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Opinion - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Opinion: Kudos for the Rolling Stones

It’s kinda weird to live in a society where many young readers may have never heard of the Rolling Stones. Arguably the best ever rock band on earth, the Stones are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. They will do a couple of concerts to light

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Governor Goedgedrag leaves with mixed feelings

WILLEMSTAD —In a televised farewell speech, outgoing Governor Frits Goedgedrag said that his departure produced mixed feelings; a smile and a tear. A tear, because he resigned from a responsibility which he experienced as the honor of his life.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Call for awareness about domestic violence – Peridot Foundation will replace damaged statue

St. Maarten -  The international day for awareness of violence against women is commemorated until December 16, Peridot Foundation founder Gracita Arrindell said in a press release issued on Sunday when the commemoration started. “The date of N

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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PM: Don’t turn your back on domestic violence

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams attended the Safe Haven benefit concert at Prive Nightclub Sunday evening joining the community in celebrating International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and supporting Safe Haven. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Sunrise Rotary participates in End Polio Now campaign

GREAT BAY - The Rotary Club of Saint. Martin Sunrise joins Rotary International today to help raise awareness for polio eradication by joining the world's biggest commercial. Members are donating their Facebook profile “this Close” picture for th

St. Maarten News, St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Young man died during basketball game

St. Maarten – Conray Thomas (23) died of a sudden heart attack, while playing a basketball game Saturday evening during the Church Basketball games at the Melford Hazel Sports complex in Sucker Garden. Thomas fell suddenly on the floor during th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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SHTA-retreat discusses alternative energy

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA recently hosted a General Managers Retreat at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort under the theme “Energy, Economy and the future of Country St. Maarten.” The keynote address on e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Ombudsman info sessions today and on Thursday

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Office of the Ombudsman has two community information sessions planned this week - today at the library in Philipsburg and on Thursday in the Dutch Quarter Community Center. Both sessions begin at 7.30 p.m. and are schedul

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Rhoda Arrindell co-authors book on Creole languages

St. Maarten - Linguist Dr. Rhoda Arrindell has co-authored two chapters in a new book of scientific studies about how various historically new Caribbean, Pacific, and Houma-French languages originated. The Amsterdam-based John Benjamins Publishing

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Reprint Yvette’s cookbook available in bookstores now

St. Maarten - From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman is back in bookstores. This is the third printing of the popular cookbook in less than two years since it was

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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US vice consul here on St. Maarten December 5 and 6

St. Maarten – The vice consul of the United States of America will be in St. Maarten for services to American citizens on December 5 and 6. Due to unforeseen circumstances the scheduled visit to Saba has been cancelled. On Wednesday December 5 t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Minister Jacobs: “Be the best you can be”

St. Maarten – Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs opened the Rights of the Child sports day last Saturday at the Alberic Richards Stadium in Sandy Ground. Children from both the Dutch and French side participated in the all-day event. In addit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 27, 2012

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Minister Marlin demolishes sewage aeration tank – Breath of fresh air for St. Peters residents

St. Maarten – Vromi-minister William Marlin confidently took the controls of a windward roads excavator yesterday afternoon for the symbolic demolition of the Ebenezer aeration tank next to the Scott property in St. Peters, located behind the Sol g

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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SHTA-director Harley positive about upcoming tourist season

GREAT BAY – The new Executive Director of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) Alfred Harley, is looking forward with enthusiasm and excitement towards his new function within the association. “Being the new Executive Director

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Second floor for John Larmonie Center

St. Maarten – Education Minister Silveria Jacobs gave orders for the maintenance of public schools last Wednesday to the Minister of Vromi. “I am more than relieved that much needed repairs on several schools will begin soon,” the minister stat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Fraites heads to Hibiscus International

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten Caraibes Hibiscus queen Stephanie Fraites will meet her competitors tomorrow for the first time, as she prepares to represent the island in the prestigious Miss Caraibes Hibiscus International Pageant set for December 8. Fra

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Editorial: Celebration time

The Tempo birthday celebration began this past weekend but the critics are not convinced that the island is getting a premium deal. First it was $400,000 for Tempo, now the government seems to have found an additional $23,000 to pay local performers.

