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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Steel band icon refuses to accept termination of contract: Mighty Dow makes statement at Great Bay Beach Hotel

St. Maarten/By Hilbert Haar - The Mighty Dow's Ebony Steel Band showed up for a performance at the Great Bay Beach Hotel last night, days after the hotel management unceremoniously terminated the band's service. Isidore York played for more than 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Terminating RGM-contract (New Govt. Building) requires 48 million-loan

St. Maarten – The government wants to save 1 million guilders in the 2013 budget by getting out of the contract with Trinidad-based developer RGM for the new government administration building on Pond Island. This appears from the elucidation the b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Soaring inflation in food category: Consumer prices increase

St. Maarten - The consumer price index for Sint Maarten decreased in December 2012 by 0.1 percent to 121.8 compared to that of October, but a comparison of average consumer prices over a twelve month period until December of last year shows an increa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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James criticizes Pantophlet’s national airline initiative

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Jules James criticized plans to establish a national airline in a press statement issued yesterday. Last week, Economic Affairs and Tourism Minister Romeo Pantophlet announced that he intends to set up such

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Opinion: Casino fees

We read with some amazement how the United People’s party is suddenly concerned about job losses in the casino industry. This is based on a proposal by Finance Minister Tuitt to increase casino fees and to collect 7 million guilders in revenue that

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Opinion: Consumer protection

Several things come to mind when discussions turn to consumer protection. In St. Maarten this has never been a priority otherwise a Consumer Protection Agency would have been established a long time ago. It is too easy to look for an explanation t

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: Sad

It was sad to see how the Mental Health Foundation that wants to become an accredited facility for doctors with specialism in psychiatry has been treated and by extension mental health persons who deal with the facility on a daily basis for their car

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: We the people

A citizen’s dialogue is a conversation that engages all Sint Maarteners over a period of time discussing our shared future. The views and ideas presented should lead to the development of programs that improve the lives of all the people. Individua

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Consumers complain about bad products

St. Maarten - Several consumers are still peeved that there remains no protection for them against crafty businesses who sell them faulty, bogus or expired items, particularly defective equipment. In response to a story that Today published in its Ja

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Investor Cigna visits St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten - Cigna Corporation invested $30 million in airport bonds as part of the $132 million bond issue that is underwritten by Nomura Securities. Cigna Managing Director Leonard Mazlich visited the island last week. At a lunch meeting with P

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Road works in Middle Region

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Tonight and tomorrow night starting at 10 p.m. contractor MNO Vervat St. Maarten will apply road markings to the Middle Region Road. Sections of the road will be closed to facilitate the progress of the work. The crews will wo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Event brings scholars from around the world to St. Maarten: Symposium on archeology and slavery at university

St. Maarten – A two-day symposium on the archeology of slavery in St. Maarten is the highlight of a Eurotast training initiative that will begin on February 1 at the Fellows Field School in Statia. The event is hosted by the St. Maarten Archeologic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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VOOC: ‘Concern on the growing incidents of cutting’

GREAT BAY – On St. Maarten, in high schools, cutting no longer means skipping classes. It now represents a self-destructive and alarming trend of behavior that is practiced by teenagers. The Voice Of Our Children (VOOC) foundation therefore note

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Motion: Ministers liable for mismanagement

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Ministers have to be personally responsible for mismanagement, wasting community money and breaking the law. A majority in the parliament in Curacao supported on Saturday a motion to this extent. The motion asks the Council of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Twelve junior and ten senior troupes – Richards: This Carnival will be better than the last one

St. Maarten - Since returning to the presidency of the Festivités Carnavalesque de St. Martin (FCDSM) in 2012, Philippe Richardson was instrumental in adding the midas touch to the celebrations on the French side and one year after, he said that thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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16 members receives trauma certificates

St. Maarten – After completion of the advanced assessment and treatment of trauma course, 16 members of the Ambulance Department received their certificates from the World Wide International Emergency Medical Services (WIEMS). The course, recogn

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Blue Monday: No depression on St. Maarten

St. Maarten – Yesterday was the saddest day of the year with the so called Blue Monday. Dr. Cliff Arnall, a master in research methods and creator of Blue Monday, said that with the post-holiday blues, the depths of it and the cold and harsh winte

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Baffled

Dear editor, I took notice of the Social Economic Council advice on an affordable, sustainable and equitable AOV system. I must say that I am completely confused with their recommendation to government to reduce the 45 years to 10 years to be able

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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Chamber-special on TV tonight

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The Department of Communication airs a special about the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 6 p.m. today on St. Maarten Cable TV channel 115. DCOMM interviewed the Chamber’s Executive Director Claret Connor about the objecti

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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PM congratulates Obama

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams congratulated American President Barack Obama on his inauguration for a second term yesterday. “I would like to extend Congratulations to President Barack Obama on his second inauguration as pres

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 22, 2013

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The Rum that slain King couple invested in debuts in American market

St. Maarten - The rum that American couple Mike and Thelma King invested in before their brutal murder last September in Cupecoy hit store shelves in the United States last week. The slain couple had invested heavily in a rum factory here on the isla