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

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New penal code tough on driving under the influence

Maximum penalty from 2 to 9 years St. Maarten – Under the new penal code St. Maarten will for the first time in its history become tough on driving under the influence of alcohol. Under current legislation the maximum punishment is 2 years, but

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Unpaid advice to so called animal lovers

Dear Editor, So called animal lovers only love certain animals. They love the dog, the cat, the canary and the dolphin. Most professional animal lovers are women. They love dogs because a dog is faithful and will never betray them. They love the

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Appalled

Dear Editor,   I was appalled this morning when a security guard from Mullet Bay Golf Course strongly informed me that pedestrians could no longer walk the fringes of the golf course going from Cupecoy to Maho or vice versa. “You can

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Opinion: Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor are always welcome at our newspaper. So far we have set only one condition and that is that writers sign their letters with their true name. After all, we live in a constitutional democracy where citizens have the constitutional

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

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Opinion: Dangerous jobs

St. Maarten is still the Friendly Island in spite of the seemingly high murder rate of 31.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011. However, for journalists the country is a safe place to work: nobody got murdered in this profession last year, or in the man

Opinion - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Letter: Self preservation is what St. Maarten/St. Martin needs

Dear Editor, It’s human nature to want and feel appreciated in our standing in life. What is self-preservation? Self-preservation is the sibling of self-care. In the same way that we need to care for ourselves we need self-protection, too

Editorial - Posted by on February 22, 2012

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Editorial: Justice

Of all the stimulants available to consumers, alcohol is probably still the most accepted one. Smoking kills (but selling cigarettes remains legal), marijuana, cocaine and other mind-blowing products are addictive, but alcohol? Nah, don’t touch our

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

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Phillips gets training in Bermuda

St. Maarten - The Secretary General of the Bureau Ombudsman St. Maarten Patricia Phillips has returned from Bermuda after a one week exchange visit and training at the Bureau Ombudsman. Bermuda’s Ombudsman Arlene Brock is one of the Ombudsmen in th

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

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Library highlights Anansi stories Friday

St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosts a presentation this Friday between 5:30 p.m. and 7.00 pm that focuses on Anansi folktales. The two presenters are Anansi expert drs Mirto Laclé and popular storyteller Hillie Arduin. Laclé, wh

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

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Arrindell receives Ombudsman handbook from Arduin

St. Maarten – Ombudsman Nilda Arduin presented President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell with the bureau’s handbook 2011-2012on Tuesday morning. The handbook, which will be updated on an annual basis, comprises of established guidelines for

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

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Eight start cake baking and decorating course

St. Maarten - Eight people have registered for a cake baking and decoration course offered by the Small Business Development Foundation (SBDF) as part of its youth entrepreneurship training, which is done in collaboration with the Get off the block,

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

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SOL waiting for approval to build storage tanks

St. Maarten - SOL Antilles NV is waiting for the approval of the local regulatory authorities to begin the construction of a 25,000 barrel storage tank at its Cole Bay terminal, said SOL General Manager David Antrobus. With the new tank built it will

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

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Penny’s joins Fun Miles

St. Maarten - Fun Miles N.V has added a third company to its list of growing partners since the year began. Penny’s Department Store in Philipsburg made the partnership official on Tuesday after months of deliberating on what would be the best way

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

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Students question ministers

St. Maarten – In preparation of the Cycle II final examination, grade six (year 4) of the Marie Genevieve de Weever Primary School visited the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The school is currently covering the topic 'Government of St. Maarten' a

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

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Central Committee starts discussing national budget today

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell says the Central Committee will start to discuss the 2012 National Budget on Wednesday. The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on

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

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BTP Curacao advises 22 cent average electricity base rate

St. Maarten – The Bureau Telecommunications & Post (BTP) of Curacao has advised a base rate of 0.22 guilders with respect to GEBE, the electricity generation company. An analysis has been made regarding the cost price outcome for 2012, which is an

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

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Education minister stresses language proficiency

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport DR Rhoda Arrindell recently stressed her desire for all students to be proficient in up to four languages by the time the graduate from secondary school. In a speech at the opening of La

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Years of inactivity end for Monument Council

