St. Maarten News - Posted on April 17, 2012

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USM to hold graduation for 32 GED graduates

Event scheduled for April 20 St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin (USM) will be holding a graduation ceremony on April 20 for the 32 students who passed the GED exams held in January. The graduates, their family members, and the instructors

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Dow attends Ascap’s “I Create Music” Expo 12

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten’s musical icon, hall of famer and lifetime achievement awardee Isidore “Mighty Dow” York is heading to Los Angeles this month for the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (Ascap) EXPO 2012. This year

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Local foundations and international group partner in community outreach

The joint team of the Victorious Living Foundation (VLF), its youth wing, Youth to Xtreme (Y2X) and The Walk on Water Ministry pose together after their visit to the St. Martin’s Home Chapel on March 24. (VLF photo)St. Maarten – Victorious L

Editorial - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Editorial: Getting up to par

Two stories we run today show that the country’s justice chain is still not where it should be and there is a need for those in charge to continue to crack the whip and ensure that things continue at a fluid pace. Being expedient though should not

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Scotia Bank offers free mortgage checkup

Employees of the Simpson Bay branch of the Scotia Bank talk with customers while wearing stethoscopes linked to a new campaign. (Leo Brown photos)St. Maarten - Visitors to Scotia’s Bank Simpson Bay branch may be surprised to learn that the employee

Opinion - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Opinion: A closer look at the Seminole Tribe

It is interesting that the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. is interested in buying the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina in Pelican Key. Interesting because the tribe has a history indigenous St. Maarteners ought to feel a connection with. It is also int

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Opinion: Democracy

Democracy and Curacao seem to have a hard time together. The latest development in this soap opera is the reaction by Minister of Plenipotentiary Sheldry Osepa to a broadcast on Dutch TV in the news program Brandpunt. Opposition parliamentarians Oma

Uncategorized - Posted on April 17, 2012

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Toastmasters Speech contest winners represent St. Maarten in May

From left to right - Toastmaster Dwight Carbon, Speech Contest Winner Leopold Merrick, Area Governor Annette Berkel, Table Topic Winner Danaё Daal and Toastmaster Ludmila York-Duncan at the end of Saturday’s speech competition.St. Maarten - Ph

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Rickyshio Bertie three-peats: Princess Acquilla dethrones Lil Blossom

Acquilla “Princess Acquilla” Carty, who’s captured the Jr. Calypso title for the first time and Rickyshio ‘The Royal Kid’ Bertie, who has won the Jr. Road March title for the third time hug each other after the results were announced in

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Rising gas prices infuriate St. Maarten bus drivers

Bus Drivers Association President Jose Slac (second from left) joins his fellow bus drivers with the thumbs down sign, signaling their dissatisfaction for the fare structure that is in place during the emergency meeting last Saturday. (Milton Pie

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Simpson Bay Resort director Miller: “It is solely up to Wifol whether resort stays open”

St. Maarten – The Seminole Tribe of Florida will not finalize any purchase of the Simpson Bay Resort and rebrand it as a Hard Rock resort until the labor situation has been resolved, director Mark Miller wrote to the members of the embattled resort

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Nominations open for 2012 St. Maarten Outstanding Youth Awards

St. Maarten – Nominations are now open for the 2012 St. Maarten Outstanding Youth Awards (Smoya). The Smoya program recognizes and honors young people between six and 21 who demonstrate the best qualities of St. Maarten’s youth. Eligible candidat

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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SHTA commends Meyers and Heyliger for movement at Gebe

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of Gebe Julius Lambert (center – facing forward) makes a point during the April 10 meeting where Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers (second

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Three injured in early morning collision

St. Maarten – The Police’s Traffic Department is investigating what led the driver of a Toyota Yaris to collide with Thrifty Car Rental’s concrete wall. The collision occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The police report that

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Ministerial consultation on Central Bank postponed

St. Maarten – The meeting requested by St. Maarten’s Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto on to accusations made and current developments surrounding the Central Bank of Curaçao and St, Maarten (CBCS) has been postponed. The meeting was set to take p

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Employability through Training project officially begins today

(l-r) Arden Froston of Labor Affairs, Sei participant Anouska Brooks and Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labor, Cornelius De Weever after Brooks signed her participant agreement contract.St. Maarten - The Department of Labor Affa

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Solicitor General’s office still unstaffed

St. Maarten – Solicitor General Taco Stein is currently working on his own, while efforts are undertaken to staff his office. He expects this process to be completed sooner, rather than later and announced recently that he’ll make his first court

Opinion - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Letter: Congratulations APS

Dear Editor, WITU’s proposal for the Advisory Body to Government (GOA), to have the Algemeen Pensioenfonds St. Maarten (APS) give a presentation was honored last week Friday in the Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall in Philipsburg. It was very rem

