St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Kingdom Council of Ministers releases PWC integrity report: “Start the fight against corruption”

St. Maarten – Initiate the fight against corruption, create and launch a strategic communications campaign and increase transparency and public access to information. These are the first three recommendations that appear from the 250-page integrity

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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MPs prefer trip to Panama to parliament meeting

St. Maarten – It was to be expected, but it still was a sight for sore eyes when the rescheduled meeting of Parliament yesterday morning to handle an amendment to the 2014 budget did not get a quorum. Only MPs Hyacinth Richardson and George Pantoph

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Governor appoints Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson as informateurs

St. Maarten - Marcel Gumbs and Joe Richardson have been offered and have accepted an assignment to become the informateurs of the new government of St. Maarten that is expected to be formed as a result of an agreement between Cornilus de Weever and t

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Teens arrested for stealing Hennesy Cognac

St. Maarten - Two teenagers were arrested yesterday after they stole several bottles of Hennesy Cognac from a supermarket in Cole Bay. The eighteen and sixteen year old male suspects with the initials M.D. (18) and J.L.M. (16) were arrested on Fr

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Statement Minister De Weever: “Let my work determine my contribution to our country”

St. Maarten – A “political statement” of 867 words Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor Cornelius de Weever issued last night makes clear that the counterpart policy was the breaking point that drove him to the decision to take

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Caribbean students (Freemovers) get in trouble in the Netherlands

ROTTERDAM – Caribbean youngsters who move on their own to the Netherlands for study often encounter all sorts of problems, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. They do not know very well what life in the Netherlands looks like, and they get

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 29, 2014

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Port St. Maarten a partial Sponsor of SXM Airport Safety and Security Conference

St. Maarten--The port is one of the sponsors of SXM Airport’s Safety & Security Conference 2014 which will bring to the country’s shores over 100 aviation professionals from the Caribbean region, airlines industry reps and civil aviation auth

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Rumors run amok in local politics: Coalition may fall apart with De Weever’s departure

Finance Minister Martin Hassink confers with National Alliance leader William Marlin while (from left) Frans Richardson and Romain Laville look on. In front is NA-MP Hyacinth Richardson. Photo today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten – Rumblings in l

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Formateur gets more time to complete his  mission  

St. Maarten – Yesterday Governor drs. Eugène Holiday, received an update on the formation process from formateur William Marlin. Based on the evaluation of the information presented to the governor in regard to the governing program and the time r

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Girl sentenced to 30 months for cocaine transport

St. Maarten – Rainely De L.M. appears to be a diminutive 21-year-old girl – a child almost by her appearance - but she will spend her foreseeable future behind bars in the Pointe Blanche prison. That is the price for transporting 13.8 kilos of co

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Tourist Bureau embezzlement investigation: Roorda, Labega and Richardson called to testify one more time

St. Maarten – Bas Roorda, Regina Labega, Lisa Koffi, Frans Richardson, Hiro Shigemoto, Alex Richardson, Miguel de Weever and Keith Graham will all be heard at witnesses at the request of the attorney of Edward Dest, the former head of marketing at

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Shooting suspect remains in jail until October trial

Shooting victim Richard Vidal. Photo giveforward.comSt. Maarten – Aleandro de Jesus St. J. loudly proclaimed his innocence yesterday morning in the Court in First Instance, but Judge Koos van de Ven saw no reason to suspend or terminate the def

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Inspector Henson dismisses police brutality claims

St. Maarten - Claims that excessive force was used recently by the police in subduing students of the Sundial School during a fight, and allegations of police brutality, have been dismissed by police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson. “The fig

Uncategorized - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Project ‘Touristic Development Waaigat’ Starts

WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) begins with the ‘Touristic development Waaigat’ project. The implementation of the project is possible with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and the guidance of the Fundashon Desaro

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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Community encouraged to share their stories

GREAT BAY--- The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is calling on the community to share their stories and experiences about working in the hospitality sector in connection with World Tourism Day (WTD) which is observed globally every September 27. The th

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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USM hosts ICT classes for seniors

St. Maarten -The University of St. Maarten (USM) is having a class entitled: “Computers and the forging of cross-communal ties among senior citizens; St. Maarten cultural heritage in the making” for senior members of the community. Dean of Aca

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 25, 2014

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2015 Budget in Council of Ministers today

St. Maarten – There is more or less consensus about the 2015 budget, Finance Minister Martin Hassink said yesterday. Today, the Council of Ministers will handle the draft budget. Upon its approval, it will be sent to the Council of Advice, which wi

Editorial - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Editorial: Moving forward

Today formateur William Marlin will deliver his report to Governor Holiday. There are no surprises expected, or it must be that the governor will also receive the governing program that the three coalition partners put together after the elections.

