Editorial - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Editorial: Leadership (Silveria Jacobs to be NA leader)

There is a new era around the corner in St. Maarten’s political arena. The announcement that Silveria Jacobs will be at the helm of the National Alliance come 2016 –given the approval of the party’s congress – indicates William Marlin’s imm

Opinion - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: Dollarization

The council of advice organizes a seminar about dollarization tonight at the university on Pond Island. It is an issue that comes and goes. Discussions about dollarization go back years and the opinions about the pros and cons are divided. One thing

Opinion - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: Heart-wrenching

The verdict in the Dest-case that came down yesterday triggers the question whether it was all worth it. The defendant was the marketing manager of the Tourist Bureau and he was the one who pushed for the completion of the investigation against him.

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: Transparency

Opposition politics is one part criticism and one part coming up with better ideas than the government has to offer. We’re not into politics for dummies, but we do wonder at times about the way our politicians are going about their business. We

Opinion - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Teach our kids the value of hard work

Yesteryear it was common to see young people being given tasks by their parents, grandparents and other older members of the society. Many of these same children have grown up today to be business owners, executives, teachers, lawyers and the like. A

Opinion - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: What Next?

By Jacob Gelt Dekker, opinion columnist for Curaçao Chronicle. The big question on everyone’s mind is, what will fill the void that was left behind after the collapse of socialism? Will the world witness a new central theme of religion or polit

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Court exonerates Tourist Bureau marketing director Edward Dest 

Judge: “You do not deserve punishment” St. Maarten – The expression ‘mixed feelings’ probably describes best what Edward Dest must have experienced when the Court in First Instance declared him guilty of embezzlement yesterday and heard

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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MP Silveria Jacobs becomes new NA-leader next year

St. Maarten – The leadership of the National alliance will transfer in 2016 from MP William Marlin to MP Silveria Jacobs, current party leader Marlin said yesterday in answer to a question from this newspaper. During the August 29 elections of last

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Teenager faces twelve years for fatal DVD-store shooting

St. Maarten – The prosecutor’s office demanded a 12-year prison sentence against Shimano G. yesterday, the just 17-year-old boy who fatally shot Etienne Leblanc on October 9 of last year in his handicapped father’s DVD-store on Back Street. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Community urged to exercise caution against fires

St. Maarten - The island is said by the fire department to be currently going through a dry spell and as such they are encouraging the community to exercise caution. “The Fire Department is calling on the community to be very conscious by not t

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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SMCU calls for dismissal of entire TelEm board

St. Maarten —The board of directors of TelEm is not functioning in its supervisory role and the company is in urgent need of a CEO, the St. Maarten Communications Union opined yesterday, following disputes with management over the opening of biddi

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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RBC gives clients chance to win weekend getaway

St. Maarten– RBC Royal Bank launched its new ‘It’s all about YOU’ campaign throughout the Caribbean this week. With the new brand campaign, RBC reiterates its commitment to focus on its clients’ needs and to go the extra mile to help its cl

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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Woman calypsonian challenges male dominance in calypso

St. Maarten -  Z'Haria Richardson, a.k.a. "Zee" is among three women who will be competing in the calypso eliminations this Saturday-- under the sobriquet of Calypso Empress-- along with two other females. The other two female competitors are La

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 30, 2015

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“Home is where I prosper” initiative making strides

GREATBAY---The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI)and the University of St. Martin (USM)collaborated on a Pre-USM “Work Experience Program” as part of the Chamber’s 20/20 Vision: “Home is Where I Prosper” Education Initiativ

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Editorial: Creating jobs

Members of Parliament love talking about creating jobs for the people. The latest cry is coming from MP Maurice Lake, the former Minister of Vromi, who urges the government to create work for local contractors. It sounds sympathetic – no questio

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Divine unfreedom

Je suis encore Charlie, but the opinions about freedom of expression are not shared by everyone. Take for instance the Peace Church in Nijkerk – a city comparable with Sint Maarten in population (40,618 in May of last year) – located in the Dutch

Opinion - Posted on March 19, 2015

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The Church of TED

CHANCES are you will not attend TED this year. Tickets to the gathering that begins today in Vancouver are sold out, this despite or rather because of the fact that gaining entry to the ideas conference entails more than pulling out your credit card

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Armed robbery at Little Europe

St. Maarten - Armed suspects robbed Little Europe jewelry store on Front Street on Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:00m and escaped in a waiting getaway vehicle that was later found by the police. Little Europe Jewelry Store is located on Fr

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Marlin-Romeo calls for establishment of Consumer Protection Agency

St. Maarten —The time has come for the establishment of a Consumer Protection Agency locally, independent MP Leona Marlin-Romeo opined yesterday, pointing out that consumer protection laws exists locally but there is no body to execute such laws.

