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Editorial - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Editorial: Gloomy perspective

The Central Bank has confirmed once more that the economic outlook for St. Maarten is not as rosy as the government wants people to believe. The 2011 budget was built on quicksand with an economic growth assumption of 1.3 percent. In reality, there w

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

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Coastal Cleanup volunteers picked up 1,000 bags more

St. Maarten – Friday’s front page article St. Maarten scores excellent results in coastal cleanup contained an error that warrants correction. .Volunteers in St. Maarten picked up 668 plastic bags on one day, we wrote. The real number is much hig

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

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Spiritual healer Kailash Leonce remains upbeat after torpedoed lecture

Inspection labeled herbal supplements pharmaceuticals St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – From his room at the Towers in Mullet Bay, the Honorable Priest Kailash Kay Leonce has a view of the American University of the Caribbean – a place where stu

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

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Foundations honor Emilio Wilson on century birthday anniversary

St. Maarten – Yesterday was the one hundredth anniversary of Emilio Wilson’s birthday and St. Maarten’s Heritage and Environment foundations will mark the occasion with a gathering in the Emilio Wilson Cultural and Historical Park. At four o’

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

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Debt-to-GDP ratio drops due to debt relief program

St. Maarten – President Dr. Emsley Tromp presented the Central bank’s 2010 annual report yesterday afternoon during a press conference at the bank. This article contains the integral text of the first part of his presentation. The world economy

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

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Central Bank confirms zero growth scenario and bleak outlook for 2012

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s economy will most likely contract by 0.5 percent this year, Central Bank President dr. Emsley Tromp said at a press conference yesterday afternoon. At best, the economy will show zero growth. When the government wrote th

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

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Royal Marines take part in annual hurricane exercise

St. Maarten – While hurricane Irene is barreling down towards the American East coast, Royal Dutch Marines and several of the agencies responsible for disaster relief like the Fire Department trained together during the annual hurricane exercise Hu

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Statians critical of Winair

STATIA - Residents of Statia have voiced their concern about the increase of ticket prices to travel on the Winair. During the 50th anniversary this week speakers minced no words and made it quite clear that they were not happy with the increases.

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Opinion: Emilio Wilson

Saturday it was one hundred years ago that Emilio Wilson was born. Heritage and environment foundations justly honor our cultural icon each year to keep his memory alive. Every year this celebration of a man who came from a simple background to beco

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

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Abby Hogan charged with obstruction of justice

WILLEMSTAD/WASHINGTON – Abby Beard Hogan was charged in a seven-count indictment filed yesterday in the Northern District of Florida for her alleged role in the obstruction of a multinational investigation into the disappearance of her husband, Jam

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Opinion: Political grandstanding on St. Maarten

Since we were utterly confused, we grabbed the opportunity to ask our Minister of Telecommunication Franklin Meyers for an explanation about the UTS-TelEm controversy. This week, Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger threw his chippie-phone away or, mayb

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2011

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Opinion: Natural healing

The action undertaken by the Inspectorate of the health Ministry last Tuesday against the Honorable Priest Kailash Kay Leonce at the Cultural Center seemed at first the right thing to do. A man from St. Lucia comes to St. Maarten, “asks people an a

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

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TelEm makes the most of Heyliger’s switch from UTS

St. Maarten – Minister Theo Heyliger on Thursday made good on a promise to drop his UTS Blackberry service in favour of TelCell’s Blackberry service. The Minister’s action follows a war of words with the Curacao-based carrier over St. Maarten

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

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Circulation plan for Cole Bay traffic in place this morning

St. Maarten – The closure of Welfare Road paralyzed traffic to and from the airport on Wednesday and yesterday, but the Vromi-ministry has in the meantime designed a solution that looks on the map like a huge roundabout and that will remain in plac

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

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Upgrade Dutch Quarter in the works

St. Maarten – With €4.7 million in funding from the tenth European Development fund and additional funding from the government, the Dutch Quarter district will get a much needed upgrade of its sewage and infrastructure facilities. Residents will

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

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Sunrise Rotary Club donates furniture to Starlight school

St. Maarten - In response to a request from the Starlight Educational Center for assistance with their worn-out school furniture, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise contacted some school boards in the Netherlands if they could help out. The result

Opinion - Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Opinion: Wrong answer

There is an underground market for politically incorrect humor. Our friend Mickey, who lives out in the sticks in oil town Bakersfield in California, must be one of the world’s leading experts in the distribution of what we consider in general usel

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

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Tennis Club inaugurates renovated courts

