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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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St. Maarten students get warm and tear-filled sendoff

St. Maarten — There was hardly “a dry eye” as 58 St. Maarten students prepared to depart the Princess Juliana International Airport on Sunday to further their education in the Netherlands. There was an outpouring of emotions as the assembled pa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Sargasso weeds piling up on eastern beaches

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is once again warning about the large amounts of Sargasso Seaweed washing ashore on local beaches. Based on surveys at sea and in the air there are several large patches of Sargasso seaweed heading into t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Urban planner Van Ieperen departs to Australia

“Resistance against change is part of the process” GREAT BAY / By Hilbert Haar – “St. Maarten is not used to giving its citizens a voice. And yet this is necessary to gain support for the zoning plans that are under development. The govern

Editorial - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Editorial: It is not a funeral

For years and years we have seen the same thing. Students head to the airport to head off to the Netherlands for their studies and we see the long tears and extended hugs. One would get the impression that the annual farewell is a funeral. Well guess

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Letter: Westin Resort generators

Dear Editor, In your edition of last Friday, you published an article about the use by the Westin of its generators and how this use is being perceived by its neighbors. While the whole tenor of this article is not exactly a shining example of ne

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Letter: Animals are more equal than St. Maarteners

Dear Editor, My country St. Maarten has made all impossible things possible. On cock fight issue we see people from countries all over the world joining forces with so called prominent St. Maarteners (former Commissioner Michel Deher, Louis Engel

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Opinion: Painful shame

Attorney Karel Frielink gave his vision on the instruction the Schotte-government received from the Kingdom Council of Ministers on his blog site last week. This is what he wrote. “The Kingdom government has given the government of Curacao an in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Constitutional change and economic options discussed at U.S. State Department

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with recently appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Caribbean, Central American and Cuban Affairs Liliana Ayalde during an official visit to the United States State Department last Tue

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Philipsburg Toastmasters install new board

St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Toastmasters Club installed its new board for the 2012/2013 year at a ceremony held at the Come Center on Long Wall Road recently. The executive board comprises Donna Wilson-Morrison as president, Georges Richardson as v

Opinion - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Opinion: Iconic picture taken on St. Maarten to become part of Mercedes Museum Collection

An iconic picture taken at the beach in Maho will become part of a collection at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart next year. The picture shows a by now 23-year old Mercedes G-class car. The woman facing the camera must be Christine, the late wife of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Tour Bus crash victims seek answers

St. Maarten - MSNBC and traveler website CruiseCritic.com have picked up on the story of the tour bus crash that happened at Loterie Farm a little over a week ago. Several Freedom of the Seas cruise passengers injured while on a ship-sponsored excurs

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Department places spotlight on hepatitis this week

St. Maarten – Section General Public Health (SGPH) of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) will be posting information on the Government Information Page (GIP) about the different forms of hepatitis throughout the week as part of the observance of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Simarc “shocked and disappointed” by dig halt

Simarc “shocked and disappointed” by dig halt

SIMARC students sifting for artifacts at the Emilio Wilson Estate St. Maarten – Director of the St. Maarten Archeological Center (Simarc) Dr. Jay Haviser says they were “shocked and disappointed” with the notice by the RainForest Adventures th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Foundation calls for government to purchase historic estate

St. Maarten - The Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation issued a statement Thursday encouraging the government to continue its efforts to purchase the Emilio Wilson Estate and then establish it as the country’s first land-based protected area and Nationa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Residents are fed up with persistent noise pollution – Westin hotel runs generators around the clock since 2011

St. Maarten – That the Westin Hotel in Dawn Beach and its neighbors do not get along is an understatement. Ever since the Babit Bay Beach Development Corporation set up shop in St. Maarten in 2006 there has been controversy. In 2010 the Court in Fi

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Opinion: Bizarre experiment

Dick Thijsen is a physiologist in Nijmegen and he made a discovery that sheds a peculiar light on his daily activities and his sense of responsibility. Thijsen discovered that runners become faster after the blood supply to their legs had been temp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Elshot wants schools to beef up athletic programs

St. Maarten – It is time to look at sports programs in our schools and to set up school competitions, Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) president Claire Elshot said yesterday. “I would like to see our schools beef up their athletic programs.

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation meets Anguillan counterparts to reestablish ties

St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation meets Anguillan counterparts to reestablish ties

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Stuart Johnson presents President of the Anguilla Summer Festival Committee (ASFC) Davon Carty with a copy of the Golden Book of St. Maarten.St. Maarten – President of the St.

