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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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SVB’s Sickness and Accident Fund shows nearly 40 million guilder deficit

WILLEMSTAD - The Social Insurance Bank SVB is confronted with serious financial problems brought on by an aging population and growing medical expenses. The two factors have lead to a 39.2 million guilder deficit per October 10, 2010 in the combined

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Editorial: And now for the minister

Parliament has been hearing from stakeholders in the national economy during meetings it had last week and this week. This is good as it arms parliamentarians with general knowledge that they can use to question the minister using a letter, have a de

Opinion - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Opinion: Illegals

So now the cat is out of the bag: after all the efforts, after all the hullaballoo, after all the optimistic messages sent by the last Justice Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, the whole Brooks Tower Accord operation seems to have sold absolutely

Opinion - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Opinion: Navassa

Currently there are no schools on Navassa and the possibility to receive study financing for studying on the island is theoretical, education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt wrote in answers to questions by Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak. The la

Opinion - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Opinion: Paid snitching

Rotterdam is thinking seriously about paying citizens for reporting people who destroy public property. A member of the municipal council picked up the idea in Berlin, where snitches earn as much as $860 for a tip that reveals the identity of vandals

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Duncan’s minimum-sentence plan raises legal eyebrows

Merx: “Judges have the option to deviate from it” St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s announcement that he wants to introduce minimum sentences in the new penal code as well as heavier punishments for crimes committed against t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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More nays than yays to shifting St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten / By Milton Pieters – A random sample of people involved in the arts, marketing and communications have mostly rejected an idea floated by Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication, Franklin Meyers to s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Ouenniche advocates for sustained funding and tax breaks for small businesses

St. Maarten – Executive Director of the Small Business Development Foundation (SBDF) Ludwig Ouenniche has said that it will take a multi-faceted approach to ensure that small businesses can start and keep going. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday he

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Short circuit in feeder cable leads to massive outage

St. Maarten – A substantial part of Dutch St. Maarten suffered a loss of power Tuesday because of a shortage in an incoming feeder cable that leads to the Zagersgut substation. The power first went off around 1:30 p.m. and affected only the areas i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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St. Martin works to be used at American universities

St. Maarten - Skin by Drisana Deborah Jack is in the company of Caribbean greats at the University of New Orleans (UNO). The poetry collection by the St. Martin poet/artist is now required reading for “Modern Anglophone Caribbean Poetry.” The Fal

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Half-brothers at war again

Rollocks demands removal Talking Drums Foundation container St. Maarten – Julian Rollocks and his half-brother Cimmaron Marlin are at war again. This time, Rollocks demands that Marlin removes a container from a plot of land on Arch Road at the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 17, 2011

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Ouenniche wants relaxation of sole proprietorship rules

St. Maarten – Executive Director of the Small Business Development Foundation Ludwig Ouenicche has urged members of Parliament to amend the regulations governing the establishment of a sole proprietorship. Though it is the “easiest way” for Dut