St. Maarten News - Posted on October 9, 2012

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De Weever urges citizens to get regular checkups

St. Maarten(DCOMM) – Health authorities throughout the Americas recently approved a new strategy that seeks a 25 per cent reduction by 2025 in deaths from non communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respirat

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Benelux Treaty gives Belgians the right to settle down in St. Maarten

St. Maarten – On February 3, 1958, the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed the treaty establishing the Benelux Economic Union with the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Like the Dutch-American Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Na

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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South Reward road repaired after Laville’s intervention

GREAT BAY-Thanks to the intervention by independent member of parliament Romain Laville, the people residing on the upper levels of South Reward, opposite the St Dominic High school can breathe a sigh of relief now that their road has been resurfaced

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Wednesday: a celebration or another funeral? Two years country St. Maarten

St. Maarten – On Wednesday, St. Maarten marks its second anniversary as an autonomous country in the Dutch Kingdom. “October 10 is a day for us to reflect on St. Maarten becoming its own country,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a

Editorial - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Editorial: Zoning plans

Somehow we have a not so good feeling about where this is going: the discussion about the zoning plans. Vromi-Minister William Marlin announced the project with some fanfare at a press conference in August with a justified statement: “Overdevelopme

Opinion - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Opinion: Schotte’s hogwash

In love and war everything is permitted, a popular saying goes. Add elections to this line up. We have a very funny feeling about the “burglary” at the offices of Gerrit Schotte’s MFK-party in Curacao and an even funnier feeling about the buggi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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MP James: “Residents have grave concerns about zoning plans”

St. Maarten – “What was so secretive that we needed a closed door meeting last month?” That is the question United People’s party MP Jules James will pose to Minister William Marlin (Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastruct

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Two weeks to subscription deadline Living Statues Fest

St. Maarten – Another two weeks and the deadline for subscribing to the second Living statues festival is there. The organization needs volunteers to help in a workshop mime, moving arts, body painting and costume, and invites participants to regis

Opinion - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Opinion: Inflation

In the free Intro to Budgeting public workshops I gave in the districts of Dutch Quarter, Hope Estate, Cole Bay, and St Peters in collaboration with S.I.F.M.A and the "Department of Community Development, Family & Humanitarian Affairs" from August 28

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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PM attends celebrations for the elderly

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended various activities over the weekend showing her support for the end of the weeklong celebration of the elderly. The PM attended a church service at the St. Maarten Old People’s Home in St.

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Kids back to school today

St. Maarten - The October mid-term break has come to an end and thousands of school children will be back in school this morning. School bus section inspection head Martha Thewet calls on all motorists to observe the traffic rules, and to drive caut

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Betrian-cabinet orders probe into refinery-finances

WILLEMSTAD – The Council of Ministers led by interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian ordered the government accountant bureau Soab to raid the offices of government-owned company Refineria di Kòrsou for a quick scan. The first results of this probe

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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PM at Pink Parade: “Keep up the fight”

GREAT BAY - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams thanked the crowd on Friday on the boardwalk for heeding the call to walk with the Pink Parade as the kick off of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “In a very special way I want to say a word of appreci

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Fire threatens communication tower

St. Maarten - Quick reaction by a group of firemen averted what may have been a major blow the telecommunication tower which is situated on Naked Boy Hill after fire from an unknown origin swept across the hills shortly after 12’oclock yesterday af

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Minister Jacobs attends church service for teachers

St. Maarten – Yesterday morning Minister Silveria Jacobs attended a service for teachers organized by her Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth at the Good News Baptist Church in Philipsburg. The service featured songs of inspiration by

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Thompson and Bute speak in parliament Wednesday

St. Maarten – Faction leaders and cabinet members will speak for approximately ten minutes during the parliament meeting on Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of country St. Maarten. Guest speakers are the president of the Chamber of Labor Un

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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The 599-code is now history, 1-721 for international calls

St. Maarten – The TelEm Group is stepping up education to the public about the use of St. Maarten’s 1-721 area code, the company stated in a press release issued last night. As of 5:00am last Friday all TelEm Group landline and mobile equipmen

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Ex police officer Brown honored

St. Maarten - After years of exemplary service as a police officer from 1961 to 1994, the Police Sports Association took a decision to recognize one of their own during the final day of the softball competition on Saturday at the John Cooper/Jose Lak

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Cricket fans celebrate West Indies T-20 victory over Sri Lanka

