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

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Financial supervisor remains concerned about budget process

Instruction request withdrawn St. Maarten– The Board of Financial Supervision has withdrawn its request for the Kingdom Council of Ministers to give St. Maarten an instruction on the 2011 budget. The request stems from the fact that the Cft can

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

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Hotels can apply earlier for casino license

St. Maarten– Article 3b of the casino policy has been adjusted to allow hotels to obtain a casino license before they have the required 200 rooms. New regulations approved by the Executive Council on August 31, 2010 and published Thursday allow for

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

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New St. Maarten taxi board seeks deeper relationships, plans to raise service level

St. Maarten – The new board of Genesis Taxi Association plans to improve service, lobby government on key issues and wants to deepen its relationship with the island’s other taxi associations. The trio was elected at a meeting on April 8 that wa

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

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Students contributed to design St. Maarten Parliament crest

St. Maarten – Parliament of St. Maarten Coram Populo is the text on the crest of the parliament that was revealed yesterday during a ceremony at the Caribbean Palm Building. Students of St. Dominic High, Learning Unlimited and St. Maarten Academy

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

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Diesel prices higher as of today

St. Maarten– The price of diesel will rise again on today. This is the fourth time this year and the second time this month that the prices of diesel have been adjusted. The price as of today will be 2.30 guilders ($1.28) per liter. This is a 13

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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 15, 2011

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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Fake items go up in flames

St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - All that glitters is not gold and that is something all consumers on St Maarten have to bear in mind when they enter the various business establishments in and around the city of Philipsburg and its environs. Whil

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

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Police Chief, Dutch Forensics Institute sign service agreement

St. Maarten – Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte has signed an agreement with the Dutch Forensics Institute (NFI) for the latter to provide services. The agreement was countersigned by the head of the NFI’s front office for international

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

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Prime Minister loses third sibling in 12 months

St. Maarten – Prime Minister and Leader of the Democratic Party Sarah Wescot-Williams and her family were plunged into mourning on Wednesday when her younger brother Thomas “Tommy” Williams (53) died while helping a neighbor. No details of the

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

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Prosecution demands 7 years against smuggling taxi driver

Cerberus human smuggling trial: attorneys ask acquittal for three defendants St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. M.L. P. Ridderbeks demanded 7 years imprisonment against Erold Montgomery B., a 64-year-old cab driver the prosecution considers the local

Editorial - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Missing information

It was made emphatically clear Wednesday that the visa requirement for Guyanese and Jamaicans went into “immediate enforcement” on Monday. This signals that people who arrived as of that date had to show a visa, but we can already see that all’

Opinion - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Courtroom tricks

Sometimes we wonder about what defendants think to achieve by displaying a belligerent attitude in court. Yesterday we saw a prime example in the human smuggling trial that resulted from the Cerberus-investigation. One of the defendants, considere

Opinion - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Today’s opinion: Experience does not count

The headline above may or may not startle but one can most definitely be startled by the statement, “As stated on numerous occasions, no one expected of the parliament and government of the new country St. Maarten that they would hit the ground run

Opinion - Posted by on April 14, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: People kill other people

The argument that cars and criminals kill people, as Peter Gunn wants us to believe is a really simplistic approach of a rather complex issue. We have a much better argument for Gunn that is nonsensical and an eye opener at the same time: swimming

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

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Johnson urges businesses to follow TelEm Group’s St. Maarten carnival sponsorship lead

St. Maarten – St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation President, Stuart Johnson, is urging businesses on the island to follow the lead of TelEm Group in the sponsorship and promotion of the island’s premier Carnival event. Johnson was present

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

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Justice Minister: No grace period on visa requirement to enter St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan announced Wednesday that the visa requirement for Guyanese and Jamaicans came into “immediate enforcement” on March 11. The announcement of the restriction was made Tuesday, a day after the regime to

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

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Country St. Maarten 2011 Budget gets positive advice from Cft

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto received formal communication from the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) on Wednesday afternoon that the first country St. Maarten 2011 budget has received a positive advice. That means it meets the

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