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Editorial - Posted by on November 29, 2011

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Editorial: The new tone

The race for spots on the board of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce have taken on a new tone. What was once an event confined to business circles has now spilled into the wider public. It also has a bit of the feel of a political campaign where ca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 29, 2011

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WazzUpp TV gears up for second season

St. Maarten – Producer of popular TV program WazzUpp TV Ronny Busby has announced he’s getting ready to close deals for the locally produced program to be aired in Curacao, Miami, New York, Toronto and in the Netherlands. The show which began air

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Youth display sportsmanship at Rights of the child Sports Day

Youth display sportsmanship at Rights of the child Sports Day

Minister of Education, Youth Sports & Culture Dr. Rhoda Arrindell was part of the procession after the official part of the activities which took place last Saturday. Milton Pieters Photo.GREAT BAY- Teams from Anguilla, St. Martin and host St

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Winston shines in River Niger

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – Lead Actress Sharlyn Winston absolutely shined and delivered a riveting performance in this past weekend’s performances of the River Niger. The play was staged for three nights at the Philipsburg Community and

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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French islands look to deepen regional cooperation

POINTE-A-PITRE/MARIGOT - The closer integration of French Caribbean Departments with non-French speaking countries and territories in the region is the focus of a conference in Guadeloupe that begins today. The meeting, which is being held for the f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Bergman joins Advisory Council as extraordinary member

Bergman joins Advisory Council as extraordinary member

Governor drs Eugene Holiday stands with Attorney at Law Rik Bergman after the latter was sworn in as an extraordinary member of the Advisory Council last Thursday.St. Maarten – Attorney at Law Rik Bergman was sworn in as an extraordinary member

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Airport gives St. Martin Home new statue

St. Maarten – Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company NV (PJIAE) recently donated a papier mache sculpture of Tanny and the Boys to the White Yellow Cross recently. The statue has been placed in the recreational area at the St. Mar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Activist calls for Jules James to resign

St. Maarten – Political Activist Eldridge van Putten has called for Managing Director of Simpson Bay Resort Management Company Jules James to resign as a Member of Parliament. He’s also welcomed Friday’s ruling by Judge Rene van Veen that both

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Trio aim to inject more vigour into Chamber of Commerce

St. Maarten – Abdul Meyers, Tamara Leonard and Ajay Rawtani who are candidates for the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board elections on December 3 have issued a statement conveying their common goal to add their talents and input

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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SCDF launches 2012 slogan contest

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is still looking for a slogan for Carnival 2012 and has reopened its annual contest for carnival lovers. Submissions can be emailed right away to sxmcarnival@hotmail.com by December

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Parliamentarians attending Parlatino permanent committee meetings

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell and six other MPs will head to Panama this week for executive and permanent committee meetings of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino). Parlatino, which was created on December 7, 196

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Thirty-two students follow 24 hours of classes

St. Maarten – Four colored groups of eight students (32) at St. Dominic High School spent the whole day at school attending classes during another 24-hour Lesson-Thon this weekend. The group of 32 IB-1 class students began with the rest of their sc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Heavy rainfall watch in effect

Commuters advised to be cautious as rain continues St. Maarten – Monday is a normal business and school day but commuters should be cautious as continued intermittent and persistent, heavy rainfall could cause flooding in low lying areas, street

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Opinion: Zwarte Piet

It’s that time of the year again: December 5 is around the corner and especially Dutch people get ready for their annual Sinterklaas celebration. Over time, this celebration has become the center of a controversy. Politically correct characters and

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Opinion: The robots are coming

St. Maarten is not South Korea, but what happens in Seoul does not necessarily stay there. The country invested more than half a billion dollars in robotics in the past decade or so. Now, robots are becoming more and more part of everyday life. In t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Correction

A paragraph that contains a serious mistake ended up in Saturday’s opinion piece entitled Bat out of hell by mistake. It erroneously states that Tamara Leonard is the daughter of MP Johan Leonard, and that Mr. Leonard acted in parliament during the

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Letter: You sit in traffic because you want to

Dear Editor, In 2012 don’t sit in traffic anymore. At least do not make it a habit. How do you do that? Let me share a secret with you. Where do you need to go? First of all, envision yourself driving to your destination freely, without any tr

Opinion - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Letter: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

Dear Editor, Do you return to say thank you? There are numerous opportunities presented on daily a basis which we would do well to grasp and use advantageously by thanking those with whom we interact. It could be wherever you are at but as the sa

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Paradise INN now top contender in Futsal

St. Maarten - After dropping two points from a draw, the Strikers and the RISC Takers who lost their first game to the Paradise INN yesterday are now locked in a battle of their own with only three weeks to go before the grand finale in the tournamen

