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Opinion - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Open: Air mattress

The Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, the PVV, is like an air mattress with a small leak. Last year, Wilders was riding high in the polls, with scores consistently higher than the 24 seats he holds in the Dutch parliament. But voters are turning away i

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

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Windward Islands Bank donates to SCDF

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Bank presented their annual sponsorship towards the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation at Wib’s new Head Office building on Friday. Wib’s management and marketing manager got into the Carnival spirit by

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

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SCDF prepares for Youth Extravaganza and Junior Parade

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) reminded all participants in the Youth Extravaganza that sound check will run between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The sound check is being done with Sound 2000 and the entire show will f

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

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Department urges public to be aware of STIs during Carnival

St. Maarten – The section General Public Health (GPH) of the Collective Preventive Service’s (CPS) calendar of health observances, focuses on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) during the month of April. Because of the observance they wish to

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

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St. Maarten Government gets update on tax reform process

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto recently attended a meeting where he was apprised of the next phase of the process to reform the country’s tax system. According to a statement the proposals, which are currently being finalized, will

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

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Department reminds group leaders to properly place ear plugs

GREAT BAY – Youth Health Care (YHC) reminded group leaders of the Children’s Parade on Sunday that they need to explain the children, parents and guardians about the proper use of the ear plugs. This will ensure that the child’s hearing will b

Opinion - Posted by on April 23, 2012

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Opinion: Playing hardball

Justice Minister Duncan is a proponent of playing hardball with criminals. You do the crime, you do the time, prosecutors like to say. Minister Duncan wants foreigners to serve their whole sentence. No early release for criminals that are not from he

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

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Gasoline prices up again today

St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Franklin Meyers announced his second hike in the price of a petroleum product in six days on Thursday. The hike is in the price of gasoline and takes effect on

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

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Employability through training officially starts

St. Maarten – The first batch of participants of the SEI Project “Employability through training” started their training at the Belvedere Community Center on Monday. This training will handle social skills and the participants will get to inter

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

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Defendants deny involvement in stunning series of burglaries

Caribbean Gems lost $340,000 worth of jewelry St. Maarten – “These false accusations have brought shame on my father. I had nothing to do with this,” Bryan Giovanni H. told the Court in First Instance yesterday. But prosecutor Mr. Marleen Ov

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

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Meyers officially opens 43rd St. Maarten Carnival

St. Maarten - Carnival 2012 was officially opened by the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs and Transportation Franklin Meyers at the Festival Village on Thursday evening. In his brief statement he called on the people that gathered at the Festiva

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

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TelEm Group and Heavenly Water provide water stops for carnival routes

St. Maarten – TelEm Group will be distributing free bottles of water to carnival revelers again during this year’s carnival celebrations. The main days for distribution will be the Children’s Parade on April 22 and the Grand Parade on April 30t

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

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Arnell endorses Hollande in French presidential election

MARIGOT, St. Martin – There is division in the ruling Triple R party over which candidate to endorse in Saturday’s election of the President of France. No official party line will be announced because of the different opinions but second Vice-Pre

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

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Opinion: Probabilities

The I-Tjing, or the Book of Changes, is a classic Chinese text. Its philosophy is about balancing contrasts and about accepting the inevitable. The Chinese knew one thing for sure thousands of years ago: there are no coincidences; everything happens

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

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Police accused of corruption in handling complaints

St. Maarten – Rosendo Agatha says he’s not happy that police have thus far refused to take complaints that he wishes to file against an officer and his own son. This is not the first time he’s had trouble. He also tried filing a complaint in 20

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

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TelEm Group launches top-up service with Windward Islands Bank

St. Maarten – TelEm Group’s mobile provider TelCell is now offering top-up services via Windward Island Bank’s Easy Charge Service. The new service was announced this week and now TelCell mobile customers only have to register once with WIB to

Opinion - Posted by on April 20, 2012

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Opinion: Emancipation Day

“Emancipation Day therefore is a celebration of the victory of the human spirit over the inhumanities and injustices of slavery. What we are celebrating is freedom and as such this is not just a day for St. Maarteners alone, but for everyone who re

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

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TelEm Group donates DSL modem and 3G dongle to SCDF

St. Maarten – Internet provider, TelEm Group is continuing its support for Carnival  with complimentary donations of high-speed DSL internet and mobile data service to the Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). The donations are part of the compa

