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

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Minister Lourens at St. Maarten Day celebration: “Economic cooperation with the French side will not materialize”

St. Maarten – Yesterday’s celebration of Sint Maarten Day marked the 265th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Concordia in 1648. There was a proper celebration at the Festival Village with a parade of uniformed services and speeches from

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

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Volkskrant examines Richardson’s passport-for-migrants statement

Journalist Jean Mentens asked permission twice to quote Justice Minister St. Maarten– Shortly after the Volkskrant published an article in which Justice Minister Dennis Richardson was quoted as saying that he wanted easier access to Dutch passpo

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

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Arrindell: support victims typhoon in the Philippines

St. Maarten –Last week Friday’s super typhoon Haiyan caused catastrophic damage to part of the island-chain of the Philippines. Parliament President Gracita Arrindell expressed in a press release support for legitimate relief efforts. The numb

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

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Winair expands fleet and adds new destinations

St. Maarten - Windward Island Airways International (Winair) will add  additional aircraft to its fleet and four new desinations to its route map starting December 15. Soon the airline will receive leased ATR 42 aircraft with a capacity of 48 pas

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

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UTS celebrates tenth anniversary

St. Maarten —Chief Operating Officer Glen Carty described the last ten years for the United Telecommunications Service (UTS) in Sint Maarten as utterly fantastic.  “If it was not for the customers in the St. Maarten and St. Martin and the neighb

Editorial - Posted by on November 8, 2013

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Editorial: Happy Sint Maarten Day

On Monday, Sint Maarten will celebrate Sint Maarten Day on home soil for the second time since the island obtained country status in 2010. It is an occasion to celebrate who we are – or who we want to be. The expression one island – one people

Opinion - Posted by on November 8, 2013

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Opinion: Friendly hackers

Here is a tip for smart youngsters with a feel for computer technology. Microsoft and Facebook are investing in a new initiative that rewards hackers for finding weaknesses in internet security. Friendly hackers are able to earn thousands of dollars

Opinion - Posted by on November 8, 2013

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Opinion: Play nice

Never a dull moment when the protection of animal rights is at stake in the Netherlands (or elsewhere). Helma Lodders, a Member of Parliament for the rightwing VVD says that militant animal and environment rights activists have to stop their actions

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

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On the origins of St. Martin Day

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – The popular misconception is that St. Maarten Day (originally spelled St. Martin Day, but more on that later) celebrates the sighting of the island by Christopher Columbus when he sailed past on 11 November 1493 on h

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

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Vanessa Fraser: A profile of integration

“Hurricane Luis didn’t deter me, I call SXM home” St. Maarten - For twenty years, Guyanese mother and businesswoman Vanessa Fraser has called St. Maarten home. She feels a natural connection to this 37 square mile isle, saying she’s as fri

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

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Minister Lake says Vromi already trimming budget with car policy

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment, and Infrastructure (Vromi) Maurice Lake says the government has a vehicle policy where cars and trucks should be parked up at their work area or by their office facility at t

Editorial - Posted by on November 7, 2013

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Editorial: Clear warning

The court ruling in the Evmolpia bankruptcy against the Standard Trust Company and its director Corinne de Tullio-Stamm sends a clear message to people who think playing with lots of money is merely a profitable lot of fun and that they are untouchab

Opinion - Posted by on November 7, 2013

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Opinion: Date nights

Okay, lets’ stay with the thorny issue of divorce for a bit. When governments get involved in moral issues, the result usually is none too pretty. Take for instance the initiative of Solveig Horne, who became the Minister of Children and Equality i

Opinion - Posted by on November 7, 2013

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Opinion: Opposed to dismissal

The OSPP applauds the Permanent Committee of Health, Social Development and Labour for meeting with the soon-to-be-discharged RBC employees to understand more fully their concerns as they face redundancy according to the bank. In the weeks following

Opinion - Posted by on November 7, 2013

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

Opposing the dismissal of employees anywhere in the country is a Pavlov-reaction most political parties display. Remember the circus about the Pelican Resort that is now Simpson Bay Resort? The latest event in this area is the dismissal of thirteen e

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

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Standard Trust director guilty of mismanagement

Court holds De Tullio-Stamm responsible for deficit in Busarov-bankruptcy St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – The Court in First Instance has found Corinne de Tullio-Stamm guilty of mismanagement and holds her responsible for the complete deficit i

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

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Prosecution demands 8 years for attempted murder on Chucky

St. Maarten - Prosecutor Maarten Noordzij demanded 8 years imprisonment yesterday against Kerry Julian W. for his involvement in a near fatal attack on fellow-inmate Omar Nelson, better known under his nickname Chucky, at the Pointe Blanche prison on