Renewed attempt to obtain property in long lease GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tennis Club opens its renovated tennis courts this afternoon with a festive meeting. The courts have been completely resurfaced and everything has been repainted. The t

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

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Michael Cleaver likely replacement Hodge as Winair manager

SABA---The General Manager of Windward Islands Airways Edwin Hodge is to be replaced but will stay on with the company as the Chief Operations Officer, said former Commissioner and member of the Ad Hoc committee Michael Ferrier. Even though he did n

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Editorial: Three hot topics (legalization of abortion, euthanasia and prostitution

Parliament will soon have three hot topics on its hands: the legalization of abortion, the legalization of euthanasia, and the legalization of prostitution. Moral crusaders will be up and about, but the truth is of course that our Parliament has onl

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

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Legalization of abortion, euthanasia and prostitution up for debate

Central Committee presentation about penal code St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan made clear in the central committee of Parliament yesterday that he intends to legalize abortion, euthanasia and prostitution in the new penal code and

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

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Drinking lots of coffee cuts down Alzheimer’s risk by 65 percent

Rotary provides Food for Thought St. Maarten - "The idea that Alzheimer's is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease," says Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging. The Rotary Club

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

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St. Maarten scores excellent results in coastal cleanup

Volunteers collect massive amounts of trash each year GREAT BAY / By Hilbert Haar – St. Maarten is doing an excellent job as a participant in the annual coastal cleanup campaign compared to five other islands of the former Netherlands Antilles.

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Opinion: St. Maarten slowly waking up

Somehow we get the feeling that St. Maarten is slowly waking up to its responsibilities towards the environment. That is good news and a just reward for the tireless efforts environmental organizations have been making for years. We seem to be at the

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

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Telem employees graduate from first responder course

St. Maarten – Nine TelEm Group employees graduated as fire and first aid responders – the first certificated graduation of its kind on St. Maarten. On Tuesday the graduates were presented with Diplomas from the externally assessed Netherlands In

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

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Nature Foundation sets up night patrols to fight shark fishing

St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation issued a press release about people who are trophy hunting the resident shark population within the Man of War Shoal Marine Park and subsequently killing them. Earlier yesterday, the foundation issues a statement a

Opinion - Posted by on August 26, 2011

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Opinion: Chat room (Ask it to the police chat room)

Some ideas are better that others, but this one may just make the cut for St. Maarten. Okay, the idea comes from the Netherlands, but not everything they come up with in that country is bad. The police has started a web site called vraaghetdepolitie.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Winair celebrates 50 years of safe flying

St. Maarten - Windward Islands International Airways was depicted as one of the safest airlines in the world as they celebrate their 50 Anniversary without any major mishap. The airline which was established in 1963 by the pioneers George Greaux and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Inspectorate stops lecture by The Great Physician

Priest Kailash Leonce caught violating healthcare laws St. Maarten – The Inspectorate for public health put a stop to a lecture by a man who presents himself as “the honorable priest Kailash K. Leonce” at the Cultural Center on Back Street o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Court drops prosecution Snowflake-suspects

Judge declares prosecution inadmissible St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The surviving suspects in the snowflake cocaine smuggling investigation will not be prosecuted. After considering the arguments of defense attorneys and the public prosecuto

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Opinion: Illegal adoption

The Public Prosecutor’s Office brought a sensitive issue to the attention of local media. It concerns illegal adoption, and the possible consequences this has for both the parents who adopt and for the child involved in the process. This is what th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Human smuggler’s trial stalls due to absence of attorney

St. Maarten – Jean Journel C. was caught off-guard yesterday afternoon when he appeared in the Court in First Instance to discover that his attorney mr. J.G. Bloem was not present. The defendant, the last suspect to be tried in the Jesus La human s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Heyliger switches from UTS to TelEm

“From now on I am eating locally” St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger ditched his UTS Blackberry and switched to a 3G phone from government-owned telecom provider TelEm this week. Heyliger made the move in a reaction to statement

Opinion - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Opinion: Illegals, one more time

Justice Minister Duncan is in full operational mode these days and he seems not afraid to grab the bull by the horns. The BTA-investigation revealed something to the minister that he already suspected: when the whole BTA-process is behind us, there w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 25, 2011

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Cabinet compensates loss of spending power

THE HAGUE - The cabinet will try to partly compensate a predicted loss in spending power for the lowest incomes, families with children and old-age pensioners. Insiders say these groups will experience a sharper reduction then deemed desirable by the

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