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St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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SXM DOET launches 2016 project

St. Maarten - The SXM DOET project team announces the official launch of the second edition of SXM DOET, which will take place on March 11 and 12, 2016. SXM DOET is part of the Dutch Kingdom's largest volunteer initiative, hosted by the Oranje Fo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Job Fair attracts 150 job hunters

St. Maarten —The Job Fair at the National Institute of Professional Advancement organized by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association, attracted more than 150 job seekers on Saturday. SHTA Executive Director Ricardo Perez said that the SH

Editorial - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Conspiracy theories

Sensationalism was long the prerogative of tabloids. Overstatement, dramatization and muscle language twisted facts into honey sweet romance, unfathomable terror, or aggrandized drama. The objective was to sell papers; journalistic integrity became t

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Drs. Leopold James writes: Milestone

Dear Editor, Short and sweet. Our congratulations, admiration and sincere thank you go out to all the stakeholders who made Thursday’s, October 22, 2015 people’s massive protest against the PLU a historical and significant achievement. T

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Ominous message about the St. Maarten Budget

There was an ominous message in the address of Finance Minister Martin Hassink on Wednesday and one cannot say that it was hidden. He spoke about tremendous challenges with the 2016 budget (what else is new?) and of the need for serious measures to i

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Former Cadastre-director contests his dismissal

St. Maarten – Judge Sander van Rijen gave the Cadastre and its former director Clemens Roos until next week Friday to settle their dispute over unpaid salaries. If parties do not reach an agreement, the court will issue its ruling on November 13.

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Marcel Gumbs cabinet tenders resignation on Wednesday

St. Maarten- The Council of Ministers will meet this coming Wednesday with Governor Drs. Eugene Holiday at the Governor’s Cabinet to tender its resignation. At this meeting all ministers will make their positions available and the national dec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Serious measures ahead to generate more revenue

Draft 2016 budget stands at 485 million guilders St. Maarten – “We have tremendous challenges and we need to take serious measures to increase income and to cut costs,” Finance Minister Martin Hassink said earlier this week. How tremendo

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Culture ministry starts identity poll

St.  Maarten - Minister of Culture Rita Bourne-Gumbs announced this week the launch of a National Identity poll started yesterday. The poll will look at the identity of St. Maarteners based on birth, heritage and adoption. A survey dating back to 2

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Labor Minister Boasman indexes minimum wage

St. Maarten - The indexing of the minimum wage will go into effect in January 2016 according Minister of Labor Raphael Boasman said this week. Minimum wage earners will get 8 more cents on top of their current hourly wage of 8.75 and receive 8.83 gu

St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Port anticipated French-side protest actions

GREAT BAY – Port St. Maarten Management took a number of measures to ensure that the approximately 10,000 cruise passengers that were in town on Thursday, enjoyed their stay on the island without any discomfort.  With the measures, the port antici