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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Imbali set to begin new year of classes

St. Maarten – The Imbali Center for Creative Movement will reopen for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, August 22 with a full roster of established and new classes. Classes at Imbali usually start exactly when all schools on the island re-open,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Arrindell satisfied with Genevieve de Weever repairs

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, , paid an unscheduled visit to the Marie Genevieve de Weever School in Hope Estate on Wednesday morning. The visit coincided with the first day of school

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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Ballin is likely Chairman of joint committee on Central Bank

THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD – The joint independent committee that will investigate the relationship between the Government of Curacao and the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten will likely be installed next weeks. Well informed sources in The Hague

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 19, 2011

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St. Maarten Government and Chamber discuss new tax system

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says Thursday’s meeting between the Council of Ministers and the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry was “a very good discussion” where the stated a willingness to work with government in

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

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Arrindell drawing up “hit list” for American University of the Caribbean

Arrindell drawing up “hit list” for American University of the Caribbean

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has welcomed the DeVry Institute’s $235 million dollar purchase of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Cupecoy. The plan to invest a fu

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 18, 2011

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Editorial: A look at standardized school leaving exams

The idea to create a standard school leaving exam will no doubt cause teachers at the primary schools to breathe a sigh of relief. At the moment many of the teachers at sixth grade level are burdened with preparing students for multiple exams that ha

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

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Hospital gets new incubator from Rotarians

Hospital gets new incubator from Rotarians

St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donated a travelling incubator to the St. Maarten Medical Center on Wednesday. The club’s president Rebecca Low has called the donation a labor of love that was purchased from the $47, 000 the club ha

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: A housewife’s views on GEBE

Dear Editor, To those who know me as a housewife and stay-at-home mom it will come somewhat as a surprise to see me respond to recent articles that have been printed in the dailies. Besides being a wife, Mom, and avid reader of the dailies, I am a

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2011

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Opinion: Big tobacco

Big tobacco is on the war path against the American Food and Drug Administration over the introduction of anti-smoking warnings. The FDA wants to depict stuff like dead bodies, diseases lungs and rotting teeth on cigarette packages to warn consumers

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2011

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Opinion: What is the difference between right and wrong?

A female supervisor who was suspended from her job at utilities company GEBE is struggling with this very question right now, after the Court in First Instance acquitted her of a theft-accusation. Reviewing details of the case, we wonder whether GEBE

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

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Arrindell announces a range of plans in education address

“We must restore common sense to education.” St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell has reasserted her opposition to the statement that education is in shambles, but has opined that it is “not as heal

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

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GEBE-supervisor acquitted of stealing client’s money

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance acquitted 44-year-old GEBE-supervisor Corinna C.P. of stealing an envelope containing $1, 960 from the bag of a customer who had come in to pay his utilities bill on March 29 and forgot his bag when he left.

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

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St. Maarten Ministers to discuss trimming 2012 budget deficit next Tuesday

St. Maarten – The budget for 2012 has a deficit, but Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, has stayed away from naming a figure because the document “is still so much under discussion” and she does not want the figure “to live a life of its o

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

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“Cooking as culture” for St. Martin schools

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - As the new school year opens, the poster entitled “St. Martin cuisine as culture” is heading for the island’s schools. It’s being distributed by the St. Martin Book Fair Committee (BFC). The House of Nehesi Publishers pos

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

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Two killed and one injured in late morning shooting

Two killed and one injured in late morning shooting

St. Maarten – Two men died – E.L. and K.L. - and one woman were injured in an early morning drive by shooting on the A. Th. Illidge Road. Roughly six shots were fired during the shooting spree in front of Cat’s Guest House that began around 1

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

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Arnell wants to attain President Distinguished status

St. Maarten – The newly elected President of the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club Joy Arnell has challenged club members to bring the government sponsored club to President Distinguished status while reaping the program’s benefits. That means

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

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Prime Minister wants responsible transition for Post Office

Prime Minister wants responsible transition for Post Office

St. Maarten – Securing the employment of the staff at the Post Office and ensuring that service will continue to be available are key points that Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will raise at an August 23rd meeting of the shareholders in New

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

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Youth Health Care coordinating first pregnancy market

St. Maarten – Preparations are well underway for the first Pregnancy Market organized by Youth Health Care (YHC). The event is being held under the auspices of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) in collaboration with the Community Helpdesks under

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

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Court acquits teenager of committing armed robbery

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance acquitted Jimey Everton B., 19, of taking part in an armed robbery on the Rhine Road in Maho on March 5 whereby two American tourists were robbed of their rental car. At last week’s trial it appeared alread

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

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Five-year demand for minor role in kidnapping

St. Maarten – James Halston H., 33, probably regrets the day he accepted a free stay at an apartment belonging to supermarket-owner Roberto Francisco G. in September of last year. When G. announced in December that he was going to kidnap someone an

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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2011

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Hillside expansion to be completed in May

St. Maarten - The expansion project for the Hillside Christian schools should be completed by May next year. The new school will have 16 new classrooms, a gym and place for early childhood education. School Director Asha Stevens says the expansion o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2011

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Education minister stresses cooperating on improvements in new school year

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell stressed the government’s continued focus on doing its part to improve education on Monday as the 2011/2012 school year began. All but one government managed or gov

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 16, 2011

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Duncan wants solicitor-general

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan wants St. Maarten to have its own solicitor general at his office in St. Maarten, Duncan said last week. The Minister revealed that there are plenty of situations screaming for a solution, almost a year

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