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

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Ebenezer sewage line

St. Maarten – With a brief ceremony in Ebenezer opposite to the Sol gas station, the government kicked off the seven-week project to install a new sewage line in the district. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Vromi Minister Theo Heyliger and P

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

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Nation Building Foundation wants affirmative action

Leopold James: “Legal recognition and positive discrimination for native St. Maarteners” St. Maarten – Ahead of Emancipation Day this Friday, the St. Maarten Nation Building Foundation once again made its case for the plight of the indigenou

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

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St. Maarten not covered in 2011 Trafficking Report

GREAT BAY / By Donellis Browne– St. Maarten is the only part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands that does not have a country narrative in the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report that was released by the United States Department of State on Monday. A

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

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Arrindell and department establish protocol for handling laws

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell has established a protocol of understanding with the Legal and Legislation Department on how St. Maarten Parliament will handle the process of 65 laws of the former Netherlands Antilles.

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

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Dutch technocrats assisting in improvements at St. Maarten’s Civil Registry

St. Maarten - The Civil Registry Department has been reinforced with two specialists from the Netherlands as of June 27. The engagement of the two specialists is part of the project “Strengthening the Civil Registry Department” (Versterking Afdel

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

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Low becomes 40th St. Maarten’s Rotary Club President

St. Maarten – Rebecca Low was installed as the 40th President of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten on Saturday. The installation was held at Captain Oliver’s Restaurant. The other board members are Kishore Idnani (Immediate Past President), Elie

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

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Court approves deportation first time BTA-applicant

St. Maarten– Justice Minister Roland Duncan was within his rights when he ordered the deportation of 21-year-old Pascal Beltran Perez to the Dominican Republic. Perez had applied for a residence permit under the Brooks Tower Accord, but he had file

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Editorial: Fundamental debate

Justice Minister Roland Duncan opened the way for what will without any doubt be a fierce debate about legalizing abortion and euthanasia in St. Maarten. The Minister said yesterday in a radio broadcast that he personally tends to favor a woman’s r

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Opinion: After the Geert Wilders ruling

The reactions in the Netherlands after Geert Wilders’ acquittal in his hate-mongering process were predominantly positive. But outside tiny Holland’s borders foreign commentators made mashed potatoes of the ruling and of those reactions. The era

Opinion - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Opinion: Dollarization (part 2)

In a presentation dated Feb 8 of this year entitled “Balance of payments vulnerabilities caused by a widening current account deficit: a way forward. Is dollarization the right approach?” given by Dr. E.D. Tromp, President of the Central Bank of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Damoen proposes financial supervisor to succeed Cft

WILLEMSTAD – Former politician Gregory Damoen has proposed to establish an independent financial supervisor for Curacao as the future successor of the Board for Financial Supervision Cft. This supervisor must spot and advise about developments in t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Duncan anticipates debate about legalizing abortion

“I tend to favor a woman’s right to decide about her own body” St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan tends to favor a woman’s right to decide about her own body and therefore, under supervised conditions, to legalize abortion in S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Free HIV testing day draws 175 participants

St. Maarten – The free HIV testing day at Scotia Bank drew a near record of 175 participants on Saturday. Aids Foundation President Gerard van Osch was pleased with the turnout, especially because this was a stand-alone testing day without surround

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Leers wants to remove thresholds for entry and residence rights

St. Maarten – Immigration and Asylum Minister Gerd Leers wants to remove thresholds for entry and residence of Kingdom citizens in all parts of the Kingdom, but he also wants to “create general conditions for free movement, residence and labor,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Concrete box in Cay Hill is “a fantastic possibility”

St. Maarten – Samir Andrawos’ concrete box in Cay Hill is “a fantastic possibility” to solve St. Maarten’s prison cell shortage, Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday morning in Radio Soualiga’s broadcast On the Record, but it wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Court grants Leo Hughes his share of the Wathey-estate

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice ruled on Friday that Stanley Leopold Hughes is a legal child of the late Norman Chester Wathey and that he is entitled to his legitimate portion of the estate. The court ordered Wathey’s six daughters

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Duncan about disappeared Crime Fund money

“They lied to me in Curacao” St. Maarten -  Justice Minister Roland Duncan labeled the irregularities with the Antillean Crime find “a typical form of abuse” yesterday, saying that former Justice Minister Magali Jacoba went on a rampage o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Disaster management plans hurricane follow up meeting

