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

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VKS’ task to be expanded

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and representatives of the Voluntary Corps will meet Members of Parliament at 2:00 p.m. today to brief them on an amendment to the National Ordinance Armed Corps. The changes to the ordinance will

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

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Youth MPs unveils survey results tonight

Forum assesses school rules GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Youth Parliament’s first forum on youth issues will focus on ‘Schools Code of Conduct’. The forum will take the form of a panel discussion and comes after the youth MPs conducted an in-

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

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Civil servant arrested for corruption

St. Maarten – Public Prosecutor Hans Mos confirmed the arrest of a civil servant from the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure on Wednesday. The man, who Mos refused to name, is being held on a corruption charge an

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

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Revocation license fee exemption payments Aruban florin

WILLEMSTAD – The Finance Ministers of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten have agreed to drop Aruba’s exemption from the foreign exchange levy on January 1, 2012. Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles agreed to the exemption in 1986 when Aruba became an

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

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Police seek two for armed robbery

Police seek two for armed robbery

This pistol was dropped and left behind by one of two robbers who stormed Miki Bar and Restaurant on Monday night.St. Maarten – Police are searching for two men who stormed Miki Bar and Restaurant on the L.B. Scot Road on Monday night and stole rou

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

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Curtains up on RENT on December 1

St. Maarten – Preparations are well underway for St. Maarten’s staging of Rent – a Pulitzer and Tony Award winning stage production conceptualized and produced by Jonathon Larson that tells the story of Bohemians in the East Village of New York

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

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Airport completes impressive emergency evacuation drill

Airport completes impressive emergency evacuation drill

Immediately following the emergency exercise the evacuation team met in the PJIA training room to evaluate the Emergency Evacuation Drill. (PJIA photo)St. Maarten – Tuesday’s first emergency evacuation drill at the Princess Juliana International

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

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Gentle heads to Big Apple for shows and shoots

St. Maarten – Local Model Yulanda Gentle is heading to the ‘Big Apple’ – New York City - next week after the Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation Executive Director Arthur Lugisse received an official invitation for her to visit, mingle and par

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Kitchen fire causes limited damage at Burger King

Kitchen fire causes limited damage at Burger King

Open for business again today COLE BAY, St. Maarten – A fire erupted in the kitchen of the Burger King in Cole Bay early yesterday morning. When the staff ignited the fryer the oil in the appliance caught fire. The fire brigade put out the flame

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

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Civil servants get updates on occupational health and safety

St. Maarten - Staffers of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Tourism, Economy, Transportation and Telecommunications have taken p

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

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Audit Chamber has trouble finding qualified auditors

St. Maarten – Parliament will establish a government expenditures committee in January, chairlady Gracita Arrindell said yesterday afternoon at the end of a central committee meeting with the General Audit Chamber. Chairman Roland Tuitt gave a pr

Opinion - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Opinion: Qat-chewing

The Dutch Parliament has found another drug that needs to be prohibited: qat. It is popular among Somalis and other denizens from the Middle East, but the Christian democratic CDA holds that chewing qat results in high numbers of school dropout and i

Opinion - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Opinion: Neo-Nazis

Nobody will notice when parents name their newborn Robert, because that could as easily be an expression of affection for, say, Redford or Wagner as for Mugabe. And who cares anyway? But in New Jersey a couple went too far when it names its little b

Opinion - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Opinion: Audit Chamber

The General Audit Chamber will have its hands full with its own government, not only while it is building up its own organization, but also – and maybe we ought to say especially – when the Chamber is ready to execute all of its tasks. The Audit

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Vehicle malfunctions and overturns

Vehicle malfunctions and overturns

St. Maarten – S.G. jumped from his moving car on Tuesday morning after the vehicle’s brakes failed while he was driving away from Monte Vista Road on the Point Blanche hillside. Failing to jump would have cost the man his life and he escaped this

Editorial - Posted by on November 23, 2011

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Editorial: Staying healthy and safe

Occupational Health and Safety seem to have taken on a new prominence and in one day we run a story about staffers here from three key ministries learning about the subject and another about people forced from their jobs because of issues in the work

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Shadow Man to perform at 2012 Heineken Regatta

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s Addison “Shadow Man” Richardson is the first artist that organizers of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have announced will be performing at their 32nd annual event from March 1 to March 4, 2012. Shadowman is just on

