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Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2012

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Opinion: Long term thinking

We admit, it’s long term thinking but we’d still like to offer this reason for making the best of one’s school years. Cancer patients with a higher education often receive more far reaching medical treatment than patients with a lower education

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

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Tuitt seeks meeting with Jamaloodin on Central Bank

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is seeking a meeting with Curacao’s Finance Minister George Jamaloodin to end the “kind of impasse” around the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. Tuitt is especially concerned that the bank’

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Jadira Veen: “Monument permit Rainforest park highly questionable”

Jadira Veen: “Monument permit Rainforest park highly questionable”

“Unlawful” procedures outrage Pride Foundation" GREAT BAY / By Hilbert Haar – St. Maarten Pride Foundation President Jadira Veen is outraged about the fact that the former Minister of Culture Rhoda Arrindell issued a monument permit that c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Civil Registry and Vromi look ready to end Plans of Approach

St. Maarten – The last ministerial consultation on the Plans of Approach has agreed that the report the progress committee led by R. Bandell submits in July will be the yard stick to determine which of the seven plans is successfully finished and w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Integrity Bureau by year’s end Ministers and over 900 civil servants get integrity training

Integrity Bureau by year’s end Ministers and over 900 civil servants get integrity training

Ralston Eric Bennett of Life Transforming Institute leads one of the many sessions he gave to civil servants on integrity dilemnas. (DCOMM photo)St. Maarten - The Integrity Dilemma Training, came to a successful conclusion on June 15. The interac

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Few agreements at four way justice talks

ORANJESTAD/GREAT BAY – Tuesday’s meeting between the Justice Ministers of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands has “covered what they needed to cover” and did not explode into major clashes between the parties. Several controversia

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Ministry of Vromi is cleaning up its payroll

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) had during the third quarter of last year still had at least thirteen civil servants on the payroll above its formation. From the progress report

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Music recital in Sucker Garden on Saturday

St. Maarten – The 12th Annual Young Artists Music Recital will be held at 7:00 p.m. sharp this Saturday at the Bible Baptist Church on Arch Road in Sucker Garden. The event will be under the leadership of pianist and music pedagogue Dennis Tjon. Tj

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Lee voted CHTA’s second in command

MONTEGO BAY/GREAT BAY – President of the St. Maarten Hotel & Trade Association and General Manager of Princess Heights Hotel, St. Maarten Emil Lee was recently elected 1st Vice President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Slavery enters the presidential elections

Thinking that the history of slavery is an obsession exclusively entertained by people in the Caribbean, and in St. Maarten in particular, is a mistake. Slavery also keeps Americans – at least certain Americans – occupied. It is of course no c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Taxi Associations want more organization, regulation and protection

St. Maarten – Two of the country’s main taxi associations have requested a meeting with Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Romeo Pantophlet to discuss 12 points of concern. The overall goal of the two orga

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Editorial: Rainforest park

That the previous government was going to allow for the construction of a theme park in the Emilio Wilson Estate is in itself no news. The Island Council placed the estate on the Monument list in 2007 and solemnly pledged to protect it for future gen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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St. Maarten represented at Danish Road Show

St. Maarten represented at Danish Road Show

Sander Langeveld of Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa (third from left), Bart Schüller of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (fourth from the left) and Sonesta St. Maarten’s Heleen Bruggeman (fifth from left) pose with sales staff at the Spies office

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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St. Maarten Government issues leptospirosis advisory

St. Maarten – Section General Public Health (SGPH) says leptospirosis zoonosis, is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called spirochete. Leptospirosis can be transmitted by many animals such as rats, skunks, mice, raccoons, and oth

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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French open festival with music debate

MARIGOT – A panel discussion on the effects of music on St. Martin Youths and a discussion around the St. Martin songs: “Oh sweet Saint Martin Land” and “St. Martin is my home” will serve to open a music festival being hosted by the Section

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Live drill and CPR demonstrations for EMS Week

GREAT BAY – The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has organized a live drill for Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. on the Pondfill Road between the Government Administration Building and the Post Office. The activity is part of its annual EMS Week 2012

Opinion - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Opinion: Healthy living

Paco, the Pan American Conference on Obesitas sounded the alarm once more this past weekend in Aruba: there are too many children around that are seriously overweight or obese. Action is needed. We’ve heard all this before, and nothing happened.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 20, 2012

