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

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Youth Health Care offers vaccinations and dental care at health fair

St. Maarten – Youth Health Care (YHC), which falls within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is encouraging the general public and in particular parents/guardians as well as kids to come out to the Lion’s Club 4th Annua

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

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Opposition walks out as coalition approves 2012 budget

W. Marlin: “We cannot find ourselves in some elements” St. Maarten – “I look forward to us passing this budget tonight, because the payroll has been sent to the bank.” Those were Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s final words in the sec

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 23, 2012

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Opinion: What a great country

The court ruling against Border Bar owner Angel Priest set a new standard for prostitution in St. Maarten. While some may look at a 54-month prison sentence as a mere slap on the wrist for this modern day plantation owner, the convict will probably h

Editorial - Posted by on March 23, 2012

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Editorial: Apology not accepted

A very late apology and no excuses were what United People’s Party MP Jules James offered the people of St. Maarten on Thursday. What they feel about his statement will be revealed as the hours and days go by. Though he apologized for voting on

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

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TelEm sponsors Zumba workout

St. Maarten –  TelEm Group is putting some Zumba swing into Saturday’s  Lion’s Club Health and Wellness Fair at the Festival Village – with an invitation to everyone to come out and get fit. The telecommunication provider has recruited the

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

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Cable TV’s Mailbox location opens soon

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Cable TV anticipates that it will open the new Simpson Bay location before the end of March to accommodate subscribers who are switching to its new digital service. The location was originally scheduled to open earlier this mo

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

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“I ask understanding and forgiveness” James offers apology and no excuses

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament Jules James has apologized and offered no excuses for voting on a November 2, 2011 motion in which he was named. The statement came ahead of scathing accusations about greed he leveled

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

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Central Bank issued several notices on credit freeze

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Bankers in Curacao and St. Maarten were informed at least three times before March 14 that the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten was contemplating telling them to freeze giving out private credit for six months. The cen

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

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Parliament unanimously approves four motions. Duncan ready to draft law on pawn shops

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan says his ministry is ready to implement a legislative motion that requires the drafting of a national ordinance regulating pawn shops and cash for gold businesses. He will consult with the Ministry of To

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

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Inspectors summon consultation on roaming animals

St. Maarten – The Inspection Department TEZVT - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV), says roaming animals are posing a problem and is calling on owners to take measures by keeping their animals on their premises or property. The department h

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

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Meyers wants fairness and balance in economic development

St. Maarten – Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs, Telecommunications & Transport Franklin Meyers called for a “fairer and more balanced approach” to the development in the economy at the start of Thursday’s workshop on the develop

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 23, 2012

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Sol staffers learn media techniques

GREAT BAY - Several of the point persons employed by Sol Antilles Group from across the region attended a workshop geared at improving their relationship and skills with the media at Sol’s Cay Bay Office on Thursday. Participants came from Haiti, G

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

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Nature park hosts horse show and dance

St. Maarten - Seaside Nature Park hosts a horse show and dance on March 31as an extended edition of its Spanish fiesta. The show will combine the talents of horses and dancers through synchronized riding, flamenco dance and a Western themed performan

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

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Slim majority reject Mullet Pond’s protection

St. Maarten – United People’s (UP) Party faction leader Romain Laville broke ranks with other members of parliament in the governing coalition on Thursday to support a motion to protect Mullet Pond. The motion, which was piloted by Independent Me

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

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Port de Plaisance response irritates pianist Lampert

St. Maarten – Concert pianist Julian Lampert and his mother Elyena Foster-Miremonde remain unhappy with the way the Port de Plaisance Resort handled complaints about their stay in December of last year. This newspaper reported on February 7 about t

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

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Coalition rejects Emilio Wilson Estate motion

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament that form the coalition banded together last night to reject a motion that, amongst things, calls for no development at the Emilio Wilson Estate. The motion, which was piloted by Independent MP Frans Richardson a

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

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Ruling in Wifol lawsuit against Simpson Bay Resort in April

St. Maarten – The lawsuit brought by the Wifol union against the Simpson Bay Resort is nearing its conclusion. Yesterday parties were in court for a hearing in standard court procedures. No new arguments were brought forth that have not already bee

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

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Perspective Magazine names Dawn Beach Club best timeshare

St. Maarten - Dawn Beach Club was named “Best Timeshare Resort - North America” by Perspective Magazine at the recent GNEX 2012 - Timeshare and Fractional Global Networking Expo in Cancun, Mexico. The event featured shared ownership industry pr

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 22, 2012

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Twenty year old dies in road side ditch

