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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Parking woes in Mullet Bay

MULLET BAY – The demolition of the structures at the former Mullet Bay resort have left beachgoers in a bind, because for unknown reasons access to the property has now been barricaded with heavy pieces of concrete. Beachgoers had an easy time befo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Huge turnout for bikeathon

St. Maarten - In their renewed effort to stem the flow of violence among the youths on the island, the bikeathon organized by  the  Drug Abuse Resistance Education, D.A.R.E,  attracted scores of participants, some as young as five years old. Th

Opinion - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Opinion: Energy policy

Did we see white smoke coming out of the government building? Is there really an energy policy, albeit a draft, that focuses on efficiency and on renewable energy resources? Wow, we did not see that one coming. We’re of course happy with the idea b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Personnel costs ministers go up by almost 6 percent

Draft budget 2012 St. Maarten – Ministers will earn more this year if the parliament approves the 2012 draft budget. The seven members of the Wescot-Williams cabinet will cost the state together 125,578 guilders ($69,765) more than in 2011. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Prime Minister congratulates local Dominicano community

Dominican Republic celebrates Independence Day St. Maarten (DCOMM/Today staff) – Dominicanos around the world will be celebrating the 168th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence today. “On behalf of the people and the gover

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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TelEm focuses on customer service

Telecom provider chooses red as new company color St. Maarten – TelEm Group management and personnel held a staff retreat at the Divi Little Bay Resort on Friday and came out armed with a new mission to make customer satisfaction their prime foc

Editorial - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Editorial: Too much to ask

The draft budget for this year reveals an average increase in the personnel costs for our ministers of nearly 6 percent. For five ministers these costs are even going up by 7.2 percent. Unlike the risings costs for staff bureaus (where increases coul

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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More than twenty removed from 2012 subsidy list

St. Maarten – A total of 22 organizations stand to lose their government subsidy this year, the subsidy list of the draft 2012 budget shows. Removing the subsidies saves the government 15.9 million guilders (about $8.8 million). The Foundation T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Concerned parent alleges improper conduct by teachers

St. Maarten – A concerned parent who claims that the St. Maarten Academy PSVE has suspended two teachers for improper conduct with students while leaving a third teacher allegedly involved in the same activities in his position, now claims that the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Heyliger calls on residents to get involved with community councils

St. Maarten – The Middle Region and Defiance Community Council have approved its 2012 calendar of activities and plans on carrying out its program in its entirety. But that is only possible with the cooperation of the districts’ residents. Vic

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Fashion Night Out shows creations by local designers

GREAT BAY- The atmosphere on the roof of the Privé Lounge, in Simpson Bay took on a subtle tone last Saturday night when a group of aspiring models showcased the line of clothing of Maza Rombley, Marlyn Boasman and Alida Brown. The staging of The

Entertainment, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 27, 2012

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Motiance’s musical theater blows crowd away

GREAT BAY-The energy, talent and passion of musical theater students of Motiance Dance School was on show over the weekend at the school’s production, Blown Away.  Blown Away represented the grand finale for Joost and DJ, two male choreographers/d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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MPs quiz government’s lack of social programs

St. Maarten - Devoid of fiscal solutions to social ills and lack luster is how many parliamentarians on Wednesday described the close to half of a billion guilders budget that was presented by government for the year 2012. Following Finance Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Draft 2013 budget by September 30 Balancing issues cause late delivery of 2012 budget

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has put down his late delivery of the 2012 budget to parliament to balancing issues when it comes to the operating account and because the requests submitted by the ministries far surpassed the available

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Truck driver faces 12 months in prison

Fatal accident took the life of Sylvia Lynch St. Maarten – Truck driver Manuel de Jesus M.-B. was driving too fast when he caused a traffic accident on the Sucker Garden Road on May 6 of last year that cost 12-year-old Sylvia Lynch her life. Pro

Editorial - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Editorial: Raising the level

It is lamentable that Members of Parliament can still believe they can get away with not reading documents ahead of a debate and then putting on a show that they either don’t have questions or they call on ministers to explain to the people their p

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Firearms

Firearms remain a hot topic. For some reason an uncanny high number of people think that having a gun is the best way to protect yourself. That they are wrong is obvious to at least some of us; we are not in a position to write something like “most

