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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 17, 2012

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Heyliger not ready to give up debt relief money

St. Maarten – Deputy Prime Minister Thedore Heyliger has minced no words in decrying the unfair measuring of compliance with agreements that St. Maarten has with its partners in the Dutch Kingdom. His comments come after Monday’s meeting between

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Dutch Quarter help desk is now open

Dutch Quarter help desk is now open

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever and the ministry’s Secretary General drs Jorien Wuite cut the ribbon on Wednesday evening to open the community helpdesk opened in Dutch Quarter. St. Maarten – The count

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Menace to society to jail for attempted burglaries

St. Maarten - Attorney mr. Geert Hatzmann described his client Ereno Richardson as “a menace to society” in the Court in First Instance yesterday morning. The court sentenced Richardson, 52, to 9 months imprisonment for two burglary attempts on N

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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St. Maarten and St. Martin celebrate “everlasting cooperation”

St. Maarten and St. Martin celebrate “everlasting cooperation”

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Prefet Delegue Phillipe Chopin and President of the Territorial Council Frantz Gumbs sign the declaration of intent between St. Maarten and St. Martin during a ceremony in the Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall, wh

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Fifteen months for acid-attack on uncle

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Nigel Nelson George yesterday afternoon in absentia to 15 months imprisonment for throwing acid in the face of his uncle during an argument on July 30 of last year. Of the sentence 10 months are s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Social organizations keep pressing parliament and government on securing rights

Social organizations keep pressing parliament and government on securing rights

First Vice President of the Windward Island Chamber of Labor Unions Claire Elshot presents Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams with a copy of a petition from social organizations in the presence of President of the St. Maarten United Non-Governm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Epic hosts bird walk Saturday

St. Maarten - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) St. Maarten hosts a free public bird walk this Saturday at Salines d’Orient by Le Galion. The trek will start at 9:00 a.m. near the Butterfly Farm and people should bring along spotting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Circumstances fatal shooting still unclear

St. Maarten – The suspect in the fatal shooting of Jamal Samuel, Ch. S., appeared in front of the Judge of Instruction yesterday. The prosecutor’s office is still sorting out the details of the tragic event whereby Samuel was fatally shot by his

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Sports: Nickey: “We have to restrict abuse of field”

St. Maarten - The re-introduction of ladies football, the staging of a Leeward Islands tournament and participation in Digicel Cup are just some of the topics on the agenda of the St Maarten Soccer Association (SMSA) for 2012 as they embark on a new

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Fashion’s night out

St. Maarten - The Spotlight will be on Glitter and Glam at Prive on February 25 when a group of local designers get together to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the fashion industry and put the fun back in shopping. Fashion’s N

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Letter: Open letter to Todd Peterson

Dear Mr. Peterson, Let me admit first, I am not a born St. Maartener, though things could have been different had my mother been here on April 25, 1950. I consider myself an earthling, a human being among equals. Your letter to the editor about c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Loeki Morales attending Cuban literature festival

Loeki Morales attending Cuban literature festival

Children’s author and President of the Beyond Writing Foundation Loekie Morales makes a presentation on her book Mina Marina for primary students. (File photo) St. Maarten – Children’s author and President of the Beyond Writing Foundation

Editorial - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Editorial: To catch a thief

Sometimes we read stories about situations in faraway countries that touch a nerve. They make us think: great idea – why don’t we apply that in St. Maarten? It is an age-old truth that it takes a thief to catch a thief. We have enough of them, e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Chopin highlights security cooperation improvements

Chopin highlights security cooperation improvements

St. Maarten – Prefet Delegue Phillipe Chopin has heralded the advances in security cooperation between the Dutch and French side, especially when it comes to illegal immigration. The acknowledgement was made during Wednesday’s signing of a declar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Davis gets vocational service award for mentoring students

Davis gets vocational service award for mentoring students

Patrice Davis (center) accepts her vocational service award 2011 – 2012 from President of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle Ramesh Manek (right) while her husband looks on.  St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Eighteen graduate from computer course

Eighteen graduate from computer course

The 18 young people who participated in the computer course and their instructor Joan Hanson (right at front) pose with their certificates. (DCOMM Photo) St. Maarten – Eighteen young people between 16 and 24 and that are part of the St. Maarten Yo

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Letter: Open letter to Roy Marlin

