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

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St. Maarten Carnival Booth holder meeting postponed

St. Maarten —The booth holder meetings scheduled for Thursday night, February 17, has been postponed by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. “The foundation is still busy putti

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

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Tongue-lashing for boy who showed up late in court

St. Maarten - A 16-year old boy who had to appear in the Court in First Instance charged with attacking another boy in St. Peters on December 2 of last year, showed up late and got an immediate tongue-lashing from Judge Mr. M. Keppels. “You are la

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

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St. Maarten Budget cuts ahead

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers will discuss proposals to keep country St. Maarten's budget in balance at an extraordinary meeting today. The proposals were tabled in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, but the discussion was deferred until

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

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Clarity needed on Jouvert holiday

St. Maarten – Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell says she is unaware that the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation has requested that April 29 be a holiday to facilitate Jouvert morning. A letter and an email provided by the SCDF say otherwise

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2011

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Opinion: Minister of Education demand for English spelling of St.Maarten

Dear Editor, It is amazing that Minister of Education Rhoda Arrindell would demand that the spelling of St.Maarten to be in English. As an educator and an editor/member of the House of Nehesi (the best publishing house in the world) the Ministe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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(Pelican Resort) Wifol attorneys offer tradeoff for cooperation

St. Maarten – The attorneys for the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek said Tuesday their client will only consider supporting a request for speedy appeal if the resort stays open and the members of W

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce wants stricter control on business registration

President Carty asks Duncan for extraordinary criminal investigators St. Maarten – The Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to the plate to enforce good governance in the business community. President Glen Carty announced yesterday that he has so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Justice Minister’s driver arrested as BTA-suspect

St. Maarten – The driver of Justice Minister Roland Duncan was arrested yesterday morning as a suspect in the ongoing Brooks Tower fraud investigation. The driver is a former female VKS-officer, M.S. Press officer Mr. Rienk Mud confirmed the arre

Editorial - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Another arrest

The Brooks Tower fraud investigation netted another suspect yesterday – and again it is someone with a function that is too close for comfort to the political leadership of the country. Having said that, we’d like to stress for the record that w

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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A Love Letter to the People of St. Maarten

Dear Editor, I was so glad to find that your editor published another of my letters (Feb. 10, page 22). My first letter had been in Today on Feb. 5, page 18. Being published makes me so happy. I am 69 years old and here I find I have a new call

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell.

A top 25 for Minister Arrindell Education Minister Rhoda Arrindell has decided that her Ministry will refer to the Friendly Country in all written communication as St. Martin. It does not make sense to stick to the Dutch spelling St. Maarten, the Mi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Middle Region ground breaking ceremony postponed

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) announced that the ground breaking ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m. has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Government approves corrective law for turnover tax

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says the Council of Ministers has approved a change to the turnover tax (ToT) law – corrective law - on February 8th, 2011. The corrective law will now have to go to the Council of Advice and then to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Coast Guard name change approved

St. Maarten – The Kingdom Council of Ministers has decided to rebrand the Coast Guard. In its meeting on Friday February 11, the council decided to adopt the name Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (KWCARIB). The Coast Guard has been known as the Coast

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Repeat offender arrested in stolen car

St. Maarten – Police arrested M.L, a repeat offender, on Saturday in a car that was reported stolen in September 2010. The suspect was found asleep in the gold colored Mitsubishi Mirage on Pumpkin Drive at 1:00 p.m. The vehicle had been stripped of

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 16, 2011

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Book launch set for Mother Language day

MARIGOT/ST.MARTIN - A book party for The Frock & Other Poems by Laurelle “Yaya” Richards will be held at the Marigot Waterfront on Sunday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. The event is being organized by the Collectivity’s Department of Culture. T

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

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Dutch rep Lars Walrave returns to Netherlands

St. Maarten – The Dutch Representative in St. Maarten, Lars Walrave returns to the Netherlands next week Friday. He took office on August 1st, 2009 as the successor of Gert Jan Stortelers who returned after a 4-year stint on the island to the Minis

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

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Government slow to void long lease contract with Buncampers