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Closed door Central Committee on aviation proposal

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet in a closed session on April 17 to discuss an aviation proposal. The meeting with Garrison Walker Financial Inc. begins at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Chamber at the House of Parlia

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Tamarind Hotel ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor

St. Maarten – Tamarind Hotel has risen to the top position over 12 other St. Maarten hotels listed on www.tripadvisor.com. The property has been steadily climbing in the rankings since November of last year when it was number 9 on the list. Some mo

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Westin has to reduce noise levels of its sewage treatment plant

Dawn Beach resident wins lawsuit against hotel giant St. Maarten - The Babitbay Beach Development Corporation, owner of the Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach, has until Friday May 11 to adjust its sewage treatment plant in such a way that the sound l

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Court bans Wathey II from defaming siblings in public

Heirs have to provide account of their estate St. Maarten – The heirs of Norman Chester Wathey booked a partial victory in summary proceedings against Norman Chester Wathey II, formerly Leopold Stanley Hughes on Friday. But Wathey II, who has be

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Light Up jump up well attended

St. Maarten- Not even the rain could have dampened the spirits of the hundreds of revelers that dared the elements to participate in Saturday night’s Light Up jump-up, which was organized by Rio Productions. The jump up went from Le Grand Marche to

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Editorial: Turn down the noise!

Westin’s loss in court for being a noisy neighbor should lead to a resurgence of a control on noise pollution that was started by the Department of Economic Affairs of the Island Territory of St. Maarten. The friendly country’s predecessor had th

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Police detain duo after evasion attempt

St. Maarten – Police arrested and detained two young men early Sunday morning after getting a call at 6:30 a.m. that shots were being fired near Margereth Bruce’s Drive in Middle Region. The person who called police said the gun man had brown com

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 16, 2012

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Children phone in failed robbery attempt

St. Maarten – The Special Robbery Unit is investigating Saturday night’s attempted robbery of L.L. and L.H. who live on the Apricot road. Children inside the house they had just arrived at were the ones to call police about the robbery at around

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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January and February occupancy figures for St. Maarten return to 2008 levels

Hoteliers expecting good first quarter St. Maarten - Hotel occupancy rates may soon show an upward trend for the first quarter of the year. The official figures are expected next week but Executive Director of the St.Maarten Hospitality and Trade

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Letters: A banging new road

The new Middle Region Road is banging but not quite in the way our youth use that expression! The M.R. Road at this moment is definitely “leading” to the “crazy-house”. How so? Well, that’s where all the people who live alongside it will ev

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Gifted Foundation successfully hosts its first fun day

St. Maarten - Sucker Garden got the first in a series of Gifted fun days recently. Many parents, children and friends turned out to the Melford Hazel Sports Complex for the Easter treat,‘FunDay Monday,’ on April 9 that the Gifted Foundation co-ho

Opinion - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Opinion: The price of living unhealthy

That living an unhealthy lifestyle is a bad idea sounds a bit like a no-brainer. Yet, all around us we see people doing exactly that. They eat too much, they eat unhealthy, they drink and smoke like there is no tomorrow and they’ve forgotten how to

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Chief Public Prosecutor Mos to Hodge-Sprok: “You are a valuable colleague”

St. Maarten – Chief Public Prosecutor Hans Mos led the office in congratulating Ludwina Hodge-Sprok on 35 years in government service on Thursday. Hodge-Sprok started her career at the Psychiatric Hospital in Curacao on April 1, 1977 and has contin

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Opinion: Challenge (Simpson Bay Resort)

Attorneys have a weapon in their arsenal that they seldom use: the right to challenge a judge. The objective of such a challenge is to force the judge to withdraw from a case and to let it be handled by someone else. When the attorneys for the Wifol

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Mediator’s office participates in internship on Aruba

St. Maarten – Marcellina Loblack of the Department of Labor will be traveling to Aruba on April 15 to participate in an internship at the mediator’s office there. The reason for this internship is to ensure continuity with regard to public servic

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Foundation completes country’s first audio-book

St. Maarten - Beyond Writing Foundation has finalized its very first audio book ‘Overseas Bloodline’. The new audio book, which is read by Sharon Freiburg, is also a first for the country. Freiburg was selected as the voice for the book last Aug

St. Maarten News - Posted on April 15, 2012

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Opinion: Thrill seekers (Fence Hanging at St. Maarten Airport Runway)

St. Maarten - We have always wondered whether those idiots whose idea of fun is to hang on the fence at the end of the airport runway are plain crazy or simply suicidal. And now some dumbass has injured herself – courtesy of a departing Jet Blue pl

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