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Opinion - Posted by on July 18, 2012

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Opinion: A lost habit

The Opec oil-boycott against the Netherlands in 1973 should have taught the Dutch a couple of things, like not taking prosperity for granted. Gas was rationed, the government introduced car-free Sundays and it advised the population to close the curt

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 18, 2012

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French St. Martin begins converting Dutch St. Maarten driver licenses

MARIGOT, St. Martin - Vice president in charge of the Community and Sustainable Development Guillame Arnell and Territorial Councilor with responsibility for transport Louis Fleming presented Melvin Hunt Jr. and Emile Larmony with French drivers lice

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2012

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Kooyman opens temporary outlet

St. Maarten – Kooyman is opening a temporary K-Outlet tomorrow with a wide range of items and offering discounts while it does renovations at the Kooyman Megastore in Cay Hill. The outlet is located next to the Kooyman MegaStore at Cay Hill and wil

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2012

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Epic seeks volunteers for mangrove planting

St. Maarten – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) seeks volunteers to help with planting Red Mangroves along Little Key and other parts of the Simpson Bay lagoon this coming Thursday. The planting has the support of Isle de Sol marina,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2012

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Cooperation on driver’s licenses also desired – Richardson presses for Police Treaty’s implementation

St. Maarten - President of the Collectivité de St. Martin Alain Richardson has urged his St. Maarten counterparts to strengthen cooperation between the two sides of the island by swiftly implementing the Police Treaty agreed to by the Dutch and Fren

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Samuel willing to recall parliament for budget debate

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Rodolphe Samuel is willing to call parliament back from recess to handle the budget if that becomes necessary. The statement is one of the first announcements he made during his first full day working day o

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Opinion: Ignore opinion pollsters

Philosopher Hans Schnitzler trained his guns on opinion pollsters in the Volkskrant yesterday and he made a convincing case for the following point of view: don’t trust the statistician and ignore the opinion pollster. The core of his argument: sta

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

It did not take long for Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels to produce his Pavlov-reaction to the instruction the Kingdom Council of Ministers gave Curacao on Friday. By September 1, the country must present a balanced budget for 2012 and repair sig

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Editorial: Improper behaviour by a member of parliament

The argument that took place earlier this month at the Cadastre and that this newspaper reveals on its front page today raises questions about the behavior of at least one of our members of parliament. The Cadastre management has recently come und

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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“Do not ** with parliamentarians” MP Illidge argues at Cadastre over documents for first cousin

“Do not ** with parliamentarians” MP Illidge argues at Cadastre over documents for first cousin

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – A visit by two parliamentarians to the office of the Cadastre turned ugly earlier this month when Independent MP Patrick Illidge told Cadastre director Clemens Roos “not to fuck with parliamentarians” during a h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Imbali Camp enters final week

Imbali Camp enters final week

St. Maarten - Imbali Visual and Performance Art Summer Camp has entered its third and final week. The events this week include getting dance lessons from Evelyn Roberts, who is the granddaughter of Abraham Barry and daughter of Alice Barry. Both Barr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Wathey-heirs strike back

St. Maarten– The six heirs of the late Norman Chester Wathey have filed a lawsuit in summary proceedings against Norman Wathey II. They ask the court to suspend execution of the court ruling of April 13 of this year, or at least to suspend the pena

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association presents Tuitt with tax reform suggestions

St. Maarten – Members of the board of St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association had a “very candid and informative” meeting with Finance Minister Roland Tuitt about the current state of the economy on Monday. Tuitt was presented with the as

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Jehovah’s Witnesses hosts convention this weekend

St. Maarten – “Safeguard your heart” is the theme that the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be using to host their annual convention. The convention has been slated for Friday July 27 until Sunday July 29 at the Kingdom Hall of the Christian group, L

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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TelEm Group upgrading bandwidth capacity

St. Maarten – TelEm Group is upgrading bandwidth capacity to keep up with consumer demands for faster and more efficient broadband-related services. The company already has sufficient capacity from St. Maarten to Puerto Rico through the SMPR-1 –

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2012

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Telcell clears billing backlog

St. Maarten – TelEm Group is once again up to date with its TelCell bills and customers can expect to receive their TelCell bills for the month of June in the coming days. Mobile, landline and international customers have not been receiving their T

