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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 2, 2015

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DP wants action with timeshare legislation

  St. Maarten– The ministry of tourism and economic affairs is going back to the drawing board with timeshare legislation and that is not to the liking of the Democratic Party. DP-MP Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday that the party would

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 2, 2015

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Government Administration Building remains empty: White Elephant remains a burden

Government Administration Building remains empty: White Elephant remains a burden

  Will there ever be light at the end of the tunnel? The lobby of the new government administration building is empty and waiting to be properly furnished. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar     St. Maarten – The new government

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2015

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Financial supervision law triggers riots in Aruba

  Protesters used bullhorns to incite the crowd in front of the parliament building. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Ariën Rasmijn ORANJESTAD – Police arrested several people and protesters set a large traffic sign on fire on the boulevard in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2015

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Minister Hassink’s mission impossible in The Hague: “I do not think I will get the instruction off the table”

  THE HAGUE – Finance Minister Martin Hassink was in The Hague this week, because next week the Kingdom Council of Ministers threatens to impose an instruction on the country in its meeting of September 4, Pieter Hofmann reports on Caribisc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2015

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More than just weed

  A worker removes bags of Sargassum from the shoreline of Great Bay. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - The invasion of Sargassum, seaweed on beaches on St Maarten and the surrounding islands is a timely reminder that you get mor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2015

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Two new attorneys at Gibson law firm, St. Maarten

  Attorneys Adarsh Sewgobind and Caroline van Hees at the offfices of Gibson and Associates. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - On Friday morning, Adarsh Sewgobind and Caroline van Hees, were sworn in as attorneys-at-law by the Jo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 1, 2015

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Orient Bay named “sexiest beach” in the Caribbean

Orient Bay named “sexiest beach” in the Caribbean

  Orient Bay has the sexiest beach in the Caribbean according to Caribbean Journal. Photo screenshot CJ   St. Maarten – Caribbean Journal has named Orient Bay the “sexiest beach in the Caribbean,” before Seven Mile Beach in N

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Plasterk and Richardson smoke a peace pipe in The Hague

  Protocol remains in place, cooperation back on track ST. MAARTEN / THE HAGUE – Tensions between the Netherlands and St. Maarten have eased after a meeting between Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, Minister of Safety and Justice Ard

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Failed killing spree results in lengthy prison sentences

St. Maarten – Long prison sentences for Renald Reo Reymond and Rolando Cecil Trevor Arrindell and an acquittal for 25-year old Parbattie G. concluded the trial on Wednesday morning in the Court in First Instance about the failed killing spree the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Tropical Storm Erika leaves island in one piece

  Huge waves, driven by Tropical Storm Erika battered the coast. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten – Tropic al Storm Erika did not live up to expectations and given the chaos the storm caused on other islands like Dominica, that i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Princess Heights nominated for CHTA Chief awards

St. Maarten – The luxury boutique hotel Princess Heights, managed by Emil Lee, is among the 29 nominees for the inaugural Chief Awards of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association CHTA. The finalists will be announced at the end of this month and

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Remembering Frank Mingo: “A force to be reckoned with”

Remembering Frank Mingo: “A force to be reckoned with”

  Frank Mingo holding his one of his sons on vacation. Photo contributed St. Maarten / By Andrew Dick - The late Frank Mingo was a force to be reckoned with says Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs who served with him in the Netherlands Antilles

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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No newspapers on Thursday: Tropical Storm Erika is upon us tonight

  The projected path of Tropical Storm Erika. Photo screenshot National Hurricane Center St. Maarten – The center of Tropical Storm Erika is expected to pass near St. Maarten tonight or around 2 a.m. on Thursday. The National Hurricane

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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Editorial: Good job to the Police

The multi-disciplinary team that investigated a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub returned quick results. Yesterday afternoon detectives arrested five suspects near the airport who were on their way to flee the country. The presumption of in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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Team Brunel enlisted for next Heineken Regatta: Volvo Ocean racer chooses St. Maarten as winter base 

  Bowman Gerd-Jan Poortman (left) and skipper Bouwe Bekking hold up the prematurely issues first place flag for next year’s Heineken Regatta. Photo contributed.   St. Maarten – The Volvo Ocean 65 sailing boat of Team Brunel-Sa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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Another suspect released in Oro Diamante jewelry store robbery investigation

St. Maarten - 18 year old J.J was released from pre-trail detention this past weekend according to Press Prosecutor Karola van Nie who said the suspect is no longer needed in relation to this case.  The suspect was arrested along with three others

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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Latoya Lake launches her first book on Friday

  From left: Tishani Doshi with local author Latoya Lake, Myriam Haar and Ruby Bute at Doshi’s writing workshop at the Book Fair in June. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar   St. Maarten – Local author Latoya Lake will launch her

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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St. Maarten Police arrest car thieves after chase

