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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Tuitt denies turnover tax hike: Government assessing civil service’s functioning

St. Maarten – “Absolutely not so. This government is not going to increase turnover tax.” Those were the words that Finance Minister Roland Tuitt used Wednesday to deny rumors that the Wescot-Williams II Cabinet is getting ready to raise turnov

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Editorial: Wrong impressions

The Pointe Blanche Inmates Association remains remarkably calm in the face of adverse conditions in the prison and also in the face of apparent misinformation and lines of communication that do not function as they ought to. They are in prison becau

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Audit Chamber links with Dutch colleagues

St. Maarten – The General Audit Chamber is now a member of the Dutch Association of Audit Chambers and Audit Chamber Committees (NVRR). The organization is a forum for exchanging knowledge and experience so that institutions can contribute to good

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Teachers’ summit set for June 25

St. Maarten - Elementary school teachers and caregivers will converge at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa for the first Teachers’ Summit under the auspices of new Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs Silveria Jacobs. The summ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Cft assists with budget amendment

GREAT BAY – The Government of St. Maarten is being assisted by two staffers from the Board of financial supervision (Cft) in the crafting of an amendment to the 2012 budget. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt announced the direct assistance during Wedne

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Opinion: If even the grass stops growing

We figure that our politicians will pretend that there is no protest going on against their decision that made it possible to legally organize cock fights. They will not yield to pressure from foreigners, even though the arguments against cock fighti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Jacobs commits to supporting July 1 family event

Jacobs commits to supporting July 1 family event

President of Voices Nkosazana Illis officially invites Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. Silveria Jacobs to the Cultural Ancestral Day at the Emilio Wilson Park on Sunday July 1. (Photo contributed)St. Maarten - President of Voice

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Man stabbed for slapping ex-girlfriend

St. Maarten - L.L.B. and his girlfriend R.A.G. were arrested and detained on Wednesday for the role they played in a fight with B.D. D. is in the hospital in St. Martin because he was stabbed in the back several times during the fight. According to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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TripAdvisor puts Maho Beach, St. Maarten in the spotlight

TripAdvisor puts Maho Beach, St. Maarten in the spotlight

Tourists are drawn to Maho Beach, St. Maarten due to the attraction landing and departing planes have to offer.St. Maarten – Traveler’s web site TripAdvisor put St. Maarten in the spotlight with a review of ten unique beaches. In the number 1 pos

Opinion - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Opinion: And the wind blows ….

Temperatures must be rising in Willemstad, after the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that it is almost ready to go to court with its Bientu investigation. Bientu (Papiamento for “wind”) is everything Justice Minister Elmer Wilsoe does not

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Parisius re-elected president of regional association

Parisius re-elected president of regional association

GREAT BAY/WILLEMSTAD – Henry Parisius, a notary on St. Maarten was reelected President of the Association of Antillean and Aruban Civil Law Notaries at the body’s recent annual general membership meeting in Curacao. The other members of the b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Ser joins international body

Ser joins international body

Ser Netherlands’ director of Economic Affairs Marco Bos, Ser Aruba’s vice-chairman Michel A. Henriquez, Ser Aruba’s Chairman Rudy Geerman, Ser Curacao’s Chairman Stanley Betrian, Ser Curacao’s Secretary-general Josephine Provence, S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Foreign teachers may benefit from work permit review

St. Maarten -The ministries of education and labour have joined forces to address teacher shortage on St. Maarten. Just before leaving the island, Labour Minister Cornelius de Weever met with Education Minister Silveria Jacobs to discuss a review of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Holiday discusses Central Bank, education and culture in St. Kitts

Holiday discusses Central Bank, education and culture in St. Kitts

Governor drs Eugene B. Holiday poses with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner in the latter’s office on Thursday. Holiday called on Venner as part of an official visit to St. Kitts that lasted from June 20 to June 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Tuitt: Fee changes part of tax structure revamps

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has placed revamps to the fees that casinos pay in the broader context of revamping the tax system. He has also said government continues to work on the establishment of a Gaming Control Board. “We ar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 22, 2012

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Dutch and Sona end cooperation in 2015

WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Representation in Willemstad has confirmed the signing of a new management agreement between the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and Foundation Development Funds Netherlands Antilles (Sona). Sona announce

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Tuitt confirms Taxand’s payment request