Dear Mr. Marlin, During the deliberations in a public plenary session last Monday you suggested based on Governor Holiday’s letter that article 53 paragraph 1 of the Constitution of St. Maarten requires legal observance and review. While I still

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Pantophlet curious about corporate governance council

Pantophlet curious about corporate governance council

St. Maarten – Member of Parliament George Pantophlet has posed five questions to Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto on the status of the budget for the corporate governance council. The new questions are based on Shigemoto’s statement that governmen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Health minister demands better service at SMMC

St. Maarten - A less than satisfactory personal experience at the St. Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC) has resulted in Minister of Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius DeWeever summoning a meeting with SMMC’s General Director, Dr. George Sc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Cable T.V. continues digital box roll out

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten Cable TV announced Wednesday that it began exchanging the analog boxes that subscribers in Philipsburg, Fort William, Guana Bay and Hope Estate have for digital ones on Tuesday. Customers are reminded that they must also bri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Voges seeks St. Maarteners

Voges seeks St. Maarteners

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten’s Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges plans to advocate for there to be a distinction of St. Maarteners from the general Antillean population in the Netherlands. Voges said that he had enlisted the support of Aruba in this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Caricom membership request under review

St. Maarten - Efforts to have St. Maarten attain associate membership in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are progressing to the satisfaction of the government. On Wednesday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said that the request had now been put

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Mistake in summons: car thief acquitted

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted a man who remained illegally in St. Maarten of car theft yesterday morning due to a mistake in the summons. Jesus B.-J., 28, was charged with stealing a car between October 9 and 11 of last year.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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IND hosts open house February 24

IND hosts open house February 24

The offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service on the A.T. Illidge RoadSt. Maarten – The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) will be having an Information Day at its Open House on February 24, and the public is invited to attend

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Martin Luther King Jr. School reopens Wednesday

St. Maarten – The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School in Dutch Quarter will reopen for normal classes at the usual time on Wednesday. The school had to be closed so it could be repaired and cleaned. Those repairs have now been completed and the premi

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Opinion: Blue Mall blues

The Blue Mall announced some time ago with conviction that it was about to happen: the huge shopping mall in Cupecoy would have a grand opening on February 17. So this Friday would have been party-time, but as was to be expected, nothing is going to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Tromp meets tax reform workgroup

Tromp meets tax reform workgroup

President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Tromp meeting with the Tax Reform Workgroup. (DCOMM Photo)St. Maarten – Representatives of the Tax Reform Workgroup led by Sissy Gonzalez-Fung met with a delegation from the Central  Ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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KPMG hosts family business seminar

St. Maarten – KPMG hosts afternoon seminar on February 28 that will focus on family business. Director and founder of the KPMG Centre for Family Business in Ottawa, Canada Grant Walsh will be the key note speaker during the seminar while Tax Partne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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St. Maarten Government launches adult sexuality study

St. Maarten – The Department of Social Development within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has published tenders for a survey that will measure the Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Perceptions of people from 18 to 59 on

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Opinion: Improvements

Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies was in St. Maarten. The minister praised the government for improvements in the field of finances. What those improvements are, nobody knows – apart from the incrowd and that circle guards

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Committee appointed to handle Caricom application

St. Maarten – The Prime Minister of St. Lucia Dr. Kenny Anthony is the chair of the committee that will assess applications from St. Maarten and Curacao to become associate members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The decision to set up the co

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Letter: UP Party keeps their sheep in line

Dear Editor, It was no surprise that Member of Parliament Jules James will be saved and let the Pelican workers be the sacrificial lamb. After all, UP party can care less about a bunch of poor people who is of no interest to them. Most of the Peli

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Jeffry accuses Ogoundélé of “creating confusion”

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Secretary General of Generation Solidarity Louis Jeffry says they are waiting for Martha Ogoundélé after she went to the media on a “private” discussion she had with the party’s president and secretary general. Jeffry

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Arduin interview re-airs ahead of book launch

St. Maarten - The Law in Focus will rebroadcast a two part series of an interview with Hilli Arduin on education, starting this Thursday, ahead of the launch of the author’s first book “Prinses Ivana”. The launch will be done at the Philipsburg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Tromp gives ministers “very informative” presentation

Tromp gives ministers “very informative” presentation

An overview of last Thursday’s meeting between a delegation from Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and the Council of Ministers.St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has called last week Thursday’s meeting between the Council of M

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