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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Pantophlet allows three more lottery licenses

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet has lifted the moratorium on lottery-businesses that was in place since October 2005. Currently there are four license holders for such businesses; the ministry will now allow three additiona

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Dutch senators visit next week

St. Maarten – Next week Thursday a seven-strong delegation of the Dutch First Chamber will pay a working visit to St. Maarten. The delegation, headed by the chair of the senate’s committee for Kingdom Relations Marijke Linthorst, arrives late in

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IND-Director Aron: “Business as usual at the airport” Controversy over border control

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Is the border management system at the airport functioning or not? That is the big question, after Udo Aron, the director of the Immigration and Naturalization service IND told this newspaper that it is “business

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Christian Radich returns after half an century

St. Maarten - The Caribbean Sail Training Association announced yesterday that the visiting tall ship Christian Radich will be open to the public tomorrow from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. This marks the ships return to St. Maarten after more than half

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Dijsselbloem: ‘Dutch state will make a loss’

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands will this year make a loss on the billions of Euro’s lent to banks to bail them out of the financial crisis, according to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. The minister made the comments at a New Year reception

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Earthquake below sea in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – A 3.7 earthquake hit the sea Wednesday in Curacao. At about 11 PM, the earthquake took place below the bottom of the sea. This tremor was felt in some sections of the island. Data received from the Fundacion Venezolana de Investigac

Editorial - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Editorial: Business as usual?

While IND-director Udo Aron told this newspaper that it is business as usual at the airport as far as immigration controls is concerned, other sources are less sure that this is indeed the case. If it is indeed true that travelers are able to enter a

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‘No cure no pay’ deal may break law

THE HAGUE – Rabobank may be breaking the new law covering fees for financial products by offering a ‘no cure no pay’ deal for its advice, the financial services watchdog AFM told website nu.nl. Since January 1, financial service firms have b

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New born left behind

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – A new-born baby was found alive in a plastic bag in front of the Adventist Church Montaña Abou yesterday morning. The police was notified around 10.53 a.m. by the person who found the baby. Preliminary investigation indicates

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Opinion: National police

The Netherlands has something new: the national police. After endless political debate and fierce resistance, the national police came into being on the first day of the New Year. The country has now one police force with one Chief Commissioner - a s

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Opinion: Slavery continues

Renate van der Zee published a column in the Dutch daily Trouw about a subject that is close to our heart. The subject is ignored and even ridiculed by politicians and decision makers in St. Maarten: the exploitation of women in the prostitution busi

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Deadline study financing application is January 15

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The Study Financing Division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will extend the submission period of the study financing application forms for this school year until January 15. After the deadline no new app

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Less cash in circulation

St. Maarten - The basic amount of banknotes and coins in circulation and the current account assets from the commercial banks with the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten decreased in November of last year with 110.8 million guilders. This is du

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Oasis Games wants to grow

St. Maarten – Up to 80 people were participating in the Oasis Games which took place in Dutch Quarter. Young and old came together to make a long-term contribution to their community, as well to other communities on the island. Under the slogan,

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Meyers-Olivacce expresses concerns about St. Maarten’s airport status

St. Maarten - “It has been brought to my attention that the Curacao Civil Aviation authorities do not have any money to complete the process of upgrading the airport safety rating from category 2 to category 1, a previous status that the Princess J

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Economic Affairs published Macro Monitor 2012: Smaartmodel projected 5% economic growth

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Economic Affairs predicted in its Macro Monitor that the local economy would grow by a sturdy 5 percent in 2012. This is in sharp contrast with a report from the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten: at the beginnin

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Two accident victims pass away

St. Maarten – Rosario Dongo and Renillio Halley both succumbed to injuries they sustained during two separate traffic accidents, the police reported. Dongo, was involved in a motor cycle accident on Bishop Hill Road on November 23 of last year,

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Aruban organ builder wins million in national lottery

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The one-million of the New Year’s draw from the State Lottery went to Aruba with winning number 23415. Interim-director Dudley Lucia happened to hear an interview with winner Buchi on the radio. “He’s been using the same

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Position Pieters subject of discussion

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The minister plenipotentiary of Curacao in The Hague does not fall under the same rules as the one for ministers, former formateur Glenn Camelia says in response to the discussion about Roderick Pieters. He is not a resident o

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Feature: Female Powerbrokers: Nadata Gentle

St. Maarten / By: Torana Granston - In 2011 it was New York, last year Amsterdam and this year her sights are set on Los Angeles. Over the last two years, Nadata Gentle has been making waves on the international fashion scene as a professional model

Opinion - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Letter: Weather forecast

I was pleased to have learnt that the staff members of the Meteorological Department St. Maarten (MDS) as of January 1, 2013, have taken over meteorological services and the issuing of weather forecasts. I was minister at the time who signed the s

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St. Maarten’s first 2013 baby

St. Maarten – The first baby born at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for 2013 arrived shortly after the New Year began. Joel Eljiah Blake was born to Paulette and Dean Blake at 2:27am on January 1. He weighed 2770 grams with 47 cm in length.