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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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St. Maarten advocacy group to present draft ordinance on Wednesday

St. Maarten – Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten will present Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams with a draft ordinance on the protection of dolphins on Wednesday. The presentation will be done at the Government Administration Building. The crafting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Appointment of school managers still not finalized

St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot says the process to appoint school managers to various schools public primary schools is still not done as yet. The school year began on August 15 and people who were called

Editorial - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Editorial: Continued teething problems

With a year of country status behind us there continues to be evidence of teething problems and it is likely that there will continue to be issues as the country braces for the terrible twos. Yes, that’s the analogy today. Because if we compare our

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Letter: Cash for guns does not and will not work!

Dear Editor, Is this MP James for real? Cash-For-Guns has never worked anywhere it was tried. It has only served to disarm a few good citizens that had unregistered guns in Australia, Washington D.C., Chicago, New York City and other cities and co

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Letter: Cost of living increase for pensioners and AVBZ insurance refund

Dear Editor, It is nice to hear that the prime minister wants to enact laws that will benefit the elderly, but what is hampering the prime minister from doing something tangible like giving the ok so that the pensioners of the St. Maarten Governme

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Opinion: A subdued celebration

Minister Franklin Meyers put his finger on it when he compared the atmosphere during the parliament meeting for the celebration of country St. Maarten’s first anniversary to a funeral. The remark came after independent MP Frans Richardson and Nati

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Opinion: Budget cuts

Brigitte van der Burg, a member of the VVD-faction in the Dutch Parliament has a bright idea: everybody has to make economies to keep the Dutch budget on track, so why would the budget for the Queen be left out? Van der Burg will ask Prime Minister

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Opinion: Doing nothing

The Kingdom Council of Ministers did not take a decision about the Rosenmöller report last week Friday and that tells the powers that be in Curacao all they need to know. The Netherlands has no intention to intervene in Willemstad, simply because th

Opinion - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Opinion: Greek medicine

A crisis in the economy is not just about money; it touches all aspects of life. A research that was published in the British medical journal The Lancet on Monday describes how the crisis in Greece has affected not only the healthcare system but also

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament approves handling 21 laws left over by the Antilles

St. Maarten – Parliament unanimously approved an October 6 proposal by Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams to pick up the handling of 21 laws left behind by the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles. The decision w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Subdued atmosphere at first anniversary of country St. Maarten

Minister Meyers: “It is like a funeral in here” St. Maarten – The parliament marked the first anniversary of country St. Maarten yesterday with a special meeting, but the atmosphere was far from celebratory. “What a difference a year makes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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SZV calls pensioners in to collect

St. Maarten – The 127 pensioners who typically collect their pensions at the post office in Philipsburg will be able to collect their pension at the main of the Social and Health Insurance (SZV) from today. People will be able to collect their mone

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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District Governor lauds the work of the Lions Club

St. Maarten – Lions District Governor Lloyd Barker has told the Lions Club of St. Maarten and the Leo Club of St. Maarten he is “very impressed” with the work they’ve been doing in the local community. He’s also commended the fact that they

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Fatum Insurances and Orco Bank co-sponsor pension seminar

St. Maarten - Orco and Fatum, two prominent financial institutions on the island, will be hosting a pension seminar on Friday October 21 at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino. It will mark the first joint venture between the two companies.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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GEBE to absorb higher fuel costs in October

St. Maarten - GEBE is in the process of reviewing the fuel clause in the electricity bills that customers will receive at the end of October. This action is related to the fact that GEBE had to operate with higher than usual amounts of LFO light fuel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Governor to open Friday’s symposium

St. Maarten – Preparations are progressing on schedule for the upcoming symposium to be held under the theme “Checks and Balances in a Democracy and the Role of High Councils of State.” The symposium will be hosted at the Westin Dawn Beach Hote

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Over one thousand sign petition to protect the Great Salt Pond

St. Maarten - The Petition to Protect the Great Salt Pond has topped over 1,000 signatures, said author and poet Lasana M. Sekou. “The idea of keeping the petition open is for more people, from both parts of our island, to have an opportunity to si

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 11, 2011

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Teachers’ union wants to resume monthly meetings

St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Claire Elshot says she’s been waiting since before the summer vacation to pick up meetings with Minister of Education Dr. Rhoda Arrindell. The union and the minister typically meet once