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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Advisory Council criticizes 2012 draft budget: Lack of explanations and no target dates

St. Maarten – “The 2012 draft budget lacks for all ministries a guiding elaboration about the intended policy, adjusted for the current revenue and expenditures. The intended goals are described much too vague and leave room for interpretation. N

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Man arrested after killing his brother

St. Maarten – A shooting in Fort Willem landed one brother initially in hospital where he passed away shortly afterwards, and the other one in police custody. Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson did not have details of the shooting available,

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Less money for justice and economy this year

St. Maarten – The draft 2012 budget is 11.6 million guilders higher than the previous budget. The increase is mainly caused by indexation and price increases, the draft states, “but especially by taking over costs that are linked to tasks that we

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: Sperm whale

Belgium caught some free energy when a 25-ton sperm whale landed on the beach in Knokke-Heist this weekend. Don’t get the wrong ideas: the animal is called a sperm whale after the white waxy substance in its enormous head, called spermaceti. But th

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Opinion: The war on drugs: our own Vietnam

The war on drugs is the new Vietnam: it is a war nobody will ever win, no matter how much resources the international community throws at it. We have argued before on this page that the extremely expensive war on drugs is a lost case and that it is t

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Opinion: A tip for Minister De Weever

Our good Minister Cornelius de Weever is working on a national health insurance while – according to the Advisory Council – the 2012 draft budget does not contain a provision to make this happen, we’d like to draw his attention to some useful r

Editorial - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Editorial: Another killing

While the details are obscure at this moment, one thing is certain. Another citizen has died at the hands of someone holding a firearm. The story is about two brothers who lived in Fort Willem. Apparently they got into an argument yesterday and ar

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Civil servants undergo training in remote sensing technologies

Civil servants undergo training in remote sensing technologies

Claudius Buncamper (l) and other participants concentrate on the course material behind their lap tops. St. Maarten (Dcomm) – Last week 19 participants from government entities on Sint Maarten took part in part two of the Geographic Information Sy

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Motorcycle smashes into car

St. Maarten - The cause of an accident that took place last Saturday opposite the 0-14 store remains unclear but at least one man suffered severe injuries after the bike he was riding came into contact with a car. The car attempted to make a left

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Lil Blossom and Sunshine perform in Trinidad

St. Maarten - Denisia “Lil Blossom” Martimbor, St Maarten’s junior calypso queen and her sister, Janesia’ Sunshine’ Martimbor will be guest artists at the junior calypso finals today  in the Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Children march for their rights

Children march for their rights

These children were having a good time, marching for a good cause.St. Maarten – Children and their parents marched through the center of Philipsburg on Saturday at the end of the afternoon to draw attention to the rights of the child. Many daycare

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Pedestrian traffic jam at the St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – Parking at the airport is not a problem. It’s getting away from the parking lot that keeps a lot of people standing in long lines like forever. That is because there is only one functioning terminal where motorists are able to pay f

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Unesco marks world Radio Day

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Today marks the first World Radio Day in history. It is being observed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Radio is able to reach 95 per cent of the world’s population; it is the m

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Art in the Park: a photo impression

Art in the Park: a photo impression

Italian painter and photographer Patty Meotti.EMILIO WILSON PARK – The sun was shining and hundreds found their way to the Emilio Wilson Park yesterday to stroll past the exhibits at the annual Art in the Park manifestation. Artists from the Dutch

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Toastmasters add two members

St. Maarten – Last week Danae Daal and Harriette Rogers joined the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club. Daal is a treaty lawyer at the department of foreign affairs; Rogers works in the administration at the receivers office. Both civil servants h

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Minister Meyers discussed air safety in Aruba

Minister Meyers discussed air safety in Aruba

Left to right MP Patrick Illidge, Lincoln Gomez, Minister Meyers, Jorge C. Colindres Marinakis, Louis Halley and David R. Colindres.St. Maarten – Last week Minister Franklin Meyers (Economic Affairs, Tourism, Telecommunications and Transport) m

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Peridot president Arrindell extends condolences to Whitney Houston -family

St. Maarten – The Peridot Foundation extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and the music world, on the sudden passing of multiple Grammy Award winning singer Whitney Houston,” President Gracita Arrindell said in a press releas

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Bureau addresses competition between satellite and cable providers

St. Maarten – Director of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten Peggy Ann Brandon announced Friday that they are preparing quality of service standards for all participants in the telecommunications and broadcasting that address an imbalan

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Solar energy gains popularity in St. Maarten

Library works on solar energy project St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library is looking for sponsors to fund a solar energy project. Director Monique Alberts has approached several businesses with a request to sponsor a 5 kilowatt solar s

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Cole Bay Baby Wellness Clinic closes

St. Maarten – The Cole Bay Baby Wellness Clinic located at the Charles Leopold Bell School was closed with immediate effect on Friday. The vacated location is being handed over to the school for its use. An alternative location has been identifi

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Marriage law updates create more equal position

St. Maarten – The laws governing marriage are being updated to give more privileges to a spouse who may not have contributed in cash to the buildup assets when the marriage is being dissolved. Notaries mainly focused these provisions which relate t

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Ministerial consultation on plans of approach Monday

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams announced recently that a ministerial consultation with the members of the Council of Ministers and Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies during the latter’s visit o

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Three areas ready for digital upgrade

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Cable TV, as previously announced, has launched its digital service and reminds its subscribers that everyone is required to switch to a Motorola digital box to continue receiving service. Subscribers are asked to visit the of

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Two new help desks open soon

GREAT BAY – Two more community help desks will be opened by the beginning of March. The first community helpdesk is up and running in St. Peters and the government plans to open another one at Dutch Quarter on February 15 and the one in Cole Bay on

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Bureau addresses competition between satellite and cable providers

St. Maarten – Director of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten Peggy Ann Brandon announced Friday that they are preparing quality of service standards for all participants in the telecommunications and broadcasting that address an imbalan

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Opinion: Wrong choices

We read a story in the Volkskrant that put a smile on our face at first: Indians file complaint against breweries because of the serious alcohol-problems in their community. It’s a bit like fat people taking McDonalds to court because they make ham

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Opinion: Fun Miles

To say that they’re a funny lot over there in Curacao may very well be the understatement of the century. Newspapers in Willemstad are spending a lot of ink these days on a rather peculiar controversy – and this time it’s not about the integrit

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Editorial: How children change

We learn from a report today that K.R. started his life at the Sundial School as a well mannered young man who got grades and who was obedient. We also see that along the way two significant things happened that turned him off his good path. The firs

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Opinion: Alternative energy

With utility-bills skyrocketing and with consumers bracing themselves for the next inevitable power cut it is no wonder that people start looking for alternatives. Talk about the development of alternative energy sources have been going on for years,

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St. Maarten School bus stabber: a member of HRN Gang

St. Maarten - Just what exactly triggered fifteen year old Sundial School student K. R to stab three of his colleagues on a school bus on Monday is yet to be determined. But Today Newspaper has learnt that the young man’s involvement in the ‘High

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St. Maarten Minister wants more students to come home

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sports Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has stressed the importance of ensuring students return to the island upon completion of their studies at universities abroad. The call was part of her announcement o