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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation happy but: “No respectable reason for not selling the entire estate”

St. Maarten - The Emilio Wilson Estate Foundation (EWEF) followed the Council of Ministers’ press briefing and the statements made regarding the Emilio Wilson Estate yesterday with great interest, it said in a press release issued last night. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Vromi-Minister Marlin embraces solar energy

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister William Marlin wants to go full steam ahead with the development of alternative energy. At yesterday’s council of Ministers press briefing he indicated that there are plans to replace conventional street lights with e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Government buys Emilio Wilson Estate for $17 million – Marlin: “Committed to guarantee preservation historical elements”

St. Maarten – The government will buy 370,000 square meters of the Emilio Wilson estate for $17 million from its owners, Henri Brookson and the Paas family, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Vice Prime Minister William Marlin announced yeste

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Performing arts lose millions in subsidies

THE HAGUE - Just 40 percent of all the requests for cultural subsidies in the Netherlands have been honored for the coming four-year period; 70 organizations will lose their funding, the performing arts fund announced yesterday. The fund’s €60

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Government-crisis in Curacao: Rozier was fed up with Wiels

WILLEMSTAD – MFK faction leader Dean Rozier is as fed up with Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels as MAN-MP Eugene Cleopa. This appears from the letter Rozier wrote to the chairman of the MFK-party, Amerigo Thode. Rozier and Cleopa withdrew their s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Tuitt announces convenient electronic tax system

St. Maarten - An automated tax system may be implemented soon, if Finance Minister Roland Tuitt gets his way. Tuitt on Wednesday indicated that he was exploring the possibility of a new computer system that integrates and streamlines operations betwe

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Residents allowed back in asbestos homes

UTRECHT - The first of hundreds of people forced to leave their homes in Utrecht because of an asbestos scare will be allowed back on Thursday. Around 174 families were forced out of their homes because of the asbestos scare; they have been staying i

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Expensive medicine advice triggers national discussion

AMSTERDAM - Organizations representing genetics experts, pediatricians and patients are calling on health minister Edith Schippers not to act hastily on the health insurance council's advice that expensive medicine payments should be scrapped. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Multiple visits by Minister Jacobs in the Netherlands

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) –On Tuesday Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Silveria Jacobs started the second day of her working visit to the St. Maarten House where she met with Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges, Dep

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Causeway could lead to higher cost of living

St. Maarten - An increase in container fees at the Harbour could result in a rise in the cost of living, Deputy Prime Minister William Marlin believes. On Wednesday, Marlin said that while no information had been left by his predecessor Theo Heyliger

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Foundation secures socio-economic partners to benefit St.Maarten

St. Maarten - As economies of the world grapple with instability, high unemployment rates, and other societal ills, St. Maarten finds itself in a similar situation. Consequently, the NGO community on St. Maarten has also felt the backlash of these ha

Opinion - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Opinion: Study financing

We’re not sure where Finance Minister Tuitt wants to go with his plan to privatize study financing, but we may be able to make an educated guess. Putting the money for scholarships in a privately run (though government supervised) fund seems in

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Marquez focuses on long-term policy for Aruba’s national park

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Diego Marquez, the new director of Fundacion Parke Nacional Arikok (FPNA), will focus on the long-term policy for the nature park and attract research and educative projects. As far as Marquez is concerned, the entrance of th

French St. Martin News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Richardson: Saint Martin open for business

MARIGOT—“Saint-Martin is open for business, more than elsewhere,” was the message that the St. Martin delegation to NABHOOD led by President of the Collectivité Alain Richardson took to the hoteliers and other business people at the NABHOOD In

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Rave reviews for The Dinner

AMSTERDAM - Best-selling Dutch novel Het Diner by Herman Koch has been released in an English translation to glowing reviews under the title The Dinner. Koch's psychological thriller centers on a dinner for two brothers and their wives at a fashio

Uncategorized - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Decompression chamber in Aruba out of commission

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — The hyperbaric oxygen tank from the Hope Clinic is definitely out of use. The only decompression chamber of Aruba is still on the island but patients can no longer be treated there. Medical insurer AZV confirmed to the Amigoe th

Opinion - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Opinion: Going solar

It’s not that we want to spoil the party or anything, but we have learned already a long time ago that there is a difference between announcing plans and executing them. For now, we are with our vice-prime minister after his announcement that the c

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Ministers focus on National Health Insurance and medical centre expansion

St. Maarten - The status of the National Health Insurance proposal and the expansion of the St.Maarten Medical Centre (SMMC) are two issues expected to come in today’s Council of Ministers weekly meeting. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confir

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Government makes cost of living adjustment payment

St. Maarten - It took almost two years, but the cost of living adjustment for civil servants and teachers was paid out on Tuesday, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday. With the threat of industrial action pending, the new coalition govern

Opinion - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Opinion: Elephant

We do not hear the expression The Elephant with the White Hat a lot lately. It is the name former opposition leader and now Vice-Prime Minister William Marlin used for the hapless new government administration building that seems to be waiting for th

Editorial - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Editorial: Memorable decisions

Vice Prime Minister William Marlin brought some good news yesterday: the government will buy the Emilio Wilson Estate and it will also embrace alternative energy. That there is still a little matter like financing to be arranged seems a detail, bu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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One year ago in St. Maarten

The switch to country code 1-721 went into effect on September 30. The old 599 country remained in use until September 30, 2012. Tropical storm Emily raged towards the United States but posed no threat to St. Maarten. Organizers of August Mond

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Tuitt wants to privatize study financing

St. Maarten - Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has had a preliminary discussion with Education Minister Silveria Jacobs on privatizing study financing. Tuitt admitted that privatization was not the most appropriate word to describe the vision he has to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Bute: Labor office gives wrong information about dismissals

St Maarten - The president of the St Maarten Social Economics Association Alberto Bute has written letters to several key individuals and institutions about an apparent structural deficit in social, economic and social rights. The letters were writt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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Complaint against Piar for not answering questions

WILLEMSTAD — Fundason Akshon Sivíl (FAS) will file a complaint against Attorney General Dick Piar with the ombudsman because Piar did not act on its request to verify if the Public Prosecutor investigated the unusual transactions on the bank accou

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 2, 2012

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St. Maarten Government seeks millions to finish administration building

Completion interior works to take six months St. Maarten – Completion of the new government administration building on Pond Island will require approximately 18 million guilders ($10 million), Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday.