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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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Inspection tackles bullying on school buses with workshop

St. Maarten – School bus drivers will get a workshop designed to inform them about how to handle bullying of students by other students, the department of communications stated in a press release issued yesterday. The initiative comes on the heels

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Annual report Common Court of Justice: Criminal cases down twenty percent

St. Maarten – The court in Philipsburg handled 243 criminal cases in 2011, a decline of 20 percent compared to 2010, when there were 304 cases brought before the judge. The 2011 annual report of the Common Court of Justice shows that St. Maarten to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Bar Association comments on ditching article 28 from Criminal Code

“Review after thirty years is a good compromise” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The parliament’s decision to take article 28 out of the new Criminal Code drew a “no comment” from the draft law’s architect, prof. Hans de Doelder. “

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Survey checks labor market needs for the next 5 years

St. Maarten – JS Consulting Services is conducting a study financing survey among approximately 600 businesses to collect information about the island’s education and training needs for the next five years. Research coordinator Julio Romney rand

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Airport honors seven outstanding employees

Airport honors seven outstanding employees

Left to right: Edmund Missoudan, Shirley Salmon-Samson, Valmond Mills, Rovena Richardson, Edsell Lake, Elaine Gumbs, and Reynaldo Richards, (PJIAE photo)SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – Seven employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport operat

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Drug user arrested for beating girlfriend

St. Maarten – Police have arrested and detained J.E.M. for seriously ill-treating his girlfriend T.R. on May 26. The suspect hit the woman in the head with a piece of wood and caused a severe wound to the left side of her head. Paramedics treated t

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Medical school starts multi-million dollar upgrade

Medical school starts multi-million dollar upgrade

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams speaks at the ground breaking of phase one of the expansion of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC). She is flanked by officials of the school, Vromi Minister William Marlin, Minister of Public Health, S

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Man arrested for evasion and weapons possession

St. Maarten - M. Mc. D. was arrested and detained by police recently for several reasons. One of the things he’ll have to answer for is the illegal possession of a weapon that officers found under the driver’s seat. Police first went after Mc. D

Opinion - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Opinion: No comment

The realization that the parliament took article 28 out of the criminal code has not sunk in yet within the local legal community, but the first reactions we picked up radiated sheer astonishment. Article 28 would have offered convicts with a life s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Union worries over construction delays at M. Genevieve de Weever School

St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) Claire Elshot met with new Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs, Silveria Jacobs last Thursday. Elshot said that the minister had to be appraised of several mat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Gebe goes after electricity thieves

St. Maarten – The police have arrested, questioned and released an unstated amount of people for tampering with electricity meters issued by utility provider Gebe. It is illegal to tamper with meters. The arrests are part of sustained controls th

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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French St. Martin to research exact date of slavery abolishment

AGREMENT, St. Martin ---The French side of St. Martin celebrated the 164th anniversary of the abolition of slavery on Sunday with a cultural manifestation which included dance, songs and poetry that depicted the days of slavery on St. Maarten. The co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Jacobs wants career day to open school year

Jacobs wants career day to open school year

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria JacobsSt. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has called for a career day to be hosted at the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year. The event should

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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TelEm ups 3G wireless broadband data limits and drops rates

St. Maarten – TelEm Group’s mobile provider TelCell is slashing wireless broadband rates for post-paid and pre-paid customers. Starting Wednesday, TelCell offers new rates for pre-paid and post-paid wireless broadband customers. This includes a f

Opinion - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Opinion: How to deal with bullying

School bus drivers are going to get a workshop to teach them how to deal with bullies. We think that it is also important for children who are at the receiving end of bully-practices to know what it is and what they are able to do against it. The art

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Orange Grove headlines Island 92s’ anniversary concert

Orange Grove headlines Island 92s’ anniversary concert

A handout of Orange Grove, which will headline the concert to mark Island 92’s 10th anniversary.St. Maarten – Orange Grove is the headline act for Island 92 Radio’s 10th anniversary concert on June 16. The free concert at the plaza at Porto Cup

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Salomon urges caution ahead of hurricane season

St. Maarten – Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Winston Salomon is calling on the St. Maarten community to be prepared for the hurricane season with three-days left to go before the start of the season. Salomon urges the community to make sure they h

Editorial - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Editorial: Thirty years

Maybe it comes like too little too late, but we think that the comments from the Bar Association about article 28 the parliament dropped from the new Criminal Code are still worth considering. Our parliament basically wants to lock up lifers and thr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Relationship row leads to fatal stabbing

St. Maarten – O.A. McK says an argument over E.W.’s relationship with T.P.E. is what led to the stabbing incident behind the Baptist Church in Sucker Garden on Saturday. McK surrendered to police shortly after the stabbing on Saturday and 52-year

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Ser delegation connects with Dutch counterparts

Ser delegation connects with Dutch counterparts

The delegation of Ser St. Maarten attends a meeting of the Ser Brabant in den Bosch; right of center from left to right; R. Richardson, G. Richardson, E. Gumbs-Vlaun, E. Henriquez-Dijkhoffz, A. Alberts. (Ser photo)GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s So

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 2012

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Seniors want discussion on Tres Rios declaration

GREAT BAY- The St.Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) seeks an audience with the government to discuss the Tres Rios declaration and its significance to the elderly, in particular. The non-governmental organization is hoping to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 29, 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

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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French St. Martin commemorates abolishment of slavery

AGREMENT, St. Martin – The French side of our island commemorated yesterday the 164th anniversary of the abolishment of slavery in Agrément where the statue of Lady Liberty took center stage. Wreaths were laid by Collectivité President Alain Rich

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on May 28, 2012

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Battle in school soccer competition winds down

St. Maarten - After weeks of intense competition, the weaker teams have been eliminated from the school soccer competition, some are still fighting to remain in contention and the battles among the stronger teams have intensified. In one of the q

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