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Editorial - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Editorial: Relief in time of stress

The news that gas prices will fall on Friday is news that will no doubt make motorists happy, partially because it will free up some cash to do other things. That is no doubt welcome in a time when the wider economy is plagued by high cost of living

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Arrindell receives Audit Chamber’s 2010 Annual Report

St. Maarten – Chairman of the General Audit Chamber Roland Tuitt along with Acting Secretary General Joane Dovale-Meit presented their 24-page 2010 Annual Report to President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell on Tuesday. The presentation was

Opinion - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: The Winds of Change – Revisited

On November 23, 2002 an article I had written titled “The Winds of Change: Are they blowing in St. Maarten?” appeared in the business section of another daily newspaper. The focus of the article was the suggestion that St.Maarten look into harnes

Opinion - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Opinion: Embarrassing

Former Finance Commissioner Xavier Blackman finds himself in an awkward position, but the position the Finance Ministry has placed itself in it outright embarrassing. Blackman, who was hailed as the first professional Commissioner in the National

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Former St. Maarten Finance Commissioner Blackman demands decision on retainer payments

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Former Finance Commissioner Xavier Blackman is entangled in a legal battle with the government over a decision to pay the retainer he is entitled to as a former politician. Blackman submitted his request to receive t

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Robbery trial postponed to investigate police report

Did police lie to court and prosecutor’s office about confrontation? St. Maarten – The trial of  Gleivon Daniel C., 21, and Hector Bienvenido C., 22 took an unexpected turn yesterday afternoon when the defense raised doubts about the question

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Court orders stealing woman to pay back

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance showed some lenience towards Karen Josephs, a 36-year old woman who has in the meantime been deported to Dominica. Between May 15 and 18 of last year Josephs stole $1,973 from the bank account of someone at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Mosquito fogging campaign begins July 3

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) of the Ministry for Public Health, Social Development & Labour, will start a two and a half week mosquito fogging campaign starting July 3. The campaign will run until July 19. The firs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Nagico Donates to Alfredo Foundation

St. Maarten - Junior Manager/Underwriter for Nagico Life Howard Cheng-A-June presented the Alfredo Foundation with an underwater camera that will be used to document various training activities carried out by the school. The foundation, which was fou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Parents form coalition to promote involvement

St. Maarten - All Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) and Parent Teacher Foundations (PTFs) have decided to meet once a month. This was among several agreements reached at a recent meeting held with representatives of the Division for Educationa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Zoo pleads for monkey’s return

St. Maarten – Thieves have stolen a common Marmoset monkey from the St. Maarten Zoo by cutting through the wire mesh on the exhibit and they’ve asked for help in getting it back. The theft was discovered on Wednesday morning during rounds. “

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Deported human smuggler sentenced to three months

Braveheart’s second captain gets 1-year reduction St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced St. Lucian Marcellus Ledwin Mangal, 36, to 3 months imprisonment for his role in smuggling ten Cubans with the Braveheart from St. Lucia via

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Gas price drops, but diesel price increases

St. Maarten – Gasoline prices will fall seven guilder cents, but diesel prices will go up by eight cents on July 1. The new prices were announced on Wednesday. At the moment unleaded gasoline costs 2.53 guilders per liter. As of Friday the price

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Knight named valedictorian

63 graduate from Hillside St. Maarten - Hillside Christian Schools celebrated the graduation of class 2010-2011 at the Belair Community Center last Friday. Some 63 were the proud recipients of their diplomas. The theme chosen this year was “P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Prosecution demands four years for bedroom robbery attempt

St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. M. Overmeer demanded 4 years imprisonment against Wilfred Fernand S.J., 36, for his involvement in a violent robbery attempt on January 20, whereby the victim, a man called Kil who has in the meantime left the island an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Teenager has to repay money he stole from his neighbor

St. Maarten – Teenager Jenkyns Rivera-Ozuna will remember the day he burglarized his neighbor’s home and stole $960 from her. The Court in First Instance sentenced him yesterday to 114 days imprisonment, of which 90 days are suspended, 3 years of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Government sends accounts of companies and foundations to MPs

St. Maarten – Parliament has recently received from the Minister of Finance 22 annual accounts for the year 2009 from government owned companies and subsidized foundations. The law prescribes that Parliament should receive the annual accounts from

