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Young man acquitted of attempted murder

GREAT BAY – Did Angel Miguel R. fire shots at Reyes Ignacio Aureano-Vicente on May 30 of last year or was it his brother Ishmael? That question may never be answered. The Court in First Instance acquitted Angel R. yesterday of attempted murder. At

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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Minister Tuitt: “Situation is not really gloomy” Higher turnover tax on alcohol and tobacco

St. Maarten – “The situation is not really gloomy, but it is not where we want it to be.” With those words, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt concluded his presentation yesterday in the central committee about the country’s financial situation.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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The medical tourism project negotiations in Florida – The Wyvern Hotel: where it all began

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – On March 4 of last year nine people met at the Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda, Florida. It’s a place where a room cost $148 a night and it is located just across from Port Charlotte, the home town of the Advanced Orth

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Union surveys teachers about vacation allowance

GREAT BAY – Teachers at 23 schools received a resolution from the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu that details plans to push for an increase in the vacation allowance from 6 to 8 percent. Teachers are asked to return the document with their co

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St. Maarten can use Kingdom infrastructure regionally

St. Maarten - Recently back from the Ibero-American Summit that was held in Spain from November 14 to 18, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams believes that her participation has further strengthened her position that St. Maarten ought to look at Cen

Opinion - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Louie, we want to know too

Yesterday I read that the "Honorable" Parliamentarian Louie Laveist wants to know "how the people's money is spent". He theatrically stood on the Parliament's expensive Front Street stage and pretended to champion "the people's business". What I want

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Tuitt concerned about Curacao rating

GREAT BAY- Finance Minister Roland Tuitt has expressed concern about the downgrade of Curacao’s financial outlook rating since it could affect St. Maarten. The two countries share a monetary union through the Netherlands Antillean guilder and one C

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Two more gas stations forced to close pumps

St. Maarten - An early inspection by members from the Economic Department resulted in the partial closure of one gas station and the shutdown of a second, the simple but technical reason was that customers were getting more than they paid for. These

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Plasterk announces possible intervention in Curacao

THE HAGUE – Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk told the Second Chamber that the Kingdom government will intervene if Curacao does not get its finances in order in a hurry. The Kingdom Council of Ministers gave Curacao an instruction to bala

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Supervisory directors approved

St. Maarten - Technocrats of the board for financial supervision Cft and the Corporate Governance Council (CGC) were expected to meet yesterday to discuss matters such as the decree for the CGC. Although questions continue to persist as to whether t

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Opinion: Not healthy

We obviously do not have the whole picture (not yet, at least), but we are beginning to understand why Public health Minister de Weever provided the media on Wednesday with just the first page of his Memorandum of Understanding between the government

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Studying in the region

St. Maarten -Thirty three applicants for the studying in the region project have been received by the Ministry of Education but only 18 applicants’ will be awarded scholarships. Dutch development funds of 329 thousand guilders have made the initia

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Motiance brings The Nutcracker

St. Maarten – December 1 will be the opening night of the seventh season of The Nutcracker. This Christmas story directed by Motiance Dance School Director Arlene Halley will also be a fundraising event for the Aids Foundation which commemorates Wo

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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All set for grass roots cricket tournament

GREAT BAY- Cricket St Maarten Management Team will host its second annual Digicel Grassroots Cricket tournament this Saturday and Sunday for kids between the ages of 5 to 17. Viram Ragubhir and Mohit Hingorani, who came out of the Kiddy Cricket Pro

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Retirees to be honored

St. Maarten - Retired and retiring civil servants will be treated to a special brunch on Sunday by the government. The event is being organized by the General Affairs Ministry to treat people who would have served St. Maarten for thirty years or even

Opinion - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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Opinion: Cost reduction

Rather than just looking at increased revenue, which usually means squeezing more money out of already embattled tax payers, MP Roy Marlin made a valid point during yesterday’s Central Committee meeting with Finance Minister Roland Tuitt by calling

Editorial - Posted by on November 23, 2012

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Editorial: Complete openness

Citizen Michael Ferrier asks in a letter we publish today on our opinion page a couple of pertinent questions of MP Louie Laveist. We figure that as the president of the Democratic Party and as a citizen with a long history in local politics, Ferrier

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Marlin wants government to look at cost reduction

St. Maarten – Democratic Party MP Roy Marlin urged Finance Minister Roland Tuitt yesterday to look at cost-reduction programs, saying that the government is wasting money on mundane items like paper, pens and electricity. “You’ll have cost redu