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

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St. Maarten Government undecided over paying Christmas bonus

St. Maarten – Just days before Christmas the Government of St. Maarten has yet to decide whether or not they will pay their civil servants a Christmas bonus or not. The normal practice is for civil servants up to a certain scale to get a bonus, but

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

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Minister De Weever re-opens labor and social affairs office

“Renovation signals change” St. Maarten –Labor and social affairs office staff members released red and green balloons into the air after Minister Cornelius de Weever officially opened their renovated premises on the Pondfill yesterday after

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

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Road closures in Philipsburg, St. Maarten begin Friday

St. Maarten – Stretches of Front Street and Back Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as of December 23 to accommodate cruise passengers as well as visiting and local shoppers. Taxis and busses will have limited access during the closure but

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

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Foundation partners with artists on youth program fundraiser

St. Maarten – Orange Grove, Dread-I and Percy Ranking have committed to donating ten percent of all merchandise sales to the Nature Foundation Youth Program that they sell at various events between December and February. The commitment was made und

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

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Wescot-Williams welcomes unanimous commitment to the Kingdom

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has stressed the importance of the agreement made at the Kingdom Conference in The Hague last week. She spoke the longest on the fact that representatives from Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the N

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

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Yacht Club and Maritime School jointly organize maritime experience days

St. Maarten - The Maritime School of the West Indies has teamed up with the St. Maarten Yacht Club to host two “Maritime Experience Days” on board the square rigged Dutch tall ship “Tres Hombres” on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 and Thursday, F

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

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Dutch legislators want discussion on Isla and movement

THE HAGUE – Members of the Dutch parliament from both the First and Second Chamber who will be attending next month’s Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation want the Isla Refinery and movement in the kingdom to be on the agenda for the meetings

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

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Fireworks sales to general public returns

St. Maarten – Members of the public will be able to buy fireworks for personal use for the first time in nearly a decade as of next week. Companies stopped selling fireworks after the Island Territory of St. Maarten approved and implemented stricte

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

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Government proposes three revenue generating amendments

WILLEMSTAD – The government has proposed that implementation of a new dividend policy, increasing the retirement age from 60 to 65 and introducing a basic health insurance by April 2012 as means to raise revenue in the coming year. All three change

Opinion - Posted by on December 22, 2011

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Opinion: Old song

The successive presidents of the Netherlands Antillean parliament charged a bit more than $78,000 to government-backed credit cards between 2002 and 2010. In Curacao they’re making a fuss about these expenses, but in reality Finance Minister Jamalo

Opinion - Posted by on December 22, 2011

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Opinion: Nudist recreation

Here is an idea for niche tourism marketing. Pasco County in the American state of Florida has set up a campaign to encourage nudists from Germany to come and spend their vacation with them. Pasco County has a reputation as the nudist capital of the

Opinion - Posted by on December 22, 2011

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Opinion: Debt management

A service to help people manage their debts. That is one of the initiatives the department of social affairs is working on. In the first quarter of next year a team will visit a debt management service in the city of Amsterdam to gather information a

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on December 22, 2011

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Letter: NUSTAR – A DISASTER ON STATIA: WHERE IS THE EVACUATION PLAN?

Dear Editor, Foresight must be a wonderful gift. A handful of complacent civil servants on St. Eustatius already foresee that the new oil terminal is a supposedly done deal and it is all about when and not about if. But there is one significant as

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

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Seaside Nature Park hosts Christmas event Thursday

GREAT BAY – A reenactment of the nativity scene will be the feature event at Thursday evening’s Christmas celebration at Seaside Nature Park. Maria, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, the sheep, goat, ox and angels will all be part of the re

Editorial - Posted by on December 22, 2011

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Editorial: The need for caution

We can imagine there is glee at the return of fireworks sales to the public. We’ll be the first to admit that we’re split on the issue as some in our office are happy they’ll be able to use self bought fireworks to ring in the New Year with fam