St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Minister Tuitt will pursue debt relief payments

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is crying foul over the statements made by Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies that the door for St.Maarten to receive debt relief has now closed. St.Maarten forfeited its rights to r

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Fake items seized from seven city stores

GREAT BAY / By Milton G. Pieters - Once again, St Maarten has come under the microscope of counterfeiting and piracy and a few businesses will have to count their losses after a raid by bailiffs who removed sacks of clothing and designer ladies hand

Editorial - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Editorial: Never too late

Two members of the Harbor Holding supervisory board have rightfully dug in their heels and they are not giving up their seats without a fight. In a letter to the Council of Ministers Kelvin Bloyden and Miguel Alexander have explained their reasons fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Political leadership important for disaster management

NAPLES– A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the United Nations two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and t

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Tsunami warning false alarm

St. Maarten - The island was plunged into widespread hysteria when news broke that a massive tsunami could be heading this way and also affect the wider region. It was all as a result of a Blackberry message that went viral midmorning yesterday based

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Mother of two boys who raped their sisters also charged – Baby-rapists still waiting for clinical observation

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial against two brothers who repeatedly raped their younger sisters until October 3 yesterday. During an earlier court appearance on May 16, the court decided to send the boys to Curacao for

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Minister Tuitt asks more time for budget

St. Maarten - The government asked a one month extension to finalize and submit the 2013 draft budget to the board for financial supervision Cft and the Council of Advice yesterday according to Finance Minister Roland Tuitt. The September 1 deadline

Opinion - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Opinion: Royal Flush

A royal flush is every poker player’s wet dream. It is the best hand in Texas Hold’em games – the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of the same suit: hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades. If no limit Texas Hold’em is the Cadillac of poker, the roya

Opinion - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Opinion: Horrible

It is rather tricky to classify crimes, say, on a scale from 1 to 10 whereby 10 represents the worst possible crime. Most people would put murder in the highest category. But where to rank all those other law-breaking activities like rape, incest, bu

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Raping illegal woman punished with 48 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Emanuel Velasquez yesterday morning to 48 months for raping a woman repeatedly in a hotel room at the Travel Inn in Simpson Bay on December 30 and 31 2009. Of the sentence 12 months are suspended

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Attorney: no contact with Francesco Corallo

St. Maarten – Atlantis owner Francesco Corallo is still on the wanted list of Interpol. Initially, after the news was first released in July, Corallo offered to report to the authorities under certain conditions, but after attorney General Dick Pia

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Ser chairman Richardson visits Mathias Voges

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – On Monday, a delegation from the Sint Maarten Social Economic Council (Ser) paid a visit to the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias S. Voges, where it also met with director Cor James, and policy advisors Perry Gee

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Crystal Pineapple fundraiser grants 13 awards this year

St. Maarten – The Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA will grant 13 awards in four categories during its seventh Crystal Pineapple Awards fundraiser on November 30. This year’s categories are extraordinary, hospitality, trade and community awa

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Parliamentary year opens on Tuesday

St. Maarten - The 2011-2012 parliamentary year closes Monday in a meeting that begins at 10 a.m. under the presidency of drs. Rodolphe Samuel. Incoming documents and closure of the parliamentary year are the only two agenda points. The next morning,

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Emilio Wilson Estate purchase – No financing yet and Rain Forest wants to save its adventure park

St. Maarten – There are no plans to engage SZV as the financer for the purchase of the Emilio Wilson Estate, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. Earlier the government announced that it pl

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 6, 2012

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Work on new government administration building about to restart – Some perspective for the white elephant

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams declined to give an approximate date for when the first civil servants will be behind their desks in the new government administration building on Pond Island. “I would be tempted to give such an

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Town hall meeting in Simpson Bay – Plan: additional pier Simpson Bay Lagoon

St. Maarten – A better east-west connection, an additional pier outside of the Simpson Bay Lagoon for small cruise vessels and yachts too large to enter the lagoon were some of the highlights that surfaces during a town hall meeting on Monday eveni

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Spies closes door on debt relief payments

St. Maarten – Outgoing Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth spies confirmed in a letter to the Dutch parliament what has long been obvious: St. Maarten has forfeited its rights to unclaimed debt relief funds. Spies referred in her

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Luis created havoc on September 5, 1995 – An anniversary to remember

