March 28, 2012 by crown prince Willem Alexander. © RVDSt. M

French St. Martin News - Posted on April 26, 2013

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Aura Webster Hanson: “I wish the king much strength”

FRENCH QUARTER -The Mother Theresa of St. Maarten Aura Mercedes “Sadie” Webster Hanson was decorated by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix as a Member in the Order of Orange Nassau in 2003 for her outstanding community service. She was born in Curacao 68

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