Editorial - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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Editorial: A strictly legal view (unclear piece of legislation)

A call by political activist Eldridge van Putten for Jules James to resign as a member of parliament is dead on arrival for sure. And there is good reason. The majority of his colleagues “refuse to throw him under the bus” and he himself seemingl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 28, 2011

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“Very decent turnout” at free HIV testing day

RENT premieres Thursday St. Maarten – Seventy-one people were tested for HIV during a free and confidential testing day the St. Maarten AIDS Foundation at the Scotiabank on Sunday. The group of 34 women and 37 men braved the rainy conditions t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Transparency International investigation does not satisfy Dutch parliamentarians

THE HAGUE – The Socialist Party and GreenLeft reacted negatively yesterday to Curacao’s plan to let Transparency International investigate the government’s integrity. The Kingdom Council of Ministers took a decision about the initiative yesterd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Real Estate Association of St. Maarten ejected from committee hearing

GREAT BAY – The Real Estate Association of St. Maarten (RAM) plans to request its own hearing with parliament’s permanent committee on tourism, economic affairs, transportation and telecommunication on recommended adjustments to the rules regulat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Marlin wants post meeting fracas condemned

St. Maarten – Democratic Party (D.P.) faction leader Roy Marlin has called on his colleagues to condemn the way he and his United People’s (UP) Party colleague Jules James had to be led away from the Thursday November 18, 2011 meeting on the situ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Coalition rallies in government’s defense as opposition slams council’s treatment

“This beats the crap out of me and the citizens of this country” St. Maarten – Members of the opposition National Alliance faction have slammed the government for its treatment of the Corporate Governance Council, while MPs factions supporti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Judge forbids Simpson Bay Resort to execute November 7 ruling

Judge forbids Simpson Bay Resort to execute November 7 ruling

Bloem appeals Wifol’s surprise victory in court Attorney Van Sambeek (center) discusses the court ruling with Wifol President Thompson. To the left is attorney Maarten Le Poole.St. Maarten – The attorney for the Simpson Bay Resort and Roy

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Today Newspaper wins lawsuit against attorney

Court rejects demand to rectify extortion-claim statements St. Maarten – Today Newspaper does not have to rectify its conclusion that the extortion-claim in the Bobby Velasquez rape-trial was unfounded. This newspaper also does not have to rec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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New law firm makes “good landing” in St. Maarten

New law firm makes “good landing” in St. Maarten

The five attorneys that will work at the St. Maarten office of Van Eps Kunneman Van Doorne stand together during their introduction at Friday night’s opening of the new law firm. The new attorneys are (l to r) Norbert Hijmans, Peter van Dort, Michi

Opinion - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Opinion: Huge secret

The National Gazette became available Friday but it is highly difficult to get one and there is no mad dash to get a copy. We make the latter assertion based on the fact that our news editor was the first person to try to get one and his visit was at

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Opinion: Bat out of hell (Simpson Bay Resorts, Royal Resorts)

The court ruling in favor of the Wifol union came like a bat out of hell yesterday morning. The court decision stunned the union’s attorneys and it must also have stunned Simpson Bay Resorts and Royal Resorts attorney mr. Jairo Bloem. He quickly le

Editorial - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Editorial: Debate in a democracy

Article 10 of the country’s constitution guarantees every one living here the right to not just have, but to air their own opinion. An interesting discussion can now emerge as to how this freedom is exercised. We make this point based on a state

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2011

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Hillside uses pea soup to reinforce social studies and language

St. Maarten - Students in group A of the Early Stimulation program at Hillside Christian School learned how to make peas soup on a coal pot Friday. The activity was part of their Social Studies lessons. This theme in that subject area this month is

Editorial - Posted by on November 25, 2011

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Editorial: Sustaining the fight against counterfeit

We welcome the seizures of counterfeit items that has taken place on Wednesday and Thursday. At the same time we urge authorities to use this opportunity to increase controls so that these items don’t even make it to the shelves in the various stor

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

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Sobbing young mother gets 15 months for cocaine smuggling

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced a sobbing 21-year-old girl from Guyana, Candacy Amanda Delph, to 15 months imprisonment for an attempt to smuggle a bit more than two kilos of cocaine via a complicated route from Suriname to Africa

Opinion, Uncategorized - Posted by on November 25, 2011

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Letter: Unpaid advisor did not cry

Dear Editor,   There are four ways to react to injustice: 1 you cry for the victims 2 you analyze the injustice and give a solution 3 you start ranting and raving and insulting the people who caused the injustice 4 you ridicule the ones wh

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