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St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Caribbean productivity declines, Unesco professor warns

St. Maarten – The Social Economic Council of St. Maarten (SER) held its first annual symposium at the Westin Hotel yesterday under the theme of “Innovate or Deteriorate, Corporate Social Responsibility as the way forward for St. Maarten.” The s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Governor Holiday comments on political developments

“Political choice was made to form a new government” St. Maarten - Considering the current political environment and the ongoing debate His Excellency the Governor of Sint Maarten, drs. E.B. Holiday considers it important that the population

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

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Heyliger confirms status Laville

St. Maarten – United People’s party-leader Theo Heyliger is the only one so far to comment on the screening process of the candidate ministers for the third Wescot-Williams cabinet. Answering questions from this newspaper, Heyliger indirectly con

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

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Human smuggling vessel on the auction block

St. Maarten – At the order of the prosecutor’s office, the fishing vessel Lady Gina will be auctioned on Saturday morning at Bobby’s Marina in Simpson Bay. The 43-foot diesel engine-powered boat belonged to Cobert Mc Elroy Jeffrey, a 56-year- o

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

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Veteran Ferron bemoans lack of understanding for marine industry

Antigua takes the big white boats seriouslySt. Maarten / By Jason Lista –The local government simply has a “lack of understanding” of the marine industry as a whole says veteran yachtsman Robbie Ferron. The industry comprises at least 15% of t

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

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Byblos Lounge supports Aids Foundation

St. Maarten – The Byblos Lounge in Simpson Bay is teaming up with the St. Maarten Aids Foundation for the month of June to heighten awareness of HIV and raise funds for prevention and testing programs on the island. For the entire month of June,

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

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Tomorrow is Flag Day “A call to unite around a common purpose”

St. Maarten – Outgoing Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams encourages the community to hang the country’s flag from their homes, offices and other buildings on Flag Day tomorrow to show pride in St. Maarten. “A flag is a unifier. It represe

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

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Online petition to combat cervical cancer is looking for 100,000 signatures

St. Maarten – Non-governmental organization KeLaHa Projects, in partnership with The Healthy Caribbean Coalition, held a press conference at the Ministry of Health yesterday announcing an e-petition drive to increase awareness of cervical cancer an

Editorial - Posted by on June 12, 2013

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Editorial: Formation

Governor Holiday granted formateur Wescot-Williams an additional three days on /Sunday, so by tomorrow we should know what is what on the road to the third government in 32 months since St. Maarten became an autonomous country. All eyes are obviou

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

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Bosman submits immigration-law

VVD wants tough requirements for migration to the Netherlands THE HAGUE – Underprivileged Antilleans from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba must meet strict criteria if they want to settle down in the Netherlands, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch

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

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Formateur Wescot-Williams gets extension until today

Status candidate-minister Laville remains unclear St. Maarten – No official confirmation came forward Monday about rumors that circulated on Sunday that Independent MP Romain Laville had flunked the screening and would not become a minister in t

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

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Nature Foundation warns against beach parasites

Simpson Bay Beach especially affected St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation warns beachgoers against parasitic worms that have affected people in particular on the Simpson Bay Beach. The foundation urges pet-owners to clean up after their animals

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

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Arrindell: additional exchange of information with The Hague

St. Maarten – UP-MP Gracita Arrindell supports the idea of additional exchange of information with the parliamentary committees of the First and Second Chamber in The Hague. “I fully support the idea that was presented by Dutch Socialist Party

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

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Operation Clean Sweep resumes

St. Maarten – The Immigration and Border Protection Service controlled nineteen companies during the Operation Clean Sweep in February and March, the department stated in a press release issued yesterday. They included supermarkets, restaurants, ho

Editorial - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Editorial: Standards

Is our Kingdom using different standards for different countries? That is definitively the impression we got when we read that Aruba aims to bring its budget deficit down to the European standard of 3 percent next year. Not everybody believes that th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Claudine Toussaint wins mix off

St. Maarten - The setting was perfect for the finals in the YDP mix off at Divi Little Bay last Friday, the judges knew what to look for and the competition between the five aspiring bartenders was keen, but after two rounds of competition, the top p

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Harbor CEO Mingo discusses EU-funding with Timmermans

St. Maarten - Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo of the St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies on Friday mapped out to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans the concerns of the port authority regarding European Union (EU) funding, interd

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Strong Viking Run in the Netherlands – St. Maarteners raise funds for hospitalized children

