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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Animals are friends: Everyone ages

Everyone ages. It’s just a fact of life. But sadly when it comes to dogs, all too often a senior dog is simply thrown away; abandoned by their guardians at the time when they need them the most.Why you ask? Because they are in the way. In this th

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Vandals take things to next level at Raoul Illidge Sports Complex

St. Maarten - ‘Sabotage’ is the only word that Owen Nickey, the caretaker of the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, can use to describe the fact that someone(s) smashed the facility’s gate and drove a heavy duty vehicle on the field twice. The actio

Editorial - Posted by on October 9, 2011

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Editorial: A need for sense

Curacao seems to have dodged a bullet for now seeing that the Letter of Instruction drawn up by Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner has been withdrawn. We don’t naively believe though this situation is going to go

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Youth Speech Competition this Sunday

GREAT BAY - JCI St. Maarten will have its annual Youth Speech Contest on Sunday at the PMIA Hall beginning at 4:00 p.m. This year’s topic is Be the change you want to see in the world. It was chosen as part of JCI International St. Maarten’s effo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Postal workers want clarity on their future

Prime Minister meets Sluis again today GREAT BAY/ By Donellis Browne – Post Office workers met Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Thursday after they walked off their jobs and went to the Government Administration Building “seeking answer

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Gibbs resigns from Sarkozy’s ruling party

MARIGOT – Founder and leader of the Union for Democracy Daniel Gibbs has resigned from the Union for a Popular Movement (UPM), which is led by the current French President Nicolas Sarkozy after six years of members. The resignation comes nearly a y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Factions split on reaction to Rosenmöller report

St. Maarten wants quick handling WILLEMSTAD – Factions in Curacao’s Parliament are split in their response to a call by Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to form a united front in opposing potential instructions from the Kingdom Council of Ministe

Opinion - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Opinion: Shooting the messenger

Pueblo Soberano has decided that shooting the messenger is more effective than focusing on the message as far as the Rosenmöller Committee report Do It Yourself is concerned. How, Pueblo Soberano is left wondering in Amigoe, can somebody who has f

Opinion - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Opinion: Illegals

The Freedom Party and the VVD want to make being illegal in the Netherlands a misdemeanor. Whether this will really happen is still an open question because the proposal needs support from other parties for a parliamentary majority. All the same, Im

Opinion - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Opinion: Heaven

It must be heaven to live on Bonaire. The local hotel association, Bonhata, has sounded the alarm over the alarming crime situation: in the past six weeks four cars were stolen, and in a time span of five weeks, one hotel became the target of no less

Uncategorized - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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New book on righteousness launches October 21

St. Maarten – Righteousness is the title of the latest book to be published by an author living in St. Maarten. Cecilia Xavier, who is originally from the Commonwealth of Dominica and will launch the book on October 21, 2011 at Carl’s Unique Inn

Editorial - Posted by on October 7, 2011

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Editorial: Labor source

A discussion in Aruba on firing excess civil servants has given us pause. Maybe it’s time to take a team there to see where the surpluses are who we can attract to make the move north to St. Maarten. Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman confirms he

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Norbert Hijmans sworn in as an attorney

St. Maarten – Norbert Hijmans attorney at law at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, was sworn in by the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius in St. Maarten on September 30. He moved to St. Maarten in Feb

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Boat and car parts collected from Pointe Blanche beach

Boat and car parts collected from Pointe Blanche beach

St. Maarten – Residents of Pointe Blanche spent three hours cleaning up their beach last Saturday as part of the Coastal Cleanup month organized by the St. Maarten Pride Foundation. Pointe Blanche resident and former Pride Foundation Vice Preside

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Wescot-Williams recognizes need to amend law on VKS secondment

St. Maarten – Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams is expecting debate in Parliament soon on a law that will allow her to officially make the Voluntary Korps available to colleague ministers. She has also predicted t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Trial cocaine smugglers postponed until month’s end

Trial cocaine smugglers postponed until month’s end

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial of three suspects in a cocaine-smuggling case until October 27. Victor G., 26, Pedro G., 37, and Roberto Bernard F., 54, are accused of an attempt to export 10.3 kilos of cocaine with

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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St. Maarten Prime Minister wants three month deferral of postal service transfer

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams is working to ensure that New Post Netherlands Antilles does not transfer the authority for operating the postal service to Postal Services St. Maarten (P.S.S.) before year’s end. This is based o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Pigheaded defendant back to jail

St. Maarten – Erwin Virgo Henson, 49, will have to go to jail for 6 weeks because he failed to do community service for a conviction he incurred for an undisclosed violation in October of last year. Henson was sentenced to a 3-month conditional pri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Prime Minister maintains screening was properly done