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Opinion: Heritage

Okay, enough for now about cock fighting. How this could have been a cultural tradition in St. Maarten while the practice was outlawed on the very day in 1863 when slavery was abolished –and is illegal up to this very day - is beyond us, but we’l

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Youth central in Bastille Day commemorations

MARIGOT, St. Martin – This year’s Bastille Day celebrations, which was themed “Youth and Excellence”, placed heavy focus on young people. Some 40 percent of St. Martin’s population is under 25 and there are roughly 10, 000 young people in e

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Editorial: Truly involving the youth

There is no doubt that President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson is an ideological man. That fact is obvious from the way he mixes convoluted terms into every speech he makes to prove that he has vision and that he wants to take his people some

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Marley lives on – under water

Marley lives on – under water

We’re not too sure whether Bob Marley would be honored had he lived to see the day that biologist Paul Sikkel, an assistant professor at the Arkansas State University decided to call his latest discovery the Gnathia Marleyi. Sikkel discovered a sm

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Samuel takes up chairmanship today

Samuel takes up chairmanship today

St. Maarten – Drs Rodolphe Samuel will spend his day on the job as President of Parliament today as he takes over from the former chair Drs Gracita Arrindell. The latter was voted out of the function on June 29 – just over a month after 10 MPs ca

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Team Dragon Blast wins sand castle competition

ORIENT BAY – Team Dragon Blast beat out eight other teams Sunday to win Lady B’s Sand Blast sand castle competition. They won a golden bucket after their dragon beat out sculptures of a sea turtle and Sponge Bob Squarepants. The competition mean

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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VKS officers participate in joint training

St. Maarten - Sixteen (16) members of the Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten (VKS) under the leadership of 1st Lt. Alain Richardson left for Curaçao over the weekend to take part in a joint training exercise with the Voluntary Corps of Curaçao (VKC) th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Art Lovers host exhibition at Porto Cupecoy

Art Lovers host exhibition at Porto Cupecoy

A view of the Art Lovers exhibition space in Porto Cupecoy.St. Maarten - Art Lovers Association will host its last artist reception for the season on July 18 at the exhibition space in Porto Cupecoy starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Crowd pleaser Oliente is first round winner

Crowd pleaser Oliente is first round winner

Left to right is, Sophonie Massena, Tiffany Matthews, Anouska Oliente, Shantel Gerot, Mikitorya Inecia and Shanice Stephenson. Milton Pieters Photo.St. Maarten - The crowd was the decisive factor in the 4th annual Bikini Contest sponsored by Suns

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Letter: Does anybody care for the St. Maartener?

Dear Editor, St. Maarten is a country that will remain weak because of leaders who have one interest, and people who care only of money. The members of the bar association are people with one intention - Divide and break the grassroots people of

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Facebook’s fake-likes

That companies could buy Facebook-likes through shady third parties is not new. But it appears now that the likes a company gathered in an honest way are also not always real. There are a lot of fake-accounts that click on advertisements for likes, r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Telem assists NBA Summer Camp participant

Telem assists NBA Summer Camp participant

Telem Marketing Officer, Mrs. Marelva Jones-Felix, presents the check to Emanuel York, President of the St. Maarten Youth Beat Foundation. (Steve Allen photo)St. Maarten – Telem Group of Companies donated $1,434 to the St. Maarten Youth Beat Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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St. Maarten Justice Ministry hosts information day tomorrow

St. Maarten Justice Ministry hosts information day tomorrow

The police are one of the branches of the justice system that will participate in tomorrow’s information day.St. Maarten – The second annual International Justice Day celebration will be held at the Clem Labega Square in Philipsburg tomorrow.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Aruba’s airport gets positive financial rating

ORANJESTAD - Queen Beatrix Airport has retained its 'BBB' rating on outstanding bonds. The announcement was made international rating agency Fitch Ratings last week. The report is very positive about the airport’s finances and calls Aruba a mature

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2012

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Opinion: Lethal marketing

When general practitioners start warning about the safety and effectiveness of prescription medication it’s time to pay attention. Hans van der Linde, a Dutch general practitioner wondered in a column in the Volkskrant why millions of people are ta

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

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