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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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St. Maarten’s National Health Insurance could be delayed by three months

St. Maarten – Even though the process of writing the law on the National Health Insurance could be shortened by 14 weeks, the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor says there could be a three month delay in implementation. The gov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Labega’s appointment to move forward despite negative advice

St. Maarten – Shareholder Representative for the Princess Juliana International Airport Theodore Heyliger announced on Sunday that the appointment of a permanent director at the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company should be fin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Governments commit to 15 million on HIV treatment by 2015

Prime Minister hails UN High Level a success St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who represented the entire Dutch Kingdom as delegation leader at the United Nations (UN) Summit on HIV AIDS, says delegates have adopted ambitious

Editorial - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Editorial: A first indication

The first verbal indications have been given that Louis Duzanson was right and the largest party in the governing coalition “does not want the Corporate Governance Council.” To us it could not be clearer than when the Deputy Prime Minister states

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Kingdom Council of Ministers moves forward with investigation

THE HAGUE – Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner has informed the Second Chamber that an independent review of the integrity of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and the Schotte-cabinet will proceed, even though Curacao ha

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Home remedies

Our friend Mickey, who resides in Bakersfield, California, has a talent for finding the most amazing stuff on the internet. Time and again he amazes us with the weird and the hilarious, though we have to admit that sometimes the jokes are really stup

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Regina Labega as airport director

Now we read that the Corporate Governance Council had come to the conclusion that it is a bad idea to appoint Regina Labega as the new airport director. The reason for their thumbs down is the fact that Labega is subject to an investigation that is c

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Prison

Inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison will have another bone of contention to gnaw on, after Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced on Friday that there is not enough money to execute the complete renovation plan for the prison. As we understand

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Thinking

Within two weeks two high-profile citizens have become the target of attempted robberies. The first victim was former Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus; the second was (almost) Parliamentarian Louie Laveist. Technically this robbery has nothing to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister Wescot reminds populace to be prepared

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Chairman of St. Maarten’s Disaster Emergency Management Organization, is reminding the St. Maarten community to be prepared for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season which opened barely two weeks

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Waterfront Road closes on June 15

St. Maarten – The head of the Department of New Projects, Development & Planning Kurt Ruan announced on Sunday that Waterfront Road in Cole Bay will be closed from June 15. The closure is part of the Cole Bay Drainage and Infrastructure Project

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St. Maarten Government projects 120 million in Turnover Tax revenue this year

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten government collected nearly 12 million guilders in turnover tax for the first time in April. This is the first time they achieved the monthly average they projected on their way to collecting 120 million guilders from th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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St. Maarten Finance Minister Shigemoto: Naming landlord on tax form is not mandatory

St. Maarten – Renters do not have to inform the Tax Office who they pay rent to. This was confirmed Friday by Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto as he answered a question posed by National Alliance faction leader William Marlin on June 6. Marlin ha

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St. Maarten Economic development, sustainable energy are key focuses at Parliamentary consultations

THE NETHERLANDS/GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s complete delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation on the Kingdom is now in The Hague. The meeting will be officially opened on Tuesday morning and run until Friday. The delegation then begins re

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St. Maarten Government commits to master plan despite lack of funding

St. Maarten – The Government of St. Maarten has committed to completing the Master plan detention system, but they do not currently have all the funds to do so. Members of Parliament were informed of this on Friday when St. Maarten Finance Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Emsley Tromp accused of slander

WILLEMSTAD – Oswald van der Dijs, who sits on the Board of Directors of Aqualectra, has filed a complaint of slander at the Public Prosecutors office in which he names Emsley Tromp as the offender. Tromp is the embattled Director of the Central Ban

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St. Maarten Government gets back payment on stamp duty this month

St. Maarten – The government expects to collect a back payment of stamp duty from GEBE this month. The company has not paid the 25 cent duty, which it applies to all bills it sends consumers, since October 10, 2010. The company has also told gov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Heyliger urges GEBE to provide information on tariff buildup

St. Maarten – Shareholder Representative for utility provider GEBE and Vice Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger has advised the company to provide its tariff buildup to the Bureau Telecommunications & Post. The Bureau provides government advice on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Report reveals plan for new Police Academy

WILLEMSTAD – Construction on new buildings for the Public Safety, Security and Law Enforcement Training Institute (former Police Academy) have begun according to the body’s 2010 annual report. An architect has already plans, but construction is d

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Schotte shocks Ys with reasoning

WILLEMSTAD – A statement by Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte that there is no legal basis for a joint independent committee to investigate the state of affairs at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten has shocked former Prime Ministe

Editorial - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Editorial: Deep divisions

Lats friday’s statements by Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger reveal that the Schotte cabinet in Curacao is not the only government in this part of the Kingdom who believes that cooperation between St. Maarten and Curacao is not benefitting t

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Sirtaki

Greece is the country of olive trees, bouzoukis, the sirtaki, Nikos Kazantkzakis, Zorba the Greek, the Junta and a national debt large enough to drive the whole country into an asylum. The financial constraint St. Maarten is experiencing is small

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Labor market diagnosis

The national ordinance short term labor contracts, a proposal by the National Alliance faction, seems designed to tackle undesirable situations in the labor market. In just two pages, the draft suggests a ban on temporary labor contracts unless there

Opinion - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Opinion: Our own Central Bank

Franklin Hanze, the just departed clerk of the Parliament in St. Maarten was quoted in a story in the Antilliaans Dagblad as saying that the motion Dean Rozier submitted in the Parliament expressing Curacao’s wish to have its own Central Bank is un

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Netherlands Antilles failed to pass labor contract ordinance

Short term labor contract ordinance does not cover manpower agencies St. Maarten – The draft National Ordinance Short Term Labor Contracts as proposed by the National Alliance faction seems to be a dressed down version of an elaborate piece of l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Potentially three new taxes on St. Maarten by 2013

St. Maarten – Residents of St. Maarten may be faced with at least three new taxes by the year 2013. The Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced in Parliament Friday that the government is contemplating introducing a flat tax, introducing land tax

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Rosenthal sent letter to Justice Minister Duncan about visa rules

St. Maarten – Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal has sent a letter recently to Justice Minister Roland Duncan about the Kingdom’s visa policy. Though this newspaper has solid information about the existence of the letter, Rosenthal’s min

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Tearful yet lighthearted sendoff for former Road March King

St. Maarten – Performing artists and politicians joined the family of the late Gregory Anthony van Gurp, aka Mighty Gregg, aka Tongue Man on Friday at the Festival Village for the late artist and bus driver’s send off. The 49-year-old was found d

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St. Maarten Prime Minister shares Kingdom’s experiences with PANCAP, Caribbean delegates

St. Maarten– Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has shared the experiences of the partners in the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and delegations from independent Caribbean countries gat

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St. Maarten Cadastre ruling moved to month’s end

St. Maarten – Judge Mr. R.W.J. van Veen did not arrive at a definite conclusion about the dispute between the St. Maarten Cadastre and its fired employee Sharanda Richardson. In an interim ruling pronounced yesterday morning, Van Veen stated that h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Committee: “We have not reopened the BTA office”

St. Maarten- The Brooks Tower Accord (BTA) Advisory Committee announced Friday that their notice for people who have paid their fees to submit their files does not signal a reopening of the office. The clarification is part of a statement issued Frid

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2011

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Heyliger: Pursuing own Central Bank is first step to ending partnership

St. Maarten – Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger has revealed that he and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto will seek more information on how the Dutch government “acquired and achieved their dollarization status.” He announced the intention