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St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Wicsu questions new ambulance directive

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/ Private Sector Union (Wicsu/PSU) says that its extremely concerned with reports that it has received from some of it members who are ambulance personnel that their involvement in pre-hospital c

Editorial - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Editorial: Sharing concerns

Prime Minister Rutte's concerns about St. Maarten held no surprises for anyone familiar with the local situation. Money, justice and integrity are the keywords. That the budget has to be established is a bit of a no-brainer. That there are justice

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Opinion: There are no coincidences

Is everything that happens subject to the strict rules of causality? In other words: does the principle that everything has a cause hold up under all circumstances? If that is true, there are indeed no coincidences. The Scottish philosopher David Hum

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Chamber president unveils plan for sustainable development

Chamber of Commerce President Tamara Leonard (middle) during yesterday’s press conference. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “I do not think it is necessary to reemphasize that this chamber board works in an orderly fashion. In everyt

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Marcel Loor arrested in Paris

Former head of Immigration Marcel Loor. File Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - Charlene Craig, the girlfriend of former Immigration head Marcel Loor is at a loss for words after she learned through internet-reports that her partner had be

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Doctor’s conference commences Monday

Some of the doctors together with Acting Head of the Tourist Office, Augusto Priest (left) and Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever (third from left) at the press conference yesterday. Photo Today/Andrew BishopSt. Maarten – Some 240 doctors are e

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Mental Health Regional Advisor visits St. Maarten

[caption id="attachment_16200" align="alignleft" width="150"] Minister Cornelius de Weever[/caption] GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is in the process of developing a National vision on Mental Health including but not limited to psychiatric and addictio

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 22, 2013

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Witu gets support from Indian Merchants Association

St. Maarten - As it gets ready to attend the 36th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Union of Teachers Union in Georgetown, Guyana; the Windward Islands Teachers Union is seeking sponsorship from the private sector. Thus far, the Indian Merchants A

Editorial - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Editorial: Secret service

It becomes slowly but surely clear that our country has been rather sloppy in its dealings with one of the most sensitive departments it has: the National Security Service VDSM. That money has gone missing - or is not properly accounted for - is o

Opinion - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Opinion: Learning experience

It is near impossible not to wonder about how politicians deal with issues that matter. The investigation at the National Security Service VDSM is a case in point. While an opposition MP like Frans Richardson has decided to use the matter as a politi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Dutch trade mission tours on island

Members of the Dutch trade mission that accompanied Prime Minister Rutte on his visit to St. Maarten. The trade mission toured the island to get a better understanding of its economy and infrastructure. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarten – Acco

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Decree to establish committee nowhere to be found – Oversight committee VDSM never published public annual reports

St. Maarten - The oversight committee for the National Security Service VDSM has since St. Maarten obtained country status in October 2010 never published a public annual report, as is required by the ordinance that regulates the work of the VDSM and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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“New ministers at Finance and Justice offer positive outlook” Rutte discusses finances, justice and integrity

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Sarah Wescot-Williams are all smiles at the press conference. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed St. Maarten's finances and issues related to the Justice Ministry at l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Statistic Department starts with annual National Accounts Survey

St. Maarten – The Department of Statistics (Stat), hereby informs the general public about the start of its National Accounts & Import/Export surveys in 2013. These surveys are carried out amongst business establishments on St. Maarten with an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Witu: Dismissal procedure should include teacher protection

St. Maarten – The Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) wants the dismissal procedure law to be revised to reflect protection for teachers from independent termination. Union president Claire Elshot on Tuesday said that although country St. Maarte

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 19, 2013

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Incineration plant has Lake’s full attention

Incineration plant has Lake’s full attention

Minister of Infrastructure Lake meets members of the visiting Dutch trade mission on the landfill on Pond Island. To his left are Operational Manager Edelmiro Jansen and Acting Secretary-General Miguel de Weever. Photo Today / Leo BrownSt. Maarte

Editorial - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Editorial: Unfortunate

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams used the word unfortunate several times to describe her opinion about statements independent MP Frans Richardson made about the investigation into irregularities at the National Security Service. The MP spoke of a br

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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American commits suicide aboard Carnival Dream

St. Maarten - A suicide aboard the Carnival Dream leaves one to ponder why so many people choose this cruise line to end their lives under tragic circumstances when they were supposed to be having a good time. According to the police report, it wa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Great deal of money gone, but VDSM-head (National Security Service) is there

