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

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SHTA meets Central Committee Thursday

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will be meeting with the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) on Thursday. The main agenda point is the state of affairs regarding the national economy. The SHTA requested the meeting

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

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Global Wealth Trade flops after police intervention

Canadians did business without a license St. Maarten – Global Wealth Trade got the cold shoulder on Monday when it organized a sales meeting at their “Caribbean Regional Office” in the Yogesh Complex. The publicity surrounding this meeting

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

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IB-program at St. Dominic High prepares students for university

St. Maarten – Eighteen students entered the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the St. Dominic High School last August. The 2-year program preps the students for study at the university level abroad. At $1,500 a year, it is a classy altern

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

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Rotary, parents and teachers assists students’ mission to Haiti

St. Maarten - The Rotary Club Mid Isle donated $3, 000 to International Baccalaureate students of the St. Dominic High School students last week. The money is to help with costs of travelling to Haiti in July to assist the Heart of Haiti Foundation.

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

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Roy Marlin: Greater respect for third parties needed

St. Maarten – Democratic Party faction leader Roy Marlin has called for greater respect for third parties in terms of their meetings with the Parliament. He said this to journalists Tuesday, when it became apparent the Board of Financial Supervisio

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

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St. Maarten Parliament has “open and frank” discussions with Cft

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has called Tuesday’s Central Committee meeting where MPs held talks with the Board of financial supervision (Cft) an open and frank discussion. “The meeting ended on a very positive

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

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St. Maarten Medical Center, union sign protocol, commit to working together

St. Maarten – General Director of the St. Maarten Medical Center Dr. George Scot and President of the Windward Islands Healthcare Union Association (WIHCUA) Julian Lynch signed a Collective Labor Agreement protocol recently. Labor Mediator Derrick

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

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Shigemoto has “positive” meeting with Cft

St. Maarten – Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto met with the board of the Committee for Financial Supervision (Cft) Monday regarding a number of matters related to the country’s public financial management system. The Minister of Finance was sup

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

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St. Maarten’s Prosecutor’s Office to grow to 16 this year

St. Maarten – Chief Public Prosecutor Hans Mos says more people will be added to the office in St. Maarten in the coming months as part of a concrete effort to grow the office in St. Maarten. Mos’ primary responsibility here is to grow the depart

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

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Prime Minister seeks collaboration, development of relationships

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot Williams told Inspirational Business Symposium leaders on Sunday during a cocktail evening that the Government of St. Maarten is keen on developing business relationships with all potential partners and in

Opinion - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Time to get creative

It’s not like nobody has realized this before, but now we have scientific proof to back up the notion that having a job leads to less criminality. Victor van der Geest will get his degree tomorrow based on his research into the decrease in criminal

Opinion - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Mail confidentiality

The letter by George MacGee about the privacy of work-emails (they’re not private, MacGee says) gives reason to dive a bit deeper into this subject. Did the government of St. Maarten act correctly when it dug up emails written by its dismissed head

Opinion - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Email exchange

Email exchanges between Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto and the fired head of the finance department Bas Roorda have shed some light on the atmosphere at the ministry. On March 30, shortly before five o’clock in the afternoon, Shigemoto emailed Roo

Opinion - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Day against Homophobia

Today is the International Day against Homophobia. The fact that such a day exists already indicates that there are plenty of people around the globe who actively disapprove of homosexuality. In more than eighty countries homosexuality is punishable

Opinion - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Work emails are not private

Contrary to what some may believe, work emails are not private. As long as an employee is using the company's email system to send and receive emails, the employer has full and legal access to these emails. Therefore, employees should not use the c

Editorial - Posted by on May 17, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The march of technology

Today the world, including our country, places its focus on telecommunications and the creation of information society. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Better life in rural communities with ICTs.” This theme reminds us that the mar

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

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UTS, Rim donate smart phones to teachers

St. Maarten – United Telecommunications Services (UTS) presented each member of the teaching staff at the Sister Marie Laurence School with Blackberry smartphones at a general assembly Monday in celebration of World Telecommunication and Informatio

