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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Julius Garvey speaks at tribute to his father

    St. Maarten – The Freedom Fighters Foundation welcomes Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey as one if its prominent guests on August 16 at its 16th annual tribute to Marcus Garvey. The Jamaican attorney Michael Lorne and French-

Editorial, Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Insane aspects to our retirement system

There are many insane aspects to our retirement system but the cessantia-system beats it all. Without an obligatory retirement age, employers would have to fire employees if they do not retire voluntarily. If employers do that, the cessantia-payme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Economist Arjen Alberts about pensions and cessantia: “No politician is ready to tackle this issue”

  St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Financial supervisor Cft hammers on the need to reform the pension system – by increasing the retirement age and by basing pensions no longer on a percentage of the last earned salary but on a career-av

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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USp board member Fernando Clark about Transparency International report: “Waste of time and a big waste of money”

St. Maarten –“Imagine your house gets robbed and you hire somebody to investigate it and after the investigation, the investigators tell you, you were robbed.”  Thus Fernando Clark, a board member of the United St. Maarten Party (USp) reacted

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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St. Maarten Harbor cooperates with investigation

  St. Maarten -The investigation into the Harbor Group of Companies is moving forward and the harbor will cooperate according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. On July 13, prosecutors requested information about the policies and course of

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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SHTA upgrades auction site

  GREAT BAY - The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association SHTA recently revamped its website www.stmaartenauction.com. The website has received a facelift, contains new features such as the ‘Buy Now’ option and boasts a sleeker mo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Tearful goodbye

Sending your children across the ocean to pursue their studies is every year a tearful event. It is however also a moment of joy for the youngsters who are stepping into the great unknown. One would wish that they have only one objective in mind and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Sea turtle sanctuary goes under in controversy

  St. Maarten – Rory and Rachelle Mostert had great plans for a sea turtle rescue center in St. Maarten last year, but the project has fallen apart. The Mosterts, a retired American couple, say in an email that gives an extensive account o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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PM Gumbs: “Your island needs you” Tearful goodbyes to 27 students at the airport

    St. Maarten -The ceremony to mark the departure of 27 students who left St Maarten yesterday to further their studies in the Netherlands is a timely reminder of what must be done to encourage them to come back and take up respons

St. Maarten News, Uncategorized - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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NuStar oil spill off the coast of Statia

  ORANJESTAD – The Statia Safe & Sound Foundation (SSS) have asked harbormaster Austin van Heyningen for information about reports of an oil spill that occurred last Friday around 9 p.m. A hose of the single point mooring of NuStar’s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Electoral Council presents reports to Audit Chamber

    St. Maarten – The Electoral Council has met with the donors who are to get back donations from the National Alliance, Democratic Party and the United Peoples Party according to Chairman Bert Hofman. The council informed the don

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Be the Change awards three scholarships

    St. Maarten - Be the Change Foundation presented last Friday awards to the winners of the first annual Erika Cannegieter-Smith Dream Big educational scholarship grant on the boardwalk in front of Blush Boutique/Gelateria Milano

Editorial - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Editorial: Chokehold

The chokehold discussion in the Netherlands seems to be fueled by – understandable – emotional arguments and take away the focus from the reality police officers face in their work on a daily basis. As our chief commissioner points out, the ch

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Brain Gain project stimulates students to come back home

PM Gumbs “We have to build our country with our young people”   St. Maarten – Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs used a presentation yesterday morning about the inter-ministerial Brain Gain Project to criticize advisors who stand in the w

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Chief Commissioner De Witte about controversial chokehold: “There are other methods to control someone”

  St. Maarten - Dutch activist Frank van der Linde is going to court on September 9 in an effort to force a ban on the police choke hold, used to subdue people resisting arrest. Aruban holidaymaker Mitch Henriquez may have been killed by a ch

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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D’shnay York crowned again

St. Maarten - After winning the Miss Dutch Caribbean Islands 2015 pageant in Saba on Thursday, one can only ask what’s next for St Maarten’s most accomplished contestant D’shnay Mathew York. In addition to the coveted title and the rights t

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Trip Advisor certificate of excellence for Honky Tonk

  St. Maarten – Trip Advisor has awarded the Honky-Tonk Bar with its lunchtime kitchen a certificate of excellence. This beachside spot on the Boardwalk continues to draw crowds from the growing number of cruise ships that visit the Friend

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Transparency International report: Country lacks anti-corruption agency

