St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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St. Maarten Airport and government look to beef up security near runway

St. Maarten – Airport authorities and government officials have discussed increasing security at the part of the airport fence that faces the Maho Beach. The beefed security is meant to allow stricter implementation and reinforcement of the warning

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Absent drugs smuggler gets off with a fine

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Darrel Damian Saul to a 6-month conditional prison sentence and an 8,000 guilders fine for a failed attempt to smuggle 85.4 grams of cocaine aboard a plane on March 13. Saul, 32, was arrested a

French St. Martin News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Duncan leads discussion on immigration, human smuggling and information sharing

St. Maarten – Law enforcement officials from the various departments and bodies discussed combating illegal immigration, human smuggling and information sharing with kingdom partners at a meeting led by Justice Minister Roland Duncan. The meeting w

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Town Hall meeting on conservation areas on April 16

St. Maarten - The planned town hall meeting on Conservation Areas which was postponed recently is now scheduled for Monday, April 16 at the Belair Community Centre in Cay Hill.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. and the public is invite

Editorial - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Editorial: Powder keg

The conflict between the management and owners of Simpson Bay Resort is becoming a powder keg that will explode if action is not taken in the shortest possible time to get the representative of the employees – Wifol – and the resort’s managemen

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Wifol members seek pay ahead of stay hearing (Simpson Bay Resort)

Thompson: “This is a very serious matter” St. Maarten – Members of the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) have been asked to “come out massive tomorrow” (Friday) for the handling of an application for a stay of execution on th

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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TelCell presents first batch of SMS ticket prizes

St. Maarten – Music lovers on St. Maarten are getting hyped up for the appearance of TelCell-sponsored top reggae acts – Chris Martin and Popcaan as the opening acts for this year’s carnival celebrations on April 26. The pair will be appearing

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Rotary Mid-Isle club celebrates 15th anniversary

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle celebrated its 15th Anniversary at Le Charolais Restaurant in Maho on April 11. Millicent de Weever, Charles Davis and Maru Zeman were some of the club’s founding members attended the dinner.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Pre-judging and Junior Calypso/Road March set for Saturday

St. Maarten - When it comes to pageantry, contestants only get one chance to make a first impression, but for the teen and senior contestants that will be competing in the speech and culture wear this Saturday April 14, at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hot

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Enumerators to make final check up

St. Maarten— The Department of Statistics (Stat) will send interviewers into the field for a final check of the population between April 13 and May 31. The interviewers will go house to house to find out whether people were interviewed in last year

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 13, 2012

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DVD Express joins Fun miles

St. Maarten - Shopping redemption program, Fun Miles welcomed its newest member DVD Express on Thursday in a small ceremony that has now opened the gates for Fun Miles cardholders to redeem points for DVDs and games. One DVD rental for two nights wil

Opinion - Posted on April 13, 2012

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Opinion: Motions

The parliament has spoken but don’t break out the champagne yet. During the budget debate on March 22 parliament passed a couple of motions that have now been officially received by the government. The motions deal with plastic grocery bags, pawn s

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Association calls for dementia to be made a national priority

President of the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation Keith Franca (left) presents Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever (center) with this year’s annual report by the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Klass Electronics robber gets 7 years behind bars

GREAT BAY – Richard Charles, the main suspect in the July 29, 2011 Klass Electronics armed robbery was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in the Court in First Instance yesterday. The verdict is one year below the demand prosecutor mr. Manon Ridderb

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Hard Rock’s principals present investment wish list

Heyliger: “Nothing is a show stopper” St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers met with the principals of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Tuesday as part of a familiarization tour the latter has made as part of discussions to purchase Simpson Ba

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

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Letter: Bumpy landings on Statia!

