St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Central Committee meets Jacobs again on Monday

St. Maarten - The Central Committee meeting of parliament with Education, Culture, Youths and Sports Minister Silveria Jacobs that was adjourned on October 8, will continue this upcoming Monday, October 22, at 10 a.m. The agenda points for the mee

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Unesco TV production workshop begins tomorrow

St. Maarten- This Thursday and Friday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will deliver the keynote address at the young TV Producers’ workshop at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Unesco organizes together with the Caribbean Broadcasting Media Partne

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Inspectorate finds three cases of sub-optimal care at SMMC

St. Maarten - The Inspectorate of Public Health has found that of the seven wrongful death cases filed against the St. Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC), three are clear cases of "sub-optimal" care being administered to patients. This was revealed by

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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SZV: pensions paid by November 1

St. Maarten - SZV announced in a press release issued yesterday that all pension requests that were received before August 2012 will be paid out by November 1. This will lead to shorter waiting periods for all future pension applicants. The Pensi

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Five to vie for spot in international pageant

[caption id="attachment_17752" align="alignleft" width="288"] Caroline Paredes[/caption]St. Maarten - On November 3 five beautiful young ladies will participate in a pageant to see who will represent St Maarten in the 22nd Miss Caraibes Hibiscus at t

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Robbers take car away in front of woman’s home

St. Maarten – Two armed men robbed a woman at her home in Guana Bay of her car just as she was getting ready to take her son to school on Monday. The victim, J.W., stated to officers of the special robbery unit that she was already sitting in her c

St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Quarter finals still elusive for Ghetto Boyz

St. Maarten- Despite the stormy weather futsal matches continued as normal at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium on Sunday. The road to the quarter finals started promising for team Ghtetto Boyz in the 2012 Futsal competition sponsored by Nagico Insuranc

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Kalisha Trotman wins table tennis tourney

St. Maarten - The name of the table tennis tournament organized by the St Maarten Tennis Federation may have had more credibility than what was at stake during the individual, team and double events last Saturday despite the heavy showers of rain at

Opinion - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Opinion: Tolerance

Tolerance is in St. Maarten a word that is quickly associated with the police and its Zero Tolerance team. Nobody ever thinks about being tolerant to a neighbor, or a random passer-by who happens to come from a different ethnic background. The Net

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Boulder removed in joint exercise

St. Maarten - Traffic going to and from Point Blanche came to a standstill yesterday afternoon to facilitate the removal of a gigantic boulder which was precariously positioned on the edge of the rocky surface opposite the entrance of the Dr. A.C Wat

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Court finds hospital inadmissible in lawsuit against inspectorate

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance declared inadmissible the request by the St. Maarten Medical Center to apply article 85 of the national ordinance on administrative law (Lar) in its conflict with the Public Health Inspectorate. This way th

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 17, 2012

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Jewelry store robbed

St. Maarten – Friday the 13th was not a good day for the Divinity Jewelry store on Front Street. Around 3.50 p.m. two masked and armed men stormed inside, told the employees not to move and took a large number of gold necklaces from behind the coun

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Conference gets 45,000 guilders in subsidy – Government makes cancer a priority

St. Maarten - The Public Health Ministry has put 45,000 guilders (just over $25,000) into hosting the first ever cancer conference on St.Maarten in collaboration with several local non-governmental organizations and agencies such as SZV, the St. Labo

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Ms. Arrindell turns 100 today

MIDDLE REGION, St. Maarten –Today Ms. Sylvannve Arrindell, the eldest resident in Middle Region will celebrate her 100th birthday. Many people living in Middle Region and passing her home were not even aware that in that house on Ellis Drive lives

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Vesuvius-suspects remain silent on first court day

St. Maarten – The Vesuvius-trial was off to a speedy start yesterday because six of the seven defendants mostly retained their right to remain silent when Judge mr. Rick Smid confronted them with the crimes they are accused off. This enabled the co

Opinion - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Opinion: The right to remain silent

The much anticipated Vesuvius-trial has yet to gain momentum. The seven gang members on trial opted to keep their mouths shut, at least most of the time, and that allowed Judge Rick Smid to sail through the case files in less than a day. By a quarter

Opinion - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Opinion: Screening law

It sounded too good to be true and by now we know what is what. Anthony Godett has declared himself an opponent of the screening law interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian and his mini-cabinet want to push through parliament before the elections on F

Editorial - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Editorial: Knock knock

Marcel Loor was released from prison more than four years ago. Due to the final ruling by the Supreme Court, the former head of immigration is making some headlines again. His conviction is final, but he served his sentence already a long time ago.

