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Uncategorized - Posted by on January 2, 2014

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Opinion: St. Maarten Enviro tax

Here is another suggestion that went nowhere in 2013 in St. Maarten. There was no interest in this idea whatsoever. Not to rub it in, but to bring the idea back to the forefront, we reprint here what we wrote in November of last year about a measure

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on December 20, 2013

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Killers Helmin Wiels received half a million

Pro forma hearing brings details about assassination to light Curacao – The unknown party that commissioned the assassination of Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels paid the killers half a million guilders (close to $280,000). The prosecution su

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2013

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Former Antillean PM De Jongh-Elhage: “I am shocked” – AIVD spied illegally on Booi and El Hage

KRALENDIJK – The Dutch intelligence service AIVD spied on politicians in Bonaire between 2005 and 2010, an investigation by NRC Handelsblad revealed yesterday. The targets of this illegal operation that was kept secret from the Antillean cabinet we

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 15, 2013

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Light pollution talk right on target

SABA / By Suzanne Nielsen —Astronomer Stephan Martin’s Thursday night talk on light pollution was more prophetic that he realized. His lecture at the Sea and Learn conference on the dangers of artificial lightening was only hours before neighbor

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 9, 2013

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Founder Saba Medical School on trial for tax evasion in US

Founder Saba Medical School on trial for tax evasion in US

[caption id="attachment_25380" align="alignleft" width="150"] Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough. Photo Vitals.com[/caption] KRALENDIJK / FORT MYERS - Patricia Hough, according to her lawyers, is an altruistic psychiatrist who helped her husband build two Ca

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 8, 2013

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Family members Miss Curacao arrested on drugs charges

WILLEMSTAD – Eline de Pool, recently crowned as Miss Curacao, may lose her crown because her father, her brother, her uncle and two of her cousins were arrested last Saturday for drugs and weapons possession. The 19-year-old won with her title the

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 7, 2013

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Preparations underway to observe St. Maarten’s Constitution Day

St. Maarten – Preparations are well underway to celebrate the third anniversary of St. Maarten achieving country status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A solemn session of the House of Parliament will be held to commemorate the anniversar

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 4, 2013

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William Marlin about Dutch integrity investigation order: “Politicians have brought this upon themselves”

St. Maarten – National Alliance leader William Marlin is back in his role as Member of Parliament and he grabbed the opportunity yesterday in the meeting requested by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Justice Minister Dennis Richardson to gi

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 26, 2013

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First draft 2014 budget to Council of Ministers soon

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s 2014 budget will be approved and signed into law before the end of the year. Finance Minister Maarten Hassink re-confirmed the government’s intention to achieve this goal. “It is a very tight schedule, but all minist

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Alzheimer patients in Aruba victim of neglect and abuse

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – “Some patients are tied to their beds for the sake of convenience. They have to sit in their own feces for days because there is no time to clean them up,” says Melva Croes-Yánez, the president of the Alzheimer Foundation i

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Sea & Learn eco-awareness event begins October 1

THE BOTTOM, Saba – Sea & Learn 2013 is an upcoming series of events on Saba organized to “enhance your environmental awareness.” A highly renowned group of international experts in various fields will descend on the island to deliver many f

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Inmates Bonaire prison on hunger strike again

KRALENDIJK, Bonaire –Foreign inmates in the prison in Bonaire went on hunger strike again yesterday morning, after they stopped a similar action a couple of weeks ago. Several Bonairean inmates support the action. A spokesman for the inmates sai

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 19, 2013

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St. Maarten bodybuilders wing out today

Pierre Ferland, Head at Pineapple Pete, shares a light moment with Desmond Patterson who will be competing in the heavy weight category at this year’s CAC Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships in the Dominican Republic this weekend. Photo To

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Wiels murder suspect Pretu found dead in police cell

Wiels murder suspect Pretu found dead in police cell

Florentina, aka Pretu, arrives in Curacao after his arrest in Zoetermeer. Photo Crimesite CamilleriWILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Luigi Lorenzo Florentina is dead. The 27-year-old committed suicide in his cell in Barber by hanging himself with parts of

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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St. Maarten Prime Minister outlines plans for pilot projects

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has outlined plans to launch two pilot projects that will address areas where St. Maarten is lacking based on the ‘Millennium Development Goal Report for St. Maarten’. The prime minister exp

Uncategorized - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Wifol calls for workers security during business changeovers

St. Maarten AY- Wifol president Theophilus Thompson is registering concern over what he calls a “very serious problem within the labor market.” He believes that many businesses are now patterning themselves after the fiasco involving Pelican Reso

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Workers reject 50 percent Cola payment

GREAT BAY- Civil servants and teachers have now expressed the desire to have the complete payment of their cost of living adjustment (Cola) indexed to their salaries, following a general membership meeting last week. The workers who fall under the

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 26, 2013

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Two Bonairean politicians to court in November: Booi confident about corruption-trial

