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Thursday, July 22, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman indicted in the murder of a Peruvian woman and prime suspect in the disappearance of an American girl in Aruba, is showing "psychopathic tendencies," a media-quoted medical report said Monday. Van der Sloot is being held in a maximum security prison in Lima. read more...



Thursday, July 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- A US grand jury in the southern state of Alabama on Wednesday indicted Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot on charges of wire fraud and extortion, the Department of Justice said. Van der Sloot is being held in Peru on charges of murder in the death last month of a Peruvian woman. read more...



Monday, June 28, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- A Peruvian judge has rejected a request by the Dutch suspect in last month's killing of a young woman to retract his murder confession. The lawyer for Joran van der Sloot, 22, claimed that a statement his client made confessing to the crime was made under duress and should be invalidated. read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- The Dutch suspect in last month's killing of a young woman in Lima refused to answer a Peruvian judge's questions on Monday after his lawyer claimed a confession to the crime was made under duress. Joran van der Sloot "made no statement before the judge" who questioned him. read more...



Monday, June 21, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- The Dutch suspect in the killing of a US teenager on holiday in Aruba five years ago will go before a judge on Monday to face questions about the killing of a young Peruvian woman in May. Joran Van der Sloot confessed to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores, found beaten to death in his Lima hotel room. read more...



Friday, June 18, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- A judge will question Dutch suspect Joran Van der Sloot on Monday in the killing of a Peruvian woman in May, the Superior Court of Lima said Thursday. Van der Sloot will give his version of events to Judge Carlos Morales regarding the May 30 death of Stephany Flores, 21, found beaten to death. read more...



Saturday, June 12, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- A Dutchman charged with the murder of a Peruvian woman will tell police where to find the body of a US teen who disappeared in Aruba in 2005, a senior Peruvian police investigator said on Friday.  General Cesar Guardia, who is leading the investigation into Joran Van der Sloot's role... read more...



Friday, June 11, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- Joran Van der Sloot, a longtime suspect in the disappearance five years ago of a US teen in Aruba, was taken Thursday to a Lima detention center after admitting he killed a young Peruvian woman. The 22-year old Dutchman, was transferred from police custody to judicial authorities to await trial. read more...



Thursday, June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- The FBI on Wednesday rejected reports it had paid murder suspect Joran Van der Sloot 25,000 dollars in sting money and insisted its probe of the Dutchman did not prompt his flight to Peru, where he is under arrest for a new murder. Van der Sloot, 22, is the prime suspect in the... read more...



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- A Dutchman who is the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a US teen in Aruba has confessed to beating to death a Peruvian race car driver's daughter late last month, police said on Tuesday. Joran Van der Sloot, 22, told officials that on May 30 he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez. read more...



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TORONTO, Canada (Reuters) -- Valero Energy Corp expects to begin planned work at its closed refinery in Aruba in the next week or so and to have it completed in early September, a company spokesman said on Monday. The refinery, which was closed due to poor economics last July, has had ongoing maintenance. read more...



Monday, June 7, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AFP) -- The Dutchman suspected in the murder of a Peruvian woman and the disappearance of a US teenager in Aruba five years ago is guaranteed a fair trial in Peru, the country's interior minister said on Saturday. The suspect, Joran Van Der Sloot, 22, appeared handcuffed and wearing a bullet-proof vest. read more...



Saturday, June 5, 2010

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) -- The Dutch navy seized 1.32 tonnes of cocaine from a ship off the Dutch Antilles islands, the defence ministry said on Saturday, a day after France announced a record bust in the region. The Dutch frigate Van Speijk discovered the cocaine wrapped in 66 individual bags. read more...



Saturday, June 5, 2010

TACNA, Peru (AFP) -- A Dutchman suspected in the murder of a Peruvian woman last week and the disappearance of a US teenager in Aruba five years ago was deported to Peru on Friday, one day after being arrested in Chile. Joran van der Sloot, 22, was handed over to Peruvian police at the border. read more...



Friday, June 4, 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) -- A Dutch national linked to a US teenager's disappearance in Aruba five years ago has been captured in Chile and held in a probe into the murder of a Peruvian woman, Chilean police said here. Joran van der Sloot, 22, was stopped in a taxi in Chile after entering the country from Peru. read more...



Thursday, June 3, 2010

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) -- A Dutch national linked to a teenager's disappearance in Aruba five years ago is being sought in Chile in connection with the stabbing death of a Peruvian woman in a Lima hotel. Joran van der Sloot, 22, was a key suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway. read more...



Saturday, May 8, 2010

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Regional airline Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) ticket office was robbed earlier this morning by three gun toting youths. Managing Director of WINAIR, Edwin Hodge said the three young men posed as customers and held up the two female employees in the ticket office. read more...



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands has signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with Aruba. The agreement, exchanged via courier, was considered legally binding following signature on 20 April 2010 by Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush in his capacity as... read more...



Friday, April 23, 2010

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) -- Dutch police have detained 20 people for smuggling cocaine in containers for in-flight meals and waste on planes flying between the Dutch Antilles and the Netherlands, police said on Thursday. "Twenty suspects have been arrested over the last four months... read more...



Monday, April 19, 2010

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Regional airline Windward Islands Airways has announced a promotion geared at providing special fares to patrons wanting to attend the largest cultural festivity of St Maarten. According to WINAIR’s vice president of marketing, Claudio Buncamper, these special Carnival fares... read more...



