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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2012

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Sports: CONSTANCE PITCHES THE MAC TO VICTORY

St. Maarten - Like a chip off the not so old block, Jaylen Constance rose to the occasion on the pitcher’s mound and batted 3-4 to lead the Mac school to a convincing victory in the final game of the RBC/RBTT tournament last Saturday. So consist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2012

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Sports: Pigeon and Piscione clinch top spots in triple mini-triathlon

St. Maarten - The Gymfit athletic club secured the top two places in the male category and the positions for first and second in the female category was separated by a seconds at the conclusion of the first annual Sunset Bar & Grill triple mini t

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on February 6, 2012

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Sports: Wib takes cream of awards

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Bank softball team will be going into the 2012 season which began Sunday with a psychological advantage after securing three of the six awards in the male category for their performances in 2011. In addition to t

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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 (

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Opinion - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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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

Opinion - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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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

Opinion - Posted by on February 3, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Police arrest two Vesuvius-suspects after Bada Bing-fight court hearing

St. Maarten – Jannitro Denzel Williams, 20, and Joey Sjurendy Rohan, 21 thought they got off light when Judge mr. Monique Keppels sentenced them to a 4-month conditional prison sentence for a fight in Bada Bing on February 3 of last year. But when

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Governor calls on businesses to support the disabled

From assistance to independence St. Maarten - Governor drs Eugene Holiday has called for more businesses to provide job opportunities for persons living with disabilities. The call is part of a speech to a gathering of volunteers, governmental off

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Chucky earns another six years behind bars

Woman planned kidnapping and robbery St. Maarten – Omar “Chucky” Nelson earned himself another 6 years of imprisonment yesterday on top of the 18 years he is already serving. The 21-year-old still has to face another trial for his escape fro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Raoul Illidge Sports complex set to be re-opened to public

St. Maarten - New and strict measures will be implemented at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex when it re-opens to the general public on February 13. The decision to re-open the facility, which has been closed for an extended period, was reached at a

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Editorial: Free Market healthcare

News that the government has already concluded at least one letter of intent for a new private medical facility and is reviewing the possibility to sign with a second group shows that the prevailing attitude is that something as sacred as healthcare

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Opinion: Judging the judges

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten announced yesterday that judges will have to submit themselves every year to a job evaluation interview. A survey conducted twelve years ago showed that there are around 1,700 judges in the Netherlands, so that is a lot

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Opinion: The Twitter lie

We don’t want to be overly cynical, no matter how much fun this sometimes is, but we just think that the Netherlands has established a record that is reason for serious concern. We’re pretty critical of social networks, though with Facebook going

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Opinion: Tragedy (Stoning an intruder on your property)

Imagine this. You arrive home around midnight and you spot somebody near a bedroom window. It’s dark out there and by the time you get out of your car the figure has disappeared in the bushes. You have been the victim of burglaries three times in t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Absent street-robber sentenced to 9 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jeremy Titus Thomas yesterday in absentia to 9 months imprisonment for robbing a man of his gold necklace on November 14 of last year. The 21-year-old was arrested shortly after the robbery; offic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime Minister congratulates extraordinary police officers (BAVPOL) graduates

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined in congratulating the 61 graduates of the course for extraordinary police officers. The graduation took place on January 27 but the prime minister was away in Brussels and chose to offer her

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Governor gets draft 2012 budget Friday

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced on Wednesday that the ministry of finance received the advice from the Council of Advice on Tuesday afternoon, and preparations are now underway to send the 2012 national budget to the governo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Martin Luther six graders visit parliament

St. Maarten – Seventeen six graders from the Dr. Martin Luther King primary school along with their teachers visited the House of Parliament on Wednesday morning. The students were welcomed by the President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Civil Registry ready to return license administration to Justice Ministry

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has said the civil registry is perfectly willing to allow the Ministry of Justice to take over or have back the administration when it comes to the issuance of drivers licenses. In fact the proposa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Mother wins $1,000 in Scotia bank campaign

St. Maarten -Thirty nine year old mother of two, Shannalis Hazel beat out thousands of entries to become the winner of Scotia Bank’s ‘Back to School Campaign’ for visa debit card users. On Wednesday, the bank handed over a cheque amounting to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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No punishment for man who injured psychiatric patient

St. Maarten – Violet B., a woman with a psychiatric disorder, ended up with a skull fracture and an epidural bleeding on May 4 of last year when she was pelted with stones by Franklin B.M. de W. At the trial on January 11, the prosecution demanded

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 2, 2012

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Social Affairs heads stripped of signing authority

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has publicly stripped both the head and interim head of the department of social affairs of the authority to sign letters informing people whether or not they

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