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

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Parliament begins almost daily hearings next Tuesday

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament have already been sent convocations for the first of three Central Committee meetings that focus on revamps to the Civil Code , the introduction of the law on special investigative powers (BOB) and the new penal

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Notaries get briefing on civil code changes

St. Maarten ­– Notaries from Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius got a briefing on several key changes to the Civil Code from the author Professor Jan de Boer last Saturday. The briefing was part of an assembly meeting at

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Nature Foundation removing lionfish from Simpson Bay

St. Maarten - Six volunteer divers and staff of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation cleared five lionfish from the Aquamania docks on Sunday. Management of Aquamania contacted the foundation informing them about the high number of lionfish by their doc

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Lions Club hosts successful senior citizens party

St. Maarten - Over two hundred seniors attended the 12th annual Lion Nelson Van De Linde Senior Citizens Party hosted by the St. Maarten Lions Club was. The full day program, which began at 9:00 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. included entertainment from

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KAIS-O-RAMA 1 in Festival Village Thursday night

St. Maarten - Arts Video Studio (AVS), String Band Music Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs hosts the first Annual “KAIS-O-RAMA 1” on the eve of St. Martin’s Day. The free event will be held at the St. M

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Ministers not scheduled to testify in Roorda trial

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The court case of Bas Roorda against country St. Maarten takes place this morning staring at nine o’clock at the courthouse in Philipsburg, but the court has not yet scheduled the much anticipated hearing of Finan

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Financial supervisor severely criticizes St. Maarten

“No access to Island receiver systems for compiler annual accounts” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Board for Financial Supervision Cft severely criticized St. Maarten in its semi-annual report that was discussed in the Kingdom Council

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Arrindell continues stressing need for reengineering national institutions

“Yes we have instituted them, but they’re not sacred cows.” St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell has taken the position that even though there must be respect for the organizations that provide checks and balances i

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Petition launched to force better service from GEBE

St. Maarten – Businesses and residents in especially Philipsburg dealt with power outages on Tuesday because of damage to a feeder cable. This is the preliminary assessment that was released by utility company GEBE on its website www.nvgebe.com and

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Dutch West Indian Guard Ship enters port tomorrow

St. Maarten - The current West Indian Guard Ship of The Royal Netherlands Navy and Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) is will enter the port of St Maarten today after firing a traditional gun salute to the Flag of the Kingdom of The

Editorial - Posted by on November 9, 2011

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Editorial: (Re)Engineering

President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell stressed the need to reengineer at least 13 national institutions recently. It’s a position she repeated Tuesday. We don’t make a habit of agreeing with politicians, but in this case the root argument tha

Opinion - Posted by on November 9, 2011

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Opinion: No-waiting rule

Picking up passengers at the airport has become a cumbersome affair. Right in front of the terminal’s arrivals exit there is one lane reserved for taxis. Then there are three lanes for other traffic. The right hand lane is usually used by people to

Opinion - Posted by on November 9, 2011

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Opinion: Power cuts

Power cuts are making a comeback in St. Maarten and it ain’t funny, especially because we no longer have William Brooks around to blame. It is rather irritating that the utilities company on its web site blamed yesterday’s lengthy power cut on a

Opinion - Posted by on November 9, 2011

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Opinion: Screams from the third floor

So now we have an official report of the financial supervisor Cft that paints a painful picture of the goings on in the finance department. Everybody has known for years that the government’s financial administration is a mess, but now we may care

Opinion - Posted by on November 9, 2011

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Opinion: Tough on crime

The Netherlands is getting tougher on crime and the issue is now more important than the privacy citizens once coveted. The latest development in the get-tough on crime development is a decision to allow individual citizens to publish pictures and vi