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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Today’s Person of the Year: Mental Health Foundation director Eileen Healy

Today’s Person of the Year: Mental Health Foundation director Eileen Healy

“Treat patients as long as possible in their own environment” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – She had the option in 2005 to stay home on sick leave with full pay until her pension, but instead our Person of the Year chose to become involve

Editorial - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Editorial: Coming to the end

We are coming to the end of 2011 and people stand at the moment where they review what has been done in this year and where they are going in the next one. One thing we’d ask each of our readers to look at though is how much did you invest into t

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Opinion: Good intentions

We all know why good intentions are called good intentions: they have failure written all over them, but it feels good to say on the last day of December: “Next year I am going to lose weight, I won’t cheat on my wife anymore, I will stop drinkin

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Opinion: Rating employers

The Windward Islands chamber of Labor Unions announced yesterday that it will start with a rating system for employers next year. While the system’s exact details are not entirely clear yet, Wiclu president Theophilus Thompson said that it will sco

Opinion - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Opinion: Rui: a Christmas story

Rui Bagina is desperate and we honestly do not know what to do about his situation. Rui came to our office with a letter he wanted us to publish. After careful consideration we told him that its content was rather vague and that our readers would not

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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CPS urges public not to drink and drive over holiday weekend

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the Department of Communication (DCOMM) in a collective public service message is urging motorists not to “Drink and Drive,” during the up-coming holiday weekend. The emphasis is on kee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Enthusiastic public buys up majority of firework stock

Enthusiastic public buys up majority of firework stock

One of the smaller groups of people who went to purchase fireworks stand in line on day one of the sales. Most of the supply is now gone.Police and Prosecutor issue advisory St. Maarten – Firefly Family Fireworks’ supply of fireworks is ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Inmates call for early release program

St. Maarten – The Pointe Blanche Inmates Association has called for Justice Minister to grant early release to prisoners under particular conditions including good behavior and proof of rehabilitation in order to solve the capacity issues at the Po

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Joyful Ringers Bells Choir serenades church-goers Saturday

Joyful Ringers Bells Choir serenades church-goers Saturday

The Joyful Ringers Bells Choir at Princess Juliana International Airport. (PJIA photo) Airport welcomes young performers St. Maarten – The Joyful Ringers Bells Choir, which is directed by principal of the St. Maarten Seventh Day Adventist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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St. Maarten Parliament posts draft laws on website

St. Maarten – Draft laws which have been discussed by parliament in a number of hearings during the past months are currently available on the parliament website. The website address is: www.sxmparliament.org The draft laws available for review

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Chamber of labor unions wants meeting with Dutch delegation

St. Maarten – The Windward Island Chamber of Labor Unions has put forth five agenda points for the upcoming tri-partite meeting on January 11: short-term labor contracts, minimum wage adjustment, cost of living adjustment, employee-protection and y

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Richardson calls for comprehensive study of staggering unemployment figures

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Leader of the opposition in the Territorial Council Alain Richardson has said the general outlook for St. Martin remains grim and there is “no element that gives the indication that the economy has started to turn in a posit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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Unions start rating employers on good business practices

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions Wiclu will start rating employers next year on the way they treat their employees. “There are businesses that use good practices in terms of job security. We will expose those who do not,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 30, 2011

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The year of Jules James

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – It has become a tradition at our newspaper not to bore our readers at the end of the year with pages upon pages about everything that happened in 2011. Instead, we look at the highs and the lows in politics, in crime

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

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Harbour Group considers stopping fireworks in Philipsburg

Diamonds International steps up as co-financer GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies and Diamonds International have partnered to deliver what may be the last fireworks show in Philipsburg for years to come. The Harbour Group’

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

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“Politicians do not like advice”

Corporate Governance Council Chairman Louis Duzanson St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “I don’t know what the chances are that the parliament will disband the Corporate Governance Council we are looked at as if we are interfering, but all we d

Opinion - Posted by on December 29, 2011

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Opinion: Entertaining

Researchers get funny ideas every now and then. The results are entertaining too. Take for instance the following research by K. Wellings, W. Macdowall, M. Catchpole and J. Goodrich. Before we go any further, we should add that journalists on occas

Opinion - Posted by on December 29, 2011

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Opinion: Calendars and time

December is the month when companies shower other companies with calendars to make sure that their name remains on display throughout the year. Those calendars may become obsolete if the world accepts a new system devised by astrophysicist Richard He