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

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BT&P hosts seminar with hospitality link

St. Maarten – The Bureau of Telecommunications & Post (BT&P) St. Maarten issued a statement Monday congratulating all workers in the telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT) sector on the occasion of World Telecommuni

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

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Meyers congratulates telecommunication workers on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has congratulated all telecommunication and information and communication technology (ICT) workers on World Telecommunication and Information Societ

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

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TelEm Group reflects on ICT contributions

St. Maarten - TelEm Group is recognizing the observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) today together with telecommunication companies all over the world. As part of the reflection the company wants to remind the commu

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

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Government wanted to sell shares to Curacao

Bas Roorda sent information to Cft “without authorization” St. Maarten – The information the dismissed head of the finance department Bas Roorda shared with the financial supervisor Cft referred not only to the back service obligation St. Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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SHTA take concerns over sector, structured cooperation to Governor Holiday

St. Maarten - Members of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association met with Governor Eugene Holiday recently to share their concerns about the current state of the tourism industry in St. Maarten. The five member delegation, led by the Presid

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Meyers pleased with increase in global tourism travel figures

“Maintain a spirit of optimism.” St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, is pleased to learn that international tourism continues to recover from the global financial crisis and d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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St. Maarten Justice officials tour potential second prison site

St. Maarten – Minister of Justice Roland Duncan and key members of the judicial chain visited “The Box” in Cay Hill last Thursday to inspect whether it could serve as a detention center for convicted prisoners and people in pre-trial detention.

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Out of the closet

So Jan Kees de Jager, the Dutch Finance Minister is gay. We join NRC Handelsblad columnist Youp van ‘t Hek in wondering about the news value of this piece of information. Van ‘t Hek wrote in his column this weekend that he learned this from the t

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Little blue men under fire

Beware of what you let your children read. If you are ready to give any credibility to an analysis by the French writer Antoine Buéno, you’ll never let your kids read a Smurf comic book again, unless of course you are voting Geert Wilders. On June

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Assisted suicide

Switzerland is an interesting country. It produces tennis pro Roger Federer, the Swiss army knife and watches that are so cute that retailers in St. Maarten sell illegal copies of them by the truck load. Did we mention the cheese and the banks? But

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Medical tourism could become just as important as the timeshare sector

Dear Editor, News that a Florida-based Advanced Orthopedic Center is looking to set-up a multi-disciplinary clinic on the island to cater to residents and visitors is most welcomed – medical tourism. Discussions have already taken place with go

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Heritage and born here is important

Dear editor, For the past week I have read articles and opinions from various people in St. Maarten about rights, heritage or born here. So I went online and located the constitution of Country St. Maarten to see what is stated in it. Article 43

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: A challenge to the anti-St. Maarten legislators

Dear Editor, It has become a norm that many legislators are expressing and are of the opinion that being born in St. Maarten as a Dutch citizen does not qualify you for a job in St. Maarten. Those legislators say the most important thing is exper

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Meyers calls on business community to support Inspirational Business Symposium

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, is calling on the business community to support the Inspirational Business Symposium that will take place today at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Reso

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Miss St. Maarten getting ready for busy year

St. Maarten - Newly crowned Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen Trumane Trotman has a very busy year ahead of her. Praised for her intellect and confidence on stage, Trotman has publicly been hailed as a very impressive candidate to represent St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Yvette’s cookbook: St. Martin’s traditional and modern cuisine published

St. Maarten - From Yvette’s Kitchen to Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has been released here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Author Yvette Hyman and husband Felix are the propriet

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Central Committee and Kingdom Affairs Permanent Committee meet on Tuesday

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will meet with the Committee of Financial Supervision (Cft) on Tuesday, May 17. The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament at 10:00 a.m. The permanent c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 16, 2011

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TelEm Group lands contract to upgrade, update University’s telecommunication services

St. Maarten – TelEm Group was recently awarded a contract to upgrade telecommunication services at the University of St. Martin (USM). Under the contract TelEm Group will be installing a new and fully featured IP-based PBX system for the university

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