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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Tourism bureau moves to new location

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau has moved to Unit 9 & 10 in the Krippa building, which is across from Sang’s supermarket on the Juancho Yrausquin boulevard. The bureau has also set up a temporary telephone number - (721) 526-8284 – b

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Two students sail on tall ship

Two students sail on tall ship

Veerle Rolus (maritime school) and Rien Korteknie (Sbo)GREAT BAY/MARIGOT – Two trainees in the will have the chance to sail aboard the tall ship “Eendracht” for a week during a journey from St. Martin to Bermuda. They will pay nothing for the j

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Christian Lloyd-killer Spencer sets postponement-record

Christian Lloyd-killer Spencer sets postponement-record

Anthony Ray Spencer is in custody again after his brief escape from prison in October of last year.St. Maarten – Anthony Ray Spencer, the 42-year-old who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for the January 23, 2010 murder of Christian Ll

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Constraints of world economy key point for Oct leader

St. Maarten – An expression of deep concern about the global financial crisis and economic recession that has caused considerable disruption to the economies of the European Union (EU) and Overseas Countries and Territories (Oct) forms part of the

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Opinion: Miracle tree

Honestly, we had never heard of the Moringa-Oleifera-tree in our life. But now we have, and this freshly acquired knowledge got us thinking about what such a tree could do for St. Maarten. It is also known as drumstick tree and its main attraction is

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Opinion: Marching orders

In June 2010, former Lt. Governor Franklyn Richards addressed the Antillean platform of the association of Dutch municipalities VNG. The subject matter was St. Maarten’s corporate governance code. The former island council approved the code unanimo

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Opinion: Gambling prevention

Wow, casino managers, attention please. Today Marco Rosman publishes his book 'Rien ne va plus', an excellent title for a book about gambling. Rosman worked two decades for state monopolist Holland casinos. The government thought that, by giving Holl

Opinion - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Betrayal

Dear Editor: When earlier this week Louie Laveist, the “Honorable” Member of Parliament, talked about “Betrayal of the people of St. Maarten” by Deputy Prime Minister Heyliger, I became very nauseous. Now I know Minister Heyliger is perfectl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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“The worst thing you can ever do is get used to death, the minute you feel you get too detached or even attached, it’s time to move on. But it is hard to quit.” –Mortician Orlando Vanterpool

“The worst thing you can ever do is get used to death, the minute you feel you get too detached or even attached, it’s time to move on. But it is hard to quit.” –Mortician Orlando Vanterpool

Orlando K.K Vanterpool.By: Torana Granston What started out as a lingering curiosity into the world of the dead is now reaping big rewards for thirty four year old mortician Orlando Vanterpool. With dual functions as director and embalmer at t

Editorial - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Editorial: Corruption

There is never a shortage of stories about corruption – here or elsewhere, but hard proof is seldom readily available. The Dutch Freedom Party considers St. Maarten a pirate’s nest, but now the Vatican of all places is (again) in the limelight as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Divi Little Bay hosts jazz cruise

Divi Little Bay hosts jazz cruise

The Kenny Neal Band, may have been replicated, but never duplicated and that fact was evident in the followers who arrived aboard the Holland America yesterday.St. Maarten - Tourism on St Maarten took on a new meaning with the arrival of legendary rh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 27, 2012

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Students broaden horizons on Puerto Rico trip

Students broaden horizons on Puerto Rico trip

The 15 students in year two of the international baccalaureate diploma program at St. Dominic High and three teachers who went to Puerto Rico recently posed at the airport just before their departure on January 18.St. Maarten – Fifteen students

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Indian Merchants Association renews call for cameras in Philipsburg

Indian Merchants Association renews call for cameras in Philipsburg

The Caribbean Gems jewelry store was burglarized on Monday.St. Maarten - Monday’s burglary of Caribbean Gems jewelry store has renewed calls by the Indian Merchants Association (Ima) to install a security surveillance system in Philipsburg and for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Last human smuggling suspect Cerberus-case faces 30 months

St. Maarten – The prosecution that resulted from the Cerberus-investigation into human smuggling that started in July 2010 has almost come full circle with the trial against Pierre Josias N., the last in a near endless line of nine defendants. Of t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Meyers: “We are striving to give the most responsible relief”

Meyers: “We are striving to give the most responsible relief”

St. Maarten – “Not very much relief has been given.” That is the very “frank” way in which Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers has responded to the concerns Members of Parliament (MPs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Broad support for joining Parlatino Political Committee

St. Maarten - All five faction leaders in parliament and President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell are set to become St. Maarten's members in the Political, Municipal Affairs and Integration Committee of the Latin American Parliament. The advice for

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Foundations sign MOU for service to elderly and disabled

