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

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Man sentenced to 48 months for sexually abusing girl

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Joel Frantz Richards yesterday to 48 months of imprisonment for sexually abusing the underage daughter of his girlfriend for years. Of the sentence, 8 months are suspended; the court imposed 3 yea

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

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Henriquez-Dijkhoffz and Baly most valuable SER members

St. Maarten -At the end of its first full year of operation, the Social Economic Council (Ser) distinguished Eveline Henriquez-Dijkhoffz and Aurillio Baly from its midst as ‘most valuable member’ and substitute member of 2012. Out of the nine

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

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No cigar: the world is still there

St. Maarten – If you are reading this article today, it means that the world is still here. Some interpretations of the ancient Maya calendar, which ends today, have led some people to believe the word will end together with this calendar. 21 De

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

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St. Maarten stores open on January 1

St. Maarten – Stores will be allowed to open for business on New year’s day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet announces yesterday. The minister said that the decision is an exception that is inspired by the fac

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

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Quito Nicolaas lectures on Unheard Voices

St. Maarten - Aruban author Quito Nicolaas said at his recent lecture in Amsterdam that, “St. Maarten’s administrative process in isolation – a world separated between the Windward and Leeward Islands – offered the people the internal space t

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 20, 2012

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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

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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I Dad march sends strong message

St. Maarten - The attendance during the first annual I Dad March which was organized by the Royal Kids Foundation on Sunday was not huge, but the messages the kids displayed were enough to get the message across. After assembling on Pond Island, t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Financial supervisor issues budget-advice before Xmas

St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision Cft received the 2013 draft budget last week Wednesday, secretary Cees van Nieuwamerongen confirmed yesterday. “The government has asked the Cft for an advice about the draft budget,” he said.

Editorial - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Editorial: Heart-breaking

Photographer Milton Pieters’ front page picture with the I Dad march story says more than a thousand words – so we won’t say anything more to describe this dramatic image. The message it sends is crystal clear and at the same time heart-brea

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Opinion: Get on board

Most will doubt that it is pure coincidence that former Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Mrs. Maria Buncamper-Molanus, affectionately known as Marietje, would out of nowhere show up on a local talk show just a couple of days af

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Grassroots

Your Excellency, Governor Holiday, Your increasingly, outspoken public statements on the importance of heritage- and identity preservation for St. Martiners is small, but very significant step in the right direction. For this, we thank and highly

Opinion - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: Wake up call

Many of us have had some family member, friend, or relative, who have suffered and died of cancer, or some other form of sickness or disease. Matter of fact cancer, heart attack and stroke seem to be claiming more lives than ever before.   Also Alz

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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PM extend her condolences to Newtown

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams joined leaders from around the world in expressing her shock and sympathy to the victims and families of the Sandy Hook School killings in Newtown Connecticut. “As a parent I cannot help to expres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Yearbook Governor Holiday outlines country’s early history

St. Maarten – The cabinet of Governor drs. Eugene Holiday released copies of the first yearbook that covers the period from October 10, 2010 until the end of 2011. In ten chapters, divided over 72 pages, the yearbook gives insight into the governor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Archeologist Jay Haviser at governor’s symposium: “Take more responsibility for researching our own heritage”

St. Maarten – At the end of his presentation during the governor’s National Heritage symposium archeologist Jay Haviser had a clear question for Culture Minister Silveria Jacobs: “What about the Monument Council?” It felt like a just conclusi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Delta’s new service to St. Maarten could result in lower fares to JFK

St. Maarten - Although no price war is anticipated between the legacy carriers that service St. Maarten from New York City, the addition of Delta Air Lines to this route could result in lower air fares for travelers, says Robert Brown, manager specia

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 19, 2012

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Topxic adds luster to St. Peters

St. Maarten - St. Peters resident Cecil Maynard has been unemployed for the past three years. He has become notorious for loitering daily on several street corners in that district and occasionally tries his hand at odd jobs. But for the past two wee

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