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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Thompson: Wiclu slighted in minimum wage increase

Thompson: Wiclu slighted in minimum wage increase

President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (WICLU), Theophilus Thompson and president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union, Claire Elshot.St. Maarten – President of the Theophilus Thompson Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions

Editorial - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Editorial: Incomprehensible

A well-intended cleanup action on a piece of land across from the Blue Mall has yielded an embarrassing result: the destruction of the last Amerindian archeological site on our island. That the community police took action to increase the safety f

Opinion - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Reader’s Letter: Change management

I agree with Minister De Weever who does not want to appoint Mr. Willemsberg as director of SZV and that he wants to start a new selection process. Minister de Weever wants change and in order to make a change you need a visionary leader and it’

Opinion - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Opinion: Emotions

When is something news? The old school taught us: dog bites man is no news. Man bites dog is. These days the definition of news is not that simple anymore. Psychiatrist Bram Bakker notes in an interesting op-ed in the Volkskrant that the news value o

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Guitar legend Julián Coco passes away at age 89

Guitar legend Julián Coco passes away at age 89

BILTHOVEN – Curacao-born musician Julián Basílico Coco passed away on Monday at the age of 89 in the Netherlands. He will be cremated on Friday in Bilthoven. Coco graduated as a double bass player from the Conservatory in Amsterdam and he play

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Fourteen employees detained, then released Operation Clean Sweep checks more than sixty

St. Maarten – During the first immigration control under Operation Clean Sweep more than sixty employees at three different locations were checked. Fourteen of them were briefly detained, but in the end it turned out that all employees were in the

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Amerindian archeological site in Cupecoy destroyed: Well-intended cleanup with the wrong results

Amerindian archeological site in Cupecoy destroyed: Well-intended cleanup with the wrong results

The site of the Amerindian prehistoric settlement in Cupecoy has been destroyed by bulldozers. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar.CUPECOY, St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Princess Group of Companies is the owner of two plots of land across from th

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Central Committee meets with de Weever and Jacobs

St. Maarten – The central committee meets tomorrow at 10 a.m. with Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius de Weever and on Friday at the same time with Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs.

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St. Maarten Governor Holiday visits Navy and Coast Guard in Curacao

St. Maarten Governor Holiday visits Navy and Coast Guard in Curacao

Governor Eugene Holiday received an official welcome during his visit to the marine and Coast Guard of Curacao. St. Maarten – Governor drs. Eugène Holiday paid a visit yesterday to the Caribbean Commander of the Navy and the Coastguard of Cur

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Cost of living adjustment teachers union’s priority

St. Maarten - On Thursday, the new 9-member board of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu will host its first board meeting to divide tasks among the executive officers. Witu held its election last week and returning president Claire Elshot sa

French St. Martin News, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Local notary under French investigation

St. Maarten – The prosecutor’s office confirmed yesterday that investigators searched the office of local notary F.E.G. in October of last year. The notary’s house in Curacao was also searched. Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos confirmed both search

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St. Maarten’s Prime Minister sticks to young country-mantra

St. Maarten - The board on financial supervision (Cft) comments last week that St. Maarten can no longer use the excuse that it is a young country in running its financial affairs, has drawn the ire of Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. The Pri

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St. Maarten Police gets DEA-training next week

St. Maarten – The United States Drug Enforcement Agency DEA will give training to members of the police force next week. The training covers a wide range of topics including shooting range weapons training, officer safety, investigative techniq

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Union will keep fighting for social protection floor

St. Maarten -The Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) wants to continue dialogue on the social protection floor with the government. During yesterday’s weekly Wifol press conference union president Claire Elshot said that the union is sticking to

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Chippie celebrates and raffles dream vacation

St. Maarten - Chippie, the mobile branch of UTS, offers its customers an opportunity to commemorate the company’s 10-year anniversary. Prepaid and postpaid Chippie customers of St. Maarten could win the dream vacation of their choosing worth up to

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Sharks still under threat around St. Maarten: Value live shark is huge for economy

Sharks still under threat around St. Maarten: Value live shark is huge for economy

A Shark with deformed face after attempts to capture the animal failedSt. Maarten – A recently conducted Nature Foundation research project has shown that sharks are still being taken in the waters surrounding St. Maarten. Despite a ban on the inte

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Zaca A Te Moana available for charter

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten/St. Martin Classic Yacht Club announced that the fast 143 ft. schooner Zaca A Te Moana will be available for regatta charters during the upcoming Classic Regatta in the last weekend of March. The classic yacht is also av

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Simpson Bay Lagoon Kayak-tour highlights importance wetlands

Simpson Bay Lagoon Kayak-tour highlights importance wetlands

Participants in the kayak fundraiser pose for a group pictureSt. Maarten - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) St. Maarten hosted its second annual fundraising kayak tour of the Simpson Bay Lagoon on Sunday with over 40 enthusiastic part

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UK-tax negatively impacts Caribbean tourism: Abolition air passenger duty could create 60,000 new jobs

St. Maarten - A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that the abolition of the United Kingdom’s air passenger duty could bring a lasting boost to the UK economy, generate a net tax gain for the treasury and create almost 60,000 new jobs. Th

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 6, 2013

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Cyber-bullying more common than thought

AMSTERDAM – Two-third of Dutch children have had an unpleasant experience on the internet, according to a new survey of teenagers aged 12 to 16. The research was carried out among 410 teenagers and 232 parents by Digibewust, an organization that e

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Mother jailed for killing sons

AMSTERDAM – A 42-year-old woman has been jailed for 16 years for murdering her sons aged seven and 10 by giving them an overdose of pills. The woman, known as Debby R., tried to commit suicide after killing the boys but survived. She and the child