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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 28, 2012

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New central bank row looms

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Curacao’s Finance Minister George Jamaloodin has held the three statutory directors of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS), the Prime Minister of St. Maarten Sarah Wescot-Williams, St. Maarten’s Finance Mi

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Wifol-lawsuit moved to hearing in March

St. Maarten - Wifol-members eagerly awaiting the ruling in the lawsuit the union had filed against the Simpson Bay Resort Management Company and the Royal Resorts Management Company left the courthouse disappointed yesterday morning. Judge mr. René

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St. Maarten finance minister asserts ability to collect from condo owners

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has said that Income Tax ordinance gives the country’s tax authorities the ability to request that (mostly) American condo owners pay government a portion of what they generate from renting their cond

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St. Maarten Government gives up on 143 million in debt relief

St. Maarten – The government is no longer chasing the 183 million guilders in debt relief it has claimed for a long time from the Netherlands. In the draft budget 2012 the number is still mentioned, but only as a point of reference. In answers to q

Opinion - Posted by on February 28, 2012

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Opinion: Under the lighthouse it is always dark

The government will implement an energy efficiency program to stimulate consumers to reduce their energy consumption. This is one of the more humorous elements of the draft energy policy. As usual, the government is now going to tall others what t

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Opinion: Weather woes

Apart from the more attractive parts of the female anatomy, nothing gets the rightwing Dutch newspaper the Telegraaf going more than the weather. And when it comes to grabbing the attention of its readers even facts about that weather have to take a

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Letter: Clear and present danger

Dear editor, There is a clear and present danger in our country. This danger can hurt us as a country in 3 manners. It can hurt us economically, politically and culturally. Please let me explain. Let’s say that our electorate has 5000 Haitians o

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Researcher studies effects of lionfish on local fish

St. Maarten – Tineke Van Bussel a Master’s Degree student researcher at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam began a study in February on the pressure that the invasive lionfish is having on local fish species. The study, which will focus on fish

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Arrindell meets USM on latest developments

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell was briefed on the latest developments at the University of St. Martin (USM) last week during a meeting with the tertiary institution’s President Annelies van den Assem, the Dean of Acad

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Answers speak of 200 vehicles – Government lists almost a hundred cars

GREAT BAY – The government of St. Maarten had 95 cars and trucks on its balance sheet per the end of last year. The vehicles have a combined replacement value of 7.1 million guilders ($3.9 million). After depreciation, the car fleet is on the balan

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Volunteers clean up lagoon shoreline

SIMPSON BAY - The Simpson Bay Lagoon shoreline bordering on Bellevue received a cleanup on Sunday. Several groups of volunteers were hauling away trash from the land bordering the lagoon. Organized by the Sint Maarten Pride Foundation and Budget Mari

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Soualiga Foundation hosts student forum next month

THE HAGUE – Stichting Soualiga Foundation (SSF) hosts its first-ever student forum under the theme: ‘To study successfully and to return successfully’ on April 20. The forum will look at the accumulated complaints from students, guardians and e

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Government seeks financing to finish new government building

St. Maarten – Government is currently seeking finances to do the interior partitions of the new government administration building on Pond Island. This is the latest update Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has given Members of Parliament on the

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 28, 2012

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Daniel Gibbs leads in political poll

MARIGOT – If elections were held today, the list of Daniel Gibbs would come out on top, with Alain Richardson finishing a close second, an opinion poll conducted by Qualistat for the French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week. Senator Louis Constant

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Union President distances herself from pedophilia allegations

St. Maarten – President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot has distanced herself from allegations that there are pedophile teachers at the St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. The charge was made by Hector Ramos - a parent with chi

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Mingo resigns from marine trades association

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies’ Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo resigned as a board member of St. Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) recently and nominated Richard van der Mark to replace him. Mingo is stepping down be

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Turnover tax’s future uncertain Government preparing to shift to indirect taxes

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto believes it is too premature to say whether turnover tax will disappear completely from the country’s tax regime. He said this in written answers to questions in parliament about his overall plans to