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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Mighty Dow named foundation’s Man of the Year

St. Maarten - Isidore “Mighty Dow” York was presented with his “Man of the Year Award” from the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation (THL-SXM) on Saturday evening by Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell on Saturday evening at the Cheri’s Café. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Teachers to receive 3.3 percent in July

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has given a firm commitment to pay teachers and civil servants the 3.3 percent in cost of living adjustment on July 1, 2011. They payment, which will be made as part of the July salary, will not be retr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Pelican Resort workers storm resort, meet today

St. Maarten – Pelican Resort workers will meet at the Wifol building beginning at 9:00 a.m. today to discuss their strategy going forward after they stormed the resort’s lobby on Saturday. The union’s attorney also filed an injunction on Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Today’s editorial: Let’s have the dialogue

Leaders of three unions campaigned on radio on Sunday for the return of social dialogue on St. Maarten. This newspaper wholeheartedly agrees for several reasons with the principal one being something we’ve said before: The best way to solve problem

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Living with earplugs

Carl Kruger, a senator from the state of New York has been on the warpath against iPods and Blackberries since 2007. In the fourth year of his war against these gadgets and their clones Kruger has revived his attempt to get a political majority for a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Parliament meets Tuesday on Ombudsman’s formation plan, allowances and BTA Process

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has announced Parliament have a general public meeting on Tuesday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m in the Dr. Claude Wathey Legislative Hall. Members of Parliament (MPs) will vote on the formation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Youth Parliament to be established

St. Maarten – Establishment of the St. Maarten Youth Parliament is one of the major plans the St. Maarten Youth Council Association has for 2011. The youth parliament is the successor to the youth island council and will be for young people between

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Prison director Ricardo ignores court ruling

Inmate sent back to Curacao without authorization St. Maarten – Prison director Rudsel Ricardo ignored the decision the Common Court of Justice took last week to keep Nashon Francis detained in Pointe Blanche instead of sending him back to the B

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Shigemoto to make corrections, commission audit

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has pledged he’ll have the Department of Salaries and Wages make corrections to the salaries of police officers as soon as he receives the indexed scales from the Justice Department. The scales, which

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 31, 2011

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Unions press for return on tri-partite barganing

St. Maarten – Presidents of three labor unions have called for a return of the tripartite bargaining between the government, business sector and unions. The three state the principal of social dialogue “has been put aside” and that it must be q

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Civil servants receive salaries after payrolls merged

GREAT BAY – Civil Servants were able to collect their salaries on Friday. The banks were asked to credit accounts on Thursday after the government completed the merger of the payroll for civil servants of the former Island Territory of St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Teachers, civil servants won’t compromise on key demand

“If it’s not 5.3 percent, we don’t want it.” St. Maarten – Teachers and civil servants are to meet in working hours again on Monday to discuss the details of a proposal made by Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto on payment of a cost of l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Market Garden abolishes plastic grocery bags

Initiative saves environment more than half a million bags per year St. Maarten – Market Garden has said farewell to plastic grocery bags, a move that follows an earlier move by the Cakehouse supermarket. Director Dough Tannehill told reporters

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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J.W. Sloan Gallery has to pay $75,000 for not delivering $900-table

St. Maarten – A dispute with a customer from Anguilla over a table worth $900 has cost the J.W. Sloan Gallery owner Jan Marshall in Cole Bay a penalty of $75,000. Yesterday, the Common Court of Justice ruled in favor of the client and ordered the g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Lie detectors

Some people have a lot to say about Jamaicans but the following initiative ought to get even the harshest critic on his knees out of gratefulness for enriching the world with the most brilliant idea since the invention of the wheel. The Ministry of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Stunning numbers

Market Garden has abolished all plastic grocery bags in its store and it is looking into replacing the remaining plastic in its vegetable department with a biodegradable alternative as well. Kudos, of course, but the numbers store manager Tannehill r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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Court blocks armed robber’s return to Bon Futuro prison

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ordered yesterday morning that Nashon Elwin Francis must be detained again at the Pointe Blanche prison and no longer in Bon Future in Curacao. Francis has been moved there as a disciplinary measure by pris

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 29, 2011

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St. Maarten Minister gets pension reform proposal in February

