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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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Resort refuses employees copies of labor contracts

St. Maarten – Wifol-president Theophilus Thompson sharply criticized the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina yesterday for the way it handles employment contracts for the workers it recently rehired. According to Thompson, the employees did not get a cop

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UP-supporters control new Chamber of Commerce

St. Maarten – After the last elections, the Chamber of Commerce is now completely under control of people who are in one way or the other linked to the United People’s party of Vice- Prime Minister Theo Heyliger. On the board of directors the

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Curacao’s average occupancy peaks near 76 percent

WILLEMSTAD – The launch of direct flights by Air Berlin and Air Canada has had a direct and positive effect on occupancy levels at of hotels and resorts. The revenue per available room in 2011 was $84.01 while the average daily rate was $105.41 and

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De Weever personally welcomes new department head

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has welcomed drs Virginia Asin “to our ministry and to St. Maarten.” Asin, who is originally from Suriname and has an “extensive background in public he

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Minister studies reports on dismissal requests

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever is studying a report from the ministry’s Secretary General Jorien Wuite and one by the dismissal committee on the request for a mass dismissal that was file

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Parents get first hand information on vocational education

St. Maarten – Parents of sixth graders at the Browlia F. Milliard campus of the Methodist Agogic Center on February 2 were informed about vocational education possibilities available for children at the various Post Secondary Vocational Education (

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Rastafarians honor elders Sunday

St. Maarten – Some 174 elders in the community will be honored for their contributions in eight areas on Sunday at the fifth annual agricultural fair. The event is being hosted by the solidarity rastafari organization and we agree with culture asso

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SZV opens customer service center

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has congratulated Social and Health Insurances (SZV) on the launching of its customer service center. The facility was opened on Wednesday morning. “I am

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Carnival dancer reveals philosophical side in new books

St. Maarten - The self-titled ‘Bamba Claus’, Bernard Michel has penned two books which he expects to bring “enlightenment” to the nation. Michel who describes himself as a “dancer who sends people wild and the free mind who makes people wis

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Netherlands Red Cross gets more powers

St. Maarten – The Netherlands Red Cross, which has a chapter here in St. Maarten, has been given the legal authority to participate in searches for people who go missing in armed conflict, natural disaster or other extraordinary circumstance and to

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Union criticizes Christmas-bonus discrimination

St. Maarten – Civil servants paid according to scale 6 and lower will receive their Christmas-bonuses by next Monday, Wiclu first vice president Claire Elshot said yesterday morning at the weekly press conference of the Windward Islands Chamber of

Opinion - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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Opinion: Through the mud

If we have to go by the information we received yesterday from Wifol-president Theophilus Thompson, there is something seriously wrong at the human resources department of the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina. Imagine an employer who offers you a job a

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Opinion: The truth hurts

Oh oh, here is one of those tricky scientific researches that will create a small firestorm somewhere. The Brock University in Ontario, Canada, claims that children who score low in IQ-tests are later on in life more inclined to develop prejudices an

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Opinion: The dark side of sugar

The question why now popped into our head when we read that researchers at the University of California in San Francisco reported that sugar is so toxic to the human body that the substance ought to be regulated as strictly as alcohol. First, we won

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Opinion: Christmas bonus

Here is another thing that we find rather odd: the Christmas bonus for civil servants. Well, we don’t find it odd that civil servants receive a Christmas bonus though we could probably find a few people to criticize giving that reward to the good p

Editorial - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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Editorial: Political control

A lot has been said already in the past about the manipulated elections for the new Chamber of Commerce board, but never have the connections between the new board members and the United People’s party been so explicitly outlined as in our front pa