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Comments Off on Dissolution decree highly critical of parliament “No-confidence vote without prior debate or motivation”

Dissolution decree highly critical of parliament “No-confidence vote without prior debate or motivation”

St. Maarten – The national decree to dissolve the parliament and to call elections for February 9 of next year contains – between the lines – severe criticism of the way politicians have behaved during the past five years. “The continuous ch

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2015

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Reduced ticket-tax boosts revenue and employment

St. Maarten - Robin Hayes, President & CEO of JetBlue Airways and keynote speaker at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's (CTO) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), held last week in Curacao, stunned his audience with a message to which fe

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2015

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Winners and losers: who will survive the polls in February?

  St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – February 9, 2016 is crunch day for politicians and those who aspire to become one. The parliamentary elections – for some mysterious reason perceived by some as ‘snap elections’, whatever that may b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2015

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Tomorrow last day to register for Carnival

St. Maarten - Registration for the 2016 Carnival season closes on November 1, 2015. The SCDF opened registration on September 1 for all aspects of Carnival. With the exception of troupes, once registration is closed, there will be no extending o

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2015

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Six years for money laundering

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice sentenced Pershin Orell Sherwin Doram yesterday to 6 years of imprisonment for firearm and cocaine possession, money laundering and membership of a criminal organization. On different dates between June 201

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 30, 2015

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TUIfly Dreamliner arrives this afternoon packed with travel agents

  St. Maarten - About 120 travel agents will disembark the Dreamliner 787 aircraft at the airport this afternoon at 4.45 p.m., on a FAM trip organized by TUIfly to mark its inaugural flight to the island, which is supported by the airport.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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St. Maarten Cabinet resigns, governor signs decree to dissolve parliament

Elections February 9, new parliament on March 14 St. Maarten – Governor Eugène Holiday signed the national decree to dissolve parliament yesterday afternoon. Elections are scheduled for February 9 and the new parliament will be sworn in on Ma

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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“Saying that elections will stop ship jumping is lying to voters”

St. Maarten – Parliamentarians bitched and moaned about rules and regulations yesterday all the way until the final vote on the two motions the new majority presented yesterday morning. It was a losing battle for the opposition UP and its faithful

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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DP criticizes MP De Weever: “Counterpart policy is a sure recipe for massive lay-offs”

St. Maarten – “As much as he tries, MP and former Minister OF Public health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever will never be able to convince anyone that the reason for his defection from the Red-White-Blue coalition in 2014 had s

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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Toppix aviation photo competition:  Composition, perspective and luck: key elements

Toppix aviation photo competition: Composition, perspective and luck: key elements

The top two entries from 2014. At left, the image submitted by Bernie Verhoeven and the one sent in by Ricardo Benjamin. File photo Today   St. Maarten - The prize remains the same as well as the rules in the 3rd Annual Toppix 2015 Aviati

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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First TUIfly Dreamliner lands here tomorrow

First TUIfly Dreamliner lands here tomorrow

  One of the many TUIfly airplanes. Photo TUIfly St. Maarten – Tomorrow, the first TUIfly Dreamliner will land on Sint Maarten. TUI Netherlands is looking forward to this moment as this defines the official increase in their number of f

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 29, 2015

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SCDF congratulates Carl John

The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) congratulated police veteran Carl John on his appointment as chief commissioner, calling the appointment “well deserved”. The SCDF credited John’s efforts as key factors in St. Maarten Carn

Editorial - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Editorial: Carl John appointment as new Chief Commissioner of Police

With the appointment of now Chief Commissioner Carl John to the top job at the police force, St. Maarten has one of its own managing one of the most critical organizations on the island. The appointment was pending already for some time and the ne

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Opinion: The University’s pending promise

The university has pushed the government with its nose in the facts: two promises, one held, and one pending. The promise the government kept is to recognize the university – whatever value such a statement may have. The second promise is much m

Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Conflicting situation

The Electoral Council has interposed in the current political turmoil, without prior consent with the governor, for the main reason that the governor up until this date has not signed the decree to dissolve parliament. I believe that all parties -

Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Opinion: Would it help? (MP’s cost the tax payers for every half hour they waste)

From a press statement by the president of parliament, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams we learn that the current financial compensation for a parliamentarian is 120 guilders per hour. Assuming a 40-hour workweek and 52 weeks in a year, this puts the weekly

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Carl John appointed as Chief Commissioner

Carl John appointed as Chief Commissioner

  Carl John, the country’s new Chief Commissioner of Police. Photo Pearl 98.1 FM St. Maarten – It’s official: Commissioner Carl Marcuson John has been appointed as the successor of Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte as the chief of th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Attorney asks court to suspend decision against Airport Director