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten does not have an anti-corruption agency,” Transparency International writes in the National Integrity System Assessment it published earlier this week. According to TI, such an agency is “a specialized, statutory and

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Transparency International: “Insufficient integrity in the business sector”

  St. Maarten – “In practice there is insufficient integrity in the business sector,” Transparency International writes in its National Integrity System Assessment it released earlier this week. The reports’ business chapter notes

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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No board, no employees, no director and zero funds: St. Maarten Tourism Authority still in limbo

  GREAT BAY – “The Sint Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) is essentially a foundation on paper at this point in time. It is without a board, any employees, director and zero funds,” the STA’s incomplete supervisory council said in a sta

Editorial - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Amazing how politicians time and again are pulling the wool over people’s eyes

It is amazing how politicians time and again are pulling the wool over people’s eyes. The latest example is of course the situation with the Sint Maarten Tourism Authority. Announced with, indeed, a lot of fanfare by a minister who fled the island

Opinion - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Opinion: Wasteland

There is a big wasteland between the right to be forgotten and the option to ignore all kinds of crap that brainless bloggers post on the internet. The targets of these assaults usually have better things to do than chasing bloggers in court – most

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Driver escapes with minor injuries from accident

St. Maarten - Evasive driving avoided what could have turned into a serious accident that left one driver with minor injuries and the other pondering his mistake in the accident that happened on Bush Road yesterday morning. The driver of a red Ce

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Gunslingers Steel Band to Trinidad for competition

St. Maarten - The Gunslingers Steel Band will participate in the first international conference and panorama competition in Trinidad from August 4 to 9, where 27 countries will compete at the historical Queens Park. A 40-strong delegation of the Gun

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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From Makeup to Murder author Jacky Rom: “Writing is easy, but selling the book is the hard part”

St. Maarten – Author Jacky Rom keeps all her options open. Her first murder mystery in the Sandra Bernstein Chronicles – From Makeup to Murder – is situated in St. Maarten, but there is no guarantee that subsequent volumes will be placed again

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Winair wins cleanup award at the airport

    St. Maarten - The Foreign Object Debris (FOD) prevention awareness campaign at Princess Juliana International Airport continued this month with debris-removal walks and inspections. This year marked the fifth anniversary of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Hoeve and Rogers open law firm in Cole Bay

GREAT BAY - Sint Maarten has a new law firm since July 2 at Welfare Road 57 in Cole Bay, but the individuals behind Hoeve & Rogers Attorneys at Law have been practicing law for a combined 24 years, and are well known throughout the community and

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Thieves steal Carnival Queen’s car and thesis

St. Maarten -“I woke up this morning and got ready, walked outside and my car was gone,” says carnival’s former Miss Mature Pea Gordon who won a blue Hyundai I20 for her crown in 2013. Someone apparently stole Gordon’s car   - and the thes

Editorial - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Editorial: Sex trafficking

Our country’s image does not live up to expectations in the latest Trafficking in Persons report from the American State Department. It depicts St. Maarten, again, as a center for sex trafficking and forced labor. With such a report, brothels co

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Media assessment

The integrity assessment from Transparency International sent my eyebrows skyward when I read the chapter about the local media. I certainly did not recognize Today and what our newspaper stands for in the picture the report presents. Reason for me t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Opinion: News News

We don’t want to waste too much time on gossip sites like ‘SMN News’ as the site refers to itself, apparently unaware that SMN stands for St. Maarten News and that SMN News therefore stands for St. Maarten News News. But when a site like thi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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St. Maarten Government did not fall – again

  St. Maarten – For the second time this year a gossip website circulated rumors about the fall of the government. It was, as usual, an incorrect report that covered all bases with an opening line like, “What appeared to be a rumor seemi

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Transparency International integrity report: “No leading role law enforcement in fight against corruption”

St. Maarten – “Until now law enforcement agencies have not played a leading role in fighting corruption in St. Maarten,” Transparency International writes in its National Integrity System Assessment about St. Maarten. The report notes that sinc

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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One suspect in custody for apparent robbery attempt

St. Maarten - One man is currently detained for questioning by the police about what could have been the second robbery on Front Street within a week, after last week Friday’s robbery at the Helena Jewelry Store. Two potential accomplices remain a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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In first ruling based on new penal code: Scary Movie Gang member loses call for early release

St. Maarten – Rignald Armando Richardson, a one-time member of the Scary Movie Gang lost his appeal to a decision by the Minister of Justice not to grant him conditional release. Richardson, who celebrated his 34th birthday in the Pointe Blanche p

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