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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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Candle light memorial to focus on Touching Lives

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten will join the rest of the world on Sunday in marking the observance of the 28th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Most other countries held their observance ceremony last week; however the finishing touches were being

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Disaster Management to use Twitter and Facebook for 2011 Atlantic hurricane season

St. Maarten – Section Head of Disaster Management Paul Martens, says that the department will be using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook in order to get information to members of the community who utilize the aforementioned sites

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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Piar, Schotte discuss corruption allegations

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - Attorney-General (PG) Dick Piar met Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte Thursday morning to discuss allegations of corruption leveled at cabinet ministers by Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp. Piar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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Curacao factions want meeting on Central Bank controversy

WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – Faction leaders in Curacao’s Parliament have called for a public meeting on the current dispute between the Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp and members of the Schotte Cabinet. They made

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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Senior Citizens to air their feelings on pensions

St. Maarten – Episode four in a series by the St. Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association will focus on what pensioners feel about the island’s pension system and how it can be improved. The series is excerpts of the seminar the founda

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 27, 2011

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St. Maarten Governor continues observation, promotion tour with visit to Oranje School

St. Maarten – Governor Eugene Holiday and First Lady Marie Louise Holiday-Hazel paid a working visit to the Oranje School on Wednesday. The visit was part of the Governor’s program to obtain a firsthand view of developments in the community and f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Snowflake-defendant shot to death one day before court appearance

Cappuccino-owner suspect in large-scale drug smuggling case St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – A day before he was scheduled to appear in the Court in First Instance as a defendant in the Snowflake cocaine smuggling trail, Hector Miguel Arrindell,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Not too grand opening for Smart

St. Maarten – The 10th annual St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (Smart) got off to a not so grand start on Wednesday at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. The initial plans were for a grand opening and closing as the tradeshow mar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Government sending amended 2011 budget to parliament

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Finance is preparing to send the country’s budget to the Governor who will then forward it to Parliament. The documents relating to the budget were handled in Tuesday’s meeting of the Council of Ministers after it

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Snowflake

The murder of Hector Miguel Arrindell has just one upside: it ends the victim’s prosecution in the Snowflake-trial. Arrindell would have appeared in the Court in First Instance today, together with his brother Rodolfo and two other suspects to hear

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Responsibilities

The teenager who stood trial yesterday for a machete attack on a 23-year-old who had bullied his kid-brother found himself in a borderline legal position. The prosecution has asked the court to apply the adult penal code – given the seriousness of

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Number crunchers

We always thought of bankers as dull number crunchers but since the downfall of IMF top dog Dominique Strauss-Kahn media the world over have made it their job to take a closer look at this occupational group. In Great Britain an internet site investi

Opinion - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Differences of court rulings of similar cases

Some court rulings and some demands by the prosecution are difficult to explain or to understand. Take for instance the case of the teenager who stood trial yesterday on a charge of attempted murder. The prosecution considers there is proof for this

Editorial - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A foreign fight with local effects

The latest crisis at the Central Bank is probably the last thing that the joint financial zone of Curacao and St. Maarten need in what is already a time when investor confidence is not high and there is some uncertainty. In fact the fight between Cur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Schotte hints at firing Tromp

Curacao/St. Maarten – Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp has leveled serious accusations against two ministers of the Schotte cabinet. He laid the charges after a meeting with Finance Minister Jorge Jamaloodin and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Holiday: It’s too early for the mediator

St. Maarten – Labor mediator Derrick Holiday has said it’s too early for him to get involved in disputes between the United Federation of the Windward Antilles (Ufa) and several companies. He’s also accused the union of being “too quick to co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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SHTA assists Dow with travel expenses

St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) recently donated $1500 to Isidore York aka the Mighty Dow to assist with travel expenses related to his trip to Trinidad, where he will be inducted into the International Reggae a

French St. Martin News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Territorial Councilor says Collectivité acted inappropriately

