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Editorial - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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Editorial: A fine line

Finding the right balance was the key theme that was stressed on Thursday night at a town hall meeting hosted by Rainforest Adventures on its plans for the Emilio Wilson Estate. The sought after balance here is how to protect a property that has imme

Opinion - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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Opinion: Absenteeism

Since we ended up on today’s opinion page with two work-related issues, we may as well add a third topic: absenteeism. We’re getting to this because the president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu brought up the term yesterday when s

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Opinion: Appraisals

The Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu has welcomed the use of professional development appraisals – a system that will allow school boards to link performance to salary. The appraisals are already in use with the St. Maarten Academy and with

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Opinion: Lifestyle

Here is a thought for our labor unions to chew on. Employers in the Netherlands want the option to call employees that live an unhealthy lifestyle to account. More than half of the employers in small and medium enterprises say that they want the poss

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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German Ambassador Behr: “No reason why Germans should not want to come to St. Maarten”

St. Maarten - Tourism and renewable energy are two areas where Germany and St. Maarten could work together. The German ambassador to the Netherlands, Heinz-Peter Behr said this last night in a lecture in the Royal Pavilion at the Sonesta Maho Beach R

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St. Maarten Airport adds traffic signs for the physically-challenged

St. Maarten - Four new traffic signs have been added in front of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) to aid in the drop-off and pick-up of the physically-challenged.  The signs were painted in the public access lane at each pedestrian

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Child smugglers get conditional sentences and community service

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Brebilus Février to 326 days imprisonment for smuggling Haitian children to St. Maarten between June 26 and October 17 of last year, and for forging so-called attestations d’hébergement – do

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Dive company Dive Adventures donates ship artifacts

St. Maarten – One of the islands oldest dive shops – Dive Adventures - has donated artifacts from the HMS Proselyte to the St. Maarten Museum on Front Street. The pieces which were handed over by the company’s manager Vinny Agosta were collecte

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Third meeting on Jules James next Monday

St. Maarten – A plenary public session of parliament is scheduled for February 13 regarding the voting on a motion by Member of Parliament (MP) Jules James. The meeting will take place on Monday morning at 10:00am in the General Assembly Chamber of

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St. Maarten Airport gives loving welcome on Valentine’s Day

St. Maarten - Arriving passengers will step out to the sound of music, assorted Valentine’s Day gifts for some lucky couples and an atmosphere of love and friendliness as the Princess Juliana International Airport rolls out the red carpet for them

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St. Maarten Government takes tax out of Christmas bonuses

St. Maarten – Civil servants who received their belated Christmas bonus were surprised to find out that the fls 345 payment had been taxed, Claire Elshot, first vice president of the windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions Wiclu said yesterday mor

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St. Maarten Police cells and immigration center now partial Houses of Detention

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has designated the top floor of the immigration detention center in Simpson Bay and a wing of the police station in Philipsburg as Houses of Detention. The measures are designed to facilitate renovations

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Rainforest Adventures confirms it is still awaiting planning permit

“If it does not happen before hurricane season I don’t know” St. Maarten - Rainforest Adventures’ chief engineer John Dalton has warned that if government does not issue a permit for their project soon, it may not happen at all. This was

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Teachers want time off after, not before French carnival

St. Maarten – The government still has not reacted to a letter dated January 12 from the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions Wiclu about a change in the scheduled days off around the French-side carnival. Currently those days of have been p

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Tri-partite meeting establishes sub-committees

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions Wiclu will meet with its member organizations tomorrow morning at ten o’clock to decide about candidates for the three sub-committees that were established in the last tri-partite meeting

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Vocational education information sessions continue

St. Maarten - The Vocational Education (VE) team of the Division for Educational Innovations (DERPI) held an information session at the Sister Marie Laurence primary school on Wednesday evening to inform parents of grade six students of the available

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Ministry closes for annual retreat

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs will be Friday so staffers can participate in the annual retreat which was held for the first time in 2011. The theme of the retreat this year is: “Planning, Accountability

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Kids thrill audience at showcase

St. Maarten - Students from the various public schools on the island had an opportunity to showcase their skills when the physical education department held a talent showcase at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium on Wednesday evening. The purpose of t

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American basketball coach coming

St. Maarten - Young basketball players on the island will benefit from a one day camp at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium on Saturday February 18, which will be conducted by Donnie Arey, a professional coach out of Lake Wales Florida. Arey, who is curr