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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister stresses unifying power of the flag

“Not every observance needs to be a holiday” St. Maarten – The jury is still out on a new coat of arms for St. Maarten, but Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has acknowledged the three decades of unity that it and the flag has brought to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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St. Maarten’s utility co. (GEBE) to manage, maintain expanded sewage treatment facility

St. Maarten – Work officially began on the expansion of the sewage treatment plant on the A. Th. Illidge Road on Monday afternoon when the St. Maarten Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Theodore Heyliger

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Opinion: Corporate governance

“Another advisory body that brings the government-owned companies back into the bureaucracy of the government.” The quote is from Vice -Prime Minister Theo Heyliger, and it refers to the Corporate Governance Council. If we understand Heyliger

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Opinion: Fly on the wall

Sometimes we would like to be a fly on the wall, for instance when Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner opens a letter written to him by Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. In one such letter, Schotte told Donner that there is no need f

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Opinion: Google results

Google returns 173 million results in 0.11 seconds on the key words Netherlands Antilles. Fortunately, the top sites that come up all indicate that the country no longer exists and that St. Maarten and Curacao are now autonomous countries within the

Editorial - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Editorial: Let’s build together

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has urged all of St. Maarten to support nation building. The call came Monday at a ceremony around one of the country’s key symbols – the flag. The urging is one we repeat here because it will be so vital t

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Introducing merit pay for teachers on St. Maarten

Dear Editor,   The new salary system for teachers, which was officially implemented in St. Maarten in August, 2007 provides the opportunity to introduce a merit pay based system for teachers on St. Maarten. In the old salary system teacher

Opinion - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Skills a prime minister should possess

Dear Editor, A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. In our system, the prime minister can select other members of the cabinet (council of ministers), and al

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 14, 2011

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Eleven to compete in Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens

~Athletes proud to represent young country~ St. Maarten - Eleven “special” athletes will represent the young country St. Maarten at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece from June 25 – July 4. The delegation leaves the

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St. Maarten parliamentary delegation visits Voges

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Kingdom Affairs & Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee members visited the Minister of Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges on Monday in The Hague. Members of the St. Maarten delegation left over the weekend and are sc

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Wescot-Williams links nation building and building a state

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has linked the processes of nation building and building a state and institutions, stressing that both require community participation. The prime minister’s comments were made at Monday’s Flag

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Heyliger considers development bank model

St. Maarten – Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger wants to use money from the Pension Fund, the Social and Sickness Insurance (SZV), and the Central Bank to fund a development bank for St. Maarten. This is one of the reasons he and Finance Mini