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St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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MPs quiz government’s lack of social programs

St. Maarten - Devoid of fiscal solutions to social ills and lack luster is how many parliamentarians on Wednesday described the close to half of a billion guilders budget that was presented by government for the year 2012. Following Finance Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Draft 2013 budget by September 30 Balancing issues cause late delivery of 2012 budget

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has put down his late delivery of the 2012 budget to parliament to balancing issues when it comes to the operating account and because the requests submitted by the ministries far surpassed the available

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Truck driver faces 12 months in prison

Fatal accident took the life of Sylvia Lynch St. Maarten – Truck driver Manuel de Jesus M.-B. was driving too fast when he caused a traffic accident on the Sucker Garden Road on May 6 of last year that cost 12-year-old Sylvia Lynch her life. Pro

Editorial - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Editorial: Raising the level

It is lamentable that Members of Parliament can still believe they can get away with not reading documents ahead of a debate and then putting on a show that they either don’t have questions or they call on ministers to explain to the people their p

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Firearms

Firearms remain a hot topic. For some reason an uncanny high number of people think that having a gun is the best way to protect yourself. That they are wrong is obvious to at least some of us; we are not in a position to write something like “most

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Finger pointing

For some youngsters life seems to be all fun and games. The lackluster defendant that was in court yesterday morning is a fine example of today’s mentality. The charge against the just 18-year-old was not even all that serious – though the victim

Opinion - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Alcohol

That the new penal code will contain an article that punishes reckless driving under the influence of alcohol with a maximum penalty of 9 years seems impressive, but it is not the complete story. To make this article effective, St. Maarten also needs

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Marie Genevieve students visit parliament

St. Maarten – Sixteen six graders from the Sister Marie Genevieve de Weever primary school along with their teachers and support staff, visited the House of Parliament at Wilhelmina Straat in Philipsburg on Tuesday morning. This is the second schoo

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Amador Jones murder-suspect will stand trial in June

St. Maarten – Kennedy Cynrick Akeem D., 18, appeared in the Court in First Instance charged with involvement in the April 16, 2011 murder of Amador Jones. The murder is part of the so-called Vesuvius-investigation. The court postponed the trial unt

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Gas station burglar stole nothing but gets 6 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Bertran Martin Blackman, 59, in absentia to 6 months imprisonment for an attempt to break into the Sol gas station in Madame Estate on September 23 of last year. The defendant was caught red-ha

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Applications open for Indian scholarship

GREAT BAY – The Embassy of India in Caracas, Venezuela, recently offered a full scholarship to a St. Martin student in the context of the friendly cooperation program launched in 1964 by the Government of India in which some 156 countries currently

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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St. Maarten participates in Unesco Conference on intangible heritage

GREAT BAY – Eight representatives from the Dutch Caribbean islands, including Bonaire, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba, participated in a Unesco Conference on intangible heritage convention in Deurne, Netherlands from February 15 to F

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Man sentenced again for illegal firearm possession

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced 26-year-old Christopher Edmond to 16 months imprisonment for possession of a firearm. Of the sentence 4 months are suspended; the court imposed 3 years of probation. The defendant was found in po

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Stubborn young criminal finally sent off to prison

St. Maarten – Gilbert Chevalier had it coming and there is more on the way. With an 18-month suspended prison sentence to his name, the Court in First Instance sentenced him yesterday morning to 9 months imprisonment for a burglary on March 10 of l

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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MPs question taxing vacation rental revenues

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament from the coalition and from the opposition want Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto to clarify how he intends to collect roughly 48.5 million guilders from people who rent their condominiums as vacation properties. T

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Businessman pushing for events to mark Guyana’s status as a Republic here

St. Maarten - Since the year 1970, the 23rd of February has been a special day for the people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the gaiety, pomp ceremonies and cultural extravaganzas involve each of the country’s six races. George Semple, t

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Meyers encourages young adults to sign-up for training

St. Maarten – Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs, Telecommunications & Transport Franklin Meyers encourages young adults to sign-up for the Youth Entrepreneurship Training programme that further develops the skills of unemployed young p

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Parliamentarians discuss property law and contracting work today

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will be having a hearing with the Notaries at 4:00 p.m. today on National Ordinance supplementing Title 1 of Book 7 of the Civil Code regarding provisions on the Sale of Property and Assets, and det

