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Opinion - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Protecting the Emilio Wilson Estate

Dear Editor, Please allow me to respond to Mr. Peterson’s letter of Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 titled the Emilio Wilson Estate Saga. I have read Mr. Peterson’s letters to your publication over the past six months with great interest and appre

Opinion - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Fuel clause questions

The court ruling against utilities company GEBE in favor of the Westin Hotel will probably raise a lot of questions, especially about the fuel clause on invoices for water. The Westin claimed in court that there is no contractual or otherwise lega

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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Schools still waiting for recognition

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten United Multi-Purpose Education Foundation (SUMEF) is still waiting to be recognized by government the foundation’s president Carmen Hodge revealed recently. She could not speak concretely on what is causing the delay

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister Shigemoto: “I responded two weeks ago”

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says he responded to the questions he received from National Alliance (NA) Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet via Parliament about two weeks ago. The Minister’s response was sent via the Pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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St. Maarten Coat of Arms decision is up to the parliament

St. Maarten – The Executive Council took a final decision about the Coat of Arms for St. Maarten in September, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, but the decision was not tabled in the Island Council for approval. The prime minister wrote this i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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US College student acquitted of involvement in armed robbery

St. Maarten – Jimey Everton B., an 18-year-old college student is free to return to the United States to continue his studies after the Court in First Instance acquitted him of involvement in a brutal robbery on December 22nd that cost the victim t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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Epic pushes for environmental education in school curriculum

American intern Linden Rayton: “Kids are so in to it” St. Maarten – Epic project manager Rueben Thompson wants environmental education to become a structural part of the curriculum in primary schools in St. Maarten. Natural heritage and e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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(Pelican Resort) Wifol, SBROC to continue “exchanging views” on resort reopening today

St. Maarten – Representatives of the Workers Institute for Organised Labor (Wifol) and the Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC) are expected to continue “exchanging views” today on a proposed settlement agreement that will allow the resort

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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PM: All must pay their fair share

St. Maarten –Acting Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams believes the proposal to hike the fees for St. Maarten residence and work permits as part of a broader discussion on whom, which gr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2011

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(Pelican Resort) Accepting transfer tax payment, dismissal request depend on negotiations

St. Maarten – The government has not yet made a decision on whether to cash cheques for transfer tax from Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC). There is also still no decision on the dismissal request that Royal Resorts filed for the 182 employ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Oil dump owner says site will be cleaned up by Friday

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Bevon Payne leased the land on top of the G. Alexis Arnell Road for temporary storage of used oil he intends to ship out to the United States for processing. “This is not an oil dump.  I am actually doing somethin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Pelican Tenants Association “on the brink” of summary proceedings

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The Tenants Association of Pelican Resort Club (TAPRC) is on the brink of filing summary proceedings against Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company (SBROC) for what they consider a loss of their timeshare rights. This

Editorial - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Parallel Tracks

As the nation continues to wait to see what has now become the Pelican saga resolved, we at the Today Newspaper have become reflective. In our backward glance we have come to a conclusion that what is happening with the resort is parallel to St. Maar

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Graphic design (St. Maarten’s Coat of Arms)

Graphic designers are in for the same fate as architects. Their creations will always become the topic of public debate. Some will hate their designs, others will love them, and most people couldn’t care less. We received an anonymous letter fro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Information Session for Holland-bound students on February 28

St. Maarten – Students and parents of students who will be going to further their studies in The Netherlands this summer have been invited to an information session organized by the St. Maarten Student Support Services (S4). The information session

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Operational audit to start soon at Salaries & Wages

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced Tuesday that the operational audit of the Salaries & Wages Department will start soon and that salaries for all but those who fall under the Justice Ministry should be paid on Friday. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Pantophlet quotes constitution to get answers

St. Maarten – National Alliance Member of Parliament George Pantophlet has used Article 62 of the Constitution to press Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto to answer a February 3rd letter with questions on a variety of topics. This is the second time h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Urgent budget amendment 2010 retracted

St. Maarten – The government has decided to retract the draft urgent amendment for the 2010 budget. The change covers St. Maarten’s transition from island territory to country. The amendment was approved by the Council of Ministers but Finance

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2011

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Montserrat’s Chief Minister to take over chairmanship of OCTA

