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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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St. Maarten Youngsters complete social skills workshop

St. Maarten – A group of 36 young people completed a Youth Development Program social skills workshop at the TDC Training Center and on Wednesday afternoon they came together to receive their certificates. The training started in January and conclu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Wescot-Williams wants discussion on future of Central Bank partnership

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says the three letters Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto sent to President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten are aimed at ensuring that the country is optimally prepared for “any event

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Romeijn-robbers go down hard

Prosecution may appeal two verdicts St. Maarten – Stevie Adolphus Richardson was sentenced to 22 years and 10 months imprisonment on Wednesday for a string of violent crimes – among them the robbery and kidnapping on October 16 of last year in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Firefighters, Windward Roads collaborate on fighting St. Maarten dump fire

St. Maarten – Firefighters and Windward Roads staffers spent Wednesday night battling a fire at the Philipsburg landfill on Pond Island. Residents report seeing the dark plumes of smoke from the lighted rubber tires at 8:43 p.m., but Officer on Dut

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: The carrot-experiment

We remember from last year that a prison in Great Britain declared itself a smoke free zone and that this had a positive effect on the regional crime rate. Potential criminals were so scared to end up in a place where they are not allowed to get thei

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Swimming against the tide

How do you punish criminals who’ve done the unthinkable over and over again? That question keeps tongues wagging in the wake of the Romeijn-ruling that sent three criminals to Pointe Blanche for between 18 and almost 23 years. The convicts repeate

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Social skills

While crime is high on the agenda (at least as a topic to talk about) some young people on the island have taken a different approach. Maybe some of them still liming on the block as you read this, but they have in the meantime also made a serious ef

Editorial - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: A clean break

The matter of the future of the partnership between Curacao and St. Maarten on a currency and a Central Bank are now squarely on the table for discussion. We can thank the row between Central Bank Director Emsley Tromp and the Schotte-cabinet for tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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St. Maarten Government also reviewing short term contracts

Arrindell confirms first imitative law is “on hold” St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell confirmed on Wednesday that she’s received a letter from the National Alliance faction requesting the handling of their initiative

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Arrindell: MPs have all documents related to amended budget

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament (MPs) have had the amended budget for 2011 and all related documents except the advice of the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) since Monday to allow them to prepare for the debate in the Central Committee tha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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St. Maarten Census post count begins June 6

St. Maarten – The post count in the 2011 Census, which begins June 6, will focus on two core groups including people who were not counted in the Census and people who did not cooperate when the team of 500 enumerators made their rounds from April

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Curacao, The Netherlands to appoint joint committee on Central Bank

THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – The Kingdom Council of Ministers decided Wednesday to install an independent committee to investigate the row between President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp and members of the Schotte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Young St. Maartener elated after manslaughter acquittal

Innocent defendant spent more than five months in jail St. Maarten – Johan Alberto R., a 20-year-old St. Maartener, jumped from his chair in the court room yesterday, bowed and exclaimed, “thank you Lord!” after Judge mr. M. Keppels acquitte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Winair shareholders discuss new board June 10

St. Maarten – The ad-hoc Committee on Winair installed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has met the pilots and union to discuss the airline’s current situation. “From all indications that meeting went very well in terms of giving the i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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Draft law for Emancipation Day holiday heading to St. Maarten Parliament

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell expects to be in Parliament in the near future with draft legislation making Emancipation Day a national, public holiday. The last update she had was that the Council of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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St. Maarten Government welcomes Walcott home

GREAT BAY – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto met Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott Wedn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2011

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St. Maarten Minister’s pledge on payments averts industrial action

GREAT BAY – Industrial action by staffers of the Ambulance Department was averted late Tuesday night after Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever assured them they would be paid for their overtime and for the se