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

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(Pelican Resort) Wescot-Williams: “Breakthrough possible in next 48 hours”

(Pelican Resort) Wescot-Williams: “Breakthrough possible in next 48 hours”

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, says there was no breakthrough this weekend in the negotiations between parties involved in the Pelican Resort closure. “But the door on reaching an agreement has not been closed.” The

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

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Indian merchants meet with Prime Minister

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met the new board of the Indian Merchants Association (IMA) on Friday. Vice President Damu Rawtani introduced his new board. The prime minister explained the new government structure, the minist

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

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Seniorenconvent discusses UTS cell phone package

St. Maarten - Faction leaders of the parliament will meet this afternoon in their Seniorenconvent session at two o’clock. The agenda points for the meeting are recommendations from the faction leaders, the staffing of the factions; the United T

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

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Empty parking lots and gloomy atmosphere at Pelican Resort

St. Maarten – Not all went well on Saturday when the former Pelican Resort, now Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, closed its doors for business. Of the 350 reservations for whom the resort expected guests this weekend, twelve still showed up; they kne

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

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Sumef concludes training teachers

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten United Multipurpose Educational Foundation SUMEF concluded a series of training sessions for teachers employed at the private non government subsidized schools under its umbrella. The training programs started in 2009

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 21, 2011

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Roadside memorial: stark reminder

Roadside memorial: stark reminder

MARIGOT – Two major motorbike accidents claimed the lives of four people in the past ten days. Just outside Marigot, on the road towards Grand Case friends and family of the deceased bikers have erected a roadside monument that serves as a star

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

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Pelican Resort time shareowners to demonstrate Sunday

St. Maarten – Senior Citizens who own timeshare at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and the Villas at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina will have a demonstration in front of the St. Maarten Government Administration Building at 2:00 p.m. Sunday to prote

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

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American company wants rain forest attraction park on St. Maarten

Pride objects to Disneyfication Emilio Wilson Estate St. Maarten – Plans to establish a rain forest attraction park on the Emilio Wilson Estate have met with strong objections from the St. Maarten Pride Foundation. “It is a Disney World-like p

Opinion - Posted by on February 19, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Playing truant

You’d think that in a neatly organized country like the Netherlands (neatly organizes as opposed to the more relaxed lifestyle we appreciate so much in the Caribbean) people always show up for work and for meetings, and that politicians lead by exa

Editorial - Posted by on February 19, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Frustration

A planned protest by senior citizens who own timeshare at the former Pelican Resort on Sunday is ill advised. The plan to go to the government building at 2:00 p.m. will have little or no effect, for the simple reason that there’s not really anybod

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

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Waste oil spills into Salt Pond, St. Maarten

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation was called in to clean up an oil slick that flowed into the Great Salt Pond from off the Philipsburg Landfill on Thursday. The oil had leaked from a “dumping hole” connected to a trench that runs

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

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St. Maarten Police invite Marlin to tell abuse story

St. Maarten – Police Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte has invited Cimmaron Marlin, who has alleged he was ill treated by police, and “bring the facts to the incident.” The invitation was extended in a statement issued on Friday. “We have ta

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

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St. Maarten Surveyors begin St. Peters scan

St. Maarten – Surveyors attached to the Departments of Community Development, Social Welfare and Social development within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor began conducting needs assessment interviews in St. Peters for th

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

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Pantophlet proposes alternate budget measures

St. Maarten – National Alliance Member of Parliament George Pantophlet has submitted a letter with proposals to address the 45 million guilder deficit in the budget for 2011 to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams as head of the Council of Minister

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

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Teachers to receive certificates tonight

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten United Multipurpose Educational Foundation (S.U.M.E.F.) has just concluded the final series of training for the teachers employed at the private non-government subsidize schools under its umbrella. The trainings began in

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

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Fees for work, residence permits to be hiked mid year

New expenses, revenue added to 2011 St. Maarten – Finance Minister of Hiro Shigemoto announced on Thursday that the 2011 national budget has been approved in a special session of the Council of Ministers on Thursday. The budget has been sent to

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

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St. Maarten Census marketed as key in national planning

St. Maarten – The Department of Statistics (STAT) believes they’ll be able to deliver an accurate count of the amount of people that reside here once the 2011 Census concludes. The Census will run from April 9th to April 17th and the Department e

