St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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Police accused of corruption in handling complaints

St. Maarten – Rosendo Agatha says he’s not happy that police have thus far refused to take complaints that he wishes to file against an officer and his own son. This is not the first time he’s had trouble. He also tried filing a complaint in 20

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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TelEm Group launches top-up service with Windward Islands Bank

St. Maarten – TelEm Group’s mobile provider TelCell is now offering top-up services via Windward Island Bank’s Easy Charge Service. The new service was announced this week and now TelCell mobile customers only have to register once with WIB to

Opinion - Posted on April 20, 2012

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Opinion: Emancipation Day

“Emancipation Day therefore is a celebration of the victory of the human spirit over the inhumanities and injustices of slavery. What we are celebrating is freedom and as such this is not just a day for St. Maarteners alone, but for everyone who re

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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TelEm Group donates DSL modem and 3G dongle to SCDF

St. Maarten – Internet provider, TelEm Group is continuing its support for Carnival  with complimentary donations of high-speed DSL internet and mobile data service to the Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The donations are part of the compa

Arrindell urges businesses to support athletics meet

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Minister of Culture, Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell issued a stirring call recently for the private sector to throw its support behind the international athletics meet being hosted by the Speedy Plus  Clu

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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Minister of Public Health urges the use of ear plugs during carnival

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health. Social Development & Labor is taking the hearing of the youth here on our island very serious, by means of an audio meter that was donated to the section Youth Health Care this year by Minister of H

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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Editorial: A fuel free carnival

We’ve made the off-hand suggestion before that people should break out their bicycles in the face of rising fuel prices. Considering that the price of gasoline is going up again today for the second time in six days, we think it’s a good idea to

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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De Weever opens workshop on HIV/Aids workplace policy

St. Maarten - The two-day skills building workshop on the development of a National Workplace Policy on HIV and Aids at Carl’s & Sons Conference Center was officially opened by Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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Opinion: Blood test

Presented as house rules inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison are now apparently subjected to an obligatory blood test. We heard about this in court from one defendant, and the story was confirmed by attorneys. A prosecutor volunteered that these tes

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 20, 2012

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L.B. Scott Road partially closes next week

St. Maarten – One lane of the L.B. Scott Road will be closed to motorized traffic as of Monday, 23 April, 2012 until Thursday, 27 April. Contractor Windward Roads will be resurfacing the road during that timeframe. Traffic signs will be set up s

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Schippers wants complementary heli-pad in St. Maarten

Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare & Sport Edith Schippers (third from left) and her delegation listen as St. Maarten’s Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) Cornelius de Weever, who is accompanied by two of his Cabin

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Court rejects Wifol’s challenge (Simpson Bay Resort)

No proof of de Haan’s prejudice St. Maarten – The challenge board rejected a request by Wifol-attorneys mrs. Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek to remove Common Court of Justice Judge mr. Jurjen de Haan from the bench yesterday. The board f

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Gun possession case linked to Vesuvius-investigation

St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. Bart den Hartigh demanded a 12-month prison sentence against Franklin Luciana A. for firearm possession yesterday afternoon. Judge mr. Monique Keppels will pronounce her verdict in this case on Wednesday May 9. The fac

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Education Minister outlines policy on returning Friday

Wescot-Williams no longer heading to the Hague St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell travelled to The Hague on Wednesday at the invitation of the Soualiga Foundation there to make a presentatio

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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St. Maarten Government pledges to put development plans online

St. Maarten – The second in a series of town hall meetings on the drafting of development plans was held in the Belair Community Center on Monday. The public was invited to give input for the preparation of the development plan for conservation are

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Community service for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – Gary Christopher Alphonse, 20, found himself unexpectedly under attack on January 11 of this year, but he ended up in court yesterday on a charge of attempted manslaughter. The court sentenced him to a 1-year conditional prison senten

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Nicolaas recommends installing airport safety council

Keynote speaker at the Princess Juliana International Airport’s aviation safety seminar and luncheon Michael Nicolaas makes a point during his feature address. St. Maarten - Growing the air transportation business with the focus on safety was

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Johnson says early planning of carnival must continue

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Stuart Johnson poses with the President of the Curacao Carnival Committee during Curacao's Grand Parade 2012. (SCDF photo)Embrace Carnival 2012 and beyond GREAT BAY – The St. Maart

