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French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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CTO State of the Industry Conference scheduled for September in Marigot

Hugh Riley: “Recession has gone but profits are not back yet” MARIGOT – The Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO will hold its State of the Industry Conference from September 14 to September 17 in St. Martin, Secretary General Hugh Riley annou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Census Office bureaucracy strangles catering business

Caterer with valid papers unable to renew her driver’s license St. Maarten – A bureaucratic anomaly threatens Sara Rosa Catering, the catering business of Onesima del Carmen Bakhuis. After four months of haggling the Census Office is still ref

Editorial - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Name calling

That some members of the Second Chamber play politics and push their luck with statements about St. Maarten and its leadership is obvious. What we believe is also obvious is that sometimes the best response to certain statements is silence. While

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Bureaucracy

We understand that certain things have to be done by the book. We drive on the right hand side of the road and not on the left hand side, silly as that may seem to people from for instance Anguilla. We also stop for red traffic lights, and drive thro

Opinion - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Good news and bad news

The Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO had some good news yesterday: it will organize a State of the Industry Conference in Saint Martin in September. That conference will not only bring around 300 participants to the island in the low season, it wil

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Silly measure

Coming from a press conference where the Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO stressed the importance of working together, not only in the wider Caribbean, but also in St. Maarten with its two-country island status, it was easy to get into a state of b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Civil registry verifying residential addresses

St. Maarten – The Civil Registry Department will be publishing a list of names of individuals in the Government Information Page (GIP) on Friday, May 20 and on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24. These people are asked to visit the Civil Registr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten ID card machine out of order

St. Maarten – The Civil Registry announced Thursday that the Identification Card (ID) machine is out of order until further notice. The department apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause. Persons who have any questions can contac

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister Shigemoto answers specific questions

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says that he has forwarded answers to questions that were partly asked in the Parliament meeting of April 21, 2011 or were provided to him in writing by the faction of the National Alliance (NA). The NA

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Martin Talk opens St. Martin Book Fair 2011

St. Maarten -  St. Martin Talk by Robert Romney has just been published here, in time for the 9th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 2 - 4, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) Jacqueline Sample announced Thursday. St. Martin Talk is a handb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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Meyers consults French side President Gumbs on 150 Euro Dutch side taxy driver levy

GREAT BAY – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, says he was surprised to learn about plans by French-side authorities to levy a mandatory yearly fee of 150 euro on every Dutch-side taxi wishing

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Timeshare Association presses for consultation on new law

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Timeshare Association (S.M.T.A) is “pleased” Democratic Party Member of Parliament (MP) Leroy de Weever is crafting an initiative law that will provide greater protection people who buy timeshare in St. Maarten. Part

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Prosecution demands 18 months against three street robbers

St. Maarten – What seemed to be a simply street robbery turned into such a complicated story yesterday morning that Judge Mr. M. Keppels refrained from pronouncing her verdict immediately. The three defendants will now hear on June 8 whether they w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Government, Cft agree to finish 2012 budget this year

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers and the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) have agreed that the budget for 2012 must be finalized before the year ends. The agreement was made during the Cft’s two day visit to the island that ended on Wed

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Train suicide

Here is a nasty little problem we won’t have to deal with in St. Maarten: train suicide. On average, four times a week somebody throws him- or herself in front of a train in the Netherlands.  The risk is higher in the big cities and in the vicinit

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Financial supervision

It is interesting to note that eight members of our Parliament actually attended a meeting with the Financial Supervisor Cft this week. While the budget and the matter of financial supervision are probably the hottest political potatoes around until

Opinion - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Boys will be boys

No matter what they did, sometimes boys who appear in court manage to make several impressions within a short period of time, and all these impressions seem to contradict each other. Such was the case with a 16-year-old boy, whose stature suggeste

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Government, Cft agree to finish 2012 budget this year

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers and the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) have agreed that the budget for 2012 must be finalized before the year ends. The agreement was made during the Cft’s two day visit to the island that ended on Wed

