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

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Guyanese government distances itself from Diane Douglas

GREAT BAY- The Guyana Government via its Ministry of Foreign Affairs has distanced itself from a recent media report in which resident Guyanese Diane Douglas is sited as the local contact person for the processing and issuance of biometric passports

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

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MP Richardson renews call to protect Emilio Wilson Estate

GREAT BAY – Independent MP Frans Richardson announced motions to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, to protect Mullet Pond and to respect a 2007 Island Council decision to protect the Emilio Wilson Estate. Richardson made the announcements in the

Opinion - Posted by on March 21, 2012

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Opinion: Legalization debate takes off in Latin America

Today has written several times on this page about the lost war against drugs and that it is time to rethink how law enforcement spends its resources. Ethan Nadelmann sent us this opinion piece about the debate in Latin America that tends towards leg

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

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Union Pour Le Progress (UP) party won’t endorse either runoff party

MARIGOT – President of the Union for Progress Louis Constant-Fleming says his party will not participate in Sunday’s Territorial Council election and will not endorse another party. He says they will also not be “giving any direction as where t

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

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Gumbs calls for rules based campaigning

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Outgoing President of the Collectivite Frantz Gumbs has urged Rassemblement, Responsabilite and Reussite and Team Daniel Gibbs to campaign according to the rules as they head into a runoff this weekend. The two parties are the

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

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Ennia donates to Women’s Shelter

St. Maarten - A recent donation by local insurance company Ennia, will go a far way in assisting the Women’s Shelter for its continued development. The company decided to support more social projects and organizations such as the Women’s Shelter

Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2012

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Editorial: Heading to opposition

President of the Union for Progress Louis Constant Fleming and his party demonstrated that they are ready to head to opposition. In their words it’s because they accept the “expression” of the people during the first round in the territorial el

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

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Bahamas' tourism minister at Cft-seminar:  “Low cost access is key for stimulating tourism”

Bahamas’ tourism minister at Cft-seminar: “Low cost access is key for stimulating tourism”

President of the University of St. Martin Annelies van den Assen delivers remarks at the start of Tuesday’s seminar “Towards a strong economy for country St. Maarten” that was sponsored by the Board for financial supervision Cft in cooperat

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

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ICWI removes third party excesses

St. Maarten – Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) has removed the third party excess from all its policies with immediate effect. The decision applies to both new and existing policies in Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, Th

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

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Government hosts workshop on strategic economic plan on Thursday

St. Maarten – A workshop regarding the Strategic Economic Plan 2012-2022 will take place on March 22. The workshop is billed as an opportunity for the immediate design and execution of a long-term vision and strategic direction dealing with the fut

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

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Library hosts poetry evenings for students

St. Maarten – High school students of St. Maarten Academy, Sundial School, St. Maarten Vocational Training School and Milton Peters College participated in the first Readers Are Leaders ‘Poetry Evening’, which was held at the Philipsburg Jubile

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

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Actis begins testing 1 – 800 numbers today

St. Maarten – Advanced Communications and Technology Infrastructure Services (Actis) will begin testing 10 numbers today that begin with 1-800. The test is part of a broader project to allow local businesses to have 1- 800 and 1- 900 numbers. Acti

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

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Indulgence by the Sea joins Funmiles

St. Maarten – Indulgence by the Sea became the newest Funmiles partner on Tuesday. Cardholders will be able to save and redeem points at the spa’s location at Divi Little Bay and Oyster Bay. “We’ve been looking for a way to get more locals t

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

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Gumbs’ shooter gets lower sentence

AMSTERDAM – The Appeals Court in Amsterdam has reduced the sentence given to 38-year-old Maikel Sno who killed 19-year-old St. Maartener Ishmael Gumbs by four years. Sno was first sentenced in 2010 after he shot Gumbs multiple times at a playground

Opinion - Posted by on March 20, 2012

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Opinion: Clarification

The clarification Finance Minister Shigemoto promised in a press release issued this weekend seems to be not much of a clarification. Reading the minister’s press release one would easily get the impression that the financial supervisor Cft has alr

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

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Tax revenue foreign condo owners possibly 4 million guilders lower

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s clarification about plans to collect taxes from foreign condo owners has caused some confusion. While Today’s assumption that the ministry aims to collect 48 million guilders this year was clearly

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

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Residence permits and gun licenses get a price tag

Minister Duncan announces plan to generate additional revenue St. Maarten – The announcement that the government will start charging for services that are now free in the near future was about the highlight of the first day of the 2012 budget me

Uncategorized - Posted by on March 20, 2012

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Regulator confiscates illegal wireless devices