“It was never budgeted for.” St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confirmed on Wednesday that Taxand has written the government requesting they be paid for services that they rendered to the country. That letter is now being handled b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Exciting live drill highlights EMS Week 2012

St. Maarten - Close to thirty emergency personnel drawn from the Fire and Ambulance Department, the Police, Red Cross and Windward Islands Emergency Medical Systems (Wiems) foundation responded to a mass casualty scene on the Pondfill on Wednesday. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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St. Maarten skips Trip report for second year running

St. Maarten skips Trip report for second year running

Brothels like the Sunset Retreat Bar aka Border Bar, which was managed by Ignacio Augustin Priest, are a source of concern for officials that deal with the matter of human trafficking. Priest was sentenced to 54 months in prison on March 21 for t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Numbers fall but Jacobs also deviates

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs has now made a decision on the study financing applications in 2012. Her decision follows a review of the decisions taken by former Minister of Education, Culture, Youth

Editorial - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Editorial: The need for reporting

St. Maarten’s lack of reporting on trafficking in persons may have been understandable in 2010 because the country was newly born and officials here needed to get a clear understanding of their role and the commitments they have to meet. To hear in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Broke robber gets prison time

St. Maarten– David St. Brice was broke on January 3 of last year and the option he chose to solve that problem earned him a 30 month prison sentence and 3 years of probation. Of the sentence, 10 months are suspended. Together with a man identified

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Tuitt consults on replacing cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt met one of the unions representing civil servants and teachers on Tuesday to discuss an alternative for structurally adjusting salaries. The minister wants the unions to think along with the government so

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Oil prices

Is there some relief underway? One would think so, given the fact that oil prices reached their lowest point in the past one and a half year yesterday. The cause of the dip seems to be the unexpected increase of the strategic oil reserves in the U

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Addicted career criminal to Turning Point – next year

St. Maarten – Emilien Pompelio Kruythoff, a 24-year-old who was according to a report by the Rehabilitation Bureau practically born addicted to drugs, was sentenced to a largely conditional prison sentence yesterday on the condition that he follows

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Arrindell receives audit chamber’s 2011 report

GREAT BAY – Acting Chairman of the General Audit Chamber Ronald Halman along with Secretary General Joane Dovale-Meit presented their 40-page 2011 Annual Report to President of Parliament drs. Gracita Arrindell on Wednesday. The presentation was do

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Cell phone robbers

What is it with youngsters these days that even cell phones are not safe anymore? Up to a point, one could understand that desperate people go out stealing to feed their families or to feed certain habits most people would consider bad. But steali

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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AUC Student Society donates to Salvation Army

St. Maarten - Close to thirty electronic devices were donated to the Salvation Army by the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) on Wednesday. The donation was seen as timely for the organization that is about to embark on its summer reading and

Uncategorized - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday visiting St. Kitts

GREAT BAY - Governor Eugene B. Holiday begins a two day working visit to St. Kitts today. This is his first official visit to the neighboring Eastern Caribbean country. The governor will hold talks with Governor General Cuthbert Sebastian, Deputy

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Letter: In response to your feature story*

Dear Mrs. Granston, Thank you for that beautiful article in your Today edition of today, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, of Charity Sam, on "Hard work truly pays off!" I read it with great emotions in my heart, and I truly wish her the very best, G

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Ambulance fleet down to five

CAY HILL- The St.Maarten Ambulance Department is still fully functional with five ambulances in active service. So says department head Cylred Richardson following a public auction of one of the division’s emergency vehicles. The auction took pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Dutch spent nearly 430 million in Caribbean territories last year

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY - Usona has proclaimed success is ensuring that development funds it manages are not under spent. The comment is the core theme in the agency’s annual report for 2012. The organization signed a total of 305 financing agreements

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Teenager gets community service for role in attempted phone robbery

St. Maarten – A conditional 9 month prison sentence, 3 years of probation and 150 hours of community service; that was the punishment for Raymison Railey Prescott in the Court in First Instance yesterday for his role in an attempted robbery on Marc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Fire department issues fire warning due to dry spell

St. Maarten – The Fire Department is once again calling on the community to be very conscious of not throwing out lighted cigarettes or matches that could result in bush fires due to the dry spell that the island is currently experiencing. People,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Burglar gets community service

St. Maarten – Allon Fernando Brooks came to court without an attorney to face charges for a burglary at the Juliana Bar in St. Peters in the night of April 25 to 26. He admitted that he had broken open the bar with a hammer and that he took a CD

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