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St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2012

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Public Education inquiry completed

St. Maarten - The investigation into Public Education Services has been completed and the report has been handed over to the Minister of Education Silveria Jacobs. During that investigation, division head Glenderlin Davis-Holiday had been sent home w

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School kids decorate Christmas tree at police station

St. Maarten – Community Police Officers organized a Christmas tree decoration project for school kids at the Philipsburg police station. Eight school kids from the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region and the Hillside Christian School i

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St. Maarten gets stable rating from Moody’s

GREAT BAY-St. Maarten’s rating by rating agency Moody’s was published on Tuesday and has provided an overall stable outlook of the country’s economy.  While many of the ratings are within medium ranges, Moody’s indicates that future spending

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476 million guilder budget to parliament in January

St. Maarten -The 2013 Budget is expected to be approved today by the Council of Ministers to the tune of 476 million guilders. It also includes a capital expenditure of approximately 35 million guilders. However government plans to borrow approximate

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on December 13, 2012

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Franco elected president of parliament

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Member of Parliament for the political party Pais, Mike Franco was elected today with fourteen votes, as the new President of the Curacao Parliament. Eugène Cleopa also a Member of Parliament for Pais, received five votes. Fo

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Home raid in Cape Bay

St. Maarten – Police raided an apartment building located on Maracas Drive in Cape Bay yesterday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. after reliable information regarding a drug selling operation at the apartment in question. When the police arrive

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2012

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Meeting with Pantophlet moved to Friday morning

St. Maarten – The Central Committee meeting with Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet of this afternoon has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. due to the funeral of a family member from the parliamentary secretari

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 13, 2012

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Marlin gives update on street lights

St. Maarten - The target date of December 15 for the completion of the first phase of the light replacement program in several districts will not be met. Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Development, Envi

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Eight candidates for waste to energy plant

St. Maarten - The steering group for the waste to energy plant project met on Tuesday and a selection of 8 companies was made for them to submit preliminary documentation of their capacity to work on the project.  The evaluation is expected to take

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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“I have nothing against French people” Vromi-Minister Marlin puts causeway-zombie to rest

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister William Marlin put the zombie to rest that emerged from statements by the opposition about the causeway-project. “Breathe life into a zombie, call him William Marlin and say he has something against French people,”

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Lions Club adopts roundabout Illidge Road

St. Maarten – The Lions Club will enter into a formal agreement with the government early next year for the upkeep of the roundabout on the Illidge Road. The Lions will keep the roundabout in proper condition, together with the nearby bus stop. In

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No plans to decorate town center

St. Maarten – The government has no plans to decorate the center of Philipsburg with Christmas lights, Vromi-Minister William Marlin said on Monday. On Saturday, the Christmas tree on the Clem Labega Square was lit during a festive ceremony togethe

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St. Peters boys engaged in maintenance works

St. Maarten - Residents of the St. Peters and South Reward area are breathing a sigh of relief now that maintenance and upgrade works have begun in their district. It encompasses beautification of the area and also provides gainful employment for man

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Mental Health Foundation on staff retreat

St. Maarten – After the Mental Health Foundation organized a reception cocktail party last October to celebrate World’s Mental Health Day, together with the celebration of its first year anniversary in the renovated building in Cay Hill, the SZV

Opinion - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Magic

Last Sunday I sat on my porch and when I looked at Simpson Bay Beach, I was flabbergasted! I took my binoculars and what did I see? Aliens had landed! I saw the weirdest vessels I had ever seen. I decided to go to the beach with my dogs Koko and Dush

Opinion - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Misperception

Minister Marlin’s recent statements describing a misperception of the value of the Emilio Wilson Estate requires clarification. Please let me present some facts. After receiving news that government had made an offer to purchase the Estate on July

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Harbour Group completes sand replenishment Great Bay Beach

St. Maarten – Great Bay Beach, one of Philipsburg’s most popular tourist attractions, was recently replenished with sand from the dredging activities carried out to increase the water draft around the two cruise piers at Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise an

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St. Barts makes exclusivity work

ST BARTS - Johanna Jainchill, Travel Weekly's destinations editor, was in St. Barts, exploring the island and staying in two hotels and one villa. Since this island is so close to our shores, we thought it interesting to share her experience with our

Opinion - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Opinion: Paltry returns

Tom Stieghorst made a point in the online newsletter for the travel industry Travel Weekly about the potential effect of low interest rates on luxury cruise vacations. We just wonder: would this effect also apply on vacations to the Caribbean in gene

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Rotary Sunrise Club donates Christmas tree

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise visited the Crystal Foster Home in South Reward to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holidays with the children from the home last Sunday. They donated a Christmas tree, lights and decorations.

