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

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NA-leader Marlin about electoral reform: “Every system has its advantages”

St. Maarten – Vice Prime Minister William Marlin supports the idea of electoral reform, but he said on Lloyd Richardson’s radio program Voice of the People that the time is too short to put something in place before the next elections in 2014. Ma

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

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Blue Mall Cupecoy finally announces soft opening

St. Maarten – The Blue Mall in Cupecoy was about to become the butt of jokes and the cause of utter bewilderment because the long ago heralded opening did not materialize. But now the first stores have opened for business. Enjoy SXM, Fashion and Ch

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Walking to Heaven on Reef slippers

Walking twice a day my dogs on Kim Sha Beach I see a lot of beautiful women in devastating bikini’s and sometimes I meet an interesting person. One day I saw a beautiful lady who was also interesting. I got to talk to her because she timidly said

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Opinion: Electoral reform

When politicians start thinking about electoral reform, voters need to pay attention. There is nothing wrong with the current system, whereby the votes a party wins translate into seats in parliament. Those seats go to the party-leader and to those c

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Opinion: Brilliant

It is a pity that the champion of the indigenous St. Maarteners, drs. Leopold James, keeps using the term cultural genocide by substitution. It somehow overshadows the message he wants to communicate. That his grassroots movement has now named five p

Opinion - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: Awesome

Good day, I usually do not write articles but today's article "Christmas on the Hill " prompt me to do so. I felt I must write and say something. Boy I envied you guys. How awesome. I enjoyed every bit of it while reading and was imagining I was t

Editorial - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Editorial: Blue Mall

No joke: the Blue Mall in Cupecoy has announced its soft opening. The first stores in the towering building that has stood a bit forlorn in Cupecoy for a very long time have opened for business, and the management company announced the arrival of ano

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

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Increased number of private jets at St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten – “Every year there is an increase in requests to park private jets at the airport, and this year has seen even more than last year, unfortunately due to limited space, we can only accommodate so much and no more,” Michel Hyman, ope

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Leopold James in his State of the grassroots St. Martin nation address: “Politicians have abandoned and de facto betrayed us”

FRIAR’S BAY, St. Martin – “We end the year with mixed feelings; there were some positive developments but they were overshadowed by negative and depressing developments for our people,” said drs. Leopold James in his state of the grassroots S

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

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St. Maarten tourism growth outpaces global average

St. Maarten’s tourism growth is outpacing regional and international results. So says that Travel Daily News International who reported out of New York earlier this week that while other Caribbean and global destination marketers are struggling to

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

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King Stitchie rings in Christmas with a blast

St. Maarten - Quellitor Drive in Dutch Quarter came alive on Monday night as international reggae gospel artiste King Stitchie blew the roof off of the big gospel tent in a stellar performance. In the process he took the modest audience into the e

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

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Drake gets down in St. Maarten

St. Maarten- Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and actor Aubrey Drake Graham who goes by the stage name Drake was spotted in St. Maarten last week where he took a much needed vacation after a year of chart topping hits. On Tuesday, December

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Fourth dead from firework explosion

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Yesterday morning in a hospital in the Colombian city of Medellin, the fourth victim of the fireworks explosion, which took place December 15, died. The 45-year-old man was brought there with serious burns. On an industrial

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

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Entertainment for Leonard Connor School

St. Maarten - “Have a friendly holiday and be proud of St. Maarten” was the message Mr Friendly, the ambassador of St. Maarten Superhost, and representatives of Leonard Enterprises recently shared with pupils of Leonard Connor Primary School in C

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Pedestrian killed in traffic accident

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – A 54-year-old pedestrian was killed in an accident near Boca Sami yesterday morning. The woman was walking around five in the morning to a bus stop together with her husband to go to work, when a car hit her. The driver swerve

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Robbers crack supermarket ATM

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The Albert Heijn supermarket near Zeelandia had uninvited shoppers on Christmas Day who emptied the ATM in the store. It is not known how much money the robbers took. The police in Willemstad told reporters that more than o

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Statia gets smaller prison

STATIA – The new prison in Statia will not have 30 places as previously planned, but only 18. This is due to budget cuts in the Netherlands. Gerard Bakx, director of the penitentiary facility Rotterdam and the project leader for the construction of