St. Maarten – Attorney Cor Merx filed an administrative lawsuit yesterday against the decision by Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs to refuse airport managing director Regina Labega a certificate of no objection. Such a certificate is required for Labeg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Operations begin around Thanksgiving: St. Maarten Airways gets off the ground

Operations begin around Thanksgiving: St. Maarten Airways gets off the ground

  From left: Michel Hyman (operations manager), Lloyd Hinds (director of air traffic control), Maggie Gumbs (marketing officer), Regina Labega (managing director), Rolando Brison (St. Maarten Airways managing director), Jeff Oliver and Elvis

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams: “MPs waste hundreds of guilders”

President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams: “MPs waste hundreds of guilders”

St. Maarten – “Every half hour wasted by Members of Parliament costs taxpayers nine hundred guilders. (15 x 60 is 900 guilders). This amount is close to what some persons in our community earn monthly after deductions. It equals the school fee

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Le Gourmet Marché in Simpson Bay has closed its doors

Le Gourmet Marché in Simpson Bay has closed its doors

Le Gourmet Marché in Simpson Bay has closed its doors, Jeff Berger reports on his electronic newsletter St. Maarten Weekly News. Lal, who operates an Indian restaurant at the back of this building, told Berger that a small casino will open in the pl

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Car wreck cleanup begins in St. Peters in November

St. Maarten – The clean-up of car wrecks in the district of St. Peters begins on November 4, the Vromi-ministry announced in a press release.  The clean-up will go on throughout the month of November. Vromi works together with the Community Pol

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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University reminds government of promise to increase subsidy

St. Maarten - On May 20 the Board of the University of St. Maarten Foundation, assisted by its management team, discussed the developments of the University with the parliamentary committee of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport Affairs. During th

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Alcoholism may affect more than 2,400 locals

Alcoholism may affect more than 2,400 locals

  A government brochure about alcohol and alcoholism. Photo Today St. Maarten – The fellowship of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a global organization that also is involved in solving the problems of alcoholics on the Friendly Island.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Curacao participates in Cuba’s international fair

  WILLEMSTAD – Curaçao will take part for the first time in the International Fair of Havana (Fihav 2015), from November 2 to 7, bringing a delegation of over 40 business people belonging to firms in the fields of construction, textile, l

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Man sustains two gunshots wounds in French Quarter

St. Maarten – A man suffering from two gunshot wounds reported to the St. Maarten Medical Center yesterday shortly after noon. Police established that the man had been shot in his arm and in his back. The victim said that he was in a bar in Fre

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Caribbean Christian Dating website promotes “strong Godly relationships”

St. Maarten - After months of hard work and dedication, Caribbean Christian Dating (CCD) announced its official website launch: www.caribbeanchristiandating.com, “inspired by the breathtaking beauty of St. Martin, panorama of fused cultures and the

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Management sanitary landfill on bid

Management sanitary landfill on bid

  The sanitary landfill on Pond Island. Photo Today / Hilbert Haar St. Maarten – The Ministry of Vromi, represented by the Department of Infrastructure is holding a public tender for the management sanitary of the landfill at Pond Island

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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No money back yet for solar energy producers

St. Maarten – Solar panel owners who produce more electricity than they consume will not get any money back from utilities company Gebe for the time being. “There is no agreement about at what price Gebe would buy back electricity,” Gebe’s C

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Suspended police officer in court for Isidora shooting

Suspended police officer in court for Isidora shooting

Cap. Police Officer Richmer Y. is escorted into the courthouse by the police. File photo Today / Andrew Dick St. Maarten - Suspended police officer Richmer Michel Patrick Y. will stand trial in the Court in First Instance tomorrow for shooting

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Sonesta staffers dominate most Crystal Pineapple nominations

St. Maarten – Staff of Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino and Spa have dominated nominations for the tenth annual St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) Crystal Pineapple Awards for Excellen

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today”

Career and Study Fair on November 4 GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Career & Study Fair Committee is finalizing the preparations for the annual Career & Study Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, November 4 at the Belair Community Center. Its theme

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Live 2 Lead left lasting impact

Live 2 Lead left lasting impact

  Participants in the Live 2 Lead broadcast pose for a group picture at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & casino. Photo contributed Repeat Broadcast November 8 St. Maarten - Approximately 90 leaders converged at the Sonesta Maho Beac

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Parliament discusses the dissolution of parliament

St. Maarten – Parliament meets on Wednesday morning at 10.a.m. to discuss the dissolution of parliament. On the same day, the minister of the Marcel Gumbs cabinet are at the Governor’s cabinet to sign their resignation letters. Governor Holiday h

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 27, 2015

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Student who assaulted police officer released

St. Maarten - Academy P.S.V.E student Aygeleyn B. has been released from police custody and now has to adhere to several conditions set forth by the Public Prosecutor. On Friday October 16, she was involved in a fight with a man, in St. Peters nea

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