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Opinion: Easter holiday closure

Dear Mr. Berkel, I hereby request clarification concerning the following subject matter. For the past years (and as long as I can remember), it was generally accepted that businesses would be closed on Good Friday, however they would be allowed

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Paying for prison time

Nothing is free and cash-strapped governments are becoming increasingly aware of this. They find all kinds of ways to squeeze money out of their citizens. A recent example from the Netherlands is the plan to let prisoners pay for their stay. The Rutt

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The case against dollarization

The fact that there is still a discussion on the dollarization issue is somewhat strange to me and not because I think it would the worst thing that can happen to us in St. Maarten but because of the total lack of actual benefits proposed by those su

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Implementation counterpart policy is still far away

Ministry publishes rules in National Gazette St. Maarten – The labor department will deny work permits to companies that refuse to hire “a counterpart found suitable by the department and made available to the employer.” This is one of the

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Integrity Chamber meets resistance from coalition

St. Maarten – The draft ordinance for the establishment of St. Maarten’s Integrity Chamber met with unexpected opposition from within the governing coalition yesterday. Members of the opposition also expressed their doubts. Prime Minister Marcel

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SILVER MEDALLIST RETURNS TO ROUSING WELCOME

St. Maarten - Shakeba Pink wrote her name boldly in the sporting books of Country St. Maarten when she won a Silver medal at the 44th Annual Carifta Games which took place in St. Kitts over the Easter weekend. Pink, the leading middle distance ru

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SZV loses another lawsuit over sickness payments

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance ordered the bureau for social health insurance SZV to resume paying sickness benefits to a woman who suffers from an advanced stage of breast cancer. According to the doctor who treats the woman, her persp

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Digikidz Medialab re-opens

St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library will be re-opening the Digikidz Medialab this week. The Medialab was launched in 2014 and since then has hosted courses on a variety of topics in the area of multimedia. Children and adults alike can

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Message from Police to the Parents for the Carnival Season

The Police Force of St. Maarten Carnival 2015 has arrived. There are many youngster and teenagers who will definitely be taking part in the upcoming carnival festivities. The Carnival Season is a period in which a lot of alcohol is consumed and th

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Public Notice for Sunday April 12 (Cycling Race)

In connection with the upcoming cycling race which is organized by Soualiga Riders and scheduled to take place on Sunday April 12th the police department is announcing the following: The race will start at 01 p.m. on the Welfare road in the vicini

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Online registration available for SMART

St. Maarten - The 14th St. Maarten Annual Regional Trade Show (SMART)/St. Martin is slated for May 13-15, 2015 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino where the region comes together once again to support, interact and promote tourism to the E

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Minister Richardson “confused” about attitude parliamentarians

St. Maarten – “I am confused,” Justice Minister Dennis Richardson said last night in reaction to the sentiment expressed by Members of Parliament about the draft legislation for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber. “Reference has been

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Latin American and Caribbean needs direct connections

St. Maarten -Latin American and Caribbean airlines will require 2,294 new passenger and freighter aircraft between 2014 and 2033, including 1,784 single-aisle, 481 twin-aisle and 29 very large aircraft (VLA) worth an estimated US$292 billion, Accord

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Only 300 households not yet contacted for survey

St. Maarten—Only 300 of the 1015 households carded for participation in the household budget survey of the statistics department have not yet been contacted and the survey is said by project leader and senior statistician Maurette Antsersijn to be

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Panel discussion on marijuana April 18

St. Maarten - An impressive panel of seven which boasts two doctors, one of which is a visiting American brain doctor, will convene in Belair on April 18th for a herbal discussion and awareness discussion centered around marijuana, its uses, the eff

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Police keeping close eye at the rise of school fights

St. Maarten - The rise in fights in the St. Peters vicinity has the attention of the Police Department. In the past months fights have been taped by the students and uploaded to social media sites causing the videos to go viral instantly. The high s

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Election discrepancies discussed in Parliament 

St. Maarten--Seven months later the parliament in a form of central committee discussed what some members called discrepancies during the August 29th elections of last year. Present to answer the questions were the Main Voting Bureau, Civil Registry

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Minister Connor briefed on Intangible Cultural Heritage process

St. Maarten—Pertinent information about the St. Maarten National Consultation on Intangible Cultural Heritage was transmitted to the Minister of TEATT Claret Connor by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Secret

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Man sentenced for sexually abusing two young girls

St. Eustatius – The Court in First Instance sentenced a 53-year-old Statian to 24 months of imprisonment for sexual abusing his 13-year-old daughter and another girl who was just 10. Of the sentence, 6 months are suspended; the court imposed 3 year

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Pa Ben Happy Hour today

St. Maarten—The 27th annual PaBen Carnival Happy Hour radio show was carded to begin yesterday, but had to be postponed due to technical difficulties being experienced by host radio station PJD2. The show will air today. In its 27th year, the sh

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Coral reefs contribute USD $66,606,042 to economy

GREATBAY---The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has over the last months been conducting an Economic Valuation Study on St. Maarten’s coral reef ecosystems, the report of which has recently been made available. The report highlights the economic contr