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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2011

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Fatum employees receive Superhost certification

St. Maarten – Staffers of Fatum Insurances were presented with St. Maarten SuperHost Professional Training certificates recently for successfully completing program. The employees participated in an active training program which was divided in two

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Waiter enters seventh day of hunger strike

MARIGOT/ST.MARTIN – Rui Bagina, a 59-year-old waiter and bartender, enters the seventh day of his hunger strike at the Hotel de Ville in Marigot today. Bagina started his action last week Thursday in an attempt to get some form of justice for the h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Unions urge teachers, civil servants to return to work

St. Maarten – Teachers and civil servants have been urged to return to work today by their unions after another lengthy meeting with members of the Council of Ministers has delivered agreement in principal that the remaining 3.3 percent in cost of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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United Haitian Community hosts elections on March 27

St. Maarten – The United Haitian Community (UHC) has opened the nominations for the board elections on March 27. The process is being led by an Electoral Board led by Canes Gassant. The elections for this board should not be confused with the rec

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Let’s work, not talk!”

Today we think we’ll take our lead from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and not talk about winners and losers in terms of the arrangement that was brokered between the government and the unions that represent civil servants and teachers on Wednesda

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Speaking time

Some parliamentarians made quite a fuss yesterday when the parliament decided by majority to limit the speaking time on the Brooks Tower Accord agenda point to twenty minutes in the first round and ten minutes in the second round. As the meeting prog

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Shigemoto says CFT has not rejected 2011 budget

St. Maarten –Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says that the Committee for Financial Supervision Cft has not rejected the 2011 budget of country St. Maarten as reported in one of the daily newspapers on Tuesday. “The headline of the news report i

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Letter: The plot for revenge

Dear Editor, I am the managing editor of the Today Newspaper. On December 8 of last year, I published an article under the headline Minister Buncamper sold leased land on Pond Island for $3 million. More than fifty articles about this self-enrichme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Minister Duncan: number of illegals is highly exaggerated

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan extended the deadline for the Brooks Tower Accord to prevent that people who had already applied for a permit would fall back into illegality, the minister said yesterday during the BTA-debate in the par

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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ABVO wants elite team disbanded

St. Maarten – President of ABVO St. Maarten Randall Salomè, which represents the prison guards, has said he wants Justice Minister Roland Duncan to disband an elite team that Director of the Prison Rudsel Ricardo has put together “illegally.”

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Ombudsman’s formation plan, allowances approved

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament unanimously approved the formation plan for the Bureau of the Ombudsman and allowances for the Ombudsman herself on Tuesday afternoon. The advice submitted by the Central Committee was approved without debate.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Three Brooks Tower fraud suspects remain detained

St. Maarten – Three of the four suspects that were arrested Friday a week ago during the investigation of fraud with Brooks Tower Accord papers were before the judge of instruction yesterday afternoon. One suspect, identified as Mrs. A., was releas

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Government, school boards to cut wages of meeting attendees

Teachers, civil servants meet again today on late night proposal St. Maarten – The government and school boards began deducting daily wages from teachers who did not turn up for work on Monday and will continue doing so for every day they attend m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Regulating prostitution

To get a grip on the Friendly Country’s prostitution policy, we have to go back almost seven years, to February 4, 2003. That is when the Democratic Party-government established it. Basically, the St. Maarten government authorized employment for 16

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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French side negotiates with Dutch about number plates

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The gendarmerie will start this week with traffic controls centered on road tax and number plates. French-side residents have to change their number plates, a process that will take several weeks to complete. In the meantime

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Financial Supervision finds 30 million guilder hole in St. Maarten’s budget

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has said paying out the 5.3 cost of living adjustment will cost the government 15 million guilders this year and could drive up the perceived deficit in the budget to 45 million guilders. The first 30 m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Prime Minister says “Pelican workers still have right to employment, salary”

St. Maarten – Acting Minister of Labor Sarah Wescot-Williams has said the employees at Pelican Resort Club have a right to a job and salary as long as a decision has not been made on the dismissal request filed by Royal Resorts that covers the time

Opinion - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Opinion: Is truthfulness a characteristic of a politician who is good for the people?

Dear Editor, The real truth is we get what we deserve when it comes to politicians when the system lets them off for fraudulent misuse of public funds, yet pounces on a single mom doing a couple of hours to try and keep her children in decent clothe

Editorial - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Be Reasonable

Today marks a great opportunity for compromise in this friendly country of ours after days of back and forth between the government and the unions that represent teachers and civil servants. It could also be a day of deadlock because of the position

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