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

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Suggestions: campaign financing rules and publication of business interests: SHTA supports electoral reform

St. Maarten - The hospitality and trade association SHTA commends Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the government for opening the discussion on electoral reform, the association stated in a press release. “Their bold initiative deserves an

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

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Former finance minister suspect in Piranha-investigation: Hiro Shigemoto arrested

St. Maarten – Former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto was arrested yesterday morning as a suspect in the Piranha-investigation. Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos confirmed that the arrest took place at ten o’clock and that the suspicions are the same as t

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

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Governor’s heritage symposium “Development and preservation not necessarily incompatible”

St. Maarten – “It is of vital importance to increase the awareness among our population about issues that are relevant for their governance. The common future of a people is grounded in the understanding and embrace of its past,” Governor Drs,

Editorial - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Editorial: Not immune

The arrest of former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto is a sad chapter in St. Maarten’s political history. Not the arrest in itself of course, but the suspicions that led to his detention. Shigemoto is obviously innocent until proven guilty, but

Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Opinion: Electoral reform

The suggestions proposed by the hospitality and trade association SYTA for electoral reform make sense. They are a good point of departure for a serious public debate about election reform and about the way we want to govern our country. The way t

Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Governor’s symposium

The first governor’s symposium inspired a student to write a poem on the spot. Here goes:   A symposium about our heritage Held by our governor, no less And I applaud you, your Excellency, But allow me a test.   It co

Opinion - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Opinion: Stretching the truth

The timing is impeccable: two years after she was forced to step down as Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Maria Buncamper-Molanus is announcing her return to the political arena. Over the past two years, the fallen politician

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

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Christmas party at the zoo on Friday

St. Maarten – The children’s Christmas party at the zoo on Arch Road is scheduled for this upcoming Friday. Santa will arrive on a Harley Davidson, courtesy of the Caribbean Eagles riding association at 6 p.m. The party-program begins at 5 p.m

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

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Delta inaugurates direct flights from New York

St. Maarten - Delta Air Lines inaugurated a new weekly Saturday year-round direct service from JFK in New York to Princess Juliana International Airport last Saturday as part of its announced expansion into the Caribbean. This is in addition to its d

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

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Six cruise ships in port, town closed for cars

St. Maarten – Today six cruise vessels will be visiting Sint Maarten bringing a large number of cruise passengers to town. For safety reasons Front Street starting from Sea Palace to Emma Plein and Back Street from Emma Plein to Weduwe Steeg will b

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

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St. Maarten Airport tenders planned amid concessions upgrade

St. Maarten- Yesterday, the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) announced a comprehensive upgrade of its retail and food & beverage concessions via The Moodie Report.com, with a series of tenders imminent. The Moodie Report is a glo

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Court orders net payment of rent allowance to policemen

St. Maarten –The nineteen police officers who took Justice Minister Roland Duncan to court over the net payment of their rent allowance have, as was expected already at the hearing, won their case. St. Maarten has to repair the deductions it withhe

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

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Monument Council process drags on

St. Maarten- Culture Minister Silveria Jacobs has said that the process for the implementation of the Monument Council is taking longer than she anticipated but is in its “final stages.” This political administration as well, as the previous o

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

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Porto Cupecoy to change hands

GREAT BAY- The developer of Porto Cupecoy, Orient-Express Hotels Limited yesterday announced its intention to sell the property.  In a press release, the company said that its actions reflect its strategy to “increase the earnings power of its pro

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

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Police offers safety tips for the holidays

St. Maarten - The police force has started its annual holiday task force initiative Operation Vigilance 2012,  “doing its utmost, to protect you, your family and your property, in combating crime and criminals,” the police stated in a press rele

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Youngsters still face job discrimination

THE HAGUE – According to new research for the Social Affairs Ministry in The Hague, youngsters from an ethnic minority background with the same CV, accent and clothing as their white peers are far less likely to find a job through an employment age

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Arson probable cause of deadly explosion fireworks warehouse

WILLEMSTAD —Three people were killed, 1 hospitalized, 1 transported for overseas medical treatment in critical condition and two others injured after a major explosion at the government-owned fireworks warehouse on Saturday afternoon. there is a su

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LOL host Christmas party

St. Maarten – Laugh Out Loud (LOL) productions will be hosting a youth Christmas party at the boardwalk this Friday starting at 6 pm. After receiving the word that there would not be a Christmas parade this year, LOL took the initiative to organize

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 18, 2012

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Minister De Weever launches HIV/Aids workplace policy

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever launched the country’s first national HIV and Aids workplace policy. He described the moment as a historic one for the 600+ families affected by

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

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SHTA and Ennia signed agreement

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and insurance company Ennia have partnered together to offer the SHTA members additional employee benefits through a collective pension plan on favorable terms. In the future all the emp