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Section General Public Health urges vigilance for heat stress

St. Maarten – Section General Public Health (SGPH) observes that for several weeks it has been very warm and it could get warmer heading into July and August. The department is thus calling on the community to closely friends, family members and co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Protests against legalizing cock fights gain momentum

“Animal fights are qualified as abuse all over the world” St. Maarten – “Everywhere in the world cruel activities that previously were considered traditional or cultural, like for instance bull fights, dog fights and cock fights, are prohi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Tourist Bureau publishes FAQs handbook

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) has just published FAQs about St. Maarten – The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Handbook. The handbook is intended for a planned certification course for tour guides and other hospitality professio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Coast Guard and judicial assistance central at four way justice talks

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan anticipates that today’s four party meeting between the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands will be emotional and rough at certain moments. He made the announcement

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Focus on poverty reduction, social equity and environmental protection PM leads high level delegation to Rio+20

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams leads the delegation from St. Maarten that is expected to form part of the larger Kingdom of the Netherlands grouping at this year’s Rio+20 Conference. The prime minister leaves the island today fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Mercuur calls for understanding between faith and spirituality

Mercuur calls for understanding between faith and spirituality

The St. Maarten delegation at TEDxYouth event. (Akeem Adams Facebook photo)WILLEMSTAD – Kylie Mercuur, one of St. Maarten’s representatives at TEDxYouth event on Saturday in Curacao, has promoted understanding between adherents of a faith and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Jacobs congratulates CIA students on education journey

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs addressed the faculty and staff, family and friends of the graduates and especially the graduates of the Class of 2012 of the Caribbean International Academy (CIA). Jacob

French St. Martin News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Application for ticket bursary open

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The Collectivité announced Monday that the responsibility for handing requests for funding assistance for students travelling out of the region to study has been transferred to the Human Development Sector in the Directorate

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Nagico Insurances awards its top agents

St. Maarten - Nagico Insurances hosted their annual agent’s awards dinner on Friday evening at the Sonesta Maho Resort, where several local and overseas agents were awarded for their outstanding premium production over 2011. Under the theme Reachin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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De Weever visits baby clinic

De Weever visits baby clinic

Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever with staff of the Baby Wellness Clinic. (PR MINVSA photo)St. Maarten - Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever visited the newly ope

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Causeway Facebook page attracts mixed comments

St. Maarten – Contractor Volker Stevin opened a Facebook page about the causeway across the Simpson Bay Lagoon that is currently under construction and will be completed in about one and a half year. The Facebook page shows a couple of pictures

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Opinion: More about cock fighting

The online petition against cock fighting in St. Maarten had collected more than 1,500 signatures yesterday. The umber surpassed the initial goal to have 1,000 signatories; the new goal is 2,000. The protests are sent directly to Governor Holiday and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Scotiabank hosts regional testing day at branches across the Caribbean

Belize is the newest location to host testing St. Maarten – Scotiabank in partnership with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV and AIDS (CBMP) will start Regional HIV Testing Day 2012 here this weekend. Other countries across the re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Obesity prevention program kicks-off in August

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Public Health Social Development & Labor Section General Public Health recently presented their obesity Prevention Program to a group of stakeholders in the form of a nutrition and physical education program, which is to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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TelEm Group March bills ready for payment

St. Maarten – TelEm Group apologized to customers Monday for late delivery of their March bills. These bills, which were delayed because of the company’s transfer from an old billing system to a brand new billing system, are now ready for collect

Editorial - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Editorial: Facebook

Contractor Volker Stevin has found an interesting way to communicate with the community about the progress of the causeway across the lagoon project by opening a Facebook page. This offers visitors the opportunity to express their opinion, but also

Opinion - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Opinion: Predictable exit

After the predictable exit from the European championship tournament Dutch sports journalists will spend probably the rest of the summer rehashing everything that went wrong and everything that should have been done better. Whining, finger pointing,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 19, 2012

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Community Police join Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters

Community Police join Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters

The five community police officers pose with VP Education Julisa Frans (left) along with Club President TM Joy Arnell (right) of the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club.St. Maarten - The country’s first five community police officers; Felix Ri

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