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

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St. Maarten Council of Ministers, Cft have no detailed agreement on plan of approach

Cabinet changes intentions on request for budget aid St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne– Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto both affirmed Wednesday that the government has no agreement with the Board of financ

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The Snowflake case

The position of the public prosecutor in the Snowflake case that became apparent yesterday caught defense attorneys by surprise. In December, the prosecutor’s office asked the court to declare it inadmissible in its own prosecution. Yesterday th

Editorial - Posted by on March 24, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Diplomacy is key

Three months into the year the government continues to work with the Board of financial supervision (Cft) to come to a positive advice on the Budget 2011 and the options that were once presented seemed to be evaporating by the day. The latest one to

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

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St. Maarten Deported burglar gets 1-year sentence

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Victor Viyanuevo-Joje, 18, to a 1-year prison sentence for a series of burglaries between November 30 and December 3 of last year. Together with a second burglar, Yeudy Antonio C.J., 32, the defen

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

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CANTO inviting applications for annual essay competition

St. Maarten – The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) has launched its 2011 essay writing competition and is inviting teenagers on St. Maarten to submit entries and win some “super prizes.” The competition

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

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InselAir announces third weekly flight between St. Maarten and San Juan

St. Maarten – Insel Air has announced it will add a third flight per week between St. Maarten and San Juan on April 15. The new flight will be operated on Tuesday. At the moment the airline flies the route on Fridays and Sundays. Insel first sta

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

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Government extends deadline for document submission

St. Maarten - Contractors who submitted their tenders and bid for the new water drainage system for the storm drain at the Great Salt Pond and the new waste water treatment plant for the Ebenezer Estate will have another chance to submit the missing

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

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GB3 T-Shirt, Cap sale to benefit auditorium repairs

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell launched the t-shirts and caps for the Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB3) project on Wednesday. Money raised from the sale this week will be donated to the

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

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Illegal waste management company told to ship oil off-island within a month

Dump atop Cakehouse Road needs to be cleaned GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced Bevan Payne to a 1,000 guilders fine and ordered him to clean up a site on Hyssop Road (atop the Cakehouse Road) that he has been using illegally to s

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

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Tsunami workshop exercise a success; early warning key to saving lives

St. Maarten – Section Head of Disaster Management Paul Martens has called the workshop that brought together the 10-Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to carry out a Caribbean-wide earthquake/tsunami exercis

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

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Youth Health Care encourages parents/guardians, kids to attend Lion’s Health Fair

St. Maarten – The Department of Youth Health Care (YHC) within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, is encouraging the general public and in particular parents/guardians as well as kids to come out to the Lion’s Club 3rd A

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

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SOL Manager replies to Ferrier’s complaints

“We’re committed the island’s growth, not to harming it.” St. Maarten - SOL Antilles NV has strongly objected strongly to the views expressed by local businessman and pilot Michael Ferrier who said that he was disgusted with the way how th

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

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Public private partnership takes charge of camera security system

Chamber calls for broad support St. Maarten - The Chamber of Commerce will establish as soon as possible a public/private partnership that will be charged with executing the St. Maarten security system. The first phase of this plan aims to install

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

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“No more adventures” as Winair returns to core business

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Winair established by the airline’s shareholder representative – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams - has confirmed the airline will be returning to its core business

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

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GEBE has to repay fuel clause charges on water bill to hotel

Court rejects appeal against Westin ruling St. Maarten – Utilities company GEBE had to repay the Westin Hotel fuel clause charges on its water bill going back to 2007. Yesterday GEBE lost its appeal against a February 22 court ruling that ordere

Opinion - Posted by on March 23, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: In response to the justification of abortion

Dear Editor, People have a tendency to categorize sin, esteeming certain sins as being worse than others; but God doesn't see it that way. James 2:10 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of al

Opinion - Posted by on March 23, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Is religion dead?

