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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Various activities planned for St. Maarten Constitution Day

GREAT BAY – October 10, 2011 will mark the first anniversary of the attainment of St. Maarten’s new constitutional status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Every journey begins with a first step. It is also the first anniversary of the prese

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Parliament meets Monday to observe first anniversary of country status

St. Maarten – An extra ordinary plenary session of parliament will take place on Monday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament, to mark the first year of country status. This meeting has been convened a

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Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard strengthens ties with French maritime authorities

WILLEMSTAD – Officers of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard met French maritime officials at Coast Guard Headquarters in Curacao this week to strengthen their collaboration. The two forces already work together intensively on maritime law enforcement

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Piet Donner’s instruction letter withdrawn

WILLEMSTAD – The Kingdom Council of Ministers has decided it will not send a letter drafted by Minister Piet Hein Donner that would have Governor Frits Goedgedrag intervene in the administration of Curacao. The goal of the intervention would be to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Bond payment to be made Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten will make payment on St. Maarten’s 26 million guilder bond issue on October 12. The effective yield on the bond is 1.43 percent. The Central Bank confirmed the final allocation in a state

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Polanen and Wit speak at October 14th Symposium

St. Maarten – The two key speakers for the High Councils of State (HCOS) symposium for October 14 is Dr. Samuel Polanen and Justice Bob Wit. The symposium is held under the theme “Checks and Balances in a Democracy and the Role of High Councils o

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Dutch show increased interest in Heineken Regatta

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 is attracting a significant increase in participants from the Netherlands. Yearly promotion of the Regatta in the Netherlands begins when the last boats cross the finish line. ATP Event Experts an

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Gasoline and diesel prices drop today

St. Maarten – Gasoline prices will drop 17 guilder cents today and diesel will fall seven cents. The current price for gasoline is 2.42 guilders per liter and the current price of diesel is 2.12 guilders. As of Sunday the new prices will be 2.25 gu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Discussions on postal service transfer continues

GREAT BAY – Managing Director of New Post Netherlands Antilles Franklin Sluis and Hensley Plantijn who is the legal advisor to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will met at around 10:00 a.m. Saturday to continue talks on an arrangement for New P

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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CTO conference generated $1 million in publicity

MARIGOT – The Tourist Bureau in Marigot considers the CTO State of the Industry conference that was held in September a success, despite a negative article in the online newsletter Travel Weekly that heavily criticized the treatment international j

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Opinion: Under the bus (definition of a St. Maartener)

For some the subject is becoming a bit long in the teeth, but there are also plenty of people who will never give up on the subject: the definition of a St. Maartener. While this ought to be relatively simple to do, politicians treat the issue like a

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Opinion: State secrets

Minutes from Kingdom Council of Ministers meetings are state secrets. Making them public is punishable by law. This seems to be of no concern to certain players in the controversy between the government of Curacao and the Dutch government, because a

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Letter: Economic Democracy

Dear Editor, These are indeed exciting times in which we live. So many countries in the world are in economic and environmental crises, and one wonders where all the money is if all the countries are in such massive debt? Some experts are predicting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Animals are friends: Everyone ages

Everyone ages. It’s just a fact of life. But sadly when it comes to dogs, all too often a senior dog is simply thrown away; abandoned by their guardians at the time when they need them the most.Why you ask? Because they are in the way. In this th

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Vandals take things to next level at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex

St. Maarten - ‘Sabotage’ is the only word that Owen Nickey, the caretaker of the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, can use to describe the fact that someone(s) smashed the facility’s gate and drove a heavy duty vehicle on the field twice. The actio

Editorial - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Editorial: A need for sense

Curacao seems to have dodged a bullet for now seeing that the Letter of Instruction drawn up by Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner has been withdrawn. We don’t naively believe though this situation is going to go