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

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Imbali hosts family fun day

St. Maarten – Imbali Center for Creative Movement hosts a family fun day on March 24 to raise money that will pay for students to attend the annual French Federation of Dance being held in St. Barth this year. The fundraiser will be at the school a

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

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Concert and lecture to highlight Antillean music

St. Maarten - Foundation Classical Delight hosts a concert and lecture over two nights in the final week of March. The concert will be at Belair Community Center on March 28 and the lecture will be at the library on March 29. The two events, which a

Editorial - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Editorial: Heading to a run off (St. Martin Elections 2012)

St. Martin is headed to a run off in 2012 Territorial Council elections with one clear message: people are very unhappy with the Union for Progress which is no doubt the biggest loser of this election. The biggest winner here is the RRR led by Alain

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

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La Malouine visits St. Maarten/St. Martin

GREAT BAY - The “Pirates of the Caribbean” style brigantine tall ship La Malouine from St. Malo in France came on a week visit to St. Maarten/St. Martin before sailing back across the Atlantic to Europe. The vessel was constructed in 1969 in Gdan

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

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Lions prepare for fourth health fair

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Lions Club committee in charge of the 4th annual health & wellness fair reminds the community to visit the Festival Village March 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., for an opportunity to take various health tests and inf

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: Our BOB (Special Investigative Powers) information campaign

The arguments against the law on special investigation methods we heard in parliament last week show that this necessary piece of legislation is little understood. Especially the so-called concerns about privacy make no sense. All this made one MP ev

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Opininon: Not fit? Lower salary

In July of last year Commissioner Carl John announced during the presentation of fourteen new police recruits that the local force will introduce an annual fitness test. That’s about to happen this year, but so far we haven’t heard anything anymo

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Opinion: More about psychiatry

Concerns about the consequences of Public Health Minister Edith Schippers’ decision to ask a financial contribution from psychiatric patients for their treatment are rising fast in the Netherlands. The situation warrants our attention because on th

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2012

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Editorial: Paranoid, much?

Continued talk about the far reaching investigative powers that investigators have been given leads to wonder why so many people are scared and fear their privacy will be invaded. We also have to wonder if it means that people don’t trust those cha

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

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Kingdom Council of Ministers handles police treaty at month end

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has been notified that the Kingdom Council of Ministers will handle a treaty on police cooperation between French and Dutch St. Maarten by the end of the month. The treaty is seen as a concrete tool that

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

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TelEm sponsors T-shirts for Lions Club Health & Wellness Fair

St. Maarten - TelEm Group is giving its support to a massive health and wellness fair at the Festival Village on March 24. The day-long event will feature a host of free health tests from different organizations along with the distribution of importa

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

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Committee prepares for believer’s convention

St. Maarten - Plans are on stream for the hosting of the sixth annual St. Maarten Believer’s Connection Convention. The convention has been slated for April 26 - 30, 2012 under the theme ‘A Time for Divine Breakthrough.’ An organizing committee

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

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SHTA auctions stays to drum up business

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association recently launched its travel auction site www.stmaartenauction.com to drive tourism to the destination by offering vacationers the option to bid on hotel stays and activities to create the m

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

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Students react after touring the hurricane hunter

Facts about Hurricane Hunter aircraft 1- The WC-130 J aircraft, which is part of the U. S. Air Force Reserve 53rd weather reconnaissance squadron, has the ability to fly into the eye of a hurricane. 2-These specially equipped aircraft are responsib

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

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Insel Air invests in new customer contact center

WILLEMSTAD – Insel Air invests in its customer relations by announcing a new and improved customer contact center. Interactive Intelligence which is an IP business communications solutions provider and its elite partner - IS360 – will build the n

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

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Man robbed in Sucker Garden

St. Maarten – Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place in Sucker Garden at 1:00 a.m. on March 13. The victim - B.B.A. – was held up by two unknown young men while walking from “FeFe Bar” to “El Capitan”. The victim told

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Letter: Parliament needs to wake-up!