St. Maarten – The Government of St. Maarten has received two copies of the Rosenmöller report, which looks partially at the screening of ministers in Curacao and the relationship between the Schotte Cabinet and the Director of the Central Bank of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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NAAP Global Solutions selected to monitor carrier compliance

St. Maarten - NAAP Global Solutions, a leading global provider of asset management solutions for telecommunications carriers and utility companies, announced Wednesday that Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP) has selected its Network

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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St. Maarten Constitution Day to be marked on Monday

St. Maarten – Monday’s commemoration of the one year anniversary of St. Maarten’s acquisition of country status will focus on honoring the civil service and is themed Constitution Day. The commemoration includes a church service, a special meet

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Bureau Ombudsman continues to benefit from partnership

St. Maarten - The Head of the Bureau Ombudsman of Amsterdam Petra Visscher arrived on St Maarten on September 25th 2011 on a working visit as a continuation of the exchange program established between the Ombudsman of St. Maarten Dr. Nilda Arduin and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Sailor sentenced to 18 months for attempt at human smuggling

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced sailor Aliaza Anthony Brown, 28, to 18 months imprisonment for an attempt to smuggle four Brazilians from St. Maarten to Tortola on a sailing boat he was taking for a company from Antigua to Torto

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Agreement on 6-member board raises legal questions

Agreement on 6-member board raises legal questions

Curacao’s Renny Maduro appointed Central Bank Chairman St. Maarten – The Finance Ministers of St. Maarten (Hiro Shigemoto) and Curacao (George Jamaloodin) have agreed to appoint Renny Maduro as the Chairman of Supervisory Board of Directors

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Bleak future for injured young athletes

St. Maarten / By Milton Pieters - The mothers of Akeem Williams and Gregorio Ritchie are devastated about the condition of their stabbed boys and their boxing coach Shawn Blair is afraid that their injuries may hamper their careers in the ring. Willi

Opinion - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Opinion: Teachers

Maybe it’s just us, but when we saw that half-page ad on the government information page we thought for a split second that Education Minister Arrindell was congratulating people on World Cheaters Day. When we looked again, we realized that the con

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Opinion: Super inspections

Lol, we read with interest that the government is getting ready for an all out control that involves the department of Economic Affairs, Public Health authorities, the Labor Department and the Fire Department. We looked at the calendar to make sure,

Opinion - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Opinion: Incentives

People’s behavior is driven by incentives. At least that is the opinion of Steven D. Levitt, co author of Freakonomics and in his own words, a cold-blooded economist. If someone asked a hundred people to work sixty hours a week in a dirty factory

Opinion - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Letter: Nationalistic pride is what St. Maarten needs

Dear Editor, Nationalism is often associated with an unwavering national pride, with a love of country, of the nation and unquestionable loyalty. Strong feelings of patriotism, which would be more accurately termed strong feelings of allegiance, are

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Nevis make it to semis despite trouncing

CHARLESTOWN - Antigua and Barbuda continued their impressive run Wednesday in the 2011 NAGICO/Leeward Islands One Day Cricket Tournament with a 104 run win over Nevis at the Elquemedo Willet Park in Nevis. Winning the toss and batting first, Antigua

Editorial - Posted by on October 6, 2011

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Editorial: Putting things into gear

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams hit the nail right on the head on Wednesday morning by pointing out that we will have no idea how certain things work until we “put them into gear.” Almost a year into being a country that is exactly the hope

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 5, 2011

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French St. Martin pursues boaters at French tradeshow

MARIGOT – The Office du Tourisme de St. Martin, the sea trade association Metimer, the Anchorage Multicoques and Anyway Marine formed a joint delegation to the 39th edition of Grand Pavois in Port Les Minimes in La Rochelle from September 14 to 19.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2011

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Chambers of Commerce agree on joint organization

ORANJESTAD/GREAT BAY – Aruba, Curacao, St. Eustatius & Saba and St. Maarten have formed the Association of Dutch Caribbean Chambers of Commerce & Industry. The agreement on the joint organization was made at a meeting in Aruba on September 30. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2011

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Joint controls on businesses in last quarter

St. Maarten – Joint controls by multiple government agencies are planned for the last quarter of 2011. Controls will take place unexpected on a regular basis. The agencies involved in carrying out the inspections are the Control and Inspection Depa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 5, 2011

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High Councils of State organizing symposium

St. Maarten – The High Councils of State are planning a symposium for October 14 at the Westin Dawn Beach Hotel & Casino. The symposium’s theme is “Checks and Balances in a Democracy and the Role of High Councils of State.” The High Councils

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