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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Bar Association wants sanctions against violation of special investigation methods

Bar Association wants sanctions against violation of special investigation methods

No sentence reduction, but exclusion of evidence St. Maarten – The national ordinance that regulates special investigation methods ought to contain an article that forces the court to exclude evidence obtained through a violation of these method

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Jack wins 2012 St. Maarten Carnival slogan competition

Jack wins 2012 St. Maarten Carnival slogan competition

GREAT BAY – The board of the St. Maarten Carnival Foundation (SCDF) has selected “Let’s delve into we carnival 2012” as the slogan for Carnival 2012. The winning selection, which was submitted by hardware store staffer Delbert Jack, was c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Real Estate Association St. Maarten wants professional real estate agent licensing

New association presents code of ethics St. Maarten - RAM, the Real Estate Association of Sint Maarten, means business. Established just four months ago, the association unites 20 businesses and 50 agents, and it has already produced a detailed c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Chamber and Laugh out Loud Productions jointly host Christmas Youth Extravaganza

Chamber and Laugh out Loud Productions jointly host Christmas Youth Extravaganza

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Laugh out Loud Productions jointly hosts a Christmas show for young people on Friday December 23 at the Cyrus Wathey Square. This is the second year they’ve partnered to have the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Maduro wins first mix-off competition

Maduro wins first mix-off competition

GREAT BAY - Liscania Maduro is the winner of Youth Development Program’s (YDP) mix-off, which was held at Divi Little Bay Resort on December 14. Maduro got a bartender’s kit and vouchers from both Caribbean Liquors and International Liquors for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Usona funds pilot mentorship training

GREAT BAY – The Division for Education Research Policy and Innovations (DERPI) is running a tailor made mentorship training at the St. Maarten Vocational Training School. The workshop is being facilitated by Director of the Victorious Living Founda

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Wescot-Williams and Gumbs salute Navy League Council

Wescot-Williams and Gumbs salute Navy League Council

St. Maarten – Both Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and President of the Collectivite of St. Martin Frantz Gumbs thanked the St. Maarten/St. Martin Navy League Council for their work in the community at the body’s annual Christmas dinner at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Collective prevention concerned about measles outbreak

St. Maarten – The Collective Prevention Service (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has recommended that people travelling to Europe ensure their vaccination status for measles is up to date. The urging is due to in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Prime Minister views establishment of new hemispheric group with interest

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has welcomed the establishment of the Community of Latin American & Caribbean States (CELAC) – a new hemispheric group of 33 Caribbean and Latin American countries. The body was established d

Opinion - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Opinion: Gross (two Dutch men eat each other’s flesh)

Reading some Dutch newspapers, like the populist Telegraaf, may lead people to believe that life revolves around scantily dressed celebrities, big breasts and sex. We’ll be the last to deny that sex and drugs and rock and roll are important compone

Opinion - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Opinion: Code of ethics for St. Maarten Real Estate industry

The Real Estate Association of Sint Maarten is setting the pace for its industry with the introduction of a code of ethics. It’s a good and solid initiative that will bear fruit over time; in the end, the market will correct unwanted behavior. Afte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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BOB-legislation (Use of Special Investigation Methods)

The draft ordinance for the use of special investigation methods, the so-called BOB-legislation, took center stage again yesterday afternoon in a Central Committee meeting. The Bar Association’s dean, Bert Hofman, presented the legal community’s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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SOAB: No obvious misconduct with credit cards

WILLEMSTAD – The Foundation Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) has said it does not have enough information to draw the conclusion that Presidents of the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles between 2002 and 2010 had committed “some degree of

Editorial - Posted by on December 21, 2011

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Editorial: Don’t just charge it

Some politicians are really good with excuses, especially when they feel they are being painted black. In fact one can summarize that politicians can eloquently justify using tax payer money for personal reasons. The latest examples are the statem

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Thukela wants stem cell research in St. Maarten

Thukela wants stem cell research in St. Maarten

Plan for $130 million International Medical Center in Cupecoy Bird’s eye view of David Morrison’s design for the International Medical Center in Cupecoy.  St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Thukela, a South African partnership of a New

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Court awards Bas Roorda damages for unreasonable dismissal

St. Maarten – The dismissal of acting head of the finance department Bas Roorda per May 1 of this year was “apparently unreasonable.” The Court in First Instance ruled yesterday that the country has to pay Roorda 25,000 guilders in damages. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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St. Maarten Law enforcement welcomes 73 new officers

St. Maarten Law enforcement welcomes 73 new officers

The bar in front of the Cultural Center was packed with new recruits last night. St. Maarten – Law enforcement in St. Maarten became a better place yesterday when 73 recruits were sworn in at a ceremony at the Cultural Center on Back Street in

Editorial - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Editorial: Stemcell research

In line with the rather vague presentation Thukela spokeswoman Sandra Papale served in parliament yesterday, the Thukela partnerships description of its intended activities in its proposed International medical center are equally vague. In a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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MP De Weever: “I don’t need a corporate governance council”

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Leroy de Weever made again clear in parliament yesterday afternoon that he sees absolutely nothing in the corporate Governance Council and that he would prefer to see it disbanded. UP faction-member Johan Leonard w

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Opinion: Bas Roorda vs Country St. Maarten

The Court in First Instance created clarity on several fronts with its ruling in the case Bas Roorda vs country St. Maarten. The most important lesson is this: as a whistleblower you always end up with the short straw. That is obviously predictable,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Opinion: Sales pitch of Thukela’s International Medical Center

In our editorial we addressed Thukela’s intention to include stemcell research in its activities in its proposed International Medical Center, so we won’t repeat ourselves here. The presentation of the plan to the parliament yesterday morning se

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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TelEm works frantically on repairs

St. Maarten – TelEm Group technicians are pulling out all the stops to get customer lines repaired and installed in time for the Christmas holidays. Rain during the past weeks has hampered progress, however the technicians are finding creative ways

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Christmas camp at Seaside Nature Park

St. Maarten – The Seaside Nature Park in Cay Bay organizes two outdoor vacation camps; the first one started yesterday, and the second one is programmed for December 26 until December 30. The camp is for children in the age from 4 to 10. The Seasi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Labor office closed for official opening

St. Maarten – The Labor Office on the Pondfill is closed tomorrow due to the official opening of the renovated facility by the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever. The official opening is scheduled for three

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Early Christmas at TelEm parking lot

Early Christmas at TelEm parking lot

The TelEm Christmas girls who helped organize the event.St. Maarten – TelEm Group personnel were joined by family and friends yesterday - transforming the company’s Pond Island parking lot into a bustling Christmas Festival Village. Personne

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Reader’s Letter: A tribute to Mr. Bijnsdorp

A tribute to you because of what you say and how you say it. Your opinion articles are funny and daring, while your artistic drawings are amusing and classical. A tribute to you as we exchanged ideas before and kept any salsa out of the mix.

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2011

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Opinion; Problem child

We just got over the unfortunate health-comparison of lesbians, gays and bisexuals versus straight people and we are already hit with another one in the same series: the lower-educated versus the higher educated. Why wait with the comparison between

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