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St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on October 14, 2011

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Mark Rutte: royal visit will go through

THE HAGUE – The royal visit to the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba will go through, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said yesterday. “She is the queen, also of Curacao. If there is political tension there, we’ll have to work with that. She has a

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World Food Day program at University on Sunday

St. Maarten – World Food 2011 will be commemorated on Sunday with a program at the University of St. Martin. This event under the theme “Food Prices from Crisis to Stability” is organized by the Elwaldo Richardson Agricultural Memorial Foundat

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Teen Times speaks to Rotary Club St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Teen Times coordinator Mike Granger and a young staff writer, Luis Hurtault, were the guests of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten’s board in recognition of Rotary’s fifth avenue of service “New Generations”. New Generations joins C

Opinion - Posted by on October 14, 2011

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Opinion: Not over yet

Justice Bob Wit, the honorable president of our Constitutional Court, had some good news yesterday: the doors are far from closed on the discussion about the constitutionality of the ordinance on the prosecution of politicians that the last Island Co

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Row with Soab frustrated debt relief program

St. Maarten – A row between drs. M.J. Hooi, the in the meantime fired audit manager of the government accountant bureau Soab, and former head of the finance department Bas Roorda had disastrous consequences for St. Maarten’s debt relief program.

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Real estate association joins forces with SHTA

St. Maarten - The Real Estate Association of St. Maarten RAM and St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade association SHTA have confirmed a partnership agreement which will allow for a supportive working relationship on areas of common interest. Both entiti

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Audit Chamber still waiting for 2010 financial reports

St. Maarten – The government still has not submitted its financial report for 2010 to the government accountant bureau Soab, General Audit Chamber Chairman Roland Tuitt said yesterday in answer to questions from this newspaper about the chambers cu

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US Airways cancels code-sharing agreement with Insel Air

WILLEMSTAD – The United States Federal Aviation Administration issued a negative advice about the code-sharing agreement between US Airways and Insel Air. As a result, US Airways has stepped away from the agreement. The FAA gave Curacao 90 days t

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Blackman severely criticizes Finance Minister Shigemoto

“Roorda-accusations heavily exaggerated” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The accusations the government has leveled against the former Head of the Finance Department Bas Roorda are “unfounded, heavily exaggerated, and taken out of context.

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Justice Wit: Ordinance prosecution politicians still open for challenges

St. Maarten – The last word has not been said about the controversial ordinance on the prosecution of politicians, Justice Bob Wit, the President of St. Maarten’s Constitutional Court, said at a press conference yesterday afternoon. “It can sti

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Blackberry service back to normal

St. Maarten – Research In Motion sent out a formal notification yesterday afternoon stating that all technical issues related to the Blackberry outage in the Caribbean had been resolved. “Services are now one hundred percent restored and a Blackb

Opinion - Posted by on October 14, 2011

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Opinion: Lydia and Marieke

Not every day a St. Maartener launches a book. So when I read that Lydia Henderson was going to sign her biography in The Alley I decided to go there and buy her book. That is what I want everybody to do at the end of next year when I will sign my ow

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Motiance dance school starts new musical theater classes

St. Maarten – The Motiance Dance School Foundation starts a new class of musical theater with DJ Jansen and Joost de Jong as instructors and mentors this Saturday. The class starts at four thirty in the afternoon every Saturday and lasts two hours.

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St. Maarten economy contracted 1.6 percent in 2010

St. Maarten – The St. Maarten economy contracted by 1.6 percent in 2010, according to preliminary findings by the department of statistics Stat. In 2009, the economy also shrank, by 0.9 percent. The department bases its findings on the partial eco

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Schippers: abortion still prohibited in BES-islands

THE HAGUE – Public Health Minister Edith Schippers stated in a press release issued yesterday that abortion is still prohibited in Bonaire, Saba and Statia, and that the abortion legislation that went into effect on October 10 of last year hardly c

Editorial - Posted by on October 14, 2011

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Editorial: Breaking the law

The statement former Finance Commissioner Xavier Blackman produced at the request of attorneys for the fired head of the finance department Bas Roorda sheds a discouraging light on the character and the actions of our current Finance Minister Hiro Sh

Opinion - Posted by on October 14, 2011

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Opinion: Meet and greet

Lol, sometimes opportunity knocks so loud, it is hard to believe it is really there. We’ll be honest here: we missed it, but an attentive reader brought the following to our attention. Not only that, he also sent his information to the Dutch TV-pro