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Opinion: Wiels

The political situation in Curacao has become extremely volatile after MAN-MP Cleopa withdrew his support for the coalition government. With Cleopa’s departure, the Schotte-cabinet no longer has a majority in parliament. These things happen, but i

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Opinion: Danger zones

We always knew that stuffing yourself leads to predictable results. Like, your trousers don’t fit anymore, and worse. Scientists have now divined something we disagree with: eating too much has a larger influence on the increase of obesity among we

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Hennessy Artistry brings Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack to St. Maarten

Hennessy Artistry brings Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack to St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Local Hennessy distributor Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco teams up with Hennessy Artistry and the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau to bring cool vibes and a new concert to St. Maarten with headliners Maxi Priest and Roberta Flack on August 4.

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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St. Maarten hosts joint para-military training in 2014

St. Maarten - Members of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) have returned from a successful training exercise week in Curaçao. The group, under the leadership of 1st Lt. Alain Richardson, was stationed at the military barracks in Suffisant. Fr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Thompson: Miller still refuses to talk

St. Maarten – Simpson Bay Resort manager Mark Miller still refuses to talk with Wifol president Theophilus Thompson, the union-leader said yesterday. “We need to establish a dialogue. The management at Simpson Bay Resort must realize that it ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Video X Games hosts last gaming tournament with top US players

Video X Games hosts last gaming tournament with top US players

CEO and founder of the famous gaming organization Empire Arcadia Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson and Perfect Legend of Empire Arcadia.St. Maarten - This Saturday - July 28 - will be the last chance for the hardcore gamers to play against the top US pla

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Rohie Ryddim spices up new numbering plan’s introduction on Statia

ORANJESTAD/GREAT BAY – Telem Group of Companies will be launching a new numbering plan for St. Eustatius in grand carnival style today. The event was preceded by a special pre-introduction and items give away by yesterday’s musical performance by

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Editorial: Complete supervision

Apparently, the Kingdom Council of Ministers has learned its lessons from the failed supervision it imposed on St. Maarten in the nineties of last year. The move to oblige the Schotte-government in Willemstad to submit all its decisions immediately f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Gebe’s one-man board holds up signing deal with labor union

St. Maarten – Wifol president Theophilus Thompson has said there is no change in the situation at utilities company Gebe with regard to the signing of a new collective labor agreement. Two weeks ago he indicated that the union is ready for industri

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Telem’s Kevin Hanson wins Soggy Sounds DJ Crown

Cash prize goes to daughter’s account and DJ equipment St. Maarten –  “I didn’t expect to make it out of the first round; this was my first time ever participating in a DJ competition and some of the other DJ’s were asking who is he?

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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Jean Jarreau named Dolphin Wear’s official Caribbean agent

Jean Jarreau named Dolphin Wear’s official Caribbean agent

MARIGOT - St. Martin based company Jean Jarreau Sailing Wear and Dolphin Wear, which is based in Antibes, France jointly announced a new partnership agreement on Thursday. The well-known European leader in yacht and crew uniforms has appointed JJ Sai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 27, 2012

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School bus inspections begin July 30

St. Maarten – School Bussing and Taxi Dispatching Inspection Department of Economic Affairs would like to inform school bus owners and drivers that school bus inspections will be held on July 30, July 31 and August 1. Inspections will take place b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Changing number plates is no longer necessary

“Making paying taxes as painless as possible” St. Maarten – The number plates motorists currently have on their cars are the last ones they will ever get. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt made the announcement many citizens have been waiting fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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“It’s the social environment that dictates” Wescot-Williams urges civil to force sustainability on HIV programs

“It’s the social environment that dictates” Wescot-Williams urges civil to force sustainability on HIV programs

[caption id="attachment_14937" align="alignleft" width="360"] Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams delivers her lecture titled “The Challenge of Maintaining Programmatic Consistency in a Parliamentary Democracy” during the regional session entitl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Gambling addiction:  An Achilles heel for locals

Gambling addiction: An Achilles heel for locals

St. Maarten / By Torana Granston - Gambling is one of the most popular entertainment activities on St. Maarten with a dozen casinos (stand alone and hotel based) on the Dutch side of the island. But there is a thin line between entertainment and add

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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US forces financial institutions to report American account holders

Jan Beaujon (WIB): “Banking could become more expensive” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “Banking could become more expensive in St. Maarten for everyone,” Windward Islands Bank director Jan Beaujon said yesterday in reaction to a decis

Editorial - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Editorial: What a relief

Many motorists will let out a sigh of relief after reading about Finance Minister Roland Tuitt’s announcement that the annual hassle with changing number plates is history. One could only wonder why previous governments have never taken this ste

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