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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Minimum wage to increase, pensioners to get Cola

St. Maarten -An increase in the minimum wage of up to13 guilders or more is expected in early January based on an indexation proposal that the Minister of Labour and Social Development Cornelius de Weever has forwarded to the Social Economic Council.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Governor did not approve controversial Taxand deal

St. Maarten - Governor drs. Eugene Holiday did not give his approval for the previous government to sign a contract with international firm Taxand, nor did he “cooperate” with the investigation undertaken by the government’s accounting bureau S

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Agreement about Corporate Governance Council

St. Maarten -A small group comprising representatives of the government and the Corporate Governance Council (CGC) recently reached an agreement on the text of the Resolution which will see the establishment of the CGC. Prime Minister Sarah Wescot

Editorial - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Editorial: Adverse effect

Curacao seems to be set on breathing life in its controversial 80/20-legislation – a favorite of Pueblo Soberano. The partners in the newly formed government are apparently on board, even though they have not yet seen the adjusted version of this l

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Customer service

I’m increasingly disturbed…OK, appalled would be a better word…by an attitude I’m seeing crop up more and more frequently on St. Maarten. I’m kind of a fanatic about customer service. As a result, when I encounter what I perceive to be bad

Opinion - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Opinion: Working for the people

Finance Minister Roland Tuitt confirmed yesterday something most people already knew: the Taxand contract stinks to high heaven and former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto is at the center of this scandal. There is no need to dive into the sordid d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Civil servants off on December 31

St. Maarten - All government offices will be closed on December 31; New Year’s Eve which will fall on a Monday. Prime Minister with responsibility for General Affairs, Sarah Wescot-Williams made this announcement yesterday that civil servants will

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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Community service for shoplifting

St. Maarten – A 39-year-old woman from French Quarter who hopped on a bus with a couple of girlfriends to go out stealing at stores in Philipsburg  in June was sentenced to a 6-week conditional prison sentence and 120 hours of community service in

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St. Maarten Government to maintain pressure on casinos

St. Maarten - Government still wants to generate at least 7.5 million guilders in revenue through fees on table games and machines in casinos despite the industry’s disapproval. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt met with the Casino Operators Associatio

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Sr. Marie Laurence School receive gifts from Santa

St. Maarten – Yesterday the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, along with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, hosted their 10th annual Holiday Gift Program at the Sr. Marie Laurence School in Middle Region. Before the gift giving started, childre

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Seven Seas Water makes donations

St. Maarten – Last Monday the Sundial School and the Voice of Our Children (VOOC) Foundation were the latest recipients of donations made by Seven Seas Water (SSW). The donations were made to both organizations by SSW Managing Director Franklyn

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Acquitted of robbery but sentenced for burglary

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance acquitted Ricardo Frederick Alexander York of the March 25 armed robbery at the Yang Yang supermarket yesterday morning, but it sentenced the defendant to 15 months imprisonment for a burglary he committed

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Andrew Richardson man of the year

St. Maarten – Andrew Mini” Richardson was named Man of the year by the Middle Region and Defiance Community Council last week for his devotion to teaching youngsters in these districts baseball, softball or basketball. Before the community counci

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Disturbed repeat-burglar sentenced to 30 months

St. Maarten - “Can I go home now? I have been up there for eight months,” Martino Alfredo Horsford asked the Court in First Instance yesterday morning. But the verdict against the defendant did not include a Christmas-surprise. Instead of 24 mont

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Cft questions budget projections

St. Maarten - The board for financial supervision (Cft) is concerned about how the government plans to generate at least 20 million guilders that it projected in its 2013 Budget. The budget, as submitted to the Cft, totals 476 million guilders but ar

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Insel Air blow out sale

St. Maarten – Insel Air started its traditional December Blow out Sale 2013 yesterday; the action ends on Saturday at midnight. Tickets will be available at all Insel Air sales points, post offices in Curacao, on the airline’s website and at trav

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Parents get Xmas baskets

St. Maarten – With the theme for December being “Caring” the students of Hillside Christian School in St. Peters gave away Christmas Food Baskets for the less fortunate among them. The students along with their parents embarked on a project to

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School Bus Inspection wishes happy holiday

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section would like to wish parents, school children and school bus driver’s Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year. The school year closed yesterday for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday s

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Rosaria supports 80/20-legislation

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao is forging ahead with its controversial 80/20-legislation that obliges companies to employ at least 80 percent locals on their staff. Pais, the party of Alex Rosaria was not a proponent of this law ahead of the elections, bu