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Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Value for money

We have fifteen parliamentarians who, as we all know, take home $125,000 before taxes every year plus generous benefits worth approximately $20,000. They sit in a building that is costing the tax payer $96,000 every month, so the price tag for this h

Opinion - Posted by on March 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: There is always tomorrow

Yesterday’s court session was taken up completely by charges against four defendants who had been involved in armed robbery, car theft ill-treatment, and attempted manslaughter. Three defendants had something in common: their youth. Two of them are

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

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Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB3) youth project launches April 2

St. Maarten – Get off the Block, Get on the Bus, Get Busy (GB3) youth project will be officially launched on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The start was announced Wednesday by Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell

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

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UTS share distribution not yet finalized

St. Maarten – A discussion has begun and must be finalized on the political level on a dividend policy for United Telecommunications Services (UTS). The company is owned by St. Maarten and Curacao, with the latter being the majority shareholder.

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

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Tax departments advises businesses to adjust administrations on ToT

St. Maarten – The Tax Department says that since the implementation of the turnover tax (ToT) it has been a point of discussion whether the ToT should be stated separately on the bill, invoice or receipt. The ToT is an indirect tax with the charact

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

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Atlantis Casino sponsors bands for Carnival Unity Jump-Up

St. Maarten - The Atlantis Casino is the latest company to partner with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) by sponsoring all three bands that will be taking part in the Unity Jump-Up on Saturday. The longest of the five jump-ups s

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

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Duncan: Union standpoint based on incorrect information

“I think they’re bored.” St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan says the standpoint President of the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) William Reed has taken on talks to have immigration officers

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

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Justice Ministers of the Kingdom meet here in June

Duncan continues to develop cooperation with Caribbean counterparts St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has reached agreement with his counterparts on Aruba – Arthur Dowers - and Curacao – Elmer Wilsoe - to continue cooperation on t

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

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An Evening with the Toastmasters this Saturday

St. Maarten —The Toastmasters Clubs on St. Maarten and Puerto Rico known as Area 6 will hold the seventh edition of “An Evening With the Toastmasters” on Saturday, March 19th, at the Belair Community Center at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The event will sh

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

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Westin made promises, but never followed through

Westin made promises, but never followed through

Government ready to honor 2005 letter of comfort, but St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – When the Executive Council sent its letter of comfort to the president of the Columbia Sussex Corporation a bit more than six years ago on March 11, 2005,

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

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Dutch parties concerned, but no immediate help on offer

Dutch parties concerned, but no immediate help on offer

GreenLeft, CDA, and Labor react to prison cell crisis in St. Maarten St. Maarten / THE HAGUE / By Hilbert Haar – GreenLeft and the CDA-faction in the Dutch Second chamber have taken an interest in the emergency situation in St. Maarten concernin

Editorial - Posted by on March 16, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: No help

St. Maarten will learn the hard way what it means to be an autonomous country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Given the lukewarm reaction from Dutch parliamentarians, a speedy solution for the lack of prison cell capacity will most certainly not c

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Name and shame

Do we need our health inspectors to troll supermarkets on a 24/7 basis? This seems to be necessary, given the fact that they were forced to close down a supermarket in Sucker garden last week. It is not the first time that inspectors come down on

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

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Simarc organizes national day of trees

St. Maarten - Next week Tuesday (March 22) is the St. Maarten National Day of Trees, and continuing with the four-year tradition, the archeological research center Simarc is organizing tree-plantings and educational events. This year the Simarc is a

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

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Nagico pumps more into calypso competition

St. Maarten - The number 13 is an unlucky one for some people, but the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation can consider themselves extremely lucky after receiving a check for US $ 13,000,00, which will be used to offset expenses for what will

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

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Thieves steal computer from newspaper’s office

St. Maarten –Thieves stole a Dell computer and roughly two euro from the Today Newspaper’s office sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. The break-in occurred sometime between 11:00 p.m. and just after 8:00 a.m. and has been reported t

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

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Middle Region Road closes at 9:00 a.m.

