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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Justice Ministry condones prostitution and human trafficking: Trafficking of women continues unhindered

St. Maarten – If it were up to the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) faction in the municipal council of Amsterdam brothels where there is a suspicion of human trafficking or coercion will get a so-called negative work-advice in the future. The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Solar power guru Anthony Prall takes island one roof at a time

GREAT BAY – Solar power is coming to St. Maarten – finally. At the forefront of this development is the Caribbean energy store of Anthony Prall Jr. this is his story. Solar powering St. Maarten one roof at a time is Prall’s long term goal. P

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Plasterk re-confirms: no more debt relief

Plasterk re-confirms: no more debt relief

St. Maarten – The door on debt relief for St. Maarten is closed forever. Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk reiterated this last week in a letter to the Dutch Parliament wherein he sums up the results of his trip to the

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Grassroots movement sets up ID-card committee

Grassroots movement sets up ID-card committee

Members of the ID-card committee in the Emilio Wilson Park: From left to right X-Rey, Daniella Jeffry, André Patrick, Elton Jones and Dr. Aurelius Scot. Photo contributed.GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten grassroots people movement named six members

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Reader’s Opinion: We demand integrity

The word “integrity” has been used quite a lot lately when it comes to our local politics and politicians. There are several politicians under police investigation as well as high ranked civil servants with one politician in parliament recently b

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Preventing a security crisis

A U.S. report entitled, “Preventing a Security Crisis in the Caribbean,” issued by the U.S. Congress last year says that despite impressive gains, drug trafficking, local drug consumption and the U.S. demand for illegal drugs remain major causes

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Opinion: Interesting gossip

The truth does not exist in the absolute sense of the word. It is an interesting philosophical question. In journalism, we do not deal with absolute truth but with relative truth. We deal with facts, and you’d think it’s easy to make the differen

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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Editorial: Over and out (no debt relief from The Netherlands)

By now there ought to be no one left in St. Maarten ready to believe that the Netherlands will re-open its wallet to hand some more debt relief to St. Maarten. It is over and out. We have had our chances – from November 2006 until the deadline o

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Elshot reelected President of the Windward Island Teachers Union

St. Maarten – Claire Elshot was reelected last week as the President of the Windward Island Teachers Union (Witu). Corrine Lejuez –Van Putten, Roxanna Pantophlet, Robbert Rawlins, Diane Windefelde, Silvy Ravenberg, Travis McQuilkin and Miranda La

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Richardson and Marlin complete European seminar

St. Maarten – Head of the Department of Economic Affairs Lucy Richardson, and Head of the Civil Registry Leona Romeo-Marlin, completed the European Seminar on “Risk Management in the Public Sector” last week. The seminar took place in Berlin

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SHTA assists Milton Peters College

SHTA assists Milton Peters College

Rueben Thompson hands the check to Diana Atmowapiro. Photo contributedGREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association SHTA recently assisted the VSBO-TKL section of Milton Peters College (MPC) in covering the costs of students’ transp

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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French official’s call for a safe Carnival - Winners to be announced after grand parade

French official’s call for a safe Carnival – Winners to be announced after grand parade

Miss Pitchounette 2013 Miss Benjamin is assisted by President of the FCDSM Philipe Richardson and President of the Collectivitee, Alain Richardson with the cutting of the symbolic ribbon to declare Paradise Village opened officially. Photo Today/

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Ministers Voges and Geerlings meet with Ambassador of Panama

Ministers Voges and Geerlings meet with Ambassador of Panama

From left to right: Ambassador José Teran, Minister Mathias Voges and Acting Director Perry Geerlings.St. Maarten – Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges and the Director of his cabinet Perry Geerlings welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2013

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MP Meyers sounds alarm over funding for NGOs

St. Maarten – There are close to 500 jobs at stake if the St. Maarten development fund is unable to distribute funds to non-governmental organizations, United People’s party interim faction leader Sylvia Meyers stated in a press release issued ye

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UP party eagerly awaits Soab-report about Taxand

St. Maarten – The United People’s party is “eagerly awaiting” the report from the government accountant bureau Soab about the Taxand-led tax reform project, MP Gracita Arrindell said in a press statement. The MP notes that the Soab-report wa

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Civil servants studied  EU funding in Berlin

Civil servants studied EU funding in Berlin

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Several civil servants from the civil service corps of country Sint Maarten participated in a seminar recently in Berlin, Germany with respect to European Union (EU) funding sources and opportunities. The group of six civ

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International Liquors donates to nature foundations

International Liquors donates to nature foundations

From left to right: Romain Renoux (Reserve Naturelle), Maureen Wilkins (sales manager Shipwreck Shops), Tadzio Bervoets (Nature Foundation), and John Leone (Commercial Manager International Liquors and Tobacco)St. Maarten - Nature Foundation St.

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Prime Minister visits oldest person in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD –Prime Minister of Curacao, Daniel Hodge, took the time to visit the oldest centenarian of Curacao. According to the prime minister, it was an honor to meet and talk with Maria Samson Leer. He noted that Maria is an example to all the pe

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50Plus benefits from pension

THE HAGUE – Fledgling political party 50Plus would win 12 seats in the 150-seat parliament if there were a general election tomorrow, according to a new opinion poll of Maurice de Hond. The party, which focuses on the over-50s and the impact of

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Mariano sentenced for 12 months imprisonment

WILLEMSTAD – Top athlete Brian Mariano was sentenced on yesterday on Curacao by the Court in First Instance to a term of 12 months imprisonment, of which 6 are conditional and 3 year probation. The case was dealt substantively yesterday, when he wa

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Pressure mounts for Dijsselbloem

THE HAGUE – Pressure is mounting on Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem to take some sort of action against the former senior executives of financial services group SNS Reaal, which was nationalized on Friday. Labor leader Diederik Samsom told

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RBC signs $300 million bond issue

PORT-OF-SPAIN - RBC Capital Markets, working in conjunction with RBC Merchant Bank (Caribbean) Limited, successfully placed a US$300 Million Amortising Bond issue (consistent with US Reg S and 144A markets) for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), t

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Yankees closer to baseball final

St. Maarten - In the St. Martin Pony League playoff series for the 2012 -2013 youth baseball championship the number one seat St. James Yankees defeated the Dutch Quarter Dodgers 16-4 to put their team one step closer to the finals. The game began