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

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Tuitt dismisses opposition claims to credit for budget amendments

St. Maarten – “Pathetic,” was how Finance Minister Roland Tuitt described the claim by the opposition United People’s party that he is enjoying the fruits of the labor by his predecessor Hiro Shigemoto. “If you want credit and give Jack

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

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Volleyball camp provides players for St. Maarten “national” team

St. Maarten - When the “St. Maarten national selection” female volleyball team plays in St Kitts this weekend, the United Volleyball Club (UVC) will be rooting extra hard. The majority of the territory’s players in the Eastern Caribbean Volley

Opinion - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Opinion: Credit

The who did what and when question always shows up after a change of government, whether this is in the United States, some European country or St. Maarten. So it came as no surprise that the United People’s party, humiliated and downgraded to the

Opinion - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Letter: Too much hot air and not enough wind on Statia and Saba

Dear Editor, The French have a wonderful expression for describing meaningless speeches - ‘Vendre du vent’ (to sell wind). It may seem like a cute way to describe a lot of talk without saying anything but politicians are very clever at doing j

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

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UTS-payment to Curacao remains bone of contention

St. Maarten – The Finance Ministry still disagrees with the 11.2 million guilders payment in so-called surplus value telecom provider UTS made to the government of Curacao recently. Minister Tuitt said yesterday that he is awaiting additional infor

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

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Duncan congratulates newly graduated community police

Duncan congratulates newly graduated community police

The five community police officers pose with Director of Miami Dade school of Justice Dr. Hector Garcia, President of the Miami Dade School of Justice North campus Dr. Jose A. Vicente and Justice Minister Roland Duncan after the graduation ceremony a

Opinion - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Opinion: A dress code for journalists

Dear government, The weekly Council of Ministers’ press briefing is usually a relaxed and almost informal event whereby ministers give updates about their portfolios and whereby journalists have the opportunity to ask any questions they like. Ye

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

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Trinidadian couple wins second honeymoon

Trinidadian couple wins second honeymoon

[caption id="attachment_14931" align="alignleft" width="350"] Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Lopez of Trinidad and Tobago will renew their vows here on St. Maarten after he won a competition for Caribbean Travel & Leisure.[/caption] St. Maarten - “Want

Opinion - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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A contract for Holleeder

A contract for Holleeder

Courtroom drawing of The Nose.Willem Holleeder is a household name in the Netherlands. We imagine concerned moms telling their boys not to become like him, because this could have disastrous consequences. Holleeder became infamous as one of th

Opinion - Posted by on July 26, 2012

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Letter: Make use of additional scholarship opportunities

Since St. Maarten became a country, a number of ambassadors from various countries have paid a courtesy visit to the St. Maarten House in The Hague or have personally met with minister’s here on the island to offer their credentials. A number of

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

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Gifted returns with Glow party in 80’s Babies Style

Gifted returns with Glow party in 80’s Babies Style

[caption id="attachment_14926" align="alignleft" width="250"] Radio Maranatha radio personality Joshua DRJ Ferrol[/caption] St. Maarten - The Gifted Foundation returns continues their series of praise parties with Glow Party - 80’s Babies Style

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Great Salt Pond shows alarming water quality

Great Salt Pond shows alarming water quality

The Great Salt Pond shows alarming water quality in the latest water quality tests conducted by the Nature Foundation.St. Maarten - The Nature Foundation carried out water quality tests at Cole Bay Lagoon, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Mullet Pond, Kim Sha Bea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Reserve requirement increased – Still too much liquidity in money market

WILLEMSTAD/ GREAT BAY – The Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten continues to increase its main monetary policy instrument - the reserve requirement for commercial banks - as a means to curb the excess liquidity in the money market. The requirem

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Wheelchair tennis tournament with twelve internationals - Awareness week for the disabled in November

Wheelchair tennis tournament with twelve internationals – Awareness week for the disabled in November

Members of the Rotary Sunrise Club show the Breaking Barriers tee shirt. Third from left is former first lady Angela Richards; next to her is Top Promotion Foundation Committee Be Able president Henri Brookson.St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – T

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Athletes return from France with gold and silver medals

Athletes return from France with gold and silver medals

Richardson promises to invest more President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson (second left) poses with the Speedy Plus delegation after they arrived at the Grand Case Airport.GRAND CASE, St. Martin - Several athletes who represented St. M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) organizes open house for August 3

IND Building on the A.T. Illidge Road next to Napa.St. Maarten – The Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) hosts an Open House on August 3rd and the public is invited to attend. People interested in learning more about what services the IND

Opinion - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Opinion: Disgusting

Curacao is dealing with a controversy of a different kind these days. Not the central bank, not the Schotte-government, not the budget, not the instruction by the Kingdom Council of Ministers is at the center of the latest storm, but the distribution