Editorial - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The mixed review

After two days of talks the Board of financial supervision (Cft) has given the island’s progress in terms of its financial management and budget process a mixed review. As with everything in life there is some good, and there is some bad and that i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Lee: Tourism can help accomplish millennium development goals

St. Maarten – The President of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (S.H.T.A.) Emil Lee has stressed that tourism can be used to accomplish the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Lee made the statement when he was pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister urges nation to prepare for busy 2011 Atlantic hurricane season

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Chairman of the Island’s Disaster Emergency Management Organization, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is calling on the community to make timely preparations for the 2011 Atlantic hur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Australian captain acquitted of spilling mineral spirits in Simpson Bay lagoon, St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Rocka Romcke, the 48-year-old Australian captain of the Mirabella, left the courthouse a happy man yesterday morning after the Court in First Instance acquitted him of dumping mineral spirits in the Simpson Bay Lagoon on March 17.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Cft gives mixed review of St. Maarten

Monthly, quarterly reports outstanding St. Maarten – The Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) has ended its most recent visit to St. Maarten with a mixed bag of positives and negatives. The two day visit included meetings with the Finance Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten on track in developing a National Development Plan

St. Maarten – The Millennium Development Goal Workgroup (MDG) celebrated the publishing of the final version of the first MDG Report for St. Maarten and Curacao on Tuesday. They also discussed the next steps in addressing St. Maarten’s developmen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Council of Ministers focuses on communication in meeting with Cft

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says communication between the Government of St. Maarten and the Board of financial supervision (Cft) at various levels was the central point of a meeting on Tuesday. The Cft requested the meeting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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St. Maarten University’s Teacher Education Program to be evaluated

St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell and the Board of the University of St. Martin (USM) have agreed that an external evaluator will assess the university’s teacher education program. The review is to determ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 19, 2011

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Sonesta Maho St. Maarten donates nearly $52, 000 to AIDS Foundation

St. Maarten - The Maho Group‘s Stronger Together campaign has netted $51,840 for the St. Maarten AIDS  Foundation as part of its Stronger Together Red Ribbon Campaign. The Scotiabank under the leadership of Country Manager Eli Bendaly is a foundi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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St. Maarten, Anguilla seek functional cooperation

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten and Anguilla have agreed to what Chief Minister Hubert Hughes calls a “functional cooperation” between the two islands similar to the kind of cooperation that exists between the Scandinavian countries. The agreement wa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament opens informal discussion on draft Kingdom Visa Law

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament will open informal discussions on the Kingdom Law on Visas in short order. The decision to do so was made Tuesday in a meeting of the Committee on Kingdom Relations and Inter-parliamentary Affairs where it was al

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Global Stealth (Global Wealth Trade)

It is quite entertaining to read the reactions to the action by the public prosecutor against Global Wealth Trade, the multilevel marketing company that wanted to entice more people in St. Maarten to join its sales force this week. Of course, there

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Judgment Day

While the office of the public prosecutor kept an eye on the smooth talkers of Global Wealth Trade, representatives of Family radio, a “Bible-based Christian broadcasting ministry with no church affiliation” quietly did its business in the street

Editorial - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: An example to follow

The fact churches in the Netherlands have come out against homophobia is something that should miss no one’s attention. This news is significant and helps to show the complete difference in attitude between The Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean. Whi

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Child Fest and Adult Entertainment

Dear Editor, On Sunday I went to Child Fest. I saw a lot of kids and parents having fun and I saw volunteers doing a great job. On Saturday evening there was a dinner where the rich could eat a 200 dollar lobster in order to finance a swimming p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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Attorney appointed St. Maarten university’s new president

St. Maarten – The University of St. Martin (USM) Board formally announced Tuesday that Annelies van den Assem LL. M has been appointed the new President. The appointment took effect May 1 and Van den Assem is presently familiarizing herself with th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2011

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St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association sending representative to Copa gathering

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association’s (S.H.T.A) 2nd Vice President and Director of Marketing, May Ling Chun will be in the Bahamas from May 19 to May 23 representing St. Maarten at the Copa Vacations Conference in Nass

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