Foundations sign MOU for service to elderly and disabled

President of the Helping hands Foundation Josianne Fleming-Artsen, Managing Director St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation Henry Lynch and Helping Hands Foundation Coordinator Jacqueline James sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Hel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Indian community celebrate homeland’s 63rd birthday

St. Maarten - The country’s Indian community will celebrate their country’s 63rd anniversary of independence with a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Belair Community Centre. Vice President of the Indian Merchants Association (Ima) Peter M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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InselAir gives away 3,500 extra scratch cards

St. Maarten – InselAir has distributed an additional 3,500 scratch cards to its ticket offices in Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and Bonaire. These cards are specifically for people who buy tickets from each of the offices and follows the distribution

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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MPs join in questioning Heyliger’s wind turbine

St. Maarten – Questions have been raised in parliament about the wind turbine that has been placed at the home of Vice Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger. The questions were posed by National Alliance faction leader William Marlin and his faction col

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Radisson hosting this year’s SMART

St. Maarten – Radisson Blue Resort, Marina & Spa is the host hotel for this year’s St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART). The event, which will run from May 16 to May 18 brings together the Eastern Caribbean to promote tourism in the sub

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Broad support for national expenditures committee

St. Maarten - Chairman of the General Audit Chamber Roland Tuitt has welcomed the broad support in parliament for the establishment of a permanent committee on national expenditures. The committee was proposed by the Audit Chamber as a means to facil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Coalition and opposition butt heads over meeting procedure

Coalition and opposition butt heads over meeting procedure

William Marlin: “What we’re doing here is not correct” Chairman of the board of Foundation Administrative Office GEBE, which holds the shares on behalf of the governments of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius, Ralph Richardson listens t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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St. Maarten elected to OCTA 2012 audit committee

St. Maarten elected to OCTA 2012 audit committee

Left to right, Senior Policy Officer at the Directorate Foreign Relations Khalilah Peters, Acting Secretary General of Ministry General Affairs Hensley Plantijn, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Chief of Staff Cabinet of the Minister of Plen

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Two day blood drive at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Concordia

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The Rotary Club of St. Martin Nord the Rotaract Club, and Help St. Martin Association have organized a two day blood drive at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Concordia. People will be able to donate blood between 9:00 a.m.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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New police recruits test skills in traffic controls

New police recruits test skills in traffic controls

Police academy students conducting a routine traffic control on Back Street on Tuesday. Milton Pieters Photo. St. Maarten - Eleven students of the basic police training course are currently assisting local police in traffic controls. The young r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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TelEm Group hosting CANTO’s 28th Annual General Meeting

St. Maarten – Accelerating the Broadband experience for telecommunication providers and users in the Caribbean is the theme of the 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) being hosted at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino this weekend. The event i

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Silly dispute between Dutch Antilles Express and Insel Air directors

Nelson Ramiz and Eduard Heerenveen are not exactly friends but that could change due to an intervention by a judge in Willemstad. Dutch Antilles Express-manager Ramiz and Insel air-director Heerenveen have to settle their differences over a cup of co

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Internet-anarchy

Here is something to think about for our decision makers while they are contemplating the new civil code. European citizens will get the right to remove personal information from the internet if European Commissioner Viviane Reding gets her way. Red

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Hot water (MP Jules James)

It seems that the dissatisfaction in the United People’s party faction in parliament is growing and that the pressure is mounting on parliamentarian Jules James to make a choice. The rookie MP has been in hot water ever since the row erupted at t

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Opinion: Eurohouse

When the Antillean guilder will finally disappear, nobody knows. But we have already a rather interesting idea about what to do with the leftovers. No, it’s not an idea of our own, let’s be honest here, but from an unemployed Irish artist by the

Opinion - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Where is the spirit of St. Maarten?

Dear Editor, I have discovered why the spirit of St. Maarten is hard to flourish. We, the native people of St. Maarten heritage, are waiting for some supernatural act that will not happen. We are scared to fight for our rights. We are scared to s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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French-side contestants confident ahead of Miss Carnival pageant

St. Maarten - Between now and February 17, the four girls that will be participating in the Miss Carnival pageant on the French side of the island will be expected to go through some mental and physical transformations. On that night in question, it

Editorial - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Editorial: Recession

The International Monetary Fund has warned Europe that a passive attitude in the eurozone could lead to a deep recession with a negative economic growth of a massive 4 percent. IMF-director Lagarde has called on the Union to double the size of its mo

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on January 26, 2012

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Website matches racers with boats for 2012 Heineken Regatta

Website matches racers with boats for 2012 Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten - There’s more than one way to enjoy the legendary “Serious Fun” that’s become the trademark for the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, the 32nd edition of which is scheduled for March 1 to March 4. Thanks to a website that li

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