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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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St. Maarten Government officially establishes development fund

St. Maarten Government officially establishes development fund

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (second left) watches as Marinka Gumbs (right) signs the notarial deed establishing the St. Maarten Development Fund (SDF). (L to R) SDF Board Member Joy Arnell, Notary Henry Parisius and SDF President Richelda Em

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Arrindell recommends quarterly report of Parlatino to Central Committee

Arrindell recommends quarterly report of Parlatino to Central Committee

(Left to right) Second from left President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell, Romain Laville, Roy Marlin and second from right Patrick Illidge standing with other MPs in Ecuador at a Parlatino meeting. (Parlatino meeting)St. Maarten – President o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Tuitt seeks end to audit requirement

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt, who used to run an accounting firm, plans to amend the subsidy ordinance to make things easier for all foundations. In its current form, the law requires foundations to give a financial report to governmen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Welfare Road becomes fully two way again

St. Maarten – The section of Welfare Road from Daily Extra Supermarket will become a two way road again starting at 9:00 a.m on Monday when the Waterfront Road is closed to through traffic. Wrigley Road and other side streets near Waterfront Road w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Program shutdowns loom at Point Blanche prison

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has promised to systematically shut down programs in the prison if the ongoing strike led by the Point Blanche Inmates Association continues. He also announced on Wednesday that he plans to file a counte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Health authorities to incorporate new virus into dengue response plans

St. Maarten – Head of the Section General Public Health (SGPH) Maria Henry, and Dr. Grace Spencer - a family physician who contributes to the local sentinel surveillance system - returned from Jamaica over the weekend after attending a workshop on

Editorial - Posted by on June 7, 2012

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Editorial: The growing drama

The drama around the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The latest scene is the request by the board to suspend the director Emsley Tromp. The Government of St. Maarten will respond soon, and likely so will

French St. Martin News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Gibbs calls for high turnout in legislative elections

MARIGOT, St. Martin – Daniel Gibbs, who leads Team Daniel Gibbs, believes a high turnout in this Saturday’s first round of the parliamentary elections will send a clear message to national institutions in Paris that the island wants more attentio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten Government’s personnel costs jump 20 percent in July

St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – Parliament’s recent unanimous approval of the national ordinance making July 1 – Emancipation Day – an official holiday means government must find an additional 100, 000 guilders to pay police, prison office

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten Government seeks to reduce loss of driver’s licenses

Replacement licenses to cost 300 guilders St. Maarten / By Donellis Browne – The Government of St. Maarten proposes to raise the price of a replacement driver’s license to 300 guilders in order to make it less attractive for people to lose th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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St. Maarten bids to host 2014 FCCA conference

St. Maarten bids to host 2014 FCCA conference

President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Michel Paige embraces Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet (seated) during a family photo that includes FCCA cruise line represe

Editorial - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Editorial: The punishing provision

Don’t lose your driver’s license. That is the message the understandable government wants to send to people with its proposal for higher fees for getting a driver’s license that is lost. While the proposal seems on the up and up, we’re a bi

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St. Martin introduces Miss Mature pageant

MARIGOT – St. Martin will have its first Miss Mature Pageant in 2013. The event is one of five pageants that the Carnival committee wants to host. All participants must be 28 or older to participate. The Dutch side of St. Maarten was the first to i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Nagico sponsors documentary on St. Maarten

Nagico sponsors documentary on St. Maarten

Film student Laura Bijnsdorp (center) accepts cheque from NAGICO’s Executive Marketing Manager; Paul Dijkhoffz (left) and Marketing Assistant Lisa Brown (right).St. Maarten - Nagico Insurances donated $2,319.25 to local film student Laura Bijns

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Minister Pantophlet at investment breakfast in New York City

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet is this morning at an investment breakfast in New York City, organized by digital media company Hard Beat Communications and the Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO. He finds himse

Opinion - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Opinion: The price of freedom

The government presents the approval of another public holiday as a budget neutral matter in the explanatory note to the Emancipation Day ordinance, but the truth is nearly a quarter of businesses that were asked say they anticipate they’ll make le

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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St. Martin Book fair workshops get record attendance

St. Martin Book fair workshops get record attendance

Papa Umpho (second left), a brave Anansi the spider (left), and Little Miss St. Martin 2011 Kiara Meyers (fifth left), pose with a few of the youngsters in the “Children’s Room” at the 10th anniversary edition of the St. Martin Book Fai

Opinion - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Opinion: All in the family

Something smells not pretty: the Taxand deal. Former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto was caught with his pants down on Monday when his successor Roland Tuitt revealed what he had found out. At his last press conference, Shigemoto gave the impression

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Travel Planners staff invest in pension plan

