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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Unions reproach Duncan for “hostile behavior”

St. Maarten – The police union NAPB expressed its concerns over the organization plans for the police force in a press release issued yesterday. While a workgroup negotiated these plans with the unions, the approval from Justice Minister Roland Dun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Plasterk demands action

GREAT BAY / THE HAGUE – Drop the turnover tax on goods that are exported to Saba and Statia, stop frustrating medical emergency helicopter transport from these islands, lower Winair tariffs for flights to Saba and Statia and allow the landing the f

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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French St. Martin carnival bigger and better

St. Martin – Most would agree that after witnessing the children’s parade where eight troupes participated and the adults’ parade with five that the Carnival festivities on the French side are getting bigger and better. However, the winners

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Opinion: Proven failure

Living happily forever after is not given to every married couple. On the contrary, statistics suggest that marriage is nothing more than a proven failure. If we look at the crude divorce rate versus the crude marriage rate in the twelve countries

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Opinion: Online journalism

Online journalism is moving in a new direction at high speed. With the start of DNP - De Nieuwe Pers (The New Press), the successor of the failed free daily newspaper De Pers, readers have the option to take a subscription on individual journalists.

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Opinion: Hipsters

Maybe we’re a bit slow on the uptake, but it has finally hit us: the sub culture called hipster. What are hipsters? According to a brief but rather painful description in the culture section of NRC Handelsblad these are the boys and girls between t

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Opinion: Barking police officer

We don’t know exactly how many police officers chased the guy who stabbed a tourist on Friday evening and stole her car. What we do know is that the man who combined robbing, stealing and joy-riding into a new art form escaped. And that while his r

Editorial - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Editorial: Firm letter

Not all is well in the relationship between St. Maarten and its neighbors Saba and Statia we learn from the firm letter Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk. Our government is digging in its heels on several fronts: the turnover tax on expor

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Jacobs pursues sports legislation

St. Maarten -Sport Minister Silveria Jacobs wants parliamentarians to enact legislation that would see anti-doping regulations locally. Jacobs was asked by the United People’s Party (UP) faction what specific laws she would like legislators to a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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SHTA meets with Duncan

St. Maarten – Members of the Board of the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) met last Wednesday with Justice Minister Roland Duncan to discuss the Tourism Statistical Information System (TSIS) as well as crime, the proposed Just

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Soualiga Social Movement unites youth in Cay Hill

CAY HILL, St. Maarten – The community of Cay Hill, enjoyed a most welcomed surprise Saturday afternoon.  Young men from the district took to the streets on foot, knocked on every door in Cay Hill in an effort to personally invite everyone in the c

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Students jam with Vanterpool and Delappa in music class

St. Maarten - Last week local musician Connis Vanterpool and New York native Jonathan Delappa visited the music classes of Dennis Tjon at the St Maarten Academy – Academic section. This was not the first time for Connis Vanterpool in Tjon’s class

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Jacobs participates in bike-a-thon

St. Maarten – Minister of Sports, Silveria Jacobs took part in the Day Care Bike-a-Thon and family day at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex on Saturday. This activity was the last of the Rights of the Child Commemoration program which started in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Dollar-A-Day program back at Summit Resort

St. Maarten – The Summit Resort Hotel in Cupecoy, is celebrating its 40 years in operation this year and has returned to the Dollar-A-Day program. It says its guests have always been very happy with the work that has been done on the island through

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Regatta art competition awards 36 winners

St. Maarten - The 14th annual Regatta Art Competition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was successfully concluded with a prize giving ceremony, hosted by Elektra, on Sunday at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. Children from many different schools submi

French St. Martin News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Yokoyama offers look at reptiles and amphibians

GRAND CASE, St. Martin  – The current issue of the journal of the International Reptile Conservation Foundation (IRCF) features an in-depth look at the reptiles and amphibians that have been introduced to St. Martin. Written by Mark Yokoyama, auth

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Ace Hood headline youth extravaganza

St. Maarten – The youth extravaganza for coming Carnival just got a little bigger. Already one of Carnival’s largest local nights, and now will be headlined by hip hop star Ace Hood. Promoter Zaya records confirmed the headliner to the St. Maarte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Colombian consul-general on St. Maarten this weekend

St. Maarten - The Colombian Consul General in Curacao, Gloria Florez de Pardo will visit St. Maarten this week. On Saturday and Sunday she will offer consular services at the offices of Caribbean Real estate, Welfare Road 85 in Simpson Bay. For in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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MPC Interact Club hosts recruitment drive

St. Maarten – Last Friday the President of the Milton Peters College (MPC) Interact Club, Ger-Dwina Browne, Secretary Rainer Ranis, Treasurer Ikmareka Hunt and Community Director Catherine de Windt organized a recruitment drive at Carl & Sons f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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St. Dominic Bingo

St. Maarten – The St. Dominic High School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), in collaboration with the students, are organizing their annual bingo on Saturday, February 23. The Bingo will be held in the auditorium and gym of the school. Durin

Uncategorized - Posted by on February 12, 2013

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Dutch family sues Facebook

AMSTERDAM – The family of a Dutch software engineer are attempting to take legal action against Facebook for infringing two patents, including a system very similar to Facebook's 'like' and 'share' functions, Dutch newspaper NRC reports. Jos van

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Food inspectors investigate role in meat scandal

AMSTERDAM – Dutch food safety inspectors are to investigate claims that Dutch companies are involved in the horse meat scandal, which is slowly widening across Europe. The inspectors will also look into whether meat products containing horse wit

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MPs to vote in favor of smoking ban

THE HAGUE – A narrow majority of MPs will vote today in favor of a motion calling for the ban on smoking to be extended across all the country’s cafes and bars, newspaper AD reports. The fundamentalist Christian Party SGP has now thrown its we