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Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2011

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Opinion: Something good for St. Maarten

Former Commissioners Maria Buncamper-Molanus and Hyacinth Richardson will likely be filled with joy to read that St. Maarten now has an Inspectorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Both these people, though on opposite ends of the political

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Editorial: Borrow wisely

It is not difficult to understand that anyone who is handed a credit limit of let’s say 119 million guilders would be the equivalent of the proverbial child in a candy shop who’s told they can have all the candy they like up to a maximum. But lik

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Reader’s Letter: The Promised Land is only 37 square miles

Dear Editor, St. Maarten is only 37 square miles and shared with 150 nationalities. The reality is that the native St. Maarten people not only deserve recognition as a people but should get the Nobel Prize for the tolerance of sharing 37 square m

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Reader’s Letter: What really happened last week!

Dear Editor, Please allow me some space in your newspaper to share my observations about how the media has covered the recent story of two real estate associations being formed on our island.  I am grateful for the exposure this topic has receive

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Opinion: A Real Row

Subtracting the letters t, o and r from the word Realtor leaves you with the world real. Attach A and row and you have A Real Row. That bit of word of word play just about sums up what has happened in the process of forming what should be a unified e

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Opinion: Don’t hold your breath

Some people in Curacao are real troopers. What other way does one describe a group that believes that because a major international organization does not state specifically that it does not presume that more countries won’t join that you have a hop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2011

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Explosion causes island wide outage

St. Maarten – An explosion in a high tension room on Front Street led to a power outage in all of Dutch St. Maarten on Sunday morning. The explosion took place shortly after staffers began a scheduled upgrading to the company’s distribution netwo

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Fire leaves hospital inaccessible by telephone

St. Maarten – Telem technicians worked through the weekend and restored 80 percent of telephone communication lines in Cay Hill. The outage, caused by damage to one of the company’s telephone cabinets on the Welgelegen Road affected the St. Maart

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Netherlands Antilles officially loses Olympic recognition

Curacao stays hopeful about recognition WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has withdrawn recognition for the Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee (NAOC). The final decision was taken at the 123rd IOC Congress in Du

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James congratulates school graduates, teachers and school management

St. Maarten- United Peoples (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James issued a statement Sunday congratulating all school graduates, teachers and school management on their successes during the past school year 2010/2011 and wishing them a won

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Meyers gets briefed on new Inspectorate

St. Maarten –Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunications Franklin Meyers was briefed about the Inspectorate of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) that falls under his ministry recently. The Inspectorate’s pri

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St. Maarten’s Budget ordinance signed into law

St. Maarten – Governor Eugene Holiday and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto signed the country’s 2011 budget into law on July 7, 2011. The 420.9 million guilder budget is 23.526 million less than the one that was approved by Parliament on December

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Four categories of membership in heavily endorsed real estate association

St. Maarten – The proposal for a new real estate association that was accepted by 13 realtors last Friday has four categories of membership split into two paid memberships and two free memberships. These details are part of the presentation that wa

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St. Maarten and Dominica explore trade relations

Consular office and information sharing also discussed St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt have discussed trade possibilities, the set up of a consular office and exchanging informat

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Opinion: Tourism marketing for St. Maarten

What is the best way to put St. Maarten on the map as a tourist destination? The Grand Chancellor hotel in Christchurch, New-Zealand found a way to get some free publicity for the kiwis: they sent an invoice for hotel accommodation to a couple that h

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Former Saba Lt. Governor and family members reburied

THE BOTTOM/Saba – Five human skeletons were reburied at the Anglican Cemetery in Windward side on July 6 after being archaeologically excavated from a project site in April. The five remains are that of former Lt. Gov. Thomas Holm, his wife, child,

Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2011

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Editorial: Summer Time

It’s summer time and the living is easy. The children are out of school, but staying busy with summer camps, Parliament has gone on recess and the courts are also taking a bit of a break before things crank back into high gear in the middle of Augu

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Opinion: Another blow (Diamond Resorts)

Diamond Resort has managed to deal the timeshare industry in St. Maarten another blow with its belligerent attitude during summary proceedings that played out in court last Friday. Its attorney maintained that the maintenance fee for the complaini

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Opinion: The Purina diet

It’s good to have some friends and acquaintances that seem to be slightly out of whack, if only because they make life so much more bearable. Our friend Mike recently returned to his home state of Ohio for a break from his retirement in the Caribbe

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St. Maarten Police Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte opens talks on Interpol agency

GREAT BAY\ORANJESTAD – Police Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte and Inspector Rudolph Bloeiman have opened talks with Interpol’s Secretary General Ronald Noble and his staff about establishing an independent Interpol agency here. St. Maarten, Bon

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Diamond Resorts threatens with bankruptcy for Royal Palm Beach Club

Judge orders company to restore power in Macdonald-apartment St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Tempers flared in the courtroom friday afternoon but after the dust settled, Judge mr. R.W.J. van Veen had ordered Diamond Resorts to reconnect the ele

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De Weever congratulates hospital on new agreement

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has urged the management of the St. Maarten Medical Center and the Windward Islands Healthcare Union Association, which represents the hospital’s employees,

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French and Dutch Advisory Councils meet

St. Maarten– The Advisory Councils of the Dutch and the French side met yesterday in the new parliament building, primarily to exchange information. The Council-members also paid a courtesy call to Governor drs. Eugene Holiday and to Prime Minister

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St. Maarten Kadaster employees complete land management course

St. Maarten– Staffers at The Kadaster completed a course in Land Management, Cadastres and Public Registers recently. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Perry Geerlings presented all the participants with their certificates. The capacity buildin

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RBC/RBTT sponsors 10 children’s participation in steel pan workshops

GREAT BAY – RBC/RBTT contributed to the Dow’s Musical Foundation by sponsoring ten children to participate in the steel pan summer workshop that began July 4 and will run until July 22 at the Oranje School. RBC/RBTT has a well-established traditi

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Florida court dismisses lawsuit Pelican Tenants Association

St. Maarten – The circuit Court of Broward County in Florida dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Tenants Association of Pelican Resort against Richard Sutton, Richard Corso and Quantum Investment Trust on Thursday because the court considered itself n

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Thirteen St. Maarten realtors endorse Van der Waarden’s concept

Jagtiani: “We still have a long way to go” St. Maarten – Nearly a dozen real estate agency owners on the Dutch side have agreed on the framework to form a real estate association that will represent their common interests. The decision to do

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Tuitt presents Audit Chamber’s report to Brooks–Salmon

St. Maarten – The Vice-chair of the Advisory Council of St. Maarten, Mavis Brooks–Salmon, was presented a copy of the annual report of the General Audit Chamber on July 5 by Chairman of the Audit Chamber Roland Tuitt. He also provided a short exp