WIJCHEN – Sandy and wet, but with a big smile on their faces they crossed the finish line: a group of fit St. Maarteners that took part in the Strong Viking Run an obstacle course of 19 or 11 kilometers through mud, water, electrical wires and othe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Buncamper-Molanus takes helm at Rotary Club of St. Maarten

St. Maarten - Maria Buncamper-Molanus officially accepted the role of President of the Rotary Club of St. Maarten on Saturday. Her function goes into effect on July 1. The gala took place at the Infinity Restaurant at Oyster Bay Resort. “Becomin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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SER symposium features Professor Ryan Peterson

St. Maarten - Professor. Dr. Ryan Peterson, PhD, MSc. who holds the ‘Economics Research Chair on Sustainable Islands’ at the University of Aruba will hold the keynote address at the first annual symposium of the Social Economic Council (SER) that

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Aruba refinances national debt with help from the Netherlands

Aruba – Prime Minister Mike Eman says that the process to refinance the country’s national debt with help from the Netherlands has already started. At the same time VVD-MP André Bosman in The Hague has asked Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Pla

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Today examines Jeff Berger’s claims Flying to St. Maarten is cheap, dollarization a no-brainer

By Jason Lista , St. Maarten - Jeff Berger, editor of the online St. Maarten Weekly News, identified last week 12 problem areas on St. Maarten he hopes to see addressed by the government in order to improve the economy and the vacation experience.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans:  “I am at St. Maarten’s disposal”

Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans: “I am at St. Maarten’s disposal”

Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans and Prime Minister Wescot-Williams at Friday’s press conference. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten – “We do not come and tell St. Maarten what our foreign policy is as defined by The Hague. Instead

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Formateur misses deadline: target is now Wednesday

St. Maarten – Formateur Sarah Wescot-Williams has not managed to meet the June 7 deadline Governor Holiday gave her when she was appointed on May 24 to form the country’s next government. Yesterday, she indicated that her report will probably be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Jeff Berger’s twelve ideas for solving St. Maarten’s problems

“Legislative window dressing is insulting to timeshare owners”   St. Maarten – Jeff Berger, the editor of St. Maarten Weekly News has been coming to St. Maarten for 35 years. His online newsletter, part of everythingsxm.com, is wide

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Governor receives final report formation

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday, received a draft national decree from caretaker Vice Prime Minister William Marlin on Wednesday regulating the dissolution of parliament and the holding of early elections. In addition, Governor Holiday r

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Jacobs: Country not prepared for early childhood education

St. Maarten - Although Unicef-Netherlands has recommended that St. Maarten increase its availability of child care centers, government does not have the financial resources nor legislation in place, to even implement such centers at this time, Educat

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Facebook-Minister Timmermans: “Social media should play a bigger role in politics”

St. Maarten – Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans is the only member of the Dutch cabinet that is present on Facebook. The page has more than 17,000 likes. Currently, the page carries an image that outlines the minister’s trip in the region

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Youth to caucus in September

St. Maarten - A Round Table Conference featuring youth and adolescents is expected to be hosted in September by the Department of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Education Minister Silveria Jacobs made the a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Great progress in education, but violence in class is on the rise

St. Maarten – Realization of the right to education has made great progress over the past two decades, the Unicef-report “The situation of children and adolescents in Sint Maarten” states. Key factors are, “significant state investments, comp

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Plasterk: Intervention St. Maarten and Curacao not an option

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – During a lengthy policy debate on the future of the Kingdom last Tuesday, the Senators (Members of the First Chamber) of the Netherlands expressed their concerns about the political situation in St. Maarten and Curacao. T

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Judge terminates pretrial detention status – Shigemoto to court after the summer

St. Maarten – The trial of former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto will most likely take place after the summer, Solicitor-General Taco Stein told this newspaper yesterday. However, while the investigation has been completed, a decision about going

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Youth emigration causes brain drain

St. Maarten – Analysis of St. Maarten’s demographics shows the need to bring in skilled personnel from other countries. Youth emigration causes brain drain, which creates the need to create incentive policies to retain young people. Immigration m

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Arrindell: St. Maarten should explore opportunities with Venezuela

St. Maarten – “I can agree with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans that a structure for regular talks should be found with Venezuela so regular talks can take place where ideas and information are exchanged,” MP Drs. Gracita Arr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 7, 2013

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Jacobs addresses date for examination requirements

St. Maarten – Subsequent to recent inquiries regarding the implementation date for the New Dutch examination requirements, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs hereby informs the general public that the implementatio

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