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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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Justice Day ceremony focuses on defining relationships

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s place in helping to fight cross border crime in the region and the world was the focus of Sunday’s International Justice Day Observance in front of the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg. The ceremony an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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Rare interviews with Justice officials begin tonight

GREAT BAY– St. Maarten Cable TV channel 15 will air the first in a series of interviews with senior officials in the Ministry of Justice at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The goal of the series is to teach people about the ministry and its various departments.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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St. Maarten delegation to Curacao for aging summit

St. Maarten – A delegation from the St. Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association are preparing to attend the first Dutch Caribbean seminar on aging. The seminar is being organized by the Confederation of Pensioners and Older Persons in C

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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Arrindell calls on nation to observe Nelson Mandela International Day

St. Maarten – Monday, July 18, marks the second annual international observance of Nelson Mandela International Day, and the United Nations (UN) is encouraging people around the globe to perform 67 minutes of public service or one minute for every

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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James calls for summit on the environment

Climate change becomes focus point St. Maarten - United Peoples (UP) Party Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James says climate change is predominant issue that is receiving global attention as well as national focus.  James feels the issue also ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2011

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Three airport employees recognized for dedicated service

St. Maarten – The Employee of the Month Celebration of June 17 at PJIAE N.V. had a special character. Geraldine Samuel and Raymon Joseph of the Human Resources Dept. – who have always been the ones to organize the event – were awardees this tim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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YHC increases skill level to monitor ESAVI

St. Maarten – Youth Health Care (YHC) has increased its skills to monitor Events Supposedly Attributed to Immunization and Vaccination (ESAVI). YHC staff will be able to react to any national emergency with respect to vaccination related events.

Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Editorial: A huge mistake

When the President of Parliament makes a decision that is unconstitutional and against the body’s Rules of Order that’s not just a slip of the tongue, it’s a huge mistake. One could venture that it’s also trampling on democracy by flagrantly

Opinion - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: A clear and present danger

Dear Editor, Life in St. Maarten is not what you think it is. Many people or probably most of the people in St. Maarten live in fear of our government. You might ask why you I so. If you do a survey or poll and ask the electorate of St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Major section of L.B. Scot Road closed

St. Maarten – Government closed the L.B. Scot Road from the Mary’s Fancy intersection to Arbutus road at 2:00 p.m. Thursday as part of ongoing road works. Emergency services and residents will be the only ones allowed through this section. All ot

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Arrindell’s decision violates Constitution and Rules of Order

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – A decision by the President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell to place the concept amendment to the Civil Code as put forward by the National Alliance on the agenda of the Central Committee before sending it to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Andrew Dick movie to be re-aired tonight

St. Maarten - Laugh Out Loud productions will re-air the Andrew Dick comedy movie tonight on St. Maarten Cable TV 45 and MSR Cable on French St. Martin. The producers decided to give the public who watched or missed the film a chance to watch it aga

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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TelCell introduces free voicemail service for mobile customers

St. Maarten – TelCell is offering a free voicemail service to mobile customers island wide. The new system alerts users via SMS whenever they have a new voicemail or a missed call. The new feature was introduced in recent weeks as a free value-adde

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Trotman preparing for Jaycees Caribbean Pageant

GREAT BAY - Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen Trumane Trotman will face a daunting task when she represents St. Maarten in the Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show on July 29 in Antigua. One of the most prestigious pageants in the Caribbean, it wi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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Financial relationship to be key part of Kingdom vision

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says government will look at the financial relationship between St. Maarten and its partners in the Kingdom of the Netherlands as part of an overall visioning process on the future of the Kingdom.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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National Alliance may request St. Maarten Parliament denounce Minister’s actions

St. Maarten – A motion denouncing actions taken by Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto earlier this year may be tabled by the National Alliance faction when the St. Maarten Parliament returns from recess. The party’s faction leader William Marlin sai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 15, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister: Drafting 2012 budget and capital investments are key priorities

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says that finalizing discussions on the budget for 2012 is a key priority for the St. Maarten government in the coming six months. She stated this on Wednesday in response to a question about her g