Twenty year old dies in road side ditch

Police cover the body of G.A.R. as they prepare to move it to the morgue. (Leo Brown photo)St. Maarten - Twenty-two year old G.A.R., who was born on Anguilla, is dead and the woman who hit him with her white Hyundai Traject was taken into police

Editorial - Posted by on March 22, 2012

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Editorial: Helping one another

There is something wrong with this country’s collective psyche when we have to report that a 22 year old was left to die in a water filled ditch while people looked on after he’d been hit by a car. Wednesday’s inactivity by those who saw the yo

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

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For women trafficking, exploitation and robbing prostitutes of their freedom: Border Bar-owner gets 54 months

For women trafficking, exploitation and robbing prostitutes of their freedom: Border Bar-owner gets 54 months

Angel Priest enters the courthouse for his trial in the February 29 file picture. Milton Pieters Photo.St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sent a stern warning to brothel-owners yesterday morning by sentencing Border Bar-owner Ignacio Aug

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

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Shigemoto: “This measure may slow the economy”

GREAT BAY – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has added his voice to the list of those concerned about the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten’s decision to request commercial banks put a freeze on personal credit. The decision has a direct aff

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

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Duncan and MPs announce budget amendments

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has announced the government will be back in parliament at some point this year with an amendment to the budget that shows increased revenue and expenses. The new revenue and expenses will be based on im

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

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Over 30 attend information session at USM Agreement for new master’s degree program formalized

Over 30 attend information session at USM Agreement for new master’s degree program formalized

President of the University of St. Martin Annelies van den Assem (r) and Director Education & Training of Securities and Commerce Institute (SCI) Andrew Forson (l) sign the memorandum of understanding on Friday With the agreement, the two institu

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

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Toastmasters growing ahead of District Conference

St. Maarten – Karen Hughes and Juan Richardson became the two newest competent communicators in the Philipsburg Toastmasters Club on March 1. That is the same night Edith Shillingford was inducted into the organization. Hughes and Richardson wer

Opinion - Posted by on March 22, 2012

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Opinion: Democracy Now! interviews Ethan Nadelmann (1)

Yesterday we published Ethan Nadelmann’s opinion piece about alternative drug policies. Today we continue with part I of his interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez at the syndicated radio program Democracy Now! About the same topic. This disc

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

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Near-fatal hammer attack punished with 60 months

St. Maarten – Ray Stallin Police Castro came close to crying when Judge mr. Monique Keppels sentenced him to 60 months for attempted manslaughter on Santo Johan George-Bautista on October 18 of last year. At the trial on January 25, prosecutor mr.

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

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Third Boardwalk robber is looking at 7 years in prison

St. Maarten – Romaine W., a 22-year-old who escaped from the prison in Anguilla, only to end up behind bars in St. Maarten, is facing a 7-year prison sentence for his involvement in two Boardwalk robberies in the early morning hours of January 1. T

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

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UTS donates $40,000 to Carnival

UTS donates $40,000 to Carnival

From left to right-SCDF Secretary Michael Granger, SCDF President Stuart Johnson, UTS COO Lyrio Gomez and other company executives at the official handover of a $40, 000 donation for Carnival 2012.St. Maarten - United Telecommunications Services

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

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Klass Electronics robber might be jailed for 8 years

St. Maarten – The main suspect in the armed robbery at Klass Electronics on July 29 of last year, 20-year-old Richard Ch. is facing an 8-year prison sentence. The prosecution demanded 30 months against the second robber, 23-year-old Antoine L., and

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

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Panic attack costs Broertje 240 hours community service

St. Maarten – Defried Paulino Pedro Elodia, aka Broertje, panicked on February 1 when there was a police control on Front Street. When a policeman who knew him well opened the door of his car for a routine control, the 42-year-old security guard an

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

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Sol commences construction on new fuel tank

CAY BAY – The work on the construction of a jet fuel tank in Sol’s Cay Bay depot has started as scheduled. The new tank will have a capacity of about 34, 000 barrels of fuel. This is much needed during the peak season on the island and is expecte

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

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Arrindell considers it “virtually impossible” to cut her ministry’s budget

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has said that “it is virtually impossible” to cut the ministry’s budget any further. She was reacting to concerns by members of parliament that her ministry wou

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

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St. Maarten Prime Minister: Government will pay indexation

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has reiterated the government’s commitment to finding a way to pay out a 3.2 percent indexation of salaries in 2012. The percentage is based on the cost of living adjustment for 2010. Wescot-Will

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

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Government gets new revenue from internet domain name

Government gets new revenue from internet domain name

Chief Executive Officer of SX Registry Normand Fortier (left) hands Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers a flag with St. Maarten’s domain name: .SX. to mark the official launch. (Leo Brown pho

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