St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Kingdom government shoots reform proposals down

  St. Maarten News – The kingdom government has serious objections to the proposed anti-ship jumping measures the Marlin cabinet has in mind. If the government does not address these objections, Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations)

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Octogenarian and his wife remain behind bars

St. Maarten News – Victor A.R. and Ingrid F. remain behind bars, the Court in First Instance ruled yesterday. The 81-year-old R. and his 55-year-old wife had asked the court on Wednesday for their release, citing health issues. The two suspects,

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Panel discussion aims to revive agriculture

  Wifol-President Theophilus Thompson (left) and Bushman. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten News – Ital Shack, the Wifol union and its educational arm Cifsef organize a panel discussion about agriculture, fishery and animal hus

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Arrindell announces rules for cross-border bus services

  St. Maarten News – The Dutch and the French side have come together to regulate trans-border bus transportation, Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication) said at Wednesday’s press briefing.

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Henderson conference about life insurance

  Next week Thursday at Belair Community Center St. Maarten News – For the third consecutive year, insurance broker Henderson organizes an educational conference with top speakers of the Central Bank and three different insurance compan

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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St. Maarten Port present at cruise line meeting in New Orleans

  St. Maarten News - Port St. Maarten is present this week at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association PAMAC meeting in New Orleans.  PAMAC brings together the association’s platinum members for a meeting with over thirty high-ranking FC

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 24, 2016

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Franklin Meyers (UP): “Coalition left MP Lake totally out in the cold”

  St. Maarten News – Member of Parliament Maurice Lake and his appointed Vromi-Minister Angel Meyers were left totally out in the cold yesterday afternoon when the majority of Lake’s coalition members failed to show up for a parliament m

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 23, 2016

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Finance Minister Gibson supports Emsley Tromp

  “No facts exist to question his integrity” St. Maarten News – Minister of Finance Richard Gibson made his position clear on the publicity surrounding the integrity of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and its President D

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 23, 2016

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MHF staff members complete crisis intervention training

  MHF staff members in action during their training. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - For the past 10 years, the Mental Health Foundation has provided mental health services to St. Maarten, and more recently to neighboring islands suc

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 23, 2016

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Dozens complete active parenting program

  The parents with their certificates. Photo contributed At Asha Stevens Hillside Christian school St. Maarten News - 42 parents (32 mothers and 10 fathers) received last week Monday certificates for completing the active parenting

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 23, 2016

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Monte Vista construction nears completion

  Developer and realtors celebrate the progress of the project. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - On Friday June 10, 2016 a handful of local real estate agents gathered at Monte Vista to get a preview of one of the islands newest d

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Bianca Schladt wins Spirit of St. Martin photo contest

The winning photo by Bianca Schladt captures The Spirit of St. Martin with a vibrant portrait brimming with unique local personality. Exhibition opens Friday in Grand Case Grand Case - Island heritage and the art of photographers of all age

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Pension fund acknowledges problems with dossiers

  Pension fund chairman Harald Linkels. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Janita Monna “Embezzlement? I absolutely do not recognize that” KRALENDIJK – “Embezzlement? I absolutely do not recognize that. If the situation was really as

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Police warn about counterfeit money

St. Maarten News – Several counterfeit one-hundred dollar bills have been intercepted recently at different businesses. Police is warning against “an unknown person or groups of persons” that are attempting to purchase goods with counterfeit mo

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Reform measures could go to parliament next week

St. Maarten News – Parliament President Sarah Wescot-Williams expects to receive the draft legislation to adjust the political system this week or next week Monday the latest. If the draft arrives on time, parliament has a slot open to handle it ne

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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“Tax inspectorate is understaffed, under equipped and under trained”

St. Maarten News – Finance Minister Richard Gibson repeated in a meeting of parliament yesterday that the country needs to diversify and expand its economy to build resistance against inevitable external shocks. He mentioned the development of hydr

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Dream Big Scholarships available until July 15

St. Maarten News - Eligible students residing on the island are encouraged to apply for the annual Dream BIG Scholarship, a fund dedicated to Be The Change Foundation’s late founder Erika Cannegieter. “Every student has different educational a

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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Timeshare legislation ready for handling

St. Maarten News – The timeshare ordinance and the ordinance to establish the Timeshare Authority have been submitted to parliament, President Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday. The legislation is now ready for handling in the central committee

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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May-Ling Chun joins UP