Preliminary investigation into $3 million land deal remains active St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos reconfirmed yesterday that the preliminary investigation into possible criminal wrongdoings by former Public Health

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

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(Pelican Resort) Bloem requests assistance for speedy appeal

St. Maarten – The legal representative for Simpson Bay Resort Management Company (SBRMC) and Royal Resorts Jairo Bloem has requested the assistance of the attorneys for the Workers Institute of Labor (Wifol) in speeding up an appeal of the February

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

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Last meeting for St. Maarten Carnival booths on Thursday

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will host its third and final meeting for booth holders on Thursday, February 17 at the Government Administration Building. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. President of the SCDF

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Earning the money

Members of Parliament, at least some of them, seems to not have a handle on taking advice and seeing some of the things we print here as our contribution to raising the bar in this our friendly country. We have been told in no certain terms, by them

Editorial - Posted by on February 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Action

It is now 54 days ago that Public Health, Social Development and Labor Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus announced her forced resignation over a scandal whereby she and her husband Claudius sold the economic ownership of a piece of government-owned la

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

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Celebrity Century Cruise brings 1,800 nudists to St. Maarten on Sunday

St. Maarten – The Celebrity Century cruise ship will dock in Philipsburg on Sunday carrying 1,800 nudists. The cruise is organized by Bare Necessities Tour and travel from Austin, Texas. The vessel left Miami yesterday; it will arrive in St. Barths

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

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Dutch, French St. Maarten Hotels pitch into accommodate Pelican Resort guests

St. Maarten – Six hotels on both sides of the island have allotted rooms to accommodate timeshare owners originally destined for Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. The property’s management has decided

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

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Richardson says clarity needed on Winair

St. Maarten –National Alliance Member of Parliament Frans Richardson has announced the faction’s intention to call a meeting of parliament to “gain clarity” around events at Winair. He’s also accused Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, wh

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

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MPs slam Minister over teacher’s action

St. Maarten – Members of the Parliament from the National Alliance have chastised the government for unilaterally altering the arrangement for teachers and civil servants to get a 5.3 percent cost of living adjustment in 2011. They also said the mi

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

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St. Maarten Police report strong arrest figures

St. Maarten – The Special Robbery Unit of the police force has solved 40 percent of the armed robberies that took place in January. There were 15 armed robberies in that month in different areas and so far the SRU has arrested six suspects. The po

Editorial - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Compromising freedom of speech

Gregory Richardson, a local IT-specialist who owns Secure Tech International, revealed at a conference in Trinidad that a website has published hundreds of emails from an advisor to the government of St. Maarten. Richardson warned that the security r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: (Pelican Resort) Not that simple

As a new week dawns and we all prepare to greet each other with Bon Dia and Bon Siman (Good day and Good week), the stakeholders in what is now known as Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and The Villas at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina are waking to anoth

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Specialist says adopt treaties as first step

St. Maarten - A call has been made for St. Maarten to adopt the Malta Convention, the Convention for the safeguarding of intangible heritage and Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. These three internat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Prime Minister establishing “Pelican Crisis Committee”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has called for the establishment of a Pelican Crisis Committee to discuss the closure announced Friday and how to mitigate the negative impacts that action will have. To further this goal she’s i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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SHTA: confusion and uncertainty about Turnover Tax remains

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) says the Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto has done nothing so far to remove the confusion and uncertainty over whether or not government created a five percent import duty whe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Nagico conducts survey, supports student’s project

St. Maarten - Nagico recently welcomed Calvic David, a St. Maarten born student currently studying at the Roc Mondiraan School in the Netherlands, who is conducting a marketing research survey as part of his internship exercise. The survey will measu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2011

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Foundation releases St. Maarten Carnival calendar

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) released its colorful Carnival calendar of events over the weekend. The design, done by Cleon Frederick of So Contagious Studios, and printing of the calendar was financed by Scotia

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

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Breaking news: Fatal motorcycle collision

St. Maarten / St. Martin On the road to Marigot a motorcycle rider with passenger drove into an oncoming motorcycle rider. Both riders died instantly while a female passenger is in serious condition.

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