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

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Pelican Resort: Wifol to initiate summary proceedings today

St. Maarten – Summary proceedings will likely be filed late this afternoon by Wim van San Beek and Maarten Le Poole on behalf of the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol). The attorneys plan to argue that the employees at Pelican Resort hav

Editorial - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Editorial: National Frustration

The stage seems set for labor unrest in young Country St. Maarten. Teachers and civil servants are unhappy with the decision of government and parliament to spread a 5.3 percent cost of living adjustment over two years and late payment. Next to that

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Opinion: The new penal code

That there is still a lot of work to be done in the Friendly Country became once again clear during a presentation by law professor Hans de Doelder in a meeting of the central committee yesterday. The subject of De Doelder’s presentation was the d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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“The chairlady believes that parliament belongs to her”

Opposition leader Marlin criticizes Gracita Arrindell after sign-in row St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Opposition leader William Marlin severely criticized President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell yesterday after remarks by the latter that Mar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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New Pelican Resort owners take possession today: Union says “Go to work” despite memo

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne - President of the Workers Institute for Organised Labor (Wifol) Theophilus Thompson has told workers at Pelican Resort to go to work per their normal schedule today despite a memo that they will no longer have access

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Ministry closes Friday for retreat

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs will be holding its “Ministry’s Conference” on Friday, January 28th, 2011 and consequently all the offices of the Ministry will be closed to the public on this day. Norm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Joint request for meeting on credit union, dollarization

St. Maarten – The three factions that support the government have requested two meetings of the Central Committee of Parliament on developments at the Christian Kingdom Cooperative (CKC). Their primary concern is that people who have invested their

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Hundreds of fraudulent documents found

St. Maarten – A review of current applications under the Brooks Tower program shows that at least 300 were done fraudulently. The review began following last week’s arrest of five people at the Immigration and Naturalization Department. One perso

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Haitians plead for permanent Consul

St. Maarten - Non-representation, seizure of passports and other related documents were some of the topics members of the United Haitian Community discussed with St. Maarten Justice Minister Roland Duncan last Friday. The meeting included the Haitian

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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New penal code abolishes minimum prison sentences

Higher threshold to try youngsters under adult law St. Maarten – The new penal code for Country St. Maarten will limit the possibilities for judges to try 16 and 17-year old suspects under adult law. Only if three conditions are met youngsters

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Teachers Civil Cervants unions submit five point demand

St. Maarten – The leadership of the Windward Islands Teachers Union and the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union have called the decision to not pay teachers and civil servants 5.3 percent in cost of living illegal, an insult

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Joint delegation for Panamanian trade show

St. Maarten and St. Eustatius will be represented at the upcoming EXPOCOMER Trade Show in Panama City. The two islands, which formed part of the Netherlands Antilles, will have a 20 member delegation that will be led by the Chief Executive Officer of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Transport plead for solutions in wake of stabbing

GREAT BAY – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has announced that people who are known gypsy drivers will not come into consideration for a bus or taxi license. There will also be stiffer fines a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Teachers, civil servants demand full cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten - Civil servants and teachers have unanimously adopted a resolution for a number of issues and demanded that government reply within 24 hours of them taking their decision. The document was presented by the Windward Islands Civil Servants

Editorial - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Civil Servants / Teachers Emergency Meetings

Union Leaders from the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) have made a very big mistake. They’ve announced they’ll be communication with the Finance Ministry in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Four Brooks Tower scam suspects remain in custody

St. Maarten – Of the five people who were arrested on Friday during a raid on the Immigration building on Illidge road, four are still in custody. One female employee, identified only by the initial R., was released. All suspects were brought befor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Continued issues with procedure in St. Maarten Parliament

St. Maarten – Procedure continues to be a point of debate in St. Maarten’s parliament and this was exemplified again on Monday when President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell did not give National Alliance faction leader William Marlin the opportu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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St. Maarten and Curacao Finance Ministers discuss Central Bank, dollarization

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemeto and his Curacaolenean colleague Jorge Jamaloodin have discussed a transition regulation agreement for the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS). The two Ministers discussed the arrangement at a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Five in custody for fraud with Brooks Tower documents

