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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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New 2011 St. Maarten Budget heavy on personnel costs

Education, Justice and General Affairs take lion’s share of new budget GREAT BAY – Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto has presented Parliament a new concept of the 2011 Budget and Multi-Annual Budget for 2012 to 2015 that is “balanced”, co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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St. Maarten Factions differ on dispensation, agree on seeking clarity

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament have disagreed on whether the Ombudsman Nilda Lynch-Arduin should take up the position of Managing Director of her deceased husband’s company Arlyn Consultants for one year. They all agree though that there is

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St. Maarten Prime Minister leading Kingdom delegation at key U.N. Meeting

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says significant strides have been made during the past 30-years in the global response to AIDS where a record number of people have access to treatment, rates of new HIV infections have fallen by

Editorial - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Doing it together

Members of Parliament have opened discussion on a new, concept budget for 2011, half way through the year. There is no need to rehash all that happened to lead to this point, but we hope that one thing is clear: This must not happen again. We take t

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St. Maarten Government, stakeholders collaborating on new youth health study

St. Maarten – Section General Public Health of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), an executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, in collaboration with stakeholders is embarking on a survey in several seco

Opinion - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Gardening

Purmerend, a town north of Amsterdam has a plan in the works St. Maarten ought to pay attention to. We’re not saying in would work, we’re just passing on the message. Purmerend wants people on social benefits to work for their money. They’ll ha

Opinion - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Global Wealth Trade

The so-called luxury consultants of Global Wealth Trade have a bit of trouble swallowing the criticism their activities received in St. Maarten. The reactions we receive from several of these consultants are amazing and – we think – inconsistent.

Opinion - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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Today’s Opinion: Integrity

The row over the Central Bank and the integrity of the government in Curacao will remain a hot topic for some time to come. Already now, we see a not so subtle difference in approach between Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner and Prime Minis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2011

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Arrindell leads delegation to Parliamentary Consultation

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s delegation to the Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom (POK) was approved in a Central Committee meeting on Monday. The approved list was based on the advice submitted by the Committee on Kingdom Affairs and Inter-p

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De Weever discusses cooperation with Alzheimer Association

St. Maarten - Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, Cornelius de Weever, met with the President and the Secretary of the board of the Sint Maarten Alzheimer Foundation (SMAF) Mr Keith Franca and drs Raymond Jessurun on Friday June

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Henry Parisius elected president of regional notary organization

St. Maarten – Henry Parisius, a civil law notary on St. Maarten, has been elected the President of the Antillean & Aruban Civil Law Notary Association. The election was part of the body’s annual meeting, held in the weekend of June 4. Some 23 l

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Mighty Greg passes away

St. Maarten – Gregory van Gurp, aka The Mighty Greg and as Snoopy the bus driver passed away this weekend at his home on Cannegieter Street. His body was found yesterday morning around eight o’clock. The bus-driving calypsonian had been in bad he

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Opposition sees cracks in coalition over key appointment

St. Maarten – The opposition National Alliance faction has called Monday’s request by the three factions supporting the government to send the proposal for the appointment of a Deputy Secretary General back to the Presidium of Parliament proof th

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Nature Foundation tests planting method for mangrove replenishment

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation tested a new method for planting mangroves within the Simpson Bay Lagoon on Friday June 3. Approximately twelve mangroves were planted off of Little Key in the Simpson Bay Lagoon using the stabilization

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Minister returns to Parliament Friday

MPs get specific with budget questions St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto heads back to Parliament at 10:00 a.m. on Friday to answer questions posed by MPs during Monday’s Central Committee meeting on new concept 2011 budget. MPs ha

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Brooks Tower Committee announces final submission dates

St. Maarten – The Brooks Tower Accord (BTA) Advisory Committee, which was responsible for the review of all Brooks Towers Accord permits, announced Monday that everyone who has paid the required fees at the Receivers’ Office have a final opportu

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Donner: Independent review also covers Curacao government

THE HAGUE\WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner says the forthcoming independent investigation at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten also covers the government of Curacao. Donner stated this in a lette