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Officer tells tourist ‘don’t mess with me’

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~ When asked for ID in Maho raid ~

MAHO--A plainclothes officer told a 74-year-old man who was vacationing in

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‘Shotgun budget’ tabled in Parliament by Gibson

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Finance Minister Richard Gibson (right) with MP Maurice Lake. 

PHILIPSBURG--Parliament is faced with a “shotgun budget” as the draft 2016 budget was described by Finance Minister Richard Gibson. The Minister tabled the budget, totalling NAf. 438,000,000 in the Central Committee meeting of Parliament on Monday morning. 

  There is “no time to do the budget as it should have been done” and to get all policies from the seven ministries covered, said the Minister. “There is a certain pain in the budget, becaus ... Read more

Maho condemns ‘aggressive,’ ‘shameful’ raid, visitors harassed, management not informed

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~ Has video surveillance of incident ~

 

MAHO--The Sonesta Maho Group of Companies has condemned the “shameful” and “aggressive” manner in which a joint control was conducted on its property last week Thursday, noting that guests were intimidated during the process, a l ... Read more

Orient Beach tenants mull legal action if satisfaction not obtained

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~ Architect insists project has ‘been done by the book ~

ORIENT BAY--Three local proprietors of the new restaurant units on Orient Beach who have not signed contracts with the Collectivité based on their claims the buildings have not been constructed to French code in addition to contesting what they view as prohibitively high rent said Monday this was their “final stand.”

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Four MPs question budget allocations

2 hours 25 min ago

PHILIPSBURG--Only four Members of Parliament (MPs) have so far questioned the allocation in the draft 2016 budget as its handling started in the Central Committee of Parliament on Monday. Only MP Tamara Leonard (UP) requested information related to the budget in writing prior to the start of the debate. She submitted her questions last week to the Minister via Wescot-Williams.

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Govt. to index its casino fees

2 hours 28 min ago

PHILIPSBURG--Casinos can expect to pay more in fees as early as the end of this year. Government is working on legislation to index casino gaming fees. The current legislation outlining the gaming fees dates back to 1979.

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10th EDF agreement signed for Dutch Quarter facelift

2 hours 34 min ago

PHILIPSBURG--Thanks to funding made available by the European Union (EU) the upgrading of Dutch Quarter will take place soon.

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Health inspectorate to continue controls

2 hours 36 min ago

~ Lee clarifies misconceptions ~

PHILIPSBURG--The Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Inspectorate will continue its inspections relating to compliance with food safety, Health Minister Emil Lee said in a press release on Monday.

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Emmanuel requests study on setting up development bank

2 hours 46 min ago

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel has called on the Social Economic Council SER to conduct a study on the benefits and economic impact the establishment of a development bank would have for the country.

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NA Board says UP has awaken from slumber

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 01:25

PHILIPSBURG--National Alliance (NA) Board said in a press statement it is happy to see United People’s (UP) party leader Member of Parliament (MP) Theo Heyliger and the UP Board “have awaken from their slumber” and have expressed concerns about the people of St. Maarten.

  The NA Board said, “It is just a shame that this concern does not show itself when the UPP party is in the Executive Branch of Government. It is also a shame the way the UPP ... Read more

‘Shotgun budget’ tabled in Parliament by Gibson

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 23:34

PHILIPSBURG--Parliament is faced with a “shotgun budget” as the draft 2016 budget was described by Finance Minister Richard Gibson. The Minister tabled the budget, totaling NAf 438,000 in the Central Committee meeting of Parliament on this morning.  

  There is “no time to do the budget as it should have been done” and to get all policies from the seven ministries covered, said the Minister. “There is a certain pain in the budget, becaus ... Read more

Rotaract Sunrise Presents Vocational Awards

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 22:34

From left to right: Professional Development Director Micaela Hart, Award recipients Mr. Darren Wilson, Ms. Elisia Lake, Mr. Paul Bell and President Kimberley Duzong.

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St. Maarten Midday Weather Forecast for Monday

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 22:03

DATE ISSUED: Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC)

VALID UNTIL: Tuesday midday (12:00 LST) February 09, 2016

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Man dies aftershooting in French Cul de Sac Sunday

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 21:54

Kevin Metura, also known as Bones (Facebook Picture).

ST. MARTIN—Gendarmerie officers are investigation the shooting of Kevin “Bones” Metura who died Sunday night after being shot by unknown gunmen in the district of French Cul de sac. The reason behind the shooting is unknown to French authorities.

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Leona calls for urgent meeting on suspension of inspections

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 21:15

PHILIPSBURG--The “unlawful interference” by the Council of Ministers (CoM) in the job of food safety and health inspectors, and the hindrance of inspectors from work independently have led to independent Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin-Romeo calling for an urgent Parliament meeting with Health Minister Emil Lee.

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Funto being sold in local groceries

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:55

PHILIPSBURG--Concerned and drawing attention to the sale of “Funto” at groceries on the island, Eugene “Gino” Heyliger wants authorities to look into the sale of this drug as soon as possible. Heyliger said in a press statement on Sunday: “As an aspiring politician, it has come to my understanding that individuals and mini-markets in the community have been selling ‘funto.’ 

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Hot N Spicy troupe steals the show during Carnival parade

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:49

MARIGOT--Frédérique Porier’s Hot N Spicy troupe looks to be dead certain for a slew of awards once judging is complete after the flamboyant troupe, all feathers and finery in glorious colours, produced another spectacular show during the adult Carnival parade on Sunday.

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Activists demand clarity on status of Iguana Park

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:44

BELVEDERE--Concerned residents and organizations tasked with caring for the welfare of animals and of conservation management have asked for clarity regarding permits and Government’s position on the situation at the so-called “Iguana Park.” Organizations are concerned about cases of animal abuse and neglect at the park.

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La Bamba Beach Bar demolished Sunday

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:39

SIMPSON BAY--La Bamba Beach Bar was shut down by Government on Sunday morning when Public Works officials demolished the structures that were erected illegally by the La Bamba management after it was evicted from a parcel of land belonging to Tesi N.V. on Saturday.

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Heyliger: ‘Govt. demands from GEBE detrimental’

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:35

PHILIPSBURG--The National Alliance (NA)-led Government is “ransacking GEBE for NAF. 31 million with no remorse for the ramifications it will have for the country,” said United People’s (UP) party leader Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger in a press statement issued on Sunday.

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