St. Maarten – Police arrested two car thieves on Saturday after the men fled from a routine traffic control. During the ensuing chase, the suspects slammed their vehicle into another car, causing injuries to its driver. The officers noted that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2015

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St. Maarten Police grab five Son Latino burglars at the airport

St. Maarten Police grab five Son Latino burglars at the airport

  Police officers surround one of the suspects during his arrest at the airport. Photo Today / Leo Brown St. Maarten – Police arrested five suspects of a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub on Illidge road yesterday at the airport. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Tropical storm Danny UPDATE

Tropical storm Danny UPDATE

St. Maarten - Hurricane Danny lost power over the weekend and is now a tropical storm. Nevertheless, the meteorological services expect the storm to bring winds of 80 to 100 kilometer per hour on Monday. The government on the Dutch side has ordered

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Pensioner Pemberton ponders Hurricane Danny’s arrival

  Constancia Eduardo Pemberton in front of her renovated home that was severely damaged by Hurricane Gonzalo in October of last year. Photo Today / Milton Pieters St. Maarten - Constancia Eduardo Pemberton, a resident of Madrid Drive in D

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Schools close for Danny, no newspapers on Monday

St. Maarten – The approach of Hurricane Danny has the island on high alert. Schools will be closed and the two local newspapers have suspended publication for Monday. Today will provide storm-related updates via its website todaysxm.com as long as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Winair cancels all flights for Monday

  St. Maarten – Winair has canceled all flight for Monday due to the approaching of Hurricane Danny. Tomorrow, the airline will carry out its regular schedule with the exception of the flights to Tortola and Dominica that have been suspend

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Court imposes youth-measure for the first time

  The youth care facility in Cay Bay, the Miss Lalie Center. Photo contributed. St. Maarten – During a court hearing behind closed doors on Wednesday, the Court in First Instance sentenced a 14-year-old suspect to a so-called PIJ-measur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Gebe closed on Monday

St. Maarten – Utilities company Gebe remains closed on Monday due to the weather conditions. Continuous services will remain operational, the company said in a press release. For emergencies, citizens should call 1 844 432   32 13. After t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Out-patient clinic SMMC closed on Monday

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Medical Center keeps its out-patient clinic closed on  Monday due to the arrival of Hurricane Danny. All appointments will be rescheduled, the hospital said in a brief press statement. The emergency room and the in-p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Robbers make big hole in wall of grocery store

  Store owner upset about robbery that took place. Photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Grocery store Pondfill Food Market, located in the Van Grieken  Building, was robbed Friday morning at about 2 a.m. by bandits who made a large ho

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Small company builds system to collect Sargassum seaweed

Small company builds system to collect Sargassum seaweed

  The Sargator, a boat capable of dredging Sargassum seaweed from the water close to the shore, in action in Pétit-Bourg, Guadeloupe. Photo screenshot la1ere.fr St. Maarten – A small company with no more than five employees in Guadeloup

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Row over CID-regulation: Minister demands better cooperation from RST

St. Maarten – Attorney-General Guus Schram informed Justice Minister Dennis Richardson towards the end of June about changes to the Criminal Intelligence Division (CID) regulation. The content of this regulation is not public, Norman Serphos, the s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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“This defendant crossed the limits of decency”: School girl sentenced for vicious fight

St. Maarten – In the end, the tears came from 18-year-old Jameirys Vanessa Rombley, the teenager who got into a brutal fight at the Milton Peters College with a 14-year-old fellow-student on March 23. The Court in First Instance had just sentenced

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Nature Foundation manager Bervoets: “We are concerned about the coming months”

GREAT BAY - The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has been researching the effects of the on-going drought conditions the island has been experiencing for the past few months. The foundation researched water level, the number and state of animals and t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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Bolita denies all responsibility for attack with machete

St. Maarten – Faced with irrefutable evidence, 35-year-old Nathanael Alberto C.A. flat-out denied to the court that he had done anything wrong, like slashing a man with a machete on July 29, 2013. Prosecutor Karola van Nie demanded 4 years of impri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 24, 2015

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MP Lake questions Cadastre-situation

St. Maarten – Allowing Cadastre-director Clemens Roos to finish his contract on the island before sitting out his sentence is a breach of integrity, United People’s party MP Maurice Lake states in a press release. “Is there one rule of integri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2015

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$14,700 collected in nine days: Benjamin Foundation receives first donation

  St. Maarten - The Gamali Benjamin Foundation received a first check of $12,400 yesterday at the Island 92 studios in Simpson Bay. Radio personality Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin presented the check to the foundation’s representative Pau

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 21, 2015

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Consultant Archer-Cunningham: Voluntourism offers major opportunities

ST. MAARTEN / NEW YORK - The Caribbean may be missing an important opportunity by not fully tapping into the growing volunteer tourism or "voluntourism" market, according to veteran community development expert and nonprofit advisor Kwayera Archer-

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