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St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Valya Pantophlet switches government function

GREAT BAY – Valya Pantophlet is leaving the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) to become policy advisor on Tourism to Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo F. Pantophlet. Pantophlet,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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No Emancipation Day holiday this year

St. Maarten – No one should expect that July 1, 2012 will be a public holiday. Article 11 of the law on publication of ordinances stipulates that the law would have to have been published three months before the date the law takes effect. Consideri

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Spies prepares budget instruction for Curacao

THE HAGUE - Kingdom relations Minister Liesbeth Spies is “seriously preparing herself” for giving an instruction to the Schotte-government in Curacao related to the budget deficit. The minister made her statement yesterday afternoon in the Second

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Book Fair highlights poetry and autobiography writing presentations

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT- Aspiring writers, poets, avid and now-and-then readers, young and seniors, families, and lovers of all things cultural are being invited by organizers to the 10th anniversary St. Martin Book Fair, which actually started with pre-Bo

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Middle Region upgrade nears completion

MIDDLE REGION – Eighteen months of inconvenience are slowly coming to an end for Middle Region residents as the upgrade of their district nears completion. After the groundbreaking ceremony that took place on February 17 of last year, contractor MN

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Expansion sewage treatment plant underway

St. Maarten – The expansion of the sewage treatment plant on Illidge Road is taking shape, though it is far from completed. Kurt Ruan, the head of new projects, said yesterday that the work will be ready by the end of October. Former Minister of

Entertainment, Uncategorized - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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A Good Read: The Allure of Anguilla

The newest literary festival/book fair in the Caribbean Anguilla / by Melanie Reffes* - It was nirvana for literary lovers over the US Memorial Day weekend when the Anguilla Literary Festival was the hottest ticket on the island. The four-day fê

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Dog show in Nature Park on June 10

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation holds its annual dog show on Sunday, June 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Seaside Nature Park with ribbons and trophies awarded based on overall condition and personality. An all-around trophy

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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No more licenses for St. Martiners

GREAT BAY - Head of the Civil Registry Leona Romeo-Marlin announced on Tuesday that the Civil Registry will no longer issue driver’s licenses to people registered on St. Martin as of June 1. This is in accordance with the ministerial decree 07/06 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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St. Maarten hit by year’s first major outages

St. Maarten – Electricity provider Gebe had to deal with a double whammy of outages on Monday night. It is the first time this year that the company has had a major issue. The issues began when a transformer house in Waymouth Hill blew out and c

Opinion - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Opinion: Twitter mania

Since the Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is, well, Hugo Chávez (we don’t want to be prosecuted for insulting a foreign head of state) it does not surprise us in the least that the man has a Twitter account. The thought that the top dog of a cou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Dare hosts Father’s Day song festival

St. Maarten – The police officers that form part of St. Maarten’s Dare program hosts a song festival June 16, 2012 to raise money to buy school materials. The materials focus on providing information on why young people should avoid becoming invo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Fun Miles promotes knowing customers and new technology

WILLEMSTAD – Know and reward your customers is the central message that was delivered by the three feature speakers at the Fun Conference that was held at the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino on Tuesday. The event, which was organized by loy

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St. Dominic High’s IB students Think Global, Act Local

St. Maarten / By Paayal Lalchandani – The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at the St. Dominic High School began in the year 2010 with its first set of students.  Over the course of the two years, these IB students have compl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Only two respond to request for input on new laws

St. Maarten – Only two contractors have responded to last week’s request by the Secretary General of Parliament Jozef D. Semeleer for them to contact the parliamentary secretariat as soon as possible to set up a hearing regarding the Property Law

Editorial - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Editorial: Instruction

Kingdom Relations Minister Spies sent a strong warning to the Schotte-government in Curacao yesterday.  The outgoing minister is not amused by the gaping hole in the country’s 2011 budget and she is apparently even less amused about the way financ

Opinion - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Opinion: Lego fraud

There seems to be no end to the ways people find to enrich themselves at the expense of someone else. In St. Maarten several companies found a niche market by producing forged documents for Brooks Tower residence permit applicants. In the slipstream

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Shigemoto’s appointment to Mot not confirmed

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan confirmed on Tuesday that former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto has applied for the function of Head of the Center for the Reporting of Unusual Financial Transactions (Mot). The appointment has not yet

Opinion - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Opinion: Study financing survey

The Education Ministry’s initiative to conduct a study into the labor market’s education and training needs is in itself a pretty good idea. If we don’t know what the market needs, we don’t know which studies we have to recommend to our child

Opinion - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Opinion: Fly control

One could say a lot about the Chinese but not that they’re not ready to think outside the box. After the country introduced the one child per family rule in 1978 to keep the number of Chinese manageable, it now also has a two-fly rule: in public to

Opinion - Posted by on May 30, 2012

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Letter: Stop cockfights. Do something positive instead

Dear Editor, Cockfighting is not a sport. It is animal cruelty. It is not everybody’s tradition but it is a nasty form of gambling for some. Organizing and permitting animal fights is not something to be proud of. It is a shameful disgrace. Cock