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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Minister Tuitt: Cft may be going beyond the law

St. Maarten - The board for financial supervision Cft is becoming more than a thorn in the side of the governing coalition who has been unable to present an acceptable budget to the committee. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt seemed more than peeved dur

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Threatened girlfriend lied to Judge of Instruction: Shooting-suspect denies everything

St. Maarten – Apart from his name and date of birth, Jason Omar M. denied everything in the Court in First Instance yesterday, but that did not stop public prosecutor Gonda van der Wulp to demand a 7-year prison sentence for attempted manslaughter

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Ombudsman office announces petition to Constitutional Court

St. Maarten – The Ombudsman has announced a press conference for next week Tuesday where the office will announce its first petition to the Constitutional Court. While the invitation for the press conference does not reveal any details about the pe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Laville: “all you do is tear down, tear down”: Justice Park sets off attack on opposition

St. Maarten – Independent MP Romain Laville severely criticized the United People’s party in a meeting of the Central Committee yesterday – without naming the party – during a discussion about Justice Minister Roland Duncan’s plan to establ

Editorial - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Editorial: Rubbish

United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger may not be a member of the current parliament, but his spirit was all around the meeting hall yesterday afternoon. Independent MP Romain Laville made a point of indicating that the members of the UP-fac

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Opinion: Handling alcohol

Here is another view on driving and drinking. It comes, of all places, from Ireland, a country whose citizens are world-renowned for their ability to handle alcohol. In the Irish southwestern province of Kerry citizens are now allowed to drive their

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Opinion: Lying parents

We appreciate it when our children speak the truth, but Chinese and American research shows that too many parents are giving their kids the wrong example. Parent lie to their children on a regular basis. The most popular lie among parents is this one

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Opinion: Naked fishermen

Twelve Dutch professional fishermen downed all their clothing for a calendar designed for fishermen’s wives who are sitting home alone when their husbands are at sea. The calendar will be distributed for free on Valentine’s Day, February 14, Sara

Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Opinion: Wasteful

With prices going through the roof one would think that consumers are careful with their resources. This is not only about money: it is also about what people do with the money they have and with the products they buy. If the Netherlands is any ex

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Achievers Club inducts new members

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Achievers recently inducted three new members to the club’s roster. In a traditional Toastmaster’s ceremony, the new recruits Shamika de Weever, Donovan Smith and Daisiray Lake, took the Toastmasters pledge and were

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Light sentence for drugs possession

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Godfried Celestino van Heyningen in absentia to a 4 month conditional prison sentence with 2 year of probation and 60 hours of community service for the possession of minimal amounts of cocaine an

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Occupancy figures highest in five years

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Romeo Pantophlet is very pleased with the December 2012 occupancy figures being the highest in five years. Occupancy levels for December 2012 were 73 percent, the last time the highest figur

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Smitcoms maintenance tonight

St. Maarten – Engineers and technicians of Smitcoms will be carrying out important maintenance on the SMPR-1 fiber optic undersea cable from tonight, which can result in some interruptions in international voice and data services island-wide. Th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Finance minister replaces senior civil servant

St. Maarten - A senior civil servant within the Ministry of Finance will be replaced as of February 1. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt yesterday disclosed that he had conducted a meeting with the female civil servant but because the matter is being tre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Laboratory signs contract with water companies

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) and two local water distribution companies, Younique Water & Ice and Heavenly Waters have signed a contract with SLS to have their water tested on a regular basis. During the signing, Min

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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More Central Committee meetings next week

St. Maarten -  A Central Committee meeting has been scheduled for Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. about the border management system, crime fighting initiatives and security companies operating on the island. The three point agenda also includes crime

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Second winner Chippie Ipad

St. Maarten – The second winner in the Ipad 3 sweepstake that mobile provider Chippie offers together with distribution partner Xtreme Machines is Vanina Lozandier. The first winner was Statia resident Valentine Fortin in December. Lozandier  w

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Tuitt defends participation at Obama inauguration

St. Maarten - The government paid $5,000 to have a representative attend the second inauguration of American President Barack Obama, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt revealed. Yesterday, Tuitt said that he was responding to “naysayers”, many of whom

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Sheriff presents suspicious, inflated bid -Jacobs reviewing-

St. Maarten - The contract for the security of public schools is being reviewed and contrary to reports, no contract has been issued to Sheriff Security Force N.V, Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said yesterday. The security company has quoted an

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James questions exemption turnover tax for Saba, Statia

St. Maarten – United People’s party MP Jules James issued a press statement yesterday questioning the impact of exempting Saba and Statia from turnover tax on St. Maarten’s budget. “Towards the end of October Finance Minister Roland Tuitt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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PM and university discuss training for civil servants

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with representatives of the University of St. Maarten (USM) to discuss further training and capacity building of government employees. The Prime Minister met with USM President Annelies van den

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Teachers get increase by the end of next month

St. Maarten - Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Affairs, Silveria Jacobs provided updates yesterday on the meeting her cabinet held with the board of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu. The agenda included the periodic increase

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Jacobs: Public education findings alarming

St. Maarten -The investigation into Public Education Services which was conducted last year has provided some alarming findings. A report of findings and recommendations were presented to Education Minister Silveria Jacobs last month. Yesterday she m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Youth ace the Anguilla dinghy regatta

St. Maarten – Last Saturday the Anguilla youth sailing club organized their annual dinghy regatta. The regatta was held for 4 different classes of small sailing dinghies. The Optimists are for the younger children and have a Gold and Silver fleet.

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Interscholastic soccer tournament kicks off

St. Maarten - Latent skills will be identified and players with prior experience will be striving for excellence once more when 2013 interscholastic school tournament organized by the St Maarten Soccer Educational Foundation, SMSEF kicks off at the J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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Strange twist to early Heineken regatta entries

St. Maarten - With approximately 36 days to go before the start of the 33rd annual St Maarten Heineken Regatta, a mixture of veteran sailors along with some new comers has highlighted the early entry list for what is known as the biggest sailing even