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Editorial: Moneymaker

Things move slowly, bot move they do. One may well wonder why draft legislation to establish a Bureau for Intellectual Property in the Netherlands Antilles floated around for almost fourteen years before somebody woke up and took action. In Curacao,

Opinion - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Opinion: Job market discrimination

The job market is a volatile place, especially when you are looking in from the outside. How do you convince employers that you are the best candidate for vacancy X? The phenomenon of job market discrimination is not alien to the Netherlands, or to a

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Opinion: Simpson Bay Development Plan bad for our environment

Dear Editor, The Citizens for Positive Change Party (CPC), a newly formed political party contesting the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, is of the firm opinion that the draft Simpson Bay Development Plan does not meet the internationally accepted cr

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Bureau Intellectual Property is almost there: A moneymaker in the making

By Hilbert Haar – St. Maarten could have its own Bureau for Intellectual Property by January 1 of next year, if the legislative process moves along smoothly and concluded by November 11. The Council of Ministers approved the draft law on Tuesday an

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Minister Richardson opens police substation in Cole Bay

Stars and stripes as symbols of responsibility, not arrogance St. Maarten – Justice Minister Dennis Richardson cut the blue ribbon for the official opening of the police substation in Cole Bay yesterday afternoon, during a festive ceremony whe

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Deadline tax return extended

St. Maarten (DCOMM) - The Inspector of taxes has extended the date to submit the 2013 income tax return to June 6 – next week Friday. Taxpayers that are unable to submit their tax return by this date can ask for an extension, but such a request

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Gas prices went up today

St. Maarten –Prices for unleaded gasoline are up by 6 guilder-cents. Motorists will have to pay 2.586 guilders ($1.444) per liter. On the French side, it is still possible to fill up for $1.25 per liter. The price for diesel increases went down by

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St. Maarten Government seeks new head for security service

St. Maarten – James Richardson, the first head of the national security service VDSM, will definitely not return to his position. Yesterday Linkels&Partners published a vacancy ad for the position. In July of last year, a scandal at the VDSM b

Editorial - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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Editorial: Another tough year

The 2014 budget was cut to the bone, as Finance Minister Martin Hassink expressed it this week and it looks like 2015 will become another tough year. State revenue will increase with a projected 1 percent to around 431 million guilders, but the pl

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Opinion: Simpson Bay Development Plan makes no economic sense

Dear Editor, The Citizens for Positive Change Party (CPC), a newly formed political party contesting the 2014 parliamentary elections, is of the firm opinion that the draft Simpson Bay Development Plan does not meet the internationally accepted cr

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St. Maarten Airport handles more transfer passengers in first quarter

St. Maarten - Transfer passengers at the Princess Juliana International Airport increased by 21% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2013. The airport revealed the data at a recent meeting of the Air Service Development Committee (AS

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St. Maarten Ministries sweat on 2015 budget

Plans still 44 million guilders too ambitious St. Maarten – The 2015 budget will be at most 1 percent higher than this year’s budget, finance Minister Martin Hassink said on Wednesday at the weekly Council of Ministers press briefing. This mea

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Son of UP Party leader Theo Heyliger commits suicide

Fatal high-speed car crash on L.B. Scott Road St. Maarten – Condolences started flooding the Facebook-page of United People’s party leader Theo Heyliger on Wednesday morning, as soon as the news broke that his son Curtis had committed suicide

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Ex-ministers scramble to declare their assets

St. Maarten – Several, but not all ministers who had to step down after the fall of the second Wescot-Williams cabinet belatedly submitted a declaration about the state of their financial affairs, after learning from a General Audit Chamber report

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St. Maarten Government adds four new voting districts

Voters register closes June 11 St. Maarten – For the August 29 elections, the government has added four new voting districts, bringing the total from the 16 of the 2010 elections to 20 this year. The new voting districts are the Justice Academy

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More funding needed to complete St. Maarten government administration building

Loans do not include funds for purchase Emilio Wilson St. Maarten – The 145 million guilders ($81 million) in loans that will become available to the government on Monday do not include funds needed for the purchase of the Emilio Wilson Estate,

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Chucky’s attackers also get 4 years on appeal

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice confirmed the 4-year prison sentence of the Court in First Instance against Gilbert Chevalier and Jermaine Carty, who were involved in the ill-treatment of Omar Nelson smith in the pointe Blanche prison on