BRADES/GREAT BAY - Chief Minister of Montserrat Hon. Reuben T. Meade will take over as chairman of the Overseas Countries & Territories Association (OCTA) following the conclusion of meetings in New Caledonia next Monday. Chief Minister Meade

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

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(Pelican Resort) Potential windfall awaits at Notary’s office

St. Maarten – Government is faced once again with a decision of whether to take possession of the U.S. $1.2 million it is owed in transfer tax or if it will grant the new owners of what is now the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Sim

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

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Opposition wants to deny equal rights to independent members of parliament

Marlin: “Base support staff on proportional representation” St. Maarten – Opposition leader William Marlin objects to allotting an equal number of support staff to all faction in the parliament. In a letter to Parliament President Gracita Ar

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

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Shigemoto: No new cars for St. Maarten Ministers

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says none of the Ministers in the United Peoples (UP) Party/Democratic Party (DP) government have been granted new vehicles since coming to power on October 10, 2010. He asserted this during an intervie

Editorial - Posted by on February 22, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Fair warning

The long lines at the St. Maarten Census Office where motorists are queuing these days for their new number plates proved to be a hotbed for political discussion last week. Surprisingly, the topic of heated debate was the 3 million dollar land scand

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2011

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Letter: “The Rockland/Emilio Wilson Estate Saga”

Dear Editor, I'm writing this article because I am disappointed in the manner in which Henry Brookson and his associates are being treated regarding the Rockland Estate also known as the "Emilio Wilson Estate". They are being treated unfairly by g

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2011

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Today’s opinion: A matter of fact(ion)

Opposition leader William Marlin has a bone to grind with Patrick Illidge, the Independent Member of Parliament who took part in last year’s elections as the number 7 candidate on the list of the National Alliance. Or maybe this is not the case at

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

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Permanent Committee on Justice Scheduled for Wednesday

St. Maarten –President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell would like to announce that the Permanent Committee on Justice will be meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd. The Committee is chaired by Independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge.

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

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St. Maarten Carnival season passes introduced

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF), for the first time ever, is offering season passes for St. Maarten Carnival. Launched on Monday, the passes will allow entrance to every show in Carnival Village, local as well as

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

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Yokoyama publishes

Yokoyama publishes “The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin”

St. Maarten – After a year of hiking, researching, and photographing animals all over the island Mark Yokoyama has created the very first guide to the natural life of St. Martin/St. Maarten. The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin feat

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

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Insel continues to seek partnership with Winair

St. Maarten - Insel Air’s Chief of International Affairs Edward Heerenveen has pledged “not to leave Winair out” as Insel continues its expansion. He made the announcement Saturday at a graduation for two new cabin attendants where he also said

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

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Lion’s Club International officer gets taste of St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Members of the St. Maarten Lions Club gave the club’s International 2nd Vice President Wayne Madden a taste of St. Maarten that he could take home at the weekend by presenting him with the first copy of the second edition of their c

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

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St. Maarten basic commodities 3.2 percent higher in 2010

St. Maarten - The average cost of basic goods and services as measured by the consumer price index went up half a percent (0.5) to 111.8 in the last quarter of 2010. The year on year comparison puts the hike at 3.2 percent when one compares figures a

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

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(Pelican Resort) No quantification of re-accommodation plan’s “unqualified success”

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Timeshare Association (SMTA) has named its first attempt at re-accommodating displaced timeshare owners from Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina “an unqualified success.” T

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

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St. Maarten imported and exported more in 2008

St. Maarten – St. Maarten imported roughly one percent more in merchandise in 2008 than it did in 2007. The figure can be found in the Department of Statistics’ preliminary report on the 2008 Import/Export Survey, which was released on Monday. Th

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

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(Pelican Resort) Disgruntled timeshare owners  present their grievances to PM

(Pelican Resort) Disgruntled timeshare owners present their grievances to PM

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar - The demonstration of disgruntled Pelican Resort timeshare owners at the government administration building yesterday afternoon did not bring out tourists in droves, but the fifteen people that did make an appearance ha

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

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Health inspectorate confiscates unregistered pharmaceuticals

Health inspectorate confiscates unregistered pharmaceuticals

Two companies fined; were warned before St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of Health, Social Development and Labour confiscated a large amount of unregistered pharmaceuticals from two businesses during safety inspections on February 10th. The produc

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