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Prosecutor investigates photo leak

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - The Public Prosecutor conducts an investigation into the distribution of the photo of the two girls found dead in a bathtub Sunday night at the Marriott Hotel. The photo was distributed via BlackBerry and through Facebook. M

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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St. Maarten Pride calls for update on adventure park

Rueben J. Thompson and Jadira Veen of the St. Maarten Pride FoundationSt. Maarten - Board member of the Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation Rueben J. Thompson, who is also vice-president of the St. Maarten Pride Foundation, is worried about the deafening

Opinion - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Opinion: No big deal

There was a time that the Netherlands stood out as a paradise for marijuana-lovers. Smoking a joint was no big deal; hell, the government even legalized the sales of soft drugs in coffee shops that obtained their goods from illegal sources. But those

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten and Nature Foundation partner on billboard

Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten and Nature Foundation partner on billboard

The Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Nature Foundation billboard on A.J.C Brouwer Road which was paid for with funding from Humane Society International (HSI).St. Maarten - Local organizations Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten and th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Tallahassee-St. Maarten Foundation and Skillz Baseball Academy St. Maarten sign MOU

Academy reps visit Tallahassee in August St. Maarten - The Tallahassee St. Maarten Foundation Inc. (TLH-SXMF) and Skillz Baseball Academy St. Maarten recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to guide the relationship between both organi

Opinion - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Opinion: Ideological emptiness

Aw, shucks, we thought that content-less speech was a specialty of our own politicians, but we know better now. Dutch political parties are the true masters of using words without saying anything. Rob Wijnberg, the editor-in-chief of nrc.next, highli

Editorial - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Editorial: Awareness week

The Top Promotion Foundation’s initiative to set up an event to highlight not only the challenges but also the capabilities of disabled citizens is nothing less but excellent. This is not just a fun event whereby international wheelchair tennis

Opinion - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Letter: Casino addiction

Dear Editor, I want the authorities to work on stricter casino controls. Here on this god forsaken island we have casino addicted poor people who spend their last cent, and then go begging and whoring to get money to feed their kids. I know of

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 25, 2012

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Convict on extended leave arrested near police station

St. Maarten – Elston L. Fos will be flown to the Netherlands this upcoming Sunday to serve the remainder of a 6-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in 1996 in Rotterdam, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos said yesterday. Fos was granted

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Civil servants count the days until Cola payout

Civil servants count the days until Cola payout

[caption id="attachment_14835" align="alignleft" width="300"] President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions/Private Sector Union (Wicsu/PSU) Derie Leonard[/caption]St. Maarten - President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions/

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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MP Illidge admits meeting at Cadastre “got out of hand”

MP Illidge admits meeting at Cadastre “got out of hand”

MPs Patrick Illidge (l) and Roy Marlin during their press conference yesterday.“If I have to be labeled as the passionate guy for the people, so be it,” St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – “Yes it got out of hand,” independent MP Patrick Ill

Editorial - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Editorial: The environmentalists’ call

Project Director and Public Relations Officer for Environmental Protection in the Caribbean Reuben Thompson continues to be vocal that the government must pay attention to preserving the environment and the country’s heritage. Though many want to g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Epic: Less talk and more action on environmental laws

Epic: Less talk and more action on environmental laws

[caption id="attachment_14830" align="alignleft" width="180"] Environmental Protection in Caribbean’s (EPIC) Public Relations Office Rueben J. Thompson[/caption] St. Maarten - Environmentalists are hoping that St. Maarten’s participation in th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Grand recital marks end of DADA summer camp

St. Maarten - An explosive recital on the ground floor of the Yogesh Building marked the end of the Dance and Arts Dimensions Academy (DADA) summer camp. Participants were able to display all that they at learnt and created during the three week summ

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Letter: Constitution of exclusion

Dear Editor, Our constitution is a recipe for disaster. The author of our constitution has marvelously made a constitution that excludes the grassroots people of St. Maarten heritage. What is the purpose of the constitution? The primary purpo

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Opinion: McWages

What is the secret of Burgernomics? It’s all about the Big Mac as a measuring tool for economists. It began as a joke, but Burgernomics is taken seriously these days and The Economist that started the trend in 1986 launches a new version of it ever

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Opinion: Early Christmas shopping

We still have a couple of months to go, but December 21 will be here sooner than some people wish for. Wild interpretations of the Maya-calendar suggest that our world will come to an end on that date – okay, or maybe two days later. While these pr

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2012

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Clarification – bottom right hand corner

On Monday July 23 we published a story headlined: Audit Chamber awaits formal presentation of annual accounts in which we state that the government will present two annual accounts for 2010 – one reflecting the period of January 1, 2010 to October

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