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

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Angela Le Blanc George killed over $1,000

Gambling brother faces 12 years for strangling his diabetic sister St. Maarten – Prosecutor Mr. R. Mud demanded a 12-year prison sentence against Rivière G., 38, for manslaughter on his sister Angela Le Blanc-George on April 22 of last year in

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

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Extraordinary mediator for Pelican Resort

St. Maarten – Acting Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Sarah Wescot-Williams is considering appointing an extraordinary mediator to break the deadlock between the Workers Institute for Organised Labor (WIFOL) and the owners of

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

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St. Maarten Government still researching dollarization

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says the discussion on dollarization is still open and the eventual decision will be based on “what exactly it will mean for St. Maarten.” Both the Democratic Party (D.P) and the United People

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

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Coalition parties vetting governing program

St. Maarten – The first working draft of the governing program has been completed and is being vetted Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. It’s been just over 100 days since the governmen

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

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Prime Minister waiting for recommendation on new Telem CEO

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says she’s waiting for the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Telem Group of Companies to send her recommendations for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board recommends two p

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

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Prime Minister to sack Winair Board, change management structure

St. Maarten – Prime Minister and Shareholder Representative for Windward Islands Airways International (WINAIR) Sarah Wescot-Williams has decided to proceed with changing the company’s board and implementing a new management structure. “This

Opinion - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Internet terrorism

Our office had the limited pleasure of receiving Judith Roumou yesterday afternoon. Roumou was upset because she claims we had called her an Internet-terrorist in an opinion piece that appeared on Saturday January 8. Well, not so fast. Upon closer i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Arrindell reflects on first 100 days of parliament’s operation

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell has called the first 100 days of Parliament’s “a unique opportunity and a challenge” that has taught her to “be strong and stay focused.” The particular circumst

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Opposition leader Marlin questions Blackberry-contract parliamentarians

St. Maarten – The Parliament of St. Maarten has signed a contract with telecom provider UTS that gives all members of parliament a Blackberry plus the possibility to make unlimited phone calls to each other. At a non-disclosed fixed amount per mont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Former Lt. Governor to chair Pension Fund Board

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced Tuesday that former Lt. Governor Franklyn E. Richards has been appointed Chairman of the five member board of directors of the General Pension Fund (APS). Richards, who is also a member of Com

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Parliament discusses Pelican, Ombudsman formation and benefits Thursday

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell announced she’s convening of two Central Committee meetings on Thursday to deal with the issues at Pelican Resort and on the formation plan for the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman’s benef

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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WINAIR Board wants to plead its case, requests cash investments

St. Maarten – Members of the Supervisory Board of Directors of Windward Islands Airways International have not yet tendered their resignations. Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board Fernando William states doing so would not be good for the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2011

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Heyliger, Boekar sign for Dutch Quarter upgrades

St. Maarten – Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, the Environment and Infrastructure Theodore Heyliger and Managing Director of Windward Roads Jan Hendrik Boekar signed a nearly three million guilder agreement on Tuesday, for the latter to buil

Editorial - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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St. Maarten and Curacao have a similar problem

One hundred days into their life as countries, both do not have governing program. These documents are basically the government’s guide for the four year term that they are sitting. It lays out specifically what the government will do, when and how

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Schoolnews: a tribute to  the late Vance James Jr.

Schoolnews: a tribute to the late Vance James Jr.

St. Maarten – Schoolnews is a one-time publication by Jabez Consulting Group International. The 96-page booklet is a tribute to the late Vance James Jr., and in contains one of the last interviews James gave before his death at age 58 on January

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Central Bank lays out reasoning for dollarization

St. Maarten – Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto said on Monday that those present for the presentation on dollarization asked a range of questions covering the pros and cons. Issues such as the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten’s gold rese

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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No confirmed dengue cases reported yet for 2011

St. Maarten – The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a health authority body linked to the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has reported that no confirmed dengue cases have been reported thus far this year. This could ch

Opinion - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Henri Brookson and Emilio Wilson BV are no longer on friendly terms

We are busy finding out the details, but it appears that the former business partners Henri Brookson and Emilio Wilson B.V. have had a fall-out. From a public notice that appeared in print yesterday we learned that Emilio Wilson B.V. has been summone

