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St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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Schotte: Dollarization remains a political decision

WILLEMSTAD — Curacao’s Prime Minister has said that dollarization remains a political decision that Curacao and St. Maarten must take even though the International Monetary Fund has advised against it. Saying that the IMF is against dollarization

St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 20, 2011

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SBO students to work on new school

SBO students to work on new school

Stakeholders in the construction of a primary school in Belvedere turn soil in order to officially break ground on the project, which will provide work experience for 10 students in the Secondary Vocational Education (SBO) Program. Standing left

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

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Travel company’s proposal restarts cruise conversion discussions

St. Maarten – A proposal from S.E.L. Maduro and Sons Ltd has brought the country’s tourism partners back to the table to look at converting cruise passengers into stay over tourists. Stakeholders who attended the recent meeting are, amongst other

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

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Shigemoto: “It is not correct that State Secretary Frans Weekers blames St. Maarten”

Shigemoto: “It is not correct that State Secretary Frans Weekers blames St. Maarten”

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has said Dutch State Secretary of Finance Frans Weekers should look at how the Netherlands can reduce the tax burden on the people of St. Eustatius and Saba, without blaming St. Maarten. He also believe

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

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Arrindell offers condolences to Pantophlet family

Arrindell offers condolences to Pantophlet family

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has expressed her sympathy to the Pantophlet family on the passing of Member of Parliament (MP) George Pantophlet’s father. “On behalf of the Parliament of St. Maarten, I would like

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

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Local St. Maarten charter companies upgrade crew with STCW'95

Local St. Maarten charter companies upgrade crew with STCW’95

Lead Instructor Marco London (on the right with white T-shirt) with recent graduates of the STCW'95 course. (Photo contributed) St. Maarten - Crew from Eagle Tours, Aquamania, Captain Morgan charters and several other crews from the island and a

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

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St. Maarten Social Services and Labor reopens today

St. Maarten – The offices of Social Services and Labor located on the Pondfill next to Carl & Sons, will reopen today. The departments fall under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour. The offices won’t be 100 per ce

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

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St. Maarten Ministers and Commissioners make inter-regional travel top advocacy point

“The risk is less than the net economic benefits” St. Maarten – Regional Tourism Ministers and Commissioners have decided to push advocacy on inter-regional travel to the top of their agenda for the coming 12 months. Their efforts will be ba

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

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IMF encourages slashing “relatively high wages”

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto flew to Curacao on Sunday to meet with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS) and the private s

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

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St. Maarten Beaches more user friendly after clean up

St. Maarten Beaches more user friendly after clean up

Director of the St. Maarten Archaeological Center Dr. Jay Haviser lifts a bag onto a scale so that its contents can be weighed after its contents were itemized. (Milton Pieters photo)  St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - Fewer volunteers

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2011

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Opinion: Rewriting history

The Golden Carriage, a nineteenth century vehicle the Queen uses every year for her traditional trip to the Staten-General on the third Tuesday in September, is at the center of a mini-controversy initiated by Socialist Party MP Harry van Bommel and

Opinion - Posted by on September 19, 2011

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Opinion: Exercise for Dummies

Dutch psychiatrist Bram Bakker wrote a book entitled Bewegen voor Beginners (literally translated: Exercise for Dummies) that ought to be mandatory reading in St. Maarten for everyone who is suffering from overweight, depression or high cholesterol a

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

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Reid’s specter hangs over foundation launch

St. Maarten – President of the Voice of our Children Foundation Charmaine Olivaccee paid tribute to the 13-year-old Tiffany Reid at the foundation’s official launch at the Philipsburg Jubilee on Saturday. The teen will be laid to rest today, 11 d

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

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Air France-KLM splits deal between rivals

THE NETHERLANDS - Air France-KLM has split a new eight-billion order for 50 new aircraft between Boeing and Airbus. The move is part of a plan to renew the fleet of Europe’s largest airline and the order could rise to 110 of the next-generation air

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

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UTS’ Board green lights investment in data center

WILLEMSTAD – The Supervisory Board of UTS has given the green light for a partnership with Caribbean Technology Exchange (CTEX). The latter company wants to set up a data center in Curacao and had asked UTS to invest $5 million. The board has now g

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

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Dramatic decreases in Dutch financing from 2013

THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch government expects to stop providing finances for implementing the Plans of Approach for the Police and Prisons in Curacao and St. Maarten at the end of 2012. They also expect to end all cooperation programs in education

