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

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New government administration building: the next chapter – PM signed payment order for completion a year ago

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed an advice to make the payment necessary for finishing the interior works of the new government building on Pond Island “approximately a year ago,” she said yesterday at the weekly press

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

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Glowing tributes for the late Tall Boy

St. Maarten - The people he loved, established friendships with, worked with, worked for and associated with were testimony to the hundreds that turned up at the Royal Funeral Home & Crematorium to pay their last respects to the close relatives of th

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

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Intends to present himself to the authorities – Corallo “vehemently stands by his innocence”

St. Maarten – Atlantis World Group and B Plus Giocolegale owner Francesco Corallo maintains that he is innocent of the charges brought against him by Italian prosecutors. Currently, Corallo is listed as wanted by Italy for cross-border crime on the

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

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Finance Minister lashes out at Receiver’s focus on old debts – Tuitt hints at tax increase

St. Maarten - “The draft budget for 2013 has been forwarded to the Cft but there are some issues that have to be taken care of. One of the main issues is that we have old debts; we have to look for a solution for them because if we don’t then al

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

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Prison time for stabbing 16-year-old niece

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Alexandra Flores yesterday to 30 months imprisonment for stabbing her 16-year-old niece Brenda Warner on June 14 in St. Peters. Of the sentence, 12 months are suspended. Judge mr. Tamara Tijhuis i

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

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Investigation focuses on procedures and policies – No financial mismanagement at public education division

St. Maarten - Education Minister Silveria Jacobs indicated today that the investigation into the Division of Public Education Services is not to look into financial mismanagement. At the center of the investigation which began some three months ago i

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 18, 2012

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Editorial: Higher taxes

Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is not one to mince his words too often, but yesterday he treaded carefully when questions came his way about a possible increase in taxes. The surest way for the government to generate more income is obviously the turno

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

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PMs discuss Central Bank

St. Maarten – The Central Bank for Curacao and St. Maarten was the main topic of conversation between Prime Ministers Sarah Wescot-Williams and Stanley Betrian when the latter visited St. Maarten on Tuesday. Wescot-Williams said yesterday that the

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

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Jewels are Forever robber faces 30 months imprisonment

St. Maarten – Public prosecutor mr. Dounia Benammar demanded 30 months imprisonment against Derick Delan W. for his role in an armed robbery at the Jewels are Forever store on Front Street on October 24 of last year that netted him a gold colored b

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

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Police warn against credit card fraudsters

St. Maarten - The Detective Department sent out a warning yesterday to all businesses on the island and to the community at large, to be aware of persons “most probably of South American descent” that are presently on the island, using stolen or

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

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Tuitt returns from IMF meeting in Tokyo – Cutting cost is good but not at the expense of growth

St. Maarten - Just back from the 2012 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Tokyo, Japan, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt believes that his attendance yielded positive results and has also widened the government

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

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Groeneveldt as observer to elections in Curacao

St. Maarten – At the request of Prime Minister Stanley Betrian, St. Maarten will send the chairman of its main voting bureau, Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt as an observer to the elections in Curacao on Friday. The issue came up during a meet

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

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Payment arrears and multi-year deficits require attention, Cft says

St. Maarten - Since its last visit in June, new information was received by the Cft on payment arrears to the APS and the SZV over the past years. Challenges also exist related to health care and pension costs. The Cft stated in a press release issu

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2012

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Opinion: Black and white

The black and white thinking Peter Gunn expresses in his observations about capitalism and socialism leaves little space for nuance. That’s okay, but it shows us where Gunn stands: he is a rather unapologetic capitalist who puts the blame for every

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

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Ministry secures Dutch funding to promote studying locally

St. Maarten - The Ministry of Education has secured funding from the Dutch government to the tune of approximately 229,000 guilders for tertiary students to study at the University of St. Martin (USM) or other locations within the region. The funding

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

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All set for Seven Seas and Rotary-Rotaract spelling bee

St. Maarten - The stage is set for this Saturday for the second annual Seven Seas Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee preliminary round. Ten schools will be taking part, each represented by 3 students ages 9-10 years old. This is a 50% increase compared t

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Socialism and our one party state

We're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the roles that a political opposition, the church and the media play in whether or not we will maintain a free democracy. At the moment all three political

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

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Pieces of Life expo next week at Taloula Mango’s

St. Maarten - The clients and staff of the Mental Health Foundation are working diligently towards their upcoming art exhibition called “Pieces of Life” which is scheduled for next week Friday October 26 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Taloula

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

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Workshop for TV-producers begins today

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Ten television producers from Anguilla, St. Kitts, Nevis, Tortola and St. Maarten will be present today during Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams’ keynote address about the fight against HIV as a Caribbean leader at a work

Opinion - Posted by on October 18, 2012

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Opinion: Bureaucracy

The story about the seemingly doomed government administration building on Pond Island became even more incredible yesterday when Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams revealed that she signed off on an advice for the payment of the so-called completi