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

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Inspection department advises against playing near construction sites

St. Maarten – The Inspection Department is advising parents and guardians to speak with their children regarding not playing in or around the infrastructure works site in Middle Region. Children could get injured while playing in or around const

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Meyers requests meeting with French Side President Gumbs on new Taxi fee

GREAT BAY – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has requested a meeting with President of the Collectivity of St. Martin Frantz Gumbs to discuss introduction of 150 euro fee for taxis. The me

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Education Minister graduates Suma Cum Laude from University of Puerto Rico

GREAT BAY/SAN JUAN – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell, successfully defended her doctoral thesis in Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico Saturday. She was informed shortly thereafter that she’d gotten the hi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Bell named interim Acting Secretary General of St. Maarten Parliament

GREAT BAY – Mr A. Van Dijk Bell, who works at the Department of Legal Affairs, has been unanimously selected as the interim Acting Secretary General of Parliament for six months. Members of Parliament (MPs) elected him to the function in a public,

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Net neutrality

The Second Chamber is coming down on internet providers with evil plans to squeeze their customers. The parliament passed a motion to guarantee net neutrality. This means that internet providers are not allowed to block certain internet services, or

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: J-Day

Remember those guys from Family Radio who roamed the streets of St. Maarten about a week and a half ago to scare the living daylights out of us by announcing that the world would come to an end last Saturday? Well, as we all know by now, Family Ra

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Blasphemy

There is something endearing about the weak knees of the liberal VVD in the Netherlands. The party that wants to be the next best thing to Geert Wilders is doing everything possible to please the SGP – the Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij. This

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Reverend Morris the Anglican priest is not a man of God.

Dear Editor, Chances are, if you're asking "Is God against premarital sex?" you're either looking for an excuse to engage in premarital sex or you are hoping for a reason to NOT feel guilty because you already have. The good news is: You CARE wha

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Premarital Sex – Positives and Negatives

Dear Editor, “Is it ok to have premarital sex?” That is a common question among teens and engaged couples. Perhaps you are in a relationship that is progressing in that direction, but you're not sure what to do. In your mind, you are probably

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: God’s laws are to protect man from ourselves

Dear Editor, For a long time I have sat back and read articles. Some I agree with and some I do not agree with. But lately things have taken a turn for the worst. I finally admitted to myself that if we all sit back and do not get involved in the

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Different angle on dolphinarium

Dear Editor, I would like you to print this article about my thoughts on the dolphinarium, BUT WAIT! I know you’ve already printed about a trillion on the idea of bringing one to St Maarten, so I’d like to state that the angle on this might be

Opinion - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Brown strikes correct chord

Dear Editor, Wow!  Gary E. Brown is truly an eloquent writer, a clear thinker and a joy to read.  His letter printed in both local newspapers this past Saturday about the specter of a local dolphinarium once again rearing its ugly head said

Editorial - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Leading by Example

One expects the ministers in any country to lead by example and we believe Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport did that Saturday, by successfully defending a thesis that covers an important cultural topic. The minister’s example is twof

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Internet marketing workshop for Smart’s sidelines

St. Maarten – Beyond the hustle and bustle of the trading floor participants at the 10th St. Maarten Annual Regional Tradeshow participants will have the chance to learn how to use the internet to market their business. The training will be given o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Death 11-year-old boy under investigation

St. Maarten – The death of an 11-year-old boy last Saturday is the subject of a forensic investigation. The boy was found hanging in the closet in his bedroom. “There is no indication that a crime has been committed,” Chief Prosecutor mr. Hans

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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St. Maarten’s TelEm Group announces new rate packages for landline subscribers

St. Maarten - TelEm Group is launching a campaign this week to increase the number of fixed telephone lines in St. Maarten homes - reversing what has become a global trend. According to telecommunication providers around the world, homeowners are giv

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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St. Maarten Inmates Association holds peaceful protest to stand up for human rights

St. Maarten – The Pointe Blanche Inmates Association sent out a press release yesterday stating that the inmates are “into a second week of peaceful protest in which they are standing up for their human rights.” The Inmates Association says

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Meyers says “Vote for Mingo” in board elections for the St. Maarten Marine Trade Association (SMMTA).

