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

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Government seeking new Tourism Department Head: Pantophlet and Chun differ on new contract

St. Maarten – Both Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication Romeo Pantophlet and May Ling Chun confirmed on Wednesday that the latter is no longer serving as head of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau because of a dis

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Fratricide punished with 8 years in jail

St. Maarten – Charles Tristan Samuel broke down in the courthouse yesterday morning after the Court in First Instance sentenced him to 8 years imprisonment for fatally shooting his 20-year old brother Jamal during an argument on February 12. The c

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Central Bank presents annual report to Central Committee: St. Maarten’s economy contracted 1.5 percent last year

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s economy contracted by 1.5 percent in 2011, and inflation doubled to 4.6 percent, central bank President Dr. Emsley Tromp said in an address to parliament’s Central committee yesterday afternoon on the Central Bank’s

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No control on truck drivers that ignore banned hours

St. Maarten – “That is a valid comment,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing in answer to a question by this newspaper about the control on heavy traffic on the roads during hours they are not supposed to b

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St. Maarten evades ILO blacklist

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten was the first country within the Dutch Kingdom to present its report to the International Labour Organization (ILO) ahead of its 101st session in Geneva from May 30 to June 14. So says Policy Advisor within the Ministry of Publ

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Gas and diesel prices down Friday

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications Romeo Pantophlet announced on Wednesday that the gas and diesel prices will decrease on Friday. The adjustment is being made because the price for crude oil

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Achievers Toastmasters Club ends year on high note

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten (SXM) Achievers Toastmasters Club have recorded their best year since being chartered in 2007. The club has just ended the Toastmasters year having met nine out of ten goals set by Toastmasters International. Under the stew

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St. Maarten tremor rattles but leaves no death or damage

St. Maarten – There are no confirmed reports of death and injury and damage to buildings as a result of the tremor that rocked St. Maarten and its surroundings at 5:29 p.m. yesterday. The tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale and had an epicente

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St. Dominic high school principal says farewell after 11 years

St. Dominic high school principal says farewell after 11 years

Former Principal of the St. Dominic High School Jose Sommers (left) stands with some of her students and a colleague during last week Thursday's promotion day and farewell celebration.St. Maarten - Jose Sommers has led St. Dominic High School as its

Opinion - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Liability

Employers just love it when their employees go beyond the call of duty. They are the examples that inspire others to get the best out of themselves. But Tomas Lopez, a 21-year old beach guard from Miami found out the hard way that not all employers s

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Liat pilots safely land with one engine

Liat pilots safely land with one engine

AIRPORT - Passengers travelling on LIAT flight 369 to St. Maarten via St. Kitts had the scare of their lives on Monday evening when one of the engines of the aircraft stopped. Pandemonium reportedly broke out on the aircraft and passengers had to b

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Maxime Verhagen pays working visit to Dutch Caribbean next week

THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) Maxime Verhagen visits the Dutch Caribbean from Monday July 9 until Friday July 13. He will hold talks on Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire about energy supply an

Opinion - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Tragedy

The sentencing of young Charles Samuel to 8 years of imprisonment marks at least a break in what just a few months ago seemed a bright future. Samuel fatally shot his brother Jamal during an argument that went totally out of control on February 12.

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Appointment acting Ombudsman delayed again

St. Maarten – The Central Committee referred a debate about the appointment of Patricia Philips as acting Ombudsman to a future meeting yesterday. The issue was on the agenda once already in June of last year but it was then postponed for technical

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St. Maarten Council of Ministers receives draft laws

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers has received two draft initiative-laws, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at yesterday’s press briefing. The first piece of legislation deals with the abuse of temporary labor contracts, the second o

French St. Martin News, Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Letter: R U Ok with this?

French is the official language of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Since Rene Descartes, the French have always described all manner of existence and meaning of life by putting things in boxes - but not post boxes. This explains perhaps why mail fo

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Princess Juliana International Airport air traffic controllers now certified instructors

Princess Juliana International Airport air traffic controllers now certified instructors

PJIAE air traffic controllers’ Certified Training Instructors graduation, (L-R): Gregory Hassell, Manager, PJIAE Control Tower and Flight Information Office, Gabriel Virlan, course instructor, Pan Am Academy; graduates Philmore Watson, Soph

Opinion - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Playing cards

How about playing cards for three days straight and going home with something like $18.3 million? That’s what just happened to Antonio Esfandiari, a Iranian-American professional poker player who won the Big One for One Drop charity tournament in L

Opinion - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Opinion: Weigerambtenaren

The Netherlands has one of these weird phenomena: the balking civil servant, or, in proper Dutch, the weigerambtenaar. The main characteristic of such a civil servant is that he refuses to do what tax payers are paying her or him to do. The weigeramb

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

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Five St. Maarten students find place in higher education

GREAT BAY – Five students from St. Maarten have found a place in the Dutch educational system through the usual lottery system for the available places at universities and colleges. Two students will attend a university and three will go to college

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Lionfish population under control near-shore but increasing in deep water

Lionfish population under control near-shore but increasing in deep water

Nature Foundation researcher Tineke van Bussel presents the findings of her recently concluded research project on the lionfish population and its effects on the local coral reef ecosystem.St. Maarten - Nature Foundation researcher Tineke van Bus

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Parliament may be called back from recess: Tuitt re-balances budget

St. Maarten – The cost of living adjustment payment to civil servants will be absorbed “by positions we are not going to fill,” Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday at the Council of Ministers press briefing. He also announced that his

Editorial - Posted by on July 5, 2012

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Editorial: Flexibility

The economy did not fare well at all in 2011. According to the Central Bank it contracted by 1.5 percent – a stark contrast with the previous government that initially based its 2011 budget on the assumption that the economy would grow. While this

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

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Youth Employment Crisis Boasman: We are not alone in the struggle

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten tripartite delegation that attended last month’s International Labour Organization (ILO) 101st Conference returned from the three week session with the resolve to improve the country’s situation and present an even mor

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Gifted Party returns July 28

Gifted Party returns July 28

St. Maarten - Gifted Foundation’s Summer Praise party last Saturday was aglow with young people dancing to the vibes of DJ Kass of NBR radio and live performances by Omalie of Anguilla and guest artiste St. Matthew. Males and females from both th