Opinion - Posted by on December 29, 2011

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Letter: Non political year end message (inspired by politics)

by Kendall Dupersoy For a long time now I have been paying attention to politics in the United States and Europe. I have noticed that during 2011 things have started to change. For most of the last 30 years or so conservative political views have

Editorial - Posted by on December 29, 2011

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Editorial: The greater risk

The fact that the Harbour Group of Companies is considering not sponsoring the fireworks in Philipsburg after we ring in 2012 is an indictment against businesses in Philipsburg, who have not grasped the opportunity that was presented to them because

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

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Fire department advises strict observance and safe procedures while igniting fireworks

St. Maarten – The Fire Department would like to recommend that people purchasing fireworks in the coming days strictly observe safety procedures while igniting the fireworks. The department has granted permits to two applicants allowing them to imp

Editorial - Posted by on December 28, 2011

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Editorial: A definite need for caution

Aruba has taken the right approach to handling fireworks. At least they’ve taken a step in the right direction by testing some of the stock on the first day of sales. Their cautious and proactive approach has already shown that the fuses on some of

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

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“Iconic” employee retires after 40 years at Winair

“I will now take the bed I had at Winair…” St. Maarten – Gertrude Souchette-Maccow got an emotional send off from her colleagues at Windward Islands International Airways (Winair) on Tuesday. Souchette-Maccow has been at the airline for 40

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

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April 2011 census results not ready until “early next year”

St. Maarten – The results of the 2011 census will become available early next year,” a spokeswoman for the Statistics Bureau told this newspaper yesterday. The census took place from April 9 to 17 this year and was announced with much ado by a m

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

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Audit Chamber still waiting for 2010 annual financial report

St. Maarten – The General Audit Chamber still has not received the 2010 annual financial report from the government, Chairman Roland Tuitt told this newspaper yesterday. Mid-October, ahead of a symposium organized by the three high councils of sta

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

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St. Martin has youthful population

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The latest information from the Information Desk on French Overseas Territories reveals that nearly 93 percent of the population on St. Martin is under 60 years old. The data also shows that immigrants from the Haiti are the l

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

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Library closes for New Year’s celebration

St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed from 12:45 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday December 31 for the New Year’s holiday. The normal opening schedule will resume on Tuesday January 2. We apologize for any inconvenience this ma

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

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St. Maarten Police see fewer crimes this year end

St. Maarten – Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson has said that things are going “just as planned” with the end of year strategy the police have implemented to provide security in high traffic areas visited by tourists and shoppers and in the neigh

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

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UTS partners with Chipster Buddies on gift giving

St. Maarten – UTS staff members, their children and Santa Claus decorated a Christmas tree and hung festive decorations at both the I Can Foundation & Crystal Children’s Home recently. Polo Ralph Lauren, Affordable, Klass Electronics and The Movi

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2011

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Opinion: A friendly warning (Fireworks)

There are no laws against stupidity. It is good to remember this now that the sale of firework to private citizens has started this week for the first time in ten years. We’re sure that the business owner who took the initiative will handle his pro

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2011

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Opinion: Embarrassing

Oh oh. We fear that Mary Hamer has caught a serious form of Joranitis. The aging American radiologist has fallen badly for Joran van der Sloot, the key suspect in the 2005-disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, and the only suspect in th

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2011

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Opinion: Grasshopper-economy

We’re having some issues of our own on our Friendly Island with electricity-supply, but in a far-away country called Uganda people are in a real bind. And mind you, they are not concerned about their beers that don’t keep cool in the fridge, or a

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

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Police urge safe driving during New Year’s transition

St. Maarten – Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson has urged motorists to slow down, observe the traffic rules and to be courteous to other road users in the upcoming days as celebrations in the holiday season continue. The next major event of the year

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

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Boxing Day shooting is 17th murder of 2011

Boxing Day shooting is 17th murder of 2011

St. Maarten– Police were still busy identifying the country’s 17th murder victim for 2011 on Monday night. The man was shot dead close to 3:00 p.m. on Boxing Day (December 26) close to Ace on Well Road in Cole Bay. Both the Public Prosecutor

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 27, 2011

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Unemployment on St. Martin double that of St. Maarten

Report suggests three way commission on cooperation St. Martin / By Donellis Browne - A new report by the French Information Desk on Overseas Territories has called for the establishment of a mixed three way commission to strengthen cooperation

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