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Opinion: Inequality (fight at Sundial School)

What is it with students that they have to get into one fight after the other? Yesterday there was a huge fight near the Sundial School. It began with one student fighting with a man who was loitering near the school premises. It did not take long fo

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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After hours smash and grab leaves boutique owner in shock

St. Maarten - Sometime between the late hours on Monday and early on Tuesday morning, a huge stone was used to smash one of the glass windows at the House Of Seduction boutique on Front Street, but because the vandals could not gain entry to the esta

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Fighting students turn on police officers at Sundial School

St. Maarten – International Peace Day does not seem to have had a lasting impression on some students. After there was already a fight at Milton Peters College last week, yesterday around lunchtime a fight broke out between a student of the Sundial

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Solution seems near for 4-year old crime: Man arrested for Clemencia Josie-Ann Julot-murder

St. Maarten – Detectives arrested a 21-year-old man last week as a suspect in a four-year old murder and rape case. The suspect, identified in a press release from the prosecutor’s office as A.R.S.R., is now in pretrial detention for the murder a

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Police arrest robbers on golf course

St. Maarten – Police arrested 18-year-old J.O.M. and 20-year-old H.H. on Monday for robbing two students of the American University in Cupecoy of their possessions on Mullet Bay Beach. The police received a call about the robbery at around 4.30 p.m

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Three under arrest for gun possession

St. Maarten – Police arrested three teenagers on the causeway bridge for gun possession yesterday afternoon. The arrest followed after a report by security at Le Gourmet Marché in Porto Cupecoy. Yesterday morning around 11.30 a.m. security at L

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 24, 2014

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Breast cancer awareness month kicks off next week

St. Maarten - Getting more women to get clinical breast examinations and doing monthly self-breast checks are the focus of Positive Foundation for this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, starting on October 1. Free scheduled screenings at Family Medical

Editorial - Posted on September 23, 2014

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Editorial: Dead letter (short term labor contracts)

The dog and pony show about the abuse of short-term labor contracts has been a familiar guest in the former Island Council and in the Parliament. On Friday, the Social Economic Council published its advice about the changes to the civil code that oug

Opinion - Posted on September 23, 2014

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Opinion: Hilarious question (Dutch MP asks about vote buying)

Reality is weirder than fiction – we all know that. The Dutch parliamentarian Ronald van Raak and Minister Plasterk (Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations) added a new chapter to this perception, when the minister answered questions from Van Raak abou

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 23, 2014

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Ronald Plasterk: “Buying votes undermines St. Maarten’s democratic character”

THE HAGUE – Socialist Party parliamentarian Ronald van Raak received predictable answers from Minister Ronald Plasterk to his questions about the election fraud trial in St. Maarten. “It is not up to the minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relat

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 23, 2014

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SER spots loophole in draft ordinance labor contracts

St. Maarten – The Social Economic Council (SER) has advised Justice Minister Dennis Richardson to remove any mention of a maximum term from the draft national ordinance on labor contracts. The current draft still contains this term and the SER warn

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 23, 2014

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Restaurant-owner remains jailed for eight more days

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction extended the detention of the 75-year-old owner of Toppers restaurant by eight days yesterday. Last week police visited the restaurant in Simpson Bay and found a handgun and ammunition for which the owner, H.A

St. Maarten News - Posted on September 23, 2014

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Incredible amount of trash collected at 2014 International Coastal Cleanup

St. Maarten - On Sunday September 21 a crowd of 247 enthusiastic nature minded volunteers showed up at the La Belle Creole property on Nettle Bay to volunteer for the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers consisting of high school stu

Editorial - Posted on September 22, 2014

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Editorial: Seven robberies

Guns, machetes and baseball bats. Armed robbery seems to have reached new heights with the recording of seven of such incidents during the last week. In all cases, supermarkets were the target. That the people working in these places are feeling i

Opinion - Posted on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Lose the attitude (and learn Dutch)

Lived here for 10 years and still can't speak Dutch? Get off your high horse and stop making excuses, says Canadian national Natasha Cloutier. She is speaking about the Netherlands, of course, but her observations are also valuable for St. Maarten an

Opinion - Posted on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

While students of several secondary schools peacefully attended a peace symposium at the University of Saint Martin on Friday, chaos and havoc ruled in St. Peters where students of the Vocational School and the Milton Peters College clashed on two su

Uncategorized - Posted on September 22, 2014

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Aruba - barricades

Protest against higher electricity tariffs spins out of control

The police set up barricades to keep the crowd at bay. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Ariën RasmijnORANJESTAD, Aruba – A manifestation of the Group of Seven and the opposition against higher electricity tariffs spun out of control on Friday afterno

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