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

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Central Bank increases reserve requirement

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - The Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten has raised the percentage of it’s the minimum reserve requirement from 7.75 percent to 9.75 percent. The regulation took effect Friday and is aimed at the commercial banks, who mus

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

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Canadian General Walt Natynczyk used VIP aircraft to fly to St. Maarten

Trip to catch up with vacationing family cost almost $100,000 St. Maarten – The Canadian Chief of Defense Staff General Walt Natynczyk has spent more than $1 million since 2008 flying on government VIP aircraft as an expensive alternative to re

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

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Telecommunications Bureau contributes to MPC upgrade

St. Maarten - Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten donated two HP servers, a Linksys 4 Bay gig network storage system and a large server rack to the IT department of the Milton Peter College in St. Maarten recently. The data storage system

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

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Harbor Group CEO supports stiffer penalties

St. Maarten – Chief Executive Officer of the St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies Mark Mingo has expressed support for plans by Justice Minister Roland Duncan to implement stiffer penalties for crimes against tourists. He also wants more regulati

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

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Dutch government: No more dual citizenship

THE NETHERLANDS– People who apply for naturalization will soon have to give up their original nationality. The requirement is part of an amendment to the law on Dutch citizenship that was approved by the Kingdom Council of Ministers on Friday. The

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

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British Airways CEO Keith Williams

“Customer at the heart of everything we do” St. Maarten – “We are determined to put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Everyone in the tourism industry should work on this,” British airways CEO Keith Williams said in his keyn

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Opinion: The 80-20 rule

Helmin Wiels finally got his way and now we’ll have to wait and see how damaging this is for Curacao’s economy. The introduction of the so-called 80-20 law obliges companies to hire at least 80 percent locals for their staff. That this law vio

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Opinion: Report card for contractors

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about the report card the Vromi-ministry has in mind for the contractors that build and maintain our roads. The impression has been created that the contractors are delivering a lousy job and that the government int

Opinion - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Opinion: Devon Otto

What to do with Devon Otto? The man who killed Civil Registry employee Stanley Gumbs in a case of mistaken identity in 2008 and who is currently serving thirty years for the murder, added two more crimes to his record this week by shooting two inmate

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Cricketers fight for national spot this weekend

St. Maarten - A Colin Hamer 11 will take on a Romain Doodnauth 11 beginning today for a spot on the national selection that will participate in the Nagico 2011 One Day tournament. The Nagico sponsored tournament begins in eight days. The two selec

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2011

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Preparing for a grand economic storm

News that the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten has increased the reserve requirement for commercial banks should grab every one’s attention. Economists will no doubt have intellectual debates about what it means for the continued economic re

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

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Arrindell stresses the importance of democracy

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell issued a statement Wednesday both celebrating democracy in St. Maarten and calling for strengthening of the democratic institutions. Both statements were part of a statement issued to coin

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

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New Post Netherlands Antilles Transfer protocol takes Wescot-Williams by surprise

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s Shareholder Representative in New Post Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was shocked on Thursday that the company has signed a transfer protocol with the St. Maarten Communication Workers Union (S

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

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St. Maarten’s Day planning underway

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has called for organizations planning events for St. Maarten Day to contact the Culture Department so their event can be added to the calendar of events. An organizin

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

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister to travel frequently in coming weeks

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal are to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting will run fr

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

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Book Fair Committee donates books to Vocational School students

St. Maarten – “Your future is yours to own,” said Connier Thelwell of the St. Martin Book Fair Committee (BFC) to students at the St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS) on Thursday. Thelwell and author Lasana M. Sekou were at the school

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

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Telem Group’s restructuring may not start until 2012

St. Maarten – The placement of staffers in the new corporate structure at the Telem Group will not happen before the end of October, when ongoing projects are rounded off. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the company’s employees were info

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

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Sadness and anger mix at Tiffany Reid’s memorial

St. Maarten – A small but empathetic group of people held a candle light march for Tiffany Reid on Thursday evening. The teen died on September 2, 2011 and her father R.R. remains in custody as the prime suspect in her murder. Thursday’s march

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

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Francis Hodge claims ownership of his great-grandmother’s land

Cadastre unable to find evidence that supports request St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar –Francis Hodge has spent countless hours stretching back over more than twenty years, to obtain title to a piece of land in Cul-de-Sac his great-grandmother Ra

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