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St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Wiels organizes protest against Central Bank bond issue

WILLEMSTAD—Hundreds of people protested against the intention of the Central Bank Board to grant a loan for the Sint Maarten Harbor Group of companies, political leader Helmin Wiels told reporters on Saturday. Wiels called his followers and the com

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Parlatino comes to St. Maarten in November

St. Maarten – President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell recently returned from attending Parlatino meetings in Panama where Sint Maarten has been offered to be the venue for two Parlatino meetings. Sint Maarten has agreed in principle to host tw

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Surprise gift for outgoing education authority Roborgh

St. Maarten – Dr. Renk Roborgh, the director-general for higher education, science and emancipation, received a surprise parting gift from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell yesterday, after the two had me

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Nagico sponsors St. Maarten’s sole Olympic candidate

St. Maarten - Nagico Insurances is sponsoring local Burton Theodora, who will be travelling to the Dominican Republic this week to undergo rigorous training in his attempt to qualify for the 50 meter swimming distance in the upcoming 2012 Olympic Gam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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More winners in TelEm’s daily text message quiz

St. Maarten  –  TelEm Group named more winners of the company’s ongoing daily text message quiz in which five free tickets are given away each day for Thursday’s 1 Red Nation Reggae and Soca concert. According to marketing and sales manage

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Gospel artist Piper Laundry releases video

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Five years after he first penned and performed ‘Too Much Violence in the Land’, Piper Laundry released his video of the same name in the first week of April. The song is being touted as a gospel reggae hit and can be viewed via

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Belvedere Community Center awards parents

St. Maarten - Last Friday the Belvedere Community Center awarded three of its parents for maintaining a zero balance on their monthly payments in April. Shown in the picture second from right is this month’s first prize winner, Mrs. Alrona Amory, w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Tourist Bureau sponsors small hotels for Smart

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau again sponsors the registration for local small hotels to attend the 2012 St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow Smart. Several small hotels are already among the ranks of more than 44 hotel

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Public Health ministry attends hearing screening symposium

St. Maarten – Registered Nurse Mayra Martina, the acting head of youth health care recently travelled to Aruba to attend the Neonatal Hearing Screening Symposium, where she had the opportunity to hear from the entire team involved, such as the ear

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Teenager wants compensation for slap in the face at work

St. Maarten– Seventeen year old Michel Monfils got a nasty surprise on Saturday morning at his work. The teenager, who started working six weeks ago as a shop attendant at Super Plaza, got into a conflict with an elder colleague called Vicky over a

Uncategorized - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Arrindell crowns St Maarten Queen in Holland for Rotterdam Carnival

THE HAGUE/GREAT BAY – Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell could not be on island for the opening of Carnival. However, she still performed Carnival-related duties during her brief visit to The Netherlands l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 24, 2012

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Sewage main topic at Middle Region town hall meeting

St. Maarten – A moderately attended town hall meeting in  the Sr. Marie Laurence school in Middle region last night drew mainly questions about connections to the sewage system. Vromi-Minister Theo Heyliger and the head of new projects Kurt Ruan a

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

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Calypso Monarch Beau Beau goes ahead with Gone Up

St. Maarten - The 11th time Calypso Monarch, Leroy ‘King Beau Beau’ Brooks was the last of the 17 to sing during the Nagico Calypso Eliminations which was held last Friday, but he was the first to get a standing ovation and he will be the one to

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

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Murder-suicide shocks neighborhood

St. Maarten – An apparent murder-suicide at the A.T. Illidge Road took the lives of 52-year old Cheryl Withrite and her husband, 54-year old Cleon Bourne on Sunday morning shortly after eight o’clock. The tragic event shocked the neighborhood and

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

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New elections in the Netherlands after the summer

Wilders pulls the plug GREAT BAY / THE HAGUE– St. Maarten will be confronted with the fourth Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations later this year after the Rutte-cabinet fell on Saturday. Parliamentary elections are expected to b

Editorial - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Editorial: Rapid changes

The fall of the Rutte-government in The Hague was an accident waiting to happen. In the big scheme of things it may be a side issue, but the fact remains that St. Maarten and the other Kingdom territories in the Caribbean will now soon be confronted

Opinion - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Opinion: A long hot summer

Now that the Rutte-government has finally crumbled Dutch voters will have to sit through a long hot summer before they get the opportunity to give their politicians a piece of their mind at the ballot box. As things stand now, the country is in fo

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

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Opinion: Change

We found it rather odd that the department of communication sent out a press release this weekend about a workshop that was held more than a month ago. The subject matter was interesting though: the strategic economic plan for the next ten years.

