St. Maarten News - Posted on October 24, 2012

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Oostburg and Alexander speak at cancer conference

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Dr. Virginia Asin Oostburg, currently head of Collective Prevention Services (CPS), and Dr. Jennifer Alexander, will be two of several speakers at the cancer conference that begins on Friday morning at the Sonesta Great Bay Be

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 24, 2012

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Tourist district launches safer communities’ initiative

St. Maarten -This Saturday the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Council of Beacon Hill/Maho/Cupecoy will hold its first Get to Know Your Neighbor event at Sunset Beach Bar. “By bringing everyone together we create stronger ties and from t

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Attorney Brandon asks court to acquit her client Erno L.

St. Maarten – There were no family members at the temporary courthouse in the Belair community center yesterday to support Erno L., the second defendant in the Vesuvius-case who appeared yesterday morning to hear his attorney mr. Peggy Ann Brandon

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Davis-Holiday sent home for not cooperating with investigation

St. Maarten -Education Minister Silveria Jacobs delved even deeper into the investigation that is ongoing at Division of Public Education Services although repeatedly stating that it was a sensitive inquiry and ought to be kept confidential. The mini

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Study financing debate in Central Committee – Jacobs: study debt keeps students from coming home

St. Maarten - 159 students were granted study financing assistance for 2012 but the government still has concerns about students in the Netherlands taking much longer to complete studies as opposed to those within the region or in the United States.

Uncategorized - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Governor Frits Goedgedrag resigns

Curacao — Governor Frits Goedgedrag has formally submitted his resignation to Queen Beatrix. He cites health problems as the main reason. Governor Goedgedrag is undergoing treatment for a heart condition since last year. He was absent for several m

Opinion - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Opinion: Government building

This report ought to be easy to check: the prime minister has approved fire safety requirement works for the new government building on Pond Island. When we read the press release carefully we got this uneasy feeling that often befalls us when news

Opinion - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Opinion: Formation

Acting Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede has begun her consultations in the run-up to the formation of a new government in Curacao but the question is already how useful this is, since Pueblo Soberano, MFK and MAN apparently have already started t

Opinion - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Opinion: Bag of tricks

Attorneys for suspects in the Vesuvius trial open their bags of tricks yesterday in an attempt to counter the charges the prosecution brought against their clients last week Thursday. The stakes are high: the prosecution’s demands vary from 8 to 11

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Acting Governor begins consultations

WILLEMSTAD --Acting Governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede started with consultations for the formation of a new cabinet yesterday. There will also be consultations today. The acting governor spoke with the Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board, the pre

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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PM approves fire safety works new administration building

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed the assignment letters late last week that were necessary for the completion of the new Government Administration Building fire system. “Finally the assignment letters were signed today bet

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Editorial: Writing legislation

It is interesting how our Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports played the ball back to the parliament yesterday when the issue of making Constitution Day a national holiday came up. Writing legislation is not the prerogative of the govern

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Egg throwing incident at school bus

St. Maarten(DCOMM) – The school bus inspection section is appealing to parents to address their children with respect to behavior on and in the vicinity of school busses. Parents are being called upon to address this behavior before somebody gets

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Ekron M. faces 11 years, but attorney asks for acquittal

St. Maarten – Attorney Ralph Richardson asked the Court in First Instance yesterday to acquit his client Ekron Sylvan Collin M. of all charges against him. M. is one of the seven suspects in the Vesuvius-trial, and the prosecution demanded 11 year

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Legalities core of defense for Vesuvius-suspect Andrew D.

St. Maarten – Attorney mr. Cor Merx asked the court to declare the prosecution inadmissible in the case of his client Andrew D. because of several procedural violations. The prosecution demanded 9 years against the defendant last week, though it as

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Attorney Hatzmann downplays role Charles F. in Tan Tan shooting

St. Maarten – “Nothing shows that my client was involved in criminal activities,” attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann said yesterday morning in defense of his client Charles F. who is accused of membership of a criminal organization and involvement in

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Minister urges MPs to write law for Constitution Day

St. Maarten - Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Minister Silveria Jacobs returned to parliament yesterday to provide insight into her educational policy. The minister gave a lengthy presentation which addressed questions she had received in the fi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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University shows Invictus on Thursday

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin, presents a viewing and lecture on the film "Invictus,” on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. “Invictus " is a film about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 23, 2012