St. Maarten – Pension reform and reforming the St. Maarten health insurance system are key activities being undertaken by the St. Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor in 2011. This was announced by the Acting Secretary Ge

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Philipsburg Broadcasting joins in promoting Census 2011

St. Maarten - Philipsburg Broadcasting has teamed up with Innovative Marketing Creations to spread information about the 2011 Census. It’s hoped the partnership, which includes messages on Laser 101.1 FM and Tropix 101.5 FM, will create an attitude

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Teachers, Civil Servants called to second meeting in working hours

St. Maarten – All members of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU), the Windward Island Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the ABVO are being called to an information meeting that begins at 7:30 a.m. today. The meeting w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Pelican Resort sub-contractors told to cease activity

St. Maarten – The companies that have taken over the work previously done by staffers of the Pelican Resort have been told to stop or be faced with a request to pay damages. Wifol’s lead attorney in its planned summary proceedings against the res

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Gasoline prices drop, diesel gets higher

St. Maarten - The price of gasoline will fall by one center per liter as of today, but the price for diesel will go up by eight cents. The price adjustments were announced on Thursday by the St. Maarten Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Oil dump on Arnell Road becoming major disaster

St. Maarten – The illegal oil dump atop the G. Alexis Arnell Road this newspaper discovered in late November of last year while touring the island with Epic’s project manager Rueben Thompson has still not been cleaned up by the government. Worse,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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National Alliance requests urgent meeting on Brooks Tower Accord

St. Maarten – The faction of the National Alliance in Parliament has requested that Minister Roland Duncan be summoned to Parliament to discuss “Developments surrounding the continuation of the Brooks Tower Accord.” The request for an urgent pu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Court wants to seize profits from 2007 drugs transports

Defendant contests prosecution’s calculation St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice wants to seize $265,725.00 from a man who served a prison sentence for importing 30.5 kilos of cocaine to St. Maarten in 2007. Though the defendant was conv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 28, 2011

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Identifying, solving bottleneck key facet of ministry retreat

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has said today’s “Ministry Conference” is about identifying bottlenecks that cause people to be unhappy with the service they get from the Ministry’s departments.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Teachers, civil servants meet during working hours today

St. Maarten – Teachers and civil servants will have a meeting during working hours beginning at 7:30 a.m. today at the Wifol building. They will be discussing a counterproposal to a position taken by Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto. The Minister ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Pelican Resort workers reach boiling point

St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - Scores of Pelican Resort workers stormed the hotel’s lobby on Wednesday morning to show they were still interested in working there despite a January 25th memo by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Royal Resort

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Criminal gang charged with manslaughter, armed robberies

St. Maarten –A criminal gang of eight suspects aged between 19 and 26 will have its day in court on March 16 to answer to more than ten charges that include the manslaughter on the Dutchman W.J. Romeijn on October 16 of last year. The other crimes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Opinion: Corporate Innovations

St. Maarten's Justice Minister Roland Duncan just about has had it with references this newspaper has made to the fact that he once was listed as the managing director of Corporate Innovations, a company that is after a telecom license in St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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St. Maarten to contest UTS share allocation

St. Maarten – St. Maarten’s shareholder representative for United Telecommunications Services (UTS) Minister Roland Duncan says the government of St. Maarten is contesting its allocation of 13 percent of the shares of the company. The government

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Minister of Tourism seeks deal with American Eagle, Puerto Rico

St. Maarten – Minister Franklin Meyers is hoping to broker a three way deal between the government of St. Maarten, the government of Puerto Rico and American Eagle to ensure the airline continues to have daily flights between the two islands. The a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Attempted manslaughter on old adversary: 55 months in prison

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced Sheldon Marlon Carty to 55 months imprisonment for the attempted manslaughter on Franky G., aka Keto, on September 23 of last year, and for firearm possession. The verdict includes a 5-month reducti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Personal stories from Pelican Resort workers

St. Maarten - Long years of service on the same job is something one expects to be handsomely rewarded, but after spending between 17 and 25 years at work at Pelican some are finding out it may count for nothing. Celious Leslie, a native from Domini

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2011

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Former Tourism Commissioner Rollocks to provide consultancy to Minister of Tourism

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism Franklin Meyers says he is putting all efforts into finishing the setup of the National Tourism Authority by the end of the first quarter of 2011. The autonomous agency, which has been in the planning since 2000, w

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