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

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Buncampers still leaseholders, 72 days after scandal broke

Government sought legal advice on long lease but took no action St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The government sought legal advice about revoking the long lease former Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius hold on a parcel o

Editorial - Posted by on February 18, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: On behalf of the workers

It is with interest that we read that the government intends to hike work permit and residence fees at the middle of the year as part of its plan to balance the budget. The measure must be seen in a context and we appreciate that, but there is a caut

Opinion - Posted by on February 18, 2011

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Opinion: Don’t Blame Government…Call in Vote Observers

Dear Editor, We are experiencing quite a grueling time in St. Maarten at the moment. How bad is the present situation? It’s so bad that government has not only infuriated the electorate, they have succeeded in angering tourists in the form of P

Opinion - Posted by on February 18, 2011

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Today’s opinion: 72 Days and counting

It’s now 72 days and counting since this newspaper revealed the scandal that led to the downfall of Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus. From statements by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams we learned this week that the government wa

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

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(Pelican Resort) Lawyers won’t meet today

Mediators explore agreement parameters today St. Maarten – The attorneys for the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) will not get a meeting with the principles of Simpson Bay Resort Owner Company today. They requested the gathering in

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

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Insel Air announces third San Juan – St. Maarten flight

St. Maarten – Tourism Minister Franklin Meyers announced Thursday that Insel Air is to add a third flight between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico in April. He was informed of the plan when he met representatives at the recent Routes Conference in the D

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

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Joy over Middle Region upgrade, but 18 months of inconvenience ahead

St. Maarten – The event was highly symbolic, but it marked the start of a project Middle Region residents have been longing for, years. The groundbreaking ceremony across from the Calabash Bar that took place yesterday afternoon marks the beginning

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

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One arrested for weapons possession

St. Maarten – Police of the Zero Tolerance team took five young men to the police station in Philipsburg on Tuesday. Police confiscated a black air pistol from one of them. Police arrested the five young men and seized the weapon mid-afternoon aft

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

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Young robber sentenced to 67 months

St. Maarten – Delancy Dariono Kartokromo, 21, had an unhappy youth where his father beat him and his mother on a regular basis. In the view of the Court in First Instance, that was no excuse for the four robberies the defendant was involved in last

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

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Prime Minister to summon shareholder meeting on Winair

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s shareholder representative for Winair Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced plans on Wednesday to call a shareholder meeting to discuss the airline’s future. She has also taken note of recent statements that t

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

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Needs Assessment Survey starts today in St. Peters

St. Maarten – Surveyors will begin interviewing St. Peters residents today to gather information for the Integrated Neighborhood Development Program (INDP). The needs assessment survey and the overall program are aimed at finding out the district

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

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Laptop thief gets firm beating and ten months imprisonment

St. Maarten – David Toussaint, 31, was in the process of stealing a backpack containing a laptop from the car of a GEBE-employee on November 10 of last year when the owner unexpectedly turned up. Toussaint got a firm beating from the laptop-owner a

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

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St. Maarten school registration ongoing

St. Maarten – Registration for the 2011/2012 school year for public schools has begun, with special focus on children between six and nine. Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell said starting registration now is meant to give the Ministry time to plan

Editorial - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: National Identity, National Debate

Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell’s statement on the spelling of St. Maarten has opened the door to restart a discussion on that and other parts of the nation’s identity. This was confirmed Wednesday by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. B

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Correction: You get the Government you’ve been paid for!

Dear Editor, When I read the title of R. Brison’s letter to The Daily Herald’s editor on Tuesday entitled “Don’t blame Government; You get what you pay for” I was somewhat taken aback, in that from reading the title, I got the impressio

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Airport cars

The airport has an interesting collection of abandoned cars impounded. Since the airport is more into handling airline passengers than into acting as a second hand car dealer, it published an ad calling on the owners of these vehicles to come and pic

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Energy bills

We read somewhere that certain schools have a problem with their utility bills. They seem to be sky high and of course this is not the fault of the schools but of the utilities company that charge them commercial rates. We’re just wondering whether

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

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Entertainer gets community service for beating ex-wife

St. Maarten – Alvin Janvier Lawrence, 63, makes his living as an entertainer but there was nothing entertaining about an encounter he had with his ex-wife Mrs. G. on November 16 last year. An argument turned ugly and Lawrence punched his ex in the

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