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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Rolex-dealer contests tax evasion charge

Rolex-dealer contests tax evasion charge

Prosecution demands $1.45 million and a hefty fine St. Maarten – Did a local jeweler manipulate its stock of Rolexes between stores on Front Street and stores in French Saint Martin and St. Barths in such a way that the company evaded 2.6 mill

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Blue Mall’s developers and Port Services collaborating on Dutch Village

Blue Mall’s developers and Port Services collaborating on Dutch Village

An artist rendering of the Dutch Harbour that the developers of the Blue Mall and St. Maarten Port Services N.V. are planning to build at the Dr. A.C. Cruise Pier. (Website photo) St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The developers of the Blue Mall

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Opinion: Some relief for Saban and Statian inmates

Last week we published attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann’s analysis of the cumbersome situation criminal suspects from Statia and Saba have to go through when they are sent for detention to Bonaire. Hatzmann proposed in an expose we published on this pag

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Opinion: Real estate headaches

That not everything is chipper in real estate land is by now clear to everybody. Timeshare resort court cases provide a steady source of income to the legal profession, as the court schedule for next week Tuesday shows. There are no less that 35 cour

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Opinion: Rain Forest Adventures

Surely, Rain Forest Adventures is making a peculiar impression when it refutes claims of greenwashing its commercial activities while at the same time it makes incorrect claims on its web site that it is affiliated with Tread Lightly! – a Utah-base

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Reader’s Letter; No Parliament meeting tomorrow

We hereby announce that tomorrow there will be no Parliament meeting. We had no quorum. The reason is that too many parliamentarians cannot attend the meeting because they either have a tooth ache, a headache, diarrhea, or have one or two side jobs b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Editorial: Tax evasion

The criminal investigation into possible tax evasion by the local Rolex-dealer has been ongoing since 2008, and yesterday the company was in court. While evading millions in taxes may sound like a mafia-like practice, the reality is not that simple.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Dynamics Track Club seeks to increase medal count

Dynamics Track Club seeks to increase medal count

OPERATION STRETCH, athletes from the Dynamics Track Club warm up during the training session which was held yesterday. St. Maarten - Ten athletes from Dynamics track club will be seeking to increase its medal count at the Speedy Plus Club’s se

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Dutch team to profile Tamarind Hotel and St. Maarten

St. Maarten – A six member group from Dutch daily De Telegraaf arrive in St. Maarten Friday to begin work on a story about the island and Tamarind Hotel. The crew includes a journalist, a professional photographer and four models who will stay at t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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General Pension Fund of St. Maarten makes first payments today

St. Maarten – The General Pension Fund of St. Maarten (APS) will make its first pension payment today using the same regulations that were used by the General Pension Fund Netherlands Antilles (APNA). Payments between October 10, 2010 and December

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Student misbehavior creating dangerous situation on busses

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section has called on parents to instruct their children to behave while riding in school busses after several drivers filed complaints. The section head is particularly concerned that someone will get hurt i

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Wescot-Williams joins Mayor World Conference Inc

Wescot-Williams joins Mayor World Conference Inc

Commissioner Vonzelle Johnson, Commissioner Willie Calhoun, Commissioner Jack C. Sims, Mayor John Mc Gowan, Founder Johnny Ford, President of WMC Mayor James Walls, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto, Minister of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2012

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Heyliger: “Our infrastructure is not designed for the rains we’ve had”

Heyliger: “Our infrastructure is not designed for the rains we’ve had”

A bus driver takes a wide turn as he exits Back Street next to the Kadaster to avoid a sunken area in the road. Minister of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) Theodore Heyliger has announced that work will likely s

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Green light from attorney general for Buncamper-Molanus probe

Green light from attorney general for Buncamper-Molanus probe

St. Maarten – An investigation into possible criminal activities by former Public Health Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius is still not off the table. Chief Prosecutor mr. Hans Mos told this newspaper yesterday that his offi

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Rain Forest Adventures incorrectly claims eco-friendly affiliation

St. Maarten – Rain Forest Adventures, the American company that intends to develop a rain forest adventure park on the Emilio Wilson Estate incorrectly claims on its web site to be affiliated with Tread Lightly!, a Salt Lake City based environmenta

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Richardson chides government for “back and forth”

St. Maarten – Independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson has called for an end to the “back and forth” on important properties like Emilio Wilson Estate and Mary’s Fancy Plantation. Both sites have historic value and conservation organ

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St. Maarten’s 2011 inflation rate set at 4.6 percent

St. Maarten – The Department of Statistics has set the inflation rate at 4.6 percent when they compare figures from December 2011 and December 2010. This represents a 43.75 percent increase in the inflation rate in that 12 month period. The rate

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Jairo Bloem: “You ask yourself what is this about”

St. Maarten – The attorney representing Royal Resorts and Simpson Bay Resort Management Company Jairo Bloem has offered little comment on Wednesday’s announcement that the Worker’s Insitute for Organized Labor (WIFOL) has filed a petition reque

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Nature Foundation and Dolphin Defenders partner on research

Nature Foundation and Dolphin Defenders partner on research

The fin on a marine mammal that was spotted in local waters. (St. Maarten Nature Foundation photo)GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Nature Foundation restarted its Marine Mammal Monitoring project recently with assistance from Dolphin Defenders St. M

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Dance Mania 7 on track

Dance Mania 7 on track

The Hydraulics dancers will be the main act in the seventh edition of Dance Mania on March 3. (LOL photo) St. Maarten - Laugh out loud Productions will stage Dance Mania 2012 on March 3 as the first event for the year. The show, which is in its seve

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Imbali reruns Baba-Yaga and hosts clown workshop

Imbali reruns Baba-Yaga and hosts clown workshop

Albina Matuzko performs a scene from Baba Yaga, which will be staged one last time on January 28 at 8:00 p.m. (Photo contributed) St. Maarten – Imbali Center for Creative Movement and Albina Matuzko have decided to do a final run of Baba Yaga