  UP-leader Theo Heyliger shakes with his candidate May-Ling Chun. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - Long time tourism and hospitality professional May-Ling Chun will contest the September 26 parliamentary elections with the United Peo

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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One year after appeal no new date for vote buying trial

St. Maarten News – While the parliament engaged this week in a rather senseless second round of debate about – mostly – the term vote buying, the election fraud case that rocked St. Maarten in 2014 and led to accusations of class justice has se

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 22, 2016

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About the law: How conformity protects consumers

By Cor Merx, attorney at law Last week was about the refurbished products and their warranty. Today we will talk about the situation where you purchase a TV (refurbished or not) and what could happen if it is broken. Meaning: it does not work any

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Panel discussion about insurance fraud

St. Maarten News - Nagico Insurances recently partnered with the Financial Intelligence Unit to host a panel discussion about anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and fraud as it relates to St. Maarten and the insurance industry. This inform

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Fundraising drive continues for summer intensive

  From left: Lian Borsje, Marine Caillet and Anoushka Devid of the office of the Dutch Representative. Photo contributed St. Maarten News – Art Saves Lives (ASL) student ambassadors Marine Caillet, Lian Borsje, Dashaun Prince and Li

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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TelEm revenue drops, profit close to 7 million guilders

TelEm Group Chief Financial Officer Helma Etnel addresses staff during a meeting at the Belair Community Center. Photo contributed St. Maarten News – The TelEm Group has reported a profit of close to 7 million guilders for the year 2015

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Change of the guard at Royal Marechaussee

  From left Ewout van der Heiden, Christian Hesen, Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo, Brenda Bruggeman and Danny Posthuma. Photo contributed St. Maarten News - During a short ceremony last Friday three new members of the Royal Marechauss

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Former airport-director Labega at aviation conference: “Airports are gateways, not destinations”

St. Maarten News – Former airport director Regina Labega spoke about sustainable tourism as a key for Caribbean airports at the first Caribbean Aviation conference hosted by the government of Dominica earlier last week in Rousseau. Sustainable to

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Gracita Arrindell leads PPA in elections: Has orange become the new green?

  St. Maarten News – “Lack of leadership, not sticking to commitments and turning their back on the people of St. Maarten,” said Gracita Arrindell yesterday about her reasons for leaving the United People’s Party and returning to the

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Opinion by Miguel Arrindell: Obedience

Dear editor, Obedience is one of the most difficult challenges in life. For all humans obedience determines their success and quality of life if they choose to do what is right. I myself was very ignorant to this fact until I realize that if I was

Opinion - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Taxing soft drinks

Though our government may not be shooting for higher taxes, as Finance Minister Richard Gibson said on Friday during the tax summit at the Westin, there may be one levy that makes sense: a tax on soft drinks that contain sugar or artificial sweetener

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Minister Gibson at tax summit: “Tax reform is absolutely necessary”

  Prime Minister William Marlin (left) and Finance Minister Richard Gibson during the tax summit. To the right is Minister Emil Lee. Photo contributed St. Maarten News – “No drastic fiscal steps are necessary to improve revenue,”

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Pathfinders treat police officers on Father’s Day

  The pathfinders pose for a picture in front of the police station with several police officers. Photo KPSM St. Maarten News - The Philipsburg Pioneers Pathfinders treated the morning shift at police headquarters yesterday to with a

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Discovery Farm announces six weeks of summer camp

  St. Maarten News – The Discovery Farm at the Seaside Nature Park in Cay Bay hosts summer camps for children aged 3 to 5 and aged 6 to 10 during six weeks that begin on July 6 and conclude in the week of August 8. The activity program inc

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Ihndhira Richardson-Marlin receives cultural prize

  Ihndhira Richardson-Marlin receives the award from Governor Holiday. Photo Today / Andrew Bishop St. Maarten News - The Prins Bernhard Cultural Fund awarded Ihndhira Richardson-Marlin for her contributions to the Arts and Dance at th

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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Lagoonies regatta this Saturday

St. Maarten News - Competitive sailboat racing, live music and fun are all part of the mix at the second annual Lagoonies Regatta this upcoming Saturday. The Regatta will feature a full day of events from morning to night. The racing will be held fro

St. Maarten News - Posted on June 21, 2016

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St. Maarten in USA Today newspaper advertisements

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association - SHTA, announced this weekend that it has managed to secure four USA Today Newspaper ad insertions in the coming weeks boosting St. Maarten as a top vacation destination. The marketin

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