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Opinion - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Opinion: Transparency

What would it take, in your opinion, for St. Maarten and all its institutions to become an integrity leader in the Caribbean by 2020?’ That is the question Transparency International poses to the citizens of our country. The corruption watchdog,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Corruption watchdog Transparency International holds workshop this week on St. Maarten

St. Maarten /BERLIN – Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, started its visit to St. Maarten yesterday. The team will be here until Friday, for work on its National Integrity Syste

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Freedom of information specialist Vleugels: “Screening must be under the control of Parliament”

St. Maarten – Media reports about candidate-ministers that “failed the screening” appear to be mere speculation. At best, the reports are based on hearsay and at worst, they are based on leaks from interested parties with a political agenda. So

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Vijber lectures on human rights at university

St. Maarten -The University of St. Martin and the St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance For Equality (Safe) Foundation host a lecture on human rights tomorrow from 7.30 to 9 p.m. at USM. Lecturer for the evening is Denise Vijber from Curacao. Vijber,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Diesel cheaper today

St. Maarten – The price of diesel will drop today from 1,893 guilders to 1.781 guilders ($0.995) per liter, the ministry of economic affairs announces last night. Due to falling oil prices, the price of diesel has rapidly come down from 2,.006 last

French St. Martin News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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SXM Autism organizes tombola

MARIGOT – SXM Autism organizes a tombola during the festive season with a four day stay for two people in New York – between May 1 and June 30 - as the main prize. Other prizes are a Haier D85 tablet and a dinner for two at Sol et Luna in Mont Ve

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Volunteers celebrate at Seaside Nature Park:  “Without volunteers, this would be a sad island”

St. Maarten – The Cooperating Foundations celebrated International Volunteer Day on Saturday at the Seaside Nature Park in Cole Bay. Twelve non-governmental organizations (NGOs) made a brief presentation about their activities and the organizations

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Bomb scare cause massive evacuation at St. Maarten Airport PJIA

St. Maarten - All movements within the confines of the Princess Juliana International Airport came to an abrupt halt Monday after a report of a bomb threat which resulted in almost three hours of work stoppage. According to an official police re

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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TelEm kicks off Christmas promotions

St. Maarten - TelEm Group is kicking off this year’s Christmas campaign  with a special offer to the company’s fixed pre-paid customers. The campaign begins with a media promotion from today after which special offers for mobile and ADSL ser

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Harbour Holding Company appeal against building permit of Dock Maarten

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten Harbour Holding Company has filed an appeal against the building permit issued of Dock Maarten shortly after the court ruled that it could not grant an order to have Dock Maarten cease construction in the area because the co

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Nature Foundation helps remove wrecks from lagoon

GREAT BAY--The St. Maarten Nature Foundation took part in the wide-scale cleanup of the Simpson Bay Lagoon spearheaded by Vromi Minister Maurice Lake and his ministry, in collaboration with the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association. The logistics wer

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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St. Maarten Lions Club youth alcohol abuse awareness campaign

GREAT BAY-- The St. Maarten Lions Club is focusing its expertise and resources on a significant project for 2014-2015. “The easy access & large consumption of alcohol among our young people is alarming. Therefore the St. Maarten Lions Club has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Minister Richardson intervenes and helps stranded KLM passengers

St. Maarten – Minister of Tourism, Ted Richardson came to the rescue of a group of an estimated 50 stranded KLM passengers who reportedly were unable to find lodgings in the country on Saturday. This situation was due to the KLM flight that has

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Public Service Center St. Maarten celebrates one year of existence

St. Maarten - On Friday, December 12, the Public Service Center in Simpsonbay hosted a “Customer Appreciation Day” to mark a successful year of existence on St. Maarten.  The Public Service Center was established with the purpose of providing a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Street parade ushers in festive season

St. Maarten - Groups of dancing girls and boys gyrating to accompanying music filled the streets of Philipsburg late yesterday afternoon, to date it was the very first event in a series of activities planned for the holidays. The parade which was

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

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Ministers pay no attention to millions in grants: Control over subsidies fails

St. Maarten – The government paid 78.2 million guilders in subsidies to 58 different organizations in 2013, but it has no clue whether these organizations used the money in an appropriate manner. The subsidy-amount represents 20.1 percent of the 20

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

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Plans Little Bay include open beach-access

St. Maarten – Karis Development NV obtained a building permit for the construction of seven apartment buildings in Little Bay, between Little Bay Pond and the beach. The permit department at the Vromi-Ministry approved the permit on October 20. The

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

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Philipsburg gets first mini mall

