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

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Roughly 700 get intermittent service today during cutover

St. Maarten - TelEm Group will be carrying out an important cutover of subscriber lines in the Philipsburg area between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. today. The work will cause temporary interruptions to fixed landline, data and internet services.

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

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“No more shortage of prison cells by October of next year”

Duncan-lecture at courthouse St. Maarten – “By October of next year I hope we will not have to talk about a shortage of prison cells anymore,” Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday afternoon in a lecture at the courthouse on the occa

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

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Civil Registry unable to issue drivers licenses and process passport applications

Identification Cards available again St. Maarten – The Civil Registry Department announced Tuesday that it can once again issue Identification Cards (ID). Applicants can visit the office during regular office hours. People still won’t be able

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

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Carty and Rombley appointed to run Milton Peters and Sundial

St. Maarten – The Board of the Foundation of Secondary has decided to appoint Vital Carty as Acting General Director of Milton Peters College and Sundial School to replace John Wolff. Alvin Rombley, who is the former head of the PKL/PBL section, ha

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

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Antilliaans Dagblad reveals new link between Schotte and Baetsen

WILLEMSTAD – The plot thickens in Curacao, after a memo from the security service was leaked to the media. The Antilliaans Dagblad reported an interesting detail that suggests links between Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and the Atlantis World Group

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

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Foundation presents constitution booklets to schools

St. Maarten – Members of the Lynch family spent last week distributing copies of “The Constitution of St. Maarten made simple” last week as part of the commemoration of one year of country status. The presentations to subsidized and non-subsidi

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

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Postal Services to compete on Ezone and Moneygram services

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has confirmed that Postal Services St. Maarten (P.S.S.) will seek to do E-Zone and Moneygram services, making it a competitor with New Post Netherlands Antilles. The latter company, which used to m

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

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Maho Group and Tourism Bureau secure new year round charter from Italy

St. Maarten – Sonesta Resorts St Maarten has finalized a new charter partnership with Italian tour operator Eden Viaggi for a year round direct flight from Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Princess Juliana International Airport. The partnership

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

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D66-leader Alexander Pechtold: “Interest Dutch politicians in St. Maarten is zero”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “The interest in St. Maarten from Dutch politicians is zero,” former Kingdom Relations Minister and current D66-leader Alexander Pechtold told The Today Newspaper during a dinner party at the Sheer restaurant on

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: Oversized ego

St. Maarten has a shortage of prison cells, and we apparently don’t have money to buy beds for the immigration detention center in Simpson Bay. Is there an app for that? Yep, it’s all about efficient distribution and that is not always the case i

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: The cesspit called Curacao

The cesspit called Curacao stinks so bad, people smell it in St. Maarten. Assuming that the leaked memo from the security service in Willemstad is genuine, the Schotte-government starts looking more what Dutch politicians like to call damaged goods.

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Opinion: Backbenchers

The chair of the Dutch Second Chamber does not have a political function, unlike St. Maarten’s chair who is simply a member of a political faction in parliament. When we spoke to the amicable Gerdi Verbeet yesterday morning she said at a certain m

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Letter: The Daily Herald: Hypocrisy?

Dear Editor, I wrote an article for our papers to urge people to go to The Alley to attend the book launch of a local writer: Lydia Henderson. You may like her or not, she is a local celebrity, who writes a book. The Daily Herald did not publish m

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

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USM Spring 2012 application deadline approaches

St. Maarten - People applying to the University of St. Martin for the spring semester have until November 8 to submit their application. Applications received after this deadline, will be subject to a late fee. All applicants must submit the comple

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

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Dutch faction leaders press Curacao colleagues on Rosenmöller’s report

WILLEMSTAD – Dutch faction leaders have encouraged Curacao’s parliament to carry out an investigation in corruption allegations in the Schotte-cabinet. They based their request on the findings of a report by a committee chaired by Paul Rosenmöll

Editorial - Posted by on October 19, 2011

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Editorial: St. Maarten continues to exist on a wing and a prayer

Country St. Maarten continues to exist on a wing and a prayer when one considers how things are developing. Somehow we are also starting to get the feeling that the government is right about needing to construct a foundation during its governing term

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

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St. Maarten Government approves 432.5 million guilder budget for 2012

St. Maarten – The draft budget for 2012, which was approved by the Council of Ministers on Monday, is balanced and tops out at 432, 549, 600 guilders. This is 11, 633, 003 guilders higher than the 2011 budget. Approval in cabinet means Finance Mi