Opinion - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Opinion: Electricity from plants

Good news for citizens with an aversion against utility companies and their relentless tariffs, not to mention their power cuts. A company in Wageningen – Plant-e – has found a way to generate electricity from indoor plants. On Friday the comp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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MP asks Minister Marlin for “forensic investigation” – Laveist miffed about Ferrier’s accusations

St. Maarten – National Alliance MP Louie Laveist has reacted with dismay to a letter to the editor by Democratic Party president Michael Ferrier accusing him of issuing 30 bus- and taxi licenses to companies he or his family members controlled duri

Opinion - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Opinion: Friendly Warning

Okay, we know that Dubai is not part of Parlatino, so chances that our politicians or anybody else from St. Maarten for that matter, ever ends up there is rather slim. Still, just in case, we figure that a friendly warning will do no harm. Here is

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Awareness week for the disabled begins

St. Maarten—The Awareness Week for the disables, organized by the Be Able committee kicked off with a march from the area in front of the Catholic Cemetery to the Cyrus Wathey Square on Saturday. The parade through Front Street was led by a drum ba

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Restructuring process completed – TelEm Group slims down to staff of 134

St. Maarten - TelEm Group management last Thursday announced the official closing off of the company’s restructuring process following months of negotiation and final implementation. In a brief ceremony, management and union used Thanksgiving to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Lions conference next November in St. Maarten

GREAT BAY - A large delegation of members of the Sint Maarten Lions Club accompanied District Governor Lion Claudius Buncamper to the Lions Multiple District 60 annual midyear conference in Kingston Jamaica. The conference dealt with workshops on

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Siba President underlines importance of spreading risk – Henderson signs deal with new insurance companies

GREAT BAY – “We must understand the importance of spreading risk. It would be a bad day for customers if they woke up one day and realized that Pointe Blanche or Beacon Hill was no longer there, and that they had to stand in line waiting for a se

Opinion - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Opinion: The eighteenth camel

William Ury is a senior fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He co-founded the university’s program on negotiation and wrote several books about the subject with titles like Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People. He co-authored a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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PM addresses pensions and high cost of living

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined pensioners and civil servants in celebrating their commitment and service to the government and the people of St. Maarten yesterday at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel. The Prime Minister

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Elshot concerned about higher pension premiums

St. Maarten – An increase in pension fund premiums between three and five guilders is manageable, Windward Islands Teachers Union president Claire Elshot says. The union-leader is concerned about the effect higher pensions may have on the premium t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Opinion: The man who charged himself with murder

He made a name for himself as G. Dep and even was on stage with rapper P. Diddy. But the success did not make Trevell Coleman happy. His story is an interesting one, not only because of his personal history, but also because there is a lesson in it f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 26, 2012

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Clevelands buy back Mary’s Boon

St. Maarten – Mark and Karla Cleveland bought back Mary’s Boon for a reported $2.9 million last week, Jeff Berger’s online newsletter St. Maarten weekly News reported. The Cleveland’s owned the hotel, located just south of the airport on t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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Central Bank prolongs credit freeze

St. Maarten - The credit freeze, effective during the period March – August 2012 to address the persistent high deficit on the current account of the balance of payments and the declining international reserves has started to produce the intended r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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Sadhu Vaswani Mission encourages residents to go meatless

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -The Sadhu Vaswani Mission encourages residents to take the one-day “veg pledge” to go meatless Saturday November 23. The pledge is part of the mission’s celebration of the 133rd birth anniversary of the mission's found

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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Black Friday makes way for Cyber Monday

St. Maarten - Black Friday drew hundreds into Philipsburg yesterday to enjoy deals on items, some of which they may not have needed. Electronic stores attracted the most customers and shoppers could be seen standing in long lines, braving the swelter

Opinion - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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Seven deadly sins

Angela Cropper, president and co-founder of the Cropper Foundation passed away last week Monday in London, aged 66. Together with her husband John, Angela Cropper established this foundation in 2000 as a not-for-profit organization for the promotion

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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Research into health of St. Maarten reef fish

St. Maarten - Dr. Paul Sikkel has just completed several days of research on the health of St. Maarten’s reef fish by investigating a species of parasitic isopod that feed on fish blood. The Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology at Arkansas State U

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 25, 2012

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“We don’t have Fema on speed dial like New York” – MP Douglass: situation at St. Maarten Medical Center is alarming

St. Maarten – United People’s Party MP Ruth Douglass labeled the conflict between the Public Health Inspectorate and the St. Maarten Medical Center as “alarming” in a press statement. “Why is the SMMC not willing to compromise and act respo

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