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

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Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet new SER chairlady: First woman to chair council in Dutch Caribbean

St. Maarten – Long time educator Oldine Bryson-Pantophlet was elected chairlady of the Social Economic Council (SER) by fellow board members during their meeting on Wednesday, May 28, the SER said in a press release yesterday. Bryson–Pantophlet

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

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Ipko-delegations return home satisfied “We made more progress than ever”

THE HAGUE – “We have made more progress than ever,” was the conclusion of all delegations at the end of the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) on Friday, Jamila Baaziz reports on Caribisch Netwerk. To the relief of MP Roy Marlin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Man killed in Dutch Quarter

St. Maarten – A fight between two men that went out of control cost a young man identified as A.H.D. in Quarter his life yesterday morning shortly before 10 a.m. The Public Prosecutor’s Office was informed about the incident around 11.30 a.m.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Klotzbach and Gray predict calm 2014 hurricane season

Hurricane researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray have some good news this season. They expect a relatively calm 2014 season with below average hurricane activity. In their latest report, Klotzbach and Gray predict that the season will see 4

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Editorial: Statistical chance (hurricanes)

Hurricane researchers Phil Klotzbach and William Gray have delivered their predictions for the 2014 hurricane season. Gray started his Tropical Meteorological project at Colorado State University three decades ago and there is no doubt that the resea

Opinion - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Opinion: Big soda

We know Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Mac, but there is a fourth player in the market of bad stuff: Big Soda. Two years ago Michael Bloomberg, then the mayor of New York, started the fight against Big Soda. He wanted to ban the sale of half-lite

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Emotional farewell to Curtis Heyliger

St. Maarten - The rain that fell shortly after the earthly remains of Curtis Nathaniel Heyliger were removed from the church was a blessing in disguise and the several hundred’s that filed pass the casket were evidence of the friendships he made d

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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Snowy Plover species (shorebird) wiped out

St. Maarten - Research carried out by Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (Epic) shows that a shorebird, the Snowy Plover, Charadrius nivosus, has been wiped out on St. Maarten. The plover was once widespread in the Caribbean but populations h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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St. Maarten joins Egmont Group

St. Maarten (DCOMM) - During the 22nd plenary meeting of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence units in Lima, Peru, St. Maarten’s FIU was accepted as a member on Wednesday. FIU-director Ligia Stella was present at this meeting. This Egmont

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 8, 2014

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EMS-week begins Sunday

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Emergency Medical Services (WIEMS) celebrate EMS-week starting on Sunday with a church service at the Methodist church in Philipsburg at 9 a.m. On Monday the schedule includes a radio interview at Laser 101.1 at 8 a.m

Opinion - Posted by on June 5, 2014

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Opinion: Concrete jungles

Dear Editor, While fifty years ago Sint Maarten was a tranquil, perhaps somewhat sleepy island in desperate need of development, today the island finds itself at the exact opposite end of the spectrum. Development gains of previous years are dimin

Editorial - Posted by on June 5, 2014

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Editorial: Missed opportunity

Yesterday’s court decision not to impose community service on a young burglar because he lives in Guadeloupe and there is no guarantee that he will do the work, is a missed opportunity to shape cross-border cooperation between French and Dutch side

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

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Emotional memorial for  Curtis at university

Emotional memorial for Curtis at university

University president Annelies Oliver-Van den Assem reads a tribute to the late Curtis Heyliger. Photo Today / Milton PietersSt. Maarten -Since the news of the car crash that claimed the life of Curtis Nathan Heyliger last week, tributes have bee

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

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No leniency for young serial burglar

Court has no confidence in cross-border cooperation St. Maarten – An 18-year-old orphan who committed eight burglaries at homes in the Simpson Bay and Beacon Hill area found no leniency in the Court in First Instance yesterday. He left the cour

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

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte bloopers with refusal to receive St. Maarten MP Patrick Illidge

Independent MP Patrick Illidge remains an embarrassment for St. Maarten. Photo NOS / Dick DrayerTHE HAGUE – Independent MP Patrick Illidge has added another feat to the embarrassment he has caused the St. Maarten delegation at the Inter-Parliamenta

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

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SZV improves medical referrals system

St. Maarten - Social and Health Care Insurances SZV will introduce sweeping changes to its medical referral system mid-June in an effort to make the process more efficient and client friendly, the social insurance agency said in a press release.

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

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Warning for new tilapia die-off in Great Salt Pond

St. Maarten - Weather conditions and water quality sampling conducted by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation have triggered a decision to issue an alert about the medium to high potential for a tilapia fish die off in the Great Salt Pond. The Natur

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

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Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority orders study of traffic congestion Cole Bay

St. Maarten - The Simpson Bay Lagoon Authority (SLAC) has contracted GMB Engineers and Planners Inc. and CH2M Hill to carry out a traffic survey in Cole Bay and Simpson Bay. The survey targets traffic bottlenecks that occur during rush hour on weekd

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

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Book Fair opens tonight at St. Maarten airport

St. Maarten - “Book lovers, culture chic people, families, friends, and visitors to our island” are invited to the opening ceremony of the 12th annual St. Martin Book Fair, tonight at 8  p.m. at  Gate 1 of Princess Juliana International Airp

Editorial - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Editorial: Weird

The Council of Ministers met last week with a man named Craig Baptiste who supposedly is working on a project to increase the hub function of the Princess Juliana International Airport. But who is this man? Portrayed in a DCOMM press release as so

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Opinion: Five parties

The August 29 elections appear to become a five-horse race, after the announcement by the electoral council that just five parties met the deadline for registration last week. While the council did not identify any particular party in its announcemen

Opinion - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Opinion: The social cost of the Simpson Bay development plan

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 3, 2014

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American scholar about battling youth criminality: “Focus on at-risk-youth engagement”

St. Maarten – Dr. Kornel A. Brown, an international education and training consultant, and a post-doctoral scholar at the Department of Adult and continuing Education at the College of Arts and Sciences at the National Louis University in Chicago,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Voters register closes next week – Wednesday DP urges voters: check registration

St. Maarten – As the June 11 deadline for the closure of the voting register rapidly approaches, the Democratic Party issued a press release urging eligible voters to double check at the Census Office whether their names are included in this regis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Nature Foundation alarmed about mangrove destruction

“Plans do not fit in with sustainable development” The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has expressed in an official letter its concern about the possible construction of marinas and possible other developments in one of the last remaining mangro

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Rotary Clubs unveil Peace Monument

St. Maarten - The Rotary Clubs on St. Maarten/St. Martin joined 1.2 million people worldwide in calling for peace as they unveiled a peace monument last Saturday. The monument has been strategically placed at the entrance of the Philipsburg Jubilee L

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Port of St. Maarten records 1 million cruise passengers

St. Maarten – The harbor surpassed one million cruise passengers in mid-May, one month ahead of projections, the Harbour Group of Companies announced in a press release. In previous years this milestone occurred around mid-June. Chief Executive

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Five parties register for elections

St. Maarten - By the end of the deadline for registration of political parties last Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. representatives of five political parties had appeared before the Electoral Council to apply for registration to be able to participate in t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 3, 2014

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Council of Ministers meets Craig Baptiste

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Craig Baptiste, the president and chairman of B&L Worldwide attended a meeting with the Council of Ministers last week, where he was asked to provide elucidation on the project proposals previously received by the govern

Editorial - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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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

Opinion - Posted by on June 1, 2014

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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

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

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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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