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Subsidy stop to be used as enforcement mechanism

St. Maarten – Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell says schools that reject children based on their immigration status will lose their subsidy. According to her this is the one mechanism the government has in its arsenal to make sure that the law

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Police arrest three for Billy Folly abductions

St. Maarten – A special team of detectives has arrested and detained R.E.G, I.E.J and N.E.B, all from St. Maarten on suspicion of being involved in two separate abductions they’re investigating. The first abduction took place between Dece

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Newly acquired police K9 makes first capture during robbery

Newly acquired police K9 makes first capture during robbery

St. Maarten - A.P.H., who was recently employed by Sun Color Paint Store, was arrested by police early Monday morning for working with J.S. to rob the store’s location in Philipsburg. The pair was caught in the store by a police K-9 patrol that c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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Landlords not allowed to charge turnover tax to tenants

St. Maarten - The Today newspaper received information from concerned tenants claiming that their landlords are forcing them to pay 5 percent turnover tax on top of their rent. According to a spokesman for the tax inspectorate, this is illegal. “T

Opinion - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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St. Maarten: Choices and addictions

We read somewhere that gambling addiction is a serious problem in St. Maarten. We immediately wondered if this is really so and who is to blame for it. First of all we note that there are no reliable local figures about gambling addiction – if the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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Bankers, Tax Committee to join in today’s dollarization discussion

St. Maarten - The Banker’s Association and the Foundation Tax Committee will also be participating in a meeting the Council of Ministers is having today with the leadership of the Central Bank of St. Maarten and Curacao on the matter of dollarizati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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Teachers want clarity on cost of living payments

St. Maarten — President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) Claire Elshot says there will be serious consequences for schools if teachers don’t get some clarity on when they’ll be paid cost of living adjustments for 2008 and 2009. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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Police investigating shooting

St. Maarten – Police are investigating an early morning shooting incident that put G.J of Curacao in hospital. The investigation began after police were called to the scene of an accident at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The accident took place nea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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St. Maarten Carnival: Second meeting for booths, calypsonians on Wednesday

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host its second meeting for booth holders and calypsonians on January 19 at the Government Administration Building. The meeting for the calypsonians will start at 6:00 p.m. fol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 17, 2011

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100 days of being country St. Maarten. Richardson, Gibson concur: We’re getting there.

St. Maarten - By Donellis Browne – Today marks the 100th day since St. Maarten became a country on October 10, 2010 and two senior advisors of government on the process of constitutional change believe things are not going too badly. Dennis Richard

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2011

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Ombudsman qualifies behavior Cadastre-director as improper

St. Maarten – Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin wants an independent investigation into the registration system at the Cadastre, and a similar investigation into the Foundation’s structural functioning. In a report dated December 30, she recommends to i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2011

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St. Maarten looking at developing economic opportunities with China

St. Maarten – Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has told the Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands Zhang Jun he will investigate how the economic relationship between St. Maarten and the Peo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2011

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Ombudsman Arduin: “No one may leave my office without an answer”

St. Maarten – “I hope they will see me as their ally and not as their enemy,” Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin said yesterday at the end of a press conference about the working of her office. “Before there was nobody looking over their shoulder, bu

Opinion - Posted by on January 13, 2011

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Minister’s side-jobs and business deals

While the big storm surrounding the antics of former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus is over, the anger among ordinary citizens is still palpable. Certainly, there is a vacancy now in the UP/DP-cabinet, so there ought to be at least a

Opinion - Posted by on January 13, 2011

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Self defense or manslaughter?

There are no witnesses, as far as we know, so nobody but the victim and the defendant know what happened on October 18 in a home at Christiansted Drive in Dutch Quarter. Two things are certain: the defendant, a 42-year-old security guard stabbed the

Opinion - Posted by on January 13, 2011

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Required reading

The President of our parliament, Drs. Gracita Arrindell was quoted in our newspaper yesterday saying, “It does not state anywhere that being an MP is a fulltime job.” We won’t go as far as calling this a little white lie – that would be too

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 13, 2011

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Police to draft new policy for St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – Police high command, led by Chief Commissioner Peter De Witte, has told immigration officers at the airport they plan to create new policies and guidelines on how the officers at the airport work. The announcement follows a weekend in

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