Regulator confiscates illegal wireless devices

St. Maarten – Some 161 illegal wireless communication devices were confiscated last week during inspections conducted by Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP SXM). The control was aimed at curtailing the sale of illegal wireless co

Opinion - Posted by on March 20, 2012

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Opinion: Shaky start

The budget meeting got off to a shaky start on Monday morning because the opposition did not sign in for the meeting. The reason? MP Frans Richardson said that written answers to questions had been received by email about twenty minutes before the st

Opinion - Posted by on March 20, 2012

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Opinion: Political crash

Louis-Constant Fleming led his Union for Progress to a clear victory in the 2007 elections for the Territorial Council of the Collectivité de Saint Martin. With 40.35 percent of the vote in the first round, and 48.96 percent in the second round, Fle

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

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RBTT officially becomes RBC

“This is a chance for increased success” St. Maarten – RBC Royal Bank N.V. officially opened its doors in St. Maarten, Saba, Curacao and Bonaire on Monday bringing together the local knowledge of the people in the islands and the internation

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

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Elderly woman complains about neighbor’s sewage

Elderly woman complains about neighbor’s sewage

St. Maarten - An eighty three year old Pointe Blanche resident is appealing to the health authorities to intervene in a case of destruction of property via unabated sewerage and waste water. The elderly French national, who only wished to be identi

Editorial - Posted by on March 20, 2012

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Editorial: Price tags

The government needs additional revenue and it will get that extra money by introducing fees for services that were free up to now. Residence permits, gun licenses and permits for public events are among the selected targets for this initiative.

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

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Meyers confirms fiber optic cable has to land in Smitcoms manhole

St. Maarten – Telecommunications Minister Franklin Meyers reacted in parliament yesterday to results of the lawsuit the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) brought against him in an attempt to force his ministry to allow for the landing of a fibe

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

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Thieves grab gold chains in Sucker Garden

St. Maarten – The police’s Special Robbery Unit is investigating two robberies that took place in Sucker Garden this past weekend. In both instances the robber(s) took the victim’s gold chain. The first robbery was at 7:45 p.m. on March 16. T

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

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Lions and organizations want more youth at health fair

Lions and organizations want more youth at health fair

St. Maarten - Physical fitness, health awareness and financial planning are just some of the areas that a series of private and public organizations will be collaborating on to make the fourth annual Lions’ Club Health and Wellness Fair a success

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

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Water cheaper in St. Eustatius

ORANJESTAD - The Island Government of St. Eustatius has decreased the price of drinking water from $12.85 per cubic meter to $11.18 per cubic meter. The decision was taken on February 28 and took effect on March 12. The rate was last adjusted in 2004

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

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Supermarket robbed at gunpoint

St. Maarten – The police’s Special Robbery Unit is investigating the March 14 robbery at Rainbow Supermarket on Sucker Garden road. The victim – K.P.N. – told officers that two unknown young men entered the store at 8:00 p.m. and stole the mo

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: French asphalt

Driving around on the French side of the island we noticed something odd last week: asphalt. Lots and lots of sparkling new asphalt. At first we did not make the connection, until the E-word popped into our head. Elections! And to make sure that vot

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Lambert expresses concerns in resignation

St. Maarten – Chairman of GEBE’S Supervisory Board of Directors Julius Lambert has resigned per July 8, 2012 when his term officially comes to an end. The decision is part of a letter he sent the Chairman of the Shareholder Foundation Ralph Richa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Runoff expected next week: RRR secures most votes in first round of council elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin / By Andrew Bishop - The youth of St. Martin were praised for their contributions to the electorate which resulted to “the victory” at the polls for the Triple R group which was headed by Alain Richardson. In his address to th

French St. Martin News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Just over 50 percent turnout in French St. Martin Territorial Council elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Some 53 percent of the eligible voters in Sunday’s Territorial Council elections exercised their right to vote according to the report on voter turnout. There were reports of long lines throughout the day as people chose the

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Letter: One step closer to a Cuban style police state!

Dear Editor, We regret to announce the passing of St. Maarten through the BOB, the so called legislation in the guise of fighting crime. These sweeping new investigative laws can and will be used to target and penalize anyone deemed too successful

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Finance Minister Shigemoto to provide budget clarifications today

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto says he will clarify exactly how much government thinks it can collect from foreign condo owners in 2012. The figure for 2012 in additional tax revenues from this item is 21 million guilders. “It is

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Budget discussions begin today

St. Maarten – The plenary session of parliament with respect to the 2012 National Budget, will start today at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House of Parliament on Wilhelmina Straat #2.1 in Philipsburg. The plenary meeting will

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