Opinion - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Opinion: Binge drinking

Loesje is a non-existent Dutch girl. Actually, Loesje is an organization that, for the past 28 years, has entertained the Netherlands with humorous posters. But this month something went wrong at Loesje’s office in Amsterdam: someone with an extrem

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

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Nurses complete psychiatry job training

St. Maarten - Nurses Edna Scott Benders and Frank Banis, are the first ever student registered nurses to have completed their psychiatry job training on St. Maarten at the Mental Health Foundation. Edna gave thumbs up for the MHF, she learned a lo

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

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Norwegian Star makes inaugural call to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Cruise ship Norwegian Star made its inaugural call on Sunday as it repositions from Florida to New York and later to Europe. It was one of six cruise ships in port making it a very busy day in port and in Philipsburg on the day of the a

French St. Martin News - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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St. Martin Banks deny Collectivité overdraft to pay salaries

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The affiliation to the national political parties during an election in the French Republic has never been of much importance to the people of French St. Martin, Collectivité President Alain Richardson says. He explained that

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

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St. Maarten Carnival honors Titans of Calypso

St. Maarten - After years of contributing to the art form on and off the stage, the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation has formally recognized six legends of Carnival and one master of ceremonies during a simple but yet significant ceremony o

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

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Preparations for St. Maarten 2013 budget underway

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto announced yesterday that the policy description for the 2013 budget was forwarded to the Secretary Generals of all seven ministries on Friday. The process is now underway for the compilation of the 2

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

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Time is right for a change, Minister Meyers says

St. Maarten – “A road map has to be drawn up to achieve a fairer and more balanced economy,” Economic Affairs Minister Franklin Meyers said at the recently concluded strategic economic plan 2012-2022 workshop at Westin hotel. “During a fol

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

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St. Maarten Businesses donate basketball equipment

St. Maarten – Young basketball players from Upper Princess Quarter and Over the Bank were the first to dunk and shoot on the new backboards, rims and nets at the Melford Hazel Sports Complex on Saturday. The boards were made and erected using donat

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

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TelEm distributes Carnival condoms

St. Maarten  –  TelEm Group is delivering a safe sex message during carnival by distributing thousands of free condoms to Carnival revelers in the next two weeks. The condom distribution campaign is to raise public awareness about the transmi

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

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Good2Go donates boat to Nature Foundation

St. Maarten - GOOD2GO donated a 35 foot steel sailing boat to the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation yesterday to mark Earth Day. The sailboat, named No Worries will be stripped out, launched and taken out to the Marine Park where it will be sunk to prov

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

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Judge orders immediate release two foreign drug smugglers

Court slams Duncan’s early release policy St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice made mince meat of Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s early release policy by ordering the immediate release of Joel Mark and Gerald René Collet on Wednesday.

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

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Wescot-Williams asserts St. Maarten’s leadership rights at Central Bank

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has asserted St. Maarten has equal rights as Curacao in leading what should happen at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. She made the assertion on Friday in reply to recent statements tha

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

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Freeze-request decision against Wifol expected on Monday (Simpson Bay Resort)

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice heard Simpson Bay Resort’s request to freeze the April 2-ruling that obliges the company to pay past wages to all Wifol workers, rehire all dismissed workers and pay Wifol $50, 000 in damages. Court-presi

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

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Ginger Road sewerage issue still unresolved

St. Maarten - Cay Hill mother, Tamara Shalland, is still lamenting the unabated sewerage runoff in her community which resulted in her daughter being hospitalized close to three months ago. The hapless mother and her family have been calling on the a

Editorial - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Editorial: Try a disincentive

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arindell has said “your guess is as good as mine” in terms of measuring the return on investment that the country has been getting for students who travel to the Netherlands to study. Whil

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

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Windward Islands Bank reduces ATM withdrawal amount

St. Maarten - Windward Islands Bank (Wib) has reduced the amount of money their clients can obtain from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). Customers will only be able to get $500. “Since the recent skimming at the ATMs in the Caribbean the manage

Opinion - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Opinion: Pedophiles and social networks

Social networks are all the rage among especially young people. Privacy concerns have gone out the window a long time ago: youngsters share their most intimate thoughts with anonymous web surfers they will probably never meet. There is clear and pres

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