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The ten Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) which form the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the country’s disaster management organization, will have a follow-up meeting in July as part of continued preparations for this ye

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 27, 2011

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Shujah Reiph sees future with university graduate in every home

St. Maarten - Leading cultural activist and recent University of St. Martin graduate Shujah Reiph wants to see “a USM graduate in every St. Martin home.” Reiph made his statement while delivering the “Address of the Class of 2011” at the U

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Curacao’s Parliament getting ready to approve new Penal Code

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s Parliament has closed off discussions on a new Penal Code in the Central Committee and is moving to handle it in a general public meeting. Once Justice Minister Elmer “Kade” Wilsoe answers the written questions that wil

Editorial - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Editorial: What could have been and must be avoided

Curacao and potentially St. Maarten are heading for the dark gray list on Human Trafficking in a key report that will be released by the United States Department of State on Monday. The reason the islands are heading there is that the new Criminal Co

Opinion - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Opinion: On our way to an illegal prison?

Illegal construction activities on our beaches are, well, illegal. Anybody who build something without a permit will get the inspection department on his back (when they are found out, that is), and then several things might happen. The inspection

Opinion - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Opinion: Too early?

Attending the launch of a web site at eight thirty in the morning proved to be a stretch for eleven of our fifteen parliamentarians. And so it happened that dozens of acting secretaries-general and department heads were staring at eleven empty chairs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Advisory Councils discuss cooperation and common procedures

St. Maarten - Vice Chair of St. Maarten’s Advisory Council Mavis Brooks Salmon and the body’s Secretary General Niovis Winklaar met delegations from the Advisory Council of Aruba and Curacao on Friday to discuss cooperation. There were also discu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Government closes road to install sewage line

St. Maarten – Sections of the L.B. Scott Road will close between June 27 and August 14. The closure is to allow for the construction of phase one of the gravity sewage line from the aeration basin at Ebenezer II to the A.T. Illidge Road Wastewate

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament launches web site

St. Maarten – With the launch of its web site at sxmparliament.org the Parliament of St. Maarten entered the Internet-age, but most parliamentarians seemed to have stayed in bed for the occasion at eight thirty friday morning. Apart from the Presid

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Civil Registry completes database update for people born on Curacao and Aruba

St. Maarten – The Civil Registry Department has completed its compilation of information regarding St. Maarten residents born on Curacao and Aruba. Collecting the data is part of a wider ongoing update of the registry. The island is required to up

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association meets Central Bank on Monday

St. Maarten – A delegation from the St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) will meet a delegation from the Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Banks’ building in Philipsburg. The meeting is at th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Three vocational schools to be renovated during summer break

St. Maarten - Kick-off meetings about the renovations of classrooms at Sint Maarten Academy PSVE, at the Vocational Training School and at Milton Peters College were held June 23. The meetings were attended by the architects, the contractors, School

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 26, 2011

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Curacao gets negative review in Trafficking in Persons Report

WILLEMSTAD – There is an expectation that Curacao will be moved from the light gray list to the dark gray list in the Trafficking in Persons Report that will be issued by the United States Department of State on Monday. The downgrade, which is part

Editorial - Posted by on June 24, 2011

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Editorial: The dangerous beauty of what if

It is said that the words what and if cause no damage when they are separate, but put them together and you end up with quite an explosive situation. The growing camp of people who support Regina Labega’s appointment as Managing Director of the Pri

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2011

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Opinion: Fat kids

It’s still awkward, or so some people think, when somebody says: you’re fat. And while being fat may be awkward in itself, it is also a silent epidemic that rumbles on through the world while too many people bury their heads in the sand to avoid

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 24, 2011

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James condemns illegal construction on beaches

St. Maarten - United Peoples (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James has condemned business owners for taking the liberty of constructing structures without having the necessary permits in place, and also not having the necessary due diligen

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2011

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Opinion: Free hate speech for all

Geert Wilders is at it again. Maybe it is more correct to say: Geert Wilders is still at it – we’re not sure. This time the leader of the populist Freedom Party had come up with yet another brilliant idea: take the articles that make inciting hat

Opinion - Posted by on June 24, 2011

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Opinion: Public theft

That not all is well with the Crime Fund of the now defunct Netherland Antilles was already clear for some time. Last month the government accountant bureau Soab in Curacao described the fund-administration as chaotic. Money has disappeared big time

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