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St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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St. Maarten Government, Cft working on joint budget solution

Donner: “It is time we started with the implementation.” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams expects the island and the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) will have an agreement on Budget 2011 before April 15, when the Kingd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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Factions support renaming Dutch Quarter Community Center in Lynch’s honor

W. Marlin: “Edgar was the best Central Committee chairman to date” St. Maarten – Two factions in Parliament have supported a proposal to rename the Dutch Quarter Community Center after former Commissioner and Island Council Member Edgar Hube

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Dutch commit financial assistance to implementation of Plans of Approach

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner signed an agreement Monday, in which the Dutch government commits to supporting the execution of several of the Plans of Approach. The agree

Opinion - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Creating public support

Dijkstra’s opinion piece about marriage for everyone triggered a lot of reactions. We’ll focus here on those that relate to the situation in the BES-islands. A Volkskrant-reader called Wansinck remarked that Dijkstra has little respect for Sta

Opinion - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Anniversary sparks same sex marriage debate

On April Fool’s Day it was exactly ten years ago that the Netherlands legalized civil marriages for same sex couples. While the expression same-sex marriage is commonly used, it does not exist as such in the Netherlands. Marriage is open for hetero

Editorial - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A changing tone

The tone of the relationship between The Hague and Philipsburg seems to be changing. Comments made this weekend and on Monday on the cordial, open way that Dutch Ministers Piet Hein Donner and Gerd Leers and representatives in government and parliame

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St. Maarten questions Collective Labor Agreement, requests two board members

Shareholders meeting on Postal Services St. Maarten – A shareholder meeting between St. Maarten and Curacao, who own New Post Netherlands Antilles (N.P.N.A) has been adjourned without parties getting into details that relate to the employees. Pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 5, 2011

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St. Maarten Government, Donner, Leers open discussion on policy documents

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has opened discussions with Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner on the Dutch government’s future vision for the Kingdom. They have also opened discussions on immigration and

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Man hospitalized after acid attack by angry woman

St. Maarten – A man from Nevis, J.M. ended up with severe burn wounds on his body, his left leg, his neck and his lips after an angry woman from Anguilla, R.R.G. threw acid at him in a row over money on Sunday afternoon. Detectives visited the v

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Roorda files objection against dismissal

St. Maarten – Bas Roorda has filed an objection against his dismissal as head of the finance department. “I want to go back to work,” he told this newspaper yesterday. The Council of Ministers fired Roorda last week for “violating his oath

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SHTA wants to discuss water tariff with GEBE

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Organization wants a meeting with utilities company GEBE to discuss the composition of the water price, though at the moment no date for this meeting has been set. SHTA President Emil Lee told

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De Weever discusses policy agenda, work permits with businesses

St. Maarten - Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever met representatives of the business community in the Claude Wathey Legislative Hall on March 31. The introductory meeting covered the transition from government