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St. Martin Home gets early Christmas gift

St. Maarten - House of Restoration and Deliverance Ministries International presented gifts and food items to the residents of the St. Martin Home yesterday for their annual luncheon. St. Martin Home is a 60-bed nursing home and home for the elde

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Minister concerned about noise pollution drag strip

St. Maarten – Vromi-Minister William Marlin repeated in a central committee meeting on Monday that no permits have been requested or issued for a drag racing strip. He also indicated that he is not unconditionally in favor of the project. “Though

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Futsal showdown in the making: RISC Takers face Paradise Inn

St. Maarten - The presence of Leonardo Santiago, a professional footballer from Brazil in the Risc Takers camp as a guest may have been their source of inspiration and they are yet to be defeated with one game left in the 2012 Nagico Veteran League.

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Opinion: Mega fireball

The distinction between news an entertainment is fading in the Telegraaf, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the Netherlands. The newspaper for Awake Holland and the Common Sense paper, as the Telegraaf likes to position itself, reported y

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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“Tempo ripped off the region”

St. Maarten - “Mr. Tuitt must believe that the people of St. Maarten came from monkey rather than being created by God. He must believe that people will forget what is said by any government especially when it comes to their tax money. “I know I

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Schotte questions expenses refinery

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte questions the expenses of the government-owned company Curacao refinery (RdK). It received millions of dollars from the lease of the Isla refinery to Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima

St. Maarten Sports - Posted by on December 12, 2012

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Le Floch and Scotney share top honors in Greenhouse run

St. Maarten - For Gael Le Floch and Morgan Scotney, it was a fitting way to end year on a winning note and bring down the curtains on the final race of the year in the Greenhouse to Greenhouse run/walk on Sunday, Scotney who was a part of the grou

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Open letter to MP Johan Leonard

Dear Mr. Leonard, In yesterday’s central committee meeting you claimed that you had been attacked by the Today newspaper. What a pity that you did not tell the whole story. I remember writing about the manpower agency of Tamara Leonard in rel

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: A stable diversified economy

Our economy is supported by one pillar: Tourism. Different sectors/spin offs of our economy are thriving because of this pillar. Think about our marine, hotel-restaurant-bar and retail sectors. As a matter of fact tourism is the main reason that our

Opinion - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Reader’s Opinion: St. Maarten and Equatorial Guinea

The continent of Africa has 54 independent countries with a tremendous amount of natural resources and mostly corrupt leaders; we will compare one of them to St. Maarten. Equatorial Guinea is a relatively small oil-rich West African country, and i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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MPs grouse about the media in central committee meeting

St. Maarten – Members of parliament hotly discussed the media in a central committee meeting yesterday, whereby National Alliance MP Louie Laveist went all out against reporter Alita Singh of The Daily Herald for slanting stories, while UP-MP Johan

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Identities shooting victims released

St. Maarten – The victims of the fatal shooting on Illidge road on Sunday morning have been identified as Antoine M. Whit (25) and Miquel Angel Torre Cleman (21). Whit has the French nationality, while Cleman is from the Dominican Republic. The

Editorial - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Editorial: Rosy picture (Simpson Bay Resort & Marina / Hard Rock)

While the management of the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina paints a rosy picture of the upgrade of its facility, one critical follower of the timeshare industry has noted the darker side of this vital segment of our economy. Thousands of timeshare own

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Dr. Arduin: “The world is watching what we are doing” No response still the main complaint at Ombudsman

Dr. Arduin: “The world is watching what we are doing” No response still the main complaint at Ombudsman

Standing l.t.r. senior legal advisor Marlon Hart, Secretary General Patricia Philips and legal advisor Kim Huisman; sitting l.t.r.  intern Jahneiro de la Rosa, Ombudsman Nilda Arduin, and intern Rayette James. Photo Pearl FM 98.1St. Maarten –

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 11, 2012

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Opinion: New tricks

That it is not easy to learn an old monkey new tricks appears from the findings of the Ombudsman. The number one complaint about the civil service remains the same: letter and requests wait in vain for a response. Why this is so is a question with

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