St. Maarten -It was 17 years ago that category five Hurricane Luis wrecked havoc on St. Maarten but the memories are still fresh in the minds of many of the country’s residents. It is those memories that have been captured on film and produced in p

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Two hold on to their position – St. Maarten Harbor board members decline to comment

St. Maarten – Renald Williams confirmed media reports that he has resigned from the supervisory board of the Harbor Group of Companies yesterday, but he declined to further comment on the situation, other than saying, “These things happen.” Wh

Opinion - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Opinion: Sturm und drang

If there is something we really dislike it is when somebody says something like “These things happen.” This was about all the reaction we managed to obtain about the decision by at least three members of the supervisory board of the Harbor Group

Editorial - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Editorial: Seventeen years later

Some events become part of the psyche of a nation. For St. Maarten Hurricane Luis certainly was such an event. The storm came in on this day seventeen years ago, and lingered for another day. The destruction was enormous, and life on the island chang

Opinion - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Opinion: The trouble with psychiatry

It’s of course a comforting thought that there are psychiatrists in this world to help people cope with their disorders. But psychiatrist Bram Bakker, never shy to vent his opinion wrote in his column in the Volkskrant that psychiatric diagnoses ar

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Flashback to September 5, 1995 New York Times reported widespread looting

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten became international news in September 1995 but it was not the kind of publicity the island was hungry for. Three days after Hurricane Luis slammed into the island, Kevin sack published the following report in the New York T

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Fire destroys three cars

St. Maarten - Fire of an unknown origin which occurred during the early hours of last Saturday left three cars damaged beyond repairs and the owners wondering what may have caused it and what the outcome will be. The vehicles were parked closely tog

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Church of God team wins inter-church hoops tourney

St. Maarten – The New Testament Church of God team won the Gifted interchurch basketball tournament by defeating the Seventh Day Adventist Church by 35-31. At halftime, the winners had an 8-point lead. In the second half their opponents came back s

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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PM and defense Minister Hillen agree about Marine base

St. Maarten - On Monday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with the Kingdom Minister of Defense Hans Hillen about aspects related to safety and defense on the island. One of the focal points was the establishment of a marine base. “The meet

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Town hall meeting in Cole Bay on Thursday

St. Maarten – The next town hall meeting about draft development plans will take place on Thursday at Carl’s Unique Inn in Cole Bay on Thursday evening. The meeting is designed to discuss the development plan for Cole Bay, Billy folly and Cay Bay

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Preparation for Police Sport Week in October – Police officers take the mike in song festival qualifier

St. Maarten - The Police Sports Association will host the 62nd annual police sports week in October. This event of sporting and social events actually last longer than one week: it begins on October 2 and ends on October 14. Delegates from the Neth

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Twelve register for bodybuilding and fitness championships

St. Maarten - Bodybuilders and fitness athletes from the various gyms on this side of the island will have an opportunity to make a name for themselves when the St Maarten Bodybuilding & Fitness Association stages its annual championships on Septembe

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Salomon: remain prepared during hurricane season

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Coordinator Winston Salomon is advising residents and the business community to remain prepared as Michael became the 13th tropical storm of the season yesterday. Tropical Storm Michael is in the Northern Atlantic Oc

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Ombudsman info session in St. Peters next week

St. Maarten – The Ombudsman will hold an information session for residents of St. Peters, St. John Estate, Retreat Estate, Saunders, L.B. Scott Road and surrounding areas at the Rupert Maynard Community Center on St. Peters Road next week Wednesday

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Foundations sign agreement to improve psychiatric care

St. Maarten - The White and Yellow Cross and the Mental Health Foundations recently signed a service agreement to improve psychiatric care. The agreement between the two foundations formalizes psychiatric services to all the departments of the White

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Bow Wow comes to Rock the house

St. Maarten - Laugh out Loud productions is rolling out its 7th annual Rock the house in grand style when international rap sensation Bow Wow will be the special guest during the youth talent show on October 6. The youth organization is responsible

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on September 5, 2012

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Futsal champion Paradise Inn sends strong message

St. Maarten - Playing like the champions they are, the 2011 champions Paradise Inn defeated the St Maarten Youth United 16-0 in what can only be described as a clinical display of team work and ball control when the futsal competition entered its fif

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