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Editorial - Posted by on September 13, 2011

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Editorial: Awaiting the State of St. Maarten Nation address

One can almost think that today’s State of the Nation Address by Governor drs Eugene Holiday will be the government’s reply to days and weeks of mounting concern over the state of the country’s economy and the its handling of governance. A true

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First State of the St. Maarten Nation to last roughly 30 minutes

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Governor drs Eugene Holiday is expected to take just about 30 minutes to deliver his first State of the Nation Address. The speech, which will be delivered during the ceremonial opening of the 2011/2012 parliamentary year,

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Murder rate

The Trinidadian writer V S Naipaul wrote of the Caribbean that, “we are a danger only to ourselves”. He was right. We possess no mighty armies to sway the world our way, nor wield powerful economies that shape the destiny of human affairs. But we

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: Raffle to create funds for a foreign politician

Dear Editor, It really appears that most everything is possible on this island St. Maarten. When passing a local business on the Long Wall road my eye caught a beautiful sign with a vehicle parked at the back of the sign. This sign is advertising

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

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Opinion: Prinsjesdag

Next week Tuesday it’s that time of the year again in the Netherlands. It’s the third Tuesday in September, the opening of the parliamentary year and the moment when the finance minister offers the budget for the New Year to the Parliament. Even

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Opinion: Tantra nightclub wants bartenders from New York

So how many local St. Maarteners are fit to work as a bartender in Tantra, the self-described hip nightclub in Maho? Take any number between zero and ten, but keep in mind that if you pick a number between one and nine, your answer is wrong. The corr

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St. Maarten Economy, electricity prices and crime remain prevailing concerns

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The state of the economy, electricity prices, crime and condolences were among the prevailing themes at Monday’s close to the 2010 – 2011 parliamentary year. There was also a warm welcome for 1st Vice President Petrus L

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Frans Richardson confirms he is going independent

Frans Richardson confirms he is going independent

MP leaves National Alliance after eight years GREAT BAY, St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Frans Richardson announced yesterday that he relinquishes his position as deputy leader of the National Alliance to become an independent Member of Parlia

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Serial killers in court tomorrow afternoon

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The two suspects in the killings of Ludovic Guillevin, Eduardo Nova Valdez and Foidel Luis will stand trial starting tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock. The two men, Curtley Allison R., 31, and Sherwan R., 20, are also sus

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St. Maarten hosts regional workshop

St. Maarten hosts regional workshop

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Eighteen people took part in the GIS and Remote Sensing for Infrastructure Management and Disaster Risk Reduction R3I Regional Risk Reduction Initiative project workshop that was held at the Fire & Ambulance Building in C

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Arrindell cautions Duncan over stiffer penalties

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arindell has cautioned Justice Minister Roland Duncan against moving forward with proposals to have stiffer penalties for crimes against tourists. The caution was delivered during Monday’s

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Bagina maintains claim on service charge for workers

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Rui Bagina disagrees with civil law attorney Wim van Sambeek about the entitlement of workers in the hospitality to the service charge companies add to their restaurant and hotel bills. Van Sambeek called the claim “legal

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Factions call for strengthening and cooperation in new year

Factions call for strengthening and cooperation in new year

“We are in a race against time to stabilize our country” GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – There is wall to wall agreement in Parliament that the institution did not get off to the best start and that there is yet more work to be done before its se

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Ministry error leads to non-payment of teachers wages

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Teachers who began working for the Government of St. Maarten in the 2011 – 2012 school year will have to wait until the end of September to get paid. According to the President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU

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National Alliance calls two ministers to parliament

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Parliament is to begin a Central Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday on request of the National Alliance faction. The letter requesting the meeting is dated August 30 and signed by faction leader William Marlin, Geo