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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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House of Restoration and Deliverance Ministries organizes revival and deliverance seminar

St. Maarten - House of Restoration and Deliverance Ministries International and Amsterdam based Pentecostal Ministry Mosterdzaad International will be hosting a two day revival campaign and a three day deliverance seminar and leadership training. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Arrindell speaks at Aruba anniversary celebrations

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell is one of a long list of speakers at celebration on Tuesday to mark the 25th Anniversary of Aruba’s Parliament. The ceremony, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Civil servants and training club get protocol training

St. Maarten – The National Organizing Committee (NOC) for the Royal visit, has organized a protocol training workshop led by Henrik de Groot for various government entities that handle Very Important Persons (VIPs) in the run-up to next month’s r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Library closed next Monday and Tuesday

St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed on October 31 and November 1 so staffers can attend a seminar. The actual seminar begins on October 30. Because of the closure the library extends the November 1 deadline for returning b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Telem Group does emergency repair on undersea cable

St. Maarten – An important upgrade to TelEm Group’s SMPR-1 undersea cable was carried out Monday night, causing interruptions to international voice, broadband data and internet services for a brief period. The upgrade began at 12:00 midnight and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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New Era Foundation organizes pre St. Maarten Day street fair

St. Maarten – The New Era Foundation and Best Marketing Bureau present their first annual pre St. Maarten Day street fair this Saturday on the Longwall Road between Vlaun and the Prince Bernhard Bridge. The day begins with a relay race at 6 a.m., w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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More out of school youth needed for adolescent survey

St. Maarten – The Emory University Research Team began their voluntary adolescent survey at seven participating secondary schools 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The survey is for youth between the ages of 13 to 19 and will also include focus group discu

Opinion - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Opinion: Inspections

The VSA Inspection of the Ministry of Public health released information about recent controls this weekend. What we liked about the release is that it contained the actual names of businesses that had been whether it is unsafe electrical wiring or

Opinion - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Opinion: Business as usual

We follow the rants of Harold Camping, a 90-year-old preacher from Oakland, California, with bewildered amusement. The man keeps predicting the end of the world, and every time the calendar turns to his day of judgment, those same worlds flips him th

Opinion - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Letter: Waste of tax payers money

Dear Editor, I wonder sometimes what are the priorities of the government of St. Maarten. Let us take the postal service affair as an example. This is a matter that should have been handle post haste. My humble opinion tells me that this matter sh

Opinion - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Opinion: More of this …

Dear Editor, Here we are, one year into being self governing (to some extent), while there are many people that claim that we are worse off I still prefer this status over the other status. My reason is that now everything that government does o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Weekend Karaoke Festival labeled huge success

St. Maarten – Organizers of the first Golden Stars Karaoke Festival was a “great success.” Over 425 people turned out for the event, which was held at Celebration Palace on October 22. Some of the feature performers were Anlucinda Mijdt, Richar

Editorial - Posted by on October 25, 2011

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Editorial: The information trail

Whatever one may think of the statement issued by the Foundation Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) on Monday one thing has become clear St. Maarten missed an opportunity to collect a huge amount of money in debt relief and somebody needs to accoun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Annual accounts handling scheduled for November

St. Maarten – The 2010 annual account of the former Island Territory is expected to be handled by the Council of Ministers after November 17. The General Audit Chamber has been informed about this. In a press release issued by the finance Ministry

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Inspection warns against unruly behavior on school buses

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The School Bus Inspection Section has received numerous complaints from bus drivers about the behavior of some school children. The section calls upon parents “to address this behavior before somebody gets hurt. A school bu

Editorial - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Editorial: Royal treatment (The Queen’s visit puts Govt in motion)

There is an interesting psychological phenomenon at work in St. Maarten, triggered by the visit of H.M. Queen Beatrix. At times there has been fierce criticism of those nosy Dutch (in the BES-islands they have even been labeled as arrogant) who come

Opinion - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Opinion: Finger printing

The St. Maarten Academy has found a way to check that its teachers show up on time for work: a fingerprint scanner. We read that teachers are not happy with it and that makes us wonder. As far as we know, a similar system is in use at the office of

Opinion - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Opinion: St. Maarten Traffic situation

Nothing gets people going better than a good old traffic jam. We have seen it in Dutch Quarter, where motorists routinely ignore the traffic light that is supposed to regulate the traffic past a point where there is only one lane available and we hav