KRALENDIJK – Ramonsito Booi and Burney El Hage will appear in court on November 25 to face charges of corruption, money laundering, forgery and fraud. El Hage is a former Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles and currently a Comm

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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GreenTown collaborates with European Investment Bank – Millions for making refinery green

WILLEMSTAD – GreenTown Curacao teams up with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to replace the heavily polluting oil refinery with a lively green waterfront city. The €5 billion ($6.4 billion) cost of GreenTown is consistent with the priorities e

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Silent march for victims sponsor run Curacao

Pastor Curtis Meris addresses the crowd at the place of the fatal accident. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Dick Drayer WILLEMSTAD – Around 500 relatives, friends acquaintances and others took part in a silent march to commemorate the death of three

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Corallo reports to Italian authorities

Corallo reports to Italian authorities

Attorney expects detention to be brief ROME / St. Maarten – Atlantis World and BPlus Giocolegale Ltd. owner Francesco Corallo is currently detained in  Rome for questioning about his role in the Banco Popolare di Milano scandal. Corallo volunta

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Sponsor run hit probably caused by alcohol

WILLEMSTAD – The 23-year-old driver who drove into the crowd yesterday morning and killed three joggers was, according to Police spokesman Reginald Huggins, amongst others under the influence of alcohol and was not in possession of a driver’s lic

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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New arrest in Wiels murder case

WILLEMSTAD – The police in Curacao arrested a woman in connection with the murder of PS Leader Helmin Wiels, NRC Handelsblad published on its website yesterday. After the arrest of the 43-year-old woman with the initials M.A.B., police officers

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 5, 2013

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Three joggers die in sponsor run

Three joggers die in sponsor run

The bodies of the three victims who are being investigated by police officers in Willemstad. Photo ANPWILLEMSTAD – Three joggers who participated in a sponsor run yesterday in Curacao were killed when a 23-year-old man drove with high speed into th

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2013

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Firearms replace security for ministers in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - Gun-toting ministers. That will soon be the situation in Curacao when Justice Minister Nelson Navarro, administrative affairs Minister Etienne van der Horst and economic Affairs Minister Stanley Palm will go to work armed with a firearm.

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 25, 2013

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70 Students depart for Netherlands on Sunday

St. Maarten - On Sunday 70 students from St. Maarten will depart on the 12.30 p.m. flight to Amsterdam where they will continue their studies in the capital, in nearby Diemen, The Hague or Rotterdam. Two representatives of the study financing departm

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 25, 2013

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Dutch Prime Minister Rutte visits Port of St. Maarten

Mingo very pleased with visit prime minister and delegation St. Maarten – The cruise tourism figures for cruise and cargo movements in 2012 for the three Kingdom countries of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten were given to Dutch Prime Minister Mark

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 23, 2013

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Report in NRC Handelsblad: “Politicians knew about plan to assassinate Wiels”

The late Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels.WILLEMSTAD - Politicians in Curacao knew about the plan to assassinate Pueblo Soberano-leader Helmin Wiels. Tom-Jan Meeus reports in NRC Handelsblad that the prosecutor's office in Curacao has "strong

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Scandal at National Security Service – Checks and balances led to discovery of malversation

St. Maarten- Did the head of the National Security Service VDSM James R. disappear without a trace? Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams declined to answer the question at yesterday's press briefing. Late on Monday afternoon, the PM sent out a press

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 10, 2013

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Bonairean foundation wants action from Minister Plasterk

KRALENDIJK - The Foundation for Good Governance in Bonaire calls on Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk to intervene resolutely in the governing crisis, Belkis Osepa reports on Caribisch Netwerk. The foundation suggest as a

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 20, 2013

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Da Fonte: “Wiels was murdered by his own party”

WILLEMSTAD – The life partner of the murdered political leader says that Wiels did not have security for weeks before he was killed. His own party Pueblo Soberano gave the order to stop the bodyguard service for the Member of Parliament. This is w

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on March 28, 2013

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Curacao’s Hodge cabinet resigned yesterday

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – During the weekly Council of Ministers’ meeting, Prime Minister Daniel Hodge has decided to turn in the resignation of his cabinet to the Governor of Curacao. The cabinet is now a demissionary government and the process of f

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 5, 2013

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Author Mark Yokoyama aims for global audience – Fundraising drive for wildlife guide

Grand Case - March 4, 2013 – Author Mark Yokoyama’s The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin has brought St. Martin’s unique fauna to thousands, both in print and online. Now, with a totally-updated new edition almost complete, he h

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 19, 2013

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Attorney says eviction in Fort Willem is legal – Brooks: “This is wrong and unfair”

St. Maarten – “We have been wrongfully accused of drugs and weapon possession and we want to set that record straight,” Phyllis Brooks, a member of the family that was evicted from its houses in Fort Willem last Saturday, said. “No drugs, wea

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 18, 2013

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Insel Air will not expand to Venezuela

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The aviation company Insel Air has decided to temporarily stop the expansion of its flights to Venezuela. This is a direct consequence of the devaluation of the bolivar, which since today has become one third less compared

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