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

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Former commissioner pleads for social welfare recipient

St. Maarten – Former Commissioner of Economic Affairs Julian Rollocks has called on government to do more for people on social aid. He’s especially concerned that some of them have had to deal with 50 percent cuts in their social welfare. Rollo

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

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Dutch faction leaders surprised at situation in public entities

ORANJESTAD – Commissioner of Economic Affairs Clyde van Putten says he saw surprise on the face of the Dutch Second Chamber faction leaders that visited the island on Sunday and Monday. Six of the 10 faction leaders have made the trip and been conf

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

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Consumer protection debate turns into supermarkets-attack

St. Maarten – The Central Committee meeting about consumer protection and price control turned into a public attack on the business practices of supermarkets yesterday morning. National Alliance leader William Marlin said that consumers are often d

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

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Sundial School announces work experience program

St. Maarten - The Sundial School’s annual Work Experience Program (W.E.P.) for its 4th Form Health and Wellness and Hospitality students begins on Monday November 7 and finishes on Friday December 16. Before the students embark upon their W.E.

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister and MPs continue discussion on Post Office today

St. Maarten – Prime Minister and Minister for General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams will return to parliament at 2:00 p.m. today. She will continue discussions with Members of Parliament on the developments surrounding the taking over of postal ser

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

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Thieves break into St. Maarten’s Police Chief home

St. Maarten – Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte’s home in Oyster Pond was broken into sometime during the day Monday. He discovered the break-in when he returned home at 6:00 p.m. after leaving the house for work at around 7:00 a.m. No

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

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Schotte and El Hakim have “dubious ties” in St. Maarten

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – A revelation that Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and the Minister of Economic Affairs Abdul Nasser El Hakim have ties with “dubious characters” in St. Maarten forms part of a confidential memo drawn up by the S

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

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Locals and diaspora unite against new St. Maarten anthem

St. Maarten – A Facebook page – Make the St. Maarten Song the national anthem of St. Maarten - and a petition site have been launched to protest a competition announced by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell to com

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

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Inaction at Finance Ministry cost 80 million in debt relief payments

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Inaction at Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s Ministry has cost St. Maarten approximately 80 million guilders ($44.7 million) in debt relief payments. The fired head of the finance department, Bas Roorda, explained

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Opinion: Unpaid advice about a new national anthem.

Whenever I am present at whatever celebration where people sing the national anthem, strange things are happening. The majority does not sing at all. Others sing a few lines and the chorus and others act like “humming” birds. They move their lips

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Opinion: Tough cookie

True, we’re not quickly impressed, but the performance of Fauja Singh blew us straight out of our socks. Singh was born in India, like, one hundred years ago. The past weekend he took part in the marathon of Toronto. For the uninitiated: that’s a

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Opinion: Payback

The consumer protection organization Consumentenbond in the Netherlands wants the government to introduce legislation that obliges telecom providers to compensate their customers in case of lengthy service interruptions. Last week’s Blackberry blac

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Opinion: Another blow to an impeccable career

Finance Minister Shigemoto has claimed that he has a clean record and that the allegations at his address from former Finance Commissioner Xavier Blackman are without merit. But the impeccable career of the Finance Minister gets another blow today w

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Letter: Shame on you Lambert!

Dear Editor, It is disgraceful that the chairman of GEBE’s Board would act in such a manner which is evidently fueled by his obsession with and envy of Mr. Brooks. It seems that he would go to any lengths to continue this personal vendetta he s

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Letter: Chase and destroy?

Dear Editor, Please allow me a few words in your well-read daily paper. On Friday I read on the front page of another daily newspaper that Mr. William Brooks was appointed as the new CEO of St. Kitts Electricity Corporation SKElec. I was glad to

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

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BBW joins Fun Miles family

St. Maarten – BBW concrete, which supplies ready mixed concrete and other aggregates, became the 13th member of the Fun Miles family in St. Maarten on Monday. Fun Miles is the Caribbean’s largest free saving and redemption program. Cardholders wi

Editorial - Posted by on October 18, 2011

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Editorial: Really too far (criminality)

Is anyone really safe anymore in St. Maarten, when thieves can break into the home of the Chief Commissioner of Police? That is a justified question today as we examine what is obviously a direct attack on the country’s justice system, because this

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

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Conway appointed Honorary Consul in St. Kitts

BASSETTERRE – Former Guyana Defence Force Senior Non-Commission Officer Stanford Conway has been appointed Honorary Consul to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was notified of the appointment after his arrival in Guyana for a conference. C