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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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WIFOL returns to court and files complaint with ILO

St. Maarten – Workers Institute for Organized Labor (WIFOL), which represents the employees of Pelican Resort the Management Company, has filed a new court case against Royal Resort and Simpson Bay Resort Management Company to force them to honor t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Organizer Haitian child-smuggling faces 18 months

Two fathers involved, but face light sentences St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance will rule on March 8 on a human smuggling case that involves two Haitian children. The prosecution demanded yesterday 18 months against the main suspect, Br

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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CFT welcomes government’s plans to strengthen Tax Office

CFT welcomes government’s plans to strengthen Tax Office

[caption id="attachment_9192" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Chairman of the Board of Financial Supervision (CFT) Age Bakker makes a point during Wednesday’s press conference, while CFT Board Member Richard Gibson Sr. looks on."][/caption]

Opinion - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Opinion: Bad public relations

Nobody seems to be in a hurry to do something about the awful temperatures that terrorize judges, prosecutors, defendants, attorneys, journalists and visitors to the courthouse. But when male defendants start borrowing wooly outfits from female inter

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Opinion: Bad parking habits

We read somewhere that towing services spent four and a half (4.5) hours on Tuesday to retrieve four (4) car wrecks from some bushes in Dutch Quarter. We marveled at these figures and the efficiency of it all. But then, maybe it was a typo, though

Opinion - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Opinion: A request for Minister Duncan

Suppose you happen to have the Haitian nationality; that you have lived for decades in St. Maarten; and that you have a child living in Haiti. We all know that the place was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010 and that there is a cholera epid

Opinion - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Letter: Safety at NuStar – True nature of the beast

Dear Editor, Numerous developments this week have prompted further questions about the human and financial consequences for the Dutch Government and local community in the event of a potential disaster at NuStar’s operations in St. Eustatius. Th

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Editorial: And now more legal fees

It really just never ends when the lawyers get involved, now does it? That’s a valid question considering that yet again the Workers Institute for Organized Labor is dragging the former Pelican Resort to court. Next to that they’re heading to the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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De Weever tells staffers:“Shape up or ship out”

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has commissioned an investigation into how he can get the Department of Social Affairs to give better service. He’s also announced that he’ll be placing a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Court sends addicted burglar to Turning Point

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance suspended custody for 37-year-old Marvin Victor Lake on the condition that he reports this morning around eleven o’clock to Turning Point to enter a rehabilitation program. He has to abide by instructions

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Floodgate opened to reduce water levels

Floodgate opened to reduce water levels

[caption id="attachment_9195" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Water flows between the Fresh Pond to the Great Salt Pond as a way to lower heightened water levels."][/caption] St. Maarten - Head of Maintenance in the Public Works Department Cl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte: “It is our priority to keep the community safe”

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The addition of 31 new officers from the BAVPOL program, 12 from the Basic Police Course and the addition of 14 police officers from the Netherlands is helping the police force of St. Maarten accomplish the goal

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Douglas promotes rules based involvement in public utilities

Douglas promotes rules based involvement in public utilities

[caption id="attachment_9199" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Dr. Scott Douglas presents his 300 page doctoral thesis Great governance in small societies to Governor drs Eugene Holiday while civil law notary Miguel Alexander looks on. The pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Drunk driver fatal jet ski accident gets 9 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 37-year-old Aubrey Thom to 9 months imprisonment for an accident with a jet ski that cost teenager Felicia Williams her life on March 27 of last year. Judge Mr. Monique Keppels acquitted Thom of m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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No more CFT offices in near future

No more CFT offices in near future

[caption id="attachment_9201" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Members of the Board of Financial Supervision Alberto Romero and Richard Gibson Sr., the CFT’s Chairman Age Bakker and the body’s Secretary Kees Nieuwamerongen settle in for the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Prices decreased between October and December

St. Maarten - The consumer price index decreased by 0.3 percent in December 2011 when the figures at the end of that month and the ones issued at the end of October 2011 are compared. The price index recorded in December 2011 is 117.5. Prices general

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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Voges discusses profiling St. Maarten with van der Burg

Voges discusses profiling St. Maarten with van der Burg

[caption id="attachment_9204" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Cabinet Advisor Perry Geerlings, Chairlady of the Dutch Kingdom Relations Permanent Committee Dr. Brigitte I. van der Burg, and Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges stand together

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 19, 2012

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New gospel album launches February 3

New gospel album launches February 3

[caption id="attachment_9206" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Gospel Recording Artiste Desmond Forde and Producer Adrian Scott pose for a handout photo to promote the launch of ‘Lift Him Up’. "][/caption] St. Maarten - Zamar Musical Produ

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