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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Sunfed chairman advises new fund “tread carefully”

GREAT BAY- The umbrella body for many of the social organizations on the island, St. Maarten United Non-governmental Federation (SUNFED) has appealed to the government to tread wisely in it establishment of the St. Maarten Development Fund (SDF). As

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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St. Maarten Government designates 11 public shelters for hurricane season

St. Maarten – Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Winston Salomon says there are 11 public shelters available for the hurricane season. A number of buildings are chosen and equipped (prior to a definite hurricane strike) to serve as public shelters. Th

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Kingdom conference to be delayed

Kingdom conference to be delayed

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (left) makes her closing remarks during the first Kingdom Conference while Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and Dutch vice-Prime Minister and conference chairman Maxime Verhagen and looks on. (File

Opinion - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Open Letter

Dear Editor, For the first time in the history of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, the voters from those two new overseas communities will be called upon to designate their own representatives in Parliament. They will have the opportunity on J

Opinion - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Letter: Celebrating the environment and oceans

Dear Editor, This week the world celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 and on Friday June 8 at World Ocean Day. It was the Canadian government that advocated a special day for the Oceans at the Earth summit in Rio de Janiero in 1992. The Unit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Dogs eat eggs from sea turtle nest

St. Maarten – Guana Bay beach has been recorded as the first sea turtle nesting site that’s been discovered this year. The site was reported to the Nature Foundation recently. Staffers have since visited the site and confirmed that a leatherback

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Opinion: Frielink’s take on the Ombudsman

Attorney Karel Frielink, a partner at Spigthoff attorneys and tax advisers in Curacao addressed the second international Ombudsman conference in Willemstad on Wednesday about the usefulness of Ombudsman investigations to the work of defense lawyers.

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Caribbean whale sanctuaries intensify cooperation

St. Maarten – Representatives of the Caribbean Marine Mammal Sanctuaries Initiative (Caribbean Mamas), and representatives of the Regional Activity Center (RAC) of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (Spaw) protocol held a two day meeting he

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Jacobs: Students need not fear rejection

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs announced on Wednesday that the government has received guarantees from the Kingdom partners that a decision to defer application of new and stronger exam norms will not

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Health Minister wants smoking and non-smoking areas

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever has called on businesses to establish smoking and non-smoking areas. The national ordinance on the use of tobacco, like several others the world over stipulat

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Wescot-Williams continues promoting Flag Day

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams invites the general public to the Flag Day celebration, which will take place next Wednesday. The details on the event will be released on a later date. The prime minister also encourages the general

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Minister pledges to finish Genevieve de Weever upgrades during summer break

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has pledged that the buildings being constructed at Genevieve de Weever School will be finished by the start of the 2012/2013 school year. She’s not ready to promise th

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Civil servants and teachers will get cost of living payment

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt announced on Wednesday that the government will pay out the 2010 Cost of Living Adjustment (Cola). The 17 million guilder expense is not part of the 2012 budget that was approved earlier this year, but th

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Heavy equipment owners urged to stick to the traffic ordinance

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section reminds all motorists to observe the traffic rules especially in the vicinity of schools and school busses. Heavy equipment owners especially are urged to follow Article 60A of the Traffic Ordinance w

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St. Maarten’s top gospel artists sing live on Saturday

St. Maarten – The renowned Angie Pantophlet, Don Froston and many more will join the Women’s Ministries Department of the Victory Temple Church of God of Prophecy for an evening of “Hymns of Glorious Praise” featuring hymns of the faith. The

Opinion - Posted by on June 8, 2012

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Letter: A moment of sober reflection on the “controversial” billboard in St. Peters

Dear Editor, On May 16, a poster was unveiled at the St. Peters Community Center to “increase awareness about verbal abuse and domestic violence” with the caption: WORDS DO HURT. The poster in question depicts a black male that has inflicted e

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St. Maarten Airport raises awareness of foreign object debris

St. Maarten Airport raises awareness of foreign object debris

Airport community members with bagged foreign object debris collected during the mandatory foreign object debris walk at airside of the Princess Juliana International Airport. (PJIAE photo)St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana Int’l Airport has la

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Civil servants complete SuperHost training course

Civil servants complete SuperHost training course

St. Maarten – Staffers of the Department of Social Welfare and staffers of the Department of Labor Affairs were presented with certificates and pins on Thursday for successfully completing the customer service training offered by St. Maarten Supe

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Dance Academy hosts expo June 23

St. Maarten - The school of liturgical and arts movements, Dance and Arts Dimensions Academy (DADA), will be hosting a Summer Activity Expo on June 23, at the Festival Village. It will be free of charge and caters to all age groups. The purpose of t