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Public Education puts out troupe in 2012

St. Maarten - ‘Public Education on the Move’ is the name of a troupe comprising personnel from public education services and   approximately 298 public school students for Sunday’s Children’s Parade. On Wednesday, Education and Culture Mini

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Fine for firearm possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jacques de Castro, 52, to a 12-month conditional prison sentence and a 1,500 guilders (about $835) fine yesterday for firearm possession. The court imposed a 2-year probation period. Prosecutor mr

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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St. Maarten Cable TV’s maintains Saturday opening hours

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Cable TV’s Madame Estate location will continue its Saturday office hours for one more weekend to accommodate customers who are switching to digital service. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Teenager slips up again with nail gun holdup

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced17-year-old Jeremiah Chevon Mills to 18 months imprisonment and 2 years of probation. Of the sentence, 15 months are suspended. Mills will also have to perform the remaining hours of community serv

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Police issue safety tips for 2012 St. Maarten Carnival season

St. Maarten - The Public Relations Office of the Police Force of St. Maarten issued a list of safety tips on Wednesday that it wants people to use during the Carnival season, which officially begins today. We publish the list below. Remember the 3

Opinion - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Letter: Exchange school fee for a laptop and a kindle

Dear Editor, Parents, government, educators, and students pay attention please. Many secondary school students and their parents complain about having to pay a yearly sum for school fee. What do you think about abolishing school fee altogether and

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Zero tolerance policy during St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten – The Public Prosecutor and the Police Department will maintain and enforce a zero tolerance policy during the 2012 Carnival Season. Any person or persons who are arrested during any of the carnival activities as a suspect for public

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Opinion: A solution for bald men

Maybe this is not such a big issue for Caribbean men. After all, in the tropic bald is beautiful. But there are quite some men elsewhere in the world for who getting bald is a big issue. Just look at those guys who comb the little hair they have left

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Indebted teenager robbed two supermarkets

St. Maarten – Anslem Seebaran, 18, needed money because he owed somebody $500. In the Court in First Instance he claimed yesterday that because of this situation he was forced to take part in two armed robberies. On December 24 he robbed the Tesco

Opinion - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Opinion: Teenagers

Once upon a time, teenagers were just up to no good. We know, because we were teenagers once ourselves. The teenagers we meet these days in the courtroom seem to be of a different brand. They have taken being up to no good to the next level, and that

Opinion - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Opinion: Is God on the way out?

One way or the other, most people believe that there is more to this world than death and taxes. Whether they are members of a regular church, a creepy sect or some other woolly concept, the idea of an afterlife is alive and kicking on many levels.

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Hospitals agree to finalize cooperation agreement within three months

St. Maarten’s Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever (left) and Dutch Minister of Public Health Edith Schippers (right) witness the signing of a declaration of intent by Director of the St. Maarten Medical D

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 19, 2012

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Revolving door immigrant sentenced to three months

St. Maarten – Apart from revolving door criminals, St. Maarten also has revolving door immigrants. One of them, Kevin Royston Smith, received a decree on January 10 of last year that denied him access to the country for three years. On June 19 he w

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 18, 2012

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Ennia assists with mental health infomercials

St. Maarten – Ennia donated $6,706 to The Mental Health Foundation last week so the latter can create infomercials that will raise public awareness of mental health. The donation means that Ennia joins a list of contributors that include govern

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 18, 2012

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Government restates commitment to HIV/Aids program

(l to r): Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Hon. Cornelius de Weever; Acting Secretary General VSA Jorien Wuite, Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescott-Williams, HIV Project Officer, Margje Troost and HIV Programme Manager

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 18, 2012

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Police crackdown on illegal scaffolds and vendors

St. Maarten – Placing or constructing scaffolding or any other of type structure along the route of the parades for the 2012 Carnival will require a permit from the Ministry of Justice. This decision has been taken to ensure public order and safety

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 18, 2012

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Wifol queries university dismissals and librarian’s position

St. Maarten – The Worker’s Institute for Organised Labor (Wifol) is not pleased that the University St. Martin is seeking to dismiss seven employees and the management’s decision to recruiting the current librarian to work as the head of its In

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