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Finger pointing

For some youngsters life seems to be all fun and games. The lackluster defendant that was in court yesterday morning is a fine example of today’s mentality. The charge against the just 18-year-old was not even all that serious – though the victim

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Opinion: Alcohol

That the new penal code will contain an article that punishes reckless driving under the influence of alcohol with a maximum penalty of 9 years seems impressive, but it is not the complete story. To make this article effective, St. Maarten also needs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Marie Genevieve students visit parliament

St. Maarten – Sixteen six graders from the Sister Marie Genevieve de Weever primary school along with their teachers and support staff, visited the House of Parliament at Wilhelmina Straat in Philipsburg on Tuesday morning. This is the second schoo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Amador Jones murder-suspect will stand trial in June

St. Maarten – Kennedy Cynrick Akeem D., 18, appeared in the Court in First Instance charged with involvement in the April 16, 2011 murder of Amador Jones. The murder is part of the so-called Vesuvius-investigation. The court postponed the trial unt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Gas station burglar stole nothing but gets 6 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Bertran Martin Blackman, 59, in absentia to 6 months imprisonment for an attempt to break into the Sol gas station in Madame Estate on September 23 of last year. The defendant was caught red-ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Applications open for Indian scholarship

GREAT BAY – The Embassy of India in Caracas, Venezuela, recently offered a full scholarship to a St. Martin student in the context of the friendly cooperation program launched in 1964 by the Government of India in which some 156 countries currently

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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St. Maarten participates in Unesco Conference on intangible heritage

GREAT BAY – Eight representatives from the Dutch Caribbean islands, including Bonaire, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba, participated in a Unesco Conference on intangible heritage convention in Deurne, Netherlands from February 15 to F

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Man sentenced again for illegal firearm possession

GREAT BAY – The Court in First Instance sentenced 26-year-old Christopher Edmond to 16 months imprisonment for possession of a firearm. Of the sentence 4 months are suspended; the court imposed 3 years of probation. The defendant was found in po

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Stubborn young criminal finally sent off to prison

St. Maarten – Gilbert Chevalier had it coming and there is more on the way. With an 18-month suspended prison sentence to his name, the Court in First Instance sentenced him yesterday morning to 9 months imprisonment for a burglary on March 10 of l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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MPs question taxing vacation rental revenues

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament from the coalition and from the opposition want Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto to clarify how he intends to collect roughly 48.5 million guilders from people who rent their condominiums as vacation properties. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Businessman pushing for events to mark Guyana’s status as a Republic here

St. Maarten - Since the year 1970, the 23rd of February has been a special day for the people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the gaiety, pomp ceremonies and cultural extravaganzas involve each of the country’s six races. George Semple, t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Meyers encourages young adults to sign-up for training

St. Maarten – Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs, Telecommunications & Transport Franklin Meyers encourages young adults to sign-up for the Youth Entrepreneurship Training programme that further develops the skills of unemployed young p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Parliamentarians discuss property law and contracting work today

St. Maarten – The Central Committee of Parliament will be having a hearing with the Notaries at 4:00 p.m. today on National Ordinance supplementing Title 1 of Book 7 of the Civil Code regarding provisions on the Sale of Property and Assets, and det

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Association thankful for increased presence

GREAT BAY - The St Maarten Marine Trades Association (SMMTA) thanks the police force of St. Maarten for increasing the police presence in the Simpson Bay area. The association has noticed a consistent increased presence of patrol officers in cars an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2012

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Heyliger urges naturalized citizens to become engaged citizens

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger congratulates the approximately 400 people who have become naturalized citizens last week. The naturalisation ceremony took place at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in the presence of Governor drs Eugene

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Fuel prices go up again

St. Maarten – Gasoline and diesel prices will go up for the second time in just under two weeks on Thursday. This is the second time this month that the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications has approved hike and cit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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New women’s shelter in the works at Marigot Hill Road

Foundation organizes raffle in March to fund project St. Maarten – The SXM women’s shelter project intends to raise $90,000 in March through a raffle to fund the first phase of a state of the art community service women’s shelter project at

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Richardson: We are looking forward to carnival 2013

St. Maarten - The portrayal of several cultures by revelers highlighted the penultimate event on the schedule for Saint Martin Carnival 2012 and already the Fcdsm president is looking forward to the next one. Thousands of spectators lined the route t

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