Uncategorized - Posted on March 19, 2015

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LIONS CLUB

7TH Aannual Health & Wellness FAIR this Saturday

Scenes from a previous wellness fair organized by the Lions Club. Photo contributed St. Maarten - The stage is set for the 7th Annual “LION RUDY HOEVE HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR” organized by the St. Maarten Lions Club. The fair is schedu

Uncategorized - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Charles Leopold Bell primary receives 4 new computers

Staff and students of the Charles Leopold Bell School in Cole Bay with representatives of the Rotaract Club during the handing over ceremony. Photo Contributed. St. Maarten - The Charles Leopold Bell Primary School in Cole Bay are the proud o

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Fyah Under Yuh Foot carded for April 17th 

St. Maarten - Xtratight Entertainment & the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) have collaborated once again to bring back a show that many last year described as the best local concert ever seen in St. Maarten Carnival Village: F

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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UP MP Lake calls on UP lead Government to make job creation a priority

St. Maarten -  “It is high time that Government and Parliament start empowering our local people to be tops where it concerns jobs and other relevant areas in the country,” UP MP and former Vromi Minister Maurice Lake said yesterday while conte

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Minister Connor stresses importance of Tourism to MAC 3rd graders

St. Maarten - Minister of TEATT Claret Connor visited the Methodist Agogic Center (MAC), St. John’s Campus and spoke to the 3rd grade students of campus 1 & 2 about tourism and how it affects their lives. The visit is in keeping with the Min

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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NA MP Pantophlet seeks clarity on internal control department

St. Maarten - Member of Parliament George Pantophlet disclosed yesterday that he will be submitting some questions to Minister of Finance Martin Hassink regarding the setting up of an internal control department. Pantophlet also plans to request a c

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Suspect arrested on drugs and weapon charges.

St. Maarten - On Saturday March 14th at approximately 04.40 p.m. a police patrol was sent to a home on Betty’s Estate road to intervene in a dispute. On the scene the officers knocked on the door of the home which was immediately opened by a femal

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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SZV updates health minister on card selling scheme

St. Maarten —The investigation into the selling of SZV medical cards continues and SZV has assured interim Minister of Health and Social Development Rita Bourne-Gumbs that the matter is being addressed and treated with the urgency it deserves.

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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First Response launches initiative to tackle youth crimes

St. Maarten - In response to mounting reports of youth involved in crimes, First Response has launched an initiative to provide kids with alternative interests. The safety and security company has begun a community safety and security drive dubbed F

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Lions club meets with youth committee Tuesday

St. Maarten - The Permanent Committee of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs (CECYSA) of Parliament, will meet in public session tomorrow March 17. The Permanent Committee meeting is set for Tuesday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Cham

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Aruban teen mothers are getting younger

ORANJESTAD – “When I wake up in the morning and my little son looks at me from his cradle I really get warm inside.” Fifteen-year-old teen-mom Paula forgets her stress in those moments. “This school year I will have to do over again. I am arg

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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OSPP supports call for harbor operational audit

GREATBAY—One St. Maarten Party is in support of a call issued by parliamentarians to have an operational audit done at the harbor, a call which was earlier issued by the OSPP. “ We have been following with keen attention all the activities tha

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 19, 2015

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Open House St. Maarten Academy PSVE.

GREATBAY--- St. Maarten Academy PSVE, an institution that empowers and equip students with a foundation in academic, technical and life skills, had its first Open House on Thursday March 12th. The Open House was for all parents of students who are pr

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 18, 2015

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Barbadian Agency Wins “Best in Print” in 2015 CAF ADDY Awards

BARBADOS---Blueprint Creative, one of Barbados’ leading creative agencies, has been awarded the “Best in Print” Award in the 2015 Caribbean Advertising Federation (CAF) ADDY Awards. The “Best in Print” Award is one of the competition’s mo

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 18, 2015

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AG Schram wants to tackle petty crimes

WILLEMSTAD – Guus Schram, the highest boss of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, was shocked beyond belief during his first year in office about frequently occurring high impact crimes like robberies and murders, Dick Drayer reports on Caribisch Net

St. Maarten News - Posted on March 18, 2015

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Credit card swindler wants medical help

St. Maarten – That Edward de Bies has serious medical issues is clear to everyone, but about the consequences this should have for his detention the prosecution and the defense are at opposite ends of the spectrum. On October 22 of last year, the

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