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on July 14, 2011

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York urges players to capitalize on opportunity to attend the Philadelphia76ers Summer Camp

St. Maarten- A group of 24 basketball players in the 17 and under age bracket are set become the first group from country St. Maarten to attend the Philadelphia76ers Summer Camp. The training camp begins July 16 and runs through July 21. The group, w

Editorial - Posted by on July 14, 2011

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Editorial: Flat rate utility bill

The National Alliance has struck the correct note when it comes to what people want in this tough economic time by stating that GEBE should move to one flat rate when charging consumers. Their reasoning is that people want to know exactly what they a

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

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St. Maarten Government opens possibility for driver’s license renewal

St. Maarten – People registered on the French side but who have a driver’s licenses from the Dutch side have just under a year to renew their driver’s license. The measure took effect as of June 1 and has been communicated to the President of t

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

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National Alliance wants flat rate for electricity

St. Maarten – Leader of the National Alliance (N.A.) William Marlin has said his party would ideally like to see a flat rate for electricity, instead of the mixed tariff that utility company GEBE currently uses. This is the party’s latest contrib

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

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Carty praises BTP for improved service

St. Maarten – Chief Executive Officer of United Telecommunications Services (UTS) Glen Carty says there’s definite improvement in the quality of service that his company gets from its regulator – the Bureau Telecommunications and Post (BTP) St.

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

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Collective Prevention: Take measures to prevent mosquito breeding

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), is reminding residents to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding especially after intermittent showers that the island has been experiencing over the past two weeks. “The Caribbean r

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

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Seniors and Pensioners Association celebrating first anniversary Friday

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) will celebrate the body’s first anniversary on June 15 with the first statutory, ordinary Annual General Membership Meeting. The roughly two hour gathering, which will

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

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Four bids for new SBO School

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has opened the four bids that have been submitted for a contract to build the new Secondary Vocational Education (SBO) School in Cay Hill. The project is being financed b

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

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St. Maarten Government moving to clear up placement backlog

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is responsible for personnel, says it is likely that all seven ministers have received draft national resolutions for the appointment of roughly 1, 000 civil servants who came into country St.

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

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National Alliance questions security contract

St. Maarten – The National Alliance (N.A.) has raised questions about the appointment of a security firm – Checkmate Security – to provide support to the guards at the Pointe Blanche House of Detention. The party is primarily concerned about wh

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

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Police and Prosecutor continue searches in Dos Santos’ investigation

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Justice Officials in Curacao searched the offices of Speedy Security on Wednesday as part of their investigation into charges of money laundering, forgery and tax evasion that have been brought against the owner of Robbie’s

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

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Prime Minister Wescot congratulates Joseph Parry on election win

St. Maarten– Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has congratulated Nevis Premier Joseph Parry on his election win on Monday. The ruling Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) won Monday’s election by clinching three seats in the five-member Nevis Islan

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on July 14, 2011

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Moondance and Coors Light win Boat of the Year

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Yacht Club wrapped up the 2010-2011 Keel Boat Racing Season with the annual prize giving party and awards ceremony which was held last Saturday July 9th, at the SMYC club house next to the Simpson Bay bridge. It was a well

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

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Bulk of study financing advices signed off

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has signed the vast majority of advices on this year’s applications for study financing. Students will now be informed of the decisions. Those who were approved for the

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Alzheimer’s Awareness

Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer's, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Every individual may experience one or more of these

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Is there something wrong with our young professionals?

Dear Editor, I have some questions for our appointed and elected officials on this island, namely the ministers and parliamentarians. Why when appointing persons to the boards of government owned companies and foundations and other government inst

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: The importance of native people being in the constitution

Dear Editor, Constitutions often start with a preamble and some provisions about what defines the specific state. The foundational part reflects the identity of the political community. Therefore, it frequently refers to historical events, specif

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

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Insurance Brokers want reflection period on mortgages and loans

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association has announced they’ll meet Parliament soon to request the body introduce legislation that will give consumers a reflection period of between seven and 14 working days to think over the ter

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