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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

Uncategorized - Posted by on July 10, 2013

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Bonairean foundation wants action from Minister Plasterk

KRALENDIJK - The Foundation for Good Governance in Bonaire calls on Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk to intervene resolutely in the governing crisis, Belkis Osepa reports on Caribisch Netwerk. The foundation suggest as a

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

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PM opens International Civil Aviation Organization seminar

PM opens International Civil Aviation Organization seminar

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams together with the 120 participants of the International Civil Aviation Organization seminar. St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) confere

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

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Ted Richardson Minister of Economic Affairs

Ted Richardson Minister of Economic Affairs

St. Maarten’s new Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs comes from Curacao. Photo Facebook.St. Maarten – Ted Richardson is to become St. Maarten’s new Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication. The 50-year-ol

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

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Labor organization hosts information session

St. Maarten - The Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) yesterday participated in tripartite discussions along with the business community and government as the International Labor Organization (ILO) made a presentation on the implementat

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

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Lake discusses issues with Middle Region Community Council

Minister Maurice Lake (2nd from left) addressing an issue during the Middle Region district community site visit.  Photo DCOMMSt. Maarten – The Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Maurice Lake met with

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

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Union condemns on-call teacher system

Claire ElshotSt. Maarten -The first meeting between the board of the Windward Islands Teachers Union (Witu) and new Education Minister Patricia Lourens took place on Monday in which several concerns raised by teachers in the public education system w

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

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Union suspicious of government’s financial woes tagline

St. Maarten - As frustrations mount over the delayed payment or non-payment of the cost of living adjustment (Cola) for 2011 and 2012, unions are now questioning whether the government really has financial woes. Speaking on behalf of the Windward Isl

Editorial - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Editorial: Prisoners’ rights

Spending time in the Pointe Blanche prison as a non-paying customer is no walk in the park, but we learn now from a report by the Human Rights Board in the Netherlands that spending time at the prison in Bonaire is no pleasure cruise either. St. M

Opinion - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Opinion: Prostitution policy

Anybody who thought that prostitution –at least the conditions under which prostitution is practiced – is only a problem in St. Maarten ought to consider the situation in that decent and well-organized country called the Netherlands. Gert-Jan Seg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Lake working on road links and traffic flow projects

St. Maarten – Infrastructure Minister Maurice Lake is prioritizing solutions that are affecting the traffic of St. Maarten which also includes road links. In order to alleviate the traffic on St. Maarten, besides the minister’s efforts on road

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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PM announces investigation – Possible malversation at National Security Service

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed that there are serious indications of malversation at the National Security Department of St. Maarten (VDSM). The prime minister had ordered an investigation by the Government Account

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Bravo TV's Reality Show shot on St. Maarten

Bravo TV’s Reality Show shot on St. Maarten “Below Deck” infuriates serious yachtsmen

Scene where the crew in Below Deck gets drunk at Toppers; it infuriated a real captain, Moe Moses. Photo screenshot Bravo TVGREAT BAY – St. Maarten gets into the picture in Below Deck – a scripted “reality show” that airs on the American

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Lake appraised of country’s preparedness

Tropical Storm Chantal closely monitored St. Maarten – The third tropical storm system of the Atlantic hurricane season – tropical storm Chantal - is currently east of the Eastern Caribbean island chain. Chantal is forecasted to pass through

French St. Martin News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Marigot gets ready for Bastille Day

MARIGOT, St. Martin – The traditional July 14 celebrations on the French side commemorate the historic event in the French Revolution in 1789 when a crowd stormed the Bastille, a fortress in Paris that was used as a state prison. The Bastille becam

St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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St. Maarten PM receives courtesy visit international civil aviation organization ICAO

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams (right) together with Biometrics Program Manager of the International Civil Aviation Organization, Mauricio Siciliano (middle). St. Maarten– Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received a courtesy call from Ma

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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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