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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Shooting Victim arrives at St. Maarten Medical Center

Shooting Victim arrives at St. Maarten Medical Center

Three men ambushed and shot the man pictured above while he was walking home to Guana Bay with his child. According to reports the men jumped out the bush, demanded the man’s money and valuables before they shot him in his right leg. The man was

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Front Street business-owners nervous after Caribbean Gems heist

Front Street business-owners nervous after Caribbean Gems heist

The hole that robber(s) created to enter Caribbean Gems. (Julius Goodman photo)St. Maarten - Over $200,000 in cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables were stolen from Caribbean Gems on Front Street sometime between Sunday night and the wee hou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Platform wants another five years of AMFO financing

St. Maarten - The three week old St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform is asking the Dutch government to extend the life of the Antillean Co-Financing Agency (AMFO) until 2017 and make 45 million guilders available annually for poverty reduction. AMFO wa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Thompson demands employees get their contracts

St. Maarten – The Worker’s Institute for Organized Labor (WIFOL) has protested that union members are not being given copies of their contracts either as part of a review before signing them or after they have signed them. The union is calling on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Gottwald cranes still in “pretty good condition”

St. Maarten – Two inspectors from Marine Terminal Services - Anton G. Mendez and Ernesto Davila - have issued a preliminary conclusion that the two Gottwald cranes owned by the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies are in “pretty good condition.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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St. Maarten Jr. Carnival Queen calls on girls to register

St. Maarten Jr. Carnival Queen calls on girls to register

Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair.St. Maarten - Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair is encouraging the parents of little girls between the ages of 7 to 12 years to register to take part in the pageant for St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Meyers meets Parliament on GEBE Wednesday

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Franklin Meyer will be in Parliament at 3:00 pm on Wednesday for a discussion on developments at GEBE including the generation and distribution of electricity

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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St. Maarten Parliament discusses James’ vote today

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament will discuss the fact that Member of Parliament Jules James voted on a draft motion of the National Alliance from 2011 in which he was specifically named during a public general meeting that begins at 10:00 a.m.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Tax Forms become available on Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Inspectorate of Taxes of St. Maarten announced on Monday that various forms used for filing taxes that businesses need can be picked up at the tax authority as of Wednesday. The following forms for filing taxes will be available f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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UFA elections on February 5

St. Maarten – The United Federation of the Windward Antilles (UFA) will be having an election for its executive board on February 5 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The election will take place at the union’s headquarters on A. Th. Illidge Rd. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Ferron resigns as Regatta Steering Committee Chair

St. Maarten – Co-founder of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Robbie Ferron is stepping down as the event’s Steering Committee Chairman with immediate effect. The event’s co-chair John Gifford will take over. Ferron is standing down because his

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Rental income foreign condo-owners under fire

St. Maarten – The tax office is busy investigating whether foreign owners of real estate are liable to pay taxes on rental income they collect abroad. “We are of the opinion that this is so,” Geert Bergsma, the manager of the tax office said ye

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: Urgent admissions

Here is another trend our government needs to keep an eye on. A research by Louk van der Post shows that the number of urgent admissions of psychiatric patients has doubled in Amsterdam in the past twenty years. The number of psychiatric patients tha

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: The other Octa

When we read that Prime Minister Wescot-Williams traveled to a ministerial Octa-meeting in Brussels, we wanted to know more about Octa. When we Googled the acronym we fell into something completely different: the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. This is a ci

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Opinion: Is history repeating itself?

The controversy between owners at the Rainbow Beach Club in Cupecoy and the project’s management has a history that goes back to the nineties of last century. Attorney mr. Jairo Bloem described it in great detail last Friday. That day, Judge mr. Di

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: St. Martin: A ticking time bomb

Dear Editor, A friend of mine asked me what is so bad about St. Martin’s present immigration situation. I told him that from what I have learned the largest majority of voters are of Haitian descent, followed by people who are from or descended

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: No Oscars to be expected on St. Eustatius soon

Noel Coward wrote this wonderful song entitled “Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs. Worthington.” His message was clear: Talent is what is required to make it in the world of dramatic arts. These meaningful lyrics have clearly not filte

Editorial - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Editorial: Octa-opportunities

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams traveled to the south Pacific in March of last year, to the island of New Caledonia to be exact, and now she is in Brussels for the same reason: to attend the ministerial meeting of Octa, the Overseas Countries and Terr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2012

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Andrew Dick sequel premieres this summer

GREAT BAY – Twice a Dick is the title of the forthcoming sequel to the Andrew Dick Show movie, which premiered on four television channels last year. The announcement on the sequel is part of a statement on the release of the DVD for The Andrew Dic