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Richardson questions Simonet’s replacement

MARIGOT, St. Martin — The removal from office of the Préfet Délégué Jacques Simonet after just 18 months on St. Martin has caused some concern to opposition leader in the Territorial Council Alain Richardson. According to Richardson, the French

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Nature Foundation: Don’t eat Lionfish

Nature Foundation: Don’t eat Lionfish

St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation is recommending that people not eat or otherwise consume lionfish as it contains ciguatoxin which causes Ciguatera poisoning. Ciguatoxins are produced by microscopic plants that live on seaweed and other surfaces w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Foundation donates six fans to St. Maarten Home

Foundation donates six fans to St. Maarten Home

St. Maarten – The New Era Foundation donated six standing fans to the St. Maarten Home on Monday. The presentation was made by the foundation’s public relations officer Jeffrey Richardson. Richardson was first approached the need for the fans o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Richardson calls for 50 year plan on burials

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Leader of the Opposition in the Territorial Council Alain Richardson believes that a decision must be made next year about what happens to the dead as the current cemeteries are almost full. In his view the problem has arisen be

Uncategorized - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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St. Maarten Real estate brokers question changes to civil code

St. Maarten – The Central committee of parliament met with two real estate associations yesterday morning to discuss changes to the civil code that affect, among others, procedures for selling property. The St. Maarten Real Estate Association and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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PJIA honors three employees

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) honored three members of its staff as Employees of the Month, Friday afternoon in a ceremony attended by the spouses, friends, family and colleagues of the honorees. The three honorees

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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InselAir joins Alta as IOSA certified airline

InselAir joins Alta as IOSA certified airline

St. Maarten – Insel Air has received IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification and become a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (Alta). Attaining the certification is the reason the airline was able to join

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Education Ministry offers workshop on parenting solutions

St. Maarten – The Student Support Services division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs will be holding a workshop for parents entitled Parenting Solutions two evenings next week. The first evening is at the University of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Radio Soualiga temporarily off the air

St. Maarten – Radio Soualiaga 99.9 Choice F.M. will be off the air until at least the weekend as they conduct “major maintenance” at their transmitter site and move their studio to a new home in Porto del Sol Simpson Bay. The station’s Managi

French St. Martin News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Arrindell premiere guest on new show

MARIGOT, St. Martin – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell was the guest on last Sunday’s “Woman 2 Woman, Phenomenal Women” radio show. The program, which airs from 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., on SOS Radio 95.9 f.m. is for women, by wo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Union hosts occupational safety workshop

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Public Sector Union, WICSU/PSU hosts an Occupational Safety and Health workshop on November 24 and November 25 at Carl and Son’s Unique Inn & Conference Facilities. The training will be give

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Suspects Regatta-murders on trial tomorrow

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance is bracing for a long session when the trial against two men who stand accused of the three Regatta-murders and a gang rape tomorrow morning. Judge mr. M. Keppels has cleared the court’s agenda from nine o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Staff meeting and review extension cause hearing postponement

St. Maarten – Today’s Central Committee hearing on the National Ordinance on Consumer Protection, has been postponed until further notice. The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry was supposed to give input with respect to the National Ordi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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St. Maarten’s Airport holds first evacuation drill today

St. Maarten – The Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company NV (PJIAE) will be carrying an evacuation exercise between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today in order to comply with its Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan. It will be the first t

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Opinion: Lydia

Last Saturday I ran into Lydia Henderson when I went with my wife for my weekly shopping to Le Grand Marché. Lydia was selling her book with the promising title From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God. Like Mike Ferrier, I always want to hel

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Opinion: Going bonkers

Many people are going bonkers about artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is one of these products. Some people swear by artificial sweeteners,. Others associate them with health problems. A professor in Wageningen, Kees de Graaf, says that the aspartame

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Opinion: Customer service revisited

One of our readers who is in the government’s service asked us some time ago about an article we had published about an organization that offered legal training. We were a bit sloppy to start with, but in the end we got around to looking up the inf

Opinion - Posted by on November 22, 2011

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Letter: Open Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Theodore Heyliger

Open Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Theodore Heyliger Dear Editor, Obviously, it is no secret that most of the population has more respect for you than for our smile-to-look-good prime minister. By now most people have learned how difficu

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