Editorial - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Editorial: Cash the check

Merriam Webster defines a check as a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed. Today we consider two checks that need cashing. One is a literal piece of paper, the other a promissory note laid down in a law. The literal piece of p

Opinion - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Opinion: Fear of foreigners

Vice Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen made some tantalizing statements yesterday during a symposium organized by the CDA’s Scientific Bureau and the Center for European Studies in The Hague. Verhagen said that the Dutch fear for foreign influences is

Opinion - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Opinion: Tough times

Our High Councils of State are having a tough time and it is about time for the Parliament to spring into action. First the Corporate Governance Council sounded the alarm. Now the Ombudsman is joining the choir with what seems to be a more than ju

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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De Weever sees Corporate Governance Council evaporating

“I am really on their side too” St. Maarten – Democratic Party Member of Parliament Petrus Leroy de Weever has said he won’t be part of asking government owned companies to fund the Corporate Governance Council. The MP has vehemently oppos

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Some 600 St. Maarten business licenses waiting to be handled

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications is trying to clear a backlog of business licenses by August as part of a five part strategy for handling those permits. Based on answers supplied to Parliament

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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No funds, no equipment and rented plastic chairs to sit on

The Ombudsman’s first 82 days St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Nine months and counting and the Ombudsman office is still awaiting the release of Usona-funds to equip the organization. Journalists who were invited to a press conference yesterd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Government prepares to launch community help desk

St. Maarten — The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor had a kick-off meeting and warm up session for the members of the Community Help Desk and Integrated Neighborhood Development Program at the Government Administration Buildin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Illidge and Douglas represent St. Maarten at Curacao meeting

St. Maarten – Second Vice President of Parliament Patrick Illidge and Vice Chair of the Permanent Committee on Inter-parliamentary Affairs and Kingdom Relations Dr. Ruth Douglas will represent the Parliament of St. Maarten at Curacao’s Flag Day c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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No agreement yet on Central Bank Chairman

Curacao yet to name candidate St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has informed Parliament that the appointment of a Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten is still pending. His ann

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament to hold extraordinary session on Emancipation Day

Work-free day for civil servants on July 1 St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has decided to give all government workers the day off on Friday, July 1 - Emancipation Day. The announcement was made on Tuesday and does not cover the private se

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Airport structure being reviewed

St. Maarten – The government is reviewing the corporate structure of the Princess Juliana International Airport and is contemplating placing it in a setup similar to the Harbor Group of Companies. Other structures are also being considered with a f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Ombudsman backs away from managing Arlyn consultancy

“My late husband was adamant about avoiding conflicts of interest” St. Maarten – Ombudsman Nilda Arduin will not assume the directorship of her late husband Edgar Lynch’s real estate company Arlyn Consultancy. “But I cannot abdicate from

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Police detain six for drugs and weapons possession

St. Maarten – Six people that police arrested and detained Saturday remain in custody on drug and weapons possession charges. The six, who are from different parts of the region, were arrested after several months of surveillance and investigation.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 30, 2011

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Tax controls on St. Maarten will not change with new system

“No door to door and business to business controls.” St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has called door to door and business to business controls for taxes a “misconception of reality,” an unfeasible objective and “an illusi

Editorial - Posted by on June 28, 2011

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Editorial: Disparities show up again

Monday’s release of the United States Department of State Report on Trafficking in Persons reveals yet another area in which there are huge disparities between the partners in the Kingdom and that what is working in The Hague is not necessarily wor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2011

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Third generation Oranje School student tops class of 25

St. Maarten - The Oranje School, which is presently celebrating its 160th year, held its annual graduation ceremony at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort on Thursday 23rd June under the theme “Going the distance – Following our dream” with a total o

Opinion - Posted by on June 28, 2011

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Opinion: Deportation

That the Court in First Instance ruled in favor of Justice Minister Duncan in the case of a man who was deported to the Dominican Republic comes as no surprise. After all, the 21-year-old had filed a first-time application for a Brooks Tower Accord p

Opinion - Posted by on June 28, 2011

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Opinion: Silent genocide

Last year in August we wrote something on this page about genocide. Yesterday the term resurfaced during a press conference of the St. Maarten Nation Building Foundation: silent genocide. To refresh our memory we looked up last year’s article, whic

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