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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten Central Committee focuses on paternity law in civil code

St. Maarten – The draft civil code for St. Maarten sailed through the Central committee of Parliament yesterday morning, after a brief presentation by prof. Jan de Boer and further elucidation by Justice Minister Roland Duncan. Prof. de Boer, a me

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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University of Curacao is technically bankrupt

WILLEMSTAD – The University of Curacao will be technically bankrupt by the end of the year unless measures are taken to improve its financial position. An audit report concludes that the university will be for 1.1 million guilders in the red by Dec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten Gas prices down on Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced a dramatic drop in the price of unleaded gas. Starting on Wednesday, the price will go down from 2.57 to 2.42 guilders per liter (from $1.435 to $1.352) – a decrease of 5.8 percent. The pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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TelEm completed installing its fast 3G mobile network

St. Maarten – TelEm Group technicians have successfully completed installation and cutover of telecommunication services to its brand new 3G mobile network – the first of its kind on St. Maarten. Technicians are now busy fine-tuning and “twea

Opinion - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Opinion: Alternatives (Overflowing prisons)

Attorney generals and ministers seem to have found a taste for tossing around solutions for the overflowing prisons in the Caribbean. And from what we hear, there are some good suggestions among them. Justice Minister Roland Duncan reconfirmed yeste

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Arrindell acknowledges slave trade abolition

St. Maarten - Today marks the international day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition, as proclaimed by the United Nations. This day is observed on an annual basis by the international community. The UN Educational, Scientific and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten Youth parliament program begins next week Thursday

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Youth Council Association begins with its youth parliament program next week Thursday, on September 1. The program caters to young people between the age of 13 and 21 with an interest in the functioning of government. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten feels effect of 4.9 Magnitude earthquake near St. Barths

St. Maarten – At 18 minutes past one yesterday afternoon St. Maarten felt the effect of an earthquake that occurred southwest of St. Barths. The quake had a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter scale, according to the seismic unit of the University of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Bonaire starts glass recycling program

BONAIRE – State Secretary Joop Atsma (Infrastructure and Environment) was at hand together with Bonaire’s Commissioner of Infrastructure Delno Tromp to make the islands first eighteen glass-collection containers operational. Atsma and Tromp put s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Pride asks government to clean up Guana Bay beach

Sargassum assails Dutch-side beaches St. Maarten - A couple of weeks ago COM Vice president Pierre Aliotti was the first one to sound the alarm over the arrival of massive amounts of sargassum on St. Maarten’s beaches. Now the problem has also

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Capoeira Foundation organizes open house

St. Maarten - The Soualiga Capoeira Foundation will host two open house days to start off the new school year. The group which was established in St. Maarten in November, 2002 is very excited about the new year as it is also a transitional period wit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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TelEm works on more bandwidth for Blackberry mobile service

St. Maarten – Increased demand for mobile data services from TelEm Group customers is causing congestion on the company’s Blackberry Smartphone service making it necessary to increase available bandwidth for the BB network. According to Chi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Bar Association Aruba wants higher pay for pro Deo cases

St. Maarten – In June attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann criticized the local legal community for its refusal to handle pro Deo cases. “This is a disgrace. Attorneys are making a lot of money and nobody wants to do pro Deo work,” he said at the time.

Opinion - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Opinion: Slavery

Since we are remembering the slave trade and its abolition today, it is a good occasion as any to wonder about the usefulness of these events. Do not misunderstand us: slavery was a horrendous practice, and everybody who was ever involved in it ought

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Robbie Dos Santos denies tax evasion

WILLEMSTAD--Robbie dos Santos refuted allegations he misinformed authorities on his tax return. He usually never personally reacts in these cases, but he could not resist clearing some statements about his affairs. “First of all, I earn 20 thousand

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Central Committee meeting finishes in record time

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament set a record yesterday afternoon by finishing a meeting in exactly seven minutes and thirty seconds. On the agenda was the amendment of the 1997 national ordinance on the turnover tax. There were th

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 23, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten’s Civil Code

The changes the new civil code will bring are significant and they are not just about paternity and the inheritance legislation. The code is a complex of rules and regulations that will affect the everyday life of all citizens and the Parliament sho