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2012

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Arrindell urges businesses to support athletics meet

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Minister of Culture, Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell issued a stirring call recently for the private sector to throw its support behind the international athletics meet being hosted by the Speedy Plus  Clu

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

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Minister of Public Health urges the use of ear plugs during carnival

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Health. Social Development & Labor is taking the hearing of the youth here on our island very serious, by means of an audio meter that was donated to the section Youth Health Care this year by Minister of H

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

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Editorial: A fuel free carnival

We’ve made the off-hand suggestion before that people should break out their bicycles in the face of rising fuel prices. Considering that the price of gasoline is going up again today for the second time in six days, we think it’s a good idea to

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

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De Weever opens workshop on HIV/Aids workplace policy

St. Maarten - The two-day skills building workshop on the development of a National Workplace Policy on HIV and Aids at Carl’s & Sons Conference Center was officially opened by Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius

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

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Opinion: Blood test

Presented as house rules inmates at the Pointe Blanche prison are now apparently subjected to an obligatory blood test. We heard about this in court from one defendant, and the story was confirmed by attorneys. A prosecutor volunteered that these tes

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

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L.B. Scott Road partially closes next week

St. Maarten – One lane of the L.B. Scott Road will be closed to motorized traffic as of Monday, 23 April, 2012 until Thursday, 27 April. Contractor Windward Roads will be resurfacing the road during that timeframe. Traffic signs will be set up s

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

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Schippers wants complementary heli-pad in St. Maarten

Schippers wants complementary heli-pad in St. Maarten

Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare & Sport Edith Schippers (third from left) and her delegation listen as St. Maarten’s Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) Cornelius de Weever, who is accompanied by two of his Cabin

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

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Court rejects Wifol’s challenge (Simpson Bay Resort)

No proof of de Haan’s prejudice St. Maarten – The challenge board rejected a request by Wifol-attorneys mrs. Maarten Le Poole and Wim van Sambeek to remove Common Court of Justice Judge mr. Jurjen de Haan from the bench yesterday. The board f

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

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Gun possession case linked to Vesuvius-investigation

St. Maarten – Prosecutor mr. Bart den Hartigh demanded a 12-month prison sentence against Franklin Luciana A. for firearm possession yesterday afternoon. Judge mr. Monique Keppels will pronounce her verdict in this case on Wednesday May 9. The fac

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

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Education Minister outlines policy on returning Friday

Wescot-Williams no longer heading to the Hague St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell travelled to The Hague on Wednesday at the invitation of the Soualiga Foundation there to make a presentatio

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

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St. Maarten Government pledges to put development plans online

St. Maarten – The second in a series of town hall meetings on the drafting of development plans was held in the Belair Community Center on Monday. The public was invited to give input for the preparation of the development plan for conservation are

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

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Community service for attempted manslaughter

St. Maarten – Gary Christopher Alphonse, 20, found himself unexpectedly under attack on January 11 of this year, but he ended up in court yesterday on a charge of attempted manslaughter. The court sentenced him to a 1-year conditional prison senten

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

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Nicolaas recommends installing airport safety council

Nicolaas recommends installing airport safety council

Keynote speaker at the Princess Juliana International Airport’s aviation safety seminar and luncheon Michael Nicolaas makes a point during his feature address. St. Maarten - Growing the air transportation business with the focus on safety was

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

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Johnson says early planning of carnival must continue

Johnson says early planning of carnival must continue

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Stuart Johnson poses with the President of the Curacao Carnival Committee during Curacao's Grand Parade 2012. (SCDF photo)Embrace Carnival 2012 and beyond GREAT BAY – The St. Maart

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

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Public Education puts out troupe in 2012

St. Maarten - ‘Public Education on the Move’ is the name of a troupe comprising personnel from public education services and   approximately 298 public school students for Sunday’s Children’s Parade. On Wednesday, Education and Culture Mini

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

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Fine for firearm possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Jacques de Castro, 52, to a 12-month conditional prison sentence and a 1,500 guilders (about $835) fine yesterday for firearm possession. The court imposed a 2-year probation period. Prosecutor mr

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

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St. Maarten Cable TV’s maintains Saturday opening hours

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Cable TV’s Madame Estate location will continue its Saturday office hours for one more weekend to accommodate customers who are switching to digital service. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday.

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