Opinion - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Opinion: Willem Holleeder and Marcel Loor

Decades ago children used to grow up with the idea that crime does not pay. That good always beats evil. By now we know better and those who don’t have not been paying very much attention. In the Netherlands Willem Holleeder is all the rave thes

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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New open house Immigration and Naturalization Service

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Immigration and Naturalization Service IND will hold an Open House on Friday November 2. Citizens who are interested in learning more about the IND-services are welcome at the Open House at the offices on the A.T. Illid

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Plaque marks historical Jewish burial ground

St. Maarten – Earlier this month a plaque was dedicated to the former Jewish burial ground at Radio Shack on Longwall Road. Rabbi Moshe Chanowitz said a blessing and unveiled the solid bronze plaque together with lecturer and researcher Dana Cohen-

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Ex-cop already served his time for money laundering – Supreme Court confirms Marcel Loor sentence

St. Maarten – Five years, two months and twenty days after his June 19, 2007 arrest the legal fight of former police Commissioner Marcel Loor ended when the Supreme Court ruled on October 9 that he is guilty of money laundering. His sentence of 23

Uncategorized - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Facebook features top hundred of unwanted citizens in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – This list is circulating on the social network site Facebook since yesterday: it contains one hundred names of people considered persona non grata in Curacao. Sources in Curacao have indicated that the list is the work of Pueblo Sobera

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Fête de la Cuisine returns in November

St. Maarten - The 6th annual culinary festival Fête de la Cuisine for food lovers returns on November 4 and will end on St. Maarten Day, November 11. St. Maarten is often referred to as the gastronomic center of the Caribbean. The island counts m

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Empowerment conference in Cole Bay

St. Maarten - Maximizing Your Potential is the theme of a one week conference currently being held on St.Maarten. The conference which started Sunday night runs until Friday at 7:00 pm nightly at the Carl and Sons Unique Inn in Colebay. Today unde

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Deadline tender public health survey on Friday

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The deadline to submit all relevant documentation for the ‘How Healthy is St. Maarten’ in 1999 to 2002 survey is this upcoming Friday. The purpose of the first survey was to collect information for public health policy

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Paying respect to Tall Boy

St. Maarten – Staff at the courthouse has opened a condolences register for the late bailiff Karl Arndell, aka Tall Boy who passed away unexpectedly last Wednesday. Anybody wishing to pay her or his respects to Tall Boy is welcome at the courthouse

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Fun Miles introduces Fun Treats

St. Maarten - A simple ceremony at the Kooyman Mega Store in Cay Hill marked the launch of Fun Miles St. Maarten’s end of year campaign Fun Treats. Marketing manager Agnetha Huiting said that the Caribbean’s fastest growing redemption program

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 16, 2012

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Passenger traffic at Princess Juliana International Airport increased in first seven months

St. Maarten - With a 7% increase in passenger traffic in the first seven months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, mainly attributed to international passengers, the movement of passengers at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 15, 2012

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Department does not honor Dutch-American Friendship Treaty – Americans still face additional requirements at immigration

St. Maarten – In spite of numerous court rulings and a letter from Justice Minister Roland Duncan that grants at least one American citizen admission by right to the country, the Immigration and Naturalization Service still treats American citizens

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 15, 2012

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Vesuvius trial begins today

Gang war resulted in seven murders; seven suspects in court at Belair Community Center St. Maarten – Today the largest criminal trial in St. Maarten’s recent history begins at the Belair Community Center in Cay Hill: Vesuvius. Judge mr. Rick S

St. Maarten News - Posted on October 15, 2012

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Tropical Storm Rafael rattles St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Tropical storm Rafael rattled the island this weekend without causing large-scale damages. A building at the harbor saw some zinc sheets fly off the roof of a building, several streets saw more water than they could handle, but in the

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on October 15, 2012

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One woman survives after nine hours at sea – Captain Hodge and three others perish in St. Thomas plane crash

ST. THOMAS – A massive rescue effort by the United States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico to find survivors of a plane crash that occurred early Saturday morning near St. Croix yielded no success on Saturday and Sunday. The plane piloted by Kirby Hodge

Opinion - Posted on October 15, 2012

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Opinion: Tempo by the numbers

As our readers well know, today is not in favor of publishing letters without the writer’s name underneath it, but on occasion we make an exception to that rule, when we figure that the writer has something to say that is important enough to share.

Opinion - Posted on October 15, 2012

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Opinion: Traces of urine

It’s global hand washing day today. We have to pay our respect to the earthling that came up with this idea, but while we agree that washing your hands is a sensible thing to do, the term global hand washing day gave us a fit. We’re telling th

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