Dear Editor, During the recent central committee meetings on the draft 2012 budget for country St. Maarten one of the factions of parliament repeatedly requested that ministers present an outline of their intended policies in relation to the draf

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Opinion: Permits (rain forest adventure park in the Emilio Wilson Estate)

A town hall meeting about conservation areas was postponed yesterday. That raised some eyebrows, especially because rumors were flying on Tuesday that the Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure had just put the rel

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Opinion: Psychiatry

The notion that psychiatric patients are a pain and that it is therefore best to ignore them as much as possible is a false one. Psychiatric and psychological disorders are on the rise and it seems that our community is ill-prepared for this situatio

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Letters: The Budget – What’s in it for us?

Dear Editor, In most countries, states and islands when a government presents a budget they make sure to point out the benefits it will have to the people. Everywhere except St. Maarten that is. The information coming from this budget doesn’t ha

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

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MPs curious about minister’s reply to Cft half year report

St. Maarten – Several Members of Parliament who cautioned Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto that his plans to collect income tax from foreigners who rent out their properties as vacation spots are curious what reply he will give to the Board of finan

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

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Truck driver who killed school girl gets conditional prison sentence

Birthday present: community service for causing fatal accident St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced truck driver Manuel de Jesus Marlin Benitez to a 9-month conditional prison sentence for causing an accident on May 6 of last year

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

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Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) loses fiber optic cable case against St. Maarten Minister Meyers

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance denied a request by the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland (RCN) yesterday to treat it as if it were in the possession of all necessary permits to land a fiber optic cable in a manhole of UTS on the beach in S

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Rolex-dealer acquitted of tax evasion

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted Rolex-dealer Spifo N.V. yesterday of filing incorrect tax returns. Spifo operates Goldfinger jewelry stores in Philipsburg, Marigot and St. Barths. At the trial on January 19, prosecutor mr. Gonda

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

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister wants closed door Central Committee meetings

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Wednesday made a case for the Parliament of St. Maarten to have central committee meetings be made private. The prime minister was at the time speaking at the Council of Ministers weekly press bri

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister Wescot-Williams wants continued cooperation with French St. Martin

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams wished all of the candidates of Sunday’s French territorial elections all the best on Wednesday. With the recent signing of a Declaration of Intent between the French and Dutch sides of the island

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

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Wescot-Williams calls NA’s meeting request “remarkable”

St. Maarten - Today’s parliamentary meeting called by the National Alliance (N.A) faction for the Council of Ministers to individually present their involvement and compliance with the policies and rules set by the finance minister in drafting the

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

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Five St. Maarten air traffic controllers leave for radar training

St. Maarten - Five air traffic controllers went to Trinidad on Saturday to pursue a six-week Basic Radar Course, moving them one step closer to becoming certified radar controllers. The minimum requirement for becoming a certified radar controller is

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

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St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation to honor seven calypso legends

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) honors seven “Titans of Calypso” for the first time as part of its official Carnival events. Entitled “Honoring of local Carnival legends” the event will be held on Friday, Ap

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2012

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Opinion: Paper tiger

St. Maarten has the financial supervisor Cft breathing down its neck and not without reason. In a press release issued on Tuesday the Cft expressed its doubts about the feasibility of pulling in sufficient taxes from American condo owners this year.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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St. Maarten swaps trees with Holland on National Day of Trees

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Archeological Center Simarc organizes the National Day of Trees next week Thursday. A day earlier Boomfeestdag is commemorated in the Netherlands whereby a Guavaberry tree will be planted at Land van Cuijk in North-Braba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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Hammoud makes partner

WILLEMSTAD – Mayesi Hammoud recently became partner at law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne. The thirty-five year old lawyer runs a successful all round practice in the fields of dispute resolution, corporate law, employment and insurance law. Hammou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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TelEm Group teams up with Canto on regional essay competition

St. Maarten – The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (Canto) has launched its 2012 essay writing competition and is inviting teenagers on St. Maarten to submit entries and win some super prizes. Last year’s runner-u

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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Cft also concerned about income tax projection

WILLEMSTAD – The Board of financial supervision (Cft) has expressed concern over the income projections in the draft budget 2012. Much like Members of Parliament the Cft does not believe that Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto will be able to collect

St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 14, 2012

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After fifteen years of inactivity: “Government supports Gaming Control Board”

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “The government of St. Maarten supports the establishment of a Gaming Control Board, but in order to realize this current legislation will need to be adjusted.” This statement stems from the standard questionnai

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