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 28, 2012

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Aruba inaugurates tram

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Last Saturday heavy rainfall spoiled the party, but on Monday Aruba’s tram was able to make a festive inaugural drive through the town. Prime Minister Mike Eman and fellow Minister Benny Sevinger were on board for the occasion

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Drunken Brit drives stolen car on Schiphol runway

SCHIPHOL – A drunken British man was arrested on Tuesday after driving a stolen car on a Schiphol airport runway for a few minutes, news agency AFP reported. Police said the unnamed passenger was on his way home for Christmas when he pushed an e

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Dijsselbloem: no change in mortgage rules

THE HAGUE – Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has rejected calls to be more flexible about new mortgage rules which come into effect on January 1. The senate had called on the minister to make changes, including removing the requirement that

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Oswald van der Dijs begins social justice foundation

WILLEMSTAD – Utilities company Aqualectra dismissed its chairman of the board Oswald van der Dijs yesterday. He will not contest his dismissal. Instead, Van der Dijs will establish a foundation that will expose misdeeds of managers and directors.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Vesuvius-appeals in March

St. Maarten – The seven members of the Omar Jones-gang who were convicted in the Court in First Instance in November all will appeal their verdicts next year. The Common Court of Justice has scheduled the appeals hearing for March 6. On November

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Shigemoto: home for Christmas

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction suspended former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto’s custody from this upcoming Monday at 3.30 p.m. He will therefore be home for Christmas. The office of the public prosecutor agreed with the suspension, on t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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2014 FCCA-conference huge event for St. Maarten: Harbor marks 1.7 million cruise passengers

St. Maarten – The harbor will welcome its 1.7 millionth cruise passenger on Boxing Day when there are five cruise ships in port, Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet and Harbor Group of Companies CEO Mark Mingo announced at a pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Schools to get post-Christmas gift: Emotional awareness coaching

St. Maarten - Come January, the exhilarating tag team of counselor and awareness coach Myriam Haar and Debbie Zwanikken plan to give public schools a post-Christmas gift that hopefully will last a lifetime for students. The duo want to unlock the “

Opinion - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Opinion: Obscene language

Our Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has a problem with obscene language. Minister Cornelius de Weever, a true gentleman if there ever was one (we’re not joking), berated “the media” at Wednesday’s press briefing about

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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RSA announces sale of Dutch Caribbean Operation

St. Maarten -Sun Alliance Insurance Overseas Limited and Maduro & Curiel’s Bank N.V. yesterday announced that that they have reached a final agreement to sell Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Antilles) N.V to Fatum General Insurance N.V.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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First winner International Liquor promotion

St. Maarten –  International Liquor received the first winner of its scratch and win supermarket promotion last Friday. Sandra Raghoebier and her 2 girls pulled the winning card for an Ipad at Le Grand Marché in Cole Bay. Raghoebier is the first

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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“Innovation in action” Zenitel at the top of the market

St. Maarten - Eighty years after its establishment in the Dutch Caribbean, Zenitel is certainly not a classic company and moreover is the one who leads the way, is the example to follow and sets the standard in its specialization in countries the wor

Editorial - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Editorial: Business as usual

The decision by Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet to allow stores to be open on New Year’s Day makes sense. It will be welcome by the business community that is still struggling with a lackluster economy. A tourist destinati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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APS to pay cost of living adjustment to pensioners

GREAT BAY - APS, St. Maarten’s general pension fund administrator, is striving to make cost of living adjustment payments to government pensioners and early government service retirees, before the end of this year. As is known APS has been engag

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Minister De Weever: “Don’t drink and drive”

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the Department of Communication (DCOMM) in a collective public service message urges motorists not to drink and drive during the up-coming holiday season. The emphasis is on keeping

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Santa in Middle Region on Sunday

St. Maarten -The people of Middle Region and Defiance have behaved very well over the year 2012. Therefore, Santa has decided to make his final lap in the district before Christmas day. On Sunday, Santa will be parading through Middle Region’s main

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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No child left behind: Academy records 100 percent passes

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten Academy (FAVE) graduating class of 2012 recorded 100 percent passes and at the top of the prestigious list of outstanding students is Linedia Masson, who has been on the school’s honor roll from Form 1. Masson led a group

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 21, 2012

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Attempted manslaughter punished with 30 months

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Cedric Wilfredo Fecunda to 30 months of imprisonment for attempted manslaughter on a man during a fight at Titoy’s Bar in Cole Bay on September 14. Of the sentence 12 months are suspended; the c

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