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Editorial - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Editorial: Smear campaign

Gossip is not always an innocent pastime, as the St. Maarten Medical Center is now experiencing. The malicious publications that have made the hospital look like a place one would not wish on his worst enemy are seemingly designed to obstruct expansi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Soualiga Capoeira Foundation celebrates 10 year anniversary

St. Maarten -The Soualiga Capoeira Foundation will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in November. To commemorate these achievements the group will be hosting an international encounter entitled” Capoeira in Paradise”. To facilitate the marke

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Extremely gross

Kees van der Staaij the leader of the orthodox religious party SGP earned himself a body guard after his remarks that women hardly ever get pregnant after they’ve been raped. Well, we don’t know why anybody would still want to be the body guard

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Town hall meetings zoning plans continue next week

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) will resume its public consultation process about draft development plans next week. A follow-up town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Peace Is donates peace materials to MAC school

St. Maarten - In keeping with its continued mantra of peace in schools, the Peace Is Foundation presented the Methodist Agogic Centre Campuses (St. John’s & Betty’s Estate) with materials that will be used in tackling issues such as non-violence,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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St. Maarten has a new Capoeira master

St. Maarten - After a long vetting process in Brazil to verify his credentials, Clifford Henry became the first Capoeira instructor to come out of local group, Soualiga Capoeira. In May, Henry accompanied his mentor, group founder Tyrone Phelipa, alo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Biker laid to rest

St. Maarten – Biker Chris Smith was laid to rest yesterday. The 36-year-old died last Sunday when he took part in an illegal street race in French Quarter. The hearse for the black coffin that contained his earthly remains was a truck from his empl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Interruption in landline services – TelEm adjusts switching equipment tonight

St. Maarten – TelEm Group will make adjustments to the company’s switching equipment from midnight to accommodate necessary changes for adoption of the ongoing North America Numbering Plan system. As a result of these adjustments all landline

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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VOXPOP: Does technology contribute to obesity?

St. Maarten - On Friday, civil servants will join Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams in her campaign for the adoption of healthy lifestyles. Called U 2 Can Move, the initiative provokes all those on the government’s payroll, especially females to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Library book sale on Saturday

St. Maarten - “There’s a book for everyone” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s book sale on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parents, teachers and caregivers will be able to take advantage of our huge selection of children books in

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Socialist Party is losing steam

THE HAGUE -Support for the Socialist Party may be falling following the first televised debate between the leaders of the four biggest parties contesting the September 12 general election. A new TNS Nipo poll published on Tuesday shows a four-seat

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Not words but actions

Rotterdam is the city of hardworking people in the Netherlands, whereas Amsterdam is full of artists and wannabes. Okay, not everybody will agree with that last observation but that is not the point. Rotterdam has a professional soccer club called Fe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Another tribute to Milo

St. Maarten – A select company of citizens with a warm place in their heart for Emilio Wilson attended a brief ceremony in the Emilio Wilson park yesterday afternoon to commemorate what would have been the 101st birthday of the man who gave the est

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: The rising tide of fascism

I have often called our government socialist. However, they are now beyond socialist, they are "fascist." The fundamentals of socialism are government ownership of businesses, control of the market, labour and production. Everyone is aware of monop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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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

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