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Association thankful for increased presence

GREAT BAY - The St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) thanks the police force of St. Maarten for increasing the police presence in the Simpson Bay area. The association has noticed a consistent increased presence of patrol officers in cars an

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 23, 2012

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Heyliger urges naturalized citizens to become engaged citizens

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger congratulates the approximately 400 people who have become naturalized citizens last week. The naturalisation ceremony took place at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in the presence of Governor drs Eugene

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Fuel prices go up again

St. Maarten – Gasoline and diesel prices will go up for the second time in just under two weeks on Thursday. This is the second time this month that the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications has approved hike and cit

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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New women’s shelter in the works at Marigot Hill Road

Foundation organizes raffle in March to fund project St. Maarten – The SXM women’s shelter project intends to raise $90,000 in March through a raffle to fund the first phase of a state of the art community service women’s shelter project at

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Richardson: We are looking forward to carnival 2013

St. Maarten - The portrayal of several cultures by revelers highlighted the penultimate event on the schedule for Saint Martin Carnival 2012 and already the Fcdsm president is looking forward to the next one. Thousands of spectators lined the route t

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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New penal code tough on driving under the influence

Maximum penalty from 2 to 9 years St. Maarten – Under the new penal code St. Maarten will for the first time in its history become tough on driving under the influence of alcohol. Under current legislation the maximum punishment is 2 years, but

Opinion - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Unpaid advice to so called animal lovers

Dear Editor, So called animal lovers only love certain animals. They love the dog, the cat, the canary and the dolphin. Most professional animal lovers are women. They love dogs because a dog is faithful and will never betray them. They love the

Opinion - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Appalled

Dear Editor,   I was appalled this morning when a security guard from Mullet Bay Golf Course strongly informed me that pedestrians could no longer walk the fringes of the golf course going from Cupecoy to Maho or vice versa. “You can

Opinion - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Opinion: Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor are always welcome at our newspaper. So far we have set only one condition and that is that writers sign their letters with their true name. After all, we live in a constitutional democracy where citizens have the constitutional

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Opinion: Dangerous jobs

St. Maarten is still the Friendly Island in spite of the seemingly high murder rate of 31.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011. However, for journalists the country is a safe place to work: nobody got murdered in this profession last year, or in the man

Opinion - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Self preservation is what St. Maarten/St. Martin needs

Dear Editor, It’s human nature to want and feel appreciated in our standing in life. What is self-preservation? Self-preservation is the sibling of self-care. In the same way that we need to care for ourselves we need self-protection, too

Editorial - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Editorial: Justice

Of all the stimulants available to consumers, alcohol is probably still the most accepted one. Smoking kills (but selling cigarettes remains legal), marijuana, cocaine and other mind-blowing products are addictive, but alcohol? Nah, don’t touch our

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Phillips gets training in Bermuda

St. Maarten - The Secretary General of the Bureau Ombudsman St. Maarten Patricia Phillips has returned from Bermuda after a one week exchange visit and training at the Bureau Ombudsman. Bermuda’s Ombudsman Arlene Brock is one of the Ombudsmen in th

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Library highlights Anansi stories Friday

St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosts a presentation this Friday between 5:30 p.m. and 7.00 pm that focuses on Anansi folktales. The two presenters are Anansi expert drs Mirto Laclé and popular storyteller Hillie Arduin. Laclé, wh

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Arrindell receives Ombudsman handbook from Arduin

St. Maarten – Ombudsman Nilda Arduin presented President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell with the bureau’s handbook 2011-2012on Tuesday morning. The handbook, which will be updated on an annual basis, comprises of established guidelines for

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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Eight start cake baking and decorating course

St. Maarten - Eight people have registered for a cake baking and decoration course offered by the Small Business Development Foundation (SBDF) as part of its youth entrepreneurship training, which is done in collaboration with the Get off the block,

St. Maarten News - Posted on February 22, 2012

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SOL waiting for approval to build storage tanks

St. Maarten - SOL Antilles NV is waiting for the approval of the local regulatory authorities to begin the construction of a 25,000 barrel storage tank at its Cole Bay terminal, said SOL General Manager David Antrobus. With the new tank built it will

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