St. Maarten - A great deal of money has disappeared at the National Security Service VDSM, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed at yesterday's weekly press briefing. The government accountant bureau Soab completed its investigation into irr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Mohican Scouts depart for Suriname

The seven cub scouts that start their trip to Suriname today. In the background are from left Soraida Ersilia, PM Sarah Wescot-Williams, Angela Richards and Marva Verwayne. Photo Pearl 98.l FMSt. Maarten - Seven cob scouts of the Mohican Scouts trave

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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PM talks plant health at international forum

PM talks plant health at international forum

The international delegates gathered at the 6th annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum yesterday at the Belair Community Center. The 3 day forum ends Friday. Photo Today/Milton PietersSt. Maarten – “This gathering is a good one,” sai

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Remarks MP Richardson about VDSM anger PM

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams  reacted at the weekly press briefing with barely contained anger to statements made in local media by independent MP Frans Richardson who called for her resignation over the investigation at the Na

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Funding-dilemma delays integrity assessment

PM: "Government cannot pay directly to Transparency International" St. Maarten - There is still no agreement about conducting a National Integrity System Assessment, Natalie Baharav of Transparency International informed this newspaper yesterday.

Editorial - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Editorial: Apology

Yesterday we published a picture on our front page with the story about the imminent criminal investigation against former Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius. We realize that using the picture in this context was a serious e

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Opinion: In favor of tablets

The debate about kids and new media is rumbling on. MP Johan Leonard wants a laptop for every school kid - the wet dream of every street robber come true - and teacher Renée Braams wants to take iPads and other electronic gadgets away from children

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Human Rights Court offers glimmer of hope for local lifers: Life sentence without perspective inhumane

St. Maarten - The Large Chamber of the European Court for the protection of Human Rights has ruled last week on the case of three British inmates that are serving life sentences. The ruling is important for imposing and executing life sentences in th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Manek, Housen and Haviser receive Paul Harris Fellow recognitions

St. Maarten – Ramesh Manek, Carl Housen and Dr. Jay Haviser received Paul Harris Fellow recognitions at last Saturday’s Change of Guard Ceremony which was organized by the Rotary Club of Mid Isle.Rotarian Manek served as President of the Mid Isle

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Search for missing Lynch still unsuccessful

The missing Ann-Marie Lynch here seen on a file photo. St. Maarten – The investigation into the missing of Ann-Marie Lynch, who worked at Pineapple Pete Restaurant in Simpson bay, has so far been unsuccessful. Lynch has gone missing since December

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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7.5 million prison renovation kicks-off

7.5 million prison renovation kicks-off

Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson (fifth from left) standing with representatives of the contractor, project supervisor, prison management, judicial officials and financer rep.  photo DCOMM St. Maarten – A number of dignitaries were on ha

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Man got stabbed during dispute

St. Maarten – A man was stabbed several times with a machete Monday evening on the Sucker Garden Road in the vicinity of Coastal Car Rental. Several police patrols were sent to the scene where they found the victim lying on the ground and bleeding

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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More people wearing seatbelts since 2007

St. Maarten – Back in late 2007, Today published an article on the percentage of cars in which motorists were wearing their seatbelts. Out of a random sampling of motorists driving near the Prins Bernhard Bridge, more than 40 percent were not weari

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Nature Foundation warns against consumption lionfish

St. Maarten – The Nature Foundation has reacted to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill on the invasion of lionfish in regional waters and its recommendation that people consume the fish.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Thompson: Dismissal procedure change without consultation

St. Maarten - Changes to the dismissal procedure by the Labor Affairs Department that was published in the Government Pages last Thursday sounded alarm bells for various stakeholders within the Tripartite Committee of the Ministry of Labor. The pu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Labor union investigates discrimination of permanent residents claim

St. Maarten – Reports that companies are hesitant to employ people who have a permanent residency status on the island, have aroused concern within workers' organizations. Yesterday, the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu), via its wee

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2013

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Editorial: Interesting challenge

There is a significant queue of draft ordinances waiting for approval at the parliament. It is a sad testimony to the lackluster performance of the fifteen MPs that are supposed to represent the interest of the people that elected them. Why all th

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