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Dutch-American Friendship Treaty back in court - Minister Duncan wants limits  to equal rights for Americans

Dutch-American Friendship Treaty back in court – Minister Duncan wants limits to equal rights for Americans

St. Maarten – The Justice Ministry is close to completing an in-depth study of the Dutch-American Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty of 1956. Based on the findings, Minister Roland Duncan plans to write a narrower definition of two terms in

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Prime Ministers have “constructive consultation” about Central Bank - No breakthrough in Tromp-impasse

Prime Ministers have “constructive consultation” about Central Bank – No breakthrough in Tromp-impasse

The prime ministers sign their joint statement. Left to right: Finance Minister George Jamaloodin, PM Schotte, PM Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Roland Tuitt. Leo Brown Photo.St. Maarten – In a marathon meeting that lasted from early yesterda

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Nicole Erna Mae Francis: “Acknowledge the negative side effects of gambling”

Nicole Erna Mae Francis: “Acknowledge the negative side effects of gambling”

St. Maarten - At least one social organization has its sights set on stemming the tide of gambling addiction among residents of St. Maarten through cognitive therapy and spiritual guidance. Today first reported on this issue in its July 26 edition. G

Editorial - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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Editorial: Unreal

There was something unreal about the press conference after the meeting between two prime ministers about the Central Bank. PMs Wescot-Williams and Schotte managed to crank out a joint statement that sounded almost upbeat, but upon reading the docume

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PMIA expresses condolences to Camille Baly’s family

St. Maarten - The Board and members of the Philipsburg Mutual Improvement Association PMIA expressed condolences to the relatives of Camille Baly in a press release issued yesterday by the association’s President, Glenderlin Davis-Holiday. “Mr

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Info evenings at Sundial school

St. Maarten – The Sundial School holds two information evenings for parents, guardians and students this week. Tonight at 6.30 p.m. is the information evening for form 1 and 2; on Thursday there is an evening for form 3 and 4. Both sessions take pl

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Nature Foundation transplants coral

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Nature Foundation continued with its coral transplanting project to restore coral reefs both inside and outside of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park the last few weeks. A group of six volunteer divers from the community ass

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Ombudsman in Middle Region tomorrow

St. Maarten - The Middle Region and Defiance Community Council hosts the second information session by Ombudsman dr. Nilda Arduin tomorrow from 7.30 p.m. at the Sister Marie Laurence School. The ombudsman will inform residents of Middle Region, Defia

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Customs officers catch travelers with cocaine

St. Maarten – Last week Monday customs officers at Princess Juliana International Airport confiscated approximately 610 grams of cocaine from a male passenger with the initials. F. P.B., the customs department stated in a press release issued yeste

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Gas goes up 12 cents tomorrow

St. Maarten – Motorists will have to pay more for their gas starting tomorrow. Unleaded gas goes up from 2.34 to 2.46guilders ($1.307 - $1.374), while diesel goes up from 1.99 to 2.11 guilders (($1.11 - $1.178). This represents an increase of 5.1 p

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Seven civil registrars sworn in

Seven civil registrars sworn in

St. Maarten (DCOMM) –Last Friday the head of the civil registry department Leona Romeo Marlin was proud to accompany seven staff members to the Court in First Instance to be sworn in as civil registrars. The oath was carried out by Judge Diederi

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Four MPs head for Panama City

St. Maarten – Parliament President Drs. Rodolphe Samuel leads a delegation of faction leaders to a meeting of ParlAmericas that begins on Thursday in Panama City. The meeting ends on Saturday. The delegation has the status of observer at the 9th

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Isaac costs fishermen 70 percent of income

Isaac costs fishermen 70 percent of income

Fresh fish for sale, but Isaac took a big bite out of it.St. Maarten - Since 2007, residents and tourists alike have journeyed to the Simpson Bay Fish Market to buy fresh fish and other forms of seafood from 6:30 am. The demand has been known to

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PM about school closure: “Better to be safe than sorry”

St. Maarten – Decisions about school closures are not made randomly, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a press statement issued yesterday. The PM reacted with the statement to questions that arose after the government closed schools last

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Sea turtle nest brought to safety

Sea turtle nest brought to safety

The sea turtle eggs were safely transported in a container on a bed of sand. Picture courtesy Nature Foundation.St. Maarten - During the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac the Nature Foundation was called by visitors to Simpson Bay Beach about a pos

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Dutch MPs: “Weak knees and no spine” Nothing stops parliament Curacao from meeting

THE HAGUE – Parliamentarians in The Hague are appalled by the situation parliament President Ivar Asjes created in Curacao by closing a meeting on Friday before any MP had the opportunity to say something. According to Bas Jan van Bochove (CDA) and

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Opinion: Dutch-American Friendship Treaty

The battle over the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty is far from over and this means that American citizens who want to get their rights based on this treaty will remain in uncertainty for some time to come. And yet, it is all so very simple. The

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Young photographers exhibit their view on Haiti today

ORANJESTAD – Six young photographers and video artists from Haiti take part in an exposition in Aruba, entitled Ayiti, Mirades contemporaneas. The artists show the daily life on the poverty stricken island but also more controversial topics like po

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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Opinion: Culturally defined cooling

The blackouts that left hundreds of millions of Indians sweltering in the dark last month underscored the status of air-conditioning as one of the world’s most vexing environmental quandaries, Elisabeth Rosenthal wrote in the New York Times. Her st

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Cft has no confidence in Curacao’s budget solutions

WILLEMSTAD – The board for financial supervision Cft has hardly any confidence in the way the Schotte-cabinet turned its 2012 budget deficit in a 45 million guilders ($25.1 million) surplus. In a letter to the chairman of the Kingdom Council of

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Last attempt to continue Booi corruption probe

KRALENDIJK – Ramonsito Booi and Burney El Hage will know in September 13 for a ruling by the Common Court of Justice on the question whether the Public Prosecutor’s Office is allowed to continue with its corruption investigation against them. The