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

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De Weever: protect employees when companies change owner

Short term labor contract abuse requires “comprehensive approach” St. Maarten – Labor Affairs Minister Cornelius de Weever wants legislation to protect the rights of employees in the event business operations are transferred to a new owner.

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

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St. Maarten Residents should prepare for rough seas

St. Maarten – Coastal residents are advised to have plans in place for possible storm surge in the event of a passing hurricane along the south coast of the country. These plans should have been in place since before the hurricane season started on

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

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Cadastre Director Roos outraged about Ombudsman report

“I have had enough of this woman” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – What should have been the “historic moment” Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin envisioned with the presentation of her office’s report about its first systemic investigation, tu

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

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Sister Basilia Day Care Center officially opens

Sister Basilia Day Care Center officially opens

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever and Franky – a client at the Sister Basilia Center – work together to cut the ribbon and open the new Sister Basilia Center Day Care while, amongst others, Prime Mini

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

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USM partners with Hanze Hogeschool: New business program starts here in August

PHILIPSBURG – The University of St. Martin (USM) will be offering an International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) in conjunction with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Netherlands) as of August 2012. The program is the

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2012

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Opinion: Dolphin pool

When it comes to choosing between what is right and what is economically beneficial the Eastern Caribbean still tends to opt for the fast buck. In St. Maarten we have seen that turning the Emilio Wilson Estate into a tourist attraction, has defeated

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

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Board of financial supervision changes media policy

St. Maarten – The Board of financial supervision Curaçao and St. Maarten (Cft) has decided recently to publish all its advices and reports on its website three weeks after they are issued. The decision was made after the body evaluated its media p

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ICWI launches Road Angel policy today

St. Maarten – Insurance Company of the Windward Islands (ICWI) will launch its flagship Road Angel policy at its Cole Bay Office at 6:00 p.m. The policy, which is specifically geared toward female drivers, was first introduced in ICWI’s home coun

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Gifted Foundation hosts praise party

Gifted Foundation hosts praise party

St. Maarten - Gifted Foundation hosts their first praise party called “Last Saturdays – Summer Praise” at the John Larmonie Centre on June 30 starting at 7:00 p.m. Gospel artiste Omalie Durand of Dominica and Anguilla will be performing live

Opinion - Posted by on June 29, 2012

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Opinion: Clowns in a theater democracy

Criticism of the Dutch parliament has increased to the level where a Volkskrant columnist is calling parliamentarians “the clowns of our theater democracy.” It is an interesting thought and though we are not ready to plaster such labels on the me

Editorial - Posted by on June 29, 2012

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Editorial: Historic moment

A historic moment it was indeed: the first report about a systemic investigation produced by the Bureau Ombudsman since its inception on October 10, 2010. Unfortunately this report, about perceived irregularities at the Cadastre is surrounded by the

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

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Emancipation poster series to St. Martin libraries and available to public

Emancipation poster series to St. Martin libraries and available to public

Public Library director Patrick Javois (L) receiving the Emancipation Day commemorative poster series 2012 in Marigot (6/28/12) from Dr. Rhoda Arrindell. (CLF photo) GREAT BAY/MARIGOT - House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) and Conscious Lyrics Foun

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Apna close St. Maarten office July 1

St. Maarten - The General Pension Fund Netherlands Antilles (APNA) will officially close down on July 1. The closure comes after 73 years of services rendered to the civil servants and pensioners of St. Maarten. It is brought on because of the disman

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

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St. Maarten Government takes another step to upgrade Dutch Quarter

St. Maarten Government takes another step to upgrade Dutch Quarter

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Vice Prime Minister William Marlin and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs join with officials from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Housing, Sp

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

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Laugh Till Belly Burst cast draws dividing line

Laugh Till Belly Burst cast draws dividing line

Front row, l-r Trinidad, Yashere, Kennedy, Da Phox, back row l-r Duporte, Arrundell, Beauperthuy and Ferland.St. Maarten – The fact that even entertainment has its parameters became explicitly clear during the press conference for this year’s Lau

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

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Princess Juliana International Airport wants non-aeronautical revenues up to regional standards

Princess Juliana International Airport wants non-aeronautical revenues up to regional standards

Some of the concessionaires at the Princess Juliana International Airport owe an accumulated 20 million dollars.St. Maarten - A recent study commissioned by the Princess Juliana International Airport operating company, PJIAE, concluded that the airpo

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

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St. Maarten joins regional domain name association

St. Maarten joins regional domain name association

President of Latin America and the Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD) Eduardo Santoyo and SX Registry’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Normand Fortier sign documents related to St. Maarten becoming an LACTLD member.St. Maarten – SX Registry which

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Aquarius developers: Non-payment by majority led to auction

Aquarius developers: Non-payment by majority led to auction

The Aquarius Development on Red Pond will be auctioned today.St. Maarten – The developers of the Aquarius development at Red Pond laid out the reasoning on Wednesday for the property and buildings ending up on the auction block. Simply put, they co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Pantophlet resumes Richardson’s Changing Lanes project

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet announced Wednesday that the Changing Lanes project will be reintroduced within two months. The project was initiated by former Commissioner

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Devon Otto gets 9 years for shooting in Curacao

Devon Otto gets 9 years for shooting in Curacao

St. Maarten - Devon Chet Otto was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment yesterday for shooting two inmates in the prison in Willemstad on September 13 of last year. Otto is already serving the maximum temporary prison sentence of 30 years for the March

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Accessory to Amador Jones murder sentenced to 9 years

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Kennedy Cynrick Akeem Daniel to 9 years imprisonment for being an accessory to the murder of Amador Jones on April 16 of last year. The verdict sends an ominous message to other suspects in the Ve

Editorial - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Editorial: Actual work please

Promises flowed freely in the Dr. A.C. Wathey Legislative Hall on Wednesday and now fill the pages of this newspaper. But nearly two years after an election and yes even just a month in office promises are not what the people of this country are look

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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“We continue status quo” Pantophlet full of promises and short on new ideas

“We continue status quo” Pantophlet full of promises and short on new ideas

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet delivered a policy statement on Wednesday that was filled with promises and had a grand total of zero new ideas or initiatives. The minist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Inspection Dept. thanks public for safe school bussing

St. Maarten – School Bussing and Taxi Dispatching Inspection Department of Economic Affairs thanks the public for their cooperation during the 2011 - 2012 school year in making busing of school children a safe one. The department has also pledged i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Robbers of Today printer for 4 to 6.5 years to jail

St. Maarten – Three robbery suspects denied any and all involvement in a robbery at the home of Today printer Kurt Joseph in the night of March 2, but when everything was said and done yesterday afternoon in the Court in First Instance, the suspect

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Cab driver gets 8 years for  attempted manslaughter

Cab driver gets 8 years for attempted manslaughter

Cab driver Mathurin Alextus arrives in court. Leo Brown Photo.St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Mathurin Alextus to 8 years imprisonment for multiple attempted manslaughter yesterday. The sentence is conformed the demand by the pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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The VKS: Built on discipline and integrity

The VKS: Built on discipline and integrity

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - The Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) observes fifteen years as a paramilitary organization in the service of the nation today. Commander of the unit, Major Jean Illidge is excited about the numerous activities

Opinion - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: A harrowing experience

It is good practice for journalists and publishers to take some distance when a topic in the news comes too close to home. Newspapers are not meant to promote personal interests or to highlight things that happen to their staff. So we beg our readers

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Small Beginners set for next phase of academic life

Small Beginners set for next phase of academic life

The class of 2012 of the New Beginnings Playschool perform on stage for the small but appreciative gathering during the graduation ceremony which took place on Tuesday evening at the St. Joseph School. Milton Pieters Photo.St. Maarten - Even at t

Opinion - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: Have a nice day

Devon Otto got what was coming to him yesterday when the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 9 years imprisonment for a shooting in the prison in Curacao in September of last year. Otto seriously injured a member of the Kani drugs gang – Lysan

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Prominent business figure loses only child

St. Maarten – Vice President of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ludwig Ouenniche and his wife Alba are mourning the loss of their 27-year-old daughter Nour. She was the couple’s only child and the Gendarmerie is investigating exa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Long serving teacher gets emotional farewell

Long serving teacher gets emotional farewell

It was mixed emotions during the farewell for Ida Yvonne Hasselbaink yesterday when she was recognized for her 14 years of service to the Methodist Agogic School as a Dutch teacher. Top right, she displays a plaque which was presented to her by H

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Common Court rules in August on Simpson Bay Resort dispute

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice will rule on August 31 on the dispute between the Simpson Bay Resort and Royal Resorts on one side and the Wifol union on the other. Yesterday morning parties met again in court for their final arguments.

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Tuitt pleads for budget approval

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt pleaded with the Board of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten yesterday to approve bank’s budget. The estimates of revenue and expenses include items like building the branch in St. Maarten.

Opinion - Posted by on June 28, 2012

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Opinion: Dirty beaches

Ah no! Every year about 3.5 million people become sick due to the pollution of American beaches. At least, that is the estimate made by the New York-based environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council. The non-profit organization prese

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