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, and Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI) announced Tuesday that the Middle Region Road will be closed for through traffic at 9:00 am today. The road will be closed off for the app

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

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St. Maarten Carnival Bacchanal begins with music sheet row

St. Maarten – Carnival 2011’s first bit of bacchanal boiled over Monday as Andrew Richardson aka Baker Jr. accused the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation of “playing mind games” and “trying to pull a hoax on calypsonians.” In a t

Editorial - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Justice Tsunami

As the days go by St. Maarten continues to be buffeted by waves of cares. Yesterday we talked about the need for national focus on the country’s finances. Considering the reports today and in the past weeks there is also a very palpable need to als

Opinion - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Grading the Minister of Finance

The Prime Minister in a news conference last week indicated that there was a process in place to evaluate the performance of the Ministers after a year and then a decision can be made on …. And she wasn’t clear what we could do. Now we all know t

Opinion - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: The Pelican at the Yacht Club (Part I)

Seeing a pelican temporarily pausing its flight last week and landing at the parking lot by the Simpson Bay Yacht Club (S.B.Y.C) made me reflect on the symbolism of that moment. Obviously there are differences between the formerly known Pelican Resor

Opinion - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: What we all need to know

Dear Editor, The frequency and magnitude of hazards that are currently affecting this planet makes it necessary for all of us to take stock of our lives and to modify our style of living to help mitigate against these natural hazards, be it a volc

Opinion - Posted by on March 15, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Doing things right

Trinidad and Tobago is a lot of things that St. Maarten is not. Two islands, one country versus one island two countries for instance. But what strikes first time visitors most is the friendliness the Trini’s bestow on their visitors. The immigrat

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

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Police investigating spate of armed robberies

St. Maarten – The Special Robbery Unit and Forensic Department of the police spent the weekend dealing with a spate of armed robberies and may have come close to solving one that occurred on Saturday night, during a high speed chase on Monday after

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

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Pantophlet queries Shigemoto further before physically receiving answers

St. Maarten – Finance Minister of Hiro Shigemoto replied on Monday to questions National Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet submitted in a February 28 letter. The letter reached the Minister’s cabinet on March 10 and he replied

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

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People with expired licenses get preference

St. Maarten - The Civil Registry Department has started to process driver’s licenses again. Preference will be given to those with an expired license. The driver’s license window is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for walk-ins and between 2:00

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

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Minister investigating expulsions

St. Maarten - Justice Minister Roland Duncan is investigating reports that people are being expelled even though they have an employment permit and are waiting for a residence permit. The Minister said the move by Immigration officers is not correct

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

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Carnival 2011 Unity Jump-Up on Saturday

Truck Inspection Wednesday St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is revving up the engine of Carnival 2011 and will host the Unity Jump-Up, the first event on the Carnival calendar, this Saturday, March 19th. The po

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

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Shigemoto requests 78 million in debt relief payment arrears funds

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto forwarded a letter on March 10 to Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Donner with respect to the Naf.78 million in debt relief payment arrears for St. Maarten. St. Maarten woul

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

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Over 700 sign “Protect the Great Salt Pond” petition

St. Maarten - The Petition to Protect the Great Salt Pond is open for signatures at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library and the St. Maarten Museum. The petition calls for Parliament to “immediately put in place zoning legislation to conserve the Great

Editorial - Posted by on March 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Budget Tsunami

While Japan reels in the wake of its greatest disaster in 66 years, St. Maarten is reaching out, but reaching out from under a tsunami of its own. The big tidal wave drawing eyes to Philipsburg and causing people here to brace themselves is a man mad

Opinion - Posted by on March 14, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The case against more guns

Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s plan to ease existing firearm legislation is mainly based on the thought that people have the right to defend themselves. But does the local crime level give reason to believe this is really necessary? We doubt it.

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

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Students invited to “First Look” at the University

St. Maarten - The University of St. Martin is offering the public an opportunity to sit in on classes at no cost until March 19th with its USM First Look program. The program, now in its fifth term, began at the end of February. This program is geare

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

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Finance Ministry “working diligently” to close budget deficit hole, guarantee adequate service

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says the Ministry of Finance is working diligently to close the 2011 budget deficit based on a number of possibilities. The budget ceiling at the moment is 416 million guilders and the Parliament of St. M

Editorial - Posted by on March 13, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A scandal and an illegality

That government controllers closed down Yan Yang Supermarket in Sucker Garden for carrying expired products is big news on its own. What makes it more of a concern is the conditions under which several of the employees were living. The photos we pu

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