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Uncategorized - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Restaurateur treats Sister Basilia clients and I Can residents to lunch

St. Maarten - Cindy Gooding and her staff at Cindy’s Roti Shop in Sucker Garden treated the clients and staff of the Sister Basilia Center and the children of the I Can Foundation to lunch on Thursday afternoon for a second straight year. Gooding a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Prince Bernard Culture Funds changes its name

Prince Bernard Culture Funds changes its name

WILLEMSTAD – The Prins Bernhard Culture Funds Netherlands Antilles and Aruba has been renamed Prince Bernhard Culture Funds Caribbean. The change was made a month ago with a change to the statutes. The name change reflects a decision by the board

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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TelEm Group publically launches 3G Voice and Data Service today

TelEm Group publically launches 3G Voice and Data Service today

St. Maarten – TelEm Group officially launches its new 3G-Plus Voice and Data service this evening, following a month of testing and fine-tuning. The official launch will take place at the Holland House Hotel in front of specially invited stakehol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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MPs accuse gas stations of thieving

St. Maarten – Parliamentarians Frans Richardson and Louie Laveist severely criticized the business practices of local gas stations that charge dollar-paying customers far below the exchange rate for the guilder. “All SOL gas stations are doing t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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St. Maarten Marine Trade Associations agree on cooperation

St. Maarten Marine Trade Associations agree on cooperation

St. Maarten - Board members of the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) and Metimer, the French side’s marine association, met recently to discuss how they could collectively work together to improve the marine industry on both sides of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Government examines GEBE's fuel clause

Government examines GEBE’s fuel clause

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Economic Affairs is looking at ways to reduce the pain electricity bills cause consumers by bringing the fuel clause down from 44.6 to 34.7 cents per kilowatt. Minister Meyers showed yesterday during a Central commit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Positive Foundation and Elektralyte Foundation hosts open house at St. Joseph

St. Maarten - The Positive Foundation and the Elektralyte Foundation are collaborating with the St. Joseph School in order to raise breast cancer awareness this weekend by having an open house on at the St. Joseph School on Front Street from 10:00 a.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Pariani represents St. Maarten in regional spelling bee

Pariani represents St. Maarten in regional spelling bee

St. Maarten - Keya Pariani amassed 95 points Saturday on her way to winning the first Haliborange Rotary/Rotaract Spelling Bee Competition. The event was held at the Belair Community and Fitness Center with a large crowd from the five schools that ad

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Man slips into coma after ill treatment in bus

St. Maarten – Police have arrested and detained R.S.P.C. for striking S.J.G.B. in the head with a hammer on Wednesday October 19. S.J.G.B’s mother J.B., who witnessed the incident filed the report because the victim has slipped into a coma in the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Meyers: 2000 new jobs in the next three years

St. Maarten – Two thousand new jobs, and an upgrade for all hotels and guesthouses within the next three years, plus two brand name hotels and 500 new hotel rooms in the next two years. These ambitions are part of a plan Economic Affairs and Touris

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Government-issued cash registers for all supermarkets

St. Maarten –The government plans to equip all 102 supermarkets in Dutch St. Maarten with a government-issued cash register that is hooked up to a central database. Economic Affairs Minister Franklin Meyers revealed the plan yesterday during a Cent

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Opinion: Maximum pressure

Sad but true: the Caribbean part of the Kingdom is only news in the Netherlands when the news is bad. This is why Dutch newspapers spend a lot of ink on Curacao, and hardly any on St. Maarten. As far as the Netherlands is concerned, St. Maarten is ir

Opinion - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Opinion: Robbers (The gas stations)

Two Members of Parliament, Frans Richardson and Louie Laveist opened a frontal attack on local gas stations that charge, one could argue, top dollar for their fuel. The beef the MPs have with these gas stations is that they count in the old Antillea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Appeals court finds Bobby Velasquez guilty of rape

Appeals court finds Bobby Velasquez guilty of rape

St. Maarten –The Common Court of Justice overruled the Court in First Instance yesterday and found businessman Bobby Velasquez guilty of raping a 16-year-old second cousin on March 7 of last year. The lower court acquitted the defendant on June 15.

Opinion - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Opinion: Courageous

The dust has finally settled on the rape charges against businessman Bobby Velasquez, but the outcome of the appeals court hearing was considered by some observers as surprising. Still, for the victim of this unsavory affair there is at least some fo

Editorial - Posted by on October 21, 2011

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Editorial: Moving the economy

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has offered parliament quite an ambitious vision for growing the economy. The broad goals are, put it mildly, lofty and will take a very serious focus to acc