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Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Too hot to handle

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams declined yesterday to divulge any details about the investigation into irregularities at the National Security Service VDSM. Up to a point that is understandable: this is an extremely sensitive matter that touches the h

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Tax compliance

Finance Minister Maarten Hassink must put the fear of God in the (estimated) 65 percent of the population that does not pay taxes the way it should. Tax compliance is, as the minister said drily, his favorite subject. It is, of course, about time, so

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Armed robbers sentenced to 42 months

St. Maarten - The Court in First Instance sentenced two armed robbers to 42 months of imprisonment yesterday. Judge Tamara Tijhuis found both Alexander Raphael Brooks, 22, and his cousin Germain Denisio Chumney, 26, guilty of a robbery near the Jump

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Scandal at National Security Service – Checks and balances led to discovery of malversation

St. Maarten- Did the head of the National Security Service VDSM James R. disappear without a trace? Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams declined to answer the question at yesterday's press briefing. Late on Monday afternoon, the PM sent out a press

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Number-plate ritual returns in 2014 – Tax increase alcohol and tobacco off the books

St. Maarten - Motorists will have to get out their screwdrivers again, because Finance Minister Maarten Hassink announced at yesterday's press briefing that he will reintroduce the annual change-of-number-plates ritual in 2014. His predecessor Roland

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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St. Maarten Government presents revised labor contract draft law

St. Maarten -The new United People’s Party/ Democratic Party/ Laville coalition government plans to retable the issue of short term contracts and their abuse via a draft initiative law to parliament. No date has been set for this but the new propos

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Hassink wants electronic cash registers for retailers

St. Maarten - The Finance Ministry has measures in mind to increase tax compliance, Minister Hassink said at yesterday's press briefing. While he did not give an indication where compliance stands at the moment, the former and late chairman of the fi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Holland’s PM Rutte and trade mission visit St. Maarten next week

St. Maarten - Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte will visit St. Maarten next week accompanied by a trade mission led by the Director-General for Foreign Economic Relationships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Simon Smits. Prime Minist

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Teacher seeks settlement over discriminatory practices

St. Maarten -The Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) is seeking an out of Court settlement for one of its members who filed an injunction against the government for discriminatory practices with regard to salary payments. Witu wants this course to

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Union decries 3 year delay for teacher resolutions

St. Maarten -Three years into Country St. Maarten teachers are still without the official decrees which confirm that all permanent workers  of the former Netherlands Antilles are now civil servants under the new government of St. Maarten. The Windwa