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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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MP Arrindell asks for clarification: Ordinances stuck since June of last year

St. Maarten – On June 14 of last year a central committee meeting dealing with eleven draft ordinances falling under the country’s civil code was adjourned and never resumed. Parliamentarians never received a report about the hearing, United Peop

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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King-trial probably in March

St. Maarten - On January 22 the three suspects in the so-called Cupecoy-case concerning the violent deaths of Michael and Thelma King will have to appear in court for a procedural court session. The case itself will not be dealt with during this sess

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Grand Case celebrates pre-carnival parade

GRAND CASE, St. Martin - The three pre- Carnival parades organized by the FCDSM were designed to energize the revelers ahead of the highly anticipated Unity Jump which takes place on Saturday January 26. The second parade took place yesterday afterno

Editorial - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Editorial: Shameful delays

Is the civil service and the body politic suffering from mental inertia or does the system just function based on the general assumption that the wheels of bureaucracy are moving slowly anyway? UP-MP Gracita Arrindell notes in a letter to the pres

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Opinion: Bodyguards

Freedom of expression is an often misunderstood principle. Just ask comedian Theo Maassen who made the following joke in his latest show: If a cat is vicious, it is euthanatized; if a politician is vicious he gets personal security. I am in favor of

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Opinion: Participation

Curacao intends to put its doomed 80/20-rule into practice – obliging companies to have at least 80 percent locals on their staff. It is the surefire way to increased unemployment for the very people politicians think they are going to protect this

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Faithful gather for annual day of prayer

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, and Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever joined other members of the Council of Ministers and the Council of Churches, the United Ministerial foundation and th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Martin Luther King lecture tonight at the library

St. Maarten - The 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture will be delivered at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library tonight at 7:30 p.m.. St. Martin Culture from an American Perspective is the title of this year’s address by Dr. Eugene Grabow

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Problems with RBC bank cards persist

St. Maarten – Contrary to earlier claims, the RBC bank still has not resolved the problems with its bank cards. Up to yesterday clients were still stuck with cards that returned a message they had been stolen. The cards cannot be used at points of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Wicsu close to agreement with Casino Royale

St. Maarten - Sometime this week the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/ Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) is expected to sign a collective labor agreement (CLA) with the management of Casino Royale on behalf of unionized workers there. The CLA has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Carnival Queen contestants are ready

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) introduced the contestants for the four categories of Carnival queen pageant this weekend: juniors, teens, matures and seniors. The Junior Pageant will feature four “princess con

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Tzu Chi shares goodwill with inmates

St. Maarten – The Tzu Chi Foundation continued its annual tradition of kindness and goodwill by giving New Year’s gifts and sharing joy to 185 inmates from the Pointe Blanche Prison and the Simpson Bay detention facility. The 85 guards at both

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Central Committee meets

St. Maarten - Parliamentarians will meet this afternoon at 4 p.m. for the first time this year in the Central Committee. The University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad will give a presentation. This private, co-educational institution is operat

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 15, 2013

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Curacao invests million in creating new jobs

WILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curacao has reserved 270 million guilders on the 2013 budget to invest and create jobs, and give life back to the economy. This is according to the Minister of Economic Development Dr. Steven Martina. Minister Mart

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End of the road for Emily de Jongh-Elhage

WILLEMSTAD—Political leader and parliament member Emily de Jongh-Elhage was replaced yesterday by Armin Konket. This marks the end of her political career, which started in the early 1990’s. Elhage announced her resignation in December, the month

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Happy New Year: many blind due to firework

AMSTERDAM - Firework ignited during this year's New Year celebrations led to 23 people becoming blind in one eye, the Dutch eye specialist association NOG said yesterday. In total, 101 eyes were permanently damaged during the festivities. Over the pa

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Participants prepare for Dance Mania 8

St. Maarten - Laugh Out Loud productions is rolling out the first talent show for 2013 with its annual Dance Mania event on February 2 at the L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium. The company is in its tenth year organizing youth shows on St Maarten. Dance M