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

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Cft urges government to present budget amendment: Deficit 2012 possibly 39 million guilders

St. Maarten – Outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto leaves a 2012 budget behind with a deficit that could be as high as 39 million guilders ($21.66 million). This appears from two letters from the board for financial supervision Cft. The 2012 b

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

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Dutch Quarter residents protest against upgrade

St. Maarten - Dutch Quarter residents engaged in protest action yesterday against what they called the impending flood that would accompany a new drainage system that was placed at the head of Zorg-en-Rust. The protest began with portions of the A.T

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

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Sewage spill forces Back Street closure

St. Maarten - “I don’t believe that someone did something like this and did not come back or report it.” That was the initial reaction of Officer Marvin Dollison of the fire department as he supervised a team tasked with cleaning up a section o

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

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Safe Haven reveals new billboard

St. Maarten - The Safe Haven Foundation revealed a new billboard yesterday to increase awareness about domestic violence. The billboard was erected in the vicinity of the St. Peters Community Centre with the tagline “Words Do Hurt.” Safe Haven di

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

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Deadline hurricane pass application next Friday

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Businesses and vital organizations have a little over one week to apply for a mobility pass for the 2012 hurricane season. The pass allows holders to assess possible damage to their property. Applicants have until next week

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

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Sunday evening at cruise and cargo facility: Candle lighting memorial merges with peace event

St. Maarten – The Art of Living Foundation and the Aids Foundation are teaming up to mark the 29th anniversary of the world’s largest annual community-based candle lighting memorial event and to bring to St. Maarten the biggest multicultural pe

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

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The book fair is almost there: George Lamming on Rodney, Wena Poon on Books are Boring

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT — Barbadian George Lamming will head the Presidents’ forum at the University of St. Martin on June 2 during the tenth annual Book Fair. Lamming, described in a press release by the organization as an “illustrious Caribbean nov

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

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Second tax lecture on Thursday at New Testament Baptist church

St. Maarten – Many people attended the lecture on taxes the New Testament Baptist Church organized last week; they had the opportunity to ask questions about the tax system or about their personal issues. Tax inspector Drs. Maria Bass clarified

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Opinion: Words do hurt

Words do hurt but the truth has never hurt anybody – or so they say. It is always endearing to see very important people show up for politically correct occasions, like the revealing of Safe Haven’s bill board in St. Peters yesterday. These event

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Jamaloodin denies he is a Bientu-suspect

WILLEMSTAD – Finance Minister George Jamaloodin denies that he is a suspect in the Bientu-investigation. He told the Antilliaans Dagblad that he has been interrogated, “but not as a suspect.” The minister said that he had answered questions pu

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Curacao with heavy heart to Financial Task Force meeting

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao sends a 16-strong delegation to a meeting of the Caribbean Financial Action Task force in El Salvador next week, but the delegation members make the trip with a heavy heart. That’s because the second draft report about Curaca

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Competition grows for Marlow One-Design Regatta

SIMPSON BAY – The St. Maarten Yacht Club reports that the competition for its 11th annual Marlow One-Design Regatta is already getting fierce. Although the contest is slated for June 16 and June 17, many local and regional teams appear in top form

Editorial - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Editorial: Fairy tale

That there was something fishy about the 2012 budget was clear to all who wanted to see for quite some time. Now the financial supervisor Cft has put its finger on the sore spots and exposed outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s handiwork as a

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

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Dutch funding for Amfo ends this year – St. Maarten silent about assuming responsibility

St. Maarten – Up to now St. Maarten has not given any indication about the Dutch proposal to gradually takeover the subsidies from the Antillean co-financing organization Amfo. Over the past eight years, Amfo has pumped more than 180 million guilde

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

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Foundation launches DVD Living Statues Festival

St. Maarten – The Beyond Writing Foundation published its first documentary DVD about the Caribbean Living Statues Festival last week. The DVD-launch took place last Friday at the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Centre. Tourist Office director

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

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UTS sponsors Art of Living on World Telecom Day

St. Maarten - UTS commemorates World Telecommunication Day, which falls together with Ascension Day this year on May 17. The telecom provider is giving back to the customers that have made the company’s success possible through a top up promotion t

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Opinion: Mierenneukers-arrest

Sometimes, small countries have it in them to rise above themselves. Take the Netherlands. It has a decent judicial system wherein the Supreme Court has the last word. Everybody thought that was a fair deal, until this esteemed institution ruled in f

Uncategorized - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Job Kiosk relaunches website

St. Maarten - Exactly six months after the pilot project ended, the St. Maarten Job Kiosk will re-launch its improved website on June 1. The Kiosk previously operated from December 2010 to November 2011, servicing job seekers at home and abroad. Many

Opinion - Posted by on May 16, 2012

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Opinion: Amfo

We’ve known this for almost three years now and by the end of this year it will be a reality: no more Dutch subsidies for the Antillean co-financing organization Amfo. The consequences will soon be felt among the organizations that depend for their

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

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Library closed

St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be closed tomorrow on the occasion of Ascension Day. On Friday opening hours will follow the usual schedule.