Travel Planners staff invest in pension plan

Staffers of Travel Planners pose with Ennia’s local manager Myrtille Brookson during the presentation of the final documents for their pension plan.St. Maarten - The staff of Travel Planners are now covered by a retirement plan with Ennia that

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Students have life changing experience with regional author

Students have life changing experience with regional author

St. Maarten Academy high school students are like a youthful crown above the heads of their elders at the symposium of the 10th annual St. Martin Book Fair (L-R, seated): author Fabian Badejo, HNP president Jacqueline Sample, noted Caribbean sch

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Country St. Maarten welcomes millionth cruise passenger

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten welcomed its one millionth cruise passenger on Tuesday. This is the earliest that the country has welcomed the individual in the 11 consecutive years the feat has happened. According to a release 994, 280 cruise passengers h

Opinion - Posted by on June 6, 2012

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Opinion: A crime against us all

A crime against a tourist is a crime against us all. That sentiment lives strongly, and justly, in St. Maarten where crimes against tourists await a potentially 25 percent higher punishment. It also lives strongly in Curacao, where the government fin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Shigemoto broke all the rules in the book with Taxand deal

Shigemoto broke all the rules in the book with Taxand deal

Finance Minister Roland Tuitt and MP Patrick Illidge speak ahead of the start of Monday’s Central Committee meeting. (Leo Brown photo)Minister Tuitt: no tender, no signed contract St. Maarten – Former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto broke

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De Weever tours SLS’ environmental lab

De Weever tours SLS’ environmental lab

From left to right Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Affairs Cornelius de Weever, Director H. Booi- and Raymond Peterson of St.Maarten Laboratory Services on a guided tour of the lab located in Betty’s Estate.St. Maarten

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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St. Maarten Parliament approves Emancipation Day legislation

St. Maarten Parliament approves Emancipation Day legislation

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs shakes hands with National Alliance MP Hyacinth Richardson after parliament unanimously approved the law making Emancipation Day – July 1 – an official public holiday. Leo Brown

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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St. Maarten Tourism Bureau highlights shopping experience

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau sent out an e-mail blast this weekend highlighting the shopping opportunities here. According to the statement three simple words make the island of St. Maarten a shopper’s paradise - duty-free shopping.

Opinion - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Letter: Disappointed in ice show

Dear Editor, I wish to express my profound disappointment in the “Mario Bros on Ice” Show that was held at the L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium on June 2 and June 3. In my opinion the show was a total rip off. When I paid $25 for my daughter and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Ocean Explorers wins lionfish hunt

Ocean Explorers wins lionfish hunt

Nature Foundation Researcher and Lionfish Hunt 2012 Coordinator Tineke van Bussel with staff of Ocean Explorers Dive CenterSt. Maarten – Ocean Explorers Dive Center has been declared the winner of lionfish Hunt 2012, which officially came to an

Opinion - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Opinion: A common cold

Next time you catch a common cold – not unlikely with all those air conditioning systems blowing – don’t bother to rush to your doctor for antibiotics, because they don’t work. General practitioners have a habit of prescribing antibiotics fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Civil servants begin learning about integrity dilemmas

Civil servants begin learning about integrity dilemmas

Policy Support Worker Cheryl Rohan, Integrity Dilemma Trainer Ralston Bennet, Usona Representative Angela Dekker, Integrity Program Manager Tammy Richardson, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot William, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt and Head of the Depar

Opinion - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Opinion: No guts no glory

Here we go again. The European soccer championship is about to begin this Friday in the Ukraine and the Netherlands is hotly debating whether VIPs (Very Irritating People) should boycott the tournament because former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Tuitt has good news and bad news about budget

St. Maarten – The Central Committee meeting about the Cft-letters concerning the 2012 budget will continue on Monday morning at ten o’clock. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt gave MPs last night an overview of the country’s financial position, but

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Faulty breaker and tampering cause cable outages

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten Cable T.V. switched off a faulty breaker at midnight Tuesday to replace a faulty breaker that led to several outages during the weekend. The outages affected customers all across the Dutch side. “Late Saturday evening to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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MPs question Taxand contract and perceived budget deficit

St. Maarten – Members of Parliament confronted Finance Minister Roland Tuitt during his inaugural appearance in a Central Committee meeting yesterday evening pertinent and pregnant questions about the 2012 budget deficit and about the contract the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 5, 2012

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Ombudsman expounds on challenges at regional meeting

St. Maarten - Ombudsman Dr. Nilda Arduin is one of several feature speakers at the Second Curacao International Ombudsman Conference, which will take place at the World Trade Center in Curacao. Dr. Arduin has been invited to present on the topic “T

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