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Nehesi releases second print Yvette’s cookbook

GREAT BAY - House of Nehesi Publishers re-released this weekend St. Martin’s best selling cookbook From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman. It is now in its secon

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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United Nation’s Day: PM: “Many challenges are facing humanity”

St. Maarten  (DCOMM) – Today is United Nation’s Day, the anniversary of the UN charter that went into effect in 1945. UN Day has been celebrated since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Christmas trees must be fumigated

St. Maarten  (DCOMM) – Wholesalers and retailers who plan to import Christmas trees must make sure that the trees have been treated, the inspection department of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication said in a

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to Rhoda and Romain

Rhoda wants a new anthem. Nobody knows why.  I think I know. Rhoda wants St. Maarten to be written as St. Martin. She prefers French colonialism to Dutch colonialism. So I take it that she has something against the Dutch. Father Kemps, the creator o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Getting in shape for the royal visit

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is making an effort to be on its best when H.M. Queen Beatrix arrives on November 3. Inmates of the Pointe Blanche prison have repainted the government building, the Prince Bernhard Bridge gets a facelift it has been screami

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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SOL wins regional safety award

CAY BAY - SOL St. Maarten has won the top award in the company’s regional safety program. The program called Goal Zero places specific emphasis on adhering to safety standards in all aspects of the company’s operations. The objective is to have z

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Almost 500 new Dutch citizens take the pledge of allegiance

DAWN BEACH – St. Maarten is almost five hundred Dutch citizens richer since Friday, when 446 people took the pledge of allegiance in front of Governor drs. Eugene Holiday at the Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach. The pledge of allegiance is the final step

French St. Martin News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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False paternity claims big usiness on French St. Martin

MARIGOT, St. Martin – False paternity statements are the order of the day in French St. Martin, the newspaper St. Martin’s Week reported on Friday. Men with the French nationality routinely provide women from countries like Jamaica and the Domini

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Fire Prevention Week kicks off

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Prevention Week 2011 begins today. Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters and the Fire Department Section Fire Prevention are organizing the event. This year’s theme is Protect your family against fire. The

Opinion - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Opinion: Pipe dreams (new hotels, new jobs)

Two brand name hotels with 500 new rooms. Oh, and 2000 new jobs in the next three years. It all sounds like something is happening or that something is about to happen, but the question is: does this make any sense? Sure, politicians are probably pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Rape-victim’s family outraged about defense arguments in Velasquez case

“Attorney meticulously fabricated extortion claim” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The family of the 16-year-old girl who was raped by businessman Bobby Velasquez on March of last year is outraged about certain statements attorneys mr. J.G.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 24, 2011

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Otto was involved in rivalry between two drug gangs

WILLEMSTAD – Devon Otto, the killer of census office employee Stanley Gumbs back in 2008, got himself involved in the rivalry between two drugs gangs in Curacao while he was detained in Willemstad. The two inmates he shot in September in the prison

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 23, 2011

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BVI Cavaliers faces Nagico United in T/20 goodwill series

St. Maarten - Keith Semple, a former West Indies player, will be wearing two caps as player/coach for the Nagico Cavaliers from the British Virgin Islands when they go up against the Nagico United Cricket team in back to back T/20 matches starting to

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on October 23, 2011

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All set for Franco-Dutch Caribbean Basketball tournament

St. Maarten - The ground work has been set for the staging of the first Franco-Dutch Caribbean youth basketball tournament. The event is designed to coincide with St Maarten Day activities and is a first since St. Maarten has attained country status.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 23, 2011

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DAE resume flights between Curacao and Aruba

St. Maarten - Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) resumed its flights between Curaçao and Aruba Friday with a jet service. The resumption comes a week after the flights were temporarily suspended. There will now be two daily flights, including a flight o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 23, 2011

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Court acquits man of firearm possession

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice acquitted Bryan Giovanni H., 27, of firearm possession this week. The Court in First Instance had sentenced the defendant to 1 year imprisonment. On April 19,  H. was spotted in the company of  Tavis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 23, 2011

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Youth group hosts workshop as part of revitalization

Youth group hosts workshop as part of revitalization

Members of Youth 2 Extreme pose with visiting artists who are here for the second Youth 2 Extreme (Y2X) CC-GLU ZAMAR 2011, which is being held at the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Center.St. Maarten - The second Youth 2 Extreme (Y2X) CC-GL

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