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St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 12, 2014

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Election fraud case in court next week

Four police officers and one UP-representative charged St. Maarten – Four former police officers that sold their vote ahead of the September 2010 elections to the United People's party will stand trial for election fraud next week Monday at 1.30 p

Editorial - Posted by on February 12, 2014

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Editorial: Second-class citizens

The position paper the government released yesterday about the Bosman-law comes on top of the negative advice from the Dutch Council of State and it feels very much like the final nail in the coffin of this unfortunate initiative. Bosman has been

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2014

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Optimism about state of the tourism industry

Winfield Griffith, director of research and IT at the Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO presented to the media this week in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands his CTO State of the Industry report. This is the unabridged text of his address. “T

Opinion - Posted by on February 12, 2014

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Opinion: Shared responsibility

In a world where good jobs are hard to come by politics seem an attractive alternative. Think about it: you do not really have to work, your boss comes knocking only ones every four years and your salary is beyond your wildest dreams. Only very stron

Editorial - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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Editorial: Pest Control

Roaming bands of vervet monkeys, the kind typically associated with the island of St. Kitts, are causing havoc on the island, and their numbers are only increasing. The Nature Foundation is justifiably alarmed with the unchecked populations of these

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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Terry Peterson announces his political ambitions “Send me a message that you want me to run and say why”

St. Maarten - Community activist, Terry Peterson, has launched an exploratory committee with new Facebook page and 2014 “Making SXM Better” Magnetic Calendar. “This week I have summoned an exploratory committee to assist me in realigning and ca

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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From vision to reality: SDA inaugurates new gym

St. Maarten - Nine years after its initial conception, the complete Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) School expansion project was made a reality. Sunday  afternoon saw the official dedication of  the school's spanking new gymnasium and two additional cl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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For assistance with chikungunya-survey: Minister thanks Justice Academy cadets

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Last Friday the Collective Preventive Services (CPS) organized a meeting with cadets from the Justice Academy who were thanked by Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever for their assistance with a field survey which is bei

Opinion - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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Opinion: Immigration

Foreigners have always been an easy target for locals who feel that things are not going their way. Immigration is a hot issue in many countries, including the United States and Europe, but also small island countries like St. Maarten. In Switzerl

Opinion - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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How safe are our ATMs?

Automatic Teller Machines, or ATMs, are popular targets for international criminal gangs. It is apparently easy, or at least doable, to fool these machines with forged bank and credit cards. Up to a point of course; the security departments of local

Opinion - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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Opinion: A day without trousers

There are ways to express your opinion about anything. The Ukranian female protesters united in Femen (“death to patriarchy”) do it by baring their pretty chests, a method that is sure to get riot police excited and to jump into action. In Col

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 11, 2014

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Tensions rise as auction Caravanserai looms

SZV empties rooms of furniture St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Tensions are rising ahead of tomorrow’s auction of the Caravanserai property in Beacon Hill. Yesterday one of the property’s creditors, social insurance office BZV, emptied a coup

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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St. Martin celebrates “This will be our best carnival”

St. Maarten - Traffic flowing in the back road in Grand Case came to an abrupt stop to facilitate the first parade marking the start of the carnival festivities on the French side yesterday afternoon, and President of the Festivities Carnavalasques d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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“We are open for business” Rollocks on Saba Bank Resources supervisory board

St. Maarten – Former commissioner of Tourism Julian Rollocks has been appointed to the supervisory board of the Saba Bank Resources NV (SBR). “The potential of the Saba Bank is there,” Rollocks said, referring to possible deposits of fossil fue

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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St. Maarten Harbor invests in Down Street “Project is about our culture and heritage”

GREAT BAY - St. Maarten Harbour Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Mingo signed a contractual agreement with Windward Roads Infrastructure Director Jan Hendricks last Friday for the construction of the Down Street Cruise Heritage D

Editorial - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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Editorial: Natural Resources

The Saba Bank Resources NV is becoming active again with the appointment of two new members to its supervisory board, one of whom is a former Commissioner of Tourism, Julian Rollocks. If, and this is a rather big if, there is an exploration company t

Opinion - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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Opinion: Minister Hassink a stranger to powerful words and deeds

Dear Editor, It is a shame that our Minister of Finance does not command the English language. The word disgruntled means ill-humored or discontented or in simple English not happy. You only made yourself a laughing stock in asking me to apologize

Opinion - Posted by on February 10, 2014

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Opinion: Political deception as old as the Romans

Dear Editor, Many years ago, in a land far, far away, a political hopeful was taken aside by his brother, a man wiser in the workings of government, and given some advice on how to win elections. I offer a paraphrased version of his advice here

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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St. Maarten vows to fight: “Bosman knows better!”

