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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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“They are looking for money everywhere” Tuitt objects to Curacao’s raid on UTS surplus value

St. Maarten – “I want to know how these calculations were made and I want to know who made them,” Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday in answer to questions about the 11.7 million guilders the Curacao-government wants to take from the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Superhost signs contract  to train Civil Registry employees

Superhost signs contract to train Civil Registry employees

Inocensia Leonard signs the contract at the census office while Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (r) looks on.GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Superhost signed a contract with the Civil Registry for a customer service training yesterday morning. Inocensia

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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AUC proposal raises alarm in Texas

CUPECOY - A proposal by the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) to send some of its students to Texas for clinical training has divided the governing board of that US state’s higher education agency. The Associated Press has been following t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Financial supervisor approves budget amendments

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s 2012 budget is in good shape, after the financial supervisor Cft approved the budget amendments Finance Minister Roland Tuitt submitted earlier this month. “The budget amendments have been approved by the Council of Mi

Opinion - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Letter: Beware of house slaves

Dear Editor, House slaves are people never to be trusted. In St. Maarten we have the elite house slaves (Ministers and Parliament of St. Maarten) who believe because of their position and salary that they must be loyal to the establishment (Forei

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Pantophlet curious about income of short term contract signatories

St. Maarten – National Alliance Member of Parliament George Pantophlet considers getting advice from the Socio-Economic Council (Ser) on the faction’s initiative law dealing with the abuse of short term labor contracts a “welcome procedural mat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Wescot-Williams anticipates discussions on budgets and justice issues

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams expects the financial situation of St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao and some justice issues will be the central topic at tomorrow’s meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. The prime ministers

Opinion - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Opinion: Cash cow

The United People’s Party will soon experience what it feels like to be in the opposition. Earlier this month the faction submitted draft legislation to the parliament that aims to squeeze 40 percent more stay-over taxes out of timeshare tourists.

Opinion - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Opinion: Driftwood Tabernacle Church about Emancipation

Good morning dear believers, your pastor embraces you. Today we will meditate about emancipation and slavery. Two weeks ago I read an article by my colleague pastor Sharon van Arneman. She writes every week on page two of The Herald’s Weekender

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Caribserve 4G Video X Games Game over party

Caribserve 4G Video X Games Game over party

St. Maarten - The Caribserve Video X Games is in full effect. The “Game over” closing party will be held on Saturday July 14 at Tantra Night Club & Sanctuary. The line-up for the night promises to be amazing with opening DJ’s like DJ Mix master

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Liat confirms single engine landing

ST. JOHN’S/ST. MAARTEN – The Management of Liat (1974) Limited confirmed on Wednesday that pilots on LI 369 en route to the Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten on July 02 had to land the aircraft with just one engine. The single engine landin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Tuitt announces simpler tax system

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt intends to merge several taxes into one to lighten the administrative burden on companies and the receiver’s office. “We will merge taxes wherever it is possible,” the minister said, adding that t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Arrindell stresses continued buildup after Interpol visit

Arrindell stresses continued buildup after Interpol visit

(Left to right) Minister of Justice Hon. Roland Duncan, Interpol’s Secretary General Ronald Noble and President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell at Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France. (Interpol photo)St. Maarten – President of Parliame

Opinion - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Opinion: Daylight robbery

Last week independent MP Frans Richardson said that he is not in favor of a merger between TelEm and UTS given the way Curacao has dealt with the assets of the post office: the government in Willemstad simply robbed all the assets that were on our is

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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St. Maarten joins organization of regional tax administrators

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten will become a member of the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (Cota) during a meeting that will take place in Trinidad from July 18 to July 23. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt announced yesterday that he will attend

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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French St. Martin banks seeing recovery signs

St. Martin - A new report shows that there money markets in St. Martin started showing signs of a rebound in the first quarter of the year. The report covers developments with loans and bank deposits. The amount of outstanding loans was 224.7 milli

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Police seek second counterfeit and skimming suspect

St. Maarten – Police have announced that 35 year old J.J.M of the Dominican Republic was the man they arrested and detained on Tuesday afternoon. Police Spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson was only able to say the man was Spanish speaking on the day

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Realtors get information on tax rules

Realtors get information on tax rules

Realtors and members of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association that participated in a recent session on taxes pose together with the speakers Paul Van Vliet of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Gert Bergman of BZSE Law.St. Maarten – The Rea

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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St. Maarten Government solicits bids for new health survey

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten conducted its first health study ‘How Healthy is St. Maarten’ in 1999 to 2002. The purpose hereof was to collect necessary information for public health policy development and health care and services reform on St. Maart

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 12, 2012

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Tuitt announces new legislation – Stay-over tax initiative law might be a dead letter

St. Maarten – The initiative law that aims to charge timeshare owners with a 40 percent hike in stay over taxes may very well become a dead letter before it appears on the agenda of the parliament, because Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterd

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