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Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The cold shoulder switch

The Justice Minister has provided clear responses to a number of concerns around the implementation of a visa requirement for citizens of Jamaicans and Guyanese. He has also created yet more questions. Before we get to that though, there is a necessa

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Wake up before it’s too late!

Dear Editor, The recent chaos contributed by the closing of the timeshare resort, Pelican, was only the tip of the iceberg with regard to timeshare in St. Maarten. St. Maarten is filled with timeshare resorts and, for years, those owners at tim

Opinion - Posted by on April 15, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Garbage

Blaming the messenger is an old trick and also an old story so we would be lying if we said that we are surprised that it even surfaces in St. Maarten. We expected something like this. Because that’s what happens if news reports are, say, critic

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

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Today’s Opinion: Social benefits

The Netherlands is on the war path against immigrants. Cranking the tolerance levels further down, Minister Henk Kamp of social affairs wants to kick unemployed European foreigners  out of the country if they have been out of a job for three months

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

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Duncan accuses local press of “deliberate incorrect reporting”

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan attacked the local written press yesterday in a radio broadcast on the Lloyd Richardson show. “Unfortunately on several items there is an extreme bias, especially in the written press,” Duncan said.

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St. Maarten Government allows two more brothels

Licensing system coming for prostitutes St. Maarten – The Adult Entertainment Policy, first approved in 2003, has been amended to allow for two more brothels to open. The policy formerly allowed six brothels, but the changes take the number to

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

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Jet Blue launching daily San Juan service November 17

St. Maarten - JetBlue Airways has announced it will launch non-stop, daily flights between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico on November 17. The airline is still waiting for government approval but has decided to begin selling tickets at their website www.

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Standard Trust attorneys will hear Marcel Loor as defense witness

Money laundering appeal hearing moved to May 18 St. Maarten - The Common Court of Justice granted defense attorneys in the Standard Trust trial yesterday the right to hear former police Commissioner Marcel Loor as a witness before the Judge of Ins

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Carnival Foundations calls urgent meeting for booth holders

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is calling on all registered booth holders for Carnival 2011 to attend an “urgent meeting” tonight. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Government Administration Bu

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Hurricane Mobility Pass application process begins today

St. Maarten – The application process for Mobility Passes for the 2011 Hurricane Season which starts from June 1 to November 30, starts as of April 15 only for the business sector and vital organizations. The pass allows the aforementioned to asses

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Comments Off on InselAir promotes additional flight, destination in Puerto Rico

InselAir promotes additional flight, destination in Puerto Rico

St. Maarten – InselAir, Sonesta Maho, Sonesta Great Bay and Oyster Bay Beach Resort promoted the addition of their third flight per week by the airline between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico to 22 wholesalers recently. The third flight began on April

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Nagico makes major injection into cycling

St. Martin - Nagico Assurances recently made a monetary contribution to the Velo Club de Grand Case to help cover the costs of the cycling team’s uniforms, bicycles, equipment and participation expenses for various upcoming races on French St. Mart

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

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Rotary Club of St. Maarten donates coolers to public schools

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donated water fountains and filters to four primary schools on Wednesday as part of the club’s lunch meeting. The donation was made possible because of a contribution by Ace/Liteline. The club donat

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

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Senior policy makers meet Corporate Governance Council today

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto confirmed on Thursday that the Council of Ministers (COM) has approved a 400, 000 guilder advance for the Corporate Governance Council (CGC). He also announced that representatives of the council wil

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Duncan: “There can be exceptions, but no grace period” on visa requirements to St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has announced that exceptions can be made to the visa requirement, but said there was no plans for a transition/grace period. He was responding to continued concerns about his announcement on Tuesday tha

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

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Dutch St. Maarten, French St. Martin sign “Smart” protocol

St. Maarten - A protocol for a joint venture agreement was signed between the representatives of the French and the Dutch Tourism officials at the Westin Dawn Beach Hotel and Spa on Thursday for the 10th Annual St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional

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Ministry consolidates rule book for “horeca” businesses

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications has placed all rules, regulations and ordinances governing restaurants, bars and snack bars and other hotel, restaurant and café (horeca) facilities int

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

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Registration for summer job program begins

St. Maarten - The “2011 Business Outreach and Placement Program” known as the Summer Job Program will be held from July 4th through August 12th 2011. The program consists of application period, training, pre-selection for interviews and final sel

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William Marlin “resting comfortably” but doctors advises no visitors

St. Maarten – The family of Member of Parliament William Marlin thanked the public Thursday for their outpouring of concern around his sudden illness. The faction leader, who is also leader of the Opposition, became ill Wednesday night and was admi