MARIGOT – Territorial Councilor Alain Richardson says the Collectivité did not follow proper procedure when it announced implementation of the new 150 euro fee for taxi drivers. He’s also stressed that measure is for all taxis operating on route

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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St. Maarten finance minister Shigemoto sends Financial Overview Memorandum to Parliament

St. Maarten – Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto sent his Financial Overview Memorandum (Voorjaarsnota) to Parliament last week. The Financial Overview Memorandum to Parliament gives an outline about the status of financial affairs of the country S

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Slap on the wrist for addicted car thief

St. Maarten - Johan Jose Rogers, a 29-year-old homeless drug addict, was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment in the Court in First Instance yesterday for stealing a car on December 29 of last year. But the defendant, who was not in court yesterday, wil

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Teenager charged with attempted murder on man who bullied his brother

St. Maarten – Delroy Devon Anthony F., a 17-year-old schoolboy, will know on June 15 whether the prosecution’s charge for attempted murder on Glenroy Mills will hold up. Until the day of the ruling, the teenager has an extensive punishment hangin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Four St. Maarten parliamentarians in Cuba attending Parlatino meetings

St. Maarten – Four parliamentarians are currently in Havana, Cuba attending permanent commission meetings of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino). The MPs left on Tuesday and are expected back over the weekend. The Members of Parliament (MPs)

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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Funds for St. Maarten’s US Marketing Rep to be released shortly

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has taken note of the comments made by the Sint Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) with respect to the country’s marketing representative in the United States. According to media reports a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister to tour Sr. Basilia locations

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams tours the Sr. Basilia locations on Thursday. The tour is her way of honouring the invitation to attend the open day activities at the three locations. The Prime Minister’s “tour” will start a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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St. Maarten welcomes Choice Hotel’s interest

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten's tourism authorities are welcoming interest by an American hospitality company to expand its network of Caribbean hotels to the island. Speaking ahead of this week’s annual St. Maarten-St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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S.H.T.A has no desire to control Tourism Authority

“Balance is needed” St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (S.H.T.A) has stressed their commitment to public/private sector partnership on the Tourism Authority because of recent statements by Minister of Tourism, Ec

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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New taxi fee proposed agenda point

French want discussion on taxis, busses GREAT BAY/MARIGOT – President of the Collectivity Frantz Gumbs has invited Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers to a meeting “in the near future to

Editorial - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: It’s time to talk

The key to any good partnership is communication but this seems to be a problem around the island’s main economic drivers. We make the remark because of the approach of late where it comes to the Tourism Authority does not signal that talks have be

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Another Judgment Day

We all know now who Harold Camping is: a misguided self appointed religious freak from California who fooled thousands of people into believing that the world would come to an end on May 21. It didn’t happen, of course, and that came as no surprise

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Disastrous 80/20 rule

Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité – Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood. That’s the motto of the French Revolution. In 1789, the Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen defined liberty as follows: "Liberty consists of being able to do

Opinion - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Tantalizing investigation

What is stopping the National Detective Agency from diving straightforward into one of the most tantalizing investigations of the past year? Many people have forgotten about it by now, but the file is still resting patiently on a shelve somewhere in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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UTS supports GB3 youth project

GREAT BAY - UTS has pledged its support to the “Get off the block, Get on the bus, Get Busy” (GB3) project initiated by Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell by donating two BlackBerry smart phones to the two coordinator

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Tromp considering resigning from Central Bank top job

Investigation requested about innuendo WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp has an investigation into the "innuendo" and rumors in the local media about his role in a personal loan from a loc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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Daniella Jeffry launches Saint-Martin: Destabilization of the French Caribbean

“They have created a new society whereby the locals are left out” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Thursday Daniella Jeffry launches her book Saint-Martin, Destabilization of the French Caribbean at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. The conten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 25, 2011

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YHC preparing for annual vaccination open house for May 28

St. Maarten – Youth Health Care (YHC), a section of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, is currently preparing for its annual vaccination open house for Saturday, May 28. Immunization is a way of protecting children agai

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