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Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Editorial: Active Hurricane Season

Forecasters predict an extremely active hurricane season. For the Caribbean the storm season will be 45 percent stronger than the average over the past century. There is one thing forecasters are not able to predict and that is where these major sto

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Opinion: A pawn in the political landscape

Since the start of time there existed a certain perception of the Sneeks. This perception did not miraculously change after the appointment of Mr. Koos Sneek. Once branded in Statia, you are branded for life! In spite of this, Mr. Koos is just a p

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Remkes, four years ago: “It depends on what the islands want” – Commonwealth-idea dates back to the early nineties

[caption id="attachment_23712" align="alignleft" width="150"] Former VVD faction-leader Johan Remkes.[/caption]  St. Maarten – The proposal by the liberal VVD-faction to create a commonwealth with Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten is not new at a

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Storm system approaches Caribbean – Forecasters: extremely active hurricane season

A strong tropical wave is on its way; there is a 60 percent chance it will turn into a hurricane within the next 48 hours.St. Maarten – The Caribbean is in for an extremely active hurricane season according to several sources. Jan Gelfand, the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Preliminary results – St. Maarten Carnival research shows higher attendance

St. Maarten – Preliminary findings of the market research and economic study commissioned by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) show that attendance to all carnival events and hotel occupancy was on average higher across the boa

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Explosion at Gebe Pondfill substation

St. Maarten – On Friday at approximately 5:45 p.m. there was an explosion at the Pondfill Substation next to the Gebe main office. Smoke was coming from the “high voltage switch gear building” on the W J Nisbeth Road. The Police and Fire Depart

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Heyliger concerned about store closure at airport

St. Maarten – United People Party Leader Theo Heyliger expressed his concerns about what is happening with the closure of stores at the Princess Juliana International Airport and what will happen with the employees. According to Heyliger, some o

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Lake discusses issues with Community Council President Sidney de Weever

From left to right: Cabinet Legal Advisor Marieke van Zadelhof, Minister Maurice Lake, Dutch Quarter Community Council President Sidney de Weever, and Chef de Cabinet Veronica Jansen-Webster.  DCOMM PhotoSt. Maarten – Minister of Public Housin

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Minister Lake meets with Gebe shareholders - Assures Gebe jobs are secured

Minister Lake meets with Gebe shareholders – Assures Gebe jobs are secured

Minister Maurice Lake (2nd from left) meeting with Gebe Shareholder Foundation representatives.  Also in the photo are members of the minister’s cabinet. Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment a

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Editorial: Resources

Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk has noted that the National Detective Agency in Curacao has completely insufficient resources to perform its tasks. Based on results, the same is true for its sister organization in St. Maarten. Investigations t

Opinion - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Opinion: Infiltrators

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten has some tough measures in mind. He wants higher prison sentences for corruption in the private sector and he also wants to use criminal infiltrators in police investigations. Both measures warrant our attention, especi

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Gray area in financial supervision law – Cft struggles with disguised loans

St. Maarten – The Board for financial supervision Cft struggles with the limitations the consensus Kingdom law financial supervision imposes on its work. In a letter to Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk dated May 8 that was only recently p

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Sneek accuses Merkman of racism in Statia

STATIA –Ouster Commissioner Koos Sneek accused his nemesis Rueben Merkman in a 12-page letter of outright racism. Outlining the procedure that led to an application by Paula Uil to a position at the personnel department, Sneek wrote that Merkman id

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94 new Dutch citizens during naturalization ceremony

St. Maarten – 94 new Dutch Citizens, 29 of whom are born on St. Maarten, 55 women and 39 men, took the pledge of allegiance before Governor Eugene Holiday during the naturalization ceremony which took place at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa l

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Registered nurses group graduates

St. Maarten – One day after their examination, 19 nurses took their oath as registered nurses at their graduation ceremony on Friday, June 28. The theme of the ceremony was “Passing the Torch”. Each graduate was escorted in by a pensioner re

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Rotary Club Sunrise celebrates Change of Board

Rotary Club Sunrise celebrates Change of Board

St. Maarten –   Rotary Club Sunrise celebrated the successes of the nearly ended Rotary Year 2012-2013 and the installation of the board members for the year 2013-2014. The event took place at the Sonesta Great Bay Resort on Saturday in the prese