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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Today’s predictions for the New Year: Still no ring road and no justice park

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – It seems almost too easy: predict what will and what will not happen in St. Maarten in any given year. The Today newspaper made its first predictions in 2010, when we looked ahead at 2011, the country’s first full

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Statia invests $1 million in roads

STATIA - When the year comes to a close it is always good to reflect on the year that has passed and at the same time look forward to what lies ahead of us in the year to come, Statia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Commissioner Koos Sneek writes in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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St. Maarten welcomes 2013

GREAT BAY / MARIGOT – St. Maarten welcomed 2013 with a spectacular show of fireworks in Great Bay. The show was not organized by the government, but by the Harbor group of Companies, supported by Holland House, Volker Stevin Caribbean (the contract

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Beach replenishment

Please listen to the residents and tourist of St Maarten that want to make Cupecoy Beach the beautiful place it used to be! I have been going to St Maarten two times a year for 25 years and the main reason for my visits is the beaches. PLEASE ask

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Brand new year

On behalf of myself and my family I am wishing a healthy and prosperous year to the entire nation of St. Maarten/St. Martin more than anything else a greater sense of safety in our homes and in our streets. 2012 has come and gone most of us the an

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Opinion: Impact

You don’t have to be big to be able to take decisions that have an impact on a community. Statia is a nice example. This Dutch public entity has a $1 million budget this year for investment in its road network.  We don’t know the condition of th

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Judgment versus vindication

Dear Editor, We tend to react quickly at times and cast judgment sometimes to our own detriment where we end up eating back our own vomit. As of late everyone is quiet and skating on thin ice after the former minister of finance was arrested. Here

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Let’s go green in 2013

First of all: We wish each and everybody a prosperous New Year! We hope that we can make a new beginning as a community in which we will help each other to reach our goals on an individual level and as a community. So often we are taking things fo

Opinion - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Sandmen

Dear Editor, The National Alliance is sounding the alarm to their coalition partners and St. Maarten that they will do whatever it takes to remain in government. They have done simple mathematics (10-2=8) to ensure stability. The Prime Minister ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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James about Governor Holiday as his man of the year: “Nomination set off wave of pride and dignity”

St. Maarten – “To say that the public’s response to the grassroots movement’s 2012 Top 5 persons of the Year has been positive would be an under-statement. For many people the choices of the recipients were very surprising - but very meaningf

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Ombudsman sets deadline for old complaints

St. Maarten – The Office of the Ombudsman will no longer handle complaints about issues that date back to before October 10, 2010 after February 1. Citizens who are still mulling over some issue from this period have therefore until the end of Janu

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Cft threatens Curacao with new instruction

GREAT BAY – While St. Maarten is still awaiting the advice from the board for financial supervision Cft on its draft 2013 budget, Curacao received an uninvited advice from the financial supervisor. The Cft thinks that the measures the country has i

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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De Jongh-Elhage resigns

WILLEMSTAD – During a fundraising dinner organized by the political party PAR Emily de Jongh Elhage announced that she will immediately resign as party leader and as member of the parliament in Curacao. Her decision comes after the party lost 50

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Still no sign of missing woman

St. Maarten – The detective department continued its search for missing Annmarie Lynch yesterday morning, but once again the search did not yield any results. Police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson said that the prosecutor’s office is now t

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Betrian: “There is more to do, but it’s up to the new cabinet”

WILLEMSTAD — Stanley Betrian’s outgoing interim cabinet had its last meeting with the press last weekend. Betrian, Minister of Finance Dr. Jose Jardim, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Cornelis Smits, Minister Transportation, Communication an

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Hodge: “We’re going to lay foundation for new Curacao”

WILLEMSTAD – “The community of Curacao has invested much in me. I now have the chance to do something in return. We can no longer stand by and watch from the sideline. If we do, nothing will change”, this is how PSB-Bank Director Daniel Hodge r

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Even Haiti is about to open to open a new hotel: St. Maarten’s competitors in hotel sector are on the move

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s competition in the tourism industry is not exactly sleeping at the wheel, as the following overview produced by Gay Nagle Myers in the online newsletter for the travel industry travel weekly shows.  Investors are pourin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 2, 2013

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Cruise industry invests heavily in upgrades

St. Maarten - As 2013 arrives, the cruise industry can only pray that there is no repeat of the signature event of 2012, Tom Stieghorst writes in the online newsletter for the cruise industry Travel Weekly. His analysis shows that cruise lines will i