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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Ministries “softening blow” in individual way

St. Maarten – Five of the seven government ministries have provided parliament with information on how they are “softening the blow to the people.” The statements are a reply to a question from Independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge.

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St. Maarten members of parliament question Shigemoto on bond row

St. Maarten – The two members of the Democratic Party faction – Roy Marlin and Petrus Leroy de Weever - and independent Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge have sent Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto a letter with 25 questions on the matter of iss

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Budget of 2.3 million for road maintenance

St. Maarten – A budget of 2.3 million guilders (a bit over $1.3 million) is what the Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure has at its disposal this year for road repairs and road-related works. Finance Minister

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Interpol’s De Santana Barbosa on counterfeit medicine: “Attractive for organized crime due to high profit and low risk”

St. Maarten – “Producing and distributing counterfeit medicines is a particularly dangerous and cruel form of crime. It not only undermines corporate innovation, creativity and intellectual property, but it also targets innocent, unsuspecting and

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York turns birthday party into fundraiser

St. Maarten – TelEm Group laid on a red and white “Red Carpet” welcome for popular St. Maarten Drummer, Fred York, during has annual birthday bash at the Sky Beach Rooftop Bar, Sunday night. York teamed up with TelEm Group and the St. Maarten T

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Ministries may soon pay own rent

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has not ruled out having each ministry directly pay the rent for the buildings their departments occupy. This will be done based on the outcome of an evaluation of how the government organization fun

Editorial - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Editorial: Crime shift

While endless resources have been poured into the unwinnable war against drugs, criminal organizations are already one step ahead. The drug trade is not dead yet, but criminals have found other activities to keep them occupied. They have a few things

Opinion - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Opinion: Love of country must be proven

Dear Editor, The responses to the many articles I wrote recently were tremendous. Most were good, but a few were not so good. I was surprised by who gave me negative response. You would think that the foreigners and illegal immigrants might be

Opinion - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Opinion: A message of love, peace and unity

During this period of lent let us focus on the fact that the essence and reality of our being is spirituality.We are spiritual beings, over 7 billion of us on planet earth.  We just don’t acknowledge it.  We are spiritual beings inhabiting a body

Opinion - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Opinion: Ghost civil servants

It’s amazing that they are still there: ghost civil servants. Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto identified them in answers to questions by opposition leader William Marlin as employees with an addiction or with social or health problems. If we read

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 29, 2012

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Hoefdraad wants to hear St. Maarten first

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – President of the Common Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Liesbeth Hoefdraad has said that she must hear St. Maarten before she decides on Curacao’s request to appoint t

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Budget discussions resume Thursday

St. Maarten – The continuation of discussions on the 2012 National Budget has been rescheduled for Thursday so that government can complete the process of swearing in all civil servants from the seven ministries. The swearing in began on Tuesday an

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Service: A priority for five ministries

St. Maarten – Five government ministries are committing to clear projects aimed at improving service to the public in 2012. The announcement of those projects is made in answers supplied to MPs on Monday as part of the ongoing discussions on the 20

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Ghost civil servants are still around

St. Maarten – The government has a no show no pay policy that allows it to stop paying salaries to civil servants that do not show up for work, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto wrote in answer to a question by National Alliance leader William Marlin

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Harbour Group improves container turnaround time

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies puts its new Bromma container spreader to use in the cargo section of Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise and Cargo Facilities. This is expected to improve efficiency and is part of the harbour group’s ef