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Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Food for tax attorneys

The proposals to reform the tax system, as revealed by outgoing Finance Minister Shigemoto on Wednesday contains good news, bad new and questionable news. The questionable part piqued our interest, because the new tax system seems to be heading for

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Letter: Crooked retailer

Just thought your community should know of the dishonest business practices of Leather World International Fronstreet #71. We were in the shop on a cruise stop and bought a leather hat. I gave them my Visa card for the $20 purchase and took my re

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Letter: Sacred duty to protect and serve

Dear Editor, The historical rights of Native Indigenous St. Martiners Worldwide recognized in their homeland as described in the UN declarations concerning Post-Colonial Rights of native People is “Conditio Sine Qua Non”, If there is to be any

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Opinion: Community policing

Here is something that may actually work: community policing. Understaffing has been the name of the game for a very long time. It also has been the usual excuse for anything that went wrong in our communities. But now we see slowly but surely more p

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Opinion: Different perspective

Psychiatric patients sometimes end up doing things that land them in a court room and subsequently in prison. The image of psychiatric patients as incorrigible criminals has been planted firmly in the human psyche by the Hannibal Lecter movies. In St

Opinion - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Opinion: Ignoring reality

Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto bade his farewell to politics with a statement about the country’s financial condition on Wednesday that basically ignored reality. That reality is obviously that there is a hole in the 2012 budget that seems to be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 18, 2012

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Justice Ministry partners with Miami Dade School of Justice

Justice Ministry partners with Miami Dade School of Justice

Garcia: “Community policing is pro-active, not reactive” From left to right Dr. Hector R. Garcia, Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Commissioner Carl John.St. Maarten – “The police are a reactive force. Something happens and we call t

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Shigemoto projects 150 million higher tax revenue for 2013

New tax-system favors residents over non-residents St. Maarten – The revised tax system is scheduled to be completed by January 2013, outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The governing accord signed b

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Two baby-rapists sent to Curacao for observation

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance postponed the trial of two boys who raped two of their sisters repeatedly for two years until September. One of the girls was just three years old. The boys will be sent to Curacao for a psychiatric evaluat

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Cocaine smuggler awaits prison time or acquittal

St. Maarten – Davonan S. will hear on June 6 whether he walks or whether the Court in First Instance has a punishment in mind for him. The 34-year-old defendant was caught with 54.9 kilos of cocaine about his boat by the Coast Guard and the public

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De Weever: Amendments to foreign labor policy ready soon

St. Maarten - Amendments to the existing foreign labor policy are expected soon, with significant changes to most likely to be made in the security industry, domestic workers and the removal of an age moratorium for skilled and unskilled foreign labo

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Four years for armed robbery in bar

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Terry Constant to 4 years imprisonment for an armed robbery that took place at the Christina Bar on February 3. Of the sentence, 2 years are suspended, and Judge mr. Monique Keppels imposed 2 year

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Parliament and Central Committee meetings on Monday

St. Maarten – The parliament meets on Monday morning at ten o’clock to discuss the Emancipation Day Ordinance and the new criminal code. Last week the meeting was postponed to allow MPs to attend the funeral of MP Hyacinth Richardson’s mother.

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Foundation breaks ground for The Villas at Belvedere

Foundation breaks ground for The Villas at Belvedere

Tenants Association supports homeownership project From left to right Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Affairs Cornelius de Weever, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, Minister

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Shigemoto presents rosy picture of St. Maarten’s state of finances

St. Maarten – Without spending a single word on the criticism the board for financial supervision Cft expressed in letters to the government as recent as last week Wednesday, outgoing Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto paraded the healthy state of St.

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Tax inspectorate works at a bit more than half power

St. Maarten – The tax inspectorate has 88 of its 143 full time functions (61 percent) occupied, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The development for the Netherlands Antilles Usona has contributed 5.6 million

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Twenty requests for tax relief

St. Maarten – The government has twenty requests for tax relief under consideration: three for a tax exemption, and seventeen for a tax holiday, Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto said at a press conference on Wednesday. The requests for exemptions ar

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Governor meets Management Council Common Court of Justice

Governor meets Management Council Common Court of Justice

Members of the management council present their annual report to Governor Holiday.St. Maarten – Last Tuesday Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday met with the Management Council of the Common Court of Justice. The members presented the Joint Court of J

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PM: swearing in new St. Maarten government on Monday

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams expects that the new government will be ready for a swearing in ceremony on Monday. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s office said that the names of candidate-ministers

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Elso Kraai calls on politicians to develop social housing

Every citizen has the right to proper housing BELVEDERE- Chairman of the supervisory board of the St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation (SMDHF), Elso Kraai has issued a stirring call for politicians and the business community to assist in the

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Inmates honor Eulalie Meyers

Inmates honor Eulalie Meyers

The plaque made by inmates in honor of the late Eulalie Meyers.St. Maarten - A plaque bearing the picture of the late Mrs. Eulalie Meyers was recently unveiled at the Prison in Point Blanche. Mrs. Meyers who for many years was not only instrumen

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Minister Arrindell gets Kais-o-rama 1 DVD

Minister Arrindell gets Kais-o-rama 1 DVD

St. Maarten – The String Band Music Foundation, and AVS News presented outgoing Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell with the first copy of the “Kais-o-rama 1” DVD, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Mini

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Vaccination open house tomorrow at Festival Village

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Planning a summer vacation, you should use the opportunity to get vaccinated tomorrow at the Youth Health Care annual vaccination open house at the festival village, the department stated in a press release. “If you are tra

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Virgin Islands University offers Masters in Education program

In cooperation with university of St. Martin St. Maarten - University of the Virgin Islands officials are scheduled to hold an information session on St. Maarten next week Wednesday for people interested in following the Masters in Education progr

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Caribserve sponsors Video X games

Caribserve sponsors Video X games

Carl Riley (l) and Ivy Lambert present Video X Games foundation president Jeff Oliver with this check.St. Maarten - The Video X Games Foundation announced that internet service provider Caribserve has come on board as the event’s title sponsor, mak

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PM urges citizens to prepare for Atlantic hurricane season

St. Maarten (DCOMM) –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Chairman of the disaster emergency management organization, the Emergency Operations Center, is calling on the community to prepare timely for the Atlantic hurricane season, and to have the

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More than one hundred participants in St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade fair (Smart)

St. Maarten – Participants in the St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade fair Smart attended a farewell reception at Fort Amsterdam last night. A day earlier, there was a welcome reception at the Radisson Blue Resort, Marina and Spa on the French side.