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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Elshot objects to retirement at 65

St. Maarten – If the government wants to increase the retirement age, it should also increase pension benefits, Witu-resident Claire Elshot said yesterday. The president of the teachers union said that under the current system, teachers receive 70

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Coralita Road partially closed from Monday

Coralita Road partially closed from Monday

St. Maarten – Coralita Road will be partially closed from this coming Monday until August 10, the head of new project ir. Kurt Ruan announced yesterday. The road closure is necessary to facilitate work contractor Windward Roads is doing on the main

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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“The actions of the former minister cannot withstand legal scrutiny” Pantophlet pledges continuity despite Chun’s sacking

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Romeo F. Pantophlet issued a statement Thursday assuring that he will ensure continuity at the Tourism Bureau in the wake of the former director May Ling Chun’s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Thompson wants broader discussion about short term labor contracts

St. Maarten – Wifol President Theophilus Thompson agrees with the Advisory Council’s criticism of the initiative draft law that aims to curb the abuse of short term labor contracts. The Advisory Council noted in its advice about the draft law tha

Editorial - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Editorial: Pension age considerations

That at least one union leader objects to plans to raise the retirement age is understandable, but we think that a national discussion about this issue is still warranted. In fact we would argue that is an absolute necessity. We are sure that there a

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Opinion: Frankenstein (Joran van der Sloot)

Would our esteemed Justice Minister Roland Duncan allow Devon Otto to get married in the Pointe Blanche prison? The question popped into our minds after reading that Joran van der Sloot, the most notorious export product Aruba ever generated, is goin

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Opinion: Samsonite (Counterfeit merchandise)

A media ad depicting a letter from José Manuel Pérez Meléndez attracted our attention yesterday. Melendez is the commercial director of Samsonite Mexico. The letter states that Designer Exchange, a retailer located at the corner of Back Street and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Steel Pan students indulge by the sea

Steel Pan students indulge by the sea

Isidore ‘The Mighty Dow’ York poses with a restaurant patron while young people from this year’s Dow Musical Foundation Steel Pan Summer Workshop enjoy their lunch at Divi Little Bay Resort’s Toucan Restaurant.St. Maarten - More than 130

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Wifol gives Gebe one week to sign new CLA

St. Maarten - Although the representatives of the Workers Institute for Organized Labor (Wifol) had been in negotiations utility provider Gebe for over two years, no Collectivite Labor Agreement (CLA) has been signed. The union’s president Theophil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Choice Hotels heads to St. Maarten

St. Maarten – The franchisor for eight hotels in the Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico, Choice Hotels, has its sights set on St. Maarten as a primary target destination for its expansion. The company currently has projects under develo

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Boat owners advised to review hurricane preparatory plans

St. Maarten – The Office of Disaster Management advises boat owners to review their hurricane preparatory plans so they can be ready to take action in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the island during the 2012 hurricane season. There have

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Wifol stocks several ILO-reports

St. Maarten – Wiclu Vice President Claire Elshot brought back a ton of information from her visit to a meeting of the International Labor Organization ILO in Geneva. Yesterday, Elshot presented the documentation to the media, saying that it is a so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Up faction slams Richardson’s “rant”

Up faction slams Richardson’s “rant”

St. Maarten – United People’s (Up) Party faction leader Sylvia Meyers-Olivaccee says that Independent Member of Parliament Frans Richardson should apologize for his “out of order rant about the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Power outage affects Telem’s services

St. Maarten – Telem’s engineering department has been working feverishly to restore services that were interrupted around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday due to power outages. Landline, Internet, and mobile coverage were affected by power outages that damage

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Elshot: premature to revamp cost of living adjustments

St. Maarten -  The Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) does not agree with Finance Minister Tuitt that the current cost of living adjustment payments to civil servants are not sustainable in the long run. Witu-President Claire Elshot said yesterd

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Bar Association welcomes Duncan’s new guidelines

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Bar Association has called the proposed new guidelines on admittance and expulsion “more realistic and in accordance with international law” than what exists now. Justice Minister Roland Duncan hopes to implement the

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Clarke family appreciative of medical assistance rendered

St. Maarten - When John Clarke, who resides on St Maarten, invited his wife Marcia Jones to spend 10 days with him he had no idea what was in store but less than 24 hours after her arrival, she was practically at death’s door. That was over a month

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 13, 2012

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Urgent attention needed for diabetic foot care

Urgent attention needed for diabetic foot care

St. Maarten - Charlotte Peterson, Mieke Schakel and Thea Habermehl of the Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten presented their report on the evaluation results of the Step-by-Step Foot Care Program to the members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunris

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Caribserve 4G video X Games kicks off successfully

Caribserve 4G video X Games kicks off successfully

Representatives of the Main sponsors for VxG receiving a token of appreciation for their involvement in the event.St. Maarten - Caribserve’s Video X games (VxG) event kicked off on Thursday with gamers hailing from all over the world. President of