Here is some food for thought: religion is dead in the Netherlands and in a number of other western countries. The British broadcaster BBC reported this based on scientific research that was presented at a congress in Dallas, Texas. A team of scie

Opinion - Posted by on March 23, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Strong message

The Dutch parliament sent a strong message to money grabbing bankers yesterday by passing a Freedom Party-motion that asks the government to tax all bonuses that have been paid to executives at state-supported banks like ABN, ING, SNS, Reaal and Aego

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 23, 2011

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Prosecutor calls on fugitive Omar N. to turn himself in

St. Maarten – Omar N., the 20-year old robbery suspect from Dutch Quarter who escaped from the Pointe Blanche prison in the night between Saturday to Sunday, is still on the run, even though his mom appears to have pleaded with him in an internet-m

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

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Here Again

St. Maarten - Sea Turtle Nesting Season has begun again. The season runs between March and November. Female sea turtles return at that time to lay their eggs on the major nesting beaches of Simpson Bay, Guana Bay, and Gibbs Bay. There are three sea t

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

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Communications Union presents shareholder with demands on Telem, Post Office

St. Maarten – The Board of the St. Maarten Communication Union has pressed shareholder representative for the Telem Group of Companies – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams - to ensure that the company’s restructuring is finalized before the c

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

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Law firm pleads for better prison conditions, more rehabilitation

St. Maarten – The law firm Sulvaran and Peterson, which has offices in Curacao and St. Maarten, has written an open letter to protest the conditions at the Pointe Blanche House of Detention. They also urged local authorities to beef their efforts t

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

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Former Police Chief Holiday does community service at Turning Point

St. Maarten – Former Chief Commissioner of Police Derrick Holiday has started to do his community service as an administrative assistant at Turning Point, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos confirmed in answer to questions from this newspaper. In Jun

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

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Mega-cocaine case against two brothers will be postponed again

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance will postpone the trial against four mega-cocaine smugglers again tomorrow afternoon. Attorney Mr. S.R. Bommel, who defends Rodolfo A., said yesterday that the prosecution needs more time for an internal in

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

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Duncan confirms Jamaicans, Guyanese will need visas

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan says that Guyanese and Jamaicans should tell their loved ones to begin checking with airlines, Dutch embassies and honorary consulates if they should have a visa to come to St. Maarten. The Council of Mi

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

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Winair Board resigns, walks out of meeting

“Winair was challenged and stagnated” St. Maarten – The Supervisory Board of Directors of Windward Islands International Airways N.V. resigned with immediate effect on Monday and left a shareholders’ meeting they, and their attorney Denisi

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

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Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

St. Maarten – Fire Commander Winston Salomon is calling on the community to be very conscious of not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. People,

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

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Adding turnover tax to bills carries 5,000 guilders penalty

Tax inspectorate warns businesses St. Maarten – The tax department made a public announcement yesterday, warning businesses to stop adding the turnover tax as a separate item on invoices and receipts. Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto issued a min

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on March 22, 2011

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Foundation seeks support for camp participation

St. Maarten – Fifteen basketball players, two coaches and three leaders from St. Maarten will spend 10 days in July training at the summer camp hosted by the Philadelphia 76ers. The trip is being coordinated by the St. Maarten Youth Beat Foundation

Editorial - Posted by on March 22, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Doing things right

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto seems to mean business about having the amended turnover tax legislation bring in money without placing additional strain on the people of St. Maarten. His way to communicate this is drawing up a Ministerial Decree in

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

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Machete attack puts three in hospital

St. Maarten – Police are investigating a “serious fight” that put three men in hospital early Saturday morning. All four men had cuts about their bodies from machetes and police want to know who is responsible. The investigation began with a

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

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Region-wide Tsunami Warning Exercise on Wednesday

St. Maarten – Thirty three countries across the Caribbean, St. Maarten included will participate in a region wide earthquake/tsunami exercise on Wednesday. Coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations (UNESC

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

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Autism Conference to be held mid-April

St. Maarten – The Ahead Center for Excellence in Sucker Garden will be hosting a conference on Autism on April 14 and April 15 to raise awareness of the neurological disorder by sharing information and to give parents, caregivers and the community

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

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Health and wellness fair expects 1,000 visitors

Third edition of Lions-event opens Saturday at Festival Village St. Maarten – The Festival Village will be the stage for the third annual health and wellness fair organized by the St. Maarten Lions Club this Saturday. Last year the event attract

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

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Minister of Finance pays first official visit to departments

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto paid his first official visit to the Departments which comprise the new Tax Office on Monday. The department consists of the Inspectorate of Taxes, the Department of Audit and Criminal Investigation

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