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

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Attempted robbery punished with 4 years behind bars

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced Sylvester Giovanni Maduro yesterday to 4 years of imprisonment for his attempt to rob the Tackling gas station in Cole Bay on April 30. The sentence is equal to the punishment the prosecution dema

Editorial - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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Editorial: Self-cleaning power

Pirates of the Caribbean no longer have the run of the place in St. Maarten. As our front-page story shows, the RBC Bank has terminated its relationship with three companies linked to Atlantis’ beneficial owner Francesco Corallo because it fears th

Opinion - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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Opinion: The concept of marriage

The concept of marriage is a proven failure. This is currently true for 37 percent of all marriages in the Netherlands. Last year, 33,273 couples split up after an average marriage of 14.5 years. Divorce is becoming more common every year, because th

Opinion - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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Opinion: Tit for tat

Dear Editor, Why would learned persons allowed them-selves to become involved in a conflict created by our local government with the Dutch government? Do they know something that we do not know? It is a known fact that the Dutch government has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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Radio Shack closes its doors after 31 years

St. Maarten – After a bit more than 31 years, Radio Shack on the Longwall Road will close its doors at the end of this year. Barbara Cannegieter started the store in October 1982 and Iona Dorothal has been her store manager for a very long time.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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RBC Bank takes its distance from Corallo-companies

Court rules that ending relationship with Atlantis is justified St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – RBC Royal Bank does not have to restore its relationship with Francesco Corallo’s Atlantis World Management NV and two related companies, the Cour

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 6, 2013

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St. Maarten taxi driver Arrindell has more to say

“Everybody is doing what they want” St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Local taxi driver Ruffino Arrindell of taxi 35 is not a happy man right now with the way things are going. Since his last interview with Today he returned to point out a few

Editorial - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Editorial: Bold step by telecom provider UTS to invest millions

Telecom provider UTS has taken a bold step by investing millions in a new network that meets the demands of today’s market. While the company is not saying too  much about this move in the context of a possible merger with competitor TelEm it i

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Opinion: Election threshold

We are still waiting for news about election reform. In the Netherlands, like in St. Maarten, there is also some dissatisfaction about the current system. Bernard Wientjes, chairman of the employers organization VNO-NCW suggested yesterday the introd

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Opinion: Plastic grocery bags and the environment

Statistics from the European Union suggest that Dutch consumers on average use 71 single-use plastic grocery bags per year. In St. Maarten, this number could easily be true per month, though we have to admit that we do not know this for sure. As our

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Opinion: The pursuit of happiness

Now that the debate about Black Peter has fizzled as it ought to, the Netherlands has something new to get excited about - a pill that arouses the sexual desire in women. This is typical a product that fits perfectly in a society that is in the perpe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce signs agreement with ambassador to Panama

St. Maarten – The Chamber of Commerce signed an agreement yesterday with the Dutch ambassador to Panama, Wiebe de Boer at its first business symposium at the Westin Hotel. The agreement is designed to promote St. Maarten as a transport hub for the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard Chopper now stationed on St. Maarten

“Fighting the pirates of the Caribbean” St. Maarten – “You’re welcome here. We now have increased border patrol on St. Maarten,” Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said yesterday as he greeted the flight crew of the Dutch Caribbean

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Telecom provider UTS invests millions in new network

Company wants to offer more products and improve customer service St. Maarten – Telecom provider UTS has invested between $5 and $9 million in the upgrading of its network, Chief Operating Officer Glen Carty said yesterday. The upgrade is design

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 5, 2013

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Nature Foundation: Fish Die-off mainly due to Tilapia itself

St. Maarten - Based on the three fish die offs, the Nature Foundation St. Maarten has compiled and delivered a report based on research conducted during the week of the October 27 which outlines the causes, results, and possible preventative measure

Editorial - Posted by on November 4, 2013

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Editorial: Taxi!

Our front-page story reveals that not all is well in taxi-land. On the contrary, politicians have been distributing so many licenses that nobody in his right mind would want to accept one anymore. There are too many taxis and there is not enough w

Opinion - Posted by on November 4, 2013

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Open letter by Theo Heyliger

Dear Hon. Ministers Lourens and Lake, St.Maarten’s youth are very talented. This is very evident from the numerous cultural and artistic expression events they have taken part in and developed over the years. They display true artistic skill, cr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on November 4, 2013

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Justice Minister: No change to Dutch passport policy

St. Maarten – Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson wants to bring clarity to a news story that is living a life of its own, he feels, regarding Dutch passports and the rumors about changing the requirements to obtain one. “The decisions and r

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