GREAT BAY- St. Maarten intends to rally the support of Aruba and Curacao and aggressively resist attempts by VVD parliamentarian André Bosman to push through his draft law to review and regulate the status of Antillean Dutch citizens. Justice Min

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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A St. Maartener conquers Kilimanjaro

St. Maarten / By Milton G Pieters - The Be The Change Foundation was the first to offer words of congratulations to Tyrone Phelipa after he susccessufully ascended Mt Kilimanjaro over the weekend. “We would like to congratulate Tyrone Phelipa o

Editorial - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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Editorial: Close call

Another semi-automatic handgun has been, thankfully, confiscated by police. It was a close call after an accident that left the driver of a motorbike angry. Things could have escalated to the point where someone would have been shot and, possibly, ki

Opinion - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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Opinion: The Green Government

Dear Editor, Last month, the CFT gave a press conference and basically said that when they approve the budget, the Government of St. Maarten can borrow from the World Bank to invest in St. Maarten. The CFT did not mention the interest rate but is im

Opinion - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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Opinion: More economy, less crime and corruption

Jacob Gelt Dekker, the eccentric Dutch businessman on Curacao, writes a column for the Curacao Chronicle. Here we publish one of his opinion pieces because we think some of his ideas are applicable, at least in essence, to St. Maarten as well. His vi

Opinion - Posted by on February 6, 2014

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Opinion: On the Causeway name

Dear Editor, In response to a letter to the editor published in the Saturday edition of The Daily Herald under the heading  “Bridge over troubled waters” I would like to comment as follows:   I can agree to a certain extent with

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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Dozens of Dutch fugitives take refuge on islands

WILLEMSTAD, GREAT BAY– At least thirty criminals who should be serving a prison sentence in the Netherlands are lurking in Curacao, Aruba, and St. Maarten. The criminals committed their crimes in the Netherlands. This is according to the Dutch news

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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“Incompatible with international commitments”: Committee blasts Bosman-law

St. Maarten / THE HAGUE – The proposal by VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman to set conditions to the establishment of Dutch citizens from St. Maarten, Aruba, and Curacao in the Netherlands is incompatible with  international commitments because it

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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Opinion: Save Sweet St. Martin

Good morning to all my lovely Facebook family and friends. Blessed day to all. Based on a post I read concerning the filling in of yet more of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, I would like to have my little say. I don't know if we St. Maarteners, for some

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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Opinion: Coveted jobs

Nothing is easier that making fun of civil servants. They have coveted jobs and it is near impossible to fire them. This sets civil servant apart from employees in the private sector. An employer who knows his stuff will have no problem building a fi

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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Editorial: Safety

At almost all major sporting events that we can think of, there is at least a medical team on standby to ensure the safety of the players or participants. At boxing matches, for example, a fight cannot go ahead unless there is a certified doctor near

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2014

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Opinion: Alternative energy

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams expressed her support for alternative energy this week, but in the shadows developments are lurking that threaten to undermine the trend towards wind and solar energy in St. Maarten. Currently, there is no energy pol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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St. Maarten’s Port ready to invest in new crane technology

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Harbor Crane Company will invest in new crane technology to continue to offer highly efficient cargo operations at the port, St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies CEO Mark Mingo stated from Dusseldorf, Germany. “The

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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SER presents Flexicurity advice

St. Maarten - The Social Economic Council (SER) submitted Flexicurity for Sint Maarten, an unsolicited advice, to Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams on Friday. The advice offers an integrated approach to dismissal procedures, the use of short-term

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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Priest pushes for solar panels on schools

St. Maarten – “In all good intention we have sent a letter on January 7, 2014 to NV GEBE shareholder representative Maurice Lake proposing that the company invest in the installation of solar panels in our schools. This investment will cause a re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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St. Maarten PM offers condolences

St. Maarten - Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams offered her condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Jean “Jimmy” Touze who passed away tragically at the opening of the SXMNBA Tournament on Sunday. Touze passed away while warming up

St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 4, 2014

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SMSPA wants consumer coalition

GREAT BAY-The St. Maarten Seniors and Pensioners Association (SMSPA) wants to see its brainchild, a Consumer Coalition made a reality in 2014. The association has extended an open invitation for other agencies and individuals to contact them to join

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