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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Migrant influx steady in 2011

St. Maarten – The majority of requests for residence permits in 2011 were linked to family unification and to the acquisition of employment permits. This is revealed by figures that Head of the Immigration and Naturalization Department Udo Aron pre

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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New school put on hold

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Plans to build a new school in La Savanne at a cost 19 million euro have been put on hold because they are no longer considered feasible. Vice President Guillaume Arnell announced recently that the Collectivité cannot carry the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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SHTA concerned about continuity of tourism promotion

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association issued a statement Sunday expressing their disappointment in recent announcements around the departure of the Director of the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau May Lin Chun. The association is

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Central Bank to streamline credit freeze measure

GREAT BAY – Director of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp has said that the credit freeze implemented in April 2012 is to be streamlined in the coming period as the regulatory agency seeks to bring down the deficit in current

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Concerns about finances remain after Lurel misses meeting

MARIGOT, St. Martin — There has been no leeway with regard to the dire financial situation of the Collectivité during the recent meetings that was held in Paris, President Alain Richardson said at a recent press conference. The high powered delega

Editorial - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Editorial: Integration by language

The decision by Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to investigate making Dutch and French official languages represents multiple opportunities for St. Maarten. On the hand the study could allow an enterprising linguist an opport

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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St. Maarten Prime minister opens Christian Faith Ministries’ ‘Love Kitchen’

St. Maarten Prime minister opens Christian Faith Ministries’ ‘Love Kitchen’

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (seated smiling) is served a sample of the food from ‘Love Kitchen’ in Dutch Quarter.St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the Christian Faith Ministries’ ‘Love Kitchen” in Dutch Quar

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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New Testament Baptist Church honors Smith and John

New Testament Baptist Church honors Smith and John

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the special pastor appreciation service at the New Testament Baptist Church Sunday. The service was held in recognition of the work and dedication of the church’s two most dedicated pastor

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: My name is Norman Chester Wathey!

Dear Editor, I hereby bring to your attention that I have, over the past, noticed that the local newspapers publish my name with the emphasis on the fact that I have different names as if that is the major issue in your publications about my ongoi

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: An apology is needed

Dear Editor, It was disrespectful of the French national Shujah Reiph to try to belittle our Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Silveria Jacobs during a live program on the French radio station S.O.S. FM 95.9. Shujah Reiph should apologize

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Arrindell heads to Lyon to visit Interpol

Arrindell heads to Lyon to visit Interpol

Left to right, President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble, signing the House of Parliament’s guest book in the presence of Chief Commissioner of Police Peter De Witte during Noble’s April visit to

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Opinion: Slavery’s economic importance

Writing about slavery is a tricky affair. Making a wrongly perceived remark quickly earns the writer the label of revisionist racist, as former Culture Minister Rhoda Arrindell did when this newspaper called for action against modern day slavery in t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Jacobs reads bedtime story at library pajama party

Jacobs reads bedtime story at library pajama party

Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs (left) telling the story 'In the Time of the Drums' to a group of kids at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. (DCOMM Photo) St. Maarten – The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs read

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Governor Holiday visits the Netherlands

St. Maarten – Governor drs Eugene B. Holiday visits The Netherlands from July 9 until July 13, 2012. During his visit, the governor will hold talks with various officials in The Hague. His schedule includes meetings with, among others, Minister of

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Opinion: Slavery novel’s author strikes back

Piet Emmer did not have to wait long for a reaction to his piece about the relatively minor importance of slavery for the Dutch economy. On Saturday, author Kees Uittenhout who will publish his novel Golden Trade about slavery later this year, fired

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Grass roots are the key to emancipation

Dear Editor, It appears that our immigration problem continues to be the driving issue, which is always in direct contrast with the promotion of issues that concern the people of St. Maarten heritage. Our ministers and parliamentarians need to em

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Nature Foundation replants coral near sunken vessel

Nature Foundation replants coral near sunken vessel

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has started a coral transplanting project to restore sections of coral reef which were damaged by the sinking of the vessel “Urge” in late March of this year. The vessel caught fire and sank within th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Rotary St. Maarten-Mid Isle brings “Peace through service”

Rotary St. Maarten-Mid Isle brings “Peace through service”

President Jon Hart (right) presents outgoing President Ramesh Manek (left) with his President’s Award for 2011-2012.St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle celebrated their changing of the board with a fundraising dinner at La Terrass

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Prime Minister Wescot-Williams stresses importance and necessity of faith-based groups

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams supported various faith-based initiatives over the past week, highlighting her cabinet’s commitment to encourage faith-based initiatives. On Wednesday the prime minister officially opened the Seven

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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House of Nehesi seeks poetry for new anthology

House of Nehesi seeks poetry for new anthology

St. Maarten - House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) invites all poets and spoken word artists of St. Martin – South, North, and those studying or living abroad to submit up to five poems for a new poetry book. “Where I See The Sun – Poetry in Cont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2012

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Caricom studies making Dutch and French official languages

CASTRIES/GREAT BAY – Caribbean Community (Caricom) heads of government have agreed to conduct a study on making French and Dutch official languages of the regional body. English is the only current official language of Caricom. The decision to co