St. Maarten - Even when things looked dismal after batting first and posting a low score of 137, cricket fans that were assembled at Quality Snacks on the Pondfill were fully supportive of the efforts by the West Indies and when they realized that vi

Uncategorized - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Telegraaf newspaper accuses Schotte of buying votes

WILLEMSTAD – There are indications that ousted Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is busy buying votes to secure his position after the October 19 elections, reporters Edwin Timmers and Alex de Vries wrote in the Telegraaf yesterday. “Islanders are co

Opinion - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Opinion: Vote-buying humor

Okay, we know that politicians have a tendency to reward people who are ready to give them their vote. Politicians call this helping people, while prosecutors may have a word like bribery in mind. Some consider it a cultural thing, a bit like cock fi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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One picture and potholes are repaired at breakneck speed

St. Maarten - The government employees more than 1,500 civil servants and all these people drive to work every day (we assume). Yet, none of them apparently spotted the atrocious potholes in the Sucker Garden Road just past the Defiance Road. the pot

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Police Sports Week: Aruba takes top honors in shooting

St. Maarten - After exhibiting nerves of steel, the six member team from Aruba walked away with the coveted title, the championship trophy and the rights to brag about it at the conclusion of the shooting competition which took place at Indigo Bay ye

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Minister Jacobs pledges to stand up for teachers

St. Maarten - On Friday Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Silveria Jacobs joined the heads of international organizations to offer congratulations to teachers on the observance of World Teachers’ Day. With the theme being Tak

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Hundreds take part in Pink Parade

St. Maarten -Hundreds of women, men and children representing government, civil society and the business community turned out yesterday afternoon for the third annual Pink Parade Breast Cancer Awareness March. It looked like a sea of fuchsia and pink

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Vice-Admiral Mathieu Borsboom in St. Maarten “Fighting drugs is a fundamental issue”

St. Maarten – A decision about the location of a naval support station in St. Maarten has not been taken yet, Navy commander Vice- Admiral Mathieu Borsboom said yesterday during a brief press conference aboard the Coast Guard cutter Poema in Simpso

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Third King-murder suspect arrested in St. Thomas

St. Maarten – Police now have a third suspect in custody in the Michael and Thelma King murder-investigation – 20-year-old J.J.W. The suspect was arrested in St. Thomas on Thursday and extradited to St. Maarten where he was arrested yesterday upo

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Man shot in his face during robbery at night

St. Maarten - Ten minutes before Today arrived on the scene; residents of lower Back Street had remained in their homes, gripped in fear. The sound of repeated gunshots at approximately 12:50 am had echoed through the night. It paralyzed residents an

Opinion - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Schmoozing with criminals

Willem Holleeder is what people these days call a BN – a well-known Dutchman (Bekende Nederlander). His most notorious achievements are the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, extortion of real estate barons and (possible) involvement in liquidations in

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Young King-murder suspect already convicted twice

St. Maarten – Jeremiah C.M., the teenager who is in custody as the second suspect in the Michael and Thelma King murder-investigation has a criminal record. On April 18 of this year, the Court in First Instance sentenced M. to 18 months imprisonmen

Editorial - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Editorial: Corporate citizen (Westin)

Court rulings against the Westin hotel are rolling in thick and fast these days and they all carry the same message: the Westin is not what one would call a good corporate citizen. That is a pity, because the hotel is the stage for quite some local

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Motorworld donates van to Red Cross

St. Maarten - A spanking new Hyundai van was handed over to the executives of Red Cross St.Maarten yesterday at a simple ceremony in front of Motorworld. The Red Cross expressed its gratitude saying that “The purchase of vehicles is a very heavy

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Westin loses court case about noise pollution

St. Maarten – The Babitbay Beach Development Corporation N.V., the company that operates the Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach, has so far forfeited $39,500 in penalties for not living up to an April 13 court ruling that ordered it to take measures to bri

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Fresh radio show features youngsters making a difference

St. Maarten - “I cause people to drift on every subject through which I can control independent thought and action. Take the subject of health, for example. I cause most people to eat too much food and the wrong sort of food. This leads to indigest

Opinion - Posted on October 8, 2012

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Opinion: Asking costs nothing

All we have to do is ask. That is the message we picked up from Navy Commander Vice-Admiral Borsboom yesterday. So if St. Maarten wants a social formation program for youngsters it will have to put in a request. The navy is willing to provide the ser

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