Children should not play with matches yet politicians on Statia are perfectly happy to allow an oil terminal on St. Eustatius to obstruct the approach path of its airport runway. The location of these tanks with a height of 27.5 meters within the clo

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Laptop robbery nets construction worker 30 months

St. Maarten – Kevin Kerry Brooks told the Court in First Instance yesterday that everybody knows him, yet he made an attempt to get past a police officer who had ordered him to stop on November 16 of last year. Together with a man only identified i

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Bizarre car theft case sends one man down for 42 months

St. Maarten – A self-employed painter and mechanic who was in custody since November 16 of last year was acquitted of all charges in a bizarre car theft case the Court in First Instance handled yesterday. Two co-defendants were not so lucky: 23-yea

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten chairs cooperation committee

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten will chair the committee that will make an inventory of the areas in which countries in the Kingdom desire to cooperate with one another. This committee, which was agreed to at the first Kingdom Conference on December 14 las

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Parliament meets Central Bank leadership again Friday

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament will continue their discussions with the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) on Friday. A delegation led by the President Director Emsley Tromp still has to address MPs on political influences affectin

Opinion - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Opinion: The little one liner

Shareholder Representative of the Princess Juliana International Airport and Vice-Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger delivered an interesting one liner at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. He told the media, “The airport can barely a

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Duncan to punish rabble rousing prisoners

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has announced he will prosecute the detainees that were involved in damaging the prison cells on the top floor of the Simpson Bay police station on Tuesday night. Duncan also intends to sue for damages a

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Government continues focus on international cooperation

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten is stepping its presence internationally, having submitted the country’s statement to the Kingdom government for inclusion in the Universal Periodic Review, which looks at the implementation of human righ

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Interpol’s Secretary General full of praise for St. Maarten

(left to right) Chief Police Commissioner Peter de Witte, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and the country’s national Interpol representative. (DCOMM Photo) St. Maar

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Government begins handling budget motions

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced on Wednesday that government has formally received the motions approved during the debate on the 2012 budget and sent them to the various ministries. The dissemination will allow for mini

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Electricity rates slashed by four cents

St. Maarten – Gebe’s electricity rates will fall by four cents per kilo-watt hour as of May 1. The change means a rate of 25 cents per kilowatt hour for domestic consumers. The current rate for domestic consumers is 29 cents per kilowatt hour.

Opinion - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Opinion: Problems and solutions

Complaining is so much part of human nature that we have a tendency to reward those who manage to come up with the most complaints. We’re not kidding: complaints get way more attention than solutions. And yet, in a young country that has its own sh

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Heyliger sells share transfer agreement ahead of cabinet vote

Minister of Energy Affairs Theodore Heyliger “There’s going to be a lot of pressure” St. Maarten – Minister of Energy Affairs Theodore Heyliger is selling the share transfer agreement he signed with Commissioners of Energy Affairs of St.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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Boardwalk robber sentenced to 7 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Romaine Walters to 7 years imprisonment yesterday for the New Year’s Day Boardwalk robberies. Together with two others, the 22-year old Anguillan robbed four Australian tourists in the early mor

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

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Opinion: Disgusted

By Hilbert Haar, Editor-in-Chief @ Today Suriname set a new standard for politicians when it passed legislation that offers amnesty to the 22 suspects in the 1982 December murders. The most well known suspect of all is of course Desi Bouterse. Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister Wescot-Williams seeks face to face on plans of approach

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has requested Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges to attempt setting up a ministerial consultation on the plans of approach during her upcoming visit to the Netherlands. The prime minister will

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 11, 2012

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Full transition to digital television in 2013

Digital television consultant Myra MooreGREAT BAY - St. Maarten is expected to fully switch to digital television by January 1, 2013 as it moves along a course “that was started when we were still part of the Netherlands Antilles.” The announceme

Editorial - Posted on April 11, 2012

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Editorial: On the matter of budgets

The gale really does not stop at the border in St. Maarten/St. Martin. The gale we reference today though is not one made of wind and water, but of the financial sort. St. Maarten is mired in issues with its budget, which contains many holes and St.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 11, 2012

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Rainbow Beach Club owners sue Erato family

St. Maarten - The developers of Rainbow Beach Club in Cupecoy may soon find themselves before the courts again in a flurry of civil suits that homeowners on the property plan to file. The homeowners recorded a partial victory on February 3, 2012 when

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 11, 2012

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Simpson Bay Resort appeals latest ruling

St. Maarten – The attorney for Simpson Bay Resort Management Company Jairo Bloem filed an appeal petition on Tuesday to an April 2 ruling by the Court of First Instance that the company must respect the terms of the Collective Labor Agreement (CLA)

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