Advice will go soon to Minister Arrindell St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell will soon have an advice on her desk about the Monument Council. Department head Neville York told this newspaper yesterday t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Rethink small claims court, Bar Association advises

St. Maarten – Parliament ought to take another look at amendments to the civil code aimed at establishing a small claims court, Bar Association dean mr. Remco Stomp told members of the Central Committee of parliament yesterday afternoon. mr. Stomp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Editorial: Small claims court

Changes to the civil code could lead to the establishment of a small claims court - a place where consumers are able to settle disputes that do not exceed 10,000 guilders or about $5,500. Businesses also have access to this court, be it for a slightl

Opinion - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Opinion: Monitoring education

Information is an often misunderstood commodity and not everybody fully grasps the importance of the sender-receiver concept. Senders send information and often mistakenly think that receivers will get the message. Wrong. In many cases the projected

Opinion - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Opinion: Baker Jr. strikes again

Calypsonian Baker Jr. is at it again. This time he targets the upcoming French-side elections in his song Never Again. These are the lyrics: NEVER AGAIN Verse 1 Election two thousand twelve, is blooming in French St.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Twenty-two start nursing course

St. Maarten – Twenty-two people, who are mainly, between 16 and 24 began a three year course that will lead to them becoming licensed practical nurses on February 15. The LPN program is a new course of Advanced Secondary, Professional & Technical E

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Prime minister stresses country’s commitment to social justice

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has stressed the country’s commitment to social justice in a statement that coincided with World Day of Social Justice. Social justice is an undeniable principle for peaceful and prosperous coexi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Chamber delegation explores cooperation possibilities

St. Maarten - The Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation Inc. (TLH-SXMF) Director Arthur Lugisse, along with the President of the TLH-SXMF Ben Harris, welcomed St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry Executive Director Claret Connor and Board member T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Prosecutor’s Office confirms cause of death Oliver Petit

St. Maarten - The investigation into the death of 58-year-old Olivier Petit has established that the 58-year old took his own life on December 6 of last year. On the morning of that day Petit’s lifeless body was discovered in the front yard of a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Epic adds three to board of directors

St. Maarten – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) added Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet, and Alexandra Halley to its board of directors. They join Adam Brown and President Natalia Collier. Ancora-Brown has an excellen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Heirs demand demolition illegal structures

St. Maarten – The heirs of the late Joseph Patterson demand that illegally constructed buildings on a property on the family’s property in the vicinity of the Ginger Road and the Welgelegen Road in Cay Hill are immediately demolished. In an ad

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Epic resumes free educational presentations

St. Maarten - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean’s (Epic) annual environmental education program for the second half of this school year will commence on February 27, 2012 and continue through March 27, 2012. The program offers free educa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Lasana Sekou recites at Casa de las Americas

St. Maarten - Cuban book publisher Arte y Literatura launched Musa desnuda by Lasana M. Sekou at the 21st annual International Book Fair of Havana (February 9-19, 2012). The book fair invited Sekou to the presentation of the new poetry anthology and

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Carnival Queen pleads for more job opportunities

St. Martin - Newly crowned St. Martin Carnival Queen Christiana Denis delivered a moving performance on Friday night when she sang a calypso called ‘Stand Up for Ourselves.’ The seventeen year old said that she was inspired to sing the piece that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Education ministry trains seven exam screeners

St. Maarten – Seven people have been certified as Advanced Secondary Professional and Technical Education (SBO) test screeners after participating in five day training given by Cito International that ended on February 17.Cito International is the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 21, 2012

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Priest pleads for community involvement Priest pleads for community involvement

St. Maarten – The Middle Region and Defiance Community Council in its meeting of February 9, 2012 approved their calendar of activities for the year 2012. The council’s president Lenny Priest says it is their intention to carry out this program i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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Brothers remain detained for abusing younger sisters

St. Maarten – Two young men remain detained for abusing their two younger sisters. The Judge of Instruction released their mother, who was also arrested in connection with the abuse charges, under protest from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Airport management to investigate latest SOL fuel stock-out

Labega reiterates need for performance standards St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport operating company (PJIAE) is to investigate the latest fuel stock-out that affected several airlines Saturday. According to Larry Donker, PJI

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