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Cancer conference agenda available on website

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The two-day cancer conference agenda is now available on the website www.sintmaartengov.org under the tab What’s New. Visitors will find a heading and introduction labeled cancer conference agenda. The conference is organi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Wiels tops Schotte in Curacao: former social worker in control – Road to independence will set agenda for new cabinet

St. Maarten / Curacao – The victory of Helmin Wiels’ Pueblo Soberano in Friday’s parliamentary elections has done more than making a return of the MFK-PS-MAN coalition possible. Wiels won 42 percent more votes than he did two years ago, while S

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Prevention Week concludes with open house – Fire fighters show new bush fire truck

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Fire Department closed off Fire Prevention Week with an open house on Saturday at the Clem Labega Square. The event provided the perfect opportunity for the department to not only perform fire safety drills but to also unv

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Safe Haven gets donation from Island Gem

St. Maarten – The Safe Haven Foundation received a donation from Island Gem on Friday in the form of a starters package for a woman that is ready to leave the shelter. The package includes kitchenware, linen and other household items. “Safe Have

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Nearly seventy candidates for Living Statues Festival

St. Maarten – Nearly seventy potential participants have registered for the second Living Statues Festival that will take place in December in Philipsburg. On Saturday they attended a fact finding mission at the Motiance Dance school where they got

Opinion - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Opinion: Major headache

Helmin Wiels has something to celebrate in Curacao but at the same time the surprise winner of Friday’s elections inherits a major headache if indeed he becomes the country’s new Prime Minister. While this is none of our business, the question is

Opinion - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Opinion: Lost

We may be forgiven for not understanding this. The Mental Health Foundation takes care of psychiatric patients. It gets subsidy from the government that established the foundation in 2001 on a date that showed some foresight: 10-10-2001. We have qui

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Four Fun Miles winners at Keijzer Computers

St. Maarten – Four lucky winners came to pick up their prizes at Keijzer Computers in Cole Bay. The company joined Fun Miles in September. Swiping their card at Keijzer Made customers eligible to several prizes in the period from September 13 until

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Samuel congratulates electorate in Curacao

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Drs. Rodolphe Samuel congratulated the electorate in Curacao in a brief press release yesterday “for exercising their democrat right in free and fair elections.” The turnout for the elections was approximat

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Minister Jacobs at first round Spelling Bee

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon. Silveria Jacobs, attended the opening of round one of the Seven Seas Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee which will be held over three Saturdays at the AUC Medical School

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Over 200 take part in Fatum loop La Floch and Robinson win

St. Maarten - Omarco Robinson, a Jamaican national shaved off 41 seconds from his previous time in the 2011 Fatum Run to win the 10k run yesterday. In the female category, Gael Le Floch, a French national was the first overall in 47 minutes. At the

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Permit for involuntary admissions remains elusive – Mental Health Foundation finds no support in court

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance rejected a request by the Mental Health Foundation to order Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever to give it a permit for the forces admission of psychiatric patients. Judge mr. Rene van Veen ruled th

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Specialist Bravio speaks at cancer conference

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Igor Gomes Bravio is one of the speakers at this week’s cancer conference that is organized by Collective Prevention Services from the Public Health Ministry and a number of non-governmental

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Rain does not deter crowd in anti-bullying march

St. Maarten - Intermittent rain could not stop a crowd of some 300 people most of whom were children as they marched on Saturday night against bullying. The march was organized by the Voice Of Our Children (VOOC) foundation and according to VOOC Pres

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Candid discussions at hospital’s open house

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten Medical Centre opened up its facilities on Saturday to answer questions on the hospital’s safety. The general lobby area was transformed into an exhibition site where various departments conducted what was referred to as

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 22, 2012

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Patients speak out: service at hospital second to none

St. Maarten - Some people beg to differ about the situation at the St. Maarten Medical Center where several complaints were levied against the staff recently. Among them are businessman Paul Jeffery and Station Manager of Menzies Aviation Kenneth Kon

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 19, 2012

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Stabbing victim says assailants are still threatening him

St. Maarten - Sixty-eight year old produce vendor Robert Heligar, who was stabbed by two young men near his stall on Cannegieter Street, is crying foul over what he calls the absence of justice in his case. Heligar had to be hospitalized for 5 days,

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