Thursday, March 11, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Aruban businessman Roberino Faro and Logistics Officer Larry Phillips of the company, Fruit & Veggie in a box met with Guyana's Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud on Monday to discuss the sourcing of fruits and vegetables from Guyanese farmers. read more...



Friday, March 5, 2010

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (Reuters) - The Isla refinery run by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on the Caribbean island of Curacao is likely to remain mostly or completely shut down for weeks, plant and supplier sources said on Thursday. Two of three air compressors have failed. read more...



Thursday, March 4, 2010

BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Maarten, St Kitts and Jamaica are the leading countries that are able to comfortably host major conferences within the region, according to Ackroyd Birmingham, treasurer of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions and Conference Chairman. read more...



Monday, March 1, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuelan oil company PDVSA may withdraw from the 320,000 barrel-per-day Isla refinery it operates in Curacao to protest US military operations on the Caribbean island, Ultimas Noticias newspaper reported, citing an interview with Venezuela's oil minister. read more...



Saturday, February 27, 2010

While the topic of Constitutional changes for the Netherlands-Antilles might not be controversial for certain politicians in the Netherlands and/or in Netherlands-Antilles, let it be known that for we the native-indigenous people of St. Maarten the significance of this topic goes far beyond being only controversial. read more...



Saturday, February 20, 2010

In reference to statements made by you as reported in the Daily Herald of, Wednesday, February 17, 2010, as well as our response to you as reported on the website smn-news.com, we hereby make ourselves available to you as well as other interested parties, in order to give content to your proposal. read more...



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On Monday, February 15, 2010, there was an interview on the St Maarten radio-station PJD-2 with Mr Remco Stomp, lawyer and secretary of the Bar Association. In this interview the good gentleman expressed his concern that illegal immigrants, based on the BTA (Brooks Tower Accord)... read more...



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A letter to the editor was sent by me on Sunday, February 7, 2010, to this website;. I must commend this website for being professional in respecting the universal freedom of expression by allowing for the input of various opinions. In that regard, it is very interesting that on the 'Friendly island' of St Maarten/St Martin... read more...



Monday, February 8, 2010

An I-petition ‘For the love of Haiti and its People’, has just been launched online. This I-petition is the initiative of the well known St Martin nation-building grassroot movement on the island of St Martin/Sint Maarten. While this grassroot St Martin movement has already committed itself financially and otherwise... read more...



Friday, January 29, 2010

LONDON, England -- Trayport Exchange Systems on Thursday announced two new contracts with the Barbados Stock Exchange and the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange NV. Trayport’s Exchange Trading System will provide both exchanges with a fully integrated trading platform. read more...



Saturday, January 23, 2010

HOUSTON, USA (Reuters) -- Aruba's government hopes the settlement of a tax dispute with Valero Energy Corp over its idled refinery on the island will win approval from parliament "as soon as possible," a government spokesman said. The dispute has been seen as a roadblock to the sale of the refinery. read more...



Friday, January 22, 2010

HOUSTON, USA (Reuters) -- Valero Energy Corp said a framework to resolve a long-standing dispute over taxes on its Aruba refinery had been worked out with the Aruban government, but must be approved by parliament. A representative of the Aruban prime minister's office was not available to comment. read more...



Friday, January 22, 2010

It was simply heart-rending to watch the images of Haitians living among the dead as they waited for food and water; to say nothing of those who waited for emergency medical treatment or to be rescued before earthquake rubble became their tomb. But this emotion was mollified somewhat by... read more...



Thursday, January 14, 2010

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -- An ArkeFly flight carrying 235 people from Amsterdam to Aruba in the Caribbean was forced to divert to Ireland on Wednesday after an unruly Dutch passenger made bomb threats during the flight. ArkeFly said Flight 361 landed at Shannon Airport, where the man was handed over to authorities. read more...



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TORONTO, Canada (Reuters) -- Valero Energy Corp, state oil giant PetroChina and Aruba's Prime Minister Mike Eman on Tuesday were negotiating the sale of Valero's refinery located in the Caribbean nation, according to a government spokesman. The refinery has been on the sales block for at least a year. read more...



Thursday, December 24, 2009

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (Reuters) -- Dutch teenage sailor Laura Dekker whose round-the-world voyage was blocked by the courts fled last week to the Caribbean island of St Martin to buy a boat and start her voyage, her lawyer said Wednesday. Dekker, 14, went missing last Thursday but was found on St Martin. read more...



Monday, December 21, 2009

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) -- A Dutch teenager who went missing after child welfare authorities thwarted her attempt to become the youngest person to sail singlehanded round the world has been found in the Dutch Antilles.  Laura Dekker, 14, had been found on the Caribbean island of St Martin. read more...



Friday, December 18, 2009

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Windward Islands Airways International (Winair) hosted its first Tourist Office conference. The one day conference was held in St Maarten and was attended by a number of tourist board representatives from the airline’s destinations. Vice President and Director of Marketing... read more...



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Parliaments from Aruba, Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles vowed to strengthen cooperation in several fields during discussions here in Paramaribo. Delegations from Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles concluded a three-day visit to Suriname over the weekend expressing optimism. read more...



Friday, December 11, 2009

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Chatting happily with new friends around the bar at Boleros, the Latin music and dance spot on the Oasis of the Seas, Bonnie Simpson is having a good time. The ship is hours outside of the port of Philipsburg, St Maarten, but the party continues on the decks well into the night. read more...



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