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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Jeff Berger: “Plan is invitation to gridlock” Convention Center-plan meets severe criticism

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet’s announcement that he wants four new 5-stars hotels on the island and a convention center at the harbor has met with disbelief, criticism and sarcasm from Jeff Berger, the edit

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Chamber not ready to establish Consumer Protection Agency

St. Maarten - 2013 will be a challenging year for the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice President Hubert Pantophlet says, but the new executive is up to the task. Whether the entity that introduced its new executive board last Friday

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Central Bank plan ready in two weeks

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten and Curacao are working on a “durable solution” for the Central Bank. A plan of action has to be ready within the next two weeks, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams stated in a press release that was issued this weeken

Editorial - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Editorial: Worrisome

Minister Pantophlet’s plans for a convention center at the harbor is not well-received everywhere, as our front page article shows. Maybe the minister will come up with a decent explanation for this initiative, and with data that support the feasib

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Dereliction of duty

On Wednesday January 16, some 6 months after the infamous Carnival-coup the NA/DP/I3 - Government coalition program was presented to the public. Interestingly, or perhaps cynically, this long-awaited document carried the name Working for the People-p

Opinion - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Passing the buck

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle” - Winston Churchill – The beauty of owning an enterprise or corporation is in the ability to pas

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Arrindell presents referendum to library

St. Maarten – “I was pleased to donate a collection of newspaper articles, framed posters and other memorabilia to our public library from the first constitutional referendum held on October 14, 1994 and the second referendum held on June 23 2000

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Black eye for customer service

St. Maarten – Customer service on the Friendly Island sustained a black eye when St. Maarten weekly news reported about the experience of a tourist who had bought an iPhone in St. Maarten. “He paid $1,000 in cash for it and when he got home it di

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Carnival season passes on sale in February

St. Maarten - Season passes for Carnival 2013 will go on sale on February 2 for $170. Sponsored by UTS/Chippie, the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF finalized details surrounding the passes over the weekend. The passes have become “

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Unity Jump-Up on Saturday

GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation SCDF and the Festivités Carnavalesques de Saint-Martin (FCDSM) will host the Unity Jump-Up this upcoming Saturday. The annual event, which takes Carnival lovers on a trek involving both s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Chamber: No position yet on employment agencies

St. Maarten -The discussion about employment agencies remains alive. The Ministry of Labor is expected later this year to table several pieces of legislation that are expected to further regulate the labor sector. Unions contend that employment age

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Fewer tourist-arrivals due to Hurricane Sandy

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is expected to receive 3 percent fewer stay-over tourists from the North American region in the period until March, the Department of Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication writes in a special edition of its

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Frustrated Americans turn their backs on St. Maarten: Timeshare owners balk at maintenance fees

St. Maarten – Timeshare owners at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina are complaining about the high additional maintenance fees the resort is charging them to fund a massive renovation plan. Readers of the online newsletter St. Maarten Weekly News v

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Group takes course about investigating sex crimes

St. Maarten – A group of twenty-two participants followed a course last week about investigation sex crimes. The Dutch Forensic Institute NFI in collaboration with Dutch forensic experts gave the training. Among the participants were detectives, pr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Lack of legislation stalls camera project

St. Maarten - "We were told in the beginning that Philipsburg is camera ready, with the renovations and everything is in place. But then we were stuck with legislation and who is going to monitor. Then where is it going to be? We did not expect all t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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PM talks with anti-torture committee

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with Dutch justice experts Professor Paul Vegter and Juan de Lange for talks about progress with the improvements at the Pointe Blanche prison and the police cells. Vegter and de Lange followed

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Circo Magik performs Silk at Cultural Center

St. Maarten - Circo Magik, the youth circus theater group from Curacao, will arrive on February 8 in Sint Maarten to perform the Chinese legend Silk on the February 11 and 12 in the Cultural Center on Back Street. The public will enjoy a whirling pre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Student helps politicians with annual accounts

ORANJESTAD – No expensive external consultants for the AVP-faction in the Aruban parliament, but an eager university student. AVP-MP Juan David Yrausquin honored student Leanne Geerman for helping out with the country’s annual accounts. Geerman

Opinion - Posted by on January 21, 2013

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Letter to the editor: Granduca

About two months ago I went to the Immigration Office where I left some information concerning illegal workers in restaurants in the Maho area and particularly at Granduca, where several workers have not been paid for several months. They are without