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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Bandwidth Pricing sets tone at Telecoms Capacity Conference 2011 at Westin

St. Maarten – The Telecoms wholesale capacity conference, Capacity 2011, got under way at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa Tuesday with a call to incumbent operators to lower the price of bandwidth in the region if small Caribbean operators are t

Opinion - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Pelican Resort / Abuse of identity-difference

Member of Parliament Jules James is now part of a scheme that has been qualified by a judge in summary proceedings as “abuse of identity-difference.” James is swimming in murky waters with this court ruling. Anyone who wants to make sense of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Gasoline, diesel, cooking gas go up on Friday

St. Maarten – A continued increase in the cost of petroleum and the implementation of a two percent hike in the turnover tax (TOT), which is moving from 3 percent to five percent, have led to a hike in the price of petroleum products. The announcem

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SHTA wants dollarization study

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) has called for an independent, impartial study on whether dollarization is “the best option for St. Maarten.” The urging came Tuesday, a day after President of the Central B

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MDG report forms basis of National Development Plan

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers approved and accepted the first report on the Millennium Development Goals for Curacao and St. Maarten on Tuesday. They have also agreed that the data it contains will be used as the basis of the National Deve

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Court victory for workers against Pelican Resort operator

New Management Company has to honor collective labor agreement for 182 employees St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar and Donellis Browne – The Simpson Bay Resort Management Company has to honor the collective labor agreement for all 182 employees of t

Editorial - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Hint, Hint

Understandably the set up of St. Maarten’s institution is and will take time, but we cannot help but point out that Parliament has been told again that if certain things are undesirable they should use their authority to present, amend or adopt leg

Opinion - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Frustrating

Two police officers and a VKS officer sold their vote for the September 17 elections to the United People’s Party for $300 apiece. True or false? The story came out in early November, and the police force started with its own investigation. That

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Prisoners threaten to sue Justice Minister

St. Maarten – The prisoners in Point Blanche Prison have threatened to take Justice Minister Roland Duncan to court if he proceeds with a plan to transfer prison inmates to cells at the Simpson Bay police station while the prison is expanded and th

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Central Bank pushes MPs to look at legislation

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne– The Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten has told Members of Parliament it’s in their hands to allow more money transfer businesses to open. At the moment there is a moratorium on the industry.

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E-commerce, tourism also focuses of ICT series

St. Maarten – “E-commerce, dead or alive in St. Maarten?” and “ICT’s and Tourism Best Practices” are the titles of two lectures that are also part of the University of St. Martin’s Spring Lecture Series which is themed “ICT & Me”.

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Credit Union refers parliament to curator

St. Maarten – The leadership of the Christian Kingdom Cooperative (CKC) has deferred answering questions on the credit union’s bankruptcy to the court appointed curator Jeroen Veen. This was communicated by phone on Monday after they did not show

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Central Bank explains 0.3 percent growth projection

St. Maarten – President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Dr. Empsley Tromp has said that the 0.3 percent growth projection announced in January is a quarterly projection and will be revised at the next consultation. The figure was que

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Voting fraud investigation is shelved but not forgotten

St. Maarten – The voting fraud investigation that involves two police officers and a member of the VKS (Voluntary Corps) is “shelved but not forgotten,” St. Maarten prosecutor Mr. R. Mud told this newspaper yesterday. “It is a case for the la

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Two detained for fight with slapper

St. Maarten – Police have arrested and detained two women who were involved in a stabbing incident at the Alley Night Club on February 2. The police have not indicated whether S.T.B. and L.T.H., both of Jamaica, were the stabbers, but the pair will