Raid on Immigration building and six other locations St. Maarten – Detectives raided the building of the immigration department on Illidge road yesterday morning as well as six houses on different locations, among them reportedly a house in Cole B

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Shameful and embarrassing

The temptation to speculate about what went down at the Immigration building on Illidge Road yesterday morning is almost too strong. We know that acting Chief Prosecutor Mr. Mos was on the scene together with police officers. They took Evelyn H., t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Duncan suspends Brooks Tower implementation again

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has suspended implementation of the Brooks Tower Project again. This second stop on the process to grant people who were residing here illegally a chance to obtain residence permits is due to an ongoing

Editorial - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Health hazard

Fires on the garbage dump are nothing new – they occur all the time. But that does not mean it is okay to let this situation continue. There is probably nobody ready to disagree with this, yet the reality is that we will most likely have to wait u

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Nagico Insurances opens Marigot office

MARIGOT/St. Martin – Insurance provider Nagico was “warmly welcomed” to St. Martin on Friday during the opening of the company’s operations there. The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Imran McSood Amjad had announced the opening at t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Subsidy, accounts key points between SCDF, Culture Minister

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) met with Minister of Culture Rhoda Arrindell recently to apprise her of the preparations for Carnival 2011 as well as the actions undertaken by the foundation to regulate its financ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Ratification process for Pelican Resort agreement begins

St. Maarten – The process to ratify a new labor agreement for the workers at Pelican Resort has begun. Workers are choosing to bargain collectively through their union – Workers Institute for Organised Labor (WIFOL) – and so no agreement can be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Search on for Secretary-General of St. Maarten Parliament

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell says the search is on for a Secretary-General of Parliament. The process has reached the stage where the Presidium of Parliament has reached the interview/selection process. One of the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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St. Maarten Police officers beat up young man needlessly

The police officer on the ground is pounding the young man with his right fist on the head. St. Maarten – “I have to say that these police officers did a fine job, Ilsa Dictus told this newspaper yesterday, but the mother of Rignald Lijfro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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St. Maarten hit by 5.0 magnitude earth quake

St. Maarten was shaken by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake late Thursday night. The United States Geological Survey puts the epi-centre at 17.220°N, 63.168°W, which is 89 kilometres southwest of St. Maarten. The quake took place at a depth 163.7 kilomet

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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Pelican workers decide own fate tonight

Tense first meeting on new proposal St. Maarten - Staffers at Pelican Resort are being called to a ratification meeting tonight at the Wifol Building. The meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will deal with a labor agreement proposed by the property

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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Pelican Resort debate: Mediator, union, attorney tell parliament to work on labor issues

By Donellis Browne / St. Maarten - Labor Mediator Kenneth Lopes has placed the responsibility for handling the four issues brought to the fore by the current disputes at Pelican in the hands of the Members of Parliament. The matters he highlighted ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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Rollocks files complaint over Facebook-abuse

St. Maarten – “Of late someone has been sending messages and accepting friends on a face book page which I have no control over. This person is illegally accessing my private and personal information from my hotmail email address. My privacy is

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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Sewage treatment plant expansion scheduled for completion in 2012

St. Maarten – Fourteen months from now, the expansion of the sewage treatment plant on Illidge Road ought to be completed. That will conclude a process that started twelve years ago, when a design was made for the expansion. Yesterday afternoon, In

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2011

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Daylight shooting in Cole Bay, St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Police have launched an investigation into a mid-afternoon shooting in Cole Bay on Thursday. A report from the police states that F.B, a man who lives across from Ace Mega Center, was the person shot. Police were called about the sho

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2011

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Safety hazards discovered at construction sites

St. Maarten – The Occupational Health & Safety Inspector of the Inspectorate of Health, Social Development & Labour (VSA) has been carrying out spot checks of construction sites to see if contractors are adhering to the occupational health and safe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2011

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Control Unit steps up controls

St. Maarten - Motorists who are continuing to defy simple rules will find themselves paying hefty fines and vehicles towed away now that officers from the Control Unit have resumed their impromptu checks. The department has replaced its light grey sh

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