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Opinion - Posted by on January 24, 2013

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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