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication Franklin Meyers has endorsed the candidacy of Chief Executive Officer of the St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies Mark Mingo in board elections for the St. Maarte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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St. Maarten Civil Registry: “There’s no need to panic”

St. Maarten – The Civil Registry says people born in Aruba and Curacao who have not visited to hand in their birth certificates should not be alarmed as the June 1 deadline for doing so approaches. The request is part of an ongoing updating of the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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St. Maarten utilities rates (GEBE) go lower in August

St. Maarten – GEBE will receive instructions this week that it cannot pass the cost it pays for bulk fuel onto consumers. Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers gave notice of the instruction on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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Pool location up to the St. Maarten government

St. Maarten – One of the chief organizers of Childfest Katarina Ozkan says it’s up to the government to decide where a community pool, funded by proceeds from the event, will be built. Childfest is an annual event that comprises a gala dinner and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 24, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto: “I am sure it must be an oversight.”

St. Maarten –Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says he will be seeking clarification from the Board of the Committee for Financial Supervision (Cft) regarding comments made to the media last week Friday regarding the country’s nominee for the CFT b

Opinion - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: I ate Flipper (and went to SeaWorld)

Dear Editor, I have been following the discussion on the building of a Dolphinarium. The local papers and Facebook are abuzz with it. Now comes my terrible confession: I have eaten dolphin steak, yes, dolphin … flipper—not mahi-mahi. And to

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Only in St. Maarten

We have of course our own problems with buildings popping up around the island without proper building permits, but somehow our government or the owners manage to find creative solutions for these thorny issues. The Coral Beach Club in Oyster Pond st

Opinion, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The Roorda letters

Court documents released yesterday reveal the text of two letters relevant to the dismissal of the head of the finance department Bas Roorda. The first letter, dated March 31 2011 is signed by Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto. This is the dismissal

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Dismissal head finance department Bas Roorda ruled legal

Court orders ministers to public witness hearing St. Maarten - The dismissal of the head of the finance department Bas Roorda was legal and the government does not have to take him back or continue to pay his salary. However, in a separate rulin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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First initiative law to be submitted Monday

St. Maarten – The National Alliance faction will submit an initiative law on Monday that attempts to curtail the abuse of short term labor contracts. The basic premise of the change is that it is forbidden for companies to offer short term contrac

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Gasoline, diesel prices fell by another 10 cents Saturday

St. Maarten – Gasoline and diesel prices fell again Saturday. This is the second time this month there’s been an adjustment in prices. The first adjustment this month was on May 14 when gas and diesel prices fell by 10 and 17 guilder cents respe

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A first initiative

The National Alliance faction plans to submit draft legislation to the President of Parliament on Monday that it hopes will curb the abuse of short term labor contracts. The main intention of the bill is that companies that operate a permanent operat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Cft remains concerned about Curaçao and St. Maarten

“There is some progress” St. Maarten – The Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) remains concerned about the way the governments of St. Maarten and Curacao are performing on fiscal matters. They stated this in a release issued Friday at the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Shooting at Sandy Ground this morning

One person from Dominica was shot in Sandy Ground this morning. He was rushed to the French side hospital, but died later. It's reported that there was an argument yesterday with the man that shot him and it escalated today.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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Acquitted teenager faces 10 years for Otmar Leonard stabbing

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice dealt with the appeals of Sheldon Carty, Hakeem I. and Riviere George this week. The court will rule on the Carty and Isidora case on June 7, but the appeal of George was postponed until June 22 to allow f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Education Minister pursues new education option

St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell visited the facilities of the Monroe College in St. Lucia and New York last week. She was accompanied by her Policy Advisor, Calvin Mardembrough.  “It was a very suc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 22, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament handles appointment Deputy Secretary General Monday

St. Maarten – Parliament will meet for a second time on the advice of the Presidium of Parliament concerning the appointment of the Deputy Secretary-General on Monday because there was no quorum for the meeting on Friday morning. The meeting wi

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Government rejects name calling

“Let’s keep the constitutional lines clear” St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Thursday reacted to statements made by several Members of Parliament of the Dutch Second Chamber’s Permanent Commission for Kingdom Rela

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