St. Maarten - When the new mall opens it’s doors today for the first time, in addition to having a variety of items on the shelves only available in Panama, they will be making it possible for at least 15 persons to be employed for now, but that fi

Opinion - Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Opinion: Competition Authority

Some people are good at giving other the impression that time stands still. Especially parliamentarians seem to be gifted in this field. To illustrate our point, read here what we wrote more than two years ago in November 2012 – and keep in mind th

Opinion - Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Opinion: Promises, motions and more promises

St. Maarten is not the only place on earth where banning single-use plastic grocery bags takes longer than the education of the average law student. After all the promises, motions and more promises, St. Maarten is still nowhere. How difficult could

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

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CPS appeals to garages and tire shops to help stop mosquitoes

St. Maarten - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), is appealing to garage owners and tire repair shops to take measures to remove mosquito breeding sites from their establishments and to maintain on a daily basis control measures to eliminate an

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

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Gasoline prices plunge even further

St. Maarten—The price of unleaded gasoline and diesel will be reduced at the pumps today from Naf 2.193 per litter for unleaded gasoline to Naf 2.067 per litter and from Naf 2.006 per litter for diesel to Naf 1.893 per litter. The Government of

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

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Rueben Thompson; “Enforcement is the problem”:  Beach policy exists already for more than twenty years

St. Maarten – The Executive Council of the Island Territory of St. Maarten established already twenty years ago a beach policy. In August 2014, acting Island Secretary Rafael Boasman and Lt. Governor Dennis Richardson signed off on this policy, whi

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

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Police officers graduate from leadership course

St. Maarten - Around twenty team leaders and acting team leaders of the police force received on Friday certificates for the leadership course they took last summer. David McGregor, the senior trainer at the UTS Training and Development Center (TDC)

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

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Wifol wants living wage introduced

St. Maarten —The introduction of a local living wage is one of the goals that the newly elected board of the Wifol union hopes to introduce in 2015 through dialogue with its social partners, according to union president Theophilus Thompson. “

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

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Traffic delays expected with partial closure of Illidge Road

St. Maarten—Traffic delays are expected at the flood gates expansion project on the A Th. Illidge Road today as the next phase of the Floodgate Expansion Project commences with asphalt binding. “There will be partial closure of each lane betwe

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

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New board of WIFOL inaugural meeting Thursday

St. Maarten—The newly elected board of the Wifol will have its inaugural meeting on Thursday where the division of portfolios will take place. The board was elected last week during the Wifol congress—held every three to five years—by the de

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

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Lake calls for volunteers for Simpson Bay Lagoon clean up

St. Maarten—A clean up of the Simpson Bay Lagoon is scheduled to take place this Saturday December 6 and Vromi Minister Maurice Lake is calling on the marine community, organizations, businesses, volunteers and students to come out and support this

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

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Rotary Mid-Isle contributes to Polio fight

St. Maarten - The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle recently contributed $ 3,127.50 to the Rotary Foundation for the Eradication of Polio, one of the club’s International Service programs. This was the result of two months of events and fund r

Uncategorized - Posted by on December 3, 2014

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Hospital names sick baby “Zwarte Piet”

DEN BOSCH---Hamza from Den Bosch was furious when he went to visit his 10 day old nephew in the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch and found the name Zwarte Piet on the name board at the child’s room. “This really is a mistake that should neve

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

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St. Maarten commemorates Day of People with Disability

GREAT BAY—St. Maarten joins the rest of the world today in celebrating International Day of People with Disability, which is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day geared at promoting the understanding of people with disability and encourage support

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2014

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“The initiative is up to the Caribbean islands” – Dutch parliament divided about Commonwealth

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands cannot force the Caribbean islands to change the Kingdom into a Commonwealth. In spite of this, the Second Chamber reflected yesterday on a plan (from the Socialist Party and the VVD) to do this, Jamila Baaziz reports on C

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2014

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Animals R Friends President Hofman: “Make sure your animals do not bother others”

St. Maarten – On November 17, three Rottweilers killed their neighbor’s dog. The incident happened in the Beethoven Street in Cay Hill – and it was not the first incident. The owner of the dog, Paula Diasz, filed a complaint at the police stati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2014

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Cruise Control-author Mann commits suicide

St. Maarten - The American man discovered dead at his Dawn Beach home has been identified as 56-year old J. Michael Mann – author of Cruise Control, a boom about the cost of cruise tourism to the ecology in the Caribbean and a veteran timeshare sal

St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 2, 2014

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Aids foundation wants more persons to get tested

GREAT BAY—As St. Maarten joined the rest of the world in observing World Aids Day yesterday, December 1, the local Aids foundation continued their year round efforts to keep the awareness of the disease at the forefront while breaking down stigma a

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